Recent Commercial Posts

Potential Mold Damage in Commercial Building

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

Skirting board on a wall damaged by mold. Water damage to floor and potential mold

We received a call the other day about a basement that needed to be aired out at a nearby establishment because we had bad rain over the weekend.  We got there just in time because there was some mold starting to build up as well.  We needed to take out part of the floor to get to the damage.  While the business was not closed down due to the damage, the owners were still very thankful that we got there when we did.  They said that they've experienced severe water damage in the past and just wanted to be sure that this did not end up the same way.  If your business ever experiences water or mold damage, please do not hesitate to give us a call.

Friendly's Water Damage

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

A nearby Friendly's gave us a call recently about a pipe burst in their restaurant.  When the pipe burst it destroyed the entire carpet and even some of the seating in the building.  Being a larger establishment, the owner found it in their best interest to give us a call.  They mentioned they have used SERVPRO in the past at one of their other locations, and said they wouldn't trust anyone but us to get the job done.  In total, the work took about 3 days to complete.  Everyone was very happy, thinking the job was going to take much longer due to the amount of damage.

If and when a problem arises, please don't hesitate to give SERVPRO a call--we're here to help!

Emergency Ready Profile

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to plan for it now.  

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry 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.

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 damage can affect your business.  

Are you ready?  Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it's a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood.  The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.  No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it.  Now is the time to ask yourself, "Are you ready for whatever could happen?"

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services.  To schedule your free ERP, call SERVPRO of Langhorne/Bensalem today!

4 Situations To Watch for Regarding Mold in Your Building

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

mold in home Mold found in a kitchen in Bensalem, PA

The best outcome for your business in Langhorne/Bensalem, PA, is to prevent a mold infestation from occurring in your building in the first place. This can be done with a bit of mold prevention. These actions only require a little bit of education about how mold spreads, and a bit of vigilance on the part of all workers. Here are four situations that can prevent mold growth or catch it early.

  1. Watch for Water Leaks. Mold thrives in warm and moist conditions. This often is caused by a form of water damage, such as from a leak in the roof during a storm or from a plumbing problem. Excess water creates fertile conditions for mold spores to form into colonies. A swift repair of the leak, and a drying out of the area, is a standard protocol for mold prevention in a commercial building. Mold spores, almost always present in low levels, are unlikely to proliferate in a dry environment.

  2. Heed Musty Odors. The presence of a stale, musty odor is one of the telltale signs of mold growth. It is not unusual for mold to be hidden, but the odor can still be detected. If you can smell the mold, you likely already have a problem and it is time to call in a qualified mold remediation team.

  3. Watch for Discolored Patches. Mold oftentimes forms into patches or blotches on walls or ceilings. This will probably occur in moist rooms that have experienced a water leak or that have high humidity. Once these patches are found it is time to take action.

  4. Get Testing. A reliable mold test should be conducted by a trained technician and analyzed by a professional lab. This is the most accurate form of mold prevention and will tell you if you have a mold infestation. Catching the problem early makes mold cleanup quicker and less expensive.

Are Your Employees Ready To Handle a Fire?

4/12/2020 (Permalink)

People escape to fire exit door Create an effective evacuation plan in your Bensalem, PA business

What Should Your Employees Do When A Fire Strikes?

Do they know how to quickly evacuate the premises? While many people believe that adults should know how to protect themselves, the reality is that during emergency situations it's not always that simple. It's best for business owners in Bensalem, PA, to develop a contingency plan, understanding the best methods for swift departure and immediate cleanup.

1. Establish Escape Routes

Working with a team, create an effective evacuation plan. You should all walk the grounds, thinking about potential areas where issues might arise. Then, brainstorm how best to get others out. Walk several routes, noting any obstacles or complications. Remember, you should have multiple paths, and each should be handicap accessible. Once your walk is over, write up the map and make sure everyone has it. Then, practice. Fire drills don't stop in elementary school.

2. Have Structured Leadership

No matter what calamity strikes, you should have a contingency plan for who takes control. Have someone level-headed to manage the chaos. Allow this person to have control over when to send out alerts as well as running the dismissal. Another staff member should gather evacuation materials from the office. Essentially, this is your emergency response manager.

3. Delegate Tasks

As people follow the evacuation plan, you'll have some who have responsibilities for the office. Who has personnel contact information? This person coordinates with others to ensure safety. Who is medically trained? This person can attend to workers who necessitate more assistance? Who has the role of working with a fire restoration company? This person discusses repairs and sanitation. Your business leader should access backed up files and begin locating a secondary place for temporary work.
With the right contingency plan, you can give staff the support they need. In addition, you can keep the company up and running from a different place.

Soot Cleaning

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Affected Warehouse This photo gives some idea as to the size of the warehouse & detailed nature of work to be performed

Recently SERVPRO of Langhorne/Bensalem was called to a large commercial space of about 50,000 square feet.  Unfortunately, the business was a victim of circumstance when their neighbors decided to light a pile of debris on fire outside of their facility.  Due to the amount of debris that was set ablaze, and due to open windows in the business's warehouse, the building's entire interior was exposed to the smoke damage.  This allowed soot to enter and affect the entire building.  A loss of this size can be devastating to any business operation.  Luckily, the building owner called SERVPRO to remediate the damage.  Not only did we clean the warehouse and office structure so that business operations could resume, but we also brought in several subcontractors to inspect & fix specialty items; including computer systems, HVAC systems, proprietary electronics & appliances, and masonry experts.  Due to our quick and professional response, the business began operating a portion of their services within just 1 day of calling us, and the entire business was stabilized and operable after just a few more days.

Basement of Library

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

Library Basement Damage

We had a call in the other day to tend to a nearby library with extreme water damage.  While we were there, we also found some mold damage, as well.  We had to remove everything out of the basement and open up the doors to let some light in due to the musty smell.  The manager of the library thanked us deeply because some of the left over books they had down there were damaged as well.  We ended up securing a weekly job vacuuming this clients carpets as well because they loved our work so much.  If you, a friend or business you know of ever need assistance with water, mold, or fire damage--please do not hesitate to call us here at SERVPRO!

Carpet Water Damage

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Nearby water damage to workplace

Here is an example of water damage we got called into help with over the course of the last week.  We've been having lots of rain lately contributing to the water restoration workload.  This office called us when water started seeping through their walls and ceilings onto the floor after a storm a few days ago.  We got the call and were there within the hour.  Many times we get called into commercial buildings, the damage is usually spread out which means "all hands on deck" on our end to fix the issue.  We got the job done within a few days and the company was up and back running within 3 days.  They were very satisfied with our work and told us they will definitely be utilizing our services in the future.

Diner Disaster

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Ceiling of diner destroyed from fire

Here is an example we got called into tend to recently.  A nearby diner we are acquainted with had a fire in their back room damaging much of their ceiling.  Typically, fire damage is tougher and takes longer to restore.  The owner and manager of this diner we very worried about the amount of time it would take to fix everything.  For a job we initially anticipated to take about a week, as a team we ended up completing in three days time.  Our client was very impressed and was overjoyed that they could re open their facility sooner than they thought.  Here at SERVPRO we're not only efficient with our work we our courteous of your business' time.  We understand the importance of being open for service as much as possible and are always here to help if a problem arises!

Bank of America

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Bank of America Sewage Backup Job

Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Retail Facilities
  • Education Facilities
  • Property Management
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Hospitality Facilities
  • Food Service Facilities

In this particular instance, there was a sewage back up in the basement of a Bank of America building nearby.  SERVPRO very quickly responded and went out the same day, extracted the water, sanitized the affected surfaces with antimicrobial, cleaned and/or discarded affected contents, and set up drying equipment to prevent mold.  Our team is prompt, allowing us to respond quickly to these types of incidents allowing us to be readily available for the customer at any time.

The Pentagon

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

When water pipes located in the basement of the Pentagon burst early one morning, pouring 1.8 million gallons of water over 565,000 square feet - or roughly 17 miles of hallway - SERVPRO Franchise Professionals completed the enormous task of drying the structure in just 7 days. 

Following the horrific events of September 11, 2001 we all know and remember, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals were called in to assist with cleaning up and restoration of the Pentagon.  In spite of the emotions and difficulties involved in the restoration effort, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals dried close to 3000,000 square feet in addition providing fire, soot, smoke cleanup and restoration services. Upon completion of the drying assignment, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals were able to provide mold remediation services in other sections of the facility.  SERVPRO Franchise Professionals met the remediation services in other sections of the facility as well.  Up for the challenge, the job was completed in full in just 90 days.