Recent Commercial Posts

Fire Prevention Tips for Your Business

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fires are a common disaster that occur among businesses, and they often leave business owners with major losses. Fortunately, business owners can take preventative measures to lower the risk of fires occurring. Emergency preparedness is key! Below are tips on how help prevent a fire in your business: 

  • Form a fire escape plan that is accessible to all employees at all times. Be sure your employees know the plan well, and practice the plan at least once per year via fire drill. 
  • Install a sprinkler system throughout the building. These have been known to save businesses from catastrophic fires!
  • Every outlet in your building should only have one extension cord each. Adding multiple extension cords to the same outlet is a fire hazard.
  • Replace electrical wiring when necessary and regularly.
  • Allow for an appropriate amount of space between your appliances and the wall. Overheating can occur if the appliance is too close. 
  • Delegate one of your associates to be your safety officer. This individual will lead emergency operation plans and allow for organization.

Be prepared and prevent fires!

Protect Your Business From Flooding

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

Floods have been known to cause serious damage to commercial businesses. Business owners often find themselves in the unfortunate situation of dealing with damages after a flood. But what if there were ways to minimize the possibility of flooding in your business? See below for tips on how to help prevent floods. 

  • Have a plan to continue business. It is important to have a back-up plan on how you will continue business and keep critical equipment and materials safe during a disaster. 
  • Use flood barriers. When a meteorologist in your area predicts a flood, try using flood barriers. These inventions are excellent ways to reduce the amount of water that could possibly flood your facility. 
  • In case you have done everything possible to avoid a flood but your business still takes on water, invest in flood insurance ahead of time. Often, basic commercial property insurance does not cover floods, so it is important to have flood insurance, especially if your business resides in an area that is flooded often.

Be Prepared

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

Prepare

Prepare yourself! When it comes to damage, disasters do not discriminate. Whole communities are affected, and since disaster can occur at any time, it is important to be prepared for any kind of disaster by joining your community in emergency readiness.

Create and practice your plan.

Communication is the most important aspect of any emergency preparedness plan. Develop an evacuation and shelter-in-place plan as well as a way to communicate with your family before, during and after an emergency situation. Compile an emergency supply kit and make sure your family is informed and practiced in your emergency plan. Sign up to receive alerts and warnings for your area, and download other necessary apps to stay informed, like the FEMA app.

Learn life-saving skills.

One or more people in your household should be able to perform life-saving emergency tasks if necessary. These skills include CPR, turning off natural gas, taking cover during a tornado and more. Learning these life-saving skills could mean life or death in an emergency for you, your family or your neighbors.

HVAC Cleaning for your home or business

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Spring Cleaning

Spring is springing here in Northwest Georgia. With that comes thoughts of spring cleaning, and for some of us, indoor air quality. It seems that everything in the area has a nice yellowish tint of pollen. That, paired with the fact that I passed three air duct cleaning company vans on the way in to work, got me thinking it would be time to share the benefits of having your air duct system(s) cleaned.

A common rule of thumb used by NADCA(National Air Duct Cleaning Association) is "If your ducts LOOK dirty then they probaby ARE dirty". This seems elementary but it is usually true.

The first reason is indoor air quality. It is calculated that up to 40lbs of dust is created annually in a normal home just through everyday living. An HVAC system works like the lungs of a home and that dust we mentioned is recirculated 5 to 7 times per day building up in the duct system. This leads to potentially poorer air quality and a need for higher frequency of dusting/cleaning.

The second reason to clean air ducts is energy savings.With 25 to 40% of the energy used to heat and cool homes wasted annually dust and contaminants in the HVAC system cause increased strain on the unit and shortens the life. With a clean HVAC system the opposite is true resulting in less contaminates and longer system life.

Power Outage Tips

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Going Dark

This year, we have seen some major power outages across the nation. Power outages can not only be dangerous to you and your family, but they can also cause immense stress if you are not properly prepared.

