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Is Your Sumner County Business Prepared If Disaster Strikes?
As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research.
Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are “Ready for whatever happens” speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.
By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire can affect your business.
The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® is a start of approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO® of Sumner County to create your SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile®, your business can receive the benefit of over 45 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® of Sumner County is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.
Call our office today at 615-822-0200 to schedule your free facility assessment.
Restoring Your Gallatin Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
Flooding and water damage events at Gallatin 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.
About SERVPRO of Sumner County
SERVPRO of Sumner County 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.
Is Your Business Properly Prepared?
All businesses should be equipped with fire extinguishers based on their property footprints. The number of fire extinguishers needed are based off of how many floors, the amount of square footage, and what is being completed on these floors (i.e. kitchen, warehouse, etc.). Below is a breakdown of the different types of fire extinguishers based on what your business accomplishes during the day to day operations.
This is the most common extinguisher and can be used to put out fires in ordinary combustibles such as cloth, wood, rubber, paper and many plastics.
Used on fires involving flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline and oil.
Designed for fires involving appliances, tools or other equipment electrically energized or plugged in.
For use on flammable metals; often specific for the type of metal in questions. These are typically found only in factories working with these metals.
Intended for use on fires that involve vegetable oils, animal oils or fats in cooking appliances. These extinguishers are generally found in commercial kitchens, but are becoming popular in the residential market for use in kitchens.
Which type of fire extinguisher best suites your business?
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As a business owner, insurer or property manager you are a leader in your community and have the opportunity to set an example for your employees, customer and community to follow.
Join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. “Disasters happen” and not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes.
As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your company, its employees and its infrastructure and maximizes your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster. You can do this by taking three simple steps:
- Plan to stay in business
- Encourage your employees to become ready
- Protect your investment
We must work together as a team to ensure that our families, businesses, places of worship and neighborhoods are ready. At Ready.gov/business, companies can find vital information on how to begin preparing their organization and addressing their unique needs during an emergency. You can also contact SERVPRO® of Sumner County to find out more on how to be ready when disaster strikes with the Emergency READY Program®.
A Contingency Plan for Your Hendersonville Business
An emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses; however, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends building an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employees and your business during an emergency. OSHA suggests the following steps when developing such a plan.
- Organize an Emergency Preparedness Procedures review with employees to review your company’s emergency plans. You may wish to select an individual or team of individuals to lead and coordinate your emergency plan.
- Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees. Ensure all routes and exits are clearly marked and well lit, wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuating personnel and that the path is unobstructed and clear of debris at all times.
- Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills. Designate a safe spot outside of the facility where employees can regroup, recover and conduct a head count. Once completed, evaluate how well the plan worked and if additional training or exercises are needed.
Getting Your Ducts In A Row After Home Renovations
What's lurking in your ducts? Call our office today for a free quote at 615-822-0200.
Flipping houses is kind of a thing now right? You sit at home watching HGTV and all of a sudden you are looking around and thinking of ways to knock down walls, rebuild walls and are trying to figure out where ALL the shiplap is going to go. Not you? Just me? Okay. Whether you are renovating your current home or purchasing properties to flip, there is more than meets the eye when it comes to finishing your project.
After you have completed your Chip and Joanna inspired renovations things are looking great! What you can’t see by simply walking through a home is your duct work. During construction all of the dust that is produced from drywall and trim cuts is recirculated through your home and finds its resting place in your duct work and HVAC system.
A post construction duct cleaning is a crucial last step to your renovation process. If you are in the process of renovations or have plans for renovations in the future call SERVPRO of Sumner County for a free quote today.
SERVPRO of Sumner County-Employee Spotlight
Taylor Richardson: Project Manager with SERVPRO of Sumner County
It’s no secret that team members play a large role in a company’s success. That is certainly true here at SERVPRO of Sumner County.
