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What employers should do to prevent mold
There are some important steps that employers can take to make sure that their employees are not exposed to mold. These preventative measures are some of the most important things that employers should know about mold. Following these tips can help save time, money, and the health of their employees.
- Have a reliable and certified building maintenance crew who are well-informed about mold and mold causes.
- Have all the plumbing checked regularly throughout the year.
- Check the building construction and design.
- Make sure there is proper ventilation in each area of the building.
- During summer months, open windows or run air conditioning regularly.
- Use mildew resistant paint in offices where workers spend most of their time.
- Consider replacing old carpets or wooden shelving that might have been exposed to moisture in the past.
Always let your employees know that you are doing everything possible to prevent mold from growing in your building. When workers feel like their employers understand their health risks and are taking proper precautions to keep them safe, they are less likely to file claims.
What to do if Mold is Found
If you find mold or you suspect mold is in your building, you can give SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin a call. The consequences of mold are too high to not take it seriously. Primarily, the health of your employees always come first. You never want to be responsible for the health effects that your workers can contract in a moldy environment. In addition, the structure of your building will be severely compromised if mold is found and if it is not remediated on time. Lastly, legal expenses from mold litigation can be overwhelming. Do not put yourself in a tough position when it comes to mold. Call SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin at 916-632-2250.
Restore Your Business After A Water Loss
Flooding and water damage to commercial properties can be very complex, requiring a knowledgeable yet flexible response to solve the numerous issues that can quickly present themselves. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large-scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate any and all areas affected. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we work diligently to restore the damaged areas.
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin understands that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there with the help you need.
SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin can also help your business prepare for a disaster with an ERP (Emergency Response Preparedness Plan). Call SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin at 916-632-2250 for more information.
What is air duct cleaning and why should we have it done?
Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.
If not properly installed, maintained, and operated, these components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen, or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for microbiological growth (e.g., mold) is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the air of your commercial business. Some of these contaminants may cause health effects in people if they are exposed to them.
Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your business.
If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:
- Dirt and debris
- Other contaminants
The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:
- Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
- May help to eliminate offensive odors.
- Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.
For more information on air duct cleaning, call SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin today, (916) 632-2250.
At SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin we understand that any type of exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose some serious health threats and consequences. In a commercial setting, any type of sewage backup, blood cleanup or even chemical spill, can place YOU and all of the inhabitants of the area at risk. Upon recognizing the situation, your primary focus should be safety. After the area has been critically assessed, you should be well versed in the do’s and don’ts after a contamination.
What to Do After a Contamination
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
- Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
- Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.
What Not to Do After a Contamination
- Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
- Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
- Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
- Don’t use television or other household appliances.
- Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
Situations that contain any biohazardous material or spills, should not be handled lightly. At SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin, we care about our local community, as well as all of those that live in the area. If you have any questions, or would like to contact one of our professionals, please call (916)632-2250
Emergency Ready Profile for Commercial Property Managers
Do you manage commercial property? Does all your staff or on call personnel know where all the shutoffs are located? Do you have a vendor ready selected who knows your building as well as your staff. SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin can help.
You need to check our FREE Emergency Ready Profile app. Free to you we will come out and set up your property using our mobile device app. We will ask you lots of questions and then load all your preferences right into the app so it all can be shared with your entire staff and our personnel.
Image you have a water loss on a Sunday afternoon. You open the app and simply tap the icon and you are on the phone with our on call staff. If you have a particular area for access our staff already know that. They will also have a photo of the designated are for easy recognition.
If you staff is busy and need assistance accessing areas to mitigate the loss our staff will be able to immediately start assisting with all the data that in mobile app.
This is a FREE service to you for you and your people. We can also set you up so you can add and modify all the data you want to put in the mobile application. Call us today we come out and give you a live demonstration and did I mention it’s FREE. Don't delay. We can reached @ 916 632-2250
Restoring Commercial Property after Water Damage
Flooding and water damage at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin is dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
SERVPRO specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at the SERVPRO corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Mitigation vs. Restoration
If your businesses has been affected by severe flooding, the chances are that you have contacted a flood and water cleanup company to help get your building back to normal is pretty high. You will probably hear the words “mitigation” and “restoration” thrown around a lot, and you might not fully understand what they mean. Here’s a quick breakdown of what they mean.
Mitigation is the first line of defense when it comes to water damage. It also includes measures that are used to help stabilize the situation before any more damage can occur. Here are some examples of what happens during mitigation:
- Inspecting damage
- Making sure building is stable
- Window board up
- Setting tarps
- Removing furniture/other belongings
- Extracting water
- Setting drying equipment
Depending on if more work needs to be done, based on the damage, that is where restoration comes in to play.
Restoration or Reconstruction
Restoration means that we will bring your property back to the state it was in before the damage occurred. Once mitigation has been complete, the repairing of the structure can begin. This means replacing drywall, painting, and many other things depending on what is needed.
