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Commercial Damage & How Your Business Could Be Affected | SERVPRO® of Beaver County

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

In the United States, our businesses are the lifeblood on which our country is built. All of us interact with multiple businesses each and every day.

Business owners have to manage more than simply the profit and loss of their company—they also have to focus on all of the tiny details that could potentially affect their business. So when disasters happen, it can be a disastrous burden for a business to bear.

We’ve witnessed a steady increase in natural disaster damage as time goes on. The NCEI reported that over the last five years in the United States, there was approximately $153 billion worth of damage annually, which is a meaningful jump from the last period of data.

Here in Beaver County, severe storms happen year-round. We see the extreme winter weather and the high-intensity events that come during the warmer months as well. This storm just last year was centered in Pittsburgh but was caused substantial damage all the way here in Beaver County.

Thankfully, we’ve collected some important information on the most common causes of commercial damage around the country, and we hope that it can help you better prepare your business for a disaster.

Water Damage

Excessive levels of water and moisture are major threats to business across the United States. Water damage is sometimes caused by nature and other times it can be due to manmade causes and simple appliance malfunction.

One of the causes of water damage is flooding. Seeping through unsealed areas of the exterior, water can affect the foundation. Consider utilizing landscaping to guide water away from the building.

Water damage is not limited to fast-acting waves, however. It can damage your property over extended periods due to seemingly minor leaks. You should routinely inspect your facility’s plumbing and walls to ensure that you don’t have damage taking place over time and to stay ahead of the problem.

Storm Damage

In the event of a storm, an entire area’s businesses and homes are affected. Even a less severe storm can take out power or send branches and rocks flying to damage your business.

Typically, storms carry winds that range from 10 to 45 mph, but severe storms like those that we see in the warmer months can produce winds of over 100 mph. Storms like these can tear trees out of the ground and throw damaging debris around like nothing.

Installing storm-grade window and door covers can limit the damage a storm can bring, but these measures often take extensive time and funding to complete.

Before resorting to the extremes, you can perform simple tasks like checking your window and door seals and performing regular inspections of the property that help prevent damage from going unaddressed.

Additionally, it’s a good idea to clear your property of any loose items and dead trees to avoid the chance of them causing damage in the event of a storm.

Know Who to Call

While it may seem cumbersome at first, taking the steps to protect and prevent storm and water damage is worth it in the long run.

Closing down to make repairs is not something any business owner wants to do. Thankfully, we have 247 availability, and our experts quickly respond to ensure that the proper restoration plan is enacted.

If you have experienced damage to your business or want to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

Simple Steps That Can Reduce Your Risk of Suffering A House Fire | SERVPRO® of Beaver County

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

Interior view of a room with items completely destroyed by fire If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Beaver County is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration need.

We have all seen the news over the past few years detailing how wildfires are becoming more common and more serious—well, so are house fires. So far in 2022, the American Red Cross has responded to over 20,000 house fires, which is only a small fraction of the total fires in the United States this year.

Most modern homes already have complete coverage from smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms, but make sure that you have a smoke alarm in every bedroom and at least one CO alarm in the home.

These devices are proven to be the best way to stop complete destruction or a loss of life due to a fire. While smoke detectors are a must-have, there are many simple things you can do around the house to reduce your risk of a house fire.

<h3the-kitchen-grill">Clean the Kitchen & Grill

Over 48% of all home fires on average are started while cooking food. There are many common appliances that are designed to produce heat, and some of them are without safety mechanisms. You likely have a toaster, oven, stove, microwave, grill and a coffee maker in your home, and all of these can put you at risk when improperly used.

Cleaning these items regularly and removing any pieces of food that could ignite is important to keep your home free of hazards. Additionally, you should never grill under a covered area like a roof or deck, these things can easily catch fire when heat builds up from below.

Dirty wall outlets are another common source of fire in the home. Check these regularly for a collection of dust or dirt that could cause sparks to fly. Also, remember to leave plenty of space between your devices and the wall to allow proper airflow.

<h3a-defensible-space-in-your-yard">Create a Defensible Space in Your Yard

Fires that begin outside can spread by over 14 miles per hour. When they come knocking at your door, a yard is the last thing standing between your home and destruction.

Recently, there have been innovative landscaping methods that protect your home from the spread of outdoor fires, and allow firemen to work with plenty of space while trying to work.

These techniques have been so useful in fact, that states like California are imposing defensible zone requirements for yards, so following suit might also be a smart idea for you.

However, following these techniques doesn’t prevent you from tending to the garden and planting new flowers in your beds—they focus on placing plants in specific locations to prevent the fire from expanding.

The fire will weaken with the flammable objects spread further apart, so you should take the time and clear out any dead plants or leaves that could become fuel during a fire.

<h3it-clean-keep-it-safe">Keep It Clean & Keep It Safe

Aside from cleaning your appliances regularly, and maintaining your yard, performing a thorough cleaning routine can help reduce your risk of house fires. Set aside time for you and your family to work through the long list of necessary tasks.

The seemingly endless sheet of cleaning jobs doesn’t have to be burdensome if you spread it out over the course of a week. Along with a deep-clean, simply dusting your home from time to time is a way to prevent fires.

These days, our homes have evolved into more than simply shelter. They allow us to work, play and relax every single day. Putting in the effort to keep yours clean is a relatively easy way to help prevent destruction from a fire.

If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

What Benefits Does Creating a Storm Safety Plan Provide? | SERVPRO® of Beaver County

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

A dark cloudy sky with lighting strikes off in the distance If you discover storm damage to your home or business, reach out to SERVPRO of Beaver County right away.

Thunderstorms are extremely common around the world, especially here at home. In fact, there are around 100,000 thunderstorms throughout the United States every year, which is more than 200 every single day.

These dangerous weather events can include strong winds, hail, flooding and lightning strikes that can all do serious damage to you and your home.

Here in Pennsylvania, Beaver County to be specific, we are particularly at risk of suffering from these disasters, facing cold fronts from the north and warm air movements from the south. Combined with the fact that rivers and creeks run through our entire area, flooding is extremely common around here due to storms.

It would be awesome to change the weather and prevent anything dangerous from coming close to us, but that’s a fantasy. Preparing for severe storms, on the other hand, is very possible, and can help you stay safer by reducing the impact storms have on you and your home.

From putting together an emergency kit to creating a communication strategy for your family, there are many ways to prepare that we’ll discuss here today.

<h3severe-weather-communication-strategy">Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy

Knowing what’s going to happen before it does isn’t impossible when it comes to storms. Staying informed by listening to your local officials who provide emergency alerts is the best way to know what’s coming.

On top of using your cellphone and television, acquiring an NOAA weather radio is a good idea in case you lose power or signal.

On top of being able to receive government alerts, developing a communication strategy for your family is important. Check in with every member of the family before the storm hits so you’re not worried about their safety when you should be focusing on yours.

Picking a safe room (like a basement, bathroom or closet) with no windows is crucial so you have a place to shelter when the eye of the storm is on you. Choose one of the bottom level of your house.

<h3severe-weather-emergency-kit">Your Severe Weather Emergency Kit

Aside from knowing what to do, knowing what to pack is also critical to outlasting the effects of extreme weather. Prepping an emergency kit that can sustain you and your family for at least 72 hours is imperative. Pack plenty of food, water and first-aid supplies because these often run out fastest.

To improve your kit beyond the basic necessities, adding flashlights, batteries, clothes and any prescription medication can prove useful.

<h3severe-weather-aftermath-checklist">Your Severe Weather Aftermath Checklist

Once the storms are gone, and it’s safe to exit your home, there are a few steps you should take to prepare yourself and debrief. Observing how your planning worked and didn’t work will help you improve upon it for the next disaster.

Then, once you and your family have been checked on, you should then inspect your property for damage.

With any luck, the storm came and went without damaging your home. However, in the event that your home is damaged, remember to call SERVPRO of Beaver County. Our expert team in green has more than 50 years of experience, and we always provide a quick response to any disaster.

If you discover storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO to handle the restoration. We’re here 247 to spring into action—get in touch with us today.

The Rapid Progression of Water Damage in Your Home or Business | SERVPRO® of Beaver County

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

A bathroom sink showing signs of a water leak SERVPRO of Beaver County is your 24/7 water restoration expert. Call us right away if you need immediate service.

Minor problems like leaky faucets and small water spots are often looked over during routine maintenance, but you should never underestimate the damaging results that moisture can cause to your home. An average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.

Water damage may seem slow-moving but it progresses quickly, as moisture seeps into walls, floors, rugs and any other soft surface.

You must address the issues immediately in order to get the best restoration and to protect your home from further damage. We’ve created a condensed timeline of how water damage evolves:

<h2the-first-24-hours">In the First 24 Hours

If you live in a house in a high-risk area, there is a one in four chance of a flood damaging your home within a 30-year period. Knowing what to do next is essential.

Your actions in the first 24 to 48 hours after flooding and/or water damage are most important. There are many items that are common in the home that will immediately fall victim to the dangers of standing water.

Any soft furnishing, fabric or upholstery will soak through and hold water. Your wooden structures like cabinets, desks and studs will swell from the moisture and become damaged quickly.

Personal belongings such as documents, books and photographs are especially prone to warping beyond repair. Even worse, mold can grow during this timeframe, so taking the proper steps is essential.

SERVPRO’s expertise and “restore vs. replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. If any materials cannot be successfully restored, this will be communicated to you.

These materials are typically removed as soon as possible to expedite the drying of all restorable materials.

<h2the-first-week">Within the First Week

Once the water has been present for over 24 hours, water damage progresses further and quicker in your home. Mold growth blooms and can spread easier with excessive moisture. As this mold sets in, it can cause damage to the structure of your home.

Additionally, wood surfaces, drywall, furniture and any porous surface will become increasingly compromised. Moisture and oxygen present for this long will begin to corrode metal items and weaken their structural integrity.

<h2one-week">After One Week

You want to avoid letting moisture sit for an extended period at all costs because some effects may be catastrophic or irreversible. As time goes on, the costs and efforts to restore the structure will increase significantly, and the risks associated with structural damage are greater.

<h2SERVPRO-will-help">How SERVPRO Will Help

Our restoration process will begin with an initial call, preferably inside of the first 24 hours. We typically begin our service work by thoroughly extracting any standing water from inside the home.

This step helps prevent moisture from spreading further and reduces the overall drying time.

It’s very possible that all affected items like floors, carpets, furniture and personal belongings will need deep-cleaning, sanitizing and deodorization. Once we have removed the bulk of the water, we send in our specialists that utilize industry-leading equipment to remove the water that isn’t visible.

After these initial steps, your home may need construction work to get your property back to its preloss condition. This step could include minor repairs or rebuilding entire areas of your home.

At SERVPRO, we’re capable of simplifying the restoration process by taking care of the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding any affected areas. We will keep you in the loop during every step so that you’re back in your home or business as quickly as possible.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 247 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.

Not Your Ordinary Restoration Services Company | SERVPRO® of Beaver County

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO employees unloading cleaning equipment out of a green van No matter the damage sustained, SERVPRO of Beaver County has the tools and team to help your home return to a normal state quickly.

Our scope of services is comprehensive. Here’s a good look at what we offer:

Water Damage

No one is immune to flooding—it happens everywhere and can happen fast, especially in Beaver County with numerous rivers and creeks. Serious damage can be done by as little as an inch of water, and in fact, floods cause more than $10 billion in damages nationwide every year.

Whether you’re a homeowner or business owner, encountering flooding issues is almost certain. But when it happens, SERVPRO has the knowledge and the tools to deal with the damage. We will assist you in making the right restoration decision by helping you understand the severity of the damage.

Our tools have the ability to detect hidden moisture and extract standing water from the home or business. We’ll also assist you in developing a water damage restoration plan to ensure your home is clean, dry and restored to its previous condition.

Fire Damage

Home and business fires are common, dangerous and usually accidental. In the United States, a fire department responds to a fire every 23 seconds, and there was roughly $8.1 billion in direct property damage and losses nationwide in 2020.

If you experience fire damage in your home or business, we’ll get to work with our seven-step restoration process.

We begin this with an inspection and damage assessment. The process progresses through all the necessary, in-between steps before starting repairs and construction so that we get the job done right.

Storm Damage

Storms bring more than simply wind and rain. You also have to consider wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and blizzards. You don’t have to worry though, because our goal is always to get you back in your newly restored home as soon as possible.

In Beaver County and in Pennsylvania more broadly, we see storms bring flash flooding and experience at least a handful of tornadoes each year. The storm and water damage that results affects more than simply the structure of your home—it affects your personal belongings and prized possessions. At SERVPRO, we specialize in content restoration, but with the mindset of restoring rather than replacing.

A few of the services we offer include dry cleaning, wet cleaning, foam cleansing, and abrasive cleaning. If more extensive cleaning is needed in your home, we also offer move-out services so we can bring your home back to preloss condition quickly.

What Sets SERVPRO Apart?

We’re there when you need us. You can reach out to a SERVPRO expert via our 247 Emergency Line day or night and receive immediate assistance.

Our SERVPRO experts in green are the No. 1 cleanup and restoration team in the country. We have more than 50 years of experience dealing with all kinds of disasters and damage.

We’re locally owned and operated to connect with the community we serve, but we’re also backed by a network of over 1,900 locations around the United States. So wherever you are and whatever disaster you face, rest assured that we’ll have your home or business back to “Like it never even happened” status as soon as possible.

Regardless of the type of damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when you need a dependable team to help you rebuild your life.

The Basics About What Causes Flooding | SERVPRO® of Beaver County

4/8/2022 (Permalink)

A street completely submerged in water with a flood warning sign sitting in the roadway Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO of Beaver County has the team to help you recover from any disastrous event.

There are many weather-related issues that can cause devastation, but what people don’t understand is that flooding is the most devastating. In fact, flooding is the most common natural disaster, and it causes more deaths each year in the United States than hurricanes and tornadoes.

Every U.S. state and territory have been impacted by floods, and they’re usually caused by the same factors. Read on to learn more.

3 Types of Natural Flooding

Flash floods are the most common type of flooding, which happens when rain falls so heavily that it can’t be soaked into the ground quick enough. The excess water runs off and can take out many things with it, from yard décor to vehicles.

River floods occur when the riverbanks overflow. This will cause the riverbank to break and flood the surrounding areas.

Coastal floods are similar to river floods, but occur along a coast. If a storm surge or cyclone comes through, it will cause the ocean water levels to rise. Just like the river floods, the banks can overflow and lead to flooding.

The 4 Most Common Causes of Natural Flooding

Heavy rainfall. As you know, storms can produce a lot of rainfall. They can also stall across a specific area for an extended period. All of which can easily cause flash flooding. Areas that are urban are at a higher risk of flooding because of the amount of asphalt versus the amount of soil.

Oceanic activity. Just like with coastal flooding, storm surges and hurricanes will lead to an extreme increase in water levels, spilling over into nearby areas.

Dams and levees failing. Most people remember the disastrous Hurricane Katrina that happened in 2005. Rather than the hurricane itself, the dams and levees failing is what caused mass devastation to so many areas. This occurred because the pressure overtook the dam’s ability to withhold the water.

Snowmelts and ice dams. Some areas deal with large amounts of snow that accumulates over the winter months. This can lead to a buildup of snow and ice that will at some point melt when the temperatures start to warm up. This can cause ice jams, which happen because rivers become blocked by the ice buildup.

Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when flooding or water damage makes a mess in your life.

Water Damage and Restoration: What You Should Know | SERVPRO® of Beaver County

1/20/2022 (Permalink)

a house floating in a large body of water When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO of Beaver County for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration.

Every single day, an average of 14,000 Americans experience some type of water damage in the home. If you find yourself a part of that unfortunate statistic, let SERVPRO go to work for you.

At SERVPRO, we understand emergencies happen—and when they do, you need help NOW. That’s why we are available 247 and spring into action quickly.

When you’re dealing with water damage, here’s what you can expect from your SERVPRO team:

Emergency Contact. When you make the call to our specialists, we will ask questions to get a quick understanding of your emergency and set up an appointment to come and review the damage in person. Quick response time can help ease your mind, but it can also help your pocketbook.

Inspection and Water Damage Assessment. When our technicians show up at your home, they immediately get to work. They ensure that the water has been turned off at the source, then assess the damage in your home, identifying all potential hazards. From there, they determine a path forward and review the plan with you.

Water Removal. The first step is water extraction. We use powerful pumps and extraction units that can remove hundreds or thousands of gallons of water at a time. By completely ridding your home of standing water, we can help reduce drying times and limit mold growth.

Damaged Material Removal. When water impacts your home, it touches everything from the building structure to your possessions. Our goal is always to restore when possible, but some items may be irretrievably damaged. Those items will be removed from the home to allow for quicker drying of what’s staying behind.

Cleaning, Sanitizing and Deodorization. Any water that sits for a period of time can become stinky and unhealthy. That’s why we offer time-tested techniques to restore your belongings and remove the effects of water damage, including odors.

Drying. Once the bulk of water has been removed, there can still be some that eludes the eye. Excess moisture must be removed before it causes an issue like mold growth. We bring in cutting-edge equipment to return moisture levels to normal.

Monitoring. While your home dries, we will continue to monitor your home, staying in constant contact with daily visits to make sure the drying process is productive and thorough.

Repairs and Construction. Once the water is gone, the restoration begins. In some cases, you may need only minor repair work, but in others, a large-scale construction job may be needed. We can handle both ends of the spectrum.

When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration. We’ll make your damaged property look “Like it never even happened."

What to Know About Commercial Flood Insurance | SERVPRO® of Beaver County

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

Insurance documentation We can work with your insurance company to understand your water, flood, mold, and fire coverage

Making sure that your business is able to withstand any disaster is key to future-proofing your concept, but have you considered what would happen if a flood impacted your commercial property? The majority of commercial insurance policies do not include flood damage in their coverage—which means if you do not purchase a flood policy separately, you may be out of luck should the waters begin to rise around your business.

Even if you are not in an area prone to flooding, it is likely that a flood insurance policy would make a good investment for your business. Below, we will be taking a look at some key things to note about flood insurance so you can be sure that you are choosing the best coverage option for your situation.

### What Is Considered a Flood?

A flood is defined as a “temporary condition of partial or complete inundation of two or more acres...or two or more properties.” Floods can originate from overflowing bodies of water, rapid accumulation of surface waters (such as a flash flood scenario), mudflow or erosion that leads to water rising. 

If these types of events cause damage to your commercial building and/or its contents, flood insurance would be the coverage you would need.

### What Does Flood Insurance Cover?

Generally, flood insurance will cover direct physical damage to your commercial building as well as the contents within. This includes the building’s foundation, electrical system, plumbing system, HVAC system and personal items that are contained within the building. 

When you look into purchasing a flood insurance policy, be sure to check with your insurance provider about any specifics.

### What Does Flood Insurance Not Cover?

While flood insurance will cover many of the incidents mentioned above, there are some things it explicitly will not cover. This includes mold or mildew damage that could have been avoided, sewage or drain backups, properties, and belongings outside of your commercial building and commercial vehicles. 

