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Are You Ready?

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

When a fire or water damage emergency happens will you be READY?  None of us like to consider that we will become victims of a water or fire damage disaster.  Unfortunately, it could and inevitably will happen to each of us either at our home or at our place of business.  It’s extremely important to know what to do in the event of an emergency.  As leaders in the Fire and Water Damage Restoration Industry, SERVPRO is here to help you prepare for an emergency before it happens by offering to assist you with creating an ERP.

What is an ERP?

An ERP stands for an Emergency Ready Program.  It is a no-cost readiness plan designed to help home and business owners recover from a disaster faster, which leads to lower recovery costs.  Make sure you’re ready and not ruined with our Emergency Ready Program. 

Contact our office today for more details on how to get started creating your own ERP.  

Emergency Ready Profile's For Businesses

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

If you run or own a business, getting an ERP from SERVPRO of Eastern Main Line/Bala Cynwyd would be a highly intelligent choice to make. An ERP is an emergency response plan and lets our franchise know what you want us to do when you suffer a fire or water loss. This could be crucial in saving your property from more damage. Information included in this emergency plan is contact names like plumbers and emergency contacts, where we should park, plan of action, etc. The best part about our ERP's is the fact that they are a free service we provide for all of our customers! Please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Eastern Main Line/Bala Cynwyd at 610-667-9080 today to get your ERP!

Large Commercial Water Losses

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

In the event of a rain storm, flooding could occur anywhere at any time. We never really know exactly when the next weather event could happen. This means it is important to prepare for this before it happens. ERP's (emergency ready plan) are one way businesses can prepare for water or fire losses. Regardless, if a water loss occurs at your business give SERVPRO of Eastern Main Line/Bala Cynwyd a call at 610-667-9080 to receive fast and professional work. We understand the importance of getting businesses back up and running ASAP because that is money and time that can not be made up. You never know if you are going to experience an emergency loss, so ask yourself, is it better to be ready or not?

Commercial Properties Seeing Steady Growth in 2020

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

ARLINGTON, VA -- Property values in Arlington, both commercial and residential, continued a steady climb into 2020, according to an a county press release. The total assessed value of all commercial and residential property grew by 4.6 percent, compared to 3.5 percent last year.

The value of commercial properties had the greater increase at 4.9 percent overall, compared to a 4.3 percent increase for residential properties.

Arlington splits its real estate tax base almost equally between commercial (49 percent) and residential (51 percent) property assessments. In 2019, 57 percent of all county revenues came from real estate taxes.

 About 85 percent of Arlington residential property owners saw an increase to the assessed value of their homes, while the rest saw a drop in value or no change. The average home value, including townhouse, condominiums and detached homes, is $686,300.

The county credits the increase in commercial property values to the decline in office vacancies, new construction, growing rental property demand and leasing-activity related to Amazon's new headquarters.

Arlington County mailed assessments to property owners on Friday, Jan. 17, and posted assessment information online at 11 a.m. The 2020 assessments are based on an estimate of fair market value as of Jan. 1, 2020.

TV Sets Fire

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

WESTPORT - A TV at a commercial property on Bluff Point started a fire that extended inside the wall of the building.

The call came in around 7:30 p.m. Monday.

The initial dispatch was for Engine 4, Engine 2, Truck 1 and the Shift Commander.

Assistant Chief Brian Meadow said in a release when Engine 4 arrived, firefighters were met by a property representative who stated seeing flames through a window on the second floor and using a fire extinguisher.

“Crews made entry and found evidence that the TV fire had extended to the wall of the structure. Members from E4 and E2 worked together to stretch a 300-foot attack line while the Truck Company opened the wall to check for extension and shut off power to the building.”

Engine 5 and Engine 6 were added to the assignment as well as mutual aid from Fairfield and Norwalk.

  “The fire was confined to the wall in the area of the TV with no other extension,” Meadows said.

The Westport Fire Marshal’s office was on scene to investigate the cause of the fire.

Additionally Westport EMS and Eversource responded to the scene.

The scene was turned over to the property manager. The last Fire Department unit cleared at 9:01 p.m.

