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Prepare Your Business and Your Team for Weather Emergencies | SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

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When you run a business, you want to be prepared for everything. Preparation is a principle you also want to instill in every single one of your employees, too, so they are ready to help you succeed no matter what hurdle your company faces. A prepared team is a team that works well together and can be resilient through every situation.

You likely spend a good deal of time considering the various work-related obstacles your company may face, but have you also thought about weather disasters? Severe weather can cause disruptions in your workflow or even lead to long-term closures when your business is ill-prepared.

Create a weather emergency plan that can keep your team safe and help you avoid major losses.

Know Your Risk

In order to create a plan that covers your business thoroughly, get to know the weather your company will face. Take a look at every season and the risks they bring, and spend some time researching issues that have occurred in the past. Check out what other buildings have handled and investigate companies nearby and how their emergency plans work for them.

Spring Valley and the surrounding areas bring mostly mild weather year-round. While you don’t have to travel far to feel the cold of winter, weather in our area is almost always sunny and warm.

The mild weather mostly extends to storms as well, although we do have thunderstorms, heavy rains and strong winds. Fires are one of the biggest threats to our area, although flooding cannot be ruled out either.

Creating a complete weather plan means understanding where your business is on a flood map as well as your wildfire risk. Keep up with local weather on a daily basis, and look at long-term forecasts in order to begin preparing as soon as possible.

Make a Plan to Communicate

To keep your entire team on the same page, communication is key to your emergency plan. Not only should your staff be aware of local weather and have two ways to receive alerts during an event, but they should also have multiple ways to get internal communications.

Create a communication plan that clearly lays out what to do when, and send messages on multiple platforms. The goal of your communication plan should be to clearly and seamlessly relay exactly what your staff should be doing in order to prepare. The whole office needs to understand when it is time to gather supplies and when it is time to evacuate.

Plan Your Evacuation

The need to evacuate may seem like an extreme situation, but sometimes it is the best way to keep everyone safe. Work with your staff to create an exit plan that allows them to safely get out from anywhere. Clearly label and illuminate doors and evacuation routes, and practice how your team should exit regularly.

When evacuation isn’t the safest choice, make sure your team knows where to shelter inside the building. Make sure your communication plan clearly dictates when and where to go, and keep supplies near your shelter. Choose a room without windows to avoid potential debris damage.

Create a plan that covers every potential scenario, and have your employees practice it often. Whether you are staying or going during an event, maintaining a calm demeanor will be the best way to ensure the plan is followed correctly and everyone stays safe. A prepared team can ride out any storm.

Don’t let extreme weather take control! If storms strike your business, SERVPRO® can help you restore your losses.

Making the Outside of Your Home Storm Safe | SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

Empty parking lot with lots of greenery shown during a heavy downpour of rain. Have you been impacted by the unusual summer storm season? SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul has your back when you experience flood and water damage.

Rain, wind, wildfires, flooding…the number of ways your home can be damaged by severe weather is big. While threats vary according to where you live and the different seasons, there is always something you should be ready for.

You might already feel like your maintenance to-do list is never-ending, but there are a few steps you should take in order to keep your home protected through every season.

Our mild, warm weather is often seen as one of the best assets of living in this part of California, but we still face high winds, thunderstorms, heavy rains and wildfires. While spring and summer are the most active weather months, a warmer fall and winter means that these threats really exist year-round.

In order to prepare your home and avoid damages, the best place to start is outside. Spend time taking care of the exterior of your home so that you can feel safe no matter what the weather brings.

Seasonal Preps

While the threats may be great, protecting your home is actually pretty simple. You can add a few extra steps into your regular routines and even get the rest of the family involved to make things fun.

Strong winds and heavy rains are always a possibility that could leave windows broken and basements flooded. Keep your trees trimmed and clear your gutters on a regular basis. Make sure to always clear out loose debris from your yard, and keep outdoor furniture tied down or stashed away when not in use. Make sure you are adhering to fire zone regulations for your area as well, particularly when it comes to your landscaping.

Any time you are hanging outside, walk the exterior of your property. Snap pictures of deteriorating areas on your walls, around the edges of the roof and in your gutter system. Make sure your windows and doors are sealed to avoid having rain enter your home. You should check your roof after every wind event and a few other times a year in order to replace any issues fast.

Home Upgrades

You can protect your home with just a little hard work and no extra expenses, but there are a few upgrades you might want to consider in order to add an extra layer of safety.

Adding storm shutters to your windows is a great way to up your home’s protection from strong winds. You should also consider the windows themselves, and check into switching to heavier materials that can withstand strong sustained wind gusts. Gutter guards are a great way to keep rain away from your roof to prevent water damages.

If you have a non-attached building on your property, make sure it is securely tied down so that it can’t blow away during the next wind storm. Modular homes should also have reinforced foundation ties to help keep them from serious damages.

When severe weather is headed your way, make sure you have two ways to receive weather alerts. Identify the safe space in your home and make sure the whole family knows when and where to go during an event. If your home is damaged, call us 247 to get things put back together quickly.

Was your home damaged in a storm? Call us at SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul to start restoration, 247.

Barbeque Safely This Summer | SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

Man holding tongs above grill preparing food outdoors Have you had a barbeque gone wrong? Call SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul to get your space back in shape.

Summertime really is the sweetest, isn’t it? Warm summer days that blend into warm summer nights are perfect for getting outdoors and throwing some burgers and hot dogs on the grill. But there are some steps you should take to make sure those grilled burgers and your home don’t go up in flames.

Improper use of grills is one of the top causes of summer fires. Both charcoal and propane grills can be equally dangerous, and SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul wants to make sure you can enjoy every moment without concern of disaster.

The Setup

In order to make your backyard as safe as possible, you need to choose the perfect spot for your grill. Grills should never be in an enclosed space, and should be somewhere free of overhangs or low-hanging tree limbs. Communities in Spring Valley and Jamul likely have guidelines for open flames, but a good general rule is to keep your grill 10 feet from structures.

Make sure wherever you place it is in line with defensible zones, and let the kids know they shouldn’t play within that area when you are cooking. Don’t forget your four-legged kids, too—teaching them to stay away will help prevent burns and other accidents.

If you are using a charcoal grill, ash and buildup should be cleaned up before every use. Take a look at the grill itself and watch for signs of wear and tear. For propane or other gas-fed grills, make sure you are performing a thorough inspection before their use as well. Ensure connections are tight and there are no visible signs of holes in the lines.

Manning the Flames

Once you have your setup and cleaning completed, take note of your supplies. Make sure you have a squirt bottle with water nearby to tame any wild flames. Connect your garden hose or keep a fire extinguisher somewhere you can access it in a hurry in case things do get out of control.

After the food is cooked, let someone else handle making the plates so you can shut down the grill. Turn off the gas, and don’t forget to switch off any burners you may have been using. On charcoal grills, there should be vents you can close to stop the flow of oxygen and smother any remaining flames.

When it is safe to do so, remove ashes and remaining charcoal and dispose of them in a metal container. It doesn’t take much to restart a flame, so removing the fuel source from the heat is the best way to keep things safe. Go check your grill before bed and make sure it has cooled down substantially.

Summer in Spring Valley is such a wonderful season, and you deserve to enjoy every moment of it. Grill safely, and call SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul for fast restoration after things do get out of control.

Don’t let fire damage linger in your home. Call us at SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul for a fast restoration.

What to Do after Water Damage | SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

Pool of water sitting on top of a herringbone patterned wood floor with furniture nearby If you discover water damage in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul right away.

The power of water is pretty impressive. Even in a controlled sense as it pumps through pipes in our home and turns on and off at the touch of a hand, water can still flow at surprising strengths. If you have even seen the ocean first-hand, you know the raw power it holds.

Water may be something we can’t live without, but when it gets into the wrong places we can end up with a total mess. We may have fairly mild weather throughout the year in Spring Valley, but that doesn’t make us exempt from flooding concerns. Heavy rains are common in the spring and have left some residents consistently dealing with washed-out roads. Melt from the snowpack has also been a major concern over the years. Whether from a natural cause or a busted pipe, water can create utter chaos.

While there are plenty of ways to protect and prepare your home from flooding, sometimes a disaster simply can’t be stopped. That’s why having water damage restoration professionals around the corner is incredibly important.

The First Steps

If you do experience water damage in your home, the best way to mitigate the damages is to move quickly. Water moves fast, and it can hide out in the smallest places. Finding the source of the water and doing what you can to dry the area will be the best way to start regaining control.

After you have found the source, do what you can to stop the flow. If the flood is from a natural source, that might mean waiting until the danger is over in a safe space. Internal sources can be turned off by locating the water shut off valves. Make sure you know where all of your shut-off valves are located throughout the house, and get familiar with your breaker box as well.

Never step into water that is touching electrical systems. Turn the power off at the source before you start trying to dry things out.

Once you can safely do so, call SERVPRO®. The time of day will never be a problem with our 247 availability, and the faster you call us, the faster we can start saving your property.

How We Dry Your Home

As soon as you call us, we will start taking information over the phone in order to get the best idea of how to tackle your situation. This is a great time to start snapping some photos of the flooding and any damage it has done. We work with your insurance company in order to create the smoothest process possible, and photos are a great way to keep up with the timeline of everything.

While we take your information over the phone, we will also start preparing a team to dispatch to your home with all the equipment needed to get things dry. Removing standing water and drying out soft materials will be our first priority. It is our goal to restore as much of your personal property as possible, so you have less to replace later. When we dry out your home and your items, we ensure not a drop of water is left, everything is completely sanitized and there are no lingering odors.

Our crew of professionals can handle every aspect of your restoration, no matter how extensive your damage is. If there is a part of your home that has been damaged beyond repair, we can tear it down and rebuild it. Your home will be completely yours again when the restoration is complete.

Any time your home experiences a leak that leaves more than an inch of water, you need to call professionals. Pipe failures, septic issues and stormwaters all require a different kind of response, and our crew is trained in all of them. With SERVPRO in your own neighborhood, you can appreciate water for the life-giving source it is without worry of a disaster.

Do you have water damage in your home? Call us for fast and complete restoration.

Storm Damage & How to Handle It | SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

Dramatic night shot of a home with visible roof damage from a recently storm and fallen debris Summer storms affecting your property? Call SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul to restore your space in no time!

Storms can be incredibly powerful and often unpredictable. Even if you had plenty of time to prepare for it, a thunderstorm can blow in and out in a matter of minutes and create a wide wake of damage in the process.

Our part of California is favored for its typically mild weather, but we have still seen our share of severe storms as well. Heavy rain and flooding are some of our biggest issues, but strong winds can also blow through. In 2022, we saw a rare breaking wave—when intense winds from Santa Ana winds and the sea breeze collided and resulted in more than 50 mile per hour gusts.

With the threat of wildfires another constant for our area, we know the power of being prepared before a disaster can strike, but knowing what to do afterward can be just as important. Keeping safety as your top priority, taking a few steps after your home is damaged in a storm can ensure a fast and easy recovery.

Immediately After the Storm

In the moments after the worst of a storm has passed, you need to stay vigilant for lingering lightning and thunder or the potential of another round of severe storms. Always have a weather radio handy, and make sure you can easily get back to your safe space if another warning is issued.

As things begin to settle down, start contacting your loved ones to let them know how you have fared and see if they need help. Text messaging can be a great alternative when cell service isn’t working. If you can safely exit your home, go check on those around you.

Never enter a damaged home or building, but instead search for safe ways to guide those inside out to safety. Clear debris that could prevent emergency personnel from reaching the area both from the streets and out of driveways as much as you are able.

When you know those around you are safe, start taking photos and documenting your own damage. Call SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul as soon as you are able as well. We are available 247, and since we are locally owned and operated, we are always ready to help.

As More Time Passes

The extent of work that is ahead of you will become more evident as time passes. As you move forward on your road to recovery, continue to stay safe. Always watch where you are going for hazards you could step on or trip over, and stay weather alert for more storms. Keep your cell phone charged, and heed warnings when they are issued. Depending on how badly your home was damaged, you may need to find alternative places to stay while restoration takes place.

When our team gets to your property, the first step they will take is to secure your home and prevent additional damages. This might mean tarping all or part of your roof, sealing windows or removing standing water and drying out your belongings. SERVPRO® will also work directly with your insurance company so that your claim process is smooth.

The best thing you can do while you work to put the pieces of your life back together after a disaster is to stay calm. Things may not be easy, but with a team of professionals working around the clock to completely restore your property, you will be back in your living space fast.

If a storm leaves your home damaged, contact us for fast recovery. We’re here 247 when you need us.

