Recent Commercial Posts
Fire Cleanup and Restoration for Commercial Shopping Center
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is currently restoring the New Garden Plaza II Shopping Center from fire damages after a devastating commercial fire took place last week. Several of our local fire departments rushed to the scene after smoke was seen coming from the roof of the complex. Unfortunately, all businesses were affected by the fire and are in desperate need of cleaning and repairs. The local businesses affected are the Barretta’s Italian Restaurant, Cricket Wireless, Kennett Copy & More, Ricciardi Brothers Paint, Beyond Limits Fitness, Kennett Tag & Insurance, and Rumores Estética y Peluqueria Salon.
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford was on scene immediately to assess the damages and we were happy to get started on the fire cleanup and restoration process this week. We are currently cleaning and packing out content as well as beginning work on the physical structures of each business, including cleaning the properties from smoke and soot damage. Our fire restoration crew is always prepared to help during times of disaster, and we will work hard to get each of the damaged businesses back to normal “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration. We offer 24/7 emergency services for fire, water, and mold issues for residential and commercial properties. Call us today at 610-268-8620 if you are in need of our help!
Equipment Rental for Your Restoration and Construction Needs
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is happy to assist our commercial clients with their cleaning and restoration needs. We are here to help in any way that we can. We even offer equipment rentals on our Air Filtration Devices and dehumidifiers. We often receive calls where the water damage is so minimal that all that is needed is a dehumidifier in order to dry out the affected areas of the property. This is where our equipment rental comes in handy. We supply the necessary equipment for homes and businesses to stay dry and free of mold after water damage has occurred.
Our air filtration devices can also be rented for containing dust particles during construction projects such as a home or business renovation. Commercial buildings and facilities including hospitals often require this type of equipment for their maintenance needs.
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford provides this equipment in order to help best fit your needs. For more information on our equipment rentals and pricing, contact us today at 610-268-8620.
Heating Your Business Safely
The winter temperatures cause many businesses to use heating equipment in order to keep clients and employees warm throughout the day. However, just as in your home, there are risks to utilizing this cold weather equipment. The National Fire Protection Association outlines some of the safety precautions your business can take in order to keep everyone warm and safe.
- Anything that can burn should be at least three feet away from heating equipment including portable heaters.
- Have a professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment following the local codes and proper measures.
- Heating equipment should be inspected and cleaned every year.
- Ensure your employees turn their portable heaters off before leaving the building.
- For fuel burning space heaters, always use the proper fuel outlined by the manufacturer.
- Test smoke alarms every month.
Following the proper safety measures for heating your commercial building will ensure a safe and warm space for you and your employees.
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is proud to help restore our local businesses when they experience fire damage caused by a heat source or other fire hazard. We are always prepared to clean and restore any fire, smoke or soot damage.
Winter Weather Preparation
Winter weather means safety risks for your business when it comes to snow. SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford understands how critical it is to keep your commercial business running and your employees and customers safe during inclement weather. Following important safety measures and being prepared for winter will help keep your business running smoothly.
- Before a winter storm, discuss your plan with either your employees or hired contractor. Cover any sidewalks or parking lots with ice melt. This will prevent slippery surfaces for those visiting or working in the building.
- Stock up on supplies including snow shovels. Have cones and caution tape ready in case you need to alert customers or employees about icy surfaces before anyone is able to remove the snow and ice.
- Clear all areas of travel, including sidewalks, parking lots and entrances.
- Make sure your employees know what to do in the event of a storm, such as where to park and how to access the building.
This season can pose a large threat to commercial businesses. The proper precautions and preparation will eliminate the risks and help keep your company functioning. SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is always prepared for winter disasters. We are happy to help and offer 24/7 emergency services in fire, water, and mold damage, no matter the weather.
Sprinkler System Maintenance
Every commercial business should have a sprinkler system that is properly maintained. This system can prevent a much larger disaster in the event of a fire and not only help keep you and your employees safe, but also minimize the amount of damage and downtime to your business. Therefore, it is important to prepare your commercial building and ensure that your sprinkler system is functional.
