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Wildfire Damage

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

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Wildfires are common here in California.

They cause incredible damage every year. It was recorded that in 2018, California suffered over $400 billion in damage from fires and $1 costs to the fire department. Each year the costs increase. Why? Wildfires grow in size every year.

There are 5 causes for the growing fires.

The temperature is rising, the winter season grows shorter, there are more pests, drought and fire suppression. With the rising temperatures, evaporation increases and makes the land and soil more dry and prone to fires.

It is important to take caution when living in a city or town where there is a high fire rate.

Having an emergency fire kit can be life saving and is easy to get started. All you will need is water, food, a few pairs of clothing to change into, a jacket, flashlights, batteries, and blankets.

If your home takes damage from a fire, we at SERVPRO are ready to restore your home as if it was never damaged.

How to Prevent Mold From Coming into Your Home

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO of Hacienda Heights/Rowland Heights get rid of your mold!

Mold grows in moisture

It's important to remember that mold grows in moisture. Make sure to identify problem areas in your home immediately and correct them. It's impossible to mold proof a home. However, it's possible to make it mold-resistant. Is there standing water? Was there a recent flood? Any persisting leaks? 

Make sure to dry up wet areas as soon as you notice them. Mold cannot grow without moisture. If you notice a wet area, dry it right away. Do not leave wet items laying around the house. Make sure the shower floors and walls are dry after a shower or bath. Leaving wet clothes in the washing machine for too long can create mold to spread quickly. It's better to hang them to dry where there is good air circulation. 

Knowing the Difference between a flood and a flash flood

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Know how to determine the difference between a flash flood and a flood in this post.

Red Cross states that, “Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Flooding often occurs following a hurricane, thawing snow, or several days of sustained rain. Flash floods occur suddenly, due to rapidly rising water along a stream or low-lying area. Learn what to do to keep your loved ones safe!”

It’s important to know the difference between a flood and a flash flood! A flood can be caused by something blocking the drains, overflow of rain, or others. However, a flash flood appears out of nowhere. It may even look like no flood is coming at all. Flash floods may not last as long as traditional floods. Local news may send flash flood warnings to your phone so make sure to be on the lookout!

How to Recover after a Flood

7/21/2019 (Permalink)

Take these helpful steps after a flood.

After a flood, returning home may be scary seeing the amount of damage done to your home. Things necessary for you such as power, water, gas, etc may not be working. Here are some tips on how to recover;

  • It may be beneficial for you, friends, neighbors, and/or family to talk about their experience.
  • You can rely on information from your local authorities.
  • Welfare agencies may be available for you to seek support to.
  • Before cleaning up, make sure that all electricity and gas is shut off.
  • Get all of the electrical appliances checked by an electrician before use.
  • Dfes Gov states the following, “If you are insured, it is important to contact your insurer, request an assessment and specific advice relating to your policy before discarding, authorizing repairs or cleaning any damaged or flood affected property. It is best to take photographs, video footage and make an inventory of your property and contents to assist with the claims process

How to Recover after a Home Fire

7/20/2019 (Permalink)

Take these helpful steps after a fire.

The aftermath of a fire can bring on added stress. It’s important to know how to recover after an at home fire. The Red Cross states this about caring for yourself and loved ones;

  • “Pay attention to how you and your loved ones are experiencing and handling stress.”
  • “Promote emotional recoveryby following these tips. Discard any food that has been exposed to heat, smoke or soot.”
  • “Watch pets closely and keep them under your direct control.”
  • “Help people who require additional assistance- infants, elderly people, those without transportation, large families who may need additional help in an emergency situation, people with disabilities, and the people who care for them.”

After a fire, you can take the following steps to keep you safe;

  1. First and foremost, if you haven’t already, call 911. You can give first-aid where needed and cool/cover burns to reduce the chance of a further infection or injury.
  2. Friends and family will worry about you. Let them know you’re safe.
  3. If able to, help transport people or animals that are seriously injured or burned to a nearby professional hospital or in the animal’s case, a vet.
  4. Remember to stay out of fire-damaged home. You can re-enter when local fire authorities say that it’s safe to.

How to Prepare for a Fire

7/19/2019 (Permalink)

These helpful tips can keep you prepared in case of a fire.

Fires can cause massive damage to homes, properties, and the land surrounding it. Wildfires occur over 100,000 times alone each year in the United States. They’re most likely to spark in dry or hot places. It’s important to know the steps to take to prepare for a fire.

