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How To Use a Fire Extinguisher in a Commercial Fire

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

Fire extinguisher Safety should always come first when considering using a fire extinguisher.

If your business in Anaheim, CA, has a fire, your normal inclination might be to immediately put it out. However, while a sense of panic is natural before you grab your fire extinguisher, you need to take a breath and really assess the situation.

If turning something off will immediately stop a fire and you can safely do that should be your first step. If the fire is spreading quickly, get everyone out of the building and call the fire department. But if the fire is small and poses no immediate risk, here's how to use a fire extinguisher effectively and safely.

Types of Fire Extinguishers

The 4 basic classes of fire extinguishers found in restaurants are:

  • Class A for materials such as wood, paper and cardboard
  • Class B for oils, petroleum and grease
  • Class C for electronics and electrical
  • Class K for a kitchen fire

The most common type found in businesses and homes is ABC, which covers most fires. However, many commercial kitchens are required to have a Class K fire extinguisher, so employees should know the difference.

The P.A.S.S. Method

Fortunately, handheld extinguishers are easy to use. P.A.S.S. stands for Pull, Aim, Squeeze and Sweep. However, before you use the device, always call the fire department first. If there's no time to call them, there's no time to try to fight the flames!

Grab the extinguisher and pull the pin off the top. It's usually secured with a light tamper-proof ring that should be easy to break with a fairly gentle tug for most people. Aim the extinguisher at the base of the flames and slowly squeeze the handle. Sweep the extinguisher back and forth until the fire is suppressed.

Once the flames are out, you'll need to call a smoke and fire damage restoration expert. Smoke will leave soot everywhere, which usually requires commercial cleaners to remove. Smoke damage can spread throughout a business in minutes.

Safety should always come first when considering using a fire extinguisher. However, if you have the time, you can save tens of thousands of dollars in damage if you're prepared.

How To Use a Fire Extinguisher in a Commercial Fire

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

Fire extinguisher Safety should always come first when considering using a fire extinguisher.

If your business in Anaheim, CA, has a fire, your normal inclination might be to immediately put it out. However, while a sense of panic is natural before you grab your fire extinguisher, you need to take a breath and really assess the situation.

If turning something off will immediately stop a fire and you can safely do that should be your first step. If the fire is spreading quickly, get everyone out of the building and call the fire department. But if the fire is small and poses no immediate risk, here's how to use a fire extinguisher effectively and safely.

Types of Fire Extinguishers

The 4 basic classes of fire extinguishers found in restaurants are:

  • Class A for materials such as wood, paper and cardboard
  • Class B for oils, petroleum and grease
  • Class C for electronics and electrical
  • Class K for a kitchen fire

The most common type found in businesses and homes is ABC, which covers most fires. However, many commercial kitchens are required to have a Class K fire extinguisher, so employees should know the difference.

The P.A.S.S. Method

Fortunately, handheld extinguishers are easy to use. P.A.S.S. stands for Pull, Aim, Squeeze and Sweep. However, before you use the device, always call the fire department first. If there's no time to call them, there's no time to try to fight the flames!

Grab the extinguisher and pull the pin off the top. It's usually secured with a light tamper-proof ring that should be easy to break with a fairly gentle tug for most people. Aim the extinguisher at the base of the flames and slowly squeeze the handle. Sweep the extinguisher back and forth until the fire is suppressed.

Once the flames are out, you'll need to call a smoke and fire damage restoration expert. Smoke will leave soot everywhere, which usually requires commercial cleaners to remove. Smoke damage can spread throughout a business in minutes.

Safety should always come first when considering using a fire extinguisher. However, if you have the time, you can save tens of thousands of dollars in damage if you're prepared.

Water Pipe Repair and Classifications

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

Technician cleaning up a drywall after a water loss Cleaning up drywall after a water loss in Southwest Anaheim, CA

A broken pipe at your Southwest Anaheim, CA, business can cause major damage. However, water pipe repair and water damage restoration can have your commercial building back to normal in no time. Luckily, water from pipes is generally not as dangerous as water from other sources. Knowing the three classifications of water can help keep you, your employees, and customers safe.

Water Classifications

Water is divided into three classifications, based on the presumed level of contamination:

  • Clean water (category 1) comes from broken pipes, rainwater, etc. This water is not contaminated and does not pose a threat.
  • Gray water (category 2) is slightly contaminated. This type of water comes from appliances, aquariums, bathwater, etc. The potential threat is determined by the type of contaminants in the water.
  • Black water (category 3) is highly contaminated. Category 3 water comes from sewage, flood waters and other dirty sources. This water should be treated with extreme caution, as it is assumed to be dangerous.

Additionally, water should not be allowed to sit for extended periods. After 24 hours, category 1 water degrades into category 2 water, and category 2 water degrades into category 3 water. Also, when clean water travels downward through a building, such as from a broken pipe on the second floor down to the first floor, it gathers contaminants from the building material and should be treated as category 2 water.

Safety Precautions

When doing water pipe repair or other work in a flooded area, there are several things to remember in order to stay safe:

Turn off the power in the area before beginning work if any electrical equipment has gotten wet. If you have to walk through standing water to do so, hire an electrician.
Do not turn on any water-damaged appliances until they have been cleared by an electrician.
Make sure to keep any cuts or sores you may have from coming into contact with category 1 or 2 water. Wear waterproof bandages, gloves or protective clothing to cover any wounds.

After the water pipe repair, you may need help with water damage restoration. A professional restoration company can help you get your business back to normal quickly and safely.

Is Security Fencing Really Necessary?

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

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Is It Really Necessary To Install Security Fencing?

When fire ravages your commercial building in Disneyland Park, CA, the last thing you need is additional stress. This is why installing a security fence around your property's perimeter is not only beneficial but vital to the salvation of your business. You should initiate basic mitigation strategies as soon as possible after the flames have been extinguished. 

A fence serves several purposes to protect the building, its contents, people, animals, and your company's future as you:

1. Comply With Insurance Requirements

Insurance policies typically require claimants to do whatever they can to prevent more damage. This can include putting up a temporary fence, tarping the roof or boarding up windows. These actions will assist in keeping things under control until the insurance adjuster and fire damage restoration experts arrive on the scene. 

2. Prevent Injury to Unauthorized People

Intruders may have no bad intentions when entering your damaged building; they may simply be motivated by curiosity. However, disaster areas are more unsafe than many people (especially children) realize. A security fence can help you avoid a disastrous situation and even a resulting liability lawsuit.

3. Decrease Additional Damage and Theft

Vacant buildings, particularly ones offering easy access, are often targets for trespassers. Some people see it as an opportunity to cause additional damage by painting graffiti, breaking windows or performing other types of vandalism. It is also a convenient moment for stealing property.

4. Block Animals

Wild animals are always looking for shelter or food, so they will take the liberty to explore a vacant building. A fence may not be able to keep all animals out (e.g., birds and bats), but it can keep out a lot of land-dwellers like raccoons and stray cats and dogs. 

No one wants to consider the possibility of a fire destroying their business. However, it's helpful to know beforehand about options like a security fence to protect what's left. Begin creating a fire plan today for a more secure tomorrow.

3 Tips for Fire Prevention

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

A fire destroyed five stores in a commercial building A fire damage and restoration company can assist you with risk assessment reports and point out potential problems that may lead to a serious fire.

