Recent Commercial Posts

Can Water Damage in Your Apartment Affect Your Neighbors?

11/2/2019 (Permalink)

A perspective from below of the balconies of an apartment building. The benefit may be the same as the drawback for apartments: in a confined place, you're tied to your neighbors.

Apartments are convenient for many reasons, like cost, location, and in-building facilities. One factor that can be a benefit or a drawback is the relationship between neighbors of an apartment building. One apartment’s water damage can easily become water damage for surrounding neighbors. If you’ve experienced water damage of any kind in your apartment, for example:

  • A burst pipe
  • Overflowed toilet
  • Cracks in bath causing flooding
  • Large spills
  • Dysfunctional appliances

It is very possible that the water damage in your apartment could reach the apartment below or beside you. Being that water is heavy in large quantities, can break through material when built up, and flows through all kinds of materials laterally, then it’s more than likely that the damage might reach another neighbor. Don’t feel bad, it’s a very common issue and the physical properties of water cause it to spread easily through floors. So, what do you do?

  • Contact Your Property Manager
  • Recommend SERVPRO as Your Water Restoration Specialist
  • Alert Neighbors to Check for Water Damage

The property manager will repair the damage for both you and your neighbor. When SERVPRO arrives at the scene they’ll finish the rest of the restoration process, which is a five step process.

  • Contact (This is what you and your property manager did in calling SERVPRO)
  • Assessment (SERVPRO reviews the damage and creates a plan)
  • Drying (Using their equipment, the drying process begins)
  • Salvage (Any water damaged material that isn’t ruined is now restored)
  • Restoration (Ensuring the quality of every damaged material)

The First Thing to Do When Your Property is Damaged

11/2/2019 (Permalink)

A hallway in an office space, with large windows as the walls. You can see into every office space. Each commercial property comes with its own set of variables when restoring damage.

When damage occurs in a commercial property, the capacity for the spread of damage is much higher than in a personal property. From surface area to multiple floors, there’s far more to consider when repairing a commercial property. The quantity of people using bathrooms, sinks, ovens, and other appliances raises the risk factor of accidental damage taking place. When it does occur, it can create a decent mound of stress for any property manager in charge of maintenance and restoration. Make sure to take the first, important steps:

  1. Take pictures of everything. You’ll want to remember each part that needs to be fixed and make sure everything is returned to normal.
  2. Ensure your restoration professional has the right equipment. In order for any restoration professional to cover a large surface area or multiple floors, depending on the structure of your commercial property, they’re going to need a large quantity of equipment and workforce. Equipment includes: Dehumidifiers (for restoring humidity), air movers (for drying quickly), truck mounted vacuums (for drying surface water), and negative air machines (for trapping contaminated air).
  3. Call the right restoration professional. SERVPRO is a large restoration company, with over 1,700 locations nationwide. They know what the standards are for a professional restoration job, and they have a large quantity of equipment and employees to bring their best effort to the table, regardless of the size of the project.

If you’re a property manager, unsure where to start with a little or big restoration job, call SERVPRO of East Dayton to take the weight off your shoulders. In just one call you can alert SERVPRO of the necessary procedures needed to take care of the damage in a time efficient manner and return operations to normal. While businesses are not immune to any restoration needs, time is the most valuable consideration in commercial restoration projects. Your business will be returned to normal as soon as you call your local SERVPRO.

Does Size of Property Change Restoration Process?

11/2/2019 (Permalink)

A red brick building in the sunlight in front of a clear blue sky. No project intimidates the skills and tools of your local SERVPRO.

The size of a property does not change the restoration process, in terms of the steps needing to be taken. The process can slide on a scale of necessary equipment and workforce, but remains the same. For instance, if you had two floors of completely soaked flooring, one plan might be two individuals running each floor with as many tools as needed in the assessment. While for homeowners, a smaller sized restoration company could get the work done and in a timely manner, considering the smaller surface area of possible damage and the amount of equipment needed, however commercial properties may not be able to use smaller restoration companies. The best bet for a commercial property in need of any type of restoration, whether its fire, water, mold, or storm damage, is a company that has a large supply of equipment at hand. The volume of equipment and workforce that SERVPRO of East Dayton has allows quick response time and quick restore time, because any number of people and tools can be at the location in a prompt time. In the past, SERVPRO has helped restore a number of commercial properties including:

  • Office buildings
  • Retail stores
  • Strip malls 
  • Apartment buildings
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants

Don’t worry about the size of the damage, the tenements or individuals affected by the restoration process, or anything else that might prohibit smooth running of the business. That will be little to no concern with SERVPRO, who knows efficiency and can create a flexible restoration plan that works around business operations, allowing you to keep running or to be back as quickly as possible.

