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Five Most Common Fires in a Home, SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

plug outlet Electrical fires are among the third most common.

Have you wondered what the most common fires in a home are? We are going to break it down and sum it up for you.

Kitchen fires are among the most common fires in a home, it is also the place where the most injuries occur in a home. It is important to remain in the kitchen at all times when using the stovetop and when using the oven you should check on your food periodically throughout the process. Remember it is not necessary to put the stovetop at the highest level of heat, but rather keep it at a balanced temperature.

Heating equipment within a home is the second leading cause of fires within a home. This is why it is important to keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from any heating equipment - especially flammable items. To avoid a fire associated with heating equipment make sure chimneys, furnace or any other heating appliance is inspected and cleaned properly.

On average electrical associated fires makeup for 10% of all fires in a residence this in part to malfunctions in wiring, lighting, plugs and cords.

Smoking items such as: cigars, cigarettes and pipes started an estimated of 17,200 of fires in homes.

Did you know around Christmas is the peak time for candle fires… It is reported that on an average day it there are 21 calls for a candle fire in a home. This is why it is recommended to keep anything 12 inches  away from candles.  Even though tempting do not fall asleep with lit candles and maybe considering other products like essential oils.

Make sure to click on this link for more fire safety information.

Second Thoughts on Restoring your Losses?

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

technician team SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego team members

It’s so easy now a days to take on projects and do it yourself. With our generation it is especially tempting since we can find everything online. While you can look up “how to repair water or fire losses” on your own, we highly recommend against it. Below are reasons why you SHOULD contact a remediation company like SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego along with why you SHOULD NOT do it yourself.

Reasons you SHOULD use a restoration company:

  • Remediation and Restoration companies have a lot of practice, they are experts in what they do and can find solutions to the problem quickly.
  • Remediation and Restoration companies use the most up to date processes; this ensures property owners are given the best remediation service.
  • The equipment used is specific to damage loss. Remediation companies measure moisture with specific equipment, the dehumidifiers and deodorizers are specific to the task as well.
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Reasons You SHOULD NOT do it yourself:

  • There is no need to do it yourself if you have insurance. The cost is covered and the remediation will be accomplished correctly.
  • This process will take a much longer and the possibility of mistakes increases.
  • If you do not have equipment for the job you will have to purchase it, and the equipment will not be up to par with that of a restoration and remediation company.

You have been warned of the “should nots,” now if you decide to go along and do it yourself please make sure you do extensive research on the subject before you start. But of course we highly recommend using remediation and restoration company like SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego.

Prepare for the Storms in San Diego, CA

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

tree moving in wind Heavy winds pushing tree.

San Diego is not known for its horrible weather. In the past years San Diego, CA has been considered high risk for drought, but this was officially overturned in 2019 as rain has become part of California’s climate. During the 2019 and 2020 rain storms many residents were unprepared for the heavy showers. Many homeowners suffered from ceiling or roof leaks, floods, and some from groundwater seeping into their homes. Water damage is amongst the most expensive home repairs and oftentimes many insurance companies do not cover floods. Here are some simple steps you can take in order to prepare for the rainy seasons. 

Get Your Roof Ready For the Storm

The first step is getting your roof inspected. Having your roof inspected will let you know the reality of damage in your home. You may or may not have proof of roof damage. Roof damage prices vary depending on the repairs so it is hard to say what the cost will be before a proper inspection. Having your roof repaired will cost money but in the long run will save you money because water damage repairs require a lot of steps, time and resources.

Having your roof inspected is also important, regardless if your roof is damage free having your ceiling fixed will add an extra layer of protection. This will also avoid any possibly small roof leak to avoid entering directly into your home.

Make sure your Windows and Doors are Closed

Make sure your windows and doors are closed during possible rain storms. It can get hot in certain areas of San Diego, CA but it is not worth having your home soaked for hours. Keep the windows and doors shut.

Rain Gear

Having appropriate rain gear is crucial during rain storms. In case a rainstorm occurs having a spare of rain boots will really come in handy when trying to move around your home. Also having spares of sandbags in your home will also soak up excess water in case groundwater enters your home from the garage or doors.

Make sure Trees are Trimmed

Rain storms are often accompanied by heavy winds, this is why it is important to have surrounding tree branches trimmed. This will avoid any trees from falling onto your home that may lead to reconstruction.

Make sure to call SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego if you have an emergency during a heavy rainstorm. Call us at (619) 280-2398 we are happy to serve you 24/7.

How long does it take for mold to grow?

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

rain water hitting closed window Make sure to keep your windows closed during the rain. Humidity will also cause the spread of mold.

How long does it take for mold to grow?

There are many variables that cause mold to grow. The cause of mold growth is moisture. During rainy seasons mold will grow rapidly. Moisture is not limited to the rain, but also comes from a variety of places such as sewage backup or pipe bursting.

Moisture Causes Mold to Grow

If you have experienced a water loss it is important to call a remediation company in San Diego right away. Mold will spread quickly if it is not extracted.

When water is present; even at a couple centimeters it will cause rapid growth. It takes seconds for mold to spread - even if it is invisible to the human eye. If you are aware of affected mold areas please make sure to have it removed before water gets to it first. If you are not able to have mold remediated make sure to cover the area or dry it up as soon as you can when water strikes.

The franchises of SERVPRO San Diego have helped many homes and facilities restore their property of mold. SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego provides restoration services to mid-city San Diego and east San Diego. Give us a call at (619) 280-2377 and we will be there with our technicians immediately.

Should You Contact a Cleaning Company or a Remediation Company?

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

Lady cleaning window with goggles and facemask Cleaning company servicing a non-emergency task.

Did you know cleaning and remediation companies prioritize jobs differently? This is important to know so you call the right people for the appropriate task you need serviced.

Cleaning Company vs. Remediation Company

Cleaning companies typically have clients they service regularly whereas remediation companies have clients they will most likely see once or twice in a whole lifespan. The reason for this is because remediation companies prioritize tasks based on emergencies and they also find a solution to the problem. 

Here is a list of scenarios on who to call:

 Cleaning Company:

  • If you need to have your carpet cleaned regularly because of pet waste.
  • Someone in your home had a nose bleed and is all over your carpet.
  • You’re planning to remodel your home and need thorough cleaning.

Remediation Company:

  • You just had a kitchen fire in your home and now have soot all over your house that needs to be cleaned.
  • Water damage has occurred in your home and now mold has developed.
  • A homicide occurred in your home and now you need blood removal.
  • You just had a water or fire loss and now need to make major repairs to your home or property.

If you ever need help determining whether you need to hire a cleaning or remediation company give us a call at (619) 280-2398 as we are always happy to help you find the correct company and service.

Re-Opening Businesses after Covid-19

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Two people wearing facemasks outside of a building Businesses enforce customers to wear face masks.

How to create a plan for re-opening your business?

Coronavirus has caused many temporary business closures. Now that governing states are allowing businesses to reopen, owners are beginning to create plans for reopening in the safest way possible. So how do you prepare for the opening? 

The first thing you need to do, even before you re-open your doors is to come up with a plan. The plan should consist of these three things: cleaning, contactless service, and six feet apart.


Due to the spread of COVID-19 it is important to make sure your business has been disinfected and cleaned. Shelter in Place occurred in March for many Americans, but the virus has been around since November of 2019. Because there are so many unknowns of when Americans came into contact with the virus it is best to deep clean your business. You should even consider having your business disinfected everyday in all areas, and paying special attention to areas that are being heavily used.

Contactless Strategy

Create a plan where you can provide services or products without coming in contact with others. If you provide services such as hairstyling, nail salon, or any other service where you come into contact with people make sure to always wear gloves and a face mask.

