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Where Can I Find Fire Clean Up and Restoration Services in Arlington?

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home When you need fire damage restoration, don't wait.

SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East Can Help You With Fire Clean Up and Restoration Services!

Dealing with the aftermath of a fire in Arlington can be traumatic for any homeowner. Removing ash, debris, soot, and damaged materials are not meant for one, or even two people, to attempt to do by themselves. The truth is that this type of work takes a team.

If your home needs local Arlington fire damage clean up and restoration services, don't wait too long to get help. A quick response can make the difference when it comes to dealing with the aftermath of a fire. Preventing water from creating damage, locking in odors, and reducing stains quickly can allow you to potentially save materials that would be lost if left too long. Action is the best defense against any kind of home damage.

A Fire Happened in My Home, What Should I Do First?

Quick! Visualize your home. Picture a fire burning inside of your living room. What do you do after you have called the fire department and tried to extinguish it?:
• Exit your home swiftly and safely until the fire department clears you for entry
• Get in touch with professional remediation services as quickly as possible
• Resist the urge to try and go back inside for any pets or possessions

You may feel bad leaving a furry friend behind, but they actually have a much better chance of finding a spot to hide safely inside than you do. Let the firefighters do their job and focus your efforts on getting SERVPRO to your house.

What Can a Restoration Team Do to Remediate My Home Pre Rebuild?

Once our SERVPRO team arrives, we can get to work right away. Our technicians can:
• Remove damaged materials and prepare them for the curbside trash pick up
• Use housemade cleaning agents to remove soot throughout your living room
• Use advanced technological devices, such as hydroxyl generators and thermal foggers, to reduce odors

With fire, cleanup comes a lot of work. For this reason, leave it to us. Here at SERVPRO, we can take the hard work off your hands and get your home ready for rebuild. The sooner the work is done, the sooner you can get back to living your life.

When you need fire damage restoration, don't wait. Call SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East by dialing (904) 721-2230. No matter the time, we're able to help.

How Long Do Mold Professionals Take to Remediate a Residential Property?

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

hand pulling wallpaper back to reveal mold Hidden mold is difficult to locate within your home. The professionals as SERVPRO can locate and remediate your mold damage.

Mold Removal Companies Expect Most Households to Take One to Five Days to Complete the Remediation Process. SERVPRO is Available to Begin Mold Remediation in your Arlington Home Today

Which experts are available for mold remediation?

Recovering your Arlington residence from mold issues can involve several parties. Your insurer will begin a claim with you, and an adjuster within the team will create your estimate. Depending on the type and extent of damages, it may be necessary to use an industrial hygienist. These experts can direct the remediation aspect, especially regarding restoring indoor air quality in good condition. Mold remediation professionals handle the lion share of mold recovery. These technicians act quickly to assess the infestation's extent, remove non-salvageable materials, and clean your home. Many mold growth issues in residential properties only require mold remediation technicians and an insurance adjuster.

Are qualifications necessary for mold removal?

When using mold removal companies in Arlington, you should look out for qualifications and certifications. There is a reduction in the losses associated with mold growth when homeowners use professional companies. Some materials may be salvageable, and others may need disposal and containment to prevent spreading. SERVPRO mold remediation technicians hold qualifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certifications body. These certify us to accurately assess your household and conduct our remediation in a professional, accountable manner. Knowledge of how mold spreads, the type of environment they grow in, and the extent of damage is essential to creating a speedy mold recovery program for your home.

What can I do to reduce the chances of mold growing in my home?

  • Control humidity in your property using dehumidification equipment
  • Regularly assess areas of the home with previous mold or that are likely spots for mold growth
  • Use vacuums fitted with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to capture mold spores

How much equipment do you need for mold remediation?

Remediating mold in your Arlington home requires a multi-pronged approach. One of your jobs is to decide what materials to get rid of, remove existing mold infestation, and prevent mold from growing back. Mold remediation, then, is a balancing act. Simultaneously replacing or restoring materials and mitigating against further losses is essential. In the right conditions, mold spores can grow within forty-eight-hours. Since many remediation tasks last several nights, it is crucial to set up drying equipment in the property and controlling humidity. SERVPRO technicians may set up dehumidifiers or use chemical action to prevent microbial growth overnight before returning the following day to remove or restore materials.

What are the essential processes of mold removal?

  • Investigation of the mold issue and assessment on the extent of damage
  • Containment of the affected area to avoid further spreading
  • Demo or restoration of affected materials in the home

Can mold odor be removed from a property?

Mold is synonymous with a dank, musty odor. Usually, removing the odor's source, the mold colonies, is beneficial at returning your home to its normal, preloss condition. However, sometimes mold or damp odors can remain in a property longer than is comfortable after remediation. Using deodorants in the affected area of a property is generally the best method of controlling mold odors after destroying contaminated materials. Often, fumigation can be achieved in an enclosed space by setting up a drying tent. Recovered materials through the cleaning or other techniques can usually benefit from spray washing with anti-microbial chemicals alongside spray deodorants. SERVPRO technicians can place odor-controlling pellets in smaller recesses of the home to further eliminate unpleasant odors.

What are the hidden areas that mold can grow in a house?

  • Recesses like crawlspaces, cavities, or subfloor
  • Attic spaces or outhouses that may have inferior insulation
  • Wet rooms like bathrooms, kitchens, or showers

Can heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems cause mold growth?

It is normal to inspect the HVAC system in your Arlington home when remediating a microbial growth issue. HVAC systems use moisture to cool air and can contribute to higher levels of humidity in a property. A faulty or leaking system can lead to a buildup of microbial organisms in the ducts and shafts. Unfortunately, the labyrinthine network of ducts can transport mold spores throughout the home. It is usual for SERVPRO technicians to seal off the HVAC system when conducting mold remediation to limit potential spreading. Our technicians can perform a preliminary inspection of the system, but any operational issues may require a specialist to repair. Our SERVPRO team can arrange for a specialist on your behalf to ensure that you only work with one point of contact throughout the process.

Getting rid of mold issues in your property is a professional service that requires expertise and training. Contact SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East at (904) 721-2230 for assistance.

How Long Does It Take to Clean My Arlington Home After a Fire?

9/12/2020 (Permalink)

kitchen covered with soot from fire damage Removing the effects of fire damage from your home can be quite overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for professional remediation services.

For Timely and Professional Restoration in Arlington, Call SERVPRO

Nothing Looks Salvageable, Where Do You Start?

At SERVPRO, Arlington area fire restoration begins with a thorough inspection and assessment. Technicians and other team members determine what cleaning methods, equipment, and cleaners they need to remove residues, and other particles to restore the personal and structural property.

What Methods and Chemicals Do Technicians Use?

  • Spray and Wipe – Technicians use a spray bottle to apply a mild cleaning agent. After application, they wipe the surface down with a clean, white towel, and repeat as needed. Spraying uses only a small amount of product directly where needed which provides more control than spraying cleaner on a towel and then wiping. 
  • Foam – This cleaning method uses less cleaning agents and water absorption, which is particularly useful on upholstery so colors do not bleed. Technicians make a foam with a pump-up sprayer or agitate a bucket of cleaner and water for the same effect. Team members apply it directly or with a sponge. The method is also very effective on mattresses and box springs.
  • Abrasive – For this method, technicians agitate the surface of the items to loosen and remove residues and other particles. They apply a thick, crème cleaner that contains a mild abrasive agent. Excellent for stone steps and brick walls, team members also use a scrubbing pad where necessary. 
  • Immersion – For heavily covered, small items, technicians dip them into a mixture of cleaner and hot water. Once soaked, they wipe everything off with a cloth or sponge and then rinse. 

What If My Content Is Too Soaked For Cleaning?

For items in this condition, SERVPRO response teams use powdered agents and solvents for dry cleaning the personal and structural property. Team members apply each by hand to ensure they do not damage surfaces and then remove them with a cloth or sponge.

To learn more about what we can do for your home here or in Glynlea, contact SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East today at (904) 721-2230. We are here for you. 

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How Do I Know If My Arlington Home’s Prior Storm-Related Damage Has Been Effectively Repaired?

