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WHY SERVPRO?

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

Image Shows Tracy our Chief of Operations. She is wearing a black shirt, with her arms folded, sitting at her desk. Tracy, our Chief of Operations, has more than 25 yrs of experience in the Restoration Industry. Just one of the many reasons you can count on us!

The biggest advantage of using SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning for your fire and water restoration needs is that we are right here in your community. Centrally located to the Pass and Coachella Valley areas, we know the perils that you face. We are ready and prepared with the right equipment, the right personnel, right when you need us. Whether the fire was just put out or the water is still flooding, we can be there FAST!  

While we are locally owned and operated, we are part of a much larger network that makes up the largest restoration company in the world. Recognized as the industry leader.  We have relationships with your local insurance agents, adjusters, and area contractors. From beginning to end we can be there for you to ensure that you have been restored “like it never even happened.”  

So whether you are amidst the chaos of an emergency or are unsure whether you are in the beginning stages of a loss, we can take care of you.

Flu Virus Spreading Through Your Beaumont or Banning Office?

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

This image shows a computer generated image of a hand. Showing the palm side of the hand there are drawings of germs. The flu virus can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours. How many surfaces do you touch in just a few hours?

Many germs and viruses live on us and our surroundings on a regular basis. Our repeated exposure is what helps our body become immune to them. The flu virus is a is a common virus that changes year to year and thus making it more difficult to build up a resistance. If you are a business owner this can be of a huge concern. If you have one employee become sick, many more can become infected not only hurting your employees but affecting your production.

Consider the following Virus facts:

·        Viruses are present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.

·        The name ‘virus’ means ‘poison’ and ‘venom’ in Latin

·        Viruses can infect anything that is living.

·        Viruses need a live host in order to reproduce.

·        Washing your hands with warm, soapy water is still the best way to rid your hands from viruses and harmful bacteria. Rinsing your hands first so you can create a good lather is key to an affective hand washing. It is a good idea to wash your arms as well as they often rest on tables, armchairs and laptops, all of which can be repeatedly exposed. Rinse well and use paper towels to dry hands and arms.

What to Do:

·        Use gloves and a face mask

·        Turn off the HVAC system and fans.

·        There are many chemical options to choose from to use on your surfaces. Read the label to make sure it will kill the viruses you are disinfecting for. You can also dilute ¼ cup of bleach to 1 one gallon of water. Wipe all surfaces, let set for 3-5 minutes then wipe with clean water.

·        Start looking from ceiling to floor and wipe anything that gets touched.

·        Windowsills, Door Handles, Chair rails, Handrails, Counters, Phones, Staplers, Printers, Cabinet Knobs, Sinks, Toilets, Computers, etc...

·        You can spray with Lysol type products: Pens and other small objects

·        What Not to Do:

·        Do NOT clean in a sealed environment. Make sure there is always proper ventilation.

·        Do NOT mix chemicals. Especially bleach and vinegar or ammonia.

·        Do NOT go at this alone. We offer Commercial Cleaning Service that can help you!

About Our Commercial Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning specializes in commercial cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  SERVPRO of Beaumont / Banning offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning HVAC Systems to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning Mold Remediation Process

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Air scrubber placed inside a built containment where mold was found and covered in plastic. Mold remediation process.

Mold is a type of fungus that consist of small organism found almost everywhere. It can appear white, orange, purple, green, and black. Mold thrives on moisture and can grow rapidly. When mold is present in your home/ commercial building it becomes harmful. Exposure to mold can cause several health issues. Therefore, when mold is discovered, call a mold removal or restoration company for help.

The Remediation Process

Most people like to know what’s going on in their home or commercial property when it comes to dealing with damages and repairs. Like all, most are unaware of the mold removal/remediation process. Below is the process that SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning uses:

1.Assess the damage

Our professionals begin mitigation by inspecting the extent of the mold in the property. They use specialize technology and equipment to assess both the visible and invisible presence of mold.

2.Contain the Mold

After assessing the damages, our professionals contain the affected area by either covering it with plastic or building a containment depending on the extent of the mold.  Containing the mold prevents it from spreading to other areas.

3.Filter the air

Once contained, air scrubbers are placed and HEPA vacuums are used to filter the air and prevent particles/chemical in the air from spreading.

4.Remove and Clean Infested Materials

Mold damages can cause destruction of structure to a property. Depending on the extent of the mold damages, special products are sprayed onto the affected area and cleaned or sanded away. If the extent of the mold is large, demolition of the structure may need to be done to remove the mold.

5.Restoration

The mold remediation process is completed by repairing, reconstructing, and restoring the home/ property back to its original condition.

Homeowners and commercial building owners should always be aware of what goes on in their property when dealing with mold. Take precaution and call SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning to handle your mold remediation.

Different Types of Water Losses

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

Category 3 sewage backup causes a flood in business's hallway. 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

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

Standing water remains in a kitchen home after a water loss. 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

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Emergency residential fire escape drawing that maps out primary exit routes, secondary exit routes, and meeting place. 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.

2.Involve Family

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.

3.Unblock Exits

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

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

Picture of burned garage 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.

Family Preparation

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.

Transportation

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.

Communications

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.

Pets

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!

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Picture of roof of commercial building with significant storm water 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.

Faster Response

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

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growth underneath a kitchen sink 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

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

Picture of our SERVPRO booth at the 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.