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A Hardworking Team

7/31/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team members smiling. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

There are lots of companies out there and so there is no doubt that you may wonder, why should I choose SERVPRO?

Our team is highly trained in water and fire damage and mold remediation. We are heavily trained and go through multiple courses to get properly certified to do the best work we can on every job. We do not take shortcuts and are a very detailed crew.

Pleasing the customer is always a top priority for us and we want them to be satisfied with our work and have zero complaints. We work together and have fantastic team-building skills that help every job move smoothly.

We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Always ready to respond to your disaster in Diamond Bar and surrounding areas. Never second guess giving us a call!

How to Stay Cool During this Hot Summer

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team members jumping! 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!

How To Remove Mold From Paintings

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Expert restoring artwork 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.

Look for Mold in These Unlikely Places at Home

3/30/2021 (Permalink)

mold in the corner of the window Mold growth can occur in small moist places.

Places Where You Might Find Mold

Mold growth generally occurs in small, moist places. As you try to locate it and call a mold remediation team to deal with the problem, you may think about the usual culprits like moldy drywall, shower curtains or the space under the sink. However, there are some locations that still develop mold that may not be first in your thoughts. Search these areas in your Diamond Bar, CA, home to stop further mold spread.

1. Filing Cabinets
While it is not abnormal to find mold on wood, it is less obvious to find this organism inside a filing cabinet. The paper documents you keep in storage are made of wood pulp, which is an ideal feeding material for mold. The possibility of growth in this area increases if there is high humidity or if there is water damage nearby. Use a dehumidifier and increase air circulation in these areas.

2. Window Sills
Other places where you can check for mold growth include the window sills. These locations may be low priority when it comes to inspection and cleaning, but they contain the right ingredients for mold to thrive. Condensation often gathers around them, especially when they are only aired out during the late spring and summer. The accumulated dirt also provides attractive food. Open your windows regularly and clean them to prevent mold from growing inside of them.

3. Chimneys
Chimneys are often associated with fire and dryness, so they initially seem like an unlikely place for mold. That being said, the presence of wood, dead leaves and other organic materials that enter because of poor top covering creates food for mold. Add to that the porous composition of bricks and the leftover water from snow and rain to create the perfect development location.
Mold growth can occur in many places, from the expected spots like behind wallpaper and under flooring to lesser-known areas like window sills and chimneys. Consider as many options as possible when locating this organism.

2 Reasons To Choose an IICRC Certified Business

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

White brick wall with the words WHAT IS THE IICRC The IICRC is a nonprofit that works in the restoration industry.

Two Reasons To Choose A Business That This Organization Endorses

When you're hiring a disaster remediation company in Pomona, CA, you want technicians that are professionally trained. This can seem like a challenging task at times. The best way to know that you are getting a qualified business in this industry is to look for a certification from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Here are two reasons to choose a business that this organization endorses.

1. What Are These Certifications?
The IICRC is a nonprofit that works in the restoration industry. It is a leading body that establishes the standards and standardized training for companies and technicians performing restoration work. It offers several certifications, from a carpet cleaning master to a mitigation certificate. Professionals can pursue multiple certifications in the same area and become a master in that specialty. Each year technicians and masters are expected to perform continuing education courses.
A certified firm can have all of its technicians be certified, or only one. You can identify one of these firms because they will likely display this organization's logo and other marketing materials. The best businesses are the ones that make all of their technicians maintain their certifications. Additionally, a firm with at least one master in a specialty will provide higher quality work. These minimum requirements ensure that you get a firm that is properly certified to handle your disaster.

2. What are the Industry Standards?
The standards are the best and most current technologies and techniques used by industry professionals to remediate a disaster. They include the procedures from handling everything from basic carpet cleaning and installation to extreme water damage restoration. These are based on scientific facts and years of experience and focus on improving the efficiency, safety, and effectiveness of professionals working in the industry.
Businesses should look for firms with IICRC certified technicians. These credentials ensure that a company and its employees meet industry standards. In other words, you can count on a certified company to help remedy your disaster.

What Makes SERVPRO Such a Successful Business?

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

green truck box. Servpro vehicle Get involved with a SERVPRO franchise today.

For life’s disasters and worst incidents, you need to turn to someone you can trust to help correct the problem and get you back on your feet. Not only do you look for a company that employs skilled technicians and that uses quality equipment to clean up your Pomona, CA, home, but you want to work with a solid company you know has a solid reputation. A SERVPRO franchise meets all these criteria.

What Sets SERVPRO Apart?

A quick online search will reveal that SERVPRO isn’t the only disaster recovery company out there. You have many choices to explore when you need emergency cleanup. However, SERVPRO has some advantages other places can’t match.

  • They’re locally owned and operated.
  • They have the necessary credentials and certifications.
  • They thoroughly train employees in effective techniques and best practices.
  • They have the right level of experience.

National and Local

SERVPRO is a large company with strong corporate backing and structure. The company has the infrastructure you would expect from a well-established national brand. At the same time, SERVPRO also has numerous locations across the country, so they also have a local presence. Your nearby SERVPRO franchise can respond quickly to your needs. It also means the local offices have support from the corporate headquarters and can reach out to headquarters for any essential resources.

Qualified and Skilled

Some companies tell you they have what it takes to get the job done, but SERVPRO will show you. Not only do technicians go through rigorous training and have the knowledge you’d want in a response team, but SERVPRO is also certified in disaster cleanup after fire, flooding, and mold. This is a name you can trust and one in which you can have peace of mind when you need an expert to help you with home damages.

Get involved with a SERVPRO franchise today. The company has an effective business model as well as a track record to prove it.

Why SERVPRO Should Be Your Partner in Claims

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

green van You can count on SERVPRO emergency response professionals.

Handling claim services for businesses that need help recovering from disasters is not easy. Offering your clients the best emergency response resources in Cal Poly University-Pomona, CA, while protecting your bottom line, means turning to SERVPRO.

24-Hour Urgent Response

Our record for immediate response ensures that we can mitigate the damage to your clients' property by reducing the risks for costly and irreversible secondary problems, including mold formation, rusty pipes and warping wood. Our process involves removing items from a disaster site as quickly as possible and sending them to our pre-testing facilities to determine if we can restore rather than replace them. We combine immediate action with state-of-the-art restoration methods to achieve the highest customer satisfaction levels and reduce claims expenses

Thorough Records and Communication
Each of our franchises creates and maintains detailed reports from each job in electronic files that we provide to adjusters in email or hardcopy format. The records we compile include:

  • An initial notice of loss
  • Images of damages
  • An explanation of estimated costs
  • Copies of completed forms

Our detailed job tracking system enhances your claim services by helping you track job progress, pending actions, and job completion dates.

Standards and Certifications
SERVPRO crews receive certification and continual training in the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification methods and standards to ensure that they apply the most effective, safe and current solutions to tackling any emergency cleaning job.
We also commit to upholding the strictest safety standards, including annual compliance checks for all of our franchises, protective gear and equipment for our crews and job sites, vehicle and equipment inspections and updated insurance certificates. Every vendor we use must meet our high standards and criteria before qualifying to work on one of our teams.

Your Trustworthy Partner
When disaster strikes and you need to recommend a vendor to help your client coordinate the cleanup in Cal Poly University-Pomona, CA, you can count on SERVPRO emergency response professionals to help you offer the best claim services possible.