Recent Water Damage Posts

Flood tips.

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can occur with no warning. Protect your home from a flood in every way you can:

  1. Protect wells from taking safety improvement suggestions from a licensed contractor.
  2. Make sure your yard slopes away from your home to direct water away from it.
  3. Have a plumber install an exterior sewer backflow valve.
  4. Anchor fuel tanks.
  5. Have an electrician raise switches, sockets, circuit breakers, and wiring at least 12 inches above expected flood levels.

For winter(areas that experience snow):

  1. Rain can make snow melt quickly.
  2. Remove snow piled against home.
  3. Seal any cracks or gaps in foundation.
  4. Safely remove snow from roofs.
  5. Clear drains and gutters of debris and assure snow melts away from home.

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Tips from: https://disastersafety.org/flood/flood-infographics/

Emergency preparedness plan.

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Do you know how to stay safe in a natural disaster? What about your kids or elderly parents? If the answer isn’t a confident “Yes!” you need to start making a plan today. Here’s how you can stay safe and protect your family in a natural disaster:

Create an Emergency Response Plan

An emergency response plan should answer three basic questions:

1. How will I stay in touch?

You can receive emergency alerts through a cell phone, radio, or television broadcast. You also need a way to contact family. Give every family member a physical copy of contact numbers and practice sending emergency texts. Text messages may go through even when phone calls won’t.

2. How will I take shelter?

The safest place to take shelter varies by hazard, so know which natural disasters occur in your region and how to react whether you’re at home, work, school, or a public location. You’ll need food, water, and other supplies in your sheltering location.

3. How will I evacuate?

Know evacuation routes and meeting places and have an emergency kit ready, including fuel for your vehicle. Identify several potential evacuation destinations, varying the direction of travel in case routes are impassable in a disaster.

Prepare an Emergency Kit

A pre-assembled emergency kit lets you respond quickly in a disaster. These are some essentials to include:

  • Non-perishable food
  • Water
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Whistle
  • Sanitary supplies
  • Sleeping bags
  • Clothing, including shoes and outerwear
  • Personal documents (Photo IDs, Social Security cards, birth certificates, banking information, and other important documents)
  • Cash
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • Local maps

Article by- Bradley Davis

Keep the water out!

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

As we jump into spring the spring showers come along with it. Floods are the number one cause of property damage. Hurricanes high winds and water can wash away homes. Copious amounts of water can be very strong. Flood maps exist to give homeowners an idea of what zone homes are in for flood damage. Some have high flood warning while others are low but still have some caution. If you are in a high risk flood area there is flood insurance to invest in. Severe water damage can create a hefty bill. You can check where your homes falls on a flood zone at FloodSmart.gov.

Take all the necessary precautions to insure that you have the least to none damage in your property.

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Emergency kits.

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Some groups require additional supplies in an emergency. When packing your emergency kit, consider these groups:

Children

Children may not understand the seriousness of a natural disaster, but they need to react nonetheless. Practice evacuation and sheltering plans with children so they respond instinctively when a disaster hits. Kids should know where to find the safe room at home and know emergency contact numbers in case a storm occurs while the family is separated.

Disasters can be traumatic for children, so include comfort items and small activities in your emergency kit. Don’t forget diapers, formula, and other essentials for babies.

Older Adults

Disasters are more dangerous for the elderly. Just consider this statistic: New Orleans residents over the age of 60 accounted for 75 percent of the bodies found immediately after Hurricane Katrina, despite accounting for only 15 percent of the population. Because they tend to be less mobile and more isolated than younger people, seniors have a harder time evacuating when a natural disaster happens.

Older adults should coordinate their emergency plan with local relatives or neighbors, especially if they don’t drive. It’s important that seniors have a support network who can keep them informed during a natural disaster, and assist during evacuation or sheltering in place.

Seniors, as well as others with chronic health conditions, must pay special care when assembling their emergency kit. A natural disaster may prevent access to regular healthcare providers. For that reason, it’s important to include medical information like medications and dosages, medical records, insurance documents, and important healthcare and support system contacts.

Pets

No one wants to leave pets behind in a disaster, but if you’re not prepared, you may have no choice. Pet owners should use both collars with tags and microchips to ID pets, identify pet-friendly places to shelter, and name a backup caretaker who can step in if a disaster strikes while you’re away from home.

Include food, medications, leashes, collars with ID tags, veterinary records, and a portable pet carrier in your emergency kit so you can care for pets during a disaster.

There are many programs and resources to help in a natural disaster. But resources take time to become available, and when a disaster happens, you need to be able to respond immediately. Have a plan so your family can react quickly when a natural disaster happens. It could save your life.

Article by- Bradley Davis

Water damage tips

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can ruin wood floors.

Did you wake up in the middle of the night to find that an area of your home was flooded? Here are some tips that can help you make sure it doesn't damage anything else close by. (For clean water situations only.)

  • Shut off the water source if possible and safe to do.
  • Mop up excess water.
  • Place wood blocks or aluminum foil under furniture legs.
  • Remove rugs from wet carpet.
  • Do not use your house vacuum to remove the water.
  • Do not leave colored items on the wet carpet, it can potentially stain.
  • Refrain from using electrical fixtures if the area is wet.
  • Do not put upholstery cushions in the dryer, remove and prop them up to dry.

Floods can happen to anyone, it's always good to be prepared.

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Professionals at work

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

A positive yelp review.

Our leaders are experts in the restoration business. We are skilled professionals from the moment you welcome us into your home till the day we finish our work. We treat your home as our own. Our customers appreciate the extra precautions we take to keep their homes clean, such as work booties to protect their floors. We pay close attention to detail to give our customers a pleasant and overall smooth experience. When a customer invites you into their home, you are entering their "safe space". Therefore, it is key to communicate well with your customers which is something we always make sure to do by updating them along the way. Our team strives to provide our customers with the best experience and it shows in our positive reviews. Being the positive light for a homeowner in a negative situation can make all the difference. 

Grease Fire

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Collapsed Stove hood

Who knew cooking in your kitchen could turn into this? This tenant in Escondido was planning to have a peaceful dinner at the rental property before this situation occurred. It's important to always be prepared for the worst in the event that this happens. It can happen to anyone but there are ways you can be more prepared for it. Always keep clutter out of the kitchen. Wipe down all surfaces in the kitchen including floors and walls so there are no flammable spills or layers of film for the fire to catch onto easily. Keep baking soda in reach of the stove top to throw on any open flames. Baking soda cuts off the oxygen supply to a fire similar to a fire extinguisher. In the case the fire is not tamable immediately call your local fire department and evacuate the premises. Always use caution when cooking and if you do experience a disaster like this, SERVPRO of Escondido will be there to clean it up for you. (760)746-6440

Stormy weather

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Rain clouds

Southern California is not known for rainy weather but when it does rain for the few days out of the year, it comes in heavy! We are blessed to live in a beautiful place where the sun is always shining but because of that we do not really prepare ourselves and our properties for the potential damage that a rainstorm can bring. Storms show us the faulty roof tiles, and potential bad workmanship of the home in general. Sadly the only way to know these faults exist is for a rain water leak to show you. As long as SERVPRO of Escondido gets out there as soon as possible to address the issue early on, there will be less damage to the home and be able to get the home back to working condition quickly. 

If you have a leak or water damage in your home or business, call us today for an inspection! (760)746-6440