Recent Storm Damage Posts

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.

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.

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.

Storm Damage in Otay Mesa?

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

Emergency supplies sit on a table. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego.

Severe weather has been recorded in San Diego county since before it was a county! The missionaries recorded flooding events as early as 1770. Power outages and flooding are some reasons why it is a good idea to be prepared in severe weather. SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro offers these tips from the American Red Cross on things you should have on hand in a survival kit:

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Storm damage can happen at any time in Otay Mesa. When your home or commercial business has storm damage, SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro’s technicians are on-call 24-hours to respond to your call. We’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-439-2407.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Santa Ana Winds in San Ysidro?

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

Leaves are blowing up into the sky. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego.

SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro has been restoring storm damage for San Ysidro residents for many years. Storms can happen at any time of the year in San Diego County. The Santa Ana winds are high-speed and dangerous winds that blow down from the mountains to the coast in Southern Californian and Baja Mexico.

Here are some interesting facts about the Santa Ana winds from AccuWeather:

The wind speed can be magnified as air tries to squeeze over mountain passes and rush downhill through the canyons that are aligned in a northeast to southwest direction. As the air descends in elevation, it becomes compressed, heats up, and dries out even more.

Moderate Santa Ana winds can often break tree limbs, send unsecured debris flying into windows, raise clouds of dust and cause wildfires to ignite and spread rapidly.

In addition to a heightened risk of wildfires, whole trees and high-profile vehicles can be knocked over, and sporadic power outages are likely in more extreme cases.

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San Ysidro residents and commercial businesses can trust SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro to restore storm damage every day of the year. Our technicians are on-call 24-hours a day to serve you. We’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 619-439-2407.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Wind-damaged Home in Otay Mesa?

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

A fence is blown over. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego.

Don’t get blown over by wind damage in Otay Mesa!

Have you inspected your home and prepared it for high winds? SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro responds to property damage emergencies throughout the year. From October to May, the powerful Santa Ana Winds can wreak havoc on properties. Anything not tied down can become a flying projectile. Here are some tips for minimizing wind damage from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):

High Wind Warnings 

  • Are issued when sustained winds of 40 miles per hour or greater or gusts up to 58 miles per hour or greater are expected
  • These high winds are usually associated with severe thunderstorms and hurricanes

Preparing for High Winds

  • Be sure your property is secure
  • Remove any dead trees or overhanging branches near structures
  • Remove loose objects outdoors, on patios, roofs, or balconies that could blow away
  • Shutter windows securely and brace outside doors
  • Bring in unsecured objects from patios and balconies and secure things that could blow away and cause damage or injury

Call Us Today!

When you need storm damage restoration services for your home or commercial business, SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro has a team of highly trained technicians on-call 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-439-2407. We’ll restore your storm damage in Otay Mesa, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fallen Tree in Otay Mesa?

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

A tree has blown over into a house in a suburban area. We restore storm damage in San Diego.

Trees Fall in Otay Mesa

When a severe storm happens, it can bring damaging winds with it. Trees can be uprooted by a combination of water-saturated soil and high winds and can fall onto your home or business in the blink of an eye. SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year in Otay Mesa, and when necessary, we provide tree removal services.

Storms can cause structural damage that may require building and reconstruction services to complete the restoration. We are licensed general contractors through the California State License Board.

Storm Damage Building and Reconstruction Services 

  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • General Contracting
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Services (HVAC)
  • Linoleum Floor Repair
  • Marble Floor Repair
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Portable Power
  • Roof Tarp
  • Roofing Services
  • Scalable Resources
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Temporary Warehouse Space
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Tree Removal

Call Us Today!

When you have a storm damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro has a team of highly trained restoration technicians on-call 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-439-2407. We’ll restore your storm damage in Otay Mesa, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Power Outage Safety Tips for San Ysidro?

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

A room is shown by flashlight during a power outage. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego County.

Storm damage can happen at any time in San Ysidro, and when this happens, SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro is Here to Help. ® According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), extended power outages may impact communities and the economy. Here are some power outage tips from FEMA:

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed
  • Use a generator, but only outdoors and away from windows
  • Do not use a gas stove or oven to heat your home
  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges
  • Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines for using power-dependent medical devices
  • Check with local officials about heating and cooling locations open near you

Preparing for a Power Outage

  • Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity
  • Plan for batteries and other alternative power sources to meet your needs when the power goes out, such as a portable charger or power bank
  • Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage and how long the battery backup will last

Call Us!

