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Storm Damage | Prevent Roof Leaks

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

Maintenance is crucial for the longevity of your roof. Your roof is the first line of defence against elements of weather. What can you do if your roof is leaking? Inspecting it yourself can seem daunting, and hiring a roofer may be costly. Is there a simpler solution?

What to Do During a Storm:

If you catch a leak during a storm...

  1. Locate the Source of the Leak

If you don't have a leak detector, infrared camera, or infrared camera app, you can locate the source manually.

Leaks most commonly occur near roof protrusions such as chimneys, vents, plumbing, or anything protruding through your roofing material. Look closely for water staining. If it's currently raining you may be able to trace the drips.

    2. Prevent Further Damage

Once you've located the leak, take the necessary measures to prevent further damage. Use a bucket or pan to collect dripping water. If water is pooling in the ceiling, a small puncture will relieve the pressure and allow the water to drain.

Use roofing materials such as traps, sandbags, or boards to cover the leak and prevent water from entering home.

Prevent Future Leaks to Your Roof:

    1. Check the Attic

Common attic problems could be a direct culprit to your roof leaks. During your next roof inspection, don't forget to check the attic. Signs of Mold, Soaked insulation, Stains around Nails, or Clogged Intake Vents will be clear signs.

    2. Inspect, Inspect, Inspect!

Gutters, Shingles, and Protruding Parts can all lead to leaks. Clogged gutters can cause a water back up under your shingles or other roofing materials. Shingles need to be properly secured, and missing/broken shingles need to be replaced. As we learned earlier, protruding parts are the main culprits of roof leaks. Make sure the seals are tight so water can't leak through.


If you have questions regarding roof leaks, contact SERVPRO® of Downey. We're here to help with all flooding and roof leak needs. Call us at (562) 392-3007.

9 Reasons NOT to Use Bleach to Kill Mold

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

The use of Bleach as an all-purpose cleaning agent has been widely distributed by DIY blogs and even notable websites such as Huffington Post. This is especially true when it comes to cleaning Mold. 

The truth of the matter is that using chlorine bleach may cause more damage than good.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as well as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recommends NOT using bleach to kill mold. 

Here are 9 Reasons NOT to Use Bleach to Kill Mold:

1. Bleach introduces excess moisture on porous surfaces. A Bleach cleaning solution can contain up to 90% water. Chlorine quickly evaporates leaving the water that soaks into porous surfaces like wood. This encourages mold growth.

2. Bleach will not kill the roots or hyphae. On a porous surface, bleach will wipe away the visible mold, but will not penetrate the many roots caused by the mold.

3. The EPA and OSHA specifically advise against using bleach for mold remediation. High-level organizations focused on public health & safety set the standard for not using bleach as a mold cleaning agent.

4. Bleach is harmful and corrosive. Bleach will weaken wood and metal, breaking down the fibers and corroding metal. 

5. Bleach is an irritant. Bleach releases chlorine gas, causing damage to skin, eyes, lungs, and even clothing.

6. When mixed, bleach can be deadly. Mixing bleach with other cleaners or acids can release deadly gases that can kill if inhaled. 

7. Inactivation by Organic Matter. Bleach quickly loses its strength after being exposed to heat or light. Because of that, it doesn't prevent future microbial growth.

8. Most bleach products are not on the EPA Approved List of antimicrobial agents. This list features cleaning agents approved for commercial or residential use.

9. Approved antimicrobial alternatives are readily available. These agents are specifically designed to kill mold and prevent microbial growth. They tend to be cost-effective, safe, and easy to use.

Mold is not a DIY job. If you suspect mold at your Southern California commercial or residential property, SERVPRO® of Downey is works to remediate mold from the source. Call us, (562) 392-3007 

SERVPRO® of Downey, Montebello, Compton, Vernon are your Mold Professionals. Call us to schedule an appointment, (562) 392-3007

Flood Damage Due to Heavy Rains?

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded Home Should your building flood from a storm, call SERVPRO of Downey to help you get back to normal quickly and easily.

Our climate in SoCal is usually dry and comfortable. Sometimes, however, heavy rainstorms cause flooding from overflowing streams as well as from streets and storm drains that cannot handle the large amount of runoff. Homes and businesses flood, causing damage to contents and structures in local homes.

SERVPRO of Downey provides flood damage services for all of SoCal. We respond to almost all calls in less than two hours to help reduce damage and speed up the restoration process. Anything that remains exposed to high moisture levels for extended periods may become damaged beyond our restoration parameters, and may even begin to grow mold. 

Rain Storms and Flooding

Our roads and storm drains, while designed to handle large amounts of runoff, are sometimes not sufficient, and buildings get flooded. Those waters don't just bring moisture into your homes and businesses, but also bacteria and contaminants, which can be harmful.

Before entering a building after a flood, make sure you take precautions to protect yourself from electrocution and contamination that may exist. Our SERVPRO technicians can quickly assess the situation and immediately begin mitigation activity to minimize the amount of long-term damage.

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

Top 3 Causes for Commercial Fires

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

servpro commercial fire building risk mitigate Is your facility taking the proper safety precautions?

A commercial building needs to be prepared for whatever happens. A building generating business and revenue can't lack safety measures for its property. One of the top risks to mitigate is Fire Damage. Commercial Fires happen more often than the news may tell. Here are the Top 3 Causes for Commercial Fires.

1. Cooking Equipment

Cooking equipment = restaurants. High temperatures, grease, and oil make kitchen fires all too common.

If your property is a healthcare facility or any other facility with cooking equipment, is a fire extinguisher near? Remember, think safe & think smart.

2. Heating Equipment

Some commercial buildings require heating to operate effectively. Heating from mechanical equipment, furnaces, boilers, and radiators is at risk of overheating and starting a fire.

  • 14% of these fires take place in industrial or manufacturing properties.

3. Electrical & Lighting Equipment

Electrical wiring and lighting can be found in just about any and all buildings. Some wiring can be older or defective than others, causing overloaded circuits, loose connections, faulty fuses, imbalanced electrical loads, and many other electrical or lighting problems.

  • 12% of these fires take place in office properties.

Keep your commercial building safe. Regular inspections and maintenance help mitigate the risk of fire damage. The additional use of Fire Extinguishers and Fire Sprinklers keeps the risk low.

SERVPRO® of Downey are professionals in Cleaning, Restoration, & Construction. If a fire has impacted your building in any way, call us at (562) 392-3007.

Assist & Assess | Wildfire Cleanup

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

wildfire season 2021 Our highly skilled and trained crew will provide visual assessments and determine the best solution for your property clean-up.

Phase I: Inspection

Assisting in Wildfire Clean-up all starts with the inspection. If your property was near a wildfire, the possibility of Smoke Damage is high. Smoke particles can sometimes be clearly visible, other times a more thorough inspection must take place. We look for where smoke settles... baseboards, windowsills, shelves, mantels, door frames, and other locations. 

Extensive damage requires establishing what hazardous materials are present. All hazardous materials must be addressed and removed before Ash and Debris can be removed. 

Phase II: Cleaning & Removal

Smoke Damaged is addressed in three parts, 1) HEPA vacuum, 2) the wipe down, and 3) odor removal. 

A HEPA vacuum is used to collect loose particles. After all the surfaces are vacuumed, surfaces are wiped with a microfiber cloth. With the use of Microfiber Technology, affected surfaces are wiped down and cleaned. Microfiber Cleaning Cloths can collect particles at a .3 micron level, while smoke particles are commonly 1 micron in size. After the wipe down, the surfaces will be HEPA vacuumed once more to collect fallen particles. O-zone Machines & Hydroxyl Generators are specialty equipment that cleans the air, breaking down odor molecules.

For extensive wildfire clean-ups, after hazardous materials are removed, Ash and Debris can be discarded and the remaining structure can be cleaned. If reconstruction services are required, our Director of Construction is available to address your reconstruction needs.

SERVPRO® of Downey is Your Wildfire Clean-up Team!

You don't need to handle Wildfire clean-up on your own. For the safety of everyone around, professionals should be tasked to handle and dispose of hazardous materials and debris. SERVPRO® of Downey specializes in clean-up services, including Fire Clean-up.

Our highly skilled and trained crew will provide visual assessments and determine the best solution for your property clean-up.

Call SERVPRO® Of Downey to schedule an inspection of your property! (562) 392-3007

Does Your Home Smell, and How to Fix it

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

A couple holds their nose in their home Do you know the common odor generators in your home?

Sooner or later your house may start to smell. You may start to wonder, is it the trash, old food, or maybe the shrimp that fell behind the couch is a bigger problem than you thought it would be. No matter where the smell is coming from, here are some of the common culprits as well as some of the best DIY methods we could find for neutralizing them.

Common Problem Areas

  • Kitchen

Here you may find odors lurking in the trash or fridge. Other common areas include the garbage disposal and the vent hood above your stove or oven.

  • Bathroom

In the bathroom smells and odors are lurking around almost every corner. Whether it comes from a dry P-Trap to the toilet or sink, stink is everywhere.

  • Laundry Room

Although this is where things go to get cleaned, there can still be a plethora of smells found here. Be it dirty laundry or a mildew filled washer 

  • Bedroom

Here smells may come from dirty laundry, trash cans, and more. One place many may not expect is bedsheets. They can harbor dead skin and bacteria.

  • Pets

Your pets probably love to rummage through planters and trash cans, exploring all they can. That however means that they also bring those smells inside.

How To Deodorize Your Home

Simply put baking soda and vinegar (separately, of course, we don't want a 6th-grade science experiment on our hands) can work wonders on not just covering up but neutralizing odors. For a simple way to deodorize your whole home simply simmer a cup (or more) of vinegar! Once the vinegar smell fades so will the rest of the odors that came before it. Similarly, if a room has a musty or damp smell, like a laundry room or garage, place a bowl full of baking soda or kitty litter inside. Both will help to absorb and trap nasty odors, however, it's recommended to make sure those areas are well ventilated and dry so smell never comes around in the first place. For your pets, one of the biggest problems can be their beds or toys. Spraying with a 1 to 1 dilution of vinegar can really work wonders, or simply replacing old bedding after a certain time.  

If you are in need of a more heavy-duty deodorization, the specialists at SERVPRO® of Downey, Montebello, Compton, Vernon are here for you at (562) 392-3007. We’ll make it "Like it never even happened."

Why Microfiber is the Superior Cleaning Technology

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

microfiber difference between cotton and and microfiber strand Microfiber collects more dirt, debris, & bacteria than typical cotton rags.

How does your facility clean? It has been said that the most significant product to the cleaning industry in recent years is Microfiber Technology. To the untrained eye, Microfiber Cloths may look like any other cloth, however, their composition is much different. How so?

What is Microfiber?

Microfiber is a synthetic blend made up of Polyester & Nylon fibers 1/16th thickness of a single human hair. These strands curl, so they collect and hold dirt, debris, and bacteria to a micron level. That is the technology that makes Microfiber so effective.

What are the Benefits of Microfiber?

  • More Effective Clean: Microfiber goes where no terry towel has gone before collecting debris too small for traditional cloths.
  • Reduces Chemical Usage: Microfiber cloths work best with just a touch of dampness. This significantly reduces the amount of water and cleaning used in traditional cleaning methods.
  • Increased Productivity: The microfiber cloth does the cleaning for you. With proper folding techniques, you can utilize 16-sides of the cloth so you can keep cleaning without stopping to replace the cloth.

Care & Cleaning

Many wonder, since Microfiber can collet debris and bacteria on a micron level, do you have to throw out the cloths when you're finished? The answer is no. Microfiber cloths can be laundered in a washing machine.

Proceed with caution, great care should be taken to make sure the water temperature is cold, and that only microfibers should be washed together. Any other materials washed with microfibers will ruin the cloths. Follow the instructions included with your microfiber cloths.

Cleaning & Infection Control with Microfiber Cloths

When it comes to cleaning, it's no wonder why Microfiber Cloths are the #1 choice for hospitals, fire stations, schools, & viral preventative cleaning. 

Has your facility started using Microfibers yet? The benefits are endless to your janitorial team and in preventing the spread of dust and germs. Want more information on microfiber cloths? Ask SERVPRO of Downey, (562) 392-3007

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