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Arlington Companies Like SERVPRO Have State-Of-The-Art Tools That Can Identify Any Remaining Issues from Poorly Remediated Flood Damage.

As residents know, Arlington routinely suffers the effects of strong coastal storms. Yearly, between June and the end of November, powerful tropical storms travel up Florida’s Atlantic coast and cause millions of dollars in damage to homes and businesses. Once these weather systems pass, local homeowners are often left with an expensive mess to clean up. This is when they desperately enlist the aid of flood damage cleanup and restoration companies. Unfortunately, not all of these are quality services that have technicians with the right training, experience, or equipment to effectively resolve their flood-related issues. Worse still, is when homeowners have to hire another company to find and repair what these inept services have done incorrectly.

What Are The Signs of Bad Flood Damage Restoration Work?

The goal of any good Arlington flood damage remediation service is to return your home to its pre-flood condition. This they do by removing any standing floodwaters, drying up all excess moisture in your home’s interior, disinfecting impacted surfaces, and using deodorants to neutralize foul floodwater-related odors. When workers do remediation work ineffectively, several visible issues could result. These noticeable problems include:

    •    Ceiling or floor buckling
    •    Warping of walls
    •    Crumbling drywall and plaster
    •    Deterioration of paint and other wall coverings
    •    Water stains or discoloration of structural elements
    •    Dry rot, mold, or mildew on baseboards, walls, and ceilings
    •    Persistent foul, floodwater-related odors

Whenever you notice any of these visible indications of water damage, it’s likely your home’s stormwater-related issues were poorly remediated. This is when you need the help of professional inspection and restoration professionals like SERVPRO.

How Can SERVPRO Precisely Locate Structural Elements and Other Materials Still Impacted by Floodwater Damage?

One of the many useful abilities of SERVPRO is our skill and experience in locating water damage in even the most hidden areas. Company technicians can do this because of their extensive training and advanced equipment.  Some of the advanced equipment they use is:

    •    Moisture sensors and meters that identify materials affected by excess moisture and measure the level of impact
    •    Temperature and relative humidity-measuring thermohygrometers that allow our professionals to calculate dew points, vapor pressure, and specific humidity
    •    Cameras with infrared technology that can locate hidden water damage behind your home’s structural elements

When floodwaters inundate your property, they can get into every nook and cranny of your house. If a subpar remediation company attempts to resolve the resulting issues, it’s often not so easy to determine what they failed to properly remediate. Fortunately, with our high-tech tools, we are usually able to do just that.

How Does SERVPRO Fix Improperly Remediated Flood Damage?

After our experts find that you have flood-related problems remaining from a previous remediation attempt, they follow a time-tested procedure for correcting them. This corrective process generally involves:

    •    Determining a proper drying goal, given the moisture levels in non-impacted areas and the local climate
    •    Replacing affected structural elements that cannot be restored
    •    Extracting remaining standing water with wet vacs
    •    Drying your home’s interior, including even the most difficult-to-access places, with air movers, various types of dehumidifiers, and Injectidry systems
    •    Treating your residence with state-of-the-art foggers and EPA-approved disinfectants and deodorants

Often, regardless of the incompetence of your previous remediation service, SERVPRO is able to fix missed or improperly repaired floodwater damage. Our time-tested procedures and advanced equipment enable our technicians to expertly locate and restore impacted materials.

Living on the coast, near warm water beaches, is not all sunshine and rainbows. Every year, local residents face the very real threat of powerful hurricanes and other tropical storms. These powerful cyclonic storms bring with them sustained torrential rains and strong winds that often cause severe flooding. Storm surges usually occur as a result of the winds, and the St. Johns River and area lakes can overflow. The excess water in this exceedingly low-lying, flat area has nowhere to go but into people’s houses. When this happens, your home is likely severely impacted. This is why Arlington area homeowners should anticipate coastal storms and research remediation companies before they ever experience the effects of a major storm.

If the previously mentioned preventative steps are not taken, residents face the risk of hiring an incompetent company that could cost them more money in the long run. Whenever this happens, they need the assistance of restoration professionals to correct the resulting issues as soon as possible. So, if restoration work has been completed on your home and you suspect ineffective service or continue to notice signs of water damage, contact SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East at (904) 721-2230 today.

How Does Professional Restoration Help After a Housefire in Arlington?

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

chair and furniture in room after burned SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East is here to handle whatever fire damage restoration needs that you have.

SERVPRO’s Rapid Response to Your Arlington Home Gives You Proven Fire Damage Restoration Techniques to Limit the Loss

A fire can be your worst nightmare as a homeowner, but nobody can predict when a sudden blaze might break out. The flames can destroy structural materials and leave soot and smoke residue in its wake. Once this happens, you need highly-trained industry technicians on your side using the latest technology, methods, and equipment to handle the restoration. This is where SERVPRO can come in and ensure your Arlington home gets returned to the preloss condition.

Once you require fire damage restoration in Arlington, you should never wait. The longer that you wait to call in the assistance of IICRC-certified technicians, the more damage can develop. Lingering smoke and soot residue can cause further deterioration to your:

•    Upholstered furniture
•    Carpeting
•    Flooring
•    Walls
•    Appliances
•    HVAC system, and more

Services We Offer

When you call in the help of our trained fire restoration technicians (FRT), you can count on us for all fire and smoke damage services. Just a sampling of what we can do for you when you enlist the skills of our Green Fleet for fire damage restoration in Arlington includes:

•    Security and safety with board-up/tarp-up services
•    Prompt debris cleanup and disposal
•    Effective smoke and soot removal
•    Proven odor eliminating technology
•    Rapid water and moisture removal
•    Packing, cataloging, and storing of belongings
•    Careful cleaning and restoration of textiles, furnishings, and building materials
•    Controlled demolition and replacement, when necessary

You need to know that you never have to go it alone when dealing with the heartbreak of a house fire. We have a trained team standing by to come out for emergency service 24/7. Our staff can even help with the paperwork surrounding your insurance claim to take a bit of the burden off your shoulders.

SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East is here to handle whatever fire damage restoration needs that you have. Call (904) 721-2230, and we can send a Green Fleet out to your property to get to work fast!

Why Does Flood Water Need Special Treatment In Arlington?

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

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Flash Flooding Brings Debris and Contaminants Into Your Arlington Home That Requires Professional Crews to Cleanup and Remove

Flooding causes over $8 billion in damages in the United States every year. Those who live in areas where strong seasonal storms are the norm have a higher rate of damage. If heavy rains and winds damage your Arlington home, SERVPRO can help.

What Are Some of the Hazards of Floodwaters?

When a pipe bursts or your dishwasher overflows, that results in clean or gray water. Bacteria and other biohazards are not typically present. Floodwaters from storms in Arlington present a whole new set of difficulties that are best left in professionals' hands. This includes things such as:

    •    Blackwater due to debris, dirt, and contaminants getting caught up in the water flow.
    •    Electrical issues from downed power lines or electric systems being beneath the flood levels.
    •    Bacteria and other potential health issues such as mold can develop quickly.
    •    Chemical contaminants from nearby medical facilities, industry, or even household cleaning supplies.

It is essential to avoid floodwaters, if at all possible. Don't try to save your home's content. Let the professionals take care of that. SERVPRO crews will do their best to salvage as much material as they can from your home. We have restoration experts that can restore everything from upholstered furniture to household goods like dishes and clothing.

Sanitizing & Disinfecting After a Flood

Sanitation plays a significant role in restoring a home after a flood. All traces of bacteria or other microscopic contaminants need removing, so there is no chance of health issues later on. Methods we use involving EPA-registered disinfectants include:

    •    Spraying down walls.
    •    Spraying down all surfaces
    •    Removing porous materials that have absorbed contaminants
    •    Replacing lower portions of affected sheetrock or drywall.

Flash flooding is hazardous, but our crews are available 24/7 to intervene when disaster strikes. Contact SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East at (904) 721-2230 for expert flood damage service. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Who Can Help Me Clean Up After a Major Water Leak in Arlington?

