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How to Protect your Business from a Natural Disaster

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

The after effects of a commercial/business fire .

Natural disasters can happen anywhere, at any time, and can affect everyone. If you own a business, you need to prepare for natural disasters, just as you would at home. By being prepared for disaster, you can mitigate some potential damage. While taking preventative measures is a good first-line of defense, sometimes disasters are inevitable. Insurance is also important to help protect your small business. These tips can help you prepare your business from natural disasters.

Keeping Your Employees Safe

  • Establish an evacuation and emergency plan. Make sure that all employees are informed on what to do if disaster strikes. Hold drills so that everyone can practice and is familiar with the plan.
  • Have a back-up generator or emergency lights in case the power goes out. That way, your employees can find a safe exit..
  • Make sure that your business has proper alarms and systems to alert employees of danger. Be sure to test these alarms so that they function properly in the times of need. Be sure to change batteries if needed.

Keeping Your Business Safe.

  • Create an up-to-date inventory. List all of your assets and make copies of important documents so you can access them in the future. You may also want to take video of your assets of your business as a record. Keep a copy of your inventory in a safe place so they won’t get lost in a disaster situation.
  • Create a backup of important systems and documents. This way it will be easier to recover it even if your equipment is damaged. Store them in a safe and secure location outside of your business’s property.
  • Hire a professional to assess your commercial property. They can give recommendations on ways to make your business safer. A professional can assess the situation and provide ways to make your business more resistant to disaster.
  • Talk to your insurance agent about your small business insurance. They can make sure that your coverage is up to date and can help guide you to the right coverage for your business. Depending on what area your business is located, you may want to consider getting additional policies, such as flood or earthquake insurance. You may also want to ask about an umbrella policy, also known as excess liability coverage.

From fires, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes – natural disasters can cause some serious damage to your business. Take action and help protect your business before disaster strikes. Sometimes damage is preventable. Sometimes it is not. Make sure to talk to your insurance agent to help protect your business financially.

Customer Success Story

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Any implication on a business impacts the regular operational flow of a business. For James, water damage almost completely wiped out his business.

James, is the owner of a small, local shop for office supplies. He went to work to open up the shop, nothing was out of the ordinary. As he made his way to the back he noticed the carpet in shop started to become damper. James headed straight to the storage room where he keeps inventory, when he opened up the door, water leaking through the walls and ceiling and all his inventory was destroyed. Apparently, a faulty water pipe was located in the storage room  and had water leakage issues in the past but James simply ignored it because the cost to repair it wasn't in his budget at the time. Over time, he forgot to have it inspected and repaired, finally, the pipe burst.

He called the SERVPRO of Glendora/ San Dimas to help restore his storage room to an even better condition than it was before the disaster.

James finally got his business up and running again but he now knows even if there is a small leakage, action is needed; he now knows who to call.  

Who's Responsible

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Damage in your apartment? Who’s Responsible in the State of California?

The Disaster

Rain in California nowadays seems like a supernatural phenomenon but back in January of 2018, violent downpours of rain hit the City of Montecito; killing 21 people.

If you’re a renter, you may have been displaced during this storm. Also, if there was a broken pipe, drain damaged, you wouldn't know where to turn to.

Renters Rights

If the rental unit is in need of a repair for broken furnishings, pipes burst, broken A/C unit,water damage, etc, it is the landlords responsibility to fix those repairs under the implied warranty and signed/verbal contract. Failure to fix those repairs can be dangerous and possibly affect your health and might even affect the surrounding tenant. According to California Civil Code section 1941, the landlord is responsible for providing tenants with habitable living conditions and repair any problem that prevents an uninhabitable environment. Unless, if the problems were caused by tenant, guests, children, and or pets.

Steps for the Renter:

Take Action

  • Do not enter area if affected by electrical outlets, switches, electrical equipment that are exposed to water.
  • If possible, turn off the water source or any running water
  • Remove as much excess water as possible
  • Place Aluminium foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Move any personal belongings to a dryer place

Contact for help

  • Contact the landlord immediately
  • Address if any of your personal property was ruined
  • In case of a severe water damage, speak with your landlord if lease can be evicted, cancelled, and or evicted with or without penalty.

