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Warehouse Fire Prevention

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Keep your warehouse safe with these simple tips

Warehouses are vital repositories for a business’ stock. They store most, if not all, of a business’ goods ready for sale or distribution.

Because they have such an important function—safeguarding the biggest source of a business’ income—warehouses can control a business’ fate. Any warehouse disaster, such as a fire, can have disastrous consequences, potentially shutting down the warehouse and forcing the entire business to cease operations.

Neglecting to shield your warehouse against fires means you could be sealing your business’ fate. As an owner, manager or warehouse operator, do not let all your hard work go up in smoke—adopt these simple measures to stamp out fires in your warehouse.

Fire Safety Legislation

The starting point for any successful workplace fire safety program is undertaking a risk assessment according to the fire safety legislation relevant for your area. Most risk assessments follow these five steps:

  1. Identify the fire hazards.
  2. Determine the people at risk.
  3. Evaluate, remove or reduce the risks.
  4. Record your findings, prepare an emergency plan and provide training.
  5. Review and update the fire risk assessment regularly.

Fire Safety Procedures

Using the information gleaned from your risk assessment, establish fire safety procedures that are tailored to your business’ fire risks. Train all employees in these procedures to ensure a unified response in the event of a fire. Institute an employee self-inspection program to maintain housekeeping standards and fire protection measures.

Fire Protection Tools

Assemble all the tools at your disposal to help fight warehouse fires. These include fire extinguishers, sprinklers and automatic fire detection systems. The number and type of fire extinguishers you require depends on the nature of your business. For Class A fire risks—fires involving solid materials such as wood, paper or textiles—the National Fire Protection Association recommends having one 2-A extinguisher for every 3,000 square feet. OSHA requires that all employees have access to an extinguisher within 75 feet of travel distance.

Locations that contain Class B flammables, such as workshops, storage areas, research operations, garages, warehouses or service and manufacturing areas, require that all employees have access to an extinguisher within 50 feet of travel distance.

But the tools you need for your warehouse depend on your business’ specific fire risks. Adopting a one-size-fits-all fire prevention program is inefficient and dangerous. Be sure to tailor your fire protection tools to the distinct fire risks you face.

Storage Arrangements

Failing to arrange clearly defined, adequate storage can intensify your fire risks for several reasons. Crowded aisles may block fire exits and make it harder for people to escape, cramped warehouses spread fire more easily, and storing hazardous materials such as flammable liquids with other warehouse stock greatly boosts the chances of a fire.

Arranging clearly defined, adequate storage is mostly common sense—keep electrical switchgear and heating equipment clear of storage, never let goods get within 18 inches of lighting, allow enough clearance between sprinkler heads and stored goods to make sure your sprinkler system can effectively douse the area, and segregate the hazardous and non-hazardous materials. Smart storage can greatly lower your fire risk.

Electrical Systems

Faulty electrical systems are hidden dangers. Make sure your warehouse’s electrical systems are correctly installed and maintained according to the relevant standards. Schedule a competent electrical contractor to inspect and test your electrical systems periodically so any defects can be fixed promptly. The longer you wait with faulty electrics, the bigger your fire risk grows.

Security Protection

Arson is one of the main causes of warehouse fires. Shield your business against this pervasive risk by installing internal and external security measures, such as security cameras and alarms, to deter trespassers and fortify your warehouse.

Smoking

To comply with smoke-free legislation, you must prohibit smoking throughout your premises. You could provide an external smoking shelter, neither completely nor substantially enclosed. Construct smoking shelters using only non-flammable materials. No flammable materials should be allowed within 20 feet of the shelter.

Space Heating

Warehouses, with their wide, open spaces, can be very cold and difficult to heat—and heating such spaces can be extremely expensive. For this reason, the temptation to rely on portable heating can be strong. Resist the urge, as portable heating carries a much higher fire risk than fixed heating systems. Your energy bills from a fixed heating system will pale in comparison to the amount you spend recovering from a warehouse fire caused by portable heating.

Waste Removal

Accumulating waste in your warehouse is a major fire risk. Employees should remove all waste materials at the end of every working day and transfer them to external receptacles located at least 30 feet from any buildings and at least 6 feet from your site’s boundary.

If your site does not permit this type of storage, secure your waste in lockable metal containers located at a practical distance from your building.

End-of-day Inspection

At the end of each working day, a responsible and trained employee should inspect every area of the warehouse and log the results. The inspector should be checking that accumulated waste materials were removed, that fire prevention and security systems are functioning and that any hazardous material or equipment has been isolated as required.

Preparing your Business for High Winds

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Broken windows can allow water and debris to get inside your business

Wind damage can devastate a business in Libertyville, especially if there is little preparation done before the storm occurs. By preparing your business for high winds, you can help to prevent your business from sustaining damage.

1. Protect Windows

When high-speed winds occur, windows often are one of the first parts of a building to become damaged. Broken windows can allow debris and water to get inside your property and make interior damage more likely. With excessive amounts of water in your business, you may need to contact water and storm damage restoration professionals. In order to decrease the likelihood of your windows breaking, however, it can be helpful to use storm shutters or to board up the windows with plywood.

2. Ensure Important Documents Are Safe

Recovering documents after storm damage can be difficult and time-consuming. Before a storm, it can be useful to know where your important documents are stored and to keep the documents in containers that are water-resistant. Additionally, it can be wise to keep printed copies of your documents at another location and to make digital copies in case you cannot access the printed copies.

3. Inspect the Exterior of Your Business

Prior to a storm, it’s often wise to examine the exterior of your building and to remove any hazards that could cause damage. Trees that are leaning over your building, trees that are rotted and clogged gutters can all cause damage to your property. It can be helpful to clear gutters and to trim limbs that are dead or that are hanging over your building. If a particular tree is likely to fall when wind occurs, it may be necessary to cut it down entirely.

Taking steps to prevent wind and storm damage can help to save you the time and money of restoration. Protecting your windows, keeping documents safe and inspecting the exterior of your business can help you to prepare your business for a storm with high winds.

Restoring your Business' wood floors

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Wood floor damage in a Libertyville business

Does your business have wood floors? It is important to dry a wood floor as soon as you notice signs of water damage. Water from a leak or pipe burst can cause wood to warp or result in other forms of damage. Here are four steps that may be necessary to restore wood flooring.

  1. Remove Water. Removing standing water is the first step to restoring flooring. This may require the use of a pump or wet vac for damage caused by a flood, pipe burst, or leak. Use a mop or towels for slight damage. If a small amount of water has spilled and remained on the floor, spread out newspaper and allow it to absorb water.
  2. Dry Moisture. After standing water is gone, use a dehumidifier to draw moisture out of wood. Ventilation can also be helpful. It is necessary to determine whether water has penetrated through the polyurethane coating or another sealing treatment. It may be necessary to tear out and replace the subfloor, taking time to allow the underlying concrete to dry, to prevent mold growth.
  3. Sand and Scrape. Once all of the levels of flooring are dry, it is time to work on the appearance and condition of the surface. Wooden planks damaged by water may warp or become discolored. Sanding and scraping may even the surface and remove stains. Rely on the expertise of water damage restoration professionals.
  4. Refinish or Retrofit. Wood flooring exposed to water may need to be refinished. Planks with severe damage can be removed and replacements retrofitted. Restoration experts can recommend the best solution for each case of water damage.

Keep in mind that wood flooring may add several days to water damage restoration, particularly in cases of extensive damage caused by a flood or pipe burst. This is necessary to restore the condition of a wet floor and prevent secondary damage, such as mold. Contact SERVPRO of Libertyville/North Chicago City/ Lake Bluff to dry and restore wood floors at your commercial property.

Indoor Air Quality of your Business

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Improve your IAQ and improve your business

Most people spend an average of 90% of their time indoors. Much of that time, for adults, is spent in an office, or warehouse, environment. Indoor air quality can contribute to the health and comfort of your employees, customers, and all who visit your place of business.

