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How Fire Damage Can Lead to Water Damage

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Fire Damage Can Lead to Water Damage Fire damage in a West Whittier, CA home

There’s no question that fires can cause devastating damage to a home. In a matter of minutes, you could watch in horror as your property and possession go up in flames. Fire damage isn’t the only concern you’ll have in this type of disaster. You also need to be aware of potential flooding on your West Whittier, CA, property as a result of firefighters’ efforts to put out the fire.

Response Following a Fire

Your first responsibility after alerting the authorities about a fire in your home is to get to safety. Then, you should let firefighting crews take over. The team will use a lot of water to ensure it puts out all the flames. This can result in water damage inside the structure. Here’s what will happen next:

  • You should take photos and contact your insurance company.
  • Avoid touching anything in the area of the fire.
  • Contact a fire restoration and water cleanup professional.

Water Cleanup Issues

A fire crew’s primary concern is to get the fire under control, stop it from spreading and ultimately completely extinguish it. The responders will spray as much water out of a fire hose as possible to achieve these goals. While this may effectively put an end to the flames, it will likely cause other problems with water on the floor, ceiling, walls, furniture and electronics.

The Next Group Comes In

In order to salvage as much of your home as possible, a restoration company will remove water left behind from the fire department. Specialists will use high-powered extractors to remove any water from the area. The team will determine what items can be saved and what it must replace.

Clean and Sanitize

Fire damage can destroy the structure or your possessions, but water has its own ill effects. The restoration technicians will thoroughly sanitize the wet areas to keep mold from growing and to help eliminate other substances.

In addition to fire damage, an emergency such as this at your home can introduce a lot of water. In order to remove it and begin rebuilding your house, make sure you call the experts.

How to Set Up a Business for Storm Survival

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Set Up a Business for Storm Survival It is a good practice to back-up digital files regularly

Storm Survival

With storm season just around the corner, many business owners recognize the importance of commercial storm preparation. Storm survival takes some planning and research, but when done correctly may save your company thousand of dollars and hours of time in the long-run. After-storm recovery often includes water removal, tear out of wet goods and more. Prepare for the unexpected to increase your odds for storm survival.

Mental Preparation

First and foremost, for your company to successfully withstand an oncoming storm, you must be mentally ready. Each employee must know their role if a storm strikes as well as what action they should take. In order to be mentally ready for ugly weather conditions that could come your way, you should pre-meditate on the following ideas:

  • Assess your biggest assets including employees, technology, inventory etc.
  • Draw-up an evacuation plan
  • Appoint emergency response leaders

Physical Preparation 


When addressing the structural protection of your business site, consider common weather conditions that occur in the Whittier, CA, area. A post-storm scene may present anything from heavy wind destruction to flooding and water damage. While a flash flood might lead to the post-flood tear out of carpeting or upholstery, you may be able to prevent some losses with simple preparation.

It is a good practice to store your documents in a water-proof safe and back-up digital files regularly. Keep valuables and other important goods at higher levels to avoid rising water levels. Stay informed about weather conditions in your region. Before the storms come, be prepared by signing-up for local weather alerts.

After the Storm

If evacuation has taken place, stay safe and listen to local authorities to know when you can return to your commercial facility. You may be anxious to start the clean-up process, but risking personal safety is never worth the cost.

While a storm restoration specialist can help you with the tear out and drying of your workplace after a storm, nothing can replace the good that can come from having a solid plan in place beforehand. Follow these simple tips to get your business storm-ready.

How To Fix a Sewage Backup in Your Bathtub

4/27/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How To Fix a Sewage Backup in Your Bathtub Call SERVPRO for your Sewage Backup

It’s a problem you as a homeowner in Friendly Hills, CA, never want to face – sewer backup into your shower or bathtub. How does it happen? You may flush your toilet one day and notice the drain is slower than normal and then the next time you flush, the waste and water suddenly appear in your bathtub. Since the problem is hidden deep inside your plumbing pipes, you may not know how to handle the situation. Here are four helpful hints.

1. Assess the Situation

Turn the water valve to the toilet off to ensure it doesn’t get flushed again. Then, although it sounds unpleasant, look to see what type of bathtub backup has blown up through the pipes with the sewage. Check for dirt, rocks, or plant roots because it could mean a broken sewer line in addition to a clogged line.

2. Contact a Professional

You may be tempted to try and fix the sewer backup with the help of a plunger, but if the clog is serious enough to completely block the line, you probably need the advice of a water mitigation technician. He or she has access to tools such as cameras and line-snakes that can often open the blocked line quickly to prevent further flooding.

3. Clean the Area

Once the line is open, and the water is running free, the water specialist can begin cleaning the area to remove the residue that is still inside the bathtub after the liquid drained back out. Most experts use the help of a specially designed vacuum.

4. Disinfect the Tub

The last step in the sewage cleanup process is generally to disinfect the area to keep your family safe. The technician knows which cleaner and disinfectant to use in the cleanup to fight the bacteria and germs associated with sewage problems.
A sewer backup can damage your home if left unattended. However, with the help of a water technician, the situation can quickly be remedied.

How To Handle Category 2 Flooding at Your Business

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How To Handle Category 2 Flooding at Your Business Have maintenance personnel check regularly for leaks.

A water disaster can happen anytime and without warning. When category 2 flooding happens at your business in Friendly Hills, CA, it can be a serious issue, potentially costing you income during the cleanup and restoration period. In addition to a water pipe repair, you are likely to need a water damage assessment of the structural materials and any damaged contents. Contact a service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster and can get right to work on resolving your situation.

Category 2 flooding is caused by a pipe leak on an upper floor that then seeps down through the building materials, such as sheet rock, studs and insulation to the floor below or even into the basement. This type of a leak or flood may require more extensive restoration, as the water may have been sitting a while before it flooded into the floor below. The most common cause is a broken pipe.

How To Help Prevent Category 2 Water Damage

  • Have maintenance personnel check regularly for leaks wherever exposed pipe, faucets, or water mains may be present.
  • Watch sheet rock and flooring materials for signs of water seepage.
  • Stay alert to the smell of any mold or damp building materials.
  • Use this plumber’s tip: Put your ear up against a wall. If you can hear water running but can’t quickly determine why (sprinklers running, toilet flushing, etc.) then call a professional to look things over.

A timely water pipe repair could save a good deal of time and damage, but a leak may not always be readily noticeable. Some leaks may go on for months without recognition or repair, leaving water to slowly and steadily seep into subfloors and structural materials and into your lower floors.

Upon finding such a situation, or in the event of an obvious pipe break, get help with the water pipe repair immediately. And remember that calling a professional water mitigation service in Friendly Hills, CA, to assess what is needed can get your business set to rights again as soon as possible.

Steps To Take When You Smell Mold in Your Business

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Steps To Take When You Smell Mold in Your Business Musty or earthy smell or even the smell of rotten wood may mean mold is hiding in your building.

If you have identified a mold smell in your business in Friendly Hills, CA, then further action on your part is required. While mold can sometimes be difficult to find with a visual inspection, an incredibly musty or earthy smell or even the smell of rotten wood may mean mold is hiding in your building.

Why Mold Smells

There is no doubt a fungus smell is a very unpleasant odor, but what causes mold to smell this way in the first place? The odors caused by mold are caused by chemicals called Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds (MVOCs) that are released as mold grows. Depending on the type of mold in your building and what stage of growth the mold is in, you might notice different smells:

  • Musty or earthy
  • Oil or Grease
  • Cat Urine
  • Dirty Socks
  • Mowed Grass
  • Locker Room
  • Alcohol

Where Mold Hides

Just because you can’t see mold doesn’t mean it’s not there, which is why it is so important you take complaints of a mildew smell seriously. If there is an unknown leak or moisture issue in your building, mold can grow deep within your building’s structure and cause extensive damage. Common mold hiding spots in your commercial building include:

  • Carpet Padding
  • Ceiling Tiles
  • Drip Pans
  • Wallpaper
  • HVAC systems

What To Do About a Mold Smell

Once you or someone in your building notices the smell of mold, you need to call in mold remediation specialists to inspect your building for mold and quickly address the issue. These experts will know where to look for mold and will have access to special technology like an infrared camera to find moisture within your building’s structure.

