Recent Commercial Posts

Can Odors After Flooding Be Removed?

8/31/2021 (Permalink)

The Path To An Odor-Free Building

Have you noticed a strong odor coming from your commercial building in Vermilion County after it was affected by flooding caused by a storm? Bad smells can be associated with sewage backup and mold growth. Thankfully, a commercial odor removal team can help you get your property back to its former glory. The path to an odor-free building may be different depending on the cause of the smell.

Sewer Smells

Sewage loss can cause your entire building to smell like the sewer. This strong smell can drive away customers and make it hard for your employees to go to work. Removing this type of strong odor may require a vigorous cleaning process that includes the following steps:

  1. Removing standing water.
  2. Throwing away items touched by the sewage.
  3. Ripping out flooring, fixtures and walls.
  4. Cleaning remaining surfaces.
  5. Replacing any items that had to be discarded.

Your cleanup crew may also use a deodorizing agent to get rid of the unappetizing smell. However, this deodorizer is only helpful after the source of the smell has been cleaned.

Musty Aromas

Flood water can also cause mold to start to grow in your commercial space. This is especially true for floods caused by rain water and sewage backup. The smell of mold growth can only be removed by getting to the source of the problem. You can try to cover up the aroma, but it will likely keep coming back unless you completely remove the growth. A mold remediation crew can find the fungus colony, remove it and fix the moisture problems that allow it to thrive. Once these steps are completed, your commercial space may start to smell normal again.

No one wants to walk into a commercial building to smell the unmistakable odor of mold growth or sewage backup. Removing these smells from your space requires serious cleaning, disinfecting and restoring of the property. If you skip any of the necessary steps, the odor may resurface when the problem returns.

Fire Safety Tips For Your Vermilion County Business

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

Image of a fire extinguisher Knowing where your fire extinguisher is and how to use it, could save your business in a fire emergency

Remove Clutter That Could Potentially Fuel a Fire

Keep your working areas clear of paper, trash and anything else that could act as kindling for a potential fire. You should make your garbage cans easily accessible, and be sure to empty them regularly. Similarly, you should make a conscious effort to ensure that there are no obstacles blocking access to emergency exits. Overall, you should perform a close inspection of your work spaces with an eye toward removing anything that could create sparks or fuel a fire.

Pay Special Attention to Extension Cords and Frayed Wiring

Extension cords are a common fire hazard because they're not intended for permanent use. The extension must be properly rated for the intended use, or it can cause frayed and exposed wires, thereby creating a fire hazard. Many local fire codes require extension cords to have surge protectors in case electrical circuits get overloaded. These surge protectors will automatically shut the power off if the electricity shorts out. To be on the safe side, you should always try to plug items directly into wall outlets, rather than relying on extension cords. And if you do have to use extension cords, you should inspect your wiring at least once a month to identify and fix any frayed wiring.

Escape Routes and Meeting Places:

Determine and mark the fastest and safest paths to safety. Post maps (with “you are here” marks) in break rooms and near exits — which should be clearly indicated with signs. Put up reminders that elevators cannot be used during most emergencies. Check emergency lighting in stairwells and make sure they aren’t used as storage areas. Create a procedure for evacuating employees and patrons with special needs, especially if the escape route includes stairs. Select a meeting place far enough away from the building to allow full access to the property by firefighters and other emergency personnel.

 Emergency Procedures: 

Make sure employees know that the safety officer is in charge during emergencies. Identify by name and title (whenever possible) the people responsible for contacting the fire department, accounting for employees at the meeting place and assisting emergency personnel with information on equipment or chemicals housed in the building. Keep an up-to-date list of emergency contact information. Outline who notifies the next of kin of injured parties, and designate one person to notify emergency responder of people still in the office or unaccounted for.

Most “business and mercantile” fires occurred when the premises were less populated. One-third of the fires (31 percent) occurred between 7:00 pm and 7:00 am, but created two-thirds (67 percent) of the direct property damage. Nineteen percent occurred on weekends and created 31 percent of the damage. A lot of fires also broke out between noon and 2:00 pm.

Twenty-nine percent of commercial blazes were caused by cooking equipment and resulted in 6 percent of the direct property damage; 22 percent began in the kitchen or cooking area, causing just one percent of direct damage.

If you do experience a fire call SERVPRO of Vermilion County @ 217-443-0077 so we can help get you back up and running!

Water Incidents in your Vermilion County Business

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

Image of a leaking pipe Leaking pipes can lead to water damage at your Vermilion County business

A water incident can strike at your Vermilion County commercial property without notice at any time. The impact of such water damage can be devastating for any business owner, but our trained technicians at SERVPRO® of Vermilion County can be there fast to get to work as soon as possible. We handle each step of the water removal process through to drying and then disinfecting all affected areas. With one call, we can be there to start, so that your commercial space is “Like it never even happened.”

What Do I Need to Do?

Once you call us at SERVPRO® of Vermilion County, we send out a team quickly to begin the assessment. If you or your maintenance team can shut off the area to a burst pipe or put towels or blankets down with a flooding incident to keep water from migrating, do so. You can then contact your insurance agent to inform them of the event. We take care of detailing every step of the project to turn everything in for your insurance claim.

Water damage may occur at your Vermilion County place of business at any time. Some of the leading causes include:

  • Frozen or broken pipes
  • Storm floods
  • Natural disasters
  • Leaking roofs
  • Sewage backups, and more

Do you need help with water damage to your commercial property? SERVPRO® of Vermilion County is available 24/7 with crews on standby. Call 217-443-0077

Restore your Damaged Floors in Vermilion County

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

We want every part of the community to do well, which is why businesses count on us to be faster to any size disaster and to get the business back to normal operation after any kind of damage.

We might not notice the floors until something happens to damage them. Water from storms or floods or broken pipes can damage even concrete if left on its own. Fire can leave soot and smoke damage even on surfaces such as marble. Fortunately, SERVPRO® of Vermilion County is here to help regardless of the type of damage.  We take care of damaged floors from initial assessment through all of the repairs.

If the damage has exposed the floors to the outside, SERVPRO® of Vermilion County provides tarps and board-ups to protect the building(s) and contents. We also provide roof repair, making restoration easier and more cost effective because there is only one vendor.

Trained technicians clean and disinfect the floors, removing even hidden moisture, and mitigating any microbial damage. Count on SERVPRO® of Vermilion County to clean, disinfect, and repair carpet, linoleum, marble, tile, and hardwood floors.

When fire and water take control of your life, we help you take it back.

Water Incidents in your Vermilion County Business

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

Image of a leaking pipe Leaking pipes can lead to water damage at your Vermilion County business

A water incident can strike at your Vermilion County commercial property without notice at any time. The impact of such water damage can be devastating for any business owner, but our trained technicians at SERVPRO® of Vermilion County can be there fast to get to work as soon as possible. We handle each step of the water removal process through to drying and then disinfecting all affected areas. With one call, we can be there to start, so that your commercial space is “Like it never even happened.”

What Do I Need to Do?

Once you call us at SERVPRO® of Vermilion County, we send out a team quickly to begin the assessment. If you or your maintenance team can shut off the area to a burst pipe or put towels or blankets down with a flooding incident to keep water from migrating, do so. You can then contact your insurance agent to inform them of the event. We take care of detailing every step of the project to turn everything in for your insurance claim.

Water damage may occur at your Vermilion County place of business at any time. Some of the leading causes include:

  • Frozen or broken pipes
  • Storm floods
  • Natural disasters
  • Leaking roofs
  • Sewage backups, and more

Do you need help with water damage to your commercial property? SERVPRO® of Vermilion County is available 24/7 with crews on standby. Call 217-443-0077

Vermilion County Commercial Cleaning Tips

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Image of commercial office Keep your Commercial Offices clean with these tips

Spring & Summer time has become a great time of year to undertake deeper cleaning projects. Although spring cleaning is commonly associated with residential homes, it is just as much needed for commercial places as well. The cold winter months keep everyone cooped up inside and bacteria & messes start to grow. A good cleaning helps to give workers a more open and less hectic environment; additionally, a clean and welcoming place of business helps to attract customers. Here is a list of some important areas to inspect during your deep cleaning:

OUTSIDE

  • Windows

Windows are one of the simplest yet crucial areas to keep clean. Beyond making sure you have squeaky clean windows, check to make sure they have tight seals. Small gaps in window seals can cause cool air to seep out (and warm air in the winter months), as well as allowing water to trickle in. Checking caulking and weather stripping remains intact and up to par can save you money in the long term. 

  • Landscaping

This is very important for the presentation of your business. Now the grass, flowers, weeds and other plants are starting to grow, it’s important to start grooming your landscape. Don’t wait till your plants get out of control, hire someone now or take some time yourself to pull the weeds, mow the grass, and trim any trees or bushes. Additionally, this is a great time to plant some flowers if you want to spruce up your place of business. 

  • AC/HVAC

When converting your buildings air flow system from heating to air conditioning now is the best time to quality check your system. Test your system by running it for a while to make sure it’s working properly, check any old or out of date parts that might need replacing. Clean out the ventilation system by removing dust particles and any other debris lying inside. Ventilation systems are rarely cleaned, which is why lots of building owners tend to find pest infestation or mold problems when cleaning their vents/ducts. It’s best to take these precautions while the temperature is in a transitioning period.

  • Pest Maintenance

Along with the re-birthed trees and plants, spring also brings back hordes of pests. Ants, spiders, termites, mosquitoes, and even bed bugs can become a problem. It’s best to take preventative measures to ward off pests instead of being forced to shut the business down for a couple weeks in order to fumigate for pests. Lastly, if you are continually having the same pest problems each year, try to identify exterior factors that might be attracting those pests and any defects in your building that might be letting them in. 

INSIDE

  • Dusting

Even if you already dust on a regular basis now’s a good time to dust those harder to reach, and often ignored, areas.

  • Flooring/Carpets

As people come in from the rainy times and wipe their feet on your carpets, dirt begins to build up. Don’t let this grime buildup in your building; buy some strong cleaning products for your floors and a top quality vacuum for carpets. In addition to constantly maintaining floors and carpets, now is a great time to hire a professional carpet and floor cleaner to give your floors a deep clean. 

  • Reorganization

Reorganizing comes in two parts. The first is the organizing of all the previous year’s files into a consolidated area for ease of access. Best practice is to do this at the beginning of every year so that your files are neatly organized and easy to find when needed. The second is the reorganization of the office itself. Ideally, this is a continuing process year round. If the office has gotten out of hand this can be a good time of year to tidy up and breathe some fresh air into the workplace. Depending on your type of business will help determine what type of cleaning takes priority. If you need extra help or an even deeper clean call SERVPRO of Vermilion County to help!

Mold in your Vermilion County Workplace

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Mold infestation in the workplace is not uncommon. There is always mold present in buildings. Certain levels of mold are considered acceptable. But when there are massive quantities of mold or certain species, it should be addressed in order to keep employees and customers safe. 

If a pipe leak or break is not repaired, the water can sometimes cause mold growth within your building.  Sometimes the presence of mold is unknown, possibly within a wall or in duct work. A professional company will be able to properly remediate and clean your building. If the mold is not remediated properly, the mold can return causing a larger problem which highlights the importance of using a certified and experienced company. SERVPRO of Vermilion County will assess the situation, remediate, and repair the affected areas so the occupants can return to work safely.

Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today – 217-443-0077

We Are Coronavirus Cleaning Services and Biohazard Experts

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

Here to Help® and Ready to Respond

 

What Is Coronavirus?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to respond to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now spread internationally. While the virus is termed coronavirus, the sickness that results after infection has been termed COVID-19. COVID-19 has now been declared a pandemic, which is a global outbreak of a disease.  Symptoms can range from very mild to severe, contact your doctor for direction.

For specialized cleaning services, including the new Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned defensive pathogen cleaning program, call us today at 217-443-0077.

Expert Level Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of Vermilion County is uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC.  We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants and our staff has gone through extensive training in order to perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection.  Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for the cleanup process, and disposal of waste.  The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, handrails, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables.  After cleaning, it is safe to return to the cleaned area 15 minutes after the cleaning ends

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus  Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities. We also use proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) such as proper face protection, biohazard suites, gloves, facemasks/face shields and even respirators.  We also use the latest equipment such as Foggers and Electro-Static Sprayers to quickly and effectively clean your business, school, church or factory.

Best Practices to Minimize Your Risk

Cities and states are taking increasingly drastic measures to curb the severity of the pandemic, including the closing of bars, restaurants, and public venues.  In some areas, officials have issued “shelter in place” orders in order to compel residents to stay in their homes and limit movement.  To further protect yourself, minimize your exposure with the following tips:

Practice Good Hygiene

    • Clean hands with sanitizer and wash your hands frequently
    • Avoid touching your face and cover coughs and sneezes
    • Disinfect “high touch” surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, tables, doorknobs, and handrails regularly
    • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

At The Office

    • Stop shaking hands – use other non contact methods of greeting
    • Use videoconferencing for meetings when possible
    • When not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces
    • Disinfect “high touch” surfaces like desks, keyboards, light switches, doorknobs, and telephones
    • Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings
    • practice social distancing

Stay Home if...

    • You are feeling sick
    • You have a sick family member in their home
 Coronavirus is serious and is very contagious.  Disinfection and sanitization can literally prove to be a life saver.   With all the uncertainty out in the world these days, SERVPRO of Vermilion County is here to give you peace of mind.  Our team is highly trained. use the latest equipment and follow updated CDC guidelines.  Give our friendly staff a call today at 217-443-0077, we are here to help!

Soot Happens

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

The damage caused by soot can result in smoke marks, streaks and discolorations of walls and ceilings as well as health issues. Soot travels quickly and penetrates deep into surfaces.  Bedding, personal belongings, clothing, furniture, walls, ceilings, floor coverings, heat ducts, window blinds and all other surfaces that come in contact with soot can also be affected.  Unless proper cleaning takes place, soot can often bleed back through cleaned surfaces, causing further damage and at the least, requiring the surface or item to be re-cleaned.

How do I clean it up?

  • Never assume that simply painting over the soot will solve the problem.  If not cleaned properly, painted soot will bleed through within 6 months or less.  Attempting to remove soot from painted surfaces could actually smear and grind the particles further into the surface.  Proper equipment, like a dry chemical sponge, is often used to remove soot.
  • The home or office HVAC cold air return duct can actually distribute soot particles, causing damages throughout.  Special air duct cleaning is often required. HEPA air scrubbing equipment is often needed as soot floats and contaminates rooms that have been previously cleaned.  This re-contamination is referred to as “Fall Out”.
  • Clothing, curtains, bedding, carpets, upholstery often need extensive cleaning using Infused Ozone Gas and other products that break down soot.  Pressurized Ozone and Hydroxyl chambers are typically needed after the cleaning process to remove the strong odors caused by smoke and soot.
  • Wallpaper can streak unless a dry chemical sponge is used first.   Even then, due to the paper based materials, wallpapers are often damaged beyond repair.  We will give you a quick assessment of the damaged items and area and secure the areas that are not affected to prevent contamination.  SERVPRO of Vermilion County will secure and move contaminated items to a separate location for proper cleaning and deodorization.  We can even clean damage to the structure or even repair/replace as needed!  

Our Biggest Tip.

The biggest mistake many home and business owners make is attempting to clean up the damage themselves or ignoring it completely. Contact SERVPRO of Vermilion County who has 30 years of restoration experience and has a highly trained staff and are properly equipped in removing soot damage.  Talk to one of our friendly staff today by calling 217-443-0077, we are here to help!

What To Look for to Spot Water Damage in Commercial Properties

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

Left unattended, water damage in your business can grow from a small inconvenience to a large headache very quickly.  Problems with mold, structural integrity of the building itself and health issues can arise. To prevent this, you must become vigilant in spotting the early warning signs of water damage.  Developing this skill may not only help you avoid unnecessary damage to your business building, but it will also help you save money in the future by not having to pay for expensive repairs.  From our friendly staff at SERVPRO of Vermilion County here are five early signs of water damage for you to look out for. 

Musty Odor

People sometimes only associate a musty odor with an old commercial building.   The truth is that the musty smell is an indication of mold or stagnant water.  Should you detect a musty odor, don’t dismiss it.  You should take this seriously as a sign that there could quite possibly be a water issue somewhere in the building.  The sooner you detect it can make a significant difference in the extent of the damage. 

Discolored Walls or Ceilings

Discoloration is another sign of water damage.  In particular, look for streaks of water that are running down the walls and ceilings of your building. This can sometimes be a sign of an overflowing gutter or even a leaking or broken pipe, which will result in watermarks that are quite distinctive and show where the water has traveled down the wall.

Coolness

If your business building is very difficult to heat, then this might be a sign that you have dampness affecting your walls.  Water and moisture will often draw heat out of walls when it evaporates and leaves those walls and the property overall much colder. Trust your instincts. If it feels cold all the time in your commercial building, you may have a problem. 

Mold Growth

Mold growth does not occur without a degree of excess moisture.  If you detect mold anywhere in the building, you should know that it is probably not an isolated problem.  There is a moisture coming from somewhere that is allowing the mold to grow and spread.  Your first step after removing the mold should be tracing it back to the source. This can have the possibility of causing health issues and greatly increasing the costs of the cleanup as many insurance policies do not cover mold.  

Pooling Water Or Puddles

One probable sign of a leak is perpetual moisture or puddles that have no explicable source.  If you see this occurring, don’t overlook it.  There is a reason that the water is pooling and unless you find it the damage will continue to grow and spread.  Doing this will also likely prevent further mold growth from occurring as well. 

Here at SERVPRO of Vermilion County, we hope you find these warnings helpful for catching water damage in your commercial building.  If there is ever a problem, we are here to help!  We have 30 years of restoration experience and solid relationships in our community.  Don’t hesitate to give us a call today and speak to one of our friendly staff at 217-443-0077. 

Board ups, we got you covered!

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Should ever your building has been damaged by fire, you need to secure it quickly and safely to avoid any further damage.  With 30 years of experience in providing top notch restoration services, you can count on SERVPRO of Vermilion County to respond quickly with emergency tarping and board-up services to keep out the elements and unwanted guests.  We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.   We are here to help guide you through this difficult time and get your business back to operational.

We will board up any damaged windows, walls or doors to prevent further disruption and ensure the security of your property.  We also provide tarping for damaged roofs.  When shielding the compromised areas, we help prevent further damage to your building.  With SERVPRO of Vermilion County, you can feel confident knowing that we bring 30 years of experience to your property restoration, with a solid commitment to guiding you through the process from start to finish.  We have the expertise, equipment and dedication to handle the entire project, from initial damage assessment through site cleanup and preparation and rebuilding to preloss condition.  Through it all, we’ll strive to minimize disruptions, answer all your questions and guide you through the process.  Questions about our services?  Call one of our friendly staff here at SERVPRO of Vermilion County today at 217-443-0077.  We are here to help!

Cleaning Schools

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

A commitment to clean is a commitment to confidence

From elementary schools to college campuses, clean and secure facilities are essential to education.   While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape of learning, SERVPRO of Piatt/DeWitt Counties is here to help get students, staff and faculty back to their desks with confidence.  With 30 years of experience in emergency and proactive cleanup and restoration, SERVPRO of Piatt/DeWitt Counties is in your community to help schools thrive in times of challenge.  Now, with Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, we’re bringing proactive viral pathogen cleaning in a program customized to the needs of your facility.  Going beyond standard janitorial practices, Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned follows CDC and local guidelines, including the use of EPA-approved hospital-grade disinfectants to help prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria in your school.

Types of facilities

  • Preschools and Nursery Schools
  • Elementary and Middle Schools
  • High school and Academies
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Gymnasium, Sports Complex and Stadiums
We are here to help!  Should you have any questions please call one of our friendly staff here at SERVPRO of Vermilion County at 217-443-0077 today!  Tell them Marilyn sent you.

Who to Call to Get Rid Of Mold in Your Home

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

Mold is a type of fungus that can be found in many colors such as black, white, orange, green and even purple.  Mold can be found inside or outside and thrives on moisture.  It reproduces through spores that travel through the air.  

First you must find what has caused the mold such as:

Persistent humidity

Leaking pipes

A leaking roof

A build-up of condensation

Poor Ventilation

Home flooding

A damp basement

Foundation dampness

A leaking air-conditioning system

After you have found and fixed the cause, it is time to clean the mold. Removing mold may be as easy as using a hepavac, cleaning and sanitizing a small area to removing carpet, pad, subflooring, drywall and even insulation.  Mold is something that should be taken care of by professionals.  SERVPRO of Vermilion County and their professional crews are ready to clean any type of mold.  Please call SERVPRO of Vermilion County at (217)-443-0077

Proactive Cleaning

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

Keep Your Clients and Employees Safe Keep Your Clients and Employees Safe

Threats scare us far more than familiar and routine risks. This has certainly been the case with the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. We’re unsure exactly how to protect ourselves against this new threat. Many of us wonder how we will safely return to shuttered locations like stores, restaurants, businesses, schools, churches and other public gathering places. 

Throughout the crisis, SERVPRO of Vermilion County has provided sanitizing for commercial customers such as medical facilities and grocery stores that are still operating as essential businesses. As Central Illinois takes steps towards resuming public life, SERVPRO of Vermilion County is encouraging closed locations such as churches, schools, offices, public buildings and retail stores to schedule cleaning now in anticipation of reopening.

To get ahead of the anticipated surge in businesses requesting pre-emptive sanitizing to prepare for reopening scheduling an appointment now would be very beneficial.  Calling SERVPRO of Vermilion County and speaking to one of our friendly team members at 217-935-2992 today will enable us to help quickly! This will also give you, your customers and your staff the reassurance that they are in a safe environment. Our team can deliver this essential peace of mind.

To make sure that our sanitizing procedures meet all necessary guidelines for safety and efficacy, SERVPRO of Vermilion County diligently monitors updates from the Centers for Disease Control. Additionally, the company monitors and implements guidance from local, state and national health agencies, and only uses qualified and government-approved chemicals.

Our highly trained staff use a variety of high-tech cleaning procedures, such as ultra-low volume foggers that apply disinfectants widely, electro static sprayers and manual sanitizing of high-traffic surfaces such as equipment, doorknobs, elevator and door access panels, handrails and horizontal surfaces. 

If your business is temporarily closed or you have been operating under state guidelines, don’t wait! Call SERVPRO of Vermilion County today at 217-443-0077 today.  We are here to help!

Raccoons are so cute, BUT not in your business!

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Raccoon invasion Raccoon invasion

Raccoons are cute and fun to watch.  However, they are very destructive when they are living in your attic.  Here are list of problems that can be caused by wild animals in an attic:

Nesting materials and food debris throughout the attic

Odor problems inside the home

Parasites, roundworm, and other pathogens

Pheromone scent that can attract new wildlife

Lots of feces and urine in the insulation

Growth of mold on contaminated attic areas

It is important to act as soon as possible when you have confirmed that you have guests in your business.  You would need to call someone to clean, decontaminate, and restore the attic to its original state. This is just another job for SERVPRO of Vermilion County.  These Professionals will do the following in complete Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  1.  Vacuumed animal droppings throughout the attic and or insulation.
  2. If the insulation has high concentration of droppings /remove the insulation and replace with new after cleaning and sterilizing.  
  3. Larger debris must be picked up by hand.  
  4. Nesting material such as sticks, leaves, and etc. used for nesting.  Keep in mind that often the nesting materials are often full of parasites. 
  5. Clean with an antimicrobial  

When unexpected guests come your way, remember to call SERVPRO of Vermilion County (217)-443-0077. 

Commercial Cleaning & Restoration Services in Vermilion County

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleaning Commercial Cleaning

When it comes to your business, you need a cleaning and restoration company that provides excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your employees and clients. SERVPRO of Vermilion County has the expertise and training to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

We are here to help your business, no matter the size.

  • 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

Commercial Building Restoration Services

SERVPRO of Vermilion County has the expertise, equipment, and highly trained personnel to handle your commercial water, fire, or mold damage. Most importantly, we are available 24 hours a day to restore your property and get you back to business. Our commercial restoration services include:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup
  • Disaster Recovery Team

Commercial Building Cleaning Services

Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep-cleaning flooring or carpets, you can depend on SERVPRO to get the job done right the first time. We’ll respond promptly and make your work space look its very best.




How to Care for gym floors

How To Care for Gym Floors in Piatt and Dewitt Counties

Gym floors are an important part of schools, churches and recreation centers. They are used for various events throughout the year and regular maintenance is important to keep them in good condition. While you want them to look nice it is also important for them to be safe for use. Unkempt floors in disrepair can be hazardous as well as unsightly.

Daily Maintenance

  1. It is important that gym floors be swept daily with a dust mop. Dirt and dust buildup will scratch the finish of the floor when it is walked on and can create a slipping hazard.
  2. Vacuum all walk off mats daily to ensure that the dust and dirt does not transfer to the gym floor.

As Needed Maintenance & Preventative Measures

  1. Use a damp mop once or twice a week to clean the gym floor and prevent dust.
  2. Ensure that there is no standing water left on the gym floor. Excess water on the floor can damage the wood
  3. Ensure that all tables and chairs have felt pads or use a floor covering to protect the gym floor.
  4. Walk-off mats are a great way to minimize the amount of tracked in dirt and water. These are placed at the entries and help absorb debris and water that would otherwise be tracked onto the gym floor.

Call SERVPRO of Vermilion County at 217-443-0077 to learn more about our cleaning services or to schedule an inspection. Our Team would love to help ensure that your gym floors are in great shape!

Don't Delay Get OUT of Fire's Way!

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

When it comes to commercial buildings mistakes are never an option. Commercial building owners should go the extra mile to protect their properties from any sort of damage that could occur. Here are a few tips to protect your building and the people in them.

Alarms

Fire and smoke alarms are the first defense for commercial buildings when a fire occurs.

Dos include:

  • Ensuring the alarm system is regularly inspected in line with regulation
  • Maintaining documentation surrounding alarm activity and maintenance
  • Testing your alarm system regularly to ensure proper function
  • Creating an action plan for building residents for when the alarm is set off

Don’ts:

  • Downplaying or brushing off the need to have regular maintenance and testing for your fire alarm system

Extinguishers and Suppression Systems

Extinguishers can be used by individuals to manage small fires while suppression systems can help prevent serious damage on a larger scale.

Dos:

  • Conducting regular tests to ensure proper function and pressure
  • Scheduling routine maintenance through contractors
  • Storing extinguishers in a clear and open space that makes them easily accessible
  • Providing proper training for occupants

Don’ts:

  • Putting off regularly scheduled inspections and tests to ensure function
  • Neglecting to train occupants on proper extinguisher use and handling
  • Keeping extinguishers in an area that is cluttered, difficult to get to, or where heat is constantly present

 Lighting

In the case of emergencies like a fire, emergency lighting sources should be available in order to provide occupants with a safe pathway from the building.

Dos:

  • Installing lighting throughout the building to provide effective light in all occupied areas
  • Scheduling regular maintenance and inspection

Don’ts :

  • Failing to install proper lighting
  • Neglecting to have regular maintenance and inspection

SERVPRO of Vermilion County is always here to help you in your time of need. Reach out to us 24/7 at (217)443-0077, we can make your disaster "Like it never even happened."

Ceiling Tile Discoloration: Culprits and Causes

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage on ceiling tile can indicate a bigger problem.

