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Commercial Cleaning Capabilities

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

Grey Buildings lie in the background of the photograph Once productive businesses can be crippled by a sudden disaster. Give us a call if that happens so we can get you back to normal as soon as possible.

One of the great benefits of choosing SERVPRO® of Lancaster West over our competitors is the decades of experience and technical skills we have honed since 1967. Additionally, because of our massive franchise system we have over 1700 locations nationwide. This gives us a huge ability to deal with commercial losses in a scalable fashion. 

In years past and currently, SERVPRO’s across the nation team up together to assist communities and businesses when they need it most. Recent examples of this include the recent storm recovery initiatives we have begun to help with Hurricane Sally, Laura, and Delta as of late. We also specialize in cleaning schools and large-scale businesses when smoke or fire damage impacts a company’s ability to operate. Our ability to scale is almost limitless due to the teamwork mentality and desire to help those in need. Even when a franchise is unable to fully assist with a cleaning or restoration job, employees have the ability to sign up for programs and fly out to assist during disaster recovery situations.

If you have any commercial cleaning needs do not hesitate and give SERVPRO® of Lancaster West a call at (661) 296-4600.

Recent Wildfires in California

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

firefighters attempt to quench the roar of a recent California fire. Fires such as this have been raging across the state of California this month.

As of recent, there have been a great deal of wildfires throughout the state of California. The exact cause is under question but no doubt recent heatwaves, global warming, and poor care for national forests is likely to blame. A large developing fire has been the Bobcat Fire in Southern California. Nearly 13 of the 18 national forests in California have been closed down.

The fire began on September 6, 2020. It has approximately engulfed 115,000 acres. It is currently unknown what he exact cause of the inferno was. There is some good news, however. The fire is about 75% contained as of writing this article. Despite this, there are still many fires raging across the state. God bless the first responders and firefighters who are bravely responding to the call to action. The greatest concern here is not inherently the damage to structures or communities but rather the harm posed to people involved. Here are some helpful tools to keep informed.

  1. Road Closures: click here
  2. Fire startups and active map: click here
  3. Preparation for evacuation guide: click here

If you or anyone you know has been affected by the recent fires in California give SERVPRO® of Lancaster West a call today at (661) 723-7141.

SERVPRO and the Ability to Adapt

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

Change is inevitable Adaptability is key not only in everyday life but in restoration.

One of the most important elements to a successful business is the ability to adapt and change based on the situation or needs of a customer. Without this trait a business is destined to struggle and ultimately fail. Nevertheless, structure and an organized workflow are also essential. At face value these two elements may seem like they are contradictory but in reality, they are complimentary. When a business can be both adaptable and take advantage of organization and streamlined teamwork, they are unstoppable.

How SERVPRO is Both Adaptable and Organized

Every job at SERVPRO is like a snowflake. They are each unique in their challenges and special requirements. However, our team is prepared for these scenarios through our excellent training and IICRC certified training. Additionally, the expertise of our crews in the knowledge of how to deal with certain restoration requirements. Through the use of both our skills and experience SERVPRO® of Lancaster West is prepared to help you work through whatever scenario you are in. We are experienced in the fields of fire, water, mold, biological, commercial, and residential restoration needs.

Give us a call today at (661) 723-7141. 

How SERVPRO Can Help Mitigate Storm Damage

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Lancaster West is prepared to help you deal with the unfortunate and seemingly random destruction violent storms can present. A recent example of this is the cumulative teamwork of SERVPRO with several recent hurricanes. Our teams were able to pull from the various talent across the United States and work together to bring the most effective and efficient relief to those in need. 

Our teams were able to work together and provide immediate care to those in need during the recent hurricanes Sally and Laura. Even during times such as these SERVPRO is committed to helping those when all else seems bleak. Our passion and greatest joy is to make it “Like it never even happened,” for our clients.

 If you or anyone you know has experienced damage due to severe storms give SERVPRO® Lancaster West a call at (661) 723-7141 today.

How to Evacuate Safely in Wildfires

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

The best way to prepare is to have a plan. The best preparation for evacuation and wildfires is to create a plan.

During the rapid spread and growth of random wildfires throughout the state of California, it is essential to have an evacuation plan in place. It is already a stressful enough situation and having a game plan can help you maintain a peace of mind and focus on the task at hand. Here are some tips to help you in the unfortunate scenario there is a wildfire.

  1. Ensure You Are Prepared

While not every scenario allows for adequate preparation, it is essential that you have some form of physical preparations. This would include bottled water, calorie dense non-perishable foods, flashlights, and some form of simple shelter from the elements. These preparations should be enough for you and your family for at minimum three days. They should be simple and lightweight. You should be able to throw them into a backpack or two and then a small tent or some other temporary shelter if you are displaced for an extended period of time. Keep your gas tank full on your vehicle as well and only use verified evacuation routes. Trying to use side roads or less traveled roads can be dangerous and could leave you stranded.

