Commercial Building Floods
Types of flooding
- Rising water after heavy rain. A risk to inland areas.
- Moving water creates force. Found near rivers.
- Overtopping. When dams or other flood controls are opened.
- Flash flooding, a result of a slow thunderstorm and excess rainfall.
- Widespread flood damage can be cause by storms dropping a lot of rain on the coast and moving inland to continue destruction.
Factors that play into floods are:
- Duration-if waters are moving through or they are trapped.
- Depth-waters more than 3 feet create pressure on walls and push them to collapse
- Velocity-the speed at which the water is traveling.
- Water Condition-the waters are often dirty or contaminated
Although having property on high grounds can be better, it's not always going to be safe from the water if the water is trapped and the level continues to rise. Do not assume your property is 100% safe from flooding.
Prepared for a Disaster
Do you know how to stay safe in a natural disaster? What about your kids or elderly parents? If the answer isn’t a confident “Yes!” you need to start making a plan today. Here’s how you can stay safe and protect your family in a natural disaster:
Create an Emergency Response Plan
An emergency response plan should answer three basic questions:
1. How will I stay in touch?
You can receive emergency alerts through a cell phone, radio, or television broadcast. You also need a way to contact family. Give every family member a physical copy of contact numbers and practice sending emergency texts. Text messages may go through even when phone calls won’t.
2. How will I take shelter?
The safest place to take shelter varies by hazard, so know which natural disasters occur in your region and how to react whether you’re at home, work, school, or a public location. You’ll need food, water, and other supplies in your sheltering location.
3. How will I evacuate?
Know evacuation routes and meeting places and have an emergency kit ready, including fuel for your vehicle. Identify several potential evacuation destinations, varying the direction of travel in case routes are impassable in a disaster.
Prepare an Emergency Kit
A pre-assembled emergency kit lets you respond quickly in a disaster. These are some essentials to include:
- Non-perishable food
- Flashlights and batteries
- First-aid kit
- Sanitary supplies
- Sleeping bags
- Clothing, including shoes and outerwear
- Personal documents (Photo IDs, Social Security cards, birth certificates, banking information, and other important documents)
- Cell phone and charger
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
- Local maps
Article by- Bradley Davis
Don't Let External Water Ruin Your Home!
As we jump into spring the spring showers come along with it. Floods are the number one cause of property damage. Hurricanes high winds and water can wash away homes. Copious amounts of water can be very strong. Flood maps exist to give homeowners an idea of what zone homes are in for flood damage. Some have high flood warning while others are low but still have some caution. If you are in a high risk flood area there is flood insurance to invest in. Severe water damage can create a hefty bill. You can check where your homes falls on a flood zone at FloodSmart.gov.
Take all the necessary precautions to insure that you have the least to none damage in your property.
SERVPRO of Escondido (760)746-6440
We Value Our Customers & Employees Safety
Our employees always wear their personal protective equipment (PPE).
Safety always comes first at SERVPRO. A job can only be done correctly if you are prepared for it correctly.
Having the proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is important and always the first step in every job. Working in the restoration industry has potential for injury so it's important to be prepared at all times and protect yourselves in every way possible!
Allen has his PPE on for this mold loss. If there is mold present when cutting into the drywall, the spores can travel and even be inhaled. No one wants to inhale anything other than oxygen so our employees are required to wear masks & protective eye wear. Even if no mold is present, a mask is important to keep from inhaling debris that floats around and can cause health effects.
We care about our employees and customers health so we always make sure everyone has the proper PPE on for each and every job.
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Tips for Flooding Emergencies!
Our team makes clean cuts that makes repairs much easier!
Water damage can occur with no warning. Protect your home from a flood in every way you can:
- Protect wells from taking safety improvement suggestions from a licensed contractor.
- Make sure your yard slopes away from your home to direct water away from it.
- Have a plumber install an exterior sewer backflow valve.
- Anchor fuel tanks.
- Have an electrician raise switches, sockets, circuit breakers, and wiring at least 12 inches above expected flood levels.
For winter (areas that experience snow):
- Rain can make snow melt quickly.
