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Follow These Fire Safety Tips To Keep Your Pet Safe

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

According to the American Red Cross, home fires are the most common disaster they respond to - and also the most preventable. Planning ahead is the best way to promote the safety of the people and animals in your home. From preventative caution to making an evacuation plan which should include pet safety.

Here are some steps to protect your pets:

  • They should have their own disaster supplies kit ready in advance which should include food, water, pet records, spare collars and/or leashes in case you need to control or calm them from being frightened.  
  • Have a safe place for them to stay if you need to leave your home.
  • Include your pets and take them with you when you practice your escape plan.  Train them to come to you when you call for them. 

Following these steps can lower the risk of your pets being harmed in a fire

Electrical Fire Safety Tips

6/30/2022 (Permalink)

a drawn representation of a electrical cord plugged into a wall outlet that is on fire Always Remember to make sure all electrical work in your home is done by a qualified electrician!

Electricity helps make our lives easier. There are times though when we can take its power and its potential for fire-related hazards for granted. Here are a few electrical safety tips to follow to keep your home fire-safe. 

When it comes to Appliances

  • Always plug major appliances, like refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers, directly into a wall outlet. 
  • Never use an extension cord with a major appliance — it can easily overheat and start a fire. 
  • Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture. 

When if comes to Outlets

  • Do not overload wall outlet
  • Insert plugs fully into outlets
  • Install tamper-resistant electrical outlets if you have young children

When it comes to Extension Cords, Power Strips and Surge Protector

  • Replace worn, old or damaged extension cords right away
  • Use extension cords for temporary purposes only
  • Use power strips that have internal overload protection

Thank you to U.S. Fire Administration for sharing these tips for us to share with our customers!

Pay Attention to Your Commercial HVAC System

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

Inside of walls on drywall mold is growing Mold resulting from high humidity in a commercial building

Making sure you properly and regularly have your commercial HVAC systems checked is crucial to your indoor air quality.  

Though we are not experts with commercial heating and air conditioning units, there are a few things that everyone can check to ensure that their commercial unit is functioning properly. As always, if you have a question about your HVAC system, the first professional that you need to call is your local HVAC company.

5 Common Commercial HVAC Functions To Check:

  1. Odors or poor indoor air quality
  2. Strange, or odd sounds
  3. Unexpected change in heating and cooling cost
  4. Inconsistent airflow
  5. Loss of system efficiency

If you notice any of these HVAC problems, the fix can be fairly simple. There could be dirty or clogged filters, leaking refrigerant, thermostat malfunctions. Be sure to have your HVAC system checked regularly.

Is Your Tub or Shower Leaking?

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

woman holding 2 buckets for water leaking Leaks in bathroom can be hard to find.

4 easy ways to determine if you have a leak in your bathroom.

Since bathtubs can hold many gallons of water, a bathtub leak can be a major cause of concern for a homeowner. If you suspect a leak in your bathroom, it is important to figure out where it is coming from to avoid further damage. Here are four things you can do to determine if you have a water problem in your bathroom.

1. Smell the Room

Excess water can lead to mold and mildew, both of which have musky odors. If your bathroom smells like an old carpet shortly after cleaning it, you could have mold or mildew lurking in your surroundings.

2. Look for Signs of Mold

Mold exists in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Regardless of the species, mold indicates a moisture problem and should be dealt with promptly. A bathtub leak can leave the floor moist, and mold can begin forming in moist areas in as little as 24-48 hours.

3. Inspect Your Shower Pan

Visually inspect your shower for obvious signs of a shower pan leak. If your shower pan looks fine, but you suspect a leak in the area, perform a shower pan test by plugging the drain and filling the pan with water. Check the water after 24-72 hours. If the water level is not the same as the original, you may have a leak in your shower pan.

4. Check for Symptoms of Water Damage

Water often leaves visible signs of damage. Common indicators of water damage include warped walls, baseboards, floors, and linoleum that is coming loose from the sub-floor.

As a homeowner, you will want to keep your home in as good of shape as possible. Since a bathtub leak can cause additional damage over time, it is important to fix any problems as soon as you notice them. A professional water remediation company can help restore your home to its pre-damaged condition as quickly as possible.

