Steps To Take If Your Hotel Floods
Flooding is a serious issue, and the proper steps need to be taken to ensure both the safety of the residents and the integrity of the building. If there are high levels of flooding in your hotel, call SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties immediately to ensure that there is no additional damage being made. While it is hard to be prepared for flooding, know that it can happen at any place and at any time.
- Evacuate everyone from the premises as soon as possible before serious flooding happens, if at all possible, and find a dry, safe spot outside of the hotel while waiting for the flooding to stop. If flooding is caused by a natural disaster, call the authorities or listen to the local news to find a temporary shelter and relocate to that shelter when possible. Ensure that everyone who was evacuated is safe.
- If the flooding is not from a natural disaster, find the source of the flooding and stop it at the source. Turning off the main water valve may solve the issue.
- Turn off electricity, and be sure you do not attempt to reach the fuse box if you have to walk through standing water; water is a conductor of electricity and you could be shocked. If you cannot reach the fuse box without stepping on water, call an electrician.
- Document everything: take photos and videos of all the affected areas. Use this information for insurance purposes.
Once the flooding has stopped, you can start the clean-up process.
- Do not touch the water without the proper equipment as it may be contaminated with sewage or other hazardous material. If you have to enter the establishment, wear waders and waterproof boots.
- All of the water has to be removed, then a wet vacuum or a pump can be used to dispose of any standing water.
- Attempt to salvage any items that were not seriously damaged. Do not eat any food that has been contaminated by floodwater.
- If the water damage is not too bad, dry the space out with fans and dehumidifiers. Anything that was touched by the water also needs to be disinfected.
Warm, wet spaces are a breeding ground for mold growth, so you will want to act as quickly as possible to prevent mold growth.
- The property needs to be as dry as possible to prevent mold spores from growing. Once it starts growing, it is difficult to remove. To avoid mold from growing, keep the affected areas as dry as possible, and treat it with a strong cleaner, such as a bleach solution.
- Open any windows and doors to let fresh air in and circulate, unless the weather is humid. In the case of humid weather, you can use dehumidifiers and fans, instead.
Flooding does not mean the end of the world. Even if your hotel was flooded, it can still be salvaged, and If the damage is critical or you are not capable of fixing the issue by yourself, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties to aid you in returning your hotel back to peak condition. Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we are experts at water damage repair and restoration along with mold removal and remediation. We are committed to getting your home, hotel, or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!
What To Do In Case Of A Flood In Your Home
If your home has been flooded, the first thing you will be wondering is what you can do about the damage. The good news is that we have help to offer you. Today, here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we will share some important steps that need to be taken to ensure the safety of your family along with the integrity of your house.
Here are some steps to take if your house is flooded:
- Evacuate everyone from the premises as soon as possible if you see that flooding is imminent. Find a dry, safe spot away from the house while waiting for the flooding to stop. If flooding is caused by a natural disaster, call the authorities or listen to the local news to find a temporary shelter and relocate to that shelter when possible. Call 911 if anyone needs medical attention and make sure that everyone is accounted for and safe.
- Attempt to find the source of the flooding if it is not from a natural disaster. Stop it at the source. Try to turn off any faucet or seal it up; turning off the main water valve may also solve the issue.
- Turn off the electricity, but do not attempt to reach the fuse box if you have to walk through water to reach it! If you cannot reach the fuse box without stepping in water, call an electrician.
- Document all the damage by taking photos and videos of all the affected areas. This information will be necessary for insurance purposes if you need to file a claim.
The clean-up process:
- Never touch the water without the proper equipment, as it may be contaminated with sewage or other hazardous material. If you have to enter the establishment, wear waders or waterproof boots.
- All water must be removed and a wet vacuum or a pump must be used to dry things out.
- Salvage any items that were not seriously damaged; do not eat any food that has been contaminated by floodwater.
- If the water damage is not severe, you can dry the space out with fans and dehumidifiers. Keep in mind that anything that was touched by the water will also need to be disinfected.
Warm, damp spaces are an attractive breeding ground for mold colonies, so act as quickly as possible to prevent mold growth:
- Your property needs to be as dry as possible to prevent mold from establishing a colony. Once a mold colony gets established, it will be difficult to remove it completely. Keep the affected areas as dry as possible and treat them with a strong cleaner, such as a bleach solution.
- Open all of your windows and doors to let fresh, dry air in to circulate.
If the damage to your home is critical and you won’t be capable of fixing the issue by yourself, don’t hesitate to call us to assist you in getting your house back to normal. Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we are experts when it comes to water damage repair and restoration, and we are mold prevention and remediation pros, too. We can get your home and business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!
We Offer Commercial Cleaning Services
If you own a business in the Huron and East Seneca area, you should consider the systems and processes you have in place to get your business back up and running again if disaster should strike. Disasters such as water damage or fire damage can take a significant amount of time and effort to clean, and cleaning and restoring commercial properties requires a unique blend of training, experience, and equipment. SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties has the resources and expertise to give you excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients. Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we offer commercial cleaning services to:
- Small Office Buildings
- Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Small Retail Stores
- Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
- High-Rise Residential
- Manufacturing & Industrial
SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties offers professional cleaning and preventative maintenance for your carpet and upholstery that keeps your property looking its best. Our cleaning system offers a number of specialized cleaning options to match your needs. Whether your business needs a deep cleaning or a persistent odor removed, you can trust SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties.
You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your business. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you can call SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties for prompt and professional service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your commercial workspace look its very best.
SERVPRO of Huron/East Seneca Counties offers commercial cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include Air Duct and HVAC maintenance, biohazard and sewage cleanup, trauma and crime scene cleanup, drapes and blinds cleaning, odor removal and deodorization, and so much more! Contact us today to schedule your commercial cleaning.
Mold Prevention In Your Commercial Warehouse
If the odors associated with mildew or mold in your warehouse become apparent, don’t wait to investigate. Mold can live in walls, behind wallpaper, under flooring, and in ceilings, and these are just the most common places. After a period of wet weather, mold may have taken hold anywhere that has stayed damp. You can hire a certified mold inspector to stop by and check it out; they will be able to run the necessary tests to determine if you have a mold problem in your warehouse.
Practicing preventive measures will help to keep your commercial warehouse safe from the damage of a mold infestation. Inspecting those areas that are vulnerable is always the best step to take first, of course.
Mold will take hold in low-lying areas that remain damp and the spores will be attracted there, especially if these areas are dark. Scheduling periodic visual inspections in these places will help to identify a mold colony before it becomes unmanageable.
If your warehouse has recently undergone a flooding event or significant leaks have developed recently, these will be situations that could promote a mold issue. Always consider areas with moisture as places you need to pay attention to.
Keeping everything as dry as possible is another way to practice mold prevention in your commercial warehouse. If your warehouse has air conditioning, keep it running during wet weather, or place dehumidifiers into use. If you are experiencing standing water, have it removed and the area dried out.
When it comes to storage use storage shelving; the metal styles with grating will allow water to escape and air to reach the bottoms of boxes, etc. so that damp conditions don’t develop and create a haven for mold.
If you need help with a mold infestation in your commercial warehouse, call the mold remediation experts here at SERVPRO of Huron/East Seneca Counties. Our team has the experience and skills needed to take care of the mold issues that can develop in your warehouse or business. We handle water damage and fire damage, too, and we are committed to getting your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!
Preventing Water Damage In Your Basement
The best way to prevent water damage in your basement is to regularly assess the area. Take time to look around, especially after wet weather, and check for signs of any problem. Damage to the basement and foundation areas of a home are extremely important to repair as soon as possible in order for you to avoid larger structural and property damages in the future, which can end up costing you far more in the long run. Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we have compiled a list of preventative water damage best practices.
Here are some things to look for as you take steps to prevent water damage in your basement:
- In a finished basement, wallpaper or paint might be peeling away or appear discolored. Check for bowing in the walls, which can be a result of long-term seepage. When the basement is unfinished, you will want to look for a white, salty substance known as “efflorescence,” which appears on foundational walls; this will tell you how high water has risen. If the basement flooring is swollen or removed from the subfloor, that is another indicator of water damages. If any of these signs appear, take the steps to find the source.
- Cracking can occur in the foundation and/or the floor, and it is often due to water damage. Look for cracks in window seals and door panes, as well.
- Odors are an indicator that there is an excess water problem. Oftentimes, it’s mold or mildew that causes those smells, which means you have water damage on your hands.
- Keep drainage areas well-maintained in expectation of summer storms. Directing water away from your buildings will stop any problems before they even start!
In order to prevent water damage to your basement, it’s vital that you ensure your building has proper drainage to keep water from standing around your foundation and seeping in to create the issues mentioned above.
If you store appliances that involve water in your basement, make sure they are kept in good repair to avoid floods.
If you do experience water damage, it’s time to call the professionals who are experienced and trained to remediate and repair areas that have extensive damage from excess water due to leaky pipes, flooding, etc.
Our team here at SERVPRO of Huron/East Seneca Counties is the team to call for cleanups after water damage or fire damage, whether small or large. We are also mold prevention and remediation experts, as well.