It is also important to note that most flood policies take 30 days to begin coverage, so do not wait until you need it to consider purchasing it.

*If your business has been impacted by a flood and you need water damage restoration, we are here for you 24/7. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer.*

Do You Have a Well-Stocked Office Emergency Kit? | SERVPRO® of Beaver County

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

Office Emergency Kit Emergency kits can help you at the time of disaster and SERVPRO is here to help after.

An emergency scenario is one that no one ever wants to endure, especially within the workplace. Unfortunately, disasters operate on their own schedules and often occur at seemingly the most inopportune times. 

If you own a business, it is important that you plan ahead for these types of emergencies so you can keep yourself and your staff safe if one occurs during the work day.

### Why Should I Pack an Office Emergency Kit?

Packing an office emergency kit is one of the best ways to keep everyone safe and comfortable in the event of an emergency scenario. By packing provisions for each person in your office, if emergency officials instruct you to remain in place during an emergency, you can all stay safe and comfortable until you can leave the premises. 

By keeping a workplace emergency kit, you can have the peace of mind that comes with being well-prepared for anything that happens.

### What to Pack in an Office Emergency Kit

During an emergency, keeping everyone as safe and as comfortable as possible can go a long way. While you likely will not be in a scenario where you are stranded in the office for long, preparing for the worst is a wise decision for those “just in case” scenarios. 

These items are the bare essentials to pack in your office emergency kit to do just that:

  • Enough water for each person for several days
  • Nonperishable foods and eating utensils
  • Flashlights and their corresponding batteries
  • An NOAA emergency weather radio

Additionally, if you have the space and the ability, keeping some more comfort items such as emergency blankets and entertainment such as cards can be a great way to keep everyone occupied and comfortable while you wait for help to arrive. 

### Where to Store an Office Emergency Kit

It is important that you store your office emergency kit properly to preserve its contents and be certain it is ready when you need it. Airtight plastic bags work well for individual items, while totes with secure, snap-on lids are a great way to keep everything together. 

Keeping your emergency kit in the kitchen or in a supply closet is a great way to keep it out of the way but still accessible should it be needed.

*If your office experiences an emergency scenario, we are here to help with recovery. We can handle commercial restoration for fire damage, water damage and more. Contact us today to learn about all of the services we offer.*

Do You Know Who to Call if Your Business Has Damage? | SERVPRO® of Beaver County

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

People holding conference around table We maintain the utmost professionalism when working on your commercial building

As an independently owned and operated SERVPRO location, we fully understand the struggles and trials that business owners face on a daily basis. There is a lot to consider as you run your enterprise, and the last thing you need is a fire or other disaster to complicate things further.

However, these things can never be predicted and often can’t be prevented either—which is why having a plan is so important.

For business owners, recovering quickly is one of the most important priorities after something damages your business. It has been found that nearly half of all businesses are unable to reopen after a disaster, and oftentimes, it is due not directly to the damage but to the downtime they must face while they await restoration. 

By knowing who to call and getting started on restoration right away after a disaster, you can significantly reduce the time your business must remain closed and get your doors reopened more quickly.

Why You Should Call Us if Your Business Sustains Damage

**We can handle any type of commercial restoration.** If you are looking for a go-to company to call any time you have a damaging event at your business, look no further. We specialize in a variety of commercial damage types, including water damage, fire damage and storm damage. This means that regardless of what situation you find your business faced with, you can be certain we can help out.

**We are there for you 24/7.** Disasters do not adhere to strict business hours, which is why we don’t either. If you discover damage to your commercial property, you can get in touch with us 24 hours a day to get our team on it quickly.

**We have the expertise to get things done.** As a local branch of a national organization, we have the resources and training to handle nearly any scenario. All of our technicians are trained up to rigorous standards and are respective experts in their concentrated fields. Therefore, when you give us a call, you can be sure you are going to get the best team to work on your issue.

*If your commercial building has been damaged, give us a call! We can help you 24/7 with your restoration needs. Get in touch today to learn more.*