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Where Can I Find 24 Hour Water Removal Services for my Business?

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

A Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Office No matter what business you're in, big or small, industrial or food service, SERVPRO of Montebello can help!

SERVPRO Can Remediate Water Damage at Any Time of Day

Owning a business means working day and night, it's already a demanding profession. And suddenly needing water remediation services can be overwhelming. Don't worry, our doors here at SERVPRO are always open. 

If your business needs water restoration services, we are “Faster to any Disaster”, normally arriving within the hour. We plan our schedule off of when it's convenient for you. Whenever you need us, SERVPRO of Montebello is here for you. 

I Need Discretion, Can SERVPRO Provide That?

At SERVPRO, it is our goal to leave our customers feeling happy and taken care of. If you want a discreet service to your property, we can:

  • Use back entrances to avoid public line-of-sight
  • Work during the night, when your business is closed normally
  • Work fast to get the job done as soon as possible

 No matter what your needs are, SERVPRO can find a way to help you. 

How Can SERVPRO Remediate my Business?

Once inside, our technicians can do a brief investigation to create a remediation plan. After, we can get right to work. We can start by:

  • Using thermal imaging cameras to identify water in hidden places
  • Use advanced technological devices to remove standing water, such as wet/dry vacuums
  • Use drying equipment to ensure the moisture levels in your bar are appropriate

Furthermore, here at SERVPRO, we have specialty equipment for hard-to-reach places. We can use air-blasting tubes to get underneath floors, or between walls. Doing so can help speed up the drying process and ensure that mold growth cannot occur.

Does Dead Mold Need to Be Removed?

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

Cleaning mold is not a DIY project but a job for professionals. Unless mold is properly removed, it can come back at a moment's notice.

There’s something that's just as bad, or even worse than mold, and that is the information we find on the internet. The reason? It's not always accurate.

Wrong information is especially prevalent surrounding mold. Mold itself is often misunderstood, as is the process of how to safely and fully neutralize it. This is due in large part because of the lack of regulation in the mold remediation industry.

Here are two common misconceptions about mold:

1) Bleach Kills Mold

When bleach comes into contact with organic material (Such as mold)  its effectiveness is greatly reduced. The amount of bleach one would need to fully remove the mold will likely damage the material before successfully killing the mold.

Remember: Bleach does not address the 'cause' of the mold. If moisture and humidity issues are still present, those would need to be addressed before the mold.

2) Dead Mold Doesn't Need to Be Removed... 

First off, dead mold is dormant or not actively growing. It needs moisture and humidity, as stated above, for it to flourish. However, some "mold professionals" offer to "kill in place". They may use a sort of fog or spray. After they perform this they do not clean up the dead mold. Why? Because they know they can convince you the mold is no longer harmful. Once moisture is reintroduced, the mold will quickly grow back and they know it. And when it grows back, guess who you're gonna call again? Yup those guys.

Key Takeaway:

  • There is no one solution to kill mold. The cause must be treated, then the mold is to be professionally mitigated so all mold, dead and growing, can be removed.

SERVPRO of Montebello is here to help with all your mold and water damage needs. We are open 24/7 365 days a year to help you get back to normal. Call us at (323) 215-1997

Creating an Emergency Action Plan for Your Company

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

It is a good idea for businesses large and small to have a plan in place in the event that a disaster strikes Has your company made an Emergency Action Plan?

There are Six Things that a company's emergency action plan must accomplish.

It is a good idea for businesses large and small to have a plan in place in the event that a disaster strikes. Normally, it is a physical document that helps to keep employees organized during an emergency. 

  1. Establish Reporting Procedures

There are standard procedures, which include but are not limited to, dialing 911 or pulling a fire alarm. However, a company may wish to establish a system that is unique, and therefore better suited to its individual needs. One example of that would be a bank. They may have a button that is pushed during a robbery to silently notify the authorities. Your company may not need a silent alarm but rather something that could specifically relate to your line of work 

  1. Decide Exit Routes

An evacuation plan is made so that employees, should an emergency arise, know when, where, and how to evacuate. The plan should detail who can order an evacuation and explains the conditions in which they would. It should also feature exit maps or diagrams so that employees can follow escape routes easily. 

