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Protect Your Business Water Damage

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Your family depends on your business. So do your employees, as well as your customers and community. So the thought of commercial water damage caused by extreme weather or plumbing failure is scary. But you don’t have to be scared. A little planning and a few precautions will help you breathe a little easier, knowing you’re ready for any commercial water damage contingency,

Commercial Water Damage Tip: Think it Through

Start by asking yourself, “What if?”

That’s a powerful question when it comes to reducing commercial water damage risk. For instance, what if a water main bursts and floods your office? This always leads to more questions, such as how will you ensure the safety of your employees and customers? Or how will you prevent or eliminate business disruptions that might result in cash flow problems? How will you communicate with employees during emergencies or periods of disruption (say, when a pipe bursts and requires the main power to be shut off during repairs)? Make notes of your answers to all your questions, because organizing this information is the basis for the next key step in preventing and minimizing commercial water damage: making a plan.

Commercial Water Damage Tip: Make a Plan

While thinking through possible commercial water damage scenarios for your business, you made notes of the solutions you came up with for your “what if?” questions. Now put your thinking into action to craft an emergency plan for your business. A good emergency plan should provide for the safety of all people who could enter your business, as well as set forth processes and procedures for carrying on with business during a variety of challenges.

It should include, at the very least:

  • an emergency contact list (accessible from off-site)
  • emergency procedures
  • emergency staffing instructions
  • vendor lists and contact info
  • data backup plans and other resources to support business operations in case you have to temporarily or permanently relocate your business operations.

You should note that this plan is never finished. You should always be updating and improving it with lessons you learn during any business disruption.

Commercial Water Damage Tip: Inspect, Repair, Repeat

Stuff gets old. It breaks. It fails. When plumbing or water-management equipment in your commercial facility fails, the resulting water damage restoration costs can stack up fast. So the operative word for commercial water damage prevention is maintenance.

Routinely inspect all visible plumbing, test basement sump pumps, check exterior gutters and downspouts, muck out drainage ditches and storm drains and ensure roof structures are in good repair. Commercial property managers generally agree that a water leak on a commercial property is the most costly problem you can have, often costing thousands of dollars to mitigate, once the problem develops. Good property maintenance can lop off a big chunk of commercial water damage risk, so don’t cut corners on repairs.

Commercial Water Damage Tip: SERVPRO South Pasadena/San Marino

A key part of any emergency plan is knowing how to get the help you need when you need it. SERVPRO South Pasadena/San Marino is the company Los Angeles business owners trust when faced with scary, costly commercial water damage. If your business is disrupted by water damage, call SERVPRO South Pasadena/San Marino and get peace of mind during uncertain times.

Where There Is Moisture, There Might Be Mold.

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

What can be done to avoid mold growth in kitchens, bathrooms,
and other moisture-prone areas?

SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino recommend proper ventilation, identifying problematic areas, and maintaining low humidity level. Cleaning surfaces regularly with soap and water, or a solution of one cup of bleach to one gallon of water regularly will also help to keep mold at bay. An important word of caution: never mix bleach with other cleaning products! This can result in the release of potentially toxic fumes.

If mold is already present, it can spread rapidly. Mold removal and restoration may require the professional expertise that SERVPRO offers. When disasters strike in the form of heavy rains, floods, hurricanes, or even when a pipe bursts and mold begins to grow, time is of the essence. SERVPRO professionals provide rapid damage assessment, and the skilled knowledge of how to get the job done properly, thoroughly, and safely.

Removing wet carpet, dry wall, any affected materials, and stopping the damaging effect of mold is vital to securing the safety of your home and business. Maintaining a safe and healthy environment for you and those who those who are most important to you is why the experts at SERVPRO South Pasadena/San Marino pride themselves in their work.

Commercial water losses

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

When business owners visualize water damage, they often picture a massive storm wiping out power lines, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days at a time. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods and water that stems from weather events and storms. 
 