  1. Communicate with Your Family

This may seem like a simple enough task or something which your mother used to tell you. However, it is paramount that your family and household know what the steps are to safely evacuate and how you can all work together to make this happen. Each person will have a different role. If everyone is aware of the plan you can help to keep everyone calm and you can essentially go into an autopilot mode.

  1. Make a Checklist

A simple system to help ensure an effective evacuation plan is a checklist. When you have a list make sure it is short and simple. The goal is to ensure that you are able to evacuate safely and prepared. Ultimately the goal is to protect yourself and your loved ones. In the case that you do not feel fully prepared, but a fire is near you are better off leaving unprepared and unscathed.

  1. Turn Off all External Pipes or Power Sources

This would include your water, gas, and electric lines. Generally, this can help prevent further damage to the home or safety hazards for fire fighters. If not done properly a wildfire fire could ignite a gas leak or rupture a line and cause a catastrophic explosion. Exposed electrical wires can also cause further damage to the building.

  1. Stay Updated and Informed

The most important tool at your disposal during times like these is information. With the correct information you can avoid peril and hardship by days. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that you take the warnings of your local authorities and news agencies to heart for your safety and those around you.

How To handle an overflowing Toilet

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

An overflowing toilet is a nightmare. Overflowing toilets can cause a great deal of damage and pose a health risk if left un-handled.

No one is more uncomfortable or annoyed than when their toilet overflows. It’s just a shock inducing event. While sometimes a toilet can just have a simple clog there can be other signs of a worse issue.

Don’t Flush Until the Problem is Identified

The first thing to do is to not flush your toilet until you know the problem. Excessive flushing without a proper diagnosis will only lead to further flooding or spread of contaminated water. If the toilet is continually flooding without any flushing turn off the water supply line. Most toilets have an exposed water line with a valve that must be turned to shut off the water supply. Just don’t forget to turn the water back on once the problem is identified and properly dealt with.

Try a Plunger

The simplest solution might be just using a plunger to dislodge the clog. Gently put the plunger into the toilet and firmly press it onto the drain portion and press back and forth. If it is a simple clog this will force water and air into the location and clear up any complications in the toilet. If the plunger solution does not work, there may be a more significant problem.

Use an Auger

If using a plunger does not work, you may want to try and use some form of auger or snaking mechanism. This works by reaching into the clogged material and pulling out anything which refuses to move. If a toy, metallic object or otherwise falls into the drain you may need to use an auger.

Call a Plumber

Worst case scenario if none of the above works you may need to call a plumber or sewage company. If you have a private septic tank you may have an overflow and need to have it drained. Otherwise you will want to call a plumber to see if there is something mechanically wrong with the toilet.

If you have any water damage or biohazard situation due to an overflowing toilet give SERVPRO® of Lancaster West a call at (661) 723 7141.

How To Prevent a Fire in the Home

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

Wildfires are spread across California Wildfires can spread rapidly and cause immeasurable damage to your home and property.

With all of the recent wildfires and widespread damage throughout much of California it is important to know how to prevent damage from spreading to your home or a spontaneous fire occurring.

 Clear the Home of Combustibles

One of the most straightforward things to do is to keep your home clear of unnecessarily combustible items. For example, one should not stack wood next to the home. This could catch fire or cause further damage if someone is grilling and a burning ember catches it ablaze. Furthermore, your home’s bushes, foliage, and trees should be kept trimmed and not allowed to directly touch the home.

Incorporate Flame-Retardant Building Materials

When building a home or moving into one ensure that there are enough fire-retardant safety catches built into the home. An inspector can help you to determine this if that is not your area of expertise. Flame retardant building materials can help slow the spread of a fire and prevent further fire damage until the fire can be contained and extinguished.

 Keep an Eye Out for Nearby Fires

Generally, a fire can be contained however if there is a nearby wildfire it is in the best interest of the homeowner to get out of dodge until the fire has been quelled. You can keep an eye on the local news but here is a great tool which gives you a better understanding and knowledge of the state fires. This is the most practical way to prevent fires at the home but also keep you and your loved ones safe.

 If you or any loved ones have been affected by wildfires give SERVPRO® of Lancaster a call at (661) 723-7141

Staying Healthy Despite the Smog

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

Fires like these are occurring across California. A main problem with the air quality is the smog produced from the wildfires.

