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Commercial Fire Extinguisher Safety and Education

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

two fire extinguishers and red fire hose hanging on interior wall If your property takes on fire damage, rest assured that SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth, & Fort Valley is here to help.

Fire safety is a critical aspect of health & safety measures that all businesses must address, and maintaining your commercial property’s fire extinguishers is essential in protecting your employees, property and products from harm.

A fire extinguisher can’t protect anything if nobody knows how to use it. There are many rules and regulations related to fire extinguisher safety, such as the fact that fire extinguishers should be mounted on walls at distances of less than 75 feet that would not be well-known without proper education.

You and your employees must also know how to choose the right extinguisher, as well as how to operate it. This is where it might be valuable to employ some training.

Why Training Is Essential

Let’s take a look at what fire extinguisher training includes and why it’s important:

Fire extinguisher training usually consists of education and practice. You will learn all about the types of extinguishers through lectures provided by a certified instructor. Once you have passed the education portion, you will get to put your knowledge into practice. Generally conducted in an outdoor setting, certified instructors will provide hands-on training teaching you and your team how to use the various types of fire extinguishers.

What would happen if a fire sprung up in your facility today? Would you know how to extinguish it and with the proper extinguisher? Would your employees know how to do this?

This is why training is critical in ensuring your staff has the opportunity to try these devices and techniques before a disaster strikes so that in the case one ever does happen, you all will know exactly what to do.

Your workplace runs the risk of devastating and costly damage if you’re not prepared. While you can’t predict a fire, you can ensure that your employees know what to do to promptly and effectively combat it through proper training. This ultimately minimizes what could have been extensive injuries, damages and expenses.

If your commercial property takes on fire damage, SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth, & Fort Valley is here to help. We have teams on deck at all times ready to take your call and begin the restoration process immediately.

Our Commercial Fire Large Loss Restoration Services

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

a large commercial building with extensive fire damage to roof Call SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth, & Fort Valley to restore your commercial property after a fire has caused a large loss.

As a business owner, there are a lot of things to be concerned about when it comes to keeping the doors open. One important element of running a business is having a plan when disaster strikes and strikes hard.

Disasters can come in many sizes, but one that is perhaps one of the most concerning is what is called a “large loss” to your commercial property. A “large loss” is defined as a large scale loss that has a considerable financial impact to your business.

What can SERVPRO do about a large loss for your business?

Emergency Response. We have emergency services on deck 24⁄7 to answer the call for whenever you might need us. We will act immediately to contain the damage and start the repair procedure. We’ve worked with commercial organizations of all kinds for more than 50 years, and we are the experts in cleaning up after large-scale damage and getting businesses just like yours back up and running as fast as possible.

Treating the Damage. Our pros in green consist of licensed experts who have been educated in specialized procedures for removing water and treating smoke damage in your commercial property after a fire. Even if the bulk of your building has been affected, we work diligently to rescue what can be restored and detect issues that may be invisible to the untrained eye. Getting your business back up and running is critical, and we do our best to ensure the work is done correctly and thoroughly while working as quickly as possible. With our knowledge and industry-leading equipment, we’re able to do the most comprehensive job in the shortest amount of time.

When you call on SERVPRO for large-loss restoration services, you can count on consistent communication throughout the duration of the job, the highest-quality products and unmatched customer service. We understand the worry that commercial property damage may cause.

The subsequent difficulties caused by smoke, water from firefighting efforts and structural damage might make your business seem irreparable. You can put your confidence in our technicians, who will work hard to treat the damage, identify any objects that need restoration or replacement, and even coordinate with your insurance provider.

Allow SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth, & Fort Valley to restore your commercial property after a fire has caused a large loss and interruptions to business. We are on hand 24⁄7, ready to take your call right now.

How Thorough Should My Business' Severe Weather Plan Be?

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

Two people looking at a computer If you need assistance creating a Safety Plan for your business, give SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth, & Fort Valley a call.

If you have not yet done so, adding “create a severe weather plan” to your to-do list is a must as a business owner. Not only is an emergency action plan required by OSHA for all employers, but it is also a good idea for everyone involved.

