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Be Ready: Storm Damage

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Be Ready with SERVPRO logo. Have Storm or Water Damage? Call Us: (213) 246-2281

Severe weather can happen anytime. 

Storm Damage includes hazardous conditions produced by thunderstorms, strong winds, large hail, & flooding.

Know your risk:
Landslides
Floods
Thunderstorms & Lightning

Develop an emergency plan based on your local weather hazards and practice your plan.

What can you do when your Vernon, CA home suffers water damage? Click Here to visit our blog post covering water damage.

If your home or business suffers damage from a storm, know who to call to quickly get help.

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial.  You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job.

SERVPRO of Vernon responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition. SERVPRO of Vernon can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

SERVPRO of Vernon is locally owned and operated ready to respond to any of your storm damage incidents.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (213) 246-2281

Coronavirus Disease Clean up & Sanitation (COVID-19)

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Coronavirus microscopic SERVPRO can help you fight against the Coronavirus.

We care about your safety. That's why we've employed techniques and strategies to disinfect the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What is the COVID-19 virus?

The virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China reportedly spreading from person to person in parts of that country. 

Early patients in the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. Later, a number of patients did not have exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms include Fever, Cough, & Shortness of breath. They range from mild to severe, & possibly resulting in death.

Is there a risk?

Currently in the United States the risk of COVID-19 is low with only 15 positive cases confirmed by the CDC.

How can SERVPRO help?

SERVPRO currently utilizes their own EPA approved disinfectant that helps kill bacteria related mold and viruses such as SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV, & COVID-19. Our crew of trained professionals will establish a containment area to disinfect your environment.

If you would like your Commercial, Institutional, or Home environment sanitized from the Coronavirus, Call SERVPRO of Vernon (213) 246-2281

For more information on the COVID-19 virus and how to protect yourself, visit the CDC website.

Carbon Monoxide: A Silent Killer

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

A carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide is a gas you cannot see, taste or smell.

We care about your safety. Here is an explanation of what carbon monoxide is and how you can stay safe.

What is carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is a gas you cannot see, taste or smell. According to ready.gov, an average of 430 Americans die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Many furnaces, rangers, water heaters, use CO to as a power source.

Why does carbon monoxide poisoning occur?

Often times, it is the result of faulty, improperly used or vented consumer products like furnaces, ranges, water heaters, room heaters and engine-powered equipment, such as portable generators.

What can you do to stay safe?

There are precautions you can take to help protect yourself, your family, and your employees from deadly CO fumes.

  • Reduce the chance of CO exposure in your workplace by performing regular maintenance on equipment and appliances that can produce CO.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the home, including outside of all bedrooms.
  • Consider having all fuel-burning heating equipment and chimneys serviced annually by a professional.
  • Use portable generators only in well-ventilated areas away from doors, windows, vents, and any other openings to prevent fumes from entering the home. 

For additional CO safety information, visit usfa.fema.gov or osha.gov.

How to Clean Your Dirty Pillows

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

White bed with pillows on it How often do you wash your pillows?

Why do Pillows need to be cleaned?

Pillows are used every night. Commonly, people wash their bed sheets and pillow cases every week or other week depending on their preference. However, not very many people give thought to their actual pillows. 

Pillows are breeding grounds for dead skin, dust mites, dust mite feces, and various other allergen particles.

How to Clean Your Pillows

Most pillows are washing machine safe, to be sure, check the tag on your pillow. 

  • Start your washing machine on a warm gentle cycle.
  • Remove the pillow cases and place (2) pillows in the washing machine. This helps balance your machine.
  • Add normal amount of detergent and start wash.
  • Tumble dry the pillows on low heat.
  • Add a softener sheet for freshness, optionally add a couple of sneakers or tennis balls to fluff them.

Follow these steps unless otherwise stated on the pillow tag or the manufacturers website.

Where is my Water Shut-off Valve Located?

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

Water shut off valve Do you know where your main water shut-off valve is located?

Do you know where your main water shut-off valve is located?

