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Creating A Power Outage Procedure For Your Connecticut Business

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

power line on ground causing power to go out When your business loses power, you're also losing time and revenue.

A business power outage can cause serious disruptions to your entire operation, resulting in a loss of productivity and revenue. Depending on your type of business, the losses may be even more extensive.

With weather-related power outages doubling since 2003 - it's more likely than ever for your business to lose power. That's why you should create a business continuity plan to help mitigate losses due to loss of power.

Planning Before A Business Power Outage

  • Create a plan for when the power does go out. Make sure that your employees know what to do and are informed on the following tips as well.
  • Take steps to ensure your employees and customers safety. Make sure that elevators are not used and that nobody is stuck in a part of the building due to the loss of power. Check for down power lines around the building before anyone exits as well to avoid accidental electrocution.
  • Prepare an emergency kit. This is something you should have for any disaster that may strike your business. Your emergency kit should include:
    • Drinking water
    • First aid kit
    • Flashlights
    • Batteries
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Basic tools
  • Consider installing an emergency lighting source. These kinds of lights will turn on only when the power goes out. There are many different versions, some of which are battery powered and are charged while the power is on. These will help everyone safely navigate the building.
  • Test your backup systems. If a natural disaster causes a loss of power, you will still need fire alarms, sprinkler systems, security systems, and exit signs to work in case of yet another emergency in the building. It is best to invest in backup battery powered systems so you know these will work even in the event of a power outage.
  • Install, test, and know how to use your backup power or generator. Having a generator can allow you to continue working throughout the power outage. This will ensure that critical parts of your business will be able to continue to run.
    • For example, if you're an emergency service like us here at SERVPRO of Old Saybrook, you want to be able to still answer the phone for customers who desperately need your services. Make sure the generator is in a well-ventilated area to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, and have fuel stored safely on site.
  • Identify what equipment may need to be turned off during a power outage. Certain electrical equipment in your business may be highly susceptible to a power surge when the power comes back on. Its a good idea to have surge protection devices in the building to make sure electronics are protected when the power goes out, especially if it is only for a brief time. This is because you may not unplug everything before power returns.
  • Know where the meter room and fuse boxes are. An electrician may need access to these areas once power is restored in case a fuse blows or there is some other electrical issue in the building.

Plan For During A Business Power Outage

  • Report your outage. Call your utility company to let them know you have no power. This helps the company respond more efficiently and may give you an idea of when power will be back.
  • Keep fridges or freezers closed. This is most applicable for restaurants who will lose their cooled inventory during power loss, but you don't want the employee fridge to go bad either. Keeping these closed will hopefully keep everything fresh and cool until power is restored.
  • Unplug the equipment you designated in the planning phase. This helps to prevent the risk of a fire and will protect expensive electrical equipment.
  • Check to make sure everyone is safe. If it is safe to leave the building, make sure that people evacuate in an orderly manner.

Preparing Your Old Saybrook Business For Flooding - Checklist

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

open sign on front window of small business boutique Planning ahead for a flooding disaster can help reopen your business in as little time as possible.

As a business owner, you should prepare for any sort of disaster that can strike your business. Creating a plan can help mitigate your losses after a flood emergency and ensure the doors of your business can open again in a timely manner. Follow this checklist to put together your commercial flood preparedness plan.

How To Prepare Your Business For A Flood

  1. Determine if your business is at risk for flooding. You can do this by reviewing the flood maps of your area. Look to see if your business is located in a flood zone so you can prepare for the higher likelihood of flash flooding. You can check if your business is in a flood zone by inputting your address into FEMA's flood map, which is regularly updated.
  2. Understand your flood insurance coverage. Some commercial insurance plans will not cover flooding from natural disasters, so you want to be sure your building is covered if it is located in an area that has a flood risk. You don't want to know you don't have this type of coverage until your insurance claim is denied and you're left to handle the damage yourself. Review your insurance policy to see exactly what would be covered in the event of a natural disaster. Take note of your deductibles and insurance limits to understand what you will have to pay out of pocket.
  3. Have copies of all important documents. These should be stored electronically or somewhere off site of your business. If a large flood comes through, it can ruin all paper documents in your building and take weeks to recover or get new ones. This is also important for other disasters that could strike your business, such as a fire.
  4. Have a disaster plan. When you know that there is a natural disaster that could cause widespread flooding, you should enact the plan immediately. Your employees should be well trained in the disaster plan as well. A disaster plan should include:
    1. Knowing where the electrical, gas, and water shutoff valves are and how to turn them off
    2. Having a place to relocate or secure items that can be swept away by flood waters
    3. Know what items or materials could be damaged when in contact with water
    4. Having a place to move electronics or valuables
    5. Know evacuation routes from your business to safe areas
    6. Have emergency supplies and first aid in the building if you are trapped
    7. Locate a place where your business could temporarily work from if forced to relocate due to flood damage
  5. Choose a water damage restoration company ahead of time. You don't want to be scrambling to find a flood cleanup company while everyone else in the area is as well. Research local restoration companies that provide 24/7 emergency response and set up an emergency response plan with them. This way, the company will already be familiar with your business and be ready to help whenever needed.
  6. Research small business recovery disaster loans. When a natural disaster strikes, many time the Small Business Administration will provide loans to businesses to help them recover much more quickly by providing cash flow. Researching what these loans entail and require before a disaster strikes will leave you prepared if you must apply for one.

Fire Safety In The Workplace

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

fire in an office near computers Assessing fire hazards and creating a fire safety plan in your workplace is essential to keep employees safe and your business open.

Taking steps for fire prevention in the workplace is highly important to keep your employees safe and avoid major property damage. Every year there are roughly 17,000 workplace fires that cause over $800 million in fire damage, forcing businesses to close sometimes for months. Creating a plan and learning how to reduce the risk of fires in the workplace can help keep your workplace safe & open.

How To Reduce Risk of Fires in The Workplace

Conduct Training in Fire Safety For Employees

Train employees how to use fire extinguishers, proper handling and storage of flammable liquids or chemicals, and make sure they know what to do in the event of a fire. It is also wise to assign a person to oversee fire safety in the building who has a clear understanding of conditions that could cause a fire and what to do if it happens.

According to FEMA, you should teach employees the following protocol in case of a fire emergency:

  • Call 911
  • Notify others in the building of the fire
  • Do not use the elevator. Walk out of the building, don't run
  • If employees cannot evacuate, teach them the following:
    • Seal door gaps with jackets
    • Wait at the window for help and make it clear you are stuck
    • Remain calm

Identify Any Fire Risks In The Building

Many fires can be prevented before they ever start. Inspect the following common workplace fire hazards and make sure that they are working properly, not damaged, or are properly stored away:

  • Cooking Appliances - Leave enough room behind ones that heat up to cool down and keep them away from flammable materials.
  • Electrical Wiring - Outdated or overloaded electrical wiring and power strips pose a large electrical fire hazard.
  • Heating Appliances - When not working properly, these have the possibility of misfiring or exploding.
  • Flammable Liquids - Make sure that employees are storing and disposing of these correctly, away from any heating sources or possible sparks.
  • Clutter - Areas cluttered with papers, dust, or other flammable materials should be tidied up to help prevent the spread of a fire should one occur.

Clearly Post Emergency Exits & Evacuation Plans

In case of a fire, you want even those who are not familiar with your building to be able to easily evacuate. Make sure that that there are also emergency exits that are accessible for people who are disabled.

Install a Fire Suppression System

Installing a sprinkler system in your workplace can help stop a fire in its tracks and give employees extra time to evacuate the building. This will also help to prevent major fire damage to your property.

Regularly Test Smoke Alarms

Your fire alarm system is a hugely essential asset in fire safety in the workplace, notifying employees of a fire. These are even more important when a workplace does not have a sprinkler system installed to automatically put out a fire.

Establish Designated Smoking Areas

If there is anywhere in your business where people should not be smoking due to flammable materials, clearly post it. Then, choose an area that is not directly next to the building where there are no fire hazards for employees to smoke.

