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Have a Jolly and Safe Holiday | SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul

11/17/2023 (Permalink)

pan on kitchen counter in residence ablaze while unattended Fire damage in your home? Not for long with SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul on the case!

The time of year everyone loves is back! No matter how or when you celebrate during the holidays, there is a good chance many of your celebrations will include some incredible food. If you are cooking or even just watching someone cook, make sure there are some safety steps in place to prevent a potential disaster.

The amount of house fires that occur every year always goes up during the holidays, and a surprising amount of those fires start in the kitchen. You can keep your home safe while you cook, though, and it is as simple as taking a few proactive steps towards safety.

Reducing Flammable Materials in the Kitchen

Cooking comes with a lot of prep work. Washing, slicing, peeling, dicing—as you get your food ready, you should also get your space ready. Clutter is a common cause of kitchen fires that get out of control.

Don’t toss around towels, pot holders or oven mitts, but instead ensure they are kept a safe distance from any source of heat. Pay attention to wooden cooking utensils, too. These might be a popular tool that is in almost every kitchen, but they are still wood and shouldn’t be stored near heat. It only takes one grease bubble or a single spark to send flames all over your kitchen.

Think about what you are wearing when you cook as well. Skip the cute holiday clothes, especially when they have loose strings, flowing fabric or hanging decorations. Loose materials present another fire hazard that could quickly lead to a disaster.

Keep a Close Eye on Food

The best way to prevent a fire disaster in your home is to stay in the kitchen the whole time you are cooking. Whether you are cooking on the stove, baking in the oven or using a grill pan, fires can start in an instant. When you aren’t close by, a single flame can spread through your entire kitchen before you get back into the space.

Are you planning on deep-frying a turkey for some of your celebrations? It is important to add a few extra safety precautions to your day if you are.

Make sure the fryer is on a flat surface away from flammable materials. Don’t overfill the oil, and follow safety guidelines laid out by the maker of your fryer.

Thaw your turkey completely before you drop it into the oil. Even a partially frozen turkey can cause the oil to spatter and pop, and a frozen turkey can cause a full explosion.

Install Protective Measures

Fires will never be completely preventable, but when you prioritize safety steps, you can greatly lower your risks and protect your home. You home should have plenty of protective measures in place as well.

While there should be smoke detectors on every level of your home, don’t skip putting one in or near your kitchen. Check the batteries before you start cooking as well to make sure you are ready.

Keep a fire extinguisher near your kitchen as well, and make sure a few people in your home know how to use it. The faster you can move when something happens, the better the outcome will be. Keep your pan lids at hands reach as well so that you can smother grease fires.

Make your holiday cooking season a safe one. If you do end up with some fire damage, regardless of size, call us. We can respond to your property any time and get things put back together. We will handle your restoration fast so you can get back to celebrating.

House fires can happen in the blink of an eye. Contact us for a quick restoration day or night!

Dealing With Winter Storms | SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul

11/17/2023 (Permalink)

residential driveway covered in ice with icicles hanging down from the vehicle parked there The winter season is almost upon us! SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul has your back with these helpful tips.

Winter storms aren’t something we talk about often, but that doesn’t mean they can’t happen. Even with generally mild temperatures, our community can still see heavy rains, strong winds and bigger chills than we might feel prepared for.

That makes being prepared incredibly important. When you take the time to prepare your home and your family for anything, you can prevent potential damage and stay safe.

Preparing Your Home

When a storm is headed our way, it is crucial to gather your supplies. You want to have what you need before the worst of it hits in order to ensure you can stay off the roads. Heavy rain and chilly temps can result in messy and dangerous driving situations.

Make sure your weather radio is working well. Storms during the winter can quickly knock out power and keep it out long-term. Make sure you have a way to receive weather alerts, and get the rest of your emergency supplies out in order to make sure you are fully stocked.

In your kit, you should have flashlights, batteries and basic first-aid supplies. Make sure you have water and snacks, as well as some warm clothes and blankets. An alternate source of heat to keep you warm is a good idea as well—just be sure to follow safety guidelines on anything you use to prevent a different kind of disaster.

Think about where you might go if things get really cold and you need to leave home. Check with family and friends about their plans and check around the community for warming centers that may be opening.

Taking Care of Your Home After the Storm

Once the storm has moved through the area, spend some time inspecting your home for potential damage. Even if you don’t see anything wrong, there are few ways you can continue to keep everything safe.

Inspect your roof, especially if the winds were strong during the storm. Make sure there is no built-up debris in your gutters and check to ensure nothing has come apart throughout your gutter system. Leaves and tree limbs can block your gutters and leave your roof dealing with potential leaks.

Around the base of your home, make sure your downspouts are clear and water can run cleanly away. Add back any organic materials that washed out during the storm to keep a slope for water to run down. Clear out any other blockages around your HVAC unit or external vents to keep everything safe as well.

How We Can Help

If your home took on any water during the storm or has sprung a leak as a result of a winter storm, call us right away. We will complete a total assessment of your home and let you know exactly how your restoration will go.

We make it our goal to put your home back together quickly, as well as ensure everything is sealed up to prevent additional losses. We want to make your home yours again so you can get back to enjoying the mild weather our winters bring.

Our team is always ready for anything! Contact us at SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul for a quick restoration after suffering damage from a winter storm.

 

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)

image of a large body of water during a rain storm with ripples caused by the heavy downpour Water damage in your home? Not for long with SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul on the case!

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!

A Team You Can Trust, With the Training You Need | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

5/4/2023 (Permalink)

 img src =”team” alt = " group of 3 SERVPRO reps standing near a green semi truck at a work site ” > Is your home or business in need of restoration? SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is ready to help you recover around the clock.

Decisions you make about your home have an effect on your safety, security and so many other things. Making minor decisions like what color refrigerator you want might be easy, but when it comes to deciding who is going to put your home back together after a disaster, it can leave your head spinning.

If your home experiences a flood or a fire, the faster you are able to act, the less your damages will be. But fast action isn’t the only thing that is important; it's also important to choose a team that is certified and trained to handle your project from start to finish.

When you choose SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul, you are choosing a professional staff that is highly trained and employs the latest restoration techniques and is certified to ensure your fully recovered.

We Adhere to Industry Trainings

At SERVPRO, we stick to a set a standards and guidelines laid out for cleaning and restoration called IICRC standards. That means that our team meets these standards on every project they complete, including

  • Water damage restoration

  • Fire and smoke damage restoration

  • Mold remediation

  • Carpet and upholstery cleaning

Not only does our crew adhere to these rigorous standards, but they are also offered Employee Certification Training in order to be completely successful. This is self-paced training that our staff can go through in a timeframe that allows them to fully absorb every piece of knowledge presented to them.

We Never Stop Learning

Training is so crucial to who we are as a company that we start as soon as staff members are hired. Once they have completed initial onboarding training, employees have the opportunity to participate in continuing education classes as well as a wealth of e-learning possibilities.

We want to ensure that we have the tools needed to help every family fully recover from any kind of disaster —so it is our goal to ensure we have the training to do so.

Along with continual training, we also strive to have the best information out there in order to change our processes and procedures whenever needed. Technology plays a huge role in everyone’s life—and our company is no exception. We want to stay ahead of information in order to ensure we have the latest equipment, know-how and tools to get your home back to normal fast.

Why This Matters for You

There are a lot of benefits to having a certified crew right around the corner from your home. We are available 24/7 to start your recovery process fast, and we will walk with you through every step of restoration. Our team will stay by your side until you are completely satisfied with everything.

Working with a company that cannot complete all the intricacies of a restoration project can make things take longer, and it may leave you with subpar repairs. When you choose SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul, you are in the hands of professionals who make it their goal to get your life put back together.

When you need help recovering from a disaster, SERVPRO is here for you. Get in touch 24/7 to start your disaster recovery.

Water Damage Can Start From Your Appliances | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

4/11/2023 (Permalink)

Think about the appliances in your home and the conveniences they afford you: cold water filtered straight from the fridge, an endless supply of ice from the ice maker or even clean clothes from the washing machine. These appliances certainly make life easier, but they also put your home at risk for leaks that could lead to pretty extreme damages.

Water damage is one of the more common ways homes are damaged, particularly because there are so many places the water can originate from. When it comes to an appliance leak, it can be particularly challenging to catch before extreme damages set in.

There is hope, though! With some additions to your regular maintenance routine and a better understanding of what to look for, you can protect your home and enjoy the gift that your appliances are.

Regular Maintenance

The best way to protect your home from water damage is to look for it regularly. Something as simple as running your hand around your appliances to feel for excess moisture can help you catch a problem before it becomes extreme.

Leaks from appliances like your refrigerator or dishwasher often start underneath the unit. Always check the source when you find unexplained water drops on the floor. Pull these away from the wall once a year and clean under and behind them. Look for spots of mold or soft places in the floor as additional indicators that there is a problem.

Your HVAC is an appliance that already requires some special care of its own, but you can still keep a close eye on it to catch a problem quickly. Change your filter regularly and have your unit serviced at least once a year, and watch the vents for water droplets or dampness. Look for puddles near the unit—these are all indicators there could be a hidden issue causing damage in your house.

Don’t leave out your water heater when you check your appliances. This is a common source of leaks, so treat it just like the rest of your appliances and watch it often for signs of a problem.

Yearly or Long-Term Maintenance

Weekly or even monthly maintenance that keeps a close eye on your appliances can do a lot in protecting your home, but consider adding some long-term maintenance to your routine as well. Check manufacturer guidelines in order to schedule a professional as needed, and take on some things you can do yourself to prevent a disaster.

Take a visual look at hoses and other plumbing attachments to check for signs of aging. Anything that is peeling, has a hole or is kinked should be replaced with high-quality parts. Every appliance has a different lifespan, but plan to upgrade every 10 to 15 years in order to have the safest products available.

Appliance leaks can start off small but lead to some pretty extreme damages. Find and correct things quickly in order to avoid the need for costly repairs. Enjoy all the luxuries of each of your appliances worry-free knowing your home is safe.

Have water damage in your home from an appliance or another source? Our team is here to help, so call us day or night.

 

Fire Extinguisher Basics You Can Teach Your Team | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

3/31/2023 (Permalink)

Emergencies happen unexpectedly at work, and when you are ill-prepared for them, the outcome can be much worse. If flames burst out in your building, you want the knowledge that your staff was trained to handle the situation appropriately.

Start training your employees with the basics. You might be surprised to find out that there are very few people who know how to use a fire extinguisher, making this a great first step in creating a safer office.

Once you cover the basics with your team, you can take safety another step further and create a comprehensive emergency plan.

Start With the Fundamentals

If you have a commercial building, you should have it stocked with proper emergency equipment, including fire extinguishers. OSHA regulations require any building that has an extinguisher to also have someone trained to use it.

Teach your employees how to handle an extinguisher as well as all the different kinds that may be located around your building.

Start with the basics by showing your staff how to handle and aim the fire extinguisher. Once they have the aim down, then they should pull the pin and squeeze the handle in order to expel the foam. A sweeping motion is the best way to thoroughly saturate flames from six to eight feet away.

Teach the acronym PASS as a simple way to remember the fire extinguisher process. Revisit this training every year, even for employees that have been around a long time.

These foundational steps of safety are crucial for your entire team, but you may also want to consider assigning particular roles for reliable staff members. This can ensure total coverage in your building if an event does take place, and it can allow you to provide more intensive safety training that can go a long way in keeping everyone safe.

There’s a Time and a Place

Your training will need to be specific to your industry and location in order to cover any unique threats you could potentially face.

For example, if you have a warehouse or work with chemicals, your team will need to know how to address flames should they start. If your building has a kitchen, you should ensure everyone knows what to do in the event of a grease fire. Different kinds of fires require different kinds of extinguishers, so it’s crucial to ensure your training covers how to use them.

Make sure your employees also know when to stay and fight flames and when it is time to get out. Fire extinguishers can save lives and prevent total disasters, but fires can spiral out of control quickly.

Cover how to exit and the process to be followed if an evacuation should become necessary. Share communication plans in order to get an emergency response fast and continue to keep everyone safe.

A workplace safety plan can ensure your commercial property and everyone that accesses it stays safe should an emergency occur. Cover the basics with everyone, and build a comprehensive plan that digs deep into your potential threats. When you are prepared, you can rest assured knowing your team responded as effectively as possible.

Dealing with the aftermath of a commercial fire? Our SERVPRO specialists can restore your losses and return your workplace to its pre-fire condition.

 

Flowers, Showers and Spring | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

3/17/2023 (Permalink)

Even in our mild climate, the arrival of spring is a highly anticipated time full of excitement. You can officially put away jackets and start planning for more time outside, but you should also begin to think about how to protect your home from the additional rain and severe weather warmer temperatures will bring.

When you spring-clean inside, start thinking about what you can do to start cleaning up outside as well. Start taking care of the most vulnerable places around your property to prevent water damage later.

Clean It Out

As we shake out the last of the chilly weather, it is crucial to address areas of your home that may have built-up debris. The increased amounts of rain we get over the winter can force leaves and other debris into piles in your gutters, which could lead to water on your roof and leaks in your attic.

You should also walk all of your property to check for other areas of buildup. Clean out anything that may be piled near your HVAC unit or dryer vents. This will not only protect your appliances, but it can also prevent fire hazards and water intrusions.

Check your outdoor faucets for drips or cracks as well. While frozen pipes are not usually an issue in our area, the lack of use and sudden drops can still lead to stress in your pipes. It only takes a tiny drip to become a big problem, so you want to keep a close eye on things.

Fix Issues Fast

While most of us spend plenty of time outside during the winter, chilly nights may still make it difficult to catch emerging problems around the outside of our homes, particularly on your roof.

Use our mild weather to take the time to get on your roof and check for missing or loose shingles. Visually check your gutters for any gaps that could lead to overflow.

As the weather changes and the wind picks up, a simple loose shingle can create a high leak issue. The faster you are able to correct problems, the more you can eliminate your risk of damages.

Get Ready for the Water

If you have a basement or crawl space with a sump pump, inspect it early in the season to ensure it is working correctly. Check for blocked lines or poor drainage. Your sump pump should be able to move water out of the lower level of your home just as quickly as it comes in, otherwise you are risking a flooded basement.

Check your emergency supply kit, and switch out any seasonal items for rain gear and fire safety items. Make sure you have two ways to receive weather alerts, including one that doesn’t require external power. Spring showers can become severe suddenly, so it is important that your whole family knows how to get to safety quickly.

Even the most prepared home could still experience water damage, but with SERVPRO in your backyard, you don’t have to worry about a long recovery period. We are available with highly trained professionals and industry-leading equipment 247. It is our goal to save as much of your property as possible while we get your home dried so you are able to get back to living.

Got water damage? We are here to help 247 and can restore your home quickly.

 

Commercial Building Water Damage Causes | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

2/28/2023 (Permalink)

Water can cause a lot of problems, and when a commercial building is damaged, water is frequently the culprit. Even a small leak in a toilet can lead to major destruction.

When you are a building owner or manager, your plate likely stays very full. The idea of having to locate every drip and leak in your building can feel pretty daunting. Familiarize yourself with the places water damage most commonly originates from so you can be proactive about preventing a disaster in your property.

<h3common-sources">3 Common Sources

There will never be a good time for an unplanned interruption in your daily operations. Facing a closure due to water damage can set your income back while your doors are closed and cost you thousands in required repairs.

Make checking several locations prone to water damage in your building a habit so you can catch problems early and prevent extensive losses:

1. The roof. When your roof leaks, it can cause a slow trickle to run throughout the entirety of your building, leaving you with damages on every level. Roof leaks may be from a sudden storm or could occur as your roof ages. Clean your gutters often, and have your roof inspected quarterly to check for weak spots. If a major wind or ice event happens, check your roof afterward to check for any problems right away.

2. Bathrooms. There is a lot of plumbing in bathrooms, and toilets and sinks can leak from a tiny hole. Bathrooms account for 15% of water losses in commercial buildings. Make it a regular task for someone on staff to inspect every bathroom once a month, and stop leaks as soon as they are discovered to mitigate damages.

3. Water heaters/HVAC/boilers. If you have large appliances in your building, you have the potential for leaks that may be hard to discover. Clogged drains and loose pipe connections are common sources of issues in large buildings. Look for standing water near your heating and cooling units, and take note when your water pressure is higher or lower than usual. There are both signs of a bigger problem that will need to be fixed to avoid disaster.

<h3preventive-steps">Take Preventive Steps

While you can’t always stop a natural disaster that causes your building to be overcome with floodwaters, you can control most other forms of water damage when you know what to do. Take the time to prepare yourself, your crew and your building and you can cut total losses drastically.

One of the best steps you can take to prepare for a water disaster is creating a maintenance plan that will have someone laying eyes on your plumbing at least once a month.

SERVPRO can be a great asset to you on this, too. Work with us to build an Emergency Ready Plan that will lay out exactly how to respond when a disaster does strike.

While you prepare, make sure you are checking every fixture in your building and looking at window seals to prevent excess moisture. Locate and map out where water shut-off valves are, and ensure someone who regularly accesses your buildings has the information to be able to turn water off quickly during an emergency.

The best results during a water event come from quick action. Take care of the immediate situation as safely and as fast as possible, and then call SERVPRO. We can respond to your property day or night to get recovery moving. We make it our goal to finish everything quickly so you can keep your doors open.

Experienced water damage in your commercial building? Contact us to get dried out quickly.

Reach Out to SERVPRO After a Fire | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

2/8/2023 (Permalink)

Disasters all look different, and so do the damages they leave behind. While there is no such thing as a good disaster, fires are an event that no one wants to live through. They can cut a path of destruction quickly, consuming everything in their path until the flames are finally put out.

Trying to put your life back together after a fire can feel extraordinarily overwhelming. The good news is that you have highly trained neighbors who are ready to walk with you through any disaster. With SERVPRO, you do not have to experience the cleanup after a fire alone.

<h3initial-move">Our Initial Move

As with any disaster, your first priority has to be ensuring the safety of your home and loved ones. Once you and your household are safe and secure, call us to start your recovery.

We can take your call day or night, and we will begin your restoration process by gathering as much information over the phone as possible. As we start to put together a unique plan to meet your specific needs, we will also send a team to your property with the necessary equipment.

Once our team reaches your home or business, we will assess the extent of damages. Smoke and soot can spread well beyond where the flames were, so we will cover everything to ensure a complete restoration.

<h3to-get-to-work">Time to Get to Work

As we complete our inspection, we will also begin securing your home so that it cannot be damaged further. We will board up broken windows, tarp your roof and take any other necessary measures to keep the elements out while the work moves forward.

Our next step will be to remove as much of the smoke and soot residue from surfaces as possible. We will clean the ceilings, walls and floors anywhere throughout your home that was affected. We follow this cleaning with sanitizing and removing odors at their source to ensure your property is completely clean.

<h3most-crucial-step">The Most Crucial Step

The final part of the restoration process is when we actually begin to put your property back together. Whatever it takes to get back to as it was before the fire happened, we can handle it. This might mean hanging drywall, painting a room or even down to laying new carpet.

If part of your home or business was destroyed by the fire and needs to be rebuilt, our team is experienced in construction work and will tackle this as part of the process. At SERVPRO, we have the tools and experience to walk you all the way through your entire recovery process.

For rapid repairs following a fire, get in touch with our team at SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul! We will work as quickly as possible to return you to a safe and fully restored property.

Warm Up Without Fire Risks | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

1/26/2023 (Permalink)

With a moderate climate and only the rare glimpse of freezing temps, this is the time of year that most people wish they lived here. However, when you do live here, any time the temperatures take a slight dive, you are likely to reach for the thermostat to turn the heat on.

If you are not taking care of your heating equipment, you could be creating a fire hazard.

You deserve to be as warm as you want to be. Take action to warm up without fire risks all winter long.

Furnace Basics

Most of our houses likely have HVAC/furnace combos. These highly efficient units tolerate our weather well, but they do require regular maintenance to keep them running well long-term.

Clear out any leaf or limb debris after a storm, and keep your unit dusted to avoid excess buildup. Replace your air filter every 90 days, or more often if you have pets. The air filter not only keeps things running, but it can also help cut down on dust in the air inside your home. Use the changing season as a reminder to change your filter.

Fireplace Safety

Fireplaces may not be a necessity for us and warming our homes, but they are still sought-after as a beautiful centerpiece. They can create the perfect ambiance on even the warmest winter evening, and make you feel even warmer when we do drop below sweating weather. Regardless of how or when you use them, fireplaces should be inspected and cleaned each season.

If you have a wood-burning fireplace, or a converted fireplace with a chimney, it should be cleaned of ashes and soot and checked for blockages. Artificial fireplaces should be dusted often, including the logs and screen or glass covering.

Portable Heaters

Space heaters are a great way to heat a single room and perfect for our chilly mornings. California does have regulations on space heater usage, but electric heaters are pretty widely accepted. Space heaters pose a hefty fire risk when used inappropriately.

Make sure your space heater is not gas or water-heated, and that it has an automatic shut-off feature if it is tipped. Keep it on a flat surface, and always plug it directly into the wall.

Keep a close eye on your kiddos and your pets when you have the space heater or other heating devices on. Most house fires are started due to an avoidable accident. Prevent the chaos of a fire in your home and stay warm and cozy all season long.

If you experience fire damage this season, give us a call at SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul for immediate assistance. We’re here 247 when you need us!

 

Make a Resolution to Protect Your Home From Water Damage This Year | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

1/12/2023 (Permalink)

A new year brings with it the perfect opportunity to start projects that can make life a little simpler. This year, don’t just start a project, finish one and prevent water damage in your home by taking actions that can help you avoid costly damages.

Water is a common natural and manmade disaster that leaves homes damaged, and a minuscule hole can cause utter chaos. Incorporate steps into your regular routines that are easy to keep and can make a big difference.

What Causes Water Damage?

To prevent a disaster, you need to first know where and how it starts. Water leaks can originate inside or on the outside of your home.

Outside, dirty gutters and heavy downpours that lead to runoff are typical sources of water damage, while inside, bathroom fixtures and large appliances often can be the start of issues.

Pipes that have worn down due to age or caulking that has eroded away around windows can also cause a buildup of excess moisture. When a leak is unidentified and allowed to persist it can leave your home with mold growth or even issues in your walls and floors.

Appliances can begin to rust or stop working altogether when there is too much moisture or puddling water present. The sooner you are able to identify and address the source, the more the risk of damages can be lowered.

How to Prevent Damage

While only a little bit of water can do a great deal of destruction, there are plenty of ways to prevent and even stop damage. Early detection is the best way to avoid a disaster, so staying active in prevention means catching a problem will be a breeze.

In order to find a water issue, regularly check your bathrooms and kitchen for drips, puddles or signs of mold. The next time it rains, use your hands to check the windows to see if they are damp. Sniff the air around your home for smells and note musty odors.

Inspect your roof at least once a month and after the winds pick up for shingles that are loose or have gone missing. Clean your gutters year-round, and make sure water can flow away from your downspout areas by clearing them often.

Check the grading in your yard regularly and make sure there is a slope away from your foundation. Check guidelines for current defensible zone requirements to ensure you are maintaining your yard to code.

While these are primarily protection for wildfires, they can also help you prepare for flooding. Keeping your yard maintained is especially crucial during the winter, when the storms that hit our area can cause mudslides and flash flooding.

By adding easy steps into your housekeeping routines, you can prevent costly and time-consuming repairs. And you will finally have a resolution you actually kept!

Have water damage in your home? Contact us for fast, professional restoration back to preloss condition.

 

SERVPRO & Odor Removal: What You Should Know | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

1/5/2023 (Permalink)

Our experts across the country are your trusted professionals for every cleanup and disaster restoration need you will ever have. What you might not realize though is that we also handle odor removal services.

We all hope that we never deal with a disaster at our home or business. But when a storm, flood, mold or fire leaves your property damaged, you could be facing a costly and stressful recovery. And smell might be the last thing on your “to-deal with” list.

Every disaster comes with odors, though, and they can linger for a long time if they are not properly and promptly remediated. Even a home that appears completely clean can harbor hidden smells in places you may not have thought to check.

If you are constantly trying to track down strange smells in your home, call in the pros to seek them out and kick them out completely.

Odor Removal Techniques

Odors result when tiny particles are released into the air from chemicals or gas. Once the source of smells is removed, our technicians will use deodorizers and various other products in a scientific mix in order to remove the odor altogether.

Some of the products we employ include:

Masking agents. Masking agents cover smells in order to make the environment more pleasant to work in for the rest of the restoration process.

Filtration agents. Agents with compounds that are highly absorptive are used on furniture and other building materials in order to suck smells out. These agents also trap odor particles in the air as they pass through a filter, effectively cleaning the air.

Disinfectants and sanitizers. These two chemicals are used throughout the restoration process in order to kill odor-causing bacteria and fungi. This stops smelly air particles at the source.

These are not the only products we will use to get rid of smells, but they are some of the most common ones employed during the recovery of your home.

The Signature 4-Step Process

The process our experts follow to remove odor has four main parts:

1. Remove the source. In order to get rid of smells, the source will need to be discovered and removed, as well as any affected debris that could have odor-causing residue on it.

2. Clean residue from surfaces. Once the odor source is removed, it is crucial to clean and deodorize surfaces thoroughly. Without this step, particles of the odor-causing residue will continue to be released into the air, creating unpleasant smells.

3. Recreate the odor-causing conditions. During this step we will use deodorizers the same way the issue was created in order to cover all the same surfaces. This means if your home has smoke damage and resulting odors, we will use “deodorizing smoke” to eliminate them.

4. Seal exposed surfaces. When you face a severe damage situation, it may be more cost effective and practical to use sealants to block odors rather than remove them.

Timing is crucial for effective odor removal. If you have a serious odor problem after an emergency situation strikes at your house, we are available to respond quickly and mitigate as much damage and costs as possible. SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is run by your neighbors, and that means we are just around the corner ready to jump into action when you need us.

If you experience an odor or other damage inside your home or business, call us at any time, 247. We have the training and equipment to quickly get your property back in operation.

 

SERVPRO & Odor Removal: What You Should Know | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

1/5/2023 (Permalink)

Our experts across the country are your trusted professionals for every cleanup and disaster restoration need you will ever have. What you might not realize though is that we also handle odor removal services.

We all hope that we never deal with a disaster at our home or business. But when a storm, flood, mold or fire leaves your property damaged, you could be facing a costly and stressful recovery. And smell might be the last thing on your “to-deal with” list.

Every disaster comes with odors, though, and they can linger for a long time if they are not properly and promptly remediated. Even a home that appears completely clean can harbor hidden smells in places you may not have thought to check.

If you are constantly trying to track down strange smells in your home, call in the pros to seek them out and kick them out completely.

Odor Removal Techniques

Odors result when tiny particles are released into the air from chemicals or gas. Once the source of smells is removed, our technicians will use deodorizers and various other products in a scientific mix in order to remove the odor altogether.

Some of the products we employ include:

Masking agents. Masking agents cover smells in order to make the environment more pleasant to work in for the rest of the restoration process.

Filtration agents. Agents with compounds that are highly absorptive are used on furniture and other building materials in order to suck smells out. These agents also trap odor particles in the air as they pass through a filter, effectively cleaning the air.

Disinfectants and sanitizers. These two chemicals are used throughout the restoration process in order to kill odor-causing bacteria and fungi. This stops smelly air particles at the source.

These are not the only products we will use to get rid of smells, but they are some of the most common ones employed during the recovery of your home.

The Signature 4-Step Process

The process our experts follow to remove odor has four main parts:

1. Remove the source. In order to get rid of smells, the source will need to be discovered and removed, as well as any affected debris that could have odor-causing residue on it.

2. Clean residue from surfaces. Once the odor source is removed, it is crucial to clean and deodorize surfaces thoroughly. Without this step, particles of the odor-causing residue will continue to be released into the air, creating unpleasant smells.

3. Recreate the odor-causing conditions. During this step we will use deodorizers the same way the issue was created in order to cover all the same surfaces. This means if your home has smoke damage and resulting odors, we will use “deodorizing smoke” to eliminate them.

4. Seal exposed surfaces. When you face a severe damage situation, it may be more cost effective and practical to use sealants to block odors rather than remove them.

Timing is crucial for effective odor removal. If you have a serious odor problem after an emergency situation strikes at your house, we are available to respond quickly and mitigate as much damage and costs as possible. SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is run by your neighbors, and that means we are just around the corner ready to jump into action when you need us.

If you experience an odor or other damage inside your home or business, call us at any time, 247. We have the training and equipment to quickly get your property back in operation.

 

Water Seepage in the Home | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

12/29/2022 (Permalink)

Water leaks in the home are a common issue that may go unseen for an extended amount of time. There are things you can check for if you suspect a leak, including cracked paint, stains on the walls or a musty odor. Too much moisture in your home can lead to poor air quality and damage to your foundation.

A slow leak or excessive moisture could also create rust on your appliances. These signs are more subtle ones to look for, but you should also watch out for more noticeable signs like pools of water on the floor.

Water can cause serious damage, so the faster you act, the less need for costly repairs you will have later. Learn what to look for and how to prevent water leaks and keep your house dry.

Water Fixture Leaks

Bathrooms and kitchens are prone to leaks. Broken-down caulking around fixtures or holes in water lines can lead to water spots on walls and floors near sinks, showers, tubs and toilets.

Check these areas often during your regular cleaning routine, and stop dripping immediately. A small leak can lead to thousands of gallons of water spilled over the years, so the sooner you act, the less likely your home is to have extensive damages.

Water From Appliances

Appliances are a common source of water leaks. Refrigerators with ice makers or water options in the door and dishwashers are appliances that come with a high risk for leaks that could linger and lead to damages and an extensive repair.

To check for a leak around large appliances, unplug them and move them out from any walls. Check behind them for pools of water, damp spots on the wall or mold growth. Call us if you find an issue to get professional restoration handled quickly before damages get worse.

External Sources

Not all water damage comes from internal sources. Outside sources can also cause a slow leak through windows and doors or result in a sudden flood when severe weather strikes.

While we do enjoy mostly mild weather year-round in this part of California, flooding is a risk we have to be prepared for. Heavy rains that lead to flash flooding or an overflowing bay are some of the more common causes, but wildfires also play a factor in our vulnerability to flooding. After a wildfire strips an area of natural resources, it only takes one heavy storm to create a major flooding concern.

With a plan, you can manage these severe weather risks that may create flooding. Prepare your home before an event can occur and keep it maintained to protect your property and stay safe.

Keep a close eye on gutters, downspouts and your roof as a first layer of protection. Clean debris out of your gutters and clear buildup away from your downspout to stop overflowing water that could leak through your roof, walls and into your foundation.

Your windows and doors are another weak point you should check on a regular basis. Decayed seals allow too much moisture indoors that could cause mold growth.

Update your landscaping not only to meet defensible zone standards but to also ensure there is a pitch to keep water moving away from your home. Use organic materials to protect your foundation and prevent excess moisture. When your home is ready, you can rest knowing you are prepared for anything.

If you experience water damage inside your home or business, call us247. We have the experience and equipment to get your property back in working order fast.

 

Take a Walk in a Winter Wonderland | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

11/21/2022 (Permalink)

Winter will officially be here on Dec. 21, but depending on where you are, the season could look very different. In our part of California and other areas in our region, we tend to step into the season gently with just a slight dip in temperatures and dryer weather, while other areas in the nation will make a headfirst dive into a cold and snow-filled winter.

Regardless of which kind of season you can expect, winter has a set of weather dangers unique to the season that could damage your property and force your family out into the cold (or the rain…or the fog…or, well, you understand).

When you get to know the challenges you could be dealing with, you can properly prepare, which means your family stays safe.

Winter Around the Nation

Shivery, snowy, mild and wet are all predictions that have been made for the upcoming winter season in the United States, particularly when you look at the nation as two different parts.

In the Midwest and parts of the East Coast, winter will likely bring deep snow and low temperatures for the duration of the cold months. The West Coast, however, will see rain as temperatures and mostly mild temperatures over the season.

There will be variations of these predictions as the season progresses in different areas, but if you are ready for the worst, you can best manage the risk of damages to your property.

Winter Around Spring Valley

Our winters consist mostly of comfortable, dry days. Our cold months are generally between November and April, with December often bringing us the lowest temperatures.

On any given day, we will likely see highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s. While most winter seasons do bring rain, this year is again predicted to be particularly dry, which leaves us at a greater risk for wildfires than normal.

Get Prepared

To be able to enjoy the outdoors without scorching heat and not fear winter weather-related damage to your home, take the time to get familiar with the kinds of winter storms that could happen. Be sure you have two ways to get weather alerts, including one that doesn’t require external power to work.

A supply kit for emergencies is crucial in preparing your home and your family for every kind of weather. Keep your kit stored safely so that it can be accessed quickly, and check its contents seasonally. Pack one for the car, too, so you are prepared for unexpected situations.

Even without extremely low temperatures hitting our area, weatherproofing your window frames and doors can prevent damaging moisture and help with your electric bill. Use a cover for your outdoor faucets if an extreme low does happen to hit so that you avoid frozen pipes.

Give your roof a little extra attention ahead of the season to repair anything broken. Cut tree limbs, and consider extra insulation for your attic or crawl space.

Winter offers a break from our sometimes extreme heat that can feel like magic when you know your home is protected. Add SERVPRO to your contacts and take advantage of our 247 availability if your home is damaged during a storm.

If you experience damage in a winter storm, call us. We have the experience and equipment to get your home back to normal.

 

What to Know About Water and Commercial Buildings | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

10/21/2022 (Permalink)

Flood damage can have a terrible impact on your commercial business.

A pipe that bursts in the employee lunchroom, a roof leak or a sewage backup can destroy your floor, devastate inventory or possibly even close your business short- or long-term.

We have seen flooding from natural causes affect us every year. While California has overall mild weather, heavy rains often create flash floods that can be compounded by burn scars if we have experienced a recent wildfire.

With flooding from multiple sources always a threat, the more we prepare our businesses, the safer we can stay. When you are prepared, your recovery can move faster and your stress level can stay lower.

Know Your Building’s Layout

Becoming familiar with your building’s layout is a great way to prepare and mitigate water invasions. Teach yourself where water shutoffs are for both the sprinkler system and the main water in order to turn water off quickly at its source if a leak or other failure occurs.

Multiple people in your building should know where these shutoff valves are located so they can respond in a hurry if an emergency happens.

Know the Types of Water Involved

If you do experience a water event in your building, you will need to understand what kind of water is causing the flooding. This information is vital in handling the water safely.

White water: This kind of uncontaminated water comes from a plumbing failure. White water is not considered dangerous, so you can take care of the issue by yourself when flooding isn’t substantial.

Gray water. If you have a toilet or sink that overflows in a bathroom, it results in a gray water flood. This kind of flooding is contaminated but is not considered dangerous to be near.

Black water. These kinds of floods occur when you have sewage backups or a severe storm. This kind of water is contaminated and toxic. A professional should always be called to handle this, and you will need to ensure everyone stays away from the affected area.

Take Action Quickly

When you respond to a water event quickly, you can mitigate your total losses. Locate and turn off the water at its source, and allow some fresh air to enter.

Open all the windows and doors around the flood, and let everyone that may come into the building know to stay away.

Once you have the immediate dangers are handled, start noting damages you can already see. Pictures will help when you talk to your insurance agent as well as be useful in the process of restoration as you decide how to better build the area so that another flood doesn’t happen.

Remember to Be Patient

Water damage can be harder to locate than you may realize. There may be areas of hidden damages you will need to keep an eye out for. Wet wall studs, moldy framing and buckled floors are all signs of deeper damages that need to be addressed quickly.

After water does intrude, call SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul as soon as it is safe to do so. We will walk with you through the entire process of drying and restoring your business to be like new. Sanitation and cleaning can take more than a week according to the severity of the event, so stay patient.

Our team has the training and equipment to get your business back to normal as quickly as possible.

When disaster strikes your commercial property, we’ll be there to help clean up and get you back in business quickly. Reach out 247 to get started!

 

At SERVPRO, We Are Your Neighbors | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

10/19/2022 (Permalink)

Choosing SERVPRO to handle your restoration project is a smart move. We come with certifications, experience and top-of-the-line equipment to clean up anything your property needs. We have frequently handled restorations and recoveries from fires, storms and water damage.

We also have certified mold remediation services, which means we will mitigate a mold issue before it can cause extensive damage. Our services even cover a wide variety of specialty needs, like graffiti and biohazard removal.

One of the best parts of choosing SERVPRO? We are a small business owned by locals, which means we are your neighbors.

