Recent Commercial Posts
Commercial property has water damages on several floors
Keeping commercial properties open while performing emergency services is the goal for SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank.
When a multi-story commercial office building has a water damage, sometimes we have to invent ways to properly dry the structure.
In this case, the foyer area had ceilings that were over two stories high. Fans placed at ground level and directed up will have little, if any, impact on drying the ceilings that high up. Thinking somewhat outside the box, we came up with a solution.
Putting plastic on the affected areas, and then venting warm, dry air up through tubes and into the contained plastic, will dry the area quickly, thereby reducing the chance of mold growth. Note: we were also drying the floor above, so there was drying taking place from above and below.
Being a commercial property, we had to dry all affected areas while they continued business as usual, with just a minimum of disruption. This was discussed with the property manager prior to us starting the work. Communication is the key!
If your property, commercial or residential, has suffered from a water damage, call the experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600. We can inspect affected areas, create a plan of attack, and, discussing with all interested parties, put that plan into place.
Property Managers: Are you prepared?
Fires are just one of the many ways it can disrupt your commercial business.
Property Managers: You’ve been busy the last year, trying to safeguard employees that have been coming into the office. We know, because we’ve had to perform many COVID cleanings, whether it was proactive or due to positive tests. With more and more people no longer working remotely and coming back to the office, we understand it’s been a strain to keep up with everything.
But, have you prepared for the next unexpected disaster?
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank has a FREE program that can help prevent some disasters from becoming larger, and restores your property if that disaster disrupts your business. Called the Emergency Ready Profile, or ERP, can set the wheels in motion to minimize disruptions as quickly as possible after the worst has happened.
Whether it’s listing protocols for certain recoveries, to listing important contacts and numbers, this FREE program can make the difference from being just an inconvenience to being highly detrimental to your bottom line.
Many different types of businesses have already taken advantage of this program; hotels, churches, school districts, insurance offices, warehouses, and retail shops are just a few on that list.
Getting started is easy! Just call SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600 and we’ll schedule a brief walk-through, explaining the procedures and what will be needed to complete the program.
How SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank handles commercial damages
Any size commercial job, SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank is ready for the call!
The Chicago area has plenty of commercial properties, ranging from mom-and-pop stores to large corporate facilities. SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank is ready to handle any size job at any commercial property.
A small fire in a lunchroom? We can handle it. A large warehouse fire that also affected offices in the main building? We can handle that too, because we are part of the SERVPRO network, whereby if we need additional crews, we can get as many trained personnel as we need from surrounding SERVPROs in the area.
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank also has unique equipment to speed up the restoration process, so your business can return to normal as quickly as possible. Plus, we can work within your schedule.
Just some of the items we have:
- Truck-mounted and portable extraction equipment – to quickly remove excess water.
- Thermal cameras – to find hidden moisture in walls, ceilings, or floors.
- Metering equipment – used in conjunction with the thermal camera, to find moisture’s migration.
- Air movers (fans) – in different sizes, to help evaporate moisture quickly.
- Commercial grade dehumidifiers – to extract moisture from the air, thereby drying structure faster.
- Air scrubbers – to pull particulates from the air, e.g.: mold spores, odors, dust, etc.
- Foggers – to help neutralize and eliminate odors.
- Static sprayers – to spray disinfectant and kill bacteria.
- Hardwood floor drying mats – to dry and save hardwood floors.
- Specially treated sponges – to remove smoke and soot from walls, furniture.
- Portable generators – in case you have no power.
- Additional dumpsters can be arranged if there is a lot of demolition work required.
- A FREE program called the ERP, or Emergency Ready Profile – a totally free app for your mobile device, where it lists important numbers and protocols after a loss.
Property managers – you need to load this number into your phone now: 708-430-3600. SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank is the company you can trust when you have a commercial loss!
Regular maintenance cleaning and disinfecting
These SERVPRO crew members cleaning and disinfecting a local police department's holding cell.
Yes, SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank does a great deal of emergency work (fire and water mitigation, mold remediation, vandalism clean up, COVID disinfecting, etc). But, did you know we also have some regular maintenance cleanings as well?
