FIRE, FIRE, FIRE!
An action shot of our crew working on the Pasadena job.
To bring in the new year, we received a job from a restaurant in Pasadena that had sustained a structure fire in a ventilation system. The fire originated from the main floor and worked its way to the second floor where it affected offices and the stairwell. Smoke filled up the entire building including the basement level.
Roughly everyday there are 15-20 general laborers and 3-4 restoration supervisors on site. Starting in March, our crew was working on heavy demolition which opened up cavities to allow ventilation throughout the building. This also allowed for our crew to clean the studs and framing for odor lock.
How can You Prevent this from Happening to You?
What can you do for preventative measures?
- Make sure that you have installed an automatic fire-suppression system in the kitchen.
- Have portable fire extinguishers on hand.
- Schedule regular maintenance.
- Train your employees on fire safety and have an emergency plan set in place.
If an Emergency Strikes, We are Here to Help!
In case of an emergency, call 911 first and evacuate immediately. After the fire department has completed their job, call SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park at 626-852-9922 and someone from our team will be happy to serve you. We handle projects all over the Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties.
Tools You Will See Us Use
Photograph of some of our air movers.
Air movers, which are also known as floor drying fans, are used in construction and water restoration
projects. The main use is to increase air circulation, which decreases the time spent to
remove water in the building materials, shortening the drying time. Air movers are a vital tool when our services are needed due to water damage.
3 Different Air Moving Units:
The type of air blower affects the speed and direction of airflow and the amount of space that can be covered by the air mover. There are three major types of air blower units used in most commercial dry out scenarios:
- Axial: Axial blowers will be used to move large amounts of air across a bigger and wider space. They are larger air movers that produce high airflow that only move air horizontally. They are great for drying walls or top-down drying treatments on carpets.
- Centrifugal: They are used for spot treatments and can direct airflow from several directions to a specific spot. They are commonly used in restoration work to dry hard to reach areas like under cabinets and in crawl spaces and closets.
- Compact: Compact air movers are versatile enough to be used for both large floor areas and small spot drying. Using 1/4 horsepower motors, they have the ability to quietly and quickly and effectively dry areas. Small and lightweight, compact air movers are the perfect solution for drying small, hard-to-reach spaces such as closets, corners or under counters.
When Disaster Strikes, Call SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park
We at SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park will always assess each water damage situation independently to best determine which air mover and how many to use for your specific situation. We have all the resources and knowledge to make sure that we leave your place "Like it never even happened."®
SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park performs restoration services all over Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties. Call now to schedule an appointment with one of our highly experienced and trained team members at 626-852-9922.
Flooding in Your Home from Storms
Storm heading our way; be prepared.
Flooding in your home can happen at any time from broken pipes and drain back ups, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Make sure you landscaping drains water away from your home or business. Many buildings are damaged from heavy rain creating pools of water around the building foundation which can migrate through the walls and into basements and rooms built below ground level.
- Make sure your roof is in good condition before the rainy season. Leaking water through the roof is very common when properties are located in areas of the country with mild climates. It’s easy to ignore an aging roof when storms are infrequent and mild. So when a heavy winter storm comes, the chances of damage to the inside of the property are increased.
Contact SERVPRO of Irwindale and Baldwin Park for any questions about storm and flooding prevention. Joe McCann and his team have years of training and first hand experience helping property owners prevent and deal with storm damage.
SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park performs restoration services all over Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties. Call now to schedule an appointment with one of our highly experienced team members at 626-852-9922.
Warm Weather is Upon Us!
Fire Damage to apartment building.
The sun is shining consistently these days in Southern California. Beautiful Spring weather is here! Days full of swimming, barbecuing and outdoor fire pits are finally here!
Outdoor Fire Safety
It is important to remember to stay safe while enjoying yourself with family and friends.
- Always keep barbeques, smokers and outdoor fire pits away from low hanging vegetation - such as trees, or vines
- Remove any dry weeds, flowers, bushes, or shrubs away from your home, garage or patio area - embers from outdoor fire pits or barbeques can stray
- Keep pets and children away from hot objects to prevent burn injuries
Call SERVPRO Joe Now.
In case of fire while participating in outdoor activities, call 9-1-1. For fire restoration services, call SERVPRO of Irwindale and Baldwin Park. Owner Joe McCann and his team are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Joe is a plethora of fire restoration knowledge.
House of Ruth donation box.
Joe McCann and his team at SERVPRO of Irwindale and Baldwin Park pride themselves in being involved in the local community. As an owner of three SERVPRO franchises, serving the Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties, Joe likes to get involved with multiple city and community organizations as a way to stay connected and to give back.
