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Commercial Water Damage Requires a Quick Response

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage and water damage events to Avon, OH commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and quick response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup or a large-loss, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue while we restore your facility.

When an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

SERVPRO of Northern Lorain County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property to pre-water damage condition.

Commercial Water Damage

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial water damage in Avon must be managed quickly and repaired completely to protect your capital investment in the building. Our technicians are trained to follow the path of water damage wherever it goes throughout your building. Once the source is fixed our crews can come in and make sure the water damage is repaired in every area affected quickly and with as little disturbance to your business as possible. 
 

Our SERVPRO team has the experience and the skills to restore commercial water damage no matter how severe. There is no job too big or too small for our crews. We have the specialized equipment and are trained and certified to minimize the inconvenience to your business while restoring the premises to its pre-water damaged condition.

If you have commercial water damage call us 24/7. We get you back into business faster!

Commercial Property Damage

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Being a property manager can be stressful. We understand that not all emergencies happen during business hours so whether a renter lets a bathtub overflow or failed to tell you that a toilet or pipe under a sink was leaking, we’re here for you. Our certified water damage restoration crews are ready to help 24/7.

As the property manager, you are responsible to both that tenant with the damage and the other occupants of the complex. SERVPRO is trained and certified to remediate water damage and make it look “Like it never even happened.”

It’s important that water damage is handled properly the first time because dangerous mold can grow if moisture isn’t taken care of. This is not just a risk to your future tenants but your business in general. Let SERVPRO handle the mess!

What sets SERVPRO of Northern Lorain County Apart?

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

What sets us apart from other restoration companies? We have a network of over 1700 other franchises and Disaster Relief teams that are ready to help your business get back in business 24/7. We don’t rely on phone answering services after normal business hours. If you call us between 5pm and 8am you will speak directly with one of our staff members. Our business hours are 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year. We understand the effects water damage can have on your business.  Our certified technicians will arrive on site and preform any emergency services necessary to minimize the damage to your commercial property. We will work directly with your insurance to relieve any added stress from you.

We have been serving Avon businesses for the past 20 years. We are ready to help your business when water damage strikes.

Commercial Storm Damage

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Storms and dangerous weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flood damage that can devastate any business in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike, and storms don’t just strike during regular business hours; that’s why SERVPRO of Northern Lorain County offers 24-hour emergency service 365 days per year.

Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When an emergency situation arises in your business, give our certified professionals a call and they’ll be there fast with the help you need.

SERVPRO of Northern Lorain County offers your business 24 Hour Emergency Service. We are Faster to any size disaster. We are also a trusted leader in the Storm and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 franchises. All of our technicians are highly trained storm and water damage restoration experts.

Commercial Cleaning Services

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Northern Lorain County for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

We custom tailor our services to your business needs. There’s no job too big or too small for our cleaning crews. All of our technicians are certified and highly trained to help restore your business back to its best condition. Let us partner with you in all your commercial cleaning duties. It’s our promise to make it look “Like it never even happened.”

Asbestos

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

It’s hard to imagine another word that has caused more concern when uttered for such a long time. This word has caused more project delays and cost over runs than any other that comes to mind. We are still constantly bombarded with advertisements from personal injury lawyers, promising you monetary relief from a product that was for the most part banned from use in 1989. In 1989 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) to prohibit the manufacture, importation, processing and distribution of asbestos-containing products. The ruling was overturned in 1993, however, allowing for certain asbestos-containing products to be manufactured in the United States. Over 20-years later we are still dealing with government regulations to handle asbestos. Because asbestos presents a significant risk to human health when released to air, asbestos is considered a hazardous air pollutant regulated under the EPA National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) regulations.

Employees' Rights to Protection From Asbestos Exposure

If you work with or around significant amounts of asbestos as part of your job -- or if you're worried about exposure to asbestos in the workplace -- talk to your supervisor or union about any health risks and the steps that are being taken to minimize those risks.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other workplace safety agencies are supposed to carefully regulate and monitor asbestos exposure on the job -- they even set permissible exposure limits for different kinds of industries. So chances are, if your job does involve exposure to significant levels of asbestos, your employer is legally required to take certain steps to protect you and your coworkers from any health risks involving asbestos.

