Does Your Heater Smell?
As temperatures cool down, you may be turning up your heat. You may use the heat rarely, but have you ever noticed a funny smell when you turn your heater on?
If you have, you're not the only one. In fact, it's quite common. But you shouldn't ignore it. Depending on the type of smell, there might be a fairly easy solution or a real problem. What does your heater smell like?
Does it Smell Damp or Dusty?
That's normal. Dust and dirt will collect in the ducts over time. When the heat kicks in, the dust can release a smell when it gets blown through the house. If the smell lingers after multiple uses a new filter may be needed.
Does it Smell like Oil or Smoke?
This can be serious problem. Oil may be leaking, that's only if you have an oil furnace. Such a leak may put you at risk for fire damage.
Does it Smell Musty?
A musty smell could signify Mold, either in the unit or filter itself. Inspect, Clean, and Replace as needed to protect your home from Mold.
Does it Smell like Burning Plastic or Electrical?
An object may be in the duct that is overheating and causing the smell. It could entail something much more serious like the units motor overheating. Contact an experienced technician to inspect the electrical of your unit to insure it's working properly.
The next time you smell that "funny" smell, don't ignore it. Call SERVPRO® of Downey to inspect (562) 392-3007
What Do I Do if a Tree Fell on My Roof?
What is the process when a tree falls on your roof? Call SERVPRO® to help (562) 392-3007
When a tree falls on your roof, it causes many problems: it damages your home’s structure, it exposes your home to the elements, & increases risk of other damage from electrical sources. What is the process when a tree falls on your roof?
- Contact the necessary people. You'll want to call your insurance company to consider coverage. You'll also want to contact a Roofer and a Tree Removal company. Can SERVPRO® help? We sure can! We're able to performing tarping as well as water restoration if the interior of your house was exposed to the elements.
- Remove the tree. This might seem like an obvious step, but we can't addresses the problem until the damaged area of your roof has been cleared.
- Tarp exposed areas. A fallen tree will likely cause damage to your roof, leaving it exposed. To ensure outside elements don’t get in and cause more damage, tarping temporarily protects your home.
- Contact a roofing company. Even if the roof is tarped, you’ll need to contact a roofing company to determine the next phase of repairs.
A fallen tree can cause a lot of damage and headache, but with the above steps, you can get your life back on track. Leave it to SERVPRO®, we'll make it "Like it never even happened."
For Tree Removal or Tarping Services, call SERVPRO® of Downey at (562) 392-3007.
Faster to Any Disaster: Commercial Water Damage
Fast Service - Provided by SERVPRO® of Downey
Emergency Water Damage
This construction site suffered a widespread emergency water damage. While the construction was well on it's way, so was the rain. The roof wasn't reinforced yet, and the tarping was minimal. Was it enough for the heavy storm that was on its way?
That night heavy rain came and wrecked havoc on the construction site. The next morning, workers showed up to find their whole site flooded, along with tools and supplies. There was only one company to call, SERVPRO® of Downey.
We mobilized fast! Workers were on-site to reinforce the roof tarping for future rain and to clear our any standing water from the facility. After some days, the whole site was tarped and filled with specialty drying equipment to ensure a dry construction site.
Can SERVPRO® Help You?
The job was massive, but took place smoothly. Does your facility need emergency services? Call SERVPRO®, we're here to help with restoration, remediation, and sanitation.
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You Can Prevent Home Fires
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House fires happen. Homes end up getting damaged or destroyed, along with belongings. Yet, even though no one wants to experience these home fires, The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) notes more than 360,000 homes fires a year.
A majority of fires are preventable. Are you taking the proper steps to prevent a fire in your home? Note the 3 common causes of home fires:
3) Electrical Equipment & Lighting
Wires, Extension Cords, & Heaters are in almost every home. Malfunctions can cause this equipment to go up in flames. One of the most common is decorative Christmas lights. When left on or unattended for a long period of time, these lights can overheat and cause serious damage.
Keep in Mind...
Unplug electrical equipment that's not in use.
Check any decorative lights periodically to avoid overheating.
Dryers are commonly known for starting fires, yet many don't take the time to properly maintain their dryer. Maintenance includes proper cleaning of the lint tray and duct system connected to dryer.
Keep in Mind...
Clean out the lint tray after every use.
Never run your dryer without the lint tray in place.
According to the NFPA, 46% of home fires start in the kitchen with cooking. Cooking can easily be distracting, especially when making large meals during the holidays.
Keep in Mind...
Never leave your stove top unattended.
Keep children away from hot areas in the kitchen.
This information will help you to minimize your risks of a home fire like never before. Aside from this information, Smoke Alarms need to be replaced and tested to help keep your household aware of any potential fire danger. Review and share this information to keep you and your loved ones safe from a home fire.
SERVPRO® of Downey is here to help if Fire Damage or Smoke Damage services need to be performed after the firefighters have left the scene. Call us at (562) 392-3007
3 Common Water Issues in Commercial Buildings
Commercial buildings are a maze of supply pipes and drains. A lot of pipes mean a lot of water. Water lines and sprinkler heads of the fire suppression system add more water to the picture. Leaking pipes are everyday occurrences. The occasional flood or pipe break happens. The only surprise comes when the plumbers run out of problems to fix. Following are the three most common problems faced in commercial plumbing.
- Small Nuisance Problems
These problems have quick and easy fixes. Dripping faucets and leaking pipes are commonplace in restroom and kitchen areas. Fixing these problems saves water and eliminates the hazards associated with wet floors. Small repairs like this provide plumbers the opportunity to inspect the surrounding plumbing and fixtures. Not every plumbing problem gets reported.
