Recent Commercial Posts
Commercial Building Roof Leaks
Commercial type buildings can pose issues of their own. When you notice your business experiencing unwanted water dripping from above, there are a few avenues to investigate to figure out where the damages are located. More often times than not, leaks form where there is an open entry from the roof with poor sealing. Areas where your HVAC, venting, drain or pipes may need to be coated for an additional seal. It is also very important to take into consideration where water is being lead to drain. If there is debris in your gutters, it could cause excess water to form and issues to occur. One must also take into consideration the age of the roof on your facility. It may be worn from years of weather damage and might be in need of repair or replacement. These simple steps can better help you in the investigation of water damage to your business.
Maintaining Your Commercial Space
Ensuring your facility is running efficiently can be a huge money savings endeavor that should be practiced yearly. Monitoring spending and energy consumption that you may not initially notice can save you a substantial amount of revenue. Conducting a monthly safety audit is another important step to take and can spare you time and money. Prioritize projects in mind for remodeling or maintenance. They can raise the value of your space as well as covering any issues that may need to be fixed during reconstruction. Pest and rodent issues can turn into huge issues with even bigger price tags. And as always, be sure to have your back up generator ready to go at any moment. If electricity is lost to your business, you could be left with an every growing list of problems that can follow. If you find yourself in over your head, give SERVPRO a call and we will be there to help you every step of the way.
Steps To Consider When Signing A Commercial Lease
Opening your own business can be a huge step to take and an even bigger risk. Having the right information and questions to ask can better prepare you for the commitment to the facility of your choosing. Be sure you have thoroughly read the lease and understand all terms and conditions. Have you negotiated the right price? Never be too timid or standoffish to request a reduction in price for rent. Always be aware of any additional costs. Common are maintenance (CAM) will incur an additional contribution. If you are considering having another business function in the same facility, make sure that it is included in the lease. Subleasing must be discussed prior to signing. Your landlord should be willing to negotiate terms and be sure all parties are in agreement. These few simple steps are a good foundation for your business to prosper.
Property Loss in Rented Locations
Waters covers the floor of a commercial sporting goods store
When buildings sustain damages due to poor weather, water or fire, the outcome can be stressful and expensive. A large quantity of commercial buildings are not operated by the owner of the location and are, in turn, rented to outside parties. When disaster strikes, it is imperative that the renter know who to contact. Having prior knowledge of where to locate the emergency 'shut off' valves for gas and water can be a major factor in how extensive the damages can become. Property owners are responsible giving consent for restoration to commence. No work can begin without the owner’s approval. Don't let unexpected events take you by surprise. Be prepared for any situation with having an 'Emergency Ready Plan' in place. It is an important tool for anyone who rents or owns a facility.
Be prepared for any emergency with an ERP
Emergency Ready Profiles (ERP) are a helpful tool to have on hand in the event of property loss at your business. Severe weather, water damages, mold, fire and bio hazards are all a potential threat to your business. Having a plan for if and when any of these disasters arise will be a huge relief and time saver. Our marketing team has the capability of building a plan that right for your business, while taking into consideration your needs and expectations for the plan of action in the event of a disaster. Emergency situations can be chaotic, painful and expensive. Having a profile ready helps center your thoughts and assists you to take the appropriate steps to ensure your location will be prepared for what could happen in the future.
Helpful Steps to Avoid Disaster
Avoiding disaster can be nearly impossible in some situations. No amount of preparation can stop the elements from inflicting devastating damages on your business. In this blog, we are going to cover a few basic steps for maintaining your space to prevent avoidable water related disasters from presenting themselves. First tip would be to ensure all exposed pipes are properly insulated before the harsh winter moths. A broken water pipe can cause massive damages. Always have an itemized list of your valuable possessions and their locations in your facility. You may want to consider keeping them elevated to reduce the risk of immediate water damages in the event of a flood. Keep your roof and gutters free of any debris at all times. A gutter conjested with leaves creates the potential of dams forming. And lastly, be sure to have your business covered with a comprehensive insurance plan. It is vital in the event of lost property. Our team is always available to help answer any questions you may have. Give us a call today.
Mother Nature is a force no one can reckon with. The elements are an unpredictable enemy that anyone who owns property needs to take into constant consideration. With little or no warning, a natural disaster can wipe your business off the map within the blink of an eye. It is vital to be prepared for what could potentially be in store in your future and the damage control you can have prepared for these very situations. Listed below are a few examples of how you can defend your assets against the unforeseen elements.
Risk Assessment: Where you are located can dictate your plan of action. If you are living in an area prone to flooding or located where tornadoes are common it might seem obvious in what coverage you require. A risk assessment is an important tool as it can identify the lesser probable causes of loss. Just because some events are less likely to occur than others, does not prevent the possibility of them happening. The best offense is a great defense. So be prepared.
Business Interruption Insurance: When you lose your ability to earn income do to damaged property your business interruption insurance will cover most of your loss. Some scenarios are straightforward as in water damage due to a burst pipe or structural damage caused by a fire. Natural disasters are not as specific. Secondary issues such as closed roads due to down trees can cause a loss of income and a basic interruption plan will not cover these situations. It is very important to look into supporting insurance that can be added on to cover such events.
FEMA Funding: Flooding is one of the most common side effects of natural disasters. While rain might be covered by your Business Owner's Policy, once it settles in any location it is no longer considered rain and is now defined as flood water. Flood water can only be insured by The Federal Flood Insurance Program which is administered by FEMA.
Consider all options: When insuring your commercial building it should be of highest priority to be sure all options have been considered. Be completely aware of the threat that the elements pose and the steps you can have in place to insure your property should disaster strike.
Warming up a cold space
Commercial buildings typically lack a certain ‘cozy’ feeling and the winter months truly showcase how dull the environment can become. Drafty windows, harsh lighting and cold floors can add to the discomfort of spacious building interiors. Luckily, there are simple and inexpensive ways to battle the cold, and warm up your environment.
Lighting: Bright, overhead lighting can be zapping your office of precious needed color and subtle warmth. Try using softer lighting options that lessen the strain on your eyes. Small table lamps and accent lighting are great options to utilize.
Carpeting/Rugs: Cement or hard flooring is not optimal to retain heat. Adding throw rugs and sections of carpeting can add texture and help soften the cold coming from below. They also add an aesthetic appeal against any hard surface.
Plants: Having live plants present in any indoor space during winter months is known for its health benefits. Not only do they help purify toxins in your home you may be unaware of they also add a pleasant contrast to the colorless landscape outdoors.
Caulking drafty windows: Do a walk about to all windows that are a barrier to the elements. If you can feel a difference in temperature or pressure a great way to shore up the exposed areas is with caulking. Meant to fill in the cracks and weak areas of seal, they help better insulate your space.
Winter in Wisconsin can arrive early and exit late. With these simple tips your commercial space will become a small escape from the outside world. As always, SERVPRO of Lake Geneva is here to help!
Selecting flooring for your commercial space can be more multi-faceted than you might first expect. There are many contributing factors to consider when making the final decision. Do you require a smooth surface for machinery to easily glide across? Will you or your work staff be on their feet for long hours? These are major questions you should be asking yourself to determine which flooring would work best. Typically, there are three different types of surfaces most commonly used in commercialized space.
- Concrete Etching: This option can leave your floor with warmth and rich earthy tones. As cement has a tendency of not retaining or being able to hold paint or stain, etching is done to create pores in the surface, allowing stain to hold.
- Epoxy Coating: Most commonly used in commercial settings, Epoxy coatings cover wide surface areas of hard material such as concrete or steal. It creates a barrier over the surface which seals and aids water resistance. It consists of an epoxy resin that is crossed with a co reactant or hardener.
- Vinyl Planking: Luxury planking has become a hot topic of debate in recent years for its upswings and draw backs. Visually, vinyl planking is unmatched. The variety of textures and options are forever changing and updating. Structurally though, it is not nearly as strong as its competition. It also is not as environmentally friendly as the access pieces that remain unused after installation typically ends up in the trash. Harsh cleaning chemicals are also known to warp vinyl after prolonged exposure.
As with any project, there are many options to weigh and decisions to make to prevent any unexpected issues present themselves. As always, SERVPRO of Lake Geneva is here to help you with any questions or assistance you may need! Give us a call today!
A time to be prepared
Water damage restoration at a local business caused by a leaking air conditioner
Commercial losses on a large scale can come quickly and carry a heavy price tag. Something as simple as a leaky roof or a drippy pipe can cause thousands in reconstructive damages and repairs. As some disasters are natural there is little that can be done to prevent injury to your building or to have an exact plan in place for preventative measures. On the other hand, there are many steps that can be implemented ahead of time that can greatly reduce the amount of time needed to recover.
- Most importantly is to have an emergency plan on hand and constructed ahead of time to refer to in case disaster strikes. This should include the contact information for your nearest SERVPRO facility, as we can help assess and repair commercial damages on large and small scales on any type of disaster you may be facing.
- Know where all vital power sources and water sources are located in your facility. This includes your main water shut off valve and circuit breakers as cutting these off can be major contributors to salvaging your property.
- Have all vital insurance and business information prepared in an emergency folder for easy and swift access to prevent the delay of repairs and to expedite the time it takes to start the repairs.
These are just a few steps that can be taken to lessen the difficulties you may experience after Commercial building loss. SERVPRO of Lake Geneva is just a call away and are here for you should you need us.