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Commercial Building Maintenance Checklist

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Building Maintenance Checklist

Do you own or manage a commercial property . Maintaining a commercial building is indeed more complicated than that of homes, requiring a bigger scale, multi-faceted and on-going maintenance plan. Commercial building maintenance therefore becomes a matter of systemized and scheduled processes for managing and maintaining the defined standards of sanitation and safety. Following an updated, and commercial building minded, maintenance checklist leads to cost-effective maintenance while creating the processes required to bridge the gap between expectations and avoiding damages and injuries. Below we have created a starter maintenance checklist for some of the most important areas of commercial buildings where facility managers cannot afford any negligence.

Roofing Maintenance

A strategically designed and timely implemented roof asset management program helps avoid recurring roof issues and sudden failures. The checklist includes:

  • Maintain a detailed roofing file for your building, which also includes warranty information.
  • Check the entire roofing at least semiannually, especially after hurricanes & storms.
  • Keep the roof drains free of debris as these damages are not covered by warranties.
  • Check sheet metal, copings and any sections previously repaired.
  • Inspect roof-wall connections and flashings at penetrations, curbs etc. This helps to identify tearing and wrinkles, if any.
  • Single-ply roofs may need re-caulking at face-mounted termination bars.
  • Be aware that metal roofs can corrode - Corrosion is often caused by condensation from copper coils of rooftop HVAC units.
  • Don’t cause shocks, put heavy traffic or heavy load on the roof as it damages the membrane.
  • Take extra care of your green roof, through timely trimming, weeding and watering.
  • Carry out moisture inspection once a year to detect and fix leaks.
  • If you have rooftop solar panels, use mount ballasted systems over a pad to shelter roof membrane.

Plumbing Maintenance

Leaks are the biggest plumbing problems that can impact the entire building, and they can be often invisible. Follow these guidelines for timely checking and fixing:

  • Inspect the entire building for leaks at least once a year, especially bathrooms.
  • Lubricate the local water booster and pumping system, annually.
  • Check couplings for leaks.
  • Conduct flue-gas analysis for fire-testing heaters and boilers, on occasional basis.
  • Lubricate water chillers’ condenser fan motor bearings, annually.
  • Replace oil in compressor oil reservoirs - including traps, strainers, and filers.
  • Replace sump and sewage pumps on a timely basis. Lubricate exposed pumps, annually.
  • Check public fixtures for leaks, on a monthly basis.

HVAC System Maintenance

Maintaining your HVAC system keeps its efficiency intact and by keeping the system efficient, you can also reduce the building’s annual HVAC cost significantly.

  • Hire a pro to inspect and maintain seasonal PM of boilers and chillers.
  • A semi-annual inspection should include latch updates, gasket repairs, and screw replacements needs.
  • Recharge P-traps or U-bend water traps for condensate drain pans.
  • During an inspection of cooling towers, disassemble access panels and screens. Inspect support structure, tower fill, spray and sump nozzles, drive coupling, gearbox, motor bearings, fan blades, and wiring.
  • Lubricate pumps annually, inspect unusual noises.
  • Clean and replace air filters of all HVAV units as per manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Keep a periodic check on HVAC units’ energy efficiency and especially check compressor, refrigerant charge and thermal expansion valve.
  • Check direct pressure systems for optimal temperature ranges

Lighting Maintenance

Poorly maintained lighting fixtures raise energy costs and lower quality.

  • Inspect lighting, quarterly.
  • Check luminaires that have transformers.
  • Inspect exterior lights and their hardware.
  • Replace burned-out lamps.
  • Make sure color temperature is consistent with all lamps.
  • Clean lamps and lens surfaces.
  • Remember to recycle any waste from lighting maintenance, responsibly.

Higher-Scale Maintenance Areas

  • Have your electrical systems inspected by a licensed pro every 3 years.
  • Clean and lubricate overcurrent devices.
  • Check fusible switch units.
  • Keep parking garage surfaces clear with monthly inspections and overall annual maintenance and coating replacement, every 5 years.
  • Pavement imperfections and cracks must be filled and seal-coated regularly.

Though this checklist is not completely customized to any specific commercial building, it is comprehensive enough to act as a starting ground for commercial property owners and facility managers to build on, to aid in taking care of the building and keeping it well-maintained.

