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Learning the Differences Between Mitigation and Restoration

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

Truck from a restoration company The professionals of the flood cleanup company will use different methods and tools for both procedures.

Understanding The Distinction Between Mitigation And Restoration

As you seek a flood cleanup company to bring your North Riverside, CA, business back to normal, you might hear about mitigation and restoration services. If you are new to these procedures, they might sound interchangeable, but they contain significant differences. Improve the recovery of your business building by learning more about the varying ways these procedures contribute to that goal.

Overall Purpose

Both mitigation and restoration aim to bring back the establishment. However, they have different purposes. Mitigation is immediately performed once the specialists have inspected the damage and obtained all the information. It is meant to provide some stability and prevent further damage before it continues to escalate. Restoration is the second part of the process that actually repairs and replaces items and materials as needed, which can bring your business back into a functional shape. Since these steps are connected, you can expect a restoration company to also provide mitigation as a service.

Procedures and Tools

The professionals of the flood cleanup company will use different methods and tools for both procedures. For instance, mitigation requires smaller operations such as:

  • Covering roof damage with tarp
  • Boarding up broken windows, doors and holes with plywood
  • Drying wet items and suctioning water from property
  • Removing fallen trees and branches
  • Building support to maintain the building's structure

Mitigation uses simple materials like tarp and wood to prevent potential future damage. Meanwhile, restoration requires more procedures and tools depending on the extensiveness of the damage. They usually involve repairing broken objects, replacing deeply affected materials or combating mold.


Mitigation is meant to be a quick process where the technicians must act fast and prevent more damage. Therefore, you can expect it to be a relatively fast process that occurs near the beginning of the treatment. Meanwhile, restoration involves multiple, complex activities, so it might take longer. Successful damage control can help reduce this time.

While mitigation and restoration are helpful towards the return of your business, they have different timeframes, purposes and resources. A flood cleanup company offers these and several other services.

3 Ways a Restoration Response Team Streamlines Business Insurance Claims

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

Truck from a restoration company Disaster can strike anytime day or night, but because SERVPRO locations are locally owned and operated, the response time is usually swift.

Three Ways A Restoration Response Team Makes Business Insurance Claims Go Smoother

When fire, flooding and storm damage causes problems for you and your Yucaipa, CA, business, one of your main concerns may be how to handle the insurance claim and where to begin. Between itemizing the damage and the paperwork, you may feel overwhelmed. However, working with an emergency disaster response team like SERVPRO can streamline this process, from pretesting to filing.

1. Pretest Assistance

Once you have the chance to survey the damage inside your business, it can seem insurmountable. Working with a disaster response company can help you to better understand the extent of the issue with pretesting, which gauges whether certain areas can be fixed or if they are likely a total loss. Overall, this can lower claims expenses and may even help you file an insurance claim more quickly.

2. 24/7 Support

Disaster can strike anytime day or night, but because SERVPRO locations are locally owned and operated, the response time is usually swift. This can reduce the need for insurance claims, such as with flooding, as the restoration technicians can drain standing water and provide mitigation solutions for areas that may degrade over time and cause secondary damage, such as mold growth.

3. Preferred Vendor Status

Working with an insurance agent after your business suffers damage can be daunting, especially if you have never filed a commercial claim before. SERVPRO may serve as a bridge between your company and the agent, as the franchise is well known as a preferred vendor and can boost your confidence during the process. The presence of a certified disaster response team may also benefit the agent, who may feel more comfortable working with a preferred restoration vendor.

Fire, flooding and severe storms can cause a variety of damage to your Yucaipa, CA, business and require you to file an insurance claim. Working with a SERVPRO disaster response team, from the pretesting phase to filing, may help you weather the storm with greater peace of mind.

Don't Forget To Clean Odors and Soot After a Fire

2/10/2022 (Permalink)

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After A Fire, Don't Forget To Clean Up The Odors And Soot.

The sight and smell of a crackling fire can be wonderful when you're under a blanket on a sofa. But you don't want that smell in your house in Riverside, CA, especially not if it is a constant reminder of a fire that you just survived. Smoke damage, persistent smoke smells and soot damage, while less noticeable than burned walls and furniture, can be an ongoing source of trouble long after a fire has been put out if they are not remediated.

Making sure the smoke damage to your personal property and furniture, as well as to the structure of your home, is cleaned will go a long way to mitigate the odors. Places where smoke odors can linger range from the obvious to the less visible.

• Upholstered furniture like sofas, arm chairs and dining chairs
• Soft furnishings like throw pillows, blankets, seat cushions and drapes
• Throw rugs, area rugs and wall to wall carpeting
• Semi porous surfaces such as lamp shades and air filters
• Interior walls and built-in cabinets and seating

Soot develops when materials burn and the resulting particulate matter spreads out. It accumulates on visible surfaces like countertops and tables, and it can also find its way into hidden spaces. Make sure to check for soot damage on cabinet and pantry shelves, on and inside books and magazines, on appliance surfaces and inside closets. Soot can also make its way inside electronics such as TVs and computers where it can cause damage. It must be completely removed to stop it from being spread back into clean areas on the soles of shoes or via hands that have handled sooty items.

House fires burn structures and destroy personal property, and surviving them in Riverside, CA is hard enough. Make sure that smoke damage is addressed when the fire damage is repaired so that you don't have to live with dirt and odor reminders of the disaster.

Why You Should Use SERVPRO for Storm Damage Restoration

2/10/2022 (Permalink)

Truck from a restoration company When a storm strikes your business, SERVPRO is ready for your call. We have specialized equipment and a dedicated team of professionals to restore it.

Why Should You Hire SERVPRO to Restore Storm Damage?

During a storm, it is possible that many clients might experience damage to their Downtown Riverside, CA homes. When you need storm restoration for several damaged sites, SERVPRO is a great option. Here are a few reasons why this company is a top choice for many insurance agencies.

1. They Respond Quickly

SERVPRO is open 24 hours a day, so they can provide service as soon as you need it. Once you have contacted them, you should hear back from them within an hour. Over the next several hours after you have provided all of the needed information, they will arrive on the site and inspect the damage. They will let you know the best way to proceed with restoration. Their fast storm response will also allow them to start mitigation sooner to prevent any further damage to the property.

2. They Can Help Move Along the Claims Process

When you have many clients who need restoration services, it can be a lot to deal with. Working with a storm restoration company that gets the process going more quickly can be a big help. Because SERVPRO always provides a fast response, they can help speed up the claims and restoration process which can make things easier on you.

3. They Get the Job Done Right

With corporate help, local franchise locations can better serve your clients. Corporate locations can provide any needed equipment to complete the job. When you choose this company, you will be working with only highly-trained professionals with plenty of experience with storm restoration. You can trust them to do the work well as quickly as possible to get your clients’ homes safe and comfortable again.

When you are dealing with flood damage, it is important to get the process started quickly to prevent additional damage and a lengtheir claims process. Choosing a company that can provide immediate assistance and high-quality work can make everything go more smoothly.

Vacation Preparation: Stop the Flow Before You Go

2/9/2022 (Permalink)

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Stop The Flow Before Leaving: Vacation Preparation

Vacation is supposed to be a relaxing time, but it does not do you much good to unwind if you return to the stressful discovery that your home in Riverside, CA, flooded in your absence. Whether you need to hire a professional for water pipe repair or simply turn off your water main, you can protect your home against leaks and water damage by putting a few safeguards in place.

Check Common Leak Culprits

Before you embark on your getaway, it is important to complete a walkthrough of the usual flooding suspects. There are several appliances and fixtures in your home that could spring a leak while you are gone:

  • Refrigerator
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Toilet
  • Sink
  • Water heater

Inspect these items before you leave. Make sure all hoses are intact, and if you find a broken pipe, have it repaired by a qualified technician who specializes in water pipe repair. Look for damage such as rust or cracks that could indicate leakage.

Inspect Your Drainage System

You cannot control the weather near your home in Riverside, CA, but you can ensure your gutters are clear of debris. Inspect your downspouts as well so you can rest assured that rainwater can flow freely through them. Enlist a professional to make sure your sump pump is operating correctly so you do not return home to find that it has failed and allowed your home to flood.

Winterize Your Pipes

If you are traveling when temperatures at home are expected to get below freezing, protect pipes with insulated covers. Draining the pipes, turning off the water main and leaving cabinet doors open to increase warm air flow can help keep pipes from bursting.

The relaxation you experience while on vacation should not evaporate the minute you return home to discover you need water pipe repair. If you take a few precautionary steps, your home is more likely to remain safe from flooding.

How Can a Business Prepare For a Fire?

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

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What Can A Company Do To Prepare for A Fire?

Fires are unexpected, but there is no reason why business owners and employees should not be prepared. Fire safety protocols can limit risk. A contingency plan may reduce expenses and enable a business to continue operating even if the primary location is damaged or undergoing restoration. Business and property owners may take the following measures to prevent and prepare for a fire.

Establish Fire Safety Protocols

Every business can have fire safety protocols. Priorities may vary based on the business, but there are several general requirements:

  • Take measures to reduce fire risks
  • Test fire alarms and smoke detection systems
  • Ensure fire suppression equipment is functional

Employees should exercise caution when working with hot tools, open flames, or flammable substances. It may be helpful to schedule fire safety sessions at least once a year and train new employees.

Make an Evacuation Plan

A fire escape plan can promote safety and reduce risk. Create this strategy using an accurate floorplan and post maps near stairwells. Building occupants may follow several steps in the event of a fire:

  • Use primary or secondary evacuation routes
  • Gather at a designated location
  • Reference a contact list

Business owners can obtain the addresses, phone numbers, and emergency contact methods for each employee. This can ensure that everyone has evacuated from a burning building.

Develop a Contingency Plan

In addition to taking safety measures, business owners may also plan ahead for contingencies. Factor in the risk of disasters and what to do if a location becomes unusable. Owners may want to obtain a business interruption rider on commercial coverage and account for temporary relocation costs. A mitigation and restoration firm can help owners make informed choices depending on the extent of fire damage.

These measures can help any business prepare for the risk of fire and make a contingency plan. If fire damages a commercial property in Riverside, CA, business owners can be ready to file an insurance claim or relocate to a temporary location.

How To Respond to Sewer Backups

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

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What To Do If There's A Sewer Back-Up

When the sewer backs up, the resulting messes are some of the worst to clean up. In addition to unpleasant substances in the water, the situation is unsanitary and can lead to serious health hazards for you and your family. There are several crucial parts of a sewer cleanup job in Downtown Riverside, CA.:

  • Inspections
  • Damage control
  • Ventilation
  • Contact Professionals

Establish Safety

Wastewater from a sewer backup or flooded toilet can carry many bacterial contaminants and pathogen hazards. In addition to the health risks posed by those contaminants, electrical wires and fixtures could lead to risk of electrocution. Keep children and animals away from the affected area and stay out of the area yourself as much as possible.

Prevent Further Damage

As quickly as possible, turn off any appliances causing water to flow into drains, including dishwashers, clothes washers, sinks, and hoses. Don't let anyone flush the toilets. If it's safe to do so, you may remove furnishings and possessions from the area before they are affected by the contaminated water. Belongings that have already been exposed should not be moved to clean areas of the home. Do what you can to prevent sewage from reaching into other rooms of your house.


Open and close doors and windows to ventilate the affected area outside. For example, open windows to allow fresh air in and sewage gasses out. Keep doors to other rooms closed to prevent gasses and smells from spreading throughout your home.

Contact Professionals

Flooding and sewer cleanup efforts generally require the input of many professionals. You'll need to call your insurance company and contact the sewer department in Downtown Riverside, CA. You may need to talk to officials from your municipal authority or health department. The help of water damage restoration professionals could be very valuable as well.

No one wants to handle sewer cleanup tasks but breaking the work into manageable tasks and involving the help of professionals are great ways to reduce your stress. Remember prompt action is key to avoiding additional trouble.

5 Essential Disaster Preparation Steps To Take To Secure Your Company

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

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5 Steps To Ensure Your Company's Safety In The Event Of A Disaster

If a disaster ever strikes your company in Moreno Valley, CA, having a plan in place will make it much easier for your business to recover. In the event of an emergency, your employees and customers will be counting on you to quickly get back in business. Be proactive in securing your business by taking these five essential disaster preparedness steps.

1. Identify Potential Threats

This first step in preparing your company for a potential disaster is to identify what types of disasters are likely to affect your company. While some threats, like an active shooter or gas leak can happen anywhere, natural disasters like tornadoes and hurricanes are specific to different regions.

2. Develop an Action Plan

Develop a business preparedness plan for the different types of disasters you have identified. While evacuation might be appropriate for some events, others might call for a different line of action. Develop plans for each of the major scenarios, educate your employees, and perform drills regularly.

3. Prepare Ahead Financially

It is a good idea to set aside an emergency budget for disaster preparedness that can be used to help your business recover in the case of a catastrophe. If you are not prepared financially for the event, it may delay the recovery process or put you in a rough spot.

4. Know Insurance Coverage

It is extremely important you know what your insurance covers for different types of emergencies. Depending on what kinds of disasters you identified as a threat, you might need to add an extra disaster coverage policy onto your plan.

5. Have a Restoration Company in Mind

Make the recovery process a lot easier on the day a disaster strikes by already completing your research on what restoration company offers the services you need and which emergencies are covered by your insurance ahead of time.

Practice disaster preparedness in your workplace to ensure that if a disaster does strike, you’ll already know exactly what steps to take to protect your employees and start the recovery process!

5 Things You Should Know About Water Damage

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

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Water Damage: 5 Things To Know

Floods come in all sizes. Small floods can come from a pipe burst. Large ones can come from a river overflowing its banks. If you have never experienced a flood, there is a lot to learn. Here are five facts about water damage that you may not know.

1. You can experience all categories of floods without leaving your home in Downtown Riverside, CA. The level of water contamination determines a flood’s category. As the numbers go up, the contamination gets progressively worse.

• Category 1 is a clean-water flood which would occur if a water pipe burst under a sink.
• Category 2 can be called a grey-water flood which would occur if your dishwasher overflowed or a sink or shower drain failed.
• Category 3 is a blackwater flood which could be caused by sewers backing up into your home and overflowing your toilet, showers or sinks.

2. Drywall above the water line is salvageable. A flood cut is a horizontal cut made around the room 12 to 18 inches about the highest high-water mark.

3. The biggest danger after any flooding event is mold. It is everywhere around us just waiting for a source of moisture and food. Once it gets established, the cost of the cleanup increases.

4. During and after a flood, avoid everything electrical. Electricity should be shut off. If it isn’t, avoid standing water and leave everything electrical alone. Appliances and electronics are often salvageable if they are delivered to a restoration facility the way they were after the flood.

5. Water damage restoration specialists have special skills and equipment for dealing with floods. They can remediate the damage and bring your life back to normal quickly. 

Fortunately, most of us are not going to experience anything worse than a pipe burst or a roof leak. Even though both have the potential for extreme damage, both are insignificant compared to the water damage from home-consuming floods that one sees on the TV news.

How To Handle a Pipe Break

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

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How To Deal With A Pipe Burst

Bursting pipes are not fun. This is especially true when your business and livelihood are at stake. If you ever find yourself facing one or more broken pipes at your commercial property, there are steps you can take to keep mold and secondary damage at bay. Here are three steps and how to accomplish them with the help of trained technicians.

1. Turn Off the Water

Make sure that the first thing you do after water damage in Calimesa, CA, is cut off the water supply to the damaged area. This will stop any flooding in its tracks and prevent more extensive destruction from occurring. This will leave you in a less frantic, more levelheaded place so you can carefully consider your next steps without worrying about taking any immediate action.

2. Call Cleanup Services

The next thing you should do is call your local water damage remediation service. The trained professionals at your local company should be able to arrive quickly, survey the damage and form a restoration plan. If the damage is beyond their expertise, they may be able to suggest other solutions. Otherwise, they will likely get started on cleanup and recovery as soon as possible.

3. Address Bursting Pipes

Make sure that the next thing you do is fix the broken pipe or pipes that started the problem in the first place. A trained repair person should be able to get your plumbing system back on track in no time. Then you can focus on any final remediation steps that either you or your water damage restoration company will complete.

The most important thing to remember when you are facing bursting pipes at your Calimesa, CA, business is that quick action is key. You want to take every chance you can get to reduce damage and increase the likelihood of an easy restoration and repair process. If you should ever find yourself in such a situation, follow the steps above, stay calm and always make sure that the professionals you work with keep you updated about their plans.

Tips for Avoiding Home Cigarette Fires

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

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Tips For Preventing Cigarette Fires At Home

Homeowners in Riverside, CA, should be aware of the danger of fires caused by cigarettes. A few moments of carelessness can lead to costly damages or, worse, injury or death. However, preventing a tragedy like this takes only a little common sense and awareness. By following the tips outlined below, you can make sure a cigarette fire never occurs.

1. Check Your Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms need to be installed on every floor of your house, even in the attic and basement. Make sure they are in good working order by testing them each month and replacing the batteries if necessary.

2. Smoke Outside

Perhaps the best way to keep from starting an ashtray fire in your home is to restrict your smoking activities to areas that are outside, such as your backyard or patio. Create a habit of going outside when you want to smoke. Not only does this lessen the possibility of a cigarette fire, but it has the added benefit of keeping the smell of tobacco smoke out of your home.

3. Restrict Children’s Access

Make sure children don’t have access to your cigarettes, matches or lighters. Kids are naturally curious; if they’re able to light a match or cigarette, it could easily start a fire.

4. Don’t Smoke While Drinking, Medicated or Drowsy

If you do smoke inside your house, make sure to limit the times you smoke to when you’re wide awake and not under the influence of any medication or alcohol. Don’t ever smoke while lying down on a couch or in bed. If you were to fall asleep with a cigarette in your hand, it could easily fall and start a blaze.

If you are unlucky enough to be the victim of a cigarette fire, a professional fire cleanup company can help you repair the damage and get your home back to normal. But hopefully, by following the simple advice outlined above, you can ensure that such a fire doesn’t happen.

Teaching Your Kids How To Escape a Fire: 3 Tips

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

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3 Tips For Teaching Your Children How To Escape A Fire

Educating your children about fire prevention and what they should do in the event of a blaze at your Riverside, CA, home can protect their lives during such an emergency. However, you may be unsure of how to give this kids safety lesson without frightening them. As a parent, there are a few strategies you can use that might help you talk about this important issue.

1. Create an Escape Route Map Together

If you have young children, combining fire safety lessons with a fun and creative activity can help them absorb the message without fearing it. For example, as you discuss the scenario of a home fire, have your kids draw and color a map of your home and highlight all the possible exits they could use. Afterward, talk about which routes are the safest and why. Have them pin these maps on the fridge or corkboard so they can be reminded about your family’s planned safety route each time they see it.

2. Shop for Fire Safety Tools as a Family

Involving your children in kids safety can make them more aware of its importance. When you shop for fire escape tools such as smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and window ladders, take your kids along so you can educate them about the importance of each item and its role in helping them leave the home safely during a blaze. Encourage every child to ask questions, no matter their ages.

3. Turn Lessons Into Games

Teaching your kids fire escape techniques can be fun as well as informative. For example, you can play follow the leader or Simon Says during fire crawl lessons. If you have your home’s safety inspected by a fire damage and remediation service, have your kids imagine they are fire technicians and which exits they believe are the safest to use during a fire.

Your Riverside, CA, home is likely a beacon of safety and security for your children. However, teaching them kids safety tactics in case of a fire can help them escape to a safe location until the blaze is put out.

How Long Does Water Damage Cleanup Take?

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

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How Long Does It Take To Clean Up Water Damage?

Water damage cleanup can take anywhere from two to 10 days. You should account for the type of building materials and source of water, such as bursting pipes, leaks, or flooding. The extent and duration of the damage may also prolong the cleanup process.

The Building Materials

Certain building materials require special consideration. Hardwood floors, in particular, can prolong the duration of cleanup when there are several factors involved:

  • Water permeating the polyurethane coating
  • Damaged planks
  • Sanding, scraping, or retrofitting of solid hardwood
  • Wet plywood subfloor
  • Moist concrete under the subfloor

Hardwood flooring should be dry all the way down to the concrete prior to restoration. Other building materials must also be completely dry before being repaired or replaced.

The Type of Water Damage

The source of the water that has caused the damage can add steps to the cleanup process.

• Category One water from bursting pipes is clean and only needs to be dried.
• Category Two gray water should be dried and disinfected.
• Category Three black water requires removal of solid waste, drying, and disinfection.

Once you fix the broken pipe or the other source of damage, call a restoration service.

The Extent of the Damage

Extensive damage due to flooding will probably take longer to restore than a smaller area affected by a backup, broken pipe, or leak. Account for the square footage exposed to water when estimating the length of the restoration process.

The Duration of the Damage

The longer building materials have been exposed to water, the more extensive the restoration process. Standing water that goes unnoticed for hours or days can lead to more severe secondary damage.

Regardless of the conditions in your home in Downtown Riverside, CA, you can count on the expertise and equipment of restoration professionals. Call a plumber to fix bursting pipes and hire a residential restoration company to eliminate water and mitigate secondary damage.

Why Are Flood Waters Classified as Black Water?

11/9/2021 (Permalink)

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Floodwaters Are Classified As Black Water For A reason.

When flood water washes through a community, officials quickly warn residents to stay away from the area. Why isn't it okay for commuters to travel their normal route to work? Why not conduct business through shallow areas? There's more at risk than damage to vehicles and the threat of being washed away, although both are significant risks. The primary danger may be the health hazards lurking in the water.

Water Categories

There are three classifications for water:

  • Category One - Clean: Water that is safe to touch, such as rainwater and tap water.
  • Category Two - Gray: This water may come from dishwashers or aquariums. It must be treated for contamination before it is consumed.
  • Category Three - Black: This water contains bacteria, chemicals, and biological hazards. Sewage is a familiar example of black water.

Flood water is treated as black water because it may have picked up many contaminants as it traveled through the community. It may have come into contact with sewer mains, waste dumps, ditches, septic tanks, and toilet backflows. When water floods into your building, you can't tell where it's been or what it has picked up.

Dangers of Black Water

Black water may have been contaminated by fecal matter or by dangerous chemicals. It may carry bacterial or viral diseases. During floods, water may carry toxic waste or raw sewage. If your building has been affected by flood water and storm damage, contact an emergency restoration service immediately. These professionals can assess the level of danger and provide safety guidelines and a plan for remediation. These professionals have the equipment and training necessary to move through the cleanup plan in compliance with guidelines established by the EPA.

Don't plunge into cleanup efforts on your own. If flooding has filled your Riverside, CA, property with water, stay out of the area and wait for professionals to handle the mess. There are plenty of other recovery efforts you can undertake.

My Roof Has Been Damaged by Fire - What Do I Do Next?

10/31/2021 (Permalink)

Roof Damaged by Fire

If your building in Downtown Riverside, CA, has caught on fire, there is a good chance that the building itself, along with your belongings, has been damaged not only by fire, but by water used to extinguish the fire, as well as smoke. The roof may be damaged by fire, or firefighters may have cut holes in the roof to allow for ventilation. Recovery from a fire and fire cleanup may be unpleasant and tedious, but the following steps will guide you in completing the task and enable you to return to normal business as soon as possible.

1. Report a claim for fire damage to your insurance company.

Your insurance company can be a valuable resource during the fire cleanup process. The insurance agent or claims representative will document details of the loss and tell you what is covered under your insurance policy. Your insurance company can also make recommendations for roof repair or tarp services.

2. Enter a fire-damaged building only after you are advised it is safe to do so.

Pieces from a damaged roof can fall and cause injury. Fires can also reignite, causing more damage. At the time of the fire, the fire department determined if the water, gas and electric utilities were safe to use and had them disconnected if they were unsafe. You should not try to reconnect the utilities yourself. Follow any instructions the fire department gives you about going back into the building.

3. Contact a fire restoration service to secure the building.

To prevent further damage, a fire restoration service can come to your building, board up windows and place a tarp on the roof. The last thing you would want is for rain or wind to cause further damage to your building. A tarp on the roof goes a long way toward preventing additional damage.

A building fire in Downtown Riverside, CA, can be a devastating loss, but taking the appropriate steps for fire cleanup and recovery can save you time and money. This can help your business return to normal in a reasonable amount of time.

Can I Free My Crawlspace From Mold?

10/31/2021 (Permalink)

How Do You Clean A Home Infested By Mold?

Crawlspaces are tricky exactly because of what they are: crawl spaces with little room to move, and even less room to get in difficult areas to clean up mold damage. These spaces are usually dark and dank and very poorly sealed, as well, making them ripe for mold infestation as damp and water damage set in – especially after a flood. So if the crawlspace in your Calimesa, CA, home is infested with mold…how do you clean it?

Try Media Blasting

Despite how it sounds, “media blasting” isn’t playing your boombox loud enough to get reported to the neighborhood homeowners’ association. Media blasting is the practice of spraying tiny particles of non-harmful substances at a surface at extremely high speeds, causing the particles to abrade away anything on that surface as if sanding it. In fact, the practice used to be called sandblasting until sand was replaced as the medium due to the dangers of inhaling particles. Media blasting can:

• Sand away any mold on the surfaces in your crawlspace without damaging the surface underneath
• Allow you to access hard-to-reach places
• Let you clean away mold without having to actually come into contact with the substances
• Enable you to also clean underneath homes, and not just in crawlspaces

Media blasting can actually be pretty messy, but it leaves you with mold-free surfaces that have been scoured entirely clean.

So How Can I Media Blast My Crawlspace?

Media blasting requires some pretty heavy-duty equipment, so it’s usually best to leave it to a professional. Specialists who understand media blasting have the appropriate equipment and protective gear to ensure the process can be done safely and thoroughly to minimize mold exposure and ensure complete eradication of your mold problem. Media blasting can also be used for mildew, and various other growths you may wish to remove from your home – or for removing old paint before repainting your house.

10 Leading Causes of Home Fires

10/31/2021 (Permalink)

Leading Causes of Home Fires

A home fire in Beaumont, CA, should concern you and your family. Knowing the leading fire causes may help protect you.

1. Cooking

When grease splatters or equipment overheats, it can quickly start a fire. Never leave the kitchen while cooking. Keep combustibles away from heat sources.

2. Electrical Equipment

Electrical equipment can cause fires. Problems include loose or frayed cords or plugs, overloaded outlets, wires under heavy furniture or rugs, and overused extension cords.

3. Heating Equipment

Keep portable heaters away from anything that can burn. Turn portable heaters off when sleeping or when you leave a room. Have an annual inspection of your furnace.

4. Smoking

Make yours a no-smoking home. If you smoke, go outside. Do not smoke in bed, and do not smoke when impaired. Use water to dispose of ashes and butts.

5. Candles

Any open flame is a home fire concern. Keep candles on a level surface in a sturdy holder. Keep candles away from combustible materials. Extinguish candles before leaving the room.

6. Children Playing With Fire

Children cause fires by playing with matches or lighters. Keep lighters and matches out of sight and out of reach of children.

7. Inadequate Wiring

Warning signs of inadequate wiring are if you have to disconnect an appliance to connect another, if you have to make extensive use of extension cords, if circuit breakers flip or fuses blow frequently, or if lights dim when using appliances.

8. Flammable Liquids

Flammable liquids can ignite or explode. Keep flammable liquids away from heat sources, preferably in a cool, ventilated area outside your home.

9. Christmas Trees and Decorations

Keep your Christmas tree in a stand with water. Keep your tree away from heat sources. Discard decorative lights with frayed or damaged cords. Do not put candles near or on your tree.

10. Barbeques

Never barbeque indoors or near your home. Keep your grill away from deck rails, umbrellas, tablecloths and tree limbs.

Knowing the leading fire causes is important in fire protection. If you have a home fire and need fire cleaning, contact a restoration specialist for help.

What To Do When There Is Mold in Your Apartment

9/29/2021 (Permalink)

wet wood leads to mold growth Mold growth in a Riverside, CA home.

Mold Growth In Your Apartment

Mold spores can spread rapidly if mold cleanup is not done promptly. For this reason, it can be important to immediately address any mold concerns in your apartment. Familiarizing yourself with your rights and responsibilities and with the steps you should take may help you avoid unnecessary mold damage.

Tenant's Responsibility

Landlords are generally not responsible for mold damage that results from a tenant's actions. Tenants may wish to avoid the following conditions that can promote mold contamination:

  • Lack of ventilation
  • High humidity
  • Lack of cleanliness
  • Unreported leaks
  • Spills or floods that are not cleaned up promptly

Landlord's Responsibility

There is no federal law and only some states and localities have laws that specifically govern permissible mold exposures in rental units. However, many states have laws that require landlords to maintain their property to a standard that provides safe and livable housing. In some instances, these laws may require landlords to be responsible for mold cleanup in their rental units and to be liable for any damages that result from failure to address mold issues.

What To Do If You Find Mold

If you notify your landlord by phone, it may be a good idea to follow-up by e-mail so you have a written record that you contacted them about the problem. You may want to include photos of the mold in your e-mail. If your landlord does not respond to your phone calls or e-mails, you may want to send a certified letter advising them of the issue. Include a deadline for them to respond by. Follow up with a second letter if they still don't respond. If your landlord remains uncooperative you may wish to consult an attorney in Riverside, CA to discuss your options.

Your landlord's legal obligations depend on the laws in your Riverside, CA but most landlords will probably want to know about any issues with their property so that they can address mold cleanup. Notifying your landlord promptly whenever you discover mold or conditions that can lead to mold is usually the best course of action.

FEMA Can Be A Huge Help After a Flood

9/29/2021 (Permalink)

FEMA US Homeland Security Citizen and Immigration Services Flyer Closeup FEMA is the primary governmental organization that coordinates a response after a disaster in the United States.

FEMA Can Be A Huge Help After a Flood

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the primary governmental organization that coordinates a response after a disaster in the United States. Among their many activities, they provide both immediate and long-term assistance to individuals who have been impacted by a flood. There are a few services they provide, including

  • Assistance finding shelter
  • Assistance with medical costs
  • Money to cover damage to homes
  • Moving expenses
  • Replacement costs for essential household items

Flooding Is the Leading Cause of Disasters
Floods are the leading cause of natural disasters in the U.S., causing around $2 billion in damages each year. In fact, according to FEMA, you’re over 6 times more likely to experience flood damage to your home than fire damage.

Insurance Policies Don’t Usually Cover Flooding
Most homeowners aren’t aware that floods aren’t covered by their policies. This is where FEMA’s Individual Disaster Assistance can help. First, they set up local disaster assistance centers to find shelter for those who are suddenly homeless. Then they’ll send out a general inspector to note damaged areas. Next, they will send in an adjuster to specifically list the details of the amount of damage and take pictures.

You’ll need to make a list of household and personal items that have been damaged or destroyed by water. Also, they’ll need to know what, if any, insurance you do have so they can coordinate your payments. For major disasters, long-term temporary housing, such as mobile homes, may be brought in, since it can take months – or years in the worst disasters – to get things back to normal.

Also, note that this assistance is not only for homeowners; renters are also qualified for many types of assistance, including payments and help to find new places to live. To qualify, all applicants must be impacted in a declared disaster zone; you can check this FEMA website to see if that zip code has been listed.

A flood in Moreno Valley, CA, can be devastating, but there is help. Once everyone is safe, contact a local restoration company that specializes in water damage to help get your life back on track.

What Is Category 1 Water Damage?

9/29/2021 (Permalink)

water coming out a light fixture It can be difficult to tell whether the water in your building is contaminated or not.

If your business in Riverside, CA has experienced any flooding, you may have heard the phrase "Category 1 water damage." Simply put, this label means that you are dealing with clean water, as opposed to contaminated water in your building. While you will still need water damage restoration services to quickly address any harm that has occurred, you can take a sigh of relief knowing that the area is sanitary and acceptable to enter. Here is some general information about how flood water is categorized and how you can tell if it is contaminated or not.

The Three Categories of Water Damage

When flooding occurs in a structure, it is important for the restoration company to categorize the type of water damage for insurance purposes and so the specialist knows how to best proceed. There are three main categories water is put into depending on the level of contamination:

  • Category 1 Water: Clean water that is free from all contaminants
  • Category 2 Water: Contaminated water that may be harmful if ingested
  • Category 3 Water: Severely contaminated water that is severely harmful or even lethal if ingested

While all three situations need to be handled immediately by remediation experts, Category 3 Water poses a serious threat to the wellbeing of anyone it comes into contact with and needs to be treated as an emergency.

Determining the Level of Contamination

First, you need to determine the source of the flooding. While water from a supply line: broken pipe is sanitary, water from a clogged toilet or from outside are a few examples of contaminated sources. Additionally, water that has been sitting for a long time, especially in elevated temperatures, is likely hazardous.

If flooding occurs in your building, it is unsafe to assume that you are always dealing with clean water. If you are not sure if the water is contaminated, your best bet is to wait for professional help.

Will Insurance Always Cover House Fires?

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

An Executive holding a piece of paper stating ARE YOU COVERED? Beside, house made out of paper and burning If you have the correct insurance coverage, you can have enormous peace of mind after a home fire.

Will House Fires Always Be Covered By Insurance?

As a homeowner, you never want to have to make an insurance claim for damage to your place. Recovering from a catastrophe can be stressful and devastating. However, you’re relieved that a good insurance plan can help cover the costs of any damage. It’s important to know, though, that in some cases, an insurance policy won’t cover a home fire. Be aware of thee guidelines so you don’t make a bad decision or so that you’re not caught off guard.

Deliberate Fire

No insurance policy will ever cover damage to your home due to an act of arson. Arson insurance fraud is a crime and could land you in prison.

  • Homeowners who commit this are trying to collect money from the insurance company.
  • The insurance company will investigate any house fire.
  • If the investigation reveals arson was the cause, the insurance company will not cover any loss or damage to the Riverside, CA home

Vacant Home

If you leave your home vacant, and a fire occurs, the insurance company will not cover the incident. Insurance companies have specific definitions for what constitutes a vacant home fire. First, most insurance companies consider a home to be vacant if the owners haven’t occupied the property for more than 30 days. Also, the home fire must have occurred during this vacancy period. This doesn’t mean if you’re away for an extended vacation, or if you only live in the home for part of the year, that you can’t get coverage. In these cases, simply apply for vacant home insurance or get an endorsement on your current policy.

You can have tremendous peace of mind after a home fire if you have the right insurance coverage. If you plan on vacating your home for more than a month, make sure you work with your provider to ensure you have coverage. Also, remember that no plan will cover a fire that results from a criminal act.

How To Disinfect After a Residential Flood

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

Flood cuts performed on a drywall. Flood clean-up in a North Riverside, CA home.

When a storm hits and your house floods in North Riverside, CA, you cannot simply dry the area out and move on. Storm water is contaminated and mud-ridden. Which areas in your home need dried and sanitized? What procedures get the job done right? Follow the cleaning requirements below to disinfect your home.

What Needs To Be Disinfected?

The short answer is, anything that touched flood water or mud necessitates sanitization. Not every item can be saved. Toss and replace belongings such as soiled toys, stuffed animals, mattresses and carpet padding. There are areas that can be restored with proper flood disinfectant procedures. They include:

  • Ceilings, walls, plaster, paneling and insulation
  • Floors, subfloors, rugs and carpeting
  • Furniture, bedding and clothing
  • Appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, televisions and vacuum cleaners
  • Kitchen items including dishes, silverware, counters and cupboards
  • HVAC and electrical systems

How Do I Sanitize the Items?

Cleaning requirements are dependent on the type of item. There are several methods to sanitize your home properly:

• For most surface cleaning, sanitize with a combination of ¼ cup bleach in a gallon of water.
• For non-metal kitchen items, use two tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water. Metal kitchen items should not be exposed to bleach, rather use boiling water. A good rule of thumb is to let the items soak or boil for at least 10 minutes to sterilize.
• Use two tablespoons of bleach per wash cycle to disinfect your clothing. Use the hottest temperature that the clothing can handle for washing and drying. Another effective method is to take your clothes to a professional dry cleaner.
• Upholstered materials and electrical appliances most often require professional cleaning.

The cleaning requirements for disinfecting after a residential flood in North Riverside, CA, can be overwhelming and time-consuming. You don’t have to go it alone. Work with a professional storm and flooding expert to help you properly flood clean your home.

Sourcing by Smell: How To Find Mold

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

drywall and wood structure with mold growth Mold smell may be unpleasant.

It’s unmistakable, it’s musty, it’s overpowering, and it’s proven impossible to pinpoint: It’s a mold smell. When your Old Town Riverside, CA, business has been overtaken by the malodourous sensation, it’s a sure sign of mold growth – but where? Using the five common senses and some modern technology, you can pinpoint the location and perform remediation to leave the building safe, clean, and odor-free (at least from a fungus smell).

Using the Five Senses

While all senses can affirm the presence of mold, only a few should be utilized to confront the growth. After assuming its presence due to the suspicious mildew smell, it can be frustrating to not see any visible signs of growth. Keep in mind that mold may be invisible to the human eye because it develops in dark, moist places:

  • Behind walls
  • Underneath carpet or floorboards
  • Inside heating and ventilation ducts

Following the mold smell should lead you to an area where it is most pungent, even if that may be the ceiling or an interior wall. From there, it is important to protect the other three senses by limiting exposure to the infected area.

Using Technology

The sooner the mold problem is remediated, the sooner business can return to normal operation. A mold remediation team can utilize infrared cameras to check for mold growth in the areas invisible to regular sight:

  • Infrared cameras can cover large areas in a short amount of time, efficiently identifying the growth and allowing remediation to begin sooner.
  • Images of heat radiation can identify areas of moisture (a necessary element for mold growth).
  • Temperature gauges can also be read, identifying areas that may be encouraging spores to develop.

Once the location has been identified, pictures can be taken to measure the impacted area and present options for remediation. Mold smell may be unpleasant but is a key indicator of its even more unpleasant source. Follow your nose, and call the pros!

How To Keep Your Pets Safe During a House Fire

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

Pomeranian dressed as fire fighter When you make your escape strategy, do not forget about your furry friends.

Take The Steps Below To Keep Your Pet Safe

You have probably prepared your family for a fire emergency. Your children likely know how to escape a burning home. Pets, however, usually do not understand what to do during a blaze. You should thus take the below steps to keep them safe.

1. Include Pets in Your Fire Escape Plan
When you make your escape strategy, do not forget about your furry friends. Practice bringing your dog or cat with you as you leave the burning home. As part of your pet preparation plan, you should also keep a separate supply kit that includes the animal's food and other essentials.

2. Keep Your Pets in Easily Accessible Areas
Of course, a fire emergency can also occur when your pet is home alone. If this happens, rescuers will try to save any trapped animals in your Downtown Riverside, CA, house. To make the firefighters' job easier, keep your pets near an entrance when they are home by themselves. You may want to keep their leashes in an easily accessible location, as well.

3. Ensure Firefighters Know How Many Pets You Have
Firefighters also need to know exactly how many pets may be inside. You may not have time to tell the firefighters this key information when they arrive at the house.
You should thus put up a piece of static cling in your front window that states how many pets you have. Update the list every time you get a new pet.

4. Make Sure Your Pets Have a Place To Stay
You and your family may have to temporarily move into a hotel while fire restoration professionals clean up your damaged home. Call in advance to find out which hotels in your area allow pets.
You should consider pet safety when making your fire preparation strategy. While you should not risk your life to rescue your dog or cat during a fire emergency, you can increase the pet's chances of survival by planning ahead.

3 Things To Know About a Noisy Water Heater

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

Close up of a water heater A water heater may make noises for a number of reasons.

Is It Normal For a Water Heater To Make Noise?

If the water heater in your Calimesa, CA, home makes noises you may be wondering if it’s an issue for concern. Over the course of a lifetime of use, there are a number of sounds you may hear from this appliance. Here’s what you may want to know.

1. Many Noises May Be Normal

In many cases, a humming sound may occur as the water flows around the heating element. This is a normal sound, but may be corrected by ensuring that the element is secured tightly. Similarly screeching sounds may occur and are not indicative of a damaging problem. This sound occurs as water tries to fit through a tight space, and ensuring that the valves are properly opened should correct the noise issue.

2. Some Noises May Indicate Issues

In some cases you may hear rumbling, cracking or popping sounds coming from your water heater, these sounds can indicate that sediment may have gotten into the tank. This sediment can cause damage if left in the tank such as a leak which may lead to flooding. If flooding does occur it’s best to contact a water damage restoration service to help with any repairs.

3. Regular Maintenance May Fix the Problem

One of the main ways to ensure that your unit is not experiencing problems is to perform regular maintenance on the unit. This may include asking a professional to conduct a water heater flush, which is the process of washing out any sediment or other debris from the tank. Regularly maintaining your unit will allow you to spot and fix any problems that may occur in a timely fashion, as well as help prevent long-term damage.

A water heater may make noises for a number of reasons. Some of these sounds may be normal depending on your heater type, but others could be indicative of a problem. If you have questions or concerns about your heater model it’s best to contact a professional.

Keep Your Business Operational During a Power Outage

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

Portable power generator Buy a portable generator and make sure you get one that is strong.

A big storm in Beaumont, CA, can shut your business down for days, maybe even weeks. A power outage will shut down computers, affect security systems, shut off refrigeration capability and turn your building dark. It's always a good idea to have a backup plan and to prepare for the worst. Business interruption insurance can reduce the impact on your company's bottom line. Contact with a local storm remediation team allows you to get to work on recovery in a matter of hours. Anything you can do to minimize the scope of storm damage is time and money well spent.

The Importance of Keeping Your Business Going

With some forethought and consultation with experts, a power outage can be handled with some grace and style. Consider these steps to protect your business from a major storm:

  • Install an uninterrupted power supply source for all computers; this allows the computer to run on battery power and at least allows time for saving critical files.
  • Make use of the pervasiveness of WiFi; this enables you to use your phone for emergency communications.
  • Buy a portable generator and make sure you get one that is strong enough to power up critical systems such as computers or refrigeration.

Keeping part of your business going is better than having everything shut down. A good plan may still allow you to service customers, keep employees occupied and save vital inventory.

The Value of a Plan
There are many facets to a storm preparedness plan. It's not something you can make up under pressure. Some things to consider include making sure your insurance protection is current and will cover losses. Employees can be a big asset if they are trained in what steps to take during a power outage. Knowledgeable employees will also increase the safety of customers. Finally, make sure you have a plan in place to speed up the storm damage recovery process.

Smoke and soot

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

Flames and smoke coming out of the bottom of a door Residential fire.

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow 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 North Riverside City 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.

Part Five: Reputation and Hiring the Right People

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

I came across a well worn quote recently, it was by the famous and highly successful Warren Buffet, 
It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently.
 Pat Padgett the Carpet Cleaner wasn’t Warren Buffet and he wouldn’t have put this thought exactly the same way, but he also knew this to be true. Spending decades as the local serviceman was all about reputation. Communities are small, even our big ones. What was true then is still true today, reputation matters. A Vulnerable ReputationThere are two primary aspects of a business that are most vulnerable to depleting a reputation, the quality of work accomplished and the people who represent the company, your employees. If I were to heed Warren Buffet’s words I’d have to focus on my hiring. I’d have to hire the right people. Because Pat Padgett had a simpler operation, the company's reputation fell onto his shoulders. My dad’s proximity to his reputation guarded his reputation. But, I was trying to do something different, I was building a company intentionally larger and more complex and so I had to walk carefully and make intentional decisions along the way. Over time I learned that hiring the right people had a lot to do with being the right company. And so, I pursued after this goal. Building systems, making good hires, focusing on culture, and pursuing everything we do with excellence. It worked. Progress and Growth: Building a Winning TeamOur team continued to expand and continued to grow. Few managers develop the talent and skill necessary to realize full and maximum return from their employees. The managerial task is to take a newly hired person and make them fully productive as quickly as possible. This has a two-sided benefit: the company benefits, produces new revenue quickly, the employee benefits, it provides gratification. Pat Padgett the Carpet Cleaner employed 4 people, by 2015 I was employing 45 people, now SERVPRO Team Jeffrey Padgett has 30 in just 5 short years.  Early on I developed a strategy for hiring good people and keeping good people. I found that my best applicants came from two sources: people looking for work (at this point I know there are levels of motivation) and employee referrals. I especially valued employee referrals because I know that if someone I already trust is willing to back another with their reputation, they’ll likely fit in well. I made sure that every hire had clear expectations and even wrote out explicitly what these expectations were, I still do this. I found this to be important because, if a difficult conversation needs to be had, it can happen maturely. I had this somewhat unorthodox interview strategy that I found effective. I’d present a potential candidate with a group of blocks, each with one letter of the alphabet. I’d ask them to order them in alphabetical order — yes, I did receive a few cock-eyed looks. But what I found was this. I was able to glimpse the character of a person, if only for a moment. There is something about this task that tests a person’s patience. I’d glimpse the thought process, see how they approached a problem and then see their willingness to receive instruction. Reflections on Building the Right TeamIn those years I was trying, attempting and implementing. Not everything I did was a success, some things were outright failures. But I found the failures were equally important, the wrong hires taught me lessons for the future. In those early years I plowed forward, I still am. I think back to dad, to what Pat Padgett would think. Would he give me that attaboy, would he be proud of the progress I made? I know he would. He’d laugh with me at my mistakes and give me his onerous opinion where he felt it was needed. My Dad was worried about the reputation of Pat Padgett the Carpet Cleaner, but he was also concerned about the reputation of the Padgett name. I wasn’t my fathers employee, though at times I was, I was his son. And he invested himself in me, he taught me the ropes and I continue on, continuing the work, furthering the reputation with each new hire made. 

4 Ways To Prevent Mold From Spreading in Your Home

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

Room, family picture on the wall, furniture. Plastic barriers inside containing mold Mold containment in a Downtown Riverside, CA home

Mold Outbreak In A Home

The fungal growth known as mold exists just about everywhere on the planet. It only becomes a problem when it grows into unsightly and damaging colonies in your home in Downtown Riverside, CA. When this happens, one of your first concerns is not spreading mold throughout the home. The more mold in your home, the bigger the problem. Here are some important principles to keep in mind when containing a mold outbreak.

1. Understand mold. This organism spreads and reproduces through tiny spores. They can be as small as four microns or as large as 20 microns (which is still very small). Because of their tiny size, spreading mold is incredibly easy.

2. Limit airflow. These tiny spores can be moved around by the gentlest of air currents. Therefore, fans and air conditioning units should be turned off or limited. Even breezes from windows can contribute to mold spores being carried from one room to another.

3. Clean carefully. Whether you have a form of black mold or some other type, it is important to resist disturbing the mold. This can allow the mold to drift into other areas of the home. Even if you carry mold spores on your clothing, it could spread. Before you begin any work yourself, make sure you understand the process.

4. Hire professionals. A significant mold outbreak calls for the services of an experienced mold cleanup company. Trained technicians understand exactly how mold spreads and they will employ physical barriers and air filtration devices to contain any spread. They will remove mold spores with the use of HEPA vacuums as part of the mold remediation process. The restoration process includes repairing and replacing any damaged items in the home, as well as cleaning and sanitizing the home.
Eradicating mold from a home is a complex process partly because spreading mold is so easy to do. A professional approach is often your best option.

Part Four: Casted Shadows and Resting in the Shade

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

Old photo of two men. Jeff & Pat Padgett.

Rightfully so, Pat Padgett cast a long shadow, in a similar way any patriarch of a family does.   And, it’s the responsibility of young men to stand in that shadow for a time and then eventually “venture off.”

By 1991 I had built something meaningful. But that year was a fork in the road. It was a year to build something larger, or a year to play it safe, stay in the right lane, and only merge when the road requires it. But a 25-year-old Jeffrey Padgett wasn’t looking to play it safe, he was hungry and ready to prove himself, ready to test the boundaries of that shadow and to set off on his own journey. 

In hand I had a business consultant, Mack Clark, I had a management book, Small Business Management by H.N. Broom, popular at the time but has since faded into obscurity, and ambition. These were together a dangerous combination: a coach, resources, hunger. 

