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WHY SERVPRO?

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

November the month of being Thankful!

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Thankful for you! Thankful for you!

November is officially National Gratitude month, and what better way to celebrate than to make an extra effort daily to thank someone in your life. It’s no coincidence that gratitude month and Thanksgiving fall during 30-day period. However, gratitude means more than saying “thanks.” It is a deeper feeling of satisfaction and appreciation that fulfills and nourishes from the inside out.

Practicing gratitude or reflecting on what you’re grateful for has been proven to generate a positive impact in psychological, physical and interpersonal wellbeing. People express how reflecting and feeling grateful for their blessings is a beneficial way to deal with chaotic, stressful and tense life moments. The benefits of gratitude impact individuals in a physical, psychological and social matter, according to a study from the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley. People that practice gratitude on a daily basis tend to have:

  • Fewer feelings of isolation and loneliness.
  • A stronger immune system.
  • Better sleep.
  • Lowered blood pressure.
  • Reduced anxiety and depression.
  • Reduction in body aches and pains.
  • More forgiveness.
  • Increased satisfaction at work/school.

So, a slight change in mental attitude can positively affect us in many ways. As an organization seeking motivated, passionate and happy employees, these benefits serve as an inspiration to encourage “gratitude attitude” in business. Here at SERVPRO of Bellflower we appreciate one another and our clients every day!

Here are some creative activities you to consider implementing to boost gratitude:

  • On the first day of November send all your employees a gratitude email or letter. Sharing your gratitude for their hard work will make them feel special and appreciated.
  • During the month set a daily time for employees stop, and take a minute or two to think and meditate about something or someone for which they are thankful.
  • Plan a local community service activity that employees can attend. Schedule days (weekends) to spend time volunteering at an animal shelter, local church or food bank. Many national and global organizations implement acts of charity to show gratitude. Finding ways to give back to the community makes people work and feel better.

So, don’t forget the power of gratitude. Turn gratefulness and saying thank you into a habit. It creates a positive mindset and illuminates how life is a gift.

Act fast to lessen the potential of long-term water damage

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

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5 steps to take when you have water damage.

One of the most damaging and devastating things you can ever experience is flooding of your home. However, you’re not alone, we’re here to help you with some steps on how to deal with home damage.

There are many causes of household flooding including – Heavy rains, Sewer back-up, Appliance Malfunctions, Malfunctioning sump-pump, and Burst pipesThis can be a time of great confusion as to what to do concerning safety, cleanup and even how to pay for all the repair and restoration.

Here are 5 steps to take after water damage:

  1. Protect Yourself and Your Possessions

Water damage in all its forms can potentially harm your health and safety due to contaminated water, flood dangers and mold growth. To protect yourself, take these actions:

  • Shut off the electricity by switching off the circuit breakers and unplugging devices.
  • If you’re in danger of flooding, evacuate the flooded area until authorities deem it safe to return.
  • When you reenter the property, wear rubber gloves, waterproof boots and protective clothing.
  • Rescue the most valuable items, such as documents or electronics.
  1. Stop the Water Damage

The source of the water problem must be identified and stopped to prevent the damage from compounding. Take these steps:

  • The most likely cause of water damage is a burst pipe or hot water tank leak. Make sure you know where your shut-off valves are, and use them.
  • If a flood is predicted, take preventive measures such as sandbagging and ditching.
  1. Contact Your Insurance Company

Your insurance company is a vital resource in helping you navigate an emergency. Help yourself make an effective claim with these tips:

  • Call as soon as possible after the damage occurs, and find out what steps the insurance company requires you to take.
  • Get a claims adjuster on site as soon as possible to document the damage and estimate the cost of repairs.
  • Take photos of the damaged areas and any affected valuables.
  • Keep detailed records and receipts.
  1. Dry Things Out

If you can start drying out your property within 24 hours and complete the process in 3 to 4 days, you can virtually eliminate the growth of mold and mildew.

  • Lift wet furniture and remove from flooded areas if possible.
  • Place aluminum foil between furniture legs and wet carpet to prevent carpet stains.
  • Remove and hang area rugs to dry.
  • Use fans and dehumidifiers to help dry out wet areas.
  • Set your air conditioning to the “on” position to help remove humidity.
  • Professional grade equipment used by restoration companies may be needed.
  1. Clean and Restore Your Property

The aftermath of water damage can take time and effort to address, which is why it’s helpful to contact your local SERVPRO of Bellflower. Calling on professionals is an effective way to handle the complications that may arise from water damage. Keep these rules in mind:

  • Determine what is salvageable and discard anything that is too damaged or no longer safe to use.
  • Drywall, insulation, flooring, carpeting and baseboards may need to be removed and replaced to prevent mildew and mold growth.
  • Moisture can get into places that you can’t see or easily find, so bring in professionals with specialty equipment such as moisture detectors, hygrometers and thermal cameras.
  • Also seek professional advice on damaged property such as documents and electronics, which can often be restored with specialty equipment.


We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster! Call SERVPRO of Bellflower at (562) 608-8805 if you would like a team to come out and assess the water damage in your home.

Taking the necessary precautions to clean and sanitize after a suspected or confirmed Covid-19 case.

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

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Necessary steps to take after Coronavirus case

With the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the rise, understanding how to clean and disinfect rooms or areas where people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infections have visited is important. The virus spreads from person-to-person who are as close as 6 feet apart through respiratory droplets. The virus may also be able to live on certain surfaces for a short period of time.

Droplet transmission is a major way germs are spread from person to person. When you cough or sneeze, you send droplets into the environment, and others can get sick when they come into contact with those infected droplets. Viruses like the flu and coronavirus can live outside of the body for several hours . If you cough or sneeze on a surface, someone that touches that same surface could become infected. Taking steps to limit the spread of these germs can protect your health and the people around you.

If you have a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, we suggest following these tips recommended by the CDC:

Location and Timing of Cleaning and Disinfecting Surfaces

If you are at a facility that does not house people overnight, such as a school, daycare center, office or other facility, we recommend the following:

  • Block off areas used by the ill person(s) and wait up to 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting to minimize potential exposure to respiratory droplets.  Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area.
  • Disinfect and clean all areas used by the ill person(s). Focus on frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, desks, countertops, computer keyboards and faucet handles.

If you are at a facility that does house people overnight, such as a college dorm, we recommend the following:

  • Work with your state and local officials to isolate the ill person(s) and provide temporary housing. You may follow these guidelines for Interim Guidance for US Institutions of Higher Education here.
  • Close off areas used by the ill persons and wait up to 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting to minimize potential for exposure to respiratory droplets. Open doors and windows to increase air circulation in the affected area.
  • In areas where the ill person is being housed, follow Interim Guidance for Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection for U.S. Households with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019. Be sure to focus on cleaning common areas where staff and others providing services may come into contact with the ill person(s).
  • In areas where ill persons have visited, continue routine cleaning and disinfecting as per our recommendation.
  • Sometimes professionals like SERVPRO of Bellflower are going to be needed to go in and sanitize the environment to have a safe and confident return.

How to Clean and Disinfect Surfaces

Surfaces

  • Use soap and water prior to disinfection of dirty surfaces.
  • To disinfect, household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.
    • Diluted household bleach solutions can be used if appropriate for the surface. Follow the manufactures directions for application and proper ventilation. Make sure the expiration date of the product has not passed. Bleach that is past its expiration is not effective against the coronavirus. Do not mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleaner.
  • How to prepare a bleach solution:
    • 5 tablespoons (one-third cup) bleach per gallon of water
  • Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on the data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufactures directions for cleaning and disinfecting products.
  • For soft and porous surfaces such as carpeted floor, rugs and curtains, remove any visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners.
  • If any items can be laundered, launder items in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions using the warmest appropriate water setting and letting the items dry completely.
  • If items cannot be laundered, use products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims that are suitable for porous surfaces.

Linens, Clothing and Other Items

  • Carefully handle dirty laundry the virus may be dispersed through the air as droplets.
  • Wash all appropriate items in accordance with the manufacturer’s directions. Wash on the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely. Dirty laundry that has been in contact with an ill person can be washed with other items.
  • Don’t forget to clean and disinfect the hamper or anything else used to transport laundry according to the guide for hard and soft surfaces.

Personal Protection Equipment and Hand Hygiene

The cleaning staff should wear disposable gloves and gowns during the cleaning process.

  • Gloves and gowns should be compatible with disinfectant products.
  • Use additional protection if needed based on the products being used.
  • Gloves and gowns should be removed carefully to avoid contaminating the surrounding area or person wearing it. Be sure to wash your hands after removing gloves.
  • Gloves should be removed after cleaning a room or area contaminated by an ill person(s). Wash your hands immediately after removing gloves.
  • If there is a tear in gloves or PPE, report potential exposure immediately to your supervisor.
  • All cleaning staff and others should wash their hands often. Wash with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Follow normal preventative actions at work and home, including washing hands and avoiding touching eyes, nose, or mouth. Additional times to wash your hands include:
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After using the restroom
  • Before eating or preparing food
  • After contact with animals or pets
  • Before or after providing routine care for another person who needs assistance

We here at SERVPRO of Bellflower are certified to clean and sanitize after a confirmed Covid-19 case.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.