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Blame it on The Rain

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Blame it on The Rain An Active Wildfire Season Is Being Predicted For San Diego and It's Surrounding Areas.

According to the San Diego Tribune, the heavy rainfall we received this past year has resulted in extensive vegetation growth that will eventually dry out and turn into fuel for wildfires. 

There is a dilemma about what to do regarding people who live in fire zones.  An analysis by the Los Angeles Times showed there are 1.1 million structures in the state's highest-risk fire areas.  San Diego is # 2 behind Los Angeles with 88,000 buildings in the highest-risk fire areas.  

“We’re going to continue to have fires,” CAL FIRE Deputy Chief David Nissen told Smith. “They’re going to be a part of people’s lives in Southern California and California generally. It’s what we do to adjust to minimize risk.”

Hopefully no homes or offices are damaged by fires this year, but it is inevitable that the smoke and soot from wildfires will reach all corners of the county.  

If you have a strong smell of smoke or soot in your home it is usually covered by your homeowners or renters insurance to have your home and belongings cleaned and deodorized from top to bottom. 

SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW provides free inspections.  Please call us @ 619-435-0365

Fire and Burn Safety

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire and Burn Safety Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (619) 435-0365

With summer approaching the following are a few fire and burn safety tips from The Burn Institute. 

Sun Safety 

  • When going outdoors always wear a sunscreen with a minimum SPF 25 with UVA and UVB protection and re-apply often and after swimming-serious sunburns can occur even when it is cloudy or overcast. 
  • Wear dark sunglasses to protect your eyes and wear a broad-rimmed hat to protect your head and neck.  

Campfires

  • Always use a designated fire pit. 
  • Never leave a campfire unattended. 
  • Always supervise children around campfires. 
  • Before leaving your campsite, make sure the fire is properly extinguished-douse and stir the fire with water. 

Hotel Safety

  • Upon arriving at your hotel room locate two exits closest to your room
  • Read the fire evacuation plan carefully. If one is not posted in your room, request one from the front desk. 
  • At the first sign of smoke stay close to the ground and head for that exit-in most cases it's the smoke that kills people and not the fire. 
  • If you are trapped in your room turn on the bathroom vent, open the windows, phone 9-1-1 for help and give them your room number, fill the bath with water, stuff the cracks of your door with wet towels and sheets.  

SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW wishes everyone a Happy and Safe Summer season.  

Water Damage in Commercial Propery

6/8/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage in Commercial Propery Call us today for a free estimate: (619) 435-0365.

Flooding and water damage events in San Diego commercial properties are often complex. Whether you are dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, San Diego of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW works 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. 

SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW is available 24/7/365. 

Common Causes of House Fires

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Common Causes of House  Fires Have Questions? Call Us Today – (619) 435-0365

Here are top 3 most common causes of house fires as identified by the National Fire Protection Association. 

From 2012-2016, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 8,200 home structure fires that were started by candles per year. These fires caused an annual average of 80 deaths, 770 injuries and $264 million in direct property damage. 

Facts and figures

During the five-year period of 2012-2016:  

Candles 

Candles caused 2% of reported home fires, 3% of home fire deaths, 7% of home fire injuries, and 4% of the direct property damage in home fires. Roughly one-third (37%) of home candle fires started in bedrooms. These fires caused 30% of the associated deaths and 50% of the associated injuries

Falling asleep was a factor in 11% percent of the home candle fires and 21% of the associated deaths.

  • On average, 23 home candle fires were reported per day. 
  • Three of every five (60%) of home candle fires occurred when some form of combustible material was left or came too close to the candle.
  • December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December, 12% of home candle fires began with decorations compared to 4% the rest of the year.     
  • Cooking
What you should know about home cooking safety
  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.

3. Electrical 

Facts & figures
  • In 2012-2016, electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 35,100 reported home structure fire, on average, per year.
  • These fires involved equipment such as wiring, lighting, cords and plugs.
  • Electrical distribution or lighting equipment ranked first in direct property damage, and third among the major fire causes in the number of home fires, and tied for third in home fire deaths and home fire injuries. 

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 

Moisture and The Impact of Mold Growth

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Moisture and The Impact of Mold Growth SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW (619) 435-0365

Exposure to damp and moldy environments may cause a variety of health effects.  Listed below are some pointers on minimizing mold growth in your home or business

  • When water leaks or spills occur indoors - ACT QUICKLY.
    If wet or damp materials or areas are dried 24-48 hours after a leak or spill happens, in most cases mold will not grow.
  • Clean and repair roof gutters regularly.
  • Make sure the ground slopes away from the building foundation, so that water does not enter or collect around the foundation.
  • Keep air conditioning drip pans clean and the drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly. Moisture and Mold
    PREVENTION and control tips
  • Keep indoor humidity low. If possible, keep indoor humidity below 60 percent (ideally between 30 and 50 percent) relative humidity. Relative humidity can be measured with a moisture or humidity meter, a small, inexpensive ($10-$50)
    instrument available at many hardware stores.
  • If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes - ACT QUICKLY to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source. Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.

Actions that will help to reduce humidity:

  • Vent appliances that produce moisture, such as clothes dryers, stoves, and kerosene heaters to the outside where possible. (Combustion appliances such as stoves and kerosene heaters produce water vapor and will increase the humidity unless vented to the outside.)
  • Use air conditioners and/or de-humidifiers when needed.
  • Run the bathroom fan or open the window when showering. Use exhaust fans or open windows whenever cooking, running the dishwasher or dishwashing, etc.

Actions that will help prevent condensation:

  • Reduce the humidity (see preceding page).
  • Increase ventilation or air movement by opening doors and/or windows, when practical.
  • Use fans as needed.
  • Cover cold surfaces, such as cold water pipes, with insulation.
    Increase air temperature 

SERVPRO of Coronado/San Diego Bay SW is here to help and ensure that your home or business is dry and safe to be in.  

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

Why SERVPRO

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why SERVPRO SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW 619-435-0365

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 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. If water cleanup and the drying process isn’t started immediately, the stability of the structure can be compromised.

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

SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW will assist you in dealing directly with your insurance company. We will gather a list of the needed repairs and proof of damages to provide to the insurance company.  

Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keep costs low. We can provide this continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services that will bring a building back to full functionality. 

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (619) 435-0365

Storm Preparation and Cleanup

5/10/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Preparation and Cleanup SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW 619-435-0365

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

  • 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.

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging. 

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (619) 435-0365

Aftermath of Fire and Smoke Damage

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Aftermath of Fire and Smoke Damage SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW 619-435-0365

In the wake of a fire that has covered homes with smoke and ash, it’s important to begin clean up as soon as possible in order to prevent permanent damage or discoloration from soot residue.

Here are some tips for fire victims facing clean up

• Ventilate the home. Place a box fan in an open window to draw the air and dust out.
• Clean from top to bottom. Start with the ceilings, walls and fixtures, and work your way down to the contents of the room, then to the floor.
• Vacuum floors and upholstery. Make sure your vacuum cleaner has a high efficiency filter. Otherwise, you risk blowing soot back into the air.
• Some draperies, clothing and machine-washable items may be laundered. Use a mild alkaline cleaner to neutralize the acid in the soot. Fine clothing should be dry cleaned.
• If the damage and residue are heavy, it may be best to hire a professional to thoroughly restore your home and belongings.
• Check with your insurance company to see if smoke damage from outdoor sources is covered by your policy.
• Professional restoration technicians know that damage increases and restoration costs escalate the longer neutralization, corrosion control and cleaning is delayed. When homeowners prolong the restoration of their home, they extend the effects brought on by the smoke exposure. 

SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW   

(619) 435-0365

Helpful Tips in Preventing Mold Growth

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Helpful Tips in Preventing Mold Growth If You See Signs of Mold, Call SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW today- (619) 435-0365

  • Keep humidity levels in your home as low as you can—no higher than 50%--all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. You can buy a meter to check your home’s humidity at a home improvement store. Humidity levels change over the course of a day so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once a day.
  • Be sure the air in your home flows freely. Use exhaust fans that vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom. Make sure your clothes dryer vents outside your home.
  • Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls, or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow.
  • Clean up and dry out your home fully and quickly (within 24–48 hours) after a flood.
  • Clean bathrooms with mold-killing products.
  • Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried right away. 
  • To learn more about preventing mold in your home, see the Environmental Protection Agency’s book A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home at 

    https://www.epa.gov/mold  

Earthquake Preparation

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Earthquake Preparation SERVPRO of Coronado / San Diego Bay SW 619-435-0365

In the event of an earthquake, secured gas lines are likely to become dislodged, leaving natural gas exposed and possibly resulting in a fire. When it comes to fire safety and earthquake preparedness, having a shut-off valve installed on your natural gas line or propane gas can help prevent fires and should not be overlooked when it comes to earthquake safety. Keep reading for more earthquake safety tips.

Evaluate Your Property’s Risk of Damage

  • If the facility is located in an earthquake-prone area, the gas lines should be properly braced and equipped with proper safety devices. Because most gas or propane lines are rigid, they can be torn from their connection points during an earthquake.
  • A broken gas or propane line creates the potential for a fire or explosion.
  • Fire following an earthquake is a frequent source of property damage that can be reduced by taking the proper steps before an earthquake strikes.
  • Safety shut-off valves will stop the flow of gas when they sense a problem. 

      Have Questions?          

      Call us today –(619) 435-0365

Please click below for more safety and prevention tips.

https://disastersafety.org/earthquake/earthquake-safety-and-securing-gas-lines/