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Businesses In Downtown Long Beach With Mold Can Count on SERVPRO

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Mold Damage Can Close a Business but SERVPRO Can Provide Mold Removal Services

When a business ends up with a mold problem, especially an eatery, it can meet downtown. This means a loss of revenue for the business in the short term and potential loss of customers in the long run. SERVPRO can provide mold removal to businesses that is efficient and fast. We do everything we can, including working with your insurance and schedule, to prevent your company from staying closed longer than necessary. Our technicians are experts at:

  • Mold containment
  • Mold removal
  • Addressing the source of the moisture
  • Restoring impacted structural elements
  • Cleaning content
  • Proper disposal of material not salvageable
  • Sanitizing and the use of antimicrobials
  • Following federal and local protocols
  • Deodorizing if needed

We can trace the source of the problem, locate hidden mold or moisture, and clean your facility. Our training includes:

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician

If your business needs commercial mold damage assistance, contact us

Can a Firm's HR Records Be Protected From Mold Damage?

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Local Business Owners Concerned About Mold Damage To Documents.

Keeping records is part of daily life for entrepreneurs. Human Resources (HR) are essential to any firm, and each department must keep comprehensive records. HR records include:

  • Employee information such as date of employment and contact details
  • Formal contracts and job descriptions
  • Records of pay and bonuses
  • Sickness and absence records

Many companies avoid mold damage by using electronic files. However, some businesses also have physical documents, especially for older files. Those physical papers need protection.

Can mold damage HR papers?

Yes, mold can undoubtedly damage HR papers. Mold is a naturally-growing fungus that can propagate anywhere that is dark and warm enough and provides moisture and a food source. Paper is one of the food sources that mold loves to munch on. As firms often keep older records in the dark cupboards or basements, they might be ripe for mold damage.

How can I protect my firm’s HR records?

The most important thing you can do is make the switch to electronic records if you have not already. Make sure you have backups of electronic documents, too – Cloud storage is helpful.

For remaining paper records, you might:

  • Install dehumidifiers in storage areas to cut down moisture
  • Store documents in watertight boxes so water cannot enter
  • Keep files away from potentially moldy areas such as dark corners 

What can SERVPRO do to help?

SERVPRO teams include trained mold remediation experts, who can remediate mold and reduce the risk of it coming back.

We will assess the situation in your office building, and let you know the steps we plan to take to fix the mold problem. In many cases, we start by setting up containment around the affected area. We use plastic sheeting to seal the spot off, cover all vents, and switch off the HVAC to stop the spores from escaping.

For very mild cases, gentle brushing and decontamination are enough to save records. In more advanced cases, we can consider vacuum freeze-drying to halt the damage and restore the documents.

Our teams also monitor moisture levels and dry the storage area to make it harder for mold to regrow.

For help protecting your business documents from mold damage, call SERVPRO DOWNTOWN LONG BEACH

ULTRASONIC- THE WONDER MACHINE

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Fire or Water damage affects more than just the physical property. When disaster strikes,  treasured possessions or important contents can also suffer from the effects of smoke, fire, mold, or black water. Did you know that SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach/Signal Hill and our Ultrasonic Machine, with its heavy-duty cleaning capability, can restore your object back to near new condition ?! From electronics to jewelry, from home décor to antiques, items both fragile and durable may be saved by this technological wonder machine! Simply put, the process involves pressure waves, utilizing an implosion of bubbles occurring millions of times per second and producing tremendous vacuum energy. This breaks up the dirt and gently lifts the build-up away, reaching every nook and cranny that has been damaged.

Don’t despair that your prized possessions can’t be saved. Look to SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach/Signal Hill and our Ultrasonic technology to help make the damage “Like it never even happened.”

WATER DAMAGE: THE SCIENCE OF DRYING

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

When faced with water damage, we might instinctively reach for towels to dry the wet. We might add fans to aid the process. However, there is actually a science to the drying process. The knowledge of psychrometrics, the dynamics of moist air, is critical to lower the chances of secondary damages. Your IICRC certified and trained technicians at SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach/Signal Hill know the steps to take when your business or residence experiences water damage:

  • First, we’ll conduct an inspection to detect what material(s) are wet
  • Next, we’ll measure how much moisture is in those wet components and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
  • Additionally, we’ll "speed up" the process by using professional drying equipment.  While a wet building can often dry naturally, it might do so unevenly, inadequately or might take too long…all allowing for secondary damages to occur.

SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach/Signal Hill has the knowledge, advanced equipment and the technology, DryBook (a proprietary tool that provides real-time documentation, updates on the drying process and confirms industry drying requirements are met) to ensure that your water damage is mitigated. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Flood damage can occur anywhere!

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Flood and water damage occur in homes and businesses more often than you may realize. This type of damage can result from a storm or hurricane damaging your area. Regardless of where you’re located, flood water can reach you, whether you live in the mountains, the beach, or even the desert.

It is important to remain mindful of the following safety tips:

  • Avoid floodwaters if possible. If you are caught in an area where the water reaches above your ankles, find another path or walk another way.
  • If you reach a flooded road when driving, find a way around or follow the directions of safety personnel. Many vehicles can be carried away by as little as 2 feet of moving water!
  • Be cautious of consuming or bathing in water found outside since disease can be carried by contaminated floodwaters.

Floods have the potential to cause noticeable damage to property when not treated quickly, and cleanup can be an overwhelming task. SERVPRO of Northeast Long Beach/Lakewood has the experience and knowledge to assist you when a storm looms over your home or business. We’re here to help 24/7.

5 Cooking Tips for Fire Safety

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Five Cooking Tips You Can Use For Fire Safety

After a kitchen fire, there are a few steps you can follow to help prevent a fire in the first place. Here are five cooking tips you can use for fire safety.

1. Keep The Cooking Area Clean

One way to help avoid fire damage in your kitchen is to keep the area clean. Grease and food residue can build up until it becomes a fire hazard. A clean cooking area is a safe cooking area.

2. Keep The Stove Free of Clutter

Keeping your counter clean and free of clutter is another step you can take. This will prevent things from getting knocked into a lit heating element.

3. Use a Splatter Guard

Using a splatter guard is one of the recommended tips for preventing a grease fire. This is usually in the form of a screen that can be set over a pot or pan when frying food. The mesh material can catch grease droplets and prevent them for getting into the heating element and parking a fire.

4. Stay Near the Stove

It’s highly recommended to never leave a lit stove unattended. This will allow you to be close at hand if something goes wrong giving you a chance to catch and mitigate any mistakes before a major problem occurs.

5. Use a Timer

If you’re multi taking in the kitchen you may want to use a food timer. This will help you turn off the stove on time before food has a chance to burn or catch fire.

Following these fire safety tips may help you prevent a fire in your home. Keep your cooking area clean and free of clutter, use a splatter guard when frying, and stay near the stove when in use. A timer is also a good idea. If a fire does occur a restoration service may be able to help with repairs.

4 Tips For Preventing a Fire in Your Home

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

No one likes to think about the possibility of having a fire in their home. Fires can be devastating physically, emotionally, and financially. Fortunately, there are ways you can prevent the likelihood of a home fire. Here are four tips for preventing a fire in your home.

1. Install Smoke Alarms
Fire preparation begins with installing smoke alarms in every sleeping room of your home. You should also have smoke alarms placed in hallways, kitchens, and family rooms. Once you’ve ensured you have the right number of alarms, be sure to test them monthly and replace batteries annually.

2. Educate
Education is key to increasing the safety of your loved ones. Teach children the following fire safety basics:

  • Stop, drop and roll
  • Fire crawl
  • Checking doors for heat
  • Escape routes
  • The location and sound of smoke alarms
  • Emergency phone numbers

3. Create an Escape Plan
Everyone should create a fire escape plan. Creating a plan is one of the best fire preparation tips to keep your family safe. Draw a floor plan of your house and mark all possible exits, including doors and windows, in each room. Walk through your home and ensure that exits are free from clutter and that children know how to open and safely exit each window.

4. Practice Your Plan
Once you have a plan in place, it’s wise to practice it. Choose at least two times a year to hold fire drills. These drills can either be planned or spontaneous. A good run-through of the plan will identify any areas that need to be adjusted or improved. Remember to emphasize that once you get outside, you should stay outside. Never go back inside a home that is on fire.
Fire preparation is one of the best things you can do to keep your kids safe in the event of a fire. If you ever experience a fire in your home, there are restoration specialists that can help restore your home.

Salvaging Smoke Damaged Items Through Cleaning

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Having an insurance policy that covers fire damage to your property is one part of responsible commercial property ownership. Working with a qualified fire restoration service provider is another. If you ever experience a property fire, an expert in fire restoration knows and understands the best methods of content cleaning to quickly bring your property back to pre-fire conditions. From dry-cleaning to smoke odor removal, your professional restoration provider has the training and equipment to minimize the interruption to your operations.

Understanding Restoration vs Replacement

You may think that a fire restoration process automatically means the replacement of damaged content. On the contrary, the right professional provider looks for every opportunity to salvage items through cleaning before considering replacement. This includes testing items to see which ones can be returned to a pre-fire condition. Common cleaning methods include the following:

  • Dry-cleaning. Appropriate for light residues or as a pre-clean to wet cleaning
  • Wet cleaning. Best for moderate to heavy soil.
  • Spray and Wipe. Used for objects that can’t be wet cleaned.
  • Foam cleaning. Best for upholstery fabrics that may shrink or be otherwise damaged by wet cleaning.
  • Abrasive cleaning. Refers to wiping surfaces through agitation and friction.
  • Immersion cleaning. Involves dipping objects into a bath for cleansing.

Even electronic devices that have been damaged by the fire may be saved through a cleaning process. Fire restoration providers have the knowledge and equipment to thoroughly inspect electronics for repair and safe operation.

Letting the Pros Handle the Cleanup Process
The fire repair process requires consideration on several levels. In addition to fire and water cleanup and dry-cleaning, other services may be necessary including content storage to protect items from further damage. Your fire restoration pro can coordinate any move-out or pack-out work necessary to get your property back to a pre-fire state. Trust the pros to understand what is needed to get things back to normal.

We have the Solutions!

8/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the interesting capacity to help land owners in an assortment of ways. Catastrophes come in numerous shapes and sizes. With more than three many years of experience we have seen most everything. We can't state everything in light of the fact that even in the times of helping our neighbors in the Longbeach Area, we despite everything see new things. Yet, here are a couple of catastrophes we regularly deal with.

Water Damage – We see water damages from a wide range of sources. Busted channels, breaking down machines, human mishaps or disregard, and ground flooding to give some examples regular sources. Regardless of the reason, or the epic story that clarifies it, we have an answer for return you to ordinary "Like it never happened."

Fire and Smoke Restoration – A fire can be an immense bother yet it isn't the apocalypse. Commonly, you would be amazed at the amount of your own property can be reestablished. We have practical experience in cleaning and freshening up anything from family treasures, records, to the very dividers in your home or business.

Shape Remediation – With normally significant levels of mugginess in the territory of the nation we live in form can be an issue if a water interruption isn't appropriately dealt with. In addition to the fact that we offer remediation services we do shape testing and offer deterrent estimates, for example, creep space dampness obstruction establishment.

Bio Hazard Clean Up – This territory of our work isn't charming to discuss yet commonly it is important. We have the preparation and experience to appropriately tidy up any territory that may have the danger of blood conceived microbes being available. These cases incorporate injury and wrongdoing scene tidy up.

These are in no way, shape or form the main services we offer. To be honest, whatever humankind or the unstoppable force of life can toss at a structure, we can more than likely aid the restoration.

Trust Us on COVID-19 Cleaning

8/2/2020 (Permalink)

In this season of pressure and vulnerability, the most ideal approach to battle the danger of COVID-19 is to be ready.

With regards to sterilization and disinfection, SERVPRO cleanup follows CDC rules and uses EPA-endorsed items. We're here to assist your business and your workers – 24 hours every day, seven days per week – until life has returned to typical in the networks we as a whole call home.

This is a suggestion to our clients that we are experts in cleaning services, and we hold fast to the most noteworthy cleaning and sterilization guidelines.

Specific Training

We are set up to clean and purify your home or business, as per conventions set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have long stretches of involvement with managing organic contaminants, and we will go past the extent of work that customary janitorial staff perform every day.

The CDC emphasizes cleaning of high-contact surfaces, for example, counters, tabletops, door handles, light switches, restroom apparatuses, latrines, telephones, consoles, tablets and tables. Different spaces referenced in the CDC's direction for business spaces include:

Kitchen/Food Areas

Restrooms

Schools/Classrooms

Workplaces

Retail Spaces

Water Fountains

Racking/Racks

Deals Counters

Floor coverings and Rugs

Step Handrails

Lift Cars

Play area Equipment

Wellness Equipment

Specific Products

The CDC suggests use of a named medical clinic grade disinfectant with claims against comparable microbes to the coronavirus. Different items in the SERVPRO product offering convey the EPA-affirmed rising microbes claims. While there is as of now no item tried against this specific strain of the coronavirus, we are following all rules as given by the CDC and neighborhood specialists.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning