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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

National Prep Month: Prepare For Disasters

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

The type of disasters we face may be different depending on where we may live. The thing that doesn't change, however, is that we all need to prepare for them. Whether it be hurricanes and floods, or earthquakes and fires, we need to be ready.

What To Do

  • Prepare a disaster kit with things like water, food, shelter, tools, etc. (For more information on how to properly build your survival kit read our blog here ->
  • Make a plan on what to do and where to go in case of an emergency. Making a plan ahead of time can really help your family to be prepared and ready for any disaster
  • Look up what disasters may affect you in your area. Disasters vary on location so there is no one plan fits all or only one type of natural disaster.

Planning ahead will help to save lives and possibly lessen any damage. Remember, "Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today."

Follow the conversation online @MTBSERVPRO@readygov, & @fema. Visit our blog for more #NatlPrep articles and disaster related information. Sign up for our giveaway here!!!

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National Prep Month: Build A Kit

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

When a disaster strikes it may be some time before help or relief is available. During that time you may have to survive on your own for a while. Having a go-bag put together and ready can really help, and possibly even save lives.

What is a go-bag exactly? In simple terms, it is simply a kit of food, supplies, etc. that will help you and your family survive until help can arrive. Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find.

Basic Supplies

All go bags should include most if not all of these supplies.

  • Water (Keep in mind to have one gallon per person per day)
  • Food (At least three days worth of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank NOAA Weather Radio
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle
  • Dust mask
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (For shelter)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Additional Supplies

While the above-mentioned supplies are some of the most important, you may need more depending on your circumstances. 

  • Cloth face masks
  • Medications (Both prescription and non-prescription)
  • Baby supplies
  • Pet food
  • Cash
  • Important Documents
  • Sleeping bag
  • Change of clothes
  • Etc.

There may be a few items here that are not mentioned but may be necessary for you and your family. Always customize it to your personal needs to ensure that you will have whatever is needed.

Maintain Your Kit

Keeping a go-bag is not a one and done thing, however. It does need occasional maintenance. For one keep it in a cool dry place to help keep items from spoiling. You also may need to replace the food and water occasionally to make sure that it hasn't expired. Lastly, you may need to go over your bag yearly and update it to keep up with the changing needs of your family.

Kit Storage Locations

Since you do not know where you will be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work and cars.

  • Home: Keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.
  • Work: Be prepared to shelter at work for at least 24 hours. Your work kit should include food, water and other necessities like medicines, as well as comfortable walking shoes, stored in a “grab and go” case.
  • Car: In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car.

Follow the conversation online @MTBSERVPRO@readygov, & @fema. Visit our blog for more #NatlPrep articles and disaster-related information.

National Prep Month: Make a Plan

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Review your family's emergency plans and make any needed changes due to Coronavirus - Image of family around table Review your family's emergency plans and make any needed changes due to Coronavirus

Families need to make a plan now before any disaster strikes. If they only make one after the disaster happens it will not be effective. Why is a plan important? You may not always be with your family during a disaster and making a plan will make it easier to get back together if you get separated. 

Step 1: Put a plan together

What are some of the things a family should consider when putting together a plan?

  1. How will we receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is our shelter plan?
  3. What is our evacuation route?
  4. What is our communication plan?
  5. Do we need to update our emergency preparedness kit?
  6. Check with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and update our emergency plans due to Coronavirus.

Step 2:  Consider specific needs

Each family is different. There is no one plan fits all so each family needs to tailor a plan to their specific needs. Some things you may want to consider would be children or pets for example. Does anyone in your family need a translator? Will you need specific medication or foods for certain members of your family. There are many more that different families would need to consider as well so don't just limit it to those mentioned in this blog. 

Step 3: Fill out an Emergency Plan

Use this PDF from 

Step 4: Practice Your Plan

This is arguably the most important part of making a disaster plan. Practicing ensures that all family members know what to do, where to go, etc. in the case of an emergency. It also allows for it to be more natural when an emergency really does happen. Remember, "Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today."

Follow the conversation online @MTBSERVPRO@readygov, & @fema. Visit our blog for more #NatlPrep articles and disaster-related information.

Get Ready For National Prep Month

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

Starting September 1st it is officially National Prep Month. This month is focused on helping to get communities families and businesses to be prepared for whatever may come. With COVID-19, this year is an especially important one to make sure you are prepared for a disaster.


  • Week 1 - Make a Plan
  • Week 2 - Build a Kit
  • Week 3 - Prepare for Disasters
  • Week 4 - Teach Youth About Preparedness

Remember, "Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today."

Follow the conversations online using #NatlPrep & #BeReady. As well as @MTBSERVPRO@readygov, & @fema. We look forward to spreading the word about preparedness this Natl Prep month! 

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – A Defensive Cleaning Program

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO sticker in window Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Montebello today at (323) 215-1997 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Health Hazards in the Fire House

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

Fire station with the text Health Hazards in the Fire House and servpro logo Fire Fighters Protect the Public, We Want to Protect You

The importance of Health & Safety within Fire Stations is of growing concern.

  • What Risks are Present in the Fire Station?
  • Can those Risks be Mitigated?

YOU Fire Fighters Protect the Public, We Want to Protect You. At SERVPRO® of MONTEBELLO the Health Hazards in Fire Stations is an important topic for us. An increase of Fire Departments are including Safety & Risk Management into Fire Station Planning. The goal? To make Fire Stations Safer for first responders. Here's how we can help:

Free Fire Station Risk Assessment:

  • Specialized Gear & Uniform Cross Contamination
  • Air Quality (Vehicle Exhaust Fumes, Duct Maintenance)
  • Mold, Lead, & Asbestos Testing
  • Carcinogenic Pollutants & Soot
  • COVID-19 & Viral Pathogens

Our experience in handling Fire Stations has given us the ability to provide a variety of detailed services for your facility:

  • Mold Remediation
  • Lead & Asbestos Abatement 
  • Specialized Gear & Uniform Decontamination
  • Odor Elimination
  • Fire House Specialized Cleaning
  • COVID-19 & Viral Pathogen Sanitation
  • Duct Cleaning

For more information on Fire House or Fire Truck cleaning, call us at (323) 215-1997. We're Here to Help.