Being prepared can keep you and your staff safer in the event of a severe weather incident, and can encourage everyone to stay calm in what can quickly turn into a chaotic scenario. However, if you are new to emergency action planning, you may be wondering how thorough your severe weather plan should actually be. While it is important to make sure all of your bases are covered, it is also important to remember that weather is unpredictable by nature and your plan should ultimately reflect that.

The Basic Outline of Your Severe Weather Action Plan

**Determine where everyone will go.** In the event of severe weather that strikes while staff is on-site, it is important that everyone stays put until the threat has passed. You will want to determine in advance what the safest area of your building is, as that is where everyone should go when the weather turns sour. Ideally, this will be a room at or below the ground floor of the building that is free from any windows or external-facing walls.

**Determine what everyone will need.** In the event of severe weather, a power outage is extremely likely. That is why it is important to create an emergency kit for your staff, stored in the area you will seek shelter. This kit should include flashlights, batteries, first-aid supplies and anything else to keep everyone comfortable during a power outage. It is also a good idea to include food and water so no one will need to leave the area prematurely.

**Determine your communication plan.** Trying to communicate with employees during a chaotic scenario is less than ideal, so think in advance about how you will keep them updated. Communicate the severe weather protocol in advance, and ensure that everyone knows exactly what to do if there is an imminent threat.

*If your building is damaged by severe weather, you can count on us. Get in touch today to learn more about our restoration process.*

Your Partners in Business

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

a workspace and cubicle showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley is your local commercial restoration expert. Contact us today should you experience any damage.

When running a business, to say that it can be stressful at times is quite an understatement. As a business owner, you know how difficult it can be to have things always run smoothly. Major damages or accidents can cause major losses to a company, and that’s something we want to help you avoid.

That’s why you can count on SERVPRO to become your partner in the business world. We are locally owned and operated, and we will help you work through or recover from anything that can possibly take away from your business. Our goal is to help you and your business continue down the road to success.

Large loss recovery. The top cause of financial loss for businesses across the United States are fires, storms and flooding. These things can and likely will cause large amounts of damage, especially if you wait before dealing with the problem. That’s where SERVPRO can come in with our highly trained professionals to help get you on the road to recovery.

Emergency Ready Plan. Preparation is key, which is why you need to prepare your business before disaster strikes. We will help you create and put the perfect plan into place, so that when disaster comes, you know exactly what to do. There are specific things you should consider when planning, like having an emergency chain of command, alternate meeting or work sites, and how to handle restoration needs.

Cleaning of All Kinds. We can help you with any specialty cleaning needs you have, like biohazard removal,, as well as routine cleaning needs like carpet cleaning or upholstery restoration. No matter what the messy issue is, we will come up with a solution to get it cleaned.

Restoration Services. Whether you’re dealing with storm damage or a small kitchen fire got out of hand, these things require cleanup and restoration services. SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley has all the bases covered, offering comprehensive restoration services for water damage, fire damage and storm damage, among other emergencies.

Industry Specialization. We have spent years learning about commercial enterprises, so we know that we can help anyone. We know the ins and outs of a variety of industries and stand prepared to handle those needs. Because we understand how important your business is, we will often enclose a work area during restoration so that your business operations aren’t disrupted. Whatever your recovery need may be, and whatever your commercial property may require, trust SERVPRO to get the job done. Contact us today to get started on an Emergency Ready Plan or find out how we can serve your business.

SERPVRO assists with large commercial loss

4/23/2022 (Permalink)

a  two story building showing a total loss from a recent fire If your company encounters any damage to your property, call the experts at SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth, & Fort Valley.

Floods, fires, blizzards and other extreme weather disasters or workplace incidents may cause enormous damage to warehouses, offices, retail shops and other commercial structures.

Flooding and fire disasters are two of the most common causes of severe economic losses.

COMMERCIAL WATER DAMAGE. Commercial water damage from flooding or other events can be devastating and costly. According to the U.S. government, the average commercial flood claim in the past five years has been around $89,000. Flooding may cause major damage to flooring, building material and drywall, putting the structure at danger. Furthermore, valuable and essential machinery and electronics may be damaged.

When you call SERVPRO, we will arrive as soon as possible to begin removing flood water and prevent it from spreading and creating further damage and difficulties.

SERVPRO professionals are highly trained and prepared to remove huge amounts of standing water and excess moisture from commercial buildings. We can also dry and repair construction materials, documents and electronics that have been damaged.

Our skilled water removal equipment can remove large amounts of standing water, while our cutting-edge drying equipment can remove excess moisture from any afflicted areas of the property. We can restore any of your essential devices (computers, TVs, monitors and so on) and assist in the recovery of lost data if they are damaged. We may also provide comprehensive restoration services if any structural aspects of your building are affected.

COMMERCIAL FIRE DAMAGE. Another disastrous catastrophe that might happen in a business environment is a fire. When they occur, they usually spread swiftly and do significant damage to the property and its contents.

Because damages are caused not only by the fire itself, but also by soot, smoke, firefighting attempts and other byproducts, there is more to clean and restore than the building itself.

We clean up and repair all affected areas after a fire through highly specialized solutions. As well as repairing any structural damage caused by the fire, we can also repair items that have been harmed by soot, smoke or water damage from firefighting efforts as much as possible.

While fires and floods are two of the most prevalent calamities that companies and organizations encounter on their property, there are still a plethora of other large loss events that we can handle. If you are a company owner who has encountered a damaging incident on your property, call SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth, & Fort Valley and we’ll respond to your emergency immediately.

Understanding Fire Sprinkler System Requirements for Commercial Spaces

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

?Fire Sprinkler on white ceiling If your business is damaged from a fire, trust the experts at SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth, & Fort Valley to make it "Like it never even happened."

If you own a business or other type of commercial space, fire safety is extremely important. Not only is adhering to fire codes a must to allow for your continued operation, but it is also key that you do everything you can to protect your staff and your customers who are working and doing business inside the space.

Preparations can also reduce the impact of a fire, and given that over half of businesses are not able to recover after a fire emergency, doing what you can to reduce a fire’s impact is a prudent move.

One vital element of safety and harm reduction is a fire sprinkler system. While fire sprinklers are not *always* required in commercial buildings, they are more often than they are not—and even if they are not required in your specific situation, it is likely worth having them installed given that sprinklers are effective in stopping 88% of commercial fires when they are installed.

How Do I Know if I Need Fire Sprinklers in My Commercial Space?

While every area will have local fire codes for businesses that may vary, some of the national guidelines are included below:

* Fire sprinklers must be installed in any new commercial building exceeding 5,000 square feet, or any building that is renovated to contain 5,000 square feet after construction.

* Buildings more than 55 feet in height must have fire sprinklers on every floor.

* Self storage buildings must have fire sprinklers installed, except in single story facilities with no indoor corridors.

* If the municipal water pressure to the building is not adequate to pressurize the sprinkler systems, a fire pump should also be installed.

If you are unsure about whether you need a sprinkler system in your commercial space, or you have questions about the system you have, your local fire department will likely be able to connect you with the right person to make an assessment. In addition to installing fire sprinklers, they can help you determine if your fire escape routes, fire exits and fire extinguishers are up to code as well.

If your business is damaged from a fire, we can help. Contact us today to learn more about our commercial restoration services for businesses impacted by fires, floods and more.

The 2 Things Your Business Needs in a Disaster

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

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You spend a lot of time getting your business ready—ready for launch, ready for your customers, ready for holiday shopping, for the new product unveiling, the list goes on. But how much thought have you put into getting your business ready to deal with a disaster?

All too often business are completely taken aback and derailed after a major disaster event disrupts their routine. In fact, 40–50% of small businesses never reopen after being disrupted by a natural disaster. For businesses whose margins can be razor-thin, it’s devastating to have to close for days, even weeks at a time.

When disaster strikes, you need two things in place.

A Business Interruption Plan

You need to know if, how and where you can continue doing business if your main location is temporarily disabled or unavailable.

Take time to develop a communications plan to reroute phone calls, update your website and share messaging in other ways. Establish backup vendor relationships and alternate-site workspaces, and practice the plan in case the day you need it should ever arrive.

A SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile

A disaster you’re prepared for has less of a chance of impacting you to a crippling degree. That’s why it’s so important to have a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile.

