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Why wait when we are open?

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

business building office people walking around A building like this can take days to clean.

During this quarantine the first thing many people might flock to are hairstylists, possibly the dentist, and even some to the bar. But if you are a business owner you might be thinking differently, you probably want to get your business disinfected before people start going back into your commercial building. Did you know that cleaning and restoration businesses such as SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego are not closed during the quarantine.

It is estimated that many people in the cleaning industry will be bombarded with many calls to disinfect buildings. So it is best for owners to start that process now. It can sometimes take days before a cleaning team can get started on your facility due to an inspection always being made first. Our suggestion is to start calling a cleaning business now.

If you are in need of this service, look no further and give SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego a call at (619) 280-2398 we are open 24 hours 7 days a week.

What are the most common home insurance claims?

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

tree falling on a home Aren't you glad you have home insurance?

Have you ever wondered what the most common home insurance claims are? You came to the right place. Here are the 5 most common home insurance claims around the USA.  

  1. Wind & Hail: This includes destruction caused by hurricanes, tornadoes, and wind associated with thunderstorms.
  2. Fire & Lightning Damage: Regardless fire and lightning damage come in second, they are the most expensive claims, with a whopping average price tag of $68,322. Fun fact; homeowners insurance was made to protect against fires, so coverage for fire claims is easy to find.
  3. Water Damage & Freezing: When pipes burst or appliances leak, large damage is the result. It is so common that more than one in five homeowners insurance claims relate to this type of water damage.
  4. Non-Theft Property Damage: This would be if a tree fell through the roof, a baseball shattering a window, a trash truck backing into your brand-new garage. 
  5. Liability: As a refresher, liability refers to your duty toward other people. So when a guest is injured or has their property damaged while visiting your home, you may have liability for their costs or the costs to repair or replace their property.

If you ever find yourself in any of these situations make sure to give SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego a call at (619) 280-2398 we are open 24 hours 7 days a week.

Not just Fire and Water Damage - Biohazard Too

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego production technician cleaning up biohazard Biohazard cleanup

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego handles fire damage, water damage, storm damage, biohazard, removal, cleanup, restoration, remediation and more. Biohazard cleanups can be anything between blood spill accidents to homicide clean ups. There is no easy way of handling a death in the family. And especially when dealing with either a homicide or suicide. Often once a crime scene is investigated you are left handling the clean up; since this is a traumatic event and the remains can often be contaminating. Cleaning services such as ours handle these types of jobs.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego will assess the scene and then bring in professional technicians that will be doing the cleanup. Please reach out to us if you are ever in need of a biohazard cleanup; we hope it doesn’t happen, but understand that it does.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego is a company with expertise in water damage and fire damage. If you are looking for an emergency restoration company in San Diego make sure to call (619) 280-2398 we are open 24 hours 7 days a week. We handle all types of emergencies such as: flood damage and restoration, water extraction, rain storms, groundwater, and fire damage repairs.

Cooking Fire among Most Common Fires

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

man cooking food over stove Make sure to practice safe cooking.

The most common residential and non-residential fire is caused by cooking, the percentage is 49.9% for residential and 29.3% for non-residential. Cooking fires account for $1.2 billion in property damage cost - that is huge! 

Cooking fires are costly, make sure you always have an eye on your food. Never leave your cooking unattended. Accidents happen if you are unable to safely put a fire out make sure to get out immediately and call for help. The sooner fire is put out the less property damage and casualties will come out of it. 

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego is a company with expertise in water damage and fire damage. If you are looking for an emergency restoration company in San Diego make sure to call (619) 280-2398 we are open 24 hours 7 days a week. We handle all types of emergencies such as: flood damage and restoration, water extraction, rain storms, groundwater, and fire damage repairs.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego are Cleaning Experts

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego technician checking for leaks Our technicians are always looking for minor and major issues of our customers.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego, (619) 280-2398.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego is a company with expertise in water damage and fire damage. If you are looking for an emergency restoration company in San Diego make sure to call (619) 280-2398 we are open 24 hours 7 days a week. We handle all types of emergencies such as: flood damage and restoration, water extraction, rain storms, groundwater, and fire damage repairs.

Time is on Our Side

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

servpro of mid city san diego production technician tearing down wall It's time to finish all those projects you started.

The coronavirus has brought many changes to our society. Schools all over America have shut down, many restaurants are closing, people cannot be gathered and many people are unemployed. Although these scenarios are not positive, it is important to note that we have a lot of time on our hands. Use time as an advantage to finish projects around your home or even spend time with your family. 

Here is a list of to-dos you can do:

  • Dust your home. Dusting your home helps with breathing and improves the air quality significantly.
  • Disinfecting all areas of your home is a great way to not only help prevent coronavirus but as well get rid of germs that you may not have been aware of. Specifically cleaning areas where children and elderly most often gather.
  • DIY projects are always fun, but time consuming. Finishing or starting a DIY project is a great way to spend your spare time.
  • With so much time on your hands it would be nice to reach out to the elderly to make sure they have supplies and groceries.

Here is a list of services SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego that can help you during your stay home:

  • Have you had mold growing in your home for sometime? Now is the best time to have that done. 
  • Are you worried about being at risk for the coronavirus? One way to combat against that is disinfecting. SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego has cleaning services. Disinfecting is one way to prevent the virus from spreading along with many others that can be found on the CDC website.
  • It has been raining heavily in San Diego, CA. We haven’t had a sunny day since last week. With rain comes all sorts of downfalls some including rainstorm leaks, roof leaks, and groundwater going into your home or property.

*Note that we are taking extreme precautions due to the Coronavirus, our Production Technicians are making sure to keep their hands cleaned and washed throughout the day. We understand that human interaction puts others at risk, know we are not taking this lightly when entering peoples homes.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego is a company with expertise in water damage and fire damage. If you are looking for an emergency restoration company in San Diego make sure to call (619) 280-2398 we are open 24 hours 7 days a week. We handle all types of emergencies such as: flood damage and restoration, water extraction, rain storms, groundwater, and fire damage repairs.

Flu and Prevention San Diego, CA

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

disinfecting door SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego disinfects and cleans homes or properties.

The world has gone crazy ever since the word “coronavirus” entered our vocabulary. If you have done research on the virus you would have found out that the virus in retrospect is very similar to the flu. 

The symptoms for coronavirus are:

  • Fever 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath 

You might be wondering “that’s it” and that really is it. Coronavirus has similar symptoms as the flu and is spread the same way. Coronavirus is also not the deadliest airborne illness out there. Here are some ways you can prevent the virus.

Make sure to be well rested, wash your hands thoroughly, avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, and ears to prevent infections. If you are worried about any airborne issues within your business, home, or property feel free to reach out to us for disinfecting areas.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego is a company with expertise in water damage and fire damage. If you are looking for an emergency restoration company in San Diego make sure to call (619) 280-2398 we are open 24 hours 7 days a week. We handle all types of emergencies such as: flood damage and restoration, water extraction, rain storms, groundwater, and fire damage repairs.

Life Cycle of Mold

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing in oranges Mold going through its life cycle.

Did you know that mold is a living organism? Because mold is living it has a life cycle. The life cycle of mold comes in four phases: hyphal growth, spore formation, spore dispersal, and spore germination.

The hyphal stage is when the mold grows. In presence of “nutrients” the hyphae will grow into mycelium, which is the main body of the fungus and the most visible.

Spore formation is when spores grow at the ends of some hyphael cells. This occurs due to a variety of environmental factors such as light, oxygen levels, temperature, and nutrient availability.

Once the spores have been formed they are released into the air to begin the germination process. Once the spore is dispersed to a new area it will then turn into a new hyphael cell.

If you have mold in your home or property know that it will continue to grow unless taken care of.

SERVPRO of San Diego East is a company with expertise in water damage and fire damage. If you are looking for an emergency restoration company in San Diego make sure to call (619) 280-2398 we are open 24 hours 7 days a week. We handle all types of emergencies such as: flood damage and restoration, water extraction, rain storms, groundwater, and fire damage repairs.

What is a water damage technician?

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Mid-City production tech wearing a hard hat SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego production technician.

They are known by a variety of names: water damage technician, lead technician, water mitigation technician, mold technician, water restoration technician; but here at SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego we call them Production Technicians. When you have a flood or fire damage production technicians are the ones to show up. 

Aside from being knowledgeable of all things related to water and fire loss it’s also important for technicians to have exceptional customer service. Our hope is when technicians show up a heavy load is lifted off your shoulders. Technicians are all certified and must know the most up to date methods to: carpet cleaning, biohazard cleanups, water extraction, and equipment use.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego is a company with expertise in water damage and fire damage. If you are looking for an emergency restoration company in San Diego make sure to call (619) 280-2398 we are open 24 hours 7 days a week. We handle all types of emergencies such as: flood damage and restoration, water extraction, rain storms, groundwater, and fire damage repairs.

Spring Cleaning 101

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

hand spraying water Start spring cleaning now.

Spring forward is just around the corner, with that be prepared to start decluttering and begin spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is all about deep cleaning; wiping things down, getting

Spring cleaning is important because it improves air quality in your home. Improving air quality also improves breathing. During the “winter” season dust settles in your home and makes the air stagnant. 

Clutter in your home not only looks bad, but the disorganization may cause a lack of focus both mentally and emotionally. Decluttering may also lead to extra income if you decide to sell some of your old items. Always remember some things are not worth keeping, and are best to simply toss away.

Examples of things to get rid:

  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Expired Medications, Food, Pantry Food
  • Hair Care Products
  • Nail Polish
  • Makeup
  • Old pots and pans
  • Electronics 
  • Books
  • Old Toys
  • Paper

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego is a company with expertise in water damage and fire damage. If you are looking for an emergency restoration company in San Diego make sure to call (619) 280-2398 we are open 24 hours 7 days a week. We handle all types of emergencies such as: flood damage and restoration, water extraction, rain storms, groundwater, and fire damage repairs.

Why are Smoke Alarms Important?

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

smoke alarm on ceiling Smoke alarms save lives.

Smoke alarms are crucial within a home or property. Smoke alarms save lives and will get people evacuated as soon as fire happens. 

Why are smoke alarms important?

Smoke alarms detect smoke and deadly gases, which spread faster than heat. Fire victims typically die due to inhalation of toxic smoke and gases, not necessarily fire itself. When smoke alarms sense any form of fumes they are quick to go off and give time for everyone to evacuate.

Where should smoke alarms be placed?

Smoke alarms should be placed in every level of a home or property. Every smoke alarm model is different and should be maintained according to the manufacturer’s instructions. In general smoke alarms should be placed in the center of a ceiling.

What are the differences in smoke alarms?

Smoke alarms contain different sensors, which are categorized by the smoke they are able to detect. For example some alarms detect heat, others carbon monoxide to warn of a fire, some have ionization detectors (for detecting smoke). 

Once your smoke alarm has detected fire, make sure to call the Fire Department ASAP. Also your home or property is not ruined, there are many companies such as SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego that can restore your home or property after a fire. Make sure to look up “fire damage restoration” in any google search engine and find the one with the most consistent reviews.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego is a company with expertise in water damage and fire damage. If you are looking for an emergency restoration company in San Diego make sure to call (619) 280-2398 we are open 24 hours 7 days a week. We handle all types of emergencies such as: flood damage and restoration, water extraction, rain storms, groundwater, and fire damage repairs.

Signs it's Time to Replace your Water Heater

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

plumber fixing water heater Plumber replacing water heater.

Having a water heater break is devastating; it may feel like the end of the world. Fortunately it’s not. Water heaters warm the water within a home or property. It is the process of heat transfer that uses energy source to heat water above temperature. If the water heater is broken you are left to only with cold water.

Here are ways you can tell you may need to replace your water heater:

  • You only have cold water.
  • Your water gets warm, but never hot.
  • Your water heater is making a lot of noise.
  • Your hot water is discolored.
  • Your water has a metallic smell or taste.
  • Water is leaking around your water heater.
  • Your water heater is getting old.
  • Soil or residue at the base of your water heater.

We are hoping that your water heater never leaks or explodes and are able to replace it instead of having a flood or other water damage related issues. Know that if there is ever an issue SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego is her to help!

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego is a company with expertise in water damage and fire damage. If you are looking for an emergency restoration company in San Diego make sure to call (619) 280-2398 we are open 24 hours 7 days a week. We handle all types of emergencies such as: flood damage and restoration, water extraction, rain storms, groundwater, and fire damage repairs.