Following these tips and creating a fire prevention plan for you workplace is an easy, preventative task to keep your business up and running. Be sure to consult the OSHA guidelines for your industry and check if there are any other steps your workplace is required to take as this varies.

Reopening Your Office? Take Steps to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

photo of SERVPRO workers in full PPE sanitizing and disinfecting an office Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive, proactive viral pathogen cleaning program to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic this past March, many offices around Connecticut have completely closed down and moved to remote operations to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

If your office is now making the move back to in-building operations, even for only a few days a week, you should plan to take steps to proactively prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. Here, we will review what you should do to keep your office open, safe, and healthy according to CDC guidelines.

Know The Difference in Cleaning, Sanitizing & Disinfecting

These terms have been used quite interchangeably throughout the pandemic, but to properly prevent the spread of COVID-19, you should know the difference between the three. 

  • Cleaning removes germs, dirt, dust, and impurities from surfaces or objects.
  • Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements according to the EPA. A surface must be cleaned before it is sanitized, and sanitizing does not impact viruses.
  • Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Like sanitizing, disinfecting is not completely effective without cleaning the surface or object first. 

Maintain Healthy Office Environments

1 | Perform routine cleaning & disinfection of high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, keyboards, sink handles, light switches, desks, countertops, and more,. Create a schedule with your janitorial staff or a disinfecting company to ensure your office is properly disinfected on a continual basis.

2 | Use hospital grade disinfectants that meet the EPA disinfection criteria and are appropriate for the type of surface. Disinfecting of porous vs. non-porous surfaces differs.

3 | Address your office ventilation system. According to the CDC, business owners should do all they can to increase circulation of outdoor air inside. Some businesses have invested in special Hepa filters for their HVAC system to help prevent airborne microbes from circulating in the air. 

4 | Change the layout of the office to be in line with social distancing guidelines. Position cubicles or desks 6 feet apart and install physical barriers where social distancing is not as easy. 

Promote Behaviors To Stop The Spread

On top of properly cleaning and disinfecting your office on a continual basis, you should promote behaviors that help reduce the spread of COVID-19. This will help ensure that your employees stay healthy and feel secure at work.

  • Hand hygiene. Require that employees frequently wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. The best way to ensure this would be to create a schedule to wash hands after a certain time period.
  • Enforce mask wearing. Encourage office staff to wear masks as they navigate the office or in communal areas. 
  • Ensure adequate supplies. Position hand sanitizer in high touchpoint areas to encourage using it, or give some to every employee to keep at their desks. Be sure to be stocked with hand soap and disinfectant wipes. 
  • Post signs and messages. If you have requirements for mask wearing, hand washing, or how to navigate through the office, clearly post them. Put up posters that encourage behaviors to stop the spread of COVID-19. 
  • Make it clear when employees should stay home. Encourage employees that are sick or have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 to stay home, and create policies around when employees are able to return. 
  • Promote no-contact operations. If you have an office where clients used to visit, try to shift to no-contact operations with those outside of your office. Promote zoom or conference call meetings with clients, and discourage those who do not work in the office from coming inside.
  • Allow employees to work from home. Although your office may be open, it is best to still limit the amount of people working from it at a time. If employees are uncomfortable returning to the office, allow them to continue working remotely. For larger offices, it is a good idea to create a remote vs. in-office schedule with your employees to limit the amount of people in the office at once. 

Following proper CDC and local guidelines throughout the pandemic is essential to keep offices safe, healthy, and open. 

Learn About Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned For Your Office!

SERVPRO of Old Saybrook is a 24/7 damage restoration company specializing in fire, water, mold and COVID-19 services. Whatever the damages, we can make it "Like it never even happened."

Top Causes of Restaurant Fires in Old Saybrook

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

photo of black hole in wall from a fire that started from the fridge The fridge in this restaurant caught fire, but luckily the fire suppression system kept it contained until the fire department arrived.

A fire in your restaurant is completely devastating. Getting a call at 4 AM that your restaurant just burned down is a call no business owner wants to receive. But when there are roughly 7,500 structure fires in eating and drinking establishments across America every year that cause $165 million in property damage, a disaster can be more likely than you think.

