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Commercial Air Duct Cleaning
When was the last time you had your business's duct system cleaned? Regular maintenance to your air duct system can help improve the productivity of your HVAC systems and the quality of your air.
The truth is, a facility manager may not even think about the air ducts until the system stops heating or cooling properly. A ductwork system is designed to distribute airflow from your HVAC equipment to your entire commercial building. This encompasses the air that is sucked from the whole building in the air conditioner/heater where it gets cooled or heated and then pushed back via the ducts into your working space. These systems can collect contaminants over time and could possibly circulate dust and other allergens.
SERVPRO® of Chesapeake North has National Air Duct certified technicians who will inspect your HVAC air duct system and give an estimate for a total cleaning. We offer scheduled maintenance cleanings that will help to keep your system running more efficient and help to provide good air quality.
Think you have dirty ducks? Call us at 757-465-9700.
Do You Have an Emergency Plan for Your Business in Chesapeake?
Be Emergency Ready Chesapeake! Our app is a no-cost readiness plan that places your ready plan data on your mobile device for quick access during an emergency. You can download the free app today and contact us for a rep to get you started!
The SERVPRO® Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial.
It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.
Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your home or business.
Commercial Storm Damage Restoration in Chesapeake
Storms and inclement weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate any business in a matter of minutes.
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.
Want a Free Business Assessment? Call Us Today at 757-465-9700
Importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
What is PPE and why is it so important?
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, "Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as "PPE", is equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses. These injuries and illnesses may result from contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, mechanical, or other workplace hazards. Personal protective equipment may include items such as gloves, safety glasses and shoes, earplugs or muffs, hard hats, respirators, or coveralls, vests and full body suits."
PPE is worn by our SERVPRO professionals to reduce the exposure to biohazards and other hazardous materials that could cause illnesses or injuries while on the job. Our SERVPRO of Chesapeake North team will don PPE for various reasons. It will help our employees in the following ways:
- Protect workers from threat of viral pathogens in affected area
- Protect area from potential contamination by our workers
- Protect from harmful contaminants in water or particulates in the air during our fire restoration & water mitigation work
During the Corona Virus Pandemic of 2020, our team has been and will continue to clean and sanitize multiple businesses using our specialized cleaning and disinfecting products. This requires our employee to be in full PPE attire during the entire process.
Our SERVPRO cleaning and disinfecting products are safe when used appropriately by a professional and also according to label directions. PPE isn't to protect workers from disinfectants, but to help protect the space from workers.
File Business Claim After Smoke Damage
Did your commercial building or the suite next to yours recently have a fire and now you smell smoke or have smoke related damage? Is smoke damage a covered loss on your commercial insurance policy? Learn more about what you need to know about smoke claims.
Soot Damage and Insurance
Good news is that in most cases, damage from smoke will be covered under your commercial insurance policy. Remember the sooner you act upon following these steps, could help improve the restoration of your property to its preloss condition. Your preparedness could also help with your insurance company approving your claim.
- Get in touch with your insurance company or agent and file a claim, report the smoke damage.
- Call a professional smoke cleanup company to help assess your loss and provide details of the cleanup process.
- Take photos of any damaged items, and documents, receipts for any repairs that need to be performed.
- Know that your insurance company will send an adjuster to survey the damage.
- Know that your insurance company will require proof that the money they pay you will be going towards your restoration and repair.
Smoke damage claims and the efforts to communicate with your adjuster may be challenging. However, if you have done your due diligence in following these steps, your post-fire experience can be a positive one.
SERVPRO of Chesapeake North is here to help with the fire damage, the soot damage or the smoke damage.
Cleaning Commercial Air Ducts
Your Commercial HVAC and air duct system require regular maintenance and cleaning to maintain efficiency and proper functions. They are the key to having good air quality in your work environment for you and your employees.
- Filters should be replaced every 90 days. Wires, connections, and motors should be inspected for wear or for visible damage and repaired to keep your HVAC system safe and operating properly.
- Professional Inspections of your HVAC and Duct Work should occur bi-annually, normally before the A/C or Heat are to be turned on in your building. Inspections involve looking for excessive amounts of dust, debris, feces, odors, or noises. Some of these findings could mean that you have an infestation of some sort.
SERVPRO of Chesapeake North will visit your facility and perform a Free Inspection of your duct work system. We understand the importance of a properly functioning HVAC and Duct Work system in the work environment. Call us at 757-465-9700 when you need professional cleanup and restoration of your air duct system.
We Handle Document Restoration
After a disaster, documents, photographs, and books could be lost forever. SERVPRO® of Chesapeake North knows that a quick response and action is crucial to saving and recovering damaged possessions. With access to a restoration facility, state of the art technology and equipment, our restoration professionals will help recover your paper goods.
