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Clamp Light Was Left Turned On

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

Clamp Light In Front of Window The clamp light where the fire originated from.

A clamp light was accidentally left on over the weekend. This resulted in a small fire that led to extensive water damage. Fortunately, the fire sprinklers set off and they were able to put away the fire; preventing any catastrophic damage. However, the sprinkler system still ended up causing severe water damage to the building.

The sprinklers first caused a flood in the room where the fire originated from. As the water kept flowing out, it eventually spread into the room next door. The water ended up damaging the floors, walls, and cabinets. Unfortunately, since it was a two story building and the flood occurred in the top floor, the water began seeping into the lower level. The first floor ended up receiving damage in similar areas as the top floor. But the ceiling and some of the material in between the first and second floor were also damaged. Due to the fire, a bad odor was also left throughout the building. They reached out to SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino for assistance and we were happy to help. We were able to get to the location swiftly to inspect the situation. Afterwards, we were able to begin the mitigation and restoration process.

Don’t forget to unplug or turn off unnecessary items if you are leaving a building alone. Accidents can happen at any time of the year. Being aware and proactive can save you a lot of trouble down the road. If you ever need services relating to fire or water damage then feel free to reach out to SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino. We are always happy to help. You can contact us at (626) 852-9922. We are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

Potential Fire Hazards

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

A fire can originate from a variety of sources and can begin at any moment. Whether it is self caused or natural it can spread quickly. If one does not take action swiftly then their entire building may be lost. There are a variety of things that we use in our homes daily that can cause a fire.

The kitchen is one of the areas where fires are common, after all we use fire to cook with our stoves daily. Having a malfunctioning stove can be problematic. If it leaks gas, it can be hazardous to your health and become highly flammable. Continuously using a dirty stove, over-cooking or leaving food unattended can also cause a sudden flame. The appliances you use daily such as your washer, dryer, microwave, and refrigerator can also be an issue. If they are overused or used incorrectly they can generate an excess amount of heat that leads to a fire. Electrical components are also a potential cause.Electronics such as your television, phone charger, radio,and computer can overheat. It is important to keep certain appliances or electrical components away from direct heat as this will cause them to overheat at a faster rate.

It is never a bad idea to be aware of potential fire hazards around home. If you do happen to ever come across fire damage to your property then SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino will help you deal with your problem. We have experts that specialize in dealing with fire damages. We are available at (626) 852-9922. We are also available 24 hours, 7 days days a week, 365 days per year.

Just Give Us A Call

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

When you receive fire or water damage it can become a stressful moment in your life, as these types of issues tend to happen randomly. Because these situations occur at sporadic times, it can be difficult to prepare for them. They can occur on a weekend, weekday, holiday, overnight and so on. When they occur you suddenly need to begin looking for assistance. What makes it arduous is that depending on the day and time it can become difficult to find aid. Consequently, the longer it takes to receive assistance then the more complicated the issue becomes.

When it comes to emergency services, SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino is available 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. So regardless of the time and day an emergency occurs,  we are always available to assist you. You do not need to wait for the next business day to contact us. We have a crew of professionals who are experienced in dealing with fire and water damages daily that will use advanced equipment to better mitigate the situation for you. Choosing us as your restoration company is very beneficial. Being able to reach out to us in your time of need and having our skilled team arrive as quickly as possible will prevent further damage and accelerate the process. This will save you money long term and it will allow us to restore whatever was damaged at a faster pace. Thus, resulting in you being able to get back to your regular lifestyle quicker.

If you ever do run into a water or fire emergency and need assistance right away just give us a call. No matter what time of day SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino is always available, so don't hesitate to reach out to us . You can contact us at (626) 852-9922. Someone will answer your call and we will be there to help you in no time. 

Don't Let Your Drains Get Clogged Up

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

Backed up water in the restroom is one of the usual causes of water damage in households. Due to the heavy usage of the sink, shower, and toilet, it is common for the drain lines to become clogged up. When this happens water can suddenly spill all over and leave you with severe water damage. If you remain unaware or are inattentive towards the problem, then the water can spread outside of the restroom into the rest of your home, resulting in a more complex situation.

There are a variety of reasons of why water will back up including:

  • Old or worn out pipes that may not be able to handle the pressure and flow of the water.
  • Too many materials flowing into the sink or shower such as dirt, grease, or hair
  • Flushing too much toilet paper at once
  • Flushing other types of paper such as towels or wipes
  • Flushing random items down the toilet and sink
  • Tree roots growing into your sewage line, damaging them preventing an effective flow of water
  • Heavy rainfall that finds its way into your sewage pipes
  • Not cleaning drain pipes consistently

It is a good idea to inspect your restroom area for any potential concerns. Noticing them early on can save you from complications long term. If you ever do run into a situation where water overflows in your restroom area then SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino specializes in dealing with water damage and we are prepared to resolve your problem. We can be reached at (626) 852-9922. We are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a week.  

Space Heaters

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

Spring has finally arrived. You think to yourself the weather is warm and now I can enjoy the sunshine. But then you quickly realize that it still gets chilly in the morning and during the night  when you are getting ready for bed. Due to the lingering cold weather, you don’t quite put away your heater as you use it in the morning and night time to warm yourself up. However, it is important to remain cautious of space heaters at all times even if they are used less frequently. Because they provide you with warmth and comfort it is easy to forget that space heaters are a high risk of starting a fire.

