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Fire Damage Restoration

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

Do you have enough fire extinguisher's.

Fire engulfs an automotive supply shop, destroying inventory consisting of mainly shocks, struts, starters, alternators, and batteries. The fire ignited due to a chemical container failure affecting surrounding items. 
 
You may think that fire damage like this would put them out of business, but you'd be wrong. Replacing inventory is relatively easy, the hard decision here is locating a quality company to perform the services you need to restore the structure of your building. There are several unique challenges faced during different fire situations, and we have experience dealing with all of them.
 
SERVPRO technicians overcome various cleaning challenges, daily. A burning building consists of several complex reactions between different elements. We learn that fire damage presents different cleaning and restoration situations that depend greatly on how these different elements interact during the progress of a fire. When dealing with the removal of smoke residues, we consider several factors. 
 
Type - More porous surfaces allow particles and odors to penetrate further and are harder to clean. Non-porous surfaces such as those covered in enamel paint are easier to clean than a flat latex paint would be. While synthetic fibers attract more residue than natural fibers, synthetics are easier to clean. 
 
Age - As time progresses, old paint, fabrics, and carpeting become more porous, and adhesion to surfaces become weaker, making old surfaces harder to clean. 
 
Heat - Generally, hotter fires make surfaces expand, allowing residue and odors to penetrate more efficiently. While heat also chars materials or melts the finish on a surface, making refinishing required to restore the surface properly. 
 
Moisture - The right conditions help residues set faster and permanently stain surfaces. Fire suppression systems and Firefighting efforts, along with damp weather and normal condensation on various surfaces combine with smoke residues, causing surfaces to become discolored. 
 
Material - Different materials produce different kinds of residues. Synthetic materials such as plastics and rubber create a wet, smeary residue that stains surfaces. Wood and other natural materials leave behind a dry residue that is easier to clean. 
 
Air Pressure - As the temperature of fire increases, air expands, creating pressure systems that force smoke and soot into cracks and crevices. 
 
Impingement - During a fire, the surrounding air becomes hotter, causing increased movement. This fast moving air collides with surfaces throughout the structure, causing residues to collide with vertical surfaces, leaving behind more difficult stains. 
 
With knowledge of these different factors that cause changes during a fire event, SERVPRO technicians work hard to deliver the services you need to restore your business to a quality preloss condition. 
 
Contact SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula 831-275-1901

Steps You Can Take in Case of a Wild Fire

8/2/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Steps You Can Take in Case of a Wild Fire Forest Service Department of Agriculture

 Facts brought to you by the US Forest Service 

  • Remain calm.
  • Flammable materials such as wood move in safe place away from the house.
  • Back vehicles into the garage facing the outside, and roll up all the windows. Never try to find shelter inside your vehicle.  
  • Close the garage door, but leave it unlocked. If electric, disconnect it so that the door can be opened manually.
  • Open the entrance of your yard in order to facilitate the access of the fire fighters and vehicles.
  • Shut off any fuel tank and gas cylinder.   
  • Close all exterior vents. Close all exterior doors (don´t lock them) and windows.
  • Attach pre-cut plywood panels to the exterior of windows and glass doors.
  • Make sure that all garden hoses are connected to faucets, and attach a nozzle set on “spray”
  • Prop a ladder against the house so fire fighters have easy access to the roof  
  • Tune in to a local radio station and listen for instructions
  • Make sure all family members are in the same room of the house.
  • After the passing of the fire get out of the house and extinguish immediately small fires.                                   For any smoke, water or fire damage cleanup call SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula (831) 275-1901                                

Fire in Carmel Highlands: All Residents Please Listen to Local Firefighters

7/28/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire in Carmel Highlands: All Residents Please Listen to Local Firefighters Fire is only 10% contained as of this morning, Thursday the 28th of July

CARMEL VALLEY, Calif. —Fighting the Soberanes Fire turned into a deadly effort when a bulldozer operator was killed, Cal Fire said.

