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Independence Day Safety Tips

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Independence Day is one of America’s biggest holidays where usually, everyone takes the day or night off. The most popular events are barbecues, fireworks, or a trip to the park or beach. It is one of people’s favorite holidays but it can also be hazardous and it is also important to stay safe while having fun.

Here are some tips for the most common activities on July Fourth to remember:

Fireworks:

  • Always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  • Never give fireworks to small children.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby.
  • Never attempt to relight a firework if it does not go off
  • Never carry fireworks in your pockets.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
  • Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, or structures.
  • Use fireworks outdoors only.
  • Keep a safe distance.

Grilling:

  • Always watch over a barbecue grill when in use.
  • Never grill in any enclosed area like in your house, camper or tent.
  • Make sure everyone, including the pets, don’t get too close to the grill.
  • Keep the grill out in the open and away from anything that could catch fire.
  • Use the long-handled tools made for cooking to avoid burns.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.

Hope everyone has a safe and fun Fourth of July! If fire or smoke damage does occur, please call SERVPRO of Alhambra at (626)283-5875 and we will assess the damage and take care of everything for you.

SERVPRO of Alhambra's Commercial Services

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial properties usually experiences wear and tear from dirt and grime that accumulates from ordinary use over time. You can always count on SERVPRO of Alhambra to make sure that your commercial property look its best. Profession cleaning will help you protect your property and increase its life-span so you do not have to worry about common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Alhambra for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

When it comes to your commercial property, you need a company that can minimize the disruption to your clients while delivering superior results and SERVPRO of Alhambra is the company to do it. Whether you need professional cleaning to make your business shine, or emergency water restoration services, SERVPRO of Alhambra has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Here are some properties that we offer cleaning services to. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business.

  • Apartment Buildings
  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Apartment Buildings

Some services that we provide are:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism

If you have any questions, please call us at (626)283-5875.

Common Causes of Fire Damage in Homes

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

House fires can be one of the most terrifying experiences and a house can easily catch fire for many different reasons but they can be easily avoided if the right measures are taken. Here are some tips that can help you prevent common house fires.

  • The first common cause of house fires is from cooking. About 50% of all accidental house fires are started from cooking related instances. Pots and pans can be easily overheated if not properly attended. Always make sure there is someone in the kitchen when the stove is on.
  • Portable heaters are also easily prone to causing accidental house fires. A way to prevent this is to keep portable heaters at least three feet away from items that could catch fire such as furniture, curtains, clothes, or even yourself. You should also inspect it at least once a year to make sure that it is safe to use.
  • Fires could also be caused be by electrical malfunction which occurs when there are inadequate wiring. A sign to see if they are bad wiring are dimming lights when you use another appliance. Another sign is for an appliance to work, you would have to disconnect a different appliance or fuses blow.
  • Another common cause if house fire are open flames such as candles. But if they are left unattended they can accidentally catch fire to close by curtains. Always blow out a candle before leaving a room

If an accident ever occurs, please don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Alhambra at (626)283-5875 to help you with fire damage needs.

How to Prevent Flooding

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Dealing with storms and preventing flooding in your home can be stressful, however, SERVPRO of Alhambra is here to provide you with some tips to help make that spring rain a little more bearable, especially in Southern California.

Intense storms can block and back up the city’s drainage system. It can become overwhelmed and then flooding will occur. Do not attempt to drive through standing water as the water can stall your car. In that case, you must abandon your car and move to higher ground. If you are in an office or home that is in danger of flooding, you should unplug all electrical appliances as well as turning off the gas line. Always remember to be alert of any electrical wires or fallen power lines.

To prevent the likelihood of floods, try to keep storm drains clear of trash and debris. Leave or plant plants on areas that slop to slow runoff and prevent erosion. It is also important to clean your home’s gutters and downspouts so prevent buildup. Sandbags are also a good idea to keep in handy to prevent outside water from going into your home. Having a updated emergency kit and list of emergency numbers just in case any accidents happen.

If a flood occurs in your neighborhood or home, call SERVPRO of Alhambra at (626)283-5875 to help you out!

SERVPRO of Alhambra's Emergency Response Profile

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Your business has just been hit by an unexpected disaster, do you know how you would respond. It is always important to be prepared for any disaster in your business no matter how big or small it was. Whether it is a small leak to a heavy flood, or an earthquake, it is always important to be prepared for it is estimated that about 50% of businesses that have been affected by water or fire disasters do not reopen so we highly recommend that you call SERVPRO of Alhambra to schedule an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) so that we can help make sure your business or home is properly prepared for any disaster.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) is a free assessment of your property which is a quick reference of building and contact information. The ERP is a profile document that contains crucial information about the property building in the event of an emergency. It also includes facility details such as shut off valve locations and priority contact information. It also helps our employees determine what to do and how to authorize repair work. The ERP also serves as an emergency preparedness procedure.

When you set up an ERP with SERVPRO of Alhambra, we will be your professional disaster mitigation and restoration provider. By working with SERVPRO of Alhambra, you will be minimizing your business interruption by having an immediate plan of action for your building.

Being prepared is essential to making it through any size disaster. Don't wait until disaster strikes, call SERVPRO of Alhambra at 626-283-5875 today to get your personalized Emergency Ready Profile for your business. We’ll make sure you are “Ready for Whatever Happens.”

Types of Water Damage Categories

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage can be a scary event that happens to your home or business and can promote deterioration of structures and mold growth. There are also three categories of water that you should know about before figuring out if you can handle it yourself. SERVPRO of Alhambra can also provide a free estimate and whether or not you should put a claim in with your insurance.

The first type of water damage is called “clean water.” Clean Water will come from a clean and sanitary source such as faucets, sinks, bathtubs, toilets or any broken water supply lines. However if you ignore the water, it will not stay clean since it comes into contact with other surfaces or materials. This type

The second type of water damage is called “Grey Water.” It is a source of water that contains a significant degree of either chemical, biological or physical contaminants. It may cause discomfort and illness when you consume it or if you’re just exposed to it. It can carry unsafe levels of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and algae. This includes water from dishwashers, washing machines, sump pumps, toilet bowls (that doesn’t contain any feces), and flush sink drains.

Black water is the third category of water which comes from a source of water that is unsanitary. It contains unsanitary agents that can cause severe discomfort and sickness. It is any outside water that has now affected the indoor environment. For example, black water can range sea water, rivers and streams to sewage and groundwater. Any toilet back flow regardless of color and overflow with feces is categorized as black water.


Time and temperature can affect the quality of water, thereby changing its category. Any stagnant water can harbor bacteria. So if you ever experience water damage, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Alhambra to help with your water extraction and/or dehumidification.

Earthquake Safety

5/24/2018 (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

Easter Safety Tips!

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

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

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

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

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

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

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

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

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

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

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

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

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

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

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

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

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

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.
  • Standpipe
    • 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

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

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.

IICRC Certifications

  • 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.”

Space Heater Safety

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

As winter begins to hit southern California and temperature begins to drop, you may choose to buy a space heater for warm up your home, apartment, or work space. Space heaters are a good alternative if you do not want to turn up your thermostat to heat up your home. However, space heaters, if not used correctly, can cause fire damage to your property. Here are some tips that you can use to prevent any disaster caused by a space heater:

  • Leave the heater on level floor, don’t place on carpet - it can overheat and start a fire
  • Do not use in bathroom, unless it is designed for it - moisture can damage the heater
  • Keep three feet away from flammable materials and out of the way of children and pets
  • Should always be plugged directly into wall outlet, don’t use with extension cord because it can cause overheating
  • Don’t leave heater unattended, make sure to unplug when not in use
  • Install smoke alarms on every floor

Keeping Mold Away From Food

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

We have all experienced food going bad at some point and mold growing on foods that we have not touched in a long time. However, how can we prevent food from going moldy?

Buying small amounts and using food quickly is probably the best way to prevent mold growth in food. However, there are other practices that you can implement to prevent mold growth in food.

  • Examine food well before you buy it. Check food in glass jars, look at the stem areas on fresh produce, and avoid bruised produce.
  • Fresh meat and poultry are usually mold free, but cured and cooked eats might not be. Examine them carefully.
  • When serving food, keep it covered to prevent exposure. Use plastic wrap to cover foods you want to stay moist.
  • Empty opened cans of perishable foods into clean storage containers and refrigerate them.

Cleanliness is the key to controlling mold. Mold spores from contaminated food can build up in your refrigerator, dishcloths, and other cleaning utensils.

  • Clean the inside of the refrigerator every few months with one tablespoon of baking soda dissolved in a quart of water. Rinse with clear water and dry. If you do run into mold, scrub the visible mold (usually black) on rubber casings using three teaspoons of bleach in a quart of water.
  • Keep towels, sponges, and mops clean and fresh. A musty smell means they are spreading mold around. Discard them if you cannot use them.

Quick Temporary Mold Home Remedies

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Finding mold in your home can be one of the scariest things to experience since there are always horror stories of how mold can affect a person’s health. Fortunately, you can control the growth of certain mold and get rid of it with some simple steps.

  • Chlorine bleach is a great mold killer. A recipe is to combine one part chlorine bleach to four parts water and apply to the mold. However, chlorine bleach should not be used on surfaces where food is prepared on. (only works with non-porous items such as tile and glass)
  • If you want something stronger, a more effective anti-mold treatment would be fungicide cleaner. This can be used to wipe down exterior and interior of refrigerators with.
  • For tough to clean spots, such as carpets or rugs, we suggest using baking soda, and dusting the affected area and letting it sit for a couple hours before vacuuming it up.
  • If you are looking for a more natural approach, vinegar is a solid and natural mold killer. Just put vinegar in a spray bottle and spray in all locations where the mold is located at.

Always remember to wear protective gear when dealing with mold because it can cause breathing and other respiratory problems for you if you get in contact with it or even mold spores. Also to remember to wear gloves and never to touch the mold directly.

To control the growth and spread of mold in your home or property, you must regulate the humidity. Increased air movement through an electric fan is a great way of reducing air moisture as well as air conditioning system to remove moisture. In the right conditions (humidity wise), mold can spread through a home as little as 48 hours!

If you are experiencing mold problems that you don’t think you can take care yourself, give us a call at (626)283-5875.

Latest Equipment for Commercial Jobs

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alhambra only uses the latest and most advanced technology in restoration equipment. Every year our franchise owners go to the SERVPRO national convention to personally pick out the newest products to best serve our customer’s needs.

The dehumidifier is arguably the most essential part of the drying process in water restoration. Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air. There are two main types of dehumidifier technology that do this: Desiccant and refrigerator coil technology.  In today’s spotlight, we have the Evolution LGR dehumidifier which uses the refrigerant technique.

What does it do?

The Evolution LGR dehumidifier is used to reduce moisture levels in the air and accelerate the drying process altogether. The dehumidifier reduces humidity in enclosed structural environments by removing water vapor from the air. With proper use, the Evolution LGR can help dry wet materials like carpet, carpet pad, floors, walls, building contents and more. Using dehumidifiers may also prevent secondary damage caused by high humidity.

How does it work?

Every dehumidifier has a substance in it known as the low grain refrigerant (LGR) which is responsible for precooling incoming air. The incoming air then passes ever a cold evaporator coil set a temperature 20 – 30F below the dew point, which causes the moisture to freeze on the coil. At intervals, the machine will go into defrost mode, warming the frost back to water. The cold coil condenses water vapor into water that collects inside a condensate pump which later has to be removed through a drain hose. The air is reheated and exhausted to collect more moisture.

For more information about the types pf products we use or any water drying concerns, call SEVRPRO of Alhambra at (626) 283-5875.

Water Mitigation

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water mitigation is the process of reducing or preventing the amount of water damage that happens after a flood or a permeating leak. It prevents additional damage by taking fast, appropriate actions. Water mitigation is normally needed after plumbing failures or when storms cause water to rush into your home. Soaked rugs, damaged walls, warped flooring and ruined furniture are only the beginning if mitigation is not engaged quickly.

Normal store-bought vacuums or companies with only carpet drying equipment cannot prevent water from wicking up walls, under baseboards and molding or into sill plates. Water will penetrate through floor coverings into subfloors, eventually causing damage to rooms below.

If internal building humidity is not controlled, undamaged objects safe from the original flood damage could be ruined as a result of absorbing moisture from the air. Structures not dried out quickly enough or properly will become a food source for mold, later causing a need for even more professional mold removal services.

Specific steps are taken to reduce property destruction, to prevent further water damage and to restore your property to its full value. SERVPRO of Alhambra works with your insurance company so you don’t have to stress.  We help you determine the details of your insurance policy and coverage concerning a major loss. Response time is crucial to preventing further damage, including mold damage. Any delay can lead to a much more costly recovery, salvage and reconstruction. Begin repairs to your home promptly following the cleanup services.  Call SERVPRO of Alhambra at 626-283- 5875 today to help you with your water mitigation needs!

The Mold Process

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The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. A SERVPRO representative will start by asking you a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel to assist you with your property.

  1. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment -- We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.
  2. Mold Containment - Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.
  3. Air Filtration - Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.
  4. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Material - The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.
  5. Cleaning Contents and Belonging - We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.
  6. Restoration -- Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.
  7. Test for indoor air quality – After the restoration process, SERVPRO will hire an Indoor Air Quality and Environmental Professional to evaluate the quality of the air inside the structure. Using various testing devices, these professional will collect air and surface samples to compare the indoor mold spore count to the outdoor environment.

SERVPRO of Alhambra cares about the proper restoration of your property.  In most cases, excessive mold growth will not be a problem for our franchise professional and we can safely restore you r building to its original condition.  Don’t let the mold continue to go, call SERVPRO of Alhambra today at 626-283-5875.

Storm Damage Insurance

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If your home has been damaged, continued exposure to the elements may greatly increase the amount of damage to you home. Many insurance policies give you a time to file a claim, so don't wait until you have water dripping through the ceiling, mold in the attic, or your roof caves in to call your insurance company. It might be too late to file a valid storm damage claim.

It is always recommended to purchase a good homeowners insurance policy, even if you don't owe any money on your home. If you have a mortgage, home equity loan, or use your home as collateral, your lender will require you to maintain insurance. There are many different types of insurance policies so depending on which one you opt for the levels of coverage, exclusions and limits of liability will vary greatly. Some policies only provide you with basic coverage, while others will offer you more coverage and higher levels of protection.

Most homeowner’s insurance policies cover storms including hail, tornado and wind damage. Earthquakes, floods and other named exclusions and usually require separate coverage. Normal wear and tear and poor maintenance is not covered by insurance. Most policies cover the cost of tree removal after a storm, however, you should check your policy. Some insurance companies require a separate tree removal policy. Damage to your car is not covered by your homeowner’s policy, even if a tree on your property falls and damages your car. Damage to your car is covered by your comprehensive auto insurance policy. 

The replacement cost is the actual cost to rebuild your home in the event it is completely destroyed, which may be more or less than the market value, or sale price. Homeowners insurance covers the repair or replacement of your home and its contents up to defined limits. Your policy may also include a liability policy, which protects you in the event someone is injured on your property. Your insurance company will pay for loss of use, in the case that your home is uninhabitable after it has been damaged by a storm, up to applicable limits. This means that while your house is under repairs, the insurance company will cover the cost for you to live in a hotel or any other temporary accommodation.


When filing an insurance claim, remember most state laws prohibit insurance companies from cancelling policies for filing claims in an “Act of God” storm damage situation. In most states insurance company cannot single you out for a rate increase. If the insurance company is going to raise rates, they have to raise everyone's rates in your area. So, if you don’t file a claim, your personal rate increase will pay for everyone else's claim except for yours.

SERVPRO of Alhambra works with your insurance to ensure a stress free claims process. SERVPRO is on the listed of trusted vendors for many national insurance companies. The SERVPRO team can help you manage the insurance paperwork and process at no extra cost. Call us at 626-283-5875 for more information.

Rainy Season Preparation

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

As winter is approaching here in Southern California, the rainy season will also be on its way soon. It may be sunny most of the time, however, rain storms can cause a lot of damage to homes and property if steps are not taken ahead of time to prevent them. Here are some steps you can take before any storms hit:

  • Clean and repair home gutters: Clogged ones can cause rainwater to back up and damage your roof and house.
  • Inspect roof: Look for loose or damaged shingles as well as signs of leakage.
  • Look inside at ceilings and walls: Any water damage could be an indication of roof leaks.
  • Trim trees and bushes next to the house: Cut off branches that can be weighed down with water or strike houses.
  • Make sure doors and windows are secure and that they open and close properly.
  • Stockpile the sand bags: If you live in flood-prone areas, buy or collect sand bags to help divert water, debris or mud. Have them filled and ready to go before flooding happens.
  • Check street drains near your home: If they are clogged, call your city’s public works department.

More tips and information:

http://www.dailynews.com/2015/10/15/10-tips-to-prepare-for-the-rainy-season/

http://www.sunbeam.com/blog/archive/2015/march/how-to-prepare-your-home-for-the-rainy-season.html

Preparing for Winter

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Winter in Southern California is basically nonexistent, however, it does get increasingly cold during the nighttime and morning and the weather can be unexpected during the winter. It can bring cold temperatures, wind, and rain which can cause damage to your home or property. So here are some steps you can take beforehand to prevent any damage against winter weather.

  • Investing in weather stripping
    • Weather stripping is easy to install and is a good way to keep warm air in the house and cold air outside.
  • Check home for leaks or drafts
    • Windows, doors, vents, plumbing areas, air conditioners, electrical and gas lines
  • Clean gutters so that water can easily drain from the roof
    • Blocked gutters can allow melting ice to seep into your roof and flood your home’s foundation
    • You may also want to think about getting rid of branches that linger over your roof as well as that can break and damage the roof
  • Stock up on basics in case of storms/floods
    • Such as extra blankets, flashlights, candles in case of power outages
  • Protect pipes from freezing
    • Don’t turn heat down too much when out of the house
    • Call plumber immediately if pipes freeze and water stops flowing from faucets

Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

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If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Alhambra for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Alhambra specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (626) 283-5875 

Does Your Alhambra Home Have a Mold Problem?

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Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (626) 283-5875

Alhambra 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

1/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alhambra is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today – (626) 283-5875

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Alhambra has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Alhambra

SERVPRO of Alhambra specializes in the clean-up and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and on-going training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Alhambra Smoke and Soot Cleanup

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Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within 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.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

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. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

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

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

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.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (626) 283-5875

Preparing for Vacation

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

When you’re on vacation, you should be carefree and enjoying your time away and not be worrying about your home. Here are some steps you can ensure that you come back to your house without having to worry.

  • Make sure your house looks lived-in
    • Can ask trusted neighbor to pick up mail
    • Park car inside garage
    • Turn on a lamp or two inside the house (or on timer)
    • Install motion-activated sensor on outdoor floodlight
    • Make sure all smoke detectors are properly working
    • Make sure to shut all windows and lock doors before leaving
  • Electrical and plumbing precautions
    • Unplug small appliances and electronic devices
    • Check for any types of leaks (pipes, water heaters, faucets)
    • Turn off water valves for dishwasher, washing machine, and sinks
    • Set water heater to “vacation” mode, which newer water heaters should have
    • Pour half a cup of chlorine into toilet bowls to prevent bacteria buildup
    • Clean out refrigerator and get rid of perishable items

Happy holidays and for more information, you can visit:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/05/29/home-prep-vacation/2371035/

http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/clean-and-organize/13-steps-to-prep-your-home-for-vacation

Christmas Tree Safety

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

For the holidays, nothing is more complete than having a live Christmas tree in your living room. However, having a live Christmas tree can be a real risk towards your family, friends, and especially your home. This is because Christmas trees, when they become dry, can become a fire hazard and can cause extensive damage. Although they aren’t common, Christmas tree fires alone cause million dollars of property damage every year. Here are some precautionary tips to prevent disaster:

  • Choose fresh trees over cheap and dry
  • Don’t keep a dry tree around and dispose of it properly
  • Keep the tree base filled with water so tree does not dry out quickly
  • Keep tree away from heat sources, such as fireplaces, candles, and even a TV
  • Don’t use damaged or frayed cords
  • Turn lights off Christmas lights at night or when leaving house unattended
  • Keeping a fire extinguisher nearby just in case
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms (monthly) to make sure they work

Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday!

