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Tips on Storm Damage
"Keep your eye on the storm"
Did you know that floods are the most common natural disaster in the U.S.?
Heavy rainstorms can cause significant flooding, overflowing levees or dams, contributing to flash floods and mudslides. Although, California does not commonly experience heavy rain from time to time. This could potentially put property like your home or business at risk.
Tips to help avoid flooding for your home or business:
- Prepare your property by installing rain gutters and other drainage systems. (Clean out rain gutters frequently.)
- Understanding the flood risk in your area and fix any leaks IMMEDIATELY.
- Extra roof protection by investing and installing a rubber roof underlayment (waterproof barrier that goes under the shingles and protects the roof from water intrusion).
Tips for drivers during the rainy season
- Avoid cruise control (This feature works great in dry conditions, but when used in wet conditions, the chance of losing control of the vehicle can increase).
- When driving, slow down and leave room in front of you (slowing down suddenly during wet conditions is critical and can increase a car’s chance of hydroplaning).
If you do experience flood damage in your home or business SERVPRO of Arcadia is here to help leave it, "Like it never even happened."
Call us at (626)447-4128
Facing a Fire
When facing a fire in your home it can be stressful or even scary to say the least. In fact, it is very important to get started on the clean up so that your home can still be put right back together!
When we say begin the clean up we don't mean go out and get a mop and cleaning supplies! This type of clean up calls for professionals who specialize in fire restorations.
Our SERVPRO teams are highly trained in fire restoration and will take care of everything necessary. Please, do not take matters into your own hands and try to start the clean up on your own. You can actually cause more damage by cleaning on your own. Not to worry, SERVPRO will make it as if It never even happened!
What Causes Water Damage?
There are many different ways a water damage can occur in your home, from a broken pipe to a/c systems. We do ours best to maintain our home items but sometimes the inevitable happens.
Here are the top 5 causes of water damage:
- Leaking or Busted Pipes
- Plumbing Issues
- Faulty Household Appliances
- HVAC Units
- Clogged Gutters
Some less likely, but still possible causes of a water damage can be
- Toilet Overflow
- Sewage Back-Ups
- Laundry Washer Overflow
While for the most part it sounds easy to be able to maintain these house hold items, sometimes we can not help it when accidents happen. So in the event something like this happens to you, SERVPRO will always be there to help, anytime, anyplace, 24/7.
Condo Complex Gone Wrong!
Kitchen Water Damage
When condos are not properly maintained sewage back ups and pipe leaks are bound to happen. One of our property management clients experienced severe water damage to several units in the condo complex they manage. It all started when the top unit's sink drain line clogged, causing water to travel in to multiple units below.
The unit which caused the loss had significant damage to hardwood flooring, walls, cabinets, vanities, and bedroom carpets. Due to the fact that condos are constructed directly above each other, this caused damage to the units below in their ceilings down to their walls and into their floors as well. Some Unit owners had contents that were damaged in which had to be inventoried for total loss and salvaged items packed up.
Protecting Your Home From Storm Damage
Beware of Storms
Your home is one of the biggest investments you make in a lifetime and it should be properly maintained to keep its value. Keeping your home safe from the unexpected can be extremely difficult but it is possible! When One storm comes in or hurricanes hits it can be cause serious damage to the inside and outside of your home.
Some things that can cause distraction would be:
- Uprooting trees
- knocking over power lines
- severe flooding
Some things we can’t control, but you can start before a storm hit by:
- bringing inside your patio furniture
- bring cars in garage if possible
- tarp up your furniture
- board up windows
- Trim trees
- Keep gutters clear
Aside from keeping your home safe we hope you can keep yourself safe with lots of canned foods, clean water bottles, and warm clothing.
Laundry Room Overflow
We can help with laundry room floods!
In your daily lives we do our best to maintain our homes to keep them in tip top shape. We clean the restrooms, the kitchen, and all bedrooms keeping them spotless. Most times we forget all about the laundry room! Which should be the most important room to maintain because many problems can arise in that room alone!
Most water damages we see here at SERVPRO of Arcadia come from the washing machines drain line bursting in laundry rooms. This can be caused by a number of reasons.
What to do if this happens to you:
- Contact your local plumber to repair the line
- Remove any personal items from affected area
- Depending on extent of damage, it is advised to file a claim with your insurance company
- Contact SERVPRO of Arcadia to mitigate these damages
Refrigerator Line Leaks
Do you have a rodent problem in your home? Rats and other pesky rodents can do more damage than stink up your home and eat food that has been left outside. SERVPRO is not a rodent control company but we do deal with the aftermath of what rodents can do to your home!
Rats, often times hide in small dark area away from the people in the home. Particularly behind your refrigerator, and that is where the important water and power lines come from. If a rat gets caught back there it can start chewing on the water line day after day. You might not even realize until it's too late!
If the rat chews at the water line long enough it can cause a leak that will eventually create flooding and water damage to your kitchen floors!
That's where we come in and clean up the water and repair the damage.
Punctuality is Key
SERVPRO is Always on Time
SERVPRO of Arcadia is always here to help! We know and understand that when we are called to a job site that timing is everything! First comes the customer, most times the customer is feeling all sorts of stressful emotions, frustrations, and even anger. When your team arrives fast and efficiently it gives ease to the customer that everything will be okay!
This is how SERVPRO prepares for jobs and how we stay ready for any disaster!
- Trucks stay fully stocked and loaded
- Cleaning products and operating supplies are maintained and ready for use
- Crews are debriefed each morning on open projects
- Equipment is cleaned daily after each use
- Office staff remains organized with all updated information
Those are just few key points of what happens behind the scenes with our SERVPRO teams.
Fire Sprinkler Disasters
Water Loss due to Fire Sprinklers
Imagine coming home to a flooded disaster after being on vacation with the family! That's exactly what happened to our customer here in Arcadia. This loss was caused by a faulty fire sprinkler system. To make matters worse the homeowner had just purchased the home prior to leaving on vacation. It is a good thing that they acted swiftly and contacted us! Our crew was able to be onsite within the hour of being notified of the loss and quickly jumped into action.
With the home having high moisture levels, our crew was able to effectively dry the structure within 5 days. By doing so we were able to save the structure from experiencing secondary damage such as mold. We at SERVPRO of Arcadia do our best to achieve the industry standard of drying within 3-5 days.
How SERVPRO handles large loss commercial jobs
SERVPROs amazing Desiccant Dehumidifier
Do you own a large warehouse or commercial building? Ever wonder how, if you had a water damage, SERVPRO would be able to help you in a timely matter?
We understand that time is of the essence when it comes to businesses in need of a clean up. That is why we use a DESICCANT DEHUMIDIFIER. The desiccant is a large machine that helps dry your building materials, walls, and documents more efficiently than your typical dehumidifier. Along side the desiccant, our team of technicians will be there to remove any excess water and rebuild your building like it never even happened!
Here at SERVPRO our goal is to get the job done so that you can get back to your lives and business as soon as possible!
Commercial Fire Damage Heroes
Fire damages can be profusely devastating for anyone, especially those of business and commercial building owners. SERVPRO understands that time is money in any instance, so we work hard to get your building back to pre-fire condition very effectively!
