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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)

Commercial Are You Winter Weather Ready? 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?

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

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

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Emergency Ready Profile 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

12/20/2016 (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 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

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

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

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

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

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

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

10/28/2016 (Permalink)

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!