Recent Commercial Posts

Keeping Your Employees Focused

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Even before the pandemic hit, a lot of businesses struggled with keeping their employees focused on their jobs. And now with so many companies dealing with some or all of their employees working from home, that notion has only gotten worse. Dealing with young kids, cleaning the house, eating, and wi-fi problems are just some of the extra distractions that have popped up. However, there are ways to keep your employees focused and attentive so that you can get their best work even amid these unusual times. Corporate Wellness Magazine has a helpful list of ways to keep your employees focused on their work;

  • Seek feedback to better understand what each person needs to be efficient
  • Streamline common tasks to take out the “grunt work”
  • Encourage breaks instead of multi-tasking
  • Encourage working in a quiet area to cut down on noise pollution
  • Get a sense of what situation your employees are in so you can help them adjust
  • Create an accountable culture
  • Consider offering some kind of incentive to employees who are doing well

These are just a few ideas that can help you bring focus to your workplace. Your employees will most likely appreciate the effort put in by you in order to help them work. We’re all struggling in some way or another during this pandemic. So whatever you can do to help will be a great step forward for your business. Happy employees make for a happy business.

Source: https://www.corporatewellnessmagazine.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Gift Ideas for Your Coworkers

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

With a new year upon us, a lot of us struggle throughout the year to get the right gifts for the important people in our lives. Especially those who might be a little harder to buy for. Many try to do nice things for their coworkers on special holidays, but it can be hard to know what you can get for them that they can enjoy, but also doesn’t break the bank for you? Luckily, the people at SnackNation have come up with a list of unique and fun gift ideas that you can give to your coworkers this year. Be it for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, or just a really good Friday;

  • The Petite Zebra plant is a pretty and low maintenance way to brighten up anyone’s desk
  • A 3D puzzle to keep minds sharp and interested
  • A 3-in-1 charging cable to keep everyone’s wires from getting crossed
  • Customizable novelty pins to have fun and encourage unity
  • A box of truffles always makes a sweet day at wor
  • Scented candles to help give the office some delightful fragrance
  • A variety bag of gourmet popcorn would give everyone a taste of what they like
  • A desk tray that holds all the office supplies they leave out
  • A variety of saltwater taffy would make for a very fun day
  • An insulated mug that will keep their morning coffees hot and their day productive
  • Some custom magnets to brighten up the cubicle
  • A cinema box based on old-fashioned movie theater marquees could be customized however they like
  • Some glass picture frames allow for some easy cubicle customization

With just a little creativity you can find gifts that your coworkers can enjoy and will make your entire workplace a much happier place. And when thought through, it can even be done at a reasonable price. So have some fun with your coworkers this year and bring in something creative.

Source: https://snacknation.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Sun, Fun, and Coworkers

4/2/2021 (Permalink)

Spring has finally arrived! The weather has finally turned nice and everyone is itching to get outside and enjoy it. Letting your employees outside for some team-building activities once and a while could be just what they need to shake off the COVID and winter energy that built up while stuck inside. But how do you get past the fact that the mere mention of team-building activities brings a groan from most? Luckily, Wrike.com has a great list of games and activities that will both take advantage of Spring weather and be enjoyed amongst your team;

  • Water Cooler Trivia
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Work Outdoors Day
  • 3 Truths and a Lie
  • The Human Knot Game
  • Office Picnic Day
  • The Egg Drop Challenge
  • Blind Drawing Contests

Even those who prefer the indoors sometimes want a change of pace. The same is true for anyone else. Some time to have fun and enjoy the beautiful weather will boost everyone’s spirits and give the team time to become closer. Doing these or other small activities every now and then will help your team in so many ways. And in turn, your productivity might even go up. So consider going out with your team to enjoy the sun. It doesn’t always shine, but when it does it’s beautiful.

Source: https://www.wrike.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

The Common Mistakes of Salting the Parking Lot

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

Often when there’s snow, there’s ice. Because of this, salting the driveway and your share of the sidewalks has become the partner to routine shoveling. Especially at your business where your employees and customers park, it’s vitally important that they are able to walk to your business without fear of slipping on ice. While salting is a normal part of winter for most, there are still some common mistakes that pop up when salting a bigger area such as your company parking lot. Earth Development has a helpful list of the most common mistakes businesses make when dealing with the ice in their parking lots;

  • Do not use only rock salt. It works very well after a storm coats your parking lot in ice, but it still takes time to melt. A layer of magnesium chloride laid down before a storm will keep the snow and ice from sticking to your parking lot in the first place, keeping it safe before, during, and after the storm.
  • Do not use your cleaning ingredients incorrectly. Rock salt should be used sparingly and only when the temperature is above freezing. Magnesium Chloride meanwhile should be applied to the ground sparingly before the snow and ice arrive, producing a protective layer over your parking lot.
  • Do not overuse the products. Both rock salt and magnesium chloride can be harmful to the environment if used in excess. The chemicals melt into the snow and into the sewers, leading to local rivers and lakes. So be sure to only use when needed and sparingly.
  • Do not apply the products before shoveling snow away. While salt’s job is to melt, the fact is that the amount of salt you would have to buy to melt even a small parking lot is much too high. In addition there’s the problem of the chemicals melting into the water and sewers. Shoveling away as much as you can before adding salt is still an essential step.
  • Do not mix sand and rock salt. Even if it might seem like a good idea, two products are not better than one in this situation.  A mix of rock salt and sand will only dilute each other, rendering both less effective. Rock salt is the more effective of the two and sand should only be used as a last resort.

Remember these tips the next time you’re going to clean out your snow covered parking lot. We know you want your customers and employees to be as safe as they can be when coming into and leaving work each day. So take care of the ground they walk on and properly salt your business’s parking lots and sidewalks. After all, no one wants to twist their ankle coming into work.

Source: www.earthdevelopmentinc.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.



Workplace Fire Safety

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

Fire drills at work are always a pain to do. They take forever to get over with, thrust everyone out into the cold or heat, and interrupt all the projects people are in the middle of. But despite all the hassle, knowing what to do in a workplace fire can save lives. It’s important that your employees know what to do in case a fire breaks out so they can keep themselves and their coworkers safe. Fortunately, Atlantic Training has a list of ways that your employees can stay informed and ready in the event that something goes wrong and they need to evacuate the building;

  • Immediately call 911, do not try to put the fire out yourself
  • Plan multiple escape routes to increase your odds of escape
  • Periodically check the fire escapes of your building to ensure maximum safety
  • Make sure windows are easy and quick to open
  • Never use the elevator
  • Walk down the stairs, do not run
  • Remain calm
  • Seal openings with wet objects to keep smoke out
  • Practice all techniques every now and then to prepare

Fires are like any other type of workplace accident can be devastating to your business. But when you prepare your employees for the worst, they’ll be prepared and ready for whatever might happen while at work. So try these helpful tips and keep everyone safe.

Source:  www.atlantictraining.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Winter Workplace Safety Tips

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

It’s beginning to get brisk and blustery outside! Time to bust out the winter boots and warm beverages. Whether this season’s weather brings massive snowstorms or just the occasional cold snap—if you own a small business, it’s definitely time to winterize your workplace.

Winterizing your workplace is the best way to prevent injuries like slips, trips, and falls. To promote workplace safety during winter, you can take steps to reduce slippery surfaces, train your workers on winter driving, minimize cold exposure, and have a communications plan. To improve morale during the season, bring in some warm apple cider, call a meeting, and ask your team to help design the ideal winter safety plan for your business.

Winter workplace injuries

Each winter, there is a significant spike in work-related injuries. There were 42,480 workplace injuries and illnesses involving ice, sleet, or snow in just one year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That number includes only those events that caused employees to miss at least one day of work and that were reported to the bureau. This year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) predicts a wetter winter with colder than average temperatures in some regions. That’s an ice-cold recipe for weather-related injuries at work.

Implement a winter safety plan

If you operate a business, you know how essential it is to promote safety among your employees. Depending on the size of your workforce and your industry, you may be required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or by your state regulators to have a safety plan in place. However, even if you are not required to show proof of your safety plan you should still have one. As a business owner, not only does practicing workplace safety protect the members of your team, it also protects your bottom line.

When you put together your workplace winter safety plan, don’t forget to consider the additional risks caused by rain, sleet, and snow. Set aside some work time and call a meeting so that all of your employees can help establish, reevaluate, or refamiliarize themselves with your safety plan.

Get buy-in from your employees

OSHA, the U.S. entity that protects and regulates workplace safety, recommends enlisting the help of your employees when you create a plan. Having your team members help is key because they:

  • Know the most about the hazards of their own jobs

  • Have the most to gain or lose based on your safety program

  • Can help create, implement, evaluate, and improve the program

  • May gain a sense of ownership and buy-in with the program

Winter workplace safety tips to get you started

To effectively winterize your workplace, you should gather your employees and ask them to consider all aspects of their workday. Work together to brainstorm potential winter hazards they may experience while at work and on the way to and from the workplace. Write out all their ideas. Next, group the hazards into categories so that you can create a winter safety plan that is catered specifically to your business. Do not forget to consider the different environments your employees work in, such as the office, warehouse, vehicles, roads, or field.

Address slippery areas

  • De-ice parking lots, sidewalks, entryways, and outdoor break areas

  • Reroute people using caution signs, rope, cones, or tape

  • Put mats down over slippery spots

  • Mop up any standing water, especially on tile or marble

  • Set aside a place for wet umbrellas, raincoats, and shoes

Set up a communications plan

  • Monitor severe weather announcements

  • Set up a call tree or send a group text message and email blast with weather updates

  • Consider canceling work, adjusting hours, or asking employees to work remotely

  • Ensure you have a way to connect with workers in the field if severe weather arrives

Promote winter driving safety

  • Train employees who operate work vehicles on best practices for winter driving

  • Supply work vehicles with ice scrapers, tire chains, emergency kits, and shovels

  • When possible, cancel tasks that require driving until bad weather clears

Minimize cold exposure

  • Have outdoor workers take breaks and work shorter shifts

  • Rotate employees to reduce individual time in the cold

  • Set up outdoor heaters

  • Save routine, non-essential tasks for warmer months

Provide education about cold stress

  • Teach workers that cold stress keeps the body from being able to regulate temperature

  • Discuss how cold stress can lead to hypothermia, frostbite, and trench foot

  • Advise that people with diabetes, hypothyroidism, or hypertension are more vulnerable to risk

  • Request that employees dress in loose-fitting layers of clothing

  • Ask employees to stretch and warm-up before working in the cold

Practice office safety

  • Ensure that space heaters are used properly and kept away from flammable materials

  • Unplug all space heaters when not in use

  • Decorate for holidays wisely—don’t use candles or hang decor on fire sprinklers

  • Use caution with ladders and extension cords when decorating

Winterize your building

  • Set faucets to drip to avoid frozen pipes

  • Inspect and repair indoor and outdoor insulation

  • Have your HVAC system checked and maintained 

With some deliberate planning and participation from your whole team, you can successfully winterize your workplace for safety. Use the opportunity to boost morale and refocus as you face the colder weather months.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Prepare Your Business with an ERP

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

I think we can all agree that 2020 has been the kind of year that makes all think, “I need a vacation!” So let's imagine you are able to get away with the family for a few days, you are enjoying some fun in the sun and sleeping great at night…. Until the phone rings. Your right-hand man is on the phone to let you know there is a fire. It has started in the office so he has zero access to any of the contact people or account numbers. Luckily, you had a visit from SERVPRO and we have completed an ERP (Emergency Response Program) for you. All of this information is at the click of a button on the app on your phone. You can give him the information and login information to complete the calls and information the fire department is asking for. We understand this is a stressful situation but we want you to rest assured, you have backup! The professionals at SERVPRO of Springfield are here to help. You can go back to enjoying your vacation while we take care of you until you can get back. 

Our ERPs are a complete electronic file with descriptions of every furnace, water source, exit, blueprints location, and anything else you want to document. Our ERP also includes photos and serial numbers of these items. The only cost to you is simply your time in discussing and filling out the information. We can make this as detailed or as general as you would like. SERVPRO of Springfield will be happy to help you decide what is most important to you and you also do not disclose anything you prefer not to share. This information is housed in an app you can download to your phone, Ipad, or computer. You can make changes anytime. This belongs to you. 

SERVPRO of Springfield wants to get you back to business as usual as quickly as possible. We know our ERP is perfect for your business. 

SERVPRO of Springfield is happy to serve Sangamon, Macoupin, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties 24/7/365. You can always reach us at 217-528-7775.

Preparing Your Commercial Building for Winter

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Office Building SERVPRO of Springfield is Here to help!

We understand how important it is for you and your staff to be working and producing. We also fully understand how devastating it can be to have your place of business close because of damage from weather or another source outside of your control. SERVPRO of Springfield is in the business of getting you and your employees back to work. Our technicians are fast and efficient. Our crews will come in and without hesitation, make it “Like it never even happened.”

We want you to be as prepared as possible for common storms in Illinois. Preparedness will likely prevent some damage and hopefully decrease your out of commission times. 

  • Frozen pipes can be disastrous, and oftentimes, very preventable. Please do a sweep of your building and make sure your pipes are insulated.
  • Loss of power can cause a multitude of issues, including frozen pipes, loss of production, and loss of product. It’s a great idea to have a generator. 
  • If you have large trees around your commercial facility, it’s recommended to keep them trimmed and in good health. Tree limbs can easily be tossed around by high winds, it’s a good idea to have them professionally trimmed away from rooftops, any power lines, and windows. 
  • Keeping your facility up to date in general by having it inspected annually, this would include having your furnace/AC checked, making sure general maintenance is being followed, electric lines are in good condition, and roof and guttering are well maintained. 

We are Here to Help! Preparedness and Maintenance are incredibly important to a smooth-running operation. We want you to succeed. 

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield is serving Sangamon, Macoupin, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties and is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Office Carpet Care

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Office buildings SERVPRO of Springfield is your carpet cleaning expert.

Most offices make it a priority to keep their offices clean, especially where the public is coming in and out. You have someone that comes in and dusts and vacuums at the least. But when was the last time you had your carpets professionally cleaned? SERVPRO of Springfield is your carpet cleaning and water/fire restoration expert. Our carpet cleaning experts will remove stains and dinginess from your carpet that vacuuming just can’t clean, making your office look clean and professional.