For instance, a couple of local police departments have regular cleaning and disinfecting of the holding cells, police vehicles, and other common areas. These monthly or quarterly cleanings are in addition to their normal daily and/or weekly cleaning schedule, done in house.
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank is ready to take your emergency calls. We have crews and equipment at the ready for just that contingency. But, if your municipal or commercial property would like to schedule regular cleaning and disinfecting performed, simply call our office at 708-430-3600 today. We would be happy to walk through your building, answer your questions, and even provide direction of what should be cleaned and how often.
Managers: If you haven't programmed our phone number into your phone or mobile device, then do so now. 708-430-3600. You'll talk to a live person 24/7/365, who will ask a few questions to better prepare our crews on what equipment will be needed and which entrance to go to.
Building Safety Month is May
When you think of a building, this is probably the first thing you think of. But, homes are buildings too.
The ICC, or International Code Council, has declared May, 2021 as Building Safety Month. This designation has occurred every year for 40 years.
The ICC works with national and local municipalities with code awareness and code improvements. Making buildings safer and more efficient are the main goals for this organization.
They have broken down each week for a different portion to highlight:
- Week #1: Energy and Innovation. The US pays more than $200 billion a year on energy bills. Are there new products, programs, or inventions that can help reduce that cost?
- Week #2: Training the Next Generation. Providing programs to help teach and train the next home inspectors, plumbing inspectors, fire marshals, etc.
- Week #3: Water Safety. Water is fast becoming a scarce resource. Are they better ways to conserve water? Also pool safety.
- Week #4: Disaster Preparedness. Greater natural disasters are becoming more common, and are today's buildings suited for more extreme weather conditions?
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank is all for safety and preparations. That's why we offer a FREE program, called the Emergency Ready Profile, or ERP. This program is designed for commercial properties to better prepare for, and recover from, disasters. To learn more about this FREE program, call 708-430-3600.
Emergency Ready Profile completed by local bank
Another commercial entity has taken the steps to help safeguard property.
A local bank recently suffered from a water damage that disrupted service for a short time. But, even a short time can be costly. So, they decided to "go the extra mile" and complete a FREE Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) from SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank.
This ERP is different from a contingency plan, as it puts the wheels in motion if/when a disaster strikes the property. It lists the proper protocols, the people who need to be contacted first, and highlights the safe egress and ingress to the property.
This program is a FREE service that SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank. It takes a few minutes to walk through and take pictures and gather information. That is brought back to our shop, where it is compiled and the final profile is sent over to the commercial property.
Attention property managers! If you want to take advantage of this FREE service, and help safeguard our property, then call Rick at 708-430-3600 to set up a walk through.
We have performed this service for: churches, retail shops, business offices, auto service shops, salons, a school district, hotels, and now a bank. Shouldn't your business get on board as well?
Local Bank suffers water damage
This bank stayed open and functioning as SERVPRO extracted water and set up drying equipment.
It's in the middle of the night. A drinking fountain on the second floor has a ruptured line. When employees come in first thing in the morning, they are greeted by water pouring through the ceiling and onto the floor below.
That's what happened to a local bank. They called SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank, and we were on site with a crew in less than an hour.
Our production manager met with the manager on site, walked through the building assessing the damage, expectations were agreed upon, and the crew was called in to begin the work.
All this, while the bank remained open, and would remain open during our remediation process.
The crew extracted the standing water, took down affected ceiling tiles, sprayed an antimicrobial (to help prevent mold growth), and set up the drying equipment. Our crews took great care not to interfere with the bank employees as they performed their tasks.
Any time a commercial property is down, it's not making money. That's why, at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank, we make every effort to avoid or keep to a minimum business interruptions.
PROPERTY MANAGERS: If your property has suffered a loss (fire, smoke, water, vandalism) and need a professional company to come in and clean, all the while staying open for business, call 708-430-3600 right away!
Clean and disinfect your commercial property
A SERVPRO crew member spraying disinfectant in a warehouse. Notice the protections taken: respirator and hazmat suit.
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank does cleaning, whether after a fire or water damage, as well as mold mitigation. But did you know that we also clean after hoarding issues? Or vandalism? And lately, we have been busy doing disinfecting cleanings due to the pandemic.
Question: Do you need to have a positive test before you can request a disinfecting cleaning? The answer is: No. SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank has a protocol to do a preventative cleaning for instances without a positive test, and a more detailed and thorough cleaning for incidents of positive tests.
Offices, warehouses, churches, municipal buildings, and others have called SERVPRO for proactive and reactive cleanings. Large buildings or small rooms, didn’t matter, because we have the capability to handle any size job quickly and efficiently.
We use EPA approved cleaning and disinfecting products, and follow the latest protocols to make your commercial space safe for employees, visitors, and staff. And we take the necessary precautions to keep our crews safe as they work to clean your property.
We hope that you and your employees stay safe during this pandemic. If you want to have peace of mind and would like to schedule a cleaning, or simply need more information, please call SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600.
Disinfecting equipment for further use
Each piece of equipment is disinfected before going to a new job site.
Here technician Luis is disinfecting equipment that just came back from a job site. Each piece of equipment, air movers (fans), dehumidifiers, etc, are disinfected before going back out to another job.
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank is doing its part to limit exposures to COVID-19 to homeowners and businesses by cleaning equipment used to mitigate water, fire, or smoke damages in structures as they come back to our shop from previous jobs. Assuring that each piece of machinery brought into your home or business has been thoroughly cleaned with hospital grade cleaners puts one less thing a homeowner or property manager has to worry about after a disaster.
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank not only cleans its own equipment for COVID-19, but we’ve also deep cleaned and disinfected several businesses to help prevent the spread. From airport control towers, to large manufacturing plants, and local insurance offices, or municipal buildings, SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank has been attuned to the latest procedures and protocols to help prevent the spread of the virus.
If your business had an employee (or employees) test positive for COVID-19, and would like areas of your business disinfected, call the experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600 and set up a walk through of your facility.
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank + commercial business = success!
Are you a commercial property owner, a facilities manager, or a property manager? SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank would like to be your partner in keeping your properties running smoothly.
We are on hand to help out if your facility happens to suffer from any of the following:
- Smoke damage, caused by a fire in your lunchroom when cooking got out of hand, or an overheated piece of machinery in your warehouse. We can clean and deodorize quickly, thereby keeping business interruption to a minimum.
- Water damage, when raw sewage backs up through your drains, or a pipe break in one of the offices. We can extract excess water, dry structure and contents quickly.
- Graffiti damage to the exterior of your building.
- Mold damage, when an office was closed for an extended period of time, and you noticed a "musty smell" when you entered the room. Simply airing out the room will accomplish very little if anything at all.
- One person (or several people working in close quarters) has flu-like symptoms and the area needs to be disinfected. We can perform a general disinfecting to a more thorough deep disinfecting of the areas presumed affected.
If you haven't already, plug our phone number into your mobile device today: 708-430-3600. We are available 24/7/365 with live operators, to get your information quickly and get help dispatched right away.
Don't let business interruption close your business!
Don't let this happen to you! Call today to schedule an Emergency Ready Profile walk through.
Most businesses took a hit when the pandemic hit, with many having to close due to business interruption. After all, if your business is closed, you aren't making money.
Let's hope another pandemic doesn't hit us again. But, there are many other ways business can come to a halt: storm damage, fire, flooding, etc.
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank has a program to help minimize business disruptions, called the Emergency Ready Profile, or ERP. This program helps initiate the protocols necessary to get a business up and running if the unfortunate happens.
The completed ERP is securely downloaded to an app on your mobile device, putting important and necessary contacts, phone numbers, account numbers, etc right at your fingertips. So, if you were on vacation when your business has to close for whatever reason, there's no need to rush back to get the binder in your office to make the proper phone calls.
And what would you pay for this program and peace of mind? Nothing! It's FREE! There is no charge whatsoever. It's a service SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank is glad to do.