Six Feet Apart:

Allow space for your customers to be six feet from one another. There are multiple ways you can do this, here are some examples. Putting markers on the ground to indicate six feet apart at the checkout lanes is a great way of creating social distancing measures. Making sure you are not overflowed with people; even if this means having customers wait outside of the building until others leave the building.

Many people have varying views of COVID-19 and as a business owner it is important to be aware of the opposing opinions. Create a plan that provides safeguards for all parties.

How long does reconstruction take?

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

technicians at a demo job Technicians at a building job.

How long does reconstruction take?

Reconstruction is the final step to the remediation process. Many factors play into how long a reconstruction can take. The factors depend on size of property and size of loss. Most remediation companies will have the reconstruction complete between 1 - 2 weeks. Some remediation companies have requirements to have the process complete within a 10 day period.

What are some factors that can prolong the reconstruction step? 

If the area in where the loss occurred is not dried a remediation company can not begin reconstructing. Sometimes the process can be delayed due to specific issues of the loss. An example of this would be a pipe breaking in your upstairs bathroom - this will require a specialist such as plumber. 

Sometimes losses can occur in various parts of a home, this will definitely require more time since drying time and rebuilding will occur in multiple areas of your home.

If you are on a time crunch make sure to let your remediation company know. Remediation companies such as SERVPRO of San Diego East work as teams with other SERVPRO companies.

What is the CDC and why is it important to follow their guidelines?

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

disinfecting table Disinfecting the proper way is key to killing bacteria.

The CDC stands for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they are the primary public health federal agency here in the United States. The agency works hand in hand with the Department of Health and Human Services.

What does the CDC do?

The goal of the CDC is to protect public health whether it be to control or prevent disease, injury, or disability. Their primal focus is on infectious disease, food borne pathogens, and environmental health.

How does the CDC create guidelines?

The CDC conducts research and monitors health patterns to analyze data; this is how they create guidelines for the public.

Remediation and cleaning companies all follow CDC guidelines to avoid the spread of bacteria. Currently with COVID-19 companies have all been following disinfectant regulations created by the CDC.

To get the most accurate cleaning or disinfection guidelines go to the CDC website. Click here.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego is here to help for any of your disinfecting needs.

Can mold come back after a remediation?

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on wall Containment put up to avoid contact with mold.

Many property owners who have had mold remediation know how expensive mold removal can be. So can mold come back after the remediation process? The answer can be yes and no. 

It is possible for mold to come back, but this will only occur if mold was not removed correctly or if the cause of mold has not been fixed. But if all moisture leaks have been restored such as: pipe leaks, roof cracks, or other known leaks, the possibility of mold coming back is slim to none.

Why does mold come back?

Because mold is a bacteria and grows through moisture the presence of water will make mold reappear. This can be through water leaks, rain storms, or even humidity within a home.

To learn more about mold growing back click here.

SERVPRO of San Diego East is open 24/7 ready to serve. Make sure to call (619) 280-2398 if you need assistance.

Steps We are taking to Reduce Risk

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

Crew member staying safe wearing a face mask. Crew member staying safe wearing a face mask.

It is important to us that our customers know the steps SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego is taking to reduce the risk of team member exposure to the virus.  These precautionary steps we have taken as a company include:

  • All tools and equipment coming into your property have been cleaned and disinfected.
  • All workers wear personal protective equipment to protect themselves while performing work.
  • We’ve all been provided with training to safely work in contaminated environments.
  • We’ve all been provided with training to identify coronavirus symptoms and carefully monitor ourselves and our co-workers.
  • We have stringent safety and health policies and procedures; and we continually strive to follow and improve our safe work practices.

Overall, we are taking the appropriate measures to ensure we don’t cross contaminate our customers, our co-workers, or our families.  We cannot make any guarantees that the virus could not enter your property, but we can tell you that we have taken every possible measure to protect customers and team members alike.

Whether it is a water loss, fire damage, or a cleaning request, please know that SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego is still here for the entire Mid-City San Diego community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.