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Water Emergencies in the Office Breakroom & Bathroom

3/23/2019 (Permalink)

We’ve all been there.  Upon entering the restroom at the office, or our favorite department store or restaurant, or any other place frequented by the public, we notice dripping , stuffed and sometimes overflowing toilets, and faucets that have been left running:  a perfect set-up for the disaster scenario your employers have always warned you about.  Each one of these scenes can lead to hazardous, contaminated water damage.  As business owners or managers, we know that water intrusion can add up quickly not only in terms of damage to our property and contents,  but also in terms of revenue lost if we must close our doors while the remediation work takes place. 

At SERVPRO of North Morris County, we have IICRC Certified technicians who are trained and experienced in state-of-the-art responses to any type of water damage, whether it be sewage, drainage, or storm.  Our team has responded to water emergencies from simple accidents such as an employee leaving a coffee mug covering the drain, filling with hot water in the break room over the weekend causing the entire office and the one below it to flood; to major disasters such as Hurricane Sandy and its effects in our own area on homeowners and businesses. 

A Few Simple Tips

Add these to your protocol for a manager or employee each evening at closing:

  • Check Breakroom faucets, refrigerators and water coolers for any signs of water leaks. Be sure all faucets are in the off position.
  • Check Bathroom faucets and toilets to be sure they are not running water. If you hear water running, there must be an explanation for it. 
  • Know where your shut-off valves are (for both sinks and toilets). A quick-acting manager or employee can minimize damage by cutting it off at the source.

Water damage can happen anywhere at any time.  For an in-depth consultation and Emergency Ready Profile® (ERP) analysis for your business, please call us! SERVPRO of North Morris County is available 24/7 365 days a year.  Give us a call at 973-983-5657.  We are Here to Help!!

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Be Prepared With an ERP

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Given the data about the seasonal potential for flooding, as well as its power to disrupt the operation of your business, you may be wondering what you should do to be prepared in case catastrophe strikes. Luckily, our team at SERVPRO of North Morris County has got you covered. The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) will help ensure you are “Ready for whatever happens.” 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 instructions, and priority areas of concern. Call SERVPRO of North Morris County today to establish your Emergency READY Profile®!

Why the Emergency READY Profile?

9/24/2018 (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; download SERVPRO’s free Ready Plan app to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet.

The ERP establishes us 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, 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 your local us to establish your Emergency READY Profile®.

DISASTERS HAPPEN: Prepare Now / Learn How

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

As a business owner, insurer or property manager, you are a leader in your community and have the opportunity to set an example for your employees, customers and community to follow.

This year for National Preparedness Month, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. “Disasters happen” and not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes.

As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your company, its employees and its infrastructure, and maximizes your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster. You can do this by taking three simple steps:

-Plan to stay in business

-Encourage your employees to become ready

-Protect your investment

We must work together as a team to ensure that our families, businesses, places of worship and neighborhoods are ready. At Ready.gov/business, companies can find vital information on how to begin preparing their organization and addressing their unique needs during an emergency. You can also contact us to find out more on how to be ready when disaster strikes with the Emergency READY Program®

IT’S THE WATER YOU DON’T SEE

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Even small water damages at your office have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time.

The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. We have the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss.

When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. We will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of our tools:

-Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.

-Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing usto monitor the drying process.

-Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, we can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.

-Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.

-Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor-causing particles to deodorize structures, garments, automobiles and other places where cleaning cannot reach.

The bottom line? We have the training and equipment to make it “Like it never even happened.”

WHEN THEY CALL YOU, CALL US

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

When they have water damage, your policyholder or property owner looks to you to handle the situation. You collect information and provide reassurance everything will be returned to normal. We understand your priority is helping restore the property and the insured’s or owner’s peace of mind, while minimizing the loss on a claim

The first 24 hours following a water incident are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage. Within four hours of loss notification, we will be on-site to help ensure a water damage is handled properly by completing the following steps.

Inspection

We will inspect affected areas of the property to determine the extent of damage. They will also review the inspection with you, your insured, or property manager and answer any questions before beginning work.

EMERGENCY SERVICES

Next, we will take immediate steps to protect the home or property and personal belongings from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing for drying. They will explain in detail the needed emergency services step-by-step.

MONITORING 

To help ensure your insured’s or owners home and personal belongings, or property are dried to appropriate industry standards, we will monitor the drying process. The results will be consistently communicated to you throughout the monitoring process.

RESTORATION SERVICES

We will replace structural materials such as drywall and baseboards, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of the property and belongings. A final walk-through of the jobsite will be conducted with you, your insured, or owner to help ensure their property was returned to preloss condition when possible.

Is Your BUSINESS Prepared?

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness Month and 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 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 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.

The ERP establishes  SERVPRO of North Morris County as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. 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 your local SERVPRO of North Morris County to establish your Emergency READY Profile®.