Recent Commercial Posts

It Is Crucial That Roxbury Water Restoration Jobs Are Done Right

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

window with water Drops SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury understands how important your business is. Let us help you out.

We Ensure the Completion of Roxbury Water Restoration     

When you have your Roxbury business’ water damage remediated, you want to be sure that the work has been successfully completed. Such assurance is one of the benefits of using a high-quality cleanup and restoration service like SERVPRO. We meticulously inspect your facilities following a remediation to ensure that all work has been done effectively.

SERVPRO understands that the finishing touches are often just as important as the other parts of water restoration projects in Roxbury. This awareness encourages us to make certain that all water-related issues have been resolved and your commercial establishment has been returned to its pre-damaged condition before we leave. After our highly-trained professionals have finished handling your ceiling leaks, burst pipes, basement flooding, and any related water damage repairs, they:

  • Ensure that all water event-related safety hazards have been addressed and that they no longer pose a threat to business owners, employees, or customers
  • Ensure all relevant electrical issues have been repaired and the system is in good working order for normal operations.
  • Inspect the structure for damage, testing the strength of walls, making sure they aren’t warping or buckling, verifying that there are no loose nails or tape seams, identifying any deteriorated drywall, and checking insulation for any moisture or defects
  • Ensure carpets and carpet seams are in good condition and floors aren’t buckled, warped, or cracked.
  • Examine contents for any moisture, damage, or compromised paint or finish
  • Ensure that all SERVPRO equipment, like air movers, Injectidry systems, dehumidifiers, foggers, and other tools, has been removed from the worksite

Keep in mind, that you can rest assured your neighbors at SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury will finish your water restoration job the right way. If you ever need assistance, don’t wait to call us at (617) 466-6909.

Businesses in Roxbury Trust SERVPRO with Water Restoration

7/18/2022 (Permalink)

wet carpet Contact SERVPRO to effectively tackle the fire damage in your property. Call now!

Controlling Contamination During Water Restoration of Roxbury Commercial Properties

A Water incident at your commercial property can damage the contents and structure and create conditions conducive to microbial growth. Professional restorers like SERVPRO must take steps to control the contamination during water restoration of Roxbury properties.  

SERVPRO techs follow the IICRC S500 guidelines to control microbial contamination during the water restoration of Roxbury commercial properties. For effective remediation of water-damaged properties, SERVPRO techs use a two-step process:

  • Manipulate the humidity, airflow, and temperature of the affected area to promote rapid drying, and
  • Remove any contaminated materials. 

Only after the completion of these two processes do the SERVPRO techs use antimicrobial agents to prevent the growth of microbes.  

Why SERVPRO Techs Use Professional Products During Water Cleanup? 

Rapid drying and removing contaminated materials is sometimes not enough to control microbial growth. SERVPRO techs use professional antimicrobial products to slow down or control microbial proliferation in those situations. 

SERVPRO techs mainly use two types of antimicrobials during water restoration of Roxbury commercial properties:

  • Disinfectants: These types of antimicrobials destroy 99% of organisms they contact. Some disinfectants are effective in controlling spores, while others are not. The most common disinfectants that SERVPRO techs use include phenolics, alcohols, chlorines, and quaternary ammonium compounds. 
  • Sanitizers: SERVPRO techs use these antimicrobials to decrease the number of microbes to an acceptable level. While sanitizers can temporarily control the microbe population, the microbes can grow back under the right conditions. 

SERVPRO techs only use EPA-registered broad-spectrum disinfectants in the water-damaged properties in Roxbury. We always take appropriate precautions and safety measures while applying antimicrobials in water-damaged properties.  

Call SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain / Roxbury at (617) 466-6909; We’re Faster To Any Size.

Helping Jamaica Plain Commercial Structures After Fire Damage

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

fire damaged shingled roof SERVPRO provides board-up service to secure your fire damaged Jamaica Plain house or commercial structure.

Structural Emergency Services Benefit Fire Restoration in Jamaica Plain Shop

Emergency services encompass several pressing issues in a fire-damaged property. Commercial facilities often require several steps to shore up the structure and make it safe enough for restoration efforts to begin. Contractors on our crew work quickly to complete several steps such as:

  • Demolition
  • Temporary solutions
  • Repairs

Controlled Demolition

Fire damage in Jamaica Plain shops often requires repairs or reconstruction services. To reach the point where building materials can be safely reinstalled, controlled demolition should happen first. Our contractor license lets us complete this needed demolition and the subsequent repairs and build back to follow.

