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Are You Employing The Right Fire Safety Measures For Hotels?

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

Owning and running a hotel comes with its own set of challenges for both the owner and staff. One of the most important aspects of safety that needs to be considered includes implementing the right fire safety measures for hotels to help avoid costly damage.

Fire Safety Measures for Hotels

According to data shared by the U.S. Fire Administration, approximately 4,000 fires take place at hotels and motels each year which result in at least $100 million worth of property damage. A certain percentage of hotel owners assumes that their fire safety measures are up to industry standards but in actual fact, some steps are often overlooked. Below are some fire safety considerations that hotel owners can review.

Holding Regular Fire Drills and Testing Fire Alarms

Fire alarms are possibly the most important element to hotel safety in the event of a fire. Once an alarm sounds, hotel occupants are immediately aware of the situation and can make their way out of the property quickly. Unfortunately, most hotels do not have their fire alarms adequately checked and tested from time to time. This is the reason why it is critical to conduct regular fire alarm tests.

During a fire alarm test, its control panels need to be set to test mode to avoid notifying emergency services. Once this has been done, press the fire alarm button to test the system. Test results need to be recorded for future reference. For faulty alarms, have them replaced immediately to prevent problems in the event of a fire.

Regular fire drills are also important to prepare staff members on the correct evacuation procedures and for the management to highlight any areas that need to be improved.

Keep Fire Extinguishers Close

All hotels need to be equipped with fire extinguishers rated class A, B, and C which can extinguish small fires involving paper, wood, gas, and oil. Fire extinguishers need to be placed within 75 feet from a hotel property but guestrooms are not required to be equipped with any as there are already several placed in the hallway. Fire extinguishers also need to be check regularly to ensure they are at the proper gauge or weight limit.

Decluttering

Hallways, rooms, and common areas need to be free of clutter to ensure fire safety can be maintained at all times. It just takes a small flame to turn cluttered spaces into an uncontrollable fire. Things like boxes, equipment, or trash need to be moved and stored at appropriate places to allow occupants to move quickly in the event of a fire.

Regular Inspections

Hotels need to have their fire alarms, lights, fire extinguishers, and sprinklers inspected at least once a year. If these are neglected, they may cause costly fire damage. Professionally inspecting these items can ensure that any problems can be addressed at an early stage to prevent bigger issues.

Commercial Fire Damage Insurance

Fire damage can be costly and hotels without commercial fire damage insurance can be slapped with hefty damage costs. Ensure that your hotel has sufficient coverage in the event of a fire.

Does Your Commercial Property Have Smoke Damage After A Fire?

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

The destructive power of fire is capable of leaving commercial entities stranded without any source of income for an extended period of time. After the fire has been successfully extinguished, if you insurance most likely will cover the financial losses. For the fire damage restoration portion, it needs to be handled by a professional company that offers immediate assistance. Smoke damage in commercial property can wreak havoc to any business even with today’s advanced fire-resistant and fire-suppression features in buildings. To know how to deal with fire damage, continue reading the article.

Fire Restoration Companies

Professionals working for fire restoration companies offer an important service to their communities. In the event of a fire, fire restoration experts assist business owners move forward to get their operations back on track again. The entire process may be overwhelming which is why engaging the services of professionals is highly essential. The restoration process after a fire is tedious and laborious and include the following steps:

  • Assessment of Damage
  • Removal of Debris
  • Mitigation of Odor, Soot, and Residual Water

Fire damage restoration experts are able to provide advice and can direct business owners throughout the entire restoration process. This will greatly help business owners to rebuild their business to restart their operations. Once the task has been assigned, the objective of fire damage restoration experts is to eliminate the lingering smoke odors as well as the residual soot and water. Every little trace of the contaminants needs to be scrubbed clean before the premises are deodorized. The process needs the support of high-powered equipment like air scrubbers to clean the air from harmful particulates and persistent odors. Industrial dehumidifiers and air movers are also used to mitigate residual water and any traces of moisture in the air.

Smoke Odors

Commercial fires leave behind a pungent odor which is also present in most cases of fire. The odor permeates through the whole building, fixtures, furnishings, and air. The odor comes from various sources which are a result of the fire itself. The soot, debris, and residual water all contribute towards producing the pungent odor. After the origin and cause of the fire have been determined, restoration experts need to quickly move into the building to remove the soot and debris from the premises to get rid of the pungent odor.

Soot Removal

Thick layers of soot that are already mixed with residual water are often seen at fire sites. Soot is the powdered carbon in black and chemical byproduct of the burned materials. The chemical composition of soot depends on the types of material that were burnt in the building. Some acidic compounds may cause further damage to the building surfaces and discolor or stain plastics, granite, grout and other fixtures that were not burned.

Residual Water

Flooding causes mold issues and so does a fire. Residual water that was used to extinguish the fire is a good breeding ground for mold infestation to take place. Proper mitigation needs to be done as soon as possible to prevent the increased moisture from spreading throughout the property.

Understanding Commercial Fire Causes

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

We all know that commercial fires can cause great damage and a loss of profit to businesses. Not only that, but it can also result in a period of downtime where your business is unable to function. Despite this, do you know what the most common causes of these fires are? In this article, we share with you more about the top 5 commercial fire causes to watch out for.

Cooking Equipment

It may come as no surprise that many commercial fires are caused by cooking equipment as they require high temperatures and highly flammable oils to function. However, one shocking thing is that this does not apply simply to restaurants, which many people may think. Any facility that has a kitchen is likely to fall prey to a commercial fire caused by cooking equipment, such as healthcare facilities and educational institutions.

Electrical Equipment

As dependent as we are on electricity today, few of us can profess to be unaware of the risks that come with it. Electricity is used in modern commercial buildings for lighting and power, and several problems can cause a commercial fire. These include old or defective wiring, loose connections, faulty fuses, overloaded circuits, imbalanced electrical loads and many more.

Heating Equipment

If your business is located in an area that experiences at least a few months of cold weather each year, chances are you make use of heating equipment to keep your workers and customers warm. This can include furnaces and heaters. When heating equipment overheats, a commercial fire can break out.

Smoking Materials

It is common knowledge that lighted cigarettes can start a commercial fire if they are not disposed of in the proper manner. The good news is that fires caused by smoking materials are on the decline due to the introduction of “fire safe” cigarettes. However, it still remains amongst the top five causes of commercial fires. Smokers should pay extra attention that their cigarettes are completely extinguished, and employers should enforce strict guidelines around the disposal of smoking materials.

Intentional Fire Setting

If a heat source has been misused for any reason, a commercial fire can be caused by intentional fire setting. Be very careful with this as it is only considered arson if the fire starter had malicious intent.

Engage Fire Damage Restoration Services from SERVPRO

If your property has sustained damage from a commercial fire, call in the fire damage restoration professionals from SERVPRO immediately. Our technicians are available round the clock under our 24-hour emergency services as we understand that fires do not wait for normal business hours and we want to get your premises back to working condition quickly. When you engage our services, you can be assured that we have the expertise as well as the tools and equipment necessary to address any complications you may face. If you have any queries or would like to book a service, please feel free to contact us now.

Top Tips To Recover From Commercial Storm Damage

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

Unfortunately, it can take commercial properties a period of downtime to recover after a storm, particularly if the damage was severe. For that reason, the best course of action is always to call in the storm damage restoration professionals as soon as you can. Getting back into the game fast is critical, not only to gain a competitive edge, but to ensure that this storm does not become the end of your business. In this article, we share with you some top tips for recovering from commercial storm damage.

Come Up with A Contingency Plan

Even before storms have the chance to hit, you should have a plan in mind for what to do when one does happen. This is especially true if you are located in an area that is prone to storms. Write down the contact number of a reliable storm damage restoration company, alongside having those of your insurance provider at hand. That way, when disaster strikes, you are prepared and ready to take action.

File Your Claim as Soon as Possible

The one thing you want to do after storm damage occurs is to capture photographic evidence. Always do this before attempting to move anything. Then, get your claim in as soon as you can. Following a natural disaster, insurance companies and providers become inundated with requests, as anyone can well imagine. This means that the first ones to get their claim in will be the first ones to get paid, so never delay.

Get in the Experts

After a natural disaster, your premises may have become a breeding ground for dangers. Hazards from electrocution to mold and mildew growth can spring up, making your property unsafe. As soon as you can, schedule a servicing with SERVPRO and our technicians will be with you as soon as possible thanks to our 24-hour emergency services.

Mitigate Any Damage Possible Before the Professionals Arrive

While waiting for the professionals to arrive, it can help to start drying out your premises and furniture. Get in as many fans and dehumidifiers as you have, if possible. If not, do not worry as the damage restoration professionals have sufficient drying equipment on hand to deal with water extraction.