  1. Explain Emergency Procedures

In critical emergencies where equipment or tools must be used before moving forward with the contingency plan, all hazards must be explained. These hazards may include breaking glass or how to properly use fire extinguishers. 

  1. Ensure Employee Safety

A procedure to ensure that employees evacuate safely is necessary. Someone may need to be assigned the duty of checking offices and restrooms to make sure no one gets left behind in an emergency. This step could also be accomplished by implementing a simple roll call. 

  1. Maintain Contact Information for Employees

Keeping a record of employee names and phone numbers is useful during an emergency. Having this ahead of time will make it easier to locate them either during or immediately after, an emergency. 

  1. Know Whom To Call for Cleanup

It's also a good idea to have the contact information for commercial building restoration services on hand. Enlisting the help of professionals can help get your business back on its feet in a quick and stress-free manner. 

SERVPRO of Montebello is here to help with all your emergency restoration needs. We are open 24/7 365 days a year to help you get back to normal. Call us at (323) 215-1997

Sewage Backup Causes

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

There are many things that could cause a sewage backup. Know the common causes so it doesn't happen to you. There are many things that could cause a sewage backup. Know the common causes so it doesn't happen to you.

Sewage backups can be an extremely devastating event that can happen to just about any home or business. What are some of the causes of a sewage backup? There are three main reasons that you may experience a sewage backup: damaged sewer pipes, clogs, and tree roots in the sewer system. Let's take a deeper look at these areas. 

COMMON CAUSES

  • Clogs: 

Usually, if you only have a singular trouble area that experiences a backup, like a tub or a sink, then it is most likely a clog and can be fixed by cleaning the drain. However, if all drains in your home are backed up, then there is a blockage at the main that is causing the issue. Unless the blockage is removed, the overflow will continue and will cause extensive damage to your entire home or business area. 

  • Tree Roots:  

The roots of large trees in the proximity of a sewer line can often cause severe problems. They can literally grow into the pipes and cause holes and blockages or they may wrap around the sewer line and crush it. 

  • Damaged Sewer Lines: 

Older properties with older sewer lines that have not been upgraded can have broken or collapsed lines. All the pipes and sewers in older homes were built using cast iron and clay which can wear off with time, get rusty, and easily break down. Present-day plastic sewer lines cannot cause such problems simply because they don’t rust. 

Sewage backups are not only hazardous to your health, but they can cause a great amount of structural damage to your home. If you experience a sewage back up do not attempt to flush the toilet. Do not use harsh chemicals to attempt to clean out the drain. This can actually cause more damage and make things worse. Open your windows to let fresh air in. It is also very important to keep pets and children away from the affected area. However, the most important thing to do is to call for professional help. 

SERVPRO of Montebello is here to help with all your water damage needs. We are open 24/7 365 days a year to help you get back to normal. Call us at (323) 215-1997

Four Ways To Prevent Mold Growth in Your Home

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

Mold prevention starts with moisture prevention! Mold prevention starts with moisture prevention!

Should mold start growing in your home or business, you might feel stressed and frustrated, and not knowing how to deal with it could make it worse. However, there are many different preventative steps that you can take, such as preventing water damage, to keep mold from growing and spreading. Keep these tips in mind: 

  1. Fix Leaks Immediately

Because mold growth happens more quickly in moist environments, you should be sure to repair any leaks in your home as soon as possible. Whether the water is coming from a window, the plumbing, or the roof, this is a prime breeding space for mold. Even if the leak is small, it can cause enough water damage over time to become a large problem. 

  1. Keep Humidity Levels Low

The higher the humidity in your home, the higher the chance of finding mold. Some ways to keep humidity low include using a dehumidifier or even just an air conditioner. 

