Prevent Water Leaks in Your Commercial Building with these Tips
Simple routine maintenance could have prevented this water damage.
When water damage happens within a commercial building, it can jeopardize a business’s ability to run and function. Excess water can lead to extensive damage within a building, especially if it is not addressed immediately. Commercial buildings tend to use larger amounts of water than residential buildings do because of the amount of people who frequent the space. We have some easy tips to help prevent water leaks and water damage in your commercial space.
Regular inspections, regular professional maintenance, outside cleaning, regular repairs and upgrades.
By taking these steps, you can help prevent damage caused by water leaks in your commercial building. While these tips are effective for reducing the risk of leaks and water damage, there is still a chance that leaks can occur. If you do find that there’s water damage in your commercial building, then you need to act right away and call SERVPRO.
Equipment Needed for Commercial Losses
Not your typical fan, these are air movers.
When water damage strikes commercial properties such as hospitals, hotels, medical facilities, schools, churches, tribal properties and more—business owners and property managers need to act quickly to prevent more damage and restore their property back to its normal condition. Businesses may have to be put on hold, adding to the stress of the emergency. Business owners and property managers need to get their daily operations back to normal as fast as possible, so the use of modern cleaning equipment and procedures are vital to the prompt restoration of their commercial property. If you know what kind of assistance you need before an emergency arises, you’ll know exactly what to communicate to a restoration company or technician when you have to call them.
Dehumidifiers, air movers, truck mounted vacuums, and negative air machines are the basics to commercial water damage.
If disaster or flooding strikes your commercial property, it’s vital to act quickly, and contact a reputable water restoration company with modern equipment. Effective drying of water damaged areas helps prevent the growth of bacteria and allergens. The faster everything is dried, the better.
Always call SERVPRO of Moorpark/Santa Paula/Fillmore for any commercial restoration needs.
Create a Disaster Plan for Your Restoration Business
Fires in Southern California.
Natural disasters may not be predictable but the resources that your restoration business company will need to handle them is not. Make sure your company is ready to help with restoration efforts when disaster strikes by having the best equipment, supplies, and informational resources for those affected. Specific to California flooding, wildfires, and earthquakes are the most common. You should be prepared with these items: dust masks, moisture meters, flashlights and extra batteries, first aid kit, cell phones and chargers, generators, water bottles, emergency pamphlets with information, etc. When disaster strikes the last thing you want is to be frantic and unorganized when it comes to the basics. Having a plan ahead of time will benefit not only you but the people that you will be able to reach and help. SERVPRO has a program called the Emergency Readiness Program where we come to your home or business and map out a plan for you in case of an emergency. If you are interested in having an ERP done please call us!
Can Wet Carpet and Drywall be Saved from a Water Loss?
Wet carpet from the outside water through the house creating damage.
By taking swift action as soon as possible soaked carpet and drywall can be saved in many cases. The amount of water isn’t the key factor in determining if irreparable carpet and drywall damage can be prevented. It’s actually how contaminated the water is and how soon the materials can be completely dried. Anything that comes in contact with sewer water (category 3) must be replaced, the same goes for any type of flooding from a water source that’s been in contact with the ground. With nearly all wall-to-wall carpets and rugs today made of synthetic fibers the primary problem is microbial growth. So wet carpet can often be saved if it’s thoroughly dried out before that gets going. The bad news is that you may have as little as 24-48 hours. Wet drywall soon swells, sags, and bows… and supports growing bacteria and especially mold. So like carpet it needs to be dried as quickly as possible if it’s to be salvaged. Unfortunately, water damaged drywall often needs to be replaced. Specialized water technicians from SERVPRO are trained to know the level of severity your water loss is and if we can hopefully save anything. Always act quickly with a water loss!
What Category of Water Damage do You Have?
Even though it looks minor, let the professionals handle it.
