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Always Be Prepared

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

When a storm hits, sometimes it takes you by surprise and without time to prepare. Potentially not giving you the immediate chance to grab what you may need. There is also the potential of not having the supplies necessary at all. That is why the importance of having a Storm Supply Kit on hand. 

A Storm Supply Kit could be described as a pre-chosen group of supplies that could assist with health and safety during or after a storm or disaster. 

That is why it would be ideal to keep a kit at home, work, and/or in your car at all times. 

Here are some things you can keep in your kit. 

  • Medications needed 
  • A first aid kit with instructions 
  • Flashlight and/or matches 
  • Extra batteries and matches stored in a waterproof case 
  • Cash and important documents 
  • Food that can last several days 
  • Water that can last several days 
  • Extra Clothing and Shoes 
  • A pocket knife with other tools attached 
  • Sanitation wipes and hygiene products 

SERVPRO of Crescenta Valley/East Glendale is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is faster to any kind of disaster. Call: (818) 842-1400

We Know Mold!

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

Having been apart of mold remediation for 30+ years SERVPRO of Crescenta Valley/East Glendale are practically experts when it comes to mold.  If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  •     Stay out of affected areas.
  •     Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  •     Contact SERVPRO of Crescenta Valley/East Glendale for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

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

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Crescenta Valley/East Glendale specializes in mold cleanup and restoration; in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (818) 842-1400 

Be Safe During the Rainy Season

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Rainstorms are the most common natural disaster in the U.S. Through heavy rainstorms can come significant loss and have a heavy effect. Things such as flooding, contribution to flash floods, mud-flows, or over-topping levees and dams become more likely to happen. Here in California heavy rains can happen, putting properties like your home or business at risk. Here are some tips to help you avoid floods as well as some driving tips to keep you safe. 

Tips to help your home or business avoid floods: 

  • Purchase flood insurance: Call your insurance agent make sure your covered for FLOODS
  • Install rain gutters and other drainage systems: Clean out rain gutters frequently
  • Fix any leaks IMMEDIATELY.
  • Extra roof protection: Spend a few hundred dollars more to install a rubber roof underlayment, a waterproof barrier that goes under the shingles and protects the roof from water intrusion.

Tips for drivers during the rain season:

  • Avoid cruise control: This feature works great in dry conditions, but when used in wet conditions, the chance of losing control of the vehicle can increase.
  • Slow down and leave room in front of you: Slowing down during wet weather driving can be critical to reducing a car’s chance of hydroplaning, when the tires rise up on a film of water.

Remember if you do experience a flood in your home or business SERVPRO of Crescenta Valley/East Glendale is one call away and we make your water damage "Like it never even happened."

Call us at (818) 842-1400

What are Air Movers

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

What is an Air Mover?

Air movers are used in construction and water restoration projects, having a wide variety of industrial applications. They are primarily used to increase air circulation, which speeds up water evaporation and reduces drying time. Compressed air is also used to maximize airflow in a blower fan or air mover. Some other names for air movers are “industrial air blowers”, “commercial blower fans” or “floor drying fans”.

Air movers are an essential tool when mitigation services are needed due to water damage or restoring flood or disaster damage. Some advantages of drying a building with the use of air movers are as follows:

  • Low power draw
  • High velocity, making them ideal for cooling and ventilation purposes
  • Reduces water damage dry out time to carpets and floors, as well as wall cavities behind drywall
  • Dries concrete and paint
  • Removing fumes or gases from a work space

TYPES OF AIR MOVER UNITS

The type of air blower affects the speed and direction of airflow and the amount of space that can be covered by the air mover. There are three major types of air blower units used in most commercial dry out scenarios:

  • Axial: Axial blowers are designed to move large amounts of air across a wide space. These tend to be larger air movers that produce high airflow. Unlike centrifugal air movers, which can direct air in several directions, axial air movers only move air horizontally. They’re ideal for drying walls or top-down drying treatments on carpets. They’re sometimes used for ventilation and equipment cooling.
  • Centrifugal: This type offers a more compact air mover designed for spot treatments. Centrifugal air movers draw air from several sources and direct it to a particular spot. They are often used in restoration work to dry hard to reach areas like under cabinets and in crawl spaces and closets. Most centrifugal air movers can be adjusted to provide airflow at a few different angles. Centrifugal blowers are heavy-duty air movers that produce lower CFM than axial air movers.
  • Compact: Compact air movers are versatile enough to be used for both large floor areas and small spot drying. With 1/4 horsepower motors, they still have the power to quickly and effectively dry areas, while also being quieter than centrifugal air movers and taking up less space. Small and lightweight, compact air movers are the perfect solution for drying small, hard-to-reach spaces such as closets, corners or under counters.

