Recent Storm Damage Posts

Scary Stuff

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.

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.

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. 

Snow Melt

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

In March of 2019, Nebraska was hit with heavy rains and rapid snow melt causing a major flood. With no hesitation, we packed up our equipment and drove off to help. It took us about 30 hours to get there. We only made one stop along the way. There was a sense of urgency for us to get there. It only takes 24 to 48 hours for mold to grow. Our main job was to remove all the damaged areas and begin the drying process. It takes about 3 days or more for our heavy duty air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the wall framing and flooring. Once all the moisture is out, repairs can begin. It's important to take out all water damaged materials as soon as they are affected. Any moisture left in the walls can lead to mold. We were in Nebraska for about 4 weeks, there were homes we couldn't even get to because the roads were so flooded. We had to come home because we couldn't wait for the water to clear. 

On the Go

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Team is well known for our emergency response services. When a disaster occurs many SERVPRO branches come in to help with the damage caused to properties in its area. We’ve been all over the country, to OVER 20 STATES. We’ve even been as far as up to Maine, and considering we are in sunny California that was quite a ways for us to travel. Since we do many different types of work we’ve responded to varied occurrences all over America. SERVPRO has been in areas below freezing, hot humid weather, and after big wildfires. For the Malibu fires that had happened in 2018 we had removed fire debris, taken care of fire caused damage and cleaned homes of smoke damage. In New York we had worked on buildings that were in water as deep as seven feet. With other SERVPRO's along side with us we spent about 2 months in the area till our services were finished. About 4 times a year we head out on storm. and even as many times as 6 times. We start our trek to the affected location as soon as its safe to respond.

It's December and it will snow!

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

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!

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

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. 

Prepare for everything

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

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. 

Roof tarps

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

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. 

Storm Damage Facts

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in

Storm facts from the United States Environmental Protection Agency:

California’s most destructive wildfire in history. Puerto Rico’s devastating hurricane. Oklahoma’s terrifying tornadoes. According to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in 2017 the U.S. experienced 16 weather disasters each with losses totaling $306 billion, a new U.S. record shattering the previous 2005 record of $215 billion.

Based on the EPA’s information the cumulative damage of these 16 events in 2017 is $306.2 billion shattering the previous U.S. annual record cost of $214.8 billion (CPI-adjusted) in 2005 due to the impacts of Hurricanes Dennis, Katrina, Rita and Wilma

The United States Environmental Protection Agency states that mold growth may be a problem after flooding. Excess moisture in the home is cause for concern about indoor air quality primarily because it provides breeding conditions for pests, molds and other microorganisms.

During a flood cleanup, the indoor air quality in your home or office may appear to be the least of your problems. However, failure to remove contaminated materials and to reduce moisture and humidity can present serious long-term health risks. 

If you are repairing your home or building after flood or hurricane, to prevent mold growth you should be sure your foundation is dry before you replace the flooring.

Do not paint or caulk moldy surfaces. Clean up the mold and dry the surfaces before painting. Paint applied over moldy surfaces is likely to peel.

If you find mold in your home always be sure to avoid breathing in mold or mold spores by wearing protective gear such as masks, gloves, and goggles when cleaning it yourself.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Los Angeles, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (626) 618-6215

When Storms or Floods hit El Monte, SERVPRO is ready!

5/3/2017 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Los Angeles County

SERVPRO of El Monte specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit El Monte, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams http://www.SERVPROelmonte.com/disaster-recovery that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (626)618-6215