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Commercial Fire Damage, What to Expect

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

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When a commercial building suffers from fire damage, there are some similarities and differences from when a residence catches on fire. The challenges involved in dealing with commercial fire damage require the assistance of a professional such as SERVPRO of Fontana. We’re here to help you get back on your feet no matter how severe the damage!

What Types of Damage Can You Expect?

Most people assume the worst they will have to deal with is fire and smoke damage, but that’s just the beginning. Soot can get everywhere, even into areas that weren’t on fire. This can damage fragile items such as textiles or artwork. Then there’s the water and fire suppressant foam that’s used to control fires. While it’s definitely helpful in putting out the flames, it can also cause water damage. That’s not something most people think of when they consider what a fire will do to their business, but it is a concern.

What Repairs Must Be Done?

What does it take to get your business back on its feet after a fire? First, the structure has to be examined and determined to still be solid. If it’s not, you’ve got much bigger problems that may require a construction crew or, in extreme cases, a demolition crew. You might have to start over!

If that’s not the case, though, you start by calling in the professionals. SERVPRO of Fontana will begin the cleaning process by evaluating each space and determining what’s been so damaged that it should be repaired instead of replaced. Then the repairs and cleaning process begins. Here are some of the things we handle:

  • We ventilate the area to remove all of the built-up carbon monoxide.
  • We professionally clean your equipment, carpeting, and everything else to remove soot and the smoke smell.
  • We will bring in our water damage restoration experts to look at the damage caused by sprinklers and repair that damage. We’ll also check for mold growth and other issues associated with water damage.

These are just a few of the things we will do to get your commercial business repaired and restored as quickly as possible. To learn more, contact SERVPRO of Fontana us today.

The Dangers of Commercial Water Damage

5/20/2018 (Permalink)

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Water can get into your business or office in a number of different ways. Pipes can leak, heavy rains can damage the roof, strong winds can destroy windows…. No matter what leads to your water damage, when it occurs, you need an experienced commercial cleaning team to handle the restoration and drying process. If you don’t, you’re leaving yourself, your employees, and your customers open to a number of different dangers. Here are some of the reasons why it’s important to call on SERVPRO of Fontana as soon as possible whenever water damage occurs:

Important Facts about Water Damage:

  • Mildew and mold can start growing in unsuspecting places. It can be hard to find some mold if you don’t know what to look for and where to check. Mold can lead to a number of different breathing issues, especially black mold. It only takes about 48 hours for mold to start growing in damp areas.
  • Water damage can also lead to structural issues. The water can seep into the foundation, walls, and floor, weakening the support structure and making the building unstable.
  • If any electrical wiring gets wet, that can lead to a number of problems. Fuses can blow, appliances can be damaged, or someone could even be electrocuted.
  • When water damage is caused by leaks or burst pipes, you may have raw sewage back up into your business. This can bring bacteria and other germs into the area and lead to illness. Having a professional clean up the area is vital in order to keep everyone safe.

If you have had water damage to your property, don’t wait to call for a professional restoration and recovery team. The longer the water sits on your floor or against your wall, the worse the damage will be. Call SERVPRO of Fontana today to handle all of your commercial water damage needs. Contact us at (909) 357-4337 or email us at SERVPRO9656@SERVPROfontana.com.

SERVPRO of Fontana: Biohazard Cleaning Services

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

When a home has been flooded due to a sewer backup, has had hazardous chemicals spilled within, or has been the site of a hoarding situation, it’s often not be safe to live in. The chemical residue can linger for months, if not years. These chemical fumes, bacteria, and other biological wastes can lead to a number of issues, including breathing difficulties and other health problems. That’s when a professional biohazard cleaning company is needed.

The DIY Approach Often Isn’t Enough

No matter how hard you scrub or clean, using home cleaning products simply isn’t enough in most cases. These products are usually designed to clean small spills or deal with mild hazards. They aren’t available in the quantity or strength needed to fully disinfect homes that have been flooded or that have been the site of a crime. Most people also don’t know how to fully clean and disinfect a major hazardous waste site. There are many small areas where waste can hide or bacteria can breed. A professional knows where these areas are and how to properly clean them. This can lead to mold growth and other hazards hiding away in the home.

What SERVPRO of Fontana Provides

We offer professional biohazard cleaning services to residents and businesses in Fontana, California, and the surrounding areas. Our team is more than just a cleaning service—all of our professionals are trained in how to deal with major chemical and waste spills. This includes following all state and federal guidelines for cleaning up drugs, chemicals, and blood. All of these types of waste can be extremely dangerous. We follow all OSHA and health regulations when cleaning every site.

In addition to handling biohazard cleanup, our team can provide services such as odor removal, graffiti removal, commercial cleaning, floor cleaning, upholstery and carpet cleaning, and HVAC cleaning. Contact us today to learn more about these services and how SERVPRO of Fontana can help you.

Natural Disaster - Demo in Colton, CA

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

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Natural disaster or honest accident (i.e. stove or faucet left on), it only takes one incident to leave your house or commercial building damaged. In some cases, quick-fix repairs or a simple cleanup won’t do the job, and residents and business owners may benefit from demolition. Not sure how demolition works? Here’s a sneak peek into the demo process and how the SERVPRO Fontana team gets the job done.

Suspect fire damage, flood damage, or mold? Call our team at SERVPRO of Fontana for immediate assistance: 909-357-4337

Demo in Colton CA: The Inside Scoop

Before the team starts demoing, we survey the building and structure, and assess several factors: building location (such as Colton CA), building materials, construction method, presence of hazardous material, building condition, demo purpose, and debris disposal, to name a few.

Based on our analysis, we’ll then decide which demolition method will deliver the best results. Some demolition techniques include implosion, high reach arm, crane and ball, and strip-out. To make the demo go as smoothly as possible, we remove any hazardous materials like asbestos and radioactive contaminants, illustrate a detailed demo plan, and prep the area and building.

Safety is Always #1 for Demo in Colton CA

Safety is top priority for SERVPRO Fontana. Which is why our team only wears the most effective gear and uses top-notch equipment to minimize heat stress, dust and chemical exposure. Not to mention, we remove all flammable materials beforehand and have fire equipment on site ready to put out any impromptu flame immediately. Following the demo plan, we gut the building, tearing down all structures. We then remove the demolished materials and clean up the site. A demolition job well done.

The Takeaway: Demo in Colton CA   

No matter the method, the main goal when it comes to demolition is tear down the residential or commercial building efficiently and safely to facilitate reuse or redevelopment. Having proudly served local Southern California locations like Colton CA and Sierra Lakes CA for years, you can count on our team’s expertise to handle your demo needs.

Not only does every member of our team have IIRC training and employee certification training but initial franchise training, e-Learnings, and continuing education classes as well. Have a demo project? Does your structure need storm damage restoration or fire damage restoration?

Call our team at SERVPRO of Fontana for 24-hour residential and commercial service. 

Lilac Fires in San Diego

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

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You might remember the Lilac Fire – one of many wildfires that popped up in Southern California at the end of last year, and one of the largest (with about 4,100 acres burned and 10,000+ people displaced).

After the fire was contained, SERVPRO of Fontana’s team of fire damage restoration professionals spent 5 weeks out in the San Diego area, working on residential fire damage claims. Even after the immediate danger of a wildfire has passed, affected homeowners still need to move quickly in order to clean up any damage from smoke and/or flames and make the home safe to live in once again.

The aftermath of a wildfire can be a really taxing time for homeowners. That's why SERVPRO of Fontana aims to take as much off of your plate as possible. We're available 24/7 and respond immediately – because in emergency situations, any amount of waiting will cause damages (and cleanup costs) to rise exponentially.

What To Do When Wildfires Approach

Climatologists are warning that wildfires may be the new normal in large parts of California. Do you have a readiness plan in place for your household? Ready.gov provides simple guides to help you and your family prepare for disaster events, covering basic wildfire info as well as topics like where to find shelter and which evacuation route to take.

