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Fire Damage Restoration Protection Tips

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

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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."

Baldwin Park Home Flood Dirty and Muddy? SERVPRO Can Restore and Disinfect Your Property

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

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How Much Is Cleaning Necessary after Flood Damage in Your Baldwin Park Property?

Flooding incidents generally leave property dirty, so cleanup is expected. However, the level of cleaning needed to restore the house to its preloss state might exceed your vision.  Cleaning is not just tedious, but also costly because restoring some materials and contents is not possible. Choosing a professional restoration team after flood damage helps because of the advanced training and other resources they have.

Removing Debris and Soils
The prominent part of the cleanup necessary after flood damage in your Baldwin Park home is removing debris such as mud and silt or other soils left by the floodwaters. It can be a complicated process, but since the soils are likely to be spread all over your property, it is likely to be a tedious process.  Our SERVPRO technicians use equipment such as pressure washers and different surface scrubbers to ease the process. We also use professional cleaning products which help break down soils and also eliminate contaminants ensuring restoration of sanitary conditions to your property.

Cleaning Contents
Floodwaters affect everything in a property, including contents. Black Water or groundwater, by definition, is contaminated. It is not possible to save the porous ones such as carpets and pad because they retain traces of the contaminants even after a thorough cleaning.  Cleaning can help save the rest, including wooden furniture.  Unlike surfaces such as floors, furniture items require a personalized approach. Our SERVPRO technicians use mild detergents, and brushes to reach all areas of the affected furniture.  Since exposure to high amounts of water can damage furniture, we also dry them in a controlled environment.

Concealed Spaces
Several areas you might consider challenging to reach in your home are not out of bounds for floodwaters.  These might include wall cavities and subfloors, and crawlspaces, among others. Cleaning such areas is necessary, but it might require expertise to ensure thoroughness and to avoid damaging other areas. Our SERVPRO technicians open up concealed areas safely removing soils and porous materials such as insulation.

Cleaning a home affected by flooding is a complex process. Call SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park to help. You can communicate with us at (626) 337-3374 any time. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Fire, Smoke, Soot, and Odors - Never Pleasant Effects for An Irwindale Home

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage can truly ruin your home if not taken care of properly. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Why Quick Fire Damage Restoration for Your Irwindale Home is Vital 

Fires in homes are devastating. The flames and smoke from a fire cause physical destruction to a home and its contents. After a fire, homeowners should respond quickly to prevent further damage. Responding fast can counter the extent of the fire and smoke damage, and the associated corrosive substances.

If you experience fire damage in your Irwindale home, hire professionals immediately to restore it to its pre-damaged state. Regardless of the fire damage your home experiences, quick action can ensure a less costly and successful restoration. As you wait for the experts to arrive, you can perform tasks such as:

  •       Opening doors and windows to increase ventilation
  •       Placing fans in the property to get clean air circulation
  •       Washing fabrics, carpets, and upholstery

Fire damage is classified into two categories:

  1.           Primary damage which revolves around the fire.
  2.           Secondary damage which results from the smoke and bad odors left lingering in the property.

Fire damage is also classified into six categories, beginning from Class A to Class F. After a fire, the following usually occurs.

Smoke’s hidden reach

Smoke damage can occur in unexpected areas of your house. For instance, if smoke engulfs your living room, the spaces behind the drapes in your guestroom can contain a significant amount of smoke residue. Smoke can also travel quickly through the ductwork of your property.  

Bad odors

Besides the soot, bad odors still linger in the property, and they can penetrate the ceilings, walls, and furniture. The unpleasant smells resulting from smoke and fire damage should be dealt with promptly. Our SERVPRO technicians can remove the odors using thermal foggers and hydroxyl generators to help you get back to a habitable environment once again. 

High levels of Acidity

Soot has high acidity levels, and it destroys natural elements. Metals that come into contact with soot can etch and eventually discolor. Magnetically charged smoke particles can cause short-circuiting in electronic equipment. Quick restoration after fire damage is vital considering the adverse effects of smoke, fire, and their acidic by-products. Our Fire Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT) can act speedily to lessen the ruin in your property.

We clean the structure and contents separately. We can eliminate all traces of smoke and soot from different surfaces, such as walls and ceilings. Sometimes, we move contents out of a structure and clean them in our facilities. When cleaning contents on-site, our SERVPRO technicians move them to a clean area of the house.

Our technicians use different products to clean a structure and its contents, including general surface cleaners, liquid crème cleaners, glass cleaners, and heavy-duty cleaners. We also have advanced equipment like thermal imaging cameras, moisture meters, and moisture sensors that can detect hidden water damage resulting from fire-fighting efforts.

When you experience fire damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park for remediation services. Our team of professionals can handle the loss to make it look, “Like it never even happened.” Call us anytime at (626) 337-3374 for swift restoration.

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The Difference Between Mitigating and Remediating Water Damage in Vincent

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Plumbing Leaks in Vincent Causing Water Damage? Contact SERVPRO to Restore Your Home--"Like it never even happened."

When researching how to manage the harm a water loss causes to your Vincent home, you frequently see the words mitigation and remediation. These two terms, plus the additional mention of “restoration” can cause some confusion if used interchangeably. Understanding the concepts behind the vocabulary helps you feel more in control and part of the solution when a water disaster requires you to seek out professional assistance.

If water damage strikes in your Vincent home, it is usually because of a plumbing leak or an appliance malfunction. The water spreads from the original leak, overflow, or breakage, causing additional harm to structures or contents nearby. When the event occurs, call for professional help because water quickly destroys building materials and personal possessions. As you wait for our signature green service vehicles, you can take some steps to address the potential damage.

Mitigation can refer to actions you or SERVPRO technicians take to reduce, lessen, or decrease the damage. Your quick thinking in picking up clothing, books, and toys before the water flows to saturate them is an example of mitigation. Placing blocks or foil under furniture legs on wet carpeting is another fix a homeowner can do to minimize staining from paint or other finishes until the professionals arrive.

When the SERVPRO team arrives, we work fast to mitigate the impact of excess water in a wide range of ways. Partially saturated carpeting retain dry sections when we use wanded extractors to reduce the moisture level on the leading edge. Pack-outs of contents halt water intrusion into storage boxes and reduces humidity levels in the affected structural spaces, which has the effect of reducing drying times.

Remediation refers to efforts made to remove the disaster-causing water or other agents with pumps and truck-mounted extractors. Drying with air movers and dehumidifiers is another example. Remediation improves the circumstances so that the damage done can be corrected. 

Restoration can include repairs, rebuilding, and refinishing in addition to the mitigation and remediation tasks that come before. Returning the water damaged spaces in your home need 
a combination of mitigation and remediation approaches plus needed restoration for the SERVPRO crew to make good on our commitment to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park can manage your water loss through all the stages from mitigation and remediation through restoration. Call our emergency number, (626) 337-3374 day or night. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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The Secrets to Water Damage Remediation Are Here for Your Irwindale Home

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can accumulate quickly. Call the remediation specialists at SERVPRO today.

Efficient Drying for Your Irwindale Water Damaged Home Can Prevent Further Destruction

Your house can sustain water damage because of leaks from a faulty appliance like a washing machine, water heater or dishwater or from an overflowing bathtub. When a water loss incident happens in your home, it is crucial to extract the water and begin the remediation process within 48 hours. By reacting swiftly, you can prevent the formation of mold and rust in your property.  

When there is water damage in your Irwindale residence, you can take a few steps to prevent the situation from worsening. One step is opening windows and doors to get the air moving naturally, allowing for enhanced air circulation. Furthermore, open cabinet and closet doors to help with drying. You can also increase air circulation by using high-speed fans. Another vital part of the drying process is using a shop vac to remove standing water. Some shop vacs can remove water effectively from rugs and carpets. If items like furniture and rugs are damp, you can remove and place them in the sun to eliminate the moisture.  

You may also use desiccant materials like calcium oxide, silica gel, and clay to absorb moisture from damp items. Place the items along with desiccant materials in airtight containers and close them. Another critical step for dealing with water loss is dehumidifying because it removes water vapor from the air. You can rent a dehumidifier and place it in the affected areas.  

Calling a professional restoration firm like SERVPRO to dry your house is also essential because its services can avert excessive destruction and minimize the risks of fungus and bacteria multiplying in your property. We have the expertise and proper equipment, including pumps, air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out your house quickly and effectively to prevent secondary damage. Our technicians also use moisture meters to measure the moisture content in wood floors, carpets, tile floors, drywall, and painted surfaces. 

 Moisture meters play a vital role throughout the water damage restoration process. All homes have a dry standard, which means the normal amount of moisture present in a surface is considered being dry. During the drying process, our Applied Structural Drying Technicians (ASDs) dry every damp surface to ensure that it has the same moisture content as the same surface in a dry area of your property. To achieve this, we use moisture meters to determine if our drying efforts are productive and to know when we have attained our drying goals. To dry a house and its contents thoroughly, our technicians control four key factors, which are: 

  • Extraction 
  • Humidity
  • Temperature 
  • Air movement 

Our SERVPRO crew can dry most of your belongings on-site with minimal disruption to your home. If there are items that we cannot restore on-site, our crew can move them to our facilities for restoration. 

 After a water loss incident in your house, call SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park at (626) 337-3374 for cleanup and drying services. We can restore your property to its preloss condition fast. 

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The Secret Of Successful Flood Damage Remediation in Baldwin Park

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage can accumulate quickly and be difficult to eradicate. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today for help.

Flood Damage Professionals In Baldwin Park Describe The Elements Of Carpet Cleaning

During the summer the entire state of California as well as the Baldwin Park area is at risk for severe weather including thunderstorms and excessive rains. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, the entire state is prone to flood damage since most of the state is vulnerable to flooding. Once water builds up on the streets in your neighborhood it can then find its way into your home. 

During any flood damage project in Baldwin Park, our SERVPRO restoration technicians know that removing moisture quickly is the most vital part. We conduct prompt water removal first by extracting it using heavy-duty extractors. Then, we use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out your contents and structural components. Once all of the moisture inside your home gets removed, we conduct a final cleaning and deodorization process that usually includes carpet cleaning. 

