What You Can Do: 3 Ways to Minimize Damage After a Storm
It is of the utmost importance to prevent further damage if your commercial property endures a storm.
If your commercial property endures a storm, leaving your building with storm or water damage, it is of the utmost importance to prevent further damage. Being proactive during the downtime before help arrives can be especially beneficial in this regard. In today’s blog, we’ll share 3 tips that can help in protecting your commercial property from unnecessary damage while you wait for the storm damage restoration experts to arrive.
- Stay Away from the Affected Area
The mix of standing water and electricity poses a risk for electrocution, which makes it imperative that people stay away from rooms that have experienced water damage until professionals have restored the affected areas. Electrical appliances, wiring, and outlets, which are common for rooms in commercial buildings, can pose additional safety risks if they are located in water damaged areas. Keeping people out of affected areas is a critical first step, but it is crucial that you refrain from turning on the lights or unplugging electrical appliances, as these actions can threaten the safety of those occupying the commercial building.
- Turn Off the Water Source & Breakers
To best protect yourself and others working in your commercial building from safety concerns such as electrical shock, shut off the water source and turn off the breakers as soon as water damage is discovered after a storm.
- Protect Your Building’s Belongings
Valuable items, such as documents, retail items, equipment, and other products, are commonly housed in commercial buildings. Moving valuables away from water damaged areas facilitates drying. Additionally, it is beneficial to assess them for damage as soon as possible in order to prevent further water damage.
Call SERVPRO Team Wall for Commercial Restoration Services
Storms – big or small – and the damage that they leave behind can cause tremendous stress and challenges for commercial property owners. Trusting SERVPRO Team Wall and our storm damage restoration professionals, however, can help you find peace of mind. Don’t hesitate – call your local SERVPRO Team Wall office, SERVPRO of Harrisburg West, at (717) 510-6779 to learn more about our Commercial Storm Restoration offerings. Wondering how SERVPRO can help your commercial property after a storm? Check out the pages on our website dedicated to our other related offerings, from general Commercial Restoration to Commercial Water Damage Restoration services. Finally, in the event of larger storm events, our Large Loss Disaster Recovery Team can be of assistance, as we have an extensive network of teams located across the country, offering services 24/7. Call SERVPRO Team Wall immediately to make it “Like it never even happened” and prevent further damage.
A Recap of Florida's Hurricanes and Hurricane Season 2022
Strong storms, like hurricanes, can impact your area at any time during hurricane season, hurricanes can even make landfall as late as November.
The end of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season left its mark on Florida, as both Hurricane Ian and Hurricane Nicole impacted Florida communities. SERVPRO Team Wall and our Disaster Recovery Team had the opportunity to serve affected communities in Florida. Hurricane Ian and Hurricane Nicole made landfall in Florida within a relatively short time of each other, wreaking havoc on residential and commercial properties alike. To learn more about where Florida’s 2022 hurricanes fit in the grand scheme of the Atlantic hurricane season, continue reading.
Florida Hurricanes 2022
Upon making landfall in Southwest Florida in mid-September, Hurricane Ian resulted in a devastating number of casualties, left many without power, and caused significant damage to properties. Only 43 days later, another hurricane, Nicole, hit many of the same Florida areas without power once and sending first responders on search and rescue missions. The hurricane double-whammy of Ian and Nicole may appear to be an anomaly, but something similar happened in 2004. 18 years ago, Hurricanes Charley and Jeanne, which both made landfall in Florida in 2004, impacted almost the same areas of the state as Ian and Nicole. Additionally, the same amount of time lapsed in between the two storms. Considering this information, what can property owners in Florida and across the country learn from this information?
