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Fireworks-Free Fourth of July Celebration Ideas for Centre City?

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

People celebrate the 4th of July without using fireworks. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration in San Diego!

The 4th of July is next week, and lots of families will be celebrating our nation’s birthday. Our Center City Uptown team wants everyone to have a safe 4th of July holiday and offer these alternatives to fireworks from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Use glow sticks as a safe alternative to sparklers. They are fun for all ages.
  • Loud and proud. Noisemakers are sure to make a statement. They can be found at local party supply stores or make your own.
  • Have an outdoor movie night. Set up a screen and projector. Don’t forget the bug spray!
  • Red, white, and blue silly string
  • Make a patriotic craft with the family
  • Throw a birthday party for the USA and don’t forget the cake!

Do-it-yourself noisemakers

Noisemakers are a surefire party-starter. 

Idea 1: Clean and dry empty water bottles, then fill them with coins, marbles, or beads. Twist the caps back on tightly or glue them shut. Decorate the bottles with glued-on streamers, glitter, or paint.

Idea 2: Take two clear plastic cups and fill the first cup with dried beans, popcorn, coins, buttons, small bells, beads, rice, etc. Put the second cup on top of the filled cup with both lids touching, and tape the two cups together. Shake and have fun!

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When your Centre City home or commercial business has fire 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.

High Praise for Local Centre City Restoration Company?

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

A picture of company founders Ben Sussan and Jordan Katz is seen. We provide restoration services in San Diego County 24-hours a day.

Our Centre City Uptown team is proud of franchise owners Ben Sussman and Jordan Katz. Ben and Jordan first met as youngsters playing soccer and have been lifelong best friends ever since. Jordan, Ben, and Ben’s wife Lisa are all owners and create a dynamic trio. Jordan oversees all field operations and quality management, Ben oversees all aspects of office operations, and Lisa manages all of the marketing efforts and the rebuilding division. They attribute their success to putting the needs of their customers first and delivering the best restoration and rebuilding services possible.

We are licensed, bonded, and insured.

Check the status of our CSLB license at any time by visiting www.cslb.ca.gov - our CSLB # is 1037786

We are licensed, general contractors.

General Contractors License #1037786

We are actively involved in the community.

We are members of several organizations, including CAI (Community Association Institute), San Diego County Lodging Association (formerly the San Diego Hotel Motel Association), and IFMA (International Facilities Management Association).

Call Us Today!

You never know when you’ll need our restoration services, but when you do, our local team in Centre City/Uptown is Here to Help. ® We are trusted leaders in residential and commercial cleanup and restoration services! 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.

Advanced Technology Used to Detect Leaks in North Park?

2/22/2022 (Permalink)

An infrared camera is being used. We respond to property damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego!

At SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown, we invest heavily in technology that can help us restore a property to preloss condition more quickly, reliably, and effectively. By adopting new technological advancements, we can locate the source of water damage more reliably. Our use of sensitive moisture detectors helps to ensure a room is returned to normal humidity levels once the repairs are complete.

Moisture Detection and Measurement

  • Surface moisture meters
  • Infrared imagery
  • Evasive moisture detectors
  • Video borescope

Water Extraction Equipment

We use powerful extraction equipment to speed the drying process by removing the bulk of the water from your home or business.

  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal

Drying Equipment

We use industrial-strength air movers and dehumidifiers to remove the remaining moisture from ceilings, walls, and floors. Proper drying helps to prevent swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.

  • High-speed air movers cause moisture to evaporate at a faster pace
  • Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air

Call Us Today!

When you have water or another form of property damage in your North Park home or commercial business, SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown’s technicians are on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. We’ll restore your property damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-583-2133.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Truck Decontamination Services in Centre City?

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

A rat is standing on its hind legs. We provide deep cleaning and decontamination services for vehicles and homes in San Diego.

SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown offers a full range of cleaning and decontamination services. Here is a recent Google review:

Hands down, one the best and most professional groups of people I have ever worked with in my life.  . . .The amount of rat feces, and urine throughout the entirety of my crew cab truck, was enough to make most people vomit. Knowing that this could pose a SERIOUS health risk, but being completely lost as to what I should do with my nice truck, I called SERVPRO, and my ANGEL answered the call. Amy Bauer was extremely knowledgeable and explained step by step what I was up against. She dealt with my insurance company and the shop I took the truck to for a complete strip of interior and biohazard cleaning. SHE TOOK CARE OF EVERYTHING! Not only was she extremely professional, responsive, thorough, and forthcoming, but she was very empathetic. I dealt with some not-so-professional people during this situation. Still, I will say, If every office, and their employees, no matter the business, worked as hard as Amy Bauer and all the other staff at SERVPRO that I spoke with did, the world would be a better place!! Not only did she do “her job,” but Amy went above and beyond many times and also kept in contact with me throughout the entire ordeal of getting my truck put back together, just to follow up. Her dedication is second to none!! Thank You ALL for everything.”

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SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-583-2133.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Responsive Restoration Team in Centre City?

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

A sign reading, “Open 24-Hours,” is shown. We respond to property damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego.

Property damage never happens at a convenient time. That’s why SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown has emergency restoration technicians on call and ready to respond 24-hours a day, every day of the year. We typically respond within four hours of your call. Our goal is to:

One hour: we will respond to your call within one hour or less

Four hours: we will be on-site within four hours of your call

Eight hours: we will contact your insurance adjuster within eight hours of your call

Here is a testimonial from a happy customer:

“These guys are Awesome!  Let’s be honest; no one wants to call a water remediation company... I was cringing and thought I would be taken to the cleaners with an extensive, expensive, intrusive scenario.  Not the case at all! I called SERVPRO of Centre City after a serious roof leak/rain storm combo.  Michael of SERVPRO was fast (less than 2 hours between request and appointment), very reasonable, thorough, and helpful. Michael was a bright spot in a truly horrible day. If it’s water remediation you need, look no further! My highest possible recommendation.  Will definitely use again if I need water remediation!” B.B. in San Diego

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Centre City residents and commercial business owners can trust our technicians to restore their property damage quickly and efficiently. Call us today at 619-583-2133.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Packing and Moving Services for North Park?

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

A bank of modern offsite storage units is shown. We are trusted leaders in restoration services in San Diego.

When a terrible fire damaged my North Park home, the entire roof had to be replaced. The scope of work was so extensive that our insurance adjuster suggested that we relocate while the restoration work was being done. Fortunately, SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown provides move-out and pack-out services and arranged for our undamaged household contents to be stored offsite. After SERVPRO finished the restoration, they moved our belongings back into the house and even helped us put everything back where it belonged!

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, we can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

We will contact you when the restoration is complete and schedule a convenient time to move your belongings back to your home. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Call Us Today!

North Park residents and businesses can rely on SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown to provide a full range of restoration services required to return your property to pre-damage condition. When reconstruction services are called for, we can manage the job from start to finish. Call us today at 619-583-2133.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Highly Trained Restoration Technicians in Banker’s Hill?

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

A person is taking an online class on their laptop computer. Our employees are required to participate in initial and ongoing restoration training in San Diego.

To provide the best service and support to our Banker’s Hill customers, SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown requires all of our employees to participate in various training courses and programs.

Our technicians are trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the nonprofit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry. They study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

Training Program Descriptions

Employee Certification Training

This voluntary program is self-paced and allows SERVPRO franchise employees to attain specialized training and certification in the following modules after completing the course materials and an examination:

  • Crew Training
  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Initial, e-Learnings, and Continuing Education Classes

Initial training is a 15-day intensive held at the SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility. This is the basis for all SERVPRO training and covers many restoration topics, including:

  • Crew Training
  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Ongoing education and e-learnings happen through web-based training. This is a voluntary program that keeps our office staff and technicians up-to-speed on industry standards, allowing us to provide the high-quality service and support our residential and commercial business customers expect.

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When your home or commercial business needs restoration services, SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-583-2133. We’ll restore your property damage in Banker’s Hill, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Mold Infestation in North Park?

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

Mold is shown growing by a cabinet. We mitigate and remediate mold in San Diego!

I couldn’t place the musty odor in my North Park home. I looked everywhere and found a small water leak in the back of the kitchen cabinet and saw the mold.

SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown’s technicians are certified to mitigate and remediate mold damage following state and local laws and protocols.

Here is some information about mold from our website:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or air conditioning and heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture
  • Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water 
  • Mold colonies may produce health effects
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead to possible mold problem areas
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent

Call Us!

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

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Vandalism in North Park?

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

A wall is shown damaged by graffiti. We restore graffiti and vandalism damage in San Diego, “Like it never even happened.”

Although SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown is more well known for responding to fire and water damage emergencies, we also provide a full range of specialty cleaning services, including vandalism and graffiti cleanup.

The County of San Diego, Graffiti Abatement Department suggests that if you find graffiti on your property, it should be removed immediately. San Diego County states that the prompt removal will discourage further graffiti because graffiti vandals want recognition for their work. When they see that their graffiti is quickly removed, it will deter them from striking that area again.

Additionally, the San Diego County website offers information on how to report graffiti you may see in progress:

If you see graffiti vandalism in progress, call 858-565-5200 and report it immediately to the Sheriff’s Department. Do not confront the vandals. Although they may appear to be harmless, they may be carrying weapons. A Deputy will respond based on the priority of the crime compared to others for which they have called at the time.

Vandalism and Graffiti Removal

  • General cleaning and graffiti removal
  • Brick, stone, and concrete cleaning
  • Odor removal and deodorization
  • Debris removal

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business needs vandalism and graffiti 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 property damage in North Park, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Hoarding Situation in North Park?

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

A room is shown filled with boxes, storage bins, and plastic bags. We provide hoarding and clutter removal services in San Diego.

North Park Hoarding Crisis Averted

When my aunt passed away, I inherited her home. I knew she liked to collect things, but I had no idea that her collections had gotten so out of hand. When I opened the front door, I thought the door was broken because it wouldn’t open all the way, and then I realized that it wasn’t the door, it was all the stuff in the front room blocking the door. My neighbor told me about SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown, and I’m glad she did.

They came out and helped me sort through all of her stuff. We sent a lot to charity stores, some things to women’s shelters, and some furniture and pictures we kept in the family. After all the contents were removed, the SERVPRO team thoroughly cleaned the house from top to bottom. By the time they completed the job, you would never know there had been a hoarding situation in my aunt’s house!

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business requires specialized cleaning services, SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown is Here to Help. ® Our highly trained technicians are on-call 24-hours a day to respond to property damage emergencies in North Park. Call us today at 619-583-2133.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

High Customer Satisfaction in Centre City?

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

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Happy Customers in Centre City!

SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown knows that fire and water damage emergencies can be very stressful and devastating for our customers. In every restoration we perform, we are committed to making the customer experience positive and stress-free. Here are some customer testimonials from our website that describe their experience working with us: 


“Do yourself a favor and HIRE SERVPRO! I wasn't sure that SERVPRO was as good as they seemed to be when I had a water damage issue, but I trusted my insurance company to refer me to a vendor that would take care of me, and I am glad I did.” Lydia in San Diego


“I own a lot of property throughout San Diego, and there is no one I would ever call for water remediation issues besides SERVPRO, and specifically Ben Sussman. He is thorough, professional, and treats everything with a sense of urgency, which is the most important factor when dealing with water damage. He has handled small jobs for us, up to very, very large jobs. And we've never been disappointed.” Howard in San Diego

“They’re amazing! I love them! Great water damage clean up company in San Diego!” Elan in San Diego

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown has a team of restoration technicians ready to respond to your call 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-583-2133. We’ll clean and restore your property damage in Centre City “Like it never even happened.”

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

Eco-Friendly Company in San Diego?

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

A recycle symbol made of crumpled green paper is shown. We take steps every day to reduce our impact on San Diego’s environment!

Did you know that SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown is an environmentally friendly company that actively takes steps to reduce our carbon footprint? Our team is committed to protecting our environment and keeping San Diego beautiful! Here are the things we do daily to care for our city:

Refuse-Reduce-Reform and Recycle Activities

  • Reduce Waste- we responsibly reduce and manage the disposition of waste by reusing material where feasible, recycling what cannot be reused, and composting our organics. This includes plastics, glass, metals, and organics. 
  • Keeping waste out of landfills. We are actively participating in global efforts to refuse reduce reuse reform and recycle.
  • Green Products – use products that contain no synthetic ingredients or health warnings where applicable
  • Minimize Travel – use the latest technology and video calls to avoid travel to project worksites by insurance carriers for site revisits
  • Reduce Shipping – reduce the number of shipments we receive by maximizing capacity rather than several shipments that consume more fuel
  • Individual Contributions – carpooling, fuel-efficient cars, and using refillable water bottles and coffee mugs
  • Laptops – 80 percent more efficient than desktop computers
  • Reduce Copying and Printing - to reduce paper use
  • Ink Recycling - We participate in the “Used Ink- Brother Environment Collection Program.”

Call Us Today!

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

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

The best water remediation company in San Diego

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Our owners on the cover of a San Diego magazine Don't settle for anything but the best!

SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown is the obvious choice when choosing the best water remediation company in San Diego.

Let us give you a few reasons why. 

1.) We're licensed, we're bonded, we're insured.  Check the status of our CSLB license at any time by visiting www.cslb.ca.gov - our CSLB # is 1037786

2.) We're active in the community. We are members of several organizations including: CAI (Community Association Institute), San Diego County Lodging Association (formerly the San Diego Hotel Motel Association), and IFMA (International Facilities Management Association).

3.) We are locally owned and operated by San Diegans: Ben and Lisa Sussman, and Jordan Katz

4.) We're famous!  Read this article about one of our owners who was interviewed recently for the San Diego Voyager

5.) Okay, we're kidding about point 4. But the truth is, we really care about our customers and doing good work, and making sure we exceed any expectations you have. Call SERVPRO 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 619-583-2133.  We are always here to help. 

Why You Should Choose a Reputable Restoration Company

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

technicians using protective gear while performing restoration services Remediation services in San Diego, CA.

Reasons To Choose A Reputable Restoration Company

You want to find a disaster restoration company that understands your situation. This helps you keep insurance claim costs down and get top-notch services. It also ensures that you will have superior restoration work done. Here are some reasons to work with a reputable company.

Electronic Claims Information
Electronic claims work faster, so you can get the crucial information you need. Some of the information you can get from a company that uses an electronic claim system includes:

  • A complete job file
  • Access to all files
  • Informative reports on project results
  • Performance comparisons to industry standards

Emergency Response to Claims
Restoring your property after an emergency should be the company's priority. A qualified team will understand the importance of pretesting, mitigation, and quick response times.

Pretesting To Reduce Claim Expenses
Restoring a business is less expensive than replacing it. A qualified company understands this and will only replace property when necessary. They use techniques such as pretesting to try to salvage as much as possible.

Superior Experience and Training
Looking for proper training is the best way to ensure you get the best restoration work done on your business in San Diego, CA. For the remediation industry, you need to look for a certification from the IICRC. This means that the technicians who will be performing the work are the best in the industry and know the most advanced restoration processes.

Cooperation With Insurance Companies
Aside from performing quality work, a reputable company will offer other services. For instance, they will help you interpret your policy and adjust your claim. They can also work directly with your insurance company. This means they can perform any necessary tasks, such as pretesting, quicker. The result is that you can get your business open again as soon as possible.
There are a few reasons why you need to choose a reputable restoration company to restore your business. Whether you are looking for electronic claims or someone to deal with your insurance agent, this is the best option for your property.

Property Got Mold? Tenants Could Sue

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

a lawyer in his office showing a document with the text lawsuit written in it Filing mold insurance claims is key to avoiding a potential lawsuit down the road

Property Got Mold? Tenants Could Sue

As a property manager in San Diego, CA, you have a lot of daily to-dos to keep the property in tip-top shape and tenants happy. While regular inspections should be done, sometimes the unexpected happens, such as a piper burst that requires a mold damage mitigation and restoration professional. When that happens, filing mold insurance claims is key to avoiding a potential lawsuit down the road.


Reasons for Suing
Although some issues may be caused by the tenant, when it comes to mold, it is often more associated with structural issues. If there has been an ongoing leak that you just haven’t gotten to, mold insurance claims will likely get you nowhere. Instead, if the tenant’s property is damaged, you may end up having to pay for their belongings to be cleaned. Below are viable reasons a tenant could sue:

  • Ongoing water issues have not been addressed in a timely manner.
  • The tenant has incurred expenses trying to mitigate the issue on their own.
  • Property and household goods have been damaged.
  • Mold has caused the property to be inhabitable.


Mitigate the Risk
No property manager wants to face any kind of lawsuit. To avoid that, mold remediation should always be a top priority. Whenever an inspection is done, always be extra diligent regarding areas prone to mold or mildew growth, such as showers, windows, washing machines, plumbing, roofs, basements and entryways. It is also a good idea to communicate regularly with tenants and encourage them to have safe habits to reduce the potential for mold and call whenever there is a leak. Most importantly, if a major water loss happens, make a mold claim and get it taken care of before it becomes an even bigger headache.
If left unchecked, mold insurance claims may not provide the most desired results. Staying on top of property management and communicating with tenants are key ways to avoid mold problems from spreading or lawsuits from happening.

3 Reasons Mold Grows In Residences

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech using moisture meter to detect mold in San Diego, CA Mold can grow almost anywhere. All it needs is some moisture and the right temperature

Here Are Three Reasons Residences Require Mold Cleanup

Mold is a common problem for residences in San Diego, CA. Water damage from plumbing, roofing or other structural problems can lead to mold growth. There are over 100,000 species of mold, including toxic black mold. All of these types of fungi are sustained by water and nourishment from organic material. 

1. High Moisture Levels

The prolonged presence of excessive moisture or high humidity levels in a residence is the primary risk factor for mold growth. Whether a pipe leak or roof damage is the source, water can cause mold spores to settle down on household surfaces and start to grow. Mold commonly grows in places that are not regularly disturbed and remain constantly damp or wet.

2. Lingering Water Damage

Flooding or more limited water damage due to a pipe or roof leak should be extracted and dried within 24 to 48 hours of damage occurring. When a moisture problem continues, the environment becomes ideal for black mold to grow. Timely mitigation and restoration can significantly reduce the risk of a mold problem at a residence. Running a dehumidifier is also helpful for reducing indoor relative humidity levels to the 30% to 50% range.

3. Readily Available Nutriment

Mold is a type of fungus that feeds on organic materials. Drywall and insulation often contain cellulose, a plant fiber that supplies an optimal food source. Mold spores in the air are less likely to settle on dry surfaces and cannot draw on nutrients and multiply without interior conditions that support growth.

Taking measures to control interior moisture levels and prevent, mitigate and completely restore any water damage that occurs can reduce the likelihood of black mold. If you own a mold-prone home in Centre City, CA, you may want to upgrade to mold-resistant versions of cellulose-based building materials such as carpet, drywall and insulation.

Some Facts About Mold

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician checking for mold in a San Diego office We are prepared to remediate your mold damage.

If you own property in San Diego, CA one of the many things you need to look out for is mold.

Unchecked mold growth can lead to thousands of dollars' worth of damage to your building and unhealthy conditions for workers or tenants. Below, we'll look at what mold is, how to prevent it, and if detected, how to get rid of it.

What Mold Is, and Where It Comes From

Mold is a fungus that is found everywhere, propagating through spores that are blown around through the air. Mold growth only becomes a problem in buildings with areas of high humidity, or where there's been water damage. Mold enters a structure in a number of ways, including:

• Doorways
• Vents
• HVAC Systems
• Windows
• Attached to:
o Pets
o Clothes
o Shoes and Boots
o Bags

There are thousands of types of mold. Common ones include aspergillus, found in food and AC systems, alternaria, commonly found in sinks and showers, and stachybotrys chartarum, otherwise known as black mold.

How to Prevent It

To prevent mold from becoming a problem in your building, eliminate any sources of excess moisture. Try to bring down humidity with a dehumidifier or air conditioner. A building with good ventilation also is much less likely to have a mold problem. Vents should always lead to the outside. Also, make sure that your roofing and plumbing are inspected regularly. Hidden leaks in walls or ceilings can cause big problems with mold.

Professional Help


If you detect mold in your building, a mold remediation company should be consulted. They can identify the types of mold present and take the appropriate steps to eradicate the problem safely and completely. They can remove the sources of moisture, then dehumidify, clean and disinfect using specialized techniques and equipment.

Hopefully, your building hasn't been affected by mold growth, and by using the information outlined above, you can keep it mold-free. But if you do detect mold, a quick call to a professional can get the problem under control and have your property back to normal in no time.

Steps to take to prevent your business from being vandalized

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

A photo of graffiti on a building. If your building suffers from unwanted graffiti or other vandalism, SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown is here to help. Call us 24/7 at 619-583-2133.

Surprisingly or not, vandalism is something that occurs every single day in San Diego. Whether it happens to your home or business, expenses incurred to cleaning up vandalism not only cost money, but time as well. Whether it’s broken windows, busted doors, or spray painted walls, this kind of cleanup can cost businesses thousands of dollars in damage cleanup and lost revenue.  It’s no laughing matter!

Here are a few tips to prevent coming another vandalism statistic:

  • Considering installing an alarm system and/or security cameras.
  • Even if you have a basic or fancy alarm system, it’s important to double check that you lock up each and every day.
  • Clean up trash and debris outside of your business.
  • If you notice any graffiti, have it removed and/or paint over it.
  • Post “Do not loiter” signs outside of your business.

If your business does have vandalism occur, SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown is here and ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us anytime at 619-583-2133.

SERVPRO in San Diego is your one-stop shop for all remediation needs

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

A photo of a living room. This photo is of a recent water damage job that SERVPRO helped assist the owner with. It shows our green equipment onsite at a job in San Diego.

Do you own commercial property in San Diego?  If so, chances are at some point you've dealt with major or minor water damage, or possibly even a fire at your property.  Day in and day out building emergencies occur, often when you least expect it.

When you have damage to your property, SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown is here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We can assist you with all of your restoration and remediation needs from start to finish - whether it involves your contents and belongings, remediation, then reconstruction, we do it all.

  • We do free inspections
  • We bill your insurance company direct
  • We are licensed, bonded, and insured.  Our CSLB number is 1037786
  • We are an IICRC Certified Firm

Call SERVPRO 24/7/365 at 619-583-2133. We are an insurance preferred vendor for almost every insurance company.

Yes, we are open during COVID-19.

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is being called on by numerous businesses and community leaders to perform the necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect and sanitize their properties. All of our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities. If you are interested in inquiring about our services we’re here to help – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, while life gets back to normal in the communities we all call home.

SERVPRO can respond quickly and effectively to help minimize business interruption to your company.

We are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff performs on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables at a minimum. These same surfaces are mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces as well.

Our team is trained to perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.

Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 619-583-2133.