Archived Commercial Blog Posts
Why Cleaning Your Commercial HVAC System Is Important
According to the NACDA—The HVAC Inspection, Maintenance, and Restoration Association, “if your ducts look dirty, they probably are.” By conducting routine air duct cleanings, you will be able to fully inspect your air ducts for leaks, HVAC effectiveness, and overall indoor air quality.
Air Duct Cleaning Improves the Quality of Indoor Air
By routinely having your air ducts cleaned you can significantly decrease the number of airborne molecules in your office, all while avoiding weighty fees for other air purifying solutions. Air ducts, like everything else in our office, collect dirt and debris. While filters may catch a lot of streaming debris, there is still a considerable amount of dust that settles within the ducts.
Air Duct Cleaning Conserves Energy
Air duct cleaning provides a beginning in optimizing your duct function while providing the opportunity for other issues to be assessed. A properly and thoroughly cleaned HVAC system, not just the air ducts, can reduce the costs associated with running your HVAC system and increase the useful life of your air conditioner and furnace. EPA research suggests that cleaning dirty cooling coils, fans and heat exchangers can improve the efficiency of cooling and heating systems and lower the energy costs of running your heating and cooling system. In administering frequent commercial air duct cleanings, all parts of your HVAC system will be refreshed. This will allow your systems to work better, faster, and more efficiently, all while using less energy!
Air Duct Cleaning Will Save You Money
Having your air ducts regularly serviced lower your energy bill, but it will also prolong the life of your HVAC system. Energy Star estimates indicate that you can improve the efficiency of your HVAC system by 20 percent or more simply by cleaning your ducts.
If you are looking for commercial duct cleaning, please give SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/SE Surprise a call at 623-546-1930, and let us help save your company money.
Commercial Property Fall Prep
t’s official, fall is here. Take the hint and start your own preparations to make sure your commercial property is ready for the changing seasons.
Check Your Gutters – The season is known as “Fall” for a reason, leaves are going to change color and fall from the trees in bulk, and that means a lot more than increased sweeping and vacuuming inside as they are tracked in on shoes. The biggest threat that comes from all of those falling leaves and debris is to your gutter system. Make sure it’s clear so that water will flow freely away from your building when it rains and pours. This simple step will go a long way towards preventing roof leaks and flooding.
Check Your Heaters – Avoid surprises by checking to make sure your heater works before the first cold snap. This means checking on the pilot light, oil levels (if applicable) and furnace filters, as well as having an HVAC expert come in for a seasonal checkup. Not only will your employees and customers thank you, but these steps can help ensure your heating unit will work better and last longer.
Check Your Water Pipes – Exposed water pipes should regularly be checked for leaks, but fall is also a good time to examine the insulation and make sure it’s prepared for colder weather. Prevent frozen and burst pipes in the winter by conducting a quick check in the fall and fixing any inadequacies.
Prevent Electrical and Fire Problems – Have an electrician come in and perform a maintenance check on your electrical system to ensure it’s prepared for the increased usage that fall demands. Shorter and colder days mean more lighting and the possible addition of space heaters, and you don’t want to blow a fuse when clients are around! While you’re at it check your smoke detectors and their batteries ideally once a month, but in the spring and fall at the least, and any emergency generators which should be started once a week so they don’t remain idle too long, transfer load tested every month and full load tested once a year.
SERVPRO of Sun City/Sun City West/SE Surprise is here to help. Give us a call at 623-546-1930 for all your emergency preparedness needs, as well as emergency water or fire needs. We will make it "Like it never even happened."
Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your customer/clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Sun City/ Sun City West/ SE Surprise has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
- Small Office Buildings
- Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
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- Small Retail Stores
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- High-Rise Residential
- Manufacturing & Industrial
When in Need turn to SERVPRO of Sun City/ Sun City West/ SE Surprise for all the necessary services for your commercial property. We guarantee you will not be disappointed. For additional questions please call us today. We look forward to assisting you.
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Getting Back to Work: Commercial Water Damage Restoration
Commercial water damage restoration not only restores a building. It restores jobs and income to the people employed there, products or services to customers, and a healthy environment for everyone who utilizes the structure. If it’s not done right, or on time, the ultimate result can be the closing of a facility, relocation elsewhere, and severe impact to a private business or public organization’s bottom line. Because the scope of water damage in commercial settings is frequently wider and more extreme than in a residential scenario, water damage remediation specialists with experience specific to commercial buildings are positioned to provide effective emergency service when the need arises.
Here’s a typical protocol utilized in commercial water damage restoration:
- All areas contacted with water are inventoried, including affected building materials and furniture. Any wet carpet must be located and identified.
- Wet ceiling tiles may be removed and discarded after the event. Ceiling tiles usually are not salvageable.
- A moisture meter should be utilized to check for water-damaged drywall. Disinfection and mold control techniques may need to be initiated.
- Wet electrical components are assumed to be hazardous. A qualified maintenance technician or electrician should cut off power to affected areas. Inspection by a building inspector or electrician is required to determine the need to replace wet wiring, circuit breakers, outlets and light fixtures.
- Upholstered furniture wet by flood water, roof leaks, or sewage should be discarded. Furniture contacted by drinking water can be air-dried if done within 24 hours. Laminate or hardwood furniture can be cleaned with a disinfectant solution and reused; particle board furniture may be discarded.
- Carpet contaminated by sewage must be disposed. Carpet wet by drinking water or rain water through roof leaks may have water extracted and then be sterilized.
For experienced commercial water damage restoration, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Sun City/ Sun City West, SE Surprise at (623)546-1930
Preparing Your Business for Bad Weather: Helpful tips
Protecting you assets
When bad weather comes, protecting your business from the elements can reduce the risk of costly accidents and damage. From a raging heavy storm to freezing rain and frigid winds, bad storms can be powerful enough to freeze your building’s pipes, damage your roof and cut off your power lines. However, there are a few actions you can take to shield your building and employees from harm once temperatures start to plummet.
1. Allow Employees to Work From Home
Shutting down your business due to bad weather can negatively impact your business’ finances. However, you can keep operations humming by allowing your employees to work remotely. Data wranglers, researchers and website designers can all work from the comfort of their homes and do not have to put themselves in danger in the event of a bad storm. You may want to have a remote contingency plan in place beforehand, so work can continue smoothly upon notice of a work from home day.
2. Be Aware of Weather Warnings
Using weather apps and streaming news services can keep you abreast of any possible bad storms and allow you to take action when it comes to protecting your business. For example, if temperatures are projected to drop into the single digits, a pipe burst in your building’s basement or bathrooms could cause a serious flood. Being aware of upcoming weather conditions can give you time to install additional insulation or contact a storm damage and flood cleanup service to retain their services as a precaution.
3. Inspect Your Roof
Knowing whether your building’s roof could withstand a powerful wind storm can help you avoid a costly repair bill in its aftermath. Heavy rains can cause weak sections of the roof to collapse, and missing shingles may cause moisture to seep into the attic. It is wise to have the roof inspected before bad weather arrives.
Bad weather and frigid wind can affect your business in a variety of ways. However, being prepared in the face of an ice or snow storm may help you protect your property and employees.
3 Types of Damage Your Business Can Suffer During a Fire
Air Scrubber placed in building after a fire.
When you think of fire damage, you may picture flames, charred wood and warped furniture. While all of these are possible, a fire can cause other types of problems as well, especially those that occur at your Sun City/ Sun City West/ SE Surprise, business. If you are facing the aftermath of a fire at your commercial building, there are several issues you might want to watch out for after the flames are doused.
Your building’s electrical system, including the fuse box and wireless components, can be badly damaged during a fire. Intense heat can warp or melt fuse relays, and the protective coating on wires and cables can melt away, leaving the insides exposed. Since these conditions can cause a secondary fire, it is wise to have an electrician inspect the building so repairs can be made.
You may not think of flooding in connection with a fire, but the water that comes from a fire hose is under pressure and sprays out in great amounts as firefighters battle the blaze. Afterward, damaged areas may be flooded with this water. Consider calling in a fire damage and restoration service to have any water drained away before it causes other problems, such as mold growth.
After a fire, smoke smells and soot usually permeate the walls and furniture inside your building. This can be especially problematic for any inventory you had stored in an area affected by the fire. Rooms suffering from both water damage and smoke odors may smell especially strong because of high humidity levels. You can ask your cleanup and restoration technicians about different cleaning techniques they have available and if any structures will have to be replaced.
Assessing fire damage at your Sun City/ Sun City West/ SE Surprise, AZ business after a blaze can be difficult. However, when you know what to look for, you may feel more confident about the restoration process and the eventual recovery of your company.