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A Funny Story About Mold Damage

4/20/2019 (Permalink)

The Strange Entity on the Wall

Samantha had always been into strange things and by that we mean the Ouija board, calling upon spirits through her magic ball, and what not. After one of her particular sessions, she went down into the basement to do her laundry. As she turned on the overhead light, she saw this huge black shape on the wall. There was black ooze dripping from the shape and making a puddle on the floor.

Scared, Samantha ran up and called her mom. After talking to her, she made the next call to the local priest. Turns out, her mother had advised her to get an exorcism done… on the wall. When the priest came to the house, Samantha directed him to the basement and stood back as he took out the things to perform the exorcism. As he was about to start the sermon, he slipped and fell on the black puddle. The priest scrambled back and held out his cross. When nothing happened, he brought his hand closer to his face and smelled the black goo. Eyebrows raised, he turned back to Samantha and said in a deadpan voice, “Child, this is mold!”

Don't be like Samantha and her mother, read our blogs on mold to learn more about how it can affect you and your property. SERVPRO is here to help!

Why Water Damage Will Change Your Life

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Water Damage Will Change Your Life SERVPPRO is available 24 hours a day for your property's water damage needs.

Better fix that dripping faucet in the bathroom fast or one day you might return home and find your bedroom partially flooded. Whether it is a natural disaster or an overlooked waterline problem, the damage takes a swift turn. In fact, this damage is the worst sort of problems that homeowners face. It destroys everything and even affects your personal life.

No matter what or where the water source is, once it finds its way into your house, you will have to make some big decisions to make sure that things can be salvaged in time. Let’s talk about how water damage affects your life on a personal level.

Property Damage From Water

As water seeps into your basement and other rooms, it drives different types of sediments, especially mud, into your house. This thick layer of mess creates a breeding ground for all kinds of insects and leaves behind a particular smell, even when the water has dried.

Property Damage From Mold

If the water stays in place for more than two days, you will see mold developing on the surface. There are two types of molds: one that can be cleaned using a strong solution and the other that is hazardous. If mold growth is not treated as soon as possible, it can grow quite rapidly and damage your property further.

It Becomes Dangerous For You to Remain in the House

When water seeps into the foundation, a change occurs in the rock and soil. This compromises the base and standing of the house, making the ground weak. While the chances of your house walls collapsing are low, but it does become vulnerable to future disasters.

Fire

As you already know, electricity and water do not make a good combination. In fact, the explosive reaction both these elements cause can lead to dangerous circumstances for you and your property. Water damage compromises all electrical outlets and appliances. Plugging in any device might cause a spark and lead to fire.

Water damage puts a temporary halt to your life. You need to assess the situation carefully and decide if the house is habitable. The risk of staying at such a place is too high and you need to take actions immediately. SERVPRO of Torrance is available 24 hours a day, do not hesitate to call if you are faced with these circumstances.

Why SERVPRO is Your Best Bet for Damage Recovery Services

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

You can search online as much as you want and you won’t find a single thread why hiring a disaster recovery service is not a good idea. We dare you to try it! The same falls for SERVPRO Industries because when it comes to cleaning up the mess left by a disaster and restoring your house back to its former glory, no one can beat us!

With more than 1,700 franchises all over the world, we have been in the disaster recovery business for quite a few decades now. During this time, we have scouted the best of the best professionals and created a team that works hard on making sure that people get their house back after a storm.

So, what sets us apart?

The professionals we send to your house are no strangers to damages caused by natural disasters. We have tackled it all from water damage, storm damage, fire damage, to mold remediation and commercial service that include cleaning, repair and restoration.

So, why us?

Trained Professionals

Every person that we employ is thoroughly trained in the art of disaster recovery, so they have a clear idea of what to expect and how to perform under pressure. This allows them to assess the damage by just looking at the damage. They inspect every area of the house to find out which parts of the house are habitable, so that they can start the restoration process without any disturbances.

Best Technology and Equipment

When it comes to mold, water and fire, special equipment is required to spot the damage and then catch any lingering damages after the restoration process. This is especially important in the case of fire damage because a small mishap can reignite fire in certain areas of the house. The technology we use is state-of-the-art and the team is trained on how to use them. This gives us an advantage over other disaster recovery services because not only do we have high-tech gear but we also make sure that safety is the first priority when it comes to dealing with damages caused by high scale disasters.

Knack of Locating Hidden Damages

In one of our previous blogs “How to Recognize Hidden Signs of Storm Damage”, we provided you with tips on how to spot hidden damage signs. By hiring SERVPRO, you can rest easy while we professionally check every nook and cranny of your house to make sure that there are no more surprises that might spring up on you in the future. We bet that you never thought checking the vents or the HVAC system for mold or underneath the floor boarding for water damage. Let us take care of this, so that you pay onetime cost for the repairs.

As mentioned earlier, we take great safety measures to make sure that during the restoration process, no one is harmed. For this we corner off the damaged areas, so that the process goes smoothly and faster. We even offer 24/7 emergency service, so call us now and get the restoration process started.

Darth Vader’s Guide to Rain & Its Lurking Aftermath You Need to Know!

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

We should thank Star Wars for providing us with Darth Vader, one of the most unforgettable villains in science fiction. If you’re struggling to cope up with the disastrous effects of rain, including terrible water damage, you should take some inspiration from this character. Think of how Darth Vader never feared the dark side and always believed in his powers. His ice-cold demeanor is what we all need to emulate when we face unexpected stressful situations such as heavy rainfall.

In case of unexpected heavy rainfall and storm, you should focus on staying safe and keeping everyone else safe too. Rainwater can cause a lot of damage to your property and if it mixes with the electrical system of your house, it can end up taking your life. You need to have faith in yourself and take control of the situation. Lord Vader would “...find your lack of faith disturbing” and wouldn’t hesitate to show you its consequences. Hence one should believe in themselves and remain strong during tense situations such as a heavy storm. Do not fear the Dark Side and dive into these tips for living through rain fearlessly.

Turn Off Electrical Appliances

The first thing you should do when it’s raining cats and dogs is to turn off all electrical appliances present in your house. If possible, turn off the main breaker so that there is no electricity running through your house. This will make sure that nobody has to experience an electric shock if the rainwater enters the electrical system of your house. 

Use a Mop to Clean Wet Floors

Rainwater can enter your house and flood your floor as well as your furniture. When it rains, you should remain alert and use a mop to dry excess water inside your house. It will save your expensive flooring and furniture from getting ruined and reduce the chances of your family members slipping while walking on a wet floor.

Keep Doors and Windows Tightly Shut

To make sure that rainwater does not enter your house, close all doors and windows. If there is a space between the bottom of your door and the floor, cover it up so that water does not enter through it. Moreover, look for leaks in walls and ceilings. If you find water seeping inside your house, follow the next tip.

Call a Professional Rain Damage Restoration Company

A professional rain damage restoration company can save you from the disastrous aftermath of heavy rainfall. Water seeping into your house through walls and ceilings can leave permanent marks on your walls which make your house look unappealing. Moreover, the water can mess with the electrical wiring of your house. A professional restoration company will restore the pre-rainfall condition of your house and save you from the terrible effects of unexpected rainfall.

“When I left you I was but the learner. Now I am the master!” –Darth Vader’s famous dialogue for Obi-Wan now holds true for you as well. You’ve learned everything and you’re ready for the battle against the aftermath of rainfall. Follow these pro tips and believe in yourself so that you can deal with the consequences of heavy rainfall.

Fire Damage and What it Really Costs

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage and What it Really Costs The consequences of fire damage can be overwhelming. Call SERVPRO for a professional and stress free clean up service.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home fires play a major role in property damage, injuries, and loss of life in the U.S. According to their 2017 statistics, 72% of all resident fatalities were caused by home fires.

Other than cooking appliances, home fires are caused by many things such as faulty heating equipment, defective electrical equipment, burning candles, and irresponsible smoking inside the house. Fire alarms and smoke detectors can help in detecting when the fire starts, and it can reduce the amount of damage caused by fire by helping you call the fire brigade on time.

Home fires should not be taken lightly because they result in loss of property as well as precious human lives. Fire damage results in high restoration costs that homeowners find difficult to cope up with. Taking preventative measures to prevent fires is a good idea, but they don’t always work. Here are the major damages that homeowners have to bear when fire engulfs their precious belongings.

Damaged Furniture, Carpets, and Rugs

Fire can eat up your wooden furniture and destroy your expensive rugs and carpets. Dealing with these damages is not an easy task. In case of such a situation, you must call a professional fire damage restoration company to restore your expensive furnishings. The trained professionals will visit your house and inspect all of your furniture to see what can be restored and what needs to be replaced. If your furnishings have not been completely engulfed by the fire, the professionals will restore them back to their original condition. Otherwise, you will have to spend a lot of money on replacing those items with new ones.

Electrical Equipment

Electrical devices have made our lives easy and that’s why our homes are full of them. Home fires damage these expensive electrical devices and homeowners have to pay a huge price for it. If the damage is not severe, these devices can be fixed by an electrician. Otherwise, the only option left is to replace them with new devices and equipment.

Soot Deposits on Walls

Soot deposits are part of the damage caused by fire. It is a black powdery substance that is produced as a result of partial combustion of organic substances. It gets deposited on walls, windows, doors, roof, and furniture – basically everything. A professional fire restoration company can help you get rid of the sticky black soot. The trained professionals will inspect your house and decide which method of cleaning is suitable for soot removal. Through their expertise, they will restore everything in your house to their original condition.

Loss of Important Documents

One of the major fire damages is the loss of important documents. If your documents such as passports and social security cards get completely burned during a fire, they cannot be restored. All you can do is contact the respective authorities and discuss your situation with them. They will help you find a solution.

Fire damages are a menace for homeowners because they have to deal with the hectic process of restoration. Calling a professional company like SERVPRO to help you out is the best option. You can count on the professionals to assist you in restoring fire damages.

5 Outrageous Ideas for Home Remodeling

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 5 Outrageous Ideas for Home Remodeling A conversation pit artistically decorated with pillows.

From hidden doors to a tree guest house for Sunday family dinners, these outrageous home remodeling ideas will capture everyone’s attention.

Have you ever had an idea that was so outrageous that it made you giddy and all excited? When it comes to home remodeling, we all tend to react the same. The wistful sighs when you see a home remodeling magazine or that absolutely beautiful and cute book corner your friend has in her house is everything you dream about.

So, why not act on your ideas? Make your home the oasis you have always pictured and enjoy in the comfy and artistic arms of your creation.

Following are five truly unique ideas for home remodeling:

  1. Window Seat - Trundle Bundle

Who doesn’t love a window seat? We all fell in love with it watching Vampire Diaries and seeing Elena Gilbert tucked in a throw blanket on the window seat, righting her thoughts about the two hunky brothers. So how do you take this design up a notch? With a trundle bundle!

A trundle bundle is a drawer that transforms into a small comfortable seat underneath the window seat. It’s cozy and gives you the perfect place to sit and write your thoughts in a journal.

    2. A Conversation Pit

You might have seen these on every show of the Big Brother. A conversation pit gives the room a comfortable look. A bi-level sofa set with plush carpet and dozens of throw pillows… what’s not to love? The best thing about this remodeling idea is that you can decorate the conversation pit any way you want. Swap the sofas set with extremely large pillows and bean bags for a more intimate look.

    3. Hidden Room Under the Kitchen Counter

A fallout shelter tends to have this generic look that we just need to save ourselves from a natural disaster. Instead of designing a hidden room and creating the access door to the fallout shelter, why not combine these two and come up with something different? Here’s what we suggest: place the door to the fallout shelter under the kitchen island and design this underground space with all the luxury. Channel your Harry Porter side and get creative.

    4.  Tree-Guesthouse

How about a guestroom outside the house? Trust us when we say this that your guests will have the night of their lives. It’s a tree house and guest room that gives you the “Tree-Guesthouse”. Get creative and use glass walls and ceilings for a starry night.

    5. Ceiling Hammock 

We are not talking about attaching a hammock from the ceiling, but making the ceiling a hammock! If you have a really tall ceiling, then stretch a hammock from wall to wall and enjoy!

So, there you go… five outrages home remodeling ideas, which we are pretty sure that you want to implement now. What’s stopping you? Get on with them already!

Why DIY is NOT a Great Idea for Water Damage Restoration

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why DIY is NOT a Great Idea for Water Damage Restoration Red sofa in a room damaged by water. Interior water damage shown by wet floor and stained wall.

Water dripping inside your house can cause a whole lot of problems. Read on to know why you should call a professional to fix water damage and not attempt to do it yourself.

Water can enter your house either through faulty plumbing lines, leaky roofs, broken foundations, malfunctioning HVAC appliances, or as a result of natural disasters such as a flood or a heavy storm. Whatever the source is, unwanted water entering your house leads to a lot of heavy damage.

When water accumulates in your house and sits there for 24-72 hours, it serves as a breeding ground for numerous bacteria as well as mold spores. This leads to breathing problems such as asthma and various bacterial diseases. Apart from that, water ruins your rugs and carpets and seeps into all of your expensive wooden furniture.

You might think that you can handle the water damage yourself, without calling a professional water damage restoration company. That’s certainly not true. Why would people opt for water damage restoration companies if the problem could be handled easily? 

Here are the top three reasons why you should call the professionals for water damage restoration instead of dealing with the mess yourself.

  1. You're Not an Expert!

Water damage restoration companies have qualified professionals who are trained specially for restoring water damage at home. On the other hand, you’re a person who knows nothing about the techniques and expertise required for restoring water damage. You will end up stressing yourself unnecessarily if you try to fix water damage at home. An expert will deal with the damage without thinking twice and save you from worrying.

     2. You Don't Have Necessary Equipment

When you call a professional water restoration company for help, they will send their trained staff along with all the required equipment such as moisture meters, dehumidifiers, drying fans, chemical sealers and other required tools. On the other hand, if you decide to remove water yourself, you would need to either buy or hire the required equipment and tools. So, calling a professional water damage restoration company will save your money and also save you from the hassle of using equipment that you’re unfamiliar with.

       3. You're Not Safe

Standing water inside your house can be dangerous do to electrical faults and for your health. Professionals who visit houses for water damage restoration wear special suites that keep them safe from these hazards. The trained staff members know how to deal with the dangers associated with standing water. Therefore, you can save yourself from those dangers by calling a professional.

If your property has been struck with water damage, it’s best to call a water damage restoration company instead of fixing the mess yourself. The professionals will handle everything and leave your house as it was before the damage.

CALL SERVPRO of Torrance for your water damage at 310-320-2112.

Why DIY is Not a Good Option for Fire Damage Restoration?

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why DIY is Not a Good Option for Fire Damage Restoration? White exterior of house damaged by fire. Fire damage visible on a white colored house.

Restoring your house after it catches fire is one of the dreadful things in life. Read on to know why you should always hire a professional for fire damage restoration instead of fixing the damage yourself.

What’s worse than thinking about catching a fire in your house? It puts you, your family, your pets, and all of your precious belongings in danger.

Your house can catch fire because of numerous reasons such as cooking disasters, electrical wiring faults, malfunctioning heating equipment and burning candles. The damage caused by fire depend on its intensity. A huge fire can eat up the whole family while a small one might only leave black burn marks on a wall.  

It’s best to call a professional company for fire damage restoration. They will help you get rid of burn marks, soot deposits and burning odor inside your house. Moreover, you would be in a state of shock after your house catches fire. It’s better to call a fire restoration company and allow them to handle the mess.

Here are the reasons why calling a professional fire damage restoration company is better than DIY.

          1. They Offer Emergency Services

Fire damage restoration services offer 24/7 emergency services. You can call them whenever there is a fire emergency and they’ll come in no time. Without a professional, you won’t be able to handle the aftermath of your house catching a fire. For instance, if your electric kettle catches a fire, you wouldn’t know how to deal with it because after the fire is put out now your looking at water damage to your home as well. Talk about a state of total shock and panic. All you can do at that time is call a professional fire damage restoration company to help you out.

          2. They Will Properly Inspect Your House

A professional fire restoration company will thoroughly inspect your house for fire damages. Along with the black burn spots and soot deposits, they will check if the fire has damaged any of your water pipes or drainage lines. If yes, then they will call the water restoration company to fix the problem. The water restoration company will clean the water, they will call a plumber out to fix pipes and dry your house to prevent mold damage. This wouldn’t happen if you tried handling the fire damage yourself.

          3. They Will Fix All The Damages

The fire damage restoration professionals will use special chemicals and equipment to remove soot deposits as well as clean the black burn spots on your walls and ceiling. They will use special deodorizers to make sure that your house gets rid of the pungent burning smell. Moreover, they will use special ventilators and pumps to get rid of all the harmful smoke present inside your house.

You can hurt yourself if you don’t call a fire damage restoration company. If fire smoke enters your respiratory system, it can cause breathing problems and also lead to a cardiac arrest. So, it’s best to call a fire damage restoration service to save yourself from serious health issues.

Damage caused by fire should not be taken lightly. Always call a professional fire damage restoration company if your house catches a fire.  There is more to cleaning up after a fire than you think.

CALL SERVPRO of Torrance for your Fire and Water Damage Needs at 310-320-2112

10 Tips to Increase Productivity at Work with Office Design

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Community 10 Tips to Increase Productivity at Work with Office Design Office design & layout.

According to the reportThe Impact of Office Design on Business Performance”, it was in the 1980’s that the “combi-office” concept came to light. The philosophy behind this office design was to encourage a communicative office structure.

Following are a few factors that the right office design can influence:

  • Retention and motivation of staff
  • Optimization of total occupancy cost
  • Productivity of staff
  • Creativity and innovation in the workplace
  • Skills and knowledge of staff
  • Catalyzing culture shifts
  • Responsiveness to technological or business change
  • Customer retention and attraction

Now, let’s have a look at how to use office design to streamline you team’s workflow:

10 Tips to Increase Productivity at Work with Office Design

1. The Right Lighting

The right angle of lighting can mean the difference between staying focused and feeling depressed. Bad lighting leads to headaches, eyestrain, fatigue, and overall irritability. Lighting below 3500K will make your employees less productive. Why not give your employees a desk lamp to help them work more efficiently?

2. Chair and Table

An uncomfortable chair can direct the mind of employees from their chairs. They will forever be adjusting themselves to find the right angle. Here’s what you should do: the computer on the table should be at eye-level, the chair must have a foot rest, and the declining angle of the chair should be slightly titled to avoid back pain.

3. Clear Clutter

Get your employees’ desks cleaned every morning and encourage a clean work station. Instead of providing a huge work space, make the placement uniform and communicative. The management starts with you, so you need to enforce some rules.

4. Combination of Paint Colors

Blue affects the mind, red your body, yellow your emotions, and green your balance. Instead of using one color or going with white (a color that stifles individuality feelings), experiment with all of them and make sure to include some abstract designs.

5. Spray the Right Scent

A combination of lavender, pine, and cinnamon will work wonders on your employees’ productivity. These scents tend to increase alertness, improve focus, and induce a relaxing feeling.

6. Let Them Listen to Music

Music increases productivity by improving mood. So play light music, at a moderate volume, in the background.

7. Provide Different Spaces

Give your employees more room to work and by that we mean different environments. Apart from their personal space, make space in your office for break rooms, eating area, lounge area, game room, and relaxation room.

8. Organize the Teams

Instead of separating employees based on their job function, create a work space that puts colleagues together. This helps them generate solution quicker and get work done faster.

9. Refreshment Corner

Junk food leads to diminishing returns, which is why it is better to offer healthy snacks in the refreshment corner such as veggies and hummus, nuts, unsweetened yoghurts, freshly cut fruit cups, and more.

10. Bring in Nature

According to a study, a green office increases productivity. This might be due to the clean air that plants promote and they way they keep the place lively.

It’s time to make some changes in your office. Try these tips and you will see an increase in your employee retention rate.

How to Create the Perfect Floor Plan for Your Commercial Space

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial How to Create the Perfect Floor Plan for Your Commercial Space A combination of grid and loop floor plan.

Let’s assume you own a retail store and with the positive response you got at the first opening, you decide to open another store.

Are you interested in making sales right off the bat? The reason why experts recommend planning store layout strategically is because it can drive impulse sales and direct customers towards the high-end products.

Following are a few ideas that will help you create a kick-ass floor plan:

1. Decide on a Retail Floor Plan

Grid Floor Plan: Mostly used in convenience stores (straight aisles)

Loop Floor Plan: Used in specialty retail stores (maximizes floor space by creating a clear pathway)

Free-Flow Floor Plan: Mostly used for boutique settings (creative patterns to attract shoppers)

2.     Put It on Paper

Before you start buying furniture and shifting it around, put your design on paper. This will give you a clear picture of where things can go and how much space you will have to be more creative. You can also use a combination of floor plan to create a unique setting.

3. Pay Close Attention to the Traffic Flow

Following three points should be considered here:

Decompression Zone: entrance space where shoppers like to stand and assess the store.

The Right Side: 90% of the shoppers turn right when they enter a store. So, make sure that the best sellers are placed there.

Personal Space: Do not place the furniture too close together or leave less space between the aisles. Shoppers don’t want their bottom brushing against others while they are browsing.

4. Placement of the Checkout Counter

The checkout counter should always be on the left. Here’s why: as said earlier, customers turn right upon entrance and then they loop around, ending on the left side.

5. Product Mapping

Your best sellers should always be at the back of the store. This allows you to attract the shoppers while they are on their way to the primary zone. The secondary zone is the impulse buys they pass. Don’t forget to place the low-cost impulse buys at the checkout counter.

The combination of display shelves and the comfort zone that is the seating area, allows the shoppers to stay and browse a little longer. So, make sure that those shelves are stocked and decorated and, the comfort zone providing private space to relax.

And that’s how you create a floor plan!