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Dishwasher and Water Damage

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

Dishwasher Leaking Damaged or loosen valves may cause the dishwasher to leak!

Dishwasher cause water damage when they leak. I am sure we have all seen little puddles of water on the floor from a leaking Dishwasher. But the bigger leaks, that you usually cannot see right away. That water could cause thousands of dollars of damage to cabinets and floors! Let us not forget to mention the risk of mold that water could cause!

Here are six reasons why your dishwasher could be leaking:

  • Leaky Dishwasher Door
  • Leaky Dishwasher Tub
  • Damaged or Loose Valves
  • Improper Alignment
  • Wrong Dishwasher Detergent
  • Overfilled Dishwasher

If such an incident happens to you, don’t let the sitting water cause more damage. Call SERVPRO of Monterey Park and our experts will take care of the rest!

Water Heater Hot Water Pipe Leaking

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

There are generally 3 reasons to consider why a hot water pipe starts leaking:

  1. There is increased water pressure in the tank
  2. A faulty float valve
  3. An overused washer

One of the most basic dangers of a leaking water heater is the damage to the surrounding floor and walls.  Again, it can lead to mold and even seep down into the foundation of the home and can weaken the foundation.  If water is coming from the water heater it has the potential to be dangerous and even deadly.  If gas is leaking near the water heater, the ignition flame can ignite the gas causing an explosion.  The water pressure heats and begins to build up pressure inside the tank which causes the explosion.  

Water Loss and Extraction

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

Water is the single most long-term destructive substance in the indoor environment. It can dissolve or weaken building materials, damage floors and ceilings, and can also cause microbial growth if you don’t fix water damage quickly and professionally.

The first thing to do if you are dealing with water damage at your place of business is to remove the water immediately. The faster the water is extracted the less damage to the building structure and contents. In situations, this is not enough. Standing water from carpet, flooring and walls can cause permanent damage if not taken care of in a timely manner

Water extraction is used to assist in the prevention of microbial growth from expanding and growing. Extraction of water is also needed to keep floors from buckling. The dehumidifiers and air movers will be placed by the technicians in the necessary areas of the building.

For more information, you may contact us at 626-656-6577. We are here to help!

Tips for Avoiding Electrical Fire

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

Plugging in a electrical cord Do not use outlet extension cords to plug in home appliances.

Electrical and heating fires can happen without warning. Wiring, lighting, cords and plugs all pose their own unique fire risk. By actively being aware of your environment and taking necessary steps for safety, you can work to prevent a fire damage.

Ways to prevent electrical and heating fires:

  1. Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician and all heating equipment/chimneys cleaned and inspected by a professional. There are no shortcuts when it comes to home safety!
  2. All major appliances (refrigerators, dryers, washers, stoves, a/c units and microwave ovens) should be plugged directly into a wall outlet. Do not use extension cords or plug strips.
  3. Always turn off major appliances and heaters when you leave a room or go to sleep.
  4. Do not use extension cords as a permanent solution for power for any type of device.     

If your property faces electrical damage, make sure to get assistance. We are here to help!

Four Fire Safety Tips

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Extinguisher Make sure to check the status of the extinguishers before they expire!

Incidents such as fire does not come with notice. It is an unpredictable accident, but there are ways to reduce its consequences. Below, you can find tips for your home’s fire safety.

#1 Identify Fire Protection System
Each house should have a fire prevention and it is essential to familiarize yourself with them. These systems can consist of a sprinkler system throughout each building, and the vast majority of apartments have a fire alarm pull station to alert nearby residents.

#2 Check Smoke Alarms
Each apartment is equipped with a smoke alarm, but it is always a good idea to test these alarms on a regular basis. Typically, checking a smoke detect alarm once a month is sufficient. Always replace any smoke alarms that are older than ten years.

#3 Locate Fire Extinguishers
Locate fire extinguishers around areas of home that are exposed more to fire like the kitchen. Make sure to check the status of the extinguishers before they expire!

#4 Never Leave Food on the Stove Unattended
The number one cause of fires inside a home is due to cooking. Leaving food unattended on a stove significantly increases the chance of a fire, and it is important to remain vigilant at all times.

We Have Sufficient Equipment

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

Our equipment Our equipment

  • Equipment is one of the essential parts of any business. Our franchise is equipped for various types of water mitigation equipment.

Detection Equipment:

  • Moisture Sensors: Used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards, and walls.
  • Moisture Meters: Used to detect the actual moisture content of various materials.
  • Thermohydrometers: measures both temperature and relative humidity. After getting these two readings, we can calculate specific humidity, dew point, and vapor pressure.

Extraction Equipment:

  • Extractors- used in cleaning carpets and upholstery and in removing water from floors following water damage. Extractors can be truck-mounted or portable. 

Air Moving Equipment:

  • Air Movers- used in water damage restoration to enhance evaporation at the surface level, reducing drying time. This moisture is eliminated using the dehumidification equipment. 

Dehumidification Equipment:

  • Dehumidifiers- By extracting water vapor from the air, dehumidifiers lower the humidity. They pull the moist, humid air in and discharge dry, warm atmosphere. The dry air acts like a sponge, absorbing moisture from wet materials. 

Where should you look for water leaks?

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

It can be overwhelming to find water damage on your property. When restoring a water-damaged area, it’s highly recommended to not take this on as a project you can do it, simply because the water will seep through cracks within walls and floors.

To get started, here are five familiar places to find water leaks:

1. Water Heaters

Water heaters leak all the time, especially when they are old. About 70% of all failures have been the result of a leak or burst. 

2. Toilets

Toilets are the appliance that passes the most amount of water each day. In this situation, turn off the main water switch and inspect the tank. You may have to call a plumber, depending on the severity of the problem. 

3. Water Pipes

Leaky pipes are one of the leading causes of water damage. One of the scariest thoughts is that most pipes are hidden, often leading to hidden water damage until it has seeped through the building materials and is noticeable through walls and floors. Be sure to have a licensed plumber inspect them every so often to prevent any potential water damage.

 4. Gutters

While many sources of water damage occur within the home, external issues, like blocked gutters, also cause for concern. With every fall and spring, hire a professional or clear away the debris from the gutters yourself to allow water to flow freely away from the foundation. 

5. Sinks and Showers

Similar to washing machines and refrigerators, tubs and showers are among the most common sources of water damage. 

SERVPRO HEPA Air Scrubber

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Air Scrubber SERVPRO Air Scrubber

The Phoenix GuardianR Pro HEPA Air Scrubber is a compact, portable true HEPA air filtration device. It is a portable filtration system that removes particles, gasses, and/or chemicals from the air within a given area.  Whether set-up as an air scrubber or negative air machine, the Phoenix GuardianR Pro HEPA Air Scrubber design has been independently tested to verify true HEPA performance of not just the filter but of the entire device while delivering over 500 CFM of filtered airflow. The two-stage filter design removes virtually all hazardous particles from the air and the optional carbon/potassium permanganate filter can be used to absorb a wide range of odors and gases. Once using in a job site, this air scrubber removes smoke, fumes, mold, dust from the environment and provide clean air.