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General Tips to Protect Your Commercial Business Property

9/30/2022 (Permalink)

Protect your commercial business property from natural disaster damage.

If you find yourself in the tricky situation of cleaning up commercial water damage, follow these simple guidelines. By using a dehumidifier to remove moisture from the area and stop mold and bacteria growth, you’ll be able to speed up the cleanup process considerably.

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.

Make periodic inspections of your commercial property. Inspect your property and make any necessary repairs to ensure that it can resist an unexpected event. Ensure that signs, awnings, equipment on the roof, and other accessories on the exterior of your property are firmly attached to the structure. Keep drains, rain gutters, and roof areas clean. Prune any trees that might cause damage to the structure or to electric cables.

Prepare the property when an emergency is imminent. Remove antennas, signs, awnings, and any other accessory that is not firmly attached to the structure. Cover windows and doors with storm shutters or sheets of plywood. Check door and window frames to ensure that they are tight and well installed. Take objects indoors that may be picked up by the force of the wind and become projectiles. Raise elevators to the top floor and turn off the system. Be sure that the machine room is well protected from water leaks or other types of damage. Water tanks should be fully filled, and their covers should be sealed. Protect electrical equipment from water; cover equipment with plastic sheeting and raise it off the floor.

Outside your business space, you should trim trees and remove exterior debris that might become a hazard during strong winds. Have a professional logging team remove dangerous trees and anchor outdoor items such as benches to the ground. If you’re located in a flood zone, consider installing flood gates to prevent water from coming into the business space.

Protect your commercial business property from theft.

Protect your business’s documents. Keep duplicate files of your business’s and your customers’ records. Keep copies on a server, in the cloud, or in a physical location that you can access from other locations in case your property is destroyed or inaccessible. Some of the documents you should protect are financial information; employee, customer, and supplier databases; municipal, state, and federal licenses and certifications; tax receipts; and insurance policies.

Good lighting - Lighting can be an effective deterrent against crime, both inside your business and outside the building . Make sure the light fixtures are in good working order. Use light cages to prevent bulb breakage. Replace burned-out bulbs as quickly as possible.

One final area of protection are your windows. Perforated vinyl graphics – usually available from your local signage provider – can provide added privacy to your windows, preventing criminals from easily seeing the contents inside, but still allowing daylight in for the occupants. Windows can also be covered in burglar-resistant glazing for reinforced security.

The Potentialities of Water Damage

9/14/2022 (Permalink)

Although not well-discerned, water damage is certainly not uncommon. Generally, this issue can be defined as water that dismantles the interior of your home or business. It can be a result of the following:

? A hailstorm shatters your windows and gets your floors wet.? An overflowing bathroom that damages your floors.? Rain penetrates your roof and destroys the ceiling and walls.? A cracked pipe that saturates your ceiling.

If your home or business has this kind of damage, the first thing to do is review your homeowner’s insurance. Also, consider re-evaluating the individual policy for the specifics of your circumstance. Note that accidental events will be catered for, but any destruction caused by negligence will be neglected as well. There is also a distinction between flood damage and water damage. While the overall root of the two issues is similar, they are monumentally distinct. For instance, flood often meets conditions such as rapid accumulation of surface waters from any source, mudflow, and an overflow of inland or tidal waters. Water damage, on the other hand, happens before the water comes in contact with the ground.

Even in grave cases, water can grow into something more deleterious if not handled promptly. SERVPRO recommends that you avoid risking addressing experts when it is too late. The restoration process is not all that complicated, and we do everything in our power to make it as perfect as possible. Get in touch today!

Read This to Familiarize Yourself With The Classes of Fire Damage

8/31/2022 (Permalink)

To restoration companies, fire damage refers to the physical damage to structures or property as a result of burning. Most often than not, the damage is caused by corrosive substances, flames, and smoke. At SERVPRO, we are glad to inform you of 6 types of fire damage:

Class A- a fire that entails liquids or solids that can change into liquids.

