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HAVING YOUR BUSINESS PREPARED
Preparedness Planning for Your Business
Businesses and their staff face a variety of hazards:
- Natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes.
- Health hazards such as widespread and serious illnesses like the flu.
- Human-caused hazards including accidents and acts of violence.
- Technology-related hazards like power outages and equipment failure.
There is much that a business leader can do to prepare his or her organization for the most likely hazards. The Ready Business program helps business leaders make a preparedness plan to get ready for these hazards.
Ready Business Toolkits
The Ready Business Toolkit series includes hazard-specific versions for earthquake, hurricane, inland flooding, power outage, and severe wind/tornado. Toolkits offer business leaders a step-by-step guide to build preparedness within an organization. Each toolkit contains the following sections:
- Identify Your Risk
- Develop A Plan
- Take Action
- Be Recognized and Inspire Others
Follow this link https://www.ready.gov/business for these Toolkits:
- Socail Media Toolkit
- Earthquake Toolkit
- Flooding Toolkit
- Power Outage Toolkit
- Sever Wind/Tornado Toolkit
Call SERVPRO of Paducah & Mayfield 24/7 @ 270-443-4555 for Fire, Water, Mold Cleanup & Restoration
SERVPRO is also Certified for Coronavirus Disinfecting.
Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning
Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.
If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:
- Dirt and debris
- Other contaminants
SERVPRO of Paducah & Mayfield Professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC). Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.
However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.
The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:
- Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
- May help to eliminate offensive odors.
- Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.
For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (270) 443-4555.
Covid-19 Cleaning-A Reopening Study
In an effort to promote our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program SERVPRO commissioned a study to help assess the attitudes and comfort levels of 1,000 consumers about patronizing businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study is called COVID-19 Cleaning: A Reopening Study.
- Consumers expect your business to be cleaner than their home. (71% expect businesses to have higher cleanliness standards than respondents do in their own homes.)
- If you aren’t clean, your business will suffer great damage to its reputation. (76% say the way a business addresses cleanliness during COVID is a good indicator of how well that business is run in general.)
- This is the start of a new era for cleanliness and businesses. (73% say they are going to be more attuned to cleanliness once COVID is over.)
- Customer concerns about COVID are not going away any time soon. (68% are constantly thinking about avoiding COVID exposure when out in public.)
- All else being equal (product, price, service, convenience) customers trust businesses that are professionally cleaned over ones that self-clean. (64% are more likely to choose to shop at the store that has a decal stating the store has been professionally cleaned.)
- Surface cleaning remains a significant concern. (59% are worried about COVID exposure from touching surfaces that have not been sufficiently cleaned.)
To learn more about this cleaning and to see if it's right for your business, click here:
You can reach us at 270-443-4555 for a free estimate.
Commercial Carpet Cleaning
Professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.
SERVPRO Of Paducah & Mayfield will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today at 270-443-4555. With over 1,700 Franchises nationwide, there’s a SERVPRO Professional nearby and ready to serve you.
Paducah Businesses, Are You COIVD-19 Ready?
Why it's important to ensure the safety of your customers.
During this troubling and trying time, local citizens are all ready to return to normalcy. Normalcy for many Paducahans is enjoying their typical favorite spots. Customers want to support their local businesses in the food, retail, and service industries, but it is hard for them to justify doing so in a business that is not taking proper precautions. Aside from wearing a mask and maintaining proper social distancing measures, businesses might want to consider a quick commercial cleaning.
Expert Level Cleaning Services-- Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a proactive viral pathogen cleaning that helps ensure the cleanliness of the restaurants, businesses and public spaces in the communities we all call home. This service is perfect to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your commercial area.
The Three Cs of SERVPRO Cleaned
- Consult: Every business is different and every business will require a different plan for cleaning. This is why SERVPRO of Paducah will create the perfect plan of action for your business.
- Clean: After the consultation, a deep clean is initiated using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions. These solutions have been created with the CDC guidelines at the forefront of thought.
- Certify: A business is officially Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned which can be observed by a shield posted on the business's window. This will let your customer's know that you have taken precautionary measures and ensure that they feel safe navigating your business.
Commercial Cleaning for COVID-19
The SERVPRO of Paducah owners and employees hope that you, your family, staff, and friends are all safe through this unprecedented pandemic. We know that the coronavirus has impacted all of us in some form and has affected the ways we operate our businesses. We are keeping you and all our first responders in our thoughts and prayers as we continue to watch these events unfold.
SERVPRO is being called by numerous business owners and community leaders to perform necessary bio-remediation services to clean, disinfect, and sanitize their facilities. Our cleanup procedures are in accordance with the CDC recommendations. The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line meet this standard and carry the EPA-registered emerging pathogens claims.
We are here and ready to aid you in your time of need, providing these services so your facility can be cleaned and ready for business to resume. We are in this with you. We’re here for you, so feel free to call 270-443-4555 for more information. We are available 24 hours a day.
Please continue to stay safe and maintain social distance as we all do our part to combat this and lessen the spread of this horrible virus.
Levels of Commercial Damage
No matter the level we will help you!
There are three levels of commercial damage that are considered:
Level 1 is a small commercial loss typically involving 15,000 square feet or less of affected floor space. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a small commercial loss may include, but are not limited to, a stand-alone retail establishment, a small church, a daycare facility, a small shopping center, a small warehouse or manufacturing facility, or a stand-alone administrative building. A Level 1 loss can also be a small portion of a much larger structure.
Level 2 is a midsize commercial loss typically involving 15,000 to 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved are usually multi-level or greatly divided spaces. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 2 loss may include, but are not limited to, a small multi-family property, a midsize church or school, a small shopping center, a multi-tenant administration facility, or a midsize warehouse or manufacturing facility. A Level 2 loss can also be just a portion of a much larger structure.
Level 3 is a large commercial loss typically involving more than 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved will likely be large multi-level structures. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 3 loss can include, but are not limited to, a large church, hospital, school, or university; a large multi-family property; a mid- to high-rise retail or administration facility; a large industrial, manufacturing, or warehouse facility; or a large strip-style shopping center or shopping mall. This is the level at which it would be appropriate to refer to the project as a “large loss.”
Commercial Carpet Cleaning
Cleaning Carpet with Wand
Commercial carpet cleaning is a job that is very competitive in today's society. Whether you are needing your carpet cleaned due to damages, such as fire or water damage, or just because it is a frequently used and worn down area that needs a good cleaning, SERVPRO of Paducah team will go above and beyond to meet your expectations. For more severe jobs, the Alabama team may even come up to the job and price the cleaning. SERVPRO teams from all over come together and do what they can to make sure that the customer is happy and completely satisfied with the outcome.
If you ever need commercial carpet cleaning or even duct cleaning, call SERVPRO of Paducah today! We are always here to help with your needs.
ARE YOU READY?
Did you know as many as 50% of businesses never recover following a disaster? Of the ones that survive, most of them had a plan in place.
Preparation is the key for making it through any size disaster, whether it's a small water leak, or large fire or and area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.
The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. In other words, get your business up and running as soon as possible.
The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage:
- A no cost assessment of your facility
- A concise Profile Document that contains all the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
- A Mobile app is available to access your READY Plan
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster
- Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and contact information
Call SERVPRO of Paducah Today to Get Started!
Calling All Business Owners!
Dealing with Water Damage
Business owners know that every hour lost due to unavoidable water damage is an hour of revenue down the drain. Sometimes, no matter how many precautions are taken, water damage strikes the business you've spent so much time carefully. building. Water damage can add copious amounts of stress on owners and managers that lovingly created the facility, customers that regularly visit the business, as well as faithful employees depending on the hours. To make matters worse, there is virtually nothing that the average business person can do to solve this issue on their own.
Depending on Us
That is why SERVPRO of Paducah is here to help your business get back on track and back to business as usual. Our relatively affordable and extremely fast commercial solutions are built upon the notion that time lost is money lost. Our staff is extremely knowledgeable and well-trained in every aspect of commercial water damage care.