According to ready.gov:

Before a Power Outage:

  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Make sure you have alternative charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power.
  • Charge cell phones and any battery powered devices.
  • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it.
  • Purchase ice or freeze water-filled plastic containers to help keep food cold during a temporary power outage.
  • Keep your car's gas tank full-gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps. If you use your car to re-charge devices, do NOT keep the car running in a garage, partially enclosed space, or close to a home, this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by visiting your state's or local website so you can locate the closest cooling and warming shelters.
  • If you rely on anything that is battery-operated or power dependent like a medical device determine a back-up plan.

During a Power Outage

  • Only use flashlights for emergency lighting, candles can cause fires.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Most food requiring refrigeration can be kept safely in a closed refrigerator for several hours. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.
  • Take steps to remain cool if it is hot outside. In intense heat when the power may be off for a long time, consider going to a movie theater, shopping mall or restaurant that may be open in your community. If you remain at home, move to the lowest level of your home, since cool air falls. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty.
  • Put on layers of warm clothing if it is cold outside. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors. Never use your oven as a source of heat. If the power may be out for a prolonged period, plan to go to another location (the home of a relative or friend, or a public facility) that has heat to keep warm.
  • Turn off or disconnect appliances and other equipment in case of a momentary power surges that can damage computers and other devices. Consider adding surge protectors.
  • If you are considering purchasing a generator for your home, consult an electrician or engineer before purchasing and installing.
  • Only use generators away from your home and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage, or connect it to your home's electrical system.

If you experience a water damage after a storm, call SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, & West Walker Counties at (706) 866-5646 to remediate your damage and restore you home to pre-storm damage condition.

Damage Assessment

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Damage Assessment Practices

Flooding and water damage events in Trenton, Summerville, or Lafayette commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties

SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties 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.

Have a question?

Call us today (706) 866-5646

Damage Assessment

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

Damage Assessment Practices

Flooding and water damage events in Summerville, Lafayette, and Rossville commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade and West Walker Counties

SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade and West Walker Counties 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.

Have a question?

Call us today (706) 866-5646

No job is too big!

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

Don't let the orange house logo fool you!

The professionals at SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties have the experience and capability to handle projects of all sizes including commercial buildings. From factories and warehouse, to school buildings and hospitals, our team has the equipment, knowledge and understanding to handle any size commercial project. Our commercial clients trust us because we understand their business operation needs. Our training gives us the knowledge to handle any situation from water damage to smoke damage to content restoration and relocation.

SERVPRO Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties is able to assess the situation, quickly develop a plan of action, and work with all key parties in executing and communicating during each phase of the project. Available to work 24 hours a day, 7 days of week we provide a valuable resource to facilities of all sizes during a time of need.

Call us today at (706) 866-5646 for any of your commercial needs or to schedule a meeting to discuss.

Insurance and SERVPRO

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

WHY MORE INSURANCE AGENTS CHOOSE SERVPRO

SERVPRO blends customer service with accountability! SERVPRO understands your responsibility to provide results to your shareholders and clients. SERVPRO is uniquely qualified to help when disaster strikes, making you their "hero" in their times of need.

We are here to make you look good.

There are many ways to ensure success as an insurance agent. Having a strong office staff, a company who pays claims in an ethical and timely manner, advertising, being involved in your community, and maintaining a positive relationship with your clients. Our teams are trained to reduce the lost time and mitigate the damages as quickly as possible. Whether it's fire, water, mold or any other cleanup; we are here to help, 24 hours a day. 

Our team members are available for direct cellular calls 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. You earn your client's loyalty by providing timely solutions. You provide help in a time of need. Instead of offering a call center solution, our team members are available to take the call on their business line! We will personally call your client back, offer a listening ear, and take away some of the fear they are experiencing.

Having a relationship with SERVPRO and our team of highly trained professionals has many benefits. We will ensure help arrives quickly (following our 1-4-8 time commitment), and our production team will help your clients regain control of their lives by treating them with respect, courteousness and working hard to get the job done the right way the first time. There are no unwelcome surprises with SERVPRO. Calling direct reduces wait times. The faster SERPVRO's team can arrive onsite to perform the cleanup, the better the results.

That's the SERVPRO difference.

Filling Your Commercial Needs

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Damage Assessment Practices

Flooding and water damage events in Summerville, Lafayette, and Rossville commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade and West Walker Counties

SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade and West Walker Counties 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.

