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Storm Supply Checklist

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Supply Checklist

In Southern California, it is pretty rare that we ever run into any storms, however, a storm does occasionally appears during fall and winter seasons. During these seasons, it is always important to be prepared for a storm, especially after all the fires that have been going on in the past few years. The fires that burned away the vegetation loosen up soil, therefore, are more susceptible to breaking apart into mudslides if there is rainfall. Because of these extra dangers of storms in Southern California, we recommend having these items in your home.

  1. Battery operated radio
  2. First aid kit
  3. Flashlight with extra batteries
  4. Cash and important documents (such as insurance policies, IDs, bank information)
  5. Nonperishable food for several days 
  6. Water for several days
  7. Extra clothing and shoes
  8. Pocket knife with tools attached
  9. Sanitation wipes and hygiene products. 
  10. Manual can opener
  11. Matches in a waterproof container

If you run into any storm issues in your property or home, call SERVPRO of Alhambra at (626) 283-5875 for a free inspection.

Commercial Water Damage

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can affect and halt your business for days. However, many business owners and entrepreneurs sometimes forget that floods and severe weather aren’t the only culprits of water damage to a business. Here are some typical causes of water damage that happen to business commercial buildings.     

  • Malfunctioning sprinklers

Many older office and retail buildings might have outdated sprinkler systems where they work in conjunction with fire protection systems. They are good whenever they is a fire emergency, however, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty and in need of a replacement. These sprinkler systems should be checked annually so that they do not damage business assets or inventory.

  • Damaged appliances and equipment

A lot of causes of flood damage are from faulty appliances and equipment such as coffee machines or any machines that involve water. Restaurants and catering facilities are more commonly prone to these problems but any break room facility in businesses can also run into these problems and damage the surrounding area.

  • Pipe and plumbing failure

Pipes and plumbing issues are always a big problem, whether it is at a commercial or at a residential building. If the pipes or plumbing fails, water damage could be a result or occur so immediately shut off the water and contact SERVPRO for a thorough inspection and assessment.

If your business runs into any water damage, please call SERVPRO of Alhambra for a free inspection at (626)283-5875.

Smoke and Soot Damage

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot can be very invasive and can go into the smallest crevices in your home or property which can cause hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience will allow us to inspect and accurately figure out and assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

When inspecting smoke damage, there are two types of smoke – Dry Smoke and Wet Smoke.

Dry Smoke is virtually invisible, discolors paint and has extreme pungent odor. It is usually caused by fast burning and very high temperatures which causes the heat to rise, therefore the smoke to rise as well.

Wet smoke, on the other hand, is caused by plastic and rubber usually. These burns are low heat and has a pungent odor and smells very smeary. Smoke webs are also very difficult to clean.

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care. If you have more questions, please call us at (626) 283-5875!

2019 Summer Tips to Prevent House Fires.

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Since it is summer, it is important to make sure your home is safe from any causes of common house fires. A house can easily catch fire for a lot of different reasons but they can all be easily avoided if you take the right steps. Some steps include:

  • Electrical Malfunction – Making sure all electrical hazards are looked after and fixing bad wires.
  • Open Flame – Making sure to blow out candles before they are left unattended.
  • Cooking - Almost 50% of all accidental house fires are cooking related. Pots and pans can easily overheat and cause a fire if the person cooking leaves cooking unattended. Always make sure there is someone in the room while the stove is on.
  • Faulty Appliances - An electrical appliance, such as a toaster can start a fire if it is faulty or has a frayed cord. A power source that is overloaded with one or more adapter plug can cause a fire from an overuse of electricity. An extension cord can also be a fire hazard if not used appropriately. Remember to unplug all appliances that are not in use.

If any accidents do occur, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Alhambra at 626-283-5875 to help you with all of your fire damage needs.

Earthquake Tips!

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

Living in California, you have to always be prepared for an earthquake since this state has been prone to some serious earthquakes in the past. Although, bigger earthquakes, such as the 6.7 one that hit Northridge area of Los Angeles are often pretty rare, even minor earthquakes can damage your homes and property and even cause injuries as well.

The key to preventing and lowering the risk of injury and surviving an earthquake is to plan, prepare, and practice what you will do when an earthquake happens.

Earthquake Drills

During an earthquake drill, practice:

  • Get under a study table or desk and hold on to it
  • Make sure you know where the disaster and emergency supplies are
  • Practice the DROP, COVER, AND HOLD-ON in each safe place
    • Drop under a sturdy table or desk and hold on to one of the legs of the table to desk and protect your eyes by keeping your head down
    • Doorways are no stronger than any other part of a structure so do not rely on them for protection!
  • Stay clear of windows or glass that could shatter or objects that could fall on you
  • Always use the stairs if you are above the first floor of a building in the case of power outages or aftershocks
  • Stay indoors until the shaking has stopped before you are sure it is safe to exit the building
  • When outside of the building, move away from any structures since falling debris could fall and injure someone that is around surrounding buildings still
  • Leave a structure when it is safe if you smell gas

Frequent practice will help reinforce safe behavior in an event of an actual earthquake.

Always keep a look out for a possibility of an aftershock. Aftershocks are smaller earthquakes that follow the main large earthquake. Aftershock earthquakes can continue over a span of hours, days, and even months afterwards. Usually, the larger the earthquake, the more frequent and numerous the aftershocks are. They can cause as much damage as the main earthquake and some rare cases, a larger earthquake can occur.

More tips and how what to do before, during, and after an earthquake, visit this website here:

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/earthquake#Before

Leaky Air Conditioner Unit?

