Recent Commercial Posts

Hidden Mold!

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Hidden Mold! Hidden mold in Summerville, SC.

Even a small water leak, over time, can lead to a major mold problem.  This commercial bathroom was used frequently and on the surface seemed fine, until recently.   We were happy to help this Summerville business with the necessary mold remediation and getting their bathroom back to use.  Trained technicians, national standards, and the most effective products, allow SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston to get your business whole in the least amount of time possible.   We know that any inconvenience to your customers and staff also affects your bottom line.  

If you suspect that you have a leak in your home or business, do not wait to have it addressed! If you find yourself in the same position as this business, please give us a call.  24/7, we are here for you!  

Is your business prepared for the 2019 Hurricane Season?

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Is your business prepared for the 2019 Hurricane Season? Is your business ready?

With hurricane season upon us, it's time to make sure we are prepared.

Research indicates that only around 50 percent of businesses that suffer an incapacitating disaster are able to recover and resume operations... and only 29 percent remain in business just two years later.  Natural disasters like flash flooding and hurricanes play their role in destroying many businesses. Often business owners have an emergency contingency plan in place, but few have a plan specifically to stabilize damage efficiently to get back into their buildings following a disaster. 

Most full contingency plans are made up of three main parts:  incident response, disaster recovery and business continuity.  SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile addresses both incident response and disaster recovery, making it a vital component of any existing contingency plan.

Developing a SERVPRO® ERP for your business affords you an immediate plan of action, limiting the amount of time your business is inactive.  Timely mitigation minimizes the effects of water and fire damage, allowing your property and business to be restored at an advanced rate.  Knowing what to do, who to call, and what to expect, in advance, is the key to timely mitigation.  

For more information on creating your customized Emergency Ready Profile email beready@SERVPROofgnc.com, call (843) 552-1226 or use our Contact Us Web Form

Protect Your Business From Fire Damage

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Protect Your Business From Fire Damage Have a plan for your business and employees. And remember we are here to help. 24/7

Business owners have plenty of safety factors to take into consideration regarding risks to their business, staff and visitors. Fires are one of those risks to your business that you need to spend a little extra time planning for and preventing.

Leading Causes of Commercial Fires

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) states that the leading causes of structure fires in office properties from 2007–2011 were (in order):

  1. Cooking equipment, 29% of fires
  2. Electrical distribution and lighting equipment, 12% of fires
  3. Heating equipment, 11% of fires
  4. Intentional, 10% of fires
  5. Smoking materials, 9% of fires
  6. Exposure, 4% of fires
  7. Electronic, office or entertainment equipment, 3% of fires

Of those causes, intentional, exposure, and electrical distribution and lighting equipment were the cause of the most property damage with 20%, 18% and 15% respectively.

Ways to Protect Your Business

There are many steps you can take to protect your business from the risk of fires. By focusing on fire risk assessment, fire prevention and staff education, you can work toward reducing the chance of a fire breaking out.

  • Assess your risk of fire hazards. There are some local governments that may offer a visit from a fire marshal to help you identify these risks and provide guidance on creating your fire prevention plan.
  • Have the right fire protection equipment in place, which would include an automatic sprinkler system, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers on each floor.
  • Create a fire plan and review it with your staff on a regular basis to ensure everyone knows what to do in the event of fire.
  • Conduct fire drills at least once a year to keep the fire safety protocol fresh. 
  • Take time to review evacuation plans and where the first-aid kits are.

Despite best efforts with fire prevention and safety tips, the worst could always happen at your business. If a fire has damaged your business, SERVPRO® of Greater Northern Charleston is available to help make it "Like it never even happened."  Here for you 24/7 ~ 843.552.1226

Do you have a natural disaster plan for your business?

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Do you have a natural disaster plan for your business? Call and ask about our Emergency Ready Program and make sure your business is as prepared as possible for a natural disaster.

Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and earthquakes are enough to bring even the strongest business to it's knees when Mother Nature strikes out. However, you can survive in the worst of these scenarios if you are prepared in advance for them.

Being prepared is the key to surviving those scenarios, and being prepared means creating a natural disaster plan for your business. Let’s look at some ways to prepare and considerations when designing a disaster plan.

What to Think About

There are many things you will need to consider concerning a disaster plan for your business. Among these should be:

  1. How to protect your employees
  2. How to secure your assets
  3. How to get business up and running again

There are many checklists that have been created and are available from sources like the Red Cross, FEMA and Ready.gov that can help you identify areas that need to be included in your natural disaster preparedness plan.

Employee Safety Is Key

You must have a plan that has procedures and safety measures in place for employees and visitors if a disaster were to strike without warning. Here are a few steps to consider:

  • Make sure all evacuation routes and exits from your facility are all properly marked. 
  • Have an area that can serve as a shelter space. When choosing a shelter space, the ideal spot is in a basement or storm cellar in the event of a tornado or high-wind situation, but if there is no basement space available, a small interior room on the lowest level of the building like a closet or interior hallway should be your next choice.
  • Consider installing emergency lighting.
  • Designate staff volunteers to be “safety wardens” that are properly trained and ready to implement those procedures and safety measures and to guide and assist in all emergency efforts.

How to Protect Assets

  • No matter the type of location, there will be decisions that need to be made concerning protecting the assets inside of your business' building, like equipment or merchandise, for example. Everything is at risk when a natural disaster strikes but it only takes a bit of planning to minimize damage.
  • Be sure that there is a comprehensive and up-to-date inventory of all items. 
  • Whenever possible, have photographs of both structure and contents, taken prior to a disaster as this will be helpful when fling insurance claims.
  • If you store assets on a computer server, ensure that the backup system is regularly backing up all data and look into a storage system like a cloud storage system, which cannot be damaged.
  • If you are the building owner, you should talk with a contractor concerning suggestions for possible safety upgrades and identify any areas that may need upgrading to withstand certain weather situation.
Getting Back in Business

Natural disasters can cause businesses to shut down for days or months until repairs can be made and structures are safe enough to enter and resume business. Every day you remain closed is another day of lost profits. 

By building a relationship with contractors that would be available for repairs and knowing which cleanup and restoration service will be available to quickly respond to your emergency situation, you will be well on your way to doing business again.

With SERVPRO® of Greater Northern Charleston, you can count on us to get to the disaster faster and make it "Like it never even happened." Our training and expertise have prepared us to help with water damage, storm damage, fire damage and mold remediation quickly and effectively.

Give us a call today to learn how we can help by implementing an Emergency Ready Plan, specific to your business - no contract, no charge.  Just our way of helping you be ready for whatever happens.  24/7 ~ 843.552.1226 or use our Contact Us page on the web. 

Is your business ready?

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Is your business ready? Is your Lowcountry business ready if disaster strikes?

Research indicates that only around 50 percent of businesses that suffer an incapacitating disaster are able to recover and resume operations... and only 29 percent remain in business just two years later.  While natural disasters certainly play their role, it is estimated that 95% of disasters affecting regular business operations are internal or man-made.  Electrical fires, kitchen fires, leaky plumbing, and faulty sprinkler systems are just a few sources of potential loss for any business.  Many business owners have an emergency contingency plan in place, but few have a plan specifically to stabilize and mitigate damage efficiently in order to get back into their buildings following a disaster. 

Most full contingency plans are made up of three main parts:  incident response, disaster recovery and business continuity.  SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile addresses both incident response and disaster recovery, making it a vital component of any existing contingency plan.

Developing a SERVPRO® ERP for your business affords you an immediate plan of action, limiting the amount of time your business is inactive.  Timely mitigation minimizes the effects of water and fire damage, allowing your property and business to be restored at an advanced rate.  Knowing what to do, who to call, and what to expect, in advance, is the key to timely mitigation.  

