HOW DID MY AIR CONDITIONING UNIT LEAD TO WATER DAMAGE?
Many Long Beach residents are using air conditioning units to combat the hot summer months, but did you know these units can easily lead to water damage if not maintained properly?
If you notice your A/C unit leaking water in your residence, it’s important to quickly take steps to minimize damage to your property. First, perform a quick inspection to identify where specifically the water is coming from. You may consider the following six major reasons that A/C units leak when beginning the troubleshooting process:
- A broken pump
- A/C condenser coil is leaking
- Faulty installation
- Dirty filter
- Overflow pan is damaged
- A/C drain line is clogged
Regardless of what caused the leak, it is important to call SERVPRO of Northeast Long Beach/Lakewood to obtain a professional estimate and thoughtful plan to repair your water damaged floors and walls. We can help identify the source of the leak and ensure it is repaired to prevent further damage. We are available 24/7 to take your call.
HOW TO REMAIN SAFE DURING AN EARTHQUAKE
On Independence Day this year, a 6.4-magnitude hit Southern California, only to be followed by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake the next day, the strongest earthquake in the region for decades.
While none of the quakes resulted in any major injuries or fatalities, the incident did displace many residents in the towns located near the epicenter of the first two major temblors.
Earthquakes can happen anywhere, without warning, and cause natural disasters such as tsunamis, landslides, and avalanches. If an earthquake happens, protect yourself right away. Drop, Cover, then Hold On!
We recommend taking the following steps to prepare for, survive, and recover from an earthquake:
- Make a Plan: Gathering your family will be a top priority. Choose a meeting place and an out-of-area contact to relay messages.
- Secure Your Home: Make sure your house is as shake proof as possible by retrofitting weak spots, strapping down heavy furniture and securing loose objects.
- Obtain a Kit: Store supplies to get your family through at least the first three days after a quake.
- Drop, Cover, and Hold on: When a quake stars, drop down where you are, and cover your head. If you’re near heavy furniture, take cover underneath and hold tight.
- Check for Hazards: When the shaking stops, check for injuries and for damage to home electrical wires, gas lines, walls, floors, and water pipes.
- Stay Connected: Surviving a quake is a community effort. Get to know your neighbors now, and work together with local organizations to prepare.
With preparation, you can reduce worry and stress during an emergency. If an earthquake causes significant damage to Southern California, SERVPRO of Northeast Long Beach/Lakewood is here to help clean the debris and restore your home or business back to preloss conditions.
WHAT ARE THE COMPONENTS OF A DESICCANT DEHUMIDIFIER?
At SERVPRO of Northeast Long Beach/Lakewood, we use a variety of equipment to restore water damaged materials and revert your Long Beach property back to preloss conditions. One such piece of equipment that excels at large loss drying is the desiccant dehumidifier.
A desiccant dehumidifier differs from a regular dehumidifiers since it utilizes chemical attraction instead of condensation to remove water from the air. A desiccant dehumidifier is made of several key components all working together. These include the following:
- The desiccant: Perhaps the most important component of a desiccant dehumidifier is the desiccant itself. A desiccant is simply a chemical that adsorbs (not absorbs) moisture. Moreover, the desiccants used in desiccant dehumidifiers are able release the same adsorbed moisture when heated. This ability to not only adsorb moisture but also to release it when heated is absolutely critical to the proper functioning of a desiccant dehumidifier.
- A large rotating drum: This drum is about as wide as the dehumidifier itself and an inch or two thick, depending on the model. It’s made up of alternate layers of flat and corrugated sheets, arranged to allow for air flow perpendicular to the drum. This drum or “desiccant rotor” functions to remove moisture from incoming room air.
- A condenser: Made of plastic, it’s about as long and wide as the dehumidifier itself. It functions to condense warm moist air.
- A heater: Its sole function is to reheat air.
- One or several blowers: These function to move air throughout the system. Most commercial grade desiccant dehumidifiers have one big blower on the back of the dehumidifier. It pulls air in through the front and exhausts it out of the top. Many units also come equipped with a secondary smaller blower that circulates the air that is moved through the recharge zone of the desiccant drum.
If you experience water damage in your home or business, a desiccant dehumidifier might be used, depending on the extent of water damage. Regardless of the situation, we have the tools to handle the job!
HOW TO PREVENT AN ELECTRICAL FIRE IN YOUR LONG BEACH RESTAURANT
Commercial fire damage remains a strong concern for restaurant owners in Long Beach, Lakewood, and across the nation. In the U.S., restaurant fires can cost $60,000 on average, amounting to approximately $165 million every year, according to the National Fire Data Center. We hope the following tips can help you eliminate injuries and property damage in your restaurant resulting from electrical problems.
Electrical Fire Prevention
The second leading cause of fires in the restaurant industry is electrical fires. Often, they can be prevented with routine maintenance and employee training. Common causes of electrical fires in restaurants include extension cord use, overloading electrical systems with too much equipment, or storing combustible materials too close to an electrical panel. You can follow these steps to help prevent electrical fires:
- Begin a regular maintenance and inspection program.
- Train staff to identify hazards, such as locating breaker switches, identifying unsafe electrical cords, and how to report hazards.
- Hire only qualified contractors that are properly licensed to perform electrical work.
- Schedule regular maintenance on electrical equipment, and watch for hazards like frayed cords or wiring, cracked or broken switch plates, and combustible items near power sources.
With these helpful tips, SERVPRO of Northeast Long Beach / Lakewood hopes your commercial restaurant remains free of fire and commercial damage. If you find yourself in an emergency, we're available to help 24/7.
TOP FIREWORK SAFETY TIPS
Summer is often associated with grilling, fireworks, and festive parades, but careless activities can lead to irreversible fire and smoke damage in your Long Beach neighborhood.
For instance, there are plenty of visits to the emergency room in the midst of celebrating our independence. In 2017, at least eight people died and about 12,900 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. While most of these incidents resulted from untrained individuals using homemade, illegal, or professional-grade fireworks, thousands were from “safe” devices such as small firecrackers and sparklers.
Remember, legal fireworks can be just as dangerous as illegal ones. We encourage you to remain mindful of the following tips from the National Safety Council to stay safe this summer:
- Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Never allow young children to handle fireworks
- Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
- Never light them indoors
- Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
- Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
- Never ignite devices in a container
- Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
- Soak unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
If you find yourself requiring emergency fire damage or smoke clean-up, SERVPRO of Northeast Long Beach / Lakewood is here to repair and restore your home or business. We’re available 24/7, even holidays, to reduce your stress and get you back on your feet.
PREVENTING WATER DAMAGE IN A COMMERCIAL BUILDING
Water damage in your commercial building creates a serious panic and places your Long Beach or Lakewood business on hold until restoration and repairs are completed. For example, employees may have trouble accessing their work station or lack the tools they need to complete important work. Mold damage can even emerge if the saturated areas of the business are not replaced quickly, creating additional delays. SERVPRO of Northeast Long Beach/Lakewood recommends you consider the following tips to prevent commercial water damage.
Maintain the areas around your business.
It is important to make sure tree roots around your business do not grow unchecked. Unless closely monitored, they may develop a tendency to grow towards your pipes and create punctures. Any new trees should be planted away from known water pipes and only in approved areas.
Install A Water Detection System
A water detection system will monitor the moisture level of a room. You will receive a notification if the moisture level rises to a certain point, allowing you to catch water damage before it becomes irreversible. The initial cost could become a wise investment if it prevents costly repairs down the road.
Educate Your Employees
If you decide to employ more people and increase their responsibilities, there is greater potential for flooding as a result of human error. To help mitigate this possibility, educate new hires about ways to prevent flooding and how to respond to emergency water damage.
Sadly, no one is ever completely safe from having their home or commercial property damaged by flooding. Should you find your business experiencing emergency water damage, remember we’re available day or night to answer your call.
HOW TO MANAGE COMPULSIVE HOARDING
Not every home disaster comes from a storm, a burst pipe, or a fire in the kitchen, resulting in extensive water or fire damage. Hoarding is an increasing problem for many families that requires a professional cleaning and restoration service. A person living with the disorder experiences a compulsive need to keep everything, even trash or waste items. This excessive accumulation can lead to homes filled with extreme clutter, creating crowded and unsanitary living conditions.
If you are trying to help a friend or family member manage their hoarding tendencies, we recommend the following:
- Start Slow. Don't go through your home and throw everything into the dumpster at once. This may lead to strong feelings of regret and anxiety; rather, go through one small space or collection each week.
- Be decisive. Make a rational decision about whether or not to keep an item. Handle objects only once and don’t revisit items you chose to discard. If you really can’t decide, store it in a box for six months. If you don’t open the box before then, you can let it go.
- Minimize Collections. If you kept all of your childhood drawings or essays, choose to save only a handful of the most memorable ones and donate or recycle the rest. Explore opportunities to convert physical photos or writings into digital files to save space and prevent wear and tear.
- Throw away unused items. Even if the item is brand new, if you don’t use it, it’s simply taking up space. If you bought items to start a new hobby, re-evaluate if the hobby is truly the right fit for you.
- Consider Consignment. It’s easier to downsize if you know your possessions are going to a good home. Check if your items can be sold for money or donated to someone in need.
SERVPRO of Northeast Long Beach/Lakewood offers a sensitive approach to these situations with the safety of the homeowner, as well as our technicians, in mind. We can remove the unwanted items from the house and address lingering issues such as odors and structural damages. We have the equipment and expertise to contend with bacteria and the effects of infestations. Our premier cleaning services can make hoarding situations “Like it never even happened,” and return your home to a livable condition.