7/26/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking out of a white sink pipe Water leaks can create a headache for you and your family in your home. Contact SERVPRO for professional water damage mitigation.

While There Are Several Water Cleanup Services in the Arlington Area, SERVPRO is Often the Best at Handling the Effects of Serious Water Leaks.

Although not likely on the minds of many Arlington homeowners, water leaks are an ever-present property threat.  These can arise in numerous ways and be of varying levels of severity.  They may result from a poorly maintained roof, clogged gutters, leaky water containers, malfunctioning appliances, or simply from damaged or ruptured water pipes.  Depending on their source, leaks can rapidly flood your home with gallons of water or produce slow drips that silently damage your residence over the long term.  Regardless of their cause or severity, it is crucial to contact the right service to effectively resolve your issue as soon as possible.

Why is SERVPRO Better at Cleaning Up after Water Leaks than Other Services?     

There are many reasons why SERVPRO is one of the most capable Arlington water cleanup companies.  Our franchise has been ranked in the top 100 of the approximately 1,800 extant SERVPRO locations in terms of its customer service and overall effectiveness.  Also, as one of a few large loss recovery services in Florida, we have extensive experience in handling massive water cleanups.  In addition to this, we are licensed contractors that can offer homeowners the full spectrum of restoration options, ranging from basic recoveries to complete reconstructions.  Company technicians are also highly trained and individually certified in:

  • Applied structural drying
  • Water damage restoration
  • Applied microbial remediation
  • Carpet repair and reinstallation
  • Rug cleaning

What High-Tech Equipment Does SERVPRO Use to Remove Water and Excess Moisture?

One of the advantages SERVPRO has is its state-of-the-art equipment.  This specialized advanced gear enables our skilled technicians to remove water from your Arlington home quickly and efficiently.  The following tools are just some of the ones we use to do this:

  • Powerful wet vacs, extractors, and pumps to rapidly remove standing water
  • High-velocity fans, air blowers, and dehumidifiers that dry out surfaces, materials, and interior air
  • Innovative injectidry systems that connect to dehumidifier-air blower networks to remove excess moisture from difficult-to-access areas behind ceilings and walls

Using this gear, our professionals are usually able to remove water and excess moisture from every part of your home, even its most inaccessible parts.

How Does SERVPRO Remediate Water Damage?

Standing water and moisture resulting from a leak can do great damage to your house.  If not properly cleaned up and remediated, they can lead to even more harm to your property in the future.  This is why our trained technicians focus on completing your water cleanup job thoroughly the first time.  In order to do this, they use high-tech foggers to perform the following tasks:

  • Prevent harmful bacterial growths with highly effective disinfectants
  • Limit the potential for future fungal issues, including dry rot, by treating water-damaged surfaces with EPA-approved antifungals
  • Inject deodorizers into impacted materials and all affected areas of your home

After our workers complete these tasks, your home is generally protected from leak-related bacterial and fungal growths, like mold and mildew, which could cause health effects.  The wooden structural elements of your residence are also shielded from destructive dry rot that could otherwise wreak havoc on them.  Finally, deodorization efforts help eliminate unpleasant water damage odors and keep them from returning in the future. 

What are the Possible Effects of an Improperly Remediated Leak? 

When water and moisture resulting from a leak are not effectively removed, it can cause several serious issues.  These problems might include:

  • Unpleasant foul odors that persist, or go away and later return during periods of hot, humid weather
  • Discoloring and disfiguring fungal growths that harm your home’s interiors and contents
  • Buckling or warping of structural elements
  • Deterioration of drywall or wall coverings, like paint and wallpaper 

Avoiding these troublesome issues undoubtedly saves you both time and money.  Therefore, if you ever experience a water leak, you should seek the assistance of a professional water cleanup service capable of handling your water-related problem as soon as possible.

The potential for water leaks is rarely on the minds of homeowners, but they are always a threat.  This risk only increases with the age of your house and during periods of inclement weather.  Weather, of course, is a major source of this risk in our area.  The often stormy subtropical weather of Arlington makes roof damage and clogged gutters more probable.  These common problems, in turn, could result in water puddles in your attic and behind walls.  This standing water and excess moisture could cause substantial long-term damage if it is not quickly removed.

So, if you ever need water cleaned up, contact SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East at (904) 721-2230 for help.  

What Is the Best Way to Clean Up My Business After a Water Spill?

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

"Welcome we are Open for business" Call SERVPRO for any water cleanup your business property may need. We will have you back to business as usual in no time.

For The Best Options to Restore Your Arlington Business, Call SERVPRO

How Can I Be Certain My Shop Is Ready for Customers After My Water Heater Failed? 

Commercial water cleanup in an Arlington bakery requires additional precautions for recreating a healthy, safe environment for food preparation and serving customers. SERVPRO specialists train extensively to dry the structure and make each item inside customer-ready again. 

Where Do Your Specialists Begin? 

If the weather allows, they start by opening all doors and windows, and set-up exhaust fans in key positions. This increased airflow helps to increase natural evaporation and reduce the humidity level by drawing out the damp air inside. Where needed, specialists can install dehumidifiers to quickly draw down the humidity to prevent the formation of rust deposits and mold. 

As the fans go up, other team members use pumps and smaller water extractors to draw standing water off the floors. Depending on the type of equipment present, they may also use long-handled squeegees to push water out from under freezers and ovens. For very tight spaces, specialists direct warm air across the floor using an air mover to dry it completely. 

If there are any commercial carpets present, our specialists use vacuums with adjustable speed and heating options. Team members can dry the carpets without softening the glue and accidentally causing air pockets to form. 

What Else Can SERVPRO Do for The Health of My Employees and Customers?

In addition to these steps, SERVPRO now offers Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. It is a program that targets viral pathogens and is designed specifically for restaurants and other food-service businesses. Personnel trained in the program strictly follow the decontamination protocols established by the CDC and county health agencies. 

To schedule one of our restoration teams to begin work at your business, call SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East at (904) 721-2230 today. We are here so you can serve your customers once again.

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Where Does the Water Go After a Supply Line Breaks in My Arlington Home?

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Floor In Kitchen From Water Leak Why SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East? We are ready 24/7 to assist with water damage repair in your residential space.

Water Damage Repair in Your Arlington Residence Is Not Complete Until Moisture Migration Is Traced and All Affected Spaces Dried Out

Water is, by definition, a fluid substance, and when it pours out of a ruptured pipe in your Arlington dwelling, it does not remain in place. Instead, it seeks any outlet, including cracks and crevices, trickling and percolating into recesses. Particularly permeable materials such as drywall, insulation, and laminate flooring wick water quickly, but even supporting structures and fixtures made of wood absorb the water eventually, swelling, distorting, and losing strength.

What Is the Solution to Wayward Water?

Visible standing water damage repairs in your Arlington house are straightforward--see the water and extract it. Following the migration of the water requires a different skillset, as does removing the water when located. These needs are why professional water restoration technicians earn certification in the techniques employed to discern where the water flowed, and the tools used to reach that end:

    •    Moisture detectors -- to trace the outline of the water incursion
    •    Moisture meters -- to measure the level of excess absorbed water
    •    Infrared imaging -- to evaluate temperature fluctuations and determine when trapped water might lie

How Do Restorers Remove Hidden and Absorbed Water?

Professionals  consider a range of strategies to evacuate liquid water and to evaporate moisture absorbed into structures. Knowledge of these resources is why SERVPRO managers and technicians obtain training in restoration industry best practices. We use extensions on portable extractors to reach into recesses to pull out water. In some cases, carefully controlled demolition such as removing sections of drywall (flood cuts) or drilling holes in walls or masonry provide a release for the water and repair after drying. We accomplish drying by striking a balance among air movement, temperature, and dehumidification using commercial grade equipment. Drying goals have as a baseline the moisture data collected during migration testing. Periodic retesting of the wet materials establishes that the drying is occurring and guides us as to when drying efforts can stop.

Why SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East? We are ready 24/7 to assist with water damage repair in your residential space. Call us at (904) 721-2230 immediately after the plumbing fails, so we can get to work promptly.

