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Facility Engineers... consider using an emergency pre-work authorization agreement.

6/4/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO proactive disaster recovery plan We offer a special emergency ready plan that includes a pre-work agreement.

SERVPRO of West Oakland has developed a simple pre-work authorization agreement we call,Green Responsefor our commercial clients.It is a proactive disaster recovery plan providedby SERVPRO of West Oakland.It allows us to work with you in pre-planning for the complex challenges that often arise during a major catastrophe such as fire, extreme flooding, earthquake, etc. Your participation in this plan will empower us to mobilize and direct a coordinated team of restoration specialists who will work on your behalf to make it…better than before.

Green Responseclients sign an agreement that pre-authorizes our company to provide prompt emergency services. In this agreement the labor and materials pricing schedule and payment terms are determined in advance to prevent misunderstandings, and to expedite services.

OurEmergency Response Managerwill tour your facility to work with you in developing a specific and comprehensive restoration/mitigation plan for your location.

Once a preparedness plan has been determined, our team will conduct a meeting at your facility to establish a working relationship, to address your concerns and demonstrate how we may best satisfy your needs. There is no charge for this service. Your investment will be a few hours… time well spent for peace of mind to protect your facility.

Call SERVPRO of West Oakland (510) 599-9300for additional details.

What are Ways Oakland Business Owners Can Avoid Needing Water Mitigation?

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

Standing water in a warehouse SERVPRO of West Oakland knows the importants of restoring water damage to your building. Call us today for assistance.

SERVPRO Techs Can Assist Oakland Property Owners Develop a Water Damage Recovery Plan

While there are many actions that Oakland business owners can take to limit water damage occurring to their buildings, it is not 100% avoidable. SERVPRO technicians can inspect properties and determine potential areas of concern and recommend fixes. 

Oakland property owners should draw up a water mitigation plan or make use of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Plan--ERP. This is designed for use by both commercial and residential property owners, and the user interface allows for the customization of the important elements for each property. Some of the perks of the app are: 

  • Business owners get a no-cost assessment
  • Creation of a profile document that contains important information to be used in case of an emergency
  • A helpful guide to reopen your building safely

Business owners can take actions to lower the risk of needing water damage restoration in proactive steps. Regular inspections of the building should occur on at least a monthly basis. This single act can catch small leaks or property damage before it becomes a big problem. Having trees or tree limbs removed that could potentially fall on the structure. Consult with the landscaping crew about drainage around the property to prevent water pooling after heavy rains. 

These steps performed regularly can greatly lessen the potential for damage to the property and contents from water. And in the event, a toilet backs up or pipe bursts, the SERVPRO team is ready to come to extract the water and dry the structure to limit the downtime needed for the restoration services. 

SERVPRO of West Oakland at (510) 599-9300 is available 24/7 to handle commercial water mitigation in Oakland properties.

How Does Drying Equipment Assist Water Cleanup in Oakland Commercial Properties?

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment being used in commercial space When water damaged this office, SERVPRO was there! We provided complete water damage restoration.

SERVPRO Brings Professional Drying Devices to Every Oakland Water Damage Job

Consumer-grade drying equipment such as box fans can assist in drying small-scale water damage in Oakland commercial properties. However, using a professional service can eliminate the potential for post-restoration issues. 

SERVPRO brings a variety of drying equipment to Oakland business properties needing water cleanup. After the extraction of the water from the premises, SERVPRO techs use their moisture detection equipment to set up the drying equipment such as: 

  • High-velocity air movers
  • Industrial dehumidifiers
  • Specialized drying configurations for wet carpet or hardwood

When the drying phase of the water damage restoration services begins, the technicians determine how long it will take to dry the area using multiple considerations such as the seal on the building and the current weather conditions. This plan enables the techs to create an accurate timing of their quoted drying goal.

Air movers are one of the most commonly used pieces of equipment SERVPRO relies on to dry properties. Axial air movers are flat squares and deliver fast airflow. The technicians set up numerous devices to bring down the interior humidity levels and dry the structure. 

The other type of air mover that the techs rely on is the centrifugal air mover. This device looks like a snail shell and is ideal for direct airflow to a specific area, such as floating a carpet to dry the backing and pad or tenting over a hardwood floor or wet space. 

Both types of air movers create a chain reaction that causes any embedded moisture to rise from within surfaces left after the extraction. The techs monitor the drying process of the restoration very carefully using multiple types of equipment, including probes and moisture meters, to ensure that the drying goals for interior humidity levels get attained. 

SERVPRO of West Oakland at (510) 599-9300 stands ready 24/7 to help local commercial Oakland properties with any size or type of water cleanup needed. 

Basic Principles of Cleaning Used for Business Water Intrusion

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

debris from water damage on a soaked carpet When water damage happens in your store, thorough clean up is essential. Contact Team SERVPRO for effective water removal and drying services.

Water Cleanup in Emeryville Businesses Requires Specific Cleaning Steps

In a commercial water intrusion, often the carpets and content are the main concern. SERVPRO has different carpet and textile cleaning methods, but fast water mitigation is needed for proper restoration.

Principles of Cleaning

Commercial water cleanup in Emeryville requires experience and training. SERVPRO technicians have both. We follow the basic principles of cleaning in each situation and apply whatever specialty techniques are needed as issues arise. The six principles of cleaning textiles include:

  • Remove Dry Soil – Over 74% of the soil in textiles is dry particulates. Because they are dry, our techs can remove them easily. Vacuums and dry sponges are the most common methods used to get rid of dry soil.
  • Identify the Surface – it is vital to determine whether the surface is porous or non-porous. Textiles are porous, but it then has to be determined if they are natural or synthetic. Different cleaning methods are used depending on the textile makeup, so this step is important. 
  • Identifying the Soils – Soils are either water-based or oil-based. Water-based soils get cleaned with a water-based cleaning product and oil-based with the appropriate cleaning agent. 
  • Suspend the Soils – If the dry soil removal process didn’t remove the dirt, the soil must get suspended. The cleaning agent is applied and agitated to help loosen the soil. 
  • Removing the Soil – This is known as the rinse step when cleaning textiles. The suspended soils get removed along with the cleaning agent. 
  • Dry the Surface – Textiles should be dried as quickly as possible to prevent secondary damage such as mold. Air movement, heat, and low humidity are all part of the drying process. 

This process can get used on carpets, drapes, and other textiles. For professional water cleanup, call SERVPRO of West Oakland at (510) 599-9300.

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!