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The Signs of Electrical Issues in Commercial Buildings

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

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Some of the most common signs of electrical issues, might be a blink and you miss it type of moment. It's worth visiting a commercial property multiple times in all types of weather to make sure you are buying a reliable building. 

  1. Dimming or Blinking Lights
    Make sure to visit your building at night and during high traffic electrical usage hours. That way you can see if all the lights are working and nothing is dimming or blinking out.
  2. Old Wiring
    Depending on the age of your building, you may need to invest in an electrical overhaul of your entire building. Wiring, like the rest of us, will eventually deteriorate and become damaged with age. Be it chewed by mice, damaged by nails hammered haphazardly into walls or simple disintegration, a lack of insulation means exposed wires that can lead to sparks and fire.
  3. Dead Outlets
    A Major Hazard, dead outlets mean the electrical line has been interrupted in some way, and needs to be addressed immediately. 
  4. Patch Jobs and Modifications
    In today's DIY society, more and more people are trying to update and patch their electrical systems to update and run more current. Only a licensed Commercial Electrician should ever work on a commercial building. 
  5. Low Amp Wiring
    Older buildings have lower amped wiring, when you try and push a high amp thru low amp wiring, it gets hot. It might even catch fire and spread through the walls before you even know what is going on. It is always best to get an inspection done on older buildings. 

Our Commercial Standard Services

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  • 24 HOUR EMERGENCY RESPONSE SERVICES 
    • Catastrophic Storm and Wide Area Event Response
    • Large Loss and Single Event Response
  • WATER DAMAGE SERVICES 
    • Water Removal and Dehumidification 
    • Mold Mitigation and Remediation 
    • Building Stabilization and Climate Control
  • FIRE DAMAGE SERVICES
    • Smoke and Soot Cleanup
    • Pretesting (For Best Cleaning Methods)
  • BIO-REMEDIATION & CRIME SCENE SERVICES 
    • Vandalism Cleanup
    • Unattended Death Cleanup
  • FACILITIES CLEANING & RESTORATION
    • Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning
    • Carpet, Upholstery, Drapes and Blinds Ceiling, Walls and Hard Floors
    • Odor Identification and Deodorization
    • Post Construction Cleanup and Selective Demolition
    • Reconstruction and Construction Drying
    • Specialized Media Blasting
  • CONTENTS CLEANING & RESTORATION
    • Move Outs and Contents Restoration 
    • Electronics and Equipment Cleaning and Restoration
    • Art and Document Restoration n Data Recovery
    • Contents Claim Inventory Service
    • Cargo Recovery (Trucking Industry)
  • TOTAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT
    • IICRC Certified
    • Mobile Command Centers
    • Electronic File Documentation
    • Online Data Reporting
    • Mitigation Performance Validation
  • INVOICING
    • Detailed Estimates and Digital Pictures
    • Expense Reporting

A SERVPRO Commercial Emergency Ready Plan

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

ERP Information While we hope you never experience a disaster at your business, we do know we are ready to help you restore it in the event of one

There are almost 1 million small businesses across North Carolina, with almost 2 million employees.  That would roughly be 45% of the workforce across the state. That is a staggering number, and a huge boon for us! It’s Truly Amazing how great our small state is for Entrepreneurs.  Winston Salem is currently in the mist of re energizing downtown and the triad itself is growing exponentially every year. 

With all that growth, there is bound to be some downfall. Most Small Businesses fail within 3 years, and it’s not always the business’s fault. We encounter some that go under because of infrastructure and plain old bad luck and timing. One of the best courses of action to prevent a catastrophic loss for your company is an Emergency Readiness Plan ( ERP )

What is an Emergency Readiness Plan?

ERP is the best way to mitigate damages to your company in case of a loss which may include

    • Fire 
      • Fire or smoke damage from faulty wiring
      • Fire damage from restaurant kitchen fire
    • Water 
      • Water heater failure
      • Sewage back up
    • Mold 
      • Previous water damage that was not mitigated properly
      • Leaking Roof
      • Dirty HVAC
    • Crime or Vandalism  
    • Storm
      • Hurricane
      • Flash flooding

Most Homeowners are not able to locate their water shut off value, so to assume your employees know where that may be located is just plain bad planning.  Fortunately for the small business in Winston-Salem, we provide an ERP for Free! All you need to do is call and set up a time and date, and one of our associates will come out and set everything up. We recently updated our program to include an App, but it’s also easily accessible online, or we can always print a quick folder for you to keep in your office.