Your Local Disaster Restoration Company

Water damage can disrupt lives, but by calling in professionals immediately, you can mitigate the impact it has over the long term. If you have water damage don’t hesitate to call us at SERVPRO of East Riverside City today!

Where to Find Local Fire Damage Remediation Services?

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

home kitchen on fire with orange flames Our SERVPRO technicians know exactly what to do after your home suffers a fire incident. Call us today!

SERVPRO of East Riverside City Can Provide Your Home With Fire Damage Remediation Services!

Many people imagine that if fire damage ever occurred inside their Riverside homes, it would be a grand disaster. However, many fire-losses are quite small in comparison. Statistically, there are many potential causes of fire inside of your home; however, not every fire may rage out of control.

Imagine a scenario where your Riverside home suffers a small degree of fire damage. Picture plugging in an electric kettle with the intention of brewing tea. When you turn your back to look for which type of blend you would like, the electrical socket sparks a small fire. You hear the popping and smell the burning of plastic and act quickly, extinguishing the small blaze before it gets out of control.  

If the Fire is Small, Do I Need to Call For Remediation Services? 

Even small fires can leave behind an impressive amount of damage that could be hard for a non-professional to clean. For example, a small fire in your kitchen could leave behind: 

  • Smoke residue 
  • A foul smell
  • Scorch marks 

Even if fire damage is concentrated in a small section of your home, it can still cause tough stains and rancid malodors. The best thing you can do for your home is to contact professional remediation services. 

How Can SERVPRO Remove the Soot Stains and Bad Scent? 

Here at SERVPRO, our technicians are highly trained and have access to advanced technological equipment. To remediate the evidence of fire damage, we can: 

  • Use hydroxyl generators or thermal foggers to reduce the malodor in your home
  • Use specially formulated cleaning agents to remove tough smoke-residue and stains
  • Remove anything that is beyond repair so that it can be replaced

At SERVPRO, our goal is always to leave your home feeling as if the damage inside did not happen. Trust our Institution of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration-certified (IICRC) technicians to help return your home to its preloss state, "Like it never even happened."

If your home needs fire damage restoration, get help now! We're always open and ready to help you, call today (951)222-2224 

When a Pack-Out is Necessary Due to Fire Damage

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

tan moving boxes, white background and SERVPRO logo Your home is going to need a lot of work after a fire damage, let us help!

Fire damage will need SERVPROs assistance.

Many of the fire damage sites that SERVPRO works on only have charring and damage in a portion of the home. The techs use different methods to stop the rest of the house and furnishings from taking on smoke odors.

During a fire damage mitigation, containment using either plastic barriers or in some cases, negative air chambers to keep soot from spreading throughout the home. This stops the potential for cross-contamination to areas of the house currently unaffected by soot and smoke damage. 

Why SERVPRO?

The technicians at SERVPRO undergo extensive training and come to each job to save the homeowner as much loss as possible through their learned restoration methods. They also have a diverse array of equipment for specialized cleaning and drying processes to give each loss site the best outcome.

When Containment is Not Enough

In some cases, putting up barriers during mitigation of fire loss is not enough. In those situations, a pack-out is often the best course of action to minimize damage. The technicians perform this task in a very organized fashion and photograph and note the location and condition of each item removed. So when the cleanup efforts complete, each piece can return to the exact spot where they removed it.

Smoke Damage and Odor Control

After a fire, the smoke residues and soot require removal from surfaces through careful hand-cleaning. Running an air scrubber fitted with HEPA filtration is another common during fire loss mitigation to keep airborne soot particles to a minimum.

Ductwork Inspection

Because soot travels through the air so readily, if the HVAC was running post-fire, there is an excellent chance the ductwork may require inspection and cleaning to render it smoke-odor free. SERVPRO technicians complete any needed ductwork cleaning before returning the packed-out items into the residence. Turning around fire damage in homes quickly with their experience and equipment to make the fire loss "Like it never even happened."  SERVPRO of East Riverside is here to help 24/7 call us today!

What Parts of a Structure are Salvageable After Flooding?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

yellow house under water with blue background An unexpected flood can quickly lead to flood damage in your home. Call the experts at SERVPRO immediately to prevent additional water loss.

A Sudden Flood Can Affect the Building and Assembly of your Home. SERVPRO Technicians are On-hand to Help Riverside Residents Overcome Flood Damages.

