Recent Storm Damage Posts

Howling Winds Scaring Pets in North Park?

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

A dog hides under a blanket during a storm. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego.

Yes. Pet anxiety is real, and our furry friends can get very anxious when thunderstorms or the Santa Ana winds whip through North Park. Our Center City Uptown team has been mitigating and restoring storm-damaged properties in San Diego for many years. Here are some tips from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) for managing your pet’s anxiety during a severe storm:

According to the ASPCA, there are many things you can do at home to help your pet. Please note that one thing does not work for all pets—so keep trying and see what works.  

  • Keep calm! Your dog is aware of your emotions; they are more likely to get upset if you are.
  • Let them hide. Let them stay there if they prefer to stay under the bed, in a closet, or bathroom. 
  • If your pet does not have a place to hide, consider creating a safe place for them. Interior rooms with less noise or flashes of light are a good place to start.
  • Try distracting your pet by playing games. You can turn on the TV, play soft music, or give them a food puzzle or kong filled with their favorite item are all great ways to distract your pet. 
  • Anxiety vests or shirts may also help your pet feel calmer

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

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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.

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 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  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.

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.

24-Hour Storm Damage Mitigation Services in Centre City?

3/8/2022 (Permalink)

The City of San Diego, California, viewed from the San Diego Harbor after a storm. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in San Diego!

Last month when we had all the rain, water came in through my roof and into the attic space of my Golden Hill home. I saw the tell-tale sign of water damage when a dark stain started to form on my ceiling. Although it was late evening, I called SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown.

The SERVPRO team arrived quickly and immediately inspected and assessed the damage. They located water coming into the house through damaged chimney flashing on my roof. They crawled onto my roof and tarped the area where the water was entering the attic, and then they extracted the water and set up powerful air blowers to dry the area. They documented and monitored the drying process to ensure my home was returned to normal humidity levels.

The next day they came back and replaced the chimney flashing and repaired the damaged drywall. Now you would never know there was any storm damage.

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When you have a storm damage emergency in your Golden Hill home or commercial business, SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown’s technicians are on-call and ready to assist you. We typically arrive within four hours of your call. We’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-583-2133.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Hail Damage in Centre City?

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

A person is holding hailstones in their hand. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego.

Severe weather began being recorded in San Diego County by the missions from 1700 to 1842 when they reported the flooding of the San Diego River and other rivers in Southern California. Now the National Weather Service does this job.

On January 7, 2016, thunderstorms struck the San Diego area. Pea size hail was reported, and strong thunderstorm gusts exceeded sixty miles-per-hour across the coast and valleys. An airplane was struck by lightning on approach to San Diego airport. Strong thunderstorm winds damaged buildings and downed powerlines. A building roof collapsed in Miramar. Trees snapped, and one tree fell on a car in Poway.

SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown has been responding to storm damage emergencies in Centre City for years. Our fast emergency response time prevents secondary damage in many cases. We will inspect the damage and contact your insurance adjuster with our assessment as soon as we arrive. Any damaged areas will be tarped and boarded up to eliminate exposure to the elements.

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Storm damage can happen at any time, and when it happens, fast action is required to minimize the chance of having more time-consuming repairs. Centre City residents and commercial business owners can rely on SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown to restore storm damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-583-2133.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Disaster Talks With Kids in Centre City?

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

Parents are talking to their children. We respond to storm damage emergencies in San Diego 24-hours a day.

SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown responds to storm damage emergencies each year, and we know the importance of preparing children for emergencies. Being prepared begins with taking steps to stay safe before, during, and after a disaster or emergency. Here are some tips from the American Red Cross for speaking with children about disasters:

Talking About Disasters

Find out which disasters are most common where you live, then visit our emergency resource library for specific tips on what to do and discuss. For example, if you live in an earthquake-prone area, your child should be taught to DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON.

Next, check at your children’s schools, daycare, or other locations where they regularly spend time. Find out what their emergency plans are so that you can reinforce them at home.

Share What You’ve Learned

Talk about emergency preparation with your family so that everyone knows what to do. Discussing ahead of time helps reduce fear, particularly for younger children.