- Have your system annually inspected, tested and maintained by a professional.
- Ensure that the system you install is equipped to handle the specific layout of the building.
- Identify that there is at least eighteen inches of clearance below each sprinkler head.
By checking your systems on a regular basis and following proper safety measures, you can help to limit the amount of fire damage to your business.
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is proud to help restore commercial buildings from any size fire disaster. We offer 24/7 emergency services for homes and businesses that experience an unexpected fire.
Cleaning for HBO Filming in Coatesville
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford recently received a call from HBO to help clean areas of Coatesville City for a new show they are currently filming. The new show, Mare of Easttown starring Kate Winslet is being filmed around various parts of the city, and we were excited to help! Our crew spent days on site to clean and repair multiple locations. It was an extensive job, but nothing our team couldn’t handle.
HBO and the City of Coatesville were impressed with our services and even asked us to do additional work for the filming sites. We were happy to help clean up parts of the city while helping to make some movie magic!
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is proud to help our local community with their cleaning and restoration needs. If you need your home or business cleaned or restored, contact us at 610-268-8620. We will help to make it “Like it never even happened.”
We Love Our Commercial Clients!
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford has been keeping busy with restoring properties from any size disaster. Our commercial clients have been a large part of that, and we can’t thank them enough for using our services in their time of need. We understand how important your business is to you, so our restoration professionals take great care in each job we perform, no matter how big or small.
Just this month, we have received and completed work for a variety of businesses and organizations in Chester County. This includes educational institutions, medical offices and our local police departments to name a few.
Our crew has been working hard to help each of these commercial clients with everything from reversing the damages of vandalism to restoring their floors from the wear and tear that a business tends to cause. We take pride in making each one of these jobs “Like it never even happened.”
To learn more about how we can help your commercial business, call SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford at 610-268-8620.
Water Loss Disaster at Widener University
Earlier this year, Widener University suffered an extensive water disaster at their college campus. Four floors were affected by the water leak, which included the institution's newest residence hall, Harris Hall. This building houses approximately 200 students at the University and so, it was imperative that work begin right away on restoring the damages.
Our franchise came to the rescue and for an entire month, we worked hard to get the campus back on track. The damage was so extensive that we brought in our Disaster Recovery trailers to transport more of our restoration equipment to the scene. Our team put in a lot of hours, working day and night for weeks in order to restore the University to its former glory.
We are always happy to help out our local community. At SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford, we are proud to have the resources, equipment and dedicated team to make a water disaster like this one "Like it never even happened."
Choosing the Right Fire Extinguisher for Your Business
At SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford, we see fire and water disasters everyday in situations where sometimes, a fire extinguisher can greatly decrease the intensity of an event. Choosing the right fire extinguisher can greatly help your business in the long run.
Class A: This is the most common extinguisher and is used to put out fires in cloth, wood, rubber, paper, and plastics.
Class B: These are used when flammable liquids are involved, such as grease, gasoline and oil.
Class C: This is used when fires involve appliances or equipment that is electrically energized or plugged in.
Class D: These are used for flammable metals and are usually found in factories working with those metals.
Class K: Usually found in commercial kitchens, they are used when vegetable oils, animal oils or fats in cooking are involved.
Choosing the right fire extinguisher is an integral component of your business when it involves preparation for unexpected disasters such as a fire event. If your business suffers a fire loss, contact the fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford. We specialize in restoring any size disaster with 24/7 emergency services so you can be confident that your business will remain standing when the smoke clears.
Source: National Fire Protection Association
Protecting your Business from Flooding
At SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford, we understand that your business is important to you. Our restoration professionals work hard to help restore homes and businesses in our local community daily. We are equipped with the expertise and technology to restore your property from any size disaster. However, there are steps you can take on your own to prevent damages to your business.
