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Understanding Water Damage Causes In Commercial Facilities

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

While water damage can cause significant problems in residential buildings, for commercial facilities the trouble is multiplied since it poses threats to both clients and employees and can also disrupt business operations. Below are some common water damage causes in commercial facilities.

Deteriorating Plumbing or Burst Pipes

If the plumbing within your commercial building is decades old, there is a good chance you’ll sustain water damage at some point. Pipes in particular are vulnerable to cracking and bursting especially during winter when they can freeze. A pipe that becomes covered in rust is also vulnerable. Signs of plumbing problems include a sprinkler system that is leaking or there is leakage from bathroom toilets.

Severe Weather

If you own a commercial building or business in an area that is known for powerful storms such as tornadoes or hurricanes, the structure should be designed to withstand them and you should carry the proper insurance. While it isn’t completely possible to prevent the damage that storms and flooding can cause, there are certain precautions that can be taken, like properly maintaining and cleaning gutters as well as verifying the effectiveness of the drainage unit.

The Roof is Leaking

A roof is designed to protect a building, but because it is the first line of defense and directly exposed to the elements, water might seep in via miniature openings that can be difficult or even impossible to detect with the naked eye. If the leak is continually exposed to liquid, it will grow in size and worsen, which will ultimately magnify the damage. This is why if you, your employees, or customers detect a leak, you should immediately contact a professional for assistance.

The HVAC System Has Malfunctioned

Like all machines, building HVAC systems are subject to wear and tear as time passes and this will ultimately inhibit their performance. When your cooling/heated system stops operating in the manner designed, cracks or leaks can appear within its drains and pipes. This in turn will lead to the leakage of liquid outside the unit which can get all over the floor and become a slip and fall hazard.

The Windows Are Damaged

Like the roof, your windows play a key role in preventing moisture and the elements from entering the building. However, in order to do this effectively, the window must remain sealed. Should the seal become cracked or damaged, this creates a scenario where unwanted liquid and moisture will get inside, where it can damage ceilings, walls, and floors, and potentially create mold issues if not handled promptly. This is why experts recommend inspecting every seal and window and if problems are found they should be fixed immediately.

Why It Is Important to Hire a Professional

While some homeowners attempt to resolve water damage themselves to save money, this is definitely not recommended for commercial establishments. By hiring a company like SERVPRO, you’ll be working with professionals who have been specifically trained to handle these issues and because of their speed and equipment, they will get your business up and running again as soon as possible.

Top Tips To Keep High-Rise Office Buildings Clean

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

It was always important for high-rise office buildings to be clean and presentable. It makes a great first impression where prospective clients are concerned. It portrays a good company culture. It's far more conducive to high productivity. The list goes on. Today, however, more than ever, the cleanliness and sanitation of high-rise office buildings (and other commercial facilities) is of the utmost importance. COVID-19 changed everything.

Now, things can’t just be clean – they must be super clean. They must be sanitary. You cannot run the risk of infecting clients, staff, or any of their families. Your business may even have been closed for a while, as a result of the coronavirus. With business reopening's occurring more and more, new protocols must be put into place. There is a new normal in the world today – and it involves, in part, providing as healthy an environment as possible.

Thanks to all the foot traffic coming and going in high-rise office buildings each and every day, bigger challenges are presented.

With CDC protocols and basic common sense in mind, the following can be done to help keep your high-rise office building as clean and sanitary as possible. Later, we will recommend the best way to see to it that your commercial business location is sanitary, clean, and presentable on an ongoing basis with a professional commercial cleaning service.

Keep Your Employees Informed

Make sure your employees are as informed as possible about CDC regulations, what the office is doing to adhere to them, where sanitation stations are located, and more. If facemasks, shots, testing, etc. are required, make sure that every employee is aware.

Air Ducts Should Be Clean

Professional duct cleaners will see to it your ducts are clean and sanitized properly. This is going to be particularly effective when you increase your business’s ventilation (see below).

For Office Employees, Hand Sanitizer Should Be Provided

Most everywhere you look today, hand sanitizer is being provided. Stations are popping up everywhere, even at the gas pumps. Keeping these sanitation stations stocked is of the utmost importance.

Additionally, make sure any disinfectant spray or sanitizer you’re using adheres to CDC recommendations.

Ventilation Should Be Increased

When people talk, sing, cough, or sneeze, respiratory droplets are released. This is how the spread of the coronavirus occurs. To help keep your employees safe, within your high-rise, ventilation should be increased. Based on your unique conditions, an HVAC professional should be able to help you adjust.

What Can a Professional Cleaning Service Help With?

A professional cleaning service can help with the following additional steps taken to make sure your high-rise office building is clean and healthy as possible:

  • A cleaning schedule must be developed
  • High touch surfaces must be disinfected daily
  • Regular deep cleaning should be conducted
  • Preventative disinfection should be a focus
  • Keep upholstery and floor mats clean

Count on SERVPRO To Keep Your High-Rise Office Building Clean

Everyone likes to watch their budget, but when it comes to the sanitation of your high-rise office building, it's not the time to cut corners. Make sure only the most dependable, reputable company takes care of cleaning and sanitizing all areas of your office and common areas. You don't want to put your business (and your employees) or your clients (and their families) at unnecessary risk. You also want to put forth a good first impression when new clients visit. A clean office is a productive office.

