Satisfaction and Innovation in the Workplace
Keeping a happy and functional workspace is not only important for visiting members of the community, but also ensures that those team members that spend every day there are happy and your place of business is running to the best of its ability. Check out these ideas to make sure there is a positive environment that everyone can thrive in, no matter their walk of life.
- Energy Efficiency
In addition to making your work environment more comfortable, paying attention to the energy efficiency of your appliances, such air the HVAC system, can also keep it safe by reducing the risk of allergens and microbes in the air. You will also save money on your overhead by increasing the functionality, without having to use additional systems or using higher power levels.
- Floorplans and Work Stations
Creative floorplans and workspaces can benefit your employees by giving them a varied work environment to “mix it up” and can lead to increased productivity. In addition to this, when your storefront has a unique layout, it can lead to patrons engaging more, and will likely end up in increased purchases- think IKEA, have you ever gone in a big store like that without leaving with a full cart?
- Using Outside Inspiration to Your Advantage
We as humans definitely do not know it all, so build new ideas by using outside inspiration. Utilize industry titans, social media discovery, or even something you come across day-to-day to build your own individuality in the workplace.
- Address Concerns Head-On
Sometimes when a small issue bubbles up, our first line of thought is to put it on a list for later. However, often this can lead to bigger problems down the road (especially when it comes to the integrity of your building), so it is better to tackle them as they come. This will also help your employees feel secure, as they know that you will deal with anything that comes up.
- Recognize Individual Successes
Everyone wants to feel appreciated, so by recognizing successes by employees or teams, it can really help with morale in the workplace. This can lead to more pride in the work being done and overall job satisfaction. Your team members are the bread and butter of your business, so it is always important to recognize the achievements they have helped you reach.
- Never Stop Learning
One of the worst things you can do for your business is to become stagnant, and the quickest way to do that is to think you know everything and stop in the pursuit of learning. Keep up-to-date on trends, learn from colleagues and community leaders, and try to have an open mind when it comes to helping your business grow.
- Maintain the Standard of Cleanliness
Sometimes if you have a large commercial space, keeping it immaculately clean can be difficult. SERVPRO can ensure that your place of business is safe from lingering germs by using our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, which is our defensive pathogen cleaning program. Have Questions? Call us today at (540) 389-5818 to see what we can do for you.
Air Quality Addressed the SERVPRO Way
Keeping your business space clean can be tough alone, especially when you can’t even see one of your biggest concerns. Air quality can be hard to maintain if you aren’t undergoing routine maintenance to tackle each issue. Thankfully, SERVPRO has a system that not only improves air quality by eliminating odor, but it also tackles those microbes that are not visible to the naked eye.
Patented roto-scrapers remove visible debris from air ducts, which is then vacuumed out and collected in containers to make sure no remnants are left, and finished off with a HEPA Filtration system to remove 99.7% of particles that were trapped in the air. Sealants can also be applied to tackle and prevent larger concerns, such as microbes that can cause illness.
Our trained team of professionals can steer you in the right direction to ensure you are receiving the service that your commercial or residential location needs, without tacking on extras. For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (540) 389-5818.
Why SERVPRO for Restoration
Have you ever had a personal item that had been damaged and you thought it was beyond repair? SERVPRO can tackle the big problems, like damage from storms or fires, but we also make sure to take the time to restore those items that may seem insignificant to some, but have big meaning to the people they belong to.
Thanks to our tried-and-true techniques, we are able to clean even the hardest to revive items. This means that even if you have damage to items like clothing, paperwork, electronics, and much more, SERVPRO has a team assembled that have the knowledge to handle your personal effects and restore them, if at all possible. We offer a range of options to cater to the needs of different levels of care, and make sure you are not only saving where you need to, cost-wise, but preventing further damage from taking place over time.
Don’t believe us? Check out this restoration job where one of our employees realized a much beloved leather jacket was damaged beyond what he thought was fixable, and was completely restored to its original condition. This item measured an unbelievable “7,718” on the contamination scale (“30” is considered hazardous), and came out an impeccable “0” after running it through our ESPORTA Wash System.