For more information, you can visit:

https://www.christmastreeassociation.org/fire-safety-tips-for-your-christmas-tree/

SERVPRO Franchise History

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Life happens. Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents and homes get dirty. SERVPRO of Alhambra has the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic cleaning service. You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

The first SERVPRO was opened in 1967 as a painting business in Sacramento, California by Ted and Doris Isaacson. With a background in cleaning and restoration, however, Ted and Doris soon transformed the company into a franchisor of cleanup and restoration specialists.

After selling its first Franchise in 1969, SERVPRO continued to grow, acquiring its 175 Franchises in 1979. More than 1,700 Franchises are operating nationwide, and SERVPRO continues to grow. With a proud history, a successful present and a bright future, SERVPRO has become a leader in cleaning and restoration. Since each SERVPRO is independently owned and operated, customers get the professionalism of an international franchise with the intimacy of a local company.

SERVPRO of Alhambra was started in March of 2014. Whether you are dealing with extensive water damage or just getting your property cleaned, we will treat each job with the same urgency and scrutiny. SERVPRO of Alhambra monitors and documents the process to verify your property is taken care of properly and thoroughly. We will even do our best to make sure the entire process with your insurance company is a stress free claims process. You can trust SERVPRO of Alhambra to respond promptly in your time of need and get the job done as efficiently as possible.

SERVPRO Commercial Services

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Commercial Services

Every commercial property experiences wear and tear, including dirt and grime that accumulates from ordinary use. You can count on SERVPRO of Alhambra to make your workspace look its very best. Professional cleaning helps to protect your carpet and upholstery and increase its life-span.  You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Alhambra for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

When it comes to your commercial property, we mean business. You need a company that can minimize the disruption to your clients while delivering superior results. Whether you need professional cleaning to make your business shine, or emergency water restoration services, SERVPRO of Alhambra has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Alhambra offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

Places:

  • Apartment Building
  • Small Office Building
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • Manufacturing & Industrial

 Services:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism

Have Any Questions? Call Today – (626) 283-5875.

How to Check a House for Water Damage

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

It doesn’t matter if you’re buying a home, selling a home, or a happy owner of your home for 10 years, it is still important to identify signs of water damage. Water can not only damage walls, floors, and lead to toxic mold to grow, but it can also cause permanent structural damage to a home. Water damage can be caused by leaks, floods, overflowing water sources, ice dams, accumulation of water in the basement, or leaky appliances. Although water damage can exist anywhere inside a home, there are some important high risk areas to check first. Follow these steps to inspect a house for water damage.

Step 1 - Check the Walls

The simplest way to spot water damage is looking for water stains on the walls and ceilings. You can also check around the window and door frames for stains. Any unusual stains should be taken seriously, as they are most likely a sign of a leaky pipe or drain inside the wall. You can look for cracks in the drywall. An area of wall that has been exposed to water can also have a swollen appearance and be soft to the touch.

Step 2 - Check the Floors

Water damage can happen to any type of flooring and can also seep down to the sub floor. Look for any warping or buckling of the floors, especially in the basement. If the floor looks warped, water damage is most likely the cause. Also be wary of white or dark stains on wood floors, damp carpeting, or a general smell of dampness and mold.

Step 3 - Check the Pipes

Inspect the piping in the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, and basement for corrosion around the pipe connections, leaks, or water stains. Inspect the caulking around the bathroom fixtures. Missing or loose caulking could be caused by water seepage. Look for missing grout or signs of mold. Check the water heater for wet spots on the floor and rust on the tank.

Step 4 - Check the Basement

Basement leakage is a common problem found in houses. Water in the basement often causes damage to the flooring, baseboards, walls, and furniture. Additionally, odors caused by mold and mildew can be unpleasant and even cause health problems. Inspect for cracks, stains, rust, dampness, mold, and odors.

Step 5 - Check the Attic

Check the attic for stains, mold, and other signs of leaks. Pay special attention to the valleys where 2 roof planes come together, the flashing where the roof meets the walls, and the flashing around roof vents and chimneys. The insulation should be dry and in good condition. Houses located in cold climates can develop ice dams on the roof, which cause water to leak into the attic from melting snow and ice on the roof.