3 Reasons Being Locally Owned Is a Difference-Maker

When you are in need of restoration services, you want a company that carries a good reputation that you can trust. You should also take the time to find a vendor that is close by, because timing is essential when it comes to your home’s recovery.

1. We Can Respond Fast

When you experience damage to your home or place of business you don’t want to wait to get it cleaned up. If the restoration process is delayed, things could start to get worse, which may lead to a costly long-term recovery.

Partnering with SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul means that you won’t have to worry about waiting. We have 247 availability so we can start restoration quickly.

2. We’re Prepared for Local Weather Conditions

When weather events happen in your neighborhood, they are happening to us too because your community is our community. Not only do we prepare ourselves for storms or fires, but we also begin gathering resources so we can start recovery in our neighborhoods the moment the storm moves out.

When you live in California, you know wildfires are a serious threat and have likely seen the damages they can do. Our crew has endured many fire seasons right along with the rest of you, along with the thunderstorms and excessive heat waves our summers can bring.

We can clean up from every event that affects our homes here.

3. We Know Spring Valley and Jamul Front and Back

Many restoration companies are willing to travel from all around to complete your repair projects. These companies will need your assistance in a lot of ways including getting directions, city hall information and other details as they do not know our area well.

Our professional staff has lived in California for a long time, most of us in your very neighborhoods. We love our mild weather that brings visitors from all over to experience the feeling of a small town so near San Diego.

We have all visited the natural spring for which our area is named and love the number of parks that are all around.

We also know how to communicate with local officials in order to keep up with fire regulations and obtain permits so that your project moves along quickly. We know how this community works, and we are ready to get your life back on track after a disaster as fast as we can.

An Extra Benefit

Most disasters that happen in our area can be handled with our professional staff out of our Spring Valley office. Working with SERVPRO does give you another benefit though: a network of professionals we can call at a moment’s notice to handle large-scale disasters that affect large areas.

We are backed by a national brand that has many years of experience in restorations. When a wildfire causes complete chaos, we can get help from SERVPRO locations nearby and get on the road to recovery that much faster.

When disaster strikes your home or your business, we’re the team you can trust—located right here, close to home. Get in touch today to get started!

 

Make Lightning Fires a Non-Threat to Your Home | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

10/5/2022 (Permalink)

When you have fire safety equipment in your home, you can feel secure that both your physical property and your family are safe. Most home fires can be prevented; however, some natural causes simply can’t be stopped and could threaten your home.

In 2020, there were 70,000 lightning strike damage claims filed, and lightning is predicted to strike 6,000 times every minute, every day. These numbers are a great indicator that we should all be prepared all the time.

What Is Lightning?

When a current of electrical energy between the clouds and the ground forms, a giant spark is released called lightning. Lightning can be found in thunderstorms, volcanic eruptions, wildfires and heavy snows.

Dry lightning is another form of this giant spark that occurs when there is no rain. This is particularly dangerous in drier areas as it is a frequent wildfire starter.

Threats from this form of severe weather vary seasonally and peak at different times around the nation, but are something we should always be prepared for.

Protecting Your Home From Lightning Fires

Lightning will likely leave behind a lot of damages when it hits your home, including putting you at risk for fire. Fires can start two ways, due to the heat of the strike itself or from a surge of electricity that the strike generates through your wiring.

When a fire starts from the strike, it may not know it right away. These kinds of fires typically start in the attic or inside a wall where a smoke detector may not be able to pick up on it.

You should hear the strike hit your house, though. When lightning strikes, it makes a very loud bang. Once you have recovered from the shock of such a loud noise, check for signs of burning.

If you smell smoke or notice black burn marks, call the fire department right away. And work with an electrician after the all-clear has been given in order to avoid another potential fire from damaged wiring.

Consider a lightning rod for your roof in order to protect your home from lightning. This solid pole will take the electricity of a strike and conduct it into the ground, saving you from enduring the full surge.

A whole-home surge protector is another great preventive choice as well. Talk with a professional about installing this to the main electrical panel of your house to reduce the risk of damaging your wires.

When Lightning Strikes Nearby

Approximately 9,000 wildfires are thought to originate from a lightning strike every year. With our high risks that already exist during fire season, lightning can be particularly dangerous in our area. Lightning generates an overwhelming amount of heat, which means a fire will move quickly and threaten everything near it.

Keep your yard clean regularly and clear out dead vegetation. Make sure your defensible landscaping zones are up to date with current guidelines so that a fire is diverted away from your property.

Add smoke detectors to all the levels of your house and outside every sleeping area so that you can move to safety from wherever you are.

If you do have fire damage on your property, call SERVPRO just as soon as the flames are out. Fire restoration is a complicated process, and we have the 247 availability and training to start and finish quickly. We want to put you on the path to recovery as fast as possible.

Have you experienced smoke or fire damage in your home? Call us today to get the restoration finished fast.

Flood Protection for Your Property | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

9/12/2022 (Permalink)

Protecting your home from flooding should be a priority, no matter where you live. Damage can occur with even an inch of water, which will always leave you with a large repair bill.

If your area is not at high risk for flooding, you may not qualify for financial help. This means preparation is even more important to avoid costly repairs later.

While our weather is typically mild in our part of California, occasional flooding is always possible. Excessive rainfall that leads to flash flooding, particularly in the spring, along with the risk of water damage from wildfire mitigation means our homes need to be prepared for water extremes just as we prepare for wildfires.

Protecting Your Home From the Outside

Even with blue skies, rain can pop up unexpectedly and cause your gutters to overflow and your yard to become soggy. When your home is ready outside and in, you can rest a little easier knowing your risks are lowered.

Clean your gutters to ensure a clean water flow away from your home. Adding a downspout extension can be an inexpensive way to protect your house as water moves away.

Organic materials like mulch are also a great way to create slopes in your yard and near your home. This protects your foundation and aids in avoiding puddles. Adding a garden can also help with absorption in your yard.

There are also a few upgrades that can make a big difference if you are able to invest in them. Have electrical outlets raised and fuel tanks securely anchored for added security during a flood event.

While these can be expensive projects, a rain barrel that gathers water directly from your gutter system also goes a long way in flood prevention. And as a bonus, it gives you a free source of plant water!

Flood Protection From the Inside

The best form of protection for your property from flooding is a solid foundation and completely sealed basement.

A sump pump can also add protection from water. In areas that experience extreme weather frequently, a battery-powered pump may be a smart upgrade that will stay on even if the power is out.

For flooding that doesn’t originate outside, you can protect your home with just typical home maintenance.

Aged and worn pipes are one of the top causes of interior flooding in homes and businesses. Fix leaky faucets, and make checking the plumbing in bathrooms and the kitchen part of your regular routine.

A leak sensor device can also be a great preventive tool that will alert you when water is leaking.This can oftentimes be an addition to your home security package, so check out what upgrades are available to you for additional peace of mind.

When water enters your home, it will damage paper goods and photographs right away. Keep irreplaceable items up high or in a container that is waterproof.

Put your emergency contacts somewhere safe as well, and make sure SERVPRO is on the list. The sooner you give us a call, the faster your recovery begins.

Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO today to get your restoration completed faster.

 

SERVPRO Is Ready to be Your Restoration Partner | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

As business owners and locals, we understand how stressful daily life can be. Managing your to-do list and finding ways to make your business successful is a lot, and a disaster damaging your property can throw your entire world off-track.

You can’t prevent, or sometimes even predict, a natural disaster that is going to happen, but you can get yourself ready for one. Disasters don’t just strike your business either, so that means preparing the home as well.

Creating an emergency plan and understanding the disasters we face in California will help you prepare for anything.

A great place to start your planning is the American Red Cross website. They have data for resources across the country on several different kinds of disasters.

When you are ready to plan for events that strike commonly at home, take a look at California’s emergency management page in order to get statewide information. You should also bookmark our county emergency page in order to get up to date information while an event is ongoing.

Even with a plan, you may still end up with damages to your property. Regardless of the disaster, response time is the most important part of restoration. The faster your cleanup begins, the less damage your property will have. That is why you should call SERVPRO first.

Why Choose SERVPRO?

We have seen a lot. Disasters and restoration projects are common around the United States, but every situation will be completely unique.

On average, 14 million homes are at risk of flooding annually, but the damage done will require different approaches.

Our team is trained for any restoration. We cover each step of the process to ensure that things get back to as they were before fast.

We have day and night availability. Disaster recovery will always go better when the response time is quick. You can stop long-term damage from setting in when you are able to start restoration right away. That means more of your property is protected and you save money.

If your home floods, the damage to furniture, materials made from fabric, and paint on your walls will be immediate. If water is left to sit, mold and mildew can grow that could affect the structure of your home. That is why we are ready 247, 365 days a year to respond to your disaster.

We do more than just restoration. We not only restore the damages the storm left behind, we cover your whole recovery, seeing things through until you are back to normal.

This can mean helping you with everything from packing up, or even rebuilding part of your home if your project requires it. We also talk with your insurance agent so that your claim is used efficiently. We want to make your process pain-free while we handle everything.

No matter what the damage is on your property, SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul has your back. We have been around for a long time, and with our industry-leading equipment and our extensive training, we can get your life back together quickly.

When you suffer damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get restoration started faster.

 

Keep Your Backyard Fire in Control | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

Sitting in the backyard with your family and a toasty fire makes for one of the best nights you could ask for. Roasted hot dogs, gooey s’mores and stories shared are memories your whole family will smile about.

Fire serves a lot of purpose for our day-to-day lives, including cooking our meals, controlling pests while we play and cleaning up the yard after a storm or in the fall. That small fire in the fire pit might seem safe and without hazards, but in an instant it can ignite the dry grass nearby and create a real disaster.

The National Park Service notes that 85% of wildfires are started by humans.

Most of our area falls into what is considered a fire hazard severity zone, which basically means we are all at risk from wildfires. We know that bordering so much wildlife means that we need to stay fire-aware not just during fire season, but throughout the year.

This shouldn’t put a damper on your outdoor fun, though. When you follow proper local safety regulations and maintain a good personal fire plan, you can roast and toast to your heart’s desire.

Recreational Fire Hazards

Lighting a flame outside will always have risks, but campfires, fire pits and fireworks are common outdoor fire starters. Grills cause an average of 8,800 home fires each year when they are used improperly.

Just last year, two homes in Spring Valley were destroyed in a fire when a grill was left unattended. Always check your propane tank or gas line before you start cooking, and never walk away from a hot grill.

When you plan your next backyard campout, pick a location far from your home and cars to start the fire. Get the flames going with matches or a lighter only, and stick to firewood as additional fuel throughout the evening. Just a few embers can spark into flames, so hold off on the chocolate coma until the fire is completely out.

Fire pits are a fun part of backyards these days, giving you the opportunity to feel like you are camping without all the setup. These pits still carry a lot of dangers, however, and should be treated with the same safety measures as a regular campfire. If your fire pit is movable, never place it on a wood surface or an area that has a roof or overhang.

Getting rid of your construction leftovers or some household items in your pit might seem safe, but only firewood approved for recreational burning should be used.

Other Outdoor Fire Hazards

While there are certainly risks, fire can still be a helpful tool when used properly. If you have a lot of trees that lose leaves and limbs, burning may be a viable cleanup option when there isn’t another way of disposing vegetation.

Permits are required for open burning, and there are quite a few restrictions on getting them. You will need to check with the city and have a flexible plan if you are cleaning your yard with a vegetation fire.

Keeping your yard clean of dead plants and leaves is an essential part of our already required defensible zone landscaping regulations that is in place to help protect and prevent against wildfires. Knowing what is safe to burn and isn’t when the regulations allow for it is essential in keeping your fire in control.

If you have power tools or yard tools stored somewhere, you probably have gasoline to fuel them. Improperly storing gas can result in a real disaster, so be sure your containers are approved for storage and keep it out of the reach of any children that might access your space.

Only use gas for its intended purpose as well—it isn’t safe or smart to spark the fire with a squirt of gasoline no matter how low the flames are.

If you are going to light anything outside, check the weather and local warnings first. If there are bans or it’s a red flag warning day, if the winds are high and we haven’t seen rain in a while, skip the flames and roast marshmallows another day.

If you do experience any damages from a fire, call SERVPRO. We are ready day or night to tackle the extensive damage left behind from a fire, and we want to restore your property as fast as possible.

Burn safely outdoors. And save some chocolate for us! If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact us today to get restoration started faster.

 

Staying Safe During Storm Alerts | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

When it comes to severe weather, there are at least 42 different kinds of alerts in seven different categories. That can be a lot of information to handle, especially as clouds are moving in.

When you learn what advisories mean you can quickly get to safety. It also means you can take action and protect your home and loved ones from danger.

A general idea of different kinds of warnings is important, but it is essential to understand the weather that most often happens in our own California neighborhoods.

How Alerts Are Issued

How do we get weather alerts? When a forecast is issued, how is where the storm will be, how long the storm will last and how strong the storm is monitored? There is a good bit of information that all works together to create alerts and answer all of those questions.

The responsible party for creating forecasts and issuing alerts is the National Weather Service. They have six regional offices and over 100 forecasting offices, which means forecasts are not only more accurate but can also be localized. Our forecasts most often come from San Diego.

Out of these offices NWS employees utilize data in order to create a forecast, including satellite radar, sensors, seismic activity and even solar activity. The sources of information used will vary according to the weather event predicted, but the end goal is to be as accurate as possible.

The Most Important Alerts to Understand

“Watch” and “warning” are two types of alerts that you will see in almost every kind of weather and something you need to understand the difference between. These alerts will be used during winter storms, flooding and thunderstorms, as well as fires and heat waves.

When a watch is issued, you should prepare for a severe storm to be nearby. Watches often cover a wide area to alert the most people, while a warning will be issued for a pinpointed area such as a county or city. A warning means a dangerous situation is happening, and you should find safety fast.

In our area, we also need to be very aware of fire alerts. While our temperatures are typically mild, the threat of wildfires means understanding red flag warnings, fire weather watches and extreme fire behavior.

Fire season is not our only risk, however, as we can occasionally see severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfalls as well. We also cannot rule out extreme heat waves that pose a risk to both our health and our homes.

Protecting Your Home During a Storm

A great first step to protecting your home and your family is understanding different weather alerts, but there are a few other ways you can avoid damages as well.

Keep any outdoor furniture tightly secured and clean your gutters regularly to avoid flood and wind damage. You should also supply a safe space with an emergency kit in an interior room of your house for when you need to stay put, and create an exit plan for when you need to leave.

Once the storm has passed, walk around your property and take note of any damage you may have received. Give SERVPRO a call as soon as possible as well. We are available 247 to start your recovery quickly and get you back home.

Learn as much as you can about our corner of California’s weather and stay safe with whatever comes our way. Be prepared for storm alerts to be issued and take the stress out of the next storms.

Experienced storm damage to your home or property? Contact us today for a quick response!

Steps to Protect Your Home From Fire | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

In 2022, the American Red Cross has responded to more than 20,000 house fires, which is only a portion of the total number of fires so far this year in the United States.

Smoke detectors will always be the No. 1 way to protect your home from loss, but there are several other things you can do to prevent a disaster—and most of them are as easy as giving your home a good cleaning!

Clear the Clutter

Clutter may already be a term you hate hearing in your home, so let this be a motivator to clean it up: It can also be a fire hazard. Allowing your hallways, stairwells or utility spaces to overfill can fuel a fire once it has started, as well as block emergency exits.

Leaving loose clothing near a water heater can actually start a fire. Keeping your space clear not only means quick access to escape routes in the event of an emergency, but it can also slow down the progression of flames.

Another common source of fire in the home is overloaded extension cords. Unused electrical appliances should be stored away while anything you don’t use frequently should be unplugged as often as possible.

Take a look around your home and make sure there is plenty of space between your furniture and wall outlets to ensure proper air flow and prevent overheating.

Create a Defensible Space in Your Yard

You can’t live in California without being aware of the risk of wildfires. Your yard can play a key role in defending your home from a fire that starts outside. Landscaping laid out intentionally can both slow a fire before it reaches your doorstep and allows room for firefighters to work.

This spring brought extremely dry weather for our county, which only increased the wildfire risk in our area. If you have not already, consider creating defensible zones in your yard. While California does have specific regulations for different areas, any zone-specific yard work you do can help in the fight against wildfires.

Keeping your yard clear of dead plants and other debris is also helpful in slowing down flames. According to typical zone regulations, you should only store cut wood in zone 2, or at least 30 to 100 feet away from your home.

This specific landscaping doesn’t mean you can’t plant your favorite items; it simply requires the proper layout and strategic planning of plants that can help to slow the spread. Considering our extreme risks, it is well worth it.

Keep It Clean & Keep It Safe

Cleaning the clutter from your home and yard are only part of how you can protect your house. Have your chimney inspected yearly, and clean your stove regularly to eliminate two high fire-risk areas.

It isn’t only deep cleaning that lowers your risk, though; even dusting can increase your overall safety. Pay special attention to those dust bunnies around your electronics and outlets.

Our homes are no longer simply a place of rest—these days we work, play and learn in them. Keeping your home clean is the easiest way to prevent a disaster from fire.

If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

 

Understanding Commercial Damage Causes | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

Business is the heart of our country, and it has been for all of our time. Every day, we all utilize companies, and it is likely we visit multiple ones.

Owning a business means you carry a heavy load in your daily management of the ins and outs. A disruption like a natural disaster can be devastating to the delicate balance that is keeping a business going.

Commercial damage from natural disasters has been on a steady incline in the United States. In the last five years, there has been an annual average of $153 billion worth of damage, which represents a substantial increase over previous periods.

Our weather here in Spring Valley is typically mild, with short, cool winters and moderately warm summers. While not completely exempt, thunderstorms and tornadoes are fairly rare in our area.

Even heavy rains are not common occurrences, although we do see some storms that carry intense rainfall from time to time. We do have an extremely high risk of wildfires in our area, though, which means that we all need to stay emergency-ready.

The more we can learn about the ways our businesses can be damaged, the more we can do to protect and prevent.

Water Damage

Water is one of the top ways business buildings are damaged all across the country. Moisture problems can stem from weather events or something internal and completely unexpected, like an appliance failure. No matter where it comes from, water causes complete chaos on commercial properties.

Exterior flooding from excessive rain or overflowing rivers causes damage as it enters your property through doors and even the foundation. Landscaping is a great preventive measure for this kind of water intrusion. Create barriers with flower beds, mulch or even extra dirt to divert water away from your business. This type of landscaping is familiar to us in California, as we follow fire zone regulations for our yards.

Water damage from interior sources can happen over an extended period of time when a drip is left unfixed. Your plumbing should be inspected on a regular basis for signs of leaks. You should also watch walls and floors for water damage including warping and discoloration.

Keeping up with building maintenance can save an immense amount of money on costly repairs.

Storm Damage

Storm damage can cause commercial destruction that can devastate an entire property or a single roof tile. Even a small storm can knock out power or throw around debris that can keep you away from your office.

A powerful storm is capable of bringing extreme damage to roofing or even the structure of your property. These storms can bring winds of over 100 mph that can topple freight trucks and tear down trees like they are twigs.

You can take action to limit the damage done to your property with a few upgrades to your building, like storm-protective window covers or updates to your roof. These measures are highly effective, but they can also be very costly.

Even simple low-cost or cost-free steps are highly effective, though. Check the seals on your windows and doors regularly, and inspect your building for potential weak spots or needed maintenance. Clear your exterior of debris or dead plants before a storm moves in.

Building these items into your regular routine can save you on expensive repairs later.

Know Who to Call

Damage to your commercial property can happen in many different ways, but water and storm damage are the most common. These events can completely devastate your business, forcing you to shut down for an extended amount of time, or in a worst-case scenario, close altogether.

Fortunately, we are your backyard restoration professionals. Because we are locally owned and operated, you can call us 247 and we will respond quickly to any disaster you may face. Our team is your neighbor, and we want to work with you to create a plan and timeline that gets you back in business faster.

If you have experienced damage to your business or want to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

Why You Should Create an Emergency Plan | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

When the weather turns severe, it can get scary quickly. Thunderstorms often include lightning strikes, hail, intense rain and strong winds that can leave behind a trail of destruction. The United States can see around 100,000 thunderstorms a year, making these frequent events something we should all pay attention to.

Our gentle climate and comfortable temperatures may mean that we are able to spend most days outdoors, but it does not make us exempt from severe storms, even if they are not a common occurrence. Rare storms mean that we should stay more prepared so that we are not completely caught off-guard. Creating a plan with a communication strategy and an emergency kit can ensure your family’s safety when the weather turns rough.

Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy

The first step in creating an effective emergency plan is having a communication strategy that works. Understanding the difference between a watch and a warning and receiving those warnings in a timely fashion is essential so that you can move to safety at the appropriate times.

You should have several sources of emergency communication such as a weather radio and a cell phone so that you can receive alerts in more than one way. Always stay prepared for a wi-fi outage or power outage by charging your equipment prior to the storm.

As you receive those alerts, ensure you have a strategy for communicating with your family. Have a space in your home designated as a safe space (typically a basement or bathroom) and make sure even the youngest in your house understands where it is.

You should also think about how you will communicate with anyone who may not be home during the storm. Your communication plan should be thorough enough so that everyone can be accounted for.

Your Severe Weather Emergency Kit

In your safe space, you should keep an emergency kit with essentials for your household. Plan for 72 hours worth of nonperishable food items and water in the event that you need to stay put during and after a storm.

You should also include flashlights, batteries and first-aid supplies, as well as some comfort items you can use to keep your family calm and comfortable.

Your Severe Weather Aftermath Checklist

Once the storm is over, you need to be prepared for everything that comes next. As soon as it is safe, you should assess your property for damages.

Keep a close eye on your roof, windows and doors. These areas are at a high risk for moisture intrusion and you will want to ensure their seals are intact and mitigate any water that may have come in.

If you do come across damage on your property, make SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul your first phone call. Having a team of professionals in your own backyard should give you peace of mind that your restoration can be started faster.

Once your cleanup has begun and the storm is long gone, talk with your family about your emergency plan. What worked and did not work? Did you have the right supplies and enough of them in your kit? Was everyone home or not home able to check in with each other?

Continually readdressing and practicing your plan will keep your family safe and prepared for the next storm that rolls in.

If you discover storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO to handle the restoration. We’re here 247 to spring into action—get in touch with us today.

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](https://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com/) 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.

Top Fire Safety Tips for Spring Valley?

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

Matches and lighters sit on a table. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in San Diego County.

Most fires are accidental and occur during the winter months. SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul shares these top 8 fire safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Watch your cooking
    Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food
  • Give space heaters space
    Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn. Turn off heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach
  • Inspect electrical cords
    Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs, or have loose connections
  • Be careful when using candles
    Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Have a home fire escape plan
    Make a home fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year.
  • Install smoke alarms
    Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms, and outside sleeping areas. Interconnect smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Test smoke alarms
    Test smoke alarms at least once a month and replace batteries once a year or when the alarm “chirps” to tell you the battery is low. Replace any smoke alarm that is more than ten years old.

Call Us Today!

When you have fire damage in your Spring Valley home or commercial 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.

High Water Bill in Jamul?

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

A water meter is shown. We locate and repair hidden water damage in San Diego County.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that minor water leaks account for more than one trillion gallons of water wasted in United States homes each year. Many water leaks are not visible, and even minor water leaks can cause significant damage to a home over time. SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul uses advanced technology, like infrared cameras, to locate hidden water leaks in homes and businesses.

Here is some information from the EPA to help you determine if you have a hidden water leak:

  • A good method to check for leaks is to examine your winter water use. A family of four likely has a serious leak problem if its winter water use exceeds 12,000 gallons per month.
  • Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you probably have a leak.
  • To check for a toilet bowl leak, place a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. You have a leak if the color shows up in the bowl within ten minutes without flushing. 

Call Us Today!

If your Jamul home or business has water damage and needs our restoration services, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is Here to Help. ® We have the training, equipment, and experience to restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-600-5305.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Burst Supply Line in Spring Valley?

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

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When you need emergency water damage restoration services, you can count on the team at SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul to restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Here is a recent five-star Google review:

Positive: Professionalism, Punctuality, Quality, Responsiveness, Value


My water/ice machine blew its line, and there was water everywhere. Jason came right away that evening. He thoroughly inspected all areas for water. He brought everything he needed to dry up the problem. I appreciated that he came prepared and didn’t have to leave to begin the work. When I had a question on the weekend, he took my call and answered my question.

Everyone who worked at my home was on time, courteous, and sweet to my curious puppy. They were careful not to let her out. They allowed her to see what they were doing and smell their tools. ??

When Tommy came to check on progress and take the machines away, he left everything as safe and clean as possible. He checked all areas to make sure there wasn’t any water left.

Thank you all, Paula Pendell

Service: Water damage cleanup

Call Us Today!

When your Spring Valley home or business needs emergency water damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is Here to Help. ® Our technicians have the training, equipment, and experience to clean and restore commercial damage quickly and efficiently. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Commercial Restoration Services in Bonita?

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

A shopping mall is shown. We provide restoration services for San Diego County businesses.

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is committed to providing the highest levels of service and support to Bonita businesses. Along with commercial fire and water restorations, we also offer a full range of commercial services for every type of building and workplace:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing and Industrial
  • Government/Military

Commercial property damage restoration services include:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup
  • Disaster Recovery Team

Although we are better known for fire and water mitigation and restoration services, we also provide a wide variety of commercial deep cleaning services. These deep-cleaning services go well beyond what a routine janitorial service can do and are designed to keep your business looking its best:

  • Air Ducts and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism

Call Us!

When your Bonita business needs commercial cleaning and restoration services, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is Here to Help. ® Our technicians have the training, equipment, and experience to clean and restore commercial damage quickly and efficiently. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Storm Damage in Spring Valley?

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

Lightning strikes the ground during a thunderstorm. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego County.

Do you know that you should never use a corded phone during a thunderstorm? SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul wants everyone to be safe during thunderstorms and offer these helpful facts and safety tips from the National Weather Service:

Nowhere outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area. Run to a safe building or vehicle when you first hear thunder, see lightning or observe dark threatening clouds developing overhead. Stay inside until 30 minutes after you hear the last clap of thunder.

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors

  • Stop all activities
  • Seek shelter in a substantial building or a hard-topped vehicle
  • Wait thirty minutes after the storm to resume activities
  • Stay off corded phones. You can use cellular or cordless phones.
  • Don't touch electrical equipment or cords
  • Avoid plumbing. Do not wash your hands, take a shower or wash dishes
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches
  • Do not lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls

Call Us Today!

When your Spring Valley home or business has storm damage, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is Here to Help. ® Our technicians have the training, equipment, and experience to restore storm damage, no matter how big the job is. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Wood-Burning Stove Safety Tips for Jamul?

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

A wood-burning stove is heating a home. We restore fire damage in San Diego County.

The pipe connected to my wood-burning stove was not installed properly, and it would have started a fire in my Jamul home if the home inspector hadn’t identified the problem. SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul responds to fire damage emergencies often during the winter months and offer these winter fire safety tips from the United States Fire Marshalls:

If you are using a wood stove:

  • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned each year by a professional
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet from the stove
  • Do not burn paper in your wood stove
  • Before you go to sleep or leave your home, put the fire out completely

If you are using a fireplace:

  • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out and starting a fire
  • Do not burn paper in your fireplace
  • Before you go to sleep or leave your home, put the fire out completely
  • Put ashes in a metal container with a lid. Store the container outside at least 3 feet from your home.

Call Us Today!

When your Jamul home or business needs fire restoration services, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is Here to Help. ® Our technicians clean and restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-600-5305.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Deep Cleaning Services in Bonita?

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

A hand is cleaning the surface of a table inside a house. We provide deep cleaning services in San Diego County.

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is so much more than a fire and water restoration company. We also specialize in deep cleaning services that exceed what a regular cleaning service can do. Our residential cleaning services include:

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

The SERVPRO carpet and upholstery cleaning service not only gets out the dirt you see but also removes the unwanted dust you don’t. A professionally cleaned carpet and furniture may make all the difference in brightening up a room and freshening up your home.

Odor Removal

Your basic cleaning service is not going to have the expertise to deodorize your home effectively. Take advantage of SERVPRO’s residential cleaning services to remove unwanted odors.

Sewage and Biohazard Clean Up

Our experts are ready to assist in the clean-up of sewage and other biohazard materials and provide deep cleaning services for your home.

Air Duct Cleaning

We all have tasks around the house that don’t make it to the top of our priority list. Properly maintaining your home’s air ducts should not be one of them. Regular duct cleaning can increase your home’s heating and cooling efficiency and improve the quality of the air you and your family breathe.

Call Us!

When you need deep cleaning services for your Bonita home or commercial business, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is Here to Help. ® Our technicians will deep clean and restore your home or business, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-600-5305.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Storm-Damaged Home in Jamul?

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

A roof is being repaired. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in San Diego County.

Strong winds can send tree limbs and patio furniture flying through the air, becoming projectiles that can damage homes. SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul’s fast emergency response time saves our customers time and money. We follow the one-four-eight hour rule:

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

Property damage emergencies can be stressful and can happen at any hour of the day or night. We are licensed contractors and can provide construction services when required to repair storm damage.

General Contractor License #: 1003507
California State License Board (CSLB) #: 1003507

We can handle both the initial cleanup and the rebuilding phases of any restoration.

  • Board Up
  • Tree Removal
  • Roof Tarp
  • General Contracting
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Roofing Services
  • Electrical
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • HVAC Services
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Scalable Resources
  • Tile Floor Repair

Call Us Today!

When you need storm damage restoration services for your Spring Valley home or commercial business, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is Here to Help. ® Our technicians will mitigate and restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-600-5305.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Holiday Fire Safety Tips for Spring Valley?

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

Christmas candles and decorations are shown. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in San Diego County.

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has the equipment, advanced training, and experience to mitigate and restore fire damage in Spring Valley. We want everyone to have a safe and fire damage-free holiday season this year and offer these holiday decorating safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

  • Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn
  • Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect.
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged
  • Keep decorations away from windows and doors
  • Blow out lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed
  • Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed

Call Us Today!

When you need fire damage restoration services for your Spring Valley home or commercial business, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is Here to Help. ® Our technicians will clean and restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-600-5305.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Flooded Floor in Bonita?

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

Water is covering a floor. We restore water damage24-hours a day in San Diego County.

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has the equipment, advanced training, and experience to mitigate and restore water damage in Bonita. Here are some water damage tips from our website on things you can do while waiting for help to arrive:

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place
  • Gather loose items from floors

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place
  • Hang furs and leather goods
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water
  • Don’t use television or other household appliances
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging

Call Us Today!

When you need water damage restoration services for your Bonita home or commercial business, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is Here to Help. ® Our technicians will clean and restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-600-5305.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Contaminated Water in Jamul?

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

A broken sewer pipe is shown. We restore water damage 24-hours a day in San Diego County.

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has the equipment, advanced training, and experience to safely clean and restore contaminated water damage in Jamul. Here are the three classifications of contaminated water:

Category 1: “Clean Water”

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, it can degrade into a category two or three

Category 2: “Gray Water”

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category two water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces or dishwasher overflow.

  • It May contain bacteria and viruses
  • It can quickly degrade into category three if left untreated

Category 3: “Black Water”

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category three water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

Call Us Today!

When you need water damage restoration services for your Jamul commercial business or home, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is Here to Help. ® Our technicians will clean and restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-600-5305.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Mold Damage in Spring Valley Business?

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

A person is looking at mold on a wall. We mitigate and remediate mold damage in San Diego County.

Do you know that mold is always present in the Earth’s atmosphere? Microscopic mold spores float around in the air, waiting for the perfect moist conditions to colonize. If your business has had water damage, or the recent rain has brought a must odor into your workplace, there is a good chance you have mold damage.

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has the equipment, advanced training, and experience to remediate mold damage for Spring Valley businesses. Here are some Mold Damage Emergency Tips from our website for things you can do and not do while waiting for help to arrive:

Important Facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48 to 72 hours
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Turn off the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system and fans
  • Contact SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul for mold remediation services

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold

Call Us Today!

When you need mold damage restoration services for your Spring Valley commercial business or home, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is Here to Help. ® Our technicians will remediate your mold damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-600-5305.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Severe Thunderstorm Activity in Jamul?

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

Huge cumulonimbus clouds fill the sky. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in San Diego County.

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year in Jamul. Last month we had unusually severe thunderstorm activity bringing thunder and lightning, strong winds, and heavy rain to the area. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration offer this information about the types of thunderstorms and wind alerts:

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! A thunderstorm is happening or is imminent in the warning area. Severe thunderstorms have wind gusts of 58 miles per hour and or hail one inch or larger. Seek shelter inside a sturdy building.

High Wind Warning: Take Action! Sustained, strong winds with even stronger gusts are happening. Seek shelter. If you are driving, keep both hands on the wheel.

High Wind Watch: Be Prepared! Sustained, strong winds are possible. Secure loose items and adjust plans as necessary so you’re not caught outside.

Preparing for High Winds

  • Remove any dead trees or overhanging branches near structures
  • Remove loose objects outdoors, on patios, roofs, or balconies that could blow away
  • Shutter windows securely and brace outside doors
  • Bring in unsecured objects from outside and secure objects that could blow away and cause damage or injury

Call Us Today!

When you need storm damage restoration services for your Jamul home or commercial business, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is Here to Help. ® Our technicians will restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-600-5305.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Arson in Spring Valley?

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

A hand is holding a lit match. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in San Diego County.

My neighbor’s garage caught on fire while they were out. Fortunately, we were home and saw the smoke and called the fire department. Another neighbor’s camera system captured a person on a bike riding off of the property a few moments before the fire broke out. The fire department determined the cause of the fire as arson. SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in Spring Valley. Unfortunately, some of these fires were started intentionally. In a report published by the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Between 2010 and 2014, United States municipal fire departments responded to an average of 261,330 fires that were intentionally set
  • These fires included 196,480 outside or unclassified fires, 49,690 structure fires, and 13,160 vehicle fires
  • Losses resulting from these fires included 440 civilian deaths, 1,310 civilian injuries, and $1 billion in direct property damage
  • Despite representing 19 percent of all intentional fires, structure fires accounted for 87 percent of civilian deaths, 84 percent of civilian injuries, and 86 percent of direct property damage caused by deliberate fires 

Call Us!

When you need fire damage restoration services for your Spring Valley home or commercial business, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is Here to Help. ® Our technicians will restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-600-5305.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Leaking Window in Jamul?

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

A window is shown with raindrops on it. We restore water damage in San Diego County.

Hidden water damage woes in Jamul?

After the last rain, I noticed moisture collecting on my windowsill. Upon closer inspection, I realized that the drywall below the windowsill had a water stain. Yikes! I called SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul, and they arrived quickly to inspect and assess the damage.

Using an infrared camera and hygrometer, they located the sources of the water leak. The water originated from my roof and was entering the house through a bad seal around the window. The technicians repaired the roof leak and the window seal and dried the area. They replaced the damaged drywall and repainted it. Now you would never know I had water damage below my window!

Water Restoration Process

  • Water Process Overview
  • Step 1: Emergency Contact
  • Step 2: Inspection
  • Step 3: Water Removal
  • Step 4: Drying
  • Step 5: Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Step 6: Restoration

Our technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to provide water damage restoration services. We have the equipment, training, and experience to mitigate and restore water damage efficiently. Our use of technology allows us to quickly locate the water source, saving our customers time and money.

Call Us Today!

When your Jamul home or commercial business has water damage, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is Here to Help. ® Our technicians will restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-600-5305.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Skunk Odor in Spring Valley Home?

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

A striped skunk is shown. We neutralize and remove odors in San Diego County.

Skunks are native to San Diego County. There are two species that make Spring Valley their home. One is the spotted skunk, and the other is the more common striped skunk. Spotted skunks can be found in the Spring Valley’s more rural areas, while striped skunks prefer living in urban and suburban areas.

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul’s technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)to provide odor removal and deodorization services. Here are some tips for keeping skunks out of your yard from the San Diego County website:

  • Keep your fences in good repair so the little creatures cannot enter your property easily
  • Keep your landscaping tidy. Skunks like to do as little digging as possible, and if they do not find an abandoned burrow, they will nest in brush piles, hollow logs, and culverts.
  • Close off potential entrances or openings under houses, garden and tool sheds, mobile homes, porches, or buildings by screening them or blocking them out. You can use ¼ inch mesh hardware cloth.

Call Us Today!

When a skunk has sprayed your Spring Valley home or commercial business, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is Here to Help. ® Our technicians will remove and deodorize your skunk odor, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-600-5305.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Biohazard Cleanup Services for Bonita Businesses?

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

Technicians fitted in hazmat suits are cleaning a chemical spill. We clean up dangerous biohazard scenes in San Diego County.

When your Bonita business experiences a chemical spill or other biohazard, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of restoration specialists on call who have the specific training and experience to remediate biohazard contaminants. Here are some tips from our website on things you can do while waiting for help to arrive:

After any biohazard or sewage contamination in your business or home, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the building?
  • Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health effects
  • Floodwater can contain sewage, pesticides, and other contaminants
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform

What to Do After a Contamination

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening
  • Treat all  bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
  • Turn off the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) system if there is sewage damage

What Not to Do After a Contamination

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors
  • Don’t use television or other electrical appliances
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul restores biohazards for commercial businesses 24-hours a day. We’ll restore your biohazard in Bonita, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-600-5305.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Halloween Safety Tips for Bonita?

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

A Halloween party is shown with candles inside Jacko Lanterns. We restore fire damage in San Diego County.

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul wishes everyone in Bonita a safe and fun Halloween celebration this year. Here are some Halloween party and trick-or-treating safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.
  • When using electrical lighting to decorate your home, make sure it is used following the manufacturer’s instructions. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes. Make sure all smoke alarms are working. 
  • When choosing costumes, stay away from long trailing fabric that could come in contact with open flames or other heat sources
  • Teach children to stay away from open flames, including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them
  • Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costumes

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul wants everyone in Bonita to be safe during Halloween. If you need emergency fire restoration services for your home or commercial business, call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Water Intrusion Issues in Spring Valley?

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

Water is shown rushing into a storm drain. We restore water damage in San Diego County.

When you have a water damage emergency, every minute counts. SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul’s water restoration technicians typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call. Water intrusion happens any time water seeps into the house. Overflowing storm drains, heaving rains and flash flooding can cause water intrusion. Here are some tips from the Insurance Information Institute for repairing and protecting your home’s exterior:

  • Caulk and seal windows to guard against water seepage
  • Inspect your roof for missing, damaged and aging shingles and make necessary repairs
  • Check your downspouts. Remove debris that may have accumulated in downspouts and rain gutters. Position downspouts so that they direct water away from the house.
  • Check sprinklers and irrigation systems to be sure they are not creating water damage to the walls and foundations of the house. Turn off and drain outside faucets to protect against frozen pipes.
  • Install gutter guards to prevent gutter clogs and keep water flowing away from the house instead of accumulating on the roof

Call Us!

When your Spring Valley home needs water restoration services, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Mold Damage Emergency Tips for Bonita Businesses?

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

A closeup of mold spores is shown. We mitigate and remediate mold damage in San Diego County.

Mold has been present in the Earth’s atmosphere since the beginning of time. Mold plays an important role in nature by helping to break down organic materials. Water leaks or excess moisture can encourage mold to colonize, and the mold can become visible in as little as 48 hours. 

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul mitigates and remediates mold damage for Bonita commercial businesses throughout the year. Here are some Mold Damage Emergency Tips from our website about things you can do and shouldn’t do while waiting for help to arrive:

Important Facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48 to 72 hours
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans
  • Contact SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul for mold remediation services

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold

Call Us Today!

When you need commercial mold mitigation and remediation services, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll remediate and restore your mold problem in Bonita, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Rain Gutter Cleaning Tips for Spring Valley?

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

A leaf blower is shown. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego County.

Preventative maintenance can go a long way when it comes to protecting your home from storm damage. Rain has fallen almost every month this year in Spring Valley. Rain gutters, when working properly, are a great way to drain water away from the home. However, when they become clogged, they can direct water into the home’s structure, causing water damage. SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul offers a fun and easy tip for cleaning your rain gutters from home expert Bob Villa:  

First, determine where the clogs exist and their cause. Twigs and dry leaves will require a different method of cleaning than dirt and the decomposed matter will.

Leaf Blower Method

If you are dealing with dry twigs and leaves, a leaf blower can do the trick. If you have a nozzle attachment for your leaf blower, use it to direct a small stream of air into the gutter system. Place the ladder in position to work from one end of the gutter towards the downspout. (Don’t blow debris into the downspout!) You can also purchase an attachment to allow you to use the leaf blower without standing on a ladder.

Call Us!

When you need storm damage restoration services for your home or business. SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Sprinklers for Jamul Homes?

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

A fire sprinkler is shown mounted to a ceiling. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego County.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, home fire sprinkler systems save lives and property. Homes with home fire sprinklers have a better chance of surviving fires, and in many cases, these families go on living their lives as they did before. SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has been restoring fire damage for Jamul residents and businesses for years. Here are some home fire sprinkler safety tips from the NFPA:

  • A home fire sprinkler system can reduce the homeowner’s insurance premium
  • Fire departments typically use roughly 10 times as much water as a fire sprinkler would use to contain a fire
  • Fire sprinklers are environmentally friendly. They can reduce the amount of water run-off and pollution, fire damage by up to 71 percent, and water usage to fight a home fire by as much as 91 percent.
  • Cigar smoke or burnt toast will not activate a fire sprinkler.
  • A home fire sprinkler system is easy to maintain. Just inspect your home to make sure the sprinklers are not blocked by something that would prevent the water from coming out, such as paint, and be sure the main control valve is never turned off.

Call Us!

When you need emergency fire restoration services for your home or business. SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Contents Restoration Services for Spring Valley?

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

A pile of wet clothes is shown. We restore water-damaged belongings in San Diego County.

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has been restoring water-damaged contents for Spring Valley residents and businesses for years. Water will damage everything in its path. Our water restoration technicians are trained to restore water-damaged belongings to pre-damage conditions using a variety of cleaning methods.

When your household belongings require cleaning and restoration, we will pretest every item before cleaning to make sure we are using the most effective method. Our technicians may use one or a combination of cleaning techniques to restore water damaged belongings to pre-damage condition, including:

Contents Restoration Services

  • Dry Cleaning - used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning
  • Wet Cleaning - an effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues
  • Spray and Wipe - effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning
  • Foam Cleaning - used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned
  • Abrasive Cleaning - involves agitation of the surface being cleaned
  • Immersion Cleaning - contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business needs emergency water restoration services, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll restore your water damage in Spring Valley, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Water Damage Timeline for Bonita?

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

Water is shown flooding a room in a house. Our fast 24-hour response time saves our customers time and money in San Diego County.

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has been restoring water-damaged properties in the Bonita area for years. Here is a water damage timeline from our website that describes the damage water can do over time:

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain
  • A musty odor appears

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold
  • Paint begins to blister
  • Wood flooring swells and warps
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants

Call Us!

When your home or commercial business needs emergency water restoration services, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll restore your water damage in Bonita, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Rebuilding Services for Spring Valley?

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

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When your home or business is damaged by fire or water and requires rebuilding services to complete the repair, it is important to choose a restoration company that can manage the entire project from start to finish. Having one person managing the job saves you time and the headaches that come with trying to hire, schedule, and supervise the restoration yourself.

As licensed general contractors, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is uniquely positioned to supervise a full range of restoration services when required to restore your property.

General Contractor License #: 1003507
California State License Board (CSLB) #: 1003507

Building and Reconstruction Services 

  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • General Contracting
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Services (HVAC)
  • Linoleum Floor Repair
  • Marble Floor Repair
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Portable Power
  • Roof Tarp
  • Roofing Services
  • Scalable Resources
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Temporary Warehouse Space
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Tree Removal

Call Us Today!

When you require reconstruction services, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll restore and rebuild your property in Spring Valley, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Storm Damage Mitigation Services for Bonita Businesses?

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

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July brought thunderstorms and lightning, a flash flood watch, and monsoonal moisture to San Diego County. Between July 17-18, a flash flood washed over Route 78, and 95 clouds to ground lightning strikes were detected over the region!

Bonita weather can be unpredictable, and storms and severe weather can happen at any time of the year. Every minute your business is closed, there is the potential for lost revenue and productivity, so our highly trained technicians work to mitigate the damage with minimal disruption to your customers and employees.

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has been restoring commercial storm damage for Bonita residents for years and we know how important it is to get businesses back up and running quickly.

Our technicians are on-call 24-hours a day and can typically be onsite within four hours of your call. They have the training, equipment, and experience to restore any size of storm damage. We can also supervise a full range of building and reconstruction services when required, providing you with one convenient point of contact for the entire job.

Call Us!

When you require commercial storm cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll clean and restore your storm damage in Bonita, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Severe Heat Advisory for Spring Valley?

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Excessive Heat Warning for Spring Valley

This year Spring Valley residents have been exposed to all kinds of severe weather, and this summer is no exception. Extreme heat has impacted Spring Valley and San Diego County, residents with temperatures soaring as high as 110 to 115 degrees in some places. SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul wants Spring Valley residents to stay safe during this summer’s excessive heat, and offers these safety tips from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):

Remember:

  • Extreme heat can occur quickly and without warning
  • Older adults, children, and sick or overweight individuals are at greater risk from extreme heat
  • Humidity increases the feeling of heat as measured by a heat index

 IF YOU ARE UNDER AN EXTREME HEAT WARNING:

  • Find air conditioning
  • Avoid strenuous activities
  • Wear light clothing
  • Check on family members and neighbors
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke
  • Never leave people or pets in a closed car

Call Us Today!

When you require storm cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll clean and restore your storm damage in Spring Valley, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Sewage Backup in Jamul?

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

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Jamul Residents Need to Know

You never know when your sewage system will fail, but when it does, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Water from sewer system backups is extremely unsanitary and may carry dangerous bacteria and viruses that are considered very dangerous. Sewer water is classified as “Category 3 Black Water” and should be dealt with as quickly as possible. Our technicians are trained by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, the nonprofit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry. Here is some information about Black Water from our website:

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

Call Us Today!

When you require sewage cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll clean and restore your sewage backup in Jamul, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Graffiti Damage in Spring Valley?

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

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Graffiti in Spring Valley?

According to the County of San Diego Graffiti Abatement Department, if you find graffiti on your property you should remove it immediately. The website states that prompt removal will discourage further graffiti because graffiti vandals want to gain recognition for their work and when they see that their graffiti will be quickly removed, they will be deterred from striking that area again.

The San Diego County website offers this information for reporting graffiti in progress:

If you see graffiti vandalism in progress, call 858-565-5200 and report it immediately to the Sheriff’s Department. Do not confront the vandals. Although they may appear to be harmless, they may be carrying weapons. A Deputy will respond based on the priority of the crime compared to others for which they have called at the time.

Although SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is better known for emergency fire and water damage restoration, we also specialize in vandalism and graffiti cleanup.

  • General cleaning and graffiti removal
  • Brick, stone, and concrete cleaning
  • Odor removal and deodorization
  • Debris removal

Call Us!

When you require vandalism and graffiti cleanup services, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll clean and restore your graffiti damage in Spring Valley, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Commercial Cleaning Services in Spring Valley?

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

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Looking Good, Spring Valley!

Did you know that SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul offers a full range of specialty, deep cleaning services to keep commercial businesses looking their best? Your property’s appearance is important, and you only get one chance to make a first impression. With this in mind, we provide deep cleaning services that go beyond the scope of a routine janitorial service. We have experience cleaning and restoring all kinds of commercial properties, including:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing and Industrial
  • Government/Military

Grime, odor, and moisture challenges require specialty cleaning. Our technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the non-profit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry. Our commercial cleaning services include:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism

Call Us Today!

When you require commercial cleaning services, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians ready to make your business look its best. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll clean and restore your commercial business, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Storm Damage in Jamul?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

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We often see cumulonimbus clouds in the sky in Jamul and San Diego County as we gaze east. These clouds can produce thunderstorms. Although thunderstorms are typically about fifteen miles in diameter and last about thirty minutes, they can be dangerous.

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year and has seen the damage strong winds can cause to structures. Here are some thunderstorm facts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):

Severe Thunderstorms

  • Severe thunderstorms produce large hail or winds of at least 58 miles per hour
  • Some wind gusts can exceed 100 miles per hour and produce tornado-like damage
  • When a severe thunderstorm threatens, stay inside a strong structure
  • Mobile home occupants should go to a more permanent structure

Lightning

  • All thunderstorms produce lightning
  • Get inside a building or enclosed vehicle
  • If caught in an open area with lightning around, crouch down immediately! Out your hands on your knees, but do not lie down on the ground.
  • Do not use a telephone or electrical appliance. A nearby lightning strike can travel through the phone or power lines right into the home.
  • Avoid seeking shelter beneath lone trees

Call Us Today!

When you have a storm damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll restore your storm damage in Jamul, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Wildfire Season in Spring Valley?

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

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In San Diego County wildfires is a major hazard. SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul offers these tips for creating defensible space around your home from the County of San Diego and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to help Spring Valley residents prepare for wildfire:

100 Feet of Defensible Space is the Law

California state law requires that residents treat 100 feet of defensible space around their homes. This includes such steps as mowing and properly maintaining lawn and weeds, pruning or removing ignitable trees and shrubs, stacking firewood away from the home, and making sure the home's address is visible to emergency vehicles.

Tips for Landscaping Around Your Home:

  • REMOVE dead vegetation and other flammable materials, especially within the first five feet of the home
  • KEEP your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to help reduce fire intensity.
  • PRUNE tree limbs so the lowest branches are six to ten feet above the ground to help reduce the chance of fire getting into the crowns of the trees
  • MOVE construction material, trash, and woodpiles at least thirty feet away from the home and other outbuildings
  • DISPOSE of branches, weeds, leaves, pine needles, and grass clippings that you have cut to reduce fuel for the fire

Call Us!

When you have a fire damage emergency in Spring Valley, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

More Happy Customers in Spring Valley?

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul, we aim for high customer satisfaction for every restoration job we do. Here are some Google Reviews:

“Jason and the team at SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul are true professionals! Had a leak in a bathroom sink that caused damage to flooring and drywall. I searched google for specialists close to the house to assess the damage. Called the number on the website, and Jason personally answered. Jason and his team exceeded expectations from start to finish. His thorough documentation of the damage and excellent communication with my insurance company allowed for a smooth claims process. The water/mold clean-up and coordination with mold testing was efficient. The reconstruction on the walls, cabinet, and flooring excellent. Jason was involved and at the house to check on the progress throughout the project. His staff were cordial, efficient, and skilled. I can't thank Jason and his team enough!” Raoul Santos

“Jason is the best contractor I have dealt with in my entire life. I have used his services multiple times. He really cares about his customers, very reasonable pricing. Uses subcontractors like everyone else but demands perfection and even touches up the work of others if you are not satisfied with the job. Very nice and friendly as well. Highly recommend him.” Velina Westbrook

Call Us!

When you have a property damage emergency in Spring Valley, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Apartment Fire in Bonita?

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

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Commercial Fire Damage in Bonita?

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has been mitigating and restoring fire damage for commercial businesses in Bonita for years. We know how important it is to get your business back up and running after a property damage emergency. After the fire is extinguished, you are left with the aftermath of the fire. There will be debris, smoke, and soot damage that must be dealt with before reconstruction services can begin.

When we arrive, we will immediately secure the structure by tarping and boarding up any damaged areas that are exposed to the elements. We will contact your insurance adjuster, provide an assessment, and develop a plan. We have licensed contractors and can manage a full range of building services when required to complete the restoration. We work on all types of commercial buildings, including:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing and Industrial
  • Government/Military

Call Us Today!

When you have a commercial fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is Here to Help. ® Our fire restoration technicians have the advanced training, equipment, and experience to restore commercial fire damage quickly and efficiently. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll restore your commercial damage in Bonita, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Flood Safety Tips for Spring Valley?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

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Flash Flooding Can Happen in Spring Valley

Do you know what to do in the event of a flooding situation? Even the smallest streams, creek beds, and drains can overflow and cause flooding. Periods of heavy rain or extended rain are scenarios where the flood risk is the highest in San Diego County. SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has been mitigating storm damage for Spring Valley Residents for years and offer these safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) on what to do during a flood:

  • If time allows, call someone to let them know where you are going, and check with neighbors who may need a ride
  • Stay out of flood waters, if possible. Even water only several inches deep can be dangerous. If you have to walk through water, use a stick to check the firmness of the ground ahead of you.
  • Avoid moving water
  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If your car becomes surrounded by rising water, get out quickly and move to higher ground.
  • Stay away from downed power lines

Call Us Today

When you have a storm damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll restore your storm damage in Spring Valley, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Flooded House in Spring Valley?

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Emergencies Happen Every Day in Spring Valley

I woke up to the sound of water running downstairs. And it was. From the top of the stairs, the downstairs floor looked like an indoor lake! My insurance adjuster told me to call SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul. They arrived quickly and immediately began extracting the water while assessing the damage and determining the cause. Evidently, the petcock valve in the downstairs toilet failed and caused the flooding.

While waiting for the SERVPRO team to arrive, I followed the safety tips on their website for what to do after flooding while waiting for help to arrive:  

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place
  • Gather loose items from floors

Call Us Today!

When you have a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll restore your mold damage in Spring Valley, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Mold Damage in Jamul?

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

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Mold Damage Can Happen at Any Time

Did you know that mold colonizes in as little as forty-wight hours in the right conditions? SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has been mitigating mold damage for years in Jamul, and we offer this helpful information from our website on mold mitigation and remediation:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or air conditioning or heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture
  • Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water
  • Mold colonies may produce allergens and irritants
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed, or the mold may return
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth
  • Keep indoor humidity below forty-five percent

Call Us Today!

When your Jamul home experiences a mold problem, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll mitigate and remediate your mold damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

More Happy Customers in Spring Valley?

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

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At SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul, we value our customers and always aim to provide the highest level of service and support. Here are some recent Google Reviews from our customers:

“Jason is the best contractor I have dealt with in my entire life. I have used his services multiple times. He really cares about his customers, very reasonable pricing. Uses subcontractors like everyone else, but demands perfection even touches up the work of others if you are not satisfied with the job. Very nice and friendly as well. Highly recommend him.” Velina Westbrook

“Jason and his team did a complete bathroom/laundry room remodel for us. We could not have asked for better customer service and professionalism. Once we approved the quote, work started right away. The crew was very accommodating and always kept us up to date on the progress and scheduling. Jason was very attentive and answered all of our questions and concerns promptly and with great knowledge. The project was completed within the estimated timeframe and within the original quoted budget. The end result was better than we could have imagined! We highly recommend Jason and his team for any work that you may need.” Kaitlin Matthys

Call Us Today!

When your Spring Valley home experiences a property damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll restore your property damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Grease Fire in Spring Valley Home?

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Cooking Fire Statistics for Spring Valley

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul responds to fire damage emergencies in the Spring Valley area throughout the year, and we know that even a small kitchen fire can cause smoke and soot damage. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) home cooking fires:

  • Ranges or cooktops were involved in the 61 percent of reported home cooking fires, 87 percent of cooking fire deaths and 78 percent of cooking fire injuries
  • Households that use electric ranges have a higher risk of cooking fires and associated losses than those using gas ranges
  • Unattended cooking was the leading cause of cooking fires and casualties. Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1 percent of these fires, but clothing ignitions led to 8 percent of the home cooking fire deaths

Here are some tips from the NFPA for small grease cooking fires if you decide to fight the fire:

  • On the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner
  • Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed

Call Us Today!

When your Spring Valley home experiences cooking or other fire damage emergency SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has the advanced training, specialized equipment, and experience to quickly and efficiently mitigate your damage. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Washing Machine Supply Line Maintenance Tips for Bonita?

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

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Washing Machine Maintenance for Bonita.

Did you know that supply line failure is one of the top causes of water damage involving a washing machine? SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul witnesses firsthand the damage a burst supply line can do in a home. Here are some washing machine supply line maintenance tips:

Conduct monthly inspections of the hot and cold washing machine supply lines.

  • Look for signs the supply hose may be ready to fail—blisters in the hose, worn tubing, stress cracks, or a loose connection
  • Replace the supply hose with a reinforced steel braided hose if it shows any sign of wear
  • Tighten the connection if it feels loose. The most common site of failure is near the connection where the hose bends.
  • Replace supply hoses every five years, even if there is no obvious deterioration or wear
  • Some signs of deterioration may occur from the inside out and may not be visible until it is too late
  • When replacing washing machine supply hoses, always choose a reinforced steel braided hose over the traditional un-reinforced rubber hose. These hoses will last longer and are far less likely to result in a catastrophic water loss.

Call Us Today!

Every minute counts when responding to a water damage emergency, and SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has the advanced training, specialized equipment, and experience to mitigate your damage quickly and efficiently in Bonita. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Highly Trained Restoration Team in Jamul?

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

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Highly Trained Team in Jamul

Did you know that SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is committed to initial and ongoing continuing education and training? Our restoration technicians are required to undergo initial and continuous education and training to stay up-to-speed with new technological advancements and current industry standards and best practices.

Franchise owner, Jason Degraffenreid, is trained and certified in the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes
  • IICRC Training and Certification

All of our employees have access to web-based training. These self-paced courses are achieved through the viewing of video presentations and support materials that are followed by a test at the end of each module.

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul Employee Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Other Licenses

  • General Contractor License #: 1003507
  • California State License Board (CSLB) #: 1003507

Call Us!

When your home or commercial business experiences a property damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll restore your property damage in Jamul, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Happy Customers in Spring Valley?

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

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At SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul, we value our customer’s opinions, and we are committed to providing the highest level of service possible. Here are some customer testimonials from our website:


“SERVPRO Spring Valley/Jamul are really knowledgeable professionals. My dishwasher leaked and they were extremely quick to respond. They were genuinely compassionate. Extremely knowledgeable addressing all my concerns. They used the most minimally invasive path without cutting corners. I can't say enough good about these guys. They go above and beyond. You will NOT regret calling them.” Patricia B, Spring Valley


“SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul were lifesavers! Unfortunately, we experienced our apartment flooding when we were out of town. As soon as we called SERVPRO Spring Valley/Jamul, they came to our home, and were able to assess the damage, offer recommendations for next steps, and place equipment to start with repairing the damage. They were extremely professional, quick to respond to our needs, and respectful of our home. I would highly recommend them!” Heather C, San Diego

Call Us Today!

When your home experiences a property damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on-call to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll restore your damage in Spring Valley, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Furniture Fire in Spring Valley?

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

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Upholstered Furniture Fire Statistics

At SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul, we respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day, every day in the Spring Valley area. Between 2010 and 2014, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported smoking materials as the leading cause of upholstered furniture fires and losses in the United States. Other causes of upholstered fires in homes were:

  • Portable and fixed space heaters were involved in 11 percent of the upholstered furniture fires and associated deaths
  • Together, candles, matches, and lighters were involved in 20 percent of the fires and 12 percent of the deaths.
  • Electrical failures or malfunctions were factors in 14 percent of the home upholstered furniture fires and 12 percent of the deaths. These failures were in all types of electrical appliances, not just electrical distribution or lighting equipment.

The NFPA report states that United States Fire Departments responded to an average of 5630 structure fires per year where upholstered furniture was the first item ignited.

Call Us Today!

When your home experiences a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on-call to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll restore your fire damage in Spring Valley, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Tips for Preventing Water Damage in Jamul?

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

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Maintenance and Inspection Tips for Preventing Water Damage

At SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul, we know that many water damage emergencies can be avoided by routine maintenance and inspection of your home’s indoor plumbing systems. Here are some tips for preventing water damage from the Insurance Information Institute:

  • Inspect appliance hoses and faucets. Make it a practice every year to check hoses leading to water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines and refrigerator ice makers. You may also want to invest in a water leak monitoring and shut-off system that can alert you to any leakage issues. Immediately replace any hoses that have cracks or leaks and replace them all every five to seven years.
  • Inspect showers and tubs. Check the seal and caulking around showers and tubs to make sure they are watertight and reseal if necessary.
  • Check plumbing and heating pipes. Look closely for cracks and leaks and have any necessary repairs made immediately.

It’s also a good idea to understand what is covered in your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy. For instance, some policies will cover sewer and drain backups, and some do not, and you may have to purchase a sewer backup rider to add to your existing coverage.

Call Us Today!

When your home experiences a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on-call to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll restore your water damage in Jamul, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Recognizing Different Mold Types in Spring Valley

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has guidelines about mold. SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul would like to share these guidelines.

Question- What Causes Mold to Grow:

  1. Moisture
  2. Warmth
  3. Protein-Protein is in building materials like drywall
  4. It is also in wood and in many paints
  5. Skin cells (we shed them all the time)
  6. Dog and cat dander

How to identify mold:

  1. Only a licensed professional can identify what kind of mold you have. SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul does not identify mold types
  2. You need to know what kind of mold you have

How to eliminate a mold problem AFTER an inspector has identified the type of mold:

  1. Call a licensed professional. SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is licensed in mold remediation. We know how to clean up the different mold types
  2. Be aware, there can be much more mold than you see. Mold spores are tiny
  3. Without proper training, equipment, and safety measures, you should NOT try to resolve the problem yourself

Flooded Building in Spring Valley?

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

A picture of a broken water supply pipe is shown. We mitigate commercial water damage in Bonita 24-hours a day.

Commercial Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration Services in Spring Valley

My offices flooded over the weekend, and when we came into work on Monday morning, there was about an inch of water covering the floors and carpeting. What a disaster! I called SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul, and they arrived quickly and immediately assessed the situation, and began the water extraction process. They identified the source of the flood as a failed water pipe and supervised this repair. They moved all of the furniture and set up powerful drying machines to remove the excess water from the building. They also documented the entire drying process and helped us with the insurance process and paperwork.

All of the furniture and floors were cleaned and sanitized, and they worked in phases so we could come back into the office and work with minimal disruption. By the time they completed the cleanup and restoration process, you would never know there had been a flood!

Call Us Today!

When your commercial business has a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on-call to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll clean and restore your water damage in Spring Valley, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Thunderstorms in Jamul?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

house with wall around it We mitigate storm damage in Spring Valley 24-hours a day.

Thunderclouds and Thunderstorms Happen Often in Jamul

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has been mitigating storm damage for years in Jamul. San Diego County residents observe thunderclouds often due to our proximity to the Pacific Ocean, our mostly warm climate, and the moisture in the air. When there is warm, moist air near the ground, and cold air above, the warm air rises and pushes upward, creating the tall thunderstorm clouds. Here is some interesting information about thunderclouds and thunderstorms from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

  • Thunderstorm clouds can rise up to 10 miles into the air!
  • In a big thunderstorm cloud, there are now strong upward winds and downward winds happening at the same time. These are called updrafts and downdrafts.
  • This is the most dangerous stage of the storm when tornadoes, hail, winds, and flooding can happen.
  • Updrafts continue to fuel the storm with warm, moist air. But, once a storm runs out of updrafts, it starts to weaken.
  • As a storm begins to slow down, the rain and wind become less intense.
  • And by the end, all that’s left is a blue sky and an anvil-shaped cloud top.

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business experiences storm damage, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on-call to respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll clean and restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Children and Portable Fire Extinguishers in Bonita?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

A man is demonstrating how to use a portable fire extinguisher to put out a small fire. We respond to fire damage emergencies in Spring Valley 24-hours a day

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has been mitigating fire damage losses for years in the Bonita area and knows that many of these fires may have been prevented. Installing a portable fire extinguisher in the home is an element to have in your fire response plan, but safe escape should be the primary goal.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), children should not be trained on the use of portable fire extinguishers because:

  • Teaching children to use portable fire extinguishers runs counter to NFPA messaging to get out and stay out if there is a fire.
  • Children may not have the maturity to operate a portable fire extinguisher properly or decide whether or not a fire is small enough to be put out by the extinguisher.
  • They may not have the physical ability to handle the extinguisher or dexterity to perform the complex actions required to put out a fire. In the process of extinguishing flames, children may not know how to respond if the fire spreads

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on-call 24-hours a day to respond to fire damage emergencies. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll mitigate your fire damage in Bonita, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Flooding and Water Damage in Spring Valley?

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

A car is driving through a dangerous, flooded street. We mitigate water damage in Spring Valley, Jamul, and Bonita.

Fast Response Time in Spring Valley

About one year ago, flash flooding occurred in Spring Valley around Quarry Road near the Spring Valley Swap meet. A Federal Emergency Management Agency report describes a flood as the partial or complete inundation of normally dry land. Types of flooding include:

  • Riverine flooding
  • Coastal flooding
  • Shallow flooding

The FEMA report further elaborates on the damage flooding causes. Personal property damage and damage to buildings and infrastructure; bridge and road closures; service disruptions, and injuries and fatalities. Spring Valley and many San Diego County areas experienced water damage from severe weather events that occurred throughout the county last month.

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has been responding to water damage emergencies in the Spring Valley area for years and witnessed firsthand the damage that can be minimized by fast response time. Here is the process we use when mitigating a “typical” water damage emergency:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on-call 24 hours a day to respond to water damage emergencies. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll mitigate your water damage in Spring Valley, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Commercial Property Damage in Bonita?

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Black storm clouds and rain are shown in a stormy sky. We repair commercial property damage in the Spring Valley, Jamul and Bonita areas.

San Diego County Businesses Damaged by January Storm

Gale force winds whipped through San Diego County on January 25 causing property damage to commercial businesses and homes all across the county. Powerlines were knocked down leaving thousands of people without power. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the aftermath of the storm left many homes and businesses with property damage.

Every Moment Counts

We understand that every day your business is closed due to property damage represents a day of lost revenue, so we approach property damage jobs with eh intention to minimize the disruption to your employees and customers.

Commercial Rebuilding and Reconstruction Services

As licensed contractors, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul can supervise a wide range of building and construction services, giving you one point of contact from start to finish.

  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • General Contracting
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • HVAC Services
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Roof Tarp
  • Roofing Services
  • Scalable Resources
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Tree Removal

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on call 24 hours a day to respond to your commercial property damage emergency. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll mitigate your commercial damage in Bonita, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Santa Ana Winds and Rain Damage in Spring Valley

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

Downed trees blown over from high winds cover the ground. We mitigate storm damage in Spring Valley, Bonita and Jamul.

Santa Ana Wind Damage

January brought some severe weather to San Diego County. The Santa Ana winds wreaked havoc and were so strong they knocked down trees and powerlines, turned over big rigs and other high-profile vehicles, and sent debris flying, causing over one-hundred property damage reports in the region. These hot and dry winds also caused wildfires to break out over Southern California, a rare event for the month of January.

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has been responding to storm damage emergencies in the Spring Valley area for years and knows the importance of responding quickly to minimize the possibility of further damage. When we arrive, we will assess the damage and secure the structure by tarping up and boarding up any damaged areas. We will help you with the insurance paperwork and process and keep you informed every step of the process throughout the entire job.

Call Us Today!

When high winds cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is Here to Help. ® Our team of highly trained technicians is on call 24 hours a day to respond to your call. Call us today at 619-600-5305. We’ll mitigate your storm damage in Spring Valley, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Home Fire Causes for Spring Valley?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

A home is shown damaged by a recent fire. We are fire damage restoration specialists serving Spring Valley, Bonita and Jamul!

The Five Causes of Home Fires in the U.S.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) between 2014 and 2018, firefighters in the United States responded to over 353,100 home structure fires per year and reports that most home fires and fire casualties result from five causes: cooking, heating, electrical distribution, and lighting equipment, intentional fire setting, and smoking materials.

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul responds to fire damage emergencies in Bonita, Jamul, and the Spring Valley areas throughout the year, and we have the experience and equipment necessary to mitigate fire damage quickly and efficiently.

Here are more report highlights from the NFPA:

  • More than one-quarter of reported fires in 2014-2018 occurred in homes. Even worse, more than three-quarters of civilian fire deaths and almost three-quarters of all reported injuries were caused by home fires.
  • During this five-year period, US fire departments responded to an estimated average of 353,100 home structure fires per year. These fires caused an annual average of 2,620 civilian deaths; 11,030 civilian fire injuries; and $7.2 billion in direct property damage.
  • Over the five-year period of 2014–2018 as a whole, cooking was the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries, while smoking was the leading cause of home fire deaths.

Call Us Today!

When you have a fire damage emergency in Spring Valley, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond 24 hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Staying Healthy around Standing Water in Spring Valley

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

Staying Healthy Around Standing Water in Spring Valley:

Standing water of any kind in Spring Valley can be a powerful source of disease. Floods can be worse due to the amount of water involved. Even small puddles can pose a risk. 

Different kinds of debris can be found in floodwater such as dead animals, rotted plants, and sewage, to name a few. If you have water damage inside your home, watch for debris in the home as well to include rotted food and electrical problems. 

Viruses and bacteria can cause illnesses. To reduce your chances of catching something, SERVPRO of Spring Valley / Jamul suggests:

  • Washing dirty clothes and towels in hot water. Use bleach if possible
  • Remember that you can shake hands with an infected person and get infected. 
  • Do not allow children to play in the flood water
  • Wash children’s hands before meals
  • Disinfect toys before letting children play with them
  • Use bleach or other disinfectants on hard surfaces
  • Keep your hands washed

Cuts and rashes can become infected. Protect yourself and others in Spring Valley:

  • Avoid floodwaters if you have an open rash or a cut
  • Clean cuts or rashes. Cover them with a waterproof bandage
  • Clean cuts with soap and clean water
  • If a cut becomes red, swollen, or is oozing, get medical attention

SERVPRO of Spring Valley / Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Leaking Roof in Jamul?

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

Shingles are torn off a roof in Jamul after a recent rainstorm. We are water damage restoration specialists in Spring Valley, Bonita and Jamul.

Climbing the roof over water damage?

After a recent rainstorm hit San Diego county, my roof was left with damaged roof shingles and a roof leak. Water was seeping into the attic and damaging the insulation and attic floor. On top of that, there was a dank, musty odor. Yuck. Then I remembered to call SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul. They asked me some questions over the phone and sent a team out to assess the damage and begin the restoration process. They tarped the roof to minimize further damage and set up air movers and blowers to dry the area completely. They also documented the entire drying process.

One Convenient Point of Contact

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul are also state licensed General Contractors, so once the area was completely dried, they came back and repaired the roof, installed new insulation, cleaned and neutralized the bad odor, and helped me with the insurance paperwork and process. The experience was stress-free and as pleasant as a roof repair and water leak could be because I had one person managing the entire job from start to finish.   

Call Us Today!

When you need help with water damage, we are Here to Help. ® Our team of highly trained technicians responds to water damage emergencies in Spring Valley, Bonita, and Jamul 24 hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Public Building Fire Safety Tips for Spring Valley

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

A dimly lit nightclub ceiling is shown with a disco ball. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Spring Valley, Bonita, and Jamul.

Public Building Fire Safety Tips

It won’t be long before we can go out and socialize again, and when it is safe to do so, people will want to get out and socialize more than ever! SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul responds to commercial fire damage emergencies in the Spring Valley, Bonita and Jamul areas often and offers these tips for fire safety from the National Fire Protection Association to help you have situational awareness during an emergency in public buildings like clubs, malls, entertainment arenas, and restaurants:

  • React immediately. If an alarm sounds, you see smoke or fire, or other unusual disturbance, immediately exit the building in an orderly fashion.
  • Get out, stay out! Once you have escaped, stay out. Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a burning building. Let trained firefighters conduct rescue operations.

Fires can happen anytime and anywhere, so it’s important to remain vigilant and to be aware of your surroundings at all times. If you smell smoke or get a funny feeling, trust your instinct, and get out of the building!

Call Us!

When a fire damages your commercial property, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is Here to Help. Our team of highly trained technicians is ready to respond to fire damage emergencies in Spring Valley, Bonita and Jamul 24 hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Spring Valley Power Outage?

1/17/2021 (Permalink)

A winter rainstorm is shown dropping heavy rain over parts of the landscape. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Spring Valley, Bonita and Jamul!

Power Outage Survival Tips

Last December, powerful Santa Ana winds and low humidity created dangerous wildfire weather conditions and forced The San Diego Gas and Electric Company to shut off power to over 73 thousand customers in San Diego County. SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has been responding to property damage emergencies caused by high winds and severe weather for years and offer these power outage survival tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours. Use coolers with ice if necessary.
  • Use food supplies that do not require refrigeration. Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Generators, camp stoves, or charcoal grills should always be used outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows. Never use a gas stovetop or oven to heat your home.
  • Check on your neighbors. Older adults and young children are especially vulnerable to extreme temperatures.
  • Turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, or electronics. Power may return with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that can cause damage.

Call Us!

When you have a storm damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is Here to Help. Our team of highly trained technicians is ready to respond to storm damage emergencies in Spring Valley, Bonita and Jamul 24 hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

SERVPRO Services in Spring Valley /Jamul

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO of Spring Valley /Jamul?