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Air conditioners that are installed today are usually located on the ceiling or roof of your home or business. However, they can sometimes be faulty and leak water down and can cause water damage to your ceiling. If you find that your air conditioner is leaking water, it is important to immediately look into this issue and call a professional for repairs because it can cause serious damage to your ceiling and can cause it to collapse. Here are some reasons why an air conditioning unit might leak:

  1. Clogged condensation drain line
  • It is one of the most common causes of water leaking from an air conditioning unit. This can be caused by dust or dirt that gets clogged into the drain line. A solution can be to vacuum this out but calling a professional is the best way to solve this problem.
  1. Damaged/rusted drain pan
  • Older air conditioning units usually have this problem. If this is the case, the drain pan should be replaced.
  1. Dirty air filter
  • A dirty air filter can block the airflow to the evaporator coil which then gets too cold. When the AC unit is not being used, it starts to melt and then can drip more water than the drain pan can handle. If this is the case, this would need to be replaced immediately.

If your air conditioning unit was caused some water damage to your ceiling, call SERVPRO of Alhambra at (626) 283-5875 to assess the damage and for a free estimate.

Type of Smoke Damage

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can spread quickly throughout your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Alhambra will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Two things are for certain, is that hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure and that the smoke type can affect the restoration process.

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

· Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

· Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

· Discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is different, we will tailor our services specifically to your situation. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage and we will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call us at SERVPRO of Alhambra at (626)283-5875.

Common Toilet Issues and Solutions

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Toilet overflow is a common cause of water damage in homes and commercial buildings. Toilet issues are just as common and can also lead to toilet overflow. Here are some tips to solve some toilet issues so that you can prevent toilet overflow.

  1. “Phantom Flushes”
    Sometimes, you hear your toilet to refill randomly like someone had just flushed it. The cause of this is a slow leak from the tank of the bowl. The problem is most likely caused by a bad flap or flapper seat. The solution is to drain the tank and bowl and then inspect the flapper and clean the flapper seat. You should replace the flapper if it is worn out or damaged.
  2. Trickling Water
    If you hear a prolonged hissing noise coming from your toilet, it might be water trickling from the supply line. To check this, inspect the refill tube and ballock or the inlet-valve assembly. The hissing sound is usually caused by water coming through the inlet valve. To solve this issue, check whether the float is sticking or needs adjusting then check the refill tube isn’t too far into the overflow tube. If neither of these solves the problem, you may need to replace the ballcock assembly.
  3. Bowl Empties Slowly

This also known as a weak flush, which is a result of a clogged hole underneath the rim of the bowl. Use a curved piece of wire, such as a coat hanger wire, and gently poke into flush hole to clear out any debris. Be careful not to scratch the bowl.

  1. Clogs
    These are the most common toilet problems that people have. A force-cup plunger is a very effective way to clear minor clogs. For serious clogs, use a closet auger. You would insert the end of the auger into the drain hole and then twist the handle and make sure to try to not scratch the bowl.

If you experience any toilet overflow that may have caused water damage in your property, please call SERVPRO of Alhambra to give you a free estimate at (626)283-5875!

SERVPRO of Alhambra's Water Damage Process

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

There are many different ways that water can unexpectedly get inside your home or property. It is a regular occurrence in life that things break, especially when water pipes or certain appliances break or malfunction.

Once water gets inside a building, many different types of damage can occur. SERVPRO’s technicians in Alhambra have experience in dealing with moisture in several different scenarios. It is essential that all moisture gets removed within a 48-hour window so that mold growth does not occur.

When mitigating problems having to do with excessive water, our SERVPRO experts use many different methods and equipment. All of the equipment and methods used are IICRC certified and proven to work well in the restoration industry. We always use different equipment depending on the aspects and severity of the damage situation.

When we first arrive to a water restoration project, we start by testing moisture levels inside the building. We use state-of-the-art detection devices to identify where water has intruded into the structure.

Next, we use specialized extraction equipment to pull moisture out of materials and contents inside the home. The extraction equipment consists of an extractor with a high powered vacuum motor. A vacuum tube then runs to an extraction tool that gets used to pull out the water.

After water gets extracted from the building, we use carpet tools to disengage the carpet and separate seams so that we can pump air underneath it and “float” the carpet. We then use different tools to reinstall the carpet pad and seams after drying is complete. Next, we use drying equipment to return moisture levels to normal conditions.

Air moving equipment causes evaporation to speed up the drying process. Dehumidifiers get used to remove water vapor from the air. After drying gets completed, we use deodorization equipment to apply professional products and treat foul odors.

If water damage occurs on our property, contact SERVPRO of Alhambra at (626)283-5875 for a free estimate!

Identifying Water Damage

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

It is very important to know how to identify water damage, whether you are buying, selling, or renting a home. When water seeps through your property, it can damage walls, floors, and can lead to toxic mold growth. Water damage can also lead to permanent structural damage to your property. Some causes of water damage can be caused by leaks, floods, overflowing water sources, ice dams, accumulation of water in the basement, or leaky appliances. Here are some steps to inspect your property for water damage.

  1. Walls
    -Check for water stains on the walls and ceilings. Any unusual stains should be taken serious as they could be a likely sign of a leaky pipe or drain within the walls. They usually have swollen appearance if there is a water leak within the walls
  2. Floors
    -Any warping or bucking of floors, especially in the basement, water damage is very likely. Be also aware of stains on wood floors, damp carpeting, or a smell of dampness or mold.
  3. Pipes
    -Check and inspect the pipes in the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, and basement for any corrosion. Look for wet spots around water heater and the rust around the tank.
  4. Attic
    -Many air conditioners are now in the attic and could cause possible leaks. Check the attic for stains, mold, and other signs of possible leaks. Insulation should also be dry and in good condition.

If you find something wrong or suspicious in your property that may be water damage, call SERVPRO of Alhambra at 626-283-5875 for a free inspection!