Step 6 - Check the Exterior

Make sure to check the exterior of the house as well. Check the roof for missing or damaged flashings, cracked, or curled shingles. If you see standing water anywhere outside the home, it could be the sign of a problem. A puddle could be due to poor drainage in the yard, leaky rain gutters, or gutter spouts that don’t take water far enough from the house. The house should be situated on the highest point of the property, with the ground sloping away from the house.

After finishing checking all these steps, if you find something wrong or suspicious, don’t hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Alhambra at 626-283-5875. We will inspect your home free of charge and provide a free estimate if any work needs to be done. Keep your home clear of any water damage and call today!

Fourth of July Safety Tips

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fourth of July is arguably the best part of summer. An entire day off work filled with barbecues, fireworks, and a trip to the local park or beach? What more could we possibly ask for. Having fun is great but it’s also important to remember to stay safe.

Have a great day celebrating our beautiful country but remember these useful Firework and Grilling safety tips:

Firework

  • Always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  • Never give fireworks to small children.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby.
  • Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight "a dud."
  • Never carry fireworks in your pockets.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
  • Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, or structures.
  • Use fireworks outdoors only.
  • Keep a safe distance.

Grilling

  • Always watch over a barbecue grill when in use.
  • Never grill in any enclosed area like in your house, camper or tent.
  • Make sure everyone, including the pets, don’t get too close to the grill.
  • Keep the grill out in the open and away from anything that could catch fire.
  • Use the long-handled tools made for cooking to avoid burns.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals. This way you can relax and not worry about getting hurt or lighting things on fire. Fireworks should always be treated with a lot of care and caution. Every year people in this country are accidentally injured while using fireworks and grills. Follow precautions to make sure you and your family stay out of the ER this summer. SERVPRO of Alhambra wishes you a Happy Fourth of July filled with delicious foods and loved ones!

For more information and tips, visit The Red Cross at http://www.redcross.org.

How to Deal with Storms & Prevent Flooding

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Global warming has changed the climate as we know it and brought much needed rain to our dry state. What seemed like a blessing for a state that has been in a drought for so long may be a curse to those who are not prepared.  Living in sunny southern California, many of us are not ready to deal with all the rain we have been getting. SERVPRO of Alhambra is here to provide you with some tips to make all this rain a little more bearable.

In big cities like Los Angeles, intense storms tend to block up the city’s drainage system. It becomes overwhelmed and flooding will occur. As in most emergencies, the first thing to do is to call 911 in case of any life threatening emergencies. Do not attempt to drive through standing water. Water will stall your car so if your car stops, abandon it and move to dry or higher ground. If you are in an office or home that's in danger of flooding, it is important to unplug all electrical appliances and turn off the gas line. Remember to stay aware from any electrical wires and fallen power lines.

In order to prevent the likelihood of floods, do your best to help keep the storm drains clear of trash and debris. Leave or plant vegetation on areas that slope to slow runoff and prevent erosion. It’s also important to remember to keep your home’s gutters and downspouts clean. Sandbags are great to have handy to prevent outside water from coming into your house. Last but not least, keep an emergency kit and list of emergency numbers just in case anything does happen.

If you follow these simple tips, you’ll definitely reduce the chance of a flood in your neighborhood or home. But hey accidents happen right? If they do, call us here at SERVPRO of Alhambra and we’ll be there to help.

The Most Common Causes of House Fires

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

In Southern California, we are known to have summer temperatures all year round which makes it common for fires to break out. A house can easily catch fire for a number of different reasons but they can be easily avoided if you take the right measures. Below are some of the most common causes of house fires, and some tips to prevent them.

  1. 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.
  2. Heating - Keep portable heaters at least three feet away from anything that could easily catch fire such as furniture, curtains, clothes and even yourself. If you have a furnace, get it inspected once a year to make sure it is working to safety standards.
  3. Electrical Malfunction – Fires that are the result of electrical hazards occur in homes with inadequate wiring. Some signs to see if you’ve bad wiring are: 1) Lights dim if you use another appliance; 2) For an appliance to work, you have to disconnect another; 3) Fuses blow or trip the circuit frequently. If you have any doubts or concerns about your electric wiring, call your landlord immediately or have a licensed electrician come and inspect you house.
  4. Open Flame - Candles look and smell nice, but if they are left unattended they can cause a room to burst into flames. Keep candles away from any obviously flammable items such as books and tissue boxes. Always blow a candle out before leaving a room.
  5. 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.

