Although wildfire in California is a seasonal event, it seems that this year we are facing unusually devastating human and casualty damage.
We would like to keep members of our community informed. This blog post contains useful hints to follow and links to get the latest information.
If you do not have an emergency plan, please prepare one that helps protect lives and valuables. Prepare emergency supplies ( this can be a purse with extra eyeglasses, a credit card, important emergency contact, your own information, 3 day supply of your prescription medication, water bottles and nutritious bars). Have protective clothing and footwear, Save copy of your important document in a cloud based platform.
If ordered to evacuate, do so immediately.
Officials will be able to guide you with the best route to reach a safe area.
California authorities update the following map contentiously.
Map of California showing affected areas:
Areas not immediately threatened but adjacent to the wildfire may get a substantial amount of soot, smoke and haze which could affect health for some people. In this case it is recommended to stay inside with closed windows and doors.
While we care with continuous positive thoughts and prayers for the victims of this natural disaster, SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach is here to help mitigate loss, when it comes to property damaged by fire in and around the areas of our community.
SERVPRO of Redondo Beach passes along tips to minimize the cost of Water Damage
We need rain in Southern California. While many will agree that the extra rain we had this season was a great change in climate… the worst part about our recent storms might be that much of the damage isn’t covered by insurance without flood coverage.
Now that the wet weather is gone, many homeowners are left wondering how to recover. If you’re dealing with flood damages, here are things you can do to minimize the costs of restoring your home.
There’s a good probability that the water affecting your home has been contaminated or is sewer water. Also, depending on how soon you get started, mold can be beginning to grow! Protective wear such as masks, gloves, & work boots should be worn.
Remove Damaged Belongings From Your Home
First, gather all damaged items & move them out to the curb. This task can be pretty nasty and time consuming, however if you feel you can get some of this done yourself, you will save some money. No time? Water mitigation professionals such as SERVPRO of Redondo Beach will do this for you.
In the event that the amount of water is minimal, you can grab a shop vacuum from your local store and extract as much water as you can yourself. If the amount of water in a home is too much to remove on your own… again, SERVPRO is here to help.
Please be advised, based on the year of your property was built, you may need to test for asbestos before you begin demo. Afterwards, if all is clear, you can personally remove affected flooring and drywall. Carpet and padding can be lifted and taken out of from your home. Affected baseboard and/or drywall can be cut out and trashed. Typically, with water loss, tile floors should be removed since its likely that water has gotten under tiles.
Clean & Disinfect
Once the water and wet contents are removed, it’s time to clean/ disinfect floors and walls. Pine Sol or Lysol mixed with equal part water will work fine. You may want to go over everything twice to be sure all remaining germs are gone from your home. It’s also common to use bleach for disinfecting, many professionals use green products that are very effective and safe to use as well. You should read the labels and wear gloves even if you are using green products.
Get the Air Moving
It only takes 48–72 hours for bacterial and mold growth to begin to spread. If a large amount of microbial growth develops, it can increase remediation costs by thousands of dollars. It’s very important that the drying process start ASAP. Although box fans and dehumidifier are no competition for professional equipment, they can definitely help. Place several fans and a dehumidifier throughout the affected area. You may still need professional such as SERVPRO of Redondo Beach to completely dry out the affected areas but the less time you need professional equipment, the more money you keep in your pocket.
Basements, closets and attics often become a place for those things that don’t get used regularly. Take time at least once a year to go through your these areas and get the old clothing and random clutter to the recycling bin. Should the time come, you’ll be glad that mess is not an issue.
Put Items Up High
Boxes and items on the floor can create one big problem when dealing water damage. It’s a great idea to invest metal or plastic shelving units. Wood is easily cleaned but may not be salvageable I affected.
Storing In Bins
Using plastic or rubber bins as a means of storage is a smart idea. They provide an inexpensive and organized option for belongings you want to save. Be sure to secure lids properly.
The best advice I can give you is to use a reputable restoration company such as SERVPRO. Especially if you simply don’t have a the time to get the work done yourself.
Every day counts when dealing with water damage… you can rest easy knowing that your home will be restored properly.. “Like it never even happened.”
Wildflowers are in full bloom thanks to recent SoCal rain
Southern California wildflowers are everywhere thanks to all the rain we had this past winter. Beautiful, colorful, blooms are popping up along the side of the highways, hillsides, deserts & valleys and will continue to do so throughout the year!
