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Protecting Your Southern California Business Against COVID-19

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

Here to Help During COVID-19 and Beyond Corona Virus atoms stopped by SERVPRO

Our Restoration Team Works to Protect Your Cerritos Business from COVID-19

As the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) continues, our team is closely monitoring the situation and evaluating how we can better serve our customers during this distressing time.

  • Protecting Your Southern California Business

We especially recognize the economic damage that is resulting from such a pandemic. With these distressing times, we are here to offer aid in protecting what's important to you. This is done by means of ULV fogging to effectively disinfect and treat places where a person has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

  • ULV Fogging

With a virus such as COVID-19 being able to be transmitted through droplets, thorough disinfecting is vital. The SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens team is equipped with ULV (Ultra Low Volume) Fogging Machines for this very purpose. These machines are designed to deodarize and disinfect any space through pressurized distribution of CDC approved disinfectants and other cleaning products.

  • Why it works?

Our fogging machines have a function to enable flow control which atomizes liquids from fine (20 microns) to heavy (56 microns). With a flexible hose, all areas in a space are thoroughly covered.

For questions about this virus, please visit:

If you would like to find out more about our disinfecting services, please call (562)916-7646

We are here to help you!

Administrative Safety in Your Cerritos or Hawaiian Gardens Business

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

Quick Tips to Keep Staff Safe in Your Cerritos Business

While many business in Cerritos,CA are finding it difficult to navigate these trying times, it is important to keep in mind the health and safety of your staff. Here are several tips to keep your place of business as clean as possible: 

  • Avoid Contact with Individuals Showing Symptoms

At first, symptoms may seem like a light head cold or allergies. However, COVID-19 symptoms are very similar to that of an ordinary cold. If you come into contact with an individual showing these symptoms refrain from touching your face and thoroughly wash your hands as soon as possible. It is also highly recommended to disinfect common areas regularly. 

  • Personal Protective Equipment

As there are varying degrees of personal protective equipment we recommend the following for any given scenario:

  1. Gloves- Regular latex gloves will suffice. When taking them off your hands, be sure to take them off without touching your bare skin. This can be done by pulling the inner-wrist section of the glove and pulling down towards your fingertips away from the body. If done correctly, this will turn the glove inside out. Use the first glove to protect your fingers as you follow the same technique for the other hand. 
  2. Face Shield/Mask - Should a person be exhibiting symptoms and are unable to be dismissed from the place of business at the time, it is highly recommended that they wear a face shield or N95 mask to prevent contaminating others in the work place. 
  • Encourage Hand Washing 

While it may seem somewhat elementary, it is highly effective! OSHA recommends "frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands that are visibly soiled."

By heeding these safety and cleanliness tips, you can help prevent further spread of any type of illness. 

Orange County Apartment Left Charred After Fire Erupts

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

Restoring North Orange County Apartment Complex

When an AC Unit went up in flames in this Costa Mesa, CA apartment complex, there was little left to be saved. When the SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens team arrived at the site of damage, we recognized much work would need to be completed in order to effectively restore this property. As we speak, we are working to bring this customer 100% customer satisfaction and following SERVPRO standard procedure. 

We first started the restoration process in this space by identifying contents which could not be saved. Once these were taken care of, our team worked to eliminate further damages to the building by demo-ing areas that were no longer effective to the structural integrity of the job site. 

We are now working to complete this job according to the customers needs and get the tenant back into their home as soon as possible. 

Useful Tips to Prevent Flooding in Your Cerritos Home

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

Actions to Prevent Water Intrusion in Your Cerritos or Hawaiian Gardens Home

While there are far more serious concerns to be spending time on, the SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens staff members wanted to publish several useful tips to help those in the community be prepared for unexpected weather.

1.Secure the foundation of your property

Should high levels of moisture start impacting your property, it is essential that you ensure all cracks in your structural foundation are secure. If an area needs to be sealed it is recommended to use the appropriate cementing or sealing agent. 

2. Store valuable items properly

Though Southern California does not experience much flooding, it is also important to ensure valuables are stored in an appropriate manner. If you have an attic or second floor it is recommended to keep valuables and important documents in one of these spaces. This will ensure the safest means of storage. 

3. Ensure Water Tanks are properly maintained and mounted

Regularly inspect your water heater and gas tanks to ensure that all connections and lines are operational and properly sealed.

Though our local area does not experience severe flooding, by following these safety tips you can ensure your home and the contents in it remain as safe as possible. 

A Message From our Owner Regarding COVID-19 Services

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens Owner addresses COVID-19 

To:  All SERVPRO of Cerritos Customers and Clients:

In a firm attempt to keep our employees and customers safe and continue providing these essential services, we are making strong choices.  We have been able to adapt our business fast so that we can still provide services to our customers and clients.

In addition to our normal services, we are able to provide cleaning and disinfecting services when and if needed or requested.  Our service trucks are stocked with the essential tools and equipment that can help us get through most emergencies with little deviation from normal cost and project time frames.  Our Emergency Services and majority of our other services we provide such as reconstruction from a water or fire damage, appear to fall under the category of “essential services.”  Therefore, we will continue to operate as normal.

If you need our assistance do not hesitate to contact us.

We are receiving a lot of questions amid the COVID-19 crisis.  We are referring everyone to either the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization, or other government agencies for their questions pertaining to the virus itself.  

Control measures we have set in place for our office and production vehicles were instituted Monday March 16th and are as follows:

  1. Required- office staff.  At minimum 6’ distance at all times
  2. Required- Proactive cleaning for office and vehicles.
  3. Required – all personnel working inside a residence or place of business to have respiratory protection, gloves and booties.
  4. Separated- our office staff.  Minimize amount of personnel in the office to only essential office personnel and 6’ minimum space between office personnel.   
  5. Restricted- access to our facilities.
  6. Created- hygiene and personal contact protocols which are consistent with the CDC and WHO recommendations.
  7. Conducted- meetings with our staff and technicians outlining our plans for continued service.
  8. Providing- constant updates to our entire organization.
  9. Encouraged- all of our employees to be isolated to contact with only their household.

Our goal is to do our part to control the spread of this virus while giving our customers and clients the support that they need.  All of our office staff and technicians are dedicated to make this happen.

We look forward to servicing you during these trying times.

Please feel free to contact our office at (562) 916-7646 and we will put you in touch with your Account Representative or a Qualified Manager and they will guide you with the most up to date recommendations and answer any questions you may have. 

Prevent Garage Fires in your Cerritos Home

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

Avoiding a Garage Fire in your Cerritos Home

Due to a recent residence fire, our staff wanted to keep our community and potential customers informed of some helpful information in home safety. More specifically, here are some reminders to keep in mind to avoid potential fire hazards in your garage. 

To take preventative measures and keep your home safe, ensure the following:

  1. Store liquid chemicals, oils, and gasoline, in a shed away from your home. This will prevent feeding a fire should it occur.
  2. Keep items consisting of flammable material such as paper goods away from appliances. This will again prevent a fueling agent to increase the size of the fire.
  3. Operate only one appliance at a time inside your garage. 

By following these preventative measures, you can ensure the safety of those in your household. Should an unexpected emergency occur, our staff is available 24/7 to assist you.

Corona Virus (COVID-19) Safety

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens Crew Cleanliness & Prevention during COVID-19

With the recent epidemic of the novel coronavirus also known as COVID-19, our team recognizes that this is a time for extreme awareness and cleanliness. Due to the nature of our work, we are taking preventative measures to ensure job cleanliness with both our customers as well as members of staff in mind. 

  • Operations

Though circumstances change day-to-day, at this time we are continuing field operations. We have ensured that our field technicians are equipped with masks to wear when preferred by customers as well as gloves and shoe booties at all times. As with our biohazard job sites, we are ensuring all staff are equipped with the necessary PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to maintain cleanliness in the workplace.

  • Moving Forward

As with the rest of our community, we will continue to closely monitor the appropriate channels for updated information regarding this virus. Our priority is performing restoration services to our community in a safe and clean manner.

Should you require our services in your home or place of business, we are available to assist 24/7. Call today!

Preparing Your Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens Home for Unexpected Weather

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

What Do I Need to Prepare For a Storm in Southern California?

While we may not see heavy moisture often in Southern California, it not uncommon to see sudden and unexpected changes in weather patterns. The SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens staff would like to keep local communities informed on best practices in SoCal Storm Safety. 

  • Regular Exterior Home Maintenance

In the event of heavy storm patterns, it is essential that the exterior drainage systems of residences are in working order. Check to make sure that all gutters and downspouts are clear of major blockages.

  • Supply Stock

In the unlikely circumstance that you are prevented from leaving your home, we recommend the following to have on hand:

  1. Fully Charged Flashlight
  2. Emergency Kit with any necessary medication
  3. Food & Water provisions to last for several days
  • Vehicle Maintenance

During a heavy storm, moving locations or retrieving supplies might be required. It is essential that vehicles used are in proper working order. Check that tire pressure is at the dealer recommended psi, all lights and wipers are fully functional, and extra fuel is in on hand if needed.

Though we may not see much severe weather in Southern California, the SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens staff looks to always keep the local communities informed and up to date. Should your Cerritos home or place of business be impacted, we are available 24/7 to help you!

Identify the Severity of Water Damage in Your Cerritos Home

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

How Severe is the Water Damage in Your Cerritos Home?

When unexpected water is found flooding a room in your Cerritos home, many concerns and questions can arise rapidly. Depending on the characteristics and source of the water damage, there are different procedures put in place to effectively mitigate the damages. 

  • Category One

This is the easiest type of water damage to restore as it commonly comes from a broken water outlet such as a leaking faucet or bath tub. This water is safe to handle without a professional on site as there are no harmful elements in it. However, SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens has the equipment necessary to fully dry and eliminate remaining moisture beneath the surface.

  • Category Two

The second category is also commonly known as Greywater. Greywater examples can include bathtubs, dish and clothing washers and the like. Though it is not as harmful as Category Three Blackwater, it can be very harmful if ingested. When eliminating category two damage, our team uses special protective equipment and cleansers.

  • Category Three

Often referred to as Blackwater, this substance is classified as being contaminated with human waste and/or other harmful pathogens. The pathogens and characteristics of this substance require professional care and any materials that come into contact with it are required to be completely disposed of.

No matter the severity of a water damage site, the team at SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens takes extreme care in restoring your home! 

Commercial Fire Safety Checklist

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

Is Your Southern California Business Fire Safe?

With the hustle and bustle of the greater Southern California area, remembering proper fire safety in places of business can often go unattended. To keep your place of business safe, we've consulted with LAFD and chosen three categories which are important no matter the size or type of workplace.

  • Electrical Equipment

This category can be a leading cause of commercials fires if electrical appliances in the workplace are not properly maintained. Regularly check that appliance wires are in working order and no wires are exposed or frayed. In addition, ensure all lighting appliances are appropriate for the work environment. Excessive heat from an inappropriate lighting source can ignite a flame.  

  • Access to Fire Equipment

It is important to make all staff in your workplace aware of the designated place for fire safety equipment such as fire extinguishers. In addition, regularly check manufacture labels and replace these instruments when necessary.

  • Exiting

Finally, when evacuating the facility is necessary it is highly advisable to ensure exit routes are established and kept clear of obstruction. 

These three points will help you and your team to keep the place of business safe and in working order. For more information please visit your local county fire safety website. 

At SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens, we aim to keep our community informed and up to date on all the latest safety practices! Should you experience an unexpected disaster, do not hesitate to call our team, available 24/7.