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