What are building assemblies, and how do they affect drying?

The building assembly is everything in the structure of your Riverside home, excluding the exterior walls. During intense storms and heavy rainfall, some or all of the building may begin to take on water. These can come from flooding into the property or through a roof that may become damaged by strong winds. Once water enters the property, it begins to negatively affect some, or all, of the building assembly, including drywall, crawlspaces, foundations, and framework. Each property has unique characteristics and material build. Our technicians have a strong understanding of how materials affect drying, which allows us to tailor our drying strategy to each situation we encounter. 

How are drying procedures decided?

When confronted with flood damage in your home, a professional water restoration technician has to make hundreds of decisions in a small space of time. Knowing which items can be dried cost-effectively and inexpensive to replace can help speed up the timeframe of restoration. Fitted cabinets are commonly made from particle boards with a veneer finish. These can take on lots of moisture in a short period of time, and the cost of drying them often outweighs the cost of replacement with cabinets of similar quality. SERVPRO makes decisions based on the most time-efficient solution to restore your home to its preloss condition. 

What is the process of deciding to restore or replace wet building materials?

General information covering the type of material, porosity and responsiveness to drying

Inspection to determine the length of exposure as well as the area of wetness (some materials, like drywall, have multiple layers to test)

Restorability is a combination of the above two results, which is the deciding factor in whether to restore or replace

Are wet ceilings and walls expensive to replace?

Walls that become wet through flooding need to be carefully inspected to understand the extent of the damage. A wall or ceiling has several layers of assembly, some of which may be wet while other parts may remain dry. SERVPRO technicians need to inspect layers of drywall, plaster, wallpaper, and framing to see how far the moisture has migrated. To examine these multiple layers a commonly used tool is a penetrating moisture meter. Items like drywall are often restorable, providing that there is little water contamination present. In these situations, we can use dehumidification and air-movement equipment to dry these materials successfully. 

When does the wet drywall need replacing?

Check the seams of the drywall. If they are intact, restoration is still possible.

If areas of the drywall begin to swell, they may need replacement.

Inspect the drywall for signs of mold growth. If present, replace the drywall

How far can water migrate after flooding?

Floodwaters can reach the framing of your home, providing that there is no intervention. It takes time for capillary suction to take place in drywall and plaster. However, with massive amounts of water, the time may be reduced. Some properties that flood show signs of damage to the framing of the property. The frames are usually dimensional lumber with a light finish. If water restoration technicians suspect that the frames are wet, we may need to demo some parts of the wall to access drying equipment. Wet structures can lead to extensive mold growth throughout the home and should always have an inspection after flooding.

What are some necessary procedures for drying walls and ceilings?

Ventilation through the wall using structural cavity drying equipment

Demolition of materials to speed-up the drying process through extra ventilation and access for larger equipment

Temperature and humidity control to speed up the drying process

When is demolition necessary to restore flood damage?

Sometimes demolishing a part of a building's assembly can help to accelerate drying. When there are excessive amounts of moisture found in a structure removing inexpensive materials, like drywall, to gain access to more valuable materials, like dimensional lumber, is a good option. Ultimately, the cost of replacing lumber is high, and it has among the highest rates of repairability For these reasons, it may be necessary to sacrifice plaster, wallpaper, or drywall in order to allow maximum drying focus on the structural framework of your home. SERVPRO technicians have experience conducting controlled demolitions in residential properties and can ensure all materials are replaced "Like it never even happened."

Floodwaters can permeate every aspect of a building's assembly. For expert drying, contact us today! 

Dishwasher Water Damage: Saving Your Kitchen Floor and Cabinets

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

tan dishwasher flooding with water When your dishwasher floods your kitchen and causes water damage in your home, SERVPRO can help!

Dishwashers are essential to many homes and make our lives easier every day. Most homeowners use them without giving a second thought to the possibility of the appliance leaking and causing water damage to their kitchen floor.

Unfortunately, if your dishwasher leaks it can quickly cause water to pool on your kitchen floor, and even damage cabinetry. When it comes to this appliance leaking, you need to take immediate action to prevent the spread of water damage in your home. 

4 Steps to Deal With Dishwasher Water Damage

When dishwashers flood your kitchen or cause water damage to the floor underneath it, there are certain steps you should take to stop the spread of flooding in your home and to properly clean up.

