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Insurance Coverage After a Loss
When your business experiences a disaster that interrupts your regular business hours you may want to have something in your policy to provide income to you and your staff while the building is being restored. Each business owner will have to assess how much income they produce daily to know how much coverage they need. Having this insurance coverage allows the owner to focus on the consuming task of a restoration process and allows the property vacant to ensure the damages are fixed. During an extensive remediation and repair there could be significant time involved in verifying coverages, permits, inspections and delays due to weather.
Call your agent to review your coverages on an annual basis to ensure when the time arises you and your employees are properly covered.
SERVPRO of Williamsport/Montoursville at 570-546-3500 for your commercial restoration needs. We work directly with your insurance adjusters to ensure the process goes as painlessly as possible, and to get you and your employees back to running your business quickly and safely.
SERVPRO Large Loss to the Rescue!
Experiencing a large loss can be even more devastating. You might not even know where to begin. If you experience a large loss in the SERVPRO of Montoursville/Williamsport service area, make sure you give us a call right away at 570-546-3500! We have large loss emergency response teams on standby to handle any water, fire or mold emergencies that may be on a large scale. No job is too big!
Our large loss teams come from several large cities in Pennsylvania. They are more than qualified to handle any large loss. Each SERVPRO employee is required to attend multiple trainings and become certified in each area of remediation that SERVPRO handles, so you know you will be receiving the highest quality professionals to be remediating your property.
Everyone has heard of the mold problems some of the locals schools had experienced in pervious years. Our large loss teams assisted us in the remediation of each school, and were praised by the community!
The large loss teams even handle COVID19/coronavirus disinfecting and cleaning. They have all of the equipment and cleaning supplies necessary to handle any size building. SERVPRO Large Loss will treat your property like it was their own, and have everything back up and running in no time! Call us today!
SERVPRO of Williamsport/Montoursville is not just a water, fire and mold restoration company, we also offer cleaning services to homes and commercial properties. Commercial cleaning can range from cleaning restaurant kitchens to removing bio-hazard contaminants. Our technicians are highly trained, professional and thorough, and will do all they can to ensure that your business gets back to running properly. Our commercial cleaning services include the following:
- Air Ducts and HVAC
- Biohazard and Sewage
- Trauma and Crime Scene
- Carpet and Upholstery
- Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
- Odor Removal and Deodorization
Source : www.IICRC.org
We follow strict IICRC guidelines which ensures you get the best quality of service from the highest trained professionals. When your commercial property needs a deep cleaning, or some kids get a little destructive with their "fun", or a tragedy strikes, or even when you just need maintenance like duct cleaning performed, call SERVPRO of Williamsport/Montoursville at (570) 546-3500.
Owning a business in the Williamsport / Montoursville area requires business insurance to ensure protection from a variety of potential problems. Basic property insurance is a must, but you also may benefit from flood or storm insurance. While your insurance agent is able to advise you on the policies that you should include in your commercial package, it doesn't hurt to have an overview of the information before you meet with him or her.
Types of Coverage
- Property insurance – covers general repairs, such as water damage from leaks caused by accidents or external factors
- Flood insurance – covers more extensive damage caused by prolonged rainfall, overflowing rivers and streams, and breaking dams or levees.
- Storm insurance – covers damage from wind, hail or other elements of the specific storms listed in the policy
You may also consider a business continuity policy so that you have the working capital to stay afloat while storm remediation experts are working to return your building to an inhabitable space.
Also, it is important to keep in mind that insurance policies can have different types of deductibles. Many plans have dollar deductibles, which requires a specific amount stated in the policy must be paid by the insured. These deductibles are often determined by the standard rate for the area, and raising the amount may result in lower premiums for the policy. A percentage deductible is sometimes used in storm and flood policies to lower the risk for the insurance company. Because the damage covered by these policies tends to be large, so do the payouts. This deductible depends on a percentage of the property's overall value.
When shopping for commercial insurance coverage, a basic property policy isn't enough to cover everything that might come your way. It's a good idea to add additional policies, such as flood and storm insurance, so that you can be confident that you will be able to overcome any damage that happens to your property.
OSHA Commercial Evacuation Guidelines
Disaster can strike anywhere at any time and SERVPRO of Williamsport/Montoursville wants you to be prepared to ensure safety for you, your coworkers and your property. Below is an explanation from OSHA on when it is time for you to evacuate the building following a fire, smoke, water, or gas leak:
"In the event of an emergency, local emergency officials may order you to evacuate your premises. In some cases, they may instruct you to shut off the water, gas, and electricity. If you have access to radio or television, listen to newscasts to keep informed and follow whatever official orders you receive.
In other cases, a designated person within your business should be responsible for making the decision to evacuate or shut down operations. Protecting the health and safety of everyone in the facility should be the first priority. In the event of a fire, an immediate evacuation to a predetermined area away from the facility is the best way to protect employees. On the other hand, evacuating employees may not be the best response to an emergency such as a toxic gas release at a facility across town from your business.
The type of building you work in may be a factor in your decision. Most buildings are vulnerable to the effects of disasters such as tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, or explosions. The extent of the damage depends on the type of emergency and the building’s construction. Modern factories and office buildings, for example, are framed in steel and are structurally more sound than neighborhood business premises may be. In a disaster such as a major earthquake or explosion, however, nearly every type of structure will be affected. Some buildings will collapse and others will be left with weakened floors and walls."
View the full text here: OSHA
Commercial Carpet Cleaning
SERVPRO of Williamsport/Montoursville offers professional carpet cleaning to both residential AND carpet cleaning. Keeping carpets cleaned and looking like new is no ordinary feat, so here are some tips:
~Purchase a properly sized entry mat- the bigger, the better. There must be room for at least two steps to sufficiently wipe soil from feet, leaving it on the mat. A carpet with a nylon face and vinyl back is best for moisture and oils absorption and collecting a majority of the particle soil. The IICRC suggests a rental mat, since that guarantees frequent maintenance. Place entry mats on hard surfaces rather than on carpet where they can trap moisture
~Ensure vacuuming is done daily. The sooner you collect soils from the surface, the easier it is to remove them. For most carpet, you should use an upright vacuum with brush agitator. The wider the head, the more efficient.
~Deep cleaning should be accomplished on at least a semi-annual basis. This is also dependent on traffic and daily maintenance. At a minimum, some attention should be given to primary entryways on a quarterly basis.
~Treating spots immediately ensures that most can be removed with plain warm water and very little mild detergent.
~Use high-efficiency double-lined poly-fiber collection bags. This reduces periodic maintenance such as dusting of furniture, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) filter exchange.
~Make sure the HVAC system is slightly positively pressurized as well, which means that air is going out when doors are opened, rather than being sucked in. Proper air exchange rates can be calibrated according to ASHRAE regulations for the building with a trained HVAC contractor.
~Ensure proper air filtration through the HVAC System. High-efficiency pleated filters, rather than inexpensive fiberglass filters, are recommended.
Rental Property Fire Facts
Apartments on fire near Williamsport, PA
Fires at rental properties can be confusing for all involved. Here at SERVPRO of Williamsport / Montoursville, we want to try to help make this process as easy as possible. Here is some information that may help.
3 Facts About Fire Damage at a Rental Property
1. Property Owners are Responsible for Structural Damage
The owner of the property is responsible for covering damage caused by fire to the property itself. This includes anything used to build the property, and any contents that may have been included. These are covered under the property owner's home-owner's insurance.
2. Tenants are Responsible for Their Contents
These contents include clothing, furniture they brought into the home with them, electronic devices, and personal effects. This is likely to be the case regardless of the cause of a fire. It is important that renters have Renter's insurance to ensure the costs are covered. Tenants should make sure that that the policy they choose will cover replacement costs and not actual value with depreciation.
3. Renters Insurance Can Also Cover Additional Costs
Renters insurance policies may also provide a limited amount of liability coverage for negligence as well as injuries or property damage suffered by third parties. These policies may also help to offset a variety of other expenses such as additional living costs or the cost of temporary relocation.
Commercial Duct Cleaning
Do you own a business or manage a commercial property in Williamsport, Montoursville or the surrounding areas? SERVPRO of Williamsport / Montoursville cleans and deodorizes the ducting at commercial properties as well as residential! With our high tech equipment and highly trained technicians, we can handle any size job.
While businesses typically tend to take care to clean and update their heating units many owners often do not realize the importance of having their ducts cleaned yearly.
The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit and having your duct work cleaned include:
- Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
- May help to eliminate offensive odors.
- Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.
- Helps prevent the spread of airborne allergens and bacteria.
If you or someone you know owns a business, please contact us! Protect your business and employees! Give SERVPRO of Williamsport / Montoursville a call at 570-546-3500 today, and we will get your business ducting clean and efficient for you!