Senior Living facilities
SERVPRO is very proud to state that our involvement with our community is one of our main focuses. Our biggest example of this is the work we do with Sunrise Senior Living Homes, we service and restore the homes of our elderly and senior citizens whenever they are in need, and we are happy to say that it has strengthened our relationship with our community because of it. Many of our clients speak highly of our services and that is what we strive for, to provide service our clients are happy with on a consistent basis to uphold our standard of service. This applies with all our other clients as well, which is why we are always open to calls 24/7, 365 days a year.
In places like California where storms don't occur often, the infrastructure and plumbing is not entirely ready for large scale storm flooding. There have been scenarios such ass the example that is about to be written, where the infrastructure failed and cased massive damage. This example is a case when there was a storm in Southern California and the flood waters that came from the storm filled he storm drains to a point where they went beyond capacity and cracked, this caused the flood water to flood into an apartment building nearby the affected area. This type of damage is sometimes a freak accident such as this is unavoidable, but the best thing to do is always keep in mind that such scenarios can occur, so when disaster strikes you can act quickly. SERVPRO is always ready to help!
When businesses are in need SERVPRO is there to help, we are proud to work with many places such as T-mobile and Metro which we have had a very successful relationship with for many years. Providing our services to local businesses is not only part of our livelihood but also a part of our community relations we are so proud of. When it comes to servicing our local businesses we know that time is money and as a community we can’t afford to risk people’s livelihoods so we work as quickly and efficiently as possible to get these businesses back to operating condition. We see what we do as a vital part of our community and as such, we’d like to set a standard that we uphold of healthy community interaction and relationships.
Storm Water Damage Tips
What you can do until help arrives
After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:
- Is it safe to stay in the house?
- Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
- Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
- Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
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.
Different Fire Damages
Fire damage is almost always devastating, regardless of size and damage. An important thing to know though is the type of fire damage you may have endured. SERVPRO is always here to help in any way we can, even if it's just to educate the community. If you take a good look at the picture here from a past job you can see that this home suffered a major loss due to a house fire. There's damage from smoke, soot, and ash on the walls leaving a black layer and a strong odor. There's regular physical damage that fire tends to cause when something is directly touched or set on fire. Something many people may not realize though is the water damage that comes with a fire. Anytime the fire department is called to battle a fire you can count on water damage from the fire hoses. If the home is left long enough with the water soaking into the furniture, carpets, flooring and everything else in the home, mold can form. If your home suffers a loss from a fire, don't wait! Call SERVPRO to come and get the job done.
With so many different restoration companies out there, why should you choose SERVPRO? Here’s why, SERVPRO is not only the #1 largest restoration company in the US but we are also one of the oldest. We have an impeccable service history in the past decades and we are the brand that insurance companies and clients alike trust with their restoration and remediation issues and our only goal is to provide the very best service every single day, because our clients depend on us to get their properties back to undamaged conditions as fast as we can. This is just a friendly reminder of the reasons why you should choose SERVPRO! And don’t be hesitant to call us in case of any questions or emergency at the number on our website.
When you encounter flooding SERVPRO has some procedures we recommend doing. First off before even beginning this process you should assess whether it's even safe to stay in the home, are their electrical poles that have fallen from the flooding that have direct contact with your home? Also note that water is very heavy, one gallon of water weighs 8.345 pounds. Don't overexert yourself trying to move furniture because wet furniture is a lot heavier than you would think. We recommend attempting to remove excess water by mopping, wiping excess water from wood furniture, remove wet upholstery and cushions, turn on A/C for maximum drying, remove colored rugs so dyes don't bleed and remove art objects and personal possessions with sentimental value. We also encourage people to NOT leave wet fabrics in place, don't leave books or other colored items on wet carpet or floors, don't use a household vacuum to remove water and don't use household appliances or ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.
This retail store was affected by the recent back to back storms that hit Southern California. The water leaked into the ceiling and affected a large portion of it inside the showcase area. The store owner was concerned with how much down time it would take to restore their property, as they would be out of business during that time period. However, our emergency service crew was able to complete the job in only 5 days. SERVPRO strives to provide all of our customers with high quality service every time! We care about our clients and work endlessly to get your business back up and running as soon as physically possible. Our Team of experts will work professionally and efficiently day and night to make it "Like it never even happened."
Info on Mold
First off, mold is not always harmful and is generally non-toxic. This said, when mold is left unchecked to grow in your home it can become harmful in large amounts.
Mold actually exists in most homes already, but in microscopic amounts in spores. When your home experiences issues such as leaks or floods this is when mold can grow into problematic proportions. The reason for this is that mold spores grow in high humidity environments, meaning if there are moist materials in the walls of your home for example, that is prime real estate for mold to take hold.
Tips you can use yourself to prevent mold growth:
- make sure your home's roof is sufficiently protected from rain
- make sure to fix any leaks in your home
- make sure your appliances are not malfunctioning
A building can lose its functionality and close its doors permanently after a few days of water damage has ruined equipment beyond repair. SERVPRO has the training not just to respond quickly, but to properly clean and restore a facility to bring it back in line with city health codes, if at all possible. Storm-induced flooding does not have to have a lasting effect on your business.
The first step is getting rid of the water. For standing water, even in a large kitchen and customer service area, our technicians use commercial grade pumps to remove inches and even a foot of water in a matter of hours. With the visible water gone, our response team can tackle the next two items: drying out property and hidden water extraction.
Expensive industrial items such as commercial ovens are usually above most high water points but can suffer damage in a massive plumbing failure. Technicians must completely dry the electronics and heating elements before allowing the owner to use them again. Since it is not possible to disassemble these industrial appliances without violating warranties or possibly damaging them further, our technicians use commercial space heaters and dehumidifiers.
Both equipment items draw out moisture from the surrounding air and off of nearby surfaces. These techniques leave a dry surface without the chance of threads from towels or pieces of sponge accidentally being left behind to contaminate the next batch of cupcakes.
As this happens, other technicians dry out the building itself. Water extraction tools draw out moisture from floors, walls, and property items such as display cases. We accomplish this using commercial grade extraction wands that combine heat and vacuum to pull water droplets from between and underneath floor tiles and sections of concrete. Response team members also use the same heaters and dehumidifiers in corners to speed up drying walls, cabinets, and underneath counters.
SERVPRO understands that every hour your business is closed means income lost and customers go un-served. Count on a strong effort from a component of the SERVPRO large-loss storm team. Despite an improving economy, small business owners are still operating on narrow margins and even a weekend lost can mean not making payroll or loan payments. To prevent this from happening, call us at (323) 667-3100 to restore your business and your livelihood.