When your home or commercial business requires storm damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro is Here to Help. ® Our highly trained restoration technicians are on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day in San Ysidro. Call us today at 619-439-2407. We’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Wildfire Preparedness in San Ysidro?

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke from a California Wildfire is shown. We respond to storm and wildfire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego County.

Wildfire Season is Here in San Ysidro

At SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro, we respond to wildfire and other storm damage emergencies throughout the year. We are experiencing a drought in the western region of the country, and that means we need to do everything we can to minimize the potential for wildfires. Here are some tips from the County of San Diego for creating a defensible space around your home:

The defensible space around your home should be a 100-foot radius from any structure. You are not required to cross your property line to clear the 100 feet.  The neighboring property owner may be required to clear the additional distance by the fire agency.

The National Fire Protection Association suggests choosing fire-resistant building materials and to limit the amount of flammable vegetation in three home ignition zones.

  • Trim branches that overhang the home, porch, and deck
  • Prune branches of large trees up to 6 to 10 feet from the ground
  • Remove plants containing resins, oils, and waxes
  • Use crushed stone or gravel instead of flammable mulches o to 5 feet around the house
  • Keep your landscape in good condition

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business experiences wildfire or any storm damage, SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro is on-call 24-hours a day to respond. Call us today at 619-439-2407. We’ll restore your storm damage in San Ysidro, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Storm-damaged Roof in Otay Mesa?

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Can Happen When You Least Expect It

When my Otay Mesa home was damaged in a recent storm, we were out of town, and the damage wasn’t discovered for a few days. A tree had broken a window and water and debris were everywhere. My insurance adjuster told me to call SERVPRO of Otay Mesa / San Ysidro and I’m glad I did. 

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa / San Ysidro has been responding to storm damage emergencies for years in Otay Mesa area and know that severe weather is unpredictable and storm damage happens no matter how well prepared we are. After a storm has passed is a good time to inspect your roof for storm damage (if possible) and make repairs as needed.

Storm Damage Roof Inspection

Look for obvious signs of damage to the roof, including damaged roof shingles, damaged roof gutters, and downspouts. Check roof vents and look for cracks in weather stripping around doors and windows. Replace damaged materials as necessary. 

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SERVPRO of Otay Mesa / San Ysidro has a team of highly trained technicians with specialized training and experience to clean and restore storm damage quickly and efficiently. We’ll restore your storm damage in Otay Mesa, “Like it never even happened.” 

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated. 

Storm Safety Tips for San Ysidro?

5/29/2021 (Permalink)

A little boy is looking out of a rain splattered window on a stormy day. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in San Diego County.

Did you know that SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro responds to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in the San Ysidro area? Storms have been known to happen in San Diego County throughout the year, so it is important for San Ysidro residents to know how to be safe during a rainstorm. Here are some storm safety tips from the City of San Diego’s website for staying safe during a rainstorm:

When Rains Arrive

  • Report flooding to the City's emergency dispatch center at 619-527-7500
  • For life-threatening emergencies call 9-1-1
  • Report downed electrical lines or gas emergencies to San Diego Gas & Electric at 800-411-7343
  • Leave early if your property is in a flood zone. Water levels can rise fast once storms start. Do not hesitate to move if you see rising water.
  • Follow all instructions issued by public safety personnel
  • Drive carefully! Take your time getting home or to work.
  • Slow down and do not drive through standing water

After Rains Pass

  • Report non-emergency problems, including but not limited to blocked storm drains, potholes, and broken streetlights via the Get it Done app
  • Contact your property insurance carrier to report damages to your property and learn how to file a claim with the City for flood damage

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro is on-call 24-hours a day to respond to storm damage emergencies in San Ysidro. Call us today at 619-439-2407.

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro is Independently Owned and Operated.

Should I Purchase Flood Insurance for My Business?

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

structure of ceiling of building Commercial ceiling damage in San Ysidro, CA.

