Easter Safety Tips!
It’s that time of year again where you and your family can enjoy decorating eggs together and then hiding them for your kids to find! However, sometimes, it can be a little dangerous and we want to give you some safety tips for a fun filled Easter.
- Buy eggs from a REFRIGERATED case and check the “sell by” date.
- Eggs can be hazardous food, in the same category as meat, fish, and milk. This is because they are capable of supporting the rapid growth of bacteria. Before boiling eggs for Easter decorating/painting, they should be kept refrigerated.
- NEVER leave raw eggs in any form at room temperature for more than 2 hours. Don't eat or cook with cracked eggs or eggs that have been un-refrigerated for more than two hours.
- Hard-boiled (decorated) eggs left in room temperature for a couple hours or days as a decoration or table centerpiece should be discarded and not eaten. (Although they won’t be a pleasant smell after a few hours)
- Use only clean and unbroken eggs. Discard dirty or broken eggs.
- Cleanliness of hands, utensils and work surfaces is essential in preventing spread of bacteria. Always wash your hands when handling your eggs, especially between cooking, cooling and dyeing. Wash hands again, along with all utensils, equipment and counter tops that have been in contact with any raw food before preparing other foods.
- Hiding eggs around soil can pick up bacteria and putting eggs in contact with soil should be avoided.
Hope everyone has a good and fun Easter weekend! For any emergency water or fire damage, please call SERVPRO of Alhambra at (626)283-5875.
SERVPRO of Alhambra Food Drive
From January to the end of February of this year, we, SERVPRO of Alhambra, decided to give back to the community to start off the New Year as well as being in Alhambra for almost five years! To give back to our community, we decided to partner with The Los Angeles Food Bank and organize a food drive.
We asked local insurance and realty companies in Alhambra and Monterey Park to participate with us and donate whatever they had for people in need! We had a wonderful turnout and our combined efforts resulted in over 400 pounds of canned and dried foods donated to the Los Angeles Food Bank!
We want to thank you to everyone that participated in our SERVPRO of Alhambra food drive and help us reach our goal of over 400 pounds of donated food! We will definitely do this again soon later in the year to give back again! Until then, if you experience any flooding, water leak, mold damage, or fire damage, please call us at (626)283-5875 and we will get you a free estimate!
Preventing Mold in Bathroom
Mold in the bathroom, such as the shower, sink, or bathtub, can be difficult to get rid of, but there are some techniques that you can use to keep it under control. The key to preventing mold growth is getting rid of the dampness in the bathroom, which can be difficult.
Using your bathroom fan and making sure it is the right size for your bathroom. Make sure your bathroom fan is running when you are taking a shower or bath as well as half an hour after you finish to get rid of any extra moisture.
You can also seal any grout lines annually with any grout sealer to waterproof them.
These steps will not guarantee that your bathroom will be mold free but these are some simple steps that you can take to prevent mold growth.
If your mold problem is very prominent, give SERVPRO of Alhambra a call at (626)283-5875.
Wildfire Safety Tips
Wildfires are one of the most unpredictable and destructive disasters. In 2016 alone, there were over 60,000 wildfires reported in the United States. There are more chances of a wildfire affecting your home or business if they are close to grasslands. Unfortunately, you can’t fight back against a wildfire that is approaching your home or business, however, you are able to take steps beforehand to protect your home from wildfire.
Some of the things you can do to secure your home or business from a wildfire are:
- Clear combustible materials such as dried leaves.
- Cut down any tree limbs that are 15 feet or closer to the ground. This will help prevent the fire from spreading into your property’s tree line.
- Remove any vines or vegetation that is on the side of your house or business.
- Place any flammable lawn furniture in storage when not in use.
- Opt for non-flammable decor, such as gravel as opposed to wood chips.
- Create an emergency escape plan and talk to town officials about evacuation routes in the area
During a wildfire, prepare to evacuate. Here are some steps to protect your property when you evacuate:
- Moving furniture to the center of rooms and taking down drapes and curtains to prevent combustion.
- Closing all windows and doors to prevent drafts and reduce heat.
- Shutting off natural gas from its source.
- Turning on all lights in your property so that firefighters can more easily see it through smoke.
After a wildfire, only return to the property when it is safe and firefighters have declared it safe. Document the damage and remember to watch out for ash pits and hot spots since they can flare up without warning. Extinguish these ash pits and hot sports immediately if found. When documenting the damage, you should take photographs and video and write out a list documenting the damaged property then contact your insurance company to report the damage.
If you experience fire or water damage, please call SERVPRO of Alhambra at (626)283-5875!
Preparing for Floods
With the recent news of heavy rainstorms and floods, we, at SERVPRO of Alhambra, would like to give you some basic safety tips of what to do during a flood or flash flood.
First off, flooding are one of the most frequent natural disasters that can happen within communities that are usually caused by heavy rainfall or prolonged rainfall over several days. Unfortunately, flooding can happen anywhere in the U.S. and especially if your property is in a low-lying area near a body of water or near a river. Flooding can also happen in any season, even in the summer, when there are monsoons or leftover storms from a hurricane.
Some basic tips that you would want to remember if you think a flood will happen are:
- Move to higher ground as soon as you can
- Avoid walking or driving through rising water
- Do not drive over bridges because they are fast-moving floodwaters which can scour foundation from the footings and make the bridge unstable
- Up to 6 inches of moving water is enough to knock a person down and move vehicles
- If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher car – HOWEVER, do not leave the car when the water is moving around you
- Evacuate if directed to by authorities
Stay safe and if you are experiencing flood damage, please call us at (626)283-5875.
La Tuna Fire
This past Labor Day weekend on September 2017, there was an enormous wildfire in Burbank that started in La Tuna. It had burned nearly 7,000 acres of land and destroyed five homes. The wildfire had forced many residents to evacuate from their homes as well as shut down Interstate 210 freeway.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared local emergency on Saturday which instructed all city agencies to “take all necessary steps to protect life and property in the area” affected by which is now the largest fire in the city of Los Angeles in the last 50 years.
Two firefighters were unfortunately injured from dehydration and minor burns but thankfully no one was seriously injured from the Many of these firefighters were sent back to California after helping the people in Texas after Hurricane Harvey during the recovery to help with fire relief as well.
There were about 12,000 firefighters battling 19 wildfires across the state of California at that same time. On September 9th, 2017, the Los Angeles Fire Department declared that the La Tuna fire was a 100% contained.
If your home was affected or still have the smoke smell you can’t get rid of, please call SERVPRO for a free estimate and assistance to getting your home back to the way it was at (626)283-5875.
How Storms are linked to Climate Change
As the Earth warms, powerful storms are becoming the new normal. Intense rain and snow storms along with intense drought periods are also all well-known consequences of a warming planet.
You may wonder what the difference between weather and climate is. Weather is what’s happening outside the door right at this very moment. For example, today is 71 degrees on a sunny day in Southern California. Climate, on the other hand, is the pattern of weather measured over several years. Climate is also calculated by the global average temperature to see how we are affecting the temperature rise over the past few decades as a whole. In fact, from 2001 to 2010, it was the hottest decade recorded since reliable records began in the late 1800s. These rising temperature are what we refer to as global warming or climate change. This causes patterns of intense rain and snow storms and periods of drought which are all becoming the new normal in our everyday weather as levels of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere continue to rise.
Storms do not necessarily mean bad news. After years of being in a drought, the storms this year have brought California some much needed rain. Thankfully, Southern California, does not experience many storms, however, we do need to watch our water usage since we are still in a massive drought which also results in extreme heat waves. Call SERVPRO of Alhambra to learn how you can make sure if your home is protected from flooding and roof leaks. Call us at 626-283-5875 to get a free Emergency Ready Plan for your property.
