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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.  

Installing a Security Fence and Other Steps To Take After a Commercial Fire

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

A security fence can keep vandals away from your San Gabriel, CA commercial building after a fire

Security Fencing For Your Building After a Fire

The aftermath of a commercial fire can seem overwhelming. You have to survey your building for possible smoke damage. You also have to start the cleanup process.


Many businesses also install a security fence following a fire or other disaster. It is easy to forget about this step. After all, you have so many other things to do to get your business back up and running.
Yet fencing is essential after an emergency. You need some form of security in place to prevent additional damage from:

  • Vandalism
  • Weather
  • Theft

Insurance

While fencing may be costly, refusing to secure your premises could be more expensive. That’s because your insurance company may not cover water damage or other harm that results from your failure to protect your building. Besides putting up a fence, you may also want to cover any holes in the walls or roof.

Additional Steps
Once your security fence is in place, you can work with the insurer to start your rebuild. Make a list of any damaged items to show to the insurance company. Be sure to include the date you purchased each asset and how much you paid for it. Do not throw anything away without taking pictures of it first.


You also need to get the insurance provider's permission before hiring a fire damage cleanup company. Otherwise, the insurer may not cover the costs of this service.
While you wait for the experts to arrive, you should open windows or turn on a fan to keep the air circulating in the building. 


A security fence can keep vandals away from your Temple City CA, commercial building after a fire. It can also prevent thieves from stealing your assets. Installing proper fencing is thus a key part of the disaster recovery process.

Why Flood Cuts Are Made During Restoration

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

Why Should Flood Cuts Need To Be Performed?

Flood cuts serve several important functions inside a commercial structure that has recently been flooded. Restoration professionals may recommend cutting into drywall 12 to 18 inches above the flood line to identify and remove contaminated building materials and promote drying prior to restoration. 

Remove Contaminated Materials
Flood cuts make it easier for restoration professionals to check the condition of several materials in walls. The following substances may need to be torn out and replaced:

  • Drywall
  • Insulation
  • Structural components

A flood cut is a way to tear out damaged materials, provide access behind walls for repairs and increase airflow. This measure is most important when damage that involves contaminated water has occurred.

Speed Up Drying Behind Walls
Flood cuts open up the walls of commercial buildings that have recently been exposed to flooding. If water has saturated drywall or worked its way behind walls in other ways, it can be difficult to promote fast drying without making significant cuts. If the water involved in damage is not contaminated, it may be possible to save walls by drilling small holes behind the baseboard and inserting hoses to circulate air behind walls.

Clear the Way for Rebuilding
Removing damaged drywall and wet insulation lays the groundwork for rebuilding. Once a structure has been cleaned and disinfected to get rid of sources of contamination and then dried thoroughly, the restoration process is ready to proceed.


Commercial building owners and managers who are not sure whether to make flood cuts should seek the expert opinion of damage restoration professionals who specialize in flooding. These specialists can determine the right height for a flood cut to check conditions behind walls, tear out contaminated building materials and speed up drying at a commercial property located in San Gabriel, CA 

Does your fire extinguisher work?

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

One of the best safeguards against a residential or commercial fire is a well placed and fully charged fire extinguisher.  Keep in mind that different types of fires require different fire extinguishers to put them out.  The following facts can help you determine which is the right extinguisher for you.

Type- A

The first type of fire extinguisher is the “A” classification, this means that it is effective against ordinary fuels.  A typical house fire in a garbage can or debris pile uses this type.  A water-based extinguisher will usually only be rated for this type of fire.

Type- B

Oil-based fires fit into the class “B” type of extinguisher.  It is important to not use a water filled extinguisher on an oil fire, as it can cause the fire to spread while the flaming oil moves on top of the water.

Type-C

Class “C” involves combustible fumes, those include fumes from gasoline or aerosols. Foam, carbon dioxide and power-based extinguishers are the most common types of extinguishers rated to deal with this type of fire.

Extinguishers rated to put out an electrical fire is also a “C” rated and is essential for putting out this type of fire.  Most foam and powder type of extinguishers can put out an electrical fire, this type of extinguisher will coat the burning material surface preventing oxygen from reaching the burning components.  If an electrical fire gets out of hand the area should be abandoned immediately.

Remember most small extinguishers are for single use only.  Larger extinguishers with a capacity gauge can be refilled and used multiple times. Many extinguishers are rated to be used on multiple types of fires, so be sure and choose the one that is right for you.

If a fire does strike your business or home, remember that SERVPRO of San Gabriel at.  626-478-0286.

Partial Fire Loss Can Leave Lingering Damage

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

A fire in your business can be overwhelming. Even if there is only a partial fire loss, the post effects of the fire and smoke damage can create long-term issues.

