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Roof Damaged?

5/18/2022 (Permalink)

Often during heavy rains, winds, or falling debris, homes and businesses can experience roof damage. For some, the first instinct is to apply a roof tarp, looking to quickly solve the issue and attempt to reduce the possibility of additional damage. Roof tarps allow you to have a quick solution and a gap of time until better weather conditions allow for safe inspection and repair.

It is a good, inexpensive idea to quickly cover the holes in the roof, stop a water leak, and to have a level of security in knowing that no rodents or other animals will enter your home or business through those holes.

Although a roof tarp has many benefits, we do not recommend it as a permanent solution to your problem, because:

  • Some brands are more heavy duty than others, but they all wear out over time.
  • If the roof has water damage that leaked into your home, mold could be growing in the affected areas.
  • Wind can move the tarp, leaving spaces uncovered where water can start leaking again.
  • The tarp may increase the heat inside your home or business, which could lead to a higher electrical bill.
  • If not installed properly, it could hold small pools of standing water, perfect for mosquitoes to dwell.

What To Include in a First Aid Kit

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

A first aid kit is an essential item for your commercial property in Northwest Ontario. Sadly, it's all too common for an emergency kit to be missing from offices and supply closets. If you haven't put together a safety kit or if you haven't made sure an existing kit is up to date, now is the time to make sure you're fully prepared for an emergency. 

First Aid List  

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has a complete list of items you need to create a basic kit as well as a complete kit. For example, a very basic first aid kit should contain 

  • Adhesive bandages 
  • Gauze pads multiple shapes and sizes 
  • Gauze rolls in various widths 
  • Triangular bandages 
  • Supplies for cleaning wounds, such as disinfectants and swabs 
  • Scissors 
  • Tweezers 
  • Medical tape 
  • Medical gloves 
  • Resuscitation equipment 
  • Splints 
  • Blanket 
  • Directions for contacting emergency personnel 

Water Damage

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

If you find that your home is flooding, you should first make sure everyone is safe. If it doesn't put you in harm's way, find the source of the flood, such as a broken pipe, and stop the water. Your next steps should be the following: 

  • Contact a professional water removal company to schedule cleanup 
  • Contact your insurance company to file a claim 
  • Remove any materials from the water, if it's safe to do so 

Never turn on an electronic device if you have had a flood in your home. Let the professionals handle items such as televisions, stereos, computers, and appliances. Water removal specialists know how to safely inspect and clean up these machines properly. 

SERVPRO of Northwest Ontario professionals will start by explaining you every step of the proses to dry your home..  

Signs of Gas Leaks

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

They're sometimes hard to recognize, but it doesn't take much of a leak to cause a gas fire. These home disasters are all too common. Fortunately, you can avoid a fire or worse by recognizing signs of a leak:

  •  A hissing or whistling sound near the line
  •  The smell of rotten eggs or sulfur
  •  Bubbles in the water
  •  Dead houseplants
  •  Visible dust near the gas line
  •  Damage to the gas pipe

Family members or pets may show signs of a natural gas leak, as well. These may include nosebleeds, reduced appetites, nausea, mood changes, irritation to the eyes and throats, disorientation, and breathing difficulties. 

Dos and Don’ts 

Avoid a gas fire or explosion in your Ontario, CA home by following these top tips:

1. Check Gas Stoves

If you have a gas stove, the dials may have been turned on or left on accidentally. If you're confident it's safe to remain in your home, move to the stove and turn off any flames. 

2. Do Not Flip Switches

By simply flipping the light switch to on or off could make a spark that causes a gas explosion. Instead, use a flashlight for any other actions you take in the house. Don't use the phone inside the house, either. In fact, don't use lighters, candles, or anything else that could ignite.

3. Ventilate the Home

Open all the windows and doors, so fresh air can come in and gas will move out of the house. Don't worry about taking any steps further than this. Instead, wait to contact emergency or fire remediation professionals when you and your family are safely outside. 

4. Go Outside and take everyone with you

Appliances and Water Damage

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

These are some statistics on appliances.

Washing machine supply lines typically have issues on average around the 9 year mark.  As a preventative measure, have a plumber look at the supply lines and replace parts as necessary.

Most people in United States have water heaters with a tank.  There are a number of people that have made the switch to thankless water heaters for a variety of reasons but most have not due to the added cost.  75% of tank water heaters will fail before the 12 year mark. If you are lucky enough to have your water heater approach the 10 mark, it may be time to change it out as a precautionary measure.  

These are the statistics on average; of course things will happen before some of these timelines are met.  SERVPRO of Northwest Ontario is here to help with any water mitigation damage that may rise in your home or commercial property.

Avoid Smoking Indoors

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

If you or one of the residents in your home currently smokes, it's important to be informed on how to prevent a cigarette fire. After first checking with your local fire department in Ontario, for any pointers they might have, consider this tip, as well.

Never Smoke Indoors
There are a surprising number of flammable materials in your home or garage. Any type of fabric will burn easily, so, if an ashtray gets knocked over, or a stray cinder falls on anything it could easily start a fire and severely damage your home. In addition to the risk of fires, smoke from cigarettes can also damage the fabrics in your home and cause them to smell bad. This smell is difficult to remove with conventional laundry detergent.

Consider professional odor removal if anyone has smoked indoors and the smells bothers you and your family members.

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Ontario                (909) 984-3544   

Why Call SERVPRO of Northwest Ontario?

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

Why should you choose SERVPRO of Northwest Ontario to take charge of your fire, water, cleanup, and/or restoration project?  We will list just some of the reasons...  SERVPRO of Northwest Ontario is experienced and certified with the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification).  We have a warehouse full of a vast amount of equipment, tools, cleaners, and chemicals, to make sure that we are ready for any project that may present itself.  Our team is background checked and certified.  SERVPRO of Northwest Ontario meets the rigid standards necessary to be on most insurance carrier programs, meaning we can take care of the project, as well as the paperwork, helping to alleviate that additional stress in trying situations.  Also, we are ready to help 24/7, and we will make sure that the job is done right the first time.  Please give us a call if you have questions about your restoration of cleaning needs.  (909) 984-3544

Rain in California?

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

Ontario California is a beautiful place to live, raise children and do business. Even though this winter and spring season we haven’t had a large amount of rain. 

The smallest leak in a roof can result in a huge amount of damage and the added ingredient of wind only compounds the problem. SERVPRO of Northwest Ontario fields many calls throughout the fall and winter from roofs, windows, and doors and, well, any structure. 

This particular project was a surprise for the new tenant. We were called to assess the problem and address the drying of the structure. What we found when we arrived certainly meant that some work was getting done that day. We also performed some demo and cleanup. 

If you need any help with your property in your Ontario property, give us a call 

(909)984-3544

Mold

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

Extensive microbial growth was discovered in a family's residential home in Northwest Ontario California, due to a pipe leak between the walls that went undiscovered for many weeks. Mold was discovered in the garage and kitchen area after cabinetry was removed. SERVPRO of Northwest Ontario has trained technicians that were able to test and remove the mold growth, and then restore the affected areas to pre loss conditions. The family was very thankful that we were able to recover their home as quickly as possible to avoid any health concerns in the future.

Standard Remediation Process

When you discover mold, call us and we will go through our standard mold remediation process: 

  • Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Mold Containment
  • Air Filtration
  • Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Restoration
  • call us at (909)984-3544

When should you inspect your roof?

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

While two annual inspections are enough, some special conditions require extraordinary measures. 

For instance, after an episode of Santa Ana winds, downpours, or hailstorm, your home and business roofs can become susceptible to wear and tear. Since a leaky roof can cause

water damage inside your home and business.

Moreover, harsh weather conditions, including strong heat, create fault lines that cause concern.

Therefore, having enjoyed your time in the rain be sure to give your roof a health check.

Frequent inspections require an eye that can detect details. 

So, for a quick check-up, you can simply look for any peeled-off paint, Mold , Water Damaged, or fault lines. These are vital checkpoints to determine if your roof needs additional professional care.

If you find that your roof is damaged and know there is rain on the forecast SERVPRO of Northwest Ontario can help you by tarping your home or business to allow you extra time to fix your roof.