Drought equals High Fire Season in California
We have all been hearing about how deep into the drought we have fallen in California over the past couple of years due to low precipitation during our winter months. As we are all aware, no moisture means high alert for wildfires.
One of the things you can do as a business or homeowner is to make sure that overgrowth of vegetation is cut back or down and cleared for several yards from any structures. Any dry vegetation can easily be sparked to start a fire that can get out of control quickly and cause risk to your structure.
SERVPRO of Hesperia/Apple Valley and SERVPRO of Barstow/Twentynine Palms are here to help. If you have questions about what you can do to minimize your risk or need assistance preparing your home for fire season, give us a call. We will do what we can to help protect your assets.
Storms in the Southeast
Every year it seems storm season comes earlier and earlier. Here we are just beginning June and the first tropical storm was trying to make an appearance in South Florida.
Even though this storm did not come to a full Tropical Storm or Hurricane, the onslaught of rain still has the potential to cause some serious damage. Rain to this magnitude can come in sideways, torrential downpour, steady soaking, etc. Any one of these types of rain can get into your home or business and quickly start affecting your flooring, cabinetry, drywall, furnishings, etc.
When you are affected by these types of natural disaster events, remember to call SERVPRO. We specialize in handling these types of damages to your structures and return your home or business to preloss conditions as quickly as possible.
California SERVPRO participates in Hurricane Events
While the West Coast really doesn’t have severe weather events such as Hurricane’s, our SERVPRO locations still participate as much as possible in helping the victims of these type of weather events get back to “Like it never even happened.”
Every year when severe weather events start happening in the South, Southeast, Midwest or East, our Western Region locations begin monitoring the need to deploy staff, equipment and resources to those heavily affected areas to help get peoples businesses and homes back to preloss conditions.
SERVPRO of Hesperia/Apple Valley, SERVPRO of Barstow/Twentynine Palms and SERVPRO of Chino/Chino Hills have been fortunate to be able to deploy to these affected areas in the past and help families in their time of need. There is no greater feeling than to see these individuals get their live and livelihoods back as quickly as possible.
Ghostbusters? No it’s SERVPRO
Back in 1984 all you heard was “Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters”. Who doesn’t love this movie. Well, when you have a fire, water damage, find mold in your home or asbestos, Who are you going to call? SERVPRO should be your first call. We have caring, trained, certified professionals that can assess your damages, help you navigate coverages with your insurance company and get your home or business back to preloss conditions quickly.
SERVPRO of Hesperia/Apple Valley and SERVPRO of Barstow/Twentynine Palms are a full-service restoration company that can assess damages, mitigate those damages and completely restore you home or business through our reconstruction crews.
When you find yourself in need, “Who ya gonna call?” SERVPRO at 760-244-2566!
What to Look for in a Restoration Company
When a disaster happens such as fire or water damage, the average person has no idea what to look for in a Restoration Company. There are so many individuals that decide they can handle a water damage and or a fire restoration just because.
When a disaster happens you want to make sure that you are getting a company that knows how to handle the loss you have and can mitigate it professional to keep you and your family or employees safe.
SERVPRO is an Industry leader in these types of losses. Each franchise is individually owned and operated, however each franchise goes through an intense training process. They also all have the ability to gain certifications in water, fire, mold, asbestos, etc.
When a disaster happens it is important to do your due diligence and make sure you are working with trained professionals to mitigate your damages.
Commercial versus Residential
When it comes to a fire damage, water damage, finding mold or asbestos in your Commercial building, is there any difference when it comes to mitigating those damages?
Some would say yes, however fire, water, mold, asbestos treats all properties the same. So the mitigation or remediation process is basically the same.
While commercial businesses the process needs to be expedited if possible as sometimes those businesses are losing money every day they are not open, the priority to get homeowners back in their homes is just as important.
SERVPRO if able to handle any disaster that comes your way and expedite the process to the best of their ability to get you back in business or back in your home as quickly as possible keeping everyone involved safe.
Air Duct Cleaning
Air ducts play a crucial part in your residence. They distribute air from the air conditioning systems to every room in the house, ensuring year-round comfort. If you neglect the air ducts, they will accumulate pollen, dust, mold, and debris build-up. The build-up then gets circulated throughout your home once the HVAC system sucks the air, affecting the comfort of your home. As a result, regular duct cleaning is essential to ensure all built-up air pollutants can be removed.
What Are the 6 Benefits of Duct Cleaning?
- Improves the air quality
Your family members are breathing in the air passing through the air duct in your house. Therefore, if the air duct contains mold, dust, debris, or pollen, it will affect the air circulating in your living area.
Regular air duct cleaning will ensure that your indoor air is quality, protecting your family’s health.
- Enhances HVAC system performance
If your air duct has an increased accumulation of debris within its system, it affects the airflow in the HVAC system. As a result, you will notice different temperatures in your room in other parts of the room. This will force your air conditioner to overwork to provide enough air circulation in the room.
The HVAC system could also be damaged in the process, increasing your maintenance cost. To counter all these, you will need to have your air ducts properly cleaned.
- Gets rid of bad odors
Mold, debris, and dust accumulating in an air duct can produce a bad smell that can circulate into the whole house. These odors can cause sometimes irritate those in your home with allergies or asthma. To ensure that your house doesn't have a bad odor, you can facilitate regular air duct cleaning.