  • Keeping your carpets professionally cleaned on a regular basis will help to extend the life of your carpet. Dirt and dust wear on your carpet and breaks it down quicker.  It’s a deep clean that removes far more dirt and grime than a regular vacuum could do.
  • Removing any stains will help your office look cleaner and more professional.
  • Our carpet cleaning will remove dirt, dust, pollen, and bacteria that we walk through and kick up every day. Vacuuming certainly helps maintain a lower level of dust but having your carpets professionally cleaned will also help improve the air quality in your office. 

Call SERVPRO of Springfield today to schedule your office for a thorough and professional carpet clean today! We know you and your employees will be happier and feel better. 

SERVPRO of Springfield has been proudly serving Springfield and the Springfield area for decades. We are happy to be of service in Sangamon, Macoupin, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties. Please do not hesitate to call us at 217-528-7775 for any job, big or small, we are Here to Help in water, fire, mold, COVID 19, or smoke damages. We are open and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Happy Labor Day!

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Many American flags Happy Labor Day from all of us at SERVPRO of Springfield

Labor Day is a celebration for us to take a break from all our hard work. Most of us work 8 to 12-hour shifts, 5 to 3 days a week at our full-time jobs. Labor Day was born after many men and women fought hard for fair wages and reasonable work hours. It was not uncommon in the 1800s for a man to work 12 hour days, 7 days a week and still barely keep a roof over his head or food on the table. As terrible as it was for them, it was more difficult for children working as many hours and at a fraction of the wage. I know we all work very hard and sometimes wonder when that vacation will ever come but thanks to many strong Americans, we have laws and regulations that help each of us. We celebrate those Americans that worked so hard and fought so hard for us to be able to live the way we do today. Thank you! 

During these last several months, we have been shown how lucky we are to have such dedicated workers. Our essential workers have really stepped up and taken care of us. They have powered through and taken risks and in some cases gotten very ill, just to take care of their fellow Americans. We celebrate you. We thank you. We appreciate you. 

I am very proud of our production staff here at SERVPRO of Springfield. As I work primarily on the back end of things, these dedicated workers are on the front lines of water damage, fire restoration, and COVID-19 cleanup. They truly are experts in every job they do, all the while, caring and compassionate towards our customers, who are often in very difficult positions. When our technicians are called out in the middle of the night on a Saturday night, to a commercial building involving a major loss, they understand how important it is for those essential workers to get back to their jobs as quickly as possible. Our SERVPRO staff understands the faster we work, the faster someone else can get back to work to serve others. We are your frontlines. We understand hard work and we pride ourselves on the quality of work we do. 

Happy Labor Day! Please remember to thank and appreciate all of our essential workers in our community. They keep us safe, they keep us healthy, they keep us fed. We are so lucky to live in this great country with truly caring people.

When disaster strikes, please call SERVPRO of Springfield for all your restoration needs. We can be reached by phone, 217-528-7775, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We are Here to Help.

SERVPRO Commercial Cleaning Services

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles SERVPRO of Springfield is Here to Help.

SERVPRO of Springfield is your local commercial cleaning expert. We have been proudly serving the Sangamon, Macoupin, Montgomery, Morgan, Cass, and Christian counties for over 35 years. We truly appreciate your business and will continue to provide 5-star service to you and your customers. Our office is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We pride ourselves on prompt service, professional and courteous crews, and excellent customer service. We are at your service!

Our commercial cleaning includes a plethora of services to help you and your business operate smoothly and without missing a beat:

* Air Ducts and HVAC cleaning

* Ceilings, Floors, and walls

* Sewage cleanup

* Biohazard

* Drapes and Blinds

* Trauma and Crime Scene

* Carpet and Upholstery

* Odor Removal (including smoke from cigarettes/fire to animal odor removal)

* Vandalism cleanup

Our experience is unmatched. We have the knowledge and experience to deal with any commercial loss. We have helped many, not limited to, property management, hospitals/medical facilities, education facilities, hospitality facilities, food service facilities, and retail facilities. Our goal is to make you whole and happy which makes your customers whole, happy, and coming back.

We invite you to give us a call! I know you will appreciate our caring and knowledgeable staff from your first phone call to our prompt and thorough crews. Our goal is for you to look great! 

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Sleepiness Is A Safety Hazard

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

I think one thing most of us can relate to one another is being tired. Our lives are busy and sometimes we feel like there are not enough hours in the day to get through our to-do lists. One thing I hope we can all learn to agree on is that being sleepy really is a hazard and sometimes can be quite dangerous in the workplace. Lack of sleep can lead to multiple consequences that may have a huge effect on us, our work, and our coworkers. Sleepiness can lead to:

  • Accidents can happen no matter what, this is why they are called “accidents”. However, we put many precautions in place to help prevent accidents from happening. Getting enough sleep is a good way to do your part in preventing an accident.
  • Memory Issues can cause many problems for you in the workplace. Being well-rested and at the top of your memory game will be appreciated by your coworkers and your customers. It’s quite normal to forget once in a while but if you are sleep deprived, your memory loss may very well be affecting your work.
  • Difficulty with Thinking and Concentration this can also be an annoyance to you and your coworkers when you are all trying to do the best job you can do. When you are well-rested, you are more likely to do a better job.
  • Mood Changes can be difficult for you, your coworkers, and can be detrimental to your customers. Being well-rested can limit your mood changes and keep you more consistent.
  • Weakened Immunity definitely affects your workplace. When your immune system is weak, you are likely to get sick more often. This may keep you from work which puts more pressure on your coworkers to pick up the slack. 

Having one, let alone several, of these side effects from lack of sleep can be dangerous in the workplace. Please be mindful of taking care of yourself by resting when your body and mind are tired. This not only protects you but could possibly prevent you from inadvertently making a bad decision or causing an accident that could affect someone else.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield, Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, and Montgomery counties is always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Preventing Fires in the Break Room

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Microwave fires are no laughing matter.

Keeping your employees happy and safe is an important aspect of owning a productive business. One key place that this principle goes into effect is the Employee Break Room. In making safety a high priority, you can prevent the unthinkable from happening.

Tips for a Safe Break Room:

  1. Review proper microwave and oven operating procedures. As they are both heating elements, they can cause serious fire hazards if left on unattended or if used improperly.
  2. Set up guidelines for break room capacity. By staggering lunch and break times, you can limit the number of people in the breakroom to safe numbers. This will prevent overcrowding and reduce the possibility of a safety hazard in case of an emergency.
  3. Be sure there is a fully operational smoke detector in the break room. Checking the smoke alarm monthly to ensure it is operational may be the first step in proactively preventing an emergency.

Remember, if disaster does strike, SERVPRO® of Springfield is Here to Help!® Give us a call 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Preparing Your Business for Winter Weather

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

WINTER IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER:  Tips for Preparing Your Business for Winter Weather

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which can result in damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries. 
  • Inspect your 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 and/or ice could be present.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Montgomery Counties is always here for you.  We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Maintaining Your Commercial Fire Sprinkler System

10/20/2019 (Permalink)

An activated sprinkler system disbursing water Sprinkler System Maintenance is Very Important.

WEEKLY INSPECTION CHECKLIST FOR SPRINKLER SYSTEMS

  • Gauges – the gauges on dry, pre-action, and deluge systems should be inspected weekly. In this step, you’re looking for a normal read on air and water pressure.
  • Control valves – you should check these weekly to ensure that they are free from leaks, locked, properly sealed, and in the open position. Proper signage should identify what part of your sprinkler they control.

MONTHLY INSPECTION CHECKLIST FOR SPRINKLER SYSTEMS

  • Gauges (on wet pipe systems) – you should check that the water pressure is maintained and that there is no sign of physical damage.
  • Alarm valves – these should be externally inspected each month.

QUARTERLY INSPECTION CHECKLIST FOR SPRINKLER SYSTEMS

  • Alarm devices – every three months, check that these are free from physical damage.
  • Hydraulic nameplate – check that this is secured to the sprinkler riser and legible.

ANNUAL INSPECTION CHECKLIST FOR SPRINKLER SYSTEMS

The National Fire Protection Association requires that you have a licensed technician inspect your fire sprinkler system annually to keep your building safe and up to code. The technician will inspect and maintain all components of your fire sprinkler system, including:

  • Gauges
  • Control valves
  • Alarm devices
  • Hangers/bracing
  • Pipes and fittings
  • Sprinkler heads
  • Antifreeze solution
  • Pre-action/deluge valves
  • Backflow prevention components
  • Main drain
  • Water flow alarm

They will also check for any necessary repairs or obstructions that would prevent the system from protecting your building’s life and property in the event of a fire emergency.

OTHER FREQUENCIES FOR SPRINKLER SYSTEMS MAINTENANCE

There are other components of your fire sprinkler system that require certain maintenance and replacement at different intervals:

  • Gauges – gauges should be replaced or tested every five years by a licensed fire sprinkler technician to determine the calibration.
  • Sprinkler heads – these should be replaced every 50 years. If your sprinkler heads are “fast response,” they should be replaced every 20 years.
  • Valves – the sprinkler valves should be internally inspected every five years.

If your fire sprinkler system is ever damaged or requires repair, regular maintenance should not be your solution. Call a professional fire protection company—they will be able to fix your system and ensure that your building remains safe and up to code.

Remember, if disaster strikes contact SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties 24/7 at 217-528-7775. We are Here to Help!

Let Us Help You Prepare For Disaster NOW With Our Emergency Ready Profile

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can prepare for it. The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) will help ensure you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruptions by having and immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP also establishes SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 50 years of experience and a system of more than 1,700 franchises strong. The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future. By downloading the free SERVPRO Ready App, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device making help just a few clicks away. 