How to Handle Heavy Rain | SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

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Rain gently falling down can be a much-welcomed break from hot and dry temperatures in the spring and the summer. It seems to calm the world around us down, leaving everything sweet-smelling and refreshed.

When rain gets heavy, though, it can challenge our gutters and leave our roofs leaking. Heavy rain also comes with other threats like high wind that can cause damages of their own. And when rain starts to overwhelm the ground, our basements are threatened.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is right around the corner, ready to take care of any damage you might incur during a heavy rain storm. We also want to make sure you know how to stay safe and protect your home against potential disasters. The good news is that only takes a few steps to do both.

Hazards of Intense Rain

There are many perks to living in Spring Valley and the surrounding areas, with a big one certainly being the mostly mild weather we are fortunate to experience most of the year. Even though our temps don’t always reach extreme highs or lows, we do still experience severe thunderstorms, derechos and floods. In May, we even saw a round of severe weather that brought tornado warnings to much of our area.

Living so close to San Diego Bay and the Pacific also means we can see coastal storms and flooding. Heavy rains can leave our streets covered in water and the Bay overflowing, making all of our homes vulnerable to water damage.

We might not be able to prevent flooding, but we can prepare for it. Creating a plan with your family and keeping a close eye on local forecasts is a great first step in being able to take quick action when dangerous rain or other flooding conditions are predicted.

Staying Safe

Staying safe should always be your top priority when it comes to preparing your home and your family for flooding. If you are on the road, head home or find a safe interior location away from ditches or roads that may become waterlogged.

If you are at home, bring inside anything that could be swept away in a flash flood. Park your car somewhere safe as well, and take anything off the lower levels of your home that you can’t replace. If severe flooding is predicted and likely, turn the electricity off to the lowest levels of your home.

During the storm, if your home starts taking on water, move to the highest location possible and wait it out. Don’t attempt to walk through floodwaters while they are still flowing, there is a good possibility they are moving a lot faster than you think. Stay as dry as possible and give us a call as soon as you can to start taking the next steps towards your recovery.

Future Prevention Strategies

With weather that can be less than predictable, even the most prepared home might see a disaster at some point. While we work to restore your home after a flood, we will make sure that everything is put back together exactly as it should be and help you make some decisions that could prevent future damages.

Starting outside of your home is the best way to protect it against heavy rains and other natural causes of flooding. Seek the advice of a professional, and consider adding more grading and organic materials to your yard. This is a great way to ensure rain rolls away from your home or is absorbed before it can cause puddles.

If you don’t already have one, or yours just couldn’t keep up during the last event, a sump pump upgrade in your basement or crawl space can go a long way in keeping water out of your home. Sump pumps force water away from your foundation, keeping your basement drier and protecting your home from the bottom up.

Our SERVPRO® crew is always ready to respond to your home when water leaves it wet. With our expertise and industry-leading equipment, we can tackle everything from the smallest spill to the biggest flood. We will get you back to living life in no time.

We are here for all of your water disasters. Contact us day or night for a quick recovery.

Outdoor Fire Safety Basics | SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

campfire-style fire pit with flames emerging from the top of the logs on the dark green grass Bonfire season is upon us! SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul has your back with these helpful fire safety tips.

It might be hard to believe with the hot weather we have experienced this summer, but fall is quickly approaching. For us, that means milder temperatures, fall decorations and plenty of pumpkins.

It might also mean spending time around the fire pit for many of us. Cooler nights make for a great time to gather family and friends and share stories and marshmallows while relaxing to the beautiful, crackling glow.

At SERVPRO®, we are always available to help put things back together after a fire has left them damaged, but we also want to help you be able to take every step possible to prevent a disaster from ever happening.

Tips for Starting the Fire

Do find a location that will be the safest spot possible for your fire. Make sure there are no overhangs, debris or structures anywhere in the vicinity.

Do keep water close. A bucket full or a hose you can turn on in a hurry can make the difference between a single rogue flame and an out-of-control blaze. Dirt or sand are good alternatives, and also a great choice for making sure everything is completely out at the end of the night.

Do take a deep dive into the weather. Check the forecast for any kind of wind advisories, and reschedule your fire for another day if the wind is blowing hard. It doesn’t take strong winds to create a big problem. Take a look at local burn bans as well. These can change rapidly depending on the weather situation, so make sure you look at the day of your fire.

