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Commercial fires and SERVPRO

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

Flames from fire Flames from fire.

Having a fire in your commercial property can be overwhelming and scary, SERVPRO is here to help in those times. If your business is affected by fire we will do everything in our power to get you back up and running again. Furthermore, it's spectacular when everyone in the home or business survived the fire alright. However, it's still devastating dealing with the fire loss. For those who worked so hard in accomplishing their business or dream home and the loved ones who enjoyed the comfortableness and sentimental memories, the effects of the fire loss can really be detrimental whether it's from a fire in home or fire in business. Having said that, there are some things that should be done to take care of oneself and family mentally and emotionally while undergoing the rebuilding process. The first thing to do is to let out the cries and screams concerning the devastating fire damage and comfort the family. Doing this will let out the steam necessary to regain one's composure to focus and deal with this incident immediately by dealing with the home or commercial fire damage and fire cleanup. After that's done, further professional and emotional help, if needed, should be taken. Taking Full Control of the Fire Damage The following steps are required for a home or commercial fire damage restoration: 1. Ensuring the family, pets, and co-workers are far away from the property on fire- to prevent possible injuries from the fire, and poor air quality from smoke damage and soot damage 2. No entering of the premises where the home or commercial fire damage occurred unless fire firefighters give the OK- to prevent injuries due to the roof possibly caving in from the fire loss, or due to poor air quality from the soot damage/smoke damage 3. The restoration specialist must be contacted- since they are highly trained to properly handle the fire loss, smoke damage, soot damage, air quality, fire cleanup, and more for fire in home and fire in business 4. Assessing the fire damage- this is only when the fire professionals say it's alright to enter the premises. Assessing the damage is required for the fire insurance claim regardless if it's a fire in home or fire in business, and it should be done before initiating any fire cleanup. Taking pictures of all the areas and items with apparent fire and soot damage, and writing down every other thing concerning the air quality and smoke damage are very helpful for home and commercial fire damage claims. 5. Preventing possible further damage, if and when it's safe to go inside where the home or commercial fire damage occurred- this includes doing some fire cleanup by mopping the floor that's drenched with water from rain, water damage from the fire, or firefighters. Another thing that can be done is to improve the air quality from smoke damage and soot damage by opening up windows and doors. 6. Getting further instructions from the fire restoration specialists- they will give more viable information concerning insurance claims, fire cleanup, preventive measures to prevent future fire damage, and more. They will also give specifics concerning fire in home or fire in business.

Storm safety

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

lightening storm Storm

Here at SERVPRO we want you to have the proper information and be be prepared because you never know if you will find yourself dealing with a storm!

Some ways to be mindful and to be prepared for any storm starts with..

1. Stay inside! You do not want to be caught outside when any type of storm hits.

2. If the weather is warm turn the AC on and ensure your home is cold before the storm hits. Now if the weather is cold turn your heater up to stay warm! Inside temperature can last up to 48 hours.

3.Bring in your pets and if your pet is not an indoor pet try to bring them under a cover and somewhere they will stay safe!

4.Ensure all windows and doors are closed and locked!

5.Charge all your electronics prior to the storm because you are not sure how long you won't have electricity.

6. Keep candles and matches always for backup for when you lose light.

7. Make sure your freezer is closed tight! Freezer food will stay cold up to 3 days with a closed freezer door.

8. If the storm is serious and you have to evacuate bring anything memorable with you and if you can't do that pack it somewhere safe!

9. Create a home safety kit! Some things you can add are water bottles , flashlight , canned foods , first aid bag , tools!

10. The final tip is be sure to shut off any electronics that instantly uses electricity! The reason for this is when your power turns back on it can not be overloaded with things and there will be no risk for a fire or for it to burn out.

Now remember if you ever do find yourself stuck in a storm  SERVPRO will be here and available  to help! Stay Safe.

24/7 we have you covered!

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO on holidays even on holidays we are here to help

SERVPRO of North San Bernardino City has a number one priority and that is to ensure our customers are taken care of. Holidays are no exception. We will be there in the event you need us.

We always pride ourselves on customer interaction and services. We stay open 24 hours a day , 7 days a week , 365 days a year to be on call for any problems you may be dealing with. Here at SERVPRO we understand the stress and fear you may feel due to the damage in your home. Our goal is to eliminate that stress and relieve all of those headaches and it is indeed our pleasure to do so.

If you ever find yourself in need of any help please call SERVPRO of North San Bernardino City at ANY time at 909-474-2340. Have a great day!

Water damage in your home

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

water damage from toilet Toilet water leak

If You notice water intrusion, these steps might come in handy 

1.If it pops through the roof look at it. Penetrations are the most common leak sources and will stop the natural water flow off a roof. Look here first to find the source of the leak: 

2.Living on the edge. A drip edge is not just aesthetically pleasing, it is important to help ensure water is kept away from the fascia and moved off the roof. 

3.Every step I take. Areas where step flashing should be installed are a common leak source and maintenance item. Inspect these areas for damage: 

4.What’s in YOUR attic? Many times, homeowners think the roof is the culprit, but problems can come from improper ventilation, plumbing, air conditioning, condensation, vent fans, and animal or bug infestation in the attic. Be on the lookout for: 

5.Mind in the gutter. Many homeowners do not realize the importance of their gutters. They need to be installed and sloped properly to drain, tightly fastened, and free of debris. Contractors should stress to homeowners that gutter maintenance should be left to a professional. Advise them of the risks of climbing onto a ladder. 

SERVPRO wants to keep your home safe

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

mold mold prevention

SERVPRO wants to keep you and your family out of harms way. Mold prevention is so important. How Mold Spreads Into the Air

Toxic black mold grows in what is termed a colony. The mold spores are bound within a slimy mass which generally keeps them intact. The greatest health effects come when the colony loses its moisture source. When this happens the slimy mass dries out and allows the spores to break free into the atmosphere. It is then that the toxic black mold spores become an airborne hazard to people and animals. Because toxic black mold spores are relatively heavy, they do not remain airborne for very long. In homes and buildings it is often easy for the spores to land on another surface suitable for it to thrive. It is important to note that even dead mold spores can cause health effects to humans and pets.

What Makes Black Mold Dangerous

Black mold contains mycotoxins. These are massed in groups named trichothecenes. There are over 60 types of trichothecene. The most common found in toxic black mold are:
•Cyclosporin
•Roridin E
•Satratoxin F, G and H
•Sporidesmin G
•Stachybotryolactone
•Trichoverrol
•Trichoverrin
•Verrucarin J

BBQ and fire safety

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

fire and BBQ BBQ safety

End of summer Fun and BBQ safety!

Summertime is ending and it is imperative that safety be taken when it comes to cooking delicious meals outdoors especially if planning to smoke your Thanksgiving turkey. 

In 2012-2016 an average of 16600 patients per year went to the emergency room  because if injuries involving grills, half of those being caused by thermal burns.

Children under 5 accounted for an average of 1600 of the 4500 thermal none fore grill burns. These burns typically occurred when someone, often a child bumped into, touched or fell on the grill, grill part or hot coals.

Seven out of every 10 adults in the US have a grill or smoker, which translates to a lot of tasty meals, but it also means there is an increased risk for home fires and injuries.

Commercial Building Floods

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded offices Flooded commercial office building

Water intrusion may be more severe in commercial buildings than in a residential setting, and the effects can be more extensive. Many commercial structures have a larger volumes of water entering the premises through plumbing supply lines and at a higher water pressure. The quantity of outgoing sewage is also greater than a typical residence. Commercial buildings tend to be of larger square footage than a home, so entry points for water intrusion through areas like the roof, exterior walls or windows are commensurately greater in number.

Water intrusion in commercial buildings can damage high-value equipment like computers and also building services such as HVAC, lighting, elevators and security equipment. Common long-term consequences of water damage like mold or microbial growth may be more problematic than in a home, due to the larger occupancy of a business or other commercial enterprise. When a greater number of people with a wider range of sensitivity are exposed to mold and bacteria spores, health effects may be significantly magnified, perhaps leading to an enforced closure of the facility until the situation is fully remediated.

Typical issues from water intrusion in the commercial environment include:

  • Water from roof leaks penetrating through ceilings. Chronic leakage through the roof may proceed unnoticed for long periods, hidden by suspended ceiling panels or in electrical or HVAC service areas above.
  • Ruptured water supply lines typically release clean (white) water.  Sewage backups or leaks in drain pipes release toxic (black) water that may be a biohazard and require evacuation of the premises. Keeping businesses down for longer periods of time.
  • Flooding from external sources can result from heavy rains, storms such as hurricanes, rapid snow melt or local overflowing lakes or rivers. Winters can be brutal .
  • Moisture intrusion through the building envelope is typically more subtle. Humid outdoor air may be drawn in through structural cracks and gaps. Over a period, chronic dampness forms in spaces like wall voids, unventilated attics and service areas, spawning hidden mold growth that persists unseen.

