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Water and the Damage It Causes | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

A little water spot or drippy faucet may seem like something you can handle later, but moisture and its destructive effects should never be underestimated. In a year, a small household leak can lose up to 10,000 gallons of water.

Water damage moves quickly, saturating floors, walls and other surfaces. Addressing the problem right away means less damage and better end results.

This is the basic timeline of how water progresses:

In the First 24 Hours

Living in a house in a high-risk area means that you have a one in four chance of enduring a damaging flood within 30 years. When you spot water, knowing how to respond is crucial.

The first two days after a flood is the most crucial time frame. Some items in your home will be lost to water’s effects almost immediately.

Anything upholstered or soft will absorb water and become soaked, while wooden items will begin to swell from moisture. Personal items like books and photographs are susceptible to warping and may become damaged beyond repair.

Mold can also begin to form in these first few hours, making taking action quickly of the utmost importance.

SERVPRO has a “restore vs. replace” mentality. We want to save as many of your precious keepsakes as possible, as well as your other items so you save money. If we cannot fully restore any items, we will communicate directly with you and handle the removal so that your home can continue to dry out.

Within the First Week

Water damage moves quickly after the first 24 hours. When an environment is moist, mold can spread like wildfire and even set in and damage the home’s structure.

Any porous surfaces like wood or walls will become compromised, while corrosion will start on anything metal.

After One Week

You want to dry your home and items out as quickly as possible, as any moisture allowed to sit for extended amounts of time will have catastrophic effects. The more time that passes the more it will cost to do the extensive work required to restore anything.

Risks also increase when items stay wet, too, as structural damage is greater.

How SERVPRO Will Help

Even within the first 24 hours, SERVPRO can respond and begin work immediately. Service starts with thorough water removal to prevent any additional spread and reduce drying time.

It is likely that floors, furniture and other items will need to be cleaned, sanitized and deodorized. Once the majority of water has been removed, our specialized team will use industry-leading equipment to remove water you can’t even see.

Once these steps are finished, there may be a need for construction work in order to restore things back to preloss status. This could involve a minor repair or a complete rebuild of a damaged section of your home.

SERVPRO can simplify your restoration process by handling every step from damage mitigation through construction. We will keep you aware of the progress of each step and get you back in your home faster.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 247 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.


SERVPRO: The Restoration Experts | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO may be known for general services including cleaning and construction, but there is so much more to who we are. We’re ready to take care of you through even the worst natural or manmade disaster.

Our services cover all your restoration needs, including water, fire and storm damages. Here in California, we know in particular how important it is to have a trusted fire recovery service in our own backyard.

Water Damage

We have regularly experienced heavy rain in our neighborhoods that has led to destructive flooding. We know well in Spring Valley that whether they bring water of an inch or a foot, floods can cause serious damage. Every year, more than $10 billion in damages is caused by flooding around the nation.

Flooding is something all homeowners and business owners will face, but SERVPRO can help. We will first survey the severity of your damage and then prepare a plan for restoration so that you can make informed decisions.

Our team has the tools to detect hidden moisture and eliminate standing water in order to bring you back to preloss condition. We want to ensure your home is completely dry.

Fire Damage

A fire department responds to a fire every 23 seconds, and there was close to $8.1 billion in damage and losses nationwide in 2020. If you have endured fire damage at your home or business, we’ll jump start your recovery with our seven-step restoration process.

Your recovery begins with a damage assessment and inspection, and progresses through all the in-between steps before starting repairs and construction.

Storm Damage

Our mild temperatures and sunny days are quite the draw for those visiting our area, but we have seen our share of extreme weather as well. Flooding has led to streets washing out, and we have seen our coastal neighbors deal with hurricanes and coastal flooding from rising tides.

SERVPRO has been there through all of these disasters with the primary goal of getting you back into your fully restored home.

Storms do not just damage the structure or exterior of your home, but the interior and your belongings as well. We specialize in content restoration, and want to restore your items rather than replace them.

We offer services including dry cleaning, wet cleaning, foam cleansing and abrasive cleaning. When you require a more extensive clean in your home or business, we also offer move-out services, so we can bring your home back to preloss condition as soon as possible.

What Sets SERVPRO Apart?

