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How can SERVPRO of West Riverside City Help you as Many Remain Isolated?

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

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We are Cleaning Specialists!

The SERVPRO franchise network plays a vital role in protecting public health and safety. As the current COVID-19 crisis unfolds, orders have been promulgated to shelter in place and limit movements. All of these orders have recognized the vital importance of service providers necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of critical infrastructure, residences, and businesses. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce dated March 19, 2020, the SERVPRO professional service providers are designated as “essential critical infrastructure workers” under the following provisions:

• Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other services providers who provide services that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences;

• Workers to ensure continuity of building functions;

• Workers who support hazardous materials response and cleanup; and

• Workers supporting the operation and maintenance of facilities.

As providers of essential services, the SERVPRO franchise network is prepared to address the most pressing disaster restoration, cleanup, and disinfection issues facing our customers, whether it involves emergency mitigation and recovery, or cleaning and disinfecting homes, schools, healthcare and quarantine facilities, public institutions, and businesses.

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

This is a reminder to our customers in Riverside and surrounding counties that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

We are Here to Assist First Responders

Our service is free to First Responders!  We have protocols in place and we are here to assist them in any way we can.  We are offering to disinfect ambulances and firetrucks as well as anything else.  

If you have questions or concerns regarding our Proactive Cleaning, don't hesitate to call us.  We can address your concerns.  

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of West Riverside City 951-351-8033.

Commercial Restoration Company in Riverside City

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

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Damages to your business from water, fire, smoke or mold can mean lost revenue and potentially, lost customers. As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. To minimize business interruptions and downtime when disaster strikes, will require the assistance of a professional company who knows what to do and is "Ready for whatever happens." 

When you are searching for such a restoration company, know that SERVPRO is a national brand that you can trust to get the job done right the first time.  

Call SERVPRO of West Riverside City at (951) 351-8033 for your commercial building needs.

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Who needs additional stress in an emergency situation?  It’s normal for the business owner to be anxious and confused during the initial aftermath of a disaster. Companies you may never have heard of show up immediately to take advantage of the crisis.

SERVPRO of West Riverside City is the right restoration company to lessen the stress, help you make sound, calculated decisions that insure that your facility is mitigated properly. SERVPRO will stay there with you every step of the way and make calls to your agent and adjuster while you are there to gather and convey the necessary information.  

SERVPRO of West Riverside City has the answers to most pertinent questions you need to know: 

  • Are we licensed?
  • Do we hold IICRC certifications?
  • Do we guarantee our work?
  • What type of equipment will we be using in your building?
  • Who manages the crew on-site?
  • How and when is payment due?
  • Do we have liability insurance?

Here are the answers to those questions: 

SERVPRO is licensed, IICRC certified and we guarantee the work done on your property. We use SERVPRO branded equipment, all jobs are managed by a crew leader and we carry the appropriate insurance coverage. When it comes to payment we work directly with your insurance company. If you are a self pay, we give you the estimate upfront and keep you informed when the project will be completed and when payment is due.

Visit our website for more information regarding our training and certification. 

IICRC Training and Certification

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

Cleaning your Riverside Home for Spring, What you Might have Missed

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

Spring is just around the corner. Traditionally, people feel the need to deep-clean their homes once they feel the warm air arrive and can open their windows to welcome the new season. There are many areas in your home that you will want to clean once you begin tackling this spring-time chore. Here are a few tips to help you get started that you may not have considered.

Wash Your Curtains and Drapes

When you start your spring cleaning, one of the first things you should do is clean your window coverings. This includes blinds, shutters, curtains or drapes. This should be done early on in the process as dirt and dust from the coverings can fall to the floor below, so you don't want to clean your floor before the drapes.

Test Your Smoke Detectors

Another step that should be included in spring cleaning is testing your smoke detectors. Most detectors have a test button on them that allows you to ensure they are working. If they don't work, you probably just need to replace the batteries.