Fire Damage Restoration Process: Restoration

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

servpro of mid city hanging drywal Minor restoration SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego takes part in.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego has seven steps to fire damage restoration. The steps are emergency contact, inspection and fire damage assessment, immediate board-up and roof tarp service, water removal and drying, removal of smoke and soot for all surfaces, cleaning and repair, and restoration. The step we are going to focus on today is restoration.

The final step is restoration which focuses on restoring minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, installing new carpet. Major repairs such as reconstruction of various areas or rooms in property can take place as well.

Here are some repairs and minor building services that SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego may do while taking on a water damage home or commercial business.

  •  Drywall Removal and Installation
  •  Hardwood Floor Repair
  •  Tile Floor Repair
  •  Painting
  •  Carpet Repair and Installation

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego is a company with expertise in water damage and fire damage. If you are looking for an emergency restoration company in San Diego make sure to call (619) 280-2398 we are open 24 hours. We handle all types of emergencies such as: flood damage and restoration, water extraction, rain storms, and groundwater.

Fire Damage Restoration Process: Cleaning and Repair

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Mid-City San Diego cleaning services SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego cleaning services.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego has seven steps to fire damage restoration. The steps are emergency contact, inspection and fire damage assessment, immediate board-up and roof tarp service, water removal and drying, removal of smoke and soot for all surfaces, cleaning and repair, and restoration. The step we are going to focus on today is cleaning and repair.

The sixth step of fire damage restoration is cleaning and repair. This step takes place once the moisture from walls and air are completely dried. We believe restoring is the best approach to any loss, this preserves low cost and focusing on affected areas.

Properties will most likely require cleaning after fire and water damage. Some of the items SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego cleans are furniture, upholstery, clothing and other restorable belongings damaged by the water. Odor removal and deodorization helps eliminate odors within your property. We have great technicians who have expertise in cleaning services in San Diego.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego is a company with expertise in water damage and fire damage. If you are looking for an emergency restoration company in San Diego make sure to call (619) 280-2398 we are open 24 hours. We handle all types of emergencies such as: flood damage and restoration, water extraction, rain storms, and groundwater.

Fire Damage Restoration Process: Removal of Smoke and Soot for all Surfaces

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Soot and smoke in kitchen. The aftermath of a fire in a kitchen.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego has seven steps to fire damage restoration. The steps are emergency contact, inspection and fire damage assessment, immediate board-up and roof tarp service, water removal and drying, removal of smoke and soot for all surfaces, cleaning and repair, and restoration. The step we are going to focus on today is water removal and drying.

The fifth step is removal of smoke and soot from all surfaces. The aftermath of a fire can be extremely damaging. Soot can cover every inch of your property. Smoke penetrates in your walls, surfaces and air ducts leaving a tremendous smell of smoke.

The importance of having smoke and soot properly removed from your home is the air quality in your property - it is dangerous to inhale the air after a fire. Smoke discolors the walls and in few hours can make kitchen appliances turn yellow. Smoke causes etching in glass and also tarnishes metal. 

Carefully cleaning up the soot is where the fifth step begins. This step is important because it prevents soot from continuing to spread. Cleaning the soot requires removing stains from risk items such as: brass, aluminum, chrome, marble, tile, porcelain, as well as fabrics.

Once the soot has been completely cleaned it is time to deodorize the curtains and carpets. This is to ensure the smell inside the fabrics of your property are gone. There is also filtering of the air for quality of breathing.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego handles are sorts of emergencies related to restoration. If you need help make sure to call (619) 280-2377.

Fire Damage Restoration Process: Water Removal and Drying

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

Water being poured on fire. Water being poured on fire to put it out.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego has seven steps to fire damage restoration. The steps are emergency contact, inspection and fire damage assessment, immediate board-up and roof tarp service, water removal and drying, removal of smoke and soot for all surfaces, cleaning and repair, and restoration. The step we are going to focus on today is water removal and drying.

You might be thinking - why on earth would I need water removal and drying. Adding water to a fire is the most common way to put it out. Water is not the only way to put out a fire, but if you decide to use water SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego will most likely use the fourth step to the assessment plan. 

The fourth step is known as removing the majority of water from your home or property. SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego uses powerful pumps and truck-mount vacuum units to rapidly pull out hundreds to thousands of gallons or water.

If your home requires extensive restoration a move-out or pack-out is done in order to further prevent damage. This is not required for every job only necessary for some.

The water removal process occurs immediately. Removing the water from your property or home is important because this will decrease the drying time.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego uses moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation. Sometimes infrared cameras are used to spot hidden water behind walls and ceilings. 

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego handles are sorts of emergencies related to restoration. If you need help make sure to call (619) 280-2377.

Fire Damage Restoration Process: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Windows being boarded up. Windows being boarded up after fire damage.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego has seven steps to restoration. The steps are emergency contact, inspection and fire damage assessment, immediate board-up and roof tarp service, water removal and drying, removal of smoke and soot for all surfaces, cleaning and repair, and restoration. The step we are going to focus on today is immediate board-up and roof tarp service.

Boarding-up and roof tarp services are not always necessary. The purpose of boarding up a property is for safety precautions, minimize liability exposure, and secure contents inside home. Unlike water damage that typically soaks your property, fire damage burns through the structure which tarps are used to keep external environment out as well..

The type of material used will depend on your property and the current environment. This is to ensure that further damage does not occur.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego handles are sorts of emergencies related to restoration. If you need help make sure to call (619) 280-2377.

Fire Damage Restoration Process: Inspection and Damage Assessment

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Soot on top of dishwasher. Extreme soot after fire in laundry room.

The second step of fire damage restoration is inspection and damage assessment. This is when a crew member from SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego goes into your home and begins to inspect the damage and loss. This step is also when the crew member establishes a plan to tackle the fire damage.

A plan is established by the crew based on the severity of the fire, extent of fire, smoke, and soot damage. Fire damage also includes water damage due to fire fighters or property owners using water to put the fire out. 

Soot is a black and powdery substance that occurs during incomplete burning. Soot tends to attach onto surfaces like walls and ceilings. There are two types of soot which are either oily or dry, depending on the type determines how the soot is cleaned.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego handles are sorts of emergencies related to restoration. If you need help make sure to call (619) 280-2377.

Fire Damage Restoration Process: Emergency Contact

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

kitchen fire Aftermath of kitchen fire.

The first step of fire damage restoration is emergency contact. As you may know SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego is a 24/7 business. We are dedicated to provide the best service to your fire emergencies. It’s extremely important to call as soon as the fire has been put out, allowing ashes and water to sit in your home can increase damage; increase in damage also means increase in cost. 

Once you have called SERVPRO a representative will walk you through steps in order to prevent further damage. The representative will ask you various questions regarding your fire damage emergency. This is to ensure the proper service and equipment are going to be used. 

Here is a list of questions to expect:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your property or home insurance information
  • The street address of where the fire damage emergency occurred
  • The time of the fire
  • The cause of fire

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego handles are sorts of emergencies related to restoration. If you need help make sure to call (619) 280-2377.

Can my home be repaired after a fire?

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Fire in living room cabinets. Fire in kitchen cabinets.

If you have had a fire in your home or property your first concern is for the safety of the people. But after sometime once everyone has safely been evacuated you are left asking yourself several questions:

  • Am I going to have to buy a new home or property?
  • Is my property salvageable?
  • Who do I call for repairs?
  • How will the smell ever leave?

The good news is, most likely your home will be restored. Once you have called your home insurance company they will connect you with a restoration business such as SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego. SERVPRO will go through the fire damage restoration process. The process has seven steps:

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Sanitizing
  7. Restoration

For the next couple of days we will be posting about things related to the process in fire damage restoration.

What to Expect when Water Damage has occurred in your Property

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Production technician monitoring the walls for moisture. Production technician monitoring the walls for moisture.

Lets say your home got water damage and you have to call an emergency service like SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego. Here are a couple things you should expect before help arrives. First we will talk about steps you can take on your own, and then the steps that SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego will handle.

Steps you Can Take on your Own

  1. First you want to make sure you find the source of water, and shut of the main line.
  2. You want to make sure that everyone is safe and are in the driest part of the house.
  3. Place towels on the outside of the puddle, so that the water stops from spreading.
  4. Make sure to immediately call your local SERVPRO. Water causes mold to spread like rapid fire. It also weakens the structure of your home if left wet for extended hours.

*If you do not feel comfortable doing these things skip to step 4 and call SERVPRO immediately.

SERVPRO Technicians Steps

  1. SERVPRO will begin by first drying the area and then finding the loss.
  2. Once the loss is found they will figure out the category of the water. Here is an article previously written on our blog about the categories of water.
  3. Once the category of water has been found SERVPRO will then begin the restoration and drying process. 
    1. The drying process includes having fans in your home. This does require the fans to be on at all times. It is a bit noisy, but is important that the fans remain on at all times if not this will delay the process.
    2. The restoration process can sometimes be tedious for residents. Technicians are sometimes tearing drywall down and containing areas that you may not have access to.
    3. SERVPRO technicians make an effort to go to the damaged property everyday once the job has started. They do this to ensure the property is truly drying.
  4. Sometimes when mold has spread this needs to be restored as well.

Make sure to call SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego at (619) 280-2398 for any home emergencies.

What do you do when water strikes?

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Standing water in kitchen area. Standing water in kitchen area in San Diego, CA.

Water damage happens in many forms. It comes in through floods, tremendous amounts of rain, and even the unfortunate circumstance - through toilets or sinks. Regardless of how the waterflow comes in the situations are similar in our human reaction. There's lots of water left on the floor, you are heightened with stress, you can’t think straight, you have millions of thoughts crossing your mind. You’ve heard about these situations before. It’s happened to your neighbors, family and friends. But you never thought it would actually happen to you. So what do you do when the water strikes? You strike back. Here are some steps to take to when water damage has entered your property.

  • Wear the proper equipment, (have rubber boots and gloves)
  • Shut off the water supply to your home
  • Water and electricity don’t mix, don’t forget to shut off the electric supply as well
  • Unplug all of your electronics and move them away from the effected area
  • Lay down towels to soak up water from spreading
  • Call SERVPRO of San Diego East to restore the damage and dry up the area completely and thoroughly 

Remember to call your insurance agent. DIY is in right now, but it’s important not to practice this when water damage has happened. SERVPRO of San Diego East uses specific drying equipment that will dry water completely. This is to avoid water from spreading into walls and creating mold.

How to Prepare for A Rain Storm during the San Diego Flash Flood

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

San Diego California Rain Storm Roof leaking from rain storm in San Diego, CA.

There has been a lot of rain in San Diego, CA these past couple of days. SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego has worked on multiple projects that were due to the surplus of rain. We had several people call us in the late of night due to leaks caused by the rain. Sometimes these leaks are unavoidable, but we want to prep you for the next storm.  

There are various forms on getting prepared for the rainy weather. Here are some tips to avoid rain damage. 

Tips 

  • Plant shade trees or palm trees at least 20 feet away from your home. 
  • If you have gutters, make sure they are clean. 
  • Ensure there are no leaks on your roof, I will add an article below with specifics. 
  • Check for damage on your resident housing and repair if needed. 
  • Weatherstrip windows and doors when you are aware of rain forecast. 
  • Have your trees trimmed. 

How to Find & Repair Roof 

How to Prepare for a Rain Storm Before and After

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

A property manger making decisions after water damage. A property manger making decisions after water damage.

There have been abundant amounts of rain in San Diego, CA. The storm keeps on coming. Property managers and owners have a lot of decisions to make during this time. Tenants are heavily relying on property managers to make decisions for them. It can be very stressful having to adapt to tenants' needs and desires.

Here are a couple things to be mindful of before water or fire damage:

  • Making sure your tenant purchases renters insurance.
  • Establishing the future needs of each tenant.
  • Having a list of different services when casualties hit.
  • When writing contracts make sure to add what you cover and do not cover during storms, or water and fire loss.
  • Making sure you keep the tenants informed of the restoration process.

Here are a couple things to be mindful of after water or fire damage:

  • Call SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego immediately to establish cause of loss.
  • Making sure you let all tenants know the occurrence at your facility.
  • Find out whether tenants will need to be temporarily moved out.
  • Making sure you have comfortable living or working spaces for things that have been lost such as: running heater, AC, or water.

If you are experiencing such losses please don’t hesitate to call your local SERVPRO or SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego. We are best reached at (619) 280-2377.

