Recent Commercial Posts
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.