Commercial Fire Damage and Insurance - What Next?
Smoke damage from a fire can affect your business in Saint Simons, GA, in many ways, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed if you’re unsure what costs your insurance company will cover. Understanding what expenditures your insurance is likely to pay can help you eliminate stress throughout the cleanup process.
1. Property Damage
After a fire, many items in your business may be destroyed, and insurance should be able to compensate you for your losses. Even if some things in your building were left untouched by the fire itself, water from hoses or sprinklers can damage articles within them. Often, a cleanup and restoration company can assist you in taking inventory and provide you with an estimate of what items have been harmed and what can be repaired.
2. Smoke and Soot
In addition to causing destruction to articles within your building, a fire can leave behind smoke and soot damage. They can affect the structure of your property, and it’s often necessary to thoroughly clean and restore a business that has been rampaged by a fire. In some instances, major soot and smoke damage may require you to replace structures in your building. Luckily, fire insurance should cover the costs of smoke cleaning.
3. Business Interruption
If a business needs to temporarily close in order to make repairs, the costs of lost revenue can quickly add up over time. However, cleaning a building and making important renovations can be time-consuming, and complex repairs should not be rushed. Insurance companies will generally cover the costs of this interruption, allowing you to focus on restoring your establishment to its original state.
Has fire damage taken a toll on your business? Call SERVPRO of Brunswick to help take the stress of cleanup and inventory away. (912)264-6094
Using a Fire Extinguisher
Not only is it smart to keep fire extinguishers in your home or business, but it’s also the law in many states.
It's important to make sure you have the right types of fire extinguishers on hand to put out common fires.
Getting started with fire extinguishers
The first thing to do when choosing a fire extinguisher is to decide which rooms in your house need one. You should keep at least one on each level of your house. Make sure you keep fire extinguishers handy where fires are more likely to start, like in the kitchen and garage
Learning how to use your fire extinguisher
Once you've made your purchases, familiarize yourself with the fire extinguisher directions so you’ll be prepared in case you need to put out a fire. Typically, fire extinguishers are easy to use in the case of a fire. Most of the types operate using the P.A.S.S. technique:
?Pull the pin on the fire extinguisher to break the tamper seal.
?Aim the fire extinguisher low, with the nozzle pointed at the base of the fire.
?Squeeze the handle of the fire extinguisher to release the extinguishing agent.
?Sweep the nozzle from side to side while pointing at the base of the fire until it is extinguished.
?If the fire re-ignites, repeat the last 3 steps.
If you have to use a fire extinguisher it may leave residue along with the potential fire damage. SERVPRO of Brunswick is here to help.
Protecting Your Home - Storm Damages
Most people dream of having a beach home, and you have to admit - it’s pretty awesome. The view of the waves and the dunes from the Golden Isles and the Brunswick area are always amazing and a welcome sight at the end of the day, and the fact that you can walk down to the water in seconds is always something that warms your heart.
But there are those times of the year when a beach house in the Brunswick area is a worry. Summers are idyllic, and even Spring isn’t bad, but Fall? And the hurricanes? That’s another story entirely.
To be prepared, you will need to inspect your property regularly and look for trouble spots before those stormy times come.
Over time, every house experiences damage from weather, and you want to make sure there are no loose ends to wrap up. Loose siding or shutters? How about that roof? Do your windows close properly, and do all exterior doors fit as they should? Can those shutters close the way they should to protect your windows during a storm? Strong winds can make short work of those parts of your home that are not in as good repair as they should be.
The landscaping at a beach home in the Brunswick area is usually tropical in nature, which means palm trees. And they can get pretty big! Have your trees and other vegetation been trimmed appropriately and removed if they are not doing well? During a storm, a lot of damage can be done by flying branches and palm fronds, or at the very least, they can leave you a really big mess to clean up!
Salt air is rough on beach-side houses and buildings, so keeping an eye on your property for damages is a good idea. Rotting wood on your home can become a hazard during storms if not cared for. Flying debris can break windows and severely damage cars left on the street.
The SERVPRO team of Brunswick is standing at the ready to help you with any storm damage you may have suffered, as well as working with you to prevent those damages in the future. From fire damage to mold prevention, SERVPRO is a friend in need! Contact us at (912) 264 6094 or on our website: http://www.SERVPRObrunswick.com/
Restore or Replace - What Do You Prefer?
As a homeowner, you dread the idea of any type of damage occurring. From limbs falling to toilets overflowing; some accidents are just unpreventable. Water intrusion can cause extensive damage to wood, drywall, flooring, upholstery, and furniture. You lose a sense of normalcy after a water damage occurs, surveying the damage of what you might write off as lost; but at the SERVPRO of Brunswick, we are highly trained water restoration specialists and value restoring versus replacing mentality.
