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Fire prevention tips for this holiday season.

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

Christmas decoration and lighting Christmas decoration in a home.

It has been said many times before to prevent fires during the holidays, but do we actually pay attention? I know that we do but, sometime we may forget. That’s why we are here to give you a friendly reminder.

The preventative measures are there for a reason. We want that everyone to have a very happy and definitely safe holidays!

Here are some tips to keep safe.

  1. Keep any type of flame a safe distance from anything that is flammable. Threes, decorations, garlands, etc…
  2. Keep an eye out on any all greenery. Water Christmas trees constantly. Use spray bottle on garlands, makes it a whole lot easier.
  3. Monitor you trees health and recycle when you see signs of drying out.
  4. Buy lights tested by Underwriters Laboratories
  5. Throw away light when they look work out.
  6. Check the instructions to see how many strings you can connect safely
  7. Use outdoor light for out door and indoor for inside.
  8. Hang lights on plastic hooks. Nails can damage the cord making it a fire hazard
  9. Torn off light when leaving the house or going to bed.
  10. When lighting candle never leave them unattended.
  11. Electric candles are always a safer alternative.

Roof maintenance for the storms to come.

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

Storm damage storm damage to a roof

Its cold season and with that comes rains and storms. Your home is what stand between you and the storm. The roof is what takes the most damage when there is rain or hail or a storm. When was the last time you replaced or at least did some maintenance? If you have not done any in many, many years, eventually there are going to be damages to it. If you are at that point then expect to get showers inside you home.

It is not difficult to inspect and do small repairs to your roof.

Here are some tips to what to look for when doing an inspection.

  • Any appearance of sagging or leaning
  • Obvious patches and cracks
  • Torn, cracked, or missing shingles
  • Damage or loose material around your chimneys, vents, and pipes
  • Lots of visible shingle granules (These look like sand.)
  • Detached gutters and downspouts
  • A large accumulation of debris
  • Algae growth
  • Wet spots on the ceiling

If you notice damage that you cannot repair hire a licensed roofer and if you already have water damages inside your home, we are the professionals to call. SERVPRO of Bellflower 562-608-8805

Prepared with an Emergency ready plan

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

Emergency pack Emergency pack

Prepared with an Emergency ready plan

Emergencies happen when least expected, but are you ready? If were hit by a natural disaster, or major fire are you prepared?

The majority of homes are not prepared. Being prepared can help minimize the impact of the tragedy for you and your family. Here are some steps to help in the case of a catastrophic event.

  1. Plan you evacuation route and include emergency contacts and address in case you need their help and specify a location where to meet like the Torrance High school big clock not just Torrance high school.
  2. Prepare an emergency pack with

*Prescriptions and other meds

*First aid Kit

*Bottled water

*Flashlight, battery powered radio, and extra batteries

*Clothing and sleeping bags and pillows

  1. Create a home inventory about all of your persona property which will help when applying for disaster aids, help speed up the process with an insurance claim
  2. Have Important documents in a safe place where only you and persons of trust know and can reach for it easy. Include Prescriptions, Birth and marriage certificates, passport, Driver’s license/ Real IDs, SS cards, Insurance poly docs, most recent tax docs, employment info, wills and deeds, stocks, bonds and other negotiable cert., financial information like bank, savings, and retirement account numbers.
  3. Last but not least, do the 10 minute test. Practice until you can gather all your things and family to be out the door and on the road without panicking and without confusion in 10 minutes or less. Practice, practice, practice until you get it down.

Rats and Plumbing in your home/crawlspace

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

water and crawlspace Pipes were damaged due to rats

I would have never thought that rats could be a problem when it came to plumbing. Boy was I wrong! We just came across a home where they called us out to do a water inspection. Thinking it could have just been a burst pipe we arrived and started the inspection inside the home where a significant part of her kitchen had water damage. Following the inspection one of our techs went under the home, to the crawl space to inspect and see if he could find the source of the water leak. What he found was surprising to me.

He came out of the crawl space and showed us what he found and pictures he took. He explained that there were rats under the home and that they were the cause of the water leak. The homeowner had a water filtration system installed for her home and the some of the connections ran under the home. Those connections were chewed by the rats.

If you ever decide to get a water filtration system, be sure that the tech installing the system places copper or galvanized pipes to avoid this type of disasters.

Also make sure that all the crawl space is well secured, meaning that you inspect that there are no entry points for any type of animal.

If you suspect you have water damage already call us SERVPRO of Bellflower.

Can SERVPRO of Bellflower handle it?! OF COURSE!

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Trailer ready SERVPRO Trailer ready

I you are wondering if SERVPRO of bellflower can handle fire damages. The answer is yes it can.

SERVPRO of Bellflower can not only handle water damages but fire damages as well. We are equipped with the correct cleaning supplies, machines and experienced technicians to clean and restore any size fire damage.

So not to worry to find who can handle you fire damage. Look no further because we are the professional you need to call. Even if it is in the middle of the night. We are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week for emergencies!

We will explain everything that we will do to clean-up all the affected area. If we have to remove material, we will let you. In other words, we will walk you through all the steps to be taken.

10 steps/tips to take to prepare for a storm

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

storm damaged house A storm damaged this home

As soon as the first signs of a storm start taking precautions. Stay tuned with your local weather or news station. Obey all authority request like evacuations.

Here are also 10 steps/tips to keep your family and home safe.

  1. Evacuation plan- When an evacuation is placed by authorities it is best if you have a plan to follow. Chose a common place to meet and or a single point-of-contact for all family members. If you have pets make an evacuation plan including your pet.
  2. Storm shutters- install impact shutters. It would be a good idea to install impact-resistant glass if you live in a place where you have storms often. If you don’t have any of those, you can nail pieces of plywood to the windows as last-minute resource.
  3. Outdoor Pieces- any outdoor furniture, pots, plants, BBQs, toys and bikes put them inside. Place them somewhere safe.
  4. Wall hangings and art- any art or hanging decoration make sure they are sturdy on the wall and any hanging art outdoors make sure to bring it inside.
  5. Enough Power- have a back up generator and enough fuel for a few days incase of power outage. Charge your phone and fill up your car’s gas tank.
  6. Unplug- Unplug all appliances and move them away from doors and windows.
  7. Emergency Kit- Prepare an emergency kit and keep it on hand at all times. Weather there is a storm near by or not, it is always good to have an emergency kit ready for whatever may happen. Gather flashlights, a portable radio, extra batteries, non-perishable food, bottled water, cash, blankets, clothing and toiletries. Also, have and First Aid kid ready and right next to your emergency kit.
  8. Important documents- Important documents like marriage license, birth certificates, financial and legal papers, insurance papers and jewelry place in a safety box or in a bolted safe in a secure place like closet or basement.
  9. Cars- Move cars to higher ground or park them in your garage against the garage doors. Do not park under trees, power lines or in low-lying areas.
  10. Shelter Room- Choose a room in your home that will become your shelter room away from windows or unprotected windows and doors in the first floor. Wait there until the storm passes.

When the storm has passed and there has been damage to your property contact your insurance and SERVPRO of Bellflower to get you back to your home A.S.A.P.

How to conserve water this summer to avoid droughts.

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

Drought map A map showing where the U.S is going through a drought

This year and last year were similar in weather but that’s all that we notice, but when it comes to water we do not know if we have enough or if we are in a drought. So far the West region of the United states is in a drought.

Here are some tips to conserve water:

  1. Water your yard in the morning or evening – when you water during the day when the sun is hot makes the water evaporate quickly and plants don’t benefit from it like they should. And if you will be doing some remodeling in your garden consider planting desert plants because they don’t need to be watered so much.
  2. Check for leaks with the toilet test – one way to check if your toilet is leaking is to put food coloring in the septic tack and if it seeps to the bowl with it being flushed you have a leak and they can leak up to 100 gallons per day. An inexpensive rubber flapper may be all you need to fix it.
  3. Shorten your shower – cutting down 2 mins of your shower time can save 1750 gallons per year. Turn off the water while you soap and/or shave.
  4. Use the dishwasher -Hand-washing your dishes can use up to 27 gallons of water, compared to just 3 gallons for a new Energy Star-rated dishwasher.
  5. Cover the pool – If you do have a pool make sure to cover it to prevent water evaporation.

Different types of Storms

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

different storms Different types of storms

No one ever think about the different types of storms there are. To us every storm is a storm and it destroys whatever is in its path. We understand that it is a force of nature that no one can control, but have you paid attention to the different types of storms.

There are a few different types of storms. These include hailstorms, ice storms, snowstorms, thunderstorms, wind storms, hurricanes, and tornadoes.

