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We Are Cleaning & Sanitation Experts

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

germs on a door knob For more information on safety standards, disinfecting, and sanitizing contact us!

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Montebello (323) 215-1997

How to Prevent Roof Leaks

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Rain hitting the roof and gutters What can you do if your roof is leaking?

Maintenance is crucial for the longevity of your roof. Being exposed to all elements of weather can take a toll on your roof. What can you do if your roof is leaking? Inspecting it yourself can seem daunting, and hiring a roofer may be costly. Is there a simpler solution?

What to Do During a Storm:
If you catch a leak during a storm...

  • Locate the Source of the Leak

If you don't have a leak detector, infrared camera, or infrared camera app, you can locate the source manually.

Leaks most commonly occur near roof protrusions such as chimneys, vents, plumbing, or anything protruding through your roofing material. Look closely for water staining. If it's currently raining you may be able to trace the drips.

  • Prevent Further Damage

Once you've located the leak, take the necessary measures to prevent further damage. Use a bucket or pan to collect dripping water. If water is pooling in ceiling, a small puncture will relieve the pressure and allow the water to drain.

Use roofing materials such as traps, sandbags, or boards to cover the leak and prevent water from entering home.

Prevent Future Leaks to Your Roof:
1. Check the Attic

Common attic problems could be a direct culprit to your roof leaks. During your next roof inspection, don't forget to check the attic. Signs of Mold, Soaked insulation, Stains around Nails, or Clogged Intake Vents will be clear signs.

2. Inspect, Inspect, Inspect!

Gutters, Shingles, and Protruding Parts can all lead to leaks. Clogged gutters can cause a water back up under your shingles or other roofing materials. Shingles need to be properly secured, and missing/broken shingles need to be replaced. As we learned earlier, protruding parts are the main culprits of roof leaks. Make sure the seals are tight so water can't leak through.


If you have questions regarding roof leaks, contact SERVPRO® of Montebello. We'd be happy to assist you in resolving your roof leak.

Does Dead Mold Need to Be Removed?

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Green mold Mold needs moisture and humidity for it to grow.

Something that's just as bad as mold is the information we find on the internet. It's not always accurate.

This is especially true with the topic of mold. It's often misunderstood, as is the process of how to safely eradicate mold. This is primarily because of the lack of regulation in the mold remediation industry.

Here are two common misconceptions in the mold industry:

1) Bleach Kills Mold...When bleach comes into contact with organic material its effectiveness is greatly reduced. The amount of bleach and concentration you'll need to remove mold will most likely damage the material or structure before killing the mold.

Keep in mind: Bleach is not addressing 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.

Here's what some "mold professionals" are doing. They offer a "simple, kill in place solution". It may be a sort of fogging 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. But they know it will grow back once moisture is reintroduced, and if 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.

For more information on Mold contact us at: (323) 215-1997

How to Prepare for an Earthquake?

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Seismic waves Are you prepared for when an earthquake happens?

Earthquakes can happen anytime, without warning. The shaking usually lasts less than 1 minute, but that minute can cause great disaster. Aftershocks follow but are typically less severe then the initial shock.  Are you prepared for when an earthquake happens?

What to do During an Earthquake:

If you're in a building or home, Drop, Cover, & Hold On. Best place to be is under a table sturdy desk. Stay away from windows, glass, or any objects that might fall or break.

If you're outside, move away from any buildings, streetlights, or electrical wires. And don't forget to Drop, Cover, & Hold until the shaking stops.

If you're driving, stop the car as soon and as safely as possible. Operating the car may be difficult with the shaking.

What to do After an Earthquake:

Assess the damage of your location. Clean up any glass or fallen items that may have broke during the earthquake. 

If you're trapped somewhere, stay calm. Use your phone to get help. Knock on a pipe or wall so authorities can locate you. 

Have your Go-Bag ready and prepare yourself for aftershocks.

SERVPRO specializes in earthquake damage as well as fire, water and mold. If your home or property was damaged by an earthquake, SERVPRO will help restore your property using their special equipment and experienced technicians!

Water Damage Can't Wait

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Burst hose leak Don't let the water damage sit, act fast.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, ceilings, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

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

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may 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.

If you have a water damage loss at your property, call SERVPRO of Montebello as soon as possible to limit further damage.

Maintain HVAC System to Increase Air Quality

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

A clean air duct and dirty one next to each other. This risk for poor air quality makes it important to have the HVAC system routinely inspected and maintained.

Over time, HVAC systems can get dirty and circulate dust, pollen, mold, or other contaminants throughout your home or business. This risk for poor air quality makes it important to have the HVAC system routinely inspected and maintained.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Montebello can inspect HVAC systems and make recommendations about the best way to address air quality concerns. Maintaining the HVAC system not only provides cleaner air to breathe, but it saves money by allowing the system to run more efficiently. It can also help eliminate odors as well as reduce the potential for mold growth.

