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What causes California Wildfires?

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

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In Southern California, wildfire season peaks between July and November. The dry winds, lack of rain, and fall air create the perfect storm for wildfires to thrive. 

As we continue through fire season in California, it is important for to know what you can do to help prevent fires and protect your home or business. Throughout 2021, California has faced another dire drought situation, forcing governor Newsom to press a state of emergency in many California counties. This late summer and early fall have continued to create dangerously dry conditions.

As of September 30, 2021 42% of the state of California was facing extreme drought conditions, while 46% was facing exceptional drought conditions. Exceptional is the worst level a drought can reach. Drought combines with rising temperatures and dry wind to evaporate water sources, dry soil, and kill trees and other plantlife. In turn, conditions for wildfires become an elevated risk and precautions must be taken by those who live and work in Southern California.

No two wildfires are the same. They have different sources, speeds, damage levels, and impacts. In Southern California the drought situation combines with other factors to start fires, while the wind contributes to spreading them throughout the dry brush once plants have died and the soil has dried.

The conditions can be right for a wildfire, but an outside factor still has to be the source. Outside factors can come from nature, such as lightning, but most of our fires are results of human error or arsen. 

Many of California’s most damaging wildfires have ignited from downed power lines, sparks from car accidents or flat tires, fireworks, cigarettes, and arson. Each of these has been the source of some of the biggest fires in California’s history. 

It is important that we listen to state officials and avoid any activities that may create an elevated risk of starting these wildfires that wreak havoc on our communities. If your home or business has been struck by damaging fires this wildfire season, contact us today for an immediate response at (909) 357-4337.

Hot and Dry Weather means More Southern California Fires

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

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Sierra California Fires Report

Amidst a historic drought and unusually high temperatures, the Southern Sierras are a hot spot for unruly wildfires this season. Just last Saturday, the KNP Complex fire in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park burned over 58,200 acres and was only 20% contained. 

According to Cassie Adams, public information officer present at the scene of the fire, there were 659 people forced to leave their home with evacuation orders for the communities of: Big Meadows, Weston Meadows and Quail Flat in the Giant Sequoia National Monument, as well as Grant Grove, Wilsonia and Cedar Grove in Kings Canyon National Park.

Not only do wildfires effect the people, economy and businesses nearby, but sadly nature and wildlife. As you can imagine, there is a large concern for the towering, beautiful sequoia trees in those areas as well. Officials say it will require patience and more time to predict the extent of the tree mortality due to these fires.

Fires can be Devastating

At SERVPRO, we understand that fire damage can be completely devastating. From family heirlooms to entire homes, there's no stopping a fire from consuming our most treasured possessions. And although the start of some fires are impossible to prevent, we promise to help with the restoration and resolution after the damage has been done. 

We’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists

As fire and water restoration specialists, we have the training, experienced staff members, and equipment ready to restore your home or commercial property back to life. We are committed to your happiness and ensuring your establishment feels the way it did before any fire damage.

To learn more about our fire restoration services, give us a call today. (909) 357-4337

We will answer your questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage.

SERVPRO of Fontana Fire Damage Specialties

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Fire Damage Specialties

  • We are locally owned in the Fontana CA area
  • We've been a trusted leader in Fire Damage Restoration for many years
  • We have 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Our technicians are highly trained in fire restoration services

Although we specialize in the Fontana, CA area, our services actually expand to San Bernardino County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County, Orange County and San Diego County.

If your residence or business has undergone fire damage from any of the recent California wildfires, our experienced team at SERVPRO of Fontana is ready to help you! Since we're so close by, we're ready to respond quicker than other leading restoration specialists.

IICRC Certified for Fire Damage 

Did you know that SERVPRO of Fontana is IICRC Certified? This just means that we require our staff to comply with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. This certification meets the highest standards for cleaning and restoration industries, so you know you're in great hands. Our team of professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, and mold remediation to just name a few. We also encourage our employees to complete more continued education courses on fire damage restoration. Not only are we actively implementing our knowledge on the job site, but we have the training to ensure even more accuracy. 

Have any questions? Do not hesitate to contact us today!

SERVPRO of Fontana
P: (909) 357-4337

15218 Summit Avenue, #300-426
Fontana, CA 92336

FEMA Fire Tips

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

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When wildfire threatens:

- Wear protective clothing

- Take your emergency supply kit.

- Lock your home or business.

- Tell someone when you left and where you are going.

- Choose a route away from fire hazards.

- Close windows, vents, doors, blinds or noncombustible window coverings.

- Shut off all utilities, if possible.

- Open fireplace damper. Close fireplace screens.

- Move flammable furniture into the center of the home.

- Turn on a light in each room to increase the visibility of your home.

- Seal attic and ground vents with precut noncombustible coverings.

- Turn off propane tanks.

- Place combustible patio furniture inside.

- Set up a portable gasoline - powdered pump.

- Place lawn sprinklers on the roof near above ground fuel tanks.

- Wet or remove shrubs within 15 feet of the home or business.

- Gather fire tools.

Fire Damage Tips for Insured

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

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-Limit movement in the home to prevent further damage.

-Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.

-If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.

-Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets and appliances then protect with light coating of lubricant.

-Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting a professional.

-Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting with a professional.

-Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water without consulting a repair service professional. 

-Have an emergency ready plan in place.

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SERVPRO Professionals

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

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What can you expect from SERVPRO Professionals?

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- Uniformed Franchise professionals will arrive onsite usually within four hours of notification to begin providing a resolution to the water damage situation.

- Technicians communicate their assessment with all points of contact. (homeowner, agent, adjuster, property manager, etc.)

- Utilize industry guidelines, knowledge, training and industrial equipment to examine the extent of the damage.

- Restoration services include moisture detection, water extraction, drying equipment, demolition, and contents packing and inventory.

- Closing the claim in a timely manner through electronic claims reporting, consistent communication and professional restoration techniques.

- SERVPRO professionals available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for any damages that may arise to make it "Like it never even happened."

- Emergency Ready Plans.

The Importance of Immediate Storm Damage Remediation

7/3/2021 (Permalink)

Storms and floods are alike in that they both produce extensive damages to any property, and you can’t have one without the other. During or following intense storms or heavy rain, you may find damages due to flooding, leaks, fallen trees (or other debris) and more. When your property is struck it is important to understand the seriousness of these damages and how to address them.

In Southern California, we don’t frequently see heavy rainfall or severe storms, however, when we do get these storms they are often powerful and strong. Storms can provoke a variety of damages to any home or business, putting your property at a standstill. These damages will likely force you out of your home or office until repairs are made. That’s why you need an immediate response from a team of experts trained to identify the problem and the best way to fix it.

Often, those facing water damages following storms think it is simply enough to mop the floor and let it air dry. However, this is not enough. When proper care and remediation techniques are neglected, new damages develop structurally, creating an unsafe structure and living conditions. Professional teams are trained to drain the water and remove excess moisture to protect the structure of your property and those who live (or work) there. 

At SERVPRO of Fontana, we are professionals at a variety of services including storm damage/flood clean up and restoration. Our disaster recovery teams make sure that your home is safe and free of other damages, moisture challenges, and mold to get your property back to normal as quick as possible.

Call us at (909) 358-4337.

What Should I Do If A Hurricane Approaches

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

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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 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 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 pricey. 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. 

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.

SERVPRO Storm Response

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

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Storms and floods can do a large amount of damage to your home. You may find that your entire basement becomes filled with water or that your roof has developed a huge leak. Storms can break windows and send tree limbs crashing down onto your home, resulting in major damage. Any time you’re facing such storm damage, you need a professional to assist you with cleanup and restoration.

Why Professional Cleanup Is Important

If water leaks in under a door, around a window, or through the attic, you may think all you need to do is mop up as much as you can and then dry out the flooring. Often, though, this isn’t enough, especially when flooding has occurred. The water you see is usually only a portion of what has entered your home. It may have seeped under your floorboards, got behind fixtures, or has even pooled within the wall. A professional team knows how to find all of this moisture and remove it before it starts to promote mold growth or cause other issues.

Follow Cleanup with Restoration

But cleanup is really only half of the project when your home has been damaged due to storms or flooding. You also need to restore and repair anything that was destroyed or damaged. While this certainly includes the exterior sections of the house that let water in, it also involves restoring the floors, repairing water-damaged trim and woodwork, and more. General contractors may not know exactly what needs to be done to repair this damage. Instead, their instinct may be to tear it all out and start over, a costly and time-consuming process.

How Can SERVPRO of Fontana Help?

SERVPRO of Fontana is a professional storm and flood cleanup and restoration company here to help you deal with all of the issues that come after water has entered your home. Our trained professional disaster recovery teams are here to make certain your home is dry, safe, and mold-free after it’s been flooded. They can assist you in restoring any area that’s been water-damaged back to its original state, too. Contact us today if you’re in need of water cleanup and restoration.

Before and After: Residential Water Damage in CA

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

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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.