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How Long Does a Commercial Generator Last?

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

We never realize how much we rely on electricity and internet until it's out. When disaster strikes in Southeast El Paso you can rely on your commercial generator to kick in and keep your business thriving. A commercial generator is a crucial component of many businesses' disaster contingency plans. Take care of yours and it can provide safe, reliable back-up for decades.

What Commercial Generators Do

Commercial generators provide power when your regular service is interrupted. Hiccups in your electricity can be caused by an assortment of causes:

  • Floods
  • Earthquakes
  • Lightning
  • Trees and other impacts on power lines
  • Auto accidents involving utility poles
  • Animals
  • A citywide overload of the power grid


Generators themselves can be operated by a variety of sources, including natural gas, diesel, liquid propane and solar power. Each type of fuel carries its own pros and cons. Natural gas, for example, is provided by your utility company, which means you'll have a limitless supply during a lengthy outage. Diesel-powered generators, meanwhile, are commonly viewed as the most reliable.

How Long Commercial Generators Last

Commercial generators should last for an average of 3,000 hours. More sophisticated models may stretch that out to 5,000 hours. In a lifetime of average use — running it during the day during power outages and shutting it off at night — most generators can last for between 20 to 30 years.

How You Can Make It Last Longer

Like most commercial equipment, the key to longevity is regular maintenance and prompt service. Addressing generator problems as soon as they arise, or better still, preventing all together them via regular inspections, can maximize your generator's lifespan and help you get the most out of your investment.

How Can SERVPRO Prevent Your El Paso Business Becoming Overwhelmed by Mold?

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

Mold damage remediation is no easy task. SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield uses the latest equipment and techniques for mold remediation.

While every situation is different and might require various mold removal tactics and approaches, the threats that spreading microbial organisms can cause are similar from one damaged site to the next. 

Obstacles we must overcome include:

  • Damaged materials
  • Noxious odors
  • Moist conditions
  • Structural vulnerabilities

How Can Mold Removal Get Started? 

Removing microbial colonies and beginning mold remediation in Southeast El Paso/Butterfield businesses requires careful evaluations of the property and its condition. We actively pursue the most efficient removal tactics based on the state of hosting materials. Organic matter can become deteriorated from hosting colonies over even a brief period. Surface treatments like sanding and antimicrobial cleaning can remove superficial colonization, but controlled demolition can also be necessary for some situations.

As challenging as mold remediation needs might be for area businesses, our SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield team can help with fast and effective removal options. Give us a call today at (915) 234-2679.

When is it Safe for Employees to Return to Work After a Flood?

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

It's natural to want to return to work as soon as possible after your business suffers from a costly incident, such as a "black water" flood. After all, you have this big expense to pay off and you're losing money just by not being at the office. No matter how eager you are, you still have to consider your employees' personal safety. Keep the following safety considerations in mind before you send your employees back to your Southeast El Paso office. 

1. Sweep Up Any Physical Debris. The physical damages should be the first task you address during flood cleanup. Strong floodwaters can introduce harmful objects into the office, such as stray nails and glass shards. Make sure to sweep the office floors thoroughly to ensure every hidden danger is taken care of. As a business owner, your employees' personal safety should be your number one priority. Taking the time and effort to thoroughly clean and disinfect your office building following a black waterflood is a non-negotiable task for you. Contact flood remediation experts for assistance during the cleanup process. 

2. Clear Out the Flood Water. Both black and gray water floods pose major safety concerns for your employees. Black water is characterized by the presence of harmful biohazards, such as human/animal fecal matter, raw sewage, and dangerous chemicals. You have to make sure you clear out all of the contaminated floodwaters and thoroughly disinfect every exposed surface before you allow your employees to return to the office. 
 

3.Check the Air Quality. It's very possible that the biohazards introduced with the floodwater are now in the air. Make sure to set up fans and other air filtration devices throughout your building to help eliminate harmful agents. As an additional safety measure, you may want to consider keeping these filtration devices running even after your employees come back. 

If your business is experiencing a flood, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso today!

