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What to do if you have fire in your house?

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

FIRE IN A HOUSE

Fire could result from several different causes including cooking equipment, old electrical equipment, and flammable materials. Should you experience a sizable fire in your home for any reason, there are some important steps to take during the fire. Remain mindful of the following actions:

  • Get The fire extinguisher
  • Raise an alarm
  • Call 911
  • Leave Valuables behind
  • If your clothes catch on fire. Don’t run just stop and roll over.
  • Cover your nose. The smoke is more dangerous than the fire.
  • Safety Evacuation spot.
  • Contact your local Red Cross. They can help provide food and provisions
  • Notify your insurance company about the fire
  • Do not re-enter your home until instructed to do so. Talk to firefighters about what can be salvaged instead

Always remember to make sure that everybody is safe. close the door behind you. Research has proven that closing doors prevents fire from spreading, which simply means the fire will be relegated to a spot for a while. Nobody wants a fire in his house but simple don’t panic.

Don’t forget to call SERVPRO to restore your house "Like it never even happened."

COMMON CAUSES OF HOUSE FIRES

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Can you guess the most common causes of house fires? Fire damage may result in ways you least expect. Take precautionary measures now to protect your home from the following fire instigators.

  • Cooking equipment: Cooking equipment is the number one cause of house fires. Pots and pans can quickly overheat when left unattended or mishandled. Be sure to turn handles towards the middle of the stove to avoid children from accidentally grabbing it from the burner. When leaving the house, remember to turn off stove-top burners and ovens.
  • Smoking in Bedrooms: Avoid smoking in bedrooms at all costs. A cigarette butt can stay lit for hours and cause a flame after coming into contact with clothes or furniture. Open flames such as candles also pose a danger for many residents.
  • Old electrical equipment: Older lampshades and light fittings may build up heat, and weak bases could pose a tipping hazard. Electrical equipment such as these should be checked for faulty cords, and the power point must not be overloaded with double adapter plugs.
  • Flammable liquids: Liquids such as petrol, kerosene, or methylated spirits should be kept away from heat sources and stored properly according to their label.

Nobody wants to come home to irreparable damage. By knowing these common causes of house fires, you and your neighborhood can live a little bit safer. When accidents happen, SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach / Signal Hill is here to clean fire damage and restore your home quickly and professionally.

We are licensed abatement specialist will perform an asbestos inspection and determine if it needs to be covered or removed

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At SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach/Signal Hill, we manage plenty of startling issues and make an arrangement to comprehend every one. One regular threat found in numerous homes incorporates the possibly destructive material, asbestos.

While Congress instituted the Toxic Substances Control Act in 1976 to thoroughly direct poisonous substances including asbestos, it hasn't kept the material from showing up in structures and numerous shopper products. Most as of late, on June 1, 2018, The U.S. Ecological Protection Agency (EPA) made it simpler for organizations to utilize asbestos in new items.

Following the new presidential organization "structure" for assessing dangers, the EPA would just confine items that represent an immediate hazard to laborers rather than a general hazard to air, ground, or water pollution. While asbestos imports are followed and audited for new purposes, many stress the EPA will be excessively indulgent as they have been for pesticides, air contamination from vehicles, and coal-terminated force plants. Asbestos imports to the U.S., which have declined in general and over the most recent couple of years, rose 45 percent somewhere in the range of 2015 and 2016.

Asbestos couldn't arrive at a total boycott in the U.S. in 1991, and it is as yet liable for the passings of around 40,000 Americans yearly.

So what is asbestos, the perils it postures, and signs to pay special mind to?

Asbestos filaments are a delicate, adaptable, mineral substance that is impervious to warmth, power, and consumption. For a considerable length of time, this material has been utilized in insulating and electrical materials, floor tiles, vehicle parts, and shopper items, for example, hair dryers. Shockingly, these minuscule filaments are scentless, for all intents and purposes imperceptible, and can cause aggravation in lung tissue when breathed in. Side effects may stay lethargic for 20-50 years, making the old increasingly defenseless to mesothelioma, an uncommon malignancy of the lungs. On the off chance that you presume a lot of asbestos in your structure, check for the accompanying:

Surface examples on material and shingles with dimples or shallow cavities.

Inside and outside joints where plastic, aluminum, or wooden sprinters were gotten together with asbestos sheets and glues, similar to window clay, drywall tape, and joint concrete.

Asbestos protection in the storage room or in washroom floor tiles.

Tell SERVPRO of Downtown Long Beach/Signal Hill for master cleaning from us and our related experts. An authorized decrease pro will play out an asbestos review and decide whether it should be secured or evacuated. You can rely on us to keep you and your family solid and risk-free.

What is asbestos, the dangers it poses, and signs to look out for?

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At SERVPRO, we deal with a lot of unexpected problems and create a plan to solve each one. Asbestos is common danger found in many homes.

What is asbestos, the dangers it poses, and signs to look out for?

Asbestos filaments are a delicate, flexible, mineral substance that is impervious to heat, power, and consumption. For a considerable length of time, this material has been utilized in fireproofing and electrical materials, floor tiles, car parts, and shopper items, for example, hair dryers. Lamentably, these infinitesimal strands are scentless, for all intents and purposes undetectable, and can cause irritation in lung tissue when breathed in. Side effects may stay lethargic for 20-50 years, making the older progressively helpless to mesothelioma, an uncommon malignant growth of the lungs. In the event that you presume a lot of asbestos in your structure, check for the accompanying: Surface patterns on roofing and shingles with dimples or shallow craters.

  • Interior and exterior joints where plastic, aluminum, or wooden runners were joined with asbestos sheets and adhesives, like window putty, drywall tape and joint cement.
  • Asbestos insulation in the attic or in bathroom floor tiles.

Asbestos was unable to reach a complete ban in the U.S. in 1991, and it is still responsible for the deaths of about 40,000 Americans annually.

Notify SERVPRO of NE for expert cleaning from us and our associated professionals. A licensed abatement specialist will perform an asbestos inspection and determine if it needs to be covered or removed. You can count on us to keep you and your family healthy and hazard free.

HOW TO PREVENT A FIRE IN YOUR LONG BEACH RESTAURANT

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial fire damage remains a strong concern for restaurant owners in both Long Beach and across the nation. In the U.S., restaurant fires cost approximately $165 million every year, according to theNational Fire Data Center. We hope the following tips can help eliminate injuries and property damage in your Long Beach restaurant.

  • Install an automatic fire suppression system in the kitchen.Since fires commonly originate from cooking equipment, these systems will automatically shutdown the fuel or electric supply to the nearby equipment and dispense chemicals to suppress the flames.
  • Wire the exhaust fan to turn on automatically when cooking appliances are turned on.Fire suppression systems are designed to automatically activate when a system's detector reaches a specified temperature. Without the exhaust fan running, heat builds up, sets off one of these detectors, and discharges the system.
  • Keep portable fire extinguishers as a backup.EmployClass K extinguishersfor kitchen fires involving grease, fats, and oils that burn at high temperatures. Class K fire extinguishers are only intended to be usedafter the activation of afire suppression system.
  • Regularly inspect cooking equipmentto ensure it’s clean and well maintained. Failure to keep equipment in full working order and identify any potentially dangerous mechanical faults could cause a fire.
  • Have the exhaust system inspected for grease buildup.Monthly inspections are required for exhaust systems serving solid-fuel cooking equipment, such as wood or charcoal burning ovens to prevent a fire from erupting.

With these helpful tips, SERVPRO ofDowntown Long Beach / Signal Hillhopes your commercial restaurant remains free of fire damage. If you find yourself in an emergency, we're available to help24/7.

Water damage from Strom

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As we enter into the season of spring, we must also buckle up and be prepared for whatever weather Mother Nature may choose to send our way.

<h4nature-can-be-fickle">Mother Nature Can Be Fickle

With the arrival of spring comes longer days and more sunshine, but unfortunately, spring also brings with it the threat of severe weather throughout the country. This means that the weather may change at any given moment.

Unstable temperatures can go from warm to cold in as short as an hour. That temperature change can result in extreme weather changes as well.

Thunderstorms are a regular occurrence throughout the spring and are the main cause of severe weather. A thunderstorm occurs whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, which is most common in the spring and summer.

Some of the costliest natural catastrophe losses in the U.S. for 2017 were the result of severe thunderstorms. Out of 50 events, there were 85 fatalities and an estimated total of $25.4 billion in overall losses.

With these storms comes the threat of flooding, high winds and even tornadoes if the conditions are right. It has been found that in modern history, 10% of all violent tornadoes have occurred in March, with April, May and June taking the top spots at 30%, 24% and 15% respectively.

<h4for-the-unpredictable">Preparing for the Unpredictable

Meteorologists have the technology and the tools available to predict the possibility of severe weather, but even that is not enough to predict the weather with 100% accuracy. Advanced warnings, along with the right preparation, can greatly improve overall safety for your family.

Some suggestions of things you can do to your home to prepare for the chance of severe weather are as follows:

  1. Clear out your home’s gutters, drains and downspouts.
  2. Trim trees of precarious limbs or branches that could break off in a storm.
  3. Secure or store outdoor belongings if severe weather is in the forecast.

Having an emergency kit on hand is always advised. These kits should include the following:

  • Battery-operated flashlight and NOAA weather radio, with extra batteries for both
  • Emergency evacuation or shelter plans
  • Important personal info, like telephone numbers of neighbors, family and friends, insurance and property info, numbers for the utility companies, and medical info
  • A first-aid kit with things like non-latex gloves, adhesive bandages, tweezers, sterile gauze pads, aspirin packets, adhesive cloth tape and scissors
  • 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Blankets or sleeping bag

Despite its unpredictability, there is one thing that always remains true of the spring weather season: It always happens. If your home or business is damaged in a storm, you can depend on SERVPRO® of Northwest Long Beach to get the cleanup and restoration process started fast.

Storm damage in Long Beach, CA

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Many destructive impacts can come out of a single winter storm. Are you prepared for the coming winter? The array of hazards that can come from a winter storm are sometimes countless.

  • Ice: Accumulations of a half inch or more, because of it's weight can cause widespread destruction and power outages and can have a crippling impact. 
  • Wet Snow: Much like ice accumulation, wet snow adds extra weight and stress, increasing the chance of damage. Moist snow sticks easily to trees and power lines.
  • Snow on Roofs: Several feet from one or multiple storms accumulating on a roof can add stress, causing them to collapse.
  • Flooding After the Snow: A rapid warm-up or rain following a winter storm with an expansive snow pack can set the stage for major flooding.

Melting snow and ice after a storm can also cause damage to the inside of your home or business. Call the professionals at SERVPRO to assess the situation and put you to Pre-Winter condition, "Like it never even happened."

What to do after water damage

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What to do after water damage;

One of the most damaging and devastating things you can experience as a homeowner is water damage. Whether it is due to flooding, burst pipes, sewer backups, roof damage due to severe storms or a leaky toilet when you are out of town – all can cause majorwater damagein your home. No matter what the cause, it is important to have a plan of action and know what you should do if your house floods. In fact, taking swift action can significantly improve your ability to reduce the costs of repair. Here’s what you should do after you experience water damage that will help reduce the amount of damage after and will make clean-up and repair easier.

Avoid additional risk;

If the water damage was serious enough for you to have to evacuate your home, be sure you and your family remain safe upon your return. Agencies like the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) advises that you should check for the following things you’re your return to ascertain if it is safe to occupy your home:

If insured, contact your Insurance Company

No matter if you are experiencing water damage from a flood or leaky toilet, you should contact your insurance company ASAP. In fact, it’s a good idea to have their number in your phone so you are not searching for their contact information during a highly stressful time. Remember, time is of the essence! In cases where flooding is affecting a widespread area, your agent may be handling multiple homeowners (or even their own). If you find yourself having a hard time getting in touch with your agent, contact the insurance company’s headquarters.

Once you are in touch with your insurance representative, the first thing you need to do is disclose the state of your home. Make sure you take diligent notes regarding the conversation and follow their direction about whether to wait for an adjuster to inspect the property before making repairs. You will most likely find new damage that will require multiple conversations, so be sure to document EVERYTHING!

In most cases your insurance company will advise you to contact your local Restoration Company.

We at SERVPRO ofDowntown Long Beach are preferred vendor with most Insurance Companies. Our technicians are available 24/7 to assist with any size water damage you may experience.

Expert Technician

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Water damage in Long Beach, CA

Water damage restoration (as a more specialized form of property restoration) is a fairly new and growing industry. But because of its unpredictable nature, many water restoration technicians find it challenging to find a consistent job. 

Why unpredictable?

Despite many people experiencing water damage issues in their homes or workplaces, calling a water restoration technician is something they wouldn’t normally consider unless their property is devastated by a flood. In most cases, people will reach out to their local handyman or plumber to get rid of broken pipes, mold problems, or a leaky foundation. 

If they do deal with severe water damage, it’s usually an emergency. And having no time to research for restoration companies, homeowners will resort to their home insurance provider or plumber for .

All these affect every water damage restoration company’s ability to scale. As a result, the demand for water damage restoration jobs hasn’t increased much in the past years.

For more information please contact our expert technicians at 562-506-4992.

Why SERVPRO of downtown Long Beach

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Deep Cleaning in Long Beach, CA

SERVPRO provides residential and commercial water, fire, mold cleanup, and restoration services. Specialty services are provided by many franchises, such as biohazard cleanup, document restoration, electronics restoration, dry cleaning, and reconstruction.

Despite the franchise structure of numerous relatively small entities, SERVPRO has the capacity and organizational competence to respond to large-scale disasters, including major corporate and government contracts after Hurricane Katrina in 2005[13] and Hurricane Ike in 2008.[14][5] SERVPRO was contracted for drainage and restoration by government, commercial entities and numerous households after the 2010 Tennessee floods.[15] Similarly, SERVPRO was involved in restoration and reconstruction after Superstorm Sandy

A testimony from a customer: Thank you very much for introducing me to Henry and his team at SERVPRO Northwest Long Beach. Very pleased! The team were all very polite and professional, assisted each other as needed. Very stained room looks brand new! I look forward to working with you again. For more detail contact out office at 562-506-4992