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Commercial Flood Insurance in Van Nuys

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) provides flood insurance. The NFIP doesn’t sell insurance. Buy flood insurance from an insurance agent. 

SERVPRO of Van Nuys North is interested in helping the businesses in our community become more educated on flood insurance. According to FEMA, 40% of small businesses do not reopen after experiencing a devastating flood. 

Things to know in Los Angeles. Check to see if you might be required to have flood insurance.

  • All agencies in L.A. charge the same for flood insurance
  • Standard commercial insurance doesn’t pay for flood damage
  • The NFIP sets the rates
  • Rates depend on:
    • whether you live in a flood plain
    • flood risk in your area
    • building’s age
    • building’s construction
  • Building property insurance covers the building
  • Personal property insurance covers the building’s contents
  • NFIP suggests you need both types
  • Policies go into effect 30 days after purchase
  • The NFIP help center number is 1-800-427-4661

SERVPRO of Van Nuys North recommends the following: 

  • Check whether or not your area participates in the NFIP
  • Check whether or not your area is part of the Community Rating System. The NFIP might have a discount
  • Talk to your insurance agent when you need to make changes

Make sure your business is protected from the devastation that comes with unwanted flooding in your office.

How to Reopen Your Commercial Building After It’s Been Closed

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

The COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily shuttered the doors of many businesses across the nation. As states reopen in stages, the top priority for business owners is to take all necessary precautions to protect the health and safety of employees and customers. That will require both ensuring that your facility is cleaned and disinfected, but also that you have procedures in place to keep it that way once your business resumes operations.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Building

You should follow your state’s and the CDC Covid-19 guidelines on commercial cleaning and disinfecting. To do your own cleaning, you’ll need to have the right equipment, supplies and PPE for your staff. You’ll need to identify the high-touch surfaces and heavy-use areas of your facility. And you’ll need to develop clear procedures and training for your staff so that they stay safe and can continue keeping your building clean and disinfected as business operations ramp up.

SERVPRO of Van Nuys North offers proactive pathogen cleaning for commercial facilities. With decades of biohazard cleanup experience, we are ready with the equipment, staff and knowledge to thoroughly clean and disinfect your building for your employees’ and customers’ safety. Our Cleaning Protocol Specialist will evaluate your needs and create a tailored program for your property. We even certify your facility as SERVPRO-cleaned.

General Reopening Tasks

While safety remains everyone’s top priority, it’s also important to evaluate your business property and determine how to effectively reopen. Although some businesses such as restaurants and medical facilities may require special reopening tasks, these steps will help the return go smoothly for most businesses.

1. Assess Your Property

Designate a key employee to return to the facility before reopening to assess conditions, document damages and report back to management. 

  • Inspect the property’s perimeter for signs of trespassing and damage to the property and structure.
  • Look for signs of rodent and insect infestation.
  • Inspect the plumbing and turn on the water supply line to individual fixtures such as sinks and toilets.
  • Check HVAC air filters and replace if necessary.
  • If there were any severe weather events during the temporary closure, inspect the roof for signs of damage or pooling water.
  • Ensure that the fire protection system (smoke detectors, sprinklers) is in proper working condition.

  2. Address Any Damage

  • Report damage and/or related expenses to your insurance company.
  • Hire a licensed contractor to repair any damage.

3. Notify Service Providers and Partners That You Are Reopening

  • Fire and security alarm monitoring companies
  • Police department 
  • Insurance company
  • Cleaning and landscaping services
  • Customers and clientele

4. Upon Reopening

  • Review equipment/machinery startup plan with all employees.
  • Instruct employees to inspect their workspaces, tools, equipment and/or machinery used in their daily routine and report any damage to management.
  • Meet with all staff to review the reopening and compile a log of actions to be taken. 

Help Is Here

In addition to offering commercial cleaning services, the team at SERVPRO of Van Nuys North has specialized training and experience in water damage restoration services, fire and smoke damage restoration services, biohazard cleanup and natural disaster prevention and cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Van Nuys North (818.951.6780) any time.

Protect Your Van Nuys North Business from Spring Flooding Damage

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded office room. Don't let your Van Nuys North business flood this spring! Take steps now to prevent commercial water damage.