Maintaining Your Southeast El Paso Businesses' Commercial Carpets

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

Although most commercial carpets are made for durability, dirt and debris will still build up over time in them because of all the foot-traffic. Maintaining regular cleaning will be beneficial to your carpet because once a carpet gets too soiled, it may never be restored to its original appearance. 

Preventative maintenance actions include: 

  • Regular vacuuming
  • Spot removal
  • Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

Even when you follow preventive maintenance actions, carpets will still have dirt trapped below the surface that you cannot see with the eye, especially in dark carpets. Carpets act as a filter trapping gasses, hair, dirt, and dust. Did you know that 79% of soil in carpets is dry soil? To reduce that percentage, you should get your company's carpet professionally cleaned once a year. Protect your company's investment by having it cleaned by SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso !

Because each carpet is different, we offer a number of options to keep your carpet and upholstery brand new. Our cleaning methods include:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

For a cleaning from SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso that is backed by state-of-the-art equipment and technicians trained to the highest standards, call us today to schedule an appointment. 

Commercial Fire Damage | SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

Offices across the United States suffer from fires more often than you think. A fire in the workplace is devastating to not only employees but also the business owner. Depending on how large the fire is if you are not prepared the likelihood of recovering can lower. Educating employees on common fire risks and ensuring they follow protocol can help minimize fires.

Damaged Power Cords

Because offices are jampacked with computers, phones, printers, kitchen appliances, and more, over time the electrical system can become overwhelmed. This can cause electrical shock which can result in a spark or fire starting. To avoid this from happening, check on your electrical panels regularly and make sure no wires are corroded. 

Dust

If your office is not regularly being cleaned, dust is accumulating. When dust builds up on wood, metal, and plastic it can become a fire hazard. Items that heat up such as computers, microwaves, and wires should always be kept dust-free.

Combustible Materials

Offices often have many papers, boxes, furnishing, and packaging lying around. All of these items can cause a fire to spread quicker than normal. Although many items are important to the daily functions of the office, try to keep it as tidy and minimal as possible. Fireproof furniture and desks should also be considered for the purposes of limiting what gets damaged and how fast the fire spreads.

Computers

Most offices have one computer per employee. Depending on how many employees you have, those can all be fire hazards. Employees should ensure they are not letting their computers overheat, or leaving laptops on materials that can catch fire if the laptop heats up too much. All employees should shut down their computers daily, and especially on the weekend.

After learning of all the fire hazards present in offices, it is important to have a plan. SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso offers an Emergency Ready Profile which allows for us to start mitigation sooner to get you back into your building quicker. Call us today to get one up!

Commercial Water Damage Methods in Butterfield

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

If a pipe breaks and water starts to leak into your auto shop in Butterfield, building materials and contents are at risk. Water can flow into all areas of your shop and damage multiple types of flooring. Most automobile repair shops have hard surface floors, but there might be tile in one room and concrete in the central area.
 
The longer moisture stays inside a building, the higher chance there is for items to sustain damage. SERVPRO's commercial water damage technicians in Butterfield have different types of equipment to extract and dry moisture out of the various types of materials. Depending on each situation we use a combination of methods and tools to mitigate moisture problems.
 
If concrete is painted, it may flake or blister requiring repainting. Concrete floors are porous so water can wick up leaving behind chalk-like calcium deposits on the surface. These can get brushed off, but if the leak is continuous, the deposits can return.
 
Asphalt tiles stay adhered to concrete pretty well even in water damage scenarios. At times the glue can break down and leave behind white, chalky deposits. These deposits can usually be cleaned without much effort.
 
Vinyl tile is not as durable and does not adhere as well to concrete as asphalt tile does. Vinyl tile can become loose when saturated with water. Vinyl tiles become loose when water flows on top of the concrete underneath the tiles. In most cases, vinyl tiling gets removed and replaced because it is relatively inexpensive.
 
Whenever your business gets damaged, we know it can take a toll on your company's revenues. We always take measures to ensure that your business does not get negatively affected during the restoration process. Many times the drying and extraction procedures take place when your business is closed.
 
Hard surface floors are usually quickly dried out and treated when damaged by moisture. Hardwood floors are made to withstand water but can still get warped if they stay wet for too long. Any time water causes a problem with your auto shop call SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield at 915.234.2679 24/7.

Why Your Southeast El Paso Business Needs an ERP!

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

Everything you have built at your Southeast El Paso business can quickly be ruined by a fire or water damage incident. Your El Paso business needs fast water removal and fire mitigation when an emergency arises. Water and fire losses quickly cause significant damage to the structure and the contents of your business, and the situation gets worse hour by hour.

By signing up for an Emergency READY Profile through SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield, you are saving your business from a potential interruption in the event of an emergency or disaster. The ERP focuses on incident response and disaster recovery. Having pertinent information in one place allows for SERVPRO to have an immediate plan of action to help minimize fire or water damage to your property. Did you know when a business faces disaster, only 50% recover and those that did had a plan in place?

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Plan and Profile (ERP) takes a few steps to complete. You can set up a time with one of our managers to walk through your facility with you and our manager will point out potential vulnerabilities, including areas where excess water could collect, records, systems, and supplies that are at risk for severe damage if any disasters occur.

What makes the SERVPRO ERP so special is that it is completely free to sign up! There is also no reoccurring fee to keep your profile active, which means you never need to allocate any funds towards it. You can also access your ERP at any time through our mobile app, which makes reporting an emergency or updating your info seamless. 

The ERP contains only essential information to keep your business safe and sound during an emergency. For example, where main valves are for gas, water, and electricity, any items we should recover first, if your business stores hazardous materials, and who the main point of contact is.  This allows our crew members to know the exact building layout, and important areas so your business is “Ready for whatever happens.” 

Because SERVPRO of  Southeast El Paso/Butterfield is a 24/7/365 business, you can always count on us for your disaster mitigation and restoration services.  If you are interested in protecting your business by having a plan in place, call SERVPRO of  Southeast El Paso/Butterfield at 915.234.2679 to get your disaster plan in place today!

COVID Proofing Your Southeast El Paso / Butterfield Business

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

Not every business gets the luxury of working from home during the COVID-19 Pandemic, especially if your business thrives on customers. Routine cleaning of your business is essential to limiting guests, and employees to exposure. Follow these tips to sanitize your space!

Start by educating workers, and developing policies for worker protection. This can include enforcing masks, and having a policy if workers start to feel ill. When cleaning your establishment, wear disposable gloves and start with plain soap and water and then use a disinfectant. Soap and water will reduce the number of germs and following with disinfectant will kill germs. Make sure to focus on high touch surfaces. These include but are not limited to: 

  • Tables
  • Doorknobs
  • Light switches 
  • Countertops
  • Handles
  • Desks
  • Phones
  • Keyboards
  • Toilets
  • Faucets
  • Sinks

If an employee or customer has tested positive for COVID-19 it is best to let the professionals take care of the sanitizing. SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso / Butterfield offers a defensive pathogen cleaning program, that goes way beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices. We will tailor the program based on the need of your facility and use an EPA- Approved Hospital-Grade solution to decontaminate. Once completed you can be sure your business is Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned. You will get a Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned shield to place in your front window to let employees and customers know your business is committed to keeping everyone safe and comfortable.


If you are interested in our commercial cleaning services or want to learn more about our Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned program, contact us

Creating Comprehensive Fire Evacuation Plans for Staff | SERVPRO® of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

red fire alarm hanging on gray concrete wall If your business experiences any fire damage, you can count on us. SERVPRO of Southeast El Paso/Butterfield specializes in commercial fire restoration

If you are a business owner, you likely have plenty of long-term plans for your business in the works—but have you considered how a fire could derail them? Fires in the workplace are quite common, so including a fire preparedness plan is a wise choice for the owner of any establishment.

Oftentimes, starting a fire preparedness plan will be the biggest challenge of the whole process, so we always suggest that owners begin with the biggest safety concerns first—namely, getting themselves and their employees to safety in the event of a fire. Hosting fire evacuation drills is the best place to start so everyone can have the know-how to escape quickly and calmly.

Getting Employees to Safety in the Event of a Fire

Consult with your local fire officials. You can find so many tips regarding fire safety online, but do not forget about making use of the local resources you have at hand. You can typically get in touch with your nearest fire department and have them visit to provide personalized recommendations regarding your evacuation route options and preparedness plans.

