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Archived Commercial Blog Posts

Does Your Commercial Insurance Cover Fire Damage?

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

If a fire happened in your Southeastern Wisconsin business, the loss could be overwhelming. The good news? Commercial insurance policies do provide some type of coverage for fire damage.

What Type of Fire Coverage Does Your Commercial Insurance Policy Offer?
The coverage you have for your business depends on your insurance provider and your specific policy. Before you purchase or change insurance, be sure to discuss your policy with your agent so that you know exactly what is covered. Commercial Insurance typically covers these fire- related causes:

  • Fire damage
  • Smoke damage
  • Damage from fire-extinguishing efforts: broken windows, water damage, etc.
  • Fire-fighting fees incurred

Make sure your commercial insurance policy covers everything you would want to replace if damaged by fire. This includes the building itself, as well as any assets inside like equipment, machinery, and inventory. Keep in mind that there may be exclusions to your coverage, such as liability. This means your policy would not pay for damage to any surrounding homes or buildings caused by a fire originating on your property.

What Can You Do Before and After a Fire?
If your business experiences a fire, the first thing to do after it’s safely out is to call your insurance provider.  Your agent will give you specific claim filing instructions. But before a fire or any other loss of any kind happens, here’s what you should do:

  • Take inventory. Make a list of purchase dates and prices of equipment, software, machinery and everything else covered by your policy.
  • Keep a record. List and take a video or photographic evidence of all the items. Keep the photos and list in cloud storage or in a secure off-site location.

After a fire, there are some important steps to help streamline your insurance claims process:

  • Take photos or video. Before any repairs begin, make sure you do a walk-through to take photos or shoot a video of the damage, including as much detail as possible. In a video, it helps to narrate and explain what the damaged items are.
  • Submit your records. With accurate records of the covered property before and after fire damage, you’ll be giving your insurance company the information they need to sufficiently reimburse you.
  • Hire a cleanup and restoration professional. Commercial insurance may help your business recover financially, but you may also need professional help with cleanup and repairs. A certified restoration company like your local SERVPRO team can help you get your business back in business as soon as possible.

Want to know more about other cleaning and restoration services that your SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County teams offers? Contact us at your convenience.

4 Steps to Make Your Business Spring Cleaning Safe and Easy

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

After a typical frigid and goes-on-forever winter in Wisconsin, spring cleaning season is finally here. You’re likely already doing some seasonal chores around your home, but there are also ways you can get your business spruced up for the year ahead, too.

Our expert team at SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County has four suggestions to make spring cleaning for your business simpler and safer: 

  1. Take inventory, then clean and organize your stockroom. Even with this year’s online or curbside orders, the busy holiday season has likely left you stockroom in disarray. Now’s a good time to take inventory, order any new merchandise, then clean and re-shelve everything in a more organized way that’s easier to find.
  1. Assess your look and layout. Consider a fresh coat of paint for the walls or rearrange some of your shelves, merchandise displays or tables if you own a restaurant. Perhaps there are ways to attract more customers and improve their buying or dining experience.
  1. Purge old records, processes, and passwords. This may not be a physical cleaning tip, but getting rid of old records you no longer need and resetting your passwords will help “clean” your operations going forward. Reviewing and revising your business processes is good too, since it works in tandem with improving how you operate. For example, perhaps there are miniscule tasks that you’re spending too much time on behind the scenes that don’t add value to your business or bottom line.
  1. Leave the deep cleaning to a pro. You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your business. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call a professional.

Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County to make your workspace look its very best. Our cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County lets you usher in a new standard of cleaning that ensures your business is healthy and safe.

Count on SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County in an Emergency, Too

When the unexpected happens to your business, you can rely on your local SERVPRO team, too. Immediate action is needed in many cleaning and restoration situations. That’s why we’re strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs. Contact us 24/7 at (414) 421-3500

The impact of a having a business close due to Unforeseen Circumstances

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

The pandemic has hammered small businesses across the United States — an alarming trend for an economy that’s trying to rebound from the deepest, fastest recession in U.S. history. Normally, small employers are a vital source of hiring after a recession. They account for nearly half the economy’s output and an outsize portion of new jobs. 

Roughly one in five small businesses have closed, according to numerous surveys. Restaurants, bars, beauty shops and other retailers that involve face-to-face contact have been hardest hit at a time when Americans are trying to keep distance from one another.