3 Fire Prevention Tips

Your Southwest Anaheim, CA, commercial property is likely a major investment and you want to do all you can to protect it. One incident that can cause thousands of dollars in damage to a property and its contents is a fire, which often causes structural issues and work shutdowns that may affect your profits and the livelihoods of your employees. Fortunately, learning a few fire prevention tips can reduce the risk and help you protect your business.

1. Avoid Clutter Buildup

One common cause of business fires is clutter near heat sources and electrical outlets. When items such as empty supply boxes, furniture or trash cans build up near appliances or machinery, the risk of fire increases. Keeping your building clean and free of clutter and allowing a few inches of space between walls and electrical items to reduce the risk of them overheating can prevent sudden fires.

2. Offer Business Fire Prevention Training

Teaching your employees a few simple fire prevention rules can allow everyone to become involved when it comes to spotting potential fire risks. Discuss safety procedures such as evacuation plans and what each department can do to prevent fires and offer prevention training for managers and your safety officers. When your employees understand what might cause fires in the building, they can all take steps to prevent them.

3. Call for Regular Building Inspections

Having your commercial building inspected at least once a year can help uncover issues that may cause a fire. A fire damage and restoration company can assist you with risk assessment reports and point out potential problems that may lead to a serious fire. Have your local fire company or building contractor inspect your company's electrical systems and wiring, as these types of fires are common in commercial buildings.

Practicing fire prevention in your Southwest Anaheim, CA, commercial building can involve your employees as well as professional inspectors. When everyone watches for possible fire risks, it can prevent damage costs and protect the people and property you value as a business owner.

What You Need To Know About Business Interruption Insurance

2/2/2022 (Permalink)

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Business Interruption Insurance: What You Should Know?

When there is bad weather in Anaheim, CA, it can sometimes affect your business for a while after the storm has passed. If your place of business suffers damage, you might not be able to operate as usual while you rebuild. If this happens, it can be helpful to have business interruption insurance. Here are a few questions you can ask to see if this type of insurance is something that would benefit you.


1. When Do You Need It?

There are situations when you might need to temporarily close your business, which can result in loss of income. Incidents such as a fire or big storms can cause damage to the building in which you do your business, and you will likely be unable to use this location while it is undergoing emergency restoration. You won’t always be able to prepare for these types of incidents and having insurance can help you with the financial losses you could suffer.


2. What Does It Cover?

While property insurance usually covers physical damages, it cannot help you with any income that might be lost while you rebuild your business. That is where interruption insurance comes in. With this type of insurance, you can expect to be compensated for expenses such as rent and moving costs incurred by temporarily relocating your business, operating expenses and profits that you would have earned if you were able to operate as usual.

3. What Is Not Covered?

This type of insurance can be helpful, but it does have some limits. There are a few things that it won’t cover. These include closures caused by power outages, utilities and unaccounted income. You will also be unqualified for coverage if you have only a partially closed operation where access is limited, but you are still able to conduct business.

When you are considering the type of insurance you need, you probably won’t think twice about getting property insurance, but don’t forget about what happens after the property has been damaged. Business interruption insurance can help keep your company from suffering financially while you rebuild.

Small Business Claims: Knowing Your Coverage

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

Restoration machines are cleaning water damage in an office Water can cause significant damage in your office. This office suffered from water after a pipe break in the ceiling.

Claims For Small Businesses: Are You Covered?

Your commercial property in Anaheim, CA, must be insured for many reasons. The building could sustain damage, or someone could get hurt when they visit. Something as simple as a pipe break could become a major expense without the right coverage. It’s important to understand your insurance package so that you know when you have the right to file a business claim.

Exclusions

One thing you want to pay particular attention to is what your property insurance doesn’t cover. Water damage can happen as the result of many different situations:

  • Leaky pipes
  • Inclement weather
  • Flooding
  • Sewer damage

The problems caused by some of these incidents and the water remediation services required to fix them are likely to be covered by your standard property policy. However, flooding or secondary damage such as mold may need a separate add-on to keep you fully insured. Your business claim may also be denied if the damage is the result of neglect or improper maintenance.

Maintenance

Avoiding water damage in your building often comes down to how well you take care of your property. You can minimize your risk of leaks due to weather by keeping gutters and downspouts clean throughout the year. Don’t put off roof repairs. Have your roof inspected regularly so that you can fix problems that lead to leaks. As the weather gets colder, make sure your pipes are well-insulated, particularly if they are near exterior walls. Keep your building’s temperature at 55 degrees or higher to keep pipes in the walls and under sinks from freezing and cracking. Keeping up with these tasks allows you to safeguard against damage due to broken pipes or heavy rains.

Your commercial insurance is there just in case you need it. If you take preventative measures and keep up with your maintenance schedule, however, you are less likely to need to file a business claim.

How Much Can a Leak Cost You?

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

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How Much Can a Leak Affect Your Budget?

A dripping faucet can be annoying, but even a steady drip isn’t going to make that much difference in your water bill. A water leak due to a damaged pipe, however, can send your monthly utility cost skyrocketing, especially if it goes undetected for a while. The spike in the water bill for your commercial property in Southwest Anaheim, CA, while potentially significant, may be the least of your financial worries, though.

1. Wasted Water

No business owner likes waste, particularly when it is expensive. Depending on how much water gushes out after a pipe break, you can spend $200 or more a day in added water costs. This relatively small amount adds up quickly the longer it takes you to find and repair the leak. Always be on the lookout for damage, such as ceiling tiles with water spots, particularly if they start dripping onto the floor below.

2. Structural Repairs

If a water leak intensifies or gets larger, your building is likely to sustain some water damage. This is where the problem starts getting more expensive. In addition to the extra utility costs, you may also have to cover repairs. Even if the water is clean, once the water saturates parts of the structure such as the drywall or floorboards, water restoration specialists will likely need to be called to tear out and replace the ruined materials.

3. Secondary Damage

When you have a leak, time is not on your side. You are on a race against the clock to turn off the source of the water, call the experts and get repairs underway before mold starts to grow. Fungus can infest the surfaces where it finds adequate food and water in as little as 24 hours. Because mold growth is preventable with quick action, your insurance company may not cover mold remediation under your standard property policy, which means you could have to pay for the cleanup yourself.

A water leak is not something you want to ignore. It can end up costing you thousands of dollars in utilities and repairs.

Smoke Damage: What You Need To Know

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

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What You Should Know About Smoke Damage

If your business has a fire, you have a lot to do. Not only do you have to get a Southwest Anaheim, CA, fire cleanup crew to your building, but you also have to worry about smoke damage. This byproduct of fire is made up of the following:

  • Carbon dioxide
  • Soot
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Harmful chemical from burning objects

With so much in the haze, it's not surprising that this smoke can do serious damage to anything it settles on. After a fire, you need to employ smoke cleaning services to save your building, equipment and other belongings.

Where It's Found

You may notice signs of soot on the ceiling directly above the fire, which isn't surprising. Walls, doors and windows could also be affected by the smoke. Any furniture, equipment, wall decorations and drapes may also have smoke and soot clinging to them.

This fire-related damage can be found in odd places on your property, too. The smoke may have found its way into filing cabinets and ductwork. Closed drawers and closets draw in the haze because of the temperature difference.

