Recent Commercial Posts

How Often Do Businesses Need a Deep Cleaning Service and Why?

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro of West Volusia Commercial building interior.

Your employees have every reason to expect clean surroundings. Many commercial buildings have employees working in the building, who track dirt and grime into buildings on their shoes and clothes every single day.

If you don't clean your office space regularly, it will become a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. For instance, mold can develop in almost any part of commercial structures, particularly in moist places such as air ducts or drip pans. This is extremely harmful to our health. There's even a name for sickness caused by a dirty building environment. It’s called the Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). According to the Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Sick Building Syndrome increases sickness absenteeism and causes a decrease in the productivity of the workers.

Therefore, commercial buildings require a commercial building cleaning service whenever possible. The reason why it is important is that regular cleaning alone doesn't properly eliminate bacteria growth and malodors.

How often does your office need a deep clean?

Generally, providers of commercial building restoration services recommend deep cleaning services every quarter. However, the frequency of commercial building cleanings depends on the size and condition of each office space.

For instance, in offices where people work with their hands such as construction sites or manufacturing facilities, there is a greater risk of developing skin problems and disease since the germs can be spread more easily. In this case, companies should schedule commercial building restoration services more often than other industries.

What can you expect from a deep cleaning service?

Deep cleaning requires specific skills and application methods different from regular cleaning. 

Deep cleaning services usually involve:

  • Ceilings, walls, and hard floors
  • Drapes and blinds
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism
  • Trauma and Crime Scene

How do you know it's time to schedule for a deep clean?

This will depend on the situation and setup of your business. The greatest advice is to pay attention to your clients and staff. You might believe your cleaning routine is sufficient as it is. But what matters most is the condition of your facilities. When you hire an expert provider of commercial building cleaning service, they will help assess the condition of your office spaces and let you know when deep cleaning is needed. You can schedule quarterly or monthly deep cleaning services with them depending on the size of each office space.

Make cleanliness a priority in your business.

Building cleanliness matters to your employees, customers, and visitors alike. When the atmosphere is clean, it contributes to a positive working environment that increases productivity. Good hygiene also helps create an impression of professionalism for potential clients or business partners who visit the office spaces on special occasions such as presentations or seminars where first impressions matter most.

Find a reputable commercial cleaning company that takes deep cleaning as seriously as you do. This way you can get back to business as usual with cleaner office spaces that are ready to greet your employees and clients alike.

Ways to Repair Water Damaged Electronics

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

hand holding smartphone Phones may not turn on after being water damaged.

After investing heavily in the equipment and technology that keep your business in action, flooded electronics and the ensuing water damage can feel overwhelming. Is it possible to repair the damage on your own? 

Corrosion Damage

One of the most serious causes of damage is the corrosion caused by hidden moisture. The combination of metal, water, and oxygen creates an iron oxide or rust. This gradually breaks down the metals within your equipment. The damage may be apparent within a few hours, but it could also take days before you notice it. The damage to flooded electronics isn't limited to your equipment. Your outlets, circuit interrupters, light switches, timers, and other wired conveniences often experience electronic damage. 

Removing Corrosion

As you begin cleaning up after water damage, carefully consider the risks. It is possible and often very likely that you'll cause further damage to the equipment, and you could put yourself at risk of injury. Some solutions sold for rust removal aren't appropriate for all kinds of technology. 

  • Unplug the device and remove batteries. Be aware of exposed connectors that may be fragile or affected by corrosion.
  • Watch out for white or green buildup on charging ports or battery, SIM card, and metal connectors. These are areas of corrosion.
  • Use cotton swabs or a soft cloth and a gentle cleaning solution to wash off the corrosion. The cleaning solution may be a mix of baking soda and water, vinegar, or isopropyl alcohol. If the corrosion doesn't come off with gently wiping, you may need to let the solution sit on the area and wipe it off later.
  • Allow the electronics to dry completely before plugging it in or replacing batteries. Do not use a heated hair dryer on equipment. 

The best step for cleaning your electronics is to contact a professional,. You risk doing further damage to the equipment, suffering from injuries, and voiding insurance coverage or equipment warranties when you DIY this task. Keep these risks in mind before trying to clean corrosion from flooded electronics on your own.

