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What are the different types of equipment you use?

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What are the different types of equipment you use? A SERVPRO green axial fan.

We don't often get this question, and quite frankly we wish we got it more! Most people know very little about our industry, so we're happy to take a moment to educate you just a little bit on some of the types of equipment we use on water damage jobs that we do in and around San Diego.

This is going to be a new series that we begin, and every few weeks we'll share a little bit more about a different piece of water damage equipment.

First up, pictured is an axial fan (in SERVPRO green of course). We use these on clean water losses to help assist with the drying process.

If you have water damage in San Diego, call SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown. Our crews have 15+ years of experience, we're a preferred vendor for most insurance companies, and you know you'll be in good hands with us. Call us 24/7 at 619-583-2133.

Can I do my own fire damage cleanup?

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Can I do my own fire damage cleanup? Fire damage at a San Diego home.

When someone has a "small" fire in their home or property, they sometimes wonder, "is this something I can do my own?" There is really no easy answer to that, but here are some tips to help you decide. But first and foremost, know that SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown, does free estimates and free inspections. And it's hard to find an honest company like us - it's 100% true that we've seen some small fires where we told homeowners or business owners that it may not be worth filing a claim, and we told them how to handle it on their own! Each scenario is different, so read on.

Obviously, in the event of a fire, the most important thing is that you and your family or employees are safe. Once everyone is safe and out of harm's way, you'll want to start making plans for how to restore your home to even better condition than before the fire. That's where we come in. Now would be a good time to call us (619-583-2133) for a free inspection.

If we think you need our services, then we'll tell you. We're honest and straightforward! You should know that if you need a professional fire cleanup company like ours, it's very important to hire someone licensed, insured, and has decades of experience with fire cleanup restoration. This is not the time to hire your cousin's friend that's a handyman.

Fires can cause irreplaceable harm to household items, furniture, clothing, and more. They also can cause a of damage to your property. You need someone who knows what they're doing, who you can trust, and who you can ask a million questions to! That's us.

Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We offer board-up services as well as fire, smoke, soot cleaning services, and repairs. Call us at 619-583-2133.

Gearing up for Hurricane Florence

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

As Hurricane Florence makes landfall in the Carolinas, the SERVPRO team is mobilizing and getting ready to assist affected homeowners and business owners up and down the east coast.

If you are in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia or Maryland, emergency declarations have been issued as forecasts show Florence will dump records amount of rain on southern states.

Initially predicted to be a Category 4 storm, Florence has since been downgraded to a Category 2 storm, but is still expected to dump up to 40 inches of rain. Storm surges of up to 13 feet are also expected in some areas.

We urge everyone to do as emergency responders ask, keep your families safe, and evacuate if need be.

SERVPRO is here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Commercial Mold Remediation Expert in San Diego

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Commercial Mold Remediation Expert in San Diego Mold at a medical facility in San Diego. SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown was contracted to tackle this very large project.

When your business or commercial property is suffering from mold damage, SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown can help.

With 20+ years of experience in commercial mold remediation, hundreds of satisfied mold remediation clients, and dozens of mold remediation classes and certificates under our belt, we're the ones for you.

Mold should not and cannot be taken lightly. Sometimes we get customers who think mold is no big deal, but that is not the case, particularly for those with sensitive health issues. As a business, the last thing you want is a customer or employee to become sick to what they think is from mold exposure.

SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown does free walk throughs and free estimates, and we have dozens of satisfied hotel, medical industry, and restaurant clients when it comes to mold remediation. Call us anytime at 619-583-2133.

Commercial Water Damage in La Mesa, San Diego, CA

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage in La Mesa, San Diego, CA Commercial water damage in La Mesa. Of course they called SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown!

This photo shows a piece of our SERVPRO specialty drying equipment onsite at a commercial water damage job in the La Mesa area of San Diego.

We got this call as a referral, and it was in a professional office building. There was a roof leak that occurred during heavy rains, and though the damage wasn't as severe as it could have been, and thankfully there was no mold, it did call for some demolition. Here you see us ducting our drying equipment into the wood framing to dry it out, after having removed drywall and insulation.

The company was very happy with our team, and on our customer satisfaction form stated that that we made a less than ideal situation bearable!

If you have commercial water damage in San Diego, there really is no one else to call but SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown. We bill insurance directly, if you decide to file a claim, and this saves you the headache and hassle of hiring a company who refuses to work with your insurance company. Call us at 619-583-2133.

Preparing for storm water damage

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Living in San Diego means very few of us worry or stress about preparing for storms. With a beautiful year-round climate, storms are one of the last things that San Diegans think about.

