Recent Commercial Posts

Helping a Company Recover From a Large Loss is Never Easy.

4/3/2023 (Permalink)

A large trailer mounted generator. As part of the SERVPRO Storm Team, we have access to all the equipment we need to complete a" large loss" job.

Commercial Property, Damage Recovery Services, are Specialized and Complex

When a disaster strikes a factory, airport, or other large building, the mitigation and restoration is a massive project involving dozens of overlapping moving parts. This highly swirling activity may seem like a whirl-wind, but it is not. It is synchronized in a logical order where one step often leads to another and ends on time (when all goes according to the scope and plan).    

An Overview of the Services that Might Be Utilized During a Large Commercial Disaster:

  • Security, Board-up, and Fencing
  • Project Scope and Recovery Plan/Cost and Timeline Projections
  • Industrial Hygienists & Engineering Reports
  • Job Safety Management
  • Building Permits and Scheduled Inspections
  • Daily Indoor Environmental Testing and Reports
  • Daily Progress Documentation / Photos & Diaries
  • Daily Progress Briefings
  • Publicity Management
  • Employee Labor-force Supervision and Hourly Documentation
  • Background Checks of All Laborers
  • Management of Sub-contractors and Suppliers
  • Temporary Power / Generators
  • Temporary Lighting
  • Data and Communication Systems Recovery
  • Temporary Office Pods
  • Portable Toilets
  • Storage Pods
  • Containment Chambers
  • Structural Drying / Desiccants / Dehumidifiers
  • Structural Cleaning
  • Air Filtration and Purification Systems
  • HVAC Repair and Cleaning
  • Document Drying and Recovery
  • Electronic Equipment Recovery & Restoration
  • Heavy Equipment Recovery & Restoration
  • Controlled Demolition
  • Debris Removal
  • Reconstruction
  • Final Cleanup
  • Inventory of Supplies and Materials
  • Invoicing and Accounting Documentation

SERVPRO OF Yuma East, Foothills, is trained and approved in commercial cleaning and restoration projects. We also work with other Large Loss Certified SERVPRO Contractors when a significant disaster impacts a facility.  

Our other SERVPRO partners are here for you 24/7. One call to 928-247-1190, and help will be on the way, no matter the size of the disaster.

Is There an Advantage to "start to finish" Service

12/9/2022 (Permalink)

Controlled demolotion SERVPRO of Yuma provides mitigation, demolition, and reconstruction.

Commercial Locations With Property Damage Require Cohesive Service.

What do we mean by cohesive service? We suggest that SERVPRO of Yuma can provide all the benefits to restore a damaged property from start to finish. This is a unique advantage for our clients.

Most contractors are specialists and must bring in sub-contractors to perform specific tasks. When this happens, there are often lag times in the production schedule, and mistakes can quickly occur. This is not the case with SERVPRO of Yuma, our services can flow seamlessly from the first day to the last day, and there will be fewer communication mistakes because we will keep the same production supervisors on the job.

Many of the property damage jobs we repair are for businesses or income property. Companies lose money when they are closed or partially closed, and income property does not make money when tenants aren’t paying rent. That is why emergency damage cleanup and repairs must be completed quickly and adequately. We get it.

Andy Alverez and Richard Rodriquez look forward to discussing your property repair needs and potential future needs with you. Please reach out to 928-247-1180.

Business Interruption Insurance Explained.

12/8/2022 (Permalink)

Business guys signing insurance documents Business owners should consider having Business Interruption Coverage.

Business Interruption Insurance… explained.

When a commercial property is damaged, there is often a negative impact on the business(s) housed within the structure. Sometimes, the business interruption will last several days or longer and disrupt the company's income-earning capabilities. In some cases, the interruption to the business is more “costly” than the damage to the structure. That’s why many companies have Business Interruption Insurance for just such an emergency. The Forbes Advisor describes this coverage like this, “Business interruption insurance helps to replace lost business income if you cannot open your business temporarily due to a loss covered by the policy, such as a fire or theft. Let’s say a storm knocks a tree into the front window of your business. Business interruption insurance, also known as business income insurance, would cover costs of lost income to your business until the window gets repaired.”

If you do not have business interruption insurance, you may want to talk with your insurance agent. For more information on the topic, you can also review the Forbes Advisor article.

In the past, SERVPRO of Yuma has worked on commercial property damage losses where business interruption insurance is in effect. In these cases, our responsibility is to perform the cleanup and restoration as quickly as possible so the business can return to work as soon as possible. Various studies have examined the reasons why some companies with adequate insurance go out of business after experiencing a disaster. The loss of customers and sales is a significant factor. The findings made clear that the longer the business is interrupted, the more difficult it will be for the company to recover and survive. Time is of the essence! That’s why, at SERVPRO of Yuma, we will work 24/7 to help restore the commercial property. Whenever possible, we will suggest and implement ways to keep at least part of a damaged company open and working.

Research about the effects of property damage on business recovery also reports that businesses with emergency-ready plans in place before the damage occurs have a substantial advantage in the recovery process and long-term survival.  SERVPRO of Yuma offers a customized emergency-ready plan.  We would be pleased to discuss making a plan for your business, and it’s free!

SERVPRO of Yuma contact information:           928 -247-1180

Does SERVPRO of Yuma provide 'Large-Loss Work'

12/7/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial equipment SERVPRO has the equipment to produce large cleanup projects.

Is SERVPRO of Yuma Capable of Serving Commercial Clients?

First, let’s define “commercial” restoration projects. Commercial property damage cleanup jobs are performed for businesses rather than individual homeowners. Commercial jobs, that are paid for by insurance come under a different payment schedule and are managed by the commercial and large-loss experienced adjusters.  

There are commercial jobs that involve peoples’ homes and apartments. For example: repairing property damage at an apartment building or a condominium association would be classified as commercial projects because apartments are “income property” and condominiums are state-certified corporations.

Commercial restoration projects tend to be much larger than single-dwelling residential jobs.  The mitigation and restoration work performed by commercial experienced technicians and their sub-contractors often includes document and data recovery, electronic equipment salvage, and the repair of heavy manufacturing equipment. This means that a company providing commercial service must maintain a substantial inventory of restorative drying equipment and have rapid access to other resources to restore a large structure quickly.  

Another essential and specialized aspect of performing commercial work is employing strategies to keep a business open and functioning during the recovery period. In fact, commercial insurance policies often include a clause to ensure a percentage of lost revenue during a disaster event. Thus, insurance companies will reward vendors who can keep a business operating or get them reopened quickly. This is called business interruption insurance.

Here's a twist…many commercial customers, including government facilities, are self-insured. That means they pay vendors directly from funds set aside for emergencies. Providing services for self-insured agencies requires that contractors have registered with government contractor programs, adhere to a long list of regulations, and agree to standards and rules for employee pay. Since we are on the topic of money, it should be noted that commercial customers seldom make a down payment. This causes commercial restoration contractors to have sufficient operating capital or an established line of credit to be able to finance the work, including a significant loss project that can be hundreds of thousands of dollars and more.

SERVPRO of Yuma is commercial and large-loss experienced and capable! We invite business owners and managers, government and public agencies, and large industries in our area to meet us and discuss disaster-preventative contingencies. Please, contact us at 928-247-1180

A Stores’ Ceiling Collapses. No Injuries!

10/3/2022 (Permalink)

man in TYVEK sweeping up plaster debris. A SERVPRO of Yuma technician is hard at work cleaning up plaster and insulation debris.

A Plaster Ceiling Falls in a Downtown Store

In the Yuma Area, we have many old buildings that were constructed with lath and plaster. In recent years many of these old ceilings have been covered with insulation and plasterboard to modernize their appearance and improve on insulation efficiency.

Our technicians recently responded to an emergency property damage at a business in downtown El Centro. It was a souvenir and gift shop housed in a building that is almost 100 years old. Their lath and plaster ceiling had been retrofitted many years ago with sheets of plasterboard.

At closing time, the customers were at the checkout counter near the front door when a large portion of the plasterboard ceiling collapsed. The heavy coat of plaster spread across the sheets of plasterboard and a layer of blown-in insulation fell onto displays, shelves, and the floor below. Nobody was injured. SERVPRO of El Centro and SERVPRO of Yuma (sister companies)  are performing the cleanup and the build-back. 

How did such a property disaster happen without a major earthquake?

The Imperial Valley experiences dozens of small earthquake tremors every day. The constant vibration loosened the nails and wore away the plaster from around the nails that held the plasterboard to the framing and the original ceiling above. Current building codes and construction processes use screws to securely anchor plasterboard. Unfortunately, screws were not used at this location.

Manmade property disasters happen every day that’s why we business owners here in the Yuma area know that SERVPRO is ready 24/7 to be of assistance.

Please, call anytime for help at 928-247-1180