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Flying Tree Branch Damages Apartment Home in Centre City?

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

A tree branch from a Eucalyptus tree is seen. We remove fallen trees and branches 24-hours a day in San Diego County.

Our Centre City Uptown team is a trusted leader in storm damage mitigation and restoration services. The strong Santa Ana winds and tropical storms that occur during the Pacific hurricane season can send tree limbs and patio furniture flying, causing property damage to residences and businesses day and night. Here is some information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for preventing property damage from strong winds:

Trim or Remove Dead, Damaged, or Rotting Trees and Limbs

High winds can cause trees and branches to fall. Make sure any damaged trees on the property are trimmed or removed regularly. Your home should be at least a full-grown tree’s height away from the base of any tree, usually about 40 feet away.

Fortify Your Roof

Your roof is your first line of defense in a high wind event. Re-adhere any loose shingles and consider impact-resistant shingles when installing a roof. Install roof strappings to anchor the roof framing to the wall framings so the wind can’t lift your roof off your house.

Secure Fencing, Porches, Canopies, and Sheds

Have them inspected and make sure they are firmly attached and in sound structural condition. Secure any parts of fencing that appear weak or loose.

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When your Centre City home or business needs storm damage restoration services, our local team in Centre City/Uptown is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-583-2133.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Kids Playing With Fire in Centre City?

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

Stick matches are burning. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego County.

Our Centre City Uptown team has been restoring fire damage in the Centre City area of San Diego for many years. According to a report published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), United States fire departments responded to 30,460 fires each year caused by children playing with fire between 2014 and 2018. Here are some more NFPA statistics:

Ages of children who started fires by playing with fire:

  • Most fires caused by playing with fire are started by children, many under the age of ten
  • Adults (18 years and older) were responsible for just 1 percent of the home structure fires caused by playing with fire
  • Fires that were started by children five years old or younger accounted for a disproportionate share of the deaths, although the fire setters were not necessarily the victims in these fires

Home structure fires caused by playing with fire by month:

  • Fires caused by playing with fire were highest during the school vacation months of June, July, and August, as well as in March
  • Although one-quarter of the home fires caused by playing with fire occurred in the cold weather months of January, February, and March, these fires accounted for half of the civilian deaths

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Fire damage can happen at any time of the day or night in Centre City. When your home or business needs fire damage restoration services, our local team in Centre City/Uptown is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-583-2133.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Six-Step Water Damage Mitigation and Restoration Process in Old Town?

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO technician is extracting water from a kitchen floor. We restore water damage 24-hours a day in San Diego County.

Our Centre City Uptown team has been restoring water damage in the Old Town area of San Diego for many years. We follow the damage procedure for every water damage situation as follows:

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property. This helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet or require major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

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Water damage can happen at any time in Old Town. When your home or business needs water damage restoration services, our local team in Centre City/Uptown is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-583-2133.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Fire, Smoke, and Soot Damage in San Diego Office Complex?

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke is filling a business office. We are trusted leaders in commercial fire damage restoration in San Diego County.

Our Centre City Uptown team responds to fire damage emergencies every year in San Diego. According to a report published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), United States Fire Departments responded to 3340 fires occurring in general business offices, banks, veterinary or research offices, engineering, mailing firms, and post offices each year during the five years covered in the report. Here are some more statistics from the NFPA on office fires:

  • Fewer fires occur in this occupancy on the weekends since they are less likely to be fully populated
  • The peak times of day for these fires were between noon and 2:00 pm
  • Less than one-third of the fires (31 percent) occurred between 7 pm and 7 am, but these fires accounted for 67 percent of the direct property damage
  • Nineteen percent of fires occurred on weekends, but these incidents caused 31 percent of the associated property loss. These findings highlight the need for automatic detection and extinguishing equipment to protect these properties when they aren’t occupied.

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Fire damage can happen in a business setting at any time and for many reasons. When your San Diego commercial business or home needs fire damage restoration services, our local team in Centre City/Uptown is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-583-2133.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Storm Flooding Causes Damage to South Park Home?

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

Stormwater floods a drainage system. We are trusted leaders in storm damage restoration in San Diego.

The San Diego County website has a whole section devoted to reporting clogged storm drains. Our Centre City Uptown team restore storm damage every year in South Park and offers this information for reporting clogged storm drains:

  • If you see anything other than water from a rain event in the curb, gutter, alley, or street, please let the County of San Diego know. Some examples include but are not limited to: irrigation water runoff, oil, grease, swimming pool and spa water, construction waste (including sediment), landscaping waste, wash water, and power washing wastewater. All of these discharges pose a threat to the health of local waterways. Only rain is allowed down the drain.
    • You can email your report to swppp@sandiego.gov. You may call our Storm Water Pollution Hotline at 619-235-1000.
    • You can also use the Get it Done App. If you notice a violation actively occurring during business hours, calling the hotline will ensure the issues are addressed in the quickest way possible.
  • To report other water waste that does not reach the storm drain system, such as over-irrigation to sidewalks or driveways, please call the Public Utilities Department at 619-533-5271 or email them at waterwaste@sandiego.gov.  For more information about water conservation, visit their website.

