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Signs Your Business Might Have a Mold Problem

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Mold can be a major problem for anyone, especially a business. In addition to disrupting your employees’ productivity and potentially causing health effects, active mold growth can destroy your building, furniture, and more. Many business owners respond to mold once it's too late. How do you know if you have mold? There are a few signs to look out for.

  1. You can actually see mold. One of the most obvious signs you have a mold problem is that you can actually see it. In fact, once you’ve spotted it, testing usually isn’t necessary; you simply need to contact a mold remediation company.
  1. You notice a musty smell. Mold doesn’t always grow in visible places, such as under the sink or inside your HVAC system. It does, however, give off a musty smell. If you detect the odor in your business, it’s best to have a professional test your business for mold.
  1. Your business recently had water damage. Mold can begin growing within 24-48 hours after it’s been exposed to moisture. While quick drying and an antimicrobial application can deter mold growth, water damage is often undetected or unaddressed until it’s too late. If you notice you have water damage, call us immediately!

Mold growth can disrupt your business, but it can be addressed by a mold remediation company. Our team at SERVPRO of Downey has remediated hundreds of mold-affected homes and businesses. If your business has mold, you can call us anytime at (562) 392-3007!

Do You Have a Emergency Ready Profile?

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

EPR app shown on phone and where to download it. Be prepared, download the Emergency Ready App today.

According to FEMA, around 40% of businesses fail to reopen after a disaster. To make things worse, the United States Small Business Administration found that over 90% of businesses close within 2 years of a disaster. These statistics may be alarming, but you can lessen the impact of a disaster if you make preparations in advance. One of the easiest ways to prepare is by creating an Emergency Ready Profile.

All of Your Business’ Vital Information

An Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) is a document comprised of all of your business’ vital information. It includes emergency contact information, utility shut-off locations, and other information you or your employees might need in an emergency situation.

Your local SERVPRO franchise will create an ERP for your business—free of charge! A representative will come in and ask a few questions, then get the necessary information regarding shut-offs and emergency exit points. The whole process should take no more than a few minutes of your time!

After your representative compiles the documents, they will present both a physical and a digital copy of the ERP. And in some cases, they will give a copy to your local fire department to have for their own records.

Recovering Your Business

After a disaster, your priority should be to get your business back to its normal operations. Fortunately, an ERP allows you the opportunity to quickly respond and take crucial actions. So if you want to get an ERP for your business in the LA or OC area, call SERVPRO of Downey today at (562) 392-3007!

Thomas Hoge of SERVPRO of Downey Earns Accredited ACAC Certification

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

Thomas Hoge, owner of SERVPRO® of Downey has been awarded the Council-certified Fire and Smoke Damage Consultant (CFSC) designation by the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC). This prestigious, board-awarded certification recognizes Hoge’s knowledge and field experience consulting on fire and smoke damage issues.

To earn the CFSC designation, Thomas passed a rigorous examination based on respected industry texts. He then submitted documented, verifiable field experience to a board of peers, earning a unanimous vote of approval.

To maintain the CFSC designation, Thomas will remain active in the field and complete 40 hours of professional development activities within the next two years. Thomas is now listed in the ACAC certificant database at www.acac.org, along with more than 3,000 ACAC certificants around the world. The database can be searched by name, company or zip code and represents a continuously updated roster of experienced indoor environmental professionals.

The CFSC designation is accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB), a nationally recognized third-party accreditation body. For more information, visit www.acac.org.

Get Ready to ShakeOut!

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

In 2018, 10 million people in California participated in the Great ShakeOut. The Great ShakeOut is the California's largest Earthquake Drill. This year it will be taking place October 17th, 2019.

Why Participate?

California, more than any other state, has the highest Earthquake risk. It can strike when you are at home, school, work, or vacation. The ShakeOut has also been organized to encourage you to examine your emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to secure your space so no one gets injured or anything gets damaged.

How to Participate:

To react properly means practicing. Gather your family, co-workers, or school and Drop, Cover, and Hold On. That is what the ShakeOut is all about. Practicing this, will help you respond when a real Earthquake strikes.