Call 708-430-3600 to schedule a walk through as soon as possible. Any size business can take advantage of this program, from a small grocery store to a large warehouse, and everything in between.
Returning to work after social distancing
Now that the pandemic is over, are you confident that the items on your desk are OK to touch?
In the Spring of 2020, most workers had to "shelter in place" and practice "social distancing", and work from home and not go into the office unless it was absolutely necessary. This was done for a very good reason; the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now you're getting ready to return to the office after this long hiatus. Nobody has been into the office for at least a couple of weeks. Does it need to be disinfected? If someone from your office contracted the virus, are you safe to touch the items on your desk? In the lunchroom? Or in the conference room? Any of the common areas?
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank has performed proactive cleanings/disinfecting in commercial buildings, municipal buildings, and in residential homes. We know what to disinfect and just how to disinfect it. We have cleaned areas where people had a positive test of the virus, and performed a more preventative cleaning/disinfecting in areas where there was no known cases.
If you want peace of mind that your office is disinfected and safe, call us at 708-430-3600 to schedule a walk through, and we can help you assess what should be disinfected by our expert staff. Call today and set up an appointment.
Mold Presentation for Burbank SD #111
Rick Gauger, CSR for SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank recently presented a mold seminar for the maintenance staff of a school district.
In early January, 2020, SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank CSR Rick Gauger had an opportunity to perform an one hour presentation on Mold for School District #111; What is mold, how to identify, it, how to handle it, and also how to prevent it. The entire maintenance staff for the Burbank School District was in attendance. The subject of mold can be less than thrilling, but we made it enjoyable and had some fun along the way.
Mold can be very visible, literally right under your nose. But, most times, it's hidden in wall cavities or under flooring that makes it very difficult to detect. SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank has a trained staff to not only know where to look, but also what to do if/when mold is discovered.
If you suffered some water damage and suspect that mold may be lurking behind a wall, ceiling, or floor, don't hesitate to call the mold experts at 708-430-3600. We'll come out, assess the situation, and come up with a plan to not only combat the existing mold issue, but also take preventative measures to address any possible return.
Put that number in your phone right now: 708-430-3600.
Bridgeview salon completes Emergency Ready Profile
This beauty salon, recently opened, completed an ERP to safeguard patrons, employees, and the business.
Most commercial properties have a contingency plan: If the power goes out, everyone reach inside their desks and pull out a candle or a flashlight. That may be a quick and easy solution, but it does nothing to get the power back up and running again.
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank has an app for your mobile device, called an Emergency Ready Profile. This app encompasses photos showing shut off locations for utilities, exits for employees and patrons to escape, plus any special equipment the property may utilize.
This app also lists the most important contacts along with their emergency numbers. Need to call the property manager? The number is listed. How about the security company? That number is listed as well. Each property will have different types of contacts, so the profiles are adapted for that specific commercial property.
The goal of this profile is, in case of any type of disaster, is to limit any downtime, as well as start the protocols in getting the business back to 100% as quickly as possible. A business that is shuttered makes no money whatsoever.
How much would you pay for a service like this? How about FREE! That's right, no cost to walk through and take pictures, no cost to compile all the information, and no cost to download the app.
If you wish to take advantage of this program, call Rick Gauger at 708-430-3600 to schedule a brief meeting and start the ball rolling.
Shutoff locations in an emergency
In an emergency, do you know where to go to shut off that utility?
A pipe has burst in a ceiling of your business, and water is pouring out at an alarming rate. Do you know where the water shutoffs are?
Someone smells natural gas in your commercial property. Do you know where the gas main shutoffs are?
These are two questions that, during an emergency, could jeopardize the health of your workers. It also could mean the difference from a small problem to a major disaster.
SERVPRO of Bedford Park/Burbank has a totally FREE program called an Emergency Ready Profile, or ERP. We meet with your maintenance staff and/or safety officers, get vital information about the facility, take pictures of the control panels and shutoffs, and compile everything into one easily downloaded app for your mobile device.
Depending on the size of your building, the walk-through getting all the pictures may take 10 minutes for a regular office, to as much as 40 minutes for a major industrial warehouse.