When disaster actually approaches, the safest thing you can do is to evacuate the area with your loved ones: there’s nothing you can do by staying put. Head to the shelter you’ve identified when preparing your readiness plan, and only return to your home when the “all-clear” is given.

If your home suffers fire damage – whether from a wildfire or any other source – professional restoration is your best bet. It’s not safe to live in a house whose structural integrity may have become compromised, nor is it any fun to deal with the smell of smoke caked into your walls and carpets for years on end. Check out our fire damage tips, where we cover the basics of what to do and what not to do after fire and/or smoke events.

SERVPRO of Fontana offers 24/7 service, including all major holidays – because emergencies don’t wait for normal business hours.  For fire damage restoration, storm damage cleanup and other residential or commercial services, call us today at (909) 357-4337.

Roof Leak in Rialto CA

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

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Water Damage in Rialto CA

SERVPRO of Fontana was called to the scene of this natural disaster in Rialto CA. Located in San Bernardino County, Rialto is a small city that received a downpour of rain last month, resulting in water damage for a lot of homeowners and business owners in the area.

Thankfully SERVPRO of Fontana specializes in water damage repair and cleanup, so when our clients called for help - we were quick to arrive at the scene. 

As you can see in the photo, we helped restore the areas affected using our moisture monitoring equipment, which ensures that your property is completely dried. In the case of this home in Rialto, the roof leaked causing damage to the upstairs bedroom. We tarped the roof, demoed the affected materials, sanitized the structure and dried it out.

We are proud to serve Southern California:

Whether you're experiencing water damage at your home or commercial property, SERVPRO of Fontana is ready to respond to any water crises with our team of trained professionals. Give us a call if you need help with your water emergency: (909) 357-4337.

Want to learn more about SERVPRO of Fontana? Read more about our SERVPRO Employees here.

And remember - we also specialize in fire damage, mold remediation, air ducts and HVAC cleaning, vandalism and grafitti, and more. 

Before and After: Residential Water Damage in CA

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Before and After: Residential Water Damage in CA Water Damage in San Bernardino

If only homes came with manuals. Sure, there are plenty of DIY resources for tasks big and small, but even the most responsible homeowner simply can’t be prepared to handle everything life throws their way. But that’s why SERVPRO of Fontana is here: when disaster hits, we strap on our capes, and rush to the rescue!

Take a look at a couple of our most recent jobs out in San Bernardino County – and how our team saved the day:

Water Damage in Victorville

Folks in the High Desert may be used to unusual weather, but Mother Nature can’t take the blame for this mess in Victorville. A pipe had burst in the customer’s garage, affecting an adjacent bedroom. You can catch a glimpse of the waterlogged carpet and damp walls, especially in the closet area.

Unfortunately, once this kind of flooding has occurred, there’s no real way to salvage the walls or carpeting. Floodwaters can host harmful bacteria that pose a serious health risk, especially when the water has been sitting for an extended period of time. Drying out the spill isn’t enough to make the area livable – this would require some rebuilding.

SERVPRO arrived on the scene and got to work, packing out the affected areas and stripping both the carpeting and lower segments of the wall. Once the bare floor was exposed, we sanitized and dried the zone to prepare for new construction.

Of course, having your home torn apart while you’re trying to live there can be inconvenient, so our team always works as fast as can be done without sacrificing quality. This job was completed in just 4 days.

Burst Supply Line in Fontana

It’s every homeowner’s nightmare: going away for a fun-filled weekend, only to return to a flooded house. So when our customer in Fontana found just such an emergency awaiting, they called SERVPRO to the scene. 

A supply line had burst in the upstairs bathroom, affecting the entire downstairs level. And since nobody had been home to catch the problem right away, the water damage was pretty significant.

We arrived on scene and started the mitigation process right away, removing the damaged sections of wall and flooring and sanitizing the affected areas. It didn’t take long at all to get the home cleared for human residence once again.

Because we have plenty of experience with this sort of thing, our team also worked with the client and her insurance carrier to get the home cleared for reconstruction as quickly as possible. Situations like this can be very trying for homeowners, so SERVPRO does everything we can to make it easier.

