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Maintenance Tips For Commercial Properties

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

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With proper maintenance of your commercial property, you can more efficiently preserve its value and increase revenue while mitigating costs.


  • Exterior Maintenance

One of the important components of proper maintenance includes maintaining the exterior of the property. It is always a good idea to routinely take a walk through the exterior of the property and take note of any items that may need to be repaired or replaced including damage to the exterior paint, window glass, signage, landscaping, and also the conditions of roofing and parking areas.

  • Interior Maintenance

Just as the exterior of your property should be presentable, so should the interior. Unless otherwise noted in the lease agreement between the property owner and the tenant, proper upkeep of the interior of commercial property includes making paint touch-ups to interior walls, maintaining and cleaning the flooring, furnishings, and light fixtures throughout the property, and maintaining a tidy and safe environment.

  • Facilities and Utilities

Areas that are included in a commercial property that is to be maintained by the property owner include bathroom areas, break rooms, elevators, escalators, air conditioning units, water heaters, and any other facilities or utilities not mentioned that are the responsibility of the property owner. These areas are important to maintaining because they play a vital role in the operation of the property.

We here at SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino are here to guide through these tips for your building. Call us  @ 626-799-1872 

Storm Damage can be tough!

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage to your house Storm Damage to a house and the damage it has caused!

Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees on your property. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a strategy to deal with damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm.

Take Safety Precautions 

Heavy winds and rain can create physical hazards such as collapsed roofing materials, window damage, collapsed walls, or standing water in the basement or home interior. In addition, moisture can soak into furniture, carpeting, and building materials making the perfect environment for mold growth that can cause health effects. Shut off the main gas line if you smell gas. Beware of broken glass, exposed nails, and other sharp objects on the property. Contact SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino to help do basic tasks to secure your property and make it safe. If necessary, arrange for an alternative place for you and your family to live while your property is being restored to safe living conditions.

Photograph the Damage 

If it is safe to move around your property, use your cellphone or a camera to photograph the damage so that you will have a record for your insurance company. This action will ensure that you are fully compensated.

Contact Your Insurance Company 

Contact your insurance agent to notify them about the damage to your home immediately. The company will send out an adjuster to determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made.

Look Into Federal Disaster Assistance 

The federal government may have declared the area affected by the storm as a disaster area that is eligible for low-cost loans to help restore your property to normal. You will be required to file documents to receive these loans.

When a storm-related disaster strikes, it may seem overwhelming, but these steps can help you to begin the process of restoring your home, and your life, to normal. At SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino, we provide 24-hour emergency disaster service. We specialize in the stabilization and restoration of homes and businesses that have suffered a small or large loss from water, flood, wind, storm, fire damage, and smoke damage.

We are here for you no matter what the disaster!

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

We are here for you no matter what the disaster - image of fire with man in front A house burnt down during a disaster!

Your home is broken into while you’re out of town. A pipe bursts in your dining room the night before you’re set to host family for Thanksgiving. Fire disaster happens across town and your house has to soot on your furniture.  Disasters are never convenient and you need a company you can rely on when they hit; no matter what time it is. SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so you are never alone in distress. SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino has the fastest response time, day or night.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, and content of your home
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

If you need emergency water or fire clean up services call us now at (626) 799-1762

Board Ups and Roof Tarps

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Board Ups and Roof Tarps, board up in front of a store! A store and its board up!

SERVPRO of South Pasadena/ San Marino provides board up services that will prevent further damage to your property. California is getting hit with unfortunate fires, our board up services are intended to close any openings to your property following a catastrophe like a fire or a flood. Broken windows, broken doors, damaged hinges, and knocked down walls all provide easy entrance to natural elements and thieves.

Even if you do not require damage restoration, you may still want to protect your property with board up services, including temporary shoring, power restoration, and temporary fencing after vandalism, an earthquake, fire, or other disasters. Placing fencing around your home deters burglars from entering and stealing furniture, electronics, or other expensive items.

Installing roof tarps also prevents exposure to weather conditions, which cause unexpected water or sun damage while cleanup and construction are being performed

SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino is here to help 24/7 Call us at 626-799-1762 

Fire damage to your commercial property!

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

California wildfires rush in toward a group of houses California wildfires rush in toward a group of houses

The active wildfires here in Southern California are increasing their impact as growing Santa Ana winds add fuel to these devastating blazes that are encroaching in our area. Your commercial property can be damaged during these unfortunate times."The wind-driven blaze sweeping through Los Angeles County’s San Fernando Valley... after charring at least 31 buildings and prompting mandatory evacuation orders for more than 100,000 people as California hits peak wildfire season." Washington Post. 

At SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino we monitored this wildfire situation closely. Our thoughts are with those neighbors who may be put in harm's way during this event. In many cases, a wildfire can result in a total loss for a home or business, but in others, it may be a partial loss or can result in mild smoke damage. If your home or business is affected by a wildfire, SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino is Here to Help 24/7!

Commercial Fire Damage and some Guidelines

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Precautions Guidelines ad - showing fire extiniguisher Fire Precautions Guidelines

If you work in a high-rise building there are basic steps you should take to help ensure your safety and survival if you should ever be caught in a fire or other critical situation and you need to evacuate the building especially during these times of wildfires. Every high-rise building has unique characteristics including design, construction, condition, and use. Since most high-rise buildings are of fire-resistive construction and possess reliable enclosed stairways, fires are generally confined to individual office furnishings or possibly the contents of one floor.

Every owner, manager, and tenant of a high-rise building should establish, implement, maintain, and update an Emergency Action Plan for the building. An Emergency Action Plan describes the procedures that occupants should follow in an emergency situation, an emergency evacuation, or a drill. Each Emergency Action Plan should have a procedure for total-building evacuation.

Evacuation signs should be located in every elevator lobby, adjacent to doorways leading to exit stairs, and in other conspicuous floor locations. All plans, procedures, and signs should be properly maintained.

Evacuate immediately, quickly, and calmly, following posted evacuation instructions and the building emergency evacuation plan. Move directly to the nearest fire and smoke-free exit stairwell. If the nearest stairwell is obstructed by smoke or fire, use your alternate escape route.

A good guideline to follow is based on the acronym, RED:

React: Take any indication of smoke, fire, or other threat seriously.

Evaluate: Judge the level of the threat by confirming evidence, conditions, and available information.

Decide: There are only two choices, both difficult.

1) Immediately leave the building.

2) Stay where you are or descend to the designated level below the fire floor and prepare to take protective or defensive measures. Remember to practice safety. Don’t learn it by accident.

Here at SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino, we are here to help you during these disasters and help you get back to "Like it never even happened."

Preparing you home for Fire Season

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

Ready Set Go, fire Plan Ready Set Go, fire plan.

Here are some things you can do to ‘harden’ your home and commercial building and make it more fire-resistant.

As a Fire & Water Restoration Company who works in people’s homes and offices following wildfire damage, we hear all the time, “If I had only been prepared…” or “I never would have thought this would happen to me.” We wanted to pass along some practical preventive tips we picked up from a frontrunner in wildfire preparation.

"Things You Can Do Today"

  • Clean roof surfaces and gutters of pine needles, leaves, branches, etc., regularly to avoid the accumulation of flammable materials.

  • Remove portions of any tree extending within 10 feet of the flue opening of any stove or chimney.

  • Maintain a screen constructed of non-flammable material over the flue opening of every chimney or stovepipe. Mesh openings of the screen should not exceed 1/2 inch.

  • Landscape vegetation should be spaced so that fire cannot be carried to the structure or surrounding vegetation.

  • Remove branches from trees to a height of 15 feet.

  • A fuel break should be maintained around all structures.

  • Dispose of stove or fireplace ashes and charcoal briquettes only after soaking them in a metal pail of water.

  • Store gasoline in an approved safety can away from occupied buildings.

  • Propane tanks should be far enough away from buildings for valves to be shut off in case of fire. Keep the area clear of flammable vegetation.

  • All combustibles such as firewood, picnic tables, boats, etc. should be kept away from structures.

  • Garden hose should be connected to the outlet.

  • Addressing should be indicated at all intersections and on structures.

  • All roads and driveways should be at least 16 feet in width.

  • Have fire tools handy such as a ladder long enough to reach the roof, shovel, rake, and bucket for water.

  • Each home should have at least two different entrance and exit routes.

To learn more on the topic of Fire Preparedness and Prevention in California, visit the Cal Fire’s website for further resources.  Call us at SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino 626-799-1762!

Safe Fire Habits For Your Home

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke Alarm and smoke getting in Safe fire habits can help you have an ease of mind about fires.

Here at SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino know how scary a fire can be, here are some habits that can help you fire-safe your home.

Developing Fire-Safe Habits For Your Home 

  • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
  • Smoking materials are the leading cause of residential fire deaths in the United States. If you smoke, take precautions: Smoke outside; choose fire-safe cigarettes; never smoke in bed, when drowsy or medicated, or if anyone in the home is using oxygen.

  • Use deep, sturdy ashtrays and douse cigarette and cigar butts with water before disposal.

  • Talk to children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches, and lighters and keep them out of reach.

  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended, even for a minute.

SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino is here 24/7 for any of your Commercial and residential fire restoration needs.  Call us @ 626-799-1762

Do You Smell Something?

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

Smelling Something? Do you smell something, here are some tips to elimate it!

Do you have an odor in your South Pasadena or San Marino residence or commercial building?

If so, you might ask where it’s coming from. Is there a specific source that’s letting off this smell? What’s causing it, and how can it be eliminated once and for all?

Sometimes, an odor could originate from a deceased animal trapped in your attic. That’s an easy and simple cleanup. Other times, the odor could be much more difficult to pinpoint. When the situation is more complex or dispersed, there’s more of a science to identify the root of the issue.

This is when SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino steps in. Our highly trained technicians have taken IICRC technical classes to learn how to properly identify and remove odors.

Let’s get rid of this smell so that your personal chemical sensor (your nose) agrees with the surrounding air once again!

Oftentimes, people try masking a serious odor. In an attempt to scare the smell away, here are a few common methods used, but are either very temporary or to be used with caution:

  • Purchase and light a candle warmer
  • Spray a pleasant scent
  • Sprinkle baking soda everywhere (which can neutralize odors permanently, however, use caution or avoid if you have pets. If ingested, animals can become ill)
  • Cleaning furniture or walls with soapy water
  • Leaving windows open (which is sometimes a preventative measure to take, but can also allow additional moisture to travel inside depending on climate and temperatures)

If the odor stems from an issue such as mold, a gas leak, improper heating equipment, a blocked chimney, or spilled chemicals, the methods above might cover the smell for a short while, but will not be able to stop the smell from resurfacing. In many of these instances, the smell could lead to sickness or could even be fatal.

If you discover the source, and it’s an easy fix (rotting vegetables in your refrigerator, a bag of old gym shoes in your garage, food stuck in your drain because you forgot to use the garbage disposal, etc.), then you’re in luck.

However, if you suspect the smell source to be one of the issues listed two paragraphs above, you will want to call a professional immediately.

Leave it to SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino if you want a safe, thorough, and effective cleanup. With our extensive knowledge and latest, state-of-the-art equipment, we will have the smell source identified, located, and carefully eliminated.

Give us a call at (626)799-1762 with any questions or for your odor removal needs.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After a Water Damage

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Chair under water Comercial Water Damage

Flooding and water damage events at your 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.

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’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About Us

SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino specialize 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.