RMC is excited to introduce Diane Viodes! Diane is the new Commercial Account Manager for our Sacramento and Stockton clients. With Diane’s extensive background in restoration we know her experience will serve our customers well. Diane loves challenging herself with new things… so Sacramento & Stockton challenge her with your projects!

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It’s nearly December and winter is almost upon us. With it come storms that can be devastating if we are underprepared.

 

2017 has taught us all too somberly that preparation is critical and emergency preparedness is prudent. With all the breaking news of recent disasters, we have been reminded that, though there is much we cannot control, there are steps we can take to be equipped.

 

At RMC, we want to encourage all business owners, property managers, and chief engineers at property sites of all types to be prepared for storm season. Here are a few key things to have on hand:

 

Supplies:

  • Portable phone chargers
  • Sandbags
  • Plywood
  • Flashlights
  • Safety glasses
  • Emergency generators
  • Fuel

 

Many of these suggestions are only starting points for your check list. Each business has varying needs depending on location and operations. Know your team’s unique context and construct your supply list accordingly.

 

In addition to collecting and storing items in an accessible spot, it’s also important to make contact information for each service partner readily available. Cue these professionals to be on alert in the event your site needs help. If your business doesn’t have existing relationships with certain service providers, initiate connections now. Establish relationships with a reliable contractor, tree trimmer, electrician, restoration company, and others.

 

With storm cleanup, as with any other big project, planning ahead increases efficiency.

 

Another important storm preparation step to consider is insurance education. Know your policy, especially specifics on exclusions. Have clear knowledge about your business’ insurance coverage and authorize a team person to interact with insurance as well as manage payment, reimbursement and claims related to the clean up work performed.

 

Last top reminder, do a walk through of the property to assess vulnerable spots before the storm. Know the areas that are already weak and mitigate them in advance of the storm. Pay close attention to gutters and tree branches, reinforce or trim when necessary.

 

There many more steps to the preparedness process and more checklist items depending on your specific needs, but these highlights are a good start.  We at Restoration Management Company what you to be equipped and confident in your storm preparedness.

 

We would be happy to work with you to improve preparations and in the event of storm damage, we are one of the most experienced restoration providers available.

 

Add us to your check list, and let know how we can help!

Disaster preparedness. Two words we have been reminded of time and again these last few months. As states and regions around the world are suffering through hurricanes, fires, earthquakes and more, experts are calling communities to prepare. It is not easy to see the news and realize how underprepared most of us are. However, a little knowledge goes a long way. There are plenty of steps to take and items to acquire that can equip you for times of disaster.

Here is a thorough disaster preparation summary to review and prepare your household or business space: FEMA.

Beyond supplies, PRACTICE is key too.

This is why RMC is encouraging everyone who can to participate in the Great Shake Out, an international day to practice earthquake response drills in solidarity around the world. 19.5 million people are registered to participate internationally on October 19th. More than 30 million more people have registered to schedule a day that suits their schedules. You can participate at any time and the goal is to  practice for how to react in the midst of an earthquake.

Participants will employ the “drop, cover and hold on” tactic. If you run a business, encourage your teams to join in this drill. Make sure your staff know where to go and what do in an emergency. Additional great tips recommended by Great Shake Out organizers, are about knowing what to do NEXT, after the earthquake. They list these points:

 

1) Look Around.

Imagine what would fall on you, and what might be damaged?It’s important to think through the aftermath so that you can possibly make changes to reduce loss.

2) Text First. Talk Second.

With recent disasters, communications companies and law enforcement professionals are learning that phone calls burden systems far more than texts. So share communication lines by sending texts instead.

 

One of the most common natural disaster worries in California is an earthquake. We’ve experienced significant ones in the past century. In response, local and state regulations have made great steps to improve structure safety. Many buildings with older construction have been retrofitted and new construction is required to meet more stringent earthquake standards. However, there are always additional steps we can take.

 

Check out these link earthquake preparedness links here:

Earthquake Authority

The Great Shake Out

SF 72

 

Now is as good a time as any to get prepared and equip for moments of disaster, especially earthquakes. It is predicted that a 6.7 magnitude earthquake has a 99.7% chance of occurring in California within the next 30 years.

Know what to do, and keep RMC on your contact list so you know who to call for clean up and restoration. We helped with Hurricane Harvey recovery and have decades of experience working with businesses and families in times of need.

For now, make the time to get prepared and join us in participating in the Great Shake Out.