If you need more information, or to schedule a walk-through at your facility, please call Rick Gauger at 708-439-3600. We can schedule this process at any time (weekends, after hours, etc) to eliminate any disruption to your normal everyday work flow.
Motel fire has room boarded up
Keeping visitors out of a room that has been affected by fire, and also keeping the elements out, are key to the cleaning process.
Recently, a local motel had a small fire, confined mostly to one room. The fire department, in their zeal to extinguish the fire, gave the two rooms adjacent water damages as well.
SERVPRO of Bedford Park/Burbank was called out, and we boarded up the room that suffered the fire damages. Any water damaged rooms were quickly extracted, dried, and sprayed with an antimicrobial, so those units could be used by the business.
The reason we board up a room that has been subject to a fire is several fold: It keeps unwanted visitors from entering a potentially unsafe room. It also keeps soot particles from damaging other unaffected rooms. And, in this case, it also protects the room from the outside weather, possibly causing even more secondary damages.
There are many stages to cleaning up after a fire. Keeping the area safe and secure is first and foremost. Then you have to think about the physical cleaning and deodorization processes. And finally, putting the structure back to preloss conditions.
SERVPRO of Bedford Park/Burbank is an expert at cleaning up after fires, whether they are confined to a single room, or an entire building. Plus, we are available 24/7/365. Simply call 708-430-3600 to get the process started.
Commercial disruption kept to a minimum
Doing our best to keep business disruption to a minimum. Moving all this paperwork would have caused delays for this worker.
I have yet to see any business include in their budget a water damage or fire loss. No one PLANS for it, but it still happens.
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank is aware that any commercial client needs to be 100% operational to be profitable. We do our very best to work within guidelines set forth by the property manager to do our work while staying out of the way as much as possible. When a local hotel had a water loss that affected the breakfast area, we arrived every morning at 5:00 to move drying equipment out of the way until breakfast was over, then returned and replaced the equipment.
Sometimes, though, disruption is inevitable. We clearly define to the property manager what we have to do, timelines and deadlines, and work out a schedule that works for both parties.
Every job brings new challenges, and we are ready to work with you to get things back to preloss conditions as quickly and efficiently as possible.
If you have suffered a loss, and wish to have a company come out, one that has expertise in every kind of loss, along with attention to details, then give us a call at 708-430-3600.
Boiler malfunction creates moderate damage in local apartments
This laundry room was one of several that was hit by water damage.
A boiler malfunction in a local apartment complex caused moderate water damages to three units, plus the laundry room, three hallways, two stairwells, as well as the boiler room itself. Even though this occurred on a weekend, SERVPRO of Bedford Park/Burbank was out there, extracting water, cutting some moldy walls (from a previous water damage that was not mitigated properly), and drying out flooring, structure, and contents.
SERVPRO of Bedford Park/Burbank is 24/7/365, and is aware that any commercial property (retail, industrial, sports complex, etc) must be mitigated as soon as possible to reduce down time and possible loss of revenue. We can work as a separate unit, or work along with your existing maintenance staff to get the job done as quickly and completely as possible.
No job is too small or too big. SERVPRO of Bedford Park/Burbank is part of a network of local SERVPROs, all who can assist if the need arises. So, if you suffer a loss in one room, or greater than 100 rooms, one call can do it all!
If you are a property manager, you'll want to load our number into your phone right away: 708-430-3600. From then on, you'll be secure in the knowledge that if something does happen to your facility, experienced help is simply a phone call away.
Water damages ceiling in a commercial building
Water damage caused this drop ceiling to collapse.
A faulty pipe lead to an extensive water damage to a commercial property's ceiling. Several ceiling tiles were too wet to stay up, and fell to the floor. This area was unusable until the water leak was fixed and the area disinfected and cleaned up.
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank was called in, and with the use of our specialized tools, we determined exactly where the water migrated and which walls, floors, and ceilings were affected. Meeting with the building manager, a plan was put in place where SERVPRO could work AND that portion of the building could remain open and productive.