Have you ever had to wade through a pond in your living room? Or, maybe you’ve returned to a half-burned home?  We hope you never have to deal with this but if you do, it’s always good to be prepared and respond quickly. With SERVPRO of Spring Valley /Jamul as a partner, you can be better equipped to handle problems in your Spring Valley /Jamul home!

Why SERVPRO of Spring Valley /Jamul?

  1. SERVPRO of Spring Valley /Jamul is a leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration.
  2. Franchise professionals have the training and experience to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
  3. SERVPRO’s proven system helps to ensure a return to preloss condition.
  4. We work with most insurance companies.
  5. SERVPRO of Spring Valley /Jamul is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

SERVPRO of Spring Valley /Jamul doesn’t only handle fire and water damage. Other services include:

  • Storm damage cleanup
  • Mold mitigation
  • Restoration
  • Document restoration
  • Electronics restoration
  • Dry cleaning
  • Reconstruction
  • Biohazard cleanup
  • Duct cleaning
  • General cleaning

If your Spring Valley /Jamul home experiences water or fire damage, you can count on SERVPRO of Spring Valley /Jamul to be there for you.


SERVPRO of Spring Valley /Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Prepare for a Winter Storm Spring Valley /Jamul

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Spring Valley /Jamul has these tips to help prepare for a winter storm.

Winter Storms in Spring Valley /Jamul can bring high winds, snow, and ice. A winter storm can knock out power, water, and communication. 

SERVPRO of Spring Valley /Jamul wants you to be prepared. Winter storms can last anywhere from a few hours to several days. You can’t prevent a winter storm, but you can minimize storm damage.

  • Prepare by gathering emergency supplies. Supplies include warm clothes, extra blankets, flashlights, medicines, and food. Gather any items you will need if you lose power or communication
  • Develop a communication plan. Have phone numbers written down in case you cannot use your mobile phone
  • Know the winter storm terms. The National Weather Service (NWS) will report a(n):
    • ADVISORY when they expect that weather conditions might be hazardous. Be cautious, and the conditions should not be life-threatening 
    • WATCH when they predict heavy snow or ice, but cannot yet show when or which areas will be hit. NWS issues a WATCH 12 to 26 hours ahead of the predicted storm 
    • WARNING when they expect 4 or more inches of snow or sleet within 12 hours or they expect ¼ inch or more of ice. Keep warm and dry. Minimize driving. Stay indoors
  • Tell your local electric company if someone in your home needs power for medical devices. They will make your home a priority
  • Install battery-powered or battery back-up carbon monoxide detectors.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley /Jamul is independently owned and operated. 

Cleaning Smoke and Soot Damage in Spring Valley /Jamul

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Spring Valley /Jamul can clean up damage from smoke and soot in your City or County home.  

Smoke is a mixture of gases and small particles. The small particles are also called ash, and they include soot. Soot is the collection of particles left from incomplete burning of products that contain carbon. These products include wood and coal. Smoke and soot do not destroy materials the way fire does. They leave behind greasy films and have an unpleasant odor.

Smoke moves from warmer areas to cooler areas. You will find smoke and soot damage on the ceiling above where the fire started, but you will find the damage in other places. SERVPRO of Spring Valley /Jamul looks for damage in/on:

  • Outside walls and windows: Even if the fire was in the center of the room, smoke travels to the cooler areas
  • Closed-off spaces: Smoke and soot settle in cooler areas, including dresser drawers, closed closets, and wall cavities
  • Air ducts: smoke and soot travel throughout the house
  • Drapes and blinds. The drapes and blinds are cooler than other parts of the house. During a fire, the areas behind the drapes and blinds are cooler than the rest of the room. Remember that smoke travels to the cooler areas, leaving behind smoke and soot.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley /Jamul investigates these areas to get a good idea of what kind of damage is in the Spring Valley /Jamul building.  


SERVPRO of Spring Valley /Jamul is independently owned and operated.

Jamul Trash Fire?

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

A green dumpster is on fire. We are fire damage restoration specialists serving Spring Valley, Bonita and Jamul!

Santa Ana winds happen

It didn’t take long for the fire to spread from this dumpster to the palm trees and nearby homes before Jamul’s San Diego County Fire Station 36 firefighters arrived and put out the fire. The Santa Ana winds were blowing that day, and the fire could have done a lot more damage had it not been for the fast response time from the first responders.

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul responds to fire damage emergencies in Bonita, Jamul, and the Spring Valley areas day and night. Our team of highly trained fire restoration technicians has the equipment, advanced training, and experience to mitigate fire damage, no matter how big the job is. When we arrive, we will immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process and work to minimize the disruption to your family during the restoration process.

Here is the process we follow when restoring fire damage:

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Call Us!

When you have a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul is Here to Help. Our team of highly trained technicians ready to respond to any fire or water damage emergency in Jamul 24 hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Mold in Rental Property in Spring Valley /Jamul

1/10/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Spring Valley /Jamul presents: Mold in Rental Property

Mold:

  • grows from mold spores
    • spores are too small to see unaided
    • spores can survive harsh environments for many years
  • can grow almost anywhere 
  • needs to have only
    • above-freezing temperatures
    • protein, such as in animal dander, skin cells, wood, plaster, carpet
    • moisture (high humidity is enough)
  • grows rapidly
  • damages property
  • has a bad smell
  • is unsightly

If you have a small amount of mold on a dish, you can clean it. You can even throw it away. However, if you have a large amount of mold, you need licensed mold remediation. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a “large amount” as 10 square feet or more.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley /Jamul is licensed in mold remediation.

Talk to your landlord if you think he/she should hire licensed professionals. If the landlord disagrees:

  • Contact the Spring Valley /Jamul  housing authority  
  • Review your lease about your rights and responsibilities

SERVPRO of Spring Valley /Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Downspout Disaster in Bonita?

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Leaves and debris are shown clogging a downspout. We respond to water damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Bonita, Spring Valley, and Jamul!

Downspout downer

Clogged downspouts are notorious for causing roof and window leaks as the water is not allowed to pass through the downspout and away from the structure. The rainwater backs up and cascades over the rain gutters, causing water to spill onto the roof and facia boards, causing water damage.

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul responds to water damage emergencies in Bonita, Jamul, and the Spring Valley areas 24 hours a day. Our team of highly trained water restoration technicians will typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call and will immediately begin the water mitigation process. We will tarp and board up any areas to prevent more water from entering the structure and use advanced drying equipment and techniques to restore your home to pre-damage condition quickly and efficiently. Here are some tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency:

  • Maintain proper runoff and drainage around the structure.
  • Routinely clean downspouts and splash pads to make sure water is directed away from the home.
  • Make sure nearby ditches and storm drains are clear of debris and functioning properly.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond to any water damage emergency in Bonita 24 hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Control Moisture to Help Stop Mold Growth in Spring Valley/Jamul

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Condensation and Mold in Spring Valley/Jamul.

There are many different kinds of mold. EVERY SINGLE ONE needs moisture to grow.

Mold doesn’t need a storm or flood. Even a tiny bit of dampness is enough for mold.

Have you seen condensed water on the inside of a window? Have you noticed water droplets near the shower?  That water is more than enough for mold to start growing.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul wants you to know: if you control moisture, you control mold.

Control Moisture:

  • Clean spills or leaks quickly. Mold can start growing within 24 hours
  • Make sure roof gutters are in good shape
  • Don’t let water collect around the house foundation
  • Don’t let water collect in the air-conditioner drip pans
  • Keep drains clear
  • Indoor humidity should be under 40%
  • Wipe condensation from windows, pipes, or walls

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul offers these suggestions:

  • Use exhaust fans
  • Use air conditioners and/or dehumidifiers. Low humidity reduces condensation
  • Use the bathroom fan when you shower
  • Appliances should vent to the outside. Even stoves, washers, and dryers produce water vapor

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul has ideas on reducing condensation:

  • Increase air movement
    • Open doors & windows
    • Use fans
  • Insulate cold surfaces like water pipes
  • Keep  the temperature comfortable

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Refrigerator Water Line Disaster in Spring Valley?

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

The water dispenser of a stainless-steel refrigerator is shown. Spring Valley, Jamul, and Bonita residents rely on us to restore water damage emergencies.

Water dispenser disaster

It wasn’t until I pulled my refrigerator away from the wall to clean behind it that I discovered the leak. The water line going to my water dispenser wasn’t tightened down all the way, and water had been dripping underneath my refrigerator for about some time before I found the leak. It was easy to repair the waterline, but the repairs to the hardwood floors in my kitchen were very expensive. The Cherry Wood flooring was discontinued, and the flooring store no longer carried it. I ended up having to replace the floors in my entire kitchen and dining room!

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has been restoring water damage in homes and businesses in the Spring Valley area for years and sees all kinds of water damage scenarios. Our technicians are on call 24 hours a day and can usually arrive on-site within four hours of your call. Although every water damage restoration is unique, we follow these six steps:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Call Us Today!

When your Spring Valley home or business needs help with a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond to your call 24 hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Crime Scene in Spring Valley?

12/20/2020 (Permalink)

A police car is shown with flashing lights driving to the scene of a crime. We cleanup and restore crime scenes in Spring Valley, Jamul, and Bonita!

Crime Scenes Happen

Did you ever wonder who cleans up the mess after a crime is committed and the crime scene investigation is completed? After the police inspection is done, there is usually a lot of debris and crime scene residue leftover that will need to be cleaned, sanitized, deodorized, and safely disposed of before your business can reopen. If there are any broken windows or other property damage, the structure will need to be secured and repairs made.

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul understands how important it is to restore your Spring Valley business to preloss condition, so our highly-trained technicians are on call 24 hours a day to respond to your call and can usually be on-site within four hours. When we arrive, we will immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process so you can get back to business as usual quickly.

Our crime scene and trauma cleaning services include:

  • Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals
  • Tear gas and pepper spray residues
  • Fire extinguisher residue
  • Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants

Call Us!

When your Spring Valley business is faced with the aftermath of a trauma or crime scene, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond to your call 24 hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Wind and Storm Damage in Spring Valley?

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

A dog is shown facing strong winds on a stormy day. We restore storm damage in Spring Valley, Jamul, and Bonita!

New weather patterns for Spring Valley?

Are weather patterns changing in Spring Valley? We already had our first storm of the season when November brought some serious weather to San Diego County in the form of strong winds, heavy rain, and over 7 inches of snow in the higher elevations around Mount Laguna. And last December, San Diego County experienced a new weather system - a weak atmospheric river.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) defines atmospheric rivers as long, narrow regions of the atmosphere, similar to a river in the sky that carry most of the water vapor outside of the tropics. They are columns of water that move with the weather and can carry as much water as what is found at the mouth of the Mississippi River!

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul knows that every second counts when responding to storm damage emergencies and our technicians have the advanced training, experience, and equipment to mitigate the property damage and restore your home or business back to preloss condition.

Call Us!

Wind and rainstorms can damage your home or commercial business. SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond to your call 24 hours a day. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley /Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire, Soot, and Smoke Damage in Spring Valley?

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

A room is completely filled with smoke from a fire. We restore damage caused by smoke, soot, and fire in Jamul.

Smokey Home Blues

My roommate forgot to blow out a candle on a wooden shelf in her bathroom one night and I awoke to the sound of the smoke detectors going off all through my Spring Valley home. The Spring Valley Volunteer Fire Department firefighters came out and were able to extinguish the fire quickly, and although the fire damage was contained to the bathroom, the smell of smoke soaked into the carpets, drapes, and furniture in the entire house! Everything smelled like smoke. Yuck!

I called SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul, and they sent over a team of fire restoration technicians to mitigate the damage caused by the fire and firefighting efforts. In no time, they removed all the fire-damaged debris and pulled off the damaged drywall where the fire had ignited and burned. They cleaned the area, and because they have a General Contractor License, they also took care of the structural repairs, restoring my home to preloss condition in no time. They were even able to remove the smoke smell in the rest of the house!

Call Us!

No matter how big or small the fire damage is, SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has the training, experience, and equipment to restore your home or commercial business to preloss condition quickly and efficiently. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Possible Causes for Water Damage in Jamul

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

Causes & Categories of Water Damage in Jamul

An old poem has the line, “water, water, everywhere”. When you need to say this in your home or office, you know there is trouble. You may be looking at water damage. There are several different possible causes of water damage in Jamul.

Causes can include:

  • Leaky dishwashers or washing machines
  • Clogged pipes
  • Leaking roofs
  • Broken toilet pipes
  • Heavy rain
  • Snow or ice

The amount of water damage depends on the amount of water and on the cause of the damage. 

It is also important to start the cleanup as soon as possible. The longer your home or business is water-logged, the more damage.

Categories of Water Damage in Jamul:

  1. Clean water. It might come from an overflowing sink or a broken appliance. The water does not pose a threat to people. Keep in mind that any water will become contaminated after it stops flowing.
  2. Gray water. This water is contaminated from the get-go. It comes from broken toilets or sump pumps. It might not look dirty, or it might be brown.
  3. Blackwater. Like gray water, it might not look dirty. One major source of black water is broken sewage pipes. Another source is any water that has been standing still. 

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jumal is Independently Owned and Operated.

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Links:

http://www.thewaterpage.com/water-damage-effects.htm

Evacuation when Medical Supplies Are Needed for your Well-being in Spring Valley

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage & Evacuation in Spring Valley.

Some of these items can be kept in a waterproof container (your emergency kit). Medications probably cannot, but you can have them ready to bring with you.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul suggests having these items prepared in the event you would need to evacuate your home in Spring Valley. 

  • Copies of medical insurance & Medicare cards
  • Warm blankets
  • Extra clothing, especially socks & undergarments
  • Bottled water
  • Batteries for your electronic devices
  • Written contact list

Some people in Spring Valley will also need to consider the following:

  • Make sure that at least one other person can get your medications &  supplies
  • Have at least a week-long supply of prescription medicines
  • A list of all medications, dosages, and allergies
  • An extra pair of glasses or extra contact lenses 
  • Hearing-aid batteries 
  • Games & activities for children

If you have pets in Spring Valley, consider these items:

  • Pet food and toys 
  • Toys or comfort objects
  • Vet information

Some shelters will not or cannot allow pets. Ahead of an emergency, find out which ones will allow your 4-legged loved ones. All shelters allow service animals.  

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is independently owned and operated.

Links:

https://www.fema.gov/ 

Commercial lighting equipment safety information for Spring Valley

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), one of the most common causes of commercial fires is electrical and lighting equipment. This type of fire is not easily predicted, as the lighting equipment can look totally fine on the outside in your Spring Valley business. SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul wants to share the following information about commercial fires and how safety equipment helps to lessen the damage and can assist in preventing any bodily injury:

  • Wet pipe sprinklers installed in the ceilings of commercial buildings are very effective in helping to fight the fire(s)
  • Building sprinklers should be examined and tested every 5 years 
  • There should always be a fire extinguisher in reach inside of a commercial building and they must be checked annually to ensure they are in working order
  •  If an office building is on fire, exit the building immediately and do not try to fight the fire yourself 
  • If there is a lot of smoke inside the building, cover your mouth and nose and do your best to not inhale any of it

In the unfortunate event that a commercial building does catch fire, rest assured that SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is prepared to help clean up any fire damage the building/area has sustained. 

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is independently owned and operated.


Link: https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/Building-and-Life-Safety/US-Structure-in-Office-Properties

Be Prepared for Flooding in Jamul

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

Reducing Flood Damage in Jamul:

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the U.S. They can happen anywhere, anytime. 25% of flood claims come from low-risk areas. SERVPRO of [Franchise] knows we can’t prevent storms. We can, however, reduce the amount of flood damage.

Lower the Risk of Flood Damage in Jamul:

  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports that flood insurance is available even in low-risk areas  
  • Check your county planning department to see if you live in a flood plain 
  • Raise equipment off the basement floor
  • Build barriers to stop flood water from getting into the basement
  • Use waterproofing sealants to avoid water damage
  • Do not keep important information or possessions in the basement
  • Back up computer files and keep them in a safe location
  • Install a sump pump
  • Install a drainage systems or flood wall in your yard

SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul wants you to be safe.

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/floods 

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/readiness.html

Tips to Stay Safe During a Storm in Spring Valley

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

Floods in Spring Valley:

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the U.S.  Flooding can happen near major bodies of water, but also inland. 

Floods can develop slowly or quickly. Floods that come with no warning are known as flash floods.

Floods:

  • Come from rain, snow, hurricanes, tornadoes, and storm surges
  • Overflows of dams or other water systems
  • Can cause power or water outages
  • Damage buildings
  • Create landslides
  • Make roads impassable
  • Sweep away people, animals, or cars

If you are in a flood in Spring Valley:

  • If you have a warning, get to a safe place
  • Don’t drive around barricades 
  • Don’t walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.  SERVPRO of Spring Valley/ Jamul likes the warning, “Turn around! Don’t Drown!”
  • 6 inches of moving water can knock a person down. 12 inches of moving water can sweep a car away
  • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. The water can wash bridges away
  • If your car is trapped in quickly-moving water, stay inside. If the water rises inside the vehicle, climb onto the roof
  • If you are trapped in a building, go to the highest level. Do NOT climb into a closed attic. Floodwater can trap you. Go to the roof only if there is no other escape

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/floods 

https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program 

Beware of Flash Flooding in Jamul

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding in a structure can occur through natural channels such as flash flooding or through the accumulation of water over a period of time from water line leaks/ruptures. Attacking this problem without professional help can become tedious and possibly dangerous in Jamul.

When your home and/or business are affected by water damage, it is critical to act immediately to minimize cost and inconvenience. SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul has trained professionals who are quick to respond and apply the latest equipment and techniques to make the removal of water and the restoration of your property as organized and pain-free as possible. The drying process is timed and documented to ensure the job is done quickly and completely. Our hope is that we can make the entire unwanted experience “Like it never even happened,” and that we can continue to be your cleanup and restoration specialists in the future.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Staying Healthy around Standing Water in Spring Valley

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Staying Healthy Around Standing Water in Spring Valley:

Standing water of any kind in Spring Valley can be a powerful source of disease. Floods can be worse due to the amount of water involved. Even small puddles can pose a risk. 

Different kinds of debris can be found in floodwater such as dead animals, rotted plants, and sewage, to name a few. If you have water damage inside your home, watch for debris in the home as well to include rotted food and electrical problems. 

Viruses and bacteria can cause illnesses. To reduce your chances of catching something, SERVPRO of  Spring Valley/Jamul suggests:

  • Washing dirty clothes and towels in hot water. Use bleach if possible
  • Remember that you can shake hands with an infected person and get infected. 
  • Do not allow children to play in the flood water
  • Wash children’s hands before meals
  • Disinfect toys before letting children play with them
  • Use bleach or other disinfectants on hard surfaces
  • Keep your hands washed

Cuts and rashes can become infected. Protect yourself and others in Spring Valley:

  • Avoid floodwaters if you have an open rash or a cut
  • Clean cuts or rashes. Cover them with a waterproof bandage
  • Clean cuts with soap and clean water
  • If a cut becomes red, swollen, or is oozing, get medical attention

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Commercial Flood Insurance in Spring Valley

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) provides flood insurance. The NFIP doesn’t sell insurance. Buy flood insurance from an insurance agent. 

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is interested in helping the businesses in our community become more educated on flood insurance. According to FEMA, 40% of small businesses do not reopen after experiencing a devastating flood. 

Things to know in Spring Valley. Check to see if you might be required to have flood insurance.

  • All agencies in Spring Valley charge the same for flood insurance
  • Standard commercial insurance doesn’t pay for flood damage
  • The NFIP sets the rates
  • Rates depend on:
    • whether you live in a flood plain
    • flood risk in your area
    • building’s age
    • building’s construction
  • Building property insurance covers the building
  • Personal property insurance covers the building’s contents
  • NFIP suggests you need both types
  • Policies go into effect 30 days after purchase
  • The NFIP help center number is 1-800-427-4661

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul recommends the following: 

  • Check whether or not your area participates in the NFIP
  • Check whether or not your area is part of the Community Rating System. The NFIP might have a discount
  • Talk to your insurance agent when you need to make changes

Make sure your business is protected from the devastation that comes with unwanted flooding in your office.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

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Links:

https://www.usa.gov/property-insurance 

www.fema.gov 

Thunderstorm preparedness in Spring Valley

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms are beautiful, but they can also be dangerous.  They can cause severe damage to your home and property in (City or County). Thunderstorms include lightning and can:

  • Include winds over 50 MPH
  • Create hail
  • Cause flash floods
  • Cause tornadoes

In most places, a thunderstorm can happen at any time of the year and at any time of the day.

SERVPRO® of (Franchise) knows you cannot prevent a thunderstorm, but you can prepare:

  • Know the risk for thunderstorms in (City or County) 
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system 
  • Cut down or trim trees that may fall on your home or office
  • Install surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul repeats the warning, “When thunder roars, go indoors”.  You don’t have to wait for the thunder. If there is a thunderstorm warning, go inside. Once there:

  • Unplug appliances
  • Do not use landline phones in office or home
  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings

If you can’t get inside a building:

  • If you are swimming or in a boat, get to land immediately.  Find shelter
  • If you are in a car, don’t touch anything metal
  • “Turn around. Don’t Drown. '' Avoid flooded roads. 6 inches of moving water can knock you down. One foot of moving water can sweep away your car. 

A lightning strike during a thunderstorm can leave a wake of destruction in its path. This can range from minor electrical issues to fire damage. Lightning is also a major cause of injury or death from weather-related dangers.  Most people survive being hit by lightning, but they often have long-term problems. 

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1527866280447-8ee0ba123e9a7b91c75b97dfb62cb657/ThunderStorm_May2018.pdf 

Mold Remediation in Jamul?

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

A green wall is covered with various types of mold, creating an abstract pattern. We are mold remediation specialists in the Spring Valley and Jamul areas.

Mold Growths in My Home?

I’ll never forget when I was selling my home in Jamul and the home inspector uncovered mold growing in my basement behind my washing machine. The washing machine had a leaking water hose that I replaced the month before and thought nothing of it.

Evidently, this dark, moist environment created the perfect breeding ground for mold, and it didn’t take long for the area to become infested!  I knew it smelled musty down there, but I attributed the funny smell to the fact that this was an older home. I was astounded to learn about the mold issue, and I called SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul right away.

They sent out a team of  mold remediation technicians, and they told me that the mold could never be completely eradicated, but it could be mitigated and remediated. They isolated the affected area using physical barriers and a negative air pressure chamber to contain contaminated areas. They completed the remediation process, and the musty smell was gone!

Mold Remediation Process

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has the experience and equipment to remediate mold in your Jamul home or commercial business. Call us today at 619-600-5305.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Burst Pipe in Bonita?

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

A workbench is shown with many construction tools laying on it. we respond to water damage emergencies 24 hours a day in the Spring Valley area.

Soggy Wall

It wasn’t until I saw the stain forming on my wall in my Bonita house that I knew I had a plumbing problem. The water stain bloomed and caused the drywall to become soggy. The plumber came out and tore apart the wall and repaired the leaking pipe, but I was left with a soggy mess to clean up. I called  SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul right away. They came out and assessed the damage. They used moisture detection devices to see how much moisture was present and set up air movers and blowers to remove the excess moisture. They explained that even though the water that caused the leak had been corrected, there was still moisture left in the drywall, floor, and structural framing that could cause the material to break down and could even cause mold to grow.

Once the area was completely dried, they replaced the soggy insulation, put up new drywall, and painted it to match the undamaged wall. The repairs were finished quickly, and when they were through, my wall looked like it did before the leak ever happened!

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul has a team of highly trained technicians on call 24 hours a day to respond to Bonita'swater damage emergencies. We also have a  General Contractor License,  so we supervise a full range of building services, giving you one point of contact for the entire job.  Call us today at 619-600-5305.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley /Jamul is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Damage Restoration in Jamul

9/28/2020 (Permalink)


When fire strikes your home or business in Jamul, CA, you can never truly be ready. The best you can do is be educated about your options and get the best help to repair the damages and get your life back to normal. Fire cleanup is no easy task. Fire damagewater damage from fire, smoke damage and soot damage need be addressed by seasoned professionals.

The primary consideration when a fire has been put out and damage can be assessed is whether the home or business is safe for habitation. If the damage is minor, staying in your home or returning to work is a possibility. If there is any structural damage it is best to find other accommodations until it can be repaired. Other concerns are electrical issues and slip and fall hazards. If these dangers are minor and you are equipped to deal with them, you can consider staying in your home or working in your office. Remember that wet materials are very heavy and it may take strength to move and deal with these objects.

After a Fire

The aftermath of fire damage and water damage from a fire in Jamul, California should include the following precautions:

• Keep soot damage to a minimum by limiting movement in the home. This will prevent particles from becoming embedded into carpets and upholstery.
• Wash hands often to prevent the transfer of soot to furniture and walls.
• In high traffic areas, place towels and old linens on the rugs and upholstery to minimize additional damage.
• Empty your refrigerator and freezer and prop the doors open if there is no electricity.
• A light coat of petroleum jelly or oil will help clean and protect chrome surfaces.
• Revive your houseplants by washing on both sides of the leaves.
• Put double layers of cheesecloth over air registers and change the HVAC filters.

Things Not to Do After a Fire

After a fire, residents of California should take precautions during the fire cleanup process. Contacting an experienced fire damage professional in Jamul, CA will assist you in ensuring the process goes smoothly and prevents further damage to your property. Here are a few precautions you can take:

• Do to smoke and soot damage, don’t attempt to wash painted surfaces such as walls or shampoo carpet and upholstery. Contact your fire clean-up professional first.
• Never attempt to eat food or beverages that were in close proximity to the fire, water or heat.
• Don’t use any fixtures attached to a wet ceiling. The wiring may have been damaged.
• Do not send clothing to a regular dry cleaner. Soot and smoke odor may be set permanently if the proper cleaning procedures are not followed.

Hire a Professional Fire Clean-Up Service

Residents in Jamal will benefit from a professional service assessing and addressing issues following a fire. A professional will provide structural cleaning. After determining the extent of the damage, experienced pros will thoroughly clean walls, ceilings, furniture, carpet, and flooring. A good service uses specific equipment and products to clean light soot deposits, preventing the cost of repainting or refinishing those surfaces. If significant damage has been done, the experienced pros will be able to prepare surfaces and properly deodorize the smoke damage so that new paint and finish will properly adhere.

Content cleaning involves all the items able to be restored. Contents will need to be properly cleaned and deodorize including furniture, drapes, rugs, and upholstery. Testing of fabrics should be conducted to determine which products and cleaning methods will be the most effective. All contents should be restored to their condition before the fire including art, electronics, furniture, clothing, and bedding.

Air quality after a fire is a consideration. Find a service that will eliminate offensive odor caused by fire and smoke and return your building to the pre-fire air quality. Don’t use a company that covers odors with a fragrance, find a service that determines the source of odors and removes them. Make sure your professional is able to explain the deodorization methods and determine which one will work best for you and your home or business.

Overview of Procedures Following a Fire

Your professional clean-up specialists should contact you within an hour of notice after a fire. You need to know that help is on the way. The company should be on site within four hours of notification to begin the mitigation service which is key to reducing costs. The experienced professional will walk you through the entire clean-up process and explain what to expect and possible outcomes. In eight hours, a good company will be able to provide a briefing with the scope of the clean-up project to the insurance adjustor or property manager.

The next step in the process is pretesting for what can be restored, beginning with the source of the damage and working outward before cleaning, restoring and deodorizing. The company should have the latest knowledge, products, and equipment to ensure the job is done correctly.

Specialized cleaning will be needed for some items such as electronics. The experienced professional will know how to properly clean the metal casing to prevent moisture and residue from causing corrosion. Artwork may require an art restorer. The seasoned professional will subcontract fine art if it is damaged. In any case, a detailed list of the items that are restorable and those that are not should be presented and explained. A summary of the findings along with the steps that will be taken for cleaning and restoration should be presented.

Finally, after the completion of the job, a walk-through should be completed. The customer should be completely satisfied with the job. If there are questions or concerns, they should be addressed immediately by the clean-up supervisor. Following these steps will help reduce the expenses from an unexpected fire in your home or business and quickly restore property back to its pre-fire state. After a fire has occurred in your home or business, locating an experienced fire clean-up specialist is the quickest and most guaranteed way to restore your home back to normal. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on fire damage and cleanup services.

What to do if you have a fire loss

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

Fire loss is devastating. A fire loss not only affects you but all of those in the household. Sometimes it also affects those around you if the fire resulted in commercial fire damage. A fire in the home will will displace your entire family. The fire loss will have taken all the memories that you have accumulated over the years that you have lived in your residence. Fire damage is not just limited to the flames. Soot damage can affect the portions of the house that may not have been touched by the fire damage. Then there is the smoke damage. Smoke damage is almost impossible to remove from the remainder of the house that may not have been affected by the fire damage. Soot damage will leave a black film across all portions of the house not burned with the fire damage. While soot damage can be cleaned up it is a very large undertaking and sometimes cannot be cleaned off the surface. You may have to remove any soot damage articles and replace them. Maybe the soot damage did not reach all the areas of your home, but the smoke damage did. Smoke damage is much like that of soot damage. Smoke damage leaves a film on your belongings and is so very difficult to get the smell out of them. You do need to be aware of any type of air quality issue as well. Even a small fire in the home can result in the entire home being deemed a loss. A fire in the home can be a daunting task to when it comes time to start the fire cleanup. Fire cleanup is the most difficult task to undertake. During the fire cleanup you are sifting through what is left of the fire damage and this can spark the emotions of loss.

Commercial fire damage, unlike fire in the home, can affect more than just your home. Commercial fire damage is a fire in a business. These commercial fires damage can affect the air quality, depending on what the contents of the building was that caught fire. If it any type of caustic material you will need to follow proper protocol to eliminate any air quality issues. Air quality issues will affect the air that others breathe. If this is bad the EPA will need to know what to do to fix the air quality around the fire damage. Fire loss for the business can be detrimental. Fire loss means that they are not able to operate and they will lose the business from that particular business. Commercial fire damage worse than a fire fire in the home due to it being a fire in a business. It not only is a loss for them, it is a loss for their income. Fire in a business means no income until the fire cleanup is completed. A fire in a business is the same loss as a residential home but the fire cleanup may be a little different as the insurance for the fire in a business is a little different due to insurance company requirements. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on fire loss.

Why use a professional water damage company

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

After significant water damage in a home, the goal is to renovate the property and restore its original value as well as mitigating such problem in the future. An emergency response team can help you when it comes to home restoration in the quest to handle the problem as soon as possible. The extent of the water damage will have a huge impact on the overall cost of repair. If you are lucky, the insurance company can help you to meet a substantial part of the home restoration bill.

While flooding can lead to significant water damage, a leaky roof or basement can also escalate the problem. It is vital to fix the leaks as part of your flood mitigation regimen and reduce the impact of floods in your home. While the signs of water damage are obvious, the floods have some secondary effects that include rotting of wood or development of mildew. It is vital to dry the water in home surfaces and eliminate the puddles that can cause such problems in the future. The restoration company will rely on various methods when drying the water in business floors, such as the natural or artificial methods. Flood mitigation is vital since you can reduce the cost of home repair if you abate the impact of floods in your property. The process of home repair after flooding involves water cleanup, deodorizing, drying, and dehumidifying. In the event of a pipe break in the kitchen, you are likely to end up with a flooded home. A flooded home can also be a result of a bathroom pipe break, meaning that the regular inspection of the system is vital.


The home restoration process entails fixing the source of the floods, water cleanup, drying, and taking the key steps during flood mitigation to prevent such an occurrence in the future. The poor flow of water in home drains due to blockages can lead to some potential flooding problems. Before you embark on the water cleanup, be sure to address the flaws in the drainage system. Installing some backflow preventers in the sewer and drainage systems is vital if you are looking to protect your home from contaminants. During the water cleanup, the consultants will use some disinfectants and detergents to clean your home and eliminate the contaminants. Besides addressing the supply line break, be sure to repair the leaks.

Remove all the water in home walls, carpets, and floor by pumping it out, mopping, and drying with the natural methods. As you eliminate the water in home walls and basements, avoid using a heater that might weaken the concrete walls. The best way to handle the flood damage after the leakage of water in business carpets is to get them out of the house for airing. The flow of water in business floors can lead to extensive flood damage that calls for expert intervention. When it comes to the elimination of water in business basements, you should avoid using a pump that causes the reduction of pressure and weakening of the walls. Avoid the unexpected pipe break by evaluating the plumbing system occasionally.

Mitigation is vital when it comes to the renovation of a flooded home. However, the success of the mitigation initiatives depends on the restoration company that you choose. A reputable restoration company is equipped with the requisite materials and expertise to handle the damages and renovate your flooded home back to its original state. If the supply line break is the main cause of the flood damage, stopping the flow of water in a flooded home is vital. Flaws in the plumbing system can cause flood damage after the supply line break. Sealing the pipes is a good way to prevent the supply line breaks in the future. The restoration company will propose several solutions when dealing with the pipe break in your bathroom.
Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on water damage.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

9/26/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Spring Valley / Jamul today at  (619) 600-5305 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

We are Cleaning Experts

9/26/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Spring Valley / Jamul, (619) 600-5305

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

COVID-19 Precautions

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

It is important to us that our customers know the steps SERVPRO of Spring Valley / Jamul is taking to reduce the risk of team member exposure to the virus.  These precautionary steps we have taken as a company include:

  • All tools and equipment coming into your property have been cleaned and disinfected.
  • All workers wear personal protective equipment to protect themselves while performing work.
  • We’ve all been provided with training to safely work in contaminated environments.
  • We’ve all been provided with training to identify coronavirus symptoms and carefully monitor ourselves and our co-workers.
  • We have stringent safety and health policies and procedures; and we continually strive to follow and improve our safe work practices.

Overall, we are taking the appropriate measures to ensure we don’t cross contaminate our customers, our co-workers, or our families.  We cannot make any guarantees that the virus could not enter your property, but we can tell you that we have taken every possible measure to protect customers and team members alike.

Whether it is a water loss, fire damage, or a cleaning request, please know that SERVPRO of Spring Valley / Jamul is still here for the entire San Diego community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

COVID-19 Cleaning

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Spring Valley / Jamul, (619) 600-5305

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

Preventing Frozen Pipes in San Diego

2/8/2020 (Permalink)

Water spigot with icicles on it Frozen Spigot

We’re in the middle of winter and seeing a lot of cold nights.  While San Diego has one of the best climates in the US, it is not uncommon for the weather to drop below freezing during these few winter months.  With these low temperatures come the real threat of pipes freezing or bursting from the low temperatures.  Avoiding frozen pipes can save you thousands of dollars.  Here are a few tips to help keep the water flowing and pipes from freezing:

Ensure your Pipes are well insulated

This will need to be done long before a predicted freeze, but is the most important and effective way to prevent pipes from freezing.  Most plumbing pipes run though the attic where the temperature usually closely mimics the exterior temperature.  Ensuring that all water pipes and fire sprinkler pipes are well wrapped is the best way to protect them from the elements.

Drain your sprinkler system

Turn of the supply to your sprinkler system and open the valves on the coldest nights.  This will allow the pipes to expand as needed during a freeze without breaking. 

Leave a faucet slightly opened

In the case of freezing weather a dripping faucet is a good thing.  On the coldest of nights open a faucets slightly to allow water to drip.  This will not only make it less likely that the pipe will freeze as the water will be moving, but if it does freeze it will reduce the pressure and make a rupture much less likely. 

Know where your shutoff is

In the event you do get a leak or have a plumbing issue, knowing where the water shutoff is and ensuring that it works will allow you to stop the water flow.  Test your shutoff at least once a year and make sure it moves freely and actually stops the water flow to your home.

If you do end up with water damage in your home Contact SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul at (619) 600-5305 24/7 and we will make it "Like it never even happened.”

Upcoming Heavy rains

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

Standing water outside of a home Flood water outside a home

With rain in the future it is important to make sure that your San Diego property is protected from potential flooding.  Home owners should take a few steps to ensure that their home is protected from flood waters. 

Start by clearing debris from your landscape drainage and rain gutters to ensure that rain water does not accumulate against your home. 

Prior to heavy rains place sand bags in any low lying areas to prevent standing water against your property.  You can often receive free sand bags from the local authorities.  Check https://www.readysandiego.org/content/dam/oesready/en/flooding/Unincorporated-Flooding-Flyer.pdf for locations offering sand and sand bags.

If your preparation efforts aren’t successful and water does enter your home, call SERVPRO of Spring Valley / Jamul and our certified staff will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Does Your Spring Valley or Jamul Home Have A Mold Problem?

1/1/2020 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (619) 600-5305

When Storms or Floods hit Spring Valley or Jamul, SERVPRO is ready!

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Spring Valley or Jamul, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,750 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams https://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com/disaster-recovery that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (619) 600-5305

Spring Valley and Jamul 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 
(619) 600-5305

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul

SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

How Does Smoke Damage Affect My Home?

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke damage from an electrical fire.

Raging fires cost tens of billions of dollars each year in damage to American homes. According to the National Fire Protection Association, firefighters respond to a blaze every 24 seconds somewhere in the US.

Fires themselves cause a lot of direct destruction, but intense heat isn’t the only problem. Smoke can cause a surprising amount of lasting harm, and homes that have survived a fire—even if they appear relatively unscathed—must be inspected quickly to determine what recovery options are needed.

Common Issues with Fire and Smoke Damage

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a home that’s still standing after a blaze breaks out. Even if you are, fire and smoke can seriously impact your structure and belongings, and the effects aren’t always immediately obvious.

  • Weakened building structure—obviously, a home primarily built from wood is at serious risk in the event of a fire. But even other materials can suffer severe structural damage, as blazing heat warps metal and causes concrete to expand and crack. Living in a home with structural damage can easily be life-threatening, with the risk of ceilings collapsing and walls caving in without notice. You’ll absolutely need to get proper clearance from an authorized professional—and to make repairs if necessary.
  • Discolored walls and ceilings—smoke, soot, and ash will readily stain any surface they come into contact with. Cleaning up these messes isn’t quite as straightforward as it sounds. We scrub these surfaces carefully, making sure to avoid oversaturation (which can disintegrate weakened materials, or lead to mold growth). Common household cleaners, like bleach and ammonia, are not ideal in certain situations, as they can stain or destroy wallpaper.
  • Damaged furniture—even furniture that has escaped the direct touch of flames may carry “scars” from the fire, especially a lingering smoky smell. Our technicians are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors across a variety of material types—like wood, fabric, and leather.

If you’ve recently experienced a fire, turn to SERVPRO of Spring Valley / Jamul for fire and smoke damage restoration services. Our trained professionals will assess the situation, create a plan of action, repair, and clean—restoring your home (or business) to its original condition. For more information, call (619) 600-5305 or contact us online.

Hurricane Michael

10/13/2018 (Permalink)

Here to Help®

Hurricane Michael made landfall causing major flooding and wind destruction in the Florida Panhandle with the storm track continuing into Georgia. In addition to the 160 local Franchises in the Hurricane Michael affected areas, SERVPRO also has a national network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country. Our designated Disaster Recovery Teams have been activated and will be deploying to the affected areas as needed.

You Can Help By Making a Donation Today!

The American Red Cross is working around the clock along the East Coast to help the thousands of people whose lives have been affected by Hurricane Michael.  I link below will take you to the American Red Cross page for Hurricane Michael relief. 

Click HERE to make a donation

Timely Drying and Mold

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water from a small leak unaddressed for about 6 days

Have you ever returned home to find water on your kitchen floor or had your toilet overflow for no apparent reason? 

Seeing only a small amount of water the typical response to a situation like that is to simply mop up the water with some towels and go on with your day.  Once the water is gone we tend not to think about it again.  That is until a week or so passes and the affected area begins to smell.

What you may not have realized at the time is that while you were able to remove the water from the surface of the floor, some of it entered the walls and possibly even the cabinets.  This water then just sat there.  But stagnant water does not just sit.  It degrades, it softens materials, and it is the essential item needed for mold growth.

If you have a leak, no matter how small, Call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Spring Valley / Jamul and let us dry your property quickly to avoid those odors and the potential health risks associated with mold growth. 

How To Prepare Your Building for Storm Season

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fallen tree by storm damage in a Jamul, CA home

When storm season approaches in Jamul, CA, it is important to make sure your building is ready to withstand the oncoming onslaught. Regular exterior maintenance is the key to preventing problems that arise from storm flooding. To make sure your commercial property is ready, you need to perform a regular building inspection on all exteriors.

Inspect the Cladding

Cladding is the layer that covers and protects surfaces from exposure to the elements and the potential subsequent damage. Your cladding needs to be repaired if you see any of the following problems:

  • Patches of rust
  • Peeling top layer
  • Warped or loosened cladding

Weaknesses in the cladding can lead to a greater vulnerability to storm flooding. Exterior maintenance, preferably by certified professionals, may need to be done in order to ensure that your building is protected.

Inspect the Walls

Floodwaters can get into the tiniest cracks, so you need to be vigilant when it comes to keeping the exterior walls of your building maintained. You want to do more than just peer at them with your naked eyes. Tests can be performed on the air or water infiltration levels. That is, professionals can discern how much water your walls are likely to let in and how you can stop it.

Inspect the Windows

The windows are some of the most vulnerable features of your building's exterior. There are several parts of the window that may be prone to leakage, especially if the window is opened frequently, causing enhanced wear and tear. Make sure you have adequate weather stripping to keep everything sealed tight. Check for holes and proper insulation. You can also enhance your window's protection with upgrades such as electrochromic glass.

Don't let storm season sneak up on you. By conducting regular inspections and exterior maintenance, you can ensure that your commercial property can fend for itself, protecting its interiors against the average storm.

5 Signs You Need To Replace Your Toilet

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Sewage backup in a Spring Valley, CA home

A leaking toilet can cause a lot of water damage in your Spring Valley, CA, home. If you let the fixture remain in your bathroom, you may have recurring water problems. It can be hard to know when a repair can fix the problem or when you need to replace the toilet. Use these tips to help you figure out what's right for your situation.

1. Standing water at the base. Standing water around your toilet is a sure sign you have a leak. You may notice this puddle of water if the seal of your toilet is old and worn out. Not only could this stream of fluids cause damage, but it can cost you money in wasted water too.
2. Widespread corrosion. An old toilet may have rust on some metal parts. If you notice this corrosion on multiple pieces of your fixture, it's often better to replace it rather than try to repair it.
3. Cracks in the porcelain. Cracks in the tank or bowl can also lead to a leaking toilet. These cracks may form over time or when a heavy object falls on the toilet. Look for signs of damage every time you clean the bathroom.
4. Constant running. A constantly running toilet usually points to a worn-out flapper or a misaligned float. Sometimes this issue can be addressed with a toilet repair, however, in some cases a replacement may be best.
5. Hissing in the tank. Do you hear a strange hissing sound coming from your tank? This could be a sign that water is being forced through a smaller-than-normal hole. Whether you have sediment buildup or a worn-out valve, it could be a sign that you need to think about a replacement soon.

If you have a leaking toilet, you should call in a plumber and water remediation team to address the situation. Working with these professionals can help you figure out if a repair or replacement is best for you.

Why Electronics Require Professional Damage After a Fire

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Countertop damaged after fire in Bonita, CA home

When your company is affected by a fire, the damage extends to more than just the structure of the building. Smoke and soot and the water from the firefighters' hoses could also cause damage to furnishings and equipment. Electronics are particularly sensitive to damages. After an electrical fire or any time your electronics have been exposed to smoke and soot, that equipment will need special attention.

1. What Happens When Electronics Are Exposed to Smoke

Even if there wasn't any fire in your building, the smoke that covers your electronics could cause the devices to overheat and premature failure. The inside components of the electronics often become coated with a black film that prevents heat-producing parts from getting adequate ventilation. Finally, smoke may be magnetically charged, leading to shorted circuits and adding to the risk of over-heating.

2. Soot Damages Electrical Components

Wherever smoke travels, soot is likely to settle. The acidity in the soot actually causes more damage than smoke. This acidity is often responsible for the disintegration of internal elements and the destruction of metal components.

3. Turning Devices On Could Destroy the Equipment

After the fire, you can be hurt when handling damaged electronics. Additionally, the wrong touch of a button could cause the loss of vital information. For these reasons, computer cleanup should be handled by experienced restoration professionals. Do not turn any of the electronics on to prevent hazardous exposure and further damages. If you do turn them on, the corrosive acids left by soot could lead to another electrical fire or immediately cause the device to fail.

An Immediate Response Is Vital

The best way to prevent the loss of computer data is to always have your information backed up to a storage device located somewhere else or stored to the cloud. The next best step is to get your equipment to a professional as quickly as possible. These technicians have the training and equipment necessary to prevent further losses of information. Prevent further electrical fire outbreaks by turning electronics over to professionals in Bonita, CA.

Quick Facts About Mold and Remediation

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Professionals can advise you about mold prevention.

It doesn't take long for a building to become infested with mold once moisture takes hold. A leaky pipe, rain in the attic, or a flooded basement could all lead to mold growth. Give those spores just two to three days and the entire property could be affected. If you live an area of high humidity or have any other reason to believe mold is present in your Spring Valley, CA, building, you need to have the right facts to deal with the problem.

Mold Facts

• Microscopic mold spores are everywhere, inside and outside.
• Spores are often airborne and may travel into your home through open windows or doors.
• Spores are likely to travel on your clothing, on a pet, or through the air conditioner or heater.
• Mold can grow quickly wherever there's water or moisture. If your indoor humidity is higher than usual, mold growth could occur.
• Sometimes a musty odor will help you locate problem areas.

Water Damage Facts

• The types of mold present in the building depend on the extent of water exposure. Long-lasting damage is more likely when excess water is allowed to sit.
• Water can lead to direct damage, such as swollen wood, and indirect damage, such as rotting wood. Water and elevated levels of humidity often lead to indirect damage through the growth of mold.
• Some of the leading causes of water damage (and mold) include broken dishwasher hoses, overflowing appliances, damaged pipes, clogged toilets, foundation cracks, and moisture behind walls.

Remediation Facts

• If you've found mold, stay out of the area, and don't allow anyone to disturb it.
• Turn off your HVAC and other fans.
• Contact a professional right away.
• Don't try to dry the area yourself, and don't put bleach or other disinfectants on the mold. This may interfere with the specialized equipment professionals use.
• It's impossible to remove all mold, but remediation experts can bring mold levels back to appropriate levels.

Professionals can advise you about mold prevention. Whether you're recovering from mold growth or looking for ways to protect your Spring Valley, CA, property, area professionals can put you on the right path. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com/.

Dos and Don’ts for Putting Out Grease Fires

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Remember these dos and don’ts to keep your home safe when you cook.

Cooking with grease is one of the leading causes of kitchen fires in homes. Hopefully, you’ll never experience the damage that one can cause in your Spring Valley, CA, home, but if you encounter a grease fire while cooking, there are a few things you can do to put it out.

• DO: Turn Off the Heat

The first thing to do is turn off the heat source. Fires need heat to thrive.

• DO: Cover the Fire

Smothering the fire prevents oxygen from fueling the flames. Use a cookie sheet or a metal lid to cover the fire. Glass and ceramic can explode from heat, making them dangerous to use as a cover.

• DO: Pour on Some Baking Soda

If you’re up against a small fire, pouring baking soda onto the flames will put it out. This only works for small fires because it requires a lot of baking soda to do the job.

• DO: Use a Fire Extinguisher (If You Must)

For worst case scenarios, Class K or B fire extinguishers will put out grease flames. This will make a mess and contaminate your kitchen, however. After using an extinguisher, experts can assist with fire cleanup.

• DON’T: Pour on Water

Pouring water onto grease can actually make the fire worse. Remember that water and oil do not mix!

• DON’T: Use Other Baking Products

Baking soda is the only baking product that can put out a grease fire. Baking powder and flour look similar but have different reactions with flames.

• DON’T: Use Fabric to Swat at the Fire

Using a kitchen rag, blanket or other fabric to swat at a fire only fans the flames. Even worse, the fabric is flammable and can catch fire, too.


A grease fire is preventable if you stay close to food while it cooks and use safety precautions, but accidents do happen. Remember these dos and don’ts to keep your home safe when you cook. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com//

How To Mitigate Mold After a Flood

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Unmitigated mold growth after a storm in Spring Valley, CA, can wreak havoc on your home and your health.

Recovering from a flood at your home in Spring Valley, CA, can be an overwhelming and time consuming process. If you do not act quickly after the storm, standing water can breed bacteria and encourage mold growth. Questions you may ask after a flood can include:

• How do you know if mold is growing?
• How quickly do you need to act?
• What steps do you take to mitigate the problem?

How Does Mold Grow?

Mold spores are everywhere in the environment. Typically, the spores do not endanger you or your home at normal levels. However, these microscopic organisms can flourish under the right conditions. Mold needs moisture to grow and spread. After a flood, the standing water in your home is the perfect environment for mold to multiply. Dampness remaining in floors, walls and basements after the flood water subsides can cause mold growth in as little as 48 hours. So, be on the lookout for an earthy, musty smell indicative of mold. The color of mold varies, including black, brown, white, green or orange.

How Is Mold Remediated?

Mold cannot be completely eradicated, as it exists in nature and is everywhere. It can be remediated in your home by taking the following steps:

• Act fast to prevent the mold from developing and spreading. Immediately contact a team of water restoration and mold remediation specialists to remove the excess standing water. The company inspects for visible and hidden mold and moisture, contains the affected area, and filters spores from the air. Porous materials are removed, such as carpeting, and remaining surfaces are treated for bacteria, cleaned and sanitized.
• Your role as the homeowner is to immediately turn off the HVAC system if you suspect mold growth. This will prevent the further spread of spores. Do not touch the mold or attempt to clean it yourself.

Unmitigated mold growth after a storm in Spring Valley, CA, can wreak havoc on your home and your health. Recognize the signs and act quickly by having a mold remediation specialist out to your home as soon as possible after your home floods. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com/.

What to Do When the Water Heater Leaks

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

A leaking water heater in your San Diego home can cause a lot of damage and time is a critical factor for cleaning

You just got back from the grocery, with your arms full of bags, when you open the garage door and see water everywhere. You follow the path and realize that you have a leaking water heater. Well, put the milk in the fridge and read this quick guide for some immediate steps to take before the water remediation specialists arrive.

Safety First

Whenever there is a leak in your home in San Diego, you should first mitigate your personal injury risk. Be sure to turn off the electricity at your main circuit breaker panel before doing any cleaning around the broken water heater. Also think of electrical areas you may not be able to see, realizing that anywhere the water has contacted electricity, including wiring in the walls or under the floor, is dangerous. Once the electrocution risk is eliminated, also be careful to avoid slipping and falling from the water.

Stop the Leak

Now that you've turned off the power, you can turn off the cold water supply that leads to your leaking water heater. Usually, the valve on the water supply pipe is the only thing you will need to turn off, but if you can't access that area, you may need to turn off your main household water supply.

Start Cleaning

It's very important to thoroughly clean the water as quickly as you can. Here are few things you can do to clean the mess from the failed water heater while you wait for restoration professionals to arrive:

• Remove excess water with mops and rags.
• Remove smaller fixtures and furniture from the water and wipe them dry.
• Protect furniture legs by putting wooden blocks or aluminum foil underneath.
• Remove personal belongings from the water.
• Increase airflow in the room by running fans and turning up the air conditioning.

A leaking water heater can cause a lot of damage and time is a critical factor for cleaning. You'll need to carefully follow instructions from the professionals to avoid complications, such as further contaminated water from exposure to hazardous chemicals or microbes. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com/.

First Aid Kit Essentials for Your Building

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

You never know when disaster may strike, which is why it’s essential to have a first aid kit in your building. An emergency kit can be critical to preventing further injury while waiting for a San Diego, CA emergency response teams. But just what makes up a good first aid kit, and what should you keep in stock at all times?

Safety First

The important thing to remember about a first aid kit is that it’s not meant to act as a substitute for proper medical care and treatment in a safe healthcare facility. It’s meant to provide immediate response to situations involving illness and injury to stabilize and treat the injured or sick person until they can receive further care. With that in mind, your first aid kit should have:

• Gauze pads in varying sizes, preferably from 4 x 4” squares to 6 x 10” pads
• A roll of gauze
• Triangular bandages
• Band-Aids or other adhesive bandages
• Adhesive tape
• Scissors
• Latex or vinyl gloves for safety and cleanliness
• Moistened towelettes for wound cleaning
• Tweezers
• Resuscitation equipment
• Blankets
• A splint
• Elastic wraps

One other thing you should always include in your first aid kit is emergency contact information for local emergency services. While everyone knows to call 911 in the event of an emergency, it can also be useful to have contact numbers for local fire and police departments.

One thing to keep in mind is that the materials in a first aid kit can expire. You should always double-check the supplies on a regular basis, and replace anything that’s expired. Considering that others in the office may make use of the kit without replenishing it, you should also periodically check the supplies to ensure everything is inadequate supply. Safety also means preparedness, and always ensuring you have the appropriate supplies on hand. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com/.

How To Address Water Damage at Your Commercial Property

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

If you have water damage in your San Diego commercial property, it is important to hire experts to help you recover.

When you suffer water damage at your commercial property in San Diego, CA, all is not lost. No matter how bad the damage seems, the water cleanup process can help you regain what the flooding damaged or destroyed. Water restoration specialists have the expertise required to resolve your water problem from assessment to restoration.

Assessment

The first thing the professionals are likely to do is to assess the damage. First, they find the source. Many things can cause water damage:

• Broken pipes
• Triggered fire sprinklers
• Storms
• Overflowing toilet
• Swelling groundwater

Once they have pinpointed the source, they can survey the damage. They may have to remove walls or flooring, and their initial assessment tells them that. They also may take the opportunity to test water for contamination.

Extraction

After reviewing the problem, the technicians begin to extract the water. They may use industrial wet vacs, commercial size fans or other drying techniques. It is important to remove as much moisture as possible to keep mold from growing, thus exacerbating the problem. Wet items must also be removed.

Disinfection

Unless the damage was caused by broken pipes or supply lines, the water in question probably will be contaminated. Buildings affected by dirty water must be thoroughly cleaned before anyone can enter into them in order to work. After the specialists are finished drying out the building and salvaging the items they can, they must disinfect both the building and its contents.

Restoration

The last goal of the professional remediation specialists is to make your commercial property in San Diego, CA, look as good as it did before. Walls that were torn out must be replaced. Carpet or tile that remains after pieces were discarded must be matched up with flooring that looks nice. Ideally, the building will look like it never had damage to begin with.

If you have water damage in your commercial property, it is important to hire experts to help you recover. Certified technicians are trained to do a thorough job. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com/.

Restoring Recent Water Damage

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mitigation of flood damage can help you remove water in your home before it becomes water damage.

A water damage restoration crew will assist to minimize flood damage by using a water cleanup crew to remove water in your home. Drying the water damage completely after a successful water cleanup will likely help you to avoid any permanent water damage. Water in a business causing flood damage can be dealt with in the same way.

Water Damage Restoration

You must start working quickly not letting any water sit. Mold can grow within 24 hours of the water damage occurring. If someone began water cleanup soon, they could avoid permanent flood damage. The same rule applies for water in a business, don't wait more than 24 hours to begin your water damage restoration project.

Water in Your Business

Having water in your business is just as bad as having water in your home and be dealt with much the same way. The first thing that should be done is that everything needs to be taken out. You will have to assess all of the property that you bring out to see if anything is worth saving. If any furniture is entirely soaked, it should be gotten rid of. If something is just a little bit damp, it can be set outside in the sun and open air movement for drying.

Mitigation, Mitigation, Mitigation

When everything has been removed from the area, water cleanup can begin. Water in a home can be extracted in a few different ways. A pump can be used to move large amounts of water outside of the home. A vacuum that can be used with water will help once the pump has done its job. After that, a mop can be utilized. Remove all the water that you can.
Drying With Powerful Air Movement

Water in a business is removed in the same way. After you have done what you can using the other tools, pick up an industrial fan and a high capacity dehumidifier. The dehumidifier will remove moisture from the air while the powerful fans will direct air movement to where it is needed the most. Drying is sped up this way so that mold does not have the time to multiply.
Bringing Back Your Furniture

It is better to get rid of a sofa than it is to put one with water damage that will spawn mold back into your newly restored area. Make sure that the pieces you did save don't have any funny smells to them or anything after they are dried with air movement. That's a good sign that your piece of furniture is moldy.

Water Damage Restoration is an easy way to save a lot of money on the permanent flood damages associated with water damage. By completely drying a home or business quickly, mold will not be an issue. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on water damage.

How to Properly Use an Extinguisher

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

A fire extinguisher is a great safety tool you can put in your building.

Do you have a kitchen in your commercial building? Employees in Spring Valley, CA, may appreciate the convenience of having a small kitchenette at work, but this space could also increase the risk of a fire. If you do have a kitchen, your commercial fire damage mitigation team will tell you that having a fire extinguisher in the room is a must.

Not only is having the safety equipment important, but you need to make sure your tenants know how to use it. Below are the steps needed to properly use an extinguisher.

• Assess the flames. This safety tool is meant to stop a fire before it gets too big. If the flames are taller than you, you should evacuate rather than use the extinguisher.
• Consider the extinguisher. A fire extinguisher should have a gauge on it. If the needle is not in the green, the tank may not have the pressure needed to put the fire out. It may be a good idea to evacuate rather than try to use a faulty tool.
• Pull the pin. A small pin is used to keep the nozzle in an off position when the extinguisher is not in use. Before you can spray the foam inside and stop a kitchen fire, you need to pull out this pin.
• Aim the nozzle. For the best effect, you want the spray to hit the fire at its base. Point the nozzle in the right direction.
• Squeeze the trigger. You have to manually activate the extinguisher for the foam to come out. Try to keep your aim even when squeezing.
• Use a sweeping motion. You don't have to keep the nozzle completely stationery. You should actually sweep it from side to side at the base of the flames.

A fire extinguisher is a great safety tool you can put in your building. You should definitely have an extinguisher in areas prone to fires, such as kitchens. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com/.

Dealing With a Water Loss in Spring Valley California

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Spring Valley California and Jamul CA are in San Diego County, and it is very beautiful there. There are mostly sunny days, and the last thing that anyone would think of would be a flood. However, at times the rain is so intense that flooding is a possibility. Even so, it is possible for someone in their home to have a leaky pipe or a pipe that breaks. This can cause water damage just as severe as a flood.


When a home suffers flood damage or water damage, it can be just as bad as a fire or a storm that has high enough winds to do damage to property. Whenever water arrives unexpectedly in enough quantity to soak your belongings, they are as good as gone. When this type of water in home or water in business damage occurs most of your belongings become soaked and very susceptible to bacteria and mold which is impossible to get rid of.

Items such as sofas, pillows, pictures, carpeting, padding, draperies, tapestries, drywall, electrical systems, and other items that soak up water will all be ruined. The first thought might be to attempt to salvage some of these things, but it is hopeless to try to do so. The mold and bacteria will soon set in, and it is impossible to dry out these items.

Mold
Mold is an organism that grows from a tiny spore that floats through the air. All it needs is a moist spot, a dark place, and no moving air. Once a spore lands and finds these conditions, it will grow. It grows rapidly too. One small patch can grow over an entire wall in a week or so.

An individual should not try to wipe off the mold because it has roots. People should not expose themselves to the mold because it begins giving off spores as it grows and if inhaled can lead to health and respiratory problems. Mold will grow on just about any surface except glass. Mold has to be treated by experts and killed so that it doesn't grow back.

Bacteria
Bacteria usually comes in with the flood water and simply grows from there. If the flood is from the outside just about anything can be in the water from raw sewage, chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers, petroleum products, soil and some other harmful items. Once this type of water touches anything, the items will be contaminated and will need to be thrown out.

The Process
A mitigation of water in home and water in business types of flood damage must be removed by specific processes such as water removal and drying processes. Usually, the water can be removed with high-speed pumps if there is standing water and the flood has stopped, or the pipe that broke is repaired.

Once the water cleanup process is completed, a drying process can take place by using industrial style fans that create air movement over the area that was flooded. This process can take up to two to three days before things begin to get dry.

The air movement that is created by the fans does a lot to take care of the surface moisture, but with items that soak up the water, there is no hope of ever salvaging those items. They will have to be thrown out and discarded because the mold and bacteria will find them to be wonderful homes for their growth.

Mitigation of the area continues with any minor water cleanup of the area and the sanitation of the area. A complete sterilization of the area must take place to kill all of the bacteria and mold so that it won't grow back later. This is a very thorough process, and no area must be missed because if it is missed, the mold and bacteria will have a foothold from which to flourish.

When everything is removed that soaks up water and the area has been cleaned and sanitized, reconstruction can commence. Drywall and even some studs may need to be replaced along with wiring and wall sockets. Flooring and carpeting may need replacement as well as molding and finishing of wood.

Painting and finishing may need to take place, and then new furniture and fixtures can be put into place. In many instances, if the damage is invasive enough an entire rebuilding process may need to take place. This may seem to be a lot of work and expense, and it is. However, you don't want a drop of water or any contaminants to be left for that can start a cycle of deterioration over time that can stay hidden for a long time, only to appear years later.

Precautions

Even though floods are rare in California, they do happen. Particularly in the San Deigo County areas of Spring Valley and Jamul, CA where the sun shines most of the time and flooding is the farthest thing from the residents' minds.

One thing that homeowners and business owners can do is to locate the place in the building where the shut-off valve is for the entire building. If there is a broken pipe, that is the first place to go, as long as you don't have to walk through standing water. If standing water is in a basement, for example, you don't always know if it is covering up an electrical socket. If you should touch or walk in the water, it could electrocute you. But if is located outside or in an accessible place it should be turned off.

Keeping an eye on the weather situation is a good idea if an extraordinary amount of rain is expected. Make plans to leave home if a flood is imminent from a possible heavy rainfall. Have a place to go that is away from a flood area, and itemize what you will need to take with you, such as important papers, keys, and some extra clothing.

Flooding may never happen, but if it does, you will need to act fast and have a good presence of mind as to who to call and where to go. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.comfor more information on water loss and restoration services.

How Is Rain Related to Indoor Mold?

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

You may enjoy the rainy weather in Spring Valley, CA, but no one enjoys the appearance of black mold inside their house. But why does mold show up indoors when it’s raining outside? If you see more prevalent patches of mold inside every time it rains, is it actually tied into the rain?

You Probably Have a Roof Leak

Roof leaks mean every time it rains, you have water seeping into your house and soaking into carpets, older wood, insulation, and fixtures. You may also have window leaks or other integrity issues that create a major moisture problem in your home. If you have mold from rain leakage, you’ll find tell-tale signs such as:

• Thick patches of black mold on walls, floors, and the corners of windowsills
• Musty odors
• Damp spots

Before you begin mold cleanup, you’ll want to hire professionals to check the integrity of your roof and windows or the mold will come back the next time it rains.

Search and Destroy

Mold can be extremely pervasive, but it’s not impossible to get rid of. You can start by conducting a thorough inspection of your home and finding anywhere mold may be living. It can even get captured in the crannies and crevices of air conditioners and refrigerators or brew in open containers of food or pet food. For bad cases, you may have to rip up carpet or linoleum to get at the mold underneath, and put in new flooring after you’ve cleaned out the infestation.

How to Clean Up Black Mold

To get rid of mold, scrub thoroughly; soap and water will often do the trick, but for particularly stubborn mold you may want to turn to Borax, a fungicide that kills mold and deters its growth when mixed with water and white vinegar. You can apply borax by spraying or even by mopping your floors with it. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com/.

3 Tips for Smoke Alarm Shopping

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Assess the size of your home and pay attention to the details and fine print of alarms to make sure the one you select is reliable.

3 Tips for Smoke Alarm Shopping

A key component in maintaining your Spring Valley, CA, home involves updating safety equipment on a regular basis. After installation, it is easy to forget about that smoke alarm in the kitchen or bedroom. However, keep in mind these devices may no longer work effectively. The following pointers outline how to prepare for and choose new smoke detectors.

1. Scope Out Your Space

When it's time for those old alarms to retire, make sure you've revisited the rooms in your home to best assess where new alarms should go. Today's many flammable household materials make the average home susceptible to fires, so add a smoke detector to your shopping list for the kitchen, bedrooms, and every level of the house. Also, be sure to estimate the size of each room as you may need multiple detectors on each floor.

2. Know the Ropes

Since fires can spread in a matter of seconds, you'll want to consider which alarms have the most reliable detection. There are three general types of smoke detectors: ionization alarms, photoelectric alarms, and dual-sensor alarms. Ionization detectors are usually best for detecting smaller smoke particles that can lead to quick fires. Photoelectric alarms are better at identifying electrical fires or fires spreading from bedding or drapes. Dual-sensor detectors might be more costly than other options, but some fire safety professionals claim these alarms work best as a whole.

3. Read the Labels

You may have crossed off all the above steps on your checklist while shopping for the right smoke alarm for your home, but have you checked the product labels? One way you can ensure you've chosen a reliable device is by looking for a "UL" logo on the packaging, manual, or detector itself. An Underwriters Laboratories label confirms that your device has been through proper testing and received appropriate safety certifications.

Following these tips can help you leave the stress behind when choosing a smoke alarm. Assess the size of your home and pay attention to the details and fine print of alarms to make sure the one you select is reliable. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com/.

Handling a Water Loss in Spring Valley, CA

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Whether living in the Spring Valley, California area or surrounding areas, like Jamul, California, it's important to know where to turn to when enduring a water damage. It's also important to know the steps to take when going through water or flood damage. These steps are vital because a water loss is bound to happen in mostly everyone's lives sooner or later. And therefore, taking the proper steps will help one to recover when water or flood damage occurs.

Water damages can occur in various ways. It can occur through increment weather, such as a flood. It can occur from busted pipes, from stopped toilets, or other water leaks. It can also happen as a result of a fire. And furthermore, these damages just don't occur in one's home, it could result from issues with water in business as well.

Steps to take to Recover from Water Loss 

Having said this, the following steps should be adhered to when this unfortunate situation happens:

1. Contact reliable restoration specialists that service the Spring Valley, CA or surrounding areas, like Jamul, CA.

2. Do not go turn on light switches- this could cause further damage due to moisture somewhere within the walls.

3. Open the windows and turn on fans, if possible (don't attempt to plug in the fan cord), for air movement.

4. Do water cleanup by filling up a bucket with water from the flooding and pouring the water outside repeatedly until it can't be safely done anymore.

5. Put plastic, tarp, or another impermeable substance under savable, heavy furniture that is especially made of wood to prevent further damage.

6. Assess the damage by taking pictures with the mobile phone and writing down notes.

7. Get further instructions and paperwork from the restoration specialist for the insurance filing claim and for any other important instructions.

8. File the insurance claim.

The Duties of the Restoration Specialists

Qualified restoration specialists for these areas are not only highly trained in their field, but they are also well versed on insurance matters for the state they service when it comes to water or fire damages. And it doesn't matter if it's water in home or water in business, they are experts to handle both businesses and homes.

These restoration specialists know first hand the proper and safe way in the mitigation process, to properly do water cleanup, provide healthier air movement, to properly dry out items and floors, to work on mold remediation, and other things. They are also equipped with safe equipment and cleaning supplies to properly clean the residence/business without the risk of further damage to the items, people, and pets. Their equipment, tools, and cleaning supplies are met with government standards, such as OSHA and the FDA. These specialists will also give patrons instructions on how to better prepare and what to look forward to with the restoration process. For instance, they will instruct businesses on what to do when they have events and increment weather that may cause storm damage occur.

Trustworthy and reliable restoration specialists also know that every water or flooding damage is unique. They also are aware that each situation has different scopes and sizes of damages regardless if it's commercial or residence. And thus, they can handle each type accordingly. They have the proper tools, equipment, and cleaning supplies to handle any scope of damage. They also care about patrons knowing that every hour spent to recover from damages is an hour wasted of lost productivity and revenue. So, they work hard, fast, and proficiently, so that people can go on with their lives. These types of professional experts also have 24/7 emergency services available. And the following are more things that highly qualified restoration specialists do:

• Perform sewage cleanup.

• Have advanced equipment for water inspection, extraction, and drying.

• Have applied structural drying technicians.

• Have odor control technicians.

• Have an upholstery & fabric cleaning technicians.

With their advanced equipment, they can detect the hidden moisture, and stop it accordingly. Also, their equipment will thoroughly and quickly extract, clean, and dry the home, business, and belongings. They have a unique solution specifically tailored for any specific situations. They will also promote healthier air movement with blowing equipment to eliminate toxins in the air. Additionally, they will complete the job with the use of professional sanitizing and deodorizing agents for the safety and comfort of one's home or business. And even though each situation is different in one facet or another and in size, the steps are usually the same with the restoration process. This would include going where the emergency is, implementing the inspection and assessment of the damage, removing and extracting the water, drying and dehumidifying, cleaning and repair, and restore.

Conclusion

Regardless if its issues concerning water in home or business, there are steps to take and the right people to call in regards to the restoration of water loss. Unfortunately, a water loss is bound to happen in mostly everyone's lives sooner or later, and therefore, taking the proper steps will help one to recover when this type of situation occurs. The first thing to do is to contact a reliable restoration specialist that services the area. Other things to do include the following: Do not turn on light switches, do open the windows and turn on fans, if possible, perform water cleanup by filling up a bucket with the water from the damage and pouring the water outside repeatedly as much as possible, put plastic or another impermeable substance under savable, heavy furniture, assess the damage by taking pictures with the phone and writing down notes, obtain further instruction and paperwork from the restoration specialist for the insurance filing claim and for any other important instructions, and file the insurance claim.

The restoration specialist will handle all the details with mitigation and other restoration procedures. With them, patrons won't go wrong. And before one knows it, life will be restored fully. For more information on the Water Restoration process visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com/ . 

How Long Does Mold Removal Take?

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Give SERVPRO a call if you notice mold growing in your home or business.

When you discover mold growth on your property, it’s understandable that you want it removed as quickly as possible. There are several stages involved in mold remediation, including assessment, mold removal and restoration. Once a mold remediation specialist in Spring Valley, CA has evaluated the black mold in your building, you can expect the actual removal to take anywhere from three to seven days. That may sound like a large range, but multiple factors affect how long it takes to get rid of all the mold.

1. How Long

How long you’ve had a mold problem can affect how long it takes to clean up. If a burst pipe causes water damage but you act fast, the mold won’t have much time to grow or spread. If this is a problem you’ve been putting off or didn’t notice right away, the growth could be extensive, requiring more work to eliminate it.

2. Location

The location of the mold growth is another major factor to consider when figuring out how long mold removal will take. If the mold is someplace easy to access, under a kitchen sink, for example, the cleanup may go quickly. If you have extensive mold growth inside a wall, under floorboards, in a crawlspace or in another hard-to-reach area, it can take longer to access and remove it.

3. Materials

The type of material the mold is growing on also makes a difference. Mold can be scrubbed off of non-porous materials such as metal or plastic. If porous materials such as wood or upholstery are involved, however, they may need to be physically removed from the premises and replaced, which can take much longer.

4. The Team

The cleanup team matters too. When it comes to mold removal, it pays to hire a team of experienced professionals in Spring Valley, CA to do the job. An inexperienced team is more likely to miss hidden mold, fail to remove all the mold and improperly dry out the affected area, leaving you in danger of regrowth. An experienced team will know how to carry out the job quickly and efficiently, ultimately saving you time and money. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on mold. 

Best Ways To Dry Your Sensitive Documents After a Flood

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Give SERVPRO a call if you experience water damage in your business.

Anyone who has ever endured flooding in his or her Spring Valley, CA office knows the destruction that can take place. While you can replace some things such as flooring, furniture and even electronics, it can be a little difficult to deal with wet documents. If you have some papers for which there are no backup copies, you need to salvage and restore them in the most effective way possible. Fortunately, there are ways to dry and clean the most critical information.

Vacuum Freeze-Drying

In many cases, simply letting your wet documents hang out to dry like your laundry won’t be enough. Reputable companies can use a technique called vacuum freeze-drying to tackle the toughest jobs. This process usually consists of the following:

• Papers or books are placed in a vacuum chamber at a temperature of under 32 degrees
• Water is removed by a process called sublimation
• No additional distorting should occur

Gamma Irradiation

Document drying usually involves more than simply getting rid of water from your important papers. If there has been a flood in your Spring Valley, CA office building, there is probably a significant amount of dirt, bacteria, debris and other harmful substances on the paper. Through gamma irradiation, you can clean the papers and sterilize them in a safe and effective manner. This can help reduce the risk of these harmful components spreading and causing further damage to your documents or to you.

Air-Drying

For the simplest problems following water damage at work, you can simply air-dry the documents. If this doesn’t work to completely dry your papers, you can contact the professionals for more intensive help. You can use this and all other methods on books, magazines, files, blueprints and more.

It’s important to address damage to wet documents as soon as possible. If you use these strategies, you can handle just about any job, no matter how difficult. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on commercial water damage. 

5 Tips for Flood First Responders

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Give SERVPRO a call if you experience flood damage in San Diego.

If you plan to be a first responder after a flood, you should prepare yourself for the risks involved in advance. Here are five flood response guidelines intended to help you respond to a flood situation without unnecessarily risking your well-being.

1. Prepare for disaster conditions with immunizations. You may want to obtain a tetanus booster if you have not received one in the past 10 years. You may also get a combined vaccine for protection against diphtheria or pertussis. A hepatitis B vaccine series is recommended for responders who provide medical care.

2. Limit exposure to floodwaters and avoid moving water. Floodwaters can become contaminated with gas, oil, sewage, industrial runoff, and other substances. As a first responder, limit your exposure to such water as much as possible by wearing protective garments. You should also look out for moving water. A mere six inches of moving water can cause people to lose their footing, and two feet can float a car.

3. Report downed power lines. Downed power lines pose a serious safety threat. Report any fallen poles or lines you see to a power company.

4. Make sure you have access to filtered water. Filtered water is a necessity for disaster responders. If you are performing rescues, you should have extra water on hand for residents who may be suffering from dehydration.

5. Wear rubber gloves and protective gear during cleanup. Protect yourself when handling items that have come into contact with floodwater. It is a good idea to get rid of all damaged items after documenting them for insurance purposes.

A first responder to a flood situation can play an important part in promoting the safety of a community in San Diego, CA You may want to keep the phone number for a certified storm disaster remediation service on hand in case residents want to take a proactive approach to addressing water damage and preventing mold. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on storm damage. 

What To Know About Insurance Coverage and Mold

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

This customer had a problem with moisture that caused mold to grown on the wall in their bedroom.

Stories of floods are becoming more common and so are horror stories about homeowners fighting fungus growth and mold destruction inside their homes. Whether it is a broken pipe or surging flood waters, the resultant damage can be catastrophic. That is why many people in Spring Valley, CA wonder if their insurance policy covers the flood damage created by mold-laden bacteria once the water is gone.

Insurance Coverage

There is no simple answer to mold insurance coverage. Fungi, mold, and bacteria can all have a detrimental effect on property and require extensive reclamation efforts. A homeowner's insurance policy often limits mold damage coverage to those issues caused by situations that are already covered by the policy. In other words, if you have flood insurance and have a flood, the policy could cover all resultant issues, including mold. However, if you experience an earthquake and it causes broken pipes, the resulting flood and mold damage may only be covered if you have earthquake insurance.

Monetary Cap

Fungus growth can also result from frequent wet areas due to landscaping problems, repeat leaks, or continuous seepage. This type of property damage is considered a maintenance problem and typically not covered by insurance. Additionally, when insurance does include mold removal and cleanup, the policy often has a monetary cap for the project.

Expert Answers

If you have questions about what your mold insurance policy does cover, consider talking to an insurance adjuster or representative to find out what your policy options are about mold coverage. If you already have mold issues in your home, call a mold remediation team and let the experts help you. The professionals can answer all your questions about mold growth as well as help with preventative measures.

Proactive Policy

Being proactive about your insurance coverage can be the first step in protecting your home from future fungus growth problems. If you know what your policy covers and what it does not cover, you can take charge of any changes you want to make before a flood strikes. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on mold. 

Tips for Replacing a Leaky Toilet

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Here you can see that one of our technicians is in the process of checking moisture levels in this wall.

You may not think about your Spring Valley, CA home's plumbing while you shower, do dishes or run your washing machine. However, it can be one of your home's most vital systems, and when something goes wrong, such as a leaking toilet, the results can be messy and expensive. If a toilet cannot be repaired, the next best option might be to replace it yourself.

1. Check the Seal First

If you have an old toilet, the leak might be due to a broken seal where the unit meets the floor. This type of leak can be quite common and cause water to spill out onto the floor when the toilet is flushed or filling. To check for this type of leak, dry the floor around the toilet and the base, then flush the unit. If you see water leak from the seal, then you may want to consider upgrading your toilet and making a new seal.

2. Remove the Toilet

Once you have determined you need a new toilet, the next step in this process is to remove the old one. First, turn off the water to the unit and then empty the tank and bowl as much as possible to prevent the water from sloshing out when you move the toilet. Disconnect the water and then unscrew the bolts from the base of the toilet before gently lifting the leaking toilet and undoing the seal. You may want to have a water removal and restoration company come in at this point to ensure no lasting water damage has been done by the leak.

3. Install a New Unit

Once you check the toilet's flange for signs of wear, you can complete your toilet repair project by installing the new unit. Remember to create a good seal by pressing down firmly on the toilet's bare rim. Once the new toilet is in place, you can turn the water back on and check if the problem is resolved.

A leaking toilet in your Spring Valley, CA home can cause a considerable amount of water damage. However, knowing the steps to replace it quickly can save you time and money. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on water damage. 

Must-Haves in Your Building’s First Aid Kit

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

Emergencies aren’t easy to think about. They aren’t something you hope to go through or want to subject your business to. Your commercial building should feel like a safe place. Safe or not, however, natural disasters can and often do occur. People can be injured or trapped within your building. Without an emergency first aid kit, your Spring Valley, CA business could find itself in trouble. Even in nonemergency situations, accidents do happen. With an emergency kit, you can help with small injuries. In case of emergency, here are some tips on how to handle first aid.

What To Include in Kit

The first aid kit is one of the single most important tools you can utilize during an emergency. Here is what professionals say you should include:

• Directions for emergency assistance
• Gauze pads
• Adhesive bandages
• Wound cleanser
• Tweezers
• Latex gloves
• Splint
• Adhesive tape
• Resuscitation bag or pocket mask
• Scissors

Remember while you can never overstock your emergency kit, you can understock it. Predicting the injuries that may occur can be difficult. However, it’s better to be prepared for everything rather than preparing for very little. Most of these items are easy to gather up and may even come in a readymade kit.

How To React to Situation

In any emergency, staying calm is always advantageous. If someone is hurt, your panic could lead to poor decision making and could inevitably frighten people. Productivity is easier when you’re relaxed. Being calm and rational could save you or another person.

The unthinkable can sometimes happen. It’s important to be prepared so that you can focus on the task at hand. Whether you had a flood or fire emergency, there will be cleanup to consider afterwards and professional services to call. However, in the meantime, if someone is injured in your building, you don’t want to be without the right tools. Even the smallest amount of comfort or assistance can matter. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on commercial storm damage

If Your Building Has Mold, Will Your Insurance Company Cover the Cost of Remediation?

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can pose a serious threat to the overall integrity of your building, and if not caught in time, it can eat away at your building’s structure and create a potentially hazardous environment. If not dealt with within 48 hours, water damage and fungus growth may result in costly damage to your building. If this happens, you may wonder, does insurance cover the cost of mold remediation? The answer depends on two things:

1. The cause of the mold contamination
2. The language of your insurance policy

Causes of Mold Contamination

Mold claims in Jamul, CA typically arise in one of two circumstances: The building owner discovers mold at the same time he or she discovers a moisture problem, such as a leaking pipe or a leaky roof; or the building is subject to a flood, burst pipe or other sudden plumbing issue. Generally speaking, most insurance agencies won’t cover fungus growth that is the result of long-term leakage, water intrusion, moisture buildup, deferred maintenance, poor repairs, construction defects or normal wear and tear, but they may cover damage caused by sudden events for which you took proper measures to protect against, such as floods or plumbing system failures.

Policy Language

Unfortunately, most building insurance policies contain a laundry list of exclusions for damage caused by mold. For instance, most policies won’t cover the cost of damages if the mold was a result of normal wear and tear, poor workmanship and materials, construction defects, corrosion, pollution or wet rot. Some policies may cover mold that develops as a secondary problem from covered water damage. What type of water damage is covered and what types are not is a whole other dilemma you need to sort out with your insurer.

Mold growth can wreak havoc on your building, which is why it is best to invest in a mold insurance policy. Mold coverage is designed to do exactly what its name implies: cover the cost of damages caused by mold. If you want to protect your investment, talk to your Jamul, CA insurance agent today about devising a policy that covers damages caused by mold.
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How Do I Maintain a Fire Sprinkler System?

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

As a business owner and manager, you can carry many responsibilities. Two of those are likely safeguarding company property and inventory and keeping employees and customers safe. Installing a fire sprinkler system can be a great way to accomplish both goals. In fact, a national standard called NFPA 13 has been established to set down procedures and conditions for installing fire suppression measures such as sprinkler systems in commercial buildings.

You probably never want to need such measures, but fires can happen due to many causes. Should a suppression system be activated to quench a blaze within your facility, the aftermath may involve fire sprinkler cleanup. If a fire threatens your Spring Valley, CA commercial building, you should know the sprinklers are well-maintained and there is a plan for cleaning up the mess. Here are three considerations for maintaining commercial emergency sprinklers and planning for cleanup.

1. Inspect sprinklers regularly and do not ignore repairs. Carefully check and test your structure’s emergency fire sprinkler system regularly. Local laws and insurance considerations may dictate the inspection schedule. If any problems are found, fix them immediately. In addition to being a safety issue, sprinkler problems may violate insurance and legal regulations.

2. Clearly delegate responsibilities. You should be clear about who is responsible for fire suppression maintenance. For example, should business owners or building owners schedule regular inspections and tests? Those who arrange for regular checks also should know they must inform the fire inspector.

3. Have a plan for after the blaze is out. Who wants to think about a building fire? However, every business facility should have a professional fire restoration team they can call on to repair and clean up the damage.

Should a blaze flare up in your San Diego, CA commercial property, you should make sure everyone is safe. A fire sprinkler system can be an effective fire suppression tool that can hopefully quench the flames before they destroy significant property and equipment. Once a blaze is out, though, you should deal with fire sprinkler cleanup. An experienced fire restorer can work to restore your business to its pre-fire condition. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on commercial fire damage.

How to Deodorize After a Fire

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke particles do not just disappear after a fire. Instead, they can infiltrate everything you own. Your carpet, furniture, clothing and even walls may smell like smoke for months after the fire. Without a professional restoration firm, it may be difficult to fully remove the noxious odor of smoke from your home. Keep in mind that deodorizers, incense and the like are only temporary fixes.

Clean the Air

Primarily, your restoration professional may use the following equipment to clean the air:

• Air filters
• Thermal foggers
• Ozone machines

This equipment will not only fight the odor, but remove the source of the odor as well. They can rid your home of the smoke particles responsible for the smell. In addition, these machines will usually help your property receive optimal airflow during and after restoration.

Clean the Source

If you do not get rid of the source of the problem, you will not get rid of the odor. The first thing you should do during a smoke cleaning is to see which of your belongings are scorched. The best course of action is to remove anything that is unsalvageable. As long as there is visible fire damage in the home, you may not be able to get rid of the smell entirely.

Clean the Surface

Next, it is time to look at all the exposed surfaces in your home. A thorough smoke cleaning involves cleaning walls, ceilings, floors, countertops and any appliances left in the home. This will help restorers take care of all the remaining smoke damage. Keep in mind that it does not matter if a room was untouched by a fire, smoke and other particles can still stick to surfaces.

If you want to get rid of smoke odor, you do not have to do it alone. Professional services that specialize in smoke cleaning in Spring Valley, CA can remedy damage caused by fire and smoke. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on fire damage.

Does Your Home Need a Flood Cut?

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

When dealing with contamination after major flooding, you may hear your restoration specialists mentioning something called a flood cut. To anyone without a lot of experience with flooding or the work that goes into restoring a home afterwards, this phrase may sound strange. What is a flood cut? Why and when is it necessary? The answers to those questions can help you decide on the best options for repairing your home.

1. What Is a Flood Cut?

A flood cut occurs when the contractor has to cut into the drywall of your Spring Valley, CA, home. The cut is usually made about 12–18 inches above where the flood line ends. Then, the drywall is taken completely out of the wall. The point of a flood cut is to remove the damaged wall and also to make sure that there is no moisture trapped behind it. Any and all mold and contamination can then be cleaned up as a result of the tear out.

2. Is a Flood Cut Necessary?

The answer to this question is "not always." Some flooding damage may be caused by clean water. This is water that doesn't contain any contaminates. If this is the case, then the specialists may do everything they can to fix the wall. However, if your flooding was caused by a backed-up sewer line or if it is contaminated with harmful pathogens, then the best course of action is a flood cut.

If your home has been recently flooded, then odds are you’ll have some damage to your home. Mildew and mold can grow fast, but often the contamination won’t be so extensive that you need a tear out. However, in cases of black water flooding, it’s imperative that you have a flood cut. When it comes to deciding which course of action is necessary, however, you should always have a consultation with professionals. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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The Pipes Burst, Now What?

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Many homeowners worry that their pipes will burst, and they won’t know what to do when that happens. Floods can be incredibly distressing, and without a cleanup service to help, it can be almost impossible to prevent or aid water damage in Spring Valley. Luckily, there are things that you can do after you’ve been confronted with bursting pipes. Consider three of the most important steps to take.

1. Call a Cleanup Service

When it comes to flooding, mold can grow quickly. Mildew and mold take only a couple of days to grow in moist environments; this means that you have to start the cleanup process as soon as possible to prevent any secondary damage to your home. While you may be able to start some of the cleanup process on your own, a professional will have the tools to do it quicker and more effectively.

2. Open Windows and Air Out Home

The next step after your home has been flooded by bursting pipes is to open all of the windows. This is going to ensure that you have proper airflow in your home to help the drying process begin. You can also use a dehumidifier for extra help in drawing the moisture out of your residence while you wait for your remediation expert to arrive. Keep in mind that if the moisture lingers even after most of the water is gone, mold can still grow.

3. Fix the Pipes

Once your home is cleaned up of water, you need to have someone fix the broken pipe and maintain your plumbing system. It’s no use to clean up your home only to have your pipes burst again.

Flooding due to bursting pipes can be frustrating and stressful. Fortunately, with the help of a cleanup service, you can rest easy and help keep your Spring Valley, CA, home dry.

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What Is Category 3 Water Damage?

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

All flood water can cause problems for your business in Bonita, CA but these floods aren’t always the same. That’s why industry professionals use categorization systems to classify floods. There are three main categories, each with a nickname:

• Category One: Clear or White Water
• Category Two: Grey Water
• Category Three: Black Water

As you can infer, Category Three water is the last type you want in your business. What makes a flood fit into this classification? Here is what you need to know about black water.

What Is Black Water?

Category Three water is liquid that has touched human feces. Just by contacting this waste, the water becomes grossly unsanitary. This is the main factor that sets this water apart from the other categories.

Is It Unsafe?

Because Category Three water was exposed to feces, it is unsafe for humans to contact. The water likely contains harmful bacteria, viruses, and even parasites. Wading into this flood water without proper protection can cause bodily harm.

This is one of the many reasons you should never attempt to restore black water damage yourself. Without special equipment and expertise, you cannot fully protect yourself.

What Does It Look Like?

How can you know if your flood is black water? This water may not be completely black. Any water that has a brown color could be Category Three. That’s why it’s important to play it safe and call the professionals.

That being said, black water does typically come from a few places: floods from rain, toilet overflow, and basement floods. Toilet overflow may seem obvious, but many people are surprised that rainwater becomes contaminated. As it falls, rainwater is fine. However, as it soaks the ground and floods businesses, it often carries sewage with it.

If you think your flood water in Bonita, CA, is Category 3, call a restoration crew immediately. This dangerous water cleanup should not be treated as a DIY opportunity.

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Why Does Mold Smell the Way It Does?

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Why Does Mold Smell the Way It Does?

Homeowners living in Spring Valley, California can attest to the nightmare that mold growth in the home can be. Not only does it create a toxic living environment, but the smell is rather unpleasant. Why does mold smell bad, though? Having an understanding of the cause behind mold’s odor will not only be educational, it will help you to know why it’s dangerous. Here are a few things you should know about mycotoxin mold and what you should do if you find it growing in your home.

Mycotoxin

A mycotoxin is a secondary metabolite produced by microfungi. Mold is no exception, and it releases these mycotoxins regularly. Mycotoxin is what causes the odor, and it is also what makes mold potentially dangerous in large doses. Ironically, it’s the mycotoxin in mold that also makes it an effective antibiotic. That doesn’t mean you should scrape mold off your shower wall and feed it to your child with an infection. Mold growth in the home is always a biohazard and should be treated as such.

Recognizing Mold

The musty odor mold produces are one surefire way to detect it in your home. If such an odor is present in your laundry room, bathroom, kitchen, or basement, you should take it seriously. Try to locate the source of the smell by checking under sinks, behind the washing machine, or near pipes and drains. If you are unable to find any mold growths, that doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods. Mold can often grow in wall voids behind the drywall, especially if there’s been a fluid leak or water damage in your home. Mold can grow as quickly as 48 hours after a leak, so it’s important to take action.

Mold Remediation

If you find mold or continue smelling it in your home, you should call a restoration professional immediately. These workers are trained and certified to treat mold conditions in homes and restore your indoor air quality to safe levels. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on mold.

Fire Extinguisher Basics: What to Get, Where to Place It and How to Use It

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Extinguisher Basics: What to Get, Where to Place It and How to Use It

A fire extinguisher is an essential and potentially lifesaving tool every home in Spring Valley, California should have. Owning the right extinguisher, placing it correctly in the home and knowing how to use it ensure you are ready to use the extinguisher if needed.

1. Choose the Right Extinguisher Class

When purchasing a fire extinguisher, consider a Class ABC extinguisher. These are perfect for wood, paper, electrical and liquid fires, like grease, a common kitchen fire cause. You can purchase these at most hardware and big box stores. Select the biggest extinguisher you can comfortably carry. This will provide you with a longer discharge time, pressure and range.

One thing to remember, if you can, is the suppressant in a class ABC extinguisher will damage your oven. If your kitchen fire is small, confined to a saucepan, for example, try to smother it first.

2. Have an Extinguisher for Each Floor

Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher for each level of your home, including the attic if you use it as living space. Equip your garage with an extinguisher as well. Place extinguishers near rooms where fires are common, such as the kitchen.

Make sure you can access an extinguisher easily and quickly, but also do your best to keep them out of the reach of children. Also, keep them away from heating appliances and household items that could easily catch fire.

3. Know How to Use the Extinguisher

There may come a time when you need to use the extinguisher. If you remember the acronym P.A.S.S., you can quickly recall the steps necessary to use the extinguisher:

P: Pull the pin
A: Aim the extinguisher at the base of the fire
S: Squeeze the trigger
S: Sweep side to side

Following these steps is sure to help you remember how to properly use an extinguisher. Proper use can expel a kitchen fire, reduce fire damage and save your home.
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Information About the Fire Cleanup Process

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Information About the Fire Cleanup Process

After a house fire in Spring Valley, California once the structure is deemed safe, the next step is cleaning up all of the smoke damage and soot damage. Smoke cleaning requires a number of different steps to ensure that it is done properly. Keep in mind that it can take time and that the proper products and methods are important to ensure everything is done correctly.

Cleaning Up Soot

Following a fire, it is common for deposits of soot to be on walls, floors and other elements of your home. A mild detergent or soap or a mixture of chlorine bleach and trisodium phosphate is generally effective to get rid of soot. Either of these should be combined with warm water. Once you clean an area, go back over it with plain warm water to rinse away any residue, and then use a clean cloth to dry the area thoroughly. Make sure to protect your hands and arms with thick rubber gloves as you clean.

Cleaning Your Home Structure

Restoring the structure of your home might require replacing certain items, such as wood, walls or flooring that was too damaged to be cleaned. Use the information above about cleaning soot to restore any areas that do not require replacement.

Eliminating Smoke Smell

Taking care of smoke damage and the smell of smoke can be the most difficult part of the process. Trisodium phosphate is one of the best ingredients for getting rid of this smell. Just make sure to protect your skin while using it, since it can be caustic. Follow all instructions on the cleaning product, and ensure that it is properly diluted with water. Chlorine bleach can also be effective for getting rid of any smoke smell.

Make note of this information and use it to help alleviate the smoke damage and other soiling that happens following a house fire in Spring Valley, California. The cleanup process can be tedious, but with the right information, you can get it completed effectively. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on fire damage.

What To Do If You Experience Fire Damage At Your Business

10/25/2017 (Permalink)


What To Do If You Experience Fire Damage At Your Business

Fire is unpredictable and can occur in any in any business. Fire at your business premises can cause fire damage, soot damage, fire damage and smoke damage in the workplace. Utility room fire or electrical fire can cause commercial fire damage and require specialized immediate fire suppression Here is a guide on what to do when you experience commercial fire damage.

Emergency Contact

Fire restoration process begins when you contact the firefighters or fire restoration professionals. The firefighters provide emergency services and will respond promptly once contacted. The firefighters will inquire about the spread of fire to help them understand resources required. The appropriate equipment to minimize the spread of fire damage, soot damage or smoke damage include fire hose, fire trucks, fire suppression systems and fire sprinkler system.

Fire Damage Assessment

After putting off the fire at your business using fire sprinkler system or fire hose, the next thing is to assess the extent of commercial fire damage at your business premises. The fire restoration experts will examine the property to determine how far utility room fire, smoke or soot has spread. They will also investigate walls, office furniture, ceilings and floors to assess smoke damage and soot damage. Understanding the extent commercial fire damage in your business assists in creating an accurate action plan and cost estimation of soot damage. Additionally, an assessment will help identify the source of fire whether utility room fire or electrical fire and appropriate method to put off the light. In case of electrical fire, it is crucial to cut off electrical system supply to your business. Fire trucks use the fire hose to pour water on the fire from utility room or kitchen.

Sealing Services

The primary purpose of fire restoration at your offices is to minimize commercial fire damage. Firefighters and experts after extinguishing the fire using fire sprinkler system, fire hose, fire trucks, and fire suppressions will leave burned holes in roofs. The fire damage creates holes in walls and water pipe leakages causing water damage to your property. The fire restoration expert will guide you on securing business files or office furniture to minimize further smoke damage, soot damage or water damage.

Cleaning

Fire clean-up is the next thing to do in fire restoration of your business premises. Clean up involves cleaning away soot, dust, and smoke from business furniture. The smoke damage leaves stains and dark spots on your property. The experts will also carry out water damage restoration. Standing water pools from fire hose, fire trucks, fire suppression, fire sprinkler system or from broken pipes during damage is removed using pumps. Clean up removes smoke smell from business offices. You can remove all damaged items of business. The insurance company takes a full inventory of damaged items. Air scrubbers and fogging equipment remove odors left by smoke.

Repairs and Renovations

Next, carry out repairs and renovations on damaged business items. For electrical fire, install the electrical systems again. Faulty electrical wires can be replaced to avoid future electrical fires in the workplace. Cabinets and furniture destroyed by smoke can be repaired or replaced with new ones. Repaint all the walls. The utility room fire door can be fixed or installed in the kitchen or laundry. Destroyed offices or rooms in your business may require significant reconstruction.

When your business experiences fire outbreak, it is essential to contact the firefighter to put off the flames and guide you in the restoration of your offices. The restoration experts will assess smoke damage on your property and provide seal services on the business property. Next, they will clean dust, smoke, and soot on surfaces of your office items. Clean all smoke and odor. Renovate and repair damaged furniture. The premises will look presentable, and business operations will continue as usual. However, it is crucial to consult emergency services and the fire department who will guide on fire preventive measures to be undertaken.
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The Importance of Acting Quick After a Fire

10/25/2017 (Permalink)


The Importance of Acting Quick After a Fire


A fire in home or fire in business can disturb your daily life for weeks or longer. Not only is it extremely important act fast and clean up the soot damage, smoke damage, smoke smell and provide board up, but it is absolutely crucial to deal with all the damage. And that means spending money and time on numerous services.

The costs of fire damage restoration and fire cleanup are quite unavoidable. But, you can save a huge amount of money and avoid hassles by turning to a professional, full-service residential or commercial fire damage company. Professionals already have all the equipment and skills needed to do the fire cleanup properly and restore your property to good condition. More importantly, trained technicians know exactly what needs to be done and how to get the job done correctly.

Recognizing that fire damage causes a tremendous setback to families or commercial establishments, professionals do whatever it takes to minimize the impact and restore things back to normal. Reliable recovery and restoration process is aimed at restoring property and getting people back to their normal routines. A reputable water restoration company help to minimize the impact of fire damage and fire in home or fire in business.

Benefits of hiring residential or commercial fire damage service include:

Inspection

When certified technicians from a restoration company arrive at your home or business to handle the fire cleanup, they will conduct a thorough assessment of the site and inspection all the damage. They will determine how much damage the property has suffered as a result of fire in home or fire in business, as well as soot damage, smoke damage or smoke smell, before doing board up. As a result of the assessment and inspection, water cleanup technicians can develop a fire damage restoration plan to clean fire damage, including smoke damage, soot damage and smoke smell.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Once your insurance company approves the fire cleanup plan, the residential or commercial fire restoration company begins the board up and the work to restore your property. It is very important to begin fire cleanup and restoration as soon as possible after a fire damage, because the longer you delay, the worse the soot damage, smoke damage and smoke smell will be.

Tarp and Sealing

Once the technicians from a restoration company start the fire cleanup and restoration, they take precautions to prevent additional damage to the property. For instance, the technicians can identify leaks in the roof or wall and start by fixing it.

If the fire damage has caused a water tank or pipe to burst, professionals will take appropriate steps to fix the equipment right away before the situation gets worse and affects other areas of the property.

Clean Up Process

After a fire in business or fire in home incident, the building often looks stained, dark and charred. Residential and commercial fire damage technicians begin by cleaning away dust, smoke, soot and getting rid of smoke smell. They will take immediate action and ensure that all the soot damage, smoke damage and smoke smell are properly cleaned and the property restored back as normal as possible. By acting quickly and providing fire damage restoration in a professionals manner many of your valuable items can be saved.

Considerations

Afire in home or fire in business damage is an unfortunate incident that can happen at any time. Knowing the proper steps in a fire damage situation can help prevent further damage to your property or belongings, and avoid inconveniences. Whether it be a commercial fire damage or a residential fire, you must take action immediately to get the mess cleaned up, including smoke damage, soot damage, and ensure the board up is done correctly before fire damage restoration begins.

Trained flood mitigation professionals from a reputable company can take proper steps in getting your home or business back to its original condition.
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Hit Hard by Mother Nature? Here's What You Need to Know

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Hit Hard by Mother Nature? Here's What You Need to Know

If your house has recently been struck hard by mother nature, you might be feeling a bit concerned. After all, repairing a house that has hail damage, wind damage, hurricane damage, or other storm damage can be quite a bit of work. Many houses suffer ice damage, roof damage, hail damage, hurricane damage, and wind damage after a violent storm in the area. No matter what type of ice damage, roof damage, or hail damage your house has suffered from, there are a few things you need to know about facing storm damage and storm remediation.

Ensure your family's physical and emotional safety
First, make sure you and your family members are safe. Before you start to clear away an ice dam or worry about hail damage, ice damage, or wind damage to your home, make sure your family members are all safe. Facing hail damage, wind damage, or river flooding can be a scary experience. If your family members have never been around ice damming, flooding, river flooding, or other storm damage before, it may take them awhile to process their feelings regarding what's happened. This is normal and natural. Make sure you talk with your family members about the ice damming, storm damage, river flooding, and hurricane damage soon after the storm. Make sure they're feeling safe and comfortable after the storm damage. If they're still feeling concerned about the river flooding or roof damage, sit down and have an open and honest conversation together about storm remediation. Once they understand that a home restoration expert can help with roof repair, your family members may feel more at ease.

Ask for help

Next, reach out for help. Never feel like you have to face flooding, roof damage, a roof leak, or an ice dam on your own. You don't. Flooding, flood water, ice damage, or hurricane damage are all things a home restoration or water restoration professional can help you with. If you've experienced an ice dam, ice damage, or flood water, a water restoration or home restoration professional can assist you with storm remediation. Are you wondering what exactly a home restoration expert can do? Here are just a few of the services you can expect from a water restoration professional:
-Repair a roof leak
-Repair roof damage
-Remove an ice dam
-Prevent future ice damming
-Restore siding
-Repair frozen pipes
-Remove ground water with a flood pump
-Remove standing water with a flood pump
-Offer assistance in restoring the exterior of your home

As you can see, the right water restoration company offers a variety of services related to storm remediation. Whether you're dealing with ground water, flooding, roof leak, or ice damming, the right professional will assist you with storm remediation.

Prevent future damage to your home

Finally, take preventative measures. Are you facing a roof leak? Do you need a roof repair? Are you wondering what storm restoration can do to prevent a roof leak from happening again? Are you curious as to how you can avoid a roof repair in the future? A storm restoration expert can help you prevent a roof repair in the future.

Storm restoration means a storm restoration expert will help use a flood pump to remove ground water from your home. If you have standing ground water or flood water, a flood pump is an essential part of removing flood water. He or she can also help you with frozen pipes. There are ways you can prevent frozen pipes, and he or she can guide you through the process of preventing frozen pipes from happening to you again. Remember that no matter what you're going through, it's important to take the necessary steps to restore and repair your home, and to also prevent storm damage from threatening your house in the future. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on storm damage.

What you need to know about storm damage mitigation

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

What you need to know about storm damage mitigation

If the recent storms and hurricanes have taught us anything it’s the need to be prepared. Over the years, we have experienced the impact that hurricane damage, storm damage, wind damage, flood water, hail damage, river flooding, and ice damage can cause. For many people who have been hit by these weather calamities, their first thought is how to start over.

While storm damage can lead to devastating losses, all is not lost. There is still a possibility to salvage some of the items from the flooding. One of the best ways to prepare yourself for natural calamities is to hire professional storm restoration experts. These contractors offer home restoration services to help you get back on your feet.

In the wake of hurricane damage, wind damage, hail damage, and ice damage home owners may feel overwhelmed by the water restoration efforts. A proper home restoration will require the use of a flood pump to deal with the flooding and ground water. Hurricane damage can also lead to river flooding. The flooding becomes a community problem that needs to be handled holistically. Wind damage also has the potential to cause huge losses. While it may not last as long as a hurricane, the damage is also extensive. One of the dangers of wind damage is flying objects. Once a storm damage warning is issue, it is best to remove all loose objects from the back yard. This is one of the most crucial storm remediation measure.

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Preparing for Storm Damage

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

Preparing for Storm Damage

A storm remediation procedure is cutting or pruning weak branches. Hurricane damage is intensified by fallen trees. This can also cause roof damage that may also lead to a roof leak. Fallen trees means that you incur more costs for home restoration or roof repair. It is also important to fortify the garage so that it serves as a good storage unit in the event of hail damage, storm damage, hurricane damage, flood water damage, river flooding damage and ice damming damage. This is another storm remediation. measure.

Hail damage should not be underestimated because it can cause extensive roof damage. Once the hail storm is over, the roof needs to be assessed for roof damage. Look out for roof leaks and damaged shingles. Roof repair needs to be done immediately to prevent further damage. Even a small roof leak can develop into a bigger crack and this would mean a roof replacement or expensive roof repair.

Roof repair from a roof leak should be done after the roof damage has been assessed by professionals. As a storm remediation. measure, it is wise to ensure that your roof is inspected and repaired prior to a storm warning. Repairs will make the storm restoration from the ground water and flooding process much easier.

An ice dam can also cause extensive damage from the buildup of ground water. Ice damming or ice dam formation should be handled immediately since it can lead to major structural damage. Ice damming and the formation of ice dams happens mostly in winter. Proper ventilation and insulation are the best ways to prevent ice damming and ice dams from forming.

Winter damage can also lead to frozen pipes. These frozen pipes can tamper with the water supply line. It is best to let the experts handle the frozen pipes. Attempting to heat the frozen pipes to melt the ice can lead to further damage. Professional water restoration experts have the right storm restoration tools to do a thorough and professional job.

Commercial water restoration experts can help homeowners salvage most of the items. They have the right tools such as a flood pump to drain the ground water and drain the flood water. They are also trained to handle ice damage. The ice damage can create pools of water and this leads to more flood damage even on the roof. The professional flood pumps can also deal with river flooding. These flood pumps are powered to handle even extensive flood water damage.

Storm restoration, water restoration and home restoration services should be sought from professionals and experts.

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Fire Suppression Systems

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire damage resulting mainly from the electrical fire can be quite complex and tricky to handle. Unless, one has undergone the necessary training to deal with electrical fire damage, its best to leave that one to the experts.

The utility room fire is the most common causes of commercial fire damage, and this is attributed to electrical fire. However, the utility room fire can be prevented by business installing fire suppression systems in the organization.

The fire suppression systems include things like the sprinkler system, aerosol suppression, and gaseous suppression. Business should also consider installing fire hose and fire sprinkler systems in their various departments. It is important to have some fire hose and fire sprinkler systems in the organization to help in the event of a fire breaking out, especially the utility room fire caused by electrical fire. There are many types of fire sprinkler systems that the organization can buy in the market.

Common causes of water damage

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

Common causes of water damage

Water damage is a common source of headache for property owners. The source of the water damage always varies but some forms are more common than others and some more severe than others. Standing water is always the most devastating because it can do permanent damage to electronics, walls, and flooring. So what usually causes all of this damage? A comprehensive list isn't possible but here are just a common causes of damage from water:

Pipe break

Flooding

Malfunctioning AC

Overflowing tub or toilet

Water heater leaks

When you have water in business, all or some of these may be the culprit, and there's plenty more origins of water damage. A flooded home or water in business is certain to inspire fear in the hearts of all who watch it occurring. The first mission is to determine the cause of the flooded home or water in business and then contact a restoration business who can immediately take care of the problem.

Signs of Flood Damage

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Signs of Flood Damage

A supply line break or a pipe break will have different "symptoms" than water in your business caused by a malfunctioning appliance. Flood damage of course will have its own symptoms as well. Things like flood damage will often have standing water in any number of rooms while a supply line break or pipe break will have another set of symptoms. You can't begin water cleanup until you have determined where the damage is being caused and why it is occurring.

Signs of a flooded building include standing water in one or more rooms or areas, stains, molding, and cracks, as well as soiled carpets. Water in your business and water on your property will cause one or more of these signs, and it's in these areas where flood damage or other types of damage will be examined and analyzed by a restoration company. Mitigation begins when the company arrives.

Calling the experts to restore water damage

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Calling the experts to restore water damage

A good mitigation will include a thorough examination of a flooded home or water in business. Water cleanup begins with this examination. Whether it's a supply line break or a pipe break causing the damage, the restoration company will locate the source of the water and stop it. Flood damage is often obvious because the restoration company knows there is a flood in the area where the home or business is located.

Mitigation by a restoration company is the only way to safely and thoroughly complete water cleanup. Without the industrial drying and restoration procedures performed by the restoration company, there can be leftover water and damages. Drying is one of the first steps of mitigation and results in even standing water being eliminated. People don't have the industrial grade drying equipment that a restoration company has to take care of water in home. Drying paves the way for thorough restoration to your home's possessions and structures. Restoration to their original condition will be performed by the company whenever possible.

Whether it's a supply line break or another source of running water, water cleanup by professionals is the only way to get your home and items back to their original condition. Keep in mind that running water around electronics can be extremely dangerous. No one should attempt to do a cleanup by themselves. For some types of leaks, nothing but professional intervention is going to save the day. The moment you realize that you have water in your home, it's time to call on the professionals to take care of the situation. Doing anything else could mean that you lose some of your most valuable possessions forever, and there could also be permanent damage to the structures and flooring in your home. Don't ever take a chance and try to do it yourself. Call on the pros. 

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Actions to take in case of commercial fire damage

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Actions to take in case of commercial fire damage

It is important to always take precaution to prevent the eventuality of commercial fire damage. Your business premises should be at all times be equipped with fire suppression systems. The fire suppression tools are crucial in extinguishing or preventing fire damage. Commercial fire damage can be quite fatal both to the owner and other people using the commercial building.

Fire damage resulting mainly from the electrical fire can be quite complex and tricky to handle. Unless, one has undergone the necessary training to deal with electrical fire damage, its best to leave that one to the experts. The utility room fire is the most common causes of commercial fire damage, and this is attributed to electrical fire. However, the utility room fire can be prevented by business installing fire suppression systems in the organization. The fire suppression systems include things like the sprinkler system, aerosol suppression, and gaseous suppression. Business should also consider installing fire hose and fire sprinkler systems in their various departments. It is important to have some fire hose and fire sprinkler systems in the organization to help in the event of a fire breaking out, especially the utility room fire caused by electrical fire. There are many types of fire sprinkler systems that the organization can buy in the market.

However, commercial fire can happen at any time and finds you unprepared or becomes hard for you to put off the fire. In such a case, it is only necessary that you get to hire fire restoration experts to do the work for you. The fire restoration experts come with their fire fighting tools, fire trucks and their fire firefighters to help in the process.

Process of fire damage restoration

There are many experts offering fire restoration services nowadays. Whenever there is damage caused by fire, it’s only vital to consider hiring the firefighters to help you with the restoration. The firefighters are well-trained experts to help people put off fires. These experts do not only possess knowledge of putting off fire but also restoring your premises to the right conditions. A fire loss is quite divesting to the business and the general public in whole and can be best handled by experts.

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Why hire the experts at SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul?

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Why hire these experts?

Fire damage leaves your premises at a much-divested situation and with most of your stuff critically damaged. Moreover, fire trucks do not help much in restoring the rightful conditions of your building. Your premises are left with a lot of soot damage and smoke damage when a fire damage occurs. The soot damage and the smoke damage can only be removed using certain fire equipment that the fire restoration professionals use. You are therefore saved the struggle to clean up the mess caused by the commercial fire damage by these experts. These experts are aware of the soot damage and know best how to clean up the soot using the right equipment. Moreover, the experts who are mainly firefighters are well dressed in bunker gear and are trained to handle the soot damage in a professional manner. Also, the experts can remove the bad smoke odor caused by the smoke damage using certain human-friendly chemicals.

Conclusion

Commercial business will benefit from fire restoration services especially when there is damage by fire on their premises. Smoke damage and soot damage results to damage of crucial files and equipment in the business. If the smoke damage and soot damage will not be restored on time, it can lead to drastic and costly effects occurrences. The good thing about hiring fire fighters with restoration knowledge is that they will clean up the mess caused commercial fire damage. These experts have their fire trucks, firefighters, fire hoses and much more equipment. It means that they are well equipped and armed to deal with the commercial fire damage restoration. Therefore, it is only best to hire these experts and not only to settle on the fire trucks but also other services. They will be in a position to check your fire sprinkler systems, fire hose and other things to prevent future fire loss, especially the utility room fire.

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Water Damage: What You Need to Know

8/29/2017 (Permalink)


Water Damage: What You Need to Know

Flood damage, or water damage of any sort can be devastating not only to a structure, but to home and business owners alike. Whether caused by flood, supply line break, or even an internal pipe break, water cleanup and mitigation can be costly and stressful. But victims are not without options. A professional restoration company should be consulted as soon as possible after a loss to determine the proper course of action. Be it water in the home or water in a business, the situation should be trusted to the expertise of skilled restoration workers.
The first step in mitigation of any flood damage or water damage is to determine the source of the water and stop it. In the case of a supply line break, if the flooded home or business is hooked to a public water supply, the local water company will be contacted to shut off the flow. In the case of a flood, mitigation and restoration can begin only when the flood water has receded. If the water damage in the flooded home or business is caused by an internal pipe break the water may be turned off by a plumber or the flood damage restoration company.

Once the source of the excess water in the home or water in the business is stopped, water cleanup, drying, and restoration may begin. The water cleanup and drying process can vary in length, depending on the amount of water in the home or water in the business. Pumps may be used by the restoration company to hasten water cleanup, if necessary. If a flood is responsible for the damage, a build up of mud and debris may need to be removed from the flooded home. This may also be the case in the instance of flood damage caused by a supply line break.
Once the water removal and debris removal has been completed, the restoration company can fully assess the extent of the water damage. The flooded home or business will also be inspected for mold at this point. In cases where the flood damage is minor, such as internal pipe breaks or supply line breaks that have been caught early, mitigation and restoration may require little more than thorough drying using dehumidifiers and increased open air flow. In severe cases of water in the home or water in the business, however, there may be cosmetic and or structural damage that has occurred. Such damage may require the removal of carpeting, drywall, cabinetry, and other permanently ruined materials. The final drying process will not be able to be started until any saturated and ruined materials have been removed from the premises. If the damage was the result of an interior pipe break, the plumbing may be repaired by professionals at this point, while it is exposed.
When the water from the flooding or pipe break has been removed along with any debris and permanently damaged building materials, structural repairs may begin. Depending on the extent of the damage this may include new flooring, studs, drywall, and more. This process will vary in length based upon a multitude of factors such as availability of supplies and extent of damage. At this point, the restoration company and the home or business owner may begin to discuss cosmetic repairs such as paint or wall paneling and carpeting or floor finishing of varying sorts. The replacement of damaged appliances may also be discussed.

Any loss in the home or business can be very stressful and financially taxing. Water damage or flooding can be particularly difficult to deal with and remediate. However almost all but the most heavily damaged of homes and businesses can be salvaged after such a loss. While it may seem overwhelming, professionals trained in remediation of flood damage can make dealing with flooded structures much easier and less stressful. If you're dealing with such a loss, contact professionals as soon as possible.
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Recovery from Fire Damage

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Recovery from Fire Damage

Fire damages vary with how fast fire is put out. Destruction may be minimal and the victim can restore the appearance of the structure needs to be done professionally. After the fire is put out, it leaves behind its product which will continue to affect the house if fire cleanup is not done.

Fire damage restoration companies are professionals who restore a place to its pre-fire conditions. The restoration companies have professionals are trained in fire cleanup. The fire cleanup services will vary according to where the fire occurred.
Fire in home may affect just a family while a fire in business will affect one business unit or many units.

Fire and smoke damage restoration require skills. These professionals are trained to clean commercial fire damages, smoke smell, roof-trap and board up, clean smoke damages, soot damages and restore the items both domestic and commercial fire damages.
In an event that fire breaks out and is put out, it’s advisable one to get in touch with fire damage restoration professionals soon enough for fire clean up.

Professional restoration Company prevents further damages caused by fire and smoke products such as smoke cells, soot, and ash. Ash discolor surfaces, while smoke damage and soot damage cause corrosion and smoke smell. If the professional is not hired early enough the process of fire damage restoration becomes expensive with time.

The first fire cleanup activity the professionals do when he/she arrives at a building damaged by fire is to assess the full extent of damage which includes the impact fire products such as smoke, heat and ash and their respective damages. He then informs the owner of the action plan to be taken to have a full restoration.

The next step is to take after fire damage has occurred is to the board up and putting roof tarps. The fire damage restoration company will help you to repair the wall, board up the windows and tarp the roof to ensure that your property is safe. In the case of fire in home or fire in business board up and roof tarping should be done in order to ensure that your property does not experience another damage from other causes such as rain or destruction by outsiders.

During fire extinguishing process, water mixed with industrial Carbon dioxide is used. Normally, fire in home is put out using water. In the process, items get soaked with water. The next process after board up is drying the place. It is done mainly using dehumidifiers or air movers. Water is removed because it causes a corrosive effect when it mixes with smoke and ash which are both acidic. Their effects are adverse in the long run.

After drying, the damages restoration company can tackle smoke damage and soot damage. This damages especially the smoke damage cause discoloring of the wall marked by black spots of soot damage. The assessment of the damage should indicate whether the damage resulting from smoke damage will be cleaned up or the affected areas will be repainted. The restoration company’s crew is well trained and have special equipment that can be used to address this issues.

After fire damage, some smoke smell might linger even after fire cleanup process is done. The process of getting rid of the smoke smell can be done by cleaning all the items that were affected by the fire in business and especially those that can be reused. Air is then cleaned using industrial air scrubbers, Airwash purifiers, and fogging equipment.

The last part of fire damage restoration involves the restoration process whereby the property is made to appear as before pre-fire condition. Such activities may include reconstruction of large areas or rooms where board up cannot be a solution, painting and replacing of the affected carpets and finally installing new items to replace the destroyed ones especially in cases of commercial fire damage.

Fire damage can cause losses in residential and commercial areas. Destruction of furniture and other items in both fire in business and fire in homes may retard one’s ability to stay in his home or to produce income to pay his overheads. In the case of residential or commercial fire damage hiring a professional restoration company can help you to get back to normal operations in the property.
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An Overview of the Mold Removal Process

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An Overview of the Mold Removal Process

The term mold removal can be defined as the process by which mildew is eliminated. People who experience mold in home or fungus infestations in the office need to seek the services of a professional mildew damage mitigation and restoration company. This is because mold remediation requires high-quality tools and the application of the best mold in home removal standards and practices. The following is an overview of the procedure of eliminating mold damage, including mold growth behind walls remediation.

Mold Growth Remediation Process

The mold removal process consists of determining the exact location of the mold damage, its type, and its elimination. In cases where mold damage was experienced as a result of excessive moisture and has caused dry rot on wood, a professional fungus mitigation and restoration company will tear out the affected parts and reconstruct or repair them. The black mold remediation process includes the following steps.

• Mold Removal and Mildew Growth Assessment

Upon arrival into a home for mold removal and remediation, an experienced expert from a mold growth mitigation and restoration company will identify all areas affected by visble growth of mold. An environmental hygenist can determine types of mold and mold spore count. But, visible black mold is a clear indicator of having a problem. They will then identify the source of the problem and the extent of mold damage, which could have caused dry rot on wood. After the assessment, they will then formulate a remediation plan that might include deodorization to eliminate the smelly odor if any after which, they will start addressing the moisture problem.

• Mold in Home Encapsulation

Mildew encapsulation is the process through which fungus is contained by use of a mold growth resistance polymer. The process can be done in the absence of visible black mold as a way of preventing the spread of its spores. The materials used are propylene based polymers that form an elastic, black mold proof over affected studs. This seal will help to prevent mold growth behind walls while resisting moisture and bacteria when it is professionally applied.

• Mold Growth Filtration

Black mold spores are airborne, which makes it impossible to complete the mold removal process without professional assistance. For this reason, the air in the property affected by commercial mold damage will be cleaned by air scrubbers with HEPA filters. Such filtration is intended for removing any mold in home spores that might be lingering in the air, which could spread and cause mold growth behind wall and dry rot in wood.

• Removal of All Items Affected by Mold Growth in Office and Mold in Home

Building materials such as wood that are affected by dry rot and household items experiencing mold damage and mold growth behind walls have to be removed. This is because black mold is a living organism that can deeply embed itself into building materials for survival. The best way to avoid the return of mold damage is to dispose of anything porous. All nonporous materials have to be thoroughly cleaned using antimicrobial cleaners, and the smelly odor caused by mold damage has to be removed through deodorization. You may also need to have your HVAC cleaned to remove any existing fungus spores.

• Effective Drying

It is important to have all the repaired and the cleaned items remain thoroughly dry before employing deodorization to remove the smelly odor. This is because excessive moisture is the main cause of mold growth behind a wall and contrary to the prevailing misconception, no amount of deodorization will solve the problem of mildew infestation without proper drying. For this reason, experts from a mitigation and restoration company will use effective methods to ensure that you do not encounter residential mold damage again.

• Repair and Reconstruction

The repair and reconstruction process begins after all material affected by commercial mold damage, including wood experiencing dry rot have been removed. They are then replaced with clean fungus and smelly odor free ones. For those materials that were only affected by smelly odor, deodorization can be used by professional from a mold growth mitigation and restoration company to effectively restore them to their proper condition.

Conclusion

Mold in home only needs two days to start growing after water leakage or a flooding event. To avoid extreme mold damage like dry rot, there is need to seek the services of a fungus mitigation and restoration company immediately after suspecting mold growth behind wall. Such a company will also employ deodorization, a process by which smelly odor caused by mildew is removed from most of the house hold and office items experiencing commercial mold damage.
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The Key Benefits Of Professional Water Damage Restoration

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The Key Benefits Of Professional Water Damage Restoration

After significant water damage in a home, the goal is to renovate the property and restore its original value as well as mitigating such problem in the future. An emergency response team can help you when it comes to home restoration in the quest to handle the problem as soon as possible. The extent of the water damage will have a huge impact on the overall cost of repair. If you are lucky, the insurance company can help you to meet a substantial part of the home restoration bill.

While flooding can lead to significant water damage, a leaky roof or basement can also escalate the problem. It is vital to fix the leaks as part of your flood mitigation regimen and reduce the impact of floods in your home. While the signs of water damage are obvious, the floods have some secondary effects that include rotting of wood or development of mildew. It is vital to dry the water in home surfaces and eliminate the puddles that can cause such problems in the future. The restoration company will rely on various methods when drying the water in business floors, such as the natural or artificial methods. Flood mitigation is vital since you can reduce the cost of home repair if you abate the impact of floods in your property. The process of home repair after flooding involves water cleanup, deodorizing, drying, and dehumidifying. In the event of a pipe break in the kitchen, you are likely to end up with a flooded home. A flooded home can also be a result of a bathroom pipe break, meaning that the regular inspection of the system is vital.


The home restoration process entails fixing the source of the floods, water cleanup, drying, and taking the key steps during flood mitigation to prevent such an occurrence in the future. The poor flow of water in home drains due to blockages can lead to some potential flooding problems. Before you embark on the water cleanup, be sure to address the flaws in the drainage system. Installing some backflow preventers in the sewer and drainage systems is vital if you are looking to protect your home from contaminants. During the water cleanup, the consultants will use some disinfectants and detergents to clean your home and eliminate the contaminants. Besides addressing the supply line break, be sure to repair the leaks.

Remove all the water in home walls, carpets, and floor by pumping it out, mopping, and drying with the natural methods. As you eliminate the water in home walls and basements, avoid using a heater that might weaken the concrete walls. The best way to handle the flood damage after the leakage of water in business carpets is to get them out of the house for airing. The flow of water in business floors can lead to extensive flood damage that calls for expert intervention. When it comes to the elimination of water in business basements, you should avoid using a pump that causes the reduction of pressure and weakening of the walls. Avoid the unexpected pipe break by evaluating the plumbing system occasionally.

Mitigation is vital when it comes to the renovation of a flooded home. However, the success of the mitigation initiatives depends on the restoration company that you choose. A reputable restoration company is equipped with the requisite materials and expertise to handle the damages and renovate your flooded home back to its original state. If the supply line break is the main cause of the flood damage, stopping the flow of water in a flooded home is vital. Flaws in the plumbing system can cause flood damage after the supply line break. Sealing the pipes is a good way to prevent the supply line breaks in the future. The restoration company will propose several solutions when dealing with the pipe break in your bathroom.
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Stages of Professional Fire Damage Restoration

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Stages of Professional Fire Damage Restoration

A fire in a property, residential or commercial, can leave the owner feeling overwhelmed, wondering how to recover from the ensuing destruction. Fire damage professionals become the most valuable investments at this time. Losses from an accidental fire can reach astronomical costs, but a fire damage restoration company can help mitigate them. With the right techniques and products, a fire cleanup process can ensure that the premises are ready for use and that the destruction doesn’t spread any further. Although no one formula exists for restoring a building after soot damage and smoke damage, experts use a standard guideline when addressing the cleanup and restoration process.

Initial Contact

Fire damage restoration companies offer emergency services, and a client should make certain of this when hiring professionals to deal with residential or commercial fire damage. After the first responders have left the scene, the restoration experts have to be there as soon as possible, particularly when there is a risk of extensive destruction. With the availability of emergency services, a homeowner can make an immediate service call after a fire in home.

Inspection

When a restoration company responds to that initial call, it will start by evaluating the degree of the fire damage. How strong is the smoke smell? How far does the soot damage go? Are there leaks causing water damage? Fire damage restoration experts will consider these aspects and more. It is only with a proper assessment of the extent of commercial fire damage that technicians are able to formulate a plan of action. After inspecting how much damage a fire in business has caused, the fire cleanup service can present a quote. A property owner should never work with a restoration company that estimates costs without seeing every inch of the fire damage.

Board Up and Roof Tarp

The first stage of cleaning up after a fire in home or fire in business is to moderate the damage. If a fire has left holes in the roof or walls, a board up procedure will be necessary to prevent further complications. Leaky roofs and walls may allow water to enter the property, leading to a whole new problem of water damage. Professionals put up tarps and board up compromised windows and doors will provide protection as well.

Water Removal

In instances where the fire damage includes burst plumbing pipes and blocked drainage systems, the restoration company will have to dry the area after the board up. Water damage after a fire in business or a fire in home can lead to the destruction of expensive furnishings and office equipment. The drying part of the fire cleanup process ensures that valuable items don’t spoil more than they already are. Removing water will also make it less challenging to fix the soot damage and the smoke smell.

The Cleaning

Fire damage restoration professionals use specialized tools and products to remove smoke damage and soot damage. Smoke and soot can leave the surfaces looking charred and stained, which is why the fire cleanup crew will scour and pressure clean the walls and ceilings. The soot damage and smoke damage may have extended to the carpets, draperies, or even hardwood floors. A fire restoration company will provide the necessary services to deal with this type of problem.

The smoke smell that lingers after a fire can make it difficult to reoccupy a property. It is why fire damage experts use sanitizers and fogging equipment to remove the smoke smell and make a building inhabitable after residential or commercial fire damage.

Repair and Renovation

After cleaning up fire damage, the restoration experts have to embark on a process of renovating the property. Even if the flames did not consume valuables, the smoke damage might have degraded them significantly. Professionals in fire damage restoration know the appropriate repairs after a fire in home or fire in business. Technicians will get rid of the board up and tarp materials and fit in proper installations. Whether it’s residential or commercial fire damage, restoration experts will clean up the property and return it to its pre-fire damage days.
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The Benefits of Professional Mold Remediation

7/25/2017 (Permalink)


The Benefits of Professional Mold Remediation

Mold has been on the surface of the Earth for millions of years, in fact, mold is always present in the air and on surfaces everywhere especially where there is moisture. Not many people realize how common mold is, and this is because few are allergic to mold spores. Only the people who are sensitive to mold will detect a smelly odor when there is Mold damage in the home. In case you suspect that your house could be harboring mold, it is recommended that you get a professional to handle Mold removal. Below are a few important things you need to know about Mildew damage and how a restoration company can help you with mitigation of residential and commercial mold damage.

What causes mold growth?

Mold is basically fungus. Mold growth behind wall normally occurs in places which are both warm and damp. The most common places where you will find mold in home is the bathroom because of the frequent warm water and also the kitchen. However, this does not mean that other parts of the house are not susceptible to the growth of black mold and dry rot, in fact, it is the areas which are ignored which end up harboring a lot of the mold growth behind wall.

What are the side effects of having mold in home?

Having mold growth behind wall or mildew fungus in the house will have many effects on the health of your family and the structural integrity of the building because of the dry rot which results. Mildew is known to cause mold poisoning, especially black mold.  There is also the smelly odor which can make a building unlivable. The risks are the reason why a restoration company recommends vacating a house or other building as part of commercial mold damage mitigation as soon as you discover there the place is infested with mold in home.

What can be done to deal with mold in home?

It is important to note that mold damage is not one of those problems which can be fixed with DIY cleanup and deodorization. Most people who attempt to clean without the help of professionals leave behind traces of mold growth behind wall, putting their families at a greater risk of poisoning and the buildings at an increased risk of weakening over time due to dry rot and general mold damage. Masking the smelly odor with deodorization makes mold growth worse. A professional mold remediation company will help you do mold removal and mitigation in the building and inspect it to make sure that it is safe for people to continue living there.

What steps will the mold remediation company follow when doing mold remediation?

When you call in the restoration company, they will come and access the situation. When the damage due to dry rot and black mold is extensive, they will evacuate everyone from the building. Since mold is a type of fungus, most of the treatments against it are anti-fungal in nature. The company will physically remove the visible mold on the walls, floors and other surfaces. They will then use the anti-fungal to kill any spores that could be circulating in the air. After the cleanup and mitigation is done, they will do deodorization to the house to get rid of the stuffy and smelly odor left behind by mold.

During remediation of commercial mold damage, they also will fix any parts of the structure ruined by the mold. The repair includes repainting walls and using water proof sealants to prevent the occurrence of the same problem in future. Mold removal professionals will also try and fix the cause of the dampness which led to the mold growth in the first place. For instance, if the mold was because of a leaking water pipe, they will call in a plumber to fix the leak as this will prevent the same problem from happening again. The benefit of having a professional do the cleanup is that you are assured of complete eradication of the problem without having to expose yourself to the hazard that is posed by black mold fungus and mildew. If you suspect mold damage in your home, contact a professional mold restoration company to help you with Mold Removal, deodorization of the smelly odor and dealing with mold growth and commercial mold damage.
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Your Home or Business: Cleaning Up Water and Flood Damage

6/26/2017 (Permalink)


Your Home or Business: Cleaning Up Water and Flood Damage

Have you ever had to cleanup water in a home? Have you had to hire a crew to clean out water in a business? The flooding of water can cause severe harm to a house and building. You will not be able to live in your home. If you own a business, it will need to close during this time. The cleanup of water damage is a necessary procedure. It can be time-consuming, frustrating, and expensive. Also, water mitigation is another important process. You will need to prevent and limit further damage to your property. Restoration is the final process. This is the route to putting your home or business back in its previous state. The following information will help reduce the cost of water cleanup, mitigation, and restoration.

Causes of Water Damage

Water damage is responsible for thirty-seven percent of homeowners filing insurance claims. Water in a home can cause destruction to the interior. This issue can also happen when there is water in a business. There are some common causes of water in a home or business:

•Heavy rain causing the roof to leak
•Old pipes burst inside or under the structure
•Septic tank issue causes the toilet to overflow
•Using water to put out a fire causing damage to your possessions
•Sink or bathtub overflows onto the floor
•Line to the air conditioner unit causes water to soak into the ceiling

Causes of Flood Damage

Flood damage occurs when there is a lot of rain falling for several days. The rain can cause rivers to rise above their banks and flood the streets. Additionally, issues with dams or levees can cause flooding in areas. The water rises and comes into homes and buildings causing flood damage.

Cleanup after Water and Flood Damage

After discovering water in a home or business, you need to start water cleanup. You may find water in the whole house or in one room. If you find water in a business, it can be in the entire building. Also, you may see it covering several floors. Water cleanup is a tedious task but it will save your house or building. Here are some suggestions for safe water cleanup:

•Open all windows for drying the house or building
•Turn off the electrical power and gas
•If there is a mud issue, use a shovel to get rid of it
•Use a hose to rinse any excess debris away
•Wet-dry vacuum is good for drying water from the floor
•Continue drying the floor after removing the carpet and padding
•If water is in the basement, pump it out
•Take pictures before and after the water cleanup for evidence

Mitigation of Water in a Home or Water in a Business

You can protect your valuables from further water damage using mitigation. These are the steps you will need to preserve the items:

•Put dry clothing, books, files, and paper in plastic containers to preserve them
•Remove your wet clothing and items
•Using wooden blocks, lift your furniture above the floor
•Place pieces of aluminum foil under wooden items
•Use pins or tape to lift drapery off the wet floor
•Put all electronic items in a dry place

Restoration

Restoration is the final step before moving back into your home or office. These are the things you need to check to make your home or business safe:

•Drying of carpet, floors, and walls is complete
•Insure that all electrical and gas appliances are working
•Check for any type of structural damage
•Hire a certified inspector for safety reasons
•Buy flood insurance for financial protection

The cleanup of water is tedious, but it is worth it. You can save your property from damage. Water mitigation is also important. You want to limit any further damage to your home, business, and valuables. Restoration is an essential process, which will put your home or business back to its normal condition.
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The Recovery Process After a Fire

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

The Recovery Process After a Fire

Fire needs oxygen to burn. Fire simply is the chemical oxidation of materials through combustion, which then releases heat and light. It is hot because of the conversion of the weak bonds of oxygen to molecular bond. Depending on the burning substance the intensity and color of the flame vary. Conflagration occurs and can cause physical damage to properties and even harm the body.

Fire most of the time has its positive if well maintained otherwise it may cause severe damage. A well-managed fire in home and fire in business can be used to cook, light up the home, as a source of heat. Fire in business or fire in home affects it negatively; it may lead to severe losses which can be a lifetime damage. In a case of fire in home or fire in business, you can first take precautions before calling professionals to do the fire cleanup and fire restoration process to prevent commercial fire damage.

When waiting for the fire cleanup team, you can:

• Consider your family safety first. Maintain a safe distance from the fire.
• Place old linen and rugs on carpet surfaces.
• Reduce movement to prevent soot damage on carpets.
• Wash any plant leaves both sides.
• Use petroleum jelly and coat chrome
• Change HVAC filters

What NOT to do after a fire:

• Don’t use any canned food that might have been close to the fire.
• Don’t use electrical appliances, circuits, and outlets that may have been damaged by fire.
• Don’t dry clean clothes for wrong technique will make the smoke smell permanent.

After a fire in home or fire in business incident most probably the next step is the fire restoration and fire cleanup the process. After the fire, you may likely experience smoke damage and soot damage.

Fire damage restoration process

After the firefighting team leaves, you may require a fire damage restoration team to come through and clean up the messes. Most fire damage occurs when putting out the fire in home or fire in business. You will find that the roofs, walls, windows have holes this is because firefighter cut holes to allow ventilations. The following steps illustrate the fire damage restoration process:

Emergency contact

Restoration begins when you call in a recovery company to handle the fire damage. Most companies will do the following:

• Secure home from more damage
• Estimate the fire damage
• Repair the asset in the fire damage
• Storing fixed item until you need it.
• Determine the cost of restoration.

Inspection and fire damage assessment

This is the second step in the fire damage restoration process. This step is important as it is where you get the plan of action. The extent of the soot damage, smoke damage is carried out.

Board-up and Tarp service

In this step, the walls and windows are boarded up, and the roof is tarped. This process is done to maintain security and reduce further damage to it during the fire cleanup process.

Water removal and drying

Here machines such as dehumidifiers and air movers are used. For proper restoration, all the wetness should be taken care off to reduce accidents. The water is mainly from the firefighters.

Smoke damage and soot damage removal.

In this stage smoke damage and soot is cleaned up using a special vacuum cleaner and wipe downs.For commercial fire damage, this step is the most important.

Cleaning and sanitizing

In this step is the most important in the fire cleanup process. Although your items and surfaces may look good, there is much work to ensure perfect home or business.Here the removal of smoke smell is done after the fire in business.The smoke smell can be irritating to the body. Most smoke smell is removed using air scrubbers and fogging equipment. The quality of air after a commercial fire damage should be checked to ensure stable business. Also, removal of smoke smell is done by carbon purifiers.

Restorations

After a commercial fire damage has occurred most assets are destroyed, restoration may be through painting on the wall or minor repairs. It may also require fixing of the whole room as the commercial fire damage restoration need to be perfect.To conclude, all the commercial fire damage restoration process should be done by professionals because they may be dangerous and require expertise.
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A Guide on How Professionals Remediate Mold

6/26/2017 (Permalink)


 A Guide on How Professionals Remediate Mold

As buildings get older, Mold damage has become a significant hazard. Commercial mold damage and mold in home can destroy a building, and when mold levels are elevated, it can cause a smelly odor serious health risks. Understanding the Mold removal and remediation process is crucial in ensuring that the job is done correctly. To walk customers through the process, the professionals list some of the most vital mold remediation tips.

Firm Identification and Job Scope

If someone notices Mold damage in a home or commercial building, their first step is to hire an expert who can determine the extent of the damage and outline the scope of the mitigation process. A mold remediation or inspection company can evaluate the damage caused by mold in home and determine the proper course of action, but it is also a good idea for customers to consult an independent industrial hygienist for assessment and testing of potential hazards. The hygienist will work for the property owner and supervise the removal of mold, fungus and mildew to ensure the right outcome. The Mold removal process typically follows the sequence outlined below.

Containment and Engineering Controls

Certain types of mold can stay in the air for upwards of eight hours after air movement, quickly causing a smelly odor. Containment is a crucial step; if it’s not done by a mold mitigation expert, spores, mildew and fungus can quickly spread. Below are a few ways to contain commercial mold damage or mold in home.

Poly sheeting can isolate affected areas.
Negative air systems can prevent mold spores from getting into unaffected areas in a home or commercial building.
Air scrubbers can condition air during mildew mitigation. These large HEPA filtration machines clean air at a set per-hour rate.
Some Mold removal projects require special dehumidifiers, supplied air, supplemental heat and other measures to remove smelly odor.

The Beginning of the Removal Process

Depending on the hygienist’s advice, the Mold removal and deodorization process may be as simple as a source removal of fungus, or as involved as media blasting of a large contaminated area. The prevention of commercial mold damage may involve small containment, the establishment of negative air pressure, removal of affected materials, HEPA vacuuming of surfaces and the application of a mold-proof coating to exposed frameworks.

Cleaning Workspaces and Nearby Contaminated Areas

Here, affected and surrounding areas are cleared of mold spores and fungus growth. A thorough hygienic cleaning is a very important, yet frequently overlooked part of the remediation process. If it’s not properly done by a Mold removal specialist, the mitigation effort will likely fail. Furnishings can collect dust quickly, and if the area has a high humidity level, mold can quickly grow on the dust, creating a smelly odor and making cleaning and deodorization difficult.

Secondary Cleaning

Once the initial cleaning is done and the area is free of particulates, it’s time for the final part of the process. Despite an expert’s thoroughness, it’s possible to miss small areas where mold spores can re-settle. A secondary cleaning focuses primarily on floors, ceilings, upholstery and cabinet tops. During the cleaning, the experts will use high-powered LED lights, microfiber cloths and HEPA vacuums to find and remove errant mold spores.

Antimicrobial Coatings

After a thorough cleaning, the experts will apply an antimicrobial coating to prevent future mildew and Mold damage. These coatings reduce surface porosity and prevent particulate accumulation while keeping moisture out. When these deodorization coatings are used according to industry standards, they can strengthen the process of removing mold in home.

Final Inspections

After all of these home and commercial mold damage repair steps are completed, it’s time for an inspection by the remediation specialists and the industrial hygienist. During the inspection, materials will be checked for moisture and dust, and the building’s air ducts will likely undergo deodorization as well. From there, samples are provided for analysis, and once the results are in, the hygienist will ensure they are within acceptable levels. A report is issued, stating that the home or building is ready for repairs or occupancy. The steps listed here can help owners ensure a smooth process and the proper outcome after Mold damage.
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Water Damage Restoration

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoration

This year has shown tremendous flooding and hurricane damage throughout the mid-west. Although the flood damage has destroyed many homes and businesses, there are some that are still standing. Needless to say, they have suffered extreme water damage, which requires the services of experts on water cleanup and drying techniques.

After the waters have subsided, and there is still water in home or water in business, it is time to call in professionals who specialize in flood damage cleanup. They are equipped with the proper equipment together with the expertise to handle a complete water cleanup as well as providing mitigation services..

The restoration of a home or business to its original state requires experience in the field. Such a company must be knowledgeable and comply with local laws regarding disposal of ruined rugs, furniture and other things that have suffered from flood damage. This type of work requires the expertise of highly trained restoration technicians.

Mold is something that can quickly spread through a building that has had water damage. Mold spores grow into colonies and become a health problem. A water damage restoration technician will used specialized equipment to remove all traces of mold.

In a flood, just the lower part of a building may suffer water damage. This means that the ceiling, floors, walls, air ducts, HVAC, carpet, upholstery, toilet, kitchen appliances and other areas must be addressed. This must be done as soon as possible, after the water recedes, in order to be able to work quickly to complete the flood damage cleanup.

A professional clean-up company will offer the following mitigation services:

• Assessment - The first step of water cleanup after a flood is inspection and an assessment of the water damage. This includes determining exactly how far the water in home or water in business has traveled.

• Rug and Furniture removal – Furniture and rugs ruined by water damage must be discarded. Depending on the amount of debris, a dumpster may be needed.

• Water extraction – Water is extracted through the use of vacuum units and powerful pumps. These are used to remove the many gallons of water in home or water in business that still remains in the building.

• Drying – Specialized equipment removes any remaining water prior to using air movers and dehumidifiers for drying the home or business.

• Sanitizing and cleaning – After drying the area, all surface areas, any recoverable furniture and other items are sanitized and cleaned. This will remove the flood water odors and sometimes restore items to a near original condition.

• Restoration Service – Some companies offer this mitigation service. It involves making minor or major repairs, fixing drywall, installing carpets and so forth. When completed, all signs of flood damage is eradicated.

Prior to calling a professional water cleanup company it is important to determine if further flooding is expected. Sometimes the sun comes out and one thinks the problem is over while, in reality, the rain is going to come back even stronger. A check with the weather bureau will provide this information.

A person has a large investment in a home or business. Finding water in home or water in business can be devastating. Having a professional company able to mitigate the situation makes it possible to take the necessary restoration steps to retain their investment when there is flood damage in the area.

Flooding can be a frightening experience, especially if one’s home or business is a victim. Fortunately, modern mitigation methods have been developed that make cleaning and restoring possible. Companies that specialize in this work have modern equipment especially designed to restore damaged flood homes to their original condition. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on water damage.

Surviving the Devastating Effects of Fire Damage

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Surviving the Devastating Effects of Fire Damage

A fire can strike a home or business at any time leaving the owner to deal with its devastating consequences. Anyone who has suffered such a loss realizes the massive effort that is required to clean up after a fire of any magnitude and to attempt to restore the structure to its original condition. It requires the expertise of experts who specialize in fire damage restoration. Most insurance companies recommend that home or business owners enlist the services of professionals who are trained in fire cleanup. Fire damage restoration services work with insurance companies to help eliminate as much stress as possible for the owners.

Residential Fire Damage

The fire damage cleanup process in a home requires the profession cleanup team to first determine the items that are salvageable. They then decide on which cleaning method or restoration process they will use. Because these professional fire damage-restoring experts are trained in cleanup techniques, they know how to treat problems caused by fire and smoke. When personal items are considered cleanable, they will be sent out to another location where they can be cleaned more effectively and restored to their original condition without that smoke smell. Soot damage and smoke damage affect furniture, draperies, and other household items from a fire in the home. Reputable fire damage restoration services understand that fire and water can cause extensive structural damage. Roofs, walls, ceilings, and floors can become a safety hazard after a fire in the home. It is important to have a fire damage restoration service assess the property before reentering it.

Commercial Fire Damage

A fire in a home can be devastating, but a fire in a business can cause additional problems. The process of recovering from a fire in a business, even a small one is complicated. Businesses are left to file complicated claim forms that may take a long time to complete and process. Soot, water, and smoke damage add to the frustration of filing a claim for any business. Not only do the owners suffer the psychological effects of going through a fire, but also the financial problems which can be even worse. Suffering through a fire in a business is damaging on many different fronts. Productivity and revenue that are lost as a result of a fire cleanup can be catastrophic especially for a small business. Smoke damage that occurs because of commercial fire damage requires professional expertise to eliminate the smoke smell that remains after the fire cleanup.

Reasons for Using Professionals for Fire Cleanup

Homeowners and business owners are anxious to clean up the fire damage in their homes and businesses, but it pays to wait until a professional service can be found. They are the experts and they understand the tedious process that is involved in recovering from a fire in the home or even a small fire in a business. Attempting to clean up after a fire can not only cause frustration and involve a lot of effort, but it can even lead to more damage. It is much better to hire a professional service that is trained to do the cleanup than to risk further damaging the structure. Soot damage and smoke damage are not easily resolved. A major problem that remains from any fire is a smoke smell resulting from fire damage. Professionals can thoroughly clean items that have received soot damage which can cause extensive corrosion and discoloration on surfaces if not properly removed. Soot damage can become a major problem if left unresolved as a result of commercial fire damage. The smoke smell that lingers from commercial fire damage is difficult, but not impossible to remove. Much of the smell results from not removing and cleaning upholstery and draperies that were close to the fire area immediately after the fire. Cleanup should begin as soon as feasibly possible to ensure structural integrity of a home or business. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on fire damage.

The Process of Mold Damage Restoration

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

The Process of Mold Damage Restoration

Mold and its Causes

Mold and mildew are both fungi that can grow either indoor or outdoor as long as there is moisture. Lack of proper mitigation may lead to uncontrolled growth, which may cause commercial mold damage.

Moisture is important for the growth of. Mildew and mold in home cases increase significantly after floods. Excessive moisture in a house compromises the quality of air because of enhancing the breeding of pests and molds leading to smelly odor.

The following conditions must be present for mold and mildew to thrive.

- Source of mold spores

- Source of food

- Darkness

- Heat

- Oxygen

- Water

If the above conditions are all present, mold in home will start to grow after 24-48 hours.

Water and high humidity in houses is caused by;

- Humid weather, especially near large water bodies

- Poor ventilation

- Drying clothes in houses

- Leaking roof

- Condensation

- Flooding

- Moist basement.

Moisture control in a building is critical in the mitigation of mold and mildew.

Identification and Effects of Mold

Here are the factors that indicate that your house is affected by this fungus;

- Mold in home can easily be identified through appearance. They cause discoloration on the places they invade, for instance, ceiling or wall. If the discolored area is big and you observe a greenish-black mold, then that is a serious infestation.

- Mold in home produces a smelly odor, which may need deodorization later.

- If you observe mold damage that is more than four feet by eight, mitigation is needed.

The following effects are associated with the presence of mold.

- For those people who are sensitive to mold, it can cause various complications like nasal stuffiness, coughing, wheezing, itching of the throat, eye, and skin, and eye redness among others.

- Mold damage is associated with a smelly odor leading to pollution of the air in the house or building.

- May lead to blocking of water pipes.

- It destroys the beauty of the house.

- May lead to loss of value for an infested house.

- Commercial mold damage, which will require money for mitigation, remediation, and deodorization.

Mold Removal

Before hiring the services of professionals to remove mold in your house, it is important to have basic information about mold removal and remediation. This information may help you identify real and fake companies. Learning of these basic concepts may be easy; however, the actual work of removing the fungus can be a big challenge.

After confirming mold damage in your house, it is good to seek the services of a reputable company for mold removal. Always ensure that the company you choose for remediation has the required training, equipment, and experience.

An effective remediation process follows these basic processes;

- Mold damage evaluation;

A reputable company will send professionals to your house to look for any sign of the fungus. They may use advanced equipment and technologies to detect it.

- Mold control;

After confirming the presence of mold, the next step in mold removal is containment and deodorization. Several containment procedures are followed to control commercial mold damage. For instance, a negative air chamber may be used to seclude the infected. Negative air pressure may be used to control the spread of mold spores during the cleaning process.

- Filtration of the air

Advanced companies have the equipment used to capture mold spores in the air. Such machines are very important as they control spread of spores during the mold removal process.

- Mold extraction

The amount of infection and the surface affected determines the remediation process. To prevent any future commercial mold damage, some companies use advanced deodorization and treatments such as antifungal and antimicrobial sprays.

- Cleaning of the house/building

After removing the fungus from the infested areas, it is important to know that spores must have spread to other places in the room, clean the smelly odor.

- Restoration

After cleaning and removal of the infested materials, restoration is the last step. Restoration involves returning the building to how it was. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on mold remediation.

Removing The Moisture After Water Damage

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Removing The Moisture After Water Damage

Water in home or water in business would mean moisture in walls and ceilings too. In the case of water damage or flood damage, all the wet material needs to be removed as a mitigation measure. This would include insulation, and wooden by-products like panels, besides anything else that is porous. This would require drying and air movement is the best method for that.


Do note that drywall is highly porous. No amount of water damage restoration can work on it. Hence it must be thrown away on seeing any signs of water damage or flood damage. The wallboard must be removed to nearly a foot above the water mark in case of water in home or water in business. Walls that cannot be dried through air movement may be drained by removing their baseboard. During water cleanup, always check the interior of the wall to look for any mold growth. Ensure ample drying to remove it completely.


Mitigation measures would require sizing up the mold growth. A significant amount of mold growth would need professional cleaners. While doing water damage restoration, ensure that the area being cleaned is well-ventilated and has a lot of air movement. This will allow drying to happen faster.


Wear gloves, along with a mask or respirator, as well as eye protection while doing water cleanup after flood damage or water damage.


Water damage restoration requires cleaning hard surfaces with soap and hot water. Hence all metal, wood, plastic, as well as glass should be cleaned well. A stiff brush can be used on rough surfaces in case of water in home or water in business.


Before water damage restoration, all standing water has to be removed in case of water in home or water in business. Then the area needs to be disinfected with a bleach solution as a mitigation measure. This solution must stay on the surface for some time. It must be rinsed off with clean water and then left for drying. This is important in the case of flood damage. Allow for ample air movement. This can be the biggest aid while doing water cleanup.


The porous material must be cleaned well. This would include upholstered furniture, clothes, bedding, carpets, books, and so on. Many of these will not be in a position to get restored after water damage or flood damage. So throw these away. All these must be disinfected with a pine-oil cleaner after water cleanup. Mitigation measures require this material to be dry completely. It must be monitored for several days after cleaning to check for any mold or odors. If it returns, discard the item.


It is quite clear that removal of moisture is of utmost importance here. Even a tiny amount can lead to mold, dirty smell, and diseases. Hence it needs to be removed completely and quickly. The house or business premises become safe only after everything is cleared and sanitized. There is a lot of visible and invisible material in flood waters. Hence nothing should be left to chance. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on water damage.

Restoring Recent Water Damage

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Restoring Recent Water Damage

Mitigation of flood damage can help you remove water in your home before it becomes water damage. A water damage restoration crew will assist to minimize flood damage by using a water cleanup crew to remove water in your home. Drying the water damage completely after a successful water cleanup will likely help you to avoid any permanent water damage. Water in a business causing flood damage can be dealt with in the same way.

Water Damage Restoration

You must start working quickly not letting any water sit. Mold can grow within 24 hours of the water damage occurring. If someone began water cleanup soon, they could avoid permanent flood damage. The same rule applies for water in a business, don't wait more than 24 hours to begin your water damage restoration project.

Water in Your Business

Having water in your business is just as bad as having water in your home and be dealt with much the same way. The first thing that should be done is that everything needs to be taken out. You will have to assess all of the property that you bring out to see if anything is worth saving. If any furniture is entirely soaked, it should be gotten rid of. If something is just a little bit damp, it can be set outside in the sun and open air movement for drying.

Mitigation, Mitigation, Mitigation

When everything has been removed from the area, water cleanup can begin. Water in a home can be extracted in a few different ways. A pump can be used to move large amounts of water outside of the home. A vacuum that can be used with water will help once the pump has done its job. After that, a mop can be utilized. Remove all the water that you can.

Drying With Powerful Air Movement

Water in a business is removed in the same way. After you have done what you can using the other tools, pick up an industrial fan and a high capacity dehumidifier. The dehumidifier will remove moisture from the air while the powerful fans will direct air movement to where it is needed the most. Drying is sped up this way so that mold does not have the time to multiply.

Bringing Back Your Furniture

It is better to get rid of a sofa than it is to put one with water damage that will spawn mold back into your newly restored area. Make sure that the pieces you did save don't have any funny smells to them or anything after they are dried with air movement. That's a good sign that your piece of furniture is moldy.

Water Damage Restoration is an easy way to save a lot of money on the permanent flood damages associated with water damage. By completely drying a home or business quickly, mold will not be an issue. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on water damage.

What to do in Case of Fire Loss

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

What to do in Case of Fire Loss

Fire loss is devastating. A fire loss not only affects you but all of those in the household. Sometimes it also affects those around you if the fire resulted in commercial fire damage. A fire in the home will will displace your entire family. The fire loss will have taken all the memories that you have accumulated over the years that you have lived in your residence. Fire damage is not just limited to the flames. Soot damage can affect the portions of the house that may not have been touched by the fire damage. Then there is the smoke damage. Smoke damage is almost impossible to remove from the remainder of the house that may not have been affected by the fire damage. Soot damage will leave a black film across all portions of the house not burned with the fire damage. While soot damage can be cleaned up it is a very large undertaking and sometimes cannot be cleaned off the surface. You may have to remove any soot damage articles and replace them. Maybe the soot damage did not reach all the areas of your home, but the smoke damage did. Smoke damage is much like that of soot damage. Smoke damage leaves a film on your belongings and is so very difficult to get the smell out of them. You do need to be aware of any type of air quality issue as well. Even a small fire in the home can result in the entire home being deemed a loss. A fire in the home can be a daunting task to when it comes time to start the fire cleanup. Fire cleanup is the most difficult task to undertake. During the fire cleanup you are sifting through what is left of the fire damage and this can spark the emotions of loss.

Commercial fire damage, unlike fire in the home, can affect more than just your home. Commercial fire damage is a fire in a business. These commercial fires damage can affect the air quality, depending on what the contents of the building was that caught fire. If it any type of caustic material you will need to follow proper protocol to eliminate any air quality issues. Air quality issues will affect the air that others breathe. If this is bad the EPA will need to know what to do to fix the air quality around the fire damage. Fire loss for the business can be detrimental. Fire loss means that they are not able to operate and they will lose the business from that particular business. Commercial fire damage worse than a fire fire in the home due to it being a fire in a business. It not only is a loss for them, it is a loss for their income. Fire in a business means no income until the fire cleanup is completed. A fire in a business is the same loss as a residential home but the fire cleanup may be a little different as the insurance for the fire in a business is a little different due to insurance company requirements. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on fire loss.

What You Should Know About Fire Damage Restoration

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

What You Should Know About Fire Damage Restoration

Should a business owner suffer a fire in their business, there are many factors to be considered when handling the commercial fire damage. The same goes for a fire in a home. The fire damage can cause a major setback. The smoke damage affects air quality, and the soot damage can present major hazards also. Fire cleanup and the analysis of the extent of the fire loss is a big job that needs to be handled by trained professionals.

The fire damage in a home may seem like a job that can be handled by the owner. This is not advised, as most people don't have the tools or knowledge to handle such a job. The soot damage and smoke damage can affect asthma by poor air quality. Water damage from fighting the fire also adds to the risk. Items in the fire loss can be water logged and much heavier. After a fire in the home, it's normal to want to tackle the problem and handle the fire cleanup.

Commercial fire damage from a fire in a business also may affect merchandise and future sales. If customers are able to smell the smoke damage or see soot damage, they will be concerned. The air quality in a store must be at a safe level to avoid potential suits. It's always wise to have an insurance adjuster look at the fire damage when a fire in a business occurs. The adjuster is familiar with assessing commercial fire damage and exactly what will be entailed in the fire cleanup.

After a fire in the home, it's also important to have the fire cleanup estimated. An insurance adjuster will visit the property to see exactly the extent of what needs to be replaced after the fire damage, and what financial effects the fire loss will have on the property. At a minimum, the policy should be able to cover the smoke damage, soot damage and any other damage needed to get the house back to reasonable condition with the air quality being tolerable, and not a danger to one's health from the fire damage.

Whether there's been a fire in the home, or a fire in the business resulting in commercial fire damage, a fire cleanup and restoration company can often take care of the smoke damage, soot damage and restore the air quality. Many times the fire loss is undetectable and can be restored to "like new" conditions.

Taking care of the fire loss whether it's a fire in a home, commercial fire damage or a fire in a business can be stressful. It's important that the fire damage is properly handled to avoid even further complications from dangers presented by environmental factors if the proper steps in dealing with a fire cleanup aren't taken. At the very least, the soot damage, air quality and smoke damage must be resolved for the health of everyone in a fire in a home or a fire in a business, resulting in commercial fire damage. Contact a certified professional right away! Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on fire damage.

The Difference Between Mold Remediation and Removal

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

The Difference Between Mold Remediation and Removal

It’s important to schedule a consultation and in-home visit with a qualified Environmental hygienist if mildew, mold or microbial growth is suspected. The reason being is that the presence of any of these could lead to serious problems in your home. In cases involving mold damage, cleanup procedures should begin immediately.

Typically, there’s mitigation with mold, mildew and fungus. Meaning that it never stays in one place, it grows and spreads to other areas. It can be confusing where to start, if you're unaware of the potential risks and what’s involved with mold cleanup.

Tips to help when dealing with mold and microbial growth:

1. First, have the area examined by a trained Environmental hygienist. Because they have both advanced knowledge and experience in mold cleanup.

2. Identify the source of the problem. Working along with the Environmental hygienist, it’s possible to detect where the problem started and the cause/causes.

3. Fix the problem, by thoroughly cleaning the area or by making the necessary repairs.

Many conditions can lead to uncontrolled mold, mildew, fungus and microbial growth; such as unexpected flooding due to extreme weather conditions, a leaky roof or a water pipe break. Or an unknown source of leaking water. Whatever the cause, the first thing is to ensure that it is contained to prevent mitigation and then reverse the damage. Mitigation is an often overlooked aspect of containing microbial growth. But it spreads and with that it could destroy whatever area is covered with moisture. Fungus thrives in moisture because it is a fungi, which means that it multiplies rapidly in colonies.

When mold occurs outdoors, it’s a natural ecological development. But in the home, mold cleanup is required for the betterment of air quality and to thwart mitigation.

Plumbing problems aren't repaired by the Environmental hygienist, they strictly deal with mold cleanup. If this is the culprit, a plumber will need to perform a repair. Because in environments where there’s constant moisture or wetness, such as in the bathroom or shower; mildew growth could be an annual issue.

Testing is required to determined what type of fungus is responsible for the spores and to perform a visible check for additional colonies. Fungal spores properties complicate cleanup. Professional testing is the only way to identify the underlying cause, and to also check the quality of air in the home. Not all mildew is visible, sometimes the problem can be hidden underneath floor boards, anywhere there’s either an accumulation of water or an overly moist environment. In private dwellings, it's easier to assess the situation, unlike problems that pose a threat to the general public. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on mold removal and remediation.

Fire Loss Restoration in Spring Valley, CA

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Loss Restoration in Spring Valley, CA


When fire strikes your home or business in Spring Valley, CA, you can never truly be ready. The best you can do is be educated about your options and get the best help to repair the damages and get your life back to normal. Fire cleanup is no easy task. Fire damage, water damage from fire, smoke damage and soot damage need be addressed by seasoned professionals.

The primary consideration when a fire has been put out and damage can be assessed is whether the home or business is safe for habitation. If the damage is minor, staying in your home or returning to work is a possibility. If there is any structural damage it is best to find other accommodations until it can be repaired. Other concerns are electrical issues and slip and fall hazards. If these dangers are minor and you are equipped to deal with them, you can consider staying in your home or working in your office. Remember that wet materials are very heavy and it may take strength to move and deal with these objects.

After a Fire

The aftermath of fire damage and water damage from a fire in Spring Valley or Jamul, California should include the following precautions:

• Keep soot damage to a minimum by limiting movement in the home. This will prevent particles from becoming embedded into carpets and upholstery.
• Wash hands often to prevent the transfer of soot to furniture and walls.
• In high traffic areas, place towels and old linens on the rugs and upholstery to minimize additional damage.
• Empty your refrigerator and freezer and prop the doors open if there is no electricity.
• A light coat of petroleum jelly or oil will help clean and protect chrome surfaces.
• Revive your houseplants by washing on both sides of the leaves.
• Put double layers of cheesecloth over air registers and change the HVAC filters.

Things Not to Do After a Fire

After a fire, residents of California should take precautions during the fire cleanup process. Contacting an experienced fire damage professional in Jamul, CA will assist you in ensuring the process goes smoothly and prevents further damage to your property. Here are a few precautions you can take:

• Do to smoke and soot damage, don’t attempt to wash painted surfaces such as walls or shampoo carpet and upholstery. Contact your fire clean-up professional first.
• Never attempt to eat food or beverages that were in close proximity to the fire, water or heat.
• Don’t use any fixtures attached to a wet ceiling. The wiring may have been damaged.
• Do not send clothing to a regular dry cleaner. Soot and smoke odor may be set permanently if the proper cleaning procedures are not followed.

Hire a Professional Fire Clean-Up Service

Residents in Jamal will benefit from a professional service assessing and addressing issues following a fire. A professional will provide structural cleaning. After determining the extent of the damage, experienced pros will thoroughly clean walls, ceilings, furniture, carpet, and flooring. A good service uses specific equipment and products to clean light soot deposits, preventing the cost of repainting or refinishing those surfaces. If significant damage has been done, the experienced pros will be able to prepare surfaces and properly deodorize the smoke damage so that new paint and finish will properly adhere.

Content cleaning involves all the items able to be restored. Contents will need to be properly cleaned and deodorize including furniture, drapes, rugs, and upholstery. Testing of fabrics should be conducted to determine which products and cleaning methods will be the most effective. All contents should be restored to their condition before the fire including art, electronics, furniture, clothing, and bedding.

Air quality after a fire is a consideration. Find a service that will eliminate offensive odor caused by fire and smoke and return your building to the pre-fire air quality. Don’t use a company that covers odors with a fragrance, find a service that determines the source of odors and removes them. Make sure your professional is able to explain the deodorization methods and determine which one will work best for you and your home or business.

Overview of Procedures Following a Fire

Your professional clean-up specialists should contact you within an hour of notice after a fire. You need to know that help is on the way. The company should be on site within four hours of notification to begin the mitigation service which is key to reducing costs.The experienced professional will walk you through the entire clean-up process and explain what to expect and possible outcomes. In eight hours, a good company will be able to provide a briefing with the scope of the clean-up project to the insurance adjustor or property manager.

The next step in the process is pretesting for what can be restored, beginning with the source of the damage and working outward before cleaning, restoring and deodorizing. The company should have the latest knowledge, products, and equipment to ensure the job is done correctly.

Specialized cleaning will be needed for some items such as electronics. The experienced professional will know how to properly clean the metal casing to prevent moisture and residue from causing corrosion. Artwork may require an art restorer. The seasoned professional will subcontract fine art if it is damaged. In any case, a detailed list of the items that are restorable and those that are not should be presented and explained. A summary of the findings along with the steps that will be taken for cleaning and restoration should be presented.

Finally, after the completion of the job, a walk-through should be completed. The customer should be completely satisfied with the job. If there are questions or concerns, they should be addressed immediately by the clean-up supervisor.Following these steps will help reduce the expenses from an unexpected fire in your home or business and quickly restore property back to its pre-fire state. After a fire has occurred in your home or business, locating an experienced fire clean-up specialist is the quickest and most guaranteed way to restore your home back to normal. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on fire damage and cleanup services.

Mold Remediation in Spring Valley, CA

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation in Spring Valley, CA


There are growing concerns about mold going on in Spring Valley, California since it's now a common problem in that area. This fungus can grow in the outdoors and indoors' environment, and most of the are not harmful to people's health unless it's discovered in high concentration.

With this fungus becoming more common in the Spring Valley, California area, it's important to know the proper prevention methods as well as the mitigation process. This microorganism can grow and spread quickly when it comes to damp and humid climates, such as in the San Diego County, CA area. And furthermore, the spores can remain in homes for a long period of time which makes it difficult to mitigate. Also, some dangerous microorganism can't be seen when going airborne, such as black mold. And thus, the mold cleanup is hard.

Hiring the Best Professionals

With these issues and more, it's vital to hire a reputable Environmental Hygienist to handle the mold cleanup and the source where this growth is coming from. Cleaning this microorganism is a hard thing for untrained people to do. There is a myth that bleach will kill this microorganism, but that's not true most of the time. If the point of where the microbial growth started is not addressed, the growth will continue. However, an Environmental Hygienist knows the ins and outs on how to safely and securely handle these situations. He/she will use different equipment and cleaning supplies that are approved by the government. There will be no mildew from the humidity in these areas. And even though it's impossible to keep this microorganism away, it can stay at bay by keeping an airy and dry atmosphere that will cut down on the humidity and mildew especially in the more common areas where this fungus grows, including the attic, crawl spaces, basements, kitchens, and bathrooms. This growth can also be found near windows, roofs, potted plants, and pipes.

Detection & Prevention Method

There are another expert to hire to handle the growth called the Inspection Specialist. This professional is highly trained in using a mold testing kit that can show whether or not one's home contains this substance. This testing kit will also show whether or not the growth is at a dangerous level for one's health. And if it's found to be at a dangerous level in the Jamul and surrounding areas, the remediation process will start.

The Classifications

Knowing that some of these microorganisms are toxigenic, meaning that molecular toxins are produced which are called Mycotoxins and which, in turn, is one of the deadliest forms that are deadly to one's health upon ingesting a large quantity for a period of time.

One a more positive note, Mycotoxins are least common in Jamul, Spring Valley, and others in CA. The most common ones include Stachybotrys Chartarum and Aspergillis.

How Does It Travel?

The microorganisms are able to travel through open doors and windows. It can also travel through the air conditioner ventilation system. Other than that, the microorganisms can also be carried indoors from shoes or clothing. Pets can also transfer these microorganisms. Thus, mitigation of the home must be used.

Conclusion

There are growing concerns about this microorganism going on in Jamul and surrounding areas. With these issues and more, it's vital to hire a reputable experts to eliminate this problem. And having said this, the Environmental Hygienist to handle the cleanup and the source where this growth is coming from. Cleaning this microorganism is a hard thing for untrained people to do. There is a myth that bleach will kill this microorganism, but that's not true most of the time. If the point of where the microbial growth started is not addressed, the growth will continue. However, this specialist knows the ins and outs on how to safely and securely handle these situations. He/she will use different equipment and cleaning supplies that are approved by the government.

There are another expert to hire called the Inspection Specialist which is highly trained in using a testing kit that can show whether or not one's home contains this substance. Then, if it's found to be at a dangerous level in the San Diego County area, the remediation process will start. Visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com for more information on mold remediation and removal.

Handling A Fire Loss In Spring Valley, CA

2/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in Jamul, CA

Handling A Fire Loss In Spring Valley, CA

In CA, fires happen frequently because of the dry droughts that happen there. It is a frightening time for both homeowners and apartment dwellers who are forced from their units in order to save their lives. They must watch as a lot of their belongings go up with the fire, but they need to remember that in Jamul, California, especially in Spring Valley, they will receive the assistance that they need in order to stay safe and get back on their feet. Fires can destroy a lot of things, but the spirits of the people usually stay strong during this type of terrible ordeal.

Fire Damage Can Be Costly

Depending on how bad the fire was, the fire damage can be extensive and cost a lot money for the homeowner or apartment dweller. Once a person is safe from the flames, they will want to make sure that they contact their insurance company because this can help with the financing after a fire. They will want to report it as soon as possible, and get the insurance money as quickly as they can. The insurance money is meant to help people to move on passed disasters without having to spend all their own money. It helps in many ways.

Water Damage From Fire Is Awful

Water damage from fire is very dangerous. It can cause electrical fires, and people need to be aware of this. The water may be turned off in a home or apartment that has had a fire, and they will need to buy bottled water for drinking and brushing teeth. Here are tips for water damage during a fire:

·        If there is water on the floors, do not cross into these areas. There may be a chance of an electrical fire that can cause problems to one’s safety.

·        Water supply may be scarce. Visit a store in order to purchase bottle water for drinking and brushing of the teeth.

·        When returning to the unit, be sure to listen to the authorities about what to do about water consumption. They will give their ok, if it is safe to drink again.

Smoke Damage Creates Havoc

For many people the smell of smoke makes them ill. After a fire, the smoke damage will be in all the clothing, furniture and other items in the home or apartment. It is important to have professionals clean these items. The smoke may cause other problems too. Smoke damage can be costly, but here is what to do:

·        Touch base with the insurance company. They most likely will pay for a lot of the damage that has occurred from the fire.

·        Clothing, furniture and other items will need to be professionally cleaned. This is usually covered under the insurance policy too.

·        If paperwork has been ruined in the fire, it is important to call these people to let them know. Paperwork can be reordered when there has been a disaster like a fire, so it is important a person tell them what has happened so that they understand.

·        Air freshener should be used after the threat to health is gone after a fire. Spray the entire house or apartment with something that smells pleasant.

Soot Damage Is Sticky

Soot gets sticky, and it is ugly too. Soot damage can happen on floors, walls and counters, as well as other items in the home or apartment. Soot can’t be wiped up correctly with just soap and water, so it is best to get a professional to assist with it. Here are some tips:

·        Soot is sticky to the feel. If you are through with an item, throw it away rather than have to face cleaning it.

·        See if you can get a professional to paint the walls, treat the floors and counters. Many insurance policies will cover this in the case of a fire.

·        Check windowsills for a large amount of damage that will need to be cleaned. Once again, the professionals have the right type of cleaning fluid that will strip away the grime.

Is The Air Quality Affected After A Fire?

Yes, the air quality is always affected after a fire. A person needs to listen to the authorities and what they suggest. They may want the family to go to a friend or family members for the time being, or in other cases, they may want them to go to a hotel so that they don’t have to breathe in the air after a fire. Here are some things to remember:

 

·        The authorities do this for a living. They have meters that can read the air quality, so do what they suggest.

·        Touch base with family and friends. In some cases, they might be able to take some people in for a short period of time.

·        Check with the insurance company. They might cover the cost of a hotel room during the time that a person is not allowed to return to the affected area.

·        Only return to the affected area when given the go ahead by the authorities. They will know when the air is safe to breathe again, and they will notify the people when they can return to the home or apartment.

What About Fire Cleanup?

Fire cleanup can be time consuming. Sometimes it can take days, months or years to get the place back in order. A person should always ask for assistance. Here are some tips to remember:

·        They should find out if there are any free services that will assist them with the cleaning. The authorities may have a listing of the, or they can look them up on the Internet themselves.

·        Call upon friends, family, neighbors and coworkers to help with cleaning up after a fire. They may volunteer their time to help.

In Jamul, California many people survive fires all the time. Especially in Spring Valley, which is in a part of CA, they come through the devastation of the fire, and they rebuild and go on with the help of a lot of wonderful people. For more information on handling a fire loss, visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com/

What to do when you find Mold in Your Home in Spring Valley, CA

2/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold in Jamul, CA.

What to do when you find Mold in Your Home in Spring Valley, CA

Yesterday, a young girl returned to the doctor for the seventh time. Some of her symptoms were itchy eyes, fatigue, headaches, sore throat, cough, runny nose, and wheezing. Bacterial growth in the girl's home could have caused these symptoms. Mold is everywhere around the house including inside and outside, so an inspection of the home should be the first step in identifying the issue.

Inspecting the home

Microbial growth happens when the bacteria experiences the perfect conditions for growth. These conditions include a source of food for the bacteria, moisture, and time to grow. Microbial growth refers to the amount of cell growing and not the size of the cells growing. It is critical to remember that bacteria growth does not mean the house has mold. This issue is why it is necessary to hire an Environmental Hygienist from Jamul or Spring Valley, CA to inspect the home.

In California, an Environmental Hygienist must have the following:

Three years of experience.

Graduated from an accredited college with a degree in Environmental studies.

Passed the required state and federal exams.

These requirements make the Hygienist an expert at telling the difference between fungus, mildew, and other bacteria. If a homeowner suspects mold, a Hygienist should be hired to test the area and confirm the growth.

Whether it is small or large, the expert should be able to guide the homeowner in the next step to take in removing the issue. It is essential to following all of the Hygienist's recommendations.

Understanding the problem

Before mold cleanup begins, the source of the growth must be identified. Spores must have moisture to grow, so all leaks in the home must be repaired. Spring Valley and Jamul, CA experience high humidity, so a dehumidifier in the home would be a wise investment, also.

Once the source is identified and fixed, cleanup is started. Smaller jobs are easier to clean. Bleach and other household cleaners will kill fungus and mildew. If it is a bigger job, an individual should contact the insurance company to see if the damage is covered. The damage may be covered depending on the cause. However, it must be remembered that only an Environmental Hygienist can determine the proper treatment for any size job.

Once the appropriate treatment is determined, a homeowner has to decide if he or she will complete the repairs or hire an expert. In particular cases of growth, only an expert should remove and dispose of it, so it is done properly.

It is important to understand the different types of fungus found in California and how to prevent a reoccurrence of growth. Removing it can be expensive and an individual would not want to have to do it twice. If this blog has not been completely clear, these are the most important things from homeowners to understand:

Health issues including respiratory complaints can be caused by bacteria growth.

All growth can not be removed. An owner can only control the growth.

Eliminating all sources of moisture can help control growth.

Fix all leaks or water issues will aid in growth, also.

Controlling indoor humidity is important. It should be kept below 50% inside the home.

Vent bathrooms and kitchens with exhaust fans to stop moisture.

Use a dehumidifier.

Use an air conditioner and not a swap cooler.

Stop condensation by adding additional insulation.

Do not place carpets in areas with a lot of moisture.

Growth can be anywhere.

A homeowner who understands the issue can solve the issue.

Mold Cleanup

If the growth covers more than twelve square feet of the home, a professional should be hired to complete the cleanup. It will save time and money to check references before hiring a new contractor. A person should call the correct contractor depending on the cause of the growth. If sewage or other contaminated water caused the growth, call an expert in contaminated water damage. The contractor should follow the recommendations of the hygienist to clean up the growth.

If the growth area covers less than twelve square feet of the home, the homeowner can clean the area. When removing or sanitizing the growth area, a person should wear gloves, goggles, and have long sleeves and pants. In some instances wear a respirator. All of this equipment is available at a local hardware store. Finally, make sure the room is properly ventilated.

For more insight on handling mold, visit http://www.SERVPROspringvalleyjamul.com/

Do you know what SERVPRO does?

1/26/2017 (Permalink)

Have you ever wondered what all those green trucks and vans do? Well, here at SERPVRO we provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. With initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility and regular IICRC industry certifications, we are prepared to handle any residential or commercial water, fire, or storm damage restoration. We also provide mold remediation and cleaning services for both residential and commercial. SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and SERVPRO of Spring Valley / Jamul is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us, but we’re also part of a national network of over 1,700 franchises, which gives us access to more resources for larger cleaning or restoration projects or major storm scenarios. Call us today with any questions.

California's drought woes are improving

1/26/2017 (Permalink)

The US National Weather Service recently made the following post on their San Diego California Facebook page:

"Thanks to a very wet January, California’s drought woes are improving. Since the start of the water year on 1 October 2016 over one-third of the state has been removed from drought by the U. S. Drought Monitor. California’s largest reservoir, the Sierra Snowpack, is looking very healthy right now thanks to January being the snowiest month on record for many locations in the Sierra Nevada including Lake Tahoe and Mammoth Mountain. However, much of California is still in a drought due to dry conditions since 2012 leaving some places in Southern California with precipitation deficits of one to two years worth of rainfall."

While it looks like California is on the road to recovery, we should still do our parts to conserve water as much as possible.

Our founder Ted Isaacson

1/21/2017 (Permalink)

Ted Isaacson

We were very saddened to hear about the loss of our founder, Ted Isaacson. Ted and his wife, Doris Isaacson, started SERVPRO back in 1967 in Sacramento, CA. It originally started as a painting company, but quickly became a cleanup and restoration company that sold it's first franchise in 1969. Now 47 years later, as we say goodbye to Ted, SERVPRO has over 1,700 franchises operating nationwide and it continues to grow. In 2016 Entrepreneur Magazine, SERVPRO was ranked #4 Franchise Opportunity overall, up from #7 in 2013-2015, and #1 in the Restoration Services category. We are so proud to be a part of this amazing company and we owe where we are today to Ted and Doris. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family and friends.

End of Fire Prevention Month?

11/1/2016 (Permalink)

Fire prevention month may be over, but fire prevention never is so don't forget that we at SERVPRO are here to help and, teaming with the American Red Cross, we are striving to reduce deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25%. Help us help you. Make sure you know all the proper ways to prevent and prepare for home fires. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/homefires. And let this short video be a good reminder about the importance of fire safety and prevention. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-UmLfqlGk0

Help home fire victims by donating today

10/27/2016 (Permalink)

Over $7 billion in property damage occurs every year due to home fires. Your help is needed in every form. You can help home fire victims by donating at http://redcross.org/cm/SERVPROindustries-pub. Or, if you can give your time or effort, please become an American Red Cross volunteer at www.redcross.org to help others recover from home fires.

SERVPRO and the American Red Cross

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO supports the American Red Cross by asking every household in America to join us in taking two simple steps that can save the lives of you and your family; checking or installing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home. Do you know how often you are supposed to replace your smoke detectors in your house? The American Red Cross does, and to find out the answer, please visit www.redcross.org. It is very important to have updated smoke detectors for your family’s safety. In addition, according to the American Red Cross, 82% of families have not practiced fire drills at home. Don’t be a part of that statistic. Practice home fire drills to save your children’s lives. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org

Evacuating Your Building in 2 Minutes

10/22/2016 (Permalink)

What is something you can do in less than 2 minutes? You can make a cup of coffee, floss your teeth, or eat send an email. But did you know that you can also evacuate your building in 2 minutes. When a fire alarm goes off in a building there is precious time to evacuate. Many employees second guess a fire alarm. It is important to treat each alarm as if it's real.

Everyone know how to escape their house in less than 2 minutes? But it's time to learn how to escape their building in the same amount of time. For more information on the proper procedure, please visit the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org. And check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nr-irGW9bw

Are you home fire safety savvy?

10/19/2016 (Permalink)

Are you home fire safety savvy?

On average, 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day. This statistic means that there are a lot more fires than actual injuries from a fire. The damage to a home after a fire is the only cleanup that we want to have to deal with when we are called by an insurance company.

SERVPRO of Spring Valley wants to know if your home fire safety savvy? You can challenge friends, family members, and yourself by taking the quiz at www.redcross.org/homefires (under Free Tools & Resources). It is a fun way to get prepared for a fire damage or injury.

A home is more than a supportive structure

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

Don’t let a home fire happen to you and your family. A home is more than a supportive structure. It shelters you, your family, and all of your treasured keepsakes. What if you had the power to prevent the loss of your home? The American Red Cross can help you learn tips like how to make sure your family can safely escape your home in less than 2 minutes and how to test your smoke alarms. To learn more please visit www.redcross.org/homefires for home fire prevention information.

October is Fire Prevention Month

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

October is Fire Prevention Month and we are here to help you learn more on how to prevent and prepare for home fires with the American Red Cross.

Did you know that home fires are actually the majority of the disasters that occur? You can easily prevent a home fire if you know the right protocol. The American Red Cross has many great tips for you.

For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire

Newest member of our SERVPRO family!

6/2/2016 (Permalink)

The Degraffenreids (Owners)

We are a few weeks behind in posting, but we would like to announce the arrival of our newest member of the SERVPRO family - Abigail Ann Degraffenreid! She is only 4 weeks old but has already brought so much joy and love into our lives!

8th Annual Jamul Kiwanis' Hot Road & Chili Cookoff

4/11/2016 (Permalink)

Drawing them in with the free candy!

We had a great time at the 8th Annual Jamul Kiwanis' Hot Road & Chili Cookoff on Saturday. There was a great turnout and thankfully the weather held out for us. We look forward to going back again next year!

Be Prepared with an ERP

2/29/2016 (Permalink)

No one plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you are "Ready for whatever happens." In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. Contact us at 619-600-5305 to schedule yours today!

Are you prepared for...?

1/25/2016 (Permalink)

We will have a table set up at the Disaster Preparednes Forum for businesses being held on February 4th at 9am at the Spring Valley Community Center located at 8735 Jamacha Blvd, Spring Valley, CA 91977, hosted by the South County and East County Economic Development Councils.

There will be experts in the fields of emergency services, utility services, law enforcement, and officials from the County of San Diego to convey information on how to properly prepare for a disaster, both natural and man-made. County Supervisors Greg Cox and Dianne Jacob will also make brief presentations.

Registration is recommended due to limited seating so please call 619-424-5143 or email SCEDC@SouthCountyEDC.com by February 2nd to register.

We hope to see you there!

WRT

1/21/2016 (Permalink)

Congratulations to our technician Tommy Bennett for scoring a 95% on his WRT (Water Damage Restoration Technician) exam!!

AMRT

1/21/2016 (Permalink)

Congratulations to our owner Jason Degraffenreid for scoring 100% on his AMRT (Applied Microbial Remediation Technician) exam!!

Is El Nino starting?

1/6/2016 (Permalink)

The heavy rains flooded this backyard all the way into the garage, but we were able to pump out almost all of the water and dry it out.

Rain hit San Diego hard yesterday, could it be the start of the coming El Nino? According to their San Diego Facebook page, the US National Weather Service is predicting that "a second strong storm with similar rainfall amounts will move into southwest CA tomorrow afternoon through Thursday morning, with additional light showers in Saturday." Are you prepared? If your house gets damaged, we're here 24/7 to help.

Holiday Fire Caution

12/22/2015 (Permalink)

As we get closer to Christmas, it's important to remember that the holiday season does come with a few potential fire dangers, mainly your Christmas tree and home candles. December is the peak time of year for home candle fires and although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likley to be serious. The link below has some simple tips to avoid Christmas tree fires:

http://www.today.com/news/christmas-tree-fires-simple-tips-avoid-potentially-deadly-danger-t61861

Spring Valley Tailgate & BBQ Festival

10/19/2015 (Permalink)

What better way to draw in a crowd than free candy?

Our team had a great time at the 6th Annual Spring Valley Tailgate & BBQ Festival yesterday! The festival was put on by Cali Comfort BBQ and Valley Farm Market with 13 amateur BBQ teams competing for tri tip, chicken, pork ribs and carne asada. With live music and lots of food and craft vendors, it was a great way to bring together the community of Spring Valley and help benefit the Organizations in Training (OIT), a nonprofit organization that provides personal and professional development through skill training to youth and families struggling through severe adversity. We had a great time and were proud to be able to sponsor such an amazing event. We look forward to participating again next year!

Congratulations

12/29/2014 (Permalink)

Mr. and Mrs. Degraffenreid

Congratulations to our owners - Mr. and Mrs. Degraffenreid!

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