Recent Commercial Posts

SERVPRO: How to maintain carpets in a restaurant?

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: The SERVPRO technicians discuss several tips to prolong the life of carpets in restaurants.

5 tips to maintain carpets at restaurants

Carpets give restaurants a welcoming and warm appeal. Clients visit restaurants not just for their food but also due to their trust in the hygiene and cleanliness practiced by the restaurant. However, when carpet hygiene is neglected, they can become an eyesore and a breeding ground for germs and allergies. This can break the trust of even the most regular clients. SERVPRO, a commercial cleaning service, shares some tips to help restaurant owners clean and maintain their carpets.

5 carpet maintenance tips

  1. Know the carpet 

Carpets are made of a variety of materials that have specific cleaning and care needs. Knowing the carpet is the first step to taking care of it. When choosing a carpet, it makes sense to consider the following:

  1. A carpet with a short pile that has been treated with a stain preventative. Long-haired carpets are harder to clean.
  2. A carpet that contains a UV protectant in case the carpet is exposed to a lot of sunlight. 
  3. Nylon is always a good option because it’s easy to clean. 
  4. Dense material with a lot of fibers holds up better to foot traffic.
  5. A patterned fabric hides stubborn stains.
  1. Protect the carpet

The dirt from outside and the grease from the kitchens must be prevented from being stamped on the carpet. It is advised to install rubber-backed mats around entry doors, food prep stations, and areas with a high risk of spills or excessive foot traffic. The soil from outside not only stains the carpets but the sharp-edged stones can damage the carpet fibers as well, causing premature wear and tear.

  1. Manage spills swiftly

Cleaning a spill quickly reduces the risk of stains and smells. Any solid material must be removed immediately and the moisture must be blotted, not scrubbed. 

In the case of a stain, applying an enzyme-based cleaning product breaks down the organic material for easier removal. This cleaner can be left overnight to soak in and then rinsed with water and a soft cloth in the morning.

Steam cleaning all areas where spills occur ensures no food particle is left behind. An anti-bacterial cleaner is another option for carpet cleaning.

  1. Watch out for the crumbs

Small food crumbs must not be taken lightly as they are a magnet for mildew and pests. Failure to remove crumbs or any dirt and sand daily can cause the carpet to rot and smell. Vacuuming the entire carpet at the end of every day is a good practice.

  1. Get rid of the grease

By the virtue of being in the vicinity of a kitchen, grease in the air will inevitably settle on the carpet fabric, despite all the precautions. As it gradually builds up, the grease will leave a sticky residue that will in turn attract dust, pollen, and other debris. The consequent odor and stains become stubborn to remove. A basic cleaning tool or product won’t help. 

A deep-cleaning service is the only answer. Not every restaurant would have access to this equipment or have the know-how to handle them. A commercial carpet cleaning service such as SERVPRO can help remove these long-standing stains and odors.

Why SERVPRO?

# SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art equipment to bring the damaged property back to its original state. SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is always updating its fleet and equipment so clients in West Fort Worth, Benbrook, Azle, or anywhere else can quickly access the services. 



# With over 1,700 US and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to respond faster to an emergency of any magnitude.

# The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. They receive initial in-house training and constant skill up-gradation at the corporate training facility and also acquire the regular IICRC-industry certification.

For commercial cleaning services, call SERVPRO of West Fort Worth today at (817) 560-3086 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

Benefits of commercial duct cleaning according to SERVPRO

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: This SERVPRO article discusses six reasons why property owners should get the ducts cleaned in their offices by a professional team.

Six reasons why air duct cleaning is important for office buildings

Many factors contribute to the indoor air quality of a commercial building. One factor that is often overlooked is air duct cleaning. This SERVPRO article discusses six reasons why commercial buildings need to have their air ducts cleaned regularly by an experienced commercial cleaning service

  1. Better indoor air quality

Indoor air in commercial buildings can be much more polluted than the outside air due to inadequate airflow. The indoor pollutants are dust, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and molds, and microbes. Poor indoor air quality, inefficient air filtration, and duct leaks can result in dust entering the duct system. Breathing in these contaminants and dust can make the occupants sick and impact overall productivity. Therefore, it is imperative to clean commercial air ducts for healthy and clean air.

  1. Check mold growth 

High humidity in the building or water leaking into the ducts provides the perfect environment for mold to develop and circulate throughout the building. Mold may cause health effects and must be arrested. 

Periodic duct inspection and cleaning ensure there are no unchecked mold growths and lingering odors that can impact the employees and business productivity. 

  1. Prevent pest infestation

It is reasonably common for mice, squirrels, bees, and other pests to gain access to the duct system and leave behind nesting material, hair, and dead insects. Unchecked and uncleaned, there could be an accumulation of these particles that can then be blown in and lead to possible health issues.

  1. Low energy consumption

The regular removal of contaminants from the mechanical components of the air handlers and heating and air conditioning units results in a more efficient HVAC system. This efficiency enables easier maintenance of temperature, thereby reducing energy consumption and costs. 

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, just one millimeter of dust and dirt build-up can reduce the efficiency of an HVAC system by 21%. A healthy and clean system means healthy energy bills.

  1. Longer equipment life 

An HVAC system that is clogged with dirt, allergens, dust, and other particles build-up will have a shorter lifespan. Debris in the ducts impairs airflow through the system, so the fan motor has to work harder to distribute the conditioned air to rooms. Clean ducts will allow air to flow freely and the motor to consume less energy. This will deposit less dust on the air conditioner’s evaporator coil.

Regular cleaning of the ducts will ensure that the equipment is in a prime state and will last for years to come. 

  1. Increased productivity and health

With high-quality indoor air and efficient HVAC air filters, the ducts could stay clean for years. Clean ducts reduce the possibilities of any health effects on employees, which means lower absenteeism and healthcare costs. 

A regular inspection can help avoid these issues and ensure a smoothly running organization and a fresh ambiance.

Why get professional duct cleaning?

A professional commercial cleaning services team would be able to access and clean all components of the system such as motor and fan housing; supply and return air ducts; diffusers and grilles; drain or drip pans; heat exchangers; cooling and heating coils; unit housing; and internal air ducts. Whereas, amateur hands can actually worsen the situation. 

Commercial property owners must hire professionals, such as SERVPRO with advanced equipment and technology to thoroughly clean the ducts and ensure a healthy and clean indoor air quality and HVAC system.

Why SERVPRO?

# SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art equipment to bring the damaged property back to its original state. SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is always updating its fleet and equipment so clients in Fort Worth, Benbrook, Azle, or anywhere else can quickly access the services. 

# With over 1,700 US and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to respond faster to an emergency of any magnitude.

# The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. They receive initial in-house training and constant skill up-gradation at the corporate training facility and also acquire regular IICRC-industry certification.

For commercial cleaning services, call SERVPRO of West Fort Worth today at (817) 560-3086 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

Eight factors to consider before selecting a commercial restoration company

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

Blog summary: Multiple factors help decide the right commercial restoration company that can efficiently and swiftly put the property back to its original state.

The essentials of a commercial restoration company

Fire, water, mold, or structural damage to commercial property can hamper business significantly. Immediate and professional help must be hired to restore the property to its preloss condition and to avoid any further damage.

With the associated stress of damaged property, zoning in on the right commercial restoration company can prove to be challenging and confusing. Here are a few essential criteria to consider before choosing the restoration company that will seamlessly handle all the commercial restoration needs:

# 1 Certifications

Research for a restoration company that has been certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification) and would, therefore, adhere to the highest standards of restoration processes and ethics. Certifications in specific restoration services may also be a criterion.

# 2 The service portfolio

It is tedious and wasteful to hire multiple contractors to deal with multiple issues in the property. A one-stop restoration company that can efficiently handle every aspect of the restoration is the best bet. This avoids unnecessary hassles of coordinating between multiple service providers and the loss of time, energy, and money. 

SERVPRO is a holistic restoration company that offers all services that are needed to reverse the damage to property:

  1. Water restoration
  2. Fire restoration
  3. Mold remediation
  4. Storm restoration
  5. Roof tarping and board-up services
  6. Cleaning services
  7. Disaster response

# 3 Reviews and recommendations

Check online reviews or seek a recommendation from a friend or family member. Or even better, request a recommendation from the restoration company itself. Choose a company that is renowned for its integrity and commitment to quality.

# 4 Emergency services

Disasters or emergencies may sometimes strike at inopportune times. A restoration company that is available 24 hours, 365 days a year, and boasts of a disaster response team as well is very important when emergency strikes. A poor response time can aggravate the damage to the property. Therefore a team that can swiftly arrive on-site, assess the damage, and act immediately is what is required. Additionally, an experienced and capable restoration company must be equipped to handle big jobs.

# 5 Experience 

There are new restoration companies that are doing a splendid job, but experience is a necessity for large or complicated projects. Experience enables a restoration company to anticipate and approach the damage from a different perspective. 

# 6 Cost

A low-budget restoration company that doesn’t fulfill its promise or does a low-grade job may eventually lead to a massive increase in restoration costs. However, a company that quotes a ridiculously high estimate in emergencies and pressures the client could be assumed to be unethical. Therefore, one must seek companies whose commercials match their experience, certifications, and assurances.

# 7 Questions?

Put forth all queries and concerns regarding the damage assessment, the process, the certifications, the timeline, the costs, the warranties, the availability of crew, the communication channels, and so on. It is crucial to have clear communication and a sense of comfort with the company and its team to enable a successful and smooth restoration process. 

# 8 Technology and techniques 

A restoration company should not only have the right equipment and technology but also the latest one to ensure that the best care is available to customers. SERVPRO of West Fort Worth has top-of-the-line equipment to restore a property in case of fire, water, or mold damage:

# Moisture detection and measurement equipment such as infrared cameras

# Water extraction equipment like submersible and gas-powered pumps 

# Drying equipment such as industrial grade dehumidifiers

# Odor removal and deodorization like air scrubbers

# Sanitizing agents, germicides, and antimicrobial treatments

Why SERVPRO?

# SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art equipment to bring the damaged property back to its original state. SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is always updating its fleet and equipment so clients in Fort Worth, Benbrook, Azle, or anywhere else can quickly access the services. 



# With over 1,700 US and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to respond faster to an emergency of any magnitude.

# The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. They receive initial in-house training and constant skill up-gradation at the corporate training facility and also acquire regular IICRC-industry certification.


For commercial restoration services, call SERVPRO of West Fort Worth today at (817) 560-3086 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

What Business Owners Need to Know About Water Damage Commercial Services and Insurance

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO’s specialists explain the different types of water damage and when property insurance will and won’t cover the restoration process. 

From pipe leaks to widespread flooding, understanding what types of water damage commercial property insurance covers is vital to preventing unnecessary downtime and costs and is particularly useful before the damage has occurred.

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth, TX, is a local leading commercial restoration company. Their team is here not only to help business owners better understand the scope of their property insurance coverage but to offer fairly priced professional restoration services whether insurance covers the project or not. 

A Guide to Commercial Water Damage Services and Insurance Claims

Keeping comprehensive commercial property insurance is one of the most important steps a business owner can take to prepare for the unexpected, and that includes water damage.

Achieving that begins with evaluating the risk of water damage to the property and understanding what coverage is necessary to mitigate those risks. If the unexpected has already happened, determining if the damage will be covered is also crucial for budgeting purposes.

What Commercial Property Insurance Will Not Cover

Most types of water damage excluded from commercial property insurance policies fall under the same category—preventable damage. If the damage was gradual and could have been prevented by regular maintenance or timely action, insurance will not cover it. That includes damage caused by:

  • Door or window seal leaks
  • Unaddressed roof damage
  • Poor plumbing system or appliance maintenance
  • Pipe corrosion
  • Mold and rot
  • Groundwater seepage

Outside of this, commercial property insurance also won’t cover natural flooding or sewage backup damage. However, flood or water backup insurance can be purchased separately. 

Water Damage Covered by Commercial Property Insurance

Commercial property insurance will cover any water damage that is sudden or accidental. This includes the most common types of water damage, such as:

  • Storm damage (but not flooding)
  • Burst pipes or other sudden plumbing system failures
  • Failed fire suppression systems
  • Utility failures that result in plumbing damage (some exclusions apply)

Avoiding a Water Damage Claim Denial

Because coverage often hinges on whether the damage was preventable and gradual or sudden and accidental, properly documenting the water damage and its source is vital to claim approval. 

A commercial water damage restoration company will be invaluable in this regard, as they have the experience to understand what insurance adjusters are looking for to determine whether the damage was preventable.

Beginning the water damage restoration process as quickly as possible is also crucial to avoid additional damage, such as mold. Even if insurance covers the initial water damage, it may not cover any damage caused afterward by a failure to act in a timely manner. It only takes mold spores 24 – 48 hours to begin to reproduce in damp conditions. 

About SERVPRO of West Fort Worth

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth, TX, has provided comprehensive commercial water damage restoration services in North Texas for over half a century. With the resources of a major national franchise at their back, they can handle restoration projects of all sizes. 

In addition to water damage restoration, they also offer a range of other commercial services such as fire and storm damage restoration, mold remediation, and cleaning services. For more information, contact SERVPRO at (817) 560-3086 or follow them on Facebook for the latest industry news.

Contact Information:

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth

8008 Camp Bowie W Blvd

Ste #106

Fort Worth, TX 76116

www.SERVPROwestfortworth.com/

4 Things to Look for When Hiring Commercial Restoration Contractors: A Guide to Commercial Services

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: The experts at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth lay out four things to look for when enlisting the help of a commercial restoration company to clean up fire and water damage.




SERVPRO first started restoring commercial buildings in 1967. For decades, the company has served as the first name to call when a property suffers fire or water damage. As the most trusted brand in the commercial services business, SERVPRO now provides professional restoration services in over 1,700 locations across the United States and Canada. 

The restoration experts at SERVPRO know all too well how fire and water damage can cause chaos in your life, impeding the rational selection of a reputable commercial services company. That’s why the friendly team at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth curated a list of things to look for when hiring commercial restoration contractors.

4 Things to Look for in a Commercial Restoration Contractor

#1: Credible Website

In the digital age, the first step in your path to finding reliable water and fire damage restoration services is to peruse company websites. The website should look professional, and you should be able to find plenty of information about the company, like reviews, certifications, a complete list of services, and more. 

Seeing a full list of services is particularly helpful. Opting for a company that offers fire and water restoration-related services, like mold removal and air duct cleaning, is beneficial as you can cover all your bases with one contractor. 

#2: Licensing

Commercial building owners who hire unlicensed fire and water restoration companies risk doing additional damage to their properties. It’s vital to hire certified experts in water cleanup and mold removal to avoid lingering problems in the future. 

Look for a company that only hires professionals with the following certifications, among others:

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD)
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician (WDT)

#3: References

All high-quality water and fire restoration companies can provide good references upon request. Some businesses that provide commercial cleaning services even keep detailed portfolios of past projects. Don’t be afraid to ask for references when approaching a company that offers commercial services.