- Start with a thorough risk analysis. Plan for emergencies and obtain insurance coverage that will cover your business in the event of a flood. Consider any damages to property as well.
- Pay attention to weather alerts in your area.
- Ensure that all gutters are inspected and clear of dirt and debris regularly.
- Install barriers to prevent water from getting inside.
- Use flood-resistant materials in any new construction to your business.
- Relocate your files to a safe location, and back them up.
These measures will protect your business in the event of flooding and drastically minimize the damages to your commercial property. If you experience any flooding or storm damage at your business, contact SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford at (610) 268-8620. We can help make your commercial disaster “Like it never even happened”.
Protecting Your Business From Cold Weather Conditions
With winter here, now is the time to start thinking about how you can protect your business from cold weather conditions. Protecting your customers, clients and employees is one critical component you need to consider. Snow and ice create dangerous hazards for businesses, since many people often slip and fall on untreated, icy surfaces. To prevent injuries, you can follow these key steps by Travelers Insurance to eliminate this winter hazard.
- Create and implement a snow and ice removal plan. This includes determining who is responsible for carrying out the plan. Responsibilities include hiring contractors or choosing your own personnel, ensuring that snow is removed and salt is placed on walkways as well as proper claim handling procedures.
- Assign someone the task of monitoring weather conditions, walkways and the effectiveness of the snow and ice removal.
- Record removal activities in a log. The log should include names and dates along with the amount of snow and ice, temperature and the removal process.
- Investigate any injuries immediately
Using your Plan
Be aware of uneven surfaces and areas with high traffic. Clean up after ice melt. When piling snow, try not to block visibility around corners. In addition, use warning signs and lights for more protection. Be aware of refreezing, and check that your drains do not spread water onto walkways.
Lastly, check with your municipality with your location’s specific regulations on treating weather conditions.
These steps will keep anyone who visits your business safe from harm. If you experience a more drastic winter storm event such as frozen pipes, call SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford at (610) 268-8620. We can handle winter disasters for you.
Carpet Cleaning for Your Business
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford offers more to our local businesses than restoration during large events from fire or water damage. Our cleaning and restoration professionals are happy to help with your everyday business needs such as carpet cleaning. We have offered this service to many homes and businesses in our local area, and our customers are happy to see their carpets looking brand new.
Before your carpets need our services, there are actions you can take to keep them looking clean on your own. To maintain the look and cleanliness of your carpets, vacuuming should be done regularly. Other steps you can take to keep your carpets looking new include stain removal, pilating the carpet to prevent matting, moving furniture around to change traffic patterns, and using mats to limit the amount of soil on the carpet.
If your carpets require more attention to meet your business needs, contact us at (610) 268-8620.
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Commercial Cleaning for Your Business
Did you know that we also offer commercial cleaning services for businesses? While SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford can handle any size fire, water or mold disaster, we also offer the everyday services your business needs in order to maintain a clean and safe environment.
We understand how important your business is to you and how even a dirty floor can impact how your company is perceived. Our cleaning and restoration professionals can help restore your property loss and damages so that your business can continue to prosper. Our commercial cleaning services include the following:
- Air ducts and HVAC units
- Biohazard and Sewage
- Trauma and Crime Scene
- Carpet and Upholstery
- Drapes and Blinds
- Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors
- Odor Removal and Deodorization
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is happy to help your business with your cleaning and restoration needs. Call us at (610) 268-8620 for more information.
Summer Camp Commercial Mold Remediation
Mold damage to the ceiling in basement.
At the start of this spring, SERVPRO of Kennett Square/ Oxford was called in to assist with a mold remediation at a local youth summer camp. As they were going through prepping the camp, to be ready to invite the smiling faces of their campers for the summer, they discovered a small water leak in their dining hall had gone un-noticed in the months that the camp was closed down. This minor leak had created the perfect, humid, environment for mold to grow. In just a few months’ time the entire basement of the structure had significant mold growth on every surface. The IICRC certified mold technicians at SERVPRO of Kennett Square/ Oxford spent a week removing all of the affected content, drop ceiling, and drywall throughout the structure. The entire structure was then cleaned, treated, and then sealed in order to mitigate the mold damage. We were proud to have the opportunity to create a clean and safe environment for the children to enjoy this summer.
Commercial Hardwood Cleaning
Commercial VCT strip and wax.
Hardwood flooring is commonly used in both residential and commercial buildings and appears to be easy to clean, maintain, and restore. However, don’t let it fool you - these materials tend to have soil accumulate over time especially in heavy traffic areas, and eventually you’ll need professional cleaning to remove this buildup. That’s where SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford comes in! We were contacted by Avondale Fire Company– Station 23 to shine up their hardwood and tile flooring from every day wear and tear. Our professional technicians took the time and care needed and treated the floors at the fire station like their own. If your home or business has this type of flooring that needs some attention, give us a call! We have trained professionals and specialized cleaning methods that allow us to properly clean and restore your floor’s original beauty.
SERVPRO to the rescue!
One of the affected hallways
One of our local universities experienced a sprinkler discharge which affected 2 stories, 2 stairwells, and 6 dorm rooms. Crews were onsite within 30 minutes and worked until approx 11:00pm to extract water and set equipment to help facilitate the drying of the structure.
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is ready at a moments notice. Our franchise is actually designated as a Large Loss Response Team. This qualification is obtained through several criteria set forth by our corporate office. Our Commercial Large Loss Division handles any losses estimated to be $50,000 and up. Once the loss hits an estimated $500,000 our Extreme Response Team is then activated. Our Franchise also is designated for Storm Production. We are 1 of 4, out of over 1750 franchises to have this designation. If a hurricane were to hit from South Carolina up to Maine, we would implement a "Storm Event" and activate local franchises to help the surrounding area. So rest assured, whatever the size of the loss, SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford can help to make it "Like it never even happened."
Old Superfresh building in Kennett
The old Superfresh building in Kennett Square
2018 has been off to a brutally cold start. Across our region home owners and businesses have been struggling with frozen and burst pipes. One such incident occurred for one of our local property managers in the Kennett Square area. On New Year’s Day they had a two inch sprinkler line burst in a storefront that they are currently in the process of preparing for new tenants. They called SERVPRO of Kennett Square/ Oxford and within an hour we had a crew of 12 men on site to begin mitigation.
Our crew spent 6.5 hours battling the frigid temperatures to dry out the structure. We brought in a large generator and supplemental lighting due to the power being down to the building and multiple pieces of extracting equipment, including a truck mounted unit, to pump out the water as quickly as possible. At SERVPRO of Kennett Square/ Oxford our goal is to limit the time that a business has to keep their doors closed during and after any size disaster.
Disaster: Will you be ruined or ready?
Large Commercial Loss
When damage strikes you can be ruined or you can be ready! David Hughes, President of SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford, gave a presentation at the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce about the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile. ERPs are a free service offered to local area businesses that helps them be ready for whatever happens!
Hughes told the audience that by preparing with an ERP, you can minimize the amount of time your business is inactive. Knowing who to call in advance is the key to timely mitigation, and timely mitigation reduces the effects of fire and water damage.
Elements of the ERP include employee and emergency contacts, utility contacts, shut off locations, primary contact information, insurance contacts, property overview and building access information.
SERVPRO of Kennett Square / Oxford is located on Pennsylvania Avenue in Avondale Pennsylvania. The team provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. Highly trained technicians respond immediately to residential or commercial emergencies.
SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford is a Gold Circle Partner of the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce, and a Platinum Sponsor of the Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce. This provides financial support for Chamber activities. Network at Noon is the monthly luncheon given for Southern Chamber members and guests on the last Thursday of the month.
For more information about SERVPRO of Kennett Square/Oxford services, contact them at (610) 268-8620.