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Is SERVPRO right for your Business Loss?
We know a loss at your business, whether fire, water or other disaster, can impact your business greatly.
Lost days equal lost income and we know that. That is why we are "Here to Help" with our commercial restoration team.
Here are a few reasons why your business should choose SERVPRO for its needs.
Available 24/7: Disaster can strike anytime so you need a company that is available as soon as we are needed.
Commercial Large Loss Division: Not only do we have a commercial crew in house, we also have access to large commercial loss crews through the SERVPRO network.
Strategically Located: We have more trained and certified technicians than any of our competitors at over 2000 locations.
Personal Attention: Each loss is managed by a project manager from your local SERVPRO and backed by SERVPRO Headquarters.
Easier Insurance Claims: We will help you navigate the claims process to make this situation go as smoothly and quickly as possible to get you back up and running.
These are just a few reasons why your business needs SERVPRO when disaster strikes!
SERVPRO of Warren County
Faster to any Disaster
There is never a convenient time for water or fire to damage your business and we at SERVPRO realize this. That is why we offer the 1/4/8 guarantee to make sure that your business is back up and running as fast as possible. After all, no money is made when your business is closed.
Curious what 1/4/8 might mean for you and your business.
We guarantee a call from a priority responder within ONE hour of your call.
We guarantee a crew on site within FOUR hours of your call
We guarantee a verbal or written plan of action within EIGHT hours of your call.
We offer these guarantees because we know how crucial down time can be and we want to help you reopen as soon as possible.
We will also help you navigate through the insurance claims process to make the situation as easy as possible.
If you need help call us today!
SERVPRO of Warren County
SERVPRO Responds to Local Business
During the recent tornadoes in our area we have been extremely busy. We have actively been engaged in helping our local businesses get back in action.
Many local businesses that sustained damage needed anything from just a small tarping job to a full rebuild and we have been here from start to finish for them. We continue to be available for our businesses here at home.
If your business sustained loss during the recent tornado and flooding events please call us today. This community is our home and we feel it is an honor to help in the rebuilding of Bowling Green and the surrounding areas.
We are "Here to Help"
SERVPRO of Warren County
1999 River Street
Bowling Green, Ky.
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Faster, anywhere, anytime!
The recent storms in our area have been devastating and we have been honored to help our businesses get back to business.
One local business that sustained damage here in Bowling Green was one of our own insurance agents offices. We were on site with them immediately to help protect the building and contents and to help them get settled in a temporary location.
We have now been able to complete reconstruction for them and they have been able to move back to their location in a very quick turnaround.
If you still need help from the recent storm events, our crews are here and available to help.
Please don't hesitate to call us today!
We are "Here to Help"
SERVPRO of Warren County
1999 River Street
Bowling Green, Ky.
Large Loss Apartment Building in Warren County
Recently our crews spent over 48 hours on site for a large water loss in an apartment complex.
In normal times, this would be a routine loss for our team but after suffering tornadoes in 3 of our 5 Counties, many buildings are only tarped making it nearly impossible to keep water lines from freezing.
This particular apartment complex had damage to roof from the storms in one corner unit on the third floor and had been tarped. However, due to the fact that there were other tenants in the same building, fire code required that the sprinklers stay active. It was one of these sprinkler heads in the affected unit that froze and burst. Once we did the mitigation and had equipment in place, the fire department turned the sprinklers back on. The temperatures plunged again and the sprinkler heads burst again causing us to have to extract, check equipment and start again.
We stayed the course and did the job! We have such a strong team and I am very proud of all the work they have been doing during this difficult time. #SERVPROstrong #teammoody
Reducing Damage from Water Intrusion
SERVPRO of Warren County Can Mitigate Losses at your Business by Conducting Complete Drying
When water intrudes into a property, it can cause a lasting impact on your belongings, fittings, and building assembly. Professional technicians must understand the types of water migration, vapor concentration, and materials involved to restore a home properly.
In many cases, the core principle of commercial water restoration in Warren County is to dry the property. A dry property significantly reduces the chance of microbial growth, shrinkage, or color bleeding for textiles and deterioration of the building assembly. Modern drying equipment and advances in drying methodology can help business owners recover their premises quickly and without unnecessary inconvenience.
- Understanding the four steps to dry property is essential to quick restoration.
- Determining an early drying goal can aid efficiency through better organization and specific role management.
- Positioning air-movers optimally for quick-drying can further reduce drying times.
Return to business quicker with professional restoration. Contact SERVPRO of Warren County for commercial water restoration at 270-796-8080
The Aftermath of a Commercial Loss
The aftermath of a water or fire damage can be a traumatic experience for business owners, specially if they are forced to shut down for an undetermined length of time, depending on the extent of the damage. At SERVPRO of Warren County, our number one priority is returning the structure to its pre loss condition as quickly as possible.
Unplanned interruptions can be devastating for businesses, that is why Property Managers and business owners need to hire professionals with years of experience to handle commercial losses. When you call SERVPRO of Warren County, you know your call will be answered by highly trained technicians and managers to help you with the recovery process. Our professionals will ensure the safety of your employees and tenants and they will work restlessly to minimize the interruption of the business’ daily operations.
We have more than 30 years of experience doing water mitigation jobs for multi-level commercial buildings, multi-tenant facilities, shopping malls, apartment complexes, hotels, senior centers, daycares, and warehouses.
SERVPRO of Warren County is here to guide Property Managers and owners and help every step of the way and make it “Like it never even happened.”
Contact us here or call 270-796-8080
After hours call to local hotel
Call SERVPRO of Warren County for your commercial water loss needs!
