Recent Commercial Posts

What Are Your Goals For 2020?

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Notebook and pen Create smaller and doable goals to reach your larger goals. We at SERVPRO of Rockville-Olney & of Silver Spring North wish you a very successful 2020.

Do you manage or own a business?

As we approach 2020, both a new year and a new decade, you most likely have many goals for your business!

Oftentimes, getting smaller tasks and goals completed will make way for the completion of the larger and more challenging tasks!

Tackling smaller projects, such as signing your company up for a volunteer opportunity in your community, can become one of the stepping stones leading you towards a more long-term goal of creating more camaraderie between your employees, for example. 

Here are some more tips and recommendations for bettering your business in 2020!

Grow as a team! Get to know your employees or co-workers by having a monthly group lunch, going on a weekend hike with your team, or hosting a holiday game night after work. As relationships grow, employees will become more apt to help one another not only achieve personal goals, but also goals for the prosperity of the company!

Do you have a goal of refreshing your office space in 2020? That can be a daunting task, especially if it needs a complete makeover. Start small! Buy a few hardy plants to decorate your office with. Replace a piece of furniture or two at a time so you can stay within budget. Run a quick vacuum over your property once a week to avoid a messy and stained floor at the end of the month. It’s the “little things” you do that can really add up!

Sometimes, it’s hard to stay focused on all your goals. When you’re running a business, there are a million things going on, so other priorities can get in the way of achieving your goals. However, forming a habit is said to take 21 days. That’s three weeks! If you dedicate 30 minutes a day towards doing research, planning, etc. for your goal, it will become a habit you soon won’t even think twice about! Plus, stay on top of your goals by getting organized! Purchase an agenda book where you can write down what you need to get done for the day. Seeing it visually will help!

Don’t forget to take care of yourself! You are a busy individual with a lot of responsibility. Make sure you allow yourself time to recharge.

Here at SERVPRO of Rockville-Olney and SERVPRO of Silver Spring North, we help many businesses in and around Montgomery County, MD. Whether we’re called for water damage restoration, a cleaning service, mold remediation, etc., we are always here to help lift a load off your shoulders! For any questions or needs, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (301)340-1313.

We wish you and your company a wonderful and successful New Year!

Feel free to check out the variety of cleaning services we offer in the link below:

https://www.SERVPROrockvillesilverspringnorth.com/cleaning-services

Is Your Montgomery County-Area Daycare Safe?

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

Room in a daycare center Whether you manage a daycare or send your kids to one, we know your primary concern in their safety and well-being. We can help ensure that for you!

At SERVPRO of Rockville-Olney and SERVPRO of Silver Spring North, we knows it’s important to make sure your commercial property reaches a high standard when it comes to a clean and safe environment for your clients, employees, etc. Quite often, we help daycares in the Rockville, Olney, Silver Spring North, and surrounding areas reach these standards. It’s very important to ensure your smallest customers are safe and healthy at all times, especially since they are more susceptible to common issues such as mold as well as bacteria pests such as rodents can leave behind, for instance.

Maybe you own or manage a daycare. Maybe you are considering starting your own daycare, or maybe you are a parent considering which daycare to enroll your child in.

In this blog, we will provide you with a checklist of what a daycare must include to provide the safest environment possible. Please note this list focuses on a few security measures, emergency safety measures, as well as cleanliness measures. There are many other factors involved with regard to a daycare facility. They can be investigated in more detail on the web.

Here are a few!                         

  • Smoke alarms and fire extinguishers must be present and in excellent, working condition
  • Windows in every classroom to provide fresh air and an emergency exit
  • Clean sleeping area, play areas, and toys (including carpets and upholstery, which can easily become soiled at daycares!)
  • All cleaning supplies must be locked away
  • Electrical outlets must be covered
  • Strict hygiene procedures (important when changing diapers)
  • Any necessary safety and cleanliness certifications (state and/or county, depending on local laws)
  • Regular health and cleanliness inspections
  • Documented emergency evacuation plans
  • Mold-free
  • Any expired food the center provided must be discarded
  • Professional pest removal is needed if you suspect or know there are pests in the building. Mouse traps present a danger, especially to small hands that like to get into everything!
    • Pests can carry diseases, bite children, and leave trails of bacteria behind
  • Fire drills are necessary in preparing for a smoother evacuation in an unfortunate event when an actual fire might take place
    • Similar to drills for potential earthquakes or storms, especially if the region is prone to these acts of nature
  • Locking gates at the top and bottom of any stairs
  • Exterior locking doors

We have worked around Montgomery County, Maryland and beyond to ensure local daycares are clean and safe places! Whether involved with mold remediation, restoring flood damages, or performing a general cleaning, we make it a priority to keep the children in our community safe and healthy!

If you have any needs regarding your daycare center or any other questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call today! Our telephone number is (301) 340-1313.

