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Commercial Cleaning Capabilities
Businesses and communities across the nation enjoy consistency but can be disrupted by disasters. This is where SERVPRO is Here to Help®.
One of the great benefits of choosing SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley over our competitors is our decades of experience and technical skills we have honed since 1967. Additionally, because of our massive franchise system we have over 1700 locations nationwide. This gives us a huge ability to deal with commercial losses in a scalable fashion.
In years past and currently, SERVPRO’s across the nation team up together to assist communities and businesses when they need it most. Recent examples of this include the recent storm recovery initiatives we have begun to help with Hurricane Sally, Laura, and Delta as of late. We also specialize in cleaning schools and large-scale businesses when smoke or fire damage impacts a company’s ability to operate. Our ability to scale is almost limitless due to the teamwork mentality and corporate desire to help those in need. Even when a franchise is unable to fully assist with a cleaning or restoration job, employees have the ability to sign up for programs and fly out to assist during disaster recovery situations.
If you have any commercial cleaning needs do not hesitate and give SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley a call at (661) 296-4600.
SERVPRO and the Ability to Adapt
Each restoration situation is unique and SERVPRO understands this better than anyone.
One of the most important elements to a successful business is the ability to adapt and change based on the situation or needs of a customer. Without this trait a business is destined to struggle and ultimately fail. Nevertheless, structure and an organized workflow are essential. At face value these two elements may seem like they are contradictory but in reality, they are complimentary. When a business can be both adaptable and take advantage of organization and streamlined teamwork, they are unstoppable.
How SERVPRO is Both Adaptable and Organized
Every job at SERVPRO is like a snowflake. They are each unique in their challenges and special requirements. However, our team is prepared for these scenarios through our excellent training and IICRC certified training. Additionally, the expertise of our crews in the knowledge of how to deal with certain restoration requirements. Through the use of both our skills and experience SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita is prepared to help you work through whatever scenario you are in. We have decades of experience in the fields of fire, water, mold, biological, commercial, and residential restoration needs.
Give us a call today at (661) 296-4600.
Commercial Cleaning Services for Businesses
Offices have a great risk for contamination and the spread of illness due to their condensed and high traffic nature. Stay at home if you are sick.
Businesses across the nation are beginning to open and are truly seeing the impact that the past few months have had on their employees mentally, physically, and spiritually. Management across the board is struggling to motivate and keep their employees calm during times of unrest and uneasiness. A key thing that businesses can do to ensure a level of trust and comfort within the workplace is to schedule regular cleaning and sanitization visits to their office space. This gives employees and those at higher risk a sense of comfort and shows that upper management doesn’t just care about numbers and hard statistics but rather the safety and care of their employees.
SERVPRO®of Santa Clarita Valley provides routine cleaning, sanitization, and disinfection services to businesses around the region. We have the technical skills as well as the proper cleaning procedures, tools, and compounds needed to ensure your safety and the cleanliness of the office.
If you have any cleaning, sanitizing, or disinfecting needs give SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley a call at (661) 296-4600.
Commercial Property Damage Mitigation| SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley
Flooding can happen in the blink of an eye and do immeasurable damage to a business.
SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley has the resourcefulness, specialty tools, and skill required to help mitigate your commercial loss today.
During the past few months many businesses have had to close their doors or have experienced limited operating hours. Due to this there has been several cases of unmonitored flooding, fire, or other damage to the property. If this happens do not panic. SERVPRO is here to help. We have handled immeasurable cases where there have been large water losses in warehouses, office spaces, or business properties. The most important thing to keep in mind is that time is of the essence in scenarios such as these. Without the proper tools or skill, the situation can become exacerbated. Growth of mold, structural damage, or deterioration of surrounding materials.
If you or your business have suffered from commercial property damage give SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley a call at (661) 296-4600.
