Emergency Water Damage Tips
Tips to be helpful before SERVPRO arrives
A water damage occurs in your home and you have already called SERVPRO of Pasadena North to come to the rescue, but what can you do in the meantime to help?
First off, SAFETY FIRST, make sure the home is in a safe enough condition to move around. Remember, wet objects are much heavier than you may think, use caution when lifting.
Here are a few ways you can help before SERVPRO arrives:
- Gather any loose items from the floor
- Remove your art objects from the walls to a safe space where they can be dry
- Turn your a/c on (if its a hot day) to help speed up the drying process
- Place wood blocks or aluminum between furniture legs and wet carpet
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after you remove any lamps, clocks, or other decor
Here in Southern California we had some heavy rainfall a few days ago in December that effected so many homes and streets. The following counties had street flooding due to rain: San Bernardino, Orange, and LA county.
Most people were not prepared to see any rain this season so all the usual precautions were not taken to prevent flooding.
We got several phone calls regarding:
- roof leaks - due to high winds blowing off shingles prior to rainfall
- clogged gutters causing water damage
- Saturated garden beds - which caused water seepage in through common walls of basements, crawlspaces, etc.
- Over flowed sump pumps
- through cracks in the window seals
If these things are not addressed in a timely manner the possibly of mold growth increases. Be sure to call SERVPRO of Pasadena North (626) 447-4111
Here at SERVPRO of Pasadena North we know first hand how hard a commercial water damage can be on a business. It is very important for all business owner to be aware of the possible causes of water damages and what to do at first sight of them.
Right now in California the weather is starting to become very cold and that alone can cause some unforeseen damages since we are not well equipped for this type of weather. Us California natives know this type of cold weather usually does not last this long, but that doesn't mean it cant do damage in the little time that it is here.
The most common cold weather damage can be frozen pipe bursts. You can tell if your pipes are freezing if you see water stains on the walls, ceilings, and floors, musty/molded smells, and cracked tiles.
If you can be vigilant you can try to avoid these damages. In the event that you do not catch a damage before it happens you can always call your locals professionals at (626) 447-4111
SERVPRO Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays from SERVPRO of Pasadena North
SERVPRO of Pasadena North would like to wish you a very Happy Holidays this year! It has been a rough past two years for everyone with the pandemic happening and we would love to spread a little Holiday cheer!
Every year we gather up our SERVPRO family for a day of fun! We make a fresh pot of coffee and hot chocolate for those who do not drink coffee, take out of Christmas tree and start decorating. It is a great team building activity that continues to bring us closer together as a whole.
Sometimes all that we need is a little bit of kindness to become a better team. What better way to do that than during the holidays!
From our SERVPRO family to yours
Christmas Tree Fire Safety
Christmas Tree Fire Safety
Everyone here at SERVPRO of Pasadena North believes that safety must be our top priority this holiday season. We know it can be very hard to think about safety when you are so happy and merry. SERVPRO would like to remind you of some tips to follow this year.
We all love picking out a Christmas tree, putting up decorations, sipping on some rich hot chocolate by the fireplace while listening to holiday music. Remember, some of these things can cause massive house fires. We advise you to take into consideration the following:
- Keep your Christmas trees far away from fireplaces, space heaters, and stoves.
- Do night light flame candles near your tree.
- Make sure to check holiday lights each year for frayed wires or excessive wear.
- Try not to use more than 3 holiday light strands.
Always remember, in the unfortunate event your home suffers a Christmas tree fire you can always call SERVPRO Pasadena North 24/7 even on Christmas! (626)283-5875
Rose Bowl Parade
Rose Bowl Parade PASADENA
With everyone's favorite parade coming up right around the corner we need to remember to all do our part to keep everyone and the building safe.
Every year hundreds of people gather around to enjoy the beautiful Rose Bowl Parade to celebrate the new year. With smiles on everyone's faces and joy all over, we tend to forget about all the hard work people put into making such a memorable day.
Let's do our part in keeping the event safe.
For those working the event:
- Make sure all facilities are well maintained, restrooms, sinks, kitchens, and various plumbing lines.
- Be sure to call SERVPRO of Pasadena North in the unfortunate event of a fire, water, or sewage damage.
For those coming to enjoy the event:
- With COVID-19 still around, please keep 6 feet of distance
- Do not smoke or throw cigarettes near flowers, plants, or hillside
- Do not litter - as littering can be a health hazard.
Be Thanksgiving Ready!
Thanksgiving only comes around once a year, make this one a memorable one! (For the right reasons) There are things that can make it a bad memory and that is a FIRE!
Turkey fires are the most likely causes of disasters on Thanksgiving. Whether it be an oven roasted turkey or a deep fried one, something can go wrong!
That is exactly what happened to our customer during the holiday season. Where they left the turkey in the oven for much longer than needed, at a much higher setting than one normally would do. This caused the oven to over heat, blowing smoke throughout the kitchen leaving a trail of soot on the walls, cabinets, and ceilings. Luckily our SERVPRO crew arrived quickly giving the customer peace of mind that there home was in good hands.
The Type of Water Damages
Understanding the types of water damages can help decided what type of clean up services you would need! In the unfortunate case of seeing your home flood with water SERVPRO will be there to help!
The three type of waters that cause damage:
- Clean Water
- Grey Water
- Black Water
1.) Clean Water: can come from broken pipes and water supply lines, sinks and overflowed bathtubs, appliance issues
2.) Grey Water: water from appliances like toilets, washing machines, and sump pump backups.
3.) Black Water: is the most extreme kind of water damage and requires immediate action to mitigate serious health risks. Black water can come from sewage, rising flood waters, seawater, as well as river and ground water
With SERVPRO in your corner you do not need to worry, we will identify the problem and get started on repairs immediately.
Protect Your Home
While in any case, we can not control the weather, but we can do our best to protect our homes. In most cases rain storms always damage sidings and the roof.
Here are a few tips to follow:
- Replace missing or damaged shingles
- Repair loose sidings
- Update current insurance
- Keep your gutters clear
- Ensure water can flow away from your home
- Properly seal doors and windows
- Regularly trim your trees
- Keep a generator on hand
If all else fails, SERVPRO is always here to help 24/7 to come and repair water damages. Our team of water experts can help ease the stress of loss to your valuables.
SERVPRO will be able to extract water that has come in after a storm and help make things as if it never even happened.
Leaks from old pipping, damaged roofs and other overlooked areas can cause unwanted water damage that can go unnoticed for an extended period of time. Attempting to clean up water from a leak on your own can lead to further damage or contamination if not handled properly. Our technicians are highly trained professionals that specialize in water mitigation, so trust us, you are in good hands. We will walk you through every step of the way and keep you updated as we progress. Water damages can happen at anytime, that's why it's always good to know that there is someone that can be there for you no matter what time a day it. SERVPRO of Pasadena North is open 24-hours, 7 days a week.