Why Does Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Matter?

Many studies suggest that the level of pollutants indoors often surpasses the pollutants outdoors. Poor IAQ can potentially impact the health and wellbeing of your employees.

According to OSHA, the following symptoms have been linked to poor IAQ:

  • Nose, lung, throat, and eye irritation
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Concentration difficulty

OSHA also claims that specific air contaminants have been linked with varying ailments. Irritants and damp indoor environments may worsen or lead to various conditions.

After examining the potential symptoms of poor indoor air quality, it’s no surprise that good IAQ has been linked to higher productivity and fewer lost work days according to an EPA Report to Congress from 1989. Happy, healthy workers tend to take fewer days off and accomplish more in the workplace.

What Affects Indoor Air Quality?

Fixing indoor air quality is not as simple of a fix as changing a pipe or washing a window. Several independent factors, both indoors and out, can contribute to poor IAQ.

Potential factors include, but are not limited to:

  • Outdoor pollutants such as smoke, smog, etc.
  • Poor ventilation and/or insulation
  • Inadequate moisture and humidity control
  • Untreated smoke damage
  • Spilt chemicals and leaking gases
  • Dust, dirt, and animal dander
  • Fungi, pollen, and other biological matter
  • Tobacco

What Can SERVPRO do?

As mentioned before, many factors can impact IAQ. Fortunately, we offer comprehensive services that tackle many of these factors. At SERVPRO of Libertyville/North Chicago City/Lake Bluff, we offer inspections with recommendations for the best course of action to leave your office with cleaner air.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After Water Damage

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage won't keep your business down if you call SERVPRO

Flooding and water damage events at your commercial property are often 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 while working within your budgetary constraints. 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 Libertyville/North Chicago City/Lake Bluff

SERVPRO of Libertyville/North Chicago City/Lake Bluff 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.

Has Disaster Struck Your Business?

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Does your Business have a plan?

Did you know that almost 50% of businesses do not open back up after a disaster? You can’t afford to be a part of that statistic.

You need a company that can minimize disruption of your clients and business while delivering superior results. With a highly trained team and specialized equipment, SERVPRO of Libertyville/North Chicago City/Lake Bluff can get the job done quickly and professionally. See our full list of commercial services here.

We have been committed since 2011 to ensure that you don’t become a statistic and we are dedicated to helping our customers & community because we live and work here too.

If you don’t have an Emergency Ready Profile set up, then you need to. It’s an easy way to insure your business is prepared should disaster strike. ERP’s include:

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

Schedule your ERP today 847-557-1080

Commercial Frozen Pipes

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

When your property experiences a disaster from a commercial frozen pipe, commercial fire or commercial sewage you are in need of knowledgeable technicians fast. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small cleanup scenario or a large-scale event, we work quickly to assess each situation and isolate the damaged area. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. We seek to help your business be able to continue operations in a temporary space if necessary while we restore your facility. With 24/7 emergency service we are able to help get your business quickly and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints.

About SERVPRO of Libertyville/ N. Chicago City/ Lake Bluff

SERVPRO of Gurnee & SERVPRO of Libertyville/ N. Chicago City/Lake Bluff 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.

Frozen Pipes Tips

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

We have received many calls for frozen pipes causing damages in commercial and residential properties. Many have unexpectedly discovered their pipes have frozen and seek the help of a professional to unthaw and fix the problem. With winter’s arrival and freezing temperatures among us here are some tips to protect pipes from freezing:

  • Allow water to drip when temperatures are below freezing
  • Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during the day and at night
  • Do not let the temperature go below 55 degrees* in your home/business.
  • For pipes underneath cabinets, open the door so warm air can circulate around the pipes
  • If there are outside faucets, make sure that your garden hose is removed and stored. For additional precautions turn the water off at the water main and open the outside faucet to drain completely
  • Check for any cracks or holes that may be letting air into the structure near water pipes. If detected, seal them.
  • Add insulation to pipes that run alongside the exterior walls
  • Make sure that the garage door remains closed if there is water lines located in the garage

Frozen pipes in your commercial business or residential home can cause a lot of damage. After the plumber has fixed the problem call SERVPRO of Libertyville/ N. Chicago/ Lake Bluff to come out for an inspection at 847-557-1080.