When we help you assess your risk and create a no-cost plan, you can have the peace of mind knowing a set of procedures can automatically spring to action should a disaster come.

Your SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile will include risk assessment, a compilation of critical emergency information, protocols and chain-of-command communications for emergency services, and crucial information for you and your teams. It will also enable SERVPRO get to work immediately on recovering your business and restoring your facilities so you can get back to work in your home base.

You can’t prevent natural disasters, but you can prepare for them. With a little planning, you can keep your business on track even in an evacuation or crisis.

Let your local SERVPRO guide you toward preparedness, and get the best cleanup and recovery team in the industry on your side when you need us most. Contact us today to get your READY Profile started.

Reduce the Chance of Commercial Storm Damage

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

top of building with missing roof shingles from recent storm If storm damage ever causes a mess at your business, call the pros at SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth, & Fort Valley.

Without warning, high-velocity winds from severe weather can damage your business. No storm’s timing or severity can be fully predicted.

Tornadoes are a common occurrence here in Georgia. Tornado winds can reach up to 300 mph in the most powerful tornadoes. Wind speeds of this magnitude can lift vehicles into the air, tear houses and businesses apart and turn shattered glass and other debris into dangerous projectiles.

It might feel like there’s nothing that can be done to prevent the full severity of storm damage, but a few simple precautions can be taken to help reduce the chance of property damage and save you money on repairs and missed productivity.

The Roof

It is critical to ensure your roof can hold up against storm damage. Storms may cause shingles to fly off or be broken by hail and debris.

To ensure that your business’ roof is protected against wind damage, get it assessed for a variety of factors, including the following:

  • Shingles have a high wind and impact resistance rating
  • Shingles are snugly secured and fitted together
  • The roof sheathing is set firmly in place
  • The connection between the roof and the walls is sufficiently secure to prevent the roof from being lifted off by high winds and updrafts
  • HVAC equipment, skylight and pipelines are securely fastened and will not blow away

Exterior Walls and Doors

Different types of exteriors are more or less prone to damage from storms than others. In fact, steel siding is known as one of the most durable siding options available, as it can withstand harsh storms and damaging winds.

Some commercial spaces can be primarily glass, brick or concrete exteriors, which all have different levels of tolerance to storm damage. To make sure your building’s exterior is protected from wind damage, check the following:

  • The structure is well-sealed to prevent wind from entering gaps and crevices and damaging the interior of your business
  • Siding and windows are attached securely
  • All entry doors are triple-hinged and protected with a deadbolt lock
  • Overhead doors are well-reinforced and capable of withstanding heavy winds

Outdoor Areas

Many commercial properties have exterior spaces, from walkways to playgrounds. Perhaps you have outdoor benches, tables and chairs or potted plants.

Check the following to ensure that the areas around your property are protected against damaging winds and storms:

  • Storage sheds and structures are securely anchored
  • Everything you keep outdoors (equipment, inventory and supplies) is either secured or readily moved inside
  • Dumpsters, outdoor lighting fixtures and fences are secured
  • Large bushes and trees in close proximity to your structure are healthy and pruned
  • Outdoor advertising or signage are secured

You’ve worked hard to get your business to where it is today. If storm damage ever causes a mess at your business, call SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth, & Fort Valley to handle any and all storm disaster cleanup and restoration.

Reduce the Chance of Commercial Storm Damage

3/7/2022 (Permalink)

top of building with missing roof shingles from recent storm If storm damage ever causes a mess at your business, call the pros at SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth, & Fort Valley.

Without warning, high-velocity winds from severe weather can damage your business. No storm’s timing or severity can be fully predicted.

Tornadoes are a common occurrence here in Georgia. Tornado winds can reach up to 300 mph in the most powerful tornadoes. Wind speeds of this magnitude can lift vehicles into the air, tear houses and businesses apart and turn shattered glass and other debris into dangerous projectiles.

It might feel like there’s nothing that can be done to prevent the full severity of storm damage, but a few simple precautions can be taken to help reduce the chance of property damage and save you money on repairs and missed productivity.

The Roof

It is critical to ensure your roof can hold up against storm damage. Storms may cause shingles to fly off or be broken by hail and debris.

