Recent Commercial Posts

Columbia Business Owners Mean Clean!

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Midlands, SC area have been a roller coaster lately. We see gradual declines and then reports of increases as school starts and we venture out in public more often. One thing we know that has been consistent, is the number of business owners reaching out to us to learn more about our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program. We’ve developed numerous plans for businesses of all types to help them keep their staff and patrons safe! The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program provides business owners as well as patrons peace of mind when they see our logo, and can tell that the space they’re in is genuinely clean. We use EPA Approved products and procedures to disinfect all highly touched surfaces and areas of concern. This process leaves behind no residue or strong chemical odor, making it ideal for any business setting.

Restaurants, retail stores and office buildings are high traffic facilities. This makes them a great candidate for our program! If you’d like a quote for a single sanitation service, or even to set up a regularly scheduled cleaning – call us and we’d be happy to go over, in detail, how we can be of assistance.

Protecting Your Multi-Unit Property from Water Damage

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

Multi-family or Apartment Complex water damages are not uncommon and its not unusual for them to become costly at a very fast rate. Because these individual units share walls with others, if water begins to flow in one unit, it almost inevitably will make its way to another unit. Leaving multiple parties with water damage to resolve.

Best Practices for Preventing Water Damage in Apartment Complexes and Multi-family Residential Properties:

  1. Create a clear emergency response plan and share it with your tenants. Make revisions as needed and update tenants once a year. Tenants should know and understand how to respond quickly in any emergency.
  2. Check on units that are vacant once a week to detect any issues. Money and time can be saved if you’re able to discover broken or malfunctioning items before they become a major problem.
  3. Remind tenants what CAN and CANNOT be flushed down the toilet. Often multi-unit properties share plumbing and a backup in one, can cause a backup in others.
  4. Inspect buildings regularly and make necessary repairs immediately. Even a small leak can cause drastic damage if left unfixed.
  5. Mark all water supply shut off valves clearly and obviously. If a tenant does not have to call maintenance staff or management to find the location, less time is spent trying to locate the source that could reduce water damage.
  6. If units are equipped with a fire suppression system, ensure that tenants can identify where those lines are within walls. Additionally, provide a reminder that sprinkler heads should not have anything hanging from or near them. Avoiding an accidental discharge of this equipment is a favorable outcome.

Keep our phone number easily accessible in maintenance and leasing offices. We’re accessible 24/7 for any emergency. SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork also offers Emergency Ready Plans – these plans outline the shutoff locations for all utilities on each unit or building. They also list all contact information for those involved should there ever be an emergency. These plans are free of charge and highly encouraged for building managers.

Helping South Carolina Get Back to Business!

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

South Carolina businesses are beginning to re-open or have already opened their doors to customers. As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has continued to grow in our community, we’ve spoken with many business owners that want to know what they can do to keep their customers and staff safe. Our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program allows us to create plans of action for these business owners. We provide accurate information as well as a list of services that we offer to help keep their stores open and safe for all who enter. All products used by SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork are on the EPA’s List N – which describes products that are verified for use in sanitizing hard surfaces to eliminate bacteria present at the time of cleaning.

What We Can Do

We offer one-time proactive cleanings as well as regularly scheduled disinfecting to further reassure staff and employees that business owners are working diligently to keep their space sanitized. Once we are finished, we have a variety of decals, brochures and signs that can be placed on doors, tabletops and windows to inform the public that your space was sanitized.

We’d love to create a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned plan for your business!

Ice Blasting - An Innovation in Mold Removal

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

Ice Blasting has quickly become one of the most widely used techniques in mold mitigation or removal. It allows technicians to properly eliminate and sanitize mold that covers various surfaces in a manner that is not only faster, but more cost effective. Prior to the use of dry ice blasting, the traditional method involved several laborers sanding and scraping mold covered surfaces by hand using tools that aren’t able to get in all of the crevices surrounding nails, screws and corners. Those areas would then be sprayed with a micro-biocide product to prevent the regrowth of mold. Using the dry ice blasting method increases the speed of mitigation by almost 70%! This means lower labor costs and a reduction in the time that occupants are displaced.

These machines use compressed air to propel dry ice pellets at a temperature of -110 degrees through a nozzle, using abrasion to remove and kill the mold on contact. The pellets evaporate and turn into carbon dioxide gas. There are no toxic chemicals involved and the risk of toxic dust hazard is eliminated. Dry ice does not interfere or damage any electrical wiring or components, so electricity can remain on during the process and there is no risk of damaging the items being cleaned.