 

Sometimes being preventative and proactive is not the easiest task, especially if we don’t know where to start. RMC is always here to help in the aftermath of a disaster or emergency situation, but our hope is that every community member is prepared.

Whether an individual, family, or business, we want everyone to know what steps they can take today to prepare for possible disasters. So, let’s get started with some key tips. 

STEP UP YOUR PREP

  1. STORE WATER – Experts recommend storing 14 gallons of water for each person in your household. That’s enough for each person to have a gallon/day for two weeks.
  2. PRACTICE PRACTICE – Once you develop your EXIT strategy and your meeting place, do a practice run through. Practicing at least once a year, if not every 6 months, is recommended.
  3. PLAN AHEAD – With pets being our dearest friends and sometimes hardest to house during a temporary living situation, plan for a place for them. Keep a list of possible friends, veterinarians, or pet boarding spots to care for your pets until you can return home.
  4. BE ALARMED – Meaning, be armed with alarms and make sure they are working properly. Keep smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors active and batteries up-to-date. Test them once per month if possible.
  5. SWITCH IT OFF – Know how to turn off utilities: gas, electricity or water. In a fire, electricity and gas should be turned off. In the case of a flood, make sure the main water source for your facility can be turned off.

These are just some of the steps you can use to equip a home or business with the best emergency response to disaster.

Make plans and make those plans known to all involved. Do all that you can to save lives first. Then, when time allows, call on Restoration Management Company to help your property recover. Being prepared is your job, clean-up and restoration is our job.

For more preparedness tips see these government links:

https://www.fema.gov/plan-prepare

https://www.ready.gov/prepare-for-emergencies

Working effectively and efficiently is a trademark of Restoration Management Company (RMC). Recently, a team of nearly 80 of our crew members worked to restore a financial institution’s property. Our client’s building suffered significant flood damage and needed major cleaning, sanitization, restoration and reconstruction  services. RMC completed this multi-million dollar project ahead of schedule and we are proud of the successes experienced.

With the heavy rain that California endured earlier this year, our client’s 50,000 square foot business operation center suffered severe flooding affecting all the surrounding buildings and parking lot in the complex. Emergency responders assisted in the evacuation of personnel, and arrangements were made to relocate employees to office space elsewhere. “With this type of damage, you have to act quickly to remove water, mud and all related potential hazards left by flooding. We responded right away, the reconstruction phase began immediately after the initial emergency phase was completed. ” said project director Jeff Farley.

We understand business interruption can be costly and we will work around the clock to get your business running again.

“The restoration and reconstruction effort was a large undertaking – but it was a responsibility we were prepared for. RMC has been performing large scale losses like this for over 32 years. We were prepared when the call came in from our client.” added Farley.

RMC was equipped with generators and ancillary power equipment to install temporary lighting, vacuum standing water, shovel out barrels of mud, and begin structural drying with large industrial dehumidifiers. After all the water was extracted and the indoor environment was stabilized, we began removing flooring, walls, and trim that were considered a total loss.

Farley shared that, “we had to go all the way down to the building’s steel framing in most areas to properly sanitize the entire structure and prevent future mold or bacterial growth on impacted surfaces. The flooding and mud ran throughout the building and into the parking lot creating a hazardous situation. To protect occupant safety our process must be thorough.  Ultimately, we were able to ensure the building was clean and restored to a safe working condition.”

Once the building was dry and demolition completed, plans to begin reconstruction were coordinated with client needs to meet a tight timeline, which allowed re-occupancy as soon as possible and saved the business thousands of dollars in ongoing costs caused by the business interruption.

Overall, this project touched many of the expert services RMC provides: emergency response, clean up, demolition, hazardous waste removal, sanitation, building stabilization, and reconstruction.

This is one of many successful commercial projects completed this year due to the great RMC team and the quality communication we have with our clients.

If any of our readers have questions about RMC’s work experience or have emergency restoration needs, please contact us here. For more information about our services, please browse our site and check us out on Facebook.

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There’s no spring without the urge to clean! The two are nearly synonymous. Spring = clean.

So if you haven’t made the time or the checklist yet, we have something for you property managers and property owners out there. Here’s our spring maintenance checklist:

 

 

Putting in the time now to check these things off will pay off. As you know, property ownership and maintenance is a long game; it’s an investment. There are no shortcuts when it comes to your investments, and they take the proper TLC.