Since December of last year, in a partnership with the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), we have been driving our box trucks to help deliver Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to hospitals throughout Los Angeles County supporting first responders dealing with the Pandemic. We also partnered with the San Dimas Rotary to help transport food collected in a food drive to points of distribution. In another Rotary project, SERVPRO of Irwindale and Baldwin Park proudly offered to act as a drop off location for House of Ruth, a shelter located in Pomona for women and children who have been victims of domestic violence.
This month, Joe’s sales team is collecting monetary donations for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. A non-profit, located in Pasadena that is dedicated to fire and burn injury education. Each year, for the last 35 years, the AARBF has hosted their Champ Camp: a week long summer camp for burn survivors, ages 5-17. We invite you to explore the link below and consider a donation!
Joe McCann and his SERVPRO Team have been in the property restoration business for over 16 years helping families and businesses overcome challenging times. In addition, our working philosophy includes donating time and resources helping those less fortunate overcome the lack of basic needs.
SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park can be counted on when help is needed.
Stay safe and stay connected.
The entire apartment was destroyed by a fire.
Fireworks have been a symbol of American celebration since the Revolutionary War. Loud, bright, beautiful - it’s no surprise why people love them so much.
However, California being the “dry” state that it is, in most cities, fireworks are illegal. Keeping fireworks restricted from residential use helps prevent wildfires and home fires.
If fireworks are allowed in your county or city, remember to practice the utmost of safety.
- Never allow children to ignite fireworks
- Keep a bucket of water or garden hose nearby- dispose used fireworks in a bucket of water
- Light fireworks one at a time
- Always have adult supervision
- Back up to a safe distance after igniting fireworks
In case of a fire emergency, call 9-1-1. In the event of a fire in or outside of your home has taken place, call SERVPRO of Irwindale and Baldwin Park. Joe McCann and his team have over 16 years of fire restoration experience.
A Trip Down Memory Lane
SERVPRO Irwindale/Baldwin Park Here to Serve.
In 2019, SERVPRO Irwindale / Baldwin Park had a business owner in Pasadena contact us after he discovered a leak from the water supply line to the coffee maker located in the server area. This leak affected the server area, the hallway, and three dining rooms. Drew Weaver, the Production Manager at SERVPRO of Glendora/ San Dimas, met the General Manager at the job site. Drew scoped the project and updated the General Manager on what to expect in the mitigation process. Soon after, our technicians arrived at the job site and began manipulating contents from the affected areas and extracting water. Water was extracted from the server area and hallway. Fortunately, these areas were hard surfaced which made it easier for cleanup. The remaining affected areas were commercial grade, glued down carpet. These areas were extracted multiple times to remove as much water as possible. Once extraction was complete, the technicians sanitized the affected area and wiped all contents. SERVPRO technicians utilized twenty fans and three dehumidifiers to effectively dry out the area.
When it comes to our customer service, we do everything in our power to make sure you get the best service possible. Because of our quick response and restoration/ clean up time, we were able to attack the situation and restore the damaged area within hours. The general manager was satisfied with SERVPRO's restoration/ cleanup service. Alexander Steakhouse in Pasadena minimized their loss of business use by acting fast and calling SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park to expedite their drying needs. The general manager stated that he was elated with the professionalism and promptness of our team. He would definitely use our services again in the future.
Call SERVPRO Joe
Joe McCann and his team at SERVPRO Irwindale / Baldwin have copious amounts of stories just like these! With over 16 years of experience, Joe and his team are the ones to call!
Spring Has Sprung!
The McCann's getting ready for Spring!
Beautiful Southern California weather is back again! The beautiful foothills of the San Gabriel Valley are green and the California Mustard flowers are blooming! Getting out of town soon? Make sure you are prepared!
Before Leaving Town:
It is always a good idea to reach out to a family member, friend, or neighbor that you trust to let them know you will be leaving. They can help keep an eye out on your house: mail, pets, and most importantly: water damage. A broken pipe or leaky water heater does not care if you are vacationing in Hawaii. The sooner water damage is detected, the sooner the damage can be reversed.
Joe McCann and his team at SERVPRO Irwindale / Baldwin are available for emergency water damage services 24/7! Joe has over 16 years of restoration experience, his team is friendly, knowledgeable, and reliable. No residential or commercial job is too small or too big!