Call SERVPRO with Any Storm Emergency
Strong storms, like hurricanes, can impact your area at any time during hurricane season, hurricanes can even make landfall as late as November. As we have seen in the case of Hurricane Nicole, a November hurricane isn’t a rare occurrence. Rather, it is a very real possibility, especially for coastal states like Florida. In the event of any emergency, call SERVPRO of Harrisburg West at (717) 510-6779 for professional Storm Damage Restoration services. We also offer storm damage restoration services tailored to commercial properties, perfect for commercial businesses. Our website also includes information about our other storm-related offerings, such as our Large Loss Disaster Recovery Team that aids communities following strong storm events such as hurricanes, as well as our residential and commercial Water Damage Restoration services. You can count on SERVPRO Team Wall to make it “Like it never even happened” after any emergency.
Commercial Roofing and Water Damage
Having a clear idea of what to look for on the interior and exterior of your commercial property’s roof can help prevent further water damage.
We often say, “out of sight, out of mind,” which directly relates to today’s blog topic: Detecting water damage to commercial roofing. Since our roofs are not something we see on an everyday basis, how can we tell when it has experienced damage? In today’s blog, we’ll share tips for how to spot water damage in commercial roofs. Having a clear idea of what to look for on both the interior and exterior when inspecting your commercial property’s roof can help prevent further water damage. Keep reading to learn more.
On the interior of your property, you may see several indicators of water damage to your roof. Leaks and puddles of water are classic signs of water damage. If you see water spots, which are damp areas of discoloration, on the ceiling, this may be a sign of roof damage. Seeing or smelling mold is yet another sign that there could be a leak emanating from your property’s roof.
When inspecting your roof from the outside, it is possible that you might find cracks and tears on the exterior of your property. These are often the result of aging, but water can seep into these small areas of damage, which risks water damage to your property. Puddles of water on your commercial property’s roof may also indicate an issue with your roof’s draining system. It can be easy to ignore this but, if the water doesn’t move, your property will be at risk of roof and water damage. Lastly, if water is visibly leaking into the seams of your roof – this happens when your roof seams loosen – make sure to get the help of a professional right away. Being proactive is crucial in this case, as the faster you take action, the better you can prevent further roof damage.
Call SERVPRO Team Wall with Water and Roof Damage
Learn more about our Commercial Restoration and Building Services by visiting our website or giving us a call at (717) 510-6779 to speak with one of our knowledgeable SERVPRO Team Wall team members. Our website is also the place where you can find more information about our Water and Storm Damage Restoration that we offer for commercial and residential properties alike. Upon your first discovery of damage, don’t wait – call SERVPRO of Harrisburg West. Trust our professional restoration and construction services to make it “Like it never even happened” for your commercial property.
Employees of the Quarter: Q3 2022
This quarter, we are excited to celebrate Team Wall’s third quarter EOQs, Brian Barry and Bobbie Wylie!
We select one exemplary employee from each area of SERVPRO Team Wall every quarter to be recognized as Team Wall’s “Employee of the Quarter.” This quarter, we are excited to celebrate Team Wall’s Centralized team’s EOQ, Brian Barry, and our SERVPRO of Harrisburg West office’s EOQ, Bobbie Wylie. Keep reading to learn more about Brian and Bobbie.
A member of our SERVPRO Team Wall for the last 2 years, Brian Barry is a valued member of our centralized team. Prior to his current role as Construction Estimator, he was Fire Production Manager. Brian is always willing to help, even when tasks that need to be accomplished fall outside of his job description. During his time with Team Wall, Brian has assisted with project management on large construction jobs and has made many estimating trips to Pittsburgh. What makes Brian an exemplary employee is that, on top of all this, Brian always takes time to look out for customers and ensure that we are addressing their concerns so that we know customers find peace of mind in their unique times of need. Thank you for all you do, Brian!
SERVPRO of Harrisburg West’s Office Manager, Bobbie Wylie, is this quarter’s “Employee of the Quarter” for Team Wall’s Harrisburg office. Since starting with Team Wall almost a year and a half ago, Bobbie has been an integral part of our team. Despite being with us for only a short time, Bobbie has about 16 years of experience in the restoration and insurance industries. What makes Bobbie a truly exemplary employee is the fact that she goes above and beyond, surpassing expectations every day. She lends a helping hand to other departments in administrative training and supports her teammates whenever help is needed. Bobbie is skilled at maneuvering around hurdles and solving problems in order to ensure that our customers receive the best possible customer service. We are grateful to have you on our team, Bobbie!
