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The Different Causes of Commercial Water Damage

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Large size drying equipment on top of attached trailer. Specialty Drying Equipment for Commercial Large water damages.

Work Place Water Damage is Restored by SERVPRO

When business owners visualize water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms.
 
However, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings.
 
1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems
Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.

2. Damaged appliances and equipment
This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and 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.
 
3. Broken pipes and plumbing
Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result. 
 
4. Backed up sewer lines
This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. 
 
If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of South Pasadena will get you back up and running again. Call us anytime 24/7 at (713) 472-4162 for fast help.

Is Your Business "Ready for Whatever Happens"?

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Cellphone displaying the Ready App Download the app! Your company's important information and contacts is at your finger tips at all times!

Are You Ready?

The best time to create a disaster plan is NOT while the disaster is happening, but rather well before it happens. Preparedness is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The big question for every business owner is “Are you ready for whatever happens?”

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

The SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile® is a start-up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By teaming up with SERVPRO® for your Emergency Ready Profile, your business can receive the benefit of over 45 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.

SERVPRO Advantage

You can get started building your SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile® today! Below is a list of what SERVPRO® has to offer your business:

  • A No Cost Assessment for Your Facility
      • There is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value and peace of mind at no cost.
  • A Concise Profile Document
      • This contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
      • Only takes a little time to complete and will save you an immense amount of time if ever needed.
  • A Guide for Restoration
      • This will minimize the amount of time your business is unable to operate by having a plan already in place.
  • Establishes SERVPRO® as Your Personal Mitigation and Restoration Provider
      • You have a company of professionals that are recognized in the industry at your side from the moment the disaster occurs to the minute your building is restored to “Like it never happened”. 
  • Identification of the Chain of Command
      • This ensures your company leaders are the ones responsible for authorizing work to begin and the appropriate members of the staff are notified with the status of your restoration project.
  • Provides Facility Details
    • Lists shut-off valve/breaker locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.
    • Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it, and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens”.


Call SERVPRO® of South Pasadena at (281) 472-4162 today get your SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile® started, or visit SERVPRO.com/ready.

Spring is Coming!

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Road sign reading Spring Cleaning ahead and sky in the background Spring Cleaning is Coming!

Spring is coming and it's the ideal opportunity to refresh your work-place. Winter months normally mean windows stay shut, and dirt and grime from boots and heavy shoes gets tracked onto the floor. Spring cleaning isn't just for your home, you should do the same for your business. SERVPRO of South Pasadena offers plenty of services that can help your work and even your home start the season fresh!

Clean Your Air Ducts and HVAC

Your air ducts and HVAC unit work hard throughout the winter to keep your customers and employees warm. The ventilation system should be properly cleaned in the spring to make sure the air quality in your restaurant is not poor. If it has not been serviced for some time, your air could be circulating dust, pollen, odors and dirt and debris. Our technicians and equipment can clean out your system and make sure everyone breathes easier in the new season.

Kitchen Cleaning

Checking the hoods in the kitchen is usually a twice a year job, so what better time to start than for spring cleaning. Cleaning the pilots lights (if it is gas) is also a good idea. Just make sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions. Empty and sanitize the ice machine, and wipe down walls, ceilings and dry storage areas. SERVPRO of South Pasadena offers great commercial cleaning options as well, so give us a call if there are items you want the professionals to fix.

Rugs and Carpets

If your business uses rugs or carpet, springtime is a great time to freshen them as well. If the furniture in your work-place does not often move, tracks from normal foot traffic can start to wear down your rugs or carpets. When they become matted, these items also hold in an abundance of dust and debris that is carried in on shoes. A proper cleaning will get rid of the smells and the dust!

SERVPRO of South Pasadena is only a phone call away if you need a professional to help freshen up for spring.

Calls us: 281-472-4162

Who Do You Trust?

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

ERP Example Don't Be Ruined! Be Ready!

Did you know that businesses rely on SERVPRO of South Pasadena for exceptional care of their office or building? You never know when danger will strike so it is always better to be prepared. 

SERVPRO of South Pasadena offers an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). It includes important information customized to your facility. Whether its the location of a shut-off valve is, who your service providers are, or adjusters/insurance personnel to call when you have an emergency. We have your back. Not only does it have all of your important information in one place, but we also have a user-friendly app for your phone or computer so you are always one click away from accessing your information fast when you need it the most. Call SERVPRO of South Pasadena today at 713-472-4162 to schedule your ERP!

