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Training for Success in Salton City

11/27/2020 (Permalink)

man selecting a symbol on a screen filled with symbols SERVPRO is looking forward to the certification training for LSSGB!

Increase LSSGB Skills in Your Salton City Employees

Every business in Salton City and the surrounding area understands that keeping employees up-to-speed with training can save them far more each year than the education costs. On November 17th and the 20th, Flint Stone Learning is providing certification training on Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB). 

Certification provides an overview of the program with an emphasis on recent changes. With that, Flint Stone trainers show how to apply their DMAIC methodology (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) appropriate to these changes. They also use several case studies as examples of the new methodology.

Benefits of LSSGB Certification

  • Identify root cause process problems and rectify using LSSGB statistical tools
  • Able to implement and control Lean Six Sigma projects 
  • Perform hypothesis testing and data analysis
  • Correctly measure product and process
  • Eliminate wasteful process actions
  • Increase your marketability to new customers

Every Salton City business also needs professional help with fire restoration. It is why SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City should be your first call after a disaster. Contact us at (760) 337-5858 today.

Aumente su Creatividad Desde su Hogar en El Centro

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

Camión verde de SERVPRO fuera de un edificio. Tómate un tiempo para relajarte y dejar salir al artista que llevas dentro mientras los técnicos de SERVPRO se encargan de restaurar tu hogar.

Unwind & Design Invita a los Residentes de El Centro a Despertar Su Vena Artística y Crear su Obra Maestra

Mantener distancia social con sus amigos y vecinos en El Centro puede ser un desafío, especialmente porque la crisis de salud continúa restringiendo las reuniones sociales. Con las fiestas a la vuelta de la esquina, la ausencia de nuestros seres queridos se siente fuertemente, pero Unwind & Design ofrece una excelente alternativa para su grupo. Durante noviembre y diciembre, puede registrarse individualmente o en grupo para disfrutar de un taller guiado de pintura donde el resultado será su obra maestra. El mejor aspecto del taller es que al usar zoom, su grupo puede estar juntos y distanciados a la vez. Esto es lo que necesita saber para reservar su clase:

  • Unwind & Design es un lugar para soñar y dejar fluir su creatividad.
  • Se requieren reservaciones y se pueden hacer a través de su sitio web
  • Su aporte apoya a los artistas locales y el espacio donde se conectan

SERVPRO de El Centro / Salton City apoya a otras empresas en el área, ya sean víctimas de inundaciones repentinas o necesiten servicios de restauración. Llámenos al (760) 337-5858 siempre que nos necesite y permítanos dejar su casa como si nada hubiera sucedido.

Boost Your Creativity from your El Centro Home

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck Take time to relax and let out your inner artist while SERVPRO technicians take care of your homes damage to leave it "Like it never even happened."

Unwind & Design Invites El Centro Residents to Tap into their Inner Artist and Create Masterpieces of their Own

Keeping social distance from your friends and neighbors in El Centro can be challenging, especially since the health crisis continues to restrict social gatherings. With the holidays around the corner, our loved ones absence is especially poignant, but Unwind & Design offers an excellent alternative for your group. Throughout November and December, you can register individually or as a group to enjoy a guided painting workshop where you’ll walk away with your masterpiece. The workshop's best aspect is that by using zoom, you can be together while keeping socially distanced. Here’s what you need to know to book your class-

  • Unwind & Design is a place to dream and let your creative juices flow
  • Reservations are required and can be done via their website
  • Your registration supports local artists and space where they can connect

SERVPRO of El Centro/Salton City supports other businesses in the area, whether they are victims of flash flooding or need restoration services. Call us at (760) 337-5858 whenever you need us to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Can Mold Remediation Help Your El Centro Restaurant Pass a Health Inspection?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

mold damaged wall If you find mold in your restaurant kitchen, call SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City at (760) 337-5858.

El Centro Restaurateurs Need Mold Remediation in a Hurry?

If you run an eatery in El Centro, you know how significant health inspections are. Health inspections can come at any time, and if the inspector finds problems, you could fail the inspection. Health inspectors will give you a chance to solve the problem before taking further action. However, it is always best to prevent problems before they even start.

If you spot signs of fungus, then your restaurant in El Centro needs mold remediation in a hurry. Mold is one of the items on the inspector’s list of things to look for, so it is best to make sure they do not find any.

Why are restaurant kitchens a breeding ground for mold?
Mold thrives in damp, warm, dark places. Unfortunately, most kitchens provide plenty of places matching this description. Add that most kitchen workers are always stressed and in a hurry, and it is easy for mold to go unnoticed until the inspector arrives and finds it.

The fungus needs a food source. Kitchens provide ample food sources, including:
    •    Food stored in pantries and refrigerators
    •    Organic materials like wallpaper or carpet
    •    Paper and wood (including trash)

What are some hidden places mold might grow in a restaurant kitchen?
An average restaurant kitchen provides plenty of hiding places for mold:
    •    In the pantry
    •    Behind refrigerators and freezers
    •    Around microwaves or coffee machines
    •    Underneath sinks
    •    Dark corners such as storage areas
You might not think to inspect hidden areas – but a health inspector will.

Why is it important to act fast?
There are three reasons you must act quickly.

First, you do not know when an inspection will happen. Although the chance is slim that an inspector will turn up before you remove the mold, you do not want to take that chance.

Second, mold can spread very quickly. Fungal spores are microscopic and easily become airborne. In a fast-paced environment like a kitchen, it is easy to disturb the mold and release more spores. Those spores can travel on air currents or even the aprons and shoes of staff.

Third, once the spores find a new habitable spot, they can propagate within 48 hours.

Do not delay – call SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City as soon as you notice a problem. We will call you back within an hour of receiving your first call and aim to arrive on-site within four hours.

What can SERVPRO do to help?
We are mold remediation experts with a highly trained team of technicians waiting to help you. When we arrive on-site, we will assess the situation and draw up a plan of action.

We will set up containment using plastic sheeting and duct tape to prevent the spores from spreading. We can also use air scrubbers and negative air machines to trap fungal spores and stop them from re-entering the atmosphere.

Our team will clean away mold using a mixture of dry scrubbing, HEPA vacuuming, and wet cleaning. In larger areas such as storage areas, we may use baking soda blasting (yes, it is the same baking soda you use in your kitchen!) We leave your premises Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

The key to mold remediation is controlling moisture, as, without water, the mycelium cannot grow. We use moisture testing equipment to assess levels and look for hidden problems. We also use air movers and dehumidifiers to reduce moisture and humidity and make the area less hospitable to mold.

Can you prevent mold in the kitchen?
Preventing mold in the kitchen is an ongoing challenge due to the warm, moist environment. However, there are some things you can do:
    •    Inspect food before storing it and make sure it is in date
    •    Store food correctly and ensure containers are airtight
    •    Deep clean the kitchen regularly and examine hidden areas for mold
    •    Fix any leaks or broken appliances immediately
    •    Ensure employees through away trash and do not leave it lying around

If you find mold, do not attempt to clean it yourself. You might disturb the mold and cause the spores to spread. Even strong commercial kitchen cleaners are not suited to mold and can introduce more moisture and make things worse.

Why does your business need a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile?
Setting up a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) means you are ready when disaster strikes. Your ERP is quick and easy to set up and contains all the information your staff needs in case of an emergency. You can set us up as your go-to remediation company so you can get help faster. You can also include instructions on what to do and who to call if a staff member finds mold.?
Do not risk falling foul of the health inspector. If you find mold in your restaurant kitchen, call SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City at (760) 337-5858.

Is There A Company That Will Work Around My Busy Schedule to Take Care of My Home Water Removal Need?

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used in water damaged home No matter the scope of your water damage, we arrive equipped and prepared.

SERVPRO’s Flexible Water Damage and Removal Services Prove Convenient for the Busy Homeowners in El Centro!

