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Steps of Fire Damage Cleaning in Santa Clarita Offices

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Carefully Removes Fire Damage

Cleaning up after a fire incident means taking the necessary steps to return the structure to its original condition and ensure the safety of those exposed to the effects. Our effective mitigation strategies are uniquely designed and tailored to each specific situation, seeking to address a wealth of post-fire loss effects such as:

  • Soot
  • Smoke Solids
  • Odors
  • Water

Identifying the Damage

With soot being the worst of the fire damage in Santa Clarita offices, it is essential to determine what kind of damage has impacted building materials and contents. Smoke damage alone can result from multiple chemical processes, which ultimately affect the thickness, spread, and composition of residues and soil deposits.

Choosing the Right Cleaning Approach

Cleaning after a fire is not one-size-fits-all. Many cleaning processes are required on the same job, making identifying appropriate approaches critical to saving time and money. Depending on the composition of the smoke damage, clean-up could involve surface cleaning, abrasive products, mechanical actions, media blasting, and demolition.

Testing Surfaces

Before we entirely choose one approach over others, testing is an important part of the damage recovery process. Specific abrasive solutions like solvents can be more destructive to sensitive surfaces than the soot they seek to dissolve, so testing on a small, inconspicuous portion of the impacted material shows the effectiveness of cleaning options.

Salvageability of Affected Materials

Materials must also be evaluated to determine if they are worth preserving. Substantial damage to building materials might still be restorable. Still, if it is a tremendous cost to the business, replacement might be a more suitable and faster solution.

Fires can be a challenging situation to overcome in area office buildings. As a leading large loss provider for the area, we can help when disasters strike. Contact SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley when fires threaten your property at (661) 296-4600. 

Moisture Impacts Water Damage Restoration of Santa Clarita Shops

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment Drying Wood Floors We aim to restore your property as quickly as possible, “Like it never even happened.”

Humidity Drying is Vital in Santa Clarita Boutiques

Several factors dramatically influence the pace and thoroughness of drying and post-water damage restoration and recovery. When your shop becomes impacted by a damage event like a burst pipe or flooding, it is critical to provide the necessary approaches to restore the business and its wares as efficiently as possible. Mitigation of these disasters typically has specific objectives and focuses, such as:

  • Drying
  • Content Recovery
  • Structural Repair
  • Cleaning

Determining the Humidity Ratio

Humidity can play a substantial role in the water damage restoration of Santa Clarita shops. To understand the efforts that must begin and the steps necessary to overcome moisture content, SERVPRO professionals must determine the humidity ratio. This number measures the current moisture content against the available dryness in the environment. The weight of this moisture is measured in grains. 

Relative Humidity

Determining the relative humidity is also important, as this is the capacity for moisture in an environment. Often this is figured as a percentage, namely how much of the atmospheric composition can be moisture grains before the air is too saturated to support more. With portable heaters, this capacity can change with factors like increasing the temperature in a drying zone. 

Processes to Lower Humidity 

Lowering the humidity of your shop can increase the efficiency of the drying process and ultimately leave less of the structure and its contents exposed. The most direct method to achieve this is the application and placement of dehumidification equipment. Low-grain refrigerant and desiccant units work to manage thick moisture content. We can simultaneously offer effective drying and humidity when dehumidifiers are placed per air movers.

From powerful drying solutions designed to remove moisture from the affected environment to the needed steps for identifying water and relative humidity concerns, our SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley team can help when you need it. We have skilled professionals ready 24/7 at (661) 296-4600. 

Remediating Santa Clarita Business Flood Damage

4/8/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment in hallway Commercial flood damage is no match for SERVPRO’s skilled technicians. Call us at (661) 296-4600. We are always available to assist you.

SERVPRO Flood Remediation Preserves Santa Clarita Facilities After Disaster 

Santa Clarita businesses need fast-acting flood damage cleanup to reduce potential asset loss and structural damage that can be performed around the clock. Without timely mitigation, important assets, documents, and equipment are more likely to succumb to water exposure, stains, odors, and potential mold growth, rendering otherwise salvageable items irreparable. 

Flood damage mitigation from Santa Clarita SERVPRO technicians is performed to code with restoration industry best practices to help local businesses reopen as quickly and safely as possible. The team's comprehensive flood cleanup process includes inspection and necessary demolition to pack-outs for restorable property and rebuilding services.

How Does SERVPRO Dry Commercial Flooding Quickly?

