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What Are the Benefits of the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program for Broomall, PA, Businesses?

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Media provides local businesses with the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program, a commercial cleaning regimen designed to combat viral pathogens.

As a full-service damage restoration and cleaning company, SERVPRO of Media understands how disruptions affect homeowners and businesses. In recent memory, few events have been more disruptive than COVID-19. The ongoing pandemic continues to emphasize the importance of cleanliness, especially at businesses and commercial facilities. With the constant influx and outflow of people into and out of a building, business owners or property managers will want to do their due diligence to ensure that the space is as clean, safe, and healthy as possible.

Consulting with a Commercial Cleaning Professional

When hiring a company for commercial cleaning and disinfecting services, the business owner will want to identify a team that is experienced in cleaning commercial facilities and has the right equipment to complete the job. A cleaning protocol that can be tailored to the specific needs of the building is ideal.

At SERVPRO of Media, technicians provide a defensive viral pathogen cleaning program called Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. Because not all businesses have the same disinfection needs, the program is designed to serve the unique needs of facilities in a wide variety of business sectors.

SERVPRO of Media assigns the commercial client a Cleaning Protocol Specialist who identifies the cleaning considerations of the individual business. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned evaluates a variety of factors, including the following:

  • In what industry does the business operate?
  • What is the size of the business?
  • How many high-frequency touchpoints are present in the facility?
  • What amount of foot traffic does the business see on a regular basis?
  • Where do congestion points occur?

The Commercial Cleaning Process: What to Expect

Once a plan of action for cleaning the facility is decided upon, SERVPRO of Media’s cleaning experts implement a deep clean of the premises. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned far exceeds standard janitorial cleaning practices; the program involves proactive cleaning that targets and defends against viral pathogens.

The company uses proprietary hospital-grade cleaning solutions that have been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). One of the products that SERVPRO of Media utilizes to clean facilities is SERVPROXIDE, a hospital-grade disinfectant certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) for direct food contact surface use.

In addition, the team has training and experience in biohazard cleaning and decontamination for both porous and non-porous surfaces. Technicians are educated in the proper cleaning techniques through an industry-leading, proprietary training program. Clients can trust that these professionals will always adhere to the highest standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

How Can Businesses Communicate a Culture of Cleanliness to Customers?

After cleaning the client’s facility, SERVPRO deploys communication touchpoints to inform the business’ customer base that the business is committed to making a healthy environment its top priority. From signage to markers for the business’s digital footprint, SERVPRO’s trusted and time-tested brand reassures both customers and employees that the premises have been cleaned and disinfected by industry-leading service professionals.

A key visual element is the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield, an emblem that is posted on the front window of a business cleaned by the SERVPRO team. The shield, along with other graphics, serves as a beacon that confidently welcomes consumers into a comfortable, secure, safe, and healthy facility.

Commercial Cleaning: A Valuable Service for Delaware County Communities

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, SERVPRO of Media has had the privilege of serving the cleaning needs of businesses through the community, including the areas of Media, Broomall, and Newton Square.

One client posted the following review of the commercial cleaning services that the SERVPRO of Media team provided: “We have used SERVPRO of Media to disinfect over 100 store locations since the COVID-19 pandemic began. They have not failed us once. Melissa always answers my calls no matter what time I call her and services us immediately. I highly recommend using SERVPRO of Media for all your cleanup and restoration needs, especially in emergency situations!”

Another reviewer wrote, “Great customer service experience provided by Brenda, she was quick and responsive. Rob provided a thorough COVID-19 cleaning of our facilities. He was on-time, professional, and very knowledgeable about the service he was providing.”

To learn more about Broomall, PA, commercial cleaning services or to inquire about the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program, contact SERVPRO of Media by email at office@SERVPROmedia.com. The staff can also be contacted by phone at (610) 566-5720.

The Benefits of Investing in Commercial Cleaning Services for Ceilings, Walls, and Floors

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Media, PA provides time-tested and industry-approved cleaning methods along with EPA-approved cleaners for cleaning ceilings, walls, and floors.

SERVPRO of Media, PA, offers commercial cleaning services for ceilings, floors, and walls. Technicians have specialized training in time-tested and industry-approved cleaning methods, and SERVPRO’S proprietary cleaning system enables the team to properly clean and restore a structure.

Clean ceilings: Why are they important?

While walls and floors receive fairly regular attention, the ceiling is an area of a building that rarely receives the attention it deserves because it often escapes notice. Clean ceilings are important to the health and safety of the occupants. Ceiling hygiene can be challenging, but safe, effective solutions are available.

What is up with the ceiling?

The maintenance team and property managers would do well to consider the substances that collect on ceilings:

  • Dust, pet dander, and dirt
  • Cooking grease and oily grime
  • Nicotine from smoking
  • Soot and residue from welding and any previous fires
  • Cobwebs
  • Animal and insect nests
  • Fleas, lice, and mites
  • Insect, rodent, bird, and bat feces
  • Mold, mildew, algae

The accumulation of these substances on the ceiling creates an unpleasant environment for anyone that enters the facility.

The challenges of cleaning ceilings

Commercial ceilings can be difficult to keep clean, whether the space is a school, daycare, hospital, office, or manufacturing unit.

  • Size and height

Commercial ceilings may vary in size from a few thousand square feet to several hundred thousand square feet. Ceiling height may well exceed the usual eight to ten feet of the residential structure.

  • Different styles

Dropped ceilings employ ceiling tiles to conceal the actual ceiling. Exposed ceilings create interest by accentuating plumbing, ductwork, electrical conduit, fans, lighting, the sprinkler system, security cameras, and audio speakers. The additional surfaces can be challenging to access and clean. Dust and grime will find their way into every crevice.

The benefits of clean ceilings, floors, and walls

  1. Occupants can breathe easier and stay healthy.

An unclean workspace can lead to diminished productivity, lost time from work, absenteeism from school, and potential litigation from affected parties.

  1. A clean facility from the top down creates a positive first impression for customers and visitors.

Over time, stains will appear on ceilings. The causes may include condensation from fluctuating temperatures in the facility, a leak in the roof, or an internal plumbing leak. The visible stain does not make a positive impression on visitors to the facility. Also, a dirty ceiling will begin to stink over time. The building’s employees will grow accustomed to the odor, but customers, clients, and vendors will notice the smell almost immediately. The offensive smell will hurt business, as well as the company’s reputation.

  1. A clean work environment improves worker productivity.

Cleanliness in a commercial setting eliminates distractions and improves worker morale. Employees, clients, and customers notice and appreciate the attention paid to cleanliness and respond positively.

  1. A ceiling free of dust and oily grime is more fire-safe.

Dust and grime on rafters, girders, ductwork, plumbing, and electrical conduits can spread flames throughout a facility covering several hundred thousand square feet in a matter of minutes, causing the destruction of the facility and sometimes the loss of life.

When ceilings, floors, and walls need cleaning, call a professional cleaning company

An employer puts untrained employees at risk by having them clean ceilings, floors, and walls without the proper training and gear. The use of harsh chemicals can cause skin irritation, eye injury, and respiratory distress. In addition, some cleaning solutions are flammable and present a fire hazard. Improper cleaning techniques can damage the ceiling texture, wallpaper, or floor finishes.

When a business needs cleaning services that are beyond the scope of its janitorial staff, the business owner or property manager can call SERVPRO of Media to provide prompt service. The cleaning professionals at SERVPRO of Media have the training, equipment, safe cleaning solutions, and the necessary personal protective gear to safely and efficiently clean the ceilings, floors, and walls of an office complex, school, church, hospital, or manufacturing unit. The company can also provide other commercial cleaning services, including carpet and upholstery cleaning, air duct and HVAC cleaning, drapes and blinds cleaning, odor removal and deodorization, and proactive viral pathogen cleaning.

For more information about commercial cleaning in Media, PA, contact SERVPRO of Media by email at office@SERVPROmedia.com. The damage restoration and cleaning company can also be reached by phone at (610) 566-5720

The Importance of Fire Safety Training in Commercial Environments Prone to Fire Risks

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: In a commercial environment prone to fire risks, fire prevention and fire safety training is essential. SERVPRO of Media highlights the importance of fire prevention strategies for businesses.

Effective fire prevention strategies are essential to prevent commercial fire damage in Media, PA. Due to the raw materials involved in the production process or the process itself, certain industries are particularly susceptible to fires. This vulnerability to fire danger compels these industries to provide staff with fire prevention training to reduce these risks. If a fire should occur, resources must be tapped to get the business up and running as soon as possible. A key resource is a fire, smoke, and water damage restoration company with the knowledge, skills, and equipment to provide the needed restoration services.