If water damage strikes your Paducah business, call SERVPRO of Paducah at 270-443-4555 for 24 hour, speedy service!
Paducah Businesses, Clean Carpets Attract Customers
When customers walk into your facility, nothing can stand out more than a dirty carpet. No matter the product or service, a work space with clean carpets attracts customers. Clean carpets let customers know that they are investing in a professional business that values the quality aspect of the product they are producing, or the service they are providing.
Taking the Extra Step for Your Business
While day-to-day maintenance such as vacuuming should be practiced in your business, sometimes professional carpet cleaning is a great way to bring life and cleanliness to your business. SERVPRO of Paducah offers a wide variety of services to fit your commercial carpet cleaning needs, such as:
- Bonnet Cleaning
- Hot Water Extraction
- Deluxe Precondition and Rinse
SERVPRO of Paducah produces incredible results! Check our website today for before and after images and customer testimonials, and give us a call at (270) 443-4555.
Causes of Commercial Water Damage
Water damage caused from faulty sprinkler system.
When business owners think of water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms. However, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage.
Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings.
1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems Older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets. \
2. Damaged appliances and equipment This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency.
3. Broken pipes and plumbing Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result.
4. Backed up sewer lines This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings.
If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of Paducah will get you back up and running again. Call us anytime 24/7 at (270) 443-4555 for fast help.
Freezing Temperatures Are Here in Paducah
Whether there is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, or sleet and snow; all of these can cause property damage. You can't control Mother Nature but you can be prepared so here are some tips to help you:
-Check for tree limbs and branches that might have fallen.
-Roofs, pipes and gutters should all be inspected and make sure they are in proper working order. Clear gutters from debris, a damming effect could cause roof damage or interior water problems. Downspouts should be facing away from the home or building.
-Clean your chimneys and exhaust systems from debris.
-Test your gas lines for leaks.
-Inspect your property for proper drainage.
-Protect pipes from freezing by allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If any pipes are under cabinets leave the cabinets open. Make sure exterior pipes are properly insulated.
-If there are any outdoor faucets, you might want to shut the water off.
-Make sure all exterior doors and windows have sufficient weather stripping.
Do you have an ERP for your business? Ask your SERVPRO of Paducah Sales and Marketing Representative!
Paducah Businesses; Do You Have Frozen Pipes?
Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the strength of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break.
Pipes that freeze most frequently are:
- Pipes that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, and water sprinkler lines.
- Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
- Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation.
How to Protect Pipes From Freezing
Before the onset of cold weather, protect your pipes from freezing by following these recommendations:
- Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer's or installer's directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.
- Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
- Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
- Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
- Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a "pipe sleeve" or installing UL-listed "heat tape," "heat cable," or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.
- Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.
How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
- When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
- If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
How to Thaw Frozen Pipes
- If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
- Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
- Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
- Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
- Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.
Commercial Carpet Cleaning
Commercial carpet cleaning is a job that is very competitive in today's society. Whether you are needing your carpet cleaning due to damages, such as fire or water damage, or just because it is a frequently used and worn down area that needs a good cleaning, SERVPRO of Paducah's team will go above and beyond to meet your expectations. For more severe jobs, the Alabama team may even come up to the job and price the cleaning. SERVPRO teams from all over come together and do what they can to make sure that the customer is happy and completely satisfied with the outcome.
If you ever need commercial carpet cleaning or even duct cleaning, call SERVPRO of Paducah today!
Prepare Your Paducah, Kentucky Business for Winter Weather
There are many hazards that come when winter weather arrives in the Paducah, Kentucky area. Prepare your business for winter weather!
-Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rai, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
-Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
-Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
-Ask your SERVPRO Professional about starting an Emergency Ready Profile for your business.
What is an Emergency Ready Profile?
It is a "snapshot" of each building owned/managed by a business, that provides critical information for emergency preparation.
Call SERVPRO of Paducah at (270) 433-4555 for help setting up your Emergency Ready Profile!
Emergency Ready Profile
As a homeowner you always want to make sure you have emergency contacts close by in case anything unexpected happens. What if you are a homeowner but also a business owner? SERVPRO realizes that you might not think about the unexpected things that might happen to your business, but we are here to help!