Over the last few years, it’s become more and more obvious that extreme weather is here to stay! That brings a much greater risk of flooding for your business. Even if you’re not located in a flood zone, you could be at real risk of getting lots of water in your business, especially during the springtime.

Simply put: flooding can occur anywhere, and with little warning. That’s why you have to be prepared to protect your building and your business operations from a sudden flood. In the spring, the cause is typically a heavy rainstorm, but it can also be a less intense storm that goes on for several days. Either way, your East Hartford business could suffer a damaged building, ruined inventory, lots of unproductive downtime and cleanup costs.

Evaluate Your Flood Risk

Even though floods can happen anywhere, it’s helpful to know if your businesses is located in a flood zone. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has a searchable flood map that lets you check. You definitely should have business flood insurance if you’re in a flood zone, but because of the unpredictability of extreme storms, consider purchasing flood insurance even if not in a flood zone. (If your business is outside the flood zone, your policy premium will be substantially lower, too.)

Another helpful government resource is the Ready Campaign, which has a number of tools you can use to create a business continuity plan. This plan to recover in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency will include identifying risks; identifying critical business functions; taking steps to protect against damage to those business functions; and testing and training to make sure you can spring into action when needed.

A key part of your continuity plan is to line up a water damage restoration specialist, like SERVPRO of Van Nuys North. We’ll respond promptly to your emergency, remove the water and fully restore both your building and property to get you back to work A.S.A.P.

Harden Your Facility Against Floods

Because basements are the most vulnerable part of any building when it comes to floods, take these steps to keep water out of your commercial facility.

  • Check your building’s basement for signs of leaks. Seal visible cracks, route water from downspouts away from your foundation and grade the area around your building to direct water away. If you have evidence or a history of serious leaks, install a waterproof membrane to your foundation and a drainage system outside.
  • Install and maintain a sump pump, ideally with battery backup so that it works even when the power goes out.
  • Protect equipment, inventory and records by relocating them to a higher part of your building.
  • Install sewer backflow valves—nobody wants to cope with floodwater mixed with sewage!
  • If you have fuel tanks, anchor them.

If your business is hit by a natural disaster, like a flood, wind storm or wildfire—or needs routine cleaning or deep cleaning and decontamination services—call SERVPRO of Van Nuys North at 818.951.6780

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO of Van Nuys North has specialized training and experience in water damage restoration services, fire and smoke damage restoration services, biohazard cleanup and natural disaster prevention and cleanup.

Welcome Your Customers Back with a Clean and Sanitized Building

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Logo Reassure your customers that you have their health and safety in mind by having SERVPRO clean and disinfect your commercial building.

Business owners throughout California
are gearing up to welcome back many of the folks who haven’t been shopping and dining in person as much during the pandemic. People have been deeply rattled by the anxiety and fear of living through such a challenging time, and while many are eager to resume regular activities, many consumers remain concerned about just how safe a particular business is.

To gain insight into consumer attitudes about cleanliness, SERVPRO commissioned a survey last year asking if the way a business cleans its facilities would affect willingness to dine or shop there. The results were clear.

  • More than 80% believe businesses should clean more aggressively and thoroughly than they did pre-pandemic
  • 71% think the businesses they visit should be cleaner than their own homes
  • 76% think that the cleaner a business is, the better managed that business is
  • 70% say they try to reduce exposure to the coronavirus when out in public

Turn to SERVPRO to Meet Your Customers’ Expectations for Cleanliness

SERVPRO of Van Nuys North has long provided routine commercial cleaning services as well as our specialized high-level biohazard cleanup and decontamination emergency services. That’s why you can trust us to bring a higher standard to clean to your business facility.

In 2020, SERVPRO launched Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, a new service for business and homeowners that provides deep cleaning, disinfecting and cleanup after a COVID-19 exposure. By incorporating defensive viral pathogen cleaning methods, this program far surpasses standard janitorial cleaning practices.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is based on our 3Cs:

  • Consult: We determine your business’s specific needs and create a unique cleaning service
  • Clean: Our crews use our proprietary EPA-approved hospital-grade cleaning solutions and meet or exceed CDC cleaning and decontamination standards
  • Certify: Demonstrate your commitment to having the cleanest, safest facility possible by displaying the shield in your window and using our digital emblems and other collateral in your marketing

That Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned decal isn’t just another sticker, by the way. Our survey also demonstrated that 64% of consumers are more likely to patronize a business that displays a “professionally cleaned” decal than one that doesn’t.

So now, as you get ready to welcome back your customers and greet new ones, give them the assurance they’re looking for. Show them proof that you have done all you can to create a safe and healthy environment with Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

We’re Here for You

The team at SERVPRO of Van Nuys North has specialized training and experience in water damage restoration services, fire and smoke damage restoration services, biohazard cleanup and natural disaster prevention and cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Van Nuys North (818.951.6780) any time.

Prevent a Fire at Your Small Business

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

In the hot and dry summertime, many business owners have good reason to be concerned about the risk of wildfires. The truth is, though, that a fire of any size or origin can interrupt your business, and if not caught and extinguished quickly, can be devastating not just to your property, but to the survival of your business.

According to a 2018 report from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), nonresidential buildings have experienced a 5% increase in fires over the last decade, resulting in a 36% growth in claims.

Call SERVPRO of Van Nuys North, a professional disaster recovery company, to help you recover quickly and completely if a fire strikes your small business. We also are experts in remediating the water and smoke damage that often accompanies a fire.

Fire Prevention 101

Follow these basic fire prevention steps, just as you would at your home.

  • Equip your building with smoke detectors and fire extinguishers as required by local and state regulations.
  • Test detectors and extinguishers regularly, change batteries annually and replace equipment if it is defective or approaching its end of life.
  • Set up evacuation procedures, communicate them and hold regular emergency drills.

Why and Where Do Small Business Fires Start?

According to the National Fire Protection Association, these are the most common sources of commercial property fires—and steps you can take to help prevent them.

Cooking Equipment (29%)

  • Clean office kitchen areas daily.
  • Prohibit the use of hot plates.
  • Have stoves, ovens and other cooking equipment serviced at least annually by a qualified technician.      

Electrical Equipment (12%)

  • Move combustible materials, such as trash cans, paper and cardboard boxes, away from outlets, panel boxes or other heat-producing electrical equipment.
  • Regularly inspect appliance cords and check light fixtures, bulbs and displays for visible signs for damage.
  • Do not use extension cords unless absolutely necessary.

Heating Equipment (11%)

  • Have heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment serviced by a qualified technician at least annually and before each seasonal startup.
  • Never use portable space heaters.
  • Keep combustible materials at least three feet from boilers, furnaces and other heating units.

Arson (10%)

  • Establish a security program that controls access to your building. Add regular guard tours if appropriate for your facility.
  • Adequately light all areas of the property, including parking lots and garages.

Smoking (5%)

  • Prohibit smoking in the building.
  • Place non-combustible containers outside entranceways for disposal of smoking materials.
  • Install smoke detection equipment in areas that may be used for unauthorized smoking, such as bathrooms and closets.

If your business is hit by a natural disaster, like a flood, wind storm or wildfire, call SERVPRO of Van Nuys North at 818.951.6780

Eliminate Excessive Downtime After Commercial Fire Damage

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck Our fire damage experts can have your business back to its original state, “Like it never even happened.”

Rapid Fire Damage Restoration is Crucial – Call SERVPRO to your Van Nuys Business ASAP!

Regardless of the industry you are in, a fire event impacts a commercial property more than you may think. Whether you have electronics with soot residue buildup or retail shelving with water damage after a blaze, SERVPRO has all the techniques and proven restoration methods. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, thus ensuring you cut back on downtime, costs, and frustration.

For commercial fire damage restoration in Van Nuys, we come in right away to evaluate the overall level of loss. Carefully noting all damage helps to get our restoration team moving in the right direction. Throughout the inspection, we:

  • Look at building materials, cabinets, counters, fixtures and more.
  • Determine whether or not the damage is limited to certain areas.
  • Formulate the best measures to act, including setting up exclusion zones for containment.

