Hurricane Damage To Your Home
When a hurricane or a major storm hits, sadly it can be extremely devastating to anything it touches. If your home has sustained damage, you and your family can take steps to ensure safety precautions are met and repairs can be made as efficiently as possible.
- Beware of any outdoor hazards, dangling power lines and broken tree branches are just some examples of the dangers.
- Boil water until you have been told it is safe to drink.
- Avoid flood water, as it may have harmful contaminants and dangerous debris.
- Once flood water is gone, immediately clean and repair damages to avoid mold—and wear protective gear.
- If property damage occurs, submit an insurance claim as soon as you can.
Here at SERVPRO we have special teams who we deploy to areas that have witnessed such storms. We can assist you with removing items from your home, removing all the damaged materials then placnig equipment to get your home ready for repairs and helping you through each step of the insurance process.
We are always happy to help however we can when such devastating damage has occurred. Please don't hesitate to call SERVPRO if you suffer any form of damage to your home.
How To Help Prevent Wildfires
Wildfire prevention methods are essential to ensure wild lands, and those who live in and around them are safe. Here are ways that you can be proactive:
1. Report any unattended fires
2. Extinguish fire pits and campfires when done
3. Don’t throw lit cigarettes out of your moving car
4. Use caution when using flammable liquids
5. Only use fireworks in clear areas with no woods nearby
These are only a few examples of how to help the local area from wildfires.
If your home experiences damages from wildfire, whether that be from flames, soot, smoke or ash damage. SERVPRO have trained technicians to help remove any affected materials/items or if needed we can use our specialized equipment to remove the smoke from the inside of the home.
Keep Your Business Safe & Dry
A very important part in keeping your business up and running is to do regular checks of all the plumbing in the office area/work area. A broken or old supply line can do major damage if it isn't noticed immediately.
Many many of our customers have suffered from simply not checking under the sink or behind the refrigerator. They can be found all over the home/office toilets, sinks, water heaters, washing machines.
We often find ourselves recommending to spend that little extra on purchasing the better hoses as the cheaper ones just aren't reliable lasting between 5 to 7 years. If you are reading this and don't remember the last time you checked, now would be a great time to check them over. make sure they are tight, no signs of corrosion or just looking old.
If you experience this type of water loss, please give SERVPRO a call. We will be there immediately to start extracting water and beginning the drying process. We are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
Preventing More Damage From A Fire
Here are some tips to follow after you experience a fire in your home-
- Try not to touch content that has been damaged by fire or soot. Inadvertently, you could be damaging more furniture, walls, upholstery etc.
- Do not to walk over singed carpet and rugs. If you cannot avoid it, use old sheets or towels around high-traffic areas.
- If you have power, consider yourself lucky. If electricity is off, remember to empty the refrigerator and freezer.
- Water indoor plants and make sure you wipe both sides of leaves.
- Inspect HVAC filters.
- Contact a repair service if you suspect your appliances were affected by the fire.
- Inspect the ceiling and light fixtures (fans) to make sure there is no fire or water damage. If you believe they were damaged, contact an electrician.
- If your clothes were damaged by smoke or soot, make sure that the dry cleaner has experience removing smoke odors. Improper cleaning may set the smell.
SERVPRO Clean - COVID-19 Tips and Suggestions
Since the start of COVID-19 these last few months have been a testing time for ourselves, our families and our communities. Each time we enter the next stage it becomes scary, confusing and unpredictable making daily activities a struggle wanting to stay as safe as possible while keep a sense of normality.
As businesses start to reopen and we want to be as supportive as possible of our local community SERVPRO of San Jacinto/ Idyllwild/ Lakeview has some tips to consider.
1. Have cleaning stations through-out the workplace, hand sanitizer, regular wipe downs, and rules in place to make sure everyone is aware of the procedures in place.
2. Have conversations with your employees to educate them on policy's.
3. If you have had a potential or known case of COVID-19 we recommend calling SERVPRO to assist with the cleaning.
We have professional equipment and highly trained technicians who will know how to deal with and deep clean any environment.
If you have any questions about SERVPRO Clean please call us today!
Protecting Yourself & Your Home During High Winds
High winds may not seem like it, but they can potentially be very dangerous if they get strong and fast enough. If you live in an area where you experience high winds read these tips to keep yourself and your home safe.
1. Beware of surrounding threats
Before the wind storm picks up, check the perimeter of your home to be aware of any potential risks. Whether it's a broken fence, loose branch or crumbling roof shingles, make any necessary renovations or improvements to ensure you keep your family safe.
2. Keep your appliances grounded
Along with making any last minute exterior renovations, make sure any of your outdoor furniture or appliances are tied down and secure—this includes patio furniture, barbeques, sporting equipment, and even your garden shed.
3. Cover your doors and windows
You might also want to consider installing storm shutters if the wind continues to grow stronger. This will protect your windows from shattering in case flying objects hit your glass, or from bursting open if they are hit by strong gusts of wind.
4. Secure your roof
Strong winds can damage your shingles, making homes more vulnerable to rain and leaks, but homes with metal roofing also face the danger of entire panels being torn away. This raises the risk of wind entering your home.
5. Ensure your garage door is in good condition
A home has four weak spots that will be vulnerable to strong weather conditions: the roof, windows, doors, and garage. In order to make sure your garage is in good condition, call a contractor from a garage company to inspect it and make any repairs to ensure it will withstand a wind storm.
COVID-19 Affecting Local Businesses
The economic effect of COVID-19 has affected everyone. Due to the freeze on activity businesses have been forced to limit services or even close down causing them to severely reduce their employees. An huge amount of requests for unemployment relief have been filed causing a backup in the government’s ability to process claims in a timely manner. In turn, creating a loss of income and debt accumulation not only for residents but for homeowners alike.
These are hard times. Here at SERVPRO of San Jacinto/ Idyllwild/ Lakeview, we understand that although disinfecting our homes, businesses, schools and medical facilities is of utmost importance, many may not have the financial means to support the cost of disinfection services.
We are here to help and work with you in anyway possible in order for you to make your business safe again for reopening.
Open Air Drying After Water Loss
During the summer months, especially in California with the high heat and low humidity, if you experience a water loss and want to kick start the drying process, one of the best things you could do is open up with the windows and doors and place a couple of fans.
Open air drying is where the air outside is hotter and dryer than the air inside the home. This will start to help dry up the materials that have been affected. If available place some fans in the area to get the air circulating so it can pick up that moisture and send it out the open door or window.
It may not completely dry out everything but it will sure be a good start, then call SERVPRO of San Jacinto/ Idyllwild/ Lakeview to come and assist you with the rest.
We are always happy to help no matter how big or small the job could be.
Not Sure What To Do About Your Fire Damage?
Sadly we have been experiencing high heat warnings in our local areas. Which has caused higher risks of wild fires. SERVPRO of San Jacinto/ Idyllwild/ Lakeview are here to help if you come across any form of fire damage. Whether that be directly from a fire in your home or if you have smoke & ash damage from a fire in your area.
We will come out to your home and do thorough inspection of all areas of your home, including the rooms, attic, crawlspace and we will look over all your belongings to check for any visual signs of damage.
If we find any visual damage we can work closely with your insurance company to help you get your home back to normal as fast as possible.
We have special equipment and highly trained technicians who know exactly how to deal with all situations when it comes to fire damage.
Please give us a call if you need any assistance with fire damage.
How To Avoid Extended Closures After A Leak In Your Commercial Building
It doesn't take much to be hit by water damage in your commercial building. It can be as simple as your employee bathroom supply line bursting, this can output gallons and gallons of water in just one night. The resulting spillage can cause damage to carpets, furniture, computers and important documents.
If you happen to experience this do not panic. We can send in one of our highly trained technicians who carefully inspect the entirety of your business to log all instances of water damage to your building before beginning the restoration process. To quickly and efficiently remove standing water, our tech crews can utilize industrial grade wet vacs and pumps. To avoid major disruptions to your business, we can begin the water extraction process at a time that works best for you.
Once any excess water has been removed we can start to work on the affected sections of flooring. Carpet is highly absorbent and can hold a lot of moisture which can cause it to delaminate. We have special tools to help us remove any carpet or if need be lift it for drying.
We can then assist you with drying out any other affected materials using our air movers and dehumidifiers. The sooner we place this equipment the soon your business will be back up and running.