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IICRC CERTIFIED FIRM

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

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When it comes to trusting someone with important things, you don’t just trust anyone. And we, here at SERVPRO of Bellflower, understand that all too well. We understand entrusting your home to just anyone to get repairs done, has to be by some one you know will to the job right, and even then, you still feel like it’s a risk. So how can you find or look for someone can trust?

When hiring SERVPRO of Bellflower, you can have peace of mind because we are a IICRC certified firm.

What is the IICRC? IICRCR stand for Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. It is a non-profit organization that set standard internationally. Formerly known as International Institute of Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Inc. This institute has about 60,000 certified technicians and 6,000 certified Firms. This means that SERVPRO of Bellflower is a credible company that follows the same high standards that every reputable company internationally follows. To be able to be IICRC certified you have to be licensed and bonded.

So, for your peace of mind, you know that you are getting a company that is backed up by an institute that set very high standards, yet we follow every one of them.

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.

Time to Clean those Gutters

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

Rain gutters Clean Vs Dirty rain gutter. Keep them clean to prevent damage not only during light rains but heavy storms, too.

During long summer days, it’s easy to forget that there is always the possibility of a downpour!  Air conditioning maintenance and duct cleaning are essential for the inside of the home, but don’t neglect the outside! Rain can bring high damaging winds that can dislodge branches from trees, which may look to find a new home...on top of yours! So, it’s essential that an inspection to your rain gutters is performed. It’s simple enough - all you will need is a ladder, gloves, protective goggles, water hose and a trash bag.

Rain Gutter Cleaning Process

  • Climb the ladder. Start from the end closest to the drain outlet and remove any debris always working away from the drain outlet. For a faster cleanup, in the end, toss the debris into a bucket on the ground.
  • With your water hose, spray the water through the gutters towards the drain outlet. This will be much easier using a hose with a pressure gauge for high and low power, but any will work.
  • Check your drainpipes for any blockages. Hopefully any potential blocks are minimized by removing the debris before it makes its way into the pipes. However, there are times where the rain storms forces debris into the pipes. If you see a trickle instead of a flow coming from your pipes, use the hose at the top of the gutter and spray directly into the outlet. For harder to reach items, try a plumber’s snake.

Use these quick and easy tips to ensure your rain gutters are ready for any storms Mother Nature wants to throw your way.

Did you know your landscaping can have an affect on your home’s foundation?

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

House Foundation Clean and maintain your landscaping to prevent water damage to your property.

Protecting your home’s foundation is key to preventing major foundation-related issues down the road. Now, there are many ways to protect your home’s foundation. For most homeowners, these include:

  • Watering your foundation during the dry season.
  • Monitoring foliage around your home’s foundation.
  • Making sure your downspouts aren’t leaking.
  • Cleaning and inspecting your gutters.
  • Checking for water pooling near your foundation.
  • Making sure the ground slopes away from your home’s foundation.
  • Inspecting the perimeter of your home.

One of the most important things is missing – landscaping! Did you know that your foundation can get damaged just by the way you have landscaped your yard?

#1: Grade Your Landscape the Right Way

Water is the number one cause of foundation damage. So, ensuring your foundation is safe from water runoff is key to protecting it.

When you look at your home, do you notice that your yard slopes towards it? If so, then that is a sign of trouble. You need to correct it as soon as possible to prevent your foundation from getting damaged (if it hasn’t already been). Don’t forget to do the same for the rest of the perimeter. Many homeowners make the mistake of just checking their front yard and forgetting other areas. 

If you notice any spots sloping towards your home or where the ground levels off, you’ll need to regrade the area.

#2: Don't Cover Up Your Foundation

Covering up your home’s foundation is a bad idea. Ensure you leave a few inches of your foundation exposed. Additionally, leave a gap between your foundation wall and the plants so that water doesn’t pool close to the wall.

It may also be a good idea to plant drought-resistant flowers and greenery or those that don’t need a lot of water. Not only will they lower your water bills, but they will also help ensure that moisture collecting near your home isn’t excessive.

#3: Maintain Your Soil’s Moisture Content

It’s true that water is not a foundation’s friend. That said, there are exceptions to this rule. During the dry spell, especially in areas with poor soil conditions, it’s crucial to maintain soil moisture.

Ensure that you don’t overwater. Overwatering may lead to problems like foundation movement and/or cracks in your walkways. If you have a sprinkler system, ensure to inspect it for leakage every now and then.

#4: Keep Those Pesky Tree Roots Away From Your Foundation

if left unattended, tree roots can cause severe damage to your home’s foundation.

Trees with invasive root systems are especially bad news for home’s foundations. If you have large trees within 10-20 feet of your home and their canopies are touching any side of your home, there are high chances your foundation could be in trouble. 

You have two options in this regard: to remove them or to install a root barrier. 

#5: Improve Your Gutter System

Runoff from gutters can quickly erode your slope. And, once eroded, water will stagnate close to your foundation eventually causing damage.

If your gutters aren’t pushing water some few feet away from your foundation, consider installing gutter extensions. You can even go a step further and install downspouts to take the water farther out.

You also want to ensure that your gutters are free from debris. Clogged gutters can cause water to overflow out of your gutter system and down the sides of your home.

While often under-appreciated, your home’s foundation is an important component of your house. Keeping water away from it is an important part of maintaining your home’s structural integrity.

Does it Smell? NO worries. SERVPRO of Bellflower can Deodorize

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

Female deodorizing Odors? Call SERVPRO of Bellflower at 562-608-8805 to deodorize.

Are you a property manager, landlord, or real estate agent that is faced with an odor problem?

Did the last tenants smoke up the residence emitting a ghastly smell? Dealing with wet dog smell, rotten food, or just an odor that won’t go away even after spraying with an over the counter room freshener?

No worries…..SERVPRO of Bellflower can help eliminate those pesky, stinky, stubborn odors with our proven deodorization methods. We will not take the odor away by merely masking it with a cheap smelling perfume spray. We will deodorize and neutralize odor-causing particles making the air clean and breathable.

If you are in need of deodorization or in need of other services give us a call at 562-608-8805