Recent Commercial Posts

Renting? Make Sure You're Covered.

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Owning rental property can be a very lucrative investment. If you’re lucky you might even make a small fortune with very little effort. But rental properties can also drain you, physically and financially. Allowing tenants to rent your property for any period of time should be done with great caution. Contacting references, performing credit checks and verifying the identity of those applying and planning to live in your investments, are simple yet critical steps you should consider taking if you own and manage rental properties.

In your own home, if something goes wrong, you’re able to respond in the way that you see fit. Say a pipe bursts, you know (hopefully) where your main water shut-off valve is and you’re able to stop further damage from occurring. In rental properties this is not always the case. This brings us to the importance of INSURANCE! As an organization that works daily with insurance adjusters, agents and homeowners filing claims with their homeowners’ policies, we see both sides of the industry and we understand the frustration when finding out your coverage is not what you had hoped for.

Rental property insurance should be one of the most researched decisions you make in beginning your rental investment venture. If you’ve convinced yourself that nothing will go wrong, nothing will break and surely nobody will vandalize your property, think again. It will inevitably happen, and likely when you’re least prepared or unable to get to the home in time to help the tenants. Review your policy carefully with your agent to ensure that all aspects of the property have coverage, this may take some time but will surely save you a headache in the event of a disaster.

It would also be wise to promote or even require that your tenants have a renters insurance policy. This covers their personal belongings, in most policies. Young and inexperienced renters often assume that your insurance covers their furniture, electronics, etc. Sadly, this is not the case and they face hardship when trying to replace what might have been damaged in a fire, water or mold situation.

As always, if you do find yourself with water, fire, mold or vandalism in your rental property – give SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork a call (803) 749-0178

Testing For Mold In Commercial Properties

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

As a business owner there are often times when you’d like to mutter four-letter words. Things go wrong, items get broken, money gets spent. One four-letter word we hope you never have to say, is MOLD! While fairly simple to prevent, it is often challenging to remove. Mold can cause a number of health issues to those who come in contact with it regularly. Some business owners can be shut down indefinitely if mold is discovered in their facilities.

Mold is not always green, fuzzy and highly visible. In fact, if it is visible, it’s very likely that the surface behind or under the location you’ve spotted it, is much worse. By calling SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork to come inspect your property you could be saving yourself thousands of dollars in lost revenue and repairs. We look for areas that have unusual moisture levels, soggy floors and improper ventilation. Since 1998 SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork has been blasting mold from crawl spaces, attics and every other surface brave enough to let it grow. Trusting our expertise can save you a few four-letter words.

When You Should Test For Mold:

  • If your building has experienced flooding, leaking or sewage back-up
  • If your building has a roof leak, areas that feel damp, or HVAC issues
  • If you have sported mold on any surface
  • If you are can smell foul or musty odors
  • Before you purchase, rent, or lease a commercial property
  • If you are planning to sell, renovate, or expand your commercial property

 Don't wait until it's too late. Call SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork today! (803) 749-0178

Don't Let Water Damage Close Your Columbia, SC Business!

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Columbia 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 The Dutch Fork

SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork 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.

Don't Let Water Damage Drown Your Columbia Business

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

This store has standing water surrounding valuable merchandise.

Flooding and water damage events at Columbia 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. We're happy to work around your busy schedule to stay out of the way and get operation up and running as quick as we can.

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 The Dutch Fork

SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork 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.

If your store or office has experienced water damage, call SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork 803-749-0178

Are You Ready for Whatever Happens?

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO ERP App can be downloaded to any smartphone or tablet for your convenience.

SERVPRO uses the term "disaster" to encompass water, fire, smoke, mold and storm damages of any size.

Did you know that 50% of businesses that suffer from any sort of disaster never recover? All the time, effort and money that have been dedicated to running a business can be completely wiped away in a matter of minutes. The only predictable thing about disasters is that they are simply unpredictable. Water and fire damages can occur without warning and allow very little time to react. SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork is here to help, at no cost to you!

Business Insurance policies help you cover damages but SERVPRO helps you react, recover and minimize the amount of downtime you may experience.

No One Plans on Disaster, But You Can Plan for It.

If you’re not prepared 100% of the time, how prepared can you be? One of the most important steps you can take for yourself and your business is to generate a plan ahead of time. SERVPRO offers a FREE program for business owners to help protect their livelihood. An Emergency Ready Profile or ERP helps you and your employees answer the important questions quickly should a disaster occur.

Pre-planning serves as an insurance policy, it gives stakeholders peace of mind when putting their livelihood in the hands of others. ERP’s are also proven to minimize the interruption time in a business because an immediate plan of action is already in existence.

Time is Not on Your Side

When you allow SERVPRO to prepare an Emergency Ready Profile you cut your response time down significantly. You’ll know what to do, who to call and what you can expect in advance – the key to all of this is timing. A timely mitigation minimizes the affects of water and fire damage allowing your property and business to be restored at an advanced rate with minimal downtime. The SERVPRO ERP addresses incident response and disaster recovery. You’ll receive a written copy as well as access to the entire plan in our Emergency Ready App.

Emergency Ready Profiles Include:

  • Employee and Emergency Contacts
    • Local police, fire and hospitals
    • Establishes primary internal contacts for purposes of employee safety and work authorization
  • Utility Contact and Shut Off Locations
    • Identifies local utility contact information
    • Provides a detailed description of utility shut-off locations
      • Photos of each location are taken and included for quick reference
    • Shut-off tags for gas and water are placed on each shut-off valve so that they may be easily recognized.
  • Primary Contact Information
    • The name, title, phone number and email address are identified for all primary contacts needed to begin cleanup and restoration:
      • Building Owner
      • Building Contact
      • Work Authorization Contact
      • Maintenance Contact
      • Risk or Property Manager
      • SERVPRO Franchise
      • Internet Provider
      • HVAC Contractor
      • Elevator Company
      • Flooring Company
      • Plumber
      • Electrician
  •  Property Overview Information
    • One-page snapshot of facility
    • Address, photo and directions to your location
    • Brief description of the facility:
      • Structural information and special instructions
      • Total square footage and square footage by floor
      • Type of flooring
      • Supplemental backup power
      • Hazardous material information

No Job Too Big or Too Small

A SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile has the ability to cover any establishment. Whether you have a 100-story city building or small storefront we’re ready to create a plan to protect what matters most to you. Give SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork a call today, we’re here to help.

Santa? We Know Him!!

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Santa's home away from home stays pristine thanks to the professionals at SERVPRO!

The North Pole is always busy this time of year - there are toys to be made, reindeer to be fed and lists being checked twice! With a winter wonderland that works around the clock all season long, who has time to make sure all of those snowy footprints are kept outside?! Even the tiniest elf feet can create a super-sized mess, and it takes a special crew to handle such a jolly job. Mr. and Mrs. Claus trust the professionals at SERVPRO to keep the North Pole carpets in tip top shape throughout the year, but SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork has an even more special assignment! Santa flies to Columbiana Centre every day until Christmas to visit and take pictures with boys and girls in The Midlands of South Carolina. Santa selected SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork to make sure that his Winter Wonderland is just as clean as The North Pole. Our professionally trained technicians keep his carpets and comfy chair stain and odor free all season long!

Freshen Up For The Holidays

If you’re having guests over during the Holiday season, let SERVPRO relieve some of the stress and freshen up your home with clean floors and upholstery!  From carpet to tile, we can handle it all – you’ll be glad you called!

Restoring Your Harbison Commercial Property After Water Damage

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Harbison 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 The Dutch Fork

SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork 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.

For Immediate Service in Chapin Call SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Chapin and surrounding areas. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 803-749-0178

Residential Services

Whether your home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: http://www.SERVPROthedutchfork.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration