Recent Commercial Posts

Dry Ice Blasting for Commercial Fires

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

A technician dry ice blasting a fire damaged room. Dry-ice blasting is an eco-friendly and fast way to remove damage from fire.

As a commercial property owner, you know how important it is to get back to work after any sort of disaster. We've been working with large and small commercial properties for over 50 years and have an arsenal of restoration techniques depending on the building and situation. One of the fastest and most eco-friendly one is referred to as Dry-Ice Blasting (also called CO2 Blasting, or Dry Ice Dusting.)

Dry-ice blasting is used to remove surface stains - most often this is char, soot and residue that is left behind after the flames have been extinguished. It works by using compressed air to accelerate dry ice pellets to create mini-explosions that lift the stain from the substrate. Despite how that sounds - it is non-abrasive , non-conductive and can be used without damaging active electrical or mechanical equipment.

In most cases, items won’t need to be disassembled because it finds its way into small spaces between parts. Disassembly and reassembly are time consuming so dry-ice blasting can reduce downtime so you can return to business quicker.

Our goal is to put things back together so that it looks and feels like “it never happened.” If you experience fire damage, SERVPRO of North Garland can dry-ice blast away the damage, remove lingering odors and minimize downtime for you and your tenants.

If your business needs help with fire damage, give SERVPRO of North Garland a call at 972-496-2441.

Get the Most From Your Commercial Real Estate Investment

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

Office building Maximize Your Return Through Maintenance and More

While buying a property at the right price is critical, what you do with it after the purchase is often more important. Good property management leads to good return on the investment. Here ae 5 tips to keep in mind as a commercial property owner:

Happy Tenants
It can be difficult and expensive to find new tenants so the best way to maintain your income is to keep the ones you have. This involves regular communication, anticipating tenant needs and being proactive. One of the things tenants care most about is the cleanliness of their workspace. When you use SERVPRO to clean your facility, we can provide you with a badge and collateral to let tenants know it’s SERVPRO Certified.

Excellent Maintenance

You know that tenants will pay more for properties that look good and are well kept. Properties are designated as Class A, B, or C based on their condition and Class A facilities have higher rent and lower turnover. For a large commercial property, the list of things that need to be regularly maintained is extensive. SERVPRO offers HVAC maintenance, janitorial services and deep cleanings that eliminate bio-hazards.

Lovely Landscaping
The outdoor vibe is just as important as the indoor one. Beautiful (and smart) landscaping provides additional areas for tenants to meet, eat or have some downtime during breaks. Protect your outdoor investment by clustering wind-resistant trees and plants, maintaining the correct proximity to building structures and consistent watering and pruning.

Sustainability

Younger tenants are particularly drawn to sustainable buildings. You can offer site-wide recycling or composting services, relamp existing lights with energy efficient bulbs and upgrade the HVAC system. All of these things will save you money and the headache of finding new tenants.

Safety

Keep your tenants safe with well-lit external areas, monitored entrances and the presence of security guards in common areas. Keep your building safe with an emergency readiness plan. SERVPRO offers a free assessment to help build a plan that will minimize downtime and damage from storms or other disasters.

Owning commercial real estate can be a tremendously rewarding investment with active management and participation. Following the steps above will help ensure a high return and highly satisfied tenants.

Five Tips for Preventing Toilet Overflows

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

several toilet paper rolls Avoid toilet overflow with these 5 tips.

Keeping bathrooms clean and in working order can be tough depending on the plumbing infrastructure and the tenants. Below are a few ideas for protecting your North Garland building from toilet overflow.

1. Communication

Let your occupants know what they need to do to keep things clean. You can do this by posting signs in stalls, emailing tenants and making sure it's easy to follow the rules. Make sure to provide a wastebasket for feminine hygiene products and post a notice that instructs them to use it instead of flushing them down the toilet.

2. Type of Toilet Paper

Everyone knows an “overzealous wiper” – who insists on using lots of toilet paper in big fluffy wads. And while we appreciate the effort – all that paper can be a risk for stopping up the toilet. Thinner paper is more likely to dissolver quicker so less likely to clog up pipes.

3. Cans in the Can

If there aren’t sufficient trash cans in the bathroom, customers may just flush trash down the toilet. Make sure you have clean containers in each stall and one by the door for post-handwashing paper towels. It’s also important to empty them often so there’s always an inviting receptacle for un-flushables.

4. Autoflushes

Water conservation is important, but no one likes to walk into a stall reminiscent of the last person who used it. If your toilets auto flush you reduce the risk of this particular unpleasant experience and keep your bathroom nicer. Nicer bathrooms = nicer bathroom users.

5. Treat the Cause

Treating the symptoms will keep things better in the short term, but you could still be at risk of damage if there are issues with your your septic system and plumbing infrastructure. Regular inspections and maintenance are important to keep bathrooms in proper working order.

Clogged toilets or overflow on the floor are both disgusting and dangerous (slips, contaminants, etc.) so the ideas shared here can certainly help protect your bathrooms. And if your bathrooms need some servicing, then our SERVPRO team of deep cleaners and flood remediation experts are ready to help. 

Keep Your Air Ducts Clean

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO employees inspecting under a building. SERVPRO North Garland is Here to Help.

One of the most important maintenance tasks for property managers is keeping the HVAC system clean. Ducts run throughout the building and can affect all of your tenants. These days it is more important than ever to make sure the air is clean to prevent spreading any allergens, mold spores, bacteria or microbes. Property Managers that keep up with regular cleanings have the best (and healthiest) office spaces for lease.

If you have a business in North Garland, consider using your local SERVPRO to manage ongoing HVAC system cleanings. We have the most up to date technology and cleaning methods to remove dirt, dust, bacteria lint, mold, and mildew from your ducts, increasing the air quality in your building. Our SERVPRO Certified cleaning process is based on recommendations from the CDC for maximum protection – which is especially important as we try to prevent the spread of COVID. Schedule your cleanings and let your tenants know you’re taking extra precautions with the HVAC system. Regular cleanings will also keep your system more effective and efficient to save you money.

And while we’re on site, we’re happy to do a free Emergency Readiness Profile ® for you so you know that you’ll be prepared if we get storms in North Garland. We’re here to help – call us at 972-496-2441 and one of our experts will be happy to help.

SERVPRO Commercial Services

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned table tent sitting on a table at a restaurant. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned - A Higher Standard of Clean

Recently, a national survey showed nearly 90% of consumers are concerned about returning to the office, 40% of which say “cleanliness” is their top concern. Even without a pandemic, having a clean work environment is vital to the success of any business. SERVPRO of North Garland has the expertise and equipment to help you keep your commercial properties at their cleanest.

SERVPRO of North Garland recommends regular deep cleaning of carpets and floors as well as air ducts to remove pests, allergens and other potentially harmful substances that accumulate over time. We are also licensed to handle hazardous cleanups such as certain chemical spills, sewer-related damages or issues resulting from biomedical waste.

And, should you find your office dealing with a COVID+ tenant or employee, our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned service is a comprehensive cleaning program that goes far beyond traditional janitorial services. Designed from protocols and practices suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it incorporates Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered professional cleaning and disinfecting products to remove viral pathogens like the Coronavirus.

With over 50 years of commercial restoration experience, SERVPRO of North Garland is ready to assist with your cleaning needs. For more information on our services please call us anytime at 972-496-2441.

SERVPRO of North Garland Can Help Improve Your Working Conditions.

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van parked in front of a commercial building SERVPRO of North Garland is here to help!

SERVPRO is well known for the excellent service we provide when disaster strikes. From floods to fires, hail storms and hurricanes, we are ready at a moment’s notice to spring into action and help!

We’re also here to keep your business running smoothly in blue skies.  A clean work environment is vital to success and SERVPRO provides deep cleaning services, which if done regularly, can save a business time and money in the long run. Having clean floors and carpets presents a more professional look and reduces allergens for clients and employees. In addition, a clean and clear HVAC system provides better air quality and reduces the potential for mold damage or pest infestations.

We are also licensed to handle biohazard cleanups according to protocols set forth by the CDC. This type of cleaning goes beyond normal janitorial services to address contaminants that could cause serious illness. Many of our cleaning products are hospital grade and carry the EPA-approved pathogen claims recommended by the CDC to protect against corona and other viruses.

For more information on our commercial cleaning services in North Garland, please call us anytime at 972-496-2441.

SERVPRO Clean Up and Restoration

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO ad depicting the different services we offer such as fire, water, mold, storm, and commercial clean up services. Give SERVPRO of North Garland a call at 972-496-2441

There is no disaster that hits home quite like a disaster to your property or business. When you have suffered a fire, water, or mold damage, you don't have time to waste searching for a company to fix your property. When disaster strikes, you can depend on SERVPRO of North Garland. Whether the job is big or small we will be there to help make it "Like it never even happened" so you can get your business up and running as soon as possible.

As a resource for commercial property managers, SERVPRO produces Restoration Newsline each month. In the issues of Restoration Newsline, you will find priceless information that can benefit you as a business owner. This includes suggestions on handling water and fire damages, advice regarding air quality, tips on dealing with the damage from difficult tenants, and much more. If you are interested in receiving a copy of Restoration Newsline each month, please call our office anytime. We have both physical and online copies available.

If you're in need of cleanup and restoration services, call SERVPRO of North Garland at 972-496-2441.

Let SERVPRO Serve You

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

A Servpro ad depicting 4 of the types of vehicles you use in our daily services. SERVPRO. We’re always here to serve.

Did you know, your ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality? Inspecting the ductwork in your facility or home should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

A routine part of SERVPRO of North Garland Professional’s service is inspecting the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help save you money. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. SERVPRO of North Garland Professionals will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can help save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork.

In some circumstances, such as after fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, SERVPRO of North Garland Professionals can often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition.

If you have a fuel burning furnace, stove or fireplace, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends they be inspected for proper functioning, and be serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.

The SERVPRO Duct Cleaning System is proven and cost efficient. Unlike the majority of duct cleaning services, SERVPRO of North Garland Professionals uses a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

  • The process begins by using patented equipment including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct’s shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.
  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.
  • Air if filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97% of the particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the indoor environment clean.
  • As an option process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.
  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

For more information on duct cleaning, or schedule an appointment, contact us, SERVPRO of North Garland, at 972-496-2441.

Speed Up Your Restoration Process

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

For a property owner, a fire or water damage can be disastrous. It not only results in property and inventory loss, but oftentimes it also means a temporary loss of business. When you're depending on that business for your own livelihood or your employees then you don't have months to spare during a long drawn out restoration process. 

In the aftermath of a disaster, quick response time can help minimize property damage as well as inventory or content loss. Here are some tips to help you be prepared for both a disaster and a quick turn around in the restoration process. 

1) Download the SERVPRO READY Plan App.

The SERVPRO Ready Plan mobile application provides home and business owners with a quick and convenient way to call in SERVPRO professionals when disaster strikes. The Ready Plan app is a free emergency preparedness tool offered by SERVPRO and  it can be downloaded on any smartphone. 

For more information on the SERVPRO READY Plan mobile app and how it can help you be more prepared, contact SERVPRO of North Garland professionals at 972-496-2441. Don't wait for a disaster to happen to download this app, do it today!

2) Call SERVPRO of North Garland 

Our professionals are highly trained and are prepared for any situation. They will be on scene within hours to assess and begin working to get your business back to normal. The sooner a SERVPRO professional is on the scene, the sooner your restoration process can begin. 

3) Call your insurance agent and start documenting damage and inventory.

Without risking your safety, try and document any areas or items that may have been affected in the disaster. This will help both the SERVPRO professionals - so they know what to target - and your insurance agent - so they can start preparing the claim. 

With help from SERVPRO of North Garland your business can be back up and running quickly. If you experience a water or fire damage, mold, or any other kind of disaster call us anytime on our 24-hour emergency phone line 972-496-2441. 

SERVPRO Resource for Property Owners

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

There is no disaster that hits home quite like a disaster to your property or business. When you have suffered a fire, water, or mold damage, you don't have time to waste searching for a company to fix your property. When disaster strikes, you can depend on SERVPRO of North Garland. Whether the job is big or small we will be there to help make it "Like it never even happened" so you can get your business up and running as soon as possible.