To ensure that your business’ roof is protected against wind damage, get it assessed for a variety of factors, including the following:

  • Shingles have a high wind and impact resistance rating
  • Shingles are snugly secured and fitted together
  • The roof sheathing is set firmly in place
  • The connection between the roof and the walls is sufficiently secure to prevent the roof from being lifted off by high winds and updrafts
  • HVAC equipment, skylight and pipelines are securely fastened and will not blow away

Exterior Walls and Doors

Different types of exteriors are more or less prone to damage from storms than others. In fact, steel siding is known as one of the most durable siding options available, as it can withstand harsh storms and damaging winds.

Some commercial spaces can be primarily glass, brick or concrete exteriors, which all have different levels of tolerance to storm damage. To make sure your building’s exterior is protected from wind damage, check the following:

  • The structure is well-sealed to prevent wind from entering gaps and crevices and damaging the interior of your business
  • Siding and windows are attached securely
  • All entry doors are triple-hinged and protected with a deadbolt lock
  • Overhead doors are well-reinforced and capable of withstanding heavy winds

Outdoor Areas

Many commercial properties have exterior spaces, from walkways to playgrounds. Perhaps you have outdoor benches, tables and chairs or potted plants.

Check the following to ensure that the areas around your property are protected against damaging winds and storms:

  • Storage sheds and structures are securely anchored
  • Everything you keep outdoors (equipment, inventory and supplies) is either secured or readily moved inside
  • Dumpsters, outdoor lighting fixtures and fences are secured
  • Large bushes and trees in close proximity to your structure are healthy and pruned
  • Outdoor advertising or signage are secured

You’ve worked hard to get your business to where it is today. If storm damage ever causes a mess at your business, call SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth, & Fort Valley to handle any and all storm disaster cleanup and restoration.

Whatever the Disaster, We're Here to Help Your Business

3/3/2022 (Permalink)

black soot damage on concrete patio from recent fire No matter what causes the damage, we can handle it. SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth, & Fort Valley are your local restoration experts.

Even on a normal day, it’s difficult to operate a business. With so many competing demands for your time and attention, it’s easy to see why managing or owning a business might be a little stressful.

Consequently, if something were to interrupt business like damage from a natural disaster, you might need some experts to step in and lend a hand.

SERVPRO is the industry leader when it comes to commercial disaster cleaning, recovery and restoration. Our goal is to help you get back on your feet after a crisis by handling the cleanup and restoration process so you can continue to focus on what you need to do to keep your business going.

No matter what causes the damage, we can handle it:

Smoke and fire damage. The NFPA estimates that U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 3,340 fires in office properties per year that cost an annual average of over $110 million in property damage. We can take care of everything from the demolition and reconstruction of your building to the elimination of smoke odors.

Water damage. Damage caused by water seeping inside the building from any number of things, such as a storm, leaky roof, broken pipes, an overflowing water heater and other unanticipated problems, can cause issues from carpets getting saturated to drywall getting destroyed and even structural integrity potentially becoming compromised. No matter what happens, we’ll get you back up and running quickly and thoroughly.

Weather-related disaster damage. Natural disasters affect one out of every three businesses, and many of them are not prepared. One way to be prepared is to know what to do between disaster and the completion of your restoration. We can set your business up with a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan, which will help you know exactly what to do if disaster should strike.

Regardless of the nature or severity of your needs, we can assist you in getting back to business as quickly as possible.

Contact SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth, & Fort Valley when you’re ready to have the best in disaster cleaning and recovery on your side. We’re here to assist you in preparing for or recovering from a catastrophe.

Have a Strong Commercial Fire Safety System

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

a green fire exit sign above flames from fire A fire can happen to any business. If your workplace experiences any damage from fire, contact SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth, and Fort Valley.

Fires can cause serious damage and inconvenience to businesses. Ensuring that you are prepared for a fire before it happens will protect your employees and your facility.

With these four critical components, you can construct a solid fire safety system that will help curb a fire if one happens to spark up at your workplace.

Smoke and Fire Alarms

When it comes to fire safety in the workplace, the first and most important line of defense is a working fire and smoke alarm system. Everyone is alerted when the fire alarm goes off, indicating that there is a possible threat and that an emergency evacuation is required.

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are really only helpful for small fires, but knowing how to use one could prevent extreme damage to your facility. When using fire extinguishers, you and your employees should use OSHA’s “PASS” system:

P—Pull the pin on the extinguisher

A—Aim at the base of the fire

S—Squeeze the handle

S—Sweep at the fire, and move side to side

Sprinkler System

The usage of a sprinkler system is important as well. Sprinkler systems can be programmed to activate when the temperature reaches a specific level and can douse even very large flames.

You’ll likely need a professional inspector to provide regular inspections to ensure sprinkler and standpipe systems are properly maintained and running. As with any emergency equipment that is not used every day, ensuring it is in working condition regularly is essential.

Emergency Lighting and Signage

Conditions may be hectic and confusing during a fire. The building’s electrical power also often goes out. It might be difficult to see or navigate the building due to power outage, sprinklers going off, as well as smoke in the air.

People are more likely to be able to see well enough to leave the building and find safety if the facility is equipped with backup emergency lights that turn on automatically, along with lighted exit signs.

A fire can happen to any business. If your workplace happens to be affected, SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth, and Fort Valley has expert fire restoration professionals who can assist you immediately.

The 2 Most Common Causes of Commercial Water Damage

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

a black keyboard showing signs of water damage Water damage doesn’t wait for a convenient time to cause problems. SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth, & Fort Valley is ready 24 hours a day.

When you’re running a business, it’s easy to let a few things slip your mind. Perhaps checking your facility for water damage is one of those tasks. Water damage can sneak in quietly, but can pack a big punch if it isn’t found and treated quickly.

Water damage can cause expensive losses for business. Thankfully, it’s not impossible to find and address water damage early on, before it gets to be a major issue.

There are a lot of ways water can creep into your facility, but these two are the most common:

Leaks in the plumbing system. A pipe breaks, an appliance hose ruptures or if your facility has a fire, the suppression sprinkler system turns on and drenches your facility in water.

Pipes may also unexpectedly leak during freezing conditions due to frozen water. Burst pipes are sometimes difficult to detect since they are not as visible from the surface and may not always result in obvious puddles of standing water.

Water stains near piping areas or the development of musty odors are evidence of plumbing leaks. You might notice the stains on the ceiling, running down the walls or on your floors.

Roof leaks. Leaky roofs are often the result of severe rainfall combined with insufficient or incorrect roof drainage. Excessive rainfall, such as that seen during natural disasters, may often result in widespread damage when it leaks inside.

This sort of damage has the potential to develop further if it goes unnoticed with fewer people in the facility, like overnight or on a weekend. Roof damage may also result in secondary damage such as unsightly mold development, if left unattended for an extended period of time.

Commercial property insurance typically provides coverage for unforeseen pipe bursts, malfunctioning appliances and sprinkler system water damage caused by a property fire. Insurance also often includes coverage for damage to major equipment, which is crucial in the event of roof water leaks.

Water damage doesn’t wait for convenient times to cause problems, and we don’t wait for convenient times to respond. If water damage creeps up at your commercial property, SERVPRO is ready 24 hours a day and seven days a week to help.

Fires on Construction and Renovation Sites

2/2/2022 (Permalink)

a tall commercial building being built on fire If your construction project should be hindered by an unfortunate fire, contact SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth, & Fort Valley.

A 2020 report by the National Fire Protection Association gives us insight into the most common fire dangers of unfinished properties. Some of these properties are in the construction phase, and some are undergoing major renovations. The published results are the culmination of a five-year study, looking at fires of this nature from 2013–2017.

These details serve to encourage adoption and adherence to NFPA standards and codes while building and renovating, in order to avoid the added cost and time of dealing with fires as a result of code violations.

The top three causes of construction and renovation fires are in a virtual tie for occurrence percentage, though their resulting damage varies. Electrical failure or malfunction causes 15% of construction fires, while another 14% each come from abandoned or discarded materials and heat sources too close to combustible materials.

Electrical malfunction also causes 16% of civilian injuries in these types of fires, while discarded material and combustion from heat sources cause 6% and 19%, respectively. Also of note is that fires caused by heat sources being too near to combustibles causes almost one fifth of all direct property damage from construction fires.

