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New Variants: Continued Game Plan

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

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Our Continued Commitment

As we continue our battle with COVID-19, the new variants have posed an ongoing problem. We are continuing this fight with our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program. This specialized viral pathogen-cleaning program that prevents the spread of COVID-19 has served an invaluable service across the nation to thousands of businesses trying to stay open and stay afloat during these difficult times.

The professionals at SERVPRO will continue to bring a higher standard of clean to the places we gather, live, and work. Many companies are adopting a weekly or ongoing pro-active approach to this everchanging, ever-expanding problem. And since this virus looks to be here to stay, shouldn't you and your company have a strategy in place to combat this intruder?

To get a free quote or to learn more, contact us today:

217-223-2993

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Best Tool to Reduce Business Interruption

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

Picture of ERP logo Emergency Ready Profile: ERP

Is your Business Ready?

Did you know that according to industry research, as many as 50% of businesses may not recover following a disaster? Having a contingency disaster plan in place can help you and your business to not be a statistic.

Having a SERVPRO Professional develop a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your business or commercial property is key to helping you minimize business interruption. Knowing what to expect and what to do beforehand is key to minimizing the effects of fire and water damage.

What are the advantages of an ERP?

  1. Free - No Cost assessment of your facility
  2. Concise Document with only critical information
  3. A Guide to get you back into your building
  4. Identifies line of command to authorize work to begin
  5. Provides shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information

Schedule your ERP today!

SERVPRO of Quincy

217-223-2993

Large Loss Building Fires

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

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Large Loss Building Fires

National estimates for the leading causes of fires in non-residential buildings are:

  1. Cooking: 31,700 fires.
  2. Other unintentional, careless: 11,900 fires.
  3. Intentional: 10,200 fires. 

Overall trends in the leading fire causes for the 10-year period of 2009 to 2018 show the following:

  • Cooking was the leading cause of nonresidential building fires for the 10-year period.
  • A 33% increase in nonresidential cooking fires.
  • A 55% increase in nonresidential other unintentionally or carelessly set fires.
  • A 15% increase in nonresidential intentionally set fires.

National estimates for the leading causes of nonresidential building fire dollar loss for 2018, the most recent year for which data are available, are as follows:

  1. Other unintentional, careless: $505,900,000.
  2. Electrical malfunction: $373,400,000.
  3. Other equipment: $350,600,000.

As you can see, large loss building fires can be very expensive. But SERVPRO of Quincy has the resources to help no matter how Big or Small. We can make it... "Like it never even happened."

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Source: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/

Should your business allow space heaters?

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Space Heaters: Do you Allow them?

Winter is here and temperatures are dropping, so you may be faced with the question about space heaters for the colder areas of your workplace. Do you allow them?

There are no federal workplace safety rules that prohibit space heaters but they do have to be used in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations. Space heaters can pose workplace safety hazards. Space heaters with inadequate safety features, space heaters placed near combustibles, or space heaters that are not plugged in properly all pose a risk.

An average of 7,100 non-residential building heating fires occur yearly, with an average loss of over $98.2 million. Space heaters are responsible for 30% of heater fires and cause 70% of the deaths. - https://scssafetyandhealth.com/

Having a basic education on portable heater safety will help in preventing fires. Staying vigilant and assuring safe practices when dealing with space heaters is essential.

Hopefully, you will never experience a fire at your business. But if you do, you will want the Professionals to help make it... "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Quincy

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Big Loss and Bigger Action

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Large Loss Team on road When a Big Disaster Strikes, we are Big enough to Help!

When the Loss is Big: You need a Bigger Response

You try to be prepared for every situation that may arise. But sometimes the job is just way to Large. So, what do you do? Do you turn it down because you know you do not have the equipment or manpower? Do you try to do it yourself with limited resources?

No, you call in reinforcements! 

And that is just what we did when a very large water loss came in. A rain water drain from the roof of a commercial structure burst during a recent heavy thunderstorm, effecting massive areas on over 2 floors of the structure.

We knew we could call in the National Large Loss Disaster Recovery Team. They were on site the next day and ready for action.

What company can have this kind of response to any size situation?  SERVPRO of Quincy

No Job to BIG!!!

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Riots, Vandalism, and Civil Commotion

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Property Coverage

Businesses and commercial property may suffer property losses due to riots, vandalism, or civil commotion. 