Structural drying serves a multitude of purposes aside from removing excess moisture from a flooded property, including the following:

  • Remediating conditions that allow mold growth to begin or continue. Mold requires moisture levels above 50%, adequate temperatures, and organic material for continuing growth. Drying and sanitizing spaces can stop further development and allow technicians to collect and remove spores safely.
  • Air movers and dehumidifiers coordinate to pull moisture out of walls, floors, and structural components like subflooring and wall joists. Technicians carefully calculate the number of units necessary, as well as their positioning, to help affected spaces reach equilibrium moisture content (EMC), where components are neither gaining nor losing moisture compared to the rest of the property.
  • Commercial water extraction, when performed in tandem with drying, speeds up the process considerably and reduces potential downtime for businesses impacted by flooding.

We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we are available to help local businesses around the clock. Call SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley at (661) 296-4600 for emergency-response restoration. Our business will keep you in business.

Drying Water Damaged Carpets in Santa Clarita

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

a person pulling up a water logged carpet from the floor When the carpets at your business location need water restoration, it’s time to call in professionals. SERVPRO arrives with equipment to help you.

SERVPRO Water Restoration Pros Restore Santa Clarita Commercial Carpet and Pad

Carpeting and other flooring surfaces are among the most heavily impacted structural materials in many water damage situations. Worse still for Santa Clarita businesses is how quickly moisture can seep through flooring and affect subfloors, potentially impairing a commercial facility's structural integrity.

SERVPRO water restoration technicians in Santa Clarita respond to commercial facility cleanup needs in as little as several hours after the initial contact. This firm's inspection, cleanup, and rebuilding processes minimize water's impact on surfaces and assets.

Remediating Water Damage to Commercial Carpeting and Pad

SERVPRO technicians can perform extraction from wet carpet with a combination of the following:

  • Portable or truck-mounted extractors that address various scales and locations of water migration with specialized carpet wand attachments
  • OSHA-approved biocide solutions sanitize and remove wastewater from the carpet to prepare it for drying
  • Technicians can temporarily lift and tent carpeting and pad to prepare it for drying from above and below
  • Additional carpet water removal tools include rover vacuums, which apply weight-based pressure to wet surfaces during extraction, and wet/dry vacuums. Hard floors can benefit from commercial squeegees and mops used in tandem with EPA-registered antimicrobials

SERVPRO techs can also inspect subfloors impacted by water and prepare them for drying, along with carpet, during air movement and dehumidification. When paired with low-grain refrigerant coil dehumidifier units, well-positioned air movers can pull excess water out of fibers and structural materials like wood and drywall. This drying strategy minimizes the risk of flooring requiring costly repairs or replacement after water damage occurs. SERVPRO can then reinstall dried carpet and pad for a seamless repair.

SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley can restore commercial facilities for property owners who call (661) 296-4600.

Why Outsource Valencia Commercial Fire and Smoke Damage Cleanup?

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

ERP mobile tablet image Be proactive with SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile Plan--ERP--to protect your Valencia business from fire damage

Training and Equipment Speed SERVPRO’s Fire Restoration of Your Valencia Business

You naturally rely on your in-house or contracted cleaning crew for day-to-day maintenance of your commercial building in Valencia, but fire and smoke damage needs a more specialized approach. Tasking your housekeeping staff with fire damage restoration exposes them to potential toxins and the frustration of cleaning soot residues requiring advanced techniques, products, and tools they might not possess. Relieve them of unnecessary stress by engaging a firm that focuses on disaster restoration.

Why Are SERVPRO Technicians Better Suited to Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup in Valencia?

SERVPRO workers receive rigorous training at the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), emphasizing learning how to:

  • Identify different types of soot throughout your commercial property -- dry, wet, and protein-based
  • Match the soots with appropriate cleaning products, tools, and methods to break the bond between fire residue and surface quickly
  • Accomplish the above while observing best practices, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other safety controls such as containment of workspaces with polyethylene barriers and negative pressure air scrubbing equipment

How Can Valencia Businesses Most Effectively Partner with SERVPRO for Fire Scenario Remediation?

Remember that SERVPRO not only manages fire damage mitigation and remediation with ease but also possesses expertise in water removal, a common first task at a fire damage scene. We travel with fully-stocked service vehicles, avoiding any delay as all water and fire restoration equipment arrives with our crew. We respond not only with emergency services but also consult with property owners to prevent future disasters, including our innovative Emergency READY Profile (ERP), available proactively to commercial customers.

Count on SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley to deliver rapid-fire and smoke remediation to get you back in business. We are available for your call at (661) 296-4600 round the clock.

Water Removal From Your Santa Clarita Facility Depends on the Entry Method

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

air movers in a corridor SERVPRO quickly dries out Santa Clarita municipal buildings by deploying advanced drying equipment--with minimal disruptions

SERVPRO Combines Regular and Advanced Water Removal Resources to Handle Different Source

Water intrusion is a serious concern at any commercial establishment since it damages materials and causes various hazards, including slippery floors. Removing the intruding water is one of the crucial steps in restoring preloss conditions at your Santa Clarita premises.

