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Fire in West Covina leaves behind a thick blanket of soot

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire in West Covina leaves behind a thick blanket of soot A lot of work went in to restoring this home after a thick blanket of soot covered absolutely everything in it. #gratefultohelp

This sweet little lady’s home caught fire in the family room. Thankfully the West Covina Fire Department quickly extinguished the flames and saved her home from burning to the ground. Since smoke and soot filled every room our SERVPRO Team we was invited to inspect the extent of the damages. Structurally the house was determined to be sound so our job was to removed the particles of soot and the burnt smell. Our work began by cleaning every item and surface top to bottom. A lot of hard work and a detailed cleaning of every piece of furniture, and precious belonging restored the home. The rich reward and satisfaction of helping one of our community members in their time of need, means the world to us! We love our job!!

SOCAL Rain Leaks requires Mold Remediation

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SOCAL Rain Leaks requires Mold Remediation Lots of water staining from a passing storm occurred throughout this Baldwin Park office building. We got it all cleaned up fast!

Here in our sunny SOCAL neighborhood, it rains only once in a while… But it did rain once last week and even if the storm hits only in passing, property damage issues can arise unexpectedly. This local business office experienced ceiling staining on multiple areas from a leaky roof. They called our SERVPRO office in to inspect the damages. Wet materials along with the development of mold was discovered behind the spots seen here in the picture. From experience, removal of mold is the best protection against potential allergens. Their office staff was relieved to have everything professionally remediated and repaired.

For an updated photo, please check out our SERVPRO of West Covina website’s Before and After Photo Gallery to view the mold removal from the framing studs of this particular structure.

West Covina Commercial Water Damage

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial West Covina Commercial Water Damage Call our SERVPRO of West Covina Team 24/7. 626.960.9145

We have our teams on stand-by around the clock… so when the water leak or flood calls pour in, we respond with excitement to help by responding quickly.  Any business having to deal with down time is losing money so our goal is to get you back, up and running as soon as possible. Sometimes it means working long hours or through the night but we are dedicated and always happy to do so.

Responding to a toilet overflow (from the tank resevore - clean water), we are never quite sure as to the extent of the damage until we walk the building site. In this instance, the water from the toilet ran all night long and poured out amongst all the offices. So, in the morning, when the first office worker opened the front door, she was surprised to find objects floating all around in several inches of water.  It was decided to call the closest SERVPRO. Fortunately that was us at SERVPRO of West Covina, so ten minutes later, the very first thing our water technician did was turn the water main off, then got right to work by extracting  the standing water and placing drying equipment to dry out  the multiple offices.

Despite the temporary interruption, the business owner was super appreciative to our entire team and pledged that we have a customer for life. We love helping to support our local community businesses!

How to Prevent Fire in your SOCAL Home

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Prevent Fire in your SOCAL Home Damage happens so quickly! Flames from the oven began to melt this microwave, spreading the awful smell of burnt plastic throughout the home.

Each year fires occurring during the fall and winter seasons injure more than 2500 people and cause more than $390 million in damages.  Please keep your family safe by reviewing with them a few of the ways that we have seen home fires begin:

  • Do not overload electrical outlets, this is SUPER DANGEROUS!
  • Do not leave empty plastic home fragrance plug in cartridges in outlets
  • Avoid burning candles, but if used, keep under close watch
  • Keep candles and lights away from combustible materials like paper and fabric
  • Before leaving for the day, going to bed at night or leaving a room, turn off and unplug all lamps, chargers and electrical appliances
  • Do not charge phones, tablets or laptops on soft surfaces like carpet, beds or sofas, etc.
  • When operating a microwave nevert use paper goods, fabric or metal inside it
  • If cooking food on the stove top or in the oven, do not leave unattended

 Through utilizing Fire & Safety Tips aim to prevent a fire from ever starting in your home. However, accidents do at times occur so please take the time to test your smoke alarms and remember to test annually and replace them every 10 years. If smoke damage does affect your property, please call out the professionals with the expertise & experience to provide complete fire restoration services and odor removal.

Basics of what Everybody Should Know about Mold

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Basics of what Everybody Should Know about Mold You just never know what could be growing behind your cabinets or walls when a water leak goes unnoticed. Call us out if you suspect a possible issue.

Mold is naturally always in our environment.  Their microscopic spores float in the air; just like when you blow on a dandelion and watch the seeds drift away.  Problems begin when spores anchor themselves on a wet surface indoors and begin to multiply.  With warm humidity and a ‘food source’ it takes only hours for some strains to grow.  A damp dark place like behind the wall after a hot water heater leak is a comfy spot for it to be nourished.  It grows by eating away at wet organic materials like the paper backing of drywall or the wood of a cabinet or trim.

The EPA informs us of the important fact that the key to mold control is moisture control.  Condensation, water leaks and poor ventilation are all contributing factors. To prevent mold, allow sunlight to filter into your home each day as spores love darkness. It’s a good idea to make it a habit to open windows & doors daily to allow a cross breeze into your home to ventilate it properly.  When coming across an unexpected water leak or sudden flood, act quickly by calling out our well trained professionals to dry up not only what is visible to the naked eye, but also what is beyond the baseboards...

Toilet overflow wets almost entire home in Rancho Cucamonga, CA TWICE

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard Toilet overflow wets almost entire home in Rancho Cucamonga, CA TWICE WARNING: Viewer discretion is advised due to graphic nature. Not suitable for all audiences as one toilet was definitely harmed in the picture above.

Having plumbing problems can be the worst! Experiencing a sewage back up or a toilet overflow when fecal matter is present essentially paves a pathway of disaster to a property because everything the bacteria laden water touches must be removed for obvious sanitary reasons.

In this particular instance, unfortunately, not only did this tenant know the toilet was having back up problems but this whole scenario was the second occurrence in the matter of only months. Flooring everywhere the backup traveled required prompt removal, along with a foot or two of drywall, baseboards and lower cabinets. Definitely a lot of work.

We certainly understand that accidents happen… We are here around the clock to respond regardless of how difficult the job that we encounter may be. A QUICK Tip: If a toilet at your home or business is continuously running, repeatedly clogged or seeming problematic, turn off the water at the toilet supply line located at the base of the toilet by turning the knob till you hear the water shut off and call a local plumber. If it’s too late and the water “hath runneth over”, call SERVPRO of West Covina right away to prevent further damages or illness. We service our entire SOCAL Community with free visual inspections.

West Covina Crawlspace Inspection

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Building Services West Covina Crawlspace Inspection This wet & damp area under this SOCAL home has visible signs of mold growth. Removal is a must to prevent further damages.Trust SERVPRO to help.

Our technicians were scheduled to inspect the crawlspace underneath a West Covina home today.  A leak was discovered, hence with all the extra moisture, mold growth was present throughout the underside of the home.

Crawlspaces under homes in our SOCAL area typically are only a few feet high leaving not much room to maneuver while doing an inspection or a cleanup. Our techs get suited up in protective gear to go exploring under these homes and over the years, our technicians have brought back plenty of interesting & sometimes funny stories regarding their trek under our local community’s homes. Everything from needing to pump out raw sewage to literally bumping into a family of skunks residing under a home (AND, the human residents knew all about it and were fine with it all, hahaha), to one of our technicians actually getting stuck for twenty minutes while trying to wiggle from one side to the other. It’s an interesting job for certain, not for those with fears of cramped spaces and we never know what will be discovered…

Chino Hills Pot House Cleaning

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard Chino Hills Pot House Cleaning Moisture from growing the canibus plant indoors is the biggest culprit in causing expensive damages to your real estate investment.

First thing this morning, we sent one of our inspection crews out to Chino Hills for a ‘pot house cleaning’ and mold issue. From time to time our team receives calls to inspect houses that have been discovered to have been taken over by a marijuana grower. We have been called out for single dwelling homes and even a full street of multiple jumbo two story homes in a single block that were completely covered with mold. Our inspections discover boarded up windows, growing stations, potted plants and typically mold everywhere on all walls and ceilings. Truly a property owner’s nightmare, but they are appreciative that we are there to help return the property back to livable and rentable conditions ASAP.

Our specialty cleaning & mold removal professionals are very detailed and thorough. Any standard visual inspection is complimentary. Call our office for any specialty cleaning needs, even unusual ones like uncovering a marijuana house…

Prepare now for SOCAL’s summer heat…

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prepare now for SOCAL’s summer heat… Regardless of the type of storm that strikes your property in West Covina or any of SOCAL's surrounding cities, call us to help because we care.

We love because Southern California in part because it's weather is certainly unique. Overall it is one of the most desirable states to live in. As seasons change, we adjust ever so slightly if at all...

We sometimes experience the effects of Santa Ana storm winds where rooftop or property damages pop up due to them. It hardly rains here, but when it does and it comes down hard, certain areas prone to flooding quickly suffer from the storm. Fortunately SERVPRO of West Covina is here to help with any and all of those issues.

Sunny California is a beautiful place to live so investing in a home or business is most definitely worthwhile. Staying on top of maintenance may be the very best way to help to protect your investment and prevent costly replacement costs from occurring later.

As we head towards summer our current high temperatures are an indicator as to what our upcoming summer may be like. It may turn out to be a real scorcher. Depending on the city you live in and primarily how far inland your home is, summer heat may lead to unusually high cooling costs.

If despite covering all the basics IE: regularly servicing the A.C., installing ceiling fans, layering thermal quality window treatments and tinting windows, excessive heat is still getting trapped each day, consider taking steps to help cut costly energy bills.

One way to assist with cooling issues may be by insulating your garage door with a reflective covering. Last year, our family discovered that the super high temperatures in our garage damaged all the food cans tucked into our ‘emergency go bags’.  Multiple cans exploded all over clothes, blankets and supplies. We learned our lesson and found a cooler spot for their storage but that gave us a real good idea as to just how HOT the garage can get…

Step by step instructions can be found by visiting houselogic.com. It might be well worth it in the long run. Preparing to the best of our abilities is wise. For all the rest of the unexpected damages that occur, we are here to help around the clock.

Water Leaks & Plumbing Issues… is it simply enough to get them repaired?

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Leaks & Plumbing Issues… is it simply enough to get them repaired? Water extraction needed in this Covina home, then the dryout of the structure could begin…

We place great value in the money invested in our properties. When facing maintenance issues we work hard to stay on top of the problems so they do not quickly multiply. It is wise to fix water leaks from dripping faucets right away to preserve our water supply. Such leaks from plumbing fixtures/fittings or pipes sometimes are apparent and visible but unfortunately many are hidden and may go undetected causing rot and costly damages.

Many at first think that mopping up visible water is all that is needed, but some may fail to realize that a lot of times, water quickly travels to baseboards, walls and beyond.

The detection of water behind these areas requires professional equipment. This should be taken seriously because left ignored the damaged surfaces can develop mold which thrives in moist dark areas such as behind walls, cabinets or under flooring, all in the matter of days or even hours.

To avoid missing crucial cleaning steps, utilize a water damage professional with proper IICRC training.

In the SOCAL area? Call to ask about our complementary inspections  1.877.469.7776