Why Mold Grows in HVAC Air Ducts

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Mold in Air Duct You can find mold growth in the humid and dark areas of your HVAC system.

Mold can grow in most areas of commercial buildings in DeLand, Florida, especially if they provide the right conditions. Its effects are dangerous for building materials, causing severe damage if left untreated. HVAC systems circulate mold around the building and provide the humid conditions it needs to thrive. HVAC cleaning is especially important for commercial buildings to prevent the growth of unwanted mold.

The Conditions for Mold Growth in HVAC Systems

You can find mold growth in the humid and dark areas of your HVAC system, such as:

  • The drip pan
  • The AC evaporator coils
  • The air ducts


Mold thrives in moist environmental conditions where it can find a host with the right nutrients. The dust in the ducts provides mold with nutrients and the dark, humid environment gives it the preferable conditions to grow. If the drip pan and AC evaporator coil are not cleaned regularly, they can also provide fungus the essential conditions for growth. It is important to conduct routine HVAC cleaning to prevent these parts from becoming worn or damaged.


Mold Prevention for HVAC Systems
To prevent mold growth on HVAC systems, make sure the air filters are routinely cleaned or replaced. HEPA filters are capable of filtering out the smallest air particles, making them ideal for filtering mold spores. Regular professional HVAC maintenance is also an essential part of mold prevention. It is recommended that this be done twice a year for commercial buildings. Routinely inspect your HVAC system for mold on air vents. Cleaning vents regularly will also prevent additional mold particles from circulating through your HVAC system.
Regular HVAC cleaning is necessary for mold prevention for commercial buildings and should be done by a professional mold cleaning service at least twice a year. If you have mold damage in your building, it is likely the mold is traveling through your HVAC system. Good filtration and regular maintenance can prevent mold growth and make your commercial building a cleaner, health-friendly environment.

Emergency Ready Plan

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial building in Florida Does your business have an Emergency Ready Plan?

When you have a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) in place for your business, you are ready for whatever happens! 

SERVPRO of West Volusia can provide your company with an ERP individually tailored to your needs. Here's what it does: 

  • Identifies a point of contact able to authorize work orders. This allows us to be able to quickly get to work repairing any damage in the event of a water or fire damage.
  • Provides significant details on valve shut off locations, identifies areas with important safety equipment and presents emergency contact information and notes. This allows any employee you wish to have easy access to vital emergency information in the event that damage occurs. 

SERVPRO of West Volusia is here to help protect your business by helping you get prepared! Give us a call today: (386) 574-0864

What's The Difference Between Partial Losses and Total Losses?

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Volusia - image of floor damage Heavy Floor Damage

A partial loss indicates that a structure was not irreparably damaged. In general, this level of damage may require restoration and repairs, but not a complete rebuild. Find out how to determine the extent of fire loss at a commercial building in West Volusia County.

The Damage Is Limited

If a particular area of a structure has sustained fire damage while other areas are only affected by heat or smoke, the loss is likely to be partial. The following are some of the most common forms of partial loss:

  • Burnt or charred building materials or contents
  • Heat-damaged building materials or contents
  • Smoke-damaged building materials or contents

Buildings that remain structurally sound can still suffer an extensive partial loss. An actual total loss involves a situation in which a property has burned down or sustained such extensive structural damage that a complete rebuild is necessary.

Restoration Is An Option
A fire loss is likely partial if a building can be cleaned and restored. This even applies to situations in which a certain portion of a structure sustains significant damage and may have to be rebuilt, but the building remains structurally sound on the whole and safe for occupation after cleaning and restoration.

Contents Can Be Restored or Replaced
Fire damage at a commercial building is likely to involve damaged contents. Getting a professional verdict on the condition of equipment can facilitate claim settlement. Any assessment should account for fire, heat and smoke damage. It is helpful to have an insurance policy that covers replacement costs rather than actual cash value with depreciation.
In the event of a partial fire loss, cleanup and restoration experts should check for hidden damage. Fire damage that appears minor may actually be more extensive. Experienced fire restoration professionals can inspect and accurately identify the extent of loss for the purpose of making a commercial property insurance claim.

