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VINCENT FLOODING?? Dry Your Home with Help from SERVPRO

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage VINCENT FLOODING?? Dry Your Home with Help from SERVPRO SERVPRO Super Heroes Save Homes in Vincent After Flooding

Restoring Your Vincent Home from Flood Damages Quickly

A Vincent homeowner might do many tasks to keep their home maintained and manage its upkeep. After disaster strikes, even the savviest of homeowners could find themselves out of their comfort zones with repairing and restoring the effects. Flooding, for example, can spread through multiple areas of a home, making it imperative to contact our professionals right away to help.

Flood damages can spread throughout your Vincent home from the moment of contact until the situation has gotten resolved by trained professionals with extraction equipment. Our SERVPRO technicians have the experience and equipment to mitigate the losses to your family and property by working quickly to extract the excess water and prevent the situation from worsening.

From the moment that you call our emergency response team, our SERVPRO Green Fleet prepares immediately with all the equipment and detection tools to assess the full scope of the damage to your residence. At this same time, we employ our portable pumps and wet-vacs with extraction wands to remove the excess pooling from areas throughout the house.

Contacting our professionals at the first sign of flood damages can ensure that the appropriate personnel reaches your home in time to preserve much of the affected materials and contents. Through pack-out procedures, our technicians can remove at-risk contents of your home to a safe location until the restoration has completed. During their time safely stored in a nearby area, our professionals can assess any need for cleanup, disinfection, deodorization, or other restorative practices to the items. Once restoration has completed or neared completion, we can return the removed items to their original positions within your home to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Flood damages in your home threaten the structural integrity and security of construction materials throughout the affected areas. Whenever disaster strikes, our SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park emergency response team can help right away. Give our experienced and professional restoration team a call anytime that you might need us at (626) 337-3374.

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SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park Sales/Marketing Job Opening

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park Sales/Marketing Job Opening Now Hiring!

SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park has a job opening for a full time Sales and Marketing Lead preferably experienced in the Construction, Trades, and Restoration Industries.

The ideal candidate must have previous Sales experience and bring the following attributes to the position:

~ Self Motivation
~ Strong interpersonal skills
~ Can Make “Things” happen when called upon
~ Strong communication skills
~ Positive attitude
~ Always deliver on promises
~ Can inspire a team to execute effectively, accurately, and in a timely manner
~ Comfortable meeting new people and building relationships.
~ Be likable


Primary Responsibilities include:
~ Build and grow our core customer base by routine contact
~ Willing to expand their knowledge base with education in our field
~ Know how to professionally put the SERVPRO brand in front of our customers
~ Become articulate in our business so you can educate our customers
~ Comfortable being in front of large crowds sharing our capabilities and values
~ Available to clients during emergencies
~ Attending Business and Professional events (Chambers, Associations, Business Networks)
~ Organizing and participating in networking events


Benefits:
~ Base salary plus commission scaled on new business contracts
~ Sales Car
~ Sick time
~  Extensive B2B sales/marketing training from experts in the field
~ Progressive owner with vision to grown the business
~ Strong Teaming culture in family owned business

To apply for this role, please send your resume to jmccann@SERVPROgsd.com.

Why You Need a Professional to Restore Your Vincent Home After a Wildfire

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why You Need a Professional to Restore Your Vincent Home After a Wildfire Wildfires leave a path of destruction. SERVPRO has the experience to assist you with the entire restoration process.

Wildfires and Recovering Their Damage for Your Vincent Home

When you consider the proximity of your Vincent home to areas like the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, wildfires affecting your home do not seem to be improbable. Just this past summer firefighting efforts were ongoing to quell a blaze that consumed nearly twenty acres of this land, threatening homes throughout the region.

While fire damage to your Vincent home could continue to be a risk throughout certain points of the year, the effects that it can do to your home are worth preparing to face. Fires can spread quickly throughout flammable building materials like wood and drywall, causing the effects to move from room to room until the flames get extinguished by the first responders.

Our SERVPRO technicians have encountered many homes that have become significantly structurally compromised due to fires which got out of control. It is our responsibility to the community to be available to you whenever you need us, and that is why our emergency response team is available 24/7 to mitigate your loss and formulate the right plan to restore your home entirely.