Category 3 Water
If you are a home owner or a property owner, you probably heard that there are different categories of water. Category one water is referred to as liquid that comes from a clean source such as pipes, toilet tanks, or faucets for example. This category of water is usually safe to handle and clean. Category two, also known as grey water, is categorized as liquid that has been contaminated such as dishwater that has been backed up or dishwasher overflow. This category of water may cause illness or discomfort. Category three water, also known as black water, is water that has been contaminated by feces or dangerous bacteria or viruses. The sources of these can be from backed up sewage, flooding from rivers or streams, toilet overflow with feces, or contact with water that support bacterial growth.
Another example of how water can become Category three very quickly is if a pipe burst with clean water but then comes in contact with dog feces, which floods the entire room. This immediately puts the water into a category three, which is biohazardous because of the possible harmful bacteria growth.
Sewage backup is one the most common Category three water causes. Sewage backup are usually caused by clogs, which creates a sewage backup through the pipes. Sewage is a mixture of both water and human waste. This can be very dangerous because the waste can contain diseases and gases that are harmful to human health.
Preventing Basement Sewage Backup
Now that winter is now here, it is time to start thinking about rain storms and the potential damage it can cause if your home is not prepared in advance. And because sewage backup can be harmful to you and your family’s health, here are some ways to prevent your property from sewer backup:
- Floor drain plug
- One way drain plugs can be used to prevent water from backing up due to overloaded sewers. If using one, always make sure that the floating mechanism is free from any debris that could prevent its proper function.
- A standpipe is an ordinary pipe that is taller than other pipes and is surrounded by a rubber seal. Any water that would rise out of the drain would go into the pipe and when flood conditions are no longer a threat, the standpipe can be removed, which can allow any water spillage to drain.
- Overhead Sewer
- If you have a basement, getting an overhead sewer is one of the best ways to prevent the basement from flooding.
- Backwater Valve
- Installed at the exit point from the building, it is an underground pipe that connects to the sewer line. This is a pricey solution since it involves getting a permit and requiring a licensed plumber to do this but it can save you thousands of dollars in case of a sewage backup.
Training for SERVPRO Employees
When you’re having trouble deciding which restoration company will best suit your needs, remember that SERVPRO is an international company but each franchise is independently owned and operated. This means you get the best of both worlds, a leading brand you can trust and the intimacy of a local business. Every SERVPRO technician is required to complete a training course administered by The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC certifies and sets the standards for the entire cleaning and restoration industries. Our franchise professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.
- Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) - This four-day course covers mold and sewage remediation techniques and how to perform these procedures in the field while protecting the health and safety of workers and occupants on your property.
- Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD) - Technicians learn to dry water-damaged structures efficiently and effectively using monitoring devices, extraction systems, and drying equipment. This three-day course includes comprehensive classroom and hands-on training to develop technical and practical drying expertise.
- Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT) - This two-day course covers pre-inspection, fabric identification, cleaning chemicals and equipment, and proper cleaning techniques for residential and commercial applications.
- Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) - Technicians will learn about types of smoke and fire damage, job planning, equipment, and practical cleaning procedures in fire and smoke settings. This two-day course also includes instruction on odor and deodorization concepts.
- Odor Control Technician (OCT) - Technicians learn to address odors and deodorization techniques. This one-day course covers odor control caused by biological sources such as decomposition, urine contamination, mold, and other sources.
- Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician (UFT) - Technicians learn fiber identification and upholstery cleaning methods. This two-day course also covers identifying upholstery cleaning problems before fabrics shrink, bleed, crown, or distort.
- Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) - This three-day course covers the concepts of water damage and its effects in residential and commercial settings. Technicians learn techniques and procedures to deal with water losses, sewer backflows, and contamination such as mold.
If you need any cleanup or restoration work done at your property, trust SERVPRO of Alhambra and our highly trained franchise professionals to make it look “Like it never even happened.”