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The world is getting a bit scary right now...Is your business prepared to handle an emergency?

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a modern crazy world The world is getting a tad bit crazy...Are you ready to handle any emergency situation?

Let's admit it... there is so much overwhelming stuff going on in the world right now, and so, the time has come to ask ourselves, "Do I have an emergency plan in place in case of any unprecedented possible catastrophe?"  If there was to be a fire in your home or business, do you know what to do or how to handle it? What if there was a storm and your place of business was damaged, do you have a plan in place to make sure you minimize the damage to avoid all sorts of expensive subsequent damage?

Did you know that as many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
     
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
     
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
     
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO of Bellflower Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
     
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
     
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

Ready to Get Started? Call SERVPRO of Bellflower today! (562)608-8805

New year, be ready!

1/4/2020 (Permalink)

happy new year 2020 Happy new year! Its time to be start off the year right!

With each new year, many people resolve to better themselves or some part of their life. This year, make a resolution to be READY. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can prepare for it. The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you are "Ready for whatever happens" in 2020. 

In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility, The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP also establishes SERVPRO of Northern Las Vegas as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 45 years experience and a system more than 1,700 Franchises strong. The ERP is a no cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future. By downloading the free SERVPRO READY App, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device putting help at your fingertips. https://ready.SERVPRO.com/ 

Preparation is the key to making it through any \ size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster. Don't wait until disaster strikes—resolve to be READY. Call SERVPRO of Bellflower to establish your Emergency READY Profile, and be "Ready for whatever happens" in 2020.

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise profile document containing only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO of Bellflower as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. 
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

Celebrate Safely This Holiday Season

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

holiday safety The holdays are a perfect time to make safety a priority!

Pretty lights, candles, and decorations are just a few of the items bringing charm and cheer to the holiday season—however, if they are not used carefully your holidays may go from festive to frightening.
The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to help greatly reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday season.

  • Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents, and candles.
  • Make sure light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or before going to bed.
  • Use only sturdy tree stands designed to not tip over. Keep curious pets and children away from Christmas trees.
  • Keep anything that can catch on fire—like pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from your stove top.
  • Designate one person to walk around your property to ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave.

Bellflower Smoke and Soot Cleanup

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Bellflower will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (562) 608-8805

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Bellflower Home

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

IICRC Certified Firm Logo We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Bellflower is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Bellflower

SERVPRO of Bellflower specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

Does Your Bellflower Home Have A Mold Problem?

11/9/2019 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (562) 608-8805

Minimizing water damage in the ktichen

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

water damage from a pipe leak This flooded kitchen was flooded by an unaddressed pipe leak.

Do not underestimate the role of water in home damage – the effects are unpleasant and all too real. The inconvenience, expense and household disruption are difficult to deal with, but there are some ways that may minimize the damage.

Inspect to determine the source of the leak and shut off the water supply at the first sign of water
Remove furnishings, area rugs and other moveable items to a dry location if possible – do not allow them to sit and soak up water
Do not turn on any appliances or entertainment equipment that has been exposed to the water, and never plug something in while you are standing in water or a wet surface
Alert your homeowner’s insurance to get direction and then call for professional assistance

Getting Proper Help

That last point is particularly important and should be undertaken as soon as the water source is shut off. SERVPRO of Bellflower can assess the damage, alert you as to how to stay safe, and begin water extraction. If the water in home flooding is from a clean source, extraction and thorough cleaning and drying may be all that is necessary. If it comes from the disposal, contains food particles and grease; especially if it has been an ongoing problem that has gone unnoticed or untreated, then more intense sanitation measures may need to be employed.
The remediation service can undertake any kitchen repair that is necessary due to the flooding. Your kitchen can soon be restored to a place where comfort and caring can be found.

Keeping Your Microwave Clean and Odor Free

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

clean microwave There are many ways you can help eliminate certain odors from your microwave.

Here Are Three Tips For Getting Rid Of The Stench and Disinfecting the Unit

You've popped that bag of popcorn too long and now a pungent smoke smell has permeated the house.....Oh no!!!!! What do you do? After all, you don't want your next few meals to pick up that burnt scent. It's time to clean the appliance, getting into the nooks and crannies. Here are three tips for getting rid of the stench and disinfecting the unit.

1) Tackle Odor First

To do this, locate a microwavable container, and fill it with water. Then, add a small amount of vinegar or lemon juice. Place it in the microwave, heating the water to boiling. This should help remove the funky scent.