There are several things you can do to minimize the risk of a fire when using a space heater. First, you want to make sure that it is in good condition. If it is flawed there is a higher chance it can overheat or damage the outlets it is connected to, possibly causing sparks. Also be aware of using a power strip, as it may damage anything connected to it. If so, then those items will also run a risk of causing a fire. To reduce the chances of your space heater falling over it should be placed on a flat surface or the floor.  Also, they shouldn't be placed on a flammable surface. For example, if it is placed on a cabinet made of wood there is a higher chance it can start a fire due to the heat contacting the wood. Wherever you place it, make sure to keep it at least a couple feet away from anything that is easily flammable. This includes curtains, clothing, your bed, cotton materials, papers, and so on. 

Remember that if you are using a space heater do not leave it unsupervised for long periods of time as it can become dangerous quickly. If you ever have any fire damage then SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino is experienced in dealing with fire damages and we can help you deal with your problem. We are available at (626) 852-9922. We are also available 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days per year.

Hail Storms

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

Hail storms can be rare in Southern California, but when they do occur, they can be detrimental to your home. The damage can range from light to heavy depending on the size and the speed at which the hail drops. At times a hail storm only occurs for a short amount of time. However, when ice falls from the sky, regardless of the time, it can still lead to property damages.

Hail can cause dents, holes, and cracks in your roof, where water can then seep in and fall throughout the inside of your home. If it's light damage you may not notice, but this can be a bad thing because if you leave water damage unattended for too long it can lead to mold. The mold will deviously continue growing, and by the time you notice, it will be more difficult and costly to remove. If the hail happens to fall at an angle it can potentially crack or break your windows.  The hail will then be able to come indoors where it can cause water damage. Hail can also be so powerful that it can knock down your gutters. This will prevent water from flowing away from your home properly. When it's impacting directly, hail can also damage your exterior walls. As you can see, even in Southern California hail should not be taken lightly. It is advised that after a hail storm to take some time to inspect your home for possible damages.

If you do happen to receive any unfortunate hail damage, SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino is ready to step in and help. We specialize in mitigating water, fire, and mold damages. We can be reached at (626) 852-9922. We are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Overnight Rain

3/11/2022 (Permalink)

Servpro green truck A South Pasadena/San Marino SERVPRO truck

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!

A Tree Fell on My House

3/3/2022 (Permalink)

room with debris Damaged caused by the tree that fell on the house

A customer of ours recently had an unfortunate event happen where the neighbor above them had a tree fall on top of their house. The customer is on a hill and due to the downpour of rain, it caused a slight mudslide which was enough for one of the big trees to fall onto their home.  Our clients were very fortunate that no one was injured but it was a traumatic experience as they were about to put their grandchild to bed around the time of the incident.

We went out and had a team set up a roof tarp so that we could start the remediation process. SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino will act quickly and efficiently to your call. Feel free to call us at any hour of the day as we offer our services 24/7/365! You can reach us at 626-852-9922. We service all throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. Team McCann is ready to help!

Free Emergency Readiness Profile!!

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino?

Disaster strikes, whether it is natural or man-made. However, having a good business plan in case of an emergency will help your place of business. If you were to ever experience damage caused by severe weather, water, fire, or mold issues, SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino can help get you started on your business plan by providing you with a FREE Emergency Readiness Profile (ERP)!

What is an ERP you may ask and how do I get one? A member of Team McCann will come to your property, take some pictures and ask you some questions, and will then compile everything with additional information to create an ERP. You will have full access to it and you can add or delete information from different sections. The best part is, when there is an emergency, all of this important information that we collect will help for a smooth process during a stressful situation for the people who will be servicing your business. 

Call SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino at 626-852-9922 and we can have one of our team members help arrange a time for one of us to conduct an ERP. In case of an emergency, we also can help you by taking care of any fire, water, or mold damages that may have happened on your property. We service all throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties.

Commercial Water Damages

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

Business owners never want anything bad to happen to their place of business. However, accidents happen and it is important to know certain “minor” things can have a huge impact on your property if not taken care of properly. Most people when they hear of water damage, they envision it as a result from floods or water storms, but that is not always the case. Here are some things to look out for. 

  1. Malfunctioning Sprinkler Systems: Older buildings may have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. They are crucial to help with a fire emergency but can cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of  replacement.
  2. Damaged Appliances and Equipment: Any appliances or equipment that use water, if they fail it could send water across your building. It could happen during late hours when no one is around and you could be surprised when you come in the next morning. Keep in mind that water travels. Sometimes the areas that are affected don't clearly show the extent of the damage.
  3. Broken Pipes and Plumbing: If the plumbing system in your workplace fails, water damage could be the result.
  4. Backed up Sewer Lines: If the sewer line in your building becomes clogged or damaged, you need to act fast as there is the potential danger of contaminated black water which can cause health problems and ruin products and furnishings. 

If you ever run into one of these problems and it leads to water damage, call SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino at 626-852-9922 and we will be happy to help. The quicker you catch it, the less likely it will lead to mold damage. It is better to be proactive vs. reactive. SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino services the Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.