A Guide to Fire Code Considerations for Your Commercial Space
If your business needs help with fire damage, you can count on SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta Counties 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you own or operate a business or other commercial space, understanding how to protect your investment and your employees from harm related to fire damage is a must. Not only are fires extremely dangerous for anyone who is in the area, but they can also be devastating to
businesses—it is estimated that over half of businesses are unable to recover from a fire.
Fortunately, businesses are able to take many precautions when it comes to fire prevention, and
national commercial fire codes are a great place to start. While each area will have their own
local codes that should also be followed, below, we will examine some of the national codes that
can help you keep your business safe and operational.
Fire Codes Pertaining to Commercial Sprinkler Systems
While they are not required in all types of commercial buildings, a commercial fire sprinkler
system can be a fantastic way to reduce the risk of a fire severely impacting your business. Typically, the rules for fire sprinkler systems are that they must be installed in any commercial building over 5,000 square feet and any building that is taller than 55 feet in height.
Fire Codes Pertaining to Fire Alarms
While smaller commercial spaces are not always required to have a fire alarm system, installing
them is a simple enough process that it is always a good idea. By alerting people to the fire quickly, your employees and customers will have more time to escape, which could potentially save a life. If possible, it is best to invest in interconnected fire alarms, so that when one is
triggered, they will all sound to alert everyone in the area.
Fire Codes Pertaining to Fire Extinguishers
All businesses are required to have fire extinguishers on the premises, but how many and
where they should be located varies based on the size and nature of the commercial space in
question. Additionally, business owners are required to have fire extinguisher training with all
employees at least once per year to be certain that everyone is aware of how to use a fire
extinguisher and comfortable with the best practices.
If your business needs help with fire damage, you can count on us. We are here 24 hours a
day to help you recover in the aftermath of a commercial fire. Contact us today to learn more.
Dangers of Extreme Cold
It is important to be aware of the effect extremely cold temperatures can have on you.
While your place of business can get damaged due to winter weather and extreme cold, your personal health & the health of your customers is also at risk.
Fifty-three people died and three were injured due to extreme cold in 2015.
It is important to be aware of the effect extremely cold temperatures can have on you. The two main conditions to be aware of are frostbite and hypothermia.
Frostbite is caused when your skin is exposed to extremely cold temperatures. Physical symptoms are white or grayish-yellow skin, skin that feels unusually firm, or waxy numbness.
Hypothermia is when your body temperature falls to an abnormally low temperature, caused from long exposure to cold weather. Signs of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, and drowsiness. If someone’s body temperature is below 95°F, seek medical attention immediately.
To avoid these conditions, stay indoors if possible. If not, dress warm in layers and try to keep dry.
Routine Maintenance That Can Make Your Home More Resilient to Storm Damage
If you have damage due to a severe storm, you can count on SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta Counties to help you in the aftermath.
While severe weather is an unpleasant thing to be threatened with at your home, it is an inevitable occurrence. Severe weather is more common during the hot and humid summer months, but heavy rains and high winds can occur at any time—and can bring serious damage along with them.
Keeping yourself and your family safe is of the utmost priority during severe weather, but in
addition to this, there are also measures you can take to keep your home safer, too. While no task is a certain way to prevent damage to your household, there are some routine home maintenance tasks that will actually reduce the likelihood that a storm could cause damage to
your home. Read on to learn more!
Home Maintenance Tasks for Storm Damage Prevention
**Address any leaks right away.** Leaks throughout the home can be rather sneaky, but if you have a feeling that water is creeping into an area it should not be, make sure to tend to it well in advance of a period of heavy rain. Basements and crawl spaces are common places for leaks to
hide, but it would be good to regularly check your attic and around your roof line for signs of water entry, too.
**Add weather stripping around windows and doors.** Water can work its way into the tiniest of gaps, and if you are getting heavy rain as part of severe weather, you may be at risk for
developing leaks around your windows and doors. Adding weatherproofing around any exterior
doors and windows can help prevent leaks from starting even during the heaviest of rains.
**Be sure you have plenty of flashlights and batteries.** Next time you make a trip to the
hardware store, it may be wise to add flashlights and batteries to the list. Power outages are
extremely common when severe weather strikes, so making sure you have plenty of flashlights
and their corresponding batteries can help you be sure you have plenty of visibility in the dark
just in case the power goes out.
