Different Types of Water Losses
Category 3 water loss due to sewage back up.
When dealing with an emergency water loss, many people are unaware of the different types of water losses that could happen in their home or business. Knowing the type of water loss help determine the proper drying techniques and designate which damaged materials can and cannot be restored. Water losses fall into three categories: clean water, gray water and black water.
Category 1: Clean Water
This type of water loss comes from a source that does not pose substantial harm. It may include broken water pipes, overflows, and falling rainwater. However, it may not always remain clean after it encounters other surfaces or materials. If left untreated it may become a category 2 water loss.
Category 2: Gray Water
Gray water contains significant contamination and has potential to cause illness or discomfort. Sources include overflows or broke pipes contaminated with chemicals or microorganisms.
Category 3: Black Water
Category 3 water loss is grossly contaminated and may contain harmful agents. This type of water loss carries silt, organic matter, heavy metals, and toxic substances that create black water. With a black water loss, most materials may be removed and properly dispose.
If you are unsure of the type of water loss you are dealing with or don’t know how to go about handling it, call a professional for help. SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning is IICRC certified, with highly trained specialist that are available 24/7.
4 Steps to Minimize your Water Damage
Standing water in a kitchen home after a water loss.
Every home is at risk when it comes to dealing with leaks, floods, and water damages from storms. It can become stressful and costly when repairing these damages. Here are 4 easy steps to follow to lessen the damages if an unexpected water disaster happens in your home.
1. Cut Off the Source
Almost every person’s first response to a water flood is to clean it up. Although that is an important step to lessening the damages, it is best to cut off the water source first. This helps prevent further water flow. If the source isn’t an appliance, find the main water shutoff valve to the house and turn it off. The valve is usually located in the basement or outside of a home.
2.Preserve Your Home
Now, if the extent of the damage is small enough, you can proceed to clean up the water. Using rags, mops, and buckets would be the most beneficial. You may need to move furniture around for easier access to the area. If the water damage is related to sewage water, DO NOT clean up the water and call a remediation company. Sewage water should be left alone to prevent sickness and further contamination to other parts of the home.
3. Contact Restoration Company
To the naked eye, an affected area may look dry and cleaned. However, the materials underneath or behind the surfaces may still be wet. Water damages often leads to mold no matter the extent of the water. Contact a Water Restoration Company, such as SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning, to help assess the damages and prevent mold.
4. Do Not Panic
For most this may be the hardest step to do, but don’t panic. Panicking causes us to make decisions and action we might regret. For example, removing any carpet or flooring on your own. Professional restoration experts are there to help and restore your home.
Water damages can happen to any home. Be prepared and follow these 4 easy steps to help minimize the damages and ease the restoration process.
5 Basic Tips for your Emergency Fire Escape Plan
Emergency residential fire escape map.
Most people know the importance of having a fire escape plan, but many are unsure on how to go about setting one. Here are five basic tips to consider when planning an emergency fire escape.
1. Smoke Detectors
Having an alert system is an essential element for a solid escape plan. If you own smoke detectors, make sure they have batteries and work properly. If you don't own any, don't have enough, or need help installing it, a professional service can help.
When planning a fire escape route, it is important to involve the entire household. Bring your family together for a meeting and discuss the different escape routes in each room. Ensure that everyone understands and is prepared for any scenario. Drawing a picture or map may help, especially for small children.
During a fire, you will not have time to move furniture or appliances away from the exits. It is important that you keep all exits clear in order to evacuate as quickly and as safely as possible.
4. Choose Meeting Location
Set a location for everyone to meet once they have evacuated. This is especially important for young children who may be lost or disoriented outside. Having a meeting location will also help determine who is present and who is missing.
5. Practice, Practice, Practice
You may never know when a fire might occur. It is best to practice your escape plan regularly to guarantee everyone has it memorized. Practicing your escape plan can help determine which escape route works and which could be better.
While you hope to never use your fire escape plan, you don’t want to be caught without one. Make you and your family’s safety a priority by planning your emergency fire escape plan today. Don’t forget to consider these five basic tips when planning your fire escape plan.
Visit https://www.SERVPRObeaumontbanning.com/ for more tips and information on fire damages.
Home Fire Evacuation Plan: What to do Before, During and After a Fire
This is a garage of a home where the fire started and then spread to the rest of the home
Having to evacuate your home because of a fire may be one of the most scary things that can happen to a homeowner. It means that you could be in incredible danger, and it might mean that your home could be completely lost. An evacuation means you have to move quickly and effectively. That means having a plan set out ahead of time so you are prepared to go at a moment’s notice.
Here’s everything you need to do before, during and after a fire.
Before A Fire Evacuation
Preparation is the most important part of a good evacuation plan. There are several things you do before a fire to make sure you are ready.
Disaster Relief Kit
A disaster relief kit, sometimes called a go bag, contains any essentials that you might need if you have to evacuate in a hurry. Make sure to have extra cash in there, along with extra clothing items, like sweatshirts and footwear. You should also pack emergency health information, but make sure that it is placed in a waterproof bag to keep it safe. Extras of medication should be in there, along with an extra phone charger. There are lots of sample evacuation kits on the internet, so do a search to pick and choose the items that best suit your family.
There are also certain things that everyone in your household should know if there is a fire. For instance, you should pick out a place for everyone to meet up at if you have to leave in a hurry. This can be in front of a neighbor’s house, for example. Make sure that everyone’s phone numbers are saved in all family members phones so that you can easily communicate if you get separated. Sometimes, a fire can affect entire neighborhoods or even municipalities. If this is the case, you should have some place you can escape to in every possible direction.
Make sure that your car always has at least a half tank of gas. If the fire is affecting an entire area, you may need to drive a distance to get away to safety. If you do not have a car, make sure that you have a plan in place and know exactly how you will get away.
During An Evacuation
You will have to think fast while you are evacuating. It is best to already know what you want to do, so you can make the best decisions and keep everyone safe.
Do your best to keep in touch with everyone from your home at all times. If the cause of your evacuation is a wildfire, then there may be power lines down and your phones may not work. Or, you may have family members that cannot get to where you are. Always listen to the instructions from officials, such as the firefighters and police. They have more information and will know what the safest course of action is. If it is a wildfire that is affecting more than just your home, then you should also listen for emergency updates on news radio and weather stations.
Do not forget about your pets. Part of your preparation can be to have them well-trained enough to come when you call. Be sure that your pets are in a place where you can easily retrieve them.
Health and Safety
Once you are out of the building, check everyone for injuries and other issues. Emergency responders will be able to give everyone a check over as well. When it comes to being exposed to smoke, there may be unseen issues affecting you, so it is never a bad idea to head to the hospital to get checked out.
After An Evacuation
Once the fire is extinguished, you may be tempted to head back into your home to survey the damage. Do not do so until an authority has stated that it is safe, as damage to the structure may have occurred. In some cases, a home may need to be closed off until it is repaired for people to enter safely.
The best plan of action at this point is hiring a professional fire restoration contractor to help you restore and rebuild your property.
Experiencing a fire in your home can be overwhelming. But, by being proactive and creating a fire evacuation plan, you are taking the first step towards preparing your family for the unexpected.
When Storms Hit the Banning Pass and Desert Hot Springs Areas, SERVPRO is Ready!
Commercial building rooftop with storm water buildup
SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 in the Banning Pass and Desert Hot Springs areas. We use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit the Beaumont, Banning, and Desert Hot Springs areas, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at 951.922.2900.
Conditions In Beaumont Pass Area Might Be Right For Mold
SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning knows what to do if mold grows in your home
It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.
If the right conditions exist, mold will grow. Those conditions include:
- Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.
- Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
- Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.
Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.
If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.
If you suspect mold, call us today at 951.922.2900.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning for mold remediation services
Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce Small Business Expo
SERVPRO booth at the 2019 Greater Coachella Valley Small Business Expo
SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning attended its first Greater Coachella Valley Small Business Expo held at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA as part of "Small Business Saturday" in November. The Small Business Expo was attended by over a thousand chamber members, local business professionals and members of the community.
Our SERVPRO booth received a lot of foot traffic from a combination of companies and individuals, most of which recognized our company name, logo, and services. For those who did not recognize us, it was an opportunity to share our story and inform them of what we do and how we could help them in the future.
It was interesting to note that our most popular promotion item were the green SERVPRO rubber ducks that are part of the National SERVPRO Advertising Campaign. In fact, I had three individuals inform me that the ducks we make a nice addition to their rubber duck collection.
This event was a great opportunity to make direct contact with the community, and we look forward to participating again next year.
Retoring your Beaumont/Banning Commercial Property after a water damage
Water damage to the business office of a commercial customer located in a multi-tenant building
Flooding and water damage events on commercial properties are often complex and pose issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand the importance of getting your business up and running as soon as possible in order to minimize lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning
SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. We maintain the following industry certifications:
- ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
- CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
- IICRC Certified Firm
- RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
- WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
Prepare for Storm Season
Earlier this year Southern California endured one of its heaviest rain seasons where both commercial and residential customers experienced damage from the winter storms.
We know the amount of damage winter storms can do. Now is the time to prepare.
SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning has 2 very simple suggestions: (1) Clean off you roofs (2) Clear your gutters and downspouts. That doesn't sound like much, but it can make a huge difference. Standing water on a float roof is a formula for disaster.
Each year we inspect and remove a significant amount of debris off our customers roofs. An inspection form SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning includes a visual inspection with photos and a report of our findings. This type or preparation requires more time and effort up front, but can save you money and stress in the long run.
FIRE DAMAGE . . . WHAT NOW?
Soot damage removal the SERVPRO way
Exposure to smoke, ashes, and soot from a fire can have harmful effects to your home and health. Long-term exposure to toxins found in smoke, ashes, and soot can contaminate and damage your home as well as have a damaging effect to your lungs and heart.
It's possible your home may have dangerous toxins.
If your home has recently been exposed to smoke, ashes, or soot from a fire, it's possible that dangerous particles and contaminates have settled into your home. And although smoke damage can be visible to the eye, it can also be invisible and hard to trace, hiding in hard to reach places. Behind furniture, attics, air ducks, and other air cleaning systems.
A simple clean or wipe down is not enough, and in most cases, can even MAKE THINGS WORSE. Improper cleaning can further spread dangerous toxins to other areas of the house not affected by a fire. Turning on fans and other HVAC units can further spread toxins throughout your home, making your home a fire and toxin hazard. Smoke odor and toxins may also remain in furniture, clothing, carpet, and other places after a fire, unless properly cleaned and deodorized. Professional chemicals and equipment are needed to eliminate smoke, ashes, soot, odor and other dangerous toxins. Preparing and Informing yourself for a fire can be the best thing you can do for your home and your health.
LET US HELP YOU Our specialized professionals at SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning can inspect, clean, and restore your property. Bringing your home back to the conditions it was prior to a fire.
Remember SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning is there to make it . . .
"Like it never even happened."
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