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The Places Water Lurks | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

5/9/2023 (Permalink)

 img src =”bucket” alt = " blue bucket in the middle of the living area catching water falling from the ceiling ” > Think you may have water damage in your home? Here are some tips from SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul to find the source.

Water can do a lot of damage in a little bit of time when it gets into the wrong places. Not only is the damage immediate, but the longer it sits the worse it gets. Water also likes to lurk in places unseen, making it even more disastrous.

One of the ways you can combat the effects of water damage in your home is getting to know the places that water likes to hide. When you know some of the top places where leaks start, you can keep a close eye on them and stop issues before damage sets in.

Add these three locations to your regular maintenance and check them often to prevent a total disaster in your home.

The roof. When your roof develops a leak, it can go undetected a long time, especially if it is in the midst of our winter months. Although it’s mostly mild in Spring Valley and surrounding areas, most of us likely avoid climbing on the roof during this time of year.

Water damage on the roof can progress slowly, but when it does, it can cause problems on every level of your home. When your attic space gets wet, because it is typically a dark and small area already, mold growth can easily occur and cause more problems.

Check your attic for musty odors or wet insulation, and get on your roof at least twice a year. Be cognizant of potential damage after a wind storm as well by keeping an eye on gutters and the perimeter of your home.

The bathroom. In a room where so much water is used, it might not be a surprise there is a high risk of damage, but it can actually be hard to catch problems when they occur.

Add checking under your bathroom sinks to your weekly cleaning list, and listen for drips while you feel for standing water or other moisture. If your bathroom seems to always be damp or your drains run slow there could be a bigger issue going on.

Inspect around your toilet and shower for worn-out caulking, and make sure you have proper ventilation installed.

Appliances with water lines. When an appliance has a water feature, it also has a leak potential. These leaks can be slow and small, and commonly start underneath or behind the appliance. This can lead to water sneaking around the base of your walls and even creating soft spots in your floor.

Pull your dishwasher, refrigerator and washing machine out and away from the wall at least once a year for cleaning and inspection. Make sure the hoses aren’t kinked, and look for mold growth.

When you use your large appliances, listen for drips or water that is moving too fast or too slow. All appliances have different life spans, but it is ideal to replace anything older than 10 years old in order to prevent problems from happening.

If you do find water lurking in your home, call SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul right away. We are available 24/7 when there is a disaster, and we make it our goal to get your home restored quickly.

Dealing with a water emergency? Our SERVPRO specialists can be on the scene of the disaster ASAP to restore your water-damaged home!

A Team You Can Trust, With the Training You Need | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

5/4/2023 (Permalink)

 img src =”team” alt = " group of 3 SERVPRO reps standing near a green semi truck at a work site ” > Is your home or business in need of restoration? SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is ready to help you recover around the clock.

Decisions you make about your home have an effect on your safety, security and so many other things. Making minor decisions like what color refrigerator you want might be easy, but when it comes to deciding who is going to put your home back together after a disaster, it can leave your head spinning.

If your home experiences a flood or a fire, the faster you are able to act, the less your damages will be. But fast action isn’t the only thing that is important; it's also important to choose a team that is certified and trained to handle your project from start to finish.

When you choose SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul, you are choosing a professional staff that is highly trained and employs the latest restoration techniques and is certified to ensure your fully recovered.

We Adhere to Industry Trainings

At SERVPRO, we stick to a set a standards and guidelines laid out for cleaning and restoration called IICRC standards. That means that our team meets these standards on every project they complete, including

  • Water damage restoration

  • Fire and smoke damage restoration

  • Mold remediation

  • Carpet and upholstery cleaning

Not only does our crew adhere to these rigorous standards, but they are also offered Employee Certification Training in order to be completely successful. This is self-paced training that our staff can go through in a timeframe that allows them to fully absorb every piece of knowledge presented to them.

We Never Stop Learning

Training is so crucial to who we are as a company that we start as soon as staff members are hired. Once they have completed initial onboarding training, employees have the opportunity to participate in continuing education classes as well as a wealth of e-learning possibilities.