Did You Know? Most fire emergencies also include significant water infiltration due to the first responders suppressing the flames. All standing water must be removed and excess moisture dried up so that secondary damage does not set in. 

Our fire and soot restoration technicians (FSRT) know how to clean each surface to achieve the best results carefully. We use spot-testing methods to ensure no further damage occurs and always initiate controlled demolition measures, as needed. Everything gets restored to pre-fire condition so that your business never misses a beat. 

Call SERVPRO of Van Nuys North at (818) 951-6780 whenever you need fire damage restoration at your commercial location. We are here 24/7 for emergency service whenever you need us!

How Can I Protect my Warehouse When it Floods?

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

Business Warehouse Flooding is no match for SERVPRO. We are equipped and ready at a moment's notice to restore your home or business.

Your Warehouse in Van Nuys North can use the Protection of our SERVPRO Team.

Our commercial community in Van Nuys is essential to the area. Within our specialties, we provide goods and services to our neighbors, and protecting the local economy is everyone's goal. Whenever a leak springs in a warehouse and threatens a fellow business owner's livelihood, a professional water restoration crew is the key to protecting that business.

Water mitigation in commercial settings benefits from the expertise of our team at SERVPRO. As soon as you discover the damage, reach out to our 24/7 hotline and allow our certified water restoration technicians into your space. Upon arrival, we begin a thorough inspection of your warehouse to identify problem areas and start mitigating your loss in time and money. Our work is documented step by step, and we are happy to assist as you file an insurance claim.

Can I save my inventory after a warehouse flood?

The goal is to mitigate your loss and save your inventory as much as possible. Depending on the items in your warehouse and how much water is in it, we can make an informed decision to preserve your assets. The volume of water in your establishment will determine which of our industrial equipment we resort to extracting standing water. For more significant amounts, we could use a truck-mounted pump or use wand extractors for hard-to-access crevices. Regardless of your needs, we have a solution to meet them. Other considerations necessary for a complete water restoration process could include-

Using a desiccant machine to dry your warehouse including any shelving vulnerable to corrosion thoroughly

Spraying an antimicrobial solution to prevent mold growth consequence of standing water

Disposing of any items that could hold excess moisture and allow bacteria to prosper

Whether you worry about a lingering smell, microbes, or structural weakness, SERVPRO is your partner during the restoration process. Call our team at (818) 951-6780 as soon as you face the emergency and let us take every step to make your warehouse look "Like it never even happened." 

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Ways SERVPRO Can Help Your Business

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO carpet cleaning for commercial cleaning services SERVPRO of Van Nuys North is trained to adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitization standards.

SERVPRO of Van Nuys North provides a multitude of different services for any commercial business. We are the leading professionals in restoration and cleaning. We are equipped to handle any job small or disastrous. Below are just some of the services we will gladly provide in your time of need.

Restoration:

  • Fire, smoke and soot
  • Water removal and dehumidification
  • Catastrophic storm response
  • Move outs and contents restoration
  • Contents claim inventory services

Cleaning

  • Air ducts and HVAC
  • Carpet, upholstery, drapes, and blinds
  • Ceilings, walls and hard floors
  • Odor identification
  • Deodorization

Whether you need your carpets cleaned during Spring Break or you need help with smoke damage from a terrible electrical fire, we would love to help your business. SERVPRO of Van Nuys North can be at your place of business to give a pre-estimate for the work needed. If you have any questions, please give us a call at (818) 951-6780. 

Restoring Your Commercial Property After Water Damage

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial carpet flooded with water. SERVPRO of Van Nuys North has you and your businesses back so your company cant get back to work.

Flooding and water damage events at 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. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility back to preloss conditions. As a highly-functioning business ourselves, we understand the importance of keeping the doors of your business open, if at all possible.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

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 that you need.

About SERVPRO of Van Nuys North

SERVPRO of Van Nuys North 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. Call SERVPRO of Van Nuys North today to ensure that your business is up and running again, “Like it never even happened.”

Is Your Business Inundated with Storm Water?

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Green trucks lined up. Helping you get the doors open again after storms, floods and fire damage.

Flooding and water damage events at 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. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility back to preloss conditions. As a highly functioning business ourselves, we understand the importance of keeping the doors of your business open, if at all possible.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

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 arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help that you need.

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818-951-6780

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Commercial Deodorization and Odor Removal

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

Vaccume cleaning the carpet Bad Odors in YOUR home or business? Call SERVPRO© of Van Nuys North 818-951-6780

As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO© of Van Nuys North Professionals are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from many different sources both inside and outside your home or business. Masking with room freshener and other short cuts don't work when your problem is serious or persistent.

SERVPRO© of Van Nuys North has the training to identify and eliminate most offensive odors. By identifying the cause and determining the conditions in which it contacts surfaces, the odor can be removed without a trace.

There are many professional products and ways to distribute the products that are used to specifically target the type of odor present.

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give SERVPRO© of Van Nuys North a call 818-951-6780 and leave the situation to us.

Commercial Cleaning Professionals

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

commerical cleaning supplies. If you need it cleaned in a hurry, call SERVPRO® of Van Nuys North.

Commercial Cleaning Services

With everything going on right now, you don't have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, moisture, or devastation challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, call in SERVPRO® of Van Nuys North to make your commercial workplace or business look its best.

SERVPRO® of Van Nuys North Commercial Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Commercial disinfecting
  • Commercial Fire and Water Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Storm Recovery
  • Commercial Carpet Cleaning
  • Commercial Air Duct Cleaning
  • Commercial Tile and Grout Cleaning
  • Commercial Upholstery Cleaning
  • Commercial Odor Removal

SERVPRO® of Van Nuys North will get the job done right and get it done quickly. The SERVPRO® Advantage includes these benefits:

  • Award winning training
  • Over 40 years' experience in the industry
  • More than 100 exclusive cleaning products
  • 24-hour Emergency Services
  • Specialty Cleaning Services

SERVPRO® of Van Nuys North offers cleaning services from cleaning restaurant equipment to removing bio-hazard contaminants with the specialized training and products to get your property back to business as soon as possible.

Have Questions? Call Today 818-951-6780

Help! My Office is Flooded

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

Office flooded with water. SERVPRO of Van Nuys North is here to help restore your business to it's operating state as soon as possible so we can get you back to work.

Water leaks within a business can seep into flooring, carpets, baseboards and walls while moving throughout the structure, potentially creating mildew and staining walls.

Quick action is critical in avoiding costly repairs and expensive downtime. The faster you call SERVPRO of Van Nuys North, the faster we can get there, and the cheaper it will be for you.

Our SERVPRO of Van Nuys North team understands that a water damage event can not only disrupt your facility, but it can also interrupt day-to-day business functions- possible closing the business and ultimately affecting your revenues. Our goal is to get in there and take care of your facilities damage as quickly as we can.

Even small fires must be addressed quickly in order to limit secondary damage and to lessen business interruption.

By arriving quickly, mitigating the damage to the structure and contents, and providing effective cleanup and restoration services. SERVPRO of Van Nuys North will help you reopen the doors as soon as possible.

When it come to your Business, Timing is everything

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

A commercial building being dried with dehumidifiers SERVPRO of Van Nuys North is prepared to handle any commercial size disaster.

Water leaks within a business can seep into flooring, carpets, baseboards and walls while moving throughout the structure, potentially creating mildew and staining walls.

Quick action is critical in avoiding costly repairs and expensive downtime. The faster you call SERVPRO of Van Nuys North, the faster we can get there, and the cheaper it will be for you.

Our SERVPRO of Van Nuys North team understands that a water damage event can not only disrupt your facility, but it can also interrupt day-to-day business functions- possible closing the business and ultimately affecting your revenues. Our goal is to get in there and take care of your facilities damage as quickly as we can.

Even small fires must be addressed quickly in order to limit secondary damage and to lessen business interruption.

By arriving quickly, mitigating the damage to the structure and contents, and providing effective cleanup and restoration services. SERVPRO of Van Nuys North will help you reopen the doors as soon as possible.

Commercial Building Water Damage

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Machines at work to aid in the drying process. SERVPRO of Van Nuys North taking care of your business.

