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Biohazard Job

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

Biohazard Job SERVPRO technicians arrive on site to clean and treat affected apartment

A customer had called SERVPRO of San Gabriel when she realized that her father had passed inside his apartment. The daughter of the deceased man had made our technicians aware that she had not stepped foot in her father's apartment for over five years. He would not allow any of his family members to come visit him nor would he open the door if members of his family had decided to just show up at his door. When technicians made their way inside the apartment they discovered that this tenant was indeed a hoarder. There were piles and piles of trash, food, dirty clothes and many other items with bacteria and mold build up and growth. After a week's work technicians had finished removing all the trash and cleaning and treating the entire apartment. The daughter was so pleased with the outcome of the apartment. The daughter was amazed with the work done by SERVPRO of San Gabriel, she said "I haven't seen this apartment this clean in over twenty years!"

Water damage affected living room ceiling

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Fire sprinkler burst A fire sprinkler burst causing the ceiling to tear open and water leaking all over the living room.

A living room fire sprinkler caused this water damage in the living room. This before picture shows the damage done to the living room ceiling that resulted into water getting all over the living room floor and furniture. SERVPRO of San Gabriel was called in to clean up and treat the affected area. The owner is a returning customer, we have handled two of his other previous claims. After calling in SERVPRO of San Gabriel technicians arrived to the property ready to remove all of our customers belongings so we can dry the affected area as well as cutting out the damaged portion of the ceiling. The customer was ecstatic with how quickly the living room ceiling was repaired as well as how efficient our technicians at SERVPRO San Gabriel are. 

Covid 19 Decontamination Job

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Covid Decon Remax Office Remax office in Lynwood Covid-19 decontamination job

As the pandemic spread like wildfire across the country California ended up being one of the states with the highest infection rate. As more and more people were getting tested the number of positive cases in California were at an all time high. With that information being out there for the public it caused many concerns and many customers that we had done previous work with called us about Covid-19 decontamination. SERVPRO of San Gabriel uses CDC approved chemicals. SERVPROXIDE, SERVPRO’s proprietary disinfectant, is a hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated
effectiveness against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 on hard, non-porous surfaces. In addition, SERVPROXIDE
currently has dozens of EPA-approved claims including Feline coronavirus, Canine coronavirus, Staphylococcus
(MRSA), E. coli, Salmonella, Rotavirus, Swine flu (H1N1) and more. Our customer was thrilled with the work done by SERVPRO of San Gabriel. There has not been one case of Covid in their workplace. 

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

If you were to have a fire in your home, would you know where to start to get your home clean. The most important call after the fire is out is to SERVPRO of San Gabriel.

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

Is it safe to stay in the house?

Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.

Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful.

It is critical to make sure you have your contents taken care of right away after a fire in your home. The longer household items sit in a smoke and soot damaged environment, the more likely  permanent damage will occur. SERVPRO of San Gabriel  have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

SERVPRO of N can handle any size fire content cleanup project. . When fire and water damage strikes, a fast response is critical. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, day or night, to your home or business. Our team is quick to respond and begin the inventory process. Once all of your items are collected, they will be taken to our state of the art facility to be cleaned and ready for return.

Documentation is extremely important to us at SERVPRO of San Gabriel. We want to make sure that your items are taken care of and protected in this tough time for you and your family.

COVID-19 Cleanup

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

COVID-19 Cleanup Warehouse cleanup, COVID-19 decontamination

SERVPRO of San Gabriel was recently tasked to provide extensive decontamination and disinfection at a large commercial warehouse with several known Covid-19 cases. This is a large warehouse and distribution center in Lynwood, California. Its operating hours are twenty-four hours a day. It serves as a critical distribution hub for Costco, Walmart and Target stores. Our team was able to clean and decontaminate this facility with minimal disruption ensuring that the supply chain was back up the next morning. 

SERVPRO of San Gabriel is the premier team for COVID-19 cleanup. 

Marijuana Grow House

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Marijuana Plants Marijuana plants took over the entire home, SERVPRO of San Gabriel was called upon to clean up the aftermath! The homeowner was extremely pleased!

Though the sale and use of recreational marijuana has become legal in many states including CA, it’s safe to say that black market marijuana sales are thriving, with plants selling for $3,000 a pound depending on strain, or around $3 million per 1,000 plants. Private and cartel growers still find the manufacture and sale quite lucrative. With laws and enforcement diminishing, the clandestine manufacturing of marijuana is on the increase. 

There is very little downside for these growers. With lax enforcement and penalties, coupled with the high cost of legitimately growing marijuana, many dispensaries will choose to buy from clandestine growers and avoid very high state imposed taxes. Also, growers can export their products to states where marijuana is not yet legal and can command a higher price per delivered pound.

How does your property get hijacked by illegal growers? Many often will pose as legitimate home renters. Once they have possession of your property they can convert a normal home into an efficient growing operation that can produce 3-4 harvest cycles per year. 

Growers will convert every available space into a grow operation. From the outside of the property no one can tell if a grow operation is happening inside. Growers will choose to keep their activity during the late evening hours. Deliveries of supplies and material is done late at night. Unless discovered, grow houses can last for several years. 

Once a grow house is discovered and shut down, what they leave behind is nearly total destruction to a property. SERVPRO San Gabriel has been a leader in the mitigation and post clean up at many illegal grow houses in Southern CA. We work with the homeowners who are left with the burden of repairing the property. 

We have experience working with the homeowners and their respective insurance companies as they navigate this very complicated and complex claim procedure.

Excessive water damage from burst pipe in Pasadena home

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

After tear out of damaged floor and drywall SERVPRO of San Gabriel technicians tore out water damaged floor and drywall

Old plumbing and leaky appliances around the house aren’t out to get you, but sometimes it seems that way. The weather plays a part too with winter freezes that burst pipes and spring rains that flood basements.

SERVPRO of San Gabriel cleanup and restoration teams have seen it all here in San Gabriel valley and the surrounding cities. his water emergency is confined to cold months, but you have to be prepared. In this Pasadena home a pipe burst causing flooding to the throughout the house.  Pipes can freeze and rupture in just a few hours, and the flooding can soak the house from ceiling to basement. 

In most cases, the damage caused by a water pipe burst will make it easy to locate the section that needs repairs. However, it can be difficult to access the burst pipe if it’s in a wall or ceiling.

The section of the water pipe that bursts will need to cut out and replaced. Make sure that the new water pipe is properly in place and not leaking before proceeding with your restoration efforts.

While you can technically repair a burst water pipe at any stage of the water restoration process, it’s easiest to do once you have cleaned up the majority of the damage.

We are cleaning experts

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

Decontamination job SERVPRO San Gabriel technician doing COVID-19 decontamination job

SERVPRO San Gabriel is Here to Help during this challenging time.

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 trained and experienced in the cleaning and disinfection of biohazardous materials. From blood and body fluids and pathogens, we can clean and disinfect your home or business.  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.

Our procedures follow the CDC guidelines of cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. 

The Basics of Mold Remediation | SERVPRO® of San Gabriel

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

If water damage occurs in a home or commercial property, there is a good chance that mold growth is likely to follow. In fact, mold begins growing within 48 hours of exposure to moisture.

Knowing your next steps when faced with a mold issue is very important, which is why we’re discussing mold remediation in this blog.

Why Mold Remediation?

You’ve probably seen ads for mold remediation and ads that promise mold removal, but mold removal is a fallacy. Removing all mold from a home or business is simply impossible. A qualified restoration company will focus on mold remediation, setting a goal for bringing mold levels back to a normal and natural range.

It is true that mold spores are a natural occurrence everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. They only create a problem when a minor mold issue is left untreated and then it turns into a major mold infestation.

During a mold remediation, the professional technicians isolate all contaminated areas, either by closing all doors and windows or completely and effectively sealing off all doorways and openings with a polyethylene sheeting, dependent on the level of remediation. Dust in the contaminated areas is then suppressed through misting.

Plastic bags are used to remove and discard wet and mold-damaged materials. All areas exposed to and affected by the mold are then thoroughly cleaned and dried. Sometimes, a HEPA vacuum will be used to help remove contamination and debris.

The mold area will then be treated with a biocide, and the technicians will leave it to sit overnight to allow it sufficient time to kill the mold spores. The following day, the mold remediation crew will return to encapsulate the affected area and beyond.

What to Do If You Suspect a Mold Issue

If you suspect your home or business may have a mold problem, you’ll want to act quickly. It is time to contact the professionals if, upon evaluation of the size of the problem, it is found that the mold has affected more than 10 square feet.

It is important that any professional company you hire be highly trained and certified in areas like:

  • Applied microbial remediation
  • Water damage restoration
  • Applied structural drying

Many home and business owners have successfully resolved some minor mold issues on their own, but the safest way is to always use a professional mold remediation company to get the quickest resolution to the problem.

At SERVPRO® of San Gabriel, our mold damage specialists are trained and certified experts in mold remediation. If your home or business is experiencing a mold issue, contact us to begin the mold remediation process.

The Causes and Prevention of Winter House Fires | SERVPRO® of San Gabriel

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

As the days become shorter and the temperatures become lower, the number of house fire occurrences begin to increase.

Winter sees the highest number of house fires each year, with several season-specific factors contributing to their increase. By understanding what causes this increase, individuals can better prepare themselves to prevent it and have a safe cold-weather season.

Causes for the Increase in House Fires

An Increase in Cooking
The most common cause of house fires in America is repeatedly found to be cooking, and this holds true for the winter months as well. There are many more baked goods, elaborate meals and group-cooking events that occur in the winter, which are likely to contribute to this increase.

The Risk of Heaters
Imploring the use of extra heating methods in addition to a home’s central heat can save money, but it is important to take additional safety precautions in order to prevent the fire risk from increasing. Errors from heaters and fireplaces account for the second-highest amount of fires during the wintertime, so taking precautions are key.

Candles and Decorations
Decorations for the holiday season are a fun way to spread holiday cheer but can lead to fire hazards of their own. Electrical decor such as strings of lights should always be inspected for fraying or overheating. Candles, also common during the wintertime, should be treated with caution in case of the spreading of the open flame to other surfaces.

Prevention of Winter Fires

Understanding why winter fires occur is an important part of knowing how to prevent them. By utilizing these fire safety tips and exercising caution when cooking, warming and adding decor to your home, you will be able to stay safe all season:

  • Check smoke alarms once every 30 days and replace every 10 years.
  • Always monitor open flames.
  • Select space heaters with automatic shut-offs in case they tip over.
  • Utilize a screen every time you use a fireplace.
  • Draft and practice an emergency escape plan with your household.

If your home has been impacted by a fire, call us right away. We are leaders in restoration and can help you recover quickly after a fire occurs.