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Why are Smoke detectors so important?

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke detector Smoke Detector

Most of us don’t really take into consideration the importance of a smoke detector, why? Well because not all of us have the experience of really needing it. In fact, most of us think it is an annoying little gadget. When you cook and it produces smoke it makes them go off. WOW! Is that sound loud. Not a fun sound, right?

Well, what most People (or most of us) don’t realize is that that sound may actually save your life in case of an actual emergency.

Fire spreads so rapidly. In a lot of cases, it does not even give you time to run out the door. But when you have an alarm that at the first signs of smoke/fire it goes off it may just give you time to get out and save your life and the lives of your loved ones.

Story time: When I was young, in elementary grade, my mother would work the night shift. After getting home from work, my mom would send us off to school in the morning. She would get home, cook, and go to sleep. One day she did the same but this time she left something on the stove even though it was at low heat, it managed to burn off completely. She was asleep and covered from head to toe she did not realize that she food she had left on the stove could have killed her. The food burnt off and started to produce smoke, tons of smoke! The only reason she woke up was because she received a call that woke her up. She was lucky to have received that phone call because we did not have smoke detectors at that time. If she had not received that call, she may not have been so lucky and alive right now.

Having said all of that, make sure that you have smoke detector in each room of your home and that the batteries are still good. You never know when they might come in use (hopefully you never have to hear them go off).

In the case that you ever do have a fire or smoke damage we are here! Call us SERVPRO of Bellflower (562)608-8805

We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Steps to take to help minimize the risks of your home catching fire if you are near a wildfire.

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

Wild Fires! properties near a wildfire

In the past few years, we have heard of several devastating wildfires. Wild fires that have consumed thousands of acres like the SCU Lighting Complex fires. That wildfire alone consumed about 396,624 acres and about 222 buildings.

Sometimes it is inevitable that buildings get destroyed and consumed because it is in the fires path, but when it is not directly in the path and can be saved by the prevention steps we take, why not take them? Preventing can sometimes make a difference between catching fire or not.

The following are the steps to take:

  • Remove dead vegetation from plants and lower branches from tall trees.
  • Keep the gutters, roof and outdoor spaces free of debris like leaves and twigs.
  • Clear out window screens and attic vents.
  • Move firewood at least 30 feet from the house.
  • Use roofing materials with a Class A fire rating (the highest).
  • Install metal angle flashing at the edge of the roof.
  • Box-in eaves that have an open construction (i.e., where rafter tails are visible).
  • Install metal flashing where wood decking meets the siding (if the siding is combustible).
  • Replace single-pane windows with multi-pane, tempered glass windows with screens.

Take these easy steps and you will feel a little better know that you are doing your part to keep your property a little safer from fires.

Maintaining a dish washer can prevent water damage to your home.

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

dishwasher Open Dishwasher

A few steps to take to maintaining dishwashers

Things you will need to do regular maintenance.

1 Vinegar

2 Sponge, washcloths or paper towels

3 Toothpicks or pipe cleaners

4 Owner’s manual – paper or online

  1. Use the washer regularly.

When using you dishwasher regularly will keep the food particle to settle and stick to the bottom therefore keeping it from having to be cleaned often.

  1. Unclogging the sprayer arms

Remove the racks to have access to the sprayer arms and be able to clean them easily. Use the toothpicks or pipe cleaners to unclog the sprayer arms. When you do that the dishwater cleans dishes better.

  1. Clean the drain

Unplug the washer. Generally, the dishwasher plug is located under the kitchen sink. In the case that it is a built-in dishwasher you may have to turn of the circuit breaker. Check the owner manual to see if the tray around the drain just slides off or easily removable. Be sure to follow the instructions to remove the tray. Removes all the debris from the drain. Keeping the drain clean will minimize how hard the drain works and will eliminate unpleasant odors.

  1. Maintaining the racks

Inspect the racks for chips on them or rust. If the racks have chips that may just need new paint, you can purchase the paint from the manufacturer or may just find them on other retailers like Amazon. In the case that the rack is badly rusted look into replacing them. Again, you can look for them from the manufacturer or ebay and amazon might have them for cheaper.

  1. Run a cycle with Vinegar.

Last but not least, place a cup of vinegar on the top rack and run a cycle to remove hard water deposits, soap scum and rust stains. Simple but very effective.

