Keeping your Commercial Property Safe
Keeping your commercial property safe can help you protect your employees, patrons, and business equipment. There are plenty of dangers lurking around your building that you many not even know about or are seemingly harmless.Things anywhere from keeping up with the buildings maintenance to installing a security system. Here are a few things you can do:
Conduct Maintenance Audits.
- The more attention you pay to your building maintenance, the less likely you are to face any issues. Keep your property current and routinely check for any slippery surfaces, damaged floors, sharp objects, frayed or damaged wires, or blocked hallways. Staying vigilant helps you avoid problems before they become an issue.
Increase Lighting In & Around the Building.
- When it comes to your building, it’s important to keep it well lit. Not only does it help to avoid trips and falls, but it can also help to prevent burglaries. Install extra lighting and make sure your building is well-lit.
Prepare for an Emergency.
- Disasters are unpredictable, which means it’s important to be prepared. Take precautions to minimize potential damage from a disaster, and make emergency exits readily available. Check that all your fire alarms are working properly and that all the emergency exits are well marked.
Install Security to Protect the Property.
- Businesses require a significant amount of expensive materials to operate, making it a prime target for burglaries. Take measures to increase security on the property. Install security cameras and alarms, and hire a security guard. Additionally, consult with local law enforcement to see what precautions they recommend.
Keep your Gutters Clean
Gutters are a very important part of roofs for commercial and residential buildings as they are responsible for transporting water and debris off of roofs. It is vital especially in stormy seasons, that you keep your gutters functioning to their highest ability. Here are a few ways to help ensure that your gutters are doing their job and are in good condition.
- Gutters should be inspected twice a year and cleared of debris that could prevent the flow of water and materials from roof. Also, check for standing water in gutters as it could indicate inadequate flow of water. Water should be moving down off the roof toward storm drainage areas. Keeping trees trimmed near the roof will alleviate stress on gutters because the branches will not slow water flow or contribute more debris to gutters.
- Ensure water is being funneled away from the building once off the roof, as flooding can sometimes occur due to runoff not having proper.
- Water stains on the internal ceiling can indicate a roof leak.
In the case of water damage, roof leaks, and storm damage, SERVPRO of Burbank provides “24 Hour Emergency Services” 7 days a week.
We are Here to Help 24/7
Here at SERVPRO of Burbank we strive to do our very best to help anyone in need. We pride ourselves on our customer service. All the staff here work hard and diligently to be available for anything that may come up 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Our office staff are great with customer service and know everything there is to know about SERVPRO as to try and provide the best help to customers.
Having been around for 30 years now SERVPRO of Burbank is one of the original franchises. Our owners have been here from the start and are looked up to as an example of what a restoration business should look like. With the experience comes the knowledge of how to help those in need. If you are ever in need of assistance 24/7 we are here to help!
Call SERVPRO of Burbank at (818) 842-1400
In case of Fire
Fire season has come blazin’ back this year with that we wanted to jump in and do our part to help ready our online community with some helpful pointers. That way, you can be rest assured in knowing that you’re ‘as prepared as possible’ if it ever comes down to it.
As a Fire & Water Restoration Company who works in people’s homes and office’s following fire damage, we hear all the time, “If I had only been prepared…” or “I never would have thought this would happen to me.” We wanted to pass along some practical preventive tips we picked up from The National Interagency Fire Center, a frontrunner in wildfire preparation.
The roof and exterior structure of your dwelling should be constructed of non-combustible or fire resistant materials such as fire resistant roofing materials, tile, slate, sheet iron, aluminum, brick, or stone. Wood siding, cedar shakes, exterior wood paneling, and other highly combustible materials should be treated with fire retardant chemicals.
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- Clean roof surfaces and gutters of pine needles, leaves, branches, etc., regularly to avoid accumulation of flammable materials.
- Remove portions of any tree extending within 10 feet of the flue opening of any stove or chimney.
- Landscape vegetation should be spaced so that fire cannot be carried to the structure or surrounding vegetation.
- A fuel break should be maintained around all structures.
- Dispose of stove or fireplace ashes and charcoal briquettes only after soaking them in a metal pail of water.
- Propane tanks should be far enough away from buildings for valves to be shut off in case of fire. Keep area clear of flammable vegetation.
- All combustibles such as firewood, picnic tables, boats, etc. should be kept away from structures.
- Garden hose should be connected to an outlet.
- Addressing should be indicated at all intersections and on structures.
- Each home should have at least two different entrance and exit routes.
To learn more on the topic of Fire Preparedness and Prevention in California, visit the Cal Fire’s website for further resources – http://www.readyforwildfire.org/Hardening-Your-Home/
In case of disaster contact SERVPRO of Burbank at - (818) 842-1400
The Hydroxyl Generator (or more commonly known as ‘Titan’) is one of the most scientifically-advanced pieces of equipment we use to combat odors due to bio hazard, fire or water damage events.
The main benefit of using a true hydroxyl generator is that they are safe to use in occupied areas for deodorization purposes. For any businesses, they love this machine because it means less out of pocket expenses and henceforth, less business disruption!
These generators have been successfully tested on any restoration features that SERVPRO specializes in including protein fires, floods, dead body situations, skunk odors, pet urine odors, musty odors and many types of odors. An important note: the Titan is NOT intended for mold use.
Here’s a rundown of some additional facts in order to give you the inside scoop, should you ever need to reach out to us for smoke/soot deodorization needs:
When to Use:
- When odors, gases and organic pollutants are needed to be remediated
- Use on fire and flood damage restoration jobs
- Use to destroy odors from cigarette smoke, dead body, urine, garbage, airborne VOCs and more
- Always remove the source of the odor before operation
- For optimum performance, a 60%+ humidity level is best. If needed, place a bucket of water or a wet towel behind the machine to allow more moisture to be pulled into the air stream.
