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One of the most common Commercial damage loss is water damage!

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

The Most Common Types of Water Damage

During regular inspections in your property, a commercial water damage event can occur anytime. The top five most common reasons your business can experience water damage and need restoration services are:

  • Toilet backup
  • Fire suppression system malfunction
  • Plumbing or supply line break
  • Leaking from a roof or around a window
  • HVAC

SERVPRO technicians ascertain the scope of work and services needed if a business needs to close during a commercial water loss. Even if the water extraction and drying needs were minimal, the danger of slip and fall accidents or the need to remove stock or business furniture for water removal purposes could make it difficult to conduct normal daily activities. 

Some water damage loss, where the water within the structure contains sewage or other harmful elements, has our techs generally recommend closure of the building during the cleanup. The type of water is not only hazardous to come into contact with but it can cause issues if it is aspirated.

SERVPRO techs wear professional-quality protective gear that includes a respirator, so they do not breathe in biohazard materials. Air scrubbers or the creation of negative air chambers may be necessary to improve the air quality during the restoration services.     

Afterward, the techs clean the structure with antibacterial and antimicrobial cleaning agents to ensure that the surfaces get left sanitary and ready for safe reuse by both employees and clients.   

When you need expedited commercial water damage repair, contact SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova at 916.251.7963.Our trained, certified technicians are available 24/7 to take your call and perform any needed restoration services on your property to make the damage, "Like it never even happened."

Vandalism Cleanup

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

It’s just a typical Monday morning. You arrive to work and have a surprise waiting for you. Someone you don’t know has entered your business, sprayed graffiti all over the walls, and sprayed fire extinguisher residue all over. After the initial shock wears off, you get to cleaning it up. Realizing that you don’t have the proper tools and equipment for this type of clean up, you call the experts at SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova.

We are available to restore your business like new and “Like it never even happened.” We are experts in vandalism cleanup and restoration. Do not hesitate to contact us any time, day or night.

SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova is here 24/7/365 at 916.251.7963. We are a preferred vendor for most insurance companies and will bill your insurance company directly.

Water Damage at your Commercial Building

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage can strike at a commercial building at any time. Whether it's flooding, burst pipes or faucet leaks, water damage is one of the most common and destructive problems you can face in your business.  If not taken care of immediately, excess water in your business can promote electrical hazards, cause expensive damage to your business's structure, and can even lead to the growth of hazardous mold.

If you are experiencing water damage emergency situation, give SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova a call.  Our experienced technicians are ready to restore your property to pre-water damage condition.   They can quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment to ensure your property is dry.  

SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova is locally owned and operated so we’re always ready to help with any-sized flood or water damage emergencies.

Call us at 916-251-7963

Air Scrubbers Get the Job Done

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

The large number of fires that have affected our neighbors and friends have had a large impact on individual homes, but they have had a devastating impact on commercial businesses as well.  In addition to the soot and debris that has rained down on the outside of businesses, the inside of commercial buildings have been left with a smoky smell, similar to their residential counterparts. 

One-way SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova has been aiding our commercial customers is to provide businesses with air scrubbers.  A HEPA filtered air filtration device (commonly referred to as an air scrubber) processes the air inside a structure.  HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air and these devices trap particles as small as .3 microns or .000036 inches small.  To try to put it into perspective, human hair averages 50-60 microns and pollen averages anywhere between 10 and 200 microns. 

Air Scrubbers suck in air through filters then “scrub” it to remove any contaminants and blow the new, filtered air back into the room ultimately leaving the room free of that smoky smell associated with fires.

Numerous businesses have contacted SERVPRO inquiring about renting these units and using them in their businesses to help rid the air of the smoky smell that is left long after the fires have subsided. 

SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova has provided a wide variety of local businesses with air scrubbers from business offices to bike shops.  They are easy to use – you just plug them in and let them run.  They are a little loud, but very effective of ridding the area of bad fumes. 

If you find the need for an air scrubber, contact SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova and we would be happy to provide you with a device at a reasonable cost.  Call us anytime at 916-251-7963 we are here to help.

3 Ways You Can Prepare Your Business for a Potential Fire

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

Your company should always be prepared for a potential business fire. A fire can cause severe damage to the structure of the building, expensive equipment, and business materials, and it can also put you and your staff in harm’s way. The good news is that there are numerous ways you can prepare your company to prevent a potential disaster.

