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Preparing Your San Diego Business For an Earthquake

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

An earthquake can happen at any time, so read on for a few quick tips on how to make sure your business is prepared. And remember, when disaster strikes, you can always call SERVPRO of San Diego City SW for assistance.

"An earthquake can happen at anytime and anywhere. Unlike many other natural disasters, earthquakes can strike during any season. It can also occur with little to no warning at all. 

Earthquakes can knock out heat, power, and communications services, sometimes for days at a time, leaving people stuck without utilities or other services. Your goal for protection is to learn to Drop, Cover, and Hold On during an earthquake.

Most casualties and injuries during an earthquake occur when: people fall while trying to walk or run during the shaking; when they are hit by falling, flying, or sliding items or non-structural debris; and/or when they are struck or trapped by collapsing walls or other parts of the building.

The America’s PrepareAthon! How to Prepare for an Earthquake explains what the public should do before, during and after an earthquake:

  • To prevent potential injuries, take the time to secure your space. Secure items that might fall, fly, or slide in an earthquake. Imagine if the room was picked up and shaken up and down and side to side and then determine what items would be thrown around.
  • Make sure your business is safer during earthquakes and more resistant to earthquake damage. Get professional help to assess the building’s structure and then take steps to install nonstructural solutions, including foundation bolting and cripple wall bracing.

The America’s PrepareAthon! Prepare Your Organization for an Earthquake Playbook  explains how business owners can take the necessary steps now to prepare themselves and their staff for an earthquake.  

The playbook helps to enhance organizational coordination and communication on preparedness and operational continuity by recommending the following:

  • Hold a preparedness discussion to explain company plans and policies to motivate employees to be better prepared at home and work;
  • Explain and practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On;
  • Conduct a tabletop exercise with your staff to ensure that the organization is familiar with and knows how to implement readiness plans;
  • Develop an employee communications plan with all staff contact information, including emergency points of contact;
  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings in your community; and
  • Organize and keep handy important documents such as insurance information and rental or mortgage agreements.

It is important that business owners discuss their plans with their employees to ensure they are aware of what to do and where to go during an earthquake threat.

Tips for Fire Damage Restoration

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tips for Fire Damage Restoration Smoke and Soot Damage in San Diego

Tips for Fire Damage Restoration

Fire in business or fire in home causes a lot of devastation to a property. Fire damage restoration is difficult and nearly impossible to tackle alone. This is where the assistance of commercial fire damage restoration experts like SERVPRO of San Diego City SW may be necessary to deal with the fire loss. Before experts arrive to manage the fire loss in business buildings or at home, those affected can do a few things to do some fire cleanup themselves. The following tips will assist one in preventing further fire damage before help from experts arrives.

Improving Air Quality of the Room

Where there is fire, there is smoke. Smoke damage and soot damage are two of the expected outcomes of commercial fire damage. Smoke affects the air quality of the room after the fire damage and should be dealt with properly. It should be properly cleaned, but until help arrives you can open doors and windows and that will help improve air quality, as well as protect those doing the fire cleanup.

Cleanup of Smoke Damage on the Wall

When an outbreak of fire in a home or fire in a business building occurs, there will be smoke damage to the walls, wallpaper, paint, and other surfaces. Employees or residents can use detergents to clean the regions where there was not too much smoke damage. Smoke will cause soot damage, so they should try to dust the greasy soot off from the surface first before scrubbing it clean during fire cleanup.

Getting Rid of Mold and Getting Rid of Mildew

In most cases, fires are extinguished using water, depending on the cause. Mold and mildew that result from water being used to put out the fire do need special attention. In cases like this, it's best to let commercial fire damage cleanup experts handle the mold and mildew, because of serious health issues that can be caused by exposure to mold. Also, commercial fire cleanup experts knows the best fire cleanup techniques and procedures to prevent contamination of clothing, carpets, furniture, walls, and vents.

Cleaning of Flooring/Carpet

When putting out a fire, the carpets, furniture, and floors will absorb most of the water. The individuals doing fire damage restoration should pull up any carpets and remove furniture which have water damage and replace or repair them. The floors need to be dried or replaced if the water seeps underneath. Commercial fire damage restoration professionals can come and help you to do the drying with their equipment. 

The best thing one can do is familiarize themselves with the above information. This will help deal with fire damage restoration in San Diego when there is an outbreak of a fire in a business or fire in a home. This will help recover from a fire loss sooner rather than later. Contacting commercial fire damage restoration experts is the best first-step!

Visit http://www.SERVPROsandiegocitysw.com/ for more information on fire damage.

Top Commercial Mold Damage Tips to Remember After a Flood

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Top Mold Damage Tips to Remember After a Flood

If your home or commercial building recently flooded due to storm damage or some sort of plumbing issues, you're probably unsure of the next step. Not only are you worried about property damage from the water, but you also have to worry about mold in your home or business. Mold can affected indoor air quality, can cause significant property damage, and can cause a foul smell that even the best deodorization techniques can't get rid of! Follow these tips if you're dealing with residential or commercial mold in San Diego.

Get Rid of Moisture

This is the very first step! Before the mold can be properly addressed, as much moisture as possible needs to be removed. If there is standing water, it can be dangerous to walk into your home or commercial property, so please make sure you can safely enter the building or structure. 

Protect Yourself

You just never really know what can be floating around in standing water that can hurt you. For example, electrical wiring. You don't want to endure an electrical shock. Once you know you can safely enter, PROTECT YOURSELF by wearing protective clothing, such as gloves and a face mask.

Hire a Professional

The best thing you can do is leave it to the experts. Rely on a team of professionals to help get your home or business back in tip-top shape. Experts can come in and assess the true extent of the damage and help ensure all of the mold is properly remediated. We promise, it could save you a lot of time, money and headaches in the future. Visit http://www.SERVPROsandiegocitysw.com/ for more information on mold removal.

When Unexpected Storm Damage Ruins Your Home

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Here in beautiful San Diego, we don't often have severe weather. But residential storm damage does happen each and every year. If mother nature takes its toll and damages your property, use these 7 tips for cleaning up after a storm.

1. Get Protective Clothing. Prior to going inside your home, it is imperative that you wear protective boots, clothing, gloves, eye protection, and a mask. Flood waters carry sewage, bacteria and chemical compounds that may be dangerous.

2. Document the Damage.  To help with insurance and FEMA claims, you really need to document the damage as soon as it's safe to do so. Take photos and videos of your entire home from each and every angle. Make sure to get exterior and interior photos!

3. Water Extraction.  This, you may need help with. Flood water contains potentially dangerous bacteria, rodents, and insects. It's recommended that you have water extraction handled by a locally owned and operated professional disaster response team.

4. Open Windows. Circulating fresh air is an important step for cleaning up after flood damage and preventing mold growth. 

5. Remove Personal Items. Furniture, clothing, and other items in the house can be removed to speed the drying. Prior to throwing away damaged items, take photographs, and have them evaluated to see if they can be cleaned and restored. 

6. Remove Carpeting, Wet Drywall, and Insulation. If the storm water contains sewage, which many floods do, the flooring in the home will probably have to be removed. Drywall and insulation that has been touched by flood waters and saturated will also have to be removed. This helps prevent future mold growth.

7. Scrub Every Surface.  Each and every surface should be scrubbed with a powerful disinfectant. Your local SERVPRO of San Diego City SW is available 24x7 and stands at the ready to inspect, extract water, disinfect, dehumidify, and restore your home quickly.

This list might seem overwhelming, and it is. Cleaning up and restoring your home after a storm or water damage in San Diego requires hard work, proper tools, and specialized equipment. SERVPRO of San Diego City SW Is locally owned and operated, and we'll work directly with your insurance company for a stress-free claim. Call us 24/7 at (619) 269-5004.

Water Damage in San Diego

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage in San Diego

There are many scenarios that cause water damage to your home or business. SERVPRO of San Diego City SW knows that water damage emergencies in your home can be traumatic for you and your family. That’s why it’s critical for professionals to immediately address, assess and fix the problem.

Causes of Water Damage

Sometimes appliances can cause more harm than good. When your washing machine, dishwasher, sink or toilet flood, we can be there to fix the problem and restore damage from water quickly.

We have experience with water damage restoration from the following:

Leaking water lines or pipes

Overflowing sinks, bathtubs or toilets

Backed up sewage and septic tank lines

Washing machine or dishwasher overflow

Heavy rain or storms

And more.

SERVPRO of San Diego City SW is always there for you with 24/7 emergency services. Whatever the cause of the water damage in your home or business, we offer a full menu of service options to restore your property, including:

Water damage assessment

Water extraction

Drying of affected areas such as walls, carpet, padding and furniture

Cleaning and restoration of possessions such as clothes, linens, books and documents

Remediating mold and mildew damage

Locating and repairing the source of leaking water

Storm damage repair

Assisting with filing insurance claims

Why Call Us for Water and Flood Damage Repairs?

We respond and work quickly – Depending on the extent of the damage, we may be able to restore water damage in your home in as little as three days.

We help with your claims – Working with insurance companies while recovering from water damage is stressful. We can work with your insurance company to settle claims quickly.

Water Damage in San Diego

There are many scenarios that cause water damage to your home or business. SERVPRO of San Diego City SW knows that water damage emergencies in your home can be traumatic for you and your family. That’s why it’s critical for professionals to immediately address, assess and fix the problem.

Causes of Water Damage

Sometimes appliances can cause more harm than good. When your washing machine, dishwasher, sink or toilet flood, we can be there to fix the problem and restore damage from water quickly.

We have experience with water damage restoration from the following:

Leaking water lines or pipes

Overflowing sinks, bathtubs or toilets

Backed up sewage and septic tank lines

Washing machine or dishwasher overflow

Heavy rain or storms

And more.

SERVPRO of San Diego City SW is always there for you with 24/7 emergency services. Whatever the cause of the water damage in your home or business, we offer a full menu of service options to restore your property, including:

Water damage assessment

Water extraction

Drying of affected areas such as walls, carpet, padding and furniture

Cleaning and restoration of possessions such as clothes, linens, books and documents

Remediating mold and mildew damage

Locating and repairing the source of leaking water

Storm damage repair

Assisting with filing insurance claims

Why Call Us for Water and Flood Damage Repairs?

We respond and work quickly – Depending on the extent of the damage, we may be able to restore water damage in your home in as little as three days.

We help with your claims – Working with insurance companies while recovering from water damage is stressful. We can work with your insurance company to settle claims quickly.

For all your water damage restoration and repair needs, call SERVPRO of San Diego City SW 24/7 at (619) 269-5004.

Storm Damage Cleanup Specialists in San Diego

6/29/2017 (Permalink)

When your San Diego home or business is facing a disaster, you don’t need to face it alone. SERVPRO of San Diego City SW is a professional water restoration business, and we can help you take care of the overwhelming number of things that need to be done. Some things are highly technical and insurance policies require proper mitigation treatments, otherwise they could potentially not cover expensive secondary damage. SERVPRO of San Diego City SW is a fully licensed and locally owned restoration and remediation company, and we are highly proficient in full service restoration from start to finish. Our damage restoration technicians are highly trained, experienced, and hold specialist certifications such as IICRC, CRA, and we back them up with our state-of-the art specialty drying equipment.

We are the experts when it comes to water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, and mold remediation services in San Diego, California. Our pack out division can remove your furniture and other belongings and protect them from further damage, storing them at our secure facility.

San Diego may not get a lot of storm damage cleanup, but we do get some. Our storm damage repair services range from debris cleanup to complete reconstruction. Our damage restoration technicians are highly trained, experienced, and hold specialist certifications such as IICRC, CRA, and we back them up with our state-of-the art specialty drying equipment.

We serve both residential and commercial clientele throughout San Diego County, and we’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us at (619) 269-5004.

Why Choose SERVPRO of San Diego City SW

6/29/2017 (Permalink)

When your home is business is suffering from water damage, it can be overwhelming selecting a restoration company in San Diego. Here are just some reasons why other San Diegans routinely turn to SERVPRO of San Diego City SW for their water mitigation needs.

Not only do we serve residential and commercial clientele throughout San Diego County, you can turn to us at any time of the day or night and rest assured we’ll get the job done right. We live for making our customers happy and satisfied, no questions asked. We guarantee a job well done.

Whether you have a broken pipe, a burst washing machine hose, or a leaking water heater, you will want a professional water extraction and often structural drying to prevent crumbling drywall, warped and cracking wood. By hiring professionals now, you can avoid a need for mold remediation later. Sewage backups in San Diego are clearly a health problem, but even water from clean sources become loaded with bacteria and viruses in just 24 hours. There’s a lot more to it than just pumping out water. Our specialty drying equipment and years of experience and training make all the difference in a quick recovery and a slow, much more expensive restoration.

If needed, we have a pack out division that can remove furniture and other personal belongings from harms way, and store them in our secure facility until your home or business is back in tip-top shape. We’ll return them, unpack them, and we’ll work closely with your insurance company to help expedite your claim.

Call us at (619) 269-5004.

Mold Mold Mold. Everything you want to know.