A True Texas Shrine - The Buc-ee's Bathroom!

6/23/2019 (Permalink)

Aside from ranking Cleanest Restroom in the Nation, another survey in 2018 showed over all rest stop cleanliness rose 6%!

THE Texas Pit Stop 

If you're from Texas, you know a road trip only means one thing - a visit with Texas' favorite beaver. Buc-ee's is a household name in the lone star state. What sets it a part from your normal travel station? Other than it's endless aisles of candy, world class beef jerky, irresistable fudge, and walls of Texas themed mechandise, Buc-ee's has the cleanest restrooms in the nation. 

A Texas (Porcelain) Throne

Buc-ee's Bathrooms were ranked Cleanest in the Nation two years in the row, and is in the running for a third. How high are they setting the bar? There is a whole staff dedicated to cleaning the bathrooms, every hour on the hour 24/7. The staffs southern hospitality continues with the thoroughness of their toilet cleanings. Each toilet is scrubbed down and sanitized each cleaning. Other employees serve as restroom attendants, directing customers to available facilities and toiletries. While this is not the most desirable job, Buc-ee's ensures their wages are "Cleanest Restrooms in the Nation" worthy.

Not only does Buc-ee's take pride in their cleanliness, they provide an excellent overall restroom experience. Each Buc-ee's contains hallways of private stalls, opening into the handwashing area near the entrance. In each stall they offer towelettes for the seat and toilet handle, lid covers, and hand sanitizer pumps. Thus only improving the chance of cleanliness to grow.

If you're traveling across the Lone Star State this summer, check your route and visit a Buc-ee's! Take the Texas Beaver Challenge and visit all 34 Buc-ees locations across the state! Check out the list of all locations.

SERVPRO® of South Pasadena wants to remind you to have safe summer road trips! 

Commercial Water Damage

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

The Property Manager was thrilled that we responded so fast!

This building experienced a toilet overflow on the 17th floor.  SERVPRO of South Pasadena arrived within the hour.   We always begin by walking the job with the Engineer and Property Manager to discuss a plan of action.

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 and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Water Damage or Flooding? Call Us Today (713) 472-4162

A Graffiti Situation

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

The Be Someone sign is Houston's most famous piece of Graffiti. You can see it stretching over I-45 heading Southbound to Galveston.

It can happen to any business at any time. Schools and Downtown buildings understand the fear all too well. One day it’s not there and the next the walls are filled with colored scribbles. Graffiti can come in many forms such as tagging, wild style, or a creative piece. (click here to learn more).

Not all Graffiti is created equal. Some would argue it can be a piece of art, others are seen as disgusting vandalism. There are countless reasons people do it but something universal to all version is how difficult it is to clean up. If you find your business marked, have your maintenance man/woman take a look at these tips for removing graffiti.

5 Handy Removal Tips

  1. Remove the Graffiti as quickly as possible! The longer it sits the more it settles into the material.
  2. Use a 3000psi pressure washer. When using this method do so with caution as too high of a pressure will etch the image you are trying to get rid of permanently into the surface.
  3. Commercial cleaners do exist that will help strip the paint. Take a trip to your nearest Home Deopt or Lowes
  4. Sandpaper the image down before removal to weaken the top layer of paint.
  5. Do not try to scrub the paint off with cloth, use a steel brush for better results

Bonus Tip

  • When in doubt, call the professionals!

SERVPRO of South Pasadena in an expert in Graffiti removal. The SERVPRO franchise has developed special chemical cleaners to aid in the removal of paint that, when used correctly, could lessen the damage to the surface trying to be cleaned. 

Did your building get tagged when you weren't looking? Don't let it be something you stress over and call us at (281)-412-6211. 

SERVPRO Takes To The Sky

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know there are over 360 high rises in Houston according to ipsf.io?

Here at SERVPRO of South Pasadena, we are no stranger to working amongst the clouds. In fact, we have serviced many of the high rises in Downtown Houston and the Galleria area. What a lot of people do not know is that when there is water damage on a higher floor that water will continue to travel down the longer it sits. It does not stop just because it hits a wall. The damage will continue to follow gravity even as it is being cleaned, so it must be repaired from top to bottom not bottom to top. For a skyscraper with a busted pipe on the highest floor, that could be as many as 40 or more floors to clean and repair! Our most recent high rise was a 22-story building that became saturated from a busted pipe near the roof. Luckily for them, we were there and knew exactly how to handle this situation. After 2 days of cleaning and 3 days of drying, a total of 5 days the job, it was completed and life returned to normal.