Steps for the Landlord

Assess the Damage

  • The facility itself, all attached furnishings, and utilities will be covered under the landlords property insurance
  • Damages to the tenants/landlords personal property is not covered by the landlords property insurance. Whichever party is at fault for the water damaged will be held responsible for repairing/replacing personal property.

How Can SERVPRO Glendora / San Dimas Help?

SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and is dedicated to providing quality service. Our highly trained technicians are quick to respond with our 24-hour emergency, for your water damage restoration needs.

No disaster is too big for SERVPRO Glendora / San Dimas.

Carpet Cleaning your Commercial Business

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Carpet Cleaning

Running a business can be hard and expensive, but having your business looking at its best is another challenge, especially for a large commercial property. According to statistics, having carpet increases revenue by 22%. No wonder 60% of businesses today have carpet.

The downside of owning carpet is that it gets messy fast. No matter how many signs or warnings you give your staff members and or customers to be careful, there is bound to be a stain.

Top Common Stains:

  • Coffee spills
  • Ink
  • Wine
  • Blood
  • Animal excrement

What many commercial property owners don't know is that there are different soil levels and different methods and approaches of cleaning.

Levels & Restoration

Light 

Carpet is lightly sprayed with a cleaning solution

  • Dirt must be pulled from the carpet with a “bonnet” pad

Medium

  • A portable extraction unit applies a cleaning solution with hot water while vacuuming the carpet.
  • A soil emulsifier is sprayed onto the carpet, letting it set for 10- 15 minutes. Then an extraction unit removes soil.

Heavy

Heavy soil levels often require a multi step process:

  •  Shampooing the carpet
  •  Rinse and extract entire carpet for deep cleaning

The goal is to remove the dirt, moisture, and any harmful bacteria that may be settling in the carpet to prevent any further damage. In some cases, it may end up costing more if not treated correctly.

Overall, you want your carpets to last long and look healthier. Your facility should look its best when you open your doors. So call a professional commercial damage restoration company, SERVPRO Glendora / San Dimas to effectively and efficiently remove those stains to make it "Like it never even happened."

Professional Maintenance on your Commercial Building

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

If water damage happens to your commercial building it can jeopardize a businesses ability to run and function! If there is an excess of water then it can lead to more severe damage to the building and if not addressed immediately by your local emergency water damage restoration company, then health problems can occur because of the mold growth that may occur. This is not an ideal situation for any business or individual.

Inspection

Just as you pay attention to the business that goes on in your commercial building, keeping an eye on your commercial building is just as important. Inspect the building's pipes, plumbing fixtures, structure, and roof to check whether everything is working properly. If you find anything abnormal then have a professional like SERVPRO JOE from SERVPRO Glendora / San Dimas do an inspection.

Professional Maintenance

When inspecting the building yourself, you may miss things that a professional wouldn't. A professional is trained to know the system and to find and fix problems. Remember, just because you don't notice anything concerning doesn't mean everything is okay. It's highly possible for leaks to occur in hidden areas and cause extensive damage that may not be noticeable. With the help of a professional, any small issue can be found and fixed before they turn into larger issues.

Outside Cleaning

If your building's gutters aren't regularly cleaned, you risk water leaking into the building through the roof or foundation. If gutters are not cleaned and become clogged, water will be accumulate and overflow. The water then settles by the base of the building and may leak into the buildings foundation. This is why it is important to have your building's gutters cleaned out often.

Repairs and Upgrades

With a large number of people who use water fixtures in a commercial building, the fixtures may wear out quicker. Sometimes older piping may not be able to handle the high-volume usage and this may lead to leakage. 

If you need a professional restoration company to inspect your commercial building to make sure everything is working properly, then call your local SERVPRO of Glendora  / San Dimas to confirm everything is working properly.

Protect your Southern California Commercial Business from a Fire

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

All of the time, money, and effort that you invest in your business has the potential of disappearing in just one fire. The most common and costliest types of commercial property damage is fire, so it it crucial to take all the precautions needed to protect your business from a fire hazard.