Here are some examples of questions you can ask water, fire, and mold remediation companies:

  • Can you provide work samples?
  • How is your company’s safety record?
  • Is your company fully insured?

Treat these questions as a screening process to narrow down your pool of options. Once you have a shortlist, you can dig deeper into the company’s project history. 

#4: Experience

It should go without saying that if you’re facing fire, water, or mold damage, you don’t want to gamble on a company that’s new to the game. Commercial services represent a specialized field that requires extensive education, training, and experience.

You want a company that has a long track record of proven success—preferably restoring buildings similar to yours with similar damage. For instance, if you have a multi-floor office building, a contractor who has only worked on residential spaces might not be up to the task. Crew size may also play a factor in that regard.

Want to know more? Contact SERVPRO for more information about building restoration services in Fort Worth, TX

Contact Information:

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth

P: (817) 560-3086

8008 Camp Bowie W Blvd
Ste #106
Fort Worth, TX 76116

How Investing in a Commercial Cleaning Service Ensures Safety and Saves Money

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of West Fort Worth explains several services offered by a commercial cleaning service with restoration experience beyond traditional office cleaning. Disasters that could affect the health of a company's employees and customers are best left to professionals with biohazard, mold, or chemical training. Using an outside service not only ensures a safe cleanup, but it also has the potential to save the business money.

What Do Commercial Cleaning Services Offer?

As a Fort Worth, TX, business owner, you understand the necessity of a clean and professional-looking workspace. Not only does a clean, mold-free building ensure the safety of your customers and employees, it also gives a confident first impression. But is it worth hiring a commercial cleaning service? Absolutely, and this is why.

Time is money. The less time you or your employees have to spend cleaning, the more time you can spend on jobs that really matter. By working with a commercial cleaning service, you can focus on jobs that bring in income and offset cleaning costs. Trying to handle heavy jobs like water cleanup and mold removal on your own can mean having to repeat the process down the line.

Commercial building restoration presents challenges that a traditional cleaning service can't manage. It's essential to hire a company possessing resources, training, and experience with larger disasters. Water removal and fire restoration companies go beyond what a janitorial cleaning crew can handle by offering the services below.

HVAC and Air Duct Cleaning Service

A poorly working ventilation system can cause high energy bills and potential mold growth. The older an HVAC system is, the more likely it is to circulate the following contaminants:

  • Dirt and debris
  • Strong odors
  • Pollen
  • Dust

Having the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system serviced provides cleaner air for you and your customers, and it can also save you money. There is nothing worse than having to shut your whole business down to clean up a problem that's making your clients and employees ill. Inspections can also extend your HVAC unit's life, reducing the cost of repairs and how often replacement is needed.

Upholstery and Carpet Cleaning Service

Even high-quality furniture and carpeting will eventually soil. Hiring a commercial cleaning service to maintain your investments can prevent buildups of hair, gases, dirt, and dust. Preventative actions include:

  • Limiting soil tracking by using walk-off mats
  • Moving furniture to create new foot traffic patterns
  • Spot Removal
  • Vacuuming
  • Pilating a carpet to prevent matting

Business cleaning services also offer deep carpet cleaning to remove saturated dirt that could damage your carpet. It is recommended that you have this done at least once a year.

Deodorization and Odor Removal Service

Odors can come from any number of sources both outside and inside your building. For a persistent or severe odor problem, shortcuts like masking won't work. Water restoration companies train employees to identify and eliminate bad smells using various techniques and products for lasting results.

COVID-19 Cleaning Service

The Coronavirus pandemic has created extra challenges and considerations for Fort Worth, Texas, business owners. As the virus continues to change, you need a professional cleaning service familiar with handling hazardous cleanups. A building restoration service can provide a higher cleaning standard that meets the local authorities' and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requirements.

Using a professional commercial cleaning service to manage major cleanups is the best way to get the job done quickly and efficiently. While it may be tempting to do the job yourself, without professional training, you could create a larger problem down the line. Save yourself time, money, and aggravation by hiring a company that can ensure the proper results.

About the Company

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth specializes in commercial and residential cleanup and restoration. Whether you've had a COVID outbreak, need help with flood cleanup, or require fire damage restoration, the SERVPRO staff has the necessary training and experience for the job. To schedule service for your company or home in the 76116 Fort Worth, TX, area, call SERVPRO 24/7 at (817) 560-3086.

We Are Experts in Biohazard Commercial Cleaning

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues without a definite end date, many businesses are being more vigilant than ever in taking health and safety precautions. Has your business been exposed to someone with the virus? If you are looking for professionals to help you decontaminate your business from COVID-19 or any other biohazards like medical waste, blood, sewage, or bacteria, look no further than SERVPRO of West Fort Worth. We have over 30 years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and contamination, which is a testament to your ability to trust us to safely remove any biohazards from your commercial properties.

Our biohazard team is trained in professional cleanup and recovery services for COVID-19 decontamination as well as chemical spills, blood cleanup, crime scene residues, and more. In addition to cleaning and disinfecting any area or building that has biohazards present, we also deodorize the area to ensure it doesn’t leave any unpleasant smells or health risks in the air as well as removing the actual biohazards.

For COVID-19 cleaning specifically, we offer a defensive pathogen cleaning program called Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned that far surpasses standard janitorial cleaning with proactive viral pathogen cleaning procedures in line with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control. 

For each Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned client, we create a tailor-made cleaning program for the unique needs of their facility, initiate a deep clean with our proprietary EPA-approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions in adherence to CDC standards, and leave a shield on your window or door to assure your customers or clients recognize and feel safe as a result of the cleaning procedures that have taken place at your facility.

In the event that you need someone to clean your commercial buildings or properties’ premises after COVID-19 or other biohazard exposure, dial (817) 560-3086. SERVPRO of West Fort Worth would be more than happy to assist you in returning your property to its former, safe, clean, and healthy state.

What To Expect From A Commercial Restoration Project

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

As a business owner, you already have a lot on your plate on any given day. You need to know who to call when something goes wrong or your business is damaged. Whether the damage your business is experiencing is from water, fire, or other weather-related issues, you need a company with the expertise and availability to assist you quickly after a disaster. 

Here are some things to look for when seeking a Commercial Restoration Company.

  • Efficiency.

Lost time is lost money. When looking for a company to help you restore your business, you need a team that understands how important and necessary it is to get your business back up and running as quickly as possible.

  • Availability.

When in the midst of a disaster, you need to be able to pick up the phone and have immediate assistance from a team of highly trained professionals. It is important to pick a company that is available 24/7 for emergencies and near your business. 

  • Communication. 

In times of stress, you need people who can talk you through it and communicate a plan, not add to it. When seeking Commercial Restoration, make sure you find someone that is ready to communicate a plan, a time frame, and peace of mind. 

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is ready to be that company for you. We have experience in damage restoration and have covered commercial loss for many clients. Here are examples of restoration projects we’ve handled:

  • Flood Damage
  • Fire Damage
  • Inclement Weather Damage
  • Damage from Equipment Failure
  • Damage from Vandalism
  • Damage from Accidents 
  • Damage due to Aging of Property

We are available 24/7 and are experts in restoration projects in restoring businesses to their proper condition. If you would like to receive assistance from our team of highly trained professionals here at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth, call us at (817) 560-3086 or seek assistance online!

Why an ERP is Absolutely Necessary for Your Business

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

An ERP, or Emergency Ready Plan, is a method of planning for emergencies before they even occur. Why should your business have an ERP? Your emergency strategy will be carefully devised to guide you and your employees when taking the decisive action necessary during a disaster of any size. The SERVPRO Ready Plan information will give you the security of emergency preparedness, and your plan information can be downloaded into our Ready Plan app to instantly share with SERVPRO so that the damage can be intercepted right away. 

Here are some things to consider while putting your ERP into place:

Planning Ahead

  • Talk with your employees to formulate as many disaster scenarios as they can come up with. The most recent hurricanes that have hit Texas have created numerous learning opportunities for preparedness. Studying such tragedies can help you more effectively project other possible disasters to better plan for them. 

Protecting Everyone

  • It is necessary to create an ERP that protects anyone in the building. The Department of Homeland Security refers to this as “Protective Actions for Life Safety,” and includes:
    • Fire Drills. Rehearsals for action during a fire.
    • Sheltering. Sheltering staff during a natural disaster.
    • Sheltering in Place. Sheltering staff during a man-made emergency.
    • Lockdown. Eluding an active shooter.

Incident Stabilization

  • Stabilizing an incident means preventing further damage on the scene. This can be accomplished by training your employees in various rescue procedures including:
    • First Aid and CPR
    • Proper Use of Fire Extinguishers

Evacuation Team

  • Without guidance during an evacuation, people will often panic. Consider adding an evacuation team to your ERP:
    • Assign point persons to guide evacuees out of the building.
    • Appoint helpers to assist persons with disabilities.
    • If an exit is blocked by a hazard such as a collapsed ceiling, make sure the evacuation team is trained to redirect employees to an alternate exit.

SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is a reliable, professional provider of emergency cleaning and restoration services when you experience fire and water damage. SERVPRO can expertly help you devise an effective Emergency Readiness Plan for your business here in the Benbrook/Lake Worth area.

HVAC Maintenance For Your North Texas Apartment Complex

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

Engaging a professional HVAC company to do maintenance on your apartment complex HVAC systems at regular intervals throughout the year will ensure that all the heating and cooling units on your property are running as efficiently as possible. Inspection and cleaning of the wiring and mechanisms of all your HVAC units will be completed during a professional service call, and a professional will have the specialized training and experience necessary to do this type of job correctly. The comfort of all interiors and the energy efficiency of the buildings themselves are important to you as the owner, and your tenants, too. 

It’s important to ensure that the upkeep that is necessary to prolong the life and efficiency of all the HVAC units in your apartment complex gets done, and done right, and some tasks you can actually complete yourself monthly and seasonally in between your scheduled maintenance call from your professional. These tasks can be:

  • Make sure to use high-efficiency, pleated filters when you are replacing them. Filters of this type contain an electrostatic charge that works like a magnet to attract particles, such as dust or those that carry bacteria. Air filters need to be replaced in every unit, every 90 days
  • Ensure that your landscaping company doesn’t allow grass to shower on top of any exterior units on the grounds while they are cutting your lawn areas so that you can be sure that your HVAC units stay free of grass clippings as well as leaves and pollen
  • Keep at least two feet of space clear around all outdoor heating and cooling units
  • Inspect refrigerant lines monthly
  • In summer, turn off the water to the furnace humidifier
  • Replace the humidifier filter and turn on the water ahead of the Fall season
  • Replace your carbon monoxide detector batteries regularly
  • Ensure outdoor AC units are on level, firm, and dry ground
  • Clean AC condensate drains with bleach/water mixture on a routine basis

Your professional maintenance company can check all your apartment complex ductwork periodically, too, and this will ensure that everything is sealed properly and ready for your scheduled tune-ups on your apartment complex HVAC systems.

Here at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth, we make sure we maintain all the training and skill sets that are required for taking care of your HVAC system, and we also handle cleanup projects both large and small. We handle fire damage, water damage, and mold remediation, and we can get your home or business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Water Damage in a Fort Worth Commercial Facility

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

From a sprinkler malfunction to natural flooding disasters, water inside your Fort Worth commercial structure is never a good thing. When you have suffered from a water damage, you need to get the experts in there to completely remove the moisture and get you back to work fast!

Timeline of water damage to a commercial building:

Within minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads into floors, drywall, fixtures, equipment, and documents.

1 to 24 hours:  

  • Drywall swells and brakes
  • Hardwoods and furnishings swell and crack
  • Microbial growth begins

Days 2-5:

  • Mold growth accelerates
  • Wood is saturated and warped
  • Ceilings collapse
  • Flooring is likely on salvageable

7 days and beyond:

  • Structural safety is compromised
  • Contaminants are a serious threat
  • Mold spores’ risk to occupants
  • Restoration costs escalate

Plan of Action

To be prepared, you need to develop a contingency plan in case of a water, fire, mold, or storm damage emergency. SERVPRO of West Fort Worth has an Emergency Ready Profile that is a free assessment of your facility for when such disasters strike your business. The SERVPRO ERP identifies the line of command for authorizing the cleanup and restoration to begin. This saves time which will get your business up and running quicker saving time and money. It also provides detailed information such as water and gas shut-off valve locations and priority contact information. This will provide the crews a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call.

Please do not wait until disaster strikes call SERVPRO of West Fort Worth today to get your individualized Emergency Ready Profile for your commercial facility ~ 817-560-3086

Mold: A Permanent Beast

7/24/2020 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from any home or business. However, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or on pets!
  • Mold spores thrive in a wet environment. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor. Anywhere this smell is present could be a problem area for mold.
  • Even higher than normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45%.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

We are LLRT!

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

When seconds count you definitely need a team that you can count on for your commercial property loss. That’s where SERVPRO of Lake Worht/Benbrook comes in. We are what’s called LLRT or a Large Loss Response Team.

What does that mean? Well, it means that we have the equipment, manpower, and the tools needed to handle absolutely massive jobs. Like, jobs that require upwards of 800 air movers! Our team is highly trained as well to make sure that each job goes smoothly and professionally. We are also held to a higher standard than a regular restoration company and attention to detail is critical to us. We are 24/7 so we will be on our way as soon as you call us.

Time is money when it comes to businesses, and a warehouse flood can cost your business a lot of money in both time and loss of revenue. We strive to get each job done quickly so you can get back to work.

If you’ve had a recent water loss in your commercial building in Fort Worth, give us a call today at 817.560.3086

Fort Worth Restaurant Cleaning

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

Restaurants get dirty, it’s just a fact of life. No matter how much we clean, and clean and clean them they still can get pretty messy with the daily hard use of dinner rushes and lunch rushes. That’s where SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook comes in. We can come to your restaurant and do a deep cleaning of your kitchen, getting all the grease traps and under appliances to make your kitchen sparkling like new. The best part is, you don’t even need to close shop! We can come in overnight after all your patrons have left and do our cleaning then. So, no lunches are missed, and dinners are always served.

If you need your restaurant kitchen cleaned, give us a call today at 817.560.3086!

Commercial Cleaning? We Got That!

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

As we always say here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook: a clean workplace is a happy workplace! And that’s why we are proud to offer commercial cleanings for any and all types of businesses. If you’re a small store, or a company with three floors in a high-rise we can take care of that. We don’t even have to interrupt your employees while their working either. We can come in at night or even over the weekends to get the job done. We also use the greenest of techniques to clean with – so you don’t have to worry about chemicals or allergens bothering your employees while they’re working.

So, if you need your carpets cleaned, or your cubicles wiped down. Give us a call today at 817.560.3086!

LLRT? What's That?

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

When seconds count, you need a team you can count on. We here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook are what’s called LLRT, or Large Loss Response Team.

What’s that mean, you ask? Well it means that we have the tools, employees, and experience to handle massive, massive jobs like a recent job we had that had eight hundred air movers. All hands were on deck for that one! Large Loss Response Teams are also held to a higher standard then just a regular restoration company. We’re required to keep extra equipment and staff on hand, so we be on our way to your location as soon as the call comes in.

We know that when it comes to businesses, time is money so we strive to move quickly and make sure everything is perfect so you don’t have to worry and can get your employees back to work as soon as possible.

If you’ve had a recent water loss in your Fort Worth commercial building, give us a call today at 817.595.2506!

Commercial Losses Are No Joke!

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial losses – whether they’re fire, or water can stop time at work. Documents can get destroyed; money is lost because your employees aren’t at work. When disaster hits at your commercial business, minutes count. And that’s why we here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook are always ready to help. We have the equipment, and training needed to make sure we can mitigate the loss as quickly as possible so you and your employees can get back to work and back to making your business run smoothly. To make things run even smoother, give us a call to set up your ERP or Emergency Ready Profile. We will do a thorough walk through of your building, mark all water shut offs, and write a detailed course of action just in case an emergency strikes.

Give us a call today at 817.560.3086

Is Your Business Ready For Disaster?

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

You know where your breaker box is in your office, but do you know where your water shut off is? In case of a burst pipe, it’s important to know where that. That’s where we can help. We can make you an ERP, or Emergency Ready Profile, that details out your building and just where the shut off is. It also can help our guys when planning a course of action just in case your Fort Worth business has had some water damage. With an ERP we’ll detail out the floor plan of your building, what to do in any type of emergency and much more.

This can save you time, and money and get you back on track from disaster!

To set up an ERP appointment, give us a call today at 817.560.3086!

Commercial Water Damage in DFW, Texas

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded storeroom needed water extraction and equipment placed to completely dry out.

This commercial retail space started experiencing flooding during a period of extremely heavy rain in North Texas this year. Water was coming into the store from multiple points, some of which the store was unable to locate. Multiple areas were showing water damage from warehouses to storerooms, and even areas that customers needed to walk through! For safety reasons, it was important to get rid of the water as quickly as possible. Once our crews got on site, they were able to determine that some water was likely leaking up through the floor because of possible foundation issues. The crew got to work right away extracting the water and setting up equipment. Once we had taken care of the standing water, we were able to set up air movers to dry out walls and other surfaces. The store was extremely pleased with our work as we helped them get through a stressful rainy period.

Large Loss Response Team

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Not just anyone qualifies as a Large Loss Response Team, so what does it mean that SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook has a Large Loss Response Team? It means that no matter the size of the issue, our team is able to handle it. SERVPRO holds Large Loss Response Teams to a higher standard of care and requires teams to show attention to detail and the ability to meet SERVPRO corporate standards even with much larger losses. Our team has more equipment, higher certifications, and more experience than your average commercial loss response team.  All of our extra equipment and training allows us to handle bigger losses such as large storms and even hurricanes. Our Team even traveled to Houston last year to help clean up after Hurricane Harvey struck the Gulf Coast of Texas in 2017. We know how difficult a storm of this size can be to recover from, so SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook is proud to be one of a select few franchises who have the ability to help people, businesses, and even entire communities bounce back after they have suffered such a huge loss.  

Hurricanes, tornadoes, and other huge disasters can leave an impact that can be felt for years, but our mission at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook is to clean up and restore your commercial building as fast as possible so that you don’t have to worry. If your office or workspace has suffered a large loss, call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook at 817.560.3086 to see how our Large Loss Response Team can help you get back on your feet.

Why Keeping a Clean Workplace is Good for Business

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

When you are busy trying to meet your company’s goals, keep track of your busy schedule, and still maintain a personal life, the last thing you would think to do is vacuum the floors in your office. Even though cleaning carpets and wiping tables may seem trivial, keeping a clean and tidy workspace is vital to the success of your business. Look at the list below to see why it is so critical to keep your workspace clean and fresh.

  1. First Impressions are Important

When you first meet someone, what is the first thing you notice about them? Is it their outfit? Can you tell if they have brushed their hair and teeth that morning? Just as you form a first impression of a person by the way they take care of themselves, customers will judge your company on the way your office looks. If you have papers strewn about, dirty floors, and smudges on your walls, it sends a message that you do not care about your work. If a potential client sat down to a business meeting and put their hand in something sticky, they will probably not want to work with you again. Making sure that your floors are clean, desks are tidy, and any spills are quickly cleaned up shows customers and employees that you are a professional business who cares about themselves and their work.

  1. Boosting Focus

Do you ever have so much to do that you just can’t decide where to start? Or have you ever seen a photo where there was so much to look at that you couldn’t take it all in? The same principle applies to your workspace. If you have clutter all over the place, muddy tracks on your carpet, and stains on the floor left over from last years Christmas party, it can be hard for anyone to stay focused on their work; especially if employees must take time away from their work to get rid of a mess in the lobby or other part of the building. Having a clean environment can help your employees focus on what matters rather than fixating on the mess surrounding them.

