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Water Damage Tips

9/26/2022 (Permalink)

bucket catching water protect your belongings from water damage.

Like in any emergency, safety should be your priority. In the case of flooding or any other instance of water damage, there are a few things you should and should not do while waiting for help.

What to Do:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in the summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What Not to Do:

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum, to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet; keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Remember to perform these tasks if it is safe to do so. SERVPRO will arrive promptly to help get your property back to its pre-damage condition. 

Is Water the Best Way to Extinguish a Fire?

9/7/2022 (Permalink)

fire in a kitchen pot Water Can sometimes make a fire worse.

Most people think that the best way to put out a fire is with water. However, using water on certain types of fires can actually make them even more dangerous and will maximize the amount of fire damage. 

When Water is Recommended

Water can be used effectively, but not for every fire. Class A fires are the most common and easiest to put out. They are made up of solid combustible materials like paper, wood, and plastic. With Class A fires, you want to remove the fire's heat supply. Water is an effective way to do that and is recommended in this instance.

When to Avoid Using Water

Other than Class A, it's usually best to avoid using water to extinguish a fire. For example, Class C and K fires. Class C fires involve electrical equipment and are common in commercial buildings but can happen in residential buildings as well. The first thing to do is to cut off the power source from the appliance if it is safe to do so. A carbon dioxide or dry powder extinguisher will do well to help put out the fire. If you are able to disconnect the power source, this fire can become a Class A fire. However, it is best to avoid using water as it can conduct electricity and put you at even more risk.

Class K fires usually involve cooking oils. These are typically common in commercial or residential kitchens. In a commercial kitchen, there will most likely be a wet chemical extinguisher that should be used in the event of a Class K fire. However, if you are cooking at home you may not have access to one. In that case, cover the fire immediately with a lid or cookie sheet. Do not use water on Class K fires. It can cause hot grease or oil to splash on you.

When in Doubt, Get Out!

If you aren't sure what the best way to extinguish the fire is or the flames are getting out of control, evacuate the building immediately and call 911! It can take just 30 seconds for a small flame to grow into a deadly fire. Once the fire is put out, call your local SERVPRO professionals to repair the damage. SERVPRO has the knowledge and equipment to restore the damage done by each type of fire. We will be there within one hour of your call and will make it like it never even happened.

Commercial or Residential Roof Damage: What to do/What Not to Do

8/23/2022 (Permalink)

Severe Roof Damage Severe roof damage caused by a storm.

A severe storm may leave your commercial building, your home or property with damaged windows, walls, or a damaged roof. Acting quickly to avoid further damage caused by natural elements or intruders is essential. The first step is to contact your local SERVPRO professionals and experience our rapid commercial or residential response teams.

What should you do in the meantime?

  • Above all, safety should be your number one priority. Vacate the premises in the event of major roof damage.
  • Stay away from electrical hazards such as electrical lines that may have fallen.
  • Contact the utility company to ensure lines are de-energized.
  • An initial roof assessment should be done from the ground since damage may not always be visible.

What should you avoid while waiting for help?

  • Don't enter rooms where overhead damage may be a safety hazard.
  • Do not attempt to install a tarp during a storm.
  • Don't climb on a roof. The damage is not always visible.
  • Don't walk on tarped surfaces.
  • Do not use a metal ladder near power lines or in close proximity to energized electrical equipment. 
  • Don't attempt to remove debris from the roof

SERVPRO strives to arrive at your property within just one hour of your call. Until we arrive, make sure to keep safety as your main priority when you experience storm damage. Not only we will assist with emergency services we are also equipped to resort your property to pre loss condition and make it "Like it never even happened".

What's Your Favorite Cheese?

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

Variety of Cheese Some cheese contains mold.

If you are anything like me, you could not imagine life without cheese. Swiss, provolone, sharp cheddar and, maybe my favorite, bleu cheese. Making a salad? Don’t forget the banana peppers and bleu cheese. Having a cheeseburger? You’d better get some bleu cheese crumbles on there. Yes, cheese is incredible and bleu cheese amongst the top tiers of the cheese hierarchy.

I still remember the day I learned that bleu (and numerous other cheeses) are primarily mold. Some scars you feel forever.

While some molds are useful, some are rather dangerous. Out of the thousands of different types of molds people come into regular contact with, some should be avoided at all costs. For instance, have you ever heard of the Stachybotrys family of mold? No? How about it’s more commonly used name, black mold?

Black mold is one of the more common types of mold that grows in residential and business properties when unchecked moisture is allowed to grow in specific conditions. It is toxic and can lead to some serious health consequences. What’s worse is that it can never truly be removed entirely.

SERVPRO of Walnut specializes in mold remediation. This is essentially just making sure the amount of materials that lead to mold formation are kept in check to make sure black mold does not grow. We do this by using proprietary products and methods we have developed in our 50+ years of being in business.

It's The Simple Things

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

A pink gloved hand holds a yellow bottle We pull no punches when it comes to cleaning.

Sometimes its easy to lose sight of what is important. Between the hustle and grind of the 9 - 5 working life, long commutes in very slow traffic, crazy weather, and commitments that chew up your time, it's difficult to slow down and appreciate the things that help keep your train on the tracks, so to speak.

One of the things every business owner should recognize and appreciate are his or her employees. Without a well-oiled machine consisting of crew members, trainers, and leaders, it is difficult to keep a business running. What can you as business owner do to keep your employees happy and safe? There are lots of answers to that question, but I want to focus on the one SERVPRO of Walnut can help you with.

Air quality in a warehouse or office environment can very easily become poor very quickly. Depending on what your business specializes in, there may be cardboard dust, pollen, outside pollutants, chemicals, or any other number of things that may make your air less airy and more dirty. SERVPRO offers commercial cleanings to help combat this. We can clean your HVAC ducting, perform wipe downs, and help keep your workplace environment just a little more pleasant for all of your hard-working employees.

Give us a call today to schedule your commercial business cleaning!

When Something Bad Happens, Call Us

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

Caution tape hangs over a concrete stairway We understand this is difficult, but we can help.

Accidents happen. Sometimes, when these accidents involve people being hurt or worse, killed, the events directly following the incident are direly important. It is not uncommon to be overwhelmed, considering that these types of things are far from common and most people have no idea how to proceed following the occurrence. 

If someone is badly hurt but survives, the next step is to ensure the person is okay and not in need of immediate life-saving care. The next step is to try and remedy the situation, whether that means cleaning up or calling a professional team that is capable of doing the job safely and effectively. 

SERVPRO of Walnut has over ten years of experience in the commercial cleaning business. Whether it is a death or a major accident that involves bodily fluids, we have the knowledge and cleaning products to efficiently and professionally clean your commercial space to ensure that nobody is negatively impacted by potential pathogens or other contaminants. 

We understand that these situations can be difficult to navigate, which is why we make sure that your workspace is one less thing you have to worry about. 

Smoke and Mirrors

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

A man in a dark attic looks at pink insulation. The stuff is honestly pretty interesting.

Have you ever been inside of your home or business' attic space? It is an interesting place. Most homes in southern California do not have a space large enough to walk in like houses do in other parts of the country, but some do and most have at least a few feet of clearance. Some businesses have plenty of space to move around in, but most are similar to houses.

One of the things you will find in your residential attic space is insulation. It is typically a shade of pink but depending on what type it is, it may be other colors. It is hard to miss, regardless of the color. It is characterized by its fluffy appearance. Insulation is used to help keep homes cool or warm in summer and winter, respectively. Unfortunately, during fires, it can also trap smoke smells.

If your home has experienced a fire, there is a good chance the smell will linger. Part of the reason for that is smoke being absorbed into walls and insulation.

If this happens, call SERVPRO of Walnut. We have over ten years of experience with deodorizing and replacing fire-damaged materials to get your home back to preloss conditions. After all, nobody wants to smell smoke forever.

Trees and Other Debris

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

A tree is blown by the wind in a foggy field. Next stop: your living room.

It's no secret that southern California has incredible weather. People flock from all over the country and the rest of the world to visit here, with visions of glassy blue ocean waves and palm trees swaying in the cool coastal air. What they do not see in movies and on TV are the turbulent winds that plague many inland areas. 

In certain areas (the valley included), wind regularly tops the 50 MPH mark in short gusts. I myself have witnessed wind speeds faster than this in starts and stops during the spring and autumn months of the year. With winds like that, certain things are all but certain. For instance, debris will be picked up and thrown around. Tree branches will bend and groan under the heavy and hectic load of high-speed winds, too. Sometimes they even snap off and, depending on their size and weight, become formidable projectile weapons.

Aside from the obvious dangers of being caught in gales like these, there are secondary dangers to your property when debris is picked up. Branches can go through windows or roofs and often do. If that happens, make sure SERVPRO of Walnut is your first call. We can help make it "Like it never even happened."

Goodness Gracious, Great Balls of Ice!

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

Balls of ice on a pebbly beach. Exciting? Yes. Capable of damage? Absolutely.

Sometimes, once in a very great while, the seemingly endless procession of fluffy white clouds and clear blue skies that usually reside over southern California vanish and give way to darker, more menacing clouds. Rarer still, those clouds will sometimes produce rain, thunder, and lightning. The most rare (at least in the valley and greater LA County) weather event we get is hail. 

Golf ball-sized hunks of ice falling from the sky may seem fun and exotic, but that is an illusion brought on by the infrequency of such weather. Hail is actually fairly destructive and, depending on its size and velocity, sometimes dangerous. In other parts of the country, hail is a common occurrence. It breaks windows, smashes and dents cars, and causes all types of other issues. Here in the southland, we seldom see these effects but they sometimes still happen.

In the unlikely event of ice rocks suddenly falling from the skies and wreaking havoc on your home or business, you will still need someone to come and repair the damage. That someone should be SERVPRO of Walnut. With over ten years of experience in all matters of crazy weather patterns and other types of damage restoration, we can help get your home put back together and make it "Like it never even happened."

Have You Ever Seen the Rain?

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

Dew sits on a green leaf. Okay, it destroyed my house, but its so beautiful!

To keep things perfectly honest, I love the rain. I love the smells of wet asphalt and concrete, the way it whispers through tree branches, the sound of rain hitting tin or aluminum roofs or awnings, and the cold that typically accompanies it. Being from southern California and spending the majority of my life here, I don't see it often and it is a welcome visitor any time it decides to briefly make an appearance. Unfortunately, not everyone feels the same way about the rainier seasons here in the southland.

Rain can cause flooding. That is no revelation, but it is a truth that still catches people by surprise when it affects their home or business. Water can intrude upon driveways or yards, which is annoying. It can also, in some scenarios, make its way into or underneath your home. which is more than annoying; it can be devastating or even dangerous. 

When water enters your home, consider it "getting off easy" if it only affects your carpet. Water has a nasty habit of getting inside of walls, potentially causing mold. If this happens, make sure you call SERVPRO of Walnut first. We have the knowledge, products, and staff to get your home back to preloss conditions.