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Prevent, Prepare, Protect | SERVPRO of Vernon

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

commercial building with servpro logo Have a Plan. Prepare. Call SERVPRO® of Vernon.

Disasters can be overwhelming…We can’t always stop them from happening. But we can prepare for them. It’s crucial that your business is prepared before a disaster happens. 

Building Safety Month:

That’s what May is all about, to raise awareness about Building Safety. From having the proper building codes to having an emergency plan, these procedures protect citizens and the structures from damage related to Fire, Water, or Natural Disasters. Building codes are put in place to make sure you’re getting the utmost protection for your home or business. When those codes are followed and exceeded, you can be sure your home or business is ready to withstand any disaster. 

What Can You Do:

Contribute to the safety of the spaces you occupy. Are you prepared for such hazards that threaten buildings?Threats like:Such disasters can be unforgiving. Have a Plan. Prepare. Call SERVPRO® of Vernon. Our goal is to limit business interruption so you can continue to operate and make money. Save Time & Money with SERVPRO® | (213) 246-2281

Clean Air | Post Fire Restoration

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

smoke in the air SERVPRO® has the skills and equipment to clean your air after a fire

Do 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 Vernon 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 (213) 246-2281

Prevent Roof Leaks | During & After a Storm

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

rain on roof What do you do if your roof is leaking?

Maintenance is crucial for the longevity of your roof. Being exposed to all elements of weather can take a toll on your roof. 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...

  • 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.

  • 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 the home.

Prevent Future Leaks to Your Roof:

  • 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.

  • Inspect, Inspect, Inspect!

Gutters, Shingles, and Protruding Parts can all lead to leaks. Clogged gutters can cause 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.

For more information on Roof Leaks and Repair, call our office at (213) 246-2281 | SERVPRO of Vernon is available 24/7 to service your water damage needs.

SERVPRO of Vernon | Advanced Technologies & Solutions

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

office space SERVPRO of Vernon provides disaster related business solutions for you!

SERVPRO is your go-to business solutions specialists!

Owning a business means working day and night, it's already a demanding profession. And suddenly needing water remediation, board-up, or fire restoration services can be overwhelming. Don't worry, SERVPRO of Vernon always answers the phone!

You may ask...

"I need discretion, can SERVPRO of Vernon provide that?"

It is our goal to leave our customers feeling happy and taken care of. If you want a discreet service to your property, we can:

  • Use back entrances to avoid public line-of-sight
  • Work during the night, when your business is closed normally
  • Work fast to get the job done as soon as possible

We tailor our services to you and your needs.

"I need the project done fast, can SERVPRO of Vernon do that?"

Once inside, our technicians can do a brief investigation to create a remediation plan. After, we get right to work. We utilize various technologies to streamline the job and allow for the quickest end date. Such technologies include...

  • 3D Scanning Technology to document your property
  • Thermal Imaging Cameras to identify water in hidden places
  • Water Extractors to quickly collect water from the floors. 
  • Advanced Drying Equipment to ensure the moisture levels in your property are up to standard

SERVPRO of Vernon is here to serve you. For information regarding our services, please call our office at (213) 246-2281

Can I Shut Off the Drying Equipment?

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

air mover servpro equipment Should you turn the equipment off?

An integral part of the water damage process is setting up drying systems. These drying systems aren't random placements of equipment but strategically placed for optimal drying. Equipment is essential in drying out the affected areas, but what if the noise is disturbing your peace?

Can I Turn Off the Drying Equipment?

You should refrain from turning off the equipment without consulting the lead technician first. These machines are necessary to dry out your home as quickly as possible. Turning them off can prolong the job and may mean they remain at your property longer.

In order to determine the correct amount of equipment to place, our skilled crews follow IICRC guidelines that determine industry standards.

A water loss doesn't have to a headache. Let SERVPRO® of Vernon take care of it, we'll get your property looking "Like it never even happened." (213) 246-2281

Fire Protection | Restaurant Tips

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

commercial kitchen fire Is your restaurant protected from a Fire threat?

The restaurant industry is what we'd call 'High Risk,' specifically for Fires. Think about it... Cooking oils, grilling equipment, cleaning equipment, paper products, and a single open flame can spark a massive fire. That can lead to damaged property, loss of revenue, or possible closure of the restaurant.

How can Restaurants Protect themselves from the Threat of Fire?

Fire Suppression System

This automatic system can be installed to dispense chemicals to suppress flames before they spread. Once it's activated, the fuel or electricity that is powering the cooking equipment is automatically turn off.

Fire Extinguishers

Protect your restaurant by strategically placing fire extinguishers both in the restaurant and in the kitchen. Class K extinguishers work best within kitchens to fight off grease, oil, and fat fires. Class A, B, & C extinguishers can ensure fires don't spread to the sitting area.

Fire Alarm System

A fire alarm system will monitor your restaurant environment for the presence of fire. The system will not only alert those in the building but may also activate a Fire Suppression System.

Maintenance Checkups

Regular maintenance checkups of your cooking equipment, pipes, and fire protection systems will ensure your restaurant will be protected from fires.

Water Damage Categories & What They Mean

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Dishwasher bursting with water SERVPRO® of Vernon is here to help you with whatever category of water you encounter!

Many concerns and questions can arise rapidly when you find water in your Vernon, CA home or business. However, depending on the source of the water damage there are different procedures to effectively mitigate the damages. 

  • Category One

This is the most common category which comes from a leaking faucet or bathtub. Category 1 water is safe to handle & without harmful toxins in it. If left untreated though it can degrade into category 2 or 3.

  • Category Two

Commonly known as Greywater, examples can include bathroom or kitchen fixtures. Category 2 contains traces of toxins and can be harmful if ingested. Special protective gear and equipment is used to extract and clean this type of water. If left untreated, it can quickly degrade into category 3.

  • Category Three

Referred to as Blackwater, this is classified as being contaminated with human waste and/or other harmful pathogens. The pathogens and characteristics of this water require professional care and any materials that come into contact with it are required to be completely disposed of. 

SERVPRO® of 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 (213) 246-2281

We Care for Your Contents

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

servpro technicians moving contents SERVPRO® of Vernon will handle your belongings with care as we work to restore your home or business.

Water damage affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Vernon understands that your home is more than a structure; your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help transform a house into a home.

If You Have Questions or Need Help,
Call Us Today – (213) 246-2281

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Vernon specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including the following:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product. 

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Vernon can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out will provide several benefits, including the following:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Document / Photograph Drying

When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the water damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-water damage condition, SERVPRO of Vernon can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage. 

Depending on the type of documents and the level of water damage, we have five options for the restoration of documents:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

For more information on Contents Cleaning, please call our office at (213) 246-2281

Specialty Cleaning: Marijuana Operations

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

marijuana drug clean-up operations Call SERVPRO® of Vernon for Marijuana Clean-Up services: (213) 246-2281

With the increased legalization of Marijuana, many are starting to grow operations of their own. Such operations are concealed from the knowledge of other residents and landlords. 

The concealed nature of growing marijuana promotes toxic levels of mold due to the warm, humid conditions that exist. Chemicals are also used in the process, making a grow operation a toxic environment. 

Due to such environments, Law Enforcement who shut down these illegal operations suffer from exposure to such mold and chemicals. PPE and Respirators must be used to avoid contact. These safety measures help protect ones health and odors from sticking on clothing. 

Risks involved in growing operations include:

  • Moisture Damage
  • Toxic levels of Mold Spores
  • Poor Electrical Installation
  • Toxic Chemical & Biological Contamination
  • Offensive odor

Landlords who are faced with the daunting task of cleaning up grow operations do not need to worry. SERVPRO® of Vernon specializes in cleaning and remediation. We closely follow IICRC guidelines on Mold and Remediation for Illicit Drugs. If you are faced with a grow operation clean-up, don't go at it alone, call SERVPRO® of Vernon - (213) 246-2281 

What Do I Do if a Tree Fell on My Roof?

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

fallen tree What is the process when a tree falls on your roof? Call SERVPRO® to help (213) 246-2281

When a tree falls on your roof, it causes many problems: it damages your home’s structure, exposes your home to the elements, & increases the risk of other damage from electrical sources. What is the process when a tree falls on your roof?

  1. Contact the necessary people. You'll want to call your insurance company to consider coverage. You'll also want to contact a Roofer and a Tree Removal company. Can SERVPRO® help? We sure can! We're able to perform tarping and water restoration if your house's interior was exposed to the elements.
  2. Remove the tree. This might seem like an obvious step, but we can't address the problem until the damaged area of your roof has been cleared. 
  3. Tarp exposed areas. A fallen tree will likely cause damage to your roof, leaving it exposed. To ensure outside elements don’t get in and cause more damage, tarping temporarily protects your home. 
  4. Contact a roofing company. Even if the roof is tarped, you’ll need to contact a roofing company to determine the next phase of repairs. 

A fallen tree can cause a lot of damage and headache, but you can get your life back on track with the above steps. Leave it to SERVPRO®, we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

For Tree Removal or Tarping Services, call SERVPRO® of Vernon at (213) 246-2281