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The Top Causes of Commercial Damage | SERVPRO® of Biddeford-Saco

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

a large commercial building with extensive damage to roof and siding SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco is your local commercial disaster team. Contact us to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services.

Businesses have been a part of American lives since our country’s founding. Each and every citizen in our country interacts with businesses in some way, whether as a customer or as an employee.

Even without the added stress of a calamity, owning a business entails plenty of daily duties. When a business is involved in an accident, though, the financial consequences can be severe.

According to The National Center for Environmental Information, storm damages in the United States have steadily increased in the past 40 years, indicating how costly storm damage can be.

Just last year in Biddeford, heavy rain from a storm on Halloween caused damage to the Biddeford RiverWalk. Storms of this caliber are not uncommon to York County.

Because weather-related disasters like this are a hazard in the area, it’s critical that every business understands the many types of storm damage and how to avoid future property destruction.

Water Damage

An abundance of water or moisture is a common source of commercial damage. Water damage can occur naturally, such as from a rainstorm, or from something internal, like plumbing leaks or a malfunctioning appliance. Each of these types of water damage can create a hefty bill on the company’s behalf.

Long-term water damage could be caused by leaks inside the building. It’s vital to keep an eye out for signs of plumbing leaks, such as warping or browning inside the walls and floors. Following these steps on a regular basis will help you stay ahead of the damage and prevent future repairs.

To avoid extra damage expenditures, you should inspect your plumbing for leaks as well as your walls and flooring for warping or browning on a regular basis.

Storm Damage

Commercial damage from storms is also quite common, and a storm can easily take out power lines, spread debris and quickly impact a row of businesses in a single neighborhood.

Commercial roofs and building siding can be swiftly ripped off by storms with powerful winds.

Winds can reach 85 miles per hour during a typical storm. Winds of this force can easily knock down structures, move heavy vehicles and rip trees from the ground.

One preventive measure would be to install storm-protective window coverings, and a viable roof for your business can be a good idea to help avoid storm damage, but these steps can quickly add up in cost.

Alternative preventive actions, such as consistently monitoring your building and checking up on the seals on your windows and doors, can lead to significant savings and prevent further damage. Consider clearing the yard of your property for hazards that could be picked up and scattered during a storm.

Know Who to Turn To

Storms of many varieties can strike at any time and inflict significant commercial damage. These catastrophic circumstances frequently force businesses to close for repairs, and in other circumstances, permanently close.

Never fret! SERVPRO is here at any time, waiting to take your call. Our team of trained restoration specialists will respond with haste and help you create and implement a restoration plan.

If you have experienced damage to your business or want to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

Simple Ways to Prevent Home Fires | SERVPRO® of Biddeford-Saco

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

interior view of a room with items completely destroyed by fire If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration needs.

Fires are incredibly pervasive in the United States, occurring somewhere across the country every few seconds. In fact, so far this year, the American Red Cross has responded to more than 22,000 house fires—and that’s only a small portion of overall fires.

Though smoke detectors are still one of the most functional strategies to avoid fire-related deaths and property damage, there are various other precautions you can take to avoid the occurrence of a fire in your home.

Clean Your Clutter

??Our homes can easily become cluttered. When it comes to fire prevention, unattended loose, flammable things in corridors and storage places, such as clothing, spare blankets and other fabrics, are extremely harmful.

You can also easily cause a fire if you leave clothes unattended near gas burners or water heaters. It is better to leave clear, clean spaces in your home to avoid hazards getting in the way in the event you need to escape your home quickly. If a fire does break out, it will spread more slowly since there will be fewer flammable things in its path.

Electrical fires starting from appliances or kitchen materials are some of the most common causes of home fires in Maine. This shows how important it is to double-check your oven and stovetop BEFORE you leave the kitchen! Unplug any appliances you aren’t using, and don’t overload plugs.

Finally, make sure there is enough space between your furniture, carpets and wall outlets so they don’t rub together or tangle to prevent flammable spaces.

Protect the Exterior of Your Home

There are a variety of techniques to improve the exterior of your home’s fire resistance. You can clear a way for firefighters to enter your home more readily in the event of a fire by using deliberate landscaping practices.

It is advised that you have at least 30 feet of defensible space outside your home at all times—and that you replace flammable substances with more appropriate materials such concrete, brick and gravel. Make sure to clean any waste that may obstruct the firefighters’ path.

Plan for Outdoor Water Accessibility

If you can no longer safely access your home’s water source, it can be helpful to have a backup exterior water setup prepared for emergencies.

