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Flood Damage To Homes

8/9/2022 (Permalink)

FLOOD DAMAGE TO HOMES

   Water damage in the home is often caused by a small problem that worsens over time. Issues such as a leaky pipe, roof damage, or even condensation can lead to extensive damage to your home if not noticed or not addressed. It's crucial to properly repair water damage as quickly as possible. Failing to do so can result in the growth of harmful mold and bacteria within the home. It may also invite bugs and pests into your home, as these creatures are attracted to damp areas.

Sometimes a serious incident such as a burst pipe can lead to major flooding or standing water within the home. In this situation, you'll first need to remove the water. Then you will need to completely dry the impacted area of your home before repairing the damage left behind. Flooding or standing water can cause significant damage to your home, which often means a high price to get it resolved. Luckily, this type of damage is often covered by your home owners insurance policy which means a small out of pocket expense for you.

Reliable Water Damage Experts

Water damage restoration and water damage cleaning is not something that you want to attempt yourself. A Wet Vac isn't going to get the job done. Water damage, if not treated properly, can cause long term structural damage and many health hazards due to mold and bacteria. When water enters your premises, time is your worst enemy. Given the right circumstances, mold will start to grow in a short time. Water removal and drying the premises quickly is critical to prevent the growth of mold.

Our trained staff will immediately evaluate the situation, determine the best and quickest way to remove the water and properly dehumidify the premises. We monitor the relative humidity and moisture content during the dehumidification process in order to efficiently return your property to its preloss condition. Our staff is expert in taking the pain out of this type of unfortunate event. We can return your home or business back to normal in minimal time and withthe proper precaution to avoid risky contamination from a flood damage.  SERVPRO OF COLTON/LOMA LINDA/GRAND TERRACE; are highly-trained professionals are close by and customer-focused. We want you to be back in your restored home as quickly as possible. Whether you have minor storm damage or something larger to deal with, we have the experience and the equipment needed to cleanup and restore your home and help get life back to normal following storm damage. 

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The SERVPRO system has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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Commercial Cleaning Services

7/18/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoration Services

SERVPRO OF COLTON/LOMA LINDA/GRAND TERRACE helps commercial customers with a wide variety of cleaning, construction and restoration projects, both large and small.

As the #1 choice in the cleanup and restoration industry, we can help you every step of the way. From immediately after the disaster to returning your property to its preloss condition, we want to make the process as smooth as possible.

 Catastrophic Restoration Specialists

When your commercial property is suddenly hit with damage due to a storm, flood, fire or other disaster, it can leave you, your employees and customers in shock. It’s important to know that you have professional large-loss specialists to handle the restoration process as quickly as possible so that you can get back to business. SERVPRO OF COLTON/LOMA LINDA/GRAND TERRACE'S Disaster Recovery Team is an elite team of technicians. We’re strategically located and prequalified to respond Faster to any size disaster.

Our Disaster Recovery Teams are composed of elite technicians who have the training and resources to handle large-loss events for industries that have included hospitals, universities and government facilities.

SERVPRO OF COLTON/LOMA LINDA/GRAND TERRACE IS ALWAYS READY TO HELP 24/7

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Heat Wave/Wild Fire Damage

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

Heat Waves Can Cause Infrastructural Damage

As heat causes metals to expand, heat waves can lead to major infrastructural defects. Power transformers can detonate causing fires. Water lines can burst to cause the loss of water and water shortage. Heat waves can also induce the kinking or buckling of railroads. Highways can melt or develop cracks in extreme heat. For example, two traffic lanes in Oklahoma City, US, had to be closed during the 2006 North American heat wave after they buckled under the heat. Blackouts resulted during this event due to damaged power transformers.

Climate change, caused by society’s activities, is undoubtedly the factor that has aggravated heat waves and forest fires. Higher ambient temperatures cause melting to start earlier, leading to drier and more flammable biomass in forests. Recent studies clearly indicate that these increases in the frequency of heat waves and forest fires.

Heat wave fire/forest fire damage to home:

Flames and smoke from wildfires can affect the following areas of the home or business property, including:

  • Fabrics (carpets, rugs, clothes, upholstery) may become discolored
  • Furniture can be damaged, depending on the material used
  • Walls may become damaged by heat transfers
  • Windows can become discolored or warp
  • Plants and soil may become harmed or contaminated by smoke
  • Concrete can crack because of dehydration or prolonged heat-exposure
  • Roofs may become damaged by burning embers drifting from nearby flames

Taking the Right Precautions

If you find yourself in an area which may become affected by a wildfire and / or its smoke, it may be tempting to stay in your property to combat damage. However, it’s vital to remember that your safety, and those of your loved ones and pets, has to come first.

Take any essentials you may need and leave the property together, taking the safest route possible. Depending on the wildfire’s path, your home or business may well avoid the worst of it, enabling you to move back in in only a few days.

However, regardless of the amount of damage you believe your home or business site may suffer, you can take certain steps to reduce the effects. Some of them may be more obvious than others, but they can all contribute:

  • Move any combustible objects or materials away from the outside of the property; anything which may ignite or be flammable only adds to the danger posed.
  • Keep every window and door shut, to combat smoke and soot penetrating the property as much as you can.
  • Be sure that any external furniture is either covered or moved inside, to try to stop them becoming damaged; outdoor furniture can contribute to the overall cost of replacing goods.
  • Avoid throwing damaged items away, as some may be able to be repaired or cleaned.
  • Switch off your air conditioning systems.

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After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Highly Trained Fire and Water Restoration Specialists

Our professionals have the expertise and equipment needed to get the job done to your satisfaction as quickly as possible.

Mold Remediation

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

Mold:

Molds are part of the natural environment. Molds are fungi that can be found anywhere - inside or outside - throughout the year. About 1,000 species of mold can be found in the United States, with more than 100,000 known species worldwide.

Indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Problems may arise when mold starts eating away at materials, affecting the look, smell, and possibly, with the respect to wood-framed buildings, affecting the structural integrity of the buildings.

Molds can grow on virtually any substance, as long as moisture or water, oxygen, and an organic source are present. Molds reproduce by creating tiny spores (viable seeds) that usually cannot be seen without magnification.

Mold prevention tips include:

  • Repairing plumbing leaks and leaks in the building structure as soon as possible.
  • Looking for condensation and wet spots. Fix source(s) of moisture incursion problem(s) as soon as possible.
  • Preventing moisture from condensing by increasing surface temperature or reducing the moisture level in the air (humidity). To increase surface temperature, insulate or increase air circulation. To reduce the moisture level in the air, repair leaks, increase ventilation (if outside air is cold and dry), or dehumidify (if outdoor air is warm and humid).
  • Keeping HVAC drip pans clean, flowing properly, and unobstructed.
  • Performing regularly scheduled building/ HVAC inspections and maintenance, including filter changes.
  • Maintaining indoor relative humidity below 70% (25 - 60%, if possible).
  • Venting moisture-generating appliances, such as dryers, to the outside where possible.
  • Venting kitchens (cooking areas) and bathrooms according to local code requirements.
  • Cleaning and drying wet or damp spots as soon as possible, but no more than 48 hours after discovery.
  • Providing adequate drainage around buildings and sloping the ground away from building foundations. Follow all local building codes.
  • Pinpointing areas where leaks have occurred, identifying the causes, and taking preventive action to ensure that they do not reoccur.

When mold starts to invade your home, dealing with the problem quickly and safely should be a priority. It can take less than 72 hours for mold to spread throughout your home, which may result in health effects to your family, as well as damage to your property. SERVPRO OF COLTON/LOMA LINDA/GRAND TERRACE responds quickly to your call to assess your situation. SERVPRO professionals use advanced equipment and experience in mold mitigation to determine the water source of your mold problem. Then, we’ll work with you in the cleanup and restoration process with as little disruption to your family as possible.

We provide 24/7 Emergency Service

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SERVPRO OF COLTON/LOMA LINDA/GRAND TERRACE IS READY TO HELP!

Time is important when dealing with mold, and a quick response will help lessen damage, help avoid costly repairs and help result in less disruption to your family.

Fire Damage

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

 How Fires Can Damage Your Business or Commercial Property in Unexpected Ways

Fires are scary and sudden; they can damage your property in many ways you would expect. Things like personal belongings, paperwork, and furniture can all be burned beyond repair. Although, some of the most detrimental effects of fires are the damages they cause that you don’t expect. Below are three unexpected ways a fire can damage your business. 

  • Fire Damage Risk One: Business interruption

  • Fire Damage Risk Two: Loss of employees and customers due to aesthetic damage

  • Fire Damage Risk Three: Damage to essential documents and technologies

Things get burned. Your property is damaged because it is the actual fuel for the fire.  That is the primary threat. That fuel includes walls, floors, ceilings, carpet, framing, roofs, furniture, and all other personal property in the home.

Rarely can items that are burned be salvaged. As fuel, they are consumed by the fire or structurally altered. Altered by melting and/or warping, or they break when whatever they are attached to or sitting on collapses.

SERVPRO OF COLTON/LOMA LINDA/GRAND TERRACE have an Emergency Ready Plan Advantage

When disaster strikes your business, having a plan in place ahead of time for what you will do can make all the difference in whether your business survives the event. The majority of businesses that come out stronger on the other side of an emergency are the ones that pre-planned for one. 

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With our Emergency Ready Plan, your business will be able to minimize interruption because you’ll know what to do and what to expect if any-sized disaster strikes. This is important to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. 

SERVPRO will help you navigate the insurance claims process and coordinate the necessary paperwork for a quicker, easier experience. SERVPRO OF COLTON/LOMA LINDA/GRAND TERRACE ALLWAYS READY TO HELP 

COMMERCIAL WATER DAMAGE

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

About Commercial Water Damage

Commercial property water damage is an unfortunate, but not uncommon event. It can stop business operations, put the health of you and your occupants at risk, and can cause extensive property damage.

Water damage to commercial buildings is often far more extensive than in residential buildings, given the size and complexity of the mechanical systems in commercial or industrial properties.

Commercial buildings typically have larger structures, more people and employees, and have more potentially expensive equipment than homes. Fortunately, business owners can find water damage early on and its impacts can be mitigated.

 Commercial Water Damage:

Many businesses suffer costly losses caused by water leaks. Water can be very destructive whether it seeps from a loose fitting or gushes from a ruptured main. While the standard commercial property policy excludes many water-related losses, it does cover damage caused by the typical burst pipe.

Failure of older plumbing systems and improperly maintained sprinkler systems can result in significant damage to property and interruption of business operations.

Plumbing Leaks

Plumbing leaks are a very common source of commercial water damage. Leaks occur when pipes burst, appliance hoses rupture or fire-suppression sprinkler systems activate after fire and douse the building in water.

In freezing temperatures, pipes can also spontaneously leak due to frozen water passage. Burst pipes are often hard to spot—they aren’t as obvious from the surface and may not cause pools of open standing water.

Telltale signs of plumbing leaks are water stains near piped areas or musty smells developing. Sometimes standing water will collect causing drips from the ceiling or pools of water on the floor.

In many cases, commercial property insurance can cover the cost of sudden pipe bursts, faulty appliances or water damage from sprinkler systems due to property fire.

SERVPRO OF COLTON/LOMA LINDA/GRAND TERRACE professionals are prepared to evaluate your water-damaged property. We want to help you understand the severity of the water damage to your commercial property so that you’re able to make the best decisions on moving forward with the restoration process. Whether you’re dealing with minor water damage to your commercial property or a large-loss event, we can develop a restoration plan to help ensure your property is clean, dry and restored to its pre-damaged condition.

SERVPROhas the expertise and equipment to quickly restore your property to pre-water damage condition. We use a scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup that emphasizes monitoring and documenting the drying process from beginning to end.

SERVPRO OF COLTON/LOMA LINDA/GRAND TERRACE IS ALWAYS READY TO HELP 24/7

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Fire Damage

3/10/2022 (Permalink)

House fires are traumatic. And home fire damage can be extensive. Whether you escape the fire and watch your home burn, return to your home to find it ablaze, or contain it before anyone had to evacuate, it is scary and devastating.

The loss can be beyond emotional. There are professionals who help with that kind of loss. With SERVPRO OF COLTON/LOMA LINDA/GRAND TERRACE, we help you through the trauma by cleaning up after a house fire as well as the restoration of those physical losses.

Fire recovery can be broken down into several categories or functions:

  • Removal of chard structural elements of the house
  • Soda blast your burned property of soot
  • Smoke cleanup of the structure (studs, concrete, cabinets, etc.)
  • Structural Rebuild
  • Contents of your home or business
    • Removal of the personal property from the home
    • Cataloging the personal belongings
    • Disposal and logging of destroyed property
    • Cleaning soot and smoke off of the salvageable items
    • Storage of belongings until the home restoration is completed
    • Return of belongings to the home after cleaning
  • SERVPRO OF COLTON/LOMA LINDA/ GRAND TERRACE, main goal is to restore your home or business after fire damage to its pre-fire condition. As a leading fire damage restoration company, we specialize in fire and water damage restoration, removal of smoke odors, and deep-cleaning soot from walls, carpets and upholstery.

    24/7 Emergency Service

    A fire can break out at any time, and our Customer Care Center is ready to take your call, day or night. Contact us today for immediate assistance.

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    KITCHEN WATER DAMAGE

    2/7/2022 (Permalink)

    6 Most Common Causes of Water Damage in the Kitchen

    Water is essential to cooking and cleaning in the kitchen. But water, in large amounts and in the wrong areas, can lead to disastrous cases of water damage. Homeowners can prevent minor and major water damage in the kitchen by knowing its various causes.

    A functional and often-utilized kitchen is filled with water damage hazards. Water boiling in a pot or from a drinking glass can spill. Soups simmering on the stove can splash. When left unaddressed, the liquids’ prolonged contact with surfaces can lead to water damage.

    Kitchen appliances, too, can be a source of water damage. The refrigerator might spring a leak. The kitchen sink faucets can leak when its parts become worn over time. The dishwasher, as any other appliance, can malfunction and spew water onto the kitchen flooring.

    Significant water damage, such as from a leaky dishwasher, will be readily apparent. In such cases, the water damage can be repaired right away. However, the water damage may be so minor that it is unnoticeable. Minor water damage can develop into a major problem later on.

    • 1. Sink and Faucet

    • 2. Garbage Disposal

    • 3. Dishwasher

    • 4. Refrigerator

    • 5. Water Cooler

    • 6. Water Pipes

    What Is Water Clean Up & Restoration?

    No matter the cause of your water damage, we are here to clean up and restore your home or business.

    Water Extraction

    Remove the standing water or sewage from the affected areas.

    Removal and Disposal

    Properly dispose of all damaged and unsalvageable items.

    Structural Drying

    Dry out the structure of the area using air movers and dehumidifiers.

    Mold Prevention

    Disinfect the area to prevent mold from developing over time.

    Rebuild and Restoration

    Rebuild the affected area to its original condition.

    A call to SERVPRO of Colton/Loma Linda/Grand Terrace will help you get water damage repaired and restored in order to minimize downtime and prevent loss of revenue.

    Whatever size the water damage is to your home, we have the experience and equipment to deal with it. Our professionals will work closely with you and the other occupants of your building during the restoration process to have as little disruption as possible to your daily home activities.

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    Storms

    1/5/2022 (Permalink)

    Year-to-year, the severity and frequency of bad weather is anyone’s guess. But, inevitably, a lot of homeowners end up dealing with property damage as a result of storms.

    The most common type of property damage we see is roof and siding damage following heavy winds and/or hail.

    If your home is damaged in a storm, you might be feeling very overwhelmed and not even sure where to start, and a storm can cause so much damage, such as knocking hydro wires down, or fallen trees landing on your fence, roof or car. After the wind has gone, you need to walk the exterior of your home to get an idea of the Damage done and to make sure your home is still safe to live in.

    Below are some tips to help you after a storm has damaged your home:

    • Listen to advisories and other instructions
    • Do not go outside until it has been declared safe
    • Don’t go near downed power lines, and avoid any standing water or metal objects that are near any downed wires
    • Leave and do not enter any buildings that have structural Damage
    • Do not go near damaged trees or any dangling or broken limbs
    • If you smell gas, turn the gas off at the meter
    • If you need to drive, watch for undermined roads, and avoid driving through any flooded streets or bridges
    • Make sure your sewer system is working
    • Keep your pets indoors and leash them if they have to go outside

    Safety First

    Storms can cause a variety of problems, and some of them can be dangerous. So it is crucial to be aware of any possible harmful situations that you can happen upon, including downed power lines, jagged windows, flooding, or broken gas lines. These situations are hazardous and need to be approached carefully. If you are smelling gas, do not re-enter your home.

    Faster Storm Damage Response Time

    Without warning, nature can take a violent turn: floods, wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards. Any of these can have a devastating effect on the business you have worked hard to build. SERVPRO OF COLTON/LOMA LINDA/GRAND TERRACE is Faster to any size disaster. Response time is critical, not only to mitigate your damages but to get your business back up and running quickly. SERVPRO professionals can handle anything from minor commercial storm damage to a large-loss event. Our Disaster Recovery Teams can respond quickly because we have a network of storm teams strategically positioned across the country ready to respond 24/7. SERVPRO OF COLTON/LOMA LINDA/GRAND TERRACE responds to large-scale events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires and polar vortexes.JUST CALL (909) 514-1900

    Mold Remediation

    12/10/2021 (Permalink)

    Mold will grow where there is moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been a flood. Mold grows on paper, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood. Mold can also grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery.

    There is always some mold around. Molds have been on the Earth for millions of years. Mold can get in your home through open doors, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems. Mold in the air outside can be brought indoors on clothing, shoes, bags, and even pets.

    How common is mold in buildings?

    • Molds are very common in buildings and homes. Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding. Mold grows well on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. Mold can also grow in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery.
    • The most common indoor molds are CladosporiumPenicillium, and Aspergillus.  We do not have precise information about how often different molds are found in buildings and homes.

    TO PREVENT MOLD FROM HAPPENING:

    • Keep the house dry -- don't let water build up anywhere, ventilate damp rooms, wipe shower walls and doors after use.
    • Don't leave wet clothes in the washing machine where mold can quickly grow.
    • Wash shower curtains and bathroom tiles regularly with mold-killing products.
    • Don't have too many indoor plants -- especially in the bedroom -- as mold can grow in plant soil.
    • Fix any leaks or seepage in the house, indoors and out.
    • Put plastic over dirt in crawlspaces and keep them well ventilated.
    • Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms.
    • Turn off humidifiers if you see condensation on windows.
    • Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners in basements and other areas of the house where mold tends to grow, especially in hot humid climates.
    • Clean dehumidifiers and humidifiers every week.
    • On concrete floors, remove carpet and use area rugs that can be lifted and washed, or install a vapor barrier over the concrete.

    STEPS ON TREATING MOLD:

    • Step 1: Emergency Contact
    • Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
    • Step 3: Mold Containment
    • Step 4: Air Filtration
    • Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
    • Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
    • Step 7: Restoration

    SERVPRO OF COLTON/LOMA LINDA/GRAND TERRACE IS ALWAYS READY TO HELP!

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    We provide 24/7 Emergency Service

    Time is important when dealing with mold, and a quick response will help lessen damage, help avoid costly repairs and help result in less disruption to your family.

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    We’ve earned the reputation as a trusted leader in the restoration industry and specialize in mold inspection and testing, mold cleanup, mold restoration and more.