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Pacific Hurricane Season in Otay Mesa?

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

A Pacific hurricane is seen from a weather satellite. We are trusted leaders in storm damage restoration in San Diego County!

Our local team in Otay Mesa and San Ysidro responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year in San Diego County. The Pacific hurricane season beings on May 15 each year and ends on November 30. Only one Pacific hurricane (or tropical cyclone) ever came close to hitting landfall in Southern California. Seven tropical cyclones have brought gale-force winds to the Southwestern United States. In most cases, we experienced tropical storms resulting from the downgraded hurricanes. 

1858 – San Diego hurricane

1939 – Long Beach tropical storm that made landfall near San Pedro

1939 – San Pedro, remnants of Tropical Storm Jennifer-Katherine

1963 – Hurricane Emily, downgraded to a tropical storm

1965 – Hurricane Joanne, downgraded to a tropical storm

1972 – Hurricane Kathleen, downgraded to a tropical storm

1976 – Hurricane Nora, downgraded to a tropical storm

Heavy rain was the only effect of most of these cyclones. The exception was Hurricane Kathleen, which caused flooding and devastation in Ocotillo, California, killing several people.

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You never know when a tropical storm will blow in and cause property damage, but our local team in Otay Mesa and San Ysidro is Here to Help® when you have a storm damage emergency. We’ll clean and restore your damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-439-2407.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Wildfire Preparation Tips for Otay Mesa Homes?

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

A person is cutting off a tree limb that is close to the house. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration services in San Diego County!

With all the rain we have received in San Diego County this year, you can be sure we will have plenty of vegetation fuel for wildfires this year. Our teams in Otay Mesa and San Ysidro respond to fire damage emergencies each year and offer these tips from the National Fire Protection Association for making your home and neighborhood safer from wildfire.

Action Items to Improve Your Home’s Survivability:

  • REMOVE leaves, pine needles, and other flammable material from the roof, gutters, and on and under the deck to help prevent embers from igniting your home
  • SCREEN areas below decks and porches with 1/8” wire mesh to help prevent material from accumulating underneath
  • COVER exterior attic and soffit vents with 1/8” wire mesh to help prevent sparks from entering your home
  • ENCLOSE eaves to help prevent ember entry
  • INSPECT shingles or roof tiles. REPLACE missing shingles or tiles. COVER ends of tiles with bird stops or cement to help prevent ember penetration during a wildfire.

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Our local team in Otay Mesa and San Ysidro is Here to Help ® when your Otay Mesa home has fire damage. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-439-2407.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Damaged Downspout Causing Water Damage in Otay Mesa Home?

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

A downspout attached to the side of a home is severely dented. We restore water damage 365 days a year in San Diego County!

After the last big storm in San Diego County, our local teams in Otay Mesa and San Ysidro responded to many water damage emergencies. My attic started taking on water, and when I went to inspect, I saw that a tree limb had blown into the side of my home and damaged and blocked the downspout that allowed the rainwater to back up and saturate my roof located next to the rain gutter system. Here are some tips for repairing and protecting your home’s exterior from water damage:

  • Caulk and seal windows to guard against water seepage
  • Inspect your roof for missing, damaged and aging shingles and make necessary repairs
  • Check your downspouts. Remove debris that may have accumulated in downspouts and rain gutters. Position downspouts so that they direct water away from the house.
  • Check sprinklers and irrigation systems to be sure they are not creating water damage to the walls and foundations of the house. Turn off and drain outside faucets to protect against frozen pipes.
  • Install gutter guards to prevent gutter clogs and keep water flowing away from the house instead of accumulating on the roof

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When you need help with water damage, our local team in Otay Mesa and San Ysidro is Here to Help. ®We’ll clean and restore your damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-439-2407.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Five-Star Reviews for SERVPRO of Otay Mesa / San Ysidro?

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

A hand is raised towards five shining white stars. Our commitment to our customers in San Diego is reflected in our reviews!

Our local teams in Otay Mesa and San Ysidro always strive for five-star reviews with every customer we serve. Here are some recent Google reviews from satisfied customers:

“The technician was very professional, courteous, on time, and he took the time to explain the steps to the procedure of doing the remediation. In addition to the professionalism, I liked that he was very kind and took the extra time to explain the procedures. He was very thoughtful and professional. I highly recommend this technician and the valuable assistance in restoring my property from water damage.” Susan L

“Garrett was the best! Every day he was on time and quick with the work. Always informing us of what the next step would be and truly made it a good experience all around. I’m so glad we got him as our rep!” Luke M

Garrett was always kind, thorough, professional, and explained everything so well! This is a first-time process for me, and Garrett made it easy; it was such a pleasure having him help. I would HIGHLY recommend. Thank you!!!” Justine F

Call Us Today!

When you need help with water damage, our local team in Otay Mesa and San Ysidro is Here to Help. ®We’ll clean and restore your damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-439-2407.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Chemical Spill in Front of Otay Mesa Business?

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

Chemicals and plastic debris pollute the ground. We clean and restore chemical spills 24-hours a day in San Diego.

The car accident happened so quickly, but thankfully no one was seriously injured. However, after the police completed their investigation and report, I was left with an oily and gas-smelling mess outside my store. I had to act fast to get the area cleaned up before business started in the morning.

You never know when a car accident will happen in front of your commercial business. Our local teams in Otay Mesa and San Ysidro clean and restore chemical spills and biohazard environments 24-hours a day in Otay Mesa.

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup

The safe decontamination of a home or business after any form of biohazard exposure is critical. Our technicians are trained and certified to mitigate these dangerous situations. Here are some tips from our website on what to do after contamination:

What to Do After a Contamination

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated
  • Turn off the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system if there is sewage damage

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When you need fast emergency assistance to clean and decontaminate a chemical spill or biohazardous situation, our local team in Otay Mesa and San Ysidro is Here to Help. ®We typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call. Call us today at 619-439-2407.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Roof Damage from Storm-Damaged Tree in Otay Mesa?

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

Part of an oak tree sits on the roof of a house. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego.

Our local teams in Otay Mesa and San Ysidro can restore storm damage 24-hours a day in Otay Mesa. Although we are better known for fire and water damage emergency cleanup and restoration services, we also mitigate and restore storm damage.

Highly Trained

If a tree falls on your home in the middle of the night, our team of highly trained technicians will arrive within four hours to mitigate the damage. We will inspect the premises and provide you and your insurance adjuster with an assessment of the damage. We will remove the tree from the structure and tarp up the roof, and board up any areas exposed to the elements to minimize the chance of water intrusion and further damage.

We use powerful, industrial-grade equipment to extract stormwater and completely dry the area. We are also licensed contractors and can repair structural damage, and this gives our customers one convenient point of contact for the entire restoration.

General Contractor License #: 1037786
California State License Board (CSLB) #: 1037786

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When a tree falls on your home, or you experience any form of storm-related property damage in Otay Mesa, our fast response time can make the difference in the cost and time required to restore the damage. Our local team in Otay Mesa and San Ysidro typically arrives onsite within four hours of your call. Call us today at 619-439-2407.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips for Otay Mesa Homes?

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

A carbon monoxide sensor is mounted on a wall in a home. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is called an “invisible killer” because this type of gas is odorless and colorless. It is caused when fuels like gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane burn incompletely. Our local teams in Otay Mesa and San Ysidro restore fire damage 24-hours a day in Otay Mesa. Carbon monoxide (CO) sensors save lives. Here are some CO safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area, on every level of the home, and in other locations required by applicable laws, codes, or standards. For the best protection, interconnect all CO alarms throughout the house.
  • Call your local fire department’s non-emergency number to find out what number to call if the CO alarm sounds
  • If the CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel declare that it is safe to re-enter the home.

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When you have fire damage, fast mitigation is key to minimizing the potential for more time-consuming and costly repairs. Our local team in Otay Mesa and San Ysidro typically arrives onsite within four hours of your call. Call us today at 619-439-2407.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Mold Infestation in Otay Mesa Home?

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

Mold is growing on the ceiling by windows. We are trusted leaders in mold remediation services in San Diego.

Do you know that our local teams in Otay Mesa and San Ysidro are trained and certified to mitigate and remediate mold problems for Otay Mesa residents and businesses? Here are some tips from our website on things you can do and should not do while waiting for help to arrive:

What to Do

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Turn off the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system and fans
  • Contact our team in Otay Mesa and San Ysidro for mold remediation services

What Not to Do

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold

Here is a recent Google review from a happy customer:

“Garrett was always kind, thorough, professional, and explained everything so well! This is a first-time process for me, and Garrett made it easy. It was such a pleasure having him help. I would HIGHLY recommend. Thank you!!!”

Justine Faith

Services: Mold Removal, Mold Inspection, Water damage cleanup

Positive: Professionalism, Punctuality, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

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Mold is often a symptom of hidden water damage. Our local team in Otay Mesa and San Ysidro will locate the source of the excess moisture and address the cause to discourage the mold from returning once the remediation process is complete. If you find mold growing in your home or business, call us today at 619-439-2407.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Hidden Mold Infestation in San Ysidro Business?

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

A mold remediation technician is wearing a hazmat suit. We restore commercial mold damage 24-hours a day in San Diego.

Do you know that our local teams in Otay Mesa and San Ysidro are trained and certified to mitigate and remediate commercial mold damage? Mold can hide inside walls and underneath carpeting, and it is often a symptom of hidden water damage. If you smell a musty odor or have recently had water damage or a water leak in your building, you may have hidden mold damage. Our local team in San Ysidro mitigates and restores commercial mold damage.

When we arrive, we will inspect and locate the source of the moisture and make repairs to minimize the potential for the mold to return once the remediation process is complete. Our technicians are highly trained and certified to remediate mold damage:

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician

We have extensive experience mitigating and restoring mold damage in buildings and workplaces, 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

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When you discover mold growing in your San Ysidro commercial business or home, you can count on us to remediate the damage quickly and efficiently. Our local teams in Otay Mesa and San Ysidro are on-call and ready to assist commercial businesses with mold remediation and other property damage emergencies 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-439-2407.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Wind-Damage Prevention Tips for Otay Mesa Homes?

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

Air fills a windsock on a windy day. We restore wind damage 24-hours a day in San Diego.

The Santa Ana winds have been whipping through Otay Mesa and San Diego County, and winds are expected to continue through May. SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro offers some wind damage mitigation tips from State Farm Insurance:

Traditional Homes

  • Keep your home firmly anchored in high winds by having anchor bolts with heavy-gauge, square bolt washers installed to connect your floor to the foundation
  • Reinforce the rest of the frame by connecting wall and floor components with properly installed plywood or oriented strand board and attach roof trusses or rafters to the walls with metal connectors
    • On existing homes, this can be done when replacing siding

Manufactured Homes

  • Manufactured homes are more prone to damage from high winds as a result of non-permanent foundations
  • Inspect all straps and tie-downs regularly for rust, weakness, or wear and have repairs made immediately

Windows

  • Install windows rated for the wind speeds in your region
  • For the best protection in hurricane-prone areas, install impact-resistant permanent shutters that meet applicable building code approved standards

Call Us Today!

You never know if the Santa Ana winds will cause damage to your Otay Mesa home or commercial business, but if you need storm damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-439-2407.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.