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What To Do When Discovering Mold

9/3/2021 (Permalink)

Signs of mold image If something doesn't smell or look right, contact us today!

You walk into your business and something smells like mildew. Can you see something on a wall or ceiling that just doesn't look right?  If so, you may have mold.   

If you see visible mold, the best thing is do not disturb it. You can accidentally spread the mold infestation throughout your office, store, or warehouse when you touch it. When mold is disrupted, it can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your building.

Here is what you should do:

  • Stay out of the affected areas.
  • Turn off the air conditioning or heating system and all fans as they circulate the spores through the duct system to other areas.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Gainesville West/Alachua County West on how to proceed with mold remediation services.

Here is what you should not do:

  • Do not touch or disturb the mold.
  • Do not attempt to dry the area yourself, especially with fans or blowers.
  • Do not spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Gainesville West/Alachua County West specializes in mold cleanup and restoration! We have highly-trained technicians and specialized equipment and techniques to remediate your mold problem quickly and safely from cleaning the area to reconstruction, if needed. 

So if something smells bad or you spot actual mold spores blossoming in your workplace, don't hesitate to contact us for the health safety of your employees and customers. In Florida, the humid climate is ripe for mold, especially if you have a slow leak from a water pipe, roof or building damage that has allowed water to seep in. 

Helping You Be Ready For Commercial Property Damage

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

ERP Ask about our free Emergency Ready Plan that assists in time of disaster.

When property disaster occurs at a company, the smooth operation of that business is often interrupted and can negatively impact everyone from the employees to the customers.

It is important to contain and repair the damage so the business is able to return to full operation as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of Gainesville West/Alachua County West is a highly experienced specialist in restoring commercial properties. Our team has worked at many restaurants, office buildings, the University of Florida, and retail establishments throughout the Alachua County area.

When a property disaster happens many things can go wrong quickly. As an example, a burst pipe flooding a business. While each building faces its own specific situations, these following items are fairly common problems:

- Portions of the structure will get wet and may need to be removed and replaced. 

- Water service may be interrupted.

- Electric service may also be compromised. 

- Office equipment and manufacturing equipment could be ruined or in need of repair.

- Production and assembly processes may be compromised. 

- Employee safety is in jeopardy (Slip hazard / risk of electrocution)

- Alarms, telephones, computers may not function reliably.

- Elevators don’t work. 

- HVAC systems compromised

An experienced commercial mitigation specialist should also provide solutions to address business interruption. That’s why SERVPRO of Gainesville West/Alachua County West provides restoration management services beyond just the initial emergency response of water extraction and structural drying, services such as:

Water extraction, humidity control, document drying, emergency power, emergency lighting, electronics cleaning and repair, HVAC system cleaning and service, structural repair, plumbing repair, and more.  

Being a great commercial mitigation and restoration company, is much more than simply drying a building. It is helping a company get back into operation quickly. Fifty percent of companies fail within one year of having a disaster. It’s not because they don’t have insurance or resources, it's because too much time goes by allowing clients to go to competitors.

SERVPRO of Gainesville West/Alachua County West provides a free Emergency Ready Plan that can help any business be ready for a disaster. Preparedness reduces the down time and that improves the chances for a company to return to profitability after suffering a disaster. Call us today about our free offer for an Emergency Ready Plan.

Working as a Team

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

help property managers We are always building relationships and assisting property managers, facility directors, and business owners protect their buildings.

Emergency property damage happens and, when it does, a prompt response can save you time and money.

The faster an expert can arrive on scene to mitigate the disaster the better, the scale of damage is reduced, and the inconvenience to the occupants can be minimized. People may be able to stay in their residences and business tenants may be able to continue operating when a skilled response team is in charge. That’s why we provide 24/7 emergency response services for fire and smoke, water damage, and biohazard cleanups.

Not everything is an emergency. Property owners, property managers, and facilities personnel face a variety of important maintenance and restorations issues that can be planned and scheduled. That’s why our local SERVPRO franchise performs non-emergency, specialty cleaning and restoration services such as Mold remediation, HVAC system cleaning, odor control, graffiti abatement, hoarder scene cleanup, death scene cleanup, and reconstruction services. You don’t have to have an immediate emergency to use our services.

SERVPRO is a nationwide cleaning and restoration franchise system that is well respected for its expertise in serving insurance companies and we are proud to be an important part of that team. We also understand the property management and commercial real estate industry in our community. That’s how our company began many years ago. Today, serving property managers, risk managers and facilities engineers remains our focus.

You Can Trust SERVPRO for Your Commercial Emergency Restoration Needs

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Employee in PPE Setting Up Containment for Mold Remediation At SERVPRO, we are experts in emergency commercial services such as water damage & mold remediation.

