Recent Commercial Posts

Your Riverside Business is Flooded. Now What?

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

If your business has been affected by flood the most important thing you can do is act quickly.

This reduces the level of damage and helps contain recovery costs. If no one is injured the first thing you want to do is call your insurance company.  Then do the following:

Be Safe

Make sure your building is safe before you enter. Do a quick assessment of the exterior of the building to see if there are any structural damages. You should also check for possible electrical hazards. The safest thing you can do is to turn off the power if possible. Since there is the potential for electrocution if electricity is still running make sure you are wearing protective gear as you walk through the property.

Be Quick

Time is of the essence when dealing with standing water. It takes less than 48 hours for mold to grow and spread. For this reason you want to quickly remove the excess water. Open windows and use air movers to help with drying. You then want to ensure there are no pockets of concealed water – either under carpet or on water absorbing material (i.e. concrete).  If a flood is laden with bacteria or chemicals do not try to clean on your own get a professional like SERVPRO of West Riverside City involved.

If you have suffered a flood or other water disaster at your home or business, call SERVPRO of West Riverside City 951-351-8033

Be Thorough

Make sure you document everything! Take a picture of the damaged condition and anything you are throwing out. This will be important for the recovery process with your insurance company.

If all of this seems like a lot of work that you are not ready or do not have the time to take on do not worry! SERVPRO of West Riverside City can ease the stress and complete the entire process for you.

If all of this seems like a lot of work that you are not ready or do not have the time to take on do not worry! SERVPRO of West Riverside City can ease the stress and complete the entire process for you. All we need is your insurance carrier name and your claim number and we will take care of the rest. SERVPRO offers claim services to both the client and the insurance professionals. They provide an itemized loss inventory when possible. They also offer pretesting on every loss. Since restoring property is usually less expensive than replacing it, this saves the client time and the insurance company money.

We are here for you during this time of need and our trained technicians will make the damage look “Like it never even happened."

Have You Considered What Could Cause a Fire in Your Riverside Workplace?

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

grill that is chared Immediately clean up spilt grease. Grease left on work surfaces can be extremely dangerous.

A fire in an office or store can be devastating to a community. 

In addition to potential deaths and property loss, people may lose their jobs and the community may lose a vital service provided by the business.  There 18,700 office and store fires in the United States in 2019 that caused $744 million in direct property damage-US Fire Administration.

Electrical Fires

Over 25% of all fires are linked to a malfunction of either a piece of electrical equipment, wiring, or both. Electricity is a common source of ignition for major fires. One way to avoid problems with electrical fires is to establish an electrical safety program.

All employees should be thoroughly familiar with the safety procedures for their particular jobs. To maximize his or her own safety, an employee should always use tools and equipment properly. Extension cords must be inspected before use, and those found questionable, removed from service and properly tagged. Damage or inadequate maintenance can cause equipment to deteriorate, resulting in unsafe conditions.

Flammable and Combustible Materials

There are thousands of chemicals in use in the modern American workplace. One of the most prevalent dangers of these chemicals is their flammability or combustibility. Improper handling of flammable materials brings a great risk of fire. When a flammable liquid is spilled, vapors begin to form immediately. It is the vapors that will ignite, and which pose the greater danger.

Flammable liquid spill cleanup should begin immediately. Vapors will continue to build until the liquid is removed, and they can be ignited by a variety of sources in the average workplace. The best way to avoid fire caused by these materials is to follow all OSHA guidelines when dealing with flammables.

Human Error

The most common reason for a sprinkler system failure is human error. Often times the water supply was turned off at the time of the fire. The success of fire prevention strategies depends primarily on pre-planning, preparation, equipment quality, and the readiness of personnel. Employees and loss prevention practitioners must be knowledgeable about the proper use of extinguishers. If the wrong extinguisher is used, a fire may become more serious.

General Negligence

Negligence is another common cause of fire in the workplace. It’s slightly different from fires caused by human error. Negligence occurs when an employee does not follow established procedures and knowingly undertakes an activity that is a potential fire hazard.

Fire caused by negligence can be the result of:

  • Hot surfaces too close to heating equipment
  • Open flame that’s not properly located or protected
  • Not following smoking restrictions or careless disposal of butts, ashes, and matches

Good common sense, self awareness, and close adherence to policy are a great way to avoid fires caused by general negligence. Posting fire safety signs in common areas is another way to keep fire safety at top of mind.

Grease Fires

If grease is spilt, have it cleaned by staff straight away. Grease left on floors, walls or work surfaces can be extremely dangerous. Not only is it a fire hazard it can also cause falls and other workplace injuries.

Make it a rule within your kitchen – if there’s a spill, clean it up immediately!

 Arson

The premise behind arson prevention, like other prevention programs, is to address the opportunity to commit the crime. Arsonists, like other criminals, typically prefer to start fires in locations that are secluded or hidden. Prevention programs often suggest improving the surveillance in these areas by lighting the area, removing visual obstructions to natural observation, and moving the targets such as dumpsters.

Emergency Response Profile

If your Business would like a free Emergency Response Profile, please call SERVPRO of West Riverside city, we can help you collect pertinent information in the event of a disaster. 

 Contact us:

Office: 951-351-8033

Is Your Riverside Business Prepared To Evacuate in the Event of an Emergency?

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

clip board with a list of items to have on hand for emergency By keeping a few simple guidelines in mind, designing your evacuation procedure can keep you prepared for any disaster.

Are You Prepared?

While an emergency in the workplace is never expected, disasters happen every day in businesses all around the country. That’s why it’s so important to implement a Evacuation Plan for your employees and customers. By keeping a few simple guidelines in mind when designing your evacuation procedure, you can make sure your business in Riverside, CA is prepared for a worst-case scenario.

1. Pay attention to details.

Where is a fire most likely to break out in your building? How is the customer traffic flow designed? What are the locations of sprinklers and fire extinguishers? These are factors that will need to be considered when planning for an emergency. Map your evacuation route to bypass dangerous areas and allow for the fastest possible exit from the building.

2. Communication is key.

Even the most well-designed fire drill plan is useless if you don’t ensure that every employee knows how to implement it. Keep in mind that your employees will need to guide customers to safety in the event of an emergency, so it’s imperative that they have access to a printed evacuation route and are aware of where all the building exits are located.

3. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

Even the most level-headed employee can panic if a fire breaks out at work. That’s why evacuation drills should be rehearsed on a regular basis to make sure that everyone knows their role in an emergency. Address any issues or confusion after each drill to develop a reliable exit strategy. Shift leaders and managers should have the contact information for a reliable fire damage restoration company to call after ensuring that all customers and employees are out of the building and first responders are on the way.

While no business owner wants to think about a life-threatening emergency in their building, it’s crucial to have a fire drill plan in place to ensure the safety of your employees and customers. By remembering to prepare for the worst-case scenario, you can prevent a tragedy from occurring.

Get Back to Business Quickly After a Fire

As a business owner, you know that any disruption in business affects your bottom line. We have large loss teams that work alongside our local SERVPRO experts. These professionals understand your unique set of problems when faced with fire damage and can respond immediately to your call. Our goal is to help you get your business up and running again as soon as possible after a fire emergency.

Should your business experience a fire, SERVPRO of West Riverside City has the experience and knowledge to make any disaster, "Like it never even happened."

Call for any emergency 951-351-8033

How Commercial Property Owners Ensure Building Safety During Year-end Holiday Season

12/8/2021 (Permalink)

office keyboard in black and white with soot Pay attention to safety, reduce the likely hood of damage to buildings by monitoring hazards and more importantly, ensure the safety of all occupants.

Many Commercial business owners are decorating their properties with Holiday decorations, some are also hosting a year-end event right there on the property. 

It’s a way to say thank you to employees, enjoy some good food, maybe games and raffles.  One thing to consider is how to do this safely. 

Here are seven helpful recommendations to help commercial property owners boost holiday safety at their properties:

  • Use fire retardant decorations. Choose and install only decorative materials that will not fuel flames. 
  • Place decorations wisely so they don’t impede safety systems: sprinkler systems (never hang anything from sprinkler heads), emergency exits, fire alarm pulls, fire extinguishers, hose cabinets, exit signs and fire doors.
  • Shun open flames like candles, instead choosing cool lighting like LED bulbs and low wattage illumination. Be particularly careful with holiday cooking, even if conducted outdoors. More than a few fires have been sparked when celebrants explosively deep fried a frozen turkey.
  • Don’t overtax electrical circuits and devices. Always follow manufacturer directions for string lights. Don’t overload power strips or outlets.
  • Reduce slip, trip and fall hazards such as lighting cords across walkways. During decoration installation and removal, use ladders carefully. If viewers will visit outdoors to appreciate decorations and displays, illuminate walkways and keep them free of snow and ice.
  • Put lighting and powered decorations on timers to reduce fire hazards. Few people view commercial holiday decorations during the overnight hours. Timers reduce electricity costs, too.
  • Inspect building safety devices during the decoration process. This is an ideal time to verify that smoke alarms, fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors have been properly maintained and are operable.  

We don’t want to be distracted from the more important things.  Pay attention to safety, reduce the likely hood of damage to buildings by monitoring hazards and more importantly, ensuring the safety of all occupants.

Call SERVPRO of West Riverside City with damage caused by fire, we take the stress of the business owner, ensure the safety of staff members and we can make it, "Like it never even happened."

Office-951-351-8033

The Importance of A Clean Restroom In Your Riverside Office Building

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

An area that employees usually don’t clean up after themselves is the bathroom. It is the most important part of the building to be properly and regularly cleaned and disinfected appropriately. A clean and disinfected restroom helps prevent the spread of illness-causing germs, such as Salmonella, E. coli and norovirus which are routinely found in restrooms. If your employees get sick due to these germs it could impact the bottom line of the company.

Areas of the bathroom that are regularly touched such as the toilets & urinals handles and then other hard surfaces are touched need to be professionally disinfected and cleaned to reduce the risk of passing on germs. Bathroom cleaning also includes cleaning dispensers, walls, stainless steel, vents, stall walls and tops, floor boards and floors, drains, pictures, mirrors, showers, locker areas and other bathroom fixtures.

A detailed checklist for an accurately clean bathroom:

Daily

  • Inspect paper dispensers and dryers to ensure they’re in working order
  • Restock and fill soap, toilet paper and towel dispensers
  • Sweep floors and mop, making sure to clean around and behind toilets and other hard-to-reach areas
  • Wipe down sinks and counters
  • Clean and sanitize toilets and urinals, including handles
  • Disinfect and empty feminine hygiene dispensers and restock with new liners
  • Disinfect door handles and stall locks, both inside and out
  • Clean and shine mirrors
  • Monitor trash receptacles and empty them before they’re full
  • Weekly

  • Wipe down stall doors, cabinetry and any hardware inside and out
  • Dust all surfaces, light fixtures and light bulbs
  • Check faucets, pipes and toilets for leaks
  • Inspect drains to ensure they remain clog-free
  • Monthly

  • Wipe down walls to remove dust and particles that cling to surfaces
  • Deep clean floors and scrub any tile and grout
  • Clean baseboards, trim and tops of doors
  • Clean overhead fixtures such as ceiling fans, vents, lighting and sprinklers
  • To reduce the burden on your employees, save money on cleaning supplies and maintain your company’s reputation, leave the professional cleaning to SERVPRO of West Riverside City. For a free, no-obligation consultation and assessment of your needs call us at 951-851-8033

    Know What to Expect at Your Child’s K- 12 School or Child Care Program

    8/11/2021 (Permalink)

    illustration of classroom ventilation with air filter, fan, windows Improving ventilation can reduce the number of virus particles in the air. SERVPRO can help with disinfecting and cleaning your school or classrooms!

    COVID-19 outbreaks can happen in schools and child care programs, but when multiple prevention strategies are used, most children can safely continue to attend these programs in person.  Article from Ready.gov.

    Things Your Child’s School or Child Care Program May Consider

    When making decisions about how to keep students and staff safe, school and child care program administrators should consider:

  • How many cases of COVID-19 are in your community.
  • The number of people vaccinated in your community.
  • Ages of children in the school or child care program.
  • As the situation in your community changes, school and child care program administrators may change policies.

    Prevention Strategies

    Your child’s school or child care program may layer prevention measures in the classroom or during other activities, meaning they may use many prevention measures at the same time. Using layered prevention measures is important when some prevention measures cannot be used. For example, when people are not able to physically distance from each other, using other prevention measures can still help stop the spread of COVID-19.

    COVID-19 Vaccines

    Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent COVID-19. When teachers, staff, and students 12 years and older are fully vaccinated, COVID-19 outbreaks in schools or child care programs are less likely to occur.

    Everyone 12 years and older is now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.

    Your child’s school or child care program may provide information about how to get vaccinated to families. They may also offer flexible options for excused absences to allow students time to get vaccinated and stay home if they have side effects after vaccinations.

    Masks

    When teachers, staff, and children who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask, they protect others as well as themselves.

  • Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Mask use is recommended for people who are not fully vaccinated, including children and staff.
  • Children under 2 years of age should not wear a mask.
  • School and child care program administrators may choose to make mask use universally required in your child’s school or child care program if

  • Children are younger than 12 and are not yet eligible for vaccination.
  • The number of COVID-19 cases is increasing or high in the school or your community.
  • The number of cases caused by a variant of concern is increasing or high in the school or your community.
  • The school or child care program is not able to monitor the vaccine status of children, teachers, or staff.
  • The school or child care program cannot enforce mask policies that are not universal.
  • The number of students or people in your community who are vaccinated is low.
  • Schools and child care programs can make exceptions for children who cannot wear a mask or cannot safely wear a mask.

    Masks are required on all public transportation, including school buses. Regardless of the mask policy at school, passengers and drivers must wear a mask on school buses operated by public or private school systems. Learn more about face masks on public transportation.

    Your child’s school or child care program will have a policy about physical distancing.

    Young children need to be close to caregivers during diapering, feeding, and comforting. Your child’s program may use cohorting. Cohorting means keeping children together in a small group and having each group stay together throughout an entire day. This is used to limit the number of children and staff who come in contact with each other. Your child’s program may also maximize time outdoors, stagger drop-off and pick-up times, and maintain 6 feet between cohorts.

     Ventilation

    Improving ventilation can reduce the number of virus particles in the air.

    Your child’s school or child care program may:

    • Open multiple doors and windows.
    • Use child-safe fans to increase the effectiveness of open windows.
    • Make changes to the heating, ventilation, or air conditioning (HVAC) or air filtration systems.
    • Open or crack windows in buses and other forms of transportation, if doing so does not pose a safety risk.

    Handwashing

    Teachers and staff can:

    • Teach students to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Remind students to wash hands frequently and help young children with handwashing.
    • Provide hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if handwashing is not possible. Young children should have adult supervision when using hand sanitizer.
    • Set up handwashing or hand sanitizing stations at facility entrances.
    • Wash their hands after holding, washing, or feeding young children.
    • Wash their hands before and after changing a child’s diaper or handling infant bottles.

    Keep Your Child Home if They Are Sick

    If your child is sick or has symptoms of COVID-19, they should stay home. Call your child’s healthcare provider for testing and care. Staying home when sick with COVID-19 keeps COVID-19 infections out of schools and child care programs and prevents spread to others.

    Food Service and Meals

    Your child’s school or child care program may adjust where and when children eat meals. This may include:

    • Physical distancing as much as possible when moving through the food service line and while eating (especially indoors).
    • Using additional spaces outside of the cafeteria for mealtime seating, such as the gymnasium or outdoor areas.
    • Reminding children to wash hands, before and after eating.
    • Improving ventilation in spaces where children eat.

    Physical Education and Physically Active Play

    Physical play is important for children. In general, people do not need to wear masks when outdoors. In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, people should consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated. When physical education and play are held indoors, children and staff should wear masks. Children and staff should physically distance when possible.

    Sports and Other Activities

    Some sports may make players, coaches, and trainers more likely to get and spread COVID-19 because of physical contact and increased breathing. Other extracurricular activities, such as band, choir, theater, and school clubs that meet indoors, may also make students and staff more likely to get or spread COVID-19.

