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Fire Evacuation Plans for Your Business

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

photo of a commercial space experiencing fire/smoke Know what to do if disaster strikes.

Safety First

Everyone should know exactly what to do in the event of a fire.  A proper evacuation plan for your business is important for several reasons. Whether you are a restaurant owner, contractor or manufacturer, you should be well prepared.

To prepare for the eventuality of a fire, it is not enough to have fire extinguishers (although this is a good start). You should take all possible preventive measures to avoid a fire, but also put a place a plan in case of disaster. Start by imagining possible scenarios and then create a plan that addresses each one.

Establish roles and responsibilities, such appointing an inhouse Chief fire warden. This employee has overall responsibility for a fire event. Next you must make sure you have a communication plan. Designate someone such as an assistant fire warden whose primary job is to disseminate information to all if a fire did occur. Make sure the meeting points are far away from the building and train staff on the protocols and procedures to follow in the event of a fire.

Once all are evacuated, a designated employee needs to check that all employees are out of the building and accounted for. In addition to setting up a plan in the event of a fire, you can take other steps in your business to reduce the risk of such a disaster. Regularly inspect your tools, clean your equipment well, and do it often. Make sure all heating equipment is installed and maintained by a technician.

Duct Cleaning in Commercial Spaces

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Photo of commercial ductwork It’s Important to Maintain Clean Ducts in Your Commercial Buildings

Why is Commercial Duct Cleaning Important?

When visiting a business, a person should be able to assume they are in a clean environment, and that includes having clean air. For the air to be ideal, the ductwork for the heating and air conditioning unit must be clean.

There are numerous reasons to have clean ducts, but the most important is the air quality in the establishment. If you have dirty ducts, particles that settle in the ductwork can be sent throughout the building which can increase the number of bacteria, mildew and other irritants. Without proper and regular duct cleaning, diseases can spread, people with breathing difficulties can have more problems, and there could be an increase in odors as smells are spread throughout the business.

It benefits the company to keep the ductwork clean as it improves the lifespan of the heating and air conditioning units as fewer things blow into them and they have increased airflow to keep all parts working properly. Also, if the ductwork is clean, the unit will run more efficiently. 

When the ducts are clean it makes the air more breathable, the unit will last longer, and it saves money on energy. When they are not clean and properly maintained, it leads to disease, smells, more energy usage, and more equipment malfunctions.

If your Barrington, Inverness, Schaumburg, Lake Zurich or Deer Park commercial space needs a proper duct cleaning, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Barrington/ North Schaumburg today at 847-526-0090.

Develop an Emergency READY Profile for Your Business

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Example of what the SERVPRO ready plan website looks like SERVPRO Emergency READY Profiles are a vital part of any business’s contingency plan.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

Did you know 50% of businesses never reopen after a disaster? Of the businesses that do survive, the majority had a preparedness plan in place.

Most businesses do have some sort of a contingency plan in place- but very few have ones focused primarily on disaster recovery and incident response.

SERVPRO of Barrington/ North Schaumburg offers complimentary Emergency READY Profiles for your businesses and commercial properties. With the Emergency READY Profile, you can know that you are “Ready for whatever happens.” Whether the disaster is man-made or natural, Having an ERP in place can help minimize business interruption and cut remediation costs. This is because within the profile contains all critical building information, a detailed facility list including shut-off valve locations with photos, priority areas, priority contact information and more.

To schedule your complimentary ERP for your business or commercial property, call SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg and ask to make an appointment for one of our specialists to come down to your business to compile your free customized Emergency READY Profile.

Remember, knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation.

Call (847) 526-0090 to schedule a walk-through to have your personalized Emergency READY Profile compiled today!

Save Lives by Using Smoke Detectors in Hoffman Estates

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

A smoke detector covered in ashes from fire damage, with a new battery laying next to it. Save Lives and prevent fire damage by using smoke detectors in Hoffman Estates.

Fire can strike anywhere in Hoffman Estates. That’s why SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg encourages people to use smoke detectors. The National Fire Protection Association found that smoke detectors are a major reason that fire deaths have decreased so much.

Hoffman Estates Should Know:

  • Smoke alarms provide enough warning for people to leave the building
  • Most fatal fires take place when people are asleep
  • The smell of smoke is not enough to wake a sleeping person
  • Nearly 60% of deaths from home fires occurred in homes without working smoke detectors
  • Place smoke detectors high on the wall or on the ceiling
  • The NFPA and the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) recommend detectors that alert the fire department
  • Close doors to keep fire, heat, and smoke from spreading
  • The NFPA recommends a system that links all the smoke detectors together so that when one alarm sounds a warning, they all do
  • There should be at least one smoke alarm on every floor of a home or building
  • Every bedroom should have its own smoke detector
  • Replace the batteries once a year, such as a birthday or January 1st
  • Test each smoke detector every month by using its test button
  • Replace every smoke detector 10 years from its manufacture
  • When a smoke alarm goes off, implement your escape plan

We hope you never need recovery from smoke damage or from fire damage, but SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is Here to Help®. 