Whether you’re looking to take a hiking trip or a day trip, there are many options when it comes to seeing Southern California wildflowers.
Below is a list of great locations to marvel at these delicate, blooming beauties in & near Los Angeles county:
1. Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve - According to the reserve's most recent wildflower report, the hills are brightly colored green and Grape Soda Lupine are beginning to bloom. http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=627
2. Anza Borrego Desert - Anza-Borrego Desert is expecting a super bloom thanks to the wet season. Many flowers have already began to bloom in this area, including Phacelia, Desert Dandelion, Desert Chicory, many red Pygmy Stonecrop as well as Filaree, Popcorn Flower, Poppies and Fiddlenecks. https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=638
3. Palos Verdes Peninsula – Here you'll see fiddlenecks on the east side of the Chandler Preserve, where monarch butterflies hang out, as well as deerweed, poppies and more. Lupines can be seen at White Point Nature Preserve, while hiking the Mariposa, Flying Mane and Basalt trails in Palos Verdes Nature Preserve will lead you to red paintbrush. You'll also find blooms of California bush sunflower, mariposa lilies and wild hyacinth
across the peninsula. - http://pvplc.org/
4. Point Mugu State Park - There are roughly 900 native plants growing on the Santa Monica Mountains, so you're bound to find wildflowers on any trail in the area. However, if you're looking for a spectacular sight, head to Point Mugu State Park and Rancho Sierra Vista. - http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=630
5.Malibu Creek State Park - There are many reasons to hike in this area! There’s an alien rock formation, the M*A*S*H site…. & now spring and early summer provide more flowery motives. You'll find goldfields, owl's clover and annual coreopsis near the legendary TV site and along the Lost Cabin Trail. But what's more exciting is what could happen along Backbone Trail between Kanan and Latigo Canyon. According to Behrens, that section of the Backbone Trail could become a spectacular site if its hummingbird sage blooms this year. If it does, expect to see that around the end of May or early June. - http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=629
6. Idyllwild Nature Center - Wildflowers are such a big deal here they have an entire festival around them. The Idyllwild Wildflower and Art Show will take place this year on Saturday, May 27, and Sunday, May 28—just in time for the region's peak wildflower season.
SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach wishes you and you’re family sunshine and adventure this Spring & Summer. Explore safely!
SoCal Storm Watch
Series of Storms hit Southern California
The first of three storms to sweep through Southern California flooded parks and created dangerous driving conditions Thursday morning, but the second round heading to the region on Friday is expected to be even more powerful.
Thursday morning's storm flooded Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach, caused serious flooding at the Vero Lofts building on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, and created cascades of water in the Laurel Canyon area.
In the mountains the storm brought snow, which created great skiing conditions but dangerous road conditions. Chains were required for vehicles heading into the San Bernardino Mountains.
The second of three storms slamming the Southland hit early Friday morning, along with temps in the low 60s and below.
Heavy rain in the morning will likely turn to steady rainfall until the late afternoon hours.
Friday evening and Saturday are expected to be mostly clear, but a third storm is expected to drench SoCal again Sunday and Monday, bringing 2-3 inches of rain and possible flooding in the burn areas.
Friday, Los Angeles and Orange counties should see 1-2 inches of rain, with a high temperature of 61 degrees.
The valleys and Inland Empire will see heavier rainfall, with up to 2 1/2 inches. There will be a high temperature of 57 degrees.
A winter storm warning has been issued for the Los Angeles and Ventura county mountain areas. The warning expires at 6:30 a.m. Saturday.
Beaches will also see rain Friday, with 4-7 feet surf and a high temperature of 60 degrees.
Ocean and bay water advisories have been issued for the possibility of elevated bacteria in the water connected to storm and urban runoff.
Mountains could see about 5-10 inches of snowfall at the 5,000-foot elevation, with a high temperature of only 32 degrees. More snow as well as rain is expected through the weekend.
By the time the series of storms finishes, the mountains could see a total of 2 feet or more of snow at higher elevations.
Anyone traveling to the mountains should make sure they have chains on their vehicles.
Deserts will see rain and wind with a high temperature of 49 degrees.
Drive safe SoCal! - From your friends at SERVPRO of Redondo Beach.
Vandalism Tips from SERVPRO of Redondo Beach
"Vandalism is not a victimless crime."
Regardless of which city or town you’re in, you'll likely find signs of graffiti and vandalism. It can be found on commercial property, residential property, strip malls, public transportation and billboards. Graffiti is done in all sorts of ways too; like paint, spray paint, etching and markers, which makes removing graffiti difficult.
Start by determining what type of product was used and the material of the surface that was vandalized. The following removal options work the best at removing spray paint, stencils, shoe polish and markers.
Scrape away the graffiti with a razor blade, or try paint thinner and rinse clean.
Sand blasting or power washing are the best options. You can also opt for chemical graffiti remover such as “Goof Off” Pro Strength Removers .
Apply a small amount of paint remover to the surface, then rinse with water.
Just a little bit of chemical solvents will remove graffiti. Use caution as you do not want to remove the vinyl.
Apply solvents and run it out with sandpaper or steel wool. Power washing will also do the job.
With whichever method you decide to use, test a small area before proceeding with the entire surface.
Need Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup Services? Call SERVPRO of Redondo Beach Today (310) 939-9293
House Cleaning Hacks
Clean House = Clean Spirit
House work can be the worst part of the weekend.. its time consuming, tiring and sometimes straight up gross! However, we love the freshness and satisfaction that comes from having a sparkling clean house.. there's nothing better right?
I've found some great hacks to make chores easier and maybe even a little fun! The best part? No harsh chemicals... you'd be surprised what you can do with vinegar, baking soda, toothpaste and even Coca Cola!
1. Clean a burnt pan with vinegar, water & baking soda
Fill the pan with water and one cup of white vinegar. Bring it to a boil, turn off heat & add 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Allow time to cool, then wipe the mixture out of the pan!
2. Microwave is easily cleaned with vinegar
Mix part water, part vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl. you may want to include a wooden toothpick or another small peace of wood, to prevent boiling over. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. Once cooled, take out the bowl and with a sponge or cloth, wipe down the inside of the microwave. No scrubbing, no chemicals, no hassle.
You can also add lemon to the mixture for a fresh, clean scent!
3. Clean your sponge
Sponges can pick up a lot of bacteria, so you want to make sure you clean it frequently.
It's super easy: pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds to remove the germs! Just wait a minute or two before pulling out since it'll still be hot.
You can also put your sponge in the dishwasher to get it nice and clean again.
4. Clean shower scum with vinegar and dish soap.
Cleaning the bathroom is the worst! The good news is there's an easy way to remove soap scum and grime building up in the shower.
Fill a bowl with half vinegar and half dish soap. Now start scrubbing! You can also use an old sponge or toothbrush and just dip into a cup of the same solution. No harsh chemicals required.
5. Clean your couch with baking soda
Baking soda can help remove odors and break up stains on the fabric. Begin by brushing off the surface of the couch, then sprinkle baking soda on the area you want to clean. Allow it sit for 20 minutes, then vacuum with attachment tool
6. Use toothpaste to clean sneakers
Grab an old toothbrush and a little toothpaste to get your sneakers looking like new again!
7. Make your rings sparkle with dish soap
The easiest, and safest, way to clean an engagement ring or other type of ring is to soak it in warm water and a small amount of dishwashing soap for 20 minutes. Then use a soft toothbrush to remove left over dirt, or makeup.
8. Baking soda for brighter, cleaner laundry
Add a cup of baking soda in with your load and your clothes will be brighter and cleaner!
9. Clean cloudy glasses with vinegar
Use a paper towel and a small amount of vinegar to get your glasses crystal clear!
10. Multiple uses for dryer sheets
Even after they've been used, dryer sheets can work magic around your house. Use them to buff away water marks on bathroom and kitchen fixtures or remove that ring inside the toilet. You can even protect your baseboards from hair and dust by wiping them down with these handy dandy static eliminating sheets.
11. Cola to clean oil stains off your garage floors
Pour Coca Cola onto the stained area. Work the Coke into the stain with a nylon scrub brush. Avoid using a wire brush on concrete, this will leave noticeable scratches. Allow the soda to sit on the stain an hour or two. Then hose down with some pressure and the stain is gone!
Frankly, I found tons of great hacks for all types of chores but far to many to list here. Below you will find links to a couple of sites that helped me share these cool tricks with you, our valued customers.
Happy cleaning form SERVPRO of Redondo Beach!
SERVPRO of Redondo Beach Suggests These Steps When Dealing With Water Damage.
SERVPRO of Redondo Beach can put your mind at ease when faced with water damage at your property.
Water damage can easily be considered one of the worst disasters that may occur at your property. It’s crucial that immediate action takes place when damage is discovered. All too often, we are caught off guard and unprepared which delays response time and can lead to further damages. SERVPRO of Redondo Beach has these tips to offer:
First… are you covered? Before the damage even occurs, be protected with home owners insurance. Insurance will help soften financial blows. If its determined that you waited too long to report damages and extended damages occur, you may be left to pay for the repairs yourself. Make sure you seek assistance at the first sign of trouble.
Whether your insurance provider covers your claim or not, you should take immediate action to protect your property.
Step 1 – Locate The Source And Shut Off The Water Supply
The next move to make when you discover water damage, is to find out where the water is coming from and shut it off. Better yet, turn off the water supply to your home. Leaking pipes or a pipe that burst are the most common cause of water damage. If you have a large water loss on your hands, you should also shut off electricity and gas if possible.
Step 2 – Start A Claim With Your Insurance Provider.
You should notify your insurance company immediately of the water damages. Even if the damage is not covered, they will be able to assist you in contacting professionals to begin restoration.
Step 3 – Rescue Your Most Valuable Belongings
Gather your important things from the affected areas and put them in a safe place. Family heirlooms, jewelry, money, photos etc.. You should also allow electronics and outlets sufficient time to dry before plugging them in.
Step 4 – Eliminate As Much Water As Possible
Get rid of access water. Remove rugs and hang them to dry, use a broom or mop to assist you with standing water. A wet vacuum is also a handy tool for carpeted areas.
Step 5 – Ventilating The Affected Area
Proper ventilation is needed in order to prevent mold & mildew. Open all windows if humidity is lower outside than indoors. You may use fans to assist if you still have power and only if you are certain that mold is NOT present. Fans can spread mold, further contaminating the home.
Step 6 – Is Mold Present?
Mold is dangerous to clean on your own because disturbing the mold will cause it to release spores. According to the IICRC S520, mold remediation and removal should be done by experienced and trained technicians equipped by full protective suites, gloves, masks and using special machines such as air scrubbers and dehumidifiers.
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Thanksgiving is peak day for home cooking fires!
Did you know that $15,000,000.00 worth of property damage is cause by deep frying related fires every year?
Here are some important safety tips for those who want a crispy turkey on the table this Thanksgiving.
- Turkey Preparation – We all know that water and oil don’t mix right? Water will immediately cause the oil to splash or bubble out of the fryer which can rapidly develop into a dangerous fire. Your turkey should be thoroughly thawed and patted dry prior to being placed in the fryer. You should make sure that any marinades used are deep fry approved as well.
- Location - Deep fryers should be used on a flat surface at least 10 feet from away from the home. Keep away anything flammable. Make sure children and animals stay indoors or at a safe distance and never leave the frying turkey unattended. Its extremely dangerous to deep fry inside the home, on a covered patio, balcony or wood deck. Even an open garage should be off limits.
- Protective Gear – Cover up with long sleeves, oven mitts, an apron and safety goggles to protect your eyes.
- Monitoring – If the temperature of the fryer is not controlled, it may overheat and cause an explosion. Use a thermometer and follow directions and recipes as closely as possible. Remember that the handles on the fryer and its lid will be very hot and will burn if touched. Always be cautious and use well insulated oven mitts. Also, keep in mind that the fryer will be hot for hours after the turkey is done, allow time to cool off before disposing of the oil.
- Be Ready - A multipurpose fire extinguisher should be nearby and we don’t mean in the house... You will need to be able to quickly and calmly put out any fire that might occur. Have a phone close in case you need to call 911.
Following these tips 5 tips will help get dinner on the table without incident.
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Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving from our families, to yours...
How to decorate your home safely this holiday season
May your Holidays be Merry & Bright
We all love to drive around the neighborhood to admire the brightly lit homes around the holidays. Here are some tips that will keep your home safe while participating in the festivities.
1. Make sure cords and connections are not on the floor to avoid accidents.
2. Keep anything electrical such as light strands, away from the rain gutters.
3. Avoid using metal or tacks to secure outdoor lights, opt for tape when possible.
4. Be careful with ladders, they should not be anywhere near overhead power lines. Try to have someone available to hold the ladder steady.
5. Its best to have inflatable decorations plugged into circuit protectors to avoid shock.
6. Always turn off all lights and blow out all candles before leaving home or going to bed.
7. Last but definitely not least, lets protect our pocket books by turning on lights after 7pm!
Happy Holidays from SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach!