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Is Your Business Ready for Disaster?

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

Disasters happen, whether it is a storm event or a burst pipe in your building. Large or small, it can deeply impact your business. Did you know that half of all businesses that close for disasters never open their doors again. 

 What is the difference between those who reopen and those who do not? Those who reopened had an emergency plan already in place. Don’t be one of those 50% who cannot reopen their doors. Let SERVPRO Of Benicia/Martinez/Southeast Vallejo help you set up an Emergency Ready Plan. 

 The first step in successful mitigation is knowing who to call and starting the process as quickly as possible. Water or smoke that sits too long can begin to damage your belongings. Your Emergency Ready Plan will include, water and gas shut off locations, primary contact information from everyone to the building owner to your plumber, insurance information, and an evacuation plan for your facility. 

Contact SERVPRO Of Benicia/Martinez/Southeast Vallejo today and schedule your free E.R.P. today!

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, 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.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

Kitchen/Food Areas

Bathrooms

Schools/Classrooms

Offices

Retail Spaces

Water Fountains

Shelving/Racks

Sales Counters

Carpets and Rugs

Stair Handrails

Elevator Cars

Playground Equipment

Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

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.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today –     

     SERVPRO Benicia/Martinez/Southeast Vallejo                           925-372-7234

Commercial Properties

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial real estate office properties include single-tenant buildings, small professional buildings, skyscrapers, and everything in between. Buildings are classified into three categories: Class A, Class B, or Class C.

Class A buildings are often newer buildings but may be old buildings that have been extensively renovated. Class A buildings are usually in prime locations with good access and are professionally managed.

 Class B buildings are usually well-maintained and well-managed, but infrastructure may need some capital investment. They are often targeted by investors, because while they may be older, they have the potential for a high return on investment through renovation and improvements.

 Class C buildings are older and often in need of extensive renovation and updates. They usually have lower rental rates to compensate for the lower quality office space. Class C buildings are often vacant longer than higher-classed buildings and can be targeted for redevelopment opportunities.

 Office space in commercial real estate is not restricted to metropolitan areas; suburban office buildings dot the landscape everywhere there are residences to support them. These buildings are usually mid-rise structures, located outside the city center and into the suburbs. Office complexes are also included in this category of commercial real estate.

Air Movers

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of each air mover Centrifugal & Axial air movers.

CENTRIFUGAL AIR MOVERS

Centrifugal air movers are often referred to as blowers. They enhance an incoming airstream by use of a fan wheel. They create a high-pressure airflow by leading the stream of air through a series of tubes and ducts. You receive a steadier flow of air when you choose a centrifugal air mover.

You typically find centrifugal fans in situations that require high pressure drying applications. The one drawback of choosing centrifugal fans is that they are too powerful and high-pressured for use in areas that require more modulated flow.

Think about spaces where computers need cooling or spaces where humans need airflow for comfort. In these situations, a centrifugal fan may be too much.

 AXIAL AIR MOVERS

Axial air movers are the most common “fan”. The first electric fans were axial designs based on the look and effect of windmills. They are called axial air movers because of the direction the airflow they create moves. Blades move around an axis, and the air moves out of the fan in the same direction.

Air volume from an axial air mover is high, while the pressure is low. Each axial air mover requires little in the way of power input, so they are highly energy efficient.

Axial air movers are often used in general-purpose use given their high-volume, low-pressure nature. This makes them great for providing comfort in workspaces and for cooling technology in tight spaces, such as servers or computers. Axial air movers are not as adept at drying or air conditioning given their low pressure, so they find less use in large water damage restoration projects.

SERVPRO of Benicia/Martinez/Southeast Vallejo may use one type of air mover on a drying job or a combination depending on the situation.

Can my belongings be cleaned?

1/18/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage doesn’t always mean your belongings are destroyed. In fact, SERVPRO can restore a lot of smoke damaged items. There are several factors that go into whether or not an item can be cleaned. Some of them are:

  1. Type of material burned. Synthetic materials tend to create a wetter residue that can cause staining, while natural materials (like wools) create a drier residue that is much easier to clean.
  2. Air pressure. Hot air expands and creates air pressure. That pressure can push soot and residue deep into cracks and crevices, effectively making it harder to clean.
  3. Temperature change. If residues contain hot oils that are cooled too fast can create a film on your surfaces that is hard to clean off.
  4. Amount of moisture. Moisture or water can actually make residues set and there is more of a chance of staining on your surfaces. Damp weather can actually cause this as well.

Types of Smoke Residue

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know there are different types of smoke residue? There are in fact four different types, and each type needs to be handled in different ways. 

  • Dry smoke residues
  • Wet smoke residues
  • Protein smoke residues
  • Fuel oil smoke residues

Some things that factor into what makes the residue dry or wet. 

  • The rate of combustion
  • The amount of oxygen present during the fire
  • The type of material or substance that is burning

So, what is the difference between wet smoke and dry smoke?

Fast-burning, oxygen rich fires tend to produce a dry smoke, while oxygen-starved, slow burning fires produce a wet smoke. Typically, natural materials that burn make a dry smoke and synthetic materials make a wet smoke. 

Materials are generally more restorable when involved in a dry smoke loss. It will not stain surfaces as deeply like a wet smoke will. The problem though is that a dry smoke comes with a hotter fire, meaning that there is probably more heat damage. 

Can this be cleaned?

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage doesn’t always mean your belongings are destroyed. In fact, SERVPRO can restore a lot of smoke damaged items. There are several factors that go into whether or not an item can be cleaned. Some of them are:

  1. Type of surface. If a surface is nonporous, like vinyl or glossy paint, it will be much easier to clean compared to a more porous surface. A porous surface allows for odors and particles to get down deep.
  2. Amount of heat. As well as heat charring or melting materials, it can also cause materials to become more porous and make it harder to clean.
  3. Amount of moisture. The water used to put a fire out can actually cause residue to set and there is a greater chance of the material staining.
  4. Age of surface. The older the surface, the harder it is to clean. This is due to age deteriorating and item and making it porous and weaker.

CA Wildfires & Planned Power Outages

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

To help control the risk of wildfires in Northern California PG&E has planned power shutoffs when there are gusty winds and dry conditions.  If you have been notified that your home will be affected by a planned electric outage here are some steps you can take to reduce the impact of the outage.

  • Keep important phone numbers in a convenient location in case you need emergency or other assistance.
  • Have a back-up plan to maintain life-support equipment if you have it.
  • Keep a cell phone or hard-wired telephone on hand.
  • Keep a flashlight with extra batteries in a convenient place.
  • Turn off heat-producing appliances such as stoves, ovens, and irons prior to the outage.
  • Protect sensitive electronic equipment by unplugging them.
  • Make sure you can manually open your garage door if it is automated.
  • Make sure food stays cold by keeping your refrigerator doors closed.
  • Notify your alarm company as the equipment can be affected by outages.
  • Keep on hand perishable foods that don’t require cooking.
  • Inform PG&E if you have a generator.

It can be an inconvenience to be without power for days at a time but with proper planning you can ease some of the impact on you and your family.

Using Backup Generators

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Choosing the Right Backup Generator - Business Owners

 Identify essential systems and equipment – What do you need to keep your business operating?

Some systems may only be needed during business hours, such as lights, computers, ventilation system, and other office equipment. Other systems and equipment may need to operate continuously such as alarm systems, refrigerators and freezers, sump pumps and sprinkler systems.

Choose the generator’s fuel source


Backup generators are typically powered by either diesel fuel or natural gas. Talk with your utility company or another informed consultant who knows what kind of generator may be needed based on the building’s specifications.

Choose the generator’s size

Generators must be sized to either handle the full electric load of the building, or with an automated or manual transfer switch to prevent the generator from overloading.

Determine any utility requirements or building codes

Before you purchase or rent a generator, ask your utility company and local building departments if they have regulations that govern the use of emergency power equipment. Generators should be installed by qualified technicians in accordance with all regulations and codes.

Emergency Plan in the Workplace

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

Do you have a plan in place in case of an emergency at your workplace?

In the initial minutes of an emergency the first actions taken are critical. Prompt warnings to others to evacuate, shelter or lockdown can save lives. Knowing what information to relay to emergency dispatchers will help get the right responders and equipment to you.

The first priority of an emergency is life safety. The second is to stabilize the incident. Many actions can be taken to stabilize the incident and minimize potential damage. First aid, use of fire extinguishers, containment of small chemical spills all can help in preventing further damages. Having employees trained in first aid and who can perform CPR can be lifesaving. Employees who have knowledge of the building and its process systems can help if there is a leak or electrical malfunction and can help minimize damage.

A risk assessment should be done to identify potential emergency scenarios. It will help to determine what resources are needed and to help develop plans and procedures to prepare your business. Developing an emergency plan protects employees, visitors, contractors and anyone else on the premises.  One part of the plan should include “protective actions for safety” which includes building evacuations, sheltering from severe weather such as tornadoes, and shelter in place from an exterior airborne hazard.

Some weather events are forecast hours ahead of their arrival, providing valuable time to protect your facility. An established plan and resources should be on hand to prepare the facility.  The plan should also include a process for damage assessment, salvage, protection of undamaged property and cleanup.