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5 Workplace Safety Tips for Small Businesses

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Small businesses, especially start-ups need to make sure that before operations occur, safety should be of upmost importance. Although this may seem like a given, there are instances when businesses do not follow certain requirements set by OSHA, get an employee injured and set themselves up the legal repercussions.  Therefore, here are 5 steps that we take here at SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda that can protect you and avoid most accidents in the workplace.

Easy Access to your Safety Rules

Every job site or office needs to make their rules visible or easily accessible by their employees instead of just containing them within a rule book. This can work as a friendly reminder for your team members in case a situation arises.

Make Employees Involved

If you give a damn, your employees will too. Make sure that you are sincere and mindful of your employee needs and that their safety is not just for your protection but because you would not want any accident to befall them.

Communication

Although it is important to effectively communicate safety rules. It is even more important to emphasis that other employees should communicate quickly if they see something potentially unsafe or a hostile work environment. Communication is key!

Avoid Making Shortcuts

Getting things done quickly may look attractive with productivity, however, these conditions and work environment can increase the likelihood of workplace injuries. Therefore, productivity should not be at the expense of your employees.

Practice an Emergency Ready Plan

Make sure you have a plan for your employees that follows federal protocol about any situation that might arise. In the event of a natural disaster, contact your local SERVPRO and we can get you started on one of our own Emergency Ready Profiles (ERP). This complimentary plan would be easily accessible through an app on your mobile device that would contain the necessary information in the event of a disaster.

Safety should be the priority of every business. Prevention is key, and we have your back.  

High Chance of Storms this Year 2020

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

Three Victorian style homes in the center of a slanted uphill road with rain and lightning in the sky above them. Damage from a storm? Contact us!

According to an article written by Reuters, an international team of scientists forecast that there is an 80% that El Niño will make its way across the Pacific. Which means we might in for a chaotic winter season here in the bay area. There is a high probability that if El Niño will flood our streets which could lead to water damage to our properties.

Prevention is Key

Here at SERVPRO® of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda we provide services such as our Emergency Ready Profile, an app from SERVPRO® that enables you to list out critical information needed in the event of an emergency. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us through the number provided below. Through this free of charge service, we want you to know that we have your best interest in mind, and we can equip you with the tools needed in the event of intense weather conditions. Also be sure to follow this blog which will be updated at least weekly and follow us on social media so that way in case you need restoration services, we are only a click away.

SERVPRO® professionals are known to be faster to any size disaster, we take pride into making your damaged property look, “Like it never even happened.”

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Six Ways to Protect Your Home Before A Storm

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

Old and dirty roof tiles that are in desperate need of repairs. A roof that needs repairs.

1. Reduce flying debris

If you see any tree branches near or hanging over your structure, the best solution may be to cut them off. You can also secure weak and loose fencing and anchor any heavy objects around your yard into the ground.

2. Replacing windows and exterior doors

If possible, consider replacing your windows and outside doors with pressure and impact resistance improvements so that you can have better protection from the outside force of a storm.

3. Inspect and repair your roof

Inspect your roof and overhang to look for signs of wear or damage. This is crucial to prevent water from entering through the cracks and damages your ceilings, causing mold.

4. Check caulking

Make sure the caulking around your windows and doors are in good shape and not cracked or broken. If there are any gaps, make sure to get a caulk gun to fill up holes around pipes or wires that enter your building. This will reduce the risk of leaks from wind-driven rain.

5. Inspect carports and other attached structures

Have porches, carports, entryway canopies, and storage sheds inspected to make sure they are firmly attached and in good condition.

6. Create an inventory list

This can help you out when filing an insurance claim.

Taking these preventative measures can help you before a storm hits. However, if your property does suffer damage from a storm. Our SERVPRO® of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda team of professionals are either a click or call away.

Learn more: disastersafety.org

Do you Have a Plan In Case of Emergency?

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

Ready Plan mobile device download page for android devices. Download the SERVPRO® App today!

According to FEMA, 40% of Businesses do not reopen after sustaining a disaster. Although, we do not plan for disasters to occur, the unfortunate truth is that they could. Therefore, as a nationwide company we have an app that is available for download to help you create a plan in case an emergency occurs.

Introducing the SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile.

This is a free resource that we recommend each business takes advantage of. We make a detailed report of your facility with critical information such as emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations, emergency exits, emergency locations for staff, and much more. Information that only you have access to and for your usage in the event of an emergency. The ERP also provides a guide to help you back into your building, which minimizes the amount of time your business could stay inactive.

