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Always Protect Your Investment

9/29/2023 (Permalink)

As a business owner you want to protect your investment and be able to keep it running efficiently and effectively. Whether it be water, fire, mold, or storm damage, damages to your property can come out of nowhere and suddenly slow down or completely halt your operations. When events like this occur, you can always contact SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino as we have experienced staff and a wide range of availability to arrive at your business place and resolve your situation. 

However, one of the headaches in the restoration process that the property owner tends to deal with is the cost. One of the things you can do to prevent getting caught off guard is to have an emergency plan ready just in case something does occur, that way you know which steps in the process you need to take first. Having a plan ready will save you time and resources. Another tip is to simply put savings aside. In the event that you do face an emergency, you will already have the funding to pay for everything. Because of this, you will not have to stress about coming up with a way to make the necessary payments.  Also, obtaining a good insurance policy could help. Having insurance can protect your staff, customers, your building and yourself. It may save you from severe financial losses and it puts you in contact with an agent that will assist you with the entire process. Most importantly it gives you the peace of mind that if something does go wrong, you are covered.

So remember, you put a lot of time and effort into your business, don't forget to protect your investment from damages. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino at (626) 852-9922. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Rain Over Night?

9/29/2023 (Permalink)

Watch out for that overnight rain. This past week we had warm weather all throughout the week. People were taking advantage and enjoying the sunshine.Then on Friday morning we all woke up and everything was wet. It had rained overnight, and we were once again caught off guard by that California weather. The rest of the day it was fresh and sunny once again. It is easy to think to yourself that it only rained for a short period of time, that it’s no big deal. However, even the small amount of rain that took place is still enough to cause damage to your home. If you left items outdoors check up on them for damages. Make sure there are no leaks in your roof or water seeping into your home. You can also check if any potential erosion concerns emerged around your home. There are numerous more problems that can arise from light rain and cause water damage. Don't be inattentive just because it didn't rain for a long period of time.Being proactive can be beneficial for you. We advise you to quickly inspect your home and make sure everything is in good condition. 

If you do happen to notice any concerns, SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino specializes in dealing with water damage and we are ready to assist you. You can reach out to us at (626) 852-9922. We are also available for 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days!

Wild Fire Danger

9/29/2023 (Permalink)

About eight 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.

Response Times!

9/29/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO South Pasadena/San Marino takes our response time very seriously! We like to get to the site of the emergency in a timely manner. All SERVPROs have standardized response times. When we are approached by a customer online or over the phone, if we don’t immediately respond we will in an hour or less. After that, we will inspect your property within the same day. Following this, SERVPRO South Pasadena/San Marino will give an estimate 24 hours after the inspection. This service commitment helps us to take care of our customers needs and get the job done efficiently. 


Why does SERVPRO South Pasadena/San Marino respond with such urgency? Well apart from it being a good standard for business, we take on numerous emergencies and it’s important to act quickly to stop continued damage. For example, in the case of a commercial office being flooded, it only takes minutes for the damage to be irreversible. Water saturates everything in its path; floors, walls, ceilings, upholstery, and other items absorb that water. Flooding can stain carpets. Important documents, booklets, and binders start to swell and warp. Unless acted upon in a timely fashion, this damage could be forever and it only took minutes! 

Have no fear! SERVPRO South Pasadena/San Marino is here! SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino is clearly the best choice you can make when it comes to commercial water damage and we service all throughout the Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties. Call us now! (626)852-9922

Water Damage? Call SERVPRO Joe!

8/30/2023 (Permalink)

Available For Any Water Damage Crisis

If you find yourself in a situation where water is suddenly onboarding in your residence, immediately call SERVPRO of South Pasadena and San Marino. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Water flooding in your home can feel incredibly frustrating, and SERVPRO is here to help you.

What To Do Until Help Arrives

Until the water restoration professionals are SERVPRO arrive, there are a few things you can do to help with damage to your home, condo, or apartment.

Move anything of value out of the affected room that you are able to: photos, important documents, artwork, etc. Take old books, or pieces of scrap wood and use them to elevate your furniture. Place wood, books, or even brinks underneath the feet of your furniture to raise them above the waterline. This will help prevent any fabric or wood damage to your couches, chairs, tables, and other furniture of value. 

If you own a Shock Vac or have a neighbor to borrow one from, use it to help remove water that has a puddle in your home and help prevent further damage to your carpet or hardwood flooring. Open all the windows in your home, and turn on any ceiling fans. Also set up any other fans you might have. This will help start the drying process. 

Make sure to take pictures of all the damaged areas. This includes walls, baseboards, carpets, hardwood flooring, and all valuables. This will be important to turn into your insurance company when you file your claim. The more you document, the easier it will be to file your claim.

Team of Qualified Professionals

Always remember that SERVPRO has a staff of qualified professionals to answer any and all of your questions. Not only will they help you with your water damage, but they are also qualified to help with mold prevention and remediation.

Fire Season in SoCal

8/30/2023 (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.

Choosing Team McCann for Your South Pasadena Diaster

9/26/2022 (Permalink)

After a widespread disaster damages your South Pasadena residence, you can appreciate the need for professional restoration services beginning their experienced approaches as promptly as possible. When you need to restore your home to preloss conditions efficiently, you need a team like ours that offers not only extensively trained technicians with the knowledge to overcome the effects but a franchise with the advanced technology and equipment to make the process as fast as possible.

