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How El Niño Has Disrupted Lives

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

"What El Niño?" That's a common sentence you may hear or even express yourself. "El No Rain-o," is how one friend put it to me. Sentiments like these are understandable. For one, El Niño storms are highly unpredictable & difficult to forecast. The weather report will say one thing, but then the storm takes a completely opposite turn. Then there's our location, Southern California. Certain aspects of the storm will effect us either more or less then other locations.

Frankly, we didn't see as much of El Niño as we all heard over recent years. But just because we may not have felt much of the effects, does it mean it was any less powerful? Does it mean that El Niño won't effect your life? Let's consider the facts.

The Flooding:

Paraguay - A number of 130,000 had to flee their homes due to flooding. The country hadn't seen such flooding due to El Niño in 50 years. The country suffered the worst in Asuncion, where the country's main river is located.

Brazil - 40 towns were displaced and forced to leave their homes due to flooding. The local rivers overflowed as the heavy rains came down. In Uruguay thousands spent days homeless until the water levels subsided.  

The Drought:

Consider the other side of the coin. In India, the drought is causing local farmers into day-labor jobs. Millions continue to struggle as they deal with the lack of rain. The main topic for concern though is the Sugar. Since the crops aren't getting the proper amount of rain, a sugar shortage is expected, meaning higher sugar prices.

South Africa is suffering a similar story. South Africa grows and exports Corn for themselves and neighboring country's. However, due to the lack of rain, crops are not growing like before. The cost of corn in South Africa has risen, much like the sugar in India. They've been forced to import it to deal with the demand.

The Atmosphere:

El Niño effects humans in another way, the air we breath. The NOAA recently noted quite an increase in Carbon Dioxide the past year. Think about it... Plants grow and absorb the carbon dioxide in the air. But if it's not raining, plants can't grow, and if plants can't grow the carbon dioxide can't be absorbed. 

It's evident El Niño has done some damage. It caused major flooding, a drought, loss of homes, increased vegetation prices, & polluted air. We may not experience the full effects of all these things, but we can't deny the existence of El Niño & the lives it has disrupted. This weather phenomenon is very real. 

Notice the Unnoticeable

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage isn't always noticeable to the naked eye. In fact, it's usually quite sneaky and is found in the most innocent of places. Though sneaky and almost unnoticeable it may be, it can cause massive amounts of damage.

Make it a habit to check these trouble spots for leaks. These trouble spots tend to be hoses. These hoses are connected to your Washing Machine, Ice Maker, and Dishwasher.

Most hoses are rubber, which deteriorates with age. A crack in the hose or rupture can spill gallons of water in a very short time. Take time to inspect these hoses for wear signs.

Proper Maintenance includes:

  • Making sure hoses are tightly secured.
  • Use Teflon tape to ensure a water-sealed connection.
  • Use a Zip-Tie or Duct Tape as extra security for your discharge hose.
  • A Drip Pan might be installed under your Washing Machine to catch any leaks before it hits the ground.

Stop the water before it causes damage. Take the necessary action to prevent it as soon as possible. SERVPRO® of Downey is here to help if it's too late.

Enduring Seasonal Allergies

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Tis' the season...for getting sick. Many this time of year 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 recent study by a New York based Medical University showed that Christmas Trees could be affecting our allergies. These allergy symptoms could be due to mold spores found on Christmas Trees.

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, said symptoms can take effect.

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.

2018: The Highlights

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

People started to realize in 2017 that this wasn't the best year they've had. Many of us looked to 2018 with bright eyes and hope as we tried to forget the many memories of 2017. Now, as 2018 comes to a close I think we're all thinking the same thing again...Let's make 2019 a year to remember. 

However, let's not forget some of the things that befell us in 2018. We had Hurricane Florence, Fires in California, & Earthquakes in Alaska.

What did we see during these times? We saw disaster, desolation, & destruction. But we overcame because we also saw people come together, to be there for each other, to lend a hand. 

We've overcome allot in 2017/2018. Who knows what 2019 will have in store. Yet, no matter what it throws at us, we can all be determined to come together to be there for each other. SERVPRO® of Downey wishes you all the best for this next year to come! 

SERVPRO® of Downey Wants You!!!

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Downey is looking to fill a Full-Time Position for a Admin Assistant. The position is from 8am - 5pm with the possibility of working overtime when required to get the job done. It's a high demanding, fast-paced environment which requires ones to, at times, wear several different hats in order to get the job done.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • Knowledgeable & Efficient in DryBook and Xactimate (Willing to Train)
  • Experienced with SERVPROs Job Uploads & Audit Process
  • Computer Literate (MUST be Skilled with Microsoft Office)
  • Strong Written & Verbal Communication Skills
  • Detail-Oriented, Organized, & Excellent Time Management Skills.
  • Ability to Follow Instructions Well & Make Decisions with Minimum Supervision.
  • Being Trust-Worthy Hard Worker
  • Having a Positive Attitude & Aptitude to Learn New Things.
  • Data Entry Skills
  • Ability to Get Along with Others & is a Team Player
  • Ability to Multi-Task & Prioritize with Minimum Supervision.
  • Ability to Pass a Full National Background Check & Drug Test.
  • Fluent in English - Reading, Writing, & Speaking.

