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Whom Should Business Owners Call for Fire Restoration in Oakland After a Small Fire?

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

emergency breakin for fire For emergency fire damage cleanup and restoration for yur Oakland business--Call SERVPRO

Involve IICRC Professionals with Decades of Experience like SERVPRO to Help you with Fire Restoration in Oakland

The smoke and soot generated by a fire in your business can be difficult to remove on your own. During a fire, the staining normally extends beyond the surface. To restore your business to its pre-fire condition within a brief period, you require the skills of an experienced restorer like SERVPRO.

Dealing with the aftermath of a fire in your business can be troubling. However, if you contact our experts, we can manage fire restoration in your Oakland company promptly. Delaying restoration can lead to a wide variety of damages and losses. Furthermore, doing the restoration yourself can result in more harm, particularly if you are inexperienced.

SERVPRO Follows Specific Clean Up Protocols

Cleaning soot and smoke stains necessitate the use of specialized equipment and products. To remove soils from surfaces, our restorers can use four different methods, including:

  • Suspension and dispersion
  • Chemical action
  • Mechanical action
  • Lubrication

If our SERVPRO FRST fire and smoke damage technicians determine that chemical action is the best method to clean smoke residues on various surfaces in your business, we can use natural fabric brightener, a reducing bleach solution to clean porous surfaces and inventory.

Our team of restorers ensures to work as fast as possible to avoid having your business doors closed for days. For slight fire damage caused by a small amount of smoke and soot, we can work off-hours to get your commercial property ready for a morning opening, whenever possible.

Fire damage can continue to cause severe damage in your business, leading to very expensive repairs and losses. Contact SERVPRO of West Oakland for excellent commercial fire restoration. Call us today at (510) 599-9300.

Does the Mold You Discovered in Your Oakland Business Call for Professional Removal?

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

A man catching water dripping from a moldy ceiling Never hesitate when it comes to mold, SERVPRO of West Oakland is ready to get you back in business.

Never procrastinate when it comes to mold removal – Let SERVPRO take a look at your Oakland commercial property!

Some business owners will make a common mistake by having their clean-up crew try their hand at mold removal. If you suspect that you have black mold growing anywhere in your Oakland business, you need to have skilled, highly-trained technicians take a look. Failure to do so could mean further damage to your commercial space or the onset of harmful effects for you and your staff. SERVPRO can take a look and begin mold remediation efforts to restore your business fast.

For mold removal in Oakland, you must have a complete mold inspection. Not only should you pinpoint all areas where mold is thriving, but you also need to address the cause. 

  • SERVPRO technicians perform a visual inspection followed by readings with an air content meter – this helps determine the mold spore concentration levels.
  • The team then looks for the moisture source or water causing the growth. Black mold spores need organic materials and a small amount of moisture to thrive. 
  • After the source of the problem gets repaired, and mold growth gets stopped, our team then thoroughly cleans and disinfects all areas where mold was present with the help of EPA-registered products. 

Our mold specialists here at SERVPRO of West Oakland will ensure that you get the commercial mold removal you need to stay in business. Call us at (510) 599-9300 to have a crew dispatched to your business as soon as possible.

Can Businesses in Oakland Recover Quickly from Commercial Water Damage?

4/2/2021 (Permalink)

A man sitting under water in a room Standing water in your business can be hard to wrap your head around. Give SERVPRO a call we are ready for all the water damage.

SERVPRO of West Oakland has Dedicated Water Damage Restoration Technicians for Commercial Properties

Commercial premises need to return to standard usage quickly after a water event to ensure a minimum loss of revenues. Using advanced drying equipment is a reliable way to reduce the turnaround time of restoration. However, understanding how to position drying equipment can be equally vital to fast drying times. 

Positioning equipment correctly is essential to water damage restoration in your Oakland business. Angling air-moving equipment ensures that air currents run freely through the premises and significantly speed up the building's evaporation and drying. By avoiding a head-on airflow with walls and ceilings, we can avoid causing water vapor damage to a building's structure.

  • Air movers are used in a clockwise system to ensure that air currents remain in motion throughout the premises.
  • We can direct air-movers into acoustical drop ceilings to allow airflow on both the ceiling's exterior and interior. 
  • Aiming air-movers at a 45-degree angle to the surfaces can significantly decrease the drying time. 

Minimize business interruption after water intrusion. Contact SERVPRO of West Oakland for water damage restoration at (510) 599-9300.

What Repairs are Necessary after Water Intrusion in Oakland Business Premises?

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

Water spots on a ceiling with exposed blue pipes. Water damage can take over quickly especially in a commercial establishments. With larger pipes and more water, call SERVPRO today.

SERVPRO Evaluates Property to Determine the Best Water Damage Repair Approach 

Water leaks and other intrusions in business premises are disruptive and require immediate attention to restore normal operations. You may expect that once you wipe off wet surfaces and open some windows, the problem is solved. However, in some cases, the problem extends beyond the excess moisture necessitating repairs.

Water damage repair tasks in Oakland range from challenging ones such as replacing wall or ceiling materials to simpler ones like redoing surface finishes. The outcome mostly depends on the type of business, the contents, fixtures, structure of building and the amount of water involved and the time taken to complete remedial processes. Some of the common issues you have to fix after water intrusion include:

  • Chipped paint or changes to other surface finishes
  • Soft or weak drywall
  • Water stains on materials like wood, concrete, or glass
  • Inventory transport offsite for drying and cleaning

Water, whether clean or otherwise, can cause staining. Stains from clean water usually develop because of mineral deposits dissolved in the water, left on surfaces. Removing such stains requires the right cleaning products. SERVPRO utilizes specially formulated cleaning products such as Window Green Clean which readily remove the stains. Timely drying can help save drywall while repainting or refinishing surfaces is sufficient to restore them.

SERVPRO of West Oakland sends well-trained technicians to your business premises to help with water damage repair. Call us at (510) 599-9300.

Can Oakland Businesses Prepare for Fast Water Damage Recovery?

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

tablet with ERP Be prepared for unexpected water or fire damage to your Oakland Business by requesting SERVPRO's ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan

Review SERVPRO’s Water Disaster Emergency READY Profile (ERP)

Successful businesses put a wide range of plans in place, ensuring smooth operations if problems arise. SERVPRO offers a unique Emergency READY Profile and Plan (ERP), partnering with companies in Oakland seeking water mitigation and remediation answers pre-crisis.

How Does SERVPRO’s ERP Work for Oakland Businesses?

The ERP involves a collaborative and proactive process designed to ready your business in Oakland if water damage threatens your operations. An experienced SERVPRO water damage project manager assesses your commercial space in-person and consults with you and your managers. We approach preparation in two ways:

  • Positive Pre-Disaster Changes 
  • Our expert vigilantly seeks out vulnerabilities in your layout and systems.
  • We deliver a post-assessment set of recommendations that can prevent and limit water damage.
  • You share information through our mobile app.
  • Practical and Concise Response Plan
  • The ERP distills information about your business layout and operations into a digital water damage recovery agenda:
  • Blueprints of your space, including locations of essential utility shut-offs 
  • A step-by-step work plan, accessible to our crews via mobile devices
  • Designation of SERVPRO as your preferred contractor 
  • Provision of a list of individuals who can act on your behalf to avoid delays 

Call (510) 599-9300 to start the ERP process for your business with SERVPRO of West Oakland.

Fire Damage Restoration Services for Businesses?

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

A commercial building on fire. Fire damaging your commercial property can be overwhelming immediately, call SERVPRO for relief today.

SERVPRO Can Help Remediate the Fire Damage Troubling Your Emeryville Business 

Owning a local clothing boutique in Emeryville can be incredibly rewarding, but fire damage could rain on your parade. Stocking unique fashion pieces from small businesses, and supporting local craftsmanship, is an excellent niche for your store. Modernly, the younger generations are attracted to eco-friendly fashion. However, fire damage could cause significant clientele loss if not dealt with quickly. 

Here at SERVPRO, we want to help you restore the fire damage in your Emeryville boutique as soon as possible. We understand how hard it is for a business to have its doors closed for even a single day. A fire could have your doors closed for much longer if not handled immediately and adequately. 

What Can SERVPRO Do to Help Me? 

Our technicians are expertly trained and have access to advanced technological devices explicitly designed with fire damage restoration in mind. We can: 

  • Come to your aid whenever you need it: morning, night, weekends, and holidays 
  • Take inventory of your stock to help you measure your losses 
  • Thoroughly remediate the damages inside of your building, including both what you can see and what you can smell 

We know one of your primary concerns is how the smoke damage may have impacted your stock- after all, you sell clothing. Our goal is to help remediate what is salvageable. What we cannot save of your inventory, we can help you claim with your insurance adjuster. 

How Can You Address the Powder Extinguisher? 

One aspect many people don't consider is how much of a mess snuffing-based extinguishment can make. However, here at SERVPRO, we come prepared. Our technicians can: 

  • Use vacuums, brooms, and rovers to remove debris and dust from your property, including ash and powder-based extinguishers 
  • Once finished cleaning the physical remnants of the small fire, we can address malodors with technology such as thermal foggers
  • Hydroxyl generators are another great way to reduce malodors inside of your store 

Our technicians' goal is to get your store back to its preloss condition as quickly as possible. The sooner you open the doors, the less loss you face. 

If your business suffers fire damage, never wait. Call SERVPRO of West Oakland by phoning (510) 599-9300. We're always ready to help!