The following are way to protect your business from a serious fire:

1. Remove Clutter that Could Potentially Fuel a Fire

Keep work areas clear of paper, trash, and anything that could potentially kindle a fire. You should perform a close inspection of all work spaces to remove anything that could create sparks or fuel a fire. Also, ensure that there are no obstacles blocking access to emergency exits.  

2. Watch Appliances and Machinery

Old, faulty, or misused appliances have the potential to cause fires. Get rid of broken appliances, check for recalls, and make sure employees turn off appliances when they are not in use. Do not overload power outlets or exceed voltage limits.

3. Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are two crucial, potentially life-saving devices. Be sure to replace batteries periodically and test all devices regularly to make sure they’re functioning properly.

4. Make Sure Fire Extinguishers Are in Working Order

Ensure that your business has the proper type of extinguisher for your facilities and regularly check that everything is in working order. You should also provide your employees with training on how to use these extinguishers.

5. Train Employees

Make sure employees are properly trained in the correct use of all equipment and in the storage and disposal of fire hazards. All employees should know what to do if a fire occurs, including the location and operation of fire extinguishers, the emergency number to call, and the exits to use.

6. Have an Evacuation Plan

You should also be ready for the unexpected. Make sure all exit signs are visible and adequately lit by a reliable power source at all times. Conduct regular fire drills so that your employees know how to respond in the event of a fire emergency. You can also contact SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas to help develop a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile plan for your business to help guide you in the event of an emergency.

Practice good fire safety prevention now to prevent heartache and financial loss later. In the event that your San Gabriel Valley business does suffer from fire damage, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas to assist in the remediation and restoration process.

Commercial Property Restoration with us at SERVPRO

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Glendora / San Dimas have completed many commercial property projects, are experienced and qualified to get the job done.

We know that as a commercial property management professional, your clients and tenants rely on you for efficient day to day operations of their property. We also know that they rely on you to protect it when something goes wrong. We understand that there's no such thing as a small emergency when it can negatively impact occupant safety, revenue loss and business continuity.

That's why it is so important for timely mitigation to minimize damage, business interruptions and recovery costs. You and your tenants will appreciate the rapid response, expertise and training from your local SERVPRO of Glendora / San Dimas to help you get your facility back into operation quickly. 

Thankfully, SERVPRO franchise Glendora / San Dimas is part of the Large Loss Response Team in order to serve your commercial large loss needs. We are a network of over 1,600 locations strategically positioned throughout the United States.

Like many commercial properties, your facility probably has a evacuation plan in place of an emergency occurrence. Everyone in the work place must understand the evacuation plan, how they should exit the building and where they should go once they are outside. 

Your local SERVPRO of Glendora / San Dimas can provide emergency contact information, tools and resources needed to help ensure an effective evacuation plan is in place.

11 Tips to Keep Your San Dimas Business Clean & Safe

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

To some people, the word “housekeeping” calls to mind cleaning floors and surfaces, removing dust, and organizing clutter.

But in a work setting, it means much more. Housekeeping is crucial to safe workplaces. It can help prevent injuries and improve productivity and morale, as well as make a good first impression on visitors. It also can help an employer avoid potential fines for non-compliance.

Workplace safety programs should incorporate housekeeping, and every worker should play a part. In addition, housekeeping should have management’s commitment so workers realize its importance. Here are 11 tips for effective workplace housekeeping.

1. Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls

Slips, trips and falls were the second leading cause of nonfatal occupational injuries or illnesses involving days away from work in 2013, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Ways to help prevent slip, trip and fall incidents:

  • Report and clean up spills and leaks.
  • Keep aisles and exits clear of items.
  • Consider installing mirrors and warning signs to help with blind spots.
  • Replace worn, ripped or damage flooring.
  • Consider installing anti-slip flooring in areas that can’t always be cleaned.
  • Use drip pans and guards.

2. Eliminate Fire Hazards

Employees should keep unnecessary combustible materials from accumulating in the work area. Combustible waste should be stored in covered metal receptacles and disposed of daily.

