Keep Your Home Safe During the Holidays!
SERVPRO of Glendora / San Dimas would like to wish everyone a safe holiday season. Between lighting candles for a dinner party, or putting a log on the fire for ambiance, it’s easy to have a beautiful home turn into a fire danger zone. Please look over the 9 main cause of fires below:
1: Cooking- House fires happen most during dinner hours—between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m because they are the most common dinner times.
- For grease fires, only use a fire extinguisher or baking soda. NEVER water.
- Never leave your food unattended. Fires can easily start in a matter of seconds.
2: Heating Equipment - Almost 13% of all residential fires are caused by heating equipment. Make sure to turn off all heating equipment once you have finished using them.
3: Electrical Equipment- Keep an eye out - Look for frayed wires, surge marks in wire, and damaged cords.
4: Carelessness -Leaving a curling iron next to some facial tissue would fall under this category.
5: Open Flame- Candles, fires in the fireplace, and outdoor bonfires are enjoyable when controlled, but disastrous when they’re not, or left unattended.
6: Appliances- If you feel like any of your appliances are acting weird, have a professional come out and service them.
7: Intentional- It should go without saying, arson is a felony and can result in up to 20 years in prison.
8: Smoking - Make sure your cigarettes and cigars are extinguished properly every time.
9: Natural- If you live in an area prone to wildfires, be sure to be aware of your local conditions.
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Commercial Flood This Season
It is not uncommon for large commercial properties to experience an intense amount of restoration damage. Fire is an obvious example. A fire can, depending on physical and weather conditions, spread incredibly quickly. Water can also spread damage very quickly. A broken sprinkler system can easily damage a multi-story building fast.
Putting The Customer First
Putting the customer's needs before our own is one of our top priorities here at SERVPRO of Glendora & San Dimas. We are extremely committed to providing the best quality restoration services that we are open 24/7/365 in case one of our customers experiences a disaster in the middle of the night or on weekends.
Where Mold Can Grow
Where Mold Can Grow:
There are a handful of areas of the house that mold can be found in your home or your commercial building space. It is important for the safety of your health, home and building to be familiar with the multiple areas mold can be found.
Any area of a home or a commercial building space that is prone to water, humidity, being damp or lack of ventilation is prone to mold growth.
Any area of the home or office building that has major appliances, those areas are especially susceptible to mold growth.
Ventilation ducts, carpets, furniture and crawl spaces are other places to be concerned for mold growth.
Always be aware of odd odors in these areas. They are almost a sure sign of mold.
If you are concerned about mold in your own home or office space, call Joe McCann at SERVPRO Glendora / San Dimas. His team is available 24/7/365. They can be reached at 626-852-9922.
Is Your Commercial Building at Water Damage Risk?
If your commercial building has suffered any water damage, call Joe McCann and his Team at SERVPRO of Glendora & San Dimas 626-852-9922.
There are many different ways that businesses can experience water damage. Most commonly, business owners assume water damage is caused by a major storm. However, that is not always the case.
Malfunctioning sprinkler systems
Some older commercial buildings still have outdated sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection systems. While such sprinklers can come in handy during a fire emergency, they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are faulty or in need of replacement.
Damaged appliances and equipment
This cause of commercial flood damage is more common in restaurants and other kitchen facilities, as well as any business that has appliances and equipment that make use of water, such as laundry cleaning equipment.
Broken pipes and plumbing
Just like in a residence, if the plumbing system in your workplace fails water damage could be the result.
Backed up sewer lines
Should the sewer line to your building back up or become damaged, realize the potential dangers of contaminated Black Water which can cause health effects and ruin products and office furnishings.
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What Can We Do To Help?
SERVPRO is a Fire and Water Cleanup company. Our mission has been to reliably help residents, business owners, and commercial property owners deal with property damage from storms, fires, sewer spills, and the disruption these calamities can cause.
The last 18 months has definitely been a momentous time in history. People around the world have been through a global crisis with few precedents. The shut down of all but the most critical infrastructure affected whole nations for many months. Boarders, governments, and even great distance between continents failed protect us. But life was still happening behind all those closed doors.
Because SERVPRO is in the business to help people recover from property damage, in many cases cleaning up pathogens like the bacteria in sewer spills and the health concerns from mold spores, we were one of those businesses deemed an Essential Service, staying open to help restore and maintain healthy living and working spaces.