For further information and expert consultation, call SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury's licensed professionals at 516-334-2927.

Warning Signs of Property Damage

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

As a business owner or homeowner, you receive peace of mind in knowing that the roof over your head is secure. However, what if your business or home is less safe than you realize? You may be missing out on the signs that your property is actually damaged. There could be an assortment of home damage and water damage that is slowly taking its toll without your knowledge. To determine if your property is damaged, consider some of these signs.

Exterior

Sometimes the damage is actually quite noticeable such as in the case that the exterior is damaged. We may notice that shingles are missing or torn off on the roof and siding. Discoloration of the roof could indicate to us that it is in need of a cleaning or repair. Home damage from an exterior point of view could indicate that the house or business has done its job in protecting the interior, but it could use a bit of help to continue to do so.

Abnormal Air/Smells

With deterioration comes a certain kind of smell. If water damage has occurred in your home or business, then it's likely that the wood could be rotting. This is especially true if mold and mildew have taken up residence in the wood. If you notice a particular odor in your home, and it is not your loved one, then your house may be trying to tell you something.

Cracks

Because the house shrinks and expands with the varying temperatures, it isn't uncommon for cracks to emerge. In places where support resides, these cracks could be problematic. Having a professional team like ourselves inspect those areas could help keep your house clear from further damage.

When damage occurs to your home it's only a matter of time before the damage worsens.  Call us at 516-334-2927 to schedule time to speak with us at SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury and we’ll make sure that your damage is handled appropriately, in no time!  

Protecting Your Business This Season

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

Encountering damage in your place of work can cause stress, concern lost profits, and a ton of other issues not readily planned for when it comes to normal operations. Because these things can happen in a short amount of time with little to no planning, it’s important to know what to do, how to handle situations, and who to call when the time is right. See below for a few tips as to how you can protect your business this season, and get back to work as soon as possible should anything occur. 

Think About Your High Costs

Electricity can be a huge issue when it comes to businesses and their buildings, so it’s important that if you believe a surge, flood, or fire are possible, you unplug all electronics in preparation. This can also be easily achieved by turning off the breaker to prevent surges and any electricity from running into these machines. Damage to these pieces can cost in the thousands to repair, which can mean less profit in the long run.

Inspect Everywhere

Make sure you’re going through every area of your business with a fine-toothed comb for anything out of the ordinary. It’s important to document any and all changes to make sure that nothing has caused or sustained damage at the most inopportune time. At SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury, we know this is a big factor for commercial damage, which is why we use state of the art property damage claims software to help expedite the process.

Always Stay Safe

Safety is and always should be a top concern for you at your business, and your employees should know that. Reiterate that safety is always your priority, and that you’ll do what is needed to keep business operations running just as they should. Quickly addressing and fixing damage leads to a workforce that trusts you have their interests in mind, which translates to less loss profits in the long run and getting back on your feet quicker. 

If your business sustains any type of damage in Nassau County, or anywhere on Long Island, make sure someone is there to help you fix it and get everything back to normal. At SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury our goal is to relieve your stress by handling the entire process of remediation from start to finish. If you’re interested in learning more, give us a call at 516-334-2927!

How SERVPRO Makes A Difference At Your Business!

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO knows that running business operations smoothly should be a goal strived for by many -- and on Long Island, good business is key to a comfortable life!. When a problem arises, typically you or your employees act as the first line of defense, keeping everything in ship shape. But when things become a bit too much to handle, it’s important to call someone who can do the things that require a bit of meticulous expertise -- and we’re the team for the job!

Mold Damage

Take into consideration almost every aspect of your business when thinking about mold damage. If conditions are great for mold, they’re bad for business. Whether this consists of a leak above your ceiling or residual effects from constant rain, mold needs to be handled as soon as possible. Our team employs state of the art tactics for mold suppression and removal to make sure your business is ready for customers and normal operation as soon as possible.

For Water Damage:

Water damage is no stranger to many businesses, and it can happen with rain, humidity, leaks, cracks, and so many more things on a daily basis. Whatever the case is, water damage can get in the way of a sale, or prevent people from coming back to your establishment. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma uses state of the art technology to pinpoint the location of water damage and remove it at the source for a lasting impact leaving your business dry.

For Fire Damage:

Fire damage is best prevented by observing for any risks, and limiting them from becoming larger risks at the source. Electrical outlets and appliances are usually the culprits, and while you’re not able to check every wire and plug each day, you should get into the habit of inspecting them periodically. If you do happen to experience fire damage, SERVPRO can assist with the remediation by cleaning things up and making repairs in order to prevent it looking like there was ever damage in the first place! 

Should you encounter any sort of damage at your business, know that there is a local company willing to help you at the drop of a dime. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury has been helping local families and business recover after all types of storms and your case is no different! To receive assistance with storm, fire or water damage, give us a call at 516-334-2927

Prepare Your Building For Winter Weather

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

Winter snow storm street scene SERVPRO of East Meadow Westbury Commercial Winter Storm Restoration

As per the last few years, it has been observed that winters can be a highly unpredictable time in the United States. Some years, it remains quite moderate with no or negligible snowfall, while other years are just freezing cold, with major blizzards and harsh windy weather. Irrespective of what winter decides to do, building managers and their maintenance staff must make sure that their buildings are fully prepared to embrace the coming winter. This implies taking care of winterizing activities before the harsh and cold weather hits. Following are some of the great tips to prepare your building for cold weather.

It is never too early to start

The winter is indeed the hardest season in terms of damages and wear-and-tear it brings to the buildings. Ice accumulates in spaces and cracks between masonry and bricks contribute to deterioration of a façade. The salt eats away the concrete and metal. Colder temperatures also bring higher electrical and heating bills. Due to these and other factors, it is advised that building managers must start early.

Prepare Windows

Windows are surely a weak point for loosing heat and letting in water. Window sashes and frames must be examined and fixed before winter comes, preferably in the fall season. Sealant and caulking must also be assessed, as it may become weaker with time. In addition, the steel lintel, which is a piece of metal on each window’s head that supports brick above it, must also be checked. If lintels are rusting, they will eventually buckle and fail, leading to weakening of the bricks above them and water penetration. To avoid associated damage, the lintel inspection should be made before the winter season since their repair can take some time.

Keep the heat in

Due to higher energy prices and building managers’ difficulty to keep pace with the tight budgets, conservation of energy has become a critical aspect for both building managers and occupants. A lot of measures can be taken by building staff and occupants to make sure that heat remains inside. Areas where heat is able to escape must be checked, such as outside doors and windows. Also, check the openings or gaps between the doors’ bottom and the saddle, and also the gap around the frame of the doors. For a few cents, you can weather-lock the doors, not just to save money, but to have better comfort level inside the building.

Don’t forget the basement! Check to ensure that no heat or air is escaping. If the building has boiler system, it must be checked and cleaned on an annual basis. The building staff should also monitor fuel consumption regularly.

Don't forget the roof

Another critical part of the building to resist the cold is its roof. Flat roofs must have an ultraviolet roof coating. This process should begin in October, since it takes time to apply. This petroleum based coating is relatively cheap as it’s simply painted onto the roof. This coating holds reflective silver additives that develops a barrier to insulate the building and protect it from ice and snow. In addition, roof drains must be cleared to  avoid blockages that may lead to ice damming, icy build-up and leaks.

Pitching In

Along with building managers, the building occupants can also take few measures to better prepare the buildings for winters. They can lower the thermostats a few degrees to save significant energy, and alert the manager or staff of anything that needs to be fixed.

It’s wise not to wait until the harsh cold weather strikes to preparing your building for winter. These simple tips are great to keep your buildings protected against the harsh winter weather. If you experience any damage to your commercial building due to the harsh winter weather, call the expert home emergency restoration professionals at SERVPRO of East Meadow / Westbury right away.

Winter Damage Your Business May Sustain

2/7/2021 (Permalink)

During the winter, there is a lot of damage that can occur to your business due to the harsh effects of the season. While there are some things you can preemptively do in order to prevent this home damage, it is important to know that there are some instances that are beyond your control, or skillset to repair. Learning about these damages will help you effectively prepare for damage and potentially minimize the impact it has on you.

Ice

Ice dams are one of the most common types of ice damage that you can have at your business. Ice dams happen when the snow on your roof melts as the temperature rises for a few hours, generally during the day and then refreezes when the temperature quickly drops again.  This melted ice moves into your gutters and under your shingles and causes a damn as it refreezes. This can cause additional water damage due to the fact that the water doesn't have any place to go. These ice dams can damage your shingles, roof and gutters to the point where they will need to be replaced if the ice dam isn't taken care of quickly. Additionally, it can cause interior leaks, which can lead to costly repairs and mold growth.

Snow

If you let snow build up on your walkways and driveways, this can lead to personal injuries and create a big problem. When snow gets stuck in the cracks of concrete, it can melt and eventually turn into ice. Once it turns into ice, it will expand and has the potential to crack or dislodge the concrete that makes up your walkways -- the same thing goes for the exterior walls of your building! This damage can be expensive, and most importantly, can cause a loss in profits as your business operations are halted.

Leaks/Flooring Damage

If you have leaks in your roof, you are more than likely also going to have some serious flooring issues due to the water traveling once it’s inside. This water damage can leak down on wood floors, causing weakened beams and planks, which can result in irreversible damage. This is a danger to your business that should be addressed quickly -- especially before it affects the livelihood of your operating hours, and ultimately, your sales!

Dealing with the reality of home and business damage can be devastating, and we know first hand how hard it can be to return to normal life while this is going on. At SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury, our goal is to relieve your stress by handling the entire process of remediation from start to finish. If you’re interested in learning more, give us a call at 516-334-2927 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Is My Business At Risk For Ice Damage?

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

When winter sets in, business owners have to make changes on how to accommodate customers. Safety is always at the top of the list for businesses, just as it should be. After all, you need to make sure that people can come and go without issue. Ice build up is a major problem, especially on Long Island, and it can cause safety issues and even damage as it melts.

Why Ice Forms in Certain Areas

  • Leaking gutters. As snow melts, the water has to flow somewhere! If you have a leak or clog in your gutter system, that water will turn to ice as it comes into contact with the ground below. Not only can this pool in high-traffic areas, but the water can travel and find cracks and crevices to get into, which can lead to damage behind walls, in roofing, flooring and more.
  • Snow packed walkways. The more people that walk on the snow on your walkways, the quicker it will pack down and form into ice. Staying on top of shoveling snow out of the way and applying calcium chloride to the walkways, is the best way to keep snow from turning into ice. Too much ice in one area can lead to water damage as the ice melts, which can cause slip & falls and damage where you want it least.
  • Snow plows. Sometimes a snow plow will pile the snow up on your sidewalk, in front of your driveway and access ramps, as it clears the roads. Not only does this create more work for you, but it presents the danger for heavy ice to compact itself down on walkways and up against your building.

Nobody wants to have to deal with ice and water damage this season. If you find that there are certain areas of your home or business that have been damaged due to ice or snow, make sure to call someone who can help. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury can help protect your home against the damage water can cause. Our process is to make everything brand new again, “Like it never even happened.” If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help you, give us a call at 516-334-2927!

Business Space Damage You May Sustain

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

When you first think about a fire or flooding problem, you may not immediately associate it with a business. However, they're just as susceptible to receiving home damage and water damage as any homeowner. One bad pipe might be all it takes to flood a bathroom and shut down the building for a day or two. This can greatly impact the profits of that business and cause quite a bit of stress for the owner. To find out what else may plague a business space and how to combat it, we’ve compiled a short list below.

Flooding

As mentioned before, one old pipe might be all it takes for a sudden flood to occur in a bathroom, the building's basement or main space. Depending on just how bad the flooding is, that business might not be open for a good deal of time. After all, if this is you, you'll have to deal with all of the water damage the building sustained due to the flooding. This can be quite a headache for any business owner to deal with and can severely affect profitability.

Mold Growth

Whether, as a result of that flooding or, just because the building has a lot of moisture in the air, it might see a bit of mold growth. This can be considered a health hazard and could have the business shut down until it is removed. Business owners should make the call to SERVPRO to make sure that mold is taken care of quickly and effectively before the issue turns into a severe problem.

