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Archived Commercial Blog Posts

Jumping a Water Damage Category

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

If your business in Prescott, AZ has ever needed water pipe repair, then you might be familiar with the industry's categorization of water damage types:

1. Clean water: Category one
2. Contaminated water: Category two
3. Filthy water: Category three

These are oversimplified descriptions: A water damage recovery company should have a more detailed description available. One of the problems with category one issues, such as a broken pipe, is that water can easily move up from the first category, becoming more and more contaminated. Here are a few examples of that process in the real world.

Multiple Floor Buildings

Buildings with more than one floor easily contaminate water, even if it's a simple loft or second story. Any flooded areas on the higher floors have the potential to leak down to the lower levels, picking up contaminants along the way.

Violent Water

If the initial flood event is extreme enough, it might have enough force to knock items off of shelves. Even contamination with everyday chemicals, such as soaps or disinfectants, increases the category level of water damage. While cleaning products might not seem dirty, their presence raises the difficulty of the cleanup process and the extent of the damage.

Time

Procrastinating water pipe repair or flood damage mitigation is likely to lead to contaminated water. Standing water is the worst offender: Algae, mold and even insects spawn in these indoor pools. However, even moisture left over from improper cleanup could fester, likely leading to category increases on subsequent floods.

Businesses in Prescott, AZ don't make money by paying for water pipe repair, but water damage almost ends up costing more if you let it be. The increase in costs is two-pronged: You have a harder initial cleanup job and your chance of secondary damage is greater, requiring more extensive mitigation. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that the water could be placed in the most dangerous category. Visit http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com for more information on commercial water damage.

Commercial Fire and Smoke Damage in Prescott Arizona

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire and Smoke Damage in Prescott Arizona Fire damaged

Fire & Smoke damage can be especially devastating to your business.  Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.  If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts at SERVPRO of Yavapai County, and we’ll respond immediately to get you back to business.

According to the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification), when the fire trucks are gone, without proper immediate response, the real damage and costs are just beginning.  Returning your home or business to preloss condition requires professional restoration. 

Don’t let your business suffer and lose revenue; call SERVPRO of Yavapai County to take control and put your business back to working order! 928-636-7600

Commercial Water Damage Cleanup Tips

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Cleanup Tips Wet carpet in commercial building

When you have water damage to your office it can be a confusing and stressful experience. At SERVPRO of Yavapai County, our technicians will educate you on how the water cleanup process works and help put your anxiety to rest. Our warehouse has all of the proper water cleanup equipment to get the job done “Like it never even happened.”

Click on the links below to learn more about the water restoration and what SERVPRO of Yavapai County can do for you!

www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com

http://www.IICRC.org/consumers/care/water-damage/

SERVPRO of Yavapai County now services all of northern Arizona including: Prescott, Prescott Valley, Mayer, Camp Verde, Rimrock, Cottonwood, Chino Valley, Dewey, Paulden, Flagstaff, Yarnell, Peeples Valley, and all surrounding areas.

Call us today! 928-636-7600

Home and Commercial Carpet Cleaning

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Home and Commercial Carpet Cleaning Clean Carpets

SERVPRO of Yavapai County can do so much more than water mitigation and fire restoration. We are here to help with any carpet cleaning, duct cleaning, and furniture cleaning. Have questions on specialty items you need professionally cleaned, give SERVPRO of Yavapai County a call today for a quote over the phone. There is no job too big or small.

Does your business have wear lines in the carpet? Are there coffee stains in the offices? We clean commercial buildings too. Don't think of us only for carpets. We can fridges, walls, air ducts, and hardwoods.

Call SERVPRO of Yavapai County today! Our technicians are ready to answer any questions you may have.

Serving Prescott, Prescott Valley, and all surrounding areas.

928-636-7600

Prepare Your Company for a Flood

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Prepare Your Company for a Flood

When there is a storm warning in Prescott, AZ it is important to pay attention to it. Flood water can cause a potentially life-threatening situation, so it should never be taken lightly. This is true whether water is rising in homes or businesses. If you are responsible for or involved in your company’s flood emergency response plan, it is important to keep the following four things in mind.