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is independently owned and operated.

Links: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/smoke_alarms.html

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/technology/smoke_fire_alarms.html

Tips for Staying Safe During a Storm in Deer Park

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning causing storm damage to an office building in Deer Park. Stay away from windows during a lightning storm in Deer Park.

A few common safety rules and precautions state that the public should generally try to stay inside of a safe area or building when a lightning storm or thunderstorm occurs. There are many commercial buildings in Deer Park.  SERVPRO® of Barrington/North Schaumburg wants to share the following safety tips for staying safe during a thunderstorm while inside of a commercial building:

  • Pay attention to all alerts and warnings, as a thunderstorm can develop into a tornado if powerful enough
  • Avoid running water if possible since electricity can travel through plumbing
  • Stay away from all windows or glass walls, especially during a lightning storm

Since weather is unpredictable and can change in an instant without much warning in Deer Park, SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg wants you to consider the following tips:

  • If the commercial building has a basement or storm cellar, head there immediately
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck in the event of flying debris or shattered windows
  • Do not leave the safe area until the local alerting system says it is safe to do so

Remember, SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is here to help. Our trained team members will show up ready to go and can assist in cleanup and restoration after a thunderstorm, lightning storm and even a tornado has caused storm damage, water damage, or fire damage.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is independently owned and operated.

Link: https://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning

Different Types of Extinguishers in Barrington

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Cartoon man with a fireman’s cap on holding a fire extinguisher looking at a “Fire Extinguisher Guide.” Don't take chances with fire. If it cannot be put out easily, immediately evacuate the building.

All of us at SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg hope your home and business are able to stay safe from fire.  If the worst happens, we are experts in cleaning fire damage and smoke damage.

Just to be safe, SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg recommends you keep, maintain, and know how to use fire extinguishers. 

A fire-extinguisher may prevent fire damage and smoke damage from spreading throughout the office or commercial building.

If you see a small fire you might be able to take care of it yourself by using the following tips. If you have any worries, you and everyone else should leave the office and call 9-1-1 when you are outside.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg wants you to know that you can try to fight a small fire only if:

  • You can get to the fire extinguisher quickly. Fire is fast. Fire damage and smoke damage are less painful than personal injuries
  • You have the right class of fire extinguisher
  • You know how to use the fire extinguisher

FEMA Describes the Types of Commercial Fire Extinguishers:

Classes A, B, and C fire extinguishers are found in both homes and businesses

  • Class A is for cloth, wood, and paper
  • Class B is for liquids that can burst into flame or explode, such as grease, gasoline, oil, or oil-based paints
  • Class C is for electrical equipment like computers, tools, or anything else that is plugged in
  • Most home-improvement stores sell multi-purpose fire extinguishers: Classes A:B:C
  • Class D is for metals that can burst into flame.  Class D fire extinguishers are usually needed only in some factories
  • Class K is for vegetable and animal oils and fats that are in cooking appliances.  Commercial kitchens (restaurants, cafeterias, catering businesses) often use them

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is independently owned and operated.

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/ 

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/extinguishers.html

SERVPRO of Barrington/ N. Schaumburg Will Help Keep Your Business Open

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

If your commercial property is impacted by a water or fire event, SERVPRO of Barrington/ North Schaumburg helps you get back to business quickly.

When your property faces damage and business operations are interrupted, turn to SERVPRO of Barrington/ North Schaumburg to help restore, recover and re-open. Offering full service restoration, we can handle all aspects of the response, from emergency board-up, to water or debris removal, cleaning, drying, and restoration, including rebuilding from the damage.

Helping Your Business and Recovering from Damage

We are a local business based in the Barrington/ North Schaumburg area and we understand that you need an immediate response with trained and professional staff working to get you restored quickly and accurately.  Responding 24/7, don’t hesitate to contact your local SERVPRO to help with any of the following:

  • Emergency/after-hours board-up services to secure your property
  • Water extraction and commercial drying
  • Fire damage mitigation and repairs
  • Smoke and soot cleaning and de-odorization
  • Biological cleaning
  • Mold removal and remediation
  • Any form of structural damage to your property

For help with your business or commercial property call SERVPRO of Barrington at (847) 526-0090

Commercial Damage Repairs by SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Has your business suffered damage recently? SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg offers cleaning, repairs and rebuild for businesses.

Property Damage at your Business? 

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg helps keep your business operating

If your business has suffered a fire, flood or other type of property damage, an experienced team of restoration professionals is nearby and ready to help.  SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg offers commercial restoration services but also understands the demands associated with a commercial property and business.  You cannot be closed for a long time, as customers and employees alike are counting on your business.  We understand that and will get you up and running as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is local and ready to respond

Offering 24/7 response, we can respond to assist your business when you need it most.  We offer the following:

  • Emergency/after-hours board-up services to secure your property
  • Water extraction and commercial drying
  • Fire damage mitigation and repairs
  • Smoke and soot cleaning and de-odorization
  • Biological cleaning
  • Mold removal and remediation

For help with your commercial property or business damage, call SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg at (847) 526-0090

Mold in Barrington and Hoffman Estates Buildings

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

Building Mold? Call SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg at (847) 526-0090 to help

Concern about indoor exposure to mold has been increasing as the public becomes aware that exposure to mold can cause a variety of health effects and symptoms, including allergic reactions. In addition to the health problems molds gradually damage the things they grow on. By controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth you can prevent damage to building materials and furnishings, save money and avoid the potential health risks.

Molds can be found almost anywhere, they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulated in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will likely occur, especially if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all mols and mold spores in the indoor environment but it can be controlled by controlling moisture indoors.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg has a great deal of experience in mold remediation as well as identifying moisture problems that enhance mold growth.

Reach out to us online or phone us at (847) 526-0090 to arrange a time for us to come out and assess your mold problem.

Catastrophes in the US presented by SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Plan Mobile Application

Insured losses due to natural disasters in the United States in 2016 totaled $23.8 billion according to Munich Re. Severe thunderstorm losses, at $14 billion, accounted for about 60 percent of the 2016 insured losses. Floods and flash floods accounted for $4.3 billion in insured losses in 2016, and tropical cyclones accounted for $3.5 billion in insured losses. Winter storms and cold waves caused $1 billion in insured losses in 2016. Wildfires, heat waves and drought produced $1 billion in insured losses in 2016. 

The first quarter of 2017 was the costliest first quarter in terms of losses for the property casualty insurance industry since 1994 according to the Property Claims Service (PCS) division of Verisk Analytics. The first quarter of 2017 produced $2.3 billion more claim dollars than the same period in 2016. Remember SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is here to help should your home or business be impacted by a disaster. Also, please reach out to us at (847) 526-0090 to arrange for us to prepare an Emergency Readiness Plan for your business to help prepare for the possibility of a disaster.

Restoring Your Schaumburg Commercial Property After a Water Damage Event

9/1/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events in Schaumburg commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Hoffmans Estates Vandalism

8/11/2016 (Permalink)

The living room covered with garbage.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg was called in to clean up after a former tenant's vandalism in a townhouse in Hoffman Estates, IL. The entire townhouse was littered with trash and feces. Doors and walls were damaged. This townhouse required cleaning, sanitizing and de-odorizing to make it suitable for leasing again.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg can provide cleaning of homes and business, even if they aren't this bad. We can provide a one time deep cleaning, cleaning in preparation for listing a home for sale, prior to an event or a periodic cleaning as required.

Please call our office to arrange an appointment for us to meet and discuss your needs and how we can help. Our office number is (847) 526-0090 and it is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Honey tank explosion at a honey farm

8/11/2016 (Permalink)

Burned honey covering the walls and floor and damaged tank.

A honey tank overheated and exploded at a honey farm in Marengo, IL. SERVPRO was called in to cleanup and assess and repair the damage so the honey operations could resume. We performed this work in conjucntion with another SERVPRO franchise to insure rapid response and completion. We were onsite at the agreed time and started work immediately after assessment of the damage and preparing before photos and scoping the job.

At SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg no job is too difficult for us to figure and and complete. Our staff is the best trained in the industry and we have access to our own chemists that oversee the development of SERVPRO products.

Please call us with you specialty or unusually cleaning needs. Our office phone is answered 24/7, please call us at (847) 526-0090 at any time.

Sewer Backup in Hoffman Estates Office Building

8/10/2016 (Permalink)

We respond to and handle water damage emergencies in both residential and commercial settings. This photo depicts a water damage loss in an office.

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today - (847) 526-0090

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

Your name and contact information

Your insurance information (if applicable)

The street address of the water-damaged home or business

When did the flooding or water damage occur?

What caused the water damage (if known)?

Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg

SERVPRO of Barrington/North Schaumburg specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.