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Making Your Appliances A Priority Will Help You Avoid A Water Damage

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Making Your Appliances A Priority Will Help You Avoid A Water Damage SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle responds quickly to your Bear business’s fire, water, and mold damage emergencies

You have enough to worry about when it comes to potential water damages affecting your business. However, there’s a hidden danger that lies within your business's walls that also needs your attention. Leaking and blocked appliances may not seem like a big deal, but a small leak can quickly cause lots of damage to your business. Paying attention to your appliances—and keeping them up to date—can save you money in the long run and ensure your business stays open and runs smoothly.

Here are helpful tips for making your appliances a priority:

Mark Your Calendar

When you purchase new appliances, write down the expiration dates and recommended replacement dates on their parts and hoses.

Make a Date Every Friday Afternoon

Block out 30 minutes every Friday afternoon to walk around and check your appliances. Make sure they’re hooked up to a water source, and check for any blockages or leaks. That way, you won’t leave them unattended for a whole weekend. A small leak over a two-day span can create a large amount of damage, possibly even forcing you to temporarily close your business. Keeping up with your appliances will help keep your weekend (and your business operations) as stress-free as possible.

Don't Put it Off

When you find the problem, fix it right away. Replace a leaky hose, or call a plumber to clear the blockage in your drains or sinks before it is too late. Finding and fixing an issue early on will save you a lot of trouble, time, and money in your business.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle?

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle is locally owned and operated, and serves Bear, New Castle, Glasgow, Christiana, Delaware City, St. Georges, Corbit, Wilmington Manor, Minquadale, and the surrounding New Castle County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialists are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

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Stabilizing Your Warehouse After Water Removal

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Stabilizing Your Warehouse After Water Removal SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies.

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle Extracts Water and Preserves Contents in Structures

Warehouse owners know all too well the risk of water damage to their premises. Water that enters a storage area might damage both the facility itself and everything stored inside. Concerns about water damage are justified no matter what kind of warehouse you run—and it is even more worrying if you happen to store food, flowers, or anything else requiring climate control.  

The first thing to do after a leak or flood in your warehouse is to call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle for water removal services. Our expert team will arrive ready to remove all the water using a combination of freestanding, truck-mounted, and submersible pumps. However, water removal is only the first step in remediating the situation. Our overall aim is to restore your warehouse “Like it never even happened.”  

We understand the importance of optimum conditions within your premises, such as temperature and humidity. That is why our IICRC-certified technicians pay close attention to measuring moisture and humidity and devising an appropriate drying plan.  

We equip our teams with a range of perfectly calibrated instruments, including thermo-hygrometers, moisture meters and probes, and thermal imaging software. Thermo-hygrometers measure the humidity in the air, i.e. the amount of moisture the air is holding. We also use moisture meters and probes to measure the moisture content of particular parts of the warehouse, such as the walls, storage units, or under the floor. Finally, thermal imaging techniques allow us to see hidden patches of moisture that are invisible to the naked eye.

Once we clearly understand the situation, we devise a drying plan to restore your warehouse to the best temperature and humidity levels. Our experienced team is well versed in calculating the correct number and placement of dehumidifiers and air movers for maximum effect.  

Stabilizing the conditions in your warehouse is a vital part of recovery after water removal, and you can count on SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle to get the job done right. Protecting your property is our highest priority. 

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle?

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle is locally owned and operated, and serves Bear, New Castle, Glasgow, Christiana, Delaware City, St. Georges, Corbit, Wilmington Manor, Minquadale, and the surrounding New Castle County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialists are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

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What Is Causing Mold in Your Commercial Building?

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What Is Causing Mold in Your Commercial Building? SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building.

If you found black mold or any type of mold growing in your commercial building, you’re likely wondering how it got there. Was it a moisture problem? Has it been there for a long time? Knowing what caused the mold growth may help you avoid the need for more mold cleanup in the future.


Stagnant Air

Airflow can help discourage mold buildup because it may dry out the area mold has chosen to make its home. If you have to turn off the HVAC unit for your building, you may be encouraging mold growth. Try to keep some airflow going even when you don’t plan to run your heating or air conditioning unit.


Moisture

Mold needs moisture to survive. This dampness can come from many sources, including:

• Burst pipes
• Leaky faucets
• Broken supply lines
• Flooding

Even something as simple as high humidity in a building can cause mold to grow. If your facility has 70% humidity, you may want to find a way to reduce the moisture in the air.