Be Informed. Learn as much as you can. The lives of your employees and co-workers could depend upon your knowledge. Make sure you can tell people where to go for safety in a flooded building. If there is a flood watch, make sure you are monitoring the television or the radio to know if there is an evacuation order, or where it is better to remain in place.

Plan Ahead. Know the likelihood of your company building being surrounded by flood water. Are you in a flood plain? You should also have a number of emergency contacts at hand to call if you have questions or need assistance. In the case of extensive water damage, be ready to turn to a company that you trust to come in for a quick restoration.

Protect Valuable Electronics. With all of the important information that is on company computers, make sure you have all of your data backed up. Water can cause so much damage to a computer system that its company files might be unrecoverable. A system to back up data will protect priceless information.

Maintain an Emergency Kit. A company emergency kit should contain the following items:

First-aid kit
Food
Water
Flashlights
Batteries

This information is only part of the beginning stages to protecting your company from flood water damage. There are many other things you can do as well, but having a plan in place is a great first step. Visit http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com for more information on flood damage.

Is Your Business Covered for Mold Damage?

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Is Your Business Covered for Mold Damage?

It is always important to review your insurance policies with your insurance provider every now and again. Mold is an all too frequent problem that property owners face. Fungus growth is often found after water damage. Whether or not your property owner's insurance will cover remediation depends on your policy and the cause of the mold.

Mold Coverage

If the water damage that caused the mold was due to what is term by the insurance industry “a common peril,” it should typically be covered. Common perils include a burst water pipe or a malfunctioning AC unit. If the mold is considered an extension of water damage covered by your policy, then most or all the costs associated with removing the fungus growth will be covered.

If the growth is linked to a lack of maintenance or neglect on your part, you might have to pay out of pocket. For instance, if you fail to fix a leaky pipe for an unreasonable amount of time, and mold results because of it, you may be accused of neglect. You will be responsible for the remedying the problem on your own.

Preventing Mold

You can be proactive in preventing growth by keeping your property dry, cleaning up spills and mending leaks. Vents and fans are a wonderful way to help reduce moisture and humidity near appliances that create a damp environment. Periodically check your basement and crawl spaces for pooling water and subsequent fungus growth.

If you do suffer water damage that your insurance covers, take pictures of the area in case mold does develop in the area. The photos can act as proof of your claim.

If you have questions as to whether you have mold insurance, contact your insurance agent or consult a mold specialist in Prescott, AZ before you have work done. Visit http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com for more information on mold.

How Can I Find Out if I Have Mold in My Business?

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

How Can I Find Out if I Have Mold in My Business?

Discovering that your business has a mold problem can be disruptive and sometimes frightening. That’s because mold often grows unseen for a long time before it emerges into living spaces where it can easily be detected, allowing for a large-scale problem to develop. If you are seeing mold growth in your main production areas, chances are good that there are problems in crawl spaces and between the walls that need your attention. Here’s a list of ways you can detect that mold problem early, as well as explanations about how an indoor environmental specialist in Prescott, AZ can help with a mold test.

Finding Mold Growth Through Visual Inspection

If you are concerned about mold growth in your property and you want to keep an eye on the places that it might develop without being noticed, you will want to make sure you inspect your property regularly. Here are the important but often overlooked places you might find mold problems:

In crawl spaces, especially under the roof or under a home that is built on a slab
In basements, especially semi-finished basements and those with natural earth walls or floors
In gaps in the siding where water can affect the wood infrastructure of the house
Under sinks and in other areas where drainage and water pipes pass
In bathrooms, behind toilet fixtures where moisture might accumulate

Consulting an Indoor Environmental Specialist

It’s entirely possible that your inspection will not turn up any problems, even if there is mold growth. That’s because mold can still grow in areas where you are unable to inspect for it, and the spores can still wind up released into the wider environment in your home. Working with a specialist who can offer an indoor mold test is the best way to make sure you know if you are dealing with mold growth. Most specialists also work with the companies that clean up mold problems, so they can easily refer you to the next step in the process if your test is positive.? Visit http://www.SERVPROyavapaicounty.com for more information on mold.