Best Practices For Preparing For Summer Storms
Every smart home or business owner knows to prepare for summer storms. You likely know that the lightning, high winds, and heavy rains that come with frequent summer storms can be damaging and dangerous. Proper summer storm preparation will keep you, your family, and your workforce safe, and can help to protect your property from the worst of the damage. With the proper preparation, even if you do experience storm damage, you will be able to recover more quickly, as well. We here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties have some tips for you in preparing your home or business for summer storms.
Response Plan. Develop a response plan to prepare your business for those summer storm events. When a storm hits, communicating with your employees should be first on your list; they will need to know how you will handle the situation. People need to know where you are and what the next step will be. Letting people know what dangers may be in the neighborhood, for example, such as downed trees or flooded roads can help save them from injury or disaster.
Vulnerable People. If you are caring for older people, or if you have small children, communication with those who are nearest will be key for the safety of these most vulnerable family members. If you are handling a business, make sure you think about those that have physical challenges, or those who travel a long way to get to work, for example.
Back to Work. The goal of your business response plan should be to get your operations back up and running normally as fast as possible so that you can avoid any associated loss. Creating a contingency plan will help support your business during an extended period of recovery or reduced operations. If your physical location is destroyed by summer storm damage and your workforce is able to do their jobs from home, that will be a huge plus. Think through all the possible issues and have a plan in place that will allow you to conduct your business as close to normal as you can.
Stay at Home. A home-focused contingency plan will allow for family members to have somewhere to go in the event that your home is not accessible. An area hotel or the home of a close friend may work well for everyone, but make sure you put this in place in advance of a summer storm.
These are just a few ideas that can help you with your summer storm preparations. What your home or business needs will depend on your particular and unique family or business situation, and planning ahead with these things in mind will go a long way towards keeping everyone safe and as damage free as possible.
If you do experience a severe weather event, remember that we are always here to help. The SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties team has years experience in handling storm damage, fire damage, and water damage from floods and other disastrous events. Call us today for help in preparing your home or business for summer storms.
Checking Your Commercial Property For Mold
From heavy rainstorms and thunderstorms to extreme heat and unstable weather, you’ve come to expect it all during the summers. High temperatures paired with humid conditions will create an environment that is just right for mold to establish itself in your commercial property, too. Mold thrives in dark, moist, and unventilated places such as closets, warehouses, and office storage, and since the spores are always in the air looking for a place to land, it’s smart to check your commercial property routinely to see if a colony has established itself. It’s really the best way, and often the only way, to stay on top of a possible mold issue, and we here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties.
You will definitely want to take a look around a day or two after wet weather during the warmer months. Move machinery, furniture, and office equipment so you can see any of the places where the walls join the floor and in the corners. Check out the ceiling carefully, while you’re at it. This is a great time to schedule an upgrade of your interior lighting if that lighting is insufficient. Regular inspections can also keep you informed as to whether your roofing or walls have experienced any kind of damage that can result in leaks, which is another ideal spot for a mold colony to get started.
The best way to handle mold - or any damage related situations - is to use preventive measures in the first place. Here are a few ideas that we here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties recommend that can help:
- Keep all your workspaces well-ventilated
- Use a dehumidifier, especially during the more humid months
- Make sure exterior doors and windows are properly sealed
- Organize all stored items on shelves, using the floor and walls as little as possible
- Don’t store cardboard in storage areas - this can also attract spiders
- Remove any standing water immediately and dry the area as thoroughly as possible
- Trim back shrubs and plants near structures
- Keep your roofing in good condition
If you suspect that your home or business has developed a mold problem, SERVPRO of Huron/East Seneca Counties has all the skills and training necessary to take care of it, so give us a call. We are also experienced in cleanup after water damage and fire damage.
HVAC Maintenance For Your Business
When you own a commercial property, you know that regular maintenance is an important part of keeping your organization running the way it should. Equipment and machinery need to be cared for properly so that you don’t lose business, time, or money. With summer coming, an important maintenance aspect of your business is the interior environmental climate you provide for your staff and clientele, so proper HVAC maintenance is certainly going to be high on your list of maintenance to-dos, and here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties.
You may want to consider setting up a contract with a professional HVAC company if you own a large amount of square footage. The owner of a smaller business might be able to maintain their system themselves, while larger companies are probably going to need professional assistance maintaining their HVAC systems.
A professional that handles large-scale maintenance of this kind will have a predetermined schedule that will include tune-ups, clean-and-checks, and other services whose purpose will be to keep your HVAC system and units performing at their best.
Changing all the filters and humidifier pads on a regular basis is an important action that will prolong the life of your system, and your HVAC company will include that in your contract.
Test your natural gas heating system to see if carbon monoxide is being released into spaces in your building. This is a project that would be difficult for anyone without the necessary training. With the right equipment, a professional HVAC maintenance company can determine oxygen levels, carbon monoxide levels, and flue temperature, allowing your furnaces to be adjusted for optimum performance.
Before you engage a professional on a maintenance contract, consider both the costs and the benefits. Some companies will provide priority service calls at reduced rates for customers who have maintenance contracts, and if you choose this option you will have the peace of mind that comes from knowing there is an experienced team doing all those regular inspections and necessary maintenance on your behalf, while you get on with the business doing business.
Here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties, we are HVAC system experts, and we have all the experience necessary to keep your system functioning properly year-round. We are fire damage and water damage specialists, and we handle mold remediation and prevention, too.
Sources of Fire Damage To Avoid This Summer
During the summer, we barbecue and use our firepits, and we have bonfires (if you live in an area where such activities are approved.)
Many of us spend time cleaning out our garages or getting our landscaping done, and this creates trash that will need to be disposed of, which often entails a call to the city waste management department. The trash will then be waiting curbside or near our homes or businesses for pickup, sometimes for several days or even weeks.
Then there are those renovation and construction projects that get scheduled for summer, and these also create waste that can take time to remove.
One stray spark from a Fourth of July sparkler near a dry pile of wood from fencing or roofing can turn a fun night into a disaster, and a lack of good sense near a fire pit can change everything in a second. Here are a few tips to help you avoid fire damage this summer.
All of these scenarios are sources of fire damage to avoid this summer. Here are some ways to stay fire-safe:
- Make sure your family and other loved ones understand fire safety before they start roasting marshmallows or cooking burgers. Everyone should wear shoes around a barbecue or fire pit, and young children will always need assistance.
- Schedule trash pickup immediately to avoid large amounts of dry material from sitting in your yard.
- Remove dry, dead vegetation from around your home or business premises so that if a fire breaks out this material won’t provide more fuel.
- Make sure the person responsible for filling the propane tank and using the barbecue understands how to properly handle volatile fuel sources.
- Follow the laws of your city and county when it comes to the use of fire, and this includes fireworks. Many people ignore these regulations, but keep in mind that one stray spark on a roof can bring down a house and threaten an entire neighborhood.
If you do experience fire damage, the SERVPRO of Huron/East Seneca Counties team is here to help. We are experts in cleanups after fire or water damage, no matter how big or small, and we are also mold remediation specialists. Call us today for assistance.
Fire Prevention Tips This Summer
Summer is all about cookouts, and we can hardly wait! Those long, warm nights are wonderful to sit out in, looking at the stars, and enjoying your friends and loved ones. The days can be pretty warm, too, and our HVAC systems will be working harder than usual. We’ll be cutting the grass and taking care of our yards, and all of these items we have just mentioned have one thing in common: they can each be a fire hazard.
Here are a few tips that can help lower the likelihood of a summertime fire in your home or business.
- Caring for your HVAC. Dust is likely to settle on the electrical components of your HVAC unit during the dry weeks of summer, which causes tracking faults that can lead to fire. Running multiple units at the same time consistently over time can result in both overload and overheating, which are also opportunities for fires to start. Keeping your HVAC clean from dusty conditions is important so that you can prevent a fire.
- Servicing your lawnmower. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance and care schedule on your mowing equipment, and be sure to remove debris and grass clippings from the cutting units, mufflers, and engines on a routine basis. Never refuel your mower when it is overheated.
- Storing your gas properly. The risk from fire is heightened by high ambient temperatures and relief valves that open at pressures that are too low. Always store gas cylinders upright and always out of doors.
- Practicing safe grilling. If you keep a grill onsite at your business for company cookouts, make sure it is stored away from your buildings and away from overhanging branches. Be sure to maintain a safe zone of at least three feet around the grill, and regularly remove any grease or gas buildup from the grills and trays. Never leave your grill unattended under any circumstances, and keep an eye on small children while fires are burning.
- Auditing fire alarms. Fire prevention should always include auditing all your fire alarms and fire extinguishers. Be sure to replace any old or burned out batteries, or recharge your extinguishers regularly.
Here at SERVPRO of Huron/East Seneca Counties, we care about fire safety, and we care about you. If you have experienced damages from a fire, or from water or flooding, give us a call! We are experts in cleanups from all kinds of disasters, both large and small, and we are also mold remediation specialists.