Whatever your needs may bay SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin is here to help. We are your one-stop-shop for all mitigation and restoration/reconstruction needs! (916) 632-2250
5 Tips to Prevent Mold & Mildew in your Commercial Business
Why should you worry about mold or mildew in your building? Over time some mold may cause structural damage to wood along with damage to furnishings and finishes. Use the following tips to help prevent mold or mildew growth in your business.
#1: Clean Out the Refrigerator
It can be difficult to keep track of shared refrigerators. Some people will always remember to clear out their leftovers, others won’t. Old food storage containers are a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. Over time, it can travel to the shelving and even outside the refrigerator. Consider instituting an office refrigerator policy. If something is left in the fridge by a certain time each week, it goes in the garbage.
#2: Look for and Repair Leaks
Leaks from plumbing, windows, roofs, and more can lead to significant water damage in your business as well as an increased risk of mold growth. If you aren’t regularly inspecting your property, it’s easy for these leaks to go unchecked until they create a larger, more costly problem. Watch for telltale signs of a leak such as lower water pressure; wet spots on the floors, ceilings, or walls; and condensation around window sills and in attic spaces.
#3: Keep It Clean
It’s easy for anyone to get caught up in work and let clutter take over his or her workspace. However, clutter creates lots of hiding spots for crumbs and dust, which are both great food sources for mold. Make sure to clear the clutter and wipe down hard surfaces regularly. Make sure to promptly clean all spills as well. Clean and sanitize break rooms and bathrooms frequently. Both rooms provide ample opportunity for mold and mildew growth. These rooms should be cleaned at least weekly depending on how regularly people use each room.
#4: Clean out Trash Cans
While you might switch out the liners regularly, can you remember the last time you washed out the trash cans? It’s easy for bits of food and condensation to sneak beneath liners into the can, which is all mold needs to grow. Try washing out office wastebaskets about once a month to prevent growth.
#5: Take Care of Your HVAC System
Your HVAC system can quickly distribute mold spores throughout your building if there is a problem. Make sure your HVAC system receives regular inspections. Sometimes moisture condenses inside air ducts or leaks drip onto ducts from ceiling tiles, which can lead to growth inside the ducts. Make sure to keep the HVAC drip pans clean and unobstructed. Additionally, replace your filters as needed.
If you find mold or mildew in your place of business, call SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin at (916) 632-2250 today!
Emergency Ready Profile
Do you own or operate a small business? You cannot always prevent disasters from happening, but you can always be prepared. Let SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin help you be prepared for unplanned disasters by creating an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). By creating an Emergency Ready Profile with SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin you minimize interruptions in the daily operations of your business by having an immediate plan of action in place should disaster strike. The Emergency Ready Profile provides immediate contact information and other important details that provide a guide to get your business back up and running after a disaster. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. Be ready and get a free Emergency Ready Profile with SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin, give our office a call at (916)632-2250 to set up an appointment.
How Pack-Outs are a Part of Water Damage Restoration
Reduce the chaos of commercial water damage mitigation in Fayetteville by considering a pack-out of furnishings, electronics and other equipment, and documents. Choosing to clear the flooded areas of your commercial property makes planning for and implementation of water extraction strategies more efficient. The contents removed also receives the treatments needed to return to function and appearance.
Heavy spring rains and overflow from higher elevations contribute to the need for professional water removal in your packing up and moving out contents is often a smart initial step. When commercial spaces are free of inventory, stored items, and other portable items the removal of excess water becomes more straightforward. Without the added humidity-load of saturated contents, it is easier and quicker to accomplish structural drying.
SERVPRO uses a structured Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) protocol to ensure the items we pack out are inventoried thoroughly and tracked throughout the process. Lists of packed contents for each space, digital photographs of articles removed, and the option of barcoding for speed and accuracy provide safeguards for commercial clients.
Insurance claims for water damage need documentation for certain payment. The SERVPRO CCIS establishes the condition of each item packed out, the planned cleaning and drying strategies we believe appropriate, and the results of the treatments completed at our climate-controlled production facility. If an article is not restorable, the need for a replacement is proven.
SERVPRO production facility technicians have innovative equipment and specialized training to bring even extensively damaged items back to preloss condition. The resources available to our employees include vacuum freeze-drying systems for documents, books, and photographs. Thermal chambers for electronics and small, easy to control drying spaces for furnishings pull moisture out of dozens of essential artifacts critical to the operation of your business. Industrial washers and dryers and access to dry cleaning services or specialized equipment that cleans and dries soft items set our company apart from traditional cleaning businesses.
At your commercial building, our technicians use the freedom granted by cleared spaces to pump out and extract standing water fast. SERVPRO crews then use structural drying techniques taught at IICRC training to make it “Like it never even happened.” at your business property before welcoming back the restored packed out items.
SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin, call for a quick evaluation at (916)632-2250
Commercial Water Damage Mitigation Procedures
If you have a water emergency at your Auburn, business such as a pipe burst cleanup or other flooding scenario, you'll need to call on the services of a professional water cleanup company to ensure that the job is done right. A restoration company will take the following steps to deal with the damage:
- Inspect and Diagnose
Once you make the call, the water mitigation company will come to the scene to make an inspection and test the water in order to determine which specialized equipment and methods are best suited to fixing the damage.
2. Haul Out Contents
As soon as the situation is assessed, any items in the affected area, such as office equipment, electronics, furniture and documents, will be removed to a safe, dry area. Items will be sorted to determine what can and cannot be saved. Whatever can be salvaged will be cleaned, dried, deodorized and sanitized using specialized equipment and cleaning agents.
3. Extract the Water
Once everything has been taken out of the area, the water removal can begin. Depending on the cause of the water damage, whether it's a pipe burst cleanup, a supply line cleanup or removal of sewer water, different high-efficiency equipment will be used to remove the mess. Specialized sump pumps and trash pumps, in addition to truck-mounted water extractors, will be used to suck out as much moisture as possible. Any contaminated surfaces will be thoroughly sanitized.
4. Dry and Dehumidify
After the bulk of the water is extracted, steps will be taken to remove excess humidity from the air and moisture from hard-to-reach places. Heavy-duty air movers and dehumidifiers will be brought in to make sure everything is completely dry.
When everything has been completely dried and disinfected, structural restoration can begin. This might entail only minor repairs and painting or require the complete rebuilding of entire rooms, depending on the severity of the damage.
Whether you need a pipe burst cleanup or a building overhaul due to a major flood, a professional water mitigation company will be able to quickly take care of the problem and get your business back on track.
Call SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin today (916)632-2250
Looking for Signs of Water Damage in Your Commercial Building
When water infiltrates your masonry, time is of the essence. The longer a leak lasts, the more damage it does. If you see any of these signs of a leak, you should get your masonry evaluated by a professional.
1. Bulging, spalling, and cracking
These are all exterior signs of a leak that is degrading the masonry. Once water has leaked past the mortar joints, it can wear away at the masonry. After water has begun corroding the steel beneath, this damage will become much worse as a result of rust jacking.
2. Rust staining
This is a late-stage sign of water infiltration. You’ll find this commonly in concrete structures, where the red rust stain is visible on a lighter surface. When you see rust staining, it’s a sign that water has penetrated not only the masonry but the steel structure beneath. Water is causing the corrosion of the steel, which leaves a stain on the masonry surface.
Steel will expand as it rusts, creating further damage to your building’s structure. We call that rust jacking.
3. Mold and musty odors
After water has made it past the exterior, you may notice signs of water damage inside the building. One of these signs could be a sign of mildew or mold. Mold is not always easy to detect.
4. Interior damage
Other interior signs that can tip you off to a water leak are staining on interior walls and ceilings. You may also see cracked drywall or peeling wallpaper as water begins to saturate your interior walls.
Keep water from damaging your building
At SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin (916)632-2250, we help restore and rehabilitate the exterior of commercial buildings so you don’t have to worry about what happens when water leaks into your building. We can help you prevent it from happening and even if water damage does happen we can always make it "Like it never even happened."
Commercial carpet and upholstery cleaning
Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.
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We also offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:
- Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
- Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
- Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
- Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
- Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.
Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet.
IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.
Preventative maintenance actions include:
- Regular vacuuming
- Spot removal
- Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
- Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
- Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet
Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.
We will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today
What to expect from SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin when you have a commercial water loss.
The pipe burst under the sink in the bathroom of your office building left a mess. The floors and walls are wet, and it appears that you may have to disrupt daily operations for awhile so that professionals can restore the office. It is wise to call us right away because excess water can cause damages to the structure of the building as well as to floor tiles and walls. Plus, if you allow water to stand inside the building for more than 48 hours, mold may start to grow, which can cause health effects.
Our commercial water damage SERVPRO technicians of Auburn/Rocklin are highly trained and understand the importance of mitigating moisture quickly. The team can use extractors, vacuums or pumps to remove water from the structure. After the migration phase, the team dries the area. Our crew may employ air movers or axial fans to dry the office. The team may also utilize dehumidifiers to reduce humidity and increase evaporation. We also may use dehumidifiers to pull in moisture and return dry, warm air inside the office environment. This step helps increase the drying phase.
We work fast to dry the area to prevent microbial growth and to reduce the chances of other secondary issues such as wood rot from occurring. The crew can also pack out materials and contents inside the office. We itemize, categorize and store each item in a dry and safe area on or off-site until the restoration process is complete. We know that it is essential to keep your office functioning on a daily basis, which is why you can expect our techs to work quickly and to strive to get the job done right.
SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin provides commercial water damage restoration services that can restore your office when possible. Call us at (916) 632-2250 any time of the day or night to schedule an appointment. We are here to help and can return your office to its preloss condition.
Commercial Duct Cleaning
SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin offers commercial duct cleaning and dryer vent cleaning.
We at SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin have built a team of qualified individuals that focus on quality and customer relationships. We pride ourselves in our ever growing team and the community we are building here.