SERVPRO of Warren County is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A local hotel suffered a water loss to several rooms overnight during the week. A 3:30 AM call was all it took for SERVPRO to be on site!
Once the call came in , within an hour our team was on site to begin the dry out process. Our production crews set up dehumidifiers and air movers. They began to remove damaged carpet from the rooms. Our expert crew worked throughout the morning in drying out the damaged rooms.
No commercial job is to large for SERVPRO of Warren County, and we are always open for business. If your commercial property or business has a water loss, call the experts at SERVPRO of Warren county 270-796-8080 and we will make it "Like it never even happened."
Commercial Air Duct Cleaning in Bowling Green, KY
Getting your air ducts cleaned can be a simple fix to some health concerns in your commercial building!
Did you know SERVPRO of Warren County offers air duct cleanings for residential and commercial properties? We sure do!
This type of cleaning is an easy one to forget about, but is a top precaution for health concerns. The dust buildup and allergens that remain in the ducts overtime can affect customers or employees in your building. A good sign of a possible problem would be sneezing occurs when walking into the building, or any change in the respiratory system. We encourage our clients that own commercial properties to get an air duct cleaning about every 1-2 years.
Our pricing varies depending on the specific needs of the customer, how many registers are in the property, and the severity of the cleaning. Call our office at 270-796-8080 for a free estimate on this service!
Apartment Complex Restoration: Who is Responsible?
If you live in an apartment or a renting situation, knowing your rights and responsibilities is critical during the restoration process. Here are a few general tips and bits of knowledge to keep in mind for your home.
- Renters Insurance is Critical! Even if your landlord doesn't require a renters insurance policy, this is the only way you can guarantee your contents and belongings are safe. Our Marketing Representative mentioned that her renters policy even covers the belongings in her vehicle being stolen as long as it occurs at her apartment. We encourage you to ask an agent about the possibilities.
- Review and Understand your Lease! Your lease should outline procedures for property damage and what the landlord will cover. If it is not, make sure to reach out to them and clarify the plan of action for any water or fire damage.
- Ask your Landlord to call SERVPRO! We can perform restoration services for any water, fire, mold, or storm damage you may have at your apartment with the landlord's permission. Encouraging them to call us as the #1 restoration company in the nation can ensure your home is taken care of as fast as possible! We can also provide content management and inventory services for you.
Call on us today with any questions or property damage needs! 270-796-8080
Cleaning Services for Commercial Businesses
SERVPRO promises a higher standard of cleaning for all commercial properties with any cleanup need.
Did you know that SERVPRO of Warren County performs multiple general cleaning services? We can tackle any mess big or small, and when your maintenance department is in need of some back up, we can do it! Our technicians are available 24/7 and can travel wherever needed. Here are a few more details about what cleaning services we can provide to you:
- Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning
- Biohazard and Sewage
- Carpet and Upholstery
- Crime Scene
- Odor Removal and Decontamination
- Vandalism and Hoarder Cleanup
- COVID-19 and Pathogens
Our most commonly requested cleaning services are biohazard, air ducts, and COVID-19 currently. We have a service called "Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned". This is a specialized program for commercial businesses to help comfort their customers and employees that the facility has been cleaned by a professional for COVID-19. Call our office at 270-796-8080 for more information.
FAQ for Commercial Fire Losses in Bowling Green, KY
This government building in Cumberland County, KY experienced a severe fire but the source is unknown.
If you own a commercial property in Warren County, fire and water damage can be a giant source of fear! Many factors come into play such as time out of work, injuries to tenants, loss of income, and several others. Having a resource like SERVPRO of Warren County on your side can help ease those fears tremendously! Here are a few questions we get often from property managers and owners that have called us for mitigation.
What should I do immediately after a fire?
- Report the incident to your insurance company and file a claim. Make sure you understand the coverage terms, any policy limits, and the deductible.
- Next, call SERVPRO of Warren County at 270-796-8080. A production manager will be able to create a scope of work, estimate, and plan for the mitigation.
What does the restoration process include?
- Our team of experienced technicians have a main goal of getting your business back open as quickly as possible. We develop a specific scope of work tailored to your needs and any requests.
- Fire restoration includes but not limited to demolition (removing burnt materials), drying out any moisture, content cleaning and inventory, ozone machines with odor removal, smoke and soot cleanup, and a reconstruction team to replace the removed building materials.
Should you ever find yourself in a fire damage situation, SERVPRO of Warren County will be ready to help! Our team can travel to any city or county that we are called to at any time of day.
With Equipment strategically placed around the country SERVPRO can assist with any size project.
SERVPRO of Warren County is ready to respond immediately and work quickly to clean or restore your business. We understand that your property’s appearance is important and that every hour spent restoring is an hour of lost productivity. When you need a restoration or cleaning professional, SERVPRO of Warren County has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
- Small Office Buildings
- Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Small Retail Stores
- Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
- High-Rise Residential
- Manufacturing & Industrial
Commercial Building Restoration Services
When it comes to commercial and residential restoration services, SERVPRO is a leader in the industry. Available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, SERVPRO of Warren County responds quickly to your business’s fire, water, and mold damage emergencies. No commercial project is too big, because we have access to the resources of a nationwide network of 1,700 Franchises. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:
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Warren County Fire Cleanup in your Commercial Property
Apartment Complex Fire in Bowling Green, KY
Your commercial property in Bowling Green has caught fire, so what happens now? The number one step to take is to remain calm, but take immediate action. Here are some important steps we advise all property managers or business owners to implement after a fire.
1. Call SERVPRO of Warren County
Just like you, we are the experts in our field and the #1 preferred vendor for all fire remediation! We handle every aspect of the job including content inventory, drying, cleaning, and reconstruction. Attempting to cleanup the job on your own can put you at risk for injury and illness, so make the call to us immediately.