Replace Water and Air Filters

As part of your spring-cleaning checklist, be sure to replace water filters and air filters. Filters catch debris from water and air. When they get full, they cannot filter as effectively as they should. The filters should be routinely replaced to ensure that they can work efficiently.

Clean Your Dryer Vent

Your dryer vent can easily become filled with lint and debris. Clean the dryer vent to help improve drying time and energy efficiency and also to prevent a fire. The vent inside your dryer should be cleaned with each load, but in the spring, you should check your exterior vent as well, making sure there is nothing accumulating in the tubing from the dryer to the outside.

Clean Your Grill

Once it begins to get warmer, people start thinking about cooking and eating outside. Now is the perfect time inspect your grill, refill your tanks if it is a gas grill, and clean all the cooking surfaces so it is ready to use when you want to make delicious meals.

Check Your Windows and Doors For Leaks

As you spring clean, take the time to check your windows and doors for leaks or air drafts. If you feel outdoor air seeping in, the seals may need to be replaced.

Check Your Plumbing for Leaks

Lastly, take the time to check your plumbing for leaks. Look for leaks under your sinks and for leaking faucets. If you notice any leaks, call in a plumber to make the needed repairs.

Are you looking to get your home clean for spring but lack the time to do it all yourself? Here at SERVPRO of West Riverside City, we can help you with some of your cleaning needs. We offer many services including fire and water clean-up services, mold remediation, and routine house cleaning, including duct cleaning and carpet cleaning. Give us a call at 951-351-8033 so we can get started today.

How to Prevent Wind Damage to Your Riverside Property

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

blue skies with 3 palm springs blowing in one direction Riverside is known for strong winds, don't hesitate to contact SERVPRO of West Riverside City. We offer free inspections!

There are many areas of the United States that have experienced heavy winds and storms this season and the strong powerful winds can cause significant damage to your home.  Wind damage can cause a range of destruction to your property from broken windows and fallen tree branches to more severe damage to the roof, garage, or car.  It can happen to your home directly from the strong wind or indirectly from the wind blowing debris into your house. 

Wind Damage from Different Types of Storms

Thunderstorms are the most common source of wind and storm damage but winds from hurricanes or tornadoes are stronger and can cause more severe damage.  It can produce many types of damaging weather such as lightning, hail, tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding and more. Thunderstorms are responsible for over half of all wind damage cases in the U.S. but the storm damage repair may be more costly for hurricane or tornado wind damage.  Billions of dollars are spent on wind damage repair and storm damage restoration each year; understanding the nature of wind damage can help you limit the amount of damage to your property and save on restoration and repair costs. 

It is important to know when a storm is approaching your area and what type of storm it is so you know the potential and level of damage to expect.   These wind damage facts will help you better understand the potential for wind damage and how to prevent it.  Here are some steps you can take to minimize the risk of damage to your home when severe weather strikes.

Preventing Wind and Storm Damage

Most wind damage is caused by flying debris either from plants or other structures and objects that are not secured.  If a storm is approaching your area, make sure any potential debris around your home such as patio furniture, toys, garbage cans, and other objects are either secured or brought inside.  Your doors and windows should also be secured to help minimize the potential storm damage to the home.

Roof damage can be reduced during the construction phase when the roof deck and the shingles or membrane is applied over the decking. A well-designed roofing system will firmly anchor the trusses and decking to the walls and foundation to keep the entire roof from lifting off the building in a strong wind. Roofing material must be properly fastened to the deck. Weakly connected shingles will lift easily from the deck.

Siding damage can be reduced at the construction phase as well. Properly fastened siding is less likely to lift off a structure in strong wind. Building codes will likely direct the minimum standards for connections. You, your architect, or your contractor may decide to exceed these minimums for a stronger and more storm resistant structure.

 Falling trees and tree limbs are another significant type of damage to structures in a windstorm. Tree maintenance to remove dead limbs or identify and remove weakened trees will reduce the likelihood of the structure being damaged.

Mitigating Damage after a Storm

Close any openings made in the structure by the wind. Roof openings and broken windows are the most common problem. Keep a roll of plastic sheeting that can be quickly cut to size and nailed over the opening.