From Mack, I had caught the vision of expansion. Up to this point, I had grown a business, I had managed a business, but I had yet to expand a business; this moment was a real test for me. H.N. Broom’s book was helpful because it filled in the details. 

Early on Mack helped remove the blinders. In many ways, I was like that carriage horse with his periphery cut off. I saw what was in front of me, but I wasn’t able to see the edges. As the blinders were removed I learned that there were more opportunities out there, in related fields that would, if I allowed it, expand the business. 

The opportunity was emergency restoration work. 

The first step to expansion was research. I had to do a market study. I had to answer basic questions about my neighborhood: Who is my customer? Does this business make sense for them? Is there enough potential work to support a new business in town?

As I asked these questions and did my own research the answers I found were encouraging. The customers did exist because they were the same people I was already servicing. My target customer-owned a home that they valued and put their blood, sweat, and lives into — a highly motivated group of people. 

But could they pay for the services? 

This is always the hanging question. By this time H.N. Broom’s words were seared in my mind. I had spent countless hours scouring these pages, his book was an old friend, dog-eared and worn edges. Broom’s reminder was ominous and I took heed of his warning, “customers who have unsatisfied needs but who lack the money and/or credit are poor markets because they have nothing to offer in exchange for a product or service.”

Broom was trying to protect me from heartache, in plain speech, “people may have needs, but if they do not have the capacity to fund these needs, the business fails.”

But this herculean hurdle was different for me. Because I did have customers with needs, but these customers also had insurance policies on their homes. And there it was: need plus funding capacity, both these answers were now a yes. 

I was on to something and I was committed to plowing forward. And I did. In 1993 I ended the chapter of Jeffrey Padgett the Carpet Cleaner and opened Padgetts’ Cleaning & Restoration, Inc. then eventually in 2015, SERVPRO Team Jeffrey Padgett. 

As I think back, I wonder what was going through the mind of Pat Padgett the Carpet Cleaner as he saw his son running and working. I know he was approving and I know he was proud. He didn’t always say so, I didn’t always receive the attaboy, but that’s how his generation was. Pat Padgett’s generation is remembered as the Greatest Generation, so-called because they experienced the turmoil of the 20th century, the poverty of the Great Depression, the faint memory of the Great War, the turmoil of a second World War, and then came out on the other side in one piece and went to work. He was a man who fought and worked not for fame or recognition, but just simply because it was the right thing to do for his family.

As time progresses I test the edges of Pat Padgett’s shadow, at times thinking I’ve ventured off, only to realize in my more cognizant moments, that I do not need to venture from the shadow, only embrace it and realize the shadow is fine enough for me. 

Filing an Insurance Claim After a Home Fire

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

Home Destroyed By Fire With Caved In Roof Vacant home fire in Calimesa, CA

A home fire can be a very upsetting ordeal. Fortunately, homeowners' insurance will cover many fire losses.

What Homeowners Insurance Does Not Cover

There are a few instances where most homeowners insurance will not cover fire damage, including the following:

  • Arson
  • Wildfire
  • Vacant home fire

In addition to the above exclusions, insurance policies have coverage limits. This means that they will not pay for damages above a certain amount. It is important to talk to your insurance agent to make sure you have adequate homeowners' coverage and determine whether you need an additional policy, such as vacant home insurance.

How To File a Claim

After the home fire has been extinguished and all family members are safe, it is time to call the insurance company. The agent will let you know what information you will need to submit. Take a detailed photo or video evidence, and make a list of all items that will need to be repaired or replaced. If you have original receipts or a record of how much the items cost, include this information. Additionally, keep detailed records of all the expenses you incur, including those for repairs and temporary housing. Finally, do not let the insurance company close out the claim until you are sure all the damage has been discovered and documented. Often, homeowners find damage later on that they were unaware of when initially filing the claim. The insurance company is not obligated to cover damage discovered after the claim has been closed.
After you have filed an insurance claim, it is time to begin repairing your property. It is important to act quickly because water from the extinguishing efforts can begin to grow mold, and smoke and soot can cause permanent damage if left for too long. You may wish to hire an experienced restoration team to help you get your Calimesa, CA, property back to normal after a home fire.

Options for Maintaining Power During an Outage

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) on a white background. Battery backups are placed between your computers or other electronics.

Options for Maintaining Power During an Outage

A power outage at the wrong moment could cost your Riverside, CA, business money, and time. You may lose unsaved data on your computer network or a call could get cut off during a critical juncture. Having the right power backup in place could prove invaluable.

Battery Backups
If your operation is small or there are specific systems that need their own dedicated fail-safe, a battery backup may work. Battery backups are placed between your computers or other electronics and the walls into which you’re plugging them. They may only have enough reserve to keep your devices on for a few minutes, but at least you and your employees would have time to save your work and power your electronics off normally, avoiding loss of either your files or devices.

Solar-Powered Generators
If you need a broader solution for a power outage, perhaps because you have a larger operation, a generator is a must. Solar generators are capable of maintaining a reserve from available sunlight, topping themselves off automatically each day. Solar has improved drastically over the years, now more efficiently absorbing light even on slightly cloudy days.
A solar generator can be more expensive initially than gas but may lead to significant savings in the long run if it has to be relied upon very often. Additionally, unlike gas, a solar portable generator is silent to operate and doesn’t produce fumes.

Gas-Powered Generators
If you feel you just don’t get enough sunshine in your neighborhood of Riverside, CA, to keep a solar generator charged, gas is still an option. Like with solar, portable is possible; however, because of gas generators’ exhaust, they must be operated outdoors in a well-ventilated area. Additionally, gasoline has an expiration, so periodically replacing any unused gas you have on-hand for emergencies is advisable to ensure your backup solution works when it’s needed.
Storms can be bad news for business, causing your facility to sustain damage that requires cleanup and restoration. During any average storm, though, when your biggest worry is a power outage, you can arm yourself with a solution that will leave you ready to compensate.

Leveraging Consultants and Pursuing Growth

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

I remember early conversations with Pat Padgett. As my Dad, he carried this regular burden for my success and he would tell me so. He wanted my life to be different and better than his life and the way he saw to accomplish that was college. 

But these conversations also confused me. I would look at my Dad’s life and see happiness and success. I didn’t see a struggling man, I saw someone who knew what they wanted and knew how to run after it. And, as a young man at the starting line of life, I was biting at the chomps to also “run after it.” 

But, Pat Padgett was a man who knew things and as my Dad a man whose opinion I respected immensely. And so, after my Tennessee Nashville Mission, I set my sights on college. The school to go to at that time was Brigham Young University, prestigious, known, and respected. But, my lack of interest in school caught up with me and I was denied entrance. I instead enrolled at Ricks College with the aim to work hard, prove myself and continue applying to Brigham Young (the comedy of the whole thing is that Ricks College would eventually be absorbed into the Brigham Young University system, becoming BYU Idaho). 

I followed that plan and it worked, I became a BYU student and then… well, then opportunity. I began working for a movie studio, eventually moved to Salt Lake City to pursue an opportunity at a petroleum company. Those opportunities eventually ran their course and I found myself at a dead end. 

Around this time Pat Padgett began throwing around the idea to sell his business. This was my opportunity. I approached my Dad again, he balked, but I expected that. I laid into him and began laying out the reasons that made sense: having my hands at work in the business would be a big help, eventually I could buy the business, I suggested ideas and opportunities for growth. 

He bit, finally. 

I worked, hard. I did see the business grow. By 1989 — in the midst of a slump in the trades industry — I recruited my brother and we doubled the size of the company. We were hungry and we progressed forward by pure grit and determination. 

One year we decided to invest in a carpet cleaner’s convention in Oakland. There we met Mack Clark, a business consultant. Mack intrigued me because he understood the carpet cleaning industry, but he also understood business in ways I did not. 

I found him after one of the sessions and interrogated him the way only a Padgett could. That turned into a profound moment. That relationship decided my future. Mack talked a language I was yet to speak. He talked about sales goals, future planning, business plans, projected expenses, and an opportunity to leverage insurance damage claims. 

I was hooked. 

For a fee and a percentage of our work, he would guide me. In a journal I wrote around that time I said this about him, “in return (from the fees I paid him) I would get a consultant who was never wrong because he got paid too much money to ever be wrong.”

That year my brother and I met with Mack Clark was a huge year for me as a business owner. I went from grinding to working smarter. I learned things that are in some ways the basics of business but are only obvious once they’re said. And, having never seen a business at work at this level I put in the work and reaped the benefits. I learned the five functions of management: planning, staffing, organizing, directing, and controlling. 

I learned time quality management. I learned to live by goals. I learned to work hard and value education. 

I left Brigham Young University in 1989 to work in the family business. I thought when I left Brigham Young I was leaving education. But I wasn’t. When I began working with Mack I found myself in another school. This school didn’t finish with a diploma, it wouldn’t go on any resume, but it was the best education I could receive. 

Pat Padgett labored for me to go to school, he eventually relented, but the lesson took root. Jeffrey Padgett made it to school, maybe not in the way Pat envisioned, but in a way that was meaningful and worked.

Building on a Foundation: Learning from Pat Padgett

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

an older gentlemen next to a truck Pat Padgett standing next to his work vehicle.

Building on a Foundation: Learning from Pat Padgett On a typical Friday afternoon, I sit down at my desk, I return phone calls and emails that are pending since the morning. When the clock strikes 3:00 a notification flashes on my screen, “Time planning for next week.” I then transition whatever I’m doing at that moment and begin working to outline next week’s priorities and projects. At this point in my life I’ve been a business owner for years. I’m not “green” like I once was and I’m confident in what I do. But, I didn’t get here overnight. I realize I stand on the shoulders of giants, or rather, at least for the purposes of this series of blog posts, I stand on the shoulder of one particular giant, Pat Padgett. PAT PADGETT THE CARPET CLEANERPat Padgett is my Dad, he’s a local legend. He ran a neighborhood carpet and upholstery cleaning business most appropriately named, Pat Padgett the Carpet Cleaner. Those were of course simpler times and I look back at my father’s business with great love and fond memories. My Dad was proud of his work, his reputation, and his customers. My Dad built his business the old-fashioned way, he was true to his word, he woke early, stayed out late, and won people over with kindness and generosity. When Pat Padgett gave his word, that meant something. When he said he would do something, he did that thing. A YOUNG BUCK When I was at the starting line of my own life, recently married and hungry to do something and change the world I approached my Dad three times about taking over the business and carrying on the legacy of “Pat Padgett the Carpet Cleaner.” But to my own surprise and disappointment, each time my Dad said no. Pat Padgett was a man who looked ahead. He wasn’t concerned with short-term fixes and Band-Aids, he was able to see the larger picture and he knew, 22 year old Jeffery Padgett still needed to grow and learn. My Dad wanted me to have a college education. There was this underlying reality, Jeffrey is going to have the rest of his life to work, for now, he should spend his time learning. That was a massive lesson for a young Jeffery to learn. At the time, this lesson was of course missed by me, but I understood the wisdom and the logic later. I find life works this way. At times our most important lessons for life are only understood later — this was definitely true for me. Young bucks have energy, but they need direction, Pat Padgett gave me direction. 

How To Tackle a Clogged or Slow Drain

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Chemical agent used to unclog some pipes. Digital illustration. A clogged drain can lead to all kinds of problems.

A clogged drain can lead to all kinds of problems for your business in Yucaipa, CA. As soon as you discover a slow drain, it is necessary to intervene and prevent costly consequences.

What Can Cause a Clog?

Sinks and toilets at your business that drain slowly indicate that something is stuck somewhere in the plumbing system:

  • Food falling down the sink drain after washing dishes
  • Hair collecting in a sink drain
  • Paper towels, personal care items and other objects getting flushed down a toilet
  • Soap scum building up in drains

Ultimately, anything except water can contribute to a clog and other plumbing problems, but there are various ways to deal with something trapped in a drainpipe.

What Are the Best Ways To Troubleshoot a Clogged Drain?
Plumbing clogs at your business are inevitable, but you can troubleshoot them to determine their severity. For sinks, you can start by removing the drain stopper. Debris that becomes entangled on the stopper can interrupt the water flow, but removing the litter often helps. If this does not work, the clog may be deeper within the drainpipe and require a plunger to access it.
Toilet clogs can be frustrating because they usually involve exposure to waste. Flushing anything other than quickly dissolvable waste and toilet tissue can plug a toilet. Plunging helps use the water in the bowl to wash over the clog and release anything that becomes stuck.

When Should You Call a Plumber?
If you cannot eliminate a clog quickly, you may need a plumber to diagnose and repair the problem. Sometimes treating a clog or slow drain is as simple as using the appropriate tools and techniques, but you may discover that you have a more intricate issue.
If a clogged drain causes a flood at your business in Yucaipa, CA, or a fire or other calamity strikes your commercial property, a local disaster restoration service can handle the clean-up and help get your business running smoothly again.

Advice on How To Handle an Insurance Claim

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

flood cut on drywall, floor tiles have been removed. Concept of water damage Water cleanup in North Riverside, CA.

How To Handle an Insurance Claim

There are many reasons why you might be leery of dealing with an insurance claim. After all, most people, aside from obtaining insurance in the first place, rarely have experience filling out the necessary paperwork for a claim. To many, it can seem as frightening as the bursting pipes that caused the water damage. However, the process probably isn't as problematic as you might think. As soon as possible, you should contact your insurance agent and let him or her know that your home has experienced water damage. A few other steps can make the experience of working with your insurance company more enjoyable.

The Choice of a Restoration Company
When you are dealing with bursting pipes in your home in North Riverside, CA, it is smart to call in professional help. A water restoration franchise has experience dealing with almost every type of water disaster possible. Experts there can also help you handle an insurance claim with assistance in the following areas:

  • Reduction of claims costs
  • Inventory of losses and expenses
  • Documentation of costs
  • Coordination of claims
  • Communication between clients

All of these services make the insurance process go more smoothly. This can be the difference between a delayed or disputed claim or a quick and accurate check sent to you when you need it the most.

The Value of a Comprehensive Cleanup
Whether you need someone to fix a broken pipe or remove standing water from your home, capable assistance is eminently desirable. A SERVPRO crew is always Here to Help. Certified technicians will work quickly, using the latest methods and equipment to clean your home to the highest industry standards. You can feel confident that any excess moisture has been removed and that you won't need to worry about future mold growth. After the problem with bursting pipes has been resolved, you can also expect professional assistance with completing your insurance claim.

2 Key Features To Look for in a Smoke Detector

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

Inside of a empty home burned, windows are boarded up Board up after a fire in Moreno Valley, CA.

2 Key Features To Look for in a Smoke Detector

If you're buying an older home or updating your current one in Moreno Valley, CA, it's very important to make sure you have the right safety features in place to protect you and your family. For instance, there should be a smoke alarm on each level, including the basement, in the halls outside each sleeping area, and inside each bedroom.
Every year, more than 350,000 house fires occur — one every 87 seconds — and smoke inhalation is the leading cause of death and injury by fire. In addition to knowing where to place your alarms, you should know what features to look for when shopping for replacements.

1. Power Supply
When choosing a smoke detector, go for a wired-in model if you can. These detectors are connected directly to your home's electrical system, so they are less likely to malfunction and require less maintenance than battery-powered ones. If that isn't an option for you, a battery-powered model is extremely effective and easy to maintain, as long as you are vigilant about replacing the batteries regularly.

2. Ionization vs. Photoelectric
Many people may not realize that there are two methods a smoke alarm can use to detect smoke. The ionization method uses the ionization of air to create a current that runs between two metal plates. When smoke gets into the detector, it disrupts the current and sets off the alarm. This type of detector works best for aggressive fires with open flames.
The photoelectric method uses light to detect smoke; the smoke particles block the light as it enters and trips the alarm as the light goes off. Photoelectric detectors work best for smoldering fires with more fumes than flames. Homes that are best-equipped for fire safety include both types of detectors in their floor plans.
Though you can't protect your home or your loved ones from everything, you can protect them from death, injury, and damage from fire by installing a smoke alarm in each recommended area of the home. If the unfortunate happens and you need smoke and fire remediation, contact professionals in your local community for help.

Understanding Commercial Storm Insurance

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

flood cuts performed on a drywall. Concept of water damage to drywall Drywall removal in a Banning, CA building.

Bad weather isn't unheard of in Banning, CA. You can't often anticipate a major storm, but there are ways you can be prepared. High winds, heavy rains and other effects can damage your building and contents inside. Storm insurance should be an essential piece of your business, as it can protect you and your investment. It's important to know how it works and what it covers.

What General Property Insurance Covers

You are no doubt familiar with property insurance and have a policy for your business property. However, this plan will not cover all types of damage you'd encounter from a storm. It will help repair damage from the following:

  • Damage from hail and wind
  • Damage from tornadoes
  • Water damage from broken pipes or a leaky roof

Covering the Rest
You may wonder what happens with other types of flooding if your normal insurance policy won't cover cleanup and repair costs. Storm insurance is supplemental and takes care of water damage that results from overflowing waterways, sewer backups or broken sewer lines. This coverage will also come in handy if torrential rainfall causes water to gather near the foundation of the building that then finds its way inside.

Filing a Claim
It's always best to file a claim as soon after the incident as possible. Insurance coverage is there to give you peace of mind and help you to rebuild. But the longer you wait to make a claim, the more difficult it will be to go through the process. Call your agent and describe what happened and what was damaged. It's best to include pictures of the affected area and a list of items that were lost.
Once you file a storm insurance claim, your agent will coordinate with professional cleanup crews to assess the situation and begin cleanup and rebuilding efforts. If you don't supplemental flood coverage, purchase a policy today.

Are Landlords Required To Maintain the Plumbing?

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

Pen and glasses on a lease agreement form. Every lease situation is different, but in all states, you should consult the lease agreement.

Whether you have polybutylene or PEX plumbing in a rental unit, it is your job as a landlord to take care of them according to your lease and the implied warranty of habitability. The main things you are supposed to do for your unit in Beaumont, CA, include:

  • Maintaining the pipes
  • Repairing any issues

The Lease

The first thing to check when you are trying to find out who is responsible for maintaining the polybutylene pipes is your lease agreement. Generally, this will outline the amount of rent a tenant pays in exchange for a certain habitability level. If you do not maintain the unit according to the lease, you are violating your agreement. Since this is a legally binding contract, you could find yourself in some trouble if you don't perform maintenance on those pipes.

The Implied Warranty of Habitability
Aside from the lease, the implied warranty of habitability mandates that landlords keep their units fully livable. While it doesn't require that you fix a leaky faucet, it does state that you will need to keep the plumbing working to make a site livable. If you don't do this, you could find yourself hiring a water remediation professional to fix the damage.

State Laws
Another factor that can determine who is responsible for the polybutylene pipes is state laws. Some state laws favor renters while others protect landlords. In most states, landlords are responsible for repairing the damage, but whether they or their tenants have to pay is based on these laws and who caused the damage.
Every lease situation is different, but in all states, you should consult the lease agreement, implied warranty of habitability, and state laws to determine who is responsible for maintaining the plumbing and paying to repair water damage from any issues. Make sure you check these documents to ensure you are meeting your responsibilities as a landlord.

SERVPRO: The Best Restoration Partner for Insurance Agencies

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

A male and female office worker smiling, Servpro logo and the phrase ASK THEM. Did you know that we are a Preferred Vendor for many insurance companies.

The most common claims made for property insurance are caused by water and fire damage. Together, they average over 50% of losses year after year, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Because of this, many insurance agencies elect to use their local SERVPRO franchise as their preferred vendor for emergency restoration services.

The SERVPRO Advantage

Currently, SERVPRO is No. 10 on Entrepreneur’s 2021 Franchise 500 Ranking. This resource compares franchises based on several factors:

  • Financial strength and stability
  • Size and growth
  • Brand strength
  • Support

Having consistently placed high in this ranking since 2012, SERVPRO is the preferred vendor for many insurance companies. With over 1700 franchises in 48 states, there is a locally owned SERVPRO in every major U.S. market. With this extensive network of restoration professionals, SERVPRO is ideally positioned to be the go-to service for both residential and commercial customers. A SERVPRO franchise is the perfect combination of local accessibility and corporate support.

The SERVPRO Experience
Each certified SERVPRO location offers a wide variety of restoration services. Among the most common are services to mitigate fire and water damage:

  • Smoke odor removal
  • Dehumidification and drying
  • Mold remediation
  • Water removal and cleanup
  • Restoration of structures
  • Cleaning of damaged items

Each of these services requires specialized training and equipment in order to prevent secondary damage, and SERVPRO technicians are the best of the best. A franchise must follow 21 different guidelines in order to be a preferred vendor for insurance companies. Documentation is made for every step, from the first notice of loss to the claims information center. This ensures a consistent experience for clients nationwide.
Insurance claims in Old Town Riverside, CA, made due to fire and water damage are common, but the cleanup process is made much smoother for insurance agents and clients thanks to SERVPRO. When a SERVPRO franchise is on the scene, they’ll make it look “Like it never even happened.”

3 Locations Mold Might Hide in Your Commercial Building

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

mold in the corner of the window Mold growth in Calimesa, CA

Three Locations Where Mold Can Hide

When you own a Calimesa, CA, commercial property, there are many actions you can take to protect it. However, one factor you might not consider is the presence of damaging mold. Many types of fungi, including black mold, can cause serious damage to your building, even in dry climates, and there are three locations where it might hide.

1. On the Roof
Roof leaks can occur without warning and you may not notice the problem until water damage becomes plainly visible. These leaks can cause mold growth in your building’s attic, which may spread to stored items, such as valuable invoice documents. Having your roof checked annually and remaining aware of any moisture can prevent these issues.

2. In Restrooms
If your business is located in an arid state, this does not mean you need not worry about needing professional mold cleanup services. Some rooms are naturally humid and may be vulnerable to leaks, such as your employee restroom. Leaking toilets, overflowing sinks, and dripping pipes can all cause mold growth, so monitoring the area carefully for black mold and other types of fungi, especially if you discover a leak, can help you pinpoint and manage problems before they begin.

3. HVAC Systems
Because your building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning ducts are hidden from sight, they may develop mold due to condensation within the system. This may happen if the unit is the wrong size for the building or due to age and wear. A musty odor that occurs when you turn the system on can tip you off to the presence of mold. Calling in a mold remediation and restoration company can resolve this problem, as can scheduling future inspections and cleanings.
Black mold and other types of damaging fungi can have a serious impact on your Calimesa, CA, commercial building. Remaining vigilant and monitoring places where it hides can help you to better protect your investment.

3 Absolutely Imperative Mold Prevention Tactics

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Wall covered with mold due to humidity Homeowners can fight off mold growth

3 Absolutely Imperative Mold Prevention Tactics

Mold growth is triggered when moisture enters a situation. The fluid acts as a catalyst, kicking off reproduction. The fungal spores, therefore, become a problem only when they have certain conditions: water and organic material. This hazardous combination permits development. Homeowners in Downtown Riverside, CA, who want to safeguard their property from undesirable black mold should take water damage seriously, minimizing moisture levels and completing the following measures.

1. Don't Wait; React Quickly
Time is not on the resident's side. Spores multiply within 24 to 48 hours of flooding, permitting spread to occur in a short amount of time. Allowing moisture to linger, therefore, is a major concern; thus, as soon as flood damage is sighted owners should begin remediation tactics. There is no time to wait and see what happens, and this isn't a problem to put off for tomorrow. Work to dry out the affected sections. Use dehumidifiers around the clock to pull out the extra humidity.

2. Don't Guess; Evaluate the Room
Mold growth isn't just on the surface. It occurs within porous items. Carpet, drywall and ceiling tiles are vulnerable to the spread, acting like sponges. The organisms penetrate deep inside, unable to be reached with cleaners. This also means that owners cannot see where the contamination stops. Professionals at a water restoration company use tools and tests to thoroughly examine the room. They can provide an action plan and uncover the areas requiring remediation.

3. Don't Keep Things; Remove Materials
Mold removal is imperative. Simply washing off items such as carpet and drywall won't kill the hidden infestation; however, tearing out the structures does get the levels down, reducing the likelihood of regrowth. Saturated belongings should be looked at with great care. If there is any doubt about the ability to sanitize, it's best to get rid of the object.
Homeowners can fight off mold growth. In order to do so, they should be proactive, seeking immediate and professional assistance with flood damage.

How To Fix Your Leaking Toilet in 3 Easy Steps

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

Leakage of water from a toilet due to blockage of the pipe If your leaking toilet is a result of a bigger problem, you may need to call in a plumber

Follow These Three Steps

Homeownership is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have, but like everything else, it has its ups and downs. One of the "downs" is that eventually, you will need to make some repairs. If you notice you have a leaking toilet, it's important to repair it right away to avoid subsequent water damage. Fortunately, it's an easy fix that practically anyone can do.

1. Determine the Cause of the Leak
Usually, a faulty seal at the base of the toilet is to blame for your bathroom leak. It could be that the wax ring has dried out, or that the toilet was installed improperly. In some cases, the tank may just need to be tightened or the tank flange may be broken and need a repair strap.

2. Remove the Toilet and Drain the Tank
Shut off the water using the valve at the back of the toilet. Flush your leaking toilet, holding down the handle to drain as much water as possible. You'll probably need to scoop out or soak up the remaining water with a cup or rag. Next, disconnect the water supply tube, rock the toilet back and forth to loosen it from the seal, and lay it on its side on a towel.

3. Replace the Gasket, Fix the Flange and Put the Toilet Back On
Scrape off the old gasket from the closest flange and set the new gasket in its place. Then, attach the repair strap if you need to fix the flange. Put the toilet back on, pressing down to create a seal on the gasket. Tighten the bolts and press down again. Trim off the closest bolts with a hacksaw and tighten the nuts before you replace the caps. Reconnect the water supply tube, turn the water valve back on and check to make sure there are no leaks.
Hopefully, you've now added this fix to your list of homeowner accomplishments. If your leaking toilet is a result of a bigger problem, you may need to call in a plumber or your local water damage specialists in Riverside, CA, who can help you.

How Fire Sprinklers Protect Your Property

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

No picture available Automatic ceiling Fire Sprinkler at the Office The sprinkler head in your office ceiling is only one small part of your property’s fire system

When you walk through your business, how often do you think about your fire sprinkler system? If you were asked to explain how it works, could you? Knowing how your fire suppression system works can give you peace of mind and help you be ready for any fire-related situation.

How Sprinklers Work

The sprinkler head in your office ceiling is only one small part of your property’s fire system. Behind your ceiling and walls is an intricate piping system that holds pressurized water ready to douse flames. When a fire starts, the heat from the blaze triggers the closest sprinkler head and the system releases water from that particular nozzle. The water goes where it is needed most.

How Sprinklers Do Not Work
There are a lot of misconceptions about fire systems and reliability. The greatest fear business owners have is accidental deployment that could result in a lot of water damage. This rarely happens. Here are some other myths about sprinkler systems that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has debunked:

  • Any type of smoke will set the system off
  • Smoke alarms will activate your sprinkler system
  • All of the sprinklers go off at once
  • They create more damage than they prevent

While no fire sprinkler system is full-proof, a properly installed and maintained one gives its owner far more protection than problems.

How to Handle Deployed Sprinklers
While the myth about excessive damage is not true, if you do have a fire and your sprinklers go off, there will be water damage. If this happens, you should call a local commercial fire and restoration services company in Riverside, CA, to inspect and help with the damages and fire sprinkler cleanup to get your business back to normal.
Understanding your fire sprinkler system might not seem like a priority, but you need to know how it works to keep it in firefighting shape.

What to Do About a Severe Toilet Overflow

12/25/2020 (Permalink)

Toilet overflow Toilet overflow in Banning, CA

Many people have dealt with a toilet overflow, whether at work or home. While not a pleasant event, most of these situations aren't serious and require a quick fix and cleanup effort. However, if there are major issues with the plumbing, and the toilet overflow affects two floors or more in your building, you'll need professional help. Flooding to this degree probably indicates sewer damage and other concerns. Make sure you address this emergency quickly before it becomes a health hazard.

Typical Causes of a Toilet Overflow

While this can be a common problem in Banning, CA, it is not one you will want to see in the workplace. Understanding what leads to a flooded toilet can help you prevent future incidents. You will also be prepared for cleanup and any restoration needs. Here are some common reasons this happens:

  • A clog in the toilet or the pipes
  • Blocked vents, or pipes that connect to the plumbing fixtures in the building
  • Blockage from the main sewer line that runs from the street to your building

Your Response to the Flooding
If a toilet in your building overflows, and water leaks onto the floor and the level below, there are some immediate steps you should follow. You should first shut off the water to the toilet. The supply valve should be on the wall behind the unit. You can also remove the lid and lift the float ball above the waterline. Next, contact the sewage company: flooded toilet, a plumber and a professional flood cleanup company.

Let the Pros Go to Work
You should never try to clean up after sewer damage on your own. Professionals have the right equipment to safely manage the cleanup process. Technicians also have the skill and experience to remove the water, repair the problem that caused the flooding and make your workplace clean and safe again.
Having sewer damage in your building can make it impossible to continue working in the facility. Make sure you follow these steps if you encounter problems.

Fire Alarms: How Many and Where to Have Them

12/25/2020 (Permalink)

Testing a smoke alarm Test your smoke alarms

Having Your Fire Alarm In The Right Place

The thought of ever having a fire in the home would be enough to frighten anyone. Smoke alarms can't prevent a fire from starting, but they can warn you that danger is in the home. This buys you the time you need to get out safely and possibly even extinguish the flames yourself before they spread. If your home isn't equipped with a fire alarm in the right places, make sure you understand the proper guidelines and regulations.

The last thing you want is for your home to suffer fire damage. Smoke alarms can help to minimize these issues and keep you safe. Of course, if you don't properly maintain fire alarms, you can't expect them to do their jobs effectively. Here are some tips for keeping them in good condition:

  • Change the batteries (if applicable) once a year.
  • Clean the alarms once a month.
  • Test the alarms weekly.
  • Replace the alarms every 10 years.

Every bedroom in your home should have a fire alarm. If your Yucaipa, CA, home is missing one in any sleeping area, call a professional right away for installation help. If you are not missing any in these rooms, make sure they are working well.

Outside Sleeping Areas
Along with having an alarm in every bedroom, your home should have them in the hallway outside these rooms. This provides an added layer of protection and warning for family members.

On Every Level
Smoke damage can cause severe health problems. Don't let a fire in your house get to the point that you are not able to exit the premises. By installing an alarm on every level, including the basement, you increase the chances of keeping everyone safe in the event of a fire.
Having a fire alarm in the right places in your home is essential. You may not be able to avoid calling a professional fire restoration company after a fire, but you can protect yourself and your loved ones.

5 Things to Expect from Your Insurance During a Water Damage Claim

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

Worker placing drying equipment in water-damaged area Water cleanup in Old Town Riverside, CA

Here Are A Few Steps You Can Expect To See

After water damage in your Old Town Riverside, CA, home, you may be talking to your insurance agent about a claim. Your home adjuster may require several things during this process.

1. Damage Assessment

When it comes to an insurance claim, what’s covered will depend on what is included in your policy. A damage assessment will be the process in which damages to the structure and personal items are catalogued, and a repair estimate is determined. Your adjusted will compare this assessment to your policy when determining what will be covered.

2. Documentation of Damages

All the damages will need to be documented. This can include making itemized lists, as well as taking lots of photographs of the area.

3. Recommendation of a Restoration Service

In many cases, your home adjuster will recommend contacting a local water damage restoration service to help clean and make repairs to your home. A preferred vendor can also work with your agent in the damage assessment, costs estimates, damage documentation, and progress updates.

4. Temporary Repairs

Your restoration crew can make temporary repairs that are designed to protect the home from additional damage until the restoration can be completed. This may include using boards or tarps to cover damaged areas,

5. Paperwork

The amount of paperwork you can expect to do may depend on your adjuster's preferred method of work, as well as the severity of the damages. In many cases, your restoration team may be able to help with some aspects. It’s also important to note that if you need to relocate temporarily, it’s a very good idea to keep all of your receipts.

After water damage to your home, it’s important to work with your home adjuster to ensure they have everything they need to file your claim. They may ask for a damage assessment and documentation of the damages which may include photographs. They may also recommend a restoration service that can help with temporary, protective repairs, as well as the restoration of the home. Remember, during this process you may also expect to do lots of paperwork

How To Prevent Mold From Spreading Inside Your Home

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

Black mold growth in a home Mold damage in a North Riverside, CA home

How To Prevent Mold From Spreading

Every homeowner’s worst nightmare is finding mold inside their residence. A foul odor permeates everywhere and their home’s structural integrity is compromised. Before embarking upon the cleanup process, make mold contamination a priority to prevent the condition from worsening. Here are three approaches for lessening the spread of fungal assaults in North Riverside, CA.

1. Remove and Treat Affected Items
Anything portable that has become contaminated should be immediately discarded. Don a mask and safety gloves before having contact with these possessions. Unrecoverable items are to be placed inside disposable bags and banished to the trash. Salvageable belongings can be treated with anti-mold solutions, such as hydrogen peroxide or bleach. After letting the disinfectant work its magic, perform a rinse. Place these articles in the sunshine for periods between 30 and 40 minutes to kill off any remaining spores. Alternatively, cold makes mold inactive, so placing items inside freezers is another method of reducing transmission.

2. Shut Down Ventilation
Heating and cooling systems blow large amounts of air. When gusts occur, spores float from room to room and mold contamination spreads. Although it is unpleasant operating in spaces without temperature controls, it is better to suffer temporary discomfort than it is to let mold’s negative effects run wild. Fans push around the air as well, so limit their use to places away from contaminated areas.

3. Create Negative Air Flow
Conscientious homeowners can accomplish the preceding mold deterrent goals without difficulty, but residential mold remediation specialists should be employed when applying more advanced methods. One of these is by turning the compromised zone into a negative air chamber. Under this procedure, more air is removed than allowed in, resulting in negative air pressure that diminishes the ability for spores to move around.
Mold contamination must be dealt with the moment it is identified. While any concerned occupant can work to prevent mold from advancing, specialists are recommended for the thorough elimination of infestations.

What To Do If You Spot Mold on the Ceiling

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth on ceiling Mold on ceiling

What To Do If You Spot Black Mold?

Discovering a ceiling leak is enough to fill any property owner with dread. Worse yet is finding black mold or other evidence of spores on your ceiling tiles or drywall. If you find mold growth overhead, acting fast is key to a quick and tidy remediation. Mold spores need only 24-48 hours to multiply.

Start at the Top
If you’ve got mold in your ceiling, check first for a roof leak. If your roof is more than 20 years old, it could be time to replace it. Damaged flashing, poor drainage or a problem with the waterproof membrane may be to blame. If everything seems to be in order, you or a professional will need to inspect the plumbing and HVAC system to find the cause of your ceiling leak.

Don’t Try To Remove It Yourself
If you spot black mold or similar spores on your ceiling, resist the urge to clean it or to try tearing out the damaged area yourself. Disturbing the affected area could potentially scatter the spores. It’s best to call a mold remediation specialist in Moreno Valley, CA, who knows how to do it properly. In the meantime, do everything you can to dry the area out. A dehumidifier, fans and good ventilation will help stave off further mold growth.

Clean Your Air
If the mold is extensive or there’s a residual musty smell, an air purifier with a HEPA filter is an excellent way to clean and freshen the air. Make sure it’s the right size to fit your commercial space. If you have a large area, an air scrubber is the way to go. Your local mold mitigation company will have all these tools.
If you spot black mold or similar growth on the ceiling at your property, don't stress. Responding quickly can prevent additional mold and minimize any disruption to your day-to-day operations.

Why Every Office Should Have a First Aid Kit

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

First aid kit on wooden background, top view Every office should have a first aid kit readily available

Benefits Of Having A First Kid Aid In An Office

No matter what industry you inhabit, the potential for workplace injury exists. Fires, storms, broken glass and electrical mishaps strike even the most safety-conscious among us. That is why every office should have a first aid kit readily available. Is yours prepared and, if so, does it contain everything necessary to handle whatever employee trauma may transpire?

First Aid Supplies
Some of the items your emergency kit should include are:

  • 4” x 4” gauze pads
  • Adhesive bandages/tape
  • Wound cleaner
  • Scissors
  • A blanket
  • Tweezers
  • Protective gloves
  • A splint
  • Resuscitation gear

Check OSHA’s website for a more comprehensive list and obtain as many of their recommended items as possible. Never assume anything is unnecessary. Whatever you omit may be exactly what you need during unforeseen circumstances.

First Aid Kit Advantages
Assembling this many components may seem bothersome, but excellent reasons exist for making the effort. The first among them is speed. When calamities occur, time is of the essence and proper supplies assure treatment at the earliest moment. Blood loss, for instance, can be halted before reaching dangerous levels. The faster injuries are addressed, the lower the chance of greater complications.
Pain relief, big and small, is another important benefit. If one of your employees suffers a severe burn, the application of ointment can help ease immense pain. Less serious maladies, such as bug bites, can also be addressed.
The portability of these kits is extremely advantageous. Supplies are easily carried to any accident site, whether indoor or outdoor. Likewise, they can be inconspicuously brought along to weekend conferences or on company excursions.
While the worst outcome of a structural disaster in Beaumont, CA, is an employee injury, damage to buildings must eventually be addressed. Contact a commercial restoration professional to help return everything back to exactly the way it was before disaster struck.
The benefits of having a first aid kit in your office will always outweigh the hassle of assembling one. Be well prepared for whatever calamity may befall your place of work.

Understanding Your Commercial Insurance Policy

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Insurance Every business should have a commercial property insurance policy

What Is Covered Under A Commercial Policy

Every business should have a commercial property insurance policy to protect the company’s physical assets and building, in Downtown Riverside, CA. But what does commercial insurance cover? With all the confusing lingo, it can be tricky to decipher the coverage.
Here are some key points for understanding what is covered under a commercial policy:

1. Theft
Commercial policies often cover the cost to replace any property that is damaged or stolen due to theft or robbery. This can include equipment, office supplies, computers and inventory. Employee theft may also be covered under this policy.

2. Vandalism
If your business falls victim to vandalism and the building’s exterior is damaged or defaced, the cost for repairs is typically covered. For example, your policy will replace smashed or broken windows, or pay for cleanup services to remove paint and graffiti from the walls of the building.

3. Lost Business Income
You can file a claim for lost income due to business interruption if you shut down your business temporarily. Any operating expenses for services that cannot be suspended or paused during this temporary shutdown should also be included. If you operate your business in a temporary location while your building is under repair, the policy should cover some of these operating expenses.

4. Water and Fire Damage
Commercial insurance will cover the cost to repair and restore damage to the property if your business suffers from flooding, fire, or other disasters. This can include damage to the physical structure of the building, the building’s exterior, and property and assets inside the building, such as furniture, electronic equipment, and other business inventory stored at the property. Professional fire and water cleanup services are recommended to restore your business to its pre-damaged condition and are usually covered under the policy as well.
Understanding commercial insurance can seem overwhelming but it is important to know what is covered. Every business should have a policy to ensure that the company is protected against financial loss.

5 Tips to Prepare Your Building for Spring Flooding

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

hand wearing a black plastic glove using spatula to clean a gutter Remember to have your gutters and downspouts clean for spring weather (or spring thaw for cold areas)

Prepare Your Property To Face The Spring Thaw

Spring weather can be quite unpredictable. Seasonal rain storms, rapidly melting snow and countless other conditions can all drastically increase the chances of your commercial building in Calimesa, CA, succumbing to flooding. Luckily, there are several steps you can take to help prepare your property to face the spring thaw.

1. Check the Drainage Systems.
Make sure your outdoor flood drains aren't blocked by any type of obstruction. Clear any debris from the gutters on your building's roof and double-check any floor drains your building might have to ensure that they're unobstructed as well.

2. Remove Any Snow Around the Building.
Rapidly thawing snow is one of the greatest contributors to the spring flood. Remove snow from around your building's foundation and from the top of its roof. Doing so can help the melted water drain away from your property, thus reducing your risk of falling victim to flooding.

3. Test Your Sump Pump.
Ideally, you have been managing and maintaining your sump pump all winter. If you haven't, then testing the device is especially important. Check for a frozen pipe, and make sure to clear any debris out from the machine that could obstruct drainage.

4. Elevate and Waterproof Important Items.
Any important possessions, such as electronics or valuable documents need to be moved to higher floors in your building and sealed in waterproof containers. Preventing water damage is significantly easier than attempting to salvage soaked documents or electronic devices.

5. Hire a Professional to Inspect Your Building's Roof.
If your building's roof has been buried underneath a layer of snow all winter, then it could have potentially sustained damage that you haven't noticed yet. It's a good idea to have your roof professionally inspected to make sure that it's ready to withstand storm and flood damage.
The spring thaw can bring about drastic floods that can cause massive amounts of water damage to your commercial building. Taking the proper precautionary measures can certainly help reduce the amount of damage your building suffers, but complete protection is never a guarantee. Contact flood remediation experts if your property has sustained damage from flooding.

5 Ways To Prevent Mold From Growing After a Home Flood

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

Drying equipment placed on the floor of a living room Drying affected area after a storm damage

Preventing A Mold Infestation After A Flood

When flooding occurs at your home in Riverside, CA, it’s imperative to begin the restoration process as quickly as possible. The question isn’t if mold growth will occur, but when. As soon as 24 hours after the introduction of moisture, mold can begin growing — and it can get out of control fast. Here are a few suggestions for preventing mold infestation after a flood.

1. Wear Personal Protective Equipment
Whether a big or small job, you’ll need to wear some PPE. This protection should include an N-95 respirator mask (at minimum), safety goggles, disposable hair coverings, latex gloves and shoe coverings. A Tyvek suit or disposable coveralls helps to protect your clothing.

2. Remove Wet and Mold-Infested Materials
All of the standing water needs to be extracted from the area as soon as possible. Then you can begin removing saturated materials. The objective is to remove as much moisture as you can so that drying can begin. Look out for items with mold and remove them by carefully placing them in trash bags.

3. Remove Any Remaining Mold That You Find
Check the area for signs of any remaining mold. Mold growth can occur in the tiniest of crevices — even behind walls and under flooring — so it’s essential to thoroughly inspect and clean the area. Mold remediation experts may be required to eradicate all of it.

4. Dry the Affected Area
If the mold has been completely removed, use fans, heaters and dehumidifiers to dry the area quickly and thoroughly. Open doors and windows if the outside air is less humid than the indoor air.

5. Clean and Disinfect the Affected Area
It’s essential to clean the area thoroughly, followed by disinfecting. After mold removal, it must not have a chance to return.
After flooding, your home’s condition can decline quickly; mold doesn’t need a lot of coaxing to thrive. Call in professionals to begin dealing with water damage and mold growth immediately. They’ll return your home to its preloss condition as quickly as possible.

3 Things You Should Know About Water Damage

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

Worker placing drying equipment in water-damaged area Water cleanup services in Yucaipa, PA

Three Things To Know About Water Damage

Water damage in your Yucaipa, CA, home can occur for a variety of reasons including a pipe burst, hurricane, leaking appliance, sewage backup, and more. Many homeowners understand that water is destructive to the structure and belongings of a home; however, here are three more things to know about water damage.

1. Immediate Action is Critical
Unwanted water in your home should be dealt with immediately. The first action you should take is calling a water restoration company. Water spreads quickly and can cause substantial damage. If water is left untouched, mold can begin to grow in just 48 to 72 hours; thus, it’s essential to perform water cleanup as soon as possible.

2. Professional Cleanup is Necessary
If you have a leak in your home you might need to repair the water line. Professional help is recommended any time you’re dealing with water in the home because of potential damage. A pipe burst is another water emergency that should be handled by professionals. While some homeowners attempt to cleanup water damage on their own, a water restoration specialist is ideal. They have the right training and equipment to ensure no further damage, such as mold, will occur.

3. Restoration is Possible
One of the reasons that it’s so important to seek professional help with flooding or other water disasters is to obtain complete restoration of your home. A professional restoration company will follow specific steps to clean and restore your home:

  • Inspection and assessment of damage
  • Extraction of water
  • Drying and dehumidifying
  • Cleaning
  • Sanitizing
  • Restoration

Each water damage situation is unique; however, the overall process for cleaning and restoring is the same.
If you experience a pipe burst or other water catastrophe, pursue the help of professionals who can properly restore your home. A restoration company that is Faster to Any Size Disaster will take immediate action to clean your home and prevent further damage.

Common Types of Mold

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

Mold Alternaria alternata, allergic fungus, 3D illustration. Mold alternaria

Ensuring your home in Banning, CA, is a pleasant, welcoming environment is important. When the first signs of mold appear, it can be easy to immediately think of black mold. While that is found in homes, the fungus has many types and forms. To eliminate concerns and ensure the problem is properly taken care of, call a mold damage and restoration specialist to conduct a mold inspection.

Mold Comes in Many Forms

Prior to their arrival, it is important to understand that house mold could be one of nearly 300,000 kinds of fungi. Mold spores thrive outdoors and indoors. If you come across some strange spots, below or common indoor types and where they like to lurk.

Alternaria – Velvety and green, grey or black, it is often found near showers or leaky faucets.
Aspergillus – Black on top and yellow or white on the bottom, it thrives on dust and building materials, such as drywall.
Cladosporium – The most common type found, it dark green clusters with gray or brown splotches and typically grows on fabric and wood.
Penicillium – Blue or green in color, it grows on water-damaged materials.

A Professional Assessment
Having a mold inspection done will help determine the type of mold in your home, its location, severity of the issue, and the best remediation plan. The certified professional will conduct both a visual and physical assessment, as well as conduct an air quality test. During the process, they will also locate the source of the problem and take samples.
After the assessment, the professionals will have the tools and know-how to properly clean and sanitize the affected areas and complete repairs from the problem reoccurring. Their expert technique also ensures that mold doesn’t spread to other areas of the home, providing further peace of mind.
Although not molds are harmful, they can do damage to your home and leave it smelling musty and unwelcoming. To avoid that from happening, have a mold inspection whenever mold is found.

Residential Fire - Stay Safe by Regularly Testing Fire Alarms

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

Testing a smoke alarm Test your smoke alarm monthly

Inspecting and Checking Your Fire Alarm

A smoke alarm is the first line of defense against a fire in your Moreno Valley, CA. They are designed to alert everyone in the home of fire and smoke to help them get out safely, but they can only do their job if they are properly maintained. In everyday life, it can be easy to forget about the vital device installed in various parts of your home. Instead of risking the safety of everyone and needing fire damage and restoration specialist to salvage your home, make inspecting them and checking them a priority.

Fire Alarm Maintenance
Most people have either an ionization and photoelectric smoke alarm, or a dual one that provides both functions. Unless they are hardwired, these kinds require a 9V battery to operate. Below are recommendations to help maintain their upkeep.

Test all kinds of alarms monthly.
Replace alkaline batteries twice a year. A good rule of thumb is to change them on daylight saving time days.
Lithium-powered alarms should not be replaced. Instead, replace the smoke alarm every 10 years.
Replace backup batteries in hardwired systems once a year.
Replace hardwired alarms every 10 years.

Which Is Better, Alkaline, or Lithium?
Since a smoke detector is vital for safety, you want to ensure you are adhering to manufacture guidelines. If going with a lithium 9V system, they do provide a longer-lasting battery life, but they require an alarm designed to handle that type of battery. They maintain their high voltage for longer, so they may have a shorter low-battery warning timeframe. Alkaline batteries have been the staple for years, but they do require regular replacement and monitoring. As long as regular tests are done and guidelines are followed, both are designed to help keep you and your family safe.
Although it might be easy to assume the smoke alarm will work, taking preventive measures can ensure they do. Make regular testing a priority to be ready if a fire breaks out.

5 Common Hiding Places for Mold

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

Black mold spots around air duct Mold spores around air duct

Checking These Five Key Hiding Places

Mold is a tenacious fungus to get rid of once it takes up residence in your building. The best way to handle it is to prevent mold growth in the first place. Make the correct preventative measures and protect your building in Banning, CA, by routinely checking these five key hiding places.

1. The underside of the ceiling tiles: Ceiling tiles are porous and absorb moisture quite well. Unfortunately, this makes for an ideal breeding ground for mold spores. A leaky roof can also result in water damage that eventually leads to mold.

2. Any electrical sockets or equipment: Electrical equipment, such as sockets, circuit breakers, light fixtures and other devices generate heat. In a high humidity environment, that heat creates condensation that attracts mold.

3. Paper products: If there's one thing that offices have a lot of, it's paper. Paper products that have been exposed to moisture are at risk for mold. Always store paper products in humidity-controlled environments.

4. Carpeting: Carpet readily traps dirt and other deposits floating in the air. This includes both moisture and, you guessed it, mold spores. Mold in carpet isn't always visible, either. You might have to lift up the upholstery to check underneath the carpet for mold growth.

5. Air ducts: In the hotter months, a building's air ducts can generate a lot of moisture as cool air is pumped in to regulate the building's temperature. If the moisture condenses, or there's a leak in the ductwork, moisture can accumulate on the insulation and attract mold spores.
While it's important to thoroughly check these five places, it's still possible for mold growth to occur anywhere conditions are favorable. Regular mold inspections can definitely help prevent the issue, but you might still end up coming across a mold problem one day or another. If this is the case, make sure to contact mold remediation experts to help resolve the problem.

4 Steps To Creating a Business Continuity Plan

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

Business Continuity Plan Concept A business continuity plan enables business owners to continue to operate a business during or after a disaster

Create a Continuity Plan By Following These Four Steps

A business continuity plan enables business owners to continue to operate a business during or after a disaster. Although flooding can happen with little to no warning, having a solid plan in place can offer some protection. Even if a business is operating at 50-percent capacity during a flood or pipe burst, that is much better than not operating at all. Any business owner can create a plan by following this four-step process.

1. Performing a Business Impact Analysis
Develop questionnaires to identify individual business processes and functions. Have each manager fill out the questionnaire. Review the forms and then meet with each manager to make sure each process is covered.

2. Conducting a Gap Analysis
Use the information obtained in your business impact analysis to identify and document resource requirements. Performing a gap analysis based on this information will help identify any gaps between recovery requirements and current capabilities. Explore what measures need to be taken to fill the identified gaps between recovery requirements and current capabilities.

3. Developing a Continuity Plan
Identify which business processes and functions are critical to the operation of your business and develop workarounds to keep these functions going in case of a disaster. Common safeguards include a relocation plan, an IT disaster recovery procedure, and an emergency response plan. Once the list has been validated, compile it into a comprehensive business continuity plan.

4. Training and Testing
Conduct training for employees and then walk through the exercises in a mock drill. Much like a fire drill, a walkthrough is the best way to identify any gaps or problems before an actual disaster occurs. If any problems are found, add the solutions to your documentation and try again.
Keeping an updated business continuity plan provides added protection for your business in Yucaipa, CA. However, structural damage to your building can still occur. If you have experienced damage to your business, a professional remediation company can help get your business back to its previous condition.

How To Clean Up Mold After a Storm

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

two workers using prrotective gear while putting trash on bag If you are attempting the remediation yourself, you should wear the right gear

Know How To Safely Clean Mold

As hurricane season approaches, your commercial building is in danger of heavy rains and flooding. Along with this comes the potential for mold growth. To keep mold in check, you need to act within two days after a storm hits. While minor outbreaks can be tackled with a good scrub brush, buildings that have been soaked with dirty water may need the help of remediation professionals. However, if you plan to tackle a large outbreak on your own, you must know how to safely clean mold.

Cleaning Mold
Dealing with mold growth is not for those who have respiratory issues. If you lack these issues, here are some tips on how you can clean large outbreaks of mold:

  • Dry out the building as soon as possible.
  • Remove all porous items that have gotten wet and cannot be salvaged.
  • Clean all wet items with detergent and water.
  • Store your damaged items outside until they have been documented by the insurance company.
  • For stubborn mold, use a mixture of bleach and water.

If the water infiltrated your HVAC system, do not turn it on. All surfaces of your system that were submerged are potential reservoirs for dirt, debris, bacteria, and mold. Moisture can also collect in areas of your system that were not submerged, causing mold to grow there as well. Therefore, you should have your HVAC system cleaned and disinfected by a professional as soon as possible.

Using PPE
If you are attempting the remediation yourself, you should wear the right gear. You may not need a complete hazmat suit, but you do need to cover your eyes, nose, and hands during cleanup. You should also wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and waterproof boots. These will protect you from exposure to mold growth.
When a flood impacts your building in Riverside, CA, you must act quickly. You will want to dry out the standing water as soon as possible and clean all areas to prevent mold from growing.

Four Safety Tips To Follow After a Flood

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

Breaker box with the word CUT THE POWER! It is a good idea to turn off the power completely

Proper Flood Safety

A turbulent storm season in North Riverside, CA, can result in flooding in your home. Here are some tips to follow to practice proper flood safety.

1. Call the Professionals
A small spill in the kitchen can be cleaned up easily, but for large-scale damage, you need the expertise of certified professionals. Flood restoration specialists survey the damage, assess the extent of the problem, outline safety tips, and propose the appropriate actions for getting your house back to normal. They know what can be salvaged and what must be torn out and thrown away to prevent secondary damage.

2. Stay Out of Floodwater
Water from a storm is not clean water. It is likely contaminated with bacteria. Therefore, you should avoid contact with it as much as possible. Wear personal protective gear whenever you're around floodwater. If you cannot extract items out of standing water safely, it is best to wait for the cleanup technicians to arrive.

3. Turn Off Electricity
Water and electricity do not mix. A vital aspect of flood safety is making sure that you do not use any electrical device near water damage. In fact, it is a good idea to turn off the power completely, especially if the damage covers a large portion of the house.

4. Throw Away Items
Technicians may be able to save quite a few things that were affected by the flood, but some things need to be thrown away. Toss any cosmetics that came into contact with the water. Do not consume any food exposed to your flooded kitchen. You may be able to wash off canned goods, but all products or items in cardboard boxes should be discarded.
When your home is flooded, it is important to know the next steps to take. Until your home is restored, you should approach it as if it is a safety hazard and exercise caution. Follow flood safety guidelines to keep yourself and your family safe.

Deciphering If Its Mold or Mildew?

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

Hand pointing at a white wall that has black mold growth Deciding if you have mold damage or a mildew problem is often easy

Difference Between Mold or Mildew

When faced with an unknown substance in your Old Town Riverside, CA, it can be easy to assume that you may have mold damage. In some cases, it might be a mildew problem and not a mold one. Regardless of which it is, it is important to get the issue immediately taken care of. How you approach the cleaning process requires understanding the difference between the two.

Mildew Growth
Often considered a plant disease, mildew is a form of mold that typically has two classifications:

Powdery – Typically white or gray splotches found on flowering plants. Over time, it can turn to a brown or black color.
Downy – This type often affects foods, such as potatoes. It usually begins as yellow spots that turn brown.

Mildew grows on a surface and easily be removed. Although it normally only affects plants and food, it is important to get rid of it.

Mold Growth
There are many types of mold that can grow indoors. While some are more harmful than others, any mold damage should be taken care of by mold remediation and restoration expert to ensure it is properly cleaned and the area it was growing no longer provides mold spores a welcoming environment.
The appearance of the fungus is the easiest way to identify if it is mold or mildew. Mold forms as green or black patches that appear either slimy or fuzzy. It also can have irregular spots with other colors, such as brown, gray, yellow, and blue. Unlike the surface-loving mildew, mold penetrates below the surface. Along with growing on food, it can easily spread in organic materials in the home, including drywall, fabrics, furniture, bathrooms, and clothes. If left unchecked, it can begin to rot areas of the home and quickly spread to unaffected areas.
Deciding if you have mold damage or a mildew problem is often easy. Regardless of which it is, consider having it inspected by a professional to help determine the underlying causes.

5 Office Items That Can Be Restored After a Flood

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

Office Supplies You may find it comforting to know that the same professionals who can handle water in home damage can also take care of your business.

When a broken pipe occurs in your Calimesa, CA business you may be wondering what to do next. Fortunately, many of the water in home cleanup tips can apply to company property as well. For example, many water damage restoration services like SERVPRO of North Riverside city offers item cleaning options as well. Here are five common office items that they may be able to help restore.

1. Floor Coverings

In many cases the floor coverings such as welcome mats, chair mats, anti slip rugs, or cushions for those who stand long periods of time, may be affected by flooding. Fortunately, these items can all be washed with special cleaners.

2. Electronics

You may be worried out office electronics such as phones, computers, copiers, and manufacturing machinery. In many cases a restoration professional can save these items as well with carefully designed cleaning practices.

3. Furniture

Just like if their area issues with water in home areas, furniture may be affected at an office as well. In many cases these can be cleaned with a special solution and a scrub brush or rag.

4. Paperwork

Damaged paperwork may need to go through special dry cleaning processes. Your restoration service may have the ability to freeze-dry these items and have them carefully cleaned so that they are still usable. The team may also be able to scan these documents into an electronic database for you.

5. Office Supplies

In many cases office supplies can be affected. Fortunately, many of these items and small and solid enough that they can be dipped or soaked in a cleaning solution.

You may find it comforting to know that the same professionals who can handle water in home damage can also take care of your business. With a little time and the right equipment they may even be able to salvage your floor coverings, electronics, office furniture, paperwork, and office supplies.


FEMA’s Help After a Storm

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

House with roof damage in the woods. You can receive crisis counseling and legal assistance through FEMA's program.

After a storm hits your house in Old Town Riverside, CA you may face extensive home damage. If your insurance policy does not cover the damage to your house, you can be stuck paying a lot of money for repairs. Fortunately, FEMA stands by individuals after a natural disaster and can offer assistance to those who need it.

FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program
The Individuals and Households Program provides both financial assistance and services for damage and losses caused by a natural disaster, such as flooding. Through this program, FEMA can offer financial assistance for:

-Home repair or replacement
-Personal property damage
-Medical or dental injuries
-Child care
-Vehicular damage

The program can also cover other miscellaneous yet necessary expenses for individuals who face various types of storm damage. For instance, someone who has extensive flood damage can receive compensation for hiring storm damage cleanup and restoration professionals.

Additionally, individuals who qualify for this program may receive direct services to try to remedy the damage done by a natural disaster. If your house has been destroyed, you may be put into a temporary housing unit. Furthermore, you can receive crisis counseling and legal assistance through this program.

To be eligible for the Individuals and Household Program, you must live in a presidentially declared disaster zone, be a citizen of the United States, and have necessary expenses or needs that are not covered by your insurance benefits. It is also important to keep in mind that there is a limit on how much financial assistance individuals can receive for certain things. This amount can be adjusted based on the severity of the storm and the consumer price index.

The Individuals and Households Program provides helps provide services and financial assistance to people after natural disasters. If you face serious damage due to a storm or other disaster, you may be eligible for the assistance FEMA provides through this program.

How To Keep Your Business Prepared in Case of a Fire

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

Smoking building with a fireman. Have inspections done regularly to catch potential hazards before they become a problem.

It may not be second nature to think about a fire happening in your business, but fire preparation is necessary to keep you and your employees safe and to protect your Banning, CA building. Be sure to take the following steps before you find yourself in an emergency situation.

1. Make Sure You Have Insurance

Paying for fire damage repairs out of pocket can be pricey and can potentially have a negative impact on your business. If you don’t already have insurance that covers this type of damage, consider adding it. Ensure that it covers the following:

-Business building
-Office equipment
-Attached/detached structures

2. Maintain Your Fire Alarms

Making sure your fire alarms are working properly is an essential part of fire preparation and should never be overlooked. You should have at least one alarm on each floor, and they should be tested at least once a month.

3. Reduce Fire Hazards

There are many things that can create an increased risk of fire in your building. They can range from overloaded outlets and blocked windows and doors to faulty wiring in the electrical system. Have inspections done regularly to catch potential hazards before they become a problem.

4. Create an Escape Plan

Another important part of disaster preparation is creating an escape plan. Locate all potential exits, including windows on lower floors, and determine multiple exit paths from each area of the building. You should practice the plan at least twice a year. Posting maps in each room of the building can be helpful as well.

5. Make Copies of Important Documents

You probably have many documents, both physical and digital, that are important to your business. Making sure that you have copies of paperwork can help limit the damage if a fire does occur. Make physical copies of paper items, and back up files to external or cloud storage.

Taking the right steps toward fire preparation can help minimize its effects on your business. However, you may still end up dealing with fire or smoke damage. A cleanup and restoration company can perform mitigation and repairs so you can get back to work more quickly.

What Does Business Interruption Insurance Cover?

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

Financial concept meaning Business Interruption Insurance with sign on the piece of paper. There are many incidents that could lead to business interruption

A fire in your commercial building in Beaumont, CA, can cause extensive damage. You may not even be able to continue business as usual until the damage is repaired. When this happens, it's useful to have business interruption insurance to cover the costs to keep you on your feet.

Operating Expenses

Entrepreneurs know how to be flexible and adapt to new circumstances. No matter how seamlessly you change your business model to accommodate for the temporary loss of your facilities after a business fire, however, it is likely that you won't see as much cash flow as you're used to. Unfortunately, the costs associated with operation don't go away:

  • Payroll
  • Taxes
  • Loan payments
  • Monthly bills
  • Temporary location

Your interruption policy can help cover these costs. Talk to your provider about the specific exemptions for your particular policy.

Lost Income
Business interruption insurance may also cover the income you lose while fire cleaning experts are working on your building. The amount your policy covers depends on a combination of previous and projected earnings. Using recent profit and loss statements, your provider estimates how much you would have earned if you were able to operate your business as usual during the down time. The policy is designed to protect that income so that you don't get behind or have to shut down completely.

Government Shutdown
If a pandemic or some other widespread disaster happens, the government may decide that all non-essential businesses must close for a certain period of time. During these events, your interruption policy should cover the same things it would cover if your building was damaged or destroyed. A shutdown that is out of your control doesn't have to put your business in jeopardy if you have the right insurance coverage.
There are many incidents that could lead to business interruption. It just makes sense to have a policy in place to cover the money you lose because of it.

3 Sewage Damage Types You Might See At Your Business

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

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Three Possible Causes For A Sewer Overflow

After an overflow or storm back up at your Calimesa, CA, business, it may be best to contact a local water damage restoration service to help with a sewage cleaning. Sewage damage can occur a few ways and for the cleaning to be successful it’s important to know the source of the problem. Here are three possible causes for a sewer overflow at your business.

1. Storm Flooding Overflow

A storm can cause problems where the weather puts out more water than the sewer system can handle. In cases like this water is pushed into the only areas where it can go. This means there's a possibility it may come back through the drains and into your business. A restoration service can help with clean up and repairs, and a professional can look over the plumbing to see if there are any preventative fittings than could be installed.

2. Toilet Back Up

There are a couple of reasons toilet overflow could result in the need for a sewage cleaning. These can include a lack of water in the flush tank, an object stuck in the trap, a clog in the draining line, or a clog in one of the house lines. In any of these cases, a professional should be contacted.

3. Drain Back Up

Another possible source for sewer damage is a drain back up. These can occur either as a result of a clogged pipe or a blockage in the sewer line itself. Because it can be difficult to know which it is, it’s highly recommended to contact a professional rather than trying to clear the problem yourself.

A restoration service can help with any sewage cleaning that may bee needed after an overflow, but it’s important to know the source of the problem. This can include a storm sewer overfilling, a toilet clogging and backing up, or a similar clog occurring in a drainage area. If you experience and overflow problem it’s highly recommended to contact a professional for help.

Pipe Issues and Insurance Coverage

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

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You may not spend much time thinking about the plumbing and water supply in your house. However, if you experience a problem such as a flood, your attention will quickly turn to fix the issue. The damage from water spilling out of pipes onto the floor can be severe, so you'll depend on your homeowner's insurance to help cover the repair costs. In some cases, your plan will take effect. There may be other instances where you'll be responsible for the repairs.

When Your Insurance Would Deny Your Claim

Insurance coverage does not include flooding from sewer backups and overflowing waterways. It will cover pipe issues in some cases. However, you will have to pay a professional water cleanup company for costs and repairs when the following occurs:

  • A pipe breaks because of your failure to maintain and repair it.
  • A pipe breaks because you installed it incorrectly.
  • A pipe breaks because you deliberately damaged it.

Sudden, Unexpected Issues
In your home, you could experience disasters due to no fault of your own. If you need to fix a broken pipe because it suddenly burst or sprung a leak, your insurance company should approve your claim. Despite your best efforts of upkeep, accidents happen. Water damage can cause problems in your home from supply lines, sewage pipes, or appliances.

Defective Materials
If there is a flood in your house because of substandard equipment and materials, you shouldn't have to pay for cleanup or repairs. Technicians in Yucaipa, CA, could have improperly put in the pipes, or the pipes themselves could have had defects. In either case, you can depend on your insurance company to cover any losses you suffer. If you have any questions, you can speak to your agent.
Broken pipes are a common cause of a flood in your home. You should understand when you can file a claim and when you will have to handle this maintenance by yourself.

Why Materials Matter in Your Plumbing System

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

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Why Materials Matter in Your Plumbing System

If your business is housed in an older building, you know that sometimes in the past the best materials were not always used. Sometimes it was a matter of economics, and other times it was because the flaws in a particular material were not fully appreciated. For polybutylene piping, the culprit was a mix of both. The inexpensive material was commonly used throughout commercial properties in the 1970s through the 1990s. Over time, this piping material was found to have the following defects:

  • It was susceptible to cracking and breakage
  • It became brittle when water treatments such as chlorine were used
  • It affected water quality caused by pipe degradation and breakdown

The Solution for Outdated Plumbing
If your property in Banning, CA, has polybutylene piping, it must be replaced. Building codes in the U.S. and Canada no longer recognize this material for plumbing systems. Just as importantly, if it is present it will eventually fail and cause water damage to your facility. Therefore, new plumbing will be needed to replace any sections with this outdated material. Though this retrofit of your plumbing system is likely to be expensive, the good news is that new materials will last for decades and won't degrade water quality.

The Answer for Plumbing Leaks
A professional water remediation franchise will be able to handle the full array of plumbing leaks that can plague a business. This goes for small amounts of water from a leaky pipe, to big jobs like a failure of polybutylene piping. Technicians have the advanced training and specialized equipment to quickly and safely remove water from your company. They can handle the contaminated water from sewage backups and flood waters and they are Here to Help in any situation. They know that you are eager to get back to work again, so they work with purpose to restore your building to good shape.

Why You may not See the Mold You are Smelling in Your Building

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

You may not always know if you have mice running around until you see the evidence they leave behind. But of the many things you may not know about your company building, the one you cannot afford to be oblivious to is the presence of black mold. Unlike mice, it initially leaves no visible traces, but that unmistakable mold smell is a heavy warning to a business owner in Yucaipa, CA.

Determine Where the Odor is Coming From

The smell of mold is damp, pungent, and unpleasantly musty – often described as dank. The mold smell is usually one of the first signs that spores have come out of dormancy and are alive and well somewhere in your building. They can reproduce enough to produce the odor within as few as 24 to 48 hours. You will need to call a trained mold cleanup and mitigation technician in Yucaipa, CA to find and remove the problem. The technician will do a thorough inspection, in the following areas:

  • Around and beneath water heaters, toilets, sinks
  • The plumbing system including any valves, faucets, and connections
  • Air conditioning duct systems
  • Attic spaces and crawlspaces
  • A moisture meter may be needed to check room air for high humidity

Mold and Mildew Act Differently
Both mold and mildew are types of fungi. Each produces a type of fungus smell. Mildew smell is a bit milder. Mildew is a cottony looking growth that is easier to clean because it stays on the surface of items and in many cases, is more easily cleaned from surfaces. Mold smell, however, is significantly stronger and more offensive. Mold penetrates any non-porous surfaces it colonizes on and can work so deeply into wood or sheetrock, for instance, that those materials must be removed and replaced.
Remediation can catch the problem early and prevent excessive damage. If you are noticing a distinct musty mold smell in your commercial building, follow your nose and find the problem.

Precautionary Steps

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

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It is important to us that our customers know the steps SERVPRO of North Riverside City is taking to reduce the risk of team member exposure to the virus.  These precautionary steps we have taken as a company include:

  • All tools and equipment coming into your property have been cleaned and disinfected.
  • All workers wear personal protective equipment to protect themselves while performing work.
  • We’ve all been provided with training to safely work in contaminated environments.
  • We’ve all been provided with training to identify coronavirus symptoms and carefully monitor ourselves and our co-workers.
  • We have stringent safety and health policies and procedures; and we continually strive to follow and improve our safe work practices.

Overall, we are taking the appropriate measures to ensure we don’t cross contaminate our customers, our co-workers, or our families.  We cannot make any guarantees that the virus could not enter your property, but we can tell you that we have taken every possible measure to protect customers and team members alike.

Whether it is a water loss, fire damage, or a cleaning request, please know that SERVPRO of North Riverside City is still here for the entire Riverside  community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Simple Tips to Filing a Fire Damage Claim

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

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When you purchased your commercial property insurance, you probably never expected to be the victim of a fire in the office. This emergency could cause widespread damage in the workplace. Without the right plan, you could face some expensive cleanup. Thankfully, once you make a fire claim, you can expect to have the financial help you need to rebuild.

The Right Response

In the immediate aftermath of an office fire, you need to take appropriate steps to ensure you effectively file a fire claim. After safely getting out of the building, make sure you do the following:

  • Contact the fire department and other first responders.
  • Contact a professional fire remediation company to start the cleanup process.
  • Call your insurance agent to report the incident.

Gather Information
After making an initial call to the insurance company, you should collect vital information to share with your agent in a subsequent conversation. If it's safe to re-enter the building, and if authorities allow it, take pictures of the fire damage. If you cannot go inside, coordinate with cleanup technicians to get these photos. You should also document equipment, materials and items that were damaged or lost in the fire. Make sure you are accurate and honest as you furnish this information to the insurance company.

Coordinate With the Cleanup Company
You will work closely with the fire restoration team and your insurance company during the cleanup and rebuilding phase. Once your insurance company approves your claim, it should pay the restoration crew for its services. Communicate often with your agent. Be prepared to answer questions and provide much information as requested. In the meantime, if you have to pay for any repairs before getting your settlement money, keep the receipts and records so you can give these to the insurance company.
Despite your best preparation, you may not be able to prevent a fire in your North Riverside, CA, building. If you have to file a fire claim, follow these guidelines.

Best Methods for Keeping a Commercial Roof in Good Shape

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

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Anyone who has ever experienced a failing roof knows how critical this structure is to the health of your business. Hidden roof damage caused by neglect can cost you much more than a timely roof repair. The best methods for protecting the health of your roof system can be summed up in the following three basic steps:

  1. Work with a licensed and insured roofing contractor in your area
  2. Schedule a roof inspection at least twice a year
  3. Repair problems as soon as they are discovered

A leaking roof in Old Town Riverside, CA, can damage documents, equipment, and drywall. A good roof protects everything beneath it.

The Roof Inspection

Depending on the size of your roof, a thorough inspection takes a few hours to complete. It is one of the strongest tools you have in your arsenal to keep your roof strong and to prevent wind damage. You can attempt to do it in-house, especially if you have an experienced maintenance staff, but a knowledgeable roofing contractor may be better able to locate early signs of roof damage. The roofing company will also have the right equipment and tools to do the inspection safely. If enough problems are found, a roof rebuild may be called for, but many issues can be taken care of with inexpensive repairs.

The Cleanup Process

If a storm sweeps through when you have extensive roof damage, you could face a substantial cleanup process. Water leaking into the attic and to the floors below can cause water damage and even lead to mold growth. A qualified storm remediation company in your area can arrive Faster to Any Size Disaster. Once on site, the company can perform an inspection and assessment of the situation. From there, the company can work to get your building back in good shape again. A strong roof avoids many of these problems by keeping a weatherproof seal above your building.

Proactive Cleaning Around the Clock by Team Jeffrey Padgett

3/17/2020 (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 North Riverside City is here to help 24/7, 365. You can trust Team Jeffrey Padgett with your Commercial Space.

What To Do After an Accidental Sprinkler Discharge

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

a fire sprinkler head on a ceiling Flooding from a sprinkler discharge can cause extensive water damage.

Accidental sprinkler discharges are relatively rare, but they do sometimes occur due to overheating, freezing, mechanical failure or sabotage. Flooding from a sprinkler discharge can cause extensive water damage, so it can be important to take immediate action to mitigate the damage. Consider following these steps after an accidental sprinkler discharge.

1. Shut Off the Water

The first thing you will probably want to do is shut off the water to the fire sprinklers system. Because sprinkler heads are individually activated, you may be able to directly shut off the discharging sprinkler using a tool designed specifically for this purpose. If you don't possess a sprinkler shut off tool, you can stop the discharge by turning off the water supply at a shut-off valve.

2. Mitigate Your Damages

The more of your property that gets wet and the longer it stays wet the more water damage you are likely to have. Flooding from a sprinkler discharge can lead to mold growth and other problems if not remediated promptly. For this reason, you may want to contact a water remediation professional in Riverside, CA to assist with drying out your property. It may also be a good idea to move any valuable property out of the wet area to prevent further damage.

3. Contact Your Insurance Company

Your commercial property insurance may cover damage from an accidental sprinkler discharge, so you will likely want to report a claim promptly. Save the sprinkler head that discharged. Your insurance company will probably want to examine it for defects as part of their investigation. Take photographs of your damaged property and keep the receipts for any expenses you incurred to mitigate your damages.

Flooding from an accidental sprinkler discharge can cause extensive damage. You can mitigate your damages by taking steps to promptly shut off the water, dry out your property and file an insurance claim.

3 Ways To Avoid Mold-Related Lawsuits

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

black spots on a white wall Commercial tenants may want to obtain environmental insurance coverage that extends from pollution to a mold claim.

The presence of mold can make a building potentially unsafe for commercial tenants. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Act does not set precise standards for mold contamination, property managers and owners can still be liable for mold infestations, particularly if they do not take timely action to restore water damage or maintain coverage that extends to mold insurance claims. Here are three ways to avoid lawsuits related to mold damage at a building in Riverside, CA.

1. Quickly Mitigate and Restore Water Damage

Mold can start to form within 48 to 72 hours following water damage. Commercial tenants should be able to quickly notify property owners or managers about damage. Water damage mitigation and cleanup is more cost effective than waiting until damage becomes more severe and mold remediation may be needed.

2. Regularly Inspect Commercial Properties

Some types of water damage, such as slow roof leaks, may not be immediately apparent to tenants. Regular inspections are the best way for owners and managers to stay apprised of any risks and observe signs of mold sooner rather than later. Plan to inspect a commercial property at least once a year, and document each inspection to support future property damage or mold insurance claims.

3. Protect Businesses With Environmental Insurance

These policies protect enterprises from third-party claims that are not covered by general commercial property or liability insurance. Environmental insurance can be especially helpful for businesses located in structures undergoing black mold cleanup.

These measures may help property owners and managers deal with legal liability for mold. Mitigating and restoring water damage as soon as possible may eliminate the need for making mold insurance claims. Regularly monitoring the condition of commercial properties in Riverside, CA is the most effective way to resolve potential problems before mold cleanup is necessary.

How To Address Mold in Your Air Conditioning Ducts

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Black mold damage in Riverside, CA

When you think of mold damage in your building, you probably picture large spores lurking on the walls or ceilings. Sometimes, however, the black mold is less obvious. It may be hiding somewhere in your Riverside, CA, commercial property.
Air ducts are a common location for mold. They feed off the dust and moisture that is common in HVAC systems.
Musty odors and black dust near the air vents are signs of a possible mold problem. If the issue is not properly handled, the mold could spread and cause severe harm to your property.

Removing Air Conditioner Mold

Mold thus needs to be addressed immediately. Below are the basic mold cleanup steps:

  • Have a certified inspector check the property for mold
  • Replace the insulation, if necessary
  • Disinfect the ductwork
  • Find and address the source of the mold growth

Cleaning black mold improperly can just cause additional damage. Instead, you should use specialists who know how to remove the mold and prevent it from coming back.

Limiting Mold Growth

Because the black mold cleanup process can be costly and time-consuming, you should take steps to prevent an infestation before it starts. That means making sure your property has clean ducts. Bring in a technician at least twice annually to perform maintenance and fix any issues.
Dust and debris within the air conditioning vents can also promote mold growth. You should thus get the filters changed regularly.
There are also steps you can take to limit mold growth in the rest of your building. Be sure to dry wet areas immediately, clean clogged gutters and lower the indoor humidity.
Black mold can damage building materials and temporarily shut down your commercial property. Since mold often grows in damp places, you should regularly clean and inspect your air conditioner ducts. If you see spores or smell an unusual odor, mold remediation specialists can address the problem before it gets worse.

Why Insurance Agents Prefer Dealing With Professionals

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded building in Riverside, CA

To be honest, a commercial flood is a big mess, and in more ways than one. First and foremost, of course, is the damage caused to a building. Excess water where it doesn't belong often involves safety issues with black water, as well as the potential for electrical damages. The job of storm restoration is a big one. A nearby, highly-trained storm mitigation team is up to the task. Insurance agents know trained and certified professionals will yield the best results, work safely, make good decisions and finish the job quickly. That's why a SERVPRO franchise is a preferred vendor for many agents and adjusters.

The Traits of a Professional

Rapid storm response is not for the faint of heart or for the person with a little bit of knowledge. A valued professional has the following characteristics:

  • Highly trained
  • Certified in several areas
  • Trustworthy
  • Efficient
  • Safe
  • Properly equipped

Storm restoration in Riverside, CA, often involves unique challenges. Each situation is different. A flood may envelop an area of sensitive electrical equipment or it might degrade important documents or even artwork. In many cases, flooding involves the presence of black water, which could be contaminated with harmful materials. A professional will know how to deal with each situation and will have access to equipment that aids in cleanup, water removal, and mold containment.

The Results of a Professional

Flood damage is not easily managed. It's a major problem that should be entrusted to a trained team. A water damage restoration technician and an applied structural drying technician are just two examples of certifications that help in dealing with storm restoration. Flooding comes in many shapes and forms, from hurricanes and tornadoes to broken pipes and heavy rain events. Insurance agents prefer working with a company that can handle each disaster with success, and that will make smart decisions to minimize costs and a business interruption.

What to Expect During A Sewer Damage Restoration

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Carpet damaged by water in Calimesa, CA

Three Things Professionals Do When it Comes To Restoring Your Property

After a sewer cleanup at your Calimesa, CA, your company property may be in need of a sewer restoration. Fortunately, a local restoration service should be able to help. Here are three things you may see these professionals do when it comes to restoring the property.

1. Safety Gear

The use of safety gear in a restoration is especially important when dealing with sewer contamination. You may see the crew conducting the project wearing gear such as coveralls, gloves, shoes covers, and face masks. This is because sewer water has been contaminated by a number of bacteria causing substances, and the cleanup needs to be handled safely.

2. Water Removal

One of the first steps for a sewer cleanup is water removal. This needs to be done quickly as allowing water to stand can lead to additional damage such as warped or swollen wood, or foundation cracking. In many cases, professionals will use a water rated pump of vacuum for the bulk of the removal, but you may also see the use of squeegees or rags for harder to reach locations. Once the water is removed the drying process can begin, often with the help of a dehumidifier.

3. Sanitizing

After a sewer backup, flooded toilet, or other sewer related flooding, it's important to thoroughly sanitize the affected area. Because sewer water is contaminated with fecal mater and other bacteria causing materials, sanitizing is an important step in the cleaning process. It helps ensure the space is free of possible pathogens to keeps your workplace healthy and safe.
During a sewer cleanup and restoration after damage on your business property, you may see the professionals in charge wear various safety gear. They will also use special equipment to remove the water and dry the area. The restoration crew should also sanitize the affected space to help remove any possible sewer contaminants.

The Mold Remediation Process

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

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Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

  1. Emergency Contact - (951)977-5294

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

  1. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

  1. Mold Containment

Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

  1. Air Filtration

Our specialized filtration equipment allows our Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

  1. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. We’ll use anti-fungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting.

  1. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

  1. Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, sub floors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal.


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