Like a residential home, routine maintenance cleaning of your duct system and dryer vents will improve the air quality and will lower the risk of fire caused by lint build up. Duct cleaning will also assist in the efficiency of your system and potentially prolong the life of the system itself.
If you're in need of duct cleaning for your commercial business, call SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin today to schedule your commercial duct or dryer vent cleaning.
Know the Facts about Business Fires
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, as many as one in four businesses that suffer some kind of major disaster do not reopen afterward. It’s true, overcoming a major loss is extremely difficult, but with the right restoration company and team on your side, working hand-in-hand with your insurance company, the chance of your Indianapolis-area company surviving is pretty high!
Depending on the size of the fire, and the amount of damage, some businesses that have come to SERVPRO for help have reopened just days after the fire happened. Thanks to innovations in smoke odor removal, fire damage restoration, and cleaning in general, it is possible for crews to start work nearly immediately after the fire department clears the scene, and have things back up and running in no time. Although, again, that all depends on the severity of the fire. But no matter the severity, recovery is possible!
According to the National Fire Prevention Association, U.S. fire departments responded to about 3,300 office property fires per year between 2007 and 2011. Those fires resulted in about $112 million in property damage each year, and most were in business offices – and happened during business hours. However, the good news is the number of business fires was down a whopping 71 percent from 1980 to 2011.
Different Causes of Commercial Water Damage
When business owners visualize water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms.
However, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings.
1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems
Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.
2. Damaged appliances and equipment
This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency.
3. Broken pipes and plumbing
Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result.
4. Backed up sewer lines
This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings.
If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin will get you back up and running again. Give us a call at (916) 632-2250.
Business Fire Facts
Time of Day
- Peak time of day for office fires: Noon – 2p.m. (a.k.a. lunch time!)
- 69% happened between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
- The 31% that occurred between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. caused 67% of recorded property damage, because they went undetected longer. This also highlights the need for automatic detection equipment and working sprinkler systems.
- 19% of fires happened on weekends.
Cause of the Business Fires
- 29% were caused by cooking equipment. However, just 6% of these fires caused actual property damage.
- Intentionally-set fires caused the most direct property damage – 21%.
- Electrical equipment is the second leading cause of office fires.
- Just 2% of office fires start in a concealed space like an attic, in the ceiling, or in another conceals space. However, these fires accounted for 13% of the direct property damage.
Containment & Putting it Out
- 4 out of 5 fires were confined to the room of origin.
- 90% of fires were large enough to activate sprinklers, which were effective 88% of the time.
- Deaths per 1,000 stores were 62% lower in offices equipped with sprinklers compared to those without.
Industrial/Manufacturing Facility Fires
The NFPA also has statistics specific to manufacturing facilities. According to their research, there are about 37,000 fires at industrial or manufacturing facilities each year, resulting in 18 deaths, 279 injuries, and $1 billion in property damage. Heating equipment and stop tools were the leading cause – sparking 28 percent of the fires. Mechanical failure or malfunction caused 24 percent of the fires.
Planning for the Worst
As part of your emergency preparation plan, be sure to have a local, reputable restoration company – like SERVPRO– on speed dial. The sooner you get the professionals in cleaning up after the disaster, the sooner you can get back to business (916) 632-2250.
How to Take Care of Smoke Damage in Your Commercial Building
A commercial fire is an unfortunate situation for any business owner to deal with, even if it isn’t your business. Another part of the building that is not insured under your policy, for example, can still cause severe smoke damage in your area. Some business owners assume this isn’t a covered loss, when, in reality, the majority of commercial fire policies often cover similar losses. If you happen to find yourself in a situation where you have smoke damage from a fire you didn’t cause, here are a few pointers to make sure the damage gets taken care of.
Contact Your Insurance Company
The first thing you should do if you aren’t sure about what your insurance policy covers is to contact your insurer. Scanning your policy can be frustrating, especially when trying to navigate complex insurance jargon. Ask your agent or broker what your policy coverage entails, specifically regarding smoke damage. With a better understanding of your insurance policy, you will have a firmer handle on how to move forward and on what is covered, for future reference. Your insurance company may also refer you to licensed disaster restoration professionals who can treat the affected area of your building.
Choose a Reputable Restoration Company
Disaster restoration companies are a dime a dozen, and it’s important to make sure you’re choosing one with a good reputation and ethical standards. As mentioned before, your insurance company may refer one to you, but most insurers will not require you to use their recommendation.
Let the Professionals Handle It
One of the biggest mistakes you could make with smoke cleaning is to do it yourself. Without a professional background in restoration, you could end up doing more harm than good. A licensed restoration professional will assess the affected area for soot damage with state-of-the-art, high-tech equipment that will help them to determine which areas and items are salvageable and which need to be completely replaced. Give us a call for more information on commercial fire damage. (916) 632-2250.