Depending on the industry you work in and the specifics of your job, you may be legally entitled to receive -- and your employer may be legally obligated to provide -- the following kinds of on-the-job protections from asbestos exposure:

  • training of employees who will be working with and around asbestos
  • properly ventilated workspaces
  • monitoring of employees for asbestos exposure levels (including daily monitoring for workers involved in the removal of asbestos-containing materials)
  • warning signs and instructions in areas where asbestos-related work is performed
  • protective clothing like coveralls, gloves, foot coverings, face shields, and goggles
  • protective equipment like respirators
  • showers and other post-exposure precautions, and
  • medical examinations for certain workers who are exposed to high levels of asbestos.

In your home or your business it is important to test for asbestos. Your health is important

Article source: https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/asbestos-workplace-33066.html and https://thelawsongroup.com/asbestos-your-business-how-it-impacts-renovations/

Workplace safety

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Workplace safety

In the past 50 years, there has been a steady increase in workplace safety awareness and a steady decrease in workplace fatalities and injuries. Since 1970, work-related fatalities have decreased more than 66 percent, and occupational injuries and illnesses have dropped 67 percent, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). During that same period, the US workforce has nearly doubled.

But despite this evident progress, the rate of improvement has slowed in recent years. The one essential ingredient that can sustain the downward trend in workplace fatalities and injuries is complete commitment to safety in the workplace.

Safety is a Team Effort

Educate everyone in the workplace about the safety requirements and consider posting a list of workplace safety tips. A workplace safety training will help them reduce or eliminate injuries and illnesses from occurring in the workplace.

Always keep the communication lines open with your co-workers, employers, or employees in order to promote and maintain a safe environment.

Immediately notify others of any (new or old) hazards that you perceive.

Be alert to hazards that could affect anyone— not just yourself; in this respect, maintain a team mentality at all times.

Report a hazardous condition immediately to your manager or supervisor.

Be conscious as to what others are doing around you, and do your best to ensure you don’t pose a hazard to them (and vice versa).

Every workplace and job is different and that will vary on job safety protocols but one of the most important things is to talk to your employees, make sure they feel safe in there work environment. Here at SERVPRO we do daily training exercises along with equipment training to ensure that employees follow safety guidelines.

Article source: https://safety.grainger.com/people/building-commitment?gclid=CjwKCAiA693RBRAwEiwALCc3u9ZwUJK10wjtPgheA7TAxwKkAzX2cDLbs_rtBxdmuvfMGokvoLJB-xoC_nUQAvD_BwE&cm_mmc=PPC:+Google+PPC-_-WZLG3006&s_kwcid=AL!2966!3!{creative}!{matchtype}!{placement}!{network}!!safety%20in%20the%20workplace%20tips&ef_id=WjfIpQAAAIj5knFi:20171218220819:s and http://www.atlantictraining.com/safety-tips/workplace-safety-tips.php

Why businesses should go green

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Why businesses should go green

Has your business gone green? It seems to be the popular thing to do now. and here's why

Legal and tax advantages: Florida businesses are also eligible for a sales tax exemption for using solar energy systems, equipment, machinery, and other renewable energy technologies. The Solar Energy System Incentives Program allows Florida companies to take rebates, and the Renewable Energy and Energy-Efficient Technologies Grants Program provides grants for Florida companies using solar and renewable energy sources to run the business. Additionally, the IRS allows businesses that use company cars such as Hybrids to take an alternative motor vehicle credit on federal taxes.

Public response: Companies such as Walmart and target have incorporated green changes such as composing and recycling, changing transportation routes to save gas, reducing packaging, and stocking their shelves with greener products. As a result, these companies have seen customers respond positively to the changes, with green product sales alone jumping somewhere around 20 percent as of 2010.  

Improved workplace: Green cleaning supplies can help employees. Some companies have taken going green a step further, by converting leftover food waste from the cafeteria into methane to supply the building with energy.

Reduced waste: Reducing unnecessary waste can trim operating costs for the business. Refilling ink cartridges instead of throwing then away. Which also reduces the amount of plastic being thrown away. Offering hybrid vehicles to company employees can also save money for companies that refund employee mileage on fuel prices.  

Article source: http://smallbusiness.chron.com/businesses-should-green-766.html

Mold and your business

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold and your business

Mold is a favored word among lawyers and a feared word among building owners, employers and landlords.

Lawsuits arising out of mold. Multi-million dollar verdicts are not unheard of. Mold, in the words of some, is becoming "the next asbestos."