There are a few other causes of significance, though none with quite the impact of the top three. These include welding and cutting in close proximity to flammable materials or objectsunattended equipmentfailure to properly clean work areas and various misuses of materials. The combination of these add up to 26% of construction fires and 27% of civilian injuries, but only 11% of property damage from fires on construction sites.

Adherence to fire codes and proper methodologies could prevent most of these unfortunate fires, and while it’s not always the most convenient way to do this, following these well-researched, thoughtfully crafted prevention codes is the safest way to manage any construction or renovation project.

Considering fire agencies respond to more than 6,000 construction fires alone each year, this report shows us that we’ve still got some ground to make up when it comes to proper fire safety methods.

If your construction project should be hindered by an unfortunate fire, we’re here to help, regardless of the cause. Contact SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth, & Fort Valley to find out how we can help you get back on track.

Taking Commercial Cleaning to a New Level | SERVPRO® of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

If you’re business has sanitation and cleaning needs, reach out to the SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley team.

Hope is here! Even a month or two ago, many areas of the country had major COVID-19 outbreaks, with high numbers of cases and deaths. But now, thanks to increased vaccination, the country is experiencing a major turnaround.

As we return to a level of normalcy, more and more people are returning to in-person shopping and dining. As they do, they bring with them new expectations. With a new understanding of how fragile health can be, they now expect that businesses they patronize will prioritize their health and well-being.

You can do that with a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Experiencing the SERVPRO Difference

The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program takes care of sanitizing and cleaning your facility. Essentially, we are here to help you rest easy knowing you have gone to great measures to care for customers and employees alike.

Having and maintaining a clean business can make all the difference in the world, but double that feeling and add in our advanced biohazard techniques and technologies that go beyond the traditional cleaning and janitorial services.

Here’s how the program works:

1) Consult. Our first step is to sit down and discuss your business’ unique needs, including the size of your facility, the type of work you do there and the people who visit your space. We already have a leg up. Since our business is locally owned and operated, we are very aware of the intricacies and needs of the area.

2) Clean. Our specifically trained technicians show up armed with proprietary, hospital-grade cleaning solutions that you won’t find anywhere else. Using these types of cleaning products gives your building the clean of a lifetime, always adhering to CDC standards.

3) Certify. Once the job is finished, you get to proudly display the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield on your business window or door. This badge is a beacon to potential and current customers that you have gone to great lengths to ensure their well-being is your top priority. You’ll also have a digital emblem to place on your website and social media profiles.

If you’re ready to get serious about sanitation and have your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, get in touch today to get the best team in cleanup and restoration on your side.

Commercial Services SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley Offer

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

This local business had minimal damage affected by a F-1 tornado. Contact us at 478-956-1214 should you experience a storm event!

When fires or water damages happen, they happen when you least expect it and may occur at your office or business. Who do you call? Knowing the right company to help in an emergency is important to get your Fort Valley business back up and running as quickly as possible. Trusting your local restoration company to handle your emergency will help put you, your employees and even your insurance company at ease. We work with hundreds of insurance companies and are a preferred vender for most!

SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley are available 24/7 to help you restore your Middle Georgia commercial property and get you back to business! We have the education, experience, specialized equipment, and highly trained personnel to handle your commercial water, fire and even mold damage. We also have access to other resources of our national network of over 1,700 Franchises to handle large commercial projects and storm events.

Our Commercial Services Include:

  • Commercial Restoration
  • Commercial Water Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Storm and Major Events
  • Disaster Recovery Team
  • Commercial Cleaning
  • Building Services

As an emergency service, we’re available 24/7! 

Call Today @ 478-956-1214

Let’s get you set up for an ERP!

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

Contact us anytime to schedule your appointment today!

Do you have an emergency ready plan in place? What about your employees? What if you were out of town on vacation or on a business trip 300 miles away and a disaster happens? What would you do? Who would you call? Are you ready for whatever happens?

Disasters and resulting business interruption can devastate companies. It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster never reopen! Of those that reopened, the majority had some type of contingency plan in place.  No one plans on a disaster but you can plan on it. By preparing now, you demonstrate excellence in readiness planning by compiling a comprehensive information resource to use in case of a disaster.

A timely response in a crisis can:

- Minimize business interruption

- Save thousands of dollars in reduced secondary damage

Why the SERVPRO ERP?

At no cost assessment of your facility. This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost. The ERP was purposely designed to contain only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. It will only take a little time to complete, however, it will save you a lot of time if ever needed. This gives you a peace of mind that should you ever need disaster cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley is your local provider that will be there for you 24/7.

 What does the ERP actually do?

The ERP identifies the line of command for authorizing work to begin. This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigation the damage faster, which can save you both time and money. It provides facility details, such as shut-off valve locations, important areas, and priority contact information. It also identifies local emergency contact information such as fire, police, and hospital contacts. And establishes main internal contacts for purposes of employee safety and emergency work authorization. Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it, and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

Once all the information is captured, SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley will provide you will a digital copy of your facilities information via our Mobile APP/Web Portal.

SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley is no stranger when disasters strike a home or business. Having the ERP App at your finger tips will save you hundreds of dollars and time! Are you ready?

Please visit SERVPRO.com/ready or contact our office to set up your appointment today!

478-956-1214

Fire Loss in Middle Georgia

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

Fire originated from an attached patio that caught fire during a BBQ.

They say, “Hope for the best but expect the worst”. As a commercial business owner, you tell yourself this after a fire that started on the top floor of your business. The fire department is working tirelessly getting the fire out and a million things are running through your mind. The aftermath can be very overwhelming. But for the pro’s at SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley, we are the #1 choice for fire and water cleanup and restoration! We’re here to help you get through this difficult time from the beginning to the end. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

No matter the size of the fire damage the lingering affects can quickly become absorbed into the walls, floors, ceilings, furniture and the entire structure of the building. Contacting SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley is the best choice to do an inspection and check all areas of the affected and nonaffected structure that could be easily overlooked. We’ll begin where the fire originated from and work our way up, then all the way down to ensure all areas have been covered.

In most commercial fire loss cases, the first thing we would do begin to board up the area to keep people, animals and potential bad weather out. Our trained professionals will begin to assess the fire, smoke, soot and water damage throughout the facility. Once the assessment has been complete, we’ll begin to bring in specialized industrial equipment to remove all smoke odors and begin the drying process. By performing emergency services, this helps reduce your insurance claims expense.

Emergency Services Include:

  • Boarding up the structure to help prevent any intrusions
  • Drying the affected areas by using specialized industrial equipment
  • Deodorizing all rooms and affected areas
  • Checking HVAC systems as soot can creep its way through the vents
  • Cleaning affected areas by removing smoke or soot residues

After a fire loss, you should contact your insurance company for specific instructions regarding a filing a claim. SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley works with 100’s of insurance companies and are even a preferred vender for most. Every fire damage event can be a unique and differ from one to the other but the outcome is the same. Getting your business to its pre-fire loss condition is our #1 goal.

Contact us day or night at 478-956-1214!

Helping Forsyth Businesses Stay Strong During Uncertain Times | SERVPRO® of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. Contact SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley to learn more.

If you’re a business owner in Forsyth, we have a question for you to ponder. Does your business look different than it did last year?

Most business owners will answer “yes, absolutely.” And that’s to be expected, given everything that’s going on in the world today.

If you’re like most local members of the business community (and the community at-large), you would say that this process has been a stressful one. We’ve never been asked to rethink how we do live, interact and do business in such a short time before now.

But the good news is you have the support and help of your community. And that can make all the difference.

So, whether you’ve decided that home offices and digital services are the way to go or if you’ve opted to open the doors to your business again for in-person connections, we’re here to support you.

Support You Can Count On

You can access resources that will help you get business loans and tips, advice and more from sources you can trust.

Keeping your business clean and sanitary is important, too. That’s where we can play a big part in supporting your business.

We’ll get your business “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.” Here’s how that process works:

We’ll consult with you about your business and make an individualized plan.

Then, we’ll clean your space. Our technicians use a high-level system to ensure you’re ready for customers to come back. Our teams work with proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions. Plus, we use cleaning and decontamination standards directly from the CDC.

Finally, our team will certify your space.

If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help you.