Recent Commercial Posts

Control Moisture to Help Stop Mold Growth in Beckley

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Condensation and Mold in Beckley

There are many different kinds of mold. EVERY SINGLE ONE needs moisture to grow.

Mold doesn’t need a storm or flood. Even a tiny bit of dampness is enough for mold.

Have you seen condensed water on the inside of a window? Have you noticed water droplets near the shower?  That water is more than enough for mold to start growing.

SERVPRO of Beckley wants you to know: if you control moisture, you control mold.

Control Moisture:

  • Clean spills or leaks quickly. Mold can start growing within 24 hours
  • Make sure roof gutters are in good shape
  • Don’t let water collect around the house foundation
  • Don’t let water collect in the air-conditioner drip pans
  • Keep drains clear
  • Indoor humidity should be under 40%
  • Wipe condensation from windows, pipes, or walls

SERVPRO of Beckley offers these suggestions:

  • Use exhaust fans
  • Use air conditioners and/or dehumidifiers. Low humidity reduces condensation
  • Use the bathroom fan when you shower
  • Appliances should vent to the outside. Even stoves, washers, and dryers produce water vapor

SERVPRO of Beckley  has ideas on reducing condensation:

  • Increase air movement
    • Open doors & windows
    • Use fans
  • Insulate cold surfaces like water pipes
  • Keep  the temperature comfortable

SERVPRO of Beckley is Independently Owned and Operated.

Cleaning Smoke and Soot Damage in Beckley

1/10/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beckley can clean up damage from smoke and soot in your Beckley property.   

Smoke is a mixture of gases and small particles. The small particles are also called ash, and they include soot. Soot is the collection of particles left from incomplete burning of products that contain carbon. These products include wood and coal. Smoke and soot do not destroy materials the way fire does. They leave behind greasy films and have an unpleasant odor.

Smoke moves from warmer areas to cooler areas. You will find smoke and soot damage on the ceiling above where the fire started, but you will find the damage in other places. SERVPRO of Beckley looks for damage in/on:

  • Outside walls and windows: Even if the fire was in the center of the room, smoke travels to the cooler areas
  • Closed-off spaces: Smoke and soot settle in cooler areas, including dresser drawers, closed closets, and wall cavities
  • Air ducts: smoke and soot travel throughout the house
  • Drapes and blinds. The drapes and blinds are cooler than other parts of the house. During a fire, the areas behind the drapes and blinds are cooler than the rest of the room. Remember that smoke travels to the cooler areas, leaving behind smoke and soot.

SERVPRO of Beckley investigates these areas to get a good idea of what kind of damage is in the Beckley building.  

SERVPRO of Beckleyis independently owned and operated. 

Soot and Smoke Damage in Sophia?

12/20/2020 (Permalink)

A fire-damaged wall is shown covered in soot and smoke. We restore commercial fire loss damage quickly around Beckley.

Sooty Situation

You would think that this picture is an abstract modern art painting, but this photo is actually an image of a wall that was damaged by soot and smoke during a recent fire in a commercial building. After the firefighters leave, commercial business owners are left to deal with the aftermath of the destruction. Often there will be water damage left from the firefighting efforts as well as residue from whatever burned in the fire, causing soot and smoke damage to the structure too.

SERVPRO® of Beckley responds to commercial fire damage emergencies in the Sophia area and knows how important it is to restore commercial businesses to preloss condition quickly and efficiently. We have the equipment, advanced training, and experience to see fire restoration jobs through to completion, no matter how big the job is. Our technicians are certified in:

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Beckley has a team of fire restoration technicians on call 24 hours a day to respond to any size fire commercial property damage emergency. Call us today at 304-253-6633. We’ll restore your fire damage in Sophia, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Beckley is Independently Owned and Operated.

OSHA Guidelines for Fire Extinguisher Usage in Beckley

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

fire extinguishers SERVPRO of Beckley is Here To Help.

SERVPRO® of Beckley knows that owning a fire extinguisher is not enough. Knowing the proper use of fire extinguishers can prevent fire from destroying lives in Beckley.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires that employers train their employees how and when to use fire extinguishers. OSHA does not allow untrained employees to use a fire extinguisher.  They must provide the training shortly after the employee is hired, and then every year thereafter. OSHA also requires monthly inspections for fire extinguishers.

Fire extinguishers have to be placed where they cannot be moved or damaged. The carrying handle should be 3-1/2 to 5 feet above the floor.

Employees must know when to use fire extinguishers.

SERVPRO of Beckley suggests asking yourself these questions regarding fire extinguishers in your Beckley  business:  

  • Have I pulled the fire alarm?
  • Can everyone get out?
  • Is the fire extinguisher easy to reach?
  • Do I know how to use it? 
  • Is the fire contained in a small area?
  • Is the smoke non-toxic?
  • Do I have an escape route?

If you can answer “yes” to all of the questions, it is reasonable to use the fire extinguisher.



SERVPRO of Beckley reminds you that fire is fast. If you cannot contain it within 30 seconds, get everyone out of the area. Call 9-1-1 once you are outside.

SERVPRO of Beckley is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/emergencypreparedness/index.html

https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1910/1910.157

https://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/fire-and-life-safety-equipment/fire-extinguishers

Commercial Cleaning Services in Mullens?

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

A carpet is being professionally cleaned. SERVPRO® of Beckley keeps your carpet and upholstery looking its best!

Professional Cleaning

Did you know that routine maintenance and cleaning of your carpets can prolong the lifespan of your carpet? SERVPRO® of Beckley has certified carpet and rug cleaning technicians on staff that have the specialty training to safely and effectively clean carpets and upholstery. Over time, even the highest quality carpet fibers and upholstery fabrics will show soiling, so commercial businesses in Mullens rely on us for preventative maintenance to keep their carpets and upholstery looking its best.

We use a range of specialized cleaning services depending on the specific needs of each customer including:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards, 79 percent of soil in a carpet is dry soil. The IICRC’s preventative maintenance actions include:

  • Regular vacuuming
  • Spot removal
  • Piloting the carpet to prevent matting
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Beckley recommends cleaning your carpet and upholstery at least once a year and has several cleaning options to meet your individual needs. Call us today at 304-253-6633.

SERVPRO of Beckley is Independently Owned and Operated.

Drastic temperature changes caused damage to a Condo at a Ski Resort

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment placed in the hallway on top of the sub-flooring Dehumidifier and Air movers are setup to dry one area of this condo at Snowshoe.

On Monday January 21st the temperature at Snowshoe Resort averaged 13 degrees which is typical for this Ski Resort. Non-typically 4 days later on Thursday, the average rose to 51 degrees accompanied with rain. The sudden warming and rain turned the snow on a rooftop into slush that created a drain blockage similar to an Ice dam.

The water that backed up behind the slush leaked into a vacation rental causing damage to the ceiling, insulation, walls, and floors. After tearing out wet drywall, insulation, and flooring the equipment was set up and monitored until the drying was completed.   

The owner of the condo was concerned that he would not be able to get all the work done before Ski season was over and he would lose revenue until the following season. After we finished, his contractor immediately started the rebuild and he was able to rent out the condo much quicker than expected.

Safety Tips for Commercial Building Owners:

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

Strip Mall in Beaver Mall Strip Mall in Beaver WV houses a variety of businesses including an Antique Store.

Owning commercial property can be financially rewarding but you must stay on top of the maintenance to protect your building and tenants. Hire a dependable maintenance company or supervisor that will do inspections on a regular basis for each unit you own. Provide them with a detailed list that includes intervals of the things you require them to inspect.

The inspections are primarily done to protect your investment but also will ensure your facility will pass State, County, or City building inspections. Check with your local authority for a listing that will more than likely include:

Both the Fire Alarm and Sprinkler systems must be tested and serviced annually.

Fire Extinguishers are visible and are not expired.

Circuit breaker panels and junction boxes aren’t covered.

Exit doors are easily accessible and emergency lights are working properly.

Walkways especially stairways are not obstructed

We didn't expect to see this

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Dishwasher hose outlet in a Summersville apartment destroyed by a mouse.

SERVPRO of Beckley has seen a lot of water damage from different sources. From plumbing problems, natural disasters, HVAC’s, and appliance malfunctions just to name a few. Occasionally we have some jobs that are definitely not your typical damage.

A property manager at an apartment complex near Summersville contacted us for water damage repairs. They told us there was a problem with a dishwasher that had malfunctioned. We arrived on site and began to remove the dishwasher but discovered that the appliance wasn’t the cause!

Keep in mind that a lot of people in WV live in the country. To enjoy the peace and quiet we have to be willing to occasionally deal with those pesky field mice that may leave the field and get inside our homes. What we found the cause of the leak to be was that a mouse had chewed small holes through the hose outlet.

Water mitigation was performed, hose outlet replaced, and the dishwasher was re-installed after the re-construction was completed. 

Look at the before and after pictures “Mitigation AND Reconstruction job performed at Summersville apartment” for the beginning and end of this water job

How an Emergency Ready Plan can potentially prevent additional damages

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

TOMORROW WILL MAKE ONE YEAR SINCE DISASTER STRUCK A SENIOR COMPLEX IN HINTON, WV

On May 22, 2017 at approximately 3:30 PM on the 5th floor of “Hinton House” a fire broke out in one of the apartments.  The Hinton Fire Department along with Summers County and Jumping Branch-Nimitz Volunteer Fire Departments responded to fight the fire. Through their efforts and the sprinkler system that activated, the fire damage was contained to the one unit, saving housing for at least 100 of our seniors. 

Residents did have to be “temporally” displaced due to major water damage caused mainly by the sprinkler system.  It is estimated that approximately 45 minutes passed after the fire was extinguished before the sprinkler shut off valve could be located. 

Don’t let an unmarked sprinkler shut off valve be the cause of major damage to your facility. SERVPRO of Beckley offers a “NO COST” assessment for all government, educational, multi-residential and commercial buildings.  The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile serves as a quick reference to all utility shut offs and important contact information.

Call SERVPRO of Beckley at 304-253-6633 for a No Cost Assessment of your facility!

Ducts sometimes = dust, dirt, odors & contaminants

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

This is the condition of duct work we found in a commercial building

Business owners - do you lease or own your commercial building?

Do you know how long it has been since the HVAC System was installed in your building? 

Are odors and contaminants such as mold and irritating dust being distributed all over your building?

Has your facility been in a circumstance involving fire, smoke or suspected mold growth?

If you don’t have good answers to these questions, call SERVPRO of Beckley for more information about the Duct Cleaning Process we can do to improve your indoor air quality.

We can help remediate bacteria, fungi, and mold. Reduce potential for mold growth, restore peak energy efficiency and eliminate offensive odors. The written inspections and estimates are free.

Keeping your system at peak condition can extend the life span of the equipment.

Say What? Wet paper can be saved?

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Accidents do happen even in the most unlikely places

Water intrusion in your home or business not only damages the structure and contents, there may be substantial damage to your documents and photos.

Not everybody lives in the age of technology where documents, books, and pictures are digitized. Some of us still have filing cabinets, book shelves, and photo albums. If I were faced with having to discard my most precious memories and legal documents it would be more devastating than the damage to my home.

SERVPRO has the resources to dry, clean, sterilize, deodorize, and digitize documents.  I never imaged wet paper could be saved until I witnessed it after a medical facility contacted us to save some of their patient records that had accidentally gotten wet.

Don’t worry about losing your large format items either. We have the resources to provide “Document Restoration” to Hospitals, Law firms, Engineering Firms, Libraries, and Government buildings.

Bob Evans Restaurant Fire in 2016

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

We applaud businesses that put employees and patrons health and safety first.

A fire in the kitchen at Bob Evans closed the doors of this restaurant in Fayetteville. WV in 2016.  Thankfully no one was injured but the closure had an instant effect on employees and customers.

Bob Evans Managers knew they had to take prompt action to re-open as soon as possible to eliminate lost revenue and lost wages.

We assessed the facility finding there was smoke damage not only in and around the kitchen area but throughout the entire building. The ceiling, walls, windows, furniture, fixtures, appliances, dishes, and utensils should be thoroughly cleaned.

We presented our estimate to the Bob Evans managers. With the welfare and safety of their employees and diners in mind they immediately decided to leave the cleaning & sanitation to trained specialist in lieu of using a non-professional.

Knowing how important it was for this restaurant to open as soon as possible, we utilized almost all of our crew and in 12 days this establishment re-opened their doors.

PROOF - Emergency Ready Plan Prevents Permanent Damage

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mullens Middle School built around 1930 escapes major water damage

From the fall of 2016 and continuing through the spring of 2017, Emergency Ready Profiles were completed for 33 facilities owned by the WV Wyoming County Board of Education. The maintenance director took a great interest in our proposal and personally took us to each building and shut off. 

In August 2017 I received the following email from him:

"The school was Mullens Middle. It was built around 1930 and has much of the original plumbing. The principal called me one afternoon to report a water line had ruptured in the wall of her office near the water cooler. She was needing help to stem the flow of water flooding her office. The custodian was on the ground floor directly below looking for a valve to turn the water off. I couldn’t think. I couldn’t remember off hand were the main water valve was at. I immediately went to your folder and grabbed the map. The valve was located in the boiler room and I relayed the information to the custodian who had the water off in no time. Since this all happened in a matter of minutes we were able to extract the water from the carpet and mop the floor leaving no permanent damage. Thank you again for taking time to help us identify all of our shut offs!!!!”

Are you ready?

2/11/2016 (Permalink)

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover after suffering a disaster.

You own a business and you are out of town, the phone rings and on the other end of the line is your office letting you know your building has flooded because of a broken water line. The secretary tells you the water was 3 inches deep in the entire building when she came in and now it's at 6 inches. You ask her why is it getting deeper? Her response is "nobody here knows where the water shut off is and the water company has not gotten here to turn off the main line". 

To prevent this from being your scenario, let us develop an Emergency Ready Profile for your business - A no cost assessment of you facility.

Call us at 304-253-6633 to schedule an appointment.