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Reasons for using SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW for Professional Water Damage Restoration

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Reasons for using SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW for Professional Water Damage Restoration Reasons for using SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW for Professional Water Damage Restoration

Reasons for using SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW for Professional Water Damage Restoration:
When a flood or any other water related event occurs like a broken supply line, drainage leak or a damaged water heater, it's necessary for you to act quickly by getting professional flood restoration services. Cleaning up water damage involves more than just drying and wiping the residue away. Delaying makes the damage worse because the water will seep into the walls, furnishings, floors, and this may result in mildew and mold growth. Water mitigation can be devastating to any residential or commercial property, but when one gets professional services from the certified technicians at SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW, you can be assured it is being handled properly.
Water damage mitigation

Water damage is a very destructive process. It can be caused by a pipe break, supply line break, or floods after it has rained heavily. Water in a home or water in a business can cause damage like oxidation of metal (rust), rotting wood, composite building materials delamination, and microbial growth. Once water seeps into building materials, a chemical reaction begins to occur breaking down the strength of the material. If water cleanup and the drying process isn’t started immediately, the stability of the structure can be compromised. This makes the water damaged home or business unsafe for human occupancy. Sometimes the cause of loss can be from a simple pipe break or broken water heater.
Restoration Solutions

The first thing to consider when you have a flooded home or business is safety. The first assessment made will be if there are any risks posed to anyone in the home or business due to the water damage. The next step is locating the cause of the problem (be it a pipe leak, supply line break or broken water heater, etc.) and correcting the source of the intrusion. Depending on the cause of loss, SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW will be able to work with the proper third party to stop the source of the water intrusion. After assessing the water damage, SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW will follow the IICRC standards for mitigating the loss in the affected home or business. These services will be handled by our licensed and trained water cleanup professionals.
Preventing mold and mildew

In case you have experienced mildew or mold after water in home or water in business, you know how hard it is to get rid of the problem. Prompt water and flood damage restoration can reduce the chances of mold growth.

Insurance issues

When you have water or flood damage coverage insurance, SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW will assist you in dealing directly with your insurance company. SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW helps its clients document the losses they suffered so that they can get the proper settlement from the insurance company. With SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW you will get a list of the needed repairs and proof of damages to provide to the insurance company.
If you have suffered water damage in your home or business, consider contacting SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW immediately to prevent further damage. Although hiring experts might cost more in the short term, please consider the costs you'll incur if you do nothing or decide to handle the mitigation and restoration all by yourself. SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW provides free estimates and we are available 24/7/365.

Five Quick Steps for Fire Safety in your Coronado/Imperial Beach/National City home

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Protecting your family in your home is important and fire is something nobody wants to think about. Unfortunately, fires can and do happen. The best way to prevent a house fire is to take some precautionary steps and fireproof your home. 

5 Quick Steps to Fire Safety

  1. Remove Clutter - Clutter can cause fires, make fires worse and even stop you from getting out of your home during a fire. Get rid of it or at least reduce it.
  2. Check Your Smoke Alarms Often - Your smoke alarms will alert you of a fire before you see or smell smoke. Check them at least every six months.
  3. Keep A Fire Extinguisher In Your Home - A fire extinguisher can be used to put out some small fires and stop them from spreading. Every home should have one. If you have a multiple story home it's a good idea to have one easily accessible on each level.
  4. Never Leave Candles Unattended - Candles can easily catch furniture, papers and even hanging pictures and décor on fire. Never leave your candles unattended.
  5. Check Your Wires - Check your electric wires often to make sure they are not rips or shorts. Also make sure your wall sockets are not too full and that all the plugs are secure. A fire safe home will help you and your family feel safer and sleep better at night. Take the time to do it right.

If a fire does happen, first call the fire department. Once the blaze has been put out you can contact the highly trained professionals at SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW to service your home and repair and restore after a fire damage.  Call (619) 435-0365, 24/7 365 days a year.

Mold and Mildew: what is the difference?

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold and Mildew: what is the difference? Simple Chart to describe the difference between Mold and Mildew (Mold Left v Mildew Right)

When it comes to Mold and Mildew, many often wonder, “What is the difference?” HGTV.com compares mold and mildew to siblings, stating that they have a few matching characteristics, but they also have some striking differences.

As for similarities, they both strive in warm, moist areas and they both are able to grow on a multitude of surfaces. They are also both two types of fungi that no one is ever happy to find in their home!

Differences between mold and mildew can be seen in their appearance. Mold is usually fuzzy in appearance and can be various different colors, but it is most often black or green. Mildew, on the other hand, usually grows in a flat pattern and may appear powdery. It is usually white or gray in color. One interesting difference between mildew and mold is that there is no use for mildew. On the contrary, some molds are actually used in food production. For example, Penicillium is used in the production of cheese.

While mold and mildew definitely have differences, the methods to prevent mold and mildew in the home are very much the same. All areas of the home need to be kept dry and moisture-free. Humidity levels inside the home should be checked and controlled. Any leaks need to be repaired quickly and HVAC systems should be inspected regularly.

SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay specializes in mold remediation. If you suspect mold is an issue in your home, give us a call today! (619) 435-0365.

Restoring your San Diego Commercial Property

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events in San Diego commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW

SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. We are available 24/7/365. Call us today for a free estimate: (619) 435-0365

Remediating Mold in Your Coronado Home

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediating Mold in Your Coronado Home SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW has years of experience in helping our customers through each step to put you back into your home.

SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW uses different cleaning methods for each unique surface to remediate mold

Mold is often undetectable in homes until it has become a significant problem. Not every type of mold has that distinctive, ‘musty’ odor and if the growth started behind a wall or in the attic, the smell is not noticeable until the mold has grown into a large colony of spores.

Restoring a home due to the effects of mold damage is a task that needs a professional service. SERVPRO keeps a trained crew on 24-hour notice to support our neighbors and customers. We have some of the best-trained personnel in the industry to clean mold from the property and safely remove it from each home.

These technicians first determine the type of surface infested. This inspection decides both the cleaning methods needed and how much time may be required to complete the job. We usually divide surfaces into porous, nonporous, and semi-porous categories.

Porous surfaces are typically building materials and fabrics; drywall and upholstery for example. They are often cleanable, but if the mold is very thick or has grown into the material, we dispose of it. Our cleaning methods for these surfaces involve vacuuming them with special HEPA filters that catch tiny amounts of loose mold, even a single spore.

After finishing vacuuming, we move on to using spray bottles with an antimicrobial cleaner and foaming agents to dampen the surface. Wetting loosens the mold and allows technicians to remove it with cloths and sponges.

Nonporous surfaces are the easiest to clean. This category includes metal and glass tabletops as well as marble and smooth stone kitchen countertops. In many cases, we can remove the mold with dry cloths and sponges. Technicians wipe down the surfaces from top to bottom to prevent accidentally leaving spores at the top or along the sides. If the mold layer is thick, we vacuum it first before dry wiping.

Semi-porous surfaces (concrete and wood decks for example) require methods not acceptable on other surfaces. Affected surfaces may need sanding to wire brushing and other abrasive tools to dig out the mold. The cleaners we use on these surfaces would mar or otherwise destroy glass and metal surfaces. If mold has penetrated the surface of the wood or concrete, technicians may have to sand them down by hand or with a power sander to remove it.

Returning your home to its pre-mold condition is not a quick or easy processes. SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW has years of experience in helping our customers through each step to put you back into your home. If you need us, call (619) 435-0365 today to set up an inspection.

What is the difference between Flood Insurance and Homeowners Insurance?

7/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage What is the difference between Flood Insurance and Homeowners Insurance? Flood Insurance Vs. Homeowners Insurance

There basically are two insurance policies that deal with a homeowner's damage due to water -- a flood insurance policy and a homeowners insurance policy. Losses not covered by one of these policies may be covered by the other. Knowing the losses to which your home could be exposed will help you decide whether to buy one or both of these insurance coverage.

While insurance policies may differ in the coverage provided from homeowner to homeowner, there often are basic features common to all policies. You should ask your insurance agent or insurance company about the specifics of your insurance policy. In the meantime, the Insurance Information Network of California offers the following general information based on standard insurance policies.