SERVPRO of Fontana offers 24/7 service, including all major holidays – because emergencies don’t wait for normal business hours.  For water damage restoration, mold remediation and other residential services, call us today at (909) 357-4337.

You have a Slab Leak, Now what?

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

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Home ownership is one of the many joys we get to experience in life. It is the physical representation of owning something, claiming it as our own, and a staple of showing consistency, a state of permanency, and stability.  As much as the joys of home ownership are apparent, there also comes the stress and worry when something happens in our homes. Whether it is something minor like the air conditioning going out (which isn’t minor in Southern California, but maybe to others), or something major like a slab leak, it is always best to prepare you when things do happen.  Most homes tend not to have slab leaks but when they do it is necessary to take immediate action to diverge extreme damage to your home and yourself. What is a slab leak you may ask? A slab leak is a pumping leakage found either in or below the concrete layer of your home. Here are some signs you have a slab leak in your home:

1. A sudden, and unexplained spike in your water bill

You’ve noticed an increase of your water bill even when it is out of season for the bill to be so high. This is an early sign since you could have constant water flow from a leak.

2. Water pooling where it shouldn’t

When you have a leak, water will begin to accumulate under your foundation until it finds a way to escape. The most prominent area would be shown outside of your home, the house would look like it’s leaking.

3. Damp carpet and warp hard flooring has suddenly appeared

The water accumulate underneath may not have anywhere to go, so will begin to bubble under your carpet or hard flooring.

4. Mold or mildew has appeared, either visibility or a smell

With an access of water in one location with dry materials, mold will eventually appear under your carpet or floor. You may not be able to see it, but you will smell it.

5. You have a decrease it water pressure

Constant water is flowing in your house, so when you turn on a faucet there will be less water than usual for your daily shower or washing the dishes.

6. The hot water heater is constantly running

The equivalent of leaving the hot water running in your home 24/7, which will result in having less hot water for daily necessity and life.

7. Your floor has become hot in certain areas.

With all the water hanging out under your floors, you will notice random hot spots moving from one room to the next. With nowhere to go, the pressure will build causing the water to trap, and create heat.

Has all these things happened in your home? Maybe one or two of them has happened, but you are getting considered about it. You recognize that you may have a slab leak based on the following signs. You need to take immediate action to prevent further damage to your home. Do not wait.  Calling in a professional is necessary to look at the damage and determine what it takes to repair the mess causes by your slap leak. Once they have accessed the damage, they can begin to making your house feel like home again.

SERVPRO provides the best water service in the Fontana area, which a quick, easy and professional approach to getting your home back to tip top shape. For water damage and more, SERVPRO of Fontana is the name you can trust. Call us today at (909) 357-4337 and let us know how we can help.

Getting your Home Holiday Ready

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

It’s in the mid November, which means, Christmas is about 5 weeks away, and the holiday season is upon us. Whether you are hosting the scariest Haunted House on Halloween weekend, feasting with family around a Thanksgiving table, drinking eggnog and singing Christmas carols with loved ones, or ringing in the New Year with close friends, you want your house in tip top shape to make those you love feel at home. With so many other plans and preparation for special holiday events, it is easy to over look the most important aspect of your party, your home.  Here are a few tips and tricks to prepare your house for the holidays:

Check Basic Appliances

Nothing can be worst then preparing a Thanksgiving dinner then realizing your oven doesn’t work as you are about to cook the turkey. This can be easily diverged with having a local handy man come and check on the upkeep and basic health of your kitchen appliances. From your oven, refrigerator, central healing/air conditioning, power, and water pressure are all key things that make a house a home and having someone come out before months of parties and families will save time and headaches of when the festivities begin.

Cleanliness is next to Godliness   

Cleaning your house is a no brainer, but having the time to do a deep clean of you house before the fun may not be in the cards. You could do basic cleaning but you know you have that one friend or relative who is going to look for the flaws in your home then say something later about it, so you will need to step up your A game. Hiring professional cleaners to come into your home will save you time, stress and always worth the money. There are plenty out there so do your research in finding a cleaning service in your price range and will give you the service you need.

Transformation Time

After you have cleaned, checked all the major house functions, you get to do the best thing next, you get to decorate your home! You get to add a touch of holiday flare that will bring the essence of the holidays to your home. Whether it’s adding tomb stones to your lawn and transforming it to a grave yard, to putting up the Christmas tree decorated with Nutcracker ornaments, adding accents of blue and silver to your Hanukkah nights, or hanging colorful streamers for New Years, this is your moment to shine. Remember to have fun and allow your creativity to shine!

Party time!

Need I say more?

The After Party

You’ve managed to throw the most memorable party of 2017. Everyone was fed, great pictures were taken that will later be posted on social media, and it was over all a great experience for you and your guests. However, as fantastic as your party was, your home is now a hot mess. The after glow of your party has died down and in the harsh light of day you see the stains, the mess, the clutter of the fun the night before. Luckily, you can bring in those trusty professional cleaners again, and maybe even a carpet cleaner to take away the mess and bringing your home back into the state you are accustomed to.

The holiday season is one of merriment, joy, fun and family, but often can lead to stress and anxiety.  Hopefully these tips and tricks will help you prepare before and after your gatherings to make life a little easier.

SERVPRO offers a wide variety of cleaning services from Carpet & Upholstery, Ceiling, Floors, and Walls, and even Odor Removal.  Call SERVPRO today for your holiday pre party and post party cleaning at (909) 357- 4337.

What Should I Do if a Hurricane Approaches?

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

It’s hurricane season once again, and that means an increased risk of high winds and heavy rain – even for folks not directly in the path of these giant tropical storms. A few particularly nasty hurricanes of late have people wondering what they can do in the event of an incoming disaster.

Here are a few tips to protect your home – and your family – from an approaching hurricane:

Make a Hurricane Readiness Plan

A hurricane readiness plan is hands-down the best way to ensure safety in the event of a disaster. This is something you can plot out today, even if there’s no immediate risk of storms (in fact, that’s probably the best time to do so).

A simple guide for creating your own readiness plan is available at www.ready.gov. You’ll want to cover important topics like where to find shelter and which evacuation route to take, and practice your plan with the rest of the family. Ready.gov even provides PDFs of wallet-size cards that you can print out, fill out, and keep handy at all times.

Shut Off Your Home’s Electricity

Electrical wiring can easily be damaged by powerful winds and flying debris, making appliances unsafe and potentially sparking fires. If you’re in a flood-prone area (check online at FEMA’s site), this step is especially important, as pools of electrified water are incredibly dangerous.

Protect your home by turning off the electricity at the main circuit breaker, which is often located in the basement or garage (some of the first places to flood when water levels rise). You’ll generally want to leave the power off until local authorities advise that it’s safe to turn back on – better safe than sorry!

Cover Doors and Windows

Both doors and windows are extremely vulnerable to damage from wind and airborne debris, and can allow water to flood your home if breached. Plywood boards are the go-to quick-and-cheap solution, though accordion-style storm shutters are more durable if you have enough time to get them installed. You might also consider picking up some “hurricane film”: a clear plastic peel-and-stick solution that won’t provide much damage resistance but can keep glass shards from becoming deadly projectiles.

Garage doors are particularly at-risk, since they have a large surface area and are usually pretty flimsy. If you’re planning well in advance, impact-resistant steel doors are available, though they can be pricy. Otherwise, a few 2x4 boards anchored in the walls can provide some extra bracing with fairly little notice.

Stock Up on Emergency Supplies – and Consider a Shelter

Major storms can have a serious impact on infrastructure and utilities in the short-term, so you may not be able to easily pick up food, medicine, and other basic needs in the immediate aftermath of a storm. FEMA has prepared a checklist of recommended supplies for a standard emergency kit, along with a few extra items to consider depending on the situation.

If the weather is looking pretty serious (and especially if your area has been issued an evacuation warning), understand that there’s nothing more you can do by staying put. Head to the shelter you’ve chosen when making your readiness plan and ride out the storm in safety.

For storm damage repair, flood draining, and more, SERVPRO of Fontana is the name you can trust. Call us today at (909) 357-4337 and let us know how we can help.