Involve your entire family in preparation activities, such as assembling a survival kit. Children can feel reassured knowing there’s a plan in place.

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Centre City residents and commercial businesses can rely on SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown’s technicians to restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-583-2133.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Power Outage in Centre City?

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

Huge thunderclouds fill the sky. We respond to storm damage emergencies in San Diego 24-hours a day.

Recently a series of severe thunderstorms traveled up from Mexico. These powerful storms brought winds gusts of over forty miles per hour and thunder and lightning, causing the power to go out in my San Diego County home. SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year in Centre City and offer these tips for protecting yourself during a power outage:

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed
  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows
  • Do not use a gas stove to heat your home
  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges
  • Use alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or power-dependent medical devices
  • If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling
  • Check on neighbors

Our storm damage response team has the equipment, training, and experience to restore your damage when your home or business is damaged by lightning, wind, or other severe weather. Upon arrival, we will tarp and board up any areas of the structure exposed to the elements to prevent secondary damage. We also provide a full range of building and reconstruction services when needed to restore a property storm-damaged property.  

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When your Centre City home or business needs storm damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown has a team of technicians on call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. No matter when you call us, we’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-583-2133.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Lightning Safety Tips for North Park?

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning is lighting up the night sky. We restore storm damage in San Diego.

I laid in bed and listened to the thunder and watched the lightning strikes light up the walls in my bedroom. My little dog was frightened, but he was reassured by my bravery. Over 100 lighting strikes were recorded that night.

September brought more thunder and lightning to North Park and San Diego county last month. SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year in North Park.  Here are some thunderstorm safety tips from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):

Lightning: What You Need to Know

  • No place outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!
  • If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you
  • When you hear thunder, immediately move to a safe shelter: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows up

Indoor Lightning Safety

  • Stay off of corded phones, computers, and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity
  • Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths, and faucets
  • Stay away from windows and doors and stay off porches
  • Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls

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When you need storm damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-583-2133. We’ll restore your storm damage in North Park, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Storm Damage Restoration Services in Hillcrest?

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

A fallen tree is shown in a neighborhood.  We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego!

It was a dark and windy night. I woke up hearing a huge crashing sound. When I went to investigate, I discovered a tree had blown over and damaged the side of my home. I called SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown, and they sent a team out right away to deal with the damage. They cut down the tree and then inspected the side of the house for damage. The siding and a corner of the roof facia were damaged, so they made the repairs. Now, you would never know that a tree had fallen in Hillcrest!

Storm damage can happen at any time of the year in San Diego, and when it does, you’ll want to hire a company that understands the stress and worry that comes with property damage. Franchise owners Benjamin Sussman and Jordan Katz are passionate about helping people and businesses put their lives back together after a disaster. They believe in placing the customer’s needs first and have developed strong and lasting relationships with residents and businesses in the San Diego area as a result.

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When you need help mitigating and restoring storm damage, SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-583-2133. We’ll restore your storm damage in Hillcrest, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Thunderstorms in Banker’s Hill?

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning is shown at night. We restore storm damage in San Diego, “Like it never even happened.”

Last month San Diego experienced several thunderstorms. Rolling thunder and bright flashes of lightning brought heavy rain to many parts of San Diego County. SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown responds to storm damage emergencies in Banker’s Hill throughout the year. We have the experience and equipment to mitigate and restore storm damage quickly and efficiently.

Here are some tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for preparing for a thunderstorm:

  • Know your area’s risk of thunderstorms. They can occur year-round and at any hour.
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • Identify sturdy buildings close to where you live, work, study, and play
  • Cut down or trim trees that may be in danger of falling on your home
  • Consider buying surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system to protect your home, appliances, and electronic devices
  • Secure outside furniture

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When your home or commercial business needs storm damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-583-2133. We’ll restore your storm damage in Banker’s Hill, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Pacific Hurricane Season in Centre City?

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

Hurricane Patricia is shown making her way to Mexico. We respond to commercial property damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego.

Storm damage happens.

SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown has been responding to storm damage emergencies in the Centre City area for years. At this time of year, we may see the rain coming up from the south resulting from Pacific hurricanes. The Pacific Hurricane season begins on May 15th and ends on November 30th each year. Here are some interesting facts about tropical cyclones from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

Tropical Cyclone Classifications

In the western North, Pacific hurricanes are called typhoons; similar storms in the Indian Ocean and South Pacific are called cyclones.

  • Tropical Depression: A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 38 miles per hour or less.
  • Tropical Storm: A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 39 to 73 miles per hour
  • Hurricane: A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or higher.
  • Major Hurricane: A tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 111 miles per hour or higher, corresponding to a Category 3, 4, or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

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When your home or commercial business experiences storm damage, SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-583-2133. We’ll restore your storm damage in Centre City, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Storm Preparedness in Uptown?

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy rain is falling on the ground. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego.

SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown has been mitigating storm damage in Uptown San Diego for years. Here are some tips from The City of San Diego’s website on things to do to prepare for a storm damage emergency:

Before it Rains

  • Sign up for Alert San Diego notifications for all your telephone numbers
  • Create a family communication plan to stay in touch with loved ones
  • Prepare your pets. Have transportation ready for all larger animals under your responsibility.
  • If needed, sandbags are available at the following recreation centers. Sandbags are limited to 10 bags per City of San Diego household or business, and sand is not provided.
  • Prepare your home for an emergency.
  • Visit the FEMA Flood Map Service Center to find your official flood map, access a range of other flood hazard products, and take advantage of tools for better understanding flood risks
  • Know the safest routes to and from home should flooding occur
  • When placing your trash, yard, and recycle bins out on the street for collection, place each bin approximately two to three feet away from the curb, so they do not impede the stormwater flowing on the street
  • Sweep up trash, sediment, and debris, and dispose of construction waste in the trash to avoid having these items enter and block the stormwater collection system

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown is on call 24-hours a day to respond to storm damage emergencies in Uptown. Call us today at 619-583-2133.

SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown is Independently Owned and Operated.

4 Tips for Preparing Your Business's Exterior for Storms

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

Exterior of a building, windows covered with storm shutters Protect your business by using storm shutters.

It Is Important To Maintain The Exterior Of Your Building

Your commercial business insurance and relevant riders are all lined up to carefully cover your company for this year's stormy season in Gaslamp Quarter, CA. Your employees are knowledgeable about all of your safety protocols, and you've inspected the interior of your site for vulnerabilities and moved all important documentation out of potential flood zones. How about exterior maintenance? While it might feel like a lost cause to try and perform any repairs or make improvements when big storms are imminent, protecting your building from the outside can make a big difference in how well it withstands a storm's lashing. Here are four tips.

1. Secure Loose Objects
Complete a thorough exterior building inspection, starting with loose objects that could be tossed by winds and cause more damage. Antennas, trash cans, hanging signs, and benches could all become projectiles that damage your building. Secure them outside or bring them indoors.

2. Protect All Glass
From individual windows to large glass store fronts, protect your business by using storm shutters. There are many types available at various price points. At the very least, use duct tape over the glass to prevent shattering.

3. Clean Out Downspouts
Cleaning downspouts, gutters, and drains is probably a part of your regular exterior maintenance routine, but going over them an extra time right before a big storm ensures that water can drain away from the building properly.

4. Look for Entry Points
Keeping your building maintained regularly ensures that you don't have huge repair projects right before a storm. Check the roof, windows, doors, and foundation for any possible points of entry for water. Plus, if you do have to call a water damage restoration company to help clean up after a storm, you can be sure that the damage was a result of the storm and not poor maintenance.
Exterior maintenance of your building is an important part of your storm preparedness plan.

How To Take Care of Roof Damage in Stormy Weather

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

Blue tarp on roof A quick tarp on the roof will prevent water from coming into the home

Here is a common situation that many homeowners face every year: a storm sweeps through their area and causes significant roof damage just as another storm system arrives. Without quick help, the next period of stormy weather will cause even more damage to the home in Little Italy, CA. During this time period, it will probably be difficult to get a roofing contractor to come out to the property and make the needed repairs. One solution is to call for the help of a storm mitigation team in the local area. Trained technicians are used to working in emergency situations and are more likely to arrive on the scene in a matter of hours.