The victim suffered fatal injuries Tuesday night when his bulldozer rolled down steep terrain on the southeast end of the 23,688-acre wildfire, Cal Fire said. He was an independent private contractor who was trained to work on fire lines alongside firefighters. It’s going to be a long firefight. It's a very dangerous area to work in," Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott told KSBW. "We will be out here for certainly the next few days and weeks. It's difficult to project a timeline on this fire. It really will be all up to the weather," Pimlott said. The Monterey County Sheriff's Office issued a new mandatory evacuation order Wednesday afternoon. Residents in the following areas are ordered to evacuate immediately:

·         Robinson Canyon Road between San Clemente Trail and White Rock Gun Club.

·         The area south of San Clemente Trail between Robinson Canyon Road and the Rancho San Clemente Gate House.

·         Arroyo Sequoia Road

Pimlott said “residents who do not follow officials' evacuation orders are risking their lives. Fatalities in other California wildfires have happened because residents waited too long and were trapped in engulfed homes.” An evacuation warning was expanded for the community of San Clemente, Long Ridge Trail, Black Mountain Trail, and Touche Pass.

Shelter: The American Red Cross established a temporary shelter at Carmel Middle School at 4380 Carmel Valley Road. The SPCA for Monterey County is also there to help with evacuated pets. The shelter is scheduled to close on Friday.

Those impacted by the Soberanes Fire can find information and or resources at:

Monterey County Department of Social Services:
831-755-4400 for Benefits
1-800-501-2020 or 831-755-4466 for Adult Services
831-755-4661 for Children’s Services

American Red Cross of the Central Coast:
1-866-272-2237 for any unmet disaster related needs, counseling associated with the Soberanes Fire.

SPCA for Monterey County:
831-373-2631 The SPCA will continue to shelter pets displaced by the fire, perform rescues in the field when conditions allow and offer free pet food and supplies for all those affected by the Soberanes Fire.

SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula has a 24 Hour emergency contact line (831) 275-1901

Donate: The Community Foundation for Monterey County created a donation fund to assist the community impacted by the Soberanes Fire and help residents who lost their homes recover.

Fireworks Season

6/23/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fireworks Season The National Council on Fireworks Safety

Recommended Safety Tips

·         Obey all local laws regarding fireworks.

·         Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.

·         A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children.

·         Do not drink before using fireworks.

·         Wear safety glasses, when shooting fireworks. Fire proof gloves can also be a good idea.

·         Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away. Also make sure no one else is in the line of fire.

·         Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.

·         Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

·         Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby. If possible a fire extinguisher is always a good tool to have nearby!

·         Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.

·         Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.

·         Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.

·         FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage. No traveling with explosives

·         Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula wants to remind you to be safe during the 4th of July and to take all precautions before using fireworks.  

Emergency Ready Program

6/22/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Emergency Ready Program Call SERVPRO today and we will come out to your facility to ensure that your ready profile is set up as accurate as possible!

6/22/2016

SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula

8 Harris Court, Monterey Ca 93940

It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen!  Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.

Are you “Ready for whatever happens?”

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood.  The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program.  Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company. 

By working with SERVPRO® of Monterey Peninsula to develop your personalized Emergency READY Profile your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.  SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

Call SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula Today for a No Cost Assessment
of Your Facility! (831) 275-1901

Helping you to be “Ready for whatever happens,” 

Its Summer Time and Time to Clean those Air Ducts

6/9/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Its Summer Time and Time to Clean those Air Ducts Don't let the air that your family or employees breath circulate through a system that looks like this!

We all know the California heat is on its way, which means it’s time to start up those air conditioners. Make sure the air circulating through your family home, or business is clean and safe to breath. After the warm winter, and long spring months it might be time to clean out that air duct. Here at SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula we would love to be the company that can ensure you that your family or employees are breathing healthy and quality circulating air.

Call SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula at: (831) 275-1901.

Here are five simple ways that you can check to see if your air duct is dirty-

  1. Open any one of your vent covers located around your house and look inside to see if there is any dirt, debris, animal or pet hair, or matted dust.
  2. Open up one of your air return registers (They look like a bigger vent and are usually screwed into the side of a wall or ceiling.) check to see if there is any dust build up.
  3. Take the air filter out and check if it is clogged with dust, if it is then the air flow is being blocked which causes more dust and debris to build up into the return ductwork. 
  4. If you smell a rotting or putrid type of smell and can’t seem to find a source, many times after long months of not using your HVAC system small animals can find their way into the air duct and die inside. The other common issues are animals nesting and birthing babies inside causing for feces and urine to build up along with an animal infestation. 
  5. An unexplained, random, or unexpected allergy experienced by one or more people inside the home or business could also be caused by a dirty air duct.

If you fear that your air duct is causing your family, business, or yourself any sort of issues please contact us at SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula.

Phone- (831) 275-1901

Website- http://www.SERVPROmontereypeninsula.com/

Email- Office@SERVPROmontereypeninsula.com

SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula's Proud Certifications

6/7/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula's Proud Certifications Our big box truck loaded up and ready to go

 Here at SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula we are always prepared and armed with the necessary certifications to get any water or fire damage cleaned up and restored. Our technicians are highly trained in many types of cleaning and restoration processes. At SERVPRO we are dedicated to doing the best and most quality job possible in order to ensure that all damages are fully taken care of. SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula prides itself on its amazing team members. We are proudly certified by the following:

AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician

ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program

ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician

WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation

OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program

IICRC - Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification

Our Franchise allows us to keep up to date with all the new and up and coming equipment in the restoration industry. The equipment that we use allows us provide the type of quality of work that is expected by the SERVPRO franchise.   

Strong gusts bring down trees around Peninsula

6/7/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Strong gusts bring down trees around Peninsula Local Homes in Pacific Grove get hit hard by fast moving winds

Early February brought some extreme conditions through the Monterey County. Big strong winds had uprooted local trees and caused thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. Powerlines were taken down, cars, campers, and rooftops were also victims to the force of the winds. Here at SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula we want you to always be prepared for any of the local extreme weather conditions that come through our area. Fallen trees or flying objects at the mercy of high powered winds can cause major leaks or damages to your roof that lead to water or mold damage. If your home experienced roof damage and you are afraid of present or possible chances of water or mold damage call SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula at (831) 275-1901

Here are some future steps that you can take to make sure your home is as safe from high powered winds as possible.

·         Have a building professionally inspect and install specially designed metal connectors that are appropriate for your roof type.

·         Roof- Make sure the roof sheathing is properly installed. From the attic check to make sure the nails penetrate the rafters or trusses

·         Windows and Doors- In the event of an emergency, permanent storm shutters can be quickly and easily closed to protect the windows.

·         Yard- Trim the trees around your house that could pose a threat by falling or hitting your home. Put away any yard furniture, barbecue grills, tools, toys, and anything else that could become a flying missile.

·         Garage Door- There are fitted bracing kits available to provide additional support.

·         Weather Stripping- Remove and replace all weather strips underneath all windows or doors that appear to be old, cracking, or worn out.

·         Cover Vents- Cover all the vents that are within the home, such as heating and cooling vents.

·         Replace Siding- All the siding outside the home that seems to be worn should also be replaced

 ·         Insulation- If it is an old home the insulation could be old and less productive than it used to be, replacing the insulation in your home can help in the event of a storm. 

Monterey County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

6/3/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Monterey County Residents:  Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

Stay out of affected areas.

Turn off the HVAC system and fans.

Contact SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

Don’t touch or disturb the mold.

Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.

Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.

Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (831) 275-1901

SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula - Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/3/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula - Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Monterey County Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action. 

Smoke and soot facts:

Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.

Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.

The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Monterey Peninsula will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call SERVPRO Today – (831) 275-1901