Get every inch of your high-rise office building cleaned and sanitized appropriately! See to it that everything is spic-and-span – so it is as safe and presentable as possible – through the reliable services offered by SERVPRO. We use proven sanitation methods, high-tech tools, and specially trained individuals to handle any and every project. Do you have a business that needs sanitation and regular cleaning services? Call us today at 212 -564-6365. You can also fill out our online request form as an alternative.

Is Your Hotel Maintaining Proper Sanitation Standards?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

Throughout the planet, to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the coronavirus, communities are working together. While more and more businesses reopen, more cautious steps than in the past are being taken. When will it be okay to travel and meet in groups again? Is it already? Particularly when it comes to events, hotel stays, etc., a new normal will obviously apply.

Regarding hotel sanitation, to create a safer environment for employees and guests, new sanitation and health plans are being unveiled. Various companies are including disinfecting and cleaning on a more frequent basis in public areas and rooms. What's more, personal protective equipment and additional safety training is being given to employees. It may be necessary, at each property, to appoint hygiene officers or managers and employ the use of new technologies (UV light, thermal cameras, etc.).

Another way of seeing to it that your hotel is completely sanitized, safe, and healthy for all parties concerned, is to leave all of the cleaning, inspecting, use of high-tech tools, and more, to a reputable, dependable cleaning and sanitizing service. Later, we'll tell you about the best commercial sanitation company for the job. In the meantime, let's take a look at what's being done to sanitize hotels against the spread of the coronavirus.

New Safety and Health Protocols

Businesses are caring for their guests and employees through the use of new safety and health protocols. Some of these are as follows:

  • Events and meetings – Set up should be reworked. Entry and exit flow should be organized. As much as possible, collaborate on menus and meals with as much creativity and variety as possible.
  • It is possible to change the channel on a television using a smart phone app (Sonifi). Guests will be encouraged to download it if desired.
  • Elevator rides – For each ride, passenger numbers will be limited. In all elevators, masks/face coverings are required.
  • The high traffic guest areas, meeting rooms, elevator landings, fitness centers, spas, front desks, and more, hand sanitizer stations have been added.
  • Prior to entering the hotel, vendors and employees will undergo temperature checks.
  • Masks/face coverings must be worn by all employees and guests.

Events

For events and meetings, customer service initiative and cleanliness initiatives have been launched. Three key points are as follows:

  • Socially responsible, safe solutions – From room sets to meal service, hotels will offer creative physical distancing solutions.
  • Flexibility regarding book-to-billing – This includes contract terms, space options, and providing flexible pricing while working with customers. To meet the needs of customers, the program will feature responsive offers.
  • Protocols for cleanliness – New standards will be outlined and adhered to regarding disinfection and cleanliness protocols for meetings and events. This includes, in meeting spaces and public areas, sanitation stations. It also includes sealing sanitized/ready meeting rooms.

There are, of course, additional protocols being put in place depending on the hotel, the area in which the hotel exists, the CDC recommendations currently in place, and more. But if you want to make sure your hotel is as sanitized, clean, and healthy as it can be – and it is kept in that condition on a continuing basis – go with the best service money can buy.

Count on SERVPRO For Proper Hotel Sanitation

Everyone likes to save money, but when it comes to the sanitation of your hotel, this is no time to start cutting corners. Make sure only the most reputable, dependable company takes care of sanitizing all areas of your commercial business. You don't want to put your business (and your employees) or your customers (and their families) at unnecessary risk.

Get every inch of your hotel sanitized the right way! See to it that everything is spic-and-span and is as safe as possible, through the reliable services offered by SERVPRO. We use the latest and greatest sanitation methods, high-tech tools, and specially trained individuals to handle every project. Do you have a business that needs sanitation services? Call us today at 212 -564-6365. You can also fill out our online request form as an alternative.

An Introduction to Carpet Bonnet Cleaning

3/31/2022 (Permalink)

If you’ve ever spent time in a hotel lobby, commercial building, etc., during late-night hours, you’ve likely seen a staff member or service operating a device that uses a spinning pad to polish and buff concrete, linoleum, or tile floors. These are used frequently in commercial establishments.

Somewhere along the line, someone decided that the same cleaning process might work well for carpets. It is referred to as carpet bonnet cleaning and uses the same type of rotary machine, more or less, but concentrates on carpets rather than hard floors. Initially, the bonnet – made of propylene, rayon, or cotton - is attached to the rotary machine and soaked with shampoo. Over the carpet, they move the machine back and forth. The carpet is significantly cleaner once it has dried. In theory.

A Temporary Fix at Best

The thing about bonnet cleaning is that it's pretty much just a topical solution. You’re taking surface dirt and essentially scraping it off. If you know anything about stains, you know that to remove them, scrubbing is not usually the best method. Rather than removing the stain, further into the carpet, the stain ends up being ground down and in. That's pretty much what's going on with bonnet cleaning. You’re scrubbing your stains – that used to be on the surface – deeper down into your carpet. Who wants that?

Yes, it does dislodge and collect dirt from the surface to a point, but again, it's also pushing some of it deeper into the pile.