We are locally owned and operated, and here when you need us. You can reach out to a SERVPRO expert via our 247 Emergency Line day or night and receive immediate assistance.

Our staff members are part of the No. 1 cleanup and restoration team in the nation with more than 50 years experience. We’re your neighbors, but we’re also backed by a network of more than 1,900 locations around the United States, so you can feel comfortable that we’ll have your home or business back to “Like it never even happened” status as quickly as possible.

Regardless of the type of damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when you need a dependable team to help you rebuild your life.

The Facts About Flooding Types and Causes | SERVPRO® Spring Valley/Jamul

4/7/2022 (Permalink)

Flooding is a common natural disaster that claims more lives per year in the United States than hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning. Floods affect everything from an individual property to an entire community or city.

All 50 states and every U.S. territory have been affected by flooding, and there are many similarities in the type of flooding and the casualties. There are three common types of floods and four main reasons they happen.

3 Types of Natural Flooding

Flash floods are a common type of flood that occurs when a storm with excessive moisture sits over an area and the ground becomes too overwhelmed to absorb all the water. These floods happen quickly and can carry objects away, large or small.

River floods happen when a river takes on too much water and begins to spill over its banks. River floods leave behind damage as they overtake the area near them.

Coastal floods occur near large bodies of water when a weather event causes the ocean or gulf to rise. Storm surge, rising tides or cyclonic activity can all contribute to this kind of flooding.

The 4 Most Common Causes of Natural Flooding

Heavy rainfall. Heavy rain has been one of the top sources of flooding in our neighborhoods here in Spring Valley and Jamul. We likely all remember the heavy rain that caused roads to wash out in 2019. These storms that move in with excessive amounts of moisture easily overwhelm our rivers and create flash flooding in our urban areas that lack soil to absorb excess water.

Oceanic activity. While we are primarily inland, we are more than familiar with the weather activities that our coastal neighbors deal with. Hurricanes, rising tides and storm surge can create catastrophic flooding when the ocean rises beyond its typical level.

Dams and levees failing. In recent history, the most notable levee break occurred in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina. Levees and dams break when they are cracked or under extreme pressure, causing the storm surge behind it to release. These floods cause catastrophic damage.

Snowmelts and ice dams. While snow may be an exciting prospect in our corner of California, those areas in our nation that see prolonged freezing temperatures and high amounts of accumulating snow have to prepare for flooding from snow melt and ice dams. Ice dams, or ice jams result from ice being forced downstream in a body of water and creating a block. This leads to water spilling over and flooding surrounding areas.

Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when flooding or water damage makes a mess in your

When your business has a disaster, turn to the leader in flood and fire restoration: SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Is the Business Partner for You | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

Business owners and property managers know that keeping a company running means using all the help you can get. To make things run smoothly, it will take all hands available. Any event that results in a loss or a major disruption can be devastating.

Fortunately, your retail space, rental property or manufacturing facility has a business partner right here in our California home. SERVPRO is an invested ally that can take care of so many different business needs and carry the burden of deep-cleaning and emergency planning for you.

Large Loss Recovery. Fire, storms and flooding are some of the top reasons businesses suffer losses. These natural disasters have created financial damages across the United States, and as we are well-aware of during wildfire season, losses are only compounded when response time isn’t quick. SERVPRO offers top-tiered professionals who are ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With our proven emergency response services, we can get your company moving again faster.

Emergency Ready Plan. When your business prepares, recovery begins long before a disaster happens. SERVPRO can cover your emergency needs completely when we work with you to write an Emergency Ready Plan. Our plans include everything from alternate work locations to a chain of command and temporary vendors. The plan takes action when you say “go,” and your business gets on the road to recovery.

Cleaning of All Kinds. You may have seen our trucks moving in after a storm, however, SERVPRO has also been a deep-cleaning service for a long time. There isn’t a situation our cleaners haven’t faced, and we have a solution for everything. Our professionals can cover your business cleaning needs, including upholstery, carpets and furniture. We also cover specialty needs like trauma site cleanup and safe biohazard removal.

Restoration Services. A pipe burst. Heavy rains created flooding. The new employee warmed lunch too much and started a small fire in the microwave. When you own a business or manage a property, you will experience lots of reasons that lead to needing restoration, and SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is prepared to take them all on. We have lived and served in California for a long time, and we are ready to get you back to work.

Industry Specialization. As we have served in our community over the decades, there isn’t an industry we haven’t worked with. Whatever your business needs are, SERVPRO is prepared. Most of the time we can complete our work without disrupting your business.

Whatever your recovery need may be, and whatever your commercial property may require, trust SERVPRO to get the job done. Contact us today to get started on an Emergency Ready Plan or find out how we can serve your business.

Extreme temperature changes can lead to the possibility of severe weather. SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is a click away if you experience any damage

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

Spring Comes With Storms and Weather Hazards | SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul

The United States is a large territory, and having such a big space under one umbrella means that the spring season is different everywhere you go. We are second in size only to Russia and Canada, although China is larger if you don’t count all the United States’ outlying spaces.

In a nation this vast, different parts of the country experience a variety of weather threats over the timespan of a year. As spring approaches and warm and cold air mix together, let’s look at what kind of weather events each area can anticipate—and specifically, what we have to look forward to here in our Spring Valley neighborhoods.

In the Pacific Northwest, residents deal with heavy rain, which can cause flooding and water damage issues. Higher elevations are colder and could still have snow, which can cause damage of its own from melting and runoff.

The Upper Midwest and Northeast regions experience very different weather than us here in California. Winter’s chill hangs on there, with the temperatures often not warming until summer. Residents from Maine to the Dakotas can expect dangerously cold weather and the possibility of snowstorms and blizzards.

The middle of the country, including states from Iowa to Texas, can expect windstorms, derechos and the risk of wildfires, which are easily spread while the weather is dry and windy. These states often experience temperatures similar to our winter in the spring months. Much of the middle states also have a high concentration of tornadoes occurring, giving them the nickname Tornado Alley.

In the Southeast, residents can experience a variety of extreme weather, from tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in the landlocked states to dangerous rip currents, plus early-season hurricanes in coastal regions. While spring in the south can feel a lot like home, the southern states still have to contend with cold temperatures and the occasional late frost.

While we can certainly relate to the rain, our Pacific Northwest neighbors experience in spring, the cold weather may sound foreign to us here on the West Coast. Spring in California can bring extreme heat that can be dangerous for both the home and life. Our quick warmup to summer-like temperatures also makes spring the rainy season for us in Jamul and Spring Valley. On top of the heat, the South Pacific, including Hawaii, will be on the lookout for the possibility of tsunamis and tectonic activity.

For most of us, spring in California is our favorite weather with mainly mild temperatures and sunshine. However, spring brings a unique variety of extreme weather no matter where you live. Regardless of what we or our neighbors face, it always pays to stay ready.

If extreme weather leaves you with damage from water, fire or other elements, help is a click away. Contact SERVPRO for fast, expert recovery.

If the day comes where your business is hit with disaster or emergency, you can rest assured SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul will be there to help.

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

Stay on Track With the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

Running a business is a full-time job—or more accurately, running a business is an overtime job. Today’s business environment can be incredibly unstable and can create so many challenges while you care for your staff, manage your payroll and handle your competition, not to mention trying to present yourself well through advertisement.

It can all feel like a delicate balance, and one disruption can send your business into disaster. That is why our team at SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul]( wants to help your business get prepared with an Emergency Ready Plan.

When you create an Emergency Ready Plan, you will know exactly what happens next after your business experiences a disaster. We will carefully analyze your business needs and processes, considering your location, your industry and other specifics. You and your staff will know where your alternate work locations are, vendors you can rely on, a chain of command for handling each step of the way and so much more. We even cover data backup and recovery.

According to FEMA, 40% of small businesses that experience a natural disaster never reopen, while another quarter of those that do are forced to close within a year.

We don’t want your business to be a part of that statistic. Local businesses are the heart of our community, and we are ready to create a plan that will keep your business on track no matter what comes our way.

Three-quarters of small businesses do not have a proper plan in place, and that is something that needs to change. Our counties experience ever-changing weather conditions, making it more important than ever to have an emergency plan ready to go. Let our experts work with you to prevent extended time away from your business.

When your business is ready to prioritize planning and safety to prevent extended downtime, contact SERVPRO to get the Emergency Ready Plan underway from the folks who know all there is to know about disaster and recovery.

Rain Water Intrusion in Jamul?

3/8/2022 (Permalink)

Raindrops cover a window during a storm. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in San Diego County.

San Diego County has experienced severe weather that brought heavy rain to Jamul this year. Water intrusion is a common occurrence, but do you know that wall air conditioning units can also allow stormwater to enter your home or business?

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul offers this helpful tip from the Institute of Business and Home Safety for protecting your home from heavy rain:

Check wall air conditioners

Internal Drain

If the air conditioning unit has an internal drain, make sure the pipe size is adequate, and water is running and flowing freely in order to handle a high volume of water.

Caulking of Air Conditioning Unit Sleeve: Look for any gaps, cracks, or other damage that indicates improper caulking around the edge of the sleeve to the exterior of the building. This increases vulnerability to water entry.

Orientation: Tilting the air conditioning unit sleeves slightly (two degrees) towards the exterior wall can significantly reduce the water’s entry.

Weather Stripping: Proper weather stripping between the air conditioning unit and the sleeve can prevent water from entering.

Call Us!

Rainwater intrusion can happen during any storm in your Jamul home or business. When you need help restoring storm damage, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is Here to Help. ® Our technicians are on-call 24-hours a day to mitigate and repair storm damage. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Smoke Alarm Safety Tips for Spring Valley?

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke is rising towards a smoke alarm. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in San Diego County.

Can you recall the last time you changed the batteries in your smoke alarm system? SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in Spring Valley. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), smoke alarms should be tested at least once a month. Here are some tips from the NFPA regarding smoke alarm safety:

Smoke Alarms Safety Tips

  • A closed-door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire
  • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area
  • Install alarms on every level of the home 
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound 
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every ten years

Call Us!

You never know if you may experience fire damage in your Spring Valley home or business, but if you do, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is Here to Help. ® Our technicians have the training, equipment, and experience to restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-600-5305.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Water Damage from Storm in Spring Valley?

2/22/2022 (Permalink)

A ceiling has a water stain on it. We restore water and storm damage 24-hours a day in San Diego County.

We’ve received a lot of rain already this winter in San Diego County. Some rainstorms dropped inches of rain in a short period, causing flash flooding and water damage to some homes and businesses. SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year in Spring Valley. The Insurance Information Institute offers these helpful tips for protecting your home from storm damage:

Exterior Inspection and Repair                                                      

Water can be prevented from entering a structure’s exterior through routine inspection and maintenance and making repairs as needed.

  • Caulk and seal windows
  • Inspect the roof for missing and aging shingles
  • Check rain gutters and drainage systems and remove any debris
  • Check downspouts, clear any clogs and make sure they are draining away from the structure
  • Check sprinkler systems and make sure the sprinklers are not spraying water onto the structure and that water is not pooling around the structure’s foundation
    • Make sure water drains away from the building.Water is invasive and will find its way into a structure when water is allowed to pool around the foundation. After a storm, or when the ground is already saturated by rainwater, the water may enter into the foundation wall through any cracks.

Call Us Today!

When you have storm damage in your Spring Valley home or business, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of technicians ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Water Intrusion in Jamul Business?

2/15/2022 (Permalink)

Water from outside is seeping into a building under a door. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in San Diego County.

When your business experiences water intrusion or another form of water damage, fast action must be taken to mitigate the damage before the water can cause secondary damage to the structure. SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul follows the one-four-eight-hour rule. This means:

One hour: we will respond to your call within one hour or less

Four hours: we will be onsite within four hours of your call

Eight hours: we will contact your insurance adjuster within eight hours of your call

Every minute your doors are closed due to a water damage emergency represents lost productivity and revenue. When we arrive, we will immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. We monitor and document the drying process to ensure the area is returned to normal moisture levels.

Water is invasive and can compromise the structural integrity of a building if the water is allowed to remain unmitigated for too long. Jamul businesses can rely on our highly trained water restoration technicians to restore commercial water damage to preloss condition quickly and efficiently.

Call Us Today!

When you have water damage in your Jamul business or residence, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of technicians ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.