Assessments play a critical role in the work that we do, as these help to determine the full extent of the damage that your home faces as well as the equipment and personnel required to restore it. Our estimator can arrive promptly to help evaluate the cost of the restoration and catalog the damage to expedite the claims process with your insurance provider. That is why many homeowners choose to call us first, as we can compile the necessary documentation to make a claim process as efficient as possible.

Wildfires are as unpredictable as they are catastrophic to homes that are in their paths. While these might seem overwhelming at first, the right professional restoration assistance can make all of the difference. Once you can return to your home safely, you can count on our SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park emergency response team to get the process started to restore your home as quickly as possible. Give us a call anytime disaster strikes at (626) 337-3374.

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Attention Baldwin Park Homeowners!! Rely on SERVPRO for Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Attention Baldwin Park Homeowners!! Rely on SERVPRO for Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration SERVPRO Saves Your Baldwin Park Home from Flood Damage--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

Severe Weather Can Cause Flooding in Your Baldwin Park Home

Preparing for severe weather means safeguarding your Baldwin Park home against the pressing threats that powerful weather systems can present. While you might not be able to protect your property against high-powered winds or torrential rainfall fully, you can make sure that the materials used to construct your home are in top form to withstand these effects. Regular inspections of elements like your roof and siding can help you to ward off situations like flooding.

As unnerving as the severe weather might be, flood damages to your Baldwin Park home are often much more challenging to overcome. Once floodwaters have penetrated a vulnerable point in your home’s exterior, the damage begins to spread quickly throughout the affected area and adjacent spaces until it has impacted most of the house. In these situations, you need a fast-responding professional team like our SERVPRO technicians.

Much of these detrimental situations can get avoided by routine inspections, however. Understanding the condition of your roof or the siding on your house can alert you to problems that require immediate attention. Without this knowledge, any homeowner is waiting for the time that these defenses fail and allow runoff and torrential rainfall to couple into floodwaters that spread rapidly throughout their home.

From the moment that our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your home, we get to work on removing at-risk items from the house to prevent further damages to your possessions. We can then set our sights on extraction work using portable pumps and wet-vacs. Our Green Fleet also carried a gas-powered extractor for substantial water volume removal. The excess water poses a higher risk for continual saturation and weakening of structural components.

Generally, floodwaters are categorized as Black Water which can contain significant contaminants like bacteria, viruses, sewage, pesticides, and debris. Disinfecting areas exposed to this tainted water is included in our SERVPRO flood mitigation service. Drying follows this approach and is one of the most thorough and intricate steps in flood restoration. We document the results and inspect using moisture meters and an infrared FLIR camera for verification of dryness.

Many homeowners in the area experience flooding unexpectedly from structural failures of their home’s defenses. While routine inspections can help alert you to a problem, you should also know that our SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park emergency response team can help you overcome the damages as well. Give us a call anytime that disaster strikes at (626) 337-3374.

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WOW!! Fire, Smoke, Water, Smells in Your Irwindale Home--Call SERVPRO

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage WOW!! Fire, Smoke, Water, Smells in Your Irwindale Home--Call SERVPRO No! Not Spacemen! SERVPRO Technicians During a Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Irwindale

Cleanup and Restoration When Fire Affects an Irwindale Residence

Some situations affect your Irwindale home and are beyond your expertise to repair or restore on your own. Widespread situations like a fire can leave you overwhelmed by the effects and worried that your house might never return to the way that it once was. Our highly trained technicians can help you through this difficult time and work to bring your home back to pre-fire condition.

One of the most troublesome points about fire damages to your Irwindale residence is that there are often far more negative effects than you can see through a visual inspection of the damage after the flames have gotten extinguished. Worse still, your home might not be safe to enter until it has gotten cleared by certified and competent parties like our SERVPRO estimator, (who got the okay from the Fire Marshall.)

In instances where a widespread fire has affected your residence, our priority is to limit the effects of this disaster from getting worse while restoration preparation is underway. One of the ways that our SERVPRO team can help to reduce the impact of this situation on your home is to work to dry up and clean up water damage that gets left behind from the extinguishment efforts.

Another approach that you can expect from our team of professionals responding to your emergency is to seal up any breaches in your home’s exterior from external threats like the weather, vermin, or other hazards. This approach typically gets achieved through boarding up or tarping over the damaged or purposefully removed portions of your house to provide a line of defense against what continues to threaten it. There are limitations to what we do in this regard. Once restoration work nears completion, appropriate measures can get taken to secure reconstruction contractors to complete the job.

