Recent Storm Damage Posts

Stormy season is coming

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

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Happy January! it's that time of year again when the storms hit our areas and living in Southern California we are never really repaired.

Here are a few Tips to help you and your family.

1. Check roof tiles or shingles for wear and lifting to prevent costly leaks before a storm.

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 any of us at SERVPRO will be gladly to help! Stay Safe.

Storm safety

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

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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.

Lightning damage

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

Planning for a storm might feel overwhelming but If you don’t have a plan of your own, get one started today, and check out Emergency Lighting’s stock of smoke alarms, lights, and accessories made to get you through any emergency.

Key Testing Tips for Batteries and Bulbs

When testing your commercial emergency exit signs, there are two main components to check for full operation. Bulbs and batteries. These are the first things to review during scheduled maintenance tests. Fire code requires that all emergency lights and lighted exit signs be inspected at a monthly minimum.

Certain models will have two sets of bulbs that should be checked during these monthly tests. The first set runs on your 110 volt building power, and the second low voltage set comes on with a power failure. These low voltage bulbs are powered directly from the on board reserve battery. As a result, a sign that appears to be working may fail during a power outage because the low voltage bulbs have burned out.

Likewise, many defective batteries maintain just enough charge to light the bulbs for a few seconds after being triggered. If you don’t test reserve batteries for at least thirty seconds, you may find that the lights work each month only to find that they go out when you really need them. By testing the lights for at least thirty seconds you can make sure your batteries don’t just have a misleading surface charge.

Storm family safety

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

Protecting your home in a storm is important, these tips will come in handy to prepare you and for family for anything that comes your way
1.Modify your homes water valves. If the city's main sewer line gets backed up during a heavy rain storm, you could find yourself standing in a a puddle of you-know-what. You may want to consider installing a interior or exterior backflow valve. Backflow valves prevent your water system from being contaminated from water flowing backwards into your supply lines.
2.Clear gutter, drains, and downspouts. Clogged gutters and downspouts can end up in a messy flood. Take the time to clean them and clear them of any and all debris before the rain comes.
3.Cover air vents. One of the most common ways water fins its way into a home is through the home's air vents. If you know that heavy rain is in the forecast and that you are at risk of flooding, cover your air vents with thick plastic sheeting from both the outside and the inside.
4.Check your sealant surrounding doors and windows. Make sure that any gaps or holes in the sealant surrounding the doors and windows are filled in. This will help stop rain water from finding its way into your home.

Carbon monoxide in storms

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning deaths, caused by portable generators reportedly being used inside homes and/or garages, have been reported in Florida in recent days. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, there are widespread power outages. CPSC is warning consumers to take three critical precautions to prevent loss of life from poisonous carbon monoxide when using a portable generator:

1. NEVER use a portable generator inside your home. One portable generator can emit the same amount of deadly carbon monoxide gas as hundreds of mid-size cars. Just as you would not leave a car running in a closed garage, do not run a generator inside a garage, home, shed or near open windows or vents.

2. Portable generators need air and distance. Place generators OUTDOORS ONLY, at least 20 feet away from your home.

3. Carbon monoxide is called the “invisible killer.” This deadly gas is colorless and odorless and can quickly incapacitate and kill you and your family in minutes. A working CO alarm can detect high levels of the gas in your home. If it goes off, do not ignore it. Get out! Then call 911.

Do This:
•Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms once a month to make sure they are working.
•Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning: headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, and confusion. If you suspect CO poisoning, get outside to fresh air immediately, and then call 911.
•Make sure portable fuel burning space heaters have an oxygen depletion sensor (ODS). An ODS shuts off the heater if oxygen levels start to fall to protect against CO poisoning.
•Open the fireplace damper before lighting a fire, and keep it open until the ashes are cool to avert the buildup of carbon monoxide, especially at night while families sleep.

Never Do This:
•Never use a gas oven or stove to heat your home.
•Never use kerosene space heaters in enclosed spaces; always properly ventilate.
•Never use portable generators inside the house, including in the basement, shed, or garage— generators should be outside at least 20 feet away from the house when in use.
•Don’t use charcoal or gas grills inside or operate them outside near open windows or doors.

Keeping your family safe during a storm

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

A THUNDERSTORM WATCH means a thunderstorm is possible for your area.
A THUNDERSTORM WARNING means a thunderstorm is taking place in your area.

IF YOU’RE OUTDOORS:
•Keep an eye at the sky. Look for darkening skies, flashes of lightning, or increasing winds. Lightning often proceeds rain, so don’t wait for the rain to begin. If you hear the sound of thunder, go to a safe place immediately.
•The best place to go is a sturdy building or a car, but make sure the windows in the car are shut. Avoid sheds, picnic areas, baseball dugouts and bleachers.
•If there is no shelter around you, stay away from trees. Crouch down in the open area, keeping twice as far away from a tree as far as it is tall. Put your feet together and place your hands over your ears to minimize hearing damage from thunder.
•If you’re with a group of people stay about 15 feet from each other.
•Stay out of water. It’s a great conductor of electricity. Swimming, wading, snorkeling and scuba diving are not safe. Also, don’t stand in puddles.
•Avoid metal. Stay away from clotheslines, fences, and drop your backpacks because they often have metal on them.
•If you’re playing an outdoor activity, wait at least 30 minutes after the last observed lightning strike or thunder.

IF YOU’RE INDOORS:
•Avoid water. It’s a great conductor of electricity, so do not take a shower, wash your hands, wash dishes or do laundry.
•Do not use a corded telephone. Lightning may strike exterior phone lines.
•Do not use electric equipment like computers and appliances during a storm.
•Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.

IF SOMEONE IS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING:
•Call for help. Call 9-1-1 or send for help immediately.
•The injured person does not carry an electrical charge, so it is okay to touch them.

Storm Safety Kit

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

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You never know when and where a storm will come. To be safe you always have to be prepared! A easy way to be prepared is to have a emergency kit for whatever type of storm may hit! 

Some simple things you can add in for safety could be..

  • A change of clothes 
  • Canned food! Can food will always be a positive thing to have because you do not know how long you will have to go being stuck in your home 
  • With canned food you should have a portable can opener 
  • A waterproof container to store your belongings 
  • Copies of important documents and papers 
  • A first aid safety kit for any injuries 
  • If you have any pets you will also need pet food 
  • A flashlight and also some candles along with matches 
  • Spare batteries 
  • And last but not least the most important thing is water 

Staying Safe in a Storm

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Here at SERVPRO we want you to always be prepared because you never know where you will be traveling and where 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 any of us at SERVPRO will be gladly to help! Stay Safe.