Looking Ahead | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley
As this challenging situation in our nation continues to evolve, each state is making their own decisions regarding state shutdowns, curfews, and restrictions on large gatherings. Unfortunately, this is greatly affecting a large portion of businesses both large and small. Many businesses are being forced to restrict how many employees can work in a day or completely alter the way their operation runs in accordance with social distancing. Furthermore, some businesses that are considered non-essential are having to shut down temporarily. Thankfully, states are recognizing what they have deemed as “essential” businesses needed for the safety, well-being, and smooth operation of our local communities. An example of these “essential services” would be grocery stores, power plants, plumbers, exterminators, electricians, and of course emergency services such as SERVPRO. SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley is trained in the mitigation of water, fire, biohazard, storm, and commercial restoration. Furthermore, we have the proper personal protection equipment (PPE), training, and protocol to effectively sanitize and disinfect your commercial workspace or building. Our 24/7 availability allows us to respond quickly if you think your workspace may have had exposure or has been exposed to viral pathogens or sicknesses. The trained professionals here at SERVPRO have the knowledge and expertise needed to get your business back on its feetquickly.
If you have any sanitizing or disinfecting needs for your business or commercial property give SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley a call at (661) 296-4600 today.
5 Tips to Ensure You and Your Employees Stay Healthy and Happy | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley
As we have seen in the news and media the current situation regarding COVID-19 has drastically changed how our world operates. Not only are many states calling for stay at home orders, but many workers and students are having to head home due to the nature of this situation. These regulations are being instituted in our best interests. Despite this, it can be quite easy to feel frustrated or annoyed with the situation overall so here are 5 tips to stay healthy and happy during this time.
- Maintain Social Distancing
Despite the annoying nature of having to distance oneself from friends and those we interact with, it is essential to prevent the spread of sickness. Most health organizations are recommending at minimum a 6ft gap between individuals. John Hopkins Medicine also suggests working from home, switching to online schooling, talking to family and friends digitally, and cancelling large group events. Hopkins Article
This is another key attribute to staying healthy and happy during this time. Exercise has been shown as an effective way to improve one’s immune system and overall cardiovascular health. Furthermore, the act of exercise helps to eliminate stress and can almost be a form of therapy. This could be in any variety of forms. Unfortunately, many gyms are shutting down and most people do not have a full gym set in their home. Nevertheless, so long as one maintains social distancing, going for a run is one of the best opportunities to get some exercise and eliminate the feeling of being under house arrest. Many states make an exemption for this very purpose.
- Get Productive
It can be quite easy during times like these to just feel lazy and become unproductive. Take this time as a challenge to be better in everything: eating, school, exercise, meditation, reading, etc. Set up a routine for your day. This is the best way to actively take control of the situation and not feel weighed down. You set the course of your day. Still take in consideration the limitations and legal premises but actively take ownership of your day.
- Take Time to Organize
It is too easy to get disorganized and lazy in times such as these. Rather, be productive and organize your home and workspace—if it has not closed down. This will help you not only be less stressed but will also help with your transition back into normalcy when everything settles down.
- Be Understanding
These are completely unprecedented times and people aren’t always going to deal with things properly. The key thing here is to be gracious with not only our friends and family, but also with the local businesses and governing bodies in our respective communities. Everyone is in the same boat and is overwhelmed and filled with questions regarding the future.
Altogether, these five tips will help not only you but also your employees stay happy and healthy in these challenging times. It is only through the adherence to the set guidelines that we can ensure ourselves, families, and communities stay healthy during this season. If you have any cleaning, sanitizing, or disinfecting needs for your commercial property or business give SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley a call at (661) 296-4600.
How to Prepare Your Business to Face Emergencies | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley
As a business owner, there are a multitude of things that you must take into consideration, but one of the most important is emergency preparedness.
While having a plan in place does not ensure that a disaster will not occur, it does give you and your business a head start where safety is concerned. And it will, at the least, make sure that your employees know what to do if a disaster or emergency situation should occur.Making the Plan
How about making time soon to develop an emergency preparedness plan for your business if you have not already done so. In fact, make this a top priority; you have everything to gain by being proactive in this matter.