THINGS THAT CAN DAMAGE YOUR BUILDING DURING AND AFTER A FIRE:
- The initial fire itself, of course, will cause burning of furniture, documents, walls and more
- Smoke and soot from the fire can be very harmful to the human body and also cause sever damage within your walls
- Although firefighters are doing heroic work stopping the initial fire, the water used will cause other types of problems like mold if not attended to accordingly
SERVPRO has 24 hour services and most times we can have a technician at your location in under an hour!
Most Common Water Damages
SERVPRO Heroes here to help
Water damages can be very overwhelming and frustrating for the typical home owner. We understand that it can become stressful as water damage experts we are here to help bring your home back to life!
Here are some typical causes of water damage:
- Leaking appliances, plumbing issues, water heaters etc.
- Over flowing bathtubs, toilets, and sinks
- Flooding from firefighting efforts
- Flooded basements
- Roof leaks
Here is what you can do while you wait for our SERVPRO crews to arrive:
- Shut off water valve
- Contact Plumber
- File a claim with your insurance company (if needed)
- Grab yourself a warm cup of coffee, step outside and destress knowing that you will be in good hands while you wait for our crews to arrive with help very soon!
We are available 24/7 to respond to your emergency! Call SERVPRO at (626) 447-4128
For even more info on water damage check out
Top 5 Catastrophic Events
SERVPRO Strom Team
When disaster strikes SERVPRO strikes back! We come equipped with a large supply of equipment, tools, drying experts, etc. Never worry about getting your home back in tip top shape when you call us for help!
TOP 5 CATASTROPHIC EVENTS:
- Storm damage
- Tropical Storms
In the rare event of these type of disasters we work hard so our customers can feel at ease knowing we can do everything possible to help!
SERVPRO has something special that we call Storm Teams, those teams will drive hours away to other states to help provide homeowners all over when disaster strikes. Strom Team's first priority is to tackle the jobs head on! We don't waste anytime, restoration begins on day 1!
We are FASTER to any DISASTER!
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned (Covid-19 Edition)
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned (COVID-19 Edition)
Getting back to normal life after the global pandemic we've been through with COVID-19 since March 2020 is scary for most people. Loved ones might have contracted the virus, someone you know, or even yourself! You can rest assured because our SERVPRO professionals have come up with an industry leading defensive cleaning program for commercial buildings called Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.
This is a higher cleaning standard of proactive viral pathogen cleaning. With SERVPRO professionals already having years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, we go beyond your standard janitorial cleaning. Certified SERVPRO Cleaned has over 100 exclusive cleaning products to meet your specific needs!
For example, SERVPROXIDE is an amazing hospital grade disinfectant that is certified for direct food contact surfaces.
We strive on only using the highest quality of cleaning products to ensure the health and safety of our customers and employees.
For more information please visit: https://www.SERVPRO.com/certified-SERVPRO-cleaned
Halloween Fire Safety
Safe ways to keep it spooky on Halloween!
Carving pumpkins with the family, children trick-or-treating, dressing up in festive costumes are all the best parts of celebrating Halloween! BE WARE of possible fire hazards from these fun but dangerous festivities.
Here are some tips to keep your home safe this year:
- Swap out the old fashioned fire candle to light up your Jack-O-Lantern with battery powered candles or glow sticks
- If you do end up using fire candles please keep them away from any drought tolerant pants or fires.
- For the trick-or-treating children: teach them to stay away from lit pumpkins, do not kick them or move them in anyway
- Use a flashlight when out getting your sweet treats!
According to the National Fire Protecting Association (nfpa.org)
- From 2014-2018, an average of 770 home structure fires began with decorations per year.
- More than two of every five (44%) of these fires occurred because the decorations were too close to a heat source, such as a candle or hot equipment.
- More than one-third (36%) of these fires were started by candles.
- More than one-fifth (22%) of the decoration fires started in the kitchen; 16% began in the living room.
Source: NFPA Applied Research
For more tips on Halloween safety visit; https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Seasonal-fire-causes/Halloween
Water Damage Process
The aftermath of a water, fire, sewage or mold related loss can sometimes be confusing. We are here to help you understand the process and explain all the steps involved when dealing with damages to your property. Each property, customer and client is treated differently depending on the type and extent of damages.
Here is the typical process we follow when you call in to our office with a water damage:
- Intake - We gather all contact, insurance and property information from you such as; Owner’s info, Loss Address, Contact info and insurance claim number. We ask questions like; Cause of Loss, Affected Rooms, types of flooring, etc…
- Scheduling - We schedule an initial inspection appointment with you within the hour of your phone call. If it’s not an urgent matter, future appointments are accepted.
- Inspection/Arrival Date - upon arrival we will assess the damages starting from the cause of loss. We will take moisture readings, photos and measurements of all affected areas and document the scope of work to be performed. If the damages are urgent, such as standing water, collapsed ceiling etc.. , we will immediately extract water, clean up and set up drying equipment.
- Insurance Approval - We take all the information gathered during the initial visit and send it to your insurance for coverage confirmation and approval to proceed.
- Demolition (if necessary) - When demolition is required, we gain approval first and schedule a crew to perform the removal of affected and damaged material
- Dry Out - Upon completion of demolition, equipment is reset to dry out the framing materials of your property.
- Completion - Once all materials have reached a drying goal, we do a final clean up of the areas, pick up equipment and document the moisture readings. We gather that information again and provide everything to your insurance for final billing.
We are happy to take the headache of dealing with all of this away from you. Our office is highly trained in walking you through the process every step of the way. Any questions you may have, please feel free to contact our office at 626-447-4128.
SERVPRO of Arcadia offers a variety of services to our clients, Bio-Hazard cleanup is one of them. A sector of our Bio-Hazard department, includes trauma and crime scene clean up. Our main priority is always the safety and well being of our customers and employees. Trauma and crime scenes typically involve bloodborne pathogens, harmful chemicals and other dangers, which is why our teams take every precaution necessary when dealing with these losses.
After a trauma or crime scene has been properly handled or evaluated by the authorities, the cleanup efforts may begin.
We will always treat you and your property with the greatest of empathy during such an overwhelming experience.
Some of our Trauma & Crime Scene cleanup services we offer are:
- Bloodborne pathogen cleanup
- Fire extinguisher residue
- Marijuana grow house cleanup
Give us a call for more information on how we can help cleanup your property! We are available 24/7 at 626-447-4128.
SERVPRO and Matterport!
SERVPRO of Arcadia now uses Matterport! Matterport is a 360 camera and software that allows us to capture detailed photos of your property. We piece those photos together to create a “virtual tour” of the property. The virtual tour then becomes available for us to share with you and your insurance company to review loss details, conditions and take proper measurements.
Due to COVID, many of us prefer virtual tours and Matterport has allowed us to provide that to our customers and insurance adjusters. We simply share the link and you will be able to click through the property and feel as if you were there in person!
Our Production Manager takes a preliminary Matterport scan of the property prior to any demolition or work performed. After completion of work, he visits the property again for a final scan. We use the two scans for reconstruction estimates and proper billing.