If you have damage due to a severe storm, you can count on us to help you in the aftermath.
Contact us at any hour to report damages or to learn more about our storm damage restoration
Water Damage Tips for Property Managers
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Water damage presents a unique set of challenges for landlords and property managers.
For example: Although you as a property manager may be responsible for the general upkeep of toilets and plumbing fixtures, you obviously aren’t going through every property every day to check on each one. So something you might notice as an issue and immediately act to take care of might go either unnoticed by a tenant, or you might not know about it until it’s too far into the problematic phase.
Considering a toilet leak can waste over 4,000 gallons of water a day, this presents a real potential problem.
So you’ve got potential problems in properties you can’t have eyes on at all times—how to you manage to stay ahead of it? There are a number of things you can do, but some overarching themes run through them all.
Routine maintenance is a must.
A thorough inspection every year (or at minimum every two years) is essential. Most bursts and leaks begin gradually rather than all of a sudden, so regular maintenance may help you catch something in its infancy before it becomes a bigger issue. If you need expert help in knowing what to look for, hiring a pro to assist is still cheaper than repairing a waterlogged property.
After heavy rains or periods of snowfall, check roofs and gutters for damage or dams, which could cause water to begin leaking inside.
Maintaining good relationships with tenants can help.
If you foster good relationships with your tenants, they can be your eyes and ears when problems start. This process, of course, begins well before any water damage calls—hopefully you’ve been building good back-and-forth with your tenants from day one by answering calls and responding to needs in a timely fashion.
Your help to them cultivates your ability to ask them to be vigilant about notifying you of issues—and when your tenants trust you to act, they’re more likely to alert you when they notice something, even something as small as a running toilet.
In seasonal shifts or when there’s upcoming nasty weather, be sure to alert your tenants to any potential preparation that needs to be made as well, and you can save yourself some service calls.
Keep properties up to date.
Keeping up with changing technologies for leak detection, maintaining roofing and gutters and water heaters, and replacing older water appliances and hoses keeps your tenants happy, keeps your properties nice and in good shape, and helps future-proof you against damage that could result from neglect or old age.
Even the best landlords and property managers need help sometimes. Contact SERVPRO today to enlist the industry leader for your commercial properties.
Fire Safety Tips for the Holiday Season
If you have a house fire this season, we are the team you can count on. We are here 24/7 to begin the restoration process.
The holidays are such a fun time of year, filled with décor, delicious treats and plenty of cheer.
Between Christmas trees, lights on all the houses and gatherings of loved ones, there is a lot to
appreciate about this season each year.
However, while there is a lot to love about the holiday season, there is cause for concern from a
fire safety standpoint as well. The holidays bring about a change in habits and in household
items for many of us, which can lead to lurking fire hazards throughout the home. Fortunately,
many of these hazards can be avoided with a bit of prevention—read on for our top fire safety
tips for the holiday season!
Our Top Fire Safety Tips for This Holiday Season
**Be careful with your décor and decorations.** Decorating the house for the holiday season is so much fun, but it is important to be careful with what you are choosing for your home. If you like to decorate with lights, be sure to check all strands for frays or exposed wires and toss out any ones that look worn. If you like to use a real Christmas tree, be sure to water it daily—dried trees are highly flammable and can cause serious fire damage if ignited.
**Make sure to cook with care.** Making a big holiday meal or baking your favorite festive treats is a fun activity, but cooking safety is extremely important at any time of the year. If you are using the stovetop or oven, never leave it unattended, and keep anything flammable well away from heat-producing appliances in your kitchen. Additionally, it is a good time to check your kitchen’s smoke detector and fire extinguisher and replace them if necessary.
**Heat your home safely.** When there is a chill in an area of your home, a space heater can be a great way to warm things up without having to spend a fortune on your electric bill. However, space heaters can be quite a fire hazard if they are not used properly. Be sure space heaters are at least three feet from anything flammable and are equipped with tip-over sensors that will shut them off automatically if they are knocked off balance.
If you have a house fire this season, we are the team you can count on. We are here 24/7 to
begin the restoration process. Get in touch today to learn more or get a rapid response.
Do You Have a Proper Plan for Severe Weather?
If your home is damaged in a storm, you can count on SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta Counties for assistance.
