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Commercial Property Maintenance

8/14/2021 (Permalink)

Drying Equipment in a resort lobby on Panama City Beach When commercial property damage strikes, give SERVPRO of Bay County a call at 850-785-1077 for help!

Preventative maintenance is one of the most important steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of structural damage at your commercial property.  Whether lessening the risk of water, fire, or mold damages, there are strategies that can be employed:

Water

  • Periodically check plumbing and fixtures for broken or cracked gaskets or seals and/or small leaks. The sooner you catch an issue and repair it, the less likely your small leak will become a catastrophe.
  • Maintain landscaping around your property. Debris in drainage ditches, overgrown weeds, or clogged storm drains can result it rainwater backing up and flooding your property.  Maintaining the exterior of the property reduces this risk, especially if heavy rains are in the forecast.
  • Roof Maintenance! Damaged roofs provide not only the perfect entry point for storm water to flow into your building but can also allow moisture to become trapped in ceilings and attics, increasing the likelihood of mold growth.

Fire

  • Have a licensed electrician check wiring in the building. Especially in older properties, faulty wiring is a common source of commercial fire damage.
  • If your building is equipped with a fire suppression system, make sure it is in working order. If not, be sure to have plenty of in-date fire extinguishers located throughout the property, so that in case of fire, a small issue has less opportunity to become a large disaster.
  • Properly store and label any combustible or hazardous materials, such as gasoline, diesel, or chemicals. Improperly stored hazardous materials can provide an ignition source and make putting out the fire more dangerous and difficult.

Mold

  • Reduce moisture within the building by running a dehumidifier. Especially in the more humid climate of the Florida Panhandle, eliminating as much moisture as possible within the business can reduce the potential for mold growth.
  • If you see signs of water intrusion, such as staining or puddling, identify the source, fix it, and dry the area as soon as possible! With porous materials, such as drywall, it only takes a minimal amount of moisture to create the conditions for microbial growth, and growth can begin in as little as 24-48 hours.
  • Have your HVAC/Duct Work cleaned regularly. This provides better air quality for the property and reduces the circulation of contaminants.  If you have confirmed a mold issue at your business, do NOT run the HVAC system, as this could circulate the mold spores and widen the spread.

When it comes to maintaining your commercial property, know that SERVPRO of Bay County is Here to Help.  Along with providing duct and general commercial cleanings, our team of professionals is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for emergency damages.  Serving Panama City, Callaway, Springfield, and surrounding communities, we have the equipment, expertise, and experience to handle damages of all sizes!

Commercial Cleanup and Restoration Throughout Bay County

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles parked in front of a courthouse in Florida Commercial Property Damage? Give SERVPRO of Bay County a call at 850-785-1077

SERVPRO of Bay County has been called on by numerous businesses, including restaurants, condominium complexes, hotels, and hospitals, over the years to provide cleanup, mitigation, and restoration services.  By being of service to a variety of different commercial properties, our team has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in handling disasters of all sizes.

From a multi-level hotel fire, started by a damaged phone charger plugged into an outlet, to an extensive eighteen-unit condominium flood from a fire suppression system discharge, SERVPRO of Bay County has seen, and cleaned it all.  Commercial properties often present their own set of unique challenges, such as limiting the amount of business interruption sustained or dealing with multiple stakeholders and/or owners, but our team of IICRC trained professionals is prepared for just these circumstances.

When it comes to making sure your business can get back to business after a water, fire, storm, or mold damage emergency, trust SERVPRO of Bay County to help.  We are proud to serve throughout Bay County, including Mexico Beach, Lynn Haven, Callaway, and surrounding communities, and with the backing of nearly 1,900 nationwide franchises, have the ability to handle even the largest of commercial disasters.  For more information about our commercial cleanup and restoration services, please visit our Commercial Restoration Services page, or give us a call at 850-785-1077.

Concerned about Coronavirus in Panama City Beach?

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

Man wearing PPE wiping down a table We have the equipment, experience, and expertise to clean and sanitize properties of all sizes!

With Coronavirus (COVID-19) positivity numbers back on the rise throughout Florida, many business owners and community leaders throughout Bay County are concerned about the impact this trend could have on their business.  As leaders in the cleanup and restoration industry, SERVPRO of Bay County is Here to Help clean, sanitize, and disinfect your commercial properties, providing a safer environment for both your employees and customers.

Due to high tourist traffic in Panama City Beach, this is one area within our community with even larger COVID-19 concerns.  To help combat these issues, SERVPRO of Bay County offers a variety of different cleaning options to best suit your needs.  Along with these options, we will also work with you to schedule a cleaning time that fits into your schedule.

We take great pride in providing the highest possible level of customer service to our clients, and we will work diligently to help your business keep business flowing during these unprecedented times.  To learn more about our different COVID-19 sanitation options, or schedule service, please give us a call at 850-785-1077 today!

More Than Remediation – We Offer Commercial Reconstruction, Too!

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

Construction taking place on a commercial building For projects of all sizes, SERVPRO of Bay County is Here to Help with your construction needs!

The SERVPRO Brand is known as a leader in the Water, Fire, Storm, Mold, and Biohazard Clean-Up and Restoration Industry, but did you know that along with providing all these services, SERVPRO of Bay County is also a Licensed General Contractor?  That’s right!  Our reconstruction division offers a wide array of commercial building services to community members in Panama City, Panama City Beach, and surrounding areas, including:

  • Drywalling
  • Painting
  • Flooring
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • HVAC

Through a network of trusted sub-contractors, along with in house construction specialists, SERVPRO of Bay County is equipped and prepared to handle projects of all shapes and sizes.  We have managed numerous commercial rebuilds throughout Bay County, and strive to provide the highest level of customer service, with open lines of communication, and a quality resulting product.  To learn more about our reconstruction services or request an appointment, please give us a call at 850-785-1077, we’re here to help!

SERVPRO of Bay County Offers an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for Local Businesses

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's emergency ready profile logo Interested in learning more or creating an ERP for your business? Give SERVPRO of Bay County a call at 850-785-1077!

Benjamin Franklin said it best: “By Failing to Prepare, you are Preparing to Fail.”  This is especially true when it comes to preparing for a water, fire, or storm occurrence at your commercial property.   At SERVPRO of Bay County, we offer a no-cost tool, known as an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP), to help you with this task.

SERVPRO’s ERP provides a digital “one stop shop” for business owners and managers to retain key contacts and pertinent information about their property.  Your SERVPRO of Bay County Marketing Representative can assist you in locating and marking various important areas in and around your property, such as electrical and water shut off valves, compiling vendor lists and emergency contacts, and uploading important property documents to the ERP.  This service is accessible from anywhere with an internet connection via a secure app and can provide critical information about your commercial property when it is needed most.

Interested in learning more about our Emergency Ready Profile?  Ready to get started?  Give SERVPRO of Bay County a call at 850-785-1077.  Serving Panama City Beach, Callaway, and surrounding areas, our team is prepared to help you prepare; together we can make your property damage “Like it never even happened.”

Commercial Property Cleaning & Restoration Services

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

Strip Mall with SERVPRO Logo SERVPRO of Bay County provides commercial cleaning and restoration services for Springfield, Callaway, and surrounding areas.

SERVPRO of Bay County offers a variety of cleaning and restoration services for businesses both large and small in Panama City, Panama City Beach, Lynn Haven, and nearby communities.  Our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to respond to your emergency business damages, including sewage backups, water damages, and flooding occurrences.

When disaster strikes, our team responds as quickly as possible, working to mitigate the severity of damages, lessen the amount of time your business flow is interrupted, and begin getting your building back to its preloss condition.  Our top priority is to deliver the highest caliber of service, not only providing a full line of water, fire and mold damage remediation options, but also working with your insurance company to help alleviate the stress of the damage situation.

SERVPRO of Bay County’s Large Loss Response Team, along with the backing of over 1,700 franchises nationwide, has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle any size commercial loss.  We have worked with a variety of local business owners, from small restaurants to multi-unit condominiums, and are Here to Help you and your business in your time of need.  To learn more about our services, please give us a call at 850-785-1077, or visit our commercial restoration webpage at https://www.SERVPRObaycounty.com/commercial-restoration-services.