Matterport has become a vital part of our business because it gives our customers the complete feel of their project from start to finish.
Water Damage Turned into Mold
Extensive mold discovered
Ever wonder what would happen if you left a water damage unaddressed? Well, this would be your worst case scenario. When water damage is not properly mitigated or ignored for several months (even years), mold is almost guaranteed to grow and multiply into what you see here.
It is best to be sure to monitor your plumbing systems to catch any sign of water damage early on. Proper maintenance of pipes, faucets, toilets, sinks, etc.. is very important in preventing mold from growing.
When dealing with mold in your home it is very important NOT TO:
- Touch or disturb the mold.
- Blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
Thankfully, our technicians are certified in Applied Microbial Remediation by the IICRC. They have extensive experience in mold remediation and could handle any size remediation. It is recommended that you always let a professional assist with Mold Remediation.
Feel free to contact SERVPRO of Arcadia at 626-447-4128 for more information on how to help you with your mold remediation.
Hurricane Ida hits Louisiana
Hurricane Ida in Louisiana
SERVPRO Storm Team is gearing up for yet another hurricane disaster cleanup!
Hurricane Ida is plummeting through Louisiana leaving behind catastrophic damages throughout the region. About 1 million people don’t have access to power, roads are destroyed and some homes have been completely wiped out. The struggle isn’t over yet, “According to the National Weather Service, ‘heavy rainfall and flooding impacts are expected to spread across the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys, the central and southern Appalachians, and Mid-Atlantic through Wednesday’” (Foxbusiness.com).
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the residents of Louisiana and for the safety of the SERVPRO Teams dispatched to assist with the cleanup. We hope that they remain strong during these difficult times.
For live updates on Hurricane Ida visit: https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/ida-updates-08-30-21/index.html
When choosing a company to service your property, you should always choose the best! Here's why SERVPRO should be at the top of your list:
1. We are a 24-Hour Emergency Response Team
SERVPRO of Arcadia professionals will help limit the damage and get your facility back in operation QUICKLY! We have a 1-4-8 Service Response Guideline :
- Within 1 hour from the notice of loss SERVPRO of Arcadia will contact you to arrange for service.
- Within 4 hours SERVPRO of Arcadia Professionals will be on-site to start mitigation services.
- Within 8 business hours SERVPRO of Arcadia would have a verbal briefing of the scope.
SERVPRO of Arcadia will keep you informed from start to finish.
3. Reduce Recovery Time
By arriving quickly and mitigating the damage to the structure and contents. We provide effective cleanup and restoration services. SERVPRO of Arcadia will help you reopen the doors as soon as possible to get you back in business.
4. Lower Recovery Costs
We help you save money! Our quick response helps minimize secondary damage at your property which saves you thousands.
5. Emergency Response Profile
SERVPRO of Arcadia helps you plan for recovery before a disaster strikes! (See our other blog on "Getting Prepared" for more information)
6. Full Line of Services
- Fire, Smoke and Soot Cleanup and Restoration
- Water Removal and Humidification
- Mold Mitigation and Remediation
- Catastrophic Storm Response
- Move Outs & Contents Restoration
- Contents Claim Inventory Service
- Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors
- Bio-hazard and Crime Scene
7. A National Leader in Storm Response
We help when you need it the most!
SERVPRO is a national restoration company your clients and tenants know and trust!
Kitchen stove caught fire
Kitchen fires in California are very common. The homeowner’s kitchen shown in this picture, suffered a fire damage which started from the stove. The cabinets surrounding the stove became covered in soot and smoke residue. Fortunately, the fire was taken out quickly with the help of the fire department.
Fire damage leaves behind strong odors, smoke residue and soot which can be challenging for the homeowner to clean on their own. By calling SERVPRO of Arcadia, the homeowner was at ease knowing the cleanup was being professional managed.
When you are faced with a fire disaster, remember SERVPRO of Arcadia is by your side. We have technicians that operate 24/7 to assist with emergency situations. Call SERVPRO of Arcadia in your time of need at (626) 447-4128.
We can make it “Like it never even happened."
Let's conserve our water!
Drought in California
California is currently suffering one of the worst droughts and in order to conserve the water we have we must do our part. Our conservation efforts can make a huge impact on the quality of our environment. We may feel like we are such a small piece of a larger pie, but if each one of us contributed to making changes it would help “minimize water waste, rebuild our underground aquifers, prepare for the uncertainties of climate change, and minimize the harmful effects of drought” (water.ca.gov).
According to the California Department of Water Resources, here are a few ways we can contribute to water conservation:
Indoor Conservation Tips
- Fix leaks, including leaky toilets
- Install high-efficiency toilets, aerators on bathroom faucets, and water-efficient shower heads
- Take shorter (5 minute) showers
- Track your water bill and meter to curtail water use
- Turn off water when brushing teeth or shaving
- Use dishwashers and washing machines with full loads only
Outdoor Conservation Tips
- Plant drought-tolerant/resistant plants and trees
- Recycle indoor water to use on plants
- Refrain from watering your home landscape when it rains
- Replace your grass/turf with water-wise plants
- Use a broom to clean driveways, patios, and sidewalks instead of water from a hose
- Water your outdoor landscape earlier in the day when temperatures are cooler
Information provided by: https://water.ca.gov/water-basics/conservation-tips
During a water mitigation call, crews discovered the hoarder condition as shown above
According to The Mayo Clinic, “Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.” Many people with hoarding disorder do not find their habits to be a problem. Hoarded items are often things others would throw away or look at as junk or garbage such as old newspapers, junk mail, or packaging.
Hoarding can lead to homes filled with extreme clutter to full capacity from years of accumulation, making living conditions unsanitary and crowded. Bugs, fleas, rats, and other vermin may be present, at which point an exterminator would need to be called. At times, hoarding may spread to outside the home as well, to storage facilities, or even the garage or yard.
SERVPRO of Arcadia encounters hoarding situations several different ways. Often, we are called for a fire or water loss and find the hoarding situation when we arrive on-site. We will communicate with the insurance company regarding their contents coverage, and after approval, contents can be disposed of, packed out and possibly cleaned, dried, and stored by the SERVPRO of Arcadia or relocated to a storage facility so work on the fire or water loss can begin.
Another way we encounter hoarding jobs is through calls from landlords, case workers, real estate agents, or family members, often after the death of a loved one. In these situations, the crew will see if they should look for any items of importance while they clear the property out of all possessions. Sometimes family members will come and try to help the hoarder sort through their contents as well.
Each case is very different, and hoarding jobs are often sensitive situations, but SERVPRO of Arcadia is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.” If you encounter a hoarding situation at one of your properties or with your insureds, call SERVPRO of Arcadia today.
Common Causes of Fire Damages
House fires caused by electricity are some of the most dangerous fires. Check out this blog for tips to prevent this.
With fire season quickly approaching, we here at SERVPRO of Arcadia wanted to share some information with our community. It is so important, especially here in California, to be prepared for a fire in your home. Most fires we encounter are accidental, but here are some tips to help reduce the damages these fires can cause.