    • Students should not participate in these activities when they have symptoms of COVID-19 and should be tested.
    • Students who participate in indoor sports and other higher-risk activities should continue to wear masks and physically distance as much as possible.

    SERVPRO of West Riverside City hopes for a fantastic school year! 

    If you are a school official and would like information on how SERVPRO can help with disinfecting and cleaning your school or classrooms, give us a call 951-351-8033.

    We can help if a student develops symptoms and if a positive COVID test result occurs with one of your students. 

    How To Handle a Partial Loss Fire in Riverside

    7/21/2021 (Permalink)

    warehouse with concrete floor, white walls, dark soot and smoke stained walls A fire caused smoke, soot and water damage to this commercial building in Jurupa. SERVPRO West Riverside made it, "Like it never even happened."

    A "partial loss" fire is one that damages your commercial property, but doesn't completely destroy it. Before you file a claim, contact a fire restoration service to make a complete assessment of the property. Professionals may uncover damage that you might not notice at first glance. They can also give you an appraisal of what renovations need to take place to get your building back to normal. This information is helpful to your insurance adjuster when they visit your establishment.

    What Problems Could Affect Your Insurance Claim?

    It's critical to find a reputable fire crew in Riverside to help you through the process, otherwise, it could affect the amount of your settlement. Things to keep in mind include:

  • Improper cleaning methods - If the cleaning team doesn't use proper cleaning techniques in your fire restoration, your insurance may not cover additional cleaning in the future. An experienced crew removes smoke damage from the building, in addition to fire damaged materials.
  • Hidden damages - Fire loss includes more than just the damage caused by the fire. A trained professional knows where to look for hidden problems, including mold and ash. They will also check the air quality in the facility.
  • Insufficient repairs - An experienced technician understands that the repairs must return your building to a consistent appearance. This means that even if some materials weren't damaged if they don't fit the look of the new materials they must be replaced.
  • How Can You Make the Process Go Smoother?

    Before your insurance adjuster arrives, make a list of every item that was destroyed in the fire or damaged by smoke or water. Take pictures of key items that must be replaced. Get quotes from construction crews with itemized details as well. All of these tips can speed up the process so that your claim is filed quicker.

    Fire loss doesn't have to destroy your entire building to be devastating. Finding the right renovation service helps the process go much smoother.

    Riverside Business Owners Can Prevent Fires in the Break Room

    6/28/2021 (Permalink)

    white walls with green emergency exit sign with orange and yellow flames Take steps to avoid break room fires!

    Keeping your employees happy and safe is an important aspect of owning a productive business.

    Let's talk about the beloved breakroom. A lunchtime escape from the cramped office cubicle. A place to eat doughnuts without shame and to converse with coworkers, it's a temporary getaway for many office employees and can provide instant relief for the workday blues. To keep the breakroom enjoyable for everyone, it's extremely important to make sure it's safe. Making safety a high priority, you can prevent the unthinkable from happening.

    A breakroom fire is one key area that can bring your business to a halt or even worse cause harm to employees.  One way to prevent a small catastrophe grow into a large one is by having a fire extinguisher installed in the breakroom.  It's a good way to prevent a microwave mishap. Faulty wires and carelessness can easily turn a lunch break into a lunch fire. Provide new employees with instructions on fire safety to keep everyone in the office informed. Check smoke alarms to make sure they are working properly, run a fire drill to ensure organization, and display fire safety information on the breakroom bulletin board to raise employee awareness.

    To avoid break room fires, we recommend making the following suggestions:

    • Only use commercial or industrial-grade appliances that are UL listed.
    • Remove all hot plates, toaster ovens, toasters or any appliance that has an open flame.  Place signs in the break room restricting their use.
    • Plug all appliances directly into outlets that have the proper overcurrent protections (breakers, GFCI, etc.)
    • Never plug appliances into extension cords.
    • Provide all break rooms with smoke/heat detection devices that are monitored by a central station.
    • Keep all appliances and outlets free from dirt and debris accumulation.
    • Be sure there is a fully operational smoke detector in the break room. Checking the smoke alarm monthly to ensure it is operational may be the first step in proactively preventing an emergency

    Do you have employees who smoke?  Employees in California should be made aware of laws and should have an understanding on where they can smoke. NOLO advises, "Workplace smoking laws apply to workplaces with more than five employees  In California, smoking areas must be in a non-work area. No employee may be required to enter that room as part of their job. The air must be exhausted directly outside with a fan and cannot recirculate to other areas of the building." 

    Here are some smoking safety tips:

    • Set up deep, sturdy ashtrays with a wide, stable base that are difficult to tip over and set ashtrays on something sturdy and difficult to ignite, such as a table.
    • Make sure cigarettes and ashes are out before throwing them away.
    • Never toss hot cigarette butts or ashes in the trash.
    • Chairs and sofas can catch fire fast and burn fast. Don't set ashtrays on them.

    Visit our website for more information on commercial fire restoration .  We also have blogs providing tips and best practices!

    Remember, if disaster does strike, SERVPRO® of west Riverside City is Here to Help!® Give us a call 24/7 at 951-351-8033.

    How To Restore Electronics After A Riverside Business Fire

    6/21/2021 (Permalink)

    black phone and keyboard with smoke and orange yellow flames An electrical fire doesn’t have to be the end of your electronics. If you react quickly, most electronics not directly subjected to heat can be saved.

    Having an electrical fire in your business is bad news. Damage to your electric wiring, appliances and electronics can be extremely difficult to repair. Soot and smoke damage have incredible penetration, and it only takes a minuscule amount in the wrong place in modern electronics to destroy an entire device.

    Smoke Hates Electronics 

    Computers and complicated electronics have extremely dense circuit boards. The space between conductors is precisely calculated to be the least distance possible. Unfortunately, this means it takes very little to create a short circuit.

    There are three main dangers to electronics from the smoke:

    • A black, oily film
    • Polarized smoke
    • Acid in the soot

    Smoke Eats Boards 

    Smoke from an electrical fire is a complicated substance and depends on the materials burned and the degree of heat. However, it always contains some soot and oil. If the material wasn’t well-combusted, the amount of soot and smoke increases enormously.

    While the oil and soot can short out your circuit board, the acids in the smoke will start to dissolve the board itself. This can loosen connections and allow tracings to migrate slightly, causing spikes in impedances and loose connections that lead to computer failures.

    Computer Cleanup Is Usually the Worst 

    Unlike most electronic devices, most computers have fans that actively draw in air from the room to cool the CPU and graphics processor. This means the smoke is being pulled in, and it makes computer cleanup extremely difficult.

    Professional electronics restoration companies have special solvents that can often save a computer, but it should be removed from power before receiving smoke damage. If you can safely do so before evacuating, you or a manager should shut off the breakers. It makes it safer for the firefighters, too.

    An electrical fire doesn’t have to be the end of your electronics. If you react quickly and hire the right experts, most electronics not directly subjected to heat can be saved. Either way, SERVPRO will return your business to “Like it never even happened.”

    Spring Cleaning Tips for a Safe Work Environment

    2/24/2021 (Permalink)

    clay potted flower sitting on window ledge with a bottle of cleanser and green rag Spring cleaning isn't just for the home, ensure your workplace is cleaned and sanitize to help keep employees safe from COVID-19

    Many plan to clean their homes during the upcoming spring months.  After being cooped up during the winter with heater running, limited outdoor ventilation, spring is the perfect time to clean.  But it's more important than ever to take the annual tradition of thoroughly spring cleaning the home or workplace as seriously as possible.  The following is an article I found to be very informative regarding workplace cleaning taking into account COVID-19  From Amtrust Financial :

    Spring cleaning is an essential task to get the home tidy, organized and can even improve the health of the household by removing common asthma and allergy triggers that worsen this time of year. Employers should also take part in spring cleaning chores to not only eliminate dust and grime from the workplace, but also to create a safe, healthy environment that helps reduce employee illnesses and injuries.

    The Importance of a Clean Workplace in the Time of COVID-19

    Maintaining a clean workplace is essential to the health, wellness and safety of your employees. A tidy, clutter-free environment helps reduce injuries, boosts morale and productivity, and ensures employees are motivated to perform their duties more effectively. Additionally, sanitary offices, public spaces and restrooms help keep workers healthy, reducing the use of sick days taken and the loss of productivity that comes along with them.

    The recent coronavirus, known as COVID-19, has had a major impact on people and businesses around the world since it was first detected in Wuhan, China at the end of December. As you start thinking about your spring cleaning checklist this year, there are a few extra precautions to take that can help keep workers safe and healthy – and help stop the spread of COVID-19. These include:

    • Clean first, then disinfect. Cleaning removes dirt and germs from surfaces, while disinfecting uses chemicals to kill germs. Before applying those chemicals designed to disinfect, first wipe down surfaces using soap or a detergent.
    • Properly disinfect surfaces. Once surfaces are thoroughly cleaned, disinfect using a diluted bleach solution, alcohol solution with at least 70% alcohol, or a common EPA-registered household disinfectant.
    • Take extra care to clean regularly touched objects. In addition to wiping down surfaces like desks and bathroom countertops, make sure to disinfect items employees commonly touch throughout the day, like doorknobs, light switches, refrigerator doors, microwave doors, phones, chairs, etc.

    It’s also a good idea to require staff to wash their hands thoroughly – and often. Additionally, now is the time to make sure your business continuity plan is updated to keep operations running smoothly following an unforeseen event that could potentially close your doors, such as COVID-19.

    Spring Cleaning Tips for a Safe Work Environment

    Hazards can be found in any type of commercial establishment, from office buildings and retail outlets to machine shops and five-star restaurants. As you welcome in the warmer spring weather, it’s the perfect time to take a look around your small business and identify the areas that could use some sprucing up, as well as identify the areas that could increase risk of injury for your employees. A few workplace cleaning tips to keep in mind this spring include:

    Clear the clutter

    A workspace littered with boxes, bags, equipment, piles of paper, etc. can easily heighten the risk of trips, slips and falls among employees or customers. It’s especially important to remove clutter from high traffic areas and stairs. As one of the most popular spring cleaning tasks is to get organized, do a thorough purge of any items cluttering up work areas, blocking exits or posing tripping hazards.

    Remove any potential fire hazards

    In addition to clutter increasing the risk for injury, it can also add to the risk for a fire. Stockpiles of papers and boxes on floors, desks, or file cabinets can pose a significant fire hazard, especially if they are located near sources of ignition. If any materials are considered to be flammable, they should be stored in designated areas.

    Store items properly

    As you’re working to clear clutter from your workplace, items that you’ll be keeping should be properly stored to avoid accidents or injuries. Heavy objects should be placed on waist-high shelves so they can be lifted with minimal bending or reaching. Boxes and other items should be stacked securely and maintained as low as possible to prevent things from falling or toppling over onto employees or customers.

    Deep clean the floors

    Throughout the year, you’re probably sweeping, vacuuming and/or mopping regularly as clean, dry floors are key in preventing slips and falls. However, during spring cleaning time consider getting any carpets, tile and other flooring professionally cleaned.

    Additional Commercial Cleaning Tips for Employee Safety

    Consider your cleaning chemicals

    Part of any good spring cleaning project will often include use of soaps, detergents, disinfectants, waxes, polishes and various other types of cleaning chemicals. In most cases, these are relatively benign and non-hazardous, however, none of them are good for the eyes. Safety eyewear is a good idea when mixing and using these items, as is the use of gloves to protect potentially sensitive skin. Additionally, some ordinary cleaning compounds can produce toxic gasses or liquids when mixed, so it’s important to only mix chemicals as instructed on the labeling for the chemical. Never assume two chemicals will mix together safely.

    Take caution when working at heights

    A thorough cleaning often includes windows, stairwells, high atriums or other areas not reachable from the floor. Always try to use pole-mounted brushes, squeegees or other aids to minimize the need to climb. If climbing is absolutely necessary, be sure to utilize only step stools with a sturdy hand hold to help maintain balance. Falls from ladders are a leading cause of injury in both the home and workplace, so minimizing all climbing should be a top priority.

    Check first aid supplies

    The changing of the season is the perfect reminder to check the state of your company’s first aid kit. Find out what items need to be restocked and get them ordered immediately. A first aid kit is a must in order to fulfill standard safety requirements, and they’re also essential for promptly attending to any type of minor workplace accident or injury.

    Schedule safety training

    All workers should be properly trained in safety procedures and cleaning protocols at the start of their employment. However, periodic training can help keep these processes top of mind for the entire staff, ensuring that information is better retained over time.

    Create a cleaning schedule

    Once your workplace is all tidied up and thoroughly cleaned, keep it that way throughout the year! Post written rules for cleanliness, including what types of cleansers and tools should be used, and assign out various tasks to ensure all employees are adhering to the schedule. Regular walkthroughs to inspect the state of the work environment are also recommended.

    Have You Considered SERVPRO for Your Commercial Cleaning Services?

    2/15/2021 (Permalink)

    white back with green lettering Contact Us Contact SERVPRO of West Riverside City for one time cleaning or as needed. 951-351-8033

    SERVPRO franchise professionals offer cleaning services including the removal of biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business.

    We are Here to Help® Get Your Business Back to Normal

    SERVPRO is being called on by numerous businesses and community leaders to perform the necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect and sanitize their properties. All of our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities. If you are interested in inquiring about our services we’re here to help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while life gets back to normal in the communities we all call home.

    The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line meet this standard and carry the EPA-registered emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

    SERVPRO can respond quickly and effectively to help minimize business interruption to your company.

    SERVPRO franchise professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

    The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables at a minimum.i These same surfaces are mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces as well.ii

    The CDC also recommends regular cleaning of the following areas/items:

    • Kitchen/Food Areas
    • Bathrooms
    • Schools/Classrooms
    • Offices
    • Retail Spaces
    • Water Fountains
    • Shelving/Racks
    • Sales Counters
    • Carpets and Rugs
    • Stair Handrails
    • Elevators and Escalators
    • Playground Equipment
    • Fitness Equipment

    SERVPRO professionals are trained to perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.

     i https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html

    ii https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

    iii https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

    iv https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html 

    Keeping the Work Place Safe

    Encourage your employees to...

    • Stop shaking hands – use other noncontact methods of greeting
    • Clean hands with sanitizer or wash their hands frequently
    • Avoid touching their faces and cover coughs and sneezes
    • Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails regularly
    • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

    Be Careful with Meetings and Travel

    • Use videoconferencing for meetings when possible
    • When not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces
    • Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings
    • Assess the risks of business travel

    Handle Food Carefully

    • Limit sharing food with others
    • Strengthen health screenings for cafeteria staff and their close contacts
    • Ensure cafeteria staff and their close contacts practice strict hygiene

    Stay Home if...

    • They are feeling sick
    • They have a sick family member in their home

    About Coronavirus

    The CDC is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and has spread to 60 locations internationally (as of this publication), including cases in the United States. The virus known as “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”)iii is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.iv

    SERVPRO of West Riverside City is trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

    Let Us Help You Worry Less When a Fire Strikes in your Riverside Business

    2/8/2021 (Permalink)

    orange diagram of exit routes For the safety of your employees, establish escape routes within your map.

    Worrying about the cleanup and restoration can be stressful, and many business owners are left with a feeling of helplessness and uncertainty.

    SERVPRO Franchise Professionals know restoring peace of mind is just as important as restoring property.

    This blogprovides information on the steps to take in an effort to prevent costly secondary damage to your property and possessions should a fire strike your home or business. It also reinforces the importance of being prepared and having a fire escape plan in place.

    Your local SERVPRO’s Franchise Professionals want to be there in your time of need, helping you and your customers piece their lives back together.

    Our goal is simple:

    In an emergency situation, like a building fire, every second counts. How quickly you respond could depend on how prepared you are before the emergency. Emergency planning and training directly influence the outcome of an emergency situation. Facilities with well-prepared employees and well-developed plans are likely to incur less structural damage and fewer or less severe employee injuries.