Restoring Your Panama City Beach Commercial Property After a Water Damage Event

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

When Commercial Damages Strike, SERVPRO of Bay County is Here to Help!

Flooding and water damage events at Panama City Beach commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we are dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large-scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost productivity, so when an emergency arises at your business, give us a call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for quick response.

About SERVPRO of Bay County

SERVPRO of Bay County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge and ability to restore your commercial property.

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To learn more about the commercial water damage services SERVPRO of Bay County offers, give us a call at 850-785-1077, We’re Here to Help!

Commercial Services in Bay County, Florida

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

Offering a full line of commercial clean up and restoration services, SERVPRO of Bay County is Here to Help!

There is never a convenient time for your business to experience and be interrupted by fire, water, storm, or mold damage. We know that every hour your business is out of commission is an hour of lost productivity and revenue. From small, standalone boutiques, to large multi-unit office buildings, when you need professional cleaning or restoration services, SERVPRO of Bay County has the training, expertise, certifications, and resources to handle your disaster. Our commercial service lines include:

As a locally owned and operated franchise ourselves, we understand the stress and worry that comes with damages to your business.  To help alleviate that stress, our customers can expect a quick response from a professionally trained team, who will treat their property as they would their own, fair and honest communication, and excellent customer service throughout the entire course of their project.

If your business needs professional fire, water, storm, mold or cleaning services, give SERVPRO of Bay County a call at 850-785-1077, our team is Here to Help! 

Commercial Pack Out Services in Panama City Beach

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bay County is Here to Help with both your property and contents in Panama City Beach, Carillon Beach, and surrounding areas.

The above commercial office building in Panama City Beach received a great deal of water damage following a major storm.  The client had an array of desks, chairs, cubicles, office supplies and personal property belonging to nearly fifty staff members in the affected area.  In order to begin the necessary water mitigation, SERVPRO of Bay County inventoried, packed, neatly stacked, organized, labeled and moved the contents of the offices to a separate, unaffected area.  These organizational efforts ensured a quick and easy transition for the office staff upon return to their workplace after the water mitigation was complete.  SERVPRO of Bay County takes pride in caring for our client’s contents and property with the same care and concern as would be taken with our own personal items.

Offering a full line of commercial cleaning, mitigation, and restoration services, SERVPRO of Bay County is Here to Help get your property back to business after damage strikes.  For more information about our commercial services, call 850-785-1077, or visit https://www.SERVPRObaycounty.com/commercial-restoration-services.  

Panama City Commercial Cleaning Services

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bay County offers Commercial Cleaning Services in Panama City, Mexico Beach, Grand Lagoon, and Surrounding Areas!

SERVPRO of Bay County offers a full line of commercial cleaning services for Panama City, Panama City Beach, and surrounding communities.  Our professional team possesses the training, knowledge, and equipment to handle a multitude of cleaning needs, no matter the size of the commercial facility.  Services provided in our cleaning line include, but are not limited to:

When it comes to clean, you can rely on SERVPRO of Bay County to provide expedient service, fair and honest communication, and excellent customer service for the duration of your project.  Give us a call at 850-785-1077 to discuss your property’s cleaning needs, We’re Here to Help.    

Preparing Your Bay County Business for an Emergency

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bay County provides commercial restoration services in Panama City Beach, Springfield, Mexico Beach, and surrounding areas.

Hurricane Season begins June 1st, and as many in Bay County and surrounding areas know, not being prepared can come with devastating consequences.  At SERVPRO of Bay County, we offer a FREE tool, known as an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for commercial properties to be more prepared in case of damaging events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, property fires, or large water damages. 

SERVPRO’s ERP provides a digital “one stop shop” for business owners and managers to retain key contacts and pertinent information about their company.  Your SERVPRO of Bay County Marketing Representative can assist you in locating and marking various important areas in and around your property, compiling vendor lists and emergency contacts, and uploading important property documents to the ERP.  This service is accessible from anywhere with an internet connection via an app and can provide critical information in the event of an emergency.

Interested in learning more about creating an Emergency Ready Profile for your business?  Give SERVPRO of Bay County a call at 850-785-1077, We’re Here to Help!

Downtime = Lost Money

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bay County provides 24-Hour Commercial Water Damage Restoration Service in Panama City Beach, Biltmore Beach, Lynn Haven, and surrounding a

At SERVPRO of Bay County, our team understands that a quick and efficient response during a water damage emergency is extremely important.  During emergencies like these, not only must the building be back up and functioning, but the information, materials and equipment inside that are used daily need to be taken care of and restored.

SERVPRO of Bay County can save and restore nearly any office component, including sensitive information and paperwork, with our Document Restoration service. Our team always attempts to salvage anything damaged because we understand that it can keep the cost down for you and the insurance company as well the value it has to your company. If an item can be saved or restored it is worth the time to do so.  SERVPRO of Bay County works tirelessly to treat each of your items with special care as if they were our own. Our team is professionally trained to keep your items from damage while we do the work.

You can trust that SERVPRO of Bay County keeps in mind that time down for your business equals money lost. Our team will work around the clock to make sure your commercial damage seems “Like it never even happened” and your business is back up and running as soon as possible.

Call SERVPRO of Bay County today at (850) 785-1077 for more information or commercial water damage restoration services!

Levels of Commercial Loss in Bay County, FL

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bay County provides 24 hour commercial damage restoration in Panama City, Panama City Beach, Lynn Haven, Southport and surrounding areas.

SERVPRO of Bay 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 an appropriate sized team of professionals are dispatched to get the job done quickly and efficiently, and return your business to operation “Like it never even happened.”®

Call SERVPRO of Bay County today at (850) 785-1077 to learn more about our commercial property restoration services!

No Job is Too Large for SERVPRO

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bay County provides 24 hour damage restoration in Panama City, Panama City Beach, 30a, and more surrounding areas.

If you’re a business owner in Bay County, Florida, major disastrous events such as hurricanes, strong winds, flooding and more are issues you never want to have to worry about. Regardless, these unfortunate events still happen. Fortunately, no job is too large for the SERVPRO of Bay County team.

The SERVPRO of Bay County Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO.

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, fire or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

Call SERVPRO of Bay County today at (850) 785-1077 to learn more about our commercial property restoration services!

5 Ways to Prevent Mold in Your Commercial Business

8/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bay County provides 24 hour storm, fire, and water damage restoration service in Panama City, Panama City Beach, Lynn Haven and more!

Mold in your building may be the last of your worries while operating your commercial business in Bay County, Florida. It’s important to keep in mind that some mold, over time, may cause structural damage to wood along with damage to furnishings and finishes. It could also take a toll on your staff's health if not taken care of properly.

Use the following tips to help prevent mold growth in your business:

#1: Clean Out the Fridge

It can be difficult to keep track of shared refrigerators. Some people will always remember to clear out their leftovers, others won’t. Old food storage containers are a perfect breeding ground for mold. Over time, mold can travel to the shelving and even outside the refrigerator. Consider instituting an office refrigerator policy. If something is left in the fridge by a certain time each week, it goes in the garbage.

#2: Look For and Repair Any Leaks

Leaks from plumbing, windows, roofs, and more can lead to significant water damage in your business as well as an increased risk of mold growth. If you aren’t regularly inspecting your property, it’s easy for these leaks to go unchecked until they create a larger, more costly problem. Watch for telltale signs of a leak such as lower water pressure; wet spots on the floors, ceilings, or walls; and condensation around window sills and in attic spaces.

#3: Run a Dehumidifier

Leaks aren’t the only way for moisture to accumulate in your business. High humidity levels can lead to moisture and mold as well. On hot days, fans can cool you off, but they don’t do much for humidity levels. Run dehumidifier to cut down the humidity in the building.

#4: Clean Out Trash Cans

While you might switch out the liners regularly, can you remember the last time you washed out the trash cans? It’s easy for bits of food and condensation to sneak beneath liners into the can, which is all mold needs to grow. Try washing out office wastebaskets about once a month to prevent mold growth.

