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Choose a Restoration Team With the Best Training | SERVPRO® of Anaheim Central/Garden Grove East

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Fires, flooding, wind, severe storms and accidents damage about one in 20 American homes every year. So if you find yourself filing a damage claim to cover something that happened to your home, you’ll be in good company.

Homeowners don’t always need the type of help provided by restoration professionals. But on occasion, homeowners will need the help of expert technicians to ensure that their homes can be restored to their original state.

When that happens, it’s important to understand the home restoration process, how it works and what makes a restoration team the right choice for you and your home.

More Frequent Than You Think

The statistic about how many homeowners will file an insurance claim comes from the Insurance Information Institute The statistic includes all causes of damage.

We also have some statistics about individual types of disasters and issues, though. For example, about one out of every 350 American homeowners will deal with a fire damage claim each year. Those claims include fires caused by everything from appliance malfunctions to lightning strikes. Water damage claims will be filed by about one in 50 homeowners.

That translates to millions of American homeowners, and some of these homeowners will need to seek help from restoration professionals to restore their homes. That’s where choosing a quality restoration company will make all the difference for you.

Choose the Experts With the Best Training

Our team members pride themselves on offering an excellent level of restoration services. It matters on several levels, including response time, availability and training. We take special pride in the level of training our technicians to receive.

Beyond the training offered by SERVPRO at a national level, our technicians earn valuable certifications through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. This non-profit group provides various certifications to ensure restoration and cleaning technicians can use the latest proven techniques when restoring your home.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Your Timing Makes a Difference When Your Home Needs Restoration Services | SERVPRO® of Anaheim Central/Garden Grove East

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

Photo is showing a contract-application for an insurance policy. A pen and eyeglasses are sitting on top of the form. Make sure you have the proper coverage before your home or business experiences any damage.

Homeowners file millions of claims every year to get help repairing damage and remediating issues like water damage and mold.

No two of these claims are identical. Many claims are the result of natural disasters like severe weather issues, like wind, hail and rainHome accidents and appliance malfunctions are also common reasons people file claims.

Damage levels vary, too. Sometimes minor work and repairs are enough to restore a home to its original condition. In other cases, remediation and repair work are more serious and require much more time and effort.

They all have something in common. Do you know what it is? It’s timing. The sooner they begin the process of repairing their homes, the better the results are.

Move Fast When Your Home Is Damaged

Damage after a disaster can worsen much faster than you might expect. Within hours, water damage begins to damage the wood. The damage is visible within only days.

We know it’s important to start the home restoration process fast, so our team is here for you 247. We’re always here when you need restoration and repair work. You can get in touch with our team at any time. That means if you need our help, we’re available to assist you on nights, weekends and holidays. All you have to do is call us.

Beyond speed, there are plenty of other reasons so many residents trust us to do their restoration work.

We’re a proud, local business. When you get in touch with our team, you’re calling people who live and work in your community. We’re locally owned, so we want to serve our friends and neighbors when they most need our help.

Technicians on our team are highly trained. When a SERVPRO team comes to help you, you can be sure the technicians have the most advanced training and certifications available in our field. We use that knowledge to create a personalized plan for your home’s restoration.

Our teams have advanced technology. We have access to the types of technology that are only available to well-known, established companies. We use that technology and those methods to work you on your home.

If your home is damaged due to fire, water or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Memorize These Safety Tips Regarding Summer Storms | SERVPRO® of Garden Grove East/Anaheim Central

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

Longer days and higher humidity means that thunderstorms are far more likely to break out—and even if they are just quickly passing showers, they should be taken seriously.

Any storm that produces thunder also produces lightning and can lead to hail and high winds, so understanding how to stay safe no matter where a storm catches you can help you protect yourself.

Stay Safe From Summer Storms Anywhere

Know your options for shelter. If you are at home and know that a storm is on the way, staying put is generally your best bet for staying safe. Unfortunately, that will not always be the case. If you are out and about when a storm draws near, your car is not a bad place to take shelter as long as you park safely, turn off the engine and avoid touching metals in the vehicle.

Practice electrical safety. Lightning will often travel through a building’s wires as it heads toward the ground, creating a power surge that can travel up the cords of anything that is plugged in. To avoid damage to your electronics and the harmful sparking that can result, install surge protectors at home and in your office space and unplug things entirely if you have time.

