What business owners should know about Fire Damage.
Commercial Fire Damage as a Business Owner
If you own a business or commercial property, you know that a fire can break out a anytime. It can be a result of an electrical fire, utility room fire or some other misfortune. After the fire truck and firefighters leave, there will be a number of problems you still have to deal with. Your business is your livelihood, so any type of fire can leave you at a standstill. There is water damage, smoke damage and soot damage caused by fire suppression that has to be dealt with. The first thing you should do is call professional fire damage experts restore your business back to its original state.
Before the team arrives, firefighters will attempt to secure the scene to make it as safe as possible. The will remove fire hoses, wires and anything else that can be a safety issue for the business owner and fire restoration team. They will make sure that the fire sprinkler system and any other fire suppression system has been disengaged. If it is a utility room fire, they will ensure the fire is completely out.
A professional fire damage restoration team will assess the damage begin a fire-recovery plan. The team will make every effort to salvage as much as they can. Electrical fires can do a great deal of damage. Not to mention the water damage done by a fire hose and the business's fire sprinkler system. A commercial fire damage team will spend as long as they have to eliminating the soot damage in your business.
Regardless of whether commercial fire damage starts with an electrical fire or utility room fire, we will make sure those areas are secured by firefighters before any work starts. All walls, ceilings, equipment, carpet and upholstery will be scrubbed and cleaned. Any lingering water from fire hoses and the fire truck will be extracted with professional machines. Machines will also remove the last residue of soot damage and smoke damage.
The sanitation process also ensures that every inch of the property is fresh, clean and free of odors. When fire restoration is done correctly, there will be no evidence that any type of fire damage took place. The last step is the restoration process. The business may need some minor repairs like replacing drywall and painting. Unfortunately, firefighters can cause a great deal of damage with fire hoses. Anything that can be restored will be.
There are, however, a number of safety tips that should be utilized before the fire restoration crew arrives. Fires can be very serious and there are multiple hazards that can and should be avoided. When fire trucks arrive, they will use fire hoses. You can potentially slip, fall and even be electrocuted.
If you see potential hazards, get your family outside immediately. Do not attempt to clean soot damage or smoke damage after an electrical fire. Only a professional fire restoration company can do this correctly. Anything related to fire suppression should be taken care of by the fire department. Do not attempt to dismantle the fire sprinkler system.
If your business has been damaged by a fire, the time to take action is now. Contact a professional fire restoration service as quickly as possible. After the fire trucks leave, the real work with commercial fire damage restoration begins. Fires can start in any part of your business. But utility room fires are most in businesses. The wires can get hot and quickly spark a flame. After that, it spreads quickly. If you have a fire sprinkler system in your business, it may help with fire suppression before the fire trucks arrive. Although the fire damage may be severe, fire restoration professionals can bring your business back to life very quickly.
Visit www.SERVPROnorthoceanside for more information on commercial fire damage.
Pinhole leaks are becoming more common.
Pinhole leaks are becoming more and more prevalent in southern California. Take a look at this article http://www.ocregister.com/articles/water-517496-leaks-waters.html. They go virtually unnoticed until all of the sudden water starts to appear. It may be a spot on the carpet that keeps reoccurring. Or the seams of the wood floors starting to discolor or cup. It’s the damage you don't see that can be a problem. Almost undetectably, drywall, Insulation, cabinetry, baseboards and flooring can begin soaking up this water. If not caught early mold can begin to set in causing more and more damage. The professionals at SERVPRO can help you diagnose these problems and find the extent of the damage. If you suspect your home may be suffering from a pinhole leak don't hesitate to call. Remember, the faster the response the less damage can occur.
Can my AC unit cause mold in my office or home?
One of the most current questions that we get from Homeowners and Businesses alike is this: Can my AC cause mold or mildew in my area?
In the San Diego area we are accustomed to having the AC unit on one day and the heather on the next; especially when it is in transitional whether seasons. When purchasing an AC unit, typically this is a buy that you want to come straight from the store/factory where there has not been any previous owners besides you. Always as if there is a warranty from the manufacturer; 10 years is the most typical warranty age, although, there are terms from 5-15 years.
A properly designed, installed, and maintained air conditioning system shouldn't cause mold or mildew, there are always rare exceptions to the rule but these are the most reported reasons for faulty AC units. However, while an oversize or improperly designed unit can cool your home slightly, it also runs the risk of not removing enough moisture out of the rooms air. Too much moisture in your home can increase the potential for mold growth. Mold spores grow on nearly every surface, we live with mold in the same way we live with bacteria. Just like bacteria though, there are perfect breeding environments that can and do yield a productive crop of molds that spread throughout the home or office setting. At times, these growths are not noticeable until the smell is strong or the appearance has reached an intolerable amount. Improper installation, lack of maintenance, and water drainage issues can also lead to biological growth. If you are someone who runs their AC unit every single day, it is a good rule of thumb to check your unit once every couple months to make sure that all lines are in safe condition, and there are not leaking water marks near the wall or on the adjacent ground.
Reasons You Should Invest in Preventative Maintenance Repair for Your Furnace
The furnace is your ultimate companion during winter. This is because it keeps the entire house warm and can protect you from the freezing cold. On the other hand, the furnace is like any other machine it can break down when you need it the most. Such malfunctions can be kept at bay by investing in preventive maintenance.
Could this possibly be the last south swell of the year?
Oceanside Pier Surf Report
Surf looks good for the weekend! Just hope that it won't be the last south swell of the season.
Wave clouds are the best.
Wave clouds are hanging around.
SERVPRO NORTH OCEANSIDE may not be professional photographers but this is a great wave cloud!
Summer Surf for 2017 in San Clemente taken by SERVPRO North Oceanside
SERVPRO North Oceanside catches San Clemente Pier at its best.
Here is an amazing picture of last year during the summer surf season. You cannot ask for a better day with the sun shining over the pacific and the moon showing its face with amazing overhead surf pounding the San Clemente Pier during last summer. We hope we have a great surf and beach season again. SERVPRO North Oceanside will hope to enjoy great summer days with family and friends.
Swell is looking good this week in Oceanside
OCEANSIDE surf report week of April 23rd.
Surf is looking good again this week pending the wind. SERVPRO of North Oceanside hopes everyone can enjoy it.
Fire and Smoke Damage in Oceanside
Hydroxyl Machine in use on a fire project in use to help remove smoke odors.
This state-of-the-art machine sends UV rays (365nm) (emitted from a TiO2 photo-catalytic lamp) through an anatase-coated glass sleeve to trap huge amounts of titanium dioxide. Next, electron hole pairs form and react with water and oxygen, producing free electrons and hydroxyl radicals that, when dispersed by a fan, literally convert organic and inorganic gases and air pollutants into carbon dioxide and water.
Translation: Stinky air is safely neutralized and you do not have to leave the building!
SERVPRO North Oceanside noticed a new farmers Market in San Clemente
SERVPRO North Oceanside noticed a great new farmers market at North Beach in San Clemente.
While driving down PCH we noticed a usually empty lot last Wednesday, was busting with vendors and live music being performed.