Severe floods, cold spells or internal plumbing failures can cause water damage that brings your business to a standstill. The impact is immediate on employees as well as the bottom line. There are preventive measures that mitigate the impact of these emergencies and commercial restoration services to assist with the proper response.

Preventative Measures

In the office environment, there are some things you can do to minimize the risk of damage due to water leaks.

  • It is beneficial to educate your office managers on water damage preparedness
  • This means that your managers should know how to turn off the water, electric, and gas supply
  • They should know who to call in order to have these items completed.
  • Keep basic tools in the office in the event of an emergency
  • Create and maintain a list of emergency contact phone numbers for all employees
  • Maintain contact information for your local fire and police numbers for medical emergencies

Response

Rapid response is critical to water damage in the office. The longer you wait before the area is restored mold can develop creating the need for commercial mold removal services.

Handle Your Commercial Water Damage with SERVPRO of Van Nuys North

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Insight of a Commercial Water Loss

Before you enter your commercial space or any flooded building, you will need to make sure the electrical power to the structure is shut off. You should also be aware that during a flooding event, small animals or reptiles tend to seek shelter inside of buildings. Be prepared to deal with the discovery of wild animals in your space.

Protect yourself from entering any flooded building by wearing an organic vapor respirator. You can purchase these at any local paint and building supply stores. You also want to have rubber gloves, protective clothing, and eye protection. The first thing you should do is ventilate the affected areas by opening the windows and placing fans where possible.

Unfortunately, there likely will be items that you need to throw away. 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, these will need to be discarded if they have become saturated. However, there is good news: If you have clothing or household fabrics that can be machine-washed, you may be able to salvage them. Use your washing machine to clean these items with a 10-minute soak at the minimum in hot water with detergent. The soap and normal wash should remove most of the contamination and any staining that is present.

Be aware that your commercial space will need a thorough professional inspection, cleaning and possibly restructuring. Water damaged walls and installations must be removed and repaired, and pockets of saturation should be exposed for drying and sanitizing. Always remember that mold growth could take a few days to appear as 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. Keep good airflow throughout the interior environment, and maintain moderate temperatures to decrease the risk of any mold growth. It is also important that you let your space dry out before any rebuilding occurs.

Van Nuys North Commercial Water Damage

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial loss

If you have recently become a victim of commercial water damage in Los Angeles County, you may be wondering what you can do to mitigate your damages. There is a critical period in which certain actions must be taken to preserve as much of your property as possible and to decrease any health risks when water damage has occurred in a commercial space. 

Before you enter your commercial space or any flooded building, you will need to make sure the electrical power to the structure is shut off. You should also be aware that during a flooding event, small animals or reptiles tend to seek shelter inside of buildings. Be prepared to deal with the discovery of wild animals in your space.

Protect yourself from entering any flooded building by wearing an organic vapor respirator. You can purchase these at any local paint and building supply stores. You also want to have rubber gloves, protective clothing, and eye protection. The first thing you should do is ventilate the affected areas by opening the windows and placing fans where possible.

Unfortunately, there likely will be items that you need to throw away. Any items that are porous and have absorbed cannot be restored. If your commercial space has drywall, mattresses, pillows, box springs, particle board, carpets or carpet pads, these will need to be discarded if they have become saturated. However, there is good news: If you have clothing or household fabrics that can be machine-washed, you may be able to salvage them. Use your washing machine to clean these items with a 10-minute soak at the minimum in hot water with detergent. The soap and normal wash should remove most of the contamination and any staining that is present.

Commercial Water Damage in Van Nuys North

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Van Nuys business drying process

Be aware that your commercial space will need a thorough professional inspection, cleaning and possibly restructuring. Water damaged walls and installations must be removed and repaired, and pockets of saturation should be exposed for drying and sanitizing. Always remember that mold growth could take a few days to appear as 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. Keep good airflow throughout the interior environment, and maintain moderate temperatures to decrease the risk of any mold growth. It is also important that you let your space dry out before any rebuilding occurs.