If you are dealing with or have ever dealt with a water damage you may hear technical language about your property that you are not used to. Instead of not understanding what is going on here are some quick definitions of different types of water damages:
- Category 1 Water Loss: In this case, the water damage is usually as a result of overflow from the bathtub or sink and leakage from malfunctioning appliances. The water is usually colorless without any odor and as such, does not pose any health threat to your family since it contains no pathogenic agents.
- Category 2 Water Loss: This type of water damage is usually associated with toilet overflows. It could be grey in color and have an odor. When this type of water spreads within your environment, the occupants of the home are exposed to risks of bacterial infection as the water contains harmful microorganisms. It is important to rid the home of such water before further damage is caused.
- Category 3 Water Loss: This is the type of water damage that gives serious concern to homeowners. The water is usually colored black with very bad odor. It contains lots of harmful parasites and bacteria that could easily invade other parts of the house if not treated with the urgency it requires. When this happens, not only is your property at risk, your health and that of your loved ones are also at risk.
Even if you think you can handle any of these water losses you should always call SERVPRO of Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula to come out and deal with it for you.
When Should You Start Cleaning Up After a Major Flood
California suffers from major floods and wild fires.
Severe flooding causes structural damage and creates health and fire hazards. While we don’t experience tornadoes or hurricanes Southern California does experience heavy rain during the year, and it can lead to massive floods.
Mold exposure poses series health risks, so it’s important to begin flood cleanup as soon as it’s safe to return to your home.
Always wait for severe weather to calm down before trying to call professionals out to come help, it may not be safe still. But don’t wait too long after because it’s a fine line for microbial growth to start forming in your home. It’s better to let the SERVPRO crew handle this process due to potential hazards. Floods can bury and move chemical containers and hazardous waste far from their original locations. Let officials handle chemical and electrical hazards. The longer you wait after a storm the more hazards you risk, insurance companies stress that storm clean up begin as soon as possible. Always call SERVPRO of Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula if you ever experience storm damage.
3 Things To Keep In Mind After A Fire Loss
Fires are common in Southern California, always be prepared to call SERVPRO for your restoration needs.
Finding someone to help you repair your home after a fire can be stressful. Here are three reasons why you should hire SERVPRO of Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula specialists to assist you.
- We are the best in the business and the most reliable professionals you can call. We know how upsetting it can be to deal with a fire in your home. The stress can be maddening. You just want to get back to your normal life. Instead of taking everything on yourself, you can count on our team to help you. It will be one less thing for you to worry about.
- We have all of the necessary tools for the job. The specialists at our business have been providing restoration services for many years, so you can rest assured that we have the right tools for the job. We use only the best cleaners, make sure that everyone has masks on, and work hard to repair your home.
- We give the correct advice with your best interest in mind. You can sit online and get a lot of advice regarding what you should do after a fire occurs in your home, but you never know who has written this information. Our team of certified professionals will be able to tell you what needs to be updated, what items can stay, and what needs to be thrown away.
Never be afraid to call us 24/7 we are always ready to go and ready to help no matter how big or small your fire damage may seem to you. It is always important to us here at SERVPRO.
Erasing the Smell of Smoke
Restoring a home that suffered a fire loss.
When fire blazes, the items burnt on its destructive journey can leave a pretty distinctive odor. It’s less than inviting and affects the livability and breathability of your home.
The smell can also affect you physically, leaving you feeling nauseated and suffering headaches. Microscopic particles stubbornly stick to walls, floors, ceilings, clothing, fabrics, cabinets, and furniture, and it makes the smoke smell just as difficult to eradicate. So, how do you erase the smell left after smoke damage?
Always call SERVPRO of Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula after you experience smoke damage and allow us to get your home back to smelling properly. By running our specialized air scrubbers, wiping down all hard surfaces, recommending a vendor for you to take your clothes to be laundered, have your HVAC system professionally cleaned, and finally get the smoke smell out of the carpet and furniture. It’s not an easy task but we have done it many times before and our trained professionals know what signs to look for and how to remove the awful smoke smell. Always trust SERVPRO to come and help you in your time of need.