We at SERVPRO of Crescenta Valley / East Glendale will always assess each water damage situation independently and if our highly trained IICRC certified technicians determine that air movers are a necessary step to speed up the drying process, we have all the resources needed to help make it “Like it never even happened®.”

We sincerely hope these unfortunate situations never happen but if they do we are standing by 24/7 and can be reached at (818) 842-1400.

What are Air Movers

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

What is an Air Mover?

Air movers are used in construction and water restoration projects, having a wide variety of industrial applications. They are primarily used to increase air circulation, which speeds up water evaporation and reduces drying time. Compressed air is also used to maximize airflow in a blower fan or air mover. Some other names for air movers are “industrial air blowers”, “commercial blower fans” or “floor drying fans”.

Air movers are an essential tool when mitigation services are needed due to water damage or restoring flood or disaster damage. Some advantages of drying a building with the use of air movers are as follows:

  • Low power draw
  • High velocity, making them ideal for cooling and ventilation purposes
  • Reduces water damage dry out time to carpets and floors, as well as wall cavities behind drywall
  • Dries concrete and paint
  • Removing fumes or gases from a work space

TYPES OF AIR MOVER UNITS

The type of air blower affects the speed and direction of airflow and the amount of space that can be covered by the air mover. There are three major types of air blower units used in most commercial dry out scenarios:

  • Axial: Axial blowers are designed to move large amounts of air across a wide space. These tend to be larger air movers that produce high airflow. Unlike centrifugal air movers, which can direct air in several directions, axial air movers only move air horizontally. They’re ideal for drying walls or top-down drying treatments on carpets. They’re sometimes used for ventilation and equipment cooling.
  • Centrifugal: This type offers a more compact air mover designed for spot treatments. Centrifugal air movers draw air from several sources and direct it to a particular spot. They are often used in restoration work to dry hard to reach areas like under cabinets and in crawl spaces and closets. Most centrifugal air movers can be adjusted to provide airflow at a few different angles. Centrifugal blowers are heavy-duty air movers that produce lower CFM than axial air movers.
  • Compact: Compact air movers are versatile enough to be used for both large floor areas and small spot drying. With 1/4 horsepower motors, they still have the power to quickly and effectively dry areas, while also being quieter than centrifugal air movers and taking up less space. Small and lightweight, compact air movers are the perfect solution for drying small, hard-to-reach spaces such as closets, corners or under counters.

We at SERVPRO of Crescenta Valley / East Glendale will always assess each water damage situation independently and if our highly trained IICRC certified technicians determine that air movers are a necessary step to speed up the drying process, we have all the resources needed to help make it “Like it never even happened®.”

We sincerely hope these unfortunate situations never happen but if they do we are standing by 24/7 and can be reached at (818) 842-1400.

Ways to Keep a Commercial Building Safe

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Keeping your commercial property safe can help you protect your employees, patrons, and business equipment. There are plenty of dangers lurking around your building that you many not even know about or are seemingly harmless.Things anywhere from keeping up with the buildings maintenance to installing a security system. Here are a few things you can do:  

Conduct Maintenance Audits.

  • The more attention you pay to your building maintenance, the less likely you are to face any issues. Keep your property current and routinely check for any slippery surfaces, damaged floors, sharp objects, frayed or damaged wires, or blocked hallways. Staying vigilant helps you avoid problems before they become an issue.

Increase Lighting In & Around the Building.

  • When it comes to your building, it’s important to keep it well lit. Not only does it help to avoid trips and falls, but it can also help to prevent burglaries. Install extra lighting and make sure your building is well-lit.

Prepare for an Emergency.

  • Disasters are unpredictable, which means it’s important to be prepared. Take precautions to minimize potential damage from a disaster, and make emergency exits readily available. Check that all your fire alarms are working properly and that all the emergency exits are well marked.

Install Security to Protect the Property.

  • Businesses require a significant amount of expensive materials to operate, making it a prime target for burglaries. Take measures to increase security on the property. Install security cameras and alarms, and hire a security guard. Additionally, consult with local law enforcement to see what precautions they recommend.
 

Simple Ways to Prevent Fires

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Most people know the basics of fire safety at home, such as not leaving burning candles unattended and keeping a fire extinguisher on hand. Here are a few more things you can do to prevent fires at home.

