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Commercial Water Damage
If you own commercial property, you know that water damage can be horribly bad for business. It can ruin your assets and disrupt the flow of transactions and productivity that keep your business growing. Whether you own an office building, a retail store, a restaurant, or even a manufacturing plant, whatever the size of your business, you need to get back to “business as usual” as soon as you can.
If your commercial property has been struck by water damage, you’ll want to act quickly in order to minimize any losses. Time is of the essence when it comes to salvaging what you own. Unfortunately, expensive items, like furniture and electronics, are often the most prone to be ruined by water damage, so you’ll want to do as much as you can and bring in assistance as quickly as you can to reduce the long-term costs.
If you’re dealing with water damage to your business, here are 4 tips that can help you deal with the problem and minimize the extent of the damage:
Cut the Power and Remove Any Salvageable Large Items
The first thing you must remember is the truism: safety first.
If it is safe to do so, turn off the electricity, and focus on removing valuable assets from the affected area. You might be able to salvage area rugs and carpeting if they are removed and dried quickly. The same is true for electronics, furniture, and other important movable items you need for your business.
Remove as Much Water as You Can
There are multiple methods for removing water. A sump pump can be an effective tool for removing lots of water and can sometimes even be rented from a nearby hardware store if you don’t have one on hand. If It is possible to safely access an electrical outlet that is far enough away from the water, you might also be able to use a wet/dry vacuum.
If need be, manual methods of water removal can work. Buckets, mops and towels can be safe and effective, especially if the water damage is contained to a delimited area.
Your professional cleaning and restoration services provider will be able to bring industrial grade tools and expert techniques to clean up your water damage, so if your problem is extensive, you will want their help as soon as possible.
Allow for Ventilation and Drying
Once you’ve cleared out as much standing water as you can, you want to speed up the drying process as much as possible.
Open any doors or windows to allow maximum ventilation. If you have access to electricity, you can also use fans and/or a dehumidifier. Turn them up to the highest possible setting for the quickest results.
Clean and Disinfect
Once the water has dried out, use a disinfectant to clean the affected area and get rid of any bacteria contamination.
Make sure to wear protective clothing and use a 10% bleach solution or other proven disinfectant on areas where it is safe to do so.
You want to prevent any contamination from spreading and affecting other areas of your business property. This includes odor control and the prevention of mold growth.
If your business requires emergency professional cleaning and restoration services, your local SERVPRO experts are here to help. We have the professional training, skills, and equipment to respond to any size water damage problem and restore you back to business fast. You can reach SERVPRO of Central Glendale anytime 24/7 at 818-246-2200.
What To Do If You Experience Fire Damage At Your Business
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Fire is unpredictable and can occur in any in any business. Fire at your business premises can cause fire damage, soot damage, fire damage and smoke damage in the workplace. Utility room fire or electrical fire can cause commercial fire damage and require specialized immediate fire suppression Here is a guide on what to do when you experience commercial fire damage.
Fire restoration process begins when you contact the firefighters or fire restoration professionals. The firefighters provide emergency services and will respond promptly once contacted. The firefighters will inquire about the spread of fire to help them understand resources required. The appropriate equipment to minimize the spread of fire damage, soot damage or smoke damage include fire hose, fire trucks, fire suppression systems and fire sprinkler system.
Fire Damage Assessment
After putting off the fire at your business using fire sprinkler system or fire hose, the next thing is to assess the extent of commercial fire damage at your business premises. The fire restoration experts will examine the property to determine how far utility room fire, smoke or soot has spread. They will also investigate walls, office furniture, ceilings and floors to assess smoke damage and soot damage. Understanding the extent commercial fire damage in your business assists in creating an accurate action plan and cost estimation of soot damage. Additionally, an assessment will help identify the source of fire whether utility room fire or electrical fire and appropriate method to put off the light. In case of electrical fire, it is crucial to cut off electrical system supply to your business. Fire trucks use the fire hose to pour water on the fire from utility room or kitchen.
The primary purpose of fire restoration at your offices is to minimize commercial fire damage. Firefighters and experts after extinguishing the fire using fire sprinkler system, fire hose, fire trucks, and fire suppressions will leave burned holes in roofs. The fire damage creates holes in walls and water pipe leakages causing water damage to your property. The fire restoration expert will guide you on securing business files or office furniture to minimize further smoke damage, soot damage or water damage.
Fire clean-up is the next thing to do in fire restoration of your business premises. Clean up involves cleaning away soot, dust, and smoke from business furniture. The smoke damage leaves stains and dark spots on your property. The experts will also carry out water damage restoration. Standing water pools from fire hose, fire trucks, fire suppression, fire sprinkler system or from broken pipes during damage is removed using pumps. Clean up removes smoke smell from business offices. You can remove all damaged items of business. The insurance company takes a full inventory of damaged items. Air scrubbers and fogging equipment remove odors left by smoke.