SERVPRO of the Dutch Fork uses this method regularly in commercial as well as residential settings. We’d be happy to give you a quote for mold removal in your home or business.

Community Highlight: Chapin We Care Center

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork, we take pride in being a part of what some might consider to be a small town. Chapin, SC is home to a wonderful group of people and almost all of our franchise employees! Because this town is so near and dear to us, we find great value in giving back and lending a hand within our community. We wanted to highlight one of the many organizations in our area that works incredibly hard to help those in need.

Chapin We Care Center began in 1986 as a group of Chapin area churches working together to provide a food bank and assistance ministry for those in need of emergency help. It was based out of Chapin United Methodist Church and run by volunteers. As Chapin continued to grow, it was evident that the need of Chapin We Care was quickly outgrowing their space. In 2001 a new space was developed with the help of donations, fundraisers and working hands. Since then, Chapin We Care has received 501(c) 3 status, achieved The Angel Award from the South Carolina Secretary of State, and helped countless members of our community and surrounding areas.

What began as a means of providing food and meals for families and individuals has expanded to offer an extremely wide variety of services. Their food assistance program is supported by generous donations from churches, school groups, the postal service, scouting programs, businesses and civic organizations. Through a mix of donations, food drives and monetary contributions, they’re able to help feed thousands of people each year. In addition to food assistance they offer several clinics to assist neighbors in interview skills, resume writing and filing their taxes. Not to mention their medical assistance ministry, which helps provide medical care to anyone without insurance coverage! The list goes on and on.

The hardworking men and women that founded Chapin We Care Center have developed all of these programs because a community saw a need, and wanted one central location to provide for the needs of anyone that walked through the doors. It’s because of the members of our Chapin community that so many people are given assistance they might otherwise go without. Please consider donating in some way to this fantastic foundation; whether that be with your time volunteering, monetary gifts or food donations. They have numerous opportunities for volunteers and welcome groups! Visit their website for a more in-depth overview of all that they do and to find out the best way you can help! 

We're More Than Fire & Water Cleanup!

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork is a franchise that wears many hats. Some days we’re working to mitigate water damage, other days we’re restoring a home and its contents that have been damaged by fire. There are even times when our crews are crawling under homes to test for mold! The list goes on and on, but the point being that each day is different here at SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork, and there aren’t many tasks we cannot complete.

 One of our lesser known services is commercial cleaning! We’re not talking emptying of trashcans and sweeping floors; this is a DEEP clean of any commercial space. We’ve worked on jobs ranging from commercial kitchens to religious buildings. When multiple people occupy a space for any given amount of time its guaranteed to become dirty. Add food, oils, cooking equipment or electronics into the mix and the amount of dirt can become amplified.

Our crews work quietly during hours of operation to cause as little disruption as possible and on several occasions, they’ve worked after business hours to limit interruption and avoid obstacles such as personal belongings and occupants. Whatever your schedule, we can make it work! If your commercial space is in need of odor removal, deep cleaning or just some sprucing we recommend giving the guys in the green trucks a call, you won’t be disappointed!

Spruce Up Your Business!

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

Most offices, stores and other businesses have a cleaning crew or janitorial staff. Some even utilize internal employees to complete daily cleaning tasks. But sometimes a daily sweeping and mopping isn’t as effective as we would like. A more thorough and time consuming clean is necessary for spaces with high traffic. SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork not only helps you when you’re in need of fire, water or mold mitigation – we can bust dirt, dust and grime! Our technicians recently finished a four-phase cleaning regiment for an office building that surpasses 100,000 sq ft. They worked outside of the business operating hours to clean every surface in and around work spaces, lobbies, bathrooms and kitchen areas.

These areas don’t get dirty because of negligence, the janitorial staff is quite diligent! Because of the size of the building and the amount of work space, it’s often difficult to keep up with a small cleaning staff working on limited time. Our staff cleaned dust that could not be reached without special lifts, scrubbed cubicle walls and cleaned carpeted surfaces using portable extractors.

There is never a bad time to spruce up your office or business, with the holidays around the corner you want those shelves and displays looking their best!

For a free estimate on a deep clean call SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork at 803-749-0178

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)

A smart phone displays the emergency ready app allowing you to access your disaster plan at anytime 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