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4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Family sitting together The McCann family getting ready for Spring!

Leaving So Soon?

Gorgeous Southern California weather is back again! The beautiful foothills of the San Gabriel Valley are green and the California Poppies are blooming! Are you going out of town soon? 

Before Leaving Town

It is always an important idea to reach out to a family member, friend, or neighbor that you trust to let them know you will be leaving. They can help keep an eye out on your house: mail, pets, and most importantly: water damage. A broken pipe or leaky water heater does not care if you are vacationing in Key West. The sooner water damage is detected, the sooner the damage can be reversed. 

Call SERVPRO of South Pasadena/ San Marino

Joe McCann and his amazing team at SERVPRO South Pasadena / San Marino are available for emergency water damage services 24/7! Joe has over 16 years of restoration experience, no residential or commercial job is too small or too big!

Downtown Pasadena Fire

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire Kitchen Fire in Pasadena Business

Water Leaks to Electrical Fire

Electrical wiring can be found in nearly every modern building and supplies important electricity to ensure our lives run efficiently. On the downside, there are risks associated with wet wiring. One of the most common fire jobs we see at SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino is caused by electrical fire damage. These are usually the cause of the exposed wire coming in contact with water. 

List of Potential Causes

Electrical outlets may come in contact with water through a leaking roof, sudden flooding, or a big rainstorm. In an establishment in downtown Pasadena, a burst pipe flooded the upstairs and caused water to leak down to the kitchen below. Unfortunately, the electrical appliances were affected which caused an electrical kitchen fire. This is an unfortunate instance where water and fire damage happen at the same time. In homes, smaller-scale water issues such as a splash or leaking pipe can allow water to easily come into contact with an electrical outlet or worn-down wire. In cases where a recent flood has occurred, we strongly recommend that electricity to the home be shut off until professionals arrive. This reduces the risk of further damage occurring.

Water and Fire Damage Restoration Professionals

Joe McCann and his team of qualified technicians have had over 16+ years of experience in the restoration industry. If you experience a flood or burst pipe in your home or business and are unsure of what to do, call our team at SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino and we'll walk you through the restoration process. Our crew is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week because we have a strong commitment to our customers. If you need a restoration company you can trust, call SERVPRO Joe today (626)-852-9922.

Supporting the Healthcare Industry

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

Brown boxes loaded into green truck Boxes of face shields being loaded into a SERVPRO truck

Coordinating with LACI

For the past few months, SEVRPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino has been coordinating with LACI, Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator, to transport manufactured face shields to hospitals throughout Los Angeles County. In April of 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic was in full swing, the LACI organization quickly jumped into action. They utilized the Advanced Prototyping Center (APC) to manufacture face shield donations for healthcare workers. This collaboration brought together organizations such as the Los Angeles Public Library’s Octavia Lab, Los Angeles County’s Youth@Work program, Goodwill of Southern California, City of Baldwin Park, the Greater Los Angeles Hospital Registry, and others. LACI plans to donate 100,000 shields by June 1st, 2021. As of February 19th, 2021, LACI was able to deliver over 42,000 face shields to doctors and nurses working in 25 different LA County Hospitals, including:

  • Community Hospital of Huntington Park
  • Long Beach Medical Center
  • Adventist Health Glendale
  • MLK Community Hospital
  • Lakewood Regional Medical Center
  • Sherman Oaks Hospital
  • Valley Presbyterian Hospital
  • Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center
  • White Memorial Hospital
  • Centinela Hospital Medical Center
  • Monterey Park Hospital
  • Mission Community
  • Whittier Hospital
  • Beverly Hospital

Recycled Material and Incorporating the Youth

The face shield design was originally tested by ER doctors at Cedar Sinai and helps prevent infectious droplets from entering the facial area. Additionally, these shields are designed so that they may be reused from one to five years. LACI works to recycle almost all plastic remnants leftover from manufacturing into 3D print filament that is then used in 3D printers, as opposed to being thrown away. 

The LA Country Youth@Work program helps place youth in a paid job that leads to a long-term career pathway. The youth involved in this program have helped assemble and box face shields, creating jobs for over 140 people. LACI has also introduced these youth to their APC Fellowship Program, a paid fellowship that provides technical training, interpersonal skills, and industry-recognized certifications to succeed in the green economy. Due to the shortage of many entry-level employment opportunities, LACI organizers say that are grateful for the opportunity to provide paid employment and learning opportunities.

SERVPRO Delivery Trucks = More Faceshield Deliveries

At the beginning of 2021, SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino’s Sales Manager, Doug Beach, connected with a member of the LACI organization at a community meeting and asked how we could help with the efforts. Previously, the Los Angeles Library had been coordinating deliveries whenever possible. Now, with the help of SERVPRO’s huge box trucks, we are helping make deliveries of over 50 boxes of face shields every other Thursday, sometimes twice in one week. All shipments consist of 50 boxes containing 100 face shields. Each delivery contains 5,000 shields per delivery. Peyton Russell, Sales and Marketing Representative for SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino, accompanies Doug on these deliveries and takes photos/videos of the deliveries, something that seldom happened before. Additionally, Ms. Russell and Mr. Beach help to load and unload the face shields at the facilities, track the delivery forms, and persist in social media efforts for the cause.

Dedication To The Community

When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino is there to help. Our owner, SERVPRO Joe, believes in giving back to the community and making a difference whenever we can. Our Sales Team is highly involved in humanitarian efforts, such as the San Dimas Rotary Food Drive in January and the upcoming House of Ruth donation collection in early May. To learn more about how to get involved with the LACI donation efforts, please visit their Instagram @laincubator, or call 310.699.5724. If you want a restoration company that is trustworthy and actively involved in the community and fighting against coronavirus, call SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino today! Our estimators and office staff are happy to help you through your water damage emergencies.

Is it Fire Season Yet?

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

In Southern California, it sometimes always feels like fire season. Thankfully, the beginning quarter of 2021 has been fairly stormy and rainy. The California Poppy and Yellow Mustard Seed flowers are in bloom across the San Gabriel Valley. Even, with the rain, Los Angeles country still suffered a 184-acre burn, The Townsley Fire, in January of this year.


April through October is considered California's 2nd half of wildfire season. This is mainly because of the Santa Ana winds that come in from the west. The winds not only dry out vegetation, but wind also spreads embers. We have not gotten out of Santa Ana season yet, so stay informed on local weather.


In the event, your home does suffer fire damage from a wildfire or an in-home fire, be sure to call SERVPRO South Pasadena / San Marino. Joe McCann and his staff are available for emergency services 24/7.

Is the Rain Over Yet?

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

Rain damage in building Rain damage destroys a building

Where's the Rain?

In Southern California, it sometimes always feels like a dry season. Thankfully, the beginning quarter of 2021 has been fairly stormy and rainy. The California Poppy and Yellow Mustard Seed flowers are in bloom across the San Gabriel Valley. Making commutes and Los Angeles traffic slightly less blah with the gorgeous wildflower bloom!

Climate Change:

According to researchers, California’s rainy season has started 27 days later than it did in the 1960s. Decades ago, our rainy season began in November, and since California’s fire season is at a yearly high in October, November rains were a huge help in regulating that. Now, our rainy season begins in late December and is concentrated in January and February. A shorter, but sharper rainy season.


In the event, your home does suffer water damage from rainfall or a storm, be sure to call SERVPRO South Pasadena / San Marino. Joe McCann and his staff are available for emergency services 24/7.

Wild March Weather

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

Green truck in front of house Warm March Weather

Rain, sunshine. Rain again, hail, clear blue skies. Snow in Pasadena. When was the last time Pasadena received snow? Clear skies again. More rain, hail the size of marbles, blue skies. All over a span of four days. With more rain to come this weekend. Off and on, of course. And doesn't South Pasadena and San Marino always look beautiful after the rain?

Wild Southern California weather, a storm that has continued to come and go, come and go. 

Stay Prepared:

WIth rain and hail being so unpredictable this past week, paying close attention to weather reports is a must. It should go without saying that driving during crazy hail storms is not particularly safe. Try to plan any errands during the pockets of clear blue skies. It is also suggested not to travel during crazy weather storms.

If you have experienced flooding in your home or garage before, what preventive measures can you take to prevent that from happening again? Sandbags are always very helpful in directing water away from your home. Depending on the city that you live in, they might offer these at no cost for residents. Some cities will also provide barricades in high flooding areas. Make sure that your gutters and rain drains are free of debris so that rainwater can flow freely away from your home. You might also be able to obtain a rain barrel from your city or town as well, at no charge. 


In case of any water damage to your home, be sure to call SERVPRO South Pasadena / San Marino. Joe McCann and his team are available for emergency services 24/7. Joe is a plethora of restoration knowledge and would be happy to answer all of your questions.

Got Water Damage? We Can Support You

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

Rain, Rain, Go Away?:

What a week it has been in Southern California. So much weather, so little time. The constant bouncing back and forth between rain, hail, snow and blue skies is as fun as it is exhausting. With most families still working remotely and engaged in distance learning, this wacky week of weather can be a welcomed change of pace. For those of us that are commuting to work, and back to in person learning, it can be a headache.

It Pays to be Home:

If you fall under the category of still doing all of life's daily things remotely from home, you are in luck in the sense you are able to keep an eye on your home during these sudden downpours. The biggest tool in flood prevention is being present.

Your City Can Help You:

Most cities have a number of resources to help you protect your home during bad weather. Sand bags, rain barrels, and even barricades for high flood areas may be available at no cost to the homeowner. Call your City Hall, and they will be able to direct you to the right department to see if these resources are available for you. Sand bags are great tools to direct water runoff away from your home. Rain barrels can help collect water runoff to prevent flooding, and barricades can block run off, especially if you are in an area prone to mudslides.


In the event that your home or garage does flood during a rainstorm, call SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino. They have emergency services available 24/7.

Best in the Industry

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

Man and woman in front of green truck Meet our new owners, Joe and Danielle McCann!

Set for Success

SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino is a restoration company that sets the bar higher than its competitors. Specializing in water restoration, fire restoration, cleaning services, and mold remediation, our team is equipped and trained to handle all your restoration needs, no matter how big or small. Our National Training Center has developed a training program to educate restoration and mitigation skills for all of our South Pasadena and San Marino employees. Our technicians are the best in the business with the certifications to back it up.


At SERVPRO South Pasadena/San Marino, we are certified by The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) which sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our employees tirelessly study these standards in water restoration, fire restoration, cleaning services, and mold remediation. As professionals, we strive to hit all of The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certifications best practices with ease. 

We Have the Training

Every SERVPRO franchise receives a fifteen-day initial training course. Even if the owner has been in the trades for years, new franchise owners are taught in great detail about water and fire restoration, mold remediation, and other valuable cleaning practices. Afterward, franchise owners and employees have access to countless online training classes, courses, and webinars. There are videos available to learn from, and even tests to check their knowledge. It is a priority for franchise owners to keep their knowledge in fire and water restoration and mold remediation up to speed with overall industry standards if they are expected to perform to the best of their ability.

Privately Owned & Operated

Each SERVPRO is privately owned, and in most cases, locally owned. This is a great driving force to keep standards high. Our franchise owners, Joe and Danielle McCann, want to be of the highest standard to serve their community to the absolute best of their ability.

Under New Ownership

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

Family sitting together Meet Joe McCann, his wife Danielle, and their three boys!

Time to celebrate!

Long-time franchise owner Joe McCann has recently acquired SERVPRO South Pasadena and San Marino this March. Joe and his team are very excited about joining the communities of both South Pasadena and San Marino!

Here is a little bit about Joe:

Joe and his wife Danielle McCann have owned SERVPRO of Glendora and San Dimas for over 16 years now. They are an amazing representation of the SERVPRO brand in the San Gabriel Valley. Their partnership is phenomenal, and they've both got your back for any type of water and fire emergency. They care immensely about both Glendora and San Dimas communities because it is their community too! They also own the SERVPRO Irwindale and Baldwin Park franchise, which they acquired in late 2017. Joe is always just a phone call away to answer any questions about SERVPRO’s services, or to share his journey as a franchise owner! He is a plethora of restoration knowledge! Seriously, ask him anything fire, water, or mold-related!

Together, Joe and Dani have three small children, sons Colton, Finn, and Parker. The future franchise owners of SERVPRO South Pasadena and San Marino. They are the “official” first line of defense for the franchise. They have big shoes to fill, but if they are anything like their hard-working parents, the cities of South Pasadena and San Marino will be in good hands for decades to come!

Firm Believers in Giving Back

Joe and Dani are firm believers in giving back to the South Pasadena and San Marino communities as much as possible. They often donate their trucks to be of service for local, charitable events! Such events include food drives, distribution of Covid-19 PPE, local rotary, and the chamber of commerce events. If using the SERVPRO trucks to help take goods from point A to point B for the party organizing helps their cause, the McCann’s are always honored to do it. They are firm believers in always giving back!

Fire Damage from Wildfire

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

Dangerous Wildfire

About six years ago, the city of Glendora experienced a very intense wildfire, in the foothills directly behind the city. About twenty-one miles from the South Pasadena and San Marino communities.

It was started by a group of young men, who had illegally started a campfire. The Santa Ana winds had picked up embers from the campfire and chaos ensued. It is now known as the Colby Trail Fire, named after a hiking trail. In total, it burned over 1,992 acres of land, destroyed 5 homes, and injured one person. 3,600 city residents were evacuated. The fire was so large at one point, residents of South Pasadena and San Marino could easily see it from their homes, and also suffered from poor air quality.

Many Glendora and Azusa city residents were very concerned about their homes. Removing dry debris around them and watering their lawns was a tactic that many residents used in the hope to protect their property. 

Fire Protection Strategies

Residents shut their windows and doors to keep falling ash and poor air from coming into their homes. Others take pieces of plywood or tarp and cover the vents on the roof or chimney, in order to prevent embers from entering their housing structures. 

Homeowners with pools would fill up their pools and spas with additional water from their garden hoses. It is not unusual for water-bombing helicopters to pick up water from residents' backyard pools in order to aid in putting out wildfires. It is a small gesture that can be of huge help to the air bombers looking for bodies of water nearby. 

The Colby Fire lasted approximately ten days.

Fire Near South Pasadena/San Marino? Call today!

South Pasadena and San Marino residents are always encouraged to call SERVPRO of South Pasadena and San Marino if their home is ever affected by a fire. SERVPRO specializes in fire restoration and is available 24/7. Owner Joe McCann has a plethora of fire restoration knowledge. He is always a phone call away to help South Pasadena and San Marino, residents.