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Smoke Damage Can Linger After A Fire.

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

You just had a small fire in your home, luckily you were able to put it out yourself. Everything is all better…. Right? Not really. If there was a fire in your home, then there was also smoke. Smoke can have lingering damage. 

 There are three important facts about Smoke Damage that you might not think about, they are:

  1. Smoke damage can be Hazardous to your Health. Smoke and the pollutants that it carries can linger in your home for a long time after the fire is put it. Breathing that in can cause major health issues.
  2. It causes Discoloration in your home. The walls in your home can become yellowed if smoke sits in your home for too long. This can cause permanent damage that will have to be replaced.
  3. Damage from Smoke is Stinky.  Smoke has a very recognizable smell that will linger for a long time if not properly cleaned because it is within your home.

If you have had a fire in your home and want to make sure the smoke damage is professionally cleaned with the high-quality products/equipment give SERVPRO of Big Bear / Lake Arrowhead / NE Rancho Cucamonga a call! We will send our technicians out to your house as soon as we can! We have 24/7 Emergency Service!

Even Dishwashers Can Cause Leaks and Mold!

5/23/2020 (Permalink)

Dishwashers can cause quite a bit of damage when they leak. I am sure we have all seen little puddles of water on the floor from a leaking Dishwasher. But the bigger leaks, that you usually cannot see right away. That water could cause thousands of dollars of damage to cabinets and floors! Let us not forget to mention the risk of mold that water could cause!

Here are six reasons why your dishwasher could be leaking:

  • Leaky Dishwasher Door
  • Leaky Dishwasher Tub
  • Damaged or Loose Valves
  • Improper Alignment
  • Wrong Dishwasher Detergent
  • Overfilled Dishwasher

If this happens to you, don’t let the water sit, dry it up the best you can. Then give SERVPRO of Big Bear / Lake Arrowhead / NE Rancho Cucamonga a call at (909) 878-0302 to take care of the rest of the clean up!

Windstorms Can Cause Damage To Your Home

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Windstorms can cause damage to your home.  The storms can last for a few minutes or they may last for a few hours and even several days when they come from large weather systems.  Wind speeds during a windstorm typically exceed 35 miles per hour. When cold fronts pass over mountains, cold air accelerates even more as it moves downslope.  Blizzards can occur when the windstorms pass over snow covered ground. 

The causes of longer periods of windstorms are large differences in atmospheric pressure across a region and the jet stream winds overhead.  Windstorms can also create dust storms and sandstorms in dry areas. Tornadoes and cyclones also produce wind damage however they are usually classified separately because the wind speeds are much higher. 

The most common damage caused by windstorms are:

  •         Roof damage
  •         Fallen trees
  •         Down power lines

It is important to keep your insurance up to date, just in case you need to make a claim, be sure to take photos of the damage that the windstorm causes to your home.  It may or may not be covered.  Insurance does not cover gradual damage, so it is important to upkeep your property.  After a windstorm it is suggested to check the roof for loose shingles or spots of missing asphalt as the wind tends to cause damage to the edges of the roof first, causing a chain reaction.  If the roof is old or you suspect it’s got issues you should have it checked as it could cause the roof to leak or rot due to water exposure.

We at SERVPRO of Big Bear / Lake Arrowhead / NE Rancho Cucamonga are here to help!

SERVPRO of Big Bear / Lake Arrowhead / NE Rancho Cucamonga specialize in Fire/Smoke and Water Repair

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

It can be pretty devastating when you have damage done to your home or store due to fire and smoke. Your mind will be filled with so many concerns and questions as you look around the damaged area. No need to worry! We have a 24-Hour Emergency Service! Our company is locally owned and operated which means we are faster to any size disaster.

One thing that you might not think about as you look at the damage that was done, is that there is not only Fire damage. But there will be Smoke and Water damage due to the efforts used to put the fire out. Don’t worry about all of that, we have it all covered too! We are a trusted leader in the restoration industry and we have highly trained Fire Restoration Technicians so they know what to look for and how to get your house or business back up and running as if it never happened!

Is Your Hot Water Pipe Leaking Inside Your Walls or From your Water Heater?

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

If a hot water pipe starts leaking inside your walls, it can cause major damage and there may be several issues. Finding the leak is the most difficult part. It is very inconvenient, causes mold to grow and costs money. 

There are generally 3 reasons to consider why a hot water pipe starts leaking:

  1. There is increased water pressure in the tank
  2. A faulty float valve
  3. An overused washer

One of the most basic dangers of a leaking water heater is the damage to the surrounding floor and walls.  Again, it can lead to mold and even seep down into the foundation of the home and can weaken the foundation.  If water is coming from the water heater it has the potential to be dangerous and even deadly.  If gas is leaking near the water heater, the ignition flame can ignite the gas causing an explosion.  The water pressure heats and begins to build up pressure inside the tank which causes the explosion.  