- Use air movers to circulate the air for thorough air cleaning.
- Although purifying an area depends on many variables, a general time guide for purifying a 1,000 cubic foot area with light to moderator odor is 1 to 3 hours.
As always feel free to reach out to SERVPRO of Burbank at anytime for more information on pieces of restoration hardware. We have helpful staff willing to explain further any of our services – (818) 842-1400.
Are you Prepared?
How likely is a business to survive a disaster such as a fire, flood or water damage? Well it has been determined that 50% of businesses that close due to this never reopen. How do you prepare yourself or your business to survive something like that? A plan needs to be placed in case of emergency everyone is prepared. Therefore the question that needs to be as is:
Are you “Ready for whatever happens?”
Being prepared is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. Another key component is timing. Make sure everything is pre figured out before something happens and not during or after.
The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Plan serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program. Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company.
Luckily SERVPRO of Burbank can help you develop your personalized Emergency READY Plan now! By working with us your business will receive the benefit of over 30 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO of Burbank is a leader in water and fire damage response for the greater LA area and in a timely manner will help you get your property back in working order.
Call our SERVPRO of Burbank office at (818) 842-1400 to learn more on how to set up this profile for your facility and get prepared before disaster strikes!
Emergency Storm Kits
When a storm hits, sometimes it takes you by surprise. You may not have the immediate chance to grab what you need or even have it on hand at all. That is why it is so important to have a Storm Supply Kit ready to go.
A Storm Supply Kit could be described as a pre-chosen group of supplies that could assist with health and safety during or after a storm or disaster.
It would be ideal to keep a Storm Supply Kit at home, work , and in your vehicle. Here are the top 10 things that should be apart of your storm kit.
- Water: of course an obvious choice but just think about the amount of water a human body actually needs. On average a single person drinks a gallon of water a day and you should have 3 days worth of water.
- Food: of course another obvious choice but another major necessity for surviving. Again keep in mind the amount of food necessary. Experts say to have at least 3 days worth of non perishable foods
- First Aid Kit: A first aid kit is an extra very important thing to have and you should always have on hand!
- Flashlight: With the flashlight comes the necessity of having extra batteries in case some of them die.
- Matches: Make sure you store your matches in a waterproof container to prevent them getting wet.
- Needed Prescription Medication: Make sure you have any vital prescription medication you need to survive.
- Whistles or Signal for Help: Make sure you have the means if signalling for help if it ever becomes a need.
- Sanitation Wipes and any hygiene products: Just the stuff you would want to try to keep yourself in a clean state.
- Sleeping bag and/or blankets: In case of a major disaster you would want the means of staying warm/something to sleep with.
SERVPRO of Burbank is faster to any size disaster!
Soot & Smoke
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
· Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
· Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
· The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Burbank will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
· Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
· Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
· Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (818) 842-1400
The Hazards of Water Damage
Hey SERVPRO of Burbank readers! We’ve been getting a lot of calls about water damages lately. We here at SERVPRO know that there can a lot of questions that come along with discovering a water damage in your home, especially when it comes to your health and potential health hazards when a loss is discovered. Our friends over at SERVPRO of Saginaw put together some great thoughts on the topic. Read on to gain insight on what hazards can occur as a result of a water damage and why it’s best to let the professionals handle the clean up.
The obvious result of water damage is structural---whether severe or cosmetic. And unfortunately, structural damage can wind up costing you thousands of dollars in repairs. The result of water damage can also cause the growth of toxic mold and mildew. If left untreated, this mold proliferation can be cause health effects. So let’s get to it.
Hazard #1: Mold Growth -
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you should have your property dried and cleaned within 24-48 hours after the initial water onslaught. This practice will help decrease the likelihood of mold growth. Although you may be capable of starting the drying and cleaning processes, it is important to know that mold can grow in areas of the home that you can't see. Thus, simply cleaning and drying your carpet will not always be effective in preventing mold growth, especially if there is a large quantity of unwanted water. The mold can still grow in different areas of your home, including the carpet padding, underneath wallpaper, behind the drywall, along ceilings and baseboards, in voids and furniture.
As noted by the EPA, there are several health hazards that can result from exposure to mold. It is also important to note that the mold clean up process, performed by you, can lead to exposure to fungi. For this reason, professional water damage restoration technicians from SERVPRO will wear special protective gear and utilize state-of-the-art equipment for mold cleanup and the prevention of mold dispersion throughout your Saginaw home.
Hazard #2: Exposure to Sewage -
Exposure to raw sewage is dangerous because it contains parasites, viruses, and bacteria such as E. coli. The sewage can also contain pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and pesticides. The EPA has stated that contaminated water can lead to the contraction of illnesses such as tuberculosis, dysentery, hepatitis, tetanus, and cholera. Safely stay away from the hazard of sewage water--blackwater--and let the experts execute the cleanup and dry out.
So… Let The Professionals at SERVPRO of Burbank Assist You!
We are passionate about helping our customers make their water damage loss “Like it never even happened.” So no matter if it’s a leaky pipe underneath your bathroom sink or a busted water main that’s flooded your entire property, our team will get you taken care of so you can get back to a safe and HEALTHY state.
Be Fire Ready
Developing Fire Safe Habits For Your Home is very important here in SoCal. SERVPRO of Burbank and the Red Cross have some tips on how to do so:
- Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
- Smoking materials are the leading cause of residential fire deaths in the United States. If you smoke, take precautions: Smoke outside; choose fire-safe cigarettes; never smoke in bed, when drowsy or medicated, or if anyone in the home is using oxygen.
- Use deep, sturdy ashtrays and douse cigarette and cigar butts with water before disposal.
- Talk to children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
- Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended, even for a minute.
info provide by redcross.org