Recent Commercial Posts

Commercial Heating and Air Cooling Units

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Heating and Air-Cooling Units

Commercial heating and air-cooling units are installed in building that are not considered residential, some commercial buildings can be labeled as residential use, examples of residential use buildings are apartment complexes, nursing homes, retirement complexes.

Commercial heating and air-cooling units vary in type and size, to determine the size and how many units are needed to efficiently control the heating and air conditioning for the space size calculations are done using a mathematical formula. The formula used has many factors, the main parts of the formula are based on square footage of the air temperature to be controlled and the BTU’S (size) of the system. There are many other factors, including how many people will normally be in the space, how many windows are in the space.

Placement of units can be in different places, some placed outside on the ground level, some are placed on the roof of the building and others are placed in the mechanical room.

Controlling the temperature in the building, some buildings have numerous offices or tenants and in those areas of the building there is usually a separate thermostat that allows them to control the air temperature for that space. Retail stores and some other commercial building may use a computer program to control the air temperature from the corporate offices.

Maintenance on commercial heating and air-cooling systems should be performed by a licensed and insured heating and cooling company and the air filters should be changed quarterly if not more frequently using a good quality filter of the proper size.

Commercial Services Provided by SERVPRO of Fredericksburg

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fredericksburg provides many commercial services that are valuable to the community and surrounding areas. All of our technicians are professional, trained in the services they are providing and we are here for you twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays.

When a commercial building needs our services in an emergency you can count on us. When you call our office, you will reach the answering service that will take your information and then dispatch the call to someone who works in our office. Our office personnel will gather all the information from you that is needed to dispatch a crew to your site. We understand that getting a business back up and running as quickly as possible is of the essence, after all time is money.

SERVPRO of Fredericksburg can provide you with emergency services for water damage, sewage back-ups, bio-hazard cleanups, trauma & crime scene cleanup, fire & smoke damages, vandalism and fingerprint dust removal.

For your commercial buildings occasional needs call on us to keep your carpets looking fresh and presentable for your clients and guest. We are also available for HVAC Duct Cleaning and odor removal, mold testing and mold removal.

Remember SERVPRO of Fredericksburg is only a phone call away.

Do you know what type of commercial lease you have on the building or space you are leasing?

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

Do you know what type of commercial lease you have on the building or space you are leasing?

There are several different types of commercial leases. The type of lease you signed dictates what you as the tenant are responsible for and what the landlord is responsible for.

Your commercial lease should be read carefully before signing. Some of the different types of commercial leases and what you should look for are listed below.

  • Gross Lease – You pay the rent; all operating expenses are paid by the landlord of the building but they may recoup their cost with “Load Factors” in the rent.
  • Modified Gross Lease – You pay the rent and a percentage of the buildings annual operating expenses. Modified Gross Lease contracts can vary greatly.
  • Triple Net Lease – You pay the rent, the taxes, insurance and all maintenance fees.
  • Double Net Lease – You pay the rent, the taxes and insurance.
  • Net Lease – You pay the rent, some portion of the taxes, insurance and maintenance fees.
  • Absolute Lease -You pay the rent, all building expense (Taxes, insurance, maintenance), you also pay roof and structural repairs. This lease type is usually for long term leases.
  • Percentage Lease – You pay the rent and a percentage of your monthly sales. This lease type is for retail sales.
  • Single Net Lease – You pay the rent and property taxes.

Preferred Vendor List

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

Preferred Vendor List for Businesses

Do you have one?

What is a preferred vendor list? A preferred vendor list is a list of businesses or people that you purchase services or products from. These are the vendors that you have a relationship, an agreement, the one that you want to call or order from when you are in need of what they provide.

Who is usually on your preferred vendor list? That depends on you, your preferred vendor list can be as small or as extensive as you want it to be.

It can include just your utility and maintenance vendors or right down to the restaurants you like to order lunch from, it is all up to. The most gathered information for a vendor and a list of some preferred vendor categories are listed below. You can create your vendor list in many ways, alphabetically is not usually the best way, the best way is usually to create categories.

Once you have created a list it should be shared and stored so that everyone that will be using it has access to it, it should also be accessible from off site in case of an emergency in the building and you cannot get to it.

Below are some examples of vendors you can put on your list and some examples of information to include.

Utilities (Category)

Electricity - Company Name, Phone number, Emergency Phone Number when it applies, Fax, Address, Email, Company Representative Information, Your Account # with the Company

Internet Services – Same as above

Gas Company – Same as above

Water provider – Same as above

Grounds Keeper – Same as above

Emergency Service Providers (Category)

Plumber – Same as above

Emergency Service Providers continued

Water Damage Restoration – SERVPRO of Fredericksburg 540-373-7000

Tow Truck Company – Same as above

Snow Removal Company – Same as above

Office Supplies and Office Equipment (Category)

Xerox – Same as above

Staples – Same as above

Postage Machine – Same as above

Please remember that the above information are examples and usually there are many other vendors on the list.

May is Building Safety Month

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

Building Safety Building Safety

Building safety month is held to raise awareness about improving building safety in many different categories. Focusing on safer building creates safer work sites for the actual workers, safer communities, safer homes and safer work spaces.

The International Code Compliance (ICC) has a weekly focus for the month of May, week one is Disaster Preparedness, week two is Water Safety, week three is resiliency and week four is Training the Next Generation. All of these topics contain safety that everyone can benefit from.

SERVPRO of Fredericksburg can help our local businesses with Disaster Preparedness, we offer a NO cost mobile app. For local businesses called Emergency Ready Plan. Is your business emergency ready? We can help, call 540-373-7000 to set up an appointment to get started on your Emergency Ready Plan.

Commercial Building Safety Tips

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Building Safety Tips Commercial Building Safety Tips

Do you own or lease a commercial building or space? If the answer is yes, I am sure you are already aware of some or most of these tips but here at SERVPRO of Fredericksburg we are about helping our community so hopefully this list will benefit some if not many.

We are always here to help you with your emergency services and non-emergency services, carpet cleaning, duct cleaning, upholstery cleaning, odor removal and vandalism, call us 540-373-7000.

 * Large Companies have Risk Managers

 * Small Companies have Safety Managers 

 * Smaller Companies - assign employees to help with daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly inspections of office space, building space, parking lot and perimeter 

 * Make a master Check List of what needs to be done

 * Break the Master List down to Inside and Outside

 * Determine when they need to be done

 * Assign employee these task

 * Make a vendor list of who repairs any problems that need attention

 * Make it clear to all employees all safety issues should be addressed immediately

What is a commercial Building?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Building Commercial Building

When people think of a commercial building, the most common thought that comes to mind is a business or businesses. When you think of a business you think of generating an income or a profit.

What are the consequences in a commercial building if something happens that disrupts a business or businesses from operating? The income or profits stop generating, so the problem needs to be resolved quickly to get the business operating at normal capacity as soon as possible.

Business owners have come to depend on the SERVPRO of Fredericksburg if they have the unfortunate circumstances of having a water damage or sewage damage in their commercial building. Our highly trained certified technicians are available 24 hours a day. 

Call us immediately and we will work with you to get your business open as quickly as we possible so you can take care of your customers, “Like it never even happened.”