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Fire Season

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

What even is wildfire season anymore? In past decades fire season typically ran from July to October before peaking in August; now, fire season is almost year-round. 

With California having been in a drought for the past 22 years and receiving very little rain in 2022, many are anticipating hefty wildfires across the state.

In April 2022, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California announced a new mandate slated to begin in June that limits outdoor watering to just once per week, one of the strictest water conservation mandates in history. 

Although we cannot control the weather or the water, we can proactively prepare for the hot and dry summer months that lie ahead of us. 

Here are four acts you should be doing now to prepare for wildfires:

  • Remove dead and dry vegetation from your yard
  • Ensure that roofs, gutters, and decks are free of all vegetative debris
  • Confirm that flammable objects and liquids are at least 30 feet away from the structure
  • Remove tree branches and shrubs hanging over the roof

These small precautions can be the difference between a home burning and a home being saved during a wildfire. If you have any questions or if your home has suffered a wildfire, SERVPRO of Chino/Chino Hills is here to answer your call 24/7. 

Water Damage Process

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

What would you do if you walked into work and were standing in 3 inches of water?

In most instances the first person who comes in to an office or retail space is not the person who knows who to call if they come into a water damage. It is so important to make sure everyone is aware of where the water shut-off is as well as who the first call should be. 

In most instances your maintenance department would be the first call, but in MORE instances, SERVPRO of Chino/Chino Hills should be your first call.

Let us (SERVPRO) be the ones that help you navigate and assess damages, help you get the proper information to your insurance carriers/agents in order to determine coverage and facilitate mitigating damages.

Spring Cleaning

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

We’ve heard it for years and joked, “Oh, you’re doing your spring cleaning?” But, spring cleaning is actually very important to your health and overall wellbeing. 

During the winter months, houses often garner buildup on windows from rain and snow, along with extra settled dust on the inside due to not enough air flowing throughout your home. 

Performing a spring cleaning doesn’t have to be hours and hours of nitty-gritty cleaning, by creating a small list of chores that were neglected during the winter months, it’ll streamline your flow and help you prioritize the most important tasks. 

Here are two reasons you should get on the spring cleaning bandwagon today!

Improved air quality

Unless you’ve been dusting, opening windows, and running an air purifier all winter long, chances are that a lot of dust has settled inside your home. 

When spring rolls around, allergies are at an all-time high due to pollen floating throughout the air as new plants begin to bloom, so it’s imperative to dust and wipe down surfaces throughout your home to improve the air quality on the inside. 

Strengthened immune system

Dust, mold, mildew, etc., can cause sinus issues in the spring and summer months if not remediated. Vacuuming all rugs, deep cleaning carpets and floors is vital in removing particles from surfaces around your home that will strengthen your immune system. 

Help is Here

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

Any water or fire loss to a commercial building can be devastating to a business's productivity. SERVPRO of Chino/Chino Hills’ goal is when mitigating a commercial loss, we get the situation taken care of as quickly as possible so your business can continue, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO’s technicians are professionally trained to be mindful of any legal and environmental concerns and we strive to fully restore all affected areas. At SERVPRO of Chino/Chino Hills we understand that every day we spend restoring is a day lost in your production, so we will do our best to facilitate the optimal conditions to restore your building to preloss conditions as timely as possible. When a situation comes to your business, please give us at SERVPRO of Chino/Chino Hills the opportunity to serve you so you will be back in business “Like it never even happened.”

Three of the most common causes of commercial fires

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

Did you know that, on average, U.S. fire departments respond to over 3,300 office fires per year?

Some of the most common causes of commercial building fires include cooking and heating equipment, electrical and lighting equipment, and smoking materials (yes, lit cigarettes disposed of incorrectly), all of which can be avoided. 

Property owners must be aware of the fire risk posed in commercial buildings and relay the message to employees occupying these buildings on being mindful of fire risks in the workplace. 

We recommend distributing a memo to employers occupying your commercial property with fire safety literature and best practices to avoid fire damage in the future. 

If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts 24/7 at SERVPRO of Chino/Chino Hills, and we’ll respond immediately to get your building back to its normal operations. 

Sinking Foundations

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

Many regions across the nation are already experiencing heavy rainfall, and we're not even near the peak of winter.

We've already begun to see and hear about property's foundations sinking across America due to heavy rainfall. 

Heavy rainfall can cause the soil around and underneath a property to expand, and when a hot summer or drought follows, it leaves a gully. This can leave an open area for the foundation to sink into. 

Though the sinking process of a foundation can take years, here are five signs your property's foundation is at risk:

  • Cracks around doors and windows
  • Leaning chimney
  • Cracks in concrete floor or drywall
  • Stair-step brick cracks
  • Jammed doors and windows

It's crucial that you keep an eye out for a sinking foundation year-round and take proactive measures to preserve your home's foundation. 

A few ways to prevent foundation water damage is by ensuring gutter downspouts release water away from the property's foundation; watering your lawn regularly, along with your foundation to prevent soil shrinkage; and plant trees and vegetation away from your foundation. 

If you have any questions, visit SERVPROchinochinohills.com.

Sinking Foundations

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

Many regions across the nation are already experiencing heavy rainfall, and we're not even near the peak of winter.

We've already begun to see and hear about property's foundations sinking across America due to heavy rainfall. 

Heavy rainfall can cause the soil around and underneath a property to expand, and when a hot summer or drought follows, it leaves a gully. This can leave an open area for the foundation to sink into. 

Though the sinking process of a foundation can take years, here are five signs your property's foundation is at risk:

  • Cracks around doors and windows
  • Leaning chimney
  • Cracks in concrete floor or drywall
  • Stair-step brick cracks
  • Jammed doors and windows

It's crucial that you keep an eye out for a sinking foundation year-round and take proactive measures to preserve your home's foundation. 

A few ways to prevent foundation water damage is by ensuring gutter downspouts release water away from the property's foundation; watering your lawn regularly, along with your foundation to prevent soil shrinkage; and plant trees and vegetation away from your foundation. 

If you have any questions, visit SERVPROchinochinohills.com.

Top Tips to Prevent Fires

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

No matter the season, house fires should always be a concern to property owners and renters alike. It’s essential to prepare for house fires by purchasing a fire extinguisher, but it’s even more imperative to prevent them from destroying your home. 

Simple things like blowing out candles and keeping space heaters away from other items in your home are good habits to develop to prevent house fires, but it’s not enough. 

Here are our top four tips to help you prevent a future house. 

Test smoke detector

Smoke alarms can seriously be the difference between life and death. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends replacing smoke detectors every ten years. They also suggest testing the detector once a month while replacing the batteries once every two years. 

Store flammable items in a safe place

Many people are unaware of how many household items are flammable. Items like paint thinner, gas, nail polish, hairspray, aerosol cans, rubbing alcohol, and cooking oil are all flammable. It’s important to safely store these items away from sparks and flames to avoid a house fire. 

Inspect appliances and wiring

We recommend regularly inspecting home appliances and wiring to maintain functionality and prevent fires. Easy things like making sure the lint is removed from the dryer, ensuring your air conditioner and heating units are cleaned each season, inspecting the chimney, keeping the kitchen free of grease, and walking around your entire property ensuring no wires are exposed can save you from the headache of a house fire.  

Educate your household on fire safety

For many people, learning about a house fire and how to prevent them isn’t important to them, until it happens to them. Don’t be these people. 

Educate your entire household on the simple fire safety tips mentioned above. It’s also worthwhile to teach each member of your home how to utilize a fire extinguisher in case of an emergency; knowing how to operate an extinguisher can save your home from needing to be completely restored. Also, if you don’t know how to operate a fire extinguisher, your local fire department would be happy to assist you. 

Fire Safety while Traveling

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

We are all thinking of getting back to our summer traveling, taking our families on that DREAM vacation. While we plan and prepare there is one area that most of us don’t think about – Fire Safety in our hotel rooms.

According to an article on Sandy Springs Volunteer Fire Department website, 3,900 hotel or motel fires occur each year. So, while we prepare for that summer trip we should take into account these tips to make sure we keep our families safe in our hotel/motel rooms:

  • Choose a hotel/motel that has both fire sprinklers and smoke alarms.
  • When checking in ask the front desk what the fire alarms sound like.
  • When entering your room, review the fire evacuation plan located near the door.
  • Take the time to find the two nearest exits and count the doors between your room and the exit. Make sure the exits are unlocked and if not, report this to management right away.
  • Keep the room key by the bed and take it with you in the event of a fire.
  • If an alarm sounds, leave right away, closing all doors behind you. Always take the stairs, never take the elevator.
  • If you must escape through smoke, get low and crawl under the smoke to the nearest exit.

These few tips can help you rest assured that your family is safe during your summer vacation.

Tips provided by U.S. Fire Administration and National Fire Protection Association.

What is a Restoration Tech?

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

When we speak to clients about our highly trained restoration technicians, they often ask, “What’s a restoration technician?”

We figure that you may have the same question and want to fill you in. 

Restoration technicians play an imperative role in recovering properties and bringing them back to a habitable state after a disaster strikes, like a fire, flooding, and even mold. 

Our restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Chino/Chino Hills are always in the field, answering clients’ calls to assess what belongings and portions of a property can be saved after a disaster. They also lead and kickstart the process of water and debris cleanup. 

What makes our restoration technicians the best out there is the attention to detail, communication, and empathy they show to each client we serve. 

Restoration technicians are not only important to our organization; they’re highly important to our communities, especially when disasters strike.