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Convenience Store Fire San Diego?

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

A cracked, and soot-covered wall is shown damaged by a recent fire. We respond to commercial fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Logan Heights.

Late-night fire.

I was working the late shift at the convenience store one night and as a customer was walking out of the store, he remarked that there was a fire in the bathroom. What? It was so weird. He just calmly walked out, and I immediately went back to investigate. Sure enough, the light above the sink was throwing sparks that had caught the wall on fire! I was able to put out the fire and called the San Diego Fire Department to inspect the cause. Evidently, there was a short in the electrical system that caused the fire.

At SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW, we have been helping commercial business owners restore fire-damaged properties for years, and we help get you back to business as usual as quickly and efficiently as possible with minimal disruption to your employees and customers.

Our fire restoration technicians arrived quickly and immediately began the cleanup and restoration process. The store was able to remain open while we repaired the bathroom damage, and we supervised the repairs to the wiring. By the time we completed the repairs, you would never know there had been a fire in the bathroom!

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SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW is on call 24-hours a day to respond to fire damage emergencies in San Diego. Call us today at 619-269-5004.

SERVPRO of San Diego City SW is Independently Owned and Operated.

Thunderstorms in San Diego?

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning is shown striking over the ocean. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in the Gas Lamp District.

Severe Weather Hits San Diego

Although thunderstorms are less common in southern California, there has been some thunderstorm and lightning activity in San Diego this winter. Thunderstorms are severe storms that can cause lightning, high winds, hail, flash flooding, and tornadoes. SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW has a team of storm restoration technicians on-call 24-hours a day to respond to storm damage emergencies. Here is some helpful information from the National Weather Service  about thunderstorm notification:

Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Be Prepared! Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued. The watch is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Take Action! Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Take shelter in a substantial building. Get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area that may be impacted by large hail or damaging wind identified by a trained spotter/law enforcement who is watching the storm.

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SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW is on call 24-hours a day to respond to storm damage emergencies in San Diego. Call us today at 619-269-5004.

SERVPRO of San Diego City SW is Independently Owned and Operated.

Wildfire Preparedness for Logan Heights?

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Gardening tools and plants are in the process of being planted. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego.

Wildfire Season is Coming

SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW wants Logan Heights residents to be ready for this year’s wildfire season. Here are some tips for maintaining defensible space around your home from San Diego County’s website:

  • You may plant fire-resistant, irrigated landscaping in the first 50 feet of the 100 feet from your structure.  These plants need to be maintained all year around.
  • You need to keep natural vegetation in the remaining 50 feet of the 100-foot space.  This would be the area furthest away from your structure.  The plants need to be thinned and cut back to no more than 6 inches above the ground.
  • Do not completely remove all vegetation which would leave the ground bare.  Some vegetation is necessary to prevent erosion.  
  • Do not remove or disturb the existing plant root system to prevent any future erosion.
  • Remove dead and dying vegetation.
  • Trim trees that overhang or touch your structures.
  • Properly irrigating plants will help prevent plants from igniting.  Wildfires rarely occur until after June, because as little as 1 inch of water per month keeps drought-adapted plants from readily burning.
  • Trees and shrubs can be maintained by deep watering at least once a month for drought-tolerant species and once a week for high water requiring plants.

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SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW is on call 24-hours a day to respond to fire damage emergencies in Logan Heights. Call us today at 619-269-5004.

SERVPRO of San Diego City SW is Independently Owned and Operated.

Satisfied SERVPRO Customers in San Diego?

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

The word “testimonial” is written across a green chalkboard. We have been keeping our customers happy for years in San Diego.

SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW is proud to serve the San Diego business and residential communities! Here are some customer testimonials that demonstrate our commitment to excellence:

“Where do I even begin? This company has been AMAZING to work with on multiple projects of a property portfolio we oversee. Their quick efforts, excellent detail, and communication are everything you need in any emergency or urgent matter. They answer all my questions and concerns and follow up whenever needed. 

Also, they specialize in all of Downtown, so they have high knowledge in all the communities. This makes for a very easy and smooth process (especially with HOA's :)

Lisa & Ben, thank you for all you do and leading such a great team! Greatly appreciate all the hard and professional work!” Natalia in San Diego


“My condo had major water damage due to a small fire in the unit above and the fire sprinklers going off. Thank goodness this SERVPRO franchise got the job to help me... awesome group of caring people. Shout out to Steph, the contents manager, for taking such great care of my belongings!!” Molly in San Diego

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW is on call 24-hours a day to respond to fire and water damage emergencies. Call us today at 619-269-5004. We’ll restore your property damage in San Diego, “Like it never even happened.”  

SERVPRO of San Diego City SW is Independently Owned and Operated.

Pipe Failure San Diego?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

A large cast iron pipe has burst and is spraying water. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in the Gas Lamp Quarter!

Under Pressure?

When a pipe burst in the newly remodeled office complex, I had to act fast. We were one week away from the new tenants' final walkthrough, and the entire first floor of the building was wet. Water covered the entire area, and all of the new carpeting and floors were saturated.

Faster to Any Size Disaster in San Diego

SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW responds to commercial water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego. When we arrived at this downtown office complex, we immediately set to work and moved the furniture out of the way, and extracted all of the standing water. We supervised the repair of the burst pipe and documented the entire drying process.

Once the area was entirely dry, we cleaned and sanitized the carpets, baseboards, floors, and furniture. In three days, we returned the building to preloss condition.

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We know that every moment counts when mitigating commercial water damage as anytime your business is compromised, you stand to lose customers. No matter when you need us, SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW is on call 24-hours a day to respond to commercial water damage emergencies. Call us today at 619-269-5004. We’ll restore your fire damage in San Diego, “Like it never even happened.”  