Fire Safety With Heating Equipment
Whenever heating equipment is used, fire safety is important to discuss, as even small oversights can result in devastating accidents.
There’s a chill in the air, which means that it’s getting to be that time of year again when the temperature starts to drop and we start thinking about turning on our home or business’ heating system. Whenever heating equipment is used, fire safety is important to discuss because of the number of fires heating system malfunctions and accidents cause every year. By taking into consideration 3 statistical observations on the subject of heating safety risks from the National Fire Protection Agency, today’s blog will discuss a few different ways in which you can prevent your property from becoming part of the statistics.
An NFPA report on the subject of fire safety with heating equipment, based on annual averages between 2014 and 2018, found that…
1. “Most home heating fire deaths (81%) involved stationary or portable space heaters.”
Keep combustible objects like upholstery and blankets 3ft away from portable heaters in order to decrease fire risks.
2. “The leading factor contributing to home heating fires (25%) was failure to clean, principally from solid-fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys.”
Solid-fueled heating systems like chimneys should receive annual, professional cleaning services. Having your chimney inspected and cleaned once every year can help decrease your property’s fire risk.
3. “Nearly half (48%) of all home heating fires occurred in December, January and February.”
During the winter, when the weather is cold, it can be easy to want to keep portable heaters turned on 24/7. When you leave the room or go to bed, turn off your portable heaters, as fires can ignite when heaters are unsupervised.
Call SERVPRO Team Wall for Fire Damage Restoration Services
You can find more Fire Tips, as well as more information about our Fire Damage Restoration services and Fire Restoration Process, on our website. This fall and winter, call SERVPRO Team Wall at (717) 510-6779 in the event that your home or business experiences fire damage this fall or winter. Trust us to make it “Like it never even happened.”
3 Types of Lightning in a Storm
Becoming familiar with these 3 different types of lightning is an important part of storm safety.
Nearly every storm event presents lightning and, with it, serious concerns for human safety. All the while, lightning also poses risks to residential and commercial properties. Hurricanes, which we do not often consider to be storms capable of producing lightning, do sometimes have lightning near the eye of the storm. During a thunderstorm, there are 3 common types of lightning you may see. Becoming familiar with these 3 different types is an important part of storm safety. Today’s blog will explain the 3 common types using information from NOAA’s “Lightning Types” article, but we will also discuss safety risks associated with each lightning type so that you can be informed, which is the best way to protect yourself and your home or business from lightning dangers.
Cloud-to-ground lighting is the most dangerous type of lightning for properties. This type of lightning occurs when a channel of negative charge shooting down from a storm cloud meets a positive charge from tall objects like nearby trees, power lines, and tall structures like homes and commercial buildings. In the event that the positive charge comes from a tall property, the unification of the positive and negative charges causes an electrical current to start flowing, posing safety risks to properties and people inside of them if a fire ignites as a result of an electrical surge. To prevent damage from a lightning strike, it is best to protect your property with surge protectors. If a thunderstorm is in your area, even if you don’t see lightning, it is beneficial to step away from electrical appliances and avoid activities involving water, such as taking a shower or washing dishes.
From time to time, lightning never reaches the ground. When you see flashes of light in the clouds but no lightning bolts, what you are observing is known as cloud flashes. In cloud flashes, the lightning usually remains in the clouds through what NOAA calls “intra-cloud lightning flashes.” According to The National Weather Service, “an electrical discharge between oppositely charged areas within the thunderstorm cloud” causes cloud flashes. Even though we know that cloud-to-ground lightning is a more dangerous type of lightning, cloud flashes still pose safety threats, as they indicate that the storm is producing lightning, so cloud-to-ground lightning could develop at any time.