Ways to prevent fire hazards:

  • Keep combustible materials in the work area only in amounts needed for the job. When they are unneeded, move them to an assigned safe storage area.
  • Store quick-burning, flammable materials in designated locations away from ignition sources.
  • Avoid contaminating clothes with flammable liquids. Change clothes if contamination occurs.
  • Keep passageways and fire doors free of obstructions. Stairwell doors should be kept closed. Do not store items in stairwells.
  • Keep materials at least 18 inches away from automatic sprinklers, fire extinguishers and sprinkler controls. 
  • Hazards in electrical areas should be reported, and work orders should be issued to fix them.

3. Control Dust

Dust accumulation of more than 1/32 of an inch – or 0.8 millimeters – covering at least 5 percent of a room’s surface poses a significant explosion hazard, according to the Quincy, MA-based National Fire Protection Association. This dust accumulation is about as thick as a dime or paper clip.

Methods of cleaning include vacuuming, sweeping, and water wash-down. Ensure you are using wet methods or a high- efficiency vacuum system as using a shop vac or compressed air to blow it will only redistribute the dust. 

4.  Avoid Tracking Materials

Work-area mats – which can be cloth or sticky-topped – should be kept clean and maintained to help prevent the spread of hazardous materials to other work areas. Separate cleaning protocols may be needed for different areas to prevent cross-contamination. Avoid using the same mop to clean both an oily spill and in another area, for example.

5. Prevent falling objects

Protections such as a toe board, toe rail or net can help prevent objects from falling and hitting workers or equipment.

Other tips include stacking boxes and materials straight up and down to keep them from falling. 

Place heavy objects on lower shelves, and keep equipment away from the edges of desks and tables. Also, refrain from stacking objects in areas where workers walk, including aisles.

Keep layout in mind so workers are not exposed to hazards as they walk through areas. 

6. Clear Clutter

When an area is cluttered, you’re going to likely have a cut or laceration injury. You’re not going to have as much room to set up your workstation like you should and move around. You’re going to be twisting your body rather than moving your whole body. 

Workers should return tools and other materials to storage after using them, and dispose of materials that are no longer needed.

Keep aisles, stairways, emergency exits, electrical panels and doors clear of clutter, and purge untidy areas. Empty trash receptacles before they overflow.

7. Store Materials Properly

Storage areas should not have an accumulation of materials that present hazards for tripping, fire, explosion or pests. Unused materials and equipment should be stored out of the way of workers and you should avoid using workspaces for storage. Everything should be returned to its proper place after it is done being used. 

8. Use and inspect personal protective equipment and tools

Wear basic PPE – such as closed-toe shoes and safety glasses – while performing housekeeping. Tools should be regularly inspected, cleaned, and fixed and any damaged tools should be removed from the work area. 

9. Determine Frequency

All workers should participate in housekeeping, especially in terms of keeping their own work areas tidy, reporting safety hazards and cleaning up spills, if possible.

Before the end of a shift, workers should inspect and clean their workspaces and remove unused materials. This dedication can reduce time spent cleaning later.

10. Create written rules

Experts agree that housekeeping policies should be put in writing that way they are formal and defined. Written protocols could specify which cleaners, tools and methods should be used.

11. Think long-term

Keep records, maintain a regular walkthrough inspection schedule, report hazards and train employees to help sustain housekeeping. Set goals and expectations, and base auditing on those goals.

Read More: http://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/12470-tips-for-effective-workplace-housekeeping?page=2

Common Causes of Commercial Water Damage

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

There’s nothing quite like water damage to put a damper on your business. Not only can you lose out on days or weeks of productivity, but you could also find yourself repairing or replacing valuable equipment like electronics, tools, and inventory. In order to determine how to prevent water damage in your business, you have to first determine what the causes of water damage are. The following are common causes of commercial water damage:

Appliances & Equipment:

If your facility has equipment that utilizes water, leakage is an ever-present danger. Air conditioners, water heaters, or anything that uses tubes, pipes, gaskets or filters to operate has the potential to leak.