Taylor Richardson is one of our Project Managers at SERVPRO of Sumner County and has been with us for four years. Taylor brought a wealth of knowledge with him from his years of experience in the environmental services industry. He began with us as a technician and has worked his way up to his current position as Project Manager. Taylor is extremely knowledgeable in the restoration industry and holds IICRC Certifications in: Water Damage Restoration, Applied Structural Drying, Fire and Smoke Restoration, Commercial Drying Specialist and Applied Microbial Remediation. In addition to working locally, Taylor also travels often with our Storm Team when they are needed. Taylor is a key asset to our company and we are happy to have him with us.
Q.) What are three words you would us to describe SERVPRO?
A.) My second family
Q.) If you could switch roles with anyone at the company, who would you choose?
A.) I would not switch with anyone. I love the production side.
Q.) If you were stuck on a deserted island what three items would you bring?
A.) Gun, Ammo, Pillow
Q.) What is on your bucket list?
A.) Move to Alaska
Q.) Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us.
A.) My dream is to own a Disaster Recovery Team, and travel to all natural disasters.
How To Care for Gym Floors in Sumner County
Call SERVPRO of Sumner County at 615-822-0200 to learn more about our cleaning services or to schedule an inspection.
How To Care for Gym Floors in Sumner County
Gym floors are an important part of schools, churches and recreation centers. They are used for various events throughout the year and regular maintenance is important to keep them in good condition. While you want them to look nice it is also important for them to be safe for use. Unkempt floors in disrepair can be hazardous as well as unsightly.
- It is important that gym floors be swept daily with a dust mop. Dirt and dust buildup will scratch the finish of the floor when it is walked on and can create a slipping hazard.
- Vacuum all walk off mats daily to ensure that the dust and dirt does not transfer to the gym floor.
As Needed Maintenance & Preventative Measures
- Use a damp mop once or twice a week to clean the gym floor and prevent dust.
- Ensure that there is no standing water left on the gym floor. Excess water on the floor can damage the wood
- Ensure that all tables and chairs have felt pads or use a floor covering to protect the gym floor.
- Walk-off mats are a great way to minimize the amount of tracked in dirt and water. These are placed at the entries and help absorb debris and water that would otherwise be tracked onto the gym floor.
Call SERVPRO of Sumner County at 615-822-0200 to learn more about our cleaning services or to schedule an inspection. Our team would love to help ensure that your gym floors are in great shape!
7 Emergency Supplies Your Sumner County Business Should Have on Hand
Inclement weather situations and power outages can give little to no warning, which is why it is important to have basic emergency supplies.
7 Emergency Supplies Your Sumner County Business Should Have on Hand
Is your Sumner County business prepared for an emergency situation? Inclement weather situations and power outages can give little to no warning, which is why it is important for your business to have basic emergency supplies on hand in the event they are needed. These 7 necessities are important to ensure your employees safety in case of emergency.
Having a 3-4 day supply of non-perishable food items for each employee is important. Stocking up on items such as salt-free crackers, canned foods with high liquid content, protein bars, peanut butter and dried fruits is a great way to ensure that your employees will be taken care of.
In addition to non-perishable food items, it is important to have a minimum 3 day supply of emergency water per person. You can go about purchasing the water in different ways depending on the amount of usable space you have for storage. The most common methods are cases, gallon jugs or 55-gallon storage barrels. All of these can be used for drinking and sanitation purposes when necessary.
Radios are useful to keep you updated on current weather patterns, evacuation notices and much more. Keeping a few AM/FM radios on hand will keep you abreast to any important information during an emergency. We recommend solar powered radios or battery powered radios for this purpose. If you choose to stock your supplies with battery powered radios, try and save battery power whenever possible.
Protection Against Elements-
During inclement weather if your building sustains damage that deems it unsafe to occupy, all employees may need to evacuate the premises. Having weather appropriate gear such as, ponchos, gloves, thermal blankets and a canopy shelter is key in making sure that all employees are safe.
Electricity can go out for any amount of time during inclement weather or emergency situation. Emergency lighting is essential for your employees to navigate the facility in a safe manner. Battery powered flashlights are great short term lighting, but it is best to also have solar powered or hand cranked flashlights for long term use. We also recommend keeping candles and waterproof matches.
