Recent Commercial Posts

Commercial losses don't have to be the end of your business!

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

White conference table in an office with glass windows. Let us help you handle your commercial loss.

Commercial losses can be devastating and the disruption of your business could lead to closure. If you find yourself in an emergency maintenance situation and you need help, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of La Jolla.

We will contact you within the hour that you called, get out to the job in no more than 4 hours and you will have a plan with the scope of the work needed to be completed within 8 hours. Prior to any of that, with your approval, we can isolate the issue to avoid any further damage or disruption to your business. 

We understand that timing is everything! Every second that goes by without addressing the issue can cause further damages and more expenses to fix things. Let us do our jobs to help you get things back to normal again. We are trained and experienced in handling commercial losses and will get the job done right. 

Give us a call if you need anything at any time of the day! 858-271-5234

We can take care of your commercial cleaning needs and get the job done right!

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

air duct cleaning, before and after photo showing dust balls and then cleaned SERVPRO can work quickly to handle your commercial cleaning needs.

SERVPRO of La Jolla works together as one big team to handle all of our corporate losses. We can assist in the following services: 

*Air Duct Cleaning 

*HVAC Cleaning 

*Covid Cleaning (both preventative and confirmed cases) 

*Drapes & Upholstery Cleaning 

*Carpet Cleaning 

*Biohazard & Trauma Scene Cleaning 

*Fire & Water Damage 

*Mold Remediation 

SERVPRO of La Jolla uses hospital grade products to ensure best service in all aspects to guarantee your satisfaction the safety of you and your staff. Our equipment is checked regularly to provide the highest quality cleanings we can. We also work to ensure our technicians are well trained and certified to handle all commercial jobs. We work to provide the best service to guarantee your satisfaction. 

Call us for a free estimate. 

We can take care of commercial fire jobs

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

washers and dryers burned from a commercial fire We can handle commercial fire losses such as this. Give us a call if you need help.

SERVPRO of La Jolla can help with any size fire loss. We can also take care of water damages resulting in a fire. Our team is experienced in cleaning up soot and smoke. We also pre-test ahead of time to determine the best cleaning method for the job. We work to make sure that we are handling each job with customization and care. We want our customers to feel confident in our services and feel that they chose the right company to handle their loss. 

We can also offer resources to build up a barrier to ensure the safety of you and others if you need time to sort things out. Fire losses can be catastrophic and emotional. We will do our part in taking away some of that stress for you so you can be with your family and friends. 

We understand the process that needs to take place and will communicate that to you so you feel secure with us. SERVPRO of La Jolla is here for you at the worst of times. 

SERVPRO of La Jolla can handle commercial losses

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

puddle of water on wood flooring SERVPRO of La Jolla can handle any type of commercial job

Call SERVPRO of La Jolla for any type of commercial loss.

SERVPRO of La Jolla understands the importance of responding to commercial losses quickly. Our teams are trained in helping both commercial and multi-family properties during the recovery process all while maintaining the security and safety of the facility and tenants. Our team will work hard and fast to minimize the downtime and interruptions for your daily operations. 

SERVPRO of La Jolla has experience in the following types of facilities: 

* Multi-Level Commercial Buildings  

* Multi-Tenant Facilities 

* Shopping Malls 

* Apartment Complexes 

* Hotels 

* Industrial Facilities 

It's challenging getting your building back and running after a disaster. SERVPRO of La Jolla can help in making sure the process is as smooth as possible. It is our priority to return damaged property and items to their preloss condition. We have a team of professionals who are ready to execute an action plan. 

Call SERVPRO of La Jolla for your commercial job. We can help you at any time of the day. 


For Immediate Service in San Diego, Call SERVPRO

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Services available 24/7. San Diego Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of La Jolla provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in San Diego. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Restoring Your San Diego Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Services available 24/7. Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events in San Diego 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.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents 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 SERVPRO of La Jolla

SERVPRO of La Jolla specializes 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.

Fully equipped and always prepared

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of La Jolla is fully equipped with everything needed to dry out your commercial building. We specialize in water, fire and mold damage in both commercial and residential. Our crew members are specifically trained for detailed cleaning and restoration. You may have in house maintenance for minor issues however when your in over your head and dealing with something that is out of your hands, call us! We are here to help. We have everything in house from the contents to the demolition to the reconstruction and we are confident in our workmanship. With a warehouse full of drying equipment and crews on call 24 hours a day 365 days a year SERVPRO of La Jolla is faster to any size disaster. Yes SERVPRO of La Jolla is a one stop shop for your cleanup and restoration needs. Please call (858)583-3155 with any questions and we will be happy to help. 

Restore your business faster

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

When flooding and water damage occurs in commercial properties they are often complex or complicated and require a knowledgeable flood technician. Our flood technicians are IICRC certified in water damage and they know exactly how to respond to any situation. So whether we are dealing with a small flood or a large scale loss, we quickly assess the damage, isolate the area and devise a drying plan. We determine what needs to take place in order to properly restore the area. We start the drying process immediately to get the business back to its pre loss condition as soon as possible. In most cases we can dry the area without having to stop business at all. SERVPRO of La Jolla is faster to any size disaster so in the event of an emergency, call us to be the help and expertise that you need. We are an emergency service and we are always available. If you have any questions please call (858) 583-3155 

Local Commercial Fire makes the news

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

A local business unfortunately experienced an early morning fire that interrupted their normal course of business. Cause of the fire was an electrical issue in the server room. A prime example of why its so important to back up valuable data to a cloud or off-premise host. SERVPRO of La Jolla was one of the first on the scene that was able to help and come up with a plan of action in order to restore the business so that way its back up and running like normal again.

SERVPRO of La Jolla understands what it takes in order to help - trained and certified staff, top of the line equipment for cleaning surfaces, the air and also deodorize and disinfect the air. 

If you or your business experience a small size or even large catastrophic commercial fire loss or commercial water loss, please contact SERVPRO of La Jolla. We are here for you around the clock. 

SERVPRO of La Jolla restores a La Jolla area historic restaurant

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

When we heard our favorite Asian Restaurant in La Jolla had a kitchen fire, we were devastated. When we were invited on the jobsite to help restore it to its original condition, we were extremely relieved. All we could think about is the amazing authentic taste of their orange chicken and spicy soups that we grew up with. From elementary school, to high school and college - the delicious taste has been the same. Helping this small restaurant was like helping our own family. 

In a way, these fire losses encourage the restaurant owners to revamp and even update the style and decor of their restaurants, and that's exactly what they did! SERVPRO of La Jolla not only helped bring the business back up and running, but we helped restore and build back the restaurant as beautiful as ever! This included cleaning surfaces that were undamaged but just soiled with soot and ash, packing furniture and other contents in order for them to be cleaned/restored, and deodorizing the rooms which were affected. 

How to maintain Commercial HVAC systems

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Your tenants rely on the HVAC system in your business building to ensure indoor comfort, while you take precautions to keep the equipment working properly, efficiently and at the lowest possible cost. Regular preventive maintenance is the best way to keep a commercial HVAC system working correctly. Here are some ways to maintain the HVAC system in your business building to sustain performance, reduce costs and increase equipment longevity.

Maintenance Tasks and Procedures: Maintenance Staff

There are some relatively simple tasks your building maintenance staff can perform to maintain the HVAC system in your business building. If your maintenance personnel are knowledgeable about heating and cooling equipment, they don't have to be restricted to these tasks. However, these are some of the easiest preventative maintenance procedures that can be performed by most anyone.