A Temporary Fix

When roof damage is sudden and severe, a temporary fix can reduce any additional damage to a property. A quick board up or a tarp over the roof will prevent water from coming into the home and spoiling insulation. The benefits of this approach are numerous:

  • It gives the property owner peace of mind
  • It allows them to stay in their home
  • It is quick and inexpensive
  • It prevents additional damage
  • It allows for future roof repairs

Wind damage can rip off shingles and leave a property vulnerable to incoming storms. A temporary fix can be a suitable solution at times.

A Permanent Solution
When the situation permits, the homeowner will want to take care of the roofing situation once and for all. This could be in the form of a quality roof repair or it could call for a complete roof replacement. If the roof damage has allowed significant water to enter the home, restoration services will be needed. This includes drying out areas that received moisture and checking for signs of mold growth. Experienced technicians will also replace or restore structural items that were harmed as a result of water damage. When everything is fixed and repaired, the homeowner should be able to face the next storm with confidence.

Mitigation and Restoration: Pivotal Stages of Property Cleanup

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Blue drying equipment in a San Diego commercial building, drying carpet Commercial water damage due to storm

Mitigation and Restoration: Pivotal Stages of Property Cleanup

When commercial property owners in San Diego, CA call in a flood cleanup company, it's important to have background knowledge of the experts' jargon. This understanding allows for improved communication about future decisions, permitting proprietors to be a more active participant in the remediation discussions. Certified and credentialed establishments should use the words mitigation and restoration separately, clearly indicating that the work crews have two stages to handle. Both are key to the building's overhaul and getting the place back into operational status. When consulting with teams, here are three things to know about the procedures.

1. What Does Mitigation Include?
Mitigation focuses on fast containment; therefore, secure the property quickly, minimizing additional problems. After a flood, for example, a water restoration company takes several actions to reduce exposure and hazards. The employees can board up exposed windows, tarp over holes in the roofing, remove water-logged materials, create flood cuts, and dry out moisture-heavy rooms. These steps safeguard against further environmental exposures, trespassers, and mold.

2. What Does Restoration Entail?
Once mitigation is completed, the flood cleanup company begins restoration efforts. This stage typically proves slower than the first. While remediation demands swiftness to avoid complications, restoration requires patience and time.
Some assets may be treated rather than thrown away. Content cleaning services, for instance, may salvage electronics, photos and documents. Walls taken down are rebuilt and flooring is replaced. Painting and patching are completed. These services don't happen all at once but in phases.

3. Why Are Both Necessary?
A restoration company cannot skip over either of these key steps. Without remediation, excess water may linger within the carpets and walls. The humidity could allow mold spores to reproduce, only leading to future extractions and disinfection. Restoration in turn brings the place back together, functioning as a whole.
Mitigation and restoration are both necessary. Reach out to a flood cleanup company to assist. The professionals can advise owners about both processes.

Different Kinds of Flood Water Contamination

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Dishwasher spilling water A spill from the dishwasher could be considered Category 2

Which Type Of Water Is Flooding Your Home

While all types of floods are capable of inflicting massive amounts of water damage on your property, some are just inherently more dangerous than others. Floods are classified according to one of three categories, depending on which types of contaminants are present in the water. Read on to see which type of water is flooding your home in San Diego, CA.

1. Category 1: Clean Water Floods
Much like the name implies, Category 1 floods are characterized by an absence of contaminants. It is possible for these types of floods to transform into more dangerous varieties if outside contaminants are introduced to the water. Clean water floods are typically caused by:

  • Supply line bursts
  • Leaky pipes
  • Rain water or snow melt

2. Category 2: Gray Water Floods
Category 2 floods do contain mild amounts of contamination, but not enough to be considered a biohazard. If left untreated for 48 hours, a Category 2 flood can quickly become a Category 3. Gray water floods are usually a result of:

  • Sump pump failures
  • Malfunctioning household appliances, such as dishwashers and washing machines
  • Broken aquariums

3. Category 3: Black Water Floods
Category 3 floods are the most dangerous types of floods. They're categorized by the presence of human/animal fecal matter, raw sewage, dangerous chemicals and other types of biohazards. These floods are extremely dangerous and can inflict massive amounts of water damage, so you should never attempt to remediate them on your own. They're often caused by:

  • Toilet back flow
  • Sewage overflow
  • Rising groundwater
  • Overflowing banks from rivers or streams

It's important to take all types of water damage seriously, but you need to be especially wary of damage caused by black water floods. If not treated properly, the situation will only get worse and worse. It's best to contact flood remediation experts if your property has been affected by Category 3 flooding.

How FEMA Helps Families After a Storm

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane Harvey disaster recovery centers staffed with recovery specialists from FEMA If you experience a disaster, always contact your insurance company in addition to FEMA

There Are Many Ways FEMA Helps Victims Of Damage And Flooding

When a weather disaster happens in San Diego, CA, residents are quick to rally around one another and offer support as families prepare for the process of rebuilding. Another great source of support is the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Often, FEMA's fast-acting and dedicated workers are first on the scene and available to offer aid where applicable. 

First Response

When the agency arrives at the scene of a disaster, they will start making appointments with homeowners to assess damage. They are trained to do several things as they are assessing the situation. These tasks include:

  • Scan the scene, including the neighbors.
  • Carry a camera and notepad.
  • Enter the home and document the damage, room by room.

On the initial FEMA visit, homeowners should have documentation that they own the home. Following the initial visit, adjusters will inspect further.
Disasters can create many hazards in a home. As the family looks forward to cleanup, they should also work with disaster restoration specialists who can first assess the situation, and then provide professional clean up services.


The FEMA adjusters will measure rooms and get details regarding damaged materials such as carpets and windows. Everything that needs to be replaced will received detailed documentation. Following documentation, a dollar value is assigned to the value of each claim.
The homeowner's personal insurance will pay out claims first. If the homeowner doesn't have insurance, or is underinsured, then the agency will provide financial assistance to help replace what was lost. It's important to understand that the assistance program won't provide for all losses incurred, but only those deemed to be necessary and serious.
Experiencing a disaster such as a flood is never easy, but anyone going through one should know help is available. If you experience a disaster, always contact your insurance company in addition to FEMA. Combined, they can assist in getting you back on your feet.

Flooding and Risk Factors

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

Drying equipment, flood cuts. Water cleanup in San Diego, CA Storm restoration in San Diego, CA

Flooding and Risk Factors

The Federal Emergency Management Association offers the National Flood Insurance Program in thousands of communities across the United States. Taking advantage of FEMA NFIP can help you get your life back together after a flood.

Flood Definition

When most people think of flooding, they think of any sort of water damage. FEMA, however, has a stricter definition: at least two properties or two connected acres covered by water or mudflow. Flooding in this sense is often caused by the following:

  • Accumulation of surface water
  • Erosion
  • Overflow of rivers, lakes or other bodies of water

Only flooding damage that fits the above definition is covered by FEMA NFIP. Water damage caused by other events, such as plumbing issues, may be covered by your homeowner’s insurance. It is important to discuss your San Diego home’s unique needs with your insurance agent to make sure you are properly covered.

Flood Risk Factors

While the definition of “flooding” may be narrow, there are a variety of factors that can increase the likelihood of such an event occurring. The following are some such risk factors:

  • Springtime
  • Wildfire damage
  • Low elevation

When the temperatures rise in the springtime, snow often melts, causing flooding. Additionally, frozen ground cannot absorb spring rains, leading to accumulation of surface water. Wildfires also interfere with the ground’s ability to absorb water. Vegetation plays a key role in absorbing water, and when plant life is destroyed by fire, there is greater accumulation of surface water. This effect can last up to five years after a wildfire. Low elevations, where the water cannot runoff easily, are also more prone to flooding.

If FEMA NFIP is available in your area, you can purchase reliable flood insurance through the program. Although this and other flood insurance policies can reduce the financial burden of flood damage, homeowners may still feel overwhelmed by the restoration process. Selecting a certified restoration company can make the process go much more smoothly.

6 Ways To Reduce Outside Flood Damage

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

Hands holding mulch Mulch can reduce the chances of experiencing flooding in your property

6 Ways To Reduce Outside Flood Damage

Outside flooding triggered by heavy storms causes havoc, contributing to harmful erosion and polluting runoff. In worst-case scenarios, rainfall can cause structural damage to your house by seeping into your basement. The following are a few methods you can employ to protect yourself in San Diego, CA, before facing an imminent downpour.

