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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.
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.
Commercial water damage is slightly different than residential water damage. This is because there are about 20 or more people in a single floor and it takes a lot of planning to move people around. We had a big job not too long ago and we had to find extra space for the accountants to work in. We had to organize desks in the marketing department for the accountants. Due to the amount of water damage, we couldn't wait for after hours to start our work. We had to act quick and there was no other option but to work during normal business hours. We really had to think creatively and efficiently in order to please every one. Marketing and accounting actually had a good time together.
How SERVPRO handles commercial restoration
SERVPRO has the tools and expertise to handle a wide array of different issues that can arise in commercial buildings. We handle the following but not limited to
- Small Office Buildings
- Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Small Retail Stores
- Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
- High-Rise Residential
- Manufacturing & Industrial
In these instances we can handle water, fire and storm damage restoration. We can also deal with mold remediation and disaster recovery. Another service we can provide is expert deep cleaning and odor removal. We provide all of these services at 24/7 and are ready to respond to your needs.
Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Asbestos in Buildings
Asbestos can be found in pretty much every building built before the 1980s. It was used in commercial buildings as fireproof material for steel beams and columns. It was also added to concrete, asphalt, wall boards, floor tiles and adhesives. Essentially, because of its strength and thermal insulation it was added to every aspect of a building. It was later found out that when broken apart, can cause serious health risk when a human was exposed to it. The EPA now requires all the buildings built before the 1980s be tested for asbestos and be removed from the property. Here at SERVPRO, we specialize in testing for asbestos and removing asbestos in a safe and timely matter. We make this process very smooth and swift and ensure the safety of those around.
A sprinkler story
This little sprinkler can cause big damage.
The most common type of water damage for commercial buildings comes from the sprinkler system in place. The sprinkler system is connected to every room and floor. If there's any sign of smoke or fire, the entire building will be flushed with water by the sprinkler system. We see this kind of situation often enough, and it takes some serious man power to extract all that water. We have what it takes to complete these kinds of jobs. Our equipment and cleaning agents are the best in the industry. We also have great teams we partner up with to get the job done as fast as possible. We will even help with replacing the carpets and wooden floors. From A to Z we get the job done.
Things get old.
Let's have a real conversation about time. When was the last time you inspected the plumbing, roof and storm drains? Commercial buildings need routinely inspections, to avoid costly repairs. Maintenance is so important in a commercial building. Do you know who does the routine maintenance in your building? Is there a chart, or an email reminder that get's sent out? Did you know that we come out and create a plan for you? Yep! It's called an ERP. We create a digital book that gives you all the useful information about your building. It has emergency contacts and a map of the building. It even has a step by step guide to shutting off the main water source. It's something that we would love to provide for you if you don't have one. Call us and we will come set that up for you!
Critters and jitters
This blog is going to give the creeps! Especially if you don't like things that crawl and have tails...! Yuck. When you have a commercial building, you have things that go bump in the dark. It's unavoidable, you have the space and people to keep these rodents happy. Yup, I said it, RODENTS. They live under your building, create a road withing your walls, and make a home for themselves anywhere they can. They live and die in your building, and the worse part is that they poop and pee everywhere too. Once you discover that you have a pest problem, you'll need to call us. We will partner up with a pest control company and do the necessary clean up. Our cleaning agents are made for heavy duty sanitation. Our cleaning services are not just for water and fire damages, we can handle pest damage too!
SERVPRO Handles Both Big and Small Jobs
SERVPRO trucks moving home items from one location to the desired
Serious damage caused to your home such as fire or flooding doesn't have to be caused by a natural occurrence for Team SERVPRO to respond. It could've been a simple leaky pipe left unattended to or a drying machine caught fire. Team SERVPRO responds to many scenarios such as post mortem clean up, frozen over pipes, and even air duct cleaning. Those are just some of the many jobs that we have undertaken that we might not be very well known for. With our emergency services we are always quick to the job. Though we do emergency responses you can call SERVPRO for other jobs such as pack out, cleaning maintenance, content removal and other work that does not require repair work to be done. Ones situation does not have to consist of damage to your property to be able to contact your local SERVPRO.
Restoring Your Monrovia Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges
Flooding and water damage events at Los Angeles County 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 Monrovia
SERVPRO of Monrovia 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.