Avoid direct contact with concrete. While it may feel like a concrete structure is the safest place you can be, concrete poses its own hazards despite being extremely structurally sound. Most concrete for floors and walls is poured around metal bracing materials, so concrete can actually disperse an electrical charge if struck by lightning. Avoid touching concrete if possible during a storm.

Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. When your summer fun is interrupted by a thunderstorm, you will want to get back to what you were doing as soon as the skies clear. However, experts recommend waiting at least a half hour before you resume any activities to be on the safe side, as lightning has been known to strike as much as 25 miles away from the storm clouds.

If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our storm restoration process.

Bring Fire Safety to the Forefront of Your Business | SERVPRO® of Garden Grove East/Anaheim Central

2/14/2021 (Permalink)

Every business owner knows the importance of preparing for risks and understanding potential pitfalls, but many do not consider how their emergency planning plays into this. Commercial fires happen more often than many realize, and planning ahead is the best way to reduce the devastation they can bring.

The most important part of any fire plan is safety, for you and for your staff. Scheduling regular, comprehensive fire drills for your employees is a great way to make sure everyone will feel ready to handle a real-world scenario and reduce panic in a stressful time. Here are the steps to take to set fire evacuation planning into motion:

Setting Fire Evacuation Planning Into Motion for Your Business

Consult with your local fire officials. You should certainly take advantage of all the resources at your disposal to boost your fire safety, including your local fire marshal. They will be able to come in and educate you on how to plan out your evacuation routes and what steps you can take to boost your business’ fire safety overall to create a safer workplace.

Communicate and mark fire evacuation routes. After you have planned out several evacuation routes throughout your building, communicate them to your staff and prepare them for your drills. While you do not have to tell staff when exactly a drill will occur, make sure they know the pathways available to them and what the procedures are.

Have fire drills frequently. Having fire drills often—but not so often that they become mundane—is key to solidifying the safety procedures in everyone’s minds. Many businesses schedule drills to take place once every quarter, but you may find that your needs vary depending on your industry and staff size.

Run different fire scenarios. While there may be areas in your building that are more likely to experience a fire, it is important to plan for every possible scenario instead of just the most likely ones. As you plan out your drills, include different scenarios and situations so that every drill is different and your staff can be prepared for any situation that comes their way.

If your business has experienced fire damage, you can count on us. We specialize in commercial fire restoration and will be here for you at any hour—contact us today.

Tips to Give Your Safety a Boost When Severe Weather Is in the Forecast | SERVPRO® of Garden Grove East/Anaheim Central

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

Though severe weather can be quite a regular occurrence in the spring and summer months, it is important to take every instance of it seriously. Any storm can cause damage to people and their property, leaving devastation and destruction in its wake.

Therefore, it is important to do what you are able to in advance in order to increase your personal safety in case of severe weather. Understanding what common weather alerts refer to, stocking your household with disaster supplies and having multiple ways to tune into emergency broadcasts can all give your storm safety a boost.

Understand What Common Weather Alerts Refer To

Having an understanding of severe weather watches and warnings will help you stay informed and know how to prepare when these alerts are dispatched. When a severe weather watch occurs, it means that severe weather is a possibility as a result of current weather readings, but no action (aside from attentiveness) is required. If a severe weather warning is issued, that means that severe weather has been picked up on radar and thus poses an imminent threat to the nearby area.

Stock Your Household With Disaster Supplies

When a severe weather warning is dispatched from local officials, you want to be sure that you stay put and stay safe until the storm passes. That is why you should always stock your household with disaster supplies so you can safely hold out until the worst of the weather passes. Nonperishable foods, adequate amounts of water, flashlights and batteries are all good things to include. Additionally, have a designated spot to head to during severe weather—preferably on the ground floor and away from any windows that could shatter during high winds.

Have Multiple Ways to Tune Into Emergency Broadcasts

While most of us rely on our smartphones to get information about the weather, this method can have some drawbacks and is not reliable during severe weather. Because cell reception can be spotty during severe storms and electricity is often unreliable, make sure you have multiple ways to get alerts that do not depend on the traditional power grid. A non-electric weather radio powered by batteries or manually is often a good solution for this.

If your home has been impacted by storm damage, we are here for you. You can contact us 247 to get a quick response to your home’s damages.

Precautionary Steps to Help Reduce COVID-19 Exposure

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

Photo is showing technicians wearing PPE Gear, wiping down office desks. Our highly trained SERVPRO Technicians wiping down and disinfecting all high touch surface areas.

It is important to us that our customers know the steps SERVPRO of Anaheim Central / Garden Grove East is taking to reduce the risk of team member exposure to the virus.  These precautionary steps we have taken as a company include:

  • All tools and equipment coming into your property have been cleaned and disinfected.
  • All workers wear personal protective equipment to protect themselves while performing work.
  • We’ve all been provided with training to safely work in contaminated environments.
  • We’ve all been provided with training to identify coronavirus symptoms and carefully monitor ourselves and our co-workers.
  • We have stringent safety and health policies and procedures; and we continually strive to follow and improve our safe work practices.

Overall, we are taking the appropriate measures to ensure we don’t cross contaminate our customers, our co-workers, or our families.  We cannot make any guarantees that the virus could not enter your property, but we can tell you that we have taken every possible measure to protect customers and team members alike.

Whether it is a water loss, fire damage, or a cleaning service, please know that SERVPRO of Anaheim Central / Garden Grove East is still here for the entire Anaheim, Garden Grove, Santa Ana and surrounding communities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Please call us with any questions that you may have. We're always here to help!

We're Open and Here to Help!

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

Photo is showing the Coronavirus magnified and an Orange SERVPRO logo house with the words Here to help in front of it. SERVPRO is Here to Help during this pandemic!

Our Franchise has been deemed an Essential Service Provider and we feel that our customers are just as essential, that's why we are open for business and will remain open to assist anyone who needs help with Water Damage, Fire Damage, Smoke and Soot Removal, Mold Removal, and Proactive Cleaning during this pandemic. Our crew practices safe social distancing when entering your residence or place of business by following all CDC guidelines.

Please don't hesitate to reach out to us for assistance. We offer free inspections and free estimates.

Avoid Storm Damage With These Weatherproofing Tips | SERVPRO® of Garden Grove East/Anaheim Central

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

Photo is showing a person applying weather strips to a window to seal it from harsh weather. Weatherproof your home today with these easy tips.

Though every house is built with resisting weather in mind, as age takes its toll, it is expected that homeowners will have to make updates to keep it resistant. Severe weather can lead to serious damage to a defenseless home, and with around half of insurance claims being a result of weather, it is something that is wise to take seriously.

Fortunately, taking measures to increase your home’s weatherproofing is something that most people can do themselves as a weekend project that does not require a significant cost investment. Here are our top weatherproofing tips to keep your home protected:

Tips to Protect Your Home From Storm Damage

Keep Your Shingles in Shape
Any time it rains, there is potential for a roof leak to develop and they can start for many different reasons. To reduce the chances of experiencing a roof leak, doing a visual check on your shingles can go a long way. Replace any shingles that are cracked or loose before the next rainstorm to reduce the chances of a roof leak starting up.

Beat the Weather With Weatherstripping
Adding weatherstripping around exterior doors and windows is one of the best things you can do for your home. Not only will it keep water leaks out, but it can also save on energy costs by keeping outside air from seeping into the home. Weatherstripping is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to make sure your home is sealed against the elements.

Gut Debris From Your Gutters
As leaves accumulate in gutters, they can lead to blockages and dams that cause water damage during heavy rains. It is advised to clean gutters out at least twice each year, and even more if you have a good bit of tree coverage. In between, look for visual signs of issues when it rains—water spilling over the sides, downspouts that are not draining and standing water are all indicators that there might be an issue.

Pick the Right Paint
Giving your home a paint upgrade is about more than just increasing its visual presence these days. There are many high-tech paints that are designed to increase your home’s resistance to the elements. From UV blockers to prevent wear and tear and waterproof coatings to keep the materials underneath dry, paint can go a long way in protecting your home.

If you have issues with storm damage to your home, we are always here to help. Contact us 24 hours a day for a rapid response.

Preparing for Unpredictable Spring Weather | SERVPRO® of Garden Grove East/Anaheim Central

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

Photo is showing lightning in a cloudy and dark sky. Lightning and thunderstorms may cause damage to your property but know that SERVPRO of Garden Grove East/Anaheim Central is always here to help!

Spring is upon us! While spring brings us more opportunities to enjoy warmer weather, we must also prepare ourselves and buckle up for a bumpy ride from Mother Nature.

Dealing With Mother Nature

With the arrival of spring comes longer days and more sunshine; however, spring also presents the threat of severe weather throughout the country. It’s dealer’s choice this time of year, which means the weather may change at moment’s notice.

Temperatures that can go from warm to cold within hours on the same day can cause a change in the weather.

Thunderstorms become increasingly common throughout the spring and are the main cause of severe weather. A thunderstorm can occur whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, which is most common in the spring and summer.

In taking a look at natural catastrophe losses in the U.S. for 2017, severe thunderstorms were the most common and produced some of the costliest results. Out of 50 events, there were 85 fatalities and an estimated total of $25.4 billion in overall losses.

With these storms come the threat of floods, high winds and even tornadoes if the conditions are right. It has been found that in modern history, 10% of all violent tornadoes have occurred in March, with April, May and June taking the top spots at 30%, 24% and 15% respectively.

How to Be Prepared

Advanced warning, along with the proper preparation, can improve the overall safety for your family. Although it may not be possible to predict the weather with 100% accuracy, forecasters have the tools available to at least give us an idea of the possibility of severe weather, allowing us to prepare for that weather.

Here are some things you can do to your home to prepare for the chance of severe weather:

  1. Clear out your home’s gutters, drains and downspouts.
  2. Trim trees of precarious limbs or branches that could break off in a storm.
  3. Secure or store outdoor belongings if severe weather is in the forecast.

Having an emergency kit on hand is always advised. These kits should include the following:

  • Battery-operated flashlight and NOAA weather radio, with extra batteries for both
  • Emergency evacuation or shelter plans
  • Important personal info, like telephone numbers of neighbors, family and friends, insurance and property info, numbers for the utility companies, and medical info
  • A first-aid kit with things like non-latex gloves, adhesive bandages, tweezers, sterile gauze pads, aspirin packets, adhesive cloth tape and scissors
  • 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Blankets or sleeping bag

Despite its unpredictability, there is one thing that always remains true of the spring weather season: It always happens. If your home or business is damaged in a storm, you can depend on SERVPRO® of Garden Grove East/Anaheim Central to get the cleanup and restoration process started fast.

A Quick Guide to Fire Preparedness for Business Owners | SERVPRO® of Garden Grove East/Anaheim Central

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

Photo is showing a fire in a commercial building with a green exit sign with an arrow showing which direction the exit is. Fire Preparedness Tips for Business Owners. Are you employees prepared?

Business owners are in charge of a variety of things to keep their business operational, but one important thing that is often forgotten is making a fire preparedness plan. A fire can have a serious impact on a business, but those which are prepared often have a much easier time recovering and reopening their business’ doors.

When it comes to putting preparedness plans in place, the time required is relatively small and is well worth the investment. Understanding commercial fire codes, your own specific risks and how to keep yourself safe are a great start to fire safety for your business.

Fire Preparedness Tips for Business Owners

Follow code guidelines and inspection schedules. Checking the commercial fire safety codes by the National Fire Protection Association are a great way to kick off your fire preparedness efforts. Making sure you are following their guidelines, checking your equipment on schedule and keeping your fire exits clear are the first steps to a sound fire safety plan.

Identify your specific risks. There are seemingly countless reasons a fire could start in a business, but knowing where your weaknesses lie is an essential part of planning ahead. Think of things specific to your business that may put you at higher fire risk, such as equipment or chemicals that are kept on-site. Identifying these things ahead of time allows you to be extra vigilant for the future.

Create (and practice) a fire evacuation plan. If you employ workers on location at your business, getting them involved in the fire preparedness plans is essential to keeping everyone safe. Draft several evacuation routes that employees can use, and be sure to rehearse it regularly so everyone knows exactly what to do in an emergency.

Have regular fire safety seminars with staff. Creating workplace-specific fire safety guidelines to review with your employees will make sure that everyone remembers fire safety tips as they go about their daily tasks. Be sure everyone knows how to locate the fire extinguishers, when to pull the fire alarm and any other relevant tips that might come in handy during a fire.

If your business has experienced a fire, we’re here 247 to respond and begin restoration. Call us today to learn how we can help you. We're local - in Anaheim, CA.