Fire

As seasons change, buildings can sometimes be more susceptible to fire breakouts than at other times. A furnace that hasn't been fine-tuned in awhile might cause a spark to form. If it's especially dry in the building, that spark could catch and before you know it, the building could be on fire. Hopefully, there's still enough of the building leftover for a restoration to take place.

If you find yourself experiencing damage, make sure the team you call is professional and swift. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury is at the ready 24/7, no matter the emergency. To receive assistance for any type of damage, get in contact with us today!

Hurricane Season

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Westbury is ready to assist you with all storm mitigation issues Northeast Hurricane Season is Active Until November 30

The Busiest Hurricane Season since 2005

The official hurricane season is still in effect until November 30. SRRVPRO of Westbury is ready to assist on all aspects of post-storm mitigation. Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage, and SERVPRO of Westbury also has a full compliment of large commercial generators to provide power in the event of a loss. 

SERVPRO ofWestbury specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Restoring Your East Meadow/Westbury Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

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Flooding and water damage events at East Meadow/Westbury 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 East Meadow/Westbury

SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury 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

Business Space Damage

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

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When you first think about flooding or a fire issue, you may not immediately associate it with a business. However, businesses are just as susceptible to receiving home damage and water damage as any homeowner. One leaky or broken  pipe might be all it takes to flood a bathroom and shut down the office or the building for a day or two. This can greatly impact the ability of that business to operate efficiently and can cause quite a bit of stress for the owner. Here are some of the major causes of business disruption.

Flooding

As we mentioned above, one old pipe might be all it takes for a flood to occur in the building's basement or main space. Depending on just how bad the flooding is, that business might not be open for an extended period of time. After all, if this is your business, you'll have to deal with all of the water damage sustained due to the flooding. This can be quite a headache for any business owner to deal with and can severely affect profitability if not dealt with promptly.

Mold Growth

Whether as a result of flooding or, just because the building has a lot of moisture in the air, there might be some mold growth. This growth can be considered a health hazard and could result in the business being shut down until it is removed. Business owners should call SERVPRO to make sure that mold is taken care of quickly and cost effectively before the issue turns into a severe problem.

Fire

As seasons change, buildings can be more susceptible to fire than at other times. A furnace that hasn't been professionally serviced in a while might cause a spark to form. That spark could catch and before you know it, the building could be on fire! With any luck enough of the building leftover for a restoration to take place.

If you find yourself experiencing damage, make sure the team you call is experienced, professional and prompt. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury is ready 24/7, no matter the emergency. For any type of damage, get in contact with us today!

Fire Prevention at your Business

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

Though chances are slim, there’s never a reason to totally rule out the possibility of a fire occurring during the winter at your place of business. What might be your dream job could easily turn into a nightmare, if fire and flames get to it without protection. Below are a few ways to prevent fires from occurring that can help you move past the season without a hitch.

Emergency Ready Profiles

Available to you from us for FREE, a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile.  This is an overview of your property and brings to light those important items that might be missing in case an emergency occurs.  In this comprehensive report, you’ll not only have a complete overview of all building shutoffs, emergency exits and more, you will be able to note if you are missing fire extinguishers emergency exit signs, etc.

Open Flames

Even if you’re not a retailer looking to set a mood within your building, lighting a candle is extremely common among people during the colder months. We get it, this provides a cozy atmosphere with its nice warm light, but also brings a fresh aroma to the room it’s in. Keeping these away from any flammable material is an imperative step in preventing a damaging and potentially deadly fire from ripping through the four walls surrounding your home/business.

Electrical Overload

We understand that some buildings and rooms are just harder to heat than others. With that, you might have something like a space heater on, plugged into an outlet on the wall, or even a surge protector. Although you might think you’re safe with something like this, it’s important to keep a regimen of unplugging the device when not in use, 30 minutes prior to leaving, and never allowing it to run unattended. This is because while considered safe, these heating elements use a lot of energy, can cause a fire within the unit itself and if not well rated, can cause a potential surge of power leading to an electrical fire.

If you’re a home or business owner who is in need of service, support or mitigation this winter, call SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury -- we have been providing emergency restoration services to homes and businesses for over 50 years. For 24/7 emergency service, make sure to keep our number handy and contact us at 516-334-2927 - with anything you might need! 

