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How To Beat The Heat in Los Angeles

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Visit an Indoor Museum

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

Go to the Library

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

Treat Yourself to Ice Cream

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

Catch a Summer Movie

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

Go to the Skating Rink

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

Visit Your Local IKEA 

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

Fire Damage Restoration 101

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

HOW CAN YOU HELP PREVENT FIRES

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

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

CAN FIRE DAMAGE BE REPAIRED?

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

Fire Damage Restoration Protection Tips

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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/

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/

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