  • Check and change air filters: The air filters in the HVAC system help clean the air inside the facility. They also contribute to the airflow the system needs to function properly. Filters should be checked at least once a month and changed when they get dirty.
  • Clean evaporator and condenser coils: Heat transfer occurs at the evaporator and condenser coils, so these components should be kept clean and free of nearby blockages. Use a recommended commercial cleaner to remove dirt and other build-up on the coils.
  • Clean the exterior unit: The outdoor unit of the HVAC system should be cleaned and kept free of any material that could interfere with airflow. Accumulations of leaves, grass, dirt, sticks or other material should be removed from the vents and from around the unit. Vegetation such as shrubs, trees or hedges should be trimmed to allow plenty of open space around the outdoor unit.
  • Avoid blockages: Ensure that the supply and return vents are not blocked by furniture, boxes or other material that could interfere with proper airflow.

When maintenance and preventative measures like the above mentioned are utilized, the chances of leaking and a water loss are much slimmer. Sometimes these occurrences do occur, and SERVPRO La Jolla is here to help with any water damage repair from an HVAC unit. Please contact us and we will have our highly trained technicians there to help!

Commercial Water Damage Specialists

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Damage Restoration Specialists

Did you know that SERVPRO of La Jolla has a team of highly trained, certified technicians who are ready to handle any size Commercial Water Damage or Commercial Fire Damage? From 50,000 square foot warehouses with 4 inches of standing water to small offices with mold damage, SERVPRO of La Jolla is here for you, whenever you need! Examples of recent commercial work that SERVPRO of La Jolla has performed include a warehouse that unfortunately had water line burst and overnight accumulation 6 inches of standing water in a 20,000 square foot building.  SERVPRO of La Jolla was contacted and on site within 60 minutes of the call. Crew was ready to extract and begin the dryout process. Please contact SERVPRO of La Jolla for Commercial Water Damage, Commercial Floods, Commercial Mold Remediation, Commercial Fire, Commercial Smoke Damage, Commercial post construction clean up, Commercial Critical Cleaning and more!  Please contact us anytime! 858.270.5234

Ways to Handle Stress in the Workplace

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

The average business professional has 30 to 100 projects on their plate. Modern workers are interrupted seven times an hour and distracted up to 2.1 hours a day. And four out of 10 people working at large companies are experiencing a major corporate restructuring, and therefore facing uncertainly about their futures. This may be why more than 40% of adults say they lie awake at night plagued by the stressful events of the day.

"People are asking me for answers," says Sharon Melnick, Ph.D., a business psychologist and author of just released Success Under Stress. "Everyone feels overwhelmed and overly busy."

Is there a way to maintain steady focus throughout the day? Is it possible to do everything that needs to get done and still have energy left over after work? How do you keep cool under so many demands? Informed by 10 years of Harvard research and field-tested by more than 6,000 clients and trainees, Melnick offers the following strategies to take your work stress down a peg, before it takes over your life.

Act Rather Than React

"We experience stress when we feel that situations are out of our control," says Melnick. It activates the stress hormone and, if chronic, wears down confidence, concentration and well-being. She advises that you identify the aspects of the situation you can control and aspects you can't. Typically, you're in control of your actions and responses, but not in control of macro forces or someone else's tone, for example. "Be impeccable for your 50%," she advises. And try to let go of the rest.

Take A Deep Breath

If you're feeling overwhelmed or are coming out of a tense meeting and need to clear your head, a few minutes of deep breathing will restore balance, says Melnick. Simply inhale for five seconds, hold and exhale in equal counts through the nose. "It's like getting the calm and focus of a 90-minute yoga class in three minutes or less at your desk," she says.

Eliminate Interruptions

"Most of us are bombarded during the day," says Melnick. Emails, phone calls, pop ins, instant messages and sudden, urgent deadlines conspire to make today's workers more distracted than ever. While you may not have control over the interrupters, you can control your response. Melnick advises responding in one of three ways: Accept the interruption, cut it off, or diagnosis its importance and make a plan. Many interruptions are recurring and can be anticipated. "You want to have preset criteria for which response you want to make," she says. You can also train those around you by answering email during certain windows, setting up office hours to talk in person or closing the door when you need to focus.