Keep your personal safety in mind and attempt such a closure yourself only if it can be done with little or no risk. Your insurance policy will likely cover the cost of emergency close up. Contact your agent or claims center to report the damage and seek advice on how to proceed.

Falling trees and tree limbs can open a structure with sudden violence. A tree on a structure is a very serious personal and structural safety issue. A tree may look as if it will not shift position. But it can shift and cause serious injury to the unwary. A fallen tree may also mask other very serious safety issues, such as downed electrical wires. The wires may still be live and the tree itself energized. Contact your agent or claims center to report the damage and seek advice on how to proceed.

If your home or business sustains wind damage during a storm, it is important to contact a storm damage restoration professional as soon as the storm is over to help limit and repair the damage.  SERVPRO of West Riverside City can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

Visit our website for more information regarding our services and why it is important to select a qualified services to assist with your damaged property.  It is for your safety and that of your family.  We make it our goal to help our neighbors!

Have Storm or Flood Damage?

Call Us Today (951) 351-8033

The Truth About Mold in your Riverside Commercial Property

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

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Many people equate mold with gross, fuzzy, green stuff found on old and expired food.

While this is very common; it is certainly not the only type of mold that may cause health effects for anyone encountering it. Mold can grow almost anywhere and on any surface where there is moisture and oxygen present.

Unfortunately, the interior of your commercial building is no exception. Mold can come fast and furious with little to no warning signs and may pose an array of health effects. 

At the end of the day mold and human contact simply doesn’t mix and by following a few simple steps you can lower the risk of your building being at risk of a mold infestation.

  • Stay Attentive – Mold is often not visible to the human eye. It is best to have a plan in place to regularly inspect your building. Places that contain high moisture levels are at the greatest risk. Musty smells, mold marks on carpeting, and fuzzy wall-stains are all signs that mold may be present and certainly worth noting when inspecting.
  • Plumbing – Plumbing issues are at the root of almost all mold scenarios. Things like roof leaks, pipe leaks, unsealed windows and door frames should be repaired by professionals immediately.
  • Moisture Levels – Mold loves moisture. It is best to have dehumidifiers and fans at all places necessary to reduce these moisture levels and cut out what mold needs most to grow!
  • Ventilation Systems – HVAC systems are the hardest parts of a building to keep mold-free. This is also one of the most important parts to keep mold-free because this is how air is spread throughout a building. If these vents contain moldy air, moldy air will surely be ventilated throughout, causing many more problems then what was originally there.
  • Call a Professional – If you suspect mold but can’t seem to pinpoint the source or are not sure how to remediate it, we highly suggest you contact a professional to inspect your commercial building. These professionals should have certain IICRC certifications and should take care of the issue right away.  SERVPRO will have your business back to operating as healthy as before!

The highly trained mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO of West Riverside City pride themselves on responding FAST to stop the spread of any commercial mold and prevent any further damage. Using the latest mold remediation equipment and practices we are fully equipped to take on any problem your business may have.

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We are Cleaning Experts

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of West Riverside City is Here to Help during this time of need.

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of West Riverside City, 951-351-8033

Is Spring the Best Time to Clean Your Riverside Home?

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

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Spring seems to be the perfect time of year for deep cleaning your home due to the change in seasons. The weather is perfect for opening windows and letting the fresh air flow through your home.

The truth of the matter is that spring cleaning could be the most boring task or could be the easiest.  It all depends on how you arrange tasks and the actions you take every day in order to have a clean and a cozy home.  Every Riverside new home or older home has its own unique characteristics and needs.  There are a few basics that anyone can fall back on when it comes to spring cleaning.

Kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, living areas, washing, replacing, dusting, sorting…not sure where to start? Don’t feel overwhelmed, here are a few handy tips that can be used as a checklist to make your spring cleaning easier. We also recommend you have all cleaning products beforehand so you won’t be tempted to put it off.

Kitchen

We recommend you start by cleaning something that needs to be shined, this task will be more appealing as you will see the results immediately.

