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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.

Severe water damage in West Covina, CA

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

A severe case of water damage occurred in West Covina, California home that was brought to the attention of SERVPRO San Gabriel. Burst pipe in kitchen had been left unattended for months before getting in contact with SERVPRO San Gabriel. The home owner had reached out to local plummer and had the pipe patched up but never correctly repaired.  The unresolved damage resulted into hot water sitting in the floor and the walls which resulted into mold growth. The amount of fungus that had grown in the home was ridiculous. There was a handful of mold spores and the home reaked of mold the day of initial inspection. When SERVPRO of San Gabriel technicians arrived they discovered mushrooms growing from kitchen baseboards. The amount of fungus that had accumulated in the home was disgusting. Luckily SERVPRO of San Gabriel technicians are extremely experienced and trained on the cleaning and removal and how to treat these affected areas. The homeowner and his wife explained that they travel a lot and when returning home from a recent trip they smelled the mold and saw the wet areas that would not dry. "Thank you SERVPRO, for cleaning and removing all the mold and water damage from our home. Thank you so much!"

Massive fire in Arcadia, CA

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Electrical fire resulted into burnt down home in Arcadia, Ca. Luckily for the homeowner no one was in the home at the time of the fire. The fire began in the kitchen and spread throughout the rest of the first floor of the home. Household fires are extremely devastating especially if they aren't contained or dealt with quickly. The kitchen is the most common place for a fire to begin. Your stove and your oven are two big potential fire sources because they generate a lot of heat whether it be from gas or electricity. Some contributing factors that can trigger a kitchen fire are technical malfunctions, cleanliness, gas ovens and electrical ovens. In this case the fire was caused from a faulty socket that the stove was plugged into causing the circuit breaker to spark and ignite flames. SERVPRO of San Gabriel technicians worked thoroughly they came and cleaned up and removed affected area. The home owner couldn't be anymore pleased. His exact words where; "Thank you SERVPRO, thank you for servicing my home and leaving it as good as new. More beautiful than ever before."

Massive fire damage in El Monte, CA

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

One of the next most common causes of residential fires is electrical malfunction. Though it may seem like electrical malfunction is unavoidable, there are a number of bad habits that can be corrected to better your chances of escaping this catastrophe. Unfortunately for the residents of this El Monte apartment building this was definitely unavoidable. The cause of the fire still remains unknown, but after inspection it is seeming that it was more than likely a faulty cord or power socket. Here are tips to help avoid and or prevent electrical fires:

  • Make sure all electric outlets are "up to par," not loose, wired properly and covered when not in use
  • Make sure you never use a cable where the third ground prong has been removed
  • Never use extension cords as permanent solutions and make sure all permanent cords are in-tact and not frayed or damaged

Be aware and be careful and always make sure cords do not have wiring exposed prior to use.

Commercial water damage in Monterey Park

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Although strong storms can inflict major structural damages, business owners should understand that inclement weather isn’t the only cause of floods and other water-related catastrophes. High levels of moisture, damaged sewer lines, plumbing leaks and other accidents can all result in severe commercial water damage.

If you are a business owner or manager, it’s smart to be aware of the different problems that can lead to indoor flooding and other water disasters. By familiarizing yourself with the four most common causes of commercial water damage you’ll be able to mitigate them properly before things get out of hand

1. Damaged Pipes and Plumbing

Your building’s plumbing system carries large volumes of water each day so if it gets damaged, you can expect water to flood into the workplace.

2. Malfunctioning Sprinkler Systems

There’s no question that your sprinkler system will come in handy during a fire emergency. However, if the sprinklers are outdated, they can cause damage to your building.

3. Broken Appliances and Equipment

Water heaters, dishwashers, clothes washers, and many other appliances can experience problems that may cause them to leak.

4. Backed Up Toilets and Sewer Lines

Backed up sewer and toilet water contains a host of microbes and toxic substances that can cause health problems. Contaminated water can also ruin the quality of your belongings and pollute the air.