Recent Storm Damage Posts

How to prevent storm damage to your home

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to prevent storm damage to your home Storm damage in Upland, CA.

1. Clean your gutters- Cleaning your gutters is important because that build up can block the water that needs to run off your roof during a storm.

2. Inspect the foundation of your home- Inspect your foundation for any cracks were water can seep in during a storm.

3. Check your yard for dead or diseased trees- During a storm, there are strong winds and rain that can tear down dead or weak trees that can come crashing into your home causing significant damage.

4. Have your roof inspected every year

5. Secure furniture that could potentially fall

6. Pack up outdoor furniture

7. Think about your landscaping

8. Unplug all electronics

9. Know how to shut off your utilities

10. Shutter your windows

11. Identify safe rooms in your home

12. Watch the weather

13. Create an emergency disaster kit.

Storm Damage in Southern California

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage in Southern California Flooded house in Upland, CA.

Storm damage in Southern California is very rare. SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights does not receive many Storm damage claims. Although we have gone out to New York when Hurricane Katrina struck. We were there to help dry and restore peoples homes in light of the disaster. Many homes where at a total loss, all of their personal items, from collectibles to sentimental items were completely destroyed. It was disturbing to see so many people devastated by the storm, what it had done to them, and their families. We helped as many people as we could with the time we had down there, and it brought our employees back with plenty of knowledge on what to do if a storm that badly ever hits Southern California. Rest assured that SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights will save the day. 

Storm response

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm response Containment post storm.

Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights professional will be on site to help ensure the water damage is handled properly by completing the following steps:

Inspection- SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights will inspect affected areas of your home to determine the extent of damage. They will also review the inspection with you and answer any questions before beginning any work.

Emergency Services- Next, SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights will take immediate steps to protect your home and personal belongings from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing your home for drying.

Monitoring- SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights will monitor the drying process. The results will be consistently communicated to you throughout the monitoring process.

Storm damage can be devastating.

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm damage can be devastating. Storm damage to home

Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic storms and major events, our Disaster Recovery Team can respond quickly with additional resources.

  • Flooding caused by heavy rains
  • Hurricanes and tidal surges
  • Tornadoes and wind damage
  • Ice and snowstorms
  • Wild fires

We have the resources to handle storms and disasters. Our SERVPRO Franchise have a national network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Team strategically located throughout the country.

No job is too large

9/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage No job is too large Storm damage caused a tree to fall on the house!

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:

  • 2017 California wildfires
  • 2017 Hurricane Irma
  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey
  • 2016 Hurricane Matthew
  • 2015 Carolina floods
  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita

Checklist after a Storm Damage

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Checklist after a Storm Damage Storm damage on residential or business properties

Whether it is wind, rain, hail or lightening, it’s important to do a quick inspection around your property after a storm to check for any damages that might require repairs – or even an insurance claim.

After the storm has cleared and it is safe to go outside, you should check the following things around your property:

Exterior

  • Missing, damaged or broken roof shingles
  • Siding damage
  • Cracks, tears or buckling in the flashing
  • Chimney damage – tilting, loose or damaged bricks, missing or torn flashing
  • Gutters with debris and clogging, granules in downspouts, dents, bent or sagging sections, loose attachments
  • Shattered windows, broken panes or damaged frame
  • Downed or damaged powerlines – make sure that you stay away from any downed lines, and call the local utility company to report the location

Interior

  • Check the attic and interiors for damp sections, moisture stains or peeling paint on the walls or ceiling
  • Look in the basement and crawl space for flooding or structural damage
  • Inspect electronics and appliances after power surges – washer, dryer, dishwasher, electric fireplace, refrigerator, TV, computer, etc.
  • Downed or damaged powerlines – make sure that you stay away from any downed lines, and call the local utility company to report the location

Storm and Flood damage

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm and Flood damage This is a photo of SERVPRO employees at the biggest losses SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights has worked on. This day we had over 200 employees.

Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO franchise professionals have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. Why choose a SERVPRO franchise professional? Firstly we are the faster to any size disaster. SERVPRO franchise professionals are dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost. Second, we are highly trained water damage specialists. We specialize in water and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. SERVPRO franchise professionals have extensive water damage restoration training that enables them to get you back to normal. Thirdly we have the resources to handle storm and disasters. We have a national network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Team strategically located throughout the country.

Storm and black water intrusions

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm and black water intrusions Storm damage to your home can be devastating, but SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights is here to make it "Like it never even happened".

A mop and common household cleaning products may not be enough for black water intrusions. Your local SERVPRO franchise professional is trained to safely clean and restore your home, utilizing the following procedures.

1. Identify the source/type of water

2. Measure temperature and humidity for drying analysis

3. Survey the extent of damage and inspect the premises

4. Perform emergency water extraction

5. Move and block furniture

6. Provide floor service

7. Inspect carpet pad/carpet and provide service

8. Apply necessary treatments (disinfectants, deodorization)

9. Utilize drying equipment and monitor drying

10. Disposing of all trash

Any water damage in your home is bad. Especially when the water contains potentially harmful bacteria that can affect the health of your family and the value of your home. Toilet overflow, sewage backups, storms, and other black water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly messes; these bio hazardous damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into your home, as well as the moisture necessary to support their growth.

Storm Damage response tips for property owners

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage response tips for property owners Dehumidifier and air movers drying wet drywall and ceiling not affected by mold.

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. The two primary components of a proper water restoration are: 1 Fast action; and 2 thorough drying. Intrusions of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat. You can always trust SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights to manage all of your water damage needs.

Storm Damage Restoration in Southern California

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Restoration in Southern California Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage.

When it comes to water damage, it can cost you more if you ignore it.  Most homeowners and business owners only think of the costs of replacing products, equipment and personal property.  But what about those other costs?  You also have to consider costs that you might pay such as rent, loans, wages, etc. Not to mention your business would lose operating profit from not being open and the inconvenience of having to relocate. 

SERVPRO of Upland/ San Antonio Heights specializes in water-related cleanup and restoration services.  We have completed numerous restoration projects in the Southern California area.  Our technicians are thoroughly trained both on-site as well as classroom instruction on restoration best practices. 

Here are a few of the water damage restoration services we provide:

  • Water removal
  • Cleanup
  • Damage restoration
  • Clothing restoration
  • Electronics repair
  • Deodorization and carpet cleaning
  • Photo documentation of the site
  • Insurance coordination

Disasters don't happen on a regular 9am-5pm schedule, so our services don’t either! SERVPRO of Upland/ San Antonio Heights is available to you 24/7.  If your home or business has recently experienced flooding or water damage, call us today!

Are You and Your Child Ready To Go Back To School?

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Upland and San Antonio is here to help you and your kids with a little article we put together, on how to prepare your kids incase of a Storm Emergency or a Disaster.

School’s right around the corner and for some of us, that means life is [once again] starting to ramp up. Next month happens to be Emergency Preparedness Month and we will be coming out with some great content to help our readers stay ahead of the game to be prepared for the unexpected. In the meantime though, our friends over at FEMA  just came out with a great article on helping both kids and parents stay prepared as well. We thought you’d enjoy it, so feel free to keep reading –   

“Fun Preparedness Resources for Kids

Your child may be away from you when disaster strikes, so it’s important teach to him or her how to stay safe during emergencies. To make disaster preparedness fun for youth, Save the Children and Scholastic created the following resources for parents and teachers to share with kids.

Keep the Herd Safe is a fun-filled activities page for children in grades 1-3 to encourage disaster planning and to teach them how to stay connected in the event of an emergency! Parents and teachers can also help children complete In Case of Emergency (ICE) Cards featuring characters from the new animated film “Ice Age: Collision Course.”

Get Ready, Get Safe! Do your children know how to do the Prep Step? Save the Children’s Prep Step video combines valuable safety tips with fun dance moves to get kids excited about preparedness. You can also download the Prep Step song for children to listen to while on the go. Download today and get moving!

Making preparedness fun and easy for kids is one of the best ways to get them involved in their own safety. 

 Firewise Virtual Workshop Series

The National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise Communities program is hosting a wildfire workshop series to connect wildfire stakeholders with subject matter experts. The series provides free learning opportunities for wildfire stakeholders by connecting them with leading researchers and practitioners in a live, interactive format. Visit the Firewise Communities website to learn more about the series and to register for their upcoming workshops.

Avoiding Disaster Fraud

After a disaster, community-based organizations and agencies often band together to try to meet the needs of affected individuals and communities. Unfortunately, this often brings criminals who prey on the needs of disaster survivors by offering fraudulent services.

Learn how to protect yourself and your finances from additional loss. FEMA offers reminders to help you avoid disaster fraud, including:

  • There is never a fee to apply for FEMA disaster assistance or to receive it;
  • Get three written estimates for repair work. Then check credentials and contact your local Better Business Bureau or Chamber of Commerce to learn about any complaints against the contractor or business;
  • Before work begins, make sure you get a written contract detailing all the work to be performed, the costs, a projected completion date, and how to negotiate changes and settle disputes; and
  • Pay only by check or a credit card. A reasonable down payment may be required to buy materials for some projects, but don't pay anything without a signed contract.  

Be sure to check out the full list of disaster fraud tips and stay vigilant when disaster strikes! To register for FEMA disaster assistance, call 800-621-3362(TTY: 800-462-7585) or visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov.”

Let Us Handle The Eye Of The Storm Carpet Cleaning

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Let Us Handle The Eye Of The Storm Carpet Cleaning Regular Carpet Cleaning Can Extend the Life of Your Carpet

SERVPRO Can Get the Deep Dirt Out of Your Carpet

Carpet cleaning is like the unexpected storm that damages your home or business. It is suggested by carpeting manufacturers that carpets should be professionally cleaned every 12 months. During the interim, carpets should be cared for with regular maintenance solutions. These steps involve using walk-off mats to lessen the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet; regular vacuuming; removing spots, pilating (or grooming) the carpet to prevent matting and moving furniture to change traffic patterns. As beautiful and aesthetic as carpeting is, it is a natural dirt and soil filter trap. It traps and holds dust, crumbs, dirt, gasses, pet hair, and other soil contaminants.
 
Our  carpet cleaning service is designed to keep your indoor air a healthy breathing environment. When you look at your carpeting, you may only see the dirt trapped on the top fibers. The truth is that more dirt, bacteria, and germs are hiding below the surface. The hidden contaminants are causing damage to the life of your carpeting. We offer specialized cleaning methods based on your carpeting material. We provide a premier cleaning system, which also involves bonnet cleaning, hot water extraction, deluxe preconditioning and rinse, as well as a quality dry cleaning.

Let us take the drudgery of carpet cleaning out of your hands. Place this necessary chore into the hands of your local professionals. We offer regular carpet cleaning services that will keep your carpet looking new. Protect your flooring investment by having SERVPRO clean and maintain your carpets. We use safe state-of-the-art equipment and solutions. Our certified and experienced technicians will get the job done right the first time and every time. 
 
SERVPRO of Upland and San Antonio Heights is your go-to carpet cleaning service. We are proud to be a part of the community with our locally owned and operated company. Our expert professionals are here to fulfill your office and/or home carpet cleaning needs. When you need your residential and commercial carpet cleaned, don't hesitate, contact us today at (909) 949-4450.