As a resource for commercial property managers, SERVPRO produces Restoration Newsline each month. In the issues of Restoration Newsline, you will find priceless information that can benefit you as a business owner. This includes suggestions on handling water and fire damages, advice regarding air quality, tips on dealing with the damage from difficult tenants, and much more. If you are interested in receiving a copy of Restoration Newsline each month, please call our office anytime. We have both physical and online copies available.

If you're in need of cleanup and restoration services, call SERVPRO of North Garland at 972-496-2441.

Benefits of Mitigation

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Garland Professionals can save you from higher property damage costs!

1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines

SERVPRO’s 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines help ensure timely communication and response. Quick and accurate response can minimize loss expenses from secondary damages.

  • 1. Within one hour from notice of loss, SERVPRO of North Garland Professionals will contact you to arrange for service.
  • 4. Within four hours of loss notification, SERVPRO of North Garland Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services (if necessary).
  • 8. Within 8 business hours, a verbal briefing of the scope of work will be communicated to the property manager or point of contact by a SERVPRO of North Garland Professional.

Restore Versus Replace - SERVPRO of North Garland Professionals strive to restore items to preloss condition. This helps lower mitigation and restoration costs while allowing treasured belongings to be salvaged when possible.

Pretesting - Through pretesting, SERVPRO of North Garland Professionals can determine the extent of the damage, treating only the affected area to reduce job costs, restoration expenses and business disruption.

Inventory Analysis - The Inventory Analysis helps clients and tenants keep records of items and belongings, making the claims process easier should a disaster occur.

Contents Claim Inventory Service - CCIS provides itemized room-by-room loss inventory, allowing clients, tenants, insurance agents and adjusters to document claim items and capture inventory items immediately.

Electronic File Documentation Complete with Loss Reports - Online access is available to all files, information and proof of results, allowing the information to be easily transferrable to various parties involved.

24/7 Call Center - Prompt work order handling and dispatch don’t have to wait for daylight. Utilizing SERVPRO’s 24/7 Call Center, emergency services can begin as soon as possible, helping minimize additional loss, downtime and expense.

Large Loss Capabilities – Catastrophic Loss Response Team - With hundreds of trained crews manned with thousands of pieces of commercial equipment and service vehicles, SERVPRO’s Large Loss Response Teams can initiate response to any sized loss in any part of the country within hours.

Professional Reassurance and Consistency - As leaders in cleanup and restoration, SERVPRO of North Garland Professionals strive to maintain a professional appearance in uniform, equipment, vehicles and cleaning methods to help convey “Green means clean!”

National Accounts Guidelines (for National Accounts Insurance Clients) - To assure to our clients they will receive consistent, professional service and performance across the country, the National Accounts Guidelines require completed job files, detailed communication and much more from SERVPRO of North Garland Professionals.

More than 1,700 Franchises located in North America - SERVPRO of North Garland Professionals are nearby, ready to respond quickly. The faster restoration begins, the quicker our customers can return to business.

Are your Ducts in Order?

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know, your ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality? Inspecting the ductwork in your facility or home should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

A routine part of SERVPRO of North Garland Professional’s service is inspecting the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help save you money. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. SERVPRO of North Garland Professionals will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can help save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork.

In some circumstances, such as after fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, SERVPRO of North Garland Professionals can often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition.

If you have a fuel burning furnace, stove or fireplace, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends they be inspected for proper functioning, and be serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.

The SERVPRO Duct Cleaning System is proven and cost efficient. Unlike the majority of duct cleaning services, SERVPRO of North Garland Professionals uses a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

  • The process begins by using patented equipment including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct’s shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.
  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.
  • Air if filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97% of the particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the indoor environment clean.
  • As an option process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.
  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

For more information on duct cleaning, or schedule an appointment, contact us, SERVPRO of North Garland, at 972-496-2441.

Help at Your Fingertips

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

For a property owner, a disaster scenario involving fire or water damage can seem unthinkable and then suddenly become a reality. In the aftermath of a disaster, quick response time can help minimize property damage as well as inventory or content loss.

