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Smoke Alarms Save Lives in San Ysidro

12/7/2019 (Permalink)

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Smoke alarms save lives every year, with smoke alarms installed outside every sleeping room and in living spaces you can increase your response time to two minutes. Even with smoke alarms, experts predict you have as little as two minutes to get out of your home before getting overtaken with smoke.

To increase fire safety in your home:

  • Make sure to test alarms every six months
  • Make sure alarms have working batteries 
  • Make sure that everyone in the household knows how to get out through more than one path 
  • Make sure that everyone in the household knows where to meet once they are safe

If fire damage should affect your home or office, make sure to call SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro to help you make it "Like it never even happened."

Prevent Toilet Overflows in San Ysidro

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

blue tile floor with toilet Prevent Toilet Overflows in San Ysidro

Overflowing pantries and gift baskets in San Yisdro are delightful. Overflowing toilets --- not so much. Sometimes, the water in the bowl gets too high, and the next flush sends it gushing to the bathroom floor. The outflow could be a sudden rush of regular water. The outflow could be far worse. SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa / San Ysidro is sharing tips to prevent such a mess.

Keep San Ysidro Toilets from Overflowing:

  • Shop towels, hunks of hair, cat litter, and other products can clog the toilet
  • Even toilet paper can clog a toilet if there is too much of it
  • Flush in large batches if there is large amount of material
  • Low-flow toilets save water and try patience – hold the handle down for a couple of extra seconds to make sure that there is enough water
  • If the water in the toilet bowl is high, use a plunger to clear the drain
  • Don't wait until the water is up to the bowl's rim – the water will have nowhere to go except the floor
  • If a plunger doesn't work, call a plumber

Even the cleanest water will not stay clean for long. If there is any reason to suspect hidden water (musty smell, mold, wet ceilings in the rooms below), call  SERVPRO of Otay Mesa / San Ysidro We're always available, and we'll fix the damage “Like it never even happened.

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa / San Ysidro is independently owned and operated.

Link: https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/skills-and-know-how/plumbing/what-to-do-if-a-pipe-bursts-fire-erupts-or-a-flood-happens-in-your-home-pictures

Unclog Gutters to Prevent Water Damage

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

Roof gutters against a blue sky Keeping Your Gutters Clean in Otay Mesa / San Ysidro

SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa / San Ysidro has no way of changing if it will rain or not, but we can help residents and business owners prevent water damage by sharing this information about gutters.

Keep the Gutters Clear in Otay Mesa / San Ysidro:

  • Gutters channel water from the roof to downspouts, so it flows safely away from the building
  • Because debris ends up in the gutters, you should clean them twice a year
  • Debris such as twigs, leaves, and litter can clog the gutters
  • When gutters are clogged, rain may cause water damage to the roof, the foundation, or the basement
  • When you clean the gutters, check seams, bends, and downspouts for debris
  • Replace broken or missing struts and screens
  • Be sure to check the seams, downspouts, and bends
  • A pressure washer or a plumber's snake may be useful for clearing obstructions that are hard to reach
  • Find out if any downspouts lead to underground pipes and check those for clogs or debris

Clear gutters aren't the only means to prevent water damage, and storm damage can strike even buildings with the clearest gutters. If you need help, call SERVPRO of Otay Mesa / San Ysidro. We will make your place look “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa / San Ysidro is independently owned and operated.

Links: https://www.houselogic.com/organize-maintain/diy-repair/how-to-unclog-gutter/

https://www.fema.gov/

Bring Your Pets When You Have to Evacuate Your Home.

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

white background with dog Bring Your Pets When You Have to Evacuate Your Home.

Fires and severe storms can be so dangerous that San Ysidro residents sometimes need to evacuate. If that happens, SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa / San Ysidro wants everyone to be ready to bring the household pets.  The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) recommends being prepared well ahead of time.

Before an Emergency in Otay Mesa / San Ysidro :

  • Arrange ways to transport large animals
  • Ensure that all animals, large or small, have identification
  • Maintain accuracy of all information
  • SERVPRO of Otay Mesa / San Ysidro recommends micro-chips for all pets
  • Large animals can also have microchips
  • Pets will need secure harnesses or leashes
  • Smaller pets need secure crates
  • Larger pets may need crates for sleeping in a shelter
  • Locate pet-friendly lodgings in the area
  • Stay current on vaccinations

Emergency Kits for Pets:

  • Copies of vaccinations, other records
  • Keep copies of prescriptions
  • Contact information for vet
  • Supplies of water and food 
  • 3-day supply of all medications for each pet
  • Pet first-aid kit
  • If there is time, pack the pets' usual bedding, but have bedding or blankets in the kit
  • Anything that keeps the pet comfortable, including treats and toys
  • Litter box or litter boxes

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa / San Ysidro can remediate fire damage or storm damage “Like it never even happened. We are Here to Help® 24/7, no matter what the day.

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa / San Ysidro is independently owned and operated.

Link: https://www.weather.gov/mqt/petsafety

Prepare Your Business for a Storm in Otay Mesa / San Ysidro

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

warehouse Prepare Your Business for storm damage

Otay Mesa / San Ysidro knows how devastating storms can be. Storm damage and water damage can be especially harsh on small- or medium sized businesses; the Small Business Administration estimates that 25% of such businesses never recover after a disaster forces them to close. SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa / San Ysidro want San Ysidro businesses to thrive and is sharing these tips for preventing the worst. 

Preventing Storm Damage in Otay Mesa / San Ysidro

  • Make sure your employees will be safe:
    • sign up for text alerts from the business and from local weather alert services
    • encourage them to keep emergency kits at home and in their cars
    • keep emergency supplies available
    • encourage employees to stay at home or to leave early enough to avoid the storm
  • Get updates on weather from your local stations or the National Weather Service
  • Have insurance that covers against hazards such as high winds
  • Post contact for plumbers, vendors, customers, any building contractors
  • Prepare for internet or power outages by having all contact information available offline

If storm damage or water damage strikes your business, call SERVPRO of Otay Mesa / San Ysidro right away. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa / San Ysidro is independently owned and operated.