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How Our Packout Service Keeps Your Belongings Safe

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

Van With Boxes We ensure the safety of your belongings!

Here at SERVPRO when we contend with your property and belongings during a disaster, and we believe our job is to make the whole process as smooth as possible. To ensure this we offer a packout service, what this is is our practice of collecting a clients belongings out of there home or property for safekeeping so they are not affected by the disaster they may be experiencing whether it be water or fire. We store all the belongings safely in crates in out warehouse until the job is finished. This allows our clients to avoid things such as expensive storage and moving costs including further damage to their belongings. In addition we also offer specialized cleaning procedures for certain materials that require it. Just another reason to choose SERVPRO.

How We Identify the Problem: Water Damage

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Leaky Pipe Beware of leaking pipes that can cause unseen damage.

Water damage comes in many forms from pipe leaks in your walls causing mold to large scale floods which can destroy properties. But more often than not it's the water that's not seen that causes the damage more often than not. Cases such as these can go on for weeks or even months without being noticed such as a leaky pipe in the wall, slowly dripping for long periods of time being absorbed by the surrounding materials in the building turning them into a prime breeding ground for mold and other bacteria. The way we treat cases like this is, after you inform us about the issue we send out a technician to observe the scope of the damage and then we proceed accordingly applying treatments and remediation as soon as possible as to not worsen the damage by letting it sit.

SoCal Fires

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Home on fire SoCal residents beware rampant fires in the area!

California, especially Southern California is well known as being an area that is very susceptible to fires. In the last year alone (2019) there have been 5980 fires in CA which burned over 177,000 acres of land even causing 3 fatalities including the tens of millions of dollars worth of damage they have caused to property and buildings in the affected areas. These numbers are some of the highest they have ever been and really show that in SoCal, residents must be prepared for this type of disaster. SERVPRO of Wilshire Center is prepared to help anyone in need whether if your home or property has been affected or you just would like to be prepared with an emergency plan to face a disaster head on when it comes.

Info on Mold

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Spores Make sure to be weary of what can cause mold growth.

First off, Mold is not always harmful and is generally non-toxic. This said When mold is left unchecked to grow in your home it can become harmful in large amounts. 

Mold actually exists in most homes already, but in microscopic amounts in spores. When your home experiences issues such as leaks or floods this is when mold can grow into problematic proportions. the reason for this is that mold spores grow in high humidity environments, meaning if there is moist materials in the walls of your home for example, that is prime real estate for mold to take hold.

Tips you can use yourself to prevent mold growth;

  • make sure your home's roof is sufficiently protected from rain
  • make sure to fix any leaks in your home
  • make sure your appliances are not malfunctioning

How to Prevent Fire in Your Home

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

House on Fire Use these tips to make sure your home is safe.

Fire as we all know can be one of the most devastating types  of disasters to hit your home, but most house fires in the US are caused by simple human error or carelessness which can be easily prevented. Use these tips to ensure you and your family can rest safely in your home, and protect all your belongings. 

Tips on fire safety:

  • Make sure your smoke alarms work and have new batteries.
  • Inspect all your heating sources including AC and water boilers.
  • Keep your oven and stove clean and clear of unnecessary debris.
  • Ensure your washer and dryer are in working order
  • Safely store and use flammable materials or products.
  • Ensure all electrical outlets and cords are properly functioning.
  • practice caution with candles and open flames.

Rain Protection

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

 Water can be disastrous.

Of all the different types of damage, flood damage is the mos common type. In the US and especially in unassuming areas heavy rains can cause flash floods, mud flows, or even cause debris to damage properties. Here are some tips to make sure your property is protected from rain and water damages.

  • Purchase flood insurance so your property is covered in case of a flood emergency.
  • Install gutter systems to insure water flows off of your property, and clean them regularly.
  • Fix any leaks in your property immediately.
  • Possibly install extra roof protection such as a rubber liner or a waterproof barrier that goes under the shingles of your roof.

With these tips your property should be ready for any rainy season and save you possibly thousands on damages and repairs!

Staying Safe from Water Damage

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

  What you can do to be safe from water damage.

Of all the forms of damage the a property can go through, water damage is some of the most severe. Water damage can range from minor leaks in walls or pipes to full blown floods causing massive damage to both the property and belongings held within. Here are some tips to make sure you are safe from water damage.

1. Making sure your home or property's drainage system is properly functioning is key. The geography of your property matters as well, such as when a property is built on a hill making sure the yard is sloped to flow water away from the property is paramount.

2. If you notice possible signs of water damage such as minor leaks or flooding make sure to fix the issue immediately to guard against further damage.

3. Maintaining your roof is also very important as even a single shingle missing from your property's roof can cause a leak, subsequently causing mold and other types of damage. 

The New Tool of Deodorization

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

       Hydroxil Generator

If an odor needs removing, the Hydroxil Generator is the tool for the job. The Hydroxil Generator is a deodorization tool that is on the cutting edge, safely and gently removing odors from the affected areas. The way this machine works is by creating hydroxil radicals (OH) which is naturally generated in our atmosphere when ultraviolet rays react with water and oxygen. The hydroxil radicals properties break down many different types of chemicals in the air, contributing greatly to cleaning up the atmosphere. This effect also works very well to break down chemicals that have a very pungent odor, thus being the natural choice for any deodorization job. SERVPRO is happy to help with any size job, any time of the day to help you get you life of business back on track.

Water Acts as a Universal Solvent

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

Leaky Pipe Water damage can be devastating.

Water damage can come in many forms, some varying from minor leaks to major flooding and mold as result. Not  only does the moisture from water cause issues like mold, but water is known for having properties that can dissolve most materials over time. This means that if you have water damage in your property it can damage the materials surrounding the leak or flood. One of the most common examples of this is drywall or plaster which is used as the walls and ceilings of most homes and buildings when exposed to water can absorb water causing it to break down and deteriorate, becoming soft and moist creating a breeding ground for mold and bacteria that can spread quickly throughout a property. Make sure to keep these facts in mind when dealing with water damage.

Be Prepared for Unexpected Storms

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

       Be prepared for a storm in your area.

In areas that storms don't occur often, an unexpected storm can do more damage than expected. In Southern CA storms are not common place, meaning the population is often not prepared for that type of disaster. While CA building codes are prepared to handle disasters such as earthquakes, storms and flooding are not considered as much meaning damage that comes from flooding and high winds can be much more disastrous. SERVPRO helps by helping our clients create a storm readiness program free of charge for those who wish to be prepared for anything. Realize that almost anything can happen anywhere, so essentially being safe is better than being sorry. If you don't know how to prepare for disaster, contact SERVPRO of Wilshire Center and we would be happy to help!