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Covid-19 Impacts to Commercial Industries

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

When 2020 began few could have foreseen how Covid-19 would radically change the lives of many. With travel bans, economic shut-downs and a 'Stay at Home' order many industries were impacted. 

Residential construction was deemed non-essential, but as it lifted the industry was lucky to see increased demand. More individuals are looking to remodel or accommodate home offices. Companies had to learn how to adapt their safety procedures in order to continue work. 

Retail space is focusing on managing customer traffic, occupancy levels and safety procedures. Distance markers, one way aisles, mask requirements and sanitation procedures are the new norm. Unfortunately restaurants have suffered greatly due to stricter regulations than other industries. 

Commercial office space has taken a hit as many companies transitioned to online platforms and eliminated in-person work space. Commercial business that has stayed open has modified and put more safety protocols in place. SERVPRO of Bellevue West is proud to offer Covid-19 commercial decontamination services, contributing to helping keep offices, business and restaurants open. 

Focusing on the positive and staying creative with modifying space and updating safety protocols has kept business afloat for many. An action plan is more important than ever as we learn to adapt on this rollercoaster of economic change. Having a network to help you through tough situations is vital and SERVPRO of Bellevue West is proud to be on the front lines. We are passionate about helping our customers in times of emergency and uncertainty in order to overcome tough times. 

If you have questions about commercial cleaning and decontamination please call us at 425-454-3900. 

Cleaning and Disinfecting in Commercial Buildings

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

With the threat of COVID-19 disinfecting commercial spaces is more important than ever as communities work to minimize the risk of spreading germs. The CDC recommends the following protocols for cleaning:

  • Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.
  • Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant.
  • Cleaning with soap and water reduces number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.
  • Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
    • More frequent cleaning and disinfection may be required based on level of use.
    • Surfaces and objects in public places, such as shopping carts and point of sale keypads should be cleaned and disinfected before each use.
  • High touch surfaces include:
    • Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.

When disinfecting its always important to keep surfaces wet for a dwell time, utilize good ventilation/ PPE and read the directions on the label carefully. Soft surfaces, electronics and textiles should all be handled according to specific directions. SERVPRO of Bellevue West is trained in the decontamination of commercial buildings and is always happy to provide complimentary inspections for those who are in need of disinfection. Call us at 425-454-3900.

Commercial Cleaning in Bellevue, WA

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Bellevue West we are aware that going back to school this year will look different and may not be in person for some time. We are keeping up on the newest government mandates and helping to support our community in any way that we can. When it is time for school to commence in-person or part-time keep the following tips in mind for your safety and health;

  • Wear face coverings, especially when physical distancing is difficult 
  • Don't share items that are difficult to clean or disinfect
  • Wash you hands often with hot water and soap, especially when you return home
  • Clearly understand school policies on sickness and when it's appropriate to return to school 
  • If possible, bring your own food

SERVPRO of Bellevue West is available to clean schools, retail, restaurants, offices, and all commercial buildings through our new highly developed program Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. Our team has experience working with the local school districts in emergency situations and has a large enough team equipped to clean any size of commercial building. For an estimate or questions about our cleaning process please call SERVPRO of Bellevue West at 425-454-3900.

Preparing Your Business for Unexpected Events

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

Are you looking to become more prepared in your business? Consider calling SERVPRO of Bellevue West for an Emergency Ready Profile.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is a startup approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. Your business can receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

The SERVPRO ERP Advantage:

A no cost assessment of your facility. – This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.  

A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. – It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects.   But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.  

A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. – This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.  

Establishes SERVPRO OF Bellevue West as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. – You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and is close by. 

Identification for authorizing work to begin. – This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.  

Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. – Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are “Ready for whatever happens” communicated trust and peace of mind to your clients and employees.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you help to minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do, who to call and what to expect in advance is helpful in receiving timely mitigation and can help minimize the effects water and fire damage can have on your business.

Call and schedule an appointment today! 425-454-3900

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Process

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

Steps in Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Fire emergencies are one of the most common disasters that business owners have to prepare for in advance. Fire damage may be because of negligence, electrical fire, or accidental fire within your facility. Regardless of the cause of fire, soot damage, fire damage, and smoke damage are inevitable and one can only minimize their extent. The best way to deal with commercial fire accidents is putting in place preventative mechanisms; sprinklers and suppression systems. Every commercial building should have a utility room fire that stores all firefighter’s tools like fire suppression materials, fire sprinkler system, fire hose, and a fire truck should be easily available.

Below are general steps that are involved in fire restoration in case of commercial fire damage:
i. Emergency contact
After a commercial fire accident, the first step you should take is to contact a fire restoration company. The company’s agent will seek to know about the extent of the fire damage to know the number of fire trucks and firefighters to dispatch to your premise. The fire restoration agent may also seek clarification on any fire suppression and fire sprinkler system in place. You should ensure that electricity and water supply are cut to avoid electrical fire and water damage.

ii. Inspection and Assessment
Once you have informed your fire restoration company of the commercial fire damage, they will send their agents to carry out inspection and assessment. Inspection and assessment should focus on soot damage, smoke damage, and determine the extent of the damages. Fire damage inspection is necessary as it helps with the development of an action plan for fire restoration after a fire accident.

iii. Documentation of the damages caused by the fire
It is important to record videos and take pictures of your damaged premises, as this will help you in filling claim forms for compensation from your insurer. You should do damage documentation as soon as you are able to access the premises safely.

iv. Immediate board-up and roof tarp service
The restoration company personnel will then carry out board-up and roof tarp services because fire damages might compromise your walls, windows, and doors. This will ensure that you guarantee security of your personal belongings.

v. Water removal and drying
Firefighters often use water for fire suppression through the fire sprinkler system or fire trucks. A fire sprinkler system needs a long fire hose to be efficient when dealing with utility room fire or electrical fire. Water use by a firefighter can lead to further damage hence the need for water removal and drying.

vi. Handling smoke damage and soot damage on all surfaces
The unavoidable damages that accompany a fire are soot damage and smoke damage. There are specialized equipment and techniques that professionals use to remove soot and smoke traces from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

vii. Cleaning and Sanitizing
This stage involves restoring the state of belongings to the condition they were before the commercial fire damage. Deodorization will help in getting rid of odors while scrubbers and fogging equipment helps in addressing the soot and smoke traces. Sanitation is also a commercial disinfection process.

An effective fire restoration process is efficient and quick; call us at 425-454-3900 if you need assistance.Visit http://www.SERVPRObellevuewest.com for more information on fire damage.

No Job is Too Big for SERVPRO of Bellevue West

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bellevue West is just one of SERVPRO’s 1,700 franchises, however we are one of the most capable and well-equipped franchises in the state of Washington. Our highly capable team and has strengths in effort, good communication and experience in all jobs you could possibly imagine. We have performed small jobs that are only a couple of square feet and we have done jobs in multi-floor commercial buildings. Our team is part of the LLRT: Large Loss Response Team in the SERVPRO network meaning we are well equipped to handle large scale losses.

Water, fire, mold, big or small it does not matter. SERVPRO is committed to giving excellent service on every job and will not stop until the job is finished and our customers are satisfied. We define ourselves as an emergency service meaning that if is an emergency, we will have a crew out to a new loss as fast as humanly possible; our rule of thumb in under four hours and is always met typically closer to 2 hours.  We have a response policy to guarantee fast response time called “1-4-8”. The 1 in “1-4-8” stands for 1 hour. Within 1 hour we will contact you about the proper services needed for the job at hand. On average it only takes around 15 minutes to complete this process, our team is quick! The 4 stands for 4 hours. Within 4 hours a SERVPRO Professional will be on site to manage this job. This step is so crucial step in minimizing the damage and getting the scope of work and needed equipment. The 8 stands for 8 hours. Within 8 hours a briefing of the project will be shared with the appropriate individuals or groups. The better informed all parties are the better understanding they will have about the scope of work we are performing and why we are performing it.

No matter the size of the job please consider giving SERVPRO of Bellevue West your next call at 425-454-3900. We are always happy to be of service!

How to Keep Cooling Costs Down in the Summer

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

During the summer it can become very hard to keep your business a decent temperature as the weather gets increasingly warmer. Large amounts of square footage to cool can result in a very high AC bill. Keeping the air conditioner running can add up fast and surprise you when the bill comes; no one wants to spend a fortune on this intangible product. Listed below are some very helpful tips to keep your bill down and your business cool without overspending.

  1. Do not cool rooms when you are not in them. A typical work day is 8 hours long. If you turn off your AC for the other 16 hours of the day then you are saving 2/3rds of your bill. This is one of the most effective ways of saving money.
  2. Replacing a used AC filter. Changing out your AC filter can help it run up to 15% more efficiently saving energy, money and cooling down your building faster. Do you know how old your filter is?
  3. While it may be tempting do not turn down your thermostat colder than usual. You might think that turning your temperature down more will cool your building faster but that is not true. It will take just as long to get just as cold and will use more energy raising your bill. Keep your thermostat at your normal temperature and it will cool just as fast and not raise your bill as much.
  4. Ceiling fans can make your building colder without and extra cost. Ceiling fans will allow you to raise the thermostat roughly 4 degrees without noticing an increase in your energy bill.

Hopefully these tips can help your building stay cool while not raising your energy bill. If you have more questions about keeping your cooling bill down during the heat call SERVPRO of Bellevue West at 425-454-3900. We will you help you get prepared!

3 Tips for Preparing Your Business for a Fire

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

All commercial property owners hope nothing bad will ever happen to their building. However, it is best to still have a fire contingency plan in place. There is a chance you will never need to put it into action, but in the event you do need it, you will be thankful it is there. Develop this evacuation plan with your local fire department in Medina, Washington, to ensure you cover all essential points.

1. Create a Command Structure

When a fire breaks out, you want everyone to know what they are supposed to do. You should assign one individual to be in charge of communications and inform everyone in the vicinity of the fire. Someone will also need to be in charge of reaching out to the fire department to extinguish the flames. Finally, one person should oversee the recovery efforts and reach out to fire remediation experts so that restoration begins right away.

2. Train Employees to Prevent Fires

Your contingency plan should involve more than simply responding to a fire. It should involve how you are going to be proactive in preventing one in the first place. This may include hosting seminars where a professional firefighter teaches employees about common fire hazards around the workplace. Preventive efforts should also involve having your building’s fire alarms and fire extinguishers inspected regularly.

3. Create a Staffing Plan

Your business operations will naturally be interrupted immediately following a fire. You can reduce the financial impact of this by having a plan to maintain operations while the building is getting repaired. Some employees may be able to do some of their duties at home.

You will feel a lot more at ease once you have a detailed fire contingency plan in place. You may never need it, but it could help your business tremendously if it ever does need to come into play.

For more on fire tips visit http://www.SERVPRObellevuewest.com.

Business Restoration After a Flood

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Your business may flood for a number of reasons. A flooded company can be caused by natural disasters, a broken pipe or a heavy rainstorm. If your building has water damage, it’s time for restoration. Most people are stumped by how to handle the cleanup process. They may not know which items to throw out, which items to clean or how to clean them.

1. Which Items To Clean

It’s wise not to try to handle the cleanup on your own. A restoration company can assess the damage done to your business. They can tell you which items can be cleaned and which cannot be. The rule of thumb to remember is that nonporous objects can be cleaned, whereas porous materials typically cannot be. For instance, carpeting, bedding and soft furniture may be difficult to clean. However, hard and smooth surfaces can be washed.

2. How To Clean Your Contents

Most people use a formula of detergent, vinegar and water to clean their contents after a flood. You do not always need powerful cleaners. If there is mold or mildew, an expert can assess how it should be cleaned and with what equipment. When clothing is damaged in a flood, it may be salvageable. The safest option is to take clothing to a dry cleaner. Dry cleaning will sanitize your clothes.

3. What Items To Throw Out

Upholstered furniture, bedding and paper products should be the first to be removed after a flood. These are objects that can be difficult if not impossible to clean. If the documents that were damaged in your flooded company are important, then you may be able to salvage them. For everything else, it is safe to toss it out.

The cleanup of your flooded company in Bellevue, WA does not have to be a miserable affair. The first step to accomplishing your goal is to have an idea of how you and your specialist can handle the mess.
 Visit http://www.SERVPRObellevuewest.com for more information on commercial water damage.