  • Clean inside and outside of the refrigerator.  Take the opportunity to throw out expired food products since you will be emptying the shelves to clean them.
  • Clean stove and oven and wipe down microwave.
  • Wipe down shelves in cupboards and inside drawers.
  • Clean garbage disposal blades by grinding ice and freshen it with baking soda and/or citrus rinds.
  • Clean or replace your range hood filters.
  • Sweep and mop floors with a nice clean fragrance…You're done!

Bathrooms

This task could be one you would rather leave for last, but think of entering a fresh, clean bathroom. 

  • Wipe down shower and tub and re-caulk if your caulking has cracks or is moldy.
  • Clean toilet, counter tops, and mirrors.
  • Sweep and mop the floor.
  • Wipe down shelves in cupboards and inside drawers.
  • Clean/wash bath mats, shower curtain, rugs, etc.

Bedrooms

In case you have many bedrooms you can take one per day.

  • Wash all bedding including your mattress cover
  • Wash pillows (or replace if needed it)
  • Rotate and flip mattress
  • Organize and clean out closet (take the opportunity to collect clothing you no longer wear.  Place them in a bag and keep it somewhere you'll remember to take to a donation center).

Living Areas

These areas (living room, family room, loft, game room, dining room) are the most used, so we recommend you leave these for last so you can clean and organize them properly.

  • Vacuum/sweep and mop floor.
  • Polish furniture.
  • Dust electronics/media centers other.
  • Organize DVDs, remote controls, magazines, etc.
  • Clean sofas and pillows.

Throughout the House

This task can be done one per day and depending on the amount of work needed.

  • Dust furniture surfaces and ceiling fans.
  • Vacuum, wash or dry clean all carpets, rugs, and draperies.
  • Wipe down walls, baseboards, and light switches.
  • Wash windows (inside and out) and windowsills.
  • Wipe down blinds.
  • Change air filters.
  • Apply a light coat of wax to wood cabinets and furniture.

Seasonal Maintenance:

The following tasks are more for maintenance but essential.  Completing these tasks will reflect a well maintained home and will contribute to the safety of your family.

  • Test all smoke detectors (this should be done monthly).
  • Check caulking and weather stripping around windows and doors, inside and out.
  • Check for cracks on the exterior of your home and seal them up with proper caulking.
  • Clean sliding door track and apply silicone lubricant if necessary.
  • Oil moving parts of garage door.
  • Visually inspect roof for broken shingles and clean rain gutters.
  • Check your attic for evidence of roof leaks, and ensure your attic soffit vents are not blocked with insulation.
  • Pressure wash soffits, walkways, and roofing to rid of mildew.

Contact us SERVPRO for your cleaning needs.  SERVPRO has the expertise to provide deep cleaning service, more than your basic house cleaning. Our residential cleaning services will ease the burden of the constant maintenance cleaning of your home, but will also create a safe, clean, and comfortable living environment for you and your family.

You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today! SERVPRO of West Riverside City specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage. 

Don’t wait, be ready to enjoy your fresh, clean home by organizing the activities during the coming months with this useful checklist or by contacting us, don’t rush for spring or summer time we are here to give you a hand!

Homeowner’s and Renter’s Guide to Mold Cleanup After Disasters

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

Cleaning up after a flood can pose health risks. You and your family should wait to re-enter your home until professionals tell you it is safe, with no structural, electrical or other hazards.

Before you start cleanup activities, contact your insurance company and take pictures of the home and your belongings. Remember – drying your home and removing water-damaged items is your most important step for preventing mold damage.

Is There a Problem?

Was your home flooded? If so, and you were not able to dry your home (including furniture and other items) within 24-48 hours, you should assume you have mold growth. You need to completely dry everything, clean up the mold, and make sure you don’t still have a moisture problem.

You may see or smell mold on clothing, drywall, furniture, cardboard boxes, or books, but it may also be hidden under or behind items like carpet, cushions, or walls.