 Anytime we clean anything including carpets we utilize the same elements. First, we find the soil and identify its type, and we figure out the type of surface that appears to be affected. Next, we capture the soils in a dry, particulate form, or a solution, so they are easier to control. Then, we remove and properly dispose of the soils. 

 Whenever our SERVPRO technicians clean carpets after restoration procedures, we do it in the following six steps: 

  1. Vacuuming: This first step uses air as a medium and can many times remove half of the soils inside carpets and upholstery. 
  1. Soil Suspension: Soils that cannot be removed by vacuuming sometimes must be emulsified or dissolved before getting sucked up into a vacuum. 
  1. Wash: During the wash step, a cleaning agent is applied to the surface and agitated so that it penetrates the carpet and the soils loosen up. 
  1. Rinse: In the rinse stage, the cleaning solution and suspended soils get removed. 
  1. Waste Water Disposal: In most cases, we can dispose of the rinse water material into your sewage drain, but we always make sure the disposal method we choose abides by all state and local regulations. 
  1. Dry: During the drying process, all of the remaining moisture and emulsified soils get removed from the carpet fibers so that they can return to their normal appearance and texture. 

In case of a flooding incident in your Irwindale or Vincent, call SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park to help. We can be reached at (626) 337-3374 anytime. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Contact Our Experts If Your Irwindale Home Experiences A Water Damage Incident

7/6/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park at (626) 337-3374 for 24/7 service.

Water Damage And Insurance Claims In Irwindale

When water inundates your home from a leaking pipe or some other water event, your focus is on recovering your possessions. Can these items be saved and restored or do you need to dispose of them due to contamination or damaged beyond repair? Can your documents and photos be recovered or are the memories they represent gone forever?

SERVPRO can help with all these questions. When you need water removal in Irwindale after a significant leak in your home, we can assess the situation and then focus on removing the water and recovering your content. Restoration plans depend on the extent of the damage and contamination.

Insurance claims are much easier when you use our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS). CCIS can simplify the process of making a claim and reduce the anxiety you may be experiencing during this stressful time. Our technicians can develop a complete list of all of the contents affected by the damage. Each room is inventoried, including digital photos, to assist in the process.

With a preloss list, consumers can establish the value of their contents. Insurance companies can settle claims quickly when your insurance company is dealing with accurate and up to date information. In many cases, digital photos can establish and confirm your claim. SERVPRO takes an inventory before removing items from your home for restoration or disposal.

SERVPRO aims to restore your home to its original condition and provide peace of mind to claimants. Personal items such as documents and photos can also be restored in many cases depending on the amount of damage. Techniques we use to restore your photos and documents include: Air drying, dehumidification, freeze drying, vacuum freeze drying and vacuum thermal drying.

Call SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park at (626) 337-3374 for 24/7 service. We serve Vincent and local communities in the area. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster in your area.

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Advanced Equipment, Skilled Technicians, SERVPRO Helps Irwindale Area Homeowners with Cleanup and Restoration

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

You Have Come to the Right Place for Irwindale Restoration Services--Your Local SERVPRO Office!

Why SERVPRO Is an Irwindale Disaster Recovery Industry Leader 

Disasters rarely give Irwindale homeowners much warning. Whether the emergency involves water, fire, mold, or storm damage, it can make a house unpleasant and uncomfortable. Severe losses of any kind or failure to address less catastrophic harm quickly might move the problems with your home past inconvenience to causing so much damage that your dwelling is uninhabitable. Our team of disaster recovery experts can get things back on track fast and to the highest standards.

Water Loss
The risk of water damage in your Irwindale home climbs with exposures to aging plumbing, poorly-maintained appliances, extreme weather, and simple bad luck. A few minutes of inattention causes a tub to overfill, a cracked dishwasher hose loosens from an open supply line connection, or open windows allow a windy downpour to splash onto your hardwood floors. These types of scenarios and countless others are among those our managers and crews count among our company’s extensive resume.
 
Training, experience, and top-notch equipment are why SERVPRO should be your first call when a water crisis strikes. Our team of managers and technicians master the best practices for water damage mitigation and remediation through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Reconstruction Certification (IICRC) training. Over the past dozen years, our owners and employees gained hands-on experience, implementing strategies that bring the deterioration caused by water incursion to a halt, readying the property for restoration after the moisture is gone.
 
Our service vehicles carry all the equipment needed for water loss remediation. Submersible pumps and truck-mounted water extractors rapidly remove standing water. Thermal imaging and moisture metering devices help us locate hidden pockets of water and provide data to establish reasonable structural drying goals.  In the hands of our skilled employees, the air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers used during the drying phase bring moisture levels to normal.    
 
Fire Damage
The risk factors that can lead to Irwindale fire damage run the gamut from a candle too close to a curtain to fraying electrical cords to boiled over grease to lint in a dryer and much more. Although many things might be the source of a fire’s ignition, the initial response from firefighters is the same -- chemical extinguishers and large quantities of water. When the fire is out, however, the fire department returns your home for you to plan and manage the next steps.
 
Homeowners dealing with the aftermath of a fire need professional assistance with a range of tasks. The first is usually the firefighting water removal for safety reasons. Slip and fall accidents can injure you and your family and are a concern for disaster responders as well. Electrical shock is also an issue until the space is dried out. Then an experienced remediation project manager needs to complete an assessment of the damage done and lay out a project plan for certified technicians to implement. In the case of a more minor house fire, an SMR SERVPRO marketing rep can evaluate the conditions and act accordingly.
 
One step following the next is why SERVPRO is the answer to your fire damage restoration needs. Our technicians are multi-certified, capable of removing the firefighting water and then moving on to cleaning fire residues. We match cleaning products, methods, and tools with the different types of soot encountered throughout your home. Final remediation includes disinfecting surfaces and deodorizing spaces.
 
If the fire caused significant charring, requiring demolition, repairs, and rebuilding, SERVPRO can continue the project to completion. We hold a contractor's license for the state of California, General Contractor License #: 944464 and California State License Board (CSLB) #: 944464 and are prepared to restore your home to preloss condition.
 
Mold Remediation
Mold spores are constant yet invisible companions to residents of Irwindale, but unless specific conditions are present, they pose little concern. They float in the air and settle on surfaces, waiting to encounter a bit of moisture. When they absorb the water, they begin growing, eventually becoming rapidly multiplying colonies that spread over surfaces made of or coated with organic matter, including wood and the cellulose that covers drywall and ceiling tile. Even non-porous surfaces with bits of organic material clinging like soap scum on tile or mirror can grow mold.
 
Mold remediation in Irwindale is one of our specialties, which is why SERVPRO should be your first call when you even suspect mold damage. Signals can be dark staining on walls or ceilings or a musty smell. Because mold can damage building materials and irritate susceptible individuals, it is essential that professional remediation occurs. Complete mold removal is impossible, but we use the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocol to ensure safety and achieve the most successful results.
 
We contain the moldy area, using negative pressure air scrubbers to complete an airlock barrier system. Mechanical scrubbing and brushing and gentle abrasion of soba blasting remove the mold from most surfaces. Technicians wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and bag moldy residues and vacuum floors and surfaces with HEPA-filtered equipment to clear the area and prevent spread to the rest of your home. Final steps include EPA-registered disinfectant with an option to coat surfaces with an antimicrobial primer/sealer to inhibit mold regrowth. Moisture control also helps prevent future infestations.
 
Storm Damage
When high winds and heavy rain batter your Irwindale home shingles can rip loose, exterior walls can develop holes, and doors and windows can break. Overland flooding and the precipitation pouring into your house cause catastrophic damage if not remediated swiftly. We respond 24/7, with crews arriving as soon as possible.
 
Securing the breaches in the exterior of your home in Irwindale is storm damage task number one, followed by flood water containment and disposal. Our technicians train in the evaluation of water contamination categories, taking specific steps when collecting and discarding Category 2 and 3 waters as they are the most tainted. Mudslides and excessive silt in waters draining from higher elevations around the community require special handling, which is why SERVPRO prepares for this complication.
 
Our storm responders are familiar with the wide range of pathogens, chemicals, and other waste that can flow into your home during and after the rains and winds. If a sewer pipe backs up because municipal drainage systems are overwhelmed human waste, including blood and feces-borne pathogens can be a risk. Our technicians use EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants to clean and sanitize storm-damaged spaces. Structural drying proceeds using our commercial-grade air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers. Our training and experience, as shown by Biohazard Contractor License #: TSW 530, assures you of a safe and secure home.
 
Rebuilding services from SERVPRO streamline the restoration process after storm damage. Our team can do it all, avoiding the need to hire separate contractors task by task.
 
SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park stands ready to help with any disaster confronting your family home. Call us at (626) 337-3374 to schedule an assessment, giving us a chance to showcase our industry best practices to restore your home.

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Our Certified Professionals Have The Expertise To Handle Water Damage In Vincent

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

We have the necessary equipment to restore your home and prevent further damage. We are available 24/7, please do not hesitate and call us right away.

SERVPRO - Restoring Water Damaged Homes In Vincent

As part of the Central Valley, Vincent is a great community outside much of the traffic congestion but still able to enjoy everything Southern California can offer. Although residents avoid the flooding that occasionally happens to other parts of the county, they still have to deal with water issues from split lines on a washing machine or another failed appliance.

Even what seems to be a small amount of water can damage a Vincent home to the cost of hundreds or even thousands of dollars. SERVPRO technicians train to meet the requirements of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) for restoring area homes to their original, dry condition.

Since floors and carpets take the brunt of the damage after a large spill, the effects on walls and floor trim often get overlooked. Painted drywall panels make up most residential interior walls, or else they might have wood paneling mounted over them. The material performs well until it starts to absorb water. In a short amount of time, drywall panels start to crumble in place, and the thin pieces of wood that make up the floor trim begin to crack and split, making them useless.

To prevent this, SERVPRO technicians quickly remove any standing water. Eliminating the visible water is simple with a pump, but getting the water out of the panels and behind them takes a different set of tools as recommended by the IICRC. To draw out the rest of it, personnel remove the floor trim and drill holes in every affected panel. That allows water trapped behind the panels to drain and also increases the natural evaporation of water out of the panels and trim.

If the wall cavity is very humid, technicians insert a hose through the hole connected to an air mover. This device directs warm, dry air into space, further speeding up evaporation. They place one or more air movers next to the outside of the panels and trim, and direct the airflow carefully over the surfaces to dry them without further damage.

If a panel or section of trim is too damaged for restoration, other team members can quickly demolish and remove them without causing additional damage to the rest of the home. They can replace the panels in an average-sized room, and paint or panel over it, so the room looks as it did before the water issue.

For SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park, our task is to put the owner and other residents back inside their clean, dry home. If you have had any water spill in your home, call us at (626) 337-3374 today to schedule a visit and start the restoration process.

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Complications Can Occur When Your Commercial Property In Baldwin Park Experiences A Flood

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park is equipped to handle even a substantial, commercial flooding loss.

Commercial Flood Damage Complications In Baldwin Park

One disaster near Baldwin Park breeds another making it crucial that the restoration partner you choose is familiar with and competent in a broad range of recovery tasks. When torrential rains in our community, the surrounding mountains and Angeles National Forest combine in flash floods, it is likely that the loss suffered by your business includes not only water but also significant amounts of mud and other debris stemming from previous wildfires.

If you feel confident that your in-house or contracted cleaning crew is up to the challenge of commercial flood damage in Baldwin Park you might want to think your position through again. The intensive training our crews obtain from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) prepares us for all aspects of large loss flooding restoration. We also invest in state-of-the-art equipment that helps contain and remove the contaminated flood water filling your business.

Speed is essential when cleaning up the water and debris after flash flooding. SERVPRO responds quickly because we live and work in the communities we serve. We combine the local benefit with our access to a nationwide network of highly-qualified flood remediation technicians and additional high-efficiency water removal and drying equipment if your water loss requires an amplified response.

Clearing heavy debris and mudslides need maximum engagement from our enhanced team. The erosion suffered after drought and fire exposes commercial buildings in our region to far more than flowing water when heavy rains blow in off the Pacific. SERVPRO managers are experts in designing project plans that remove not only water but also soil, gravel, dead and damaged vegetation, and decaying organic matter. We scale up the team to manage the added debris because timelines for commercial flood damage are still limited.

SERVPRO also needs to follow up debris and flood water removal with the cleaning of affected commercial equipment and surfaces. Sanitizing the flooded spaces with EPA-registered disinfectants is mandatory before structural drying. This final step requires enough air movers and heaters to alter the interior environment of your business, drying out the air, so moisture trapped in structures moves to the warm, dry air. Commercial-grade dehumidifiers then remove water vapor from the air for permanent disposal off-site.

SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park is equipped to handle even a substantial, commercial flooding loss. Call us at (626) 337-3374 round the clock to schedule an assessment.

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If You Have Flood Damage In Your Baldwin Park Home, Our Crew Is Here To Help!

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

For expert assistance in resolving black water issues, contact SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park at (626) 337-3374 now.

Removal And Repair Of Contaminated Water After Flood Damage In Baldwin Park

Floods can result in the presence of contaminated black water throughout your home. Usually caused by backed up sewers or road overflow during periods of heavy rainfall, black water is classified by the presence of pathogens that could be harmful to your health. We include among these pathogens animal carcasses, raw sewage, herbicides, pesticides, or other forms of debris. Professionals are on hand to help remediate black water emergencies and are equipped with the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to work safely in the removal or disposal of biohazard substances.

Biohazardous waste poses a real risk to your health, and its presence is not uncommon with flood damage in Baldwin Park. If you suspect the presence of black water call SERVPRO immediately on our emergency number and avoid all contact with contaminated water, we can safely remove your furnishings and salvage items using modern cleaning technology. Some items may need to be removed for disposal in line with federal and state guidelines.

Usually, structural components like carpets, subfloor mats, fittings, fabrics, or curtains need to be disposed of after coming into contact with black water. SERVPRO can also demolish sections of drywall to ensure that the property is free from contamination once work is complete. We can replace drywall by engaging with third-party contractors on your behalf.

Pumping water out of the home and carrying out intensive disinfectant cleaning is a must in black water emergencies. SERVPRO can deploy high water pressure to help clean structural components, walls, and ceilings, but we cannot guarantee that these are salvageable. Generally speaking, the safest way of ensuring black water pathogens are removed is by demolishing items that it comes into contact with immediately.

A contaminated water emergency usually results in unpleasant odors being released into the home. Equally, heavy duty disinfectants, bleaches, and anti-bacterial chemicals used during cleaning can also carry with them a thick odor. SERVPRO can thoroughly fumigate the property at the end of service using thermal foggers to ensure your home gets back to its preloss condition after a blackwater emergency.

For expert assistance in resolving black water issues, contact SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park at (626) 337-3374 now.

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Irwindale Properties, SERVPRO Equipment, and Skills Mitigate the Water Damage

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Irwindale Homeowners Rest Easy Knowing SERVPRO Has Arrived to Mitigate the Water Damage

Water Removal Equipment and Tools Used to Mitigate Your Irwindale House

When an emergency happens at home involving water, structural elements in your Irwindale property can experience problems. SERVPRO's professionals can help mitigate the situation using equipment matched to the various aspects of the work required.

Because water emergencies like this may involve only a small portion of your Irwindale home or the entire structure, SERVPRO's Green Fleet comes filled with equipment suitable for all sized jobs. Many items make use of our large pump, mounted on one of our trucks, providing us with continuous and variable strength when extracting water and moisture from your residence.

The high-tech items that we carry do not do away with the need for buckets, mops, squeegees, and other hand tools. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training teaches our technicians how to use each of these efficiently and when doing so provides the optimal outcome for the customer. Removing water and moisture from your home's interior means the risks of damage decrease, making it easier to restore things, so your home is once more “Like it never even happened.”

Pumps are only one type of equipment used by SERVPRO crews to remove water from homes and businesses. Heated mats that pull water out of floors through heat also use pumps that extract moisture. Other types use air currents to remove moisture from surfaces. Because water and moisture travel from saturated to unsaturated areas, we use this to continually pull wetness out of materials by continuously removing the water vapor from the air. To do this, we rely on desiccant machines, dehumidifiers, and air movers.

When pools of water also contain sediment from disintegrated materials, we use buckets and shovels. In some areas, we might use hoses to flush the area of debris and clear floors so we can check for any damage. Getting things cleaned up thoroughly and as efficiently as possible means your home gets back to normal soon after our arrival. No job is ever too complicated or messy for SERVPRO's specialists.

If your home suffers standing water or long-term drips, you need the water removal experts at SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park. Contact us at (626) 337-3374 so we can start the process of restoring your home. We are always here, day and night, year-round, to answer your questions and set up an appointment at your earliest convenience.

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Call Our Professionals If Your Home In Baldwin Park Experiences A Fire Damage Disaster

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

For faster turnaround after fire damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park to restore it to preloss state.

Hastening Restoration Of Fire Damage In Baldwin Park

After a fire razes your property, you probably want to restore everything to the preloss state as soon as possible. In several cases, this is easier said than done because fires leave widespread damages that require several steps to restore. Working with a professional restoration service can help fast track the process because of the experience and resources such services have.

One way to fast-track restoration of fire damage in Baldwin Park is preventing aspects of the loss from ruining the property further. After the initial harm by flames, smoke and other aspects of fire, secondary damages occur from the residues deposited or access points created by the fire. Our SERVPRO crew members pre-clean surfaces to remove residues such as soot which have acidic properties preventing corrosion and staining. We also install roof tarps and board up properties to seal any openings left by the fire, which can allow rain or vandals into the property leading to secondary damages.

A fire incident is likely to leave dozens of items blackened, either through charring by flames or smoke deposits. Sorting and cleaning the items can take considerable time especially if not done systemically. Our SERVPRO technicians opt to separate items into different categories of salvageable, unsalvageable and questionable. We clean items with limited damages immediately and move out those that require additional steps to an external facility for advanced cleaning. We also dispose of unsalvageable items leaving your property clean.

Fires damage different building materials including drywall, insulation, cabinets, and ceilings. The level of damage differs in each fire incident, so there is no clear-cut way to respond. Our SERVPRO technicians evaluate damages to determine whether restorative cleaning, refinishing or replacement is appropriate. In several cases, there may be more than one viable solution, so we rely on our extensive experience in Fire and Smoke Restoration services to determine the faster approach. For example, although smoke residues do not ruin insulation apart from changing the appearance, replacement is more practical. To do it faster, we replace the top 3 to 4 inches of insulation.

For faster turnaround after fire damage in your Irwindale and Vincent area home, call SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park to restore it to preloss state. You can reach our crew at (626) 337-3374 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Want to Step Up Your Water Damage Remediation Situation in Irwindale? You Need To Read This First

4/21/2019 (Permalink)

If your home is facing water damage, many items can be affected. Contact SERVPRO for an assessment and effective remediation services.

Why SERVPRO Removes Some Items and Leaves Others During Water Damage Mitigation in Irwindale

When we work on a house in the Irwindale area, our specialists apply the knowledge and skills they gained through IICRC training. Much of this knowledge involves information that people usually never need. Because of this, we understand that many of our customers have questions about why we do certain things the way we do while working on their properties.

One of the questions we hear from customers is why do SERVPRO specialists dispose of some items and not others during water damage mitigation in Irwindale. The answer is that we look at several factors on most items, and only a few on others. Some of your belongings become damaged almost immediately when they become saturated with water. These items include furniture pieces made of particle board, as well as flooring made of wood-based products.

Other times we look at the amount of damage sustained. We compare this to the replacement costs for that item. Replacement costs also include the expense of installing the materials. When cleaning or refurbishing carries a lower price tag, we choose that option over replacing the materials.

Wood floors made from real wood lumber can look like they did before the incident that threatened your home with water damage. SERVPRO technicians can undo the damage and save the floor from permanent damage and keep the customer from needing to replace a very costly item.

Partially damaged structural components like drywall cost little compared to others but SERVPRO cuts costs wherever possible. Cutting above areas of a damaged wall means we must only replace the sections cut away. After removing the wet drywall, we can bring in new sections and cut them to size.

SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park knows how to keep costs down during water damage mitigation and still restore your property, so it looks "Like it never even happened." again. Call us at (626) 337-3374 to make sure your home is protected from water damage at a reasonable cost.

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SERVPRO Has The Equipment To Restore Your Property Quickly After Fire Damage

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Our team has the resources and expertise to minimize the disruption to your family after fire damage. We work as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Deal with the Aftermath of Fire Damage in Your Irwindale Home By Hiring Remediation Experts

Dealing with a fire accident is stressful regardless of the size of the fire. Fires can cause considerable damage to your home. The fine, powdery smoke and soot particles can spread and settle on different surfaces. Smoke and soot can stain walls, flooring, furniture, and ceilings within hours because of their acidic nature. You may need to refinish severely damaged wood and repaint ceilings and walls. Personal possessions may become permanently damaged if not cleaned well.

More severe damage may occur to your home due to prolonged exposure to smoke and soot. To restore your Irwindale home after fire damage, you can hire fire restoration professionals from SERVPRO. Our remediation experts can clear the affected areas of any debris, dry the wet areas, and restore salvageable items like valuable art.

Here at SERVPRO, we know that restoring the damaged areas of a home is more cost-effective than demolishing and replacing them. Our “restore first” mentality enables us to get a building back to its preloss condition quicker. We use professional grade equipment to reduce claims loss expenses. We use ULV foggers to deodorize affected fabric, furniture and other materials that sustained smoke and soot damage. We also use air scrubbers and ozone machines to improve air quality after a fire.

We can also use air duct cleaners to remove soot from air duct vents. After a fire, smoke first travels to places with a cooler temperature, meaning that the air ducts of your home can be filled with smoke. The smoke turns into soot after settling into the air ducts. We can inspect the air ducts of your home during the fire damage restoration process and clean them if they have soot.

If water damage has occurred due to fire-fighting efforts, we can use industrial grade pumps to remove most of the water quickly. We then use air movers and dehumidifiers to remove the remaining water. Our technicians can also sanitize the area to prevent microbial growth.

SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park has the expertise and equipment to restore your property quickly after fire damage. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Contact us 24/7 at (626) 337-3374 for assistance with fire restoration services in Irwindale, Baldwin Park, Vincent, and neighboring areas.

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When is the Right Time to Start Water Removal in Your Baldwin Park Home?

4/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water leaks can quickly escalate and cause water damage to your kitchen. Contact our SERVPRO team to mitigate the situation.

Why SERVPRO's Teamwork Helps with Rapid Water Removal in Baldwin Park

When your pipes break and send water gushing into your Baldwin Park home's kitchen, you need an immediate response. Depending on the diameter of the broken pipe's diameter, hundreds of gallons of water can submerge your floors in a very short period. You need a company who can fix the problem and protect your home.

Saving homes from increased damage is why SERVPRO trains their employees to work together as teams, including when water removal in Baldwin Park becomes a necessity. Our ability to work together is enhanced by our ongoing training in the latest restoration methods, as well as refresher courses on more rarely needed techniques. This specialized knowledge keeps us always ready to serve our customers when they need mitigation services the most.

Removing water with our truck-mounted pumps means we can drain off the water at the floor's level. The pumps we use can be submerged and suction off the water until the floor is once again visible. Removing water that sits in depressions in your floor with small-sized wands helps eliminate any water that became trapped like water does in the shallows at a beach.

Mops and buckets help remove additional moisture, as do our air movers that work to lift water up and into the air so our desiccant machines can grab hold of the water vapor and trap it in its tank. The way we work helps protect your property from the development of more severe damage that takes place when water remains in contact with the interior of a home.

Initial contact between water and your home's interior does little damage to many materials. However, when water remains present, the changes brought on by its presence snowball rapidly. Drywall turns soft and falls apart where saturated with other areas quickly showing signs of mold growth. Wood can also swell and warp, altering your home's structure. Calling SERVPRO as soon as possible can stop these things from happening and save your home from the majority of things that can go wrong.

SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park is located nearby and always ready to serve those living in the Irwindale, Baldwin Park, Vincent, and surrounding areas. Contact us at our 24-hour service line, (626) 337-3374, so we can send the skilled teams your emergency requires to make everything “Like it never even happened.”

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Water damaged building counts on SERVPRO

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Count on SERVPRO if you experience water damage in your building.

A fire suppression line burst in the first floor under the concrete slab of a commercial building. SERVPRO of Irwindale/ Baldwin Park is called in to provide Emergency Services.

Fire Suppression lines are high-pressure water lines intended to safeguard the building in the event of a fire. Occasionally, these lines can break and lead to large volumes of water being released quickly, causing significant water damage to the building in Irwindale. The rupture flooded the entire 1st floor, approximately 25,000 square feet. The first floor of the facility is a mix of offices and open cubicles, conference rooms, lobby, and kitchen/break room areas.

The interior/exterior of the walls of the structure are steel framed and insulated. Standing water was found in the C-channels, and the insulation was saturated. Drywall was wet up to 24 inches throughout the facility. Upon arrival, 2-4 inches of standing water was present throughout the first floor. SERVPRO performed water extraction of the entire area, and necessary drying equipment set in place.

SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park has been a “Large Loss Response Team” serving the Los Angeles Basin for many years. This project will be expertly handled, keeping the time to get back to normal as short as possible and keeping the cost to recover as low as possible.

There is no job too big or too small for SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park. Contact us today for help with your water damage emergency. (626) 337-3374

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We Can Restore Your Damaged Baldwin Park Warehouse

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Many levels of water damage can affect your warehouse, and overcoming these potential hazards is something that trained professionals can handle.

Fast Removal And Drying For Your Baldwin Park Warehouse

Warehouses serve the vital role of storing stock and distributing goods as a waypoint in the Baldwin Park area. While you have many responsibilities to uphold when overseeing a facility like this, the safety and security of the items within this building are often the priority. When water loss incidents occur on a large scale throughout your warehouse, it can quickly get out of control from what your custodial staff and employees can manage. Our professionals are available 24/7 to provide effective mitigation services designed to keep products and your facility safe amid a widespread water emergency.

Many levels of water damage can affect your Baldwin Park warehouse, and overcoming each of these potential hazards is not something that untrained professionals can handle on their own. Our SERVPRO team goes through extensive training and ongoing education to be knowledgeable assets to our customers in the field, providing effective solutions and money-saving efficient practices. These approaches begin with our rapid response to the situation with the full measure of our restoration equipment and personnel.

When we first arrive, assessing the damage is an important first step to take. During this process, our contents department can begin packing up affected and at-risk items for removal to our nearby facility. There they can get cleaned, dried, deodorized, and protected from secondary effects like mold growth. Once the building has gotten restored successfully, we can return the stock and removed contents back to where they belong.

Extraction and drying follow the initial assessment of the damage and can showcase many of our finest pieces of equipment. Our SERVPRO technicians have many air movers and dehumidifiers at our disposal, allowing us to quickly dry very large areas simultaneously with the combination of these tools.

You cannot account for the likelihood of a water loss incident, but you can depend on the team equipped to handle these situations and protect your investment. You can reach our SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park rapid response team 24/7 at (626) 337-3374.

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Flood Damage Affects Buildings of All Sizes in Baldwin Park

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

This may look like an easy fix but it is not. Call SERVPRO today to help fix this fast and efficiently.

Commercial Flood Damage Restoration for Apartments in Baldwin Park

A natural weather event can cause flooding to your property block resulting in angry tenants and, if not remedied quickly, legal challenges. As the landlord of a block of flats restoring the ground levels quickly can often go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial team, unusually where cinder blocks have prolonged exposure to standing water. Using a professional commercial restoration service can save you unnecessary expenses and keep your tenants happy. 


Apartment blocks with commercial flood damage in Baldwin Park rely on an immediate response unit to help limit losses in an emergency. Tenants can quickly become agitated by the shutting off of power or standing water inside the property. What makes life more difficult is that cinder blocks typically used in the construction of apartments have open cells that can quickly absorb moisture.

SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day via our emergency call-line and can send an emergency response team to your property immediately upon receiving notification of loss. Our technicians set to work straight away removing hazards, creating a safe workspace for general contractors and restoring power. Wet cinder blocks can cause permanent damages especially during the winter months where the risk of water freezing and subsequently expanding, can require demolition if left unchecked.

Using industrial drilling equipment and our extensive expertise, we can get air circulating into wall cavities while draining excess moisture from the cinder block. By using a nonpenetrating moisture meter, we can efficiently detect whether a wall cavity is completely dry or may need more advanced equipment to help reduce secondary damages. Taking this measurement can be the difference between sustaining permanent losses or restoring a building to its preloss conditions. In cases where cinder blocks are not sufficiently dry, we can use injectidry systems or other advanced pieces of equipment like desiccant dehumidifiers to get the job done.

In a natural weather emergency, you need a service that can act fast, contact SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park immediately at (626) 337-3374.

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Are You Making These Types of Commercial Flood Damage Remediation Mistakes in Baldwin Park?

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Make sure to contact SERVPRO immediately after a flooding situation in your shoe store. We make it “Like it never even happened.”

Commercial Flood Damage can Affect New Footwear Arrivals Long After the Flood Leaves Baldwin Park

Water that comes into an area from a river that crested and overflowed its banks comes with much more force that water that comes out of a broken pipe. The water can push on foundations and affect the frames of buildings in Baldwin Park. The damage caused by such events bring many changes to properties located in the area, but SERVPRO is always ready to help make things normal again.

Shops need to reopen as quickly as possible after a catastrophe, but mitigating commercial flood damage in Baldwin Park requires more than a few fans and a mop. Our team of specialists can make things happen faster and more smoothly than relying on your employees. The work involved also carries substantial risks, including possible health effects. To achieve the best results possible involves expertise that requires extensive training and specialized equipment.

SERVPRO teams arrive in our Green Fleet's vehicles, loaded with the supplies and machinery we use to mitigate buildings, save inventory, and prevent additional losses. Our specialists use pumps that can extract all of the water quickly from floors, allowing us to start the drying process. Removing saturated materials like walls and carpets opens up underlying areas to our air movers' currents. Heat also helps extra moisture from materials while raising the amount of water vapor that the air can hold.

