Recent Commercial Posts

The Importance of a Fire Sprinkler System in Your Business

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

red fire sprinkler head inside commercial building Restoring fire and smoke damage is one of our specialties. Contact SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta Counties to learn more.

You’ve got so much invested in your business. When it comes to devastation, there are few things that compare to the anguish of seeing something as precious as your business damaged by, or lost to, a fire.

So you take the necessary precautions, you teach fire safety methods, you maintain extinguishers and you carefully monitor kitchen activities.

But the most important part of your fire plan is something you may not consider often, even though it’s right under your nose—or more accurately, above your head.

The Impact of Fire Sprinklers on Business Fires

Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that something called a “sprinkler” could be effective against something as intimidating and destructive as a fire. But the facts bear out that sprinklers are a worthwhile investment, maintenance item and sometimes a requirement for your local business.

A 2017 study by the National Fire Protection Association shows in great detail the effectiveness of fire sprinklers in businesses. The study shows sprinklers to be operative in over nine out of every 10 fires large enough to activate a sprinkler system, and of those fires the success rate in controlling the fire was an impeccable 96%.

That should give you peace of mind as a business owner that your fire sprinkler system is a worthwhile investment—it’s almost always the difference between an operations slowdown and a full-blown fiery loss.

And of course, when it comes to assets, your most important asset is your team. Damage or loss to property or technology is one thing; injury or loss of your employees is quite another. But in businesses with installed and properly maintained sprinkler systems, the civilian death rate is 87% lower than the rate among fires with no sprinkler present.

The data is clear. Sprinklers are a must-have for business owners in the area. They protect structures, assets and most importantly, people. While the number of fires has decreased in recent years, the cost associated with the damage from those fires has increased greatly. The amount you spend on installing and maintaining your business doesn’t compare to the amount it will save you in a fire situation.

If your business has been damaged by fire, SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta Counties is here to help restore any damaged areas to their original state. Click or call today to get your local SERVPRO agents at your side.

Making Sure Your Business Is Able to Recover Quickly After a Disaster

8/29/2021 (Permalink)

group around a table in a meeting If you need assistance after a disaster impacts your business, SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta Counties is the team to call.

For a business owner, there are few things that can be more devastating than a natural disaster
impacting your area. Not only does a natural disaster put the safety of you and your staff
members at risk, but it can threaten the very future of the business you have worked so hard to build, too.

It is likely no surprise that small businesses are hit the hardest during natural disasters, so as a
business owner, it is vital to be sure you are preparing in every way you can.

If you are impacted by a disaster at your business, one of the best things you can do is ensure you are prepared to reopen again as soon as possible. By making sure in advance that you
have an adequate disaster recovery plan and insurance coverage in place, you can do your
best to mitigate the impact of a disaster and get back to business as soon as possible.

How to Prepare Your Business to Recover From a Natural Disaster


**Be sure you have proper insurance coverage.** The world of business insurance can be complicated, but it is one that is worth gaining an understanding of for any small business
owner. Generally, your property will be covered by your commercial policy, but there are other
things, such as flood damage, loss of income and interruption costs, that will require a different
policy altogether. It is important that you understand what is and is not covered so you can
purchase additional insurance if necessary.


**Understand the resources available to you.** Through the American Small Business
Association, business owners have disaster recovery loans available to them if they are in a
declared disaster area. These loans are often provided with very low interest rates and
generous repayment terms so you can use them as funding to tackle damage and get reopened
without the worry of going into extreme amounts of debt.


**Craft a plan for your restoration process.** Knowing who to call when you have damage to
your business is a must for having it handled quickly and efficiently. In a disaster scenario, there will be many private residences and businesses vying for damage restoration, so it is vital to choose a company that can handle the volume and respond to your damages quickly.


*If you need assistance after a disaster impacts your business, we are the team to call. We are
here 24/7 and have the resources to handle any size disaster. Contact us today to learn more.*

Workplace Tornado Preparedness

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

a large tornado forming in road ahead If you have any damage from a storm or hail, reach out to SERVPRO of Troup-Coweta Counties. We are your local restoration team.

It’s one of the most fearsome and least predictable natural disasters, and anyone who has lived through one can tell you why. The tornado has a unique gift for wrecking communities, carving a path of rampant, unfeeling destruction through city buildings and country fields alike.

In March 2021, Coweta County residents experienced just this, in a terribly unfortunate recent example of just how destructive and powerful a tornado can be. The tornado was an EF-4 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, the second-highest classification we have for these deadly storms.

The mile-wide storm ran through Newnan with winds of up to 170 miles per hour damaging homes, businesses, even the local high school. Seventy homes were totally destroyed, and another 1,700 were damaged.

As a local business owner, this is a scenario you never want to have to consider. But as the March 2021 tornado reminded us, you must be prepared for storm scenarios that could impact your business, your livelihood, and the lives of your employees.

Be Prepared

One of the most important things you can do as a business owner is develop a disaster preparedness plan. This includes a focus on awareness, evacuation routes, important data backups and emergency kits. This kind of plan is required by OSHA, and indeed not having one established could leave you open to lawsuits on top of the heartache of damage done to your business and potential injury to your employees.

Set a Safe Place

You and your teams need to know where to go in the event of a tornadic event. The safest place, of course, is an underground shelter or safe room. But if that’s not available (and for many businesses, it isn’t), a small, windowless room on the lowest floor available will make do. If your building isn’t sturdy, instruct employees to meet at the nearest building that will meet these requirements.

Inform and Reinforce

Make sure your teams know how they can keep up with weather alerts, and that they know the differences between watches and warnings. Provide training on the signs of tornadoes, possible weather situations that could cause them and seasonal awareness. Schedule and practice tornado drills regularly to reinforce the information and give them a chance to put your plan into action in a moment without real-life stress.

We sincerely hope you never have to deal with a tornado as a business owner, but should it occur, we are available 247 to help. Click or call SERVPRO today to find out how we can help.

Should Your Employees Be Certified in First Aid and CPR?

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

No one wants to imagine a medical emergency in the workplace, but unfortunately they do happen. Being prepared means more than having an office first-aid kit on hand — it means having designated employees who are trained to respond to a variety of emergency situations.

Training employees on what to do in an emergency can mean all the difference if the worst happens. Even short of such crises, emergency-response training comes with other advantages, from increased employee engagement to compliance with Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) requirements.

Providing first-aid training and the opportunity to become certified in CPR are ways of engaging your employees and showing that you take their health and well-being seriously.

While that display of dedication may be able to improve employee satisfaction with your organization, it can also help build camaraderie and morale. 

It’s also a skill your employees can take with them, whether home to their families or into their communities.

Things Often Forgotten When Business Owners Prepare for a Disaster

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

If you are increasing your disaster preparedness efforts at your business, it may feel like there are many things to consider—and there are. While the work of preparing your business for a disaster may feel overwhelming, it is a very important project to undertake.

Being prepared not only helps you and employees stay safer, but it also increases your chances of being able to reopen in the disaster’s aftermath.

Because there are so many moving parts to consider for disaster recovery, staying organized is key. Having a master disaster plan is recommended so you have an easy reference for any possible scenario, including evacuation procedures, communication plans and opportunities for financial assistance that can help your business recover.

However, even for the most organized person, it can be easy to have things accidentally slip through the cracks, which is why we have compiled some key things that business owners often forget when planning for disasters.

The Things Business Owners Often Forget About Disaster Planning
Check your insurance in advance. You are likely aware of how to get in touch with your insurance and begin filling a claim, but it is also smart to know what is covered well before you need assistance with something. It is wise to get in touch with your insurance provider in advance to see what exactly your policy will take care of and to purchase additional coverage if needed.

Keep an inventory of your emergency kit. An office emergency kit is a great thing to have, but often, they can become a go-to for everything from an anti-inflammatory to a bandaid for staff with minor ailments. This is part of what a first aid kit is intended for, but it is wise to routinely take an inventory and replenish your supplies in case a real emergency were to occur.

Know how to keep in touch with everyone. If you primarily use a business phone, you may not have people’s numbers saved in a way where you can access them away from the office. Make sure you have a way to keep in touch with staff, vendors and any other relevant parties who may need to know about closures and operations after a disaster.

If your business is hit by a disaster, we are here to help with commercial restoration. You can contact us at any hour to see how we can help your business recover or to report damage to your building.

How Our Restoration-First Mentality Works for You

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

If you have sustained damage to your home for the first time, you are likely to learn quite a bit about how the recovery process works. Not only are there logistical considerations to handle, but there is also the emotional impact of going through an event that damages your home, which can be significant.

Fortunately, working with the right restoration company can help you throughout the entire process. Not only can restoration save you money on costly insurance claims that can increase your premium, but it can also help your family heal more easily from the trauma. Read on to learn more about our restoration-first philosophy.

The Importance of a Restoration-First Philosophy

We are determined to save your belongings. While many people assume that everything they own will need to be liquidated after damages, when you work with us that is not necessarily the case. We have all the equipment necessary to clean, sanitize and deodorize objects after damage, allowing us to restore items that normally could not be salvaged. This is a cost-effective process compared to replacement and ensures that you will be able to hang onto the objects you already own and love if it is possible to do so.

We are determined to handle all the damage. The small touches make your house feel like a home, and when we handle restoration, we understand the importance of these little things. We handle all aspects of your damage, from the big, structural issues to small things like painting and refinishing floors. That way, you recognize your home as soon as you walk through the door.

We are determined to help you heal. The time after you sustain household damage can be tumultuous, especially if you have to leave the home for the restoration to take place. We understand this, which is why we work as quickly as possible to get your damages taken care of so you can return home.

If you have damage to your home, we are here to help. You can get in touch at any time to report damage with our 247 emergency line. Contact us today to learn more.