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Protecting Your Business From Fire | SERVPRO® of Wilson County
When you own a business, you must also take safety precautions for your business, employees and visitors. One thing you need to consider and spend a little extra time planning for and working toward is fire prevention.
<h4of-commercial-structure-fires">Causes of Commercial Structure Fires
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that the leading causes of structure fires in office properties from 2007–2011 were (in order):
- Cooking equipment, 29% of fires
- Electrical distribution and lighting equipment, 12% of fires
- Heating equipment, 11% of fires
- Intentional, 10% of fires
- Smoking materials, 9% of fires
- Exposure, 4% of fires
- Electronic, office or entertainment equipment, 3% of fires
Of those causes, intentional, exposure, and electrical distribution and lighting equipment accounted for the most property damage with 20%, 18% and 15% respectively.
In 2007, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that fires and explosions accounted for 3% of all workplace fatalities.
In studying more recent numbers, the NFPA estimates that during the period from 2007–2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 3,340 fires involving office properties per year. Those fires were responsible for an annual average of four deaths, 44 injuries and $112 million in direct property damage.
<h4your-business">Protecting Your Business
So what are some of the many steps you can take to protect your business from the risk of fires? By focusing on fire risk assessment, fire prevention and staff education, you will be working to reduce the chance of a fire breaking out.
You should make an assessment of any fire hazard risks in your facility. In some locations, the local government may have a fire marshal who can visit your establishment to help identify these risks and provide guidance on your fire prevention plan.
You’ll want to make sure that the right fire protection equipment is in place. This includes an automatic sprinkler system, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers on each floor.
Most importantly, consider your employees and visitors. Creating a fire plan and reviewing it with your staff will ensure that everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire. Conduct fire drills at least once a year to keep that fire safety protocol fresh in their minds, and take time to review evacuation plans and the location of first-aid kit.
Despite best efforts with fire prevention and safety tips, the worst could always happen at your business. If a fire has damaged your business, SERVPRO® of Wilson County is available to help make it "Like it never even happened."
Commercial Fire Extinguisher
All of us at SERVPRO of Wilson County hope your business stays safe from fire. If the worst happens, we are experts in cleaning fire damage and smoke damage.
Just to be safe, SERVPRO of Wilson County recommends you keep, maintain, and know how to use fire extinguishers.
A fire-extinguisher may prevent fire damage and smoke damage from spreading throughout the office.
If you see a small fire that you can take care of yourself, use the following tips. If you have any worries, you and everyone should leave the house and call 9-1-1 when you are outside.
SERVPRO of Wilson County wants you to know that you can try to fight a small fire only if:
- You can get to the fire extinguisher quickly. Fire is fast. Fire damage and smoke damage are less painful than personal injuries
- You have the right class of fire extinguisher
- You know how to use the fire extinguisher
SERVPRO of Wilson County explains Types of Commercial Fire Extinguishers:
Classes A, B, and C fire extinguishers are found in both homes and businesses
- Class A is for cloth, wood, and paper
- Class B is for liquids that can burst into flame or explode, such as grease, gasoline, oil, or oil-based paints
- Class C is for electrical equipment like computers, tools, or anything else that is plugged in
- Most home-improvement stores sell multi-purpose fire extinguishers: Classes A:B:C
- Class D is for metals that can burst into flame. Class D fire extinguishers are usually needed only in some factories
- Class K is for vegetable and animal oils and fats that are in cooking appliances. Commercial kitchens (restaurants, cafeterias, catering businesses) often use them
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) provides flood insurance. The NFIP doesn’t sell insurance. Flood insurance should be purchased from an insurance agent.
SERVPRO of Wilson County is interested in helping businesses in our community become more educated on flood insurance. According to FEMA, 40% of small businesses do not reopen after experiencing a devastating flood.
Things to know in Wilson County including Lebanon and Mt Juliet. Check to see if you might be required to have flood insurance.