Building exteriors and general outdoor maintenance is key this time of year. Here are some of the top to-do’s:

1. Follow up on the items that weren’t reparable during the rainy season (e.g. chipping paint).

2. Plan ahead for landscaping needs (e.g tree removal or pest control).

3. Complete tasks before winter weather returns (e.g. clean gutters).

Taking care of regular and routine maintenance can ultimately prevent the need for major repairs. And, in the event of significant restoration needs, your property will be in the best position to withstand and recover from damage.

We know that property maintenance is never ending, but outlining priorities and planning ahead are the best ways to manage your structures and outdoor areas.

Take a few minutes to review the checklist. There is still a month left in spring and plenty of time get cleaning!

Download our printable checklist, here.

 

Water is everywhere it doesn’t belong. Now, what to do?

Damage to a home or property is rarely something we can prepare for. Preventing the unexpected is nearly impossible. Apart from emergency kits and evacuation plans necessary to keep a household safe, there are few advance steps we can take to anticipate sudden damage.

But, we can be knowledgeable about what to do in the aftermath of water flooding our home.

No one expects to return from vacation to find a laundry room, bathroom or kitchen pooling with water. Therefore, when water strikes, next steps matter. We have to quickly determine which professionals to call for help and how to manage the problem.

Water damage is a unique challenge. It’s not just about cleaning up the visible water but identifying the source, determining water quality, and restoring the property to a safe environment.

Here are some key steps you can take if you discover water in your home:

  1. Act immediately to identify the source of the water.
  2. Remove as much standing water as possible and attempt to aerate the space.
  3. Open doors and windows to help reduce humidity.
  4. Notify your insurance carrier.
  5. Seek professional help to prevent mold, especially if water has potentially damaged wood sub floors or wall cavities.
  6. Remember that professional water damage services are a covered peril, and many policies provide limited coverage for mold remediation.

Be sure to review your policy with your insurance provider and follow the above steps. Acting quickly is the first line of defense in preventing further unnecessary damage to the property.

After taking steps to halt the problem, contacting a restoration professional is key in determining the best plan to restore your property. There are different water categories (1,2, & 3) and category 3 water damage is a level that can contain harmful agents, especially if sewage water or toilet backflows are involved. In the event of category 3 water damage, you’ll want to consult with professionals who can employ antimicrobial cleaning agents to ensure toxic elements are removed from your home.

You cannot prevent the unknown but you can prepare how to respond. Knowing what to do is half the battle in resolving any issue, especially property damage.

So, know who to call, us at Restoration Management Company. We’ll help with the second half of the battle – eliminating the problem and restoring your property.

Asbestos is a prominent construction material of the past whose remnants we are still removing today.

What is it? A non-combustible, inorganic fiber.

Why is it harmful? Its airborne fibers cause major health risks.

Where might it be found? In various construction materials.

Who to go to for assistance? Restoration Management Company.

When are ideal times for removal? Spring and summer.

Asbestos is an inorganic fiber that was once considered a useful addition to construction materials, like roofing, insulation, tiling, and more. Asbestos helped improve different materials by reducing heat, absorbing sound, and increasing durability among other qualities.

Unfortunately, asbestos is known to produce terrible side effects. If its fibers are inhaled for prolonged periods of time, there are serious health risks such as lung cancer or mesothelioma. As a result, the U.S. began phasing out asbestos use in the 70’s.

Today, our national Environmental Protection Agency lists the many bans on types of asbestos use and dictates where and how the material is permitted to remain in buildings constructed prior to introduction of regulations.

Asbestos is still found in many older buildings like public schools, government buildings, older office complexes and residential construction. With known health consequences, many owners and occupants of these structures are working to remove all traces of asbestos material.

 

This is where Restoration Management Company can help!

 

 

We at Restoration Management Company have many highly trained and certified technicians who work to safely and effectively remove asbestos from any property type. We can remove materials, help improve safety, and restore buildings, while working closely with clients to meet building preservation expectations.

For many building types, especially schools, spring and summer breaks are the prime times to address asbestos abatement. When fewer employees are present, students are away on scheduled breaks, or more families are off work on vacation, the spring and summer months are great seasons to plan for asbestos removal. This strategic timing especially helps property sites limit asbestos exposure for the duration of the project.

If you are a building owner, school administrator, or in facilities with ties to a property with asbestos issues, please reach out to Restoration Management Company. You can find details of our abatement process and client testimonials here on our website.

We would be honored to help you identify remedies and next steps for improving building safety!

You can connect with an expert staff member in your service area via our website, online contact form, or by calling (800) 400-5058.

We look forward to working with you!

Your RMC Team

“…RMC is the most trusted name in environmental abatement industry, with over 10,000 completed asbestos abatement projects…”

 

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