From personal experience, watching friends and families struggle with shutting down their businesses every other week due to possible exposure has been rough. Not only does a business have to worry about the normal causes such as water/fire damage and mold, but with the current pandemic, anytime an employee gets sick; the majority of small business owners choose to close from anywhere from a day or two to a week or more. 

Thankfully, SERVPRO can help with the reopening process. Our Covid clean ups involve using hospital-grade disinfectants and thoroughness; thus, reassuring the customer base and employees that all is well, and it is safe to come back. 

Being Emergency Ready in Current Times

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. On top of that, the current pandemic has left a lot of places uncertain of their future so any shutdown would be devastating.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for you business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.  Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water, fire, and Covid-19 can affect your business.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services.  It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information.  By working with SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.  SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County to get started at a no cost assessment of your facility!

HVAC Cleaning for a business...Why it is Necessary?

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

HVAC Why Clean your Air Ducts?

With everything that’s involved in the maintenance of a commercial building, cleaning an air duct system that’s not showing any obvious problems can seem like an unnecessary expenditure of time and money. While air duct cleaning isn’t a job you need to do every year, it’s not something you can afford to ignore entirely.

Why Air Ducts Need Cleaning

Poor indoor air quality, inefficient air filtration, and duct leaks can all result in dust entering the duct system. This dust can accumulate to the point that it starts to break off and re-enter your air. When this happens, you may notice your workspaces become dusty faster.

High humidity in the building or water leaking into the ducts provides the moisture needed for mold to develop. Mold in the ducts releases tiny spores that will end up circulating through your whole building.

Pest infestations are another reason to have your ducts cleaned. It’s not uncommon for mice, squirrels, bees, and other pests to find their way into a duct system. Once inside, they leave behind nesting material, hair, and dead insects. Particles of these are then blown out into your rooms.

If the air quality in your building is high and you use high-efficiency HVAC air filters, your ducts could stay clean for years. Even in the ideal situation, though, there’s always a chance of unexpected issues. At least once every three or four years, have your duct system professionally inspected to check if it’s due for a cleaning.

How Air Duct Cleaning Benefits You

Keeping your building’s ducts clean protects the heating and cooling system.

Improved indoor air quality — When your ducts are clean, you’ll have less dust, mold spores, pollen, and pest debris floating in your air. 

Greater HVAC system efficiency — Debris in the ducts impairs airflow through your system, so the fan motor has to work harder to distribute conditioned air to your rooms. With the ducts clean, the air will flow freely and the motor will consume less energy moving it. Clean ducts deposit less dust on your air conditioner’s evaporator coil. Even a millimeter of dust on the coil reduces its efficiency, so clean ducts really pay off in summer.

Longer HVAC component lifespan — Dust and debris blowing through your ducts can find its way into your system’s fan motor and other components and cause excess wear. Keeping the ducts clean prevents this wear, helping the components last longer.

Professional Duct Cleaning Makes the Difference

Duct cleaning isn’t a job to leave up to a regular building maintenance crew armed with a few vacuums. Attempting to clean the ducts without the right tools can worsen your indoor air quality because the debris dislodged will end up floating away into your rooms. You’re also likely to miss a lot of the debris.

A professional like SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County has all the tools and knowledge to restore any HVAC system to 100%

Maintaining a business - Duct Cleaning

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Your HVAC unit has to do with cooling and heating your Business. Maintenance for your HVAC system is essential if you want your unit to run correctly for a substantial amount of time. Cleaning your HVAC system also entails duct maintenance as well.

Cleaning the ducts and vents means that they will be cleaning separate elements in the HVAC unit. It is important to clean multiple areas in the unit because it is unknown what lurks in your ducts. So, when turning on the air conditioning unit, those who have allergies may react from the dust, dander, or mold in the unit.

There are many advantages of cleaning your ducts/ HVAC unit. One benefit is having a more efficient system which will result in lower utility bills. Another benefit is having a healthier working environment. Keeping up with the system will also keep up the longevity of the unit, just like a “tune up” with a vehicle would improve its life span.

Emergency Ready Profile

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

A guide to help you get back into your building after a disaster.

The BEST way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to plan for it NOW.