There are numerous emergencies your business should have a preparedness plan in place for, including:
- Severe weather, including thunderstorms and winter storms
- Other natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes
- Human-caused hazards, including accidents or acts of violence
- Technology-related issues like power outages and equipment failure
Whether it’s an emergency caused by man or nature, if there is no emergency plan set out for your employees and your business, the situation could get even more stressful quickly.
You should make sure that safety training and familiarization of emergency preparedness plans are included in the company onboarding process, team-building activities and continuing education opportunities. By helping employees familiarize themselves with proper safety protocol and emergency procedures, you’re not only giving them the tools to protect themselves, but you are also setting them up to help protect guests/visitors and the business itself.Where to Start
Setting up an emergency plan for your business should start with an evaluation of how different emergency scenarios may occur—even include those that you think have no chance of happening. After all, it’s better to prepare for all the worst-case scenarios and not be caught off guard.
The internet offers plenty of online resources to help guide you through this process, including Ready.gov, the American Red Cross, FEMA and the CDC.
Consider conducting a business impact analysis (BIA), which will offer insights into the potential effects a disaster could have on your business. This would include lost or delayed sales and income, increased expenses from repairs, and delayed implementation of business plans. Don’t forget to make sure a crisis communications plan is in place, too.
Don’t stop there once you have come up with an emergency preparedness plan. Be sure to hold drills and reviews to practice with employees. Reviewing and rehearsing various scenarios can help ensure the process remains fresh in their minds and can help employees feel more empowered.
Disaster can strike when you least expect it, but by being prepared and having a plan in place, your business will be better suited to handle whatever Mother Nature has in store. If the worst should happen and your business is damaged, know that SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Fire Safety Tips for Your Commercial Property | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley
Have you ever stopped to think of the safety responsibilities you, as a business owner, have regarding risks to your business, staff and visitors? One of those risks you need to spend a little extra time planning for and working toward preventing is a fire.
Common Causes of Commercial Fires
Research conducted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) indicates that the leading causes of structure fires in office properties from 2007–2011 listed, in order, were:
- Cooking equipment, 29% of fires
- Electrical distribution and lighting equipment, 12% of fires
- Heating equipment, 11% of fires
- Intentional, 10% of fires
- Smoking materials, 9% of fires
- Exposure, 4% of fires
- Electronic, office or entertainment equipment, 3% of fires
Of those causes, intentional, exposure, and electrical distribution and lighting equipment accounted for the most property damage with 20%, 18% and 15% respectively.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that in 2007, fires and explosions accounted for 3% of all workplace fatalities.
Looking at more recent numbers, the NFPA estimates that from 2007–2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 3,340 fires in office properties per year. Those fires were responsible for an average of four deaths, 44 injuries and $112 million in direct property damage, annually.
Watching Out for Fire Hazards
By focusing on fire risk assessment, fire prevention and staff education, you will be taking some of the steps to protect your business from the risk of fires. Let’s take a look at those three steps.
First, assess any fire hazard risks. In some areas, the local government may even offer a visit from a fire marshal to help identify these risks and provide guidance on your fire prevention plan.
You’ll want to make sure that the right fire protection equipment is in place, which should include an automatic sprinkler system, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers for each floor.
Finally, by creating a fire plan and regularly reviewing it with your staff, you’ll be making sure everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire. Conduct fire drills at least once a year to keep that fire safety protocol fresh, and take time to review evacuation plans and routes and the location of the first-aid kits.
Despite best efforts with fire prevention and safety tips, the worst could always happen at your business. If a fire has damaged your business, SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley is available to help make it "Like it never even happened."
Picking a Restoration Company the Right Way | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley
Property damage can be devastating to anyone, but business owners face extremely high stakes when their commercial property is affected by a natural disaster. As reported by FEMA, up to 60% of businesses do not resume operations following a natural disaster.
Planning for a disaster is the best way for business owners to be sure they can recover from one, and picking your commercial restoration company is an important component of that. However, it is important to research the right things to ensure the company you choose is reputable. Here are some important things to look for:1. A Comprehensive Emergency Plan
Even a few hours of neglecting to take action on damages after a disaster can cause them to compound and become more severe—meaning more expenditure and time will be required to restore. It is key to find a company with a solid emergency plan and quick response time, in order to address damage as quickly as possible.
This is the exact reason we have a 24⁄7 emergency line, which allows our technicians to be made aware of the damage the moment it is reported. They can spring into action faster, and business owners can focus on other tasks required of them to reopen.2. An Emphasis on Training
Companies that invest in their employees’ education understand the importance of quality control and customer satisfaction in their work. To ensure your business is in the best hands, find a company that emphasizes the importance of training its technicians for restoration.
Our technicians are educated on the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)guidelines, which are the industry standard for restoration. They are also given continued education opportunities via online courses and certification options, in order to always continue to learn.3. A Fleet of Up-To-Date Equipment
Technology has brought many advancements to the restoration industry, namely in the equipment that has now become the standard. Companies that are using outdated equipment or tools that are no longer recommended should be avoided.
Our equipment is selected in accordance with the IICRC’s restoration equipment recommendations. This ensures that we are using the most technologically advanced tools available, and can thus do a more efficient and effective job to get you back to business.
If you’re in need of commercial restoration, do not hesitate to make the call so you can get your business back faster. Our trained experts are here to help 24/7—contact us today.
Large Loss for Commercial Buildings
It is not common for a commercial building to experience major losses such as water or fire, but when they do, it normally is big enough to halt the entire building and the businesses that are in it.
One thing we always want to emphasize here at SERVPR is that we want to be as quick as possible when it comes to responding and making sure the loss is taken care of immediately "Like it never happened". Part of achieving that requires a handful of workers and equipment that can make that process quicker. SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley is part of a Large Loss Division unit. With that, there is not a loss big enough for us to handle. Multiple other franchises around us are always able to help when a loss is normally bigger than what our crew can handle.
SERVPRO, despite having multiple franchises in different locations still work together as a team to make sure we service our community the best way we possibly can.
If there is anything too large for your own maintenance crew to handle in your commercial building, do not hesitate to give SERVPRO a call at (661)296-4600
Emergency Ready Programs for Commercial Properties
As a free service to local Santa Clarita Valley Commercial Properties, we can have a program called the Emergency Ready Program (ERP). This program simply collects vital information about your commercial property building such as the water shut off, where to park in case of an emergency, and who to inform. In the rare case that we are called for an emergency, we will assure the property owner that we will not do anything more than mitigating the damage until we receive confirmation from whoever is in charge.
For SERVPRO, there is no damage too large for us to handle. We are part of a large loss division that will be able to come in and assist the local SERVPRO of Santa Clarita should there be a damage too large for us to handle.
If you are a building owner and has questions about our Emergency Ready Program, give us a call at (661)296-4600
Commercial Building Disasters in Santa Clarita
When a natural disaster hits your commercial property in Santa Clarita Valley, you can always count on SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley to fix your problem "Like it never happened."
Here at SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley, we value the importance of cleaning up any water, fire, or mold damage as quick as we possibly can to ensure that your local Santa Clarita Valley business gets back on its own feet. We understand the loss any commercial property experiences when it closes for a certain period of time.
Whether its a water damage, fire or smoke damage, or mold remediation, our certified crew members will work on the job tirelessly to make sure your business is back up and running with as little hindrances as possible.
If you have any questions about water, fire, or mold - call your local SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley at (661)296-4600
Restoring Your Santa Clarita Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Flooding and water damage events at Santa Clarita 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 Santa Clarita Valley
SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley 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.