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The Help We Provide After A Fire Damage

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Interior Structure during a fire damage Interior Structure during a fire damage

If your property suffers from fire damage, quick action is vital to limiting the amount of damage that is inflicted on your property. You may think that once the fire is put out, the damage has been done and you can start getting things cleaned up at your leisure. Unfortunately, fire damage continues to eat away at materials even after the fire has been put out.

More porous materials often can’t be saved and have to be thrown out and replaced. Less porous materials can be saved if the ash and soot are removed from the surface in a timely manner. A matter of hours can make a difference between an item that can be saved versus one that cannot. This is why our team at SERVPRO South Pasadena/San Marino offers 24-hour emergency service, so you can call us anytime day or night, and we can start the restoration process immediately.

When we begin the restoration process for fire damage, we offer a number of services depending on the extent of the damage to your specific needs. Typically, we begin by bringing in air filtering machines that will remove ash and floating particulate matter from the air to make your air safe to breathe again. As this starts working, we will remove ash and soot from your property and dispose of any materials that can’t be saved.

The amount of restoration you want and need depends on the amount of damage your property sustained from the fire.

Give us a call at SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino for complete restoration from any fire damage on your property 626-799-1762

Health Risks and Safety Hazards after a Home Flood

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

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After a flood, all kinds of dangers lurk in waters and your home. Whether it’s bacteria, mold, electricity, or rapid streams – all pose a danger to your health and safety if you’re not careful. Here are the most common hazards following a home flood, and tips to avoid them:

Infections

  • You can contract a disease by eating or drinking contaminated products. Floodwaters can directly infect food with bacteria like E. coli or Salmonella or indirectly during a power surge. There’s also the risk of wound infection if you come in contact with floodwater.
  • Throw away food that has come in direct contact with floodwater, including bottled drinks and products in jars, or any food that looks and smells unusual. Intact, canned goods may be washed and disinfected.
  • Discard perishable foods like meat or eggs, which have been left at above 41 degrees Fahrenheit for more than four hours.
  • Throw away all medicines, cosmetics, and other toiletries that have touched floodwater.
  • If you’ve made contact with floodwater, practice good hygiene – wash hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Don’t let kids play in floodwater or with toys contaminated by floodwater.
  • If you have an open wound, keep it clean, cover it with a waterproof bandage, and avoid exposure to floodwater.

Rapid Flowing Waters

  • Don’t drive through flowing water even if it’s just a few inches deep. Your vehicle may break down or get swept away.
  • If the roads are flooded and you absolutely must drive, monitor road conditions and obey closure signs. Be aware of road hazards such as mud, building debris, tree limbs, and potholes.
  • Never walk through flowing water either. Rapidly moving water can be deadly, even if you can swim.

Respiratory Hazards

  • Avoid areas with mold growth – it can form within 24-48 hours of a flood. The mold must be removed before moving back to your home. For mold and water damage cleanup, hire a professional damage restoration company, such as PuroClean.
  • Run gasoline, propane, and diesel-powered equipment only in well-ventilated outdoor areas to prevent carbon monoxide buildup.
  • Stay away from building materials that may contain lead, such as painted surfaces and pipes.
  • Be aware of asbestos poisoning. Don’t enter areas where asbestos may have been used as a construction material.

Chemical Exposure

  • When returning to your home after a flood, be aware of potential chemical hazards that floodwaters could have carried.
  • Don’t move propane tanks yourself as they may cause a fire or explode. Call the State Fire Marshal's office immediately.
  • If you see car batteries in floodwaters, don’t get close to them to avoid electrical shock. Also, beware of any acid that may have spilled from a damaged car battery.

Electrical and Gas Dangers

  • Never touch electrical lines, wires, equipment, and fixtures during and after a flood. Report fallen power lines.
  • Don’t walk or drive through floodwater if downed power lines are in it.
  • Never enter your home if the main power switch was not turned off before flooding. Wait until a qualified electrician has declared your home safe before re-entering.
  • Evacuate your home if you detect or smell gas and notify the gas company.

Debris

  • In the aftermath of a flood, all kids of debris may be potentially dangerous. Watch out for broken glass, construction or demolition debris, and tree limbs.

Roof Tarps and Board Ups

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

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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 a 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 disasters. 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 performed.

SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino is here to help you with any Rooftarps or Board Up Needs. 626-799-1762

What Can Be Saved In A Water Damage!

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Flood on a foyer and staircase! Flood on a foyer and staircase!

When your home has been affected by water damage, you may be tempted to want to throw everything in the trash and start over. Water damage can have devastating effects and can be difficult to clean and restore a property to its original state. Fortunately, at SERVPRO South Pasadena/San Marino, we are experts at restoration from water damage and can help guide you when it comes to restoring your home after an accident.

The good news is, plenty of things can be saved and restored after being affected by water. However, a lot of this depends on quick action on the part of the property owner. The longer a home goes without being treated, the worse the damage becomes. Mold begins to grow in the damp environment and can be irreversibly damaging. Mold spores can begin to spread throughout the home and linger in the air, where it can be inhaled and cause negative health effects to the inhabitants. The sooner you act to rid your home of water damage, the better. At Spangler Restoration, we offer 24-hour emergency service, so we can begin the cleanup process right away.

Some things should not be kept after having been subjected to extreme water damage. Things like mattresses, box springs, pillows, particleboard, and other similar items tend to harbor moisture and foster the growth of microbes. We recommend replacing items like this to prevent illness and the spread of microbes in the future. If you are unsure of whether you should toss something or not, we are happy to consult with you all you have to do is just call 626-799-1762.

Water damage in your home is a frustrating experience to live through, but if you work with us at Spangler Restoration, you can be sure that your home will be restored to its original beauty.

Here To Help During Any Fire Losses

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

When Fire Affects Your Home, Call SERVPRO! 626-799-1762 When Fire Affects Your Home, Call SERVPRO! 626-799-1762

Fires can involve a combination of damages including thermal damage, smoke damage, and damage caused by fire departments and sprinkler systems. SERVPRO of SouthPasadena/San Marino  offers the following fire and smoke restoration processing and procedures to aid in the restoration and repair to a pre-damage condition:

* Full Contents Cleaning and Restoration
* Partial or Complete Pack Out
* On-Site Storage Facility
* Demolition
* Deodorization
* Ozoning
* 24 Hour Emergency Board Up
* Fire and Smoke Odor Cleaning

It takes specialized training and a great deal of professional experience to effectively restore a structure that has survived a fire. SERVPRO of SouthPasadena/San Marino has the skills it takes. Below are some tips that can be passed on to the homeowner if circumstances allow.

In Case of Fire Damage

* Contact SERVPRO of SouthPasadena/San Marino to board up windows, roof, and damaged areas to prevent further loss.
* Clean and protect chrome trim on faucets by washing with detergent and applying a coat of Vaseline.
* Blow off loose smoke particles from upholstery, draperies, and carpeting.
* Open windows for ventilation (if weather permits).
* Empty refrigerators and freezers if electricity is off and prop doors open to allow circulation.
* Do not wipe or attempt to clean fire residue from walls, ceilings, or absorbent surfaces.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today @ (626)799-1762

What is an Emergency Ready Plan (E.R.P)

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

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What is an Emergency Ready Plan (E.R.P)?

As a national sponsor for the American Red Cross. SERVPRO has teamed up with the American Red Cross to create an emergency ready plan. The Emergency Ready Plan or E.R.P. is a free web-based program designed to help businesses, organizations, schools, and homeowners become better prepared for emergencies.

By setting up an emergency ready profile for your home or business, you minimize interruption by having an immediate plan of action.

 "The time to prepare for a disaster is before it happens, taking steps to make your property as secure as possible, then having a plan to deal with the aftermath if disaster does strike is just good business and common sense"- Megan Willhite (SERVPRO Marketing Rep.)

What are the benefits of creating an ERP profile?

    • Having a valuable service, provided at no cost to you!
    • Access from anywhere, anytime 24/7.
    • Receive notice of heavy rain or flood areas.
    • Property overview information.
    • Facility details, where the shut off valves are located.
    • Emergency contact information.
    • Insurance contact information.
    • Submit claims right through the app.
    • Allow access and share information with family members and/or facility managers.

Having access to this information while being away from the property will give you peace of mind.

How to set up an E.R.P.

SERVPRO can help you create a disaster recovery plan now, specific to your facility so that if you need us, we can help you fast. For information on SERVPRO’s free Ready Plan Mobile Application, available on all smartphones, and tablets please visit: SERVPRO.com/ready or contact us at SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino to set up an appointment (626) 799-1762

The Do's And Don'ts of a Water Damage

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

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The effects of a burst plumbing pipe can be devastating. The best solution is to enlist the help of a team of professionals who have the knowledge required to rectify the situation efficiently and promptly. But, before calling them, there are some do’s and don’ts that homeowners can follow to ensure that damage is minimized and that the cleanup operation goes as quickly as possible.

DO:

•  Turn off the source of water immediately.
•  Mop up excess water; this will prevent further damage and make the process of repairing a burst plumbing pipe a lot faster, as well as preventing secondary damage. Open all the windows to dry rooms out, and use a dehumidifier or fan to speed up the process.
•  Phone SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino– they will tell you about other things you can do before their arrival.


DON’T (under ANY circumstances):

•  Lift or remove the carpeting.
•  Apply heat to affected areas as this could cause more damage.
•  Use detergent, bleach or other cleaning products on the affected areas.

Note: There are a number of other incorrect actions that may potentially invalidate an insurance claim involving a burst plumbing pipe. That’s why it’s important to work with a house restoration specialist. You don’t want your insurance company to find any reasons not to pay!

At SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino we are a team of restoration and cleaning professionals who offer disaster cleaning for residential and commercial properties. We guarantee a fast emergency response and the latest technology. Please contact us at 626-799-1762 for more information.

Spring Time Cleaning with SERVPRO

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Spring Cleaning with Servpro Spring Cleaning with SERVPRO

Many homeowners believe spring maintenance is all about the cleaning. Sure, spring cleaning consists of all-around home maintenance, but providing maintenance to your home structure, appliances, and systems within your home is just as important. For example, you can’t forget your roof and the possibility that ice dams formed over the winter. Indeed, just as much as that first spring day should provide an excuse to go for a hike or a picnic, it should also provide you with a reminder that your outdoor spring maintenance is waiting.

Here is a spring maintenance checklist with a few tips to ensure your home is in great condition for the rest of the year.

Spring Maintenance Checklist

    • Siding: Clean siding with a pressure washer to keep mold from growing. Check all wood surfaces for weathering and paint failure. If you think there is mold present anywhere in your home, get in contact with SERVPRO of S.Pasadena/San Marino and we will come out and provide you with a free estimate.
    • Exterior caulking: Inspect caulking and replace if deteriorating.
    • Window sills, door sills, and thresholds: Fill cracks, caulk edges, repaint or replace if necessary.
    • Window and door screens: Clean screening and check for holes. If holes are bigger than a quarter, that is plenty of room for bugs to climb in. Patch holes or replace the screen. Tighten or repair any loose or damaged frames, replace broken, worn-out, or missing hardware. Tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers.
    • Drain waste and vent system
    • Hot water heater: Lubricate circulating pump and motor.
    • Evaporative air conditioner: Clean unit, check belt tension and adjust if needed. Replace cracked or worn belt.
    • Heat pump: Lubricate blower motor.
    • Foundation: Check foundation walls, floors, concrete, and masonry for cracking, heaving, or deterioration.
    • Roof: Inspect roof surface, perform a thorough cleaning. Check flashings around all surface projections and sidewalls.
    • Deck and porches: Check all decks, patios, porches, stairs, and railings for loose members and deterioration.
    • Landscape: This is a natural for spring home maintenance. Cut back and trim all vegetation and overgrown bushes from structures. Limbs and leaves can cut into your home’s paint and force you to have that side of the house repainted. A little trimming can save a lot of money and time.
    • Sprinklers: Check lawn sprinkler system for leaky valves, exposed lines, and improperly working sprinkler heads.
    • Gutters and downspouts: Pull leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts. Reattach gutters that have pulled away from the house. Run a hose on the roof and check for proper drainage.

Contact SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino and we will come out and provide you with a free estimate for your spring cleaning needs.

Proper Maintenance of your property

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial building in South Pasadena Commercial building in South Pasadena

With proper maintenance of your commercial property, you can more efficiently preserve its value and increase revenue while mitigating costs.