After bonnet cleaning, the carpet does dry fast (one of the more attractive points of bonnet cleaning), and it looks clean. But think about this… Anything that came off the carpet, but doesn't appear on the bonnet, actually just stayed in the carpeting. There is no extraction method with bonnet cleaning.

But Wait… There's More!

In case you're not convinced that bonnet cleaning isn't the best way to go about refreshing your carpet, here's some additional information.

You can't just walk into the bonnet cleaning process if you've never done it before. Here's why:

  • Friction burns could result from dry hard carpet scrubbing because not enough detergent was used.
  • You will need to vacuum up residue that stays behind after the carpet dries – because you'll notice swirl marks – if there’s too much shampoo or detergent.
  • Various carpet designs call for specific types of bonnets.
  • Mildew and mold can build up in bonnets if they are not regularly laundered after use.
  • Because this type of cleaning needs to be done so often, it offsets the savings you thought you would enjoy.
  • Lastly, you may well void the warranty on your carpet if you use bonnet cleaning. This is a policy for some carpet manufacturers.

So how do you feel about bonnet cleaning your carpet now? There is a better solution…

Need Thorough Carpet Bonnet Cleaning? Call SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial District!

Truth be told, bonnet cleaning is not the recommended cleaning method for carpeting! As suggested above, it is only superficial, among other things. When you need a thorough, deep down carpet cleaning, there’s no one like SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial District  to get the job done. But we don’t stop at carpet!

SERVPRO is capable of odor removal, cleaning drapes and blinds, taking care of walls, floors, and ceilings, upholstery cleaning, biohazard cleanup, and HVAC/air duct cleaning. Does your place of business need any of these types of services? If so, we've got you covered.

Contact us today if you need help. We offer 24-hour emergency service.

Common Air Duct Contaminants

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

Most residential and commercial property owners take their air ducts for granted. So long as cold and hot air is emitted when desired with no chemical or burning scent, most people are content. However, air duct contaminants can become a real problem and it must be addressed. 

Pests

Ductwork is the perfect conduit for warm air during winter and cool air during summer. This makes it an attractive nesting spot for many insects and rodents, some of which might spread pathogens and cause other damage. Unless you enjoy rats, mice or roaches suddenly showing up in your property, you’ll probably want to have your ductwork cleaned regularly. 

Dander, Dirt And Dust

These are the most frequent contaminants that you’ll find in typical ductwork. Textiles such as furniture and carpets often generate dust and dirt will gain entry through windows and doors that are opened. Dander is the result of hair and skin cells that are shed by both animals and people.

The good news is that the majority of dirt, dust, and dander are removed during standard vacuuming and cleaning. The bad news is that because they consist of particles that readily become airborne, your air ducts will suck them in. While HVAC systems have filters that are capable of capturing the particulates in varying quantities, there is still plenty that will end up in the ducts, accumulating as the months and years go by. 

Mold

Mold can be found in virtually every home, from studio apartments to penthouses and mansions. However, most forms are relatively harmless to humans and pets. They result from condensation within ducts which frequently occurs because of insufficient insulation. Once mold colonies form, they will contaminate the air of the interior each time the HVAC system is activated. There is also rare black and green mold that is considered a biohazard and if they appear in your home you’ll need to evacuate so the property can be professionally cleaned.

Allergens And Pollen

Both airborne allergens and pollens behave similarly to dirt, duster, and dander, appearing within air ducts. While some of it comes from outside the building, others will be generated from within. Either way, both will compromise the quality of your indoor air and can cause some serious effects on your health.

As you can see, there are at least five contaminants that can appear in your building’s ductwork. Commercial property owners, in particular, must be careful because businesses are required by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) to create a safe working environment for employees. If your commercial building is found to have contaminants in the ductwork that is harming employees or customers, it can threaten your business and potentially lead to fines and litigation, not to mention a loss of reputation.

This is why regular cleaning of your ductwork is so important, but because the task can be tedious, it is best to hire a professional like SERVPRO that has the expertise, equipment, and credentials needed to get the job done right.

A Commercial Restoration Services Provider

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

Every business requires that their operations get to run smoothly without disruptions to ensure they can continue servicing their clients without fail. For any cleaning and restoration services, you need to work with an efficient commercial restoration services provider like SERVPRO to help get your business back on track again in no time. SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial District offers reliable and efficient cleaning and emergency water restoration services through extensive training and expertise.

Businesses We Service

  • Apartment Buildings
  • Small Office Buildings
  • High Rise/Large Office Buildings
  • Hotels/Motels
  • Restaurants
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Big Box/Large Retail Stores
  • High Rise Residential Buildings
  • Government/Military
  • Manufacturing and Industrial

Commercial Building Restoration Services

Our team of highly-trained technicians is available around the clock to offer you with immediate assistance for all your building restoration needs. We work 24/7 to get your property in its original condition so you can resume your business operations within the shortest time possible. Our team is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, extensive expertise and training to handle all your commercial water, fire, and mold damage needs. We also have ready access to resources from our extensive network of over 1,700 franchises to assist us in handling large commercial projects as well as major storm situations.

