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National Preparedness Month | Week 3

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness

Disasters impact you and your family. The trouble is that we don't always know when a disaster will strike. The family may not always be together, and communication may not be possible. PLAN AHEAD!

Here are 3 Areas to Consider when Preparing for a Disaster:

  • Know the risk of disasters and hazards that could affect your area, how to get emergency alerts, and where you would go if you and your family need to evacuate. Visit: www.ready.gov/be-informed. in your area.Is your area prone to earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, or wildfires? Chances are your area may be prone to just a couple. Know what your risks are, and prepare for those.
  • Check your insurance coverage. Know what your plan covers. Some may only cover minimal damage, or damage excluding certain areas. Know what you're liable for.
  • Learn how to make your home stronger. In the face of storms and other common hazards, act fast if you receive a local warning or alert. Prepare your home to withstand the coming disaster. 

Planning ahead could prevent further damage from disaster. Prepare Now!

When a disaster strikes, SERVPRO® is there to clean up the mess. Call SERVPRO® of Downey, Montebello, Compton, Vernon for your disaster recovery needs. From Fire to Water and Debris removal, we are there to assist you. Call us at: (562) 392-3007

National Preparedness Month | Week 2

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

national prep month build a kit Do you have an up-to-date emergency kit?

Do you have an up-to-date emergency kit? Many procrastinate getting one. Some don't know where to begin, others may not feel it's a priority. But these emergency kits or Go Bags are essential in a disaster. If certain resources such as food, water, light, or shelter are unavailable, the emergency bag will have what you need to survive.

Build Your Kit

Many of the items are relatively inexpensive and can be found at most stores. Items such as:

  • Food & Water
  • First Aid Kit
  • Batteries
  • Shelter (Tent, Sleeping bag, Blanket)
  • Phone Chargers
  • Maps

For a complete list of essential emergency bag items, visit this link.

Include Additional Supplies

Think about your family and their needs, and pack for everyone. Do prescriptions need to be included? Pet supplies? Or baby diapers & formula?

These items will be unique to each family and their needs.

Maintain Your Kit

After you have your kit in place and ready to go, continue to update it with unexpired food and water, additional clothing, or other items as your needs change.

Don't Let Emergency Kits Overwhelm You

These kits can prove to be life-saving. Take the time now to get them organized for your home, car, or workspace. You can build your own or buy a pre-packed one. 

Here are some of our favorites!

Judy - Emergency Kit

Uncharted Supply Co

When a disaster strikes, SERVPRO® is there to clean up the mess. Call SERVPRO® of Downey, Montebello, Compton, Vernon for your disaster recovery needs. From Fire to Water and Debris removal, we are there to assist you. Call us at: (562) 392-3007

National Preparedness Month | Week 1

9/3/2021 (Permalink)

national prep month photo Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster.

MAKE A PLAN

Why is making a plan so crucial? Not everyone in the family may be together during a disaster. You may be at work and kids could be at school or with a sitter or relative. A plan needs to be made to ensure everyone will be safe and reunited together. How do you do it?

STEP 1: Put a Plan Together

Have a conversation with your family. Discuss questions like...

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is my shelter plan?
  3. What is my evacuation route?
  4. What is my family/household communication plan?
  5. Do I need to update my emergency preparedness kit?
  6. Check with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and update my emergency plans due to Coronavirus.
    • Get cloth face coverings (for everyone over 2 years old), disinfectants, and check my sheltering plan.

STEP 2: Consider the Needs to Your Family

Your plan needs to be unique to your family. Discuss the specific needs that need to be met, such as medical requirements, dietary restrictions, disability assistance, or language assistance.

STEP 3: Have an Emergency Family Plan & Practice It

Create a plan for your family and practice it. Know where the Go-Bags are, where everyone will be meeting, & how everyone will communicate. You can view and download a sample Family Plan here.

Follow the conversation online @SERVPROdowney@readygov, & @fema. Visit our blog for more #NatlPrep articles and disaster-related information. 

SERVPRO® of Downey, Montebello, Compton, Vernon is here for your source of disaster preparedness. Prepare Now! // (562) 392-3007

Unified School Districts Choose SERVPRO® of Downey

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

commercial school restoration disaster near me downey compton montebello vernon SERVPRO® of Downey provides a fast response to any disaster!

Facility management requires unique solutions. Each facility is managed differently depending on its needs. School facilities are no different. In fact, further care and attention are involved in managing those facilities since our children spend a great deal of time there. Safety is a priority, Safety is our priority at SERVPRO® of Downey.

Here is a recent highlight from a project we did for a school district:

Mold and Lead were discovered in various areas of this school. Once an abatement team arrived to confirm the areas, SERVPRO® of Downey was called out for remediation and removal. 

The areas needed to be available for use within one week. Safety was a priority, and the teachers and students were not allowed to reoccupy until the areas were cleared. We began work immediately so the classrooms could reopen on time. The job was complete and there was minimal disturbance to the school workings.

Here is a quote from the Sr. Director of Risk Management, "I went by there this morning and the Team did a fabulous job last week, this weekend and earlier this week in getting this Classroom ready for Instruction today.  The Teacher was very pleased with her classroom this morning... A Special thanks goes out to the teams at both SERVPRO and Executive Environmental Services for the hard work that your staff did last week, this weekend and earlier this week on Monday on getting this abatement project completed and passing clearances for our Teachers and Students to be able to reoccupy this classroom safely, we do appreciate your hard work to make this all happen in a short period of time within a week or so." 

SERVPRO of Downey, Montebello, Compton, and Vernon are available for all of your facility management needs. We work with various facilities providing fast and effective solutions to your unique problems. Call us 24/7 at (562) 392-3007

The Art of Drying | Air Movers

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

air movers water drying systems restoration near me Many air movers are needed on commercial projects that require a large amount of air flow.

Air movers are the backbone of the restoration industry. 

Air Movers are specialized, industrial fans. They come in different sizes for different drying system set-ups. One thing they all have in common is that they move & push air around wet materials. The result of that moving air allows the wet areas to dry.

Air Movers are crucial to the drying process of any job. More fans don't necessarily mean faster drying. These fans are mean to be placed strategically for optimal drying. These set-ups allow for the air to flow freely around and through wet areas. Though they don't tend to work alone.

Dehumidifiers carry a heavy responsibility on the job site by removing any moisture in a room. Why does moisture need to be removed? Where does the moisture go? Those questions will be answered in a future post.  

SERVPRO® of Downey, Montebello, Compton, Vernon is here to help with all your water damage needs. We are open 24/7, 365 days a year to help you get back to normal. Call us at (562) 392-3007

A SERVPRO Story | Bob C. Testimonial

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

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When people hear stories of water or fire damage, they often think "that'll never happen to me." That is until it happens.

Bob & Marsha found themselves in that situation, never using their insurance of 20yrs! Until they woke up one Sunday morning, and they found water in their home.

Our team at SERVPRO of Downey got close with Bob & Marsha throughout their loss. Our team was there every day to handle the loss but also address the anxieties and many questions Bob and Marsha had. In the end, we all felt like family. 

We couldn't be happier to work with Bob and Marsha in their home and help them through this difficult time. 

To see their full story, view the video below:

https://youtu.be/P4N9eTCgMgQ

Protect Your Business with a Board-up

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

board-up Protect your business with a Board-up

From burglars to car crashes, if a window is shattered or a part of a wall is missing you need a fast solution! You need a board-up to cover and protect your business.

That's Where We Come In

Our team of qualified technicians at SERVPRO of Downey act fast to help you to deal with the chaos. We quickly board up any opening using high-quality materials like plywood and/or tarps, depending on the size of the hole, the surrounding damage, and other factors.

Our techs will then remove any debris left behind. However, we know a board-up is just the start of the restoration process. We are also able to provide reconstruction services as well, to rebuild your property back to its original condition. Our Director of Construction can get your business to, “Like it never even happened.”

A board-up helps protect your property from further damage and it will help the cleanup and recovery process go much faster. 

SERVPRO of Downey is here to help with all your board-up needs. We are open 24/7 365 days a year to help you get back to normal. Call us at (562) 392-3007

Lead: What Are the Risks?

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

peeling paint commercial Call SERVPRO of Downey for your Lead Remediation (562) 392-3007

Lead is a scary word for a lot of people, much like Mold has become. Like Mold, Lead is everywhere. Can it harm us? If so, how do we keep ourselves free from harm?

What Is Lead?

According to EPA, Lead is a naturally occurring element. While it has some beneficial uses, it can be toxic to humans and animals causing health effects.

How It's Used:

Lead can be found in almost all parts of our environments, including in Air, Soil, & Water. Lead can also be found in a variety of products found in and around our homes or businesses, most notably in Paint.

Lead in paint has many benefits. It drys faster, shines better, blocks sound & radiation, and prevents the growth of mildew. Along with paint, ceramics, plumbing materials, solders, gasoline, batteries, ammunition, cosmetics, and toys have been found to contain lead.

When Lead Becomes Toxic:

Lead enters the body through inhalation or consumption, those are the only ways. Lead becomes toxic when disrupted.

Ex. Lead paint in a home is not harmful unless the paint is peeling or chipping. If the paint is disrupted, lead dust can spread in the air and into your lungs. Children may be tempted to eat paint chips or rub their hands on the walls where disrupted lead paint is present. This presents health effects to the child.

Adults and Children absorb lead, children absorb it quicker.

Identify Effects of Lead:

Lead attacks almost every part of your body. Lead effects can be unnoticeable too. A BLL (Blood Lead Level) test will give an approximation of how much lead is in your blood. 

Lead in Your Business:

Yes lead is probably in your business now, whether in the form of paint or products. That doesn't necessarily make it harmful.

Visit the EPA & CPSC websites for more information on Lead and certain items that can be possibly harmful to you. 

Call SERVPRO of Downey for Lead Remediation at your home or business. SERVPRO of Downey is trained and certified to safely handle Lead and properly dispose of it. (562) 392-3007

How to Clean the Air After a Fire

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

smoke in the air For questions about Clean Air, call: (562) 392-3007

You know that nasty sting you feel in your nose when walking by a building that has recently burned down? It's unpleasant & hazardous. The odor is sulfur mixed with smoke. It's called AcridWhat’s the best way to get rid of it?

Smoke contains the residue of all the burned materials and it can be Caustic. Special equipment is used to completely clean the air.

  • Ozone Machines
  • Air Scrubbers

Ozone Machines destroy the Molecules, Bacteria, and Spores that cause unpleasant smells. Air Scrubbers clean the air by repeatedly moving it through HEPA filters which help reduce the smell.

What else is involved?

Other necessary steps involve: (1) Clean all the hard surfaces (2) Wash or treat clothes, drapes, carpets, and upholstery.

A fire doesn’t always destroy a building, smoke however, can ruin everything it contacts. Make sure you do all that’s needed to “clear the air.”

SERVPRO® of Downey is here to help with all your fire damage needs. We are open 24/7, 365 days a year to help you get back to normal. Call us at (562) 392-3007

Ask your Mitigation Company if They're IICRC Certified

4/2/2021 (Permalink)

servpro logo iicrc logo SERVPRO is a IICRC Certified firm

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Downey Business

SERVPRO of Downey 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.

SERVPRO® of Downey is here to help with all your water damage needs. We are open 24/7, 365 days a year to help you get back to normal. Call us at (562) 392-3007