Recent Commercial Posts

What Needs to be done before Commercial Jobs

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial jobs can be different from residential jobs for a number of reasons. Commercial jobs usually involve larger spaces and more people can be involved. This calls for more thorough game planning. They are also located in properties that are owned by another party such as a property management firm. Before any work gets started, we must get in touch with the business owner, property manager, insurance, and maintenance director to figure out who is responsible for the damages and how the job will be paid. Since commercial jobs are usually businesses, it is important to limit the downtime or to figure out a way to work around obstacles so business functions can continue. Commercial offices can oftentimes be connected to other businesses so it is also important to know all affected parties. After all this is figured out, we can start the job.

COVID Cleanings

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Monrovia/El Monte we specialize in restoration and reconstruction services. We also offer other services that some may not know about. Ever since COVID started, there has been a high demand for cleaning and disinfecting services for obvious reasons. SERVPRO offers COVID cleaning and disinfection services. Many commercial businesses use this service to disinfect their office spaces whenever an employee tests positive. We recently had to disinfect an office space by spraying disinfectant all around the office and by doing a thorough cleaning. An employee had tested positive for COVID and was in the office while they had the virus. Our technicians also use PPE to protect themselves from the virus while they go in to disinfect. COVID is a serious issue and we are glad we can help out our community this way.

Obstacles In Commercial Jobs

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Jobs involve lots of game planning and coordination for a number of reasons. Commercial jobs can require that a business suspend business functions which will result in some downtime. This isn’t always the case as a business will try to avoid that. That's where we develop a game plan so the business can work around the affected area. This can include moving desks and workstations to another location so functions can continue while our team does the restoration work. Another thing that can make a commercial job more lengthy is the space of the property. Some commercial properties can be large buildings or warehouses that will involve more manpower, equipment, and time. That is why it is important that our team coordinates these type of jobs very carefully.

Difference Between Commercial and Residential Jobs

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO, we take on many different jobs. Most jobs are residential jobs that involve houses, condos, or apartments. We also do commercial jobs that involve businesses such as retail stores, office buildings, or warehouses. Some people wonder what differences there are when working on residential properties compared to commercial properties. Residential jobs can involve a homeowner, tenant, landlord, and an adjuster. The majority of the time, these jobs will go through insurance for approval before any work gets done. Once approved, we develop a game plan that we coordinate with the owner of the property. Many times with commercial properties, the work we do is usually self-pay or is also approved by a commercial property insurance agency. In regards to the actual work done, commercial jobs involve a lot more game plan coordination. This is due to larger properties and also trying to minimize the business’ downtimes.

Pack-Out Office

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

Their is a major difference when it comes to packing out a commercial space versus a residential home. The biggest difference is the contents that are in the space. When it comes to residential homes, the pack-out usually consists of a lot of furniture and small items. Whereas a commercial space will consist of a lot of desks, chairs and a lot of paperwork. Depending on the type of loss and how significant it is, will determine if things can be saved or considered a total loss. For instance, if it is a water damage that only went about a foot high things might be able to be saved. However if it is a fire loss, the smoke damages might be too much to save certain items. 

Unit Spaces

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

We recently had a water loss in an office space. The space had a water line that burst causing massive amount of water damages to the entire space. It was a large office space and was fully furnished. This required a very extensive pack-out of all of the contents in the office space. There were many items and large pieces of furniture that needed to be wrapped up and stored in a storage pod. Once this pack-out was complete, the mitigation process was able to take place. There were hardwood floors and carpet throughout the space which required some time to fully get out. Once this process was done and the drying was complete, we were then able to put everything back into the space. 

After Damages

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Once the initial damage has been mitigated, it's time to get everything back to normal. Our franchise here in El Monte, can also handle all of your reconstruction needs. This can vary from replacing damaged drywall to a full on kitchen remodel. Discuss with us how we can turn your negative into a positive and we will do our very best to accommodate. Most customers actually get really excited when we discuss remodeling options. Some clients get brand new kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms and even out door patios. When sever damages occur, it's difficult to simply replace and old aesthetic. Sometimes it's necessary for home owners to upgrade their home. It always turns out great and customers are happy to get a new appliances. 

Bugs

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

This blog is going to give the creeps! Especially if you don't like things that crawl and have tails...! Yuck. When you have a commercial building, you have things that go bump in the dark. It's unavoidable, you have the space and people to keep these rodents happy. Yup, I said it, RODENTS. They live under your building, create a road within your walls, and make a home for themselves anywhere they can. They live and die in your building, and the worst part is that they poop and pee everywhere too. Once you discover that you have a pest problem, you'll need to call us. We will partner up with a pest control company and do the necessary clean up. Our cleaning agents are made for heavy duty sanitation. Our cleaning services are not just for water and fire damages, we can handle pest damage too! 

Cleaning

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

We now have two new Precleaning services to offer residential and business properties. 

Package 1 Minimize the transmission of emerging viral pathogens   General surface cleaning – physically removes visible dirt, organic matter, viruses, fungi, and bacteria. General surface cleaning is accomplished with water, detergent, and physical scrubbing of the surface. The guiding principal is to remove microbes if possible, rather than kill them (with a sanitizer or disinfectant). In addition, thoroughly cleaning a surface can reduce the need to disinfect because without the nutrients and moisture needed to survive and multiply, most microbes cannot live on a clean and dry surface for very long.    Package 2 Limit the survival of emerging viral pathogens - Sanitizing – reduces but does not necessarily eliminate all the bacteria on a treated surface. Sanitizers do not have claims for viruses or fungi. To be a registered sanitizer, the test results for a product must show a reduction of at least a. 99.9% in the number of each type of bacteria tested on non-food-contact surfaces. Examples of non-food-contact sanitizers include carpet sanitizers, air sanitizers, laundry additives, and in-tank toilet bowl sanitizers. - Disinfecting – works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs. Disinfecting destroys or irreversibly inactivates infectious or other undesirable microbes, but not necessarily the spores of bacteria and fungi. The number of microbes killed during a disinfecting process will vary, depending on the specific chemical and how it is used.   

Great Businesses

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

We are so fortunate to have an office in Monrovia, especially in the heart of the downtown area. We get to walk to so many great cafe's and restaurants everyday. It's difficult for us to bring lunch to work because we always choose an eatery for lunch instead. We wanted to make a list of our favorite places here on Myrtle and hope that you visit them too. 

1. The Peach Cafe 

2. Myrtle Tree Cafe 

3.Grey & Cash 

4. The Diplomat 

5. Merengue Bakery & Cafe 

These are the places where we hold company meetings, celebrate birthdays or go for our everyday cup of coffee. They are all less than a 3 minute walk, which make them so convenient. The city of Monrovia is a great place for families and community. We appreciate representing SERVPRO for this neighborhood. They also have a farmers market every Friday night, with some amazing vendors. We make it a point to take a stroll after work. 

Restoring Commercial

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Los Angeles County 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.

Small and Big Commercial

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

Serious damage caused to your home such as fire or flooding doesn't have to be caused by a natural occurrence for Team SERVPRO to respond. It could've been a simple leaky pipe left unattended to or a drying machine caught fire. Team SERVPRO responds to many scenarios such as post mortem clean up, frozen over pipes, and even air duct cleaning. Those are just some of the many jobs that we have undertaken that we might not be very well known for. With our emergency services we are always quick to the job. Though we do emergency responses you can call SERVPRO for other jobs such as pack out, cleaning maintenance, content removal and other work that does not require repair work to be done. Ones situation does not have to consist of damage to your property to be able to contact your local SERVPRO.

Time for giving.

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

This is the season of giving and we are participating all the way. This year we have attended many holiday mixers for the community. We have been meeting great people who serve the community of EL Monte. The rec center got a whole new updated look. They had a lot of construction going on and made the place look great in time for the holiday party. We let them know that they can count on us for any of their repair and cleaning needs. We like to contribute to our community and the rec center is the heart of EL Monte. We gave them some great pointers for keeping the rec center leak free, we even asked if we could check out the roof! Just to make sure they don't have any issues with leaks. 

Back bending water damage

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

We just completed a job for a chiropractor's office and it was fun to see all the skeletons hanging around. We were able to learn a lot about our postures and our bodies just by being there for three days. It was really an educational job. We were able to talk to the doctors there and they gave us great pointers for bending over and lifting heavy items. We will apply all things they taught us on the next job. We don't want our own skeletons to get hurt. Besides the skeletons in the offices, we were able to extract the water that damaged their floors. We removed the vinyl flooring in one office space and were able to clean and sanitize the carpet. 

The office

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial water damage is slightly different than residential water damage. This is because there are about 20 or more people in a single floor and it takes a lot of planning to move people around. We had a big job not too long ago and we had to find extra space for the accountants to work in. We had to organize desks in the marketing department for the accountants. Due to the amount of water damage, we couldn't wait for after hours to start our work. We had to act quick and there was no other option but to work during normal business hours. We really had to think creatively and efficiently in order to please every one. Marketing and accounting actually had a good time together. 

The business of water restoration

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

There's a really big building right on the corner of our street. We pass it everyday while heading to and from work. Little did we know that we would be called in to handle water damage. The building experienced water damage caused by a bathroom toilet. It overflowed and flooded the entire second floor We could have easily walked there but we decided to take our vehicles, plus we needed a lot of equipment. We extracted the water and removed all the affected carpet. We found some vinyl under the carpet and decided to have it tested for asbestos. The test came back negative and proceeded to remove the extra flooring. The building got brand new carpet and a better working toilet for the bathroom. We wave to the building every time we pass by! What an accomplishment! 

Restoring Your El Monte Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

5/3/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Los Angeles County 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 El Monte

SERVPRO of El Monte 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.