First Aid Kit-
A basic first aid kit with bandages, gauze, adhesive tape and other useful items will be a tremendous help in the event one of your employees is injured. Keeping 2-3 of these stocked and in easily accessible locations is best practice.
During a disaster or emergency situation, a sanitary water source and plumbing will more than likely be unavailable. To ensure the wellbeing of employees and to keep things sanitary, you should have emergency sanitation supplies available. Common sanitation items are, hand sanitizers, individual packs of tissue and quality cleaning chemicals.
Having an emergency kit during times of crisis will hopefully keep you and your staff safe. Be sure to print this when putting together your Emergency Kit. In the meantime, be sure that you have a vetted vendor for times of emergencies. Call SERVPRO of Sumner County (615) 822-0200. We are always here to help.
Tips for cleaning your Sumner County Restaurant
SERVPRO of Sumner County offers many cleaning services to help your restaurant stay in compliance
SERVPRO of Sumner County offers many cleaning services to help your restaurant stay in compliance with the National Fire Protection Association and the federal Food and Drug Administration. These services not only help keep your restaurant in compliance, but they are key factors in the health and safety of your employees and patrons.
Great service and food are not the only things that keep customers returning to your establishment, maintaining a restaurants cleanliness and appearance play a large role in a restaurants success. Although most carpeting is found in the dining area, there are aerosol grease particles that travel through the air and find their final home on the carpeting. The residue is a host for bacteria and a magnet for dirt. With the abundance of foot traffic, as well as food and drink that are spilled regularly, keeping the carpets clean can be a daunting task. Scheduling regular cleanings will help to keep your restaurants carpets clean and odor free.
Exhaust Fan Cleaning
Ensuring that your exhaust fans are cleaned regularly and properly is one of the most important tasks in the restaurant business. Having your exhaust fans cleaned is required by the National Fire Protection Association and the federal Food and Drug Administration. Commercial exhaust fans are a popular place for grease build up, and keeping a regular cleaning schedule decreases your risk of having a grease fire. Cleaning your exhaust fans regularly also increases the lifespan and ensures that your equipment is working at top capacity.
SERVPRO of Sumner County can not only clean the carpets and exhaust fans in your restaurant, we can work around your schedule to ensure that both you and your customers are not inconvenienced. Call our office today for more information and scheduling options.
SERVPRO Commercial Water Removal in Gallatin – Dehumidifiers
Commercial water removal in Gallatin doesn’t stop at pumps and vacuums
Gallatin Commercial Water Removal - SERVPRO Dehumidifiers
Despite a push to digital, some record keeping must still be done on paper. These documents record valuable city and county information needed for tracing the history of a title, property boundaries, and other legal requirements.
Commercial water removal in Gallatin doesn't stop at pumps and vacuums. Once the standing water has been removed, it is just as important to remove any excess moisture from your property and the air around it. To do this, SERVPRO uses a series of dehumidifiers. This is a very safe way to pull moisture from plat books and other records kept by county offices and construction companies as well as the offices they are kept in.
The most common type we use is a refrigerant dehumidifier. It extracts moisture from the air by condensation. It operates by air flow forced through refrigerated coils. The condensed water is collected in a tray where it is either drained or pumped out of the machine.
Our SERVPRO technicians use this on job sites where the temperature is usually over 50 degrees Fahrenheit and the available power is limited due to local electrical service being down. It is especially effective on surfaces that are moderate to highly porous and permeable to air and water; carpet, carpet padding and drywall for example.
Another machine we use when the temperature is lower is the desiccant dehumidifier. Moisture is removed by air flow which passes over silica gel. This substance attracts and captures air vapor very effectively. The condensed water is disposed of by heating it and venting it outside of the business structure.
This method is preferred for jobs where the temperature is below 50 degrees Fahrenheit and the power supply is unlimited. It is particularly useful for dense materials which have low permeability and porosity, hardwood floors, and wall framing for example.
If the structure has a large amount of porous and dense materials each, both types of dehumidifiers may be used. Both methods are good for drying out title records and other paper documents without damaging them.