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank knows how important it is to keep commercial properties running at 100%, so we will work with the manager to be able to perform our tasks while staying clear of the day-today operations as much as possible. If an area does have to be closed, we make every consideration to do our work causing the least interruption possible (after hours, weekends, etc). We're here to help, not get in the way.
If your business suffered any type of disaster (fire, smoke, water, mold, etc), call the experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600. We have your best interest in mind!
Chicago Midway Hotels complete ERP
The Midway Airport hotels are now better prepared for any disaster.
Recently, the hotel complex near Midway Airport completed an ERP for each hotel. What's an ERP, you ask?
ERP stands for Emergency Ready Profile. It's a free service that SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank provides for all commercial properties. It consists of:
- A brief history of the building (when it was built, year of renovations, etc).
- Pictures and descriptions of where the emergency shut valves are, who has access to them, and if keys or codes are needed.
- Pictures of entrance ways and exits.
- Emergency contact information, complete with after-hours phone numbers.
- Contact information of all vendors you use.
- Pictures of any special equipment used in your company's operation.
- Pictures and descriptions of any fine art or antiques located on the property.
The Emergency Ready Profile can be geared to any type of commercial property: retail, industrial, warehousing, service oriented, etc.
Your company may have a contingency plan, which is good for when a disaster strikes, but does very little to help get you back up and running again. If your company does not have a free ERP, give SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank a call at 708-430-3600 right away, to schedule a walk through your facility.
SERVPRO has guaranteed pricing and protocols
Can you pick out the commercial building that was prepared for the storm?
SERVPRO Corporate has sat down and struck a deal to certain commercial accounts, setting up specific pricing and protocols established and agreed to by both parties. This ensures that the same consistent and even service is given to those commercial properties, whether it was called into the local SERVPRO franchise (like SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank) or to the SERVPRO National call center. Water, fire or smoke damages, or any restoration or mitigation services needed, are included.
So, whether you own, manage, or insure a commercial property, you can rest assured that your commercial property will be given the best quality service, the quickest response times, and fair pricing. There won’t be any wasted time haggling about procedures or pricing. Just let SERVPRO do its thing to get you back to normal ASAP.
If you’re interested in checking to see if your commercial property is already on the list, call SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600.
Local Youth Center has sewage damages
Raw sewage causes business disruption to a local youth center.
When storms cause raw sewage to flow back into a youth center, that youth center calls the mitigation experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank.
Recently, heavy rains overwhelmed a south-side sewer system, and raw sewage came up through the drains, toilets, and sinks of a neighborhood youth center. A couple of inches of this foul-smelling water and muck threatened to close the facility for several days.
Fortunately for this youth center, they had the foresight to have a SERVPRO ERP, or Emergency Ready Program, in place. They knew the protocols necessary and the people to call, to get the center up and running as soon as possible.
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank received the call mid-morning, and just after noon we were on site doing all what was necessary to mitigate the sewage. Even though two hallways and several rooms were affected, we were able to finish the job in the same day!
If your business does not have an ERP in place, the next disaster could cause your business to be closed longer than necessary. To start the process of protecting your business, call 708-430-3600 and set up a meeting. Most businesses take less than an hour to get the information needed to complete the ERP.
Are you prepared for the next disaster?
Is your business ready for the next storm, or fire?
You’re at work. You’re in the office at your desk, or in the warehouse hard at work, or in the breakroom having lunch. Suddenly, the fire alarm goes off. Or the tornado sirens go off. Do you know where to go or what to do?
Your business should have an emergency plan in case either of these situations occur. The plan should include: a safe place to congregate, who is in charge there, and a way to communicate once the all clear has been sounded.
Once all employees are accounted for at the assigned meeting place, the next question is: Are there needed supplies available? Is there a first aid kit? Bottled water? Fire extinguisher?
Keeping employees safe should always be the number one concern. Having a well-designed plan is vital, not only in business but also in case of emergencies. Also, ensure that all employees are aware of that plan, and exit routes must be clearly marked.
