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How to Prepare for Flooding and Storm Damage

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that weather changes are increasing the likelihood of floods? Yes, even in areas where excess water is usually considered to be unlikely. But as long as there is rain, there is a chance for flooding, too.

Technically speaking, a flood has occurred when two or more acres are wholly or partially subsumed with water.

But if a flood does happen, you won’t be spending your time worrying about the legal definition. You’ll be rightly worried about survival. Keep reading this blog for tips about flood preparation - and don’t worry, none of them include building an ark.

You need a generator in an emergency

It’s impossible to know if power lines will survive during a flood, or if any of the usual electric resources will still be available. There are different variables that will influence the type of generator that you need.

Did you know: water conducts electricity. And of course, flooding means lots of excess water. If you know that flooding is impending, you should move all appliances to higher ground for safety.

You need to know the flood risk

You can check with local government or FEMA websites to become familiar with the level of flood risk in your area. The knowledge of when floods are more likely to happen and what is likely to cause them helps you be prepared. For the San Gabriel area, you can start here.

Another good way to stay aware of the risk is to purchase a weather radio and become familiar with how to use it properly.

You need an emergency kit

Have you prepped an emergency preparedness kit? And is it prepared for a flood? The emergency kit should have extra water as flooding can contaminate water sources, and place important documents in a waterproof case, and always include extra food supplies. For help packing an emergency kit, read this.

You need to know how to evacuate

Evacuation is a two-fold process. Begin by researching your local government’s official evacuation plan. After that, you should create an evacuation plan for your family that also includes emergency modes of communication. You should practice this evacuation plan until every person is familiar with the route.

Finally, once all of the floor waters have receded, you’ll want a plan in place for clean up. SERVPRO® of San Gabriel is always ready to help.

The Storm Damage Caused by Hurricanes

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Pacific hurricanes aren’t as common as Atlantic hurricanes, but they are known to happen. In August this year, Hawaii was hit by Hurricane Lane. The state of California and the mild Los Angeles County climate may be generally safe from hurricanes, but if you travel to the East Coast or the Gulf Coast or even Hawaii then the odds rise. It’s always important to be prepared.

While hurricanes tend to get the most coverage, they are actually only one of ten common storm types in the United States. Other storms include tornadoes, floods, snow storms, hail storm, thunderstorms, lightning storms, tropical storms, ice storms and Derecho storms.

Have you heard of a Derecho storm before? They occur when many large storms create a single giant storm –one that can reach speeds of 58 miles per hour and cover 250 miles.

Hurricanes, although more common in some areas than others, reach far past the coast they occur on.Hurricane Sandy affected over 20 states.

Because hurricanes cause so much damage, it’s important to be knowledgeable about them even if they aren’t common to California.

Wind Damage

The winds that accompany hurricanes are connected to all types of damage. In many cases, the wind is strong enough to form tornadoes. Wind speed can often range between 74 - 155 miles per hour, more than strong enough to cause severe wreckage. Even the sturdiest of structures, like trees, are in danger from wind this strong. Storm winds are powerful enough to hoist up and fling debris of all sizes, causing further destruction.

Storm Surge Damage

Have you heard of a supposed “wall of water” caused by hurricanes? This so-called wall is actually called storm surge. As hurricanes rage toward land, the winds push water with it and disrupt the normal tide flow. So much water is pushed toward the shore that it amasses high above predicted tide levels and then surges onto shore and farther inland. As the water surges inland, it has nowhere to drain and thus causes flooding. Storm surge creates strong currents and carries heavy weight, causing damage wherever it goes.

Flood Damage

As mentioned, storm surge is the primary reason for flooding events during a hurricane. But storm surge happens mainly on the coast. Hurricanes can cause floods as far out as 100 miles from landfall. Hurricanes are so powerful that they affect other weather systems, creating excess precipitation in areas that aren’t prepared. Because the excess rainwater cannot drain, floods occur.

Storm damage, whether caused by hurricanes or flood or otherwise, can be very serious and

Water/Fire damage restoration

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of San Gabriel specializes in Water/Fire damage restoration in LA, Orange, and San Bernardino county. Our Franchise is fully licensed to perform any restoration/ build-back work after a water or fire loss. In case of a water/ fire damage, please notify SERVPRO of  San Gabriel as soon as possible, so we may initiate the mitigation process promptly. Mitigation work is just as important as the restoration work. We must be vigilant as homeowners to prioritize the safety of our home."Like it never even happened."As SERVPRO's famous motto would suggest, our goal as a restoration service is to make sure we restore your home to it's original condition. Though we have many different approaches for different situations, SERVPRO of San Gabriel will always prioritize customer's expectation and preferences. If requested, we may even remodel your home to your specific needs. SERVPRO of San Gabriel is a professional Water/Fire Mitigation and Restoration company. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. 

Water/ Fire Restoration, An Emergency Rescue

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of San Gabriel specializes in Water/Fire damage restoration in LA, Orange, and San Bernardino county. Our Franchise is fully licensed to perform any restoration/ build-back work after a water or fire loss. In case of a water/ fire damage, please notify SERVPRO of  San Gabriel as soon as possible, so we may initiate the mitigation process prompty. Mitigation work is just as important as the restoration work. We must be vigilant as homeowners to prioritize the safety of our home."Like it never even happened."As SERVPRO's famous motto would suggest, our goal as a restoration service is to make sure we restore your home to it's original condition. Though we have many different approaches for different situations, SERVPRO of San Gabriel will always prioritize customer's expectation and preferences. If requested, we may even remodel your home to your specific needs. SERVPRO of San Gabriel is a professional Water/Fire Mitigation and Restoration company. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.      

Preventing Mold

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of San Gabriel franchise specializes in Mold Remediation and Water Damage clean up. In today's blog we will be leaving a few tips on how you can prevent mold, Fungi, Mildew, or Micro-organism growth in your home. Mold tend to grow in darker areas, where light cannot reach; by allowing sunlight in, we can reduce the chances of mold. Warm and humid conditions may also increase chances of mold; according to moldpedia, mold growth expedites above 70F.

There are many ways we can prevent mold growth in the common household, like keeping humidity and condensation level low by keeping different living areas ventilated. Another way we can prevent mold growth is by checking for water leaks. If you are not sure if your pipes are leaking, you can call us to do an inspection for you. Another common way mold can grow is from wet clothes or wet furniture. Just be sure to dry your clothes thoroughly before placing in laundry pile if your clothes are wet.

Source: https://moldpedia.com/how-to-prevent-mold

Water Damage

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of San Gabriel Specializes in Water restoration and Water damage mitigation. Water intrusions can be costly for homeowners. It is imperative that homeowners fully understand the different ways of managing water damages. First, contact your local SERVPRO, so we may start the mitigation process as soon as possible. The longer we wait the more pollutant will form. Mold can begin to form within 24-48 hours. If you are filing an insurance claim, it is also very important that you contact them to file a claim ASAP. Most cases of water damage may be covered by insurance if you contact them right away. More over homeowners should understand the different categories of water damage as defined by IICRC.Category 1: Water from a clean water source, like a fresh water line for a dishwasher. This water will not cause illness or any ill effects. Category 2: Water that may cause illness through contact. It may have bacteria in it. Category 3: Water that is highly contaminated. Contact can cause severe illness or death. Think sewage backup, an overflowing toilet, or storm waters. When your property has been water damaged, you don’t have the luxury of waiting around for a convenient time to start the cleanup. Secondary damage from mold growth can present serious health risks associated with mold in the living environment.

Source: https://www.iii.org/article/how-protect-your-home-water-damage

Preventing Fire

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Preventing Fire

SERVPRO of San Gabriel specializes in Fire Mitigation as well as Fire Restoration. Fire damage is a homeowner's biggest worry. In the modern world we have endless appliances to assist our daily living; however, they also pose a great danger if not properly maintained or applied. Here are some common causes of fire as explained by Traveler's Ins.

Alternative Heating Sources May Also Create a Fire Hazard. Do not place a space heater near furniture, curtains or other objects that could easily catch fire. Clothes Dryers Are Another Common Source of House Fires. Clean out the dryer vent regularly. Clean out the lint filter after each load. Lint may also collect under and behind your dryer, so do not forget to clean these areas. Carelessness in the Kitchen May Also Lead to a House Fire. Keep a kitchen fire extinguisher readily available and know how to use it. Keep your stove and oven clean. Built up food splatter or grease can later ignite when the stove or oven is turned on for cooking. Faulty Wiring and Outlets Are One of the Top Causes of House Fires. Check the electrical cords throughout your home for signs of fraying, and replace all frayed wires.

Source: ternative Heating Sources May Also Create a Fire Hazard. Do not place a space heater near furniture, curtains or other objects that could easily catch fire. Clothes Dryers Are Another Common Source of House Fires. Clean out the dryer vent regularly. Clean out the lint filter after each load. Lint may also collect under and behind your dryer, so do not forget to clean these areas. Carelessness in the Kitchen May Also Lead to a House Fire. Keep a kitchen fire extinguisher readily available and know how to use it. Keep your stove and oven clean. Built up food splatter or grease can later ignite when the stove or oven is turned on for cooking. Faulty Wiring and Outlets Are One of the Top Causes of House Fires. Check the electrical cords throughout your home for signs of fraying, and replace all frayed wires.

Source: https://www.travelers.com/resources/home/fire-safety/how-to-prevent-house-fires

Drying-Machines

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of San Gabriel is a professional water restoration company, and we specialize in mold remediation, and water mitigation. One strategy we use for drying the common household is by placing machines in the contained area to create conditions that will both filter the air and dehumidify the effected area. The three machines that we most commonly use are Air Movers, Dehumidifiers, and Negative-Air Scrubber.

After mold is physically removed from its source, the air should be cleaned of airborne mold spores using HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) air scrubbers and air exchange (i.e. replacing dirty moldy air with clean fresh air through simple ventilation or more sophisticated negative air controls for bigger jobs). Since mold excels in humid, damp areas, we will lower the humidity level of the effected area with the dehumidifier, while the Air Mover is constantly blowing at the wet materials, so that the water molecules will be released into the air, to be sucked in by the dehumidifier. The air-scrubber is to 'scrub' the air. It will filter through all the mold spores and other pollutants that may still be in the air.

Biohazard Safety

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of San Gabriel specializes in biohazard, water, fire mitigation and restoration. Biohazard contaminants should be considered very dangerous as they can pose a serious health risk. Sewer backups and flood water are two common biohazard scenarios that can affect homes and businesses. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to safely clean and restore this type of contamination.

In case of a biohazard incident, please do not leave any items or personal possession in the contaminated water. SERVPRO of San Gabriel do not want to have any cases of cross contamination, since all biohazard cleanups are considered cat.3. Exposures to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. It will be safe if homeowners evacuate from the contaminated area.

Accident is not controllable and if anything happened, please call SERVPRO of San Gabriel if your house got any concerned of Biohazard issue. SERVPRO of San Gabriel is always ready and glad to help home owner to clean their frustration.

San Gabriel 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage San Gabriel 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of San Gabriel provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in the San Gabriel Valley.

SERVPRO of San Gabriel is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (626) 341-3392

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of San Gabriel has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of San Gabriel

SERVPRO of San Gabriel specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.