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Most Common Causes of Water Damage in Your West Riverside Home

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Most Common Causes of Water Damage in Your West Riverside Home Call SERVPRO of West Riverside City if you have water damage in your home or commercial property, we are here to help! 951-351-8033

Most Common Causes of Water Damage in the Home

Sometimes, homeowners and property managers may need urgent West Riverside water damage restoration and not even be aware of it. At SERVPRO, we know that it's quite common for homeowners to assume that they won't don't need any help from the professionals until something dramatic like a burst pipe or heavy rain fall occurs.

Though, it is far more normal for water destruction to come as a thief in the night, sneaking slowly throughout your home, causing graduation deterioration and damage. Standing water may also cause sanitary, and health issues, and will decrease your home's efficiency. Even worse, slowly-spreading West Riverside water damage can play host to mold colonies, weaken critical structural beams and cause other forms of widespread damage throughout your home.

Here are a few common situations that could potentially lead to slow water destruction:

Flat Roofs

While many homes are perfectly legal with a flat roof, a more standard sloped roof is far more efficient and redistributing rainwater. Of course, most flat roofs are not completely flat and are build with a small slope, but if branches or other debris build up, water can deform and damage your roof.

Leaky Plumbing

Sometimes people dismiss leaking pipes and other parts of their plumbing system, assuming that it won't be a big problem. A water leak that affects your floor boards might be more than enough to invite toxic black mold into your home. Homeowners should check the acidity of their home water to make sure that the copper lining of their pipes is not being destroyed.

Gutters & Drains

When installed properly and clean, your gutter and drainage system should easily be able to disperse rainwater safely away from your home or building. Unfortunately, if gutters and drains get clogged with leaves and other debris, a dam can form, leading water to overflow its bounds and cascade down the walls of your home. When your walls start to become continually wet, they will begin to break down and cause severe damage to the structural integrity of your home or property.

Other Problems

Homeowners worried about these, and other potential sources of water destruction should contact their local Riverside city restoration professionals. A professional will be able to help you quickly restore your home to its full comfort. At SERVPRO West Riverside City, we have years of experience in helping homeowners and property managers quickly remove and repair water problems.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of West Riverside City is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency.

Earthquake Preparedness in Riverside City

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Community Earthquake Preparedness in Riverside City Photo by Fema News Photo- The devastation after the San Francisco earthquake in 1989

Tuesday, October 17, 1989:

A powerful 6.9 earthquake shook San Francisco for a minimum of ten consecutive seconds...

It was during the Game 3 warm-up. Some 12,000 homes were wrecked beyond habitability. Natural gas lines ruptured and set fires to buildings in the Marina district.

Earthquakes can collapse buildings and cause heavy items to fall, resulting in injuries and property damage.  

We all know that earthquakes are a common occurrence in California and other parts of the West Coast regions, but earthquakes can happen at any time of the year and occur without warning.  After the initial earthquake, the aftershock may follow.  Most are smaller than the initial earthquake but larger magnitude aftershocks also occur.   Earthquakes may cause household items to become dangerous projectiles; cause buildings to move off foundations or collapse, damage utilities, roads and structures such as bridges and dams, or cause fires and explosions. They may also trigger landslides, avalanches, and tsunamis.

SERVPRO of West Riverside City wants to emphasize the importance of preparation before an earthquake strike.  By making an effort to be prepared and having a plan of action in place, you can lessen the impact a disaster might have on you, your home and your family.

Learn and follow these steps now to PREPARE before, during, and after an earthquake.

What to Do Before an Earthquake:

  • Make sure you have a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, a battery-powered radio, a flashlight, and extra batteries at home.
  • Secure items that could fall or move and cause injuries or damage such as; bookshelves, picture frames, mirrors, light fixtures, televisions, computers, hot water heaters, etc.
  • Learn how to turn off the gas, water, and electricity.
  • Make up a plan of where to meet your family after an earthquake.
  • Don’t leave heavy objects on shelves as they can fall during an earthquake.
  • Learn the earthquake plan at your school or workplace.
  • What to Do During an Earthquake:

  • Stay calm and stay put.
  • If you’re indoors, DROP to the ground; take COVER by crawling under a sturdy table or stand in a doorway. If under a desk or heavy table, cover your head and neck with your arms and HOLD ON until the shaking stops.
  • If there isn’t a desk or sturdy table nearby, crawl away from windows, next to an interior wall. Stay away from glass, windows
  • If you’re outdoors, stay away from building, trees, power lines or anything that might fall.
  • If you’re driving, move away from overpasses, stop slowly in a safe area and stay in your vehicle.
  • Don’t use elevators (they’ll probably get stuck anyway). Don’t run out of the building during the shaking as objects may be falling off the building and cause serious injuries or death.
  • What to Do After an Earthquake:

  • When the shaking stops, check yourself and others for injuries.
  • If the building is damaged, safely evacuate, go to an open space away from damaged areas.
  • Check water, gas, and electric lines for damage. If any are damaged, shut off the valves to avoid fire and hazardous leaks.
  • Be careful of around broken glass and debris
  • Inspect your chimneys for unnoticed damaged that could lead to fires.
  • Stay away from beaches. Tsunamis sometimes hit after the ground has stopped shaking.
  • If you’re at school or work, follow the emergency plan or the instructions of the person in charge.
  • If your home or business suffers from earthquake damage, call our professionals at SERVPRO of West Riverside City.  We can respond quickly and help make disasters, "Like it never even happened."

    Any Questions - Call Us Today 951-351-8033

    SERVPRO is a Proud Sponsor of the First Responder’s Bowl

    11/7/2018 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO First Responder Bowl at Cotton Bowl Stadium

    SERVPRO of West Riverside City is excited to announce that the Cotton Bowl Stadium football bowl game in f Dallas has been renamed the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl!  

    We’re proud to honor and support the service of all America’s First Responders.  These brave men and women keep our communities safe every day of the year. First Responders include firefighters, police, EMS workers, military members, and more.

    Kickoff is set for December 26, 2018 at 12:30 P.M. Central.  ESPN will televise the game, and tickets go on sale in September.  

    "We are proud to present the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl dedicated to honoring some of the hardest working men and women in our country," says CEO of SERVPRO Industries, Sue Steen. "We recognize the dedication and selfless acts of our First Responders and are honored to help highlight and celebrate the commitment of these everyday heroes."

    The 2018 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is part of almost 90 years of history of games played at Cotton Bowl Stadium on the grounds of Fair Park in Dallas.

    “This is an exciting change, and we are humbled by the fact that an actual bowl game has been named exclusively for the first responders of this country,” says Dallas Fire Rescue Fire Chief David Coatney.

    “We are truly honored to have a bowl game here in Dallas named after the hard working men and women serving and protecting communities across this country. It always feels great to be recognized, and I know our officers and firefighters are touched by this overwhelming show of support,” says Dallas Police Chief, Ms. Renee Hall.

    SERVPRO has always had a very special relationship with America’s First Responders and we have a deep and strong appreciation for their efforts. Many times we follow them as “second responders” after fires, storms and other emergencies. It is a tremendous privilege to honor these brave men and women and spotlight their service and sacrifices made for us all. It’s hard to think of a more appropriate cause or a more appropriate sponsor for this game. 

    Visit First Responder Bowl for information as it becomes available.

    What Should Renters Do After A Riverside Apartment Fire?

    11/5/2018 (Permalink)

    Fire damages can be devastating.  Even when your home isn’t completely affected, fire damage victims still have to handle significant losses.  When you’re a renter at an apartment complex, many questions may enter your mind:

  • Is the apartment complex responsible for fire damage costs or am I?
  • Does my insurance cover my fire damage?
  • Where will I go?
  • How will I get all my stuff back?
  • How long will it take to get my apartment back?
  • Handling a fire damage can easily become overwhelming.

    We’ve helped many renters that have experienced a fire in their apartment in all of Riverside City.  Our team knows how to work with apartment complexes, landlords, and insurance providers to help restore your life.  We can help you, too.

    Apartment Fires and Insurance Claims

    When you call us to handle your fire damage restoration, you will be assigned a crew chief from our office.  Their responsibility is to establish a relationship with your insurance adjuster. They will communicate with them day to day about the status of your claim.  We’ll work with them to:

  • Establish your fire damage restoration coverage.
  • Ask for approval to clean and restore any contents that could be saved from the fire.
  • Ask for approval to clean your smoke and fire damaged clothing.
  • Ask for approval to store your contents as your apartment is being cleaned and restored.
  • Process and close your fire damage claim.
  • Content Cleaning (Household Items)

    Content is what we call everything that is inside your apartment.  They are all the belongings you and your family have inside.

