Recent Commercial Posts

What’s the Best Way to Handle a Sprinkler Flood at Your Office?

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

Most typical business owners don’t spend time thinking about the effects of flooding due to their fire sprinklers being activated. However, it happens, and it’s an issue that could quickly get out of control and cost you tens of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The obvious solution is prevention, but first you need to know what could cause this to happen.

Four Reasons for Accidental Activation

Contrary to popular belief, the modern sprinkler system is not activated by fire alarms or even smoke caused by burnt food in your breakroom. They actually have to be subjected to extreme heat that either bursts the red liquid bulb or melts the sensor on the device. There are several things that can cause them to accidently activate, here are some reasons this could happen:

  • Vandalization of the sprinkler system
  • Improper installation of the system
  • An accident
  • The sprinkler heads being used inappropriately.

Here are some Immediate Steps to take Prevent Loss

The first step to take in an emergency flooding situation is to turn off the water. Multiple people within your organization should be capable of doing this. Once the water is shut off then cleanup can begin. It’s possible that hundreds of gallons of water have been released in a short time, so damage to machinery, walls and floors can happen quickly. The best plan is to contact an experienced and reputable water restoration company like SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids. They’ll be able to quickly and correctly dry each surface and reduce the risk of mold.

What’s the Long Term Approach?

With the initial cleanup underway, the next step is to contact your insurance company and prevent the problem from occurring again. Your employees should be trained to never hang anything from a sprinkler head or even touch it. The ideal placement for sprinkler heads is in a location which is difficult for a person or even a machine to accidentally contact it.

Flooding in your business may seem inconceivable, but there are steps you can take to prevent and minimize your damages. But an experienced restoration company like SERVPRO can get your facility looking “Like it never even happened.”

Possible Mold in Our Schools

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

With past hurricanes and eastern North Carolina humidity, area schools may have experienced water and mold in their buildings.

Through a child’s life parents and teachers so many things to keep them out of harms’ way. Plug covers are used when they’re toddlers to keep them away from electrical outlets. Training wheels are put on their bikes to prevent falling when they are first learning, and helmets are worn all the time just in case they do fall. Car seats are used until children reach specific weight and height. These and many others are done to keep our children and grandchildren safe and sound.

As teachers and parents, it’s our jobs to keep children safe. With that, it only makes sense that  we would be concerned if and when mold is discovered in one a school. We, parents, teachers and the SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids team, want to make sure it’s removed and handled properly.

When you call us, you are calling a locally owned and operated business that’s part of the community, a company that  understands mold-free schools are necessary to providing a healthy learning environment. We’ll locate the problem and our trained and certified technicians will make sure the job is done properly. We’ll ensure that the mold is removed and, if needed, we can bring in a third-party to test air quality and certify our work meets any city, county and state regulations and standards before sending students back to school

For more information about SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids’ services and how we can help schools and businesses. Give us a call and we’ll help get our kids back in the classroom

Preparing Your Business for a Potential Disaster

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

As the spring season begins, North Carolina is prone to storms and potential tornadoes. With these types of weather events, comes damage and wind, water and mold damage are just a couple things that can disrupt your business.

Did you know that over 50% of businesses who are affected by a disaster may not recover? That’s HALF, and the number one reason a business DOES survive is because they have a plan in place for when a disaster does strike.

SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids is here to help your business be prepared for any type of disaster by creating an Emergency Readiness Plan (ERP) for your business. By developing an ERP, you can reduce interruptions because you will have an action plan if and when disaster strikes. Knowing what expect and do is key to minimizing how fire, water and mold can affect your business.

What’s in an Emergency Readiness Plan (ERP)?

  • A list of priority contact information for the business
  • A list of personnel, their contact information and responsibilities after the disaster
  • Building details such as where are the breaker boxes, floor plans, shut off valves and any other items that

may need immediate attention

  • A file containing critical information that would be needed in the event of an emergency such as username and passwords to office equipment, file servers, bank accounts, etc.
  • A list of external groups that could be available to assist you and your business
  • And finally, a plan to help you get back on site, and then back to work

For more information on how to put together an Emergency Readiness Plan for your business, call SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids and one of our trained professionals can help you.

Commercial Fire Damage at a Beauty Salon? Call SERVPRO!

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the experience and equipment to restore a fire damaged salon quickly. Call us today!

There are different cleaning methods that can help restore commercial fire damage in a salon. When a beauty salon is affected by a fire, there are losses that go beyond the items damaged by the flames. Extended closure of your place of business leads to loss of revenue and possibly customers. The central aspect of restoring commercial fire damage is cleaning. And choosing the right company to help complete the process faster can help you save more items. As a professional in the fire restoration business, SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids utilizes different cleaning techniques, including:

  • Foam Cleaning
  • Spray and Wipe
  • Abrasive Cleaning
  • Immersion Cleaning
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Cleaning

Cleaning a beauty pallor after a commercial fire may require more than one method. It may also require an open-minded approach where you start with one then progress to another. For example, since fires leave fine dry residue from smoke or ash, it’s smart to start with dry cleaning before moving forward with wet cleaning. Our SERVPRO technicians use feather dusters, dry cleaning sponges, and dusting cloths to remove particulate soiling and light debris.