As of late the smog has been getting quite excessive in Southern California. Many news outlets have highlighted the fact that the air quality is very unhealthy. Later this weekend we will be hitting air qualities in the range of 200-460.AQICN has information and active graphs on this data and considers these levels to be hazardous to health. Anything over 150 can be quite unhealthy for sensitive groups with respiratory issues such as asthma or bronchitis. Therefore, one should take some precautions during this time to ensure your health and safety until things can settle down.

Lowering Your Carbon Footprint

One of the main contributing factors for the smog as of late is the raging wildfires across the state. These fires have destroyed well over 1.4 million acres in active fires this past few months. Thankfully most of the fires are under containment. However, you can also contribute to lower smog levels by not burning plastics, oil, or other noxious materials. Additionally, you can ensure that your cars are all smog checked and are not running inefficiently. This will also ensure you are getting the best MPG on your vehicle. Furthermore, when possible try to walk, bike, carpool, or use public transit to lower carbon footprint and help overall reduce smog. Additionally, when possible using electric tools compared to combustible variants can reduce air pollution and also save you money.

Buy an Air Filter

One simple way to help you breathe easier and ensure that your home is safe and healthy is to buy an air filter. Many home improvements stores and even grocery stores will sell cheap and functional HEPA air filters. HEPA stands for high efficiency particulate absorption. Some of these products can be marketed towards those with pets or animals but should be perfectly fine for cleaning and purifying the air in your home. One thing to keep in mind is the rated coverage of an air purifier. If a person has a large home and puts 1 single air purifier in their living room it will not be sufficient to purify the entire home’s air.

Wear a Mask

While everyone is sick of wearing a mask, you should definitely use one during elevated times of poor air quality. Not just any mask will suffice though. You will likely want to get an N95 or higher mask as this will give you more than enough protection by not allowing anything larger than 0.3 microns through. If one has an air purifier in their home, it is not necessary to wear an N95 mask. The whole point of these tips is to help you breathe better after all. Only wear a mask outdoors when the air quality calls for it or when social distancing cannot be maintained.

What happens if you are having difficulty breathing?

If the air quality is truly getting to you assess whether it is truly an emergency. Generally, if there is any swelling in your throat or feel as though you cannot get enough air you should immediately call 911. However, if there is no immediate danger, consider visiting a medical professional and seeking advice on medication or other solutions for the difficulty in breathing. Another simple solution could be to take a vacation or short break to somewhere with better air quality. Consider visiting a family friend, family member, or just going for a fun vacation until the air quality returns to a safe level.

 If you have been affected by the recent fire in Southern California give SERVPRO® Lancaster West a call at (661) 723-7141

Handling the Heat

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

Drink plenty of water! Staying hydrated is the most important thing to do during times of intense heat.

These past few weeks have been quite interesting and challenging for Southern California. Not only has there been several fires spread throughout the region but also resulting smoke and air pollution, along with prolonged heat waves reaching temperatures of up to 116*. This is clearly a public health concern and one should know how to protect themselves and their property.

The main priority here is to ensure that you are taking care of your personal health. Overall, the highest risk here is for dehydration, heat stroke, or respiratory issues. One should ensure they are not in direct sunlight for too long during the day. If you must be in the sun due to jobs or lack of adequate shade you should drink plenty of fluids and use 30 SPF sunscreen or higher to prevent too severe of burns. Those who are not from the area or more sensitive to heat should attempt to stay out of the sun until temperatures are closer to 90*. One should also keep in contact with family, friends, and avoid going anywhere they could become stranded during a heatwave.

 Besides personal health, these heatwaves can cause some property damage from the widespread fires and smoke damage. When there is excess smoke in the air you should try to not have any open windows or doors as this can allow smoke and ash to enter the home and cause a permeating smell. Keep an eye out on fire warnings as well. Cal Fire has a website and interactive map that you can visit here and use to keep an eye out for new or recurring flare ups.  

Commercial Property Damage Mitigation| SERVPRO® of Lancaster

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Flooding can happen in the blink of an eye and do immeasurable damage to a business.

SERVPRO® of Lancaster has the resourcefulness, specialty tools, and skill required to help mitigate your commercial loss today.

 During the past few months many businesses have had to close their doors or have experienced limited operating hours. Due to this there has been several cases of unmonitored flooding, fire, or other damage to the property. If this happens do not panic. SERVPRO is here to help. We have handled immeasurable cases where there have been large water losses in warehouses, office spaces, or business properties. The most important thing to keep in mind is that time is of the essence in scenarios such as these. Without the proper tools or skill, the situation can become exacerbated. Growth of mold, structural damage, or deterioration of surrounding materials.

 If you or your business have suffered from commercial property damage give SERVPRO® Lancaster a call at (661) 296-4600.