Now, the all clear has been sounded, and employees are allowed back into the building. But, parts of the building has suffered some sort of damage, whether it’s smoke damage from the fire, or storm damage. Is there a plan in place to take care of this problem?
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank has a plan, called the Emergency Ready Profile, or ERP. The ERP is designed to kick in at exactly this point. It sets the wheels in motion to get your business running at 100% again, and as soon as possible.
The ERP is a free app for your electronic device, and management shares it with only those employees who will need the information necessary, so it’s safe and secure. This ERP lists contact information for anyone that may be needed at this point. Calls can literally be made as damage assessment is still be collected.
If you would like more information about this totally FREE service, please contact SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600. Until then, ask yourself this question: Are we ready?
May is Building Safety Month
Large or small, we can handle it all!
May is 2018 Building Safety Month, as sponsored by the ICC, or International Code Council. Also, May 13 - May 19 is Preparing for Natural Disasters Week, something that we here at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank feel strongly about.
This is the 38th year that the ICC has designated May as Building Safety Month. And, according to their website:
"All communities need building codes to protect their citizens from disasters like fires, weather related events, and structural collapse. Building codes are society's best way of protecting homes, offices, schools, manufacturing facilities, stores, and entertainment venues."
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank believes that preparation is the key. That is why we have been working with commercial clients using the Emergency Ready Program. You can read about the ERP in another blog on this website: (SERVPRObedfordparkburbank.com/blog/post/34308/commercial/free-program-for-commercial-clients).
If you are a property manager or owner, take a few minutes to look around your facility and ask this question: "Are we ready if a fire, storm, or other unforeseen event would strike?" Whether the answer is a yes or no, make sure you have our phone number plugged into your phone: 708-430-3600, because we are ready to take your call and assist you, regardless of the event!
Packing out when local realtor suffers water damages
Files from a local realtor stored securely at SERVPRO.
When a local realtor had a couple of pipes burst during a cold snap, SERVPRO was there to not only extract the water, but dry the structure as well. But, what about the contents?
Like most businesses, this realtor had lots of paper files stored in filing cabinets. Most stayed dry, away from the water spraying throughout the office, but some files did get wet/moist, luckily, none too serious.
As the structure was drying, SERVPRO packed out the files, putting them in boxes for easy storage and labeled so a single file would be easy to find. These files are shown stored in our secure warehouse until the realtor's office is ready to be put back together again. If the realtor suddenly needs a particular file, we can find the boxes that came from that person's office, which cabinet drawer it came from, and presto!
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank. Ready to help your commercial or residential loss 24/7/365.
Graffiti removal at a Burbank school
Removing graffiti from a Burbank school.
Some kids don't want to be at school; as soon as the bell rings, they're gone! But, there are some kids who don't mind being at school, and unfortunately it isn't for studying purposes.
Some kids entered school grounds after hours and spray painted some graffiti on one of the walls. The school knew just what to do, because earlier in the year they initiated an Emergency Ready Program, a FREE service offered to all commercial clients by SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank. By checking under the category: Graffiti Removal, they saw that we can handle it.
The same morning of the call, we were on site and beginning the restoration process. And, in no time at all, the job was complete, without any disruption to the school day!
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank is aware that any commercial client, a school, church, retail or service shop, cannot be shut down unless it was absolutely necessary. We make every attempt to do our work without hindering the regular work flow at your place of business.
If you would like more information on the Emergency Ready Program, http://www.SERVPRObedfordparkburbank.com/blog/commercial#34308
If you are a residential or commercial client, and need clean up, restoration, or mitigation services performed, give SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank a call at 708-430-3600 any time 24/7/365.
Bank's in the Waukegan, IL area extremely affected with water damage.
Bank's basement in Waukegan flooded due to recent heavy rains and flash flooding in their area.
When it comes to your commercial property, we mean business. You need a company that can minimize the disruption to your clients while delivering superior results and that’s when SERVPRO of Bedford Park/Burbank comes in and takes care of all the damage (Water, Fire, Mold or Biohazard Clean Up). We have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Last month, heavy rains and flash flooding impacted the Waukegan, IL area. A Bank suffered massive water damage in their basement. The maintenance Manager knew who to call right away, he knew that if he called us, we were going to send our crews to assist them immediately with the problem. This is who we are, we assist your emergency quickly like if it was ours, whether the damage occurs in a small business building or a big box store, we have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation.