Most of house fires are unintentional but taking precautions can help you avoid a fire in your home and ensure the safety of your family. However 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.

For more fire statistics in the United States, visit https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/#what

Riverside Plane Crash

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

In February 2017, a tragic accident occurred in Riverside County just east of Los Angeles. Five San Jose natives were on board a twin-engine Cessna 310, when the plane suddenly clipped one home, crashed into another, and the fire engulfed a third home. Two nearby homes were also damaged by the effects of the fire. No one in any of the residences were injured.

Three of the people on board the plane including the pilot died as a result of the horrible accident. Two people were severely injured and taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton. One of the victims suffered third-degree burns over 90 percent of her body and has succumb to complications of these extensive burns. Doctors had to amputate her legs, she had remained on a ventilator and feeding tube to breathe and eat. Ensuing almost a month of surgeries and complications, the family has made the decision to take her off life support. The other victim, who is now the sole survivor of the crash, has been transferred to a different hospital and is slowly recovering.

The members on the plane had come from San Jose to Southern California to watch their daughters compete in a cheerleading competition. The young girl's got home safely on a school-chartered bus.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation by Riverside County Police. They are looking at environmental factors, pilot’s experience, flight records and the overall condition of the plane. The destroyed homes have been red tagged and the other homes have exterior, smoke and fire damage. SERVPRO of Alhambra was asked to help inspect one of the properties at the loss site to identifying the safety issues and pretesting for restorability. 

Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to the families of the victims. A GoFundMe page has been established by a family friend to help raise money for the medical bills, travel expenses and funerals. 

Three Categories of Water Damage

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage can be a scary thing if you don't know what you’re dealing with. Before you stress and freak out, here are some facts to help you determine how bad the water damage actually is.


 


Category 1 - “Clean Water”


Clean water comes from a source that does not serve as a potential threat. It will come from a clean and sanitary source such as faucets, sinks, bathtubs, toilets or any broken water supply lines. However if you ignore the water, it will not stay clean since it comes into contact with other surfaces or materials.


 


Category 2 - “ Grey Water”


Grey Water is a source of water that contains a significant degree of either chemical, biological or physical contaminants. It can cause discomfort and illness when you consume it or sometimes if you’re just exposed to it. It carries unsafe levels of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and algae. This includes water from dishwashers, washing machines, sump pumps, toilet bowls (that doesn’t contain any feces), and flush sink drains.


 


Category 3 - “Black Water”


Black water comes from a source of water that is unsanitary. It contains unsanitary agents that can cause severe discomfort and sickness. It is any outside water that has now affected the indoor environment. Sources can range sea water, rivers and streams to sewage and groundwater. Any toilet back flow regardless of color and overflow with feces is categorized as black water.


Time and temperature can affect the quality of water, thereby changing its category. Any stagnant water can harbor bacteria. So if you ever experience water damage, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Alhambra to help with your water extraction and/or dehumidification.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

If your business was hit by an unexpected disaster today, would you know how to respond? It is important to be prepared for a disaster no matter how big or small. Whether it is a minor leak, a large fire, heavy flooding, or an earthquake, preparation is key. It is estimated that 50% of businesses do not reopen after a water or fire disaster. Call SERVPRO of Alhambra to schedule an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your commercial/ residential structure and make sure your business is properly prepared.

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a free assessment of your property which will serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. The ERP is a concise profile document containing only the crucial information needed in the event of an emergency. It includes facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. It helps employees determine the line of command for authorizing repair work to begin. The ERP can also serve as a helpful addition to any existing emergency preparedness procedures.

The ERP will establish SERVPRO of Alhambra as your professional disaster mitigation and restoration provider. By working with SERVPRO of Alhambra to develop your personalized Emergency READY Profile, you can help minimize your business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your building. SERVPRO is a trusted leader in water and fire damage response area and we can help you get your property back in working order as soon as possible.

Being prepared is essential to making it through any size disaster. Don't wait until disaster strikes, call SERVPRO of Alhambra at 626-283-5875 today to get your personalized Emergency Ready Profile for your business. We’ll make sure you are “Ready for Whatever Happens.”

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