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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.

What To DO If You Find Water Damage In Your Home

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

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When water damage occurs, it is critical that you take action immediately. Calling on the knowledgeable team at SERVPRO of Fontana is the first step to ensure the water is removed quickly and efficiently and your property is dried thoroughly to prevent damage. While your SERVPRO of Fontana professionals will arrive on the scene as quickly as possible, there are several steps you can take ensure your family’s safety and expedite the process.


Safety of your family and your home is always the first priority, so when water damage occurs, you want to make sure it is safe to remain in your home. Electrical issues as well as slip and fall hazards often result after water damage, so take care. If it is safe to do so, you can begin removing excess water. Remove all items from wood furniture and wipe away any excess water. You can also prop up wet cushions and other upholstered items. Placing aluminum foil or wooden blocks beneath furniture legs which are on top of wet carpeting can help protect both furnishings and carpet from further damage. In summer, turning on your AC can speed drying in your home.


It important that you remove valuables and art, placing them in a safe, dry area. Pick up all wet fabrics, hanging them to dry. It is also important to remove any books, papers, magazines or other items from wet floors to decrease potential damage. Until you are certain it is safe to do so, don’t use appliances, lighting, or ceiling fans. And never, use your household vacuum cleaner in an attempt to remove water.


Your SERVPRO of Fontana professionals are dedicated to a fast response in the event of water damage, and have the knowledge to prevent further damage and lower your restoration costs. Through the use of state of the art water restoration equipment and techniques, your SERVPRO of Fontana professionals will get the job done correctly, returning your Orange County home back to “normal” as quickly as possible.

Who is SERVPRO

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is a Franchise company with over 40 years of leadership in cleanup and restoration. Our track record of results has earned us the trust of the insurance industry, countless home owners, and government agencies.

You may be aware that your local "SERVPRO OF FONTANA" is part of a Franchise system that has been helping make fire and water damage "Like it never even happened," since 1969. But did you know that the system has grown to include more than 1,650 Franchises nationwide in 48 states? SERVPRO OF  FONTANA is just a tip of the bright green iceberg.

Wherever there is a house full of water or an office full of smoke, you can count on the SERVPRO Franchise processionals to respond quickly.

-SERVPRO 

Commercial Services by SERVPRO

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

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Fire and water damage are two of the worst types of damage, and either one can shut your business down for days, if not weeks. Fires, floods, heavy storms, and other disasters can result in mold growth, smoke damage, and even lead to structural issues that force you to rebuild your business. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Fontana is here to assist you in restoring your business. We understand the dangers of commercial water damage and fire damage, and we’re ready to help you recover as quickly as possible.

Commercial Restoration

Our commercial restoration services focus on getting your business cleaned up and ready to reopen in as little time as possible. The longer your business is closed, the more business you’re losing. We send in a professional disaster recovery team focused on removing damage and repairing your commercial site.

Commercial Water Restoration

Water damage is one of the most insidious types of damage because it can occur inside walls or under the floor. You may have major water damage, but never know it. Our commercial and industrial restoration team is trained to search everywhere for damage and deal with it so you don’t have structural issues or mold later on. We will quickly dry out the area, remove any odors, and even clean your fabric and upholstery.

Commercial Fire Restoration

Fire damage comes in two stages: there’s the actual damage from the fire, and then there’s the lingering damage from smoke. We take care of both, plus we can clean up any water damage that occurred from putting the fire out. Dealing with smoke damage can be a long, hard fight, but we have the right tools for the job. We’ll make certain your business is restored to its former condition and doesn’t have any lingering smoke smell.

Commercial Mold Remediation

Mold will not only close down your business, but it can also make your employees and customers sick. It’s a serious issue that can occur even without a flood or any major water damage. A small leak can evolve into a huge mold problem faster than you might think. Our experienced mold remediation team will remove all mold, find the source of the leak, and restore the area to its previous condition.

Have water or fire damage? Do you suspect you need mold remediation? SERVPRO of Fontana is here to help you with all of your restoration needs. Contact us today to discuss your commercial restoration needs.

Floods Strike Everywhere

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Floods Strike Everywhere Floods Strike Everywhere

Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the U.S. Whether you live near a coastline , along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering flood damage. In fact, nearly 25% of last year's claims paid by the National Flood insurance program (NFIP) were for policies in moderate to low-Risk Communities. According to the NFIP, houses in the U.S. have 26% chance of being damaged by a flood during the course of a 30- year mortgage, while businesses face similar risks by flooding. On average, floods cost $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S. The following are a few more little-known flood facts:

- Floods kill an average of 140 people per year in the U.S. making flooding the most deadly natural disaster.

- More than half of all fatalities during floods are auto are related, often the result of drivers misjudging the depth of water on a road and being swept away in a swiftly moving current.

- The principle causes of floods in the eastern U.S. are hurricanes and storms.

- The principle cause of floods in the western U.S. are snowmelt and rainstorms.

- Underpasses can be some of the most dangerous places during a flash flood - especially at night, when it's difficult to see.

What To Do If Your Basement Has Flooded

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

What To Do If Your Basement Has Flooded What To Do If Your Basement Has Flooded

If a water spill or full-fledged flood in your basement has you panicked, you’re not alone. Despite the fact that nearly all basements are prone to flooding, many homeowners are caught off-guard when it actually happens.

Here’s what to do when disaster strikes:

1) Shut Off Power

When heading into any flooded area, the first step should be to shut off all power to the room, including electricity and gas. Ideally you’ll want to do this before even entering the room, but this isn’t always possible; in many homes, the breaker panel is located in the basement. In these cases, proceed only if there is little/no standing water remaining.

Note: if you have to stand in water at any point to access your breaker panel, DO NOT – instead, call an electrician for assistance.

2) Determine the Source of the Flooding

Your next steps will depend somewhat on where the excess water is coming from. If there has been a large-scale flood in your area, this should be pretty obvious, but a water spill can also be the result of burst pipes, radiator leaks, backed-up drains, etc. If the water appears to be coming from somewhere within your home, try to shut off the source – and call a plumber for assistance if needed.

3) Move Affected Items Out

Any personal possessions you want to save should be allowed to dry out in a warm and well-ventilated place – outdoors might be the best option, provided it’s relatively sunny out. Give your stuff a good 48 hours to thoroughly dry, but recognize that not everything can necessarily be recovered. A damp basement is very inviting to fungal growth, so don’t delay or you risk having to toss out moldy and mildewy items.

4) Call a Flood Damage Repair Specialist

Even if you’re able to clean up all of the standing water (and sometimes there’s just too much), indoor flooding poses some real long-term dangers. Excess water in your walls or under the carpet creates the perfect conditions for wild mold growth, which – combined with bacteria-rich flood waters – poses a serious health risk for you and your family. The safest course of action is to call in a water damage specialist to dry out the basement, replace rotted or compromised wall sections, and disinfect the area.

SERVPRO of Fontana is proud to be the leader in Southern California flood damage repair. We’re available 24/7 and can work with your home insurance provider – call us today at (909) 357-4337.

SERVPRO Storm Response

6/3/2021 (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.