The best way to ensure a fire never happens in your Old Saybrook restaurant is to know how they start. This way, you can take steps to prevent them from happening and minimize damages if a fire does start.

How Do Restaurant Fires Start?

They are many different parts of a restaurant that could become a fire hazard when not properly used or maintained. The following are the top causes of restaurant fires:

Cooking oil

Unsurprisingly, cooking materials like fats, oils, or food were the first items ignited in 43% of fires in restaurants. When food or oils are cooked at too high of a temperature, they can catch on fire. Sometimes a fire in the kitchen is desirable - but grease fires are not. Take care when cooking in your kitchen - a surprise fire can happen to even the most experienced chefs.

Grease traps

Since the oils and fats that are used in cooking can clog sewers and cause major backups, it is required for restaurants to keep oils in a container to keep them out of the sewer system. This can sometimes be a large underground metal container, or a container on the exterior of the building. When these are not cleaned out within the recommended time frames, they can become a huge fire risk.

Exhaust system & ductwork

When a fire starts on the stove, it can quickly spread throughout the entire structure through the exhaust and duct system. This is because oven hoods above stoves take in hot cooking air and redirect it outside. This air also contains grease and oil particles from cooking that will build up over time. When the exhaust system of a restaurant is not properly maintainenced every so often, they can be a huge culprit of starting or spreading a fire.

Gas leaks

Many chefs prefer gas ranges to evenly cook their delicious meals, but this can also be a fire hazard. When equipment gets older or is neglected, they may not be able to support the flow of gas and will cause a leak. When a gas leak isn't noticed, something as simple as turning on a lightbulb can spark a fire.

Electrical Issues

Electrical fires can start when unsafe wiring, sockets, or plugs heat up flammable or combustible items. If your kitchen has outdated wiring that can't handle the voltage of modern cooking equipment or the volume of equipment plugged in, items may spark, short circuit, or overheat - leading to a fire.

Preventing Restaurant Fires

The biggest key to prevent a fire in your restaurant is to take regular maintenance seriously. Perform all required or suggested cleanings of your appliances, exhaust system, or grease traps. If you know you may have an electrical problem, remedy it right away.

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, 68% of fires in eating or drinking establishments were small and did not spread beyond the object of origin. This means that having the proper fire suppression equipment is highly useful in preventing fires from spreading. Be sure to have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen along with any other places as required by law, and keep it up to code.

Investing in a fire suppression system is helpful in combatting damages if a fire does start in your restaurant. Suppression systems connect to both the hood over your cooking station and the gas line running through it. If the fire suppression system is tripped, the gas will automatically turn off, killing the fuel source for the fire.

If the fire continues to burn, the nozzles installed in the hood over your cooking station will discharge a fire suppressant that is designed to combat even grease fires. As the fire creates smoke, the hood also turns on to remove smoke from the kitchen.

Although many of the ways to prevent a fire are costly, they are worth it to keep your business up and running.

Preparing Your Old Saybrook Business For Winter Storm Damage

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

closed sign with snowflakes Preparing your business for possible winter storm damage is the best way to quickly re-open after a storm.

When winter weather hits, it can lead to property damage, employee injury, and possible business closures. Preparing your business before the storm is the best way to protect your property and minimize storm damages. 

If you take these steps, your business will be able to more quickly recover from a storm damage loss. 

Steps To Take Before A Winter Storm:

  1. Establish shelter locations on your property. If a winter storm suddenly hits, you need a space with enough room for all employees and any customers that may be in your business.
  2. Stock shelter with emergency supplies. Flashlights, batteries, fire aid, food, blankets - you know the drill!
  3. Determine any essential equipment or processes that rely on electrical power. Organize an emergency power source for these items.
  4. Determine a back-up heating source if power goes out. Use heating sources in well-ventilated rooms to avoid carbon monoxide buildup. 
  5. Install smoke and CO2 detectors. Test them monthly and replace batteries twice a year.
  6. Maintain an inventory of all equipment and assets for your business in case of a loss. Insurance will need this information!

If you find yourself facing storm or water damage after a winter storm, call SERVPRO of Old Saybrook! 

We are open 24/7, 365 days a year. We work with your insurance (so you don't have to!) and provide all customers with free estimates.

Call Today!

Source: prep4agthreats.org

Emergency Commercial Water Damage

10/20/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial water damage can be catastrophic for your business. Having to shut down, even for a day, can mean lost revenue and customers. Not only this, but water damage can have lasting effects, such as dangerous mold. If you have any sign of commercial water damage, it’s best to get it taken care of professionally right away.

SERVPRO of Old Saybrook is your go-to for commercial water damage. Our teams are expertly trained and have the equipment to handle any size commercial water damage disaster. We are available 24/7 – 365 days a year for whatever your commercial disaster may be. We’ll get our crews out to your commercial property within 2 hours – tops! Then, we’ll work to ensure the water damage is mitigated so we can begin to restore your property to normal. Call us today!

Heavy Duty Commercial Cleaning

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

When you think commercial cleaning services, you might think emptying the trash or dusting. But, what if you have a different need for commercial cleaning services? Do you know who to call for commercial carpet stains, dirty air ducts, or mold in the bathroom? When you have a need for commercial cleaning, call our team at SERVPRO of Old Saybrook. There’s no job too large – we handle  commercial jobs of all sizes!

You might wonder, is it worth it to have SERVPRO come in for commercial cleaning? Yes!! Having a clean and sanitary business leaves a great, lasting impression on your customers and can even be beneficial for your employee’s health! So, if you need commercial cleaning services, make the right choice and call SERVPRO of Old Saybrook today!

Commercial Cleaning in Old Saybrook

10/5/2019 (Permalink)

Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, trust SERVPRO of Old Saybrook to professionally clean your commercial property. Whether you have an odor problem, need deep cleaning for your flooring or carpets, or your air ducts need some attention, you can depend on SERVPRO of Old Saybrook, CT to get the job done right the first time. Our team is the fastest and most qualified restoration company for all of your commercial cleaning needs.

We’re available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to service your commercial property. We can handle any size commercial job – nothing is too large! If you have any need for commercial cleaning, give us a call for a free quote today. SERVPRO of Old Saybrook is here for you!

How to prepare your commercial property for disaster

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

Our team at SERVPRO of Old Saybrook can tell you A LOT about the disasters we’ve helped to clean up. But, what many people don’t realize is that we can also tell you a lot about preparing for disasters. In fact, we’re so eager to ensure you’re prepared that we will come out to your commercial building and complete a free emergency readiness profile for you! We’ll tag all the main shutoffs in the building for you and help you to identify and record all your emergency contacts – including us! In times of emergency, simple knowledge like where the main water shut off is can go a long way.  If you’re interested in this program, give us a call today for a free emergency ready profile!

Old Saybrook Commercial Damage

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

Dealing with any sort of water, mold, sewage, fire, etc. job in a commercial building is a disaster for property owners. Huge buildings mean huge damage, the insurance claim process can be hard to navigate, and of course, your building isn’t functioning as it should! Luckily, you don’t have to face commercial property damage alone; SERVPRO of Old Saybrook is here to help!

No matter how large your commercial disaster is, you can feel rest assured our team can handle it. We have the equipmentmanpower, and dedication to tackle any size commercial disaster. Though its easy to panic when disasters arise, remembering to call the experts is a key step. Call SERVPRO of Old Saybrook to make your commercial disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Who to Call? Commercial Damage Old Saybrook, CT

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

Old Saybrook commercial property owners deal with a lot! . Being a commercial property owner comes with a lot of responsibility. One of the greatest responsibilities is keeping your building in great shape. However, things do happen. When dis/aster strikes, you need to be prepared. The last thing you want to do when your building is flooding is ask “Who should I call to help?” You should already know!

Call SERVPRO of Old Saybrook to help you with your commercial disaster. We’re experts in commercial water, sewage, fire, mold, and bio-hazard damage. That means, no matter what kind of disaster you’re dealing with, our team is the best to handle it! No matter the disaster, SERVPRO of Old Saybrook will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Prevent Frozen Water Pipes in Your Old Saybrook Commercial Property

6/24/2018 (Permalink)

Prevent Frozen Water Pipes in Your Old Saybrook Commercial Property

Water utilities are responsible for water pipes and service lines that connect to your home at the curb, but not pipes located on your property. The most vulnerable areas include those outside of the home, and water supply lines in unheated areas like basements, attics, and kitchen cabinets. Help protect your pipes from potential damage by following these steps:

  • Wrap exposed pipes with insulation; even newspaper will help.
  • Ensure water meter vault covers are not cracked. If the meter is installed outside the home, it is housed inside a covered vault. Check to be sure that the vault cover is secure; otherwise, the meter may freeze.
  • Eliminate cold air sources near water lines by repairing broken windows, insulating walls, closing off crawl spaces and getting rid of drafts near doors.
  • If your home does not have indoor shut-off valves for your outdoor spigots, winterize them by purchasing insulation kits, also referred to as domes or caps.
  • Know the location of your main water shut-off valve. If a pipe freezes or bursts, shut the water off immediately. Don’t try to thaw frozen pipes unless water is shut off, as freezing can often cause unseen cracks in pipes or joints. Call a licensed plumber to thaw frozen pipes.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing. Customers should implement wise water use practices and collect the running water for later use.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • Have a friend, relative or neighbor regularly check your property if you are going to be away from home for more than a few days to ensure that the heat is working and the pipes have not frozen.

In Case if you need help with Water Damage Cleaning and Restoration, Contact SERVPRO of Old Saybrook on 800-734-3213

Fire Safety Checklist for Small Business Owners

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Safety Checklist for Small Business Owners

Every commercial building should take fire prevention seriously, but small businesses tend to have more at stake than other companies. Small business owners rely on their business’s ability to function, and a fire in their building can lead to devastating circumstances. While not every fire can be prevented, there’s a long checklist of ways to ensure your business is as safe as possible from fire risks.

Fire Protection Systems

Fire protection systems are crucial in every business, especially fire extinguishers, fire alarms, and a commercial fire sprinkler system. Requirements vary for different areas and buildings, but the typical requirement is that every 3,000 square feet of area need a fire extinguisher. There are also different types of fire extinguishers used for various purposes, so every business owner should know which fire extinguisher is right for their specific business.

For restaurant owners, an automatic fire suppression system is also crucial, as over half of all restaurant fires involve cooking equipment. The system automatically dispenses chemicals to suppress a cooking fire and will shut down the fuel or electric supply to other cooking equipment in the kitchen when activated.

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in Old Saybrook

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in Old Saybrook

Fire damage can be very devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, water damage caused by firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you have a fire emergency, call SERVPRO because we have the training, experience, and equipment to manage your commercial fire damage emergency. We will respond quickly and manage the fire restoration project through to its completion—getting your property business-ready.

Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can depend on SERVPRO of Old Saybrook, CT to get the job done right the first time. We’ll respond promptly and make your workspace look its very best. Learn more about our Commercial Cleaning Services.

Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Old Saybrook, CT has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

We are available throughout New Jersey 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying.

Commercial Fire Restoration in Old Saybrook

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

fire damage Commercial Fire Restoration in Old Saybrook

Being in the industry, SERVPRO of Old Saybrook understand the importance of what fire damage does to your business. We also realize that we need to commence and complete the treatments quickly and efficiently. We are there to support you through the process to ensure that you back on your feet as soon as possible.

While the firemen or public adjusters will walk you through the damage, you should leave everything in place so that no further damage may occur and to allow SERVPRO to conduct our process.

We are certified!!

SERVPRO of Old Saybrook has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about SERVPRO of Old Saybrook training and certifications.

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

Commercial Building Cleaning Services in Old Saybrook, CT

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Building Cleaning Services in Old Saybrook, CT

Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Old Saybrook, CT has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

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

Commercial Building Restoration Services

We are available throughout Connecticut 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation.

Commercial Building Cleaning Services

Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can depend on SERVPRO of Old Saybrook, CT located in East Haven to get the job done right the first time. We’ll respond promptly and make your workspace look its very best.

What To Expect When You Are Expecting A Contractor?

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

What To Expect When You Are Expecting A Contractor?

It’s spring, which means that it feels like it's time for some remodeling—perhaps sprucing up the kitchen or upgrading the bathroom.

Homeowners who have put off projects are now feeling more confident about the economy, beginning to spend more freely. Before you jump on the renovation bandwagon, here are a few things you need to know…

Know What You Want

As the client, you are the one driving the process. Before speaking with Contractors, spend time thinking about your goals for the project -- what it might look like, the amenities you want, and so on. If you don't know how to translate your goals into specific features or products, hire a design-build firm that can offer that service too.

Why Contractor Quotes Vary Drastically

Contractors cannot offer a correct fixed price because there are too many unknowns about the job, so try to eliminate as many of the unknowns as possible. For example, have them open up a wall to examine the skeleton of your house where the add-ons would happen.

Request to define the project specs to include only what he expects to do with the mutual understanding that if additional work is needed, you will get a change order — a written mini-bid for new work after the project has been started. This is common in the construction industry and it is the reason quotes vary by thousands of dollars. The cheapest quote also means they are not being conscientious of the realities that may come later to blow your budget when you were not prepared for unexpected expense(s).

Costs for all of the various elements of the job should include:

  • Demolition and hauling trash
  • Framing
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical work
  • HVAC
  • Tiling and floor covering installations
  • Lighting fixtures
  • Drywall and painting
  • Finish carpentry
  • Clean up

Contractors will often give you a fixed bid, but some work may be on a "cost plus" basis, charging you for materials, time/labor, and an administrative or overhead fee for their time managing those aspect of your project. “Cost plus” is sometimes a legitimate alternative, but it should have a cap or some provision to contain cost overruns that exceed your max budget.

Reputation Has More Value Than Price
Reputable and therefore trustworthy Contractors in trade locally for five or ten years will have an established network of subcontractors and suppliers in the area and a local reputation to uphold. That makes them a safer choice.

Ask for a business card with a real street address, not just a post office box, and get references from one or two early projects and some current customers. This will help you verify consistency and honor.

You should also vet their background by verifying their credentials and insist on a detailed contract before making a hiring decision.

Personality Is Prettier Than Price

You’re going to be spending a lot of time with this contractor, so when you make your decision, think about whether you feel comfortable with their personality, background, methods, and communication skills. Is everyone clear about the project at hand and on the same page? If not, you could end up disappointed, frustrated, and possibly out several thousand dollars beyond what you budgeted for.

Set Job Site Boundaries

Let the company know you expect routine precautions. Also, establish some ground rules about parking, bathroom use, smoking, and other issues that might concern you.

Have A Resolution Strategy

Any contractor you hire will become part of your life for at least the duration of the project. Make sure you pick someone with whom you can communicate, and trust your gut if first impressions leave you feeling uneasy. Reputable professionals will insist on clear written agreements in order to protect both parties.

During initial meetings, ask how unexpected issues or differences might be handled. This can include change orders (these should always be in writing, with cost issues directly noted) or more serious disputes, such as unintended damage or a failure to meet legal or reasonable standards.

Commercial Cleaning Service in Old Saybrook, CT

5/25/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning Service in Old Saybrook, CT

Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Old Saybrook, CT has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

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

 Commercial Building Restoration Services

We are available throughout Connecticut 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation.

Commercial Building Cleaning Services

Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can depend on SERVPRO of Old Saybrook, CT to get the job done right the first time. We’ll respond promptly and make your workspace look its very best.

Commercial Mold Remediation in Old Saybrook, CT

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Mold Remediation in Old Saybrook, CT

Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Old Saybrook, CT who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation because mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of Old Saybrook professionals can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, the crew will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition.

Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Old Saybrook, CT has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can depend on SERVPRO of Old Saybrook, CT to get the job done right the first time. We’ll respond promptly and make your workspace look its very best.

We are available throughout Connecticut 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. Plus, we are your business’s best resource for mold remediation.