However, many entrepreneurs and business space renters forget that storms and severe weather aren't the only causes of floods and water damage. Here are some of the typical causes of water damage to commercial buildings. 
 
1. Malfunctioning sprinkler systems 
Some older office and retail buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement. This could easily damage inventory and business assets.

2. Damaged appliances and equipment 
This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and catering facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water. If the appliance fails and sends water across your building, especially during late hours when no one is around, you may come back to work and face a water emergency. 
 
3. Broken pipes and plumbing 
Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result. 
 
4. Backed up sewer lines 
This is another cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise. Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. 
 
If your business has suffered commercial water damage call SERVPRO of South PAsadena/San Marino right away 626-499-1762.

Dishwasher Leak?

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Are you one of the unfortunate homeowners dealing with dishwasher water damage? It’s a scene that has played out in countless movies, usually in a comedic fashion. Kid puts regular soap in dishwasher, dishwasher explodes with bubbles, and we all have a good laugh at their expense. But when you’re actually dealing with water leaks from your dishwasher, you need to know how quickly water damages can occur, why they happen, and what to do about them.

How long before dishwasher water damage occurs?

Dishwasher water damage can occur within just a couple of hours. You get home, turn on the dishwasher, walk away and watch TV for awhile, or run a few errands, only to come home and find a pool of water on the kitchen floor. The first reaction should be to soak up as much of the water as you can, because the longer it sits there, the more likely it will cause permanent damage.

Some flooring materials are more susceptible to dishwasher water damage than others, such as wood or bamboo. Wood will absorb water quickly, causing your flooring to warp and crack. Make sure to effectively dry out the area ASAP so you can avoid as much damage as possible.

Dishwasher water damage and what to expect

If you’ve never experienced dishwasher leaks or water damage before, you might not even know what you’re in for. Here’s what to expect when you’re dealing with water damage from dishwashers, including the common causes of leaks as well as what elements of your kitchen are most vulnerable after a leak.

What would cause a dishwasher to leak?

Common causes of dishwasher leaks include:

  • Worn gaskets
  • Dishwasher not level
  • Wrong dishwashing soap used
  • Broken door
  • Defective dishwasher tub

Your dishwasher leak can cause water damage in a variety of ways to a variety of different elements of your kitchen. The below are all susceptible to damage after a dishwasher leak:

  • Tile
  • Wood
  • Laminate
  • Electrical wiring
  • Drywall
  • Wallpaper
  • Paint

Is the damage covered by insurance?

The answer to this question depends on whether or not your insurer deems the cause of the dishwasher leak to be  from neglect or sudden malfunction. If the dishwasher is new, has shown no previous signs of wear and tear, and you report the leak and damage in a timely manner, your insurer could very well cover the damages caused by the leak.

If your dishwasher is old, shows signs of neglect, and has caused you problems in the past, your insurer will likely rule that the water damage is due to negligence on your part, in which case none of the dishwasher water damage will be covered.

Make sure to also read your dishwasher’s warranty and see whether or not a newer dishwasher is covered (and the resulting damages caused by the dishwasher leak)

How to repair water damage caused by dishwashers

The moment you notice your dishwasher is or has leaked, make sure to first turn off the dishwasher. Grab a towel or mop and soak up any visible water on your floor. This might mean pulling the unit out from under the counter so you can get any water that has pooled beneath the dishwasher itself. We also strongly recommend calling a restoration company like SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino to ensure that you don’t have any moisture in your floor boards, which can quickly develop mold. 

Next, you need to identify the cause of the leak. Was the door slightly ajar? Does the latch not always work? Are the gaskets wearing out? Some problems you can fix yourself, but if you want to be extra confident in the repairs, call a specialist to come out and inspect and repair the unit.

Preventing fire

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

No matter the time of year the threat of fire is always near. A fire can break out at any time, it may come from a careless spark floating on the breeze. It may come from within your home from an unattended fryer or stove. It’s important to be proactive and protect your family and home from a fire disaster. Remeber to always contact a professional fire damage restoration team like SERVPRO South Pasadena/San Marino before you enter a home after a fire.

Everyone knows about the most common fire starters but here are a few of the unexpected fire starters.

Laptops

If you have ever used a laptop, then you know that your laptop can get pretty hot in no time. A hot laptop that’s left on a bed, couch, blanket, or another soft surface can prevent proper airflow in and out of the cooling vents. You can prevent a potential house fire by placing your laptop on a desk or laptop stand to keep it from overheating.

Heat Pads & Electric Blankets

Electric blankets and heating pads might not seem like they may be an issue, but these heating tools can be extremely hazardous if misused. Heating pads and electric blankets have the ability to get very hot and anytime you have excessive heat buildup, a fire can start. To prevent these comforting items from starting a fire, keep your heating pad and electric blanket on the lowest setting and do not use for longer than what the manufacturer recommends.

Charcoal Briquettes

After barbecuing, you may just throw the bag of charcoal into a storage closet and shut the door without a second thought. If the charcoal is damp, it could ignite itself and start a serious fire. To prevent such a devastating fire, place the charcoal in a metal pail or garbage can and secure it tightly with a lid. Store the charcoal in a cool, dry place that has enough space to let heat escape should the coals self-ignite.

The Closet

Stacking your clothes to the top of the closet might not seem like a big deal, but if your wool sweater or cotton T-shirt touches an exposed light bulb, it could lead to a major fire. Surprisingly, nearly 12% of all house fires start in a closet. As homeowners, we do not consider the closet light fixtures to be a danger and we stack combustible materials close to the glowing, hot bulb. You can prevent a disaster from happening inside your closet by installing the properly enclosed light fixtures and keeping your belongings a good distance from the light bulb.

Dust Bunnies

Dust bunnies aren’t just an annoyance — they’re also a danger to your home. Dust can be a fire hazard if it collects near floor heaters, electronics, and sockets. If sparks fly, dust piles can ignite and cause a fire. Regular dusting and vacuuming with a hose can significantly reduce the amount of dust that lingers near your electrical outlets and appliances. Pay special attention to the back of entertainment centers and any crevices that might collect dust.

It only takes a few minutes to check the closets and other unexpected fire hazards in your home. Make sure that the whole family is aware of these unexpected fire hazards to help reduce the chance of a fire disaster. If a fire does strike be sure you call SERVPRO South Pasadena /San Marino 626-799-1762

Have mold?

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

If you think you might have a mold problem in your home, you have probably gone to Google to seek advice and information. There is so much mis-information out there about mold. At SERVPRO South Pasadena/San Marino we are mold removal experts. The core of our business is helping homeowners and business owners deal with mold in their buildings, both identifying when mold creates a health hazard and helping restore the property to its pre-mold condition. Knowing what to do when you see mold is important for determining your next step. There are common household molds that are not considered toxic mold, but they can still make you feel sick. If you have more than one square foot of mold in your home or business you need to hire a pro contact SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino 626-799-1762.

Mold Remediation

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation Here you notice some mold that has occurred due to a slow leak

There is no place to hide when it comes to mold. Whether it is a home or business,  understanding there is always the chance that it may catch a mold infestation with any new introduction of moisture. Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.

When you think that mold may be present in your home or business, the first step is to call a certified environmentalist immediately. They will be able to test for and identify if mold is present and what type of mold it its.

If you can already see the mold, you probably don’t need to waste any money pretesting, as the mold is already present. When this is the situation, the entire mold infested area simply needs to be removed.

There are several steps to successful mold remediation process, once certified by an Environmentalist:

  • Call an Environmentalist.
  • Contact SERVPRO of South PAsadena/San Marino to remove the mold 626-799-1762.
  • Free Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Mold Containment
  • Air Filtration
  • Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Restoration

These steps apply to all types and colors of mold and when done correctly by a mold remediation specialist such as SERVPRO of South Pasadena San Marino, can save your house or building. By controlling the mold growth and removing the source, there will be no need to take a wrecking ball to the building. Just be sure to enlist the services of SERVPRO’s  trained professionals to make sure that all the mold is removed, as well as the air cleaned. Any missed mold can and will eventually spread, and you will be back to square number one.

Mold can spread quickly and become a serious health problem if left untreated. If mold is spotted or suspected, the best thing that can be done is to contact SERVPRO South Pasadena/San Marino. They will be able to help by containing and eliminating the mold, repair the source of the mold, as well as disinfect the area and air where the mold was present.

Protecting your home from a storm damage.

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in your home can happen at any time, but your home can be even more exposed to water damage when it rains. Follow these tips to help protect your home from water damage during the next rain storm.

  1. Modify your homes water valves. If the city's main sewer line gets backed up during a heavy rain storm, you could find yourself standing in a a puddle of you-know-what. You may want to consider installing a interior or exterior backflow valve. Backflow valves prevent your water system from being contaminated from water flowing backwards into your supply lines. 
  2. Clear gutter, drains, and downspouts. Clogged gutters and downspouts can end up in a messy flood. Take the time to clean them and clear them of any and all debris before the rain comes.
  3. Cover air vents. One of the most common ways water fins its way into a home is through the home's air vents. If you know that heavy rain is in the forecast and that you are at risk of flooding, cover your air vents with thick plastic sheeting from both the outside and the inside. 
  4. Check your sealant surrounding doors and windows. Make sure that any gaps or holes in the sealant surrounding the doors and windows are filled in. This will help stop rain water from finding its way into your home. 

Crazy Days in Southern California

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

The day started off as a beautiful Los Angeles, CA, morning with barely a cloud in the sky and lots of sun. As the morning slipped into afternoon, large, ominous storm clouds began developing. Sitting on your back deck you watched the clouds move slowly across the sky and continue to build. While the clear blue sky and sun are fantastic, watching lightning dancing from cloud to cloud has its own beauty. You watch the impending storm approach until the rain forces you to retreat indoors. You start dinner and think about new plans for your evening.

As dinner is cooking, the lightning flashes are amazingly bright, and the thunder is shaking the house. Before your brain can even register what's happening, there's an intense, blinding flash followed by the loudest crash of thunder you've ever heard in your life! Your eyes are filled with sparkling dots and your ears are ringing like crazy! You stumble over to look out the back door, and where you were sitting on the deck is now in flames, as well as the entire side of the house! You quickly dial 911, and after the first responders finish putting out the blaze and ensure you're unharmed, the fire chief confirms that it was a lightning strike that caused this disaster. Where in Los Angeles, CA, are you going to find a company to help you with disaster restoration?

SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marinois here for those of you in the South Pasadena and San Marino area for all your disaster restoration needs. We can help you with emergency board up to ensure your belongings remain safe while your home is being repaired, and perform the storm damage cleanup required to ensure your yard and home are back to normal as quickly as possible. We can pack out and provide content storage for your belongings if our board up servicesaren’t enough to keep things safe.

We’re available to rapidly assist you at all hours of the day or night. For any and all disaster restoration needs in theSouth Pasadena And San Marino area, callSERVPRO South Pasaden/San Marino 626-799-1762.

Roof Tarps And Board Ups

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO South Pasadena/ San Marino provides board up services that will prevent further damage to your property. Our board up services are intended to close any openings to your property following a catastrophe like a fire or flood. Broken windows, broken doors, damaged hinges, and knocked down walls all provide easy entrance to natural elements and thieves.

Even if you do not require damage restoration, you may still want to protect your property with board up services, including temporary shoring, power restoration, and temporary fencing after vandalism, an earthquake, fire, or other disaster. Placing fencing around your home deters burglars from entering and stealing furniture, electronics, or other expensive items.

Installing roof tarps also prevents exposure to weather conditions, which cause unexpected water or sun damage while cleanup and construction are being performe