How To Clean It

Once you and your professional helpers have located all of the smoke, you need to start cleaning the walls and belongings. If you wait too long, the smoke odor may be embedded too deep into the fibers to come out. There are a lot of smoke cleaning techniques that can be used. The exact method you need depends on what's getting cleaned. Walls, for example, may use a spray and wipe method. Furniture may be cleaned with a foam cleaner. Documents, electronics and photographs may require the help of a specialist. You can rid the air of the odor by using ozone machines, air filtration devices and thermal foggers.

Fire can do a lot of damage to your commercial building thanks to the flames and smoke produced. No matter how much damage you have to deal with, you want to address the problems as soon as possible through fire restoration and smoke cleaning.

The Cause of Mold Odor and Its Implications

7/22/2021 (Permalink)

drywall and floor removal, mold has been found due to a leaky pipe. Leaky pipes lead to mold growth.

What Is Mold Odor?

One does not simply walk into mold odor pervading a room without wondering why the scent exists. The fungus spreads its musty odor as it reproduces itself over whatever nearby environments suit it. You are likely smelling a mycotoxin compound creating that strange scent. Understanding what mold odor is helps with understanding the need for treatment of any outbreaks in Anaheim, CA.

Mold Varies in Scent and Style

By releasing microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOCs), mold creates a plethora of scents. These vary based on the type of mold or interactions with the surrounding environment. The mold odor is modified by a few external variables:

  • Source of water that the mold is growing from
  • Humidity
  • Exposure to sunlight or artificial light
  • Temperature

Each mold species carries a unique scent. Some smell like wet socks while others smell like dying wood. A strange odor lurking in areas where water passes through likely means mold. Mold can even be hiding in the walls if they have been damaged by water.

How Mold Spreads Its Smell

Only while growing, mold emits MVOCs. They are the waste of mold created alongside mycotoxin byproducts. The scent of mold means that it is actively growing and spreading. This is problematic to your business since cleanup becomes more costly and time-consuming as the mold latches onto anything moist.

Treatment of Mold Scent

A HEPA air filtration device filters out spores from the air to stop the spread of the fungus. The device also filters out MVOCs. By filtering the particles, the mold smell can be contained to a single area and potentially mitigated until the mold itself can be treated.

Treatment of the Actual Mold

Mold remediation will clear the environment of any mycotoxin or MVOC causing strange scents. A professional mold cleanup crew utilizes machines to clean and dehumidify all of the areas where mold resides. The musty odor is a problem beyond just the smell, and your business depends on its immediate treatment to stop the infestation from becoming overwhelming.

What You Need To Know To Safely and Effectively Remove 2 Feet of Water From a Basement

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

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What You Need To Know To Safely and Effectively Remove 2 Feet of Water From a Basement

Flooding in Southwest Anaheim, CA, can have a serious impact on almost every area of your commercial building, but one area that is most vulnerable is your basement or garage. Your commercial garage is essentially a giant basin, and if water inundates it, the problem can be extensive and costly to fix—not to mention difficult to drain, especially if you don't have the necessary equipment to do so. If your commercial garage becomes flooded, the best thing you can do is contact a flood cleanup crew. The right team will have the gear necessary to drain your basement and dry it out to prevent secondary damage. Below are three machines that your cleanup crew might use:

  • Sump Pump
  • Trash Pump
  • Pump Truck

Each of these machines helps to quickly and effectively drain large amounts of water from manmade basins.

Sump Pumps

These submersible pumps can be placed directly into the flooded area and used to pump large amounts of water into a tank or other container. This equipment is mobile, which means you can move it around to different levels to more effectively drain multi-level garages.

Trash Pumps

When the water flooding your building contains debris, sludge, rocks, silt, or other solids, a sump pump may not be effective for draining your basement or garage. In these instances, you would want to use a trash pump, a machine that is specifically designed to remove large amounts of solid waste.

Pump Trucks

Depending on the source of the water, your cleanup crew may bring a pump truck. These trucks can help clear below-ground levels of water without putting any crew members in danger of contamination. Typically, these trucks are used to clear spills from local bodies of water that may contain human or animal waste. Water is pumped directly into a large tank, which is then delivered to a safe disposal area.

Unless you have the necessary equipment to clear your commercial basement yourself, the best thing you can do when your garage is flooded with water is to contact a Southwest Anaheim, CA, flood restoration team. The right team has the machines necessary to quickly and effectively dry out your building and prevent secondary damage.

Filing a Mold Claim

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

Mold specialist with a moisture meter on a drywall Mold can grow anywhere

Savvy business owners in Anaheim, CA, know the importance of having commercial insurance. While it is essential, it is also important to thoroughly understand what the policy covers. That is especially vital when faced with a mold problem. Although you can rely on a mold remediation and restoration company to take care of the problem, filing a mold insurance claim may not always go smoothly or be accepted.

Typical Coverage

Damage from fungi seems to be an ever-changing part of insurance coverage. In most cases, commercial insurance will not accept claims for damage caused by neglect, such as avoiding a lingering water leak or persistent high humidity issues. If a pipe burst or other unexpected water infiltration causes mold growth, coverage for a claim may include:

  • Direct loss of covered property due to fungi
  • Mold removal
  • Replacement of materials to access hidden growth
  • Testing after remediation


Prevention Tips
Although spores are everywhere, they need the right conditions to grow. If they have moisture, warm temperatures and nutrients, which include drywall and wood, they will flourish. Mold damage may not always be something that is completely avoidable but taking a few preventive steps may minimize the chances of that happening.

Immediately address any water issues. Even a slow leak may lead to the right conditions for a colony to grown.
Regularly inspect the roof, vents, seals and drainage to ensure moisture isn’t collecting. If a wet spot is found, make a prompt repair.
If faced with high humidity, boost indoor ventilation and install a dehumidifier.
Schedule an annual HVAC inspection. Air ducts are a prime location for mold to thrive. It is also important to check any condensation pans for excessive buildup.

Maintaining commercial insurance is important, but it does not always equal the acceptance of the claim. Understanding your policy and taking preventive measures are ways to make the process smoother.

How to Turn Your Fence Into a Security Fence

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

Private property in the forest angle shot If you want to protect your commercial property, you need a security fence

Without a security fence around your business, you are a prime target for criminals. This is especially true for buildings that need the help of restoration professionals. Fortunately, if you have a fence around your lot already, you can easily turn it into a deterrent for vandals and burglars.

Add Anti-Climb Features

Adding anti-climb features will make your fence in Anaheim, CA impenetrable. Materials that make for great anti-climb fences include:

  • Chain link
  • Vinyl
  • Aluminum
  • Steel


You should choose the best material for your business based on how much privacy you want and your climate. If you already have a different fencing material, you can likely make it into a protective barrier. However, sticking with these materials will give you a sturdy security fence that can easily be decorated. This can add to the visual appeal of your business. Other materials may not be able to maintain their curbside appeal if they are altered.
At the top of your fence, you will want to add anti-climb toppers. This includes anti-climb spikes and barbed wire. Just make sure that you install a warning sign if you put one of these on your fence. Also, discuss anti-climb toppers with your legal team to cover all your bases.


Go for a Tall Fence
How high you want your fence depends on the natural features of each location. However, there are standards guidelines for fences that are designed to protect properties. The Department of Defense lays these out. Chain link fences should be at least 6 feet. You can go higher, but it is generally not necessary. Vinyl fences should be at least 7 feet. If you have an existing fence, you can build on to the top or raise it off the ground with concrete.
If you want to protect your commercial property, you need a security fence. Fortunately, adding height and anti-climb features is a great way to transform an existing fence into a protective barrier.

Troubleshooting Your Commercial Irrigation System

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

watering lawn with sprinklers A commercial irrigation system lets you easily water an entire grassy landscape

A commercial irrigation system lets you easily water an entire grassy landscape. However, a broken sprinkler pipe can send this water flying into the air. Once it lands, the standing water could build up next to the property. It could then seep into the foundation or flood the basement. Therefore, if you suspect that your Anaheim, CA, building has irrigation problems, you should troubleshoot the system right away.

Signs of Trouble

A malfunctioning sprinkler system is not always obvious. You thus need to inspect each sprinkler and zone for evidence of a defect. Some possible warning signs include:

  • Water gushing from a broken sprinkler head
  • Electrical issues with a valve, wire, or solenoid
  • Timer failure due to poor connections or wire corrosion


If you notice any of these irrigation system issues, contact a plumbing professional right away. Otherwise, the minor problem may cause an uncontrollable flood that necessitates water damage cleanup services.


Supply Lines
Supply lines are another frequent source of problems with the sprinkler system. They can easily crack or burst.
There are two main causes of cracked supply lines. Roots from nearby trees can grow into the plastic coating of pipes. The water may then escape through the holes created by the roots.
Excessive traffic from bicycles, strollers, or feet can damage pipes, as well. Over time, the weight from these and other similar sources can compress the soil on top of the pipes. The soil could then crush the pipes or split the joints that make up the sprinkler system.
A trained professional will be able to inspect the supply lines for signs of cracks. The expert can then repair the hole before the sprinkler pipe completely breaks.
A defective irrigation system can flood your property and damage your commercial building. By understanding signs of problems and correcting any issues quickly, you can limit the harm to the premises.

After a Pipe Burst, 4 Steps to Minimize Damage

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

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Below Are Four Steps To Take Immediately After The Event

Water damage should never be taken likely. Keeping a business successively running in Anaheim, CA, means avoiding downtime due to extensive repairs by a water remediation and restoration company. From burst pipes to flash flooding, it can mean gallons of water in your building. The faster it is cleaned, the less likely the chance of secondary damage, such as mold growth. 

1. Shut Off Water
The faster you can stop the gallons of water from infiltrating your property the better. Immediately locate the main shutoff and valve and turn the water off. After the water is off, open faucets to ensure remaining water drains and pressure is reduced on pipes. It is also recommended to turn off the electricity to the affected area.

2. Document Damage
Once the water is no longer flowing, call your insurance company and a plumber to fix broken pipe. The next step is to take photos and videos of everything affected by the bursting pipes. This may help speed up the claim process and provide documentation that it was accidental.

3. Extract Water
In most cases, an insurance company will request that you mitigate damage. That means getting standing water out of the property. It may also entail moving waterlogged items, such as rugs and furniture. If there is minimal water, rags, mops and towels may be enough. For larger amounts, buckets and a wet/dry vacuum will be needed.

4. Start Drying Process
The most vital part of salvaging structural components and personal belongings is getting everything dried. Although ceiling, box and window fans may not be industrial strength, they will greatly help get the drying process started while you wait for professional help. If possible, place fans in or near windows to blow the air out. If possible, run a dehumidifier. Even if the water loss seemed minimal, mold thrives in high-humidity conditions with porous material nearby as sustenance.
Bursting pipes may be unavoidable, but minimizing the damage they can cause is possible by taking swift action.

3 Tips for Restoring a Business After Fire Damage

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Consider The Following Tips When Faced With The Aftermath of A Fire

Businesses in Anaheim, CA, may find fire cleanup frustrating and stressful. Utilizing the following tips can make the transition from disaster to recovery an easier path. Consider the following when faced with the aftermath of a crippling fire:

1. Thoroughly Inspect Internal Components

A crucial first step is to have the electricity and plumbing inspected by local professionals to verify wires and pipes are in working order. This serves two purposes. The first is to ensure safety for all entering the building. The second is to troubleshoot and repair any damages incurred from the flames. It may also be the perfect opportunity to upgrade materials that have sustained wear and tear.

2. Guard Against Trespassing

Unfortunately, some people see a building undergoing fire cleanup as an opportunity to steal or deface. Protect your interests by installing a security fence or temporary barriers. Secure building entrances to prevent theft and vandalism. Having a heightened awareness of criminal activity may stop an already bad situation from getting worse.

3. Hire Professionals To Handle Cleanup

Knowledgeable fire remediation experts are able to assist immediately after a catastrophe. Some offer tarp services to patch windows or other openings caused by a fire. It is critical to cover all gaps and holes to avoid further water damage due to rain.
In addition to covering damages on wall surfaces, specialists may also offer roof repair services. If the roof needs to be restored, be sure to check in with your insurance agent prior to repairs. Once on site, the adjuster can record accurate data and help you to receive the monetary relief you deserve. After the most significant damages are taken care of, the company you hire can also handle smoke damage to furniture and return the interior of the building to the way it was before the fire.
After a disaster, fire cleanup can be necessary. Take appropriate action to get back in business as soon as possible.

How Many Fire Extinguishers Should a Commercial Building Have?

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

Three fire extinguishers A fire extinguisher is critical safety equipment for every commercial structure in Southwest Anaheim, CA

The fire hazard level and size of a commercial building determine the appropriate fire extinguisher count. Consider the following factors to ensure that a commercial property in Southwest Anaheim, CA, has sufficient fire suppression equipment.

Fire Hazard Level

There are five fire hazard level classifications. Start by determining which of the following hazard levels applies to a structure:

  • Light Fire Hazard
  • Ordinary Fire Hazard I
  • Ordinary Fire Hazard II
  • Extra Fire Hazard
  • Commercial Kitchen

A Light Fire Hazard is a building in which most rooms do not contain combustible materials and contents should not support the rapid spread of fire. An Ordinary Fire Hazard I poses a slightly higher risk, while an Ordinary Fire Hazard II contains more flammable materials. A structure with flammable materials in close proximity is an Extra Fire Hazard. A commercial kitchen has the highest risk of fire damage due to the use of heat and combustible liquids.

Building Size
The furthest distance to a fire extinguisher in any commercial structure should be no more than 75 feet. The square footage of a building classified as a Light or Ordinary Fire Hazard I will determine the necessary number of extinguishers.
A commercial building classified as an Ordinary Fire Hazard II or Extra Fire Hazard should have fire extinguishers spaced 30 to 50 feet apart. Extinguishers should be installed within a 30-foot range to prevent a kitchen fire.

Fire Preparedness
The appropriate class of extinguisher should be available at each location in a commercial building and occupants must be trained in safe fire suppression. Fire safety training should cover the PASS method of pulling an extinguisher pin, aiming the nozzle, squeezing the trigger and sweeping the spray from side to side.
A fire extinguisher is critical safety equipment for every commercial structure in Southwest Anaheim, CA. Even if a blaze is successfully suppressed, any fire or water damage will require timely mitigation and restoration.

Temporary Fixes for Leaks During the Storm

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

Man Collecting Water In Bucket From Ceiling. Ceiling panels damaged huge hole in roof from rainwater leakage.Water damaged ce Quickly place a bucket under the leak to prevent further damage

In the midst of high winds or torrential rains, your business in Anaheim, CA, could suddenly spring a roof leak. When that happens, limiting water from seeping in can make a big difference after the storm. A damaged roof left unchecked can quickly lead to more extensive issues beyond the roof, including flooding, storm damage, and mold growth.

Temporary Fix

The moment a leak is noticed, action should be taken if it is safe to do so. Below are tips to address and temporarily patch the problem.

  • Quickly place a bucket under the leak to prevent further damage.
  • Unplug any nearby electronics.
  • If water is spreading but not coming through, it means water is pooling on your roof. You can poke a small hole in the ceiling to capture the water and gain more control of the size of the leak.
  • Locate the main source of the leak. Look for gaps and holes that could be the culprit. If the structure has a sloped roof, the hole may not be accessible.
  • Use a tarp to temporarily block water from coming in. Roofing tape and caulk can be used on smaller leaks.

Professional Fix

After the storm, a roof leak is not something that can continue to go without repair. Whether it was high winds that resulted in missing shingles, a branch that caused a hole or the age of the roof itself has allowed deterioration, get professional help is key to avoiding extensive water damage. They will fix the damage and repair weak spots to keep future leaks from happening. Once the repairs are done, staying on top of maintenance can help you avoid the same problem down the road. Key tips include keeping nearby trees trimmed, checking for damage after every storm, cleaning gutters, inspecting flashings around elements on the roof and checking ceilings for signs of water infiltration.
Whether the storm is still brewing or the calm has finally arrived, getting a roof leak properly fixed as soon as possible can prevent further damage and headaches.

What To Know About Category 3 Water Damage

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

A neighborhood flooded Flood damage in Anaheim, CA
Water damage comes at different levels. Category 3 water damage is the highest possible. Sewage and river water are two examples of contaminated category 3 water. As far as categories go, category 1 is clean water. Category 2 is clean water that has sat for a short time or water that has some chemicals in it. Category 3 contains bacteria and pathogens. 

What Is Category 3 Water?

 This type is known as black water. Where does polluted water come from, though? Here are a few of the sources that lead to it:
  • Sewage
  • Flood water from rivers and streams
  • Groundwater
  • Standing water

Keep in mind that after a few days of standing, most water is contaminated.

What Is Secondary Damage?

One of the effects that black water can have on a home or business is the secondary damage. When it comes to contaminated flood water, secondary damage is due to what is left in the air afterward. The bacteria and water can evaporate and remain in the home for some time if not taken care of properly. This is why it is important to have a specialist to make sure that all of the water and mold are gone.

What Can You Do?

Most people want to know what they can do about black water in their home. The first line of defense is calling a professional who has the proper equipment to handle this type of flood. Once you have someone to help you extract the water, you can focus on the cleanup process. It is important to get this done right away. The longer that black water sits, the more dangerous it can become to you and your family.

Category 3 water damage sounds more intimidating than it is. With the right defense, you can save yourself the headache and expense of secondary damage caused by Anaheim, CA flood water. With any flood, you do not want to take on category 3 damage on your own.
Visit http://www.SERVPROanaheimwest.com for more information on commercial water damage.

How To Prevent Mold in Your Rental Property

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

Damaged rain gutter Mold prevention is the maintenance of roof gutters

Four Tasks To Prevent Mold Growth

Mold prevention should be a priority among any rental property owner. For one thing, mold leads to damage, which decreases property value, but beyond money, mold is not appealing and may not be safe for your tenants. Therefore, to reduce your risks, consider performing four tasks to prevent mold growth.

  • Ensure ventilation
  • Control humidity levels
  • Correctly grade landscaping
  • Maintain roof gutters

Ensure Ventilation

The first key to the prevention of mold is to ensure ventilation. Mold needs water and moisture to develop and grow. By installing vent hoods in kitchens and exhaust fans in other areas prone to high humidity, you can reduce the threat of mold development in your rental property. Also, with specific preventative measures, you may increase property value.

Control Humidity Levels

Mold prevention mainly comes down to moisture control. Humidity can be a problem in Anaheim, CA, but that doesn’t mean your property is automatically in danger of a mold infestation. You can install dehumidifiers around the property to ensure that humidity levels remain around 50% or less.

Correctly Grade Landscaping

Once moisture and humidity levels are under control inside the property, you can turn your focus to the exterior, specifically the landscaping. The lawn and landscaping around the property should be graded or slanted away from the foundation to prevent water damage. If it is not angled away from the building, then you may want to excavate the property or install additional drainage.

Maintain Roof Gutters

Last, an often-overlooked means of mold prevention is the maintenance of roof gutters. When gutter systems are allowed to clog, rainwater will overflow, running down the side of the building and into the foundation or seeping into windows and doors. The extra moisture can cause mold problems.
Therefore, mold prevention is about moisture control. Install proper ventilation systems, dehumidifiers and maintain the exterior. If mold still occurs, then contact a mold remediation specialist in Anaheim, CA, for assistance.

3 Common Storm Types and Their Damage

12/24/2019 (Permalink)

Snowstorm, poor visibility,slick roads and lots of traffic Top of mind when it comes to storm damage, snow storms can pose a litany of problems

From burst pipes to standing water, storm damage comes in many varied forms. In fact, there are about as many types of storm damage as there are types of storm. Knowing what to expect for each type can go a long way in helping you prepare your Anaheim, CA, home for storm season. Learn more about three common storm types and their typical damage.

About Storm Damage

Storm types can vary widely based on the area where you live. Regardless of the type of storm, there are a few elements that you can expect in just about any severe storm. Some of those include the following:

  • High winds
  • Heavy precipitation
  • Moderate to long duration

Those basics are almost guaranteed in any storm. More specific features - and damage risks - come down to the type of storm.

Snow Storms

Top of mind when it comes to storm damage, snow storms can pose a litany of problems. These storms often bring heavy snow that piles on roofs and causes them to collapse. Low temperatures, meanwhile, can lead to gutter ice dams or burst pipes caused by ice forming in frozen pipes and plumbing systems.

Thunder Storms

Common just about everywhere, thunderstorms tend to bring lightning, hail and high winds that can each cause their own type of damage. Gusts often knock down trees across your property and hail damages roofs. Lightning, meanwhile, can cause electrical problems or even fires in your home.

Tropical Storms

These storms are most common on the coast, though they can come surprisingly far inland. When they strike, they bring winds in excess of 70 mph, flinging projectiles that can shatter your home’s windows or even pierce your roof.
Whether it’s a burst pipe or a busted roof, the damage following a storm can spell major headaches for the average homeowner. Plan ahead. Talk to your local storm cleanup expert about ways you can prepare your home and get ahead of the weather.

How To Rid Your Business of Black Mold

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning regularly your gutter can protect your business

As a business owner or manager, simply having commercial insurance is not enough in the face of disaster. Stagnant water trapped in damp areas can result in dangerous black mold, which can spread exponentially if left untreated. Should your business’s property ever get damaged in a flood, swift action must be taken to prevent mold from getting out of hand.

Prevention Tips

It is impossible to prevent black mold entirely, but taking precautions can mitigate any damage in the future. Use the following tips to curtail mold and protect your business.

  • Properly ventilate all buildings
  • Invest in mold-resistant drywall, sheetrock and paints
  • Regularly have gutters cleaned
  • Clean facility daily
  • Mold thrives in high humidity, so maintain indoor levels at a reasonable level

Removing Mold From the Facility

Even if certain precautions are taken, stationary water left alone for too long can result in secondary damage, i.e., mold. Small amounts of nontoxic mold can be removed via bleach and a little elbow grease. However, for any serious contaminations, mold removal specialists will need to be contacted. Whether flooding caused the appearance of mold or not, you should contact the insurance provider for your business to determine if this removal is covered.

What a Professional Can Provide

To begin, professionals specializing in mold removal first inspect the property in order to understand what needs to be done. Then, contaminated areas are quarantined from the rest of the facility to prevent mold from spreading. Using heavy-duty cleaning tools, the professionals then work to rid the site and air of any mold. Items contaminated beyond repair, such as drywall or insulation, may need to be thrown away and replaced.

Mold can be dangerous and spread quickly. Should your business ever succumb to a severe case of black mold, contact local professionals in the Anaheim, CA, area to ensure that the problem is taken care of as quickly and as carefully as possible.

An Overview of Mold: Toxicity, Causes and Cleanup

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Anaheim West professionally treated mold in this home and ensured not to spread.

Learn About Mold 

The phrase black mold strikes fear in almost every property owner, but it is especially nerve-wracking to business owners because they immediately envision bankruptcy and closed doors. While it’s reasonable to panic when you experience a disaster, if you catch a mold infestation early, then the resulting cleanup and remediation may only cause a minor business interruption, not closure. Also, while certain varieties of mold spur all kinds of anxious feelings, not all mold is toxic. Therefore, to help you control the urge to panic, learn about mold and its inevitable cleanup.

1. What is Mold?

Mold is a fungus, and it grows from small spores that exist almost everywhere. While some mold cleanup crews claim that they can eliminate mold 100 percent, this is not entirely true. Yes, you can remove an infestation, but you can never completely eliminate spores because they move on air currents and will enter your business through windows, doorways and even your clothing.

2. Is It Toxic?

The toxicity of mold is dependent on the species of fungus. Some variations of black mold are harmful while others are no more dangerous than common fungi. Some types will make you ill, and others will only make you sneeze or cough. Essentially, if you find mold in your facility, you should have it tested and seal off the area.

3. What Are the Common Causes?

A moisture problem is the most common cause of colonization. You may have a broken or leaky pipe that you are unaware of, the HVAC system is acting up or the basement in your facility is not vented correctly. Any of these issues and numerous others can lead to excessive moisture and humidity.

4. Can Anyone Handle the Cleanup?

Some mold problems are small enough for anyone to handle. However, most colonies should be treated by a mold remediation specialist in the Anaheim, CA, area to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

Not every mold infestation, even those with black mold, will result in business closure. The truth is that most mold problems can be mitigated, remediated and buildings restored to their former glory with the help of an expert.

How To Safely Use a Fire Extinguisher

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Every business in Anaheim, CA should have a fire extinguisher

A fire extinguisher can be a valuable tool that every business in Anaheim, CA, should possess. Because battling a blaze can be extremely dangerous, it’s important to understand proper usage techniques before employing any extinguishing device. Keeping the following details in mind may help you and your staff avert serious injury in the event of a fire.

Verify Extinguisher Type

There are several different types of extinguishers and each is designed to fight a different type of blaze. To help prevent additional fire damage, you should check the device’s label to verify its composition before utilizing it.

While you can use a multipurpose fire extinguisher on a variety of infernos, others have limitations:

  • Class A: Suitable for paper, wood and cloth
  • Class B: Designed for use on flammable liquids, such as gasoline
  • Class C: Should be used only on electrical fires
  • Class K: Ideal for a kitchen fire sparked by combustible cooking fluids

Identify Evacuation Path

Before engaging a blaze, you should locate an accessible evacuation path. Position yourself as close to the escape route as possible and ensure that flames and smoke do not block your exit.

Complete the P-A-S-S Procedure

To successfully operate an extinguisher, you must complete four essential steps:

  • Pull the pin
  • Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire
  • Squeeze it
  • Sweep from side to side

Keep a Safe Distance

To be effective, you should employ the device within the designated range indicated on the label. Because a blaze can reignite, you should take caution and avoid approaching any extinguished flames. If the inferno spreads or you run out of fluid, you should immediately evacuate the building.

Safety Should Be a Top Priority

To help safeguard your business, minimizing fire damage may be a top priority. However, you should never jeopardize anyone’s safety to accomplish this goal. For this reason, it’s essential to follow key safety protocols when engaging any fire extinguisher.

How To Prevent Commercial Water Problems

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water-related issues are the second most common type of loss at commercial properties. Many problems are preventable with regular inspections and maintenance. It is better to resolve these issues before extensive water damage mitigation and restoration is necessary. Here are three ways to avoid leaking pipes and other water issues at a commercial building in Anaheim, CA.

1. Regularly Inspect the Building

Inspections on an annual or bi-annual basis can be one of the best ways to ensure that water problems do not occur. Building owners and managers should be aware of the age and condition of the plumbing system in a structure. This knowledge may make it possible to avoid a pipe break. Inspections of the roof and building envelope may prevent other causes of water damage.

2. Look For Signs of a Leak

A leak may not be immediately noticeable but can still result in significant damage. Look for any signs of moisture on floors or walls. A water leak detection service can also use thermal imaging or other expert methods to locate leaking pipes. Water damage mitigation and restoration may be necessary in addition to fixing the cause of the leak.

3. Keep Sewer Lines Clear

Sewer damage can be even more extensive than a supply line leak. Provide disposal guidelines and waste containers in commercial bathrooms and kitchens. A toilet backup will require disinfection and may also necessitate the disposal and replacement of porous building materials and contents. Have drain lines regularly cleaned to reduce the risk of a backup at a commercial structure.

Preventative measures are usually less costly than emergency repairs and damage mitigation. It may be possible to avoid leaking pipes or backups by scheduling regular inspections and maintenance. Building owners and managers should always be aware of the condition of the plumbing and building envelope at a commercial structure in Anaheim, CA.

3 Drying Tips You Should Know When Dealing With Water Damage

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning your commercial building after water damage can seem impossible. The professionals can help!

Whether it’s a pipe burst or a severe storm, you might have to deal with water damage in your commercial building. While this can be frightening or stressful, the damage can be restored by professionals. An important part of the restoration process includes drying all affected parts, which can be time consuming and tenacious.

With these helpful damage tips, you can develop a better idea of what it will take to dry out your building.

Water Conducts Electricity

When your building first floods, there may be several inches of water in the building. One of the first things you should do before removing the water is to completely turn off the electricity. This can prevent you from getting electrocuted while dealing with the problem.

Along with these damage tips, another thing to keep in mind is that any technology or appliances with electricity can get damaged after being exposed to water. Document everything that gets destroyed so that you can replace them after restoring the building.

Proper Ventilation is Key

After water damage has occurred, it’s important to act fast and start drying out the building. While it may be tempting to use heated air or air conditioning to dry out all affected areas, natural ventilation is the best option to avoid further damage. To completely dry the building, open windows and turn on fans for natural ventilation. Heated air can be used if there is a good amount of ventilation going on.

It Takes Time

Properly drying out your commercial building is an important step in the restoration process. With all the moisture completely absorbed, you can avoid further damage and mold problems. It will take time, but it will be well worth it.

With these damage tips, you can correctly dry out your building in Anaheim, California, and finish the restoration process. With the help of cleaning tips, professionals, and time, your business can get back to normal in no time.

