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Fireworks Fire Damage in the Gaslamp Quarter?

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

Multi-colored fireworks light up the San Diego Bay and city skyline at night on the Fourth of July. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego.

Our San Diego City, South West team has been restoring fire damage in the Gaslamp Quarter for many years. We know that our fast emergency response time saves our customers time and money in many cases. The San Diego Fire Rescue reminds San Diegans that fireworks are illegal in the city and San Diego County. There are fun, alternative ways to get into the patriotic spirit without fireworks. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fireworks cause thousands of injuries every year and offer these safe alternatives for celebrating this year’s festivities:

  • Use glow sticks as a safe alternative to sparklers. They are fun for all ages.
  • Loud and proud. Noise makers are sure to make a statement. They can be found at local party supply stores or make your own.
  • Have an outdoor movie night. Set up a screen and projector. Don’t forget the bug spray!
  • Red, white, and blue silly string
  • Make a patriotic craft with the family
  • Throw a birthday party for the USA and don’t forget the cake!

You can attend one of the free community events like the San Diego 4th of July Fireworks and Parade or another 4th of July event being held in San Diego County this year.

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When you have fire damage in your Gaslamp Quarter home or business, our San Diego City, South West team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-269-5004.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Emergency Storm Damage Mitigation Services in San Diego?

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

Debris from a severe storm blocks a street. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in San Diego County.

Our San Diego City, South West team restores storm damage “Like it never even happened.” As soon as we arrive, we will inspect and assess the damage and tarp and board up any parts of the structure that are exposed to the elements to minimize the potential for further damage.

Wind damage is a common form of storm-related property damage in San Diego. Here are some tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for protecting your property from wind damage:

Secure Fencing, Porches, Canopies, and Sheds

Have them inspected and make sure they are firmly attached and in sound structural condition. Secure any parts of fencing that appear weak or loose.

Anchor Any Fuel Tanks and External Utility Links

If you have an external fuel tank or any utilities located outside, anchor or tie them down according to the ground anchor instructions. This will help reduce the risk of them overturning and sliding.

Replace Gravel and Rock Landscaping Materials

Rock and gravel materials can cause serious damage during a severe wind event. Gravel has been found in mailboxes during extreme wind events and has even shredded vinyl siding. Replace these materials with a softer material, such as mulch or dirt.

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When you have a storm damage emergency in your San Diego home or commercial business, our San Diego City, South West team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-269-5004.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Hoarding Fire in East Village Victorian?

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

A hoarded pile of wood and wood scraps is shown. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in San Diego County.

Our San Diego City, South West team responds to fire damage emergencies every year in the East Village area. Our technicians are trained and certified by the Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to clean and restore homes damaged by fire. Hoarding is a condition where a person has difficulty discarding personal possessions. This accumulation of items can cause unsafe living conditions and place inhabitants at risk for fire. Here is some information about hoarding from the National Fire Protection Association:

 Hoarding Increases Fire Risks

  • Cooking is unsafe if flammable items are close to the stove or oven
  • Heating units may be too close to things that can burn. They might also be placed on unstable surfaces. If a heater tips over into a pile, it can cause a fire.
  • Electrical wiring may be old or worn from the weight of piles. Pests could chew on wires, and damaged wires can start fires.
  • Open flames from smoking materials or candles in a home with excess clutter are very dangerous
  • Blocked pathways and exits may hinder escape from a fire

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Hoarding environments can impact everyone in the neighborhood. When you have a fire damage emergency in your East Village home or commercial business, our San Diego City South West team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-269-5004.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Is One of the Most Common Causes of Water Damage in Hillcrest?

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

A woman has placed a bucket underneath her sink to prevent a broken pipe from flooding her floor. We respond to water damage emergencies 365 days a year in San Diego County.

Our San Diego City, South West team has been restoring water damage for Hillcrest residents for many years. Leaking pipes are one of the leading causes of water damage in homes in the United States. Our technicians are trained and certified by the Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the nonprofit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry.

Leaking or Broken Pipes

A leaking pipe can be visible, or it may be hidden from view inside a wall or underneath a concrete slab. One way to tell if you have water damage is to look at your water bill. If you see a significant spike in water usage for no apparent reason, you may have a hidden water leak in your plumbing system. The Environmental Protection Agency suggests checking your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you probably have a water leak.

Other Common Causes of Water Damage

  • Severe Weather
  • Washing Machine Supply Line
  • Failed Dishwasher
  • Ice Machine Supply Line
  • Air Conditioning Condensation
  • Blocked Drains
  • Malfunctioning Sprinkler Systems
  • Leaking water Heater

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When you have a water damage emergency in your Hillcrest home or business, our San Diego City South West team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-269-5004.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Can I Do to Prevent Damage from Santa Ana Winds in San Diego?

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

Strong winds blow around a high-rise building. We respond to wind and storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego County.

Our San Diego City, South West team is trained and certified to restore wind and storm-damaged properties in San Diego day and night. Here are some tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for preparing for wind damage:

Secure Patio Furniture, Canopies, Fencing, Porches, and Sheds

Have them inspected and make sure they are firmly attached and in sound structural condition. Secure any parts of fencing that appear weak or loose.

Trim or Remove Dead, Damaged, or Rotting Trees and Limbs

High winds can cause trees and branches to fall. Make sure any damaged trees on the property are trimmed or removed regularly. Your home should be at least a full-grown tree’s height away from the base of any tree, usually about 40 feet away.

Seal Cracks and Gaps

Prevent wind or water from coming in. Make sure caulking around windows and doors is in good shape and not cracked, broken, or missing. Fill any holes or gaps around pipes or wires that enter your building with a waterproof sealant.

Anchor Any Fuel Tanks and External Utility Links

If you have an exterior fuel tank or any utilities located outside, anchor or tie them down according to the ground anchor instructions. This will help reduce the risk of them overturning and sliding.

Call Us Today!

When you have storm damage in your San Diego home or business, our San Diego City South West team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-269-5004.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Can I Do If I Find Mold Growing in My Golden Hill Home?

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

Condensation around a door frame is causing mold to grow in a house. We mitigate and remediate mold problems for homes and businesses in San Diego County.

Our San Diego City, South West team is trained and certified to restore mold outbreaks by the Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in Golden Hill. We have the training, equipment, and experience to restore areas compromised by mold quickly and efficiently. Here are some mold damage emergency tips from our website for things you can do and should not do while waiting for help to arrive:

Important Facts

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48 to 72 hours
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting

What to Do

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Turn off the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system and fans
  • Contact our San Diego City, South West office 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

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When you discover a mold problem in your Golden Hill home or commercial business, our San Diego City South West team is Here to Help. ® We’ll clean and restore the mold damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-269-5004.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Business Contaminated by a Chemical Spill in San Diego?

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

Technicians wearing protective gear clean up a chemical spill. We are trusted leaders in commercial cleanup and restoration services in San Diego County.

Our San Diego City, South West team is trained and certified to restore areas contaminated by chemical spills by the Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We follow local, state, and national guidelines, protocols, and best practices. Here are some safety tips from our website for things you can do and should not do while waiting for help to arrive:

Do This After a Contamination

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated
  • Turn off the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) if there is sewage damage

Do NOT Do this After a Contamination

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors
  • Don’t use your vacuum to remove water
  • Don’t use television or other electrical appliances
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging

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Accidents happen all the time, and chemical spills should only be cleaned and restored by trained professionals. When your San Diego commercial business or residence is contaminated by a chemical spill, our San Diego City South West team is Here to Help. ® We’ll clean and restore the area “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-269-5004.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Flying Ember Fire in San Diego Home?

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

A backyard fire pit is blazing. We are leaders in fire damage restoration services in San Diego County.

Our San Diego City, South West team is trained and certified to restore fire damage by the Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the nonprofit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry.

Here are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association for using heating equipment safely and installing having a safe outdoor fire pit:

Carefully consider the placement of heating equipment, keeping anything that can burn well away.

  • Outdoor portable heaters should be placed on a flat, sturdy surface and in a location where they can’t be bumped into or knocked over
  • Fire pits should be located at least ten feet away from the home/structure
  • In areas where campfires are permitted, they must be at least twenty-five feet away from any structure and anything that can burn. Also, make sure to clear away dry leaves and sticks, overhanging low branches and shrubs.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from any type of equipment in use
  • Make sure combustible items, such as blankets and outerwear, are at least three feet away from the equipment

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When you need help with fire damage in your San Diego home or commercial business, our San Diego City South West team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-269-5004.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Three Types of Contaminated Water in San Diego Homes?

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

A storm drain is clogged with debris. We are leaders in water cleanup and restoration services in San Diego County.

Our San Diego City, South West team is trained and certified to restore areas compromised by contaminated water by the Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the nonprofit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry. Here are the three classifications of water contamination we restore:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet.

Category 2: "Gray Water"

  • It may contain bacteria and viruses
  • It can quickly degrade into category three if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category three water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

Here is some more information about stormwater from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

  • Stormwater pollution comes from materials washed into the drains
  • Stormwater pollution contains chemicals
  • Bacteria from pet waste
  • Sewage overflow
  • Fertilizers
  • Paint and construction debris

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Contaminated water should only be mitigated by trained professionals. When you need help with water damage in your San Diego home or commercial business, our San Diego City South West team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-269-5004.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Happy Customers Leaving Five-Star Google Reviews in Logan Heights?

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

People are giving the “thumbs up.” We are leaders in cleanup and restoration services in San Diego.

Our San Diego City, South West team has been providing cleanup and restoration services in the Logan Heights area for many years. Here are some of the recent five-star Google reviews from customers who required water damage restoration services:

“From beginning to end, the level of professionalism that runs through this company is unmatched. Such an easy and pleasurable experience. Would highly recommend their services.” Matt Dacasin

Services: Water damage-related cleanup & repair, Mold inspection

“These guys were AWESOME! I normally don’t leave reviews, but I made an exception for them because they did such a great job. Very professional and took the time to explain. Thanks.” Bruce R

Service: Water damage-related cleanup & repair

“Michael Lu and his team were excellent! Although some major repair work needed to be done to fix the water leak, Michael listened to my concerns about the cleanup process and immediately addressed the issues, such as arranging for a dust containment barrier and miraculously maintaining a fully functioning sink (simply amazing) throughout the process. The team was very professional and efficient throughout the cleanup. I would definitely call on him and SERVPRO of San Diego City SW again for any future needs.” Lester Jaque

Services: Water damage-related cleanup & repair, Plumbing

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When you need help with water damage in your Logan Heights home or commercial business, our San Diego City South West team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-269-5004.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.