Mold has even reached the attention of the U.S. Congress. Last year, Representative John Conyers of Detroit introduced a proposed bill, the "United States Toxic Mold Safety and Protection Act of 2002," intended to set standards for indoor mold levels and to provide for related research.

Due to increased public awareness,

almost mounting to hysteria, the number of legal claims is sure to mount. Workers who believe they are being exposed to mold may not want to work, their productivity may decline and they may file worker's compensation and disability claims

Since mold requires water to grow, it is important to prevent excessive moisture in buildings. Some moisture problems in buildings have been linked to changes in building construction practices since the 1970s, which resulted in tightly sealed buildings with diminished ventilation, contributing to moisture vapor buildup. Other moisture problems may result from roof leaks, landscaping or gutters that direct water into or under a building, or unvented combustion appliance. Delayed or insufficient maintenance may contribute to moisture problems in buildings. Improper maintenance and design of building heating/ventilating/air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, such as insufficient cooling capacity for an air conditioning system, can result in elevated humidity levels in a building.

Mold prevention tips include:

  • Repairing plumbing leaks and leaks in the building structure as soon as possible.
  • Looking for condensation and wet spots. Fix source(s) of moisture incursion problem(s) as soon as possible.
  • Preventing moisture from condensing by increasing surface temperature or reducing the moisture level in the air (humidity). To increase surface temperature, insulate or increase air circulation. To reduce the moisture level in the air, repair leaks, increase ventilation (if outside air is cold and dry), or dehumidify (if outdoor air is warm and humid).
  • Keeping HVAC drip pans clean, flowing properly, and unobstructed.
  • Performing regularly scheduled building/ HVAC inspections and maintenance, including filter changes.
  • Maintaining indoor relative humidity below 70% (25 - 60%, if possible).
  • Venting moisture-generating appliances, such as dryers, to the outside where possible.
  • Venting kitchens (cooking areas) and bathrooms according to local code requirements.
  • Cleaning and drying wet or damp spots as soon as possible, but no more than 48 hours after discovery.
  • Providing adequate drainage around buildings and sloping the ground away from building foundations. Follow all local building codes.
  • Pinpointing areas where leaks have occurred, identifying the causes, and taking preventive action to ensure that they do not reoccur.

If you have Mold present call SERVPRO today. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened." 440-887-9000

Article source: http://www.ehstoday.com/mag/ehs_imp_36553 and https://www.osha.gov/dts/shib/shib101003.html

How to protect your business from being robbed

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Robbery prevention tips

If you own a business, particularly one that deals in cash, there is a good chance that one day it may be robbed. If you are lucky, the robbery will occur after the business is closed and all of your employees have gone home. If not, you, your employees and possibly your customers could be faced with a very dangerous situation.

There are effective measures that business owners, managers, and employees can take that will protect the assets of the business and make it safer for employees.

  • Always have two or more employees open and close the business.
  • Install an effective alarm system that is monitored.
  • Use surveillance cameras behind the cash register and facing out to the front of the counter.
  • Also, install surveillance cameras in areas where a person could hide.
  • Keep the outside doors in backrooms locked when not in use.
  • Have lockers or locked desks so employees can lock up any personal valuables, purses, or medications.
  • Do not release personal information about employees to strangers and shred all past employee records when trashing it.
  • Keep a low cash balance in the cash registers.
  • Make regular bank deposits of excess money or lock it in a safe.
  • Vary the times and the routes used to go to the bank to make deposits.
  • Avoid sending one person to the bank with a deposit.
  • Avoid making deposits late at night.
  • Do not carry the deposit openly in a deposit bag.
  • Avoid hanging signs or putting displays on windows or around the sales counter that will obstruct the view of the register.
  • In areas that are blocked by shelving, walls or other obstructions, hang concave mirrors.
  • Do careful reference checks on employees that are hired.
  • Have policies in place concerning employees' friends or relatives hanging around the business.
  • Customers should be greeted when they enter the business and train employees to make eye contact and engage with the customers. An alert staff can quickly deter a would-be robber.
  • Train employees not to take risks, but to call the police if they see suspicious people inside or lurking outside of the business.
  • Keep your business well lit both inside and out and focus on areas where someone could hide.
  • Trim trees and bushes so that they do not become hiding places for robbers by blocking light.
  • Become friends with the local police officers. Encourage them to stop by your business.
  • If possible, use only one cash register at night. Leave the drawers on the other cash registers opened and tilt the money tray so that it will show that it is empty.
  • Do not tempt robbers by balancing the cash register by the cash desk. Take it to a back office to count it.
  • Train employees to be alert when handling money. It is easy to make a one dollar bill look like a twenty dollar bill to an employee that is not paying attention.
  • Do not completely cover the windows of the business by closing blinds are pulling curtains at closing time. Always leave them only partially closed.

Article source: https://www.thoughtco.com/robbery-prevention-tips-for-businesses-972958

Fire safety tips for your business

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire safety tips for your business

Remove Clutter That Could Potentially Fuel a Fire

Keep your working areas clear of paper, trash and anything else that could act as kindling for a potential fire. You should make your garbage cans easily accessible, and be sure to empty them regularly. Similarly, you should make a conscious effort to ensure that there are no obstacles blocking access to emergency exits. Overall, you should perform a close inspection of your workspaces with an eye toward removing anything that could create sparks or fuel a fire.

Pay Special Attention to Extension Cords and Frayed Wiring

Extension cords are a common fire hazard because they're not intended for permanent use. The extension must be properly rated for the intended use, or it can cause frayed and exposed wires, thereby creating a fire hazard. Many local fire codes require extension cords to have surge protectors in case electrical circuits get overloaded. These surge protectors will automatically shut the power off if the electricity shorts out. To be on the safe side, you should always try to plug items directly into wall outlets, rather than relying on extension cords. And if you do have to use extension cords, you should inspect your wiring at least once a month to identify and fix any frayed wiring.

Escape Routes and Meeting Places: Determine and mark the fastest and safest paths to safety. Post maps (with “you are here” marks) in breakrooms and near exits — which should be clearly indicated with signs. Put up reminders that elevators cannot be used during most emergencies. Check emergency lighting in stairwells and make sure they aren’t used as storage areas. Create a procedure for evacuating employees and patrons with special needs, especially if the escape route includes stairs. Select a meeting place far enough away from the building to allow full access to the property by firefighters and other emergency personnel.

Emergency Procedures: Make sure employees know that the safety officer is in charge during emergencies. Identify by name and title (whenever possible) the people responsible for contacting the fire department, accounting for employees at the meeting place and assisting emergency personnel with information on equipment or chemicals housed in the building. Keep an up-to-date list of emergency contact information. Outline who notifies the next of kin of injured parties, and designate one person to notify emergency responders of people still in the office or unaccounted for.

Most “business and mercantile” fires occurred when the premises were less populated. One-third of the fires (31 percent) occurred between 7:00 pm and 7:00 am, but created two-thirds (67 percent) of the direct property damage. Nineteen percent occurred on weekends and created 31 percent of the damage. A lot of fires also broke out between noon and 2:00 pm.

Twenty-nine percent of commercial blazes were caused by cooking equipment and resulted in 6 percent of the direct property damage; 22 percent began in the kitchen or cooking area, causing just one percent of direct damage.

Prevent

  • Follow manufacturers’ recommendations for maximum volt/wattage load for surge protectors, power strips and adapters, and ask your electrician to periodically inspect these items and outlets for potential overload
  • Replace frayed power cords; never run them under rugs or carpeting, use cord protectors instead
  • Unplug appliances (coffeemakers, microwaves) and other equipment not in use at the end of the day and over the weekend
  • Replace appliances that feel warm or hot to touch
  • Ask the fire marshal to inspect chemical and equipment storage areas periodically to ensure proper ventilation and stowage
  • Store hazardous materials according to manufacturers’ instructions and OSHA regulations. Clearly mark these items to help emergency personnel identify and stabilize them
  • Don’t prop fire doors open or block exits with furniture or boxes
  • Don’t allow paper and other trash to accumulate outside of garbage or recycling receptacles, and never store this material near hot equipment, electrical outlets or the smoking areas
  • Don’t permit employees to burn candles, scented oils, etc., even in their personal work areas
  • Following the four P’s is the best way to protect your business and your employees.

Article source: https://www.adp.com/thrive/articles/5-fire-safety-tips-to-protect-your-business-1-1218.aspx and https://www.staples.com/sbd/cre/tech-services/explore-tips-and-advice/tech-articles/tips-for-fire-prevention-and-preparedness-at-the-office.html