High Temperatures

Warmth is another element loved by black mold and many other types of fungus. Sometimes the temperatures in empty warehouses or busy factories can get high. Whenever possible, try to keep your buildings below the mid-70s on the Fahrenheit scale to discourage the growth of mold


Darkness

Another environmental element that could lead to more appearances of mold is darkness. Darkness alone might not be enough to cause mold growth, but it is often associated with damp, stagnant places. The environment of your commercial building can play a big role in the development of fungi.

As you initiate mold cleanup with the help of a commercial remediation team, it can be helpful to know what caused the appearance of black mold. Fixing a moisture problem, for example, could stop the recurrence of this fungus.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle?

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle is locally owned and operated, and serves Bear, New Castle, Glasgow, Christiana, Delaware City, St. Georges, Corbit, Wilmington Manor, Minquadale, and the surrounding New Castle County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialists are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

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What Commercial Property Owners Should Know About Flooding and Black Water

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What Commercial Property Owners Should Know About Flooding and Black Water The level of contamination of the water will affect the specific restoration processes SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle will use.

Dealing with water damage isn’t something that your neighbors will envy you for. It can be absolutely devastating for your New Castle County commercial property, not to mention the possibility of being temporarily displaced, and business put on hold. To prepare for a possible flood in your area, take these precautionary steps.


Know Your Flood Risk


It’s important to keep track of your region’s flood risk. There are a number of factors that can determine your flood risk, but keep in mind that nowhere in the United States is risk-free. If you live in a coastal city during hurricane season, your flood risk will dramatically increase. Other areas with typically high flood risk include low-lying areas near bodies of water or downstream from a dam or levee.


Know Your Insurance Options

When it comes to natural disaster-type flash floods, typical commercial insurance policies often don’t cover the damage. Flood insurance is a separate policy purchased through FEMA, so keep that in mind if you’re in an area with high flood risk. Also, familiarize yourself with local disaster restoration companies and choose one you prefer beforehand since the time to act must be immediately after the flood. 


Know the Signs of Water Damage


Some floods are more severe than others, and in some cases ,it will be obvious when your business has been affected. In other cases, however, water damage can be more insidious. It’s important to recognize the signs and know the difference types of water that can damage your home. Black water, for example, is highly contaminated and will cause severe odor and mold damage to your property if not treated immediately. Floodwater is, in every case, considered black water. Grey water can also cause damage, but it is derived from appliances and pipes in your building.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle?

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle is locally owned and operated, and serves Bear, New Castle, Glasgow, Christiana, Delaware City, St. Georges, Corbit, Wilmington Manor, Minquadale, and the surrounding New Castle County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialists are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

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The Importance of a Business Continuity Plan

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Importance of a Business Continuity Plan SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial storm or water damage emergencies.

Storm damage can wreak havoc on your business. Not only can it result in extensive and expensive property damage, but it can also disrupt your operations, especially if all or part of your building is rendered unsafe post-flood, Your customers may turn to competitors to fulfill the needs you used to satisfy. Your profits may plummet.  

While you can’t control Mother Nature—or the damage your building may sustain—you can reduce the financial impact a flood or storm has on your business. Of course, you may have insurance to cover property damage and lost equipment, but insurance does not cover lost profits or replace lost customers. Keeping customers and ensuring ongoing profit is up to you.

Be proactive by following three simple steps (before disaster strikes):

  • Perform a business impact analysis. Identify critical business functions and processes, and make note of the resources necessary to support them.
  • Put together a business continuity team. People are your most valuable resources. For your continuity plan to be successful, you must have the right people to carry it out. Select members of your team who are most likely to successfully manage a business disruption.
  • Train your team. You never know how people will react in the face of disaster. The best way to prepare everyone for a hiccup is to train them for one.

Talk to your storm damage remediation team at SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle about any other considerations you might need when creating your plan.

Commercial Storm Damage Restoration

Storms and inclement weather can be devastating to any business. Wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding can occur suddenly and cause substantial damage in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or storm damage to strike your business. 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. We’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Store or flood damage? Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle at (302) 392-6000

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle?

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle is locally owned and operated, and serves Bear, New Castle, Glasgow, Christiana, Delaware City, St. Georges, Corbit, Wilmington Manor, Minquadale, and the surrounding New Castle County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialists are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

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What Should You Do When Your Building Is Contaminated With Black Water?

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What Should You Do When Your Building Is Contaminated With Black Water? If your business suffers a major loss, call SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle at (302) 392-6000

Not all water damage is created equal, and the remediation steps you take depend on the original source of the water that flooded your building. Clean water is precisely what it sounds like: water that doesn’t pose immediate health threats and that comes from broken water lines, toilet holding tanks, rainfall, and snowmelt. If not treated in time, clean water can become gray water, which is water that does contain some contaminants. Gray water can include discharge from showers, sinks, aquariums, waterbeds and dishwashers. Then there is black water or floodwater. 