  1. Ventilate Areas That Are Prone to Mold

Active mold prevention is more often required in rooms where you use a lot of water, such as the bathrooms, kitchen, or the laundry room. These areas should have special attention paid to make sure they are properly ventilated, which can help keep mold down. You should also make sure to dry any spaces where water tends to condense or to build up. 

  1. Clean Regularly

Regular maintenance and cleaning of your home is perhaps the best way to prevent mold. If you are cleaning on a regular basis, especially with products that kill mold spores, then the fungus will not have a chance to grow and spread. Cleaning and maintenance will also help you to find any areas that could start to grow mold or you would at least be able to catch it before it becomes a big problem

While there are many ways that you can prevent mold, it can also be helpful to hire a professional mold remediation service if the problem is too large for you to handle on your own. Particularly if you have extensive water damage, it is a good idea to get outside help. 

SERVPRO of Montebello is here to help with all your water and mold damage needs. We are open 24/7 365 days a year to help you get back to normal. Call us at (323) 215-1997

Water Damage From Garden Hose

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

An average garden hose can release THOUSANDS of gallons of water per hour! An average garden hose can release THOUSANDS of gallons of water per hour!

A 25-foot, 1/2-inch hose with water at 40 psi has a flow rate of 24 GALLONS per minute. That is a lot of water in a not too long period, especially when you think of how much can come out in an hour. That is why it is EXTREMELY important to make sure that when watering your garden or plants that you not forget about your hose and accidentally leave it running. Walking away from your hose while it is on can cause water to saturate the ground around your home causing mold and potentially even damaging your foundation!

A leaking garden hose can cause extensive water damage to your home due to the long period of time that the water might be entering your home. Here are some tips for things to look for when you come across a leaky hose or faucet, and how you can stop the water from damaging your home. 

First and foremost, determine where the leak on your hose is actually coming from. Finding the source of the leak should be relatively easy, but depending on the location of said leak will determine the severity of the problem and how much effort it will take to fix it. If your hose is leaking from the connection to the faucet, your problem likely lies with either the spigot itself or the hose fitting. If water is coming up from around the handle, most likely your packing washer is worn out, or the packing nut may need to be tightened. However, if water only leaks when your hose is secured to the spigot, then you need to check to see if water is leaking around the actual connection, or from below the fitting, in which case you may need a new hose. 

SERVPRO of Montebello is here to help with all your water damage needs. We are open 24/7 365 days a year to help you get back to normal. Call us at (323) 215-1997

Tips for Purchasing the Right Smoke Detector

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

Do you know how to choose the right smoke detector? Do you know how to choose the right smoke detector?

Experiencing a fire is devastating and can easily be overwhelming. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands, close to 400,000,  home and business fires occur each year. It's important to be prepared. Having a working smoke alarm can warn you (and your family/employees) to evacuate, helping ensure everyone stays safe.

Number of Smoke Detectors

How many smoke detection devices you need depends on the size of your home or business. There are several factors that come into play here:

  • The number of rooms in your building
  • The square footage of your building
  • The number of floors in your building

The recommended placement for safety regulations suggest installing a smoke alarm in each bedroom of your home or one in each main room of your business. Additionally they recommend at least one on each level. If your home has a basement, you should consider having one there as well. A good rule of thumb is to make sure you have at least one smoke detector for every 500 square feet of your home.

 Alarms Types

There are several different kinds of smoke alarms, and all are not equally as effective. The two types of smoke detectors are ionization and photoelectric. Each has its own pros and cons, for example Ionization smoke detectors are better able to detect the smoke from large flame fires and are generally cheaper. However, photoelectric sensors are better able to detect the smoke from smouldering fires, up to 50 minutes earlier than ionization, and are generally considered the better option as most fire related deaths are not from flames but rather smoke inhalation. The recommended one, although the most expensive, is a hybrid photoelectric and ionization as it works well in both large flame and smouldering fires, and could very well save your life.