Flood Insurance

As the name implies, a standard flood insurance policy, which is written by the National Flood Insurance Program, provides coverage up to the policy limit for damage caused by a flood. The dictionary defines "flood" as a rising and overflowing of a body of water onto normally dry land. For insurance purposes, the word "rising" in this definition is the key to distinguishing flood damage from water damage. Generally, damage caused by water that has been on the ground at some point before damaging your home is considered to be flood damage. A handful of examples of flood damage include:

  • A nearby river overflows its banks and washes into your home.
  • A heavy rain seeps into your basement because the soil can't absorb the water quickly enough
  • A heavy rain or flash flood causes the hill behind your house to collapse into a mud slide that oozes into your home.

Flood damage to your home can be insured only with a flood insurance policy -- no other insurance will cover flood damage. Flood insurance is available through your insurance agent, insurance company or local Federal Emergency Management Office (FEMA). To determine if your home is located in a flood plain, contact your county planning office. If you are living in a flood plain, flood insurance may be an excellent purchase.

Homeowners Insurance

A homeowners insurance policy doesn't provide coverage for flood damage, but it does provide coverage for many types of water damage to your home. Just the opposite from flood damage, for insurance purposes, water damage is considered to occur when water damages your home before the water comes in contact with the ground. A few examples of water damage include:

  • A hailstorm smashes your window, permitting hail and rain free access into your home.
  • A heavy rain soaks through the roof, allowing water to drip through your attic or ceiling.
  • A broken water pipe spews water into your home.

Even if flood or water damage is not covered by your homeowners insurance policy, losses from theft, fire or explosion resulting from water damage is covered. For example, if a nearby creek overflows and floods your home, and looters steal some of your furnishings after you evacuate, the theft would be covered by your homeowners insurance because it is a direct result of the water damage. However, the flood damage would be covered only if you have flood insurance.

It's important to note that flood insurance and homeowners insurance do not duplicate coverage for water damage. Instead, they complement each other.

It is up to you to talk to your insurance agent or insurance company about flood insurance and homeowners insurance, and then decide which insurance coverage you need to protect your home, its contents, and your family.

Source: https://www.fema.gov/

Hurricane Eugene to reach the coast of San Diego

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Eugene to reach the coast of San Diego Southern California is bracing for Hurricane Eugene.

Large waves from Eugene will reach the coast of Southern California and threaten beachgoers and boaters through the middle of this week.

"Eugene, once a Category 3 hurricane, will slowly weaken over cool water and within dry air over the next few days," according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.

While Eugene will impact California with wind and rain, waves radiating outward from the center of the storm will reach Southern California waters.

The increased threat for coastal waters comes following several days of extreme heat in the southwestern United States. While the latest heat wave is past its peak, thousands will still be heading to the beach for relief or summer vacation this week.

However, large waves and rip currents will affect many of the beaches throughout the coast of Southern California. Waves can be large enough to cause considerable over-wash and minor coastal flooding along the beachfront.

If you live or work in the coastal area, monitor the news and weather channel. Follow instructions issued by local officials.

For more information: https://goo.gl/xsLHxR

SERVPRO of Coronado / Imperial Beach / National City proudly serves Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City and surrounding areas. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for Fire and Water Damage Restoration, as well as Mold Mitigation Services.

10 things you should know about mold

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 10 things you should know about mold Mold Prevention
  1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints.
  2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:
    • Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
    • Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
    • Increasing ventilation
    • Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
  6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
  8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
  9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
  10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

For more information: https://www.epa.gov/mold/ten-things-you-should-know-about-mold

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (619) 435-0365

About SERVPRO of Coronado / Imperial Beach / National City

SERVPRO of Coronado / Imperial Beach / National City specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a fire or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Why is Mold Dangerous?

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why is Mold Dangerous? How does mold affect you?

Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, exposure to molds can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. Some people, such as those with serious allergies to molds, may have more severe reactions. Severe reactions may occur among workers exposed to large amounts of molds in occupational settings, such as farmers working around moldy hay. Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath. Some people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs.

In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition. The IOM also found limited or suggestive evidence linking indoor mold exposure and respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children.

Other recent studies have suggested a potential link of early mold exposure to development of asthma in some children, particularly among children who may be genetically susceptible to asthma development, and that selected interventions that improve housing conditions can reduce morbidity from asthma and respiratory allergies, but more research is needed in this regard.