SERVPRO of Mid-City also Provides Cleaning Services

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Dirty carpet getting cleaned Dirty carpet being cleaned.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego is an emergency service that is ready to perform during storms, fires, and a water damage crisis. There’s a lot that goes into each circumstance. SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego is committed to fully restoring your home or property. That is why we also provide cleaning services. One of our final cleaning services that is often looked past is carpet cleaning. 

Carpet cleaning is our finishing touch, it adds a brand new feel and smell to your residence. In the event of water damage your carpet may have an unusual smell to it. Your carpet may even be stained from soot or soil. When fire damage is involved there might be hidden residue that needs to be cleared for health reasons. We make sure your carpet has specific cleaning based on the material. 

Carpet cleaning is an added bonus to your emergency. If you would only like certain areas cleared make sure you let a technician know. Call SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego at (619) 280-2398 to clean your home’s water or fire damage emergencies.

What is SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego’s drying process?

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Standing water in the building Extreme water loss in Indianapolis.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego uses state-of-the-art water removal equipment along with a drying process catered to best fit your home. So what exactly does the drying process look like? Here are a couple things to expect when water damage has struck your home.

The drying process begins with inspection of loss and source of water entry. Our goal is to stop water flow immediately to prevent additional water damage. Once the source of water has been established we begin moisture mapping. Moisture mapping is how SERVPRO keeps track of damp areas within your home. We keep track of this throughout the whole process. Then we bring in equipment to dry the moisture after a few days the damaged areas should be all dried up.

Call SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego at (619) 280-2377 for any of your water damage losses.

SERVPRO of Mid-City is a Dependable Mover in San Diego

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

Pack out items for storage. A building had a pipe break and needed there items evacuated.

Moving your items can be a tedious task and also very time consuming. Did you know that SERVPRO of San Diego East can help you move your items? SERVPRO uses moving terms such as ‘pack out’ and ‘pack in’. Pack out is the service for moving contents or items out of a home or building. Pack in is putting items or contents back into a home or building. You may want to use our “move out” services for the following scenarios:  

  • If you are moving to a new home.
  • If you are remodeling your current home.
  • If your home has experienced a recent storm.
  • Repairing damages of a fire.
  • If you need to move out your items and place in storage.

There are some steps we take in order to get a move-out started. The first step is preparing the initial scope and estimate, the next step is conduct a pre-move-out review of your items, and the final step is to prepare for the move-out.

You can request packing materials if you have certain items you prefer not to be touched by the move out crew. This is typically for items that are valuable.

Make sure to call SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego at (619) 280-2398 for any of your moving away assistance.

Possible Losses During Rain

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

Standing water in living room Standing water in living room.

San Diego, CA has been experiencing a lot of rain lately. Rain is a great indicator of quality of construction to buildings and homes. Rain comes with a flood of emotions as well as water damage. 

Some possible losses consist of:

  • Flood in your home.
  • Ground water entering your home or property through the ground.
  • Roof leaks.
  • Sewage backup.
  • Pipes bursting.

When such losses occur it is important to take action immediately. Water damage may not seem hazardous, but it can cause mold and make the infrastructure of your property or home fragile. It can lead to drywall softening and collapsing that could either damage your valuables or put yourself and those around you at risk. 

If you are experiencing any losses make sure to call SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego at (619) 280-2377.

What is Water Damage?

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Flood in dining room table. Category 1 flood in a home.

Water damage can come from various events. Water may enter a structure from broken water pipes, leaking water heaters, washing machine overflow, roof leaks, fire-fighting efforts during a fire, sump pump failure, flooding, sewer backups, and many other sources. If the water is from a clean source, such as a broken water pipe, restoration of materials is much more likely. Water damage is also handled in different ways depending on the category.

Categories are terms SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego uses to appropriately mark what processes need to occur during remediation. The categories are classified in three groups. Category 1, 2, and 3. 

Category 1: is water damage that is not contaminated. Some examples of category 1 is a pipe bursting, overflowing sinks, or defective appliances, and natural disasters. Toilet water can be considered category 1 if no chemicals are in the water and does not contain human waste.

Category 2: is water damage that carries waste products such as chemical, but does not contain human waste. Some examples are overflowing washing machine, dishwasher leaks from dish waste. Other examples would be water from aquariums or waterbeds.

Category 3: is water damage that is unsanitary it is also known as black water. This water most likely contains human waste. Some examples are sewage back-ups. 

Please make sure you call SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego if you have any water damage.

What is Mold?

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Mold found in bottom floor on cement Mold discovered in bottom floor on cement wall.

Do you have black or green looking clusters of spots on the wall, floor, bathrooms, kitchen, sinks. If your answer is yes then you might have mold. But what exactly is mold? How does mold occur? I am going to outline this for you. 

What is mold? 

WebMD states that “mold is a type of fungus that consists of small organisms found almost everywhere” thus making it impossible to actually completely remove mold. Mold comes in different colors such as: white, black, green, orange, or purple.  

Is mold bad? 

Mold is not bad. Mold breaks down dead leaves, plants, and trees helping our environment create soil. But this is an issue inside our homes or properties. We do not want mold breaking down the material in our homes. 

How does mold reproduce? 

Mold reproduces through moisture. Having a pipe leak or rain come into your home needs immediate drying. Now you know that mold is found everywhere in microscopic levels and can easily create mold with certain doses of water. 

How to control mold? 

Mold is found everywhere, so all we can do is control it. Reduce moisture. If you are aware of any leaks in your home make sure to fix them immediately and dry up the area completely (SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego can help with that.) Also if you have current mold clean it up and restore the area – make sure that root of the issue is fixed or else you have to consistently keep restoring those effected areas. 

I hope you learned a lot about mold, and remember it is best to contact professionals like SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego.

3 Ways You Can Leave Us A Review

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

The outside of SERVPRO corporate offices Our corporate offices located in Gallatin, Tennessee.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego's hope is to serve our community and build lasting relationship with our clients and customers. That means we want to have honest reviews and feedback. This helps us grow as a team and improve our services.

Here are the 3 way you can leave us your review.

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/SERVPRO619

-You can head to the “Reviews” section of our Facebook page, and leave your review there, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram, (@SERVPRO_sandiego) to stay updated on what is going on in our surrounding community and what our team is up to.

Yelphttps://www.yelp.com/biz/SERVPRO-of-san-diego-san-diego

-Yelp requires stars ranging from 1-5 and a brief assessment of how we did! This is where you can leave your feedback for how we can improve as a team for other “yelpers” to see.

GoogleSERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego

-Google is the leading search engine in the world, if you go to google.com and search for SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego  in the bar,  you will see multiple SERVPRO franchises in San Diego, be sure to click on the correct SERVPRO! (SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego) You can then leave a review with a star review ranging from 1-5.

Thank you so much for your honesty and it was a pleasure working with you! 

Our Goal is to keep You Up to Date on Water or Fire Remediation

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Two people talking We are always in contact with our customers and clients.

We know first hand the discomfort and the annoyance that happens when you feel out of loop on a project occurring in your home or property.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego wants to make you a promise that we want to keep and hold on to.

We want you to know what's going on. Our goal is to ensure you, as our customer feel honored and respected through the remediation and mitigation process. 

Our goal is to keep you as updated as possible to ensure that you have no doubts as to whether the job will be done correctly or not. We want to make sure we develop a healthy and honest relationship, so you can trust us through the process.

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego is Leading the Way

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

A crew chief leading his crew SERVPRO of Mid-city San Diego is trained by the best!

At SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego, we are always wanting to learn from the best in order to be the best. That is why we love to employ those who have a background in leadership, whether it be in a formal pastoral role, or military role, our employees know how to run a team.

When you call SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego you can be confident that our team and it's crew chiefs or senior technicians are ready to lead the way and ensure that you are taken care of. 

Along with leading their team, they want to serve you to the best of their abilities and be able to meet your needs, our leaders understand the pain and stress you may be under, that is why we are here to help. 

The right equipment for the right job

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

a truck filled with green air movers. SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego carries the right equipment for the right job!

Have you ever wondered why all the fans, dehumidifies and sometimes air scrubbers are needed on some jobs?

Why the number of air movers in a room is extremely important to the drying process?

What type of air movers we even use?!

SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego only uses the best equipment when it comes the restoration field. You can trust that when we show up to your home, property, or business, that the job will be done right, with the right equipment. 

Our production technicians and crew chiefs know what tools and equipment to use, and are well educated and well versed in how to set up the equipment you will need!

Remember to call SERVPRO of Mid-City San Diego (619) 280-2398

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