Terminology

Riot: the term typically means a public disturbance involving an act of violence committed by one or more individuals who are part of a group of at least three people. To constitute a riot, individuals must act together to commit violent acts against other people or property.

Civil Commotion: the term is similar to a riot but it involves more people. It is a revolt by a large gathering of people in a public place.

Vandalism: the term refers to the intentional destruction of another party's property.

No matter which of these three it is determined to be, most likely property damage has occurred. Riot, civil commotion, and vandalism are covered perils under virtually all commercial property policies. They are covered causes of loss under both named perils and "all-risk" policies.

This information and more can be found at:  Riots, Vandalism, and Civil Commotion

If your business or commercial property has been violated in one of these ways, we can help you with board-up services, plus any cleanup and restoration of your property. 

Call us at: 217-223-2993

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COVID-19 - Is your business ready?

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

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COVID-19 has changed what it means to be clean. Is your Business Ready?

For your business to survive, you must get people back through your doors.

Customers must feel secure and comfortable if they are to ever darken the doorway of your business again. Are you ready to be Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned?

SERVPRO of Quincy is part of the nation's #1 choice for cleanup and restoration.

We can provide a defensive cleaning program that goes well beyond normal carpet cleanings and daily janitorial duties. We always adhere to CDC standards when it comes to cleaning and decontamination. We are out in front of any competitor when it comes to proactive and reactive COVID-related issues.

At SERVPRO of Quincy, we are committed to bringing a different level of clean to you and your business.

With our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program we are helping businesses in our community to a higher level of clean and a lasting peace of mind.

So, until life is back to normal... we are Here to Help... 24/7/365

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Guidance for Businesses (COVID-19)

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

Preparing Workplaces for a COVID-19 Outbreak

With what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), we can set up current guidelines to help our businesses and employees. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The outbreak first started in China, but the virus has continued to spread internationally. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as additional information becomes available.

How best to decrease the spread of COVID-19

Employers need to include activities in one or more of the following areas:

Reduce transmission among employees

Encourage sick employees and those with sick household members to stay at home. Plus, identify where and how workers may be exposed to COVID-19 at work. Employers should immediately separate sick employees from other employees and customers. And educate your employees about how they can reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Healthy Business Operations

Implement flexible sick leave and supportive policies and practices. Determine how you will operate if absenteeism spikes from increases in sick employees, those who stay home to care for sick family members, and those who must stay home to watch their children if they are dismissed from childcare facilities. Establish policies and practices for social distancing and support respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene for employees and customers. 

If you have questions about your business or you are interested in General Disinfection of your business, please contact us 24/7/365

217-223-2993

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Further details on all things COVID-19 can be found here at our source: COVID-19 Website

SERVPRO of Quincy answers the Call

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

Local Medical Facility Need

When a local medical facility called and was in need of 30 negative air scrubbers, SERVPRO of Quincy was HERE TO HELP. 

What on Earth are Negative Air Scrubbers?

Designed for restoration, abatement, and remediation contractors for use in cleaning and controlling air quality and creating negative pressure in a work area. The uniquely designed filtration system with 99.97% @ 0.3 micron HEPA filter is ideal for capturing smoke, fumes, mold spores, dust, and other particulates in order to return clean air back to the environment.

COVID-19 calls for New Practices

With many temporary sites and facilities being utilized in many different ways, due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, these facilities are sometimes in need of better air quality. This is where we have stepped in and got them what they required. Providing the negative air scrubbers has allowed these facilities to utilize spaces that otherwise would not have worked in these circumstances.

If your Medical Facility is utilizing temporary spaces and is in need of this same type of service, please reach out to us.

We can be reached here 24/7/365

217-223-2993

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Business 2020: Resolutions

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

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2020 Business Resolutions

Many people resolve to better themselves or some part of their life with each new year. But, how many take the time to think about their businesses? With 2020 just around the corner, what is your resolution for your business?

Four (4) things you should consider when planning your businesses New Year:

Set Goals:

  • When you set goals, they must be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and have a Timeline.

Piorizitaion is crucial:

  • Focus only on what will make a difference to your bottom line.

Implementation:

  • Do Not over-complicate the process. Get things done, period.