The following steps need to be taken to fix the problem:

  1. Turn off the water to the tank
  2. Turn off the power supply to the tank
  3. Determine the location of the leak
  4. Loosen the drain valve
  5. Try to release the pressure going into the tank.

Most insurance policies cover burst pipes and water heater leaks.  Water damage is generally covered if the cause was accidental and unpredictable.

Coronavirus Update

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with Here To Help over image of the coronavirus SERVPRO of Big Bear / Lake Arrowhead / NE Rancho Cucamonga is here to help!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to respond to the novel Coronavirus outbreak. SERVPRO is performing all cleanup and bioremediation in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities. The CDC states that you need to do these three things before you clean and disinfect any public space which includes your home, workplace, business or school. 

  • Develop your plan
  • Implement your plan
  • Maintain and revise your plan

The CDC says that cleaning and disinfecting is an important part of reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19. SERVPRO’s proprietary cleaning agent, SERVPROXIDE, is an EPA-certified, hospital-grade disinfectant that has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19) on hard, non-porous surfaces. Give us a call at (909) 878-0302 and let us help you with your Coronavirus cleaning!  

Resources: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/reopen-guidance.html

SERVPRO specializes in Mold Remediation and Restoration in the Big Bear / Lake Arrowhead / NE Rancho Cucamonga area

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

It does not take much for mold to form in your home or business. All it needs is a little water leak or humidity build up to start the forming and spreading of mold as quickly as 48 hours! Here at SERVPRO of Big Bear / Lake Arrowhead / NE Rancho Cucamonga, we pride ourselves on how fast we get to the bottom of your mold issue and restore the area "Like it never even happened."

Mold has the potential to produce allergens, irritants, and other health effects. We will inspect and assess the property before remediating your mold problem. Our SERVPRO technicians have undergone specialized training to ensure the job is done right! Call us right away if you smell a “musty” odor or see black spots. If we catch the problem early enough, it will be simple to fix.

Prevent Windstorms From Causing Havoc

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

Wind is the flow of gases or air in motion. There are 4 types of winds – hot, cold, convectional and slope. Short bursts of high-speed wind are called gusts. Strong winds of intermediate duration are called squalls and long duration winds are called windstorms.

Windstorms are caused by large differences in atmospheric pressure across a region and strong jet-stream winds overhead. Horizontal pressure differences may accelerate the surface winds substantially as air travels from a region of higher atmospheric pressure to one of a lower.

Thunderstorm winds account for half of all severe report in the lower 48 states and is more common than damage from tornadoes. Wind speeds can reach up to 100 mph and have a path of damage that can extend for hundreds of miles.

The damages can contribute to tremendous physical destruction, injury, loss of life and economic damage. The effects may not be limited to wind damage, as heavy rains and flooding often cause havoc too. There are a few steps you can take to mitigate wind damage before the storm:

  1. Trim trees and shrubs as trees can snap or uproot and can turn branches into projectiles.
  2. Remove debris from your yard such as outdoor furniture, yard equipment and toys.
  3. Cover windows to guard against flying debris with plywood.
  4. Clear clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  5. Ensure that all roofing materials and fencing are properly maintained and in good condition.

We atSERVPRO of Big Bear/Lake Arrowhead/NE Rancho Cucamongaare here to help if you have experienced damage from a windstorm.

We specialize in Commercial Water Damage in Big Bear!

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial water damage is a serious thing and something that can happen quickly and without notice! If you find water buildup in your commercial building, you want to make sure that these 5 important steps are being taken care of professionally and quickly!

Water Extraction

Removal & Disposal

Structural Drying

Mold Prevention

Rebuild & Restoration

SERVPRO of Big Bear / Lake Arrowhead / NE Rancho Cucamonga will be at your business right away! They have been trained to get each step of the job done correctly and fast! So, if you have a flood in your commercial building, no matter what it is caused by; storm leak, broken pipe, or a clogged sink/toilet, give us a call at: (909) 878-0302. Let us do all of the dirty work, so you can get your commercial building going again "Like it never even happened."

We Won't Let Damage from Mold Bring Down Your Business!

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

Exposure to mold for a long time can lead to health effects, which isn’t good for you or your employees. It is important to take care of your business’s mold problems quickly in order to  ensure that as much of the items in your business are salvageable. 

Most commercial mold issues are caused by oxygen and moisture. When you don’t take care of the accumulated moisture in your building, chances are you will see mold growing on your carpets, papers, insulation and wood. 

You need to control the moisture levels in your building to prevent this from happening. That is why you need to call us at SERVPRO of Big Bear! When you call us we will bring in dehumidifiers and set up space heaters to dry up the moisture! 

Our SERVPRO team will plan the remediation process because we start working on your commercial building! We will assess the amount of damage that your building took including finding out the various materials that the mold is on. We want to make sure that all persons in that building are safe and healthy!

 If you see mold in your commercial building give SERVPRO of Big Bear / Lake Arrowhead / NE Rancho Cucamonga a call at (909)878-0302, as soon as possible! We are here for you 24/7!