Overcoming the effects of a fire is nothing that you can expect to do overnight and nothing you can expect to do on your own, either. Our SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park fire restoration technicians are available 24/7 to help you overcome the broad effects of this disaster throughout your property. Give us a call any time that you need us at (626) 337-3374.

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How to Prevent a Dryer Fire in Your Irwindale Home

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Every year, firefighters across the country respond to around 14,630 home fires caused by clothes dryers, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Unfortunately, most dryer related fires can be prevented. An estimated 34 percent of these fires occur due to failure to clean the machines. Most dryer fires happen in the fall and winter months, peaking in January.

If dryer fires are relatively common, but preventable, what you can you do to make sure a fire doesn’t occur at your home? Here’s how to prevent an incident:

Clean Your Lint Filter

The most common cause of a clothes dryer fire is lint build-up and reduced airflow. Lint is an extremely combustible material.

The built-up lint eventually sparks and catches fire. Usually lint will simply burn inside of a dryer and leave a burning smell along with damage to the dryer, but oftentimes the machine catches on fire. If the fire is severe enough or the flames spread, the fire can destroy an entire home.

The lint screen should be cleaned before and after each load, no matter how small the amount of lint is. This will also build the habit of constant cleaning.

Take Care When Washing Stained Items

Clothes stained with flammable chemicals or substances, such as gas, cooking oil, cleaning agents, or paint thinners, need special care. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends washing the clothing more than once to minimize the volatile chemicals, then hanging to dry. If you must use a dryer, use the lowest heat setting and a drying cycle that concludes with a cool-down period.

In the event that a fire does start, keep the dryer door closed, as a fire needs oxygen to keep it going.

Clean the Vent Line 

Cleaning should not only take place inside of vent hoses and inside of dryers, but also outside of the machines.

The vent line is the wall area that is behind the dryer and goes toward the outside flap of the dryer. This area should never be restricted or clogged up with lint. The chance of a dryer fire increases if this area is clogged.

If this area is too difficult for you to reach and clean yourself, reach out to a professional chimney sweep or cleaning service.

Maintain a Clear Drying Space

The entire surrounding area near a dryer should be clean and free of debris. No clothes, towels, cleaning supplies, or other materials should be gathered outside of a dryer.

This extra clutter, especially if cleaning supplies or flammable materials are present, will enhance the chance of a fire spreading across the home if one sparks. Fires spread rapidly, and anything that can contribute to that spread should be removed.

Additional Tips

How Do You Know a Dryer is Failing? 

If your clothes are taking a longer than normal time to dry, are hotter than usual, or any other out of the ordinary issue occurs, your lint dryer needs to be checked. In order to check the dryer, reach out to maintenance professionals.

Further Prevention 

  • Never use a dryer if the lint filter is missing, loose, or damaged.
  • Avoid overloading the dryer.
  • Frequently check that nests of animals or insects are not blocking vents.
  • If your dryer is gas powered, it should be inspected by a professional once a year. The professional should ensure that gas lines are connected and no leaks are present.

https://www.protectamerica.com/home-security-blog/around-the-home/heres-can-prevent-dryer-fires_13085

https://www.consumerreports.org/clothes-dryer/how-to-prevent-dryer-fires/

Preparing a Storm Supply Kit for Your Baldwin Park Home

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

A disaster supply kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. You should have a kit at home and also at your place of work. At work, try to include a pair of comfortable shoes in case you need to walk to a shelter area. It's best to assume that in the event of an emergency or natural disaster, roads will be inaccessible by vehicles, and public transportation will be shut down.

Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment's notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them. After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. 

Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days, even a week or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.

Emergency Supplies

Water, food and clean air are important things to have if an emergency happens. Each family or individual's kit should be customized to meet specific needs, such as medications and infant formula. It should also be customized to include important family documents.

Recommended Supplies To Include In A Basic Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Infant formula and diapers, if you have an infant
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Dust mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Cash or traveler's checks

Maintaining Your Kit

After assembling your kit remember to maintain it so it’s ready when needed:

  • Keep canned food in a cool, dry place

  • Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers

  • Replace expired items as needed

  • Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change.

https://www.wunderground.com/prepare/disaster-supply-kit

https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

Recovering from the Carr Fire

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

In 2018, fires have charred about 7,200 square miles across the USA, which is about 1,400 square miles above average, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

Although it could be weeks or months away, the deadly Carr Fire and other horrific wildfires in California and across the western USA will eventually be doused.

But how long will it be before things return to "normal"?

For some folks, it could be years, or perhaps never: "In the communities where these large fires hit, there can be a decades-long impact," said Merritt Turetsky, an ecosystem ecologist at the University of Guelph in Canada. 

Fires can leave entire neighborhoods ruined. Turetsky related a story from years ago of people who moved back to a neighborhood into the only home a wildfire spared – then realized they were alone in a blackened and charred landscape, one that might never be rebuilt.

Nationally, only 25 percent of burned homes were rebuilt within five years, according to a study in 2015 in the "International Journal of Wildland Fire."

Big fires can decimate the environment. When man-made materials from houses, cars or other buildings burn, they can release toxins into the soil, rivers or streams, Turetsky said. They're also released into the air we breathe.

Overall, "the after effects of a wildfire on watershed can be drastic," according to Cal Fire. "Rates of erosion and runoff can increase to dangerous levels following wildfires in California. Normally trees, shrubs, grass and other protective ground cover help prevent soil detachment and allow rainfall to infiltrate into the soil."

Thus, landslides and mudslides can bring further misery to fire-scarred areas when winter rains come. This winter, an El Niño is likely, the Climate Prediction Center said, which generally means additional rainfall for California.

If you or someone you know are experiencing smoke damage from fires, SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park  is here to help. Our services cover fire and smoke restoration. 

To everyone impacted by the wildfires in California, we are truly sorry for your loss and offer our services to you.

To read more please visit: 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/07/30/carr-fire-what-happens-when-blazes-doused/865806002/

Conserving Water in Baldwin Park

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

What is something we ALL love, especially in the summer time? Water. That's right, some would even say water makes the world go round. However, California has recently been experiencing some heat waves, meaning that we all have a part to play in helping save some WATER. Here are a few ways you can help out our state & planet by saving water! 

Step 1: Change your diet 

It takes water – a lot of it – to grow, process and transport your food. When you eat lower on the food chain, eat more whole foods and waste less food, you also save water.

Step 2: Cut indoor water use 

Every day, you rely on water for a wide variety of uses around the house. There are lots of opportunities to cut back on water use in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room and even by fixing leaks.

Step 3: Use less water outdoors 

Of all the residential water we use in the US, on average we use about a quarter outdoors. In some western states it’s half to three-quarters, primarily for lawns and gardens. A few simple steps can reduce your outdoor water consumption, so tighten those taps, eliminate those leaks and use water wisely.

Step 4: Change buying habits 

Practically everything you buy, use and consume has a water footprint because it took water to process and transport it. Being thoughtful about purchases, reusing where you can and recycling can reduce your water footprint.

Try to remember these few things this summer (and beyond) to reduce your ecological footprint and be a part of lasting change! 

Stay Storm Ready in Southern California

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

California's historic drought remains severe, and residents must continue to conserve water. At the same time, we must also prepare for the possibility of large storms and coastal/bay flooding.

Storms in California sometimes cause flooding, mud flows, landslides, electrical outages and other impacts.

Using water wisely while taking steps to prepare for winter storms and coastal/bay flooding will help to protect our households, our communities and our state.

Failing to evacuate flooded areas, entering flood waters, or remaining after a flood has passed can result in injury or death. Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Floods may:

  • Result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges, and overflows of dams and other water systems.

  • Develop slowly or quickly – Flash floods can come with no warning.

  • Cause outages, disrupt transportation, damage buildings, and create landslides.

 IF YOU ARE UNDER A FLOOD WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY

  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

    • Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

  • Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water.

  • Determine how best to protect yourself based on the type of flooding.

    • Evacuate if told to do so.

    • Move to higher ground or a higher floor.

    • Stay where you are.

HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A FLOOD THREATENS

Prepare NOW

  • Know types of flood risk in your area. Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center for information.

  • Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.

  • If flash flooding is a risk in your location, then monitor potential signs, such as heavy rain.

  • Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response.

  • Gather supplies in case you have to leave immediately, or if services are cut off. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets. Obtain extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.

  • Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. It typically takes up to 30 days for a policy to go into effect and can protect the life you've built. Homeowner’s policies do not cover flooding. Get flood coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

  • Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.

  • Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.

For more information visit: https://storms.ca.gov/