Why is restoring so important to SERVPRO of Brunswick?
- Peace of Mind - We value your belongings. The SERVPRO of Brunswick takes the time to restore affected items preserving your financial investment as well as family heirlooms and keepsakes.
- Save Money: Restoring is more cost-effective in most cases due to replacement cost values. For example, it is cheaper to dry and save flooring than to remove and replace it.
- Return to Normal Quicker: The drying process will return your home to normalcy sooner than replacing materials and working with contractors.
- Restoring is Environmentally Friendly: by restoring flooring and other items that may be affected by fire or water damage you prevent future items from entering landfills.
Our number one goal is returning damaged areas and items to preloss condition, doing all we can to make it “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO® of Brunswick is dedicated to restoring the property and the lives of the customers being helped.
Do you need assistance with water damage in your Brunswick, GA home?
Contact SERVPRO of Brunswick today!
Fast Response + Quality Drying
Water loss incidents can quickly spread throughout your Brunswick, GA home. As much as many homeowners might want to handle many of these disasters on their own, water losses can affect areas beyond what is easily seen, requiring sophisticated equipment and mitigation tools to overcome. Without a fast turnaround on the effects on your house, construction materials risk deterioration and the property also becomes susceptible to hazardous conditions like mold growth.
Professional restoration technicians like our SERVPRO team can offer real-time solutions for water damage to Golden Isles homes. We have a broad inventory of equipment, and with the connection to a larger national network, we can continually upgrade and improve our equipment and tools to be the most competitive in the restoration industry. We know how quickly water loss incidents can get out of control, so we have a 24/7 response to these emergencies to begin mitigation work as soon as our professionals first arrive.
Mitigation serves to reduce your overall loss when disasters strike your residence. While this ultimately involves multiple tasks happening simultaneously, it involves working to extract standing water, and dry saturated elements, and protect the contents of your house that are at risk for damage. Our SERVPRO team has extensive training from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in both Water Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) to offer our customers fast and confident solutions when every minute counts.
Our fast response in a water loss crisis can get vital drying efforts started immediately to prevent unnecessary tear-out and replacement of materials like carpeting and drywall. We have a restore before replacing mentality, and that begins with a quick mobilization whenever emergencies occur.
While many homeowners might strive to provide their house with the restoration and cleaning it needs when damaging situations occur, water loss incidents can spread much farther than you might realize.
Trust in our SERVPRO of Brunswick team to work quickly to make these situations “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (912)264-6094.
Prepare for Hurricane Season 2022
Flood damage? Give SERVPRO of Brunswick a call 912-264-6094
Are you prepared if your commercial property experiences a flood?
As a business owner, you must protect your property. You likely have insurance covering you in case of theft, fire or other serious property damage, but not all policies cover flood damage. Even if you don't live in an area prone to flooding, one burst pipe is all it takes to create a big problem. Living on the coast of Georgia we have all experienced how fast water can rise due to a storm surge or an incoming hurricane. Here are a few ways to prepare your business for potential damages this season.
Have Digital Backups of Any Paper Files
No matter how well you prepare, your paper files are at risk if storm damage is a possibility. If you don't already have digital copies of your important paperwork, now is the time to create these backups. Doing so can save you days' worth of headaches during the restoration process.
- Property deeds
- Insurance policies
- Inventory lists
- Employee information
- Company handbooks and policies
- Client or customer information
Create Sandbags to Protect Your Building
Placing sandbags at the doors and windows can protect your property from up to two feet of storm water. After filling each bag with sand, fold the top over and place the bag with the folded top down. Create one layer at a time, and limit their placement to three layers, unless you intend to create a pyramid or are leaning the bags against doors and windows. Remember, sandbags are a temporary solution and aren't likely to protect the building from larger floods.
Move What You Can
Consider your furniture and whether you have higher ground in your building. If you have a second story, move as much furniture and equipment to the higher floor as possible. If you have enough notice and a second property that is on higher ground, consider moving furniture and equipment to a new building entirely.
While you aren't likely to get away from flooding with no damage at all, following these steps will help you protect much of your property. Less time spent cleaning up means more time getting back into the swing of doing business. If you have water damage and need help call SERVPRO of Brunswick, GA at 912-264-6094
NOAA Predicts "Above Average" Hurricane Season
We are always here to help!
With a fairly quiet 2021 Hurrican Season, experts with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predict an “above-average” 2022 Atlantic hurricane season. NOAA predicts 14 to 21 named storms, including three to six major hurricanes.
NOAA says there is a 65% chance of an above-normal season, a 25% chance of a near-normal season, and a 10% chance of a below-normal season.