Tarping

When a roof system has become compromised by fire or related extinguishing efforts, temporary tarping is sufficient to protect the structure until permanent repairs can be administered.

Board Up Services

Multiple types of structural damage can result from the combustion processes and extinguishment. The emergency response team must install temporary coverings for these vulnerable areas to prevent intrusion from animals, insects, precipitation, or opportunistic thieves. Using plywood and reinforcement, we can provide a stable temporary wall or ceiling system to deter secondary damages. These roof coverings can greatly mitigate secondary damages.

Utility Repairs

The movement of fire can directly influence utilities like the water service or electrical conduit running through the property. It is important to focus on restoring these services as fast as possible, as this directly impacts your business. Water services especially can be problematic when harmed as this might introduce a secondary layer of damage to the property until it is rebuilt.

Fast structural repairs and emergency services are a critical offering by our professionals after fire damage impacts shops and businesses throughout the region. As leading restoration professionals, we can help when disasters strike to get your doors back open as soon as possible. Call our SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain / Roxbury team today at (617) 466-6909.

Its Never Too Late To Prepare Your Business For Winter

2/22/2022 (Permalink)

car tires on a snowy road Keep your building and equipment warm to avoid freezing. If you ever need us give us a call!

Get Cold Weather and Freeze Alert

Keep your heating systems operating

Keep your building and equipment warm. Heating systems are the lifeline of your business during cold conditions. If they fail, disaster could strike.

Immediate action required:

  • All piping must be insulated. Install new and replace damaged insulation and don’t forget to examine your sprinkler system.
  • Inspect all outside dampers for proper operation.
  • Clear and protect all outside vents from ice and snow accumulation.
  • Heat requires power. If generators are unavailable, make arrangements to obtain an electrical portable heating during outages.

Safeguard business equipment during power outages

Voltage surge protection is necessary at all times – especially during cold, freezing conditions. Severe weather can cause power loss and downed wires, disrupting your business’ power supply. When electricity is restored, the sudden surge of power can literally destroy the modem, high-tech equipment

Your business relies on.

Immediate action required:

  • Unplug it. Anticipate voltage surges during severe weather. The best solution is equipment isolation – turn it off and unplug it. If you need to keep equipment running, installing surge protectors can provide protection.
  • Inspect building. Close all windows, doors and outside dampers. Schedule regular building checks during storms and cold weather. Arrange for snow and ice removal, including the roof.
  • Who’s responsible? Ensure accountability by designating personal responsibility for loss prevention. Business and building owners must work together with facilities and maintenance people.
  • Provide emergency telephone numbers. Collect and distribute a list of emergency phone numbers and contacts, such as snow removal, heating system Repair Company, utility company, and the weather bureau.
  • Anticipate flooding. Severe and cold weather can cause flooding. Move susceptible equipment or stock to an alternate location, where water cannot reach it.
  • Always have cold-weather gear on hand. – Have plenty of gloves, hats, emergency blankets and flashlights available.

If you have water or fire issues, please call SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury (617) 466-6909

Rodents - They Are Bad For Business

2/21/2022 (Permalink)

whole in wall with wall shavings on the ground Don't let rodents turn your customers away.

Did you know that an office or warehouse can be like a giant playground for mice and friends? Your office makes for excellent shelter for mice, its keeps them warm in cold weather and protects them from animals that are larger.  To make matters worse, all the food that is left behind in an office and warehouse can lead to an all-you-can-eat buffet for these little critters.

Once there is one mouse, then becomes multiple...  Mice and rats can do more damage to your office than meets the eye.  

First, spread disease!

  • Mice may be small animals but they can carry big diseases. 

Second, droppings.

  • Mice and rats can spread diseases through their droppings. Mice have no shame and will go anywhere they please, including your keyboard and phone. That would not be a pleasant way to start a Monday morning.  

Third, urine.  

  • Mice also like to urinate everywhere, especially in a new place. It lets them keep track of the places they’ve been and is a way of leaving messages behind for their friends.

Fourth, chew cables.

  • Imagine coming into work one day and your computer does not turn on? Then imagine realizing that a mouse or rat had chewed through the cord to your computer…bummer.

Fifth, start fires.

  • Mice chewing on wires in your office can lead to the potential to start fires.  By chewing wires under your desk, the mice leave the rubber casing open, which can lead to them short circuiting and catching alight.  Exposed wires are more prone to become in contact with water and as we all know water and electricity do not mix very well.

At the first sight of any of these things happening, make sure you call SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury (617-466- 6909) to make sure your business is cleaned and properly disinfected.

Don't Let a Flood Put You Out of Business

2/15/2022 (Permalink)

image of 12inches of water in a room Protect your business from flooding

Flooding and water damage events at City of Boston commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

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.

About SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury

SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury 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. If you are a property of facilities manager in Jamaica Plain or Roxbury and you have questions regarding our services, please call (617) 466-6909

Prepare Your Business For Fire Damage

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

red and orange flames with black background Let us help you in the unfortunate event you experience fire damage.

If you own a business, it is important that you are honest about potential risks from every source—including from emergencies and natural disasters. With the possibility of commercial fires and the data behind how costly they can be, preparing for these is key to the longevity of your operations.

There are many ways to get started in fire safety planning, but we always recommend originating from a safety standpoint. Teaching your employees how to perform a fire evacuation is a key element to keeping everyone safe in case the fire alarm were to sound for real.

Teaching Your Employees How to Perform a Fire Evacuation

Consult with your local fire officials. With the internet, you have so many research options at your fingertips surrounding commercial fire safety, but do not forget about your local options as well. You can generally have your local fire officials come and provide you with personalized advice for planning your evacuation routes and boosting your fire safety.

Communicate and mark fire evacuation routes. After you have decided what evacuation routes suit your needs, be sure they are labeled clearly and your staff is aware of the upcoming drill. Keeping everyone looped in will create more transparency and be sure every one of your staff members are prepared when the drill begins.

Have fire drills frequently. Though taking time out of your day for a fire drill is not ideal, generally doing them once every few months is sufficient enough for everyone’s safety. Keep them on the schedule regularly enough so that everyone can remember the protocols, but not so often that they become mundane.

Run different fire scenarios. There are many ways fires start and spread throughout an office space, so your drills should reflect this to better prepare everyone for a real fire. Have your mock fire block different exit routes so your employees can see what it is like to alter their course with little notice just like they may have to if the fire alarm sounds for real.

If your business has experienced fire damage, you can count on us. We specialize in commercial fire restoration and will be here for you at any hour—call us today 617-699-6909.

Cleaning and Restoration Solutions for Businesses | SERVPRO® of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO employee in PPE prepping an area for cleaning Are you ready to have the cleanest business in town? Contact SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury for all your cleaning needs.

SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury has been providing disaster recovery services for our residents for many years. Did you know we also provide restoration from storm damage, fire damage, flood damage and mold remediation for business owners?

That’s right! Besides providing these services for homeowners, we also provide them to commercial enterprises. And the services don’t end there—we also provide commercial cleans.

Many commercial businesses usually have a higher level of cleaning requirements because customers and suppliers use their facilities as well as their employees. Knowing your business has been cleaned at the highest level can give you peace of mind knowing you have provided a clean and sanitized work environment for all that use it.

SERVPRO Custom Business Solutions

Satisfying your customers is your business—ours is making your business sparkle for them. We provide professional cleaning and sanitization services for all types of businesses:

Community grocers, as well as national chain stores, strip malls and other business locations. Facility cleanliness is our mission, whether you’re the mom-and-pop store on the corner or a mega-chain big-box retailer. We provide a superior level of cleanliness to all clients.

Academic institutions including preschool through universities and everything in between. Faculty and student cleaning is inadequate, according to a recent study. It appears that only half of the bacteria is cleared from desks. The number get even worse if items aren’t cleaned daily.

Any healthcare facility, including hospitals, assisted living centers and even hospice centers. Cleanliness in these institutions is critical and must be done properly and often. We can make sure your medical facilities are cleaned above CDC standards.

Bowling alleys, night clubs, recreational facilities and other entertainment venues. Recreational facilities require a high level of cleaning due to the number of people that utilize these facilities. We can make your venue sparkle.

Food service facilities, warehouses and manufacturing facilities. Cleanliness in these facilities is crucial for the safety of their customers. Let us handle the cleaning so you can focus on the food.

Office buildings to high rises, commercial complexes to property management companies. SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda provides the best environmental care and sanitation service for their clients.

Did you know workplaces lose an outrageous $260 billion per year due to the lost productivity that comes from sick days and lost productivity? Let SERVPRO help you turn the tide of workplace germs and ensure a healthy, clean environment for your teams and customers.

When you’re ready to have the cleanest business in town, we’re ready to help. Contact your local SERVPRO to get the pros working on the cleaning so you can work on the work.

Trust the Process

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

technician spraying wine bottles in wine shop We can work with your insurance company to make the process as seamless as possible

If you have suffered a disaster at your home or business the last thing you want is more things to worry about. For this reason our team ensures they make the claim process as stress free as possible. SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury will help the damage look “Like it never even happened.” That way you and your family or business can get back to what is important.

Our goal is to make the insurance process as smooth as possible. Therefore, we will:

  • create thorough visual and written documentation of the damage to your home or business
  • document the condition of each item we remove for cleaning or storage
  • work directly with your insurer, communicating with you at all times
  • handle the paperwork to make sure the processing and payment of your claim is as fast as it can be

We are so proud that so many insurance companies recommend SERVPRO to their clients because working with us makes their jobs easier.

Our Team is here for you if you experience a disaster. Our technicians have specialized training and years of experience in water, fire, mold and bio-hazard clean up and restoration services. Call SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury 617-466-6909 we are available 24/7.

Prepare Your Business For Cold Weather

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

plow truck removing snow from streets Cold weather in Massachusetts is common - make sure your business is prepared for anything.

Get Cold Weather and Freeze Alert

Keep your heating systems operating

Keep your building and equipment warm. Heating systems are the lifeline of your business during cold conditions. If they fail, disaster could strike.

Immediate action required:

  • All piping must be insulated. Install new and replace damaged insulation and don’t forget to examine your sprinkler system.
  • Inspect all outside dampers for proper operation.
  • Clear and protect all outside vents from ice and snow accumulation.
  • Heat requires power. If generators are unavailable, make arrangements to obtain an electrical portable heating during outages.

Safeguard business equipment during power outages

Voltage surge protection is necessary at all times – especially during cold, freezing conditions. Severe weather can cause power loss and downed wires, disrupting your business’ power supply. When electricity is restored, the sudden surge of power can literally destroy the modem, high-tech equipment

Your business relies on.

Immediate action required:

  • Unplug it. Anticipate voltage surges during severe weather. The best solution is equipment isolation – turn it off and unplug it. If you need to keep equipment running, installing surge protectors can provide protection.
  • Inspect building. Close all windows, doors and outside dampers. Schedule regular building checks during storms and cold weather. Arrange for snow and ice removal, including the roof.
  • Who’s responsible? Ensure accountability by designating personal responsibility for loss prevention. Business and building owners must work together with facilities and maintenance people.
  • Provide emergency telephone numbers. Collect and distribute a list of emergency phone numbers and contacts, such as snow removal, heating system Repair Company, utility company, and the weather bureau.
  • Anticipate flooding. Severe and cold weather can cause flooding. Move susceptible equipment or stock to an alternate location, where water cannot reach it.
  • Always have cold-weather gear on hand. – Have plenty of gloves, hats, emergency blankets and flashlights available.

If you have water or fire issues, please call SERVPRO of Cambridge/Belmont (617) 864-7378

Mice And Rodents - No Good for Your Business

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

image of warehouse with pallet storage on racks We are here to help!

Did you know that an office or warehouse can be like a giant playground for mice and friends? Your office makes for excellent shelter for mice, its keeps them warm in cold weather and protects them from animals that are larger.  To make matters worse, all the food that is left behind in an office and warehouse can lead to an all-you-can-eat buffet for these little critters.

Once there is one mouse, then becomes multiple...  Mice and rats can do more damage to your office than meets the eye.  

First, spread disease!

  • Mice may be small animals but they can carry big diseases. 

Second, droppings.

  • Mice and rats can spread diseases through their droppings. Mice have no shame and will go anywhere they please, including your keyboard and phone. That would not be a pleasant way to start a Monday morning.  

Third, urine.  

  • Mice also like to urinate everywhere, especially in a new place. It lets them keep track of the places they’ve been and is a way of leaving messages behind for their friends.

Fourth, chew cables.

  • Imagine coming into work one day and your computer does not turn on? Then imagine realizing that a mouse or rat had chewed through the cord to your computer…bummer.

Fifth, start fires.

  • Mice chewing on wires in your office can lead to the potential to start fires.  By chewing wires under your desk, the mice leave the rubber casing open, which can lead to them short circuiting and catching alight.  Exposed wires are more prone to become in contact with water and as we all know water and electricity do not mix very well.

At the first sight of any of these things happening, make sure you call SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury (617-466- 6909) to make sure your business is cleaned and properly disinfected.

Flooding in your Business and Its Challenges

9/30/2020 (Permalink)

two technicians in garage with water puddles throughout floors We are always ready to help!

Flooding and water damage events at City of Boston commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

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.

About SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury

SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury 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. If you are a property of facilities manager in Jamaica Plain or Roxbury and you have questions regarding our services, please call (617) 466-6909

Preparing your business for the cold season

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

snow being plowed by truck The cold weather will be here before you know it are your prepared?

If you are a Boston resident or property owner you know that the winter is unpredictable. Some years we barely get snow and the temperatures are fairly mild. While other years it is frigid with howling winds and never ending snow storms.

No matter what kind of winter is in the cards for us this year, as a property owner you should be prepared. You should not wait until winter is upon us to prepare your property. The time is now, before the fall! During this time you should be making repairs and doing preventative maintenance.

Some areas to consider:

Gutters

Clean and repair the gutter before the temperature drops. Seal leaking caps and if you can add a gutter cover to prevent debris build up. Consider investing in a gutter heating cable. This will help prevent ice dams. 

Windows and walk ways

Check your windows to make sure there are not any air leaks or excessive condensation build up. Most windows are believed to have a life cycle of 20yrs check your windows to ensure they are not at or nearing the end of their cycle. Check your walk way for any major cracks that will need to be repaired.  Pay attention to seams as well.

Boiler Room

Boilers should be serviced once a year by an engineer. The most important part of winterizing is ensuring buildings boiler will operate throughout the long winter. Ensure the pipes are well insulated as extreme cold weather can cause the boiler to shut off - which can result in frozen pipes.

HVAC

Check and replace air filters if necessary. Turn your system on to ensure it is functioning properly. Like a car idleness is not good. Run the heating unit a few weeks before temperatures start to drop to keep it working properly.

Water faucets and water lines

Drain outdoor water faucets and water lines to make sure there is no sitting water. If there is water in the water lines it can freeze in cold temperatures and cause damage to the water line and faucets.

Roof

Roofs typically have a 12 year life span. You can usually do a visual test of your roof to get a better idea of its current condition. Repair or replace any missing shingles. An added benefit of updating your roof is an insurance discount for newly replaced roof!

Fix crack in concrete and asphalt

Water is easily absorbed by concrete given the nature of the materials. If there are large cracks make sure you fill them in because salt during snowy season causes damage.

Whether you are a home owner or a property manager it is important to be proactive so you prevent possible damages to your property. Losses will happen but if you use preventative measures you can possibly help minimize the level of damage thus lowering the amount of money needed to repair/replace your property.

If your business or home experiences a loss give us a call! We are here to help 24/7 617-466-6909

Fatalities in Business Facilities

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

caution tape know what to do if you experience trauma or fatality in your business.

If you are in the hospitality business then you know that fatalities happen in the facility. Maybe more than you would like. 

Under the Federal Government and Department of Labor, OSHA has created regulations concerning the handling of items or objects that may have been contaminated with blood and/or bodily fluids. These regulations are in place to not only protect the general public but also, the professionals doing the cleaning. Potential pathogens in bodily fluids include bacteria, fungi, viruses, and prions. It is extremely important that the standards are abided to not only to prevent the spread of possible disease but also to avoid hefty fines from the Environmental Protection Agency EPA.

It is important to note that cleaning cannot and will not begin at a trauma site until police actions are completed and the site is released by police. We stress the importance of performing quality cleaning services to prevent cross contamination. For this reason we clean the ceiling down to the floor. Our techs will be in special protective gear and use EPA certified products to clean the affected areas.

Time is of the essence when dealing with cleaning a trauma site because the longer the pathogen settles the harder it is to clean the surface and eliminate contaminates.  Because we have experience in this field our team already knows the process and what to do – so you can be rest assured the cleanup will be done right and under Federal standards.  Call SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury when you need us 617-466-6909!

Better Insurance Claims Process

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

sketch of home footprint We make the process easy for you!

If you have suffered a disaster at your home or business the last thing you want is more things to worry about. For this reason our team ensures they make the claim process as stress free as possible. SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury will help the damage look “Like it never even happened.” That way you and your family or business can get back to what is important.

Our goal is to make the insurance process as smooth as possible. Therefore, we will:

  • create thorough visual and written documentation of the damage to your home or business
  • document the condition of each item we remove for cleaning or storage
  • work directly with your insurer, communicating with you at all times
  • handle the paperwork to make sure the processing and payment of your claim is as fast as it can be

We are so proud that so many insurance companies recommend SERVPRO to their clients because working with us makes their jobs easier.

Our Team is here for you if you experience a disaster. Our technicians have specialized training and years of experience in water, fire, mold and bio-hazard clean up and restoration services. Call SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury 617-466-6909 we are available 24/7.