2. Gather the appropriate records
It is crucial to have your documents ready when you contact the insurance company to notify them of your loss. We encourage our customers to purchase fireproof containers for those records, or calling SERVPRO to get a FREE electronic version that can be shared with many employees.
3. Notify your insurance company ASAP.
Once the fire is put out, contact your insurance company and let them know you would like to file a claim. Make sure you ask them how much coverage you have for mitigation and reconstruction.
4. Ask permission to enter your building after the fire.
Fires can subject significant damage to the structure of a building which could make it unsafe to walk inside. Always make sure you get clearance from the fire department or marshal to ensure your safety.
We are a 24/7 business that can handle any size job at any location! Call on us at (270) 796-8080.
Commercial Response Day or Night
We have the right equipment for the right job of any size.
Damage to your business can occur at any time. Broken hot water heaters, sprinkler malfunction, cracks in water or sewage pipes, or storms and other severe weather can disrupt business when you least expect it. SERVPRO® of Warren County wants area business owners to know that we are leaders in fire and water cleanup and restoration and are available day or night to respond and begin the process of returning your business to preloss condition in most cases. We offer a variety of commercial services to and have the training and experience to restore your property. Here are the services we offer:
When you need help getting your business back on track due to water or fire damage, our team is ready to provide cleanup and restoration services to your business or home. SERVPRO® of Warren County is Here to Help®. Our team of highly trained professionals are on call 24 hours a day every day. We’ll take care of your commercial damage and make it “Like it never even happened.”
Call us today at 270-796-8080.
How To Get Mold Insurance Coverage
Moldy office in Alvaton, KY
How To Get Mold Insurance Coverage
You have probably heard horror stories about mold destroying properties. Without proper insurance, your company could have to use its profits to pay for mold remediation services.
That is why you need to make sure you have proper insurance coverage. Mold insurance claims can help pay for the following:
- Property damage
- Mold cleanup and restoration costs
- Bodily injury
Unfortunately, general commercial liability insurance does not always cover mold damage. However, you may be able to add mold coverage to your policy.
Some general property or liability insurance policies do cover mold, but the coverage is usually limited. Oftentimes, they don’t even cover the cost of remediation or investigation.
However, your pollution liability policy may allow you to file a mold claim. You can also add mold coverage to this pollution insurance.
Even if you do have proper insurance, there is no guarantee that the insurer will pay for the mold damage. If you do not take proper steps to mitigate the spread of the fungus, your mold insurance claims could be denied.
To prevent this from happening, make sure your Alvaton, KY, business has a mold management plan. You should have policies in place to both prevent mold growth and address any visible signs of the fungus.
Keep in mind that mold can appear just 24 to 72 hours after water damage occurs. Any floods or leaks must be cleaned up immediately to ensure the insurance provider accepts your claim.
Filing Your Claim
After the mold strikes, you should contact your provider to find out the type of coverage you have. You should also pick black mold cleanup specialists who work with the insurance company. This will make the mold insurance claims process less stressful for you and your business.
You don’t want to be stuck without insurance when a mold disaster strikes. You should thus make sure that mold coverage is part of your commercial policy.
Preventing Frozen Pipes This Winter
Insulate pipes that pass through unheated areas of the building
As the weather turns colder and the snow piles up, it’s important to understand how the changing seasons affect your facility’s maintenance routine. Winter poses different hazards and there are different methods of preventing them. Keeping your building warm and dry means understanding these risks and doing the work that will protect you from them. Let’s talk about how to prevent frozen pipes, which can burst and lead to water damage indoors.
Tips for Preventing Pipe Freezing
Use the following tips to help prevent issues with pipes freezing:
- Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night.
- Add insulation to crawlspaces and utility access areas.
- Insulate pipes that pass through unheated areas of the building.
- Increase ventilation to pipes in kitchen and bathroom areas.
The general rule you want to follow is this simple: Making sure your pipes receive the benefit of your regular HVAC climate controls will prevent ice from forming in them. That’s why it’s important to check on insulation and to keep your temperature controls at a reasonable setting day and night. Temperature fluctuations in the main work areas are amplified in crawl spaces and other less-insulated parts of the building.
Pipes Freezing in Extreme Temperatures
No matter how hard you try to prevent frozen pipes in Smiths Grove, KY the winter weather occasionally just throws you a curveball. That means there’s a chance an extreme cold period could overcome your prevention measures, especially if that cold snap is more drastic and longer than usual for Smiths Grove, KY. When that happens, it’s important to have an emergency plan.
This emergency plan needs to include local restoration experts who know how to deal with a burst pipe, so you know that you will get help with cleanup and with water line repair afterward. If you work with your insurance company and plan, it’s easy to make sure your choice will be covered, too, so you have an easy-to-follow plan of action when an emergency strikes that will help your facility bounce back after an emergency.
3 Ways To Contribute to Urban Flooding Prevention at Your Business
High water levels can damage your Alvaton, KY commercial property
3 Ways To Contribute to Urban Flooding Prevention at Your Business
Violent storms and several consecutive days of flooding in Alvaton, KY, can cause problems like high water levels and damage to your commercial building. When this occurs, you might face problems such as poor water drainage, serious flooding in the basement and first floor and damage to equipment and inventory. However, you may be able to avoid these issues by contributing to your city’s urban flood prevention plan, and there are several ways you can accomplish this.