Doing this may help prevent the dishwasher from having serious issues and breaking down that often or even flooding your home. But in the unfortunate case that you do get a flood because of the dishwasher be sure to call us SERVPRO of Bellflower at (562)608-8805 for the clean-up and restoration services.

WHY SERVPRO?

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

technicians at work Our technicians are always ready to help!

Here at SERVPRO of Bellflower we pride ourselves on holding up to our mission, vision and core values, as a family owned and operated company and as a team.

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

  • Is to develop a team of quality people who focus on excellent service, fairness and mutual respect. Our focus is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

OUR VISION STATEMENT

  • To be the premier cleaning, restoration and reconstruction company in the communities we serve.

We believe in 5 key values that represent our company and makes us stand out in the community.

OUR CORE VALUES

  1. Integrity - Do what's Right and Fair! We act with integrity and honesty in the work that we do, the people we interact with and the decisions we make.
  2. Customer Service - To achieve total customer satisfaction by understanding what the customer wants and delivering it.
  3. Teamwork - Our team is reliable, honest, supportive of each other's efforts, enthusiastic and positive. We communicate openly and face challenges optimistically. We are accountable, deliver on promises and strive to exceed expectations.
  4. Grow Relationships - We want to grow relationships through working in the community, networking, meeting clients on site, and going the extra mile with our work.
  5. Personal and Professional Growth - We desire personal and professional growth to achieve success. Seeking growth through knowledge and continuous improvement at every level.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today at (562) 608-8805.

We are Cleaning Experts

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

Technician in PPE applying mist disinfectant to countertop Disinfecting the Bellflower Chamber of Commerce.

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Bellflower (562) 608-8805

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

flooded building Call us today (562) 608-8805

SERVPRO of bellflower is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (562) 608-8805

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Bellflower has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

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. 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.

Highly Trained Cleaning and Restoration Specialists | SERVPRO of Bellflower (SERVPRObellflower.com)

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (562) 608-8805

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

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. 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.

Visit our website at SERVPRObellflower.com

How SERVPRO Can Help After A Disaster

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

house after a fire broke out Don't stress. SERVPRO of Bellflower is here to help! (562) 608-8805

As an insurance professional or business owner, you know that choosing a restoration company is one of the most important decisions to be made after a disaster. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Bellflower can help with everything from the initial damage assessment and claim services to the restoration and repairs.

Emergency Response

SERVPRO has teams available 24/7 to provide their clients with high-quality service, which includes the following: 

  • Quick response
  • Pretesting
  • Professional certification
  • Access to corporate resources

A speedy response helps prevent further damage. For example, water can be dried before mold begins to grow, and soot can be removed quickly to prevent further corrosion of surfaces. Before beginning repairs, the teams will do pretesting to determine which items can and cannot be salvaged, saving time and money. Certification by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification ensures that the teams restore properties using the industry's current best practices. Additionally, franchise owners and their employees have access to SERVPRO’s continuing education program. Although franchises are locally owned and may be small, there are larger branches and corporate resources available to assist with bigger jobs.

Insurance Claims
Communication is one of the most important aspects of the restoration process. SERVPRO's claim services help facilitate communication between the property owner, insurance company, and restoration professionals. The claims information is provided electronically, so it is available even after business hours. Loss photographs, job cost estimates, necessary paperwork, and other important documents are all available electronically. The electronic nature of claims processing increases speed and decreases errors.
A restoration company with over 50 years of experience, abundant resources, and highly-trained employees can help get a business back to normal quickly and safely while also making the process seamless for all involved. SERVPRO offers top-notch service for every aspect of the restoration process, from initial assessment and claim services to the final walkthrough ensuring the business is safe and ready to reopen.

SERVPRO of Bellflower (562) 608-8805

Things to Expect After a Fire Loss in a Commercial Building

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

commercial building on fire Fire damage to your commercial property. Let us help! Give us a call at (562) 608-8805

Things to Expect After a Fire

If you experience a fire in your building, you know there will be a certain amount of destruction. What you may not consider is that there will be multiple types of damage after this kind of emergency. Water cleanup will often be necessary after a fire, along with everything else. Here are a few things that you can expect.

Fire Damage

Fire damage refers to the physical damage to a property as a result of burning. This damage is directly caused by the flames. Fire damage is one of the types of coverage offered in property insurance

Smoke & Soot Damage

Sometimes the damage caused by smoke can be more extensive than that caused by the fire itself. While the flames can be contained to a smaller area, smoke travels through the air, affecting a larger part of the building. It carries soot and contaminants with it, so smoke cleanup will be required to prevent long-term damage.

Water Damage

If the flames have become large enough that the fire department is needed to put them out, you will, unfortunately, be dealing with another type of damage entirely. Water damage from the hoses can flood the building, resulting in warped walls or flooring and potential mold growth if it is left to sit. Water cleanup should be performed as soon as possible to prevent this.

Loss of Business

Because a fire can affect the building in which you do business, you can lose profit if the damage is severe. However, if you are unable to work as usual during the fire cleanup process, business insurance may be able to cover your losses.
If you find that you need fire, smoke or water cleanup after a disaster, you should call an emergency restoration company. They will be able to begin the process quickly to get your business back to its previous condition, so you can continue work as usual.

Scary what water leaks can cause to your home!

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

water damage caused mold to the ceiling water damage caused mold tot the ceiling

Water Leaks and the Damages it causes…

Water damage is one of the dreadful things a homeowner could face especially during certain seasons when pipes are cracking, leaves are clogging, snow is melting, or there’s heavy rainfall.

Water pipes, whether they contain wastewater or clean water should not leak in your home so it’s best to constantly conduct water leak detection as early as possible.

Hidden water leaks can cause serious damage to your home even before you notice it. Water can be destructive whether it gushes from a ruptured main pipe or it seeps from a loose-fitting pipe. In addition, leaks can also increase your monthly water bill.

Furthermore, water leaks can play havoc in your home which can lead to thousands of dollars in repair costs if you won’t perform water leak detection ahead of time. A buildup of molds and fungi can also be hazardous to you and your family’s health.

Late water leak detection causes risk and consequences both to your health and home, here are some of them:

  1. Late Water Leak Detection Decreases Your Property Value

A history of water damage from leaks decreases the value of your home or property because even if you think that you have completely fixed the damage, there is still a lingering effect on it.

So, if you have decided to sell your home in the future, this can compromise your bargaining position and will definitely decrease your final selling price.

Taking care of leaks earlier or right away prevents water damage from occurring or reoccurring and helps maintain the value of your home.

  1. Early Water Leak Detection Helps Prevent Structural Damage

Another potential hazard to be aware of is the structural damage water leak can bring your home. It can be dangerous and expensive and the most obvious and prominent signs of water leaks are staining, discoloration or streaks on your walls.

When your home’s drywall starts to absorb water from a leaking pipe or from other sources of water damage, it begins to swell and warp and this can happen to structural materials as well — if left untreated for long, this can compromise the structural integrity of your home and this is most dangerous for support beams that hold your home together.

  1. Not Performing Water Leak Detection Leads to Mold and Fungal Growth

Mold and fungal growth are some of the biggest consequences of water leak in your home. These organisms could be hazardous to your health because they produce spores that become air pollutants and may cause health effects.

So How Do You Perform Water Leak Detections?

Discovering water leaks in your home is essential for the safety of your family and home. However, water leaks can sometimes remain hidden and the first step in solving the problem is discovering the problem.

  • Pay attention to odd odors

A leaking pipe would often leave an odd, musty smell in the air and the odor would be noticeable, this can even be the first sign that there’s a water leak inside your home. Try finding the source of the musty smell and you might find a water leak problem that has gone unnoticed.

  • Sagging walls or ceilings

Water tends to accumulate in a single spot when there is a water leak because water would always flow to a given point where you would notice a sagging wall or ceiling. The added weight of the water causes the wall or ceiling to sag and can have a negative effect on the structure of your home.

  • Discoloration on your walls

Another warning sign of a water leak in your home is discoloration on your walls. A yellowish or off-white stain appearing along your wall can be a sign of a hidden leak and this should be considered a major sign of leakage.

The more aware you are about the causes of water leaks in your home, the more you can save thousands of dollars in repair and the more you could keep your family and home safe.

SERVPRO of Bellflower has tools to detect if your home has water damage and equipment to dry and restore those damages! Call us to for an estimate we are here to serve our Bellflower community.  (562)608-8805