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Mold Damage on Documents in Irwindale Homes

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage on Documents in Irwindale Homes If you find mold damage on important documents or books, call SERVPRO to treat the damage.

Contact SERVPRO to Save Your Mold Damaged Documents

Mold growth on documents occurs when the relative humidity in an environment is high enough to support the fungus. Mold damage can happen in as little as forty-eight hours when the mold spores accumulate to significant levels. You can reduce the extent of the damage by contacting a professional mold remediation company to dry the wet papers.

Whether the documents are antique, business, historical, or heirloom items, it is to your advantage to call SERVPRO for professional mold remediation services. We offer emergency mold damage restoration for Irwindale residents, and we are just a short distance from your home. Our techniques are up to date with IICRC guidelines, helping us restore documents to their original state as best as possible.

Mold is everywhere and spreads quickly through the air in the form of tiny spores. If your home does not have a proper air filtration system, you are highly likely to find mold spores on walls, floors, carpeting, and even books and papers. Mold usually looks powdery when it is dormant, but can have a range of colors when it is active.

Most types of mold are not harmful as individual spores. Spores become noticeable when they form colonies on any food source containing organic materials. These materials include dirt, wood, starches, cloth fibers, dust, leaves, food, and items made from cellulose (e.g., paper). The mold becomes damaging when the colonies grow large and become a health hazard.

Before cleaning mold damage on affected documents, SERVPRO mold remediation experts must ensure that they are dry first. Depending on the extent of the damage and the types of documents involved, we may have to collect the books and dry them separately. For safety purposes, it is always advisable to wear gloves when handling mold-damaged papers.

SERVPRO technicians have adequate training on restoring all sorts of documents with mold damage, including legal, medical, library, and photographic originals. We use drying methods to clean documents. Our equipment includes HEPA filters, sponges, erasers, and soft brushes, which are handy for wiping away debris from the pages.

You cannot afford to waste time when you notice mold growing on your documents. As soon as possible, contact SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina to treat the mold damage before it gets out of control. We are available 24/7 at (626) 387-4111.  

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Helping Out Neighbors with Flood Damage in Irwindale After a Storm

10/17/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Helping Out Neighbors with Flood Damage in Irwindale After a Storm You can help your neighbors after they experience flood damage by moving furniture, distributing supplies and offering transportation.

Three Simple Ways to Help Out Your Neighbors and Make a Big Difference

If a major storm is massive and powerful enough to cause flooding, it tends to affect entire neighborhoods at a time. If your troubles are too great to allow you any breaks, then you should focus on your property first. However, if your damage is light compared to the surrounding area, you may want to consider helping your neighbors to recover from their flood damage in Irwindale. There are a few ways you can help them out, depending on the specific circumstances and impact of the storm on you and them. Use your best judgment, and be careful not to overburden yourself if your struggles are too heavy.

Moving Furniture

Whether it is broken furniture, whole furniture, wet furniture, or dry furniture, many neighbors may need help moving large objects out of their flood-damaged homes in Irwindale. If you are reasonably strong or stocky, consider offering a helping hand around the neighborhood to those who need to move things in and out of their homes. Plus, it might make for an excellent workout.

Distributing Supplies

It can be easy for many residents to forget basic supplies when they come to inspect damage to their homes. Consider passing out cheap, helpful supplies such as bottled water, latex gloves, and paper face masks to your neighbors. Anything that would help to improve health, safety, or morale is welcome. It should not cost much, and you could end up saving someone from a nasty infection.

Offering Transportation

Flooding can sometimes prevent vehicles from working, leaving some unfortunate neighbors stranded without a car. If your vehicle is still working, consider offering short rides around town to those who need them. Anyone you service would undoubtedly be very grateful, and might even tip you for your services.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is ready after every major storm to respond to local calls for help. If your home flooded or otherwise has been negatively affected by a storm, call us at (626) 387-4111

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Quick Tips for Light Indoor Flood Damage in Covina

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Quick Tips for Light Indoor Flood Damage in Covina It is important to stay calm when you experience flood damage in your home.

Handling Flood Damage from Failed Appliances in Your Home

Whether it is a contained leak or a massive, multi-room disaster, flood damage in Covina often comes from a malfunctioning appliance. Everything from sinks to dishwashers to showerheads can cause flooding, and while damage sustained from these sources is typically much easier to clean up and handle than from storms and disasters, it still presents a significant challenge without the aid of a professional company like SERVPRO. Here are a few tips for when worst comes to worst, and an appliance starts to soak your home.

Keep Calm

One of the most important things to consider when responding to flood damage in your Covina home is your reaction. Are you panicking, or perhaps overreacting to the damage? Staying calm should help you to gain a stronger, more rational grip on and understanding of the situation. If something breaks in your home, do not panic. A smooth, appropriate reaction should help you more than anything else, and probably mitigate a good chunk of the potential damage to your home.

Try to Shut Off the Water

One of your top priorities should be to turn off the water source by any means necessary. More water invariably correlates with more damage and rising costs. Stopping pipes and patching leaks helps to avert further water damage and get the situation under control. For larger jobs, our technicians prioritize arriving quickly to shut off the water themselves, but if you can do it, this only makes our work easier and more effective.

Don't Overthink Things

While flood damage should indeed be treated with appropriate caution and professional care, minor scenarios can sometimes be inflated and elevated to the same status in a homeowner's mind. If the damage is unlikely to be permanent, try to clean it yourself with a mop and rags. For larger floods, however, calling in SERVPRO helps to ensure that as little damage occurs as possible.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina is a local provider of home restoration services. If your home has been hit by a flood or water damage, call us at (626) 387-4111 to find out how we can help.

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Plan to Re-Open Your Covina Coffee Shop Quickly After Flood Damage

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Plan to Re-Open Your Covina Coffee Shop Quickly After Flood Damage SERVPRO can help prepare your business for a flood to help minimize potential damage.

Stayed Prepared for Flood Damage

Covina coffee shop owners are right to be concerned about the impact of flooding, especially when they have to close their business down for cleanup and restoration. No business owner wants to face flood damage, but it is better to prepare so you can minimize harm and loss of earnings.

The key to minimizing profit loss after flood damage to your Covina coffee shop is to plan and put processes in place to protect your physical property and support your staff in the event of an emergency. Do not assume that your business is safe - flood damage is a risk for many businesses, and it is better to plan.

The first step is to secure the building itself. Check for structural integrity and get any leaks, missing roof tiles, old windows, or flood-prone basements fixed straight away. Install storm shutters if you can. Prepare your building as well as you can so it has a better chance of withstanding a serious storm or flood.

Think about what to do with your supplies in the event of a flood. Coffee beans and ground blends, teabags, and ingredients such as flour do not fare well in water. Make sure your premises has plenty of raised shelving and storage, so there is less chance of food spoilage.

Think about the paperwork side of your business, too. Keep electronic backups of all invoices, payroll details, receipts and spreadsheets, and always keep a backup off the premises too. Plan so that no vital information is lost in the event of a flood.

Make sure your employees know what to do and how to get in touch with you and each other in an emergency. Prepare for the fact that phone lines and the internet might be down, and arrange alternative means of getting in touch. Consider setting up a “contact tree” so each employee reaches out to the next person until everyone is in touch. Ask your employees to get in touch during a disaster even if they are not at work that day.

Our IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to pump and extract water from your coffee shop, and we equip our team with powerful fans, air movers, dehumidifiers and moisture probes to get your premises dry and ready to re-open.

SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Plan is a free app you can use to plan for natural disasters and other events such as fire, flood, water damage, and mold.

For help with flood cleanup in Azusa, Irwindale and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina at (626) 387-4111 for assistance today.

To learn more about Covina, visit https://www.covinaca.gov/.

Covina Fire Damage Restorations are Backed by Rigorous Training

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Covina Fire Damage Restorations are Backed by Rigorous Training You can trust the highly trained and certified technicians at SERVPRO for all your restoration needs.

SERVPRO technicians are certified and prepared for every job

One of the largest issues in the damage repair and restoration industry is uncertified contractors taking on projects they are not qualified to handle. Every year, thousands of homeowners fall victim to predatory companies that lack the equipment and training to handle damages properly. At SERVPRO, however, our technicians undergo a rigorous training regimen to prepare them for anything and everything related to fire damage in Covina. Here are just a few of the IICRC certifications our technicians carry with them to your home.

FSRT (Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician)

The most important certification for any technician sent out to our Covina fire damage restoration projects is the FSRT. This certification ensures that technicians understand the equipment, planning methods, cleaning techniques, and safety procedures related to fire restoration work. Also, this course also teaches some amount of odor control, although there is an entirely separate certification for that task.

OCT (Odor Control Technician)

The longest-lasting and the least-visible element of most fires is smoke residue. Smoke particles are microscopic and can easily embed themselves in wood, fabric, wallpaper, drywall, and other materials around your home. This course teaches our technicians how to remove smoke and other odors quickly and efficiently using the advanced technology at our disposal.

Employee Certification Training

Most SERVPRO technicians also undergo our in-house Employee Certification Training, which consists of numerous modules to help better train and inform our technicians in their line of work. This training is standardized across hundreds of SERVPRO locations nationwide, allowing for a high and shared standard to be established for every individual going through the training.

On-the-Job Training

Training does not stop at certifications for our employees. Even after they have gone through many classes and weeks of training, technicians still have room to learn in the field. We pair up veteran employees and newer charges to make sure that every job has the experience it needs and less-experienced technicians gain knowledge quickly.

SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina brings the training, equipment, and quality of service to your home that no one else can. For our restoration and repair services, give us a call at (626) 387-4111.

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Dealing With Mold Damage in Covina

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Dealing With Mold Damage in Covina There are many environments where mold can quickly grow. When you find mold in your home, contact SERVPRO to investigate the cause and remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians are Trained to Remediate Mold Infestations in Homes

There is a mistaken idea that mold only occurs in the damp and dark. The truth is that a home in sunny California is at just as much risk as a house in Wisconsin in the winter; perhaps even more.
 
Mold spores need a temperature range of 68 to 86 degrees in addition to a source of food and moisture to expand and grow. Once these factors are in place, they spread out from their dormant state and then mold damage in Covina can happen in any home. SERVPRO has the equipment and training needed to remove these factors from the problem to stop further growth and begin removing the mold already present.
 
Temperature is the most difficult factor to affect. We can raise it by a few degrees in the affected areas using space heaters, but the most efficient method is to dry the affected surfaces (walls, floors, and personal property) at the same time as raising their temperature. We do this using air movers to force warm, dry air over and under property to push away damp air and force out any moisture.
 
Removing the food source is the easiest factor for our technicians to effect. Mold spores preferred food is drywall. It is in every home, but it is quick to pull down from wall framing and take out for disposal. The drawback is that while a few panels are cheap to replace, paneling an entire room can be expensive. Doing so is still cheaper than spending labor time trying to cut away pieces of mold infested panels and fit in new sections.
 
It does not solve the overall problem though. Replaced drywall can become infested in a few weeks if the moisture source is not cleaned up and stopped. Our technicians use air content meters to check mold levels and find the origin of the growth. An inspection also gives us the moisture source. In many instances of mold infestation, this is a leak behind a wall or above the ceiling.
 
We repair the leak (usually a dripping pipe or several damaged tiles on the roof) and then physically remove the water and mold. Technicians test the humidity, and if it is above normal, they install a dehumidifier to draw out moisture from the air until the percentage is back in the correct range. With no source of moisture, mold spores shrink back to their dormant state and are no longer a problem.
 
Stopping and removing mold in your home does not have a quick fix. SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina can, however, quickly move into your home to begin the process and help you return to a safe, clean environment for your family. If you suspect a problem, call today at (626) 387-4111 to schedule an inspection.

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Being Prepared For Flooding In Your Azusa Basement

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Being Prepared For Flooding In Your Azusa Basement One of the most destructive events which can happen in your home is a flooded basement.

Flooding In Your Basement

One of the most destructive events which can happen in your home is a flooded basement. Unfortunately, many people have gone away for a weekend, only to come back to find that their basement is flooded. The flooding of your basement can occur in a very short time, many times overnight after a storm brings a heavy rain, a pipe breaks, or a washing machine overflows.

When you encounter a situation like this, you want to call a water removal specialist, such as SERVPRO, to assist you in removing the water from your Azusa home. Our technicians are available at any time you need and use industrial truck-mounted pumps, dehumidifiers, and air movers to get your house dry again as soon as possible.

If you have never experienced your basement flooding, it is helpful to know that there are some steps to take which are important before the SERVPRO team arrives. Most people are not ready for an event like this ahead of time, but you should have supplies on hand such as water-resistant clothing and boots which are appropriate for wading in deep water. If the water is close any electrical outlets, however, do not wade into the water.

Having a sump pump in your home helps redirect the water out of your basement. When purchasing one, know that there are different types such as gas, battery, and electric powered sump pumps. It is important to pay attention to the kind you purchase since many times your power might be out when you need to use the pump. In such a case, an electric pump obviously won’t do you any good. Mops, shovels, sponges, and other cleaning supplies are good to have on hand as well.

We at SERVPRO realize that a water damage event can be very stressful, which is why we work swiftly to come up with a plan of remediation after arriving at your home. We go over it with you before starting any work, so you are comfortable knowing what is going on. Our professional pumps get rid of the standing water, then we can use our other equipment to complete the drying process.

SERVPRO of Azusa is experienced and professionally trained to be able to help you with your water removal emergency at any time. Just get in touch with us when you need by dialing (626) 387-4111.

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Avoiding Damage from Storm Flooding in Your Azusa Home

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Avoiding Damage from Storm Flooding in Your Azusa Home Don’t hesitate to contact our professionals at SERVPRO if your home does become a victim of flooding.

Learn How to Avoid Storm Damage to Your Property

Flooding from storms can occur at anytime and anywhere. They are the most common and expensive natural disaster in the United States, with no state being completely safe. If you ignore the risk, you could find yourself sloshing around soaked and smelly carpeting, appliances, furniture, walls, plus ruined keepsakes and electronics. Mold follows soon after.

SERVPRO can help you with flood damage in your Azusa home, including tearing out anything that is not salvageable like flooring, insulation, and walls, and replacing it with new materials. The best way, of course, is to avoid this altogether and stay above water. There are some things you can do to offer your home a bit of protection if storm flooding occurs in your area.

Safeguarding Electrical and Climate Systems

You can raise sockets, switches, wiring, and circuit breakers to at least a foot above the flood level in your area. Also, modifying your water heater, furnace, or any other anchored indoor equipment, so it is above the flood level of your property helps during a flood.

Raising or Anchoring Outdoor Equipment

Air-conditioning units, fuel tanks, and generators need to be raised over your flood level and anchored. Fuel tanks which are not anchored can break free, and supply lines which are severed contaminate the ground surrounding the area. Generators and electrical power units should also never sit on the ground.

Modifying Water Valves

A sewer system which is flooded can put sewage in your home. Install an exterior or interior backflow valve, so you do not have this happen to you. These valves should be fitted to each pipe that enters your home.

Don’t hesitate to contact our professionals at SERVPRO if your home does become a victim of flooding. The sooner you reach out to us the better, as we can prevent additional damage, such as mold growth.

Determining the Flow of Water Around Your Home

The angle of the ground, or grading, can direct water away or to your home. It is, of course, best if water drains away from your structure. You can easily determine which way the water flows by watching it or checking how it accumulates during a typical rainstorm.

Last Minute Measures

As water is rising, you can, of course, do things such as clearing your drains, gutters, and downspouts. Take rugs, furniture, electronics, plus other belongings to upper floors or raise them off the ground. Shut your electricity off at the breaker and elevate major appliances on concrete blocks.

SERVPRO has truck-mounted pumps and industrial fans and dehumidifiers to assist you in drying out your home after flooding. We work quickly and efficiently so you can get back to life as usual.

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Contact SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina as soon as you can after flooding has occurred. You can reach us anytime you need just by dialing (626) 387-4111.

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Printing Contractor Suffers Water Damage in Irwindale

7/31/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Printing Contractor Suffers Water Damage in Irwindale Your print shop needs quick action to recover from water damage. Contact SERVPRO for a plan of action to get you back to printing.

SERVPRO Technicians Focus on the Precise Tasks Ahead of Them to Get Your Business Quickly Back to Operational Again

All businesses have connections within their communities. Some commercial enterprises perform tasks that affect other companies and residents more profoundly when a disaster affects their physical plant. SERVPRO helps companies large and small when water flows uncontrolled, committed to the well-being of every member, residential or commercial, of our neighborhoods.
 
Even in this age of virtual connection, people and businesses truly rely on local papers and publications to share information. When a burst pipe stops the presses, professional commercial water removal is essential to clear your Irwindale printing shop fast. News waits for no one, and our efforts do all that is necessary to get the printing back online.
 
Modern printing operations rely upon electronics as well as vast stores of paper and ink. When the SERVPRO team arrives, safety is first. The various pieces of electrical equipment must not threaten the lives of our workers or the employees of your business. We make certain the power is off, and then use our truck mounted submersible pumps and water extractors to remove the water. The inks and products used to keep the presses in working order may mix with the flood waters. Knowing this, we take care to consult with local authorities to dispose of the water properly.
 
The computerized work areas need assessment by electronic water damage specialists. We work with you and your insurer to communicate with these professionalists as we move from water removal to drying out the area. Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers assist in the reduction of the remaining moisture. Only after we receive the okay do we reengage the electricity and wait while you put your equipment through its paces.
 
A real challenge during this job is dealing with the massive quantities of newsprint within the building. Any paper out of the reach of the flooding depends upon our ability to reduce ambient humidity in the work area to remain usable. The soaked paper is probably unsalvageable but needs removal and appropriate disposal to avoid secondary water damage. Mold growth is a distinct possibility with wet rolls of paper.
 
Be sure that all the news fit to print is soon in the hands of our local community after SERVPRO of Azusa / Covina removes the water flooding your premises. Call (626) 387-4111 day or night for a prompt and professional response.

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Toaster Fire Damage in Your Azusa Home

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Toaster Fire Damage in Your Azusa Home Unfortunately, toaster fires happen quickly and more often than you think. Contact SERVPRO for remediation and for tips to prevent home fires.

Checking to Make Sure That Your Appliances are Damage Free is Key to Fire Prevention

Many people start their day with their morning toast. The standard two or four slice toaster remains a staple in kitchens, but the safety of it has been under question. Toasters cause many fires each year and untold amounts of property damage. The danger appears in many forms, and it makes you think twice about using a toaster in your own home.
 
There are things to consider so you can avoid fire and fire damage from using a toaster in your Azusa home. First, do not neglect the power cord, as it performs an important function. Not only does it transfer power to the appliance from the wall socket so it can work properly, but it contains the wires which hold this power safely. When the cord gets melted, the protection is compromised, and a lot can happen, including a fire. Crimped, melted, or damaged cords should alert you that the appliance is unsafe to use. Damaged cords may cause fires even when the appliance is not in use, so you should no longer use it.
 
If your toaster cord has caused a fire, SERVPRO, professional remediation specialists, can be to your home quickly to assist you in repairing and cleaning your home. Our technicians have been thoroughly trained and can have your home back to its preloss condition.
 
Even the best housekeeper does not empty their toaster every day. Crumbs that are sitting down in the elements are a potential fire hazard. These dry bread crumbs are thought to be fuel for a fire. Combine them with how close the hot element is, they can smoke or even flame. Your toaster must be kept free of debris and crumbs, so it continues to work at its best and safest.
 
Some toaster fires are caused by people, the toast being buttered before it is placed in the toaster. When this is done, the butter drips onto the hot element. The greasy juice creates a flare up, which is why you should always toast and then put the butter on the hot toast.
 
Accidents can quickly happen even when you are careful with your toaster, so contact us at SERVPRO if your toaster starts a fire in your home. We understand that the quicker the damage, soot and smoke get cleaned up, the less damage your home sustains.
 
SERVPRO of Azusa/Covina is standing by always to assist you when you have had a fire at your home. We are easily reached by dialing (626) 387-4111, so do not hesitate to call us when you are in need.

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