1. Inspect the Fire Extinguishers

A keyway to prevent damage from a fire is to regularly inspect all of the fire extinguishers. They should all be up to date. If this is not the case, it is best to have a professional come out and perform an inspection to make sure they are working properly. The extinguishers should also be mounted on the wall correctly, and there should be one placed on every floor.

2. Train Employees in Fire Safety

One way to avoid fire damage is to train your employees on business fire safety, so they are educated on what should be done if a fire occurs. Have a plan or drill that takes place often, so everyone is on the same page when it comes to workplace fire safety protocol. Designate a safety officer who will be in charge of creating escape routes and meeting points.

3. Keep Exit Doors in Check

It is important to have plenty of exit doors in the building, giving people numerous chances to get out safely if a fire occurs. It is also wise to make sure these doors are unlocked at all times and have enough lighting around them for employees to make a quick escape if the building or room is dark at the time of a fire. This is a key step when it comes to fire preparation.

Keep these tips in mind so you can increase the safety of your company and employees. In the event that a business fire does occur, it's wise to contact fire damage specialists that can assess, repair, and restore your property promptly.

Commercial Restoration

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial restoration cleaning is a special type of cleaning service that is offered to buildings that have been damaged by water, fire, or some sort of national disaster. It takes a lot of knowledge and expertise to be done right, and it is important to use after the event of a disaster has occurred. No matter how much damage or how much mess is left after a fire or flood, things can be salvaged, and the building or home can be cleaned. Here is more information on this type of cleaning service:

One way to use commercial restoration cleaning is to have all your carpet professionally dried, shampooed, and vacuumed. This will either salvage the carpet that has been damaged or dirtied, or it will make the decision to replace the flooring altogether more apparent. Any type of cloth or upholstered surface can be cleaned during this process. All the right methods and products will be used, and you can count on the fact that everything will be done in order to make your carpet look like new.

Another example of this type of service is removing any type of foul odor from a home or building. No matter what caused the odor, or how potent it is, there is always a way to clean it and get rid of it. No one likes to be at home or at a commercial property while putting up with an unbearable smell. You can also have your place of business or home completely disinfected from any type of chemical or bacteria. It takes real professionals to go in and make a building safe again in the event of an accident or emergency. This keeps the place healthy and everyone that goes inside healthy and free of harmful bacteria.

If your home has been severely flooded or burnt, the best thing to do is to call in this type of restoration cleaning service as soon as possible. The longer you wait the worst the damage becomes. As soon as you get the company in to inspect your home and to start cleaning it, you will then be able to see what is salvageable and what isn't. This also makes your case with your insurance company much easier to go through.

In any type of event that takes a real commercial grade cleaning company that specializes in restoration you should not hesitate to call and get a quote. Give SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova a call at 916.251.7963.

Fire Cleanup to a Commercial Building

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage to a commercial building is a devastating experience.  After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts.  Therefore, immediate action is crucial to minimize business interruption, reduce lost revenue and productivity.

But trying to clean up the aftermath may be the last thing you feel like doing on your own.  When fire, smoke and soot damage are left behind, it can create an unpleasant and permanent problems if not properly addressed.  Especially considering that smoke and soot from even a small fire can permanently damage contents throughout the building and may cause odors that resurface for years. 

SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova understands how disruptive fires can be for business owners, their tenants and even their customers.  So, before you risk doing more damage to your most valuable business assets by attempting to clean it up yourself, you should consider hiring an experienced company like SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova.  Our technicians have the training, tools, equipment, and experience to handle any fire damage incident to a commercial building. They can respond immediately to begin the work to restore your business back and running. 

SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova is always here to help and are available 24 hours a day. Call us at 916.251.7963.

Restore Your Business After A Water Loss

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage to commercial properties can be very complex, requiring a knowledgeable yet flexible response to solve the numerous issues that can quickly present themselves. 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 any and all areas affected. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we work diligently to restore the damaged areas.

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. SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova understands that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there with the help you need.

SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova can also help your business prepare for a disaster with an ERP (Emergency Response Preparedness Plan). Call SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova at for more information 916-251-7963.

What employers should do to prevent mold

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

There are some important steps that employers can take to make sure that their employees are not exposed to mold. These preventative measures are some of the most important things that employers should know about mold. Following these tips can help save time, money, and the health of their employees.

