How to Stay Cool During this Hot Summer
These are just a few helpful tips from our team to keep you and your loved ones safer and more prepared during the summer months!
There is no doubt that summer is in full swing and here to stay for quite a while! Soon your kiddos are going back to school but that does not mean the weather is going to cool down.
You and your family need to take certain precautions to stay safe out there.
First, drink lots of water, because hydration is key and prevents heat stroke and fainting.
Second, always apply sunblock. If you want your skin to be healthy make sure to apply it no matter where you go to prevent skin cancer.
Third, rest up! Never push yourself too hard and not recover. Whether it is a good night's sleep or a nap, it should be a priority.
These are just a few helpful tips to keep you and your loved ones safer and more prepared during the summer months!
Wildfire Clean Up
Our goal is to get your life back up and running like normal as quickly as possible!
Over the last few years, there have been many wildfires in our greater Diamond Bar area. Our team does our best to help those in need.
Many homes were affected by this hot storm, some having to be evacuated, others just full of ash, and lots with their homes completely burned down to the ground. We stepped up and helped out, caring for people who would need restoration and clean-up done after the fires were put out.
There was lots of cleaning that needed to be done, the houses were super smokey and all the furniture inside smelled like it. We took care of that right away.
Our goal is to get your life back up and running like normal as quickly as possible! If disaster strikes, call us today - (909) 860-1748.
How To React to a Gas Leak
A gas leak can quickly turn into a gas fire or explosion.
While gas delivery systems are very safe, the pipes can still deteriorate and leak with age. A gas leak can quickly turn into a gas fire or explosion. These can quickly burn through your home and cause a lot of damage. If you want to avoid this unpleasant situation, you need to know the signs of a leak and what to do in this emergency.
What To Do if You Smell Gas
The best way to avoid a gas fire is to react quickly to a leak. Typically, you will identify a leak by smelling sulfur or rotten eggs. If you smell gas, you need to do the following:
- Leave the area and get to safety
- Call the utility provider and let them know about the leak
- Call 911 to notify fire officials
- Help others evacuate and stay clear of the area until it is proven safe
- Call a fire remediation company to help remove the smell and any potential damage from your home in Cal Poly University-Pomona, CA.
Other Ways To Identify Gas
Most people identify natural gas by its smell. While the gas itself is odorless, a sulfur-based odorant is added to give it the associated rotten egg smell so it can easily be identified. However, this is not the only way to identify this substance. If you are outdoors, you can often see it. Any gas escaping from an underground pipeline will be recognizable by the discolored soil and dead vegetation around the line. You can also identify a potential gas fire threat in your home by listening. If you hear a high-pitched whistle or hissing noise, there is a chance that this is caused by escaping gas from your pipes.
If you want to avoid a gas explosion or fire, you must react appropriately. Knowing the signs of a leak and what to do in this event can help you avoid devastation.
How To Remove Mold From Paintings
With some well-informed mold cleaning techniques, your most precious artwork can be saved.
How To Remove Mold From Art Work
Mold cleaning is typically reserved for large projects such as building infrastructure and furniture rehab, complicated endeavors which are best handled by residential mold remediation services. When it comes to personal items such as paintings, the task can often be handled independently. Here's how to remove mold from your favorite works of art hanging in Cal Poly University-Pomona, CA.
1. Know Your Painting
The materials that constitute your painting determine how it should be treated. Oils are highly durable, although they sometimes react badly to chemicals. Acrylics can be damaged when they get wet. Watercolors are among the trickiest to clean because of their water-soluble nature.
2. Clean Your Frame
Remove the frame to reduce moisture and slow further mold damage. Create a mold cleaning solution by mixing bleach with water or use another appropriate household option. Before scrubbing away, apply your cleaner conservatively to see if it removes the finish.
3. Clean Your Painting
Learn as much as you can about mold remediation, as mistakes can ruin works of art forever. Lightly mist the back of the painting with rubbing alcohol or Lysol to stop further fungal growth. Treating the front is more painstaking. Small groupings of mold can be gotten rid of by applying a cotton swab dampened with alcohol and water. Work slowly and stop if you notice your efforts harming the image. A light bristled brush is ideal for getting rid of dried mold. Have a HEPA-filtered vacuum by your side to immediately eliminate floating mold particles.
