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Business Owners Should Follow These Simple Steps to Reduce Fire Hazards

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Business Owners Should Follow These Simple Steps to Reduce Fire Hazards After the fire department puts out your fire, call SERVPRO.

The most common measures include servicing equipment regularly, avoiding power strip overload and turning off equipment at the end of the day.

Clearing Stairwells: If there is a stairwell in your place of business, clear steps of boxes, stored items, detritus and anything else that could impede rapid evacuations if a fire breaks out. These items can also be flammable fuel that feeds a fire.

Inspecting wiring twice a year. Many businesses occupy older buildings with aged wiring. Schedule inspections twice yearly and upgrade electrical equipment as professionals recommend.

Completing these two items alone along with other fire hazard precautions can save you time and money. But if you are to ever experience a fire loss in your commercial building you should always call SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks to your side. Our technicians are readily available 24/7 and will get to you swiftly.

How Do You Choose the Right Commercial Restoration Company?

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial How Do You Choose the Right Commercial Restoration Company? Commercial restorations can be tricky if you don't have the best restoration company.

3 tips for choosing the right commercial restoration company. 

None of us ever consider the possibility of a burst pipe, flooded basement or other water damage reckoning our home or buildings. But when such damage occurs, it can create serious issues. As a homeowner or manager of a commercial building, it is important to consider hiring a professional water damage restoration company to prevent the damage from getting worse.

Check for certification: IICRC promotes high standards, ethics, advance communication and technical proficiency amongst restoration services. All SERVPRO franchises are IICRC certified.

The more services the better: Ideally, you should choose a restoration company that not only offers water damage restoration services but also provides other services such as mold damage remediation. Mold remediation is an important part of restoration work and any reputable restoration company should provide this service.

Emergency services: The key to effective restoration after water damage is a quick response. It is important to look for a water damage restoration company that is operational 24/7 and provides emergency services. Water damage can strike at any moment without warning. 

Office Bathrooms..

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Office Bathrooms.. Don't let your pristine office bathroom fall victim to water damage.

Bathroom flooding happens all the time, they have the potential to create an enormous, and very gross, disaster. Clogged toilets that overflow when flushed are a major cause of bathroom flooding. Not only does this water spread quickly throughout the bathroom floor, but it is also dangerous due to the sewage water pumping out. Commercial water damage in a lot of ways is both similar and different to home water damage especially when it comes to the bathroom. However, in this case, you will need to find the property manager and hope they can turn the water off before it causes damage to other spaces. If you are the property manager always get the situation under control your best knowledge and then call SERVPRO immediately to come out and start to restore the offices. People need the bathrooms while they work and we understand getting the office back to normal! 

The Essentials After Fire Damage

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial 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.

Water Removal

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.

Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Business

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Business Spring cleaning tips that will help your business

The warmer months are finally just around the corner. Finally! And this is always the time of year that we all consider changes and upgrades to help us start fresh. You will want your business to reflect the upbeat mood of Spring with fresh and clean surroundings and atmosphere; it is a great way for your business to be inviting to your clients, customers, and workforce, too.

Here are some spring-cleaning tips for your business:

The Professionals. Any type of commercial cleaning project needs professional assistance. Connect with area services that are well-established and highly respected. Those reviews on social media platforms can actually be a big help here. These companies will come right to you, and they will make sure that your spring cleaning is done right by following your instructions precisely.

Going green. Using green products is always a good idea. These products aren’t composed of harsh chemicals, so there is no danger of negative reactions to your working environment and those with sensitivities. There are a wide variety of environmentally friendly cleaning items these days, and your customers will be happy to know that you are going green, too.

A weather eye. Whenever you plan any seasonal job, always keep an eye on the weather. It can change at the drop of a hat sometimes, making your project difficult or impossible. When you are scheduling spring cleaning services for your business, select alternate days or a full range to allow for a change of plans. Extreme temperatures can have a negative effect on some products, as well.