The approach you use for water removal from your Santa Clarita property can vary depending on the water volumes involved. Another crucial reason is the entry method since the water damaging your property can originate from different sources. SERVPRO has a variety of resources to manage removal under different circumstances.

Water intrusion can originate from:

  • Wall leaks, especially around openings like doors and windows.
  • Roof leaks from penetrations or because of flashing errors
  • Plumbing leaks from faulty joints or burst pipes

Of the three typical sources, plumbing issues can be highly destructive if they remain undiscovered over time or when a significant amount of water leaks into the property. A plumbing leak can be easily stopped by turning off the main valves, unlike the other sources, which require elaborate efforts such as building a containment.

When the source is a wall or roof leak, the main issue is wet materials. Therefore, drying resources such as air movers and dehumidifiers are essential. Plumbing leaks, on the other hand, can leave water pooling around the property. Sufficient extraction power is necessary before thinking of drying the property.

Some aspects of water removal are standard in most cases like:

  • Supplying heating for sustained drying
  • Controlled demolition to remove deteriorated materials
  • Dehumidification to finish the process

SERVPRO teams have sufficient air movers and dehumidifiers to ensure these processes run without hitches. Appropriate placement of the equipment also helps deliver better outcomes.

SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley is well equipped to handle water removal under any circumstance, making it "Like it never even happened." You can reach us at (661) 296-4600.

What Can I Do if My Ceiling Leaks in My Office in Santa Clarita?

12/10/2021 (Permalink)

blue tarps covering a roof SERVPRO mitigates water damage in homes and commercial properties in Santa Clarita with temporary tarps and rapid water extraction

SERVPRO Can Conduct Ceiling Repairs from Water Damages in your Santa Clarita Office

Any time something happens at your place of business, it can be devastating. For example, when disasters occur in your office, it can become a difficult situation if your staff cannot conduct business as normal. In some cases, a company could lose revenue if its office cannot function due to property damage.

Therefore, whenever our SERVPRO technicians work on commercial flood damage restoration in Santa Clarita, we conduct our work processes in a way that keeps your business functioning. One way we can do this is to complete the restoration and remediation work outside of your business hours. In some situations, it is cheaper for your insurance company to pay for after-hour work than to compensate your company for lost revenue. In other cases, we can conduct the work on your office in section so that your office staff can keep working without being interrupted.

For instance, if a storm comes into the area overnight, there is a chance that the wind brought by the storm could create a hole in your roof. Shingles could get blown off, or an object could smash into your building and make a hole. If you go to work in the morning and find that your office's ceiling is leaking, our SERVPRO crew can help you with the following services:

  • Repair a Leaking Roof from Storms
  • Flood Restoration
  • Emergency Services for Water Damages
  • Ceiling Repairs from Water Damages
  • Water Removal Services
  • Water Clean Up
  • Attic Mold Remediation

If water is leaking from your ceiling, the first thing we can do is temporarily seal the leak. We have the capacity to place blue tarps over exposed roof damage to prevent the intrusion of rainwater and vermin. Once moisture stops leaking into your office, we can then take steps to return your building to its preloss state.

If you ever arrive at your office and notice a ceiling leak, call SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley at (661) 296-4600.

After Fire Damage in Your Santa Clarita Business, Call Our Expert SERVPRO Crew for Help!

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

ERP mobile app device Plan ahead with SERVPRO's ERP Emergency READY Profile to protect your Santa Clarita commercial investment

Prepare for Potential Fire Damage in Santa Clarita

No investor or owner wants to contemplate the devastation a fire can cause in a business. However, taking a few hours to consider how an accidental blaze could destroy your life’s work is time well spent. We encourage you to let us guide the development of your preparedness plan.

Fire damage to your Santa Clarita property is not the end of your dreams. Unfortunately, nearly 50 percent of businesses forced to close while recovering from a disaster find themselves permanently shuttered. In a competitive economy, failing to meet the needs of current or potential customers for even a brief period can cause them to seek another source of services or products. A fast turnaround after fire damage can prevent customer decline.

Emergency Ready Plan and Profile

SERVPRO offers our Emergency READY Plan and Profile (ERP) as an alternative to hoping the worst never happens. An experienced Project Manager assesses the layout, equipment, storage and discusses your day-to-day operations. We distill what we learn into a digital document, accessible from any mobile device. You further personalize your ERP when you complete your Profile, giving us information about the vendors and contractors you used to build your business. Designate trusted employees or family members to act on your behalf if fire damage occurs when you are unavailable. We work with your fire insurance carrier to maintain the budget and timeline to completion.

As we help fine-tune your fire damage readiness plan, expect our seasoned SERVPRO managers to make practical suggestions that might prevent fire or other disasters and minimize permanent damage to your brand if a fire does break out. Revisiting decisions about maintaining inventory, storing records, and positioning equipment can limit your exposure if fire damage occurs. A discussion about the first steps you and your employees can take if a fire damages your property allows us to partner more effectively with you and your team.

SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley commits to being a proactive part of our robust communities of businesses. Contact us at (661) 296-4600 to arrange for the development of an Emergency READY Plan, a wise investment in the future of your business.

What’s the Proper Way to Handle Commercial Flood Damage in Santa Clarita?

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO warehouse with equipment No matter the size of flood damage to your commercial building, SERVPRO has the manpower and equipment for every situation.

Hiring SERVPRO Restorers is a Great Way to Deal With Commercial Flood Damage in Santa Clarita

When flooding takes place, it is not uncommon for businesses in the path of the floods to be affected. Business owners can feel the ripple effects from interruption of operations after incurring flood damage for a long time. The loss incurred depends on the kind of business involved. For instance, a car dealership hit by flooding can see a huge percentage of its cars ruined, leaving them in an unsellable condition or having to be scrapped as salvage titles.

The more common effects of commercial flood damage in a Santa Clarita car dealership include the loss of valuable documents and stored data in water-damaged computers. After such an incident, you may have to shut doors as the repairs occur, meaning several days of lost revenue. At SERVPRO, we are ready to help you soon after receiving your call. Our technicians can reduce interruptions to your business. We can help you to perform a wide range of commercial flood damage repairs and other relevant services such as:

  • Floodwater removal
  • Removal and disposal of unsalvageable items
  • Dry out
  • Disinfection and deodorization
  • Reconstruction

Floodwater causes more destruction the longer it remains in affected areas. Our SERVPRO water restoration technicians (WRT) can use portable pumps to remove the floodwaters quickly. Most of the pumps used in the restoration industry are centrifugal pumps. These pumps convert rational energy from motors into energy to move fluids. Examples include high-pressure pumps, self-priming trash pumps, and electric submersible pumps.

We also remove and discard items that are too damaged to restore. This may include furniture, drywall, and inventory. Our SERVPRO team also uses EPA-registered broad-spectrum disinfectants to control microbial growth. We apply them to all contaminated surfaces and materials.

Our SERVPRO team also takes time to dry affected surfaces using air moving and dehumidifying equipment. We monitor the drying process to ensure that we meet drying goals.

Call SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley at (661) 296-4600 for help if a flood has affected your business premises. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Are Efficient Soot Removal Practices for Santa Clarita Hotels?

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

soot stains on a white wall SERVPRO works hard to restore a fire damaged motel in Santa Clarita. We want to keep your rooms filled with customers

Soot and smoke residues present a hazardous situation for Santa Clarita businesses.

When your hotel suffers fire damage, prompt action is necessary. Soot and smoke residues and particles present an overwhelming threat to occupants, making these conditions a priority for our SERVPRO responders.

Clearing Contaminants and Particles from the Air

Air filtration and improving indoor air quality are severe concerns for responding technicians beginning fire damage restoration for Santa Clarita hotels. Guests or staff exposed to harsh conditions after a fire can be threatened by circulating soot and smoke particles. Placing HEPA air filtration equipment can trap microscopic particles to make the environment safer for fire restoration work beginning.

Removing or Lessening Soot Concentrations on Surfaces

Soot is an egregious presence in area homes and businesses, so it could impact multiple units simultaneously when it exists in large accommodation structures. Our SERVPRO team has several soot removal strategies ranging from chem sponges and surface cleaning to controlled demolition.

Controlled Demolition When Necessary

While our responding technicians' objective is to restore the above replacement, having the option within our roster is beneficial to property owners looking for efficient solutions after a fire. Many structure fire incidents require some degree of construction to return to their original condition, including:

  • Repairs
  • Reconstruction
  • Build-Back
  • Content Relocation
  • Debris Removal

Despite the severity of fire damage incidents for area hotels and accommodations, we are a fast-responding restoration team to get mitigation started. Our SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley professionals can help when you call (661) 296-4600.

Commercial Cleaning Capabilities

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

Grey Business Buildings Linger in the Distance 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

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

Change is inevitable 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

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

Offices get a great deal of foot traffic 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

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage 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

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

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

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

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.

  1. 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

  1. Exercise!

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

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:

  • Fire
  • 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

9/2/2019 (Permalink)

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:

  1. Cooking equipment, 29% of fires
  2. Electrical distribution and lighting equipment, 12% of fires
  3. Heating equipment, 11% of fires
  4. Intentional, 10% of fires
  5. Smoking materials, 9% of fires
  6. Exposure, 4% of fires
  7. 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

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

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 247 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

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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

9/16/2016 (Permalink)

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

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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

9/16/2016 (Permalink)

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.