Supporting the Healthcare Industry
Face shield boxes being loaded into a SERVPRO Truck
Coordinating with LACI
For the past few months, SEVRPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park has been coordinating with LACI, Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator, to transport manufactured face shields to hospitals throughout Los Angeles County. In April of 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic was in full swing, the LACI organization quickly jumped into action. They utilized the Advanced Prototyping Center (APC) to manufacture face shield donations for healthcare workers. This collaboration brought together organizations such as the Los Angeles Public Library’s Octavia Lab, Los Angeles County’s Youth@Work program, Goodwill of Southern California, City of Baldwin Park, the Greater Los Angeles Hospital Registry, and others. LACI plans to donate 100,000 shields by June 1st, 2021. As of February 19th, 2021, LACI was able to deliver over 42,000 face shields to doctors and nurses working in 25 different LA County Hospitals, including:
- Community Hospital of Huntington Park
- Long Beach Medical Center
- Adventist Health Glendale
- MLK Community Hospital
- Lakewood Regional Medical Center
- Sherman Oaks Hospital
- Valley Presbyterian Hospital
- Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center
- White Memorial Hospital
- Centinela Hospital Medical Center
- Monterey Park Hospital
- Mission Community
- Whittier Hospital
- Beverly Hospital
Recycled Material and Incorporating the Youth
The face shield design was originally tested by ER doctors at Cedar Sinai and helps prevent infectious droplets from entering the facial area. Additionally, these shields are designed so that they may be reused from one to five years. LACI works to recycle almost all plastic remnants leftover from manufacturing into 3D print filament that is then used in 3D printers, as opposed to being thrown away.
The LA Country Youth@Work program helps place youth in a paid job that leads to a long-term career pathway. The youth involved in this program have helped assemble and box face shields, creating jobs for over 140 people. LACI has also introduced these youth to their APC Fellowship Program, a paid fellowship that provides technical training, interpersonal skills, and industry-recognized certifications to succeed in the green economy. Due to the shortage of many entry-level employment opportunities, LACI organizers say that is grateful for the opportunity to provide paid employment and learning opportunities.
SERVPRO Delivery Trucks = More Faceshield Deliveries
At the beginning of 2021, SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park’s Sales Manager, Doug Beach, connected with a member of the LACI organization at a community meeting and asked how we could help with the efforts. Previously, the Los Angeles Library had been coordinating deliveries whenever possible. Now, with the help of SERVPRO’s huge box trucks, we are helping make deliveries of over 50 boxes of face shields every other Thursday, sometimes twice in one week. All shipments consist of 50 boxes containing 100 face shields. Each delivery contains 5,000 shields per delivery. Peyton Russell, Sales and Marketing Representative for SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park accompany Doug on these deliveries and takes photos/videos of the deliveries, something that seldom happened before. Additionally, Ms. Russell and Mr. Beach help to load and unload the face shields at the facilities, track the delivery forms, and persist in social media efforts for the cause.
Dedication To The Community
When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park is there to help. Our owner, SERVPRO Joe, believes in giving back to the community and making a difference whenever we can. Our Sales Team is highly involved in humanitarian efforts, such as the San Dimas Rotary Food Drive in January and the upcoming House of Ruth donation collection in early May. To learn more about how to get involved with the LACI donation efforts, please visit their Instagram @laincubator, or call 310.699.5724. If you want a restoration company that is trustworthy and actively involved in the community and fighting against coronavirus, call SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park today! Our estimators and office staff are happy to help you through your water damage emergencies.
Best in the Business
Meet our owners, Joe and Danielle McCann!
Set for Success
SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park is a restoration company that always sets the bar high. Specializing in water restoration, fire restoration, and mold remediation, our team is equipped and trained to handle all your restoration needs. Our National Training Center has created a training program to educate restoration and mitigation skills for all of our Irwindale and Baldwin Park employees. This specialized training makes our technicians the best in the business.
At SERVPRO Irwindale/Baldwin Park, our team is certified by The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) that sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our employees study these standards in water restoration, fire restoration, cleaning services, and mold remediation. As professionals, we strive to hit all of The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certifications best practices.
We Have the Training
Every SERVPRO franchise technician and owner receives a fifteen-day initial training course. New franchise owners are taught in great detail about water and fire restoration, mold remediation, and other valuable cleaning practices. Afterward, franchise owners and employees have access to online training classes, courses, and webinars. There are videos available to learn from, and even tests to check your knowledge. It is a priority for franchise owners to keep their knowledge in fire and water restoration and mold remediation up to date with changing industry standards.
Privately Owned & Operated
Each SERVPRO is privately owned, and in most cases, locally owned. Our owners, Joe and Danielle McCann, only hire the best technicians for the job and treat them like family. This is a great driving force to keep standards high. Franchise owners want to be of the highest standard to serve their community to the absolute best of their ability.