Have a question?

Call us today (706) 866-5646

Your Trenton Commercial Needs

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Preparing for Disaster

Commercial water damage presents double trouble to you as an owner and employer. Not only do you need to recover your premises, equipment, and inventory from the effects of leaks or flooding, you also have employees and customers who rely on you to keep your business running even while restoration efforts are in process. SERVPRO works closely with our commercial clients to avoid closure or a shut down even after a significant water crisis to your warehouse or other storage facility affects your business. We highly encourage business owners to consult with us before any warehouse water disaster. By developing an Emergency READY Profile, you can pinpoint all critical information about your operation into a plan. Once finished with that plan, the information can be shared with, and will be easily accessible to our local water damage restoration experts.

Preventing commercial water damage in your workplace may not be possible. For instance, if heavy storms or flooding affect your warehouse, some damage might be unpreventable, but that is where SERVPRO will help! A systematic review of your preparedness can limit the effects of inevitable leaking, moving, or standing water to your bottom line. Take advantage of our training and expertise by scheduling a thorough assessment of your warehouse and other operations. There is no charge for our review of your facilities, and we will use the information gathered to ready our team should the worst happen. You can identify your business’s key personnel, so we know who to consult when a commercial water damage disaster strikes even if you are not always available. Details such as warehouse layout and the location of utilities, important documents, and priority areas within your building clarify and order the restoration and mitigation tasks needed to be completed, ensuring our team of water damage restoration technicians are “Ready for whatever happens.” Our staff will take photos and scope out the dimensions of your warehouse to assist with our post water damage work.

Locally Owned and Ready for Any Job!

Although best case scenario you will never have to use your Emergency READY Profile, preparedness is key to ensure efficiency when the unexpected happens. So give us a call today at (706) 866-5646! Don’t delay, let your local SERVPRO help you prepare today!

Fire Safety Precautions

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms have been a staple in the American home, but should not go unnoticed or taken for granted. According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties that did not have working smoke alarms. The death rate per 100 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms. Most smoke alarm failures are due to missing, disconnected or dead batteries. According to the NFPA, there are precautions to take when it comes to maintaining and checking your smoke alarms.

Smoke alarm safety tips

·      Install smoke alarms inside and outside of each bedroom or sleeping area. Every level of the home, including the basement should have smoke alarms installed.

·      It is recommended to have interconnected smoke alarms so that when one smoke alarm goes off, they all go off at once.

·      Test all smoke alarms at least once a month by hitting the test button on the smoke alarm.

·      Smoke alarms should be installed on the ceiling or high up on a wall.

·      Replace all smoke alarms at 10 years of use.

·      People that are hard of hearing can order special smoke alarms that include flashing strobe lights and bed shakers to alert the person within the property.

·      Make sure to talk with your children about the importance of smoke alarms and what to do in case of a fire.

·      There are two kinds of alarms: ionization and photoelectric

                  o   Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn                              about flaming fires

                  o   Photoelectric smoke alarms are quicker to warn                          about smoldering fires

                  o   It is best to have both present in the home

Source - http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/fire-and-safety-equipment/smoke-alarms/safety-messages-about-smoke-alarms    

Your Walker County Commercial Flood

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Put us on your to-do list today! Don't be caught off-guard by disaster! Call and ask about our free Emergency Ready Profile!

Flood in Your Business

Commercial water damage presents double trouble to you as an owner and employer. Not only do you need to recover your premises, equipment, and inventory from the effects of leaks or flooding, you also have employees and customers who rely on you to keep your business running even while restoration efforts are in process. SERVPRO works closely with our commercial clients to avoid closure or a shut down even after a significant water crisis to your warehouse or other storage facility affects your business. We highly encourage business owners to consult with us before any warehouse water disaster. By developing an Emergency READY Profile, you can pinpoint all critical information about your operation into a plan. Once finished with that plan, the information can be shared with, and will be easily accessible to our local water damage restoration experts.