Imagine it, you’ve found the perfect home for your business, with just one or two pesky discolored ceiling tiles. It’s not a big deal, right? Not quite. Beyond being unsightly, ceiling tile discoloration can have serious causes, from water damage to tile mold. Before you overlook a stain or two, learn some of their top causes in Minot ND.

About Ceiling Tiles

Dropped tile ceilings are a common go-to for many commercial buildings across the country. Reasons include:

  • Affordability
  • Easy removal for access to HVAC and electrical system
  • Clean, simple appearance

Drop tiles can create a pleasant, conservative look but can quickly take on a downright ugly appearance when they become stained. Here are some of the reasons that happen.

Age
Dropped tile ceilings have been popular for decades and in some buildings, have been in place for that long. The older the tiles the more likely they’ve been exposed to cigarette smoke and other pollutants. The result can be a darker color that may be impossible to get rid of.

Water Damage
Brown spots are often the biggest giveaway to a leak somewhere above the tile. They often start small and radiate outward over time. Beyond being an eyesore, these spots often signal bigger problems like tile mold, and should never be ignored.

Lighting
The ultraviolet light so common in offices is not great for ceiling tiles. Over time, tiles exposed to UV rays can take on a sickly hue that isn’t very attractive. 

From water leaks and tile mold to harsh light, there are lots of things that can trigger tile discoloration. When you see tile discoloration, it’s worth the time and money to replace the tile. Because tile mold can spread, if you suspect water damage is the culprit, make sure you consult a mold remediation company like SERVPRO. It could save you expense and headaches in the long run. 

Call SERVPRO of Vermilion County for all your emergency service needs 24/7 at (217)443-0077. We are always here to help make your disaster "Like it never even happened."

What Does a Commercial Property Insurance Policy Cover?

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial storm damage in Vermilion County

What Does Commercial Insurance Cover?

Whether your business is big or small, new or old, property insurance is something you need. Despite how far reaching these policies are, there are important things that they don’t cover. Do you know the difference? Learn more about what commercial insurance can cover and how it benefits your Vermilion County, business.

Commercial policies are known for covering your building and all its contents, as well as things immediately outside of it. That list is long and can include:

  • Computers
  • Inventory
  • Furniture
  • Signs

But for all the things they do cover, these policies have many things they don’t cover. Knowing what those are can be important to avoiding complications following a disaster.

Weather Damage

Some commercial insurance policies limit coverage of damage caused by things like earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. Policies that do provide such coverage may have limitations, such as not covering outdoor property such as company vehicles or fences. It’s generally worthwhile to check your policy if you’re in a weather disaster-prone area.

Disaster Cleanup

Commercial property insurance typically is meant to float a company through a great loss, natural or manmade. But that doesn’t always mean it will cover the costs of cleaning, rebuilding, repairing, and such following the loss. Discuss what is covered and isn’t with regards to mitigation and remediation well in advance of a disaster so you don’t get a rude awakening. 

Outdoor Property

Most policies limit their coverage to items inside the building, but some will cover property up to a certain distance away. This can be critical when it comes to damage to satellite dishes, fences, signs and other outdoor property.

Bills from fire damage or another business catastrophe can be enough to send a commercial property under. But the story doesn’t have to end that way. Learn the ins and outs of commercial insurance policies, and you’ll know what to look for to protect your business. 

SERVPRO of Vermilion County - (217)443-0077

Do You Have a Water Loss Emergency Plan For Your Vermilion County Retail Store?

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO to develop a comprehensive Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) for a water disaster.

Ensure a Fast Professional Response to Commercial Water Damage in Vermilion County with a SERVPRO Emergency Response Plan

Risk anticipation and a plan to minimize harm are smart moves for retail shop owners in Manhattan. Businesses work hard to attract and retain loyal customers. Disastrous circumstances such as flooding or other water loss can drive loyal clients of your goods and services to another source if you are unprepared. The results our trained and well-equipped work crews achieve when we are familiar with your business layout and operations can have you back on track quickly. 

Water damage in your Vermilion County shop can trace to many different causes. Plumbing lines can break, appliance hoses or connections can crack or dislodge, and neighboring business or residential tenants in the same or adjoining building can create water emergencies that affect your space. Your sales floor, storerooms, offices, and other areas all can suffer damage. Inventory, equipment, and documents risk ruin. 

You have backup strategies for other aspects of your business. SERVPRO can help you develop a comprehensive Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) for a water disaster. The more we know about the physical layout of your store, the location of utility lines, and how you conduct your operations, the better we can serve your needs if a water crisis exposes you to loss. 

An experienced SERVPRO Marketer assesses your space. We create a digital “footprint” of all the space you occupy, evaluate the water loss vulnerabilities of equipment and goods in all areas, and discuss your operations to gain a firm grasp of how your business works. We make suggestions to limit the impact of an unexpected water event, including effective ways to shield inventory, documents, and the tools of your trade before water intrudes. 

You personalize the ERP by using our mobile app to add essential details to the overall plan. Identify and provide contact information for vendors and contractors who sold or leased equipment or developing systems for your shop. Designate trusted employees to act in your stead if water damage occurs when you are unavailable. Make it clear you choose SERVPRO to provide emergency water damage mitigation so we can respond immediately. 

SERVPRO of Vermilion County protects your business best if we arrive at your water loss scenario with an easily accessible digital plan. Call us at (217) 443-0077 to prepare jointly to be Faster to any size disaster.   

Levels of Commercial Damage in Vermilion County

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Vermilion County handles not only residential damage and restoration but commercial as well.

There are three levels of commercial damage that are considered:

Level 1

Level 1 is a small commercial loss typically involving 15,000 square feet or less of affected floor space. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a small commercial loss may include but are not limited to, a stand-alone retail establishment, a small church, a daycare facility, a small shopping center, a small warehouse or manufacturing facility, or a stand-alone administrative building. A Level 1 loss can also be a small portion of a much larger structure.

Level 2

Level 2 is a midsize commercial loss typically involving 15,000 to 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved are usually multi-level or greatly divided spaces. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 2 loss may include but are not limited to, a small multi-family property, a midsize church or school, a small shopping center, a multi-tenant administration facility, or a midsize warehouse or manufacturing facility. A Level 2 loss can also be just a portion of a much larger structure.

Level 3

Level 3 is a large commercial loss typically involving more than 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved will likely be large multi-level structures. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 3 loss can include, but are not limited to, a large church, hospital, school, or university; a large multi-family property; a mid- to high-rise retail or administration facility; a large industrial, manufacturing, or warehouse facility; or a large strip-style shopping center or shopping mall. This is the level at which it would be appropriate to refer to the project as a “large loss.”

Once our team determines the level of loss, the property is further assessed, and a team of appropriate size is dispatched to get the job done quickly and efficiently, and return your business to operation “Like it never even happened.”®

Call SERVPRO of Vermilion County at (217)443-0077.

How clean is the air in your office?

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

Indoor air quality is a major concern for businesses, building managers, tenants, and employees. Clean air impacts the health, comfort, well being, and productivity of building occupants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says most Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors and many spend most of their working hours in an office environment.

More Pollution Inside Than Outside
Studies conducted by the EPA and others show that indoor environments sometimes can have levels of pollutants that are higher than levels found outside. Pollutants in commercial buildings and other indoor environments can increase the risk of illness. The EPA and independent scientific panels have consistently ranked indoor air pollution as an important environmental health problem. While most buildings do not have severe indoor air quality problems, even well-run buildings can sometimes experience episodes of poor indoor air quality.

How To Improve The Air Inside Your Commercial Building
Some simple steps can have a big impact on the quality of the air inside your commercial building:

  • Don’t block air vents or grills.
    • Comply with the office and building smoking policy.
    • Water and maintain office plants properly.
    • Dispose of garbage promptly and properly.
    • Store food properly.
    • Avoid bringing products into the building that could release harmful or bothersome odors or contaminants.
    • Notify your building or facility manager immediately if you suspect an indoor air quality problem.

Interested in discussing cleaning needs for your property? Call SERVPRO of Vermilion County at 217-443-0077.

Have you Considered upgrading your commercial HVAC system?

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

If you are a business owner you know how important it is to have a fully functioning HVAC system.  If you don’t your employees and customers will let you know.  It will be hot or cold and you really are trying to keep it going and keep people comfortable.  Maybe your HVAC system is older and not functioning properly?  You may be thinking to yourself that is too expensive… but in the long run, it may be worth it.  

Here are five reasons to consider upgrading your HVAC System from

Increase Energy Efficiency

Lower operating costs should be one of your biggest goals. Even if it isn’t as much of a priority now, there’s still time to resolve to change now that the New Year has begun. One fantastic way to increase energy efficiency is to upgrade your current commercial HVAC system. Did you know that a newer system can allow for smaller energy consumption – by about 30%, in fact.

Maintain Your Good Reputation

Many businesses depend on a stellar reputation to ensure that they thrive. Reputation is important for your public image, especially in the customer service sector. Aside from downtime that could rob you of future profits, an uncomfortable building environment due to an aging HVAC system can also harm customer and client perception of how you run your organization. 

Make and Keep Employees Comfortable

When the interior of your building is kept at reasonable temperatures, your employees will be comfortable. When employees are comfortable, they will be happier and more motivated. When they aren’t distracted by the office being too hot or too cold, they can focus on getting more work done, improving their overall productivity. Don’t overlook the importance of indoor air quality, either. How often are your employees missing time from work due to being sick? A little-known condition called sick building syndrome exists, and if this syndrome goes unaddressed, it could affect how your business is perceived throughout your industry and cause highly-qualified candidates to find employment elsewhere when you are actively recruiting.

Reduce Repair Costs

Newer commercial HVAC systems will have better warranties attached to them. Whether you choose to overhaul your existing system with brand new components or only add the latest technological advancements to the framework that is already in place, these warranties can help you avoid paying significant repair costs when such repairs are needed.

Begin Switching Refrigerant Now

The refrigerant that is most commonly used in many older models of commercial HVAC systems is being eliminated. R-22 refrigerant will be fully prohibited in January of 2020, and if you think that’s still plenty of time to have your current supplies replaced, remember it’s just two years away.

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The Most Common Causes of Commercial Fires

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

If you experience commercial fire, SERVPRO of Vermilion County has the training and expertise to make disasters “Like it never even happened.”

Commercial fire can be devastating, harming both human and property.  Every year, there are as many as 75,000 commercial building fires in the United States.  U.S. fire departments responded to about 3,300 office property fires per year.  These fires caused an annual average of 85 civilian deaths, 1,325 civilian fire injuries and $3.2 billion in direct property damage, according to the (NFPA) National Fire Prevention Association.  Though some are small and cause relatively little harm, many others pose a great risk to life and property.   Fortunately, many fires can be prevented if you’re aware of the potential hazards. Here are several of the most common causes of commercial building fires.

Human Error 

Many commercial fires can be attributed to human error and are not meant to be malicious. For example, spilling liquids on electrical equipment, leaving a coffee pot on, or burning food in the kitchen can easily cause a fire to break out. To decrease the chances of this happening in your commercial building, perform risk assessments to determine if any changes need to be implemented, provide proper staff training, and ensure fire extinguishers are easily accessible throughout the building. 
 
Negligence 

Negligence fires are the result of someone not following proper procedures and can usually be easily avoided by proper staff training. For example, storing or handling flammable items improperly or covering electrical equipment that must have air can result in a fire that causes significant commercial fire damage. 
  
Arson 

Unfortunately, arson is a frequent cause of commercial fires, particularly in industrial buildings and factories. This may be an act of vandalism, an attempt to collect insurance money or even the work of an unhappy employee. To minimize the damage associated with arson, you may want to consider installing an automatic sprinkler system. 
 
Faulty Wiring/ Electrics 

Electrical issues are another frequent cause of commercial fires. For example, outdated equipment, loose or frayed wires, and overloaded plugins can spark a fire with little to no advance warning. This is why it is so important to make certain your electrical equipment, including boilers, hot water heaters, and furnaces are in good working order and able to handle their workload. To ensure your equipment/ appliances are functioning properly; you may want to invest in a portable appliance tester (PAT). 

SERVPRO of Vermilion County can respond immediately to your commercial fire damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (217) 443-0077

What to Expect with a Commercial Fire Damage

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

When an emergency arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need.

Fire damage can be very overwhelming for a business or commercial property. At SERVPRO® we understand the importance of getting you back to your pre-fire condition quickly. Not only may you experience fire, smoke, and soot damage, water damage caused by firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur, also.

Tasks to expect from the professionals:

  • Detailed Cleaning – to remove excess soot or other contaminants from impacted areas through HEPA vacuuming and dry sponging.
  • Selective Demolition – to remove unsalvageable materials or property.
  • Pack Outs – to remove salvageable personal property from the affected area for off-site cleaning and storage.
  • Air Flow Management – to remove airborne contaminants and soot and to reduce offensive odors
  • Deodorization – to remove or mask offensive odors and return the affected area to a usable space

SERVPRO® of Vermilion County will respond quickly and manage the fire restoration project through to its completion. We have the training, experience, and equipment to manage your commercial fire damage and get your property business-ready.

We are here for you 24/7. Give us call at (217)443-0077 for all your commercial fire damage needs.

Commercial cleaning and restoration services in Vermilion county

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO at (217)443-0077 for any of your commercial needs in the Vermilion county area.

When it comes to your business, you need a cleaning and restoration company that provides excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your employees and clients. SERVPRO of Vermilion county has the expertise and training to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

We are here to help to your business, no matter the size.

  • 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

Commercial Building Restoration Services

SERVPRO of Vermilion county has the expertise, equipment, and highly trained personnel to handle your commercial water, fire, or mold damage. Most importantly, we are available 24 hours a day to restore your property and get you back to business. Our commercial restoration services include:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup
  • Disaster Recovery Team

Commercial Building Cleaning Services

Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep-cleaning flooring or carpets, you can depend on SERVPRO to get the job done right the first time. We’ll respond promptly and make your work space look its very best.

Around Crawfordsville In 6 Hours

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

The cleaning professionals at SERVPRO of Vermilion County will meet all of your carpet cleaning needs.

This week, SERVPRO of Vermilion County wanted to show appreciation to a few insurance agents in Crawfordsville, IN. by cleaning the carpets in their offices. Not only does this give us a chance to demonstrate the skills of our highly trained crew to the agents, but also to the agencies clients who are able to walk in to a clean and great smelling office. 

Misconceptions on carpet cleaning:

Untrained persons and DIYers can likely cause additional damage by using too much water which will extend drying times and provide the perfect environment for potential secondary growth or pests. Using too little water or detergent leads to an overall inadequate job, while using too much detergent can cause the opposite effect leaving behind residue and leading to soiling.

We offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:

  • 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.

Preventive Maintenance:

Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet.

IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions include: 

  • Regular vacuuming
  • Spot removal
  • Pilating 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. 

For all carpet/rug cleaning questions or to schedule an appointment- Call (217) 443-0077 today!

Money Smart Week Gives Kid's Scholarship

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Anyia holding up her scholarship from Money Smart Week.

In coordination with Danville Public Schools, a long standing customer of ours, SERVPRO was honored to be a part of congratulating Brittney Chavira's daughter on her Scholarship-Winning Essay hosted by Money Smart Week. Long hours of research and hard work went into this amazing effort by Anyia as she put together a plan for being prepared financially in the event of an unexpected emergency. This included the potential devastating effects of a fire, or other natural disaster, on your financial stability. Whilst including tips and resources to prepare for an unexpected crisis. To qualify for the scholarship, students must be nominated by a parent or guardian and be able to demonstrate how they practice good money management. With our franchise owners in attendance, Dave and Suzie (pictured left), there was a sense of pride in the air as Anyia received her Scholarship for $750. A big SERVPRO Congratulations to Anyia and the Chavira family.

Danville Business Gets a Start on Spring Cleaning

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Chad at SERVPRO of Vermilion County finishes extraction on area business carpet cleaning.

Restaurant floors have some of the highest traffic of any business. Plus when you factor in food that may fall on the floor and the occasional drink spills, the results on a carpeted floor can be quite unsightly. The highly trained staff on our production crew at SERVPRO of Vermilion County were ready to tackle this job. They arrived early in the morning to get started so that when the doors opened to customers that day, the carpet would be clean and dry. During the process, the restaurant manager was able to see the difference between the shampooed and soiled carpet. He was very happy with the results and in his words "It looks great!" We aim to achieve greatness at SERVPRO of Vermilion County and this job was another success.