Recent Commercial Posts
SERVPRO can Assist in Earthquake Readiness
Southern California is a special place to live in when 50 miles in every direction guides you to a different ecological environment that warrants its own forces of nature. But, one event that is felt by the region and state alike is an earthquake. California’s school system requires the administration to plan for earthquakes by performing drills and safety practices to prepare for “the big one.” The California Department of Public Health also requires all establishments to draw out an earthquake evacuation plan to be reviewed by a representative of their safety division. SERVPRO of Lake Forest South/ Laguna Woods is here to help you develop the plans your business needs to confront an emergency situation like an earthquake with confidence. As good practice, we create Emergency Ready Plans for commercial businesses in the community. These reports denote shut-off switches and valves for the property’s supply lines, nearest hospitals, and evacuation sites, and the safest points of entry and exit for occupants of the building in the event of an emergency situation. If you are a property owner reading this and it is something that interests you, call us today to request an Emergency Ready Plan tailored to your commercial space. We will send members of our team out to your property to assess the safest routes and primary locations to keep note of if a natural disaster occurs. Contact us at (949)429-3188, and we will be there to help.
Annual Inspection for Commercial Properties is Crucial for Disaster Preparedness
A useful security tool that every commercial building owner should look into is periodical maintenance checkups to make sure that the building is safe and secure from natural disasters. We often find ourselves running to the first commercial building when a storm hits the city. Why is that?
It’s because these buildings are annually checked to find out if they meet the safety regulations. Even a small issue on one of the floors can lead to life-threatening problems. From power cuts caused by a fallen object to chemicals exposed to high temperatures and more, such small things can cause serious consequences.
Following is a checklist for a commercial building’s annual maintenance schedule, which every business should follow:
Roofing (Should Be Inspected Twice In a Year)
- Check roofing contracts, warranties, and files
- Check roof drains for stuck debris
- Inspect the roofing perimeter for damage to copings and metal
- Check roof connections with the walls for any wrinkles or tears
- If a bitumen roof is installed, check for cracks in the plies
- If a bitumen roof is installed, take protective measures against corrosion
- Trim, weed, and irrigate if a green roof is installed
- Conduct regular moisture checks for leaks
- Install a protective roof membrane
- Inspect the solar panels for any openings that might lead to a leak
HVAC (Should Be Inspected Twice In a Year)
- Recharge U-bend or P-traps water traps
- Find screw issues
- Get the boilers and chillers inspected by a professional
- Inspect the cooling towers for motor bearings, fill valves, gearbox, wiring, support structure, log observations, and fan blades
- Lubricate pumps at least once a year
- Depending on what type of HVAC system the building has, replace air filters at least once a month
- Make sure the condenser coil is clean
- For the refrigerant and compressor to work properly, switch to energy-efficient settings
- Calibrate sensors and clean the economizer
Following these tips will ensure your commercial space is up to standard for any natural disaster. Call SERVPRO if you need assistance or additional information to perform these check-ups. We are here to help you foster a safe environment for our community.
What to know about Asbestos
Microscopic view of asbestos fibers.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos refers to six naturally occurring fibrous minerals that have the ability to resist heat, fire, and electricity. These microscopic fibers are also resistant to most chemical reactions and breakdowns, resulting in very versatile building material.
These properties resulted in asbestos being used for many years in a wide range of commercial and industrial settings, as well as in a large variety of consumer products. Although its use has diminished in recent decades, there are still many products that contain asbestos, especially in older homes, schools, and public buildings.
Asbestos can still be found in many household items including drywall, flooring, ceiling tiles, etc. Since the late 1970s, the use of asbestos has almost stopped. However, homes and other buildings built before 1978 have a higher likelihood of testing positive for asbestos.
Why is Asbestos Hazardous?
The reason why asbestos is so hazardous is that when it becomes brittle, agitated, or destroyed, it breaks into microscopic fibers that become airborne and very easily inhaled. Because of the shape of these fibers, they cling to the lining of the lungs and may result in respiratory ailments.
How Does SERVPRO Handle Asbestos?
When SERVPRO of Lake Forest South/Laguna Woods is called to inspect a home, the technicians must know what year the home was built. If the home was built in the late 1980s or earlier, an asbestos testing company must be dispatched and test the affected areas for asbestos.
If asbestos is not found, then the SERVPRO team can continue with their work on the property. If the asbestos testing comes back positive, an abatement company will need to come out in order to remove the affected areas in a safe manner. Once the removal process is complete, then the SERVPRO team can begin their work.