Consider purchasing extra-long garden hoses or a complete sprinkler system in case of a fire-related emergency.

These simple procedures can make a great difference in minimizing your fire risk and ensuring that you are better prepared in the event of a home fire.

We spend a lot of time in our houses, creating memories with the people we care about and maintaining the home itself. To avoid the risk of a fire, we must also keep our homes clean and take the effort to prevent dangers.

If you have encountered fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, call us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

Creating a Storm Safety Plan

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

a dark cloudy sky with lighting strikes off in the distance If you discover storm damage to your home or business, reach out to SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco right away.

Severe weather can create dangerous conditions and cause serious damage to homes and infrastructure. Weather-related damages often result in financial consequences. In 2021, the United States spent at least $1 billion dollars in weather-related damage, showing just how expensive storm devastation can get.

Here in Maine, natural disasters such as floods, fires, earthquakes, and tornadoes are likely to occur. It is essential to understand which types of natural disasters are more likely to strike in our region to understand how to best prepare for them.

Storms can pose a real threat to your safety and wallet, and though we can’t control the weather, we can learn ways to better prepare for storms when they do occur. Having a storm safety plan in place is one way to take action against inclement weather.

Have a Communication Plan

When a storm hits, it is important to have a communication plan in place for all residents of your household or business. Communication plans with emergency phone numbers, highlighted evacuation routes and shelter information can be an important tool to use in case of a weather-related emergency.

Consider planning a designated “safe space” in your home or office for sheltering against inclement weather and a check-in procedure for parties to report when they are out of harm’s way.

Have an Emergency Kit Ready

Emergency kits are an essential item to have on hand in the event of a storm. Pack your emergency kit with essential materials, such as water, nonperishable food items, a first-aid kit, working flashlights and backup batteries. Make sure your emergency kit is in an area that will be easily accessible from your place of shelter.

Prepare Your Home

It is important to reduce the potential for avertable damages by taking steps to prepare your home or business for a storm. Start by sealing windows and doors and checking the exterior of your building for loose items that could blow away in the storm.

Next, check that your roof and gutters are in good working condition and free of leaks. It can also be helpful to add DIY storm shutters to protect from rain and high winds.

In case damage does occur, it is important to know who to contact for help. With a trustworthy team of skilled restoration technicians, SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco has your back. We’re on standby 247, ready to get your home back to “Like it never even happened.”

Finally, set aside time to put together a storm safety plan for your home or office. Round up any necessary items, update your communication plans and be prepared for the next time a storm hits.

If you discover storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO to handle the restoration. We’re here 247 to spring into action—get in touch with us today.

How Water Damage Progresses Over Time | SERVPRO® of Biddeford-Saco

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

a bathroom sink showing signs of a water leak SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco is your 24/7 water restoration expert. Call us right away if you need immediate service.

A leaky faucet or a small water spot in your Biddeford-Saco home may seem insignificant at the moment, but never underestimate the destructive effects moisture can have on your home. An average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.

Water damage progresses rapidly, seeping into floors, walls and soft surfaces. It’s crucial to address the issue right away to produce the best results. Here’s what you need to know about the timeline of water damage:

In the First 24 Hours

If you live in a house, there is a one in four chance of a flood damaging your home within a 30-year period in a high-risk area. Knowing what to do next is essential.

The first 24 to 48 hours after flooding or water damage are crucial. Certain items will immediately fall victim to water’s disastrous effects.

Soft furnishings and upholstery will soak through, and wooden structures can swell from the moisture. Personal belongings like books and photographs are especially vulnerable to warping beyond repair. In addition, mold can begin to develop within this timeframe. Quick action is essential.

SERVPRO’s expertise and “restore vs. replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. If any materials cannot be successfully restored, this will be communicated to you. These materials are typically removed as soon as possible to expedite the drying of all restorable materials.

Within the First Week

After the first 24 hours, water damage will progress further and quickly. Mold can spread like wildfire with excessive moisture. As mold sets in, it can even damage the home’s structure.

Additionally, porous surfaces such as wood surfaces and walls will become increasingly compromised, and metal surfaces will start corroding.

After One Week

You want to avoid letting moisture sit for an extended period at all costs because some effects may be catastrophic or irreversible. As time goes on, the costs and efforts to restore the structure will increase significantly, and the risks associated with structural damage are greater.

How SERVPRO Will Help

SERVPRO’s restoration process begins with the first call, preferably within the first 24 hours. Service work normally starts with a thorough extraction of water. This helps prevent the spread of water in the structure and reduces drying time.