- All agencies in Wilson County charge the same for flood insurance providing the same rating criteria is used
- Standard commercial insurance doesn’t pay for flood damage
- The NFIP sets the rates
- Rates depend on:
- whether you live in a flood plain
- flood risk in your area
- building’s age
- building’s construction
- Building property insurance covers the building
- Personal property insurance covers the building’s contents
- NFIP suggests you need both types
- Policies go into effect 30 days after purchase
- The NFIP help center number is 1-800-427-4661
SERVPRO of Wilson County recommends the following:
Check whether or not your area participates in the NFIP
- Check whether or not your area is part of the Community Rating System. The NFIP might have a discount
- Talk to your insurance agent when you need to make changes
Make sure your business is protected from the devastation that comes with unwanted flooding in your office.
Fire Extinguisher Use for Your Commercial Property
All of us at SERVPRO of Wilson County never anticipate a fire. If the worst happens, we are experts in cleaning the damage left by smoke and fire in your home or commercial space.
Fire extinguishers may help prevent fire damage or smoke damage, but only if you know how to use them.
SERVPRO of Wilson County wants to share these tips from FEMA. You can try to fight a small fire only if:
- You have alerted others in the building that there is a fire
- Someone has called the fire department
- You are physically able to use a fire extinguisher
- The fire is small and contained (like a wastebasket)
- You are safe from the fire’s smoke
- You have a clear escape route
How to Use a Fire Extinguisher: SERVPRO of Wilson County suggests you remember PASS:
Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism
Aim at the base of the fire
Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly
Sweep the nozzle side to side
Restoring Your Wilson County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges
Flooding and water damage events at Wilson County 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 are 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 spend 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.
Restoring Your Gladeville Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges
Flooding and water damage events at Gladeville 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 lost of revenue and productivity. So when an emergency arises in your business, gives us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need.
Restoring Your Wilson County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges.
Flooding and water damage events at Wilson County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Wether we're dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to access 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 arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Wilson County
SERVPRO of Wilson County 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.
Larger Grocery Store Spaces in Old Hickory with Water Damage are No Match for SERVPRO
Don't let water damage at your grocery store send customers looking elsewhere to buy food. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services.
Our Technicians Handle BOTH Small and Large Scale Water Damage at Your Business Location
Grocery stores with water damage in Old Hickory and surrounding communities can prove to be a challenge for some restoration companies. Large, open floor spaces and perishable merchandise create difficult, sensitive conditions that require both delicacy and speed to counter successfully. Sprinklers may go off due to a fire or just a malfunction, flooding may come from inside or outside the store, and a host of other issues may strike depending on specific equipment, furniture, and systems in the building.
SERVPRO aims to make it as easy as possible for owners of grocery stores to deal with commercial water damage in Old Hickory. Around the nation, our strategy is to overstock local franchises with industrial-grade equipment to ensure our ability to handle disasters of any size within a reasonable time frame. Even if there is standing water of measurable depth throughout the entire store, our powerful truck-mounted extraction systems can remove water within hours. Our focus is on timeliness and efficiency, so we bring in extra air movers and dehumidifiers for larger stores to accelerate the drying process. Our wide-reaching restoration and rebuilding capabilities also make sure that your facility can be entirely reconstructed without needing to go through a second company.
Recovery of merchandise may also be one of your primary concerns. While perishable goods are likely to become a complete financial loss in the event of water damage, our comprehensive inventory and recovery plans help to save as many non-perishable merchandise and objects as possible. These programs also make us a favorite with most local insurance companies, as they appreciate our ability to catalog and define costs as accurately as possible. We also take care to clean up and remove perishables quickly to prevent them from developing into sources of mold growth or even biohazards.
SERVPRO of Wilson County provides professional water removal and restoration services to local businesses in need. Call us 24/7 for services or a quote at (615) 449-5000.
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Tackle Water Damage in Your Lebanon Area Hotel the Right Way
If you experience water damage in your hotel, call on SERVPRO for quick and efficient mitigation services.
Thorough and Efficient Water Damage Mitigation
Although it is unlikely that water damage in your Lebanon hotel affects every room, the situation does become complicated. As stress climbs, guests, revenue, and costs associated with loss all compound the situation.
It is important to obtain professional water damage assistance in your Lebanon area hotel as fast as humanly possible. Time plays a major role in the condition of flooring, carpeting, and furniture as well as the possibility of mold contamination, all of which make it harder to continue normal operations.
As water travels, it creates the potential for secondary damages to develop, including those that cause deterioration to essential components throughout the structure of your building. If you are the owner or manager of a hotel or motel, you may want to find ways to cut corners or look for short cuts to limit the impact to your business. However, this is not the time.
A professional performing water removal services, water damage restoration and mold remediation can accomplish in a short period what it takes your in-house maintenance staff weeks to do, and SERVPRO’s technicians do it correctly the first time. Avoid compounding issues that allow problems to develop on multiple floors of your hotel and obtain unique solutions to existing problems on your property, today.
Our SERVPRO team manages the entire restoration from start to finish, offering IICRC-industry certified, experienced technicians, advanced equipment, and a variety of resources that help provide you with the results you desire. Our staff communicates with your insurance company and addresses any concerns you may have throughout the restoration process.
You get safe water damage restoration services that eliminate standing water and reduce risks associated with bio hazards. SERVPRO gives you fast, efficient, long-lasting results from professionals who understand what it takes to keep your business running smoothly.
SERVPRO of Wilson County serves the entire community, providing answers using skilled professionals, certified in the cleanup and restoration industry. Make the right call, get the help you need 24/7, day or night. (615) 449-5000
For more information on Lebanon, visit http://www.lebanontn.org/.
Commercial Water Removal Can Restore Your Lebanon Clothing Shop After A Water Snafu
Accidents happen no matter how well you might have prepared for them, with some being harder to recover from than other types of disasters.
Commercial Water Removal
Accidents happen no matter how well you might have prepared for them, with some being harder to recover from than other types of disasters. Water spreading throughout an area from a broken elbow joint on a water line is one of these kinds of problems.
Lebanon teens want to keep up with the latest trends, and water problems can force them to shop elsewhere, making it imperative that you have access to speedy commercial water removal when you need it most. We know that while your shop is drying out that sales come to a stop and so do your profits. We can begin immediately after our initial assessment is concluded.
SERVPRO can handle not only the restoration of your shop's physical structure but also that of your inventory. Furniture, display units, and other movable items can be cleaned and dried. Some of this can be better cared for at our facility and then returned, while other items can be more easily restored on-site, instead.
Returning the entirety of your shop, including carpeting and other floor coverings, is essential to protecting your shop from future damage. Water removal always begins with the largest amount of water and works down to the stage of elevated moisture and humidity.
Pump trucks are called in when standing water exists in quantities greater than what our handheld units can tolerate easily. These smaller units are used best for situations where carpeting is saturated. Air movers and heaters, along with open windows, when weather conditions have created a dry but warm environment outside, can be used together to dry walls that have absorbed some of the water. We also make sure that the air itself is also returned to normal humidity levels. Allowing humidity to remain in the air can permit this moisture to condense later on surfaces, perpetuating the damage that we worked so hard to eliminate.
A fast reaction with a quick phone call to us is easiest when our number is already available in your office or front desk. SERVPRO of Wilson County's phone number is (615) 449-5000. You can call any day, and at any hour to inform us about your situation. We are Faster To Any Size Disaster, no matter what kind.
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We Pack Out and Clean Soft Furnishings After Flood Damage To Your Mount Juliet Vacation Rental
SERVPRO's Esporta System Cleans Your Commercial Inventory in Mt. Juliet
SERVPRO's Esporta Wash System Cleans Contaminated and Soiled Materials Post Flooding
Flood damage is a nightmare for any business owner. Tennessee suffered flash floods last year, and business owners know that floods can happen quickly and cause harm to any investment property. That means loss of income during the cleanup and restoration operation. Getting your business back up and running again is a priority.
Flood damage to your Mount Juliet vacation rental property is a serious issue. Soft furnishings such as bedding, pillows, throws and drapes are a key part of any vacation property business. Such items need to be dried quickly to prevent further damage and reduce the risk of mold growth. Flood cleanup is a stressful time, and naturally, you want to save as much of your inventory as possible for guest usage.
That is where SERVPRO comes in. We pack out your soft furnishings for thorough drying and cleaning in cases of severe flood damage. You do not have to wait for your premises to be dried first – our teams work on both at the same time. We understand that high-quality clean drapes, bedding, towels and more are a key part of any vacation rental business.
Our technicians start the pack out process with a complete inventory of the belongings we remove so you can rest assured that if it goes out, it all comes back. Your soft furnishings are carefully packed and transported to our professional storage facility for restoration and drying.
SERVPRO experts utilize the patented Esporta wash system for cleaning and restoring soft furnishings. Esporta is a unique system that was designed specifically to clean and save dry furnishings, so those affected by flood, mold, or fire damage do not have to pay for costly replacements.
Most washers use agitation or tumbling action to clean. The Esporta system uses hydraulic motion – the same motion that waves make when eroding rocks. Hydraulic motion dislodges both organic and inorganic particles and forces them out of soft materials. Esporta’s unique blend of powerful detergents complements the washing motion. They are tough on contaminants but do not damage bedding, throws, pillows or drapes.
Independent tests show that the Esporta system restores 90% of soft items to food-grade clean. Our IICRC-certified technicians use this powerful system to return your soft furnishings to you as good as new - “Like it never even happened.”
Do not let flood damage ruin your business. Call SERVPRO of Wilson County at (615) 449-5000 for assistance.
Take Advantage Of Water Removal Services Available In The Old Hickory Area
Old Hickory or Any TN Hotel Stays Dry with SERVPRO Water Removal
Water Removal In Your Old Hickory Hotel by SERVPRO Minus Guest Disruptions
If you think about it, water sources are everywhere in your hotel. You may have ice machines, drinking fountains, refrigerators, bathrooms, kitchenettes, and vending machines that all connect to a water source of some kind. While some of you even offer laundry services on every floor to make things convenient for your guests.
On the one hand, these amenities may make it more likely for customers to return to your establishment while visiting Old Hickory. While on the other, water removal and restoration services become necessary to handle some situations that having these comforts presents.
Each appliance or fixture linked to a water source can cause water to spread throughout various unprotected areas of your property. Clogged toilets, broken pipes, plumbing leaks, in combination with weather conditions increase the likelihood of water-soaked furnishings or carpeting, as well as damage to your walls, ceilings, floors, and various other items found on your property.
A fully certified restoration company, like SERVPRO, can provide you with the services you need to eliminate unwanted water exposure. Using infrared moisture detectors to locate and remove hidden pockets of water found in walls, ceilings, or floors, and making it possible to avoid mold contamination or major disasters that would limit or prevent your ability to offer services to your guests.
Give SERVPRO technicians the opportunity to address water issues in your hotel. If you catch things early enough, our technicians can locate and remove excessive moisture before it becomes a major challenge. We can work during off-hours to limit disruptions to your guests and keep safety concerns to a minimum throughout the water removal and restoration process.
SERVPRO is a locally owned and operated, giving you access to IICRC certified technicians that train tirelessly to provide you with the latest solutions to water removal and restoration situations that happen on your property. We have access to a variety of water removal equipment such as hand-held and truck mounted water extractors of all shapes and sizes, making locating and removing water easier, even in hard to reach areas.
Contact SERVPRO of Wilson County today; we help you keep your business running, while safely performing the water removal services to keep operations moving forward. (615) 449-5000
Commercial Flood Damage Can Affect Other Companies Dependent On Factories In Watertown
It only takes one factory affected by flood damage to slow, or even stop, production in factories unaffected by flooding.
Commercial Flood Damage
Manufacturing parts and materials for other businesses are vital activities to any area's economic health. It only takes one factory affected by flood damage to slow, or even stop, production in factories unaffected by flooding. Unproductive periods of just a few hours can seriously impact these other businesses.
Watertown has many factories that produce items necessary to the manufacture of products that are sent all over America, meaning commercial flood damage here can affect much more than just our area. Being locally owned, we at SERVPRO know that our local businesses and factories need to keep running. When flood damage is behind a plant shutting down, we can help get everything back to normal again.
A flood's severity is based on more than just the height of the water. The category of water is also important in assessing the damage. Class of water reflects the drying process required by not only the structure but also of the contents. Because many factories are without carpeting and substantial amounts of upholstered furniture, the moisture content is typically very low. Reaching this low level of humidity may require lengthier drying times than other settings would typically require.
Small floods from broken water lines are the easiest to clean up and repair. Flooding of larger areas can increase the time, as can water from sources that are dirty. Category 2 and 3 sources include contaminated water that began as clean but did not remain so and sewer and drain backups, as well as outside sources from rivers and creeks. These sources require not only cleaning and drying but also decontamination of all surfaces that can not be replaced.
After drying, cleaning, and decontamination, the next step we take in protecting from flood damage is the application of mold-inhibiting protectants. Concrobium is a safe liquid that is applied to any surface. It dries within a few hours. Other ways we protect your factory is by detailing machinery that has sediment and other residues which can affect its ability to function correctly. Debris build-up can happen even with a clean-water flood. We know that without the machinery to make your products, your factory cannot function the way it should.
For flood damage of any kind, SERVPRO of Wilson County gladly puts our skills and training to work in restoring your factory to running condition again. Minimize your downtime by calling us at (615) 449-5000, anytime, day or night, we are here for you 24/7 and can restore everything “Like it never even happened."
Rebound From A Restaurant Fire With Minimal DownTime In Gladeville
Restoration of fire damage needs to start immediately.
Your restaurant and gift shop is a go-to for the community, offering items sourced locally with a personal touch. When a blaze damaged your commercial kitchen, both you and your customers feared that restoring and repairing meant long-term closure. SERVPRO brings the skills and experience required to swiftly get both kitchen and shop back in operating condition, often without a full shut-down.
It is frightening and heartbreaking to survey the fire damage done to your Gladeville business. We respect the hard work your unique eatery and boutique required to become a mainstay of our area. Our highly qualified technicians adhere to the same work ethic as they assess and plan for quick and professional restoration. Closing for even a few days can spell disaster for your business’s recovery. If the structure of your business is sound, we use industry-approved techniques to barricade the damaged areas during our work. This allows you to keep unaffected areas open for your customers while our team restores the damage. Our staff knows exactly what cleaning methods and products to use to remove soot and deodorize smoke odors fast.
The key to a successful restoration for your business is preparation. After the firefighters depart it wastes valuable time if this is the first you ask “is there a reputable restoration company near me?” SERVPRO offers our commercial customers a way to “Put Help In The Palm Of Your Hand.” Develop an Emergency Ready Profile in consultation with one of our project managers. We schedule a walk-through of your business to assess the risk and familiarize ourselves with your layout. You complete a thorough questionnaire with our mobile app. Identify key personnel permitted to authorize work, prioritize post-disaster tasks, and map the location of crucial utilities and shut-offs in advance. Restoration of fire damage starts immediately when these pieces are in place for our technicians.
Contact SERVPRO of Wilson County for a local restoration team when your retail store suffers fire damage. Call our experienced dispatchers at (615) 449-5000 and welcome one of our project managers to your site within hours to start the journey to put you back in business. If you have an Emergency Ready Plan in place, the process is seamless.
Commercial Water Damage Services Provided In Watertown
Our SERVPRO technicians understand that every single minute that it takes to perform your repairs are essential to a successful restoration.
Watertown Commercial Water Damage Services Available
As a small shop owner, you would benefit from taking a little time to educate yourself about the information and services that our company provides concerning commercial water damage restoration. Doing so could mean the difference between getting the services that you need to save a majority of your inventory from total loss and obtaining the incorrect services that simply don't do you any good.
Our professional commercial water damage restoration staff in Watertown will make sure that you are properly informed throughout your repair and work hard to get it done right. It is our goal to limit any possible downtime and inconvenience to your daily customers.
Each situation provides SERVPRO with a unique challenge, and we've found that we can provide a better experience for our clients by adhering to IICRC best practices concerning water damage restoration. The quicker we're able to respond, the more of a chance we'll have to assist you with saving as much inventory as possible.
Our SERVPRO technicians understand that every single minute that it takes to perform your repairs are essential to a successful restoration of your products. We spend a great deal of our time learning which items require us to process them quickly and what type of materials require special handling and special processing later on. Learning how to handle a particular product makes our service as fast and efficient as possible for you.
It doesn't matter to us what the size of your emergency is; we will respond quickly and do everything that is necessary to limit the water damage to your commercial property. SERVPRO's highly trained restoration specialists go above and beyond their training to provide you with the knowledge and equipment that you need.
With our restore, versus replace mindset installed into each employee, our technicians have the ability to perform every aspect of the recovery themselves. You won't need to contact anyone else to get the job done.
Before you attempt to use any of those clean-all or do it yourself cleaning products, think long and hard about the vast amount of damage you can do and remember the full range of services that we offer.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
Our expertly trained staff at SERVPRO of Wilson County is waiting for your call. We're available 24/7 - 365 days a year. (615) 449-5000
Commercial Fire Damage and Insurance
Watertown Commercial Fire Damage is Restored By SERVPRO.
SERVPRO Works with Your Insurance Company After Fire Damage
When there is a fire, the resulting smoke, flames, and water can be devastating to a business and its contents. Fire insurance is essential for the survival of a commercial enterprise. A few years ago, companies protected themselves from fire damage through a general insurance policy. The insurance industry has made many changes, including coverage for businesses. Today, most business owners can purchase a “commercial property” policy or a "BOP" (business owners policy). These are package policies that specifically covers damages caused by a fire and other disasters.
When there is a commercial fire damage event in Watertown, there are important steps to take to keep your insurance policy current. This information will help when SERVPRO restoration experts arrive:
• Annually review your policy and keep it up-to-date regarding your properties and their current locations.
• If you own multiple buildings, insure them under a single policy with a “blanket limit.”
• Keep a fire prevention plan and inform your employees about what they should know when and if a fire occurs. Many insurance carriers provide a discount for an active fire prevention program. SERVPRO offers a program ERP that helps keep important contact and structural information available to you on any mobile device.
Property owners may think that insuring their property for less than its real value will save them money. No, this is wrong! First, the policy will not cover the full costs of repairing or replacing your property. Secondly, most property policies contain an “agreed value clause” or a “coinsurance clause.” These are clauses that impose a penalty if the owner fails to under-purchase insurance that is a specific percentage of their property's value. Tennessee property owners can avoid this penalty for under-insurance, by covering their property for 100% of its value. Another step is not to insure your property based on the tax assessment or estimate provided by your insurance agent.
Many commercial property policies pay losses based on the actual cash value of the damaged property and not its replacement cost. After a fire, company property such machinery, valuable equipment, and furniture can also be expensive to replace. The best protection against significant out-of-pocket expenses under insurance policies is to insure them on a replacement cost basis. This type of coverage is more expensive than coverage based on the actual cash value.
SERVPRO of Wilson County is highly staffed with fire damage remediation experts. Not only is it our job to restore you to a pre-fire condition, but we also can help commercial business owners with their insurance paperwork and process. We are locally owned and operated, which means we are proud to be an active member of this community. Call us today at (615) 449-5000 so that we can help restore you back into the black.
A Nashville Commercial Building Shuts Down from Soot and Smoke Damage
Stop Burning Up Business Cash, Call SERVPRO
SERVPRO Quickly Restores a Smoke Damaged Business in Nashville
Owners react differently to the effects of commercial fire damage to their businesses in Nashville. Some proprietors find it difficult to face the daunting task of restoring and repairing the water and fire damage, especially in the immediate aftermath of a major incident. Moreover, there are others who jump in too quickly, when it appears to be minor fire damage. They have the right idea, wanting to limit the business downtime, but they do not take the time to seek expert help with fire and smoke damage restoration procedures.
However, the reality is that business, whether a retail enterprise, single standing restaurant or a rental building has been fire and smoke damaged, it needs professional attention to reopen quickly the establishment. You cannot unless you have specific experience in this field, handle soot removal and smoke odor eradication on your own. If you try, you possibly only end up causing more damage to business furniture, retail inventory or renters personal possessions and treasures.
It is frustrating to have to hold back, particularly when all you want to do is fix things, help your employees, clients, or tenants to return to normal conditions. But you must take that essential first step – call in the assistance of an expert soot and smoke removal team like SERVPRO to mitigate losses. The faster that you do this, the quicker the repair work can begin. While waiting, avoid handling or touching soot covered items.
Things That You Can Do To Help
If you are granted re-entry, take extreme caution. The floors may be slippery and uneven. The chemical by-products of combustion may pose a health risk. Our advice is to do one thing only. Make sure the HVAC system is turned off to limit the circulation of smoke through the duct work. This will prevent the smoke and odors from migrating to previously unaffected areas of the business. Soot is an oily substance that coats hard surfaces, soft surfaces like drywall, and fabrics. Its removal should be done by SERVPRO trained technicians, according to IICRC-Approved schooling, using special sponges and cleaning products. The prevention of streaking and staining will greatly improve the restoring of materials, rather than the removal through demolition. Less cost and less lost business.
Brass and copper items and fixtures should also be removed from the building if you can safely do so. The acidic nature of smoke can tarnish and pit these metals, rendering them un-salvageable. SERVPRO can pack-out business devices, computers, wetted documents, and furnishings to its facilities for cleaning and storage.
Commerce ceases when the doors to your smoke damaged Nashville business are closed. SERVPRO utilizes state of the art equipment like ozone machines, Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Foggers for dispersing fungicides and disinfectants, and Thermal Foggers to destroy odor causing particles. From Inspection to Final Walk-Through, we will restore your business as quickly as possible to its pre-smoke and dire damaged state "Like it never even happened."
Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges
SERVPRO of Wilson County has the training, equipment, and experience to handle large or small commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your smoke emergency occurs in a restaurant in Lebanon, a motel in Watertown, or an office building in Nashville, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Call for 24/7 emergency service. (615) 449-5000
Recovery Planning From a Small Business Fire in Wilson County
Disasters can strike at any time, so it’s beneficial to have a plan of attack ready if you’re a small business owner.
Recovery Planning From a Small Business Fire
Disasters can strike at any time, so it’s beneficial to have a plan of attack ready if you’re a small business owner. It doesn’t matter if it’s weather-related, one caused by faulty technology or even the result of human error, the economic devastation that a Wilson County fire can wreak on a business can be overwhelming. So it’s important to be prepared for even a small disruption of service in order to keep the economic engine humming.
One of the most vital areas that can be affected is a company’s Information Technology department. That’s because proprietary information that was only available on a server that might have been damaged from Wilson County fire could put the fate of the company up in the air.
The aspect of natural disasters is just as dangerous to whatever technology a company is using. In virtually every case, any modern company will have information pertaining to their clients on a server or computer, so the loss of that data can have a lethal effect on a company’s business.
The Safety of Personnel
Of course, the dangers of Wilson County fires can be mitigated by simply making sure that the employees and staff of your company are protected from harm’s way. Those people should be issued a list of exits and escape routes should a disaster of this nature occur. By knowing how to quickly leave a dangerous area, the main issue of dealing with the emergency can be addressed.
Making Other Arrangements
In addition, making arrangements to store data away from the business itself, as well as backing it all up on a daily basis, will keep it from being lost forever if a Wilson County fire happens to take place. In some cases, necessary equipment or office-related material may be just as important to the everyday running of the company.
The Dangers of Inaction
Having plans in place offers more hope of resuming operations more quickly, since a disaster often serves as the death knell for far too many businesses. It helps to have regular meetings in order to brainstorm potential ideas that can help the entire company.
In short, planning for failure (or disaster in this case) is always better than failing to plan, so by using this advice, a small business can be nimble enough to stay viable during a crisis.
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