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Kitchen Fires

8/12/2022 (Permalink)

dirty stairs The damage that the soot from the fire caused on the stairs.

We recently received a job involving fire damage. The fire took place in the kitchen and was caused by a pan left on the stove unsupervised. The kitchen, living rooms, and bedrooms were affected by the smoke and soot. Thankfully the home wasn't completely lost and the homeowner reached out to SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino for mitigation. The kitchen area is one of the leading causes of fires. Some things to be aware of to lessen the chances when cooking are

  • Don’t leave stove unattended when cooking
  • Keep up with stove maintenance; prevents a malfunction
  • Make sure there are no gas leaks
  • Clean the stove regularly; make sure there is no grease
  • Don't set the flame level to unnecessary levels
  • If you cook with high heat pay closer attention 
  • Keep flammable items away 
  • Use appropriate cooking utensils
  • Be aware of your surroundings

Fire damages are never fun to deal with. Doing some preventative maintenance and being aware of what's happening around your home are great ways to decrease the chances of a fire taking place. In the unfortunate event that one does bring damage to your property then SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino is here to help. We specialize in dealing with fire damage. We can be reached at (626) 852-9922. We are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Can Your HVAC Start a Fire?

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

Fires are a devastating experience, when they occur they are sudden and unexpected so it is difficult to prepare for one. We are in the middle of Summer here in Southern California. The average temperatures are above 90 degrees and in some places over 100 degrees. Right now air conditioning units are in high usage. This makes sense because one wants to be comfortable and cool in their own home. However, the strenuous usage can actually become a fire hazard. The wiring systems from your HVAC unit could be faulty, it can have a short circuit, and since they require so much energy then it can cause an electrical overload. Thus leading to fires. Doing some preventive maintenance is key as it may prevent future complications. Some fires have also begun because the air conditioning units are left on while people are away from home. This can be avoided  by simply turning it off or not leaving it unsupervised for high periods of time. Using the air conditioning unit less frequently also reduces the stress put on the electrical system as well, thus decreasing the chances of a fire taking place.

Air conditioners are great to have, especially when it is hot. But if they are not properly used then they can become a hazard. If they were to start a fire then you can potentially be dealing with a variety of issues and expenses. SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino specializes in fire damages. In the unfortunate event we are always willing to help and set you on the right path. We can be reached at (626) 852-9922. We are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Create an ERP With Us!

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

Fire and water damage are not uncommon in commercial settings. Business settings are being vigorously used by customers and employees daily. When large damages occur suddenly you may have workers that are worried about the conditions or your operations may be limited or completely halted. It is key to have a plan in place in case of damage emergencies. SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino has just that and we call it an Emergency Ready Plan. 

When we do an Emergency Ready Plan we simply go to your place of business and retrieve key facility details such as the locations of utility shut off locations, parking area, building access, stairwells, and whatever other information necessary. We then put all the notes together and create the plan for you. There are several advantages of having this plan in your workplace including 

  • In the event of an emergency you are prepared for the situation
  • You have a higher chance of reopening after a large loss
  • You can reopen your business sooner
  • You have SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino established as your restoration company; allows us to have convenient access to you in the event of a damage emergency
  • It identifies the key contacts to reach out too
  • Limits business interruption
  • Having a plan in place builds trust in your employees and clientele

Large water or fire damages can occur suddenly. By preparing you can minimize the effect that it will have on your business operations. When you create an Emergency Ready Plan with SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino you will have peace of mind knowing that if damage takes place we will be there to assist you. So don’t hesitate to take action now as it can potentially save you from future troubles. We can be reached at (626) 852-9922. We are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Mold Removal Can Be Complicated

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

Mold can grow in a variety of places with elevated moisture levels that are not properly maintained. This includes places such as the restroom, kitchen or HVAC area. It can also grow in areas that have high humidity levels such as your basement or crawl space. Also, when you receive water damage whether it's from a leak, overflow, or burst pipe; not being proactive in fixing the issue can eventually lead to the development of mold in the affected area. 

If you do happen to have mold it is important to stay out of the affected area and be cautious. Limiting exposure is key as depending on the type of mold it can be hazardous. If the HVAC is the source then it should be turned off as it can aid in spreading mold spores throughout the home. Make sure there are no fans nearby. You don't want air blowing across areas that have mold. If you attempt to remove it yourself make sure you use the appropriate material; not doing so may result in the situation worsening. You also want to identify the main source of the problem, sometimes it can be in between the walls. If so then cleaning the surface area may not be enough. You may need to tear down some walls to fix the issue.  Another crucial step is to set up a containment in the working area to keep airborne mold spores from spreading beyond the zone.  As you can see mold remediation can be a challenging process for many and it is not something that should be winged or done on your own. Doing so can create more complications.

When it comes to mold removal it is best to contact a professional service to assist you. SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino is just that. We specialize in mold removal and we have the tools to assist you efficiently and effectively. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and we can be reached at (626) 852-9922. So when you have questions regarding mold remediation don't hesitate to contact us.

Burst Toilet Supply Line

7/29/2022 (Permalink)

the floor of a house The visible damage on the carpet that was caused by the water

We recently received a job from a tenant who had water damage in their home. The cause was a leak from a burst toilet supply line that took place in the upstairs bathroom. The water leak affected the bathroom, hallway, powder room and the bedroom on the second floor. Some of the affected materials included the tile floor, drywall, and the carpets. Unfortunately since it took place on the second floor the water spread to the bottom level as well where the restroom, water heater area, and garage received damage. The tenants insurance reached out to SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino for assistance. We arrived the same day and extracted all the water, we also set up the drying equipment in the necessary areas to save what we can.  We managed to dry out about 90% of the walls and ceilings. Saving the client money, time, and less stress. We packed out the necessary materials and placed them in storage containers to allow us to proceed with demolition of the non salvageable areas. All of this was done within a few days.

SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino specializes in water damage and restoring homes back to normal. We understand that these types of events can happen suddenly and how important it is to be proactive in handling the situation. Doing so can save you money and troubles long term. Our professional  team is always ready to help you out. We can be reached at (626) 852-9922. We are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Thus, when you're in need of services do not hesitate to reach out. Our goal is to make it “Like it never even happened.”

We Also do Pack Outs!

7/25/2022 (Permalink)

boxes in the warehouse Pack-out contents from a fire job that were brought to our warehouse.

When fire or water damage takes place at your home or business place. Our team here at SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino is always ready to help. Sometimes the damage is so extensive that a large area will need to be restored, and in order to do so the entire affected section will need to be cleared out. The question is what happens to all the items that are in place?

Whether it is the kitchen, living room,  or bedroom, there is no need to worry about the materials as our team will  perform what we call a pack-out for you. A pack-out occurs when we move contents out from an area that needs our restoration services. We do this because it's preventing us from performing the work and to protect the items from the on site damages. We will place the items in a desired area of your choosing. This can be anywhere in the building such as a garage or another room. We can have a portable storage unit delivered to your home and place the items in there or we can place them in our trucks and deliver them to a storage facility. When the job is completed we will then assist you in placing everything back where it belongs. So you do not have to worry about doing any heavy lifting yourself or having to rent out a truck as we will happily assist you with the process.

SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino specializes in dealing with mold removal. We are also experts in restoring fire and water damages. If these jobs require our pack out services our team is ready to help. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We can be reached at (626) 852-9922, so feel free to contact us at any time.

Inspect Your Roof Now

7/20/2022 (Permalink)

Preventive maintenance on your roof is important. Now that we are in the Summer it's easy to forget about the heavy rainfall and strong winds that usually come around during the later seasons. Many homeowners or commercial buildings receive some type of water damage during those times. Thus, now that we have clear and dry weather it is a great time to do some preventative maintenance on your roof. Some benefits of taking action now include

  • Easier access to the roof now than when weather conditions become harsher
  • You can replace any damage material such as shingles or flashing without having to worry about the rain interfering 
  • It will prevent leaks in the future
  • Prevent future water damage to the interior of your building
  • Easier to clean out gutters if they are clogged; prevents future rain water from backing or ponding on the roof
  • You can add sealants to protect your roof from the future rainfall
  • Saves you from stressing about future water damages
  • You will save money by not having to spend on repairing future damages

It is wise to do maintenance on your roof before inconvenient weather conditions arise otherwise it will become more difficult. Investing in your roof may seem expensive now but it is actually beneficial long term. If you do happen to receive damage from a storm you can always reach out to SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino for assistance. We are highly experienced in mitigating water damages that originated  from a roof. We always want to help. We can be reached at (626) 852-9922. We are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Damaged Caused by a Sprinkler!

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

Material being covered for containment The material in the office was covered during the restoration process.

We recently received a call from an Optometric office in Arcadia where a pipe connected to a water sprinkler in the exterior of the building burst and caused water to leak into the main room of the office, leaving standing water for a few hours and causing damage to the area.

They reached out to us for assistance.  We arrived quickly to inspect the situation and begin the restoration process. Our Project Manager inspected the damage and saw that the laminate flooring, lower walls, and some cabinets were either damaged or contained high moisture levels.  We then extracted the water and set up plastic containment around some of the business materials so that they would not get damaged. We set up several air movers and dehumidifiers in necessary areas to speeden up the drying process. Because we set up the equipment swifty we were able to dry out a good portion of the affected area within a few days. Thus, reducing the amount of demoing that had to be done. The areas that were not salvageable we removed the damaged material; allowing the owner to begin the replacement process. The owner was impressed with the amount of time we were taking during this entire procedure and was satisfied that they had reached out to us.

Whenever water damage takes place it is key to take action quickly. Having to close down for a few days or keeping your business open while damaged can impact your operations and possibly deter away potential customers. Here at SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino we understand the importance of keeping a business operating effectively. We specialize in dealing with water damage that takes place in commercial buildings and we always want to help. We can be reached at (626) 852-9922. We are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Clamp Light Was Left Turned On

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

Clamp Light In Front of Window The clamp light where the fire originated from.

A clamp light was accidentally left on over the weekend. This resulted in a small fire that led to extensive water damage. Fortunately, the fire sprinklers set off and they were able to put away the fire; preventing any catastrophic damage. However, the sprinkler system still ended up causing severe water damage to the building.

The sprinklers first caused a flood in the room where the fire originated from. As the water kept flowing out, it eventually spread into the room next door. The water ended up damaging the floors, walls, and cabinets. Unfortunately, since it was a two story building and the flood occurred in the top floor, the water began seeping into the lower level. The first floor ended up receiving damage in similar areas as the top floor. But the ceiling and some of the material in between the first and second floor were also damaged. Due to the fire, a bad odor was also left throughout the building. They reached out to SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino for assistance and we were happy to help. We were able to get to the location swiftly to inspect the situation. Afterwards, we were able to begin the mitigation and restoration process.

Don’t forget to unplug or turn off unnecessary items if you are leaving a building alone. Accidents can happen at any time of the year. Being aware and proactive can save you a lot of trouble down the road. If you ever need services relating to fire or water damage then feel free to reach out to SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino. We are always happy to help. You can contact us at (626) 852-9922. We are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

Potential Fire Hazards

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

A fire can originate from a variety of sources and can begin at any moment. Whether it is self caused or natural it can spread quickly. If one does not take action swiftly then their entire building may be lost. There are a variety of things that we use in our homes daily that can cause a fire.

The kitchen is one of the areas where fires are common, after all we use fire to cook with our stoves daily. Having a malfunctioning stove can be problematic. If it leaks gas, it can be hazardous to your health and become highly flammable. Continuously using a dirty stove, over-cooking or leaving food unattended can also cause a sudden flame. The appliances you use daily such as your washer, dryer, microwave, and refrigerator can also be an issue. If they are overused or used incorrectly they can generate an excess amount of heat that leads to a fire. Electrical components are also a potential cause.Electronics such as your television, phone charger, radio,and computer can overheat. It is important to keep certain appliances or electrical components away from direct heat as this will cause them to overheat at a faster rate.

It is never a bad idea to be aware of potential fire hazards around home. If you do happen to ever come across fire damage to your property then SERVPRO of South Pasadena/San Marino will help you deal with your problem. We have experts that specialize in dealing with fire damages. We are available at (626) 852-9922. We are also available 24 hours, 7 days days a week, 365 days per year.