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We've Always Been the Leading Experts in Cleaning

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

several people cleaning a wall While we hope you never experience a disaster in your home, we do know we are ready to help you restore it in the event of one. Just give us a call

We are recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies nationwide. SERVPRO of Winston-Salem North offers fast, reliable bio hazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners too.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

SERVPRO of Winston-Salem North technicians are trained to safely and effectively remove bio hazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, we help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices can help with:

-Blood Borne Pathogens

-Methamphetamine Labs

-Crime Scene Residues

-Vandalism

-Sewage Backups

-Black Water Intrusions

-Mold Mitigation and Remediation

Read more about Cleaning and Sanitation in our Blog

While we hope you never experience a disaster in your home, we do know we are ready to help you restore it in the event of one. Just give us a call any time  24/7 we are always here to help.

SERVPRO of Winston Salem North

1105 Fairchild Rd

Winston Salem, NC 27105

Phone: (336) 744-5104

Email: sp9743@yahoo.com

Fax Number: (336) 744-5105

We always have a unique solution to any problem.

12/7/2019 (Permalink)

3 story building made of grey granite. brown wood, and black steel beams Modern Solutions for Modern Commercial Buildings.

Every Day we see Fire, Water, and Mold Damage Jobs. Each is unique as no two houses or commercial properties are the same. At each job site we are presented with a new set of challenges to piece your building back together. Some of our more challenging issues usually have to deal with Height. While commercial buildings are expanding at an exponential rate in Winston Salem, they seem to expand UPWARDS the most.
Plumbing issues can happen anywhere, but wouldn't it be just your luck for them to happen on the 3rd floor. We found ourselves in this exact scenario. Not only was it the 3rd floor, but it was 200 ft from each stairway and entry area. We've got tons of hoses to extract water, but not 3 floors worth!
Amazingly the answer was pretty simple for our Production Manager. He ran the hose up to the 3rd floor window of the apartment, where we were mitigating the water. We were able to successfully minimize the inconvenience to the customer. It took a little bit of out of the box thinking to get the job done.

The Signs of Electrical Issues in Commercial Buildings

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Large Old Grey Sky Scrapper Commercial building The Old RJR Building in Downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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 you 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 currant. 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 thru the walls before you even know what is going on. It is always best to get an inspection done on older buildings. 

More of our blogs on Commercial Property Issues

While we hope you never experience a disaster in your home, we do know we are ready to help you restore it in the event of one. Just give us a call any time  24/7 we are always here to help.

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SERVPRO of Winston Salem North
4994 Indiana Ave. Ste B
Winston Salem, NC 27106-2810
Phone: (336) 744-5104
Email: sp9743@yahoo.com
Fax Number: (336) 744-5105

A Commercial Emergency Readiness Plan

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

A man, woman, car, machinery responding to a disaster While we hope you never experience a disaster in your home, 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 are bound to be some downfall. Most Small Business 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 incase 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 employs 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 not only 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. 

More of our blogs on Fire Damage and Safety

While we hope you never experience a disaster in your home, we do know we are ready to help you restore it in the event of one. Just give us a call any time  24/7 we are always here to help.

CLICK TO CONTACT NOW

OR

SERVPRO of Winston Salem North

4994 Indiana Ave. Ste B

Winston Salem, NC 27106-2810

Phone: (336) 744-5104

Email: sp9743@yahoo.com

Fax Number: (336) 744-5105

Commercial Plumbing Issues

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

a river of water running over rocks We should never forget that between 1-3 % of all water on Earth is Potable water, aka fresh and drinkable water.

We should never forget that between 1-3 % of all water on Earth is Potable water, aka fresh and drinkable water.  Therefor 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. 

Read more about Water Damage in our Blog

While we hope you never experience a disaster in your home, we do know we are ready to help you restore it in the event of one. Just give us a call any time  24/7 we are always here to help.

SERVPRO of Winston Salem North

4994 Indiana Ave. Ste B

Winston Salem, NC 27106-2810

Phone: (336) 744-5104

Email: sp9743@yahoo.com

Fax Number: (336) 744-5105

Commercial Property Investing

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Large Glass and Brick Building While we hope you never experience a disaster in your home, we do know we are ready to help you restore it in the event of one.

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 a investment/purchase of this size?

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While we hope you never experience a disaster in your home, we do know we are ready to help you restore it in the event of one. Just give us a call any time  24/7 we are always here to help.

CLICK TO CONTACT NOW

OR

SERVPRO of Winston Salem North

4994 Indiana Ave. Ste B

Winston Salem, NC 27106-2810

Phone: (336) 744-5104

Email: sp9743@yahoo.com

Fax Number: (336) 744-5105

Most Common Structure Issues In Commercial Buildings

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

The City of Winston-Salem Sky line at night , with the buildings lights lit up The City of Winston-Salem Sky line at night , with the buildings lights lit up

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 of 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, becoming 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 you future, but you are also investing into Winston-Salem.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Trust the Professionals at SERVPRO of Winston Salem North to be YOUR solution.

Flooding and water damage events in Winston Salem 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, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals 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 and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Call us today at 336-744-5104 with your commercial needs.