#5: Take Care of Your HVAC System

Your HVAC system can quickly distribute mold spores throughout your building if there is a problem. Make sure your HVAC system receives regular inspections. Sometimes moisture condenses inside air ducts which can lead to mold growth inside the ducts. Make sure to keep the HVAC drip pans clean and unobstructed. And, don’t forget to replace your filters as needed.

Call SERVPRO of Bay County today at (850) 785-1077 if you need assistance with mold, water, fire, or storm damage to your residential home or commercial business.

Water Damage in Commercial properties

8/10/2019 (Permalink)

Large amounts of equipment needed for this Commercial Water loss

Commercial properties in the Bay County area can be assured that SERVPRO of Bay County is ready to serve them no matter the size of their water disaster. Whether it's a room or two, several floors in a high rise or an entire building we are ready to help and have the equipment and personnel to do the job. 

SERVPRO of Bay County has an impressive resume' of commercial jobs that they have performed in Bay County. The SERVPRO Bay County team is a qualified large loss team and also travels to help other teams with both equipment and professional experience. 

SERVPRO of Bay County is always here to help with your water damage needs. If you would like more information on how SERVPRO of Bay County can help your commercial property after a disaster or how to prepare before a disaster please call 850-785-1077 or email us info@SERVPRObaycounty.com.

Rebuilding our SERVPRO home after Hurricane Michael

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

1403 Florida Blvd

October 10th was just 2 days before SERVPRO of Bay County was to paint the walls of their brand-new building. This new building was something the Bay County team had worked hard to achieve. The warehouse would be triple the size, the parking lot was larger and fully paved, the offices were newly remodeled, and a brand-new conference room was built. New paint meant we were very close to moving in. However, October 10th2018 the residents of Bay County Florida woke up to the weather Channel forecasting Hurricane Michael to not only be a direct hit but also a Category 4 storm.

Like so many others in our community when the storm passed, we found our new building destroyed. The winds had ripped through 1403 Florida Avenue leaving bent and broken steel beams and metal flapping in the wind. The walls that were ready for paint were now wet and ruined. The SERVPRO of Bay County team was clearly disappointed but we didn't have time to focus on our loss, our community needed us to help them with the water and destruction in their homes and commercial properties.

As our SERVPRO of Bay County teams worked hard, long, demanding hours to help rebuild our Bay County community it became apparent our office building would have to wait. In the mean time we worked out of a 20x20 tent a mobile office and for some it was out of our homes and cars.

We are happy to say that 6 months after the devastation we have moved into our new building. It is beautiful and we are so grateful to have a business home.

We invite you to visit us at 1403 Florida Ave, Panama City Fl 32401, we’d love to give you a tour.

Restoring Bay County Commercial Properties After Hurricane Michael

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Water damage at Bay County commercial properties, due to Hurricane Michael, have been complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.  

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Bay County

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO of Bay County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today! (850) 785-1077

4th Quarter Business Excellence

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

"Our Fourth Quarter Business Excellence Award winner provides 24 hour emergency fire and water cleanup, mold, and biohazard remediation, as well as complete rebuild services on residential and commercial buildings.

It all started in 2003, when Sean and Kellie Grier turned their dream into a reality. It was their vision to grow a company that would not only provide jobs for citizens of Bay County, but most importantly, provide careers. Careers that not only provided a living, but that would grow families, and better our community.

As many dreams do, this one started small, with just a few vehicles and a handful of employees. It took a lot of hard work, dedication, and a little luck but eventually, it grew into a successful business that currently has a fleet of vehicles, 35 employees, and 3 buildings. This growth has enabled the company to travel to other communities in time of disaster, and help with, as well as achieve “Large Loss Team” status. They were named one of the companies Top 100 franchises out of 1,700 in 2016 and 2017.

Sean Grier will be the first to tell you that he couldn’t have done it on his own. He strongly believes in teamwork and is involved in all aspects of the business. It’s his hands on approach that he is most admired for among his staff.