Water damage can, and does, occur at the most inopportune times. With most homeowning families in El Centro being so busy day after day, it can be challenging to find a service that will work with your schedule to remove the water in your home and begin restoration services as needed. You cannot ignore your professional responsibilities, but there is good news! We can help.

If you have water in your El Centro home, water removal is what you need, and as soon as possible. Regardless of your schedule, or even the time of day the water loss is discovered,  you can count on SERVPRO not only working with you, but you can also trust us and the water damage and removal services we offer for the following reasons:

  • Our El Centro location is locally owned and operated; this means we will get to you fast.
  • We offer 24-hour emergency service; no waiting until the next day to work out scheduling. We are always accessible, even in the middle of the night!
  • We have highly trained, experienced technicians who will get the job done right.

All these facts make it easy for SERVPRO to get the job done when you need them.

What about when the water’s gone?

SERVPRO techs are trained not only in water removal but also in water damage restoration of your damaged property.

What about water restoration at my local business?

We will take care of your El Centro business too, and all aspects of the experienced damage.  Our tools include some of the newest and most dependable water removal and water damage restoration methods and equipment available, so both your home and business will get the most professional treatment in a timely fashion. You will be taken care of right so you can get back to business. 

Taking on water and the damage that results can be out of our control, and life does not stop for such issues. But you have a friend in the industry that can take care of things for you from start to finish. Call SERVPRO of El Centro at (760) 337-5858 for all of your water removal needs.

¿Qué Función Tiene un Equipo Profesional de Restauración de Incendio?

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

El van verde de SERVPRO de El Centro / Salton City El daño por fuego es estresante. Deje que nuestro equipo de SERVPRO se encargue del daño.

Un Equipo Profesional de Restauración Contra Incendios Aplica las Mejores Prácticas de la Industria Para Mitigar su Pérdida Luego de un Incendio en su Hogar en El Centro

Muchos propietarios de viviendas en El Centro nunca tienen que enfrentar daños por incendios en sus hogares, por lo que se sienten perdidos frente a las llamas. Los pasos que tome después del accidente pueden marcar la diferencia entre un proceso de restauración eficiente o un período de reparación prolongado y lleno de problemas. Confiar en técnicos professionales de restauración de incendios es clave para proteger su hogar y minimizar su pérdida de tiempo y dinero.

Obtener la ayuda de SERVPRO para la restauración de daños por incendios en El Centro es una decisión inteligente. Nuestro equipo proporciona una coordinación de servicios para ayudarlo a navegar esta emergencia. El beneficio de tener un equipo que pueda ocuparse de la limpieza y restauración de su propiedad personal y la estructura de su hogar no tiene precio. A medida que documentamos cada uno de los pasos que tomamos, también podemos ayudar a coordinar las necesidades de su compañía aseguradora, haciendo que el proceso sea más simple. Nuestro equipo esta licenciado por el estado de California  (CSLB) #: 978462 para realizar reparaciones, lo cual habla de nuestra capacidad de recuperar su hogar.

¿Puedo limpiar los residuos del fuego yo mismo?

Cuando los propietarios intentan limpiar el hollín ellos mismos, corren el riesgo de usar productos que causen más daños. Nuestro equipo de SERVPRO tiene un conocimiento profundo de los diferentes tipos de llamas y el hollín que desprenden, lo cual nos ayuda a determinar qué técnicas usamos en su hogar. Cada incendio arde, genera humo y libera gases que pueden ser dañinos. Cada evento deja hollín, pero cada tipo de hollin tiene sus peculiaridades.  Normalmente se pueden dividir en tres tipos de residuos:

  • Hollín seco: es ceniciento y es el resultado principalmente de materiales orgánicos como madera o papel. Podemos limpiarlo pasando la aspiradora o usando una técnica de esponja seca.
  • Hollín húmedo: típico del plástico quemado, es pegajoso y espeso. Podemos limpiarlo con agentes espumantes u otros métodos de inmersión.
  • Hollín a base de proteínas: generalmente el resultado de un incendio en la cocina incluye productos alimenticios y aceite. El residuo huele mal y se adhiere con fuerza a las superficies. Los solventes son fundamentales para limpiar este tipo de residuos.

Nuestro equipo de SERVPRO de El Centro / Salton City conoce bien la teoría del fuego y las mejores técnicas de limpieza. Llámenos al (760) 337-5858 y confíe en nuestra experiencia para restaurar su hogar. Como usted, queremos dejar su casa como que nada hubiera pasado.

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What Does a Professional Fire Restoration Team Do?

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

Roof on fire If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of El Centro is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration needs.

A Professional Fire Restoration Team Applies Industry Best Practices to Mitigate Loss Due to Fire in El Centro Homes.

Many homeowners in El Centro never have to face fire damage in their homes, so they are at a loss when it happens. The steps you take following the accident can mark the difference between an efficient restoration process or an extended remediation period plagued with problems. Relying on professional fire restoration technicians (FRT) is key to protecting your home and minimizing your loss in time and money.

Enlisting the help of SERVPRO for fire damage restoration in El Centro is a smart move. Our team provides one-stop coordination of services to help you navigate this emergency. The benefit of having one team that can address the cleanup and restoration of your personal property and your home's structural elements is priceless. As we document each of the steps we take, we can also help coordinate with needs stemming from your insurance claim, making the process less cumbersome. Our team holds the California State License Board (CSLB) #: 978462, which speaks to our preparation to conduct repairs in your home.

Can I Clean Fire Residue Myself?

When homeowners attempt to clean soot themselves, they risk using products that cause further damage. Our SERVPRO crew has an in-depth knowledge of the different fire and resulting soot types, which helps us determine which techniques we use in your home. At its core, every fire combusts, creates smoke, and releases gases which can be harmful. Each fire leaves soot behind, but it can typically be divided into three types of residue-

Dry soot- it is ashy and results mainly of organic materials such as wood or paper. We may clean it by vacuuming or using a dry sponge technique.

Wet soot- typical of burning plastic, it is sticky and thick. We may try to clean it with foaming agents or other immersive methods.

Protein-based soot- generally the result of a kitchen fire and inclusive of food products and oil. The residue is smelly and bonds with surfaces powerfully. Solvents are essential to clean this type of residue.

Understanding the theory of fire and the best cleaning techniques is for our team of SERVPRO of El Centro/Salton City to know. Call us at (760) 337-5858 and rely on our expertise to restore your home. Like you, we want to leave your home, "Like it never even happened." 

Can a Wet Property Dry By Itself?

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment in warehouse You can depend on our professionals with state of the art equipment to thoroughly dry your property so you can return safely after a water incident.

The Impact of Water Intrusion on a Residential Property can be Dramatic. SERVPRO is an El Centro Water Damage Restoration Provider for Efficient Drying.

How is the water restoration time frame and equipment calculated?

The main pieces of equipment that we use to dry your El Centro home is air-movers and dehumidifiers. Air-movers promote air circulation, which speeds up evaporation. Dehumidifiers draw evaporated moisture from the air. The timeframes and equipment needs we calculate are rarely exact because there are too many variables. However, these approximations can help to reduce inconvenience and provide a workable structure for the restoration. If there is standing water in the property, it may be necessary to pump it out before setting up a drying protocol. SERVPRO technicians also calculate these timeframes by understanding how much water there is, in cubic feet, then multiplying that number by 7.48 to convert into gallons. Most submersible pumps remove a certain amount of gallons per hour, where we can derive an approximate time-span. 

How many air-movers should I use to dry a property?

Significant water damage restoration in your El Centro home relies on ensuring all surfaces have a steady and consistent air-flow. We can create this air-flow by setting up air-movers throughout the property. SERVPRO technicians use the institute of inspection, cleaning, and restoration certifications (IICRC) guidelines to calculate the number of air-movers a room requires. The IICRC S500 standard recommends at least one air-mover per affected room. However, the placement of air-movers must be balanced with dehumidifiers. If there are too few dehumidifiers, then air movers permeate moist air throughout the affected area, which can condensate and lead to further damage.

When should I add extra drying equipment?

- One air-mover per room

- Plus one air-mover for every 50 square feet of floor in each room

- Plus one air-mover for every 100 square feet of ceiling

How useful are dehumidifiers for drying wet properties?

Several factors can affect the usefulness of dehumidifiers. SERVPRO technicians typically calculate the number of dehumidifiers by inspecting the home and comparing it to the dehumidifier's capacity. One of the most significant factors affecting water restoration is the type of materials in the house. Water can permeate into porous materials quickly. Equally, these materials are quick to dry due to their porous nature. Like woods, semi-porous materials can be much trickier to dry as they have a slow rate of evaporation. Our technicians are likely to use desiccant dehumidifiers when drying slow evaporation materials. These equipment use a silica gel to reduce indoor humidity to 40 grains per pound. Any moisture absorbed by semi-porous materials is drawn out at this level, thereby returning the moisture content to its average level. 

What factors lengthen drying times?

- Water that is trapped inside cavities such as walls

- The water behind fittings or cabinets

- Smaller spaces that may prevent adequate air circulation

How do I balance drying equipment for wet residences?

A balanced drying system in your El Centro home is one that evaporates and dehumidifies moisture at the same rate. Our crew chiefs create a balanced drying system by analyzing your property's shape, material, and layout then acting accordingly. However, the measure of a drying system is always taken eventually from the response of the property. Production technicians may return to the property after a set amount of hours using a thermo hygrometer and a moisture probe or sensor. The results may require small adjustments, such as using larger dehumidifiers or bringing in extra air-movers to encourage air circulation. 

Can heating equipment dry a property?

The critical factors in drying a property are temperature, air circulation, and humidity. Residential properties typically lack the necessary power to heat a space to the required temperature for efficient drying. In these situations, our technicians can use drying equipment like portable heaters or external furnaces. We calculate the type of heater required by measuring the space's size and the necessary British Thermal Units (BTU) needed to heat it. Raising the temperature of air allows it to hold more moisture. This can significantly aid drying but must be balanced with dehumidification correctly to avoid potential mold growth. SERVPRO recommends using qualified water restoration technicians (WRT) to dry a property safely and efficiently.

What is the process of establishing efficient drying in a wet property?

- Initial inspection and calculation of equipment requirements

- Setting up necessary equipment and providing the requisite power for this equipment

- Monitoring the effect of drying equipment on materials in the building

Efficient drying techniques can reduce secondary damage in your property and lower your claim's expense. Contact SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City at (760) 337-5858. 

A Malfunctioning Heater Left Me Dealing With Water Damage in My El Centro Property. Who Can Help?

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

water damage in home Water damage can not only destroy your property but also cause severe health effects to your family if not handled on time.

Talk to SERVPRO Technicians in El Centro to Help You Perform Water Damage Restoration in Your Property.

When water gets into unwanted areas of your El Centro property, it can be a traumatic experience. Secondary damages such as odors, warping wooden flooring, and mold growth can occur within 48 hours if professionals do not handle the situation on time. Act immediately by talking to SERVPRO technicians to prevent further damage and get your property to its normal state.

Is water damage dangerous?
Water from any source can cause severe damage and contamination issues if the remediation process is delayed. It is vital to let professionals handle the water damage in your El Centro property within the first 48 hours to prevent costly repairs. Water leaks that infiltrate your property can cause damage that can spread fast in the affected areas.

How long can it take to dry my property?
Several factors determine how long it can take to dry your property, including:
    •    Temperature
    •    Humidity
    •    Amount of saturation
    •    Materials affected

It can take several days to dry your home. However, we can hasten the drying process using our advanced equipment. If the water levels in your property are still high, we can use a self-priming trash pump to extract the excess water. Since the equipment only extracts excess water, we can use several venting box fans to eliminate the moisture. Our experts can determine when the drying is complete through consistent evaluation and monitoring of the drying process.