Fire safety is a top priority and should be a prominent component of a company’s safety culture. Fire prevention needs to be an indispensable element of the daily workforce protocol. Fire safety strategies should be second nature for everyone who works in the industry. Over time, the workforce will embrace and internalize fire safety. Ongoing instruction and thorough training will instill the calm discipline required to respond to a fire emergency.

What are some common fire hazards?

All industries and businesses with on-site employees have some exposure to fire danger. However, some industries are more vulnerable. These vulnerabilities include:

  • flammable materials, such as paper, fabric, and plastics, that are stored on-site or used in the production process
  • chemicals such as solvents, petroleum distillates, and raw materials that, when combined with other ingredients in the production process, can ignite or explode
  • various equipment, machines, and systems that utilize heat, require electricity, create friction, or produce sparks

If any of these vulnerabilities are present in an industry or business, fire safety should be at the core of the company’s training program.

Who should receive fire safety training?

Fire safety training should be mandatory for all employees, both old and new. New employees must receive upfront intensive training; however, established employees should not be exempted from frequent fire safety and prevention training. On-site product vendors and contract service providers should also be included in the fire safety training program for their own personal safety and to reduce potential liabilities should an injury or fatality occur during a fire.

Why is the management mindset essential?

A proactive management mindset is crucial if the workforce is to fully embrace fire prevention training. Experts in industrial fire prevention explain the vital role management mindset plays in establishing and maintaining an effective fire prevention training program: “How you [the business owner or senior management] approach and teach your staff of fire safety plays a large role in the overall effectiveness of training. Not only are you teaching the basics of fire prevention and safety, you are also showcasing the value of their life to you as the business owner.”

What are the benefits of fire safety training?

Listed below are some of the benefits of training management, staff, and the workforce on fire prevention and safety:

  1. Reduces the likelihood of a fire

Successful fire prevention is the single greatest indicator that fire prevention training is effective. Some fires such as those resulting from a natural cause like lightning are unavoidable. The prevention of one fire can justify the expense of implementing a fire prevention training program. Employee wages must be paid during the time spent in training. The cost of shutting down a production line to train the crew can be staggering.

However, a fire event can disrupt or shut down the entire facility for days or weeks. A partial rebuild might take portions of the facility offline for months. Equipment, resources, and inventory may be damaged or destroyed. Customer service can be interrupted. In the final analysis, fire prevention is worth the investment if it prevents a disaster that may have caused serious personal injury or fatalities.

  1. Minimizes property damage in case of a fire

Employees who know how to discharge a fire extinguisher, deploy a fire hose, and apply a fire blanket are, in many cases, capable of extinguishing a fire as soon as it erupts. Neutralizing a fire before it spreads out of control reduces the extent of the damage and the expense of restoration and repairs.

  1. Ensures proper and safe escape in case of a fire

A fire escape plan reinforced by having regular fire drills improves the safety of all employees. Regular fire drills reinforce familiarity with escape routes and the use of equipment to extinguish the fire.

  1. Opens up the lines of communication

A robust fire prevention program encourages management and employees to address concerns, ask questions, and propose improvements in prevention strategies. Employee insights can prevent fires and save lives.

Why call SERVPRO of Media, PA, for commercial fire damage restoration?

  1. Availability and rapid response

SERVPRO of Media, PA, is available 24/7, 365 days a year, and can be on scene within an hour. With each passing minute, advanced secondary damage increases the scope of the disaster and the cost of the restoration project.

  1. The ability to adapt and scale

Commercial fire damage almost always involves smoke and water damage. The area affected by the fire may range in size from a few thousand square feet to hundreds of thousands of square feet. The complexity of the disaster, the size of the facility, and the nuances of different environments are all factors that must be considered during the restoration process. A damage restoration company must be able to scale immediately and exponentially in order to handle a wide range of restoration challenges.

  1. The most advanced equipment, technology, and cleaning techniques

Commercial-grade equipment works quickly and efficiently, and the latest moisture detecting technology ensures that the water removal and drying process is thorough. The company uses proven cleaning techniques and EPA-approved cleaning solutions so that the client’s facility is clean and safe.

