These days every office is concerned about its culture, branding, and first impression. Many offices make a huge mistake by neglecting the need of professional carpet cleaning. Dirty carpets may give a bad impression to you clients and they might become suspicious of your ability to deliver high quality results. Dirty carpets can also make your employees sick which may hamper the generation of output of your company. When was the last time you put yourself in your potential clients' shoes and took a walk in your office?
More money, more problems, or so the saying goes. With high traffic (more revenue, sweet!) comes the need for more frequent carpet cleaning and restoration services. Depending on the size of your workforce, amount of shifts, and public walk-in hours, your carpets may be far overdue for a professional cleaning session.
Allowing germs and filth to build-up leaves the impression that you don't know how to manage your office. Is that the type of image you want to have? If you are a retail or hospitality outlet customers demand clean, tidy carpets with stylish interiors. Calling a pro and implementing a regular cleaning scheule will show you have the highest standards, technical know-how, good business practices, and customer satisfaction year after year.
"While today's carpeting is made durable and more conducive to alot of wear and tear, it just makes sense to clean the carpets and have the fibers lifted to keep their nap. Stained, flat carpeting looks old and can cause your business environment to look rundown." - Downriver Clean-up and Restoration
Your gutters are your commercial building's primary defense against Mother Nature's not so nice weather situations. The primary job of a gutter system is to collect and carry away rainwater, but what if that system is clogged with debris? Sleet, snow, ice, rain, and all the other fun types of seasonal water can wreak havoc. From paint chips to ice dams to foundation soil erosion - clogged gutters are one storm away from a very bad day.
Our friends at Twelve Oaks Roofing in Oakland County, Michigan offer these seven signs that it is probably time to call in the pros!
Sign #1: Dirty or plugged gutters. Each year your home's rain gutter system should be inspected for leaks and debris. Cleaning the gutters out can be done with a plastic gutter scoop that can be purchased inexpensively at a home improvement store or cleared out with water from a hose.
Sign #2: A leaky joint. Gutters can fail when joints between the lengths begin to leak. Note that seamless gutters can also have leaks as well. Fixing a leaky joint can be done simply by replacing with a new joint.
Sign #3: Patching a hole. Gutters can develop holes through a number of different ways. Branches and other debris are primarily responsible for creating holes. Additionally, rust can eat through some types of gutters and create holes. Holes can grow larger quickly so as soon as a hole is detected, it should be patched. If the gutter is metal, then a metal repair patch kit can be used on the damaged area. A tube of roofing cement is an easy fix that can also be used for patching a hole.
Sign #4: A gutter is not draining properly. The gutter could be sagging or it's not sloping properly toward the downspout. Put a level on the gutter to see if it is exactly level. Despite gutters looking even they actually should be installed with a slight pitch to ensure that the water will drain towards the downspouts.
Sign #5: Selecting the wrong type of gutter. Choosing the right type of gutter can be extremely confusing as the decisions include selecting the right size, style, material and gauges. There are a wide range of options available. Note that the normal house gutter is between 5 to 6 inches from side to side. The gauge of the gutter is also important especially in locations where weather can be harsh.
Sign #6: Improper placement of the downspouts. This can cause gutters to do more work and need repair faster. The proper placement of downspouts is critical in having a good functioning rain gutter system.
Sign #7: A gutter has pulled away from the house or is sagging. Ferrules are commonly used on most gutters to hold them in place. These can separate from the siding over time and may need to be replaced. Additionally, some installers may space the gutter mounting or hanging systems too far apart which can cause the gutter to sag or pull away from the house.
It's tempting to clean your commercial gutters out yourself, but there is a wide variety of gutter types you need to have an expert understand of before that endeavor will turn out successfully, including:
The perks of running a home business are numerous. You get to dress the way you want, take breaks whenever you feel like it (do not overdo this one, it is a business you’re supposed to run, after all) while earning money. Furthermore, you get to stay at home, with your children, not missing a single part of their childhoods, which is a huge downside in the business of the modern world.
The easiest way that’ll get you going is by promoting your business to people you know and, more importantly, people who know you. Start by making cheap, yet cute fliers and give them out to your family and neighbors. Be sure that you don’t give out those sparingly, as you want your name to spread as far and wide as possible. Tell your children to spread the word in their schools by posting on notice boards. This is the point of flyers – cheap, effective, yet able to look quite classy and professional with a little help from Photoshop.
The best thing about this is that it’s completely free. They are made with this in mind. Here, you can share your thoughts, ideas, pictures and projects and in that way promote your business. What’s more, the blogging community is a perpetually growing one, so you’re bound to find the crowd that will turn into fans of your work. If you’re new to this type of promotion, spend some time investigating various sites in order to find the one that fits the shoe and learn the basics of blogging. Most importantly, you need to be recognizable. Based on a conversation I had with a creative agency from Sydney, it is extremely important to have a nice, catchy brand name. This should also be the name of your blog, or at least make it a part of your blog’s title and try not to divert too far from it.
In addition to a blog, make sure you make Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages. Even though the fact that these social media websites have their professional side is borderline ridiculous, you can rest assured that it is a correct one. Twitter can ease you into connecting with the desired marked with infinite power of the hash-tag. Facebook, on the other hand gives you more options, has no word limit and it’s perfect for browsing. By far the most professionally-oriented of the three, LinkedIn can help you find other users with similar tendencies and interests, who will help you in your business growth. It can provide you with connections with retailers, wholesalers and various other professionals.
Running a home business could be a great opportunity to make a name for yourself. In addition to the relaxing home atmosphere, you get to be your own boss, making the working hours fit your wants and needs. While promoting a home business does require effort and dedication, think of it as your child – cherish it, work on it, love it – and it will get you the results you need, be it money, or simply the satisfaction of having a legacy.
Guest blogger, Nate M. Vickery is a business consultant from Sydney, Australia. He’s into finding various ways of making and saving money. Aside from work he enjoys spending time with family and his fiancée.
Commercial buildings, offices and warehouses are not immune from mold contamination. When mold spores are present in sufficient quantities, they can present a health hazard. Most people have heard of "black mold" and the health problems it can cause. Employees and customers can all be adversely affected by mold exposure. My friends at Downriver Clean-up and Restoration offer the following guidance for any business owner dealing with mold contamination.
Your company is your livelihood, so when a catastrophe strikes it can bring your business to a screeching halt. It’s important to keep your property water-free and dry, so that customers can walk around and shop safely in a healthy environment. Water damage causes mold to quickly form, and mold spells disaster in any property. Our industry is a very specialized one – one that not many companies have knowledge or expertise in.
Just because the mold isn't visible doesn't mean it's not harmful. Toxic mold in the workplace has become a legal liability to employers and a drain on employee productivity. Although no mold can be seen, felt, or smelled, the building itself causes adverse symptoms. Often the contamination is spread from office to office and throughout the building's ventilation system. Mold can hide behind drywall, wallpaper, above ceiling tiles, under carpets and pads, etc. If the source of the moisture is not taken care of, infestation can reoccur.
Only licensed and certified mold removal companies should remove the mold. When managing office buildings, schools or other public buildings, you may need to decide whether to relocate the occupants while the work is being done. It is best to conduct the mold remediation project during times when the building is not occupied in order to limit disruption. Downriver Clean-up and Restoration offers these steps in the commercial mold removal process:
Due to limited maintenance budgets, structural problems are often ignored or covered up improperly. Any small to mid-sized business' goal should be to prevent mold problems before they start. If you live in the Taylor, Michigan area, call Downriver Clean-up and Restoration at 734-619-7610 for regular HVAC inspections and maintenance consults.