Commercial Water Damage Restoration

Flooding and water damage can great impact your business operations. Every hour that is spent on cleaning up an hour of lost productivity and revenue. Whenever you are facing an emergency water damage situation, always with SERVPRO for professional water restoration services that you can trust. We offer 24-hour emergency service which is faster than competitors to manage disasters of any scale. SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial District is a trusted leader who is comprised of highly-trained specialists with years of industry expertise.

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Fire damage is especially devastating for a commercial property or business building. On top of fire and smoke damage, firefighting efforts can cause significant water damage which may also suppress fire systems. The longer you wait to restore your property, the higher the loss in income and productivity that you will experience. If you had just experienced a fire loss, reach out to our commercial fire damage restoration experts at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial District to receive immediate assistance.

Commercial Mold Remediation

A mold problem can present a major business interruption along with posing a serious health risk to yourself and your employees. Mold infestations can be caused by minor problems like a piping issue or roof leak. If you suspect that your business property is suffering from a mold issue, get in touch with our commercial mold remediation specialists to get a swift response to manage the situation immediately.

Commercial Storm Damage Restoration

Inclement weather and storms can cause a great deal of damage to any property. Heavy rain, wind damage, and flooding can take place concurrently and further worsen the damage in just a matter of a few minutes. Should you experience storm damage to your business building, work with our highly-trained specialists to help you mitigate damage and restore your property.

Top Tips To Protect Your Business From Storm Damage

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

From snowstorms and freezing temperatures to heavy rainfall and high winds, weather can be completely unpredictable. No matter how many high-tech machines and trained individuals try, determining what the weather will do at any given moment is dicey at best.

For that very reason, preparing for storm damage is crucial – especially in areas where storms are prevalent and severe. Whether your business is a butcher shop, a gym, a salon, an office building, or what have you, it's best to be prepared just in case the big one hits. For the well-being and safety of your customers and staff, you must protect your business premises whenever and wherever possible. But how do you do that?

During difficult weather conditions, your customers and staff can better be protected if you take into consideration the following advice.

Storm Insurance

The direct effects of a storm on your physical building may not be covered by certain insurance policies. If, while they are on your premises, something happens to staff members or customers as a result of bad weather, they are likely covered, however.

Check with your insurance provider to see what kind of plan you need in place – if any is available – to protect you, your building, and your business against the devastation brought on by a possible storm.

Storm Preparation

Though it's not always possible, the best course of action in preparing for a storm is knowing when one is coming. In many cases, areas prone to severe weather have set up warning systems in the pursuit of storm preparation and safety. If need be, always have a source of weather updates on at your business when severe weather threatens (a weather app, the weather channel on a TV screen, etc.).

You should have a business continuity plan in place to appropriately prepare for a storm. You could end up being without phone service and/or Internet for days. What is “business continuity”? It means that your business will be able to quickly resume business functions or maintain them in the event of a storm or other major disruption. It's a backup plan. Make sure things like the following are covered by your business continuity plan:

  • Arrangements for a power backup.
  • Details involving emergency contacts.
  • A clear definition of who is responsible for anything and everything.
  • What to do with stock, equipment, etc.
  • Business processes.

One of the biggest things to remember is that safety comes first. Machines, desks, and even some paperwork can be replaced (especially if it's stored digitally). People cannot be replaced. Keep your customers, yourself, and your staff safe at all costs.

Floods

 To help minimize water damage, here are some things you can do if your area is prone to flooding:

  • Keep a sandbag supply handy.
  • Replace old, broken/deteriorated bricks.
  • Replace faulty wooden doors and window frames.
  • Move things that should never get wet to the second floor or up on a shelf.
  • In your bathroom and kitchen, use water resistant materials.
  • To at least 1.5 m above the floor, raise electrical devices, wiring, fuse boxes, sockets, etc.

If there's already a flood warning:

  • Should the worst happen, make sure you have copies of important documents stored digitally.
  • Move stock, equipment, and valuable items to the second floor if not already done. This includes insurance documents, title deeds, and other important paperwork.
  • In areas where water can enter the property, put down your sandbags.
  • Turn off your water supply, electricity, and gas.

Got Storm Damage? Count on SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial District!

If you can get a handle on storm damage protection before the next storm, all the better. But if you've already experienced storm damage and need someone for restoration and cleanup, contact the experienced, knowledgeable professionals at SERVPRO. We have advanced cleaning and restoration equipment, are locally owned and operated, and have become a trusted leader in the industry of restoration. Compared to others, “We get there faster to any size disaster!”

Contact us today if you need help. We offer 24-hour emergency service.

How Does A Dirty Storefront Affect Your Retail Business?

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

Here’s a question we’d like to pose to business owners with a brick-and-mortar shop: "Do you think customers care, or even notice, if you have a dirty storefront?"

If you are a business owner/operator, undoubtedly, you work to operate a business that is profitable. In doing so, you likely pay a great deal of attention to offering competitive costs, providing excellent service, and more. But what about your business's appearance? We're not talking about business cards and logo here, but rather, your store location’s physical appearance. When it comes to the decision a customer makes as to whether or not to walk through the door of your store, how much of an impact do you suppose the appearance of your storefront has?

It may matter more than you ever imagined!