SERVPRO® of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda

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(925) 299-1323

This Home Was Destroyed During a Wildfire

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

Front view of a home destroyed by a fire with a white painted railing leading to the ground and unharmed by the fire. Home we visited that was destroyed by fire.

We speak a lot about fire prevention but there are times where natural disasters occur and a storm can devastate your property. Recently, we experienced the destruction of Kincade, which destroyed many homes and businesses. Fortunately, there are no reported casualties due to quick decision making and mass evacuation of people north of Santa Rosa, CA. Many surrounding counties suffered blackouts and even we had to undergo a time period with no power.

However, we at SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda are prepared and arrived to locations alongside teams from other counties and states to lend a hand and help businesses and homeowners restore their property or protect them from harmful air pollution.

Although, there are times when our representatives arrive to a location that has been completely decimated by a fire. In this case, an entire home was destroyed leaving a family with the decision of relocating while the repairing process began.

Prevention and planning are key for ones' safety during a storm that is out of our control. 

The Restoration of an Educational Facility

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

Cardboard boxes with the SERVPRO logo in the center of the room are stacked in 4 rows in a library. A school needed our help and we came in with the equipment needed to get the job done.

Recently, we were contacted by a school that needed our services due to a minor flood that damaged a huge portion of their floor. We came in and inspected the damage and found that although there were many rooms that were affected, we had the tools and resources to get the job done quickly and efficiently so that we could make it look, “Like it never even happened.” To get this done we sent in our best team to investigate the flooring, check for mold, and begin the drying process using our specialized equipment. After drying, we use a device to check for any moisture or mold again to make sure that no additional damage would ensue.

If you need experts in the restoration industry, contact your neighborly

SERVPRO® of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda

Why SERVPRO is a Leader in the Restoration Industry

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

As leaders in the cleanup and restoration industry, you’ve probably seen or heard our national advertisements. Here at our local franchise we wanted to inform you about our best practices procedure to ensure that if disaster strikes, your business or home is in good capable hands.

Disasters involving water and mold are never easy to process and our goal is to make it easy on the clients to avoid any further frustration. In many cases, we inspect the damages and communicate our findings to all stakeholders by using an estimating software that is preferred by insurance companies due to its standardized pricing and fair approvals of estimates. This process can take days and we utilize this system to make sure that we gain your approval prior to proceeding with services. Disasters may arrive and destroy quickly. However, we at SERVPRO® like to take our time to assess the situation to do a good job in mitigation and restoration.


Here at SERVPRO® of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda we are committed to giving our clients a positive experience.

Be safe and thank you for choosing SERVPRO®

Heavy Rainfall This Season, let SERVPRO Help!

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

Contra Costa County is getting hit with heavy rainfall this season. The month of December is on average the wettest season in the East Bay. However, we are not in the clear skies yet, as the rain will persist during the month of January. Therefore, I would like to discuss the process of contents or item restoration. When a storm hits your home, the devastation may leave numerous locations in need of restoration or repairing. That is why we also conduct organized and efficient pack-outs for all belongings in your property. This ensures a quicker remodeling process and protects your items from any potential damage from a coming storm or from on-site work. We take your belongings to our warehouse where we will cleanup and remove any water damaged using our Esporta IS4000. This machine can restore up to level 4 water damaged items. We remove any water and leave it to dry with our specialize heaters and dehumidifiers.

For any storm related situations, feel free to contact us and our service professionals will help you through the process.

SERVPRO® of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda

(925) 299-1323

Happy New Year!

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

New Year, Same Promise.

2019 was a wonderful year for us here at SERVPRO® of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda. We had tremendous growth and wonderful additions to our team this year. Next year, our goal is to show our appreciation by attending more community events and helping by donating our time and resources.

With a bigger team, we have the means to restore big commercial buildings in the new year and have already worked with many city projects around the bay area. 

As a leader in the restoration industry, it is our responsibility to show you that we are here and available anytime. Please feel free to ask us any questions or concerns at anytime. Always happy to help our LaMoraga community. Please have a safe and joyous new year!

Do's and Don'ts When Water Damages Your Home

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Remains of an office that has been damaged by water. Pieces of ceiling on the right and a wet notebook on the left. Water damage at an office.

If you have the unfortunate experience of water damage from clean water, here are tips regarding what you should and should not do during a water leak or flood.

DO:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible with by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

 DON’T:

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water.  Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

When you want a superb water removal service. Trust the trained technicians here at SERVPRO® of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda. We work to get your home looking, "Like it never even happened."

 Call Us Anytime at (925) 299-1323