Recent Storm Damage Posts

Storm Equals Board Ups and Roof Tarps

10/3/2019 (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 performed

Precautions To Take During Storms

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

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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 back flow valve. Back flow 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.

When A Storm Hits

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees on your property. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a strategy to deal with damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm.

Take Safety Precautions 

Heavy winds and rain can create physical hazards such as collapsed roofing materials, window damage, collapsed walls or standing water in the basement or home interior. In addition, moisture can soak into furniture, carpeting, and building materials making the perfect environment for mold growth that can cause health issues. Shut off the main gas line if you smell gas. Beware of broken glass, exposed nails, and other sharp objects on the property. Contact SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino to help do basic tasks to secure your property and make it safe. If necessary, arrange for an alternative place for you and your family to live while your property is being restored to safe living condition.

Photograph the Damage 

If it is safe to move around your property, use your cellphone or a camera to photograph the damage so that you will have a record for your insurance company. This action will ensure that you are fully compensated.

Contact Your Insurance Company 

Contact your insurance agent to notify them about the damage to your home immediately. The company will send out an adjuster to determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made.

Look Into Federal Disaster Assistance 

The federal government may have declared the area affected by the storm as a disaster area that is eligible for low-cost loans to help restore your property to normal. You will be required to file documents to receive these loans.

When a storm-related disaster strikes, it may seem overwhelming, but these steps can help you to begin the process of restoring your home, and your life, to normal. At SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino we provide 24-hour emergency disaster service. We specialize in the stabilization and restoration of homes and businesses that have suffered small or large loss from water, flood, wind, storm, fire damage and smoke damage.

When Your Home or Business Is Involved In a Storm Damage

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees on your property. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a strategy to deal with damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm.

Take Safety Precautions 

Heavy winds and rain can create physical hazards such as collapsed roofing materials, window damage, collapsed walls or standing water in the basement or home interior. In addition, moisture can soak into furniture, carpeting, and building materials making the perfect environment for mold growth that can cause health issues. Shut off the main gas line if you smell gas. Beware of broken glass, exposed nails, and other sharp objects on the property. Contact SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino to help do basic tasks to secure your property and make it safe. If necessary, arrange for an alternative place for you and your family to live while your property is being restored to safe living condition.

Photograph the Damage 

If it is safe to move around your property, use your cellphone or a camera to photograph the damage so that you will have a record for your insurance company. This action will ensure that you are fully compensated.

Contact Your Insurance Company 

Contact your insurance agent to notify them about the damage to your home immediately. The company will send out an adjuster to determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made.

Look Into Federal Disaster Assistance 

The federal government may have declared the area affected by the storm as a disaster area that is eligible for low-cost loans to help restore your property to normal. You will be required to file documents to receive these loans.

When a storm-related disaster strikes, it may seem overwhelming, but these steps can help you to begin the process of restoring your home, and your life, to normal. At SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino we provide 24-hour emergency disaster service. We specialize in the stabilization and restoration of homes and businesses that have suffered small or large loss from water, flood, wind, storm, fire damage and smoke damage.

Why Forming Relationship With A Disaster Recovery Restoration Is Important.

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Natural and man-made disasters are truly a matter of “when.” Luckily, good business continuity plans keep your company up and running despite unexpected interruptions. Whether your place of business experiences damage due to severe storms or flooding, a fire, or even mold, the best strategy is to have an existing disaster recovery plan in place and ready to implement—rather than scramble for a solution.

Business ready plan consists of processes that help organizations prepare for disruptive events like fires, floods, blizzards, tornado damage, and smoke, and they are crucial to a company’s livelihood. SERVPRO ready plan lower the risks of downtime during a disaster. An important aspect of SERVPRO ready plan is disaster recovery. By establishing a more in-depth approach to companies can ensure less downtime and faster overall business resilience.

With extreme weather events cropping up more and more, it’s important that your business is prepared for just about anything. A good business ready plan doesn’t just include disasters that have struck before—it also includes disasters that have never struck but are very much a threat. Living in California earthquakes are a threat which means your business is at risk.

In fact, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) estimates that 40 percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster. They also state that another 25 percent fail within one year. Luckily, this doesn’t have to be the case for businesses. By preparing for disasters through making friends with a disaster recovery firm like SERVPRO, and better understanding things like your business’s insurance coverage, your company will be a lot better off than many of your local competitors should disaster strike.

When outlining your ready plan, be sure to take the following into consideration, as they may help you formulate a more solid plan:

  • Have a thorough understanding and documentation of normal daily business practices and policies in the event these items are otherwise destroyed or forgotten. Keep these in the Cloud.
  • Come to know what activities are necessary for continued operation. If you have offices located in other cities, ensure they’re prepared to take on additional duties in the event of a disruption.
  • Research the threats that are most likely to affect your company.
  • Look over your existing insurance policy. Talk to your insurance agent about the full length of your business coverage and any riders you may need for supplementation.
  • Decide who within your organization will activate the plan.
  • Always, always keep backups of important contacts, documents and files.
  • Build a strong relationship with a disaster recovery firm like SERVPRO, who can help you get back into your building faster.

When your business discovers a strong need for a disaster recovery  contact the experts at SERVPRO. Not only do we understand the business of cleaning up after a disaster strikes, we also believe in building relationships with business owners just like you—in the event something unexpected happens. We’re happy to speak with you about our services. Call 626-799-1762.

Summer checklist to prevent water damage for the rainy months ahead.

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Be On The Lookout For Cracks And Leaks!

Summer is a wonderful time to locate and patch up any leaks, cracks, or weak spots in your foundation before the strong winter storms or spring rains come. Make sure to inspect the pipes in your basement for any excessive moisture and condensation, look for any old water stains on your ceiling or walls, and walk around the property to check for cracks in the foundation. If you have found any of these issues, you have the whole summer to get them taken care of.

Clean Out The Gutters!

If you haven’t done so already, make sure to take the time to clean out your rain gutters this summer. Your rain gutters are often the first line of defense your home has against heavy downpours, but they cannot do their job properly if they are not clean and unclogged. Additionally, you should make sure that your downspouts are pointing away from your house.

Take A Look At Your Sump Pump!

One of the most common causes of basement flooding and water damage is a broken sump pump. So take some time out of your day to ensure it is in working condition. Even if it is working properly, it doesn’t hurt to have a backup purchased in case of emergency.

Install An Alarm System!

While home security systems are mainly to ward off trouble and keep your family safe, you can actually get them with flood sensors as well. These specialized sensors will make sure to alert you of the water level in your home even if it only rises to around 1/16th of an inch.

Waterproof, Waterproof, Waterproof!

Basements can be a very useful and important room to any home whether you use it for storage or as a guest room. That is why they need to be protected from any water damage or flooding that may occur.

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

Health Risks and Safety Hazards after a Home Flood

3/28/2018 (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 pot holes.
  • 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. 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 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.