Working together. Every member of your team has something valuable to add. When planning for the spring cleaning of your business, ask for input from everyone. Perhaps there is something they have noticed that needs attention that has escaped you, or maybe they have a perspective on how to streamline the process that will help you avoid work disruptions. Teamwork will help any project get done faster and more efficiently, and a cleaning job is no exception!

After a Commercial Loss, We Want To Help You

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial After a Commercial Loss, We Want To Help You Crews preparing their equipment to be taken to a commercial loss.

SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks knows the importance of getting a commercial building back up and running. We know that money is lost every second, hour and day that a commercial building is out of service. SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oak's main goal when dealing with a commercial loss is to get the situation taken care of as quickly as possible so that your business can resume all normal activities. We work hand in hand with your property manager and insurance company to ensure that all necessary bases are being covered. Our teams are thorough, professional, and will work quickly with your business’s best interest in mind. We are able to handle all water, fire, and mold emergency remediation jobs at any size scope. For any commercial job always call the professionals at SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks.

Water Damage Prevention for Commercial Buildings in Encino/Sherman Oaks

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Prevention for Commercial Buildings in Encino/Sherman Oaks All buildings are different, but each is at risk for water damage.

The components of a commercial building envelope are as varied as its occupants and uses. Brick and glass, bitumen and composite panels, marble and stone, all can be used. And, all respond differently to the forces of wind, rain, snow, and ice. Ideally, the envelope ensures that the weather stays on the outside, where it belongs, and that the people and property inside are protected. One of the best ways to minimize a building’s risk of water damage is to develop, maintain, and follow a systematic Operations and Maintenance inspection routine that includes all elements of the building envelope.

Follow a Regular Inspection Routine

Monthly:

  • Check all at-grade plumbing systems.
  • Check all at-grade drainage systems.
  • Test basement flood control and sump systems.
  • Replace any leaking fittings or drains immediately, even if small.
  • Does the irrigation system spray water against the foundation wall?
  • Are roof drain outlets clear of debris?
  • Are any water elements at-risk for vandalism?
  • Do downspouts direct water away from the foundation?
  • Investigate the source of any standing water.

About SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks

SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks 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 SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Water Damage Prevention in your Encino/Sherman Oaks Commercial Building

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Prevention in your Encino/Sherman Oaks Commercial Building Large-scale losses can be prevented by following a few simple guidelines.

Know where your emergency water shut-off valves are located, and have a contingency plan in place in case you are not available. Create an emergency plan with directions for what to do in an emergency as well as a list of phone numbers of approved companies to call in an emergency situation. Make sure someone you can trust has the authorization to make decisions if you are unavailable.

Commercial Water Damage Prevention

Flooding may affect your commercial property by way of pipe bursts, rising river beds, tropical storms, heavy surface rainfall, or excessive rainfall in a short period of time, to name a few. As a property owner or manager, your disaster preparedness plan should address flood concerns. While you may not be able to stop the rain from falling, you can take efforts to keep your commercial buildings safe from impending damage, by conducting regular inspections of the building.

About SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks

SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks 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 SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Restoring Your Encino/Sherman Oaks Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Encino/Sherman Oaks Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges.

Flooding and water damage events at Encino/Sherman Oaks commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. 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 the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

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.

About SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks

SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks 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 SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Commercial Restoration: Water and Mold Damage

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Restoration: Water and Mold Damage Our commercial crews working on detail cleaning

When commercial damages arrive SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks and our sister SERVPROs have been given the Large Loss Response Team designation title. This ensures companies that we are capable of handling any size loss. 

This hotel is just one example of the commercial restoration that we handle monthly. Our crews set up hundreds of pieces of equipment, monitored every single one for progress, sketched all affected rooms, removed all affected material, and worked diligently to help the hotel to reopen these rooms to guests wanting to occupy them on their visit. 

Our office staff stayed on site and worked around the clock providing proper paperwork and documentation to help the process run smoothly and to make sure there were no bumps along the way. Always call SERVPRO for any water or mold damage needs. 