Schedule Your Day For Energy And Focus

Most of us go through the day using a "push, push, push" approach, thinking if we work the full eight to 10 hours, we'll get more done. Instead, productivity goes down, stress levels go up and you have very little energy left over for your family, Melnick says. She advises scheduling breaks throughout the day to walk, stretch at your desk or do a breathing exercise. "Tony Schwartz of the Energy Project has shown that if we have intense concentration for about 90 minutes, followed by a brief period of recovery, we can clear the buildup of stress and rejuvenate ourselves," she says.

Eat Right And Sleep Well

"Eating badly will stress your system," says Melnick, who advises eating a low-sugar, high-protein diet. "And when you're not sleeping well, you're not getting the rejuvenating effects." According to the CDC, an estimated 60 million Americans do not get sufficient sleep, which is a critical recovery period for the body. If racing thoughts keep you from falling asleep or you wake up in the night and can't get back to sleep, Melnick suggests a simple breathing trick that will knock you out fast: Cover your right nostril and breathe through your left for three to five minutes.


Commercial Fire Insurance

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Most businesses that own property need insurance to protect themselves against damage caused by fire. Fire insurance for businesses is widely available. Many insurers offer this type of coverage.

Need for Coverage

Fire is a major cause of property damage. In 2015, 1,345,000 fires were reported in the United States according to the National Fire Protection Association. These fires killed 3,280 people (excluding firefighters) and caused about $14.3 billion in property damage.

 Most of the fire-related deaths occurred in residential structures, which include one-or-two-family homes, apartment buildings, hotels, and motels.

A fire can devastate a small business. Fires generate flames, smoke, and heat, any of which can damage buildings and their contents. Water, foam and other materials used by firefighters to extinguish a blaze can also damage property. A business that has no fire insurance will have to pay for repairs or reconstruction out of pocket. It may also have to reimburse the fire department for the cost of extinguishing a fire if the local fire department charges for its services.

If a company lacks the funds to pay these costs, it may be forced to cease operations. By purchasing adequate fire insurance, a company can significantly improve its chances of surviving a large fire loss.

Hostile Versus Friendly Fire

In the insurance industry, fires are classified as friendly or hostile.

 A friendly fire is one that is set on purpose and that remains in the place intended, such as a fireplace or stove. A fire becomes hostile when it escapes from its intended location. For example, flames from a gas burner ignite grease spilled on a restaurant stove. The fire travels up a wall and burns the roof of the building. Property insurance covers damage caused by hostile fires.

Commercial Property Policies

Until the mid-twentieth century, businesses protected themselves against fire damage to buildings and personal property by purchasing a fire insurance policy In the 1960s, insurers began offering commercial multi-peril policies. 

ACV Versus Replacement Cost

Many property policies pay losses based on the actual cash value (ACV) of the damaged property. Actual cash value is typically calculated by subtracting a property's accumulated depreciation from its replacement cost.

For example, suppose that your building is insured for its actual cash value. The building will cost $3 million to replace. It is ten years old and has depreciated by $500,000. The building's actual cash value is $2.5 million. If you insure the building based on its ACV, your insurer will not pay more than $2.5 million if the building is completely destroyed.


You will need to come up with an additional $500,000 to rebuild the structure. 

Business personal property includes items like machinery, equipment, and office furniture. Such property can be costly to replace. You can protect your business against a large out-of-pocket expense by insuring your personal property on a replacement cost basis.

Replacement cost coverage pays the cost of repairing damaged property or replacing it with similar property. This coverage costs more than coverage based on actual cash value.

Don't Underinsure Your Property!

Like many business owners, you may think your insurance premiums are too high. Perhaps you've considered saving money on property insurance by insuring your property for less than its full value. This is a bad idea!

