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At SERVPRO we are always learning new things! In this line of work, a new product or procedure comes along very frequently. How do we keep up with all the changes in the industry? Not only do our technicians take courses through IICRC to stay on the forefront of technology, but our offices offer CE or Continuing Education classes. These classes are open to anyone who may benefit as well as those people who are required to show a certain number of hours per year depending on their licenses and certifications. With the current state of the world, we are offering these classes online in a "Zoom" type setting. Please reach out to your local SERVPRO office to inquire about these courses and to get on the list of scheduled attendees.
An apple a day.....
There's an old saying that "an apple a day keeps the doctor away". That's great and there is probably a lot of truth to that based on a healthy diet and exercise regimen. When the pandemic hit last year, that slogan sort of lost its luster. No one really knew what was going on or how to treat it, they just knew they had to try. No one is suggesting that eating an apple a day would have avoided the situation, but it can't hurt. Our local franchise teamed up with the local hospital and we donated much needed PPE at that particular time. We are as active in our communities as we can be. We support eating healthy, proper exercise and when things get worse, your local docs are there....and so is SERVPRO. SERVPRO cares and we are here for our friends and neighbors no matter what the situation!
Domestic Pigeons are one of the oldest birds in recorded history. Researchers say they can be traced back almost 10,000 years. Pigeons were used as messengers during multiple wars as a means to trade information. It's interesting to think that this was a very probable use for them 160-200 years ago. Pigeon droppings can make people ill so it's extremely important to be mindful where you walk and what you track onto your shoes. SERVPRO of Pottstown/Souderton has cleaned many a balcony of a retirement community that has a huge pigeon population. Not only are the droppings unsightly, but they can cause health issues for the residents. We clean them and use an anti-microbial spray to be sure and keep the bacteria at bay.
Loss of Revenue?
Today’s business environment is all too vulnerable with the covid shutdowns, lack of customers, slow economy and the ongoing shortage of employees. The very last thing a commercial or retail business needs is a shutdown from a water damage. As a business owner, one can never predict how and when a water damage is going to adversely strike and affect your business. A water damage can unexpectedly arise from a plumbing leak, rainstorm, roof damage or any other catastrophic occurrence. However, any one of these events can drastically interrupt the daily operations of any commercial or retail establishment to the tune of lost revenue. If your business or commercial building has sustained a water damage, immediate and prompt water mitigation is vitally important. Emergency response from a restoration company such as SERVPRO is fundamental in making sure that you can save and salvage as much as possible. Acting fast can make the difference between a small interruption of business to a few days of lost revenue or unfortunately having to shut down completely in the long term if proper water damage mitigation is not performed.
We can do that
We at SERVPRO are confident in saying that we have seen it all, however, sometimes even we get a little surprised. We just recently finished a biohazard clean up job in a hearse. Yes, a hearse. They were transporting a body from one funeral home to another and something caused a leak. Bodily fluids along with embalming fluid and other things seeped out of the bag and through the vehicle. The customer attempted to mitigate the situation themselves using bleach but the odor was still evident and it was not truly clean and safe. There are so many toxins involved when you are dealing with something like this. It may never happen again, and we hope it won't but if it does, we are prepared. Should you find yourself in a situation like the one mentioned, remember SERVPRO, "Like it never even happened."
It can be dangerous
If you work in any type of office setting one thing rings true no matter what type of business; no one can agree on the temperature of the office!! Some like it cool cool, some like it warm, some do not even know what temperature they would desire. For those that get cold, they reach for the portable space heater. While there is nothing wrong with that, it all depends on how you use it. The most common way is to plug in to a power strip. While this may seem ideal, it's the most dangerous. The fires that are proven to have been started from space heaters and power strips is staggering. Space heaters should never be plugged into power strips or extension cords as they can not handle the current. Plug them into the wall.
What do I do?
As we come together once again, in the middle of a public health crisis it will be very important to get back in the swing of things as easily as possible. We have a crisis on our hands and tackling it will be very strategic and measured so as to not promote the increase of the virus. We can all do our part to make the switch back to the "normal" world as easy as possible. As Gov Wolf stated many times people have to do their part. As part of one of the nation's largest restoration companies we can lead the way. They say that we lead by example, the way we do our work and the quality will speak louder than words. SERVPRO: "Like it never even happened."
Think SERVPRO is just fire and water mitigation? Think again. We are a multi-faceted company that not only does water and fire mitigation but also mold remediation and abatement, bio hazard clean up and general cleaning. We do everything from cleaning carpets to sewer backups to mold removal and any type of bodily fluid cleaning. You just never know what situation you may walk into; that is why it is good to know SERVPRO has the knowledge to do the job right the first time. We are here in your local community and we are available to you or anyone you may know 24 hours a day. That's right any time give us a call and we will take care of the issue.
Is it raining?
When you own and operate a business you have the responsibility to always protect your employees and customers. One of the ways this is done is by installing a sprinkler system in case of a fire. For the most part sprinklers are the best defense against the fire allowing precious moments for people to escape until the fire department can get on site and begin the work. What happens when the sprinkler system malfunctions? This is exactly the case that this picture shows. There was a software glitch that set off the sprinkler system overnight. Thankfully no one was in the building at the time and there were no reported injuries. As you can see the ceiling itself collapsed under the weight from the built up water.
