Recent Storm Damage Posts

What should you do when preparing for a coastal storm?

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Let us know if you need help with damages from a coastal storm.

Preparing for a coastal storm can be nerve wracking. There are so many unknown factors and it can be difficult knowing what to do and what not to do. We have compiled a list to help you prepare for a storm. 

* Always take the advice of local authorities and evacuate if you are asked to do so. Pay attention to news alerts as there are times when you receive the evacuation alert however, it is too late. 

*Unplug all of your electronic devices to avoid any fires. 

*Try your best to place important items in a higher place just in case there is flooding. 

*Turn off your water supply to avoid flooding from broken pipes. Fill your tub with water first to ensure you have water to boil, clean and flush the toilet if needed. 

*Turn off your gas to prevent any possible gas leaks from occurring. 

*Ensure you have a bag packed with extra clothes, medications, water, and snack items that are non perishable. 

*Identify a safe place to meet loved ones if needed and ensure you have a full tank of gas ready. 

As always, SERVPRO of Scripps Ranch, Mira Mesa, Rancho Penasquitos is here if you need us. 

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Storms aren't fun for you or your pet!

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

Call us to help clean up after a storm!

Storms can be hard on an entire family when they strike, including your pets! It's important to make sure you have a plan in place for your precious pets to keep them safe and as calm as you can during a storm. 

When a storm strikes, try distracting your pet by petting it, giving it a favorite treat, playing fetch, or offering a favorite toy to play with. Distracting your pet will help take off some of the stresses it may encounter due to an unfamiliar event such as a storm. 

Sometimes placing your pet in a snug shirt or jacket will help to soothe them the way a baby would feel when swaddled. It may be helpful to put a TV on to mask the sound of a thunderstorm as well. 

Most importantly, try to stay calm yourself during a storm to avoid your pet from picking up on your stress. 

If you need more assistance, you may want to call your vet to come up with an appropriate game plan for your pet.

If you need help with cleanup, water damage, mold remediation or restoration, SERVPRO of Scripps Ranch, Mira, Mesa, Rancho Penasquitos can help!

What you should do to prepare for a storm

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Scripps Ranch, Mira Mesa, Rancho Penasquitos for help after a storm

In the event of a storm, it's important to have a plan and be prepared to act. Below are safety tips to help you keep you and your family safe. 

*If you have trees nearby, make sure to keep them trimmed and well maintained.

*Make sure everyone in your household knows where to go in the event of a storm. This place should be away from windows or heavy items that can fall over.

*Make sure everyone in your household knows where the first aid kit is stored and pack any necessary medication that you or your family would need to have access to.

*Have a list of items to bring with you in the event of a storm and place the list in a place where everyone in your family is familiar with.

*Have a plan, and place for your pets to go in case you need to evacuate your home.

As always, we are here if you need us. Call SERVPRO of Scripps Ranch, Mira Mesa, Rancho Penasquitos at any time of day. 

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We can help you after a storm hits

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Call us for a free estimate!

SERVPRO of Scripps Ranch, Mira Mesa, Rancho Penasquitos can help restore your items and get your home or business back to normal after a storm hits. 

Whether you are affected by a rain storm, or fire storm, we can help you. Our team is trained to handle the worst of situations. We will perform the work properly and arrive promptly. We understand that time is a huge factor in limiting the costs and damages. 

SERVPRO of Scripps Ranch, Mira Mesa, Rancho Penasquitos can handle any size job and we will respond to you at any time of the day. Our team is here for you with our 24-emergency line available for even the toughest of situations that you may find yourself in. 

Life can get hard at times with emergency maintenance issues, but we are here to help you and get the job dine right! 

Call us if you need help. 858-271-1519 

Pipe Burst Safety

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

Severe cold can inflict major damage to your home, and burst pipes can be the worst of all.

Severe cold can inflict major damage to your home, and burst pipes can be the worst of all. The last few years have taught many people some harsh lessons about winter damage. If your pipes freeze and burst, you must take immediate action to limit the damage.

Visualize this: 250 gallons of water. It’s not something you want flooding your home, is it? Well, it’s about what one 1/8-inch crack in a house’s water pipe can leak in 24 hours. Burst pipes aren’t rare — they damage literally millions of homes each year. The best way to avoid the issue is to be prepared. If the worst happens anyway and a pipe bursts, you’ll need to move fast to safely halt further damage and ensure your home is properly repaired.

Know What to Do

  • Assess the amount of water and probable location of the leak — it may be necessary to turn off the electricity to your home to avoid electrocution. Never touch a wet outlet, switch, or appliance.
  • Turn off the house’s main water valve.
  • If the leaked water is warm, it may be necessary to turn off the water valve to the water heater.
  • If appropriate to the situation, place an appropriately sized container under the leak to catch the water.
  • Turn on the faucets throughout the house to drain the water left in the system.
  • Call a plumber immediately to help repair or replace the pipe.
  • Call a water remediation company (e.g., SERVPRO®) immediately. This is important as it affects your insurance claim and helps prevent mold from growing in your wall space, under your floor, or between the floor and ceiling between stories. Your homeowners insurance policy may cover costs you incur with the remediation company.
  • Take photos of the burst pipe and of all the damage to the house’s structure and your personal property for your insurance claim.
  • Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.