1. Diversionary Systems
Water redirection is the most basic form of drainage. Depressions known as swales are excellent at this task. Create one by lining your backyard’s lowest point with rocks and plants so that streams are redirected into a dry well or garden bed that is able to sustain large amounts of rain.

2. Hefty Mulching
Outside flooding tosses around lighter mulch. Use heavier chips and reduce your post-precipitation cleanup responsibilities.

3. Flower Placement
Plants that line the outside of gardens drain quickly, whereas those in the middle bear the brunt of intense disruptions. Arrange yours so that plants most effective at soaking up water are placed in the center.

4. Strategic Downspouts
Check that your gutters direct rain storm deposits into a location where the overall accumulation will not spill over. If you believe your downspout’s landing spot could result in difficulties, installing a diverter can solve your rain drainage situation.

5. Pavement Alternatives
Driveways are contributors to runoff. If yours is made of asphalt or solid concrete, trade it out for gravel or spaced paving. Eco-friendly individuals should consider replacing their entranceways entirely and converting them into extended lawn space.

6. Green Roofing
For novelty, you cannot beat topping your residence with grass to soak up rainwater. Of course, this option only works with flat-topped or gently sloped buildings, but this approach also improves insulation and increases roof longevity.
Uncontrolled outside flooding causes backyard messes and sometimes leads to significant home damage. Head off needing a commercial water restoration service to make things right by setting the optimal conditions for severe weather.

My building flooded, who do I call?

3/1/2020 (Permalink)

A photo of a  man in a store. This is a photo of a SERVPRO technician performing water removal at a commercial property in San Diego.

When your building floods in San Diego, SERVPRO is here to help.

SERVPRO is the water remediation company that you know and trust, for several reasons:

1.) We are licensed. To do water remediation work in California, you MUST be licensed by the CSLB. Our license number is 1037786, and you can check the status of our license anytime at

2.) We are bonded, we are insured. If something happens on the job, you are in reputable hands with appropriate insurance to cover any accident that were to happen on our watch. Protect yourself, and ask for proof of insurance.

3.) We work 24/7/365. There isn't a day of the year or time of day that you call us and we can't respond. 

When you have water damage emergencies in San Diego, SERVPRO is here to help! Call us 24 hours a day at 619-583-2133.

Rain damage to my home. Who do I call?

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

A photo of a doorway with no flooring. This is a photo of a recent rain damage job in San Diego that SERVPRO did the work for.

San Diego doesn't often get torrential downpours, but a few times a year, it does, and believe us, it wreaks havoc on our properties.

 Being in a state like California and a gorgeous city like San Diego doesn't make us immune to water damage to our properties when it rains.  And that is why you want to have the best water remediation company in San Diego, SERVPRO, on speed dial when it does. Whether you have damage to your property from leaky windows, or a roof leak, or even drainage issues causing rain water to backup into your home or property, we've seen and handled it all. Thousands of customers choose SERVPRO in San Diego each and every year to assist them with their water damage needs, so why hesitate any longer? Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Our Mission Valley location makes us central to San Diego County and able to have a faster response time than most.  We can be reached anytime at 619-583-2133.

I have a roof leak. Who do I call to help?

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

A photo of a unit with missing drywall. This is a photo of a unit in downtown San Diego that had a roof leak where SERVPRO was called to perform water damage cleanup.

Don't let a roof leak to your San Diego property get you too down. SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown in San Diego is always here to help.

When you have a roof leak and water damage to your ceiling, SERVPRO is on standby 24/7 to assist you.  Whether it's major or minor storm damage, we're equipped to help you with any size of water damage.  Whether your entire property is affected, or a small section of it, SERVPRO is on standby to help.
We can be reached anytime and have trained and certified technicians to come out and assist with water removal and extraction, setting up drying equipment, etc. One of our Production Managers will be assigned to your job and be the point of contact every step of the way.
We'll help restore your property "Like it never even happened." Call SERVPRO 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We can be reached at 619-583-2133.