Is There Mold on Your Property?

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that there are many different types of mold that might attack your Anaheim, CA, property?

Did you know that there are many different types of mold that might attack your Anaheim, CA, property? Although property owners are often aware of the concern over black mold, many don't realize that mold might also appear in white, pink, orange, or green. Mold is commonly found in moist or humid areas:

• In the shower
• Inside air conditioning systems
• On the back of toilets
• On painted surfaces
• Under carpeting

In addition to its unpleasant appearance, mold presents problems for property owners because it can cause odors and damage the structure of the building.

Lurking Out of Sight

How can you tell if mold is affecting your property and whether you should be concerned? The quick answer is that you're more likely to have mold than not. You don't need to have a water leak or any type of flooding for your building to be exposed. Whenever wood, carpeting, or insulation is exposed to water, there's an opportunity for spores to take hold. Even if you haven't noticed any visible signs of damage, it's a good idea to schedule a visit from an indoor environmental professional.

A Reliable Source of Information

Do-it-yourself mold tests are notoriously inaccurate for a variety of reasons, including the fact that spores are airborne. Ideally, tests should be completed in multiple areas of the property, but this still only shows that mold is present. These tests don't show where it is, whether it's black mold, or how much is present. The IEP report provides this information and includes a mold remediation plan.

Taking Preventative Action

Whether you have seen black mold around your windows, spotted a yellow stain on the wall, or simply suspect growth, your efforts at mold cleanup should begin with professional testing and only end with a consistent schedule for inspections. In between, follow the remediation plan established by the professional and take steps to prevent further moisture or humidity damage to your Anaheim, CA, property. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROanaheimwest.com/.

What's the Worst That Could Happen When Turning Sprinklers on for Spring?

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Irrigation maintenance is a necessity if you want to keep your sprinkler system running smoothly.

As a commercial building owner, you've likely heard a lot of tips and tricks you can use to help you maintain your property. However, finding time to do all of the required maintenance can be a major chore. Sometimes you may want to skip a few steps to speed up the process. When it comes to irrigation maintenance, it's often best to follow the upkeep procedures. Typical maintenance for this system includes the following:

• Yearly efficiency audits
• Regular system cleanings
• Occasional system upgrades

By following these simple maintenance steps, you may be able to avoid major sprinkler problems when you turn the system back on for the warmer season in Anaheim, CA.

No Water

If you fail to do the necessary irrigation maintenance, you may find that the system does not function when you turn it on after winter. The water can fail to come out of the sprinklers for a variety of reasons. The pressure in the system may be too low to move the water out or the heads may be clogged.

Too Much Water

Sprinkler flooding is another possible side effect of improper maintenance. If a head is clogged, the water may spray out in a puddle and build up in one spot. If the water lines are broken, water may seep into the ground rather than get sprayed across your yard. This can result in standing water on your property or in your building. If the flooding reaches your building, you may need to work with a commercial water damage specialist to repair any of the damages.

Uneven Water

Another issue that may arise when you first turn your sprinkler system back on is that parts of your property are getting water and the rest are not. This zoning problem can happen if part of the electrical has shorted. Clogs and other breakages could also lead to this issue.

Irrigation maintenance is a necessity if you want to keep your sprinkler system running smoothly. Not doing enough cleaning, repairing or inspecting could lead to landscaping problems and flooding. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROanaheimwest.com/.

Quick Guide to Understanding Fire-Related Damage

5/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage isn't always the same from one building to the next.

After a fire in Anaheim, CA, it can be hard to know what the next step should be. As a commercial building owner, you need to call in a fire mitigation team to ensure your damage is taken care of in the best way possible. However, you also need to know what counts as fire damage. After all, flames can affect a lot, including:

• Structure
• Furnishings
• Equipment

Fire can even cause different kinds of damage, such as water and smoke damage. When you're making an insurance claim, what should be considered fire-related damage and how do you show it?

The Damage

While the fire itself may not have caused the water and smoke damage, your insurance adjuster will likely consider these issues as part of the fire-related damage. This means your water-logged equipment may be covered by your building insurance because the machinery was damaged in the process of putting out a fire. Any interior or exterior surfaces affected by smoke can also be lumped in with your fire damage.

As a general rule of thumb, you can include anything affected by the fire on your report. This means any structural issues, equipment damage or lost belongings may be covered by your insurance policy. Of course, the exact coverage depends on your specific policy.

The Documentation

Documenting the damage done by a fire can be tricky. The flames may have destroyed certain documents, furnishings and other belongings, making it hard to show your insurance provider exactly what was destroyed. If you have an inventory list, you can send that in with the pictures of the fire-ravaged area. You may also be able to send in before-and-after pictures to better indicate what was maimed during the blaze.

Fire damage isn't always the same from one building to the next. Your insurance adjuster may deem the building and everything in it as fire-damaged, but back up your claim with documentation just in case. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROanaheimwest.com/.

3 Tips for Proactive Commercial Plumbing Maintenance

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Flooded bathroom in a commercial property.

"Out of sight, out of mind" may be a fine strategy for cleaning your apartment, but it’s a terrible philosophy for plumbing problems. Whether you manage a hotel, an office, or the first cat café in Anaheim, CA there's a lot going on behind your commercial property's walls. Here are three tips for keeping things dry.

1. Keep an Eye on the Break Room

Managing a commercial property means you've got a lot on your plate. Still, it's important to inspect the break room from time to time to make sure your employees are emptying their plates in a way that's safe for your plumbing. Coffee grounds is one of your break room sink's worst nightmares. Installing drain screens can spare your sink from this and other common clogging culprits.

2. Keep an Eye on Everywhere Else, Too

Know how to spot the signs of plumbing problems before it becomes a plumbing catastrophe and you have a broken water main on your hands—or damp clenched fists. Contact a plumber if you notice

• sinks that drain slowly or won't drain at all,
• water that won't get hot,
• toilets that chronically clog or won't flush,
• low water pressure,
• standing water around your building,
• damp drywall,
• or unusually high water bills.

3. Treat Your Property Like Your Car

You don't wait until your beloved '93 Ford Tempo is spewing fumes on the side of the road to haul it into the auto shop; you have regular maintenance performed, such as oil checks and tire rotations. Treat your building's plumbing the same way. Scheduling regular inspections of your pipes and fixtures—inside and outside—can keep them working longer. A leaking or broken pipe that goes unnoticed loses an average of 3,000 gallons of water per year, and that can mean 3,000 gallons worth of water damage to your property.

Don't hesitate to call a professional commercial plumber in Anaheim, CA at the first sign of something wrong. Acting fast can prevent simple plumbing problems from turning into serious, "Hey, uh, does anybody have a rowboat?" problems. Visit http://www.SERVPROanaheimwest.com for more information on commercial water damage. 

Prepping Your Business and Employees for an Incoming Thunderstorm

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms are one of nature’s most astounding forces, and while they’re beautiful to watch, the can cause heavy damage to a business like yours in a mere instant if the right precautions aren’t taken beforehand. While it’s impossible for you to stop a thunderstorm before it reaches your building, you can prepare your premises and employees for when the threat arrives. There are some simple yet effective measures you can take in Anaheim, CA:

• Review the Be Red Cross Ready — Thunderstorm Safety Checklist with all of your employees
• Reach out to your fire department to inquire about installing lightning rods
• Invest in first aid training
• Pick a safe gathering place for your employees during an intense rain storm
• Discuss your local emergency weather warning system

Picking a Gathering Place

When a rain storm becomes truly dangerous, you should always relocate your employees to a safe space inside of your building. Ideally, the chosen space should be far away from any windows (especially if high winds are a concern), and any other types of glass that could be shattered from the incoming storm.