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster. Don’t wait until disaster strikes. Call SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties at 217-528-7775 to establish your Emergency Ready Profile, and be “Ready for whatever happens.”

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise profile document containing only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties 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 priority contact information.

Contact us today at 217-528-7775 to schedule your no-cost assessment!

Commercial Business Ready

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Property owners and Property Managers are entrusted with keeping their businesses operational. When Disaster Strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Facilities Managers rely on us to be ready for Whatever Happens.

General Adjusters and Consulting firms from around the Central & Southern Illinois areas trust SERVPRO of Springfield and Sangamon, Morgan, Cass, Macoupin, Montgomery Counties with their most complex claims. Some of our specialties include

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military
  • Universities
  • Schools
  • Restaurants
  • We are available around the clock to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation. Learn more about all of our  restoration services by calling 217-528-7775.

Commercial Duct Cleaning with SERVPRO® of Springfield

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Buildup inside your ducts needs to be taken care of before it becomes a serious problem.

SERVPRO® of Springfield knows that a business owner has a lot of maintenance issues to juggle. Ensuring the building is safe and functional takes continuous diligence and effort. One thing that can often be overlooked is keeping up with the cleaning and maintenance of the air ducts.

Air ducts sometimes don’t get the proper attention they need because they aren’t as noticeable as a leaky pipe or a cracked window. However, just because a problem can’t be seen doesn’t mean that it isn’t there.

Dirt, allergens like dust and mold, and other debris gradually collect in your air ducts and HVAC system over time. This is especially true in areas where the temperature fluctuates almost daily like it does here in Central Illinois. If the air ducts aren’t regularly cleaned, then the air quality within the building could start to suffer. Mold can even develop in the air ducts if left untreated.

Not only can dirty air ducts cause health issues, they can also cost money. Air pollutants can become trapped in air ducts which then will require the HVAC system to work harder to heat and cool the building, resulting in a bigger energy bill.

Ideally, you should have your air ducts cleaned at least once a year. However, this isn’t a job you should try to tackle yourself. To make sure it’s done right, it’s a good idea to hire professionals, like the team SERVPRO® of Springfield.

Curious about the process or interested in an estimate? Contact our duct cleaning technicians from SERVPRO® of Springfield at 217-528-7775.

Vandalism & Graffiti Cleanup with SERVPRO® of Springfield

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Handle vandalism and graffiti promptly!

SERVPRO® of Springfield can help your business if you are affected by vandalism. We know how important it is to keep your building clean and inviting for clients. Time is of the essence when handling graffiti or vandalism in order to ensure there are no long term negative effects to your business.

Top reasons to choose Professional Assistance when Vandalism or Graffiti affects your business.

  1. Maintain a Professional Appearance

Quickly handling vandalism and/or graffiti will demonstrate the high standard of professionalism that you hold your business to. By quickly fixing broken windows you can prevent unwanted water damage or a potential easy access point for a break in. By quickly removing graffiti, you can proactively prevent your building being turned into a regular graffiti “tag” location.

  1. Increase Property Value

Having vandalism issues addressed quickly can pave the way for the future sale of your commercial building. A clean and put together building will help keep the resale value of your building where it should be.

If vandalism does occur at your business, be sure to contact local assistance through SERVPRO® of Springfield. We are available 24/7 at 217-528-7775. We are Here to Help!®

Commercial Carpet Care with SERVPRO® of Springfield

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Keep up appearances with a commercial carpet cleaning!

As a business owner, you probably have your office space cleaned on a regular basis. But how often do you have your carpets cleaned? Even with regular sweeping and vacuuming, carpets get grimy! Let SERVPRO® of Springfield help keep your office space looking presentable. We offer expert carpet cleaning services that can eliminate the stains that sweeping and vacuuming miss.

Top Reasons to Regularly Schedule Commercial Carpet Cleaning Services:

  1. Extend the Life of Your Carpet

Over time, dirt can damage carpet fibers and cause the carpet to wear down quicker than it should. Regular        cleaning removes that dirt and keeps your carpet looking sharp.

  1. Remove Stains

Clients like the look of a clean workplace. By maintaining a clean and stain free carpet you are showing your clients that you hold your business to a higher standard and that you maintain a degree of personal responsibility.

  1. Improve Air Quality

Carpet is a haven for dust, pollen, and bacteria that can cause allergies to flare. If left alone, these contaminants can continuously get back into the air causing lots of sneezing and downtime in the office.

If you are looking for a local carpet cleaning professional to clean your carpets, contact SERVPRO® of Springfield at 217-528-7775. We are here to help you keep your office carpets clean and looking great!

SERVPRO® of Springfield is Here for You!

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

We are here for you!

SERVPRO® of Springfield is available 24/7; 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Whether disaster strikes at 1 am or even at 1 pm, we are here for you and your business! Your call will be answered by one of our friendly customer care operators and a customer service representative will be in touch with you within 30 minutes. We will work with you to decide a plan of action and get a crew to site as soon as deemed appropriate. Remember when you call SERVPRO® of Springfield, you are calling a local emergency service company that has been in business for over 30 years serving our community. We are Here To Help®. So if disaster should ever strike your business,call us at 217-528-7775.

SERVPRO® of Springfield Provides a Fast Response Time!

9/3/2018 (Permalink)

Timing is everything when it comes to disaster mitigation!

SERVPRO® of Springfield is open 24/7, 365 days a year because we know that quick response time can make all the difference. Fast response to a damage can make the difference between restoring and replacing your business’ property and belongings. The first 24 hours are the most critical time when a major damage happens as after this first window of time subsequent damage can occur. The sooner an assessment of the damage can be made, the sooner the clean up work can begin and the sooner other problems can be prevented.  

We know that closures for your business don’t just impact you, they also impact your customers and employees. So, before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean the damage yourself, call SERVPRO® of Springfield at 217-528-7775.

Mitigating Commercial Mold Issues with SERVPRO® of Springfield

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Leaky faucets can lead to mold in your building.

Mold is not only a health hazard but a nuisance. It can interrupt production and affect profits when it comes to your commercial business. That is where SERVPRO® of Springfield comes in. We want to help you mitigate any mold problem before it negatively affects your business!

The best way to keep your business and employees safe from mold is to keep moisture out of your building. Mold grows in places with high humidity and with being in Central Illinois, this is not always an easy situation to avoid. Keep an eye on places where moisture will have an opportunity to build up such as pipes, windows, doors, and basements. Checking these spots regularly will help you to keep a handle on the situation before it becomes problematic!

Another way to avoid mold issues is to ensure any spills or water leaks are cleaned as quickly as possible. Being proactive with any maintenance that involves water on your property will greatly reduce the chances of mold occurring.

If you have questions regarding mold mitigation for your business, call us at SERVPRO® of Springfield at 217-528-7775.

Over 30 Years of Service to the Springfield Area

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

We take pride in the work we do!

There are several companies to choose from in the Springfield area when disaster strikes. SERVPRO® of Springfield is the team in the local area with over 30 years of experience serving customers like you when disaster hits. We have helped a variety of customers over the years and have always taken pride in the work we do. When choosing what company to have work in your home or office, take your time, do your research and pick the company that is the best fit for you and your family or your business.

We at SERVPRO® of Springfield are dedicated to helping our customers when disaster strikes and helping to make it “Like it never even happened.” We are ready 24/7, 365 at 217-528-7775 to help you.

SERVPRO® of Springfield is Here to Help Your Business in an Emergency!

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

We are ready to help you get back up and running!

When disaster strikes at your business you need service fast. We at SERVPRO® of Springfield know that being closed unexpectedly can effect your business drastically. Customers expect consistency!  SERVPRO® of Springfield is committed to getting you back to business after a disaster strikes. We are Here To Help®. If your business suffers a disaster even at 2 am, we are here for you. Your call will be answered by a real person and we are able to dispatch crews to you immediately. SERVPRO® of Springfield has been helping business owners and managers just like you for over 30 years. We will work with you to make sure your business stays open and your customers are taken care of. 

If disaster should ever strike make sure to call us at 217-528-7775. 

Emergency Ready Profile with SERVPRO® of Springfield

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

50% of businesses will not reopen after a disaster strikes!
Many workplaces always call's on the boss or the maintenance man when something goes wrong. What if they were home sick, or in a meeting and you need to locate the water shut off, where do you start? 

SERVPRO® of Springfield can help commercial property in planning for a water, fire, storm damage. How, with a free Emergency Response Profile created by the SERVPRO® Marketing Department. 

By having a plan of action and including it into your regular training at your office you can minimize the cost if an unplanned event happens like a frozen pipe, fire, or anything. 

Some property manager use this as a tool to keep everything organized in one central location. 

Is your business ready for a disaster. Even a simple pipe burst can cause a lot of damage and headache. With a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile it can have the critical information to minimize damages, provide the resources for the employee's of the company, and provide property details and information. This is a FREE services that we provide to commercial properties. 

Make an appointment today to get started!

If the unthinkable happens, call your local SERVPRO® of Springfield Professionals at 217-528-7775 seven days a week 24/7 to help you avoid the cost and hassle of secondary damages.  We will help make it "Like it never even happened."

Tips for small businsess

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Be ready for the unexpected

The Small Business Association states that over 50 percent of Business that experience a loss never reopen. The economy is built on small business and the jobs they provide. What can small business owners do to protect there investment?

Talk it Over

If you are the owner of a small business one of the most important thing you can do is to have a conversation with you insurance agent. You need the answer to some basic questions. For example how will the value of my property be determined? Is it actual cash value or replacement cost? Do I have coverage for the lost revenue I incur while the loss is ongoing? If I have inventory how will this be insured? If you haven't had a conversation with your insurance agent it would be  good to schedule a time to do this sooner rather than later.

My Place of Business

In addition to the financial concerns what about your greatest asset your employees? If you were to experience a loss and it you needed to shelter in place are you ready for something like that? Simple steps such as having bottled water, canned, prepackaged food, radio and batteries on hand can go a long way in reducing the anxiety associated with a loss.

Many small businesses have actually had an Emergency Readiness plan put together for them by SERVPRO that organizes there key contacts so that if the unexpected happens they are ready.

Commercial Damage

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

If a sprinkler system goes off in a large building multiple units can be affected.  Luckily SERVPRO of Springfield has you covered.  We have the equipment and experience to handle any size damage.

When the sprinkler system was activated after a small fire in a local assisted living facility we were there to help with the cleanup before the fire department even left. Luckily, nobody was hurt and we were able to access the building immediately following the departure of the firefighters.

We set up drying equipment in all of the affected units and proceeded with the drying process in order to get the residents back to their units as quickly as possible.

If your commercial building has a large water damage call SERVPRO today at 217-528-7775

Local Daycare Water Damage

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

When the water supply line broke on the dishwasher at this local daycare facility they called SERVPRO of Springfield to come get things cleaned up.  The extraction process began almost immediately after getting on site and the daycare experienced very minimal down time before being able to get back up and running again.

Water damages in a business setting presents unique challenges.  Especially in this situation where safety of the children was a big concern.  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. When an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need.

If you have a water problem at your home or business call SERVPRO of Springfield at 217-528-7775

Commercial Carpet Maintenance

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Keeping commercial carpeting looking like new can sometime be a hassle.  Knowing how to care for the carpeting at your commercial facility is half the battle when it comes to keeping your business looking top notch!

SERVPRO of Springfield follows these guidelines set out by the IICRC in order to keep our carpets looking good as new!

  • It's a good idea to keep sand, grit and grass clippings off walkways outside entries to prevent inward tracking of these abrasive soils.
  • Purchase a properly sized entry mat, the bigger the better.  There must be room for at least two steps to sufficiently wipe soil from feet before encountering the installed carpet. A carpet with a nylon face and vinyl back is best for moisture and oils absorption, combined with the resiliency necessary to collect a quantity of particle soil. The IICRC suggests a rental mat, since that guarantees frequent maintenance. Place entry mats on hard surfaces rather than on carpet where they can trap moisture or cause plasticizer migration.
  • Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum daily, especially after major events. The sooner you collect soils from the surface, the easier it is to remove them. For most carpet, you should use an upright vacuum with brush agitation, unless your canister vacuum is particularly well designed. The wider the head, the more efficient.
  • Typically, deep cleaning should be accomplished on at least a semi-annual basis, with no more than two entry and high-traffic area "rinse" cleanings between the deep cleaning. This is dependent on traffic and daily maintenance as well. At a minimum, some attention should be given to primary entry areas on a quarterly basis.
  • If spots are treated immediately, most will respond with plain warm water and very little mild detergent added.
  • Use high-efficiency double-lined poly-fiber collection bags. This reduces periodic maintenance such as dusting of furniture, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) filter exchange.
  • Make sure the HVAC system is slightly positively pressurized as well, which means that air is going out when doors are opened, rather than being sucked in. Proper air exchange rates can be calibrated according to ASHRAE regulations for the building with a trained HVAC contractor.
  • Ensure proper air filtration through the HVAC System. High-efficiency pleated filters, rather than inexpensive fiberglass filters, are recommended.

-Source: IICRC

Call SERVPRO of Springfield today to get an estimate for carpet cleaning for your home or business at 217-528-7775

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Springfield 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 Springfield

SERVPRO of Springfield 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.

Do you know where the water shut off is at work?

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Many workplaces always call's on the boss or the maintenance man when something goes wrong. What if they were home sick, or in a meeting and you need to locate the water shut off, where do you start? 

SERVPRO of Springfield can help commercial property in planning for a water, fire, storm damage. How, with a free Emergency Response Profile created by the SERVPRO Marketing Department. 

By having a plan of action and including it into your regular training at your office you can minimize the cost if an unplanned event happens like a frozen pipe, fire, or anything. 

Some property manager use this as a tool to keep everything organized in one central location. 

Is your business ready for a disaster. Even a simple pipe burst can cause a lot of damage and headache. With a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile it can have the critical information to minimize damages, provide the resources for the employee's of the company, and provide property details and information. This is a FREE services that we provide to commercial properties. 

Make an appointment today to get started!

If the unthinkable happens, call your local SERVPRO of Springfield Professionals at (717) 261-0310 seven days a week 24/7 to help you avoid the cost and hassle of secondary damages.  We will help make it "Like it never even happened."