We want to ensure that we have the tools needed to help every family fully recover from any kind of disaster —so it is our goal to ensure we have the training to do so.

Along with continual training, we also strive to have the best information out there in order to change our processes and procedures whenever needed. Technology plays a huge role in everyone’s life—and our company is no exception. We want to stay ahead of information in order to ensure we have the latest equipment, know-how and tools to get your home back to normal fast.

Why This Matters for You

There are a lot of benefits to having a certified crew right around the corner from your home. We are available 24/7 to start your recovery process fast, and we will walk with you through every step of restoration. Our team will stay by your side until you are completely satisfied with everything.

Working with a company that cannot complete all the intricacies of a restoration project can make things take longer, and it may leave you with subpar repairs. When you choose SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul, you are in the hands of professionals who make it their goal to get your life put back together.

When you need help recovering from a disaster, SERVPRO is here for you. Get in touch 24/7 to start your disaster recovery.

Water Damage Can Start From Your Appliances | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

4/11/2023 (Permalink)

Think about the appliances in your home and the conveniences they afford you: cold water filtered straight from the fridge, an endless supply of ice from the ice maker or even clean clothes from the washing machine. These appliances certainly make life easier, but they also put your home at risk for leaks that could lead to pretty extreme damages.

Water damage is one of the more common ways homes are damaged, particularly because there are so many places the water can originate from. When it comes to an appliance leak, it can be particularly challenging to catch before extreme damages set in.

There is hope, though! With some additions to your regular maintenance routine and a better understanding of what to look for, you can protect your home and enjoy the gift that your appliances are.

Regular Maintenance

The best way to protect your home from water damage is to look for it regularly. Something as simple as running your hand around your appliances to feel for excess moisture can help you catch a problem before it becomes extreme.

Leaks from appliances like your refrigerator or dishwasher often start underneath the unit. Always check the source when you find unexplained water drops on the floor. Pull these away from the wall once a year and clean under and behind them. Look for spots of mold or soft places in the floor as additional indicators that there is a problem.

Your HVAC is an appliance that already requires some special care of its own, but you can still keep a close eye on it to catch a problem quickly. Change your filter regularly and have your unit serviced at least once a year, and watch the vents for water droplets or dampness. Look for puddles near the unit—these are all indicators there could be a hidden issue causing damage in your house.

Don’t leave out your water heater when you check your appliances. This is a common source of leaks, so treat it just like the rest of your appliances and watch it often for signs of a problem.

Yearly or Long-Term Maintenance

Weekly or even monthly maintenance that keeps a close eye on your appliances can do a lot in protecting your home, but consider adding some long-term maintenance to your routine as well. Check manufacturer guidelines in order to schedule a professional as needed, and take on some things you can do yourself to prevent a disaster.

Take a visual look at hoses and other plumbing attachments to check for signs of aging. Anything that is peeling, has a hole or is kinked should be replaced with high-quality parts. Every appliance has a different lifespan, but plan to upgrade every 10 to 15 years in order to have the safest products available.

Appliance leaks can start off small but lead to some pretty extreme damages. Find and correct things quickly in order to avoid the need for costly repairs. Enjoy all the luxuries of each of your appliances worry-free knowing your home is safe.

Have water damage in your home from an appliance or another source? Our team is here to help, so call us day or night.

 

Fire Extinguisher Basics You Can Teach Your Team | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

3/31/2023 (Permalink)

Emergencies happen unexpectedly at work, and when you are ill-prepared for them, the outcome can be much worse. If flames burst out in your building, you want the knowledge that your staff was trained to handle the situation appropriately.

Start training your employees with the basics. You might be surprised to find out that there are very few people who know how to use a fire extinguisher, making this a great first step in creating a safer office.

Once you cover the basics with your team, you can take safety another step further and create a comprehensive emergency plan.

Start With the Fundamentals

If you have a commercial building, you should have it stocked with proper emergency equipment, including fire extinguishers. OSHA regulations require any building that has an extinguisher to also have someone trained to use it.