SERVPRO OF SOUTH PASADENA/SAN MARINO IS HERE TO HELP WITH THIS MATTER

MAINTENANCE TIPS FOR COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES:

  • Exterior Maintenance

One of the important components of proper maintenance includes maintaining the exterior of the property. It is always a good idea to routinely take a walk through the exterior of the property and take note of any items that may need to be repaired or replaced including damage to the exterior paint, window glass, signage, landscaping, and also the conditions of roofing and parking areas.

  • Interior Maintenance

Just as the exterior of your property should be presentable, so should the interior. Unless otherwise noted in the lease agreement between the property owner and the tenant, proper upkeep of the interior of commercial property includes making paint touch-ups to interior walls, maintaining and cleaning the flooring, furnishings, and light fixtures throughout the property, and maintaining a tidy and safe environment.

  • Facilities and Utilities

Areas that are included in a commercial property that is to be maintained by the property owner include bathroom areas, break rooms, elevators, escalators, air conditioning units, water heaters, and any other facilities or utilities not mentioned that are the responsibility of the property owner. These areas are important to maintain because they play a vital role in the operation of the property.

Call us at 626-799-1762 for any commercial needs for your property.

Earthquake Safety

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

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Living in California, a state that is considered earthquake-prone, it is more than likely that an earthquake can strike suddenly and without warning. Nevertheless, if the business that you own or work for is in a high-risk region for earthquakes there are many things that can be done to reduce the chances of injuries, property damage, or disruption to your day-to-day business operations.

The primary dangers to workers from earthquakes result from: being struck by structural components or furnishings, inadequately secured materials, fires resulting from gas leaks or electrical shorts, exposure to chemicals released from stored or process chemicals. Many of the hazards to workers both during and following an earthquake are predictable and may be reduced through hazard identification, planning, and mitigation.

There are many things you can do to prepare your workplace before an earthquake occurs:

  • Pick "safe places". A safe place could be under a sturdy table or desk or against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases or tall furniture that could fall on you. The shorter the distance to move to safety, the less likely that you will be injured.
  • Practice drop, cover, and hold-on (at least twice a year) in each safe place. Drop under a sturdy desk or table and hold on to one leg of the table or desk. Protect your eyes by keeping your head down.
  • Frequent practice will help reinforce safe behavior. When an earthquake or other disaster occurs, many people hesitate, trying to remember what they are supposed to do. Responding quickly and automatically may help protect you from injury.
  • Establish a plan for workers to follow in the event of an earthquake and be sure that it includes the following precautions:
    • Wait in your safe place until the shaking stops, then check to see if you are hurt. You will be better able to help others if you take care of yourself first, and then check the people around you. Move carefully and watch out for things that have fallen, broken, or created hazards. Be ready for aftershocks.
    • Be on the lookout for fires. Fire is the most common earthquake-related hazard, due to broken gas lines, damaged electrical lines or appliances, and previously contained fires or sparks being released.
    • If you must leave a building after the shaking stops, use the stairs, not the elevator, and look for falling debris. Earthquakes can cause fire alarms and fire sprinklers to go off. You will not be able to rule out whether there is a real threat of fire, and the elevators may have been compromised. Always use the stairs.
    • If you're outside in an earthquake, stay outside. Move away from buildings, trees, streetlights, and overhead lines. Crouch down and cover your head. Many injuries occur within ten feet of the entrance to buildings. Bricks, roofing and other materials can fall from buildings, injuring persons nearby. Trees, streetlights and overhead lines may also fall, causing damage or injury.
  • Get training. Take a first-aid class from an organization such as the American Red Cross. Get training on how to use a fire extinguisher. Keep your training current. Training will help you to keep focused and know what to do when an earthquake occurs.
  • Look for furniture or materials that could fall and strike workers or block means of egress, or cause a release of hazardous materials, or otherwise affect the health and safety of workers as a result of utility loss or system/structural failure.

Keep in mind that there is a possibility of an aftershock.

Aftershocks are smaller earthquakes that follow the main shock and can cause further damage to weakened buildings. After-shocks can occur in the first hours, days, weeks, or even months after the quake. Be aware that some earthquakes are foreshocks, and a larger earthquake might occur.

SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino is here to help in any emergency situation. CALL US ANYTIME 626-799-1762