Seek Hidden Damage
Whether small or big, smoke, soot, and flames can quickly become absorbed into the materials of a building, even in areas not affected by the fire.

If a fire breaks out in a neighboring establishment, its residual impact may also affect your building. Calling SERVPRO San Gabriel a respected restoration specialist is the best bet to ensure the building is properly cleaned and inspected. During the inspection, they will check areas of the structure that may be overlooked, including:

HVAC System – Soot can easily begin to circulate through the vents. If not properly cleaned, it creates a long-term odor and affects air quality.


Electric and Plumbing – The accumulation of soot can also involve plumbing and electrical systems. The heat from a fire can impact pipes, potentially resulting in a pipe burst. If the fire was due to an electrical issue, it might be best to contact an electrician to update the wiring.


Mold – If a sprinkler system was set off or water hoses were used to put out a fire, it has the potential to create the right environment for mold. As the water absorbs into porous materials, mold can quickly grow and spread.


While fire loss can seem devastating, help is only a phone call away. We are here to help. 626-478-0286

Prevent Water Damage In Your Business

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

Water is one of the most common causes of commercial and Home damage in the United States. Heavy rains, burst pipes and leaky plumbing can create a year-round problem causing significant water damage, if left unattended. There are a couple of steps you can take to mitigate water damage, but it is best to avoid it altogether by following these tips to prevent water damage.


1. Check Hoses and pluming. 
Outdoor hoses that are left connected to water sources during the winter can freeze and cause ice blocks that may restrict water flow or cause a broken pipe. To avoid this problem, hoses should be drained and disconnected before winter weather arrives.


2. Know Where Your Water Main Shutoff Is and How To Operate It.
Your water main is responsible for supplying water to your entire house. One of the first things you should do when a water emergency, such as a broken pipe or an overflowing toilet, causes water in home is to close your water main shutoff. 


3. Regular Maintenance of landscaping is critical.
Make sure any shrubs or trees that are too close to the property are removed because it can wrap around or grow into pipes which can lead to a leak or possibly a broken pipe. 

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. 

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.

Leak caused by sewage line in Temple City, Ca

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

The sewage line in Temple city is backed up and resulted into excessive water damage to business office. A blockage can occur in a city sanitary main. If the blockage is not detected in time, sewage from the main can back up into homes and businesses through floor drains. Usually this happens slowly, giving the owner time to call a licensed plumber to assess the damage. If water is entering your basement at a rapid rate, call the city public works office and report the problem immediately so that a city operator can investigate. A sewer backup can lead to disease, destruction of your valuables, damage to your house or business, and can even result in electrical malfunctions. Prompt cleanup of the affected property can help minimize the inconvenience and prevent mold and further damage. In the event of sewer backup, immediately arrange for the cleanup of your property. SERVPRO of San Gabriel was contacted to clean and treat the affected areas throughout the office.

SERVPRO of San Gabriel is prepared for this years Santa Ana Winds Season

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of San Gabriel is well-prepared for this year's Santa Ana Winds. We are monitoring current wind trends arefully with you, our neighbors, and are ready to help in the event that any wind-related damage occurs.

A classic Santa Ana is formed when high pressure over the Great Basin causes dry air to flow out of the interior of the West in a clockwise rotation and enter Southern California from the northeast and move toward lower pressure off the coast.

The air speeds up as it squeezes through mountain passes and canyons, sometimes reaching ferocious speeds.

At the same time, the dryness causes relative humidity levels to plunge, often down to single-digit percentages, drying out living and dead vegetation and making it ready to burn.

Why do we call them Santa Ana winds?

The origin of the winds' name has never been settled, but most discussions mention Santa Ana Canyon in Orange County, southeast of Los Angeles.

Give us a call 24/7 and we can take control of the situation and put you at ease. 626-478-0286

Preparing Your Business to Face Any Emergency Situation | SERVPRO® of San Gabriel

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

What are some of the aspects of running a business that come to mind? There are a multitude of things that must be taken care of, but one of the most important factors to think about is emergency preparedness.

Creating an emergency preparedness plan isn’t going to make your business impervious to emergencies and disasters, but it does offer a sense of security for you and your employees when it comes to safety. Your employees will understand what to do and what is expected of them if a disaster or emergency situation should occur.

Create the Plans

Have you completed an emergency preparedness plan for various disaster situations? If not, may we suggest that you make it a priority and do so soon?

There are numerous emergencies your business should have a preparedness plan in place for, including:

  • Fire
  • Severe weather, including thunderstorms and winter storms
  • Other natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes
  • Human-caused hazards, including accidents or acts of violence
  • Technology-related issues like power outages and equipment failure

Emergencies, whether human-caused or from Mother Nature, can cause panic and chaos. If there is no emergency plan for your business, the situation could escalate and become even more stressful quickly.

You should make sure that safety training and familiarization of emergency preparedness plans are included in the company onboarding process, team-building activities and continuing education opportunities. By helping employees familiarize themselves with proper safety protocol and emergency procedures, you’re not only giving them the tools to protect themselves, but you are also setting them up to help protect guests/visitors and the business itself.

Start Here

As you look into beginning to set up an emergency plan for your business, you’ll first want to evaluate which scenarios are most likely to occur—and also consider even those that may be considered a longshot. After all, it’s better to be prepared for any worst-case scenario and not be caught by surprise.

You can find plenty of online resources to help guide you through this process, including Ready.gov, the American Red Cross, FEMA and the CDC.

Look into conducting a business impact analysis (BIA) to help predict the potential effect a disaster may have on your business. This would include lost or delayed sales and income, increased expenses from repairs, and delayed implementation of business plans. Don’t forget to make sure a crisis communications plan is in place, too.

Reviewing and practicing your emergency preparedness plan is paramount, so once you have come up with a plan, be sure to go over it and practice with employees. This will ensure the process remains fresh in their minds and can help employees feel more empowered and prepared in any sort of situation that could occur. 

Disaster can strike when you least expect it, but by being prepared and having a plan in place, your business will be better suited to handle whatever Mother Nature has in store. If the worst should happen and your business is damaged, know that SERVPRO® of San Gabriel is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Creating a Natural Disaster Plan for Your Business | SERVPRO® of San Gabriel

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

When everything from floods, hurricanes and tornadoes to wildfires and earthquakes happen, our businesses as well as our homes and families can be impacted. It is important to be prepared for these worst-case scenarios—and the key to this is advance preparation and planning.

Being prepared for those scenarios involves creating a natural disaster plan for your business. Some aspects to consider when designing that plan are discussed in this blog.

What to Take Into Consideration

There are many different factors you will need to consider when building a disaster plan for your business. This includes your employees as well as your assets such as equipment and merchandise.

Some of those considerations to include should be:

  1. How to safely protect your employees
  2. How to secure your assets
  3. How to get business up and running again

There have been many checklists made available to us by sources like the Red Cross, FEMA and Ready.gov that will help you identify areas that need to be included in your natural disaster preparedness plan. These sources will also show you just how unprepared you could be.

Employee Safety Is Vital

Because disaster often strikes without warning, it’s important to have a plan that lays out procedures and safety measures for employees and visitors. Make sure evacuation routes and exits from your facility are all clearly and visibly marked, provide an area where employees can take shelter when necessary, consider installing emergency lighting, and have designated staff “safety wardens” that are properly trained and ready to assist in all emergency efforts.

When you identify a shelter space, a basement or storm cellar is the ideal location in the event of tornadoes or other high-wind situations. Choose a small interior room or closet or interior hallway if you have no basement space.

Protect the Assets

If you have a brick and mortar location for your business, that does not mean your assets inside are fully protected. You’ll have to make mindful choices about how to protect them.

Be sure to have a comprehensive and up-to-date inventory of these items and, if possible, having photographs prior to a disaster whenever possible is always helpful for the insurance claim process. If your assets are based on a computer server, take the steps necessary to ensure that the backup system is regularly performing backups and that the storage system cannot be damaged.

If you own your building, take some time and talk with a contractor to locate areas that could be improved on with regard to structural integrity. This contractor can also walk you through possible safety upgrades and identify any areas that may not meet codes for certain weather situations. .

Back to Business

In the unfortunate event a natural disaster does occurs, it is highly likely that, due to damage, your business will have to shut down while repairs are being made. Every day you remain closed is another day of lost profits. Set up a special “rainy day” fund that will be available to use should you incur additional costs that are not covered by your insurance.

It is a good idea to compile a list of contractors who will be available for any construction concerns or repairs and to find a company that specializes in cleanup and restoration service that will be available to quickly respond to your emergency situation.

With SERVPRO® of San Gabriel, you can count on us to get to the disaster faster and make it “Like it never even happened.” Our training and expertise have prepared us to help with water damage, storm damage, fire damage and mold remediation quickly and effectively.

Knowing what to do when disaster strikes your business is of the utmost importance. When it comes to the cleanup and restoration aspects, depend on SERVPRO® of San Gabriel to be there for you.

Looking Into What Causes Water Damage | SERVPRO® of San Gabriel

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Water is necessary for life, this we know, but one aspect that is not necessary is water damage.

Are you aware of all the different sources of water damage that could impact your home?

How It Happens

The Travelers Companies Inc. reported that between 2009 and 2015, five of the main reasons for homeowner claims were:

  • exterior wind damage
  • non-weather-related water damage
  • hail
  • weather-related water damage
  • theft

Did you notice that water damage cracked that top five list twice? The types of water damage are broken down into two different categories, the result of weather situations or the result of non-weather situations.

Water damage that is not caused by weather occurs most often in the home and is the result of plumbing and appliance malfunction issues. Water damage caused by weather can cause just as big of headache but does not occur as often. Weather-related water damage is caused by events such as rain, snow or melting ice.

In your home, the top five causes of water damage are:

  • Issues caused by malfunctioning plumbing
  • Leaks from washing machine
  • Damaged water pipes
  • Water heaters that are up there in years
  • Weather situations
You Can Prevent the Damage

Water damage repair costs can break the budget, but it could be more if you do not have the proper homeowners insurance coverage. It is wise to double-check your homeowners insurance policy to make sure that you have the proper coverage, because in many situations, the following may be covered in a standard policy:

  • Damage that is the result of ice, snow or sleet weight
  • Any water that is an overflow situation, even accidental
  • Faulty pipes that could be cracking or bulging in a steam or hot water heat system
  • Frozen pipes and plumbing

There are ways to miss out on some types of water damage incidents and avoid the headaches that accompany the damage.

Use preventive measures and make sure to perform routine maintenance to protect your home from water damage. Some ways to do this include installing water sensors and automatic shut-off valves, asking a professional plumber to install back flow valves and standpipes in basement drains, and keeping your appliances and personal belongings up off the floor in the basement.

By adhering to these suggestions, there is a good possibility that you can dodge the bullet where water damage is concerned.

Water damage can be a nightmare to deal with, but fortunately, you will always have SERVPRO® of San Gabriel on your side to help with the cleanup and restoration process.

Creating a Natural Disaster Plan for Your Business

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

When everything from floods, hurricanes and tornadoes to wildfires and earthquakes happen, our businesses as well as our homes and families can be impacted. It is important to be prepared for these worst-case scenarios—and the key to this is advance preparation and planning.

Being prepared for those scenarios involves creating a natural disaster plan for your business. Some aspects to consider when designing that plan are discussed in this blog.

What to Take Into Consideration

There are many different factors you will need to consider when building a disaster plan for your business. This includes your employees as well as your assets such as equipment and merchandise.

Some of those considerations to include should be:

  1. How to safely protect your employees
  2. How to secure your assets
  3. How to get business up and running again

There have been many checklists made available to us by sources like the Red Cross, FEMA and Ready.gov that will help you identify areas that need to be included in your natural disaster preparedness plan. These sources will also show you just how unprepared you could be.

Employee Safety Is Vital

Because disaster often strikes without warning, it’s important to have a plan that lays out procedures and safety measures for employees and visitors. Make sure evacuation routes and exits from your facility are all clearly and visibly marked, provide an area where employees can take shelter when necessary, consider installing emergency lighting, and have designated staff “safety wardens” that are properly trained and ready to assist in all emergency efforts.

When you identify a shelter space, a basement or storm cellar is the ideal location in the event of tornadoes or other high-wind situations. Choose a small interior room or closet or interior hallway if you have no basement space.

Protect the Assets

If you have a brick and mortar location for your business, that does not mean your assets inside are fully protected. You’ll have to make mindful choices about how to protect them.

Be sure to have a comprehensive and up-to-date inventory of these items and, if possible, having photographs prior to a disaster whenever possible is always helpful for the insurance claim process. If your assets are based on a computer server, take the steps necessary to ensure that the backup system is regularly performing backups and that the storage system cannot be damaged.

If you own your building, take some time and talk with a contractor to locate areas that could be improved on with regard to structural integrity. This contractor can also walk you through possible safety upgrades and identify any areas that may not meet codes for certain weather situations. .

Back to Business

In the unfortunate event a natural disaster does occurs, it is highly likely that, due to damage, your business will have to shut down while repairs are being made. Every day you remain closed is another day of lost profits. Set up a special “rainy day” fund that will be available to use should you incur additional costs that are not covered by your insurance.

It is a good idea to compile a list of contractors who will be available for any construction concerns or repairs and to find a company that specializes in cleanup and restoration service that will be available to quickly respond to your emergency situation.

With SERVPRO® of San Gabriel, you can count on us to get to the disaster faster and make it "Like it never even happened." Our training and expertise have prepared us to help with water damage, storm damage, fire damage and mold remediation quickly and effectively.

Knowing what to do when disaster strikes your business is of the utmost importance. When it comes to the cleanup and restoration aspects, depend on SERVPRO® of San Gabriel to be there for you.