Some accidental fires that occur are most commonly caused by:
- Cooking Equipment
- Smoking in bedrooms
- Electrical Equipment
- Curious Children
- Faulty Wiring
That is why we strongly recommend taking full precautions, in order to keep your loved ones and property safe at all times. Here are some helpful tips:
- Never leave the kitchen unattended when the stove is on. Keep close watch of pots and pans that can quickly overheat and can potentially ignite a fire.
- Make sure heating equipment wiring is in good condition and have it maintained yearly. Place electric heaters at least one meter away from any objects and furniture.
- Avoid smoking indoors. Not only is smoking a health hazard but it is one of the most common causes of fires.
- Make sure all electrical equipment is functioning properly and all cords are intact. Using GFCI outlets are recommended to prevent electrical fires.
- Never leave candles unattended, especially around small children. Always remember to turn candles off after every use.
- Children can be very curious, it is important to keep them safe by removing any flammable substances from their reach.
- Replace faulty or damaged wiring.
- Extinguish barbecue grill flames after every use.
WE ARE OPEN!
We are open during COVID-19 pandemic
We wanted to take the time to express how deeply grateful we are to all the medical professionals and those who are fighting COVID-19 on the front lines. They are the real heroes in this battle and our hats go off to them.
As part of the emergency services restoration and clean up industry, our team is dedicated to responding to disasters in our clients homes and businesses. Our technicians specialize in the proper use of Personal Protective Equipment, which enable them to safely restore your property.
We are taking extra precautions during this pandemic to ensure the health and safety of our customers, clients and employees. Employees have been instructed to disinfect all pieces of equipment before and after each use, wear a clean pair of gloves at each visit and limit visits to only essential services.
We are here for our customers when their need is the greatest and we hope to fulfill those needs as safely as possible.
If you have any questions on the precautions we are taking during this time or on the services we provide, please feel free to contact us anytime at 626-447-4111. Our lines are open 24/7.
We hope that all of our customers stay safe and take care!
24-Hour Emergency STORM TEAM
Our STORM TEAM is currently on multiple job sites in regards to the recent Southern California Fires. We have highly trained technicians ready to be sent wherever they need to be. As a home owner, we advise you to be aware of the mud slides that can come with heavy rain, due to the aftermath of the fires. If you look at the videos on our website you can see how close the fire got to the homes. Through experience and knowledge about fire restoration we highly recommend you consult with an environmental consultant to test for soot and then call SERVPRO of Arcadia for the cleanup if need be. Keep in mind that we are a 24-hour emergency service company. Please give us a call at (626) 447-4128 to set up an appointment for your free estimate.
Hardwood and laminate flooring are a bit more complicated to maintain compared to ceramic tile. One must remember to only use limited cleaning solution to prevent the floor from absorbing to0 much liquid. The reason being that leaving a liquid on the surface for an extended period of time can lead to “cupping” also known as “edge-warping." Floor “cupping” or edge- warping” can be reversed if the wood is dried in a timely manner, if it remains moist it can lead to irreparable damage such as staining, wood-rot, mold growth, and "buckling." There are a few visual and physical cues that will let you know the floor is damaged. Visually, the edges of where the wood floor links together will be rising like how tectonic plates meet to form a mountain, also known as "cupping." Physically, when you walk over the floor it will feel unleveled and "bumpy."
Precautions to take when maintaining wood flooring
- Control and limit how much liquid is used when cleaning the floor
- Keep diligent and dry up any accident spills as soon as possible
- Do not place plants that must be regularly watered on top of the flooring
Are you prepared?
No one ever expects to experience water damage in their home or place of business. Unfortunately, disasters happen when you least expect them. At SERVPRO of Arcadia we understand that water damage can be stressful on you and your family. That is why we do our best to take that pressure off of you, by providing you with an Emergency Ready Profile.
You do not except a pipe to burst in your home or place of business. However, you can be proactive and stay prepared in the event that it does. At SERVPRO of Arcadia we can help you in your efforts of staying prepared by providing you with a FREE Emergency Ready Profile.
What is a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile?
The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is designed to provide you with all the critical information needed in order to begin mitigation and recovery services.
The advantages of having an Emergency Ready Profile are:
- A no cost assessment of your facility or home. (FREE)
- An easy access profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. (HOA ,property managers, insurance agents, etc...)
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve location, priority areas and priority contact information.
So now is the time to let us help you prepare for a disaster.
For more information please call SERVPRO of Arcadia at (626) 447-4128.
Cleanup and Restoration Services
Did you know that SERVPRO of Arcadia is prepared to handle any kind of disaster? We want the business and homeowners to know that our highly trained specialists are on hand to take care of your emergency cleanup and restoration needs. We are a trusted leader in the restoration industry and have years of experience serving our community. Our ability to immediately respond to your emergency helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs. We also can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. Here are some of the residential and commercial services we provide:
- Water damage cleanup and restoration
- Mold remediation and mitigation services
- Sewage cleanup
- Storm damage
- Building services
- Commercial water damage cleanup and restoration
- Fire damage cleanup and restoration
- Carpet and upholstery cleaning
- Odor removal
- Biohazard removal
- Disaster Recovery Team
If you find yourself dealing with the aftermath of any of these disasters, SERVPRO of Arcadia wants to help. We are available 24 hours a day and our highly trained technicians have the specialized equipment necessary to safely clean and restore damage for residents and business owners. Call us today at (626) 447-4128 to find out about our cleanup and restoration services. We’ll take care of your damage “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO Storm Team
Our heart and prayers go out to those who were effected by the recent wildfires in Southern California. Such catastrophic events can leave many feeling hopeless and confused on what to do next. Be cautious of soot, smoke and ash damage that may have risen, as a part of the aftermath from the fires. If your home or business were near any of the fires, your property may have been afflicted. We here at SERVPRO Arcadia, are apart of a Storm Team that specializes in emergency restoration when events like this occur. Storm Teams are comprised of multiple SERVPRO franchises, all of which share the same goal of getting the home/business owner back to their home/business as quickly as possible. We can ensure that you receive the highest standard of customer service, to help make the transition of restoring your home as smooth as possible.
Commercial Losses, Our Specialty!
This facility consists of multiple buildings, that are occupied by a handful of Universities. The facility management called us towards the end of the work day. Within the hour of receiving the call, we assembled an experienced crew, and arrived onsite to begin our assessment. SERVPRO of Arcadia, an industry leading company, excels at mitigating water damage and dehumidification. We have trained technician that will be in and out before you know it, "Like it never even happened." If you are in need of our services for fire, water, mold, and sewage backups, do not wait; we do it all. We take great pride in being a quality service, that is always here to help. Pick up the phone and dial (626) 447-4128, and will send our certified crew immediately.
Large Commercial Losses - Our Specialty!
Remember, our SERVPRO crews are ready to assist in all and any circumstances for water and fire damage. No matter how large or small the damage may be, we here at SERVPRO of Arcadia are confident that our team can get the job done! Our most recent project takes place at the Westfield Mall located in Arcadia, Ca. Large commercial jobs like this, have to be dealt with extreme caution due to the high volume of foot traffic that flows in and out of the mall. Whenever our technicians are on the field, they take into consideration the environment they are working in, so that they can figure out how they need to approach each job. Every job is different and unique in its own way. Especially when dealing with large commercial losses. Staying one step ahead of the operation allows us to provide the best quality work.
Restore vs. Replace
At SERVPRO of Arcadia we strive to, "Restore vs Replace" whenever possible. One of the ways we achieve this is by drying in place. Instead of removing hardwood flooring that has sustained water damage, we use the Floor Mat System to quickly and effectively dry the affected material.
When water seeps into hardwood flooring if not addressed immediately and properly, this will result in floor buckling. The next steps of drying the hardwood floor are crucial because this determines whether or not we can salvage the floor. To avoid this from occurring we place drying floor mats and tent the affected area with our state of the art drying equipment.
The benefits of having our equipment set up as soon as possible allows for us to restore instead of replace. Our goal at SERVPRO is to leave it, "Like it never even happened."
You Can Never Be Too Safe
A fire can happen on your property at any time. We here at SERVPRO of Arcadia provide around the clock services 7 days a week. If you need us, we'll be there. What separates us from other restoration companies is that, when we receive the call from you we immediately assemble a work crew and send them your way. As a SERVPRO employee, our priorities are to ensure the job is done right the first time and consistently update our client on the progress of the job. The reason we do this, is because more often than not your home is the biggest investment you make. Therefore, we do everything in our power to ensure the customers happiness and leaving it, "Like it never even happened."
Are You Covered?
SERVPRO of Arcadia get's a lot of questions about insurance and if a loss is covered. Our staff is fully trained to know how to answer these questions. We are not insurance agents, but we have a lot of experience with several different types of claims over our 35 years in business. Each claim is treated individually. We take our time getting all the information about the loss and determining what the best course of action would be. We walk people through each step of the way.
Now for important tips for your insurance policy:
- Confirm you have an endorsement for sewer backup coverage. Sewer backups cause more damage than a regular water damage. As a restoration company, we also have to protect our employees with personal protective equipment, which includes additional charges as well.
- If you own an older home or building, make sure you have code upgrade insurance god forbid something happens that you need to upgrade your entire electrical system or plumbing system. Both systems can become extremely costly, so for a little bit extra a month in insurance, it is worth it.
- Additional Living Expense (ALE) is what is used if you have to move out of your house for a while to get the home rebuilt after any type of damage. ALE is used for hotels, food, or even a long term rental home. As you can imagine, this can become very pricey as well.
- If you are renting, have renters insurance, especially if you are in a multi-unit facility. You may never believe you will have a loss, but what if your neighbor falls asleep with a pan on the stove and it catches fire. Your entire apartment's contents may be non-salvageable. Your renter's insurance is what pays you back for your contents.
- When going to get renters insurance, be realistic on the price range of all of your personal belongings. Remember all the small items, as well. One bottle of spice is $3, but if you have 100 of them, that is $300. The money accumulates quickly, so do not skimp on the insurance.
- There are things in life you can get for cheap, insurance should not be one of them. Take your time, find the best agent, and get the right coverage.
SERVPRO of Arcadia is here to help with any questions you may have.
Why SERVPRO is Your First Choice
Any homeowner must be diligent when faced with flood damage, which is where restoration professionals come in handy. Returning to your property after a large thunderstorm can be a tedious process without the assistance of a trained team.
We follow specific steps following flood damage in your home. Our team at SERVPRO helps you work through these steps to ensure that the cleanup and restoration process flows smoothly. We always encourage homeowners and business owners to contact us directly after returning to a flood loss event. Our team can get to work immediately, taking photographic evidence of the damage and assessing the situation to get the cleanup underway. The longer the exposure that construction materials have to water and moisture from the flood, the more deterioration and decay take place.
With our initial assessment, SERVPRO gathers the information that helps your insurance company approve your damage claim in a timely fashion.
Our technicians at SERVPRO go through extensive training to understand all the best methods for commercial property flood damage cleanup and disaster restoration. We work to save you from costly replacements and potential dangers that health hazards floodwater poses. Us here at SERVPRO of Arcadia use proprietary methods of the latest tools, products, and technology.
Restoration After Flood Damage
Water wicks quickly throughout sheetrock, so repairing and removing damaged walls is elemental. SERVPRO puts a plan of action in place to help with any repairs of your home or commercial space to the preloss condition. There could be many threats to structural elements or from contamination that came inside with the floodwaters. Our technicians ensure that your property is safe before re-entry so that you can have added peace of mind.
No matter the type of flood damage you are faced with, our team at SERVPRO of Arcadia is here to help. Once you contact us, we can deploy a team of trained technicians as soon as possible to get to work with the assessment and restoration process. Give us a call today at (626) 447-4128.
Commercial Water Loss
We received a call from a valued customer who had experienced significant amount of water damage. The cause of this loss was due to a break in the kitchen supply line which comes directly down from the upstairs break room. The water began to seep through the sub floor and eventually made its way to multiple offices. SERVPRO of Arcadia was onsite in under an hour and immediately started extracting water. The following day our crew was onsite continuing the demolition of affected walls and flooring. Our next phase will consist of allowing the structure to dry with the help our dehumidifiers and air movers. This will prepare the building for the reconstruction phase. At the end of the day we helped put this customer back in business leaving it, "Like it never even happened."
A homeowner in Arcadia, CA called SERVPRO concerning a water loss due to a fire sprinkler pipe that broke. As a result, four feet of water flooded the basement, affected the walls and content that were also in the basement. Our SERVPRO technicians knew exactly what to do. We first endured the customer that we had everything under control and we restore all content and completely dry out the basement. We did exactly that! Extracting the water comes first, we must then cut and dry the walls to make sure there is no moisture left, because then mold can start to grow. While the walls are being dried, we move onto to the contents. The contents were papers that had value to the homeowner. With extreme caution and the right equipment, we were able to restore all the content with out destroying it.
SERVPRO of Arcadia just wants to remind you that we do water remediation services as well as content drying.
When Are Pack-outs Needed?
Water damages can happen to anyone's home or business, and when one does happen, it may feel like you are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Fret not for SERVPRO of Arcadia has the knowledge and experience, to assess and address all aspects of water damage, from A to Z. The size or extent of damage, caused by the water loss, are factors that decide if a "Pack-out" is necessary. When one is needed, all items are photographed and inventoried. After all your items are inventoried, they are carefully placed into boxes. Then, they are given unique tags that make tracking and storing contents a breeze. Once they are transported to our warehouse, they are organized into large crates, where they await completion of reconstruction. Rest assured that SERVPRO of Arcadia is company, filled with professionals, that always strive to help those in need.
Welcome to SERVPRO of Arcadia
Welcome to SERVPRO of Arcadia's blog page.
We will share helpful tips and inform you about our services and community events.
We take pride in being a part of the community and want to do our part in making Arcadia the best it can be.
For those of you who do not know what SERVPRO is, here we have listed the services we provide:
? Fire, Smoke and Soot cleanup
? Water Mitigation and Dehumidification
? Mold Remediation
? Contents Claim Inventory Service
? Large Commercial Loss
? Move Outs And Contents Restoration
? Document Drying
? Catastrophic Storm Response
? Contents Cleaning
? Biohazard and Crime Scene
? Vandalism (Board-up and cleanup)
? Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors
We here at SERVPRO of Arcadia are open 24-hours, 7 days a week. You need us and we'll be there to make it, "Like it never even happened." Call (626) 447-4128, for any questions or concerns you may have.
Always Be Prepared
Experiencing fire damage can be a very stressful situation. The leading cause of fires in a home or business most commonly occur when cooking or smoking. Fires can also caused by heating units and/or electrical issues.
After any fire damage, your primary focus should be safety:
- Is it safe to stay in the home?
- Electrical hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
- Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
Things you should do after a fire and smoke damage:
- Limit the movements in your home after a fire damage to prevent soot particles from spreading damage to upholstery and carpet.
- Place dry towels on rugs, upholstery and carpet in high traffic areas.
- If you turn off the electricity completely empty the refrigerator and prop doors open.
- To prevent soot from sticking to chrome on kitchen/bathroom faucets or fixtures protect them by applying a small amount of petroleum jelly or oil.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out the HVAC system.
No one ever expects to experience a fire, but if it does occur you can count on SERVPRO of Arcadia. Our technicians are well trained to cleanup and restore your home and/or business. We are available 24-hours 7 days a week to help you get your life back together.
Key tips to guide you through the aftermath of a fire.
A fire in your home or business can be very devastating. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from fire/smoke damage and also a widespread water damage from firefighting efforts. Here are some tips what to do after the fire.
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
- Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
- Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
- Change HVAC filter.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.
Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Arcadia to get the damage under control. WE are trained to clean and restore your home with as little disruption as possible.
About Our STORM TEAM
Did you know SERVPRO of Arcadia travels across the United States to assist local franchises, in efforts to help victims who experience flooding during storms?
We've traveled to:
- New Mexico 2011- Pipe Freeze
- Kentucky 2014- Pipe Freeze
- New York 2012- Hurricane Sandy
- Washington DC 2012- Mid-Atlantic Freeze
- New Jersey 2011- Hurricane Irene
- Santa Barbara 2017- Thomas Fire
We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists
As leaders in the water mitigation industry, we have advanced training and expertise. In addition to a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use our training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to it's pre-storm condition.
Independently Owned Company with National Storm Resources
We are an independently owned and operated business. SERVPRO of Arcadia is strategically located to respond quickly to any flood or water damage situation. When a major storm or flood event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.
Large Loss at Local Airport
This large loss was caused by an overnight storm. Over 12" of water affected nearly 7,000 sq ft. of office space, lobby and break-room areas.
We received the call early Friday morning and within an hour we had a crew on-site. They began the mitigation process by removing carpets, baseboards and cutting walls. Once that phase was complete our crew began the drying process by placing air movers and utilizing our desiccant. We used two generators to minimize any business interruption. After six days, the drying process was completed and ready for reconstruction.
At SERVPRO of Arcadia our technicians are all certified and ready to assist with any size damage. We specialize in effective drying procedures with our state of the art equipment. We are a 24-Hour emergency response service. We leave it, "Like it never even happened."
Breaking the Mold
Mold is commonly found in most places in our environment like our homes and we may not even know it. Mold can be a serious problem in your home or business because it can spread quickly.
Is having mold in your home a health hazard?
Yes, mold can cause various health effects. Especially to children, and those with comprised immune systems, such as elderly persons and those with respiratory problems.
What causes mold?
Mold can be caused by a variety of water intrusion problems like a roof leak or leaking water line that is not taken care of.
To prevent mold you should:
- Reduce moisture levels in your bathroom by running a fan during and after your shower.
- Increase airflow in your home by opening windows.
- Fix plumbing issues like leaks to prevent moisture problems and water damage from accruing because water damage is the main source for mold growth.
- Cleaning, disinfecting and drying surfaces daily.
When dealing with mold in your home it is very important NOT TO:
- Touch or disturb the mold.
- Blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of Arcadia for mold remediation services at (626) 447-4128
Got Mold? We got a Crew!
We have certified technicians available to remediate. Call us for an estimate. You will be glad you called.
Believe it or not, you’re exposed to mold every day. Some forms of mold you can see, however there are many that you can’t. Whether it grows on your walls, floor boards or even your shower curtains, mold is an unappealing sight to look at. Some people don’t pay any mind towards the mold and just let it grow. Having mold in your home can cause an issue for health effects, especially for those who are prone to allergies, asthma, or respiratory conditions. That is why we here at SERVPRO of Arcadia, have technicians who specialize in mold remediation, so that we can take care of your mold problem. Our crew members take extreme precaution to ensure that we remove every last bit of the mold so you and your loved ones are not affected by it. Mold is our cornerstone. We take it very seriously.
Discovering a Leak
Having a leak in your home or business can be very stressful, especially when the leak has gone unnoticed for an extended period of time.
Our technicians here at SERVPRO of Arcadia have special thermal imaging equipment that can detect the non-invasive moisture in your home or business. This helps find the main source of the leak without creating unnecessary damage to the structure.
Water damage that you can not see is the most dangerous because it can spread without your knowledge. Pipes usually aren't exposed, making it difficult to detect when there is a leak.
Trying to identify where the problem is on your own may be difficult, as well as attempting to mitigate the damage without any help from a professional. Here are some tips on what you can do before SERVPRO heroes arrive:
- Shut off the water valve leading to the pipe.
- Stop the leak until you can repair or replace the pipe.
- Turn on the faucets, to drain water left in the pipes.
- Call SERVPRO of Arcadia (626) 447-4128
Communities During Storm
With the recent fires in Southern California, the key thing to remember is to not panic. In times like this, staying calm and addressing the problem correctly can go a long way. These wild fires made it from the San Fernando Valley all the way to the hills of Santa Barbara, where our Storm Team and SERVPRO of Arcadia have been dispatched. They are working diligently to begin the cleanup and restoration process for the properties that have been effected. Our customers have been looking out for each other, by staying in communication to coordinate their schedules and give each other updates on the latest fire status. During times like this, we see how well connected the community is. When our clients are at ease, it means making it “Like it never even happened,” that much easier. We appreciate the patience and great feedback we have received from our customers.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Contact SERVPRO of Arcadia (626) 447-4128
Recently Had a Sewage Backup? We Know What to Do!
Sewage is not easy to deal with. If not mitigated properly, there may be excessive damage to your home. Call us!
Sewage backups are not only gross, but they can cause serious damage to the structure. One of the reasons being that they emanate from a source of water that is contaminated, with all sorts of bacteria and toxins. Water losses that are caused by sewage backups must be dealt with swiftly and professionally, to avoid secondary damage to the structure, and to prevent bodily harm to anybody exposed to it. Here at SERVPRO of Arcadia, our technicians are adept at taking care of any sewage backup.
This water loss specifically happened in the bathroom, located in the basement. The water then migrated into the rooms adjacent to the bathroom, which includes: two bathrooms, an elevator, and its shaft. Our technicians were able to locate the source of the sewage backup and promptly began repairs. Once our technicians extract all of the water from all affected rooms, it is now ready for the decontamination process.
