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Historic Buildings - Darling or Dangerous?

10/16/2022 (Permalink)

diagram of a building Updates are important to staying safe.
  1. Historic Buildings: Darling or Dangerous?- Things have changed quite a bit since the 1980s - including codes and safety requirements for commercial properties. Here in Park Cities, we have some of the most charming historic buildings which could be at risk for fire or water emergencies. This is especially true for buildings constructed in the 1960s – 1980s, when codes were very different than they are today. If your building was built before 1984, it may have been wired with aluminum which is 55% more likely to cause a fire than copper. Electrics are one of the areas that have to be constantly monitored in older buildings to reduce the risk of fires.  

Older buildings also have older roofs, which deteriorate over time, leading to leaks. Aged plumbing corrodes and pipes eventually break, causing water damage which can be expensive to mitigate. And, depending on how old the building is there may be asbestos or lead in it, which will require specialized removal. At SERVPRO Park Cities, we offer a free evaluation of your facility which includes an asbestos and lead report. The Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) also provides a detailed plan to minimize response time should something go wrong. The report includes a snapshot of your building, including structural information, total square footage, flooring type along with the location and type of any hazardous material.

If you are interested in an ERP for your commercial property, give us a call at 214-522-3000 and one of our professional experts will be happy to provide a thorough evaluation and report that lives online for the fastest access. Businesses in Park Cities can count on SERVPRO.

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