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Mold Mold. Everything you want to know. Mold

Mold is a term used to refer to fungi that grow in the form of multicellular thread-like structures called hyphae. Fungi that exist as single cells are called yeasts. Some molds and yeasts cause disease or food spoilage, others play an important role in biodegradation or in the production of various foods, beverages, antibiotics and enzymes.

Mold is also found in damp building materials where it often appears like stains and comes in a variety of colours. A must smell is an indication of microbial growth even when there is no visible growth. If mold is allowed to grow in homes or offices it can contribute to poor indoor air quality. Some molds such as the Dry Rot Fungus, Serpula lacrymans, are highly destructive. For more details about dry rot fungus read Occurrence and Significance of Dry Rot Fungus, Serpula lacrymans.

Mold growth requires moisture. The sources of moisture could be Washing, cooking, air humidifiers, condensation or leaks from plumbing or from the outside. Poor ventilation contributes to higher humidity levels and leads to condensation, which also allows mold growth.

Molds release small “spores” into the air. So, when mold grows indoors, the number of mold spores and fragments is usually higher indoors than it is outdoors. These spores are small enough that people can actually inhale them deep into the lungs. Inhalation of spores poses risk of developing respiratory problems. With the exception of winter months mold spores are always present outdoors.

If you have a mold problem in your San Diego home or business/commercial property, call SERVPRO of San Diego City SW at 619-269-5004.

Information from: http://www.moldbacteriafacts.com/what-is-mold/

Protect your San Diego commercial property from rain or storm damage

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Protect your San Diego commercial property from rain or storm damage

Gutters are a very important part of roofs for commercial buildings as they are responsible for transporting water and debris off of roofs. Especially in stormy seasons, it is important to ensure gutters are functioning to their highest ability.

Removal of water and debris in gutters lightens the load on the roof, preventing the possibility of roof leaks and caving under stress from weather. It is important gutters are maintained in optimal working condition to prevent damage to the entire commercial or residential structure. Even though we don't see TOO much rain in San Diego, it's a good idea to be cautious.

Gutters should be inspected twice yearly and cleared of debris that could prevent 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 San Diego City SW provides 24-hour emergency services. Call us at 619-269-5004.

Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings MOLD

As the public becomes more aware about the effects of mold exposure, concern about indoor mold has steadily increased. Here are some guidelines for the remediation/cleanup of mold and moisture problems in schools and other commercial buildings. These guidelines serve as a tool to protect the health of building occupants and remediators, and have been designed for:

  • Building managers
  • Custodians
  • Others who are responsible for commercial building and school maintenance

It should serve as a reference for potential mold and moisture remediators. Using this document, individuals with little or no experience with mold remediation should be able to make a reasonable judgment as to whether the situation can be handled in-house. It will help those in charge of maintenance to evaluate an in-house remediation plan or a remediation plan submitted by an outside contractor1. Contractors and other professionals who respond to mold and moisture situations in commercial buildings and schools may also want to refer to these guidelines.

Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors.

Molds reproduce by making spores that usually cannot be seen without magnification. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on.

Many types of molds exist. All molds have the potential to cause health effects. Molds can produce allergens that can trigger allergic reactions or even asthma attacks in people allergic to mold. Others are known to produce potent toxins and/or irritants. Potential health concerns are an important reason to prevent mold growth and to remediate/clean up any existing indoor mold growth.

Since mold requires water to grow, it is important to prevent moisture problems in buildings. Moisture problems can have many causes, including uncontrolled humidity. Some moisture problems in buildings have been linked to changes in building construction practices during the 1970s, 80s and 90s. Some of these changes have resulted in buildings that are tightly sealed, but may lack adequate ventilation, potentially leading to moisture buildup. Building materials, such as drywall, may not allow moisture to escape easily. Moisture problems may include:

  • Roof leaks
  • Landscaping or gutters that direct water into or under the building
  • Unvented combustion appliances
  • Delayed maintenance or insufficient maintenance are also associated with moisture problems in schools and large buildings

Moisture problems in portable classrooms and other temporary structures have frequently been associated with mold problems. 

When mold growth occurs in buildings, adverse health problems may be reported by some building occupants, particularly those with allergies or respiratory problems. Remediators should avoid exposing themselves and others to mold-laden dusts as they conduct their cleanup activities. Caution should be used to prevent mold and mold spores from being dispersed throughout the air where they can be inhaled by building occupants.

When your school or commercial property or place of business is suffering from mold exposure in San Diego, call SERVPRO of San Diego City SW. We’re available 24/7 at 619-269-5004.

info by: https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-remediation-schools-and-commercial-buildings-guide