Attracting New Customers with a Clean Storefront

Rather than having a potential customer walk right by your business when they see your storefront, you want them to be encouraged to enter. Once inside, you can thrill them with matchless products, a professional presentation, and more. However, you'll never get them through the door and land a sale with a dirty storefront.

Should your potential customers judge a book by its cover? Of course not. But we all do it.

Before people decide to stop into a shop, how many of them do you think make a snap judgment based on exterior appearance alone? The answer: 95%! A generally unappealing storefront, for whatever reason, is to blame for approximately two thirds of consumers not entering a business. A dirty storefront, specifically, has caused more than half of consumers not to bother walking through the door. Do you want that to be your store? Of course not.

For that reason, and many more, consider hiring a professional retail cleaning service to thoroughly clean your storefront. As a business owner, you have enough to worry about, after all. Let the experts handle it.

Keeping Existing Customers with a Clean Storefront

You will be judged on more than just your appearance once a customer has visited you for the first time. How many customers do you think never returned to a business location because their expectations simply were not met? The answer: 80%. Customer retention is crucial.

Quality service, where customer retention is concerned, is the most important factor. Due to poor customer service, the number of people who never again visit a business is 68%. If, the first time a customer visits you, they can't find what they’re looking for, 53% of them won’t come back. The number of customers who will never darken your door again if your store isn't clean equals approximately 32%.

A dirty storefront could be eliminating the possibility of 1/3 of first-time visitors returning!

People won't be encouraged to look elsewhere if you satisfy them with cleanliness, good organization, and excellent service.

Need Your Dirty Storefront Cleaned Up? Contact SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial District!

Whether the grime and stains dirtying up your storefront are fresh, have been there a while, are the result of a disaster, or are from normal everyday wear and tear, we can help. In fact, when you need cleanup and restoration – whether it's routine or after most any disaster – the best move you can make is to contact the experienced, knowledgeable professionals at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial District. We are not only a trusted leader in the industry of restoration and cleanup, but we also employ advanced cleaning and restoration techniques.

SERVPRO offers odor removal, cleaning drapes and blinds, taking care of walls, floors, and ceilings, cleaning upholstery and carpet, biohazard cleanup, and HVAC/air duct cleaning. Does your place of business need any of these types of services? If so, we've got you covered.

 Contact us today – a locally owned and operated company – if you need help. We offer 24-hour emergency service.

Understanding Commercial Carpet Cleaning After Fire Damage

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

Every year, there are close to 1.5 million fires that occur in the United States alone. Judging from the sheer number of cases, fire damage is a common problem that many businesses have to deal with. Fire is an important part of lives but it can be extremely detrimental to our lives when we lose control of it. Fire damage has resulted in many people losing their businesses and their assets ruined permanently. As such, if you have a wall-to-wall carpet that has been affected by fire damage, this article will explain about the carpet cleaning process and what can be done to mitigate the damage that has been done.

Level of Difficulty

Your business or corporate property, you might not even know where to start when it comes to cleaning after fire damage has been sustained. However, when addressing the issue of difficulty when cleaning commercial carpets, it is dependent on the extent of damage that has been done and the type of damage. If your carpet is merely affected by the smoke, then the chances are that it will be much easier to clean. On the other hand, if your carpet or upholstery has been damaged by a combination of water, dirt and heat, then the process of cleaning will definitely be more complicated and difficult.

Cleaning Process

If you make the wise choice to hire a professional to clean the carpet after fire damage, then it is best that you are aware of the carpet cleaning process. The process usually involves the sanitizing of the carpet and mitigating any damage that has been caused by debris and smoke as a result of the fire. Before anything can be done, the carpet will be sanitized using the proper cleaning agents, in order to prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria which might cause adverse health effects. The sanitation will also help to remove the remaining dirt that are stuck in the fibers of your carpet. After ridding your carpet of these unwanted items, it is then necessary to apply anti-odor chemicals to it. This will help to eradicate the odor of smoke, which can be extremely overwhelming if it is not dealt with properly.

Carpets that Cannot be Restored

If you see that your carpet has already sustained substantial damage from things like heat or water, then there is a high chance that you might have to get it replaced. When carpets are exposed to extremely high temperatures, the fibers can be damaged permanently. If you are dealing with upholstery, the internal wood or metal components might also be structurally compromised.

Conversely, if your carpet has been exposed to too much water, it might remove the adhesives that bind it to the flooring. In cases where the carpet gets too wet, its padding can become saturated. Unfortunately this damage is irreversible and the only way to fix the problem is to replace it with a new one.

Commercial Property Owners Should Take Note Of Humidity Levels

6/27/2021 (Permalink)

Mold damage is something every commercial property owner would worry about because of how susceptible any space can be to mold growth and how much it would cost them when it comes to business. Depending on the area that you are located in, some parts of your country may have more humidity while others have a dryer climate. The humidity refers to the amount of moisture in the air and a high level of humidity will result in a higher possibility of mold growth in your space. The ability to control the amount of moisture that gets indoors is the key to controlling humidity levels which leads to the risk of your commercial property getting mold.