Fire safety is important just in case the unimaginable happens. Having enough smoke detectors can give you more time to safely evacuate, and fire restoration experts at SERVPRO can help you get everything back to normal after the fire is out. Remember things can be replaced, YOU cannot.

SERVPRO of Montebello is here to help with all your fire damage and even fire prevention needs. We are open 24/7 365 days a year to help you get back to normal.  Call us at (323) 215-1997

Did You Know: Fire Damage Can Lead to Water Damage

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

The water used to stop a fire can create a massive problem if not handled correctly The water used to stop a fire can create a massive problem if not handled correctly

Fires by themselves can cause massive damage to anything, especially your home. In minutes, your home, possessions, everything can go up in flames and be turned to ash. However, fire damage isn’t the only problem you’ll have. There is also the effort to fight and put out the fire in which firefighters need to use mass amounts of water.

What to do Following a Fire

First and foremost, after alerting the authorities, GET TO SAFETY. Then you need to let firefighting crews do their job. They will use a lot of water to make sure the fire is out for good. This can result in major water damage, and possibly even mold depending on how long remediation takes, in the building. Here’s what you should do next:

  • Take photos and contact your insurance
  • Avoid contact with anything affected by the fire.
  • Contact us to start fire and water cleanup and remediation professionally

Water Restoration Issues

A firefighters goal is to get the fire under control, and ultimately completely extinguish it, as fast as they can. This means that they will have to spray much water to achieve these goals. This effectively puts an end to the flames, it will cause other problems including water damaged walls, ceilings, furniture, electronics, etc.

We Come In To Help

We do our best to save as much of your home as possible. We do this to help speed up remediation and to keep as much of your. Next we will remove the water and moisture left behind from the fire crew. Our specialists use high-powered industrial extractors to remove any moisture from the area as quick and efficiently as possible. We do our best to determine what can be saved and restore it "Like it never even happened." We then use a variety of equipment and technology to remove any trace of fire or smoke damage from your property and your possessions. 

SERVPRO of Montebello is here to help with all your fire or water damage needs. We are open 24/7 365 days a year to help you get back to normal.  Call us at (323) 215-1997

We Are Faster to Your Water Disaster

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Waiting after water damage can lead to a major mold problem. Waiting after water damage can lead to a major mold problem.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Montebello provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster  

Flooding and water damage is invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Montebello arrives quickly and starts the remediation immediately. We help to minimize the damage and restoration costs. Remember, the longer you wait the more expensive it is to fix. DON'T WAIT CALL US TODAY!

Water Damage Timeline:

Within Minutes

  • Water spreads throughout the property, damaging everything it touches.
  • Water soaks into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture colors may bleed, causing permanent staining.
  • Photographs, books, etc. bleed and warp.

Hour 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to bubble, swell, and break down.
  • Metal surfaces start to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor emerge.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase exponentially; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding will be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

SERVPRO of Montebello is here to help with all your water damage needs. We are open 24/7 365 days a year to help you get back to normal.  Call us at (323) 215-1997

Electrostatic Sprayers: What Are They?

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

The droplets can wrap around solid objects ensuring total coverage The droplets can wrap around solid objects ensuring total coverage!

Electrostatic sprayers are one of the many cutting edge tools we at SERVPRO® are using to combat Coronavirus, but what are they exactly and how do they work?

Why Do We Use Electrostatic Sprayers?

They are able to cover an area with sanitizer more efficiently and quicker than normal sanitizing means (by hand). They do this by atomizing the spray droplets to mere microns ensuring a fine mist that can cover more area with less waste. 

Each particle is also electrically charged, which both ensures that each drop spreads out evenly and can even attract the droplets to surfaces that cleaning by hand would not be able to reach. Think of how magnets repel similar magnetic forces and are attracted to opposite polarities. In fact, the droplets can even wrap around a solid object to coat all sides. This helps ensure that everything is sanitized.

SERVPRO of Montebello is here to help with all your water damage needs. We are open 24/7 365 days a year to help you get back to normal.  Call us at (323) 215-1997