Book a COVID-19 Clean-Up for Your Commercial Business Property
Here at SERVPRO, we care about our clients and their well-being. It is obvious that COVID-19 has impacted every member of the community. We want to know how you are doing, and how we can help. As businesses slowly open up with proper health restrictions in place, maybe your business is in need of some inspection, cleaning, or restoration before starting up. Let us know, and we will be there to help.
To learn more about the services we provide, browse around the website or read our "Why SERVPRO" blogs. We have a wide range of services to meet the needs of the Torrance community.
We also have blogs informing you on how to maintain your business during COVID-19, with tips and pointers on what you can do to inspect your own property. Also, feel free to take a look at some other blogs unrelated to COVID-19 about what to do if your property faces any sort of natural disaster damage.
We have the proper PPE and disinfecting equipment to clean your property before its opening. The customers of Torrance will be pleased to support local businesses and to see them clean and flourishing. Schedule an inspection through our 24-hour service line at (949)429-3188. Our services are still open during these times, and we want to make sure yours are too.
How to Apply for A Building/Construction Permit in Laguna Woods, CA (Part 2)
To move forward with a building project in Laguna Woods, visit the city website pertaining to building permits. Here, the contact information for City Hall is provided to call and inquire about what building permits are required for the job. A calendar for scheduling building inspections is also under this link along with resources like a Building Permit Worksheet, Demolition Advisory for Those Considering Building Improvements, and a Fee Schedule and Study. Permits can be submitted and processed at the City Permit counter in City Hall.
According to the city of Laguna Woods, any structural, functional or aesthetic change to the interior of a Unit, its mechanical systems or the structural integrity of the building; or any physical, structural or aesthetic change to the exterior of a Unit is considered an alteration. When proposing any construction and/or demolition job, it’s important to know how the city will classify it. Linked here is a brochure that lays out the process for submitting an application to alter a unit. If the job in question falls under this category, processing will be done through the Laguna Woods alterations department.
As always, make sure the contractor you hire is licensed under the California Contractors State License Board. This link will guide you to the state license board webpage for verifying the license of your contractor. For the city to verify your building permits it is essential that the chosen contractor is properly certified. SERVPRO of Lake Forest South/Laguna Woods has the resources and licenses to undertake any demolition or reconstruction job for your property.
Call us at (949)429-3188 to schedule an inspection of your home or a consultation for your construction plans.
How to Apply for A Building/Construction Permit in Lake Forest, CA (Part 1)
Have you been thinking of remodeling your home after the long months of quarantine, stuck inside staring at the same walls, walking through the same doors? Or has your property suffered from any recent natural disaster damage and is in need of some serious reconstruction? Or perhaps you are a current or potential business owner unsure of how to move forward with plans for renovation and construction to ring in the post COVID era. Any of these undertakings will necessitate an inspection from your city’s Building department. SERVPRO of Lake Forest and Laguna Woods serves two cities, each with their own permit process; both will be covered in this blog.
To move forward with a building project in Lake Forest, visit the building and planning web pages to retrieve resources needed for planning. Following the building services link, under the “Building Forms'' tab you will find PDF files for building permit applications and the requirements needed for both commercial and residential developments. Each element of the job may require a permit and an accompanied inspection from the city. Building, electrical, mechanical and plumbing aspects will demand inspection, the form linked gives a guide on how to schedule these once the appropriate permit is secured.
The city of Lake Forest classifies varying sectors of the city under “zones,” and these zones are subject to codes laid out in the Lake Forest Municipal Code Handbook. The requirements PDF from the website will tell you which developmental standards the work you intend may be liable to, but it is always best for yourself and/or hired construction planner to check for any special cases applicable to the project. These applications and permits can be processed through eLakeForest, a self service program for residents and contractors performing work in the area.
The links provided should give you a fine basis for understanding what is essential to the building process in Lake Forest. Here at SERVPRO of Lake Forest/Laguna Woods, we have the certifications required under the CSLB, Contractors State License Board, to facilitate the planning and construction process for your residential and commercial property. Don’t hesitate to call us at (949) 429-3188 to schedule a consultation with our construction team.
We Can Save Your Retail Business from Disaster
Time is crucial when disaster strikes your retail business. SERVPRO understands that every hour lost means losing potential customers and revenue. We encourage business owners to utilize our 24/7 emergency call center to make sure that not a moment is wasted in getting your business on track again.
SERVPRO of Lake Forest/Laguna Woods services all sorts of retail facilities, including:
- national chain stores
- shopping malls
- department stores
- specialty retailers
Apart from SERVPRO handling any water, fire, mold, or storm damage, SERVPRO of Lake Forest/Laguna Woods can also handle the repairs and cleanup after the mitigation work is complete. Repairs can include minor work such as repainting and repairing drywall to reconstruction. Cleanup can include removing residual odors or deep cleaning floors and carpets.