At SERVPRO of Paducah, we have an Emergency Ready Program available to you! Our ERP, Emergency Ready Profile is the best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster. As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry 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. 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.
The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile Advatages:
- A no-cost assessment of your facility. This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
- A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
– It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. However, it will save you valuable time if ever needed.
– This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
– Establishes SERVPRO of Paducah as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. You will have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
Give us a call today and set up your ERP! (270) 443-4555
How Water Damage Can Hurt Your Business and What You Can Do
A water line break caused this church in Paducah to flood. This before pictures shows just how much water can accumulate as a result of such an event.
Whether it comes from a broken pipe, a sprinkler malfunction or an overflowing toilet, water damage can be inconvenient and costly in Paducah, KY. It can cause harm not only to your building but to electronics and furniture as well.
In What Ways Can Commercial Water Damage Happen?
Water damage can be devastating to a company. The following list outlines some of the most common ways your building can suffer from a water disaster:
• One of the toilets in the restroom leaked overnight.
• A broken pipe or water main flooded your building.
• The fire sprinklers went off, causing an indoor rainstorm all over the office.
What Gets Damaged During an Indoor Flood?
Only a few inches of water covering the floor can cause costly damage to the carpets and walls and invite mold and wood rot. Furniture and expensive office equipment can be ruined. In severe flooding, the water may seep into the walls and damage electrical wires.
How Do You Deal With the Aftermath of Commercial Water Damage?
You should address water damage as soon as possible. Your water repair company in Paducah, KY, can get started on preventing mold, cleaning soaked carpets and restoring waterlogged surfaces. You should also contact your insurance company for information on flood and water damage coverage.
How Can You Prevent Water Damage?
Regularly have your plumbing and fire sprinklers inspected and maintained to prevent leaks and burst pipes. If a major storm is approaching, prepare by placing sandbags around entrances and moving important documents and computers to a safe place. Install a water shut-off valve under your water heaters. Unfortunately, not all disasters can be prevented, but these tips can minimize the likelihood of severe damage.
Don’t let a broken pipe or toilet overflow disrupt your productivity. When you take swift action to prevent or address a flood, your water damage experts may be able to help you avoid a costly emergency and keep your business—not burst pipes—running smoothly.
For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROpaducah.com/
Arson in Paducah: When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Arson Job: Where the Fire Started
One of the most difficult parts of working for SERVPRO is seeing our customers go through dramatic events. Though these events are the cause of headaches and heartaches, they generally occur at the blame of faulty equipment or unavoidable weather incidents. However, one Paducah rental property owner experienced an event far more incomprehensible: a property of his was the subject of arson.
According to the National Fire Prevention Association, arson is the leading cause of fire-related property damage in the United States.
When the property owner was alerted of the incident, SERVPRO of Paducah was called to the scene. The rental property was gutted from the inside out. Everything from the carpet where the fire started to the bathroom fixtures on the other end of the property had to be replaced. This job was completed swiftly and efficiently by the crew at SERVPRO of Paducah to ensure the safe return of the tenant.
Mold Under Wallpaper at Local Business
Mold Growth Behind Wallpaper
Water and mold damage can be sly threats to your local business! Though everything may appear clean and dry after a water damage event, there may be something lurking in places you would not expect. The walls in the offices of this Paducah business had mold growth beneath the wallpaper. When time came for renovations, the owner of this business discovered just how sneaky mold can be! SERVPRO of Paducah was quickly called to action and tackled the invader. Mold can be addressed in a variety of ways depending on the spore, the location, and the occupancy of the space. Mold can be a scary situation, but SERVPRO is not intimidated!
When mold affects your home or business, call SERVPRO of Paducah to leave your space, "Like it never even happened."
Restoring Your Paducah or McCracken County Commercial Property After A Water or Fire Damage Event
Fire Damage at a Local Business
Flooding, water, and fire damage events at Paducah and McCracken County 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.
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.
About SERVPRO of Paducah
SERVPRO of Paducah specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water or fire 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.