For more information about Media, PA, commercial fire damage restoration, call SERVPRO of Media at (610) 566-5720 or email office@SERVPROmedia.com

Choosing between Fire Sprinkler and Fire Suppression Systems

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Sprinkler Having a Fire Sprinkler System or Fire Suppression System is Important for a Business

When pondering a fire taking place, most only think of the obvious; fire damage. There are many other damages that occur during, and after a fire. Smoke, soot, water, and mold damage are a few of these additional damages. Deciding between a Fire Sprinkler and a Fire Suppression System is an important decision for any business owner.

Most business facilities and commercial spaces are only protected by a pre-action fire sprinkler system. Businesses have many options, each having strengths and weaknesses. 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.

Fire Sprinkler Systems

While sprinkler systems are great at containing a fire, these systems must be exposed to enough heat to warrant the release of water. The short time span between the fire starting and the sprinklers releasing water, a fire can grow substantially, resulting in increased fire damages.

Sprinkler systems have additional issues as well. When the sprinkler system releases water, it may cause substantial water damage to items such as furniture and electronics. If the water is not sufficiently dried in a  timely manner, this potentially paves the way for mold growth. It is important to keep this in mind when deciding the best method of fire protection for your business.

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.”

How SERVPRO’s Commercial Cleaning Services Keep Business Owners, Employees, and Customers Safe

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: By providing viral pathogen cleaning services that meet the stringent guidelines established by the CDC, SERVPRO of Media enables local businesses and commercial facilities to stay safe and clean.

SERVPRO of Media, PA, urges businesses to continue to be proactive with commercial cleaning. Efforts to vaccinate large sectors of the U.S. population have been successfully implemented. According to NPR, “Since COVID-19 vaccine distribution began in the United States on Dec. 14, more than 225 million doses have been administered, fully vaccinating over 92.9 million people or 28% of the total U.S. population.”

Yet, businesses should not let their guard down when it comes to cleaning their commercial facility. Widespread vaccination efforts should not cause business owners to allow themselves to be lulled into a false sense of security. Instead, they should take proactive measures to ensure the health and safety of their customers and employees.

The Positive Impact of a Clean Business Environment

Employees and customers are more comfortable in a commercial facility that is clean and presents a low risk to population health. Employees are more willing to maintain consistent attendance patterns amid the ongoing pandemic if they are confident that they are less likely to contract the disease. Masking, sneeze guards, social distancing, and screening protocols also help employees overcome any anxieties. Likewise, customers and clients have a greater sense of confidence and personal security when they see employees proactively protecting the health of visitors. Safety protocols include:

  • employee masking and gloving
  • social distancing
  • standing behind sneeze guards
  • frequently disinfecting counters, shopping carts, and other high contact touchpoints
  • screening procedures that require temperature checks and the completion of a brief questionnaire

Though compliance is somewhat inconvenient and time-consuming, it is necessary to help employees and patrons overcome any concerns they may have about the safety of the commercial environment.

As the economy re-opens and life incrementally returns to some degree of normalcy, employees and customers will still have questions and concerns about the ongoing safety of a commercial facility that is open to public traffic.

Achieving and Maintaining the New Standard of Clean

SERVPRO of Media understands the concerns people have about returning to brick-and-mortar locations and has ushered in a new standard of clean with its Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program.

The team of commercial cleaning professionals at SERVPRO of Media is earnestly dedicated to increasing employee and consumer confidence in Media and the surrounding communities in pursuit of the new normal. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is an important tool to achieve, maintain, and validate the new standard of cleanliness everyone is expecting.

What Is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned?

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is SERVPRO’s new defensive pathogen cleaning program. The innovative program is a proactive, viral pathogen cleaning approach. The state-of-the-art strategy far exceeds the cleaning practices offered by standard janitorial companies. SERVPRO has over fifty years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination. Businesses and their patrons can trust the SERVPRO of Media professionals to apply a higher standard of cleanliness.

How the Process Works: Consultation, Cleaning, Certification

The innovative, highly effective, and safe viral pathogen cleaning protocol is based on a three-step process.

Step 1: Consult

Schedule a consultation with a SERVPRO cleaning and restoration specialist. Since no two businesses are identical, SERVPRO customizes a cleaning program to the unique needs of each facility.