While severe weather such as thunderstorms and heavy rains is inevitable, you may be surprised by how many people have not adequately prepared for it. Storms are possible in any area of the country and at any time of year—so having a plan in place in case one threatens your area is a must for your safety. Though it is impossible to know when a storm will strike, it is possible to plan ahead and ensure you are able to keep your family as safe as possible.
While thinking of such a frightening scenario can be overwhelming, we are here to help with all
the information you need to cover your emergency planning bases. If you would like to be more prepared for severe weather, use the checklist below to ensure you have everything taken care of to keep your household safe.
A Checklist for Emergency Preparation in Advance of Severe Weather
The most important thing you can do in advance of severe weather is to prepare so that it does
not take you by surprise. Here are some things to make sure of to minimize a severe storm’s impact:
? Pack an emergency kit for your household with food, water, flashlights, batteries and any
? Pack a “go bag” for family members with essentials in case you must evacuate.
? Purchase an NOAA weather radio (battery- or hand-powered) so you can receive
reliable weather updates.
? Be sure your house’s street number is clearly visible in case you need emergency
? Know where your local storm shelters are located and multiple routes to get there in
case roadways become flooded.
? Practice your evacuation plan with each member of the household so you can get out
quickly if needed.
? Do not attempt to cross areas with downed power lines or drive over flooded roadways.
? Have a designated safety area in your house where everyone knows to head in the
event of a storm—a basement works best, but hallways, bathrooms or anywhere else
away from windows can be sufficient.
? Keep up with your weather forecast and have a way to get alerts in case watches or
warnings are issued.
If your home is damaged in a storm, you can count on us for assistance. Contact us at any time
for more information on our severe storm restoration or to report damage to your home.
A Few Common Misconceptions About Commercial Fires
If a fire should occur and damage your building, reach out to SERVPRO Troup-Coweta. We will create a custom restoration solution for your situation.
It’s common for myths and misconceptions to evolve over time about almost anything that becomes a ubiquitous part of society. A couple of quick ones by way of example: The color red doesn’t provoke bulls to anger. You don’t swallow eight spiders a year in your sleep. And George Washington didn’t really have wooden teeth.
Fire safety is no different. There are long-held thoughts about fires that don’t exactly hold true, and these could make a significant difference in in the amount of damage your business sustains in a fire, or even your approach to fire safety overall.
Let’s look at a few misguided ideas about business fires.
1. Water can’t put out grease or oil fires. The truth is that water can be used, and often is, to put out grease fires. But the way it’s used makes the difference in whether it’s effective or not. Being able to cover the fire from above with a mist or a sprinkler makes it possible to take care of a grease fire without spreading it.
2. A triggered sprinkler system causes more damage than fire. Most people believe that when a system is triggered, all the sprinkler heads go off at once, dousing anything and everything, and bringing as much disaster to the office as a fire would have. But sprinklers go off in zones, and often only one zone, or even one head, is sufficient to take care of a fire before it spreads.
3. Buildings that are up to code don’t need sprinklers. A building code really only makes it safe for occupants to be able to exit a building in an emergency; most aren’t concerned with fire prevention or cessation. A brand-new building that’s built to code may still need additional fire protection.
4. Sprinkler systems go off accidentally. There is such a small occurrence of sprinkler systems triggering without cause that there’s actually not enough data to register it as something that ever happens. You shouldn’t worry about your system accidentally spraying the office down.
There are other commercial fire myths, but these are significant and could make a big difference when it comes to keeping your business or office safe.
If a fire should occur and damage your building or office, get in touch with SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta Counties to get fast, effective restoration solutions underway.
Flash Floods Are the Most Dangerous Natural Disaster We Encounter
If a flood causes water damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta has a custom solution.
Tornadoes, hurricanes and massive radar events get the headlines, and to be sure they are to be respected and prepared for—but the single most deadly weather event in the United States is the simple flash flood. Flash flooding causes more fatalities than any other weather disaster we experience.
Flash floods can destroy roads, take out trees, cause mudslides and even cause boulders to roll out of place. Rising floodwater can create walls of water dozens of feet in depth, carrying away cars and even demolishing structures and bridges.
Single flood events in the last 50 years have caused mass casualties and incurred hundreds of millions of dollars in damage per event.