Commercial Risk Factors

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

This winter, it’s important to make sure that above all else, you’re putting the wellbeing of your business before anything else. The reason for this advice, during such a cold time, is due to damage -- which if not treated immediately, can cause thousands in repairs and keep your doors closed for extended periods of time. Below are a few things to consider that can cause damage if not treated.

Weak Seams

With older buildings come fixtures that can become a bit loose over time, thus creating a break in the seal. While this might not seem like such a huge problem, allowing moisture to get into your place of work can cause mold, foul odors, and tarnish the products you rely on in your business. Consider testing your humidity levels inside during the colder months to prevent this from happening.

Fires

Everyone wants to keep warm, but it’s important to understand that what comes with warmth, is the risk for damage due to the things that can keep you warm. Keep a close eye on your outlets for overloading, materials near open flames, and anything else that otherwise might cause a spark or a blaze to occur.

Water

Should we experience a ton of snow, the second thing that comes after an afternoon of shoveling and snowball fights is clearing the rest off of a roof. This proves important because not only can heavy ice and snow cause sagging, it can leak through weak shingles and cause water and mold damage over time. Remain vigilant and keep an eye out for things that look out of the ordinary! 

If you’re a home or business owner who is in need of service, support or mitigation this winter, call SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury -- we have been providing emergency restoration services to homes and businesses for over 50 years. For 24/7 emergency service, make sure to keep our number handy and contact us at 516-334-2927 - with anything you might need!

Can I Protect My Business With SERVPRO?

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

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One thing many people ask when something goes wrong is “what are the next best steps?”.  While this is the right question to ask, especially when something is going astray, it’s usually a bit easier when you have a team already picked out.  SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury has a track record of greatly helping out with everything needed for damage remediation. When it comes to us, our assistance in helping businesses with damage remains unsurpassed. See a few reasons below how we can help your business. 

Emergency Ready Profile

Something that sets our team way above the rest is our willingness to help you before something happens, and remain proactive about keeping you safe. Our personalized and FREE emergency ready profile is there to ensure that when damage occurs, we can stop it quicker.  An added benefit to going through the exercise of an ERP is that it creates a time where we may be able to help you pinpoint things you should be doing to protect your business.

Responsiveness

Something goes wrong, and your immediate thought is panic, right? Of course, why wouldn’t it be? We of course know that the moments after damage discovery are critical and we’re here to help as soon as possible. We deploy teams out to the field at any time of the day or night.  We are always ready to jump into the work at a moment’s notice! The timeliness affects your profitability, so we know how much a few moments can mean to you.  

Quality of Work

At the end of the day, working with us is a security blanket everyone deserves after they’ve experienced damage. Our professionalism and ability to remediate issues back to their original, pre-damage state is what makes our team the one to choose when something goes wrong. 

If you’re in need of immediate damage restoration for any reason, make sure to partner yourself with a team that can make the situation right the first time. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury has been assisting home and business owners recover from damage for years, and we’d love to help you! Contact us today and we’ll show you how we can make everything right again. 516-334-2927

How SERVPRO Makes A Difference At Your Business!

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO knows that running business operations smoothly should be a goal strived for by many -- and on Long Island, good business is key to a comfortable life!. When a problem arises, typically you or your employees act as the first line of defense, keeping everything in ship shape. But when things become a bit too much to handle, it’s important to call someone who can do the things that require a bit of meticulous expertise -- and we’re the team for the job!

Mold Damage

Take into consideration almost every aspect of your business when thinking about mold damage. If conditions are great for mold, they’re bad for business. Whether this consists of a leak above your ceiling or residual effects from constant rain, mold needs to be handled as soon as possible. Our team employs state of the art tactics for mold suppression and removal to make sure your business is ready for customers and normal operation as soon as possible.

For Water Damage:

Water damage is no stranger to many businesses, and it can happen with rain, humidity, leaks, cracks, and so many more things on a daily basis. Whatever the case is, water damage can get in the way of a sale, or prevent people from coming back to your establishment. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma uses state of the art technology to pinpoint the location of water damage and remove it at the source for a lasting impact leaving your business dry.