SERVPRO of San Diego City SW is Independently Owned and Operated.

Light Bulb Fire in the Gas Lamp Quarter?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

A light bulb is shining inside of a wicker lamp shade. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego!

Light Bulb Epiphany

Have you ever seen a scarf draped over a lampshade to dim the light in a room? My roommate did this one time when she had a headache. Her headache was even worse when the scarf caught on fire from the hot light bulb in the lamp! Yikes!

SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW responds to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in the Gas Lamp Quarter. Here are some light and electrical safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

  • Be sure that the bulbs in your lights match what is safe for the lamp. There should be a sticker that indicates the maximum wattage for the light bulb — such as use a maximum of a 60-watt bulb.
  • Light bulbs in the living area of your home, including closets, should have a shade or globe for protection. Light bulbs can get very hot and cause a fire if something that can burn is too close.
  • Inspect your home for hidden electrical hazards.
  • Check electrical cords to make sure the wires are not damaged, cracked, or loose. Replace them or have them professionally repaired if necessary.

For more information on electrical safety, you can download the Electrical Safety Checklist from the NFPA website.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW is on call 24-hours a day to respond to fire damage emergencies. Call us today at 619-269-5004. We’ll restore your fire damage in the Gas Lamp Quarter, “Like it never even happened.”  

SERVPRO of San Diego City SW is Independently Owned and Operated.

Washing Machine Fiasco in Logan Heights?

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

A bright and clean laundry room in a house is shown. We mitigate water damage in San Diego!

All washed up in Logan Heights

When something you rely on all the time, like your washing machine, fails, it makes you appreciate it that much more. When my washing machine water line broke and flooded my laundry room, I acted fast and called  SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW. They mitigated the water damage quickly and completely dried the area and documented the drying process. Their quick response time minimized further damage to the floors and baseboards in the room, saving me money by avoiding a more extensive and expensive repair bill!

A study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Business Home and Safety (IIBHS) reports that a burst water line caused half of all washing damage incidents involving washing machines, causing on average $6000 in damage per incident. Here are some loss prevention and maintenance tips from the IIBHS report:

  • Turn off valves when not in use.
  • Consider installing a lever-type valve that is easy to operate between uses.
  • Do not operate the washing machine while the home is unoccupied.
  • Leave a three-to-four-inch gap between the back of the washing machine and the wall to avoid kinking the hose near the valve connection.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW is on call 24-hours a day to respond to residential and commercial water damage emergencies. Call us today at 619-269-5004. We’ll restore your water damage in Logan Heights, “Like it never even happened.”  

SERVPRO of San Diego City SW is Independently Owned and Operated.

Property Damage Emergency in San Diego?

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

A pin is marking the city of San Diego in a map. We are leaders in the restoration industry serving the downtown San Diego area.

Serving San Diego’s Restoration Needs

It’s nice to know that SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW is on call and available 24-hours a day to respond to property damage emergencies. Although we are better known for fire and water damage mitigation, we also offer many other specialty cleaning and restoration services for residential and commercial businesses! Here are some of the services you may not know about:

Overview of Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of San Diego City SW is a chosen mitigation partner for HOA companies, high-rises in downtown San Diego, property management companies, insurance companies, construction companies, government entities, and more. 

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW is on call 24-hours a day to respond to residential and commercial property damage emergencies. Our highly trained technicians have the experience and equipment to mitigate property damage. Call us today at 619-269-5004. We’ll restore your property damage in San Diego, “Like it never even happened.”  

SERVPRO of San Diego City SW is Independently Owned and Operated.

Smoke and Soot Damage in Logan Heights?

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

A wall inside a commercial building is shown with smoke and soot damage. We are fire damage restoration specialists in San Diego.

Faster to Any Size Disaster

Thank goodness for the firefighting efforts of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Station 7! A circuit breaker overloaded, and my 24-hour convenience store in Logan Heights caught on fire in the middle of the night. Thankfully no one was injured, and the firefighters contained the fire to the wall where the circuit breaker was located. When the firefighters left, I had to deal with the utility closet walls, the back supply room, and the back hallway that were smoke and soot-damaged. There was also water left on the floors from the firefighting efforts.

I called SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW, and they arrived quickly and immediately began the cleanup efforts while another team member provided an assessment of the damage and helped me with the insurance process and paperwork. The cleanup team extracted the water from the floors and cleaned the fire-damaged area from top to bottom. We even were able to remain open during the restoration process!

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When your commercial business is damaged by smoke and soot, SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW has a team of commercial restoration technicians on call 24-hours a day to respond to your call. Call us today at 619-269-5004. We’ll restore your commercial fire damage in Logan Heights, “Like it never even happened.”  

SERVPRO of San Diego City SW is Independently Owned and Operated.

Flood Warning for San Diego?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

High tides are flooding a coastal walkway. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Downtown San Diego!

Surf’s Up San Diego?

Last month brought unseasonably high temperatures to San Diego County and a high surf advisory and flood warning for the coastal towns. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States, and floods may:

  • Result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges, and overflows of dams and other water systems.
  • Develop slowly or quickly. Flash floods can come with no warning.
  • Cause outages, disrupt transportation, damage buildings, and create landslides.

SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW responds to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day and can typically be on-site within four hours of your call. FEMA offers these instructions to follow if you are under a flood warning:

  • Find shelter right away.
  • Do not walk, swim or drive through floodwaters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
    • Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water.
  • Depending on the type of flooding:
    • Evacuate if told to do so.
    • Move to higher ground or a higher floor.
    • Stay where you are.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of San Diego City SW has a team of storm restoration technicians ready to assist you day or night. Call us today at 619-269-5004. We’ll restore your storm damage in San Diego, “Like it never even happened.”  

SERVPRO of San Diego City SW is Independently Owned and Operated.