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Resources For Flood Damage To Your Calexico Home

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Resources For Flood Damage To Your Calexico Home Water flooded this bathroom causing damage to the ceiling and floor.

SERVPRO can help after finding flood damage in your home

Even in the arid climate of Calexico, your home is at risk of flooding. Whether it is a flash flood after a rare but not unheard of thunderstorm and downpour, or the result of broken plumbing or a malfunctioning appliance, or a sewer backup, the damage to your house due to large quantities of water can be severe. We have the technicians, training, and equipment to remediate the damage.

A broken water heater or washing machine in your Calexico utility room can inflict severe flood damage. Until the shut-off valve engages, hundreds or more gallons of water can continue to flow through a broken pump or out a crack or loose connection. If this type of emergency occurs when everyone is off to school or work, you might come home to a crisis, the lower levels of your home and many of your possessions swimming. Expect our high-quality flood restoration team to arrive fast and with the resources to handle the problem.

Upon arrival, our crew lead assesses the scenario and designs an appropriate plan. The first order of business is water removal, and SERVPRO accomplishes this with our truck-mounted water extractors and submersible pumps. Often power is temporarily unavailable in the flooded area, but our equipment can operate from generators present on our vehicles. We evaluate the contamination level of the water and follow applicable rules for containment and disposal if required. Once water removal completes, we use EPA registered disinfectants to sanitize the flooded space.

The IICRC training our employees receive, prepares them to measure moisture in the structural components of your home accurately. We also scan for hidden water collected in recesses and take steps to release and remove that water. As the water evacuates, we use the baseline readings to establish drying goals for your property. SERVPRO crews position air movers and dehumidifiers to reduce moisture to normal levels.

SERVPRO also can help inventory and pack out any possessions waterlogged by the flood. This can be important when filing an insurance claim, and also helps you make informed decisions about which articles benefit from advanced drying techniques and which should be discarded. We have resources for advances in drying techniques such as freeze-drying for documents that save many items you might have believed were lost.

SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City is ready and able to help if a modern convenience becomes an instrument of water destruction. Call us at (760) 337-5858 day or night for flood damage remediation.

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Reliable Local Asbestos And Lead Abatement Services in El Centro/Salton Sea

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard Reliable Local Asbestos And Lead Abatement Services in El Centro/Salton Sea Trust SERVPRO for Asbestos Removal and Lead Abatement in El Centro and the Surrounding Areas

Rely on the Locally Certified Asbestos & Lead Abatement Team to Secure Your Home or Business--SERVPRO

Property owners in Imperial County, California face issues with fire, water, and other damage that can reveal unexpected complications impacting the restoration process. Depending on the age of the building and any previous additions or rehabbing efforts some spaces affected might contain asbestos in the building materials or lead paint on walls or other surfaces.
 
The presence of either or both potentially hazardous substances requires the property owner to hire an appropriately licensed and certified asbestos and lead abatement company for the El Centro / Salton City areas. With these specific certifications and licenses we proudly offer these highly specialized remediation offerings to the communities we serve -- El Centro, Salton City, Brawley, Calexico, Imperial, Seele, Heber, and surrounding areas. Our technicians complete rigorous training leading to lead and asbestos abatement certification and adhere to all requirement for periodic recertification. Rely on the locally certified company to remove hazardous elements and secure the health and safety of your family and property.
 
Cal/OSHA regulates asbestos abatement or removal in California. If the affected area is 100 square feet or greater, certification of the workers is mandated. Even if asbestos occupies a smaller area and a homeowner chooses to complete the work, Cal/OSHA must be involved. Stringent transportation and disposal protocols have to be followed regardless of the amount of material involved. The risk of health consequences when asbestos fibers become airborne is significant no matter who takes on the task.
 
Hiring SERVPRO is the safer option when asbestos is present during a restoration project. We observe all recommended protective procedures and are familiar with all regulatory requirements. You can rely on SERVPRO’s knowledge in this complex area and feel confident of a job done correctly, safely, and according to applicable laws regulations, rules, and codes.
 
The California Department Of Health requires individuals and businesses that evaluate lead risks and hazards, reduce or eliminate lead hazards, or design plans for the abatement of lead from public or residential buildings obtain proper certification. Our technicians are up to date concerning these requirements. Any assessment, planning, or the implementation of a lead paint or plumbing abatement plan completed by our team comports with California and local laws, codes rules, and regulations.
 
Managing a cleaning or restoration project that includes lead or asbestos abatement can potentially threaten the health and well-being of all individuals entering, working at, or living in the affected buildings. SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City promises adherence to all safety and regulatory requirements when you hire us to plan and carry out lead or asbestos abatement. Call us at (760) 337-5858 to schedule an assessment and plan.

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How To Secure a Building After a Fire

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How To Secure a Building After a Fire Give SERVPRO a call after a commercial fire!

The fire damage of a El Centro, CA business can leave the building vulnerable. Damage can affect commercial buildings in different ways, but often the flames cause the following issues:

• Unstable structure
• Broken or missing roof
• Building left defenseless to looters

As you and your commercial fire restoration team tackle the cleanup, you may want to find ways to secure your building from self-destruction, looters and mother nature.

Put Up Boards

Boarding up windows, doors and holes in the wall can help stop looting. If these openings are left unblocked, looters can easily enter your store, warehouse or office building. With the boards in place, however, there is an extra obstacle that may be enough to keep the vandals out.

Secure the Boundary

The fire cleanup process is messy. Your property may not be safe for nonprofessionals for a while. Putting up a fence can help keep intruders out, but it does something else too. It protects you from liability problems.

Add Stabilizers

Adding extra support beams and pillars during the reconstruction phase can help secure your building's structure. Without these stabilizers, the fire damage could cause your property to collapse on itself. In some cases, you and the workers cleaning up the mess may not be able to enter the building until it has been secured and deemed stable.

Cover the Roof

You also have to secure your property from weather. Rain, wind and hail can easily enter a fire damaged structure when pieces of the roof or walls are missing. You can protect your building from extra damage by putting up tarps and other coverings to keep the elements from making it inside the space.

When your business is affected by a fire, it can feel like operations have come to a halt. Tackling a fire cleanup to address fire damage can help you get your day-to-day activities back and running, but you need to make sure your building is not further damaged by looters, weather or faulty structure. Visit http://www.SERVPROelcentrosaltoncity.com for more information on commercial fire damage

Why Mold Keeps Growing Back

5/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Mold Keeps Growing Back Give SERVPRO a call if you notice mold growing in your home or business.

If you have mold in your home that keeps coming back, then you have a moisture problem. Many homeowners mistakenly think they can eliminate black mold by scrubbing it away with bleach. However, if you haven’t removed the source of excess moisture, the mold is virtually guaranteed to grow back. In order to get rid of mold growth, a full mold cleanup should be performed by a professional mold remediation service in El Centro, CA. The professionals can use hydrometers and infrared light to locate the source of moisture, eliminate it and completely dry out the affected areas.

What Makes Mold Grow

Mold releases spores, which are a bit like tiny, air-borne seeds. These spores are found everywhere, outside and indoors. Whenever a spore lands in a place with the right growing conditions, it blooms into the growth you see in your home. Any place that is consistently damp will foster black mold growth. The moisture can come from a variety of places, but the following are the most common causes of mold growth:

• High indoor humidity (over 50 percent)
• Poor ventilation
• Leaking roofs and windows
• Leaking water supply lines or water pipes
• Groundwater seepage from poor drainage

Why Remediation Is Necessary

While some water sources are obvious, leaks that are inside walls or other hard-to-see places can be easy to miss. A professional mold service uses specialized equipment to locate hidden sources of moisture. This ensures leaks and other issues are addressed before cleanup begins. This is critical to prevent the return of mold.

A professional service in El Centro, CA will also remove black mold from your home, completely dry out the affected areas and restore them to their original state. While it is impossible to rid your home completely of mold spores, removing visible colonies will reduce the spore count, and eliminating all moisture deprives spores of a place to grow. Visit http://www.SERVPROelcentrosaltoncity.com for more information on mold. 

3 Strategies for Cleaning Your Dryer’s Exhaust

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

You have probably invested a great deal of time and money in your El Centro, CA home and do all you can to protect from disaster. However, one danger you may not have considered is how easily a lint fire could start in your dryer and spread through the rest of your home. While lint buildup inside a dryer exhaust can be a considerable fire hazard, there are a few cleaning strategies that may help you reduce this risk and keep your dryer running at peak performance.

1. Use a Wet-Dry Vacuum

The powerful motor of a wet-dry vacuum can help you clean lint away from your dryer’s exhaust. Before you unplug the unit and disconnect the hose from the vent, you may want to inspect the hookup to ensure you can replace it easily. If you have a gas dryer, you may want to call in a fire damage and restoration service to assist you. Remove any attachments from the end of the vacuum and insert the open end into the hose to remove any lint balls that may be trapped inside.

2. Purchase a Cleaning Rod

Servicing your dryer’s exhaust with a cleaning rod designed for the job can reduce the risk of a lint fire. This tool is typically available at any hardware store. You can attach one end to a household drill or use the brush on its own. Insert the brush into the wall vent and rotate it several times, pulling away any accumulated lint. Repeat this process up to three times until the brush comes out clean.

3. Clean the Exterior Vents

Once you replace the exhaust hose, clean your home’s exterior exhaust vent, as lint can collect here and start a dryer fire. Remove the protective screen and use a hand-held vacuum or brush to clear away lint balls, then replace the cover securely.

Your El Centro, CA home may be vulnerable to a lint fire if you have a large family and use your dryer often. However, proper exhaust cleaning can reduce the risk of this disaster. Visit http://www.SERVPROelcentrosaltoncity.com for more information on fire damage.

3 Reasons Mold May Be Growing in Your Commercial Building

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Finding black mold growth in your El Centro, CA commercial building can be stressful and troubling. While fungi can be a common issue after a flood, other conditions can cause its rapid spread as well. Contacting a water damage and mold remediation company to inspect your building is an effective way to discover the source and cleanup of the mold; however, understanding how different types of fungi grow and why may help you prevent its development in the future.

1. High Humidity

Any type of moisture present in your building, whether it was from outdoor flooding or a broken pipe, can create humid conditions that are prime for mold growth. Black mold and other types of fungi do not need sunlight to grow, which means that they can take hold in your basement or attic and attack drywall and other building materials. Detecting and stopping leaks can lower humidity levels before they encourage the growth of mold.

2. Plumbing Leaks

Leaking toilets and malfunctioning plumbing fixtures can cause a moisture problem in bathrooms and breakrooms, especially if leaking pipes are enclosed inside vanity cabinets and the leak is not visible. Once mold starts in these areas, it can spread to the wall behind the plumbing and then eventually to the interior wall, where it can grow unchecked. It is wise to have your building’s plumbing inspected at least a few times a year to prevent this issue.

3. Flooding

Even minor floods can cause damp carpets and drywall. When these materials retain water, the moisture may accelerate the growth of mold. After a flood, it is important that you have mold cleanup technicians perform mitigation and inspect your drywall to ensure none is growing within interior walls or under carpet padding.

Finding black mold and other types of fungus in your El Centro, CA commercial building can be a worrisome issue. However, when you understand what causes it to grow and where it might be breeding, the better you can protect your investment. Visit http://www.SERVPROelcentrosaltoncity.com for more information on mold. 

How To Mitigate Water Damage Until Help Arrives

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

When torrential rains have left your building flooded and your city streets closed, you need to mitigate damage until help can arrive. Water damage can quickly get out of control and go from bad to worse in a matter of hours. If allowed to sit long enough, water damage can result in mold growth and other serious issues beyond a water pipe repair. For this reason, you need to take steps to prevent further damage by doing the following:

• Assess the situation and determine what is safe and what is not.
• Stay away from heavy materials and keep waterlogged carpet and furniture where it is.
• If possible, begin to dry out the affected area. Do this with fans, dehumidifiers and open windows.
• If the source of the damage is a broken pipe and not the rain, close off the main valve and perform a water pipe repair.

Act Fast

The longer the water is allowed to sit, the worse the damage will become. If there are no safety issues, remove as many of your belongings as possible from the flooded area. Only do this if the water is Category 1, meaning it comes from a burst pipe or a broken supply line. Call your insurance company to report the incident right away.

Ventilation is Key

Ventilation is the key to preventing mold growth. If it’s nice outside, open the windows and close off the affected area from the rest of the home. If it’s not, place fans and a dehumidifier in the room.

Expose Saturation

Look for pockets of saturation in the carpet, drywall and other materials. Open them up so they can be dried and cleaned.

Clean

Last but not least, clean the all the items you were able to remove from the afflicted area. Leave the bigger items, such as furniture, carpet, drywall and insulation, to the professionals.

Hopefully, by making the necessary water pipe repair and following these measures, you can mitigate as much water damage as possible post flooding. However, it would still be smart to have a El Centro, CA  water restoration team come in and inspect to make sure all damage is accounted for. Visit http://www.SERVPROelcentrosaltoncity.com for more information on commercial water damage. 

Having Your Flooded Basement Pumped: What You Can Expect

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Localized flooding in your El Centro, CA neighborhood can cause a variety of damage to your home. However, one of the most common occurrences during this natural event is basement flooding. If you find water in your basement during or after a flood, calling in a storm cleanup and water damage restoration company can help you handle the mess. From when the techs first bring their equipment to the final phase of the cleanup, there are a few steps you can expect them to take.

Grading of the Water

When flood technicians first inspect your basement, they will likely grade the water. Flood water is typically what is known as Category 3, or black water. It may contain a variety of toxic elements harmful to humans and pets, which may include:

• Human feces
• Urine
• Chemicals
• Medical waste

Once the water is graded, the flooding experts may place a trash pump into the water to drain sludge, thick waste and flood trash.

Removal of Dangerous Water

Your flood techs may also use a sump pump to remove dangerous water from your basement. There are a variety of pumps available, including those that work under several inches of water and portable pumps that can be moved around your basement to ensure that no pools of standing water are missed. This type of portable equipment can help the flood experts prepare your basement for the drying phase in a shorter space of time.

Drying and Restoration

Restoration experts may then complete the work on your basement by lowering humidity levels with large fans and other drying machines. This may impede or stop mold growth. Once the basement is dry, the flood techs can advise you about other services they have available to improve your home’s condition in the wake of flooding.

Your El Centro, CA home’s basement can sustain serious damage from basement flooding. However, professional flood cleanup technicians have access to industrial equipment that may give you peace of mind when it comes to reversing the effects of water damage.
Visit http://www.SERVPROelcentrosaltoncity.com for more information on storm damage. 

What To Know About Household Items and Mold

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What To Know About Household Items and Mold tom where water and moisture had gotten and mold has grown because it wasn't dried.

Mold damage has become one of the most talked about subjects for homeowners and insurance companies in El Centro, CA. Left neglected, the expense for mold remediation can be very costly. In extreme cases, a home may need to be completely gutted or torn down.

Items at Risk

Which household items are subject to mold growth? The short answer is everything. Almost anything that is porous, organic or in a high-humidity environment can become a host to mold. For example, the following items are all potential residential mold breeding grounds:

1. Organics, food and plants
2. Wood
3. Drywall
4. Carpet
5. Upholstery
6. Clothing
7. Flooring and tiling
8. Linens

This list is far from exhaustive. Left to its own, mold could quickly take over a home and everything in it.

Control and Treatment

The two main keys for inhibiting mildew growth are controlling temperature and humidity levels in the home. Many molds are relatively easy to clean and control. Food that has begun to mold should be discarded. Clothing that has become moldy should be laundered. If the mold persists, the item should be tossed. Some molds can be removed by properly cleaning and sanitizing the item at risk.

More serious molds may need professional attention. If you suspect you have a mold damage problem, a mold remediation specialist should be consulted. With the proper tools and equipment, the specialist should be able to tell you what type of mold is present and how it should be treated. This is especially important if your home has experienced water damage of any kind. Sources of water damage can range from a leaky pipe to flood damage or sewer backup.

The good news is that cases of serious mold damage are relatively rare. As more is learned about treating and preventing mold, these cases should continue to decrease in number. Attention to climate control and addressing any displaced water immediately can also assist in this area. Visit http://www.SERVPROelcentrosaltoncity.com for more information on mold. 

Your Water Pipe Burst -- Now What? 4 Steps To Clean Up

3/18/2018 (Permalink)

Bursting pipes are no fun for homeowners in El Centro, CA. Although your water pipes can break down for a number of different reasons, the potential hazards are the same: flooding, water damage, and even harmful mold. If a pipe breaks in your home, there are four steps you should take right away.

1. Immediately shut off the main water valve. The amount of damage done to your property is due in part to how quickly you discover the problem. Shutting off your water can help minimize any water damage that may have already begun. If you’re lucky, it should prevent any damage at all.

2. Avoid using electrical appliances. Stay far away from any electrical products. If you can do so safely, turn off your home’s electricity. It is dangerous—and even life-threatening—to come into contact with electricity while standing in water.

3. Call a plumber. Once you’ve turned off the water and ensured your safety by cutting the electricity, hire a plumber to fix the broken pipe. You should address the main offender, but you should also prevent further bursting pipes. While the plumber is at your house, he or she can do a full assessment of your plumbing and service other problem areas if necessary.

4. Call a cleanup service. The fallout from broken water pipes often requires quick intervention. Cleaning up can be an exhausting and time-consuming process. A cleanup service can take this job off your hands and also give you peace of mind that the job is being done correctly. These professionals are typically skilled in preventing and removing mold, eliminating standing water, and cleaning damaged items. The sooner you get help, the more likely you are to salvage your property.

If bursting pipes have damaged your house in El Centro, CA it’s important to take swift action. Turn off your water, keep yourself safe from electrical accidents, and call in the experts. Visit http://www.SERVPROelcentrosaltoncity.com for more information on water damage.