When you suspect there might be mold growth in your commercial building due to complaints of a mold smell, it is important you act quickly. This will be prevent the mold from spreading to other parts of your building.

Ventura Storage Units Flooded: SERVPRO of Whittier Saves Contents

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

Imagine all of your most precious possessions, most important keepsakes, and dearest memories being destroyed by water damage from a broken sprinkler while they sit in a storage unit you thought they would be safe in. Due to SERVPRO of Whittier’s incredible response time, we were able to get to the loss site quickly enough to prevent this tragedy from happening in over 30 units at Power Self Storage. SERVPRO of Whittier has a strong policy in regards to our response time. Since water damage gets more and more severe as time goes by, we make it a priority to get out and begin emergency services before contaminated water allows mold-causing bacteria to grow and affect contents.

            The owner of Power Self Storage in Ventura gave us a call when they needed our help to clean up after a sprinkler broke in some of their units. Our crew managed to save contents from all 30 units thanks to our ability to arrive within hours of the call for our assistance. Our crew chief Jose Arcila was able to separate the items that had a possibility of being saved from those that we had to create an inventory with descriptions and pictures for. He and our technician Martha created the inventory on our Assured Software Program to offer a very detailed report for our customers that is customizable for our customers’ needs. This is something our customers are able to use to appraise their belongings. SERVPRO of Whittier always strives to be as helpful as possible in situations like this by enforcing our rule of arrival within four hours of the call.

SERVPRO of Whittier can help with your Fire Damage

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO of Whittier can help with your Fire Damage If your home suffers from a fire loss, Call SERVPRO of Whittier

Have you had recent fire damage?  SERVPRO of Whittier is here to help!  SERVPRO of Whittier has certified technicians and crew chiefs to help with any fire damage- no job is too big or too small for SERVPRO of Whittier.

We understand the stress and chaos a fire loss can leave in your home or business.  Families get displaced and businesses shut down and cause a stressful environment.  Leave the stress and chaos to the professionals. 

SERVPRO of Whittier not only helps with residential restoration, we also help small or large commercial businesses get back on their feet.  So if you have had a recent fire or water damage in your business or commercial building, do not hesitate to give us a call for an inspection.  We are here 24 hours a day 7  days a week- weekends and holidays for all your fire and water emergency services.  Give us a call at (562) 698-5368. 

3 Reasons To Work With a SERVPRO Franchise

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 3 Reasons To Work With a SERVPRO Franchise Call our office team and we make it "Like it never even happened."

Running a remediation business can have its challenges, and unfortunately, sometimes those challenges get passed on to the customer. When your clients use the services of a SERVPRO franchise in South Whittier, CA, you know they aren't stuck with a business with questionable skills and resources. Having the backing of a corporation with over 50 years of experience in the remediation industry can assure your clients they are getting the best service possible.

1. Local Independence

Each franchise is locally owned. Franchisees enjoy the benefits of owning a small business, such as working for themselves and leading a team. They are granted the independence to get to know their area and tailor their services to its needs. For example, if they live in a region that experience frequent flooding, they can focus on sharpening those skills to be the best flood damage specialists around.

2. Corporate Support

No SERVPRO franchise is left completely on its own, though. Each owner has the backing of the corporation. If a disaster strikes a particular area, the local SERVPRO has access to corporate resources. Extra equipment and help can be there in no time to assist with the increased demand for remediation.