It may come as a surprise to learn that there is no such thing as heat lightning. So why are we including it in this blog? The National Weather Service states that if you see cloud flashes without thunder (what we normally call “heat lightning”), what you see is actually faint lightning flashes from a thunderstorm just far enough away that your eyes can’t see the cloud-to-ground lightning it is generating or hear the thunder that accompanies it.
Experience Lightning Damage? Call SERVPRO
If lightning from a storm causes damage to your property, call SERVPRO Team Wall as soon as possible for fast, 24-hour service that will restore your home or business to its preloss condition. With top-of-the-line resources and professional, experienced storm damage restoration specialists, we specialize in making your property damage “like it never even happened” after any storm. At the first sign of damage, pick up the phone and call SERVPRO of Harrisburg West at (717) 510-6779 to speak with one of our team members. Be sure to also check out our website for more information about our Storm Damage Restoration capabilities, including storm restoration services tailored specifically to commercial properties, our Disaster Recovery Team for large losses, and our water restoration process.
Did You Know?: September Is Peak Hurricane Season
Property owners should continue to take proactive actions to protect their properties even as we enter the last portion of hurricane season.
An article declaring September as the “annual peak of Atlantic hurricane season” was posted on weather.com just last week. The author, a senior meteorologist at weather.com, explains that September 10th marked the statistical, climatological peak of hurricane season, a time in which “the Atlantic Basin has had the most hurricanes and named storms over the course of history.” Hurricane season in the northern hemisphere begins June 1st and ends November 30th, according to NOAA. As we know, September 10th does not fall exactly in the middle of hurricane season. Therefore, we might ask: what makes September peak hurricane season? In today’s blog, we will answer this question and share options that property owners have when seeking to protect their homes and businesses during peak hurricane season.
What Makes September Peak Hurricane Season?
According to the weather.com article, among the factors that increase the likelihood of hurricanes forming in the Atlantic region during the month of September are “ocean water reaching its highest temperature, the atmosphere's ability to generate thunderstorms hitting its peak, and hostile shearing winds declining to a minimum,” as well as “tropical waves,” which peak in July and carry into September. The author also references statistical data illustrating the peak of hurricanes on or around September 10th. Additionally, the data shows that 77% of named storms and 87% of hurricanes in an average hurricane season occur in August, September, and October. Based on this information, we can deduce that, while we are currently in the most active portion of hurricane season, heightened hurricane prevalence stretches well into the rest of September and October. As a result, residential and commercial property owners should continue to take proactive actions to protect their properties from increased potential storm activity, even as we enter the last part of hurricane season.
According to the American Red Cross, property owners should prepare for two primary things before a hurricane: wind and flooding. Cutting back trees and bushes close to your property and securing windows with storm shutters are two steps you can take to protect your property from damaging winds. With regards to flooding prevention, it is imperative that your gutters and drains are cleared before the storm, as this will allow for increased drainage. All the while, hurricanes are powerful forces of nature that can cause unanticipated property damage even when preventative measures are taken in advance. If your residential or commercial property undergoes storm damage in the aftermath of a hurricane this hurricane season, SERVPRO Team Wall has your back. Pick up the phone and call SERVPRO of Harrisburg West at (717) 510-6779 at the first sight of damage. You can also visit our website to learn more about our professional Storm Damage Restoration services, Commercial Storm Damage Restoration, and our experienced Disaster Recovery/Large Loss Team. After any emergency, take solace in knowing that SERVPRO will make it “Like it never even happened”for your residential or commercial property.
Fire Pit Fire Safety Tips
Focusing on fire safety when operating a fire pit this fall can help decrease the risk of unwanted fire damage.
With summer heat still present in the September air, colder temperatures seems far off in our future. However, fall is right around the corner, which means that, alongside the s’mores, apple cider, and time spent outdoors that we associate with the season, fire pit season is also upon us. The National Fire Protection Association tells us that campfires and fire pits can cause accidents that may lead to injury. Today’s blog will share a few ways in which you can safely use a fire pit this fall, while avoiding fire damage to your property.
Fire Safety at the Fire Pit
There are two different types of fire pits: In-ground and above-ground. Regardless of which type you have on your property, it is always crucial to keep the fire pit situated a safe distance away from your home, as well as any other flammable objects, such as trees, brush, bushes, and sheds. Material is also important in reducing fire risk. Your property’s fire pit should be made of a non-combustible material, like heavy metal, brick, or stone. Lastly, whenever a fire is actively burning in a fire pit, a responsible adult should be present at all times in case the fire gets out of hand.
Make Safety a Priority
If your fire pit is not wood-burning, make sure that you follow the safety guidelines of your fuel type. Likewise, if you are using firewood, ensure that it is dry and clean. While these precautionary steps may seem trivial, they can have a tremendous impact on the safety of your property, as they can prevent fire emergencies. However, accidents happen, and that’s why it is beneficial to always have a fire extinguishing device on hand when using your fire pit. A fire extinguisher is a helpful tool, but a garden hose or bucket of water sitting nearby can also be a helpful tool that can quickly douse a fire if needed.
Have a Fire? Call SERVPRO
Focusing on fire safety when operating a fire pit this fall can help decrease the risk of unwanted fire damage. However, there are always fire risks and hazards present when igniting a fire in a fire pit. If your property experiences a fire emergency, SERVPRO Team Wall is available to your 24/7. Working diligently to restore your property to its preloss condition, our team of trained and experienced fire damage restoration professionals will make it “Like it never even happened” after fire emergencies large and small. For more information, call SERVPRO of Harrisburg West today at (717) 510-6779 or peruse our website, which features a plethora of our fire damage restoration resources, including our Fire Damage Restoration services overview, Fire Restoration Process, and Fire Damage Tips pages.
Commercial Restoration: Industry Offerings
With years of experience in the commercial restoration industry, our team of professionals at SERVPRO have worked with many types of properties.
It is common knowledge that SERVPRO services both residential and commercial properties with our restoration and construction offerings. What you may not know, however, is what “commercial restoration” entails. By breaking down and explaining commercial restoration services, today’s blog will focus on the ways in which we meet different commercial industries’ wide-ranging needs. Keep reading to learn more about what SERVPRO can do for your property after any type of loss.
Why Choose SERVPRO for Your Commercial Business?
Specializing in storm, water, mold, and fire restoration– in addition to construction and cleaning–, SERVPRO is trusted in the restoration industry due to our experience level. Because we’ve seen a lot, we understand your property’s needs within your industry. Therefore, our scheduling is flexible, as we are prepared to work around the clock and around your schedule. Getting the job done without disrupting your commercial business’ daily operations is our goal. In order to achieve this, our team can adjust our workspace to keep your business’ functional areas clear so that work can continue. We also value time management and efficiency, which is exemplified in our motto, “Faster to any disaster”, our 24/7 emergency services, and the collaboration with other SERVPRO franchises around the country in the event that a job requires more resources.
Experiences With Multiple Industries
With years of experience in the commercial restoration industry, our team of professionals here at SERVPRO have serviced buildings housing many different commercial business industries, including schools and academic buildings, retail locations, healthcare facilities, food service, and hospitality. As a result, we have assisted properties of all different shapes and sizes, from large office buildings and government facilities to small retail stores and apartment buildings.
Call SERVPRO After Any Commercial Emergency
If your commercial property is in need of fire, mold, storm, or water damage restoration services, know that our team of experts here at SERVPRO Team Wall are just a call away. Speak to one of our team members by picking up the phone and calling (717) 510-6779 and learn more about our offerings by visiting our website’s overview of Commercial Restoration services, in addition to our Commercial Cleaning services page. After any disaster, remember that SERVPRO Team Wall has your back and is always right here, waiting to make it “Like it never even happened” and restore your property to its preloss condition.
Team Wall is Franchise of the Year
And then: “And our new Franchise of the Year is…Team Wall.” It’s truly just the beginning!