The best thing to do is to regularly look over and maintain your equipment. If you notice anything that concerns you-- like rust, cracks, bulges or signs of moisture-- take preventative measures.

Sprinkler Systems

Many commercial buildings are equipped with sprinkler systems which are ideal for minimizing fire damage, but are not ideal for water damage when they malfunction. Always check your sprinkler system for signs of damage or rust, and replace them regularly to make sure they are functioning properly.

Roofing

Make sure you are checking your roof regularly. If you have water gathering on the roof, your drainage isn’t working effectively. Over time, this can cause strain and lead to leaks.

Natural Disasters

Mother nature can be unpredictable, and she can also do untold damage to your business. In Southern California, we experience natural disasters like severe thunderstorms and flash flooding. We cannot control the weather, but we can control how ready we are for it.

To keep the damage minimal, you should keep the gutters clear, installing barriers and storing important files and electronics at a higher level. You may also want to consider getting a risk assessment and adding flood insurance if you’re in an area where your risk is higher.

Pipes & Drains

Your plumbing system is susceptible to stoppages, clogs, and damage. You should keep an eye out for outward signs of moisture, blue stains, rusting, cracking and bulging. If you’re having plumbing work done or you have a cut pipe for any reason, check for scale buildup.

Ultimately, there is no way to completely eliminate all risk of water damage to your facility, but knowing common culprits, practicing good maintenance and taking preventative measures will reduce your risks and help you respond better if something does occur. If your Los Angeles business experiences water damage do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Glendora/ San Dimas.

Is Your Los Angeles Business Prepared for the Next Big Earthquake?

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

If you are a California native, you know that the Golden State is known for being an earthquake hot zone. California is a highly seismically active area and has more than 300 fault lines that span across the state. One of the highest risk areas, the southern part of the San Andreas fault, is as close as some of our backyards.

Many believe that the San Andreas fault is due for an earthquake because a lot of pressure has built up along the fault line, as there hasn’t been an earthquake since a magnitude 7.9 in 1857. Preparing your commercial business for a major earthquake is important to ensure that your business continues running in the event that one strikes Southern California.

Here are 7 steps to an Earthquake Resilient Business:

1. Identify Potential Hazards

You should recognize potential problems and analyze how they may interrupt your business. First, identify critical assets that would cause a disruption to your business. Then, identify the level of impact these assets could have if lost. Begin to address these hazards now that they have been prioritized.

2. Create a Disaster Plan

Once you’ve identified the potential hazards that an earthquake could have on your Los Angeles business, you will need to create an emergency plan. SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas can assist in developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile plan that will help guide you in the event of an emergency. Ensure that all employees know and understand the plan and conduct annual training and regular drills so that the plan will be second nature by the time disaster strikes.

3. Prepare Disaster Supplies Kits

Your commercial business should also take basic measures to be self-sufficient during the early phases after disaster. Not only should there be a first aid kit, but also disaster supplies such as food, water, and flashlights. Ensure that all emergency supplies are easily accessible and in protected locations.

4. Identify your Building’s Potential Weaknesses and Begin to Fix Them

Address any structural hazards that could interrupt your business, especially high impact and high cost hazards. Strengthen weaknesses and replace elements that may injure people or keep you from reopening.

5. Protect Yourself and Employees During Earthquake

Drop, Cover, and Hold Up. When at work and an earthquake hits, the critical initial step for safety is to: Drop underneath a sturdy table, Cover your head and neck, and Hold On to the furniture as it moves and stay until the shaking stops. Stay clear of objects that may fall, windows, or anything that may harm you.

6. After the Earthquake, Check for Injuries and Damage

Once the earthquake has stopped, check for people injured, then look for serious damage and decide if it is safe to stay. Once life safety is stabilized, focus on the building and any potential structural hazards.

7. When Safe Continue to Follow Your Disaster Plan

Begin recovery activities to resume your business operations. Create a more detailed assessment of operational issues, prioritize your findings, then create an action plan to address them.

Preparing for an earthquake is critical for your Los Angeles business, will your business be open or closed after the next big earthquake?