Step 2: Clean

Next, an expert deep clean is scheduled. The viral pathogen cleaning strategy is based on the individually tailored plan derived from the consultation. The SERVPRO technicians use only proprietary EPA-approved, hospital-grade cleaning solutions. The cleaning specialists always adhere to the highest level of cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC.

Step 3: Certify

Customers, clients, and employees will recognize a business that is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned by a shield symbol that is displayed in a prominent, highly visible location on the front window of the commercial premises. This badge signifies the business’ strong commitment to the security and comfort of employees, customers, and the larger community. The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield means that everyone can enter the building with confidence that the facility is clean and safe because the experts in commercial cleaning in Newtown Square, PA, have done their job.

For more information about SERVPRO of Media’s commercial cleaning services, contact the Media, PA, damage restoration and cleaning company by phone at (610) 566-5720. The team can also be reached by email at office@SERVPROmedia.com.

A Leading Commercial Damage Restoration Company Offers Tips for Preventing Water Damage

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO specializes in cleaning and commercial damage restoration. Their experts in the field discuss common causes of water damage, providing practical tips for prevention and professional assistance.



Commercial damage restoration is often a necessity after nightmare flooding or other water damage stops normal business operations in Broomall, PA. Disasters destroy inventory and equipment and leave unsightly stains that could tarnish the brand image. The effects of water damage also remain long after the incident, and businesses need to be proactive in using services like SERVPRO.

Top Causes of Commercial Water Damage, Restoration Advice, and Prevention Tips

There are five common reasons a business might need to seek commercial damage restoration for water damage disasters in Broomall, PA: 

#1 Check Burst or Leaking Pipes

Deteriorating pipes cause catastrophic damage in a surprisingly short time. Pipes are usually hidden, so a commercial property owner may not notice the damage until the issues are widespread. Proactive measures may prevent burst pipes, including:

  • avoiding corrosive drain cleaners, 
  • keeping corrosive materials out of drains, and 
  • maintaining the pipes above freezing point during the winter months. 

Professionals like SERVPRO of Media, PA, are well-equipped to handle the most pervasive water damage, whether from burst or leaking pipes, mold damage, or rot.

#2 Anticipate Hurricanes, Cyclones, and Storms 

Hurricanes and other storms contribute hundreds of billions of dollars to commercial water damage in the United States each year. The loss of power and sewage utilities during severe storms further complicates restoration efforts. SERVPRO of Media, PA, provides decades of experience with hurricane recovery efforts, including extensive restoration services in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Ike. 

Some hurricane damage is inevitable, but there are a few measures that might help. For example, boarding up windows and surrounding the property with a sandbag wall are great ideas in advance of a storm. It could protect the business from windborne water damage and flooding that could save thousands in repairs.

#3 Act Quickly for Flooding

Floods cause devastating damage in addition to the issues that the hurricane storm surge brings. The flooding exposes newly underwater areas to sewage, toxic chemicals, and other forms of waste and diseases that breed in standing water. Waterlogged wood and drywall rot while damp conditions also facilitate mold that can cause health effects to employees and customers.

Sandbags and basement waterproofing offer some protection against flooding, but it depends on the extent of the water surge. If in doubt, it’s best to contact certified SERVPRO technicians to remove this hazardous waste and dispose of it safely as part of responsible commercial damage restoration services.

#4 Assess Fire Damage Accurately

Imagining a fire striking a business isn’t pleasant, and business owners often miss the indirect damages in their calculations of how to respond. For example, the water damage from efforts to extinguish the fire can be just as extensive as what the blaze destroys. The best way to prevent fire damage is to eliminate fire risks whenever possible and install an early warning system.

#5 Look for Roof Leakage

A leaky roof can be a silent and insidious source of water damage causing rot and mold in attics and infiltrating spaces between walls. It is important to inspect the roof with periodic maintenance and fix signs of damage immediately. If collapse seems imminent, call commercial restoration services like SERVPRO for more information and advice.

#6 Call the Professionals

SERVPRO of Media is a leading commercial damage restoration company with over 1,700 franchises nationwide. Their experienced technicians have seen disasters on the scale of hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and they are happy to bring the same standards of quality and professionalism to Broomall, PA, and the surrounding communities. 

Learn more about SERVPRO of Media, PA, by visiting Facebook or calling 610-566-5720 today. They operate from their offices at 119 Springfield Avenue, Folsom, PA 19033.

Commercial Viral Disinfection Services

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Supporting Commercial Clients We are Here to Help you with your Pandemic Viral Disinfection Needs

SERVPRO of Media utilizes EPA-registered antimicrobial disinfectants to proactively clean for viruses such as SARS Co-V-2 on the EPA “List N”.  These antimicrobial disinfectants can be applied using a spray or wipe application.  SERVPRO’s full line of virucides have been created using CDC and EPA approved processes and guidelines to keep you, your family, your business and the community safe.

The CDC recommends using EPA-registered disinfectants when an area has been exposed to emerging viral pathogens, according to label directions.  Each EPA-registered disinfectant has a length of contact time where the surface must remain wet with the disinfectant, also known as dwell time, prior to wiping, rinsing or drying.

As the number of pandemic viral cases increase, many commercial clients are faced with having a customer or employee at their facility with a confirmed case of SARS Co—V 2. It is important that CDC approved disinfection processes, with EPA registered disinfectants, are used to reduce the risks associated with the spreading pandemic.

SERVPRO has the proper protocols in place to deal with the pandemic virus’ effect on your business. Call the professionals.  Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of Media and Central Delaware County is here to help you through the pandemic.  We look forward to assisting local businesses stay open and stay safe. 

Top 6 Facts and Tips for Business Owners Who Need Commercial Water Damage Restoration

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO’s specialists share tips and facts to help Newton Square business owners better understand the commercial water damage restoration process.



From small mom-and-pop shops to major corporations, for businesses, downtime is lost revenue—and water damage can lead to significant downtime if handled incorrectly. The experts at SERVPRO of Media are here to share some facts and tips about commercial water damage restoration to ensure business owners know what to expect during the process.

SERVPRO of Media has over 27 years of experience in the commercial water damage restoration industry. Their experts offer business owners in Media, Newtown Square, and the surrounding area cost-effective water damage removal, mold remediation, and more. 

Top 6 Commercial Water Damage Restoration Facts and Tips for Business Owners

#1: Watch Out For Mold

After water enters a commercial building, the risk of mold grows exponentially as time passes. It can establish a foothold in as little as 24 hours. To avoid this and other costly damage it would involve, it’s vital to hire a restoration company as soon as possible.

#2: Beware of Contamination

After water damage, there are different categories of contamination. Depending on whether the property was flooded with white water from sinks and other pipes carrying potable water, grey water that could carry chemicals or solvents, or black water from sewers, the clean-up process will be different. The “darker” the water source, the quicker the clean-up must be done for health reasons. 

#3: Drying the Property Isn’t the End of the Problem

Some business owners assume if the area dries out, the problem is over. Unfortunately, that’s far from the truth. Moisture is persistent and can linger on surfaces, leading to mold growth and decay. The dehumidification and water damage mitigation process is just as vital as water removal.

#4: Drying and Restoring a Building is Not One Size Fits All

Different surfaces and construction materials require different drying and restoration techniques.  Some more durable materials can often be saved while others deep cleaning and some, such as some insulation and flooring, will need to be removed from the property and replaced after the drying process is complete.  

#5: Filing an Insurance Claim Quickly is Essential

To make sure the insurance claim is handled properly and full compensation is received, be sure to file an insurance claim as soon as possible following water damage. A good commercial property water damage contractor should be able to help with this. 

#6: Good Maintenance of a Commercial Property is Money Well Spent

Regular inspections and repairs are essential for commercial properties and can often stop water damage before it starts.  The roof, gutters, and interior plumbing should be kept in excellent condition. Doing so almost always saves money in the long-run.

About SERVPRO

SERVPRO of Media has served all of Newtown Square, PA, and the surrounding areas for nearly three decades. Their attention to detail and friendly service have earned them an excellent reputation in the community.  The SERVPRO team provides business owners with the support they need through every step of the commercial property water damage restoration process. 

In an emergency, call (610) 566-5720, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or visit SERVPRO on Facebook for more information about their services. 

Contact Information:

SERVPRO of Media

SERVPRO of Central Delaware County 

119 Springfield Avenue

Folsom, PA 19033

www.SERVPROmedia.com/

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.”