Specific Recommendations:

  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%–all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Bear in mind that humidity levels change over the course of a day with changes in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once a day.
  • Use an air conditioner or a dehumidifier during humid months.
  • Be sure the home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans.
  • Add mold inhibitors to paints before application.
  • Clean bathrooms with mold killing products.
  • Do not carpet bathrooms and basements.
  • Remove or replace previously soaked carpets and upholstery.

Sensitive individuals should avoid areas that are likely to have mold, such as compost piles, cut grass, and wooded areas. Inside homes, mold growth can be slowed by controlling humidity levels and ventilating showers and cooking areas.

For more information: https://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm#affect

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (619) 435-0365

What to do before, during and after a storm.

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage What to do before, during and after a storm. Storm Damage, Coronado, CA

WHEN IN A WATCH AREA

  • Frequently listen to radio, TV (local and cable), and NOAA Weather Radio for official bulletins of the storm's progress.
  • Fuel and service family vehicles.
  • Inspect and secure mobile home tie downs.
  • Prepare to cover all window and door openings with shutters or other shielding materials.
  • Check batteries and stock up on canned food, first aid supplies, drinking water, and medications.
  • Prepare to bring inside lawn furniture and other loose, lightweight objects, such as garbage cans, garden tools, etc. Have on hand an extra supply of cash.

WHEN IN A WARNING AREA

  • Closely monitor radio, TV (local and cable), and NOAA Weather Radio for official bulletins.
  • Complete preparation activities, such as putting up storm shutters, storing loose objects, etc.
  • Follow instructions issued by local officials.
  • Leave immediately if told to do so! If evacuating.
  • Leave early (if possible, in daylight).
  • Stay with friends or relatives, at a low-rise inland hotel/motel, or (as a last resort) go to a predesignated public shelter outside a flood zone.
  • Leave mobile homes in any case.
  • Notify neighbors and a family member outside of the warned area of your evacuation plans.
  • Put food and water out for a pet if you cannot take it with you.
  • Most public health regulations do not allow pets in public shelters, nor do most hotels/motels allow them.

IF STAYING AT HOME

Only stay in a home if you have NOT been ordered to leave.

  • Stay inside a well constructed building.
  • In structures, such as a home, examine the building and plan in advance what you will do if winds become strong. Strong winds can produce deadly missiles and structural failure.
  • Turn refrigerator to maximum cold and open only when necessary.
  • Turn off utilities if told to do so by authorities.
  • Turn off propane tanks.
  • Unplug small appliances.
  • Fill bathtub and large containers with water for sanitary purposes.

IF WINDS BECOME STRONG

  • Stay away from windows and doors even if they are covered.
  • Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway.
  • Close all interior doors.
  • Secure and brace external doors.
  • If you are in a two-story house, go to an interior first-floor room, such as bathroom or closet.
  • If you are in a multiple-story building and away from the water, go to the first or second floors and take refuge in the halls or other interior rooms away from windows.
  • Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.

PLAN TO EVACUATE IF YOU

  • Live in a mobile home.
  • They are unsafe in high winds, no matter how well fastened to the ground.
  • Live on the coastline, an offshore island, or near a river or a flood plain.
  • Live in a high-rise.
  • Hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.

AFTER THE STORM

  • Keep listening to radio, TV (local or cable), and NOAA Weather Radio.
  • Wait until an area is declared safe before entering.
  • Roads may be closed for your protection. If you come upon a barricade or a flooded road, turn around and go another way! Avoid weakened bridges and washed out roads.
  • Do not drive into flooded areas! Stay on firm ground.
  • Moving water only 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet.
  • Standing water may be electricity charged from underground or downed power lines.
  • Check gas, water, and electrical lines and appliances for damage.
  • Do not drink or prepare food with tap water until you are certain it is not contaminated.
  • Avoid using candles and other open flames indoors.
  • Use a flashlight to inspect for damage.
  • Use the telephone to report life-threatening emergencies only.
  • Be especially cautious if using a chainsaw to cut fallen trees.

For more information: http://www.weather.gov/media/hgx/tropicalwp/WhattoDo.pdf