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When your South Park home or commercial business needs help with storm damage, our local team in Centre City/Uptown is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-583-2133.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Fire Damage Inventory Saves Hillcrest Residents Time and Money?

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

A person checks items off of an inventory list. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in San Diego.

Fires can happen at any time in Hillcrest, so having an up-to-date home inventory will be helpful if things need to be restored or replaced. Our Centre City Uptown team offers this info from the Insurance Information Institute for creating a home inventory:

Use technology to make your home inventory easier

  • Take pictures – Create a photo record of your belongings. Capture important individual items as well as entire rooms, closets, or drawers. Label your photos with what's pictured, where you bought it, the make or model—whatever information might be important to replacing and getting reimbursed for the item. Use your smartphone or digital camera—some give you the capability to put in the description of the item when saving the photo.
  • Tape it – Walk through your house or apartment, videotaping and describing the contents. For example, you might describe the contents of a kitchen cabinet: "Poppies on Blue by Lenox, service for 12 that includes a dinner plate, salad plate, bowl, cup, and saucer. Purchased in 2015."
  • Use an app – There are many mobile app options that can help you create and store a room-by-room record of your belongings.

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When you need help restoring fire damage in your Hillcrest home or business, our Centre City/Uptown team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-583-2133.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Showerhead Leaking in Centre City?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

A shower is running. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego.

Our Centre City Uptown team responds to more water damage emergencies each year than any other form of property damage. Knowing how to fix a leaking shower head can save you money, and it may prevent more extensive repairs later. Here is some information from the Environmental Protection Agency about shower head leaks:

Showerhead Leaks

A showerhead leaking at ten drips per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year, and that's the amount of water it takes to wash 60 loads of dishes in your dishwasher. Some leaky showerheads can be fixed by making sure there is a tight connection between the showerhead and the pipe stem and by using pipe tape to secure it. Pipe tape, also called Teflon tape, is available at most hardware stores, is easy to apply, and can help control leaks. For more complicated valve leaks in showers that drip when not in use, contact an experienced handyperson or licensed plumber.

Tip: It's also a good idea to check and, if needed, replace the washer or "o" ring inside the showerhead while making this repair.

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Water damage can happen at any time in your Centre City home or business, and when it does, our Centre City/Uptown team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-583-2133.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Fire Extinguisher Safety Tips for Little Italy?

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

A portable fire extinguisher is shown. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego.

Our Centre City Uptown team restores fire damage every year in Little Italy. Knowing how to use a portable fire extinguisher can save lives. Here are some fire extinguisher safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

Use a portable fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing; everyone has exited the building; the fire department has been called or is being called, and the room is not filled with smoke.

  • To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:
  • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism
  • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire
  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly
  • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side
  • For the home, select a multi-purpose extinguisher (can be used on all types of home fires) that is large enough to put out a small fire but not so heavy as to be difficult to handle
  • Choose a fire extinguisher that carries the label of an independent testing laboratory
  • Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out

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When you have fire damage in your Little Italy home or business, our Centre City/Uptown team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-583-2133.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

E-Cigarette Battery Fire in North Park Home?

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

A person is holding an electronic cigarette device in a smoke-filled room. We restore fire and smoke damage in San Diego.

Our Centre City Uptown team restores fire damage every year, and sometimes the damage is caused by smoking materials. Here are some smoking safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

Electronic Cigarettes

Never leave charging e-cigarettes unattended. E-cigarettes should be used with caution.

  • Battery failures have led to small explosions
  • Fires have occurred while e-cigarettes were being used

o   While the battery was being charged

o   While the device was being transported

Smoking Safety

  • If you smoke, use only fire-safe cigarettes
  • If you smoke, smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms, and dens or in bedrooms.
  • Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up high out of the reach of children, in a locked cabinet

Put It Out

  • Use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn.
  • Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves, or other things that could ignite easily
  • Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out, and dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that

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When you have fire damage in your North Park home or business, our Centre City/Uptown team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-583-2133.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

COVID-19 Cleaning Program in Centre City?

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians decontaminate a breakroom in a workplace. Our viral pathogen cleaning program inspires consumer confidence in San Diego!

SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown’s Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program is a defensive pathogen cleaning service tailored to fit the unique needs of your business. 

  • We will assign you a Cleaning Protocol Specialist who understands your business
  • Programs are based on a range of factors: type of industry, business type, size of space, amount of high-frequency touchpoints, foot traffic, and congestion points
  • We use products approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and follow the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines
  • We provide Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned window emblems, signage, marks for your digital footprint, and more 

Our deep cleaning services keep your commercial business virus-free and looking its best. We have experience working on all kinds of commercial buildings, including:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing and Industrial
  • Government/Military

Other commercial cleaning services include:

  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Air Ducts and Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Units (HVAC)
  • Trauma and Crime Scene
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism

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When your Centre City business or home is exposed to COVID-19 and your need decontamination services, SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown is Here to Help. ® We offer a full range of deep cleaning services that exceed the scope of a routine janitorial service. Call us today at 619-583-2133.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.