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Businesses experience property damages too...

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Businesses experience property damages too... This is a snapshot of inside the ceiling after the discovery of a leaking sprinkler head. Cleaning this up quick is a wise choice. #commercialcleanup

Being business owners ourselves, we are all too familiar of the day to day expenditures and how quickly they add up each month. The larger your business grows, the larger the monthly break-even point climbs. Between the insurances necessary, building lease, training, payroll and product expenses, the dollar amounts are constantly climbing. Even though we wisely plan for the unexpected, when property damages do occur not only is the disruption a challenge in the day to day function but also the related costs can get ridiculously high.

Sometimes old plumbing is to blame for leaks or sudden pipe bursts, other times the hot water heater has run its life course and other times human error is to blame and toilets may overflow. Fire sprinklers can spring pinhole leaks or suddenly burst as well. In the past, we have even seen a handyman mistaken a sprinkler for an electrical connector thinking it was the hookups for installing a ceiling fan. This line under pressure water poured out until the water turn off could be reached.

Costs for repairs can continue to rise when water is involved because if unnoticed or left untreated the bacteria levels in the water will multiply and within a short time cause mold to grow. The mold will thrive in the darkened damp area of a ceiling or wall cavity and spread to however far the water and organic materials like paper or wood keep it fed. Once we have experienced the whole water damage process we then understand the issues at hand and know better for next time, if a next time were to occur. As a business owner or property manager, part of being prepared for the next damage that may occur whether from rain or another water intrusion, is by finding a Restoration Company that you feel comfortable with, LIKE and can wholeheartedly trust.

Find out why so many of our customers are repeat customers. Meet our SERVPRO of West Covina team, they are the best! The picture posted here on this blog is just one damage that this local business has had occur. In total, they have called our SERVPRO of West Covina team out to their various properties over six different times. We are grateful for their consideration and repeat business for all of their home and business property cleanup needs.

Mold found at a Commercial property in Rancho

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Mold found at a Commercial property in Rancho Look at what this Rancho property's maintenance person found behind paint and building supplies. Some mold needing to be safely removed...

Being a preferred vendor for most national insurance and local property management companies we tend to be a first responder for water leaks or damages. Usually, the first call made once an issue is discovered is to either an agent or property manager then they call us for our free inspection and estimate. Even when one of our out of state investment properties flooded full of water, our very first call was to our property manager instructing them to please call the local SERVPRO because we wanted the cleanup and reconstruction handled properly.

A recent call that we got in regarding water leaking was from a commercial property manager in Rancho Cucamonga. The water leaks were affecting multiple businesses but all in one center. One was a pizza restaurant that was dealing with a mushy ceiling from what was thought at the time to be due to recent rains and the water damage it left behind. Another was a different eatery sharing a wall that was dealing with reoccurring water intrusion that resulted in mold. It is no fun dealing with mold whether it is in a residential or business setting because potential allergy and health concerns for everyone is the main concern. Sometimes the mold may not be visible but a damp musty smell is present. Other times such as in this circumstance the mold discovered was found upon opening the room as spots were speckled across the white drywall. The source of the leak was the first to be determined so as to make the needed plumbing repairs, then the removal of mold could proceed. If you are ever wondering about a moldy, odd or weird smell, give us a call. Mold removal is one of our specialties and our mold inspections are complimentary. Call anytime!

Water Damage at a Local Place of Worship in West Covina

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage at a Local Place of Worship in West Covina Our infrared camera quickly pics up on water-saturated areas in this commercial building by reading & illuminating the colder temps in blue & purple.

Whenever a special event is coming up, much preparation, cleaning and hard work go into getting the facility ready. This past weekend in preparing for a very special event, a local place of worship accidentally left the water running in a planter in hopes of maximizing the landscape. Unfortunately, the water ran all night and the next day flooding had occurred on the inside of the building since the water soaked into the building materials.

One of our specialty pieces of equipment to detect temperature variances and how far the water has traveled is an infrared camera. Note the images posted as they show the high heat radiating from inside the building. The heat is amped up by specialty equipment to dry the structure completely and as fast as possible to get the building back into working order as soon as it is feasible. Because this was a commercial building, time was of the essence. We love this camera because it can show hot and cold temperatures inside a wall. In most cases, this aids our water technicians being able to thoroughly map out the path the water took and develop the most effective water damage cleanup plan of action for drying out the structure.

Time is Money

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Time is Money Save time & money. Hire SERVPRO of West Covina for all your Commercial Cleaning needs. Ready to rescue 24/7!

Businesses whether retail, office, school or industrial companies alike, all know that time equals money. So when a commercial property suddenly is faced with fire or water damage, taking action to resolve the problem both the proper way and quickly is crucial. Every moment the day to day operations are down is costly. As a professional restoration team who works closely with national insurances, local businesses and property management companies, we know they all have the goal of keeping costs to a minimum. So, we work extremely hard to be efficient at what we do from the beginning to end of each and every loss.

If flooding has occurred, safety is always first. Beware of slips, falls and potential risks of electrical shock. Will you need water extraction or pump out, help with protecting and salvaging items and equipment around the affected areas and professional structural drying to avoid potential mold issues?  If a fire occurred, is everyone safe? To keep from injury and to prevent further damages, keep the burned and smoky areas clear of foot traffic and from being touched. Do you need help with inventorying items lost in the blaze, removal of soot and smoke odor? Will construction services be needed? Has water damages occurred from extinguishing the flames? SERVPRO can help with all of the above.

By responding immediately and with the appropriately sized team for the cleanup situation, we help to meet the goal of saving time and money. Many times our teams work around the clock in shifts to proceed with the commercial restoration process in a suitable manner. We understand each day the business doors stay closed, money is not being generated as it should. We know that if the facility is a restaurant, grocery store or food manufacturer, not until the damaged space is returned to a safe and sterile environment, will the California Department of Public Health and Safety will be able to give their clearance to reopen. This will ensure the safety of the business’s environment. Our recommendation? Only use a professional restoration company that has well trained IICRC Certified team members along with a fine reputation for doing quality work in the community. One that has a General Contractor’s license and is familiar with California state guidelines, building codes and reducing costs ultimately saving you both time and money.

West Covina Commercial Water Damage

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial West Covina Commercial Water Damage Call our SERVPRO of West Covina Team 24/7. 626.960.9145

We have our teams on stand-by around the clock… so when the water leak or flood calls pour in, we respond with excitement to help by responding quickly.  Any business having to deal with down time is losing money so our goal is to get you back, up and running as soon as possible. Sometimes it means working long hours or through the night but we are dedicated and always happy to do so.

Responding to a toilet overflow (from the tank resevore - clean water), we are never quite sure as to the extent of the damage until we walk the building site. In this instance, the water from the toilet ran all night long and poured out amongst all the offices. So, in the morning, when the first office worker opened the front door, she was surprised to find objects floating all around in several inches of water.  It was decided to call the closest SERVPRO. Fortunately that was us at SERVPRO of West Covina, so ten minutes later, the very first thing our water technician did was turn the water main off, then got right to work by extracting  the standing water and placing drying equipment to dry out  the multiple offices.

Despite the temporary interruption, the business owner was super appreciative to our entire team and pledged that we have a customer for life. We love helping to support our local community businesses!

Chino Hills Pot / Marijuana House Cleaning

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Chino Hills Pot / Marijuana House Cleaning Local landlord discovers renters were using their rental home for growing marijuana. Lots of damage resulted.

First thing this morning, we sent one of our inspection crews out to Chino Hills for a ‘pot house cleaning’ and mold issue. From time to time, our team receives such calls to inspect houses or even commercial buildings that have been discovered to have been taken over by a secret marijuana grower. We have been called out for large single dwelling homes, multiple jumbo homes in a single block and commercial warehouses and buildings, all of which were completely covered with mold. Our inspections discover boarded up windows, growing stations, potted plants and typically mold everywhere on all walls and ceilings from the moist damp conditions. Truly a property owner’s nightmare, but they are always appreciative that we are there to help return the property back to livable and rentable conditions ASAP.

Our specialty cleaning & mold removal professionals are very detailed and thorough. Any standard visual inspection is complimentary. Call our office for any specialty cleaning needs, even unusual ones like uncovering a marijuana-filled room or building…

Water Leaks & Plumbing Issues… is it simply enough to get them repaired?

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Leaks & Plumbing Issues… is it simply enough to get them repaired? Water extraction needed in this Covina Office, then the dry out of the structure, office furniture and supplies could begin…

We place great value in the money invested in our Commercial and Residential properties. When it comes to maintenance, we work hard to stay on top of the problems so they do not quickly multiply. It is wise to fix water leaks from dripping faucets right away to preserve our water supply. Such leaks from plumbing fixtures/fittings or pipes sometimes are apparent and visible but unfortunately many are hidden and may go undetected causing rot and costly damages.

Many at first think that mopping up visible water is all that is needed, but some may fail to realize that a lot of times, water quickly travels into the carpet or floor padding, past baseboards, to walls and beyond.

The detection of water behind these areas requires professional equipment. This should be taken seriously because left ignored the damaged surfaces can develop mold which thrives in moist dark areas such as behind walls, cabinets or under flooring, all in the matter of days or even hours.

To avoid missing crucial cleaning steps, utilize a water damage professional with proper IICRC training.

In the SOCAL area? Local property management companies love us for our immediate response. Call to ask about our complimentary inspections  1.877.469.7776

The Most Effective Way to Get Peace of Mind as a Landlord, Tenant, or Renter

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial The Most Effective Way to Get Peace of Mind as a Landlord, Tenant, or Renter Commercial bathroom with a shower enclosure is covered in soot after a fire in West Covina. Just imagine how bad the charred smell is...

As a protection, most commercial property landlords will require tenants to carry business liability insurance. In addition to a homeowner’s policy, many landlords are now requiring their tenants to carry renter’s insurance because it protects both parties if disaster strikes.  If a tenant who holds such a policy causes damages to a suite or unit, their insurance may cover repair costs.  It may also aid in reducing disputes between landlords and tenants as their insurance helps to identify where coverage applies.

Some policies may be a small monthly expense but well worth the investment in the event of fire, water or mold damages occurring at your property.

 “Our team witnessed a property fire claim loss this year in Baldwin Park, CA where a landlord renting to her own daughter missed the mark in this regard. Sadly the fire (started by a burning candle) destroyed large sections of her property along with the vast majority of her daughter’s furniture and belongings. Making matters worse, her daughter/tenant failed to seek out her own insurance policy as a tenant. If she had, it would have provided a degree of protection. Can you imagine having to replace all of your day to day items used in your home or business all at once? Overwhelming to say the least but even more so without any financial restitution…”

Be Well Informed and Prepared

Most important is to be well prepared by knowing what your specific insurance policy covers and doesn’t cover. Signing up with your auto insurer, a multi-policy discount may result in surprisingly low premiums along the lines of $10-$15 a month, depending. What your renter’s or tenant’s business owners policy may cover could be contents which helps to cover the cost of replacing your effects if they are ruined due to water damage, smoke & fire or theft. Additional endorsements or umbrella policies may help to better tailor to your commercial or residential needs. Included in most policies is liability. This helps protect you if someone gets injured inside your home or business and loss of use provides a place to stay temporarily and covers extra food expenditures if forced to relocate while repairs are being made.

What it doesn’t cover is the full value of some items. Some insurance companies place a cap on pay outs and are limited on damage or theft claims. Living in Southern California, something to consider is potentially purchasing separate flood or earthquake insurance if you own expensive items that could be destroyed by a natural disaster. Ask lots of questions of your insurance agent and understand the extent of your policies so that you are adequately covered for any unforeseen event.