Commercial fires

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

fire FIre

One of the most tragic events a home owner or business will suffer is loss from a fire.  The most important thing is when everyone in the home or business survived the fire alright. However, it's still devastating dealing with the fire loss. For those who worked so hard in accomplishing their business or dream home and the loved ones who enjoyed the comfortableness and sentimental memories, the effects of the fire loss can really be detrimental whether it's from a fire in home or fire in business. Having said that, there are some things that should be done to take care of oneself and family mentally and emotionally while undergoing the rebuilding process. The first thing to do is to let out the cries and screams concerning the devastating fire damage and comfort the family. Doing this will let out the steam necessary to regain one's composure to focus and deal with this incident immediately by dealing with the home or commercial fire damage and fire cleanup. After that's done, further professional and emotional help, if needed, should be taken. Taking Full Control of the Fire Damage The following steps are required for a home or commercial fire damage restoration: 1. Ensuring the family, pets, and co-workers are far away from the property on fire- to prevent possible injuries from the fire, and poor air quality from smoke damage and soot damage 2. No entering of the premises where the home or commercial fire damage occurred unless fire firefighters give the OK- to prevent injuries due to the roof possibly caving in from the fire loss, or due to poor air quality from the soot damage/smoke damage 3. The restoration specialist must be contacted- since they are highly trained to properly handle the fire loss, smoke damage, soot damage, air quality, fire cleanup, and more for fire in home and fire in business 4. Assessing the fire damage- this is only when the fire professionals say it's alright to enter the premises. Assessing the damage is required for the fire insurance claim regardless if it's a fire in home or fire in business, and it should be done before initiating any fire cleanup. Taking pictures of all the areas and items with apparent fire and soot damage, and writing down every other thing concerning the air quality and smoke damage are very helpful for home and commercial fire damage claims. 5. Preventing possible further damage, if and when it's safe to go inside where the home or commercial fire damage occurred- this includes doing some fire cleanup by mopping the floor that's drenched with water from rain, water damage from the fire, or firefighters. Another thing that can be done is to improve the air quality from smoke damage and soot damage by opening up windows and doors. 6. Getting further instructions from the fire restoration specialists- they will give more viable information concerning insurance claims, fire cleanup, preventive measures to prevent future fire damage, and more. They will also give specifics concerning fire in home or fire in business. We are here to guide you through the devastation and help the rebuilding process.

Helping your business shine!

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

Tile and grout that shines! - SERVPRO logo Cleaning services and more

One of SERVPRO's many services include excellent tile and grout cleaning. In order for a business to run smoothly we take the added stress of keeping your business shiny and clean. Owners have enough to do. Let us take care of you! 

Benefit#1 First impressions are everything , investing in tile and grout cleaning will change the look of your whole business.

Benefit#2 The floors will look brand new, Your customers will notice the attention to detail and feel confident with your services.

Benefit#3 When your tile and grout is clean it changes the whole environment. You and your staff will notice and be full of pride.

Benfit#4 When you properly clean your tile and grout, you show your employees and customers how much you care about their safety and health. The floors will receive a deep cleaning, followed by a sealant on the grout to prevent dirt from settling back and keeping the fresh clean look for  a longer period of time. 

With proper care and maintenance, your floors will not go back to the dull, dirty look they had previously. For more information on having your tile and grout professionally cleaned, please contact us today. 

Extreme Humidity

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

Humidity Meter the meter shows normal humidity reading range

Maintaining a low humidity environment in the property after water loss is often times very difficult. Taking immediate action to inhibit fungal growth after a flooding event is essential for avoiding potentially devastating restoration and remodeling costs.

Mold is a serious problem because high indoor humidity is the most common cause of black mold growth. When moisture levels meet lo airflow interiors, most porous building materials become an easy target of infestation, including drywall, insulation, hardwood flooring and of course carpet!

Most commercial buildings created after the 1970's are designed to handle high humidity but prevention and maintenance remain the top priority. Common signs that your building may be at risk for black mold growth are

*Distinctive musty odor

*poor ventilation

* standing water or frequent indoor condensation

* sprinkler systems that leak

If you are questioning it maybe it is time to contact SERVPRO of north San Bernardino city