When your business faces an unexpected disaster like fire damage, flooding, or mold, you need a restoration service that can get on the job fast so your business can resume normal operations as soon as possible. With over 40 years of local experience in the restoration business between SERVPRO Gainesville West/Alachua West co-owner, Mark Raymond, and the Production Manager, Jason, we are a brand you can trust.

Here is an example of one type of work we do for commercial customers. We received a call from a store at the Oaks Mall where they had noticed some water staining on their ceiling. This is often a sign of mold growth and that was found to be the case here. Our on-call crew loaded up their equipment and immediately began working, staying late in the night to get the business back in order.

In the photo of our employee at the job site, you will notice that we take mold very seriously and not only get the job done quickly, but take pride in doing it right. On this job, we set up a containment chamber to avoid spreading mold particles and wore personal protective equipment to avoid cross-contamination. We also work with an independent specialist for mold testing after our mold remediation is complete. 

Our emergency restoration service is available 24/7/365 because we know emergencies can happen at any time! As local business owners ourselves, we know that time is of the essence and will get your commercial site back in business ASAP. Learn more about our commercial services here, and see more of our before/after photos of local residential and commercial restoration work here.

Restoring Commercial Properties

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

"Like it never even happened." - image of SERVPRO technicians Our techs are knowledgeable in handling any commercial water loss scenario.

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

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

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

About SERVPRO of Gainesville West/Alachua County West

SERVPRO of Gainesville West/Alachua County West specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our technicians are highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, you can have peace of mind knowing that our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

How to Prepare Your Gainesville Area Business for Disaster - Sign Up for SERVPRO's Free Emergency Ready Profile!

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

Hand holding up cell phone displaying SERVPRO's commercial Emergency Ready Profile app Setting up your business with SERVPRO's free Emergency Ready Profile can save you time & money in an emergency!

Business owners have to juggle many responsibilities, but we can make preparing your business for unexpected disasters easier with our free Emergency Ready Profile service. 

It could be a kitchen fire, flooding from an appliance malfunction, or even natural disasters like heavy rains and wind from a hurricane causing roof damage, but whatever the cause - when disaster strikes, you need to get your commercial space safe and ready to open for business again as quickly as possible. 

Having fast access to key information about your business during an emergency can help  minimize damage and speed up the restoration process, saving you time and money! That’s why having SERVPRO of Gainesville West/Alachua West create a complimentary Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) is a smart choice. SERVPRO will perform a site visit and create a custom document with your building specifications like square footage, access points, and emergency contacts. We will also locate and document important shut-offs such as gas, water, and electricity and take photos for instructional purposes. If your business suddenly has a leak or flooding, quick access to the shutoffs can minimize damage, but your employees need to know where to look and what to do!

Not only will you get a hard copy report to keep on site, you and your employees can also download the free ERP app, where your emergency information can be stored so you will have quick access at your fingertips. If you experience a fire, water, or mold problem, you and your staff can open the app and click on the icon for your emergency and fast track to getting help from SERVPRO. 

It won't cost you anything and can save you money, so call us today at (352)374-6589 to schedule an appointment to set up your Emergency Ready Profile! We are here to help.

Scrub Off 2020 With A Commercial Carpet Cleaning

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

commercial clean Let us come clean your business' carpets today!

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, everyone is ready for a new look to a new year. As a business owner, what better way to refresh your office than with a carpet cleaning to brighten your building.

Commercial cleaning can be a lot of work, especially if it’s a large area. Let SERVPRO of Gainesville West-Alachua County West help you with that. We would love to give you an estimate! Having your carpets and rugs cleaned makes for a nice appearance for your customers, for you, and your employees.

The dust, dirt, and other debris that finds its way into the carpet fibers can eventually get into the air where it can cause odors and even respiratory infections. So having your carpets and rugs professional cleaned improves the air quality of the office/building.

Rented carpet cleaning machines are not always effective as they are used over and over by many different people and clean with harsh chemicals that leave an unpleasant smell and a residue in the carpet that attracts even more dirt and debris.  It is always better to hire a professional for that reason alone.

Although most commercial carpets are made for durability, dirt and debris will still build up over time in them because of all the foot-traffic. Maintaining regular cleaning will be beneficial to your carpet because once a carpet gets too soiled, it may never be restored to its original appearance. 

Preventative maintenance actions include: 

  • Regular vacuuming
  • Spot removal
  • Piloting the carpet to prevent matting
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

Even when you follow preventive maintenance actions, carpets will still have dirt trapped below the surface that you cannot see with the eye, especially in dark carpets. Carpets act as a filter trapping gasses, hair, dirt, and dust. Did you know that 79 percent of soil in carpets is dry soil? To reduce that percentage, you should get your company's carpet professionally cleaned once a year.