 Contact SERVPRO La Jolla or SERVPRO Scripps Ranch, Mira Mesa, Rancho Penasquitos any time of the day for emergency services.

When Storms or Floods hit San Diego, SERVPRO is ready!

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in San Diego.

SERVPRO ofLa Jolla specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit San Diego, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams  that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 858-270-5234

Storm or Flood Damage in San Diego?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

A Trusted Leader in the Storm and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises

Storms and inclement weather can be devastating to any business. Wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding can occur suddenly and cause substantial damage in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or storm damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give SERVPRO of La Jolla a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

  •  24 Hour Emergency Service 
  •  Faster to Any Size Disaster
  •  A Trusted Leader in the Storm and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Highly trained water damage and restoration specialists

Call Us Today 858-270-5234

Emergency Storm Tips from SERVPRO of Scripps Ranch/Mira Mesa/Rancho Penasquitos !

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

Emergency Storm Tips!

Storm damage can include lots of things, including property injury, personal injury and loss of use. Loss of use means that you wouldn’t be able to access a certain area of your home due to damage caused by a storm. Doing your best to prevent this type of storm damage can help save you time and money. SERVPRO of Scripps Ranch/Mira Mesa/Rancho Penasquitos's team of experienced property professionals can help you prepare for a storm ahead of time. By coming to your home or business and conducting inspections of the utility shutoffs, entrances and exits, and vulnerable components of the building, SERVPRO of Scripps Ranch/Mira Mesa/Rancho Penasquitos can help arm you with the information and knowledge you need to minimize any potential storm damage in the future.

Hail Damage Impact and Restoration

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

As climate change continues to alter the world around us, hail is becoming an ever more common occurrence in Southern California and San Diego County. Hail can cause very significant physical damage to structures, automobiles, landscaping and even people. The sudden, catastrophic impact of falling hail is something that your homeowner’s insurance likely covers. SERVPRO of Scripps Ranch/Mira Mesa/Rancho Penasquitos has a team of trained experts who use specialized equipment and processes to examine for hail damage, identify a proper scope of remediation, and professionally restore your property to its pre-damage condition. TIP: How you report hail damage to your insurance company impacts how they will agree to cover the damage – to be sure you are making your claim correctly, call SERVPRO of Scripps Ranch/Mira Mesa/Rancho Penasquitos for an inspection and knowledgeable advice.

Rainstorms hitting Socal at record levels

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

San Diego areas have received record amounts of rainfall this season. This means more than usual amounts of commercial and residential floods for many SERVPRO franchises, including SERVPRO of Scripps Ranch/Mira Mesa/Rancho Penasquitos. During the last storm event, we received twelve emergency services jobs on one weekend and we were willing and able to take them all. These storm jobs included commercial warehouse floods, a school flood, a church hall flood and the remainder were residential water losses. These jobs came in at all times of the day and night and all shared the same cause - roof leak during a storm event. SERVPRO of Scripps Ranch/Mira Mesa/Rancho Penasquitos is fully equipped with truck mounts to extract the water as well as drying equipment to dry and dehumidify the structure. Thank you for trusting SERVPRO of Scripps Ranch/Mira Mesa/Rancho Penasquitos when you are in need! 

SERVPRO of Scripps Ranch/Mira Mesa/Rancho Penasquitos participates in storm teams

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Scripps Ranch/Mira Mesa/Rancho Penasquitos has participated and is experienced in nation wide storm teams. One example is Hurricane Harvey in Texas. SERVPRO of Scripps Ranch/Mira Mesa/Rancho Penasquitos sent a team of two managers and six production staff members to take on jobs where ever they were able to help. We drove fully equipped with trucks and truck mounts and trailers with extra equipment that was necessary. We used every piece of equipment we transported. From going to assigned neighborhoods to taking calls from local businesses and residents, SERVPRO of Scripps Ranch/Mira Mesa/Rancho Penasquitos was happy to help during this storm event.

We brought back so much invaluable experience as well as a new found gratitude for the weather conditions of our home state and city. Thank you for allowing team SERVPRO of Scripps Ranch/Mira Mesa/Rancho Penasquitos to help during this devastating crisis. 

How to help protect your home from Water Damage

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Along with warmer weather and greener scenery, spring can also bring severe storms, heavy rain, and flooding which can result in costly water damage to your home and the loss of valuable possessions. Here are seven tips to help protect your home from flooding and water damage.

Tip #1: Inspect and Repair Your Roof

A leaky roof can cause a lot more damage to your house than unsightly water stains on the ceiling. Roof leaks keep attic insulation wet, which can lead to rot and mold.

The unseen damage caused by roof leaks is often worse than what meets the eye, so it’s important to have it fixed as soon as possible. Having a reputable roofing contractor inspect your roof, check for undetected leaks, and make any needed repairs can prevent more costly damage down the road.

Tip #2:

 Document Your Possessions

Compiling a detailed home inventory of your personal possessions, backed up with photos and/or video, can be invaluable when processing an insurance claim in the aftermath of a flood or storm damage.

Keep the documentation in a waterproof container stored as high as possible away from rising water, and put a backup copy in a safe deposit box or other secure remote location.

It’s also a good idea to scan and maintain digital copies of all important records and keep them in a waterproof safe or a safety deposit box away from the house. That way, you’ll have more than enough evidence to support an insurance claim for damage caused by water or severe weather.

Tip #3:

 Trim Your Trees

To help prevent storm damage to your home, it’s important to trim tree branches that are growing near or hanging over your home to prevent them from breaking and crashing through the roof or damaging your siding during a storm.

Check to make sure all trees and large shrubs are alive and well, and remove any dead limbs or unhealthy plants. A dead plant may not seem like a threat, but it is more likely to be broken by strong winds during severe weather.

Tip #4: Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts

It’s also important to make sure to keep your gutters clean, repair any gutter leaks and check regularly to see that they drain properly.

In addition, inspect your downspouts, remove any downspout clogs, and use splash blocks or downspout extension pipes to make sure the water is directed well away from your house foundation.

Call our team of professionals at SERVPRO Scripps Ranch Mira Mesa Rancho Penasquitos if you are in need of water remediation. We are here to help!!

source: www.todayshomeowner.com 

March A Fairweather Friend As Serious Storms Hit East And West Coasts

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

No matter the adage or that the calendar tells us spring has sprung, March is still roaring like a lion on both sides of the country. On Wednesday, the West Coast braced for potential mudslides and flooding following heavy rain, and much of the East Coast dealt with a major snowstorm.

Southern California was on alert Wednesday as thousands of people evacuated their homes. Heavy rain combined with denuded land and loosened soil from recent wildfires made for a dangerous mix.

A flash flood watch was in effect for the region into Thursday, and forecasters called for several inches of rain from "a large and powerful storm system," with warnings that debris flow was likely.

Officials said a portion of State Route 33 in Ventura County was closed Wednesday because mud and debris flows.

In Los Angeles, the fire department was offering free sandbags and urging residents to remain alert. Officials called for evacuations beginning 6 p.m. local time for burn areas from recent fires.

source: www.npr.com 

Pipe Burst Safety

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Severe cold can inflict major damage to your home, and burst pipes can be the worst of all. The last few years have taught many people some harsh lessons about winter damage. If your pipes freeze and burst, you must take immediate action to limit the damage.

Visualize this: 250 gallons of water. It’s not something you want flooding your home, is it? Well, it’s about what one 1/8-inch crack in a house’s water pipe can leak in 24 hours. Burst pipes aren’t rare — they damage literally millions of homes each year. The best way to avoid the issue is to be prepared. If the worst happens anyway and a pipe bursts, you’ll need to move fast to safely halt further damage and ensure your home is properly repaired.

Know What to Do

  • Assess the amount of water and probable location of the leak — it may be necessary to turn off the electricity to your home to avoid electrocution. Never touch a wet outlet, switch, or appliance.
  • Turn off the house’s main water valve.
  • If the leaked water is warm, it may be necessary to turn off the water valve to the water heater.
  • If appropriate to the situation, place an appropriately sized container under the leak to catch the water.
  • Turn on the faucets throughout the house to drain the water left in the system.
  • Call a plumber immediately to help repair or replace the pipe.
  • Call a water remediation company (e.g., SERVPRO®) immediately. This is important as it affects your insurance claim and helps prevent mold from growing in your wall space, under your floor, or between the floor and ceiling between stories. Your homeowners insurance policy may cover costs you incur with the remediation company.
  • Take photos of the burst pipe and of all the damage to the house’s structure and your personal property for your insurance claim.
  • Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.

 Contact SERVPRO La Jolla or SERVPRO Scripps Ranch, Mira Mesa, Rancho Penasquitos any time of the day for emergency services.

California Wildfire History

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Raging California Wildfire

Recently, the Thomas fire became California’s largest wildfire on record, burning approximately 300,000 acres.

The massive fire, raged for weeks through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, has claimed just over 1,000 structures and San Diego fire engineer Cory Iverson died fighting the fire in December.

Here’s a look at how the blaze compares with four other major wildfires in the state’s history:

1. Thomas Fire

2017

Burned 300,000 Acres

2. Cedar fire — 273,246 acres

October 2003

County: San Diego

Cause:  Human-related

Structures destroyed: 2,820

Deaths:  15

3. Rush fire — 272,200 acres*

August 2012

County: Lassen

Cause:  Lightning

Structures destroyed: 0

Deaths:  0

* 271,911 acres burned in California; 43,666 burned in Nevada

4. Rim fire — 257,314 acres

August 2013

County: Tuolumne

Cause:  Human-related

Structures destroyed: 112

Deaths:  0

5. Zaca fire — 240,207 acres

July 2007

County: Santa Barbara

Cause:  Human-related

Structures destroyed: 1

Deaths:  0

Source: LA Times