Severe SoCal Weather Subsides - Safety Tips & Tricks for Unexpected Natural Events
What To Do When Unexpected SoCal Weather Changes Occur
While the inconsistent and at times dangerous weather patterns have subsided for now, the SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens staff likes to keep all in the community informed with regular safety tips and tricks. This information breaks down into the following areas:
When a natural weather phenomenon is expected, securing your home as much as possible is vital. This can be done by making sure an "X" is taped over each pane in the home. This will help reduce window cracking and add an extra layer of resistance in the event of debris hitting the home. If tape is not possible, securing the areas with a board up is recommended.
During a natural disaster, a dependable power source is highly unlikely. With this in mind our branch recommends keeping several battery powered devices in stock and easily accessible. One of these is a battery-powered radio which can be used to turn into local weather and safety stations. In addition, a flashlight is essential in many scenarios. It is vital to keep a supply of appropriate batteries for these instruments and replace them when necessary.
For more information, we recommend seeing a full list at the link here: https://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/home-diy/projects/storm-safety-tips.htm
In the event that restoration services are required on your home or business after a disaster, the SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens branch is here to help you!
Responding Appropriately to Approaching Thunderstorms
Don't Panic in a Southern California Thunderstorm
Though the communities of Southern California do not often experience thunderstorm conditions, there are several pieces of information useful to know when and if one occurs.
- "If Thunder Roars, Go Indoors"
The American Red Cross issued this safety guideline as a general rule of thumb. To ensure safety, it is recommended to stay indoors until 30 minutes after the last thunder clap have passed.
- If you are stranded outdoors
In the unlikely event you are not able to safely reach shelter, avoid the following; high ground, water, tall/isolated trees and metal objects.
- Operating Electrical Appliances & Equipment
During a thunderstorm, it is highly recommended to only operate battery powered devices. Using grounded electrical equipment could result in shock and/or severe damages.
After a disaster, SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens is here to help you and your loved ones get back on your feet and your home restored.
It's No Hurricane Dorian, But Beware of Incoming Southern California Weather
Hurricane Dorian Passes Trough the East Coast As Unusual Weather Systems Begin to Hit Southern California
While our branch gives its best wishes to those in Dorian's path, we've become aware of some unusual weather patterns developing here in Cerritos,CA. These patterns include high temperature levels and extreme humidity making thunderstorms more likely.
Local weather services have put Southern California mountain range areas on Flash Flood watch as thunderstorm systems are being noticed to form. The areas on alert are the following: San Bernardino County Mountains-Riverside County Mountains-
San Diego County Mountains-San Gorgonio Pass Near Banning-
It is recommended to have all outside weather gear prepped in the case of an emergency or flash flood.
In addition to the potential for thunderstorms, other areas are seeing excessive heat. The areas on alert and that are being impacted include the cities of Escondido, El Cajon, San Marcos, La Mesa,
Santee, Poway, Santa Ana, Anaheim, Garden Grove, Irvine, Orange, Fullerton, and Mission Viejo.
During these advisories, it is recommended to not be outdoors for lengthy periods of time. If necessary to be outdoors, have enough cold water with you at all times.
During these complex weather patterns, the SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens team encourages all in the area to stay safe and hydrated. Should the weather prove to cause damage in your home or business, we are here to help! (562)916-7646
Who Is Entering Your Cerritos Home or Business?
Why the industry-certified professionals at SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens are the ideal crew for your disaster
An unexpected disaster in your Southern California home or business raises many questions. What can cause even further anxiety though is when you don't know enough information about the restoration crew to put your mind at ease. We want our customers to be comfortable and know exactly who is on site. In this brief piece, our branch explains our crew and their skills in more detail.
Each field crew that we send out is led by a crew chief who is well versed in all aspects of the restoration process. During each step of the process, our crew chief updates the customer as new information becomes available and guides the other crew members in what steps to take with the ultimate goal of efficient restoration in mind. It is common to have several crew member with varying IICRC certifications on site.
Both our office staff and field personnel are caring members of Southern California communities and families. They seek to further help those in other communities by effectively restoring homes and businesses.
All staff at the SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens branch keeps effective restoration and customer satisfaction as their priority! We look forward to helping you!
Can Southern California Homeowners Do Their Own Restoration After A Disaster?
Why Hire the Professionals At SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens?
When a disaster occurs in your home or business, your first reaction may be to try to clean and restore the damage as soon as possible. Our team strongly recommends waiting for professionals to arrive and letting them assess the damage first. The following are several reasons why:
- Exposure to and spread of mold can result if areas are not properly cared for and tested first.
