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Explore la Belleza de Dos Desiertos que se Unen

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

A Poca Distancia en Automóvil de El Centro, Explore la Belleza de Dos Desiertos que se Unen

Si vive en El Centro, tiene el privilegio de estar rodeado por algunas de las vistas naturales más únicas del suroeste. Joshua Tree National Park está apenas a un par de horas de distancia, y lo invita a explorar el encuentro de los desiertos de Mojave y Colorado. Para celebrar el Día de la Tierra, tómese unos días para explorar los hermosos cielos nocturnos y las formaciones geológicas únicas que solo viven en el sur de California. Mientras planifica su visita, asegúrese de considerar lo siguiente:

  • No tendrá servicio celular en todo el parque. Recuerde esto al explorar lejos de su campamento.
  • El clima del desierto cambia rápidamente y puede pasar de días sofocantes a noches muy frescas. Es mejor consultar la página web del parque antes de partir para estar al tanto de las condiciones meteorológicas actualizadas.
  • El protector solar, los sombreros, los lentes de sol y la ropa especializada ayudan a protegerse del sol.

Una visita a Joshua Tree, nos recuerda lo importante que es proteger nuestro medio ambiente. De la misma manera, también es esencial proteger a su familia después de un incendio en su hogar.  En SERVPRO de El Centro / Salton City, nos esforzamos por restaurar su hogar con soluciones aprobadas por la EPA y de acuerdo con las recomendaciones de la industria. Cuando nos llame al (760) 337-5858, sabrá que nuestro equipo de expertos no descansará hasta que su hogar se vea como si nada hubiera sucedido.

El Centro is the Heart of the Imperial Valley.

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO green work Van. You can see SERVPRO vehicles and crews all over the valley.

Understanding the Origin and Growth of El Centro Helps Envision the Future 

El Centro is the county seat for Imperial County, California. Many people who have never been to the West Coast may not even realize the importance of Imperial County as it is eclipsed by Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. However, even though it started as a division of San Diego County, it now holds its own as part of Southern California's border region as it borders both Arizona and Mexico. 

The area surrounding El Centro is desert. However,  sophisticated irrigation systems fed with water from the Colorado River allow it to be one of America's most important agricultural areas.

Crucial to this water distribution is the All-American Canal, an 80-mile canal carrying water from the Colorado River to Imperial Valley. The All-American Canal and another five smaller channels transport water to the growing areas in the Imperial Valley. 

El Centro and all of Imperial Valley are highly influenced by Mexican culture, and nearly 80% of the population is Hispanic, with the remaining 20% representing White, Native American, Asian, and African American households. Given the area's history and its center-stage role in the Mexican-American War, it is no surprise that Mexican culture is a part of its heritage. One of the first Europeans to explore the area was Melchor Diaz, circa 1540. Centuries later, the Mexican-American War divided the Imperial Valley in two, with Mexico retaining control over one half of it and the U.S. controlling the other half. It wasn't until 1907 that Imperial County became a separate entity. 

Imperial County owes its name to Imperial Land Company, formed in 1900 to settle Imperial Valley and expand the economic footprint for the California Development Company. The latter was invested in designing an irrigation system to reach the desert in California. The County welcomed people from the Northwest as they looked for work in the 1930s and 1940s, and the completion of the All-American Canal made the employment market prosper. 

Agriculture was robust enough to sustain its inhabitants and turn a profit for the California Development Company. Sadly, the area suffered during the Great Recession starting in 2008, and El Centro had one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. 

Weather plays an essential role in the success of the area. El Centro holds the distinction of being the southernmost city below sea level in the continental U.S. Its summers are long and hot, and most of the year, the sun shines with very little rain. In the winter months, temperatures drop at night into the 40s, in contrast to the 100+ degrees one can feel in the summer. Occasionally, El Centro will feel the impact of El Nino or La Nina, which typically leave disaster in their wake due to shifts in the weather.   

Life in El Centro

Life in El Centro is not without challenges, starting with a sizable 6.9 earthquake in 1940. Although California isn't a stranger to tectonic movement, it was the first earthquake whose magnitude was recorded by a seismograph so close to the fault. Its impact was felt throughout the Imperial Valley and killed at least nine people. Aside from its human impact, the quake disrupted established irrigation systems and, therefore, the area's livelihood. 

Employment statistics in El Centro have been the cause of much discussion by economists and analysts, notably when the unemployment rate reached 25% in 2009. Some argue that the city has a stable unemployment rate of about 12%, to put it in context. A jump in the metric needs to be discussed as it deviates from its baseline. Proximity to the Mexican border is arguably a factor in unemployment figures, as some people are said to work in Mexicali while claiming in the U.S.  

As the commercial hub for the County, El Centro relies mainly on the service and retail industry, but it has become a popular filming location in recent years. American Sniper, Lady Bird, and War Dogs are all said to have been filmed in town. The Imperial County Film Commission is based in El Centro as a resource to filmmakers and movie-making staff.

Three school districts govern education in El Centro: 

  • McCabe Union Elementary School District
  • El Centro School District
  • Central Union High School District.  

College is also available through Imperial Valley College, which offers 2-year degrees, and San Diego State University allows residents to pursue bachelor's and master's degrees in their Calexico Campus nearby. Situated along the Mexico border, it is mindful of its surrounding community's needs and houses one of the nation's most diverse student bodies. 

Taking Care of Your El Centro Home when it Floods

The importance of water, irrigation, and conservation is an overall value in El Centro households. Threats to the precious liquid are taken seriously, and each resident takes great care in preserving it. SERVPRO, a leading water restoration company, knows how to restore homes after a pipe burst or a storm causes damage; we do so by being as efficient as possible. 

In our training with leaders in the restoration industry, we learn to use the latest equipment and technology to mitigate losses. Our expert team will be the first to tell you that removing moisture is not the only goal of a water cleanup process. Instead, restoring humidity levels by using dehumidifiers, air movers, and specialized extractors is what makes the difference. With our help, you don't need to worry about measuring progress, as our competent team brings the best tools to monitor our success. 

SERVPRO of El Centro/Salton City is an active part of our community and an invaluable resource when water events occur. A call to our 24/7 hotline at (760) 337-5858 prompts us to travel to your home or office and kick off the restoration efforts. With our help, we can plot a plan to return your space to mint condition and leave it "Like it never even happened."

El Centro is Earth Quake Country

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

El Centro Residents Know About the San Andreas Fault, but Few Have Driven Through it.

One need only think of the El Centro earthquake of 1940 to understand how intertwined the city’s history and development is with the San Andreas fault. Many Californians and visitors to the state are constantly alert regarding seismic activity natural to the area. A good way to learn more about the fault takes place not too far. Leaving from Palm Desert, you can explore the geologic features of the San Andreas fault. At the same time, a guide explains the vegetation and animal life in the formation and the influence of the Native American Cahuilla tribe. Make sure to consult online availability to book a tour and keep in mind the following-

  • The tour is done in an open-air Jeep, leaving from Palm Desert.
  • You will be able to walk around some areas, as explained by the naturalist guide traveling with you.
  • A minimum of 2 guests is necessary to book the tour, and it is not wheelchair accessible.

Just as we expect the San Andreas acts up occasionally, thus we should assume flash flooding will happen in our region. SERVPRO technicians are ready to help when flash flooding removal services are necessary following a natural event. When a disaster occurs, it is time to leave it up to the experts, and SERVPRO of El Centro/Salton City is the best water restoration company in the region. Contact us at (760) 337-5858 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Almost Every Homeowner will Experience a Water Damage

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

Nice tile floor and bathroom Bathrooms are the portion of a home that presents the most water damage problems.

SERVPRO Assists in Water Mitigation

A water leak in your kitchen or bathroom plumbing is an emergency. SERVPRO trained agents can help mitigate further damages. The first step is to scope the damage before creating an action plan.

Water Mitigation in Salton City or any other town in the area is something most homeowners will face during their homeownership. SERVPRO technicians are available to take the emergency damage report anytime, 24/7. Then they jump into action by scoping the damage. While scoping, they have to be mindful of any present dangers to ensure safety for both the workers and residents. 

Here are some necessary scoping procedures for water emergencies:

  • Identify water quality; clean, gray, or black. 
  • Technicians explain what they are doing while they do it and have homeowners sign the appropriate documentation.
  • Document details such as types of materials needed.
  • Test walls, cabinets, crawl spaces, carpets, subfloor, and other surface areas for hidden moisture. 
  • Photograph the damage for planning and insurance purposes.

For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City at (760) 337-5858. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

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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Ground Water Flooding is Usually Contaiminated.

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

Drying equipment Cleaning and drying equipment hard at work.

Flood Damage In El Centro Can Contain Contaminated Water

During the time of year when storms blow into the El Centro region, excessive amounts of rainfall can cause flooding in your neighborhood.  When there is groundwater flooding there is a good chance it is contaminated. The Health and Restoration industries classify this type of water as Category Three and are also called Black Water. That means it is treated the same as sewage backups.

- Floodwater will mix with sewage systems

- Floodwater contains bacteria from dead animals

- Floodwater can contain chemicals, fertilizers, etc.

Whenever the source of your flood damage situation in El Centro is "black water" which means it contains gross levels of bacteria, our SERVPRO technicians follow a standard set of procedures to mitigate issues so that the contamination does not spread across your building. The first step we take is to protect the building occupants from the contaminated water by evacuating you and your family and equipping our workers with personal protection equipment. Next, we establish containment controls with plastic barriers. We also use  HEPA air scrubber equipment so that contaminants cannot spread throughout your structure.

After the worksite is safe and the affected areas are properly contained, our SERVPRO crew can begin removing and disposing of unsalvageable building materials and contents. Please note: during category three flooding, most structural porous materials that got saturated with contaminated moisture must be removed and replaced. In some situations, we can save affected contents that have non-porous surfaces by performing specialized cleaning and decontamination.

If you need contaminated ground water removed from your home or commercial structure it is wise to call SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City at (760) 337-5858 immediately. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Introducing the SERVPRO Storm Team

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

A green colored SERVPRO work van The SERVPRO green vans are ready to respond to storms.

Natural Disasters are Intensifying

In the early 2000's SERVPRO Industries, a nationwide water, and fire cleanup franchise system saw the increasing natural disasters happening around the world.

SERVPRO responded by forming a storm response team comprised of experienced franchisees who could travel to storm-damaged areas to provide cleanup services.

Back then SERVPR had 1,500+ franchisees. Only the best of the best were invited to participate in storm response. Standards were established concerning cleanup procedures, equipment use, and standard pricing. 

Total, SERVPRO of El Centro is pleased to say we are certified and approved as a Storm Team Responder.

What does this mean for you? 

It means that our company is one of the best of the best and you can expect good service whenever you call us. It also means that if a natural disaster were to happen in our region of the country, the SERVPRO storm team would be here. SERVPRO of El Centro would be the host franchise and the community would receive help from as many other Storm Team Members as needed to get the storm damage cleaned up.

If we ever suffer from a natural disaster and you see dozens of green trucks in the area, it's the SERVPRO STORM TEAM hard at work to make it "Like it never even happened."

Flood Damage Happens in the Desert.

11/6/2021 (Permalink)

mold on an interior wall A water spill or flooding caused mold to grow quickly in structures located in a desert climate.

Flood Damage in Your Home or Business Must be Cleaned up Promptly.

In the desert, water damage can turn into a mold problem very quickly in any indoor environment because we keep our building closed up and the HVAC system can help spread mold spores.

If your structure is affected by water damage, you must take the right steps to solve the problem. Whether you are dealing with monsoon rainwater flooding or another source, you must begin to dry out the house (or structure) as you start assessing the overall damage. Once the water dry-out is accomplished the restoration process and procedures can begin.  First, let's continue our discussion about flooding.

Dealing with flood damage:

The mitigation process begins by pumping out, or vacuum extracting the standing water. Next comes the installation of restorative drying equipment. While drying the walls and floors is a time-consuming venture (usually 3 to 5 days) it's the only way to prevent the potential development of microbials and molds; getting the structure dry has to be accomplished before building repairs can begin. 

Drying the Internal Surfaces and Structural Materials:

• Dry out the carpets to reduce elevated interior moisture
• Force dry air into the building to expedite the drying and evaporation process
• In dry climates such as Yuma, and when safe, improve the drying process by opening the windows and doors to vent moisture 
• Lookout for stagnant water in buildings with crawlspaces

Aumente su Creatividad Desde su Hogar en El Centro.

11/5/2021 (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.

How Long Does it Take to Dry a Wet Structure?

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

Water flooding a wood floor Our goal is to dry a structure in four days whenever possible.

SERVPRO Technicians in El Centro Can Help You Dry a Wet Structure Quickly

When water gets into unwanted areas of your property, it can be a traumatic experience. Secondary damages such as odors, warping wooden flooring, and mold growth can occur within 48 hours of being wet. That is why the EPA recommends that mitigation begins with 24 hours of a flood whenever possible.  

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 will take several days to dry your home. However, we can hasten the drying process by using our advanced equipment. We begin the process by extracting the excess water. Next, we install air movers (fans) and dehumidifiers to dry down the interior environment.  Our experts can determine when the drying is complete by way of daily evaluation of the drying process using sophisticated meters and monitoring equipment.

Is water damage "dangerous?"

Standing water inside a structure can be a slip hazard and it can present a risk of electrocution. If the water is from groundwater flooding or a sewage backup there is a potential for gross bacteria contamination. 

How do certified restorers handle water damage?

We assess the damage when we get to a property. Our SERVPRO team can remove wet or damaged materials that need to be salvaged or discarded. After removing the damaged items, our technicians can begin drying and disinfecting the area. During this process, we use advanced equipment to speed up our restoration process. We can use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the area effectively. Also, we can disinfect and clean the area to prevent it from spreading.

Water damage can not only damage your property it also causes potential health effects. To protect your property and the health of the occupants during a property damage event you are welcome to contact SERVPRO of El Centro / Salton City for advice and fast, professional water cleanup services or any other type of property damage. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.  Our phone number is: (760) 337-5858.