Teach your employees how to handle an extinguisher as well as all the different kinds that may be located around your building.

Start with the basics by showing your staff how to handle and aim the fire extinguisher. Once they have the aim down, then they should pull the pin and squeeze the handle in order to expel the foam. A sweeping motion is the best way to thoroughly saturate flames from six to eight feet away.

Teach the acronym PASS as a simple way to remember the fire extinguisher process. Revisit this training every year, even for employees that have been around a long time.

These foundational steps of safety are crucial for your entire team, but you may also want to consider assigning particular roles for reliable staff members. This can ensure total coverage in your building if an event does take place, and it can allow you to provide more intensive safety training that can go a long way in keeping everyone safe.

There’s a Time and a Place

Your training will need to be specific to your industry and location in order to cover any unique threats you could potentially face.

For example, if you have a warehouse or work with chemicals, your team will need to know how to address flames should they start. If your building has a kitchen, you should ensure everyone knows what to do in the event of a grease fire. Different kinds of fires require different kinds of extinguishers, so it’s crucial to ensure your training covers how to use them.

Make sure your employees also know when to stay and fight flames and when it is time to get out. Fire extinguishers can save lives and prevent total disasters, but fires can spiral out of control quickly.

Cover how to exit and the process to be followed if an evacuation should become necessary. Share communication plans in order to get an emergency response fast and continue to keep everyone safe.

A workplace safety plan can ensure your commercial property and everyone that accesses it stays safe should an emergency occur. Cover the basics with everyone, and build a comprehensive plan that digs deep into your potential threats. When you are prepared, you can rest assured knowing your team responded as effectively as possible.

Dealing with the aftermath of a commercial fire? Our SERVPRO specialists can restore your losses and return your workplace to its pre-fire condition.

 

Flowers, Showers and Spring | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

3/17/2023 (Permalink)

Even in our mild climate, the arrival of spring is a highly anticipated time full of excitement. You can officially put away jackets and start planning for more time outside, but you should also begin to think about how to protect your home from the additional rain and severe weather warmer temperatures will bring.

When you spring-clean inside, start thinking about what you can do to start cleaning up outside as well. Start taking care of the most vulnerable places around your property to prevent water damage later.

Clean It Out

As we shake out the last of the chilly weather, it is crucial to address areas of your home that may have built-up debris. The increased amounts of rain we get over the winter can force leaves and other debris into piles in your gutters, which could lead to water on your roof and leaks in your attic.

You should also walk all of your property to check for other areas of buildup. Clean out anything that may be piled near your HVAC unit or dryer vents. This will not only protect your appliances, but it can also prevent fire hazards and water intrusions.

Check your outdoor faucets for drips or cracks as well. While frozen pipes are not usually an issue in our area, the lack of use and sudden drops can still lead to stress in your pipes. It only takes a tiny drip to become a big problem, so you want to keep a close eye on things.

Fix Issues Fast

While most of us spend plenty of time outside during the winter, chilly nights may still make it difficult to catch emerging problems around the outside of our homes, particularly on your roof.

Use our mild weather to take the time to get on your roof and check for missing or loose shingles. Visually check your gutters for any gaps that could lead to overflow.

As the weather changes and the wind picks up, a simple loose shingle can create a high leak issue. The faster you are able to correct problems, the more you can eliminate your risk of damages.

Get Ready for the Water

If you have a basement or crawl space with a sump pump, inspect it early in the season to ensure it is working correctly. Check for blocked lines or poor drainage. Your sump pump should be able to move water out of the lower level of your home just as quickly as it comes in, otherwise you are risking a flooded basement.

Check your emergency supply kit, and switch out any seasonal items for rain gear and fire safety items. Make sure you have two ways to receive weather alerts, including one that doesn’t require external power. Spring showers can become severe suddenly, so it is important that your whole family knows how to get to safety quickly.

Even the most prepared home could still experience water damage, but with SERVPRO in your backyard, you don’t have to worry about a long recovery period. We are available with highly trained professionals and industry-leading equipment 247. It is our goal to save as much of your property as possible while we get your home dried so you are able to get back to living.