For more information on creating your customized Emergency Ready Profile email beready@SERVPROofgnc.com, call (843) 552-1226 or use our Contact Us Web Form

Are you ready?

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Are you ready? A few minutes of your time could mean shorter downtime for your Charleston area business!

With all the rain the last few weeks, Charleston is no stranger to flooding.  Statistics show that May 2018 broke rainfall records from years past.  Not only are homes impacted each time there are flooding issues, but lately, it seems more and more business are being disrupted by storm rain and flood damages. 

We want to make sure you are as ready as possible to get your business back up and running in the event of a storm. And we have just the plan to do just that.  Have you heard of our Emergency Ready Plan?  It is an electronic application that identifies, in advance of an event, pertinent information about your business, building, and property that we would need to respond quickly and efficiently if you had a fire or water damage.  It is no cost to you and only takes a few minutes of your time.  The SERVPRO ERP is a valuable addition to your contingency planning, as it expedites getting you back into your business with as little production loss as possible. 

Please take a moment and check out the commercial services we provide and give us a call for more information on setting up your customized Emergency Ready Plan. 

Introducing SERVPRO of Dorchester County!

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Introducing SERVPRO of Dorchester County! We have a new franchise in town! Welcome to Charleston, SERVPRO of Dorchester County!

We are so happy to announce that as of May 2018, SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston has added a new member to our franchise family!   We have expanded to include any and all of Dorchester County! SERVPRO of Dorchester County is up and running and is ready to take care of your fire and water restoration needs.  In addition to offering a complete menu of residential cleaning and restoration services, we also want to make sure you know that both franchises have trained teams on hand to handle any size commercial damage you may have as well.  

Please take a few minutes to visit the new franchise website and social media pages to keep up with what's up and coming for this brand new franchise!

Top 3 from AIRE SERVE of Summerville.

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Top 3 from AIRE SERVE of Summerville. Thank you AIRE SERV of Summerville, SC for your HVAC Top 3!

Summer is just about in full swing and as the temperature rises outside, we start cranking down the temperature inside!  This time of year has local air conditioning companies working around the clock repairing or replacing faulty units.  Here at SERVPRO of Greather Northern Charleston there is also a spike in the number calls we get when rooms are flooding by clogged AC lines or overflowing drain pans.  For this installment of Top 3, we reached out to our favorite HVAC contractor, Russell Harshman, the General Manager at AIRE SERVE of Summerville, to find out his top 3 word of advice to make sure your summer is a cool as possible. 

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Top 3 words of wisdom in the HVAC world in Charleston:

Have routine maintenance.   A lot of homeowners (especially new homes) let maintenance go by the wayside. Here at AIRE SERV, we recommend twice a year maintenance to prevent breakdowns in operation and efficiency. Make sure the technician does a thorough electrical inspection on your indoor and outdoor unit, clears the drain line, cleans the evaporator and condenser coils, and checks refrigerant pressures. Ask for a report showing measurements for your records, if they cannot provide this then I would take it as a cautionary sign.

Use reviews and referrals.  Charleston is a busy place with a lot of new-comers to the area. When problems arise a lot of folks don’t know who to call, so they ask for a referral from a local friend or a neighbor. More often these days people are turning to their neighborhood Facebook page for referrals and it has really changed the dynamic of finding what will work best for you in your area. AIRE SERV recommends you still do your research on the contractor using review websites easily found online. Things on the company webpage like 24/7/365 service, drug testing, background screens on employees and satisfaction guarantees are very important. AIRE SERV OFFERS ALL OF THESE TO EVERY CUSTOMER, EVERYDAY.

Don’t waste any more money on R-22 FREON.  R-22 FREON is the type of refrigerant over half of South Carolina still uses to cool and heat their home. January 1, 2020 the EPA will complete the phase out of this gas by making it illegal to manufacture or import in the U.S. ...FOREVER! This means that any homeowner with an R-22 system in their home would, could or will find themselves in a position where their HVAC system will cost an unreasonable amount to repair in the event they need FREON to fix your system. Since this is a very common repair item, the problem will also get more common the closer we get to 2020. Homeowners will be forced to replace the entire system re-actively based on the cost of R-22 alone. At AIRE SERV, we recommend consulting with an HVAC professional to talk about the options to replace your system before then, PRO-ACTIVELY. To get your NO-COST NO-PRESSURE consultation, CALL AIRE SERV TODAY!

STAY COOL AND BREATH EASY CHARLESTON!

Russell Harshman, "I guarantee your satisfaction."

russell.aireserv.summerville@gmail.com

Phone:  (843) 513-9153 Fax: (888) 803-1442 Website: www.aireserv.com/summerville

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If you have an AC mishap that causes flooding or water damage in your home or business, SERVPRO of GnC is here for you 24/7.  (843) 552-1226

Top 3 from Charleston Lighting!

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Top 3 from Charleston Lighting! If a water or fire loss damages your light fixtures, call Charleston Lighting, one our favorite Lowcountry businesses.

We are so excited to have had the chance to talk to Melissa Muhl with Charleston Lighting & Interiors for our first Top 3 installment!  In each blog post, SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston will be asking our local vendors their top 3 words of advice for their particular industry.

Many times when a building has a fire or water loss, the light fixtures cannot be salvaged and must be replaced, making it an ideal time to rethink lighting scheme and fixture style.  So we asked Melissa to send us over her top 3 tips to making perfect selections.  Here’s what she had to say.

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Top three things to consider when choosing lighting for your home:
     1.  The Amount:  Consider the things you do in each room and choose light that fits your needs. Bright enough to read in the study, dim enough in the dining room to set the mood for a fine meal, etc. Be sure you have the fixtures and levels of light you need for each space in your home.
     2.  The Placement:  Are you plagued with glare from a too high lamp shade? Fumble around in your dim pantry? Pay attention to where the light – or lack thereof – is making tasks difficult or causing a safety concern. Back staircase anyone? A smaller harp to lower a shade, a small flush mount placed in a closet, all seemingly small things that make a big difference.  
Light is also great at highlighting your passions and special places. Showcase some artwork in the wall, unique architectural feature in your home, or your kitchen island family gathering place with some brighter light for emphasis.
     3.  The Color:  Have you noticed some medical offices seem to have a blue light? You favorite restaurant may have light with a golden hue?  Light has color temperature ranges (measured in Kelvins) that allow you to choose between a warmer more golden light feel and a cooler more blue light feel.  Choose your light bulbs based on 2700 Kelvins for a warmer look (check the side of the box). 3000 and above kelvins will provide the more cool blue feel preferred by some offices, retailers and institutions.
Above all else be sure to keep your lighting safe. No frayed cords or exposed wires.  

Have any additional questions or looking to make a lighting change in your home or business?  Feel free to give me a call anytime!

          Melissa Muhl,  Lighting Consultant
          843-766-3055 ext 210
          1640 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston SC 29407

          www.CharlestonLightingAndInteriors.com

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Fire. Water. Mold ~ Like it never even happened.

24/7 ~ (843)-552-1226

Is your Lowcountry Business ready for the 2017 Hurricane Season?

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Is your Lowcountry Business ready for the 2017 Hurricane Season? 2017 Hurricane Season is almost here! Are you ready, Charleston?

With hurricane season right around the corner, it is time to start preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.  Last year, North Charleston and the surrounding areas were hit with a lot of flooding due to record high tides and Hurricane Matthew.  According to Weather.com, this year’s season is predicted to be a bit less active than last year, but it only takes one storm to cause substantial damage to your home or business.  We are here to help ensure you are as ready as possible for whatever this season has in store.   

If you own a Lowcountry business, take a few moments to reach out to Hoyt Williams, our Commercial Account Manager.  He has experience in post storm or disaster restoration with SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Teams.   This makes him uniquely qualified to help you set up a plan that will ready your business for a fire, water, or storm loss. SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston is locally owned and operated and we love taking care of our Lowcountry commercial clients. Having a relationship with us prior to the emergency call reduces response time, allows for priority scheduling, and arms our technicians with valuable information about your business so they can hit the ground running when they arrive on site.

Check out Weather.com’s detailed analysis of this year’s Hurricane Season here: 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast

Contact our office today and ask for Hoyt to make sure your business is ready. Contact via Website Here or by phone, (843) 552-1226 ~ 24/7 

 

Restoring Your Charleston Area Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Charleston Area Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Charleston 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 Greater Northern Charleston

SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston 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.

Contact us on line or at (843) 552-1226 ~ 24/7.

Is Your Business Ready?

10/1/2013 (Permalink)

Commercial Is Your Business Ready? Does your Lowcountry business have an emergency plan?

Research indicates that only around 50 percent of businesses that suffer an incapacitating disaster are able to recover and resume operations... and only 29 percent remain in business just two years later.  While natural disasters certainly play their role, it is estimated that 95% of disasters affecting regular business operations are internal or man-made.  Electrical fires, kitchen fires, leaky plumbing, and faulty sprinkler systems are just a few sources of potential loss for any business.  Many business owners have an emergency contingency plan in place, but few have a plan specifically to stabilize and mitigate damage efficiently in order to get back into their buildings following a disaster. 

Most full contingency plans are made up of three main parts:  incident response, disaster recovery and business continuity.  SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile addresses both incident response and disaster recovery, making it a vital component of any existing contingency plan.

Developing a SERVPRO® ERP for your business affords you an immediate plan of action, limiting the amount of time your business is inactive.  Timely mitigation minimizes the effects of water and fire damage, allowing your property and business to be restored at an advanced rate.  Knowing what to do, who to call, and what to expect, in advance, is the key to timely mitigation.  

For more information on creating your customized Emergency Ready Profile email beready@SERVPROofgnc.com, call (843) 552-1226 or use our Contact Us Web Form

Charleston Business Owner Honored!

8/6/2013 (Permalink)

Local Business Owner Honored at SERVPRO® Annual Convention
Brandon Ferm recognized for outstanding revenue performance at annual event

North Charleston, SC (Grassroots Newswire) July 25, 2013 -- Brandon Ferm, Owner of SERVPRO® of Greater Northern Charleston, was honored with the Director's Platinum award for outstanding revenue performance during SERVPRO’s 44th Annual Convention, held June 17 – June 21 at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel and the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. 

In addition to providing a networking and educational forum for the more than 1,600 Franchise Owners in the SERVPRO® Franchise System, SERVPRO’s Annual Convention provides a platform to recognize and reward Franchisees for outstanding success in their businesses.

“I’m proud to have earned this award this year,” said Ferm. “Everyone at SERVPRO® of Greater Northern Charleston is dedicated to being the leader in our industry in the North Charleston area. This award is recognition that our community knows they can depend on us to help them recover from a storm, fire or other disaster.”

SERVPRO®, an industry leader in disaster cleanup, restoration and remediation services, welcomed a record number of Franchisees to their annual event. In addition to the awards ceremony, this year’s Convention offered more than 60 workshop sessions covering more than 30 different topics - the most extensive program ever offered at a SERVPRO® Convention. The keynote speaker was Walter Bond, former NBA player.

“SERVPRO Industries, Inc. congratulates Brandon and all of our award winners on their success,” said Sue Steen, Chief Executive Officer of SERVPRO Industries, Inc. “We know our leadership position in the marketplace is a direct result of the dedication and professionalism of our Franchisees and their staffs. Hopefully, this year’s Annual Convention provided all of our attendees with the latest intelligence about our company and our industry–so they can continue to grow their businesses and support their customers with the best possible service.”