What Is Floodwater?

The water that enters a building during a flood usually contains dozens of harmful contaminants, which is why it is so important to work with a professional water restoration company after an incident. Floodwater usually contains soil, which can contain feces, pesticides, and other contaminants, natural or not. It can also contain sewage runoff, which may be contaminated by bacteria, molds, fungi, protozoans, and viruses. 


Why Work With a Professional Water Remediation Team?

Contamination can occur at any time, both during the flooding incident and afterward. That’s why—for the sake of your employees’ and customers’ health—you should work with a professional water restoration company after a flood


Though a water restoration company will do everything possible to restore your building to its pre-flood condition, its primary goal will likely be to free your building of any remaining contaminants. Don’t attempt to clean up post-flood damage on your own; instead, turn to a professional restoration team for help.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle?

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle is locally owned and operated, and serves Bear, New Castle, Glasgow, Christiana, Delaware City, St. Georges, Corbit, Wilmington Manor, Minquadale, and the surrounding New Castle County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialists are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

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How Does Mold Containment Prevent Cross Contamination in a Commercial Property?

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How Does Mold Containment Prevent Cross Contamination in a Commercial Property? If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Bear / New at (302) 392-6000

If you are dealing with mold contamination in a commercial property, a mold cleanup service may recommend containment. Containment can help prevent cross-contamination, such as the spread of mold to a new environment or the reintroduction of mold spores back into a structure that has been treated for mold. 

Containment Procedures During Mold Remediation Services



Turn off HVAC Systems and Fans

Adequate ventilation plays an important part in promoting drying after water damage and can prevent mold from developing. Once mold is present, however, you should turn off systems that circulate air from the contaminated portions of a structure to unaffected areas. If spores spread and find other moist surfaces conducive to growth, the mold problem in your commercial property may get worse. 



Seal Off Affected Areas

If a mold cleanup service discovers anywhere from 10 to 100 square feet of contamination in your property, they may recommend limited containment. This involves using a single layer of polyethylene sheeting to enclose the affected area as well as a slit entry and exterior flap. It is also important to seal off air supplies as well as vents, doors, and pipe chases.

Build Negative Air Chambers to Create Negative Air Pressure

If more than 100 square feet of your property is contaminated or mold growth is extensive, cleanup specialists may create an airtight containment area. This involves plastic barriers and double layers of polyethylene. It may also require a decontamination chamber.

Conduct a General Cleanup
Throwing out porous objects, such as baseboards, drywall, and insulation, can be an effective isolation procedure during mold cleanup. While this process is not always categorized as control, it does help stop the spread of fungus.

Sometimes specialized air filters can be used to help isolate the mold problem. HEPA filters, for example, are fine filters that can catch spores and other particles. Regular filters might not be able to stop the spread of fungus, which is why it is so important to use expert-recommended products when trying to stop the spread of mold.

Commercial Mold Remediation

Understanding the containment procedures used to stop mold spores during mold cleanup may make you more comfortable with the commercial remediation process. You can learn more about the steps used to stop mold contamination before hiring a cleanup team.

The experts at SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle can provide more insight into mold remediation for your home or business. Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE at (302) 392-6000 for all your cleaningwater damagefire damage, and mold remediation needs! 

Take Action to Improve Indoor Air Quality in New Castle County Schools

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Take Action to Improve Indoor Air Quality in New Castle County Schools For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle today, (302) 392-6000

What Actions Can You Take to Improve Your School's Indoor Air Quality?

Nearly one-fourth of the nation’s schools have one or more buildings in need of extensive repair or replacement and nearly half have been reported to have problems related to indoor air quality (IAQ).

The health and comfort of students and teachers are among the many factors that contribute to learning and productivity in the classroom, which in turn affect performance and achievement. Providing a healthy, comfortable environment is an investment in your students and staff.

What is Good Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Management?

  • Control of airborne pollutants.
  • Introduction and distribution of adequate outdoor air.
  • Maintenance of acceptable temperature and relative humidity.

Temperature and humidity cannot be overlooked because thermal comfort concerns underlie many complaints about "poor air quality." Furthermore, temperature and humidity are among the many factors that affect indoor contaminant levels.

Outdoor sources should also be considered since outdoor air enters school buildings through windows, doors and ventilation systems. Thus, transportation and grounds maintenance activities become factors that affect indoor pollutant levels as well as outdoor air quality on school grounds.

