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Water Damage at Commercial Properties

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded hallway Having to close down your business due to water damage is very costly.

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complicated with various issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup situation or a large-scale event, SERVPRO of Gainesville West-Alachua County West’s technicians work quickly to assess each scenario and locate the affected areas. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our crews are trained to be aware 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 production. So, when an emergency arises in your business, call SERVPRO of Gainesville West-Alachua County West at (352) 374-6589 and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

How To Keep Your Pets Safe In Case Of Fire

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

Dog sleeping next to a fireplace Does your family fire plan include rescuing your pets?

Approximately 500,000 pets are affected by house fires each year and, unfortunately, 40,000 die due to fires. Many house fires are caused by pets, especially when left home alone. The following lists are tips to help prevent any accidental blaze started by your pets and for keeping your pets safe in the event there is a fire in your home.

Prevent Pets From Starting A Fire

  • Beware of candles and other open flames. Dogs and cats are curious creatures and may take interest in a flickering flame. If you do have any open flames in your home at any time, be sure to never leave them unattended and to keep an eye on your pets. If you're using a fireplace, consider getting a fireplace screen to protect pets when sleeping in front of the fire. Also make sure the fire is completely out before heading out or going to bed. Small sparks and coals can get through a screen.
  • Secure wires and cords. Pets are often tempted to chew on loose wires and cords. Exposed wires can be a fire hazard, so consider securing any electrical objects so that their cords are out of reach. 
  • Don't use glass bowls for your pets' water. When filtered and heated through glass, the sun's rays can ignite the wood beneath the bowl and set a deck in flames. Use a stainless steel or ceramic bowl instead.

How To Keep Your Pets Safe During And After A Fire

  • Place a pet fire sticker on the door or window. In the event of a fire when you're away, having a pet sticker will help rescuers know how many pets to look for, saving valuable time and hopefully your pets. 
  • Use monitored smoke detectors. Pets left home alone can't escape on their own when there's a fire. Monitored smoke detectors contact emergency responders when you're not home and add an extra layer of protection beyond that of battery-operated smoke alarms. 
  • Keep pets near entrances when you're away from home. Always keep collars (with ID tags) on your pets and leave leashes by the entrance or somewhere easy to find in an emergency. This will help firefighters to find and rescue your pets when they arrive.
  • Know where your pets' hiding spots are. It's important that you can find your pets quickly if there's a fire. Know where your pets like to sleep and especially where they like to go when they are scared or anxious (under the bed or hidden in a quiet corner of the house somewhere)
  • Have an emergency plan in place and make sure everyone in the house knows what to do in the event of a fire. Know who will oversee getting your pets outside safely. Have someone in charge of leashes and pet carriers so that they can be safely secured once you're outside. If you can't find your pet when exiting, leave doors and windows open on your way out and call to them so that they come out on their own.
  • Practice fire drills with your pets. It is important to include your pets in the family fire drills. Practice finding them and getting out of the house. Also practice the "open access" scenario where you leave an exit open (preferably the one they're most comfortable with) and call to them to come out of the home. The more you practice, the more likely they are to come out in the event of an actual fire.

If you have any questions or require restoration services due to fire damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Gainesville West-Alachua County West at (352) 374-6589. We are available 24/7 for services.

Flood Restoration Services: A Brief Overview

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

house flooded and furniture in water Find out how you can prevent further damage during and after a flood.

Flooding can result in extensive water damage and it is one of the most debilitating disasters that can happen in your home. Although water is deemed one of our primary needs, it can also function as a destructive force that presents serious threats to your property and life. Water damage can take on many forms, and you will always need a professional to determine accurately the extent of the water damage to your property. For this reason, it is important and advantageous for homeowners affected by flooding to obtain professional flood restoration services. To learn more about flood services and how SERVPRO’s specialists can assist you, refer to the following guide:

Preventing Mold and Mildew Growth
As SERVPRO technicians know, one of the most profound problems that can result from flood damage is the growth and proliferation of mold. Mold can take hold within 48 to 72 hours after your home is flooded and materials are soaked. Mold thrives in humid, damp conditions that the Florida climate provides, and therefore homes that have been subjected to flooding can quickly become a breeding ground for the fungus. Flood restoration specialists are effective in eradicating mold issues by offering detail-oriented, results-centered cleanup services.

Preventing Damage to Electrical Systems
In addition to preventing mold growth, flood restoration specialists can help prevent extensive damage to your home's electrical systems. Unfortunately, electrical systems exposed to water can begin to malfunction, which can lead to electrocution. Additionally, electrical systems that have been flooded can generate house fires.

Contact SERVPRO Today
When a flood has damaged your residential property, attaining professional flood restoration services is a must. When you begin searching for the ideal company to assist you, be sure to contact the experts of SERVPRO. Our technicians are fully trained and use cutting-edge equipment to get your home back in amazing shape.

Contact SERVPRO of Gainesville West-Alachua County West at (352) 374-6589 to learn more about how we can help you restore your home. From mitigation to reconstruction, we can make your disaster "Like it never even happened."

Take advantage of our free ERPs

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

ERP It's best to always be prepared and know where your shutoffs are before an emergency.

It’s easy to be reactive during times of tragedy when a storm or broken water pipe floods your property or a fire torches your home. But being proactive is even better to minimize the loss.

SERVPRO of Gainesville West-Alachua County West uses the latest technology in order to accelerate the mitigation process, further increasing our value to our customers. Our no-cost assessment Emergency READY Profile is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial as we create a profile for your building.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your home or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your home or business. We locate your shutoff valves for electric, gas and water, along with list your emergency contacts, to reduce the damage to your facility.

Preparation is the key to making it through any sized disaster, whether it is a large fire or area flood, or just a minor water leak.  Having an Emergency READY Profile may help minimize the time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster.

We have restoration experts available 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running.  Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including mold removal and document drying.  

Call SERVPRO of Gainesville West-Alachua County West at (352) 374-6589 to help with your Emergency READY Profile and be prepared for whatever happens.

With impending hurricane season coming, get familiar with our possible guests for 2020.

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

hurricane names A list for the 2020 hurricane names.

Every year when hurricane season is in full swing, we have the chance to get to know the names and remember the destruction of a new set of super storms.  With names like Andrew, Irma, Katrina, and Michael we come to know them and remember them for years to come, but did you ever wonder just how they got their names?

Years ago, it was realized it was much easier to quickly identify storms in warning messages by names which is far easier to remember than technical terms or latitude and longitude.  It also heightened interest in warnings and contributed to community preparedness.  In the beginning storms were named arbitrarily.  An Atlantic storm that ripped off the mast of a boat named Antje became known as Antje’s hurricane, but then in the mid 1900’s the practice began of using female names for storms.  By the late 1900’s a more efficient naming system began with an organized list arranged alphabetically from A to Z.

Since 1953 Atlantic tropical storms have been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center which are now maintained by the international committee of the World Meteorological Organization.  In 1979 men’s names were introduced to alternate with the women’s names.  Six lists are used in the rotation, so the list that was used in 2014 will be the list used for 2020. 

The only change to these lists is when a storm is so deadly or costly that for sensitivity reasons it is retired from the list and replaced.  If that occurs, at the annual meeting by the WMO Tropical Cyclone committees, the name is stricken from the list and another name is added based upon the region the list is derived from.  Infamous storm names such as Mangkhut (Philippines, 2018), Irma and Maria (Caribbean, 2017), Haiyan (Philippines, 2013), Sandy (USA, 2012), Katrina (USA, 2005), Mitch (Honduras, 1998) and Tracy (Darwin, 1974) are examples for this.

So, now that you know how hurricanes are named, here is the updated list for 2020:

  1. Arthur 2. Bertha 3. Cristobal       4. Dolly             5. Edouard
    6. Fay               7. Gonzalo        8. Hanna           9. Isaias            10. Josephine
    11. Kyle            12. Laura           13. Marco         14. Nana           15. Omar
    16.Paulette        17. Rene           18. Sally           19. Teddy         20. Vicky
    21. Wilfred

As memorable as some of these names may become, there is one name you need to remember when it comes to storm response and clean-up.  SERVPRO is the only name that can make it “Like it never even happened.”

We are Cleaning Experts

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

COVID-19 SERVPRO SERVPRO is here to clean your business or home.

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today at SERVPRO of Gainesville West-Alachua County West at 352-374-6589.  

Why SERVPRO? Because we do not participate in National Blame Someone Else day.

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO, Friday It's Friday at SERVPRO

Not everyone is superstitious, yet most people feel impending doom when they see Friday of that week is the 13th day of the month, but did you know that the first Friday the 13th of a new year is also National Blame Someone Else Day?  Luckily, we are not superstitious here at SERVPRO, and although we like celebrating wacky national holidays (Friday, 3/13 is also national Smart & Sexy Day and we do celebrate that), we don’t believe in blaming someone else. 

SERVPRO takes pride in the fact that we are at the forefront of the mitigation, restoration, and remediation industry.  Many of our competitors try to imitate our work processes, but not only were we first with many of the technologies, that also means we have had more time to perfect our crafts and are constantly evolving within the industry as standards change, update, or new technology and information becomes available.  This is what makes SERVPRO the premier cleaning and restoration company compared to our competitors.  It also leaves very little margin for mistakes and makes one customer’s job consistent with the next. 

We are however human, and in the case that one of our customers is not satisfied or we do make a mistake, we would never blame someone else.  We pride ourselves not only on our industry knowledge, but also for our customer service, integrity, and honesty.  We believe that our core values are what sets the bar above our competition not only as a service provider, but also as a member of our community and surrounding communities.  Our number one priority is our customers and making it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO can be a Builder or Contractor’s best friend in their time of need.

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage on a construction site Standing water at a new construction site at a pediatric hospital. SERVPRO to the rescue to dry it out properly!

SERVPRO is known for being “Faster to any size disaster”.  No one knows this more than our local Contractors and Builders in the Gainesville and surrounding areas.  With a major university, several colleges, hospitals, endless apartments, restaurants, and fast booming retail there is always lots of building going on around us.  There is also a lot of instances of mishaps along the way.  Such as a contractor remodeling a building soon to become a new restaurant and as he opened a wall he found suspect mold lurking in the cavity.  You must be a licensed mold remediator in the state of Florida in order to do mold remediation, so who do the professionals call?  That would be SERVPRO!

As a contractor or builder, you never know when a disaster is lurking around the corner on a new site build.  There are many trades working together and around each other and there is always room not only for error, but also for new building supplies and materials simply not working properly after install.  Water damage is fairly common during construction.  Most contractors want to mitigate the damage and save as many of the new materials as possible.  They know that SERVPRO technicians are the best in the industry not only drying out and saving new materials, but our documentation and services are second to none.  They know they can go back to their customer with the sound knowledge the job was done right and lessen the burden of an unhappy customer.

Are you ready for the impending risk of severe thunderstorm spikes across central and eastern U.S. in the second half of March?

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Extended Range Tornado Activity Forecast This photo shows the extended range forecast for tornadoes predicted to begin March 16th , 2020.

Here at SERVPRO of Gainesville West/Alachua County West we are storm ready 24hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  That is because we are part of a global company that supplies backup to a network of storm teams all across the United States.  We constantly have our eye to the skies and have our own meteorologist to keep us up to date, but in the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives most people don’t have time to constantly stay up on impending weather hazards that may or may not affect us.

Mid March 2020 has a high potential of having all of the ingredients of the start of the peak of our severe weather season which usually begins in April and extends into May and June.  This means that the potential exists for an extended severe storm season in some areas which increases the likelihood of damage from hail, tornadoes, strong winds and potentially flooding.  Florida is no stranger from such occurrences, but an extended season especially from run off from upper states can have the potential for flooding in low lying areas and around rivers and lakes coupled with the fact that 2019 broke records with 12 months of precipitation for the contiguous U.S.  This also means that if we have an active hurricane season in 2020 the potential for flooding becomes even greater. 

Being storm ready in Florida is important and the potential for damage seems to be great already coming into this new year.  Stock up on supplies and make sure that you have SERVPRO of Gainesville West/Alachua County West on speed dial because we are “Faster to any size disaster”.

As the sirens stop and the flashing lights leave after a fire, what do you do next?

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

Soot, smoke, from fire The soot left after a fire in the apartment below can be just as costly and damaging as the actual fire.

Fire is a devastating force that not only consumes most any material it comes into contact with, but also leaves behind its shadow on all of your unconsumed belongings.  As a homeowner or business owner the aftermath of a fire is overwhelming and can take weeks to months to clean up and rebuild.  Unless you have been through the devastation of a fire before, it can be difficult to traverse between your insurance company, restoration company, contractor and the numerous vendors who could become involved.  Don’t be overwhelmed!  Your first call should be to SERVPRO.  We pride ourselves on knowing the ins and outs not only of every aspect of fire restoration, but also will communicate directly with your insurance and adjusters to make sure that all the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed when it comes to your claim.  Did you know most claims will have at least 2 adjusters?  First there are outside adjusters also called field adjusters.  This individual will be the one coming out to your home or business to assess and start building an estimate.  Your outside adjuster may work directly for your insurance company or may be a private party hired to do the leg work on your insurance company’s behalf.  They communicate with your “inside adjuster” who is the person who reviews and approves your claim.  We work closely with all of your adjusters as well as handling your claim from cradle to grave all the way through re-construction.  As stressful as fire is, do your yourself a favor to alleviate some of it and call SERVPRO of Gainesville West/Alachua County West.  We cannot turn back time, but we can make it “Like it never even happened.”