1. Cultivate a Rooftop Garden
If your commercial building has a flat roof, it could be prone to water retention. If rain remains consistent over several days, this could cause the weight of gathered water to damage the roof, especially if the drainage system or gutters are not effective. Creating a rooftop garden could help absorb rainwater and utilize it in a way that is healthy and positive. The absorption might also reduce runoff, and a garden creates a space that everyone can enjoy.
2. Gather and Reuse Rainwater Runoff
You may be able to stop flooding issues around the perimeter of your building and lower the risk of local water damage by installing rain-catching systems. You can either purchase these at your local home improvement store or create your own with large, sturdy barrels and PVC piping. During a storm, rainwater will filter into these containers, which you can then use to water the trees and other vegetation around your building. While this might not stop flooding or high water levels completely, it may have a positive effect on flood problems on your street.
3. Have Your Sewer System Inspected
Flood prevention can come in many forms, and one that you may not have considered is keeping your building’s sewer system in good condition. Flooding can have a serious impact on buildings that have poor sewage and drainage systems, so you may want to contact a flood damage and restoration service for advice about how to have your sewage pipes checked.
High water levels and other types of flooding can damage your Alvaton, KY, commercial property. Knowing how to contain flooding may protect your building and contribute to your city’s flood prevention plan.
Detecting and Confronting Common Water Losses
Leaking water from a kitchen faucet
Businesses in Plano, KY, greatly depend on water for a variety of purposes, from plumbing to equipment function. This also means that water is present everywhere, and that any type of malfunction, such as damaged pipes or a defective roof, can lead to a large loss for your business. Due to the prominence of water, leaks are the most common type of business loss, so you might benefit from learning how to resolve and prevent them from occurring.
Most Covered Water Losses
Insurance policies mostly cover water incidents that involve water leaks and exclude ones that involve large quantities of water, such as flooding, natural disasters or surface water. Covered losses can occur from surprise or sudden events, including burst pipes or erratic fire suppression equipment. An insurance plan can generally cover the costs involving the repair of the property. It can also cover the fire system's repair if it is the source of the leak. Damage to the building itself is also part of the water loss.
Causes of Water Leaks
These water losses occur due to a variety of potential scenarios.
- Broken or damaged pipes
- Defective fire sprinklers
- Malfunctioning equipment
- Faulty roofing
As a commercial property owner, you might need to pay attention to these causes to prevent a future water loss. Ensure that maintenance is performed to your business equipment, fire sprinklers or piping system to prevent leaking pipes and other disasters that can lead to a business loss.
Resolving Water Losses
If you find a water leak in the building, locate the source and shut off the water immediately. Make sure to contact emergency restoration services to control and repair the damage present in your property. Check the insurance plan to be sure it covers this specific incident.
Water leaks have numerous causes, from damaged pipes to compromised roofing, and are the most common form of business loss. Protect your Plano, KY, business from water loss by preventing potential issues, hiring damage remediation specialists and consulting your insurance.
Do Not Expect Aerosol Spray To Eliminate Smoke Odor
Smoke Cleaning Done By Professionals In Three Steps
If your Alvaton, KY, business experiences a fire, get ready for an education. First, there is the fire damage caused by the flames. Next, there is water damage caused by fire suppression. Finally, there is smoke damage. Smoke cleaning requires trained fire and smoke remediation professionals who bring their experience and specialized equipment to the job.
Fires fill the air with particulates that leave residue in difficult-to-reach places. Smoke cleaning involves the removal or neutralization of this residue. Trained professionals do this in three steps.
1. Eliminate Airborne Smoke and Soot.
This effort starts while the fire is still in progress. The fire department vents the structure with high-capacity fans to remove smoke. This should continue once the firefighters leave. Fans and filtration equipment will remove many of the particulates before they become residue.
The next step is to remove the contents of the building. Check each item and subject it to one of the following three actions:
- Dispose of contaminated items like fabrics and carpets when that makes sense.
- Send other contaminated items out for restoration.
- Move uncontaminated items to an uncontaminated off-site area.
2. Install Ozone Generators and Flood the Building Interior With Ozone.
Ozone is a toxic form of oxygen and is effective at neutralizing smoke residue. The goal is to run the ozone generators for an extended period. During this time, the ozone will neutralize all the residue it comes into contact with. Because ozone is toxic, the building must be unoccupied during this process.
3. Deodorize the Building With a Thermal Fogger.
Ozone will not neutralize all the residue. Nothing short of demolishing the building will do that. For this reason, the final step in smoke odor removal is to deodorize the building using a thermal fogger. This device overlays the remaining residual odors with a fresh, clean smell.
Once the smoke cleaning process is complete, your business is ready to move beyond the fire. Thanks to the efforts of these cleaning professionals, your business will continue beyond the fire “Like it never even happened.”
Water Damage Prevention During Construction
Work with professionals who can take appropriate measures
Tips that Can Help You Prevent the Need of a Water Pipe Repair During Construction
When building your Richpond, KY, business property, making repairs, or adding an addition, it's important that your plumbing is treated carefully to prevent potential water damage issues. Here are some tips that can help you prevent the need of a water pipe repair during the construction process.
1. Have The Area Inspected Before Construction Starts
Before you start construction it's important to have the area inspected so that the crew and any other professionals working on the property know exactly what needs to be done, and where any water lines are. If you find water damage before construction then a water damage restoration professional can help make those repairs part of the construction process.
2. Work With Professionals Who Can Take Appropriate Measures
It's important to choose professionals who know how to work around your businesses existing plumbing so that an accidentally flooded area can be avoided. Having a professional team who can perform a water pipe repair may also be important in case any previous damage is discovered. That way you can feel secure in the fact the team of professionals working on your construction project will know how to find and identify any related water damage, and make the appropriate repairs.
