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Will you be ruined or will you be ready?

10/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO box truck driving through a city With over 1800 local franchises throughout the country, SERVPRO is ready to handle any size commercial loss.

Is your business prepared if a disaster happens?  Fire, flood, smoke, and vandalism are just of the few catastrophic events that can interrupt your business.  As many as 50% of businesses close down, and never reopen, following a disaster.  You can be ruined, or you can be ready.  It is important to have a preparedness plan in place to minimize down time.

Call SERVPRO of Media to schedule an appointment to set up an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP).  This document contains critical information to help identify the line of command for authorizing work, and get your business open as quickly as possible.  Did you know that we don’t charge our customers for this service?  And with the free SERVPRO ready app, getting help is in the palm of your hand, 24/7/365!  We have over 45 years of experience in disaster mitigation, and can handle any size loss, no matter how large or how small.  

Call us today to get started!

SERVPRO of Media/Central Delaware County Can Completely Restore Your Commercial Property

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

Water droplet. If you are ever faced with a fire or water emergency, we can provide complete end to end service!

When water damages a commercial building, the consequences can be greater than you’d initially think. Not only will there be damage to the building’s structure and contents, but because it is a commercial building there are other consequences as well. While business operations are at a standstill revenue will be lost, customers may migrate to other companies, and employees may have to be laid off. It is crucial that the time between the initial loss and the completion of repairs is brief, so businesses can get back to their regular operations.

SERVPRO provides full water damage restoration services in Media and Central Delaware County. It can be frustrating for businesses to have to wait for subcontractors. Fortunately, we are able to provide end to end service. Not only will we remove the water and eliminate the moisture, but we will also complete the repairs as well.  If the outside structure is damaged, we are able to provide emergency services such as boarding up windows or tarping.

Our teams are trained following industry standards, enabling us to quickly and efficiently get your business back up and running. Our main goal is to provide outstanding service, and we do just that by guiding you through every step of the process.

Call SERVPRO of Media/Central Delaware County at (610) 237-8912. We’re available 24/7/365 to make any fire or water loss “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Prevention in Your Business

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

A few fire hazards are shown underneath of an office desk, including wires, a space heater, and loose paper. Space heaters, excessive wires, and loose papers are all potential fire hazards in your office space.

Fire is unpredictable. It can happen anytime, to any business, anywhere. 31% of office fires happen between 7pm and 7am, after hours while workers are not present. Fires that occur while workers are not in the office cause about 67% of recorded property damage. This is because they went undetected for a longer period of time. Luckily, there are a few preventative measures that anyone can take to minimize the chances of a fire happening in your business or commercial building.

Once a year, according to OSHA, employers are required to perform a full maintenance check on their workplace’s fire extinguishers. “Maintenance” means a thorough examination and repair, as needed, of all of your facility’s portable fire extinguishers, as covered in NFPA (98), Sec. 4-4.

  • Along with ensuring that your fire extinguishers are regularly inspected and maintained according to local fire code; each month you should perform a visual inspection on your fire extinguisher(s).
  1. Look for obvious signs of damage. These include dents, corrosion, and leakage.
  2. Check the pressure gauge to make sure that the indicator is in the operating range.
  3. Make sure that the pull-pin is not missing and that the pull-pin seal is intact.
  4. Verify the date of the last professional maintenance inspection.
  5. Date and initial the tag to log the visual inspection.

There should be a fire prevention plan that is in writing, kept in the workplace, and is available to all employees for review. If you have 10 or fewer employees you can communicate the plan verbally, though it is still recommended that you have a hard copy in writing. This plan should include:

  1. Relevant information about the building’s layout
  2. The building’s fire protection systems and equipment
  3. Emergency evacuation procedures

Ban risky appliances such as space heaters, and keep others like coffeemakers and toasters away from paper and other flammables. You should also reduce the amount of clutter in your building or office space. Items such as boxes, piles of paper, and other flammable materials can provide fuel for a fire, especially if left near a heat source. Before you plug something in ensure that the wire has not been damaged or frayed. If you notice any damaged wires, replace them immediately. Wires should not run under rugs or between furniture and walls; they tend to heat up, so you want them clear of any flammable items.

We understand how devastating and confusing a fire to your home or business can be. Do not hesitate to contact the experts here at SERVPRO of Media, and SERVPRO of Central Delaware County to help guide you through the restoration process.

The Importance of Fire Sprinkler and Suppression Systems For Your Business

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

A fire sprinkler head is depicted. In the event of a fire, sprinkler and suppression systems are crucial to preventing flames from spreading.

When you think of a fire taking place, you probably only think of the obvious; fire damage. But there are many other damages that can occur during, and after a fire. Smoke, soot, water, and mold damage are a few of these additional damages.

Most business facilities and commercial spaces are only protected by a pre-action fire sprinkler system. Businesses have many options, each having their own strengths and weaknesses. While sprinkler systems are great at containing a fire, these systems must be exposed to enough heat to warrant the release of water. This short period of time between the fire starting and the sprinklers releasing water can allow the fire to grow substantially, directly resulting in increased damages.

Sprinkler systems have a few more issues as well. Once the sprinkler system releases water, it can cause substantial water damage to items such as furniture and electronics. If the water is not sufficiently dried in time after it is released, this could potentially pave the way for mold growth. It is important to keep this in mind when deciding the best method of fire protection for your business.

Difference between Fire Sprinkler and Suppression Systems

 If you are considering sprinkler or suppression systems for your business or commercial space, it is important to know the difference between the two, and the different types.

Suppression Systems

Fire suppression systems use a combination of dry chemicals, gaseous, foam, and wet agents to suppress and prevent the spread of fire in a building. Some common types of suppression systems and agents include:

  • Wet chemical fire suppression: Most commonly used in kitchens. The suppressant used is a liquid substance that when sprayed onto the affected area, and is brought in contact with cooking oils and fats, will react to produce a foam that immediately cools the flames.
  • Dry chemical fire suppression: Used to quickly extinguish fires caused by flammable liquids. Most commonly used in industrial settings or areas where flammable liquids are being stored.
  • FM 200 fire suppression: Requires no cleanup, leaves no residue, and is safe to use in occupied spaces. Ideal for spaces such as computer rooms, museums, libraries, and areas where other sprinkler or suppression systems may cause large amounts of damage.

If you, your business, or commercial space is dealing with damage and loss resulting from a fire, SERVPRO of Media and SERVPRO of Central Delaware County are able to respond immediately. Regardless of size or scope, we have the tools to get your business back up and running, “Like it never even happened.”