Ideal Candidates Will Also Meet the Following:

         Bilingual in Spanish, Korean, or Chinese

If all or most of these requirements apply to you, please submit a resume via email: mcarpenter@SERVPROdowney.com

Interviews will be scheduled upon further review. 

SERVPRO® of Downey Wants You!!

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Downey is looking to fill positions in our Production Team - Water, Fire, Mold, & Pack Out. We're interested in team players and someone who can handle strenuous physical work. 

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

SERVPRO® of Downey is an Emergency Service Company. Candidates must be available for "On Call", Weekends, & After-Hours 24/7. -REQUIRED

Detail Oriented, Organized, Having Excellent Time Management, & Communication Skills.

Computer Literate

Ability to Follow Instructions

Being a Trust-Worthy Hard Worker

Having a Positive Attitude & Aptitude to Learn New Things.

Having a Professional Appearance/Demeanor, Neat & Clean-Cut, As You Will Personally Be Interacting With Our Customers.

Non-Smoking Employees Due to Respirator Equipment Requirement.

Ability to Pass a FULL National Background Check & Drug Test.

Having Valid Drivers License with Clean Driving Record - NO DUI

Ideal Candidates Will Meet the Following:

  • IICRC, WRT, ASD, AMRT Certified
  • SERVPRO DryBook (Knowledge & Training is a plus)
  • Ability to Speak, Read, & Write in English (Spanish - Korean - Chinese is a plus)
  • Having Construction and/or Mitigation Background
  • Ability to Interface with Customers

If all or most of these requirements apply to you, please submit a resume via email: mcarpenter@SERVPROdowney.com

Interviews will be scheduled upon further review.

Effective School Sanitation

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

We want our children in a safe and healthy environment and school cleanliness contributes to that. Schools get regularly cleaned by the staff. However unexpected things happen that can threaten the cleanliness of the school.

For instance...

  • Sewage Back-Up
    This exceeds the common clogged toilet. Broken or cracked pipes can leak sewage and threaten the health safety of the students and staff.
  • Air Duct Cleaning
    Every 3-5 years air ducts should be cleaned. This cleaning will eliminate airborne substances that can cause common allergy symptoms, and improve the overall air quality of the structure.
  • Deep Clean Sanitizing 
    An annual deep clean will do wonders for any environment. This will include wiping down surfaces and deep carpet cleaning. All cleaning products are non irritant. Meaning those sensitive to smells will most likely be unaffected.

Our cleaning follows the same EPA standards for cleanliness. Such cleanliness can also prevent pest problems. This keeps your children's school environment clean and healthy.

If you're interested in these services for your home, business, or school, call (562) 392-3007

What Kind of Person Am I Hiring?

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

With most industries, there's always scam artists. People who want to take advantage of other people. We deal with allot of people in the restoration industry and have come across our fair share of scam artists too.

We make it our highest priority that who we're doing business with shares our same level of customer service. The customer deserves to be informed and protected. Companies who offer referral fees could undermine our focus to put the customer first, we refuse to work with them.

Consider this real life example of Jose Manual Villa, a public adjuster. He stole a total of $400,000 from fire damage victims. He did not have the customers concern first. (http://www.insurance.ca.gov/0400-news/0100-press-releases/2016/release103-16.cfm)

We avoid people and businesses that operate that way and do our best to make sure the customer avoids them too.

Don't Let Remediation Be Your Nightmare

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

We know the feeling, the feeling after a long day of work. The feeling that you just can't take on anything else. You've finally go on that vacation, you clear your mind and rejuvenate your body. Then when you get home, you're welcomed by a flooded house. Anxiety and stress begin to rear their ugly heads once again. The remediation process can seem like a nightmare. Your floors are ripped up, some of your drywall is torn out, and not to mention a portion of your belongings are damaged. True, the remediation process is not always easy. Our job isn't to make this situation harder for you. Our goal is to get your house/business back to normal as quickly as possible and with great care. If you have a disaster at your house or business, take a deep breath, relax, and let SERVPRO® of Downey handle the mess. You have enough to worry about already. #HereToHelp

Should You Care About El Niño?

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

By now you've likely heard of, or experienced, the weather phenomenon known as El NiñoBut What Is It Exactly? And How Will It Affect You?

 An El Niño happens when warmer water from the Pacific travels Eastward. It's estimated an El Niño happens every 2-7 years.

How Does It Affect Weather?

For places like California, we see an increase of colder and wetter weather. Compare that to New York whos forecast was in the 70s late Dec 2015. There's a pattern here; places that usually get wetter winters are getting warmer ones and vise-versa.

So When Will This BIG El Niño Hit?

 Well El Niño isn't one storm. In fact, it's multiple storms. You may have already experienced some or you may live in a place where you're experiencing a warmer winter. Urban Flooding, Mudslides, Traffic Jams, & Power Outages are all left overs of an El Niño Storm. Either way the affects are felt, subtlety or drastically. 

 El Niño is expected to last until about March. If you're in an area where water is affecting you and your home, SERVPRO® Of Downey is ready to help. (562) 392-3007