The SERVPRO READY Plan mobile application provides home and business owners with a quick and convenient way to call in SERVPRO of North Garland Professionals when disaster strikes.

The Ready Plan app is a free emergency preparedness tool offered by SERVPRO and can be downloaded on you Android, iPhone, or Blackberry.

The application allows both residential and commercial property owners and managers to create an Emergency READY Profile containing critical facility information that can help speed up response time after fire or water damage occurs. In addition to property details, the application tracks prior loss history, utility shut off locations, and key contacts; stores photos of the damage; and integrates local weather forecasts and more including the address and contact information for the user’s local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals.

Through the application, the user can quickly call their local SERVPRO Franchise Professional or submit an electronic “First Notice of Loss” to the SERVPRO National Call Center setting the wheels of recovery in motion. Rapid response from a disaster cleanup and restoration specialist can help the property owner evaluate options, start the insurance process and take the right steps from the beginning to bring the property back to normal, “Like it never even happened.”

The SERVPRO Ready Plan mobile app places a convenient preparedness tool right at your fingertips. Disasters are unpredictable and frequently strike without warning. That is why SERVPRO’s READY Plan mobile app is so valuable. In the confusion and panic that often surround a disaster, a property owner or manger can reach out for expert help right from the scene, using their cell phones.

For more information on the SERVPRO READY Plan mobile app and how it can help you be more prepared, contact SERVPRO of North Garland Professionals.

Commercial Fire Restoration and Cleaning from SERVPRO of North Garland

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO professionals and fire fighters outside a fire damaged home. SERVPRO of North Garland are experts in Commercial Fire cleaning and deodorization. Call us at 972-496-2441 to get your business up and running again.

Commercial Smoke and Odor Cleaning

One of the major issues after a large scale fire (or a small one for that matter) is cleaning the contents and structure after the loss. This is done in order to eliminate the smoke odor that lingers on everything the smoke touches. On a recent commercial job SERVPRO of North Garland needed to clean a massive 55,000 sq ft facility after they experienced a fire. After considering all our available options; hand cleaning, sandblasting, and dry-ice blasting, we determined that dry-ice blasting would be the best decision given the requirements of this particular job.

What is Dry Ice Blasting (Cleaning)?

Dry ice blasting is known by several names: dry ice blasting, dry ice cleaning, CO2 blasting, dry ice dusting, and even environmentally sustainable cleaning. Dry ice blasting is an efficient and cost-effective way for industries to maximize production capability and quality. Dry ice blasting is similar to sand blasting, plastic bead blasting or soda blasting where media is accelerated in a pressurized air stream to impact a surface to be cleaned or prepared. But that's where the similarity ends.

Instead of using hard abrasive media to grind on a surface (and damage it), dry ice blasting uses soft dry ice, accelerated at supersonic speeds, and creates mini-explosions on the surface to lift the undesirable item off the underlying substrate. If you want to read all the technical details, see the How CO2 Blasting Works page.

Why Dry Ice Blasting?

  • is a non-abrasive, nonflammable and nonconductive cleaning method
  • is environmentally responsible and contains no secondary contaminants such as solvents or grit media
  • allows most items to be cleaned in place without time-consuming disassembly
  • can be used without damaging active electrical or mechanical parts or creating fire hazards
  • can be as gentle as dusting smoke damage from books or as aggressive as removing weld slag from tooling
  • can be used for many general cleaning applications

Dry ice blasting uses compressed air to accelerate frozen carbon dioxide (CO2) "dry ice" pellets to a high velocity. A compressed air supply of 80 PSI/50 CFM can be used in this process. Dry ice pellets can be made on-site or supplied. Pellets are made from food grade carbon dioxide that has been specifically approved by the FDA, EPA, and USDA.

Carbon dioxide is a non-poisonous, liquefied gas, which is both inexpensive and easily stored at work sites.

We are very experienced at using this and other types of processes in order to mitigate any malodors from any type of commercial loss. If you or your company have experienced any type of issue, give SERVPRO of North Garland a call at 972-496-2441.