- Remove snow piled against home.
- Seal any cracks or gaps in foundation.
- Safely remove snow from roofs.
- Clear drains and gutters of debris and assure snow melts away from home.
SERVPRO of Escondido (760)746-6440
Don't let water ruin your property! Call today for an inspection!
Our Contents Division Does Pack-Outs & Pack-Backs.
Our contents team is highly trained and only uses the best SERVPRO certified cleaning products on our customer items.
Did you know our team handles content manipulation?
Don't worry about breaking your back trying to move heavy furniture or stress about breaking your fine china.
Our team of trained professionals carefully pack away your belongings into SERVPRO boxes. They are individually wrapped and packed away for safe keeping.
When you experience a water, fire, mold or bio hazard loss our contents team will pack out each room or rooms that are affected.
When the work is finished, our team will pack back all of your belongings exactly where they came from.
If you do not have any room for the boxes we can take them back to our 25,000 square foot climate-controlled warehouse where they are stored in a large protective crate that is marked with your name and address.
Let the professionals take care of everything while you relax and have the peace of mind that we are taking good care of your personals.
SERVPRO of Escondido (760)746-6440
Get Your Business Back Open Quicker with SERVPRO of Escondido
We have all the equipment needed to get your business back open quicker!
Flooding and water damage events in Escondido commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we're dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we will be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Escondido
SERVPRO of Escondido specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
FIRE DANGER in the Kitchen!
An open flame is very dangerous, never leave the kitchen with food cooking unattended.
Who knew cooking in your kitchen could turn into this? This tenant in Escondido was planning to have a peaceful dinner at the rental property before this situation occurred. It's important to always be prepared for the worst in the event that this happens. It can happen to anyone but there are ways you can be more prepared for it. Always keep clutter out of the kitchen. Wipe down all surfaces in the kitchen including floors and walls so there are no flammable spills or layers of film for the fire to catch onto easily. Keep baking soda in reach of the stove top to throw on any open flames. Baking soda cuts off the oxygen supply to a fire similar to a fire extinguisher. In the case the fire is not tamable immediately call your local fire department and evacuate the premises. Always use caution when cooking and if you do experience a disaster like this,
SERVPRO of Escondido will be there to clean it up for you. (760)746-6440
Cleanup and restoration after a fire.
The smoke and ashes left behind from fires can cause a lot of damage to your property.
SERVPRO of Escondido are the professionals when it comes to fire, smoke and soot cleanup.
There are three main categories of cleaning that we focus on.
Structural Cleaning- After a fire or smoke damage, the ceilings, walls, carpeting and floors need a thorough cleaning. Although you can't always see the smoke damage, you can definitely smell it. We have special smoke sponges that can show you extent of the smoke damage on your walls, ceiling, etc. We have specific equipment and cleaning products to clean and protect all the different surfaces in your home. Depending on the extent of the soot damage, we are able to reduce costs by cleaning and restoring walls instead of repainting or refinishing.
Contents Cleaning- Every single content item in the affected area will be individually cleaned and deodorized by our professionals. This includes rugs, furniture, curtains, upholstery, little items found on or around the furniture. Everything. Our professionals inspect each structure to determine the best means of cleaning. We will also provide a list of items that are to be "claimed".
Deodorization- We provide specialized services that rid the place of business of offensive odors left by smoke damage. We do not cover up odors with fragrances. We find the source of the odor and eliminate it.
Do you have fire or smoke damage in your home? Call SERVPRO of Escondido (760)746-6440
Do you have external water leaking into your home?
Rain or shine, our team is there to fix any water damage issue!
It could be a disaster if a home does not have a good drain system when storm rains will not let up. The water will continue to collect until it's pushing on your door searching for any sign of a crack to get inside. If the house is unoccupied for the duration of the storm the water can continue to leak in. A lot of times when water comes from the outside, it becomes dirty. The water can flow small particles of dirt into the crack under the door. Another example of contaminated water is sewage such as a toilet overflowing.
Here are some tips when dealing with contaminated water:
- Don't spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
- Don't turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
- Don't use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
- Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by it.
- Wash hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.