It’s important to know where your valve is in case of an emergency. If a pipe bursts or a toilet overflows, shutting off the water is crucial to reducing the chance of a water damage. Sometimes homeowners will shut off their water if they are leaving town or replacing plumbing as a precaution.

The location of your water shut-offs can vary, depending on location, water source and type of residence. Shut-off valves can be hard to find, so grab a flashlight.

More Than One Shut-Off Valve

There are usually more than one shut-off valve in your home – once for each appliance that uses water and a main shut-off for the entire home.

Shut-off valves are usually located near the item that needs the water supply, for instance your valves for your toilet, sink, or washing machine are usually behind the units or under the sink.

Example: if your toilet is going to overflow, don’t waste time running to the main shut-off, use the knob behind the toilet.

Main Valve Locations

If you have well water, you may have two main shut-off valves, one that goes from the well to the pressure tank and another from the tank to your plumbing. If you need to shut off the well quickly, you can trip the circuit breaker to the well to deactivate the well pump.

If you have city water, your valve may be located in your homes utility room, along with the furnace or water heater. It may also be located in a plastic or utility box in the ground in front of your home.

Too late for the shut-off valve?

If your home or business has experienced water damage, SERVPRO of Vernon can help.

If your home has water damage from flooding, a leaking pipe, or other source, you need the company that can respond immediately and has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. We use advanced water damage inspection and extraction equipment to help find the moisture and to remove it as quickly as possible. Our highly trained technicians will monitor and document the drying process so that you know your property is back to normal.

Please refer to our Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Eliminate Odors - How to Clean Your Microwave

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

A bowl of water and lemons in the microwave Use a lemon (sliced in half) and water in the microwave for one minute.

If you’ve burnt popcorn or experienced an “explosion” – it’s common to find yourself with a bit of a “smelly situation” when you open your microwave door.

Microwaves are made of heavy-duty plastic and are prone to lock in odors. It can sometimes be difficult to remove them. Luckily, we have a solution that can work for you!

Process to Clean a Stinky Microwave


A method to try when facing an odor filled microwave is using white vinegar.

Follow the steps below to help remove the odor:

  • Wipe visible food and splatters out of the microwave.
  • Bring 1-cup water and 3 tablespoons white vinegar to boil in the microwave.
  • Turn off the microwave and leave the door closed for 10 minutes to let the steam cover all interior surfaces.
  • Wipe the inside of the microwave with a damp, clean cloth.
  • Leave the door open for an hour to let the appliance air out.


Preventing a Stinky Microwave


What can you do to prevent a smelly microwave? Clean it often! At least once a month, but whenever you have a “microwave mishap”, be sure to clean it up right away!

Be sure to wipe down the interior of the microwave and be sure to wipe any spills and remove any left-over debris. If you have any stubborn leftovers, use two parts baking soda and one-part water and let it set on the stubborn stain for about 5 minutes. Use a sponge and you should be able to remove that stubborn food residue.

Another method is to use a lemon (sliced in half) and a tablespoon of water in the microwave for one minute. Use a rag of paper towel and wipe the steam from the door and sides. The lemon works as a natural deodorizer.

Choose SERVPRO of Vernon for Odor Removal


If your home or business has an odor, from smoke to mold or any other type of smell, you need the odor removal experts.

SERVPRO of Vernon is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from several sources both inside and outside a structure.

We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor, and determining the conditions where it contacts surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace.

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us.

Call us today for an estimate: (213) 246-2281

How to Limit Toilet Overflow Damage

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

Water leaking out of bottom of toilet in bathroom The faster the damage is addressed the less likely further damage can occur.

No one wants to deal with a flooded toilet. If you experience a toilet overflow at your Vernon property, immediate steps need to be taken.

  • Contact a plumber upon noticing signs of a blocked drain line and take measures to limit sewer damage.
  • Contact SERVPRO® to help mitigate and clean the water overflow.

Contaminated Water

Toilet water is usually contaminated water. Restoration professionals categorize water damage into three categories:

  • Category 1: clean water, originating from supply lines
  • Category 2: contaminated water, from showers or appliances
  • Category 3: contaminated water containing solid waste

Water from a flooded toilet is likely either Category 2 or 3. Disinfection is needed for both categories due to the contaminated water present.

Damaged Building Materials

Porous materials such as carpet or drywall cannot be completely disinfected, and may pose a continued risk of microbial growth. Mitigation experts usually recommend tearing out these materials prior to disinfecting and drying the area.

Secondary Damage Risks

The more time that passes, the more chance of secondary damage occurring. The most common forms of additional damage are:

  • Bacteria
  • Staining
  • Mold

The faster the damage is addressed the less likely further damage can occur.

If you are not sure how to handle sewer damage, don't panic. Call SERVPRO® of Vernon -(213) 246-2281

3 Important Steps After a Fire Affects Your Commercial Business

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

2 SERPVRO techs cleaning after a fire with text that reads, Helping Make Fire Damage "Like it never even happened." Understanding the steps to take after a fire can help you feel more confident and prepared for the restoration process.

When your business in Vernon or the surrounding LA/OC area is damaged by a fire, what to do next can seem daunting. The goal for every business owner is to start the restoration process so as to limit any business interruption.

1. Financial Responsibility

Before the process of cleaning and restoring your building can begin, it's crucial to know what your policy covers. Generally, your fire insurance should cover the costs of property loss, business interruption, smoke cleaning. However, some cost might fall on you as a business owner.

2. Protect Your Business

The next step is protecting your business. Boarding up your building can prevent wind and rain from causing further damage and can also help to deter thieves and homeless from entering your business.

3. Restoring Your Building

Restoring your business can now take place. Affected areas will be repaired or replaced.
Smoke odor and soot are removed from the building with specialized odor equipment.
A thorough cleaning and sanitizing will take place throughout your building. Lastly, any items that were damaged will either be restored or replaced.

Understanding the steps to take after a fire can help you feel more confident and prepared for the restoration process. If your business has been damaged by a fire, don't panic, let SERVPRO® of Vernon get your business back in order.

Top 3 Causes for House Fires

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a smoke alarm Smoke Alarms need to be replaced and tested to help keep your household aware of any potential fire danger.

There isn't a single person who wants to experience a house fire. Their home ends up getting damaged or destroyed, along with most of their belongings. Yet, even though no one wants to experience a home fire, The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) notes more than 360,000 homes fires a year.

A majority of fires are preventable. Are you taking the proper steps to prevent a fire in your home? Note the 3 common causes of home fires:

3) Electrical Equipment & Lighting
Wires, Extension Cords, & Heaters are in almost every home. Malfunctions can cause this equipment to go up in flames. One of the most common is decorative Christmas lights. When left on or unattended for a long period of time, these lights can overheat and cause serious damage.

Keep in Mind...
Unplug electrical equipment that's not in use.
Check any decorative lights periodically to avoiding overheating.

2) Dryers
Dryers are commonly known for starting fires, yet many don't take the time to properly maintain their dryer.

Keep in Mind...
Clean out the lint tray after every use.
Never run your dryer without the lint tray in place.

1) Cooking
According to the NFPA, 46% of home fires start in the kitchen with cooking. Cooking can easily be distracting, especially when making large meals.

Keep in Mind...
Never leave your stove top unattended.
Keep children away from hot areas in the kitchen.

This information will help you to minimize your risks of a home fire like never before. Aside from this information, Smoke Alarms need to be replaced and tested to help keep your household aware of any potential fire danger. Review and share this information to keep you and your loved ones safe from a home fire.

Types of Flooding

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

A flooded living room How are floods classified?

Flooding is said to have killed more than any other natural disaster. We see it here in America and it's no doubt why, it's the most common natural disaster. But how are floods classified?

Flash Floods: These types of floods provide very little warning. They are accompanied with heavy downpours and fast moving lethal devastation.

River Floods: These floods occur when the water capacity of a river overflows. This type of flooding happens over a period of rainfall. Considerable damage can occur, yet prevention is possible as the river nears its flood stage.

Urban Flooding: This flooding occurs in well populated cities and metropolitan areas due to the lack of drainage. It can be brought on by Flash flooding or River flooding.

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If any type of flooding threatens your home, follow the warnings of your local authorities. Doing so will keep you and your family safe.