Got water damage? We are here to help 247 and can restore your home quickly.

 

Commercial Building Water Damage Causes | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

2/28/2023 (Permalink)

Water can cause a lot of problems, and when a commercial building is damaged, water is frequently the culprit. Even a small leak in a toilet can lead to major destruction.

When you are a building owner or manager, your plate likely stays very full. The idea of having to locate every drip and leak in your building can feel pretty daunting. Familiarize yourself with the places water damage most commonly originates from so you can be proactive about preventing a disaster in your property.

<h3common-sources">3 Common Sources

There will never be a good time for an unplanned interruption in your daily operations. Facing a closure due to water damage can set your income back while your doors are closed and cost you thousands in required repairs.

Make checking several locations prone to water damage in your building a habit so you can catch problems early and prevent extensive losses:

1. The roof. When your roof leaks, it can cause a slow trickle to run throughout the entirety of your building, leaving you with damages on every level. Roof leaks may be from a sudden storm or could occur as your roof ages. Clean your gutters often, and have your roof inspected quarterly to check for weak spots. If a major wind or ice event happens, check your roof afterward to check for any problems right away.

2. Bathrooms. There is a lot of plumbing in bathrooms, and toilets and sinks can leak from a tiny hole. Bathrooms account for 15% of water losses in commercial buildings. Make it a regular task for someone on staff to inspect every bathroom once a month, and stop leaks as soon as they are discovered to mitigate damages.

3. Water heaters/HVAC/boilers. If you have large appliances in your building, you have the potential for leaks that may be hard to discover. Clogged drains and loose pipe connections are common sources of issues in large buildings. Look for standing water near your heating and cooling units, and take note when your water pressure is higher or lower than usual. There are both signs of a bigger problem that will need to be fixed to avoid disaster.

<h3preventive-steps">Take Preventive Steps

While you can’t always stop a natural disaster that causes your building to be overcome with floodwaters, you can control most other forms of water damage when you know what to do. Take the time to prepare yourself, your crew and your building and you can cut total losses drastically.

One of the best steps you can take to prepare for a water disaster is creating a maintenance plan that will have someone laying eyes on your plumbing at least once a month.

SERVPRO can be a great asset to you on this, too. Work with us to build an Emergency Ready Plan that will lay out exactly how to respond when a disaster does strike.

While you prepare, make sure you are checking every fixture in your building and looking at window seals to prevent excess moisture. Locate and map out where water shut-off valves are, and ensure someone who regularly accesses your buildings has the information to be able to turn water off quickly during an emergency.

The best results during a water event come from quick action. Take care of the immediate situation as safely and as fast as possible, and then call SERVPRO. We can respond to your property day or night to get recovery moving. We make it our goal to finish everything quickly so you can keep your doors open.

Experienced water damage in your commercial building? Contact us to get dried out quickly.

Reach Out to SERVPRO After a Fire | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

2/8/2023 (Permalink)

Disasters all look different, and so do the damages they leave behind. While there is no such thing as a good disaster, fires are an event that no one wants to live through. They can cut a path of destruction quickly, consuming everything in their path until the flames are finally put out.

Trying to put your life back together after a fire can feel extraordinarily overwhelming. The good news is that you have highly trained neighbors who are ready to walk with you through any disaster. With SERVPRO, you do not have to experience the cleanup after a fire alone.

<h3initial-move">Our Initial Move

As with any disaster, your first priority has to be ensuring the safety of your home and loved ones. Once you and your household are safe and secure, call us to start your recovery.

We can take your call day or night, and we will begin your restoration process by gathering as much information over the phone as possible. As we start to put together a unique plan to meet your specific needs, we will also send a team to your property with the necessary equipment.

Once our team reaches your home or business, we will assess the extent of damages. Smoke and soot can spread well beyond where the flames were, so we will cover everything to ensure a complete restoration.