What Every Property Manger Needs to Know

11/2/2019 (Permalink)

A group of employees are gathered at a conference table, taking notes and discussing together. This is what your team should look like, even in the middle of a restoration project.

The main causes of water damage in a commercial property is appliance leaks and overflowing, plumping breaks and leaks, large spills, and natural disasters infiltrating the structure of the building. This isn’t even including the high population that runs through a building. Customers using the restroom, employees using appliances like a coffee machine or dishwasher, the large quantity of piping needed to cover an entire building. A home bathroom may be used a few times every day, but a building bathroom could be used several hundred times a day, creating a far greater opportunity for damage to occur. 

A couple of things to know about water damage in a commercial setting:

  • There are three types of water that can be a part of water damage. 
    • Clean water damage, caused by rain or clean appliance leaks.
    • Gray water damage, caused by overflowing appliances or treated water.
    • Black water damage, caused by sewage or flooding.
  • Identify recurring sources of water damage.
  • Follow up with affected individuals after restoration process has been completed.
  • Reusing one restoration professional can allow them to understand the needs of the building really well.

When choosing a restoration professional to have continued service with, consider the following:

  • Does their amount of equipment and workforce meet the requirement of restoring your specific location’s requirements?
  • How efficiently can they restore your location so business can move on as normal?
  • How quickly can they pursue the project after receiving details and doing an assessment of the damage?
  • How can you get the best price to stay in your business’ budget?

SERVPRO of East Dayton can take care of all those considerations. They are a franchise of a large business, therefore having any needed equipment readily available. They also are local as a result of being independently owned, so they know the area and can give you small business, local prices. They are also a 24/7 hour emergency location. Your needs can be met before you even list them out.

The Future of the Restoration Industry

11/2/2019 (Permalink)

A man compares data on his phone to data on his laptop, sitting at a table. The restoration industry is profitable and a highly needed service.

Any business that uses a commercial space to conduct itself will come into contact with a restoration company at some point or another. From one business to another, it could be useful to understand the interest behind any company that you do business with. Especially considering that the restoration industry has taken off, there are some interesting things to know about the industry as a whole.

Property restoration is currently a growth industry. This isn’t to say that it’s an easy industry to build a business in, being that it does require professional knowledge of damage and services to fix damage, however it does coincide with hot topics. For instance, as the amount and strength of hurricanes increases due to the warming of the Earth over time, more and more damage has been needed in the South East part of the United States. During especially bad hurricanes, like Katrina of Louisiana, some restoration businesses increased profits by as much as doubling net gain in that year. The best part of the restoration industry is knowing that although large damage provides a high profit margin for restoration companies, this all comes from helping return the communities to the way they were before the storm hit. The restoration industry is not only profitable, but an honest service. 

Even smaller projects, like buildings and homes, comes from the service of returning peoples’ lives to the way it was before the damage occurred. In addition, franchise formatted restoration services provide an avenue for which companies can arrive even sooner to the location of need. 24/7 hour emergency would be less possible if it weren’t for the large access to professional equipment and employees.

Water Damage Restoration for Businesses

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Dehumidifiers placed in the empty garage of a Love Tires. SERVPRO team works with a Loves Tires to repair water damage done in the garage.

When a Love’s Tire Care location needed water damage restoration taken care of, they needed assistance covering a large surface area that had been affected by the initial water damage. To restore such a large area requires a larger quantity of both equipment and hands to get the job done as quickly as possible. The priority was to make sure the company was back open for business as quickly as possible, despite the size of the project. Though water damage, whether leaks or floods, is a nightmare for any homeowner, it can just as easily be a nightmare for a commercial business. Having to close up shop for any amount of time, losing new potential business and money in general, is an added layer of the nightmare that is repairing water damage, fire damage, or any other number of disasters that can easily come through a business’ location. The benefit of working with a company like SERVPRO of East Dayton is due to the quantity of help a business of its size can administer.  In large projects like Loves Tire Care some faults can slip past in the water restoration process, including attention to detail and careful clean up of equipment and returning the site to its’ original space for when business is back on. In order to avoid such time-consuming mistakes when found after the process has been taken care of, order and communication is valuable to the success of large scale projects. SERVPRO, like shown in their work time and time again , knows the scale, detail, and planning required to administer orderly water restoration to such drastic water damage.

Restoring Your Beavercreek Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Beavercreek commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek

SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.