You can depend on SERVPRO of Van Nuys North to provide reasonable prices for commercial damages and other services in the Los Angeles area. Our restoration services include cleanup after water damage, fire damage, and storm damage. We also assist with mold remediation, and we're qualified to provide cleaning and building services. Our trained and certified IICRC technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to begin your restoration. Whether you require cleanup after a commercial water damage or simply need a carpet cleaning, call us at.

Commercial Fire Damage in Van Nuys

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Van Nuys Firefighters putting a out a warehouse fire.

When you experience commercial fire damage to your business, you may reflect on the mess left behind in the charred ruins of the property. However, the damage you need to contend with will go far beyond the ashes. To repair the property entirely after experiencing a damaging fire, you will need to seek the help of a professional team like SERVPRO of Van Nuys North. Water may have to be extracted after the firefighters' efforts. The smoke damage may cause more of a problem that the burnt materials from the fire. While a fire may be contained in one area of the building, smoke can fill most or all of the areas, and it can cause significant damage and odors. Our trained Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT) can resolve these issues. When smoke and water damage are dealt with appropriately, the structure will not show any aftereffects. "Like it never even happened."

A fire loss within your enterprise, whether a retail store, rental apartment building, professional office, or a warehouse, costs you customer goodwill and loss of profitability when business cannot be conducted. We can generate a corporate program called the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS.) This report will categorize all affected materials, furniture and equipment, stock, electronics, and documents. We suggest what is salvageable, non-salvageable, or questionable. The final decision rests with you and your insurance company as to how we proceed. SERVPRO is a preferred commercial fire damage restoration company to more than 300 insurance companies, federal and municipal entities, and property management companies. We willingly coordinate efforts with your insurance adjuster to efficiently and economically restore your business in the best manner possible.

Why Commercial Businesses Should Have an ERP

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Plan

As Alexander Graham Bell once said, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” This advice can easily be applied to all aspects of life, including your business. Anything from water damage to fire damage to storm damage can completely overhaul a business. 50% of businesses are devastated so much by these disasters that they cannot reopen. The other 50% are able to jump back into action because they are ready.

An ERP (Emergency Ready Plan) Is a way to prepare for these disasters before they strike. It is carefully devised, well-rehearsed strategy that tells you and your employees exactly what to do during an emergency. Knowing exactly what to do what you can expect in advance can help save your business from costly repairs. Your ERP includes:

  • A no cost assessment of your facility
  • A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
  • A guide to help you get back into your business following a disaster
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Van Nuys North as your disaster and mitigation and restoration
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin which saves you time and gets you back into business faster
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information

SERVPRO residential or commercial

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is ready for any disaster that strikes. Your business is as important to us like it is to you. Our number one goal as a restoration company is to you get your business back to its original setting and act like the water/fire damage never even happened. We are here to restore your business and restore the lives of your customers as well. Water, fire, mold, soot/ash, toilet overflow, whatever you can think of, SERVPRO  will make it "Like it never even happened." We do not just have that as our motto, we live up to and will work side by side with you to restore anything that happened to your business, and that is a promise. Call us at 818-365-3736 if anything takes place at your business, our crews can take down anything that comes their ways.

Business owners

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Van Nuys North we believe in offering our customers a personal approach focused on effective solutions, communication and transparency in our objectives. In an emergency situation, we want you to feel confident knowing that we will take care of the details, allowing you to focus on your business. As a licensed, bonded and insured company, each and every one of our restoration technicians are fully certified and prepared to meet the challenges of your commercial restoration project with quality workmanship.
Commercial Services SERVPRO of Van Nuys North Offers

Water Extraction & Equipment Rental
Commercial Dehumidification
Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration
Odor Neutralization & Removal
Mold Removal & Remediation
Emergency Structural Stabilization & Board-Up
Interior & Exterior Demolition
Professional Floor & Upholstery Cleaning.
Just to name a few...

Commercial properties in Van Nuys North!

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at  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. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

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.

About SERVPRO of Van Nuys North

SERVPRO of Van Nuys North 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.

Let our business take care of your business

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water damages are so easy to occur. It is not necessarily needed for a flood or storm to take place to get a water damage, it can happen with so many other things. Your business can have a malfunction with the sprinkler system, toilet backup, broken pipes and plumbing problems and sewer lines can all be causes for a water damage to occur at your business. Fire damages can take place as well and all these damages are common. Do not be afraid and do not freak out because SERVPRO of Van Nuys North is trained to take care of all these different types of situations for you. Let our business take care of your business because that is what we are here for. Always remember to call SERVPRO of Van Nuys North at 818-365-3736 for your next water/fire damage at your business. We will make it "Like it never even happened."

When disaster strikes your business

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Van Nuys North is ready for any disaster that strikes. Your business is as important to us like it is to you. Our number one goal as a restoration company is to you get your business back to its original setting and act like the water/fire damage "Like it never even happened.” We are here to restore your business and restore the lives of your customers as well. Water, fire, mold, soot/ash, toilet overflow, whatever you can think of, SERVPRO of Van Nuys North will make it "Like it never even happened.” We do not just have that as our motto, we live up to and will work side by side with you to restore anything that happened to your business, and that is a promise. Call us at 818-365-3736 if anything takes place at your business, our crews can take down anything that comes their ways.

Big or small we got you coverd!

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water damages are so easy to occur. It is not necessarily needed for a flood or storm to take place to get a water damage, it can happen with so many other things. Your business can have a malfunction with the sprinkler system, toilet backup, broken pipes and plumbing problems and sewer lines can all be causes for a water damage to occur at your business. Fire damages can take place as well and all these damages are common. Do not be afraid and do not freak out because SERVPRO of Van Nuys north is trained to take care of all these different types of situations for you. Let our business take care of your business because that is what we are here for. Always remember to call SERVPRO of Van Nuys north at 818-365-3736 for your next water/fire damage at your business. We will make it "Like it never even happened."

Restoring Your Van Nuys Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

7/7/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Van Nuys 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. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

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.

About SERVPRO of Van Nuys

SERVPRO of Van Nuys 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.

Meet our Team: http://www.SERVPROvannuys.com/crew-photos

Preparing Your Business for an Earthquake

2/15/2016 (Permalink)

Hey SERVPRO Van Nuys readers!

Happy Monday! We had a great article pop up in our inbox from our friends over at FEMA that we'd share with you! An earthquake can happen at any time, so read on for a few quick tips on how to make sure your business is prepared. And remember, when disaster strikes, you can always call your local SERVPRO for timely assistance:

"An earthquake can happen at anytime and anywhere. Unlike many other natural disasters, earthquakes can strike during any season. It can also occur with little to no warning at all. 

Earthquakes can knock out heat, power, and communications services, sometimes for days at a time, leaving people stuck without utilities or other services. Your goal for protection is to learn to Drop, Cover, and Hold On during an earthquake.

Most casualties and injuries during an earthquake occur when: people fall while trying to walk or run during the shaking; when they are hit by falling, flying, or sliding items or non-structural debris; and/or when they are struck or trapped by collapsing walls or other parts of the building.

The America’s PrepareAthon! How to Prepare for an Earthquake explains what the public should do before, during and after an earthquake:

  • To prevent potential injuries, take the time to secure your space. Secure items that might fall, fly, or slide in an earthquake. Imagine if the room was picked up and shaken up and down and side to side and then determine what items would be thrown around.

  • Make sure your business is safer during earthquakes and more resistant to earthquake damage. Get professional help to assess the building’s structure and then take steps to install nonstructural solutions, including foundation bolting and cripple wall bracing.

The America’s PrepareAthon! Prepare Your Organization for an Earthquake Playbook  explains how business owners can take the necessary steps now to prepare themselves and their staff for an earthquake.  

The playbook helps to enhance organizational coordination and communication on preparedness and operational continuity by recommending  the following:

  • Hold a preparedness discussion to explain company plans and policies to motivate employees to be better prepared at home and work;

  • Explain and practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On;

  • Conduct a tabletop exercise with your staff to ensure that the organization is familiar with and knows how to implement readiness plans;

  • Develop an employee communications plan with all staff contact information, including emergency points of contact;

  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings in your community; and

  • Organize and keep handy important documents such as insurance information and rental or mortgage agreements.

It is important that business owners discuss their plans with their employees to ensure they are aware of what to do and where to go during an earthquake threat."