4. Dry Your Painting
Place your artwork in sunlight until it's completely dried. Set paintings outside if possible, where breezes can contribute to moisture removal. Exercise caution if there is the potential for rain. Whether inside or outside, place your art on a flat surface such as a towel or board.
After completing the de-molding process, your painting is ready to be rehung. With some well-informed mold cleaning techniques, your most precious artwork can be saved.
How To Minimize Your Business's Water Consumption
Another simple water upgrade is insulating the pipes.
How To Minimize Your Business's Water Consumption
Overconsumption is one of the most common water issues facing businesses today. In addition to being better for the environment, minimizing water usage can also benefit your company’s bottom line. If your Pomona, CA, business has been using a lot of water, it may be time to consider making adjustments to decrease water consumption.
If you have an older building or one that hasn’t been updated in a while, upgrading the equipment that uses water can greatly decrease the amount of water used by your facility. Efficiency generally increases with advancements in technology, so make sure the following equipment in your building is up to date:
- Irrigation systems
- Toilets and urinals
Another simple water upgrade is insulating the pipes. Pipes that are fully insulated can deliver hot water more quickly than uninsulated pipes, so you won’t have to run as much water waiting for it to heat up.
Keeping your equipment properly maintained can decrease consumption and prevent other water issues. If your business has an irrigation system, it is important to regularly check that sprinkler heads are facing the right direction so that they are watering the lawn and plants rather than the parking lot. Adjust the sprinkler schedule as needed to account for changing weather patterns.
In addition to maintaining the sprinkler system, address leaks as soon as you notice them. Compared to large leaks that cause immediate water damage and may even require professional water restoration, small leaks may seem like no big deal. However, they can waste large amounts of water over time.
Some businesses, such as laundromats and restaurants, use a lot of water, and others use comparatively little. All businesses, however, can work to minimize water consumption by keeping their facilities up to date and well-maintained. As an added bonus, doing so decreases the risk of other water issues, such as an overwatered lawn.
4 Common Places To Find Mold in a Commercial Building
Ceiling tiles in areas with high humidity or water damage can result in mold growth.
Common Places To Find Mold Damage In A Commercial Property
Do you have a mold infestation in your Diamond Bar, CA, commercial building? Mold is a sneaky little organism. A few tiny spores can quickly turn into full-on mold growth, followed by the development of a massive infestation. You may not even know it exists until you discover that it's taken over part of your building. Here are some common places to find mold damage in a commercial property.
Mold spores are practically everywhere, inside and out. It's easy for your shoes or clothes to carry in spores from the outdoors, where they'll ultimately end up on the carpet. Soaked carpet, such as after a flood, probably needs to be replaced. The water can also soak through the padding and even the subfloor. It's impossible to completely dry carpeting, and especially padding before mold begins growing. These materials, once damp, become a perfect place for mold to set up a house.
2. Ceiling Tiles
Ceiling tiles in areas with high humidity or water damage can result in mold growth. Mold can result from a leaky roof or leaky pipes, especially because ceiling tiles typically don't have any ventilation. Unless you see the damage, it could be quite a while before you know there's a problem.
Condensation can result when ductwork isn't operating correctly. The dark, wet conditions make it an excellent place for mold to grow and spread. As well, air blows through the ductwork, potentially spreading spores throughout the building. When this happens, it's likely that mold remediation professionals will be required to get it under control.
Water-damaged drywall is very susceptible to mold because it's porous. Sometimes the mold grows on the back of the drywall, so you won't even know it's there until there's a substantial problem.
Discovering mold growth in your building can be overwhelming. Mold cleanup must be completed as soon as possible for the well-being of your employees and your business.
Storm Damage? Let us help!
We are locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us.
When a storm tragedy strikes in the Pomona, CA, area you need to act fast to protect your belongings and more importantly your family and yourself. After any water damage situation, our primary focus is always safety first.
Be especially careful when entering the affected building.
Make sure that electrical power has been turned off and that the structure is sound before beginning an inspection of any storm-damaged building.
Protective wear is essential for your well-being. An organic vapor respirator, rubber gloves, eye protection, and protective clothing should always be worn... and can be found at most hardware/paint supply stores.
We can restore the damage in a particular room or an entire building and we are locally owned to respond faster to any disaster in your home or office. For immediate service call our SERVPRO of Diamond Bar/South Pomona storm response team in your area. We are locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We’re also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises, which gives us access to more resources for larger cleaning or restoration projects or major storm scenarios.
Office Building Ceiling Leak
When we received the call, our team came right over with the right tools and equipment to remove the board and see where the leak sprung from!
In the Diamond Bar area, a local business sprung a leak and causing their foam ceiling boards to get soft and start to crumble. This incident occurred right in the entryway, making them worried about their businesses' appearance and forcing them to temporarily close. The ceiling became so soft to the point where it could fall down at any point.
When we received the call, our team came right over with the right tools and equipment to remove the board and see where the leak sprung from! Once we stopped the leak and figured out how to prevent this from happening again, we replaced the board. The office owners were very satisfied with our work and promised to use us again if they ever faced a problem like this again!
How to Prevent Damage Caused By Severe Winter Weather
Insulate your pipes.
How to Prevent Damage Caused By Severe Winter Weather
A winter storm in Diamond Bar, CA, can result in a lot of damage to your commercial building. Luckily, there are some things you can do to prepare for this. The following may help you minimize the effect of severe weather on your business.
1. Make Repairs to Damaged Areas
Storm damage can be more serious if your building is already damaged. Some things to look out for are cracks in the walls, deteriorating seals around doors and windows and loose tiles on the roof. An emergency restoration company can repair areas that need work.
2. Keep the Building Warm
With a winter storm comes cold temperatures. A pipe break is more likely to occur if the plumbing becomes too cold and freezes. Insulating any exposed pipes as well as keeping the heat on in the building can reduce the chances of this.
3. Move Important Items to Higher Floors
Whether it’s from a storm or a broken pipe, flooding can severely damage your building as well as the items inside. Relocating items to a higher level can prevent them from becoming damaged. It is a good idea to do this for paper documents as well as electronic devices and equipment. You may want to move some of your smaller furniture items as well.
4. Don’t Neglect Items Outside of the Building
When preparing for a storm, remember to check the outside too. Furniture or other outdoor items could be picked up by strong winds and may damage the building’s exterior or break the windows. Gutters should also be cleaned to prevent water from backing up and leaking into the walls or roof.
5. Stay Updated
When you are expecting bad weather, you should watch the news regularly to keep up with any changes. Depending on how it develops, you may need to adjust your plans.
Preparing your business for a winter storm can prevent damage or reduce the damage that does occur. Repairing any existing damage will make your building less vulnerable to the storm, and keeping up with the weather will help you determine what other measures should be taken.
Fire Insurance Coverage: 3 Questions to Ask Your Agent Today
Fire damage in Pomona, CA.
Fire Insurance Coverage
A fire can be devastating for a business: Flames can sweep through a building and destroy years of hard work within a matter of seconds. Given that fire damage is among the most frequent types of damage to commercial property, it’s critical to ensure that your Pomona, CA, building has some sort of fire insurance in place. Fortunately, your commercial property insurance likely covers fire damage to your building. Verify that you’re protected by learning the answers to these questions before a fire breaks out.
1. Which Items Are Protected Against Loss?
Your commercial property insurance covers damage to your business building and, ordinarily, at least some additional items. Examples of these items could include
Exterior structures, such as signs, fences, and garages
Inventory and supplies
Coverage for these items varies greatly among insurance companies, so check your policy to ensure your business’s critical property is adequately covered.
2. What Kinds of Fires Are Covered?
Even for items that are covered under your policy, property insurance only pays for damage that arises from covered events. Most commercial property policies cover damage caused by natural disasters, vandalism, explosions, and fire. It is worth noting, however, that most policies’ fire insurance provisions specifically exclude damage from fires caused by equipment or appliance malfunctions, as well as certain types of electrical fires.
3. Which Fire-Related Expenses Are Included?
The total cost necessary to completely recover after a fire almost always exceeds the amount paid by a commercial property insurance company. There are a vast number of different types of fire restoration expenses that could arise, not all of which are always covered by insurance. Some common examples of fire-related expenses include:
- Smoke cleanup
- Water damage caused by firefighting efforts
- Odor remediation
- Fire department fees
- Data recovery
While most commercial property policies will include some level of fire insurance, every policy is different. Review your policy documents or contact your agent to learn more about your coverage.