- Toilet Problems
Toilet design is all about performing the flush using the least possible amount of water. It takes a delicate balance of water volume and pressure for a successful flush. When conditions aren’t correct, the result is a toilet backup. Some problem toilets frequently block. They may need a new flush valve or total replacement.
- Blocked, Slow and Foul-Smelling Drain Problems
Blocked drains can shut down a sink, room or plumbing zone. A slow drain provides a warning that it will eventually stop completely. Plumbers know that drain-flow problems require prompt attention.
Drain odors from a sink may mean that the trap is dry. A dry trap allows smells and sewer gas to leak into the building. Traps attached to floor drains can dry out as well. Pouring water down the drain is a simple fix for dry traps. If the odor problem persists, it becomes a problem for the custodial staff to handle.
Leaking pipes can cause a flood. The subsequent water damage and the risk of mold are a threat to your business.
SERVPRO of Downey is here to help with all your water damage needs. Call us at (562) 392-3007
Mold: Remediation or Restoration?
Does mold need to be remediated or restored?
Our specialty at SERVPRO is Remediation and Restoration. What's the difference between the two?
Remediation: The act of stopping or reversing environmental damage.
Restoration: To return something to its former condition.
How does mold play into situation?
Mold is most likely to grow where there is moisture and humidity. That means, after you've suffered a water damage the chance of mold growth is highly likely. Mold may begin to grow and spread in as little as 40hrs after a water damage.
Is mold remediated or restored?
Mold is remediated. The first step is to clear out any traces of the water damage if one occurred. Next, a containment will be set up so mold growth is contained. After that, a cleansing of the air must take place. Various air units will be placed to filter the air and mold spores that might be present throughout. Lastly all mold affected materials will be removed.
Don't let the media scare you. The mold removal process should only be done by professionals. Call SERVPRO of Downey with any questions: (562) 392-3007
What You Need to Know about Flooding
What type of flooding is common near you?
Flooding is said to have killed more than any other natural disaster. In America, we see it and it's no doubt why it's the most common natural disaster. Here are how floods are classified:
Flash Floods: These types of floods provide very little warning and are most common. They are accompanied with heavy downpours and fast moving lethal devastation.
River Floods: These floods occur when the water capacity of a river overflows. These may be less common in the LA and OC area, but more prevalent where rivers reside. This type of flooding happens over a period of rainfall. Considerable damage can occur, yet prevention is possible as the river nears its flood stage.
Urban Flooding: This flooding occurs in well populated cities and metropolitan areas due to the lack of drainage. It can be brought on by Flash flooding or River flooding.
Follow the warnings of your local authorities if any type of flooding threatens your home. Doing so will keep you and your family safe and protected from the damage flooding can cause.
SERVPRO® of Downey is here to help in cases of flood damage to your home or business. Call us: (562) 392-3007
Water Damage Emergency Do's and Don'ts
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From a Clean Water Source
- Shut off the source of the water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water.
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Remove any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
- Enter rooms with standing water where electrical hazards may exist.
- Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water.
- Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets to cause staining.
- Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
- Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
- Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
From Contaminated Water Source
- Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
- If exposed to harmful waste, OSHA recommends a post-exposure medical evaluation. Consult your local health department or physician.
- Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
- Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
From Harmful Waste
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
- Attempt cleanup of any kind.
- Touch or handle items that might be contaminated with bodily fluids.
Where Can I Find 24/hr Water Removal Services for my Business?
SERVPRO® of Downey: (562) 392-3007
SERVPRO® Can Remediate Water Damage Day or Night!
Owning a business is a demanding profession, that business if your priority. And suddenly needing water remediation services can be overwhelming. Our priority at SERVPRO® of Downey is making sure your business is taken care of.
Do you have a plan in case of a water or fire disaster? Make SERVPRO® a part of that plan. Water Restoration Services don't have to be a pain.
I Need Discretion, Can SERVPRO® Provide That? It is our goal at SERVPRO® of Downey to leave our customers feeling happy and taken care of. If you want a discreet service to your property, we can:
- Use back entrances to avoid public line-of-sight
- Work during a time when your business is closed normally
- Work fast to get the job done as soon as possible
No matter what your needs are, SERVPRO® can find a way to help you.
How Can SERVPRO® Remediate my Business?
Our technicians do a brief inspection to create a remediation plan. After, we get right to work. We start by:
- Creating Moisture Map to find all the water.
- We use thermal imaging cameras to identify water in hidden places
- Remove standing water, such as wet/dry vacuums
- Create a drying system with powerful equipment to ensure the moisture levels in your business are normal.
At SERVPRO®, we have specialty equipment & expertise for whatever your needs are.
For more information on water damage situations for your Downey business, call SERVPRO® of Downey: (562) 392-3007
Winter Allergies in Your Home
Tis' the season...for getting sick especially during a pandemic. Not only are we combating a worldwide pandemic, many this time of year will still experience the cold or flu. Such symptoms couldn't come at a more inconvenient time for people.
As much as we hate getting sick, we may bring it on ourselves. How so?
A study by a New York based Medical University showed that Christmas Trees could be affecting our allergies. Mold spores are found on Christmas Trees. A connection can be made there.
Don't be alarmed, mold spores are naturally found on organic materials like a tree. When those spores are aggravated due to temperatures or moisture, it can begin to cause health effects.
Here's what we should remember about this Christmas Tree Syndrome:
- If we don't have any sensitive allergies, we probably don't have to worry about it.
- If we do have said allergies, use an air purifier, get rid of the tree as soon as you're done with it, or even better get an artificial one.
Most importantly, stay healthy this holiday season.