What are you going to do
Do you have a plan? how quickly can your company get back to business as usual if a disaster strikes. Contact your local SERVPRO office and set up an ERP- Emergency Ready Plan. Having this plan in place will minimize business interruption by having a immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business including but not limited to your emergency contact the shut off valves and the location of them. You can also download a copy on your phone via a app this way your plan is always ready to go. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time that your business is inactive and get you back in the building
Spring is in the air
We have all heard of the term spring cleaning; it means something different to everyone. For some it is going through the closets and donating clothing to charities. For others it is cleaning the office from top to bottom, wiping down the baseboards, having the carpets professionally cleaned. We at SERVPRO think of it as a once a year cleaning for your place of business. Now remember I mentioned the roof to the floor, well with the duct work it is important to clean out the bacteria that can form in these units by themselves, and if not cleaned properly can begin to grow mold. So when you turn on your unit make certain it smells fresh and clean, as it is money well invested the SERVPRO way.
Never looked so clean
A local business in the area had us come and look at a floor that was pretty dirty. The icing on the cake was that this place was a food manufacture for cakes and candies special occasion type of things. When we arrived on site the place was a disaster we met with the representative for the store and later after touring the facility we sat and spoke about what she wanted done and how we can assist her business. After looking at the pictures and deliberating about the measurements we drew a final estimate up and it was $2000 dollars cheaper than who was doing the floor currently. So needless to say they were thrilled at the fact that they got SERVPRO service for a cheaper price that they were paying. At the end of the service they said the floor has never looked so clean. So we signed them up for a biannual cleaning. To that I said it is the SERVPRO way.
May is National Building Safety Month
Building Safety Month is an initiative of the International Code Council (ICC). Hosting over 64,000 members worldwide, the ICC and their partners bring education and awareness to insurance and commercial property professionals as well as the general public. Their goal is always the same; to provide safe, resilient, affordable and energy efficient homes and buildings. In the US, each area of the country tends to have different weather situations that primarily affect them. California is known for it's wild fires and mudslides. Louisiana, Florida, Georgia and the Carolina's are known for hurricanes. The Mid-west, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas and known as "Tornado Alley" Armed with this knowledge, when you purchase or begin construction of a new building, you have better ideas to keep everyone who works or lives in them safe.
Did you know that SERVPRO of Pottstown/Souderton is the local company you can call to handle any type of disaster and cleanup? It's true. We are certified professionals who handle the clean up after any and all types of crime scenes. Methamphetamine labs, arson, vandalism, even bloodborne pathogens and homicides. We are knowledgeable and trained to properly dispose of all of these hazardous materials. Any exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health risks for the general public. SERVPRO has the necessary safety equipment needed to be able to do the job correctly. We employ personal protective equipment, primarily Tyvec suits and respirators when dealing with these situations. We hope you never find yourself in this position, but if you do, give us a call. 610-327-9644. SERVPRO cares.
SERVPRO, it's who we are!
Every morning on your way to work, you pass by a local SERVPRO franchise building. You see the green trucks and you know the name, but what is it exactly that SERVPRO does? Well, we are an emergency management company that handles the cleanup after any type of issue, be it a large loss or just a minor inconvenience. We are the people you want to call if you sump pump fails and you have water in your basement. Or maybe you had a fire and it destroyed part of your home. Perhaps you're just looking to have your carpets cleaned for the holidays. We also handle all bio-hazard clean up. We strive to provide the best service to anyone no matter how big or small. Call us, we're available 24/7 and we're local! 610-327-9644
As we head into spring, we tend to get excited when we think of longer days with more daylight and the fragrant smell of fresh blooming flowers and trees. Baseball season starts, kids play outside longer and we enjoy the warmer temps. Now is the perfect time to call your local SERVPRO franchise and schedule a complete and thorough cleaning of your HVAC system. 610-327-9644 The system has been sitting, closed up all winter and you will want to have the ducts cleaned and the unit itself serviced. Bacteria, dust, pollen and a host of other things could have built up in the ducts over the season. in order to avoid a horrible experience for any customers that suffer from allergies, call us today. SERVPRO cares.
One phone call to the pro's.
SERVPRO is the industry leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration. SERVPRO's are multi faceted franchises that not only do Water and Fire mitigation but also Mold remediation and abatement, bio-hazard cleanup and general cleaning. We do everything from cleaning carpets to sewer backups to mold removal and any type of bodily fluid cleaning. You just never know what situation you may find yourself in and we are highly trained professionals who can handle every case with the highest levels of integrity and professionalism. We pride ourselves on doing the job correctly and safely the first time. We are here in your local community and we're available to you any time day or night. Please give us a call at 610-327-9644.
ERP - What are they and how do they help?
50% of businesses may never reopen following a disaster...don't be one of them. Do you have a plan? How quickly can your company get back to "business as usual" if a disaster strikes? Contact your local SERVPRO Franchise and set up an ERP-Emergency Ready Program. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business including: Emergency Contact info, Shut-off Valve Locations and Priority Areas. The ERP is also accessible online; download SERVPRO's free Ready Plan app to access this info at any time. The ERP establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. Knowing what to do and who to call in advance is key to quick response and timely mitigation.
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