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How to Plan Your Commercial Property’s Construction After Natural Disaster Damage
- Here at SERVPRO, we may focus a lot of residential work, but a big part of our services extend to commercial businesses. Part of this is because at SERVPRO of Torrance not only do we clean up the disaster, we are also certified to plan and execute reconstruction, carrying through to the very end. We pride ourselves in serving our local businesses to make our community clean and safe.
When your commercial property suffers from damage, the reconstruction planning process differs from the residential planning process in the permits one must acquire under special commercial construction codes. Commercial buildings serve as places of work and/or for consumers to shop, they are public areas that must follow codes to protect the space users and the business owners. Reconstruction for commercial areas can sometimes be large scale jobs due to multiple story buildings for large workspaces and warehouses.
To begin planning your commercial property’s reconstruction, you can choose a separate construction company or stick with us here at SERVPRO. A construction plan must be made and this can be done with the help of our technicians. The plan must adhere to the city’s codes, which can be found on your city’s website. Each city’s codes vary because every area has its own culture and rules that work for the people. For example, the parts of California that are prone to earthquakes have codes for structures to be built in a way that prevents shaking the most, and some even have special mechanisms to center the building’s mass while in movement. For Torrance, all of the information regarding codes and the permit process is here.
Once your plan is developed, it is used to apply for a permit. This plan is submitted along with the permit to be reviewed if it follows the guidelines for your city. You will get an acceptance or denial in a few weeks, maybe even months depending on the city you’re located and the degree of construction you're performing.
Once the permit is accepted, the company you choose may begin working. And if you’re denied, don’t worry! The plan can easily be revised to fit your city’s guidelines, they will usually give you feedback as to why you were not approved.
These steps are a basic outline to the process of reconstructing your commercial business. To learn more about commercial businesses related topics, read our blogs. And if you have any questions regarding disaster recovery or construction, give us a call and we’d be happy to respond.
What SERVPRO Can Do For Your Commercial Business
Although here at SERVPRO we specialize in fire and water damage remediation, we also provide a number of additional services that can be of use to your commercial business. Many things happen day to day at the office and your building may need some servicing that you didn’t expect. If so, that’s okay! We are here to educate and guide you through the process of building restoration and repair. Here’s what we can do for you:
When running a commercial business, the employee and/or customer traffic can cause natural wear and tear to the office. Whether it be dirtied carpets or dusty air ducts, we are able to help make your office like its new again. We have state of the art technology to perform deep carpet and upholstery cleaning. Check out our before and after photos to see some of the work we’ve done. We also are able to inspect and clean your commercial business’ HVAC unit to make sure no dust, pollen, dirt, debris, or odors are contaminating the airways. These things are important to keep your business a clean and healthy place for both customers and employees.
Your commercial business’ office building may be in need of some repairs, and SERVPRO is here to assist you with those! We can handle plumbing, roofing, fencing, tile floor repair, drywall removal, electrical repairs, and even more that you can view by clicking the link here. If any unplanned event may happen at your business leaving an unsafe mess, count on SERVPRO to handle it for you with ease and professionalism.
And obviously, we can provide your business with any natural disaster damage restoration. For example, if your commercial property suffers from a fire, there will also be water damage due to firefighting efforts. It takes special training and technology to properly dry and repair the affected areas to make them new again. We are pros at this! To see some of our work check out our before and after photos.
Now that you know the range of services we can provide your commercial property, call our 24 hour emergency service line (310) 320-2112 for any additional questions, or to schedule an inspection.
What to do if Your Commercial Property is Flooded
It is possible that your commercial property can be affected by flooding. Accidents and unexpected events happen all the time, so it’s best to be prepared if these situations ever occur. Here’s what to do in the face of a flooded property:
Evacuate Affected Areas
The water flooding into your property can contain bacteria or chemicals dangerous to be around. Evacuate the affected areas and put clear signs or borders around the site to make sure it is untouched to prevent further dangers and damage.
Call a Disaster Recovery Service
When confronted with a flooded property, the damages must be handled by professionals. Flooding can cause indoor mold growths and other damages that need special training to be remediated. At SERVPRO we have a 24 hour emergency service line to assist you with your property’s remediation needs.
To remodel your property, it is necessary for you to contact your insurance provider. They will tell you the estimated coverage provided to remediate the damages done to your property. Our technicians here at SERVPRO try our best to provide you with accurate and cos efficient estimates to make the process affordable and stress free.
Keys to Making you Commercial Property Beautiful
When owning a commercial building, you most likely would want your property to look visually appealing to impress customers and to foster a comfortable work environment for the employees. It may seem like a trying task to make your property stand out from the rest, but these often overlooked areas are the keys to making your commercial property the best in the game.
Shrubbery, Plants, and Nature
As our society leans toward industrialization, our cities have lost their naturally occurring plants and trees that contribute to making a place beautiful and peaceful. With that, it’s smart to incorporate as much plant and shrubbery in your commercial property planning as possible. Some examples of this can be climbing vines, a rooftop garden, a fountain with or without fish, bird feeders, shrubbery, flowers lining the walkways of your building, and any other ways that nature can be incorporated into your property.
Up-to-Date Outside Appearance
The styles in which buildings and signs are designed changes throughout the years. If you want your commercial property to keep attracting people and potential employees, you must stay up to date with the current design trends. This isn’t as hard as it seems! The font and size of your commercial business’ name on your property can be changed to be more visually appealing and with the times. If budget permits, the shell of your commercial property can be remodeled by simply updating the style of windows or the color of the walls. The way your property is presented reflects greatly in the business it accrues.
Up-to-Date Inside Appearance
Obviously, the inside of your commercial business is just as important as the outside. Some easy ways to make it look modern and appealing are:
- Comfortable seating areas
- Don’t keep the walls bare! Put up at least a beautiful work of art or picture.
- Indoor plants
- Walls with softer colors to foster a more at-ease environment for customers or employees
- Avoid cramping spaces with unnecessary furniture, keep things nice and open
- Smell!! Put on essential oil diffusers or air fresheners
The biggest key to keeping your commercial property beautiful is having a strong maintenance schedule. This is where a lot of businesses go wrong, in that the lack of maintenance causes the property to look older and worn out faster and ends up costing the business more in the long run. Maintaining the beauty of your property is the most important part in standing out as a commercial business.
Annual Maintenance Schedule for Your Commercial Building
A useful security tool that every commercial building should look into is periodical maintenance checkups to make sure that the building is safe and secure from natural disaster. We often find ourselves running into the first commercial building when a storm hits the city. Why is that?
It’s because these buildings are annually checked to find out if they meet the safety regulations. Even a small issue on one of the floors can lead to life-threatening problems. From power cuts cause by a fallen object to chemicals exposed to high temperature and more, such small things can cause serious consequences.
Following is a checklist for a commercial building’s annual maintenance schedule, which every business should follow:
Roofing (Should Be Inspected Twice In a Year)
- Check roofing contracts, warranties and files
- Check rood drains for stuck debris
- Inspect the roofing perimeter for damage to copings and metal
- Check roof connections with the walls for any wrinkles or tears
- If a bitumen roof is installed, check for cracks in the plies
- If a bitumen roof is installed, take protective measure against corrosion
- Trim, weed and irrigate if a green roof is installed
- Conduct regular moisture checks for leaks
- Install a protective roof membrane
- Inspect the solar panels for any openings that might lead to a leak
HVAC (Should Be Inspected Twice In a Year)
- Recharge U-bend or P-traps water traps
- Find screw issues
- Get the boilers and chillers inspected by a professional
- Inspect the cooling towers for motor bearings, fill valves, gearbox, wiring, support structure, log observations and fan blades
- Lubricate pumps at least once a year
- Depending on what type of HVAC system the building has, replace air filters at least once a month
- Make sure the condenser coil is clean
- For the refrigerant and compressor to work properly, switch to energy efficient settings
- Calibrate sensors and clean the economizer
- Lubricate circulation pump systems and water booster
- To find leaks, inspect couplings
- Check boilers and water heaters
- Check for wear by scheduling test runs
- Replace or check oils and refrigerant where needed
- Inspect the sewage pumps
- Check fixtures in the restrooms for leaks
- Windows and doors should be checked for weather stripping
- Electrical system checkups to prevent accidental fires
- Company’s public walkway should be restored annually to avoid any liabilities
- A test run should be done for the fire alarms to make sure they are working properly and that help arrives on time
An annual maintenance checklist for commercial buildings is highly important because it is not just about one person but dozens of families. This is why it is safer to hire a professional for a routine checkup that is done without any reminder. For professional commercial restoration and repair services, contact SERVPRO. We offer 24/7 emergency service for fire, water, mold and storm damage. We’ll repair your commercial property “Like it never even happened!”
How to Create the Perfect Floor Plan for Your Commercial Space
A combination of grid and loop floor plan.
Let’s assume you own a retail store and with the positive response you got at the first opening, you decide to open another store.
Are you interested in making sales right off the bat? The reason why experts recommend planning store layout strategically is because it can drive impulse sales and direct customers towards the high-end products.
Following are a few ideas that will help you create a kick-ass floor plan:
1. Decide on a Retail Floor Plan
Grid Floor Plan: Mostly used in convenience stores (straight aisles)
Loop Floor Plan: Used in specialty retail stores (maximizes floor space by creating a clear pathway)
Free-Flow Floor Plan: Mostly used for boutique settings (creative patterns to attract shoppers)
2. Put It on Paper
Before you start buying furniture and shifting it around, put your design on paper. This will give you a clear picture of where things can go and how much space you will have to be more creative. You can also use a combination of floor plan to create a unique setting.
3. Pay Close Attention to the Traffic Flow
Following three points should be considered here:
Decompression Zone: entrance space where shoppers like to stand and assess the store.
The Right Side: 90% of the shoppers turn right when they enter a store. So, make sure that the best sellers are placed there.
Personal Space: Do not place the furniture too close together or leave less space between the aisles. Shoppers don’t want their bottom brushing against others while they are browsing.
4. Placement of the Checkout Counter
The checkout counter should always be on the left. Here’s why: as said earlier, customers turn right upon entrance and then they loop around, ending on the left side.
5. Product Mapping
Your best sellers should always be at the back of the store. This allows you to attract the shoppers while they are on their way to the primary zone. The secondary zone is the impulse buys they pass. Don’t forget to place the low-cost impulse buys at the checkout counter.
The combination of display shelves and the comfort zone that is the seating area, allows the shoppers to stay and browse a little longer. So, make sure that those shelves are stocked and decorated and, the comfort zone providing private space to relax.
And that’s how you create a floor plan!