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How to Handle a Sprinkler Flood at Your Office
We’re pretty sure the typical business owner doesn’t spend time thinking about the effects of flooding on their property due to their fire sprinklers being activated. However, it is an issue that could quickly get out of control and cost them tens of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The obvious solution to ensuring this doesn’t happen is prevention, but you’ll first need to know what could cause this.
Four Reasons for Accidental Activation
Believe it or not, the modern sprinkler system is not activated by fire alarms or even smoke caused by burnt food in your employee breakroom. They actually have to be subjected to extreme heat that either bursts the red liquid bulb or melts the metal sensor on the device. There are some things that can cause them to accidently activate, and here are some of the more common reasons this could happen:
- Improper installation of the system
- Vandalization of the sprinkler system
- A Factory accident
- The sprinkler heads being used inappropriately.
Immediate Steps to take to Prevent Loss
The very first step to take in an emergency flooding situation is to turn off the water. It’s important to have multiple people within your organization who are capable of doing this. Once you have the water shut off then the cleanup can begin. It’s possible that hundreds of gallons of water have been released in a very short period of time, so water damage to machinery, walls and floors can happen quickly. The best plan of attack is to contact an experienced and reputable water restoration company. They will be able to quickly and correctly dry each surface and reduce the risk of mold.
Your Long Term Approach
Now that you have the initial cleanup underway, your next step should be to contact your insurance company and prevent the problem from occurring again. Your employees must be trained to never hang anything from a sprinkler head or touch it. The ideal placement for sprinkler heads is in a location which is difficult for a person or even a machine to accidentally contact it.
A flood in your business may seem inconceivable, however there are some steps you can take to prevent and minimize damage. But in the case of an emergency, an experienced water restoration company such as SERVPRO of Bath can leave your facility looking “Like it never even happened.”
Secondary Water Damage at Your Business
When water gets loose in your business, whether from a toilet overflowing, the water cooler spilling or a hot water heater overflowing, it can be invasive and event harmful. It needs to be cleaned up, but what people don’t know is that there’s more to the cleanup than just removing the water and restoration of any visible damage. If your business isn’t cleaned properly by a professional, you could end up with secondary water damage which can result in even more hazardous conditions.
Primary water damage is normally fairly obvious. It’s the damage that is easy to detect and is normally seen. This type of damage could include moisture in the drywall or the structural framing of the space. It can also be warped hardwood flooring, wet carpet and padding, and damaged furniture and the content of your business.
Not so obvious is the secondary damage, this is damage that you don’t see right away, and it usually comes from the result of a water damage which hasn’t been taken care of quickly. This type of damage could cause swollen floors, warped wood floors and door casings or baseboards that have swollen. You could even see cracking in walls. Quickly evaporated water can lead to secondary water damage. High humidity allows moisture to penetrate porous materials. Secondary damage can be harmful to your home. It can cause structural damage and could lead to problems with mold growth
If your office has experienced water damage, or you come to work and find water damage, call SERVPRO of Bath quickly. Our professional team can come evaluate your businesses damage and put a plan in place to stop water damage and prevent secondary damage.
Commercial Hazards in Old Spaces
Commercial buildings and warehouses can be filled with all types of hazards, specifically when they are old which is the case throughout many towns in eastern North Carolina. They can have miles of plumbing throughout the building and water pipes in commercial buildings burst all the time – just like your home! The difference with your home and a commercial business is that in your home your possessions are affected, but with a business, a burst pip can bring business to a complete stop.
In recent years many old buildings and warehouses are being renovated and when they are inspected it’s typically a mystery as to what lies behind the walls. Generally, there are pipes behind the walls, and water along with those is just one thing that can potentially cause many other problems. Water within a sprinkler system could have leaked and come in contact with different surfaces of the building. This could have caused contamination. Water from leaking or broken pipes could have flow between the walls and collected unsanitary pollutants along the way. Maintenance workers can try and turn off the water, but the water has to be turned back on, so it is imperative that the leak be found and fixed before that happens.
If you own a commercial building and have experienced a flood or other type of water damage, should contact SERVPRO of Bath and speak with our professionals. Our trained team of technicians will assess the damage and create a plan to manage the water damage. SERVPRO of Bath can work also with your property manager, maintenance manager or facility manager to get your building and business up and running as quickly as possible. Call us today, we’re happy to help.
The SERVPRO of Bath Team is Prepared and Ready
You never know when a disaster is going to strike, but you can rest easy knowing that SERVPRO of Bath’s green machines will be prepared and ready when it does. SERVPRO of Bath strives to provide our commercial customers with the quality service, and we’re ready to help 24/7, just give us a call.
Our team is prepared to jump into action with the area’s best equipment in the restoration industry! With over 80 years of combined experience in the construction industry as unlimited licensed builders, you can be assured that your business is in good hands. Our job is to restore your business so no one will know a disaster occurred.
We hope you never need us, but if you do SERVPRO of Bath will be waiting on your call.
How Can Your Business Prepare for a Flood?
With the hurricane season behind us it’s likely you won’t have to worry about flooding issues for the remainder of the year. And, even if your office was safe in the past, you should note that new construction of buildings, roads or bridges can alter the flow of water, so you should always be prepared for the potential of flooding. Doing business in a high-risk zone can increase the chances you’ll experience a flood; but being outside of the area doesn’t mean flooding isn’t possible.
We’re giving you some tips on how you can minimize or prevent water damage to your commercial property. These tips can help you prepare and recover from possible flood damage.
Before the Flood:
- Move important equipment above expected flood levels
- Inspect drains and sump pumps to ensure they are operating properly
- Make sure emergency building materials are ready if your business is in a flood-prone area, these include, but are not limited to, plywood, plastic sheeting, shovels and sandbags.
During the Flood:
- Listen for alerts for the latest storm information.
- Keep your smartphone charged in case you lose power; this will ensure you are still able to receive alerts or can place an emergency call.
- If you are asked to evacuate, shut of all utilities and leave immediately
- Move to high ground and avoid rising water.
- Stay clear of downed electrical wires and power lines
After the Flood:
- Do not return to your business until you’ve been told it is safe to do so.
- Throw away any food that have been in contact with flood water.
- Inspect your office for damage, and if your business has been damaged, immediately report the loss.
- Call SERVPRO of Bath to assist with your restoration efforts at 252-923-0213.
Possible Water and Mold in Schools
Mold damage caused by one of eastern North Carolina's recent storms
With the recent hurricanes in eastern North Carolina, area schools may have experienced water and mold in their buildings.
Throughout a child’s life many things are done to keep them out of harms’ way. Plug covers are used to keep them away from electrical outlets. Training wheels are put on their bikes to prevent falling, and helmets are worn just in case they do. We use car seats until our child reaches a certain height and weight. These and many more things are done to keep our precious cargo safe and sound.
As parents and educators, it’s our jobs to keep our children safe. So, it only makes sense that we’d be concerned if mold was discovered in one of our schools. We’d want to make sure it was removed and handled properly. Well, that’s where SERVOPRO of Bath comes in.
When you call SERVPRO of Bath, you’re calling a local business that’s part of the community, someone that understands a mold-free school is necessary for a healthy learning environment. We’ll locate the problem and our certified technicians will make sure the job is done properly. We’ll ensure that the mold is remediated, and, if needed, we can even bring in a third-party to test air quality and certify our work meets any city, county and state regulations and standards.
For more information about SERVPRO of Baths services and how we can help schools and businesses after a storm, call us at (252) 923-0213.
Preparing your Commercial Business for a Disaster
North Carolina sits in hurricane alley, and during the last couple years we’re experienced our fair share of hurricanes. With hurricanes comes damage, and, wind, water and mold damage are just a couple things that can disrupt your business.
Did you know that over half of businesses who are affected by a disaster may not recover? That’s 50%, and the number one reason a business WILL survive is because they have a plan in place in case disaster strikes.
SERVPRO of Bath is here to help area businesses be prepared for a disaster by helping them create an Emergency Readiness Plan. By developing an Emergency Readiness Plan for your business, you can minimize interruptions because you’ll have an immediate plan of action if a disaster occurs. Knowing what to expect and what to do is key to minimizing how water and mold can affect your business.
What’s in an Emergency Readiness Plan?
- Priority contact for the business
- A list of personnel, their contact information and duties/responsibilities after the disaster
- Building details such as the floor plan, breaker boxes, shut off valves and any other things that may need immediate attention
- A document containing critical information needed in the event of an emergency such as username and passwords to office equipment and accounts
- A list of external organizations that may be available to assist you and your business
- And, a plan to help you get back on premises – then back to work
For more information on how to put together an Emergency Readiness Plan, call SERVPRO of Bath at (252) 923-0213 and one of our professionals can help you.
SERVPRO Crew Equipped and Ready for Service!
SERVPRO of Bath and Roanoke Rapids Crew Photo
When disaster strikes, you can feel at ease when you see our green machines on the way! At SERVPRO of Bath and Roanoke Rapids, we strive to provide the best quality service for our customers as we are always on call 24/7.
Our team is always ready for action with the best equipment and service in the restoration industry! With over 80 combined construction experience as unlimited licensed builders, you be assured your home in good hands to be sure it looks like it never even happened.
New Equipment! "The Super Hero"
"The Super Hero" is what we call our new TRAILER MOUNT desiccant WITH A 130 Kilowatt Generator.
"The Super Hero" is what we call our new TRAILER MOUNT desiccant WITH A 130 Kilowatt Generator and a 5,000 CFM desiccant. This machine has the power of 272 of our regular dehumidifiers!
Why is this equipment so important to you?
Our goal is to get your business open for operations as quickly as possible so you do not suffer long term revenue losses and loss of exposure.
Applications include larger buildings such as schools, hotels, hospitals and commercial buildings that require more dehumidification, to provide environmental control and restorative drying.
You name it, this machine can dry it!
· water damage and remediation
· document drying
· industrial surface preparation for coating
· mold and fungus prevention
· long-term lay-up of industrial equipment
· industrial condensation prevention
· 25’ enclosed aluminum trailer
· 130 KW MultiQuip diesel generator
· Provides full 300 amps of single-phase power
· 3 Twist-Lock Connections – simple and safe
If water damage strikes, call the SERVPRO of Bath and Roanoke Rapids
Emergency Readiness Program for Commercial Business
Emergency planning at your fingertips
An Emergency Readiness Program, also known as an ERP, helps your business to be ready at a moments notice when disaster strikes. This program is a perfect compliment to your current safety plans.
An ERP allows you to minimize business interruptions and reduce damage with an action plan ready to go.
SERVPRO of Bath will assist you in documenting on your phone, computer or hard copy locations of water valve shut offs, gas line shut offs, electrical panels and emergency exits for each location in your business. All emergency contact information such as plant facilities manager, plumber, electrician are at your fingertips.
This service is free to you with the hope that you will consider SERVPRO when disaster strikes. Call us at SERVPRO of Bath, your partner in emergency services, today at 252.923.0213
Frozen Pipe Burst? Here’s How SERVPRO will help!
Aftermath of a pipe burst leaves this chapel in 2 inches of water! Luckily SERVPRO was on the job and restored this chapel to its former glory!
A water pipe burst leaves an entire church flooded in over 2 inches of water! From the entry door to the chapel to the kitchen and every spare room, the church was covered in standing water. SERVPRO of Bath was ready to act when we got the call! Our team arrived quickly and fully equipped to take on the job. Click on the link below to view this remarkable restoration project.
Flooding and water damage emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Bath provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - including all holidays.
When flooding or water damage strikes, act fast!
- Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
- Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
- Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
- Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
Hours 1 - 24:
- Drywall begins to swell and break down.
- Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
- Furniture begins to swell and crack.
- Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
- A musty odor appears.
48 Hours to 1 Week:
- Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
- Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
- Metal begins to rust and corrode.
- Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
- Paint begins to blister.
- Wood flooring swells and warps.
- Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
More Than 1 Week:
- Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
Why you want an IICRC Certified Restoration Company
When water damages your commercial property, you want professionals to restore your business who understand the effects of water on wet materials and its long term effects especially in our humid climate.
SERVPRO of Bath works closely with insurance companies to get you back on your feet as fast as possible.
As business owners know, contacting a professional restoration company is usually the first step to restoring your building. With so many other restoration companies out there, be sure to look for one that is professionally certified. SERVPRO invented the science of drying and requires their technicians to be IICRC certified, the industry standard.
It is important to know that hiring an IICRC-certified company will have advantages Before is more information about being an IICRC company:
- What does IICRC stand for and what is it?
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a professional certification organization within the restoration, cleaning, and inspection industries.
- How does a company receive an IICRC certification?
To receive an IICRC certification, restoration companies have to follow specific criteria. Some of the criteria include:
- Provide consumers with accurate data
- Conduct business processes with integrity and honesty
- Ensure that a trained technician is present for all work assignments
- Ensure that a continuing education program is in place
- Maintain policies for written complaints
- Hold liability insurance
- Why it is important to choose an IICRC-Certified company?
There is a wide variety of forms water damage can take. Some of them include flooding, a burst pipe, and sewage backup. No matter the cause, water can leave a lot of damage to your building. In fact, standing water can lead to severe property damage as well as mold issues.
SERVPRO of Bath offers service 24/7 for all of our customers. You can call 252-923-4357 for your commercial emergency.
Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Meet our crew here at SERVPRO of Bath.
Flooding and water damage events at can lead to commercial properties 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 Bath
SERVPRO of Bath 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.