14 Unit Water Loss

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 14 Unit Water Loss A commercial water loss

A water main break caused this commercial building in Los Angeles, California to flood fourteen of it's units. This picture shows the floor being tented after demolition and after all the water and flooring had been removed. SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks was called out as a Large Loss Response Team (LLRT) to help mitigate any and all of the water damage. Our technicians immediately set up equipment in all the units and quickly worked to stop any more damage from occurring. Within the next few days they began to remove all of the affected material to prep for the dry out process. Working with fourteen different tenants, a property manager, and usually different insurance companies is something we thrive on and we were thrilled to work with everyone. 

Break Room Blues

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Break Room Blues Amidst the demolition the employees were happy to see progress being made.

This advertising company was in a pinch when a pipe burst under their sink and flooded their break room and a few of their offices. When we arrived there was about 3in of standing water in the space and it had spilled over into the hallway and into conjoint offices. Our technicians removed all of the standing water and began demolition immediately, after placed equipment after. Even though they were without a lunch room for a few weeks during the remediation and remodel everyone was thankful to not have to be wading around in the water while they enjoyed their sandwiches. If they would have ignored the water damage it could have resulted in microbial growth, so by them being proactive and calling SERVPRO they were able to dodge an even bigger problem missed.

Commercial Restoration

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Restoration One of the many medical rooms strategically placed with equipment to have the best drying time.

This fertility clinic suffered a large water loss due to a broken toilet supply line. Our technicians had to work carefully and quickly with this high-end fertility clinic because relocation of the IFV clinic was not an option nor was it allowed. The business was to remain open during business hours, which meant that our crews worked from 5PM to 6AM, this way not to disturb the business.  Every morning when our large loss response team left you would never have known they were there all night taking care of the water damage that was in the clinic. Being an elite large loss destination means that we have the ability to accommodate any emergency circumstance such as this one where we had to work over night and in under a week to ensure that the company was able to still run smoothly and take care of their patients.

Elite Commercial Restoration Designation

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Elite Commercial Restoration Designation Our crews hard at work in one of the many rooms that were remediated.

Recently we had a chance to work closely with one of the premier health and wellness centers in Ojai that was affected by the Thomas Fire. Smoke and odor mitigation was performed using only natural green products, the latest deodorization technics, methods and equipment and utilizing locally sourced vendors while still providing 5-star service. All water was brought in from alternative sources to accommodate for the current drought that has affected the Ojai Valley; no contaminated water was introduced into the Ojai Water Table, as technics were used to re-clean and dispose of water. The up most care was taken restore the property to its preloss condition without compromising the majestic nature of The Oaks. As an elite commercial restoration designation it is our goal to treat all clients with white glove care, SERVPRO is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

OVI: LLRT

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial OVI: LLRT Falling ash from the Thomas Fire this past December, covered just about everything in Ojai.

As a Large Loss Response Team, we are able to handle jobs that come in massive size. After the Thomas fire in December SERVPRO of Moorpark/Santa Paula/Fillmore spent just under two months at the OVI to get them back into business as quickly as possible. Running two separate shifts, the crews worked around the clock to expedite the process. Team Alan Reed understood the importance of getting the Inn back up and running. The OVI suffered massive smoke and soot damage from the falling ashes. Every single room, courtyard, furniture piece, etc was cleaned from top to bottom. We wanted to make sure that before we left the Inn was back to prime condition and looked even better than before the fires hit. 

LLRT: Thomas Fire

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial LLRT: Thomas Fire The Ojai Valley Inn was severely affected by the Thomas Fire.

This past December part of Southern California was heavily destroyed by wildfires that spread over 440 square miles of land. The Thomas Fire was recorded as the biggest fire in California history. 

SERVPRO Encino/Sherman Oaks suited up and head out immediately to help pass out masks, water, and other necessary items at safe zones for the residents of affected areas.

Once it was clear to go deeper into Ojai, Team Alan Reed was on multiple projects to help remediate and restore as many homes and businesses as possible. Working around the clock to restore the city back to a running status. 

Part of having the Large Loss Response Team title means that this SERVPRO has the ability to handle jobs that reach massive remediation and can see the job through it's entirety. SERVPRO Encino/Sherman Oaks and it's sister franchises are known for the LLRT title and hold it proudly. 