  1. Have your heating system serviced regularly by a professional. 
  • including chimneys from wood-burning fireplaces. Clean around heat sources and keep dust and other flammable items away from ignition sources.
  1. Remove the lint from your dryer filter after every use. 
  • A clogged filter and lint trap makes your dryer less efficient, reduces the airflow needed to keep heat from building up in the vents, and forces lint onto the heating coils. Also, never let your dryer run when you are out of the house or when you’re asleep.
  1. Keep firewood, piles of leaves and trash away from the home.
  •  If a grass fire starts nearby, these items next to your home could easily become kindling. Never dump hot ashes inside or near your home; keep them in a metal container well away from your house and garage.
  1. Avoid using outlet extenders or plug-in power bars: 
  • they can quickly overload an electrical circuit. Replace old, damaged or frayed appliance cords, and never force a three-pronged plug into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
  1. Store containers of cooking oil well away from the stove. 
  • When cooking with oil, never leave the stove unattended. To stop a grease fire, turn off the burner and place a lid on the pan to suffocate the flames, or pour on lots of baking soda. Never pour water on a grease fire or try to carry the pan outside; water splatters the grease and makes the fire bigger, and the pan will be much too hot to carry.
  1. Consider using borrowed heat to keep outdoor pets warm. 
  •  During winter months, avoid using heat lamps, solar lamps, trouble lights, heated watering bowls or other such heated devices, which could lead to a potential fire. Borrowed heat involves providing warmth from a heating system located in a separate building. If this isn’t possible, consider bringing your pets inside.
  1. Be sure to properly extinguish smoking materials.
  • Smoking materials that are not properly extinguished can smolder undetected for days before igniting a fire. Never discard smoking materials on the ground or in plant pots.

info provided by: https://www.cooperators.ca/en/Answer-Centre/how-can-i-be-safe-and-prepared/home/five-best-ways-to-prevent-fires-in-home.aspx

The Effects of Smoke and Soot

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

After experiencing a fire it is clear there are many different types of fire damage that need to be examined. A very important and destructive form of fire damage is the smoke and soot. One reason smoke and soot can be so damaging is the fact the extent of the damage is usually hidden fairly well.  Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Different Types of Smoke:

When it comes to smoke there are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. SERVPRO of Burbank starts by testing the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  •     Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  •     Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  •     Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Smoke and soot facts:

To bring some more understanding on how smoke and soot work, here are some facts that could be potentially useful. 

  •     Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  •     Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from     floor to floor.
  •     The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services:

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. 

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – (818) 842-1400

Common Causes of House Fires

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

A house fire may seem uncommon or like it could never actually happen to you. There are several simple and common ways house fires come about. A mistake that may appear small or insignificant could end up being the reason for an accidental fire.  

The Top 5 most common causes for house fires and ways to prevent it: 

  • Cooking equipment: Something as simple as leaving a pot/pan unattended on the stove has been ranked the number one cause of a house fire. Using precautions make sure to keep a close eye on your cooking equipment as to prevent disaster. 
  • Heaters: To prevent a portable heater fire from starting make sure you keep cloths or any flammable items a good distance away from heaters. 
  • Smoking: Smoking overall is best kept as an outside thing and especially not a bedroom pastime. Smoking has been known to have a 73% fatality rate among any bedroom house fire.
  • Candles: There is no doubt that a good smelling candle is a lovely thing to have going throughout the house. But to prevent any destruction make sure you blow out any candles when leaving the room and keep them all away from any flammable things. 
  • Curious Children: Children are wonderful and very curious little humans. That is why it is so important to keep things such as lighters and matches out of reach of small hands to prevent any accidents. 



In the case of water damage, fire damage, and storm damage, SERVPRO of Crescenta Valley / East Glendale provides “24 Hour Emergency Services.”

Water Damage Prevention

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage is a very unfortunate and stressful situation. All it takes is one leaky pipe and your valuables could be ruined. Water damage is one of the most common problems for homeowners, but a few simple steps can help protect your home or condo and your belongings. 

To help keep your home dry, consider the following tips:

  •  Protect valuables: Irreplaceable documents, photographs and valuables should be stored in waterproof bags or containers. Reduce the risk of electrical shock by picking up electrical cords and extension cords lying on the ground.
  • Look up: Check around windows, skylights, air vents and chimneys for leaks and repair them. Make sure your home’s downspouts extend at least 1.8 m (6 ft.) from the building.
  •  Check floor drains and sump pumps: Keep floor drains clear and remove any materials that could clog them. If you have a sump pump, inspect it to ensure it works. 
  • Install window well covers: Consider installing window well covers to keep window wells free from debris and pooling water.
  •  Inspect the roof: Inspect it for any missing or worn shingles: Replace the shingles and consider hiring a professional roofer to check your roof and complete any maintenance required.
  • Turn the water off before going away: Make sure all water usage is turned off to prevent any mishaps. 

We sincerely hope these experiences never happen to you but if they do we are standing by to help, SERVPRO of Crescenta Valley/Glendale available 24 hours a day/7 days a week, and can be reached at (818) 790-2021