SERVPRO of Brunswick remains prepared for all forecasts for severe weather in Coastal Georgia. The last major Hurricane that hit the Georgia coast was, Hurricane Michael. A "Major Hurricane" is classified of anything from a CAT 3- CAT 5 Hurricane. Ranging in wind speeds over 110MPH! With Hurricane Michael in 2018, the rainfall fortunately was only 6.8 inches due to how fast the storm moved through the area. 6.8 inches of rain still caused tremendous damage to local homes and businesses.
Remember SERVPRO of Brunswick is always here to help assist our neighbors.
SERVPRO of Brunswick, GA is Here for Your Commercial Carpet Cleaning Needs
Commercial carpets can be considered a big investment. The heavy-duty carpets are designed to endure, but with excessive foot traffic, properly taking care of them often is necessary. SERVPRO of Brunswick, GA is well equipped to assist with the upkeep of your carpet cleaning needs. Besides vacuuming the carpet regularly, your commercial carpet should also be deep cleaned to extend its life and to keep it looking well-kept and professional.
A clean, healthy carpet helps set the first impression your customers have when they walk into your business and should provide a clean and safe environment for your employees. Carpets are also the place where a lot of airborne particles and other dirt gather over time. Besides aesthetics, keeping a clean carpet also helps provide healthy indoor air quality.
How Often Should My Carpet Be Cleaned?
Different environments can have several different effects on your commercial carpet. We typically notice that commercial carpets may need to be considered for cleaning no less than twice a year. However, if you notice a buildup of dirt on your floors, it’s time to schedule a cleaning. Every business is different.
Schedule an Appointment
Call SERVPRO of Brunswick (912) 264-6094 and schedule your carpet cleaning today.
Steps To Recovering Your Commercial Property After a Water Damage
If you ever notice a water leak inside your office or manufacturing plant in Glynn County, it is wise to call in SERVPRO of Brunswick at (912) 264-609
Let SERVPRO walk you through commercial water loss steps
Whenever water spills into your Glynn County office or manufacturing facility, it is wise to seek out help from a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. Our water restoration technicians or WRTs have the best tools at our disposal to conduct prompt commercial water cleanup. However, in many instances, there is much that you and your maintenance and custodial staff can do to keep the problems from getting worse.
This first step when conducting any commercial water is to find the source of the leak. Once you and your team locate where the moisture is coming from, it is wise to turn off the water in that location. If there is anything that uses electricity in the area that got wet, make sure to turn the power to that region off so that no electrical shorts occur.
Once you have determined if the water is clean or not, it is then wise to remove as much of it as possible while it is still liquid before it evaporates into the air or soaks into your contents or building materials. Liquid H20 can be removed much quicker and easier than water vapor or taking moisture out of wet materials.
Summer Cleaning Tips for Your Business
Here at SERVPRO of Brunswick, we are prepared to help you handle all your cleaning and maintenance projects, both large and small.
Keeping your business clean and your work environment pleasant and healthy during the summer is a big job. The heat and dust, insects, and workers out on vacation all can cause your workplace to look a bit less professional than it usually does. Here are some tips for you to use to keep your place of business looking great during the summer months:
- Install insect traps in places where they hide. Fly strips are an excellent idea to use near entrances.
- Dust surfaces daily.
- Clean and disinfect all bathrooms, including mirrors, countertops, sinks, and both the inside AND outside of toilets.
- Clean and disinfect doors, door handles, and light switches.
- Sweep and mop floors, using a disinfectant liquid. Make sure the mop head gets cleaned and/or replaced regularly.
- Clean cigarette trash from provided receptacles.
- Clean and polish the drinking fountain, if you have one.
- Clean and disinfect kitchen area, including sinks and countertops.
- Clean all glass, especially entrance doors.
- Wipe down and disinfect work desks and machinery such as phones, keyboards, printers, and filing cabinets.
- Sweep and vacuum all offices.
- Dust accessible window sills and baseboards.
- Dust artwork, framed certifications, and news articles, etc.
- Clean out the refrigerator and wash/disinfect microwave.
- Sweep exterior entrances, both front, and back.
- Make sure break areas are clean and presentable.
- Remove trash and debris from parking areas.
- Ensure there is no standing water on the property that could attract mosquitoes.
- Inspect roofing, exterior doors and windows, and parking areas for potential problems and maintenance needs.
- Trim back large bushes and tree limbs on your property ahead of wet summer weather.
- Do a quick inspection of fencing and entrance gates.
- Schedule periodic maintenance of HVAC and ductwork regularly during this season of heavy usage.
Call us at (912) 264-6094 to schedule inspections, or for cleanup assistance after water or fire damage. We are also experienced in mold remediation.