<h3to-get-to-work">Time to Get to Work

As we complete our inspection, we will also begin securing your home so that it cannot be damaged further. We will board up broken windows, tarp your roof and take any other necessary measures to keep the elements out while the work moves forward.

Our next step will be to remove as much of the smoke and soot residue from surfaces as possible. We will clean the ceilings, walls and floors anywhere throughout your home that was affected. We follow this cleaning with sanitizing and removing odors at their source to ensure your property is completely clean.

<h3most-crucial-step">The Most Crucial Step

The final part of the restoration process is when we actually begin to put your property back together. Whatever it takes to get back to as it was before the fire happened, we can handle it. This might mean hanging drywall, painting a room or even down to laying new carpet.

If part of your home or business was destroyed by the fire and needs to be rebuilt, our team is experienced in construction work and will tackle this as part of the process. At SERVPRO, we have the tools and experience to walk you all the way through your entire recovery process.

For rapid repairs following a fire, get in touch with our team at SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul! We will work as quickly as possible to return you to a safe and fully restored property.

Warm Up Without Fire Risks | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

1/26/2023 (Permalink)

With a moderate climate and only the rare glimpse of freezing temps, this is the time of year that most people wish they lived here. However, when you do live here, any time the temperatures take a slight dive, you are likely to reach for the thermostat to turn the heat on.

If you are not taking care of your heating equipment, you could be creating a fire hazard.

You deserve to be as warm as you want to be. Take action to warm up without fire risks all winter long.

Furnace Basics

Most of our houses likely have HVAC/furnace combos. These highly efficient units tolerate our weather well, but they do require regular maintenance to keep them running well long-term.

Clear out any leaf or limb debris after a storm, and keep your unit dusted to avoid excess buildup. Replace your air filter every 90 days, or more often if you have pets. The air filter not only keeps things running, but it can also help cut down on dust in the air inside your home. Use the changing season as a reminder to change your filter.

Fireplace Safety

Fireplaces may not be a necessity for us and warming our homes, but they are still sought-after as a beautiful centerpiece. They can create the perfect ambiance on even the warmest winter evening, and make you feel even warmer when we do drop below sweating weather. Regardless of how or when you use them, fireplaces should be inspected and cleaned each season.

If you have a wood-burning fireplace, or a converted fireplace with a chimney, it should be cleaned of ashes and soot and checked for blockages. Artificial fireplaces should be dusted often, including the logs and screen or glass covering.

Portable Heaters

Space heaters are a great way to heat a single room and perfect for our chilly mornings. California does have regulations on space heater usage, but electric heaters are pretty widely accepted. Space heaters pose a hefty fire risk when used inappropriately.

Make sure your space heater is not gas or water-heated, and that it has an automatic shut-off feature if it is tipped. Keep it on a flat surface, and always plug it directly into the wall.

Keep a close eye on your kiddos and your pets when you have the space heater or other heating devices on. Most house fires are started due to an avoidable accident. Prevent the chaos of a fire in your home and stay warm and cozy all season long.

If you experience fire damage this season, give us a call at SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul for immediate assistance. We’re here 247 when you need us!

 

Make a Resolution to Protect Your Home From Water Damage This Year | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

1/12/2023 (Permalink)

A new year brings with it the perfect opportunity to start projects that can make life a little simpler. This year, don’t just start a project, finish one and prevent water damage in your home by taking actions that can help you avoid costly damages.

Water is a common natural and manmade disaster that leaves homes damaged, and a minuscule hole can cause utter chaos. Incorporate steps into your regular routines that are easy to keep and can make a big difference.

What Causes Water Damage?

To prevent a disaster, you need to first know where and how it starts. Water leaks can originate inside or on the outside of your home.

Outside, dirty gutters and heavy downpours that lead to runoff are typical sources of water damage, while inside, bathroom fixtures and large appliances often can be the start of issues.

Pipes that have worn down due to age or caulking that has eroded away around windows can also cause a buildup of excess moisture. When a leak is unidentified and allowed to persist it can leave your home with mold growth or even issues in your walls and floors.