When a Pipe Burst, Act Fast
Bursting pipes can cause a lot of damage, especially when the water or the pipe is not dealt with quickly. To prevent significant water damage from ruining your structure, there are steps you need to take as soon as possible:
• Identify the source of the issue
• Turn off the main water valve
• Fix the broken pipe
• Look out for and remove safety hazards (if you can do so safely)
• Call SERVPRO of Auburn Rocklin water damage restoration team
Mitigate Damage Before Help Arrives
While your local water remediation team should arrive within hours of your phone call, a few hours can mean the difference between mold growth and a mildew-free building. In the meantime, act as your own handyman and get to work.
First, shut off the water supply to your building. Open up a faucet to relieve any pressure that may build up while the supply line is off. If you cannot fix the bursting pipes on your own, call a plumber. Fixing the source of the problem is key, as remediation efforts will be for naught if the same issue happens when you turn the water back on.
Turn up the heat in your building and start getting rid of water. Use towels, buckets, a sump pump, fans and any other moisture wicking methods at your disposal. If it’s nice outside, open a window. If the pipes burst inside a vanity or beneath a sink, open cabinet doors and let the warm air flow in there.
Depending on how bad the damage is, you may not be able to do much beyond the aforementioned steps. However, your Auburn/Rocklin water damage team should be arriving any minute, so sit back and wait for help. If you acted quickly, they should have to do nothing more than give you the OK to start cleaning and to provide advice on how to prevent broken pipes in the future. Visit http://www.SERVPROauburnrocklin.com/ for more information on commercial water damage
When "What If?" becomes "What Now?".... Emergency Ready Profile
Being a property manager or landlord is not always an 8 to 5 job. Mishaps and problems do not care if you are on vacation or if you are out of the office; they can arise 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The key to being prepared before disaster strikes and dealing with these unforeseen circumstances is to implement our Emergency Ready Profile.
A large percentage of businesses have to close down following a disaster. Majority of businesses that survive a disaster had some form of a preparation plan in place beforehand. SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile not only helps your business in having a plan in place but also assists to keep you and your staff members informed on exactly how to handle fire and water damage.
To learn more about SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile you can visit http://ready.SERVPRO.com or call SERVPRO Rocklin/Auburn at 916-632-2250.
Make Sure You Are Keeping Your Commercial Air Ducts Clean!
Air Duct Cleaning refers to the removal of dust and contaminants within the ductwork.
According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) the rule of thumb for consumers is “If your air ducts look dirty, they probably are.” Although it is not necessary to clean your air ducts every year, it is not something that you should neglect to maintain. Regrettably, there are many businesses that tend to overlook certain aspects of their commercial buildings when they are going through their maintenance checklist. One item in particular that is often overlooked is air duct cleaning. Cleaning an air duct system that is not easily visible or causing any obvious problems can seem like an unnecessary expenditure of time and money. Provided below are five benefits to cleaning your air ducts:
1.Improved indoor air quality
2.Greater HVAC system efficiency
3.Longer HVAC component lifespan
4.Air duct cleaning conserves energy
5.Air duct cleaning will save you money in the long run
What You Should Know About Commercial Fire Damage
Commercial fire damage is one of the most devastating experiences that a business owner can experience. In addition to doing severe damage to the structure of the building, fires can lead to excessive, standing water on the property as well as mold invasions. For these reasons and more, business leaders find it difficult to recover from a natural disasters or man-made accidents. However, learning more about commercial fires and how fire damage remediation specialists can assist you is the first step towards limiting damages and preserving your equilibrium in the face of the disaster. Below is some information to help you:
Fire Threats – There are several factors that can place a commercial property in harm’s way leading to burning and fire damage. Some of these include:
- Lightning strike
- Electrical fire
- Blown fuse, overloaded circuits
- An adjoining business fire
Preventing Commercial Fire Damage and Strategies You Can Use:
In addition to purchasing business interruption insurance, there are several strategies you can implement to decrease the impact of fire damage to your business. Some of them include:
- Avoiding the storage of flammable items on site
- Check your smoke alarms regularly to ensure they are functioning properly
- Have your fire extinguishers in accessible areas
- Implement a fire evacuation plan
- Turn off appliances and machinery when no one is on site.
- Ensure all machinery is in good condition
- Have backup drives for computers
- Important paperwork should be kept in a fireproof safe
- Use a cloud for document back up storage
- Call SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin today for any commercial needs.
Water in your Business?
Water leaks within a business can seep into carpet, flooring, baseboards, and walls while moving throughout the structure. SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin understands how disruptive water damages can be for a business. Water leaks can not only disrupt the facility, but also can interrupt day to day business functions, which could possibly close the business and affect revenues.
Timely mitigation is key to the restoration process. Quick response time helps ensure that damage is contained and the restoration process begins promptly. This saves on the amount of damage, cost of claims, and assists in reducing losses from business interruption due to a loss. Timely and proper water mitigation will also help keep mold from developing which could cause people to become ill! SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin will be able to identify water regardless of where it hides. We offer 24-hour emergency response from our trained professionals to help make it "Like it never even happened."
Leak Prevention Tips
- Check roof for deterioration.
- Check gutters and downspouts.
- Check basements and crawl spaces for moisture.
- Check appliances in kitchens, break rooms, and cafeterias.
- Check sinks and toilets in bathrooms.
- Check HVAC for leaks and blockages.
Fire Restoration to a Commercial Building
Q: What will happen to my building if I do not quickly get fire damage restoration service after being the victim of a fire, and how long should I wait to take action?
A: The quick answer is immediately! There are many reasons to act upon your fire damaged business with great speed. From the business standpoint, every day required to clean up, repair and restore your building and to re-open the doors is lost revenue. Immediately contact your insurance agent and then SERVPRO or Auburn/Rocklin. This commercial fire restoration company will promptly respond, and upon agreement, begin to mitigate the water and fire damage. Delaying the fire restoration process can also compound the damage caused by the water used to extinguish the flames. Below are some factoids that suggest an immediate response to a fire-damaged structure is paramount.
The ash residue left from the fire can lead to permanent damage. Ashes are highly acidic and can corrode materials made of metal or glass. Glass windows may be permanently etched, and your drywall may be damaged and discolored beyond repair. As metallic materials corrode, water leakage from plumbing may occur, and lead to increased water damage requiring further repairs.
Q: As the owner of a business, why should I consider hiring an experienced fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO or Auburn/Rocklin?
A: Our technicians have the training, tools, equipment and experience to handle any fire damage incident to a commercial building. We respond immediately to begin the work to get you back to work. SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin experts are IICRC certified.
Q: How will your technicians perform fire damage restoration services for me?
A: SERVPRO or Auburn/Rocklin technicians will begin the building restoration process by inspecting the structure, assessing the damage and then determine the proper course of action beginning with the cleanup. They will do a comprehensive clean up and eliminate ashes, smoke, soot and debris. Because the odors caused by smoke may permeate walls and crevices, our professionals will use special machines called thermal foggers to release particulates into difficult to reach corners and voids to eliminate smoke odor.
Learn more about our commercial restoration services. Call us. (916) 632-2250
It's The Water You Don't See
Even small water damages in your business have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoid costly future restoration and loss of business is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin has the equipment, training and experience to find and dry the unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. We will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment.
Here are just some of the tools we use:
- Moisture Sensors which are used to detect moisture in carpets baseboards or walls.
- Moisture Meters which are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. This allows us to monitor the drying process with accuracy.
- Thermohygrometers which are used to measure the temperature and relative humidity of a structure. This allows us to create an environment most conducive for drying.
There are many other tools and equipment used to make sure we can discover the water you don’t see and make sure it does not become a problem for you in the future. The bottom line is the professionals at SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin have the equipment, technology, training, and experience to help make any fire, water and mold problems in your business seem “Like it never even happened.”
Is Your Business Ready for Whatever Happens?
The best way to reduce interruption to your business following a disaster is to plan for it now! It is estimated that as many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster. Of the ones that do, an overwhelming majority of them had preparedness plans in place.
By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
Most contingency plans are made up of three main components: incident response, disaster recovery, and business continuity. The SERVPRO® ERP addresses incident response and disaster recovery. Think about potential disasters that could affect your facility. Now ask yourself: Are you ready?
Our SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start-up approach that provides important information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services.
Why the SERVPRO® ERP?
- A no cost assessment of your facility
- This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
- A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
- It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
- This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
- Establishes SERVPRO® of Auburn/Rocklin as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
- You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
- This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
- Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”
If you're interested in having an ERP done for your business (at no cost to you!), OR if you have more questions about the Emergency READY Profile, give SERVPRO® of Auburn/Rocklin a call! (916)632-2250
Commercial Bio-hazard Damage
A bio-hazard is defined as any biological or chemical substance that is dangerous to humans, animals or the environment. This includes body fluids (blood, human waste) and human tissue (skin and other organs) among other threats. What makes a bio-hazard so dangerous is that it has the potential to infect any person who is exposed to it, not merely someone who comes into physical contact with it.
Because of this potential, a bio-hazard requires a professional response team to rapidly begin and complete the cleanup process. Technicians at SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin are trained according to strict IICRC standards and CDC safety requirements. They understand that every hour is valuable and the faster they can get you back into your business is one less hour that you have to pay them and lose customers.
SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin provides an extensive number of bio-hazard cleanup services. Our customer services include animal waste removal and helping individuals and families deal with the potential health threats that come when a person develops a hoarding disorder.
Some of the key services include the following:
- Accidental Death Cleanup
- Advanced Odor Reduction
- Body Fluid Remediation
- Crime Scene Cleanup (Homicide and Suicide)
- Gross (Large Amount) Filth Cleanup
- H1N1 Decontamination
- Hoarder Cleanup
- MRSA Decontamination
Sewage Cleanup And Sanitization
Another service that we provide which has, unfortunately, become very popular is cleaning up after a drug lab arrest. The chemicals used to create methamphetamine and other illegal substances can quickly render a home or commercial structure uninhabitable. Prolonged exposure can even force county or state officials to condemn a structure, leaving the cost of demolition to a property owner that has no opportunity to restore the building or recover any costs.
Regardless of the bio-hazard, SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin will handle it with a professional attitude. Call today (916) 632-2250
SERVPRO: Your Experts in Commercial Water Damage
If you have recently become a victim of commercial water damage, you may be wondering what you can do to mitigate your damages. There is a critical period in which certain actions must be taken to preserve as much of your property as possible and to decrease any health risks when water damage has occurred in a commercial space. Preparing a Space for Water Damage Restoration before you enter your commercial space, or any flooded building, you will need to make sure the electrical power to the structure is shut off. You should also be aware that during a flooding event, small animals or reptiles tend to seek shelter inside of buildings. Be prepared to deal with the discovery of wild animals in your space. Protect yourself from entering any flooded building by wearing an organic vapor respirator. You can purchase these at any local paint and building supply stores. You also want to have rubber gloves, protective clothing, and eye protection. The first thing you should do is ventilate the affected areas by opening the windows and placing fans where possible. Unfortunately, there likely will be items that you need to throw away. Any items that are porous and have absorbed contaminated floodwater cannot be restored. If your commercial space has drywall, mattresses, pillows, box springs, particle board, carpets or carpet pads, these will need to be discarded if they have become saturated. However, there is good news: If you have clothing or household fabrics that can be machine-washed, you may be able to salvage them. Use your washing machine to clean these items with a 10-minute soak at minimum in hot water with detergent. The soap and normal wash should remove most of the contamination and any staining that is present. Be aware that your commercial space will need a thorough professional inspection, cleaning and possibly restructuring. Water damaged walls and installation must be removed and repaired, and pockets of saturation should be exposed for drying and sanitizing. Always remember that mold growth could take a few days to appear as it thrives in a moist environment with organic-type materials such as paper or particle board and in temperatures that range between 60 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep good airflow throughout the interior environment, and maintain moderate temperatures to decrease the risk of any mold growth. It is also important that you let your space dry out before any rebuilding occurs.
Services You Can Count On from SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin
You can depend on SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin to provide reasonable prices for commercial water damage and other services in your area. Our restoration services include cleanup after water damage, fire damage, sewage damage, and storm damage. We also assist with mold remediation, and we're qualified to provide cleaning and building services. Our trained and certified IICRC technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to begin your restoration. Whether you require cleanup after a commercial water damage or simply need a carpet cleaning, call us at (916) 632-2250.
Keep your hard surface flooring shining bright year round in your business
We’ve got commercial properties covered. Although many people view hard flooring as an easier cleanup, it still takes the proper care and maintenance year round to keep it looking presentable and clean. According to the Institute of Inspection of Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the first step to maintaining your hard surface flooring is identifying the type you have. The IICRC states that there are primarily six different categories of hard flooring such as, natural stone, concrete, ceramic, wood, resilient and specialty. Each category may take a different method of cleaning to ensure that it lasts a long lifetime.
Using a walk off mat is critical to keeping dirt and extra contaminants from entering your building and sticking to your flooring. Just as dirt wears down carpet, it also can damage and cause erosion on hard surface flooring. According to the IICRC, five feet of walk off mat will reduce dirt from entering the building by 33% and 25 feet of walk off mat will reduce almost all dirt by time the person has entered your business.
Make sure to clean up spills right upon discovering them. This is not only extremely important for your customers’ safety, but it will also stop a stain or water from causing damage on your flooring. Find the proper cleaning product for the type of flooring you have, mark off the area, clean the spill up and dry the area fully before letting people walk back over the surface.
Vacuuming carpet regularly will help to eliminate dirt build up on carpet and although there is isn’t much material for dirt to build up on with hard surface flooring, the dirt will cause erosion, breaking down the flooring and possibly causing visible damage. Make sure to provide daily maintenance to the surface by mopping, scrubbing and cleaning the area thoroughly after the commercial traffic is done for the day. This will lead to a longer lifespan and will help eliminate replacing the flooring early on.
Last but not least, sometimes it’s nice to treat your flooring to some special treatment. If there are stains or tough to clean spots that have developed over time, this doesn’t always mean that the floor needs to be replaced. Contact SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin to help clean the surface with their specialty equipment.
Source - http://www.iicrc.org/consumers/care/hard-surface-cleaning/
Protecting Your Commercial Property From A Fire
Commercial fires are often the most devastating reality that a property owner will have to oversee. In addition to wreaking havoc on your property, fires can sometimes force you to relocate temporarily so you can maintain running your business while the restoration process is completed. However, property owners who access and implement high-quality safety practices can often avoid the devastation and destruction that results from commercial fires. Read the brief outline provided below to learn how you can protect your property:
1. Install Automatic Fire Sprinklers.
As many authorities know, having an automatic fire sprinkler on your property can reduce the risk of fire by up to 71%. Additionally, sprinklers can decrease your insurance premium. To keep your sprinkler in excellent condition, be sure that it is not blocked by dirt or paint. Also, be sure to inspect regularly your main control valve so that it is not left off. Finally, be sure that you take the precautions necessary to prevent the pipe from freezing.