Tips for While the Fire Is Hot

Don’t put anything on your fire except for treated, approved wood. Gas and lighter fluid are dangerous on open flames, and tossing in other materials can result in flames you are not prepared for.

Don’t play around the fire. Set up chairs a safe distance, and keep any yard games, children and pets away from the flames to prevent accidents.

Don’t make a big fire. You don’t need a tall bonfire to dance around; instead, create a small, manageable fire that you can easily put out if things go the wrong way. One rogue hot ember can catch just about anything on fire.

Don’t walk away from the fire, even when there are only embers left. Put water on your flames when you are done melting chocolate for the night, and stick around until nothing is glowing red.

Wildfire Prevention

It is an unfortunate fact that most wildfires were started by humans in what should have been preventable situations. If you are going to enjoy your evening with a fire, take every safety step possible. Keep your fire small, don’t add the wrong fuels and always stick around until everything is out.

If you do have property damage after a fire, call SERVPRO. We can respond to your property day or night and start your recovery right away. We will get things put back together so you can get back to enjoying all the pumpkin the season has to offer.

Fire can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Contact us day or night for immediate assistance.

Teaching Fire Safety That Isn’t Scary | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

6/14/2023 (Permalink)

Young boy staring at a lit match being held between his fingers SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is here for you and your family if you experience a fire in your home or business.

Children bring so much joy into our lives. Watching them experience the world and grow in curiosity and wonder while you teach them how to navigate through their day to day lives can be a lot of fun. But there are some lessons that are harder to teach than others, though.

Fire safety is one of those lessons that is absolutely crucial to teach, but can be very daunting. Fire emergencies are scary any time they happen, regardless of how old you are.

Teach your children how to keep themselves safe in an entertaining and comfortable way and they will be able to respond well should an event happen.

Explain the Dangers of Fire

The best way to teach children is through experience. They are able to absorb lessons better when they can see and feel the cause and effect behind the lesson. Walk your children around your home and explain to them the different ways fires commonly start. Make sure they understand the stove is not a toy, and how to stay safe around a fireplace or fire pit if you have one.

Matches and lighters should be a big part of your lessons on fire safety. While you should store them out of reach, your children should also understand if a match is ever found, they should immediately bring it to an adult. House fires have been started from a single match left smoldering.

Familiarize Them With Authority

Community workers are a common part of early childhood lessons, but when it comes to seeing authority figures in full uniform, it can get a little scary. Talk to your kids about the authorities who would respond to a fire emergency, and show them pictures of what they look like in their gear. Find an opportunity to introduce your kids to these heroes in person.

Create a game with your children so they can understand how to respond to these authority figures during an emergency. Use your smoke detector alarm as a starting bell and have them army-crawl as fast as they can to an end point. Have them call out their name as they cross the finish line. Time them or have them race another sibling to keep things light hearted.

Make a Game Plan Together

If you haven’t already created one on paper, take the time to draw out emergency exits from each area of your home. Let the kids get creative and create maps of your whole home with whatever craft supplies they choose. Set a timer and see who can escape from each room the fastest.

Make sure you talk about windows with your children. These should only be used as a last resort exit, but your kids do need to know how to operate them. Help them understand the danger associated with going out the window and that it should never be somewhere they play.

Make sure your emergency exit plan includes a meeting place a safe distance from your home. Use a place that your children will be comfortable getting to on their own. Make sure they also know how to call 911, and help them learn basic facts to relay to emergency professionals.

Practice your plan and play these games often with the whole family. The more prepared you are, the safer you will stay.

Fires can cause widespread damage. Call us for a thorough and efficient restoration.

Get Your Home Ready for Strong Winds | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

6/9/2023 (Permalink)

Dense forest area with trees bending due to intense wind and rain If you've suffered from storm-related damage to your home or business, make SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul your first call.

Wind can be a blessing, or a curse. On a hot day, a cool breeze whipping through your hair can help you catch your breath and feel like a gift, but when that breeze reaches intense strengths, it can end in complete chaos.

We may not be able to see the wind, but it is an ever-present part of our lives, even when we wish it wasn’t. Strong winds can turn your life upside down and leave your property in complete ruins.

Get to know the different kinds of winds that might affect your life so that you can be proactive in prevention and keep your family safe.

The Different Kinds of Wind

Most reports of wind damage are associated with thunderstorms, even more so than when a tornado blows through. While our weather in the part of California typically stays mild, we are not immune to the damaging effects strong thunderstorms can have.

Thunderstorms bring a lot of different threats, but it is not uncommon for winds to exceed 60 miles per hour when one blows through. Winds at this strength can blow debris around your yard and knock out the power.

Winds that are not associated with rotation are called straight-line winds and can be nearly 100 miles per hour. These wide-reaching strong winds can cause damage to places that didn’t even see a storm cloud.

Because of our location, we also experience dust clouds and coastal winds. Just last year we saw damaging winds called breaking waves when the sea breeze met the Santa Ana.

Tornadoes don’t frequently happen in our area, but when they do, they bring with them a wide variety of winds, including straight-line winds, downdrafts and bursts called micro- and macro-bursts. These winds combined leave behind a total path of destruction to anything they come across.

Wind Damage and Prevention

Some common kinds of wind damage include downed trees, damaged power lines and tossed round debris. When wind exceeds 80 miles per hour, it can quickly rip off roofs and knock over even anchored mobile homes.

In order to proactively prevent damages and keep your family safe, get to know the different weather alerts that might be issued when winds get high. Secure objects around the house that could catch flight when winds get high as well, including porch furniture and trash cans.

Trim your trees often, and have tall ones professionally maintained every five to 10 years in order to prevent potential falling limbs. Clear out loose limbs often, including after any storms.

Make sure you have an interior room with few windows where you can shelter if a warning is issued. If you don’t have protective shutters on your home, consider adding them for an additional layer of protection when the wind gets high.

After a wind event is over and it is safe to do so, walk your property to look for damage. If you spot anything, call SERVPRO right away. We can respond quickly and stop additional damages that could happen. It is our goal to get your home back together fast.

Has your home been damaged by wind? Call us and get things cleaned up fast.

The Places Water Lurks | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

5/9/2023 (Permalink)

 img src =”bucket” alt = " blue bucket in the middle of the living area catching water falling from the ceiling ” > Think you may have water damage in your home? Here are some tips from SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul to find the source.

Water can do a lot of damage in a little bit of time when it gets into the wrong places. Not only is the damage immediate, but the longer it sits the worse it gets. Water also likes to lurk in places unseen, making it even more disastrous.

One of the ways you can combat the effects of water damage in your home is getting to know the places that water likes to hide. When you know some of the top places where leaks start, you can keep a close eye on them and stop issues before damage sets in.

Add these three locations to your regular maintenance and check them often to prevent a total disaster in your home.

The roof. When your roof develops a leak, it can go undetected a long time, especially if it is in the midst of our winter months. Although it’s mostly mild in Spring Valley and surrounding areas, most of us likely avoid climbing on the roof during this time of year.

Water damage on the roof can progress slowly, but when it does, it can cause problems on every level of your home. When your attic space gets wet, because it is typically a dark and small area already, mold growth can easily occur and cause more problems.

Check your attic for musty odors or wet insulation, and get on your roof at least twice a year. Be cognizant of potential damage after a wind storm as well by keeping an eye on gutters and the perimeter of your home.

The bathroom. In a room where so much water is used, it might not be a surprise there is a high risk of damage, but it can actually be hard to catch problems when they occur.

Add checking under your bathroom sinks to your weekly cleaning list, and listen for drips while you feel for standing water or other moisture. If your bathroom seems to always be damp or your drains run slow there could be a bigger issue going on.

Inspect around your toilet and shower for worn-out caulking, and make sure you have proper ventilation installed.

Appliances with water lines. When an appliance has a water feature, it also has a leak potential. These leaks can be slow and small, and commonly start underneath or behind the appliance. This can lead to water sneaking around the base of your walls and even creating soft spots in your floor.

Pull your dishwasher, refrigerator and washing machine out and away from the wall at least once a year for cleaning and inspection. Make sure the hoses aren’t kinked, and look for mold growth.

When you use your large appliances, listen for drips or water that is moving too fast or too slow. All appliances have different life spans, but it is ideal to replace anything older than 10 years old in order to prevent problems from happening.

If you do find water lurking in your home, call SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul right away. We are available 24/7 when there is a disaster, and we make it our goal to get your home restored quickly.

Dealing with a water emergency? Our SERVPRO specialists can be on the scene of the disaster ASAP to restore your water-damaged home!