Recent Commercial Posts

Is your business prepared?

8/16/2021 (Permalink)

Do you know all of the damagers that may come up when owning your own business?  When you least expect it a property damage could happen in a multitude of ways.  Being able to prevent damages from occurring is a way to control inclement situations from arising. Protect your business from thieves by providing good lighting to the surrounding area. Secure your windows and entryways with well fitted materials such as metal or solid core wood. Protect yourself against electrical surges with power surge technology, when direct lightning hits during a storm, storm cells can cause damages. Be sure to unplug any appliances if you feel there is a potential of one occurring. Water damage is another avenue that can cause thousands in repair. Consider installing a water detection system to alert you to early water intrusion. Be sure to avoid pipes freezing by keeping your thermostat set to a minimum of 64 degrees. Always be sure to purchase and maintain your insurance coverage. If damages occur from neglect, there is a very real chance you could be stuck with a hefty bill. 

In the event of a loss if you need assistance please contact our office at 262-248-7588.  Our staff is on call 24/7 365 days a year.

Commercial Emergency Ready Profile

7/22/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial loss can go from a small problem to a large scale problem very quickly.  Something as simple as a leaky roof or a drippy pipe can cause thousands of dollars between the mitigation and the reconstruction.  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.

  • You can contact you’re your marketing representative to put together an Emergency Ready Plan. This plan is offered free of charge to our customers.
  • The ERP will help you with knowing 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.
  • The ERP also can provide you with vital insurance and business information 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 262-248-7588 we are a phone call away 24/7 and 365 days a year. 

Commercial Building Repair and Restoration

7/22/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Building Repair and Restoration

When owning or renting out a commercial property space, many issues can arise over time. It is always of good practice to regularly maintain and inspect your location to be sure any preventable damages do not occur, such as broken pipes in the winter, or faulty shingles during wet weather. You may not even be aware that there might already be damages being sustained. A leaky pipe may not always immediately present itself and by the time you catch it, major repairs may need to be performed. Mold is always a possibility when moisture of any kind comes into contact with organic or building materials. SERVPRO has years of experience mitigating and repairing commercial building damages. We are the leading industry in restoration and are always ready to answer your call. If you find yourself facing commercial building repairs, don't hesitate to give us a call 262-248-7588

Commercial Building Storm Damage Repair

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

When heavy rainfall accompanies a storm, your commercial property could face a number of issues. When rain falls at a fast rate, the ground doesn't always have the ability to absorb it all. When this happens, more often than not, you'll be facing flooding on your property. Flooding can cause a number of issues from warped flooring to mold growth. It is important to have a reliable and trustworthy resource to help you professionally clean and sanitize your space. SERVPRO has the tools and expertise to handle any type of commercial building water loss no matter how big or small it may be. Handling a property loss can be overwhelming, let SERVPRO help you get back on your feet and back into your commercial space, faster. 

HVAC Cleaning in Your Commercial Space

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

When dealing with large commercial buildings, the process to properly sanitize and clean can be daunting and time consuming. Keeping a healthy HVAC system is an important step to take to ensure the health of your building and your employees. Ventilation that has not been properly cleaned can pose a multitude of issues ranging from health issues to fire hazards. SERVPRO has the ability to mitigate and complete a job from beginning to end saving you time and money. With over 30 years experience we have seen it and cleaned it all and are comfortable working in any environment. When considering a restoration company to assist you with HVAC sanitation, keep SERVPRO at the top of your list. We are available 24/7 to answers your call and any questions you may have. Call us today! 

Commercial Cleaning Services

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

When faces damages to your business is it essential to know your property is in good hands. In the midst of a global pandemic it is important to ensure your place of business is properly sanitized. SERVPRO has the ability to handle large and small scale commercial locations and provide state of the art techniques to clean your space. Using an array equipment and cleaning solutions we are able to get in between the spaces you cannot see or reach. After a sewage back up it is essential to ensure your facility does not pose a health risk to you or your employees. SERVPRO has the ability to arrive on scene and begin mitigation immediately, saving you time and money. When faced with a cleaning disaster, we will always be here to help you clean the mess.

Commercial Sized Disaster

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

When dealing with property damages to your business, the cost of repairs could be a concern. The longer you let a problem sit, the more expensive it will be to repair. When water losses intrude upon your space, there is very little time to react before major reconstruction will have to be done, from replacing drywall, to tearing up flooring. It is essential to have the water removed as quickly as possible to avoid further costs. When smoke or fire leaves damages on your commercial space, toxic residue can be left behind, risking the health of you, your employees and customers. Choosing SERVPRO to help mitigate the situation and begin restorations can save you time, which will also save you money. We work closely with your insurance company we can get to work, faster. 

Restoring Important Documentations After Disaster

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

When your business space falls victim to the effects of a devastating fire or flood waters, crucial materials are almost always affected. Paper quickly deteriorates rapidly when in contact with water or smoke so it is essential to have them properly restored quickly and efficiently. There are multiple ways our technicians are able to preserve sensitive materials. Vacuum freeze drying is a technique we use that is most effective after water loss occurs. With document restoration utilizing sublimation, skipping the liquid stage and turns a solid right into vapor, avoiding more damage. Digitizing is a method we use that keeps all your important information in a digital file which helps prevent them from suffering physical damage in the future. Our team is equipped with state of the art equipment which helps further our capabilities in keeping your vital work safe. Give us a call today to set up an estimate. Every minute counts. 

Here to Help Get Your Business Back in Business

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

Your business's image is an important aspect of the overall appeal you are trying to convey to your customers. When flood waters, fire or illness strike your facility, it is imperative to get ahead of the problem and have your space restored as quickly as possible. Our independently owned and operated company has the experience and equipment to begin repairs on any type of destruction your building has experienced. Time is money and the longer your facility remains closed is profit lost. From carpet cleaning to full demolition, we have the ability to finish each project we begin. Working closely with most insurance companies, we take the stress out of the process and deal with your insurance agents directly. We are available 24 hours a day to answer your call and any questions you may have!

Commercial Building Roof Leaks

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

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

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

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

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

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

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

Water covers the floor of a retail commercial store 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

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

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

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

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.

It's Elemental

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

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

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

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!

Consider This

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

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

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

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.