Mostly likely, floors, furniture and other belongings will require cleaning, sanitizing and deodorization. After the bulk of the water has been removed, our specialists will use industry-leading drying equipment to remove the water you can’t see.

After these initial steps, your home may need construction work to get your property back to its preloss condition. This step could include minor repairs or rebuilding entire areas of your home.

We can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. SERVPRO will keep you up to date on every step and have you back in your home or business in no time.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 247 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.

SERVPRO Has the Restoration Experts You Can Trust | SERVPRO® of Biddeford-Saco

4/21/2022 (Permalink)

two SERVPRO employees unloading cleaning equipment out of a green van No matter the damage sustained, SERVPRO Biddeford-Saco has the tools and team to help your home return to a normal state quickly.

There’s more to SERVPRO than general cleanup, restoration or construction services. We’re here to take care of you when even the worst natural or manmade disasters strike.

Your local SERVPRO has you covered whether you’re experiencing flooding in your Biddeford-Saco home or the remnants of a large storm hit your business. Here’s what we can offer you 247:

Water Damage

Flooding can occur at any time, and whether it’s an inch or a foot, it can cause serious damage. In fact, floods cause more than $10 billion in damages nationwide every year.

If you’re a home or business owner, it’s likely you will encounter flooding issues in your lifetime, but SERVPRO has the tools to deal with the damages. We’ll help you understand the severity of the damage, so you’re able to make the right choice for restoration.

We have the tools to detect hidden moisture and extract standing water. We’ll also assist you in developing a water damage restoration plan to ensure your home is clean, dry and restored to preloss condition.

Fire Damage

A fire department in the United States responds to a fire every 23 seconds, and there was roughly $8.1 billion in direct property damage and losses nationwide in 2020. If your home or business has sustained fire damage, we’ll jump right into action with our seven-step restoration process.

This starts with an inspection and damage assessment and progresses through all the necessary, in-between steps before starting repairs and construction.

Storm Damage

Storms can bring around anything from floods and wildfires to tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards. Our goal is always to have you back in your newly restored home as soon as possible.

Storm damage can include more than just flooding, as seen in Maine in November 2021. According to the Maine Department of Transportation, significant flooding happened in the Midcoast area of the state. In Saco, a sinkhole opened up on Summer Street. Additionally, in Biddeford, a large chunk of the wall and adjacent pedestrian lookout along the Saco River was swept away by water during the storm.

Storm and water damage can affect not only the structure of your home but your belongings as well. SERVPRO specializes in content restoration, with the mindset of restoring rather than replacing.

Some of the services we offer include dry cleaning, wet cleaning, foam cleansing and abrasive cleaning. If your home requires a more extensive clean, we also offer move-out services, so we can bring your home back to preloss condition as soon as possible.

What Sets SERVPRO Apart?

We’re there when you need us. You can reach out to a SERVPRO expert via our 247 Emergency Line day or night and receive immediate assistance.

Our experts in green are part of the No. 1 cleanup and restoration team in the nation with more than 50 years experience. We’re locally owned and operated, but we’re also backed by a network of more than 1,900 locations around the United States, so you can rest assured we’ll have your home or business back to “Like it never even happened” status as quickly as possible.

Regardless of the type of damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when you need a dependable team to help you rebuild your life.

3 Types of Floods & the 4 Main Things That Cause Them | SERVPRO® of Biddeford-Saco

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

a street completely submerged in water and a flood warning sign in roadway Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco has the team to help you recover from any disastrous event.

Flooding is the most common natural disaster, and it claims more lives in the United States each year than hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning. It can affect everything from individual homes where property collects excess water to wide swaths of communities and cities.

Flooding affects all 50 states and every U.S. territory, but there are similarities in types and causality among all them. There are three common types of flooding, and they happen for four typical reasons.

3 Types of Natural Flooding

Flash floods are common, and they happen when heavy rain passes or sits over an area and overwhelms the ability of the ground to contain the moisture. Excess water runs off and takes garbage cans, cars and more with it.

River floods are exactly what they sound like. When there’s too much water for a river’s banks to hold, the water spills over the sides and causes destruction.

Coastal floods happen in areas next to large bodies of water, when storm surges or cyclonic activity causes ocean or gulf levels to rise to flood levels.

The 4 Most Common Causes of Natural Flooding

Heavy rainfall. Storms with excessive rainfall, or storms that sit and rest over an area for an extended period can cause flash floods or river flooding. Urban areas are more at risk for rain floods, because the higher percentage of concrete and asphalt means there’s a lack of soil to soak up all that water.

Oceanic activity. Storm surges, hurricanes and rising tides can cause water levels to rise in waves, which can invade coastal communities and wreak havoc.