Training

In the event that all of your prevention efforts fall short and you or one of your employees are harmed during a thunderstorm, it’s imperative that there’s a proper first aid kit on hand and that someone is present who knows how to use it. Therefore, it’s a good idea to invest in first-aid training for yourself and selected “safety leaders” among your staff in order to respond to storm-related injuries more effectively.

Knowing When It’s Time to Take Cover

If you can hear thunder, then you and your employees should be inside. Audible thunder means there’s lightning close enough to do damage. You and your staff should stay in your gathering place or otherwise indoors for a full 30 minutes after the last thunderclap has been heard to ensure the coast is really clear.

Following these safety guidelines won’t completely eliminate all risks during a severe rain storm. However, such precautions can certainly help to reduce the chances of injury occurring in your building. Visit http://www.SERVPROanaheimwest.com for more information on commercial storm damage. 

What to do During a Fire Emergency

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

It is important to know the kind of restoration company you will be working with and evaluate whether the firm has the right commercial fire damage resources to do the board up restoration. In the case of commercial fire damage scenarios, the operations of a business can be altered, and they require quick response from any particular firm.

A qualified commercial fire board up and smoke damage expert will ensure that the soot damage or smoke damage is cleaned up and every uses the commercial fire damage machines to clean the various discolorations on the ceiling, walls or even on the floor. Commercial fire damage restoration experts also help in eliminating the signs of fire accidents on the commercial premises and make sure that the works get back to their work comfortably.

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Minimizing Business Interruption

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water in business can cause losses due to the office shut down for few days until the repairs are made, and the situation is back to normal. It can cause a delay in projects, and other associated business issues would surface due to time loss. Water restoration services in such case should be hired on emergency services to get rid of the problem and get things back to normal.

  • The electronic equipment that comes in contact with the water would get immediately damaged and must be eliminated for safety purposes.

  • Water can cause mold growth, which can grow and expand rapidly, causing mold treatment to be done by professionals. It would add to the overall cost of handling water loss. Water cleanup services would help get rid of this issue and make the area seem as fresh as ever before.

  • Water in the home would attract many different types of insects and animals and would infect the environment negatively. It would cause a health risk to the people exposed to that environment.

SERVPRO of Anaheim West is available 24 hours a day. Give us a call at (714) 533-1989 for any of your fire damage needs.

Speedy Response for Water Damaged Electronics

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water in business can cause serious issues if the computers or servers get damaged. It can potentially cause the hardware to malfunction, which can cause data loss relevant to the business.

In the event of a water damage emergency, one of the first things to do is calling the emergency damage restorative company for mitigation of negative impact water would otherwise cause to the area. Irrespective of the damage is caused due to flood or leaking pipe or damaged bathroom fixtures; the restorative company would ensure things get back to normal sooner. Electronics can be cleaned and restored the sooner the restoration company can be on the job.

It helps in ensuring that things don't get worse because more the water is allowed to stay on the property more is the extent of the damage.

Visit http://www.SERVPROanaheimwest.com for more information on water damaged electronics.

Restoring Damaged Electronics After a Fire

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

Once you’ve been through the stress of an electrical fire in Anaheim, CA there’s a lot on your mind. You have calls to make, plans to arrange, a solid restoration service to hire, etc. When it comes to the damage done by a fire, not all of it is obvious. In fact, if you have damaged electrical equipment, you may not even know it without the help of a professional.

1. Damaged Electronics

Smoke can damage your electronics. Not only can extreme heat from the fire itself hurt your computer or electronic devices, but also the smoke itself can cause extensive damage. Take a computer, for instance, the smoke can maneuver through the vents and enter the inside components. Once in, it may form a film-like insulation that will lead to overheating. While this is common in computers, televisions, game consoles and other electronics can also suffer this way. Keep in mind that smoke can also cause devices to short. Additionally, soot is acidic and can disintegrate metal over time.

2. Restored Electronics

If fire damages your electronics, how can you fix them? The first line of business is to make sure that they can be restored after an electrical fire. Always consult a professional when dealing with electronics. This is how you can prevent electric shock or another fire. Once a professional checks the electronics, he or she may wipe them down and, in some cases, take them apart to clean them. Once clean, new working parts can be fitted for them. If everything is salvageable, then the devices should be in working order.

After an electrical fire, most people don’t consider that they may need a computer cleanup. Like any other appliance in your business, your electronics can be damaged by smoke and soot. It’s important that you have them cleaned by specialists to avoid the risk of further damage or danger. Visit http://www.SERVPROanaheimwest.com for more information on commercial fire damage.

SERVPRO of Anaheim West Called to Perform Commercial Water Damage Restoration

6/22/2016 (Permalink)

Don't go disaster after disaster before giving us a chance.

 When a large property manager had a fire sprinkler line crack in a building they manage, they knew to call SERVPRO of Anaheim West. The pipe had cracked on in the ceiling of the third floor flooding the third level. The water then followed the path of least resistance and found the pipe chases in the concrete floors in between levels. This allowed the water to quickly travel down to level 2 and eventually level 1. As the water reached the ceiling of the level below it quickly began to spread out across the firewalls. It also used the piping from the plumbing and electrical conduit to quickly transport it to other areas of the building. The water cascaded into light fixtures, AC duct manifolds and registers. From there it landed on computers, desks and furniture damaging work product and sensitive documents that were the work of professionals like doctors and attorneys. Fortunately the building engineers were able to shut off the fire sprinklers within 10 minutes of the break.

SERVPRO of Anaheim West responded in force. Within 20 minutes of getting the call our crews arrived with 9 extraction units to quickly remove the standing water from the carpet and terrazzo flooring systems. Once the major water was removed the electrical systems were checked for safe operation. Fortunately the buildings electrical system was not compromised and we were able to pull auxiliary power from a nearby electrical panel. Once the electricity was secured a project manager walked the job with the building engineer showing him the building materials that had soaked up the water and needed to be thoroughly dried to prevent and inhibit mold growth. A drying plan was constructed and the equipment began to make its way to the building.

Initially refrigerant dehumidifiers and air movers were used to quickly remove the excess humidity in the building. However once they reached their maximum drying efficiency, they were quickly replaced with desiccant dehumidifiers. In addition air movement was reduced as materials reached their moisture equilibrium (fancy word for dry normal).

The property manager was shocked. You see, not too long ago they used to use a company that would always demolish any wet building materials, this would result in expensive demo bills, prolonged restoration projects and upset tenants. The property manager would then have to discount rents in order to appease unhappy tenants. Some were even released from their leases. But why was this job any different? This time they selected SERVPRO to perform the mitigation and drying. At the end of the day, once everything was dry and the repair process was to begin, all that was needed was a few drywall patches and to replace the baseboard. The carpets were then cleaned and the final walk through completed.

How long did it take? From the initial call to completion of the restoration was only 7 days. The tenants were happy, the property manager was happy and the building owners were happy. The property manager remarked "from now on I will only call SERVPRO".

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