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We Are Cleaning & Sanitation Experts

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

germs on a door knob For more information on safety standards, disinfecting, and sanitizing contact us!

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Compton (424) 444-3546

Carbon Monoxide: A Silent Killer

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

A carbon monoxide detector. You can't see, taste, or smell carbon monoxide.

We care about your safety. Here is an explanation of what carbon monoxide is and how you can stay safe.

What is carbon monoxide?


Carbon monoxide is a gas you cannot see, taste or smell. According to ready.gov, an average of 430 Americans die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Many furnaces, rangers, water heaters, use CO to as a power source.

Why does carbon monoxide poisoning occur?


Often times, it is the result of faulty, improperly used or vented consumer products like furnaces, ranges, water heaters, room heaters and engine-powered equipment, such as portable generators.

What can you do to stay safe?


There are precautions you can take to help protect yourself, your family, and your employees from deadly CO fumes.

  • Reduce the chance of CO exposure in your workplace by performing regular maintenance on equipment and appliances that can produce CO.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the home, including outside of all bedrooms.
  • Consider having all fuel-burning heating equipment and chimneys serviced annually by a professional.
  • Use portable generators only in well-ventilated areas away from doors, windows, vents, and any other openings to prevent fumes from entering the home.


For additional CO safety information, visit usfa.fema.gov or osha.gov.

Be Ready: Storm Damage

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Be Ready with SERVPRO logo. Have storm or water damage? Call us: (424) 444-3546

Severe weather can happen anytime. 

Storm Damage includes hazardous conditions produced by thunderstorms, strong winds, large hail, & flooding.

Know your risk:
Landslides
Floods
Thunderstorms & Lightning

Develop an emergency plan based on your local weather hazards and practice your plan.

What can you do when your Compton, CA home suffers water damage? Click Here to visit our blog post covering water damage.

If your home or business suffers damage from a storm, know who to call to quickly get help.

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial.  You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job.

SERVPRO of Compton responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition. SERVPRO of Compton can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

SERVPRO of Compton is locally owned and operated ready to respond to any of your storm damage incidents.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (424) 444-3546

How to Clean Your Dirty Pillows

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

White bed with pillows on it How often do you clean your pillows?

Why do Pillows need to be cleaned?

Pillows are used every night. Commonly, people wash their bed sheets and pillow cases every week or other week depending on their preference. However, not very many people give thought to their actual Pillows. 

Pillows are breeding grounds for dead skin, dust mites, dust mite feces, and various other allergen particles.

How to Clean Your Pillows

Most pillows are washing machine safe, to be sure, check the tag on your pillow. 

  • Start your washing machine on a warm gentle cycle.
  • Remove the pillow cases and place (2) pillows in the washing machine. This helps balance your machine.
  • Add normal amount of detergent and start wash.
  • Tumble dry the pillows on low heat.
  • Add a softener sheet for freshness, optionally add a couple of sneakers or tennis balls to fluff them.

Follow these steps unless otherwise stated on the pillow tag or the manufacturers website.

Cleaning Your Dryer Hose

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

A vacuum hose used to clean out a dryer hose. Take your vacuum attachment and clean underneath and around the lint screen the best you can.

Steps To Prevent A Lint Fire

While the kitchen is the most common room for house fires, dryer fires are another common problem. The heating of the dryer combined with lint build up can cause your dryer to burst into flames. A lint fire is scary, but there are steps that can be taken to prevent it.

Safety First

It's important to realize that even when the lint is properly cleaned from your dryer, there is still a chance of a dryer fire. For this reason, you should never run your dryer:

  • When you are sleeping
  • When you are not home
  • When you are going to be outdoors

Leaving your dryer unattended can cause the fire to spread further, which can cause extensive damage. In addition, unplug your dryer before you start cleaning out the lint.

Vacuum Out the Lint Screen and Dryer

You probably already clean out your lint screen every time you start a new load. However, a lot of lint can get past the screen, and eventually lead to a lint fire. Take your vacuum attachment and clean underneath and around the lint screen the best you can. Refer to your owner's manual to see how to safely vacuum out the inside of your dryer.

Cleaning Out the Hose

Pull out any lint you can reach after removing the hose from the back of your dryer and the wall. If you can't reach it all, use a dryer vent snake to push it all the way through. In addition, check the pathway from the hole in the wall to the outside of your house. Use the snake to ensure that all of the lint is out of the vent.
These steps can help reduce your risk of a lint fire. You should do this at least once every six months, and more often if you do a lot of laundry. If you do experience a dryer fire, let your fire restoration experts do what needs to be done to cleanup the mess.

How to Minimize Dishwasher Overflow?

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

A dishwasher overflowing with water. If your dishwasher is doing this...call us!

We depend on our dishwashers every day. They make our lives easier by cleaning dirty dishes instead of doing it by hand. Like most appliances, dishwashers require water to work and function properly. This makes it very important for dishwashers to be setup properly to avoid a disaster.

If your appliance hose cracks or loosens, it can cause hundreds of gallons of water onto your floors. It can happen anytime, during the night or when you're away. If this happens, call SERVPRO® of Compton to extract all the water and make sure your property is dried thoroughly.