Business owners in San Ysidro, CA might think that they are insured for flood damage because they have commercial insurance coverage. While your business is covered for some types of natural disasters, you need flood insurance for damage from flooding.

What Does My Standard Policy Cover?

Standard commercial insurance policies cover damage from:

  • Wind
  • Hail
  • Tornadoes
  • Melting snow or rain

Generally, standard policies cover damage by water that comes from above. Gutters compromised by heavy rain, for example, are usually covered in a standard policy.

What Does Flood Insurance Cover?
A flood policy covers water damage on the ground, including storm surges, blocked storm drains, melting snow, breached levees and dams, and other types of flooding. It protects you against losses from damage to your property and its contents and can cover flood damage repair.
In most cases, property outside your building is not covered. This includes septic systems, fleet vehicles and landscaping. Business interruption and loss of building use are not covered.

Do I Need Insurance From Floods?
You can determine your flood risk by searching your property address on the FEMA flood map service center. If you are in or near a flood zone, your flood risk is more significant. You may also be at greater risk for floods if your building or inventory is below ground.
If you have a mortgage from a federally insured or regulated lender and your commercial property is in an area of high flood risk, you are required to have an insurance policy for floods.

How Can I Buy Commercial Insurance for Floods?
The NFIP offers insurance coverage through a network of insurance companies and NFIP Direct. A 30-day waiting period is in effect most of the time, so it's important to plan if you're considering insurance.
Flood insurance can give you peace of mind as you know you're protected against unexpected flood damage.

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

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

Water on the floor of a gym in a hotel in San Ysidro, CA We are water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry.

SERVPRO of 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 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.

Unclog Gutters to Prevent Water Damage

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

Air movers set up to dry a carpet in a bedroom in a San Ysido, CA home Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment.

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 in San Ysidro 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.

4 Ways To Protect a Home With Smart Landscaping

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

Hand holding heavy much, dark mulch Heavy mulch is best as it will stay in place better and absorb more water

Smart Landscaping Can Prevent Many Of These Problems

Many homes across the U.S. experience problems with outside flooding. This happens when a heavy storm drops a lot of water on a property in a short amount of time. If the landscaping is not up to the challenge, water will collect and pool in particular locations, and it will drain in ways that are damaging to yards. If the water pools in areas near the home in San Ysidro, CA, the water can easily find a way into a residence though cracks in a foundation or other faulty structures. Smart landscaping can prevent many of these problems.


1. Swales or Depressions. These features of a landscape can be used to stop or reduce outside flooding. When done correctly, swales will channel water to areas of the property that need it and away from the residence. Rocks and certain deep-rooted plants can be used to augment these features.


2. Rain Gardens. These landscape features add beauty to a property and they provide a place for water to pool after a heavy rain storm. The water will then percolate back into the soil. Even a small rain garden will have benefits for a property.


3. Mulch. This is an inexpensive way to improve rain drainage on a property. Heavy mulch is best as it will stay in place better and absorb more water. There is often less maintenance with heavier varieties of mulch.


4. Rain Spouts. These can be used to divert water away from the home. A downspout diverter is effective in directing water to a suitable spot, and many of these products come in designs that enhance the overall look of a property.
Many solutions to outside flooding are fairly inexpensive and they have the added value of enhancing the value of a home. If water does come into a home, it is important to call for the services of a storm mitigation franchise. Experts will come to the property and work to restore any instances of water damage in a professional manner.

Did a Storm Cause Water Damage On Your Roof in Otay Mesa?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Shingles are shown torn off of a composite shingle roof, revealing hidden water damage below. Wind and storm damage can cause leaks to your San Diego home.

Storm Damage May Not Be Apparent

Have you inspected your roof or attic for storm damage lately? With the high winds and rainstorms in San Diego this year there have been lots of opportunities for shingles to be blown off of roofs allowing water to permeate below. Water intrusion and storm runoff can also find its way into foundations. SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro wants San Diego residents to know that we are ready to help in the event of emergency storm damage repairs. We will also help you with the insurance paperwork and process and follow the repair through to completion.

Disaster Recovery Team

In the event of a major disaster, such as a wildfire or flood affecting your commercial property, we will respond immediately regardless of the size of the emergency or the type of damage. We are part of a nationwide network of 1700 franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams set up to respond to major events across the U.S.

