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Create an Impact

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

You only have one chance to make a first impression with your customers. Using safe and biodegradable products, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can create a clean, fresh and long lasting impression.

Ways to keep your customers impressed

  • Keep ceilings clean and free of stains
  • Scrub lobby, furniture and draperies
  • Establish maintenance plans for furnishings, carpets and draperies
  • Clean HVAC and duct systems

Improve the air quality of your business.

When addressing air quality, inspecting the ductwork is your SERVPRO professionals’ first order of business. Dirty ducts can work to circulate odors and contaminants like mold and irritating dust throughout the building.

The SERVPRO difference

  • Reduce potential for mold growth
  • Remediate bacteria, fungi, and mold
  • Restore peak energy efficiency
  • Eliminate offensive odors
  • Free inspections

Got Mold?

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Got Mold? Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall, and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish.

FROM THE ORDINARY – There has been over 100,000 kinds of fungi identified. Though fungi can produce some very useful results; such as yeast – which is used in preparing breads and other baked goods; other forms can be very harmful.

TO THE UNHEALTHY – Intrusion of water into your home or business can result in mold growth. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water – damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.

TAKE PRECAUTIONS – SERVPRO Professionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold. If you think you might have a mold problem, call 858-587-1722 and we will be happy to help!

What to do until help arrives

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Here is a list of some DOs and DON'Ts to help reduce damage, and increase the chances of a successful restoration. 

DO:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible. (Or contact the qualified party)
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and any additional tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.

DON’T:

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or any other electrical equipment is exposed to water.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets of floors to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possible causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum.
  • Use TV’s or other appliances while standing on wet floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fans if ceiling is wet, or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Smoke Behavior

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Fire losses can be difficult because the behavior of smoke can be unique. That is why it is important to have trained technicians at your home; and SERVPRO professionals know their smoke!

Different types of smoke

  • Wet smoke Plastic and rubbers – low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
  • Dry smoke Paper and wood – Fast burning, high temperatures, and heat rises thus making the smoke rise.
  • Protein fire residueProduced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire – Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
  • Fuel Oil SootFurnace Puff Backs – While ‘puff backs’ can create havoc for you, SERVPRO can in most cases restore the contents and structure quickly.
  • Other typesTear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue – Special loss situations require special care. Here at SERVPRO, we are trained to handle your toughest losses.

Cinco de Mayo

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Cinco de Mayo ‘Fifth of May’ is also known as the Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla. During the French-Mexican war, an outnumbered Mexican army conquered the powerful invading French. It was a great victory, demonstrating Mexico’s capability to protect and preserve its sovereignty against a dominant nation.

Confident in their ability, General Charles de Lorencez rounded up 6,000 French troops and set out to attack Puebla. On the fifth of May, Lorencez gathered his army and began the attack. It lasted only from daybreak to early evening. After realizing he lost over 500 men, and less than 100 Mexican troops were killed, he withdrew his defeated army. This day is highly celebrated in the state of Puebla. They have parades, give speeches and have reenactments of the 1862 battle. In the mid-20th century; in the United States, the celebration of Cinco de Mayo became a way for Mexican immigrants to encourage pride in their Mexican Heritage. For more information on the history or where to celebrate; visit https://www.sandiegomagazine.com/Blogs/Cityfiles/Spring-2019/Where-to-Celebrate-Cinco-de-Mayo-2019/

Biohazard / Odor Job

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

This Fallbrook residence was littered with human waste, trash, and maggots throughout; after squatters were living there. The cleanup required removal of all the laminate flooring; deodorizing and sealing the subfloor; removal and disposal of all the upholstered furniture along with the replacement of the baseboards. 

The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances. Please refer to our Biohazard Emergency Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

April Fools’ Day – How did it all start

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

April Fools’ Day – also called All Fools’ Day – is one of the most light-hearted days of the year, though the origins are uncertain. Some may see it as a celebration related to the turn of the seasons, while others believe it comes from the adoption of a new calendar.

Ancient cultures, including those of the Romans and Hindus, celebrated New Year's Day on or around April 1. In medieval times, much of Europe celebrated March 25, the Feast of Annunciation, as the beginning of the new year.

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar called for New Year's Day to be celebrated Jan. 1. That year, France adopted the reformed calendar and shifted New Year's day to Jan. 1. According to a widespread exposition, many people either refused to accept the new date, or simply did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year's Day on April 1. Other people began to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them on "fool's errands" or trying to trick them into believing something false. Eventually, the practice spread throughout Europe.

Additionally, It is worth noting that many different cultures have had days of foolishness around the start of April, give or take a couple of weeks. The Romans had a festival named Hilaria on March 25, rejoicing in the resurrection of Attis. The Hindu calendar has Holi, and the Jewish calendar has Purim. Perhaps there is something about the time of year, with its turn from winter to spring, that lends itself to cheerful, humorous celebrations.

April Fools' Day is observed throughout the Western world. Practices include sending someone on a "fool's errand”, looking for things that don't exist; playing pranks; and trying to get people to believe ludicrous things.

The French call April 1 Poisson d'Avril, or "April Fish." French children sometimes tape a picture of a fish on the back of their schoolmates, crying "Poisson d'Avril" when the prank is discovered.

For a list of pranks you can play, visit https://www.boredpanda.com/pranks-april-fools-day/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

HVAC & Air Ducts

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

We may see dust or particles in the air, and brush it away, not thinking twice, assuming it is an unstoppable force. According to the EPA, Americans spend around 90% of their time indoors, but indoor levels of pollutants can be up to five times higher than outdoor pollutants. While most people generally associate us with Fire & Water Restoration, SERVPRO offers so much more than that! As spring approaches, and spring cleaning is on everyone's mind, it is the perfect time to consider having SERVPRO of Del Mar come out for a duct cleaning as part of your spring cleaning. The average home in the United States collects around 40 pounds of dust annually, and the dust in your home is made of skin cells, pollen, pet dander, and more. It gets kicked up, enters the surrounding air, and viruses, bacteria, and allergens enter your respiratory system. When pet dander enters the air, it can flare up allergies, causing sneezing and itchy eyes, without having even touched your pet. 1 in 12 Americans have symptoms of asthma, an inflammatory condition affecting the airway. Moreover, pests, such as mice, might use your vents and leave behind oils, skin cells, and waste that stays in your vents and festers. The results of an infestation could blow harmful bacteria into the surrounding air. Mold spores can also spread through air ducts and some mold may even grow in the ducts themselves. If you have water damage anywhere in your home that leads to mold, this could spread to the air and damage other parts of your house. For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today at 858-587-1722.

Happy Pi Day!

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

Pi, which is often represented by the Greek letter π , represents the ratio of a circles circumference to its diameter. It is an irrational number, meaning its decimal is infinite and its exact value cannot be determined. Pi is the most recognized mathematical constant around the world, and is also referenced in popular culture, including in Carl Sagan’s novel, Contact. Theoretical physicist Albert Einstein was born on this day in 1879, while the Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died on this day just last year (2018). Around the country, food establishment are celebrating with deals on Pies and Pizza Pies; all in the name of 3.141592653589793238462643383….

Check out some of the some of the places locally that are celebrating 3/14

  • BJ's Restaurants and Brew house: Mini one-topping pizzas for $3.14
  • Blaze Pizza: $3.14 whole pizzas
  • Boston Market: Buy one pot pie and a drink; and get a pot pie free with the applicable coupon.
  • California Pizza Kitchen: $3.14 slice of key lime pie
  • Pieology: Buy one artisan thin crust pizza, get another for $3.14
  • Whole Foods: Get a large bakery pie for $3.14 off the normal sale price
  • 7-Eleven: Order a whole pizza from 7-Eleven's 7Now app and a get a whole pie for $3.14
  • Blaze Pizza: Buy through the build-your-own pie chain's app and get a pizza for $3.14

Christmas tree Fire Safety

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that annually, Christmas trees alone result in 13 million dollars in property damage? Though Christmas tree fires are not common, 1 in every 32 reported Christmas tree home fire results in death, compared to an average of 1 death per 143 reported home fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the top three days for home candle fires are Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Here are some steps you can follow to avoid being another statistic in the National Fire Protection Association report during this holiday season.

  • Choose a tree with fresh needles that do not fall off when they are touched.
  • Before placing the tree, make sure you have cut at least 2” from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure to place the tree at least three feet away from any heat source. Including, but not limited to fireplaces, candles, heaters, lights, etc.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • When choosing lights, make sure they are not for outdoor use only.
  • Replace any string of lights with broken cords or loose bulb connections.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always make sure any Christmas tree lights are off before leaving the home or going to bed.

For more information and statistics on Holiday fires, visit www.usfa.fema.gov or www.nfpa.org