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What are the Risks of Plumbing Failure?

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

As your home ages, your plumbing system is more at risk for experiencing issues. Plumbing problems are the cause of most water damage claims. Even the tiniest cracks in water pipes have the potential to leak gallons of water into your home in minutes. If the crack goes unseen or overlooked for an extended period, your possessions along with the structural components of your home most likely will experience a significant degree of damage. Anytime you detect your plumbing system is experiencing issues, call in a professional water damage restoration company such as SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park.

When the belongings in your Irwindale Home experience water damage, they have the potential of losing their structural integrity and break down. Water can flow into the small crevices of your home and damage items that are not visible. Also, the vapor inside the air can tarnish things such as your drywall or acoustic ceiling tiles.

Our SERVPRO technicians form a remarkably trained team. Our crew members are IICRC certified and are taught to handle a variety of different “loss” scenarios such as: fire, water, mold, storm. The certification program teaches our technicians several industry-approved methods to remove moisture from every material inside your home. Our training also equips us with a trained eye that can spot problems that might not stand out. We also learn mitigation methods that follow all the rules, regulations, and EPA standards.
 
Once our technicians determine what items experienced water damage in your house, our technicians will construct the best method to quickly remove the moisture. Before finalizing any project, our technicians will use our specialized moisture testing instruments to ensure that moisture levels have returned to preloss conditions. Our SERVPRO team will be ready whenever you need our services, call SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park at (626) 337-3374 to receive fast, 24/7 service.

Water Shut Off Valve

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

Water shut off valves are very important if you discover a burst pipe in your commercial building. Turning off the flow of water immediately upon discovery of the leak can prevent large water damage losses.

But where are water shut off valves? Could you identify their locations in your commercial building It is important to know the location of water shut off valves before an emergency occurs. Here are a few tips for locating your water shut off valve.

Generally, water shut off valves – connecting the city water supply to your business – are located near the perimeter of a building. If your structure has a basement, it is likely there. Otherwise, look around the perimeter of your building near utility areas. Your water shut off valve might be in a plastic box.

If you cannot identify where the main shut off valve is for your building, there are likely shut off near fixtures that often cause water damage. For example, your toilet, washer, sink, and bathtub should all be connected to a water source and have a water shut off valve. These are immediately near the fixture’s connection to the wall or on tubing itself. Be careful, as some of these are plastic and can easily break.

In case of an emergency, make sure all those in your business know where all water shut off valves are. Further, ensure these valves can turn to off (generally, requiring a few clockwise turns). Sometimes, due to age and lack of use, the main water shut off valve becomes very tough to turn.

In the event water damage does occur to your commercial building, call SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park, we are faster to any disaster!

Water Removal in Your Vincent Clothing Store

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

Running a clothing store in Vincent can come with a significant amount of competition. You are not only competing to get customers, but you are also searching for ways to provide the ultimate shopping experience. Promptly taking care of water loss incidents that occur within your store is crucial for maintaining a healthy atmosphere and making a professional impression.

Too often business owners are tempted to try water removal and restoration on their own, which can lead to worsening conditions and continued damage to structural components if they are not experienced.

Our SERVPRO professionals are available 24/7 to help you overcome any emergency that threatens your business.  It begins with a professional inspection to assess the need for restoration services.  If necessary, water restoration technicians are sent to the property to begin the clean-up process as quickly as possible. We arrive with our Green Fleet stocked with the appropriate tools and equipment to make short work of the excess water that you may face in your building.

Protecting your investment in your stock is an essential focus of our team as well. We understand what matters to your business, we treat your inventory as a top priority. If necessary, we can remove the at-risk items to a secure facility or storage container until the restoration process is completed.

 Let our SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park team of dedicated professionals help you to clean up the mess and quickly get your doors open again. Give us a call today at (626) 337-3374.

Diablo and Santa Ana Winds

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

What are the Diablo and Santa Ana winds?

The hot, dry California winds referred to as the Santa Ana winds in southern CA and Diablo winds in northern CA have become a popular topic with the wildfires occurring all over CA. In the fall months, these strong winds whip through land that has remained dry from May through October. As the Santa Ana and Diablo winds move from high pressure, to low pressure, they build in force, achieving maximum strength upon reaching CA. While these winds are capable of clearing dense marine fog, they also spark fires across California regions with especially low humidity.  

Why are the winds a problem?

Santa Ana and Diablo winds have recently contributed to a string of fires across CA. The winds cause power lines to arc. Arcing is when an electrical current travels through the air between two points, more common to occur in high winds, low humidity, or cold temperatures. These conditions can cause an arc fault, or commonly, Arc Flash.  As the electrical current is traveling through the air sparks can result which can ignite nearby fuel (brush, tree branches, or other flammable material) and start a fire.

Not only can these winds spark fires, but they also exacerbate the magnitude of fires as the Santa Anas and aptly named Diablos quickly blow embers to other areas.

One utility, PG&E planned power outages across CA last month in conjunction with forecasted high winds in an attempt to prevent fires sparking from vulnerable electrical lines, which are more likely to arc, by turning off power to these hazardous lines.

There is a greater issue of the maintenance of exposed electrical lines which are inherently dangerous in high wind conditions. Ensuing criticism of PG&E led to a lawsuit against the company for recent CA wildfires, resulting in PG&E having to settle for $11 billion and declare bankruptcy.

How can I be prepared for high wind conditions?

Winds threatened to reach up to 75mp the last week of October in southern CA. People are cautioned to drive carefully and avoid areas with high wildfire risk. As a family, if you live in a high-risk area for wildfires, have an evacuation plan ready that everyone knows. Additionally, have all important documents easily accessible if you must leave your home. If you see a poorly maintained power line, call authorities immediately. Remember, in the unfortunate case of a fire, SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park is here to help, we are faster to any disaster!

How Our State-Of-The-Art Equipment Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Home In Baldwin Park

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

How Our State-Of-The-Art Equipment Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Home In Baldwin Park

After a widespread disaster damages your home, you need a professional restoration service. More importantly, you need a team like ours that offers not only extensively trained technicians with the knowledge to overcome the damages but also a franchise with the advanced technology and equipment to optimally restore the damages.

Our experts have extensive training and hands-on experience to combat any fire damage effect they could encounter in your home. Initially, each of the fire restoration technicians in our San Dimas/Irwindale franchise must complete certification through the IICRC. This organization is the benchmark for quality in the industry, each of our technicians on these projects has a certification for Fire and Smoke Restoration. Additionally, our employees continue training through in-house programs designed to introduce them to advanced mitigation techniques to strengthen them to become more efficient in fire recovery.

Whether it is soot cleanup, odor removal, air purification, water removal, or sanitization, our technicians have the advanced technology and industry-leading equipment to complete the task efficiently. Our air scrubbers aid with indoor air quality concerns like debris and particulates.

For removing the effects of smoke damages, we utilize our thermal fogger and deodorizing agents to neutralize harsh odor molecules on contact. This practice is safe for use on hard and soft materials such as carpeting, and clothing affected by the noxious scent throughout the property.

If a fire damages your home, you can be assured that our qualified team of highly trained restoration technicians can respond quickly to restore the impact of the disaster on your life and property. Our SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park emergency response team is available 24/7. Give us a call today at (626) 337-3374.

Diablo and Santa Ana Winds

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO IBP sales car out on a windy day A beautiful and windy day in California

What are the Diablo and Santa Ana winds?

The hot, dry California winds referred to as the Santa Ana winds in southern CA and Diablo winds in northern CA have become a popular topic with the wildfires occurring all over CA. In the fall months, these strong winds whip through land that has remained dry from May through October. As the Santa Ana and Diablo winds move from high pressure, to low pressure, they build in force, achieving maximum strength upon reaching CA. While these winds are capable of clearing dense marine fog, they also spark fires across California regions with especially low humidity.  

Why are the winds a problem?

Santa Ana and Diablo winds have recently contributed to a string of fires across CA. The winds cause power lines to arc. Arcing is when an electrical current travels through the air between two points, more common to occur in high winds, low humidity, or cold temperatures. These conditions can cause an arc fault, or commonly, Arc Flash.  As the electrical current is traveling through the air sparks can result which can ignite nearby fuel (brush, tree branches, or other flammable material) and start a fire.

Not only can these winds spark fires, but they also exacerbate the magnitude of fires as the Santa Anas and aptly named Diablos quickly blow embers to other areas.

One utility, PG&E planned power outages across CA last month in conjunction with forecasted high winds in an attempt to prevent fires sparking from vulnerable electrical lines, which are more likely to arc, by turning off power to these hazardous lines.

There is a greater issue of the maintenance of exposed electrical lines which are inherently dangerous in high wind conditions. Ensuing criticism of PG&E led to a lawsuit against the company for recent CA wildfires, resulting in PG&E having to settle for $11 billion and declare bankruptcy.

How can I be prepared for high wind conditions?

Winds threatened to reach up to 75mp the last week of October in southern CA. People are cautioned to drive carefully and avoid areas with high wildfire risk. As a family, if you live in a high-risk area for wildfires, have an evacuation plan ready that everyone knows. Additionally, have all important documents easily accessible if you must leave your home. If you see a poorly maintained power line, call authorities immediately. Remember, in the unfortunate case of a fire, SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park is here to help, we are faster to any disaster!

How To Beat The Heat in Los Angeles

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

Beautiful Sunset above the ocean A great place to stay cool in the Los Angeles heat is at the beach.

Southern California has been sizzling in record-breaking heat from the desert to the sea this Summer. With high temperatures shattering all-time records across the region, it has been tough to beat the heat.

Here are some fun and practical things to do while staying safe and cool as LA’s temperatures top 110 degrees:

Visit an Indoor Museum

We love the outdoors so much in L.A., that even many of our museums have partially outside campuses. The Marciano and MOCA are both solely indoors, and the Natural History Museum has enough air-conditioned galleries to occupy hours of your time. LACMA and the Hammer Museum both have outdoor courtyards between some galleries, but we’ll make an exception since they’re both such short walks in the sun.

Go to the Library

Though we often take advantage of the online benefits of a library card, this weekend might be a great time to read a good ol’ hardcover book. Many libraries double as official cooling centers—which more or less means you’re welcome to laze there during operating hours.

Treat Yourself to Ice Cream

Will it melt the second you step into the sun? Probably. But will it make you feel better? Absolutely. Ice cream and classic frozen desserts are certainly in order for this sizzling summer heat. 

Catch a Summer Movie

Put outdoor movie season on pause for a day or two and instead hole up at your favorite movie theater. Make a whole day of it if you’re really craving that sweet, sweet air-conditioning and catch a couple of this summer’s biggest movies in the same day.

Go to the Skating Rink

The skating rink — be it roller or ice — has always been a perfect place to spend a few hours cooling off and getting some exercise in the summertime. 

Visit Your Local IKEA 

The Scandinavian furniture and home goods store — with locations in Burbank, Carson, Covina and Costa Mesa, locally — is a monument to commerce so massive, we're relatively sure you could spend a day or several "testing" various ready-to-assemble sofas and beds and soaking up AC and no one would be the wiser. 

Weather causes Disaster

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

A natural fire with people watching the huge flames burn. Wildfires seem as if they have become a normal occurrence.

In Southern California, atmospheric weather patterns are relatively mild and predictable.   That’s why when you speak with people from states that really have four seasons, the joke is “Californian’s don’t know what weather is”.

However, there is a case to be made that California does have dramatic weather.  The evidence starts piling up when you hear about the catastrophic fire seasons that have become more common as the weather patterns have become drier, hotter, and longer.   Severe fire seasons have become much more common recently. Case in point, the 5 largest fires recorded in California have all occurred in the last 15 years.

Late in 2017, the fire season hit with such force, the largest fire in state history (over 273,000 acres) struck the West coast of California in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

The devastation and disruption from fires like these is a cycle that Californians have come to expect.  When the fire season slows down and actually ends, there comes a high risk for mud slides from the loss of vegetation in fire damaged foothills.

If fire or water damage occurs to your property, SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park can be a helpful resource for restoration services, expert advice on unique situations, and emergency response when immediate help is needed.

Fire Damage Restoration 101

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

The walls, floors and doors are all covered in soot from a fire in the home. This house in Baldwin Park was badly affected by a fire and you can see all the smoke and soot that has been left from the fire.

A fire can obviously have considerable damage to a structure, but soot and smoke can also create just as many problems. 

HOW CAN YOU HELP PREVENT FIRES

There are many ways to protect your business or home and minimize the risk of fire damage.

  • Do not leave food that is being cooked unsupervised.
  • Never leave a burning candle out of sight
  • Make sure your home or business has smoke alarms and test them regularly.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on hand and learn how to use it.
  • Install a sprinkler system in your business.

CAN FIRE DAMAGE BE REPAIRED?

To start minimizing losses, burned materials need to be removed and the affected area need to be decontaminated and dehumidified. Most of the odors from smoke do not disappear when "aired out". Soot needs to be sealed in place or removed in order to get rid of the odor. Heavy plastic sheeting can be used to seal off the burned areas and create odor barriers.

Fire Damage Restoration Protection Tips

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

Open door to room with smoke and soot damage all over. Glendora CA, home affected by fire, smoke and soot damage

The Los Angeles area that we serve has been having numerous wildfires.

During a wildfire, tons of toxic chemicals, poisonous gases, heavy metals and other toxins are created by the materials, household products and vegetation that burns. These contaminants fill the air, become part of the ash, and are extremely dangerous to your health if inhaled or come in contact with your skin.

As a restoration company, we forget about the dangers involved with the different environments we enter, but safety should always be a top priority.

If entering an area affected by fire or smoke, consider the following safety tips:

1.) Minimize your exposure to contaminated areas to avoid breathing air contaminated by smoke odor.

2.) Wear proper protective equipment designed to filter vapor or gasses like a proper fitting respirator with a P-100 HEPA filter.

3.) Avoid getting ash into the air as much as possible. Do not use a leaf blower or take actions that will push ash into the air.

4.) Do not use vacuums and other common vacuums cleaners because they do not filter out contaminants, but they blow them out the exhaust into the air where they can be inhaled.

Call your local SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin park to remove all fire, smoke and soot damage from your property to make it, "Like it never even happened."