3. Exceptional Training

Every SERVPRO team is certified. This certification guarantees that they have gone through training and testing to make sure their work meets industry standards. They have the knowledge, skill and experience to get the job done right the first time. You don’t have to worry about your clients’ property being handled unprofessionally when you make SERVPRO your preferred vendor.

If your clients need water, fire or mold mitigation in their buildings, you can confidently recommend their local SERVPRO franchise. Combining local commitment with corporate support, the team of specialists at SERVPRO can assess, clean and repair your clients property, restoring it to its former glory “Like it never even happened."

What’s That Smell? Is Black Mold Hiding in Your Home?

3/17/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage What’s That Smell? Is Black Mold Hiding in Your Home? Mold Spores thrive in temperatures of 70 degrees Fahrenheit with 50 percent of humidity

There's a suspicious, musty smell you often notice, usually when coming home after being outside. You know you haven’t had a flood, and you've inspected for any type of water damage. You’ve searched the nooks and crannies and can’t see anything out of the ordinary, yet the smell remains. Take these steps if you suspect that you have black mold invading your West Whittier, CA, home.

1. Listen to Your Nose

Mold is considered secondary damage to a primary event (such as flood or leak) and can persist long after the initial event has passed. If you smell something, there is something in the air. While any mold can cause problems, black mold is particularly dangerous as it is toxigenic and can cause a variety of health issues in humans and pets. If you smell something, it is time to do something.

2. Do Not Disturb

Even if you can find the source of the mold, it is advisable to have a professional home inspection and begin mold remediation as needed. Mold spores become airborne when disturbed and can spread to other areas of your house and even to your belongings. Your vigorous scrubbing may distribute the mold rather than inhibit its growth and can exacerbate any health issues.

3. Reduce Humidity Levels

Mold spores, while always in the air, thrive when temperatures are above 70 degrees Fahrenheit with over 50 percent humidity. It only takes a few days for mold to start spreading on porous surfaces where spores can linger long after the weather has changed. If high humidity is contributing to mold growth, you may need to take additional steps to ensure that the problem does not return.

4. Prevent Future Growth

Determining the cause of moisture in your home will help you prevent further mold outbreaks. In addition to getting rid of mold, you may need to improve ventilation, clean gutters, repair roof leaks, seal windows, or take other measures to make a less friendly environment for fungal growth.

It doesn't matter if mold is the musty, harmless variety or more toxic black mold. When you find spores, it’s time to evict your unwelcome guests.

How to Care for Mold Damaged Artwork

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Care for Mold Damaged Artwork Mold can grow anywhere, all it needs its moisture


It’s an art lover's worst dream – a flood or water damage in your home damages artwork. Even if it doesn't get wet, art can absorb moisture and become moldy. The good news is moldy artwork can be saved, with the right professionals and the right approach. Learn how mold cleaning on artworks and how you can restore mold ravaged art in your Whittier, CA home.

Understanding Mold Damage

Because mold feeds on organic surfaces, it can damage artwork in a variety of ways. These include:

  • attacking frames
  • eating away at canvases and paint
  • staining canvases

All of this causes breakdown and frank damage that will ultimately destroy artwork.

Cleaning Mold from Artwork

Artwork mold cleaning involves multiple steps. On the back of a painting, try spraying anti-germ or bacteria cleaner. Plain rubbing alcohol can help to clean the front. Blend it with water and dab it on to destroy mold.

A soft brush can lift dry residue, but use a vacuum to suck up mold dust. Be sure it features a HEPA filter.

The most important piece is thoroughly drying the painting. Set artwork in a sunny area to dry, but make sure not to leave it too long as that can cause paint color to fade. Speed up the process by putting the artwork on a flat surface and drying it outside in direct sunlight. Inside, placing it by a sunny window works.

Fungus damage is nothing that any art lover wants to face. It can wreak true havoc on your art collection and have costs both financial and emotional. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to destroy your collection. Use these tips for mold cleaning on your art or, if you have major damage, contact a mold remediation specialist and get your collection back in top shape.