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Why Preparing for a Disaster Makes Good Business Sense

12/26/2021 (Permalink)

If your business is damaged in a disaster, we are here to help you. Contact SERVPRO of Fayette/S. Fulton Counties about commercial restoration 24/7.

There are many things that business owners must think about throughout their day-to-day operations, and for many of them, adding something extra onto this task list may seem impossible.

While this is understandable, when it comes to preparing for a disaster, it is imperative that business owners make the time to consider it. Many businesses do not get the chance to recover from a disaster, and while you can’t plan for everything, it is important to prepare for what you can.

Not only will disaster planning help you and your employees stay safer in advance of and during a disaster, but it also makes good businesses sense. Disaster recovery can be too difficult for businesses who have not prepared, rendering them unable to reopen. However, by thinking ahead and utilizing your resources, you can reduce the likelihood that this scenario will happen to you.

How Disaster Preparedness Helps a Business’ Bottom Line

You can quickly pursue restoration to prevent further damage. When you know which commercial restoration company you will work with, you are at an advantage, as you can immediately place the call to them once you discover damage at your business. This gets you in the queue faster, so you can receive a rapid response and prevent more damage from occurring in the meantime.

You can utilize your resources efficiently. After a disaster is declared, the Small Business Administration provides loans for business owners to help with the cost of recovery. If you know about these options in advance, you can apply right away when the time comes to receive these funds as quickly as possible.

You can lessen the time of closure. It is to be expected that you will have to close your doors for at least a bit while you have the damage restored and prepare to resume operations again, but by planning ahead, you can significantly reduce this time. By making your recovery as efficient as possible, you can get your doors reopened quickly so you can continue to do what you love.

If your business is damaged in a disaster, we are here to help you. Contact us about commercial restoration 24⁄7 to learn more or to report damages to your business after a disaster.

Disaster Recovery You Can Count On

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fayette/S. Fulton Counties is your local restoration expert. When disaster strikes north Georgia, we are ready to help.

Part of being a responsible homeowner is knowing the weather patterns of the region—it informs how you build, how you plan, even how you dress. If you live near the Atlantic coast, you know tropical storms are an issue. In the West, wildfires are particularly dangerous.

Living in north Georgia means being aware of the inherent risk of natural disasters for this area. There’s always a risk of flooding when you get the amount of rain we see here, and our risk of tornadoes in Fulton County is much higher than both the national average and the average across the rest of the state.

Knowing that risk means you should also know how you’re going to handle recovery efforts for your home or business, should they become damaged by a tornado or other disastrous event. You need to know that when something bigger than a DIY solution is needed, you’ve got someone you can reach out to. Here’s why that someone should be us.

We’re “Faster to Any Size Disaster.” Why? Because when it comes to recovery, speed matters. Homes that sit and soak in mold and smoke are never the same without extensive rebuilding. Around 90% of businesses that don’t recover quickly after a disaster fail to stay open at all. Contacting SERVPRO means you’ve got a team on the way, right away. And we’re available 247 for emergency assistance.

We’re the experts. Nobody does it like SERVPRO. When you’ve been around as long as we have, you learn to get right to the heart of disaster recovery. We’ve pioneered new techniques, innovated home and business solutions, and earned us the reputation of being the leading name in the restoration and recovery space. When you want your home restored to its full glory, you call the experts in green.

Help is on the way. Large-scale disasters bring a flurry of necessary recovery activity, but that shouldn’t mean you have to wait, or that your work gets pushed aside for bigger projects. That’s why when the area is hit with major storms or disaster events, we can call on the power of the national SERVPRO network, bringing extra teams and resources in to help. Your work never stops until the recovery is complete, because we’ll be on the scene in full force to get it done.

When disaster strikes north Georgia, we’re here to help. Contact SERVPRO of Fayette/S. Fulton Counties to see how you can get the best team in the game on your side.

Does Your Business have a Water Damage Prevention Plan?

10/9/2021 (Permalink)

If water damage should become an issue, call SERVPRO of Carrollton. We are your local restoration team.

Carrollton business owners know that water damage incidents ruin products, important devices, and pieces of technology, delay business and wreak havoc on your building’s interior. And though no business owner wants to have to deal with water situations, a surprisingly low number of business owners actually take the proper measures to prevent one.

Most offices have a plan for fires—procedures, planned escape routes and even drills. But your business is statistically more likely to encounter water damage than to experience a fire, so it’s of high import to make sure you know the risks and the measures necessary to protect your building, your assets, and the people who make it all run.

Your Water Damage Prevention Plan

There’s not a hard and fast, one-size-fits-all solution for water damage prevention, so it’s important to take into account the needs of your business, the tendencies of extreme weather in your area and even the time of year, because needs may change during different seasons. But a few basic action points should be part of your overall plan, including:

  • Utilize insurance inspections and routine examinations, which can identify current water risks and leakage situations and make recommendations about needed changes and routine maintenance programs going forward. Insurance inspectors will know where to look for weaknesses in your plumbing system and other common areas of water emergency.

  • Create a team of leaders who have been trained for water response, equipped with water intrusion response kits.

  • Have a thorough knowledge of your water system’s shutoff mechanism, whether it includes a single shut-off or multiple zones. Make sure your teams know who has responsibility and authority to shut off water mains or zones in an emergent situation.

  • Maintain your contractor contacts for emergencies—aka keep SERVPRO of Carrollton on speed dial.

  • Consider using modern water-detection technology that can alert you to a possible situation before you would otherwise become aware, especially in areas that don’t always receive attention.

These steps will get you on your way toward minimizing the likelihood of damage from a surprise water situation. And make sure your insurance covers water damage, including floods, just in case your prevention methods can’t overcome a water incursion.

SERVPRO of Carrollton is nearby and trained to take care of water situations quickly. If water damage should become an issue, just call or click, and we’ll be there right away to help.

Damage Due to Vandalism

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies, SERVPRO® of Carrollton also offers fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup* and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

SERVPRO® of Carrollton professionals are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO® of Carrollton helps turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices.

SERVPRO® of Carrollton can help with the following issues:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Methamphetamine Labs
  • Crime Scene Residues
  • Arson
  • Vandalism 
  • Sewage Backups 
  • Black Water Intrusions
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

State and local regulations vary. Contact SERVPRO® of Carrollton today at 770-258-7557 for 24-hour emergency service.

*Services vary by location

**Courtesy of Restoration Newsline Vol 29, Iss 6

Making Sure Your Business Is Able to Recover Quickly After a Disaster

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

If you need assistance after a disaster impacts your business, SERVPRO of Carrollton is the team to call.

For a business owner, there are few things that can be more devastating than a natural disaster
impacting your area. Not only does a natural disaster put the safety of you and your staff
members at risk, but it can threaten the very future of the business you have worked so hard to build, too.

It is likely no surprise that small businesses are hit the hardest during natural disasters, so as a
business owner, it is vital to be sure you are preparing in every way you can.

If you are impacted by a disaster at your business, one of the best things you can do is ensure you are prepared to reopen again as soon as possible. By making sure in advance that you
have an adequate disaster recovery plan and insurance coverage in place, you can do your
best to mitigate the impact of a disaster and get back to business as soon as possible.

How to Prepare Your Business to Recover From a Natural Disaster

**Be sure you have proper insurance coverage.** The world of business insurance can be complicated, but it is one that is worth gaining an understanding of for any small business owner. Generally, your property will be covered by your commercial policy, but there are other things, such as flood damage, loss of income and interruption costs, that will require a different
policy altogether. It is important that you understand what is and is not covered so you can
purchase additional insurance if necessary.

**Understand the resources available to you.** Through the American Small Business
Association, business owners have disaster recovery loans available to them if they are in a
declared disaster area. These loans are often provided with very low interest rates and
generous repayment terms so you can use them as funding to tackle damage and get reopened
without the worry of going into extreme amounts of debt.

**Craft a plan for your restoration process.** Knowing who to call when you have damage to your business is a must for having it handled quickly and efficiently. In a disaster scenario, there will be many private residences and businesses vying for damage restoration, so it is vital to choose a company that can handle the volume and respond to your damages quickly.

*If you need assistance after a disaster impacts your business, we are the team to call. We are
here 24/7 and have the resources to handle any size disaster. Contact us today to learn more.*

Wet or Dry Sprinkler Systems: Which is Right for your Business?

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

Should your business have fire damage, trust the experts at SERVPRO of Carrollton to get your doors open quickly.

While there are many sprinkler system types, the two most commonly used are wet and dry sprinkler systems. Fire Systems, Inc. repairs, installs, and inspects all types of sprinkler systems for commercial businesses in Atlanta and the state of Georgia. Fire Systems can help you choose which sprinkler system is best for your fire protection needs.

Wet vs. Dry Pipe Sprinkler Systems 

Both wet and dry sprinkler systems extinguish fires using water, just in different ways.

In a wet system, the pipes are filled with pressurized water. When a fire occurs, the system immediately discharges water to extinguish the fire.

Conversely, dry systems are filled with pressurized nitrogen or air that keeps water at a riser.  When a dry sprinkler system goes off, the pressure in the pipes drops, a valve opens, and water flows through the pipes and out to extinguish the fire. 

Wet Sprinkler Systems

The sprinkler heads in a wet system are connected to pipes that are filled with water. The system automatically goes off when a fire is detected. Wet sprinkler systems are the number one choice for most businesses because they’re simple to use and require little maintenance. This system type is also very reliable since the water is automatically dispersed when a fire occurs.

Dry Sprinkler Systems

Sprinkler heads in a dry sprinkler system are connected to pipes that are filled with pressurized nitrogen or air. The gas or gas holds back water until a fire is detected.

Dry systems are the second most commonly used system. They are ideal for unheated buildings, parking garages, and warehouses since these types of properties can experience temperatures below 40°F (4.44 °C). Dry systems are also recommended for protecting areas that store sensitive equipment to minimize damage.