Give us a call today to set and let us know the dimensions of the office areas you need cleaned and let our trained professionals take care of the job for you. Then you can be ready for whatever 2021 throws at you.

Preparing For Commercial Water Damage in Gainesville

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

business flood Don't let a water disaster bring your business to its knees.

As a business owner, there’s a lot of pressure to protect your assets, along with the assets and information of your customers. Your clients need to be able to trust you and know you are taking precautions to keep them safe.

Though you might not consider water damage a major threat to your company, SERVPRO of Gainesville West-Alachua County West knows what devastation can occur when a storm, flood, or broken water pipe harm your business. Here are some ways to protect yourself and your company against the effects of commercial water damage in the Gainesville area. 

Computer Backups

Running backups regularly on your office computers is crucial. Many companies specialize in handling this for you if you are a large company. You can use an encrypted cloud account or an external hard drive, but you will likely want to use both. If technology is not your specialty, consider hiring a professional to help you figure out the best way to store information, especially if the information needs to be protected for your clients. 

Filing Cabinets

Not all information is stored on a computer. Many companies have several filing cabinets filled with scans and personal information that can be difficult to replicate. When you have hard copies in your office, the best way to protect them against flood or commercial water damage is to store them in plastic or metal filing cabinets. These can be difficult to move, so store them on a second floor if possible and keep them away from basements in case of flooding. If paperwork can be scanned into a computer, then that could be a good course of action to limit the amount of damage that could be done. 

Dehumidifier and Ventilation

Many new and large office buildings are equipped with state-of-the-art climate control, but if you are in an older or smaller commercial building, you might not have this in your business. If the air in your commercial office space is humid, then you should consider investing in a good dehumidifier. Mold can be just as big of a problem as a pipe leak, and sometimes more extensive. Lots of commercial water damage can be avoided if you have a dehumidifier and good ventilation in your building.

There are no guarantees that you can prevent commercial water damage completely, but if you are prepared when it comes, the traumatic experience won’t be as devastating. The best way to prevent serious damage is to protect both your company’s and your clients’ information with backups, protect physical copies with waterproof storage, and invest in a dehumidifier. Even with these precautions, you may suffer from some commercial water damage.

If you have questions or find water and/or mold damage, feel free to call us any time at 352-374-6589. The employees at SERVPRO of Gainesville West-Alachua County West want to make your loss “Like if never even happened.”  

Do You Have an Emergency Plan for Your Gainesville-area Business?

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

ERP Is your business going to close forever due to a disaster or will you be prepared and survive?

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW

As many as 40 to 60 percent of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to FEMA research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.

SERVPRO of Gainesville West/Alachua County West has an application that consists of all your emergency contacts right in the palm of your hands. The Emergency Ready Profile, or ERP, is an application designed by SERVPRO to help business owners, individuals and property managers access their emergency contacts all in one spot.

We stress the ease of our ERP to our property managers because it helps especially when it comes to the local and non-local board members who would like to keep a watchful eye on the property even while they are away.

Our ERP shows locations for water shut off valves, fire shut off, and electrical shut off in case an emergency arises. This is a service we provide at NO COST to our clients in order to keep them safe when a disaster strikes.

Call SERVPRO of Gainesville West/Alachua County West for you ERP at 352-374-6589. We will make it "Like it never even happened."

Carpet Cleaning For Your Business Is A Must

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

carpet cleaning We offer different types of carpet cleaning depending on what you have.

How often do you get your carpets cleaned? Yearly, every few years, or never? One of the first things your customers see when they walk into your company is your carpeting. And if you have a big stain or it is just dingy looking, that is one of the ways they will rate their overall experience when they do business with you.

Sometimes your carpet looks cleaner than it is. It’s hard to see the dirt, dust, spills, and other debris that gets trapped in your carpet because it sinks toward the carpet bottom. Carpets act like filters that tend to “swallow” or entrap whatever falls on them. The good news is that simple actions can keep your carpet clean, fresh, and looking new.

How to Make Your Carpet Last Longer

Just about all carpet manufacturers agree on what you can do between carpet cleanings to increase your carpet’s life span and keep it clean, fresh, and good-looking. One tip is to clean your carpet before you can easily notice any dirt or soiling. People who wait until their carpet looks dirty frequently find they can never restore their carpet to its former appearance.

Vacuuming is a number one component to proper care and maintenance of your carpet. But carpet manufacturers also recommend:

  • Spot removal
  • Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

SERVPRO of Gainesville West/Alachua County West can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you will need our professional carpet cleaners service depends on soil build-up, traffic, and the type and color of your carpeting. Most people find it wise to professionally clean their carpet every 12 months.

Clean Before You See the Dirt

And did you know that dirt builds up in your carpet in layers? When your carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. Much more dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile. The deeper the dirt, the more the damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

What We Offer

We also offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. The SERVPRO system offers several cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet. Call on our SERVPRO of Gainesville West/Alachua County West professional cleaning services. At 352-374-6589. SERVPRO’s carpet cleaners service is among the best cleaning services.

COVID-19 - Is Your Business Taking The Right Steps?

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Corona cleaning If you have a suspect or confirmed COVID-19 scenario, please contact us to help keep your employees safe.

Call our office to schedule your COVID-19 services today at 352-374-6589

Responsibilities of Businesses

As a business owner or manager, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety and health of your employees. To fight the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses are urged to take steps to prevent the spread. Additionally, it is imperative to create a response plan, should your employees encounter an exposure in the workplace. 

How SERVPRO is helping businesses 

SERVPRO technicians everywhere are working seven days a week to clean, disinfect, and sanitize businesses all over the North Central Florida area. Our technicians can come in after hours to disinfect prior to the next shift or we can disinfect while you are part of the mandatory closure. There are many different types of services that we are currently providing to both businesses and residents.

Precaution 

As a precaution, cleaning and disinfecting can be done. This means that there had been no confirmed or suspected case in the building. Technicians are trained in pathogen safety and maintain all CDC recommendations. The use of fogging of EPA registered hospital grade disinfecting of touchable surfaces below eight feet.

Suspected Exposure

When there is a suspected case of exposure in your building, a higher standard of disinfecting is recommended. To mention, disinfecting and cleaning of the area 10 feet and below using a mixture of fogging and spray/wiping using hospital grade disinfectants.  

Confirmed Case

If the event that your business is exposed to a confirmed case, it is important to create a plan of action. Our team will create an appropriate plan for your business to protect all your employees. It is important to call our specialist immediately to begin the planning process if you experience a confirmation of COVID-19 in your business. 

Feel free to visit our SERVPRO of Gainesville West/Alachua County West website for more information on the cleaning that we can provide for your business. And call us with any questions at 352-374-6589.

Five critical things when your business needs an Emergency clean-up.

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

Coronavirus Microscopic A microscopic image of the Coronavirus

The times that we are living in are unprecedented, which can make it very hard to choose the correct restoration company to service your business when your employees can finally come back to work.  With the COVID-19 risk high on everyone’s minds, give yourself and your employees the piece of mind that if a problem arises in your essential business, or if you just want to make sure that your business is safe for returning employees, that your building is properly sanitized.  Here are 5 things to look for and 5 reasons that SERVPRO is the answer to your sanitization needs.

  1. Hire a reputable company with experience and certification in biohazard cleanup and remediation.

With the current pandemic at hand there are many companies who have switched gears so to speak and started ramping up for pathogen clean-up.  No only has SERVPRO of Alachua County West been performing bio-hazard and pathogen clean up way before COVID-19, we are also a licensed transporter and generator with the state of Florida to make sure all contaminated materials are properly disposed of after clean-up takes place.

  1. The company is trained and has access to proper protective equipment.

SERVPRO is not new to pathogen clean-up, and we always have a ready supply of the proper PPE to protect you and your employees.  Not only that, SERVPRO has the largest network in the industry for obtaining supplies and manpower for large emergency responses.

  1. Utilizes an EPA recognized hospital-grade disinfectant.

SERVPRO has their own chemists on staff who not only create many of our one of a kind cleaners, and disinfectants, but they have also spent years studying the guidelines of the CDC and EPA to make sure that our customers and employees are safe and well versed on what chemicals to use.

  1. Comfortable giving upfront work protocols and pricing.

SERVPRO prides themselves in their honesty, integrity, and up-front pricing or estimates for our customers.  Our pricing is not set by us, but rather it is the same estimating software used by most insurance companies and is considered the industry standard which is based upon the customer’s zip code.

  1. Successful track record of meeting client’s needs.

SERVPRO of Alachua County West takes pride in not only our work, and work ethic, but also strives to offer the best customer service in the industry to our customers.  We are not just a business located in your area, we are a part of your community and view our customers as part of our extended family. 

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.

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.

When water damage floods your business

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage caused by weather or pipe breaks at commercial properties can present numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a small water cleanup scenario or a large-scale event caused by a hurricane, SERVPRO of Gainesville West-Alachua County West technicians will work quickly to assess each situation and isolate the damaged area. We want to work to fix your problem while allowing you to continue operating your business, if possible. 

Our production crews are trained to be mindful of your concerns as we strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budget. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When an emergency situation arises in your business, call us at (352) 374-6589 any time of the day or night and we will respond promptly to your disaster.