  1. Always have a fire extinguisher on hand. Keeping one can be life-saving in case a fire was to start in your home or your business. Know how to use it as well. Make sure to read the directions before using it. Know where your fire extinguisher is kept as well.
  2. Have an emergency fire kit on hand. In case a fire was to start, know where it is and pack it with essentials such as food (preferably food that can stay good for long periods of time), water to stay hydrated, a flashlight, and other essentials that are needed.
  3. Keep smoke alarms in every room including outside areas. Test them every month and if they don’t work, change the batteries.
  4. If you live with others, talk to them about a fire escape plan and then practice that plan at least twice a year.
  5. In case a fire is to occur in your home, get out, stay out, and call for help! Don’t go back inside for anything or for anyone.

How to Handle Water Damage to you Commercial Property

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hacienda Heights/ Rowland Heights is here to help!

Water damage can sneak into your property through roof damage, broken pipes, slab leaks, broken washers, and much more. It’s important to take care of water damage as soon as you notice it to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria.

Here at SERVPRO of Hacienda Heights/ Rowland Heights, we strive to maintain a clean and safe environment for your business. If in case you were to notice water damage, call us to ensure the damage is restored. We use special equipment to draw out the water and remove all the affected areas. Our techs are trained in every situation and provide the best service possible to you and your business. We treat every property as if it was our own. Along with your daily use equipment, we also can use special equipment to do an even more detailed job in removing the damage. You can’t go wrong with us!

Protecting Your Commercial Property From Mold

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Maintain a mold-free business with these helpful tips.

It’s important to protect your business from mold to protect employees, customers, and yourself from the health risks. In case Black mold was to spread into your commercial building, contact SERVPRO of Hacienda Heights/ Rowland Heights. We have the right equipment and the trained techs to remove it safely, without disrupting your business day to day.

How to avoid mold?

  • Make sure that any leaky pipes and plumbing is fixed and that all wet spots are dried out.
  • Make sure that all condensation is eliminated through insulating or raising the air circulations.
  • Reduce the moisture level in the air and to reduce the humidity, add ventilation.
  • Make sure that your indoor humidity level stays below 60%. The goal should be to have the humidity inside to be around 30-50%.
  • Conduct building and HVAC inspections often and make them a routine.
  • Provide proper drainage and sloping to get rid of wet foundations.

How to Predict a Hurricane

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

These tips can help you predict a hurricane.

Hurricane predictions can be classified as two different categories. One, Seasonal probabilities and two, the track of a current hurricane. These two categories are completely different and use different methods and approaches.

NASA states the following about tracking hurricanes, “The forecast of a hurricane's path is dependent upon the accuracy of the predicted winds from computer forecast models. The speed and direction of steering winds generally vary with altitude. Weak tropical cyclones tend to be steered more by lower-level winds, while upper-level winds usually influence the paths of stronger hurricanes.”

Where do they form? Hurricanes form over the Atlantic Ocean or eastern Pacific Ocean. They only form over warm waters near the equator.

There’s no need to predict a hurricane on your own. Your local weather news station will warn locals about an upcoming hurricane so that you can time to prepare and evacuate.

What qualifies as a Storm?

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Know the different types of storms to be aware of.

First, what defines a storm? : Wikipedia states, “A storm is any disturbed state of an environment or in an astronomical body's atmosphere especially affecting its surface, and strongly implying severe weather.”

What qualifies as a storm?

  1. Derecho Storm- This type of storm is unpredictable but usually occurs between June and July in warm weather. It’s a large series of storms that come one after another over a path of at leat 240 miles with the wind speed of at least 58 mph.
  2. Flooding- Floods often cause massive destruction, ruining the homes of families and businesses. They occur due to rain and fast rising water that is too much for drains to handle.
  3. Hail Storms- These storms cause damage to roofs, windows, property damage, vehicle damage, and much more. They occur when water in the clouds becomes so cold that it freezes and turns to ice. Only when the ice becomes too heavy is when it falls to the ground as what we know as hail.
  4. Snow Storms- These storms can be very destructive. When snow lands on top of roofs or buildings, it can be so heavy that it causes roof damage or even collapse a roof. They can also block drains which then causes flooding.
  5. Hurricanes- Ones that reach land can be extremely destructive. They are the most powerful type of cyclone and they are identified as “low pressure systems, high winds, heavy rainfall and storm surges and swells” says RJI Professionals.
  6. Ice Storms- These types of storms make freezing rain which covers everything in ice and can be dangerous to vehicles driving on the ice.
  7. Lightning- Lighting is a big factor in causing falling trees, wildfires, property fires, and even power outages.
  8. Thunder storms- These types of storms cause excessive weather conditions such as hail, tornadoes, and flooding causing damage to the land around it.
  9. Tornadoes- This storm is extremely dangerous. With winds traveling up to 300mph, it can uproot homes from the ground and toss them across the land.
  10. Tropical storms- These storms are classified as a tropical storm only when the wind blows at around 39-73 mph and are prevalent in the pacific and Atlantic. These storms can create damage done by water and debris picked up from the wind.