Protecting Your Los Angeles County Business From Fire

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

All of the time, money, and effort that you invest in your business has the potential of disappearing in just one fire. The most common and costliest types of commercial property damage is fire, so it it crucial to take all the precautions needed to protect your business from a fire hazard.

The following are way to protect your business from a serious fire:

1. Remove Clutter that Could Potentially Fuel a Fire

Keep work areas clear of paper, trash, and anything that could potentially kindle a fire. You should perform a close inspection of all work spaces to remove anything that could create sparks or fuel a fire. Also, ensure that there are no obstacles blocking access to emergency exits.  

2. Watch Appliances and Machinery

Old, faulty, or misused appliances have the potential to cause fires. Get rid of broken appliances, check for recalls, and make sure employees turn off appliances when they are not in use. Do not overload power outlets or exceed voltage limits.

3. Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are two crucial, potentially life-saving devices. Be sure to replace batteries periodically and test all devices regularly to make sure they’re functioning properly.

4. Make Sure Fire Extinguishers Are in Working Order

Ensure that your business has the proper type of extinguisher for your facilities and regularly check that everything is in working order. You should also provide your employees with training on how to use these extinguishers.

5. Train Employees

Make sure employees are properly trained in the correct use of all equipment and in the storage and disposal of fire hazards. All employees should know what to do if a fire occurs, including the location and operation of fire extinguishers, the emergency number to call, and the exits to use.

6. Have an Evacuation Plan

You should also be ready for the unexpected. Make sure all exit signs are visible and adequately lit by a reliable power source at all times. Conduct regular fire drills so that your employees know how to respond in the event of a fire emergency. You can also contact SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas to help develop a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile plan for your business to help guide you in the event of an emergency.

Practice good fire safety prevention now to prevent heartache and financial loss later. In the event that your San Gabriel Valley business does suffer from fire damage, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas to assist in the remediation and restoration process.

Is Your San Gabriel Valley Business Ready for Disaster?

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know? As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster.

Of these businesses that survive, a majority of them had an emergency preparedness plan in place.

By Developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize 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. Being “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.

Contact SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas to help develop an emergency ready Profile for your San Gabriel Valley business. Some benefits of the plan include:

  • No cost assessment of your facility
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishment of SERVPRO Glendora/San Dimas as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Establishing the line of contact for authorizing work to begin.
  • Facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.

Ready to get started? Contact SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas at 626.852.9922 TODAY!

Commercial Loss

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO team at a large loss site.

In the Fire and Water Restoration Industry, there are relatively small jobs that can occur in a home or business that may be easy and quick to remedy.  However, there is a common term for jobs that are much bigger, these jobs are called “Large Loss” projects.  The word loss refers back to an insurance term for property-loss or claim.

Some SERVPRO Franchises have certifications to provide emergency services specifically for restoring Large Lose projects.  These Franchises are called Large Loss Response Teams (LLRT).  For any LLRT Franchise in a metropolitan area, being prepared for a natural or man-made disaster is a continuous process.

SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas is a Certified Large Loss Response Team Franchise and is located on the Eastern perimeter of the Los Angeles Basin where approximately 10 Million residence live and work.  The number of commercial “large loss” events in a city this large occurs on a daily basis.    Also, the technical complexity of a large loss event can be extreme as the downtown districts of many communities within the LA Basin have high rise structures, reaching dozens or more floors above ground and frequently multiple stories below ground level.   The required technical capability can frequently be a critical resource and one method that SERVPRO has to quickly adapt to extraordinary cases is to have a diverse staff of subject matter experts available at any time, day or night, who can be on their way to a disaster site within hours.

Also, as a Large Loss Response Team Member, SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas is ready to address potentially millions of square feet of commercial and residential properties in a disaster situation.     The very high density of property in Los Angeles creates the need to have a large inventory of reserve equipment and people to handle losses on a massive scale.  The method to handle the equipment and skilled labor requirements at this scale is to draw on stores of equipment located in strategic locations around the metropolitan area and to partner with other SERVPRO Franchises to deploy the right level of skilled Technicians and Management support.  This is our way of assuring consistent high quality service, expertise, and processes are available when major disasters strike.

SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas (LLRT) is a restoration partner you can depend on when a commercial loss occurs to a single property or on a city wide scale.

Metropolitan Restoration

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

In the Fire and Water Restoration Industry, there are relatively small jobs that can occur in a home or business that may be easy and quick to remedy.  However, there is a common term for jobs that are much bigger, these jobs are called “Large Loss” projects.  The word loss refers back to an insurance term for property-loss or claim.

Some SERVPRO Franchises have certifications to provide emergency services specifically for restoring Large Lose projects.  These Franchises are called Large Loss Response Teams (LLRT).  For any LLRT Franchise in a metropolitan area, being prepared for a natural or man-made disaster is a continuous process.

SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas & Irwindale/Baldwin Park is a Certified Large Loss Response Team Franchise and is located on the Eastern perimeter of the Los Angeles Basin where approximately 10 Million residence live and work.  The number of commercial “large loss” events in a city this large occurs on a daily basis.    Also, the technical complexity of a large loss event can be extreme as the downtown districts of many communities within the LA Basin have high rise structures, reaching dozens or more floors above ground and frequently multiple stories below ground level.   The required technical capability can frequently be a critical resource and one method that SERVPRO has to quickly adapt to extraordinary cases is to have a diverse staff of subject matter experts available at any time, day or night, who can be on their way to a disaster site within hours.

Also, as a Large Loss Response Team Member, SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas & Irwindale Baldwin Park is ready to address potentially millions of square feet of commercial and residential properties in a disaster situation.     The very high density of property in Los Angeles creates the need to have a large inventory of reserve equipment and people to handle losses on a massive scale.  The method to handle the equipment and skilled labor requirements at this scale is to draw on stores of equipment located in strategic locations around the metropolitan area and to partner with other SERVPRO Franchises to deploy the right level of skilled Technicians and Management support.  This is our way of assuring consistent high quality service, expertise, and processes are available when major disasters strike.

SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas & Irwindale/Baldwin Park (LLRT) is a restoration partner you can depend on when a commercial loss occurs to a single property or on a city wide scale.

The Modern Office

3/14/2017 (Permalink)

Even though our world is becoming more and more digital and work is being done over internet platforms, office workplaces are still thriving and needed. Offices should seek to serve their staff, creating an environment to encourage productive and enjoyable work as employees often spend a majority of their day in the office.

Knowing your employees and knowing what they need from an office is the first step to a productive office environment. Even if employees can work remotely and come in only on occasion, creating a space that is the “epicenter” (blueprint.cbre.com) of your business, and enjoyable, could lead to more in office work and utilization of the work community. Commercial real estate experts say people are still looking for office environments cultivating collaboration while also providing quiet space for individual work. Consider if your office allows for both spaces, appealing to a broad range of personalities and work styles.

The office environment is a key component of appeal to employees. Having and maintain a space conducive to the type of work your business is producing is a worthy investment as it will create greater employee enjoyment, productivity, and longevity. If your ideal office ever faces water or fire damage that could inhibit work, contact SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas as we provide 24 Hour Emergency services. We want your commercial space to be back to full functionality as quickly as possible.

 

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Union Cowork Opening Glendora

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

Union Cowork Glendora

Glendora is always developing with new locally owned and operated businesses. SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas prides itself on not only providing quality services to the local community and LA Basin, but also being involved with community events. A Union CoWork office space has recently opened near the SERVPRO Glendora/San Dimas office. Union Cowork is a co-working office space where individuals can pay a monthly fee to have access to working spaces, conference rooms, and various other services as an independent business owner would need without having to own an entire office. Union Cowork had their neighborhood opening party and SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas was invited after meeting the Union Cowork at a Glendora Chamber Event. The space is beautifully designed with cements and brick, long tables, and a unique staircase leading to the second floor of private office spaces. SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas was grateful to be involved in this community event to welcome Union Cowork to the neighborhood. 