  • Have a reliable and certified building maintenance crew who are well-informed about mold and mold causes.
  • Have all the plumbing checked regularly throughout the year.
  • Check the building construction and design.
  • Make sure there is proper ventilation in each area of the building.
  • During summer months, open windows or run air conditioning regularly.
  • Use mildew resistant paint in offices where workers spend most of their time.
  • Consider replacing old carpets or wooden shelving that might have been exposed to moisture in the past.

Always let your employees know that you are doing everything possible to prevent mold from growing in your building. When workers feel like their employers understand their health risks and are taking proper precautions to keep them safe, they are less likely to file claims.

What to do if Mold is Found

If you find mold or you suspect mold is in your building, you can give SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova a call. The consequences of mold are too high to not take it seriously. Primarily, the health of your employees always come first. You never want to be responsible for the health effects that your workers can contract in a moldy environment. In addition, the structure of your building will be severely compromised if mold is found and if it is not remediated on time. Lastly, legal expenses from mold litigation can be overwhelming. Do not put yourself in a tough position when it comes to mold. Call SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova at 916-251-7963.

Importance of Creating an Emergency Evacuation Plan for your Business

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

Office buildings are places where large numbers of people stay throughout their day at work. If emergencies occur management must ensure an ordered and timely evacuation. In order to do so, as management you should develop an emergency evacuation plan in which you post in key locations inside each floor of your building. Each employee in the building should be aware and familiar with escape routes. By being prepared your employees will not panic and will respond to an emergency as quickly as possible. 

As a business owner, you should observe each room of your building carefully. Find locations for an emergency phone, a fire hose, and an extinguisher.

You should always discuss the plan escape routes and aim to identify at least two routes for each room.

By doing this you & your employees will be prepared and ready for action & to get out safely!

If your business has been affected by a fire, storm or water damage be sure to contact SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova today at 916-251-7963.

Mold in your commercial building

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

Mold is one of those things that you do not give too much thought to in life except for when for some reason, an area of your commercial building starts to smell a little musty or you notice the tell-tale dark patch on your drywall.  The truth about mold is that it is everywhere.  Like dust or pollen, mold spores are just a part of our natural biosphere and they actually do serve a useful purpose.  Mold is nature's great decomposer and is valuable in recycling any organic waste.

Whether you like it or not, your commercial property is currently filled with microscopic mold spores.  And it doesn't pose any problem until the day that the mold spores are introduced to a little bit of moisture. With just a little introduction to moisture, that mold spore can grow into a colony.  That is when you might start to notice a musty odor or start to see the dark shadows.  First things first, you need to contact a plumber to find the source of the water.  Cleaning the mold without fixing the leak will just lead to more mold. 

And that is the time for you to call SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova. We have the training and expertise to safely handle any mold situation you may come across.

SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova is locally owned and operated.  Call us at 916-251-7963.

What is air duct cleaning and why should we have it done?

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.

If not properly installed, maintained, and operated, these components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for microbiological growth (e.g., mold) is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the air of your commercial business. Some of these contaminants may cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in people if they are exposed to them.

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your business.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

For more information on air duct cleaning, call SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova today, (916) 251-7963.

What Employers Should Do to Prevent Mold

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

There are some important steps that employers can take to make sure that their employees are not exposed to mold. These preventative measures are some of the most important things that employers should know about mold. Following these tips can help save time, money, and the health of their employees.

  • Have a reliable and certified building maintenance crew who are well-informed about mold and mold causes.
  • Have all the plumbing checked regularly throughout the year.
  • Check the building construction and design.
  • Make sure there is proper ventilation in each area of the building.
  • During summer months, open windows or run air conditioning regularly.
  • Use mildew resistant paint in offices where workers spend most of their time.
  • Consider replacing old carpets or wooden shelving that might have been exposed to moisture in the past.

Always let your employees know that you are doing everything possible to prevent mold from growing in your building. When workers feel like their employers understand their health risks and are taking proper precautions to keep them safe, they are less likely to file claims.

What to do if Mold is Found

If you find mold or you suspect mold is in your building, you can give us a call to SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova. The consequences of mold are too high to not take it seriously. Primarily, the health of your employees always come first. You never want to be responsible for the health effects that your workers can contract in a moldy environment. In addition, the structure of your building will be severely compromised if mold is found and if it is not remediated on time. Lastly, legal expenses from mold litigation can be overwhelming. Do not put yourself in a tough position when it comes to mold.

Cleaning in the time of COVID

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

COVID-19 has tested us as individuals and as a community. We know that these past months have been scary, confusing, and challenging for many of us. As our area beings to enter into phased openings it is important to stay safe through regular cleanings that promise you the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova. recommends that as difficult as it is right now to be reopening businesses there are steps you can take to help. 

Here are tips to consider for a new way of operating.

  1. Identify a workplace coordinator to handle COVID-19 issues that impact the workplace
  2. Examine policies for leave, telework, and employee compensation
  3. Register for Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned service with SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova.

Mitigation vs. Restoration

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

If your business has been affected by severe flooding, the chances are that you have contacted a flood and water cleanup company to help get your building back to normal is pretty high. You will probably hear the words “mitigation” and “restoration” thrown around a lot, and you might not fully understand what they mean. Here’s a quick breakdown of what they mean.

Mitigation

Mitigation is the first line of defense when it comes to water damage. It also includes measures that are used to help stabilize the situation before any more damage can occur. Here are some examples of what happens during mitigation:

  • Inspecting damage
  • Making sure building is stable
  • Window board up
  • Setting tarps
  • Removing furniture/other belongings
  • Extracting water
  • Setting drying equipment

Depending on if more work needs to be done, based on the damage, that is where restoration comes in to play.

Restoration or Reconstruction

Restoration means that we will bring your property back to the state it was in before the damage occurred. Once mitigation has been complete, the repairing of the structure can begin. This means replacing drywall, painting, and many other things depending on what is needed.

Whatever your needs may bay SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova is here to help. We are your one-stop-shop for all mitigation and restoration/reconstruction needs! (916) 251-7963

5 Tips to Prevent Mold & Mildew in your Commercial Business

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Why should you worry about mold or mildew in your building? Over time some mold may cause structural damage to wood along with damage to furnishings and finishes. Use the following tips to help prevent mold or mildew growth in your business.

#1: Clean Out the Refrigerator

It can be difficult to keep track of shared refrigerators. Some people will always remember to clear out their leftovers, others won’t. Old food storage containers are a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. Over time, it can travel to the shelving and even outside the refrigerator. Consider instituting an office refrigerator policy. If something is left in the fridge by a certain time each week, it goes in the garbage.

#2: Look for and Repair Leaks

Leaks from plumbing, windows, roofs, and more can lead to significant water damage in your business as well as an increased risk of mold growth. If you aren’t regularly inspecting your property, it’s easy for these leaks to go unchecked until they create a larger, more costly problem. Watch for telltale signs of a leak such as lower water pressure; wet spots on the floors, ceilings, or walls; and condensation around window sills and in attic spaces.

#3: Keep It Clean

It’s easy for anyone to get caught up in work and let clutter take over his or her workspace. However, clutter creates lots of hiding spots for crumbs and dust, which are both great food sources for mold. Make sure to clear the clutter and wipe down hard surfaces regularly. Make sure to promptly clean all spills as well. Clean and sanitize break rooms and bathrooms frequently. Both rooms provide ample opportunity for mold and mildew growth. These rooms should be cleaned at least weekly depending on how regularly people use each room.

#4: Clean out Trash Cans

While you might switch out the liners regularly, can you remember the last time you washed out the trash cans? It’s easy for bits of food and condensation to sneak beneath liners into the can, which is all mold needs to grow. Try washing out office wastebaskets about once a month to prevent growth.

#5: Take Care of Your HVAC System

Your HVAC system can quickly distribute mold spores throughout your building if there is a problem. Make sure your HVAC system receives regular inspections. Sometimes moisture condenses inside air ducts or leaks drip onto ducts from ceiling tiles, which can lead to growth inside the ducts. Make sure to keep the HVAC drip pans clean and unobstructed. Additionally, replace your filters as needed.

If you find mold or mildew in your place of business, call SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova at (916) 251-7963 today!

What to Expect when you have a Commercial Water Loss

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

The pipe burst under the sink in the bathroom of your office building and left a mess. The floors and walls are wet – it appears that you may have to disrupt daily operations for a while so that professionals can restore the office. It is wise to call us right away because excess water can cause damages to the structure of the building as well as to floor tiles and walls. Plus, if you allow water to stand inside the building for more than 48 hours, microbial growth may start to occur.

SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova’s commercial water damage technicians are highly trained and understand the importance of mitigating moisture quickly. The team can use extractors, vacuums or pumps to remove water from the structure. During the mitigation phase the team dries the area. Our crews may employ air movers or axial fans to dry the office. The team may also utilize dehumidifiers to reduce humidity and increase evaporation. We also may use dehumidifiers to pull in moisture and return dry, warm air inside the office environment. This step helps increase the drying phase.

We work fast to dry the area to prevent microbial growth and to reduce the chances of other secondary issues, such as wood rot, from occurring. The crew can also pack out materials and contents from inside the office. We itemize, categorize and store each item in a dry and safe area on or off-site until the restoration process is complete. We know that it is essential to keep your office functioning on a daily basis, which is why you can expect our techs to work quickly and to strive to get the job done right.

SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova provides commercial water damage restoration services that can restore your office when possible. Call us at (916) 251-7963 any time of the day or night to schedule an appointment. We are here to help and can return your office to its preloss condition.

Know the Facts about Business Fires

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, as many as one in four businesses that suffer some kind of major disaster do not reopen afterward. It’s true, overcoming a major loss is extremely difficult, but with the right restoration company and team on your side, working hand-in-hand with your insurance company, the chance of your company surviving is pretty high!

Depending on the size of the fire, and the amount of damage, some businesses that have come to SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova for help have reopened just days after the fire happened. Thanks to innovations in smoke odor removal, fire damage restoration, and cleaning in general, it is possible for crews to start work nearly immediately after the fire department clears the scene, and have things back up and running in no time. Although, again, that all depends on the severity of the fire. But no matter the severity, recovery is possible!

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, U.S. fire departments responded to about 3,300 office property fires per year between 2007 and 2011. Those fires resulted in about $112 million in property damage each year, and most were in business offices – and happened during business hours. However, the good news is the number of business fires was down a whopping 71 percent from 1980 to 2011.

When “What If?” becomes “What Now?” … Emergency Ready Profile

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Being a property manager or landlord is not always an 8 to 5 job. Mishaps and problems do not care if you are on vacation or if you are out of the office; they can arise 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The key to being prepared before disaster strikes and dealing with these unforeseen circumstances is to implement our Emergency Ready Profile (ERP).

 A large percentage of businesses have to close down following a disaster. Majority of businesses that survive a disaster had some form of a preparation plan in place beforehand. SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova’s Emergency READY Profile not only helps your business in having a plan in place but also assists to keep you and your staff members informed on exactly how to handle fire and water damage.

 To learn more about an ERP you can visit http://ready.SERVPRO.com or call SERVPRO Rancho Cordova at (916) 251-7963 to schedule yours today.

Commercial Water Mitigation Process

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

If you have a water emergency in your Rancho Cordova business, such as a pipe burst, cleanup or other flooding scenario; you'll need to call on the services of a professional water cleanup company to ensure the job is done right. A restoration company will take the following steps to deal with the damage:

  1. Inspect and Diagnose

Once you make the call, the water mitigation company will come to the scene to make an inspection and test the water in order to determine which specialized equipment and methods are best suited to fixing the damage. 

  1. Haul Out Contents

As soon as the situation is assessed, any items in the affected area, such as office equipment, electronics, furniture and documents will be removed to a safe, dry area. Items will be sorted to determine what can and cannot be saved. Whatever can be salvaged will be cleaned, dried, deodorized and sanitized using specialized equipment and cleaning agents.

  1. Extract the Water

Once everything has been taken out of the area, the water removal can begin. Depending on the cause of the water damage, whether it's a pipe burst cleanup, a supply line cleanup or removal of sewer water, different high-efficiency equipment will be used to remove the mess. Specialized sump pumps and trash pumps, in addition to truck-mounted water extractors, will be used to suck out as much moisture as possible. Any contaminated surfaces will be thoroughly sanitized.

  1. Dry and Dehumidify

After the bulk of the water is extracted, steps will be taken to remove excess humidity from the air and moisture from hard-to-reach places. Heavy-duty air movers and dehumidifiers will be brought in to make sure everything is completely dry.

  1. Restore

When everything has been completely dried and disinfected, structural restoration can begin. This might entail only minor repairs and painting or require the complete rebuilding of entire rooms, depending on the severity of the damage. 

Whether you need a pipe burst cleanup or a building overhaul due to a major flood, SERVPRO of Rancho Cordova will be able to quickly take care of the problem and get your business back on track.

Call today (916) 251-7963 to start the process.