How to Become a Great Commercial Property Manager

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

One of the greatest ways to increase the value of commercial real estate is through good property management. While buying a property at the right price is critical, what you do with it after the purchase is often more important. Here are some key tips for good property management.

Keep tenants happy
Unlike residential properties, it is very difficult and expensive to find new tenants for commercial properties. It can take two to nine months. A leasing commission isn’t due until you sign the lease, and often you have to spend money on the space to make it leasable. Therefore the best way to maintain your income is to keep existing tenants from leaving.

Maintaining a positive tenant relationship involves regular communication, anticipating their needs, and being proactive.

Maintain the property
The appearance of a building is important for a business’s success and tenants pay more for better maintained properties.

In the commercial real estate business we designate properties as Class A, B, or C based on the state of the property. Class A properties have higher rent and lower turnover than Class B or C. While a tenant may settle for a Class C property, as the business grows (or rents decline), the tenant will often move to a Class A property.

As with all properties, deferring maintenance can lead to costly fixes later. For example, resealing a parking lot every three years can seem expensive and unnecessary, but it pushes out the need for asphalt replacement (at 10 times the cost of sealing) by decades.

For a large commercial property, the list of things that need to be regularly maintained is extensive. If you don’t have experience managing commercial properties, you should rely on a seasoned property manager to do the necessary inspections.

Improve the property
Perhaps the best way to increase the value of a property is by making targeted improvements. Since the value of a commercial building is derived solely from the income it generates, it is easy to quantify the value of an improvement based on the potential increase in rent.

For example, if a landscape upgrade costs $20,000 and it’s expected to increase the rent by $750 per month (due to increased rental rates or filled vacancies), not only will you get your money back in two years, but that minor upgrade increased the value of the property by $150,000 (at an 8 percent cap rate)!

Know your product
Owning and managing commercial real estate requires specific knowledge about that product type. Retail, office, and industrial properties each require different skill sets, understanding of your customer, and maintenance expertise. Know what amenities your tenants require, what services you’re expected to provide, and the aesthetic standards typical of that product type.

In addition, each product type has different equipment (signage, boilers, roll up doors, bathrooms) and different preventative maintenance requirements. Because of this, it’s important you have a team that is experienced with the type of property in which you are investing.

Know the leases inside and out
Leases are complex, cumbersome, and hard to read. Yet one of the greatest ways to increase property value is through diligent analysis and follow through of the lease provisions in place.

There are many provisions in leases that either allow the owner to collect more money or the owner to bill back expenses. Often rental rate increase and late payment provisions are not followed. In large properties, there are typically multiple variations of leases for different tenants. Having a clear understanding of each lease and the diligence to follow through during the entire period you own the property will significantly increase its value.

Have an asset management plan
Like any investment, commercial real estate should involve a plan. Each property should have its own strategy. Why are you investing in that property? What is the upside potential? How do you achieve it? What is your holding period? Five years? Ten years? Until death? How does your holding period affect the investments you make in the property? How do you achieve optimal value (cash flow or sale value depending on strategy) during your holding period?

These are the types of questions you should ask when evaluating a property. After purchasing, you should put the game plan in place for achieving your strategy. An experienced asset manager knows how best to achieve objectives based on the stated strategy.

Owning commercial real estate can be a tremendously rewarding investment. But unlike investment in stocks or bonds, it requires active management and participation. Following the steps above will help ensure you achieve the highest income and sale price for your commercial real estate.


Does your Eastern Main Line Home Contain Lead?

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Older homes, older child care facilities, schools and other buildings are more likely to contain lead-based paint. Homes may be private, government-assisted or public housing. Schools are preschools and kindergarten classrooms. They may be urban, suburban or rural.

Percentage of homes likely to contain lead:

    • Built between 1960-1978 = 24%
    • Built between 1940-1960 = 69%
    • Built before 1940 = 87%

What can you do to protect your family from lead in pre-1978 homes?

  • If you rent, notify your landlord of peeling or chipping paint.
  • Clean up paint chips immediately.
  • Regularly clean floors, window sills, and other surfaces. Use a mop, sponge, or paper towel with warm water and a general all-purpose cleaner or a cleaner made specifically for lead.
  • Thoroughly rinse sponges and mop heads after cleaning dirty or dusty areas.
  • Wash children’s hands, bottles, pacifiers and toys often.
  • Keep children from chewing window sills or other painted surfaces.
  • Clean or remove shoes before entering your home to avoid tracking in lead from soil.

SERVPRO of Eastern Main Line/ Bala Cynwyd follows the EPA's strict guidelines for lead paint

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools be certified by the EPA. These firms also must use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers to follow lead-safe work practices.

According to EPA requirements (40 CFR Part 745) contractors must use lead-safe work practices and follow these three simple procedures:

  • Contain the work area.
  • Minimize dust.
  • Clean up thoroughly.

SERVPRO of Eastern Main Line/ Bala Cynwyd technicians always take the necessary precautions according to current laws. Our technicians have been trained and certified to follow lead-safe work practices while performing renovation and repair projects in your area.

How to Keep Warehouse Workers Warm

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Tips for Staying Warm in a Warehouse During the Winter

Unfortunately, it’s the nature of a warehouse to be cold during the winter. With large loading doors opening and closing frequently during the day and night, it can seem nearly impossible to keep your warehouse warm during winter. Not only is this problematic from a facility management standpoint, but it can also create a less than comfortable workspace that is challenging for your workers. There are ways, however, to combat the cold in your warehouse during the winter, lower your utility bills, improve productivity, and provide a comfortable environment for your employees.

KEEPING THE WAREHOUSE WARM

During the winter, especially in colder climates, it isn’t going to be possible to keep your warehouse at a comfortable 72 degrees. Your loading bay doors will need to be open regularly, which allows cold air to come into the warehouse, keeping the temperatures low. However, there are ways that you can increase warmth in your warehouse, creating a more comfortable place to work.

  1. Check the Doors. If the loading doors don’t need to be open all the time, make sure that they are closed. This is the easiest way to keep your warehouse at a more comfortable winter temperature. Doors that need to be open on a more constant basis can be fitted with plastic sheeting that will allow easy movement through the door, but provide some barrier from the elements outside. Before it gets too cold, it’s also a good idea to make sure that your loading area doors are well sealed. This will reduce drafts, making a better barrier for your warehouse when the doors are closed. Finally, make sure that your doors are maintained and the motors to lift the doors are functioning properly. This will reduce the likelihood that a door will get stuck open when the weather is poor.
  2. Improve Warehouse Airflow. Airflow patterns in warehouses can be challenging. There are a lot of barriers that disrupt smooth airflow through your warehouse, and high ceilings tend to hold on to the warm air. Improving the way air moves through your warehouse can make a substantial difference in the overall climate in your facility. There are few ways that this can be accomplished.
    • Fans – this is a relatively inexpensive way to improve airflow in your warehouse. Using high volume low speed (HVLS) fans can help move warm air through your warehouse, and pull warm air away from the ceiling. Fans are low energy, so installing fans in your warehouse will not make a significant impact to your utility bills.
    • Warehouse Layout – Look at the configuration of your space. How are the shelves arranged? Do your aisles create wind tunnels? If your warehouse layout allows cold air to move easily from the doors to the rest of the building, it may be time to consider moving things around.
    • A Shelving Upgrade – This is probably the costliest way to improve airflow. If you have solid shelving, but could convert to low-profile wire shelving, you can greatly increase the airflow in your warehouse. These shelves aren’t practical for all warehouses, but they may be a good solution in the right facility.
  3. More Heaters. If you find that you have spots that are constantly cold, despite making other changes, the best solution may just be adding more heaters. New radiant heaters are highly efficient and create a good amount of heat for large spaces.
  4. Service Your HVAC System. Finally, make sure that your HVAC system is ready for the winter. Have a HVAC professional visit your facility and give your system a good tune-up and service to ensure that it is functioning as efficiently as possible.

