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Reliable Commercial Water Damage Restoration Company

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Whether office, warehouse, restaurant, school, or other commercial building, the urgency to get back to business after a water damage is stressful. The fastest way to servicing your customers and assuring your employees of their job security is to hire a reliable commercial water damage restoration company. SERVPRO of Meridian understands the first critical steps to water damage restoration is responding quickly. The longer your business is exposed to excess moisture, the more extensive the water damage will be. Water degrades furniture, weakens structures, and can permanently damage electrical items such as computers and printers. Calling on a water damage restoration company with a fast response time such as  SERVPRO of Meridian will give you the best chances of saving the things you need to service your customers. Our technicians will arrive to your business quickly, ready to assess the damage with meters detecting moisture levels. If necessary, standing water will be removed using powerful pumps mounted on SERVPRO of Meridian's familiar bright green vans. Water can cause warping of wood and cause carpeting to deteriorate. The possibility of floors being salvaged is increased when water is extracted in less than 24 hours from primary exposure, and then through quick and efficient drying.
 
When you need a reliable commercial water damage restoration company, call on SERVPRO of Meridian. Faster to any size disaster, we here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Are You Ready?

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Are You Ready? Our Marketing Manager working on ERPS. Call him today to get yours!

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?” Like most commercial properties, your facility probably has an emergency exit plan in place, with illuminated signs leading to safety, and even facility maps strategically placed to identify alternate routes out of the building. But have you developed a thorough Contingency Plan emphasizing the first 24-48 hours to help you get back in your building as quickly as possible? Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional can provide you with exactly that, assistance you in developing an Emergency Response Profile. As part of a well-thought-out contingency plan, your Emergency Response Profile will contain information you need in the event an emergency situation occurs. An added advantage to utilizing your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional in the development of your Emergency Response Profile is the opportunity to coordinate a preferred provider relationship including pre-arranged pricing and procedures for handling emergency response for your facility before damage occurs. Contact SERVPRO of Meridian today to set up an ERP consultation! Call our office at 601-693-7300 we would be more then happy to assist you in providing a safe emergency ready work space.

Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can. September is National Preparedness Month.

National Preparedness Month(NPM), recognized each September, is designed to raise awareness and encourage everyone to prepare themselves for emergencies that could impact their homes, jobs, schools, and communities. Tropical Storm Gordon is expected to make landfall along the Gulf Coast tonight as a strong tropical storm or low end hurricane. For our area that means, flash flooding is possible, along with strong winds that could possibly down trees, and maybe even isolated tornadoes. Although Gordon isn't expected to be a major threat to our area, it's a good time be sure your business is "Ready for whatever happens." Did you know SERVPRO of Meridian offers a FREE emergency ready profile that anyone can set up using a smartphone or tablet?  SERVPRO has ensured making your emergency ready plan is available at the touch of your fingertips through our FREE app available in your app store. The SERVPRO ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. 

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile:

The no-cost assessment ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations, and priority locations.
The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download the SERVPRO free Ready Plan APP  to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet.
Establishes SERVPRO of Meridian as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. Knowing who to call in advance is key to a quick response and timely mitigation, helping to minimize the amount of time your business is inactive.
Preparation is the key to making it through any disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. No one plans on a disaster, but now you can have a plan in place when it happens. 

Not sure where to begin? Call our office today!

Knowing our services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days each year is a great way for your home or business to stay prepared.  Add our number to your plan: 601-693-7300 and make sure you download our ready app to create your emergency ready profile today! Like Us on Facebook, or Follow us on Twitter, or Instagram and follow the tips, tricks and advice we share with our community.  

What Do You Know About Biohazards?

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants,employees,customers, and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

SERVPRO of Meridian professionals are trained to safely and effectively remove bio hazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and State and Local health regulations. Along with these requirements comes compassion to get through these tough situations that impact our customers.  Each and every trained technician shows compassion toward our customers.

SERVPRO of Meridian Professionals can help with the following issues:

Blood borne Pathogens

Crime Scene Residue

Arson

Vandalism

Sewage Backups

Black Water Intrusions

Please contact us at SERVPRO of Meridian for any questions concerning Biohazard Cleanups (601)693-7300.

What's Inside Your Ducts?

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Are Your Ducts in Order?

Did you know, your ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality? Inspecting the ductwork in your facility or home should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

A routine part of SERVPRO of Meridian's Professional services is inspecting the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping the HVAC and ductwork clean can potentially extend the life span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which may help save you money. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. SERVPRO of Meridian professionals will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork and make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This inspection can help save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your HVAC system and ductwork.