Should You Be Worried About Storms?
When a storm hits we will help your family or business get back to it's pre-storm conditions
Living in California might have you wondering why we too should be ready for when storms come. California does not see many major storms throughout the year but storms should still be something we prepare ourselves for.
Specifically during the rainy season, we must be extra careful. After our super dry, hot summers and how often we have wild fires, a lot of the time our mountains are left without the trees and bushes. We are left more vulnerable to landslides and flash floods from the rain we receive.
When your home is hit by a flood or storm, remember that your local SERVPRO is here to restore your home to its pre-storm condition. We specialize in restoring homes and buildings in a quick and timely manner, so that you and your family could go back in to your normal routine.
Call SERVPRO at 818-995-6444
The Essentials After Fire Damage
Commercial fire damage experts will perform a thorough cleaning of all areas of your property affected by the fire.
When fire damage occurs, you need to get immediate fire damage restoration help to prevent further damage to your property. Any delay in getting professional assistance could result in extensive damage to your property.
After a commercial fire damage, the probability of further damage due to standing water or excessive moisture is higher. It is imperative that you protect your investment by acting fast to get professional help.
Smoke is a byproduct of fire and because it is acidic, it is capable of causing corrosion and staining of surfaces such as counters and walls. In some cases there is extensive smoke damage, soot damage and smoke, which need to be addressed appropriately.
Flooding and methods used to extinguish fire in home or fire in business lead to excessive water in the affected area. Fire cleanup professionals provide fast services for smoke damage, soot damage and smoke smell.
What You Should Do
- Call the professionals – you will need the services of professionals, so before you do anything else, call the experts.
- Open all the windows to get air moving to remove the smoke smell.
- Move kids and pets to a smoke-free area. Move them to a relative's or friend's home until the fire cleanup or restoration is complete.
- Inventory your belongings. Make a list of the contents of your home or business that need replacing. Taking pictures of the affected items or damage, is a good idea. You will need these for insurance claims purposes, and for your own records.
The Initial Assessment
Fire cleanup professionals enter the property to conduct the necessary assessment and determine how to approach the situation. During the assessment, they will be able to come up with an approximate estimate for the fire cleanup.
Filing The Insurance Claim
Fire damage restoration teams can also file your insurance claims for you to accelerate the process. They will be able to provide details about the fire in home or commercial fire damage to your insurance company. This gives you immediate access to money to pay for fire damage restoration services.
They will answer your questions, address your concerns, and explain the entire process to you. They get everything taken care of so you can get back to your normal life.
The most important step for remediation is removing all water in home or water in business. All standing water increases the risk of weakening the framing and support. Fire damage restoration professionals use state-of-the-art vacuums and high power dryers to remove all water and moisture from the area.
Eliminating Damaged Materials
Fire cleanup experts remove all damaged materials and smoke smell using appropriate protocol. They wear protective clothing and remove the materials prior to beginning the fire cleanup efforts.
Commercial fire damage experts will perform a thorough cleaning of all areas of your property affected by the fire, smoke damage, soot damage and smoke smell. Fire damage technicians will examine your property after the fire in home or fire in business cleanup to ensure that their efforts are successful.
Reputable Fire Damage Team
Dealing with a fire in business or fire in home is something most property owners have never had to experience. Restoration teams deal with this type of crisis often and they know exactly how to handle it.
It is crucial that a highly experienced and dedicated restoration team of professionals can get in quickly to provide the fire cleaning service.
If you need commercial fire restoration, you should contact a reliable commercial fire damage company with a team of professionals. Experienced technicians have great expertise in mitigating fire in home, fire in business as well as smoke damage and soot damage.
After your commercial fire restoration service has been handled by a reliable team, you will be certainly amazed at the quality and condition of your property. If you need fire restoration, do not hesitate to contact a fire damage restoration company right away.