This company has been a supportive member of the Beach Chamber for 8 years. Members of their team are very active in our Ambassador program, as well as our IdeaCamp and Women’s Symposium committees.

This organization is a valued member and we are proud to present them with this award this morning. The 2017 fourth quarter Business Excellence Award goes to SERVPRO of Bay County"

-PCB Chamber of Commerce

Red Flags to Look for When Buying a Home

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Whether the house is ten years old, fifty years old, or brand new, it’s always important to look for red flags indicating signs of possible home damage that needs restoration before making your final decision. Nobody wants to make the mistake of buying a home, only to discover hidden problems later on that require expensive restoration services and maintenance.

Here’s what we recommend keeping an eye out for when considering a home to buy:

Potential Foundation & Structural Problems

A poor foundation can cost homeowners thousands of dollars to correct, making it one of the most expensive fixes you could potentially have. Be sure the walls, doorframes, and the house itself aren’t leaning in any way or cracked. Also, be sure to check if the yard and other land around the home slopes toward it. If it does slope, that could be a big indicator of damage – water can easily run and collect at the foundation of the house causing severe water damage and compromising its structural integrity.

Poor Drainage

Speaking of water damage, another big red flag when buying a home is how well its drainage system is working. Signs of a bad drainage system could include overflowing gutters, water stains on walls, cracking in the foundation, and pooling water around the yard. If any of these sigs are present, you’ll want to be cautious about that property and how prone it is to water damage if it’s not already experiencing the affects.

The Presence of Mold

Mold spells bad news for the home and your health. While not always easily detected, it’s important for any home to be inspected for mold prior to buying and moving in. Check areas like basements and attics, as well as drains around the house like showers and sinks.

Issues with Electrical Systems

This is where the age of the house comes into play. Electrical system issues can be some of the hardest red flags to detect, so we recommend testing light switches throughout the house while doing a walk through. See how well the lights are working and test the electrical yesterdays. You may even consider hiring a professional inspector to run diagnostics to make sure everything is up to code and avoid potentially hazardous and damaging problems to your home.

New Years Resolutions: Creating an Emergency Evacuation Plan

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Emergency preparedness is key to keeping your family safe during a disaster

With the new year almost here, many find themselves at a time of reflection, renewal and resolution. As we prepare for the start of 2018, one resolution we recommend is creating an Emergency Evacuation Plan for your family and/or business. Having an Emergency Evacuation Plan in place both at home and at work can make the difference in keeping everyone safe when an unexpected emergency situation arises.

Here are some tips from SERVPRO of Bay County to help you prepare:

Have a Designated Meeting Place

In the event of a fire or other disaster, it’s important to have a Designated Meeting Place that’s close enough to your location to be easily accessible, but far enough away to be out of range of any danger. Make sure all individuals are aware of this meeting place, and are physically able to access it.

Design an Evacuation Route

Depending on the size and layout of your home or office, an Evacuation Route could have many variations. Make sure you plan safe routes for individuals to take based on their locations during a given moment when disaster could strike. Each route should lead to your predetermined Designated Meeting Place.

Consider Individual Needs

As you solidify your plan, take into account any individual needs that may require special attention. This could include care of children, pets, medical needs, and having necessary supply items. Discuss these needs with your family or employees, create emergency kits with required supplies, and assign responsibilities to members accordingly.

Learn Basic CPR Skills

It is not uncommon for individuals to get hurt during a disaster – they can become injured, faint, or worse. That’s why it’s important to know basic CPR skills in case lifesaving measures must be taken before paramedics are able to arrive. If possible, make sure each family or team member attends a CPR class.

Disaster can strike at any time, and the safety of your family and employees should be top priority when it does. Having an Emergency Evacuation Plan in place will help you be more prepared to handle any emergency situation that may occur.

If you are creating an Emergency Evacuation Plan for your home, ready.gov offers helpful resources to help you and your family prepare, including a downloadable Emergency Checklist.

If you are a business designing an Emergency Evacuation Plan for your company, follow the OSHA Emergency Action Plan guidelines here.