To dos for a business owner facing water damage

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded building Don't let a flood or broken pipe keep your business out of operation.

To dos for a business owner facing water damage  

In any situation where water affects your business, an owner’s top priority is to re-open the doors, put employees back to work and to ensure the safety of the building and products.

In order to do this, here’s the basic procedures that need addressed:

  • First, a detailed inventory of the items affected needs to be written down. That includes furniture, wet carpet, and a list of room-by-room contents.
  • Depending on if it is a multi-floor flood or even a single-story building with roof and/or attic leakage, ceiling tiles will need to be removed and discarded.
  • Drywall will be checked using a moisture meter with disinfection and mold-control techniques possibly initiated.
  • Depending on the water classification – if it is clean water from a broken pipe or sink overflow; gray water from a washing machine, dishwasher or roof leak; or black water from floods or sewage – carpet will need to either be dried or replaced.
  • If any electrical items were affected, they will need to be inspected by a qualified maintenance technician or electrician to determine if they need to replace wiring, circuit breakers, outlets or light fixtures.
  • Furniture – depending on the type – will need to be discarded or sanitized. If it is upholstered, it should be tossed if it is from a flood, sewage or roof leak. If it is clean water, it can be dried if done within 24 hours. Any laminate or hardwood furniture can be disinfected, but any particle-board furniture may be thrown away.
  • All areas that have been water damaged will possibly need to be treated for mold prevention or treatment.
  • Non-carpeted flooring will need to be inspected for possible buckling, warping or bowing. If so, it may need to be replaced.


If you have own and/or manage a business that has been hit with water damage, please contact us at SERVPRO of Gainesville West-Alachua County West at 352-374-6589 and we will get you back up and running as quickly and safely as possible.

Water loss can happen well before you even get your doors open for business.

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage on a job site Commercial Water Damage

New construction can be an exciting time for your business, but can also be stressful.  Are you prepared to protect your investment well before your doors open for business?  Insurance loss data over the past 10 years has shown that water damage has become the leading cause of Builder’s Risk claims.  Water intrusion, which usually results from weather or external sources of water entering through the building envelope and water escape are usually the two main sources of water damage.  Water escape usually comes from installing, testing, and installment failure of water sources in the building’s internal systems.  Some examples of water escape during construction are:

  • Domestic water distribution system and fixtures
  • Roof drains and storm drain leaders (piping)
  • Sanitary sewer system
  • HVAC fluid systems (chilled water or refrigerant piping)
  • Fire suppression risers and piping

In addition to the “system” sources of water above, the following trades may also create potential sources of water escape:

  • Spray fireproofing (water for mixing)
  • Interior masonry (water for mortar mixing and wet saw)
  • Flooring and tile (water for wet saw and mixing grout)
  • Painting and wallcovering (paint, water for mixing and application)
  • Swimming pool, spa, and stucco (water for mixing materials and filling the pool)
  • Hoses used to convey water
  • Improper installation of plumbing, appliances, and fixtures

While, some water losses cannot be prevented, such as Mother Nature not cooperating with your construction schedule, most can be.  Preparation is key to preventing water damage, and in cases where accidents happen, you should have a plan in place of how to respond to the emergency in order to mitigate and minimize possible damage quickly.  SERVPRO is leading the industry not only in response time, but also foremost in knowledge and tools in the science of drying.  Don’t trust your business to anyone else!  Contact SERVPRO as part of your construction plan and be ready in case disaster strikes.

Your Business & Water Damage

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Big or Small, we can handle it ALL

When Water Damage occurs in a business, the biggest concern is how quickly can I open back up or run normal?  SERVPRO of Alachua County West has trained technicians that are ready 24-7, 365 days a year to respond immediately to water damage at your business.  We have the experience, expertise and training to restore your business as quickly as possible.  Our technicians closely monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is back to normal. 

Call SERVPRO of Alachua County West at 352-374-6589 for Water Damage

Top 5 Causes of Water Damage in a Business

  1. SPRINKLER SYSTEM – Many commercial businesses have sprinkler systems.  Of course, these are great when you have a fire damage, but not so great when they malfunction.  Always inspect for damage have a set time each year for inspection.  Replace any questionable sprinklers.
  2. PLUMBING PROBLEMS – Pipes are susceptible to clogs, backups, leaks or damages. Look for signs of rust, staining, cracking or bulging.  Leak detection systems are valuable and inexpensive, and an alarm will sound if it senses anything.  If your building is in a low temperature area, it is best to insulate your pipes.
  3. BROKEN APPLICANCES OR EQUIPMENT – If your business has equipment that uses water and has tubes, pipes, gaskets or filters, these should be checked regularly. Replace water lines regularly, re-caulk and reseal.
  4. ROOF LEAKS – Check your roofing regularly. If water is puddling like a pond, then there may be a drainage problem.  Every inch of water weighs in around five pounds. 
  5. FLOODS/MOTHER NATURE – Natural disasters like hurricanes, severe thunderstorms and flash flooding can do major damage to your business. Of course, we cannot control Mother Nature, but we can be ready for it. Keeping gutters clean, having barriers if needed and storing important files or electronics at higher levels can help.   

