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IICRC Certification: Trust The Professionals

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Sorrento Valley/University City is proud to be a certified member of the IICRC: Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification. 

The mission of the IICRC is to establish and advance globally recognized standards and certifications for the inspection, cleaning, restoration and installation industries.

The IICRC is also a member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), further ensuring that standards are being followed on a national level.

We proudly invest in our employees and send them to the IICRC for training. After taking the classes they take a test to be certified in a number of areas in the restoration industry. As time progresses and technology advances, the IICRC stays up to date and therefore, so do we. The next time you experience a fire or water damage be assured that our technicians are professionally trained and experienced.

SERVPRO of Sorrento Valley provides fire, soot and water damage restoration service in San Diego County

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

The active wildfires here in Southern California are increasing their impact as growing Santa Ana winds add fuel to these devastating blazes that are encroaching in our area. According to the New York Times, new fires broke out in Malibu on December 7, with at least 96,000 acres already burned in the Ventura area and 116,000 acres in Los Angeles County. Evacuations have closed hundreds of schools and forced 200,000 of our neighbors to seek safety. The “Thomas Fire” in the Ventura area continues to burn with the aid of strong winds. This fire has caused the closure of the 101 freeway and a boil-water advisory was issued for Ventura County. Santa Ana winds The Santa Ana winds that are enabling the fires to rapidly increase their reach can have speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour. They are not expected to diminish until Friday into Saturday at the earliest. The National Weather Service has warned of “very rapid fire growth” in this area. SERVPRO Meteorologist Lela Davis said that the Santa Ana winds were already very dry when they reached the Southern California valley, allowing them to quickly pull moisture out of vegetation, increasing the risk for wildfires. For the first time ever, a purple wind warning was issued for today under the color-coded system used to advise about high winds. This purple warning pushed wind expectations from the “high” category to “extreme”. Ready to help Here at SERVPRO of Sorrento Valley we are monitoring this wildfire situation closely. Our thoughts are with those neighbors who may be put in harms’ way during this event. In many cases, a wildfire can result in a total loss for a home or business, but in others it may be a partial loss, or can result in mild smoke damage. If your home or business is affected by a wildfire, SERVPRO of Sorrento Valley is Here to Help®. 

About SERVPRO of Sorrento Valley

SERVPRO of Sorrento Valley specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Fire or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 858-527-1144

Why SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not attempt to clean it yourself. If you disturb the mold, the spores can become airborne and spread throughout your home, causing more damage.

What to Do:

  • Contain the affected area such as by shutting a door, and stay out of the area.
  • Turn off fans and the HVAC system
  • Contact SERVPRO of Sorrento Valley/University City for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Do not touch or disturb the mold.
  • Do not attempt to dry and blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Do not attempt to clean the area and spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

If you see mold, call us today!

Our technicians are trained and experienced in mold restoration projects. Call us at (858)527-1144 today to get an estimate.

Water Damage Can Be Costly

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

The key to avoiding a costly restoration is to eliminate water issues before they become a big problem. A simple fix, such as replacing a toilet supply line that is old and rusty, that goes unattended may progress and lead to a large restoration project.

SERVPRO of Sorrento Valley/University City has the training, experience and equipment necessary to properly handle any water situation. If water issues go on for too long, secondary damages can become a problem if mold has begun to grow. Many insurance policies don't include long term damage so make sure to have any odors or small leaks inspected and handled right away.

Here are a couple tips below to help avoid water damage in your home:

  • Check roof for signs of damage/wear
  • Keep gutters and downspouts clear of debris
  • Upgrade washing machine hoses
  • Check appliances such as dishwasher drains, ice maker lines, and water heater hoses

Returning After A Storm - The First Steps

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

Living in San Diego we generally have mild weather throughout the year. However, like in recent winters, we get storms that cause flooding and water damage. We've put together a list of action steps to take when returning to your commercial or residential building after local authorities have indicated it is safe.

  • Notify your insurance agent to determine insurance policy guidelines and steps to take.
  • Wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing while entering and dealing with flooded areas.
  • Do not enter rooms with standing water where electrical hazards may exist.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. 
  • Move large furniture away from walls, wipe excess water from wood furniture, and place foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • Do not leave rugs or colored items on the floor as they can cause staining.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fans if the ceiling is wet or sagging.
  • Throw away all food that has come into contact with flood water, even if it is canned.

While waiting for SERVPRO to arrive we recommend following these steps to avoid further damage.

Power Outages - Are You Ready?

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

Power outages are caused by a number of things: animal contact, natural disasters, equipment failure, vandalism, motor vehicle accidents. 

Whether there is a planned power outage to protect us from a potential fire, or it occurs from weather or human contact, would you be prepared?

Here is a list of steps below to help you be prepared:

  • Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity.
  • Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Find out how long medication can be stored at higher temperatures and get specific guidance for any medications that are critical for life.
  • Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
  • Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. Monitor weather reports.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home.
  • Review the supplies that are available in case of a power outage. Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member. Have enough nonperishable food and water.
  • Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so that you can know the temperature when the power is restored. Throw out food if the temperature is 40 degrees or higher.
  • Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged and gas tanks full.
 

How To Prepare For Rain Season

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

Fall is officially here and before you know it, the rains will start and water damage will be more likely. We recommend following these steps in order to make sure your home is ready for the wet and cold winter ahead:

  • Check your home's heating system and replace filters.
  • Inspect the exterior and interior of all windows and doors. If needed, repaint and caulk the areas to prevent water from leaking in.
  • Clean your gutters to prevent a back up, which can lead to water flooding down the side of your home.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Most house fires occur during winter.
  • Check your trees. Have branches that brush up against or over the house trimmed.
  • Divert water: add extensions to downspouts so that the water doesn't pool up right next to the house
  • Check the roof for any signs of damage or cracks. 

California Asbestos Testing Laws

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

A common misconception customers have is that their home does not require asbestos testing. However, there are certain laws and regulations in place regarding when it is required.

First: What is asbestos? Asbestos occurs naturally in the environment around the world, including Central and Northern California. The term asbestos refers to several varieties of mineral fibers that are mined and processed for commercial uses around the world. Because asbestos fibers are microscopic, lightweight, and are extremely resistant to heat and chemicals, asbestos became a valued building material throughout the 1900s. Although asbestos is no longer used in building materials, many older structures still contain the substance. Asbestos is most commonly found in ceiling insulation, but it is also often found in other materials, including:

  • Dry wall joint patching compounds
  • Stove or pipe insulation
  • Floor tiles
  • Furnaces and duct work
  • Roofing materials

Second: When is asbestos testing required?

According to District Rule 1206, regarding residential facilities, "A regulated residential facility is any building, condominium, or apartment that contains more than four dwelling units. A regulated residential facility is also a group of buildings located on the same property and managed by a common entity, even when there are fewer than four dwelling units in each building." 

For individual homes, there is no exact year where testing is required. However many companies will not perform demo in homes built before 1986 for the safety of

SERVPRO of Sorrento Valley Commercial Building Services

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Sorrento Valley equipment in open room Commercial Water Damage

SERVPRO of Sorrento Valley provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in San Diego County. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: https://www.SERVPROsorrentovalleyuniversitycity.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Commercial Building Emergency Safety Plan

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

Water Emergency Liron Shalom-Hickey our Director of Marketing and Client Relations

If your warehouse or office building were to experience a sudden water damage from a burst water main, would your employees know what to do?

Make a Plan!

The first step to creating a plan would be to ask yourself some basic questions. For example, would your employees know what to do? Does anyone know where the water main shut off is?  Is there an evacuation plan and do all of the employees know it? Start from these questions to begin putting together a safety plan. The plan should compose of 3 parts: first the safety of everyone, second a set of procedures to follow, and third how to carry on with business to avoid a disruption in cash flow.

Here is a list of important things to include in your plan:

  • An emergency contact list (also accessible from off-site)
  • Emergency procedures
  • Emergency staffing instructions
  • Vendor lists and contact info
  • Data backup plans and other resources to support business operations in case you have to temporarily or permanently relocate your business operations