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What Can I Do If I Find Mold Growing in My Business in Newberry Springs?

1/10/2023 (Permalink)

A person inspects mold growing on a wall. We remediate commercial mold problems in San Bernardino County.

Our local teams in Hesperia/Apple Valley and Barstow/Twentynine Palms are trusted leaders in commercial mold removal in Newberry Springs.  Although every mold problem is different, we follow the same remediation process as follows:

  1. Emergency Contact

We’ll ask you certain questions to determine the necessary equipment and resources to bring. 

  1. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

We follow local and state laws regarding inspection and documentation based on your unique situation.

  1. Mold Containment

We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

  1. Air Filtration

We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

  1. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

We use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

  1. Cleaning Contents

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

  1. Restoration

Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may require the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. 

Call Us Today!

When your Newberry Springs business or home has a mold problem, our local teams in Hesperia/Apple Valley and Barstow/Twentynine Palms are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 760-244-2566.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Commercial Cleaning Services in China Lake?

11/8/2022 (Permalink)

A person uses a squeegee to clean a window. We provide a full range of commercial services in San Bernardino County.

Our teams in Hesperia/Apple Valley and Barstow/Twentynine Palms provide a full range of cleaning services to keep China Lake businesses looking great. If your business is starting to look dull or tired, it’s time to have your company deep cleaned from the top down. You’ll be amazed how great looking and fresh smelling your workplace will be when we’re through cleaning! Over time, floors can begin to look dull, and so can upholstered furniture. Light fixtures get dusty, and offices can start to smell stale. Windows get filmy, ceilings get dusty, and walls and touch points like doors and light switches can get grimy.

Our technicians are trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to perform a variety of cleaning services to keep your commercial business or home looking great.  We offer a full range of specialty deep cleaning services to keep your business looking and smelling its best.

Commercial Cleaning Services

  • Air Ducts and Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism

We have extensive experience working in all kinds of business settings and buildings:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing and Industrial
  • Government/Military

Call Us Today!

Our local teams in Hesperia/Apple Valley and Barstow/Twentynine Palms are Here to Help ® when your commercial business or home in China Lake needs deep cleaning services. Call us today at 760-244-2566.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Is Your Business Ready for A Power Outage in Yucca Valley?

11/1/2022 (Permalink)

A diesel, electric power generator is mounted next to a building. We restore commercial damage 24-hours a day in San Bernardino County.

Our teams in Hesperia/Apple Valley and Barstow/Twentynine Palms are trusted leaders in commercial storm damage restoration. Winter is coming and power outages are known to happen when storms blow through Yucca Valley.

The Insurance Institute of Business and Home Safety offers these tips to help businesses prepare for power outages by servicing your generator:

The time to maintain a generator is well before a major storm or disaster strikes (when professional assistance may be unavailable, power lines are down, and access roads are blocked). Backup power can help maintain a consistent building temperature and reduce the risk of freezing pipes leading to business disruption and damage. 

Permanent

  • Permanent generators should have a proper maintenance plan that includes weekly, monthly, and annual checks. See the manufacturer’s specifications for more information.  
  • Run the unit weekly on its maintenance plan to ensure it is properly functioning in case of an emergency. Individual units may have a timer that allows a programmed test to be scheduled, and qualified personnel should oversee these scheduled weekly tests.  
  • Check the generator enclosure for loose debris or other conditions that could cause the unit not to function properly.  

Portable 

  • Store in a dry location
  • Set up a maintenance schedule to include periodic test runs for the unit 

Call Us Today!

Our local teams in Hesperia/Apple Valley and Barstow/Twentynine Palms are Here to Help ® when your commercial business or home in Yucca Valley has a property damage emergency. Call us today at 760-244-2566.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Commercial versus Residential

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

When it comes to a fire damage, water damage, finding mold or asbestos in your Commercial building, is there any difference when it comes to mitigating those damages?

Some would say yes, however fire, water, mold, asbestos treats all properties the same. So the mitigation or remediation process is basically the same.

While commercial businesses the process needs to be expedited if possible as sometimes those businesses are losing money every day they are not open, the priority to get homeowners back in their homes is just as important.

SERVPRO if able to handle any disaster that comes your way and expedite the process to the best of their ability to get you back in business or back in your home as quickly as possible keeping everyone involved safe.

Three reasons why property owners should have their windows cleaned

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

One of the most overlooked areas around a property that often goes without proper care is its windows. 

We understand that with so much going on, it may not be a priority to you, but in the long run, having your property’s windows cleaned at least once or twice per year will increase their longevity and save you money. 

While we often go through extreme seasonal weather, such as snow, rain, wind, and heat, bacteria can build up on and around the windows with hard water spots, slowly damaging their functionality. 

A primary reason why you need to have your property’s windows cleaned routinely is for optical reasons, because who wants to live in a house or work in a commercial building with grimy windows? It’ll block out the natural sunlight that gives you energy and encourage you to keep the windows closed more often, and who wants to live like that?

Remember, your friends at SERVPRO of Hesperia/Apple Valley and SERVPRO of Barstow/Twentynine Palms are here for you 24/7 to answer all questions and respond to emergencies. 

Maintenance for your Commercial Building

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

What causes water damage in our Commercial buildings? Most people would answer this question with “a busted water pipe”. While that can cause a water damage, simple maintenance items are the top causes of water damage in a commercial space.

According to JobsGroup the top 6 causes of water damage are:

Damaged roof components. Many commercial buildings have a flat roof that needs to be inspected regularly to look for cracks, weak spots, etc. that can easily break down during a moisture event, causing leaks that may not be detected before major damage occurs.

Damaged pipes and sprinklers. These systems, especially in older buildings need to be inspected for weak spots, corrosion, etc. Again, slow leaks can lead to major damage over time.

Old HVAC systems. The older the systems get, the more apt they are to cause damage. A simple clogged line can cause lots of damage over time.

Window damage. In large commercial buildings we sometimes overlook cracked or minor broken windows which can be a source for moisture to get into the building, causing significant damage over time.

Poor waterproofing maintenance. It is important to create and maintain an impermeable water barrier to avoid damage from water intrusion. Some sources of this could be sprinkler systems for landscaping seeping into a building without proper waterproofing.

If you are in charge of maintenance for any commercial building, these 5 area’s should be on a routine maintenance checklist.

New Year, New You

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

New Year, New You. This is what so many people say at the beginning of the year for themselves personally however, this could be said of many commercial spaces as well.

What better time to think about freshening up your work/retail space than at the beginning of a new year.

SERVPRO has provided water mitigation, fire damage clean-up and mold remediation (along with a few other services) for more than 50 years and in the last few years have added Reconstruction.

Our reconstruction services not only allow us to completely put your business back to preloss conditions, but we can also help with that refresh or remodel you are thinking about for the new year. Give us a call at (760) 244-2566 or look us up online at SERVPROhesperiaapplevalley.com. We would be happy to help you freshen up your space.

Busy Minds think Alike

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

As business owners our minds are always racing with a million different thoughts: are we going to make payroll this week, are our employees happy, are our customers happy, how can we create a better experience, how can we build our business and on and on.

One thing we sometimes fail to think about is what do we do if we experience damage to our physical structure via water or fire. What if when we go to remodel or expand our space, we find mold or asbestos – who can help us. That’s an easy one, SERVPRO of Hesperia/Apple Valley or SERVPRO of Barstow/Twentynine Palms. We have the experience and expertise necessary to handle these issues with as little disruption as possible.

We will remediate and repair the damages “Like it never even happened.” With over 50 years of experience in the fire and water damage restoration industry and over 1,400 franchises across North America, SERVPRO is amongst the premier companies in our respective fields. Give us a call today to see how we can partner with you to take care of your structure, 760-244-2566.

Physical Rehab

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

The inner workings of a business can be fascinating. A lot of businesses in the Victor Valley area sort of blend in with the scenery. How many times have you driven by an industrial complex or strip mall full of grey or white non-descript buildings and thought twice about what they were? Many of these businesses don’t include any type of large signage and if they do, they don’t necessarily want to advertise it publicly for numerous reasons.

SERVPRO of Hesperia/Apple Valley and SERVPRO of Barstow/Twentynine Palms performed a commercial cleaning at one such building in Apple Valley. In the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, it seemed as though we were doing these cleanings at a different business every other day and they all sort of began to blur together. When I was asked to go shoot video and photos there, I wasn’t even entirely sure what type of business I was walking into. When I arrived, I saw that it was a “physical rehabilitation center”. With a name like that, I expected some treadmills and maybe some light weights. I was wrong.

I found myself inside of one of the coolest and most modern gyms I have ever seen. It was fully equipped and getting ready to open for its clients, who happened to be patients of all varieties from a local doctor’s office. It was a lesson in never judging a book by its non-descript cover.

If your business needs a cleaning of any kind, don’t hesitate to call us today to set up an initial inspection. We are here to help.

Perception

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

Perception is an interesting thing.

Some people see red where others see pink. Some people think olives are delicious while others can’t even be in the same room when a jar of pimentos is opened. Conversely, there are some things that are indisputable truths regardless of the person experiencing them. For instance, nobody likes the smell of skunk. Another good example of this is mold. Some describe it as “earthy”, others say it smells like dusty plants. No matter what, it smells like trouble if you’re not prepared for it.

Mold is everywhere. It is a naturally occurring and, when kept in check, isn’t a big deal and is typically undetectable to the human eye. Problems begin to arise when mold spores are allowed to continue growing behind walls or under floorboards, typically as a result of moisture, darkness, and certain atmospheric conditions. It is very easy not to notice if you are unaware of a leak.

A lot of people have heard about the ill effects of black mold. Most of these people may not know that mold can’t be killed. It can be remediated, which essentially means to reduce the negative impact mold can have on a person by returning it to normal levels. This is done with a combination of proprietary cleaning agents that SERVPRO of Hesperia/Apple Valley or SERVPRO of Barstow/Twentynine Palms has at our disposal.

If you think you may have a mold infestation or a leak behind a wall, give us a call today. We are here to help.

She’s a beaut!

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

That’s a gorgeous leather sofa you’ve got there. You know the one in your office? It would be a real shame if anything were to happen to it. It must have been expensive.

Is that smoke I smell?

The devious conversation above is strictly for the purposes of this blog, but the fact remains: furniture is just one of the casualties of an office fire. The last thing anyone thinks about in the event of a fire is their furnishings, which is completely understandable given the high stakes involved. You should be focused on escaping without harm and making sure everyone you work with is present and accounted for. At the same time, life goes on and things need to be recovered and that doesn’t come cheap. The good news is that insurance exists for that exact reason, and most companies are pretty good at fulfilling that purpose.

The other thing insurance companies are great at is working with restoration companies they know and trust, either based on the fact that they’ve used them before or their reputation.

That’s where we come in!

SERVPRO of Hesperia/Apple Valley and SERVPRO of Barstow/Twentynine Palms are fully equipped and ready to help our customers get their businesses back to preloss conditions. Whether it’s fire, water, or mold, SERVPRO is a name you can trust.

By the way, sorry to hear about your couch.

Commercial COVID Cleanings

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hesperia/Apple Valley and SERVPRO of Barstow/Twentynine Palms have been very busy in the past year. We have received many more residential water and fire jobs due to people being at home in light of the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. However, we have slowly been regaining more and more commercial jobs since the gradual reopening of the state began. More specifically, we have seen a large uptick of COVID-19 cleanings.

It probably comes as no surprise that one of a business owner’s first orders of business when reopening is to get their business back in safe and working order. COVID-19 has left most of the world scratching their heads when it comes to creating a safe environment to have multiple people in, but SERVPRO has been in bio-remediation for over 50 years. One of the services we offer involves cleaning up biological waste including emerging pathogens like SARS-COV-2, which is the pathogen that leads to the COVID-19 disease.

Aside from now-common things like spraying an area with an electrostatic fogger, we also implement wipe downs and floor cleaning with our patented and proprietary cleaning agents. These cleanings meet and exceed current CDC recommendations, allowing business owners to rest assured that their workplace is in good hands.

If your business is in need of a fogging or wipe down, please contact us today. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Street Art

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Mondays are rough for a business owner. The types of businesses I’m referring to aren’t your Coca-Cola’s or your Wal-Marts; I’m referring to the small contracting firm, or the local dentist’s office. The mom and pop businesses that claim to be open Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM, but are actually quietly working behind the scenes 24/7. Coming back to the office after the weekend to 32 new voicemails, unfinished files from the Friday prior, and other miscellaneous orders of business will likely consume your morning.

The absolute last thing any business owner wants to start off a week with is a vandalized storefront. Expletives or gang tagging spray paint on windows or doors look absolutely awful, no matter your profession of choice. Broken windows, break-in’s, and tagging are some of the hardest realities of being a small business owner.

Luckily, SERVPRO of Hesperia/Apple Valley and SERVPRO of Barstow/Twentynine Palms can help. We have been doing graffiti removal and vandalism calls for over a decade. While it is a difficult and involved process, our technicians are trained professionals in the field and can handle any size vandalism job.

Make sure SERVPRO is the first call you make. We can help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Uncertain Times

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

In light of COVID-19, many businesses have found themselves at odds with remaining open. Southern California and, more specifically, Los Angeles have been especially negatively affected by the current public health crisis. Bars, gyms, and restaurants have been in a constant state of flux, completely at the whim of state mandates that deem certain types of businesses “non-essential”.

Though it may be rough right now, this crisis will pass and things will go back to business as usual. When that happens, customer confidence will be at an all-time low due to reservations and fears about being in confined spaces with large capacities. Due to this fear, many business owners are requesting that SERVPRO of Hesperia/Apple Valley and SERVPRO of Barstow/Twentynine Palms do a preventative cleaning or (if a customer or staff member has tested positive for the virus) a decontamination / deep cleaning is performed. Both of these options are included in the new Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program. Business owners will be given a window decal with the date of the cleaning on it so customers and staff can see that precautions have been taken to ensure their health and safety.

While we are currently living in very strange times, SERVPRO of Hesperia/Apple Valley and SERVPRO of Barstow/Twentynine Palms is dedicated to making sure your business can stay up and running as safely as possible. If you are interested in learning more about the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program, give our office a call today at (760)244-2566.

Get Ready to Sweat

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

“Welcome back! It’s great to see you here. Are you ready to sweat? Are you ready to pump iron? Are you ready to – wait a minute…”

This conversation may or may not be taking place in gyms across the country right now. With many fitness clubs reopening as of late, some very pertinent questions may arise. SERVPRO of Hesperia/Apple Valley and SERVPRO of Barstow/Twentynine Palms is here today to answer these questions for you.

  1. What steps are being taken to ensure my safety while working out?

Many gyms are currently sanitizing equipment between users. While it has always been common decency to use towels and wipe down equipment after you use it, gym staff members are now at the ready to make sure there’s no sweat or any other undesirable remnants left behind.

  1. That’s not good enough! Aren’t gyms just using household cleaning products between users?

Well, yes. Gyms are most likely using the same household products that you use at home to disinfect. When specialized cleaning is needed these establishments call on our technicians who have been trained in bioremediation with access to more heavy-duty disinfectants used in providing a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

So, what now? I don’t feel comfortable being exposed to sweat and germs.

That’s where SERVPRO of Hesperia/Apple Valley and SERVPRO of Barstow/Twentynine Palms comes in to the picture. Even the grossest of gym equipment doesn’t stand a chance against our IICRC-certified bioremediation experts and proprietary cleaning products. Our team will perform a full fogging and wipe-down with SERVPROxide, a specially formulated cleaning agent specifically designed for situations like this.

Rather than read through a theoretical conversation, give us a call today so we can further explain our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned service to you directly. Our office can be reached at (760)244-2566.

Sanitizing

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

Two male techs in white suits Proper PPE and Sanitization Procedures!

There are numerous restoration and janitorial services currently claiming to be bioremediation specialists, citing crime scene cleanup or disaster restoration experience. With over 50 years of experience in the specific field of bioremediation, there is only one brand you should trust with your home or business: SERVPRO. SERVPRO of Hesperia / Apple Valley / Barstow / Twentynine Palms understands the intricacy and accuracy involved in large-scale commercial biohazard cleanup jobs. Quality cleaning and speed - that’s the SERVPRO way.

Current CDC guidelines require extremely specific things of a company in regard to viral cleanup jobs. Aside from personal protective equipment (PPE) being up to standard, the types of cleaning agents used make a large impact. SERVPRO uses a proprietary line of cleaning and restoration products to make sure we not only get the job done; we get it done more quickly and effectively the first time.

When your business is at risk from contagions, it is crucial that the team you hire knows exactly what they’re doing. Give SERVPRO of Hesperia / Apple Valley / Barstow / Twentynine Palms a call today and let us make it “Like it never even happened.”

Ready to Re-Open?

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

Techs in PPE SERVPRO is Ready to Help You Open Safely!

SERVPRO of Hesperia/Apple Valley knows a thing or two about cleaning up messes.

With the emergence of COVID-19, business owners have become very much aware of the fact that the general public places sanitation and cleanliness on the top of a short list of vital things they look for when visiting a business. This is why it is imperative to have SERVPRO’s number on speed-dial. We are, after all, a premiere cleaning company with over 50 years of experience to back up our reputation. 

Specialized Training

Our team of professionals is trained and experienced in cleaning according to protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants and never cut any corners when it comes to you and your customers health and safety.

Cleaning of high-traffic and high-touch surfaces is crucial in these times. Bathrooms harbor germs on door handles, sink basins, toilets, and numerous other surfaces. Business common areas with multiple desks, shared kitchens, etc. are also breeding grounds for contaminants.

Hospital-grade disinfectants are being suggested to combat viruses and other pathogens. SERVPRO’s proprietary line of disinfecting agents carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claim. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC.

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Hesperia/Apple Valley at 760-244-2566.

Mold Types

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

The cities of the Victor Valley are loaded with businesses. Whether you’re looking to grab a milkshake and a cheeseburger, file taxes, go to a dentist, or see a movie, you can find what you’re looking for in this little slice of paradise. Unfortunately, no matter where you go, mold does not discriminate.

Mold exists everywhere, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Penicillin is a common medicine that saves lives and kills infections. Guess what? Mold is the primary ingredient. Blue cheese, which is the best of the cheeses, is mold. Blue cheese is essential - best when combined with buffalo wings (can you tell I am hungry?). Mold thrives in warm, moist environments with little more than air. It eats away at everything it comes into contact with, potentially affecting the structural integrity of a property.

Moisture Control

The key to preventing mold growth is to keep things dry. Mold thrives in warm, moist environments. As a business owner, it is important to be mindful of areas that may collect moisture. If you're unsure of the water in your business’s walls, ceilings, or flooring, call SERVPRO of Hesperia / Apple Valley. We use electronic moisture detectors to see exactly how much moisture is in your structure.

Here are some hot tips for spotting mold.

Black mold looks like little black dots.

Be on the lookout for those, as it is likely black mold which is hazardous.

Odor + Health Symptoms

Mold smells pretty bad. The trademark earthen / dirt smell is almost unmistakable. If mold is inhaled, symptoms like coughing, skin irritations, and a runny nose can occur. Pay attention to how you feel.

Mold is dangerous, but it can be put back in check. We are here to help with your commercial mold event, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

If you'd like to learn more about what SERVPRO of Hesperia / Apple Valley / Barstow / Twentynine Palms has to offer, visit our website at https://www.SERVPROhesperiaapplevalley.com/

The Pentagon

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

No business or commercial building is immune to water damage. Case in point: The Pentagon building. When water pipes located in the basement of the Pentagon burst in the early morning hours of September 11th, 2001, they released a hefty 1.8 million gallons of water over the 565,000 square feet (17 miles) of hallways and office spaces, SERVPRO Professionals responded en masse. With the multitude of franchises teamwork, the dry-out was completed.

Despite the emotions and logistic difficulties involved in the restoration effort, SERVPRO dried nearly 300,000 square feet in addition to providing fire, soot, and smoke cleanup restoration services. Upon completion of the drying assignment, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals provided mold remediation services in other sections of the facility. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals met the challenge and completed the process in just 90 days.

We use the phrase “Faster to Any Sized Disaster” often in these blogs and in our advertisements; we live by the sentiment. 9/11 was a massive event that caused tremendous amounts of damage, but SERVPRO was on scene and ready to assist in any way possible.

If you experience a water, fire, mold, or biohazard loss in your home, SERVPRO of Hesperia / Apple Valley / Barstow / Twentynine Palms is prepared to help to “Make it like it never even happened” 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.