Storm Damage Readiness
Even though SoCal may not have the most rain during the wintertime. You never know when the next big storm is going to hit. Is your property ready for when that happens? In case of a surprise storm, it’s important to have supplies ready and on hand. Supplies that can aid in the health and safety of you, your office, or your family could make a big difference in keeping yourself safe until help arrives. Here are some things you may want to include in a Storm Preparedness Kit…
Here are some supplies to keep in your kit:
- First Aid Kit
- Vital and necessary medication
- Flashlights/glow sticks
- Cash and other important documents in a waterproof case
- Food & Water food for several days
- Basic necessary tools (i.e.pocket knife with tools attached)
- Sanitation wipes and hygiene products.
SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park is a Large Loss, full-service fire, smoke, wind, water repair, and restoration company. We offer immediate response to residential, commercial, industrial, and commercial property owners. We are faster to any disaster and can help you when the next storm hits.
Call us at (626)852-9922 for any more information or if you need help restoring your property.
Several Sources of Fire Damage
New Fire Started 10/02 in Azusa Mountains
When a fire has caused damage to a structure, there may be several sources of damage that could affect what restoration process is the best. For instance, the fire itself will burn, char, and heat up building materials that can ultimately create the need to remove and replace these damaged areas. Then there is consideration given to the materials or fuel the fire was burning that could determine how and what processes are used in the cleaning process. For instance, if the fire is fueled primarily by plastic or petroleum-based materials the soot and byproducts from the fire are different than if the source of fuel is predominantly wood or cellulose. Also, much of the fire damage comes from the particulates suspended in the smoke which can fill the property and saturate into the porous furnishings and surfaces inside the building. Furniture, carpeting, drapes, and clothing are examples. These soft products are saturated with the smoke and debris from the fire resulting in surface contamination and the smell of burnt building materials. A decision will need to be made which of these items will be cleaned and deodorized.
Because the byproducts of burning wood and manmade products are both commonly part of a structure fire, the smoke can contain a mix of high levels of acidic and oxidizing compounds. These will settle on the surfaces of fixtures and furnishings and if not cleaned properly will begin to corrode their finishes. Metal plated and paint surfaces should be cleaned as soon as practical to help reduce the chances of permanent damage. In many fire-damaged structures, electronics will be contaminated and the long-term effects of these corrosive byproducts can affect their performance. Replacement and or restoration may be recommended.
So, the considerations and cleanup options vary with the scope and type of fires. SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park has the equipment, cleaning processes, materials, the training, and experience to determine the best approach to help property owners completely recover from a structure fire, or being caught downwind from a wildfire in the foothills. If the property is in the San Gabriel Valley or anywhere in Southern California, Give SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park a call today for an assessment if you need a professional service with answers to your restoration questions
On August 26 at 4:38pm in the foothills North of Los Angeles, close to the communities of Monrovia and Azusa you can see the start of the Bobcat fire.
The cause is still under investigation, but as of September 20th, the fire continues to burn, blackening over 100,000 acres, displacing people, and destroying homes and infrastructure. The low humidity, high temperature, and winds have complicated fighting this storm as the containment has seesawed between 0% -15% over the past month. Burning embers have created extremely dangerous situations as flare-ups and spot Fires have continued increasing the size of the fire beyond the main fire lines.
For the public, it is critical that when the notifications are sent out warning homeowners of imminent fire danger, those in the path need to respond immediately to get out. The loss of life is a very real threat and includes not only property owners, but the firefighters trying to protect properties and life. Please have a plan to leave your property in a hurry if you are in those areas prone to high fire danger. Remember, the priority of the firefighters will always be protecting people. If they are responding to calls rescuing people in the path of the fire, no longer are they fighting the fire, and, we are certainly increasing the danger to them.
Please be a help to these heroes, during any wildfire situation, be ready to evacuate, stay alert, and support the critical business of firefighting by following instructions.
Stay safe and stay connected. Sincerely, SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park.
Fire Storms in Southern California
Fire Storms in Southern California frequently start
in the foothills and are fanned by Santa Ana Winds
As the Southern California Seasons progress from mid Summer into early Fall, it has officially become “Fire Season”.
This is a time when the vegetation that grew so robust in the mild Winter and Spring months has dried to become “fuel” ready to ignite from the slightest spark, even to ignite spontaneously under the right circumstances.
In the Southern facing foothills of the Angeles and San Bernardino mountain ranges, residential communities, businesses, and multimillion-dollar mansions have been built to take advantage of the spectacular vistas of the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles skyline. Of course, these properties may also be at higher risk during the Fire Season being located in areas surrounded by heavy grass and brush.
The team at SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas and Irwindale/Baldwin Park have been working with first responders for many years to help home and business owners recover from damaged property. We specialize in restoration services to repair property damage from fire, smoke, soot, and water that are all part of dealing with the annual Fire Storms in the Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties.
Don’t take unnecessary chances during fire season, be prepared to leave when recommended by officials, and call on professionals like SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas if disaster does strike.
Flash Flood Warning -- Prepare Now!
The SERVPRO team of Irwindale/Baldwin Park is committed to providing safety tips to its community to ensure safety and readiness when disaster strikes.
After a season of dryness, a rapid overflow of water can cause flash floods. In the United States, flash floods are the single most common natural disaster. Below are a few tips on how to be prepared before a flash flood warning is issued:
- Be sure you’re signed up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio provide emergency alerts
- Create an emergency supply kit in case you have to leave immediately or if services are cut off.
- Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. Homeowner’s policies typically do not cover flooding. Keep in mind it typically takes up to 30 days for a policy to go into effect so the time to buy is well before a disaster strikes.
- Learn and practice evacuation routes with those living in your household & other family members/friends.
- Keep important documents in a waterproof container, and create digital copies of other essential files.
- Declutter drains and gutters.
- Keep valuables at a higher level in your house/business.
If you experience any type of flooding or residential disaster in your home, trust SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call to learn more about our drying process or for additional flooding tips anytime at (626) 337-3374. Our experts are available 24/7 and are happy to help you in any way they can.
For more information on how to prepare and survive a sudden flash flood, visit https://www.ready.gov/floods
These tips are reprinted by SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park as a part of our commitment to the community and the environment.
Industrial Fire impacts Businesses and People
Fire In Azusa CA
SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas has been doing business in the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles Basin for over 15 years.
In the residential and commercial Restoration industry, disasters can be big or small, but they all have one thing in common, somebody has lost something that was probably important to them. If it’s not something with a dollar value or an item of sentimental value, it could be the loss of a sense of security. A realization and fear that no matter how much you might spend to avoid it and how well you prepare for a disaster there is no way to stop it. Both man-made and especially natural disasters have a way of striking unexpectedly or with such indiscriminate force that our creations and confidence can be reduced to ruins in seconds.
The good people at SERVPRO understand this sense of loss seeing it on so many faces over the years. Because of that, we strive to treat each of our customers with the same compassion, no matter if it’s mold under a bathroom sink or a mudslide that has filled an entire home to the ceiling with rocks and debris. Given different people, we understand these feelings can be the very same regardless of the scope.
If you need somebody with years of experience expertly handling the physical loss and the emotional challenges dealing with a fire, flood, sewer spill, or mold under a bathroom sink, call SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas to help you get back to normal and regain your confidence that life can be good again.
We want your home to be protected just as much as you do.
If you’ve experienced flooding in your residence or business from faulty plumbing, call SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park today!
Our team of experts has been serving the community for over 15 years, and are familiar with all sorts of plumbing related issues. We understand how stressful instances like this can be, and we want to reassure and inform you of the entire process.
Plumbing failures can be easily avoided if checked regularly. We want your home to be protected just as much as you do. Most of these inspections can be without the help of a certified professional, but our lines are open 24/7 if you ever have a question or concern - we’re here for you!
Ice Maker - Keep an eye out for water by the valve behind the fridge, or along the plastic line behind your freezer
Toilet Tank - Check the water line that connects to the valve on the wall or the base of your tank
Water Heater - Signs of drippage surrounding the base or top of the heater
Underneath Sinks - Inspect connections at the wall, faucets, and dishwashers
Remember to always be on the lookout for wet flooring and moisture where the water lines connect to your appliances. In our experience, even a minor leak could quickly turn into a flood if left unchecked. If you see mold forming, call SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park right away!
Inside The Action: Drying Irwindale Residences
The key to drying out a residence after flooding occurs is simple: heat. However, raising temperatures can cause concerns for the homeowner. A common thought many individuals have is to turn on the central heating. Warming the house will combat water damage, right? Actually, raising the temperature inside of a damp, enclosed space can raise the humidity. Air has a limit on how much moisture it can hold, so warming different rooms actually risks slowing the drying process. In fact, untreated wet indoor spaces can advocate for accelerated mold growth.
SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park offers professional flood damage services locally here in Irwindale and surrounding cities. We understand that floods caused by storms are alarming and can cause serious financial hardship if not treated properly. SERVPRO utilizes an advanced water pumping method and specialized equipment to swiftly dry your indoor space. Our technicians combine hot air (to increase the evaporation rate) with dry air (to maximize effectiveness) using our indirect-fired furnaces. Our furnaces take the air from outside of your home and blow hot air inside through the windows. This air exchange has been repeatedly proven to dry homes faster and reduce the risk of mold growth. While this method is highly effective, it also requires consistent monitoring.
The SERVPRO team of Irwindale/Baldwin Park is committed to walking alongside the consumer the entire process, until the flooding is “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today to learn more about our drying process anytime (626) 337-3374.
Stress Free Family Weekend Getaway
A secluded weekend getaway with your family may be tempting after being in quarantine for the past four months. Before you head out, it’s essential that you check all faucets and appliances to avoid coming home to an unfortunate surprise. There’s nothing worse than escaping stress for a few days, just to come home to a flooded bathroom or a leaking ceiling. Water damage can spread vast and quickly become costly if left unattended for several days. A few common things that can go undetected include dripping water heaters, clogged pipes with built up pressure, leaking faucets or appliances, etc. SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park offers the Vincent community four tips for you in case you need to travel out of town for a few days.
Shutting off your water main can help avert water pressure build up in your pipelines. Doing this lessens the chance of leaks because leaks normally occur when a stoppage develops.
Devices such as dishwashers, washers, fridges, and dryers tend to leak from time to time. Occasionally inspecting these appliances and replacing broken parts can reduce the cost and risk of a major emergency later on.
- Clear Up Your Rain Gutters
Rain often finds its way into homes through clogged rain gutters. Clearing away debris within them can help prohibit built up blockage.
Having a trusted friend or neighbor check in on your home while you’re away can help detect leaks early. While they may not be able to stop water damage from occurring, they can inform you or perhaps call SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park so the leak doesn’t get worse. Having someone trustworthy watching your house can contribute to the much needed peace of mind hardworking individuals need.
SERVPRO wishes the Irwindale, Baldwin Park, Vincent and surrounding communities safety and security during unprecedented times. We are here for all your water, fire, storm, and commercial needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have any questions do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park at (626) 337-3374.
Choose SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park
There is never a good time to realize you have a serious problem with your residence or business property. Damage from flooding or fires caused by failed infrastructure or natural causes can be financially costly and disrupt personal and professional routines that create stress in our lives.
SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park is a Southern California business providing fire and water restoration services all over the LA, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties. Not only have we run a very successful business since 2006, our company has achieved one of the highest levels of credibility with our parent company, that of Large Loss Response Team certification. In short, our owner, Mr. Joseph McCann has learned his trade over years of traveling back and forth across the US helping property owners recover from catastrophic disasters including: Hurricane Ike that hit Galveston, Texas in 2008, the Natural Gas explosion in San Bruno, California in 2010, the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2012, The Woolsey Fire in Malibu, California in 2018, and the Maria Fire in Ventura County in 2019 to name a few.
In the process, Joe McCann earned the respect and trust of the SERVPRO Corporate Offices and its customers by participating in these massive recovery efforts, demonstrating he has what it takes, effectively marshalling people and equipment resources to restore damaged property and help return people’s lives back to normal.
As they say, “Plan for the worst and hope for the best”. And if you ever do need help call on the best, SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park for Restoration Services large or small.