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12/23/2020 (Permalink)

The United States Environmental Protection Agency says that if your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance it has lead-based paint. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint, but some states banned it even earlier. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning.

Below are some helpful facts to keep you knowledgeable about paint in your home. 

  • Lead paint is still present in millions of homes, sometimes under layers of newer paint. If the paint is in good shape, the lead paint is usually not a problem. Deteriorating lead-based paint (peeling, chipping, chalking, cracking, damaged, or damp) is a hazard and needs immediate attention.
  • It may also be a hazard when found on surfaces that children can chew or that get a lot of wear-and-tear, such as:
    • Windows and window sills;
    • Doors and door frames; and
    • Stairs, railings, banisters, and porches.
  • Be sure to keep all paint in excellent shape and clean up dust frequently.
  • Lead in household dust results from indoor sources such as deteriorating lead-based paint.
  • Lead dust can also be tracked into the home from soil outside that is contaminated by deteriorated exterior lead-based paint and other lead sources, such as industrial pollution and past use of leaded gasoline.
  • Renovation, repair or painting activities can create toxic lead dust when painted surfaces are disturbed or demolished
  • Pipes and solder - Lead is used in some water service lines and household plumbing materials. Lead can leach, or enter the water, as water flows through the plumbing. Lead pipes and lead solder were commonly used until 1986.

Recent Fires

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

All along Southern California, there has been a recent surge in fires. The fires have been so bad that they have caused significant smoke damages to the valley between. These smoke damages range from smoke odor, ash and soot leftovers and content damages. This along with the recent COVID-19 virus has made things very difficult for people in the Southern California area. Here at SERVPRO we have helped as much as we can for both residential and commercial properties. We have done several jobs under these problems. Smoke damages can be hard thing to nail down but we can provide air duct cleaning, replacing insulation, pressure washing on the outside, and content cleaning of affected items. We can also place air scrubbers to help rid the air of the smoke odor.  

After Damages

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Once the initial damage has been mitigated, it's time to get everything back to normal. Our franchise here in El Monte, can also handle all of your reconstruction needs. This can vary from replacing damaged drywall to a full on kitchen remodel. Discuss with us how we can turn your negative into a positive and we will do our very best to accommodate. Most customers actually get really excited when we discuss remodeling options. Some clients get brand new kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms and even out door patios. When sever damages occur, it's difficult to simply replace and old aesthetic. Sometimes it's necessary for home owners to upgrade their home. It always turns out great and customers are happy to get a new appliances. 

Earthquakes

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Making your Home earthquake ready can greatly reduce the risk of further damages caused by an earthquake such as fire and water damage. These preventative measures can mean saving huge amounts of money in repairs but more importantly the safety and protection of family, personal belongings and property.

Consider this…

Since most water and gas lines are rigid, they can be ripped from their connection points during an earthquake. The outcome could not only be serious damage to your property but also injury to you and others.

A common method to prevent broken water and gas lines is to have flexible connection pipes installed between appliances and their supply lines. The same technique can be used for other appliances, such as a water heater, clothes dryer, stove or gas furnace. Typically, a licensed contractor can perform this service without much difficulty.

Benefits of Using This Mitigation Strategy

  • Helps to prevent tearing of water and gas lines from their connections
  • Helps to prevent serious damage to a structure
  • Helps to prevent explosions or fires
  • Helps to prevent personal injuries 

Tips

Keep these points in mind when you have flexible connections installed:

  • It is important to know where your gas, power, and water line shut offs are located and how to turn them off. A gas leak could create an explosion which could cause more damage than the earthquake itself. 
  • Modifications to the plumbing and gas lines in your property must be done by a licensed contractor, who will ensure that the work is done properly and in compliance with all applicable codes. This is key for your safety.
  • A flexible connection will help protect against a small amount of movement but is not designed to function when the appliance it is connected to moves extensively or falls. Consider anchoring the appliance to the floor or wall.

Smoke

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke damages are something that can be very hard to avoid. Whether it is from a forest fire or a nearby property, it can cause serious long-term damages. What ends up happening is that the smoke will travel from the location of the fire and will go through homes and businesses. You will then smell that BBQ smell that will stay within the walls and even latch onto items within a home. This can cause serious problems for anyone living in this home. Here at SERVPRO we specialize in smoke remediation and can offer many different solutions to help curb these damages. We can provide content cleaning, pressure washing, air duct cleaning and many other services to help with these damages. It is important to remember there is always options to getting you back in your home! 

Bugs

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

This blog is going to give the creeps! Especially if you don't like things that crawl and have tails...! Yuck. When you have a commercial building, you have things that go bump in the dark. It's unavoidable, you have the space and people to keep these rodents happy. Yup, I said it, RODENTS. They live under your building, create a road within your walls, and make a home for themselves anywhere they can. They live and die in your building, and the worst part is that they poop and pee everywhere too. Once you discover that you have a pest problem, you'll need to call us. We will partner up with a pest control company and do the necessary clean up. Our cleaning agents are made for heavy duty sanitation. Our cleaning services are not just for water and fire damages, we can handle pest damage too! 

Hurricanes

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

We always gear up for storm season. We enjoy taking the trailer out and packing it equipment and materials. This time we were called out to the east coast to meet with Hurricane Dorian. Luckily, the storm didn't make much of an impact as it did in the Bahamas. We didn't know what to expect knowing that it was a Cat 5 hurricane. That seemed like a monster of a storm. We packed up our trailer and hit the road. We made it to Texas and decided to stop and hear the news after the hurricane hit. The Carolina's are still expecting water to damage most of the coastline. This is the start of storm season. This is the time you see what SERVPRO is all about. 

Danger Zone

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

What’s a crawl space? Here’s what you need to know! There will be an area in your home dedicated to the wiring and plumbing for your house. These spaces can be very small or very big. It’s important to know how many crawl spaces you have. When was the last time you checked your crawl space? Your crawl space is a perfect place for a leak or a pipe to burst. It is a perfect place for mold and mildew to spread. Make a note to check your crawl space and take some pictures. Make sure that you don’t see any leaks, take note of any spots around the walls and beams. It’s also important to know the kind of insulation you have because there are a variety of materials to choose from. Water damage can start in a crawl space and it can become a costly project to fix. The best way to prevent any kind of damage is to do a routine visit about twice a year. Also, make sure you don't use your crawl space as storage, things can get ruined real fast if a pipe does burst. We've seen it all, and it's very common to loose valuables that were stored away in a crawl space. 

Return to Normal

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

Once the initial damage has been mitigated, it's time to get everything back to normal. Our franchise here in Monrovia, can also handle all of your reconstruction needs. This can vary from replacing damaged drywall to a full on kitchen remodel. Discuss with us how we can turn your negative into a positive and we will do our very best to accommodate. Most customers actually get really excited when we discuss remodeling options. Some clients get brand new kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms and even out door patios. When sever damages occur, it's difficult to simply replace and old aesthetic. Sometimes it's necessary for home owners to upgrade their home. It always turns out great and customers are happy to get a new appliances. 

Cleaning

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

We now have two new Precleaning services to offer residential and business properties. 

Package 1 Minimize the transmission of emerging viral pathogens   General surface cleaning – physically removes visible dirt, organic matter, viruses, fungi, and bacteria. General surface cleaning is accomplished with water, detergent, and physical scrubbing of the surface. The guiding principal is to remove microbes if possible, rather than kill them (with a sanitizer or disinfectant). In addition, thoroughly cleaning a surface can reduce the need to disinfect because without the nutrients and moisture needed to survive and multiply, most microbes cannot live on a clean and dry surface for very long.    Package 2 Limit the survival of emerging viral pathogens - Sanitizing – reduces but does not necessarily eliminate all the bacteria on a treated surface. Sanitizers do not have claims for viruses or fungi. To be a registered sanitizer, the test results for a product must show a reduction of at least a. 99.9% in the number of each type of bacteria tested on non-food-contact surfaces. Examples of non-food-contact sanitizers include carpet sanitizers, air sanitizers, laundry additives, and in-tank toilet bowl sanitizers. - Disinfecting – works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs. Disinfecting destroys or irreversibly inactivates infectious or other undesirable microbes, but not necessarily the spores of bacteria and fungi. The number of microbes killed during a disinfecting process will vary, depending on the specific chemical and how it is used.