Be Ready:

  • This year, make a resolution to be READY. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can prepare for it. The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you are "Ready for whatever happens" in 2020. 

Our ERP's encompass all four of these aspects. So, set a GOAL to get one done. PRIORITIZE an ERP into your business schedule. IMPLEMENTATION is key to an ERP being beneficial. Be READY! Call SERVPRO of Quincy today, schedule your ERP and be prepared for the NEW YEAR!

217-223-2993  

Prepare your Business

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

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Steps to Prepare Your Business for Winter

When major winter storms are forecasted in your region, it's important to protect your business from extreme weather events and extreme cold. Here are some simple tips to follow:

  1. Stay Informed: Monitor local news and weather conditions. Also, check with the National Weather Service from time to time.
  2. Know the three terms you may hear in the forecast. Winter Storm Watch: conditions are favorable for heavy snow/ice in the next 36 hours. Winter Storm Warning: Severe winter conditions and heavy snow/ice are expected in the next 24 hours.         Blizzard Warning: Snow and strong winds producing blinding snow and life threatening wind chill conditions.
  3. Stock up on Emergency Supplies. Have enough food and water for a minimum of two days for each employee. Have an emergency power generator available.
  4. Have an emergency or continuity plan. Make the plan available to everyone within your organization.
  5. Have a backup heat source. Make sure that it is used only in well ventilated areas.
  6. Adjust employee hours. If inclement weather is forecast, consider shorter work hours or adjusted work times.

These are just a few tips you can use to prepare. It is suggested that you add more appropriate steps for your particular region. If you should need any help in this area or after the storm, please contact us a SERVPRO of Quincy.

We are available 24/7/365  217-223-2993

A Gym Floor is not a Swimming Pool

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

Wet Gym Floor Repair Tearing out wet wood gym flooring.

Gym Floors and Water Do Not Mix Well

A wooden gym floor is never meant to hold water. So not surprising, when this local schools gym floor was flooded with water, the wood flooring reacted negatively. It wasn't much time before the wooden planks in the floor began to cup or crown.

Wooden planks expand and contract based on the amount of moisture around it. Cupping occurs when individual boards bend upward at the edges.  Crowning is the opposite - the center of the board bends upward, making the middle higher than the edges. If excess moisture gets into your floor, it will cause your floor to either cup or crown.

Even a small amount of water can cause damage to your wood gym floor.  The sooner repairs start, the less time the water has to spread to other areas of your floor - and the sooner repairs begin.

If you ever find your gym floor has become an impromptu water park, please do not wait. Call the experts in Water Cleanup at SERVPRO of Quincy.

Available 24/7/365: 217-223-2993

Big Pipes = Big Mess

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

8" Water mains had burst

Big Pipes Burst - Big Mess Happens

A very large prominent commercial business building, housing many great Quincy businesses had a very big problem. The main 8 inch water lines which supply the over 200,000 square foot facility with building and life saving fire protection throughout, heaved up and burst. This caused a major problem for the commercial business which housed the incoming water supply lines. This business was immediately faced with water and mud covering their entire 20,000+ square foot space. 

Everything wet, but work needed to go on.

The property manager immediately called SERVPRO of Quincy, the trusted name in the Quincy, IL area for water cleanup. Everything in this business was effected by the water and mud. The showroom, the offices, the restrooms and the majority of their warehouse area. But, the work needed to go on. Our crews worked well into the night extracting water and mud, so the business could stay open to their customers the next business day.

No matter the size of your business, SERVPRO of Quincy can handle the job. We are available 24/7/365. 

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Emergency Response Program = Commercial Job

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

From Alter to Altered

It was late on a Saturday night when the call came. There had been a wedding earlier that day and guests were now gathering at a local hotel to celebrate the event. The bride and groom were ready for a quiet, comfortable night in their honeymoon suite. But little did they know, their Alter plans would soon be Altered plans.

It seems that there was a malfunction with the heat in their room, which set off the sprinkler system, flooding their suite and several other rooms.

Emergency Response Program

One week prior to the water loss, our SERVPRO of Quincy salesman had completed an Emergency Response Profile (ERP), for this hotel. The hotel manager was frantic to get hold of someone to ease the mess of this catastrophe. Then, she remembered the ERP. She made the call and SERVPRO was on site within a short period of time, helping eradicate the problem.

All was not lost, due to the system put in place by completing the Emergency Response Program for this hotel. The situation was dealt with and the damage minimized, because of the follow through of a great program.

Business and Commercial Loss

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Any Size Loss Can Be Devastating

No matter the size or scope of your business, any size loss can be devastating. Whether it is a large apartment complex, small rental duplex or a single store front. A loss of any kind requires the knowledge and intricacies not only of how to handle the loss itself but also the insurance policy, to insure the business stays intact and gets the maximum benefit of that policy.

The SERVPRO of Quincy Difference

The difference in Quincy, IL is SERVPRO. Dedicated to helping businesses and commercial accounts with the knowledge and experience necessary to restore and keep them operational. With a dedicated team of professionals, we at SERVPRO of Quincy strive for excellence. Wanting to treat the business the way we would want to be treated, all while making it... Like it never even happened.

2019 Resolution: Plan Ahead

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

With each new year, many people resolve to better themselves or some part of their life. This year, make a resolution to be READY. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can prepare for it. The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you are "Ready for whatever happens" in 2019. 

In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP also establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 50 years experience and a System more than 1,700 Franchises strong. The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future. By downloading the free SERVPRO READY App, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device putting help at your fingertips. 

Preparation is key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster. Don't wait until disaster strikes - resolve to be READY. Call SERVPRO of Quincy today to establish your Emergency READY Profile, and be "Ready for whatever happens" in 2019.

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility
  • A concise profile document containing only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Quincy as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information

Work Place Water Damage is Restored by SERVPRO

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

The Different Causes of Commercial Water Damage | SERVPRO of QUINCY

When business owners visualize water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms.
 
However, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings.
 
1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems
Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.

2. Damaged appliances and equipment
This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency.
 
3. Broken pipes and plumbing
Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result. 
 
4. Backed up sewer lines
This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. 
 
If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of Quincy will get you back up and running again. Call us anytime 24/7 at (217)223-2993 for fast help.

When Security Fencing May Be Necessary After a Fire

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

If your building was recently devastated by a fire, you may be asked to vacate the premises until the structure has been fully remediated. While that is the safe thing to do, you may be concerned about the safety of your property while it’s uninhabited. After all, it is not uncommon for damaged or abandoned buildings to become victims of vandalism and theft, and vacancy may attract vagabonds. To keep your property safe, both your Quincy, IL fire remediation team and insurance adjuster may suggest a security fence. Before you install a fence however, there are some things you should do beforehand: 

• Call in all service providers, such as plumbers, electricians and gas suppliers, to inspect your building's internal systems and ensure that all are in safe, working condition. 
• Turn off all utilities. 
• Invest in shutters, storm doors, commercial locks and other means of keeping vandals out. 
• Make a list of damaged and destroyed items.
• Discuss your options with your insurance provider. 

Why You Should Install a Security Border

You never know how long a fire will keep you out of your building. Depending on the extent of the damage, and what kind of damage was done to the internal workings of your building, you may be out of your building for just a few weeks or a few months. If your Quincy, IL fire restoration team informs you that remediation efforts will take months, you may want to install a security fence in the meantime. Not only will a fence keep the bad guys out, but it can also give you peace of mind and reduce your insurance costs. Insurance companies like to see property owners take initiative to protect their properties, and are likely to give you a discount for doing so. On the other hand, if you don't invest in a fence, you may be viewed as a risk, and you may see a bump in your monthly premium. 

Don't risk additional damage to your building by failing to invest in adequate security. Talk to your insurance company about security fence options today.

Why the Emergency READY Profile?

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

National Preparedness Month is the perfect opportunity to share the benefits of having a readiness plan in place with your customers, business and family. 

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are "Ready for whatever happens."

In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; down SERVPRO's free Ready Plan app to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet. 

The ERP establishes SERVPRO of Quincy as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 50 years experience and a system more than 1,700 Franchises strong. Knowing what to do and who to call in advance is key to quick response and timely mitigation. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster. 

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, fire or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can plan for it. 

The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time in the future. Call SERVPRO of Quincy to establish your Emergency READY Profile. 

Prepare Your Business!

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Prepare your business for winter weather!

-Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries. 

-Inspect the property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. 

-Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.

-Ask SERVPRO of Quincy about starting an Emergency Ready Profile for your business. 

What is an Emergency Ready Profile?

It is a "snapshot" of each building owned/managed by a business, that provides critical information for emergency preparation.

Restoring Commercial Property After Water Damage

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

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

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

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

About SERVPRO of Quincy

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

Preparing Your Quincy Business for Spring Showers and Water Damage

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Rain, rain, go away. We all know the months are coming when we will start to think of the words to that childhood song. Rain is necessary to nourish flowers and trees, and that’s great! But sometimes all that water can cause damage to your home or business.

Is your Quincy business ready? Let’s talk about ways to prepare.

  • Take a look at rain gutters. Clogged gutters will cause rainwater to backup, damaging your roof and walls.
  • Do a roof inspection. Are any shingles loose or damaged? Replace any that could be an issue to protect attic or work space from water damage.
  • Check interior walls and ceilings for signs of water damage; this could be an indication of roof leaks.
  • Trim any trees and bushes next to your Quincy business. Be sure to cut back branches that could become waterlogged and break off, damaging property.
  • Ensure that all doors and windows are secure, and that weatherstripping is in good condition.
  • Look for water collecting around the foundation of your Quincy business, and take steps to redirect it, if needed, to avoid water damage.
  • If your business is located near flooding areas, stockpiling sandbags to protect your property and parking areas would be a good idea.
  • Any erosion on your property will need to be handled before the rains come so that your business won’t suffer from mudslides.
  • Make sure the city drains near your business are clear of debris and earth. Call the Public Works Department if you think there may be an issue.

Preparedness in the event of any kind of extreme weather is always a good idea, to protect your business and property from loss and damage. Taking the time to assess your situation and thinking ahead about what may come is a good way to keep your investment secure.

Call our team at SERVPRO of Quincy anytime, whether you need assistance with water damage, fire damage or mold prevention. Visit our website at SERVPRO of Quincy or call us at (217) 223 2993. Be safe!

Are You Winter Weather Ready?

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Winter Weather Storm Damage

Are you prepared for the coming cold weather? Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not ready for it. From heavy rain and freezing temperature to damaging winds, sleet, or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather. 

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits. 

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries. 
  • Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can cause a damming effect, which can lead to roof damage and interior water problems. 
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. 
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present. 
  • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open, allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.
  • Ask SERVPRO of Quincy Franchise Professionals about comleting an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your business. The ERP is a no-cost assessment to your facility and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster. 

Light The Night Safely

Pretty lights, candles, and decorations are just a few of the items bringing charm and cheer to the holiday season - however, if they are not used carefully your holidays may go from festive to frightening. 

The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to help greatly reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday season. 

  • Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, and heat vents. 
  • Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer's instructions. 
  • Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed. 
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed. 
  • SERVPRO of Quincy Franchise Professionals wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

When winter weather strikes, call SERVPRO of Quincy Franchise Professionals to strike back!

Be "Ready for whatever happens" With The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Program

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

National Preparedness Month is the perfect opportunity to share the benefits of having a readiness plan in place with your customers, business, and family.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are "Ready for whatever happens."

In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations, and priority areas. The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO's free Ready Plan app to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet. 

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise Profile documents that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. 
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Quincy as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information. 

The ERP establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to 50 years experience and a System more than 1,700 Franchises strong. Knowing what to do and who to call in advance is key to quick response and timely mitigation. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster. 

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can plan for it. 

The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time in the future. Call SERVPRO of Quincy today to establish your Emergency READY Profile. 

Fire and Water Damages are Never Scheduled.. Are You Prepared?

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From a burst pipe in an office building to faulty wiring in an apartment complex, fire and water losses are never planned, but they do occur. SERVPRO of Quincy Professionals know there's no such thing as a small emergency when it threatens the welfare of the tenants and the revenue of the property owner. Have you developed a thorough Contingency Plan? Is the emphasis on the first 24-48 hours to help you get back in your building as quickly as possible?

EMERGENCY READY PROFILE

SERVPRO of Quincy Professionals can provide you assistance in developing an Emergency Ready Profile. As part of a well thought-out Contingency Plan, your Emergency Ready Profile will contain information you need in the event an emergency situation occurs. 

Ask your SERVPRO of Quincy Professional about an Emergency Ready Profile for your facility. 

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals Can Manage the Damage

  • Detailed communication throughout the cleaning and restoration process helps keep you informed and in control.
  • Experience and training in mitigating damages ranging from single family homes to skyscrapers.
  • Use of ICAT in order for the customers and the adjuster to track the content cleaning process
  • Esporta Wash System allowing faster cleaning of emergency clothing. 

So You Can Focus on Your Customers

  • Quick response may help avoid revenue loss for property owners and minimize inconvenience to tenants. 
  • Restoration services can help you resume normal business functions quickly while avoiding costly construction downtime.
  • Professional equipment and industry-approved techniques can save you time and money.

Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, SERVPRO of Quincy Professionals will work hard to restore the property and its contents to preloss condition helping you become the hero in a disaster situation. 

Emergency Ready Profile

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Be on the right side of the 50% and be prepared. Contact us today for your FREE assessment.

No one plans on a disaster, but you can plan to be ready for whatever happens!

As a smart local business owner we know the magnitude of being ready for anything. This is why we can't stress enough the importance of being prepared for a disaster. Did you know that 50% of businesses that experience a disaster may never re-open their doors? We do not want that to be you!

Being prepared is the key to making it through a disaster. Let us help you get prepared. With our Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) program we will provide critical information that will allow you to start mitigation and recovery services. The ERP is a quick reference guide for your business to refer to if a disaster should strike. 

We will come to you and provide a FREE assessment of your facility! With this FREE assessment we will create a very detailed profile that will be a quick reference to important contacts and phone numbers such as your utility companies, on-site contact, building contact, insurance company contact, maintenance department contact and hospital contact. We will gather building logistics, like how many floors does your business occupy, how large the building is and if there are hazardous materials onsite. The ERP will also prepare our SERVPRO of Quincy team with the knowledge of where to park our vehicles, if we have elevator access or any other special instructions we need to be informed of by your business. We will also be able to help you locate your shut-off valve and your priority areas should you experience a disaster. 

Please don't let your business fall on the wrong side of the 50% when you can take advantage of this FREE assessment. Call us today, 217-223-2993, to schedule your Emergency Ready Profile!

Are you READY for whatever happens?

2017 Resolution: Plan Ahead

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With each new year, many people resolve to better themselves or some part of their life. This year, make a resolution to be READY. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can prepare for it. The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you are "Ready for whatever happens" in 2017. 

In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future. By downloading the free SERVPRO READY App, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device putting help at your fingertips. 

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster. Don't wait until disaster strikes - resolve to be READY. Call SERVPRO of Quincy to establish your Emergency READY Profile, and be "Ready for whatever happens" in 2017.

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise profile document containing only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. 
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. 
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. 
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. 
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. 

Timing is Everything

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Water leaks within a business can seep into flooring, carpets, baseboards and walls while moving throughout the structure, potentially creating mildew and staining walls. Quick action is critical in avoiding costly repairs and expensive downtime. SERVPRO of Quincy understands the water damage event can not only disrupt your facility, it can also interrupt day-to-day business functions - possibly closing the business and ultimately affecting your revenues. 

Leak Prevention Tips

Regularly check the following items for leaks:

Exterior:

  • Check roofing for deterioration 
  • Check gutters and down spouts for blockage
  • Check basements and crawl spaces for moisture

Interiors:

  • Check appliances in break rooms and cafeterias
  • Check sinks and toilets in restrooms
  • Check HVAC for leaks and blockage

Time is Money

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals understand every minute counts:

  • With more than 1,600 Franchises servicing 48 states, a SERVPRO Franchise is nearby.
  • More locations mean faster responses. Uniformed technicians will arrive onsite usually within four hours of notification.
  • This quick response time helps ensure that the damage is contained and the restoration process begins promptly. 
  • Rely on SERVPRO of Quincy to help you avoid unnecessary damage, cost and downtime. 

Experience Counts When It's Your Business

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There's no such thing as a small emergency when it threatens to shut down your business. Turn to the company with the resources and experience to be a national leader in cleaning and restoration. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can offer:

  • 38 years of business in the cleanup and restoration industry
  • More than 1,600 Franchises servicing 48 states 
  • Over 5,800 technicians trained in the cleanup and care of commercial property
  • Over 95,000 pieces of restoration equipment available nationwide to restore even the largest damage to pre-loss condition when possible. 

SERVPRO of Quincy is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist you with your cleanup and restoration needs. Call SERVPRO of Quincy at 217-223-2993 to help you get back to your business. 

SERVPRO System Services

     Restoration:

  • Fire, Smoke and Soot
  • Water Removal and Dehumidification
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation
  • Catastrophic Storm Response
  • Move Outs and Contents Restoration 
  • Electronics and Equipment 
  • Documents Drying
  • Contents Claim Inventory Service

     Cleaning:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard, Crime Scene and Vandalism
  • Carpet, Upholstery, Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors
  • Odor Identification
  • Deodorization

Your Business and Indoor Air Quality

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Sick Building Syndrome - Healthier Air Saves You Money

In the 1970's, sick building syndrome became apparent as groups of people displayed similar symptoms after having spent extended periods of time in buildings with poor air quality. Good judgment and immediate attention can correct the situation and save you money in the event of litigation. People most at risk include: 

  • Infants and children
  • Pregnant women
  • Elderly
  • People with compromised respiratory systems or asthma/allergies
  • People with weakened immune systems

While molds are found naturally in the environment, an overabundance inside buildings is undesirable; some people can become ill. Experts disagree about the more controversial details of mold, but they all agree that if you have excessive mold, it needs to be removed. 

Control Moisture and Reduce Mold

Act Within the First 24 to 48 Hours

  • Correct any water leaks or standing water
  • Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units
  • Properly maintain humidifiers, if used. 
  • Replace wet or visibly moldy insulation materials. 

Proper Maintenance Saves Money

Estimates made by the World Health Organization say that poor indoor air quality costs $60 billion in employee sick leave and lost production. 

Part of your responsibility to the tenants, workers and students who work and play in your buildings includes proper maintenance and prompt response to any situation that could cause illness or health concerns. SERVPRO of Quincy is available when it matters. 

Learn more about Indoor Air Quality on the web at SERVPRO.com or www.epa.gov.

"Cents" of Smell

Create an Impact

You only have one chance to make a first impression with your customers. Using safe and biodegradable products, SERVPRO of Quincy can create a clean, fresh and long lasting impression. 

Ways to Impress Your Customers

  • Clean dirty and stained ceilings
  • Scrub lobby, furniture and draperies
  • Establish maintenance plans for furnishings, carpets and draperies 
  • Clean HVAC & air duct systems

Clean Sweep for Ducts

Improve the Air Quality of Your Business

When addressing air quality, inspecting the ductwork is SERVPRO of Quincy's first order of business. Dirty ducts can work to circulate odors and contaminants like mold and irritating dust throughout the building. SERVPRO of Quincy uses a proven Portable Ventilation & Air Duct Cleaning System to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep removing years of dust and grime. 

The SERVPRO Difference 

  • Reduce potential for mold growth
  • Remediate bacteria, fungi and mold
  • Restore peak energy efficiency
  • Eliminate offensive odors 
  • Free written inspections and estimates

SERVPRO National Affiliations

  • IICRC - Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification
  • CAI - Community Association International
  • BOMA - Building Owners and Managers Association

You Can Trust the SERVPRO Brand

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals understand every minute counts:

  • Over 1,600 Franchises in 48 states means more locations
  • More locations means faster responses
  • Faster responses means faster mitigation and less damage
  • Faster mitigation means less cost

IICRC Certified Firm

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IICRC

Representing more than 54,000 registrants across the globe, the IICRC is an international non-profit certifying body. In addition, the IICRC is an ANSI-accredited Standards Developing Organization (SDO) that works with interested industry associations and organizations to develop consensus-based standards.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has recognized SERVPRO of Quincy as being an IICRC Certified Firm.

Mission Statement

The mission of the IICRC is to establish and advance globally recognized standards and certifications for the inspection, cleaning, restoration and installation industries.

Benefits for Consumers

When you see an IICRC logo, you can be confident that an IICRC-certified experienced, qualified professional is caring for your valuable property. IICRC Certified Firms employ technicians who, after study, field experience and passing comprehensive exams, have received IICRC certifications in specific cleaning, restoration and inspection categories such as upholstery, wood flooring, stone and tile flooring, carpet cleaning, odor removal, mold remediation, water damage, fire damage restoration and more!