Examining Roof Shingles
Inspect your roofing to see if any shingles were damaged or lost during the winter. A leak in your roof can often times go unnoticed before the water coming through has severely damaged your home's structure and possibly your belongings. A wet spot on the ceiling or dripping water from above sometimes indicates that there might be a leak in your roof. One way to deal with this situation is a service we provide called Roof Tarping and can temporarily be installed over the damaged area of the roof to prevent any further damage to your home while major repairs are being planned and executed.
Checking your Gutters
While you're up there, it is a great idea to inspect your gutters. Out of sight and out of mind, is not always a good thing especially when it comes to gutters. Be sure to inspect all your gutters and drainage systems to make sure they are properly directing water away from your home. This happens to be one of the most common causes for water damage around the home, mainly because people never inspect their home’s drainage systems. Preventative measures can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars in home repairs. It is important to recognize a drainage problem and address it as soon as possible because it can lead water into the basement or crawl space.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency says that if your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance it has lead-based paint. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint, but some states banned it even earlier. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning.
Below are some helpful facts to keep you knowledgeable about paint in your home.
- Lead paint is still present in millions of homes, sometimes under layers of newer paint. If the paint is in good shape, the lead paint is usually not a problem. Deteriorating lead-based paint (peeling, chipping, chalking, cracking, damaged, or damp) is a hazard and needs immediate attention.
- It may also be a hazard when found on surfaces that children can chew or that get a lot of wear-and-tear, such as:
- Windows and window sills;
- Doors and door frames; and
- Stairs, railings, banisters, and porches.
- Be sure to keep all paint in excellent shape and clean up dust frequently.
- Lead in household dust results from indoor sources such as deteriorating lead-based paint.
- Lead dust can also be tracked into the home from soil outside that is contaminated by deteriorated exterior lead-based paint and other lead sources, such as industrial pollution and past use of leaded gasoline.
- Renovation, repair or painting activities can create toxic lead dust when painted surfaces are disturbed or demolished
- Pipes and solder - Lead is used in some water service lines and household plumbing materials. Lead can leach, or enter the water, as water flows through the plumbing. Lead pipes and lead solder were commonly used until 1986.
Restoring commercial properties can sometimes be a tricky thing to tackle. Anytime there is multiple people involved in a job, things can get lost in translation and can start to get very confusing. Here at SERVPRO we pride ourselves on having outstanding communication to keep all parties involved kept in the loop. This helps to keep things very clear and at the end of the job, no one is left out. Typically for something like this, we would use a text thread or email thread with updates and millstones along the way. We also use Google drive for everyone at the office to keep updated with job. This allows for a very smooth job process and a way to keep everything documented for all parties to see.
All along Southern California, there has been a recent surge in fires. The fires have been so bad that they have caused significant smoke damages to the valley between. These smoke damages range from smoke odor, ash and soot leftovers and content damages. This along with the recent COVID-19 virus has made things very difficult for people in the Southern California area. Here at SERVPRO we have helped as much as we can for both residential and commercial properties. We have done several jobs under these problems. Smoke damages can be hard thing to nail down but we can provide air duct cleaning, replacing insulation, pressure washing on the outside, and content cleaning of affected items. We can also place air scrubbers to help rid the air of the smoke odor.
We have recently been assigned to help out a fire that occurred at condo units. It happened in one unit and since it shares walls with the other units, it caused additional damages. These damages where both water and smoke damages. The other affected units suffered heavy water damages from pipes being burst while also having a very bad smoke odor damages. This affected not only the structure of the units but the contents inside as well. Our process worked as follows. We first did a pack out of all of the contents in the units. We then cleaned the contents to rid of that nasty smoke odor. Then mitigation took place to try stop the damages from going any further. We worked in conjunction with the insurance and the fire department as well.
Here in Southern California, we really don't have what is typically called a storm. However, we do have very quick changing weather. We don't really have a winter, instead it rains quite often during this time. Whereas the summer will get very hot and dry. Here as SERVPRO we are aware of the different climate changes and adjust accordingly. For example, if it is in the middle of the summer and we need to work on a roof we might want to start the job really early or coordinate to start later on in the day once it has cooled down. We also basis this off of the winter when it rains and if there is open damages, we try to build things up to prevent any future damages.
We have been through some major changes here at SERVPRO of Monrovia! We are happy to welcome our new production manager and our new marketing manager. We are driven by production and success out on the field, and because of that we wanted to add two more people to help. Our marketing manager is determined to build new relationships with the community of Monrovia. We want our name to be the first thing people say whenever there's water or fire damage. Our marketing manager will be responsible for all of our social media content, and that's exciting because we are so new to the world of social media. We hope you'll keep following us on this great journey. We are also excited about our new production manager, he will help the team stay on track with all the steps required to execute a job. Production and marketing are two important roles in working as a team. Our team has grown just a bit bigger and we couldn't be happier!
Around the Corner
There's a really big building right on the corner of our street. We pass it everyday while heading to and from work. Little did we know that we would be called in to handle water damage. The building experienced water damage caused by a bathroom toilet. It overflowed and flooded the entire second floor We could have easily walked there but we decided to take our vehicles, plus we needed a lot of equipment. We extracted the water and removed all the affected carpet. We found some vinyl under the carpet and decided to have it tested for asbestos. The test came back negative and proceeded to remove the extra flooring. The building got brand new carpet and a better working toilet for the bathroom. We wave to the building every time we pass by! What an accomplishment!
Business Break In
SERVPRO of Monrovia can board-up your or business for most any cause, like the ones listed below. Board-ups will help secure and protect your property. Board-ups also will also assist in defending your property from more damage due to severe weather. Did you know, most insurance policies require that the Property Owners and Renters to protect their property against secondary damage? This is damage that occurs because of a person not taking proper actions after the first damage occurs to secure the property. If Owners or Renters are found to be negligent, the secondary damage might not be covered by insurance.
Board-Up Services may be necessary after...
- Smoke & Fire Damage
- Water Damage
- Flood Damage
- Extreme Weather Damage
- Natural Disasters
- Auto Accidents
Having your property damaged in any circumstance can be a very stressful experience. SERVPRO of Monrovia 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.
We just completed a job for a chiropractor's office and it was fun to see all the skeletons hanging around. We were able to learn a lot about our postures and our bodies just by being there for three days. It was really an educational job. We were able to talk to the doctors there and they gave us great pointers for bending over and lifting heavy items. We will apply all things they taught us on the next job. We don't want our own skeletons to get hurt. Besides the skeletons in the offices, we were able to extract the water that damaged their floors. We removed the vinyl flooring in one office space and were able to clean and sanitize the carpet.