Commercial Property Emergency Preparedness

2/6/2017 (Permalink)

Now is the perfect time to think about making some resolutions, according to Joseph McCann, owner of SERVPRO® of Glendora/San Dimas. While resolutions typically involve committing to personal changes and reaching goals, McCann says the single most important resolution business owners can make for 2017 is to “Resolve to be Ready.”


“Preparing in advance to deal with the unexpected can make a world of difference in how quickly and completely business owners can continue with business,” says McCann. “Emergency readiness plans are the foundation for effective and timely emergency response.”


McCann encourages all commercial property owners to take advantage of the no-cost emergency planning tools available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (www.ready.gov/publications), as well as SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile and READY Plan Mobile App (http://ready.SERVPRO.com). 



  • FEMA offers materials on topics ranging from creating a Business Continuity Plan to an Insurance Discussion Coverage Form in addition to guidelines for creating an Emergency Response Plan.

  • For businesses, SERVPRO offers a no-cost facility assessment and assistance in creating a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP). The ERP includes information about emergency contact numbers, priority and high/risk areas, shut-off valve locations and more that can then be stored in the READY app.


“The time to gather and store information like emergency contact numbers; insurance contacts; and the location of fuse boxes, fire suppression system controls, and such is before an emergency strikes, not during an emergency,” says McCann. “Having this information at your fingertips can help emergency response teams react as quickly and effectively as possible, helping to limit loss of property and even lives.”


 


SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remedy damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas, please contact Joseph McCann at (626) 852-9922 or hcotterman@SERVPROgsd.com. 

Water Shutoff Valves

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

Frequently when a home or business owner needs to shut the water off to an appliance or at the “main”, there are questions where to look for the valves and how they operate.   The need to shut of the water may become urgent when a pipe breaks inside the building or even in the main line from the street to the property.

The cause of a broken pipe can be from aging plumbing and fixtures, construction mishaps, and ground and buildings shifting from earthquakes common to Southern California.  Certainly, the time to become familiar with the valve locations and function is not when there is an emergency.

The pictures below illustrate the water valves and locations common to sinks, water heaters, toilets and at the “main” source from the city service.   In each case, there is a valve to isolate the leaking plumbing.

The Meter: The Meter is located next to the street at the curb area. This is where the water branches off from the City and comes to your property. There is a shut-off located underneath the meter box lid. Shutting the water off here, will turn the water off to the entire house exterior and interior, including pools and irrigation.

Main Service: From the “meter box” a water line is ran up to the front of the house to a hose bib (water spigot). Usually where the hose is located (newer homes in garage). This shut-off valve turns the water off to the inside of the home, excluding irrigation.

The Water Heater: From the “main service” the plumbing lines then provide water to the water heater. The water heater shut-off valve is located at the top of the water heater next to the water flex lines. 

Angle Stops: From the “water heater” hot and cold water lines split off to provide water to plumbing fixtures including those in the bathrooms, kitchen, laundry, etc. You may have heard of an angle stop before. A shiny oval piece behind the toilet or underneath the sink. Behind the toilet is 1 angle stop and underneath a sink there are 2.

It is important as home and business owners to know how to turn off your water supply in the case of an emergency. If water damage still occurs, SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas provides water remediation services for commercial and residential properties. 

San Dimas Skunk Odor Clean Up

1/5/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas saves the day in an odor cleanup job in San Dimas, CA. 

A San Dimas resident contacted SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas with an overwhelming skunk odor to her facilities.  She had her building tented for termites a few days prior. A family of skunks were living under her deck outside her business and the skunks we killed by the fumigation process. Unfortunately, prior to death, the skunks sprayed multiple times around the structure. The odor made it through all available voids to the structure leaving a unbearable stench throughout the facilities. Skunk spray odor is one of the most difficult odors to remove. SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas arrived on site and immediately took charge. All contents in the structure were packed out, cleaned offsite, and stored. Insulation was removed from the attic and the duct-work was cleaned. All interior horizontal and vertical surfaces were wet cleaned. A proprietary odor treatment was utilized along with hydorxyl generators. In the end, the skunk smell was removed and we had another happy customer!