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What to Do When Water Damages Your Commercial Property in King City?
If you are a commercial property owner, an emergency, like water damage may stop business activities in their tracks. No matter if the water issues are caused by a burst pipe, flood, major leak, or another cause, water damage is something you should always take seriously.
Determine the Extent of the Water Damage
One of the first things you should do when you find signs of water damage is to determine how serious it is. At this point, just looking for signs of water damage probably won’t be enough.
Water may soak into an array of building materials without creating obvious signs of damage for a while. To determine how far the water has spread, you require a specialized tool to measure moisture in building materials, such as a moisture meter used during a building inspection.
With a moisture meter, you can determine the moisture content level in the items where you found the water damage. When you keep checking the area, you can determine how far the damage has gone. Remember, if you don’t have this device, you can call the professionals who can take care of it for you.
Dry Out the Affected Area
It’s best to call the professionals if you are dealing with extensive water damage. However, after your call to the professionals, you can make sure the source of water is completely shut down and repaired, move contents out of wet areas, start removing some of the standing water and working with occupants on a temporary location.
It will be necessary to use specialized tools to ensure the entire area is dry. Usually, this requires the help of the professionals because they will have access to the items needed. Some of these tools include:
- Wet vacuums to help quickly remove standing water
- Dehumidifiers or air movers to extract humid air
- Thermohydrometer to track the humidity in a space
- Moisture meters for tracking the content of moisture in the building and nearby items
If your building has a climate control system, then turning the temperature up slightly may help keep the water from condensing, which will help things dry out faster. As the building is dried, you need to keep it sealed against exposure to outside air as much as possible as controlling the indoor environment without the influence of unfavorable outside air will help dry the structure and contents faster.
If there is furniture or other materials that are moisture compromised, remove them from the space and assess their condition. If it is too water-damaged, it will need to be discarded and replaced completely.
Call the Professionals of SERVPRO of Morro Bay to King City
If you are dealing with water of any type in your commercial building, it is important to make sure that you take the right steps and contact the professionals for assistance. They will be able to ensure that the water issue is handled properly and that the issue won’t get any worse. If you fail to take action in a reasonable amount of time, you may discover the issues are permanent.
What Happens to Contents in a Morro Bay Property Undergoing Fire Restoration?
Property Contents with Fire Damage Can Be Stored On or Off-site. SERVPRO Has External Storage in Morro Bay for Residents Undergoing Fire Restoration.
What is content management during Morro Bay fire restoration?
An Morro Bay home is made up of both structural items and unique contents. A house fire affects both at the same time. However, the restoration of these two aspects of your home is separate. The efficiency of a fire restoration in Morro Bay often relies upon how contents are managed. In some situations, the overall timespan of repair may be reduced by keeping contents on-site. These options are usually employed in minor to moderate conditions where the fire is contained to one or two rooms of the property, and the structure is sound. When there is significant structural damage, requiring reconstruction, SERVPRO technicians may opt to remove contents to allow better access to the parts of the structure in need of restoration. Content management is a priority during the scoping and assessment phase.
How are the pack-out procedures completed?
When a property suffers significant fire damage in Morro Bay, it is usually necessary to pack up the contents. It may seem overwhelming to relocate a home's worth of contents, but SERVPRO can enlist professional movers to transport items from home to a safe storage facility. Usually, a crew chief accompanied by two fire and smoke damage restoration technicians (FSRT) conducts a pack-out procedure. The crew chief is responsible for inventorying, documenting, and ensuring quality controls during a pack out. One technician sorts through salvageable and non-salvageable contents while the remaining technician packs up contents to move out. Your contents are insured during the move-out and storage procedure of fire restoration.
We are Cleaning Experts
SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need
During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.
We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning
If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of E. Fullerton/Placentia, 714-525-0158
Utilizing Strategic Planning to Prepare Your Business for an Emergency
Being aware of the future risks that you face as a business owner can help you plan ahead for whatever comes your way—including a natural disaster.
Though there is no way to guarantee you will not be impacted by one, you can prioritize your own preparedness so you can make an effort to lessen the damages it can cause. By taking steps to plan ahead, you can be proactive against something that none of us can control.
Though there is a lot to consider regarding disaster preparations, we recommend breaking it up into three main tasks to help it be more manageable. This way, you can be sure that you are taking care of everything you need to be for your business and keeping your investment protected.
Making sure you have the right amounts of insurance coverage is always important, but especially when a natural disaster is a possibility. There are many business policies that do not provide adequate disaster protections. There will often be gaps in coverage or specific exclusions to certain scenarios to contend with if you try to file, so it is wise to be aware of what your policy has covered.
Quickly evacuating from your business if a disaster strikes is a great way to ensure the safety of you and your staff. You should always have an evacuation plan in place and practice it with personnel regularly to be sure everyone understands what to do. It is also smart to pack an emergency kit for your office, stocked with sufficient supplies in case you must stay put and wait for help to arrive.
Planning ahead for how you will go about restoration can be the single biggest factor in how quickly you are able to reopen. Being able to set the restoration process in motion quickly will be a big help, which is why we recommend working with a company in advance so that you know exactly who to call. It is also wise to look into the disaster assistance loans offered by the Small Business Administration as they can provide extra, low-interest funds for the recovery process.
If your business has been impacted by a disaster, you can contact us 24⁄7 for guidance on how to begin the commercial restoration process.
Fire Prevention Tips for Restaurants
Would you know what to do if a fire emergency occurred in your restaurant?