Mold Basics:

Flood water may have carried sewage or chemicals into your home. This could expose you or your family to viruses, bacteria, disease carriers (such as mosquitoes), and parasites, as well as mold. To learn more about cleaning and disinfection go to: www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/flood/standing.html.

You can protect yourself and your family from mold exposure by following these steps.

Before You Enter Any Moldy Site:

  • Protect yourself and loved ones against hazards. People with breathing problems like asthma or who have weakened immune systems should stay away from moldy sites. Children should not take part in disaster cleanup work. Check for loose power lines or gas leaks. Make sure the electricity and gas are turned off. Look for sagging ceilings or floors or other structural problems. Watch out for wet, muddy, or slippery floors.
  • Protect your mouth and nose against breathing in mold: wear at least an N-95 respirator. If you plan to spend a lot of time removing moldy belongings or doing work like ripping out moldy drywall, wear a half-face or full-face respirator. Basic information on using it is in OSHA’s general respiratory protection guidance.
  • Protect your skin. Wear protective gloves (non-latex, vinyl, nitrile, or rubber). Do not touch mold or moldy items with bare hands.
  • Protect your eyes. Wear goggles that provide complete eye protection. Choose goggles designed to keep out dust and small particles. Safety glasses or goggles that have open vent holes will not protect you against dust and small particles.
  • After You Leave a Mold Site:

  • Protect yourself and loved ones. Shower and change your clothes.  This will help you avoid carrying mold and other hazards back to your current living quarters.
  • Should I Do This Myself?

    This job may be too difficult or dangerous for you. It may be best to get help from experienced and qualified professionals if you can.  Hire a mold inspection or remediation professional affiliated  with or certified by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), or American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC) to inspect, repair, and restore the damaged parts of your home. Your state also may regulate mold remediation.

    Sampling for mold is not usually recommended. Understanding the results can be difficult, and no matter what kind of mold is in your home, you need to clean it up and fix the moisture problem.

    If I Must Do This Myself, How Can I Do It Safely?

    Follow these steps:

  • Put on the personal protective equipment described above to protect your eyes, nose, mouth, and skin.
  • Remove standing water and wet materials. Use a wet vacuum to remove water from floors, carpets, and hard surfaces. Dry your home and everything in it as quickly as you can – within 24 to 48 hours if you can.
  • Open all doors and windows when you are working and leave as many open as is safe when you leave.
  • Open inside doors, especially closets and interior rooms, to let air flow to all areas. Take doors off their hinges if you need to.
  • Open kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanity doors; remove drawers, wipe them clean, and stack them to dry.
  • Open the attic access to let air flow to the attic. Before you open the attic door, make sure nothing will fall on you.
  • When electricity is safe to use, use fans and dehumidifiers to remove moisture. Do not use fans if mold has already started to grow, because the fans may spread the mold.
  • Clean with water and a detergent. Remove all mold you can see. Dry right away.
  • If you use cleaning products, do not mix cleaning products together. DO NOT mix bleach and ammonia because it can create toxic vapors.
  • Painting or caulking over mold will not prevent mold from growing. Fix the water problem completely and clean up all the mold before you paint or caulk.
  • Throw away items that can’t be cleaned and dried. Throw away anything that was wet with flood water and can’t be cleaned and dried completely within 24 to 48 hours. If you have precious items that you want to preserve, follow these guidelines from the Smithsonian Institute:
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    Safe Wildfire Smoke Damage & Ash Cleanup in Riverside City

    3/2/2020 (Permalink)

    It’s important for consumers to be aware of the many dangerous health effects caused by returning to smoke-salvageable and smoke-damaged buildings.

    It’s imperative that fire and smoke odor cleanup be performed correctly and safely to stave off any ill health effects and permanent property damage.

    Follow These Steps from our friends at IICRC:

    To help home and business owners returning to fire and smoke damaged properties, the IICRC offers the following tips:

    • Safety is most important. Wear an N-95 ANSI-approved dust mask (like a painter’s mask) and work gloves during cleanup.
    • Ventilate the home. Place a box fan in an open window to draw smoke-odor laden air and char out of the building.
    • Replace ventilation filters as soon as possible, then run the ventilation system to filter-out smoke-related particles.
    • Clean the exterior of the building of fire-damaged debris, smoke and char particles. Exterior cleaning includes washing off the building, sidewalks, driveways and decks with detergent and fresh water scrubbing followed by rinsing.
    • Clean the interior by dry HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air), vacuuming the ceiling, upper and lower walls and then flooring. In some situations, detergent wet cleaning must be applied to remove a smoke film which impacts and absorbs onto surfaces.
    • Vacuum contents and upholstery. Make sure your house or building vacuum is HEPA rated, otherwise, you risk blowing smoke and soot into the air. Draperies, clothing and machine-washable items such as towels may be dry cleaned or laundered.
    • Unless the upholstery manufacturer says otherwise, use a mild alkaline cleaner to neutralize acid in smoke, soot, char and ash.
    • When smoke and soot damage and residue is moderate or heavy, or you cannot complete smoke and soot odor removal on your own, consider hiring a professional who is certified in fire and smoke damage restoration to cleanup and restore your home or business and belongings. To find a trained and certified professional in your area, visit the IICRC website at www.IICRC.org and select “Locate a Certified Pro.”
    • Check with your insurance provider to determine if smoke damage from outdoor sources is covered under your policy. Insurance companies can often provide a list of credible restoration companies from which property owners can choose.
    • If the fire has warped or distorted the structure, consult a general contractor who can also be found in the IICRC list of approved restorers.

    When hiring a fire and smoke removal professional in your area, make sure that the technician is a certified Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) to ensure they are educated on the latest techniques for proper remediation. In some cases, a mold remediator may also be necessary as the volume of water used to combat fires can result in an abundance of standing water within a property, leading to mold growth.

    To find certified restorers in your area or to confirm the certification of any company that has contacted you, call the IICRC at 1-844-464-4272 or visit www.IICRC.org and select “Locate a Certified Pro.”

    Preparing Your Riverside Home to Transition from Winter to Spring

    2/26/2020 (Permalink)

    Green SERVPRO van in front of a hill of orange poppies, blue skies Is your Riverside property prepared for spring? Call us at 951-351-8033!

    There’s the feeling of spring in the air in West Riverside City.

    There are birds in the yard, and in Southern California wild flowers have made their appearance. Spring is just around the corner! And we know you are ready for it. Is your home? Here are a few things to think about when it comes to the transition from cold winter weather to the warmth and sunshine of spring.

    First on your list should be your gutters. They can be full of dead leaves, small branches, and even dirt from the rough weather. Get those gutters cleaned out right away so the spring showers don’t cause mold problems and water damage to interior walls, because that can be a big issue. Make sure the downspouts are directing water the right way, as well. Tough West Riverside winter weather could have caused them to change position.

    How’s your roof faring? Keep an eye on it to see if any leaks have started due to storm damage over the past few weeks and months. Take a look at any vents to see if vegetation or mold has take hold, obstructing air flow.

    The filters in your HVAC unit likely need to be changed, and you will want to clean out ducts, vents, and the system itself. Duct work can be hard to check, so you may need to contact West Riverside professionals to come out and help.

    Your windows have taken a beating, so you will want to inspect them for storm and water damage. Cracks, damaged weather stripping, improper fit; all these issues can cause problems down the road. Now is a great time to get them professionally cleaned and let that warmth and sunshine in!

    You can check your hoses and sprinkler systems at this time and replace anything damaged by all the storms and the water from rain. Fertilize the lawn and garden!  

    While you are inspecting your home, if you notice any severe storm damage, take pictures for insurance purposes, in case you need to file a claim.

    And don’t forget to call us here at SERVPRO of West Riverside City for all your repairs and clean-up needs! We specialize in water and storm damage, fire damage, and mold prevention. You can contact us by phone at (951) 351 8033, or visit us on our website: SERVPRO West Riverside City