- Eliminate allergens
It’s possible to efficiently regulate allergens, the compounds that cause allergic reactions in humans, by maintaining clean air ducts in your home. Allergens can be found in various places, including pet fur, food, and pollen. Having your system examined and cleaned regularly is an excellent approach to preventing or limiting any building of these toxins in the duct.
- Keep your environment clean
When your HVAC system is turned off for several hours, dust particles collect in the ducting. Once the machine is activated, the particles recirculate throughout the home. They inhabit your bedding, furniture, flooring, and other items.
To maintain your home clean and healthy, you must frequently dust the surfaces. If you observe that your home has become particularly dusty, you should inspect the air ducts. When you clean the ductwork, you minimize contaminants from continuously entering your home and can keep your home cleaner for longer.
- Improve energy efficiency
When dust and dirt keep accumulating in the air, your air ducts force your HVAC system to work harder to maintain regular airflow in your house. As a result, the air conditioner will consume a lot of energy for air circulation.
Therefore, to regulate the energy consumption, you’ll need to ensure that your air conditioner is working at its normal rate by cleaning all particles in the duct.
Odor Removal and Deodorization
Are you experiencing a bad odor in your house? Living in an environment with a bad smell can be uncomfortable for many people. In addition, allergic or asthmatic people can experience respiratory irritations from breathing in the bad air.
However, there are various deodorization methods that you can employ in your house to remove the bad-smelling odor.
- Odor removal and deodorization in the kitchen
To deal with odor in the kitchen, you will have to address the major contributors to the bad smell in your kitchen;
Your trash or the trash can might be a major contributor to the bad odor in your kitchen area. Ensure you regularly dispose of your trash while cleaning the trash can well. Use baking soda to clean the trash can, then disinfect it using Lysol to kill all potential bacteria.
If you mix fresh food with leftovers in your fridge, expect a bad odor. Ensure that your leftovers are kept in a closed lid before storing them in the fridge. You can also have an open box of baking soda in the fridge for odor removal and deodorization.
You often use your microwave to warm almost everything from soup and tea to leftovers. So you can imagine the kinds of smells that keep circulating in your microwave during the day.
In some cases, some food particles will fall in your microwave. Therefore, proper cleaning of your microwave is very important while leaving the microwave door for some fresh air to enter.
Sanitizing your cutting board might not be enough to remove the odor of onions and garlic. You can wash your chopping boards using a dishwasher or lemon to scrub your wooden cutting board.
Odor removal and deodorization in the bathroom
Toilets, if not attended, can be a major cause of an odor in your house. Don’t wait until you start smelling the odor from your toilet. Ensure you keep your toilet clean using the best toilet deodorizer.
After several years (or months), your mattress may emit a musty odor. To remove the odor on your mattress, sprinkle baking soda and vacuum it up.
If you keep your closet closed, it traps all the humidity and smell in one place. This will end up producing a bad odor over time. Instead, you can use a closet dehumidifier to ensure your clothes do not absorb moisture.
Odor removal and deodorization in the living room
Your carpets are major contributors to bad odor. This is because people and pets are stepping on them regularly, leaving a ton of dirt particles behind. Carpets are also prone to moisture absorption, which will only contribute to the bad odors.
It becomes uncomfortable to live in a home with a bad odor. By simply following our odor removal and deodorization techniques, you can help keep your home smelling clean. For professional odor removal and deodorization, contact your SERVPRO of Hesperia/Apple Valley or SERVPRO of Barstow/Twentynine Palms.
Mitigate those water damages
Today's blog is what to do in case of a flood inside your home. There are some steps to insure the progress of mitigation is met.
The first step is calling out a plumber. A plumber will identify and repair the source of the leak. It is important to get a plumber’s report from the plumber.
Next step – call SERVPRO of Hesperia/Apple Valley or SERVPRO of Barstow/Twentynine Palms to mitigate the damages. We can help identify the type of flood. The flood could be clean water from a broken pipe. It can also be a contaminated source being below the trap of a toilet or garbage disposal. These 2 types of floods are handled differently one is clean water the other is water with bacteria. A certified water mitigation company such as ours can help minimize the damages.
We use air movement, dehumidification, and removal of affected (wet) areas. This will decrease the chance of microbial growth such mold and help to get your home or business back to preloss conditions as quickly as possible.
There are a couple things that owners can do to decrease the probability of a flood. Quarterly check toilet supply lines. If you leave on a vacation or even over-night shut off main water line and identify the main shut off. Floods always seem to happen due to these circumstances.
If a flood does happen in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Hesperia/Apple Valley or SERVPRO of Barstow/Twentynine Palms to help you mitigate your damages.
Commercial fire damage can be devastating for a business property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, water damage can also occur due to the efforts of firefighters and fire sprinkler systems. Often, after suffering a fire loss, businesses are forced to temporarily shut down. And in some instances, the damage is so devastating that the business in unable to recover and closes permanently. Commercial restoration presents different challenges. SERVPRO of Hesperia/Apple Valley or SERVPRO of Barstow/Twentynine Palms has the training and expertise in both commercial fire and commercial water restoration and we understand that every hour spent restoring your business to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity, not to mention the livelihood of your employees We offer 24/7 emergency services to businesses. We respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the damage through to completion.
So, if your business experiences a fire loss, call SERVPRO of Hesperia/Apple Valley or SERVPRO of Barstow/Twentynine Palms for immediate response. We are a leader in the fire and water restoration industry, and we will work to get you back to business “Like it never even happened.”