Removing water from trapped areas means that moisture evaporating later cannot affect your merchandise. The risk of such problems increases significantly with flooding over clean water from a lower-pressure source. The same force that can twist a framework can also push water into enclosed spaces that overflowed water cannot match.

Because this water can contaminate your future merchandise, it is crucial that we remove it from wherever we locate it within your building's structure. Shoes and other footwear come in different materials that support microbial life. We use thermal imaging cameras and moisture detectors to find moisture hiding and at what amount.

Protecting your shoe store and its inventory is why SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park always answers our 24-hour service line. Call us at (626) 337-3374 to protect your Irwindale or Baldwin Park retail business from flood damage.

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Don't Panic After A Water Damage Disaster In Your Irwindale Home, Call Our Experts At SERVPRO!

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

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Why SERVPRO's Advanced Training Helps During Water Removal In Irwindale

If a pipe bursts and water leaks into your Irwindale home, you need to take immediate action because extended exposure to water or moisture causes untold problems in many structures. In most cases, the lack of resources or skills holds people back from taking the necessary steps leading to substantial repair costs. You can avoid such an outcome by involving a certified WRT, Water Restoration Technician, immediately you notice the problem.

Responding within the first 24-48 hours helps guarantee a better outcome from the effort put into water removal in Irwindale because taking longer creates an opportunity for mold growth. At SERVPRO, we are always available to respond to your call since we have skeleton crews monitoring operations during off hours. Such immediate response makes a huge difference. Also, our highly trained technicians can also advise you on which steps to take before we arrive at your premises to minimize damage.

Removing water from the property is a challenging prospect because you have to remove all traces including what may have spilled into concealed spaces such as wall cavities. Having the right equipment for detection and removal eases the burden. Our SERVPRO technicians use thermal cameras to check for water problems behind drywall or other concealed spaces. That way, we can decide whether to drill holes, teardown the area or use other techniques learned through ASD, Applied Structural Drying, training.

Removing the moisture left on materials after extracting standing water is essential. Doing such removal at the right speed is also crucial to avoid other problems. For example, drying wood too fast can lead to cracking while a low drying rate can allow mold to grow. Our SERVPRO technicians use moisture meters and thermo-hygrometers to monitor the drying process allowing us to use the right number of air movers and dehumidifiers. Monitoring also helps determine when to move the equipment to balance the process.

You should not worry when there is a water spill in your property. Call SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park to assist. You can reach us at (626) 337-3374 any time.

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What Everyone Must Know About Irwindale Mold Damage Remediation

2/17/2019 (Permalink)

Don't attempt to clean any mold that you find in your home. You may only spread the infestation further. Call SERVPRO to investigate.

Defining Mold Remediation for Irwindale Homes

While many Irwindale homeowners might be familiar with mold and the kind of damage that it can do to a property, they do not fully understand the process required to remove that threat from their homes. As many might have already seen on the Internet, there are many “mold removal” strategies that guarantee the removal of all mold in your home with simple solvents and detergents, but these are inaccurate. In truth, mold exists naturally in nearly every environment, so removing it entirely is not just improbable, it is impossible.

Our approach to mold damage in your Irwindale home is a process called remediation. This system targets the colonization and spread of mold throughout your home and removes these colonies that form. While microscopic spores on their own do not damage your house and threaten the health of its occupants, when moist conditions allow for these spores to seat into materials, the colonies can prove hazardous to the structure.

The initial steps of remediation from our SERVPRO professionals centers on containment. By removing the ability of mold colonies to spread farther throughout your home, we can work quickly on existing organisms and remove them. While remediation does often require material removal, especially on porous surfaces like drywall, our team also features licensed contractors to help make this reconstruction process seamless, time-saving, and cost-effective.

We can even remove lingering musty odors that accompany mold colonization through the use of our advanced equipment. This process is even more effective when containment strategies remain in place, as it helps to prevent the odor from spreading throughout the property. Machines such as our hydroxyl generators and thermal foggers can work to remove foul odors from damaged contents and open areas to make mold growth “Like it never even happened.”

Remediation is not the same as mold removal, but it can help you to recover your damaged property once mold colonization has occurred. You can count on our experienced SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park mold remediation specialists to arrive quickly, 24/7, by calling (626) 337-3374.

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Why Floods are Inconvenient for Your Vincent Convenience Store

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Franchise professionals can help minimize your down time after water damages your business.

Water Removal and Cleanup for Your Vincent Food Store

Food stores offer customers throughout the Vincent area ingredients, snacks, meals, and all manner of appetite sating items. While you might expect many customers from the time you open through the time you close, natural disasters like flooding can force you to close your doors to these customers until the restoration of your building completes. With so many depending on your business to be open, it is critical to work fast to get the right professionals to your store with the ability to help you recover the damage quickly.

Flood removal for the damage and higher volumes of water that affects your Vincent food store might seem unnecessary; this is not the case. Our SERVPRO Franchise professionals have the training and expertise to determine the full scope of the damage quickly so that you are not only partially cleaning and drying up damage.  Leaving moisture and dampness from flooding results in mold growth, and this can result in health effects for any humans or pets exposed to an active colony.

One of the primary concerns that a food store owner should have is the stock in the building. Investments get made into every item that ends up on the shelves and other areas of the store, meaning that prolonged flood damages can adversely affect these items. The items do not even need to fully come into contact with the water to become exposed to moisture and dampness that could render it ruined.

The SERVPRO Franchise Professionals dispatched to the store arrive with our advanced equipment that can quickly extract excess water from the damaged areas of the store. Once this pooling water has gotten removed, our team can focus their efforts on trying to locate the ideal locations to begin setting up our efficient drying tools like air movers, dehumidifiers, and similar equipment.

While there are undoubtedly some concerns when your food store gets flooded unexpectedly, one of the first of these is staying safe and protecting your investment in your store. Give our SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park team a call immediately to help begin mitigating your loss following a flood at (626) 337-3374.

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When You Have A Flood Damage Emergency In Your Baldwin Park Home Call SERVPRO!

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage in your Baldwin Park home needs to be handled as fast as possible.

Reversing Flood Damage In A Baldwin Park Home

Flood damage to your home is devastating enough without the knowledge every second water is in the home secondary damage may be occurring. The process of removing any standing water needs to begin as soon as possible to mitigate damage to your home and possessions as well as prevent the growth and spread of mold.

When our SERVPRO technicians come to your flood damaged Baldwin Park home, they will immediately access the scale of the cleanup and determine if there are contaminants in any standing water that also need to be addressed. We use powerful equipment to quickly pull flood water out of your home. Then, industrial air movers are often employed to quickly dry surfaces and objects as fast as possible. Our team uses moisture detecting technology to determine if a room that looks dry is actually dry so the next phase of your home restoration can begin.

Our technicians use antifungal and antibacterial formulas to deep clean the surfaces and possessions affected by water. SERVPRO technicians are highly trained in the remediation of both water-damaged building materials and household items. Our goal is to restore so you can minimize the cost of replacing items affected by flood damage. We apply many different methods such as wet and dry hand cleaning, residue-lifting foam and immersion cleaning as the individual needs of each area of the home and possessions dictate. Because of the odor that can remain even after eradicating the water and moisture, we also utilize effective methods to completely deodorize your carpets and furnishings, so your home smells fresh and clean. During the restoration process, our certified technicians replace any structural damage to your home such as drywall or carpeting that could not be restored through cleaning efforts.

Flood damage in your Baldwin Park home needs to be handled as fast as possible. Contact SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park at (626) 337-3374 and speak to one of our knowledgeable technicians who are available 24/7 to begin the process of fully restoring your home to its pre-flood condition.

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SERVPRO Can Detect The Cause Of Water Damage In Your Irwindale Home

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

When you experience water damage call the experts at SERVPRO to put you at ease.

Water Damage Technicians In Irwindale Talk About The Importance Of Good Training

The older your Irwindale home gets, the more likely your plumbing system will fail. Plumbing problems are the cause of most water damage claims. Even tiny cracks inside water pipes can spill several gallons of water into your home in a short amount of time. If the crack goes unnoticed and unrepaired for a long time, then many of your contents and structural components can get negatively affected. Anytime you notice that your plumbing system has failed it is wise to call in a professional water damage restoration company such as SERVPRO.
 
When items inside a Irwindale Home experience water damage, they can lose their structural integrity and fall apart. If organic materials stay wet after a water damage problem in Irwindale, it is possible that mold growth will take place. Water can flow into tight areas and get items that are not visible to the eye wet. The vapor inside the air can also ruin things like your drywall or acoustic ceiling tiles. After water enters your home, there are many problems that may exist that you may not be able to notice.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians make up a very highly trained team. Our crew members are IICRC certified and are taught to handle several different scenarios. The certification program teaches our technicians several industry-approved methods to remove moisture from every material inside your home. Our training also gives us an experienced eye that can notice problems that might not stand out. We also learn mitigation methods that follow all rules, regulations, and EPA standards.
 
Once we determine what got wet inside your house, we figure out the best methods to quickly remove the moisture so that microbes cannot activate and form into a mold. We use a combination of our training, experience, and advanced technology to handle each unique situation. Before finalizing any project, we use specialized moisture testing instruments to make sure that moisture levels have returned to preloss conditions. If you ever notice that your plumbing system has failed, call SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park at (626) 337-3374 to receive fast, 24/7 service.

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Some of the Biggest Problems with Flood Damage in Your Vincent Business Office

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

When your business has to recover from flooding, it's best to have our IICRC certified company on your side. Call us to start water removal.

Commercial Flood Damage Technicians in Vincent Talk About The History of the Restoration Industry

Back in the day when there were problems with your Vincent grocery store after a storm, different techniques were used than professional companies like SERVPRO use today. Now flood damage restoration involves industrially advanced equipment that allows for rapid structural drying to take place much quicker than in the past. It used to be that restoration was only conducted by carpet cleaning companies. Back then, the primary focus was on getting the carpet inside the building dry. In the late 1970s, the commercial flood damage restoration industry began to make a change for the better.
 
Since then, specialized equipment and training have been introduced to the industry. Now when we conduct commercial flood damage restoration in Vincent, our SERVPRO technicians have decades of advancing technology at our fingertips. The carpet cleaning companies that pioneered the water restoration industry had steam cleaners at their disposal which worked well for extraction. These days there are more advanced tools that we can use to initially extract excessive moisture from carpet and other materials. Professionals in the industry have also learned new methods that focus on drying your store's structural components and preventing mold growth.
 
In the past, restoration companies would always place air movers so that they pushed air underneath carpet and pad inside your office or break room and created a "floating" effect. Using only this method, technicians had to place one air mover for every 200 to 250 square feet. This caused high energy consumption, and it took a long time to complete. With tile floors inside grocery store's, technicians would use massive airflow to dry out the flooring materials.
 
Today, industrially advanced air movers get placed so that they create a circular airflow motion and hit walls at a 45-degree angle. This way, the air movers are more energy efficient, and it requires fewer fans per square foot of affected area. Dehumidifiers now also get used to pull moisture out of the air and provide warm, dry air for the air movers to use in their counterclockwise circulation.

If your grocery store ever suffers problems after a storm, call SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park at (626) 337-3374 24/7.

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Use SERVPRO's Experienced Technicians to Remediate Flood Damage in Your Vincent Business Effectively

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

When flooding affects your office or building location, response time is critical. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

Minimize Damage From Commercial Flood Damage In Vincent

Flooding in a Vincent property can trace its cause to weather extremes or plumbing or equipment malfunctions. When significant quantities of flood water expose a school, rental property, or other commercial space to flooding issues preparing for the loss ahead of time is possible in partnership with our restoration team. Anticipating the problem and putting measures in place to limit disruption and damage is a service we offer and encourage.

Flood damage in your Vincent commercial building does far more than inconvenience you for a few days until the water and debris are removed. Other members of the community rely upon your enterprise to meet their needs for products and services. If you must close for even a short time because of a flooding disaster, you stand to lose the confidence of your customers, tenants, or other constituents. Nearly 50 percent of businesses that shut their doors because of a disaster never recover their stride and close permanently.

SERVPRO offers a unique opportunity for commercial property owners and operators to create an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) before any disaster occurs. Flooding is one of the catastrophes we consider when building our joint response arsenal with you. Our mission is to become familiar with your operations and physical layout so that we can respond fast and efficiently in case a crisis does occur.

An experienced SERVPRO project manager visits your building, inspecting your physical plant and asking about your services or business plans. Our team evaluates the vulnerabilities to flood damage presented by your property and makes recommendations that improve your odds of minimizing damage. Storage adaptations, equipment and systems protections, and a host of other suggestions can help you avoid long-term damage and shutdowns.

We archive a blueprint of your space, including locations of utilities in a digital document. Added to the diagramming are plans based on the SERVPRO team’s training and experience in similar scenarios that jumpstart our ability to respond to the flooding. You have the chance to augment the Ready Plan with an individualized Ready Profile. Using our mobile app, you can list vendors and contractors that can help us sort out equipment and systems as we remediate. Designate key employees to act on your behalf if you are unavailable during the flooding so that delay does not interfere with our ability to remediate the situation fast.

SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park is prepared to assist commercial customers with planning for catastrophes like flooding and other water events. Call us at (626) 337-3374 to schedule an assessment of your property.


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Baldwin Park Moldy Carpets?? SERVPRO Can Try to Restore

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Green Fleet Is Always a Welcome Sight for Baldwin Park Homeowners with a Mold Problem

Identifying and Remediating Carpet Mold in Your Baldwin Park Home

When Baldwin Park homeowners think of disastrous situations for their home, they do not often think of threats that can originate inside. While many natural disasters could potentially affect our service area throughout the years, a steady concern for homeowners in our community is mold growth. Several scenarios can cause this growth and spread throughout your home, and taking care of the situation immediately can help preserve affected elements in your house and those that live there.

As widespread as mold damage can be in your Baldwin Park home, there are many situations in which mold and mildew remain isolated to certain areas like carpeting. Overcoming these effects is rarely something that a homeowner can do on their own, but our SERVPRO professionals have the expertise and industry-leading equipment to make a significant difference right away. It is our goal to preserve mold-damaged materials like carpeting and wood floors as much as possible.

Often when mold has affected carpet flooring, the damage can spread quickly to the point that there is no realistic method of preserving it and returning it to its original condition. Instead, our SERVPRO professionals work to quickly remove the affected carpets from the damaged areas and set up our drying equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers to get to work on the subflooring and base to dry these elements out. We can reinstall carpeting to return the damaged areas to their original luster once the mold colonies have gotten safely removed and the area thoroughly dried.

The SERVPRO professionals sent out to your address can determine mold types, the full extent of the damage, and the best direct approach to take to restore the construction materials to minimize the need for reconstruction and remodeling once the mold gets removed.

Restoring your carpets that have gotten affected by mold growth might be a challenge, but our SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park remediation specialists can work quickly to preserve all possible materials and work to save our customers time and money. Often, there is not recourse, but to discard badly mold damaged carpeting. Give us a call whenever you find mold in your home at (626) 337-3374.

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How Can You Prevent Mold From Growing in Your Baldwin Park Property?

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Is mold hiding in your home? Call SERVPRO today to remediate the mold!

Mold Removal and Prevention Techniques for Baldwin Park Homeowners

Homeowners in Baldwin Park who find moldy areas of their residence often want to avoid the problem in the future. SERVPRO technicians can help protect your property from developing more severe problems from overgrowing microbes. 

When a home in Baldwin Park develops mold, removal and prevention techniques can help keep the property healthy. Mold can cause health effects when left growing, so remediation and prevention becomes an essential and crucial method of protecting your family. 

SERVPRO specialists hold certificates from the IICRC and know the most effective methods to remove mold from your home. These also prove to be the most cost-effective ways to prevent mold from regrowing. 

Locating the water used by microbes means we can shut it off and prevent mold from remaining hydrated. Once mold dries out, it becomes dormant and quits growing. Water sources can include cracks in slab foundations over saturated soils, leaking plumbing, fixtures, or appliances, past overflows, or breaks in shower and tub surrounds that allow water to escape. When the water source is from a one-time event, we direct our efforts immediately on eliminating the remaining moisture. When continued water loss occurs, we repair the troublesome situation. 

Removing the mold happens with scraping, blasting, or removal of materials. We choose the appropriate method according to the amount of damage and which material shows infestation activity. After we finish, we move forward with preventative techniques. 

These include discussing how to alleviate situations that involve ongoing structural deficits like damp slabs and other areas that continue to produce moisture. A dehumidifier might suffice, or we can help you locate a certified and licensed contractor with experience in making these kinds of repairs. We also treat the areas affected by mold after we remove existing infestations with a very effective antimicrobial agent that not only kills any newly deposited spores but continues to make the surface inhospitable to any new ones that find their way to the treated location. 

SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park can help you protect your home and family with competent mold removal specialists. Making everything “Like it never even happened.” is one way we serve our community and make it stronger. Call us at our 24-hour service line, (626) 337-3374, 365 days a year.

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NO Wet Suits in a Vincent Haberdashery--Call SERVPRO for Water Removal

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Gets Your Vincent Clothing Shop Open after a Water Loss

Efficient Water Removal in Your Vincent Clothing Store

Running a clothing store in Vincent can come with much competition throughout the region. Not only are you competing to get the foot traffic and customers walking by the storefront, but you are looking to provide the best shopping experience for them. Keeping your facility in top form is a great way to do this, which should encourage you to take care of water loss incidents that occur within the store as promptly as possible.

While there might be a dozen different sources to what allowed the damaging event to occur that requires water removal services for your Vincent store, the critical thing is getting the job done correctly. Too often business owners get tempted to attempt water restoration and extraction on their own, and when this gets done inadequately, can lead to worsening conditions and continued damage to structural components.

Our SERVPRO professionals are available 24/7 to help you overcome whatever emergency threatens your business, and it begins with our experienced water restoration technicians. We arrive quickly with our Green Fleet stocked with the appropriate tools and equipment to make short work of the excess water that you face in your building. For significant extraction needs, we have gas-powered and truck-mounted pumps capable of pulling water from an affected area fast.

Protecting your investment in your stock is an essential focus of our team as well. We understand what matters to your business and we treat your inventory as a top priority. In mitigation work, we can remove the at-risk items to a safe facility nearby until the restoration process has completed and these items can get returned, restocked, and sold normally.

You might not get prepared for a water loss incident within your clothing store, but it does not have to be a highly damaging situation for your local reputation and profits. Let our SERVPRO of Irwindale / Baldwin Park team of dedicated professionals help you to clean up the mess and get your doors open again quickly. Give us a call today at (626) 337-3374.

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

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Advanced Tools To Recover Fire Damage In Your Baldwin Park Home

After a widespread disaster damages your Baldwin Park residence, you can appreciate the need for professional restoration services beginning their experienced approaches as promptly as possible. When you need to restore your home to preloss conditions efficiently, you need a team like ours that offers not only extensively trained technicians with the knowledge to overcome the effects but a franchise with the advanced technology and equipment to make the process as fast as possible.

Our experts have extensive training and hands-on experience to combat any fire damage effect they could encounter in your Baldwin Park residence. Initially, each of the fire restoration technicians in our franchise must complete certification through the IICRC. This organization is the benchmark for quality in the industry, and each of our technicians on these projects has certification for Fire and Smoke Restoration. Additionally, our employees all get encouraged to continue training through in-house programs designed to introduce them to advanced mitigation techniques to make them efficient in fire recovery.

No matter if it is soot cleanup, odor removal, air purification, water removal, or sanitization, our technicians have the advanced technology and industry-leading equipment to do the task efficiently. Our air scrubbers work to help with indoor air quality concerns like debris and particulates, which can make the environment safer for both or technicians and the homeowner. For removing the effects of smoke damages, we can utilize our thermal fogger and deodorizing agents to neutralize harsh odor molecules on contact. This practice is safe for use on even softer materials like carpeting and clothing affected by the noxious scent throughout the property.

When a fire happens in your house, you need assurances that a qualified team of highly-trained restoration technicians can respond quickly to lessen 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.