    Local Exits

    During a fire, the highest priority it getting everyone out of the building, which means having an emergency escape plan. You should establish two escape routes that move people outside simply and efficiently. Then, you should highlight these routes on a clearly marked map. This map should be displayed as well as included in the written plan. Don't forget to designate a meeting spot outside of the building to gather everyone after evacuation; that way you can make sure everyone is accounted for and regroup. When choosing emergency exits, consider the following recommendations.

    • Exits should be clearly marked as well  
    • Exit routes should be wide enough to accommodate the number/volume of evacuating person
    • Exit routes should remain unobstructed and clear of debris at all times.

    Assign Duties

    A fire escape plan should also include which people are to be doing what during an emergency. Each unique situation may require different or specialized roles, like safety protocols specific to a lab. However, there are some basics that are almost always covered:

    • someone in charge of communications; this includes being in charge of contact information
    • section leaders who may be in charge of rounding people up to leave and keeping count
    • someone designated to call 911 or coordinate with the authorities
    • someone in charge of contacting and overseeing fire remediation services

    Train Employees

    If you want your plan to run smoothly, you should practice. Your employees need to be familiar with the plan to optimize safety. Make sure to simulate an emergency fire situation and use the evacuation routes at least twice per year. Include education about stopping, dropping and rolling- a technique used if your clothes are on fire. Additional fire safety tips include getting low to avoid inhaling smoke and testing door handles before grabbing them.

    Emergency preparedness is essential for the safety of any workplace or commercial space. As a responsible business owner you should put together a fire escape plan as soon as possible, and keep it current as time rolls on.

    If you are prepare drawings that show evacuation routes and exits, post them prominently for all employees to see.  Once an escape plan is created, it should be practiced to help familiarize staff with emergency exit routes.  It is important to talk to your local fire department, as local codes may require more frequent drills for various facilities.

    Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can help with emergency planning by establishing an Emergency READY Profile, (ERP), for your facility. For more information about the ERP or emergency planning, contact:

    SERVPRO of West Riverside City 

    951-351-8033.

    How To Properly Maintain Your Riverside Commercial Irrigation System

    2/3/2021 (Permalink)

    Basic Irrigation Maintenance

    Having a properly maintained irrigation system is essential to the well-being of your commercial property. By relying on this technology to water your lawn and plants, you can save a significant amount of time while enhancing the appearance of your business’s exterior. To consistently keep your Riverside, property in top condition, it’s crucial to maintain your irrigation system properly. Here are some basic irrigation maintenance guidelines that can help you preserve the appearance of your commercial property.

    Schedule Regular Inspections

    To confirm that everything is in working order, be sure to schedule a regular checkup with your landscape company. During scheduled maintenance, your landscaper can inspect any of the following areas:

    • Sprinkler heads
    • Valves
    • Nozzles
    • Pipes

    In addition to examining these parts, a professional may give your irrigation system a good cleaning to keep it in proper shape. Remember to schedule these inspections at least twice a year to ensure that there are no leaks or other issues that may lead to sprinkler flooding.

    Use in Moderation

    To ensure that your irrigation system is at its best, always use it in moderation. Save your sprinklers for dry days only and don’t let them run all day long. Instead, try to set your irrigation timers to go off in the early morning, preferably between 4 a.m. and 10 a.m. Not only can this irrigation maintenance strategy ensure that you don’t get your customers wet, but it also allows the water to reach down to your grass’s roots without being affected by intense sunshine or high winds.

    Perform a Plant Audit

    Be sure to give your plants the right amount of attention when running your sprinklers. Newer plants need more nourishment than older plants, so adjust your irrigation timers accordingly. This ensures that your plants aren’t overwatered and keeps sprinkler flooding at bay.

    Maintaining your irrigation system is a crucial part of your job. However, if your sprinkler system causes any water damage despite your best irrigation maintenance efforts, be sure to call commercial building restoration services to bring your business back to normal.

    Contact SERVPRO of West Riverside should you experience water damage from irrigation that has caused damage to your commercial building.  We are experienced with commercial building and have years experience with water damage. 

    SERVPRO of West Riverside City

    951-351-8033

    How to Prevent Work Related "Accidents" Due to Lack of Sleep

    1/18/2021 (Permalink)

    Two men standing behind a model of an office. Should your business experience a loss, we are a phone call away. 951-351-8033

    One thing most of us can relate to is being tired.

    Our lives are busy and sometimes we feel like there are not enough hours in the day to get through our to-do lists. One thing I hope we can all learn to agree on is that being sleepy really is a hazard and sometimes can be quite dangerous in the workplace. Lack of sleep can lead to multiple consequences that may have a huge effect on us, our work, and our coworkers. Sleepiness can lead to:

    • Accidents can happen no matter what, this is why they are called “accidents”. However, we put many precautions in place to help prevent accidents from happening. Getting enough sleep is a good way to do your part in preventing an accident.
    • Memory Issues can cause many problems for you in the workplace. Being well-rested and at the top of your memory game will be appreciated by your coworkers and your customers. It’s quite normal to forget once in a while but if you are sleep deprived, your memory loss may very well be affecting your work.
    • Difficulty with Thinking and Concentration this can also be an annoyance to you and your coworkers when you are all trying to do the best job you can do. When you are well-rested, you are more likely to do a better job.
    • Mood Changes can be difficult for you, your coworkers, and can be detrimental to your customers. Being well-rested can limit your mood changes and keep you more consistent.
    • Weakened Immunity definitely affects your workplace. When your immune system is weak, you are likely to get sick more often. This may keep you from work which puts more pressure on your coworkers to pick up the slack. 

    Having one, let alone several, of these side effects from lack of sleep can be dangerous in the workplace. Please be mindful of taking care of yourself by resting when your body and mind are tired. This not only protects you but could possibly prevent you from inadvertently making a bad decision or causing an accident that could affect someone else.

    Accidents can also impact the business whether it be productivity or damage to the facility.  Incidents can happen in the lunchroom causing property damage.  

    Should your business experience a loss, we are a phone call away.

    SERVPRO of West Riverside City, 

    We can be reached 24/7 at 951-351-8033.

    Check out our Website:

    https://www.SERVPROwestriversidecity.com/

    Identify These Water Issues Inside Your Commercial Building

    1/6/2021 (Permalink)

    Check If You Have The Following Water Failures In Your Building

    Water issues such as leaking pipes and clogged toilets can happen to any home in the Riverside, area. Unfortunately, these incidents also occur to rental units inside commercial property. These issues can escalate because there are multiple people using larger systems, which requires more inspections and maintenance. If you want to become a commercial property owner, expect to see the following water failures.

    1. Clogged Pipes

    The pipes throughout your building are designed to move enormous amounts of wastewater and resist strong conditions. Unfortunately, they can still become overwhelmed and clogged. Hair, fat, soap and other contents that accumulate over time are the most likely culprits behind clogs or toilet backup. Mineral elements can also gradually build up over wet surfaces to create blockage. If the system is running underground, tree roots can seek the sewer water, eventually clogging up the pipes.

    1. Leaking System

    Due to the extensive and complex nature of commercial property plumbing, leaking pipes, faucets and toilets are recurring problems. These systems can wear down and create vulnerable spots that leak. Even though the damage seems small, it can deteriorate into larger malfunctions and property damage. Leaks also signal greater plumbing issues that can be stopped early. Call a plumbing technician to fix the issue and an emergency remediation service to deal with the water damage.

    1. Damaged Plumbing

    Besides untreated leaks, there are other causes of damaged and broken pipes. For example, the higher pressure inside the plumbing system during winter can result in a pipe break. Additionally, tree root growth, improper maintenance and excessive clogging can also result in breaks. If the pipes are too old, they can suffer from corrosion, making them fragile and vulnerable. Schedule proper maintenance and contact professionals if tenants detect leaks and other issues.

    Commercial building owners deal with the same issues as those who own singular homes. Broken or leaking pipes, clogs and other issues appear on a larger scale, so it is important for you to get help immediately.

    You can count on SERVPRO of West Riverside City.  We can also help with a free Emergency Response Profile (ERP) to help identify where water shut-off valves are to minimize water damage.  It’s a free APP that can include any type of information needed during a potential disaster.  Call us for a free inspection and we can go over the ERP with you!

    What is the SERVPRO ERP?

    SERVPRO’s ERP is a system that helps businesses create a readiness profile for all of their locations to be prepared for any disaster. The ERP helps business owners create an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for their facility, at no charge. The business owner works with SERVPRO to gather and document information that will become critical if a disaster strikes. It allows business owners to create customized, pre-organized profiles of their properties and locations so that in case of a disaster, we have access to any relevant documents and information immediately Once the ERP is created, business owners have access to their information 24/7 online and by using SERVPRO’s free smartphone app, creating a comprehensive emergency plan for the business. A comprehensive emergency plan contains critical information about the location of shut-off valves, fire suppression system controls, emergency contact numbers and more—information that can save emergency responders precious time and help contain damage and minimize injury.

    The SERVPRO ERP Creates Faster Responses

    With a profile in the ERP system, we can respond to your business emergency faster much quicker than if you had contacted us by phone. The system allows your call to be simplified to the press of a button, saving valuable time otherwise spent searching for phone numbers, relevant documents, and communicating the situation to us. Whether your emergency is water, fire or flooding, the ERP gets us out to your business faster, which can help minimize damage with faster reaction to the emergency.

    Our ERP Priority Response

    Some events, such as flash flooding, may hit many buildings and neighborhoods at once. This can cause resources to get tied up quickly, and we may have to delay our response to some inquiries. With the ERP system, you can avoid having to contact a representative and get your request in before others around you. The ERP app gives you priority response to any damage emergency you have. We’re dispatched faster to your location to start handling your issue right away.

    More Effective Responses with Prior Knowledge

    Having critical information such as breaker locations, water lines placement, floor plans, and inventories allow our trained technicians to do their work with unmatched efficiency. By giving us a wealth of information ahead of time, businesses help to ensure that any SERVPRO teams working on your business can better understand what they are working with and the job they are doing, without wasting precious time locations breaker boxes, lines, etc.

    Multi-Location Management Damage Control

    Many companies operate multiple locations, some of which may be damaged in an event while others remain unscathed or encounter different problems, depending on the situation. The SERVPRO ERP system allows businesses to create separate profiles for each business location, eliminating confusion and ensuring that more severely damaged locations are treated first.

    Damage of any kind can impact a business. SERVPRO of West Riverside City is ready to respond to your company's needs 24/7. If water, storm, flood, or fire damage has impacted one or more of your locations, or if you would like to learn more about our ERP system, call us at

    SERVPRO of West Riverside City

    951-351-8033

    Are You Ready for 2021?

    12/28/2020 (Permalink)

    the numbers 2021 in gold with green, blue red blurred lights in background,  We are hopeful for 2021! Go over your 2021 goals, and more importantly, include being prepared for emergencies.

    As a business owner, thinking forward to the coming year is critical to maintaining current goals and setting new objectives.

    People often look at New Year’s resolutions as personal goals like losing weight, being more attentive to loved ones, or giving back to the community. While all of those resolutions are important, people fail to look at New Year’s resolutions as it relates to their own business. From treating your employees well to creating a solid company culture, being introspective this time of year should extend personal life and move into your business world. The most savvy business owners take time each year around the holidays to reflect on successes, analyze failures, and set new goals for the year to come.

    December is often chaotic for businesses of all kinds. As such, it is imperative to be diligent in your efforts to shift focus to the year ahead. We suggest spending some time as many of your employees as possible in order to get feedback. In doing so, you will have a well-rounded idea of where to start your business resolutions brainstorming session. Consider the following as your write down your company’s New Year’s resolutions:

  • What is the industry as a whole doing differently that your company? Where do you see major trends going?
  • How is your competition identifying opportunities in the marketplace? What can you adopt from competitors who are doing well?
  • Who is an outstanding employee? How can you give them more responsibility moving forward?
  • What are the overhead costs in your organization? Are there any ways to cut that number down?
  • Does your office have a happy, positive mindset? Company culture is critical to productivity, is yours a constructive one?
  • The new year also signifies a fresh start. With each new year, many people resolve to better themselves or some part of their life. This year, make a resolution to be READY. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can prepare for it. The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) will help ensure you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

    In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP also establishes your local SERVPRO of West Riverside City Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 45 years experience and a System more than 1,700 Franchises strong.

    The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future. By downloading the free SERVPRO® READY App, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device making help just a few clicks away. Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster.

    Don’t wait until disaster strikes.

    Call your local Rep. Letty Mata at (951) 283-6573 to establish your Emergency READY Profile®, and be “Ready for whatever happens” in 2021.

    Smoke Cleaning Services for Your Smoke Damaged Business

    12/21/2020 (Permalink)

    warehouse with concrete floor, white walls, dark soot and smoke stained walls We received a call in Jurupa for smoke damage business caused by a nextdoor fire. We were able to make it, "Like it never even happened."

    Smoke damage can affect your business long after a fire has been extinguished. A fire restoration company can provide smoke cleaning services to remove stains and odors from the following:

    • Air
    • Carpets
    • Upholstery
    • Art

    Several methods can accomplish this.

    Air Scrubbers

    These air filtration systems can remove smoke odor from the air by passing it through a high-tech filter that removes contaminated particles. Purified air returns to the original environment without traces of the odor-causing contaminants.

    Ozone Generators

    Ozone is oxygen that has three oxygen atoms instead of two. The third atom attaches itself to malodorous particles and neutralizes them. The other two atoms remain in the air as pure oxygen. Ozone generators work best in low-humidity environments where there is less hydrogen to hinder the attachment of the third oxygen atom. They also work quickly, allowing employees to re-enter a business within hours. Ozone treatment is an effective smoke cleaning option because it can effectively penetrate porous surfaces that are difficult to reach.

    Hydroxyl Generators

    After a fire, a hydroxyl generator can remove smoke odor in high humidity environments flooded by water used to extinguish the flames. One oxygen atom and one hydrogen atom change the molecular structure of the contaminants that produce odor. Hydroxyl generators can purify a wide range of objects, including artwork. They are slower than ozone generators to remove smoke odors. Still, they do not require room evacuation, making them an excellent choice for businesses that don't require relocation after a fire.

    Thermal Foggers

    After a fire, smoke cleaning objects like rugs and upholstery can be challenging. Thermal fogging is a reliable method of hazardous particle and odor removal. A deodorizer is heated to create a fog that can penetrate the most difficult-to-reach parts of a room and its contents.

    fire restoration company can recommend the appropriate method of smoke odor removal for your Riverside, CA, business.

     With fire season still a danger, being prepared is a good first step.  Keep our contact information handy.  We can inspect for free and help remove any type of odor.  

    SERVPRO of West Riverside City

    951-351-8033

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    Be Prepared for a Commercial Loss in Your Riverside Workplace

    8/26/2020 (Permalink)

    If you have water or fire damage in your property right now, call us at 951-351-8033 RIGHT NOW. Don’t wait to mitigate - the longer damage sits unattended, the more likely it will develop secondary damage.

    If you or someone you know works in a large commercial building, you may benefit from preparing a workplace emergency preparedness kit! SERVPRO of West Riverside City is passionate about preparedness, and as we operate out of a large commercial space, we know how beneficial a kit could be in the event of an emergency.

    As you’re building a kit, whether it’s generally applicable and stored in a shared office space, or specific to you and kept at your desk - it’s important to choose the right storage material and to keep your kit updated. Using airtight, water-proof bags and containers to store a kit could keep your supplies in working condition. Additionally, consider transportable containers, such as a backpack.

    Whether general or specific, consider the following items to include in your kit:

  • A large flashlight and extra batteries.
  • A first aid kit.
  • Surgical masks or dust masks.
  • Water purification tablets.
  • Prepackaged foods. Emergency survival food ration bars are ideal for storage and consumption.
  • Mylar emergency blankets.
  • Bottled water - plan for one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for both drinking and sanitation.
  • An emergency whistle attached to a lanyard.
  • Maps of your local area.
  • Duct tape.
  • Work gloves.
  • Hand warmers.
  • Hand sanitizer and moist towelettes.
  • Plastic garbage bags.
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers.
  • Contact lens solution.
  • Matches.
  • It’s important to pack supplies for three to seven days. If your commercial workplace ever experiences a large loss, or a disaster, while you are at work, know that making a kit like this could help keep you and your coworkers safe. 