Don’t take flooding for granted. Often we are tempted to disregard flooding as a potential threat because it seems like a less dangerous weather occurrence than, say, a tornado. This leads us to stay at home when we should evacuate, or to think we can safely drive through a flooded area, when in fact it’s incredibly dangerous to do so.
Create a family disaster plan. Make sure your entire family knows your area’s flood risk, and what to do should an alert be issued. Keep extra supplies at home for instances in which power may be lost or travel capability may become limited. Teach your family basic safety measures, including CPR, first aid and how to shut off your home’s main water valve.
Stay alert. Know your area’s flood risk, and your particular proximity to streams and rivers that may be in flood stage. Listen to area meteorologists and get weather alerts regarding potential flood dangers. Keep an NOAA battery-powered radio to get up-to-the-moment alerts from the National Weather Service. These may instruct you to evacuate or shelter in place.
Take action. When an alert is issued, know where to go and where not to go. A flash flood warning means flooding is already occurring, so you must act quickly to get out of harm’s way. Get to higher ground and avoid dips, washes and low-lying areas. Never drive through flooded areas—the floodwater can cover up all sorts of danger, included a completely washed-away road. It only takes six inches of moving water to get your car off its path, so don’t put yourself in danger to try and save a little time.
Flooding is an often-underestimated risk, but it continues to claim more lives than any other weather event. Don’t risk becoming a statistic. Always be ready for rough weather, and if a flood alert is issued, take action immediately.
If a flood or other weather event causes water damage to your home or business, we’ve got the custom solutions you need to get back in the dry. Contact SERVPRO today to see how we can help.
Let Us Help You Rebuild After a Storm
When storms strike your home or business, trust us to make things right again. SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta is here to help.
You know what SERVPRO does by now. You see the green truck with the orange logo, and you feel pretty sure somebody’s about to get some water damage cleaned up.
They had a pipe burst or a sewage backup, and a SERVPRO team is headed to get them back in the dry. Or maybe they had a fire in the kitchen, and the green team is on their way to clean up and remove the smoke damage and smell.
These things may all be true, and kudos to you for your acumen. But something you may not know about SERVPRO is that we can provide full-blown reconstruction when your home or business is damaged, whether you’ve had something as minor as drywall or carpet damaged by intruding water or you’ve experienced an extreme disaster like the Coweta tornado in March 2021. When disaster strikes, we’ve got the teams, the tools and the expertise to repair or fully rebuild.
Not only can we rebuild and reconstruct to get your home back to its preloss condition, but we can simplify your life by simplifying your post-damage process. You can trust SERVPRO for initial damage assessment, for the emergent needs for repair and mitigation, and for putting your home back together the way you know and love it.
With a streamlined process handled all by one excellent team, you can have peace of mind knowing everything is taken care of, and nothing is missed or miscommunicated.
SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta Counties is licensed for residential contractor services, so you know you can trust our workmanship as well.
We can help with every area of your repair, rebuild and reconstruction process, including boardup, dry cleaning, electrical and HVAC services, plumbing and much, much more. We can even help with temporary fencing and warehouse space.
There’s so much more to SERVPRO than what you may think when you see the green truck. The bottom line is that if you’ve got a repair or restoration need of any kind at home, we can help you get it taken care of. Call us first—it’s likely we’ll be the only call you have to make.
When storms strike your home or business, trust us to make things right again. From initial evaluation to the finishing touches, SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta Counties is here to make your life easier after a storm.
THE SCIENCE OF DRYING
SERVPRO® of Troup-Coweta Counties has the professional training and equipment to help make water damage “Like it never even happened.”
Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? Having the knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO® of Troup-Coweta Counties franchise professionals are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of any secondary damages.
If your business suffers a water damage, SERVPRO® of Troup-Coweta Counties will:
• Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
• Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
• Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment. What exactly does it mean to help “speed up Mother Nature”? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material—but only if the air is drier.
The only problem is, nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out.
SERVPRO® of Troup-Coweta Counties has the tools and equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more. We also use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.
It’s not only the equipment but the technology too! SERVPRO® has developed DryBook™, a proprietary tool that provides real time documentation and updates on the drying process and helps ensure industry drying requirements are met. With DryBook™ Mobile, you have the ability to know exactly where your property is in the drying process.
The bottom line? SERVPRO® of Troup-Coweta Counties has the professional training and equipment to help make water damage “Like it never even happened.”