Appliances can begin to rust or stop working altogether when there is too much moisture or puddling water present. The sooner you are able to identify and address the source, the more the risk of damages can be lowered.

How to Prevent Damage

While only a little bit of water can do a great deal of destruction, there are plenty of ways to prevent and even stop damage. Early detection is the best way to avoid a disaster, so staying active in prevention means catching a problem will be a breeze.

In order to find a water issue, regularly check your bathrooms and kitchen for drips, puddles or signs of mold. The next time it rains, use your hands to check the windows to see if they are damp. Sniff the air around your home for smells and note musty odors.

Inspect your roof at least once a month and after the winds pick up for shingles that are loose or have gone missing. Clean your gutters year-round, and make sure water can flow away from your downspout areas by clearing them often.

Check the grading in your yard regularly and make sure there is a slope away from your foundation. Check guidelines for current defensible zone requirements to ensure you are maintaining your yard to code.

While these are primarily protection for wildfires, they can also help you prepare for flooding. Keeping your yard maintained is especially crucial during the winter, when the storms that hit our area can cause mudslides and flash flooding.

By adding easy steps into your housekeeping routines, you can prevent costly and time-consuming repairs. And you will finally have a resolution you actually kept!

Have water damage in your home? Contact us for fast, professional restoration back to preloss condition.

 

SERVPRO & Odor Removal: What You Should Know | SERVPRO® of Spring Valley/Jamul

1/5/2023 (Permalink)

Our experts across the country are your trusted professionals for every cleanup and disaster restoration need you will ever have. What you might not realize though is that we also handle odor removal services.

We all hope that we never deal with a disaster at our home or business. But when a storm, flood, mold or fire leaves your property damaged, you could be facing a costly and stressful recovery. And smell might be the last thing on your “to-deal with” list.

Every disaster comes with odors, though, and they can linger for a long time if they are not properly and promptly remediated. Even a home that appears completely clean can harbor hidden smells in places you may not have thought to check.

If you are constantly trying to track down strange smells in your home, call in the pros to seek them out and kick them out completely.

Odor Removal Techniques

Odors result when tiny particles are released into the air from chemicals or gas. Once the source of smells is removed, our technicians will use deodorizers and various other products in a scientific mix in order to remove the odor altogether.

Some of the products we employ include:

Masking agents. Masking agents cover smells in order to make the environment more pleasant to work in for the rest of the restoration process.

Filtration agents. Agents with compounds that are highly absorptive are used on furniture and other building materials in order to suck smells out. These agents also trap odor particles in the air as they pass through a filter, effectively cleaning the air.

Disinfectants and sanitizers. These two chemicals are used throughout the restoration process in order to kill odor-causing bacteria and fungi. This stops smelly air particles at the source.

These are not the only products we will use to get rid of smells, but they are some of the most common ones employed during the recovery of your home.

The Signature 4-Step Process

The process our experts follow to remove odor has four main parts:

1. Remove the source. In order to get rid of smells, the source will need to be discovered and removed, as well as any affected debris that could have odor-causing residue on it.

2. Clean residue from surfaces. Once the odor source is removed, it is crucial to clean and deodorize surfaces thoroughly. Without this step, particles of the odor-causing residue will continue to be released into the air, creating unpleasant smells.

3. Recreate the odor-causing conditions. During this step we will use deodorizers the same way the issue was created in order to cover all the same surfaces. This means if your home has smoke damage and resulting odors, we will use “deodorizing smoke” to eliminate them.

4. Seal exposed surfaces. When you face a severe damage situation, it may be more cost effective and practical to use sealants to block odors rather than remove them.

Timing is crucial for effective odor removal. If you have a serious odor problem after an emergency situation strikes at your house, we are available to respond quickly and mitigate as much damage and costs as possible. SERVPRO of Spring Valley/Jamul is run by your neighbors, and that means we are just around the corner ready to jump into action when you need us.

If you experience an odor or other damage inside your home or business, call us at any time, 247. We have the training and equipment to quickly get your property back in operation.