In some circumstances, such as after fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. In these cases, SERVPRO of Meridian professionals can often restore the HVAC system and ductwork to pre-damage condition.

If you have a fuel burning furnace, stove or fireplace, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends they be inspected for proper functioning, and be serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.

The SERVPRO Duct Cleaning System is proven and cost efficient. Unlike the majority of duct cleaning services, SERVPRO of Meridian professionals use a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of dust and grime.

  • The process begins by using patented equipment including a roto-scraper, which automatically adapts to the duct’s shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth before vacuuming begins.

  • Next, a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system transfers the debris from the ducting to a 16-gallon container.

  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of the particles in the airstream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the indoor environment clean.

  • As an optional process, a sealant or coating product may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.

  • Filters will either be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

For more information on duct cleaning, or to schedule an appointment, contact SERVPRO of Meridian professionals today!

SERVPRO of Meridian – (601) 693-7300

Have You Checked Your Fire Alarms?

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half. 

The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detector requirements are met.

Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees or clients to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation.

Review the following tips regarding smoke detectors installation and maintenance. For more on emergency preparedness contact SERVPRO of Meridian (601) 693-7300.

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps," the battery is low and should be replaced right away.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Understanding Water Types

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

When your home or business suffers water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup. There are three types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water. Clean water becomes grat water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals, and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals. When you have water damage, don't leave your property to chance. Call SERVPRO of Meridian! Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.

Damage from Clean Water

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electric shock. Do not enter rooms with standing was, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushion to allow more even drying.
  • Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Damage from Contaminated Water

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated water.
  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility -of spreading contaminated air.
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contamination.
  • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

If you have any further questions and need help with the restoration process please contact SERVPRO of Meridian at (601)693-7300. We are here 24/7 to attend to your emergency services. We make disaster "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage at Commericial Properties

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at 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, SERVPRO of Meridian’s technicians will work quickly to assess each 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, call SERVPRO of Meridian at (601)693-7300 and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Every Business Needs a Disaster Plan

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Many business owners are caught off guard when disaster strikes. Thinking that it would never happen to them or never even considering the possibility of a disaster, they fail to have a plan in place for their business. Unfortunately, many times, once disaster strikes, it’s too late. Many businesses are forced to close permanently after disaster because they were not prepared.  With Hurricane season upon us once more, please take the time to protect your business with a few ideas from below.   


According to foxbusiness.com, there are 7 steps you can take if you are a small business owner to help protect your business from disaster.



  1. Risk Assessment: Determine what types of emergencies are most likely to affect your company and then evaluate your level of preparedness. Check in with your insurance company, make sure employees are trained for emergencies, have data backed up and stored at a safe location.


  1. Review Your Insurance Coverage: Talk with your insurance agent to make sure your business is covered if hit by disaster. After determining what types of emergencies your business is most prone to, make sure your policy covers those particular types of situations. Ask about business interruption insurance which helps business owners continue to pay on-going bills while operations are shut down during disaster recovery.


  1. Create a Contingency Plan: Review your business operations and determine which are most important for the survival of your business. Form a process to manage these functions in the event of a disaster. Determine an alternate business location where business operations can continue during the recovery process.


  1. Create a Communications Plan: Disasters create chaos and having a communications plan in place in advance will help minimize panic.


  1. Back Up Your Data: Making sure all your data is backed up and stored in a safe place is critical. Cloud-based data solutions are best as they stay safe during disasters and can be accessed from any location.


  1. Build an Emergency Kit: Have an emergency kit available on site including items like water, flashlights, fire extinguishers, etc.


  1. Review and Rehearse You Plan: Once your plan is in place, make sure your employees know the plan and have practiced implementing it.


While disasters can be devastating to a business, preparation can definitely help in the recovery process. By taking action before disaster strikes and getting a plan in place, business owners can help protect their business in times of emergencies.

What You Should do if You Have a Fire Emergency

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

What would you do if you were ever in an emergency?  Step 1 would be to get you and your family to safety.   Step 2 would be to call SERVPRO of Meridian to help right away with your restoration needs. However, there are certain, and very important dos and don’ts in case of a fire emergency that you should or shouldn’t do until we arrive. Let us help you out by listing these dos and don’ts in case you ever are in these situations.

In case of an emergency fire damage, pay attention to the following tips:

Do’s

-limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into carpet and avoid tracking

- keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork

- if electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor

- wipe soot from metal kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances

Don’ts

-don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Barrie Professionals

- don’t attempt to shampoo carpet, rugs, or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Barrie

- don’t attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service