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Post Construction

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

Structural reliability, resources, manual labor, safety, customer satisfaction, and deadlines – the list goes on and on when building a commercial facility. Let us help you meet your deadlines by providing thorough post – construction services in a timely manner.

POST CONSTRUCTION CLEANING – Once the floors are down and drywall is up, it is time to remove all the debris and dirt in preparation to laying the carpet, painting and decorating.

DEHUMIDIFICATION & DRYING – During the construction phase, a building can trap moisture. Excessive moisture can result in mold growth. If you think one of your projects has a moisture issue- please don’t hesitate to reach out to us, to provide you with the help you need to eliminate moisture and prevent the potential for mold growth.

FINAL CLEANING – You will want the facility to look its best when the doors open. You can always count on your SERVPRO crew to provide cleaning services to give the building that extra shine.

Prepare yourself if wildfire threatens

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Prepare yourself if wildfire threatens Our professionals will pretest the soot residues to determine the best method of cleaning, helping to ensure no lingering odors.

Prepare an emergency supply kit. Include items such as non-perishable food, water, battery-powered radio, extra flashlights and batteries. (you may want to prepare an extra one and leave it in your car).

Make a family emergency plan. Your family may not all be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how to contact one another, and what plans to execute during that trying time.

Design and landscape around your house with fire-safety in mind.

  • Wear protective clothing
  • Take your emergency supply kit
  • Lock your home or business
  • Tell someone when you left and where you are going
  • Choose a route away from fire hazards
  • Close windows, vents, doors, blinds, or noncombustible window coverings
  • Shut off all utilities; if possible
  • Move flammable furniture into the center of the room.
  • Turn off propane tanks
  • Wet or remove shrubs within 15 feet or the home or business.

Control Moisture – Reduce Mold

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

Molds can be found in every environment; and mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present. The EPA advised that the health concerns from molds are an important enough reason to prevent moisture problems leading to the growth of mold. It is especially important to clean up existing mold to increase property appeal and retain the value.

Prior to listing a property, the following steps can be taken to reduce the potential for moisture buildup or mold growth. In the case a damage event occurs, timely response is key to preventing further damage.

  • Correct any water leaks and/or standing water
  • Properly maintain humidifiers, if used.
  • Replace wet or visibly moldy insulation material
  • Steam cleaning and other methods involving moisture should not be used on any kind of duct work
  • Install a ventilation system

Fire and Smoke Damage

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Here are some emergency tips to assist you in taking the proper action until your SERVPRO Professionals arrive.

DO:

  • Limit movement throughout the residence. This can help prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and/or carpet.
  • Keep hands clean. Having soot on your hands can help soil additional upholstery, walls, etc.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linen, on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances.
  • Change HVAC filter. (Leave system alone until a trained professional can check the system)
  • Clean both sides of leaves from house plants.

DON’T:

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces before contacting a SERVPRO Franchise professional.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TVs, Radios) that may have been close to fire, hear or water.
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been close to fire, heat, or water.
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

Mistakes to avoid when Spring Cleaning

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

You know once the weather warms up, it is a sign to bust open your windows... And your cleaning supplies! Spring cleaning is very important, especially if you suffer from allergies. While there are articles and lists to help you spring clean, here is an article on what to avoid while spring cleaning.

  • DO NOT start without a goal or plan in mind. Instead of diving in to a house full of mess; start in one area (or room), tackle that one area completely, before moving onto the next.
  • Start from top to bottom when cleaning. Imagine cleaning the bed and floor; only to turn around and knock dust and dirt onto the floor from furniture and the ceiling fan
  • Make sure you avoid using one towel / rag. Like sponges, the more you use them; the dirtier they get. Moreover, cotton and/or microfiber cloths are very efficient for cleaning and drying surfaces.
  • Ventilate – This is super important, as it will make it easier to breathe with the chemicals. Turning on the air will not quite do the trick, as it does not always generate fresh air.
  • Combining chemicals – Because most of us do not always know all the chemicals in cleaner, we would not know how they react with one another. Bleach and Vinegar for example. They work very well, separate; but can become deadly if mixed.
  • Avoid washing the windows when it is sunny and hot out. The sun will dry the cleaner very quickly, which could result in streaks.
  • Waiting for vacuum bags to be full to replace them. A vacuum will lose over 50% of its ability to pick up and retain dirt; after its only 20% full.

Biohazard / Odor Job

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

This Fallbrook residence was littered with human waste, trash, and maggots throughout; after squatters were living there. The cleanup required removal of all the laminate flooring; deodorizing and sealing the subfloor; removal and disposal of all the upholstered furniture along with the replacement of the baseboards. 

The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances. Please refer to our Biohazard Emergency Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

April Fools’ Day – How did it all start

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

April Fools’ Day – also called All Fools’ Day – is one of the most light-hearted days of the year, though the origins are uncertain. Some may see it as a celebration related to the turn of the seasons, while others believe it comes from the adoption of a new calendar.

Ancient cultures, including those of the Romans and Hindus, celebrated New Year's Day on or around April 1. In medieval times, much of Europe celebrated March 25, the Feast of Annunciation, as the beginning of the new year.

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar called for New Year's Day to be celebrated Jan. 1. That year, France adopted the reformed calendar and shifted New Year's day to Jan. 1. According to a widespread exposition, many people either refused to accept the new date, or simply did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year's Day on April 1. Other people began to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them on "fool's errands" or trying to trick them into believing something false. Eventually, the practice spread throughout Europe.

Additionally, It is worth noting that many different cultures have had days of foolishness around the start of April, give or take a couple of weeks. The Romans had a festival named Hilaria on March 25, rejoicing in the resurrection of Attis. The Hindu calendar has Holi, and the Jewish calendar has Purim. Perhaps there is something about the time of year, with its turn from winter to spring, that lends itself to cheerful, humorous celebrations.

April Fools' Day is observed throughout the Western world. Practices include sending someone on a "fool's errand”, looking for things that don't exist; playing pranks; and trying to get people to believe ludicrous things.

The French call April 1 Poisson d'Avril, or "April Fish." French children sometimes tape a picture of a fish on the back of their schoolmates, crying "Poisson d'Avril" when the prank is discovered.

For a list of pranks you can play, visit https://www.boredpanda.com/pranks-april-fools-day/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

HVAC & Air Ducts

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

We may see dust or particles in the air, and brush it away, not thinking twice, assuming it is an unstoppable force. According to the EPA, Americans spend around 90% of their time indoors, but indoor levels of pollutants can be up to five times higher than outdoor pollutants.While most people generally associate us with Fire & Water Restoration, SERVPRO offers so much more than that! As spring approaches, and spring cleaning is on everyone's mind, it is the perfect time to consider having SERVPRO of Poway / Rancho Bernardo come out for a duct cleaning as part of your spring cleaning. The average home in the United States collects around 40 pounds of dust annually, and the dust in your home is made of skin cells, pollen, pet dander, and more. It gets kicked up, enters the surrounding air, and viruses, bacteria, and allergens enter your respiratory system. When pet dander enters the air, it can flare up allergies, causing sneezing and itchy eyes, without having even touched your pet. 1 in 12 Americans have symptoms of asthma, an inflammatory condition affecting the airway. Moreover, pests, such as mice, might use your vents and leave behind oils, skin cells, and waste that stays in your vents and festers. The results of an infestation could blow harmful bacteria into the surrounding air. Mold spores can also spread through air ducts and some mold may even grow in the ducts themselves. If you have water damage anywhere in your home that leads to mold, this could spread to the air and damage other parts of your house. For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today at 858-748-7378.

Happy Pi Day!

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

Pi, which is often represented by the Greek letter π, represents the ratio of a circles circumference to its diameter. It is an irrational number, meaning its decimal is infinite and its exact value cannot be determined. Pi is the most recognized mathematical constant around the world, and is also referenced in popular culture, including in Carl Sagan’s novel, Contact. Theoretical physicist Albert Einstein was born on this day in 1879, while the Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died on this day just last year (2018). Around the country, food establishment are celebrating with deals on Pies and Pizza Pies; all in the name of 3.141592653589793238462643383….

Check out some of the some of the places locally that are celebrating 3/14

  • BJ's Restaurants and Brew house: Mini one-topping pizzas for $3.14
  • Blaze Pizza: $3.14 whole pizzas
  • Boston Market: Buy one pot pie and a drink; and get a pot pie free with the applicable coupon.
  • California Pizza Kitchen: $3.14 slice of key lime pie
  • Pieology: Buy one artisan thin crust pizza, get another for $3.14
  • Whole Foods: Get a large bakery pie for $3.14 off the normal sale price
  • 7-Eleven: Order a whole pizza from 7-Eleven's 7Now app and a get a whole pie for $3.14
  • Blaze Pizza: Buy through the build-your-own pie chain's app and get a pizza for $3.14

Christmas tree Fire Safety

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that annually, Christmas trees alone result in 13 million dollars in property damage? Though Christmas tree fires are not common, 1 in every 32 reported Christmas tree home fire results in death, compared to an average of 1 death per 143 reported home fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the top three days for home candle fires are Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Here are some steps you can follow to avoid being another statistic in the National Fire Protection Association report during this holiday season.

  • Choose a tree with fresh needles that do not fall off when they are touched.
  • Before placing the tree, make sure you have cut at least 2” from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure to place the tree at least three feet away from any heat source. Including, but not limited to fireplaces, candles, heaters, lights, etc.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • When choosing lights, make sure they are not for outdoor use only.
  • Replace any string of lights with broken cords or loose bulb connections.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always make sure any Christmas tree lights are off before leaving the home or going to bed.

For more information and statistics on Holiday fires, visit www.usfa.fema.gov or www.nfpa.org