Recent Commercial Posts

Taking a Closer Look

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

First impressions are hard to overcome if they are negative ones. You want the first impression of your business site to be positive. That's hard to do if it's dirty.

Keeping your business clean to make that great first impression is important. You want to keep your clients coming back and we want to help you.

There's so much that SERVPRO can help you with.

I'm sure you think of SERVPRO when a disaster hits but we can do some things you may not have thought about.

SERVPRO offers a variety of cleaning services from Air Ducts /HVAC to biohazard and everything in between.

We can clean carpet, upholstery, drapes, and blinds.

We can bring that old tile back to life and make your floors sparkle again.

We can also get rid of lingering odors and perform a deodorization of the facility.

As always, we are here to help.

Let us help you keep your place shining and making great first impressions for years to come.

Is your Business Ready for a Disaster?

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know that 50% of Businesses don't re-open after suffering a disaster?

That's hard to hear if you own a business. The best thing you can do is to be prepared, and SERVPRO of Carroll County is here to help you with just that!

SERVPRO offers to all it's commercial clients a FREE Emergency Ready Plan. Just call SERVPRO of Carroll County and one of our professionally trained teams will come to your business and help you prepare.

After you have this set up, getting help cleaning up and/or restoring your property is just a few clicks away.

Don't worry if your have a large business. SERVPRO has a large loss division that has the expertise to manage the cost and operations of large commercial losses. 

SERVPRO is your  best resource in getting it back up and running.

Disaster doesn't happen always during 9-5 hours, that's why SERVPRO is there to help 24/7 to get your business back after a disaster!

Planning for a Natural Disaster

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

Create safety plans for your business. 

Every business should have a business continuity plan that outlines what you will do and who you can call on to help keep your business running in the event of a disaster.

Keep your desk stocked with these items.

* One gallon of water: Keep enough water in your work kit to last you at least 24 hours.

* Non-perishable food: Pack some granola bars in your emergency kit that will last until you can get home to your family.

* Flashlights: Stow a small flashlight at your workplace in case of a power outage.

* Batteries: Purchase extra batteries and keep them in your desk.

* Toilet paper: Ensure the office supply cupboard has the essentials like toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

* First-Aid kit: Keep a large First-Aid kit on hand at the office, and supply each employee with small, personal-sized emergency kits for their supply kit.

* Walking shoes: Keep an old pair of walking shoes at your desk in case you need to walk home from work.

Most business owners don’t have interruption insurance, which offers to reimburse all or part of the income a business might have generated without an interruption. Cost may be a factor in why entrepreneurs pass on such coverage: Policy prices range from $750 to $10,000 or more, depending on business size.

Back up all your electronic data, you don’t know when a disaster will happen.

Develop several ways to alert employees of an emergency.

For instance, maybe use email blasts, text blasts and voice broadcasting, which allows to simultaneously send a voice message to everyone's office phone and cell phone. Also, install alarms throughout the building and test them regularly. For retailers and other businesses that often have customers on site, consider installing intercoms to issue instructions to staff and customers at the same time.

Consider temporary relocation if needed.

Fight feelings of isolation through relaxation techniques. In addition to the change in your routine, Employees may also be feeling cooped up and anxious about not being able to leave their home. Inform employee’s uses of relaxation and meditation techniques such as yoga and deep breathing exercises to calm their nerves during times of heightened insecurity.

Preventable Water Damage

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

When a business owner thinks of water damage happening to their property, they may think of water damage coming from mother nature. If we can't control the rain, why do we worry about it? The fact is that we are more likely to have water damage from controllable or preventable things!

For example; the roof is one of the most common places to cause water damage. Owners should make sure the roof is checked regularly. One inch of rain weighs about 5 pounds. This can cause a lot of strain on a roof and can lead to leaking. 

Pipes and drains seem like they would be checked but most aren't checked regularly. A crack as small as an eight of an inch can dump 250 gallons of water per day. 

Sprinklers are great if you have a fire but not so great if it malfunctions. Sprinklers should be checked for updates but also signs of rust or damage. 

Appliances should be checked regularly ; water heaters, air conditioners, etc. can cause a lot of water damage if things break on them.

We can't stop all water damage but we can try to do as  much preventative care as we can. SERVPRO of Carroll County is here to help when the unexpected happens! We are here for your business 24/7!

Just what the Doctor Ordered

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

Our trained technicians know the proper procedure to cure you headaches. SERVPRO of Carroll County is there for your business when you need them, just like your local Pharmacy is there for you 24/7, so is SERVPRO.

We're even there when the Pharmacy needs us in their time of need!

When a local pharmacy had to close down due to a disaster they had in their main room, SERVPRO of Carroll County came to the rescue!