    If your property experiences a Large Loss in the future, you can always count on SERVPRO of West Riverside City to assist in restoring your property. We roll in after disaster ready to dry, clean, and restore – but there is always a few things that need to be handled before we can start our work. This would include emergency response from your utility companies or plumber, or even emergency services from the Fire Department.

    Being time sensitive after a Large Loss is crucial. Even if we can’t start restoration work immediately, make sure to call SERVPRO as soon as possible. Doing this will ensure that our project manager is able to communicate with you throughout the process of the emergency response, and is prepared to respond to your property for mitigation and restoration as soon as we are able. Don’t wait to call – if you know your property needs mitigation or restoration work.

    Safety comes first, but when it’s time to restore - call SERVPRO of West Riverside City at 951-351-8033.

    How Riverside Businesses Can be Proactive and Not Reactive in the Event of a Disaster

    7/22/2020 (Permalink)

     Emergency Response Plan flyer, listing its benefits on white back ground, black ink and green icons Emergency Ready Plan is a no cost assessment of your property, great value at no cost! Call us 951-351-8033

    For a business owner, a worst-case disaster scenario involving fire or water damage can seem unthinkable until it suddenly becomes reality.  

    In the aftermath of a disaster, a quick response time by a disaster recovery company such as SERVPRO of West Riverside City, can help minimize property damage.

    Owners need to have a quick and convenient emergency disaster plan that connects them with vendors, necessary contacts, and pertinent information when disaster strikes.  The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) is a respected industry tool during a disaster event. An ERP is so valuable , that in the midst of the confusion and panic that often surround a disaster, an owner or manager can be provided a sense of calm and clarity in reaching out for expert help.  

    Our June edition of Restoration Newsline helps us with 4 key areas to remember when building an emergency plan.

    1.  Identify your facility's greatest threats in order to assess the overall severity of the event.  

    During the discovery mode, what are your greatest threats (i.e. fires, tornadoes, floods, etc.)?  Look at your locations.  Do you have any that would be in a "tornado alley," at risk for hurricane damage, or subject to deep freezing temperatures?  Try to think outside the box, without becoming a doomsday prepper!

    2.  Document all vital information and establish clear communication activities.

    An ERP needs to contain critical property information that can help speed up response time after a disaster occurs. Consider including any documented prior loss history, and identify and label utility shut off locations, and prioritize your key contacts.  Prior loss history can provide first responders and restoration vendors with historical information on your facility's condition.  Proper utility identification will allow for quicker response times for emergency shut off, requests and key contact information is vital to starting the recovery process, allowing you to quickly contact key personnel and answer priority questions.  

    3.  Practice!  Practice!  Practice!  There is no "textbook" event, so expect the unexpected.

    You should conduct practice sessions to make sure everyone is clear on the process.  Always have clear evacuation routes in your ERP, and set a distribution chain for your key contacts and various locations.  

    4.  Keep it updated, and have all necessary information communicated with your insurance company and emergency restoration vendors.  

    The best way for the recovery to begin is remaining proactive by always keeping your ERP updated.  Your SERVPRO representative can help you keep your ERP up-to-date.  People will come and go, updates will be made to the facility, and utilities can change.  This should be a dynamic document that changes as your business does.  If you don't keep it updated, you'll be several steps behind when disaster strikes.  

    Are you interested in a free demonstration of how the Emergency Response Plan works?  It's a free service that can be maintained by you or your SERVPRO Representative.  It will not take too much of your time.  It will contain as much information as you would like it to.  If you would like more information, visit our website.  

    Contact us at SERVPRO of West Riverside City.  

    We are a phone call away 951-351-8033

    SERVPRO of West Riverside City Helps a local Manufacturing Company with Disinfecting

    6/8/2020 (Permalink)

    fogger spraying into room with chairs and brown desks SERVPRO of West Riverside disinfected and sanitized this local manufacturing facility.

    When you receive a call that a local manufacturing company is requiring to have their facility disinfected, SERVPRO of West Riverside was there to help.

    We were ask by Wayne Tallman from  HRM Janitorial company if we handled disinfecting and sanitizing.  Due to Covid-19 a company he regularly maintained was requiring disinfecting and sanitizing in addition to their regular cleaning and maintenance. 

    Beyond the cleaning performed by a janitorial company, business owners and companies must understand that persons infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and/or COVID-19 that enter their property will potentially infect others and deposit the virus on surfaces.

    According to the CDC, the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. This could be between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

    The CDC has set up a web page entitled Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities which addresses homes, childcare and K-12 schools, colleges and universities, work environments, healthcare settings, and large community events and mass gatherings.

    For business purposes, the CDC recommends routine environmental cleaning. This should include routinely cleaning all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs; and provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks) can be wiped down by employees before each use. For structures that utilize an internal or external janitorial crews, it is recommended that they follow proper cleaning protocols established by the CDC.

    This is where SERVPRO of West Riverside City stepped in.  Fortunately for us, their regular janitorial maintenance company, HRM, is an amazing company and the facility was immaculate.  This is the first step that must be completed before disinfecting and sanitizing.  SERVPRO of West Riverside City came in and followed through with the following processes. 

    Why Choose SERVPRO

    When it comes to sanitization services, adapting advanced equipment is essential. During the time of a viral outbreak, it becomes critical. All around the world, Cleanup and Restoration companies are providing disinfecting sanitizing services, and SERVPRO is no stranger to these efforts. We always go out of our way to stay up to date with technology. Here at SERVPRO, "We utilize the most advanced equipment for cleaning." We have been in the biohazardous removal business for many years. 

    How does a ULV (Ultra Low Volume) Fogger help SERVPRO of West Riverside City sanitize and disinfect? 

    • Sanitization: A ULV fogger disperses water or solvent-based cleaners as a vapor in the air. ULV foggers make disinfection services go a little faster and make it easier to do regular cleaning maintenance at a quicker pace. "Our certified team knows how to protect your building." 
    • Effectiveness: ULV foggers can mist the disinfectant to as small as 20 microns in size to get into hard to reach areas. We use SERVPROXIDE disinfectant, a hospital grade disinfectant with the EPA's lowest toxicity rating. It is suitable for fogging/misting applications (not all disinfectants are!). 
    • Equipment: "Safety is important to us." Our techs can wear the proper equipment while using the ULV fogger, ensuring the job is done correctly and safely. Vapor-based equipment should always be used with protective masks and suits, to protect the respiratory system. 
    • Technique: Advanced equipment is essential, but training is also important. Our technicians have the knowledge and experience to help you sanitize your workplace. We can give you tips, explain our process, and make sure to come back regularly to help minimize germs and pathogens inside of your building.  

    We were able to assist this manufacturing facility accommodating their request to complete this during non business hours.  We followed up for further disinfecting and sanitizing at their request.  If you have specific needs we can work with you.  We can complete a one time cleaning or continual cleaning.   

    If you feel your business or facility may need cleanup and disinfection services, don't wait. Get in touch with SERVPRO of West Riverside City 951-351-8033.  We can handle small offices up to large manufacturing facilities.  Call us for more information or visit our website SERVPRO of West Riverside.

    Riverside can Trust SERVPRO to Help Disinfect Schools and Universities

    5/20/2020 (Permalink)

    School hallway, red/white checkered tile, blue lockers, drinking fountain, hallway leads to glass doors You can count on SERVPRO of West Riverside to Clean and Sanitize Riverside Schools and Universities! Call us 951-351-8033

    COVID-19 has taken the world by surprise and it is still unknown how much longer the pandemic will last.

    Riverside has been hit by the coronavirus and has made many residents frightened and worried about their safety.

    Those in charge of public spaces everywhere are responding to the pandemic threat by canceling events, recommending “social distancing,” and reminding people of best practices in hygiene.

    In March, Riverside schools and universities closed as a precautionary measure. It is unknown what impact there will be, but there are things we can do to be proactive before opening schools and universities back up/The World Health Organization released an advisory for schools that remain open to:

  • Inform students on how to protect themselves.
  • Promote best practices with hygiene like handwashing.
  • Cleaning & disinfecting school facilities (especially water & sanitation).
  • Increasing airflow and ventilation.
  • When it comes to preventing the spread of this virus, it is up to us as a community to do the best we can to remain informed and act with thoughtful consideration.

    Students and their parents trust administrators to address public health issues and we are here to offer our school cleaning services to help you put together an action plan that includes decontamination.

    Cleanliness is how to best be proactive and we are here to help. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your school or university, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

    SERVPRO Response to COVID-19

    Bring them peace of mind to your students and their families by having your school or university sanitized and disinfected by SERVPRO. Our cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.

    The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

    Trust your certified SERVPRO cleanup and sanitization experts and give us a call today!

    SERVPRO of West Riverside City 951-351-8033

    Keeping Your Riverside Workplace Safe and Healthy

    4/22/2020 (Permalink)

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    Workplace Specific Health Strategies

    What can employers do to promote a healthy work environment to minimize infectious diseases?

    A simple and efficient path to promote workplace health includes the following items:

    • Encourage hand washing with real soap for at least 20 seconds.
    • Put hand sanitizer in numerous stations around the office or facility.
    • Provide disinfectant wipes for employees to wipe down surfaces such as keyboards, mouse, desk, chair, pens, stylus, pencils, touch screens, etc.
    • Allow employees to wear disposable gloves.
    • Remind employees of the company's sick policy. Sharing virus or Influenza with workspace mates or the production crew could be very costly to all involved parties.
    • Coordinate with the facility cleaning team regarding special measures to be taken during flu season or during periods of significant employee sickness.

    These measures are very basic yet they go a long way to keep the workplace healthy and happy.

    When is the right time to call in a professional cleaning service to clean, disinfect, and sanitize the workplace?

    Seeking consultation and assistance from a highly trained, well-informed, and experienced cleaning professional to address workplace health and hygiene is both proactive and pre-emptive. Losing multiple teams or crew members to an outbreak of an infectious disease for a week or two could crush production efficiencies. An office or sales force outbreak could slow or halt sales generation and depress a revenue cycle. The cost of an absentee employee is so much more than paid sick leave.

    Qualified cleaning professional like SERVPRO of West Riverside City can provide prevention strategies for a business as well as for a school, daycare or church. People recognize SERVPRO as the industry leader for water and fire damage restoration and disaster recovery. SERVPRO of West Riverside City team also specializes in commercial cleaning at a level that exceeds other cleaning services. Using advanced restoration and cleaning equipment, SERVPRO experts clean to the deepest level.

    For a deep clean that can address germs and infection in an office workspace or industrial environment, the team at SERVPRO of West Riverside City offers a comprehensive solution that includes disinfecting all floors and flat surfaces. They can also address the more heavy-duty situations out on the plant floor and in the canteen, showers, and restrooms.

    SERVPRO of West Riverside City can make any business look, smell, feeling fresh and clean at the same time making it a sanitary and safe environment. Most people only think of a flooded house, a sewage spill, fire damage, or disaster recovery when they think of SERVPRO. But the professionals at SERVPRO of West Riverside City have been providing deep clean and regular maintenance for businesses, schools, daycares, churches, and homes for decades.

    Call SERVPRO of West Riverside City today to schedule your cleaning (951) 351-8033.

    Commercial Restoration Company in Riverside City

    3/30/2020 (Permalink)

    Round globe of little green & blue circles & letters IICRC, "Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration certification Our staff is trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility to IICRC certification.

    Damages to your business from water, fire, smoke or mold can mean lost revenue and potentially, lost customers. As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. To minimize business interruptions and downtime when disaster strikes, will require the assistance of a professional company who knows what to do and is "Ready for whatever happens." 

    When you are searching for such a restoration company, know that SERVPRO is a national brand that you can trust to get the job done right the first time.  

    Call SERVPRO of West Riverside City at (951) 351-8033 for your commercial building needs.

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    Who needs additional stress in an emergency situation?  It’s normal for the business owner to be anxious and confused during the initial aftermath of a disaster. Companies you may never have heard of show up immediately to take advantage of the crisis.

    SERVPRO of West Riverside City is the right restoration company to lessen the stress, help you make sound, calculated decisions that insure that your facility is mitigated properly. SERVPRO will stay there with you every step of the way and make calls to your agent and adjuster while you are there to gather and convey the necessary information.  

    SERVPRO of West Riverside City has the answers to most pertinent questions you need to know: 

    • Are we licensed?
    • Do we hold IICRC certifications?
    • Do we guarantee our work?
    • What type of equipment will we be using in your building?
    • Who manages the crew on-site?
    • How and when is payment due?
    • Do we have liability insurance?

    Here are the answers to those questions: 

    SERVPRO is licensed, IICRC certified and we guarantee the work done on your property. We use SERVPRO branded equipment, all jobs are managed by a crew leader and we carry the appropriate insurance coverage. When it comes to payment we work directly with your insurance company. If you are a self pay, we give you the estimate upfront and keep you informed when the project will be completed and when payment is due.

    Visit our website for more information regarding our training and certification. 

    IICRC Training and Certification

    The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

    The Truth About Mold in your Riverside Commercial Property

    3/16/2020 (Permalink)

    red and orange fire background on one half, green background with water drops on other half, green vehicles & contact info Let SERVPRO of West Riverside City handle the mold issues in your commercial building! Call us 951-351-8033

    Many people equate mold with gross, fuzzy, green stuff found on old and expired food.

    While this is very common; it is certainly not the only type of mold that may cause health effects for anyone encountering it. Mold can grow almost anywhere and on any surface where there is moisture and oxygen present.

    Unfortunately, the interior of your commercial building is no exception. Mold can come fast and furious with little to no warning signs and may pose an array of health effects. 

    At the end of the day mold and human contact simply doesn’t mix and by following a few simple steps you can lower the risk of your building being at risk of a mold infestation.

    • Stay Attentive – Mold is often not visible to the human eye. It is best to have a plan in place to regularly inspect your building. Places that contain high moisture levels are at the greatest risk. Musty smells, mold marks on carpeting, and fuzzy wall-stains are all signs that mold may be present and certainly worth noting when inspecting.
    • Plumbing – Plumbing issues are at the root of almost all mold scenarios. Things like roof leaks, pipe leaks, unsealed windows and door frames should be repaired by professionals immediately.
    • Moisture Levels – Mold loves moisture. It is best to have dehumidifiers and fans at all places necessary to reduce these moisture levels and cut out what mold needs most to grow!
    • Ventilation Systems – HVAC systems are the hardest parts of a building to keep mold-free. This is also one of the most important parts to keep mold-free because this is how air is spread throughout a building. If these vents contain moldy air, moldy air will surely be ventilated throughout, causing many more problems then what was originally there.
    • Call a Professional – If you suspect mold but can’t seem to pinpoint the source or are not sure how to remediate it, we highly suggest you contact a professional to inspect your commercial building. These professionals should have certain IICRC certifications and should take care of the issue right away.  SERVPRO will have your business back to operating as healthy as before!

    The highly trained mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO of West Riverside City pride themselves on responding FAST to stop the spread of any commercial mold and prevent any further damage. Using the latest mold remediation equipment and practices we are fully equipped to take on any problem your business may have.

    Click to learn more about Mold Remediation and Restoration.

    Staying Safe When Chemical Agents are Used for Commercial Property Water Restoration

    2/19/2020 (Permalink)

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    Chemical Agents and Commercial Water Removal

    The consequences of water damage can be huge, particularly for small businesses. Ultimately, every day that you can’t operate represents lost profits. This is why a fast and efficient restoration service is essential. At SERVPRO, we have a broad range of techniques that we can use to dry, clean, and repair your property quickly. In some instances, this does involve the use of strong chemicals.

    They might be cleaning products, chemical agents, or water treatments. If our technicians do plan to introduce any kind of chemical element to the restoration process, you will be fully informed. Do be aware, however, that your employees will not be allowed to access the affected area during this time. Commercial water removal in  Riverside is a complex process, and it requires your full cooperation.

    This simple guide to the most commonly used restoration chemicals will give you some information so that you can keep your workers safe.

    Antimicrobial Agents 

    This describes any chemical that is used to prevent the spread of microorganisms in water or on moist, damp materials. We will use these agents if we believe that black or gray liquid has entered the building, as it can be toxic.

    Disinfectants 

    Our disinfectant products are not too dissimilar from the ones that your cleaners may use, but they are substantially stronger. They are able to kill 99% of all the organisms that they encounter, and they leave surfaces close to sterile. We may use formaldehyde, alcohol, or chlorine based products.

    Sanitizers 

    The job of a sanitizer is to lower the number of microbes to a level that has been considered safe for ‘public use.’ Usually, sanitizing chemicals are combined with other cleaning agents, because they are not powerful enough to eradicate all organisms on their own. If bacteria remains and only sanitizer is used, there is a chance of it returning and we won’t take it.

    Sterilant 

    Sterilant is very effective because it eradicates fungi spores as well. This prevents the spread of mold in areas that have been affected by water damage. The downside to these chemicals is that they can’t be applied to every surface. Some materials will become damaged if brought into contact with sterilant, so we’re very careful about how we use them.

    Cooperation And Collaboration Will Keep You Safe 

    We’ll keep you in the loop at all times and explain what is happening throughout the restoration process. In exchange, we expect you to listen to our recommendations and vacate areas containing strong chemicals when advised. This is for your safety. You must inform all employees as to which spaces they can and cannot use during the repairs.

    Don’t forget that SERVPRO of West Riverside City is a local business. We are based in your area, so you can access our services at any time. We have access to state of the art drying equipment, and we can restore severely damaged items. Call us 24/7 at (951)351-8033.

    Explosive Growth of Manufacturing and Distribution in the Inland Empire Is Main Topic for Perfect Vision Expo Jan. 30

    1/27/2020 (Permalink)

    a flyer outlining date, time location and event information for this expo Come join SERVPRO of West Riverside at IE-Perfect Vision with Manufacturers, wholesalers, & distribution centers for enlightening information!!

    Come join SERVPRO of West Riverside City with other manufacturers, distributors, logistic companies, and importers at reRubber's huge conference facility in San Bernardino. The action starts at 10:30 with speakers, exhibitors, and networking.

    You can’t help but notice the change in the Inland Empire anytime your drive down the 60, the 215, the 10 or the 91. Huge distribution center buildings popping up like the poppies after a great rain. Semi-trucks lined up bumper to bumper filled with products moving to and from the docks, the trains, the manufacturers, and the DC’s.

    There’s another change that isn’t quite as visible, but the combination of tech advancements currently underway will revolutionize life worldwide. And the IE is right at the center of these monumental shifts in how we make things, move things, and buy things: Artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing, the internet of things, solar energy, electric vehicles, big data and more.

    The Perfect Vision 2020 Expo Is coming on January 30, at reRubber, LLC , 215 N Del Rosa Dr., San Bernardino 92408

    The purpose of the Expo is to bring together manufacturers, distributors, importers, DC’s and their suppliers of goods and services to get clarity on how these new technologies can help everyone in the IE grow sales and profits in the next decade. Details and tickets can be found at https://PerfectVision-IE.com

    Three highly regarded experts in their fields will keynote the expo.

    Shekhar Chandrashekhar - Smart Manufacturing Practice Lead at CMTC

    Shekhar Chandrashekhar is a leader, strategist, and innovator with a history of driving improvements that streamline operations, drive growth and increase profitability on a global scale. His advanced training in engineering management provides him with the ability to transform organizations, influence company and product positioning and drive a laser focus on priorities that support the company’s vision, goals, and positioning.

    As Smart Manufacturing Practice Lead at CMTC, Shekhar partners with a network of innovation institutes and industry 4.0 solution providers to assist manufacturers in digital transformation. He has vast expertise in IIOT, Agile, and data and information management.

    Jeffrey Amberg - Wealth Manager at Painter, Smith, and Amberg

    Jeff will speak on the subject of “An Economic Update: Current Narrative for 2020 and Beyond”

    • Can the current economic expansion last
      • Trade, Manufacturing, Energy and their impact on our future
      • Emerging technology trends that manufacturers should watch

    As a wealth manager at Painter, Smith and Amberg for the past 21 years Jeffrey has provided comprehensive financial advice and portfolio management, individually designed for his clients. His goal is to empower his clients to focus on what is most important in their lives - Faith, Family, Finances and Freedom.

    Carlos Garcia - CEO/CTO and founder, F.Y.I. Technologies, Inc.

    We live in a world where data is critical, and yet data is exposed to theft, destruction, or even piracy. Carlos will provide specific approaches for “Safeguarding Data in a High-Tech World.”

    The expo will run from 10:30 to 4:30 on January 30. Lunch is included, and is produced by E-TEAM Referral Network, a B2B networking organization.

    SERVPRO of West Riverside City will be there!

    Do you know what to do when the "Big One" hits?  We will be providing information on what to do in case we are hit with a large earthquake.  Are you prepared for an earthquake at your place of business?   Or what to do during an earthquake? 

    Visit our booth!  We will provide tips and also share information on our Emergency Response Program which is a free service to help your business prepared for any natural disaster.

    Details and tickets can be found at https://PerfectVision-IE.com

    Fire and Water Damage in Riverside Hotels

    12/25/2019 (Permalink)

    Cleaning and restoring your hotel, resort, convention center, or other hospitality business following a fire or water damage event can be a daunting prospect. Luckily, the experts at SERVPRO are here to help. We'll work with your management and staff to make sure any inconvenience to your guests is minimized as we isolate and fully restore the damaged areas.

    Fire and Water Damage

    Ruined flooring is perhaps the most obvious result of a water damage event. Water can destroy tile, vinyl, and wood flooring. It can also compromise the wooden sub-flooring beneath carpeting. Ceilings may also be affected as water leaking from one floor finds its way to the one beneath. Often times walls (or the bottom portions of them at least) will need to be replaced also, as they're made of porous materials that absorb water.

    Soot, smoke damage, and water damage can destroy furniture, artwork, and other hotel property. Customer and client property may be damaged also, adding to your already considerable financial burden.

    As costly as a fire or water damage event can be, the costs of not having the cleanup done correctly can be far greater. Improper or incomplete cleaning and restoration can lead to the growth of off-putting and potentially dangerous mold. Mold growth affects air-quality and is malodorous. Few things will damage the carefully maintained reputation of your resort, hotel or convention center quite so quickly as this toxic invader.

    Why SERVPRO of West Riverside City ?

    At SERVPRO of West Riverside City, we understand that response time is critical when dealing with a fire or water damage event. A fast response can limit damage and potentially reduce costs. We stand ready twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to serve Inland Empires hotels.

    No job is too big or too small for SERVPRO. We scale our response teams and equipment to best suit any given situation and, should the need arise we'll mobilize one of our Commercial Large Loss teams.

    Whether you run a hotel, resort, school, or convention center, SERVPRO knows that you'll need to continue operating as cleanup and restoration are performed. We'll coordinate with your management to allow for normal operations to continue around the safely isolated cleanup area.

    There is no way to predict when a disaster can strike your business, but there are ways to be prepared for it when it does happen. Why is it important to be prepared? Well, a disaster occurring in your business has the potential to bring your operation to a screeching halt, which means your business could lose more money than it would if you had a plan in place to get things up and running again quickly. Some disasters can lead to a long road to recovery that is not only for commercial restoration but also being able to offer services, help your clients and customers, and start bringing money back in.

    SERVPRO of West Riverside City knows just how important a running business is to its owners and is able to establish a plan for your business called an ERP, or Emergency READY Profile.

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility. This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
  • A Profile Document containing only the crucial information you will need in case of an emergency. It doesn’t take very long to complete, but it will save you a lot of time (and from one more headache) if you ever need it.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. By having an immediate plan of action, you can help minimize downtime. 
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Winter Park as your emergency mitigation and restoration provider. You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and is located right here for Winter Park and the surrounding area.
  • Identifies the line of command for authorizing work to begin. This saves time so that we can begin the work of mitigating the damage immediately, which can save you both time and money.
  • Provides important facility details such as priority contact information, priority areas, and shut-off valves. Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it, and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”
  • SERVPRO of West Riverside City provides a host of other restoration services too. In SERVPRO's fifty-years experience, we've become experts in dealing with mold removal, vandalism cleanup, document recovery, and even the isolation and cleanup of biohazards.

    Are you ready to set up an Emergency READY Profile for your business or have more questions on what the process is like? Give SERVPRO of West Riverside City a call today at (951) 351-8033.

    If you've experienced a fire, or water damage event, visit our website to learn exactly how our many services may be applied to the quick and efficient restoration of your establishment. Or even better, call SERVPRO now at 951-351-8033.

    Preventing Mold in Commercial Properties in Riverside City

    12/9/2019 (Permalink)

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    Mold growth in your commercial property can lead to structural damage to the property itself and health concerns for those exposed to it. There are many factors that can lead to mold growth as well as steps that can be taken as preventative measures. This article will cover both to keep you, the business manager or owner, better informed and prepared to handle a mold situation.

    How Mold Can Spread in Commercial Properties

    Mold thrives in damp, dark places. So you can find mold just about anywhere that moisture lingers in the air. Mold spores can cling to and grow on a variety of building surfaces including stone, brick, wood, drywall, and metal.

    Here are three factors that contribute to the formation and spreading of commercial mold.

    1. Moisture Due to Humid Conditions

    When outside temperatures fall during the fall and winter seasons, mold often begins to form indoors where the air is warmer and more humid.

    You can sometimes see condensation forming on the interior of glass windows and skylights. If this moisture drips down the walls and manages to penetrate into seams and cracks in the walls, it is very likely that mold will begin to grow.

    2. Water Leaks From Roof and Plumbing

    One of the biggest causes of mold infestations is leaks in the roof or leaky pipes in the walls. These leaks often go undetected for months or even years, allowing massive colonies of mold to fill the spaces in attics and inside walls and ceilings.

    This water damage combined with mold can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage, and it often will require entire facilities to be shut down for mold restoration and remodeling.

    3. Condensation forming in an HVAC system

    Other troublesome spots where mold forms in commercial buildings are the heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) system. Due to the heating and cooling of the metal ducts and vents, condensation often forms on these surfaces that are hidden away from view. These dark, damp places become a breeding ground for various types of mold.

    And the worst part is that the ventilation system then blows mold spores throughout the entire building. Those spores can lie dormant for a very long time. But once they come in contact with moisture, they can begin to grow and spread.

    How to Prevent the Spread of Mold in Commercial Properties

    Preventing the spread of mold should be a high priority for commercial property managers. Whenever mold or water leaks are discovered, swift action must be taken to prevent further growth and damage. Here are three strategies that need to be implemented consistently.

    1. Inspect Moisture-Prone Areas Regularly

    As noted above, the HVAC system needs to be routinely inspected for mold and moisture, particularly the evaporator coils and drain pans and pipes. Surfaces should be inspected, cleaned and disinfected once a year or more if necessary.

    Roof tiles should also receive a professional inspection annually, and attic spaces should be checked for water damage too.

    All kitchen and bath areas should be checked, including in the backs of cabinets and vanities, as mold thrives in dark spaces. And again, all surfaces should be cleaned regularly.

    2. Clean and Disinfect All Surfaces Frequently

    Routine cleaning cannot be emphasized enough. Not only should areas when mold and moisture are spotted be cleaned thoroughly, but all floors, walls and counter spaces should be disinfected regularly to kill spores that lie dormant.

    3. Use Dehumidifiers to Reduce Moisture in the Air

    Lastly, some commercial buildings that have routinely humid conditions might benefit from the use of dehumidifiers placed throughout the building or in conjunction with the HVAC system. These remove excess moisture from the air and make it difficult for mold spores to grow.

    Fighting commercial mold can be a challenge for business owners and commercial property managers, but by knowing what to look for - and by engaging in consistent and thorough cleaning practices - mold can be kept in check to provide a safe environment for everyone.

    What about Preventing Mold in your Maintenance Closet?

    Lack of Air Circulation

    Closets, in general, are a very common hiding place for mold. This is due to the fact that there is usually an absence of ventilation in closets. When you open a closet and then close it shut moist air can easily become trapped within. The moisture will usually lead to condensation on the wall without the chance of evaporation. This provides an excellent environment for mold to thrive in.

    How to Prevent

    The simplest task you can perform is to routinely check the walls in the closet for condensation. This can help you notice a moisture issue before it becomes a mold issue. However, the best way to prevent the problem is to create an avenue for air to circulate in and out of the closet. Installing air vents on the upper and lower areas of the closet door can help ensure better airflow and prevent moisture from being trapped

    Leaking Water Heater

    Many times, utility closets will share a space with a water heater. If the equipment has not been maintained, it is common for a leak to occur.

    How to Prevent

    Be sure to run routine checks on your water heater to make sure it is working efficiently for you and not causing a water damage situation in your closet which could lead to mold growth

    Mop Buckets and Cleaning Supplies

    Maintenance closets are usually deemed the perfect place for hiding mops, buckets, used towels, and other cleaning supplies. However, these items can lend to the moisture that gets trapped in your closet and leads to mold. This is especially true, for mop bucket spills!

    How to Prevent

    If possible, keep the items mentioned above away from your storage closet. If you must store them there, make sure that mop buckets are emptied and wiped dry. Mops should be squeezed of excess moisture and towels should only be returned to the closet if dry.

    Floor Clutter

    Clutter along the floor of your maintenance closet is the perfect opportunity to hide spills, moisture, and mold growth from your line of sight. 

    How to Prevent

    Try to keep clutter to a minimum and put loose items on shelves in your maintenance closet. This makes it much easier to identify moisture on your closet floor or even cleaning after water damage that may have seeped into the closet.

    August means Back to School for kids!

    8/21/2019 (Permalink)

    August is here and that means it's time to head back to school!

    Running a public or private Riverside school leaves you with many plates to balance, not the least of which is the upkeep and maintenance of the facilities to provide a safe and functional learning space for students. Disasters and water loss incidents can occur with little warning, but many of these situations can spread more quickly than custodial staff can manage, leading to either inadequate cleaning of the mess that has occurred or new areas becoming unnecessarily damaged from spreading water that your janitorial crew cannot prevent.

    Educational institutions can depend on their local technicians at SERVPRO of West Riverside City for fast, thorough service in the event of fire, water or mold damage. With 24-hour emergency response, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals provide mitigation, cleanup and restoration services to reduce recovery costs and to help ensure minimal interruption to your curriculum. SERVPRO of West Riverside City also provides expert cleaning for emergencies or special needs exceeding routine janitorial capabilities, including stain removal, upholstery and drapery dry cleaning, indoor air quality and vandalism cleanup. Our Franchise Professionals are trained to clean and sanitize building materials, surfaces and contents following restoration industry standards, using professional cleaning products and EPA registered cleaners and disinfectants.

    Types of Facilities:

  • Early Childhood - Preschool and Nursery Schools
  • Primary - Elementary and Middle Schools
  • Secondary - High school and Academies
  • Higher Education - College and Universities
  • Athletics - Gymnasium, Sports Complex and Stadiums
  • When our professionals arrive at your school, we can get to work on inspecting the damage to determine the best approach to remove the moisture and restore the effects. In some situations, extraction might be a necessary inclusion to the restoration process.

    Drying is critical to prevent the spread of the damage to new areas and to protect the structural integrity of saturated materials. Throughout this drying process with dehumidifiers and our air movers, we can monitor our progress with the use of moisture detection equipment and thermal imagery cameras. These tools can identify moisture pockets that require attention and focused efforts. This technology can help us to maximize our drying efforts to provide the most efficient and effective approach to eliminating the moisture and dampness from a recent water loss incident.

    To restore and reopen our Riverside schools, SERVPRO technicians start by spraying down the standing water and every surface that might have been affected with a strong, anti-bacterial agent. Spraying reduces the risk to property and protects both our restoration teams and school workers. After the chemical has time to take effect, our teams begin removing the water using pumps and extraction wands. Together, these devices can draw out nearly all standing water from a facility.

    As we finish removing the water, other technicians begin wiping down everything the water covered or touched. In classrooms and other common areas, this means cleaning desks and chairs with the same agents and examining furniture for signs of damage. Depending on the severity, our teams may recommend disposal if restoration is not cost-effective.

    For cafeterias and kitchens, cleaning is even more important. Although we do not disassemble ovens or freezer units, we do wipe down every visible surface and crawl under appliances when possible to ensure everything is ready to support the student population once more.

    Our goal after a loss at SERVPRO is to help every school and other commercial facilities reopen to support our local population. If you need our services, call us today at (951) 351-8003 to schedule a visit and start the restoration process. We are here for you.

    Feel free to ask about our vandalism and bio-hazard cleanup services!

    Should You Board Up your Commercial Property After a Fire?

    7/31/2019 (Permalink)

    If your commercial property in Riverside, California, has experienced a fire, there are several reasons why you might want to board up structural damage or windows. In addition to keeping the external elements out of a building with fire damage, boarding up can also prevent additional losses due to looting and make the fire cleanup process easier. 

    Most full-service restoration specialists offer boarding-up services. Here are four reasons to board-up after a fire.

    1. There is still viable stock on the premises. If products that appear viable remain in the building, you should consider boarding up. These items may require assessment and cleaning and may not be fit for sale, but having them properly processed rather than stolen can be helpful for insurance purposes.

    2. You want to protect electronics and other valuables. Depending on the extent of the fire damage, you may be able to restore some electronics or other valuable property to working condition. Loss can be far more expensive than restoration or covered replacement.

    3. You need to keep out the elements. If the structure of your property has sustained extensive damage, you should try to keep the elements out. Exposure to additional water, wind, or sunlight can compound the damage caused by smoke residue and soot.

    4. You want to limit soot damage. It is generally a good idea to reduce foot traffic on the scene of a recent fire. When soot gets embedded into carpeting or upholstery, it can be much more difficult to restore these materials to a pre-fire condition.

    Talk to restoration experts at SERVPRO of West Riverside City, about whether boarding up is a good strategy for preventing loss and limiting damage after a fire. Your major concern is likely to be how to recover from fire damage as quickly and completely as possible. Preventing looting and exposure to the elements can make fire cleanup more successful. Don’t hesitate to call us (951) 351-8033.

    SERVPRO has the Training and Resources to Handle your Commercial Water Damage

    7/17/2019 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of West Riverside City handles not only residential damage and restoration, but commercial as well.

    Professional water damage restoration services, experts with the right combination of training and resources can quickly identify the problems plaguing your property, take steps to restore your property and belongings, and return the area to a safe, healthy space so that you can get back to work without unnecessary delay.

    At SERVPRO, we understand the damage that water or fire can do, and we are always ready to make it “Like it never even happened.” Our teams include restoration professionals trained in water damage restoration, applied structural drying, odor control, and upholstery and fabric cleaning. When you reach out to us for help, we do not hesitate. We move quickly to assess the situation and prevent further damage. We use our knowledge and specialized equipment to identify all the areas impacted by the water, including any hidden pockets of moisture.

    After identifying the source of the water, we will create a plan to effectively deal with the troubles at the scene. If water remains, we can use professional-grade pumps and vacuums to extract it before shifting to dehumidifiers and air movers as we carefully monitor the drying process to ensure that the structure and its contents are properly dried.

    We also begin working to clean and restore your belongings. With an expansive arsenal of professional tools and techniques, we can save items that many others would forsake, so you retain more of your property and reduce your replacement costs. We can also take steps to sanitize the location with antimicrobial treatments to prevent mold issues and deodorize the space to remove musty, unpleasant odors. We work diligently to restore your commercial facility to its preloss condition so that you can get back to business.

    Commercial Damage Levels

    There are three levels of commercial damage that are considered:

    Level 1

    Level 1 is a small commercial loss typically involving 15,000 square feet or less of affected floor space. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a small commercial loss may include, but are not limited to, a stand-alone retail establishment, a small church, a daycare facility, a small shopping center, a small warehouse or manufacturing facility, or a stand-alone administrative building. A Level 1 loss can also be a small portion of a much larger structure.

    Level 2

    Level 2 is a midsize commercial loss typically involving 15,000 to 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved are usually multi-level or greatly divided spaces. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 2 loss may include, but are not limited to, a small multi-family property, a midsize church or school, a small shopping center, a multi-tenant administration facility, or a midsize warehouse or manufacturing facility. A Level 2 loss can also be just a portion of a much larger structure.

    Level 3

    Level 3 is a large commercial loss typically involving more than 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved will likely be large multi-level structures. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 3 loss can include, but are not limited to, a large church, hospital, school, or university; a large multi-family property; a mid- to high-rise retail or administration facility; a large industrial, manufacturing, or warehouse facility; or a large strip-style shopping center or shopping mall. This is the level at which it would be appropriate to refer to the project as a “large loss.”

    Once our team determines the level of loss, the property is further assessed, and a team of appropriate size is dispatched.

    Commercial Property owners and Property Managers are entrusted with keeping their businesses operational.  Facilities Managers rely on us to be ready for Whatever Happens.

    General Adjusters and Consulting firms from around the Inland Empire trust SERVPRO of West Riverside city with their most complex claims. Some of our specialties include

    • Small Office Buildings
    • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
    • Apartment Buildings
    • Restaurants
    • Hotel/Motels
    • Commercial Reconstruction
    • Small Retail Stores
    • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
    • High-Rise Residential
    • Manufacturing & Industrial
    • Government/Military
    • Universities
    • Schools
    • Restaurants
    • Commercial Disaster Recovery Services 

    We are available around the clock to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation. Learn more about our commercial restoration services by calling SERVPRO of West Riverside City at 951-351- 8033.  

    Who Can You Call When your Commercial Business Experiences Water Damage

    7/3/2019 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO is a trusted and experienced commercial water damage restoration company that delivers quality customer service.

    As a commercial business owner, you know that any type of water damage can be detrimental to your business.

    It is crucial when faced with a water damage loss that you can resume normal operations as soon as possible to protect your business. If your business is forced to close until water damage repairs are complete your short-term losses will start to add up and your customers may find somewhere else to go which could cause you to lose their business long-term.

    SERVPRO can supply precisely that with our commercial water damage restoration services. The problems caused by water damage. Why is water damage such a problem? While water is vital to life, uncontrolled water that infiltrates spaces where it does not belong can do a great deal of harm. It can cause structural damage to your commercial facility and destroy the property, equipment, and inventory that you have stored inside it. It can also produce the ideal conditions for mold growth, setting the stage for a potentially hazardous mold infestation. In fact, unattended water damage can produce health hazards and liability issues that can leave your business vulnerable to lawsuits, so it is vital that the damage is dealt with properly. When water damage occurs, time is not your friend. Any delay in addressing it allows the damage process to continue, which is likely to increase both your losses and your restoration costs. The disruption triggered by water damage can also lead to lost productivity. After all, every hour that you spend working to restore your commercial space is an hour that you were not able to spend focused on what you do best. The solution that your business needs water damage can be a significant problem for your business, but it is one with a clear solution.

    SERVPRO of West Riverside City specializes in commercial water damage repair and can help ensure that damages are kept to a minimum, reducing your total losses. Commercial businesses have unique needs when it comes to water damage repairs and the best way to protect your business and its assets is to leave water damage repairs to the pros.

    What to Do If Your Property Floods

    When your commercial property is affected by water or flooding, the source of water needs to be addressed before water damage repairs can begin. Water damage can affect expensive or specialized equipment and inventory, and losses can quickly add up to thousands of dollars. If your property floods, quick action is necessary to mitigate the damage. SERVPRO of West Riverside City is always ready to respond.

    When business owners visualize water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms. 

    However, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings. 

    1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems 

    Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.

    2. Damaged appliances and equipment 

    This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency. 

    3. Broken pipes and plumbing 

    Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result. 

    4. Backed up sewer lines 

    This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. 

    Choosing a Commercial Water Damage Repair Company

    Whenever your business is affected by water damage, a fast response is necessary. SERVPRO of West Riverside City provides emergency, 24/7 service and has the equipment and personnel it takes to get your business up and running quickly. SERVPRO is a trusted and experienced commercial water damage restoration company that delivers quality customer service and exceptional water damage repair service for commercial businesses.

    In an event of a disaster call SERVPRO of West Riverside City at 951-351-8033. Our SERVPRO team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

    What Sets SERVPRO Apart for your Commercial needs

    6/24/2019 (Permalink)

    Let the professionals take the stress off your shoulders, we can make it "Like it never even happened."

    Here at SERVPRO of West Riverside City we often get the question of Why SERVPRO?  

    What is it that SERVPRO can do differently than all the other cleaning and restoration companies out there.

    The answer to those questions always start the same way, with the list of all the training and certifications held by SERVPRO employees, the systematic process that is used to manage different projects, and the support provided by corporate and the SERVPRO network.  While those are all valuable assets, what truly sets SERVPRO of West Riverside City apart is the people.  Between the office manager and our production team, the years of experience with SERVPRO is invaluable.  This experience provides them with all of the tools and knowledge necessary to handle projects of any type or size.  Whether its routine carpet cleaning or a large commercial water loss or fire damage, the crew at SERVPRO of West Riverside City has the experience to make it "Like it never even happened."

    Our Products

    When team SERVPRO of West Riverside City comes to clean up your home or business, we have a secret weapon that ensures we can make any disaster “Like it never even happened.” Well, make that DOZENS of secret weapons.

    SERVPRO stands out among its competitors, because we use our very own line of proprietary cleaning products. Those products are made to handle restoration work from fires to flood damage, biohazard to mold.

    By using our own cleaning agents, we know the exact ingredients in each one. This means our technicians can ensure they perform cleanup work safely and efficiently, with the very best results.

    A team of chemists and blenders creates 95 of these cleansers in-house at our corporate facility in Tennessee. The team relies on outside vendors to concoct about 45 more products. Those products from outside vendors still carry the SERVPRO guarantee of Quality Assurance and Quality Control, of course.

    Here is a list of the types of products we use:

  • Spotting Agents
  • Carpet & Upholstery Products
  • Wood & Leather Care Products
  • Decontamination Products
  • Deodorization Products
  • Ceiling & Wall Cleaning Products
  • Hard Floor Care Products
  • Specialty Products
  • Coatings & Sealant Products
  • SERVPRO has even created a line of environmentally friendly or “green” cleansers as part of the company’s efforts to better serve our clients and community.

    And while the products are created by SERVPRO’s corporate team, they’re used locally by our team here in the Inland Empire. Our technicians are trained to use each product in the safest, most effective way possible. Whether we’re simply cleaning your carpet, or cleaning up after a major sewage spill, you can rest assured we’re using the best possible tools to get the job done right.

    SERVPRO offers much more than just mitigation and restoration services.   We provide a wide range of both residential and commercial services.  No job is too complicated, too large or too intimidating.  From mold remediation, to bio-hazard cleanups and storm situations, we have tackled it all.  We are also “one stop shop” for all your cleaning needs.  

    Trained Technicians and Efficient Equipment

    The wisest business owner will seek expert help soon after the event. Failing to respond appropriately when water invades and saturates the structural components and the contents of your business can lead to progressive deterioration and increased expense when the work does begin. Lingering moisture also encourages mold growth with all the concerns that scenario brings. Our commitment to being Faster to any size disaster is why we complete projects to our customers’ satisfaction.

    When you first notice water damage in your Inland Valley business, act right away. Water is extremely destructive despite its many uses, and it must be traced to its source before extraction and drying. If the leak is not addressed the damage will recur. We bring decades of experience to your situation, able to diagnose the problem and devise a plan to eliminate it and the harm it causes. Our record of success proves why we are restoration industry leaders in our region.

    Removing water from your home and completing structural drying requires specialized equipment. The tools available to a homeowner are not the quality and capacity of those in our inventory. When we arrive at a work site, we have a full stock of commercial strength pumps, extractors, air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers in our service vehicle. The proper tools make the process easier and faster, which is why SERVPRO can resolve even severe water losses rapidly.

    The best equipment cannot help unless the operators are skilled. Highly-qualified technicians are another reason why SERVPRO can take a water damage scenario from chaos to “Like it never even happened.” Our investments in both equipment and personnel set us apart, giving our customers the confidence to call upon us for help under many different circumstances and recommend our services to family and friends.

    A short response time is another factor when choosing a water damage restoration company. We are available by phone 24/7, why SERVPRO is the number you keep on speed dial. Since water damage needs remediation within 24 to 48 hours, our accessibility is the key to delivering the best outcome.

    Our professional approach, trained technicians, and advanced technology are why SERVPRO of West Riverside City is your trusted restoration resource. Call (951) 351-8300 to set up an appointment to evaluate your water loss.

    Why Do I Need Commercial Flood Insurance in Riverside City?

    6/10/2019 (Permalink)

    Be familiar with your coverage, talk to your insurance agent regarding your commercial property and flood damage.

    You may think you don’t need commercial flood insurance, especially if you live in a particularly dry area like Riverside, CA.

    You may think you don’t need commercial flood insurance, especially if you live in a particularly dry area of Riverside, CA. Yet you’d be surprised by the situations in which flood damage can strike, and leave you high and dry on coverage for damages. So what’s the deal with commercial insurance?

    To understand floods, you must know what makes a flood different from a rainstorm.

    1. Flood water is defined as accumulating from the ground up, as in the overflow from bodies of water, storm surges, blocked storm drains, and rain or snow melt that inundates ground that is ordinarily dry.
    2. Floods cover at least two properties or an area determined to be at least two acres.
    3. Flood damage is confined to buildings in which water and/or mud flow has infiltrated from the ground.

    What Flood Insurance Covers

    Insurance policies for floods protect business owners against losses to their buildings and what is stored in them.  You may already have a commercial property insurance policy, but this only covers water damage related to burst pipes or other such incidents. When floods happen from storms, melting snow, hurricanes, or other natural disasters, you need a separate flood policy to cover it. This policy will cover floodwater damage to:

    • Structural damage to walls, floors, and ceilings
    • Fixtures
    • Furniture
    • Inventory
    • Business property

    If a flood affects your property and these items or structures are damaged, then your commercial flood policy will generally cover the cost of replacing them with comparable items up to a certain point. An insurance adjuster will make necessary determinations regarding a claim, and the amount that may be awarded in compensation.

    What Flood Insurance Doesn’t Cover.

    Flood insurance doesn’t cover everything, though. Exemptions include loss of use and loss of revenue from having to close the business for any amount of time. If the business is operating with a mortgage from a federally insured or federally regulated lender, carrying flood insurance on the building is required by law. The same is true if the business is operating in an area that has been officially designated as an area at high risk for flooding. 

    Your policy usually won’t cover things such as:

    • Damaged currency
    • Mold and mildew damage, particularly if preventable
    • Economic losses due to business interruption
    • Cost of temporary premises or housing
    • Vehicle damage
    • External property, furnishings, and décor outside the commercial building

    Some of these items will be covered under a standard insurance policy for commercial properties.

    So I Need Both Flood and Commercial Insurance?

    Yes. Commercial insurance covers one type of water damage, while flood insurance covers an entirely different type of water damage. To be safe, especially if you live in an area prone to flooding, high levels of snow melt, or other natural disasters, you should attain both types of insurance. Many insurance companies will provide you with a quote on a package to combine the two, or discuss your options for purchasing each policy separately.

    If you experience a flooding in your Riverside commercial building, don’t despair, we can help.  We can take the stress off you by inspecting the damage, and identify the steps that should be taken depending on the type of damage.  We understand insurance policies and work closely with your insurance agent and adjuster.  Our goal at SERVPRO of West Riverside City is to make it “Like it never even happened.”  

    Commercial Properties in Riverside can Turn to SERVPRO for Flooding and Water Damage

    5/22/2019 (Permalink)

    Riverside School district flooding. SERVPRO of West Riverside was called to help with the clean up.

    Commercial Flooding and water damage events in Riverside area can be challenging.

    Commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. Many business owners understand that the business downtime can be more devastating to the property damage -- we understand that many times the most important thing to Riverside and surrounding city businesses is to get back in business . . . fast.

    Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

    Water intrusion may be more severe in commercial buildings than in a residential setting and the effects can be more extensive. Many commercial structures have a larger volume of water entering the premises through plumbing supply lines and at a higher water pressure. The quantity of outgoing sewage is greater than a typical residence, as well. Also, commercial buildings tend to be of larger square footage than a home, so entry points for water intrusion through areas like the roof, exterior walls or windows are commensurately greater in number, as well.

    Water intrusion in commercial buildings can damage high-value equipment like computers and also building services such as HVAC, lighting, elevators and security equipment. Common long-term consequences of water damage like the growth of mold may be even more problematic than in a home due to the larger occupancy of a business or other commercial enterprise. When a greater number of people with a wider range of sensitivity are exposed to mold and bacteria spores, health impacts may be significantly magnified, perhaps leading to an enforced closure of the facility until the situation is fully remediated.

    Typical issues from water intrusion in the commercial environment include:

    • Water from roof leaks penetrating through ceilings. Chronic leakage through the roof may proceed unnoticed for long periods, hidden by suspended ceiling panels or in electrical or HVAC service areas above.
    • Ruptures of water supply lines typically release clean (white) water. Sewage backups or leaks in drain pipes release toxic (black) water that may be a bio-hazard and require evacuation of the premises.
    • Flooding from external sources can result from heavy rains, storms such as hurricanes, rapid snow melt or local overflowing lakes or rivers.
    • Moisture intrusion through the building envelope is typically more subtle. Humid outdoor air may be drawn in through structural cracks and gaps. Over a period, chronic dampness forms in spaces like wall voids, unventilated attics and service areas, spawning hidden mold growth that persists unseen.

    For professional remediation of water intrusion in commercial buildings and its secondary damages such as mold growth, contact SERVPRO of West Riverside City if water becomes an unwanted guest. 

    Emergencies can happen anytime and with the SERVPRO Ready Profile you can be prepared to handle those emergencies like a water intrusion caused by a broken pipe. For your FREE Emergency Ready Profile, contact the pros at SERVPRO of West Riverside City so we can make your property ready for whatever happens!

    About SERVPRO of West Riverside City

    SERVPRO of West Riverside city specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. We can be reached at (951) 351-8033.

    Some Helpful Facts Regarding Business Fires

    5/22/2019 (Permalink)

    Call SERVPRO of West Riverside City, we can help get your business back up and running, recovery is possible!

    According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, as many as one in four businesses that suffer some kind of major disaster do not reopen afterward.

    It’s true, overcoming a major loss is extremely difficult, but with the right restoration company and team on your side, working hand-in-hand with your insurance company, the chance of your Riverside-area company surviving is pretty high!

    Depending on the size of the fire, and the amount of damage, some businesses that have come to SERVPRO for help have reopened just days after the fire happened. Thanks to innovations in smoke odor removal, fire damage restoration, and cleaning in general, it is possible for crews to start work nearly immediately after the fire department clears the scene, and have things back up and running in no time. Although, again, that all depends on the severity of the fire. But no matter the severity, recovery is possible!

    According to the National Fire Prevention Association, U.S. fire departments responded to about 3,300 office property fires per year between 2007 and 2011. Those fires resulted in about $112 million in property damage each year, and most were in business offices – and happened during business hours. However, the good news is the number of business fires was down a whopping 71 percent from 1980 to 2011.

    Here are some other stats from the NFPA:

    Time of Day

  • Peak time of day for office fires: Noon – 2p.m. (a.k.a. lunch time!)
  • 69% happened between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • The 31% that occurred between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. caused 67% of recorded property damage, because they went undetected longer. This also highlights the need for automatic detection equipment and working sprinkler systems.
  • 19% of fires happened on weekends.
  • Cause of the Business Fires

  • 29% were caused by cooking equipment. However, just 6% of these fires caused actual property damage.
  • Intentionally-set fires caused the most direct property damage – 21%.
  • Electrical equipment is the second leading cause of office fires.
  • Just 2% of office fires start in a concealed space like an attic, in the ceiling, or in another conceals space. However, these fires accounted for 13% of the direct property damage.
  • Containment & Putting it Out

  • 4 out of 5 fires were confined to the room of origin.
  • 90% of fires were large enough to activate sprinklers, which were effective 88% of the time.
  • Deaths per 1,000 stores were 62% lower in offices equipped with sprinklers compared to those without.
  • Industrial/Manufacturing Facility Fires

    The NFPA also has statistics specific to manufacturing facilities. According to their research, there are about 37,000 fires at industrial or manufacturing facilities each year, resulting in 18 deaths, 279 injuries, and $1 billion in property damage. Heating equipment and stop tools were the leading cause – sparking 28 percent of the fires. Mechanical failure or malfunction caused 24 percent of the fires.

    The Best Way to Reduce a Business Interruption Following a Disaster to Your Business is to Plan Ahead for One

    As many as 50% of businesses never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. SERVPRO of West Riverside can help you plan ahead for a disaster to minimize business interruption by developing an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your business before one strikes. An ERP provides important contact and building information needed to begin a timely mitigation to help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. Benefits of an ERP include:

    -A no cost assessment of your facility which means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.

    -A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.

    -A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.

    -Establishes SERVPRO of West Riverside City as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by, when needed.

    -Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.

    -Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

    Contact SERVPRO of West Riverside City to schedule your FREE Emergency Ready Profile today. 951-351-8033

    SERVPRO of West Riverside-Commercial Water Damage Experts

    4/24/2019 (Permalink)

    Sewage Backup in Riverside High School

    Has your business or commercial property recently become a victim of commercial water damage? Then you need to know you can take steps to mitigate the damage to your commercial property.

    First, know you must act fairly quickly to preserve as much of your property as possible. Acting quickly is also important in decreasing any health risks to your employees or others after commercial water damage has happened.

    One of the first considerations if your commercial property has major water damage is to prepare an adequate space for water damage restoration. You may need a clean and dry staging area where you can bring water damaged furnishings and equipment to be dried out, cleaned up, and worked on. Many commercial business owners don’t realize that some equipment that may look completely ruined can be restored if treated quickly and properly.

    Be Sure The Power’s Off

    Always remember that before you enter your commercial space (or any flooded building) you must make sure the electrical power to the business is shut off. And consult with the local fire department or other first responders to make certain they agree that you can safely reenter the commercial building.

    During flooding events small animals and reptiles tend to seek shelter inside of buildings. Depending on where your business is located you may want to be prepared to deal with the discovery of wild animals in your space.

    Questions about commercial water damage? We are experts. Call SERVPRO of West Riverside City (951)351-8033

    Wear Proper Protection

    Put on proper protection before you enter any flooded building. This includes an organic vapor respirator that you can purchase at any paint and building supply store. Wear rubber gloves, protective clothing, and eye protection.

    Once inside, the first thing is to ventilate the water-damaged areas. Open windows. Place fans where they can best move the air to dry out the area.

    In any major commercial water damage situation there’s likely to be items you need to throw away. For example, any items that are porous and have absorbed contaminated floodwater cannot be restored. If your commercial space has drywall, mattresses, pillows, box springs, particle board, carpets, or carpet pads, they must be discarded if they have become water-saturated.

    Some Good News

    But here’s the good news: If your water damaged commercial space includes clothing or household fabrics that can be machine-washed, you may be able to save them. Use your washing machine to clean these items with a 10-minute soak at minimum in hot water with detergent. The soap and normal wash should remove most of the contamination and any staining that is present.

    Know that your commercial space will need a thorough professional inspection. You’ll need professional cleaning services, and possibly building renovation. Many water damaged commercial spaces have water damaged walls and installation that must be removed and replaced. Professionals also know how to uncover pockets of saturation and exposed them so they can dry and be sanitizing.

    Questions about commercial water damage? We are experts. Call SERVPRO of West Riverside City (951)351-8033

    Stop Mold Growth

    After major commercial water damage, mold is a threat. Mold growth can take a few days to appear. It thrives in a moist environment with organic-type materials such as paper or particle board and in temperatures that range between 60 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

    During your restoration process keep good airflow throughout the interior environment. Maintain moderate temperatures to decrease the risk of mold growth. And let your commercial space dry out completely before you begin any rebuilding.

    More Information On This Blog

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    The team at SERVPRO of West Riverside City has specialized training and experience in commercial water damage restoration services, natural disaster prevention, fire damage, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of West Riverside City (951) 351-8033 anytime.

    Located in West Riverside but serving all of Riverside and surrounding areas:  Corona, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Hemet, Colton, Rancho Cucamonga, Murrieta, Temecula, Eastvale, Loma Linda, Calimesa Perris, Rialto, Redlands, Ontario...call us we can help you out.  Your neighbors here in Riverside, family own and operated! 

    24-hour emergency service including all holidays!

    What Happens to Electronics After a Commercial Fire?

    2/27/2019 (Permalink)

    The modern business world depends on electronic equipment.

    Whether you have a law firm, factory, clothing store or another type of business in Riverside, CA, there is a good chance you have invested in electronic devices. As you may suspect, an electrical fire can damage your company’s digital equipment. Fortunately, if the fire does not ruin your IT equipment, you may be able to salvage it.

    Fires Often Cause Extreme Damage

    Fires can be unbelievably destructive. Whether your company’s fire was large or small, you may have damage to the following areas:

  • Structures
  • Inventory
  • Equipment
  • Electronic devices
  • HVAC systems
  • Recovering from any fire can be stressful. While it is tempting to focus on rebuilding structures and mitigating smoke damage, you must also think about continuing business. If your company uses electronic devices to meet the needs of customers, you need a strategy for computer cleanup.

    Computers Are Often Salvageable 

    When cleaning a computer after an electrical fire, you must be careful to disconnect the unit from its power supply. You must also try not to damage the inner workings of the machine. Still, you should not assume your company’s digital equipment is a complete loss after a fire. Before beginning cleanup or restoration, document damage for insurance purposes.

    Cleanup Professionals Understand Electronic Devices

    Most electronic devices are complex. Not only does digital equipment have circuit boards and wiring, it often has plastic casings. As such, you can’t merely paint over fire damage. Instead, you must work with a reputable fire-restoration service to salvage electronic equipment. Professional technicians have the experience, skill and equipment to clean electronic devices and recommend repairs. Restorers also have the expertise to recognize when a fire has destroyed digital devices. 

    Fire and smoke restoration experts who specialize in electrical fire and ensuring that electronic devices are safe to operate follow three general steps.

    1. Inspect electronics for evidence of overheating. Heat from a fire can cause devices to overheat, but a black film of smoke and soot can also over-insulate parts that produce heat. The magnetic charge of acidic smoke can short circuits and cause overheating.

    2. Wipe down surfaces and check interiors for damage. Electronics restoration experts may need to take devices to a clean and safe location to restore internal components.

    3. Recover important information. If a device is damaged beyond repair, experts will focus on recovering data from it. 

    The extent of damage to electronics depends on the degree to which delicate circuitry or wiring was exposed to heat, smoke, and soot as well as other contaminants like water used to put out a fire. Rather than risking an electrical fire by attempting to turn on or repair electronic devices yourself, you are better off relying on an experienced restoration company in Riverside, CA with electronics and computer cleanup experts on staff. These specialists may be able to save you a lot of stress and money by restoring electronics or recovering important data.

    No business owner wants to have to deal with a commercial fire. If your company has sustained damage during an electrical fire, you may not have to order new electronic equipment, however. With the right team, you may be able to save your company’s computer systems. 

    Plumbing Tips for Commercial Properties in Riverside City

    2/6/2019 (Permalink)

    Gated Boiler for a Riverside commercial building.

    Simple Maintenance May be the Responsibility of Tenants

    Commercial property owners who rent space to tenants should be aware that in some cases, the tenant is responsible for well-functioning plumbing. What should tenants do?

  • Avoid putting harsh chemicals or solids down drains.
  • Immediately report a toilet that won’t flush, or make a repair.
  • Immediately alert property manager regarding substantial drops in water pressure or leaks.
  • It is important to check the pressure gauge once the boiler is operating to ensure it is functioning per the pressure levels recommended by the manufacturer.  When the pressure is lower than recommended, you can top it up – but do so with caution, as the pressure release valve can easily sustain damage.  When this happens, you will need to call a professional for repair.
  • Sufficient space around your boilers is essential as well, so make certain that the area where the boiler is housed is clutter-free.  Your boiler needs to breathe, so remove coats, shoes, bags, and other items.  If housed in a box, be sure ventilation requirements are met according to manufacturer instructions and that there is an access panel to make your boiler easily accessible for maintenance.
  • Drip faucets when temperatures dip down to freezing levels to prevent frozen pipes.
  • Never Put Up with Leaking Faucets or Pipes

    Not only do leaking faucets or pipes waste water (in fact, approximately 900 million gallons in the U.S. each year), leaks also contribute to the growth of mold, wood rot, and other structural issues.

    While not all leaks are noticeable, if the water pressure drops you should have a plumbing contractor investigate the situation at once, as it could indicate a leak in the plumbing network. It is not always possible to prevent a leak, however investing in a thorough plumbing inspection once or twice each year is the best way to manage your system and avoid leaks.

    SERVPRO of West Riverside City is ready to respond immediately and work quickly to clean or restore your business. We understand that your property’s appearance is important and that every hour spent restoring is an hour of lost productivity. When you need a restoration or cleaning professional, SERVPRO of West Riverside City has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military
  • Commercial Building Restoration Services

    SERVPRO of West Riverside City is available 24 hours a day to restore your Riverside property and get you back to business. We have the expertise, equipment, and highly trained personnel to handle your commercial water, fire, or mold damage. We can also access the resources of our national network of 1,700 Franchises to handle large commercial projects and major storm events. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup
  • Disaster Recovery Team
  • Commercial Building Cleaning Services

    Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep-cleaning flooring or carpets, you can depend on SERVPRO of West Riverside City to get the job done right the first time. We’ll respond promptly and make your workspace look its very best. Learn more about our commercial cleaning services:

  • Commercial Cleaning Services
  • Have Questions? Call Today – (951) 351-8033

    Commercial Property Clean up and Restoration in Riverside City

    1/16/2019 (Permalink)

    Call SERVPRO of West Riverside city for help with your commercial property (951) 351-8033

    We are committed to handling our customer's emergency needs 24/7.

    In the event of a commercial loss, it is important to know in advance who you can trust to mitigate your damage in a timely and effective manner. Here are 7 reasons you should choose SERVPRO of West Riverside city for your commercial property's cleanup and restoration:  

  • 24 Hour Emergency Response. In any type of loss, whether it be due to fire, water, mold, or biohazard, timely mitigation is vital to controlling damage and recovery costs. You can count on SERVPRO’s nationwide coverage and full line of restoration services to help your company make a speedy recovery.
  • Communication. SERVPRO of West Riverside city will keep you informed from start to finish. You’ll know what’s happening every step of the way. From the first notice of loss until the job is complete, we are dedicated to effectively communicating with property owners and managers. Jobs are documented extensively as well to ensure timely mitigation and communication with our customers.
  • Reduce Recovery Time. When damage occurs in a business, it affects everyone from the owner, the managers, the employees, the tenants, and even the customers. Our team at SERVPRO of West Riverside city understands the importance of mitigating damage to the structure and contents in a timely manner to help reduce recovery time and lessen business interruption.
  • Lower Recovery Costs. As an independent franchise ourselves, SERVPRO of West Riverside city understands the importance of frugality. This is why we teach our technicians to employ similar concepts when working with our customers. The following are ways that the SERVPRO System can help your business save money during mitigation:
  • Emergency mitigation services help minimize your secondary damages.
  • Proper restoration versus replacement of contents is less expensive.
  • Faster recovery lessens loss.
  • We use preapproved pricing and procedures.
  • Comprehensive clean up and restoration services help prevent further problems and potential liability risks.
  • Emergency Response Profile. The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program.  Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company. SERVPRO of West Riverside city can help you plan for recovery before disaster even strikes.
  • Full Line of Services. SERVPRO of West Riverside city professionals are trained extensively to utilize the right equipment and supplies to handle all of your clean up needs. 
  • Steps Towards Professional Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

    12/17/2018 (Permalink)

    Fire located at this Riverside Apartment Complex. We can handle any commercial building!

    Steps Towards Professional Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

    It is without a doubt that fire can be devastating; especially if it breaks out in business premises. Given the intensity of the loss that fire can cause in a commercial building, most of the business owners take up measures that could reduce losses. One of the most common and effective ways is to install fire sprinkler systems.

    In utility room fire or electrical fire, the fire sprinkler system can detect the heat change and ring the alarm as it opens up its valves. The rooms in the building are sprayed with a lot of water from the fire sprinkler system. Further, the alarm helps in evacuation and calling the local firefighters to respond to the utility room fire or electrical fire.

    Firefighters usually respond to a fire distress quickly because they know that utility room fire or electrical fire does not wait for anyone. They arrive with fire trucks and long fire hose to make sure that they can access any part of the building is important to back up fire sprinkler system. A fire truck is filled with a mixture of water and fire redundant chemicals not forgetting the pressure pumps that help in fire suppression.

    Firefighters can use cranes on the fire truck to hoist the fire hose and reach any height necessary. All the effort put by the firefighters in fire suppression effort also causes destruction as well as that caused by utility room fire or electrical fire damage. Firefighters are forced to break into windows and doors to ensure that fire hose has access to all areas under fire. Other than fire damage, the owners will have to deal with damages caused during fire suppression, smoke damage, and soot damage.

    After the last flame goes off, the work of the firefighters comes to an end, they pack up their fire hose and get into their fire truck and leave the area to wait for another assignment. The business owner now has a chance to have a look at the fire suppression aftermath. The scene is always heart breaking, charred mess, flooded floors, overturned furniture, choking smell from smoke damage and soot damage is all over. You cannot guess what needs to be done but thanks to the professional fire restoration services as they can handle any commercial fire damage restoration.

    Unlike the fire suppression efforts, the fire restoration service requires proper planning to avoid causing more damages and loss. For this reason, fire damage professionals have to begin with the inspection of the building to assess the extent of commercial fire damage. This gives them an opportunity to plan and come up with appropriate approaches to deal with the mess. In a short while, they list and remove items that can be cleaned or repaired and take it to their facility. They also do the documentation to ascertain your loss, which can also be used to file insurance claims.

    Fire damage restoration begins with the clearing of the charred mess and removal of floods caused by the fire hose. You will also be involved in each step to ensure that everything is, as you want it to be. The professional's commercial fire damage restoration services also ensure that all other damages such as soot damage, smoke damage and water damage is taken care. Soot damage would require repainting of the walls and cleaning ash from the vents. Smoke damage will call for deodorization of all the porous items and upholstery.

    You should not let time pass by after commercial fire damage before calling professional fire restoration services. The more you delay, the further will be the damages, especially through floods. It is also prudent to consider bringing back the business up on its feet before your clients get absorbed by your competitions.

    The most important thing is to make sure that you hire the right fire damage restoration experts. This could be achieved through a simple background check and contacting their reference for a tip off. Commercial fire damage may not bring back the losses, but it can help you have a platform to trudge on with your business.

    Visit SERVPRO of West Riverside City  for more information on fire damage.

     If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we’ll respond immediately to get you back to business.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Fire and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Fire and Water Damage Restoration Specialists
  • SERVPRO of West Riverside City has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies.

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Commercial Fire Damage? Call Us Today – (951) 351-8033

    What Should Renters Do After A Riverside Apartment Fire?

    11/5/2018 (Permalink)

    Fire damages can be devastating.  Even when your home isn’t completely affected, fire damage victims still have to handle significant losses.  When you’re a renter at an apartment complex, many questions may enter your mind:

  • Is the apartment complex responsible for fire damage costs or am I?
  • Does my insurance cover my fire damage?
  • Where will I go?
  • How will I get all my stuff back?
  • How long will it take to get my apartment back?
  • Handling a fire damage can easily become overwhelming.

    We’ve helped many renters that have experienced a fire in their apartment in all of Riverside City.  Our team knows how to work with apartment complexes, landlords, and insurance providers to help restore your life.  We can help you, too.

    Apartment Fires and Insurance Claims

    When you call us to handle your fire damage restoration, you will be assigned a crew chief from our office.  Their responsibility is to establish a relationship with your insurance adjuster. They will communicate with them day to day about the status of your claim.  We’ll work with them to:

  • Establish your fire damage restoration coverage.
  • Ask for approval to clean and restore any contents that could be saved from the fire.
  • Ask for approval to clean your smoke and fire damaged clothing.
  • Ask for approval to store your contents as your apartment is being cleaned and restored.
  • Process and close your fire damage claim.
  • Content Cleaning (Household Items)

    Content is what we call everything that is inside your apartment.  They are all the belongings you and your family have inside.

    The first step when content cleaning is to identify all the items inside your apartment.  We separate them into two categories:

  • Salvageable.  These are items that can be cleaned, deodorized, and sanitized.  They are inventories and moved to our cleaning facility. Once they’re cleaned, we store them until you’re ready to receive them again.
  • Unsalvageable.  These are items that are permanently damaged and cannot be cleaned.  We do our best to identify these items and report them to your insurance company so they can determine the replacement cost.  Sometimes, the contents are so badly burnt that we cannot identify them. After we have identified everything we and send the inventory to your insurance company, we ask for your permission to dispose of them.
  • Trusted Leader in Fire Damage Restoration in Riverside California

    SERVPRO of West Riverside City  is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company in Riverside, California. With our crew responding immediately to jobs, we are faster to any size disaster.

    We are available for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year. We can be reac

    Sewage Backup in Commercial Building in Riverside, CA

    9/5/2018 (Permalink)

    Sewage Backup in Riverside High School

    Work Place Water Damage is Restored by SERVPRO

    When business owners visualize water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms. 
     
    However, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage.  Commercial water damage in Edison is surprisingly common year-round, and it can drastically effect the operation of your business. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings. 
     
    1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems 
    Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.  Be sure to have your sprinkler system inspected annually by professionals.

    2. Damaged appliances and equipment 
    This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water throughout your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency. 
     
    3. Broken pipes and plumbing 
    Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result. If you doubt the stability of some pipes contact a licensed plumber for a thorough inspection and assessment. 
     
    4. Backed up sewer lines 
    This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. SERVPRO of West Riverside City has certified technicians to deal with this type of water damage.
     
    If your business has suffered commercial water damage of any kind, SERVPRO of West Riverside City can get you back up and running again. Call us anytime at 951-351-8033 for fast help. Read more about sewage backups here.

    Trained Water Damage Restoration Technicians

    7/18/2018 (Permalink)

    At SERVPRO of West Riverside City we strive to be the best in the business. When a water disaster strikes your home, we will be there within the hour to help. Our skilled technicians will explain the process to you and promptly begin work. Our training program includes the following:

    • IICRC Training
    • Employee Certification Training
    • Initial Franchise Training
    • e-Learnings
    • Continuing Education Classes

    SERVPRO of West Riverside City offers both credit and noncredit courses for insurance agents, insurance adjusters, real estate professionals, and Franchise staff. These programs are designed to improve knowledge of emergency mitigation.

    Call our office at 951-351-8033 to speak with one of our claim specialists to schedule an appointment with one of our Estimators. From Estimation to Completion, our team is ready to take care of your water damage restoration needs.

    SERVPRO does more than Water, Mold and Fire Damages

    5/7/2018 (Permalink)

    At SERVPRO of West Riverside City we do more than just water, fire, and mold remediation.

    We also do cleanings, from carpet cleanings to biohazard cleaning. Our skilled technicians can handle it all. The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

    We provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations. These include the following:

    • Sewage backups
    • Crime scene residues
    • Suicide/death accidents
    • Homicide cleanups
    • Blood cleanup
    • Accident cleanup
    • Hoarding scenes
    • Animal waste/remains
    • Chemical spills
    • Tear gas cleanup
    • Meth lab cleanup

    Call our office at 951-351-8033 to speak with one of our claim specialists to schedule an appointment with one of our Estimators. From Estimation to Completion, our team is ready to take care of your water damage restoration needs.

    Large Loss Water Damage - Call West Riverside City

    2/23/2018 (Permalink)

    Be Ready for Disaster with the App. Press one button and we will be there!

    If you have a large water damage and you are a business that people rely on, call SERVPRO first!

    Many of our country's beautiful resort style hotels learns first hand the power and speed of the SERVPRO network when it comes to getting an enormous water damage repaired.

    It is hard to think clearly when you have a flood in one room of your home let alone an entire floor of your award-winning hotel.

    Luckily SERVPRO makes it easy to access your information in case of an event (which happens every day, and when you least expect it) by providing a service called SERVPRO Ready Plan and it is a free service that you should have done for your business just in case tragedy strikes your building!

    Download the app here now and SERVPRO will be in touch with soon!

    CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

    Large Loss Water Damage - Call West Riverside City

    2/16/2018 (Permalink)

    Be Ready for Disaster with the App. Press one button and we will be there!

    If you have a large water damage and you are a business that people rely on, call SERVPRO first!

    Many of our country's beautiful resort style hotels learns first hand the power and speed of the SERVPRO network when it comes to getting an enormous water damage repaired.

    It is hard to think clearly when you have a flood in one room of your home let alone an entire floor of your award-winning hotel.

    Luckily SERVPRO makes it easy to access your information in case of an event (which happens every day, and when you least expect it) by providing a service called SERVPRO Ready Plan and it is a free service that you should have done for your business just in case tragedy strikes your building!

    Download the app here now and SERVPRO will be in touch with soon!

    CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

    How do I Clean up After a Water Damage?

    1/30/2018 (Permalink)

    Call SERVPRO if you have any questions regarding what to do if you have a water damage!

    If you have a water loss in your home or business it is important to get it taken care of immediately. 

    1. The first step is to get the water extracted. Once all of the water is extracted, SERVPRO can begin to get the drying process started. It is critical to make sure all of the water is removed to prevent secondary damages from happening. 

    2. Once all of the water is removed, SERVPRO will place the required number of air movers and dehumidifiers. This equipment will be monitored daily to make sure it is working properly. 

    3. After the structure is dry, SERVPRO can start the rebuilding process. In most cases, SERVPRO can handle every job from start to finish. 

    If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at anytime. 

    We can help ANY commercial Property

    1/29/2018 (Permalink)

    A lot of people know about our fire and water services, but SERVPRO can service you in more ways than just an emergency. Our crew is also certified in various types of commercial cleaning as well as restoration. Our franchise is trained in various types of odor removal and cleaning, like biohazard removal, vandalism events as well as your general white glove tests. Whether a property management company needs a cleaning before their grand opening or hospital has spilled some dangerous biohazards, we aim to make sure that your commercial facility operates with excellent health and safety along with minimal interruption. This is why we operate 24/7 and preach our 1-4-8 program to allow you to feel safe in using our team to service your property. Our franchise focuses our efforts to make sure that we can be a reliable resource for any and all emergencies in your facility. In the event of an emergency please call SERVPRO of West Riverside City at 951-351-8033.

    Water Damage From Roof Leak in Riverside School

    1/15/2018 (Permalink)

    AIr movers and dehumidifiers drying out classroom in Riverside, CA

    This school experienced a ceiling collapse due to a leaking roof and several classrooms were affected.  The weight of the water caused the insulation to fall through the ceiling tiles and make a huge mess of water and insulation throughout many of their classrooms. SERVPRO of West Riverside City was able to help them coordinate with a roofer to fix the leak and then cleanup the entirety of the office.  Our customer was impressed that they were able to begin using their classrooms again like normal within days of this accident.

    Our Water Damage Restoration Process

    Every water damage situation is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” water damage emergency.

    Step 1: Emergency Contact

    Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

    Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

    Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

    Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

    Step 6: Restoration

    Commercial Water Damage from Second Floor Unit

    1/15/2018 (Permalink)

    This office was affected by water damage from the unit upstairs.

    Southern California is filled with tall buildings and boulevards filled with apartments, condominiums, town houses, businesses, homes, etc. This means if your neighbor has a pipe burst in their bathroom and floods his entire unit you more than likely are going to have some sort of damage to your property as well. Sometimes you might get lucky and escape the wrath of an angry burst pipe, but in the case you don't SERVPRO is the expert to call. We have been able to build special relationships with property managers and building owners that have used us either in the past or have been referred to us which allows us to help them with any properties they own or manage. 

    Call SERVPRO if you have experienced a water damage!

    Boarded up after Car Crashes into Store Front

    1/15/2018 (Permalink)

    We boarded up where the broken glass used to be!

    A car crashed into the storefront of this business causing damage to his window and entrance. The owner did not know what to do and luckily his insurance referred him to the professionals at SERVPRO.  He was thrilled to know that SERVPRO could temporarily make his business run until the damages could be completely fixed. SERVPRO of West Riverside City was there to complete the emergency board up of the business until repairs could be scheduled. The professional staff of SERVPRO are available 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, to help our customers in their time of need! 

    Insurance professionals, property managers and building owners contact us. They have confidence in what we do.

    We also offer a no-cost Emergency Ready Profile, which is part of a disaster preparedness plan. You can start your by clicking HERE.

    When you need us, call us. 951-351-8033

    Flooded Office Building in Jurupa Valley

    12/27/2017 (Permalink)

    This workplace needed to get dried out, but it didn't mean that business had to be disrupted.

    Any business owner knows that water or fire damage to your business can really be crippling. Our goal SERVPRO of West Riverside City is to get your business up and running as soon as possible.

    We were able to accomplish that goal on this job in Jurupa Valley. The SERVPRO crew responded late in the evening to extract almost 200 gallons of water in multiple office suites from a broken pipe on the second level. We moved two businesses on the lower level into other unoccupied suites so that by the time they arrived for work the next morning, they were able to resume work almost immediately! Serving businesses and their unique needs is one way SERVPRO of West Riverside City helps make it like it never even happened.

    Salmonella Strikes a Children's Summer Camp!

    7/19/2016 (Permalink)

    Crew chief Gary applying a disinfectant in the form of a fog for better penetration.

    Summer is usually a great time for families as it gives them the opportunity to spend some quality time together outdoors. But in this case, what was supposed to be a great summer camp for kids, turned into a discomforting experience.

    THE STORY 

    As a group young teens get together at their summer camp and settle in, something else was also settling in. A couple of the children were misfortunate and contracted salmonella food poisoning. Salmonella is a bacteria commonly found in undercooked eggs and poultry and once contracted the person will experience diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days and most people with a healthy immune system don’t need hospitalization, however, the symptoms can be very severe causing them to seek medical help. The camp was not taking any risks of spreading the bacteria to other children so they sent the children back and called in the professionals…

    THE CALL OUT

     We received the call and immediately understood the importance of taking care of this situation properly and promptly. Christopher quickly schedules an inspection to commence work when the children are no longer present and takes note of the points of interest as he walks though the many rooms with multiple bunk beds. It was the right call to send the children home regardless of the inconvenience. With so many rooms and such tight quarters it was only a matter of time before the problem would spread among the children. Soon Gary is on the scene and executes his plan of action. Using an EPA approved disinfectant all areas that would come in contact with the children (most everything) were wiped down giving detailed attention to the restrooms and finally creating a fog with a very safe and strong disinfectant that would blanket all areas and surfaces to eliminate all threats. When it comes to our client’s safety and wellbeing, SERVPRO of West Riverside City takes no chances.