Fire, Smoke, Soot, and Ash Cleanup
If you’ve ever experienced a home fire, then you know how devastating it can be. A house fire can cause a substantial amount of damage and is something no one should ever have to experience. Not only are they harmful to your home, the aftermath of a fire can also be a harmful to your health. However, if a fire were to occur, SERVPRO of Arcadia specializes in fire cleanup and restoration.
After a fire has occurred, smoke, ash, soot, and a smoky odor are most likely what’s going to be left behind. We advise you to just sit back and let the professionals handle the situation. Taking matters into your own hands may only make the situation worse and even cause extended health issues. Our crew members here at SERVPRO of Arcadia are highly trained and know exactly how to treat fire damage after it has occurred.
SERVPRO of Arcadia is here to help and answer any questions. Call (626) 447-4128, for any concerns you may have about a home fire.
Fun Informative SERVPRO Events
Fun Booth Set up "Safety at Lake"
SERVPRO of Arcadia was featured as an Emergency Response vendor at Lake Ave Church's Emergency Preparedness Fair, "Safety @ Lake". This is our 4th year participating in this fun and informative event. Treasure, Marian and Levi make this event possible by bringing together local businesses that serve the great city of Pasadena. It was a day filled with workshops for adults as well as children, teaching the importance of being prepared for an emergency. Although there is no telling when or a disaster may strike, at least you know you can count on SERVPRO of Arcadia heroes to have your back. With over 1,600 locations nationwide your SERVPRO heroes are only a phone call away. We will help leave it, "Like it never even happened."
New Years Awesome SAFETY Tips
SERVPRO WILL ALWAYS BE HERE FOR YOU IN EVERY NEW YEAR!
New Year's Eve celebrations
The new year comes up quickly. Lets get ready for the new year by educating ourselves on some safety tips. Many of the things we enjoy during this festive period, such as fireworks, Christmas lights, candles, paper hats and decorations. Did you know these things can all be fire hazards ?
Here are some tips to keep you safe this New Year
If you are planning to celebrate with fireworks, store them in a metal box, read the instructions, never go back to a lit firework and keep a bucket of water nearby.
- Contact your local Fire Department for more information as well. They are just handsome fellas to look at!
Never place candles near your Christmas tree or furnishings. Never leave candles burning unattended.
Decorations can burn easily - Don't attach them to lights or heaters.
Switch off electrical appliances when not in use, unless they're designed to stay on. Take special care with fairy lights and outdoor lights. Always switch off and unplug lights before you go to bed.
Check your lights conform to the British Standard. Always use an RCD on outdoor electrical equipment (safety device that can save lives by instantly switching off the power)
Never leave cooking unattended.
Check the battery in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors every week. Use the New Year as a reminder to clean it and remove dust, and maintenance them.
SERVPRO of Arcadia understands that New Year's celebrations are a time to have fun with family and friends! Read and follow the tips to help have a SAFE holiday!
We Have Your Back, Always
We got you! Call us. We will take care of it.
Leaks from piping, roofs and other overlooked areas can cause water damage, that can go unnoticed for an extended period of time. Attempting to clean up water from a leak can lead to further damage or contamination if not handled properly. Our technicians are highly trained professionals that specialize in water mitigation. Our SERVPRO name means everything to us, and we have been around for some time now. Having a good brand and name you can trust is important. You will always be certain that you are in the best of hands with SERVPRO.
We want you to understand the process, and our teams of technicians will walk you through every step, keep you updated on the progress of the job, and get you back to good.
Water damages can happen at anytime. It is it's always good to know that there is someone that can be there for you no matter what time a day it. SERVPRO of Arcadia is open 24-hours, 7 days a week. We got this.
Holiday Fire Safety Tips
We got some great holiday tips!!!
We all love the holidays. The holidays are a joyous time when we celebrate many festivities with our loved ones. Unfortunately, it is also a time when many accidental fires occur. We at SERVPRO want to help ensure our customers have a happy and safe holiday season. Here are some helpful tips to help keep you and your home safe:
• When selecting a Christmas tree make sure pine needles are green and vibrant.
• Water Christmas tree daily, the average tree requires about a gallon of water. This will help avoid drying out.
• If tree does dry out, do not plug in the tree lights.
• Do not leave tree lights on overnight.
• Keep Christmas tree away from heated surfaces such as fire places and heaters.
• Never leave lit candles unattended, especially around small children and/or pets.
• Always extinguish fire place after every use.
• Do not place any objects near heaters.
• When using the oven or stove, do not leave it unattended.
On behalf of our family at SERVPRO we would like to wish you and your family a Happy Holiday every year!
Spooky season is Coming!
The fall season is upon us and you know what that means? Yes, you guessed it right, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, the change in weather and who can forget Halloween!
We here at SERVPRO of Arcadia like to spice things up as well.This year we decided to change things up a little and not only dress ourselves up but have our 1st Annual Office Decorating Contest. The winner of this years contest received movies tickets and dinner for two. At SERVPRO of Arcadia we take competition very seriously. We have 8 offices in total and of the 8 offices Ms Flood proved herself to be the victor. Ms. Flood went above and beyond showcasing her creativity.
This only means that next year we have to bring our A game. Congratulations Ms Flood we'll patiently look forward to dethroning you next year!
Bolton & Company Corn Hole Toss
Corn Hole toss at the Rose Bowl.
This was our first year attending Bolton and Company’s fundraiser at the Rose Bowl and what an experience that was. We participated in their annual corn hole toss tournament. Although we didn’t win, we had a great time and met a lot of genuine people because of it. The purpose of the fundraiser was to raise money for charity and organizations that help those in need. We a grateful to have such a caring business in the city of Arcadia. SERVPRO of Arcadia wants to thank everyone at Bolton and Company that made this event possible and a memorable experience for us. We’re looking forward to next years event!!!
Water Mitigation Leads to Mold Remediation
A job usually turns into a mold remediation after the affected area has experienced some type of water damage. That’s why it’s important to contact SERVORO right away to get started on fixing the problem before it gets worse.
Primary loss site is the kitchen. The walls and cabinets in the kitchen had high moisture readings. We had then learned that the water traveled to other rooms, so we immediately ran our moisture tests and discovered moisture in the other rooms. Once we got permission to remove the hard would floor, we saw that mold had started to grow. The picture is of mold underneath a staircase where the water traveled down to. The mold remediation process has now begun. Our technicians must remove the mold off both the walls and studs. Mold remediation must be done with extreme caution to ensure the mold can’t affect any other areas.
What You Should Know About Mold
Mold is very interesting, but gross at the same time. We here at SERVPRO want you to know if you have a mold problem, we can take care of it. However, there are some things about mold that you should know. When you hear the term "black mold", you may think that its very harmful. What you should know is that mold can be all colors and its color doesn't dictate how harmful it may be. The color of mold may vary, due to whatever type of material it is consuming. Mold releases spores and may cause an allergic reactions, no matter what color or what type of mold it is.
Just keep in mind SERVPRO of Arcadia, has highly trained technicians who specialize in mold remediation.
What is Mold?
Mold is a type of fungus. It can be found both indoors and outdoors. Research has shown that mold grows best in humid, warm and moist environments. Mold commonly occurs in homes during the winter because of the significant amount of moisture in the air. Below are the common types of molds found indoor.
- Aspergillus - grows on dust, food made from powder, and most commonly found on drywall.
- Cladosporium - can grow in both cool and warm environments and is typically found on fabric and on the surface of wood.
- Penicillium - often has a blue or green color and is typically formed on objects that have been affected by water.
- Alternaria - is found in most common damp areas, such as showers or under sinks.
SERVPRO of Arcadia is open 24-hours, don’t hesitate to call us at anytime. We can have a team of professional technicians, to start on your mold remediation right away. We’ll make it, “Like it never even happened.”
Don't Let Mold Trick You
The beginning of the year, usually starts us off with cold and wet weather. Durning these times, you may notice an increase of moisture in your home. Wether it be on your walls, books, clothes, your child’s toys, mold can grow there. Mold is easier to deal with because you can see it. However, mold spores can be found everywhere and they’re invisible to the naked eye. Spores are found both indoors and outdoors and can travel through your home in many different ways. For example, open windows and ventilation systems are primary ways mold spores can enter your home. The way mold begins to grow is only if the spores were to land on a surface where there’s an excessive amount of moisture. As a reminder, SERVPRO of Arcadia specializes in Mold Remediation. Give us a call today for a free estimate (626) 447-4111.
Signs of Mold
How can you tell if you have mold in your home? Mold has a very distinct and musky smell to it. If you start to notice a very disturbing smell coming from certain walls or platforms in your home, the chances are mold is growing in that area. However, in order to determine whether or not you have mold in your home, an environmental testing company must do the proper tests for our technicians to operate. As you may know, mold can get you sick. It is best that you stay away from the affected area and under no circumstances should you touch mold or clean it yourself. Being exposed to mold can cause excessive sneezing, runny noses, red eyes and even rashes. That’s why it’s best that you call a professional like SERVPRO of Arcadia, who have the proper knowledge, equipment and highly trained technicians that specialize in mold remediation. We take pride in resolving your mold issue and leaving it, “Like it never even happened.”
Pasadena Ronald McDonald House
Pasadena Ronald McDonald House
The season of giving is upon us and this year we were able to spread some Holiday cheer, to the children at the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House. The House does so much for these children and their families while they receive treatment in the surrounding hospitals. Being able to donate our time with children was a reward in itself. Despite their condition they had positive attitudes and personalities that were larger than life.
We spent the afternoon decorating Christmas stockings. The children were very creative and seeing them smile and forget about their condition for those few hours, was definitely priceless. One of the children we met was Jesus, he had such a charismatic personality and he had a ball decorating several different stockings.
Thank you Pasadena Ronald McDonald House for everything you do, we appreciate the opportunity of being able to give back!
Commercial Marketing Forum
SERVPRO Commercial Marketing Forum
SERVPRO believes in the continuing education of its associates. That is why our local Franchise Trainers create marketing forums where we are able to share each others success stories. Focusing on putting our clients needs first.
At this year's marketing forum our guest speaker was Brandon Rohner a SERVPRO Commercial Marketing Consultant. With many years of expertise in the industry. He has been able to assist countless franchises with large losses such as commercial fire/water damage.
During our forum we focused on ways we can better help our clients prepare for a catastrophic loss. One of the ways we were able to achieve this, is by the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan. Its a profile designed to help businesses easily access vital information and key contact phone numbers needed during an emergency. If you own a business and would like to learn more about the SERVPRO Emergency READY Plan, then please call our Marketing Department at (626)447- 4128 for assistance.
Memorial Day 2017
Arcadia County Park
This year, Memorial Day is on Monday May 29, 2017. It is recognized as an observed federal holiday and a day when we take the time to remember and thank the men and women who died serving our country.
SERVPRO of Arcadia is proud to be a part of a community who pays tribute to the men and women of our Armed Forces. The City of Arcadia proudly recognizes Our Fallen Heroes by displaying American flags alongside the Arcadia County Park located at 405 S. Santa Anita, Ca 91006.
We would like to take the time to honor the men and women of our Armed Forces. We thank you for your service and for protecting our great country!
"Gone but never forgotten"
2017 Arcadia Firefighters Association Pancake Breakfast
2017 Arcadia Firefighters Association Pancake Breakfast
The 20th Annual Arcadia Firefighters Association Pancake Breakfast fell on a cold and rainy Spring morning. However, that did not stop the event from being a true success. The day was filled with delicious food, emergency preparedness education and fun activities for the children. SERVPRO of Arcadia understands the importance of fire safety that is why, we gave away free Fire Safety coloring books to the children. Because educating our children about the potential danger of fire starts at an early age.
The Firefighters of the City of Arcadia work very diligently to promote fire safety and keep the community safe from fires and other hazards. They're the epitome of true heroes and are selfless when it comes to serving their community.
It was an honor to be a part of this event and we can not wait to do it again next year!
Safety @ Lake
On January 31st, 2018 SERVPRO of Arcadia was featured as an Emergency Response vendor at Lake Ave Church's Emergency Preparedness Fair, "Safety @ Lake". This is our 4th year participating in this fun and informative event. Treasure, Marian and Levi make this event possible by bringing together local businesses that serve the great city of Pasadena. It was a day filled with workshops for adults as well as children, teaching the importance of being prepared for an emergency. Although there is no telling when or a disaster may strike, at least you know you can count on SERVPRO of Arcadia heroes to have your back. With over 1,600 locations nationwide your SERVPRO heroes are only a phone call away. We will help leave it, "Like it never even happened."
Jack O' Lantern
Halloween is around the corner. SERVPRO of Arcadia would like to share some tips on how to keep your Jack O' Lantern (Pumpkin) from getting moldy fast!
Follow these easy steps:
- After your pumpkin has been carved, rinse it out with water to get rid of excess strings and gunk.
- Take a large bucket or tub and fill it with three gallons of water.
- Stir three teaspoons of bleach into the water.
- Dunk in the pumpkin.
- Then you add silica by removing the top of the pumpkin. Take a silica bead and embed it into the interior of the pumpkin. Do not stick the bead in so far that it changes the appearance of the pumpkin's exterior.
Silica packets are largely available with the following items:
- Beef jerky
- Shoes and shoe boxes
- Cat litter
- New purses or wallets
Taste Of Arcadia & Business Showcase !
Taste of Arcadia
Taste of Arcadia is around the corner!
Monday, September 26th
The Los Angeles County Arboretum (301 N. Baldwin Ave, Arcadia Ca).
The Taste of Arcadia & Business Showcase is held by The Arcadia Chamber of Commerce. This year's Taste of Arcadia and Business showcase will have an additional 40-plus business exhibitors and one will be SERVPRO's booth. This is SERVPRO of Arcadia's second year with a business showcase booth at the taste. Last year was an amazing turnout. We met a lot of people from our Arcadia community and passed out helpful information about SERVPRO. This year we expect to draw 1,800 attendees to enjoy the many different foods from 45 of Arcadia's local restaurants, caterers, and wine and beer vendors. This is the Arcadia Chambers biggest event! Don't miss out on the amazing food & entertainment.
Visit our booth!
To get your tickets at: