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Property Owners Pandemic Response Tips

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

Each day brings new information about coronavirus. The spread of COVID-19, a respiratory disease, happens quickly and easily, passing from people who are up to six feet apart from each other. Commercial property owners and apartment building owners in the New Center and Highland Park area, must understand the risks involved if a tenant becomes infected.

Pre-Exposure Steps

Preparation is a key step in minimizing daily operation disruptions. Most experts recommend taking precautionary steps while avoiding spreading panic throughout their properties.

Some examples of steps to take include:

  • Developing a pandemic response plan
  • Posting reminders of best practices, such as washing hands and wearing masks when sick
  • Providing access to soaps and hand sanitizers in common areas
  • Hiring professionals with coronavirus cleanup training to routinely disinfect high traffic areas
  • Most of these are steps that commercial property owners should be taking anyway, so the steps can be implemented without adding to nervousness about coronavirus exposure.

Pandemic Response Plan

Eventually, an employee or tenant may be exposed to or infected by the virus. When this happens, property owners refer to their pandemic response plan. This plan should include how to communicate with property tenants and anyone who may have been exposed. For apartment owners, it is important to understand the rights of tenants and act within federal tenant laws and COVID-19 cleanup guidelines.

Professional Cleanup Response

Once a commercial property has been exposed to the virus, it may be necessary to hire professionals to thoroughly disinfect the property with special attention given to high-traffic areas. This is when SERVPRO® comes in, we are the commercial cleaning the experts!

We are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar type organisms to COVID-19. SERVPROXIDE™, SERVPRO’s proprietary disinfectant, is a hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses like COVID-19 on hard, non-porous surfaces. Currently there are no disinfectants that have been tested specifically for this particular emerging viral pathogen. However, per the CDC, this product can be used against COVID-19. In addition, SERVPROXIDE™ currently has dozens of EPA-approved claims including Feline coronavirus, Canine coronavirus, Staphylococcus (MRSA), E. coli, Salmonella, Rotavirus, Swine flu (H1N1) and more. Porous materials like carpet, rugs, upholstered items, and draperies that are not water sensitive can also be wet cleaned using SERVPROXIDE™.

Communication with Tenants

As a commercial property owner, it is important to let your New Center and Highland Park area tenants know that you are taking precautions to limit coronavirus exposure. Be sure to mention your efforts to reduce the spread of the virus and to respond immediately to potential exposure.

We are Here to Help®

In these stressful times, remember that SERVPRO® is here in your community and here to help. All our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities. Our team is available 24/7 and ready to help. Call us today at 313-379-6768.

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