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VINCENT FLOODING?? Dry Your Home with Help from SERVPRO

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

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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.

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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/

Preventing Water Damage in Your Monrovia Home

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Most Homeowners insurance policies cover basic water damage claims up to the purchased limit.

But you know what’s a lot easier than going through the claims process? Preventing the water damage in the first place!

Check out these 5 suggestions for preventing water damage:

1. Be careful where you plant

Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.

2. Clean out roof gutters

You know it’s on your to-do list anyway, so if you can, take a safe climb up to your roof next Sunday and check out your gutters. If you’re seeing lots of leaves, birds’ nests, sticks, and whatnot up there, your gutters may not be doing the job you hired them for. And on a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement. That could cause some serious water damage! So next time you’re doing some seasonal cleaning, make sure those gutters are clean. And if your gutters are too high, be safe and get a professional to check them.

3.  Keep an eye on your water bill

With so many water pipes hidden behind walls and in the floors in your house, you might not know there’s a leak until the damage is done. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your monthly water bill. If you see it starting to creep up, or get one that’s uncommonly high, it’s a pretty good sign that you may have a leak somewhere.

4. Use a drain snake instead of unclogging chemicals

No matter how crazy clean you are, from your shower to your kitchen sink, clogs are going to happen. And chances are at some point in your life you’ve used one of those powerful chemical drain cleaners to get things moving again. But as convenient as they may be, most folks don’t realize those caustic chemicals are also eating away at their pipes (and they might not be too good for you either). If you rely on them a lot, you could be setting yourself up for leaks. That’s why owning a drain snake is a good solution to clear away clogs. They’re pretty inexpensive, you can get them at your local hardware store, and they can cut through most any clog you’ll have without damaging pipes or making your eyes red and teary.

5. Never pour grease down your sink

You’ve probably heard this before, but you should definitely avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water. It can still congeal and cling to your pipes, and could still cause some serious damage and blockage.

Some people use detergent to break up grease before pouring it down the drain…and that may help sometimes. But there’s no guarantee that it’ll keep the grease from sticking to your pipes, so why take the risk?

The safest thing to do is just to pour your grease in an empty can, and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it. Done and done.

We hope these few tips will help prevent water damage in your home! 

https://www.farmers.com/inner-circle/home-tool-kit/5-ways-to-prevent-water-damage/

Flood Waters Rising

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Every year flooding damages residential and commercial properties in every community across the nation.  Natural and manmade events including, broken plumbing, storms, and leaking appliances will account for thousands of flooded properties and tens of millions of dollars in insurance claims and costs to property owners.

When flood water begins saturating building materials, damages can be temporary, requiring only drying out or permanent, requiring replacement.  Drying out floors, walls, and cabinetry as quickly as possible following a flood can help control for damage that comes from mold growth and structural damages.

The cost to recover from a flood is obviously associated with the size of the affected property, the type of building materials involved, the nature of the water (clean or contaminated), and the speed to begin cleanup operations.  

SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park has been in business for many years and is expert at drying out and reconstructing properties damaged by water from any source.  Also SERVPRO can represent a property owner to an insurance carrier to get the very best solution in place, returning the property back to pre-flood condition as quickly as possible.

Let SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park send an expert to your property for a free estimate to remedy a recent disaster, or one that may need our experience and recommendations.

What is Mold?

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

What is Mold?

We hear a lot in the media these days about the dangers of exposure to mold, but what is mold exactly, anyway? Mold is not a plant or an animal, but a type of fungi. We eat some types of fungi, like many kinds of mushrooms and the yeast we use to make bread rise. Some types of mold are even used to make medicine, like the type of mold that is used to make penicillin, a life-saving antibiotic.

There are hundreds of different kinds of mold found both indoors and outdoors. Mold grows in damp, dimly-lit areas. Indoors, it can often be found in places like attics, basements, crawl spaces, and bathrooms. Mold is also common in other areas if there is a leak in the roof, leaky windows, leaky pipes, or seasonal flooding. Some molds commonly found indoors include aspergillus, chaetomium, cladosporium, penicillium, and stachybotrys.

Mold growth requires moisture. The sources of moisture could be washing, cooking, air humidifiers, condensation or leaks from plumbing or from the outside. Poor ventilation contributes to higher humidity levels and leads to condensation, which also allows mold growth.

You may begin to notice a damp, must odor in a specific area of your home. This means you should check for damp walls, carpet, flooring and any other spaces that may be breeding grounds for mold. The key is to treat a mold problem immediately, before the infestation becomes worse or causes permanent damage.

What is Mold Remediation?

Mold remediation is the process of removing mold and repairing mold-related damage in the home. It’s a complicated process and must be done carefully in order to prevent further exposure to potentially harmful mold spores. Mold can be cleaned from some materials, like bathtubs and tile, and the surfaces disinfected. Some materials, though, like drywall, wood, and carpeting, are impossible to clean thoroughly and instead must be removed and replaced.

Mold remediation is challenging in part because mold can grow in so many out-of-sight places, including inside walls, under carpeting, above ceiling tiles, and inside heating and air conditioning ducts. Just locating all the mold can be difficult, and if you miss even a little bit, it will just continue to grow and spread. Soon you’ll have a full-blown mold problem on your hands again.

When it comes to mold in your home, leave it to the professionals and call SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

http://www.moldbacteriafacts.com/what-is-mold/

https://www.mold-advisor.com/what-is-mold.html

What is An Air Mover?

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

What’s an Air Mover?

Air movers (aka “industrial air blowers”, “commercial blower fans” or “floor drying fans”) are used in construction and water restoration projects, having a wide variety of industrial applications. Their primary use is to increase air circulation, which speeds up water evaporation and reduces drying time. Compressed air is also used to maximize airflow in a blower fan or air mover.

Air movers are an essential tool when mitigation services are needed due to water damage or restoring flood or disaster damage. Some advantages of drying a building with the use of air movers are:

  • Low power draw
  • High velocity, making them ideal for cooling and ventilation purposes
  • Reduces water damage dry out time to carpets and floors, as well as wall cavities behind drywall
  • Dries concrete and paint
  • Removing fumes or gases from a workspace

TYPES OF AIR MOVER 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:

  1. Axial: Axial blowers are designed to move large amounts of air across a wide space. These tend to be larger air movers that produce high airflow. Unlike centrifugal air movers, which can direct air in several directions, axial air movers only move air horizontally. They’re ideal for drying walls or top-down drying treatments on carpets. They’re sometimes used for ventilation and equipment cooling.
  2. Centrifugal: This type offers a more compact air mover designed for spot treatments. Centrifugal air movers draw air from several sources and direct it to a particular spot. They are often used in restoration work to dry hard to reach areas like under cabinets and in crawl spaces and closets. Most centrifugal air movers can be adjusted to provide airflow at a few different angles. Centrifugal blowers are heavy-duty air movers that produce lower CFM than axial air movers.
  3. Compact: Compact air movers are versatile enough to be used for both large floor areas and small spot drying. With 1/4 horsepower motors, they still have the power to quickly and effectively dry areas, while also being quieter than centrifugal air movers and taking up less space. Small and lightweight, compact air movers are the perfect solution for drying small, hard-to-reach spaces such as closets, corners or under counters.

We at SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park will always assess each water damage situation independently and if our highly trained IICRC certified technicians determine that air movers are a necessary step to speed up the drying process, we have all the resources needed to help make it “Like it never even happened®.”

We hope these unfortunate situations never happen, but if they do we are standing by 24/7 and can be reached at 626.337.3374.

Water Shutoff Valves

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

The worst time to learn where your water shut-off valve is when your home or business has an emergency. Taking the time to familiarize yourself with the valves can help you avoid a disaster later.

The cause of a broken pipe can be from aging plumbing and fixtures, construction mishaps, and ground and buildings shifting from earthquakes common to Southern California.  Certainly, the time to become familiar with the valve locations and function is not when there is an emergency.

Here are some common locations of valves:

The Meter: The Meter is located next to the street at the curb area. This is where the water branches off from the City and comes to your property. There is a shut-off located underneath the meter box lid. Shutting the water off here, will turn the water off to the entire house exterior and interior, including pools and irrigation.

Main Service: From the “meter box” a water line is ran up to the front of the house to a hose bib (water spigot). Usually where the hose is located (newer homes in garage). This shut-off valve turns the water off to the inside of the home, excluding irrigation.

The Water Heater: From the “main service” the plumbing lines then provide water to the water heater. The water heater shut-off valve is located at the top of the water heater next to the water flex lines.

Angle Stops: From the “water heater” hot and cold water lines split off to provide water to plumbing fixtures including those in the bathrooms, kitchen, laundry, etc. You may have heard of an angle stop before. A shiny oval piece behind the toilet or underneath the sink. Behind the toilet is 1 angle stop and underneath a sink there are 2.

It is important as home and business owners to know how to turn off your water supply in the case of an emergency. If water damage still occurs, SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park provides water remediation services for commercial and residential properties.

When weather becomes a problem..

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

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 Glendora/San Dimas can be a helpful resource for restoration services, expert advice on unique situations, and emergency response when immediate help is needed.

What is Efflorescence?

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Efflorescence is a crystalline deposit of salts that can form when water is present in or on brick, concrete, stone, stucco or other building surfaces. It has a white or greyish tint and consists of salt deposits left behind when water evaporates. In addition, efflorescence can appear as a powdery substance on floors and walls and requires special care to treat.

What Causes Efflorescence?

Three conditions must exist for efflorescence to occur:

  • Water-soluble salts must be present.
  • Moisture must be available to transform salts into a soluble solution.
  • Salts must be able to move through a material to its surface. The moisture will then evaporate and cause the salts to crystallize, resulting in efflorescence.

Water, rain and snow are the primary sources of moisture and may impact the degree of efflorescence. Condensation, groundwater wicking and interior activities also may affect the degree of moisture generation.

Efflorescence can occur in natural as well as developed environments. The effect often looks cosmetic but what it’s communicating is that water intrusion has/is occurring and needs to be addressed. It is important to note that over time this process can weaken structures and also lead to additional damage if not taken care of properly. Efflorescence can be removed with the application of various phosphoric acids, followed by a thorough rinsing of water. However, if the source of the water penetration is not taken care of, efflorescence may continue to occur. Contact your local contractor to help seal and strengthen your structure by creating vapor-permeable barriers to your porous materials - often attained through applying hydro-phobic sealers to keep the water out of your porous materials


Hopefully, next time you spot efflorescence coming out of your home or office - you can help diagnose the problem and prevent further damage.

How to Beat the Heat in Los Angeles

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

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. 

Surviving a Heat Wave in the San Gabriel Valley

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

Heat waves have been striking the San Gabriel Valley all Summer. Just like any other natural disaster, heat waves can be very dangerous!

Here are some tips to survive a heat wave:

Before the Heat Wave Hits

  • Properly install window air conditioners, sealing any cracks and insulating if necessary.
  • Check A/C ducts for proper insulation and clean filters.
  • Install awnings, blinds, or light-colored drapes and keep them closed to keep sunlight and heat out.
  • Upgrade your windows and weather-strip doors to keep heat out and cool air in.
  • Make sure your first aid kit is updated and get trained in first aid relief.
  • Have a plan for wherever you (and your family members/pets) spend time during a heat wave—home, work, and school—and prepare for power outages. Discuss heat safety precautions with members of your household.
  • Check the contents of your emergency disaster kit in case a power outage occurs.
  • Be aware of weather forecasts and the upcoming temperature changes.
  • It’s not just the high temperature. The heat index is the temperature the body feels when the effects of heat and humidity are combined. See our heat index chart.
  • A backhome home generator is the safest and most reliable solution!  Power outages are common during heatwaves because the need for A/C puts too much pressure on the power grids. A standby generator, however, automatically keeps the A/C running, the lights on, food and medicine from spoiling, and medical devices operating.

During the Heat Wave

  • Use box fans and ceiling fans to promote air circulation throughout your home. Opening doors in the house and using box fans to push hot air outdoors can function as an "exhaust" system and draw cooler evening air into the house. In the cooler evenings, open all windows and promote as much air circulation as possible.
  • Take advantage of the cooling power of water. Wet towels and bandannas can have a cooling effect when worn on the shoulders or head. Consider using a spray bottle filled with cold water for refreshing spritzes throughout the day.
  • Head downstairs. Since hot air rises, the upper stories of a home will be warmer than the ground floor. A basement can be a cool refuge from the midday heat.
  • Eliminate extra sources of heat. Incandescent light bulbs can generate unnecessary heat, as can computers or appliances left running. Eat fresh foods that do not require you to use the oven or stove to prepare.
  • Remember to maintain an adequate level of hydration, which means you'll need to consume more water than you usually do when it's hot. Thirst is the first sign of dehydration; you should drink sufficient amounts of fluids before you feel thirsty in order to prevent dehydration
  • For a homemade "air conditioning" system, sit in the path of a box fan that is aimed at an open cooler, or pan filled with ice.

https://www.medicinenet.com/11_tips_surviving_a_heat_wave/views.htm

https://www.almanac.com/content/heat-waves-10-tips-extreme-heat-safety

Is Your Irwindale Business Safe?

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Keeping your commercial property safe can help you protect your employees, patrons, and business equipment. From keeping up on building maintenance to installing a security system, there are plenty of dangers lurking around your property. Check out these ways you can keep your commercial property safe and secure.

Conduct Maintenance Audits.

The more attention you pay to your building maintenance, the less likely you are to face any issues. Keep your property current and routinely check for any slippery surfaces, damaged floors, sharp objects, frayed or damaged wires, or blocked hallways. Staying vigilant helps you avoid problems before they become an issue.

Increase Lighting In & Around the Building.

When it comes to your building, it’s important to keep it well lit. Not only does it help to avoid trips and falls, but it can also help to avoid burglaries. Install extra lighting and make sure your building is well-lit.

Prepare for an Emergency.

Disasters are unpredictable, which means it’s important to be prepared. Take precautions to minimize potential damage from a disaster, and make emergency exits readily available. Check that all your fire alarms are working properly and that all the emergency exits are well marked.

Install Security to Protect the Property.

Businesses require a significant amount of expensive materials to operate, making it a prime target for burglaries. Take measures to increase security on the property. Install security cameras and alarms, and hire a security guard. Additionally, consult with local law enforcement to see what precautions they recommend.

How to Prevent Mold Growth in your Kitchen

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Since food is stored in the kitchen (most of the times), keeping your kitchen clean and well-aired will have a major impact on your food’s life. For example, mold will develop anywhere where there is a leak, and if you are storing food close to that it can easily transfer from a corner and attack your favorite otherwise fresh food.

In order to prevent mold on food you will have to work on overall kitchen mold prevention. In most cases it includes either ensuring there is enough fresh air or regular cleaning. Here are a few tips that can help you prevent mold in the kitchen

  • Mold can grow in the fridge and, thus, it is important to keep the inside of the refrigerator clean. We suggest cleaning it every few months with one tablespoon of baking soda dissolved in a quart of water. Rinse with clean water and dry thoroughly before storing food again.
  • Ensure your food is still fresh by checking it every day or two. Toss away anything that has a sign of mold or that started rotting away.
  • Replace sponges at least once a week and always use clean dishcloths and towels. If you notice a musty smell coming from a sponge or towel, replace it immediately.
  • Wash the dishes at least once a day. Don’t leave food leftovers in your sink behind you once you are done with the meal. Throw them away immediately. If you are in a rush, keep your dishes under water to prevent food stains from hardening until you can wash them properly.
  • Mold can be found in dishwasher and garbage disposals. It can be the reason behind the odors, thus keeping it clean should be your priority. At least once a week pour baking soda, salt and vinegar (or lemon) own the sink and leave it for 10 minutes. After that all you have to do is pour boiled water to wash it up and your disposal and sink will be clean, mold-free and refreshed.
  • Kitchen tools, especially wooden ones should be washed and well dried before set aside, because wood is one of the favourite food for mold. All you have to do is simply wash them after you used them and leave them to dry well somewhere where it is not wet and it has enough fresh air and light.
  • Don’t forget about unused kitchen appliances. They are often sealed and if not well dried, mold can form due to water evaporation inside. The best way to prevent mold from developing inside is to ensure it is well dried before storing and, if there is a possibility, keep it open.
  • And last but not least, make sure that the relative humidity in your home is between 30% and 50%, especially in the warmer months, when mold is known to flourish. The easiest thing you can do to control the humidity level is to keep your windows open as often as possible. If that is not possible your next steps should be either air vents or even a dehumidifier.

If you find that the mold has spread and become a larger issue in the house, you need to take action. Never hesitate to seek professional help from SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park.

How to Detect Mold in Your Baldwin Park Home

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Here are some common signs to watch out for that could indicate you have mold growing in your house.

Smelling a Mold Odor

When you have mold growing hidden away in your house, often a moldy smell might be the only clue that it's there. Don't ignore mold odors if you can't see any mold. You should thoroughly inspect your home before any mold problems get worse.

Seeing Signs of Mold Growth

Visible mold growth might seem like an obvious sign of mold. However many people don't notice small amounts of mold growth or they think it's just soot or dirt. Sometimes people simply ignore visible mold in their house.

If you can see mold growth, even if it's only small, you should take action immediately. Small mold patches can spread and the fact that there is any mold shows that the conditions in your home are right for mold to grow.

If you don't take care of mold it will soon become a bigger problem. Visible mold growth could also be a sign that there is a much larger mold colony growing hidden away from view.

Sometimes you might not realize there is mold in your house, especially if it is unusual looking mold. Some mold growth looks white and thread-like. Other mold appears as clusters of small black spots. Mold can be black, gray-brown, gray-green or white in color. Mold growing behind wallpaper made of vinyl can even appear orange, pink or purple.

Signs of Water Problems

If you have had any long term moisture problems in your house it's usually inevitable they will lead to mold beginning to grow. So if you know you've had some water problems in your home then it's a pretty good sign you could have mold.

Some signs that you have a moisture problem include water stains or discoloration on walls, floors or ceilings in your house. Seeing these could be a clue that there is mold growing within or behind the material.

Another sign of a moisture problem is surface abnormalities like peeling, bubbling or cracking of the paint or wallpaper. If your walls are bowed, bulging or warped it probably means moisture has gotten into them. Another clue is if the surface of walls or other materials feel damp.

Water Leaks

The above signs of water problems in homes are usually created by leaks. However if you already know that you have had a water leak (such as leaking pipes or a leaking ceiling) then just that knowledge by itself, even if you don't see signs of water damage, is a good sign that you might have mold growing in your house around the area where the leak was.

Mold growth from leaks can often be hidden. If the leak was behind a wall or other surface then any mold will probably be hidden behind the surface too. Even if the leak was not behind a surface there could still be mold hidden out of view behind a wall or other surface from water which seeped through.

Past Flooding

If your house has been flooded in the past then it's likely that mold would've started to grow. Any mold would probably be growing in places where flood water remained the longest such as in the basement. Floods can often create mold growing out of view behind walls or under floors.

Condensation

If you see a lot of condensation in your home then it's a sign that you have a high amount of moisture and hence a sign that you could have a mold problem. Condensation will occur on surfaces such as glass windows or metal pipes. Mold could be growing where the condensation builds up and collects. Rusting indoor pipes are a sign that you could have a lot of condensation in your house.

Besides the fact that condensation creates a buildup of moisture for mold to grow on, condensation can also be a sign that you have a humidity problem in your home. A high humidity level can feed mold and it is another sign that you might have a potential mold problem.

Colton, Finn, and Parker to the Rescue!

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Team McCann

Team McCann is the first to be called at SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park to handle any Residential or Large-Loss Disaster in the San Gabriel Valley or LA Basin.

Here at SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park, the boys specialize in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services. Colton, Finn, and Parker help to remedy damage, making it “Like it never even happened.” for both commercial and residential customers.

In addition to Team McCann, we also have a team of highly trained restoration specialists. The SERVPRO of Irwindale/Baldwin Park crew is equipped with the knowledge needed to restore any property. Our crew's main goal is to restore a property back to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and effectively.

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