Make it a priority to have your HVAC system and ductwork routinely inspected. Call us at (323) 215-1997 or CLICK HERE to learn more about how SERVPRO of Montebello can help!

The Do's and Don’ts after a Flooding occurs

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

A flooded living room with text that says, "Water Damage, No Problem." Here to Help with any size disaster.

In the Occurrence of a Flood:

  1. Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  2. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  3. Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  4. Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  5. Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.

The Don'ts:

  1. Do not leave wet fabrics in place, Hang furs and leather goods.
  2. Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  3. Do not use your house hold vacuum to remove water.
  4. Do not use the television or other household appliances.
  5. Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging. 

For more information visit: https://www.SERVPROmontebelloca.com/

Thomas Hoge of SERVPRO of Montebello Earns Accredited ACAC Certification

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Thomas Hoge, owner of SERVPRO® of Montebello has been awarded the Council-certified Fire and Smoke Damage Consultant (CFSC) designation by the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC). This prestigious, board-awarded certification recognizes Hoge’s knowledge and field experience consulting on fire and smoke damage issues.

To earn the CFSC designation, Thomas passed a rigorous examination based on respected industry texts. He then submitted documented, verifiable field experience to a board of peers, earning a unanimous vote of approval.

To maintain the CFSC designation, Thomas will remain active in the field and complete 40 hours of professional development activities within the next two years. Thomas is now listed in the ACAC certificant database at www.acac.org, along with more than 3,000 ACAC certificants around the world. The database can be searched by name, company or zip code and represents a continuously updated roster of experienced indoor environmental professionals.

The CFSC designation is accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB), a nationally recognized third-party accreditation body. For more information, visit www.acac.org.

Endure the Winter Allergies of 2019

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Tis' the season...for getting sick. Many this time of year experience the cold or flu. Such symptoms couldn't come at a more inconvenient time for people.

As much as we hate getting sick, we may bring it on ourselves. How so?

A recent study by a New York based Medical University showed that Christmas Trees could be affecting our allergies. Mold spores are found on Christmas Trees. A connection can be made there.

Don't be alarmed, mold spores are naturally found on organic materials like a tree. When those spores are aggravated due to temperatures or moisture, it can begin to cause health effects.

Here's what we should remember about this Christmas Tree Syndrome:

If we don't have any sensitive allergies, we probably don't have to worry about it.
If we do have said allergies,

  • Use an Air Purifier,
  • Get rid of the Tree as soon as you're done with it.
  • Even better get an Artificial Tree.

Most importantly, stay healthy this holiday season.

Marjuana Smoke - What Damage is It Doing to Your Home?

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

The smell of marijuana is no longer just reserved for clubs, venues, and shady parking lots. Due to marijuana's increasing legalization, more and more people are having to explain the smell to their kids.

When it comes to a home, what kind of damage does this smoke present?


An Important fact! - Smoke is made up of solid & liquid particulates and gases. Due to its chemical compound, all smoke leaves residue.

Consider for a moment a home of a long-time cigarette smoker. What is the result of a person smoking 1-2 packs a day? A obvious smell of ash, yellowing of ceilings and walls, and ruined carpets. The home goes through an extensive cleaning before it can be sold.

What though might we say of someone who smokes marijuana? There are a few variables to consider.


1) How often do they smoke?
2) Where do they smoke?(single room, around the house, upstairs/downstairs)
3) Are they growing marijuana in the home?

It's true marijuana smoke does not linger as much as cigarette smoke does, and usually dissipates within a few hours. Even if the smoking was concentrated to a single room though, smoke could still penetrate dry wall and under the door. Growing marijuana plants pose a different type of threat, due to the lights and humidity requirements, such an atmosphere encourages mold and the possibility of a house fire.

An Important Fact! - Smoke. Leaves. Residue. Even if marijuana is not being smoked as much as cigarettes, residue is still being collected on walls, ceilings, furniture, clothes, food, and children's toys.

A recent study found that the indoor particles of marijuana smoke, between 200-600 ug/m3, are equivalent to particulate concentrations of a wild fire or industrial pollution.

An Important Fact! - People are breathing in wildfires in their own home. This could cause serious cardiovascular and respiratory disease.

What Action is Necessary?
A thorough cleaning of the home once a year to clean off the smoke residue. This would entail the cleaning of all walls, ceilings, furniture, and floors(carpets/tiles).

Specialty O-Zone and Hydroxyl equipment can be used to clean the air, removing all harmful particulates.

Overall if at all possible, limit or remove the threat of marijuana smoke from your home.