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How an ERP can help your business.

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

An arm turning off a water shut-off valve. An Emergency Ready Profile provides the locations of important parts of the building such as water shut-off valves!

Following a disaster as many as 50% of the businesses that are forced to close their doors are never open them again. When looking at the businesses that survive the overwhelming majority had an emergency plan in place. Having a plan gives your staff the information they need, contributes to your organizational security and can give you peace of mind. 

Many times, the process of creating an emergency plan highlights some of the biggest security and safety concerns in your business and allows you to take steps to avoid them altogether. In some businesses only certain key people know the critical information about the building such as where the water, sprinkler or gas shut off’s are and if those people who know that information are not available quickly enough then your small disaster can quickly balloon out of control into a huge disaster. 

Once here in Wichita our SERVPRO team was called out to a water damage in a church. When we arrived onsite the water was still coming out of the pipe and the churches staff had no idea where the water shut off was and after time was wasted searching they called the fire department to turn the water off. Lack of preparedness turned a flooding issue which only would have affected a few rooms into a disaster which affected the whole church. The reason no one could find the water shut-off? Well after hiring some architects to review the blueprints it turns out the water shut-off got drywalled over.

Examples like this is why we started developing Emergency Ready Profiles with local businesses, non-profits and churches in Wichita, Andover, Derby, Haysville and everywhere else around our metro area. One of our SERVPRO representatives comes out, documents and assesses your facility then provides a concise profile for your organization and employees to use if an emergency occurs. Once the proper steps for the safety of your employees and facilities have been taken the profile also provides information about the chain of command in place for an emergency meaning the process of recovery also begins much faster. This can also be accessed and edited via an app that we provide to your organization. This whole process we provide is completely free of charge.

If your organization doesn’t have an emergency plan give us a call and we can show you the benefits of working with SERVPRO as your disaster preparedness partner - (316) 655-6094

How SERVPRO of Northeast Wichita Helps your Business through Fire Damage Restoration.

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

This Derby trucking business experienced a fire which shut down their business for 3 weeks!

Fires are one of the most dangerous and damaging things that can happen to your business here in Wichita. Besides the fire destroying what you have worked to build there are additional safety, odor and structural issues after the blaze is gone which must be handled. That is why it is important that you keep your employees and business safe by taking the proper precautionary measures.

The first step to take is to make sure your basics are covered. This means fire alarm systems if not installed need to be and a regular inspection schedule should be implemented. Make sure alarm sensors are calibrated per manufacturer specifications. Checking battery corrosion and expiration date is another great thing to add to any inspection schedule.

Systems as old as 15 years old can still be effective measures against fires but they require more maintenance to avoid system failure. As they get to 20 years of age it is possible they have reached their technological life expectancy especially if it has not been maintained. Consult with a trained specialist if your system is still in good shape.

Get in contact with a sprinkler service even if you already have a sprinkler system. Making sure the system is functioning and having the knowledge available to you about how it works can be the difference between a small fire or a large conflagration. Additionally, the occasional sprinkler malfunction or accident can happen and cleaning up the water after a sprinkler malfunctioned is no small endeavor which businesses call us for frequently.

Having your building assessed by the fire marshal for fire hazards can help point out where the vulnerabilities are. An Emergency Ready Plan from SERVPRO of Northeast Wichita can drastically help reduce the size of an emergency if one were to happen. This service we provide for businesses is a documented resource tool for your employees which they can refer to in an emergency. It contains instructions from how and where to turn off the sprinklers to who to call first in the event of a fire.

It is just one of many things you can do to protect yourself. Give us a call today and ask about getting a free emergency plan put together for your business by us – (316) 684-6700.

Don’t End up Smelling like a Flood.

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

This Wichita Hotel experienced a sewer back up so in addition to making sure everything was disinfected making sure the odor was gone was imperative.

Many Wichita businesses who experience a water damage often do not consider the odor that can linger in a building after a flood. The foul odor often smells like sewage and can indicate that mold growth may have occurred or that the water damage has not been adequately dried. No matter why it smells a foul odor is unacceptable for your business because it can drive away your customers. That is where we come in.

  1. Quick Mitigation Response:

    The best way to remove odors from a structure is to prevent them from happening in the first place. In many cases foul odors are caused when water damage is allowed to sit and fester for several days. Even clean water that you could drink will smell like sewage after being allowed to fester for several days. When we arrive on site we are taking as much water out of your structure as possible through extraction. This speeds up the drying process because it removes as much “loose” water in the structure as possible which leaves the remaining “bound” water. That bound water is water that has soaked into the carpet, drywall and other porous materials. That is why we use equipment such as Airmovers and Large Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers to get the remaining moisture out as fast as possible.

  2. Porous Materials Hold Odor Well

    If a strong odor is already present regrettably it means that some of the structure and inventory must be thrown away. Items such as carpet pad, carpet, fabrics, furniture and even structural items such as drywall could possibly hold odors and need to be discarded in order to remove odor from a structure. Removing items that can be removed during the initial damage can stop them from ever developing an odor.

  3. Using Disinfectants can Prevent Odors

    What you smell when you smell a water damage is the metabolic process of various bacteria that either came in with the water or developed as the water stagnated. That is why using a disinfectant on the affected area can drastically reduce or stop the development of odor after a water damage.

In the event of a water damage at your business give us a call at (316) 684-6700 and we can come evaluate what needs to be done to stop a sticky situation from becoming stinky.

Visit http://www.SERVPROofnortheastwichita.com/ for more information on commercial water damage

Restoring your Wichita Commercial Property After a Water Damage Event

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Flood waters drenched this Wichita business but after our technicians extracted the water and set equipment they were back at work the next day.

Flooding and water damage events at Wichita 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 Northeast Wichita


SERVPRO of Northeast Wichita 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.


SERVPRO of Northeast Wichita Company Profile






Certifications



  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician

  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician

  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

  • JTC - Journeyman Textile Cleaner

  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program

  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician

  • IICRC Certified Firm

  • OCT - Odor Control Technician

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician