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4 Helpful Clues for Commercial Properties

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Amazing Commercial Property

A commercial property is potentially the largest investment that a business will make. In order to protect that investment, you should regularly inspect the property for potential water leaks, rust and mold.

If left unattended, water damage can severely impact the structure of the property or even create other complications, such as mold; which poses a major health risk. Use these 4 methods for detecting water damage within your commercial property.

1. Inspect the Floors
Wether you have wood, tile, concrete or carpet flooring water will show signs of water damage. For instance tile and wood will crack, buckle or warp. Concrete will erode or have cracks. Carpet, will be wet or smell like mold. 

2. Stains
Water stains on the floor typically around toilets, sinks, ceilings and walls, are some of the most common signs of water damage. Cracks in the drywall or areas that appear swollen may signify trouble. Peeling paint is another sign of loose water within wall spaces. As the drywall gets saturated, paint can lose adhesion.

3. Inspect Outer Perimeter of Building
Observe the exterior of your commercial property. What you want to look for are pools of standing water that can indicate poor drainage. Often times gutter spouts, rain gutters won't be transporting water properly. Any of those issues could threaten the foundation of the property.

4. Keep an Eye Out for Mold
Corrosion around pipe connections could be caused by water seepage. Visual signs of mold mean moisture is contacting microscopic mold spores, often in the nooks and crannies of your commercial property. Don’t rely solely on sight, when water stagnates, mold and bacteria can grow. Producing a musty, unpleasant smell.

If you do experience any water damage to your commercial property call the professionals at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo (805)541-1271 "Like it never even happened."

6 Water Damage Facts for Commercial Properties

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Real Estate Commercial Property

All commercial buildings are different, but each is at risk of facing water damage. Even small problems, like minor roof or pipe leaks, can lead to the spread of water damage and even mold growth. With damage like this, the value of your commercial property can quickly decrease. 6 commercial water damage facts:

1. Mold Damage

After water has affected a particular area, mold can grow in as little as 24 – 48 hours. All excess water and humid conditions should be dried out right away to prevent the risk of mold growth.

2. Water has to Dry Out

While the water evaporates in the area, moisture will accumulate in the walls, ceiling, and even the floor below, promoting mold growth. If this happens, it’s important to call SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo (805)541-1271 to conduct a deep inspection to make sure that mold hasn’t already infected your property or spread to other areas.

3. Cleaning Methods for Building Materials

The same restoration process cannot be used for all building materials. Hard surfaces like concrete can be salvaged but porous materials like cellulose insulation and flooring materials will need to be removed and replaced. 

4. Water Extraction

Excess water can lead to costly repairs in permanently damaged material if not extracted immediately. SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo knows exactly how to remove excess water in emergency situations like flooding or burst pipes. Hiring these specialists will also ensure that all hidden water damage and moisture from behind the walls and underneath the floors is also removed properly to prevent the risk of mold growth

5. Timing

As soon as you find water damage on your property, taking the necessary steps right away can make a big difference in financial costs. Simply knowing the basic first steps during an emergency can prevent the damage from spreading further.

6. Contact your Insurance Company

Call your insurance company immediately after finding water damage. The insurance company can also guide you through the first steps to prevent the damage from spreading.

If you have any damage to your commercial property call the professionals at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo (805)541-1271 "Like it never even happened."

Fire Aftermath of Commercial Properties

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial building on fire Building on fire

The destructive power of fire can leave businesses and commercial properties devastated. When a fire occurs, SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo works to assist business owners and proprietors to move forward and put their lives and businesses back together. The restoration process after a commercial fire is laborious and time-consuming. The goal of commercial fire damage restoration is to thoroughly clean every nook and cranny of a business or commercial property after a fire. In a fire’s aftermath, much of the damage restoration focuses on eliminating the persistent smoke odors and the accompanying soot and residual water. Every trace of the contaminants responsible for odors must be scrubbed clean and deodorized. High-powered equipment such as air scrubbers can help clear the air of particulates and odors. Industrial air movers and dehumidifiers mitigate residual water and moisture from putting out the fire.

The Odors from Smoke

As with most fires, commercial fires leave a pungent odor that permeates the building, furnishings, fixtures, and air throughout the property. Those odors are in large part a result of the fire source itself—the debris from the fire, the soot and residual water and chemicals that were used to extinguish the fire. The debris must be dealt with first.

Restoration crews from SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo move to quickly remove the debris and soot from the premises. Materials such as charred furnishings, rugs, and ceiling tiles are carried out until the property is emptied of any burned remnants of the fire. Debris removal also mitigates odors by removing microscopic dust particles, airborne and settled, that derives from soot deposits and burned debris. Debris removal reduces the intensity of odors, but will not completely eliminate them. Soot and residual water also combine to contribute to smoke odors, and they must be dealt with.

Removal of Soot

Thick layers of soot mixed with moisture cover a good portion of commercial fire sites. Soot is the black, powdered carbon and chemical byproduct of the burned material after a fire. Depending on the material burned in commercial fires, the chemical or acidic composition of soot can cause further damage on its own to just about any surface it is in contact with. Soot can stain porous and textured surfaces, permanently discolor granite, plastics, grout and the unburned fixtures made of wood or textiles.

Residual Water

Not only is mold a problem after flooding but after fires as well. Residual water from extinguishing the fire can lead to mold spreading throughout the property if it is not properly mitigated. The smoky odor after a fire rapidly combines with mold to further contaminate the air and interact with surfaces. The longer such odors interact with surfaces the more difficult it will be to completely eliminate the odor.

Fires to your commercial property can be devastating and catastrophic. The biggest challenge will be to replace, repair or restore the property to resume business as usual. To do so as quickly as possible, call the professionals at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo (805)541-1271 "Like it never even happened."

Where to Find Mold in Commercial Buildings

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Mold inside office Abandon office with mold

If mold is suspected in your commercial building where people work or go to school, exposure increases since they are exposed to the mold spores for most of the hours in the day. This increased exposure can lead to more severe symptoms.  

These symptoms can include things like upper respiratory infections, chronic lung illness, chest inflammation, and more. 

Where Can Mold Hide In a Commercial Building?

If you are the owner of a commercial building, mold prevention should be one of your primary maintenance goals. Use these mold prevention tips to keep your commercial property free of mold. 

  1. Watch for and clean up any wet spots. 
  2. Fix plumbing leaks. 
  3. Install dehumidifiers to get rid of condensation and excess moisture.
  4. Make sure that any appliances that generate moisture (like dryers) have a vent leading to the outdoors to keep moisture outside. 
  5. Keep HVAC drip pans dry, clean, and empty. 
  6. Make sure HVAC systems have recommended maintenance. 
  7. Keep humidity levels below 60 percent. 
  8. Keep foundations dry by providing proper drainage in your landscaping. 

 If you have any mold damage to your commercial property call SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo (805)541-1271 "Like it never even happened."

10 Do It Yourself Tips to Prepare for a Storm

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

House in the rain Rain pouring on a house.

Storms of all sizes often come when you least expect it, sometimes the damages left behind are devastating and sometimes they go unnoticed, little by little, causing small damages that eventually amount to something much more severe down the road. Here are 10 do it yourself tips to prepare for a storm:

1). Cover Outdoor Items

Outdoor furniture, barbecues, outdoor equipment, and firewood with heavy duty tarps.

2). Sandbags

If your property tends to collect a lot of water (wether or not your home is in a high-risk area) use sandbags to divert water to drainage areas.

3). Trim Trees

When trees become absorbed with rainwater, weak trees can snap or become easily uprooted.

4). Roof, Skylights and Flashing. 

Leaks often occur at the flashing in valleys or where pipes penetrate the surface. Seal these with asphalt roofing cement.

5). Clean (Gutters and Downspouts)

If your house is surrounded by trees, you should clear the gutters and remove any leaves or debris. When gutters and downspouts clog with leaves and debris, water overflows and spills down where it can damage walls and footings. 

6). Repair (Gutters and Downspouts)

Repair sagging or leaking gutters and make sure downspouts carry drainage away from the house. 

7). Inspect House Siding. 

Check for previous damage, cracks and holes. Seal up leaks with paintable or clear caulk. Make sure the paint is in good condition. If it isn’t, consider getting the house painted before winter really sets in.

8). Windows and Doors 

Weather strip all the windows and doors to seal out drafts and minimize heat loss. 

9). Install (Storm Doors and Windows) 

If your home has a combination storm/screen door switch from screens to glass. Spray a little WD-40 on the storm door’s hinges and latches. Be sure the door closer is adjusted and working smoothly. 

10). Supply Kit 

Assemble a supply kit. Store important documents on thumb drives or hard drives located away from your home (or on the Cloud). Consider flood insurance; even if it isn’t located in a high-risk area.

If you have any storm damage needs call the professionals at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo at (805)541-1271 "Like it never even happened."

Residential Landscaping Tips for Stormwater

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

Amazing Landscape Landscaping of an amazing home.

Seasonal storms do not have to ruin your landscaping and create harmful runoff. Seasonal rain showers wash away soil, rocks, mulch, plants, force trees to fall down, allow large pools of water to build up causing mud pits or even worse cause damage to your homes foundation. Here are some tips to allow your landscaping to be functional but also allow you to keep fantastic curb appeal.

Permeable Pavers

Residential communities often struggle to control the environmental effects of runoff. This becomes an issue when parking lots, driveways, and sidewalks prevent natural water absorption.

Installing permeable pavers offer a way to manage stormwater with your driveway, patio, and other hard surfaces. The stormwater flows through the paver into the soil, rather than running off into the street.

Gravel and Stone Beds

Gravel areas and stone beds provide a porous area that stormwater can quickly filter through to be absorbed into the soil below. These beds are often used in swales, and they’re popular because they have a natural look. Plus, they’re great options for climates where grass doesn’t grow easily.

Berms and Swales

First, consider the lay of your land. Determine where the water currently flows on the property and decide if that location needs to be diverted. If the water naturally flows towards a building, you need to redirect it away from the foundation.

A berm is an excellent solution to this problem. Berms are slightly raised areas of land that can help change the direction the water flows. By combining berms and swales, water can be absorbed in your yard or easily flow through to a catchment designed to allow evaporation while providing a source of water for your plants.

Retaining Walls

Keep in mind the slope of the land while designing your stormwater-friendly landscape. If your property slopes toward any buildings, you will want to divert that water. A tiered retaining wall with stone, shrubs, plants and grass will slow the flow of water down a steep slope. This reduces soil erosion and runoff while the plants absorb and use the excess water.

Rain Garden

If a portion of your yard is lower than the rest and often experiences pooling of stormwater. They also add to a yard’s aesthetic. First, identify a low-lying area and grow a mixture of plants that require a lot of water. Some examples are day lilies, bee balm, and butterfly weed. 

Tips for Stormwater

Your landscape plan will depend on your climate, the amount of precipitation you get, and the size of your yard.For example, you may not want to plant a rain garden if you live in a place that is dry for many months and then sees severe storms. Instead, you may opt for permeable pavers or stone beds.

If you have any damage to your home or place of business due to stormwater, call the professionals at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo at (805)541-1271 "Like it never even happened."

Repercussions of a Thunderstorm

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning Strike Repercussion of a thunderstorm, lightning!

It's important to keep an eye on the weather, especially if a thunderstorm is on the horizon. Thunderstorms can lead to the destruction of personal and business property. During a thunderstorm high winds irrupt, with the ability to cause flash flooding, lightning strikes, hail and potentially creating tornadoes. Here's a list of a few repercussions caused by a thunderstorm...

1). Flash Floods

When a thunderstorm rolls through, it can bring torrential downpours of rain with it causing a flash flood which can damage a structure, home, commercial buildings, bridges, etc 

 2). Lightning

When lightning strikes a home or business property, electricity can pass through the wiring of the home. This can cause severe damage to any electrical appliances that are plugged into an outlet. Lightning can also spark fires, which can cause damage to a home or business property.

3). Hail

Thunderstorms can produce hail of various sizes that can be devastating to personal property. Hail can dent the body of a car, break windows and cause extensive roof damage.

4). Tornadoes

When a tornado strikes, its strong winds and debris can cause major structural damage to buildings. A tornado can even make a vehicle airborne.

If a major storm causes damage to your home or business property, call the professionals at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo (805)541-1271 "Like it never even happened."

Immediate steps after a STORM

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damaged Home Massive damage to a home after a storm.

Having a strategy to deal with storm damage in your home or place of business will help you immediately after a storm.

Storm damage can occur at any time, sometimes when we least expect it creating major hazards. Damage to walls, windows, roof, foundation etc. Moisture allows mold growth, that can cause health hazards, to develop in your furniture, carpet, walls and building materials. Here are a few immediate steps you should consider after a storm:

1). Shut off the main gas line.

2). Identify any sharp or broken objects on the property and try to stay clear of those objects.

3). If possible take photographs of the damage, that way you will have a record for your insurance company.

4). Contact your insurance agent. Notify your agent about the damage immediately and schedule an adjustor to come asses the extent of the damage so that payment and repairs can get started immediately.

If a major storm causes damage to your home or business property, call the professionals at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo (805)541-1271 "Like it never even happened."

The Spread of FIRE!!!

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Building fire Museum building fire aftermath.

Do you know the four basic ways that a fire can spread?

Typically, convection, conduction, radiation, and direct burning are the four common causes for fire to spread.


1. CONVECTION-
Occurs when heated liquid or gas expands and becomes lighter, oxygen flows in, igniting a chain reaction. The fire forces gases lower and the heated gases spread ceilings and walls. 

2. CONDUCTION – is when heat passes through materials, Igniting fuel through other objects and combustible materials.

3. DIRECT BURNING - The easiest way a fire can spread through any structure. Any flammable materials that the fire comes in contact with has the ability to spread faster. Once the fire spreads, it can travel at a rapid rate, containment becomes very difficult.

4. RADIATION – Last but not least, radiation is the transfer of heat that becomes absorbed by materials as well as other objects. Such as, a fireplace that radiates onto carpet, mattresses or other flammable materials.

For any of your fire damage needs, call SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo "Like it never even happened."(805)541-1271 

Water takes over Winery!

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Business Winery Offices Flooded

There are several possible causes of water damage. Leaky dishwashers, clogged toilets, broken pipes, broken dishwasher hoses, overflowing washing machines, leaky roofs, plumbing leaks, and foundation cracks are just some of the possible causes of water damage in homes and businesses. Once a home or business sustains water damage, it is important to start the water damage cleanup immediately. Starting water damage cleanup as soon as possible increases the likelihood of saving water-soaked furniture, carpets, rugs, clothing, and other items.

Water damage escalates to mold and microbial growth issues in just a few days, which can compromise the health of the inhabitants, including your pets. Given these facts, water damage must be dealt with immediately to prevent further damage to your home or place of business. Call SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo to take care of all your water damage needs! "Like it never even happened." (805) 541-1271