For one thing, your policy won't cover the entire cost of repairing or replacing property that is destroyed by a fire or other peril.

For example, suppose your property policy includes a coinsurance requirement of 80 percent. Assume that your policy covers losses on a replacement cost basis. If the replacement cost of your building is $2 million, you must insure your building for at least $1.6 million (80 percent of $2 million). If a loss occurs and you have failed to purchase the required amount of insurance, your insurer will not pay the full amount of the loss. You will be stuck paying a portion of it yourself.

You can avoid penalties for underinsurance by taking these steps:

  • Insure your property for 100% of its value.
  • Hire an experienced appraiser to reassess the value of your property every year or so. The best time to do this is before your policy's renewal date.
  • Don't insure your property based on property tax evaluations or estimates provided by your insurance agent or broker.

Excluded Property

Property policies contain exclusions and limitations that apply to certain types of property. For example, most policies exclude loss or damage to land, building foundations, and money and securities. Many provide a small amount of coverage for valuable jewelry, and outdoor plants.

Business Income Coverage

When its property has been severely damaged, a company may be forced to reduce its operations or to shut down its business altogether. A full or partial shutdown may cause the business to lose income or incur extra expenses. Income losses and extra expenses are not covered by basic fire insurance. To protect itself, the business can purchase business income insurance.

Building Codes

Many businesses operate in older structures that do not meet current building codes. Building laws vary from state to state and city to city. Generally, existing buildings need not meet current codes unless they are refurbished or rebuilt. If a building is severely damaged by a fire or other peril and is repaired or reconstructed, the structure may be subject to current codes. The required upgrades can be costly. The extra costs imposed by building codes aren't covered under a typical property policy. Coverage for such costs is available under building ordinance coverage.


Here are some tips for maintaining your fire insurance policy.

  • Review your policy annually. Make sure it includes all of your buildings and all of your locations. Check the addresses listed in the policy ensure they are accurate.
  • If you own multiple buildings, consider insuring them under a single policy with a blanket limit. One policy will be cheaper than several individual policies. 
  • Draft and maintain a fire prevention plan. Train your workers on the steps they should take if a fire occurs. Your insurer may provide a discount for an active fire prevention program.


Commercial HVAC Cleaning

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

For business owners, it’s possible to overlook certain aspects of your building or office space such as the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC system).  When these systems are not properly maintained, they can accumulate dust, pollen, and other debris. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.” It’s very important to maintain clean ducts in order to maintain a healthy environment for your business.

When these ducts are not given the maintenance that they require, the HVAC system may begin to fail and waste unnecessary energy that can cost you. Keeping your air ducts clean can save you and your business money. HVAC systems may also leak and cause water damage and mold damage that can weaken the structure of your property. These damages can produce odors throughout your business and can be unpleasant for the employees and guests.

Contact SERVPRO La Jolla for the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly. Remember that maintaining the HVAC system can extend the life of the equipment. Don’t wait to call our experts on commercial air ducts and HVAC cleaning at 858.270.5234.

Toilet Backup in public bathroom

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

I manage a mainstream electronics megastore in the San Diego area. Never had I imagined or expected a bathroom to cause a flood not only in the bathroom alone, but also the carpeted hallway that was angled at a slope upwards. The entire store had a disgusting stench and smell of sewage, right when the sliding entrance doors opened. I knew I had to take care of this immediately. I called SERVPRO La Jolla/Rancho Penasquitos/Mira Mesa/Scripps Ranch and they sent out three people within 45 minutes of my call. The project manager explained what needed to be done in order to bring the store back to its original dry and clean condition. The techs unloaded all of their equipment and were very cautious with regard to safety, especially with all of the cords on the floor. They extracted, removed what needed to be removed, sanitized and completely dried the affected area. They really defined their slogan - "Like it never even happened." It actually came out cleaner than the pre-flood condition!