There is no way to completely eliminate all risks of water damage to your business, but having common practices and a good maintenance checking system in place can help reduce your risks.   And if you do have a water damage call the professionals to help, SERVPRO of Alachua County West at 352-374-6589

Water damage incidents can add up. Consider some of the following facts:

  • Between 2014 and 2015, more than 205,000 claims were filed for water damage at businesses across the country.
  • The states with the highest incidence of water damage are California, Florida, Texas and New York, with Pennsylvania and Georgia close behind.
  • An average, water damage from a sink will run $7,000 for each instance.
  • For toilets, that number ranges between $2,000 and $10,000.
  • Leaking roofs are the most common cause of water damage, especially in areas that experience freezing weather, strong winds or hail.

(From Grainger)

Commercial Restoration at Your Fingertips, SERVPRO, "Like it never even happened."

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Ready for Whatever Happens

Water damage can strike your commercial property while you are sleeping! We understand the urgency for immediate repairs and can act quickly to help minimize further damage. Disasters can strike unexpectedly, which is why our emergency response helpline is always open and standing by to take your phone call 24/7!

Regardless of the cause, we will quickly respond and help you assess problems or issues the water damage produced and start the mitigation and recovery process. Before emergency repairs are started, we remove any salvageable items, assess the extent of the damage and contamination to put together a repair plan.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training, experience, and equipment to manage water and flooding damage. Whether you have a large water emergency or a small water damage event, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

Are You Keeping Your Office Safe?

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

We want to help protect your business

Living in Florida is hard enough with the erratic temperatures, and crazy humidity! With the outside air temperatures changing this time of year, staying on top of the thermostat inside the office can make a difference in your work space.

Without proper humidity or ventilation control, mold spores,which naturally occur in higher levels inthe sub-tropical Florida climate, can form on virtually any surface.

SERVPRO of Alachua County West can help you maintain your workplace by offering carpet cleaning, tile cleaning, dryer vent and air duct cleaning.

Contact SERVPRO of Alachua County West today to come out and assess what services are right for peace of mind for your business.

They say an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure and keeping up on the maintenance issues of your office can save you thousands in the long run.

Protect your Business NOW!

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

The Emergency Ready Profile App

How SERVPRO CAN help protect your business

   SERVPRO has this amazing program available to help in the event of an emergency. It's called the Emergency Ready Profile (ERP).

  It is complimentary to set it up! Once scheduled, one of our staff will come and document information about your building including square footage, access points, contacts and all your shut offs (electric, gas, water etc). This will include instructions and pictures to help you and your employees handle emergencies more efficiently.

Hey, there's an APP for that

   Not only will you receive your ERP in paper form to keep in your office, there is also a FREE app that you can download as well. Say what?? That's right! It's all FREE!!! 

   We do all the work and you enjoy all the benefits! Your app will have everything included, your business name, address, contact phone numbers, pictures and instructions. 

   All of your employees can download the app and access the business. That way if/when an emergency arises they can open the app and shut off what is needed as soon as possible. There is also icons at the top for Fire, Water, Mold & Other to get SERVPRO the info they need so they can be dispatched faster.

   So what are you waiting for?? Call SERVPRO of Alachua County West to set up your Emergency Ready Profile today! 352-374-6589 

Is Water Flowing Faster than Money?

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fairfield Inn & Suites had a flood and we were able to dry it out and put it all back together again

Running a business is hard enough right? Then all the sudden disaster strikes and you have to close your doors. We all know that you can't make money if you're closed. So, who do you call?

SERVPRO to the rescue!

Water damage has 3 categories:

* Category 1 (Clean Water) uncontaminated and is non-threatening. [Ex: overflow from a sink]

* Category 2 (Grey Water) slightly contaminated and could cause discomfort or sickness [Ex: discharge from a dishwasher]

* Category 3 (Black Water) contaminated and can cause serious illness and even death (in some cases) [Ex: Sewage or Floodwater]

When it comes to water damage we know first hand how quickly it spreads and how much damage it can cause.

** DID YOU KNOW**

250 gallons of water can come from a 1/8 inch crack in a pipe??

WOW! That's a lot of water!!!

So consider this. If that much water is coming out of a crack in a pipe, how much water is flowing out of a major burst? That's where SERVPRO comes in.

Time is of the essence and you need to act quickly! That's why SERVPRO is always open. Call us and we will be there!!

Is Your Business in Trouble? No problem, SERVPRO Can Handle It!

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Hotel Indigo at Celebration Pointe needed our help with a busted pipe on the 6th floor. SERVPRO was there to help

We are the Service Professionals. Ready to help YOUR business in even the BIGGEST jobs. Fire, water, mold, we can handle that!

When a fire happens it can definitely stop your business from making money. SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day - 7 days a week - 365 days a year. So when the fire happens, give us a call so we can get you up and running as fast as possible!

Whether it's a leaky pipe or it's like the flood gates opened and there is water everywhere, SERVPRO has got it covered! We have the highest quality equipment available so you can get everything up and running in no time!

Noticing a foul odor? Starting to see dark spots? Well you might have a mold problem. Don't fret, SERVPRO can help! We are the experts at mold remediation. Your business is safe with us!

SERVPRO Alachua County West strives for excellence!

We make the impossible, possible!

Who do the “Pros” call for commercial damage restoration? They call the pros at SERVPRO of Alachua County West.

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Before and after photos of a large tree removed and tarped after recent storms from an impending cold front.

As many local residents know, the 2017 – 2018 weather in Gainesville has been one for the record books.  Between hurricanes, storms, freezing weather, record winter highs, and record spring lows our community has been the brunt of some unusual weather.  Not has it only affected the residents living here, it has affected many businesses as well.  Besides our pride in our great University, Gainesville has a town feel with lots of available business’s that are the hub of not only the city, but also many rural surrounding counties.  Did you know that Gainesville has a population density that is 600% higher than the rest of the state?  This is why Gainesville can support the infrastructure of so many big, small and unusual businesses and thrive as a community.

As important as your business is to our community, why would you trust it to anyone else but the pros in time of disaster?  Not only can SERVPRO of Alachua County West provide you with exceptional cleaning services such as tile cleaning, carpet cleaning, and deep cleaning, but we can take care of any of your disaster needs at a moment’s notice.  SERVPRO is different in the fact that we are a small, family owned business, that has the backing of a vast network of professionals, products, and services that are 2nd to none in the industry.  The adjoining photo is of a ware house owned by one of the fastest growing community and business developments in Gainesville, which houses inventory from a very popular outdoors store.  SERVPRO was able to assess the damage and use our network to get them tarped up and ready for repair as an impending storm was approaching.  Why shouldn’t you use the restoration company the “Pros” trust?

It’s National Create your own holiday day 3/26/18, and why yes, I think we will... It's National prepare your business for disaster day!

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Set up your business's Emergency Ready Plan today!

Your business is important, not only does it support you, but it also supports your community as well as the families you employ.  Even the smallest business has an impact on in the grand scheme of your life and community.  So why would we celebrate National Prepare your Business for disaster day?  Because disaster inevitably happens and usually when you least expect it, so why not remind ourselves how important it is to prepare for it.  Not sure where to begin?  The easiest and smartest way to begin is by contacting the experts at SERVPRO of Alachua County West. 

SERVPRO of Alachua County West can set your business up with an Emergency Ready Plan that is totally controlled by you, the business owner and accessible through your smart phone to whomever you give permissions 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  No business owner can be there every waking minute of the day, that’s why we have trusted employees, but can you trust them to know your business as well as you do?  With an Emergency Ready Plan in place and our mobile app, you don’t have to be, it has everything you need for any kind of disaster to get the ball rolling on a fast response to your disaster.

So today, let’s celebrate your business in our community, by being prepared for disaster with SERVPRO of Alachua West setting up an Emergency Ready Plan before disaster strikes.

In honor of National Backwards day why not keep your business prepared before disaster with and ERP with SERVPRO.

1/31/2018 (Permalink)

Be backwards! Prepare for disaster now, before it strikes.

Today is National backwards day, and a great way to celebrate is by doing things backwards to benefit your business.  An Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) is preparing your business for disaster before it strikes.

Here are some facts you may not know about business disasters:

  • 75% of small businesses do not have a disaster recovery plan in place,according to a 2015 survey of 500 small business owners conducted by Nationwide.
  • 52% of small businesses say it would take at least three months to recovery from a disaster, according to the same survey.
  • Only 18% of companies surveyed that have fewer than 50 employees have a disaster recovery plan, according to the same survey.
  • 51% of the hundreds of businesses surveyed for the 2014 Disaster Recovery Preparedness Benchmark Survey received a failing gradewhen it came to disaster recovery preparedness.
  • 60% of respondents surveyed for the same report said that in spite of their best efforts, their disaster recovery plans were not useful during their during their worst events.

Don't let your business be a part of these statistics!  Work your disaster backwards, before it happens, by calling SERVPRO of Alachua County West for your ERP Today!

Is your Company prepared ahead of time for any maintenance issues.

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage to an office from a clogged drain line that could have been prevented with maintenance.

Whether it’s too hot or it’s too cold for one employee, it’s never just right in the office for everyone. As a property or facilities manager keeping the temperature comfortable for everyone as well as your tangible property protected is of paramount importance.   With the outside air temperatures changing so erratically this time of year, staying on top of the thermostat inside the office can make a difference in your work space.  Without proper humidity or ventilation control, mold spores, which naturally occur in higher levels in the sub-tropical Florida climate, can form on virtually any surface.   SERVPRO of Alachua County West can help you maintain your workplace by offering carpet cleaning, tile cleaning, duct cleaning, post-construction clean up,and emergency water, fire, and bio-hazard clean ups as well as simple moisture checks. 

Contact SERVPRO of Alachua County West today to come out and assess what services are right for peace of mind for your business. 

They say an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure and keeping up on the maintenance issues of your office can save you thousands in the long run.  

Preparing Before Disaster Strikes!

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Start by getting the Emergency Ready Plan Mobile App.

Having a preferred vendor is like being able to call your friend when your in a jam.  When it comes to your business' well being, we pride ourselves in making your disaster, "Like it never even happened." Smoke, fire, water, demolition, and of course the build back.  If SERVPRO of Alachua County West isn’t on your preferred vendor list, we’d like to be! 

As a locally owned and operated franchise, our new friendship has the backing of a worldwide organization of more than 1700 individually owned and operated locations.   To give you a frame of reference, the second biggest restoration company has half as many franchises!  That’s a lot of friends!! And we want to be yours.  

Call us today so we can come out, for FREE and discuss the protocol with you to put the most effective plan in place BEFORE disaster strikes! 

Are you ready for an emergency?

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

It’s never fun when accidents or unforeseen instances occur, but knowing "SERVPRO" is here to ensure things are back in place "Like it never even happened", gives you the peace of mind necessary to run your business without worry of a crisis you can’t solve. Having an emergency response plan (ERP) is your first step to ensure either you and your staff are fully prepared to get the fastest support possible.  

Knowing where water shut offs, circuit breakers, and fire extinguishers are, can be invaluable in a time sensitive situation.   Even more important can be knowing who to call' and the process to follow to mitigate your disaster as your first line of defense when accidents happen.  This quick action can save you time and more importantly, money!  Give "SERVPRO" of Alachua County West a call today to discuss how we can give you the peace of mind when disaster strikes. 

Are you ready for an Emergency?

1/15/2016 (Permalink)

Preparedness at Your fingertips

No one plans on a disaster, but you can plan to be "Ready for whatever happens."

SERVPRO is always thinking about the future.  They are constantly creating new and innovative ways to not only make a disaster "like it never even happened" but to also make sure that you, the customer, the one in need, is at least somewhat prepared for a disaster.  One of their newest innovations is the Emergency Ready Profile.  Never heard of it?  Well, that's just a shame!

The Emergency Ready Profile is necessary information that can be accessed either via website or mobile app in the midst of a disaster.  This profile contains where water shut offs are, all emergency contacts, and where electricity shut offs are.  Unfortunately, not everyone in your home or workplace knows this information.  Let's say that one of your coworkers decides to stay late in the office.  He or she is the only one there.  There is a plumbing malfunction and the toilet never ceases running.  The coworker does not notice this for hours until the water has seaped into his or her office.  Now, there is a problem.  The coworker panics.  They do not know who they should be calling, where the shutoffs are, etc.  Instead they frantically call their manager.  Meanwhile, the water is still seaping through the office because it has not been shut off.  More water damage is made and perhaps some items even become unsalvageable.  But, a plumbing malfunction did not have to lead to such a disastrous situation.  Some of the damage could have been eleviated by one valuable mobile app.  

The Emergency Ready Profile is great for anyone and everyone.  But it helps businesses more than anyone.  50% of businesses that go through disastrous situations never reopen their doors.  If some of the damage could be prevented by having informed employees and employers, perhaps that percentage would be lower.  

"Before anything else, the key to success is preparation."  So, why wouldn't you prepare yourself and your business for a possible disaster?  Unfortunately, disasters occur every day, both small and large.  By being prepared, when this day arrives, you will be preventing further damage.  

Call SERVPRO of Alachua County West today (352)374-6589 to set up an appointment with Melissa Doring.  She will come by and set up the Emergency Ready Profile for you, your household or your business, free of charge.  As they say, the best things in life are free!