For Fire Damage:

Fire damage is best prevented by observing for any risks, and limiting them from becoming larger risks at the source. Electrical outlets and appliances are usually the culprits, and while you’re not able to check every wire and plug each day, you should get into the habit of inspecting them periodically. If you do happen to experience fire damage, SERVPRO can assist with the remediation by cleaning things up and making repairs in order to prevent it looking like there was ever damage in the first place! 

Should you encounter any sort of damage at your business, know that there is a local company willing to help you at the drop of a dime. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury has been helping local families and business recover after all types of storms and your case is no different! To receive assistance with storm, fire or water damage, give us a call at 516-334-2927

Six Spring Cleaning Tips for your Commercial Building

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

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With the arrival of warmer days of Spring, it’s the time to prepare your commercial buildings for the season. We have come up with great Spring cleaning tips, which are not only good around homes, but also around commercial buildings. After all, commercial buildings have also been through a harsh, cold winter. Try out these Spring cleaning tips and make sure that your commercial buildings are ready for the warmer season.

1.  Neaten your landscaping

The extreme weather in winter badly wrecks the landscaping around commercial buildings. Spring brings a great time to start restoration measures and enhance summer landscaping. Doing so would make your business look more appealing to potential clients as well as staff. Some landscaping steps that you should try this year include:

  • Fertilizing the grass surrounding the building
  • Planting new seed in dead grass areas
  • Watering existing plants and grass
  • Assessing the walkways and parking lots on your property
  • Filling patches, holes or big cracks

You can always call a pro like SERVPRO for commercial cleaning services, who can efficiently handle these handyman jobs to help maintain your commercial buildings all through the year.

2.  Flooring Enhancement

Winter, accompanied by ice melt, road sand and more, brings excessive damage to flooring, making it look dull and rough with time. Consider a deep cleaning for revitalizing building’s carpeting and tiles. The methodology for floor enhancement is often based on a blend of professional services including high-pressure steam, heat, extraction and agitation, which helps:

  • Removing dry particulate soil
  • Delaying costly replacement
  • Restoring floors to a brand-new condition.

3.  Inspect Water Damage

Spring is the season of rain showers. Therefore, an important part of your spring cleaning and maintenance strategy is to make sure that your commercial building is water-proof against all rain showers and floods. The inspection for finding a water leak is a time stealing process, which should be started at least a month before the arrival of the Spring. Generally, a pro contractor like SERVPRO, offering efficient and reliable commercial cleaning services, helps you give your building a professional and detailed inspection, taking notes of existing or potential leakages and ensuring necessary repairs on time.

4.  Pest Control

Spring is indeed beautiful, yet with it comes the favorite season for pests. Spring is the high time for the growth of unwanted pests in your commercial property. Beetles, roaches, rodents and ants can eat up your foundations fast and result in hazardous health conditions if left untreated. Therefore, for the coming few weeks, keep spraying around your building with high-quality pest spray on a frequent basis. Also, make sure to have careful visual inspection of your building to determine gaps and holes where critters can gain access. SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury is recognized for its reliable commercial cleaning services. We are the contractor around town that uses green products and pesticides for cleaning projects.

5.  Be Environment friendly

Are you one of the many household or commercial property owners who prefer contractors who use green products and follow environment-friendly practices? Our products are Green Seal certified and meet the requirements set by EPA’s Design for the Environment Program (DfE). Being a commercial property owner, you can execute green cleaning strategies yourself like using dilution control chemical dispensers and reusable wipes or mops to reduce environmental impact.

6.  Take care of AC Units

Before the Spring and hot sunny days of summer arrive, the building patrons and facility managers must have a comprehensive HVAC inspection and AC units cleaning services. Poorly cleaned ACs lead to allergies, unpleasant odors, shorter lifespan of air filters and high energy bills. Call SERVPRO’s HVAC experts for complete inspection and maintenance of your AC units right away.

For more information about our vast range of commercial cleaning services, call SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury’s 24/7 helpline at 516-334-2927.

