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Water damage in my home

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

Severe weather is usually one of the first things that comes to mind when many think of water damage.

Yes, storms and flooding can cause catastrophic water damage, but they are often not the main culprits. Various items in your home can also be responsible for creating many situations that result in water damage.


Water damage was the third most common reason for a homeowners insurance claim between 2011 and 2015, and is something many homeowners will face with an average payout per claim of $8,861.

However, there are a differences between water damage and gradual water damage, which can impact insurance claims. Examples of gradual damage are situations where something has been happening over time, such as plumbing issues in the walls causing damage to walls, ceilings or floors, or water damage caused by cracks in the foundation. Unfortunately, most gradual water damage claims are not usually covered by homeowners insurance, while storm-related water damage usually is.

According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), the leading causes of water damage are:

  • Plumbing supply system failures. This would involve frozen pipes that can burst due to a buildup in water pressure caused by freezing water or when the supply system building materials fail, resulting in a leaking or burst pipe. Per IBHS, plumbing supply system failures lead the pack for residential water damage losses, and an average claim will cost approximately $5,092 per incident after the deductible. It was also found that homes in the 16 to 40 years of age range made up a larger group of supply system material failure claims.

  • Plumbing drain system failures. This type of occurrence happens when a sewer drain backs up and overflows into a home or from the integrity of the materials used in the system. In their study, IBHS found that 52% of drain system failures were caused by sewer backups and 37% were related to material performance issues. It is interesting to note that they also found that the average drain system failure had higher loss claim dollar amounts in southern states than in northern states.

  • Toilet failures. Toilets are the second highest source of residential water damage loss after plumbing supply system failures, and this type of damage can be the result of faulty fill valves or clogged drain lines. Toilet failures on the first floor of a home had more severe homeowners insurance claims than those in basements or upper floors, according the study conducted by IBHS.

  • Water heater failures. If your water heater has reached its life expectancy, rust and corrosion will start to deteriorate the tank, which can create leaking or bursting issues. IBHS noted that 69% of all water heater failures resulted from a slow leak or sudden burst of water lines and, on average, cost $4,444 per incident following the deductible.

  • Washing machine failures. As a general rule, washing machine failures can be caused by supply hose failures, machines overflowing and drain line failures. Washing machines are one of the top 10 sources of residential water losses, and per IBHS, supply hose failures accounted for over half of all washing machine-related losses.

If your home has experienced any water damage, the team at SERVPRO of San Gabriel is always available 247 to help with cleanup and restoration and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Hidden Cause of Water Damage

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

What happened?

A common cause of Kitchen water leaks is the plastic water line behind the refrigerator. Those lines will crack, a slow drip begins and water pools behind the fridge unnoticed. Another common cause is excess condensation buildup which has the same effect. Water damage from your fridge can cause problems in your home if left unchecked. The problem can go unnoticed for so long, at this point the damage has already taken a toll on your floors and surrounding areas. Moisture and heat in the dark environment create perfect conditions for mold to form and your floorboards to rot. Somewhere like an apartment or enclosed area these mold spores can cause issues and a problem like this should not be overlooked. Over at SERVPRO San Gabriel we are experts in mold remediation and will gladly remove and prevent further frustrations for you.

What to do?

It is important to first clean up any visible water to avoid further damage and possibilities of mold occurring. Once this is done you should inspect your fridge and see if there are any noticeable leaks or areas where condensation may be forming to excess. It is important to replace any faulty connections to stop the immediate leak if possible. If you are able to, assess the damage done to the area under and around the fridge. Most of the time floorboards will show visible damage, but the real problems can occur underneath where you cannot see. 

Tip:   a water alarm behind/under your fridge to catch any further problems from getting worst.

Massive Fire in Upland CA! 50 residents loose their home in an instant. Do you have rental insurance?

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO San Gabriel, responds to a massive fire that destroyed 50 apartment's in Upland CA.  Our team was on site after being called out by our client to help provided immediate clean up and board up services. 

Our team assisted the residents move any salvageable personal effects into their cars. It was a very challenging situation. Our team rose to the occasion offering aid, water and compassionate assistance to the residents of the building. 

The Red Cross was on site to help the uninsured tenants secure temporary housing. Fortunately no one was injuries but a majority of the tenants did not have active insurance. 

Rental insurance is a very cheep and affordable. Yet many people still do not buy them or keep them current.

If you rent, please make sure your coverage is active and valid.  

Restaurant Flooding

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of San Gabriel responds to water damage emergencies throughout the year.  Recently during the labor day weekend, Dave and Busters of  arcadia experienced massive flooding in their kitchen. As you can imagine this was a very busy time for them and they could not afford to have any down time in service. We were able to respond during the holiday and get them back on line and working!  

You never know when a broken or burst pipe will wreak havoc on your commercial business or home. Our restoration technicians have the advanced training, and are experience to mitigate any size water loss in the San Gabriel, CA area quickly and efficiently and with minimal disruption.

Help minimize the damage from a flood to your  businesses or home:

  • Provide a reliable backup power source to ensure continuous power to the building
  • Install an automatic excess flow switch on the main incoming domestic water line to monitor and provide early detection of a broken pipe or valve. Use wireless sensors near water sources.
  • Monitor sprinkler systems using a central station to provide early detection of a pipe failure and heat unheated sprinkler control rooms

Water damage can happen anytime and can become a costly repair if not mitigated quickly. Our highly trained technicians are on-call 24-hours a day and can typically arrive within four hours of your call.

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Commercial garage fire Los Angeles CA

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

Professional Fire Damage Restoration and Clean Up

No one expects a fire to race through their homes or commercial properties. But When it happens it is critical to work with a company that understands and has decades of experience in working with fire clean up and restoration.

Clearing out fire damage in San Gabriel Valley homes takes specialized training and equipment. At SERVPRO San Gabriel. Our  members are trained to become Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians.  We know how to use every chemical and tool in our inventory to clean and restore any space after a fire. 

After the initial clean up of  the fire damaged property, our team begins the meticulous task of wiping down every surface to remove smoke residues and odors. Getting the space ready for reconstruction is our goal.

Post fire Check list

  • Having your insurance information ready for us would help speed up the process. That includes the name of the company, its phone number, your policy number, and the report from the insurance adjuster. 

At SERVPRO of San Gabriel CA, our goal is to restore every home to its pre-fire condition. If your home has suffered through any size fire, call us at (626) 478-0286 today to begin the repair and restoration process. 

My house smells like a wet dog! Does it mean I have mold present?

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

My house smells like a wet dog who that a tone of raw garlic! That smell most homeowners associate with mold is a bi-product of mVOC’s

(Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds) The musty odor you smell is decay off-gassing from biological growth which includes molds, bacteria, and biofilm.

Does Mold have a Smell? The short answer is yes, mold does have a distinct odor. The best way to describe the scent is “musty” or “earthy.”some even liken it to wet socks, rich cheese or garlic.

If this odor is present in your home of property further investigation would certainly be warranted.

Some strong indicators that Mold may be present and growing in your home.

Past Water Leaks: Have you had an old water leak in your bathroom, kitchen that was not properly repaired or dried out?

Indications of Water Issues: Has your your home has ever had any issues with water, moisture, leaking pipes etc? or some other water problems. It is highly probably that somewhere, mold has started to grow.

Visible indicators o of moisture issues Bubbling or peeling paint and wallpaper, puffy or Flaking drywall and wood panels. Warped and bulging walks likely means that moisture haspenetrated the surface.

Don’t wait until the problem gets worst, The professionals at SERVPRO San Gabriel are ready to assist and help identify and provide restorative services to resolve and fix the issue

How Does SERVPRO Handle Your Belongings?

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

In the event of a misfortune in your property/business, whether it be water, fire, mold, or sewage, SERVPRO of San Gabriel will be there to take care of all your personal belongings alongside the home itself. When we come into your home to do mitigation, we may require something called a Pack-Out, meaning we assess and carefully pack up the contents of your home that do not need to be disposed of.

During a pack-out we will address if the contents of your home including furniture, need to be cleaned – meaning they were affected by the type of loss you had, stored only – meaning unaffected, or disposed of – meaning they are affected beyond repair.

During a pack-out we use an industry specific software to categorize and photo inventory your belongings, that way we can provide the list to you and your insurance company/adjuster to review. This is also to ensure that once your contents are brought to our climate-controlled facility, we can pull any items or boxes that you would like back sooner than others by way of the software showing us exactly where it’s at and what it’s labeled as.

We do are upmost best to make the devastation of a disaster in your home easier on you by making sure the process of a pack-out is painless from start to finish.

Call our SERVPRO of San Gabriel technicians at (626) 478-0286

Questions You n Need Ask Yourself as You Make Sure Your Home Is Protected

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

You don't think much about the fire alarms in your home in until they start chirping or go off when you burn toast. These alarms are vital to protecting you and your family from a fire, though. Whether it's alerting you to a life-threatening blaze or reducing the amount of fire damage from an unnoticed kitchen flare-up, your home's fire alarms are vital to helping you avoid heartache.

1. Do You Have Enough?
You should have at least one fire alarm on every floor of your home, plus one in each bedroom and one outside every sleeping area. Inspect your home to make sure you have the right number, and consider adding additional units. 

2. Do They Work?
Chirping alarms ensure that you're replacing the batteries regularly, but you'll also need to replace your fire alarm unit entirely every 8-10 years or so since their sensors eventually wear out. Sometimes the units will alert you of this, but often you'll just need to keep track of when they were installed.

3. Are They Effective?
In addition to making sure that your fire alarms are functional, it's important to know that they are effective. For example, there are two different types of smoke detectors: One that picks up on hot blazes (an ionization alarm) and one that warns you about smoky, smaller fires (a photoelectric alarm). To make sure that you're covered for both types of fires, make sure you have both types of alarms installed throughout your home or alarms that detect both.
Although a fire alarm can't prevent a fire or prevent the need to clean up from smoke damage.

Time! Fire alarms give you and your family the critical time needed to escape from a fire.

Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States.

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

It's true that we are blessed here Southern California with pristine weather. However, we are not immune to coastal flooding and flash floods. Whether you live near a coastline, along a city streets, in the mountains, out in the country, or even in the desert, there is potential for flooding. Anywhere it can rain, it can flood.

In the past ten years, the average annual flood losses in the U.S. were more than $29. Billion according to A variety of events can cause flooding, like: heavy rains, when ocean waves come onshore, if snow melts too fast, or when dams or levees break. A flooding event may occur over a long periods and could last days, weeks, or longer.

SERVPRO of San Gabriel specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. 

Call us at 626-478-0289

The leading cause of preventable death after injury is bleeding.

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

The leading cause of preventable death after injury is bleeding. Someone who is severely bleeding can bleed to death in as little as 2-5 minutes. 

At SERVPRO San Gabriel, we take safety very seriously. By ensuring that our team members have the proper safety equipment, training and understanding of every time of work environment we may encounter. We give our valued team members the critical tools to maximize job safety and success.   

Team SERVPRO San Gabriel learning bleeding control and the proper use of a CAT tourniquet

When precious seconds count, we have the ability to provide ourselves and out team mates critical life saving aid.