Dams and levees failing. The most notable example of this in recent history would be the disastrous levee breaks during 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Levees and dams fail when cracks occur or excess pressure overtakes the dam’s ability to contain the surge of water behind it.

Snowmelts and ice dams. In areas of the country where heavy snow and prolonged freezing temperatures are common, snow and ice can build up over a winter’s time, and when they start to melt, they cause rivers of water to flow through area communities. Ice dams or ice jams happen when rivers become blocked by built-up ice being carried downstream, causing the banks to overflow.

Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when flooding or water damage makes a mess in your life.

SERVPRO Is the Business Partner You Didn’t Know You Had | SERVPRO® of Biddeford-Saco

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

a workspace and cubicle showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco are your local commercial restoration experts. Contact us today should you experience any damage.

When it comes to keeping a business afloat, you need all the help you can get. As an owner or property manager, you know it takes every available hand to simply keep things running. Major disruptions or losses can be devastating for commercial properties.

But your retail space, manufacturing facility or rental property has a built-in silent partner for all your cleanup and recovery needs, and it’s right here your backyard. SERVPRO can carry the burden for so many different business needs, it’s like having an invested ally taking care of an entire component of your business success plan.

Large loss recovery. Fires, storms and flooding are among the top causes of financial loss for businesses across the United States, and they can cause crushing amounts of damage, especially if action isn’t taken quickly. When you call SERVPRO, you know you’re getting a top-tier skilled team that’s ready 24 hours a day to provide proven emergency services and minimize your downtime and recovery.

Emergency Ready Plan. Recovery starts before your disaster begins—that is, if your business is prepared. We can help you craft the perfect plan to enact when the moment comes. You may need an emergency chain of command, alternate meeting or work sites, temporary vendors and more during a crisis, and we’ll have you set up for a single button push that gets the ball rolling on all of it.

Cleaning of all kinds. From specialty needs like trauma site cleanup and safe biohazard removal to general needs like carpet cleaning and upholstery restoration in high-traffic areas, we’ve got every solution for every situation. We’ve been doing this a very long time, and we’ve seen and cleaned it all.

Restoration services. Storms bring sudden floods. The interns burned something in the kitchen again. A pipe burst in the winter. All of these things require restoration and cleanup, and nobody does it better than SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco. From water removal to reconstruction, you can trust us to make your business shine again after an unwanted incident.

Industry specialization. There’s no commercial enterprise we can’t help, and we’ve spent decades learning the ins and outs of each one. Whatever the specific or unique needs of your business may be, we can tackle your cleaning or restoration needs. In many cases, we can even enclose the work area so as to not disrupt regular business in other areas.

Whatever your recovery need may be, and whatever your commercial property may require, trust SERVPRO to get the job done. Contact us today to get started on an Emergency Ready Plan or find out how we can serve your business.

Spring Brings a Variety of Storms and Weather Hazards | SERVPRO® of Biddeford-Saco

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

an image with a cloudy, rainy, sunny and snowy sky Extreme temperature changes can lead to the possibility of severe weather. SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco is a click away if you experience any damage.

The United States is among the largest nations in the world, second only to Russia and Canada in total size (though China is also larger if you don’t count all outlying U.S. territories).

Having a territory this big under one umbrella means seasonal weather isn’t a monolith—different areas of the country experience different weather patterns, and thus different weather threats, to varying degrees across a year’s span.

As spring nears and warm and cold air masses collide all over the nation, let’s take an overview of what distinct weather events can be expected in a few large regions, and specifically, what we have to keep in mind here in York County.

The Pacific Northwest is prone to heavy rain over the spring months, which can cause flooding and water damage issues to area residents. Higher elevations will still be dealing with snow as well, and the melting and runoff from that can cause problems of its own.

In the Upper Midwest and also here in the Northeast regions, we have the longest continuation of winter’s chill, and cold weather will hang on fully throughout the season.

Specifically, here in Maine, heat and cold waves, droughts, severe rainstorms, nor’easters, ice storms, and tornadoes are all part of Maine’s normal climate throughout the year. Residents from here in Maine to the Dakotas can expect extreme cold and the possibility of snowstorms and blizzards until late spring or even early summer brings temperatures up.

Conversely, the southern West Coast will have to look out for excessive heat waves that can endanger lives and safety, and the South Pacific, including Hawaii, will be on alert for possible tsunamis caused by tectonic activity.

The middle of the country from Iowa to Texas will need to watch out for windstorms, derechos and the risk of wildfires, which are easily spread when winds are high and seasons are dry. And of course much of this area comprises Tornado Alley, in which a high concentration of tornadoes occur.

Finally, the Southeast may experience a range of severe weather, from tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in the landlocked states to dangerous rip currents, plus early-season hurricanes later in the spring.

Regardless of where you live, the threat of extreme weather in the U.S. is real. Yours may vary from your friend’s a few states over, but it always pays to know the times and stay ready.

If extreme weather leaves you with damage from water, fire or other elements, help is a click away. Contact SERVPRO for fast, expert recovery.

Why Your Business Needs the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan | SERVPRO® of Biddeford-Saco

2/17/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee standing in office next to a person reviewing plans If the day comes where your business is hit with disaster or emergency, you can rest assured SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco will be there to help.

Running a business is a full-time job. Scratch that—running a business is often an overtime job.

You have to maintain staff, meet payroll and keep up with an ever-changing landscape, all while competing in the marketplace, trying to innovate and present yourself well on social media. It’s a lot, and it’s a very tight rope to walk.

That’s why it often only takes one business disruption to take a business off its tracks for good. According to FEMA, 40% of small business don’t reopen after a natural disaster stops business, and another quarter of those that do are forced to close within a year.

And now faced with a business horizon that includes the immediate memory of pandemic shutdowns and concerns about the future, it’s more important than ever for businesses to have an effective plan in place in case of an emergency or disaster. Three-quarters of all small businesses don’t have a plan in place and that has to change.

SERVPRO is proud to help businesses in our area get ready and stay ready by creating an Emergency Ready Plan. We’ll help you through evaluation of needs and concerns particular to your location and industry.

We’ll cover everything from natural disasters to data recovery and backup, so that should the day ever come where your business is faced with disaster, you hit “go” and the plan goes to work to minimize downtime and impact. You and your teams will know the chain of command, what to do and when, alternative vendors and work locations, and much more.

Don’t let poor disaster planning make your business road any tougher than it already is. Let your local SERVPRO experts get you on track with an Emergency Ready Plan. It can be the difference that makes your business one of the survivors, not one of the victims, of a disruption.

When your business is ready to prioritize planning and safety to prevent extended downtime, contact SERVPRO to get the Emergency Ready Plan underway from the folks who know all there is to know about disaster and recovery.

SERVPRO 101 | SERVPRO® of Biddeford-Saco

2/4/2022 (Permalink)

a green SERVPRO van parked in a warehouse full of equipment When you need cleanup and recovery of any kind, you can trust SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco to get the job done.

When you see the big green truck rolling through town, you probably have a vague understanding of what’s going on. Somebody had some kind of problem at home, and the green truck is on its way to fix it somehow. There might be a hose of some kind involved, maybe?

Most people have a general understanding of SERVPRO as a cleaning company of some kind, and that’s not untrue—but it’s a fractional grasp of what we really are—a full-service, stem-to-stern cleaning, restoration and reconstruction behemoth. And your insurance company’s favorite behemoth, at that.

Here’s a deeper look into the range of SERVPRO’s comprehensive services:

Water damage recovery. When you spring a leak or experience a flood, we can get you back in the dry.

Fire damage recovery. Fires happen every 23 seconds in the United States, and that’s actually part of a 40-year trend downward. Fires do big damage, but we’ve got big help to offer.

Mold removal. Mold can crop up quickly after a leak or other water damage, and it can even threaten the structure of your home. Furthermore, it isn’t safe for you to remove on your own, because you’d endanger yourself and likely spread it more severely. Let the pros in green handle it.

Storm recovery. Natural disasters of all types can bring large-scale damage and destruction, but we can take care of your recovery needs from the day of the storm to the day you move back in.

Commercial needs. We help businesses and commercial spaces of all kinds with all the same services we offer homeowners, plus a few more, including specialized cleaning and care to make your business shine and instill confidence in your customers.

General cleaning. Residential and commercial spaces alike need some cleaning help from time to time. Carpets, upholstery and more need some care, but you’ve got other things to tend to. We can give you the heavy duty clean you need while you live your real life.

Specialty cleaning. We provide everything from document restoration and duct cleaning to COVID-19 services and biohazard cleanup. Seriously, if it can get dirty, grimy or otherwise gross, we can make it shine again.

Construction. When the absolute worst happens and areas of your home or business can’t be restored, you can even rely on SERVPRO to rebuild what’s necessary to restore your home to its preloss condition.

Add 24-hour service and an easy insurance process to all this, and the picture becomes clear—when you need cleanup and recovery of any kind, you can trust SERVPRO to get the job done.