- Small Office Buildings
- Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Small Retail Stores
- Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
- High-Rise Residential
- Manufacturing & Industrial
There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. 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 at 708-430-3600 and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
Car into building
This business wasn't prepared for drive through service.
Accidents can happen anytime and to anybody! And SERVPRO of Bedford Park / Burbank can help you when those situations arise.
What you see in the picture was an unfortunate incident when one of our commercial customers experienced a car crashing directly through the front of their business, taking out a large window and most of the surrounding brick. Thankfully no one was hurt. SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank responded immediately after the call came in and stabilized the situation, thereby allowing the business to open ASAP.
This is just an example of what we can do, and we board up a lot of businesses as well as homes for many different reasons, no matter the size of the damage.
Keep in mind we are available for service 24/7/365. So, if the unexpected has happened to you, call SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank at 708-430-3600.
Cleaning Commercial Vandalism
From boarding up broken windows to removing graffiti, SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank is here to get your commercial property back to normal.
We are aware of how stressing and upsetting vandalism and graffiti can be, but SERVPRO of Bedford Park / Burbank can assist you in the unfortunate event that your home or business has been vandalized. Our highly trained cleaning technicians can clean up your property and remove vandalism or graffiti, plus any potential hazards left behind.
The first thing you want to do if you experience any of these issues is to search for professional help. Trying to do the job yourself may make the situation worse, and it can be potentially dangerous! But remember, the more time that goes by without it being treated the worse the situation can get!
SERVPRO of Bedford Park / Burbank is ready to make it "Like it never even happened." Simply call us 24/7/365 at 708-430-3600 to start the process right away.
Commercial water damages in Chicago
If water damaged one room, an entire warehouse, or several floors in your building, SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank is ready to get you back open ASAP.
Ask some business owners to visualize water damage, they will often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down blocks of businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and other weather events. However, many business owners forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage.
Commercial water damages in Chicago are surprisingly common year-round, and they can drastically affect the operation of any business. Here are some of the more typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings:
- Malfunctioning sprinkler systems
There are many older office and retail buildings that still have outdated sprinkler systems working in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause considerable water damage if they fail or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets, and cause disruption of business.
- Damaged appliances and equipment
Generally more common in restaurants, this cause of commercial water damage can also affect any business that has appliances or equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency.
- Plumbing failure Just like in a home, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails, water damage could be the result. And, unlike a storm, you normally won’t see this coming.
- Sewer back ups
Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated raw sewage, which not only can cause health effects but ruin products and office furnishings. SERVPRO has certified AMRT technicians to deal with this type of water damage.
So, if you have suffered a commercial water loss, please call SERVPRO Bedford Park / Burbank at 708-430-3600 and we will come out ASAP and assess the damage.
FREE Program For Commercial Clients
One business had the foresight to prepare before Hurricane Sandy. Can you guess which one?
SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank offers a free program for commercial clients to help them prepare in the event of a catastrophe. This program will help the business limit secondary damages, and start the process to get up and running, thereby shortening down time and the resulting loss of revenue.
The best part of this program is it's a FREE app! It can be accessed quickly from your phone, tablet or computer.
The ERP, or Emergency Readiness Profile, compiles the information to shut off the water, gas, or electricity in case of emergencies. It will show in what areas the shutoffs are, and if any special keys or codes are needed.
The ERP also has a list of emergency contacts, from electricians to plumbers to insurance contacts, all to help the process of getting the business up and running again. A closed business makes very little money!
Besides local police and fire numbers, a few of the contact numbers listed are (your categories may be different):
- Gas Company
- Internet Provider
- Sprinkler Company
- Garbage Collection Service
- Landscaping Company
- Local Hospital
- Many, many more! You can identify which categories are important to your company!
To get started on this FREE program, simply call SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank at 708-430-3600.