Document Restoration Facility:
- We use the latest vacuum freeze-drying method, as well as gamma irradiation technology for sterilizing.
- Documents are managed by HIPPA Master=certified technicians under 24/7 surveillance.
- We use a computerized inventory system for digitizing your documents.
- We can accommodate large commercial losses or small residential jobs.
- We offer a range of services that include drying, cleaning/disinfecting, re-jacketing, digitizing, and deodorizing.
Types of document item we restore:
- Paper documents, books and magazines, manuscripts and files, photographs, films, negatives, microfiche, x-rays, blueprints, maps, and parchment.
Document Cleaning & Disinfecting is necessary in instances when documents have been contaminated and exposed to bacteria, viruses, pesticides, or other harmful chemicals. Our gamma irradiation technology is used to safety and effectively sterilize your documents.
Digitizing Services can convert your paper files and photos to help save storage space and enable your access to them with a touch of a button, keeping them safe from a flood or fire.
Need your valuable documents restored? Call Today- 757-465-9700
Preparing Your Business for the Holidays
Check out these quick tips on keeping your commercial property free from damage this holiday season.
During the holiday season, many businesses like to decorate their stores to advertise for holiday sales and to create a warm and inviting environment for their customers. When decorating your business for the holidays it is important to keep these things in mind to prevent any damages or loss to your business during the holiday season.
Choose your decorations wisely; many holiday decorations such as paper, Christmas trees and holiday wreaths are flammable. If you are using these to decorate your business space for the holidays, make sure that they are at least 3 feet away from any heat or ignition source.
Choose where you place your decorations or holiday displays so that they do not block any exits including emergency exits and make sure that they are not intrusive to the isles/walkways.
SERVPRO Chesapeake North wants you, and your business to stay safe. If you do experience a fire or water damage during the holidays, or any time of the year, our franchise professionals can make it “Like it never even happened.” Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, we are Here to Help.
Reasons to Keep Your Air Ducts Clean
Air Duct Cleaning in Chesapeake
Isn't the quality of your indoor air as important as the quality of the air you breathe outside? There are indoor irritants in the air you breathe like pollen, dust, and pet dander that encompass more than simply changing your equipment's air filter.
These irritants and contaminants collect in your air duct system and can only be removed with scheduled cleanings. You should consider it as a part of your HVAC maintenance and a vital part of ensuring your employees health and your business cleanliness. Here are a few reasons why you should keep your ducts cleaned.
- Clogging of the ducts- Irritants like dust can clog your air ducts causing your HVAC equipment to work less effectively. The clogging can also cause health issues.
- You may be losing efficiency- If your air ducts are clogged, your equipment will be forced to work harder to maintain your temperature settings. This results in higher utility bills and an inefficient system.
- Presence of mold- Mold is hazardous to your health. Mold can aggravate or cause health problems like asthma and allergies. An odor like the smell of dirty socks coming from your air vents can indicate the presence of mold in your HVAC system.
- Presence of trapped critters- Occasionally rodents, birds or insects can become entrapped in the air duct system. Any odor coming from the air vent system requires attention.
SERVPRO® of Chesapeake North will inspect your air duct system at no cost. You will learn of the results and get a recommended plan of action. Commercial cleaning and maintenance plans are available. Call us today at 757-465-9700.
Commercial Emergency Planning in Chesapeake
Commercial Emergency Planning in Chesapeake
The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan for it NOW.
By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. All your contacts, your property manager, engineers’ info, etc. accessible at the touch of a button.
SERVPRO® of Chesapeake North offers complimentary ERP services to commercial business owners and facilitators.
Your ERP with SERVPRO® will include:
- A no cost assessment of your facility
- A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in an emergency
- A guide to help get you back into your building following a disaster
- Establishes SERVPRO® of Chesapeake North 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.
Call Missy Burns at SERVPRO® of Chesapeake North at 757-465-9700 today to get started!
Pre-Planning Helps to Minimize Business Interruption
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As many as 50% of businesses close following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.
The SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile is a web-based interface design. Our app is a no-cost readiness plan that places your ready plan data on your mobile device for quick access during an emergency. Download the Free App
By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
?A no cost assessment of your facility.
This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
?A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
?A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
?Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
?Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
This saves time, so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
?Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."
Ready to Get Started? Call 757-465-9700
Your Business Should Have the SERVPRO ERP System
Help Your Business To Be Ready for the Next Emergency?
Your Business Should Have The SERVPRO® ERP System
The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile system is a web-based interface designed to hasten our response times to business emergency calls. The system was designed to help save business owner's time and money, allowing your doors to re-open more quickly.
