Recent Storm Damage Posts

Flood Damage Prevention Basics | SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul

4/1/2024 (Permalink)

rain water pooling on a hardwood floor after a storm with a man in work boots walking through it SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is ready to help in a moments notice after spring showers leak in to your home or business.

Starting with the basics is always the best way to get something done easily and correctly. Think back to when you were first learning math. With each new principle introduced, you always had to start with the basics.

Starting with the basics is a great way to protect your home from potential natural disasters as well. We can’t stop what Mother Nature plans to bring our way, but we can prepare for it in order to lower the likelihood of a major catastrophe.

Flooding is one of the most common ways homes are damaged, which means getting to know the basics of flood prevention is crucial for keeping our families safe.

Know Your Zone

Flooding can come from a pretty wide variety of sources, and not all of them are generated by nature. Manmade disasters like appliance leaks can be rather destructive, but they are often easier to control and recover from.

Weather-related mishaps are a different story! Being so close to the coast, our community is vulnerable to storm surges, coastal flooding and flash flooding from heavy rains.

One of the best first steps you can take to protect your home is getting to know where you lie in the area’s flood zones. This is the best way to understand your specific risks in order to take the most action to prepare.

Take note of how your yard and our community responds to heavy rains as well. If you are in a low-lying area, you may need additional drainage in order to prevent ponding that could seep into your house.

If you are in an area with a lot of trees, make sure your gutters stay clear of blockages in order to prevent potential damage to your roof. Gutter covers might be a good upgrade to keep water moving away. The more you can understand your area, the drier you can keep things.

Prepare to Prevent

Getting to know your area is a great way to get started in protecting your home for potential flooding, but there are also a few other ways you can get prepared.

The more you can help water flow away from your house, the better, which is why yard maintenance is crucial. Make sure you have a gentle slope that will encourage rain to flow away, and watch for spots that stay wet. These spots might be a good place to put a rain garden that will help pull water away from the surface quickly. If your gutters are not already underground, this is an easy upgrade that can go a long way in keeping things dry.

Inside, update your seals on your windows and doors seasonally. Check your basement for signs of cracks or gaps that could allow water in, and add a sump pump. These will pull water out of your home before it can take over.

Start with the basics and keep your home protected when water pushes inland or rain gets heavy. With some simple maintenance, you can stay prepared for anything—and it will be much easier than learning math.

Do you have water damage in your home? Contact us at SERVPRO® for fast recovery.

Alert! Spring Storms Are Here | SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul

3/1/2024 (Permalink)

heavy rain pouring down on an outdoor metal roof in a storm Let SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul help you get from April showers to May flowers.

Is there any time of the year that is better than spring? While we have mostly mild weather through winter, spring brings so much new life that even without a huge change of temperatures things can still feel new and exciting.

As spring presses on, it can come with strong thunderstorms, flooding and even an occasional tornado or wildfire. Spring weather can be pretty unpredictable, which makes it crucial to be prepared for anything.

Having a reliable way to receive weather notifications is one of the most important steps in preparing yourself for the possibility of severe storms.

The Power of the Internet

Most of us are never very far away from a tablet or phone, which makes them the perfect place to receive news and weather alerts. Wireless Emergency Alerts can be set to come through automatically on your phone, but there are also a multitude of apps you can choose from to receive other alerts.

When you are sorting through apps, choose something that is nationally recognized—or stick with some local organizations. Many news stations have apps that you can choose to receive alerts from, and these can keep you informed on weather and other news about things happening around town. For one of the best ways to get the most local information, sign up for alerts from the city.

When a situation is headed your way, don’t just wait for watches and warnings to come through. Keep an eye on the news so you can stay ahead of potential evacuations that are ordered and any shelters that are opening up.

Non-Electronic Options

As much as we all love our internet-based devices, they have batteries that will eventually die. Losing power is common during a storm, and it can often stay off long-term. It is crucial to have a way to stay informed throughout a severe weather event even if the power is out.

If there are emergency sirens near your home, get familiar with what they sound like and the different alerts they may have. Keep in mind these may be unreliable during a loud thunderstorm or wildfire though, and consider investing in an NOAA weather radio.

Weather radios are portable, and are powered with either solar power or a hand-crank. You can take these with you even when you need to shelter. Make sure you keep your weather radio on even after the first wave of storms have passed. Most severe weather comes in waves, and you need to know when it is time to head back to a sheltered location.

Receiving weather alerts fast is crucial for keeping yourself safe, but it may not stop your home from being damaged during an event. If you do find damage after a storm, flood or fire, call us. We can respond around the clock to start your recovery and get things back to normal.

Serious storms can cause serious property damage. Call SERVPRO® 247 for immediate restoration assistance.

Home Damage Types | SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul

11/17/2023 (Permalink)

residentail home with roof destroyed and debris falling down If you discover damage in your residence, call SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul right away.

Have you ever considered the different ways your home could be damaged? Severe storms, fires, aging, neighbors who like to show off their long throw…when you do stop to consider it, there are lots of things that could have you reaching for the phone to call your insurance company.

There may be a lot of risks to think about, but no one wants to spend their days worried about a disaster. Instead, you can spend time preparing. When you are prepared for a potential disaster, you can handle even the most unexpected storm.

In order to prepare, you need to first understand the threats you really do face. The more you understand about the threats, the more you will also understand how easy recovering from them can be, especially with SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul in your own backyard.

The Biggest Risks

Living in this part of California comes with pretty mild temperatures, but that doesn’t always equal mild weather. We often see strong thunderstorms, wildfires and impressive heat waves that all create risks for our homes. Flooding often occasionally happens from heavy rains or when the Sweetwater River gets high.

There may be a variety of risks that could leave our home damaged, but there are three common areas of risk that everyone should be aware of. Roof damage, water damage and fires affect homes around the nation regularly.

Water can affect your home in a number of ways, including through the roof during a heavy rain or an unexpected plumbing failure. The same is true for your roof, as it could be damaged in high winds we frequently experience in Spring Valley or it could be from a loose limb coming out of a tree unexpectedly when the skies are a beautiful blue.

With zoning regulations, most of our yards are already prepared for potential wildfires in order to protect our home, but many fires actually start because of human error inside.

Compounding Damages

Living through a disaster is hard, and when you start seeing the depth of damage that is left behind, it can feel incredibly traumatic. One kind of damage, whether it is natural or manmade, will almost always lead to another kind of damage.

A flood will leave everything in its path dripping, but it will also create the perfect environment for mold to grow and spread rapidly until it threatens your foundation. A fire doesn’t just destroy anything the flames touch, but it also spreads smoke and soot throughout your home. And the firefighting efforts can leave your home wet and vulnerable to mold as well.

No matter how the disaster your home endures started, your restoration process will likely require a number of steps. SERVPRO® is ready for all of them—handling water, mold, fire, wind or even construction. Our team is trained in every kind of recovery, which means we have all of your needs covered.

If a flood strikes in your basement or your roof springs a leak, our first priority will be securing and drying your home. We will replace roof beams if needed as we go and make sure there are no lingering odors. Once our team gets things cleaned up, we will sanitize and seal your home to ensure mold cannot return.

If a fire affects your home, our process will be similar in that we will start by handling the most damaged areas first. Our crew will ensure your home is sealed off from the elements and start securing everything. We will look at your entire house in order to leave behind no smoke, soot or odors. If the fire destroyed a part of your home beyond repair we’ll tear it down and rebuild it.

SERVPRO deals directly with your insurance and coordinates with any other contractors needed to get things put back together. Whatever can be done to make sure your process is smooth and simple is exactly what we will do. With 247 availability, tools and training, we will put your home back together quickly.

Does your home need restoration and you don’t want to make more than one call? Contact us to get everything handled by one team.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Severe Heat Advisory for Spring Valley?

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

A heat advisory sign is shown. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego County.

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):


  • 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


  • 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.

Storm Damage in Jamul?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

Huge cumulonimbus clouds are seen covering the sky. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego County.

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


  • 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.

Flood Safety Tips for Spring Valley?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

A rain swollen creek is shown. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego County.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.


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.


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.

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. 


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 that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (619) 600-5305

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

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.

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

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

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.

Visit our website at for any of your restoration questions.

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 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.

Visit for more information on storm damage.

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.

Visit for more information on storm damage.

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


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

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

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

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

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. 

Visit for more information on water damage.

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.
Visit for more information on water damage.

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.