Protecting Your Property Against Vandalism

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

Should your business become the victim of vandals, trust the experts at SERVPRO of Carrollton to assist with the cleanup.

Virtually all business properties are subject to vandalism. Vandals can strike anywhere: in cities, suburbs, and rural areas. Fortunately, there are steps businesses can take to discourage vandals from targeting their property.

What Is Vandalism?

While the definition of vandalism varies from state to state, the term generally means the intentional damage, destruction or defacement of someone's property without the owner's permission. Vandalism is a criminal act and is prohibited by state laws. It may qualify as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the amount of financial damage that's involved. Some states refer to vandalism as criminal mischief or malicious mischief.

Why and Where It Occurs

People may commit acts of vandalism for a number of reasons. Here are some of them:

  • Punish a business or industry
  • Express frustration
  • Communicate an ideology or political beliefs
  • Express hate
  • Show off artistic skills
  • Express gang affiliations

Vandals may target buildings, personal property or both. According to the Urban Institute, vandals typically strike in the late evening when business property is unattended. Juvenile offenders may commit acts in the afternoon after school has let out.

Vandals often target public or semi-public property like buses, train stations, and street signs. Such property is easy to access and is often poorly protected. Vandals may also hit private property that's in close proximity to public areas.

Effects of Vandalism

Vandalism can impact your business in a number of ways. First, it can damage your property. Damaged or defaced property requires time, effort, and money to repair. Secondly, vandalism may cause your business to lose income if the vandalized property cannot be used and is essential to your operations.

Thirdly, graffiti, trash, and other types of defacement can have a negative effect on your company's image. Such damage can deter potential customers from entering your premises. Fourthly, vandalism can lower the value of your property. Property that has been damaged or defaced may be unattractive to potential buyers or tenants. Finally, some types of vandalism, such as broken windows, can cause bodily injury to employees or visitors. 

Preventing Vandalism

While you cannot prevent all acts of vandalism, you can discourage vandals from striking your property by taking the steps outlined below. Additional suggestions for thwarting vandals are available from the Urban Institute's website.

  • Keep property tidy.Keep your premises clean, tidy, and free of trash. Disorder attracts vandals.
  • Maintain good lighting.Make sure your property is well-lit at night. Check light bulbs regularly.
  • Install cameras.Install video cameras to monitor activity on your premises. When crimes have occurred, police can use your recorded video to catch the perpetrators.
  • Consider shrubbery or fencing.Fencing or shrubbery can discourage vandals from entering your property. Shrubs that have prickly or scratchy leaves like holly and pyracantha can help keep intruders away.
  • Consider break-resistant glass.Glass that is break-resistant or coated with security film is stronger than regular glass and difficult for vandals to penetrate.
  • Don't ignore it!Vandalism tends to beget more vandalism and can encourage other types of property crimes. Thus, you should make repairs and remove graffiti promptly. Your quick response shows that you care about your property and won't tolerate its defacement.
  • Contact authorities.The police department can't respond to crimes it isn't aware of. Report all vandalism to your local police department. The department may increase patrols in your area or create a hotline for reporting incidents. 
  • Share information.Ask other business owners in your area if they have experienced acts of vandalism and share the information you collect with other businesses. The information may reveal patterns. For example, vandals may be striking at certain times of the day or on certain days of the week.
  • Join a business watch group.Business watch groups are similar to neighborhood watch groups. Group members work to reduce crime by keeping an eye on each other's property. If no watch group exists in your area, you can start one yourself. Tips on how to do this are available from the National Neighborhood Watch website. 

Property Insurance

Most commercial property policies purchased by small business owners cover "all risks," meaning they cover damage caused by any peril that's not specifically excluded. These policies rarely exclude vandalism, so this peril is covered. Most named perils policies also cover vandalism.

Most all-risk policies don't define the term vandalism. This word is defined in many named perils forms. In the ISO named perils forms, vandalism means willful and malicious damage to, or destruction of, the described property.

Two perils that may occur in conjunction with vandalism are riot and civil commotion. These perils are normally covered under both named perils and all-risk property forms. When people commit violent acts during a civil disturbance, they often target business-owned property. Property that has been vandalized by rioters may be subject to looting. Looting is normally covered in conjunction with riot and civil commotion.

Vacant Buildings

Vacant buildings are highly prone to vandalism. Consequently, many property policies contain a vacancy provision like the one found in the ISO property policy. It eliminates coverage for losses caused by vandalism (and several other perils) if the building has been vacant for more than 60 consecutive days.

The meaning of vacant varies depending on whether the insured is a tenant or a landlord. If the insured is a tenant, the unit or suite rented by the policyholder is considered vacant if it doesn't contain enough business personal property for the insured to conduct its ordinary operations. If the insured is the building owner, the building is vacant if less than 31 percent of it is being used by the owner or a tenant to conduct its customary operations. The vacancy provision appears in the policy conditions.

If a building you own or rent will be vacant for more than 60 days, ask your insurer for an endorsement called a Vacancy Permit. This endorsement suspends the vacancy clause for a period of time. It may be available only if you verify that the building is adequately protected from vandals, freezing, and other perils.