Engage Storm Damage Restoration Services from SERVPRO

If your commercial property has sustained damage caused by a storm, our restoration technicians at SERVPRO are always on hand to assist with the restoration process. Our technicians are available 24 hours, 7 days a week, as we understand that natural catastrophes do not wait for normal business hours and we want to get your property back to normal as soon as we possibly can. When you engage our services, you can be assured that we have the tools and equipment necessary to address any complications you may face. If you have any queries or would like to book a service, please feel free to contact us now.

How Clearing Dust In Ducts in Your Business Can Aid Mold Prevention

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

It is common for business owners to deal with mold in their vents and ducts. Having a mold problem in your establishment is not only unsightly and annoying, but it can also cause reduce the air quality thus affecting customers entering and employees working. However, it is not easy to get rid of a mold infestation. This is why it is crucial to prevent mold from growing in the first place. In this article, we will explain how clearing dust in vents and ducts within your business can aid mold prevention. Read on to find out more.

Importance of Cleaning Vents and Ducts

If you own an HVAC system, you might be familiar with how easily mold colonies can form in the vents and ducts. An HVAC system that is not cleaned regularly and has humidity issues provides mold with the ideal environment to thrive. When mold starts growing in the vents and ducts, it is possible that the mold growth can spread an unpleasant odor to the adjacent rooms. As time passes, the mold may be able to spread across the entire ductwork in the business. This will greatly affect the indoor air quality which will reduce the level of comfort in your commercial space.

Causes of Mold in Vents and Ducts

Mold grows well in moist conditions. Vents and ducts are especially prone to moisture accumulation when cold air travels through them. Due to the area being enclosed, the water in the vents and ducts starts collecting instead of evaporating. With dead skin cells, dust, and other dirt, the vents and ducts become very suitable for mold to grow.

Identifying Mold in Vents

In some cases, you can see mold growth in the form of black streaks in the vents and around ducts. However, mold growth can also be hidden from plain sight. If you smell a musty odor, it is a sign that there is mold growing. In addition, as the air quality becomes poorer, an even bigger problem may just be waiting to form. You may eventually realize that the comfort level in the establishment is slowly deteriorating.

How to Keep Vents and Ducts Clear

To keep the vents and ducts clear, condensation must be reduced in the ductwork. You can do so by insulating the air ducts. To increase the rate of evaporation and prevent water from pooling, try placing dehumidifiers near vents and ducts. For a greater peace of mind, consider getting a professional mold prevention and removal company to conduct a check on your ductwork annually.

Professional Mold Prevention and Removal

SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City provides professional mold prevention and removal services. Our team is highly trained and experienced in dealing with mold using specialized mold remediation equipment. With our commitment, you can trust us to restore your home if there is a suspected a mold problem. Contact us today to let us know how we can help you.

Understanding Ceiling Cleaning Safety For Your Commercial Space

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

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Understanding Ceiling Cleaning Safety

Cleaning normal ceilings is hard enough, but the challenge adds on when you have high or vaulted ceilings. These ceilings may look beautiful, but they often trap dust in places that are difficult to reach, making it a pain to clean them. Without a proper cleaning, build up can occur and become very visible. It is crucial to clean the ceilings regularly while taking care to mind your safety while doing it. If you are thinking about cleaning your ceilings, read on to understand ceiling cleaning safety before carrying out the cleaning activity.

Wear Goggles and a Mask

When cleaning the ceiling, you will be looking straight up, which exposes the eyes to the microscopic dust particles that fall as they are being cleaned off. To protect the eyes, wear a pair of goggles or a full protective mask to block out the dust particles.

Telescopic Cleaning Poles

It is unsafe to be on tall ladders when you are cleaning high ceilings. Besides the inconvenience of having to constantly move the ladder as each part of the ceiling is being cleaned, there is a real danger of falling over if one is not careful. Instead, use a telescopic cleaning pole to clean the ceiling. This means that you can safely stand on the floor while being able to clean every nook and cranny of the ceiling.

Forked Dusters for Ceiling Fans

Ceilings that have fans are more troublesome to clean because of the individual fan blades that need to be dusted down. To make things easier, get a forked duster and attach it to the end of the telescopic cleaning pole.

Start High and End Low

If you are cleaning the whole business, start cleaning from the places that are high up and slowly work your way down. This is because dust particles will inevitably fall from the places above and land on the areas below despite having dusters to catch them, so it makes more sense to clean the ceilings first, then the walls, furniture, and the floors last. Do a final vacuum of the area after dusting to make sure that all the dust has been gotten rid of.

Approach SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City for Professional Ceiling Cleaning Services

If you require professional ceiling cleaning services, do not hesitate to approach SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City. You can trust our highly trained and experienced team to carry out time-tested and industry-approved cleaning methods. Contact us for more information and our friendly customer representatives will get back to you.

Trust us With Your Commercial Business

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

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We know opening a business is a risk in itself. You don't know if it's going to sink or swim. Let's just say in this example that you're Jane Doe and your business is booming. One night you're asleep peacefully in your bed. All of a sudden you awake to a call that your business is flooded. Now you're panicking, you ask yourself how you're going to get water out of a 10,000 square ft. room. You know you don't have nearly enough mops or buckets to clean something of that size. You think for a second and then remember that you saw an ad for SERVPRO and give them a call. There are a million things that can happen to your business or commercial space that you don't always anticipate. Luckily, we are trained for these kinds of events. We would show up to Jane Doe's business with the appropriate amount of equipment to extract the water. No matter how big or small the job may be, you can call us. 

Trust us With Your Commercial Busniess

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

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We know opening a business is a risk in itself. You don't know if it's going to sink or swim. Let's just say in this example that you're Jane Doe and your business is booming. One night you're asleep peacefully in your bed. All of a sudden you awake to a call that your business is flooded. Now you're panicking, you ask yourself how you're going to get water out of a 10,000 square ft. room. You know you don't have nearly enough mops or buckets to clean something of that size. You think for a second and then remember that you saw an ad for SERVPRO and give them a call. There are a million things that can happen to your business or commercial space that you don't always anticipate. Luckily, we are trained for these kinds of events. We would show up to Jane Doe's business with the appropriate amount of equipment to extract the water. No matter how big or small the job may be, you can call us. 

Damage to Commercial Property

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

One of our clients maintains a huge building. When they faced problems with the elevator shaft being flooded they called SERVPRO of Hoboken/ Union City to help service their recovery. The elevator shaft, not pictured, had severe flooding damage that spread throughout the entire building causing other issues. This job was no different from hundreds of others our crew has conquered. Our team was up for the challenge, as always. They went to the scene with air movers and mops and restored the residence back to a clean and waterless state. You can see in the picture the state of the property and how it needed our help. Water damage is one of our favorite jobs to clean up. Our customer was very pleased with the results.

Commercial Mold Cleaning

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/ Union City we understand how badly some storms and other instances can affect our customers. Not only do they do damage to the homes and businesses to so many individuals but they also cause a tremendous amount of stress.  We are here to alleviate that stress and restore your home back to the way it once was prior to the damage. The job pictured here is a case of mold hidden within the walls at a local business. We cover both commercial and residential damages. Our crew went into the job and tore through the walls to get to the main source of the problem. Once the mold was exposed our crew followed standard procedure in mold remediation. Our customer was very satisfied with the results.

Commercial Business Storefront Cleanup

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Hoboken/ Union City, we understand how badly some instances can affect our customers. This particular case is one of one individual projecting damage onto a place of business by fecal matter. This job is not one of our common jobs but we take care of a long list of items here at SERVPRO. We are here to alleviate that stress and restore your home or business back to the way it once was prior to the damage. We cover both commercial and residential damages. Our crew went into the job and power washed the main issue to get to the root of the problem. Our crew followed standard procedure with this type of issue. Our customer was very satisfied with the results. Pictured here is what the place looked like before we cleaned and sanitized the area.

Water Damage to Commercial Ceiling

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

This particular job was for one of our clients who experienced troubles after a pipe burst in their parking garage. Not pictured here is the damage that took place on the ceiling of the garage. The ceiling had air pockets that were swelling up with water inside them. This type of damage can lead to a number of other issues including mold. Our client was lucky they called us when they did or this could have gotten much worse.  Our crew went in with SERVPRO tools and the damage was fixed hastily. The picture on the right is the ceiling once it’s been patched up and restored to its original condition. Our client was very happy with the results and noted that it was done way sooner than anticipated.

Water Damage In Local Gym

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

This local sport rehab center had a leak and called SERVPRO of Hoboken/ Union City to come check it out. When the team arrived all the floors were buckled; it was clear what needed to be done. Our crew worked with the business owners schedule and took the proper steps in assessing and amending the damage that was done. Our team tore up the floor panels and used air movers to rid of all the water. The cleanup process was effective and hasty thanks to our team members at SERVPRO Hoboken/Union City  knowing just what to do thanks to their experience. Our customer was very pleased with the turnout and grateful for us that she did not lose business during such a tough time. We were happy to help make it "Like it never even happened."