Recent Commercial Posts

Mitigating Commercial Water Damage

6/12/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage can be straight forward to deal with in a small home. But when it strikes a big commercial building, it can be disastrous. For example, critical documents and equipment can be destroyed in the process. Here are 5 steps to prevent water damage in your property.

1. Research. In some areas, there are flood and sewer back-up prevention programs that are tax-deductible for business owners. 

2. Hire a professional to conduct regular inspections. You never know what you might find!

3. Locate shut off valves. This is important in an emergency and every employee should know where they are.

4. Keep valuables secure. Make sure important items can be put inside a waterproof cabinet of some sort.

5. Have a Plan B. If the unthinkable happens, consider having a temporary office space you can continue working out of.

If you do experience water damage in your commercial property, be sure to contact your local SERVPRO.

Were here for you 24/7

310-939-9293

Coronavirus Cleaning Services

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

Since the initial COVID-19 outbreak, businesses have started opening back up with hopes of returning to normalcy. Here at SERVPRO, we understand that this is a huge step in the right direction.

To make sure we have the best possible comeback, we have launched a program called Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned (CSC). This is a specialized cleaning service aimed at disinfecting properties that people will come into contact with.

It's extremely important to have a safe return to work and not having to worry about getting sick. This is why we have introduced our specific program to combat this situation. 

If you or anyone you know is planning to open their business soon, please don't hesitate to give us a call about disinfecting your property. The least we can do is do a thorough inspection!

We're open 24/7

310-939-9293

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let Us Help You Get Back to Business.

As our communities re-open, we're getting ready to return to a new kind of normal. The expectations our employees, and customers who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern for us all.

The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we've developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we're offering to business and commercial locations to address the current COVID - 19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes way beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. 

By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you've selected a higher cleaning standard - you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive Training and Specialized Products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO of Carson/ West Carson professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills - always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers of Disease Control and prevention, and other local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

The 3 C's: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult - Every business is different, which is why you'll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touched points, foot traffic and congested points.
  • Clean - Based on our specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set fourth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible.
  • Certify - Once your business has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you've selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees, and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guest will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard. 

Call Today For a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Consultation.

We're are here to help - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home. 

Call SERVPRO of Carson/ West Carson today at (310) 637-7701 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation. 

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Preventative Cleaning to beat COVID19

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

Since the recent outbreak of Coronavirus which quickly became a pandemic, people worldwide have been scrambling to maintain a clean living and work environment. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended use hospital-grade disinfectant for preventative measures in public places. Then Shelter in Place,  Stay at Home, and Social Distancing orders were enforced in California. 

Only essential businesses are still operational in our cities around Los Angeles County.

Here at SERVPRO we thrive to help essential businesses keep their indoor environment healthy and free of traces of COVID19, by following all guidelines of CDC.

Our certified crew, highly trained in the field of disinfection, and equipped with PPE ( Preventive Protection Equipment) are here 24/7 to respond for any need of preventive cleaning and disinfection. The facilities can be treated overnight by our team, so that during business hours our community's places of essential business are safer and infectious free.

To schedule an overnight preventive treatment of any essential business location, during this unprecedented era of COVID 19, please call SERVPRO at 310-939-9293. As always, we're here to make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO is Proactively Making Workplace Safe, Ready and Inviting for Employees, and Customers

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

We all need peace of mind regarding safety and cleanness, Infectious disease free in stores, hotels, airports, airplanes, movie theaters, gyms and all other commercial facilities. 

During the critical time of Covid19 pandemic as well as  immediately after this period it is crucial that we learn from the disastrous experience.

According to the announcement of CDC Center for Disease Control) as well as WHO (World Health Organization) It is determined that many essential business workers (healthcare, delivery services, supermarket workers and janitorial personnel) may be carrier of the disease without showing any symptom.

The Current Coronavirus causing the pandemic is said to survive on surfaces and even fabric for many hours, even several days. 

All commercial facilities should consider a professional cleaning and disinfecting service to prevent further spread.

We at SERVPRO have professionally developed protocol to clean, sanitize and also disinfect any commercial building. 