The SERVPRO ERP System requires the uploading of relevant information that completes and personalizes your business profile. Upon your request, one of our Marketing Representatives will help you complete your profile at no cost.
Your business profile will help your SERVPRO Marketing Representative to know your specific emergency contacts, business needs and circumstances before the emergency strikes your business.
Our SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile system is especially beneficial to motels and restaurants when emergency relief workers will need to a place to stay and to eat.
Here is a brief overview of some of the benefits the SERVPRO ERP System integration can provide your business.
Multiple Business Management
When water damage strikes multiple business locations in Chesapeake, and surrounding areas at once, it can be difficult for some owners to form an adequate response plan of action for each of those locations. The SERVPRO ERP System allows you to create a separate profile for each business under your jurisdiction. This function has proved to be very effective in major storm and flood emergencies.
Insurance, Utilities, and Contact Management
Businesses often have numerous connected suppliers, insurers, and other business partners that must be contacted in the event of an emergency. The SERVPRO ERP System allows you to store and organize relevant contact lists and insurance information on a location-by-location basis, increasing communications efficacy for both you and SERVPRO.
SERVPRO of Chesapeake North has been helping local homes and businesses from the effects of water damage through quality care, equipment, and personnel for over 20 years.
For more information on the SERVPRO ERP System call us at (757)465-9700.
Preventive Maintenance Tips for Commercial Properties
Commercial Preventive Maintenance Tips
It is spring time, but winter conditions may have caused stress to commercial structures. Spring is an important time to make sure certain tasks are completed to prepare for summer and repair any damage caused by extreme cold and wet weather. Proactive maintenance can help prevent damage to a property, saving time and money throughout the year and can also help with insurance claims. Below are a few items to be examined and cleaned.
Roof and Exterior
Wind, snow and rain can impact a building’s roof and exterior. Walking the property and being on the lookout for standing water or leaks from roofs and gutters is important. Chipped paint, siding dents and damage, cracked or leaking windows, foundation cracks, roof leaks, and clogged gutters should all be photographed, reported and repaired. If left unresolved, long-term issues can lead to more serious issues including foundation erosion and more.
Landscaping and Irrigation
Harsh winds, rain and snow can damage plants and limbs, especially on boxwoods, small shrubs and ornamental trees. Mulching, trimming broken limbs, pruning back plants, and cleaning debris needs to be done to prepare for spring growth. Irrigation systems need to be checked for damage and proper drainage to be ready for the dry summer season.
Warmer temperatures arriving means the facility mechanical systems should be inspected and maintained. Replacement of air filters, flushing of water heaters, and checking carbon monoxide detectors and sprinkler and fire suppression systems should be done before summer arrives.
Call Us Today to Prepare Your Emergency Ready Profile (757) 465-9700.
Commercial Water Damage in Chesapeake
Commercial Water Damage Repair in Chesapeake
Flooding and water damage can strike your Chesapeake commercial property at any time. Water damage can sideline your business, regardless if the damage occurs from a major storm event or a broken water line.
At SERVPRO of Chesapeake North, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. In many instances, normal operation can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges
SERVPRO of Chesapeake North professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore while working within your budget line.
Our staff are Highly Trained Restoration Specialists trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC industry certification, rest assured that our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Remember, when you have an emergency water event in Chesapeake, our Professionals offer fast, 24 hour emergency services, 365 days per year. 757-465-9700
Commercial Water Damage Restoration Facts
Commercial Water Damage in Chesapeake
In the restoration industry, there is more than meets the eye when it comes to water and the havoc it can wreak.
Water Restoration Facts
- A sheet of drywall standing upright in 1/2" of water can absorb as much as 6 inches in less than 3 hours.
- Water is known as a "universal solvent" because it dissolves more substances than any other liquid.
- Mold typically begins to grow within 24 to 48 hours in an untreated, moist environment.
- A puddle of water around a water heater indicates a slow leak, or rusted or corroded fittings. Act quickly as water heaters are under a great deal of water pressure.
Water Contamination Categories in the Restoration Industry
- Category One-Water from a clean source that poses no risk of sickness or discomfort such as from an overflowing bathtub or from a broken water supply pipe.
- Category Two-Water that has a significant degree of chemical, biological and/or physical contamination such as water from a dishwasher or washer, or aquarium leak or discharged Category One water that sits untreated for more than 24 hours becomes a Category Two.
- Category Three- Water coming from a grossly unsanitary source or carrying disease causing agents such as releases from septic systems and flood waters or discharged Category One water that sits for more than 48 hours becomes Category Three, or discharged Category Two water that sits for more than 24 hours becomes Category Three.
The use of chemical agents that act as biocides may be used when there is a need to control or destroy pathogenic microorganisms during a restoration project. The EPA defines three levels of biocidal activity:
- Sanitizers which are designed to reduce the number of microorganisms
- Disinfectants which are designed to destroy or inhibit the growth, but not necessarily the spores.
- Sterilizers which are designed to destroy all microorganisms and their spores, such as mold, bacteria, viruses, etc.
Have Commercial Water Damage Questions? Call 757-465-9700
Emergency Preparedness from SERVPRO® of Chesapeake
SERVPRO® of Chesapeake 757-465-9700
SERVPRO® of Chesapeake is a 24/7 Emergency Service provider no matter the time or the day, we will respond when disaster strikes.
We want to help you make a quick recovery which is made possible with a quick response after disaster strikes. SERVPRO® of Chesapeake has prepared an Emergency Ready Profile sample for you to view and to consider implementing in your own business.
Did you know that we will come to you and help you get your business profile set up so that when disaster does strike, the information in your Chesapeake Emergency Ready Profile will help to get your business up and running. Use the Email address SPChesapeake.com, and use Password Ready.
At SERVPRO® of Chesapeake, We are Here To Help® get your business doors open again and minimize your loss of revenue caused by the loss of operations. Call us at 757-465-9700 to schedule your complimentary profile. #NatPrep #LikeItNeverEvenHappened #HereToHelp #NationalPreparednessMonth
Water Damaged Contents in Chesapeake, VA
Ceiling leak caused contents water damage in Chesapeake
Water Damages your stuff too. At SERVPRO of Chesapeake, we have seen our share of damage from a leaking pipe between the wall, a leaking upstairs toilet, a relief valve in the dishwasher that failed in the middle of the night, and of course damage from mother nature.
Most often our first thought is about the floors or the ceiling, or the walls that are going to be ruined and your contents, your treasures, your projects, your books can be overlooked.
We are your Emergency call to action experts when disaster strikes your home or business 24/7.
For over 20 years, SERVPRO of Chesapeake helps to make it#LikeItNeverEvenHappened #HeretoHelp #SERVPRO8233
Restoring Your Chesapeake Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges
Flooding and water damage events at Chesapeake 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 Chesapeake
SERVPRO of Chesapeake 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.
The Levels of Commercial Damage
SERVPRO® of Chesapeake handles not only residential damage and restoration, but commercial as well.
There are three levels of commercial damage that are considered:
Level 1 is a small commercial loss typically involving 15,000 square feet or less of affected floor space. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a small commercial loss may include, but are not limited to, a stand-alone retail establishment, a small church, a daycare facility, a small shopping center, a small warehouse or manufacturing facility, or a stand-alone administrative building. A Level 1 loss can also be a small portion of a much larger structure.
Level 2 is a midsize commercial loss typically involving 15,000 to 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved are usually multi-level or greatly divided spaces. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 2 loss may include, but are not limited to, a small multi-family property, a midsize church or school, a small shopping center, a multi-tenant administration facility, or a midsize warehouse or manufacturing facility. A Level 2 loss can also be just a portion of a much larger structure.
Level 3 is a large commercial loss typically involving more than 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved will likely be large multi-level structures. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 3 loss can include, but are not limited to, a large church, hospital, school, or university; a large multi-family property; a mid- to high-rise retail or administration facility; a large industrial, manufacturing, or warehouse facility; or a large strip-style shopping center or shopping mall. This is the level at which it would be appropriate to refer to the project as a “large loss.”
Once our team determines the level of loss, the property is further assessed, and a team of appropriate size is dispatched to get the job done quickly and efficiently, and return your business to operation “Like it never even happened.”®
Vandalism Damage Do's and Don'ts
When vandalism damage occurs to your property there are important things to remember while waiting for SERVPRO® of Chesapeake to begin property restoration.
- Hose or wash egg or other residue damage from building exterior as soon as possible.
- Carefully vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery.
- Save containers revealing the ingredients of products used in vandalism damage.
- Record all damage and photograph when possible.
- Attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetic stains.
- Operate damaged lamps or appliances.
- Discard broken or damaged pieces from porcelain, furniture or other contents that may be used for repair.
Always call SERVPRO® of Chesapeake first at (757)465-9700.
SERVPRO® Emergency Ready
It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster such as fire and flood never reopen! Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.
Are you “Ready for whatever happens?”
Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s 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.
The SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program. Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company.
By working with SERVPRO of Chesapeake to develop your personalized Emergency Ready Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.
Call SERVPRO of Chesapeake at (757)423-9700 today.