Communicate and mark fire evacuation routes. Once you have decided what the best escape routes are, make sure they are clearly marked. Talk with your staff regarding your plans for a future drill so they know to be alert and what will be expected of them throughout the process.

Have fire drills frequently. While it may seem frustrating to take time out of everyone’s day to have a fire drill on a regular basis, safety is the most important thing when it comes to operating a business. Many businesses simply do a 30-minute drill quarterly, including the actual evacuation and a post-drill roundup to address any questions or concerns.

Run different fire scenarios. With all the ways a fire can start, it is important to have comprehensive evacuation planning in place to account for this. Run through a different mock scenario with every drill—perhaps one has a fire originating in the kitchen, while another has it originating in the supply closet. This way your staff can get used to making decisions quickly regarding what exits and evacuation pathways to take.

If your business has experienced fire damage, you can count on us. We specialize in commercial fire restoration and will be here for you at any hour—contact us today.

Do You Have A Funky Smell In Your Condo?

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

Woman holding her nose Get rid of those funky smells and call Get rid of those funky smells and call SERVPRO® of El Paso/Butterfield (915)-234-2679

Do you have a new tenant moving in, but can't get rid of a funky smell? Well have no fear, SERVPRO® of El Paso/Butterfield is here! 

You may be dealing with some unpleasant odors in your condo. Funky smells from pets, foods, cigarette smoke or just plain old grime can make life in a small-sized living space truly unbearable. As renovation and home repair experts, here at SERVPRO® of El Paso/Butterfield we have a lot of experience in handling interior odor situations. Today, we would like to list some tips for you that can help you when deodorizing your condominium. 

  • Clean every surface, including behind your refrigerator and stove, and consider replacing your shower liner, bed linens, and mattress pad, too. Pantries and vanities can often hold old food and products that emit smells due to their age, so purging these items can really help. 
  • Make sure you clean fabrics like drapes, throw pillows, and zippered upholstery according to their cleaning instructions. Any rugs or carpeting should be professionally cleaned for a fresh start. SERVPRO® of El Paso/Butterfield employs all the necessary equipment for deep carpet-cleaning. 
  • A fresh coat of paint can also go a long way toward making your condominium smell and feel like new. Clean and flat neutral colors will make your condo seem larger, as well.
  • Pet odor has become the most common problem stinking up people’s homes, and has actually surpassed cigarette smoke! People smoke in their homes less often these days because they don’t want their furniture to soak in the smell. Smoke-free condominiums have a premium over smokers’ units, so your property manager will really appreciate your choice to smoke outside, too. When it comes to your pets, make sure they are using the proper facilities for their needs, and make sure to empty the litter box daily to help deodorize your condominium. 

In a smoker’s residence, there can be instances where the smell becomes so entrenched that the sheetrock of walls has to be redone to avoid the home being completely devalued. If that is a possibility in your case, SERVPRO® of El Paso/Butterfield can help you to deodorize your condominium. We specialize in carpet cleaning and large scale cleanups.

Is Your Business Properly Prepared?

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

Don’t be one of the 60% of businesses to not have a formal emergency response plan.

When a disaster strikes the time to prepare has passed. Roughly 80% of businesses are likely to go out of business if they do not recover after a disaster within a months’ time, and 50% of businesses never reopen. The best way to protect your company is to have a solid game plan. Is your business prepared for a natural disaster to hit?

Well you are in luck; SERVPRO® of El Paso/Butterfield is here to help! We have been working with local business to ensure that they will not fall victim to these statistics.

SERVPRO® has an amazing program called the EMERGENCY READY PROFILE. This program aids property managers and owners, both residential and commercial to be prepared for a disaster to hit.

We will walk you step by step to help you put together an EMERGENCY READY PROFILE. We will help you identify and label utility shut-off locations, identify local utility contact information, identify local emergency contact information such as fire, police, and hospital contacts, and establish main internal contacts for purposes of employee safety and emergency work authorization.

For more information please contact SERVPRO® of El Paso/Butterfield (915)-234-2679. We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. "Like it never even happened."