Soot and smoke residues adhere to surfaces such as walls and ceilings which require extra effort to remove. Wet cleaning provides better results compared to dry cleaning because the saturation process helps loosen soils. Our crews could use plain water during wet cleaning, but for better results, we will also add detergent or other cleaning agents to help break down soils even more. By using this approach, we can help eliminate the need to repaint the walls and ceiling in your salon.

Sometimes there is a need to clean surfaces without saturating them. For example, if there’s an area of soot on an upholstered item such as a seat, wetting the entire item will lengthen the cleaning process and could induce complications such shrinking or runny dyes. Our SERVPRO technicians try to avoid complications by using the “spray and wipe” approach, which regulates the amount of cleaning device  used. We also use foam cleaning, which applies minimal cleaning solution on the item.

A balanced cleaning process is beneficial to your business that suffered from fire damage. Call SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids to help eliminate fire residue.

Getting rid of the moisture in your commercial property can prevent the mold

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids uses special equipment for drying to prevent further damage to your property

If your commercial property in and around Roanoke Rapids is exposed to water damage, you must get  rid of the moisture. Water damage can cause the development and spread of molds which were initiated by mold spores. These spores occur naturally but the trick is not to let standing water nurture their growth. When you contract a water restoration service like SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids, we’ll make sure you won't have to content with unwanted aftereffects such as mold.

A call to the SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids office will get our trained professionals to your place of business quickly. Prior to beginning water removal efforts, our technicians will identify the source of the water damage, assess the situation, and put together an action plan. We start with powerful pumps and wet vacs to remove large quantities of water to help prevent possible secondary water damage. Our  water remediation specialists also use sanitizer to disinfect your commercial property which is key to preventing the growth and spread of bacteria and mold. After the removal of all flooring, insulation and/or drywall, dehumidifiers and air-movers are set up around your property to dry affected areas.

Water damage can be difficult to deal with but knowing the right team who can take the proper course of action will prevent stress for your business and preserve your property’s structural integrity. It's important that you call in a team of professionals who can handle the remediation and restoration processes with skill and speed, this will ensure your results of water damage will be reduced. The team you can trust is SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids. Our goal is to restore your structure and property to its previous condition in the quickest, most efficient time possible.

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids is strategically located to respond quickly to your commercial water damage event. Call us today.

We Provide External Storage And Pack-Outs After A Commercial Fire

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

Most business owners will agree that commercial property fires are among the most harmful events that can occur to your business. Commercial fires can even force permanent closure. With sites, such as storage units, often outside of built-up areas, the chances of accidental fire are greatly increased; not to mention that a fire starting could go unnoticed, causing further damage.

These types of businesses are prime candidates for commercial restoration after a fire causes damage to your property. Alongside our expert technicians, we can also offer temporary storage of your contents while building restoration is underway. SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids has an excellent reputation in this community for performing fire and smoke damage restoration in time and on-budget. If you think you need us, you can start by calling our 24-hour emergency phone line for commercial businesses.

Pack out procedures are often complicated. At SERVPRO, we provide reassurance to commercial business owners by recording the condition of property and entering into inventory. We create these inventories before we wrap and prepare items for removal. SERVPRO’s specialty is restoration, but we are excellent at organizing so professional movers can pick up your contents and transport them to one of our climate-controlled storage areas. Commercial business owners benefit from this because they only have to deal with one point of contact during a stressful and challenging time.

Once the removal of your contents is complete, our team of trained and experienced technicians can begin work on the structure of your property. If your place of business requires a temporary closure, we can deodorize and cleanse the indoor air using Ozone generators. These machines release unstable O3 particles into the air and they break down odor-causing particles. By using these generators, we can eliminate odors from the property allowing your staff to return to work in normal conditions.

Using a professional restoration company can help your business return to work sooner rather than later. Contact SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids today!

New Equipment!

7/19/2019 (Permalink)

"The Super Hero" is what we call our new TRAILER MOUNT desiccant WITH A 130 Kilowatt Generator and a 5,000 CFM desiccant. This machine has the power of 272 of our regular dehumidifiers!

Why is this equipment so important to you?  

Our goal is to get your business  open for operations as quickly as possible so you do not suffer long term revenue losses and loss of exposure.

Applications include larger buildings such as schools, hotels, hospitals and commercial buildings  that require more dehumidification, to provide environmental control and restorative drying. 

 You name it, this machine can dry it!

Applications Include:
· water damage and remediation
· document drying
· industrial surface preparation for coating
· mold and fungus prevention
· long-term lay-up of industrial equipment
· industrial condensation prevention 
FEATURES:
· 25’ enclosed aluminum trailer
· 130 KW MultiQuip diesel generator
· Provides full 300 amps of single-phase power
· 3 Twist-Lock Connections – simple and safe

If water damage strikes, call the SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids.

Restoring your Commercial Property after a Water Damage Event

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at can lead to commercial properties 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 Roanoke Rapids

SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids 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.

Restoring your Commercial Property after a Water Damage Event

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at can lead to commercial properties 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 Roanoke Rapids

SERVPRO of Roanoke Rapids 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.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Meet our crew here at SERVPRO of Bath.

Flooding and water damage events can lead to commercial properties 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 Bath

SERVPRO of Bath 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.