How to Conserve Water in a Commercial Building

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

A faucet with running water Consider installing touch-free faucets in your business' bathrooms to conserve water.

Unlike your home, your commercial building is comprised of various employees and clients or customers. You and your family might make a conscious effort to conserve water, but often times, may not strangers.

How often do you use your bathroom sink and walk out with the water still running? Probably never in your life. Now consider this. How many times have you visited an empty public restroom with a running faucet? Probably a few times a year, at least.

One solution would be to install touch-free faucets. This saves businesses a lot of money, even if the initial cost isn’t the cheapest.

Speaking of faucets, you can make an easy switch of replacing your faucet aerators with newer ones of lower power. After companies make this switch, they typically notice the new aerators only use a fifth of the water the older ones did.

Another money-saving, bathroom investment is purchasing new flush valves. Today, there are some great options to choose from. You can buy water-saving flush valves that use 20 percent less water that newer toilets and 70 percent less water than pre-1992 toilets.

If you operate a restaurant or any other facility that calls for a dishwasher, you may want to upgrade to a water-saving dishwater. Although they cost about the same as normal dishwashers, these washers use 40 percent less water, not to mention less energy too.

A few more tips for saving water in your commercial building include planting scrubs, bushes, flowers, etc. that require less water instead of growing plants that demand water. Additionally, you should make sure your irrigation device is positioned practically. The sidewalk shouldn’t be drenched after a watering session. Also, check for leaks or dripping. There’s no point for a small patch of dirt to be thoroughly watered.

If you’ve noticed rainfall and your irrigation schedule collide quite a few times, you may want to invest in a rain or soil moisture sensor. You can save a lot on your water bill from what nature has to offer. Plus, if it has rained or the soil is damp enough, the plants could potential drown.

Lastly, separately meter your irrigation. Unless you do choose to meter, your water company will send all the water coming from the property to a wastewater treatment plant. If you do choose to meter, your sewer bill will plummet.

We at SERVPRO of Rockville-Olney and SERVPRO of Silver Spring North encourage you to incorporate a few of these tips into your commercial business and see how much water (and money) you can save!

Is Your Business Resilient?

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

A laptop, poster paper, and camera It's important to make a plan with your team for your business in case of disaster.

Is your business resilient?

According to FEMA, around 40-60 percent of small businesses that have been struck by disaster will not reopen.

Does this statistic surprise you? A lot of people don’t consider the serious impact a disaster, such as a storm, fire, or flood, can have on a small business. It not only can destroy the building and surrounding property of the business, but can also destroy essential information, contacts, etc., which can put a quick end to the business’ existence.

By taking action before a disaster strikes, you can take steps to increase your employees’ safety, your business’ resiliency, and your clients’ trust.

It’s important you follow the steps below to keep your business safe!

  • Keep your company records, documents, and contacts stored in paperless form (on Google Drive or iCloud, for example)
  • Pre-establish policies for employees, vendors, and customers in order to maintain trust and stability, and also to retain relationships and positions
  • Do a threat analysis. Assess any possible risks your business may be susceptible to, from a hurricane to a cyber attack
  • Develop a continuity plan. FEMA recommends creating your plan using these four steps:
  1. Conduct a business impact analysis
  2. Identify, document, and implement recovery strategies
  3. Compile a business continuity plan with others in your business
  4. Conduct training, testing, drills, and exercises to teach, practice, and evaluate the plan

Most Common Issues in a Commercial Building

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

Glowing wires High energy costs can easily add up, but they can be avoided by keeping your building in good repair and taking initiatives to save energy!

At SERVPRO of Rockville-Olney and SERVPRO of Silver Spring North, we offer many commercial services. From working with small office buildings to restaurants, to government agencies, we solve problems anywhere from water damage to mold damage and beyond.   

We realize it’s important you keep your commercial property in the best repair possible. You building, both on the outside and inside, is often times the face of the company.

Below, we have listed some of the most common issues commercial buildings face. You may want to take note of these issues, and check your building for them. If you do come across any of these problems, it’s important to get them fixed immediately as you commercial building holds many employees and customers daily. The sooner repaired, the more guaranteed everyone’s safety and well-being can be.

Check for the following (or you may need to hire a professional to investigate for some of these):

  • Leaks: From roofs, to gutters, to serious moisture buildup, water leaks can cause an assortment of problems including mold growth and rotting
  • Asbestos: If your building is older than 20 years, you should have it inspected for asbestos, which if present, can cause detrimental effects on one’s health
  • Cracking: Could possibly be a sign of an underlying problem in the building’s structure
  • Fire and safety regulations: Make sure your building and property meet all standards regarding the current safety and fire requirements
  • Infestation of bugs or rodents: Yikes! No one feels to comfortable working in a building knowing it’s home to an abundance of rodents. It also doesn’t look pleasant to visitors or clients when ants or gnats are buzzing around or see a few rodent droppings. Additionally, pests can damage the wiring of a building.
  • High energy costs: Keeping your commercial building in good repair can help keep your energy consumption at a manageable level. Also consider installing energy-efficient lighting and appliances. Consider creating energy and water-saving campaigns throughout your building. Make colorful posters and have prizes for whichever floor most actively participates, for example.
  • Electrical faults: Dead outlets, melting wires, and faulty circuits can cause fires. A trusted electrician should be called to check out the situation immediately.