In June 2011, we were a different company, a different team, different people.
We didn’t have family in the area to help with childcare. With all our earnings being reinvested back in the business, I made the choice to stay home with our young kids to offset costs. Meanwhile, Jim was a full-time (to the third degree) entrepreneur. To say that this man worked 18-hour days, every day is no exaggeration- he would go sometimes up to 2 weeks without seeing our boys. He was out the door before daybreak and back home after bedtime. Weekends were non-existent. Vacations were an impossibility. And every event we attended always had a contingency plan… just in case that phone would ring. This was our way of life.
We learned many things about the dichotomy of ‘teamwork’. We had a common goal (to succeed in family and business), but it required us to be incredibly independent in order to make it happen. The whole experience was a crash course in self-reliance, innovation, grit, and faith. And, man, could it be lonely.
More often than not, I wondered if it was all worth it. Right around those times the weather would break, and the phones would start ringing. I wish I could capture in words the joy that radiated from Jim’s every step and exuberance in each word he spoke. He thrived in these moments. With his team 15 strong, he absolutely loved taking on the challenge of a mounting workload. Saying “yes” was his mantra and “figuring it out” was like fire in his veins. I continued to do all I could to support him, as this was his passion.
We thought for two years, that we were the only ones that lived and experienced this crazy way of life. That was until I flew to St. Louis, MO for my very first SERVPRO convention. I looked around and realized I was dead wrong. Thousands of people just like us were gathered to network and learn from each other. Convention was an unforgettable week soaking in all things SERVPRO, beginning to really understand at the core what got Jim so charged up about this business. Though, I do remember thinking, “If I have to listen to one more conversation about dehumidifiers…!” ??
And then came awards night. Yes please to dressing up and dancing! Although, that’s not the extent of what I remember from that night. The magnitude of it all- what we were a part of- hit me like a ton of bricks.
The top 100 franchises in the entire SERVPRO system are highlighted at every awards banquet. Additionally, the top 3 get a special video. Via my 100-foot screen, I remember watching with pure awe those stellar teams highlighted. I took note of the advice they gave, mentally logging their massive revenue volume (#1 was at $12M), and secretly wondering down deep inside, “Could it ever be us?”
“Us.” That was the very first time I thought of it as something other than just ‘Jim’s Business.’ It was ours. No longer was I just supporting his dream; we were tackling a vision together. Really, it was “us” every step of the way- no matter the period of time I was a stay-at-home mom or now fully involved in day-to-day operations. We built a team, redefining our last name to mean something that meant more than ‘just the two of us.’ We became a very cozy “just the 150 of us”…Team Wall.
In June 2022, after eleven years, massive growth, and so many life events, I was sitting among a thousand of my SERVPRO peers at the final gathering of the 2022 convention. I had eight of our amazing team members by my side. Meanwhile, Jim was sitting on the tarmac of Dallas Love Field, having to head home early.
Wouldn’t you know it? They were announcing an award that we always quietly wondered might one day include our last name, yet always with a sense of improbability. We roll with a sea of titans at SERVPRO, anyway. Who were we among them?
And then: “And our new Franchise of the Year is…Team Wall.”
What went through my mind first? Elation…intricately weaved with devastation. Jim wasn’t there. His dream was the beginning of it all and he wasn’t there. The fact that he had to miss an incredible moment like this had my heart breaking and tears welling up in my eyes for hours. Days? Maybe more. I’m still emotional just writing this. ??
Hugging each and every one of our Team Wall members tight, we walked up together to accept the incredible recognition. Next, I did what anyone else out there would do: I told a thousand people to text Jim and let him know we are FRANCHISE OF THE YEAR baby!!!
His phone was blowing up. And he was crying tears of joy and pride for the achievement earned by each and every member of Team Wall. This may have started as a dream for one, but it became far more than we could ever have imagined.
Cheers to every member of our team for this incredible accomplishment. You should be so proud of yourselves!
It’s truly just the beginning, my friends!
- Trish Wall