Tips from: https://www.forkliftcertification.com/tips-staying-warm-in-warehouse-during-winter/

Safety Tips For The Workplace

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

1. Remove clutter like papers, trash, unused equipment etc. from the office the reduce the chances of falling employees. 

2.  DO NOT use rolling office chairs as step ups or ladders. 

3.  Carpet may be a safer choice as it doesn't get slippery when wet like tile or hardwood floors. 

4.  Employees should understand how to operate all equipment that they are expected to use by completing a training beforehand. 

5.  Try to not repeatedly look up and down from a computer screen to paper as it could strain employees necks. 

6. OSHA recommends workers take a 10 minute break for each hour spent looking at a computer screen. 

7. Position your computer screen so that you can work comfortably. More work does not get done when an employee is uncomfortable. 

8.  Make sure you have the right prescription glasses for computer time and reading. This can be detrimental to your eyesight if you don't. 

9. Make sure cords and outlets are in good condition. Older cords are much more likely to break and create fire hazards. 

10. DO NOT block fire escapes, exits, or sprinkler systems. You never know when an emergency will happen and if these things aren't accessible that is not good. 

11. Establish employee reporting systems so that you can get feedback/concerns with things around the office. Obvious issues may be pointed out that management never noticed before. 

ERP's for Businesses

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

If you run or own a business, getting an ERP from SERVPRO of Eastern Main Line/Bala Cynwyd would be a highly intelligent choice to make. An ERP is an emergency response plan and lets our franchise know what you want us to do when you suffer a fire or water loss. This could be crucial in saving your property from more damage. Information included in this emergency plan is contact names like plumbers and emergency contacts, where we should park, plan of action, etc. The best part about our ERP's is the fact that they are a free service we provide for all of our customers! Please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Eastern Main Line/Bala Cynwyd at 610-667-9080 today to get your ERP!

Large Commercial Water Losses

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

In the event of a rain storm, flooding could occur anywhere at any time. We never really know exactly when the next weather event could happen. This means it is important to prepare for this before it happens. ERP's (emergency ready plan) are one way businesses can prepare for water or fire losses. Regardless, if a water loss occurs at your business give SERVPRO of Eastern Main Line/Bala Cynwyd a call at 610-667-9080 to receive fast and professional work. We understand the importance of getting businesses back up and running ASAP because that is money and time that can not be made up. You never know if you are going to experience an emergency loss, so ask yourself, is it better to be ready or not?

Restoring Your Eastern Main Line/Bala Cynwyd Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Eastern Main Line/Bala Cynwyd 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.

About SERVPRO of Eastern Main Line/Bala Cynwyd

SERVPRO of Eastern Main Line/Bala Cynwyd specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Commercial Cleaning Checklist

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

As a business you must run as efficiently as possible. This is important to make money and not be wasteful while doing it. To do that your work area must be clean at all times! Here are a few pointers on where to clean at your building. 

  • Dust all areas routinely 
  • Vacuum floors and other upholstery 
  • Clean out vents and change air filters
  • Spray glass surfaces with glass cleaner and wipe down
  • Disinfect door knobs and other commonly touched surfaces
  • Polish hardwood floors
  • Take out all trash!

If you do this, it will help your business run more smoothly. Organization is very important to any business. If you need any help with cleaning SERVPRO of Eastern Main Line/Bala Cynwyd is just a phone call away at 610-667-9080. 

SERVPRO Commercial Cleaning Services

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

When most people hear “SERVPRO” they think of water and fire restoration but we actually provide many other services like commercial cleaning and duct cleaning!

While most offices do a pretty good job at keeping their office clean, the everyday wear and tear will gradually build up. When it gets too much for your regular janitor to handle, call in SERVPRO! We do a fantastic job at removing odors, deep cleaning of carpets, flooring and much more. Every member of our crew is trained specifically to be able to handle a commercial cleaning job of any size.

Our cleaning services include:

  • Air ducts and HVAC - Drapes and Blinds
  • Biohazard Cleanup - Odor Removal
  • Carpet and Upholstery -Sewage
  • Ceilings, Floors, and Walls - Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Vandalism

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