Call Us

When you call we will ask a series of questions to determine the scope and size of your emergency and will send a team out to being the cleanup and restoration process. No matter what kind property damage you may have, SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro wants San Diego business owners to know that we are available 24 hours a day and can be onsite in four hours. Call us today at (619) 439-2407 to find out about our storm response services.

SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro is Independently Owned and Operated.

Emergency Preparedness Tips for San Ysidro

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

Dark storm clouds and heavy rainfall can be seen in the distance over a rural road in east San Diego county. We’ll take care of your storm damage in Pine Valley “Like it never even happened.”

Are you ready in the event of a storm or emergency? Do you know what should be stocked in a household emergency kit? These are some of the emergency preparedness details families should be thinking about during storm season. SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro wants Pine Valley residents to know that when storm conditions occur be prepared. Here are some of the recommended items to include in a basic emergency supply kit from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

  • One gallon of water per day per person for at least three days
  • A three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • A battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for sanitation
  • Prescription medications
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food
  • Matches
  • Important family documents, bank information and insurance policies, cash and traveler’s checks

If you require storm damage services, our team of highly trained professionals are on call and ready to respond 24 hours a day. Call us today at 619-439-2407. SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro will clean and restore your storm damage in Pine Valley making “Like it never even happened.”

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

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro Battles Storm damage

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

rain falling on plant When storms cause damage, SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro is Here To Help.

It takes only 1 inch of water to damage a home or a business in the San Ysidro area. That means one heavy rainfall or one burst pipe. Far smaller amounts of water will cause severe damage if not cleaned up right away. Mold can destroy materials with only a trace amount of water.

Storms that cause water damage are possible anywhere, even places as beautiful as this one. SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro knows that water damage does not stop once the storm has passed, which is why we are available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, 52 weeks/year. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster because:

  • The sooner we start, the less damage there will be
  • Even a limited amount of destruction is destruction – no job is ever too small
  • Residential and commercial properties are important – no job is ever too large

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro has trained technicians and the latest equipment for recovery from storm damage. SERVPRO trains its employees in:

  • Structural drying
  • Carpet and other textile recovery
  • Mold mitigation
  • Deep cleaning
  • Materials restoration
  • Documentation for insurance companies

Remember, we are Here to Help®

Restoration "Like it never even happened."

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

Link:

https://www.fema.gov/blog/2019-09-26/financially-prepare-disaster

Storms can cause damage to your home in Otay Mesa

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

A rainstorm in full force falls over the roof of a house. Storm damage cleanup and restoration in Pine Valley “Like it never even happened.”

Heavy rainfall causing floods and storms can lead to damage to your home or business in no time. SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa wants residents of Pine Valley to know that when a storm damages your home or business, our highly trained professionals will respond to cleanup and restore your property to pre-damage condition. Our ability to immediately respond to a storm emergency helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs. Here are some of the services we provide:

  • Emergency contact 24/7
  • Inspection and damage assessment
  • Water removal and water extraction
  • Drying and dehumidification services
  • Cleaning and repair
  • Odor removal
  • Restoration

The American Red Cross offers these important tips to follow until help arrives:

  • From wallboards to rugs, items that are not thoroughly dried can sprout mold and mildew
  • Bring all soft items outside if possible as sunlight and wind will help them dry faster
  • Throw out items that have absorbed water and cannot be cleaned or disinfected.
  • Keep the windows open and run fans to pull moisture out of wood floors and subfloors, beams, doors, etc.

If you find yourself dealing with storm damage, SERVPRO of Otay Mesa wants to help. We are available 24 hours a day and our highly trained technicians have the specialized equipment necessary to safely clean and restore properties to pre-damage condition in Pine Valley. Call us today at 619-439-2407 to find out about our cleanup and restoration services. We’ll take care of your commercial storm damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa is independently owned and operated.

Plan ahead for evacuation in the event of a storm in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

cartoon person in wheelchair near a pool Plan ahead for evacuation in the event of a storm in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro

Storm Damage & Evacuation in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro: SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro has these tips for people in our community dealing with disabilities during an evacuation. You may want to consider, during times of flooding, to pack a bag to have ready in case the worst happens. Plan for backup if you have your own car. A storm or flood may damage your car. Ask your healthcare provider to suggest what specific devices you might need if you need to evacuate due to an emergency: Where can I get medical supplies? How I do get accessible transportation? If medical help is needed, where would I go? Does this facility have a disability ramp access? Items to bring with you: Written list for emergency contacts. List of all medications, dosages, and allergies. Style & the serial number of medical devices. Supply of medical equipment. Extra battery for a power wheelchair. Any cushions or padding. Wheelchairs, canes, braces, etc. Medical bracelets. Medical insurance cards. List and/or supply of prescription medications. Our service animals are also affected by storm damage. For people who have service animals in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro, consider: Packing extra food, water, & other supplies for the service animal. Tell emergency responders that your service animal travels with you. Shelters and other buildings may not refuse entry to a service animal.

Emergency Kit for Evacuation for the Deaf, Blind, and Service Animals in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

black background with green logos Emergency Kit for Evacuation for the Deaf, Blind, and Service Animals in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro

Storm Damage & Evacuation in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro

Low vision or hearing loss may make a power outage more difficult in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro. Evacuation may also be more difficult.

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro  has these tips:

Have an evacuation emergency kit ready.  You can also use it at home.

For people who have low hearing or deafness in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro, consider the following:

  • Extra batteries for hearing aids
  • TTY
  • If you Sign, have a pen and paper for people who do not know Sign
  • Backup batteries for any augmentative communication devices

For people who have low vision or blindness in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro, consider the following:

  • Use large-print or Braille on labels
  • Magnifiers or other assistive devices
  • White cane (if you use one)

Storm damage makes life more difficult for service animals too.

For people who have service animals in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro, consider the following:  

  • Food, water, and other supplies
  • Tell emergency responders that your service animal travels with you
  • Shelters and other buildings may not refuse entry to a service animal



Links:

https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs

Evacuation when Medical Supplies Are Needed for your Well-being in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro

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green background with cartoon water bottles and clipboard Evacuation when Medical Supplies Are Needed for your Well-being in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro

Storm Damage & Evacuation in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro.

Some of these items can be kept in a waterproof container (your emergency kit). Medications probably cannot, but you can have them ready to bring with you.

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro suggests having these items prepared in the event you would need to evacuate your home in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro. 

  • Copies of medical insurance & Medicare cards
  • Warm blankets
  • Extra clothing, especially socks & undergarments
  • Bottled water
  • Batteries for your electronic devices
  • Written contact list

Some people in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro will also need to consider the following:

  • Make sure that at least one other person can get your medications &  supplies
  • Have at least a week-long supply of prescription medicines
  • A list of all medications, dosages, and allergies
  • An extra pair of glasses or extra contact lenses 
  • Hearing-aid batteries 
  • Games & activities for children

If you have pets in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro, consider these items:

  • Pet food and toys 
  • Toys or comfort objects
  • Vet information

Some shelters will not or cannot allow pets. Ahead of an emergency, find out which ones will allow your 4-legged loved ones. All shelters allow service animals.  

Links:

https://www.fema.gov/

Tips to Stay Safe During a Storm in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro

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home surrounded by fire, water and storm Tips to Stay Safe During a Storm in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro

Floods in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro:

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the U.S.  Flooding can happen near major bodies of water, but also inland. 

Floods can develop slowly or quickly. Floods that come with no warning are known as flash floods.

Floods:

  • Come from rain, snow, hurricanes, tornadoes, and storm surges
  • Overflows of dams or other water systems
  • Can cause power or water outages
  • Damage buildings
  • Create landslides
  • Make roads impassable
  • Sweep away people, animals, or cars

If you are in a flood in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro:

  • If you have a warning, get to a safe place
  • Don’t drive around barricades 
  • Don’t walk, swim, or drive through floodwaters.  SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro likes the warning, “Turn around! Don’t Drown!”
  • 6 inches of moving water can knock a person down. 12 inches of moving water can sweep a caraway
  • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. The water can wash bridges away
  • If your car is trapped in quickly-moving water, stay inside. If the water rises inside the vehicle, climb onto the roof
  • If you are trapped in a building, go to the highest level. Do NOT climb into a closed attic. Floodwater can trap you. Go to the roof only if there is no other escape

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/floods 

https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program