Why Your Business Needs SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know up to 50% of businesses afflicted by a disaster will never reopen? The statistic may be shocking, but what isn’t very surprising is that the vast majority of the surviving businesses had previously established a preparedness plan.   

If you read our previous blog, you’ll recall September is National Preparedness Month. A weekly theme is presented each Sunday of the month. As we are entering September, let’s expound on this week’s theme titled “Save Early for Disaster Costs.”

Prevention saves a lot of time, energy and money. Who wouldn’t like saving all three, right?

Unfortunately, all catastrophes cannot be prevented, which means it is imperative to have an emergency plan set just in case an unexpected event occurs.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan application works to prevent situations from escalating. The app, designed for commercial use, is marketed towards property and risk managers and towards business owners.

Some benefits of the app include:

  • An assessment at no charge
  • A Profile Document containing only necessary information geared for a time of emergency
  • A quick reference for you and your employees (especially if the owner/manager is away on a business trip, for example).
  • A free guide outlining important steps to take post-disaster
  • A connection and direct contact with your local SERVPRO

As mentioned, SERVPRO clients are offered this service free of charge. After downloading the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan application onto an electronic device, a SERVPRO employee will meet with the client to map the property they own or manage.

Mapping the territory includes, but is not limited to, making note of water pipes, crawl spaces, and fire exits. Information such as the square footage of the building and photographs of the property are collected and stored in the app as well.

Although gathering and recording this information on the app may sound like a lengthy process, employees have noted they can finish the plan in about 30 minutes. Additionally, owners can go back into the app and add more detail or update over time. There’s nothing to lose, and everything to gain!

If you prepare for the future, you will “Save Early for Disaster Costs.” Utilizing tools to prevent damage, to prevent lose, and to prevent losing your business to a disaster, is one of the best ways to ensure the
“health” of what you own or manage. 

It’s simple, and it’s free. Save now to avoid large costs later.

Download the application in the App Store or from the link below:

https://ready.SERVPRO.com/Home/MobileApp

Please call SERVPRO of Rockville-Olney or of Silver Spring North at (301) 340-1313 regarding any questions you may have about the Emergency Ready Plan or for any additional questions or needs.

Water Removal In Your Rockville-Olney/Silver Spring North Office Building

3/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Removal

Water damage of any type can shut down your office building. Water can cause damage which you can see and damage that is not easily visible. No matter the damage, you need to call a professional remediation service in, such as SERVPRO, even if you think the repairs are small. Water takes the path of least resistance, so it finds its way through building materials where the water eventually gets trapped and can create rot and mold growth.

Emergency water removal is the first step in preventing more damage to your property in Hampton. Once the water is out, and the area has been dried by our technicians at SERVPRO, we thoroughly inspect your property and figure out what has been affected and what is okay. We can then focus our effects on drying just what is damaged. This drying process can usually be finished in a few days and is monitored closely to ensure proper drying. Water damage can be from any of the reasons below:

Failures In Your Plumbing
These events can release hundreds of gallons of water quickly into your office building. Malfunctions can result from broken pipes, malfunctioning sprinkler systems, loose hoses and other plumbing sources.

Local Flooding
Flooding can come from sudden, heavy local rain falls. Downpours this intense can flood gutters, drains, and down spouts quickly, and the overflow can cause severe water damage to your business.

Long-Term Moisture And Humidity
Small leaks usually hide and are and overlooked, however, over time they lead to water damage problems that need repair. Ceilings, wall cavities, bathrooms, hallways, and attics are the most susceptible areas to mold growth and wood rot from continued exposure. Basements and vented crawlspaces are also environments which can be humid, leading to similar water and mold issues. Standing water can fast turn into damage that is more widespread if it is not cleaned up right away. Mold starts growing in as little as twenty-four hours after a water intrusion and can spread through your building and do much harm to the structural integrity, plus to the health of your employees and any equipment inside.

Therefore, you need to have SERVPRO of Rockville-Olney or SERVPRO of Silver Spring North come out to look at the damage immediately. Someone is always standing by at (301) 340-1313 to receive your call. Our powerful truck mounted water extraction equipment, and our specially trained technicians are just what you need when a water disaster strikes your office building.

Restoring Your Rockville-Olney/Silver Spring North Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Silver Spring North or Rockville-Olney 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 Rockville-Olney and SERVPRO of Silver Spring North

SERVPRO of Rockville-Olney and of Silver Spring North specialize 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.