Facility Managers

Create a Healthy Indoor Environment

Facility managers in K-12 schools work hard every day to ensure a healthy, high-quality learning and teaching environment for students and staff. The goal is to provide energy-efficient facilities that have quality lighting, comfortable temperatures, and good indoor air quality (IAQ) — all within a tight budget.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the average school building is 42 years old.  After 40 years a school building begins to rapidly deteriorate if it is not properly maintained. 

Taking a proactive approach to preventing IAQ problems will save your school significant costs in the long run.  With everyone working together, you may also be able to reduce the amount of time you currently spend on IAQ issues.

Negative Impact of Poor Indoor Air Quality 

  • Accelerate deterioration and reduce efficiency of the school's physical plant and equipment
  • Affect student comfort, the learning environment and attendance
  • Increase the likelihood that schools will have to be closed temporarily (for repairs) or permanently
  • Lead to costly repairs if maintenance and proactive measures are deferred.  Preventative measures will save money over time.
  • Reduce the productivity of teachers and staff due to discomfort, sickness or absenteeism
  • Increase the potential for long-term health problems among students and staff
  • Strain the relationship between administrators and facilities staff

Improving IAQ can reduce the number of student visits to the nurse's office, reduce absenteeism due to illness, and enhance the general health and well-being of all students and staff.

INFORMATION PROVIDED BY - https://www.epa.gov/iaq-schools/take-action-improve-indoor-air-quality-schools

Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle offers both residential and commercial duct cleaning services.  Keeping the duct system clean can extend the life of the equipment, which in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

  • The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:
  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE  today, (302) 392 6000.

10 Property Management Tips to Help Avoid Holiday Fires

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial 10 Property Management Tips to Help Avoid Holiday Fires    The holidays can quickly turn from joyful to tragic when a fire occurs.

Decorations and Other Holiday Festivities Should Be Approached with Care

For most people, the holiday season represents a time for festivities, good cheer and decking the halls. Christmas trees, wreaths, and menorahs are displayed and strings of blinking lights drape balconies and clubhouses at apartment complexes. But what few consider is that these decorations can contribute significantly to holiday fires. Dry holiday trees and lighted candles comprise some of the greatest dangers.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 240 home fires per year that started with Christmas trees. Nearly half of these fires were caused by electrical problems, and one in four resulted from a heat source that was placed too close to the tree.

Is Your Apartment Property Ready for the Holidays?

By following a few fire prevention tips and measures suggested by the American Red Cross and NFPA, the risk of fire resulting from holiday fun can be greatly reduced. Here are 10 tips that property owners and managers can use to educate apartment residents and staff when decking the halls:

  • When using an artificial tree, wreath or garland, be sure that the product is labeled, certified or identified by the manufacturer as fire-retardant.
  • When choosing a fresh tree, make sure the green needles don’t fall off when touched. Before placing it in the stand, cut 1-2” from the base of the trunk. Add water to the tree stand and make sure someone is responsible for watering the tree daily.
  • Make sure the tree and other holiday decorations are not blocking an exit and that they are at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, space heaters, radiators, candles and heat vents or lights.
  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory and make sure you know whether they are designed for indoor or outdoor use. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords, or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini-light sets or a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs.
  • Never use candles to decorate the tree. Artificial candles are an available and safer alternative.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in a room with a lit candle.
  • Always turn off all holiday lights before leaving the home, office or clubhouse, and before going to bed.
  • After the holidays, get rid of live decorations. Dried-out trees, wreaths, and garlands are a fire hazard and should not be left in the home, garage, storage building, or placed outside on the property.
  • Do not hang decorations from fire sprinklers. Also, make sure smoke alarms are in working order.
  • When hanging decorations, use the correct ladder for the job and have help on hand, especially for tough jobs.

The holidays can quickly turn from joyful to tragic when a fire occurs. By taking simple precautions, property owners and apartment residents can avoid potential fire hazards and make this time of year a healthy and happy one.

Have an emergency at your property? – Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE at (302) 392-6000 for all your cleaning, water damagefire damage and mold remediation needs! 

We Will Protect Your Business and Your Clients When Restoring Your Property

At SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, we know that damage to the properties you manage could leave your tenants displaced or your client's business out of commission indefinitely. Our professionals work efficiently to minimize the disruption and restore your facility to preloss conditions as soon as possible. We'll help you protect the security and safety of your facility and your clients.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle?

Flexible Solutions to Allow Normal Operations

We understand that your property needs to continue operating, even in the face of disaster. In many cases, SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle can clean up in a way that the damaged space can be safely isolated from functional space so that normal operations can proceed around the cleanup. 

Scalable Resources to Accommodate Any Size Project

As a national leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle can scale the number of personnel, equipment, and project management team members to accommodate any size project. For major events and large scale losses, we can mobilize one of our elite Commercial Large Loss Teams.

What Business Owners Need to Know About Winter Weather Alerts

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial What Business Owners Need to Know About Winter Weather Alerts SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle is dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies.

Understanding Four Primary Winter Weather Alerts

Businesses in New Castle County are urged by the NOAA’s National Weather Service to stay on top of local warnings and forecasts.  Below are definitions of some of the primary winter weather alerts that, as a business owner, you should know about, and what to expect if one of these is issued in New Castle County.

Winter Storm Outlook

This is the term used when a storm hasn’t arrived yet, but is expected to arrive in a few days. This gives you time to check emergency supplies and go over the company’s emergency plan with employees.  It is important that you stay updated on the weather so you can prepare accordingly.

Winter Storm Advisory

This alert lets you know of less severe winter weather on its way.  This does not mean that you do not need to prepare for it.  Any amount of snow and ice accumulation can cause dangerous conditions and travel delays; therefore, your employees should exercise extreme caution.  Make sure all company vehicles are filled with fuel, and your building premises are taken care of to prevent any fall or injury.

Winter Storm Watch

This alert will let you know about the possibility of heavy snow, sleet, freezing rain or blizzard conditions.  These types of winter storm watches are typically issued anywhere from 12 to 48 hours before a winter storm begins.

Winter Storm Warning

This alert will let you know that dangerous winter weather, such as heavy freezing rain, sleet or snow, is imminent.  You are typically notified by these warnings between 12 to 24 hours before the storm hits.

Other Winter Weather Alerts

There are several other winter weather alerts that you should be aware of – particularly if your business has fleet drivers.

Blizzard Warning

Blizzard warnings are issued for gusty or sustained winds of 35 mph or more, and for blowing or falling snow that creates visibility problems.

Ice Storm Warning

Ice storms can create extreme hazardous conditions for traveling.  The weight of ice can cause falling power lines and tree limbs.  If you have drivers out on the roads, have them drive with great caution.

Wind Chill (Watch, Warning or Advisory)

This alert is issued when temperatures dip or reach below -20 degrees Fahrenheit, which can cause very dangerous conditions outside.

Sleet

Sleet is where raindrops freeze and turn into ice pellets before they reach the ground.  Sleet does not stick to objects, and typically bounces when it hits a surface, but can still be hazardous to motorists since it can accumulate like snow.

Freezing Rain

When rain temperature falls below freezing temperature as it hits a surface, it can freeze to surfaces like roads, vehicles or trees and form a glaze or coat of ice.  This can cause a serious hazard even in small accumulations.  Alerts are quite necessary for this so that people may take caution of these hazards.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE will respond immediately to the storm or flood event affecting your commercial property, regardless of the size or scope of the damage.  We are part of a national network of over 1,700 franchises with special disaster recovery teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters.

We are proud to be a part of our community, and strive to provide the residents and business owners in our area with the fastest response times and our best work each and every day. 

Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE at (302) 392-6000 for all your commercial cleaningwater damagefire damage and mold remediation needs! 

Improving Indoor Air Quality at Your Business

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Improving Indoor Air Quality at Your Business SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle can help you improve the indoor air quality of your office.

Know What Affects Your Indoor Air Quality and Why it Matters

Most people spend an average of 90% of their time indoors. Much of that time, for adults, is spent in an office or warehouse environment. Indoor air quality can contribute to the health and comfort of your employees, customers, and all who visit your place of business.

Why Does Indoor Air Quality Matter?

Many studies suggest that the level of pollutants indoors often surpasses the pollutants outdoors. Poor indoor air quality can potentially impact the health and wellbeing of your employees.

According to OSHA, the following symptoms have been linked to poor indoor air quality:

  • Nose, lung, throat, and eye irritation
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Concentration difficulty

What Affects Indoor Air Quality?

Fixing indoor air quality is not as simple of a fix as changing a pipe or washing a window. Several independent factors, both indoors and out, can contribute to poor indoor air quality.

Potential factors include, but are not limited to:

  • Outdoor pollutants such as smoke, smog, etc.
  • Poor ventilation and/or insulation
  • Inadequate moisture and humidity control
  • Untreated smoke damage
  • Spilt chemicals and leaking gases
  • Dust, dirt, and animal dander
  • Fungi, pollen, and other biological matter
  • Tobacco 

What Can SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle Do?

As mentioned before, many factors can impact indoor air quality. Fortunately, we offer comprehensive services that tackle many of these factors. At SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, we offer inspections with recommendations for the best course of action to leave your office with cleaner air.

HVAC Systems

Without regular attention, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can spread contaminants throughout your office. We offer regular inspections and cleanings so your office enjoys cleaner air and longer-lasting HVAC systems.

Mold Remediation

Mold, especially if left untreated long term, may pose health risks to your employees according to the EPA. Mold spores can travel through the air, impacting the indoor air quality and spreading the mold throughout the building. We have the training, equipment, and experience necessary to contain the mold, restore your property, and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Fire and Smoke Damage

Walls, carpets, and even furniture can carry smoke and soot long after the fire is put out, which can impact your indoor air quality. If your property experiences a fire, we can handle the damage both big and small. We can also make sure your building and its contents are properly cleaned.

Water Damage

No matter whether the water damage was caused by a leaky roof, a broken pipe, or a flooded basement, moisture and humidity may lead to poor indoor air quality, along with other significant problems. We can help to identify the source of the problem and fix any damage that may have occurred.

Commercial Cleaning

We also offer commercial cleaning services that go above and beyond typical janitorial or maid services. Regular cleaning can help combat potential air pollutants like dust, dirt, pollen, etc.

Cleaner air can lead to a healthier and more productive workforce. It also can improve your clients’ and visitors’ experiences with your company. If your company could benefit from any of our services, call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE

Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE at (302) 392-6000 for all your cleaning, water damagefire damage and mold remediation needs! 

7 Cold Weather Risks for Small Businesses in New Castle County

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial 7 Cold Weather Risks for Small Businesses in New Castle County When it comes to your commercial property, we mean business. Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle (302) 392-6000

Prevent Your Revenues from Dropping as Fast as the Mercury

Whether it’s pounding rainfall, massive snowstorms, burst pipes on the heels of freezing temperatures or power outages, winter weather presents many threats that can lead to business shutdowns, property damage and loss of revenue.

Now is a good time to make a plan to stay open for business, while protecting your employees and customers from the dangers of severe winter weather.

Top Winter Risks that Threaten Small Businesses

1.   Slips, Trips, and Falls

Icy parking lots and driveways, floors wet with melted snow, bunched-up doormats, and electrical cords all pose a risk. 

Manage It:

Shoveling and salting walkways, mopping spills, putting up “Wet Floor” signs, and keeping all floors clear go a long way toward preventing falls.

2.   Business Interruption

Bad weather can force businesses to close their doors unexpectedly. This will prevent your business from bringing in revenue during the storm. Even if your business is based in a warmer part of the country, you could be impacted if one of your suppliers is walloped by a storm and unable to deliver your inventory.

Manage It:

Have a protocol in place for dealing with bad weather, including a system for alerting your employees about whether they have to come in. Develop a backup supply chain so that you can keep the shelves stocked no matter what.

3.   Snowed-in Employees

In some industries, you can’t open if your employees can’t make it in to the office. In others, your team can be productive from the snowed-in safety of their homes. If your employees are able to work from home, remember productivity is only possible if there are no issues with network connectivity and logging in.

Manage It:

Before bad weather starts, have a clear work-from-home policy and let employees give it a test run so they can be productive from afar.

4.   Sickness

During cold and flu season, germs can spread from one person to another at lightning speed. Sickness is one of the top cold weather risks for small businesses because this can have a disastrous effect on productivity.

Manage It:

Encourage employees to get flu shots to prevent getting sick. When someone starts showing signs of illness, have them go home so they don’t spread their germs to everyone else.

Home-Based Businesses are at Risk, Too

If you have a home-based business, there are winter risks that will affect your business. Take steps to manage the following risks:

5.   Icy Driveways and Sidewalks

Ice can cause a risk if clients are visiting or packages are being delivered. A delivery person or client who slips and hurts themselves on the ice could legally hold your business liable for the cost of treating the injury.

Manage It:

Shovel and salt or meet the delivery folks at their trucks.

6.   Power Outages

Snow or ice storms can lead to power outages. If you rely on a computer for your home-based work, having no power creates a whole new set of problems.

Manage It:

Most home improvement stores sell generators you can use to power your business. If you are without power, consider going to a nearby coffee shop or public library, where you could have access to power and WIFI.

7.   Burst Pipes

When the temperatures drop, one major issue that could come up is a frozen water pipe.

They can create an inconvenience but, more seriously, can cause major damage to your property

Manage It:

Insulate properly and leave taps dripping in very cold weather. Check with your agent to make sure your home-based office and business equipment are protected. It’s important to remember that most homeowners’ policies exclude damage to business property, so you may need a commercial policy.

Storm or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle Today (302) 392-6000

Commercial Storm Damage Restoration

Storms and inclement weather can be devastating to any business. Wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding can occur suddenly and cause substantial damage in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or storm damage to strike your business. 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.

Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial storm or water damage emergencies. Regardless of your property type or size, we will respond quickly to clean the property and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE at (302) 392-6000 for all your cleaningwater damagefire damage and mold remediation needs! 

Common Causes Of Sewage Damage In A Commercial Property

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Common Causes Of Sewage Damage In A Commercial Property Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly. Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE 302-392-6000

4 Reasons You Could Have Sewage Damage To Your Commercial Property In New Castle, DE

There are several causes for sewer blockages which can lead to sewage water backup in your building, requiring immediate commercial sewage removal. While some are easy to prevent, others are hidden and hard to detect before you realize you may need commercial sewage removal. 

Structural Defects Can Cause Sewage Damage To A Commercial Property

Different structural defects can develop in a sewage system over time. Misaligned pipes, pipe collapses and cracks or holes in the line can lead to sewage overflow, requiring commercial sewage removal and reconstruction of sewer lines. 

City Sewer Backup Or Surge Can Cause Sewage Damage To A Commercial Property

If the backup occurs in a city sewage line, the wastewater will normally overflow out of the lowest possible opening. In some buildings, especially those with basements, the overflowing sewage wastewater may exit through the building’s lower drains and toilets.

Solid Flushes Can Cause Sewage Damage To A Commercial Property

The most common cause for commercial sewage removal is when sewage backs up from a blockage in the pipeline between the city main and your building. This is commonly caused by solid objects in the sewage system that does not naturally decompose.

Root Infiltration Can Cause Sewage Damage To A Commercial Property

Tree roots often cause sewage backups by entering the water pipeline at joints and spreading. As tree roots grow, they will often crack and break the sewage water pipes, creating additional structural defects.

Sewage Cleanup and Restoration

Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today – (302) 392-6000

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle?

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle is locally owned and operated, and serves Bear, New Castle, Glasgow, Christiana, Delaware City, St. Georges, Corbit, Wilmington Manor, Minquadale, and the surrounding New Castle County communities.

Our certified cleaning and restoration specialists are faster to any size disaster. Providing emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Service - 24/7 Water Damage Restoration Service - 24/7 Flood Damage Service - 24/7 Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service - 24/7 Mold Remediation Service - 24/7 Bio-hazard Cleanup - 24/7 Suicide & Crime Cleanup - 24/7 Board-up and Roof Tarping

Office Safety During the Holiday Season in New Castle County

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Office Safety During the Holiday Season in New Castle County If your business experiences any disaster over this holiday season call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE for your fire and water restoration needs

DOs and DON’Ts of Holiday Office Decorating:  

With the holiday season upon us, it’s important to keep workplace safety in mind.  Don’t let a preventable accident take the enjoyment out of your holidays – whether you’re excitedly preparing for Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, take a few minutes to read our decorating safety DOs and DON’Ts.


Holiday Decorations DOs

  • Decorate reception areas, lobbies, foyers, and break rooms.
  • Choose artificial decorations made of fire retardant materials for office decorating.
  • Carefully inspect previously stored decorations for damaged or frayed wires or loose connections.
  • Discard damaged decorations immediately.
  • Only use extension cords that are UL rated and in good condition.
  • Power down and unplug all decorations before leaving the building overnight or over the holiday break.

Holiday Decorations DON’Ts

  • Do Not, under any circumstances, hang decorations from fire sprinklers.
  • Do Not place decorations in exit corridors or areas that could obstruct the view of exit signs, fire alarm pull stations, fire extinguishers, or hose cabinets.
  • Do Not use any type of decoration in your office that has an open flame.
  • Do Not overload electrical outlets.
  • Do Not allow cords to dangle from counters and table tops where they can be pulled or tripped over.
  • Do Not place staples or nails through strings of lights, extension cords, or power cords.
  • Do Not place Christmas trees, gifts, or freestanding decorations in heavily trafficked areas where employees and/or customers might run into them or trip over them.
  • Do Not use “indoor only” decorations or extension cords outside.

Here at SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE, we want everyone to have the safest holiday possible. We understand how valuable time spent with friends and family is, and we want everyone to have a happy holiday season!

If your business experiences any disaster-related events over this holiday season call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE for your fire and water restoration needs - (302) 392-6000.

Restoring Your New Castle County, DE Commercial Property After a Water Damage or Flood

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your New Castle County, DE Commercial Property After a Water Damage or Flood If your business suffers a major loss, call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE (302) 392-6000

Commercial Storm Damage Restoration

Storms and inclement weather can be devastating to any business. Wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding can occur suddenly and cause substantial damage in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or storm damage to strike your business. 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.

Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial storm or water damage emergencies. Regardless of your property type or size, we will respond quickly to clean the property and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about our training and certifications.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE will respond immediately to the storm or flood event affecting your commercial property, regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters.

We are proud to be a part of our community and strive to provide the residents and business owners in our area the fastest response times and our best work each and every day.

If your business suffers a major loss, call (302) 392-6000

Prepare Your New Castle, DE Commercial Property For The Winter

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Prepare Your New Castle, DE Commercial Property For The Winter Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on SERVPRO of Bear/Castle, DE

Tips For Keeping Your Facility Clean 

October is the perfect month for making cleaning and maintenance plans for the coming fall and winter.  To help building users stay clean, SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE offers the following tips for making this seasonal transition as complete and easy as possible.    

FLOORS:

Floors take a beating during adverse weather conditions. Scrub entry floors to remove soils and recoat to give the floor added protection. Know product specifications: Some floor care chemicals, as an example, are best applied at certain temperature ranges.


CARPETS:

Many facilities delay cleaning carpets before and during the winter months. This can be a mistake as the carpets can become saturated with contaminants and impact indoor environmental quality. 

RESTROOMS:

Cleaning professionals often develop cleaning habits, especially in restrooms. Seasonal transitions call for taking a fresh look at restroom cleaning procedures and adopting some new technologies, products and methods where appropriate.

FLOOR MATS:

Install 15 feet of matting inside each entrance to capture ice melt, salt and sand before it is tracked throughout the facility.

REPAIR FLOOR DEFECTS:

Repairing floor defects will prevent soils and ice melt from becoming trapped in chips, cracks, crevices, etc.

HEPA FILTERS:

An easy way to remember when to clean or change HEPA filters is by changing them when Daylight Savings Time begins and ends; this year it ends on November 5.

COMMERCIAL CLEANING PROFESSIONALS:

While all the above are useful tips in keeping your office or commercial building clean and tidy they can take up valuable time you simply aren’t able to fit into your working day. Hiring the services of a professional cleaning company ensures you can concentrate on more pressing matters, yet still boast a clean, clutter free office space.

Commercial Cleaning Services

You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

Have Questions? Call Today – (302) 392-6000

Specialty Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE can help you get back to business!

Pre-Planning Can Serve As An Insurance Policy Aimed At Peace Of Mind After A Disaster In Bear, DE

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest 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. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

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.

  • A No Cost Assessment of Your Facility.

       This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a          great value at no cost.

  • A Concise Profile Document That Contains Only The Critical Information Needed In The Event Of An Emergency.

       It will only take a little time to complete and will not take            you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time        if ever needed.

  • A Guide To Help You Get Back Into Your Building Following A Disaster.

       This can help minimize the amount of time your business is          inactive by having an immediate plan of action.

       You have a provider that is recognized as an industry                  leader and close by.

  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.

       This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the          damage which can save you time and money.

  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

       Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and              who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency            so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever          happens."

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SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE  understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and in your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties after a fire damagesmoke damagewater damage and/or mold contamination, as well as provides trauma cleanupvandalism cleanupcarpet cleaning and duct cleaning services for your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge and experience to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us at (302) 392-6000 today!

Visit us online to meet our team and learn more about our services.

Website: www.SERVPRObearnewcastle.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SERVPRObearde

There's Never A Convenient Time For A Disaster To Strike Your New Castle County, DE Commercial Property.

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial There's Never A Convenient Time For A Disaster To Strike Your New Castle County, DE Commercial Property. SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE We provide immediate service day or night

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE…We provide immediate service day or night

There's never a convenient time for a disaster to strike your New Castle County, DE commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. (Learn more about our commercial services:)

Whether your New Castle County, DE property needs emergency flood damage services or your carpets cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. (Learn more about our commercial services)

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in New Castle, County, DE. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your Commercial Restoration or Cleaning needs.

24-Hour Emergency Service

Faster to Any-Sized Disaster

Highly Trained Restoration Technicians

A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry

Locally Owned and Operated

Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Technology

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle (302) 392-6000

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE  understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and in your home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties after a fire damagesmoke damagewater damage and/or mold contamination, as well as provides trauma cleanupvandalism cleanupcarpet cleaning and duct cleaning services for your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge and experience to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us at (302) 392-6000 today!

Visit us online to meet our team and learn more about our services.

Website: www.SERVPRObearnewcastle.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SERVPRObearde