3. After Construction Test Everything To Ensure Functionality
Another way to help prevent a broken pipe is to properly test everything after any construction projects are finished. This will help you know any plumbing projects were completed correctly, and give you time to go over the proper maintenance procedures with the professionals that completed the installation.
It's best to have your plumbing inspected before construction even begins. Many recommend working with professionals who have the ability to take care of any potential water pipe repair needs, and testing the plumbing functionality as construction wraps up. If you do experience flooding, a professional water damage restoration service may be able to help.
Answering a Few Common Question About Mold
When disaster strikes call SERVPRO
Four Common Questions About Mold
When commercial property owners notice mold growth in their buildings, it is reasonable to panic, but it is not always necessary. However, if you are currently experiencing a mold problem, you likely have a few questions. Therefore, to help ease your mind, the below list is a compilation of the four most common questions about mold.
1. Is Mold Toxic?
There are variations of mold, and some of them are toxic while others aren't. Most common funguses are not poisonous and will not negatively impact health unless you are exposed to high levels for prolonged periods of time. Therefore, quick remediation is always best.
2. How Fast Does Mold Spread?
Mold growth can begin within 24 to 48 hours of water damage, and it will continue to spread rapidly after that if not remediated. Also, mold is not limited to only water damaged areas. Spores can spread throughout your property through ventilation systems, contaminating multiple areas at a time.
3. What Are the Primary Causes of Mold?
High humidity and moisture or water damage are the primary causes of mold development. Spores exist everywhere, and there is no way around that, but to grow fungus needs water and moisture.
4. How Does the Remediation Process Work?
When hiring a mold remediation specialist in the Smiths, KY, area, keep in mind that it is a five-level process: (1) protection, (2) containment, (3) tear out, (4) cleaning and disinfecting and (5) salvage and restoration. While containment and tear out are the most significant parts of the remediation process due to actual mold removal, each level builds on the next to ensure the safety of your building, tenants and yourself.
Mold growth is a real concern for many property owners. However, the fears can be minimized if you take action when you encounter a problem and call in a specialist. The number of mold varieties and the possibility of spread means that calling in professionals may be the only responsible action to take.
How to Safely Approach the Cleanup Process After an Electrical Fire
Smoke damage on electronics in Bowling Green, KY
It is a common misconception that an electrical fire can only take place in an old building. Aged wiring and damaged outlets are often blamed for the ignition of these dangerous fiery outbreaks. But old wires are not the sole cause of electrical fires. Learn how these fires can start, and what to do after a fire has occurred at your Bowling Green, KY facility.
Prevent Fires by Identifying Electrical Hazards
The best way to avoid a commercial fire incident is to watch for the telltale signs of danger. Before an electrical fire breaks out, some recognizable indicators of electrical hazards may be lurking below the surface. Watch for these key indicators of electrical problems:
- Frequent breaker overload
- Hot or smoking light fixtures
- Sparks from electrical outlets
- Loud popping sounds when turning on or plugging-in an appliance
Approach Cleanup With Caution
If your commercial business has fallen victim to a workplace fire you should begin the cleanup process immediately, but approach with caution. Hiring a fire cleanup crew is the surest way to protect and possibly save electronics that have taken fire damage. Electronic devices and machinery are very susceptible to irreversible damage from flames, smoke and soot. Avoid operating or turning on any electrical device that may have been exposed during the fire. Wiring that has been burned or received smoke damage could be at risk for further danger. Stay safe by hiring professionals.
Seek Electronic Restoration
When looking to clean and restore workplace belongings and electronics, professional fire restoration services are essential. Electrical devices require special care to prevent further damage or total loss. A restoration team can evaluate the effectiveness of computer cleanup efforts and determine what is salvageable. Removing ashes and smoke from electronics requires special equipment and qualified expertise.
After an electrical fire, the cleanup process should be left in the fit hands of trained professionals. Working with the right tools and know-how, these experts can address all of your commercial fire concerns and restore a clean and safe environment.
Avoid Costly Water Leaks
Pipe burst causing water to cover the classroom in Plano,NY
An Undetected Pipe Break or Water Leak Could Cost You Thousands Each Year
If you own a business in Plano, KY, you're probably always looking for ways to maximize your revenue stream. One big way to save on expenses is to prevent leaks in your building. Did you know that an undetected pipe break or water leak could potentially cost you thousands each year? Below, we'll examine the most likely causes of leakage and what to do about them.
1. Outside Spigots
These are easy to forget. A leaking spigot on the outside of your building can not only be wasting water (and money), but could actually cause water damage to the building's foundation.
2. Leaky Toilets
You could lose up to 73,000 gallons of water from a leaky toilet in one year. If your building has several toilets, you could be losing a lot more. By simply replacing worn-out gaskets and flanges, this water loss can be easily prevented.
3. Faucet Leaks
A water leak from a single dripping faucet can use more than 20 gallons of water in a day. Think of how much you're losing if you have three or four sinks on every floor! You could save a lot of money by just by inspecting the taps and replacing some washers.
4. Water Heaters
A water heater with a slow leak is something that might go undetected for a long time. Not only does this waste a great deal of water, but it could cause damage to the saturated areas on the adjacent floor and walls. Additional secondary damage could come from mold and mildew.
5. Hidden Pipe Damage
A pipe break is not always so obvious; if the breakage is hidden behind a wall or floor, you're not going to see it. That's why it's a good idea to get an inspection done by a water mitigation professional at least once a year.
If left unchecked, a water leak can waste a good deal of money and cause a lot of headaches. The good news is that you can prevent a leak from happening by just paying attention to the likely suspects listed above.