TOP 4 TIPS FOR SAFE BARBECUING THIS SUMMER
Beware of fire hazards when barbecuing this summer.
If you plan to enjoy barbecuing this summer, it’s important to be mindful of potential fire hazards which can lead to irreversible fire damage and lingering smoke damage in your Long Beach residence. Follow these simple fire safety guidelines to prevent a fire from occurring near your home this summer.
- Keep the grill outside, and avoid using your grill in garages, covered decks, screened in patios, or any area where there is a roof located above. They should also be kept at a safe distance from the house to prevent flare ups from reaching the exterior of your home.
- Keep your eye on the barbecue. If you abandon your grill, it can be knocked over or flare up, causing the surrounding area to catch fire. Make sure the grill is always supervised whenever it’s in use to avoid unnecessary fire damage.
- Regularly clean it. If you are pulling your grill out of storage, it’s important to clean off any sticky grease or hardened fat since they can cause an unexpected flare up. These pieces can easily be scraped off using a proper grill cleaner.
- Inspect it closely. If you are using a propane or gas grill, it’s important to inspect it before using it. Look for any signs of holes and potential problems in the hose. This could signal that there’s a leak. A gas leak next to a flame can cause serious problems and start a fire.
Make sure to follow these guidelines every time you fire up your grill to ensure the safety of your home and loved ones. If you experience fire damage, smoke damage, or require board up and tarping services this summer, SERVPRO of Northeast Long Beach / Lakewood is available to take your call anytime, day or night at 562-420-0030.
SAVING A BOOK FROM WATER DAMAGE
Water Damaged Book
If you experience flooding or severe water damage in your Long Beach or Lakewood home, rescuing your possessions from a burst pipe or water leak can become a stressful task. Finding a sentimental book could cause you to scramble to dry it in a hurry.
The following tips can help you save a wet book, even if the pages are incredibly weak or completely soaked with water.
- Wipe down the cover. Once excess water has been removed, use a microfiber cloth to gently wipe down the cover.
- Shake out excess water. Move the wet book to a dry area to prevent further damage. If the book is dripping with water, tightly hold it closed and shake out as much as you can.
- Place the book upright. After setting down the washcloth, set the book to stand upright to allow the water to flow down to the base.
- Absorb the water. Lay down a wash cloth on a dry, flat area to serve as a base to absorb the water.
- Insert rags behind the covers. Place rags in between the front and back covers only. Avoid placing them in between the pages as they can rip easily.
- Let the book sit. Allow the book to rest in standing position for as long as necessary to dry completely.
With some patience and ingenuity, a valuable book can be saved from water damage. Don’t hesitate to contact us for emergency cleaning and flood damage repair. For home and business restoration services, SERVPRO of Northeast Long Beach/Lakewood has you covered every step of the way.
FIXING WATER DAMAGED CARPETING IN YOUR BUSINESS
When you’re dealing with commercial water damage, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, and decisions must be made quickly. Rest assured, we at SERVPRO of Northeast Long Beach / Lakewood will help you assess the situation and create a plan to fix or replace water damaged materials.
Assess the Situation
During your evaluation, ask yourself the following questions.
- Has the source of the water been identified?
- Is it safe to fix the water damaged carpeting, or are there hazardous materials involved?
- Has the water been stopped?
If the carpet is to be dried instead of replaced, the water responsible for damaging the carpet must be from a clean source such as broken pipes, supply lines, and rain. Flood-damaged carpet can be especially toxic and include mold spores or life-threatening bacteria.
Can You Use the Same Padding When the Carpet Gets Wet?
No, you can’t use the same padding if your carpet gets wet. Carpet padding is like a giant sponge. It soaks up the water and it won’t dry out. The dampness will cause it to mildew and mold, which will cause an odor and unsafe conditions under the carpet, no matter how dry you get the carpet itself.
Once the carpet is completely dry, we can install a new carpet pad and then lay the carpet back in place. If you have carpet padding, we will remove the pad underneath the wet carpet and throw it away.
Can I Dry the Carpet Myself?
In most cases, drying water damaged carpeting is best left to professionals. It can be incredibly difficult to not only save the carpet, but also eliminate mold and mildew, and make the air breathable again. Our team is equipped to handle your commercial water loss, day or night.
How Do You Dry Wet Carpet?
Since water damaged carpeting can grow mold within 48 hours, it is important to move quickly. A wet-vacuum can be an effective way to dry carpet after water damage. Since it can take several times over to dry the carpet, we suggest using blowers, fans, and dehumidifiers. The extra equipment will circulate the air and dry water damaged materials in your business even faster.