Major disasters including fires, floods, storms, severe mold growth, and accidents almost always happen without warning, leaving your property vulnerable to the effects. The damage from a natural disaster can be particularly severe on commercial property because these properties are often much bigger than residential properties and include assets such as equipment and machinery that can sustain damage. There is almost always a higher volume of damage when disasters strike commercial property and the cost to the company can be significant. A company will lose money not only due to the amount of damage and cost of the restoration, but also from halting normal business operations while the restoration takes place.
When it comes to commercial large loss restoration, it is crucial for the job to be done quickly and efficiently to reduce the financial loss to the company. A quick restoration effort will prevent the damage from getting worse and help get the business back on track sooner, saving the company time and money. There are several ServiceMaster businesses throughout the U.S. that are ServiceMaster Recovery Management (SRM) centers ready to provide large loss restoration. SRM centers use a variety of advanced restoration equipment to thoroughly restore all types of commercial buildings and businesses back to their pre-disaster condition.
The key to effective large loss restoration is having the right equipment to get the job done efficiently. This guide explains the main types of industrial equipment that are used by SRMs to provide commercial restoration services for large losses.
Mobile Command Centers
The mobile command center is an important piece of equipment for handling large commercial losses. These command centers are large trailers that can serve as a temporary space for employees to resume business operations while the property of the business is being restored. SRM mobile command centers typically have self-contained power and communications such as wi-fi, as well as their own HVAC systems and sometimes in unit restrooms. Utilizing mobile command centers immediately after a disaster can help get business operations going again while the restoration is taking place.
Mobile Project Office
The mobile project office is similar to the mobile command center, but it is put to use on-site by the restoration team. All of the restoration equipment that is needed for a job is transported in the mobile project office. Once on-site, the mobile project office turns into an office space and staging area for the equipment needed to complete the project. The presence of restoration professionals in this on-site office will help ensure that the restoration is managed properly so that the job is done quickly and efficiently.
It is common for businesses to lose power when a disaster causes major damage. If there is no power on-site to power up the restoration equipment, the restoration process will take much longer. SRM centers use mobile generators that are powerful enough to provide power to any size building. Keeping this power generator on-site will help ensure that the restoration equipment needed can be powered to get the job done, and that the business can be provided with temporary power to take care of business activities.
Mobile Desiccant Dehumidifier Units
Large scale water damage can result from natural floods, storms, pipe bursts, and from extinguishing a fire if there was one on the property. Excess water and moisture in a building will not only cause severe structural damage, but also result in the appearance of mold which will make the damage worse. SRM centers use desiccant dehumidifier units to dry large areas affected by water damage. These trailer mounted units use low vapor air pressure which speeds up the evaporation process by extracting the moisture from the affected materials. This is the most effective way to handle large scale structural drying and humidity control.
In some cases, large commercial losses require reconstruction as well as restoration services to rebuild severe damage to the building. One piece of equipment commonly used by SRM centers when providing reconstruction is the backhoe. Backhoes feature an adjustable front shovel and a rear bucket for moving materials, and they typically handle tasks like moving dirt, digging, and even installing small pipes. They can be used on almost any type of terrain and they are ideal for smaller construction jobs where the space is limited.
Crawler loaders are similar to backhoes, but with the ability of an excavator to move more dirt and materials. They are ideal for moving large amounts of materials and they can also be used to load dirt, debris, or other materials into a dump truck.
Dump trucks are commonly used for all types of construction jobs. SRM centers use dump trucks at large loss sites to help remove damaged materials from the job site. Large amounts of structural materials damaged by fire, water, or mold can be easily removed using dump trucks.
Commercial Restoration from ServiceMaster Recovery Management (SRM) Centers
As discussed above, natural disasters that result in large scale commercial losses can be devastating to a business. However, the total losses can be limited with a quick reaction and the right equipment to complete the restoration process. ServiceMaster Recovery Management (SRM) centers across the U.S. use advanced restoration and industrial machinery to provide effective large loss restoration services when businesses need it the most. Fast and efficient commercial restoration saves businesses money by limiting the amount of damage and reducing the amount of time a business has to suspend its operations.