Repairs and Renovations
Next, carry out repairs and renovations on damaged business items. For electrical fire, install the electrical systems again. Faulty electrical wires can be replaced to avoid future electrical fires in the workplace. Cabinets and furniture destroyed by smoke can be repaired or replaced with new ones. Repaint all the walls. The utility room fire door can be fixed or installed in the kitchen or laundry. Destroyed offices or rooms in your business may require significant reconstruction.
When your business experiences fire outbreak, it is essential to contact the firefighter to put off the flames and guide you in the restoration of your offices. The restoration experts will assess smoke damage on your property and provide seal services on the business property. Next, they will clean dust, smoke, and soot on surfaces of your office items. Clean all smoke and odor. Renovate and repair damaged furniture. The premises will look presentable, and business operations will continue as usual. However, it is crucial to consult emergency services and the fire department who will guide on fire preventive measures to be undertaken.
SERVPRO to the Rescue!
SERVPRO restores a commercial water damaged building.
Dealing with water damage is not easy. If you’ve ever walked into your home or office and realized you have water damage, you know how frustrating and stressful it can be. Sewage backup, earthquakes and floods, as well as house fires mean water in areas where it should not be. When water invades your property, you need professional water damage restoration in Glendale to solve the problem.
Floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters aren’t the only things you can associate with water damages. In fact, many water damage issues happen due to broken pipes, failed sump pump, clogged toilets or leaking washing machine hose. These can destroy your space in just a matter of hours. Don’t let a seemingly small problem becomes worse. Immediately find a reliable water damage restoration Glendale. Don’t skip the services of a reputable damage restoration company, as the problem can become even more expensive when not treated right away.
Although we always do everything we can to respond as quickly as possible, there may be times when it will take us some time to get to your property. While waiting for our arrival, there are certain things you can do in order to minimize further damage. The process does not have to be too complicated. Once you do the following tips, you can speed the process of helping you get back to normal.
- Blot or mop up the wear areas using towels.
- If you can access the circuit breakers safely, make sure that you turn the power off in every affected area. This must also be done for your water shut off valve in order to stop the water flow.
- Remove anything that could stain on wet floors or carpets like newsprint items and books.
- Remove wet upholstery cushions from furniture and put in a dry area.
- Remove all items that are sensitive to moisture from any affected areas and place them in a dry, safe area.
- Avoid any contact with wet areas if the water didn’t originate from a clean source.
- In case you’ve come in contact with the contaminated water, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly and immediately.
- Don’t enter a room where there’s a possible electric shock hazard.
- HVAC units must be turned off, as they can spread contaminated air.
- Don’t try to extract water using a household vacuum cleaner or use fans to try drying the structure. This is an unsafe practice that could cause an electric shock or the machine could be damaged.
- Don’t use any of your electrical appliances while standing on concrete, wet carpets or any types of flooring.
- Place plywood or foil under furniture legs in order to separate them from wet flooring or carpeting.
Commercial Water Damage Events present unique challenges
Flooding and water damage events at Los Angeles 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. You may contact us 24/7 at (818) 246-2200.
About SERVPRO of Central Glendale
SERVPRO of Central Glendale 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.
SERVPRO drying the carpets.
A roof leak caused this buliding in Glendale, CA to have a flood in the office rooms. This picture shows you how the carpet is soaking wet and we removed the furnitures so it would be easy for us to remove the carpet and start inspecting if there is any mold. The incident happened overnight and the very next day the ceo of the company called SERVPRO of Central Glendale and we did an inspection within the hour we went back to grab our equipment. Once we came bak we started to do our work and the we finished within three days. The total progress was within five days of work. The owner was very pleased and surprised that we finished the work so fast.
Pipes Burst in a church
A pipe burst in the middle of the night at a church located around the Los Angeles area. This before picture shows the mess that was cause from a pipe burst. Water usually floods either the whole floor or the whole buliding. It travels from one place to the other within seconds. It is a big mess to clean usually it takes about a few days or few weeks to get everything back to where it came from. Usually water floods either half the room or all the way to ceiling. Once this room got flooded the owner called SERVPRO of Central Glendale. The next day we arrived to the damage and we did an inspection, once we did it, we started the following day.
Avoid Hazards & Fires in your California Home
From overly hot faucets to tipped-over coffee cups, burns are a potential hazard in every home. In fact, burns (especially scalds from hot water and liquids) are some of the most common childhood accidents. Babies and young children are especially at risk — they're curious, small, and have sensitive skin that needs extra protection.
Here are some important ways to protect kids from burns — as well as electrical shocks and household fires — in your home.
Make a fire escape plan with two ways out of the house, plus a designated meeting place once out of the house. Practice the fire escape plan regularly.
- Keep an emergency ladder on upper floors of your home in the event of a fire. Keep the ladder in or near the room of an adult or older child capable of using it.
- Make sure you have a smoke alarm on every level of your home and in each bedroom. Test smoke alarms monthly and remember to change the batteries twice a year.