As a restaurant owner/operator or manager, it's your responsibility to be prepared if prevention falls short. Make sure your employees and assets are protected if a fire emergency occurs.
In 2015, more than 113,500 non-residential fires were reported, causing $3.1 billion worth of property damage. Prevention is always the goal, but what happens if those efforts fall short?
Best practices include:
- Consider your facility’s risks. Examining the unique risks of a workplace is an important responsibility for any property manager or building owner. Assess your facility for items that may contribute to the risk of a fire, such as flammable liquids, electrical equipment or storage of combustible materials. Take note of specific hazards and make sure functional and up-to-date fire extinguishers and systems are in place to help minimize the impact of a fire.
- Regularly inspect fire extinguishers. Extinguishers can be the first line of defense against a fire, so it is important that facility managers properly test and inspect each unit in the building. Make sure each extinguisher is maintained annually per applicable manufacturer and code standards, and perform monthly inspections to help ensure each extinguisher will operate properly in the event of a fire.
- Conduct staff training. Nearly three in four American adults have never used a fire extinguisher. Conduct thorough, hands-on training with your team using extinguisher types and sizes commonly found in your facility to help prepare them for an emergency. Local fire protection service providers or fire departments may be able to assist with this training.
- Test emergency and exit lighting. Main power may be lost during a fire emergency, and more than one-third (34 percent) of U.S. workers would lack confidence in their ability to navigate their workplace safely in the event of a power outage. Regularly testing emergency and exit lighting can help make sure backup lighting functions correctly, allowing building occupants to navigate and exit buildings more easily during a fire.
- Examine sprinkler systems. According to the National Fire Protection Association, sprinklers were effective at controlling a fire in 96 percent of fires occurring from 2010 to 2014 in which they operated. A well-maintained and regularly tested sprinkler system can help suppress a fire, keeping it from spreading to other parts of the building and helping give building occupants the opportunity to exit the facility. When a system fails to operate during a fire, 65 percent of the time it's due to damaged components, shutoff by the property owner, or their failure to maintain the system.
- Inspect fire alarms. Functioning fire alarms help facility personnel to detect fires earlier and potentially minimize costly damage. Regular tests and inspections, along with integrated monitoring, can help make sure your equipment is functioning properly and get building occupants to safety quickly.
Flooded Hotel Room?
People are constantly coming and going within hotels, leaving behind well-lived in rooms. Hotels are no exception to damages. Various problems can occur, whether caused by man or nature. Pipes may burst, flooding may occur, mold may develop, and even fires are a possibility. Should any of these or similar problems arise, proficient emergency help is necessary to address the damages.
Water Damage Restoration
Pipes leak, floods occur, and other water damage scenarios can transpire. This type of damage needs to be addressed as soon as possible because moisture issues can potentially lead to a mold problem. In addition to mold, water damage can also produce other issues such as biohazards or even fire if in contact with electrical sources. The source of water needs to initially be fixed before restoration work begins. If the leakage is not addressed, damages will continue. Once the source is repaired, the restoration process can begin. Tips for water damage:
- Water damage can contain contaminants and other possible threats. Wear proper protective equipment before coming in contact with the water, and be on the lookout for sharp objects, electrical sources near the water, and other dangers.
- A qualified water restoration company will be able to proficiently treat the affected areas to ensure they are properly dried and decontaminated.
- Be aware of possible mold growth. Moisture issues can potentially produce mold, so it is necessary to treat water damage as soon as possible to avoid mold growth.
Mold in a Hotel Guest Room
Mold can affect any property as long as the ideal conditions are met. Common mold locations include bathrooms and kitchens. If mold is present within a hotel it can put the well-being of guests and staff at risk. Anyone who is exposed to mold risks health issues, ranging from minor symptoms to more extreme conditions, depending on factors such as the individual, amount of exposure, and mold toxicity. Tips for mold problems:
- Test the property for mold. Having a professional mold test completed by a qualified industrial hygienist helps to determine the affected area(s) and mold toxicity level.
- Do not attempt to be a mold specialist. Avoid touching the mold without the proper safety equipment and disturbing the mold in general as it could result in mold spores spreading throughout more areas of the hotel.
- Upon receiving the test results, contact a SERVPRO of E. Fullerton/Placentia to ensure the mold is safely and completely removed.
Fire Safety for Hotels
Sometimes unexpected problems may occur. One danger that may develop is fire, which can cause tremendous damage. Whether a kitchen or electrical fire, the damages that can result can be hazardous and therefore need to be properly addressed. Fire damage can cause major setbacks for a hotel, so it is important to know what to do if a catastrophic fire occurs.
Tips for fire damage:
- Assess the damages. To maintain safety, items such as food, clothing, furniture, etc. should be carefully inspected by a fire damage service provider before returning to the property.
- Do not overlook smoke and soot. Smoke and soot inhalation can cause severe health concerns, so it is necessary to inspect the hotel for such damages.
- There may be possible water damage. When fire officials use water to extinguish the fire threat, the water can potentially cause additional damages. The affected area(s) must be properly dried and treated to avoid further damages and possible mold growth.
SERVPRO Fullerton Placentia
Are YOU Ready? Disasters and resulting business interruption can devastate companies. It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster never reopen. Of those that reopened, the majority had some type of response plan in place. Let the SERVPRO of Fullerton Placentia Large Loss Response Team put your plan together. Our qualified team members will help with plan to get you back in business. Call us today 714-525-0158.