    The first step when content cleaning is to identify all the items inside your apartment.  We separate them into two categories:

  • Salvageable.  These are items that can be cleaned, deodorized, and sanitized.  They are inventories and moved to our cleaning facility. Once they’re cleaned, we store them until you’re ready to receive them again.
  • Unsalvageable.  These are items that are permanently damaged and cannot be cleaned.  We do our best to identify these items and report them to your insurance company so they can determine the replacement cost.  Sometimes, the contents are so badly burnt that we cannot identify them. After we have identified everything we and send the inventory to your insurance company, we ask for your permission to dispose of them.
  • Trusted Leader in Fire Damage Restoration in Riverside California

    SERVPRO of West Riverside City  is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company in Riverside, California. With our crew responding immediately to jobs, we are faster to any size disaster.

    We are available for 24 hour emergencies every day of the year. We can be reac

    10 Things You Should Know About Mold

    10/29/2018 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation 10 Things You Should Know About Mold Mold in a residential home in Riverside

    Tips from our friends from United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

    1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints.
    2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
    3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
    4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
    5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:
    • Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
    • Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
    • Increasing ventilation
    • Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
    6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
    7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
    8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
    9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
    10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.
    Contact Us 951-351-8033 to ask a question, provide feedback, or report a problem.

    From EPA.gov

    Halloween Fires-Ensure that Halloween is a safe holiday for everyone in Riverside

    10/24/2018 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Halloween Fires-Ensure that Halloween is a safe holiday for everyone in Riverside Halloween fires occurred most frequently in the late afternoon and early evening hours, peaking between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

    Candle flames and flammable costumes can be a dangerous combination

    • COSTUMES: Flame-resistant fabrics, such as polyester and nylon, are best. They should be brightly colored or trimmed with reflective tape to make them visible to motorists at dusk and in the dark.
    • MASKS: Check that eye holes are large enough to allow full visibility and nose holes allow for adequate breathing.
    • CANDLES: Keep candle-lit jack-o-lanterns and other decorations where children cannot brush against the flame. Try LED lights instead.
    • TREATS: Put reflective tape on treat bags. No toys with small parts for children under 3.

    October is Fire Protection Month here in West Riverside and across the US

    10/22/2018 (Permalink)

    Pet Fire Safety

    Home fires are the most common disaster that the American Red Cross responds to – and also the most preventable. 

    • The best way to protect your pets from the effects of a fire is to include them in your family plan. This includes having their own disaster supplies kit as well as arranging in advance for a safe place for them to stay if you need to leave your home.
    • When you practice your escape plan, practice taking your pets with you. Train them to come to you when you call.
    • In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them, too. But remember: never delay escape or endanger yourself or family to rescue a family pet.

    Prevent Your Pets from Starting Fires

    The National Fire Protection Association estimates that nearly 1,000 home fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners' pets.

    The American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services have joined forces to provide the following tips:

    • Extinguish Open Flames - Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
    • Remove Stove Knobs - Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house - a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.
    • Invest in Flameless Candles - These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.
    • Secure Young Pets - keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.

    Help Firefighters Help Your Pets

    • Keep pets near entrances when away from home. Keep collars on pets and leashes at the ready in case firefighters need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
    • Affix a pet alert window cling and write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Make sure to keep the number of pets listed on them updated.

    Fire Safety for Kids in West Riverside City

    10/17/2018 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Fire Safety for Kids in West Riverside City Teach children the importance of remaining at a safe distance from a stove

    Tips from our friends at American Red Cross

    A home fire is a devastating event, and one that you never count on happening. Your children are most at risk when this disaster occurs. In fact, children under five are twice as likely as other people to die in a home fire. Tragically, many home fires are started by children playing with dangerous household items – especially lighters and matches. Taking sensible precautions in the home and teaching your child how to escape from a fire can help your family avoid this type of heartbreak.            

    Prevent Your Child from Starting Fires

    The U.S. Fire Administration estimates that 300 people are killed and $280 million in property is destroyed each year as the result of children playing with fire.

  • Keep matches, lighters and other ignitable substances in a secured location out of your child’s reach. Only use lighters with child-resistant features.
  • Invest in flameless candles. These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your child knocking over a candle.
  • Help Your Child Survive a Fire

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Once a month check whether each alarm in the home is working properly by pushing the test button. Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year. Immediately install a new battery if an alarm chirps, warning the battery is low.
  • Teach your children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
  • Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home, and where to meet up outside..
  • Practice your fire escape plan at least twice a year and at different times of the day. Practice waking up to smoke alarms, low crawling and meeting outside. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
  • Emphasize “get out, stay out.” Only professional firefighters should enter a building that is on fire—even if other family members, pets or prized possessions are inside.
  • Use quick-release devices on barred windows and doors. Security bars without release devices can trap you in a deadly fire. If you have security bars on your windows, be sure one window in each sleeping room has a release device.
  • Consider getting escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second or third floor. Learn how to use them, and store them near the windows. 
  • Common Mistakes You're Making with Your "Small" Water Damage in West Riverside City

    10/15/2018 (Permalink)

    When Water Damage Strikes

    When finding themselves in the midst of a water damage event, many people immediately react by jumping in and cleaning up the mess. Beginning the restoration process as soon as possible is important, but starting before you have taken the necessary steps or know exactly what you are doing could actually make things worse in the end. To help avoid these mishaps, a few of the most common mistakes in water damage clean up are listed below. The most critical mistake to not make is failing to hire a professional restoration company to do the dirty work for you. SERVPRO of West Riverside City is your local expert to help you navigate the “waters”.

    Mistake #1- Not Having the Job Done RIGHT the First Time

    Adopting the “do it yourself” approach when it comes to water damage clean-up is often the go-to mindset. However, this is usually a more difficult process than people think. It can be a long process and following the proper procedures is very important. For example, if you neglect to begin airing out your home by opening up windows and doors for ventilation and using fans to dry things out as soon as possible, the damage will eventually be worse.

    Mistake #2- Not Being Completely Thorough

    As mentioned above, the water damage restoration process done right requires that you be very thorough. Cutting corners and major shortcuts will not make a big difference and can actually cause more damage. It is better to have the job done right up front, but it will not happen overnight. To ensure all the water is removed and mold will not begin to grow on and in your walls, ceilings, and carpet, you will want to make sure your contractor is certified to do the work needed in an appropriate time frame.

    Mistake #3- Waiting Too Long

    It can be tempting to put off dealing with flooding or water damage when it’s just a small incident, especially when life is hectic. Even minor flooding can lead to major damage in the long run. The water seeps into walls and flooring over time when not dried properly and can cause structural damage and mold growth. It’s not worth the risk to procrastinate. It could save you a lot of time, heartache, and money in the long run.

    Mistake #4- Not Involving a Certified Restoration Company

    Trying to tackle the water damage restoration process on your own is great undertaking. Having it done right the first time requires the proper expertise, the right equipment, and enough time to be as thorough as required. Though it may seem like you have the time and resources to clean it up, you will soon realize the process is more involved than originally thought. Should you ever find yourself in a situation where your home or business has been compromised by flooding or water damage, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at SERVPRO of West Riverside City.

    Let SERVPRO of West Riverside City help you recover your property properly following a water damage event. Call us today – 909-351-8033.

    How to Prevent Outdoor Cooking Fires!

    10/10/2018 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage How to Prevent Outdoor Cooking Fires! Place your grill at least 3 feet from siding, deck railings, eaves and overhanging branches.

    Grill fires cause an estimated $37 million in property loss each year.

  • Almost half of home grill fires happen between 5 and 8 p.m.
  • Fifty-seven percent of home grill fires occur during the months of May, June, July and August.
  • Patios, terraces, screened-in porches and courtyards are leading home locations for grill fires.
  • Seventy-nine percent of all home grill fires involve gas grills.
  • “Mechanical failure, malfunction” is the leading factor in the start of grill fires. Leaks or breaks of containers or pipes are often to blame.
  • Source: Grill Fires on Residential Properties 

    Grilling fire safety tips:

  • Only use grills outdoors, away from siding and deck railings.
  • Clean grills often and remove grease or fat build-up.
  • Make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting.
  • Have a 3-foot safe-zone around grills and campfires. Keep kids and pets away from the area.
  • Dispose of coals after they have cooled in a metal can.
  • Never leave grills, fire pits and patio torches unattended.