When the environment is damp and there is a presence of organic material such as wood, paneling, drywall paper backing and other material that used to be alive, this is when mold will thrive. Mold growth increases when such areas have a relative humidity of 60% and above, which is easy to reach when commercial property owners are not careful to check and maintain the area on a regular basis. When mold starts to consume these organic materials, mold spores are shot into the air resulting in a damp or musty smell. Apart from causing bad air quality which can cause allergies and respiratory problems for tenants, this is also very damaging for building materials. There is hence a need for to pay close attention of humidity levels in your commercial property to protect building materials especially evaporator coils, and to improve indoor air quality.

What Causes Humidity Issues?

One of the common causes for high humidity issues is from the ventilation and make-up air since they carry the biggest humidification load. The second most common problem for severe moisture issues is when outdoor air that is humid is pulled through the exterior wall through accidental suction. This suction is typically formed from exhaust ducts or unsealed return air. If these two factors are not why your property is experiencing high humidity level, you could also check for water seepage where there is dampness in the walls and foundation of your building. There is a possibility of water seeping into your building through joints in the concrete foundation. These will lead to fungal growth and when the moisture seeps in and comes into contact with organic building materials, mold will grow.

What You can do to Get Rid of Humidity

Our team of experts and professionals here at SERVPRO in lower Manhattan are licensed and well-trained to assist you in checking your commercial property for humidity levels as well as carry out dehumidification services. We take pride in helping you enjoy a peace of mind with our dehumidification solutions and strive for you to enjoy running your business worry-free of mold and humidity issues in your commercial property. Our one-stop solution also includes other services such as cleaning and garden maintenance for the total maintenance of your commercial property. contact us now for any queries or to simply book an appointment with our consultants today!

Graffiti Problems That Businesses Face

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

If your business has constantly been getting affected by graffiti problems, you must have undergone a lot of stress as cleaning up graffiti often involves a lot of work. Instead of doing everything on your own and getting distracted from your business operations, why not consider hiring a professional cleaning team? They can get the job done as swiftly but with much more convenience for you. Continue reading the article to learn more about the implications of graffiti and how you can prevent them.

Common Problems Caused by Graffiti

Graffiti usually consists of illegible scribbles which often lead to various issues for businesses. Some of the issues are as follows:

Putting in Effort and Spending Money to Clean It Up

When graffiti appears on the exterior of your business, you have to put in effort to clean it up with chemicals. This costs money and affects your operations.

Graffiti Causes Damage to Exterior

Some materials that are used to draw graffiti can be cleaned up pretty easily with a power washer or simply being painted over. However, that is not always the case. Several exterior materials which are porous such as brick walls may disintegrate under the pressure of a power washer. They are also more likely to absorb spray paint which makes them trickier to clean without damaging the outer layer.

Graffiti Spoils Your Business Reputation

A business that is covered in graffiti may be off-putting for patrons. It may appear as though you do not care enough about your reputation by letting your business exterior be left unattended. This is why it is essential for exterior wall cleaning to be done as soon as you find graffiti on it.

Preventing Graffiti on Your Business Exterior

There are several ways you can follow to actually help prevent graffiti from being drawn on your business premises. Below are some tips that you can consider:

Installing Automatic Lighting

Add an automatic lighting system around your premises especially where vandalism is common. Lights that switch on automatically upon detecting motion can help to deter vandals. Graffiti artists prefer to work in an environment where they are less likely to get caught, so a lighted area is definitely not a feasible setting to express their creativity.

Putting Up Signs

Put up signs informing vandals that your premises are installed with security cameras that are watching them around the clock. This will deter them as they do not want to be prosecuted.

Adding Anti-Graffiti Layers

If it has been getting increasingly common for your business to be scribbled with graffiti, you may consider applying a layer of anti-graffiti coating. Such products can help to create a clear protective barrier which will prevent graffiti material from sticking onto the surface. This will also make cleaning so much easier.

Adding Exterior Barriers

If you own the land outside your business premises, you can add barriers that can prevent vandals from getting inside. There are different types and sizes of barriers that you can choose from to suit the needs of your business.

Top Tips for Storm Damage Recovery

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

Top Tips for Storm Damage Recovery

It is easy to be overwhelmed by what is left to tackle after the storm has hit you hard. Do not despair as help is on its way. First and foremost, prepare yourself for what is about to come up next to be able to handle the storm damage aftermath with grace and great knowledge.

Educating Yourself

Be sure to know your rights and what you are entitled to as a homeowner. Since you first moved into your current house, have you ever had a need to replace the roof and how many occasions have you ever followed up with an insurance claim?

Always know how and when to file a claim. After the disaster situation has settled, contact your insurer to find out what your options are. Notify them of your current state and what are the subsequent steps to be taken before a claim can be made. Do not hesitate to get into details by inquiring regarding every aspect of your insurance coverage including any reports, cash value, deductibles, depreciation, and more.

Selecting a Contractor

This is not the time to be naïve especially when there are plenty of people out there waiting to take advantage of your vulnerable situation. Just about anyone can claim that they are a contractor. Thus, adequate research is necessary to ensure you get ahold of a licensed contractor who is certified to work within your city with necessary permits on hand.

Assessing the Damage

Look around every nook and cranny of your property to roughly estimate the scale of the losses as an entirety. Inspect your front and back yards as well for damages incurred on any structures or furniture pieces. If your vehicle had been parked outside, consider that as a separate section out of your total damages as its insurance claim will fall under a different category.