As customers flooded into the room to fulfill their medical needs, they were unfortunately told that they had to wait during regular business hours. Our team got out to them on a Saturday to help them get back in business, because when their clients need them they have to be ready!

SERVPRO is not the, "Take two of these and call us in the morning" type. We are the "Let us treat you and your business anytime, any day, so you can feel better in the morning" type.

That's just what the doctor ordered!

Keeping your Business Cool and Mold-Free

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

Summer is here and with it are those warm temperatures!

What does that mean for your business?

Well, a majority of businesses consider summer to be their busy season. If you're one of those businesses, you know that damage or a loss in your facility can cost you time that your business can't afford to lose.

Avoiding mold damage can be simple, especially when it comes to air conditioning condensation lines.

When the warm weather is here, we know your employees are turning up the AC and making it work overtime with them. This extra work for the air conditioner could lead to leaks in the condensation lines, which can potentially feed hidden mold. Not only is mold inconvenient to your business, it can carry health effects. And for those reasons, the U.S. EPA recommends routinely inspecting your HVAC units. Depending on how large your business is, there might be more than one in your facility.

When you inspect these units/systems, you shouldn't only be looking for mold. It's important to check for moisture or any dripping. No matter how little the amount of water may seem, mold starts on a microscopic level. It doesn't take that much liquid to keep mold alive and thriving!

If you think you find mold in your commercial property, it's important to proceed with caution.

Better yet, call our professional crews in and we will take care of drying out any moisture and removing any mold you find or even if you're just suspicious of mold. Remember that mold carries risks and if you don't know what you're doing, it can be incredibly dangerous.

That's why our specially trained teams are here to help!

How SERVORO of Carroll County can help your business

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

There is never a convenient time to find your business at the mercy of fire or water damage.  The destruction can be very challenging to say the least, and in severe cases may be very expensive and time consuming.  Every hour spent cleaning or remediating can result in lost revenue and productivity, compounding your loss.  Knowing where to start the recovery process can be overwhelming and confusing. In extreme situations, you need help.  The SERVPRO of Carroll County team has more than 43 years of experience aiding local business owners when the stakes are high.

Disasters can grow in scope very quickly.  Water loss can lead to contamination and damaged electronics. There’s no telling how long it may take to get back on your feet.  Fortunately, we are a 24-7 emergency service with professionals on-call to remediate any damage, regardless of the scale or cause.  We have a very wide range of knowledge and services to offer for all types of commercial properties:

Since our company was founded, we have made it a constant priority to mitigate the effects of the unexpected by providing amazing service.  As members of the Carroll County community, we are heavily invested in the welfare of our fellow business owners, friends and neighbors.  Restoring your livelihood to its preloss condition is what we do.  If you find yourself in need of help, please call SERVPRO of Carroll County 410-857-5332.

Sick Building Syndrome

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Sick building syndrome is a common worldwide health concern, where people in a building suffer from symptoms of illness or become infected with chronic disease from the building in which they work or reside. The outbreaks may or may not be a direct result of inadequate cleaning or improper cleaning methods.  Some symptoms tend to increase in severity with the time people spend in the building; often getting better over time or even disappearing all together when people are away from the building. Exposure to toxic black mold could cause health effects. Sick building causes are frequently pinned down to flaws in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Other causes have been attributed to contaminants produced by out gassing of some types of building materials, volatile organic compounds, molds, improper exhaust ventilation of ozone, light industrial chemicals used within, or lack of adequate fresh-air intake/air filtration.

MOLD

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

There are many types of mold and all molds have the potential to cause health effects. One of the myths regarding mold is that people believe ALL mold is bad. Mold is used in the making of penicillin. Penicillin is an antibiotic that is commonly used for treating certain infections caused by bacteria such as pneumonia, ear, skin and throat infections. So you see, not all mold is bad.

It is literally impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in an indoor environment; however, mold growth can be controlled simply by controlling the moisture indoors.

Some forms of mold can certainly cause health effects, but not all kinds of molds cause health effects in all people. Molds produce allergens, but not all people will have the sensitivity to react to the molds. However, those allergens can trigger health effects in people who are allergic to mold.

For mold to grow it takes moisture and oxygen. Mold can grow on any organic substance such as wood, paper, carpet, and foods. If mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. Over time molds can gradually destroy the things they grow on if the mold is not remediated.

Today most builders are making buildings that are tightly sealed, and can lack adequate ventilation which can potentially lead to moisture buildup. Since mold requires water to grow, it is important to prevent moisture problems in buildings. Building materials, such as drywall, may not allow moisture to escape easily. Moisture problems can be a result of roof leaks, landscaping and lack of timely maintenance of moisture problems.

Duct Cleaning

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

HVAC systems are often the cause of bad indoor air quality, so inspecting the ductwork should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for years without any attention. Dirty ducts will circulate odors, contaminants such as mold and irritating dust throughout the system in your building or home.