However, each winter, we receive hundreds of calls from concerned homeowners that heavy rainfall or other storm damage has affected their property, and they're unsure what to do next. They often have questions like, "Is this going to be covered by my homeowners insurance?" "Is this going to be expensive?" etc.

The first answer is, you probably won't get any storm damage covered by your typical homeowners insurance policy, unless you've specifically bought and paid for it.

The second is - damage can cost you anywhere from a few hundred dollars up to thousands, it all depends on the severity of the damage.

Take a few moments this fall to consider the following, and see what you can do to better prepare in case of the event of unexpected water damage.

Are your gutters working and clear from any blockages?

Is your roof in good shape and free from any damage?

Are doors and windows properly sealed?

In the event of water damage at your property in San Diego, call SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 619-583-2133. 

Wildfire preparation for San Diego homes and businesses

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Wildfire preparation for San Diego homes and businesses Prepare your San Diego home for wildfire season by following these tips.

With the rising number of wildfires affecting the state of California, and the wildfires that San Diego has seen over the past 20 years, preparation is key when it comes to minimizing potential fire, smoke, or soot damage to your San Diego home or business.

While wildfires pose particular threats because they often begin unnoticed and can spread quickly, there are some things you can and should do to help prepare.


Keep your home maintained by cleaning your gutters regularly, and make sure your smoke alarms are working and you have a few fire extinguishers handy and operational. If you have a multi-level home, have an escape ladder available.


Consider landscaping your home with wildfire safety in mind. Use fire-resistant shrubs and trees. Rock, stone, crushed concrete flower beds and gardens can provide ground cover for bare spaces and could act as firebreaks.

Defensible space

Ensure you have defensible space between structures and natural growth that is free of brush, trees and grasses. Move wood  piles away from your home.


Create a survival kit, map out an evacuation plan, and create a home inventory of all your belongings.

If you or someone you know suffers damage from a wildfire, call SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown at 619-583-2133. We work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and are a preferred vendor for most insurance companies. We'll hold your hand every step of the way.

Do I need a business continuity plan?

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Do I need a business continuity plan? It takes teamwork!

Part of our job as an emergency services provider is educating our commercial clients on why it's critical to have a business continuity plan in place should a disaster arise.

So, do you need a business continuity plan? The answer is yes!

Companies today face a record number of exposures. The severity and frequency of storms in the country seems to be increasing, leaving you susceptible to problems that you may not even know you could face.

Even outstanding employees, when faced with an emergency, don't know what to do. This adds to confusion and frenzy. Creating a plan and training your employees gets everyone on the same team and on the same page, helping to ensure a safe and timely recovery.

More than 25% of businesses never reopen after a catastrophic event. Time spent developing a pan is an investment in your company. The faster you can get back to business, the more likely you are to recoup any financial losses during downtime.

To find out how SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown can assist you with a business continuity plan, call our office at 619-583-2133. We'd be happy to help.

Restaurant Grease Trap Overflow

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restaurant Grease Trap Overflow Ever, onsite at a job in Little Italy, doing a grease trap overflow cleanup.

Most people know SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown as the premier restoration contractor in San Diego, specializing in emergency water removal and extraction, fire, smoke, and soot cleaning, as well as mold remediation and biohazard cleanup. What they may not know is that we assist our restaurant clients regularly when they experience grease trap overflows.

This photo in particular shows our technician, Ever, onsite at a restaurant in the Little Italy area of San Diego, that had a sudden grease trap overflow that affected a parking garage and the street. When SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown got the frantic call from the restaurant owner, we were onsite within 40 minutes assisting them with the cleanup.

If you need help with your grease trap overflow in San Diego, call SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown anytime at 619-583-2133. We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

My condo flooded. What do I do?

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage My condo flooded. What do I do? SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown technician Arturo, onsite at a condo that suffered from water damage in the Hillcrest area of San Diego.

In San Diego, especially in areas like downtown San Diego, Little Italy, Mission Hills, North Park, Hillcrest, University Heights, etc. - the vast number of people that live in these great areas mean lots of condominiums.

When a condo floods, it often causes damage to the neighborhooring or below units. We get at least 5-6 calls a week from clients who own condos who either had a flood in their unit, or has damage from a flood that occurred in the unit next door or above.

In situations like this the most important thing is to get any standing water cleaned up. If it can be wiped up with a towel, great, but you'll still want to have a proper moisture check completed, if it's excessive, you'll want to call us, SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown, to come and extract, set up our drying equipment, and stabilize while you figure out next steps.

We will hold your hand every step of the way, and we're one of the few companies who will work directly with your insurance carrier. We happen to be a preferred vendor for most insurance companies as well.

Our independently owned and operated franchise has over a 15-year track record for working in condominiums in and surrounding downtown San Diego.

Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 619-583-2133. We'll make things "Like it never even happened."