Our experts have extensive training and hands-on experience to combat any fire damage effect they could encounter in your South Pasadena residence. Initially, each of the fire restoration technicians in our franchise must complete certification through the IICRC. This organization is the benchmark for quality in the industry, and each of our technicians on these projects has certification for Fire and Smoke Restoration. Additionally, our employees all get encouraged to continue training through in-house programs designed to introduce them to advanced mitigation techniques to make them efficient in fire recovery.

No matter if it is soot cleanup, odor removal, air purification, water removal, or sanitization, our technicians have the advanced technology and industry-leading equipment to do the task efficiently. Our air scrubbers work to help with indoor air quality concerns like debris and particulates, which can make the environment safer for both or technicians and the homeowner. For removing the effects of smoke damages, we can utilize our thermal fogger and deodorizing agents to neutralize harsh odor molecules on contact. This practice is safe for use on even softer materials like carpeting and clothing affected by the noxious scent throughout the property.

When a fire happens in your house, you need assurances that a qualified team of highly-trained restoration technicians can respond quickly to lessen the impact of the disaster on your life and property. Our SERVPRO emergency response team is available 24/7. Give us a call today at (626) 852-9922.

Why SERVPRO South Pasadena / San Marino

9/26/2022 (Permalink)

There is never a good time to realize you have a serious problem with your residence or business property. Damage from flooding or fires caused by failed infrastructure or natural causes can be financially costly and disrupt personal and professional routines that create stress in our lives.

SERVPRO of South Pasadena / San Marino is a Southern California business providing fire and water restoration services all over the LA, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties. Not only have we run a very successful business since 2006, our company has achieved one of the highest levels of credibility with our parent company, that of Large Loss Response Team certification. In short, our owner, Mr. Joseph McCann has learned his trade over years of traveling back and forth across the US helping property owners recover from catastrophic disasters including: Hurricane Ike that hit Galveston, Texas in 2008, the Natural Gas explosion in San Bruno, California in 2010, the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2012, The Woolsey Fire in Malibu, California in 2018, and the Maria Fire in Ventura County in 2019 to name a few.  

In the process, Joe McCann earned the respect and trust of the SERVPRO Corporate Offices and its customers by participating in these massive recovery efforts, demonstrating he has what it takes, effectively marshalling people and equipment resources to restore damaged property and help return people’s lives back to normal.  

As they say, “Plan for the worst and hope for the best”.  And if you ever do need help call on the best, SERVPRO of South Pasadena / San Marino for Restoration Services large or small. 

Managing Flood Damage with SERVPRO Professionals

9/26/2022 (Permalink)

During the summer the entire state of California as well as the Baldwin Park area is at risk for severe weather including thunderstorms and excessive rains. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, the entire state is prone to flood damage since most of the state is vulnerable to flooding. Once water builds up on the streets in your neighborhood it can then find its way into your home. 

During any flood damage project in your South Pasadena or San Marino home or commercial building, our SERVPRO restoration technicians know that removing moisture quickly is the most vital part. We conduct prompt water removal first by extracting it using heavy-duty extractors. Then, we use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out your contents and structural components. Once all of the moisture inside your home gets removed, we conduct a final cleaning and deodorization process that usually includes carpet cleaning. 

 Anytime we clean anything including carpets we utilize the same elements. First, we find the soil and identify its type, and we figure out the type of surface that appears to be affected. Next, we capture the soils in a dry, particulate form, or a solution, so they are easier to control. Then, we remove and properly dispose of the soils. 

 Whenever our SERVPRO technicians clean carpets after restoration procedures, we do it in the following six steps: 

  1. Vacuuming: This first step uses air as a medium and can many times remove half of the soils inside carpets and upholstery. 
  1. Soil Suspension: Soils that cannot be removed by vacuuming sometimes must be emulsified or dissolved before getting sucked up into a vacuum. 
  1. Wash: During the wash step, a cleaning agent is applied to the surface and agitated so that it penetrates the carpet and the soils loosen up. 
  1. Rinse: In the rinse stage, the cleaning solution and suspended soils get removed. 
  1. Waste Water Disposal: In most cases, we can dispose of the rinse water material into your sewage drain, but we always make sure the disposal method we choose abides by all state and local regulations. 
  1. Dry: During the drying process, all of the remaining moisture and emulsified soils get removed from the carpet fibers so that they can return to their normal appearance and texture. 

In case of a flooding incident in South Pasadena or San Marino, call SERVPRO of South Pasadena / San Marino to help. We can be reached at (626) 852-9922 anytime. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Washer Leak in Local Church

9/19/2022 (Permalink)

We recently received a call from a church representative where a washer had leaked and the tenant requested for same day emergency service to prevent further damage. We responded quickly and that same day our team arrived to inspect, extract the water and to set up the necessary equipment. The water managed to reach the laundry room, hallway, a bedroom closet, and the master bedroom. Their hardwood floor was already showing signs of buckling when the tenant had first called. Our team managed to save parts of the affected area by drying out what we could but unfortunately a sizable portion of the section was not salvageable and had to be removed. We began the demolition process and our crew set up a containment around the affected area to prevent the damage from spreading.  When we began to demo our technicians and project manager noticed that there was about 10 square feet of mold on the subfloor and sill plates that was caused by the water leakage. Our team adapted to the situation and the next day our crew began the mold remediation and were able to finish that very same day.  This was important because mold can spread rapidly especially when there has been water damage. Although we weren't able to save all of the material we were still able to finish the restoration process in less than a week. Leaving our client satisfied.

When your commercial building receives damage it is key to take action quickly as you don't want the damage to affect your guests or services. SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino specializes in water damage mitigation and will arrive quickly if you require our assistance. We can be reached at (626) 852-9922. We also offer emergency services 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.