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A Guide to Business’ Flood Preparedness | SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South
A flood can happened when you least expect it. If your business experiences any water damage, contact SERVPRO of Van Nuys South. We will work quickly
Even for business owners who are not located on a historic floodplain, it is crucial that they prepare for flooding. It has been reported that over 90% of natural disasters involve flooding, meaning they are more likely to happen than most think.
Increasing the safety of yourself and employees is the most important aspect of flood preparedness, but it can also be valuable for the continued success as well. By preparing the right documents in advance, you will be prepared to begin the reopening process right away.How Businesses Can Be More Prepared
The information regarding preparing for floods might seem overwhelming, but we’ve assembled some of the most important tips in one easy place:
Document Protection and Flood Preparedness
- Use FEMA’s website to access their Flood Map to view your annual risk factor and other important information specific to your location.
- Use the list below to determine what documents to copy and safely store.
- Provide regular training on the official Emergency Action Plan for employees.
- Have regular drills where you and all personnel complete an emergency escape.
- Talk with your insurance agent about flood insurance as it is not always included with regular business policies.
- Make sure your office emergency kit is stocked and any food stores are not expired.
- Use elevated surfaces for computers so they are out of the water’s pathway.
Having the right documents on hand can have a big impact on how quickly you can reopen following a flood. Here are the best paperwork pieces to keep stored safely away:
- All the checklists and tasks necessary to complete for reopening
- Contact information for anyone you should check in with, such as staff and vendors
- The information regarding your insurance agent and flood insurance, if applicable
- Backup recovery guides for computer files
- Financial paperwork such as leasing information, tax return copies and other information
If your business has experienced a flood, we are always here to help. Call us 24⁄7 to get our team of professionals to your business quickly so you can get back on track.
Solving disasters for Corporate, Industrial and Apartment properties
Corporate buildings, Industrial facilities and Apartment complexes are all exposed to natural disasters including fires, flooding from storms and Plumbing leaks. These emergencies require immediate attention so as to avoid the problem from getting worse. Once the problem is solved, we ensure that your property and its contents are thoroughly checked and cleaned before re-use. This is where SERVPRO of Van Nuys South comes in. We’re the fastest to respond and the first to action! Our technicians are highly trained and we use best equipment in the restoration industry. Because of this you save money and you save down time. This allows you to get back up and running before you know it, like it never even happened.
- Air conditioning HVAC units can, and do leak and cause water damage and the growth of dangerous mold to threaten your facility and the health of employees, not to mention slowing or even halting your company’s production stream.
- Water leaks caused by underground tree roots nearby can disrupt your operations.
- Smoke damage can render a properly uninhabitable ever if a nearby fire didn’t directly affect your building. Items like carpets, walls, ceilings, electronics and woodwork, not to mention sensitive proprietary documents can be destroyed from damage caused by smoke unless properly handled in a timely manner. In addition the HVAC system and ductwork are restored from any allergens, soot, and ashes that may be out of plain sight.
- Landslides from higher terrain have devastated the lower lying properties.
- Whether damage is caused by water intrusion or smoke/fire, our technical skills and know how with regard to structural drying and/or odor control will give you peace of mind.
- Insurance Company’s and Insurance Adjusters? We’ve got you covered. SERVPRO of Van Nuys South works very closely with all insurance companies which makes your entire restoration process painless.
Services SERVPRO of Van Nuys South handles include; Commercial Water Damage Restoration, Commercial Fire Damage Restoration, Commercial Mold Remediation, Commercial Storm and Flash Flooding and Disaster Recovery Assistance. These emergency response services are given to name a few for; Property Management & HOA’s, Retail Facilities, Education Facilities, Healthcare Facilities, Hospitality Facilities, Food Service Facilities, Entertainment Facilities, Sports Arenas, Government Offices, Banks, etc.
Did you know? Since 1969 SERVPRO is the leader in disaster restoration offering the best customer service backed by the highest levels of equipment utilization and training. When you experience an unexpected disaster, SERVPRO of Van Nuys South is your best solution.
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Our Professionals Can Restore Your Van Nuys Apartment Building To Pre-Damage Condition After A Water Damage Incident
An apartment building can sustain water damage because of burst pipes. The water can ruin flooring, walls, ceilings and the possessions of your tenants. Water in an apartment building can also force multiple tenants into hotels if it pools in the adjoining apartments.
Water can also have a safety impact on the apartment building if it enters electrical fittings and a health impact if mold grows. Commercial water damage repair in your Van Nuys apartment building requires a knowledgeable and experienced company to be confident that your tenants are comfortable and safe. The SERVPRO team has experience with water damage restoration of any size and is ready to assist you in restoring your apartment building.
Dealing with water loss is stressful, especially when the comfort of other people depends on how you deal with it. Our technicians know that the well-being of your tenants is important to you. Some tenants may be impatient or put out of their dwelling until we can repair the damage. We can remove the water and dry your building quickly to minimize the inconvenience to you and your tenants.
Our SERVPRO technicians also know that apart from the initial structural damage from the water loss itself, it is likely for more permanent structural damage to occur if water enters the structure of the building. It can jeopardize the integrity of the foundation and materials. Cosmetic damage like yellowing may also cause stains and reduce the market value of an apartment building. We can clean up the water quickly to prevent this from happening.
We have state-of-the-art equipment like truck-mounted vacuum units and pumps that remove water efficiently. We also have humidification and air moving equipment that enables us to dry the affected areas thoroughly. Air movers create airflow across carpeting, pads, and furniture to speed up the evaporation of moisture. Our technicians can also use hygrometers and moisture detectors to monitor the drying process to ensure proper moisture removal in your apartment building. We can also use infrared cameras to find moisture that may not be apparent behind ceilings and walls.
When there is water damage in your apartment building, SERVPRO of Van Nuys South is ready to assist you to extract the water and dry the affected units. Contact us today at 818-780-7111 for restoration services.
SERVPRO: Your Experts in Commercial Water Damage
If you have recently become a victim of commercial water damage, 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. Preparing a Space for Water Damage Restoration 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 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 installation 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.
What should you do when your business floods?
Imagine waking up in the morning and going about your normal routine. You get out of bed and stretch out the drowsiness. Rub the sleep out of your eyes. Head to the bathroom brush your teeth,wash your face and get ready for the day. And as you're making your coffee you receive a call from the commercial building owner at your business to inform you that a pipe has just burst! And your entire livelihood is covered in water. The floor is up to four inches in water and counting!
What should you do?
Here at SERVPRO of Van Nuys South we understand that disasters can happen at the drop of a hat or in this case at the burst of a pipe!
Here are a few steps to help guide you through this stressful situation.
- Gather your insurance information.
You would be surprised at the number of business owners that do not know their policy details and at disastrous times such as these it is very important to have your insurance information on hand and ready to go!
2. Remain Calm & Call SERVPRO of Van Nuys South
At SERVPRO of Van Nuys South we strive to fully restore the damaged area in a prompt and professional manner. 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.
Smoke And Fire Curtains
Fire and Smoke Curtains for Commercial Buildings
Fire and smoke control is an integral part of a fire safety and prevention system. Between detecting a fire and extinguishing it, there is an opportunity to reduce the impact of a fire by getting it under control. This is best done through the use of fire and/or smoke curtains.
Fire and smoke curtains deploy from the ceiling of a building, forming a barrier between doorways, rooms, staircases and elevators. This barrier cuts off air flow and limits the smoke to only those rooms affected.
Deployable curtains compartmentalize smoke and limit fire spread to enable building occupants more time to egress from a building. This limits damage to the building and allows firefighters to more quickly find, access and extinguish the fire.
After a fire is detected and curtains or other control systems deploy, the final step of extinguishing takes place. This can be an active approach, such as a trained employee using a fire extinguisher, or a passive approach, such as an automated sprinklers system. Sprinklers systems are a vital piece of equipment and, when combined with fire and smoke curtains, they can quickly stop an otherwise deadly fire.
Fire prevention is a critical component of commercial building management. If you're concerned with your system or haven't had it inspected within the last year, we strongly consider hiring a professional inspector to review your building. If your building is deemed safe, move onto staff fire safety training as well as the installation of additional fire safety equipment like Smoke Guard Fire and Smoke Curtains.
What Every Employer Should Know
Look for Signs of Mold
With all of this attention, you may think that mold infestation is something new or uncommon. It is not. Mold is present in all buildings in some form and quantity. However, certain species of mold spores, in large enough concentrations, can be toxic. Although the health problems of mold exposure are in debate, there is literature tying some health effects to mold exposure. People with immune-compromised systems may experience permanent health effects.Physical symptoms related to exposure to mold or sick building syndrome include eye, nose and throat irritation; respiratory complaints; skin irritation; nausea; dizziness and fatigue. Alert your human resources department and/or office manager to be aware of any such symptoms. If numerous employees complain, or if employees complain of moldy smells, put the building owner on notice and request an investigation. If you own the building, consider hiring an air quality investigator. Although these symptoms could result from other factors, it is important to address them.
Look For the Cause
Mold needs water or moisture and oxygen to grow. Water does not have to flow into the building for there to be enough moisture to promote the growth of mold. Although one-time leaks or burst water pipes may not be a problem if repaired, even a one-time leak, if not properly addressed, can cause unacceptable mold growth. There are a number of potential causes of moisture or water entry:
- Lack of building maintenance
- Poor building design or construction
- Using wet building materials
- Leaky pipes, windows, or doors
- Regular, or even one-time flooding
- Simple plumbing mistakes
- Excessive humidity and condensation
- Improper landscaping design or maintenance outside the building, causing water to flow toward the building
- Any other serious water related problem
- Address Moisture or Water Issues Promptly
If your building is experiencing water penetration, consistent moisture or leaks, demand that the landlord investigate the cause and promptly provide you with an action plan. If the landlord does not act, put it on notice that you intend to act and that you will hold it responsible for the costs. Give notice to your insurer. Do the same if you are the building owner.
Call in professionals to make an assessment. To stop further mold growth, the landlord or you must investigate and fix the source of the water or moisture. Ask for the help of contractors, the building designer and environmental experts to assess, identify and repair the source. A number of companies investigate mold and will come up with action plans to address it. Responding to mold involves more than just determining and fixing the source of the water. Often several experts must be retained, including experts in toxicology and epidemiology. Expert testing may cost thousands of dollars. If mold is found in large enough concentrations, the building must be cleaned and remediated to ensure the safety of the occupants before they return. Once the problem is fixed, ask the expert to certify that the building is "clean," or demand such a certification from the landlord.
Commercial Fire Damage Restoration | SERVPRO® of Van Nuys South
Fire damage can feel catastrophic for a business or commercial building. In addition to fire, smoke and soot damage; water damage caused in firefighting efforts weighs heavily. We understand that every moment spend out of the office costs your business productivity and accumulates lost revenue. If you have a fire emergency, call SERVPRO of Van Nuys South. We are fully equipped to handle any size loss.
- 24 Hour Emergency Service
- Faster to Any Size Disaster
- A Trusted Leader in the Fire and Water Restoration Industry
- Highly trained Water and Fire Damage Specialists
We will put you back into business with the expertise and professionalism that you can only get with SERVPRO of Van Nuys South. Our team is licensed and certified to ensure that your restoration needs are fully met.
Restoring Your Van Nuys Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
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 South
SERVPRO of Van Nuys South 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.