It's December and it will snow!
December 21st is the beginning of winter and that means the weather changes too. We will see a lot of rain and a decrease in temperature. No more days at the beach, no more sun bathing and no more summer clothing. We will welcome December with coats, jackets, and hats. It is also going to be a season of frozen pipes and heavy snow fall. We were in Chicago twice last year due to leaks after pipes were frozen and burst. We worked in very cold conditions. We had to wear layers of clothing and even changed our socks multiple times a day. We are prepared to handle any disaster and winter is the season of frozen disasters. We might not get snow in sunny California but that doesn't mean we won''t be driving out to save the east coast!
It's going to get real wet!
There's a storm brewing in Oregon and it might be the most rain they have ever seen. When there is significant rain in areas with lakes it means major flooding for residents. The rise of water in lakes creates disasters for homes nearby. The Columbia river runs along the border of Oregon and Washington. The residents there will expect flooding and freezing rains. The winds will be expected to be at 40 to 50 mph as well. This is a formula for a storm and we will be on watch. We are not too far from Oregon and Washington, and we will be on call in case our services are needed. Our trailer is built tough enough to drive through stormy weather and that includes our crew too.
Time for giving.
This is the season of giving and we are participating all the way. This year we have attended many holiday mixers for the community. We have been meeting great people who serve the community of EL Monte. The rec center got a whole new updated look. They had a lot of construction going on and made the place look great in time for the holiday party. We let them know that they can count on us for any of their repair and cleaning needs. We like to contribute to our community and the rec center is the heart of EL Monte. We gave them some great pointers for keeping the rec center leak free, we even asked if we could check out the roof! Just to make sure they don't have any issues with leaks.
Lake Arrowhead shivers
We are just in the beginning phases of a fire job in the beautiful area of Lake Arrowhead. This fire started with an electrical wire behind the walls and the fire had been burning for more than 45 minutes. The home owners tried to put the fire out on their own but did not succeed. They eventually called the fire department and had them come put the fire out. It just recently began to snow and rain causing even more damage to the property. We have a really big job in front of us and we are stepping up to the challenge. We have been driving some really big trucks up and down the mountain to dispose of all the damaged materials. We've been trying to enjoy the scenery up there too. It really is a beautiful place.
Prepare for everything
When it comes to storm damage you never know what to expect. How can you prepare for everything when you don't know what to prepare for. We are approaching a new year and we'll experience a lot of new things. The weather seems to change every year too. Have you noticed any changes in the weather lately? This year we did a lot more roof tarps than last year alone. We experienced heavier rain fall in a short span. There were less wild fires this year than last and less homes were affected. It's really important to know what kind of damage your area is exposed to. Here in southern California we are affected by rain, fires and earthquakes. We will experience flooding, leaks, smoke damage and damage from trees.
Candles for prayer
We just got a call about fire damage in a home. An elderly couple lit a candle while reading the bible and left it unattended for a long period of time. The candle fell over and burnt the table it was placed on. The home owners were not home when the candle fell over. They were so surprised and lucky that nothing else was burnt. The house did have a terrible lingering smell and they were having a hard time breathing. They rent the house they live and do not have renters insurance. The home owners also don't have home insurance on the property. We were able to create a payment plan and will go forward with cleaning of the contents inside the home.
Back bending water damage
We just completed a job for a chiropractor's office and it was fun to see all the skeletons hanging around. We were able to learn a lot about our postures and our bodies just by being there for three days. It was really an educational job. We were able to talk to the doctors there and they gave us great pointers for bending over and lifting heavy items. We will apply all things they taught us on the next job. We don't want our own skeletons to get hurt. Besides the skeletons in the offices, we were able to extract the water that damaged their floors. We removed the vinyl flooring in one office space and were able to clean and sanitize the carpet.
Commercial water damage is slightly different than residential water damage. This is because there are about 20 or more people in a single floor and it takes a lot of planning to move people around. We had a big job not too long ago and we had to find extra space for the accountants to work in. We had to organize desks in the marketing department for the accountants. Due to the amount of water damage, we couldn't wait for after hours to start our work. We had to act quick and there was no other option but to work during normal business hours. We really had to think creatively and efficiently in order to please every one. Marketing and accounting actually had a good time together.
Lily of the valley
We were called to restore a floral shop after it experienced fire damage. The shop had bunches of dried flowers hanging from the ceiling and they caught fire. The ceiling was charred and the owners were devastated. They had those bunches of dried flowers hanging since they opened the shop 10 years ago. This was the first time anything like this ever happened to them. In 10 years they never had any kind of disaster. Their insurance company agent was even astonished. We were able to restore the shop and get it back to it's beautiful state. The owners will not be hanging up dried flowers ever again. They promised to keep all flowers in jars of water. They thanked us with a delightful smelling bouquet made entirely of Lily of the valley.
Any rain is heavy rain here in sunny California. We experienced a lot of rain fall during Thanksgiving week. Rainfall will let people know when it's time to get a new roof. There will be an abundance of leaks and floods caused by word down roof tops. We can count on two hands the amount of roof tarps we had to put up that week. A storm doesn't have to be devastating, but it will tell you a lot about your home. That was also the week that we had to buy extra equipment, we didn't know that we would need so much plastic. We put in a large order of materials in anticipation of January. The rainy season has arrived and we believe we'll be on roofs more than ever.