To learn more about the Great ShakeOut, visit their website. Follow Fema, ReadyGov, and SERVPRO® of Downey for updates.

Save Early for Disaster Costs

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Emergencies always seem to occur at the most inopportune time. A medical bill, vehicle maintenance, or home emergency can throw someone for a loop.

Aside from everyday type emergencies, community emergencies can occur. These may include flooding, earthquake damage, hurricane, or wildfire. In the event of emergencies, do you have a plan?

The first week of National Preparedness Month is focused on saving early for disasters. The #1 way to save for emergencies is to have an Emergency Fund. Saving isn't easy in this day and age. But once you realize how much you can save, that can act as a buffer for when an emergency does occur.

Saving money means you have to be organized. Another way to be organized is to have all paper work in order. Insurance policies, identification (Social, Birth Certificate, Passport), and Pet documents will need to be gathered as well as financial documentation and medical documents. 

It may seem like a burden, but the bigger burden is when an emergency comes and you're unprepared. Stay prepared and save early for disaster costs.

Next week: Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters

3 Important Steps After a Fire Affects Your Commercial Business

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

When your business in Downey or the surrounding LA/OC area is damaged by a fire, what to do next can seem daunting. The goal for every business owner is to start the restoration process so as to limit any business interruption.

1. Financial Responsibility

Before the process of cleaning and restoring your building can begin, it's crucial to know what your policy covers. Generally, your fire insurance should cover the costs of property loss, business interruption, smoke cleaning. However, some cost might fall on you as a business owner.

2. Protect Your Business

The next step is protecting your business. Boarding up your building can prevent wind and rain from causing further damage and can also help to deter thieves and homeless from entering your business.

3. Restoring Your Building

Restoring your business can now take place. Affected areas will be repaired or replaced.
Smoke odor and soot are removed from the building with specialized odor equipment.
A thorough cleaning and sanitizing will take place throughout your building. Lastly, any items that were damaged will either be restored or replaced.

Understanding the steps to take after a fire can help you feel more confident and prepared for the restoration process. If your business has been damaged by a fire, don't panic, let SERVPRO® of Downey get your business back in order.

You May Need a H.A.T.

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

Let's say over the weekend, you get a water leak. By the time you get to work on Monday all the water is gone and the walls and carpets look and feel dry to the touch. 

So, there’s nothing to be real concerned about…. The walls and carpet are a little damp, but they’ll dry out in a few days. How, though, can you be sure that everything is really dry?

SERVPRO of Downey along with Science can answer that question, but mostly science. In order to properly dry out an area, you need a H.A.T (Humidity// Air// Temperature). By using a simple formula, you can be certain of the drying process.

SERVPRO of Downey, uses the most modern equipment. Everything from Moisture Meters to Thermal Imaging Cameras. This type of technology and our expertise gives the assurance that what feels dry is really dry.

Standing Roof Water

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

Is standing water on a roof a real problem?? You might think... it'll evaporate and go away.

Water weighs over 8lbs per gallon. Imagine two or three inches of water on the roof. That extra weight causes a real strain on the roof. This can lead to a collapse that will be very costly or worst yet injury or death.

This is a major problem with simple solution: Inspect the roof and clean off the debris. Taking the time to do that now, will save you heartache and money in the future.

These are easy steps to implement : (1) Inspection (2) Remove debris and clear drains and downspouts . Follow this advice and keep the roof over your head and your hard earned money in your pocket.

Not comfortable accessing your roof? We do free inspections.

SERVPRO® of Downey Wants You!!!

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Downey is looking to fill a Full-Time Position for a Admin Assistant. The position is from 8am - 5pm with the possibility of working overtime when required to get the job done. It's a high demanding, fast-paced environment which requires ones to, at times, wear several different hats in order to get the job done.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • Knowledgeable & Efficient in DryBook and Xactimate (Willing to Train)
  • Experienced with SERVPROs Job Uploads & Audit Process
  • Computer Literate (MUST be Skilled with Microsoft Office)
  • Strong Written & Verbal Communication Skills
  • Detail-Oriented, Organized, & Excellent Time Management Skills.
  • Ability to Follow Instructions Well & Make Decisions with Minimum Supervision.
  • Being Trust-Worthy Hard Worker
  • Having a Positive Attitude & Aptitude to Learn New Things.
  • Data Entry Skills
  • Ability to Get Along with Others & is a Team Player
  • Ability to Multi-Task & Prioritize with Minimum Supervision.
  • Ability to Pass a Full National Background Check & Drug Test.
  • Fluent in English - Reading, Writing, & Speaking.

Ideal Candidates Will Also Meet the Following:

         Bilingual in Spanish, Korean, or Chinese

If all or most of these requirements apply to you, please submit a resume via email: mcarpenter@SERVPROdowney.com

Interviews will be scheduled upon further review. 

SERVPRO® of Downey Wants You!!

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Downey is looking to fill positions in our Production Team - Water, Fire, Mold, & Pack Out. We're interested in team players and someone who can handle strenuous physical work. 

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

SERVPRO® of Downey is an Emergency Service Company. Candidates must be available for "On Call", Weekends, & After-Hours 24/7. -REQUIRED

Detail Oriented, Organized, Having Excellent Time Management, & Communication Skills.

Computer Literate

Ability to Follow Instructions

Being a Trust-Worthy Hard Worker

Having a Positive Attitude & Aptitude to Learn New Things.

Having a Professional Appearance/Demeanor, Neat & Clean-Cut, As You Will Personally Be Interacting With Our Customers.

Non-Smoking Employees Due to Respirator Equipment Requirement.

Ability to Pass a FULL National Background Check & Drug Test.

Having Valid Drivers License with Clean Driving Record - NO DUI

Ideal Candidates Will Meet the Following:

  • IICRC, WRT, ASD, AMRT Certified
  • SERVPRO DryBook (Knowledge & Training is a plus)
  • Ability to Speak, Read, & Write in English (Spanish - Korean - Chinese is a plus)
  • Having Construction and/or Mitigation Background
  • Ability to Interface with Customers

If all or most of these requirements apply to you, please submit a resume via email: mcarpenter@SERVPROdowney.com

Interviews will be scheduled upon further review.

Effective School Sanitation

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

We want our children in a safe and healthy environment and school cleanliness contributes to that. Schools get regularly cleaned by the staff. However unexpected things happen that can threaten the cleanliness of the school.

For instance...

  • Sewage Back-Up
    This exceeds the common clogged toilet. Broken or cracked pipes can leak sewage and threaten the health safety of the students and staff.
  • Air Duct Cleaning
    Every 3-5 years air ducts should be cleaned. This cleaning will eliminate airborne substances that can cause common allergy symptoms, and improve the overall air quality of the structure.
  • Deep Clean Sanitizing 
    An annual deep clean will do wonders for any environment. This will include wiping down surfaces and deep carpet cleaning. All cleaning products are non irritant. Meaning those sensitive to smells will most likely be unaffected.

Our cleaning follows the same EPA standards for cleanliness. Such cleanliness can also prevent pest problems. This keeps your children's school environment clean and healthy.

If you're interested in these services for your home, business, or school, call (562) 392-3007

Eliminate Excessive Dust

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Dust are fine particles of matter, ranging from dirt, hair, pollen, and fibers.

Dust seems to be everywhere, always. At home and work, especially in the most complicated places.

Do you feel no matter how hard you clean, dust still keeps coming back? Here might be the reasons.

1) HVAC Filters


Your HVAC system is the prime suspect to sending dust about your home or business. Do you know the last time your ducts were cleaned? Ducts collect dust, debris, & fungus. This mess can end up wearing out your HVAC filters, which could potentially cause sickness.

Buy the proper HVAC filters with a High Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating. The EPA recommends changing those filters every 2 months along with a regular duct cleaning service every 3-5yrs depending on use.

2) Leaking Ducts


Speaking of ducts...yours might be leaking. Leaking ducts are guaranteed to scatter dust. This can also effect your utility efficiency.

Hire a professional duct sealer to seal your ducts and prevent dust from escaping.

Dust doesn't have to take over your home or business. At SERVPRO®, we offer such services mentioned above. From water to fire even dust, we're here to help. (562) 392-3007