Filing the Claim

Once you are confident that the situation is well under control, go ahead and file the loss claim. This warrants an adjuster to pay a visit to the damaged property to assess the losses thoroughly. An evaluation report will be generated to be submitted to your insurer for a reimbursement. Once the settlement amount is well underway, it is time to launch the restoration project. The earlier you get the contractor starting work on your property, the faster you can settle down and allow things to fall back into place like before.

Remember that you are not alone! Never let yourself fall into an even bigger predicament by allowing the problem to drag on and cause your property condition to deteriorate further. Take control and take matters into your own hands! Nothing is impossible with professional help around.

Here at SERVPRO, our experts understand that time is of the essence when dealing with storm damage. Work with our team of professionals to formulate a plan to get your storm damage problems well under control to get you back on track! 

Commercial Business StoreFront Cleanup

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan/Financial  District ,we understand how badly some instances can affect our customers. This particular case is one of one individual projecting damage onto a place of business by fecal matter. This job is not one of our common jobs but we take care of a long list of items here at SERVPRO. We are here to alleviate that stress and restore your home or business back to the way it once was prior to the damage. We cover both commercial and residential damages. Our crew went into the job and power washed the main issue to get to the root of the problem. Our crew followed standard procedure with this type of issue. Our customer was very satisfied with the results. Pictured here is what the place looked like before we cleaned and sanitized the area.

Damage to Commercial Property

8/29/2020 (Permalink)

This is what the front of the structure looked like before our serivces. This photo indicates where the damages were prior to our cleaning.

Here at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan, we understand how badly some instances can affect our customers. This particular case is one of one individual projecting damage onto a place of business by fecal matter. This job is not one of our common jobs but we take care of a long list of items here at SERVPRO. We are here to alleviate that stress and restore your home or business back to the way it once was prior to the damage. We cover both commercial and residential damages. Our crew went into the job and power washed the main issue to get to the root of the problem. Our crew followed standard procedure with this type of issue. Our customer was very satisfied with the results. Pictured here is what the place looked like before we cleaned and sanitized the area. 

SERVPRO: Helping The Community

8/29/2020 (Permalink)

Daycare space prior to our cleaning services. We love helping our community take steps towards a higher standard of clean.

When a local daycare called us to help with an issue they were having with mold and water damage we were more than happy to help. We want our customers to be aware that no matter what size of the job we are #heretohelp. A goal of ours is to aide those in need regardless of if you’re dealing with a residential or commercial size issue. Our crew went in with the proper SERVPRO tools they needed to help remove all the problems the daycare had that were leading to problems. When anyone has an issue, it is a big deal for us. This job was especially serious to us because the children were present to these conditions. To prevent future health issues, we made sure the job was done quickly and efficiently.

5 Common Upholstery Cleaning Mistakes

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

Sofas and mattresses are one of the most important items in your house. They are places you sit and sleep at and therefore, it is pertinent that you take proper care of them so as to ensure the overall health of your home. Keeping your house clean and healthy will improve the quality of indoor air, making it a much better environment overall for you and your loved ones.

Cleaning sofas and mattresses are pretty straightforward and easy, as long as you follow the guidelines given by the manufacturers. However, not many homeowners follow the guidelines and ended up making huge mistakes that can damage their furniture. Read on to learn about the top 5 most common upholstery cleaning mistakes people make, and how you can avoid them.

Ignoring the Guidelines Given by The Manufacturer

Usually, directions will be given by the manufacturer on the product labels on how you can clean your furniture. Sales assistants at the furniture store will also advise you on the kind of maintenance needed for your furniture when you purchase the product. Different materials would require a different kinds of cleaning techniques and therefore it is important that you follow the guidelines given so as to keep your furniture in tip-top condition for as long as possible. Failure to follow them may result in you making an irreversible mistake on your upholstery.

Using the Wrong Products for Cleaning

Not all cleaning products are suitable for your upholstery. You have to read the label on your cleaning product to make sure that the product does not pose any risk to the upholstery. Not only will the hazardous product damage your furniture, but it may also even cause health problems such as skin rashes, breathing problems, or eye irritation. To ensure the health of your loved one, make sure to read the label on your furniture to see what products are right for your furniture. If you are still unsure which product to use, do contact your furniture manufacturer or retailer for product recommendation.

Soaking Your Furniture With Water

The biggest mistake homeowners are likely to make would be to soak your upholstery with water. Water may remain in your furniture, causing mold to grow over time. Mold growth is especially bad for furniture and can cause many health effects too.

Not Hiring the Professionals

Many people think that they can clean their furniture themselves and do need to hire a professional upholstery cleaning company because it is too expensive. However, this is not the case. Cleaning your upholstery yourselves may dirty and damage your furniture even more. If your furniture is frequently dirtied, it would be better to engage a professional to help you. An upholstery cleaning service provider can make sure to remove all stains, dirt, and bad odors from your furniture, making it as new as when you first bought it.

Hiring the Wrong Professionals

Yes, you should hire a professional to clean your furniture. But you have to hire the right one. If not, you may end up damaging your furniture or having to pay more to get the work redone. Therefore, do research carefully when finding an upholstery cleaning company. You can get some recommendations from your furniture retailers as they would understand the furniture better. It is also good to find out the type of cleaning products and techniques your cleaning service provider use, and whether it is suitable for your furniture.

SERVPRO has over 40 years of experience in the cleaning industry. Their team of professionals is trained to the highest standards and only uses the best cleaning equipment. To learn more about their cleaning services, contact them here!

Commercial Mold

6/27/2020 (Permalink)

The mold is present in the upper right corner of the floor. Visual representation of the mold that was present.

One of our clients maintains a huge resident building. When they faced problems with the elevator shaft being flooded they called SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan to help service their recovery. The elevator shaft, not pictured, had severe flooding damage that spread throughout the entire building causing other issues. This job was no different than hundreds of others our crew has conquered. Our team was up for the challenge, as always. They went to the scene with air movers and mops and restored the residence back to a clean and waterless state. You can see in the picture the state of the property and how it needed our help. Water damage is one of our favorite jobs to clean up. Our customer was very pleased with the results. We are here to make your property back to a better condition. 

Commercial Ceiling Repair

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

This particular job was for one of our clients who experienced troubles after a pipe burst in their parking garage. Not pictured here is the damage that took place on the ceiling of the garage. The ceiling had air pockets that were swelling up with water inside them. This type of damage can lead to a number of other issues including mold. Our client was lucky they called us when they did or this could have gotten much worse.  Our crew went in with SERVPRO tools and the damage was fixed hastily. The picture on the right is the ceiling once it’s been patched up and restored to its original condition. Our client was very happy with the results and noted that it was done way sooner than anticipated.

Restoring Your Commercial Building Exterior

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

Spring is just around the corner. This means that many Property and Facilities Managers are frantically scrambling to clean the exterior of their buildings after the cold winter. When it comes to maintaining your commercial building exterior, it is common knowledge that the appearance of the landscaping and parking lot is important. However, there are three main areas that also require upkeep in order to restore the beautiful appearance of your commercial building. Let us take a look at them below.

Metal

Metal is a common component of every commercial building. All of them are bound to have various metal parts on their exteriors. They come in the form of handrails, monument signs, door and side windows and light bollards. When these metal parts have stainless steel or bronze finishes or are anodized or painted, their appearance can be damaged by harsh weather environments. For example, over time, bronze oxidizes and stainless steel can rust. Anodized aluminium, on the other hand, will start to corrode to form pitting or show other signs of degradation.

All these forms of damage result from chemical reactions to airborne particles or exposure to salt products. To remedy this, you can enlist the help of a qualified contractor to clean your metal surfaces. They will apply a wax barrier to protect the metal from future damage. In the event that the metal has been so severely damaged that cleaning cannot restore it, the contractor can give it a clear synthetic coating to protect the surface of the metal until you can get it serviced.

Glass

Every building needs to undergo regularly window cleaning. For most commercial buildings, it is routine. Unfortunately, it may take more than routine cleaning to maintain the cleanliness and appearance of your windows panes. This is because the irrigation systems of many commercial buildings frequently spray water onto the windows of the first floor. In the long run, this causes the accumulation of lime scale, magnesium and calcium deposits, on the window panes. Lime scale is tough to remove and the longer it is left on the window panes, the more damage it causes to the glass. To prevent irreparable damage, it is recommended to have a professional check for and remove lime scale from the windows at least once a year.

Concrete

Winter inevitably covers your concrete exteriors of commercial buildings with layers of dirt and salt. This unfortunately results in the concrete appearing dirty, worn and pasty. Concrete surfaces include the building façade, sidewalks and dumpster pads to name a few. All these surfaces need to be properly cleaned to get rid of all the layers of salt, dirt and debris. However, most cleaning chemicals contain acidic chlorides that can damage the concrete by increasing its pore size. This means that water is able to seep into concrete, causing even more damage when it freezes and thaws repeatedly. To protect your concrete surfaces, it is best to hire qualified professionals to pressure wash them and make the necessary repairs. Getting professional help not only ensures that all harmful pollutants are removed, it also guarantees that your concrete surfaces look spotless and new.

As long as these three main areas receive proper care and maintenance, you can be sure that your commercial building exterior will look fantastic this spring.

Water Damage In Local Gym

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

This local sport rehab center had a leak over the weekend. When the team arrived all the floors were buckled; it was clear what needed to be done. Our crew worked with the business owners schedule and took the proper steps in assessing and amending the damage that was done. Our team tore up the floor panels and used air movers to rid of all the water. The cleanup process was effective and hasty thanks to our team members of SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan knowing just what to do thanks to their experience. You can see from the picture here all the water has been removed. Our customer was very pleased with the turnout and grateful for us that she did not lose business during such a tough time. 

Commercial Damage to Store

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Lower Manhattan we understand how badly some storms and other instances can affect our customers. Not only do they do damage to the homes and businesses to so many individuals but they also cause a tremendous amount of stress.  We are here to alleviate that stress and restore your home back to the way it once was prior to damage. The job pictured here is a case of mold hidden within the walls at a local business. We cover both commercial and residential damages. Our crew went into the job and tore through the walls to get to the main source of the problem. Once the mold was exposed our crew followed standard procedure in mold remediation. Our customer was very satisfied with the results.