Preparing Your Place Of Worship
Place of Worship
It happens more often than not in any case of disaster and emergency a place of worship tends to be a place of shelter. It is because of this and the importance of a places of worship that all churches be prepared for the worst!
Here are some tips at preparing your place of worship for a disaster:
- Identify hazards or threats early
- Take necessary precautions for those hazards or threats.
- Plan evacuations
- Train your church staff for emergency readiness and response.
- Prepare surrounding members of the community.
- Be prepared to provide help or aid to your church members after a disaster strikes.
SERVPRO of Crescenta Valley/East Glendale is faster to any size disaster. If you or your church finds yourself in need, give us a call at 818-842-1400
Is Your Business Ready?
How likely is a business to survive a disaster such as a fire, flood or water damage? Well it has been determined that 50% of businesses that close due to this never reopen. How do you prepare yourself or your business to survive something like that? A plan needs to be placed in case of emergency everyone is prepared. Therefore the question that needs to be as is:
Are you “Ready for whatever happens?”
Being prepared is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. Another key component is timing. Make sure everything is pre figured out before something happens and not during or after.
The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Plan serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program. Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company.
Luckily SERVPRO of Crescenta Valley/East Glendale can help you develop your personalized Emergency READY Plan now! By working with us your business will receive the benefit of over 30 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO of Burbank is a leader in water and fire damage response for the greater LA area and in a timely manner will help you get your property back in working order.
Call our SERVPRO of Crescenta Valley/East Glendale office at (818) 842-1400 to learn more on how to set up this profile for your facility and get prepared before disaster strikes!
Winter House Fires
Fire that happened in December
Did you know that according to the California State Firefighter's Association, December, January, February and March are the peak months for house fires?
The cause of these fires are primarily due to heating equipment such as space heaters. The different ways space heaters can cause a fire are:
- Lack of cleaning around space heaters and/or inside chimneys
- Placing heaters too close to combustibles
- Basic flaws in the design of the heater
- Leaks involving liquid or gas heaters
Here are some ways that you can help prevent winter fires and protect yourself and your family:
Turn off space heaters when leaving a room
- Give space heaters at least 3 feet clearance all the way around from household items
- Clean around space heaters regularly, especially inside of the chimney
- Install smoke detectors
- Keep a fire extinguisher in your home and educate yourself on how to use it
Unfortunately, even with precautions fires can still happen in your home. If you do suffer fire or smoke damage in your home, have no fear we are here to help! We have certified trained technicians that specialize in fire and smoke damage. Please call us, SERVPRO of Crescenta Valley/East Glendale (818) 842-1400.
Gutters and Drains
Please remember to clean out your gutters and drains
Gutters are a very important part of roofs for commercial and residential buildings as they are responsible for transporting water and debris off of roofs. It is vital especially in stormy seasons, that you keep your gutters functioning to their highest ability. Here are a few ways to help ensure that your gutters are doing their job and are in good condition.
- Gutters should be inspected twice a year and cleared of debris that could prevent the flow of water and materials from roof. Also, check for standing water in gutters as it could indicate inadequate flow of water. Water should be moving down off the roof toward storm drainage areas. Keeping trees trimmed near the roof will alleviate stress on gutters because the branches will not slow water flow or contribute more debris to gutters.
- Ensure water is being funneled away from the building once off the roof, as flooding can sometimes occur due to runoff not having proper.
- Water stains on the internal ceiling can indicate a roof leak.
In the case of water damage, roof leaks, and storm damage, SERVPRO of Crescenta Valley/East Glendale provides “24 Hour Emergency Services” 7 days a week.
Mold In Your Commercial Property
Mold found very visibly in a commercial property's electrical room.
Here are some tips if you suspect that you have found mold in your commercial property.
What you should do:
- Turn of the HVAC system and fans
- Stay out of the affected area
- Contact SERVPRO of Burbank for mold remediation services
What you should not do:
- Do not touch or disturb the mold
- Do not attempt to clean the area yourself
- Do not blow any air around the suspected microbial growth
- Do not spray disinfectants on the mold
If you come across suspected mold, do not disturb it in any way. Any disturbance could easily spread the mold spores throughout your property. When disturbed, mold spores can become airborne and circulate inside your business.
SERVPRO of Crescenta Valley/East Glendale specializes in mold cleanup and restoration. It is a huge part of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate the mold problem quickly and safely. The well being of our customers is our highest priority!
If you believe you have found mold at your business do not hesitate and call us today- (818) 842-1400
Roof Damage from Storms
Damage on roof from a storm.
Severe or even mild thunderstorms can easily cause roof damage, especially if your roof is older than 15-20 years old. These damages can cause water intrusion in your home and if left untreated can cause more serious issues such as mold or wood rot. Some common types of roof damage from storms are:
- Split seams
- Broken or cracked tiles
- Dented or missing shingles
- Dents on gutters or vents
All of these issues can cause water to leak into your home and you may not even notice! Unless you physically see the water damage, you may not realize that you have any. If you have an attic that you don't always go into, it is possible to have water leaking before seeing it. It is always a good idea to check for roof damage after a severe thunderstorm. A professional roofing contractor can help you with this.
In addition to these common types of damage, there are some rare occurrences of damage that can happen. Rare types of roof damage are:
- Caving in on itself
- Tree blowing over onto roof
Unfortunately for these types of rare but extreme damage, there is no way to prevent them from happening. The best thing you can do, is to get your roof replaced if older than 15 years, and to make sure to trim your trees prior to a thunderstorm.
Even if water does enter your home from roof damage, know that SERVPRO of Burbank is here to help 24/7! 818-842-1400
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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:
- 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
- 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.
The Mold Experts
Having been a part of mold remediation for 30+ years, SERVPRO of Crescenta Valley/East Glendale is practically an expert 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 Rains
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