At SERVPRO® of Compton, Franchise Professionals are trained in the cleanup and care of your home following water damage. Call us at (424) 444-3546, we are here to help 24/7!

Where is my Water Shut-off Valve Located?

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

Water shut off valve Do you know where your main water shut-off valve is located?

Do you know where your main water shut-off valve is located?

It’s important to know where your valve is in case of an emergency. If a pipe bursts or a toilet overflows, shutting off the water is crucial to reducing the chance of a water damage. Sometimes homeowners will shut off their water if they are leaving town or replacing plumbing as a precaution.

The location of your water shut-offs can vary, depending on location, water source and type of residence. Shut-off valves can be hard to find, so grab a flashlight.

More Than One Shut-Off Valve

There are usually more than one shut-off valve in your home – once for each appliance that uses water and a main shut-off for the entire home.

Shut-off valves are usually located near the item that needs the water supply, for instance your valves for your toilet, sink, or washing machine are usually behind the units or under the sink.

Example: if your toilet is going to overflow, don’t waste time running to the main shut-off, use the knob behind the toilet.

Main Valve Locations

If you have well water, you may have two main shut-off valves, one that goes from the well to the pressure tank and another from the tank to your plumbing. If you need to shut off the well quickly, you can trip the circuit breaker to the well to deactivate the well pump.

If you have city water, your valve may be located in your homes utility room, along with the furnace or water heater. It may also be located in a plastic or utility box in the ground in front of your home.

Too late for the shut-off valve?

If your home or business has experienced water damage, SERVPRO of Compton can help.

If your home has water damage from flooding, a leaking pipe, or other source, you need the company that can respond immediately and has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. We use advanced water damage inspection and extraction equipment to help find the moisture and to remove it as quickly as possible. Our highly trained technicians will monitor and document the drying process so that you know your property is back to normal.

Please refer to our Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

4 Steps to Minimize Your Water Damage

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

Dishwasher bursting with water We all need to be prepared when water damage happens.

Unexpected things happen and we've all experienced something unexpected sometime or another. In the same vein, water damage happens. It's not a matter of If, but When. We all need to be prepared when it does strike. Follow these 4 steps and lessen the damage of water.

Cut Off the Source:

Take for example a toilet overflowing. You come home to find water all over the bathroom. The first thing you may want to do is clean it up, but we'll get to that part later. Shut the water off to the toilet first. Now, no more water can cause damage. If the source isn't an appliance like a toilet, find the shut off valve to the house and turn that off.

Preserve Your Home:

Now, if the extent of the water is small enough, you can proceed to clean up the water. Rags, mops, & buckets will be useful. You may need to move around furniture to prevent damage. Sewage water should be left alone to prevent further contamination to other parts of the home.

Contact Remediation Company:

Water often causes unseen problems like Mold. To the naked eye we may have dried and cleaned everything. However, under the surface various materials can still be wet. Whether the extent of the water was minor or major, contact a Water Remediation Company. The situation can be assessed by professionals and tested with specialized technology.

Do Not Panic:

Lastly, don't panic. It may be hardest thing to do on this list, which is understandable. Panicking may cause us to make decisions we might regret. We don't want to remove any flooring or carpeting. When all seems lost, professional restoration experts can restore items such as flooring and carpet. If walls are opened, possible exposure to lead and/or asbestos could result.

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Water damage happens, don't be caught off guard when it does. Follow these 4 steps to help minimize the damage and help ease the restoration process.

Standing Roof Water

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

Water pooling on roof That extra weight causes a real strain on the roof.

Is standing water on a roof a real problem?? You might think... it'll evaporate and go away.

Water weighs over 8lbs per gallon. Imagine two or three inches of water on the roof. That extra weight causes a real strain on the roof. This can lead to a collapse that will be very costly or worst yet injury or death.

This is a major problem with simple solution: Inspect the roof and clean off the debris. Taking the time to do that now, will save you heartache and money in the future.

These are easy steps to implement : (1) Inspection (2) Remove debris and clear drains and downspouts . Follow this advice and keep the roof over your head and your hard earned money in your pocket.

Not comfortable accessing your roof? We do free inspections.

How Clean is Your Air After a Fire?

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

Black smoke and ash lingering in the air It's unpleasant & hazardous. The odor is sulfur mixed with smoke.

You know that nasty sting you feel in your nose when walking by a building that has recently burned down? It's unpleasant & hazardous. The odor is sulfur mixed with smoke. It's called Acrid. What’s the best way to get rid of it?

Keep in mind, smoke contains the residue of all the burned materials and it can be caustic. It usually requires special equipment to completely clean the air. Ozone Machines and Air Scrubbers are designed specifically for this work.

Ozone Machines destroy the Molecules, Bacteria, and Spores that cause unpleasant smells. Air Scrubbers clean the air by repeatedly moving it through HEPA filters which help reduce the smell.

What else is involved? Other necessary steps involve: (1) Clean all the hard surfaces (2) Wash or treat clothes, drapes, carpets, and upholstery.

A fire doesn’t always destroy a building, smoke however, can ruin everything it contacts. Make sure you do all that’s needed to “clear the air.”