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Small Business Week

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Small Business Week From left to right: Raeann Pellerin, Gregg White, Christina Robertson, Gary Kurgan, Steven Fumero, Mitch Cardona, Eric White, Brian White, and Nicole

From April 29 to May 5, 2018, America will celebrate Small Business Week, an annual event sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA). According to Gregg White, owner of SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow, Small Business Week is an opportunity for national and community leaders to recognize the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners to the country’s economy. White emphasizes there is nothing “small” about small business when it comes to its importance to the nation’s economic health. According to statistics from the SBA, 28 million small businesses in America account for 54 percent of all U.S. sales; of those 28 million businesses, the 600,000 U.S. franchised small businesses, like SERVPRO, account for 40 percent of all retail sales and provide jobs for some eight million people. As these local business people work to grow their businesses, they help create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness. 

For entrepreneurs like White, becoming a franchise owner is one path to small business ownership. “Entrepreneurship is at the heart of a successful small business—the drive to own and grow a business through your own efforts,” said Sue Steen, SERVPRO Industries, Inc., chief executive officer. “Franchise organizations like SERVPRO give entrepreneurs a framework for their ambitions, access to state-of-the-art tools and processes, and a road map for sound financial management and growth.” 

Some franchised small businesses offer entrepreneurs an opportunity to own and run their own small business while providing a service to the community they live and work in. With SERVPRO, for example, franchise ownership helps entrepreneurs combine their hometown knowledge and the emotional investment they have with their community with access to the latest disaster remediation technology and products. This combination creates a community asset that could prove invaluable to home and business owners who are struck by the unexpected. "I’m proud to be a small business owner in my community,” says White. “But, as a SERVPRO small business owner, I know that the unexpected can happen – a flood, a fire, an explosion, a storm, a mudslide, whatever the event might be – big or small. When the unexpected does happen, I’m also proud to know that my staff and I are ready to respond immediately and effectively to limit the damage to property and disruption to lives in my community. Having both an emotional and financial stake in the community is what distinguishes small businesses with local owners from other businesses. And that’s what makes small businesses such an important thread in the fabric of this country.” 

SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, 
helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and 
residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow, please contact 
603-893-9700 or office@SERVPROoflawrence.com.  

About SERVPRO  
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar largeloss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation About Our Mold Remediation Services When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home or business.

This Salem business discovered extensive mold growth in their place of work, thanks to leaking pipe that went undetected. Businesses are always at risk for mold infestations, especially if they are leasing older buildings that may need repairs. 

SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow worked around the clock to remediate the problem, so that business could be restored as quickly and seamlessly as possible. We know that commercial mold infestations can cost a business thousands of dollars in productivity; it is always our goal to get you back up and running right away. 

If You See Visible Mold 

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home or business. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home or business.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 603-893-9700

Preparing Your Business for the Unexpected

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing Your Business for the Unexpected When it comes to your business, it is your pride and joy. You pray that a disaster never strikes, ruining all of your hard work.

The ERP also establishes your SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow as your disaster restoration provider, giving you access to over 40 years of experience.

When it comes to your business, it is your pride and joy. You pray that a disaster never strikes, ruining all of your hard work.

Questions that run through your mind when disaster strikes, but is helpful to think of before that:

    • Do you have insurance
    • Do you have an emergency plan in place? Does your staff know about it?
    • Can you access your business records if they were destroyed?

“Small business owners invest a tremendous amount of time, money and resources to make their ventures successful, yet, many owners fail to properly plan and prepare for disaster situations." An estimated 50% of business do not reopen after a disaster has happened.

Creating a business plan for disaster will help protect employees, shorten the amount of time you may have to be out of work, and possibly lessen the financial impact it will have on you.

    1. Identify critical business systems – how long can they be down and what is needed to keep everything functioning.
    2. Create an emergency communication plan with all those who have a stake in your business.
    3. Build a supply kit that will keep your business and employees safe should you be at work when disaster strikes
    4. Work with SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow to build an Emergency Ready Profile. This will provide the information for all emergency personnel that need to be contacted when disaster strikes and when our Team arrives on site, it gives the knowledge of your building before we even step in the door. This provides efficient and faster service for you!

For more information on how to help prepare your business for disaster, please contact us at 978-688-2242 or SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow.

Mold Remediation: Why We Use Containment

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation: Why We Use Containment It should be placed as close to the source of invasion as possible while still permitting us to gain access and accomplish our work.

This information was taken fromRestoration and Remediation, an online magazine. It is beneficial to share information with you regarding mold and why we use containment in the remediation process.

"The great mold warriors we meet and work with on a daily basis all have a common advantage- like the greatest generals in history, they know their enemy. More specifically they know and understand that the greatest strength of their enemy is its invisibility.

Before your own battle begins, you have to understand that you must strategically approach the enemy by devising systems to discover, collect, and contain it which will work despite your inability to visualize its presence. 

Erecting containment and generating and directing the air flow within that containment will enable us to win the air war, by controlling the enemy's movement. 

Where is the most strategic location of this containment?  It should be placed as close to the source of invasion as possible while still permitting us to gain access and accomplish our work.

Taken to its extreme, if it allows you to do what you need, it can be as small as a glove bag over a pipe, such as is used by our asbestos warrior brethren.

One of the most common flaws in mold remediation projects is a containment structure that is larger than it needs to be:  Larger containments require more equipment for managing airflow, have more possible leak points, and require more time and effort to decontaminate prior to de-mobilization. While erecting a containment, one must carefully balance the trade-offs between size and work access.

To do so, one can rely on the knowledge of experienced mold warriors and follow the established principles."

When mold affects your home, call SERVPRO of Salem/Plaistow to help guide you through the process. From bringing in an Industrial Hygienist, to cleaning, to disinfecting, we will be here.

Duct Cleaning to Clean Your Air

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Whether it is from a fire damage or you need to spring clean from allergies, duct cleaning is one more space in your home to consider cleaning. Below is some information from Home AdvisorAverage Cleaning Cost

Cleaning ducts and vents generally costs between $263 and $472, but as with many services, the bigger and dirtier the project, the more you'll need to pay. When a professional comes to assess the needs of your system, they will consider:

  • The size of your ductwork
  • The degree to which it is contaminated
  • The ease with which they can reach various parts of the system
Residential vs Commercial

The average cost of keeping your residential ductwork orderly is going to vary greatly from that of a commercial building. This is because commercial air ducts are often larger and more extensive. Residential cleanings can cost an average of about $20-$30 per vent. For commercial buildings, service providers must do an estimate of your space before they can provide an accurate quote. Before factoring in the materials and the number A/C and furnace units, you can expect a commercial project to cost at least $35-$50 per hour.

Mold and Mildew Removal

The amount of debris or mold present in your system could certainly ratchet up the overall price. The cost of mildew removal is around $0.07-0.08 per square foot, on top of your initial cost, according to Blue Book. Removing these elements involves added time, special equipment and even special chemicals. In fact, you may be referred to a specialist if mildew and mold is too severe.

Custom Designed Ducts

Most residential air duct systems are installed in a predictable fashion or are easy to figure out. However, you can expect a higher quote if your system has been custom-designed, involves extra components and has features which are difficult to access. This is due to the added work and time which will have to be put into the project.

Commercial systems are often customized to fit the building they serve. They are almost guaranteed to feature added components, and will need to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The more difficult the construction is to maneuver, the more you can expect to pay.

So when considering who to call for your duct cleaning, consider SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow to meet your needs. We work to make it "Like it never even happened."

Preparation is Key

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Preparation is Key Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood.

In the event of an emergency, the Emergency READY Profile® or ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. Working with SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow on an ERP will provide you with a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations and priority areas.

The ERP also establishes your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 40 years of experience and a System over 1,600 Franchises strong. The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future.

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster.

Don't wait until disaster strikes. Call SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow at 603-893-9700 or visit our website to establish your Emergency READY Profile®, and be "Ready for whatever happens."

When Your Salem Business is in Danger

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial When Your Salem Business is in Danger If your property suffers a fire or water damage, SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow will be ready to help you make it "Like it never even happened."

When disaster threatens a community, it is often too late to take the necessary steps to prepare homes, businesses and family members for the situation. Whether it's a blizzard, flood, hurricane or wildfire, disasters of all types often give little to no warning before they strike. The time to prepare for a storm is not as it approaches-the time to prepare is now.

No matter what part of the country you call home, we want to ensure you are prepared for any type of disaster. Whether you have damage caused by a hurricane, tornado, flash flood, or any other reason, SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow have the resources, experience and training to help get your doors reopened for business as soon as possible.

If your property suffers a fire or water damage, SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow will be ready to help you make it "Like it never even happened."

We recommend always having an emergency kit on hand whether it is for your home or business. These can even be kept in your car. Here are some items to help you build your own emergency kit

  • Water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Dust masks or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents; copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
  • Cash
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container

As always, to learn more about how SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow can help your business survive a disaster, please call us 603-893-9700.

Fire Safety Tips for the Plaistow Area

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

While not popular on in Salem or Plaistow area, a wildfire can occur anywhere-in fact, in 2014, wildfire occurrences were recorded in all 50 states. What is a wildfire? It is an unplanned, unwanted fire burning in a natural area, such as a forest, grassland, or prairie. A wildfire can destroy homes, businesses, agriculture, and damage natural resources while threatening the safety of the public and the firefighters who protect our forests and communities.  

Wildfires or just fires in general, can occur at any time throughout the year, but the potential is always higher during periods with little or no rainfall, which make brush, grass, and trees dry and burn more easily. High winds can also contribute to spreading the fire.

If you live or work in an area prone to wildfires, consider the following safety tips to help prevent the spread of wildfire.

Fire Safety Tips

  • Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. Remove dead vegetation from under your deck and within 10 feet of the house.  This prevents embers from igniting your home.
  • Remove anything stored underneath decks or porches. Screen or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris from accumulating.
  • Ensure flammable materials (firewood stacks, propane tanks, and dry vegetation) are more than 30 feet from your home or business's foundation and outbuildings.
  • Wildfire can spread to tree tops. If you have trees on your property, prune so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground.
  • Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire.

If your home or business ever suffers fire damage, in anyway, please let us help you make it "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow is here to help and can be reached at 603-893-9700.

Staying Safe in the Storm

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Staying Safe in the Storm Severe weather can be dangerous for automobile travel. Motorists should know the safety rules for dealing with winter road emergencies.

There is more snow coming our way! Please follow these helpful tips to stay safe:

  • If you have to travel, please be careful when out and about as the roads may be slippery.
  • Leave the plows extra room to help take care of our roads. 
  • Keep your gas tank at least 1/2 full to avoid freezing lines
  • Accelerate slowly to maintain traction on the roads
  • Take your time slowing down as sudden braking can cause slipping on ice.
  • AAA shares this tip: Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible.

And as always, thank you to all of our emergency responders and utility workers who have to respond.

Please stay safe if you have to travel and as always, if you can, stay home. 

For more on the weather: http://ow.ly/pwdf30hO0DR

Bob Vila and How to Avoid Ice Dams

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Bob Vila and How to Avoid Ice Dams A snow and ice shield consists of a bituminous membrane that seals the roof, forming a continuous barrier to water.

Bob Vila talks about how to avoid ice dams in this article. 

"What Are Ice Dams?
Many homeowners in the northern United States are all too familiar with ice dams. These are thick accumulations of ice that form over the eaves of a house. Water then collects behind the dam and gradually works its way beneath roof shingles through a cycle of freezing and thawing. The result can be leakage into the living areas of the home, which in turn can produce sagging plaster, stains, and other damage.

Low-pitched roofs are the most likely to be affected, but the cause is a warm roof. Heat escapes the living areas of the home and rises, warming the blanket of snow on the roof. As the snow melts, it flows down the slope of the roof only to refreeze on top of the unheated roof overhang. The ice builds up, the thawing and freezing cycle continues, and the flow begins.

Ice dams are preventable. If new roofing is being added at your home, make sure that proper precautions are being taken. The keys are these:

1) Ensure adequate ventilation.
The roof needs to be vented both at the eaves (usually in the soffits) and at the peak, either in the roof itself or via vents in the end walls of the house. An air space above the insulation in the ceiling or attic then allows cold air to move freely, keeping the roof cold and preventing the snow cover from melting. When a roof is being constructed, inexpensive Styrofoam baffles may be installed to ensure that there is a passageway for cold air from the eaves to the peak.

2) Seal off the house.
Proper insulation of the attic rafters or ceiling joists is another part of the solution. So is a tight vapor barrier to prevent moisture from passing from the living areas into and through the insulation.

3) Install a snow and ice shield.
There are a number of products on the market that, when installed immediately on top of the subroof and beneath the shingles covering the overhang of the roof, will prevent water from working its way into the home. A snow and ice shield consists of a bituminous membrane that seals the roof, forming a continuous barrier to water."

If you do have an ice dam that leaks into your home, have your roof cleared and then call SERVPRO® of Salem/Plaistow, (603) -893-9700, to schedule an inspection. We will help remove the problem inside your home and make it "Like it never even happened."