  1. Healtheir Employees

The average person spends around 8 hours a day in their workplace, so they will definitely be exposed to anything that is floating through the air or growing on the walls of the building. There are a huge number of indoor air pollutants, so investing in an air filter and making sure your systems are properly cleaned and cared for will help make sure that your employees aren’t inhaling any negative substances while they are on the job. Keeping walls, ceilings, and floors cleaned is an important part of making sure that no harmful substances in the office could be harming your employees.

To schedule a cleaning of your commercial building, call SERVPRO of Lakeworth/Benbrook at 817.560.3086!

Do You Know Where Your Commercial Water Shut Off Is?

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

I remember when I worked retail, we had an employee only bathroom, the exception being small children IF they are accompanied by an adult. One of my coworkers let a child go back without a parent. Long story short, we had a diaper situation that lead to a burst pipe. At the time, we had no idea where our water shut off was and it would have been really helpful to know that information.

So, if something happens in your commercial location (retail, office or even a warehouse) do you know where your water shut off is? What about your employees? SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook can help you avoid massive damages by assisting you in creating a plan for when disaster strikes! With our Emergency Ready Profile, we can make a plan of action for any event whether it’s a storm, water, or fire disaster. It will contain important information to help you minimize the damage, and provide important information such as the location of the water shut off valve so that you can be prepared for the worst. This is a free service to anyone in the Lake Worth/Benbrook and surrounding areas.

To get started on an Emergency Ready Program, give us a call today to schedule an appointment with one of our Business Development Representatives. 817.560.3086

Cleaning Your Cubicle

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

You spend a lot of hours in your cubicle a week, 40 hours or more! It tends to get a little dirty and disorganized. It’s important to give it a good clean every once and a while so you can feel and be more productive. You should split everything into categories, so you’re not completely overwhelmed when you get down to business.

  1. Supplies: Take an audit of what all you need on your desk during the work day. Pens, sticky notes, a note pad, scissors, staplers, and tape? Those can all stay on your desk. Get a little cup for your writing utensils to keep them out of the way and not in a disorganized pile. Move anything else you don’t use to a neatly organized drawer in your desk.
  2. Papers: If you don’t need it: toss it. If you think you might need it, then try and file it away in hanging files or on manila folders on your desk. You can even scan it in and save a PDF of it later. Make sure to shred your papers if you throw them away, however.
  3. Food: Keep it off the top of your desk and put it in a drawer. Throw out that box of crackers you purchased 3 months ago and only ate once. Wash your dirty coffee mugs, dispose of your water bottles, and maybe put the 75 Chick-Fil-A Sauce packets you have in your desk in the break room.
  4. Clothing: Don’t have your closet at your desk. Keep a sweater on the back of your chair, and your gym clothes in a bag under your desk.
  5. Personal Stuff: Keep your decorative things down to three-five things only at your desk. small decorations, Framed pictures, and maybe even a fern are all great things to have on your desk. It’s okay to make your space your own and personalize it, just don’t go overboard. If you have lotions, hand sanitizer, or lip balm keep it in the top shelf of your desk or in your purse.

When you’ve got your space decluttered and clear, start giving it a deep cleaning! Dust and wipe down all the surfaces with a disinfectant wipe. Use some canned air to blow the food from your keyboard or turn it upside down over a trash can and give it a good shake, wipe down your computer screen, and enjoy your newly organized space!

For all your other office deep cleaning give SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook a call at 817.560.3086.

Water Damage and Commercial Buildings

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water losses and commercial properties. They go together as well as toothpaste and orange juice, which is to say that that don’t. Water loss can cause a lot of time lost, which means it can cause a lot of revenue to be lost on top of the cost it’ll take to fix the damage.

Aside from storms, you can keep ahead of the damage by doing regular maintenance checks on your commercial space. Below are the four most common ways for water to cause damage to your business.

  1. Sewer Lines

Sewer backups are unexpected and can’t really be attended to with regular maintenance. However, they are messy. If you suffer from a back up or break, then you have the potential for black water which is water that is contaminated with sewage or bacteria. It could cause illness or even death.

  1. Sprinkler Systems

Sprinkler systems can leak, and they can damage a lot especially if the water is just pouring out, which has been known to happen. Do regular checks to make sure the system isn’t faulty, or in need of repair – if it does, call a repairman to avoid damage.

 3. Pipes

Pipes can cause a number of different headaches. A slow leak could cause problems like mold. A burst pipe can cause hundreds if not thousands of gallons to flood your office space. In the winter time, drip your faucets so they don’t freeze. It’s also a good idea to have a plumber come out and inspect them.

  1. Roofing

When we get rain in North Texas, WE GET RAIN. It’s a good idea to have your roof routinely inspected to prevent leaks. Especially right before the spring storm season.

If you’ve had a water damage on your commercial property, give SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook a call today at 817.560.3086

Responding to Water Damage in Commercial Properties

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Damage to drop ceiling in commercial property in Fort Worth

Flooding and water damage events in commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Benbrook will work as quickly as possible to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. Frankly, there are about as many different issues presented by water in your commercial building as there are types of businesses. Each business, and each water damage, is unique. Our team of commercial water damage experts will design a remediation program custom tailored to your needs.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals here at SERVPRO are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call at 817-560-3086 and we’ll be there fast with the help you need!