Commercial Fire Loss

5/2/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Loss We had our SERVPRO tent setup outside as a place of reference for any employees on site or others that needed direction.

SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks Large Loss Response Team (LLRT) was called to the scene of a fire late one night to help with the affected contents. We were able to be there the next morning as well with our SERVPRO tent, waters, and supplies for anyone that needed it. SERVPRO was able to help by removing all of the affected contents and electronics that needed to be cleaned and salvaged. Being a LLRT means that we have the team, equipment, and capability to handle even the largest jobs. This warehouse knew that SERVPRO would be able to help them get into a temporary facility quickly to be able to continue running a business. We will never shy away from commercial jobs and we enjoy getting to work with numerous industries and all the people we meet along the way. 

Teacher of the Year!

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Teacher of the Year! If you look really close you can see our Sr. VP enjoying his dinner at the Teacher of the Year Award dinner.

Recently, SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks Large Loss Response Team (LLRT) was a sponsor of the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce 'Teacher of the Year' Award. We were able to be apart of the dinner and present the teacher with a special gift from us here at SERVPRO. All of the teachers that were nominated were outstanding candidates and we are proud to have them within our community, working with our future generations, and making an impact on our schools. SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks is a proud partner, and works closely, with the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce to help sponsor other events and be hands on within the community. We pride ourselves in the philanthropic work that we have been able to be apart of already and we look forward to future opportunities. 

We Can Handle Your Commercial Damage

3/30/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial We Can Handle Your Commercial Damage Commercial job in progress.

SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks has been deemed as a Large Loss Reponse Team (LLRT) which means we have the capability to handle any size loss. Within the last few months we have had the opportunity to work with large companies all over Southern California. With this title it allows us to really make a different on corporations and businesses that need to get back to operating hours quickly. But just because we have these opportunities doesn't mean we can or could forget about our other claims, we understand the importance and clients needs to get back to a normal life quickly no matter the size of their damage. You can always trust that SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks is reliable and will make it "Like it never even happened".

California Commercial Losses

3/30/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial California Commercial Losses Unfortunate commercial loss.

If you haven't noticed California is filled with enormous sky scraper buildings and boulevards filled with apartments, condominiums, town houses, businesses, etc. This means if your neighbor has a pipe burst in their bathroom and floods his entire unit you more than likely are going to have some sort of damage to your property as well. Sometimes you might get lucky and escape the wrath of an angry burst pipe, but in the case you don't SERVPRO is the expert to call. We have been able to build special relationships with property managers and building owners that have used us either in the past or have been referred to us which allows us to help them with any properties they own or manage. 

Large Loss Response Team

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Large Loss Response Team Beautiful view for our LLRT.

SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks is a Large Loss Response Team (LLRT) which means we can handle just about any size of job we are given. The purpose of the LLRT is to have Franchises pre-qualified to handle Large Losses for the Commercial Large Loss Division. SERVPRO requires that Large Loss Response Teams to be detailed and complete all jobs thoroughly, as well as have the performance capabilities to perform to corporate standards. Within the last few months SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks has completed a handful of commercial jobs with our Large Loss Response Team. This includes highly trained technicians, detail oriented office personnel, and hard work around the clock. Most of the time Large Loss jobs are commercial clients that need to get back to business ASAP, SERVPRO is well aware of the time crunch business owners are on to open back up their doors.

Emergency Readiness Program

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Emergency Readiness Program ERP Flyer

Emergency Readiness Program, better known as an ERP, allows SERVPRO to help both residential and commercial accounts to be ready in case of an emergency. An ERP allows to you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action, SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks teams up with property managers to show them all the basic steps. How to turn off electrical panels, main water, gas, etc. to stop anymore damage from happening. It's at no cost of your facility, as well as a concise profile document, and a guide to help get back into your building after a disaster. This start up approach is a great investment of your time and is designed specifically with the customer in mind. If you or someone you know would love to have an ERP done don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Encino/Sherman Oaks today at 818-995-6444.