- Replace smoke alarms that are 10 years or older.
- Install a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and know how to use it.
- Keep matches, lighters, chemicals, and lit candles out of kids' reach.
- Don't smoke inside, especially when you're tired, taking medication that can cause you to be drowsy, or in bed.
Electrical Equipment and Appliances
- Put child-safety covers on all electrical outlets.
- Get rid of equipment and appliances with old or frayed cords and extension cords that look damaged.
- Bind excess cord from lamps or other electrical equipment with a twist-tie to prevent injury from chewing on cords. You also can purchase a holder or spool specially designed to hide extra cord.
- Position television and stereo equipment against walls so small hands don't have access to the back surfaces or cords. It's best to secure TVs by attaching them to the wall.
- Make sure all wires to seasonal lighting, such as holiday tree lights, are properly insulated (for example, make sure they don't have exposed or broken wiring). Bind any excess cord and unplug lights when they're not in use.
- Check electronic toys often for signs of wear and tear; any object that sparks, feels hot, or smells unusual must be repaired or thrown away immediately. Replace batteries in electronic toys regularly and look for any signs of corrosion in the toys.
- Clean the clothes dryer vent of lint after each use.
- Don't run electrical wires under rugs or carpet.
- Don't overload electrical sockets.
- Keep any decorative items away from windows, doors, and ceilings. Make sure anything you have near the ceiling is not blocking any sprinklers you may have installed.
- Screen fireplaces and wood-burning stoves and always keep kids 3 feet away from them. Radiators and electric baseboard heaters also might need to be screened.
- Teach kids never to put anything into the fireplace when it is lit. Also make sure they know the doors to the fireplace can be very hot and cause a burn.
- Make sure to have all chimneys inspected and cleaned regularly
Water and electricity make a dangerous combination. That's especially true in your bathroom, where you use water from the sink and shower to clean yourself, but also rely on electrical devices like shavers and hair dryers. That's why you need to take special care with your devices in the bathroom to protect yourself and your family from shock, electrocution or fire. Read on for tips on how to ensure safety when it comes to the electrical work in the bathroom.
Bathroom Electrical Safety is Paramount
Water is essential to human health and hygiene. Unfortunately, it's also a great conductor of electricity. That means that you could receive a severe shock when you are standing in water, and even wet skin allows electricity an easier path to pass into your body. Electrical shocks can cause burns, heart arrhythmia, nervous system damage and death, and bad wiring or improper grounding can also start a fire. That's why safety in your bathroom electrical work should be one of your primary concerns. Follow these tips to avoid an emergency:
- Make sure your electrical sockets are located a safe distance away from the shower. Cover the outlets when they aren't in use.
- All the outlets in the bathroom should be equipped with ground fault circuit interrupters, which can sense when an electric current is improperly grounding and automatically shut down the power, potentially saving a person holding a hair dryer in the shower from a nasty shock.
- On that note, never use electrical devices in the bathroom when you are standing in or otherwise in contact with standing water. This should be common sense, but sometimes people forget or get careless.
- Any exposed or frayed wiring in the bathroom should be addressed and repaired immediately.
- If you use an electric heater in your bathroom, it should be hardwired into a circuit, and preferably installed into the wall or ceiling.
- The less wiring you have in your bathroom, the better, so recessed or enclosed lights are better than light bulbs or fixtures that hang freely from the walls or ceilings.
- Pull strings for your lights are safer than switches because they prevent wet hands from getting anywhere near the circuit.
- Electrical work must be performed by a licensed professional so you have assurances that the job is done well, and recourse if it isn't.
Don't Leave the Quality of Your Electrical Work to Chance
In addition to these tips, certain requirements about the installation of electrical work in bathrooms are found in local municipal codes as well. For all the electrical work in your bathroom, make sure you hire a qualified electrician who can adhere to all of the applicable quality and safety standards.
Risk of Water Damage for Hotels & Shopping Centers
Large buildings often have a long and confusing system of water pipes that deliver water from floor to floor. This makes the potential for water damage from flooding after a burst pipe much higher in these types of buildings than in a typical home or small business. Buildings that are prone to this type of damage include high-rises, hotels, hospitals, dormitories and shopping centers.
Some of the most common causes of flood damage in these types of buildings includes:
- Malfunction of level detection devices
- Malfunction of fire water sprinkler systems
- Burst pipe
- Human error
- Natural disaster
- Roof leak
- Foundation leak
- Leaking or rupturing water chiller lines for HVAC systems
When water leaks on an upper floor, it will often flow down several floors by following the path of least resistance. That means that it can get into ceilings, behind walls and under carpet. When water damage strikes, the consequences can be serious. Not only is the space damaged, resulting in high repair costs, but the longer it takes to repair the space the more revenue is lost. Further, damage from the water itself is only the beginning of the problem. If untreated, water damage can lead to mold and mildew, necessitating even more cleanup and repair.