How do certified restorers handle water damage?
We assess the damage when we get to a property. Our SERVPRO team can remove damaged materials that can be salvaged or discarded. After removing the damaged items, our technicians can begin the drying and disinfecting the area. During this process, we use advanced equipment to speed up our restoration process. We can use air movers and low grain dehumidifiers to dry the area effectively. Also, we can disinfect mold-infected surfaces and restore the area to prevent it from spreading.

How do you know the property is dry?
Just because the surface may look and feel dry, does not mean that it is dry. Our technicians can analyze the area using infrared cameras and penetrating moisture meters. Also, our decades of experience help us determine if your property is dry to its preloss state.

Water damage can not only destroy your property but also cause severe health issues to your family if not handled on time. Contact for SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City fast water cleanup services. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Talk to us today at (760) 337-5858.

¿Puedo Restaurar mi Alfombra Después de un Incendio en Mi Casa?

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

 44/5000 casa muy dañada por fuego, humo y hollín. SERVPRO de El Centro / Salton City está aquí para ayudarlo cuando ocurra un desastre.

Confíe en un Técnico Profesional de Restauración de Incendios para Restaurar o Remover La Alfombra de su Casa de El Centro después de un Incendio

Vivir en El Centro puede ser una experiencia única, pero sus propietarios enfrentan muchos de los mismos desafíos que enfrentan otros propietarios en el resto del país. Proteger su hogar de los elementos y del riesgo de incendio y filtraciones es simple, pero no necesariamente fácil. Cuando se produce un incendio eléctrico y su casa sufre por las llamas, es posible que se encuentre con daños más allá de lo que hubiera imaginado y se pregunte cuál es su primer paso en el proceso de restauración.

El tratamiento de los daños causados ??por el fuego en El Centro puede delegarse a nuestro equipo SERVPRO tan pronto como ocurra la emergencia. Nuestro personal está listo para visitar su hogar poco después de comunicarse con nuestra línea directa de emergencia, la cual opera las 24 horas para su conveniencia. En lugar de perder tiempo y permitir que el agua y el hollín se asienten en sus muebles y paredes por mucho tiempo, llame a nuestro equipo y permítanos hacer lo que mejor hacemos: mitigar su pérdida y regresar su hogar a perfecto estado.

¿Puedo salvar mi alfombra si las llamas no la tocaron?

El daño por fuego va más allá de lo que está o no en contacto directo con las llamas. Específicamente, las alfombras pueden resultar severamente dañadas por el personal de emergencia que ingresa a su casa para controlar el fuego, así como el agua y los agentes extintores rociados por toda la casa para controlarlo. Además, el hollín y los escombros pueden asentarse rápidamente y contaminar todas las áreas de su hogar. Nuestro equipo de SERVPRO sabe que estos desafíos existen y nos preparamos para superarlos. Nuestro conocimiento y experiencia pueden ayudarlo a tomar una decisión informada en cuanto a preservar o descartar su alfombra. Algunas de las condiciones que consideramos al realizar este análisis son las siguientes:

¿Se ha despegado la base de la alfombra debido a la exposición prolongada a la humedad?

¿Hay decoloración en su alfombra?

¿El hollín y el polvo se asentaron profundamente en las fibras de la alfombra?

Las respuestas a las preguntas anteriores ayudan a determinar qué equipo y técnicas debemos aplicar para restaurar su hogar. Por mucho que intentemos mitigar su pérdida, a veces es más saludable quitar la alfombra por completo que correr el riesgo de condiciones insalubres en el futuro.

SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City está aquí para ayudarlo cuando ocurra un desastre. Llámenos al (760) 337-5858 y déjenos salir de su casa como si nada hubiera sucedido.

Haga clic aqui para mas información sobre El Centro.