Our protocol categorizes facilities in 3 group:

  •  Category 1 – general cleaning and disinfecting services in the absence of any known or potential contamination.
  • Category 2 – specific cleaning and disinfecting services where a person under investigation (PUI) for COVID-19 contamination has come into contact with the location.
  • Category 3 – person with confirmed COVID-19 has had material contact with the location

All of our highly trained, IICRC certified technicians on site will use PPE (Preventive Protective Equipment) while they perform cleaning work, inside any facility. This means they are wearing N-95 masks, gloves at the minimum. 

When they complete a work at a job site, all tools and equipment are disinfected professionally before being stored in our vehicles to assure that no virus or other infectious particle will intrude in your building once you work with SERVPRO professionals.

With the facts in mind it all commercial facilities in our community in Carson and surrounding area are invited  to call for scheduled overnight cleaning if your business is operational during the Shelter in place or lock down period, or to proactively clean and sanitize workplace for not so far away future use.

Call SERVPRO. We are always here to help.

310-637-7701

Commercial Water Damage Services Available 24/7

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Green SERVPRO EQ Commercial water extraction

When fire and water damage take control of your life, we help you take it back!

SERVPRO's network of more than 1,700 franchises is ready to respond 24/7 in the event of a fire, water, or mold loss to help you get your lives back on track.

When being a property owner, or property manager, its always important to have a plan of action and vendors you can count on and trust.

At SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson we believe in helping others and take every job serious.

There's no such thing as a small disaster, especially when the water you don't see contains bacteria or can cause rot, mold, and serious damage to your property.

Always call a certified professional rather than doing things on your own just to save money. Usually you end up paying more $$$ on the long run when things are done incorrectly.

SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson can be reached around the clock 365 days out of the year at (310) 637- 7701

Save our 24/7 emergency contact# in your smartphones to be ready for whatever happens, so SERVPRO can make it "Like it never even happened"

Tips To Prevent Water Leaks In Your Commercial Building

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can seriously hinder a business if not dealt with correctly. Luckily, there are some preventative measures that can be taken against it. 

1. Inspection - keep an eye on things like the building's pipes and plumbing fixtures. It may seem trivial at the time, but catching an early onset of a leak can literally save the building. 

2. Maintenance - You aren't trained to spot specific things that a professional might. Schedule a technician to conduct regular maintenance on your building. 

3. Cleaning - Your building's gutters play a major role in safeguarding against leaks. Be sure to check on them every once in a while to remove clogs or blockages.

4. Upgrades - Pipes and fixtures go through a lot of wear and tear. Consider upgrading or repairing them every so often. Manually turning water fixtures can also help prolong their lifespan by preventing it from becoming stuck.

These tips will help prevent commercial water damage, but there's always a chance something goes wrong. Don't hesitate to set up an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) to get the quickest response possible.

https://www.SERVPROcarsonwestcarson.com/ (310) 637-7701 

Helping The Carson Industrial Center With A Rapid Response...

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Stay Ready My Friends

SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson has its main warehouse in the greater industrial area in the city of Carson. We thrive on providing the quickest response times when the unexpected occurs.

We understand the importance of a rapid response when dealing with any water/fire damage to your property. We understand the importance of dealing with business interruptions as quickly as possible to avoid any customer downtime and claim expenses. SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson professionals help meet the real needs of insurers and property owners by supplying reliable consistent service.

The first steps taken in a disaster situation can mean the difference between recovery and total loss. That's exactly why we advise anyone who's reading this blog to save SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson's 24 hour emergency dispatch # (310) 637-7701.

Best Practices For Water or Fire Claims of Commercial Buildings

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Take Action on Your Water/Fire Damage

When water, or fire damage happens to a building it feels just like a disaster to all individuals living or working in that building.

Water and fire, both extend their areas of damage to surrounding areas in a blink  of an eye. It is a devastating experience and most people experience it at least once in their lifetime.

How to deal with this disaster when you are in charge? You'd better have an action plan.

Some property managers, facility managers, and building owners think that to control cost of repair it is better to obtain multiple estimates for repair and choose the least expensive one. Here's why this is  not the best way to handle this issue.

  1.  Take action: People directly involved in the disasters; individuals living, working, or spending their days in the building have to wait, sometimes several day for the decision maker to decide. They may feel being ignored. 
  2. Prevent extended damage: water and fire both extend their damages when they are left alone.The estimates that you obtained at one point in time does not include some work or equipment needed to repair the extended damage that happened while waiting for approval of vendor.
  3. Testings: ( asbestos, mold, lead) may be necessary for some situations and if an estimator omits that part, the actual cost of one inexpensive estimate may raise.
  4. Trust SERVPRO of Carson/ West Carson: Call 310-637-7701: Because the elite risk managers trust us and call us when disaster strikes. We know how to handle the claim so at the end it will be a win win situation for the owner as well as tenants/occupants of the building.

Mold in Schools and Workplace

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Besides damages that moisture can cause to the building itself, the eventual growth of mold indoors in commercial building and schools are of serious concern. 

It can be a cause of excessive absenteeism for individuals with pre-existing health condition.

If inside your office building or workplace, or your child's classroom high moisture is present, then it makes sense to encourage the facility manager to find solutions to control the indoor moisture.

In many cases a hidden or obvious leak inside walls is the reason of high indoor moisture. 

Ideal indoor moisture for indoor quality air is between 40% and 50%.

When moisture is high, mold growth can occur. Which becomes a problem in workplace and schools.  

Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on. By controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth you can:

  • Prevent damage to building materials and furnishings
  • Save money
  • Avoid potential health risks

Molds can be found almost anywhere, they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present.

There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed.

 It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors.

Since mold requires water to grow, it is important to prevent moisture problems in buildings.

Moisture problems can have many causes, including uncontrolled humidity. Some moisture problems in buildings have been linked to changes in building construction practices during the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

Some of these changes have resulted in buildings that are tightly sealed, but may lack adequate ventilation, potentially leading to moisture buildup. Building materials, such as drywall, may not allow moisture to escape easily. Moisture problems may include:

  • Roof leaks
  • Landscaping or gutters that direct water into or under the building
  • Unvented combustion appliances
  • Delayed maintenance or insufficient maintenance are also associated with moisture problems in schools and large buildings

When mold growth occurs in buildings, adverse health problems may be reported by some building occupants, particularly those with allergies or respiratory problems.

Remediators should avoid exposing themselves and others to mold-laden dusts as they conduct their cleanup activities. Caution should be used to prevent mold and mold spores from being dispersed throughout the air where they can be inhaled by building occupants.

If you suspect that you have a MOLD issue in your school/commercial facility, please call SERVPRO of Carson/ West Carson (310)637-7700 to schedule a mold mitigation walk through with one of our trained certified technicians.

Preventative Maintenance Checklist

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Property Owner's Beware

Being a property owner comes with a lot of responsibility. Whether you're a residential/commercial property owner, you have to have your property up to par in order to avoid any setbacks or claim expenses.

Depending on the size of your facility, it's a good idea to make sure you hire a maintenance manager to keep your property in good condition. By having a preventative maintenance checklist for all your properties, you can save lots of $$$ and business interruptions. 

Your maintenance manager should be familiar with this list to upkeep various aspects of building maintenance that get weathered by environmental conditions. Our team at SERVPRO of Carson/ West Carson are big believers of preparing for disasters.

By failing to prepareyou are preparing to fail.”

Call SERVPRO of Carson/ West Carson at our office number (310) 637-7701

Ask us how we can help you be prepared for the unexpected, by having a rapid response for YOU! the owner, if things go south at your properties.

How Can I Tell if I Have Mold at My Property???

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

I Think We Have Mold

BE ALERT!

SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson handles water damages on the daily and knows prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. If you're a facility manager or business owner, it is your responsibility to make sure your facility is in good condition at all times.

If you come across a moisture situation, it's ideal to see where the cause of loss is located to prevent secondary damages like MOLD. If you have an ongoing moisture situation in your facility, be alert for...

  • Strong musty odors that indicate possible mold growth.
  • The presence of visible mold
  • Excessive humidity
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.

If you are unsure about having mold but would like to find out for sure, give us a call at (310)939-9293.  

Plan Ahead: Emergency Ready Profile

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Being prepared for any fire or water emergency on your property can be quite beneficial and even reduce any business interruptions that may occur. SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson provides an Emergency Ready Profile for any commercial or business property for free.  The Emergency Ready Profile is a thorough document that consist of analytical information about your property or business, including emergency contacts, shut off valve locations and lead areas. 

The ERP will help to ensure you are "Ready for whatever happens. Our skilled technicians are available to help and complete the ERP with you step by step with just a phone call to (310) 637-7701.

SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson obtain the best technicians to perform services with skill, honesty, and integrity  to provide the consumer with the highest standard of care and expertise. 

What's " Indoor Air Quality" Should I Be Concerned???

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

Breathe With Me!

Have you ever been at work with a really bad headache, feeling a bit nauseous, or feeling fatigue... But once you get off work and leave the facility, your headache goes away, and you feel normal again?

That could indicate poor IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) at your work. Good indoor air quality should really be a priority to make sure you're constantly breathing the clean air that you deserve to breathe, in order to properly function at work, you need good indoor air quality. 

 Indoor air quality (also called "indoor environmental quality") describes how inside air can affect a person's health, comfort, and ability to work.  It can include temperature, humidity, lack of outside air (poor ventilation), mold from water damage, or exposure to other chemicals. 

If you suspect that your work environment has poor indoor air quality, let your facility manager know about your symptoms and get your facility checked out.  

Asbestos at My Job

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

The Dangers of Asbestos

Asbestos is a very dangerous mineral that should always be avoided. Its microscopic fibers cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted and it usually does not cause any immediate symptoms at all. Actually, symptoms may not be seen for 10-40 years after exposure to asbestos. However there are some symptoms that should be looked out for. If you feel you may have been exposed to asbestos You can find out more information on the EPA website.

https://www.epa.gov/

If you suspect you may have asbestos in your home or business, its very important to know what you're dealing with. When people tend to do the work on their own, they do more harm than good because they don't know the proper protocols when dealing with a situation like asbestos. Always do your homework before you start doing construction and opening walls as you can spread the cancerous mineral at your home or work facility.

Job Fair in The City of Carson,CA June 1st, 2018

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Job Fair

Attention all of South Bay/LA County... Our friends over at the STUB HUB CENTER in Carson, CA will be having a Job Fair tomorrow, Friday June 1st, 2018.

The Job Fair will begin at 9:00am - 1:00 pm at the STUB HUB CENTER in Carson. They claim to have over 300 positions, GET HIRED ON THE SPOT! 

If you don't know by now... The STUB HUB CENTER is now the new home for the Los Angeles Chargers, and of course the Los Angeles Galaxy. If you're a huge NFL/ Soccer FAN, I suggest you to bring all legal right to work documents and a good first impression.

Positions:

Security, Box Office, Concessions, Guest Services, Merchandise, Housekeeping.

Good luck to everyone! and Good Luck to the LA Chargers/LA Galaxy!

Make Sure To Properly Setup Your Appliances

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Double Check Your Appliances

We depend on our appliances every day therefore it is very important that they are setup properly.

Most of our appliances use water to work and perform their function. If your appliance hose cracks open or loosens, it can cause hundreds of gallons of water to cover your floors in water.

If this happens, you need to call the professionals over at SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson to extract all the standing water and then make sure your property is thoroughly dried.

At SERVPRO, our technicians are dedicated professionals that are highly trained and are capable of doing quality work to meet your high standards.

SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson is available 24/7 for water/fire/mold emergencies and is independently owned and operated. For any questions please don't hesitate to reach out to us at (310)637-7701

4th of July Safety

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Stay Safe From Fireworks

4th of July is just around the Corner, for many Americans, July Fourth is a day to lounge by the pool, barbecue, and watch fireworks. But before you celebrate with a bang this year, make sure you’re prepared. What if one of the explosions damages your house or a neighbors.

Facts

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says people report more fires on the Fourth of July than on any other day in the year.

Children are particularly at risk. Those between five to nine years old are the most likely to be hurt by fireworks. Kids 10 to 19 followed as the second most vulnerable group. In 2018 alone, firecrackers and similar explosives injured nearly 10,000 youths.

You may believe “kiddie” fireworks like sparklers or bloomers aren’t dangerous. But they can cause fires or serious injuries. In fact, sparklers caused more than one-quarter of fireworks-related damage in 2014. That makes a lot of sense after you hear sparklers burn at 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Emergency Ready Program

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Have a Plan Of Action

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

 

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
     
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
     
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
     
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
     
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
     
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."