Commercial Building Maintenance Checklist

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Building Maintenance Checklist

Do you own or manage a commercial property . Maintaining a commercial building is indeed more complicated than that of homes, requiring a bigger scale, multi-faceted and on-going maintenance plan. Commercial building maintenance therefore becomes a matter of systemized and scheduled processes for managing and maintaining the defined standards of sanitation and safety. Following an updated, and commercial building minded, maintenance checklist leads to cost-effective maintenance while creating the processes required to bridge the gap between expectations and avoiding damages and injuries. Below we have created a starter maintenance checklist for some of the most important areas of commercial buildings where facility managers cannot afford any negligence.

Roofing Maintenance

A strategically designed and timely implemented roof asset management program helps avoid recurring roof issues and sudden failures. The checklist includes:

  • Maintain a detailed roofing file for your building, which also includes warranty information.
  • Check the entire roofing at least semiannually, especially after hurricanes & storms.
  • Keep the roof drains free of debris as these damages are not covered by warranties.
  • Check sheet metal, copings and any sections previously repaired.
  • Inspect roof-wall connections and flashings at penetrations, curbs etc. This helps to identify tearing and wrinkles, if any.
  • Single-ply roofs may need re-caulking at face-mounted termination bars.
  • Be aware that metal roofs can corrode - Corrosion is often caused by condensation from copper coils of rooftop HVAC units.
  • Don’t cause shocks, put heavy traffic or heavy load on the roof as it damages the membrane.
  • Take extra care of your green roof, through timely trimming, weeding and watering.
  • Carry out moisture inspection once a year to detect and fix leaks.
  • If you have rooftop solar panels, use mount ballasted systems over a pad to shelter roof membrane.

Plumbing Maintenance

Leaks are the biggest plumbing problems that can impact the entire building, and they can be often invisible. Follow these guidelines for timely checking and fixing:

  • Inspect the entire building for leaks at least once a year, especially bathrooms.
  • Lubricate the local water booster and pumping system, annually.
  • Check couplings for leaks.
  • Conduct flue-gas analysis for fire-testing heaters and boilers, on occasional basis.
  • Lubricate water chillers’ condenser fan motor bearings, annually.
  • Replace oil in compressor oil reservoirs - including traps, strainers, and filers.
  • Replace sump and sewage pumps on a timely basis. Lubricate exposed pumps, annually.
  • Check public fixtures for leaks, on a monthly basis.

HVAC System Maintenance

Maintaining your HVAC system keeps its efficiency intact and by keeping the system efficient, you can also reduce the building’s annual HVAC cost significantly.

  • Hire a pro to inspect and maintain seasonal PM of boilers and chillers.
  • A semi-annual inspection should include latch updates, gasket repairs, and screw replacements needs.
  • Recharge P-traps or U-bend water traps for condensate drain pans.
  • During an inspection of cooling towers, disassemble access panels and screens. Inspect support structure, tower fill, spray and sump nozzles, drive coupling, gearbox, motor bearings, fan blades, and wiring.
  • Lubricate pumps annually, inspect unusual noises.
  • Clean and replace air filters of all HVAV units as per manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Keep a periodic check on HVAC units’ energy efficiency and especially check compressor, refrigerant charge and thermal expansion valve.
  • Check direct pressure systems for optimal temperature ranges

Lighting Maintenance

Poorly maintained lighting fixtures raise energy costs and lower quality.

  • Inspect lighting, quarterly.
  • Check luminaires that have transformers.
  • Inspect exterior lights and their hardware.
  • Replace burned-out lamps.
  • Make sure color temperature is consistent with all lamps.
  • Clean lamps and lens surfaces.
  • Remember to recycle any waste from lighting maintenance, responsibly.

Higher-Scale Maintenance Areas

  • Have your electrical systems inspected by a licensed pro every 3 years.
  • Clean and lubricate overcurrent devices.
  • Check fusible switch units.
  • Keep parking garage surfaces clear with monthly inspections and overall annual maintenance and coating replacement, every 5 years.
  • Pavement imperfections and cracks must be filled and seal-coated regularly.

Though this checklist is not completely customized to any specific commercial building, it is comprehensive enough to act as a starting ground for commercial property owners and facility managers to build on, to aid in taking care of the building and keeping it well-maintained.

For further information and expert consultation, call SERVPRO of East Meadow/Westbury's licensed professionals at 516-334-2927.