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Five Commonly Used Commercial Flooring Products

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

Selecting flooring for your commercial space can be more multi-faceted than you might first expect. There are many contributing factors to consider when making the final decision. Do you require a smooth surface for machinery to easily glide across? Will you or your work staff be on their feet for long hours? These are major questions you should be asking yourself to determine which flooring would work best. Typically, there are five different types of surfaces most commonly used in commercialized space.

  • Concrete Etching: This option can leave your floor with warmth and rich earthy tones. As cement has a tendency of not retaining or being able to hold paint or stain, etching is done to create pores in the surface, allowing stain to hold.
  • Epoxy Coating: Most commonly used in commercial settings, Epoxy coatings cover wide surface areas of hard material such as concrete or steal. It creates a barrier over the surface which seals and aids water resistance. It consists of an epoxy resin that is crossed with a co reactant or hardener.
  • Vinyl Planking: Luxury planking has become a hot topic of debate in recent years for its upswings and draw backs. Visually, vinyl planking is unmatched. The variety of textures and options are forever changing and updating. Structurally though, it is not nearly as strong as its competition. It also is not as environmentally friendly as the access pieces that remain unused after installation typically ends up in the trash. Harsh cleaning chemicals are also known to warp vinyl after prolonged exposure.
  • Quarry tile: Is a as durable of a flooring product that you can get, although it offers little design versatility.  It’s available in earth tones, hues of red, gray and tan.  Quarry tile is a perfect fit where function precedes form.  Common places to find this are in commercial kitchens, receiving and loading dock areas.  It a low maintenance with a quick mop with degreaser after every shift.
  • Carpet tile: When it comes to soft-surface flooring, carpet tile is long lasting and easy to maintain.  When you have a broadloom carpet it is ruined, and you have to replace the entire roll.  With the carpet tiles you can take out a piece when it is ruined and replace with new tiles.  The nice thing there is almost nowhere you can’t install carpet tiles.

As with any project, there are many options to weigh and decisions to make to prevent any unexpected issues present themselves. As always, SERVPRO of Racine County is here to help you with any questions or assistance you may need! Give us a call today!

Why you should call SERVPRO

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

Who should I use?

At different times in life we may find ourselves in emergency situations that call for quick reactions. In cases where a home or business structure in Milwaukee is being compromised by unhealthy and/or unsafe conditions, SERVPRO of Racine County is the-fast-response you need to get relief.  Chaotic situations should be handled by professionals with the right tools to do the job efficiently. When you are choosing your clean-up and restoration specialist, you may be considering a few important things such as:

  • Convenient location
  • 24/7 availability
  • Professionalism
  • Efficiency
  • Honesty
  • Experience
  • Latest equipment

SERVPRO of Racine County is the answer.

In a problematic and possibly chaotic situation, remember, we’re here to help.  We want to make the clean-up process as easy as possible for you and reduce the amount of stress you may be feeling SERVPRO of Racine County has trained professionals who are quick to respond and apply the latest equipment and techniques to make your disaster in Racine county look “Like it never even happened.”

At SERVPRO of Racine County, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it strikes your home or business property. Call us at 262-633-8888 when you need to be served by a proven industry leader.

Sound the Alarm: Early Detection of Impending Danger

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

With all that is provided in extreme home safety measures, from high tech security systems to motion detection programs set right to our Smartphone’s we are beginning to take for granted the simple and effective options readily and inexpensively available. An unsung hero that is getting more overlooked than ever is the classic fire alarm. More than two-thirds of home fatalities occurred in residences unequipped with these useful devises. That is an alarming statistic. An additional study revealed the fact that a majority of these disasters happen in the quiet of the night. The risk of smoke and toxic fume inhalation becomes unpreventable, as you are asleep when this occurs. To avoid this scenario and to keep your family safe, fire alarms are an absolute must have in any residence. An alarm should be located on every single level of your home, outside of sleeping areas and inside bedrooms. It is essential to have them placed in proximity of where you are most vulnerable at night. Consider placing them along the route you have established as your escape path, as the sound will help guide you to safety in low visibility conditions. Remember to keep your batteries replaced annually and to test your alarms monthly. These small added measures can prevent a tragedy from occurring and gives you the advantage of time to control the situation before it controls you. As always SERVPRO of Racine County is here to assist you at your worst of times, to help you rebuild and get back on your feet.

Dangers of owning your own business

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

Do you know all of the dangers that may come up when owning your own business?  When you least expect it a property damage could happen in a multitude of ways.  Being able to prevent damages from occurring is a way to control inclement situations from arising. Protect your business from thieves by providing good lighting to the surrounding area. Secure your windows and entryways with well fitted materials such as metal or solid core wood. Protect yourself against electrical surges with power surge technology, when direct lightning hits during a storm, storm cells can cause damages. Be sure to unplug any appliances if you feel there is a potential of one occurring. Water damage is another avenue that can cause thousands in repair. Consider installing a water detection system to alert you to early water intrusion. Be sure to avoid pipes freezing by keeping your thermostat set to a minimum of 64 degrees. Always be sure to purchase and maintain your insurance coverage. If damages occur from neglect, there is a very real chance you could be stuck with a hefty bill. 

In the event of a loss if you need assistance please contact our office at 262-633-8888.  Our staff is on call 24/7 365 days a year.

Fire Extinguisher Safety!

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

Proper use of fire extinguishers can prevent a fire from destroying lives.

Owning a fire extinguisher is not enough, although many people think that is all they need.  The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires that employers train their employees how and when to use fire extinguishers. They must provide the training shortly after the employee is hired, and then every year thereafter. If you haven’t been trained yet, please get with your boss and let them know. You do NOT want to skip this training!

OSHA does not allow untrained employees to use a fire extinguisher.

OSHA also requires monthly inspections of the fire extinguishers.

Fire extinguishers have to be placed where they cannot be moved or damaged..

The carrying handle should be 3 ½ - 5 feet above the floor.

Employees must know when to use fire extinguishers.

We at SERVPRO of Racine County suggest asking yourself these questions regarding fire extinguishers. 

  • Have I pulled the fire alarm?
  • Is the fire extinguisher easy to reach?
  • Do I know how to use it?
  • Is the fire contained in a small area?
  • Is the smoke non-toxic?
  • Can everyone get out?
  • Do I have an escape route?

If you can answer “yes” to all of the questions, it is reasonable to use the fire extinguisher.

Remember that fire is fast. If you cannot contain it within 30 seconds, get everyone out of the area. Call 9-1-1 once you are outside.

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Staying-safe/Safety-equipment/Fire-extinguishers

Fast Response to the Storm

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Racine specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained to the IICRC standards.  Our crews bring in specialized equipment to see where the water has traveled in your home, so they are able to dry out your home and restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Our staff are prepared to respond quickly to the storm.  SERVPRO of Racine is locally owned and operated, to respond to the damage quickly with the necessary resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, and helps limits further damage.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Racine County we are able to call in additional resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 

(262) 633-8888

What sets us apart from others

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

When you are in the difficult situation of having to call a restoration company you want to put your trust in that company.  When you are in the moment, you are at a loss and not sure what direction you need to go or what you are to take care of yourself.  That is why you should contact SERVPRO of Racine County; our staff is trained to help you walk through the process whether it be fire, water, mold or biohazard clean-up.  SERVPRO of Racine County gives you peace of mind while working on the project from the start of the job to the end of the job.  This helps the customer eliminate the stress of having to find contractors to help them put their home or business back together.  We have trained staff members who assist the homeowners with putting the home or business back together.  Each SERVPRO is independently owned, and our franchise has been in business for over 30 years.  SERVPRO is one of the most highly respected and sought after restoration companies, a reputation we hold dear to us. Our staff is available 24/7 365 days a year to answer your call and help you with what you need to do next.    You never know what type of disaster may happen, but it is helpful to have a reassuring voice on the other end of the phone.  In addition when our crew arrives on site they help answer any and all questions our customers have regarding the situation at hand.  From the start of the job until the end of the job our staff is here to answer any question you may have.  When disaster strikes, you can count on us to be there for you.

Flooding

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

An unpleasant and unexpected surprise to some homeowners facing water damages is that their insurance won’t cover the costs. This is, of course, dependent on the situation at hand and what events lead up to the damaged property. Homeowners insurance does not cover water damages resulting from floods. Nor do they cover water related losses occurring from lack of maintenance or neglect. There are a few grey areas when these situations arise. For example, if the roof of your home springs a leak, your insurance should cover it, unless it was caused by gross neglect. In the unfortunate scenario that wind damage destroys shingles, or if a tree crashes into your roof, the water damage resulting will be covered by your insurance. Our team at SERVPRO possesses the equipment and expertise to help in any situation life hands to you and will make it "Like it never even happened."

Effects of Thunderstorms

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

When we think of severe weather, the damaging effects of thunderstorms can be easily overlooked. According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, thunderstorms can be responsible for multiple causes of property loss. High winds, flash floods and lightning strikes are all possible when severe weather hits. It is essential to be prepared for whatever nature brings. Having an established ERP ( Emergency Ready Plan) for you business is a time and money saver. SERVPRO and our team of experts are ready day or night to assist you. We have the ability to formally create your ERP so you can be prepared for when the unfortunate happens. When disaster strikes, it can be upending, frightening and confusing. It puts your life on pause. Let us help you through the worst of it. 

Strong Storms

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning strikes are a dangerous and deadly force of nature. Strong storm fronts our the next summer months have the recipe to bring with it powerful thunderstorms. It is important to know what to do to keep your family safe when caught in the chaos of severe weather.

1) Find shelter immediately. To minimize the possibility of lighting hitting, it is imperative you seek cover from the storm.

2) Stay away from all windows or ports of entry to the elements outside. Remain within the inner most rooms of your structure.

3) Do not touch or use anything electronic or made of metal.  

4) Just stay inside. It is the safest place to be until the weather clears.

Lightning has the potential of creating deadly consequences. Always remain calm and reference these steps to stay safe.