- In cases of fire damage, only industry-certified and properly graded equipment can be used to filter and eliminate smoke residue.
- In cases of water damage, moisture readings and mitigation lines are used to help our team determine which sections of a structure are compromised.
In addition to proper care of impacted zones, by allowing our team of industry-certified professionals to be on site you receive top notch customer service. Through each step of the process we talk with your insurance provider and keep you up to date on what's next.
It may seem easier to handle a loss on your own. However, by allowing the SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens staff to take care of your damage, you ensure complete restoration and quality service in a timely manner. Call our office today! (562)916-7646
Keeping Your Cool When Your Southern California AC Starts Leaking
Maintaining Your AC and Preventing Flood Damage in Southern California
During these hot summer months, having an air conditioning unit that works properly is very useful. A problem we have seen is when AC units are left unchecked and cause water damage in a home through slow leaking. The team at SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens wanted to briefly explain the way an air conditioning system works within a home.
- An evaporator coil captures air from outside and cools it, forming moisture during this process.
- Moisture from the coil drips onto a drain pan then down through a drain line to route out the liquid and leave you with refreshing temperatures.
If not properly maintained, a clogged drain line results in moisture being backed up and overflowing. Another reason AC can cause water damage in a home is when the drain pan itself is faulty and moisture slips through.
There are several other factors that can cause Air Conditioning systems to cause home water damage. We encourage you to see this article on Popular Mechanics for more information. Should you experience this type of water damage in your home or business, the professionals at SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens will be there to assist you.
Making Your Cerritos Business More Attractive to Potential Customers
Attracting SoCal Customers By Keeping Your Commercial Environment Clean
While keeping a professional environment clean may seem obvious, there are several areas in commercial settings that commonly get overlooked. In this brief article, our team breaks down the various steps to keeping your business as clean and well organized as possible.
- Documents and Personal Workspaces
Even in today's tech-centered society, keeping paper copies of important documents and records is still commonplace. What we've discovered is that having a dedicated space with a specific system for organizing these documents does two positive things for your Cerritos business. This level of organization allows for a more productive work environment as assets are easily located. In addition, unnecessary clutter is eliminated.
Speaking to unnecessary clutter, this often occurs in common space. When there is lack of scheduling for team members to clean these common areas, employees can become frustrated and a messy work environment can slow production down.
These are just two aspects the SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens team has found helpful in keeping a clean and efficient commercial environment. Stop by and see for yourself today!
Your SoCal Fire Data Report - Tips From the SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens Team
Staying Safe Through the Remainder of the SoCal Summer
As the summer season nears a close, fire preparedness does not seem to be as serious of a concern. However, recent data from the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection reveals otherwise. Scott McLean of the Department spoke on the Socal Statistics. "Last week, California faced scorching temperatures and extremely dry conditions, leading to over 275 new wildfires starting across all jurisdictions, with 227 of those starting within CAL FIRE’s jurisdiction. While the majority of those fires were kept under 10 acres, there were a few that did grow into larger incidents."
So how do you enjoy a safe rest of the summer here in Southern California? Our team has a few safety tips to share!
SoCal Fire Safety Tips
- Make sure your vehicles do not drag anything when in motion.
- Only use landscaping tools before 10AM and never have metal blades in contact with dry foliage.
- Avoid causing excess heat (with tools or machinery) especially in windy environments.
We wish you the safest and best conclusion to your Southern California Summer.
Our Arsenal of Equipment - Ready to Make Any Disaster Like it Never Even Happened
A Brief Breakdown On the SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens Equipment Capabilities
When it comes to handling disasters, we know that no environment is the same and we have to customize our approach to each loss. Being adaptable is one of the most crucial skills all our staff possesses. For this reason too, we keep a wide variety of equipment with various functions to make the restoration process as timely and efficient as possible. So, what are some of the on-site operators?
As the name infers, Dehumidifiers main function is to reduce humidity in the impacted zone/s. These machines have a specially designed intake system to capture the moisture in the air, freeze it into a liquid state, then expel it out of the environment. These function best in a sealed environment.
Yes it's true! These machines scrub the air! Air Scrubbers are designed to run the air in the environment through a series of filters that capture elements including smoke particles, dust particles and other harmful substances.
One of our highly effective proprietary systems include the InjectiDry. This system allows us to cover a large amount of flooring within a structure by placing heating mats on the surface which are hooked in to a heating source for even and rapid drying.
At SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens we adapt to all types of environments and are dedicated to serve you!
Faster to your Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens Water Damage Event
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.
Faster To Any Size Disaster
Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs. We know how difficult this type of damage can be. It can only become more complicated if you do not have the right help.
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