Hence, SERVPRO of Glendora/San Dimas remained active throughout the Pandemic providing our usual restoration services with the addition of Certified Antiviral Cleaning, disinfecting properties with confirmed Covid contamination. We were also asked to support several of the major insurance carriers by providing cost estimates for insurance claims, acting on behalf of insurance adjustors who were directed to avoid unnecessary contact with their customer base. In short, the pandemic kept the restoration business very busy throughout the crisis.
It’s true, we are one of those industries that benefited from the increased work created by the global situation. However, it’s been very hard. For many months, our employees worked incredible hours meeting the needs of our customers. But despite the challenges, finding meaning in what we do and being good at it has helped keep our team motivated and moving forward.
On a philosophical level, our business has always supported giving back to the community. In the spirit of answering the question above “What Can We Do To Help?”, SERVPRO of Glendora has traditionally tried to share our good fortune when we can help make a difference. Our contributions are modest in the context of the needs of the organizations we support, but we hope we have also inspired others to extend themselves to share what they can, making the effort go a little further.
Some of the organizations we have raised donations for include Relay For Life, House of Ruth, Wounded Warrior Project, Ann Roush Burn Foundation, and Kiwanis and Rotary Food Drive events.
Directly related to the Pandemic, in early 2020, during the first months when hospitals in Los Angeles County began to fill with infected patients, the shocking reality settled in that many medical institutions were going to run out of supplies.
Among the shortages, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was identified as critical to First Responders who themselves would be at great personal risk unless they had the proper safety equipment, including masks and face shields. LA County Leadership was called upon to help figure out how to get PPE to these heroes who would be so critical to saving lives and controlling the outbreak.
One of the solutions was to get help from organizations who had production capabilities and expertise to make up the shortfall in the required PPE. Among the organizations who stepped up was a Non-Profit called the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI). Provided with philanthropic donations, LACI proposed to mobilize and coordinate production facilities and enlist out-of-work people as elements of a Face-shield production program.
Using our company Trucks, SERVPRO of Glendora volunteered to support the distribution of thousands of face shields LACI would eventually produce to hospitals throughout Los Angeles County.
Fast forward to June of 2021. The Pandemic and personal protection protocols in many parts of the country, including Southern California, is starting to recede and life is creeping towards to a new normal. The LACI organization has fulfilled their commitment to LA County First Responders, producing and delivering approximately 125,000 medical grade face shields to doctors, nurses, and other care workers.
For our part delivering these face shields, SERVPRO of Glendora was actively answering the question, What Can We Do To Help? We feel like we have been part of something important, something bigger than ourselves, pretty much right where we want to be every day.
We certainly hope you never need our property restoration services, but the reality is wildfires, storms, and common plumbing failures will continue to be a part of our lives. Our advice is:
- Prepare for the unexpected with periodic maintenance inspections
- Know who to call when you need reliable emergency services
- Be ready to get out when the order to evacuate comes from emergency responders
Contact our office about a free Emergency Ready Profile (ERP), a very useful application for your smart device that we help you install. You’ll be better prepared when an emergency does strike, saving time, property, maybe even lives.
As we inch up on our new reality, SERVPRO’s core business remains restoring properties and returning control to those affected.
What Kind of Smoke Damage is This?!
There are three different types of smoke that can damage your home. SERVPRO of Glendora / San Dimas is expertly trained in cleaning all of them.
Synthetic: Synthetic residue appears when oil based materials are burned such as plastics and fabrics. This could include everything from window coverings, furniture, carpets, and electronics. Synthetic materials produce a thick black smoke when they burn, leaving behind a smeary residue. Avoid touching any of the residue to prevent smearing. Vacuuming the residue has proven to be the best approach to cleaning synthetic residues left behind, followed by dry-chem sponge cleaning.
Protein: Proteins such as meat and beans, for example, will leave behind a yellowish brown residue when they burn. The texture is greasy feeling and can stick to any surface, making it a pain to clean up. Make sure you head over to your local home improvement store and ask for the proper fire cleaning solution that will work well on cleaning up after protein fires.
Natural: These type of fires are caused by the burning of natural products such as wood and paper. They produce dry powdery residue that is greyish-black in colour. These residues are easier to clean up than the synthetic or protein residues. Removing the residues can be done by vacuuming with a bristled brush, followed by dry-chem sponge cleaning.
Always contact SERVPRO of Glendora / San Dimas after any fire in your home for proper fire restoration services. Joe McCann and his team can be reached at 626-852-9922.