See how we can help you revive the items that you cherish and help make your house a home by calling SERVPRO at +1 (540) 389-5818.
Fourth of July Fire Safety Tips
The Fourth of July is a wonderful time of ear to celebrate our freedom in the United States, as well as providing a chance to get together with friends and family, and enjoy some outdoor activities like having a barbeque, swimming, and watching fireworks. However, it can also be quite dangerous if the necessary precautions aren’t taken to provide a safe and fire-free environment. Check out these tips on a few common activities that are traditionally seen around this time of year.
- Barbeque and Grills
Always have someone monitoring the grill to prevent children approaching and to watch for potential fires. One minute away from the grill could potentially mean a potential disaster.
Always make a point to read the owner’s manual to make sure you are operating it correctly, check for gas leaks, and keep on a level surface away from home and other potentially flammable fixtures. It is also good practice to have fire extinguishers at the ready and never use a grill indoors.
- Fire Pits
Someone should always be assigned to monitor the fire to ensure it stays under control.
Use hard wood meant for burning on a fire and never use gas to get it going will help prevent unmanageable flames.
You should also keep the pit away away from trees, in an open area, have an extinguisher on hand, and make sure chairs and people are distanced from the fire itself. It is also good practice to keep yourself up-to-date on local fire pit laws to make sure your festivities comply with safety protocol set by the place you live in.
When using fireworks, always point away from yourself and any other spectators in the area, use them one at a time, and keep buckets of water on hand. The operator should also be sober to prevent reckless or careless usage.
Another great option to see fireworks is to go to a professional show for a better experience, in the sky and safety wise! Many local organizations hold shows for the community to view, which is a great chance to have some fun without the risk.
Always monitor children outside while they are in close proximity to fires or flammable materials. A trusted adult should be assigned to watch the kids to prevent potential fire related injuries.
With local area predictions of rain and storms on the forecast, it is also good to protect the inside of your home from storm related fires. Use surge protectors on all electronics to avoid electricity related fires, refrain from using large appliances like washers and dryers, and unplug minor ones such as chargers.
Your family at SERVPRO of Roanoke, Montgomery, and Pulaski Counties wishes you a happy and safe Fourth of July!
Seven Summer Home Maintenance Tips for 2022
The summer months are finally here and with that comes seasonal maintenance to keep you and yours safe within your home. Check out these seven tips that can help you prevent issues that may lead to more serious and expensive problems down the road.
- Control and monitor the temperature and humidity in your home to prevent mold growth. To keep air circulating you can also change the direction of your fan to turn counterclockwise, so it creates a down breeze, which helps to keep the air cool in those hot summer months.
- Check and replace smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries to protect you and your family from potential emergencies. Also, take the time to clean and service grills and fire pits to prevent potential fires.
- Trim trees on your property and ensure large structures are up to code to prevent damage due to falling objects during summer thunderstorms.
- Keep your home comfortable and cool by doing routine HVAC maintenance, that not only increases efficiency, but also eliminates odors, reduces potential mold growth, and improves the overall quality of the air in your home.
- Prevent potential disasters by getting your air ducts and dryer vents cleaned, to remove dust and debris.
- Have your carpets and upholstery cleaned to reduce allergens in your environment that are brought in daily. Particles and debris from A/C, open windows, and traffic can settle deep within the fabrics in your home and may require deep cleaning to prevent breakdown and damage at a deeper level.
- Help prevent flooding in your home by cleaning out your gutters and downspouts, checking for potential issues in the foundation of your house that could lead to leaks, and make sure your roof is in good condition in case of summer rainstorms.
Owning a home is no small feat, and just with anything else of importance, there are things you must do periodically to take care of what you have worked so hard for. SERVPRO of Roanoke County and Montgomery and Pulaski Counties is proud to provide services that can help keep your home safe and clean during every season of the year. If you need assistance in anything from duct cleaning to storm or water damage, give us a call to see how we take the stress off of your shoulders: (540) 389-5818.
Let us lend a Hand
SERVPRO of Montgomery & Pulaski Counties specialize in Storm or Flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to pre-storm condition, "Like it never even happened."
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A faster response lessens the damage, limits further damage and reduces the restoration cost. We also can offer content cleani8n and storage if needed.
RESOURCES TO HANDLE FLOODS & STORMS
When storms hit our area we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1650 franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
If you are faced with storm or flood damage, call us today!
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FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER!
- All thunderstorms produce lightning and are dangerous. However, people can remain safe, as long as they follow some simple guidelines when thunderstorms are in the forecast.
- Lightning will often strike outside the area of heavy rain and may strike as far as 10 miles from any rainfall. A lot of the lightning deaths that occur happen either before the storm before any rain has arrived, or after the storm has appeared to have passed and the rain has ended.
- If you can hear the thunder, you are in danger. Do not be fooled by the clear blue skies. If you can hear the thunder, that means that lightning is close enough to pose as an immediate threat.
- Lightning leaves many of its victims with permanent disabilities. While only about 10% of lightning victims die, many of the survivors are left with intense pain, neurological disabilities, depressions, and other health problems that stick with them for the rest of their lives.
Visit www.weather.gov/lightning to learn about how you can stay safe during a thunder and lightning storm.
Helpful Tips for Your Office
Flood damage, burst pipes, and storms, OH MY! It feels like, between all the crazy weather we have had in the past year, we have enough to worry about when it comes to potential water damages affecting our businesses. However, there is a hidden danger that lies within your business's walls that needs to be paid attention to. Leaking and blocked appliances may not seem like a big deal, but it does not take a lot of time for a little leak to cause a lot of damage to your business. Taking the time to pay attention and keeping your appliances up to date can not only save you a lot of money in the long run, but it can also ensure you are keeping your business doors open and operating. Here are some helpful tips on how to make sure you're making your appliances a priority.
Mark Your Calendar
When you purchase new appliances, make sure you write down the expiration dates and recommended replacement dates on their parts and hoses. You have enough to remember throughout your busy days, so this allows you to write it down and forget about it (until the time comes to make replacements that is).
Make a Date Every Friday Afternoon
Cut out 30 minutes every Friday afternoon and walk around and check all your appliances that are hooked up to a water source. Check for blockages, the hoses, and any leaks, so that you can make sure you are not leaving them unattended for a whole weekend. A small leak over a two-day span could not only create a large amount of damage, but it could be the cause for you having to close your business's doors for a few days. Keeping up with your appliances will help keep your weekend as stress-free as possible.
Don't Put it Off
When you find the problem, fix the problem. Replace a leaky hose, or call a plumber to clear the blockage in your drains or sinks before it is too late. Finding and fixing an issue early on will save you a lot of trouble, time, and money, so don't put it off!
Children and Storms
When preparing for a major storm don't forget to make sure children know the plan and what to do and when. For some kids a bad thunderstorm is enough to keep them up at night so a major storm may cause major fear in little ones. A good idea is to explain to them what is happening with the weather and what the impact is expected to be. The adults should make sure to have plans in place and supplies for the storm depending on how major the storm is planned to be. It would be a great idea to go over this with children so they feel safe and they know what to do. If they are old enough maybe give them a small responsibility like being in charge of their flashlight. The main goal is everyone feels confident and safe in the plan and getting through the storm.
Dirty Building Blues?
The pandemic has brought a new level of issues for business. Cleaning and disinfection is key for safety and health of the staff and customers . Daily sweeping and mopping can help to alleviate some of the damage but a professional cleaning to your building can really make all the difference. Here at SERVPRO we are trained and ready to bring out the best of your workplace with a professional cleaning.
For Businesses in need we are able to work on carpet and upholstery as well as drapes and blinds. We can clean your ceilings, walls,floors and even provide odor removal if necessary. Don't let the burden of clean get you down call us today to discuss how we can help you. We can now offer the Certified SERVPRO Clean option for commercial and residential locations. Call us today for more details.
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