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Flood Knowledge

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

What is a flood?

Floods occur when large amount of water overflows over dry land. They may result from prolonged or very heavy rainfall, severe thunderstorms, monsoon rains, or tropical cyclones. People, who live near rivers, or in low-lying coastal areas, live with the greatest threat of floods.

Common types of flooding

  1. Slow onset floods
  2. Rapid onset floods
  3. Flash floods

Flood warnings

Usually, a reasonable warning period is possible except in case of flash floods.

Common terms used by the meteorological department to describe the warnings for flooding are as:

  1. Minor flooding: Causes inconvenience, closing small roads and low-level bridges.
  2. Moderate Flooding: Low-lying areas inundated, requiring removal of stock, equipment and evacuation of isolated homes. Main road and rail bridges may be covered.
  3. Major flooding: Higher areas inundated, towns and properties isolated, and extensive damage.
  4. Local flooding: Intense rainfall, some high run-off, but usually no flooding in main streams;
  5. Significant river rises: This warning is issued if it is not certain that the initial flood levels will be exceeded in the main streams. It makes people aware that appreciable rises are expected.

After a Flood

The following are guidelines for the period following a flood:

  • Listen for news reports to learn whether the community’s water supply is safe to drink.
  • Avoid floodwaters; water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
  • Avoid moving water.
  • Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.
  • Stay away from downed power lines, and report them to the power company.
  • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
  • Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
  • Use extreme caution when entering buildings; there may be hidden damage, particularly in foundations.
  • Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewage systems are serious health hazards.
  • Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals.

SERVPRO is always here to guide you in the right direction after any disaster.

Mold Myth Busting 101

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Its name evokes images of green rot. Mold is a menacing pollutant existing naturally in the environment. But it's the last thing you want growing in your home.

Like most people, you probably know that indoor mold ruins homes and threatens health. And you might agree that the first step to eliminating mold is locating its sources. But do you know where to look for mold? Or even that using a popular disinfectant to clean it can do more harm than good? Chances are, you've been duped by these mold myths that should be laid to rest:

A Clean Home is Mold-Free.

A dirt-free home is no guarantee against mold infestation. Mold thrives in closets, dark corners, and drywall, a common construction material in homes today. Its microscopic spores sail through the air, so you can't see them or know where they land.

Your home has no moldy odors.

It's true that gasses produced by mold give off a musty odor. But it's false to assume that having no odor means your home isn't infested. Not all molds produce smells. And if mold is lurking in a basement, its smell doesn't enter the air you normally breathe. It's there, and you never knew it.

Your home's basement never floods.

Wet basements are a major source of mold. But they're just one of many in your home. Other mainsprings for mold are humidifiers, leaky pipes, dryers that vent indoors, bathrooms and cooking areas that aren't ventilated, even carpets in a basement.

Bleach can remove mold.

A powerful disinfectant, bleach wipes away mold on glass, metal, or plastic surfaces. But while its chlorine component doesn't penetrate to the sources of mold in drywall and wood, the water contained in bleach does. And--you guessed it--that water lingers beneath the surfaces, providing more than enough food for mold to grow.

Mold Myth Busting 101

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Its name evokes images of green rot. Mold is a menacing pollutant existing naturally in the environment. But it's the last thing you want growing in your home.

Like most people, you probably know that indoor mold ruins homes and threatens health. And you might agree that the first step to eliminating mold is locating its sources. But do you know where to look for mold? Or even that using a popular disinfectant to clean it can do more harm than good? Chances are, you've been duped by these mold myths that should be laid to rest:

A Clean Home is Mold-Free.

A dirt-free home is no guarantee against mold infestation. Mold thrives in closets, dark corners, and drywall, a common construction material in homes today. Its microscopic spores sail through the air, so you can't see them or know where they land.

Your home has no moldy odors.

It's true that gasses produced by mold give off a musty odor. But it's false to assume that having no odor means your home isn't infested. Not all molds produce smells. And if mold is lurking in a basement, its smell doesn't enter the air you normally breathe. It's there, and you never knew it.

Your home's basement never floods.

Wet basements are a major source of mold. But they're just one of many in your home. Other mainsprings for mold are humidifiers, leaky pipes, dryers that vent indoors, bathrooms and cooking areas that aren't ventilated, even carpets in a basement.

Bleach can remove mold.

A powerful disinfectant, bleach wipes away mold on glass, metal, or plastic surfaces. But while its chlorine component doesn't penetrate to the sources of mold in drywall and wood, the water contained in bleach does. And--you guessed it--that water lingers beneath the surfaces, providing more than enough food for mold to grow.

The Truth About Bleach

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

For many households, chlorine bleach is generally seen as your “go-to” cleaner for tough jobs.  While bleach is well-known for its disinfecting properties that doesn't mean it's the best choice for mold - it has distinct drawbacks when cleaning flood impacted buildings. It is a convenient cleaner and stain remover for hard, non-porous surfaces. Bleach is not made to “soak in”, therefore, its disinfecting properties are limited to a hard surface like tile or glass.  If used on porous materials, such as wood and drywall, bleach will stay above the surface and only kill the mold on the surface, while the water is absorbed in. The surface mold looks gone, but the fact is, if the mold is not removed from the material, it will most likely return and make your mold problem worse in the long run. Mold remediation requires a cleaner to reach deep down into wood and other porous building materials.  Further, its effectiveness in killing bacteria and mold is significantly reduced when it comes in contact with residual dirt, which is often present in flooded homes.  If bleach water comes into contact with electrical components and other metal parts of mechanical systems it can cause corrosion.  Bleach water can also compromise the effectiveness of termite treatments in the soil surrounding the building.  Many types of bleach are not EPA-registered as a disinfectant and may also be hazardous to your health.

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