2. Conduct Fire Emergency Training.
Each of your employees should undergo fire safely training. The training can help prevent your staff members from being victimized. Here are a few subjects that should be covered in the emergency training:
Keep all combustible chemicals and materials away from heat-generating and electrical equipment.
Inspect your power sources regularly and don't overload your extension cords and outlets.
Teach your employees how to respond when a fire breaks out. Some subjects that should be covered include how to perform an organized evacuation, operate the fire extinguisher, and set the fire alarm.
Other issues that could be involved in the training include:
• Breathing Apparatus Training
• Fire Extinguisher Training
• Confined Space Entry Training
• First Aid Training
• General Staff Emergency Awareness Training
• Evacuation Exercise
Also, be sure that your employee team officials undergo the following fire emergency response training:
• Fire Safety Officer Training
• Fire Safety Adviser Training
• Chief and Deputy Chief Warden Training
• Emergency Control Organization Warden Training
• Spill Response Training
• Lay Flat Hose Training
Call SERVPRO Immediately
Although accessing, and utilizing, fire prevention measures is crucial and advantageous, there is still a chance that a fire could break out on your commercial property. If this happens, you need to know who to call for fast, efficient restoration services. The company to trust is SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin. We have extensive industry experience and a passion for restoring offices to their original condition. We're ready to assist you immediately, so contact us now at (916) 632-2250.
Commercial Services Disaster Clean Up and Restoration
Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Small Office Buildings
Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
Small Retail Stores
Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
Manufacturing & Industrial
Commercial Disaster Recovery Services
We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation. Learn more about our commercial restoration services by calling SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin at 916-632-2250.
Emergency Ready Plan for Your Commercial Business? We Can Help You
If you run a small or big business, your number one priority is protecting the physical structure of your property to ensure that the doors remain open. While there are many things that you'll need to protect your business against, commercial fire damage can be your most formidable foe. If you want to make a fire or water emergency preparedness plan for your business, you need to add a restoration company that you know and trust. SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin will work day and night to get your business back up and running quickly and efficiently. We don't mess around when it comes to your business. We'll immediately respond to your emergency needs and work around the clock to get your property back in order! Call us for information. (916) 632-2250
Fire and Smoke Damage Can be Devastating For Your Business
Fire damage can be devastating for a business. In addition to fire, smoke damage is likely to happen. If you have a fire and smoke emergency, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin. We are here to help!
Fire Damage At Your Commercial Property? We Can Help
If your commercial property has experienced a fire loss, call the water and fire damage restoration experts at SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin and we’ll quickly respond to get you back in order. We are always ready to help!
Commercial Damage? SERVPRO Responds Immediately
When the need arises for professional restoration services on your commercial property, SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin will immediately respond with the necessary team and equipment. As with any type of property damage, leaving your damage unattended could potentially cause it to get worse. Our highly trained crews have the knowledge and experience to handle any type of emergency. From water to fire damage and even crime scene clean up and bio hazard mitigation. No job is too small! We understand that with every working day you are closed due to damage, the more money you lose. When it comes to your business or commercial property, we don't mess around. You can count on us to get you back in order – we will work to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Water Emergency At Your Business?
Extractor - Making it "Like it never even happened"
Our SERVPRO trucks are commonly equipped with extraction units when we are called out to handle a flood damage emergency situation. These commercial extractors, such as the one pictured, are designed to remove the maximum amount of water damage in the shortest time possible. So when your business has been affected by large water damage making sure your restoration company is using the best and most efficient equipment will help you get your doors back open sooner. Our goal is to get your property back to pre-loss condition as quickly as possible. When you have any kind of water emergency, commercial or residential, you already know who to call. SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year! Call today (916) 632-2250
The Commercial Priority Response Program
Commercial Priority Response
According to Kanye West’s song, Stronger, he states, “Work it, make it, do it, Makes us harder, better, faster, stronger!” One of the ways SERVPRO® is getting better, faster and stronger is through the Commercial Priority Response Program. The Priority Response (PR) Program includes developing a national team of locally-based SERVPRO® Priority Responders that are willing to respond immediately to stabilize and mitigate commercial losses, utilizing the support of the SERVPRO® Extreme and Commercial Advisors.
The goal of the PR Program is for SERVPRO® to shift our focus away from chasing and towards priority responding. While one might argue that these are the same, the term ‘chasing’ has gained negative undertones within the industry. This shift of focus is a strategic move for SERVPRO® to continue building Brand awareness in the commercial market. It’s not just about getting the job and putting money in the bank—it’s about ensuring the consistency and quality of our Brand performance on every single commercial restoration loss.