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4 Steps to a Solid Business Continuity Plan

9/28/2019 (Permalink)

Business Continuity Plan sheet with eyeglasses and pen You need a business continuity plan that you can put in place if this happens.

Water damage in your commercial building in Miami Lakes, FL, requires professional remediation. Depending on the extent of the damage, it may also require you to vacate the premises while repairs are made. You need a business continuity plan that you can put in place if this happens. Here are four steps for coming up with such a plan.

1. Analyze Essential Services

Every business has key things that have to happen to keep it afloat. These are the essential services. You must figure out a way to continue these services if you are going to stay in business while water mitigation experts restore your building. Create a questionnaire for key personnel in order to determine what these services are.
2. List Necessary Resources

Once you have established the bare bones of your operation, you must determine the resources you need to carry them out. This list should include supplies, equipment and personnel required.

3. Form a Recovery Team

Your business continuity plan needs people who are in charge of carrying it out. It's always good to know who is responsible for which aspects of your business, but in an emergency situation, this knowledge is essential. Your recovery team decides how to implement the emergency response plan so that it can go off without a hitch.

4. Train and Practice

Everyone who holds a responsibility during the continuity period needs to know exactly what to do. There should be formal training for the continuity process. Actually simulating the process through practice can help you identify any problems or glitches that keep it from running smoothly. That way, you can fix problems so that they don't happen if you need the process in reality.

Any extensive repairs to your building can mean that you need to evacuate and operate elsewhere. A solid business continuity plan can help you make the transition happen more easily.

4 Signs of a Behind-the-Wall Water Leak

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Discolored wall with paint peeling up The longer the leak has been there, the more damage it will cause and the more costly it will be to remedy the situation.

A water leak is never expected for a business owner in Miami Lakes, FL. It can be pricey, especially if the leak has escaped detection for a long time. Here are four signs that there is a water leak behind your wall:

1. Damp Floor
A damp floor may be the first noticeable sign that you have a leaking pipe behind your wall. The floor will be consistently damp, or may even puddle.

2. Wall or Ceiling Stains
You may notice discoloration of your wall or ceiling. This water damage means that the leak is significant enough or has been there long enough to soak through. This is likely to eventually lead to the growth of mold and/or mildew on your wall.

3. Musty Odor
Moisture behind your walls will inevitably result in mold if it is there long enough. Since mold can start growing within 48 hours of a water leak, it can be a big problem by the time you notice that there’s an issue. Mold will emit a musty odor. One way to check for mold is by smelling electrical outlets, since they provide an opening to the inside of the wall.

4. Water Bill Increase
As a business owner, you may not be involved with the utility bills first-hand, but a spike in the cost of water for your business over a short period of time is a reason for concern. It could mean that you have a significant leak such as a pipe break behind your walls. The increase in your water bill could, financially, be the most critical factor of all.
When you have a water leak in the wall for a prolonged period of time, the wall doesn’t have a chance to dry. The problem continues to get worse. It’s best to hire remediation experts who can do a thorough job of finding the leak and quickly resolving all issues involved. Visit for more information on water damage. 

Prevent building water leaks

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

Old Leaking Pipe

In a commercial setting, the function of a building’s plumbing system can mean the difference between conducting business as usual or shutting down temporarily.

If that business is a restaurant, service company or industrial facility that uses a lot of water and needs reliable drainage, a plumbing problem can sideline your money-making activities for days. Even retail stores and offices can be hampered by issues with water availability, drainage, restroom access or sewage disposal.

Plumbing emergencies can be prevented by keeping the building’s plumbing working properly and reliably by monitoring the system and watching for problems before they develop. Here are some tips to help protect against problems:

Check for leaks: Do a visual inspection of the system to check for leaks.

Test faucets: Turn on faucets to check for leaks around the handles or at the connections to the water supply pipes

Check for corrosion: Look for signs of corrosion and related damage around pipes and pipe fittings.

Test the stability of plumbing fixtures: Make sure faucets, toilets and other plumbing fixtures are solidly attached to the floor, wall or other location.

Check water pressure: Make sure the pressure of the water coming out of your pipes is sufficient for your plumbing needs.

Check all drains for proper function: Water should travel easily down the drain pipes of your commercial building plumbing system.

Test toilets and check flushing mechanisms: Make sure each toilet flushes properly and that all internal components are in good repair

Inspect for visible damage: Carefully look at the plumbing pipes, fixtures, tiling, caulking and other elements to make sure nothing is damaged.

SERVPRO of Miami Lakes has the training, experience, and equipment to handle any size of commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

GMBHA Evening Networker

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

GMBHA members

SERVPRO of Miami Lakes is very involved throughout the community and especially in the Hotel industry. We were part of their Networker event for Greater Miami & The Beaches Association. It was a great time to experience different General Managers in the hotel industries. The connections that we had made were great. It was a true reminder on helping service the community around us.

With that being said, GMBHA is an organization to promote interest to their members by advocacy, education and of course indeed partnerships that had advanced Miami as visitors in a choice manner. Not only that they are responsible to make they are advocating on key issues that in the hotel industry, and for us as SERVPRO of Miami Lakes/Doral to be as highly aware of what is truly going on, not only that to help build strong rapport to these prospective clients, discuss their issues. This organization is part as an advocate to the local, state and national levels.

They are known for so many events over 45 of them including breakfast, evening networkers, seminars and luncheons featuring industry leaders throughout the year. This organization has shown great gratitude to us, and helping them as well to check out on how we can help them in case of emergencies, not only that but in other ways to help in the hotel industry. There are other clients that we had served and they are also part of the organization as well. Being connected to other organization can ensure SERVPRO of Miami Lakes productivity and growth in helping the community; making sure we are the premier cleaning and restoration company in the world. We have to continue on growing as a team. As a team we can become successful. As a team we can make it into a reality. We are truly are grateful to serve the community as a whole.