Commercial Plumbing Issues

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We should never forget that between 1-3 % of all water on Earth is Potable water, aka fresh and drinkable water.  Therefore Water Conservation should always be a concern. Not only is it wasting finite resources, but it could cost your business $$$.

Some of the most common plumbing issues in commercial buildings are

  • Leaky Faucets
    • Most businesses have between 1-10 leaking faucets in their building
    • A single leaky faucet leaks 7-10 gallons a day
    • The average cost of a single leaky faucet will be between $60 - $200 a year.
  • Running Toilets
    • Most businesses in NC must have a restroom for employees
    • A single running toilet will lose between 20 and 40 gallons a day
    • The average cost of a single running toilet will cost between $400 - $1000 a year
  • Silent Leaks
    • A Silent Leak is a very small leak, almost undetectable inside your plumbing system
    • Over time, most of these leaks will cause massive damage to internal building structures
    • Where there is water and warmth, there will be Mold Growth, which can be an extensive clean up and maintenance issue.

What Should I ASK before investing in a commercial property

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What is a commercial property? 

  • Retail buildings
  • Office buildings
  • Hotel / Motel buildings
  • Industrial buildings
  • Apartment buildings
  • “Mixed use” buildings, where the property may have a mix, such as retail, office and apartments.

Before Investing in a Commercial Property the best thing to do your research

Common questions to ask

  1. Year built? Older buildings might be a great deal upfront, but they can have issues and require more investment down the road.
  2. What kind of property are you looking for?
  3. Are you looking to use the building for your own business, rent it out, build equity, and/or something else entirely?
  4. What kind of location do you need?
  5. Do you need to buy or could you lease the property?
  6. What's your situation regarding cash, financing, and/or ability to make a down payment?
  7. What's your risk tolerance?
  8. How much time can you commit to the property?
  9. How much work are you willing to put into the property?
  10. What skills/knowledge are you bringing to the table?
  11. What skills/knowledge will you need to hire experts for or contract out?
  12. What kind of property manager might you need (or not)?
  13. Are you willing to do the duties of being a landlord?
  14. Finally, are you ready/willing to make an investment/purchase of this size?

Most Common Structure Issues in Commercial Properties

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Winston-Salem is in the midst of a Commercial and Residential Building Boom!

I absolutely love every bit of it! The City of Arts and Innovation is growing like never before. It might seem like chaos at first, but it’s a delicate and well thought out expansion, that is driving our city forward and into the future.

With all this new growth, there will be some growing pains, and most of those are going to be from our older and historic buildings. One of the main issues common among these commercial buildings is Structural Foundation Failure. When Investing in a new property it is imperative that you and a hired professional inspect the foundation. They will be able to point out some of the most common structure issues.

Some of the most obvious ones are Exterior Cracks and Fascia Issues. These are out in the open, and there is no hiding them. They most likely come from the building settling into the ground around it. Soil is compacted over time, and when a building is constructed, the soil is dug up and becomes loose. When the foundation is poured, they try their very best to compact and level the soil around and underneath it, but there is no way to make it perfect. Over time it will settle, there is no IF about it. When this starts to happen, you’ll notice doors sticking and windows starting to be harder to open and close. There may be some tiling and flooring that’ll start to warp. You may not notice small interior cracks until they really start to become bigger.

One very large and Scary issue is Plumbing Failure. As a commercial building settles, the plumbing will shift outside and inside the building. Especially with older buildings and older plumbing. It’s not uncommon to still run into Terracotta or Cast Iron pipes. These pipes are aging right along with the building, and as that foundation moves, it becomes unstable and stressed. Commercial buildings are going to have larger pipes than residential homes and you are looking at a larger water damaged area when that pipe finally fails.

BUT, and this is a big caveat. For the Right Location for your growing business, most of the issues stated above are fixable. Location means so much today in the growing business world, that remodeling an older commercial building could be a sound investment to make. Not only are you investing in your future, but you are also investing into Winston-Salem.