Recent Commercial Posts

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

Helping a Large Commercial Facility Recover from a Disaster is Never Simple

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

trailer mounted Drying and power equipment SERVPRO of Yuma East, Foothills has access to the equipment to dry and restore large commercial projects.

Commercial Property Damage Recovery Services are Specialized and Complex

When a factory, airport, or other large building is struck by a disaster the mitigation and restoration is a huge 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 Hygienist’s & 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 a trained and approved in commercial  cleaning and restoration projects. We also work along other Large Loss Certified SERVPRO Contractors when a major disaster impacts a facility.  

We, and 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.

There is an Advantage to “Start to Finish” Service.

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

construction of a room Commercial property damage recovery requires careful planning and a well executed production schedule.

Commercial Locations With Property Damage Require Cohesive Service.

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

Most contractors are specialists and must bring in sub-contractors to perform certain tasks. When this happens there are often lag times in the production schedule and mistakes can easily happen. 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 less 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. Businesses loss money when they are closed or partially closed, and income property is not making money when tenants aren’t paying rent.  That is the reason emergency damage cleanup and property damage repairs must be completed properly and quickly. We get it.

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

Business interruption insurance is available to help companies survive a property damage event.

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

People talking Always seek professional advice when it comes to protecting your property and business.

Business Interruption Insurance… explained.

When commercial property is damaged there is often a negative impact to the business(s) housed within the structure. Sometimes, the business interruption will last several days or longer and will disrupt the income earning capabilities of the company. 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 are unable to open your business on a temporary basis 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 have a conversation 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 responsibly is to perform the cleanup and restoration as quickly as possible so the business can be back 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 major 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 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 that have 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 talk with you about making a plan for your business, and it’s free!

SERVPRO of Yuma contact information:  928 -247-1180

How Does SERVPRO of Yuma define “Commercial” Work?

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

Drying equipment Rapid drying in place to return a business to operation.

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 for individual homeowners. Commercial jobs, that are paid for by insurance come under a different payment schedule and are managed by 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 quickly restore a large structure.  

Another important 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 insure percentage of lost revenue during a disaster event. Thus, insurance companies will reward vendors who are able to 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 large 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 industry in our area to meet us and have a conversation about disaster-preventative-contingencies. Please, contact us at: 928-247-1180