Class B- a fire that entails flammable solids such as plastics, woods, or cloth.

Class C-fire is caused by combustible metals such as potassium or magnesium

Class D- relatively hotter and more debilitating including fats and cooking oils.

Class E: fire that involves gasses such as butane, propane, and hydrogen including natural gas.

Class F: fire that involves conditions in class A and B and electrical components.

Moreover, multiple insurance companies dissect fire damage into primary and secondary. The primary is concerned with fire damage caused by flames while a secondary entails damage caused by smoke and other substances. There is also spontaneous combustion which occurs when an organic matter is set on fire due to an internal source, when it trickles down to insurance, it is a unique clause in property and fire policies that entitles the policyholder to compensation for the fire damage. It is peculiar because it is not often included in common fire and common property policies. A property situated in a location where earthquakes frequently happen is insured with legislation that covers damage brought by an earthquake. The same applies to commercial buildings with hazardous components such as flammable oils and liquids.

At SERVPRO, we will manage all your frustrations with our trained experts ready to help at any time. Reach out to us, we will be more than glad to help!

A Guide To Confronting Water Damage

8/24/2022 (Permalink)

Immediately you shut down the electricity and water source, you are looking at puddles and contemplating,” What’s next?”. Consider conducting an assessment and plan for a damage repair promptly. Wet materials begin developing profound grave problems like mold after 24 hours. SERVPRO has several successful tips for water damage repair as follows:

1. Know the distinct types of Water-

The first type of water is gray water, moderately dirty water from washing machines, dishwashers, and clean toilets. You can clean it up yourself if you can remove it cautiously and with the right safety gear to protect yourself. The second type is clean water from leaky pipes or rain. This is less harmful and you can clean it yourself or hire a restoration company to deal with the water damages.


2. Assess serious problems like mold-

Inspect damaged items for mildew and mold. Mold grows under the right conditions in as little as 24 hours. If you find mold and mildew problems, you ought to be very cautious. Remember that mold can hide inside walls and under floors, and this is why there is a need for a thorough assessment/inspection.


3. Dry out the affected areas-

It is incumbent to eradicate all moisture swiftly before it causes more damage. You can use fans to circulate air in the affected regions and be thorough about this step. For bigger projects, consider leasing a large-capacity dehumidifier to thoroughly dry out carpets, wood, and materials.


4. Reach out to SERVPRO-

You have handled basic steps autonomously. The next phase involves you reaching out to the best restoration service. Our experts will visit and assess the damage, and negotiate with your insurers to guarantee a smooth restoration process. We will measure and replace dry walls, and inspect and replace external siding, caulk, and paint. Call us at any time, will be there to handle your home or commercial property damages.

What goes into a commercial property damage insurance claim?

8/24/2022 (Permalink)

A property damage claim is a request for compensation for property damage caused by a collision or other event. The most common property damage claim is when someone files a claim with an at-fault driver’s insurer after a car accident. But if a driver causes an accident or otherwise suffers vehicle damage, they would file a property damage claim with their own collision or comprehensive insurance.

While commercial property owners may know the ins and outs of their business, that doesn’t mean they know everything about their insurance policies. This is often due to insurance policy language being heavily nuanced and containing various provisions and exclusions that may be unknown to the policyholder. A lack of policy knowledge can be a major issue when filing a property damage claim.

 Once the damage has been well documented, property owners should file an insurance claim with the insurer. Once the carrier receives the claim and reviews the documentation, it will send an adjuster to review and determine the extent of the damage. Their job is to assess your liability (if any) and what will be covered by the policy. You’ll likely need to complete a proof of loss form to provide them, as well as any other evidence that you collected. It’s important to not make permanent repairs to the property during this time so the adjuster can make an accurate assessment of the damage sustained. Repairing property damage before an adjuster assessment can lead to the claim being denied.

When a commercial property is damaged, resolving the issue and getting back to business are top priorities for business owners. However, the insurance claims process is often complex and can be difficult to navigate. Knowing the steps to take and what actions to avoid can help commercial property owners ensure they are successful in resolving a commercial property damage claim.

The Steps to a Speedy Fire/Smoke Damage Restoration Process

8/3/2022 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there is a fire department situated somewhere in the United States that responds to a fire every 24 seconds. A fire can be a frustrating experience, and the thought of restoring fire-damaged property can be overwhelming. It is restoration experts who are largely tasked with returning structures to their original state. Fire restoration entails cleaning up and the process can take weeks or months, considering the destructive nature of the disaster. 

The process may also involve demolition, property board, and reconstruction on top of projects such as soot removal, removing disturbing hazards, and debris mitigation. Notably, fire and water damage often occur concurrently. This is because the structure is doused with water while the fire department strives to extinguish the inferno. Sometimes pipes burst during the fire which leaks water into the property. The following are steps of how the fire damage restoration process is performed:

Damage Assessment

Involves a contractor evaluating the damage sustained in the fire and how smoke and flames penetrated the structure. 

Security of Property and Removing Debris

The next step includes installing fencing around the structure and boarding up openings in the property. 

Water mitigation and dry-out

The objective is to circumvent further damage caused by corrosion or mold by removing water. Personal property will be removed from the interior of the structure and roof tarps maintained during this phase of restoration. 

Smoke removal and Clean Up

This is the most intensive part of a fire damage restoration task. There is a lot of manual labor to clean soot and smoke from interior and exterior surfaces. 

Construction and Restoration

This is the final step in returning the structure to its original condition. Some parts of the structure may be totally unsalvageable during the initial evaluation, and therefore have to be removed and replaced.

At SERVPRO, we care about you and are always ready to dispatch our team of experts to help with all your restoration needs. Feel free to reach out!

A Family’s Water Damage Story

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

When I was in elementary school, my family went out on vacation to Big Bear leaving my older sister behind to watch the house. A real wise decision on my parent’s part, leaving a high schooler an entire home in the suburbs to herself for the week. 

The vacation was normal, mediocre at best; it was the events upon arriving home that marked the core memories of my childhood. My sister had flooded the entire house from clogging the upstairs toilet. My mother, enraged, asked “How in the hell did you clog the toilet?!” My sister replied, “I took a really big sh**.” Mind you, my sister was about 5 feet tall and 110 pounds at this time. 

Apparently, she sold her case well because my parents believed her. The following weeks went as any water damage restoration job would go. 

Technicians came in, assessed the damage, and proposed that nearly the entire house had to be covered in containment material and dried with dehumidifiers. 

My younger sister and I at the time would always play in the office room, and that was one of the areas that was sealed off with containment material. The area was still safe to use, but from wall to wall the room was covered in plastic. To my sister and I’s 8 year old minds, this was the perfect scene for a choreographed music video to Rhianna’s song “Shut up and Drive.” 

We worked tirelessly coming up with the perfect dance moves and camera angles on our 1080p camera recorder. The environment was a once in a lifetime set up for the perfect pop star moment. 

We finished the video and performed it for our parents who sat and watched, pretending we were the greatest stars to ever exist. The video still sits in our family's archives til' this day, a staple in our history. 

And what about my older sister? Well, about 10 years later the truth came out. She did not clog the toilet with a massive turd. Rather, she threw the largest rager to ever occur in that suburban town, and masterfully got away with it. 

Lesson learned here is that parents, though your children may make costly mistakes, there is always a positive side to every situation, even if it’s as silly as a music video made by your eight year old girls that will forever be one of the best memories kept from their childhood.

Tips to Revamp the Exterior of Your Commercial Business

7/28/2022 (Permalink)

If you’re thinking about upgrading your exterior, research what your current customers want. For instance, you could send out a survey and ask them about which improvements they’d like to see you make. You can also check out what your competitors are doing.

Exterior design provides the first impression of your business. Attention to detail and clean, thoughtful design sets an expectation for the consumer before even stepping through the door while also encouraging employees to show up and to be productive in a clean, work-friendly environment.

Exterior design encompasses both physical structures as well as personal and artistic designs such as paint color, roof shape and material, decks, patios, gardens, and more. Google, Facebook, and Tesla have designed lavish buildings and campuses for their employees by polling their employees first and then designing facilities to meet their needs, resulting in greater productivity and morale.

The color you choose for your business is important, but you’ll also want to keep in mind that you need to choose a type of paint that is going to work well for your business also. Exterior paint needs to stand up to a lot of abuse ranging from weather to being more prone to high traffic exposure as well. 

Your environment is an important factor when choosing exterior paint colors for both aesthetic and practical reasons. Vivid blues, bright corals, or pale pinks look great in a sunny coastal setting but may look out of place in a snowy, mountainous area. In areas with bright year-round sunshine, many property owners avoid dark or saturated colors which fade quickly and absorb heat, increasing cooling costs.

Ideally, an exterior scheme should have three major parts: A field color that dominates; an accent color that brings shutters, doors, and other smaller parts to life; and the trim color. Once you have chosen an appealing combination of field and trim, make it stand out with an eye-catching accent color. Feel free to go bold, but don’t go overboard.

Are You a Business Owner? Read This!

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

Property damage entails impairment or breaking of something a business owns such as business property, vehicles, merchandise, and equipment. There are two types of property damage; loss of use and physical injury. Physical injury involves damage to tangible items such as a cash register or desk. Loss of use includes something that has not suffered physical damage, although its usage is interpreted. For instance, if a truck broke down and hindered customers from accessing your business, this could be considered a loss of use. The following are the various types of property damage;

? Commercial property insurance-  covers damage to your business property from things like vandalism to storms.? Inland marine insurance-  This one covers a business property while it is being stored away from your business i.e., a warehouse. It can also cover high-value assets that property insurance does not cover.? Business interruption insurance- This can help offset a loss of income if your business has to close temporarily due to a catastrophic event such as a storm or a fire. It can also help pay lost revenue, rent, and day-to-day expenses.

Commercial property insurance is a vital coverage for business owners, particularly when running a home-based business. It aids in protecting the owned or rented property used to operate your business. For home-based owners, commercial insurance offers more coverage than homeowners insurance. It also helps protect the business's physical assets like equipment. Moreover, it can help if a fire destroys your computers, lightning strikes the structure or someone breaks into your building and steals your inventory. At SERVPRO, we work with insurance companies to ensure that your commercial property is restored following the mentioned mishaps. Reach out to us before engaging any entities to help with restoration services.

Water is Crazy!

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

Water– an essential component to human life. Liquid we depend on to fuel our busy day to day lives. A source of energy. We can appreciate water for all of its benefits and contributions to earthly functioning, but something so fundamental to life has great potential to bombard, destroy, and wash away what it once birthed into dust, like tears in the rain. 

It is the elements, those most rudimentary building blocks of matter, that pose a formidable threat to the fruits of human consciousness. Take, for example, the Indonesian Tsunami of 2004. Near 230,000 casualties, this event marks its place as one of the largest and the most detrimental natural disasters in modern history. The waves traveled at 500mph, near the average speed of a jet plane, spreading 5,000 miles from the earthquake's epicenter. 

Of course, disasters like these are an inflation of the damage water can wreak on our simple, everyday lives. We have plenty of blogs on SERVPRO of Lake Forest South and Laguna Woods on the potentialities of water damage within the business and home. Small inconveniences like these are a feature of living. But to understand the sheer force of something that shapes into the crevices of the hand when touched is no feature of living, but something sought and discovered. Harness the dynamics of water to behave in your favor. Work at a scale that will benefit you and generate the greatest impact to preserve your way of living.