Neglected water damage has consequences
We just had a feedback from a student tenant in a private property close to a big university in Southern California, during last heavy rain season the roof of their unit leaked and the students reported the issue to the property management. They were informed that the repair will be done soon. It has been over a month and the repair is not initiated.
This story made us think of the importance to educate our community once more: Please do not neglect water damages, no matter small or big, and even if they are not covered by your Insurance. Recommendation, and reasoning are the following,
- Getting rid of a fresh water damage costs less. As soon as the source of damage is found and water stops the intrusion, Let a professional water remediation Company like ours, remove the porous material, dry the humidity in the damaged area and repair the structure.
- When the water stays in the structure, drywall, ceiling tile, carpet or the wooden frame of your building it continues to extend the damage, Water and humidity will sip slowly but surely to the adjacent area and after a couple of days the humidity extends to a bigger area than initially affected.
- Humidity attracts mold spores, termites, insects and even bacterial spores in some areas (around kitchen sink, or bathrooms, even in bedrooms in some cases).
- After a few days of negligence, instead of a simple water damage cleanup process, the building will need a more extensive cleanup procedure, or a mold remediation.
- Consequences are for the residents of a residential building, or workers and employees of a commercial building, may it be a simple odor or a more serious health issue.
- The cleanup process will be more complicated and need longer period of time and will then cost more for the responsible party.
We would like to emphasis the importance of the issue for all residents of our community, and insist to please call us anytime, 24/7, and we will do our best to minimize the damage, and the inconvenience.
Southern California Fire Season is Considered Storm Season too!
We are blessed! We live in the best part of the world, in our daily tasks we are brought to communicate with people around the country and as soon as we name our place of work or residence we get a complement of such beautiful weather we have.
But then we remember our fire season This is constant concern for us, let’s prepare ourselves, we cannot prevent natural disasters, but we can do our part to prevent extension of disasters to our neighborhoods.
California fires usually start with a brush fire then extend to our neighborhoods. Wouldn’t then they be considered storms?
What can we do to prevent the storm? The strong winds that blow the initial brush fire are Mother Nature’s decision but we can look around our neighborhood and report dead trees or extended areas of dry brush to authorities, like the natural park patrols or our city landscape department. If each of us does our part we may get some collective benefit.
Otherwise we need to stay informed, and prepare: California authorities have great resources to allow us to be prepared and prevent damages to our properties.
The Ready, Set, Go Compiegne is a valuable resource to checkout:
Let’s be prepared and save the number of your local SERVPRO® in your contacts. This is also part of the preparedness. Save our number and call us, because no matter how big the storm, causing fire, water or both, we are here to help.
What To Do After My Property Suffered From a Fire
We Can Help After The Fire
You are in shock and realized your property just went up in flames. You are in disbelief. The firefighters did what they had to do to contain the fire, they now have left you and your family alone. What to do now??
Your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/ Manhattan Beach has specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire conditions. Here are some steps to help you and your family get back in your home A.S.A.P.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources.
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
We carefully inspect and test all rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.
Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.
Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
Step 7: Restoration
Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
How To Deal With Business Interruptions
You are a business owner and you get a call that one of your gymnasiums had a small electrical fire. The great news is that no one was hurt and the fire was contained.
Your customers are not happy and frowned upon the situation. They're complaining about the strong smoke smell and cannot work out properly. Some customers are even asking for a refund because the smell is so bad. You tried everything to get rid of the smell but nothing is working.
SERVPRO OF REDONDO BEACH/MANHATTAN BEACH HAS YOU COVERED!
Give us a call for help! SERVPRO of Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach will explain the various deodorization methods available and will choose the best method that works best for your situation.
If you suffer from fire/smoke/soot damage and require deodorization services, give us a call at (310) 939-9293. We've helped countless property owners/business owners get their property back to preloss conditions. By helping our customers, we've helped them get their operations back up and running and can help you!
Safety Reminder for Independence Day
The year 2019 is racing by and we are that close to our Independence Day! With that being said, you know that Independence Day and Fireworks are synonymous...
The great news is that Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Manhattan Beach are all cities that don't permit fireworks of any kind... YES, even sparklers! We all know that there will be a few teenagers, kids, or even immature parents who won't obey the rules and will break the law by celebrating with fireworks.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) say people report more fires on the Fourth of July than on any other day out of the year.
Children are always at risk. Those between the ages of 5-9 years old are the most likely to be hurt by fireworks. Kids 10 to 19 followed as the second most vulnerable group. In 2018 alone, firecrackers and similar explosives injured nearly 9,000 youths.
You may believe “kiddie” fireworks like "sparklers" or "bloomers" aren’t dangerous. The truth is, they can cause fires or serious injuries. In fact, sparklers caused more than a quarter of fireworks-related damage in 2015. That makes a lot of sense after you hear sparklers burn at 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you do decide to have some fun with fireworks... Be sure to be prepared and have a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher nearby.
Prevent Mold Growth at Your Property
Keep Your Employees Healthy
How to Control Mold Growth
- Fix anything that is leaking. That includes pipes, windows, and roofs. A leaking structure or pipe that isn’t fixed will eventually cause mold growth and damage the structure that is absorbing its moisture. Most people discover a leaking roof or pipe when they see secondary damage to their home, like a small pool of water on the floor or a water spot on their ceiling.
- Control the humidity in your home. Mold likes to grow in high humidity. An appropriate humidity level for your home is 40-50% Relative Humidity (RH). In the winter months, it may be lower than 40% RH. You can purchase a home hygrometer and temperature gauge under $20 at your local Home Depot/hardware store.
- Ventilate humid areas. Humid areas in homes are typically the kitchen, shower, and laundry areas where warm water is used. After doing any of these activities, turn on your ventilation fan to prevent any damages.
- Hire an experienced and proven water damage cleanup company.If your property experiences flooding, hire a company with a record of successfully cleaning water damages from properties. This company should extract water and monitor your property as it dries. Ask for documentation to verify your structure has been properly dried.
Finding and Repairing The Leak
BE AWARE OF THE STAIN
- Find the leak: Start at the stain and look around the area to find the leak. However, the leak might not be in the exact same area as the stain. You might have to go inside your walls or above the ceiling to locate the leak.
- Identify the source: Once you find the leak, follow the leak to locate the source. If there is a bathroom above the stain, the leak could be from a plumbing fixture or worn out caulk. Make sure you also check the pipes and water lines near the stain for leaks or damage. Determining the direction that the leak is moving will help you better identify the source.
- Consider the timing of the leak: The timing of the leak can help you identify its source. If the leak occurs after you take a shower or flush the toilet, the bathroom is the likely source. If the leak happens after it rains, there is likely a problem with the gutters or roof.
- Determine the quality of the water: The quality of the water can also help you find the source of the leak. You can tell the quality of the water from the look of the stain. If the stain is colorless and odor free, the source is likely a fresh water source such as a pipe or appliance line. If there is an odd color or odor to the stain, the leak may be from the roof or the bathroom.
EVACUATING Redondo Beach/Manhattan Beach
If you live near the coast or in a flood-prone area, you may be asked to evacuate. Your PLAN should include researching your evacuation route and making moves in advance with family or friends for a safe place to stay.Area public shelters are for people who have no other place to go. If you must stay in a shelter, listen to news broadcasts for announcements of shelter openings. Shelter volunteers do their best to make you comfortable, but a shelter is not a very comfortable place. Stay with friends or relatives if at all possible.
- Those with special medical needs (oxygen, etc.) should go to special needs shelters only. Special needs shelters do not provide hands-on medical care, only medical monitoring.
- Only service animals are permitted in public shelters. Shelters that allow pets are limited, so other arrangements should be made for your pets.
- Bring food and snacks. Meals may not be available during the first 24 hours.
- Bring your identification, personal belongings and medications in their original containers.
- Bring blankets/sleeping bags, pillows. Those are either not provided or limited in supply.
- Bring cards/games/books to pass the hours.
- Bring flashlights and a battery operated radio or TV with extra batteries for all.
- Stay inside and follow directions that are given for your comfort and safety.
California Tropical Storm in 1939...
Living in Southern California we hardly-never deal with any tropical storms. Although we did have a severe storm back in 1939, better known as the great 1939 Long Beach Tropical Storm, El Cordonazo. This tropical cyclone hit Southern California in the month of September 1939.
El Cordonazo was the only tropical storm to make landfall in Southern California in the twentieth century.The tropical storm caused severe flooding, leaving many dead, mostly at sea, and caused about 2 million in damages. Starting on September 15, 1939 and ending in September 25th, 1939, El Cordonazo started South in the North Western Mexico area and made its way up north to Long Beach California.
Even though us Californians see sunny clear blue skies most of the time, we should never doubt a severe storm coming our way. We should always be prepared for the worst and have some reliable resources available for our family and loved ones.
Fiesta Hermosa 2019
Fiesta Hermosa 2019 is Back!
We can see clearly now the rain is gone, we can see obstacles coming our way, now that the dark LA storm clouds have gone away. It's gonna be a bright sun-shining MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!
May 25-27, 2019 Fiesta Hermosa takes place Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day Memorial Day & Labor Day weekend. The annual festival is located in downtown Hermosa Beach on Pier Plaza, Hermosa Avenue and lower Pier. Don't miss out on the fun, music and entertainment, along with all the delicious vendors who will be present to Fiesta Hermosa.
If you're are interested in having a booth at Fiesta Hermosa, clink on the link below...