  1. Be aware of potential safety hazards

Whenever there's a water leak in your Riverside home, you should make sure to check for any electrical hazards. Always check that water hasn’t damaged any electrical appliances or outlets. If it has or you’re not completely sure, the safest choice is to disconnect the power to your kitchen while cleaning up.

  1. Clean up standing water

Even though the average dishwasher uses about 6 gallons of water per wash, this amount can still cause serious damage to your kitchen flooring. You want to clean up puddles of water as soon as possible to prevent them from seeping under the kitchen flooring, into the subfloor, or even into the room below.

While cleaning, pull out your dishwasher if possible. You don’t want to overlook water damage underneath the dishwasher or the walls and cabinets around it, as this can worsen over time.

  1. Look For Signs of Water Damage

Once you’ve mopped up the water from your dishwasher, it’s likely your job isn’t done. Depending on how long your dishwasher leaked, there may be water damage to the floor underneath it, wall behind it, cabinets, and even the ceiling below your kitchen. 

You should inspect your kitchen cabinetry, flooring, walls, and room below for the following signs of water damage: 

  • Bubbling or peeling paint
  • Soft or squishy walls
  • Bending or buckling flooring
  • Drooping ceiling
  • Water stains
  • Mold growth
  • Musty odors

If you find any of the above issues, you must take steps to have the additional areas of damage to be addressed. 

  1. Call A Water Restoration Company for Dishwasher Damage Inspection

If you know that there are additional areas of water damage from the dishwasher or you’re not sure if you’ve dried everything out, you should contact a local water damage restoration company like SERVPRO of East Riverside City to provide a damage inspection.

SERVPRO  utilizes advanced moisture detection and drying equipment to measure moisture levels in building materials and restore your home to pre-damage conditions. Companies like SERVPRO can identify all areas of moisture in your home and create a plan to dry your property out.

Why Do Dishwashers Leak?

When it comes to dishwashers leaking on to the floor of your kitchen, there’s many possible causes. Try to find the cause of your dishwasher leak by inspecting the following components of your appliance. 

Water Leaking From Front of Dishwasher

If you notice water leaking from the front of the dishwasher, it’s possible that you’re dealing with a leaking door. A leaking dishwasher door can be caused by:

  • Faulty door latch
  • Door gasket/seal needing replacement  
  • Using the incorrect dishwasher detergent

Water Leaking Underneath Dishwasher

If water is pooling underneath your dishwasher, the following may be to blame:

  • Corroded or leaking dishwasher tub from soap or old age
  • Loose or cracked water supply lines
  • Loose or stuck water valves
  • Dishwasher isn’t level

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Water Damage From Dishwashers?

In most cases, leaking dishwasher water damage should be covered by your insurance company, but you should always double-check your policy before filing a claim to be sure.

So long as the damage from your dishwasher was sudden and unforeseen, meaning that it was a result of mechanical or plumbing issues, the damage should be covered. But, if your insurance adjuster assesses damages and your dishwasher shows signs of neglected maintenance that could've prevented the problem, your claim may end up being denied.

Can Dishwasher Leaks Cause Mold?

If your dishwasher leaks - especially for a prolonged amount of time - they can cause serious mold growth in the kitchen of your home.

Since mold thrives on moisture, a dishwasher leak can cause a serious infestation. Even when there’s only a small leak, consistent moisture will cause mold to grow and spread behind and underneath the dishwasher.

Need Help With Dishwasher Leak Water Damage Repair? We can help.

As a professional water damage restoration service, SERVPRO has the experience and resources needed to quickly restore your home to pre-damage conditions.

Our team rapidly responds to inspect damages, create a specialized restoration plan, and get to work. Our goal is to make water damage from your dishwasher leak, like it never even happened!

Call us today! (951)222-2224  we are here 24/7 for all your water damage needs!

Commercial Cleaning Tips

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

A good commercial cleaning helps to give workers a more open and less hectic environment; additionally, a clean and welcoming place of business helps to attract customers. Here is a list of some important areas to inspect during your deep cleaning:   

OUTSIDE

  • Windows
  • Windows are one of the simplest yet crucial areas to keep clean.  Beyond making sure you have squeaky clean windows, check to make sure they have tight seals.  Small gaps in window seals can cause cool air to seep out (and warm air in the winter months), as well as allowing water to trickle in. Checking caulking and weather stripping remains intact and up to par can save you money in the long term. 

  • Landscaping
  • This is very important for the presentation of your business.  Now the grass, flowers, weeds and other plants are starting to grow, it’s important to start grooming your landscape.  Don’t wait till your plants get out of control, hire someone now or take some time yourself to pull the weeds, mow the grass, and trim any trees or bushes.  Additionally, this is a great time to plant some flowers if you want to spruce up your place of business. 

  • AC/HVAC
  • When converting your buildings air flow system from heating to air conditioning now is the best time to quality check your system.  Test your system by running it for a while to make sure it’s working properly, check any old or out of date parts that might need replacing.  Clean out the ventilation system by removing dust particles and any other debris lying inside.  Ventilation systems are rarely cleaned, which is why lots of building owners tend to find pest infestation or mold problems when cleaning their vents/ducts.  It’s best to take these precautions while the temperature is in a transitioning period.  

  • Pest Maintenance
  • Along with the re-birthed trees and plants, spring also brings back hordes of pests.  Ants, spiders, termites, mosquitoes, and even bed bugs can become a problem.  It’s best to take preventative measures to ward off pests instead of being forced to shut the business down for a couple weeks in order to fumigate for pests. Lastly, if you are continually having the same pest problems each year, try to identify exterior factors that might be attracting those pests and any defects in your building that might be letting them in. 

    INSIDE

  • Dusting
  • Simple and effective.  Even if you already dust on a regular basis now’s a good time to dust those harder to reach, and often ignored, areas.  

  • Flooring/Carpets
  • As people come in from the rainy times and wipe their feet on your carpets, dirt begins to build up.  Don’t let this grime buildup in your building; buy some strong cleaning products for your floors and a top-quality vacuum for carpets. In addition to constantly maintaining floors and carpets, now is a great time to hire a professional carpet and floor cleaner to give your floors a deep clean. 

  • Reorganization
  • Reorganizing comes in two parts.  The first is the organizing of all the previous year's files into a consolidated area for ease of access.  Best practice is to do this at the beginning of every year so that your files are neatly organized and easy to find when needed.  The second is the reorganization of the office itself. Ideally, this is a continuing process year-round.  If the office has gotten out of hand this can be a good time of year to tidy up and breathe some fresh air into the workplace.  Depending on your type of business will help determine what type of cleaning takes priority. If you need extra help or an even deeper clean call SERVPRO of East Riverside City to help! We are here 24/7 call today (951)222-2224 "

    What Should Homeowners Expect During Kitchen Fire Restoration Services?

    3/16/2022 (Permalink)

    home kitchen on fire with orange flames SERVPRO fire damage restoration team has the experience and manpower for any size disaster.

    SERVPRO Technicians Have Decades of Fire Damage Cleanup Experience

    A  kitchen with fire damage needs special attention for the best outcome. A large number of actions need to occur to ensure the kitchen is safe and clean for food preparation and meals again.

    SERVPRO technicians know that fire restoration services in kitchens mean that a certain amount of controlled demolition may be necessary. Common actions the techs frequently perform are: 

    • Removal of ruined food items in cabinets, freezers, and refrigerators
    • Controlled demolition of charred cabinets and walls
    • Cleaning smoke damage from surfaces

       Kitchens can harbor a unique type of smoke residue caused by a kind of fire known as a protein fire. This type of damage typically happens when a protein-based food catches on fire in a pan or oven. The result is not the regular covering of dark soot, but a nearly invisible, but highly pungent greasy residue.

    This residue needs a solvent-based cleaner to release the grip it has on surfaces. SERVPRO techs have cleaning agents that will not mar surfaces but can clean away all types of smoke damage, including protein residues. Once the damage from the smoke gets cleaned, the odors in the kitchen typically diminish.

    Odor control is usually the final step of the housefire cleanup job. The technicians make sure that no lingering smoke odors remain in the kitchen. The technicians can repair walls, ceilings and reinstall cabinets as needed. Installation of flooring is no problem no matter if it is tile, hardwood, or another type. Whatever actions need to occur to return the kitchen to a like-new status get done.

     SERVPRO of Riverside City brings fire restoration services to  properties when needed and is available 24/7. Call us today (951)222-2224