*For more tips visit the American Red Cross website

Healthcare Certified Cleaning in Lake County, IL

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gurnee & SERVPRO of Libertyville/ N. Chicago City/ Lake Bluff is proud to announce our recent accreditation with the Linders Health Institute Critical Facilities Healthcare - CFHC.  

This training further educated our technicians on infection control risk management in healthcare mitigation and remediation projects. Healthcare facilities need to keep their patients, staff, workers, visitors, and caregivers safe during construction projects. This is why they have strict requirements of contractors coming into work on their facilities. SERVPRO understands healthcare facilities commitment to their occupants and completed the proper certification program to adhere to safety, compliance, and limit airborne exposure risks.

If your healthcare facility experiences water intrusion, fire, mold, or is in need of air duct cleaning, biological matter cleaning, or general cleaning contact SERVPRO of Gurnee & SERVPRO of Libertyville/ N. Chicago City/ Lake Bluff 24/7 at 847-557-1080.

Are your Air Ducts Clean?

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know that your ventilation system determines your indoor air quality? Dirty ducts can circulate contaminates such as mold or irritating dust as well as unwanted odors throughout your home or business. SERVPRO of Gurnee and SERVPRO of Libertyville is a professional service that will inspect and clean your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC). How does our SERVPRO Duct Cleaning System work?

  • First, our patented equipment automatically adapts to the duct’s shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth prior to beginning vacuuming.
  • Next, is a powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system that will transfer the debris from the duct to a 16-gallon container.
  • Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of the particles in the airstream. These HEPA filters capture debris and keep the indoor environment clean.
  • Part of an optional process, a sealant or coating may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.
  • In addition, filters will need to be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.

For more information or to schedule a residential or commercial duct cleaning appointment, contact us at 847-557-1080.

SERVPRO Community Service: Contingency Planning for Businesses

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

50% of all businesses that experience a disaster do not reopen. Of the 50% that do reopen 70% of them have a plan in place. Many businesses have a plan on how to get out of the building in a fire or how to help someone who is injured, but not many businesses have a plan on protecting the merchandise or how to get back in operation should a disaster occur. Let SERVPRO of Gurnee and SERVPRO of Libertyville/N. Chicago City/ Lake Bluff set your business up with a contingency plan! SERVPRO will go out to your business, at no charge, and create a profile locating all your important utilities and shutoffs with directions and photographs. Why do we do this for free? Disasters happen, and SERVPRO believes in businesses being prepared to help minimize the amount of work that needs to be done, and be certain the business and employees can return to operation as quickly as possible.

The SERVPRO® Ready Plan comes accessible as an App and is an emergency preparedness tool for home and business owners, property managers, risk managers and facility management. It allows for the creation of an Emergency Ready Profile containing critical facility information to help speed up response time. In addition, the profile has a space for all significant contacts that your business may need to contact in an emergency, such as: plumber, elevator repair, electric company, sprinkler company, etc. Each profile is tailored to each business needs, and can be as detailed as you want. Multiple properties are all linked together in one profile sign in for quick access. In return you will receive a secure sign on for electronic access online and through the app with editing capabilities, Emergency Ready Profile Folder to keep in your office, electronic damage log reports, and peace of mind knowing that you have a plan in case disaster occurs.

Want to learn more or schedule an appointment? Contact Ariel Flary at 847-557-1080 or aflary@SERVPROlibertyville.com.

Restoring Your Gurnee Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

7/11/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Gurnee commercial properties are often 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 while working within your budgetary constraints. 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 Gurnee and SERVPRO of Libertyville/ N. Chicago City/ Lake Bluff

SERVPRO of Gurnee & SERVPRO of Libertyville/ N. Chicago City/Lake Bluff 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.