SIGNS OF A SLAB LEAK
Water damage can occur in a variety of ways, including a slab leak. A slab leak is a term to describe a leak that has developed in the copper water lines running below the concrete foundation of your home. When these same leaks are above ground, in the wall or ceiling, they are known as pinhole leaks. Check out the signs in this list, so you'll be ready if it happens to you.
Your Hardwood or Tile Floor is Suddenly Hot
Do your floors suddenly feel hot? You might have a hot-side slab leak that is running 24/7 and heating up your floors from below. Unfortunately, those nice warm floors are costing you a bundle to heat all that water!
If you have carpeting, you probably won't detect the hot spot right away. If you have pets, you may notice them lying in a certain spot repeatedly on cool days, so check the floor and see if it's warmer than surrounding areas.
Low Water Pressure
With so much water flowing out of leaks or breaks in the pipes, that leaves less water to travel to your fixtures, resulting in sudden low water pressure. If you're not using water at the same time anywhere else in the house, like the washing machine or the shower, you could have a slab leak that's stealing your water pressure.
Bad or Musty Smells
If water from a slab leak bubbles up under your carpet, mold and mildew growth will soon follow. If the leak wicks up into the drywall, you could also develop mold in your walls. While these types of mold growth are usually not visible, you will definitely start to smell them! So if areas of your house suddenly smell musty, check this list for other signs of a slab leak.
If you think you have a slab, don't hesitate to call us 24/7. We will identify the source of the problem, restore your home or business to preloss conditions, and make it "Like it never even happened."
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLANNING?
Fire and water can create commercial damage that impacts your local Long Beach business, including infrastructure damage, property damage, and loss of revenue. A sound business continuity plan will keep your business running in the event of an emergency.
A business continuity plan offers several benefits:
- It improves public perception and acceptance of the company. By displaying a proactive attitude and preparedness, the public will have a positive impression of the organization, leading to more trust and business.
- It will boost your employees' morale and command loyalty by offering them more assurance and stability.
- Shareholders and partners will gain added security by investing and collaborating with a business that makes every effort to prepare for the unexpected.
- Overall efficiency improves, allowing the company to respond quickly and keep losses to a minimum.
With a well-designed plan, we hope to see your Long Beach or Lakewood commercial business operating efficiently. Even with preparation, SERVPRO of Northeast Long Beach/Lakewood recognizes that emergencies happen routinely, and we are here to help clean, restore, and repair your commercial building 24/7.
IMPORTANT ACTIONS AFTER A HOUSE FIRE
Fire damage could result from several different causes including cooking equipment, old electrical equipment, and flammable materials. Should you experience a sizable fire in you home for any reason, there are some important steps to take during the aftermath. Remain mindful of the following actions:
- Examine you and your family for injuries and seek medical help
- If you can’t find a place to stay, your local Red Cross can help provide food and provisions
- Notify your insurance company about the fire
- Do not re-enter your home until instructed to do so. Talk to firefighters about what can be salvaged instead
- Once you are cleared to enter the building, check for important documents and keepsakes
- Make a list of your possessions and note damaged goods
- Keep track of receipts for expenses as a result of the fire
Nobody wants to be caught off guard after a fire. By knowing important actions to take after a house fire, you and your family can live a little bit safer. When accidents happen, SERVPRO of Northeast Long Beach/Lakewood is here to clean fire damage and restore your home quickly and professionally.
TOASTER OVENS AND ASSOCIATED RISKS
Since a toaster uses a large amount of electricity to create a lot of heat in a confined space, there remains some inherent risk for fire damage in your Long Beach or Lakewood home. Modern toaster ovens often have advanced safety features such as automatic shutoffs to prevent the heating element from overheating. Nevertheless, there are still some dangers, particularly with older toaster ovens. Educate yourself about the risks, and never leave a toaster oven unattended.
Like anything else that gets hot, toaster ovens can cause burns. Outside parts of the toaster such as the glass door can get hot enough to cause blisters. It is also easy to burn yourself reaching into a toaster oven to retrieve food since the area is quite small.
Fires in toaster ovens can occur for many reasons. If small particles of bread accumulate in the bottom, they can catch fire inside, spreading smoke. Additionally, some toaster ovens can catch fire if kept in confined spaces or as a result of a serious design flaw.
Toaster ovens and other electric appliances that use heating elements use high-voltage electricity to generate heat. If you come directly in contact with the electricity, you can receive a potentially fatal shock. Never reach into a toaster oven with a knife, fork, or other metal conductor.
If you experience fire due to a faulty toaster oven, SERVPRO of Northeast Long Beach/Lakewood is ready to answer your call. Our technicians are available to walk the premises and provide a solution for proper cleanup and restoration. Don’t hesitate to call 562-420-0030.
WASHING MACHINE WATER DAMAGE: PREVENTATIVE MEASURES
Washing machines are one of the most common sources of water damage in the home, and the damage can be costly, reaching potentially thousands of dollars.
Faulty washing machines can be difficult to diagnose and time consuming to repair. Specific preventative measures can save you both time and money down the road. The most effective ways of preventing damage from your washing machine are to:
- Replace the washing machine intake hose every 5 years.
- Check your sewer line after a storm, before running your washing machine.
- Don’t overload your washing machine.
- Have your machine professionally installed to avoid water line pinches and drainage issues.
- Shut off the intake valve behind your machine at the first sign of trouble.
- If you can’t access the intake valve, know how to shut off your home’s water main.
If you experience water damage in your Long Beach home as a result of a faulty washing machine, call SERVPRO of Northeast Long Beach/Lakewood to fix the source of the problem and reverse the water damage. We’re available 24/7 at 562-420-0030.
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.