Gas And Water Shutoffs For Commercial Buildings

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial property managers usually gloss over where their building's gas and water valves are located when they first settle into a property. Sooner or later, a leak may occur and unnecessary damage can happen to the building if the property manager doesn't know where the shutoff valves are. 

Knowing where the gas and water shutoffs are can potentially save you thousands of dollars on a damage restoration job. So knowing where the shutoffs are and properly labeling them can be extremely beneficial as you won't have to wait for the city or fire department to locate and shut them off for you. 

In the case of sprinklers that malfunction and turn on, just 1 minute less of water flowing could cut days off of a drying project.

If you don't already, make sure you put together a plan of where the following shutoffs are for gas, water, and electric.

Commercial buildings oftentimes require elevated training and equipment to dry and repair.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints.

We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan Advantage

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.

Don't Trust Us, Test us

SERVPRO specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Call SERVPRO Of West Volusia County Today to set up a Emergency ready Profile at no cost! 386-574-0864

My Office is Flooded!

5/16/2020 (Permalink)

Water intrusion may be more severe in commercial buildings than in a residential setting, and the effects can be more extensive. Many commercial structures have larger volumes of water entering the premises through plumbing supply lines and at a higher water pressure. The quantity of outgoing sewage is also greater than a typical residence. Commercial buildings are certainly larger than your average residence, so entry points for water intrusion through areas like the roof, exterior walls or windows are commensurately greater in number.

Water intrusion in commercial buildings can damage high-value equipment like computers and also building services such as HVAC, lighting, elevators and security equipment. Common long-term consequences of water damage like mold or microbial growth may be more problematic than in a home, due to the larger occupancy of a business or other commercial enterprise. When a greater number of people with a wider range of sensitivity are exposed to mold and bacteria spores, health impacts may be significantly magnified, perhaps leading to an enforced closure of the facility until the situation is fully remediated.

Typical issues from water intrusion in the commercial environment include:

  • Water from roof leaks penetrating through ceilings. Chronic leakage through the roof may proceed unnoticed for long periods, hidden by suspended ceiling panels or in electrical or HVAC service areas above.
  • Ruptures of water supply lines typically release clean (white) water.  Sewage backups or leaks in drain pipes release toxic (black) water that may be a biohazard and require evacuation of the premises.
  • Flooding from external sources can result from heavy rains, storms such as hurricanes or local overflowing lakes or rivers.
  • Moisture intrusion through the building envelope is typically more subtle. Humid outdoor air may be drawn in through structural cracks and gaps. Over a period, chronic dampness forms in spaces like wall voids, unventilated attics and service areas, spawning hidden mold growth that persists unseen.

At SERVPRO of West Volusia we are experts in commercial water damage mitigation and restoration. 

386-574-0864

Dealing with Contents

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

All water damages at commercial facilities are challenging. Whether there are multi-levels involved, numerous offices/cubicles or filled storage rooms, SERVPRO of West Volusia can help. 

Our IICRC trained and certified employees utilize state of the art equipment and software to insure your structure is properly dried out and you contents are dealt with. Our software programs track drying progress and can take a full inventory of any affected contents, salvageable and non-salvageable. 

Rest assured, our goal is to get you back in business as quickly as possible. To do so, we monitor our equipment and take material and atmospheric readings daily. Remember, when water damage impacts your facility go with the professionals at SERVPRO. "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of West Volusia

386-574-0864

What's That Smell?

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

As we begin to go back to work many will be returning to buildings/facilities that have been closed for weeks or months. This creates the potential for unidentifiable odors from ambient humidity, lack of temperature control or undetected leaks. 

At SERVPRO of West Volusia we are experts in identifying and eliminating odor(s). However, eliminating the odor is only part of the solution. If the cause of the odor isn't identified and remedied, you are simply putting "a band-aid on a broken leg". 

Should you have an odor issue upon your return to work let SERVPRO of West Volusia investigate it for you. We will do so at no cost and provide you with a report of our findings and an estimate for remediating the source and eliminating the odor, if necessary. 

SERVPRO of West Volusia 

386-574-0864

"Here to Help"

Insurance Policy - What You Should Know

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Gray calculator with orange key pad. Black and gold pen sitting on top of paper. Understanding your insurance policy makes it so much easier to know when you are covered.

Insurance is a subject that most find unimportant until they are in a situation when they need it. Our advice? DO NOT be like this.

As a business or homeowner, it is vital to know exactly what your policy covers! We cannot tell you how many times we find that a business or home is damaged and some (or none) of the repairs are covered. 

In Florida, more often than not the lack of coverage surrounds flood or mold damage. 

Make it a priority to call your agent sometime this week. Have a five to ten-minute "checkup" conversation just to make sure you are all on the same page with your policy and coverage! 

Put your mind at ease, and know that when the unexpected happens, SERVPRO of West Volusia will be here for you, and your insurance will pay for it! 

If you are in need of Cleaning & Restoration services, give us a call at (386) 574-0864.

Always Ready!

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

For Immediate Service call SERVPRO of West Volusia - 

Our franchise provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. For 35 years we have been responding immediately to any emergency and have the expertise to handle your 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 Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7: (386) 574-0864

Residential Services

Whether your Volusia County home needs emergency flood damage 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 residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for Fire/Water/Mold damage to strike your Volusia County 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. 

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation/Restoration

When You Aren't Ready

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

"You don't think about what you will do if your place of business is covered in water. So thankful SERVPRO of West Volusia came to the rescue!" - Amy 

You don't think about it. A fire, a water damage, hurricane loss, mold growth - we could go on and on. As tragic and worrisome as these events can be, its fairly rare that we find a commercial property owner who is prepared to open the flood gates that was a front door and find a water damage. 

That's where we come in.

We can handle any sort of damage, big or small! We are talking skyscraper status, to small business warehouse offices. We are here for you. So don't let the panic sink in...Grab your phone, dial our number, and we'll take it from there.

24/7 - 7 days a week: (386) 574-0864

Safety Tips for Your Business

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Helping to protect your business is easy when you follow a few simple measures. Here are a few of our favorite safety tips so that you can be better prepared if disaster strikes.

  1. Advance preparation is so important. Make sure that key employees understand the business insurance plan in DETAIL. This makes it so much easier when you need to make a claim. 
  2. Make sure your smoke alarms work properly! It is such a small thing but this safety measure is constantly neglected. 
  3. Make sure safety rules and plans are accessible to all employees. This can be achieved by having the safety instructions posted in all areas of the office space. 

Even just by implementing these quick and easy steps, your helping to make your business environment safer and better prepared! 

SERVPRO of West Volusia County: (386) 574-0864

 

Why Your Business Needs An ERP

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

When you have a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) in place for your business, you are ready for whatever happens! 

SERVPRO of West Volusia County can provide your company with an ERP individually tailored to your needs. Here's what it does: 

  • Identifies a point of contact able to authorize work orders. This allows us to be able to quickly get to work repairing any damage in the event of a water or fire damage.
  • Provides significant details on valve shut off locations, identifies areas with important safety equipment and presents emergency contact information and notes. This allows any employee you wish to have easy access to vital emergency information in the event that damage occurs. 

SERVPRO of West Volusia County is here to help protect your business by helping you get prepared! Give us a call today: (386)574-0864

Protecting Your Central Florida Business From Hurricane Damage

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Structure effected by water damage due to a recent storm.

Just like you would your home, it is so important to protect your business structure from powerful storms. 

That's why we thought we would share a few tips to help you prepare.

  1. Trim trees or other plants 

At your home, you are going to make sure your trees and bushes are trimmed to help ensure that nothing comes flying through your windows during high winds. It's important to take this same measure at the office. 

  1. Storm shutters

If you live somewhere prone to hurricanes and powerful storms like we do here in Central Florida, it's always a good idea to install storm shutters on your windows at the office just like you would at home. 

  1. Storage space

If you are a company that deals with equipment (like we do) it's important to have a space inside your office that you would be able to store everything if need be. This helps to prevent any equipment from getting wet and possibly ruined. 

So that's it. All it takes is a few extra measures to make sure your business is as safe and secure during a storm as your home! 

If you ever do end up with a water damage in your home or place of business, don't worry...We're here for you. 

Give us a call at (386) 574-0864.