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Local Firefighters Support SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/ Laguna Niguel

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel would like to thank our local firefighters who work so hard to keep our community safe and our homes intact. #Heroes

Cooking Safety

"Keep an eye on what you fry." Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or using an open flame. 

Smoking Safety

Never smoke in bed.

Fireplaces, Space Heaters, Baseboards, etc

"3 feet from the heat." Furniture, curtains, dish towers and anything that could catch fire are at least 3 feet from any type of heat source.

Electrical and Appliance Safety

Large and small appliances are plugged directly into wall outlets

Smoke Alarms

  • Change smoke alarm batteries every year unless it has a long-life battery.
  • Replace smoke alarms every ten years.
  • Test your smoke alarms each month. If they're not working, they can't get you out the door.

Cooking Safety

"Keep an eye on what you fry." Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or using an open flame. 

Smoking Safety

Never smoke in bed.

Children Playing

Matches and lighters are locked away.

Fireplaces, Space Heaters, Baseboards, etc

"3 feet from the heat." Furniture, curtains, dish towers and anything that could catch fire are at least 3 feet from any type of heat source.

Electrical and Appliance Safety

Large and small applicances are plugged directly into wall outlets
Smoke Alarms
  • Change smoke alarm batteries every year unless it has a long-life battery.
  • Replace smoke alarms every ten years.
  • Test your smoke alarms each month. If they're not working, they can't get you out the door.

Home Fire Escape Plan

  • At least twice a year, practice your fire escape plan with all family members.
  • Learn how to use a fire extinguisher

What's Your Escape Time?

  • Make sure everyone can escape in two minutes or less

Hiring a professional like SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel right after a fire can save you time and money.

Call SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel at (949) 472-8090

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Professions Golfers' Association supports SERVPRO!

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

GALLATIN, TN--(Marketwired - January 22, 2018) - SERVPRO has extended its sponsorship with the PGA Tour through the 2020 season, retaining its designation as the official cleanup and restoration company of both the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour according to Sue Steen, SERVPRO Industries, Inc., chief executive officer. SERVPRO's first event of the 2018 PGA Tour season tees up this week with the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course.

"The entire SERVPRO family is proud to be associated with the prestigious and well-respected PGA Tour," said Steen. "This sponsorship allows us to showcase our capabilities not only to the communities where PGA events are held, but also to the huge television and online audience that follows the Tour. Both individual property owners and commercial facility owners will have the opportunity to learn about SERVPRO and the services offered as they enjoy watching the world's best players compete on the world's most beautiful golf courses."

Steen reveals that SERVPRO will have a presence at several PGA Tour tournaments in 2018, including The Players Championship and The TOUR Championship. "In addition, we plan to be involved with First Responder events throughout the PGA Tour year," said Steen.

"SERVPRO is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, but each SERVPRO Franchise is a local business, operated by a local business person with ties to the community he or she serves," says Steen. "The wide and growing audience the PGA Tour commands will learn a SERVPRO professional is available in their local community, ready to respond at a moment's notice if things go wrong at their home or business."

SERVPRO specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it "Like it never even happened" for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO please visit SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel.

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

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What are Air Movers?

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

What are Air Movers?: Air Movers are fans, industrial fans. They come in different sizes for different uses. One thing they all have in common is that they move or blow air around a job sight. The result of that moving air allows the wet areas to dry.

Why Are They Important?: Air Movers are crucial to the drying process of a job. More fans doesn't necessarily mean faster drying. These fans are placed strategically for optimal drying time. After 3-5 days of constant use, the wet area will be dry.

Though they don't work alone. Dehumidifiers carry a heavy responsibility on the job sight by removing any moisture in a room. A separate post will be available regarding dehumidifiers and their functions.   

Hiring a professional like SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel right after a water leak can save you time and money.

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What is a Dehumidifier?

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

A dehumidifier is essentially a refrigerator that forgot to get fully dressed. Really. The basic mechanical function of a dehumidifier is the same as a refrigerator. Compression and expansion of a gas is used to lower the temperature of metal coils to freezing temperatures.

However, instead of the cooling action being directed into a closed box, a dehumidifier is designed to blow warm moist room air over these cold coils. The moisture in the room air condenses on the coils to become liquid water. The water then drips into a drip collection pan, or to a drain. The room air, now freed of much of its moisture, returns to the room slightly warmer than it was.

Dehumidifiers are controlled by a device known as a humidistat. This is an adjustable rotary switch which detects moisture in the room's air. It automatically turns the dehumidifier on or off as it is needed, based on the setting you choose. If you wish, you can set the dehumidifier to the maximum setting for continuous operation.

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Let SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel take care of your Fire Damage

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

For most of us, convenience is everything. This is especially true in our homes. Imagine where we would be without the Air Conditioner, Dishwasher, or Microwave. You may remember the days of collecting all your quarters and going down to the Laundromat to do laundry. However, there was a benefit to that.

The benefit: not having to clean your Dryer Vents. Hardly any of us think about cleaning our vents or even know we should be. The fact of it is Lint accumulates in our dryer vents overtime. We can see a sample of this when we reload our dryer and clean out the small vent trap. Now imagine that on a larger scale. Say you've lived in the same home for 10-15 years+ and never had the vents cleaned...They'd be clogged!  

The truth of the matter is we sometimes take convenience for granted. That mistake could cost us our home, or even our life. Around 2,900 Dryer Fires are reported each year. How can we bring this statistic down? Clean our Dryer Vents.

How do you know if you need your vents cleaned?

  • Your laundry may take longer to dry. 
  • The dryer may be hotter to the touch than usual. 
  • A burning smell may be present when the dryer is running. 

Where do you start? Professionals. Although DIY kits are sold, nothing beats the expertise and assured safety of a professional. Find out more Dryer Vent information here: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/clothes_dryers.html

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Don't wait until its too late

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

For an upscale suburban city like Laguna Hills, CA, water damage in homes and commercial buildings is a problem that should be dealt with immediately. Whether it’s caused by flooding due to natural occurrences or water pipes bursting, the damage will get worse the longer it’s not acted upon. As the damage gets worse, so does the consequences it brings. That’s why water damage restoration experts, like SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel, recommend immediate action.

Mold and Mildew Buildup

One of the most concerning problem that may arise from water damage is the growth of mold and mildew, which usually starts 48 hours to one week after the water damage incident. It can affect the building and, consequently, its occupants, in many aspects.

A Bane to Wood

Mold easily grows on wooden structural material and when they do, the material starts to deteriorate, as pointed out by Enlighten Me. Buildings, especially homes, have a lot of wooden material. Eaten up by mold, they lose the qualities they had in the beginning that made them ideal as building materials. Depending on what part of the home they are used, it may lead to further large-scale home damage.

Furniture and other items made of wood also have the same vulnerability. At best, they’d sustain stains. At worst, they might just no longer be usable.

Costs Pile Up

As the mold spreads and damage worsens, the repair costs would also climb. Add to that the possible medical bills from the health hazards. All these just show that water damage should be addressed as soon as possible. The same is true for other types of damage, such as storm and fire damage.

Local Police Support SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/ Laguna Niguel

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel is so grateful to work alongside first responders every day. This month we’d like to thank our local police force for keeping our community safe!

Criminals are looking for an easy opportunity with the lowest risk; if you provide it, they will take it! There are simple preventative steps you can take to eliminate crimes of opportunity and reduce the frequency of burglaries and thefts in our community. 

Hiring a professional like SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel right after a fire can save you time and money.

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Ways to keep Children safe during a fire!

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Make an escape plan

It is important to have a plan when there are children in your home. Children sometimes need help getting out of the house. They may not know how to escape or what to do unless an adult shows them.

  • Have a plan for young children who cannot get outside by themselves. You will need to wake babies and very young children and help them get out. In your plan, talk about who will help each child get out safely.
  • It is important to find two ways out of every room in your home, in case one exit is blocked or dangerous to use.
  • Choose a meeting place outside your home. Children should know what to do when they hear a smoke alarm and there is no adult around. Help them practice going to the outside meeting place. Teach them to never go back inside a building that is on fire.

Keep children safe from fire and burns

Some children are curious about fire. There are simple steps you can take to keep you and the people you love safer from fire and burns.

  • Keep children 3 feet away from anything that can get hot. Space heaters and stove-tops can cause terrible burns. Keep children at least 3 feet away from stoves, heaters or anything that gets hot.
  • Keep smoking materials locked up in a high place. Never leave cigarette lighters or matches where children can reach them.
  • Never play with lighters or matches when you are with your children. Children may try to do the same things they see you do.

source: www.usfa.fema.gov 

Let SERVPRO of Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel take care of your Fire Damage

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage is a serious concern; the restoration work following it even more so. The extent of the damage from a blaze can set back both private homeowners and companies alike, though peace of mind can indeed be achieved by hiring the right team to do the restorative work. 

In the unfortunate event that your home or business establishment in Laguna Hills or nearby areas gets ravaged by a fire, never even once think that the subsequent restoration work is something worth a DIY approach, and the same goes for water damage restoration endeavors. The following passages will explain why.

A good reason involves the damaging elements. If you think that the flames alone do all the destructive work, you’re quite mistaken. Much of the smoke from a fire can indeed settle, but it leaves considerable amounts of smoke particles behind. These can embed into walls, ceilings, carpets, furniture, and other belongings. Left uncleaned, they can lead to foul odors and even result in health problems over time. 

In addition, smoke can also damage electronics. Almost all gadgets aren’t specifically created to withstand high humidity and heat very well, let alone a smoke film. When smoke gets into your electronic equipment, they can short circuit. Smoke residue also acts as a kind of insulating cover over the gadgets’ heat-producing components, making the devices more prone to overheating and premature failure. Smoke’s extremely corrosive nature makes all these possible. 

This is where fire damage restoration pros from companies like SERVPRO, which serve the Laguna Hills area and other close communities, come in. Most DIY tips on removing lingering smoke and soot involves the use of harsh chemicals, as well as a special piece of equipment called an ozone machine, which is perhaps the best solution available. Ozone machines are made to run for days at a time inside a fire-damaged home that’s been sealed, but using them yourself poses several risks—ozone itself is very toxic, and ozone machine rentals are expensive. 

Note that it’s not just smoke that can damage your home in different ways. The resulting ashes can, as well. This is because the ash produced by fire is acidic—everything it touches will suffer discoloration over time. Acid from ash is so potent that nearby plastic items can start deteriorating in mere minutes. Should the ash stay for more hours, other items such as fiberglass and appliances will also start to turn yellow, and metals will tarnish. Lastly, pros can effectively get rid of lingering odors and prevent further damage by removing any more unwanted contaminants.

Sources:

Have A Professional Handle The Process Of Fire Restoration, IICRC.org

DIY Fire Damage Cleanup Or Hire A Professional? GWSavage.com, March 16, 2015

What To Do After A Household Fire, UTDisasterKleenup.com, March 20, 2014

The Benefits Of Hiring Professional Fire Damage Restoration Specialists, UTDisasterKleenup.com, February 3, 2015

Fire and Water Damage together

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Experiencing a disastrous event such as a fire in your home is a highly taxing and unfortunate circumstance. Now, you find that you must also deal with the aftermath of the fire in order to restore your house to its former state. However, even if the fire had already been put out, the house still poses a certain degree of danger. What you need is a fire and water damage restoration in Laguna Hills

Hidden Dangers

After a fire, the house has been damaged to an extent that it is unfit for just anybody to enter it, especially if high pressure water was used for extinguishing it. It is likely that your house has not only been damaged by the fire but the water as well, therefore, the foundation and the entire house’s structure have been weakened from its exposure to the elements. Entering the house in such a state will be dangerous.

Determine Safety

Before you check how severe the damage is, determine if the house is safe to enter by asking the fire fighters if it is safe to go inside. At this point, they should have already extinguished the fire, established a safety zone, and conducted an extensive inspection to confirm that it is indeed safe. Keep in mind, however, that if the damage is too severe, you may not be allowed to enter at all.

Get Professional Help

Now, you need to bring in the help of the experts. Contact a company that specializes in fire damage restoration in Laguna Hills, CA. Don’t attempt to undertake the restoration yourself especially if you have no experience or the appropriate protective gear. Your house could have multiple types of damage from the fire like ash, soot, smoke, charring, odor, as well as water damage. The experts should be equipped to handle all of these.

Prevent Further Damage

Leaving it to the professionals doesn’t mean that you can’t do your part to help the process of restoration. If your house is not so heavily damaged and the professionals say that it’s safe to enter, you can help prevent further damage by opening all windows to allow for air to flow freely. Otherwise, mold and mildew would have a chance to grow.