Is It Possible to Keep Areas of My Arlington Business Open During Water Cleanup?

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

ERP green digital app on phone SERVPRO Helps Cover the Potential Water Losses to Arlington FoodService Establishments with Our Proactive ERP Plan

Work with SERVPRO Ahead of Water Loss or Other Disasters to Minimize the Disruption and Accelerate the Cleanup in Your Arlington Restaurant

Water is a necessity and a convenience in Arlington restaurants. It is sipped by customers, used as a cooking aid and ingredient, and helps wash the dishes and allow the restrooms to function. When a water main slices open due to a remodeling error at a neighboring business, you might fear a shutdown for an unspecified time. No company wants that uncertainty on the menu, but water removal is a tricky operation.

Are There Strategies We Can Explore to Keep Our Business Running During Water Mitigation and Remediation?

In a competitive foodservice market like that of Arlington, water cleanup closure could nudge your customer base to make their reservations at another eatery permanently. People are busy and very disappointed when a favorite restaurant has to close its doors and fail to feed our hungry families. We encourage our commercial customers to contact us before any water damage to explore the creation of an Emergency READY Profile Plan (ERP) to avoid this outcome.

Whom Do I Call to Set Up an Emergency READY Profile Plan (ERP)?

Give the SERVPRO main number a call to schedule a no-obligation assessment with one of our experienced project managers. Expect an in-depth inspection of all spaces inside your business, and a discussion about the firms that might share common areas or walls, and storage and utility areas with your business. We want to understand your physical layout and how your restaurant works, for example:

  • Location of utility lines and shutoffs
  • Location of restrooms, sinks
  • Bar set up
  • Pre-opening prep times
  • How heavy water use tasks such as dishwashing or par-cooking are staffed and staggered through the workday and night
  • Hours of operation
  • Number of staff in various spaces
  • Separation of dining areas from food and drink prep
  • Configuration of any take out ordering and pickup spaces
  • Typical customer load and variations depending on time and day of the week

Why Does the Project Manager Take Pictures of My Business?

As our project manager moves through your restaurant's spaces, a series of pictures are stored and saved to your digital ERP file. Because we need all of our work crews to have comprehensive information about the layout and particular concerns in your business space, we archive visual reminders to assist if they pick up the call.

Does My Opinion Matter When Creating an ERP?

We know you have concerns similar to other customers in the restaurant business, but we also understand your business is unique. During the assessment, we discuss ways that your foodservice mission could continue even if we are onsite orchestrating water removal and structural drying. We are familiar with ways to complete a water cleanup project while allowing you to operate at partial or adapted capacity, such as:

  • Erecting containment barriers around the main work site
  • Scaling our response efforts up to finish tasks quickly during non-dining hours, which can involve:
  • Larger work crews for shorter periods
  • Additional high-capacity extraction equipment
  • Sealing the containment area with air scrubbers to prevent drift of any debris and enhance the efficiency of drying equipment

Do You Have Any Advice to Minimize the Effect of a Disaster?

One of the ways we help clients prepare for water or another disaster that could occur is to evaluate if the implementation of safeguards would help. Our recommendations vary from business to business, but some of the suggestions we might extend are:

  • Raising equipment permanently on blocks
  • Scheduling plumbing inspections if drains seem slow or if micro leaks are present
  • Consulting with building management to be made aware of any planned plumbing maintenance or construction
  • Writing and disseminating among your employees an emergency plan

Is It Worth My Time to Fill Out Details on the SERVPRO ERP App?

All information you provide helps us respond more effectively and efficiently when you experience a water loss. Some of the things you can share that make our response more streamlined and specific to your situation are:

  • Contact information for the vendors and contractors who sold and installed your equipment and systems
  • A clear indication that SERVPRO is your preferred restoration partner and has permission to begin emergency work
  • A list of your highest priorities as we respond
  • Designated employees or other individuals who can act on your behalf if you are out of town or otherwise unavailable when the emergency occurs

You will not regret working with SERVPRO of Arlington / Jacksonville East on disaster preparation through the development of an Emergency READY Profile (ERP). Call us at (904) 721-2230 to schedule a consultation today.