2) Wipe It Down

The steam from the water should loosen any food stuck to the walls, offering an easier clean up. Grab a sponge or a wet cloth, and start scrubbing. Food that lingers on the walls can reduce the microwave's functionality and create a smoke smell. To avoid this, wash it often and cover plates when they're heated.

3) Eliminate Leftover Grease

Under the appliance is a grease filter that should be rinsed once a month. You'll want to take it out and place it in a bucket of water and detergent. Be careful. You don't want to use ammonia, so read labels first. After a while, remove it, dry it off, and put it back. Once this is done, locate the vent grill about the unit. Take off the front panel. Look and see how the grease has accumulated. With your rag, wipe it down. Grease is a potential fire hazard; thus, allowing it to sit could leave your home open to a fire. If flames or smoke occur, call 911 immediately. Allow the firemen to put it out. Then, contact SERVPRO of Bellflower to evaluate and repair the damage.
If the smoke smell bothers you, make it a habit to sanitize the appliance. Scour it free of food debris, and scrub it with soap and water.

How To Keep Your Employees Safe During a Thunderstorm

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

thunder over the city When the thunder roars, go indoors!

Regular storms typically do not cause much damage at all. A major rain storm in Bellflower, CA, however, can put your employees at risk.
Severe thunderstorms are particularly dangerous. They include wind gusts of at least 58 miles per hour or hail that is at least one inch in diameter. These storms can cause destruction in several ways:

  • High winds can knock down power lines and trees, damaging buildings and causing power outages
  • Heavy rains often lead to flood damage
  • Lightning strikes kill more people each year than hurricans or tornadoes

You should thus take steps to protect your employees before, during and after a thunderstorm. Below are some tips for keeping everyone safe.

Before the Storm

Pay attention to local weather forecasts so you know if a severe rain storm is coming. Before the rain arrives, talk to your employees about what they should expect. Also, bring any outdoor equipment inside and trim any long or damaged tree branches near your building.
If your office has a lightning rod, make sure it is properly installed and maintained. To prevent severe storm damage, close all the office windows and doors as well.

During the Storm

When the storm begins, tell all your employees to stay inside and to keep away from the windows and skylights. Avoid using any electronic devices or plumbing.

After the Storm

Once the rain has stopped, begin the storm cleanup process. If your business sustained major damage, you can contact your local emergency restoration services company for assistance.
In the meantime, keep employees away from any electronic devices in the building until the flood cleanup is complete. Make sure they know to avoid any power lines that have fallen outside the office.
A severe rain storm can be dangerous if you do not take the proper precautions. If you follow the above steps, you can make sure your employees remain out of harm's way.

What Damages a Solar Panel?

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

damaged solar panel The damage on the solar panels was caused by a hail storm.

What Damages a Solar Panel?

People in Bellflower CA with solar panels should feel confident that their investment should last and they won’t have to worry about panel damage. While the weather doesn’t always cooperate with our wishes, these renewable energy systems are designed to withstand a fair amount of what Mother Nature throws their way.

Panel Durability

Although the many photovoltaic cells that make up a panel are fragile, they are protected by a durable frame and tempered glass. Similar to cellphone screens, even if they shatter or crack, they maintain their form. The glass used is tested to provided a protective layer from hail, wind and sever storms, as well as hold up to excess weight on them.

Common Culprits

Solar panels are designed to last up to 30 years, and may even continue working at a lower capacity after that, but they aren’t 100% resistant to the effects of nature. When general roof damage occurs, there may be a chance that there is also panel damage. The most common causes of damage include:

Falling debris – Dust, leaves and twigs may create tiny scratches that can eventually block some of the cells from absorbing sunlight. Larger branches falling have the potential to create large cracks. Maintaining nearby trees can help deter these problems.
Hail – Panels are designed to withstand hail. For people who live in areas prone to hail storms, or freak s with larger hail, scratching or cracking can happen. While there isn’t much you can do to prevent hail damage, smaller panels can reduce overall damage.
Rain and snow – As panels age, seals can begin to deteriorate. This may allow moisture to get inside the panel and affect its components. A professional can reseal the panels to help them last as long as they should.

Most people won’t need to worry about panel damage for years to come. A few small steps, like keeping panels free of debris, can easily be added to your spring and fall home maintenance checklist.