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Northridge and Granada Hills Commercial Water Damage Cleanup

5/28/2022 (Permalink)

Having your commercial building endure any kind of water damage can be stressful and put a lot on your mind whether it’s a professional building or small retail store having a professional restoration company restore and cleanup the loss right away can reduce the cost significantly.

At SERVPRO of Northridge & SERVPRO of Granada Hills we use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. There are so many ways an owner of a commercial building can be affected from mentally to financially we want you to get back on track as soon as possible.

Whether it’s a pipe break or strong weather knowing who to call when water damage occurs can make the whole difference for the recovery process

SERVPRO of Northridge & SERVPRO of Granada Hills is here to help and get your building back “Like it never even happened.”

Have questions? Give us a call today (818) 993-9339

Mold In Your Commercial Building Air Ducts? Heres What To Know

5/7/2022 (Permalink)

inside of an ac unit with mold everywhere Mold In the HVAC System

Noticing the Mold 

Usually when it comes to mold in your HVAC system, you'll be able to notice the smell before anything else. If there is an odor that only occurs while using your air conditioning or heating, that could narrow it down to mold in your HVAC system.

People may also experience symptoms every time the AC is running, again leading to mold growth in the air ducts. If there is a good amount of mold around the vents, it can spread in the air causing plenty of symptoms such as itchy eyes, irritated nose and throat, and most commonly headaches. 

How'd It Start?

Mold grows in the vents when these two things are existing in the particular area, warm temperature and moisture. A humid environment is the perfect condition for mold to start forming. Ultimately having weak ventilation and a humid environment can trap moisture in your walls and cause condensation that can lead to the rapid spread of the mold spores.

Having a huge ac unit that doesn't match the space you have, for example larger ac units can cool smaller spaces super quickly and turn off before dehumidifying the air leading to extra unwanted moisture. If you notice mold shortly after a new ac installation it would be wise to make sure you've gotten the proper sized equipment for the space you're in. 

Another cause for mold growth would be setting your ac to a very low temperature. This could sometimes lead to mold growth when the cool air from the ac hits the warm air from the room, the difference of the temperature can form moisture in the air to condense all around the vent. With that being said if that moisture builds up over time and never gets a chance to dry out, mold will start to form. This is something called temperature differential which takes about a difference in 20 degrees when the ac air and room air hit for moisture to form.

What To Do?

When dealing with mold especially in areas like the HVAC system calling a professional to come in and get the job done would be the best option. It may seem like an unnecessary expense, but a professional will take care of the mold and will help stop it from coming back in the future, they will also do it more effectively and safely than doing it by yourself.

Along with that trying to scrub off any mold with ordinary cleaning supplies won't get rid of it. It will remove what seems like most of it but in reality there will still be mold spores, they're ready to grow back as soon as they can. Leaving you with the same problem again and again. Professionals have the proper equipment to keep your commercial building from being a victim of mold ever again.

If you ever notice or see mold arising in your commercial building please give SERVPRO of Northridge & SERVPRO of Granada Hills a call right away. We will have our highly trained technicians respond right away and turn your building back to pre mold conditions "Like it never even happened."

Have questions? Call SERVPRO of Northridge (818) 993-9339

Keeping Your Commercial Building Safe

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

Fires can happen anywhere and anytime when you least expect them, so it's important to make sure you are prepared properly for any unwanted disaster. Hears a few things to check off to help protect your building, assets, and occupants in the event a fire does start up in your building.  

Fire Alarms

Fire Alarms are the first line of defense when dealing with a fire. They quickly alert everybody in the building that there is an emergency and allows them to escape safely before it gets too dangerous. It's very important to conduct and go over drills to ensure that everyone understands the evacuation plan when it is necessary.

Emergency Lights/Signs

Emergency lights and exit signs are required to guide occupants out of the building in a difficult situation. Even if you know the inside and outside of the building like it's in the back of your head, it can still be confusing to navigate during an emergency, especially in dark and smokey conditions. It's recommended to have these checked once every month or so to make sure they are running correctly in critical situations. 

Closing Doors

No one's first thought during a fire is closing doors, but actually closing doors can help prevent the spread of the fire within the building, giving others time to evacuate and help preserve some of the building and contents just a tad bit better. Even if the doors aren't fire-rated, the simple act of closing them can help contain the smoke, fire, and heat to certain areas of the building.

Sprinkler System

Most commercial buildings have a sprinkler system to contain and put out any fire that has started within the building. They react to heat, and it's important to maintain and make sure they are in working condition so that they deploy in the right situation. It's also very important to take note that there is nothing in the way of the sprinkler heads obstructing the flow of water.

Fire Extinguisher 

Fire extinguishers provide the ability to put out any small fires preventing it from spreading into something you cant handle on your own. They should be placed around your whole building and the type of fire extinguisher should match the potential hazards around it. It's also probably a good idea that everyone in the building is trained on how to use a fire extinguisher, you never know who might run into it first.

Even though you might have all these boxes checked sometimes a fire just gets too out of hand and your building sustains fire damage. At SERVPRO of Northridge and SERVPRO of Granada Hills, we have the training, expertise, and resources to handle any size disaster and get your building back "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Water Damage Restoration

4/3/2022 (Permalink)

After a severe incident, whether its caused by a pipe bursting or disastrous weather, as the business owner you may be feeling dismayed by all the damage your property endured. Do not lose hope! SERVPRO of Northridge & Granada Hills is here to help, we have restored and brought businesses back to a working environment "Like it never even happened."

Emergency Plan 

When something disastrous comes up it could be overwhelming and we understand you'll have a lot to worry about. We want to relieve that stress as soon as possible. So one of the first steps that should be taken when an emergency strikes is to work with experts to develop an emergency plan to help with the situation right away!

The Damages

Water, although we don't think of it as a destructive force its one of the most destructive substances when it comes to buildings. Floods can rip apart structures and leave behind moisture which will weaken the solidarity of a building. It will also leave hazardous mold and mildew to grow which will make your business a unsafe working environment. We recommend having an expert on site to access all the damages and make sure your building isn't suffering from more then just water damage. 

SERVPRO of Northridge & SERVPRO of Granada Hills has the training, expertise, and resources to handle any size disaster.

Have questions? Call SERVPRO of Northridge (818) 993-9339