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Fire Damage

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in Long Beach California What to do after fire damage.

There’s been a horrible disaster at your business property, a fire! In order to minimize business interruption and additional recovery costs, the restoration process must begin as soon as possible. The best way to do this is to count on the professionals to assess the damage and get to work quickly so that business can resume as normal.

5 ways to get rid of smoke smell

1- Air out the place as soon as is safe and possible

2- Make the area to have positive air pressure by bringing the outside to force in the inside to leave outside.

3- Get rid of the items that are not salvageable and clean the salvageable items with proper chemicals.

4- Wash all the items that are washable including.

5- Call the professional restoration company SERVPRO NORTHWEST LONG BEACH which have industrial cleaning equipment and the training how to deodorize and clean all the affected areas.

Commercial Restoration

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Commercial Water Damage in Long Beach

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach responds quickly to your fire, water, mold damage and Sanitizing emergency, 24 hours a day. Whether the damage occurs in a small business building or a big warehouse store, we have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation. Our national network of over 1,700 Franchises gives us access to personnel and resources to respond to any size restoration emergency. Our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward to provide your employees and customers ongoing safety as you operate after the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can depend on a SERVPRO Northwest Long Beach professional to get the job done right the first time. They’ll respond promptly and make your workspace look its very best. Learn more about our Commercial Cleaning Service. Don’t forget to ask about our free estimate.

Water damage in Long Beach area

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Residential Water Damage Water damage in the bathroom.

When water enters a home from flash floods, flooding rain, burst pipes or broken water heaters, the damage can be extensive. Water left on flooring and furniture can cause complete loss. In addition, water that seeps into walls can cause sheetrock to warp, damage electricity and cause mold growth. That is why it is essential to find the best water remediation company as quickly as possible when flooding occurs.

The longer water sits in a home, the more likely significant damage will occur to personal property and the structure. While the floodwaters may recede, getting an area free and clear of flooding damage usually requires the efforts of a professional water damage company. SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach have the necessary equipment to remove standing water and dry out areas exposed to flooding. However, knowing the right company to hire for the job is not always easy. Our highly trained technicians are ready to respond immediately to flood or water damage at your Long Beach / Signal Hill property. We have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is back to normal. Don’t forget to ask about our free estimate

Storm damage in Long Beach, CA

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Storm safety

When you are out enjoying gorgeous summer weather, having the day interrupted by thunderstorms is quite an inconvenience—but it can be extremely dangerous, as well. Any thunderstorm, even the quick ones associated with summer heat, can cause serious damages to those in their path.

Because these storms often happen with little notice, we have assembled some tips to help you be storm-smart no matter where you are.

Be Storm-Smart No Matter Where You Are

Know your options for shelter. If it is clear that a storm is on the way and you are still safely at home, staying put until the threat passes is the safest thing to do. However, the nature of these storms do not always lend themselves to this. If you are caught out and about, your car can be used for shelter to protect you—simply cut off the engine and avoid touching metals in the vehicle.

Practice electrical safety. If lightning strikes the building you are in, the charge will typically travel through the electrical wires on its way to the ground, which can lead to a power surge. Power surges can ruin electronics and lead to dangerous sparking that can cause fires. The best thing to do is unplug everything when you know a storm is incoming, but installing surge protectors at home and at work can protect your items when this is not a possibility.

Avoid direct contact with concrete. If you are seeking shelter in a structure, concrete buildings might seem like the safest place to be. It is important to realize that these, too, can pose a threat, as metals within the concrete can still transmit an electrical charge if lightning strikes the building. If you are in a concrete building, be sure to avoid any direct contact with floors and walls to avoid harm.

Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. When your day is interrupted by a sudden storm, it is normal to be antsy to get back outside. It is important to follow officials’ recommendations, however—because lightning is able to travel distances of up to 25 miles in order to strike, wait 30 minutes from the last clap of thunder before you head back out.

If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our storm restoration process.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

COVID-19 cleaned Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

As we move further into July, many businesses are starting to reopen again and have begun welcoming staff and the public back. Things may be feeling like they’re somewhat going “back to normal,” but that does not mean the COVID-19 pandemic is over. The CDC is still urging both businesses and individuals to continue maintaining safety precautions in order to reduce risk and prevent a second wave of COVID-19 from spreading.

For some, it’s allowing employees to continue to work from home for the remainder of the year. For others, it’s implementing a phased approach of reintroducing both employees and customers to their business environment. For all, a plan that involves a high standard of cleanliness and sanitation is of the utmost importance. Transparency and clear communication of reopening plans, both internally and externally, is proving to be critical for success and support during these trying times.

Why SERVPRO Northwest Long Beach

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Mold Power plant with mold problem after heavy rain.

If you have ever had a disaster in your home whether it was flooding and water damage, fire or smoke damage, discovering mold in a hidden corner, or you have a bat infestation in your attic you might wonder who among all the restoration and clean up companies to call. SERVPRO has over 38 years of experience, highly trained certified technicians, 24-hour emergency service, locally owned and operated, and a trusted leader in the restoration industry.  If you don’t believe SERVPRO is the best check it out these testimonials left by some of our customers.

One week ago, Miguel and Moses from SERVPRO came to our house to eradicate a mold issue. They were very professional, knowledgeable, and extremely courteous. They went the extra mile to do a great job and they provided us with the best customer service we could have asked for. Thank you again for the help!

These guys are great! Any emergency is not too large for this SERVPRO of Northwest Long beach and Signal Hill, CA. 24/hrs. A day 360 days a year they are here for you.

Henry and his team are so kind, efficient and skillful. Highly recommend them. We had a leak in the upstairs bathroom that completely damaged the ceiling of the kitchen below and they came in with a plan and took charge in the best way!

I am very glad to share on our experience with SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach. We had a newly discovered mold situation in our house and knew that SERVPRO was a leader in taking care of these situations. I called SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach because of it's location to our home. Our first contact was Henry, Crew Chief, who was very knowledgeable and patient in relaying what the process was and what would be needed to proceed. From there, everyone we came in contact with regarding scheduling and accommodating what was needed to be done was incredible with our questions and making sure we understood and that we were comfortable with the process. The work has been completed. We are very appreciative that SERVPRO kept the work area contained and neat. They were very professional in the cleanup and conscious in ensuring that everything was taken care of throughout this process. I would highly recommend SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach.

Hose fire recovery

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Recovery Fire Damage

Though having a fire safety plan is the most important thing to consider for your household, knowing how you will navigate the stress of the recovery process is also important to consider.

Keeping yourself safe and organized is the most important thing, and to help reduce the stress, we have put together our top tips for recovering from a household fire.

Top Tips for Recovering From a Household Fire

Prepare yourself for what to expect. The damage from house fires is always unique, but it can be shocking to see if you are not expecting it. Making sure you are aware of the fact that smoke and soot can travel extreme distances throughout your home and that firefights can often lead to broken glass or holes in walls will help you know what to expect before you go in.

Wait to enter your home. It is a natural reaction to want to immediately assess and begin mitigating the damage, but you should never go back into a building after a fire until officials have deemed it safe. Damaged buildings can be hazardous as their structures may have been compromised, so going back in prematurely can put you at further risk.

Contact your insurance company. Insurance companies all vary on how they handle claim filing, which is why it is important to get in touch with yours early on to understand the process and maximize your claim.

Document the damages. Keeping thorough documentation of the damages will help you stay organized throughout the whole process, which will be helpful for you and for your insurance company. We recommend going room by room and taking photos of the damages, and making a detailed inventory list so you do not accidentally forget something in the complications of the process.

Contact your restoration company. Experiencing a fire in your home is a traumatic event for your family, which is why we recommend working with a reputable restoration company so you can return back to normal as quickly as possible. Knowing you can count on the company you have chosen will help you stress less throughout the entire process and enjoy your home once again once it is restored.

If your home is damaged in a house fire, you can count on us to help you. Get in touch at any hour for a quick response with SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach.

Review from our client

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage from neighbor Water damage from neighbor above.

I had water damage from a condo unit above mine and SERVPRO, Henry, came to my rescue. They were very timely in beginning the repairs and water clean up. Miguel was extremely helpful in providing pictures for my insurance and making sure that the entire damage was dried and restored. It was major damage and it took a few weeks from the day they showed up to the day it was finished. I will definitely keep them in mind for future issues.

Before Severe Weather Strikes

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Warning Storm Warning

When severe weather rolls through, it can be fierce and devastating to everything that is in its path. While it can be tempting to disregard showers as just another part of warm weather, any time there is thunder, there is a potential for more serious damages to occur. It is important to take severe weather seriously and prepare in advance for it to occur so you can stay safe.

By having an understanding of weather alerts, making sure you have provisions on hand and ensuring you have access to important updates, you can significantly increase your safety and know for certain that you are prepared.

Have an Understanding of Weather Alerts

The good thing about weather alerts is that they are a concise way to get much-needed information, but only if you understand what the commonly used terms mean. A severe weather watch indicates that while severe weather is possible, it has not yet begun in the area. For a severe weather warning, however, that means that there is severe weather actively occurring and everyone in its path should seek shelter.Make Sure You Have Provisions on Hand

Before a storm rolls through and forces you to hunker down, make sure you have the necessary provisions and supplies on hand to stay safe. Electricity is often the first thing to go in severe weather, so flashlights and batteries are a must. Additionally, having food and water is a good idea, as well as a stocked first-aid kit. Having a household safe area is also wise—generally a closet or hallway is recommended as a spot to shelter in place.

Ensure You Have Access to Important Updates

Because we are so dependent on cell phones for updates about what is going on in the world, they are generally our primary method of receiving weather updates as well. When things turn severe, however, they are not always the best solution. Not only can power be knocked out during severe weather, but the cell and data reception will often become spotty or nonexistent. Ensuring you have access to these pertinent alerts by purchasing something like a NOAA Weather Radio is a smart way to give your safety a boost.

If your home has been impacted by storm damage, we are here for you. You can contact us 247 to get a quick response to your home’s damages.

Storm damage in Long Beach, CA

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

Storm damage Long Beach California during last storm.

Falling trees, fire, high wind and hail storms often cause damage to roofing and other vulnerable parts of your property. Safety should always be your primary concern to prevent storm damage to your business.

  • Roofing. The best way to prevent unnecessary damages is to ensure that your roof is in the best shape possible before storm season hits. After a storm, any initial roof assessment should be completed from the ground as you want to make sure you are safe. If you suspect damage to your shingles or structure, contact a professional immediately. Make sure everyone vacates the premises in the event of major roof damage. 
  • Landscaping. Before the stormy season, have your landscaping trimmed back and remove all dead or dying vegetation. This will help to lessen the risk of flying branches or falling trees. 
  • Walkways. Heavy storms can undercut walkways, making them dangerous for pedestrians, and that’s something you definitely want to avoid. Have them updated and strengthened before heavy weather, and take a good look at them after a storm moves through the area. If you need a second pair of eyes, call a professional storm damage cleanup company for help. 

Storms and inclement weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate any business in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike, and storms don’t just strike during regular business hours; that’s why SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach Professionals offer 24-hour emergency service 365 days of the year. Help is on the way! 562-506-4992

Storm damage in Long Beach, CA

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

Storm damage Storm in Long Beach

Many destructive impacts can come out of a single winter storm. Are you prepared for the coming winter? The array of hazards that can come from a winter storm are sometimes countless.

  • Ice: Accumulations of a half inch or more, because of it's weight can cause widespread destruction and power outages and can have a crippling impact. 
  • Wet Snow: Much like ice accumulation, wet snow adds extra weight and stress, increasing the chance of damage. Moist snow sticks easily to trees and power lines.
  • Snow on Roofs: Several feet from one or multiple storms accumulating on a roof can add stress, causing them to collapse.
  • Flooding After the Snow: A rapid warm-up or rain following a winter storm with an expansive snow pack can set the stage for major flooding.

Melting snow and ice after a storm can also cause damage to the inside of your home or business. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Quincy to assess the situation and put you to Pre-Winter condition, "Like it never even happened."

Carpet cleaning and deodorization.

3/28/2020 (Permalink)

Carpet cleaning in Long Beach, CA Carpet cleaning and deodorization due to dog urination in Long Beach, CA

My family and I recently moved to Signal Hill and installed new carpet throughout our home.  We have two family pets and one is an elderly rescue dog. Our dog has accidentally urinated through out the downstairs carpet causing a horrible odor.

I called SERVPRO because of their reputation for professionalism, service and results. This location did not disappoint! They were on time, professional and were able to answer all my questions and offer solutions for a very reasonable price.