Ice storms is when the rain freezes in midair and when it hits the floor it is called sleet. Sleet is a mixture of rain and snow, but unlike snow it is translucent. When it hits the floor, it is very dangerous. Sometimes, it is also called black ice because when it hits the asphalt it is not noticeable and causes accidents.

Thunderstorms are when the rain freezes in the clouds and it is suspended in the clouds by upward wind, but when it gets to heavy the frozen rain falls creating hail. Hail storms can be dangerous. So, stay inside in case of any storm!

Snow storm is another storm that you should know about. Although not as dangerous as the ice storm the snow storms have other dangers like avalanches, lowering temperatures to very dangerous low temps and blizzard.

A storm with high winds and no precipitation and no rain is called a wind storm. If you know that a wind storm is about to hit get underground in a basement and away from windows.

There are 4 types of thunder storms. single cell, multicell line, multicell cluster, and supercell storms. Single cell is formed in high humidity, it doesn’t even last an hour, but create severe hail and weak tornadoes. Multicell is a storm that consist of several single cell storms at different stages of their life. Super cell storms are the most severe. They can produce strong downbursts, large hail, and occasional flash floods.

A firestorm is formed when an inferno created by intense flames absorbs the surrounding air, and fans the flames inside the center of the storm. A firestorm is formed when an inferno created by intense flames absorbs the surrounding air, and fans the flames inside the center of the storm.

When a tropical cyclone reaches 74 m/p then it’s considered a hurricane, typhoon, or cyclone. is used to describe windstorms that originate over tropical or sub-tropical waters. A hurricane rotates counter clock-wise while a cyclone rotates clock-wise.

Tornado aka twisters rotate counter clock-wise. Tornadoes are funneled shaped where the narrow side touched the earth carrying dirt and debris. Tornadoes are produced in severe thunderstorms and are very unpredictable.  It has 5 stages: advisory, alert, watch, warning, and tornado. A tornado is usually preceded by high winds and lightning and The Fujita scale measures it in five stages: F1 – moderate, F2 – significant, F3 – severe, F4 – devastating, and F5 – incredible. US is the country where they happen the most.

So, after all of this explanation you know a little bit more on the different types of storms. Now you can classify a little better what type of storm you may encounter.

When buying or building a fire pit.

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Pits 4 types of fire pits

Fire pits are good way to relax by yourself or have a romantic night. It is also a great way to have good time with friends and family. No doubt that a fire pit is a great addition to your home. There are many different types of fire pits you can chose from and many things to look at.

When choosing a fire pit there are many things to consider like:

  • How safe is the location where you want to place it?
  • Check for local building code and homeowner’s association for restrictions
  • If you want a permanent or portable fire pit
  • Is it a wood or gar fire pit?
  • Research what type of fire pit best fits you and your home

And the list can go on.

Most important take safety precautions to avoid fire disasters.                                          

  1. Depending where you live, check to see how may feet away from a structure or flammable object like trees, sheds, bushes, fences, etc.… should be. Different cities/states have different regulations and codes.
  2. Avoid windy conditions to avoid embers flying, so check weather forecast.
  3. Maintain fire pits by cleaning ashes regularly.
  4. Clean any flammable debris from around fire pits
  5. If you are doing a permanent or diy fire pit, use noncombustible material around and underneath
  6. And never leave a fire Unattended!

So, fire pits are in fact a great addition to any home but there are a lot of things that you have to consider and take precautions for. When you have done all of that and have your fire pit have fun and enjoy!

Who to call in case of a water or fire loss at your business?

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO team The SERVPRO team

What to do and who to call when you have had a water or fire loss at your business?

If you don’t know, we have the answer. SERVPRO of Bellflower is the professionals you need to handle you water or fire loss.

We not only have trained and experienced staff and technicians but we also have the industrial equipment to get the job done quickly and efficiently. The equipment we use is specialized equipment for any job big or small. From extracting water equipment to filtering the air from mold spore and even fire damage clean-up equipment. We also use specialized industrial chemicals that are only provided to trained personnel. Chemicals not sold to the public.

Put the trained and experienced team with the industrial equipment and the specialized chemicals and you’ll get amazing results. “Like it never even happened.”

So, for a high-quality job done right the first time with minimal downtime for your business, call the professionals of SERVPRO of Bellflower.

Our staff is always on call 24/7 for emergencies. (562)608-8805