Preventing commercial water damage in your workplace may not be possible. For instance, if heavy storms or flooding affect your warehouse, some damage might be unpreventable, but that is where SERVPRO will help! A systematic review of your preparedness can limit the effects of inevitable leaking, moving, or standing water to your bottom line. Take advantage of our training and expertise by scheduling a thorough assessment of your warehouse and other operations. There is no charge for our review of your facilities, and we will use the information gathered to ready our team should the worst happen. You can identify your business’s key personnel, so we know who to consult when a commercial water damage disaster strikes even if you are not always available. Details such as warehouse layout and the location of utilities, important documents, and priority areas within your building clarify and order the restoration and mitigation tasks needed to be completed, ensuring our team of water damage restoration technicians are “Ready for whatever happens.” Our staff will take photos and scope out the dimensions of your warehouse to assist with our post water damage work.

Locally Owned and Ready for Any Job!

Although best case scenario you will never have to use your Emergency READY Profile, preparedness is key to ensure efficiency when the unexpected happens. So give us a call today at (706) 866-5646! Don’t delay, let your local SERVPRO help you prepare today!

Don’t Lose Your Business By Not Being Prepared

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

An estimated 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen.

SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties has worked with many businesses in the area to ensure they are prepared for any emergency.

Between 2004-2008 16,360 fires happened in retail stores and other mercantile properties such as grocery stores beauty and barbershops.

Those fires caused $648 million in property damage. Fire damage is worse after normal business hours. Fires that started between 9PM-5AM caused $75,000 dollars in damage. First that started between 5AM-9AM caused $24,000 dollars in fire damage.

More than 60% of U.S. small businesses do not have formal emergency response plans & do not back-up their data off site.

No Plan Means You're Less Likely to Recover

80% of companies that do not recover from a disaster within 1 month are likely to go out of business. 75% of companies without a business contingency plan fail within 3 years of a disaster.

70% of small business that experience major data loss go out of business within a year.

43% of companies that experience catastrophic data loss never reopen.

51% of companies with data loss closed within 2 years.

80% of companies that do not recover from a disaster within 1 month are likely to go out of business. 75% of companies without a business contingency plan fail within 3 years of a disaster.

Tips For Creating a Successful Emergency Ready Plan
Let the professionals help you. Work with an emergency restoration company for assistance in creating your emergency ready profile.
Identify and label utility shut-off locations.
Identify local utility contact information.
Identify local emergency contact information such as fire, police, and hospital contacts.
Establish main internal contacts for purposes of employee safety and emergency work authorization.
The SERVPRO® Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial. It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile. Please contact one our Business Development Representative to setup your free Emergency Ready Profile.

(706) 866-5646

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. SERVPRO will help make your disaster "Like it never even happened." Contact us for more information.

How We Treat Our Customers

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

We strive to be your best partner throughout this process!

The Golden Rule


At SERVPRO® of Chattooga, Dade, and West Walker Counties we often talk about our Core Values. They include:

  • Always doing the right thing
  • Be Phenomenal
  • Focus on the Customer
  • Achieve success
  • Grow together
  • Follow the Golden Rule.


When we are doing work it is often in homes. We know that we must earn and work to keep trust with our customers, and that we must be good Samaritan’s every day and on every job. When a disaster occurs in your home or office, our experienced crews walk through the process with you. They assist in answering questions, bridging the gap between you and your insurance. We strive to ensure that all necessary parties have the information needed to complete the job faster and get you back to life before.

If your home or office should have a water damage...

Whether it is from a sprinkler break or a space heater overheating, know that you can trust the team with 50+ years of experience to help guide you through it.

We are ready 24/7, 365 to help you at (706) 866-5646!

Large-Scale Flooding

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

Desiccant working alongside air movers.

Desiccant!

This is a tool we use alongside dehumidifiers for larger buildings. Desiccants operate differently than low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers. Desiccants do not collect water through condensation. They vent moisture-laden air from inside the structure to outside the structure using a ventilation system. These are large units that sit outside the structure with venting tubes and air input tubes.

The tubes come from and go to the affected building. They create the greatest vapor pressure and are best used when trying to dry wood flooring, plaster, or concrete. They work on the principle of absorption rather then condensation.  In this process, water vapor is adsorbed by a silica gel. The silica gel is then activated by air movement. This energy causes the desiccant to push the water vapor; Releasing its moisture to the outside air.