Keeping the HVAC system and ductwork clean could potentially extend the life span of the equipment by letting it operate at peak condition, which will save you money.

In some circumstances, such as after fire, smoke or possible mold growth, duct cleaning becomes a very important part of the cleanup process. In these cases, your SERVPRO Franchise Professional can often restore the ductwork to pre-damage condition.

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 particles in the air-stream. HEPA filters capture debris and keep the environment clean.

Call 410-857-5332 to schedule and estimate.

Commercial Water Loss

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

Water loss is something that almost everyone has to deal with at one point or another. It can creep up on you in a matter of minutes potentially causing huge amounts of damage to building or structure. SERVPRO of Carroll County prides itself on continuing to set the industry standard on the protocols and procedures used to deal with commercial water loss. From the state-of-the-art drying software and equipment, to the continuous training our SERVPRO staff receives to make sure that the job is not just done correctly, but done on time and done in a professional manor. The next time you or anyone you know suffers a devastating loss call SERVPRO of Carroll County and we will come out and get the job done right. 

Commercial Property Water Damage

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial property water damages can strike at any time, and can be very stressful. SERVPROcertified technicians understand how important it is to get your commercial property up and running as fast as possible.

Our trained technicians work quickly to assess the situation, communicate a cleanup and drying plan, contain the damaged areas, and begin work straight away. We have the required resources to handle any job, large or small. Time is critical to minimize damage, and to resume operations as soon as possible. SERVPRO has access to large loss teams specifically trained and ready to go in event of a large loss.

If your commercial property experiences awater damageevent call SERVPRO of Carroll County so we can put our many years of experience and our vast resources to work for you. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, we are always available to make your property “Like it never even happened.”

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO technicians are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our technicians are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our SERVPRO training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training

Commercial Response

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Large loss

SERVPRO of Carroll County has worked with many different types of commercial properties.

We have worked with many property management companies on apartments and hotels; Removing mold, removing odor, cleaning carpets, drying out after a water loss.

We have worked with schools; cleaning contents after a pipe break, drying out a water loss to reduce further damage, drying gym floors to avoid costly replacement, and cleaning after a fire.

We have worked with many commercial retail locations; cleaning soot and removing odor after a fire, cleaning contents, removing grease from surfaces, and drying out after a sprinkler head or a water intrusion.

We have worked with banks; cleaning sewage from basements, drying out and restoring important documents, and replacing all the affected carpet to name just a few.

Either way we have a proven track record of working with Commercial Businesses and getting them back and running as QUICK as possible to prevent excessive revenue loss. We even offer Emergency Ready Profiles for no charge on a handy app so that businesses have all their important information in the event of an emergency right in front of them all the time.

Ask our staff how we can help your business. 410-857-5332

Flooded Office

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Carroll County 410-857-5332

Make a Plan.

Hurricane season starts on May 15 in the north Pacific and June 1 in the Atlantic and the Caribbean. It ends on November 30. Before hurricane season each year, make sure you and your family are prepared by planning ahead.

Write down emergency phone numbers and keep them on the refrigerator or near every phone in your house. Program them into your cell phone too.

Prepare an emergency supply kit.

Locate the nearest shelter and different routes you can take to get there from your home. If shelter locations in your area have not been identified, learn how to find them in the event of a hurricane.

Pet owners: Pre-identify shelters, a pet-friendly hotel, or an out-of-town friend or relative where you can take your pets in an evacuation. Local animal shelters may be able to offer advice on what to do with your pets if you are asked to evacuate your home.

Sewage Damage

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Has a toilet back-up in your Carroll County home or office?  Do you have contaminated water now on your floor?   Sewer system backups should be considered very hazardous. The water is very 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.  SERVPRO of Carroll County has the experience and expertise to quickly remediate this special sewage damage situation.  Due to the immediate health concerns associated with contaminated water, SERVPRO of Carroll County highly recommends that you do not try to clean this up yourself, but instead call us immediately.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today –(410) 857-5332

There are three major types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of Carroll County will inspect the contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Emergency Service

Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business.

Is your building sick?

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Sick building syndrome (SBS) is a common worldwide health concern, where people in a building suffer from symptoms of illness or become infected with chronic disease from the building in which they work or reside. The outbreaks may or may not be a direct result of inadequate cleaning or inappropriate cleaning methods.  Certain symptoms tend to increase in severity with the time people spend in the building; often improving over time or even disappearing when people are away from the building. Exposure to toxic black mold might cause health effects. Sick building causes are frequently pinned down to flaws in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Other causes have been attributed to contaminants produced by out gassing of some types of building materials, volatile organic compounds, molds, improper exhaust ventilation of ozone, light industrial chemicals used within, or lack of adequate fresh-air intake/air filtration.