Do you have a multi-story building such as an apartment or business office you would like the professionals to handle?

Call Us: (713) 472-4162

Flooded Office Building in Houston

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

This flooded commercial building was caused by a water pipe break above kitchen.

This flooded commercial building was caused by a water pipe break above kitchen.

Tenant space above had a crack in the water filtration system that ran all night long and flooded multiple floors. 

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, call SERVPRO of South Pasadena 281-412-6211 and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

 Learn more about our commercial services in South Pasadena and also our Friendswood/Pearland locations:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Time is Money

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Did You Know: After a Hurricane, an average of everyone out of three family-owned businesses will not recover.

We work with your schedule

Here at SERVPRO of South Pasadena, we understand how embarrassing it can be to have a damage repaired or cleaned. Especially for restaurants who need to maintain a certain level of cleanliness for their customers. Seeing a SERVPRO van in the front of the building may turn people away. 

Our solution is to make ourselves available 24/7 and perform with the utmost discretion. Our teams have been known to come in at night, after hours or work from the back of the store out of sight. This allows your business to continue to run as usual.

Getting back to normal as soon as possible

Occasionally there does come the disaster preventing a place of business to function entirely. Here along the Texas coast, that usually involves a Hurricane. For everyday work is delayed is another day of lost revenue. Time is Money. If your entire business is shut down SERVPRO of South Pasadena will work around the clock to get you up and running again in the event of any disaster. After Hurricane Harvey, we had some businesses open within 3 days! 

A Graffiti Situation

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

The Be Someone sign is Houston's most famous piece of Graffiti. You can see it stretching over I-45 heading Southbound to Galveston.

It can happen to any business at any time. Schools and Downtown buildings understand the fear all too well. One day it’s not there and the next the walls are filled with colored scribbles. Graffiti can come in many forms such as tagging, wild style, or a creative piece. (click here to learn more).

Not all Graffiti is created equal. Some would argue it can be a piece of art, others are seen as disgusting vandalism. There are countless reasons people do it but something universal to all version is how difficult it is to clean up. If you find your business marked, have your maintenance man/woman take a look at these tips for removing graffiti.

5 Handy Removal Tips

  1. Remove the Graffiti as quickly as possible! The longer it sits the more it settles into the material.
  2. Use a 3000psi pressure washer. When using this method do so with caution as too high of a pressure will etch the image you are trying to get rid of permanently into the surface.
  3. Commercial cleaners do exist that will help strip the paint. Take a trip to your nearest Home Deopt or Lowes
  4. Sandpaper the image down before removal to weaken the top layer of paint.
  5. Do not try to scrub the paint off with cloth, use a steel brush for better results

Bonus Tip

  • When in doubt, call the professionals!

SERVPRO of South Pasadena in an expert in Graffiti removal. The SERVPRO franchise has developed special chemical cleaners to aid in the removal of paint that, when used correctly, could lessen the damage to the surface trying to be cleaned. 

Did your building get tagged when you weren't looking? Don't let it be something you stress over and call us at (281)-412-6211. 

ERP- Emergency Ready Program

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Call us at (281)-412-6211 to schedule your ERP appointment.

In the face of an Emergency do you know what to do at your business? SERVPRO of South Pasadena wants to make sure you are able to say "Yes!". Just schedule an appointment and we will walk through your business with you to develop an Emergency plan. Whether its for a Fire, Flood, Tornado, busted water pipe, or any emergency, we can help you make a plan. Its all placed into a neat little folder for your convince to be accessed at any time. The best part? Its Free!

What's included:

  • Emergency Action Checklist
  • Advanced Warning and Emergency Contacts List
  • Main Utility Information
  • Primary Contact Information
  • Insurance Contact Information
  • A Property Overview
  • Building access Information
  • And tips to keep you and your employees safe.

Download the App

As an extra measure SERVPRO has developed an App that gives you access to your ERP at any time. In this day n' age no one wants to search for papers and in an emergency situation there may not be time to. With the SERVPRO App, your plan is right at your fingertips. It is available via the Apple and Google Play store.

Don't wait until the last minute to develop a plan. Get prepared now with SERVPRO's expert help.