Why Commercial Buildings Need Duct Cleaning
With all of the regular maintenance of a Commercial Building, do you also need to clean your ducts regularly?
If your building is a motel, hotel, casino or school,it is recommended to have them cleaned once a year to stay on top of any build up or issues in the ducts.
Poor indoor air quality, a weak air filtration system and duct leaks can all result in dust entering the duct system. This dust can accumulate to the point that it starts to break off and re-enter your air. When this happens, you may notice your workspaces become dusty faster.
Occasionally because of high humidity or a water leak, mold may start to grow in the ducts. Mold in the ducts releases tiny spores that will end up circulating through your whole building. In addition to aggravating allergies and asthma, exposure to mold spores increases risk of upper respiratory infection.
Pest infestations are another reason your ducts should be checked and cleaned. It's not uncommon for mice, squirrels, bees, and other pests to find their way into a duct system. Once inside, they leave behind nesting material, hair, and dead insects. Particles of these are then blown out into your rooms.
To protect your business, employees and customers, it is wise to have your ducts cleaned and maintained annually. This is just one more of the services provided by SERVPRO OF EUREKA. Give us a call today! 707-445-0900
When Your Commercial Building Has Been Damaged By Fire, Call SERVPRO OF EUREKA!
Commercial fires can have devastating consequences for business owners. Not only is your building damaged, but any equipment or inventory inside the building can be damaged as well.
Not all fires can be prevented. But there are cautionary steps that you can take to prevent many of them. Electrical fires are a common type of fire that can happen in commercial buildings and they cause very costly property damage. The good news is that they are also quite often avoidable.
Never overload a power strip or electrical outlet. They can only handle a certain amount of electricity. If they become overloaded, a fire is more likely to start.
In addition to avoiding power overloads, it's important that you maintain order in the workplace setting. You can reduce the risk of fire by keeping chemicals and other flammable materials away from power strips, electrical outlets, and other areas of the property that experience high levels of heat and electrical arcing.
Know that clutter is a huge fire hazard, store boxes containing documents in file cabinets and maintain neat storerooms.
Always keep your fire sprinkler system well maintained and replace batteries and check your smoke and fire alarms each quarter of the year. Check your fire extinguishers and make sure all employees know where to locate them and how to use them.
IN CASE OF A FIRE CONTACT SERVPRO Of EUREKA IMMEDIATELY! 707-445-0900
We will assess the damage, safety-proof the building and begin the clean up as soon as possible to prevent permanent damage or discoloration from soot residue.
We are IICRC certified and experienced. Are goal is to cleanup and restore your building to pre-fire condition.
Preventing water damage in a commercial building
According to disaster safety.org, here are some items to keep in mind to prevent water damage in a commercial building. When looking at your property, keep in mind that it isn't always the obvious that causes water damage.
Grounds maintenance and landscaping are major components of the interconnected systems that work together to protect a commercial building from water damage. In sometimes unexpected ways these outdoor activities and elements can have sudden and extreme impact on the building itself.
The Building Envelope
All buildings are different, but each is at risk for water damage. From a minor roof leak to violently destructive hurricanes, any unwanted water intrusion can significantly impact the value of a commercial property. Protecting the roofs, walls, windows, and other components of ‘the envelope’ are essential to reduce the likelihood of water damage.
Proper operation and maintenance of the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system is essential to reduce the risk of water damage to a commercial building.
SERVPRO OF EUREKA is IICRC trained and certified to clean up after all types of water damage. The quicker we get in to clean up, the less damage there will be and you can get back to operating your business!
Don't Forget Your Pets During Natural Disasters
Remember your animals during a disaster! The following is the suggested items for an emergency kit for your animals according to Ready.gov.
At least a three day supply in an airtight, waterproof container.
At least three days of water specifically for your pets.
- Medicines and medical records.
Registration information, adoption papers and vaccination documents. Talk to your veterinarian about microchipping and enrolling your pet in a recovery database.
Cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Including a pet first aid reference book is a good idea too.
- Collar or harness with ID tag, rabies tag and a leash.
Have a sturdy, safe crate or carrier in case you need to evacuate. The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down.
Pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach.
- A picture of you and your pet together.
If you become separated, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you. Add species, breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics.
Familiar items, such as treats, toys and bedding can help reduce stress for your pet.
Living in Humboldt County makes us very familiar with earthquakes, but I think many of us forget the risk of Tsunamis.
Tsunamis are large ocean waves generated by major earthquakes beneath the ocean floor or major landslides into the ocean. Rising to several feet or higher, they can strike the coast with devastating force. Residents in Humboldt County that live near Oceans, Bays, Estuaries and Rivers, need to be aware that a tsunami could arrive within minutes of a severe earthquake – and the danger period can continue for many hours. Tsunamis can occur any time of year, day or night.
Here are a few tips from the Red Cross:
- To escape a tsunami, go as high and as far as you can – ideally to a spot 100 feet above sea level or 2 miles away.
- Every foot inland or upward may make a difference!
- If you can see the wave, you are too close for safety.
Know the difference!
- A Tsunami WARNING means a tsunami may have been generated and could be close to your area.
- A Tsunami WATCH means a tsunami has not yet been verified but could exist and may be as little as an hour away.
Above all, have an evacuation plan ready in advance. Find a safe space on higher ground and communicate with family members! If SERVPRO OF EUREKA can help you prepare, give us a call! 707-445-0900.
Why SERVPRO of Eureka is the best choice for mold removal
Have you ever had mold or mildew in your home and you wipe it down yourself with bleach, but within some time, it just comes back? Do you repeat the process over and over to keep the mold at bay??
Did you know that when you wipe the mold and do not kill the mold, you are actually spreading the mold spores? That for every bit of mold you see, there are millions of spores that you don't see. Mold on surfaces and mold in the air..
Not a great thought, right? Without removing the moisture source (mold needs moisture to grow) and using the proper chemicals, the mold will continue to return and grow.
At SERVPRO OF EUREKA, our Technicians have been trained and certified to clean up the moisture and erase the mold. Our Production Manager is constantly furthering his knowledge of mold removal and we think he is the best in the business!
Give us a call if you have mold. Let us do the work once, so you don't have to repeatedly!! SERVPRO OF EUREKA ~ 707-445-0900
Different Categories of Water in a Loss
When you have a water loss, SERVPRO OF EUREKA categorizes the water into 3 different categories. These categories are well know between insurance, restoration and emergency agencies. Once we categorize the water, we are then able to treat the water loss accordingly.
Category 1 Water - Refers to a source of water that does not pose substantial threat to humans and classified as "clean water". Examples are broken water supply lines, tub or sink overflows or appliance malfunctions that involves water supply lines.
Category 2 Water - Refers to a source of water that contains a significant degree of chemical, biological or physical contaminants and causes discomfort or sickness when consumed or even exposed to. Known as "gray water". This type carries micro organisms and nutrients of micro organisms. Examples are toilet bowls with urine (no feces), sump pump failures and water discharge from dishwashers or washing machines.
Category 3 Water - Known as "black water" and is grossly unsanitary. This water contains unsanitary agents, harmful bacteria and fungi, causing severe discomfort or sickness. Type 3 category are contaminated water sources that affects the indoor environment. This category includes water sources from sewage, rising water from rivers or streams, ground surface water or standing water. Category 2 Water or Grey Water that is not promptly removed from the structure and or have remained stagnant may be re classified as Category 3 Water.
How to Prepare for Thunderstorms
Here are a few tips to prepare for a thunderstorm according to the RED CROSS.
How to Prepare for Thunderstorms
- Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms
- Discuss thunderstorm safety and lightning safety with all members of your household
- Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail
- Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a severe thunderstorm
- Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches
- Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home
- Consult your local fire department if you are considering installing lightning rods
- Get trained in first aid and learn how to respond to emergencies
- Put together an emergency preparedness kit
10 Key Fire Safety Tips
Though some fires are unavoidable acts of nature or unpredictable accidents, many fires in the home and workplace are avoidable. The following tips, curtesy of the NFPA, can help reduce the likelihood of a fire in your business or home.
1) Watch your cooking. Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling or broiling food. Never allow young children around the stove or oven.
2) Give space heaters space. Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn.
3) Smoke outside.If you must smoke inside, use a sturdy, deep ashtray.
4) Keep matches and lighters out of reach. Keep matches and lighters in high cabinets , preferably under a child lock.
5) Inspect electrical cords. Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or have loose connections.
6) Be careful using candles. Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow them out before you leave the room or go to sleep.
7) Have a fire escape plan. Make a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year.
8) Install smoke alarms. Install alarms on every level of your office or home and inside bedrooms, interconnect them so they all sound at once.
9) Test smoke alarms. Test alarms once per month. Replace batteries once per year or as needed.
10) Install sprinklers. Sprinklers can help maintain and sometimes even extinguish fires, giving your local fire department a better chance of saving your property.
When Storms or Floods hit Humboldt, SERVPRO is ready!
SERVPRO of Eureka specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Humboldt County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 707-445-0900