4 Cost-Effective Ways To Flood-Proof Your Building
Sump pumps can save your Smiths,KY building from flooding
Most commercial building owners in Smiths, KY, hate seeing flood damage every time a storm passes through the area. Thankfully, you don't have to resign yourself to this type of damage. You can work with a commercial water damage team to flood-proof your building.
1. Install a pump
Putting in a sump pump can save your building from a lot of flooding. A sump pump removes water from basements by pulling water out of sump basins. This type of equipment is popular in properties that have lower levels below the ground water level.
2. Put up barriers
If enough warning is given before a storm, you can choose to set up barriers. In many areas, sand bags can be used to direct water away from a building's foundation. While this can be a good solution to ward off flood damage, it only works when you have adequate warning about a potential storm. You could also choose to put up permanent earthen barriers around your building to ensure you are always ready for the worst-case scenario.
3. Increase water tightness.
Improving the seal around a building can keep storm damage to a minimum. This could include installing new windows and doors, replacing damaged siding or roofing and caulking around existing windows and doors. If water cannot get into a space, there won't be significant flooding.
4. Reorganize your space.
If you know the basement of your building floods during every heavy rain, you can reorganize how you use the space to minimize the damage done by the storm. Moving important documents and expensive equipment to higher levels may be enough flood proofing for your property.
As a building owner, you want to do everything you can to keep your property in the best shape possible. Putting preventative techniques in place to stop flood damage can help you keep your business operation even after severe storms.
All Is Not Lost After Water Damage: Tips for Cleaning and Restoring Building's Contents
School classroom cleanup in Bowling Green, KY
If your building was in a flood, you may be worried about how you're going to clean your building's contents and equipment. Not only is business equipment expensive, but every day the damage goes untouched is another day that you lose money. You can prevent monetary loss and minimize damage by contacting a Bowling Green, KY, water damage remediation team regarding your flooded company and its contents ASAP. The sooner you begin remediation efforts, the less damage your contents are likely to undergo and the sooner you can get back up and running.
The first step of the water damage remediation process involves determining which building contents are worth saving and which need to be destroyed. When assessing the damage, your remediation team will give careful attention to the following materials:
- Carpet padding
- Upholstered office partitions
If non-porous materials such as those mentioned above had been sitting in water for more than 24 hours, and if dry cleaning cannot save them, chances are they are unsalvageable. When a flooded company keeps water-saturated materials, it puts it at risk of mold growth and other costly issues.
Non-Porous Materials are Likely Salvageable
Not all materials are unsalvageable. Non-porous materials such as those mentioned below can likely be cleaned, saved and used once more:
- Stainless steel appliances
- Glass furniture and fixtures
- Granite surfaces
Some semi-porous materials such as tile and concrete may need to be given special consideration.
In some instances, if the water touched any of your office equipment or effected the wiring in your office, your team may recommend that you remove electronics and take them to a specialist for evaluation.
Dealing with a flooded company is never easy, but it doesn't have to be back or bank-breaking either. Contact your Oak Grove, KY, water damage remediation team for immediate and thorough assistance and for help minimizing the cost of damage as much as possible.
Answers to Common Questions About Mold
If you see signs of mold growth, smell a musty odor, find evidence of water leaks, or know of any past flooding, you should take immediate action.
What does mold look like?
Mold can appear in many colors and could appear as a dark spot on the wall or as black specks around the window. Mold in the crawlspace may look like chalky white growth or could be dark spots behind the sink. Many people in Bowling Green, KY, recognize black mold, but it could appear in several colors, beginning with the most common.
Any sign of mold should prompt you to contact a mold remediation expert, even if the growth spot only looks like hard water stains running below the knobs in the sink.
How can you tell if it's bad mold?
Not all types of mold are dangerous, but black mold and other forms of mold in large amounts could lead to expensive repairs and mold cleanup efforts. The best way to prevent extensive damage and repairs is to treat any appearance of mold as if it were bad mold. The only effective and reliable way to tell what type of mold is in a building is to contact an indoor environmental professional.
Who can safely remove mold?
An IEP uses specialized equipment and testing methods to determine which types of mold are on the property, how widespread growth is, how high levels of contamination are, and where mold growth began. DIY tests tend to be inaccurate and could lead to ineffective mold remediation efforts.
When should you take action?
If you see signs of mold growth, smell a musty odor, find evidence of water leaks, or know of any past flooding, you should take immediate action to prevent further growth and to begin mold cleanup. Mold remediation experts in Bowling Green, KY, can get you started. Any time you suspect the presence of mold in your building, you need to act quickly for the protection of your property and those people who live or work in the building.
For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROwarrencounty.com/.
Commercial Fire Sprinkler Floods: 3 Ways To Protect Your Business
Flooding from a broken fire sprinkler system can be unexpected for you as a business owner.
There are many different sources of flooding that can affect your Bowling Green, KY, commercial building. Some causes are common; however, even those that happen less often can be just as damaging. For example, you may not anticipate malfunctioning ceiling sprinklers to cause a flood, but being prepared can help you protect your business in case the worst should happen. As you create a plan of action, there are a few strategies to consider that may reduce flood damage and allow your business to recover faster.
1. Know Where the Water Shutoff Valve Is
Trying to find your building’s water shutoff valve while the fire sprinklers are spraying water everywhere might prolong flooding and make matters worse. Locate your building’s main water valve ahead of time and map the fastest way to get to it. Give your managers a copy of the map so they can turn off the water if you are not there. The quicker you can cut off the water supply, the less serious the damage may be.
2. Have a Flood Damage Service On Call
Being able to call for help when your building suffers water damage can give you peace of mind, even during the worst of floods. Having a flood damage and restoration company on call that can perform mitigation services may reduce widespread problems that stem from a sprinkler malfunction. Experienced technicians can drain water from vulnerable areas and prevent water from spreading to adjacent rooms.
3. Be Aware of Your Insurance Coverage
If you have business interruption insurance, take the time to fully understand what your policy covers so there are no unpleasant financial surprises after a fire sprinkler flood. Have your agent’s number posted in several different locations and call him or her right away after an incident so the claim can be filed as soon as possible.
Flooding from a broken fire sprinkler system can be unexpected for you as a Bowling Green, KY, business owner. Being prepared for this or any type of water damage may help reduce the cost of mitigation and repair services so you can recover quickly. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROwarrencounty.com/.
Flooding in Bethany Church
It was a Friday afternoon just before our office was about to close when we got a call from a frazzled customer about a pipe bursting in the ceiling of the second floor of their church.
Within the hour our first responders arrived on scene with the needed equipment to begin the clean up process. While several of our trained professionals were busy extracting water from the floor and removing damaged contents, our other professionals were coming up with a scope of services for our customer and reassuring them that we were there to help them.
Our main priority was to get their property prepared for the next Church service. Our crew worked very dilligently and at the end of the day we had a very satisfied customer!
SERVPRO of Warren County is ready whenever there is flooding due to a broken pipe. Our technicians are trained and on call 24/7.
Great deal of water...
Our crews were called on a Sunday afternoon to a local factory here in Bowling Green. One of their employees hit a pipe with a fork lift and busted it. The water ran for at least 2 hours before they could get it shut off. There were several offices affected as well as their entire warehouse. Our teams arrived within the hour of the phone call and got to work. It was a priority to get the offices back in working order so that their employees would have workspace the next day. Within 6 hours we had the water in all of the offices extracted and drying equipment was set. For the warehouse, it took several days to extract the water as we had crew members squeegeeing water as others sucked it up. We pride our crews for their ability to work well together and get the job done.
How Water Damage Can Hurt Your Business and What You Can Do
Whether it comes from a broken pipe, a sprinkler malfunction or an overflowing toilet, water damage can be inconvenient and costly in Bowling Green, KY. It can cause harm not only to your building but to electronics and furniture as well.
In What Ways Can Commercial Water Damage Happen?
Water damage can be devastating to a company. The following list outlines some of the most common ways your building can suffer from a water disaster:
• A hurricane or tropical storm causes flooding.
• One of the toilets in the restroom leaked overnight.
• A broken pipe or water main flooded your building.
• The fire sprinklers went off, causing an indoor rainstorm all over the office.
What Gets Damaged During an Indoor Flood?
Only a few inches of water covering the floor can cause costly damage to the carpets and walls and invite mold and wood rot. Furniture and expensive office equipment can be ruined. In severe flooding, the water may seep into the walls and damage electrical wires.
How Do You Deal With the Aftermath of Commercial Water Damage?
You should address water damage as soon as possible. Your water repair company in Bowling Green, KY, can get started on preventing mold, cleaning soaked carpets and restoring waterlogged surfaces. You should also contact your insurance company for information on flood and water damage coverage.
How Can You Prevent Water Damage?
Regularly have your plumbing and fire sprinklers inspected and maintained to prevent leaks and burst pipes. If a major storm is approaching, prepare by placing sandbags around entrances and moving important documents and computers to a safe place. Install a water shut-off valve under your water heaters. Unfortunately, not all disasters can be prevented, but these tips can minimize the likelihood of severe damage.
Don’t let a broken pipe or toilet overflow disrupt your productivity. When you take swift action to prevent or address a flood, your water damage experts may be able to help you avoid a costly emergency and keep your business—not burst pipes—running smoothly.
For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPROwarrencounty.com.
Preparing Your Commercial Property for Extreme Winter Weather
Nowadays, you have access to a wealth of information right at your fingertips, so there’s no reason for the weather in Bowling Green, KY, to take you by surprise. The more uncertain matter is what to do in preparation for extreme weather once you know it’s on the way. A heavy downpour or snow storm could still cause problems, but a bit of planning may make things less difficult for your commercial property and the people who use it.
Stock the Necessities
The buildings you own and manage should be outfitted with emergency kits in case anyone is stranded, especially if the power has gone out. Their cases should be easy to move and well-stocked. There are some recommended items to include:
• Food and water
• Supplies for basic first aid
• Flashlights with extra batteries
• A whistle
Keep Your Building in Shape
The property itself should also be well-maintained to improve its safety in a snowstorm. If the structure of the roof is prone to collecting water and snow, hire a contractor to fix it and prevent collapse. Ensure that the walls are well-insulated. Be prepared to turn off the water valves if there’s a pipe burst. In extremely cold conditions, it’s vital to have an alternate heat source on hand, such as a fireplace or extra blankets.
Consider Your Employees
One of the best ways to make an emergency situation easier is to prevent one from arising in the first place. If you run a business and see an ominous forecast on the news, consider having your employees stay home for the day until it’s safer to travel. If remote work is an option, it may be wiser to have your staff work from home instead of coming into the office.
If your building suffers damage from a snowstorm despite your preparations, a professional service can help clean up, restoring safe conditions and allowing business to carry on as usual in a timely manner.
For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROwarrencounty.com.
What To Do After a Fire Emergency
Once you’ve been through a business or residential fire, you may find yourself overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. Don’t let the stress get to you! Fire restoration is not easy, by any means, but it can be manageable. Here is what you should do after your home has suffered a house fire.
1. Find Shelter
Most likely, you can’t stay in your home after a fire. If this is the case for you, then you need to find somewhere to stay right away. Your safety and security should always come first. Before you do anything else, make sure that you have temporary accommodations in Bowling Green, KY.
2. Call the Insurance Agency
This is one of the most important steps after a fire. You need to call your fire insurance agency and file your claim as soon as possible. In many cases, this will not only cover the damages but can also potentially cover living and business expenses following the incident. In addition, your agent may have suggestions on how to handle the restoration and cleanup, such as not touching any damaged items.
3. Restore the Building
With the help of fire restoration specialists, you can have your business or residence back to how it used to be. First, the company will assess your home to conclude what the extent of the damage is. Then you can expect a thorough cleaning and tearing out of damaged or irreparable belongings and furniture. Smoke cleaning utilizing air filtration devices and dehumidifiers may also take place before a rebuild.
House fires and business fires can be devastating on their own. When you have to deal with fire restoration, it can only add more stress to the situation. This is why it’s important to have people who can help along the way. Knowing what to do after a fire can help alleviate some of the chaos and stress that you’re bound to feel.
For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROwarrencounty.com.
Flooded Business in Bowling Green
The locker room and front office in this local business was flooded when a rain storm came through town. There was about an inch of standing water to be extracted when our Warren County SERVPRO arrived on site. Our crew was able to get the water extracted and equipment set within an hour of the call. Luckily there were not many contents affected and the regular work day didn't have to be disrupted. The manager was so happy to have us get everything under control so quickly and not have to stop the work flow. We left the equipment for a few days and then we were able to mop up any left over residue and get the business back "Like it never even happened."
Flooded Cell Phone Store
Flooding at local Cellular Store
This local Retail Cell Phone business was flooded when several strong storms passed through last week. SERVPRO of Warren County was able to get to the store and begin the clean up process within an hour of the call. We had to extract water and move contents out of harms way so that we could set equipment and take our initial readings. Luckily the damage wasn't as excessive as they first had thought and we were able to get things dried up within a few days without disrupting the work flow very much.
When water or fire affects your home or office give us a call and we will be there in a hurry to make your property look "Like it never even happened."
Water Leak in local Apartment Complex
There were 2 apartments affected when a water line burst in the bathroom of one apartment. The tenants contents were saturated and had to be moved in order to begin the drying process. While part of the crew met with the manager and got paperwork signed and explained the process to everyone involved, the rest of the team set to work. We had to pack up contents, move furniture and extract water. We were then able to set the drying equipment to begin getting things back to normal. Luckily our SERVPRO of Warren County team was on site in time to keep the damage from spreading any further. After 4 days of drying equipment running and then spraying antimicrobial spray we were able to get things back "Like it never even happened."
Fire at Bowling Green, KY school
Smokin' in the Boys Room!!
A student set fire to a toilet paper dispenser causing a big mess at a local school here in Warren County. SERVPRO of Warren County had performed work for the School System before so School Officials contacted us and we were on the scene within 1 hour to begin work.
After all of the debris was picked up, our crew began cleaning up the soot and setting negative air equipment to remedy the odor caused by the smoke. It was a priority to get things in order so that the regular school day would not be interrupted.
The School Officials were very impressed with our Sales Marketing Reps and our Crew. Classes were resumed on their regular schedule thanks to our diligent crew of professionals.
Fire Loss in Bowling Green Grocery Store
Bowling Green, KY business is affected by fire.
This grocery store in Bowling Green Kentucky had a large fire that shut them down for business. The damage was so extensive that every food item in the store was thrown out. Water from the sprinklers and Fire Department caused almost as much damage as the fire itself did. SERVPRO of Warren County had to call in over 100 temps to keep this job under control. There was extensive damage and it took several months to do the tear out and complete the repairs.
Thanks to the diligence and hard work of our highly trained employees the owners were at ease through the whole process. New shelving, new ceilings and floors and of course all new inventory and the customer was back to business "Like it never even happened."
HVAC Cleaning at Bowling Green Office
Duct Cleaning in Bowling Green
Dust, Dirt and Mold OH MY!! That is what you find when you start to clean out the HVAC duct work at any residence or commercial building and this office in Bowling Green, KY was no exception. Most people don't realize that their indoor allergies can be reduced drastically by keeping their duct work clean and filters changed regularly.
SERVPRO of Warren County is happy to help with all of your Duct cleaning needs. We have an IICRC trained and experienced crew that will come in with specialized equipment to make sure your registers and intakes are all as clean as possible.
When we cleaned the ductwork at this local office the unit was clean and shiny when we left and there were no signs of dirt or dust.
Social Media Helps
Spillway Bar & Grill
In today's society, social media really helps to get the word out about pretty much everything. Today a local business sought out a water restoration company by posting a question to their status asking if anyone could recommend a company. Several people tagged SERVPRO of Warren County in their comments. Once we saw there was a water loss through social media at this business, we drove over to see if we could be of assistance. After much discussion and walking them through the process of water mitigation, we spoke with their insurance company and they asked when we could start. Within an hour we had our team of trained professionals at the site and began the process of getting their business back in operating condition.
Don't stall, get to the mall
Our local Shopping Mall was having a store remodel done when the contractor raised his JLG lift a little too high and hit a sprinkler head causing it to burst. The water traveled in to the entire space and the two stores on either side of this one. We worked very hard for several hours on these 3 spaces to extract water and get equipment set because we wanted to keep any further damage from occurring and to get the businesses open as soon as possible. Needless to say, our trained crew had them up and ready to operate by normal business hours the next morning. Thanks to the dedication of everyone involved all three of the stores were able to conduct business "Like it never even happened."