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Highly Trained Staff

5/8/2021 (Permalink)

If you find yourself with a commercial fire or water loss on your hands, our trained technicians work very hard to restore any damage and protect your place of business from any further complications.  Our technicians are highly trained and ready to mitigate the loss and meet every challenge with professionalism, reliability, compassion and respect.

Any kind of commercial loss presents unique and different challenges. Getting your business up and running is our focus and SERVPRO of Anchorage has all the equipment to do just that.  SERVPRO of Anchorage has a large loss or "extreme team", so we can handle local jobs in Anchorage, Wasilla and Eagle River, or we can travel to Florida in a moment's notice.  What does that mean for you?

It means that at SERVPRO of Anchorage there is no job too large or too small for us. Regardless of how big your property is or how large the scope of work, we are the ones that can handle it properly and professionally.

If you are in need of commercial property remediation or restoration, call SERVPRO of Anchorage today!  907-688-3001

Different Types of Commercial Water Damage

5/1/2021 (Permalink)

Here are the common causes of commercial water damage:

In your commercial building, water damage is often caused by windows that are not properly sealed. This will allow moisture to seep in, this is a start to a lot of problems including mold. Checking your windows regularly is important as caulk can break down over time.

Broken pipes can happen for many reasons, such as changes in pressure, deteriorated water supply lines and sewer drains, and cold weather. Bulging walls, water stains on walls or floors, cracked or loose tiles, and musty smells are all signs of damaged pipes. Detecting leaky pipes is challenging and it usually requires some specialized water leak detection equipment. However, finding the problem and fixing it, will save you in the long run.

If gutters are not cleaned regularly, they can get clogged, causing water to leak into the property through the roof or the foundation. One of the most common signs of leaks in building foundations are puddles nearby or framing that has become wet. Poor drainage systems can also lead to water damage in your foundation.

A leaky roof can cause ceiling damage, mold and mildew issues, fire hazards, and will also compromise the  structural integrity of your building. Exposure to heavy rain and snow can make your roof vulnerable to damage. 

Water damage in your commercial building may prevent you from doing business but can also put the health and safety of your employees at risk. The moment you spot signs of commercial water damage, it is important to act immediately. Calling SERVPRO of Anchorage is a great first step.

Commercial water damage restoration is often more complex than residential water damage restoration, and usually requires a more intensive approach. The size and structure of commercial buildings, the extent of damage, the varying uses of space, especially in multi-tenant buildings, and the number of occupants all affect the restoration process. Aside from these, there is usually always a time constraint for the job because business must continue as soon as possible.

While some water damage issues are inevitable, most problems can be prevented when the cause of water damage is found earlier.

HVAC systems work by heating or cooling the air through a series of ducts. Over time, these ducts wear out or get damaged, resulting in leaks. These systems can leak for a long time before signs of water damage show up. The HVAC system needs to be cleaned regularly and the excess water from the condensation reservoirs needs to be removed to prevent water damage.

Sewer water contains bacteria and other pathogens that cause illnesses and infections. If you see signs of sewage damage, such as gurgling sounds or water backing up out of the drain or toilet, you should call SERVPRO of Anchorage immediately.

Other causes of water damage in commercial buildings are leaks in sprinkler systems. Signs of sprinkler leaks include wet surfaces like drywall and carpets, presence of mold and mildew, and standing water. Regularly inspect your sprinkler systems for leaks and moisture.

Do not hesitate to reach out to SERVPRO of Anchorage for any commercial water issues you might have.  907-688-3001

Anchorage COVID-19 Cleaning Specialists

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our Anchorage customers that we are your local specialists in cleaning and disinfecting services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

If your Anchorage area home or business needs deep cleaning services, call SERVPRO of Anchorage – 907-688-3001

On-site Restoration Safety

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

For every fire restoration professional, understanding the nature of fire is crucial to performing quality restoration work. Fire Restoration Technicians at SERVPRO of Anchorage go through an IICRC approved training program to learn the effects of fire before working with fire damaged contents or materials. 

The first step in their fire restoration training is safety, both precautions and preparations. Here is an insight into the safety knowledge our technicians use every day in the field.

On a fire restoration work site – or any restoration work site – safety is the responsibility of everyone present. Our SERVPRO of Anchorage technicians train regularly and work as a team to identify hazards and set up engineering controls that protect workers and occupants. 

Before any work can be done or any damaged materials can be disturbed, it’s important that restoration professionals coordinate lead and asbestos testing to see if abatement is needed on the property. 

Smoke, soot, and char damage to the structure or contents within the structure can sometimes require strong restoration chemicals that, if not stored or used properly, can be hazardous to humans. This is why restoration professionals take care to secure, label, and organize our cleaning chemicals at the warehouse as well as during transit and onsite. 

When working with these chemicals, it’s important that restoration technicians are informed about what they are made of and the instructions for use. This knowledge comes from training and experience, but restorers are also able to verify information about chemical makeup, safety instructions, and more from data sheets kept on file and in vehicles, labels on the products themselves, and through regular training. 

Safety is always our top priority. If you ever experience fire, smoke or soot damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO of Anchorage to handle the restoration with care. Call our office at 907-688-3001.

Flood Evacuation

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

As the seasons change, storm season is always an unknown. With storm season there comes a risk of flash floods and landslides. No matter where you are, SERVPRO of Anchorage wants you to be prepared.

If you hear about a flood in your area, please remember these tips:

  • If water enters the building you are in and evacuation becomes impossible, move to an upper floor and wait for rescuers.
  • While evacuating, avoid attempting to drive through floods or rising water, nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are auto-related.
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
  • Do not walk through moving water. Even six inches of moving water can make you fall.
  • Avoid floodwaters. They may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage.
  • Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
  • Listen for news reports to learn if the community’s water supply is safe to drink.
  • Return only when authorities indicate it is safe.

If you experience storm or flood damage to your home, make sure to call SERVPRO of Anchorage as soon as possible - even without power, we are able to respond 24/7 during storm events.  907-688-3001

Restoration Dedication

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

A commercial loss has different project needs than your average residential water loss, and we understand these distinct differences at SERVPRO of Anchorage.  

We are lucky enough that our day-to-day staff has the ability to train for both commercial and residential losses, no matter the size or type of job.  We are also proud to be one of the very few SERVPRO franchises that has a Disaster Recovery Team that travels all over the United States, so if they are needed in Anchorage, they will be in Anchorage within hours of the call.    

When it comes to commercial property loss, time is of the essence. If the property loss causes an interruption to business, that interruption could cost our commercial clients a considerable amount of revenue. This is why our top priority is getting our day-to-day staff onsite immediately, but also having our entire Large Loss Divison following closely behind.

If your commercial property experiences a significant property loss caused by water, mold, biohazard or fire - you can trust that SERVPRO of Anchorage is ready to respond quickly and efficiently so that you can get back to full operation as soon as possible. 

No Power? No Problem!

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

As the seasons change, so does the potential for possible power outages, stemming from Mother Nature herself. Whether it be from wind, rain, freezing precipitation, thunderstorms, or snow, keeping your home prepared for weather emergencies is crucial.  

No matter the storm event, there is always a risk of power outages in your power network. Power outages may disrupt communications, water, and transportation. They may also create obstacles to business as usual, such as preventing you from being able to use gas stations, ATMs, banks, and other services as normal. At the most critical, power outages can cause food spoilage, water contamination, and disrupt medical devices, posing health risks to communities.

Review these steps to see how you can protect yourself and your household in the event of a power outage:

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed until power is back on.
  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
  • Do not use a gas stove to heat your home.
  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
  • Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power dependent medical devices.
  • If safe, go to an alternative location for heat and cooling.
  • Check on neighbors.

If you experience storm damage, call SERVPRO of Anchorage @ 907-688-3001.

Storm Damage Inside the Home

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

When rains fall, winds roar and storms serge after making sure everyone is safe and looked after, we worry about our property. We worry about roof shingles blowing off or that old tree that seems to be swaying more than feels safe that is near your garage. It seems like in a storm when we think about property damage, we think about the structure, the roof torn off or a tree on the roof. But we leave out the secondary damages this causes to our contents, our furniture and everything that makes a house a home. Before tossing all your contents our or placing them out on the curb for pick up, make sure you check with SERVPRO of Anchorage to see if the contents can be cleaned and restored. Call us at 907-688-3001.

Realtors choose SERVPRO of Anchorage

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

In today's real estate market, you can have an edge with a reputation for having quality listings whether it be a commercial or residential listing. You also want the ability to move a sale through quickly to get your commission.  Presentation is everything.

SERVPRO of Anchorage professionals can assist you in many different ways to make this sale the best!  We can assist you in inspecting a crawl space/attic area for mold, water, or biohazard damage and also replace the vapor barrier if needed.  We can assist in estate sales in the case of hoarder clean outs with optional inventory itemization and cleaning services.  

A SERVPRO of Anchorage professional can attend your next sales meeting to discuss how to recognize the potential for mold and what to do in case of a fire or water emergency.

So before you risk the opportunity to close the sale of the property, call SERVPRO of Anchorage 907-688-3001

Dealing with Fire in Anchorage

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

Dealing with a fire can be overwhelming, every homeowner should take two important actions after a fire:

Keep everyone in your family safe and stay away from the damaged home.

Remember you are safe; Items can be replaced.

A fire is a very serious matter! Fire damage happens fast and among the issues that can take place in the aftermath of the fire, it is important to remain calm and follow some simple rules to help the restoration process go smoothly.

My home just had a fire. What do we do now?

Get everyone to safety!  After a fire, you want to make one important phone call, SERVPRO of Anchorage is your locally owned and operated professional restoration experts!

Your living arrangements are going to change. If your house has only minor damage, and the utilities are working fine, you might be able stay in the home; your family is most likely safer off the premises.

Can you stay in the home?

The final answer comes down to the extent of the damage, and whether is safe to do so.

What items should I take with me?

Any item that is of value to you should be kept in your possession. Difficult to replace items such as photographs, keepsakes, and firearms should also be kept with you. Never leave personal information, cash, medications, or important documents at the site of the fire. Take these items with you to keep them safe!

If you have experienced a fire, call SERVPRO of Anchorage at 907-688-3001.