My carpets seem new again and the odor is gone. I would definitely use them again and recommend them to anyone

Determine Your Business’ Disaster Preparedness levels

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage travels fast Water damage in commercial building in Long Beach, California.
Your Commercial Insurance Coverage

Did you know that general commercial insurance policies do not typically cover the extensive damages a disaster can cause? There are many things that are usually not covered, such as damages from flooding and lost revenue due to damages, and even things that are in the policy are often not fully covered due to cost. It is smart to know exactly what your policy does and does not extend to so you can purchase necessary protections where appropriate.

Your Emergency Plan and Supply Kit

If a natural disaster is imminent, there may only be moments to react—but if you have a plan in place, you will know exactly what to do. Planning ahead can keep you and your staff much safer as everyone will be familiar with the steps to take. Be sure you know exactly how to evacuate, if that is appropriate for the situation, and also make a point to stock an office emergency supply kit in case you must await help at your business.

Your Plan for Restoration and Recovery

Knowing how you will tackle the restoration process in advance is the best way to reduce the time your business must remain closed following a disaster. Do not wait until a disaster has happened to research commercial restoration companies—instead, plan ahead so you can place the call right away. Also be sure to look into the disaster relief loans from the Small Business Administration, which provide financial assistance for your recovery.

If your business has been impacted by a disaster, you can contact us 247 for guidance on how to begin the commercial restoration process.

Water Mitigation in Long Beach California

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

Water Pipe Burst In the crawl space repairing the busted pipe in Long Beach California

I had a water pipe burst in my house back in June. Initially had another mitigation company come as per recommendations from my plumber. Well that was a mistake. Then I was referred to SERVPRO. Which was a provider that worked with my insurance company. WOW. What a difference in work ethics. They came on time. Left on time. Cleaned up properly. Always called me to let me know when they would be coming. And tried everything to help save my walls and floors. Can not say enough about their hard work and professionalism. I recommend SERVPRO to all and next time I would not waist my time with any other company. Let's hope there is not going to be a next time. 

Lessening Fire Risks as a Business Owner

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

Lessening Fire Risks as a Business Owner Fire damage in your business

Planning for the unpredictable is an important part of owning your own business, especially in regards to planning for emergencies such as fires. A fire can devastate a business if it is not adequately prepared, but a little bit of fire safety can drastically reduce the associated risks. Making sure that your business is following fire safety protocols is essential to mitigating the likelihood of a fire occurring.

Performing fire safety planning ahead of time by adhering to codes, identifying risks and preparing employees will help make sure that you and your staff are safer and help you recover in a fire’s aftermath. Commercial fires can happen at any time, so planning for a variety of scenarios is key.

Tips to Reduce Your Business’ Fire Risks

Follow code guidelines and inspection schedules. Knowing fire safety codes for businesses set up by the National Fire Protection Association is a great launching point for fire safety. Inspecting equipment on schedule and adhering to the other fire safety standards is an extremely important part of fire risk reduction that should be taken seriously.

Identify your specific risks. Not every business has the same fire risk profile as others, meaning it is important to be aware of the things specific to your business that might increase the likelihood of a fire. Consider equipment and supplies that could be fire starters and make sure you have contingency plans in place surrounding these items.

Create (and practice) a fire evacuation plan. Fire alarms can quickly cause a panic among employees who are not adequately prepared, so if you have on-site staff, it is important to get ahead of this. Hosting regular fire escape drills will solidify the evacuation plan in everyone’s mind so that they are able to react quickly and calmly in a real world fire event.

Have regular fire safety seminars with staff. Drills are a wonderful place to start, but general fire tips should also be reviewed often. Helping staff know how to increase their fire safety throughout their daily routines will reduce your chances of experiencing a fire to begin with and make sure everyone feels more prepared.

If your business has experienced a fire, we’re here 247 to respond and begin restoration. Call us today to learn how we can help you.

Household Fire Safety Tips

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Household Fire Safety Tips Household Fire Safety Tips

A house fire can happen in an instant, causing unprecedented devastation and loss. While there are many reasons a house fire can break out, quite a few of the common causes are fully preventable, provided some fire safety knowledge is implemented around the house.

To help households stay safe from fires and prepare for what they will do in a worst-case scenario, we wanted to take the time to put some of the most pressing fire safety tips in one place so they are easily accessible for local families.

The Most Important Tips for Fire Safety

Frequently Check Smoke Detectors. Installing smoke alarms in bedrooms and on every floor of the house is one of the best fire safety decisions one can make. By having these in the home and testing them monthly to ensure they are operational, you can dramatically decrease your fire risk.

Have a Fire Escape Plan. Creating a plan for what to do if a fire alarm sounds is the next step in fire safety. All rooms should have two designated exits, and family members should know where to meet up with one another after they escape.

Know How to Operate a Fire Extinguisher. Buying and learning how to operate a fire extinguisher is a great way to prepare for putting out a fire before it becomes a disaster. Make sure to research the different classes so you are getting the one that will best suit your family’s needs.

Never Leave Flames Unattended. There are many objects in the home that use open flames, such as fireplaces and stovetops. It is important to never forget that these can pose a fire risk—any open flame can travel in an instant, leading to a situation that can grow out of hand if there is no one nearby.

Keep a Closed-Door Policy. A fire that starts in the night will typically be the most dangerous because of the reduction in reaction time for those who are asleep. Keeping bedroom doors closed at night is one of the safest things to do, as it can slow down the flames’ spread dramatically and give everyone more time to escape.

If you’d like to learn more about protecting yourself from a house fire and how our restoration services can help you recover, get in touch today to learn more.

Stopping Water Damage

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Stopping Water Damage From Appliances Stopping Water Damage From Appliances

The occurrence of water damage to the home can cause major issues regardless of what the source is, but water damage that goes unnoticed for a long period of time can create compounding issues.

Common household appliances are some of the worst culprits of this—making it so important for homeowners to do regular checks to cover all their bases.

Water Damage-Causing Appliances

Hot Water Heater
Hot water heaters are built to last for up to 15 years, but can often begin leaking and require repairs long before this. As the hoses and seals begin to break down with time, it becomes vital to check on the water heater often to watch for any leaks that could become an issue.

Refrigerator
Because refrigerator water lines typically run between the unit and the wall, making a point to check for leaks is important. Without pulling the refrigerator from the wall, many leaks would be impossible to notice, leading to large sections of your structure that have sustained water damage for a long period of time. Include checking behind the refrigerator on your home’s seasonal maintenance checklist to ensure any leaks do not go on for too long.

Dishwasher
Dishwashers are similar to refrigerators in that they are rarely moved, and they also utilize a much larger volume of water, which can lead to larger leaks. Insurance coverage is not always applicable to damages from older dishwashers, so catching leaks early is key to preventing being stuck with a large bill.

Washing Machine
The washing machine uses quite a bit of water and is so prone to leaking it is recommended that the hoses are checked on a monthly basis and are replaced at least every five years, even if there are no noticeable leaks or issues present.

Air Conditioner
The HVAC unit will generally create moisture as it runs and drain it away itself. That being said, if there are issues with the water lines or drains, issues can occur. A backup of water can cause damage inside and around your unit before it is even noticed, making it vital to keep up with your scheduled maintenance and to check your unit often during the warmer months.

If your home has been impacted by water damage or you’d like to put a plan in place in case it happens to you, contact us to learn how we can help.

What to do after water damage

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

What to do after water damage;

One of the most damaging and devastating things you can experience as a homeowner is water damage. Whether it is due to flooding, burst pipes, sewer backups, roof damage due to severe storms or a leaky toilet when you are out of town – all can cause major water damage in your home. No matter what the cause, it is important to have a plan of action and know what you should do if your house floods. In fact, taking swift action can significantly improve your ability to reduce the costs of repair. Here’s what you should do after you experience water damage that will help reduce the amount of damage after and will make clean-up and repair easier.

Avoid additional risk;

If the water damage was serious enough for you to have to evacuate your home, be sure you and your family remain safe upon your return. Agencies like the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) advises that you should check for the following things you’re your return to ascertain if it is safe to occupy your home:

If insured, contact your Insurance Company

No matter if you are experiencing water damage from a flood or leaky toilet, you should contact your insurance company ASAP. In fact, it’s a good idea to have their number in your phone so you are not searching for their contact information during a highly stressful time. Remember, time is of the essence! In cases where flooding is affecting a widespread area, your agent may be handling multiple homeowners (or even their own). If you find yourself having a hard time getting in touch with your agent, contact the insurance company’s headquarters.

Once you are in touch with your insurance representative, the first thing you need to do is disclose the state of your home. Make sure you take diligent notes regarding the conversation and follow their direction about whether to wait for an adjuster to inspect the property before making repairs. You will most likely find new damage that will require multiple conversations, so be sure to document EVERYTHING!

In most cases your insurance company will advise you to contact your local Restoration Company.

We at SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach are preferred vendor with most Insurance Companies. Our technicians are available 24/7 to assist with any size water damage you may experience.

Water damage in Long Beach California

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

I used SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach recently to help mitigate some storm-related damage to my home. I was in a tizzy, but Henry and his team made me feel like I was in good hands. They responded quickly and helped prevent any further damage to my home. They also dealt with my property management, keeping them informed and suggesting best practices for how to handle related repairs. All the employees at SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach were efficient, professional, and friendly. Henry and his team always followed up on what they said they would do. I would very highly recommend them, and they will be the first people I call if I ever have any water-related issues again!

Water damage in Long Beach California

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

I used SERRVPRO of Northwest Long Beach recently to help mitigate some storm-related damage to my home. I was in a tizzy, but Henry and his team made me feel like I was in good hands. They responded quickly and helped prevent any further damage to my home. They also dealt with my property management, keeping them informed and suggesting best practices for how to handle related repairs. All the employees at SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach were efficient, professional, and friendly. Henry and his team always followed up on what they said they would do. I would very highly recommend them, and they will be the first people I call if I ever have any water-related issues again!

Water damage in Long Beach California

12/1/2019 (Permalink)

Drying wood floor Drying the wood floor.

Water damage in Long Beach California.

 This completely remodeled custom built house had water damage due to pipe leak from the Master Bathroom which penetrated to downstairs Dining Room, Kitchen and the Pantry. The homeowner just finished putting the plank engineered wood floor and emphasized how important it is for us to save them. We at SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach dispatched our technicians to go out there ASAP and assess the damage. After moisture mapping, we outlined the effected area and our crew start the water remediation. Setting up equipment to save the wood floor was our first priority and due to timely manner response, we managed to salvage the wood floor and start the water remediation to the rest of the dwelling.

Mold in Power Plant

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

After heavy rain in Long Beach California we received a phone call from new constructed Power Plant to inspect their facility to make sure heavy rain did not cause any mold problem. The test result came back positive and the engineering department wanted to have a meeting with us to find out how to move forward to abate mold. This power plant was under construction and created its own challenges, we were told we must work alongside of the other construction crew and make sure their work does not get interrupted. Our crew chief had meetings with different department and came out with a game plan to ensure all work was done on a timely manner. Mold remediation took about 7 days we finished the job 24 hours ahead of the schedule. After clearance test result plant supervisor inspected our job and assigned another power plant nearby with similar problem to our company.

Water Damage

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

I had a water pipe burst in my house back in June. Initially had another mitigation company come as per recommendations from my plumber. Well that was a mistake. Then I was referred to SERVPRO. Which was a provider that worked with my insurance company. WOW. What a difference in work ethics. They came on time. Left on time. Cleaned up properly. Always called me to let me know when they would be coming. And tried everything to help save my walls and floors. Can not say enough about their hard work and professionalism. I recommend SERVPRO to all and next time I would not waist my time with any other company. Let's hope there is not going to be a next time. Thanks SERVPRO.

Why We’re Leaders in Fire Restoration | SERVPRO® of Northwest Long Beach

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Having a fire preparedness plan is important at any time of year, but experts advise to be extra vigilant as winter approaches. December and January have the highest rate of house fires according to the Red Cross’ reporting, which makes it a great time to ensure you are prepared.

Every household member knowing the escape plan for if a fire breaks out is of the utmost importance to remain safe during a fire. After the flames are extinguished, knowing what to do next will help you speed your recovery along—mainly, knowing what restoration company to call in order to have your home and belongings restored.

We Clean Up Thoroughly After a Fire

Having your home restored quickly will help you regain your sense of normalcy and aid the emotional recovery that often follows a house fire. With our three-step cleaning method, we can make sure your structure, belongings and air quality are sanitized and safe for use, so you can go back to living and enjoying your life.

Structural Cleaning

Structural restoration is essential for the integrity of your home’s construction, which is why we always start with extensive testing to understand the full extent of the damages. Once this is determined, our technicians will first begin cleaning and removing the damaged material, then start the reconstruction process and preparing for finishes such as paint to be applied.

Content Cleaning

We understand the hassle of replacing all your belongings, and it is generally more expensive as well. That is why we have both wet and dry cleaning equipment so we can restore your items and ensure they are not dangerous to use following a fire. Our advanced equipment allows us to handle a variety of objects such as wood furniture, area rugs and electronics, plus many more.

Deodorization Services

The smoke and soot a fire leaves behind can be extremely hazardous to your health if there is prolonged exposure. That is why we have air purification equipment to not only remove the odors instead of covering them up, but also to remove these dangerous particles completely.

If you’ve been affected by a fire, reach out to us right away! We are here 247 to help you recover.

Water damage from Strom

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

When it comes to thunderstorms, lightning is one of the most dramatic (and most dangerous) displays of their power. The storm transferring its energy to a lightning bolt can cause fires to start, electronics to be ruined and home structures to be compromised. Understanding the origins of lightning and how to prepare for it can go a long way in protecting your home.

<h3thunderstorms-develop-lightning">How Thunderstorms Develop Lightning

The electrical charge inherent to all thunderstorms serves as the foundation for thunder and lightning. When a lightning bolt strikes, it is actually the storm dispelling some of its energy into surrounding clouds or toward the ground.

The earth’s atmosphere does not make an ideal conductor of electricity, so lightning will often strike an object it can travel through instead. This is why lightning strikes to homes are so common and so dangerous.

<h3for-home-protection">Tips for Home Protection

Knowing some background info about lightning provides context for protecting your home from the common types of damage that it can cause.

Protect from fire damage. Lightning bolts have been recorded as hitting temperatures of 500,000 degrees, which is hot enough to ignite most building materials on impact. The damage lightning causes to wires can also give rise to electrical fires within a home’s walls, either immediately or in the future. An electrician or the local fire department can often test for hot spots within the walls to determine your risk.

Protect your appliances. As the charge of lightning is routed through the wires, it is transferred to everything in the home’s grid—including things plugged into the wall. Surge protectors are a simple and cost-effective tool that can do wonders in preventing this.

Protect your home’s foundation. Shock waves are produced every time lightning strikes, which is what causes the claps of thunder we hear. At close range, such as when lightning strikes near a home, these waves are strong enough to crack foundations and shatter windows. A structural inspection should be performed if lightning strikes in your home’s vicinity.

If your home has been affected by storm damages or lightning-related fires, give us a call today! We are experts in damage cleanup and can restore your damage quickly.

Water damage in Long Beach area

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

IT COST ME MORE IN THE LONG RUN.... I had clogged drain lines, a pipe broke and my business flooded, an absolute nightmare, the fear of closing for a long period of time forced me to hire cheap and get fast back to business. I was in a panic and could not afford to close shop. My plumbers did a great job! But, I had no clue the damage sitting water could cause, I learned the hard way. A month after the incident we began to smell a musty odor and continued to linger. Someone suggested that it could be a dead animal in the walls, or behind furniture. We decided to give it a good cleaning, we moved furniture to discover dark spotting outside the bathroom walls. We had MOLD! I decided to investigate as the issue was growing and learned that water is a SOLVENT! I had to call certified experts to resolve this as now my employees and customers would be at risk. Henry and his team came out right away, I was in a panic and their calm demeanor, professional tools and efficiency reassured me that everything would be done fast and RIGHT. Even after everything was done they followed up. I was in the loop with time frames and communication with Edward (Farmer’s agent) was great help in getting things processed with SERVPRO. In retrospect, I should have called SERVPRO at first to handle the flood, and avoid the mold. Henry and his team was great! Thank you!

Water damage from Strom

8/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage from Storm

As we enter into the season of spring, we must also buckle up and be prepared for whatever weather Mother Nature may choose to send our way.

Mother Nature Can Be Fickle

With the arrival of spring comes longer days and more sunshine, but unfortunately, spring also brings with it the threat of severe weather throughout the country. This means that the weather may change at any given moment.

Unstable temperatures can go from warm to cold in as short as an hour. That temperature change can result in extreme weather changes as well.

Thunderstorms are a regular occurrence throughout the spring and are the main cause of severe weather. A thunderstorm occurs whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, which is most common in the spring and summer.

Some of the costliest natural catastrophe losses in the U.S. for 2017 were the result of severe thunderstorms. Out of 50 events, there were 85 fatalities and an estimated total of $25.4 billion in overall losses.

With these storms comes the threat of flooding, high winds and even tornadoes if the conditions are right. It has been found that in modern history, 10% of all violent tornadoes have occurred in March, with April, May and June taking the top spots at 30%, 24% and 15% respectively.

Preparing for the Unpredictable

Meteorologists have the technology and the tools available to predict the possibility of severe weather, but even that is not enough to predict the weather with 100% accuracy. Advanced warnings, along with the right preparation, can greatly improve overall safety for your family.

Some suggestions of things you can do to your home to prepare for the chance of severe weather are as follows:

  1. Clear out your home’s gutters, drains and downspouts.
  2. Trim trees of precarious limbs or branches that could break off in a storm.
  3. Secure or store outdoor belongings if severe weather is in the forecast.

Having an emergency kit on hand is always advised. These kits should include the following:

  • Battery-operated flashlight and NOAA weather radio, with extra batteries for both
  • Emergency evacuation or shelter plans
  • Important personal info, like telephone numbers of neighbors, family and friends, insurance and property info, numbers for the utility companies, and medical info
  • A first-aid kit with things like non-latex gloves, adhesive bandages, tweezers, sterile gauze pads, aspirin packets, adhesive cloth tape and scissors
  • 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Blankets or sleeping bag

Despite its unpredictability, there is one thing that always remains true of the spring weather season: It always happens. If your home or business is damaged in a storm, you can depend on SERVPRO® of Northwest Long Beach to get the cleanup and restoration process started fast.

Prevention guide for house fires

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

House fire flames can spread rapidly, causing large-scale damage in moments. Not only can house fires be catastrophic for your property, but they can also put members of the household in danger as well. While there is no way to fully guarantee you will never be impacted by a house fire, taking precautions for prevention can help.

Frequency Statistics for House Fires

Home fires occur far more often than most might estimate—almost three times a minute as reported by the NFPA.

Cooking continues to be the No. 1 culprit in starting house fires, but of course there are many other reasons a fire could start.

Prevention Tips for House Fires

Once flames start, they can spread instantly and become unmanageable. Understanding tips for preventing house fires can reduce the likelihood of that happening. These household actions will help you prevent fires:

Performing smoke alarm checks. Most smoke alarms have a test button, allowing you to check batteries, which is recommended once a month. The full unit is recommended to be replaced every 10 years.

Clearing your dryer tray. Lint collected from the dryer may appear to be a household inconvenience, but it can be quite dangerous as well. As the dryer heats the clothes, it can also heat the lint tray and lead to combustion.

Watching open flames. As quickly as flames can spread, it is never a good idea to leave them unattended.

Maintaining cables and cords. Wires that are under stress or bending often may experience premature fraying, which can be a fire hazard. Replace them when they become frayed.

Protect household supplies. Aerosol cans and other everyday household items can be highly flammable—check the label if you are unsure. Protect these flammable products from heat and light as much as possible.

If your home has suffered damage from a house fire, give us a call. We are certified in fire and soot remediation, and here to help 247.

Water Damage

7/21/2019 (Permalink)

Water is an absolute requirement in daily life and so beneficial. But it also can take on a more sinister side and lead to much damage periodically.

There are many different things that can cause water damage—are you familiar with the numerous things that are behind it?

Key Causes of Water Damage

From 2009 to 2015, The Travelers Insurance Companies Inc. found that the top five causes of home claims were:

  • Exterior wind damage
  • Non-weather-related water damage
  • Hail
  • Weather-related water damage
  • Theft

Did you notice that water appears on this list twice? Better question—are you surprised by this? Because of its prevalence on the list, water is broken into two classifications: non-weather-related and weather-related.

Non-weather-related issues can come from things like plumbing and appliances, while weather-related damage naturally consists of issues from rain and snow.

The top five causes for water damage are plumbing issues, leaky washing machines, bursting water pipes, older water heaters and bad weather.

How You Can Prevent Some Water Damage

Water damage is a costly experience to be sure, one that could be so much worse if it isn’t covered by your homeowners insurance plan. Have you taken the time to review your policy lately? Here are some of the damages caused by water that should be covered in a standard homeowners policy:

  • Damages caused by from weight of wintery elements
  • Discharge and overflow of water, even by accident
  • Tearing apart, cracking, burning or bulging of a steam or hot water heating system
  • Freezing of plumbing and pipes

Avoiding water-related issues and potential damage situations is possible.

Make use of the following preventive fixes and routine maintenance suggestions to help your home remain free and clear of water issues:

  • Applying water sensors and automatic shut-off valves
  • Getting back flow valves and standpipes put in basement drains
  • Clearing the gutters and downspouts of debris
  • Taking time to flush the hot water tank every six months
  • Keeping grease out the kitchen sink and drain

Hopefully you can make use of these tips and help keep your property safer from some forms of water damage

Water damage can be a nightmare to deal with, but fortunately, you will always have SERVPRO® of Northwest Long Beach on your side to help with the cleanup and restoration process.

Commercial mold damage in Long Beach, CA

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

We have received a phone call from Powerplant in Long Beach California regarding mold concern in one of the new constructed Building. Our field inspector at SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach did visual inspection, we recommended for mold test to be performed and how to proceed with appropriate protocols. The test result came back positive. After having a meeting with project manager and hearing their concerns and their safety protocols the scheduling process started.

One of the challenges we faced our crew had to work along side of the powerplant crew and to make sure their job did not get interrupted. Also, during our mold remediation fire department must come and check all the pipes that they were in the negative air chambers to make sure they are all in working condition. Our mold remediation took 7 days and got signed off by safety inspector of the powerplant. A letter of recommendation was given to the powerplant supervisor regarding our performance and as result we got two more contracts.

Storm damage in Long Beach, CA

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

When we are in the spring and summer season, thunderstorms can happen any day. These storms can also bring a chance for property damage.

How familiar are you with the different types of damage that thunderstorms can cause?

Understanding Storms

There are an estimated 16 million thunderstorms each year all throughout the world. The United States experiences approximately 100,000 thunderstorms per year, and 10% of those are considered severe.

In order for a thunderstorm, there are three required components—moisture, rising unstable air, and a “lifting” mechanism. That lift can result from mountainous terrain that forces air to rise, or from warm/cold or wet/dry air bumping together, causing a rising motion.

There are three stages in a thunderstorm’s life cycle. The first is the developing stage, the second is the mature stage and the third is the dissipating stage. It’s during the middle stage where most damage occurs.

The Damage of Thunderstorms

Of the many different dangers present during storms, one of the greatest risks is the chance for flying debris due to high winds.

During a severe thunderstorm, winds can gust up to and over 57.5 mph, which is more than enough to cause damage to your property.

Loose items in your yard, including kids’ toys and your lawn furniture, can quickly turn into projectiles.

Thunderstorms can also produce the following damage besides wind damage:

Lightning damage. If striking a home or building, the electricity that can pass through wiring can fry your electronics. Lightning can also result in the starting of fires.

Tornado damage. These storms are often short but mighty. In comparison with the winds of a normal storm at around 60 mph, tornadoes have winds gusting up to 200 mph. That dangerous punch can wreak havoc.

Hail damage. No matter what size hail you see during a thunderstorm, damage can result. In fact, there’s more than $1 billion in hail damage reported each year.

Flood damage. When a large amount of rain falls in a small amount of time, flooding results. There’s nowhere else for the rain to go and it’s falling too fast to dissipate into the ground.

If a thunderstorm has resulted in damage to your home or business, know that the team at SERVPRO® of Northwest Long Beach is available 247 to help with cleanup and restoration.

Commercial mold damage in Long Beach, CA

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

After heavy rain in month of February in Long Beach, California our office received a phone call from a Powerplant. Plant manger noticed mold like substance on the walls of a new building facility and they wanted a professional opinion.

After visual inspection of the area we recommended to have mold test to be performed to make sure the dark gray substance on the walls were mold in order to determine correct scope of work.

The test result indicated there were few types of mold growth in that facility including Aspergillus.

After having a meeting with the plant manger and hearing their concerns regarding their safety protocols and to make sure we do not interrupt their work we provided our estimate and stared our mold remediation soon after.

We had to build 9 different negative air chambers in order to avoid any cross contamination, after 7 days our mold remediation was completed.

Preparing Your Household for a Flood

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

While you might think that flooding at your home is unlikely, you might be surprised.

Some form of flooding is included in approximately 90% of natural disasters. It is essential for homeowners to be aware of the dangers and understand what they can do to protect their home.

How to Prepare for a Flood in Your Home

While a flood cannot be prevented, there are steps homeowners can take to reduce the extensive damage a flood could cause:

Know your risk. Use the FEMA Flood Map Tool to understand the historical flooding in your area and learn what your actual risks are.

Anchor propane and fuel tanks. If a fuel tank tips over due to a flood, it can lead to a dangerous spill or even a fire. Remove fuel tanks from the property or anchor them securely.

Raise hazardous materials. Chemicals can pollute floodwater and even cause a fire risk in some cases. If you have hazardous materials in your garage, elevate them so they are out of the water’s way.

Prepare appliances. Risers can be made from household items such as bricks or cinder blocks to elevate washers or refrigerators. The internal workings can be damaged if waterlogged.

Turn off electricity. Though water may not reach electrical sockets, it can still pose a hazard for dangerous currents to travel. Cut electricity to keep everyone safe.

Discuss emergency procedures. Discuss a disaster plan and evacuation route with your family so everyone is aware of the procedure. Show all adults and older children where to turn off the electricity and gas mains in the house—and keep emergency supplies handy.

Consider a safety deposit box. Items considered irreplaceable, such as family memorabilia, tax records and household documents, might be best stored in a safety deposit box off-site so they will not be destroyed.

By planning ahead, you can keep your family safe and ensure that your home does not sustain any unnecessary damage as well. Taking proper precautions can make a large difference in the damage sustained.

If you’ve experienced water damage due to a flood or other causes, SERVPRO® of Northwest Long Beach is here to help. Our technicians are fully trained in water remediation, and our 247 Emergency Line means we’ll be there for you when you call.

Fire damage

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

One of the reasons you should call us first when disaster strikes is that we get there faster, but that is not the only reason why we should be one of your first calls if the worst should occur.

When it comes to your property, our technicians have a “restore first” mentality, which is aided by the use of specialized equipment and cleaning techniques. This mentality also helps reduce the interruptions to life and helps get your home or business back to pre-disaster condition.

Fire Damage and Restoration

Knowing the first steps to take after a fire has damaged your property is daunting, but that’s why we are here! Once you contact us, our team springs into action.

Because every fire damage event is different, our highly trained team will develop a unique solution that is tailored to your needs; however, the general process remains the same.

Here are the steps that are included in our process:

1. Emergency contact. Once you’ve made the initial contact with us, you will be asked to answer a series of questions regarding the fire damage. This helps us make sure our team is dispatched with the appropriate equipment and resources.

2. Inspection and fire damage assessment. When our team arrives on the scene, they will inspect and test adjoining rooms of the property to determine the extent of fire, smoke and soot damage. This helps us determine the right plan of action moving forward.

3. Immediate board-up and roof-tarp service. Because fire damage can compromise windows, walls and roofs, we will make sure that your property is secure and protected from further damage by boarding up missing windows and walls and placing a tarp on damaged roofs.

4. Water removal and drying (if water damage is present). Since water damage is a byproduct of fire damage, we immediately begin the removal process for all wet items. Dehumidifiers and air movers are brought in to remove the remaining water and finish up the drying process.

5. Removal of smoke and soot from all surfaces. Through the use of specialized equipment and techniques, we are able to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls and other surfaces.

6. Cleaning and sanitizing. If it is possible, we continue our “restore first” approach by cleaning restorable items and structures. Not only will they be cleaned, but industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment are used to help remove odors.

7. Restoration. This is our final step in the process of getting your property back to pre-fire condition. Restoration can include minor repairs like replacing drywall, painting and installing new carpet. It could also call for major repairs like reconstruction of damaged areas.

Remember, if you need us, we’ll be there—no matter the time or day. The team of highly trained restoration experts at SERVPRO® of Northwest Long Beach is available for emergency cleanup and restoration services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Fire Damage

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

At the end of a day, do you usually find yourself in the kitchen? It can be a wonderfully versatile place—a place for family and friends to gather, for quality time to be spent and where some delicious eats are cooked up. Yet, unfortunately, the kitchen is also the space where many home fires occur.

Cooking fires rank No. 1 as the source of home fires and injuries, with the leading cause of these kitchen fires reported as unattended cooking.

State Farm paid out over $130 million in homeowners insurance claims related to grease and other cooking fires in 2017. According to the insurance company, these are the worst states for kitchen fires:

  • North Carolina
  • Texas
  • Pennsylvania
  • California
  • Ohio
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Alabama
  • Georgia
Fire Safety Tips for Cooking

Staying in the kitchen while cooking is just one of the fire safety precautions you should be observing. Here are some other helpful tips to observe while cooking:

1. Watch the type of clothing you wear when cooking. Does your outfit have long, flowing sleeves or is it big and baggy? It could catch on fire if you aren’t careful while cooking over the stove. It’s best to wear short or close-fitted sleeve shirts and make sure any baggy shirts are tucked in or tied back.

2. Flammable items should be kept away from stovetop. Make sure you don’t have kitchen towels, oven mitts, appliance cords or even curtains too close to the stovetop when cooking. Ideally, anything flammable will be moved away from it.

3. Have your home equipped with a fire extinguisher in/near the kitchen. Hopefully you have at least one fire extinguisher located in your home, ideally one that is near your kitchen. Make sure you know how to properly use the extinguisher, just in case it is ever needed.

4. Resist from throwing hot grease into the garbage can. The grease may not be on fire, but it could be hot enough to cause something in the trash to burn. You should let the grease cool a bit and then dispose of it in an old coffee can. Also, know the smoke points of the oils you cook with. Be sure to never subject a low-smoke point oil to high heat when cooking, as it could catch fire.

5. Make sure there is a fire escape plan established. In the interest of safety, thinking about worst-case scenarios can prepare you and your family for emergency if one were to occur. Go over exit routes and designated meeting points with your family, making sure that everyone knows what to do.

Fire safety in the kitchen is an absolute necessity, as it can help prevent dangerous and destructive cooking fires. If your home has experienced damage from a cooking fire, know that SERVPRO® of Northwest Long Beach is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Prepping Your Business for Potential Disasters

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

As a business owner, there are a multitude of things that must be taken care of when running your business. However, probably one of the most important factors to think about is emergency preparedness.

You never know when or if an emergency will occur. While having a plan in place cannot stop all disasters, it can still give you and your employees peace of mind where safety is concerned and ensure that your employees know what to do if a disaster or emergency situation should occur.

Making a Plan

Have you taken the time to sit down to draw up an emergency preparedness plan for various disaster situations? If not, it should be a priority!

We have listed below some of emergencies your business should have a preparedness plan in place for, including:

  • Fire
  • Severe weather, including thunderstorms and winter storms
  • Other natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes
  • Human-caused hazards, including accidents or acts of violence
  • Technology-related issues like power outages and equipment failure

Whether it’s a man-made incident or one created by a natural disaster, if there is no emergency plan for your business, the situation could become quite stressful quickly.

Make sure safety training and familiarization of emergency preparedness plans are included in the company onboarding process, team-building activities and continuing education opportunities. By helping employees familiarize themselves with proper safety protocol and emergency procedures, you’re not only giving them the tools to protect themselves, but you are also setting them up to help protect guests/visitors and the business itself.

Where to Start

First evaluate which situations would be most likely to occur when you begin to set up an emergency plan for your business, including even the unlikely longshots that could still happen. After all, it’s better to prepare for any worst-case scenarios and not be caught off guard.

There are plenty of online resources to help guide you through this process, including Ready.gov, the American Red Cross, FEMA and the CDC.

Have a business impact analysis (BIA) done, which will aid in the prediction of the potential effects a disaster may have on your business. This would include lost or delayed sales and income, increased expenses from repairs, and delayed implementation of business plans. Don’t forget to make sure a crisis communications plan is in place, too.

Perform regular drills once you have come up with an emergency preparedness plan, and be sure to review it and practice it with employees. Reviewing and rehearsing various scenarios can help ensure the process remains fresh in their minds and can help employees feel more empowered.

Disaster can strike when you least expect it, but by being prepared and having a plan in place, your business will be better suited to handle whatever Mother Nature has in store. If the worst should happen and your business is damaged, know that SERVPRO® of Northwest Long Beach is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Water damage in Long Beach area

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach was called in to assess and determine of mold damage. This power plant in Long Beach, CA had some concerns about mold problem in one of their new facilities. After initial inspection we recommended for mold test to make sure if the facility is free of mold. The test result showed elevated mold spores in the facility. After talking to project manager and their safety department we started the project. We had to build 7 air chambers and to make sure that there would be no work interruption while our crew was working in the facility. Very first day our crew had to go through some safety training.

 This project was challenging due to some pipes and equipment were on our way to build our chambers, plus fire department has to come and check on some of the equipment’s. Coordination with other departments was important to make sure the job gets done on a timely manner without interruption. Our crew managed to finish the first phase in 3 days so the fire department can run their test by the due date. The second phase started as soon as we got the mold clearance test form phase one. Job got completed 2 days before the due date and the project manager was pleased with the time frame.

Tornado Safety Tips

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Springtime weather is beautiful…and unpredictable. You should always be prepared for the chance of severe thunderstorms that contribute to the perfect conditions for a tornado to strike.

April and May are traditionally the months that have the highest occurrences of tornadoes at 30% and 24%, respectively. So that means we are currently in the height of tornado season throughout the United States.

Read on as we offer some tips and information on tornadoes that can help keep your family prepared for the worst possible scenario.

Weather Conditions That Could Create A Tornado

Nearly 1,200 tornadoes occur in the U.S. each year, and they are usually the byproduct of thunderstorms, especially those known as “supercells.”

A tornado will take shape as changes in wind speed and direction create a horizontal spinning effect within a storm cell. This is then tipped vertical by rising air moving up through the thunderclouds.

At first, the tornado’s signature funnel cloud is transparent, but it will become visible as water droplets from the storm’s moist air condense or as dust and debris are picked up.

Typically, tornadoes can grow to be 660 feet wide and will move at 10 to 20 miles per hour, although larger and faster have been observed. Hail and intense winds of over 200 mph can accompany tornadoes.

Tornadoes typically occur during the late afternoon during spring and summer, but it is vital to remember that they can occur anytime and anywhere.

Important Safety Tips

Knowing the difference between a tornado watch and tornado warning is your first line of defense. A watch is issued when the conditions are favorable for tornadoes, while a warning is issued when a tornado has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar.

If a warning has been issued for your area, take immediate action and find a safe shelter, especially if you are in the path of the tornado.

Shelter options include:

  • Underground options like a basement or storm shelter.
  • The lowest part of your home, in an area that is away from outside walls, doors and windows. Interior closets and bathrooms can be ideal options.
  • If you are outside, try to get to a sturdy building. Mobile homes and trailers are not a safe option.
  • If on the road and no building access is available, do not get under an overpass or bridge. Instead, find a low, flat location and use your arms to protect your head and neck.

You should store working flashlights, a battery-powered weather radio and extra batteries in your selected tornado shelter at home.

If a tornado happens and you are caught out on the road, DO NOT try to outrun it. Also, when you are taking shelter in your home, you can provide additional cover by using furniture items like couch cushions, mattresses or blankets to help keep your head and neck covered.

Tornadoes can strike anywhere and wreak absolute havoc on the areas where they touch down. While meteorologists and weather services can provide some advanced warning to potential threats, tornadoes can still occur with little to no warning at all.

If your home or business has been damaged by a tornado, know that SERVPRO® of Northwest Long Beach is ready and waiting to jump into action and get cleanup and restoration of your property underway.

Fire damage in Long Beach / Signal Hill

4/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why it is important to act immediately when you have a fire damage

When a fire occurs in a home or a business, the aftermath can seem overwhelming, and if fire restoration is delayed, the destruction from smoke damage can become even worse. The longer you wait to address the damage, the more repairs you'll have to fix - which means you'll most likely have a larger bill for damages when all is said and done. You can avoid costly repairs and long-term issues if you make fire damage restoration a priority and follow the steps, you'll need to get your home or business back to normal as soon as possible.

Contact a Licensed Fire Damage Restoration Company

Most important step - find a fire restoration contractor who can assess the damage, give you an estimate on costs and start the cleanup process. Contact your home insurance company to make them aware of the fire and ask them for referrals for reliable businesses in your area. It's essential that you enlist the help of a licensed and insured fire damage restoration company to reduce the risk of further damage to your home. They are trained to handle this type of damage and many will perform some of the following steps to help get you through the initial fire cleanup:

While it's best to have a qualified fire restoration company handle the smoke damage restoration, there are some small tasks you can do to help minimize the initial damage before the professionals come in to do the major cleanup. Remember that safety comes first, so if there’s no way to safely gain access into your home, then stay out until the professionals arrive. If it is possible to enter your house, make sure you’re wearing work gloves, long sleeves/pants, and proper respiratory protection, such as a mask because exposure to soot can cause respiratory problems and other medical issues.

We perform a thorough cleanup using industrial-grade products and equipment, such as dry-cleaning soot sponges to remove loose soot and specialized vacuum filters to clean carpet and upholstery. 562-506-4992

Are You Ready for Unpredictable Spring Weather?

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

As we enter into the season of spring, we must also buckle up and be prepared for whatever weather Mother Nature may choose to send our way.

Mother Nature Can Be Fickle

With the arrival of spring comes longer days and more sunshine, but unfortunately, spring also brings with it the threat of severe weather throughout the country. This means that the weather may change at any given moment.

Unstable temperatures can go from warm to cold in as short as an hour. That temperature change can result in extreme weather changes as well.

Thunderstorms are a regular occurrence throughout the spring and are the main cause of severe weather. A thunderstorm occurs whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, which is most common in the spring and summer.

Some of the costliest natural catastrophe losses in the U.S. for 2017 were the result of severe thunderstorms. Out of 50 events, there were 85 fatalities and an estimated total of $25.4 billion in overall losses.

With these storms comes the threat of flooding, high winds and even tornadoes if the conditions are right. It has been found that in modern history, 10% of all violent tornadoes have occurred in March, with April, May and June taking the top spots at 30%, 24% and 15% respectively.

Preparing for the Unpredictable

Meteorologists have the technology and the tools available to predict the possibility of severe weather, but even that is not enough to predict the weather with 100% accuracy. Advanced warnings, along with the right preparation, can greatly improve overall safety for your family.

Some suggestions of things you can do to your home to prepare for the chance of severe weather are as follows:

  1. Clear out your home’s gutters, drains and downspouts.
  2. Trim trees of precarious limbs or branches that could break off in a storm.
  3. Secure or store outdoor belongings if severe weather is in the forecast.

Having an emergency kit on hand is always advised. These kits should include the following:

  • Battery-operated flashlight and NOAA weather radio, with extra batteries for both
  • Emergency evacuation or shelter plans
  • Important personal info, like telephone numbers of neighbors, family and friends, insurance and property info, numbers for the utility companies, and medical info
  • A first-aid kit with things like non-latex gloves, adhesive bandages, tweezers, sterile gauze pads, aspirin packets, adhesive cloth tape and scissors
  • 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Blankets or sleeping bag

Despite its unpredictability, there is one thing that always remains true of the spring weather season: It always happens. If your home or business is damaged in a storm, you can depend on SERVPRO® of Northwest Long Beach to get the cleanup and restoration process started fast.

MOLD IS TOTALLY NATURAL, BUT IN THE HOUSE, NOT SO MUCH!!

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

 WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU! WHY SERVPRO? We the experts!

Although they naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors, it is important that it serves it positive purpose outside of your HOME!

Mold is found everywhere and can grow almost on any substance when moisture is present. They reproduce by spores, which are carried by air circulation.

WHY DOES IT EXIST?

Mold is part of the natural environment, part of the Kingdom Fungi–which makes neither plant nor animal, but something in between.

Purpose of this organism? Why does it even exist? Well, without it, we would quickly be overrun outside with leaves, bark, debris and other dead organic matter because molds whole reason for being is to break down organic matter.

Therefore, outside, mold is a friend of ours; however, some friends are better left outside and not invited into our homes. Because when mold is inside, IT DOESN’T STOP BREAKING MATTER DOWN.

It will keep working and reproducing unless we keep it under control.

  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.  These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach offers FREE INSPECTIONS, FREE STABILIZATION and CONFIDENTIALITY.

RESTORING COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES REQUIRE SERVPRO.

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Unexpected property damage does not wait!

Commercial property damage is more than just repairs.

Depending on the type of business affected, most business cannot afford disruption let alone shutting down during complex repairs.

With an immediate response from SERVPRO, you and your business will return to business in no time… “Like it never happened.”

Whether a small water cleanup or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation.

In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while SERVPRO restore your facility.

Our professionals are trained to be aware of legal and environmental compliance and to understand and have compassion for the unfortunate.

Your property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. When it’s impacted by fire or water damage, you need professional help. Every hour spent restoring your business is lost revenue and productivity. When you need professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, we have the training and resources to get your property back to business quickly. Learn more about our commercial services:

WATER DAMAGE TO KITCHEN CEILING - "Like it never even happened."

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

In this case a slow leak from an upstairs bathroom caused sizable damage to the kitchen ceiling below.

Taking preventative measures are always recommended, but there is nothing that will stop a pipe from bursting if we cannot see it within the wall.

If you see any changes, investigate and aim to identify the source.

SERVPRO has technology to assist with identifying leaks behind walls and it is a FREE INSPECTION! Call us for a no charge initial inspection, there is no loss, in being thorough.

In this home, after we removed portions of the ceiling we uncovered the source of the leak.  Once repaired we began the remediation, cleaning, drying and reconstructing the affected area to make it:

"Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach responds quickly and expertly to resolve your emergency.  We will inspect and advise on best solutions.  We are your partner and will scientifically follow best practices.  Mark down this number!

562 506 4992

The Winners Choice at the 4th Annual All Claims Golf Invitational and the Claims Professional Appreciation Night!

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

The Winners Choice at the 4th Annual All Claims Golf Invitational and the Claims Professional Appreciation Night!

The Winners Choice at the 4th Annual All Claims Golf Invitational and the Claims Professional Appreciation Night! 

Written By: Liz Jimenez 

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach had the great pleasure of being a Sponsor at the 4th Annual All Claims Golf Invitational and the Claims Professional Appreciation Night! Many of the best industry vendors gathered to support the festivities that took place on October 25, 2018.

The wonderful event was hosted by the Claims Education Panel in the City of Fullerton, at the beautiful Coyote Hills Golf Course.

In attendance, were over 300 claims professionals.  Festivities started at 9 am with a putting contest that lead into an exciting and competitive golf contest. Dinner proceeded afterwards that lead into rich networking, drinks from multiple bars, a cigar tent and over 300 prizes. DJ Chaz provides excellent music. 

The time and energy that it takes to educate prospective policy holders to choose the best for their unique lifestyle and property is hard work, not to mention the facilitation and project management involved when a claim is opened.

Although no one WANTS to have an insurance claim, REST ASSURED, the BEST in the industry has you covered! 

The best industry professionals are prepared to serve 24/7 365 days a year!

As a community involved business we aim to engage, support and sponsor organizations benefiting our mutual prospective clients. In effect, always keep us in mind for any business event you may have in mind.

THANK YOU!!

Although no one WANTS to have an insurance claim, the truth is...

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Share your gratitude with FREE access to the festivities on October 25th!

Although no one WANTS to have an insurance claim, the truth is a Policy is your shield in the event of an unwelcome incident.

The time and energy that it takes to educate prospective policy holders to choose the best for their unique lifestyle and property is hard work, not to mention the facilitation and project management involved when a claim is opened.

Although no one WANTS to have an insurance claim, the professionals are prepared to serve if it comes to it.

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach aims to support the Insurance Claims Professionals in all ways possible, to aide YOU and your property in the event the unexpected strikes!

In appreciation to all the hardworking professionals, SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach will be a Sponsor of the 2018 All Claims Golf Invitational and Claims Professionals Appreciation Night, held at Coyote Hills Golf Course in beautiful Fullerton, California on October 25th.

If you are a Property Adjuster/Claims Professional, you are invited to attend for FREE, simply RSVP.

(click HERE for flyer with full details to RSVP)

If you would like to extend appreciation to a known Property Adjuster/Claims Professional, simply forward this invitation to them.
Share your gratitude with FREE access to the festivities on October 25th!

Should they like to enjoy a game of golf, we can accommodate them for free too, simply contact Liz with SERVPRO directly.

What is Property Restoration?

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

What is Property Restoration?

What is Property Restoration?

Property restoration is a sensitive process that requires proper training and education, all while maintaining compliance. The dictionary definition of restoration describes it as the action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition…

SERVPRO is usually the first responder following significant damage to a home from water damage and fires, flood, sewage backup and other major events.

SERVPRO’s job is to clean up the mess and to preserve and protect the home and its contents to avoid further damage.

Ask about our FREE Emergency Stabilization and or Inspections.

Signal Hill’s Community Emergency Response Team Training

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Henry Sonboli (President of Northwest Long Beach SERVPRO) attended Signal Hill’s Community Emergency Response Team Training conducted over a 3-day period. 

FEMA’s program conducted by Los Angeles County Fire was a great success connecting us further with the Mayor and community.

Memorably connecting us to emergency response, enjoying public recognition, continuing education sessions and community exercises keep us engaged and visible to the City Staff, residents, and businesses. 

Tips to a Safe & Successful 4th of July

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

During the 4th of July, family and friends gather around for food, festivities, and fun. However, dangers such as fireworks, sparklers, bonfires, and barbeques become a possibility during this time. 

When building a bonfire, only use dry material and make sure that all debris is at least 10 feet away.  To extinguish a fire, pour water on all embers until the hissing sounds stop. Remember to keep a fire extinguisher nearby when dealing with bonfires or grills, and always keep children and animals away from these areas.

While most kids love playing with fireworks, it is important to never toss or throw the fireworks. If dealing with fireworks, please consider the following safety tips and suggestions.

  • Wear protective eye and hand gear
  • Never carry fireworks in your pockets
  • Always have a bucket of water nearby
  • Keep unused fireworks in a closed box
  • Make sure all spectators are 25 to 40 feet away

We hope these tips well help you have a wonderful, fun and safe holiday!

If you do have a fire know that SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach is a call a way to come and

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – 562-506-4992

Business Fire Prevention Tips

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Here are some tips you can use to help keep employees and co-workers safe by preventing a fire from breaking out at your place of business.

There are many threats to a business owners livelihood – some preventable and others not. While not every fire can be prevented, there are some steps you and your employees can take to reduce the risk of a fire starting in the workplace.

- For starters, never overload an electrical outlet or power strip.

- Another way to reduce the risk of a fire is to keep flammable material and chemicals away from electrical outlets, power strips, and areas that experience higher-than-normal levels of heat, such as an oven or water heater.

- Excess clutter can act as fuel for a fire and help it spread to other areas.

Always keep entry and exit points clear as well as electrical panels and avoid blocking off fire extinguisher, fire alarms and fire sprinklers.

Of course, no amount of preparation and care can prevent office fires 100% percent of the time. Because of this, we strongly urge you to develop a fire preparedness plan and rehearse it once a month with your employees. In addition, making sure everyone in the office knows how to use a fire extinguisher (and knows where they are located) is crucial in the event that a fire does occur.

About SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

Storm Damage Cleanup

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Winter storms can have a crippling effect on the inhabitants of a community. Whatever the season; whatever the disaster; you must be prepared. Evacuate if necessary and brace yourself. Once the storm hits there’s not much you can do. Hopefully, you and your loved ones have made it out with minimal injuries. Now, you must prepare for storm damage cleanup.

Winter storm damage

Winter can bring on some frigid weather which can freeze pipes and cause them to burst. The result can be extensive water damage. Outdoor pipes most likely to freeze can be outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool/hot tub supply lines and water sprinkler lines. Interior pipes in unheated or inadequately heated areas include those in basements, crawl spaces, attics and garages. Make sure to look at these when inspecting your home. Roof damage is also an issue since snow and ice can damage gutters and roofs.

Getting help with storm damage cleanup

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 562-506-4992

Mold In The Workplace

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can grow virtually anywhere and generally is not a problem. However, issues arise when mold grows indoors.

Mold in the workplace can result in health problems and can cause significant damage to a workplace as well. As a significant location in your life, the workplace would highly benefit from mold testing.

Scientific research on the health effects of mold exposure is ongoing, but some facts are known. Mold exposure may cause allergic reactions; skin or mucosal infections; asthma attacks; and skin, eyes, nose and throat irritation, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration.

To help prevent mold growth in buildings, be on the lookout for water damage, leaks or excessive moisture, and be sure to clean up all spills immediately.

Prevention:

If you suspect mold in your workplace, ask yourself these questions:

  • Is there visible water damage anywhere?
  • Are there building materials around that have been wet for more than two days?
  • Does the building have pre-existing moisture issues?
  • Are workers complaining of musty or moldy smells?
  • Is anyone reporting health problems that could be associated with mold?

OSHA recommends a number of tips to help prevent mold in your workplace, including:

  • Repair any plumbing problems immediately.
  • Keep your building’s humidity level below 70 percent.
  • Regularly inspect your building’s HVAC system.
  • Ensure adequate drainage is around your building.
  • Keep vents for moisture-creating appliances on the outside of the building.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 562-506-4992

Why do I need to call a professional after there has been a Storm?

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

You come home from work after it had been storming all day and find that there is about an inch of standing water on your basement floor. Immediately you begin grabbing as many towels as you can and begin ringing them out into a bucket. You start opening up windows, you grab a fan to help dry up the water. You can’t get the job done fast enough. You think to yourself, “Can I do this myself or should I call for help?”

When a home is not properly cleaned after floodwaters have occurred and a person attempts to fulfill the job themselves without the help of a professional it can end in more harm than good. Often times the cleaning, drying, and disinfecting processes aren’t done correctly which can result in leaving your home as an unhealthy and potentially moldy environment.

 It is unfortunately not a time to try to do the job alone. Here are a few reasons why calling a professional is best rather doing it yourself:

  • Flood water is contaminated
  • Gravity pulls water
  • Beware of mold
  • Equipment is essential

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach is trained to clean, dry and disinfect your home in a way that leaves it free from contamination and mold. So, rewind! When you walk into your home and head down to your basement and come across standing water you will not attempt the job on your own. In fact, you will not let another moment go by without calling SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach to get the job done right. You may attempt to soak up some of the water but it is after you have alerted us at SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach and will be on our way to rescuing your home from water damage and a major outbreak of mold. Protect your home, protect your family and if you come across the horror of floodwaters invading your home, make the choice to call.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 562-506-4992

Safety Tip – Fire Extinguishers in the Home

5/28/2018 (Permalink)

Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and fire injuries. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that 3 out of 10 house fires start in the kitchen. It is recommended to keep a fire extinguisher in or near the kitchen area.

You want to make sure it is a good size that it is large enough to handle a small fire in your home, but not so large that it is difficult to handle. You want to make sure it is a multi-purpose extinguisher that can handle almost any house fire situation. We recommend an ABC rated extinguisher. What does ABC mean?

  • Class A: for ordinary combustible materials, paper, wood, and most plastics
  • Class B: for flammable or combustible liquids
  • Class C: for electrical equipment

If you don’t take a training course for operating a fire extinguisher, remember these few steps using the acronym PASS: Pull, Aim, Squeeze and Sweep.

  • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
  • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
  • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.
  • If the fire re-ignites, repeat the last 3 steps.

Now that you have your new fire extinguisher and know how to operate it, make sure to store it in a readily accessible area such as a kitchen cabinet. Remember, your fire extinguisher is a good first response to a fire in your home but be sure to call your local fire department and have a fire escape plan if the fire gets out of control.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – 562-506-4992

Mold Testing and Inspection

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

How Does Mold Testing and Inspection Work?

Once you see signs of mold and contact SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach for an appointment then a qualified inspector from a 3rd-party lab is then scheduled to perform the mold testing and inspection. We will schedule him at a date and time that is convenient for you.  

The Inspection Begins                                                

Once he has the information he needs, the inspector will begin a thorough investigation of the area/surrounding areas that shows signs of mold, he will also take samples for two mold tests. The tests could be a swab of a surface that has visual mold, samples taken from the air, or a combination of both. The inspector will decide which would be more beneficial in diagnosing any possible mold issue in your home.

On To The Lab

Once the mold testing and inspection is complete, the test results will be sent to SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach within 24 – 48 hours after they receive them.

And The Result Is: We Are Here For You

Upon receiving your lab results and the inspector’s completed report, we at SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach will contact you. We will offer suggestions on how to deal with any moisture issues and help you put together a plan for the mold removal. The SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach team will be with you every step of the way. We will be there from beginning to completion and anytime you need us after that. We are truly dedicated to providing a safe and healthy environment for you and your family.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 562-506-4992.

Five Tips To Prevent Mold and Water Damage When You Go On Vacation!

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Tip #1: Shut Off The Main Water Valve!

Tip #2: Don’t Just Shut Off The Main Water Valve, Make Sure It Is Done Properly With A Test!

Tip #3: If You Don’t Want To Shut Off The Main Water Valve, Shut Off Valves To The Most Common Sources Of Water Damage!

Tip #4: Make Sure Your Sump Pump Works!

Tip #5: Check The Outside Of Your Home For Potential Problems!

Got Flood Prevention Or Mold Removal Questions?

Have questions? Contact us today. If you come back to a flooded property, the first step is to call a professional such as SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach to remove the excess water and dry the area properly. If there is mold we can also professionally remove the mold from your home to restore the fungal ecology. Once the mold is removed and the third party testing is done, then and only then should you begin the rebuild process.

About SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach 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.

Meet Our Crew http://www.SERVPROnorthwestlongbeach.com/employee-photos

Calls us – 562-506-4992

Common Misconceptions about Mitigation & Restoration

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

There are many misconceptions regarding the mitigation and restoration of property damage. However, professional restoration companies are trained to see beyond these myths and to apply the right course of action to mitigate the damages.

Common misconceptions and the truth behind them:

  1. Replacing costs less than restoring. A trained restoration company should be able to successfully clean and remove contaminates, avoiding the high costs of replacement.
  2. If you clean your carpets, they’ll get dirty more quickly. This was true in the past, when the techniques, equipment and materials that were used left a soap residue that attracted dirt more than before cleaning. Nowadays, the cleaning process prevents that from happening.
  3. Drying a home is complete when the carpets are dry. The drying process is complete only when all the structural items, such as cement floors and walls, are totally dry. To measure the moisture levels, professionals use advanced meters and sensors.
  4. A home that has been damaged by fire will always smell like smoke, so cleaning it fast is unnecessary. If you don’t clean the smoke residue immediately after a fire, the valuables in your home may suffer irreversible damage, due to the acidic nature of the smoke particles.
  5. It’s cheaper to do it yourself rather than hire a restoration company. This holds true in some cases, but you must be extremely careful, since a botched repair can cost you more in the long run.

There are other misconceptions that could hinder the mitigation and restoration of property damage after a disaster. When in doubt, always consult a trained professional restoration company, such as SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach.

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach 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.

Meet Our Crew: http://www.SERVPROnorthwestlongbeach.com/employee-photos

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Sewage Backup Dangers & What to Do

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

The last thing any homeowner wants to deal with is a sewage backup. It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of potentially terrible things that can happen to your home, but having sewage backup flood your home is truly dangerous. Sewage back up dangers effect not just to your home, but primarily to your health.

Sewage backup, which can occur following a flood or if your home’s sewage system gets backed up, can cause various diseases and be hazardous to your health.

So what is it that causes sewage backup? There are various factors at play, but plenty of things can result in your home having a sewage backup problem. Structural defects, root infiltration, improper flushes, which means items that shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet, wet weather, flooding around and under your home, planning problems with sewage lines, pipe blockages and broken or leaking pipes can all be responsible. So being aware of these things can help prevent possible sewage backup in your home. So be sure to keep an eye out for these things, and be sure not to flush anything strange down the toilet.

Should the worst happen and you do find yourself with a sewage backup situation, it must be handled by a professional in a timely manner.

About SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

Water Damage at ICU in LB Hospital! Can you imagine this happening in your home? Unfortunately, it happens all the time!

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

“Stay Ready, Keep Prepared. Save our number...we’ll take care of the unexpected...”

Unexpected incidents do not have to ruin your life. A Ready Team is ALWAYS only one call away! 

LEAKY CEILING! FLOOD!

But, a rapid response saved the day!

Check-out the story on The Video Blog. 

70% of businesses go out of business after mayhem in their business including water and fire damage.

You need help from professionals to restore your place of work to original condition as soon as possible.

Many steps may be required to improve the property after you have commercial fire or water damage.

Some of the works may including; water extinction, content manipulation, drywall removal, content cleaning, in some cases documents restoration.

Here are some tips can help during water damage:

1- The source of the water damage must be located and terminated. If the source is not apparent you need to call a plumber.

2- Try to extract the standing water as much as you can.

3-Take as many as photos you think it is necessary in case you need to open a claim with your insurance company.

4- Contact reputable certified water restoration company goo.gl/pNL8nx

5- It is important to check their background to make sure they are fit for your project goo.gl/BGRCKT

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach have certified technicians to help 24/7 with any size water, fire, mold, and biohazard clean up. 562-506-4992

Storm Damage Remediation Checklist

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Damage caused by Storm in Signal Hill, CA.

There are many things in life that are frustrating and stressful, especially if you are dealing with storm damage. With the following storm damage remediation checklist, you may find the process a bit easier to manage.

Step #1: Call for help! You should never try to tackle the cleanup from a storm on your own. Seek help from a professional to assess the situation and determine any major and immediate dangers. goo.gl/pNL8nx

Step #2:  If you can safely do so, shut off the main controls to your home.  It should not be turned back on until the storm damage has been resolved and everything in your home has been dried.

Step #3: Contact your insurance company to file a claim. You should take photographs if you can do so safely. You can call for water removal services goo.gl/pNL8nx before the adjuster comes out as long as there are photographs to substantiate your claim. It is advisable to get the water removed as quickly as possible to avoid added damages and reduce the chance for mold. It isn’t a good idea to wait if it takes a while for the adjuster to show up.

Step #4: Work with a professional water damage restoration company to salvage what is possible and begin repairs to the property. Most companies will work with your insurance company during this process.

Make sure to hire reputable restoration company and check their credentials goo.gl/BGRCKT

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach have certified technicians to help 24/7 with any size water damage remediation and clean up. 562-506-4992

What To Do In Case Of A Flood

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm damage in an apartment complex.

A flood occurs when water overflows or inundates land that's normally dry. This can happen in several ways. This can happen when river is overflow, heavy rain or tsunami causes sea to surge inland.

Damage caused by flood can be devastating, including lives lost, property damaged and negative economic effect. In 2011 total damage for flood loss was $8.41 billion including 113 flood related death.

The question is how do you prepare for such a disaster event? There are several ways you can prepare for flood.

1- Check with your local council about their flood plan.

2- Ask authorities about relocation routes and centers.

3- If you are in a flood zone consider alternative floor instead of carpet.

4- Emergency kit

5- Have household plan

Also you can get great help on FEMA website or take. This is one of many classes they offer

https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-2700.

We at SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach have trained technicians and all the equipment’s to remediate all source of water damage 24/7, from leaky pipe to heavy flood. 562-506-4992

Mold is Hazardous for Your Health

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mold was growing inside a home.

Mold is a form of fungus that is found all around us in the natural environment. However, when there is moisture indoors that isn't dried immediately — such as when there is leakage or flooding — mold can grow inside, too. In the bathroom, mold can grow readily and easily because of the wet conditions. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause an allergic reaction), irritants and, sometimes, toxic substances. Inhaling or touching mound spores may cause an allergic reaction, such as sneezing, a runny nose, red eyes and skin rash. Molds can also cause asthma attacks. Mold spores also produce toxins (mycotoxins) that can affect the lungs, skin, and nervous system.

In 2004, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found sufficient evidence linking exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms such as coughs and wheezing in otherwise healthy individuals.                          

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach have Certified Mold Technician 24/7. Call us for consultation. 562-506-4992

Dentist Office Water Damage Clean Up

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

This dental office had water damage that needed to be dried quickly so work would not be interrupted.

A dental office in Lakewood called us when they had a water damage incident. Since dental offices use a variety of devices and equipment for their trade we quickly assessed the situation to make sure the equipment and patient records were extracted before any further damage could occur.

Our team was there to proficiently move out all of the important machinery and put it in a dry and safe area.  We were able to extract the existing water on the floor and bring in our equipment to start drying and dehumidification.  We monitored the drying continuously and checked for further damage in the walls and other pertinent areas.  We had the dental office back and running quickly by freeing the office of any water damage and of potential threat of harmful bacteria.

Our knowledgeable staff made this ordeal as easy as possible so that the dental office staff were able to concentrate on getting back to work as fast as possible.

About SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water, fire, mold damage, biohazard, crime scene, hoarder and meth lab clean up. 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.

http://www.SERVPROnorthwestlongbeach.com/employee-photos

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Proper Mold Remediation

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold found in a home that needs to be remediated.

When you have a mold problem, you have a quality of life problem. Living with mold is more than just inconvenient – it’s dangerous. It’s important that you remove the mold. However, proper mold remediation is a detailed process. It requires the skill and knowledge of an experienced professional. Find out the five key steps in removing mold from your home.

  1. Connecting Your Mold Problem to Moisture

Mold thrives in the presence of moisture. A specialist needs to figure out where that moisture is coming from.

  1. Create a Proper Mold Remediation Plan

Before we can get rid of mold, your specialist will need to document the problem. He can use pictures, text, and videos to come up with a proper mold remediation plan.

  1. Determine the Contamination Level

Mold can spread quickly. Therefore, it’s important that your specialist determines how far your mold spread. The level of contamination could be much greater than you think. The level could affect the scope of the project.

  1. Begin the Work

Once the specialist knows the level of contamination in your home or business, he can start the proper mold remediation process. This process involves cleaning up mold while limiting mold exposure. Additionally, it involves preventing new mold growth.

Clean-Up

One of the most important parts of this step is the project clean-up. For a less severe mold problem, the specialist might only clean the area with a detergent cleaning solution. However, a more severe problem requires a more detailed clean-up. Your specialist would need to vacuum with a HEPA vacuum filtration and then sanitize the area.

  1. Make Sure the Project Was a Success

After everything is done, your specialist will need to double check the work. He/she will revisit the home to make sure that high elevated moisture level is no longer a problem.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 562-506-4992.

What you should know about Water Damage

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

A flooded family room caused by a storm.

Most of the time it’s easy to think only about water’s life affirming properties especially during the heat of summer when rain means relief from the blistering temperatures. However, like the other essential elements of nature, water both sustains life and it can destroy it as well. For this reason, insurance companies recognize water as one of the forces – along with fire, wind, etc. – that can damage your home and property and even endanger the safety of your family. Here are some things homeowners should keep in mind about water and the damage it can cause.

Water fuels mold growth: Oxygen, moisture and organic materials are all essential to the growth of mold. In fact, mold can grow in as little as 24 to 48 hours under the right conditions. If your home has excessive moisture present, then your home is likely to also be a breeding ground for mold.

Water is a “universal solvent”: Water is known to capable of dissolving more materials than any other liquid. This means that when it comes to your home, all materials in it are susceptible to water damage.

There are different insurance policies for flood damage and water damage: As far as insurance companies are concerned, damage caused to a policyholder’s home by a flood and water damage caused by other sources is different. Thus, when reporting water damage to your insurance company, be sure to specify whether the damage was caused by water, e.g., a burst pipe, etc. or by a flood.

There are three categories of water contamination: Our industry has three classifications of water contamination: categories 1, 2 and 3. Water from category 1 is from clean water sources such as an overflowing bathtub. Water from category 2 contains a significant degree of chemical, biological, and/or physical contamination. This is known as grey water. Water from category 3 is highly contaminated. This water is known as black water.

Water damage gets worse not better: Once water damage begins it usually gets worse unless professionals are called. Water damage repair must be done by professionals. Homeowners should never take the DIY approach to this task.

So, know who to call, us at SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach. 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.

Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 562-506-4992

The Dangers of Letting Smoke Go Untreated

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

A fire in a garage cause by an electrical shortage.

Fire and smoke damage can wreak havoc to your personal property and structures. A quick reaction can help you minimize the impact of the destruction as some of your household goods can be cleaned and salvaged if treated immediately. You should, therefore, hasten the process of hiring a professional to help you manage the damage in a correct manner. Conversely, if left untreated, smoke and fire damage can be more devastating in the following ways:

Restoration cost increases

If smoke goes untreated for a long time then the odors become more persistent and more difficult to neutralize and will make the treatment process harder and more time consuming and ultimately more expensive.

Major damage

Smoke and ash can mix with water to produce a very corrosive element that will slowly corrode away walls, floors, ceilings and any other surfaces in your home. Cleaning up quickly with soap and water is not enough. It requires proper cleaning with appropriate chemicals to remove it completely.

Soot Residue

Neutralizing the soot residue and deposits is an effective first clean up step. If left for long, soot can easily travel and invade rooms that weren't affected by the fire.

Permanent damage

Your property can suffer permanent damage if not treated in a timely manner. Damage begins to set in within hours and prolonged exposure may cause permanent harm to your walls which turns yellow, metal surfaces begins to corrode, clothes stain permanently and wooden furniture which may need refinishing. It also damages the floor which may need replacement.

Following a fire, it is necessary to seek smoke treatment immediately to save yourself from the effects of prolonged exposure to smoke and to make it easier for you to restore your home.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – 562-506-4992

Christmas Tree And All Other Fires Move Fast

11/25/2017 (Permalink)

In Less Than 20 Seconds This Room Can Not Be Entered

If you are ever faced with a fire, CALL 911!  This film was produced by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and presents how seconds count in protecting human life.  We first watched this film for our Community Emergency Response Team Training from FEMA.  Fire moves at amazingly fast speeds, and must be extinguished properly based upon materials burning... in less than 20 seconds the room pictured can not be entered because of temperatures and air quality. 

Always call for emergency services 1st. Keep a fire extinguisher in key locations throughout your house.  Train everyone on escape routes and where extinguishers are located... and yes, how to use the extinguisher. 

Hopefully, none of us will ever have this experience, but if we do these tips can save lives.  For additional information call us at 562 506 4992, we will provide you an excellent brochure on the Do's and Don'ts of emergencies... sometimes what you DON'T do is even more important than what you do.   

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Fire Can Affect Multiple Lifes

11/25/2017 (Permalink)

Attached Housing, Home Owner Associations, and Commercial Property Pose Special Challenges When Emergencies Occur

The expansion of attached housing, large Commercial/Apartment buildings, and Homeowner Associations have added many important considerations to safety and fire prevention/containment.  A neighbors fire may create substantial smoke and water damage to neighbors. 

It is highly beneficial to know what steps Associations have take... if none, it is very wise to open that discussion.  Establish what has been done for fire containment, what prescribed and alternative escape routes are in place... And tested all.  Know what insurance is in place for the Association, what individual insurance exists, what plans are in place if cleanup and repairs are ever needed... under any circumstance. 

Then call SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach and ask about the benefits of SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plans.  A no charge service performed to help provide a plan for when emergencies occur.  562 506 4992

Follow Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold….

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Be careful! With improper action, you may be spread mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can spread the mold infestation... When mold is disturbed, the mold spores become airborne and can circulate inside your entire home.

What to Do:

Stay out of affected areas.

Turn off the HVAC system and fans.

Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

Don't touch or disturb the mold.

Don't blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.

Don't attempt to dry the area yourself.

Don't spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach specializes in mold cleanup and restoration... Our crews are highly trained, skilled, and experienced restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and scientific techniques to properly remediate your mold quickly and safely.

See Signs of Mold? Call Us Today: 562 506 4992

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

The Community Emergency Response Team program is an opportunity for each of us to make our neighborhoods safer.

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) | Ready.gov 

When disaster hits, many times the only resource available to help is your neighbor.  

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.

The CERT course is taught in the community by a trained team of first responders who have completed a CERT Train-the-Trainer course conducted by their state training office for emergency management, or FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI). CERT training includes disaster preparedness, disaster fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations and light search and rescue operations.

Learn more by visiting your local Fire Station or  the CERT website.  BE PREPARED!

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Water Emergencies Must Be Resolved Rapidly

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Improper attempt to "dry" this storm damaged ceiling has added significant to damage, costs, and mold remediation.

Ignoring storm damage and water is never a good idea... In this case, water was allowed to sit in wet insulation on dry wall and very quickly developed mold.  Dark marking began to appear within the old water marked area in this ceiling and seams began to sag.  

The scope of all work becomes much larger and more complex when storm damage is not eliminated quickly.  In this occurrence, a large section of the ceiling had to be carefully removed.  We then removed all moisture affected insulation (much larger than would have been originally removed).  All affected wood was then HEPA vacuumed, sanitized, sanded, and dehumidifying and air scrubbing equipment was installed. 

This was simple water damage from a storm and did not need to change to mold.  The rapid addressing of water leaks would have eliminated water and saved days of work and $$Thousands!!!  

Black Water in a Parking Garage Can Displace Thousands of Tenants

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

A Broken Pipe Can Paralyze a modern high-rise... ceasing all operation

A break in a black water pipe can shut down a building even faster than a Storm or a Fire.  Each day thousands of cars transport hundreds of thousands of employees and residents to and from high rise buildings... offices, residential, and mixed use.

In this case all the units were all in great condition, but the break in the pipe closed all parking... No parking, No Access.  Increased safety concerns and health exposures require Fast Action! 

Once the plumbing was properly repaired to prevent further damage, SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach catapulted into action... Bio-hazard water was carefully extracted.  We then set up proper dehumidifying and air scrubbing equipment to prepare for the final crew that was deployed to use sanitizing solutions.  This team removed toxic debris and sanitized to minimize risk of further/continuing contamination.  Fast action minimized down time. Best practices assured work completed properly the first time... no rework, no second efforts needed saves both time and money!  

What's your Emergency Plan?

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Water From A Broken Pipe Quickly Makes Home Uninhabitable

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

A Broken Pipe Quickly Floods Home...Quick Response Saves Thousands .

The night before this emergency the family enjoyed the warmth and comfort of the home they had enjoyed for years.  The next day while everyone was gone a broken water pipe flooded several rooms in just a matter of hours and required relocation.   

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach arrived within an hour of the first call.  We immediately began extracting water to help limit the scope of damage.  It was necessary to remove the carpet padding, but, because of quick action and proper solutions, we assessed that their new carpet could be saved.   We then set up dehumidifying and air moving equipment to begin the drying process... all in the same day.

When a Water, Smoke, Fire, or Mold emergency hits... Call SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach  24/7 for fast response.

562 506 4992

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Roof Damage Shuts Popular Local Restaurant

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach Gets Restaurant Ready to Reopen... FAST!

When severe weather flooded a popular family restaurant, SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach responded! Rapid response prevented even more water damage from occurring.  After extracting water and stabilizing the interior, we completed  inventory recording, debris removal and disposal, and installed dehumidifiers and air movers to immediately begin drying. By moving quickly and scientifically we were able to limit further damage due to delays.

After drying process was complete all equipment, walls, artwork, fixtures, and furniture were cleaned. Specialized Solutions for each category or surface was identified and used to assure proper sanitation and cleanliness.        

All inspections after completion of restoration work were all successfully passed.  The restaurant was back in business serving happy customers again. 

CALL SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach when water. smoke, fire, or mold emergencies occur.  

562 506 4992 

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Water Rushes In Jeopardizing Equipment and Utilities

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Rapid Flood of Subterranean Utility Room

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach is available to you 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When dealing with water damage, immediate action is critical. A delay of just a few hours can significantly increase the damage.

We Answer the Phone And Are Ready to Respond...

Call Today 562 506 4992

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert, a trusting to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration... It's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Your SERVPRO partner will ask several questions:

Your name and contact information

Your insurance information (if applicable)

The street address of the water-damaged home or business

When did the flooding or water damage occur?

What caused the water damage (if known)?

Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach 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.

Restoring Your Southern California Commercial Property After Water Damage...

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Can Be An Expensive Challenge To Both The Owner and The Tenant 

Flooding and water damage events at Southern California commercial properties can be complex. Numerous issues require a knowledgeable and flexible response... With an immediate response. Whether dealing with a small water cleanup or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges that require scientific processes and solutions

Our professionals are trained to be aware of legal and environmental compliance and how to fully restore damaged property.  Because of quick response and best practices we also work to minimize cost. We understand that every hour of cleaning is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.  When an emergency situation arises... Call Us:   562 506 4992

About SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property due to a water, smoke, fire, or mold event. Our staff is trained/certified in restoration, from initial training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification.  You can be assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge, skills, and experience to restore your property quickly, competently, and within regulatory compliance.

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SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

When You Need The Right Skills and Equipment... Call SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach!

Not all disruptions are sudden events...  In this case a slow leak from an upstairs bathroom caused considerable damage to the dining room ceiling below.  When discovered, it still turns our lives upside down.  Make a point to visually inspect your home periodically... If you see any changes, investigate the source, now! Even if you are unsure call us for a no charge initial inspection and consultation.

In this home, after we removed portions of the ceiling we uncovered the source of the leak.  Once repaired we began the challenge of cleaning, drying and reconstructing the affected area to make it:

"Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach responds quickly and expertly to resolve your emergency.  We will inspect and advise on best solutions.  We are your partner and will scientifically follow best practices.  Mark down this number!

562 506 4992

When Storms or Floods hit Southern California, SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach is ready!

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Our highly trained/skilled crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Southern California.

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. 

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right solutions and resources...  An extremely important factor when emergencies arise. A fast response can minimize the damage, limit additional damage, and reduce the restoration delays and costs.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Southern California again, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of nearly 1,700 locations across the country and access our elite Disaster Recovery Teams.  These Teams are strategically located throughout the United States for rapid deployment as seen in Texas and Florida.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today:  562 506 4992

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Do Southern California Homes Have A Mold Problem?

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Do Southern California Homes Have A Mold Problem?

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Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise mold removal and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.  These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Immediately 562 506 4992

Be Prepared for an Emergency. Be Red Cross Ready!

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Being Prepared Saves Lives...

Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.

At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:

Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:

  • Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Games and activities for children
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Two-way radios
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Manual can opener

Additional supplies to keep at home or in your survival kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:

  • Whistle
  • N95 or surgical masks
  • Matches
  • Rain gear
  • Towels
  • Work gloves
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Household liquid bleach
  • Entertainment items
  • Blankets or sleeping bags

Restoring Your Los Angeles County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Long Beach region commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, clean water or grey water sources, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility. 


 


Our goal is to get your property back in use quickly and properly… “Liked it never even happened.”


Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges


We regularly get emergency calls because of water events; leaking roofs, broken pipes, sprinkler systems, broken plumbing fixtures, and many more unique causes.  Clean water, grey water, black water… All require correct assessment and immediate attention to assure proper restoration and avoid further damage. 


Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints.


We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. We have in-depth resources, certified staff, and we are available 24/7/365.  So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.


About SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach


 


SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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, you can be confident that our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property with expert skill.


 


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Long Beach Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. 

Help protect your family and loved ones from possible injury or illness from mold.  You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system, fans, any items that move air including clothes dryer.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

 

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals.  We only use specialized equipment and approved processes to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

When You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today-

562 506 4992 

SERVPRO is proud to be a major supporter of the American Red Cross…

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach supports the American Red Cross…

The American Red Cross has been helping communities across the country for over 100 years.  They continue their fine record of service and support by outreaching to employers, clubs and organizations to provide specific onsite training for members and employees.  

This training saves lives and helps you make your community more prepared and self-sufficient when a disaster occurs.  Take the time to get your group trained… CPR, First Aid, Volunteerism, or other emergency service training are available to you. 

See the information below and CALL today!

 

Red Cross Training for Your Organization

From the Nation's Premiere Provider of Safety and Preparedness Training

Whether you're looking for OSHA-compliant training for a small group of employees, need large group training across multiple locations, or are looking to grow your own safety training business, we have the flexible training programs to meet your needs, including:

  • 1-Full Service - On Site Trainingof your staff conducted at your location by our expert instructors
  • 2-Authorized Provider (AP) Train-the-trainerprogram where we train individuals in your organization to conduct Red Cross training for your staff
  • 3-Licensed Training Provider (LTP) Train-the-trainerprogram where we certify your training company to conduct Red Cross training in your community.

Our professional training support specialists will work with you to customize a solution that fits your training needs.

GET STARTED

Our training options are flexible to meet your needs. Training solution specialists are available to custom tailor a program for your organization. Contact us by phone or fill out the form below, we're here to help:

Call 1-800-567-1487
Mon - Fri 9:00am - 6:00pm EST

http://www.redcross.org/local/california/los-angeles/community-chapters/long-beach

 

Why Work With the Red Cross?

We are the industry leader in first aid training

Award-winning online-and blended learning options

Engaging Simulation Learning saves you money by reducing in-person training time by 40%

Dedicated nationwide customer support

Customizable training programs tailored to fit your specific needs

We provide digital certificates - Access your certification anytime, anywhere!

Emergency apps provide real time help when seconds count

Nationwide delivery either on-site or at a Red Cross location near you

The American Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Programs

5/2/2017 (Permalink)

So that we all can be better equipped in any emergency... the Red Cross offers some great emergency preparedness/first aid courses for the public.

This valuable resource will do you little good the day AFTER a disaster, so take the time now to look at the many valuable courses offered and enroll.  Look around: fire, flood, tornadoes, earthquakes have all occurred in the last week throughout the country. What would you do if it was your house destroyed?

http://www.redcross.org

Performing First Aid         
Learning how to perform first aid takes just a few short hours, but it can make all the difference during times of crisis. At the American Red Cross, we offer best-in-class in-person, online and blended learning first aid classes that can help you administer assistance to injured children and adults until medical professionals arrive. However, like many things, if you don't use your skills frequently, they're often easy to forget. That's why, when you take our first aid certification classes, you'll also receive free online access to our first aid refreshers.
Types of First Aid Training
Adult First Aid - Find information on performing first aid on teens and adults. This quick guide. gives you details on what to do when faced with an emergency – and provides you with simple-to-follow steps designed to help you deliver care in a wide range of scenarios.

Child & Baby First Aid - Children and babies need specialized emergency care. Find out how to safely perform first aid on even the youngest among us.

First Aid Recertification - If you've already learned to perform first aid but need to renew your certification, you can do so in an abbreviated class that allows you stay up to date on the latest techniques, and sharpen your skills.  What would you do if disaster hit your house?  Do you have at least a week supply of water for each family member? What is your plan to reunite with remote loved ones?  What is your plan if power remains out for more than 3 days?  How many flashlights do you have safely located throughout the house?  Where are they/does every one know where they are/have you tested the batteries?  When was your last emergency drill?  How do you turn off the utilities?  Who turns off the utilities?  Under what circumstances do you turn off the utilities or leave them on?  Have you completed your emergency drill at night in the dark... there may not be access to light when you need to evacuate.  These are all things that can save valuable minutes and lives. Remember, when a real emergency strikes you may not see an emergency worker for days... You can not count on anyone coming to your rescue.  

The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, FEMA

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

FEMA's National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program

California (and the rest of the country) need to be prepared for the occurrence of Earthquakes.  FEMA has published an very good overview of Hazard Reduction... it is simple, with easy to implement recommendations.  Please take the time to review the information, pick the most important suggestion for you and implement it... then go back and choose another and implement it...You will soon find you have a strengthened emergency plan that was easy to complete.  

We are posting a copy of the Overview document in the hope that additional information leads to additional community safety.  We are also including the link to FEMA, it contains a wealth of information on emergency response to numerous disaster situations.  

Reducing Earthquake Risks
Earthquakes cannot be prevented, but their impacts
on life, property, and the economy can be managed.
Congress first authorized the National Earthquake
Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) in 1977
(Public Law 95-124) to “reduce the risks of life and
property from future earthquakes in the United
States.” The most recent reauthorization was Public Law 108-360.
The role of NEHRP is to provide the public and
private sectors with the scientific and engineering
information, knowledge, and technologies needed
to prepare for earthquakes and reduce the
costs of losses and recovery. To fulfill this role,
NEHRP works in partnership with the community
of earthquake professionals in academia and in
business, government, technical, professional, and
codes-and-standards organizations involved in the
earthquake risk reduction process.
A Federal Partnership
Focusing on building code standards, technical
guidance, and education, NEHRP is a collaborative
effort among the Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA); the National Institute of Standards
and Technology (NIST), the NEHRP lead agency;
the National Science Foundation (NSF); and the
United States Geological Survey (USGS). These
agencies work in close coordination to improve
the understanding of earthquake hazards and to
reduce the Nation’s vulnerability to earthquakes.
The agencies research the causes and effects
of earthquakes to produce technical guidance;
develop earthquake-resistant design, construction
standards, and techniques; and educate the public
about earthquake hazards and mitigation (visit
NEHRP Agencies for more information).
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Under NEHRP, FEMA is responsible for
developing effective earthquake risk reduction
tools and promoting their implementation, as
well as supporting the development of disaster-resistant building codes and standards. FEMA’s 1 NEHRP activities are led by FEMA Headquarters, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Risk Reduction Division, Building Science Branch, in strong partnership with other FEMA HQ Directorates, and in coordination with the FEMA Regions, the States, the earthquake consortia, and other public and private partners.
National Institute of Standards and Technology
NIST, in addition to serving as the lead NEHRP
agency, develops, evaluates, and tests earthquake
resistant design and construction practices
for implementation in the building codes and
engineering practice. NEHRP Directorate,
Secretariat, and applied research activities are
conducted under the NIST Engineering Laboratory
(EL) Materials and Structures Division.
National Science Foundation NSF supports basic research and research facilities in earth sciences, engineering, and social, behavioral, and economic sciences relevant
to understanding the causes and impacts of
earthquakes. NSF’s NEHRP-related support is
carried out primarily through research grants to
individual universities, university consortia, and
other organizations. These grants are awarded
primarily through the agency’s Directorate for
Engineering and Directorate for Geosciences.
NEHRP Mission
The mission of NEHRP is to develop,
disseminate, and promote knowledge,
tools, and practices for earthquake
risk reduction—through coordinated,
multidisciplinary, interagency partnerships
among the NEHRP agencies and their
stakeholders—that improve the Nation’s
earthquake resilience in public safety,
economic strength, and national security.

United States Geological Survey

USGS operates and supports earthquake

monitoring, data analysis, and notification facilities; provides earthquake hazard assessments; and

conducts and supports targeted research on earthquake causes and effects. The Earthquake

Hazards Program Office and USGS Headquarters lead the agency’s NEHRP work. USGS research

and monitoring activities are conducted by USGS

scientists at offices in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Anchorage, Alaska; Golden, Colorado; Memphis, Tennessee; Menlo Park and Pasadena, California; and Seattle, Washington, as well as through grants and cooperative agreements with universities, State geological surveys, and other organizations.

Cooperating Organizations

The NEHRP agencies support and work with many cooperating organizations. These organizations

include the Applied Technology Council, the

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, the National Institute of Building Sciences, the Southern

California Earthquake Center, The Federal Alliance

for Safe Homes, Outreach Process Partners, and

the four regional earthquake consortia: the Cascadia

Region Earthquake Workgroup, the Central United States Earthquake Consortium, the Northeast

States Emergency Consortium, and the Western

States Seismic Policy Council. These organizations and many others are essential in furthering the work of NEHRP.

NEHRP Goals

Improve understanding of Goal A earthquake processes and impacts Develop cost-effective measures to reduce earthquake impacts on Goal B individuals, the built environment, and society-at-large Improve the earthquake resilience Goal C of communities nationwide

Technical Guidance

Based on research conducted by the NEHRP

agencies, FEMA develops technical guidance manuals, handbooks, and training materials on seismic safety and construction. State and local

governments, building code officials, architects,

engineers, and building industry professionals use these materials for designing and building homes,

businesses, and infrastructure; retrofitting existing buildings; and developing building codes in at-risk

areas.

FEMA provides the following types of information:

  • Guidance and best practices on seismic design, construction, and upgrade techniques
  • Procedures for identifying, documenting, and ranking earthquake hazards and the resultant

risks to buildings and infrastructure

  • Techniques for evaluating structures damaged by earthquakes, such as steel frame buildings and concrete and masonry buildings
  • Methods for estimating seismic upgrade

costs and benefit-cost models for upgrading

government buildings

  • Recommended improvements to design and construction standards for structures in

earthquake-prone areas

  • Performance-based design and construction guidance for building owners, managers, and regulators to best determine how a building will perform in an earthquake of specific parameters

Public Education Materials

The NEHRP agencies, with their partners, produce the following types of earthquake safety materials:

  • Brochures and web-based materials for homeowners and businesses
  • Techniques for upgrading homes and reducing

hazards in homes and businesses

  • Earthquake curricula for grades K-6 and 7-12
  • Tools to assist disaster educators, incident

managers, and others to organize earthquake

safety programs

For more information on FEMA’s NEHRP activities

and its resources, and to subscribe to FEMA NEHRP email updates, visit FEMA Earthquake.

https://www.fema.gov

Remember, SERVPRO is ready to assist you when disaster strikes.  

https://www.fema.gov

Remember, SERVPRO is ready to assist you when disaster strikes.  

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Los Angeles Home.

4/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire prevention needs to be an everyday endeavor!

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 562 506 4992

Restoring Your Southern California Commercial Property…

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Water damages quickly and can close your facility for weeks if not resolved immediately.

Flooding and water damage events at Los Angeles commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach 

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Southern California Home!

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

Mold Risk Higher After Winter Storms

4/5/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Uncovered

Does Your Long Beach Home Have A Mold Problem?

 

In Long Beach, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

 

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –

562 506 4992

http://www.SERVPROnorthwestlongbeach.com/emergency-restoration

Damage Can Occur In Any Type of Storm

1/11/2016 (Permalink)

We can help 24/7

Whatever Kind of Storm, SERVPRO Can Fix the Damage


Many homeowners expect only the worst storms to do damage to their home. Even short storms can cause damage to a home when trees are victims of disease. Many diseases can create weak trees with dead limbs, and some diseases can affect the roots of the tree instead. A tree that looks healthy may not be in reality, and it can actually be a huge danger to your home or garage without you knowing until it is too late. If your home or garage, or any other outbuildings, have been damaged by tree limbs or trunks, it is good to know that we have the skills and equipment to make it "Like it never even happened."

Rain is not Always Needed for Storm-Like Conditions to Exist, Nor for Damage to Happen

Dust storms can also create conditions ripe for storm damage to happen. Shingles and siding can come off, ripped away by high winds and debris that is carried by the wind. If sand is carried by winds, this can corrode and pit paint and other surfaces of your home's exterior. With trees, rain often erodes soil away from roots, making it easier for entire trees to topple onto houses and garages. Rain is not always needed for this to happen, however, if erosion has already happened.

When damage happens during a storm or when storm-like conditions happen, repairs should be started and completed as soon as possible. This can substantially reduce the risks posed by the elements to the interior of your home. Repairs will also keep insects and other pests from getting a foothold in further deteriorating your home's exterior. Termites and other pests, some of which may have been the reason behind any diseased trees on your property, won't be able to infiltrate your home's exterior if repairs are made, and completed, in a timely manner.

Storm Damage Repairs to Your Home or Garage First Begin with a Call to Us

At SERVPRO, we want you to know that we have the training, education, and experience to get your home or garage back in pre-damage condition. Call us, SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach at (562) 206-4992 and we will arrive at your door to assess the damages and begin repairs.  

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