How Could I Have Prevented Storm Damage
September 1st is here! As I woke up this morning, I was excited to see another gloomy, cloudy, overcast morning. Growing up in Southern California, I longed for long days at the beaches and poolside. Now, as an adult, fall and sweater weather reign king.
Although our rainy season is not usually very long in the San Gabriel Valley, I enjoy every minute of it. I also understand the importance of making sure my home is safe and secure during cool weather storms.
My husband and I check our window and door seals to make sure they are in good condition and not damaged or missing. Doing so helps prevent water from entering our home when it rains. Improper sealing can lead to floor and wall damage, which can lead to mold if undetected.
After the first heavy rainfall, we also inspect our ceilings to make sure there are not any leaks in our roof. Roof damage can happen all throughout the year, but it is usually a rain leak that will make you notice them. Detecting them immediately can help serious flood damage in your home.
In the event that you do experience storm damage, call SERVPRO of Glendora / San Dimas for all of your water restoration needs.
-Megan de Anda, SERVPRO of Glendora / San Dimas
Why Gutters Are Important
Gutters are a very important part of roofs for commercial and residential buildings. Their main role is transporting water and debris off of roofs. Especially in stormy seasons, it is important to ensure gutters are functioning to their highest ability. They are responsible for keeping roofs clean.
Removal of water and debris in gutters lightens the weight on the roof, preventing the possibility of roof leaks and caving under stress from weather. It is imperative that gutters are maintained in optimal working condition to prevent damage to the entire commercial building or residential home.
Gutters should be inspected twice yearly and cleared of debris that could prevent flow of water and materials from roof. Also, check for standing water in gutters as it could indicate inadequate flow of water. Water should be moving down off the roof toward storm drainage areas. Keeping trees trimmed near the roof will alleviate stress on gutters because the branches will not slow water flow or contribute more debris to gutters.
Ensure water is being funneled away from the building once off the roof, as flooding can sometimes occur due to runoff not having proper.
Water stains on the internal ceiling can indicate a roof leak. They are usually an off color, older stains can look like a tea spill.
In the case of water damage, roof leaks, and storm damage, SERVPRO of Glendora / San Dimas is avaible 24/7 for emergency services! Joe McCann and his team are a plethora of water damage knowledge.
Is Your Glendora Business Safe?
How to Keep Your Commercial Property Safe:
Keeping your commercial property safe can help you protect your employees, patrons, and business equipment. From keeping up on building maintenance to installing a security system, there can be plenty of preventative problems that can be found around your property. Here are a few ways you can keep your commercial property safe and secure.
The more attention you pay to your building maintenance, the less likely you are to face any issues. Keep your property current and routinely check for any slippery surfaces, damaged floors, sharp objects, frayed or damaged wires, or blocked hallways. Staying vigilant helps you avoid problems before they become a much bigger issue.
Increase Lighting In & Around the Building:
When it comes to your building, it’s important to keep it well lit. Not only does it help to avoid trips and falls, but it can also help to avoid burglaries. Install extra lighting and make sure your building is well-lit. The brightest building on the block tends not to fall victim to crimes.
Prepare for an Emergency.
Disasters are unpredictable, which means it’s important to be prepared. Take precautions to minimize potential damage from a disaster, and make emergency exits readily available. Check that all your fire alarms are working properly and that all the emergency exits are well marked.
Install Security to Protect the Property.
Businesses require a significant amount of expensive materials to operate, making it a prime target for burglaries. Take measures to increase security on the property. Install security cameras and alarms, and hire a security guard. Additionally, consult with local law enforcement to see what precautions they recommend
Sewer Water Damage in Homes
While floods are probably best known for causing extensive water damage to homes and businesses, they can also cause sewage from sanitary sewer lines to back up into houses through drain pipes. These backups not only cause damage that is difficult to repair, but also create health hazards.
Much like drain pipes, the main sewer line can become clogged, this can cause sewage backups in the home. Sewer backups should be considered an emergency since water may contain bacteria and/or other microbes that may cause illnesses and/or serious health issues.
If it is just one toilet, sink, or tub that seems to be the problem, it may just be a clog in the drain. If, however, every flush creates a sewage backup in your home, you likely have a blockage in your main sewer line.
SERVPRO of Glendora / San Dimas is just a phone call away for any water damage caused by sewer drains. We also are able to fully clean out, and sanitize crawl spaces affected by build up.