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research.  Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.  Pre-planning can serve as an insuranc epolicy aimed at peach of mind.  

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for you business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.  Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services.  It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information.  By working with SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.  SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County to get started at a no cost assessment of your facility!

"Ready for whatever happens"

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Call us at 414-421-3500 to get started

The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to plan for it now!

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile Advantage

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
    • This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    • It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects, but it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
  • A guide to help you get back into you building following a disaster.
    • This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County as your disaster mitigation restoration provider.
    • You will have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader close by.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    • This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority  areas and priority contact information.
    • Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency your are "Ready for whatever happens".

Time is a precious commodity

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

We are here for your business - big or small

When you need it done right and done fast, call SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County for all your commercial cleaning needs.  Did you know when you hire SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County for maintenance cleaning, you get around the clock restoration services built with you in mind?  Quality cleaning and quick response - that's the SERVPRO way.

Can't figure out how to get the job done?  Call us for your emergency restoration needs.  Because when you experience a fire, water or mold damage in your facility, you need fast response and expertise to the get the job done right, ensuring your business can get back into operation as quickly as possible.  Through it all, you expect the most reliable information and the very best service at a fair price.

SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County's professionals are committed to providing fire and water cleanup and the restoration services to reduce business interruptions and recovery costs.

Government Facilities have to stay open

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Call the cleanup team that's faster to any size diaster

When disaster strikes a government facility, SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County  answers the call quickly to access the damage and start mitigation procedures, helping ensure minimum service interruption and lower recovery costs.  We understand that when a government facility needs to be cleaned or restored, it needs to stay open and we work with you to ensure you can do just that!

SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County responds to disaster situations with the right personnel and equipment to provide timely mitigation - the key to controlling damage, lowering recovery costs and minimizing interruption to the public and employees.  From large disasters to those special cleaning needs that exceed the capabilities of a facility's janitorial service, SERVPRO is committed to a timely response and total customer satisfaction.

SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County specialize in:

  • Fire, Smoke & Soot Restoration
  • Water Removal and Dehumidification
  • Mold Mitigation & Remediation
  • Catastrophic Storm Response
  • Move Outs & Contents Restoration
  • Contents Claim Inventory Service
  • Carpet, Upholstery, Drapes and Blind Cleaning
  • Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floor cleaning
  • Deodorization

You can trust the team at SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County!

Clean Homes Sell Faster

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Serving Real Estate Agents and their clients throughout Southeast Milwaukee County.

It is a fact:  A clean, fresh smelling home sells faster.  Unfortunately, not all homes are maintained in the same way.  Nearly all realtors are faced, at some point, with a difficult listing to show.

Your sellers may have trouble spots to address before you list or schedule a home inspection.  The clients may choose to handle these issues themselves to avoid filing an insurance claim for the damage because it may not be covered by their policy and can affect the home's CLUE report.  CLUE (Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange) is a database which records reported loss and damage information, and it is utilized by more that 80% of insurance companies.  Unfavorable CLUE reports can lead to increased premiums and policy renewal issues to property owners.

Whether the problem is a water stain on a hardwood floor or a mildew smell in the basement, reassure your clients that SERVPRO can get their home in top show condition and ready to sell.

Veteran realtors encourage clients to keep their homes in top condition for very important reasons:

  • Increased market value
  • Shortened list to sale conversion times
  • Enhanced reputation for quality listings and quick sales.

SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County offers a variety of services to help revive your listings to op show condition:

  • Carpet, Upholstery, Drapery and Blind Cleaning
  • Ceiling, Wall and Hard Floor Cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation.

Call us today!

Helping Schools

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County at 414-421-3500

SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County is in a CLASS by ourselves when it comes to helping schools provide clean, healthy environments for our children.

Educational institutions can depend on us for fast, thorough service in the vent of fire, water or mold damage.  With 24-hour emergency response, our professionals provide mitigation, cleanup and restoration services to reduce recovery costs and to help ensure minimal interruption to your curriculum.

SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County also provides expert cleaning for emergencies or special needs exceeding routine janitorial capabilities, including stain removal, upholstery and drapery dry cleaning, indoor air quality  ad vandalism cleanup.  Our professionals are trained to clean and sanitize building materials, surfaces and contents following restoration industry standards, using professional cleaning products and EPA registered cleaners and disinfectants.