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Do you have a fire extinguisher?

3/24/2022 (Permalink)

Do you have enough fire extinguishers?

Fire engulfs an automotive supply shop, destroying inventory consisting of mainly shocks, struts, starters, alternators, and batteries. The fire ignited due to a chemical container failure affecting surrounding items. 
You may think that fire damage like this would put them out of business, but you'd be wrong. Replacing inventory is relatively easy, the hard decision here is locating a quality company to perform the services you need to restore the structure of your building. There are several unique challenges faced during different fire situations, and we have experience dealing with all of them.
SERVPRO technicians overcome various cleaning challenges, daily. A burning building consists of several complex reactions between different elements. We learn that fire damage presents different cleaning and restoration situations that depend greatly on how these different elements interact during the progress of a fire. When dealing with the removal of smoke residues, we consider several factors. 
Type - More porous surfaces allow particles and odors to penetrate further and are harder to clean. Non-porous surfaces such as those covered in enamel paint are easier to clean than a flat latex paint would be. While synthetic fibers attract more residue than natural fibers, synthetics are easier to clean. 
Age - As time progresses, old paint, fabrics, and carpeting become more porous, and adhesion to surfaces become weaker, making old surfaces harder to clean. 
Heat - Generally, hotter fires make surfaces expand, allowing residue and odors to penetrate more efficiently. While heat also chars materials or melts the finish on a surface, making refinishing required to restore the surface properly. 
Moisture - The right conditions help residues set faster and permanently stain surfaces. Fire suppression systems and Firefighting efforts, along with damp weather and normal condensation on various surfaces combine with smoke residues, causing surfaces to become discolored. 
Material - Different materials produce different kinds of residues. Synthetic materials such as plastics and rubber create a wet, smeary residue that stains surfaces. Wood and other natural materials leave behind a dry residue that is easier to clean. 
Air Pressure - As the temperature of fire increases, air expands, creating pressure systems that force smoke and soot into cracks and crevices. 
Impingement - During a fire, the surrounding air becomes hotter, causing increased movement. This fast-moving air collides with surfaces throughout the structure, causing residues to collide with vertical surfaces, leaving behind more difficult stains. 
With knowledge of these different factors that cause changes during a fire event, SERVPRO technicians work hard to deliver the services you need to restore your business to a quality preloss condition. 
Contact SERVPRO of Marina/North Salinas 831-275-1901

SERVPRO of Marina/North Salinas Certifications

3/24/2022 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Marina/North Salinas we are always prepared and armed with the necessary certifications to get any water or fire damage cleaned up and restored. Our technicians are highly trained in many types of cleaning and restoration processes. At SERVPRO we are dedicated to doing the best and most quality job possible in order to ensure that all damages are fully taken care of. SERVPRO of Marina/North Salinas prides itself on its amazing team members. We are proudly certified by the following:

AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician

ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program

ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician

WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation

OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program

IICRC - Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification

Our Franchise allows us to keep up to date with all the new and up and coming equipment in the restoration industry. The equipment that we use allows us provide the type of quality of work that is expected by the SERVPRO franchise.

SERVPRO Water Damage Tips

3/24/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Marina/North Salinas knows exactly what to do in the emergency of a water loss!

What would you do if you came home from work to a house that was filling up with water? Or woke up in the middle of the night to a mini lake in your living room? 

Water damage only becomes a problem when it’s happening to you or your loved ones. Luckily, there are some prevention tips to help ensure that this doesn't happen to you. Unfortunately, even the most prepared can’t guarantee they will never experience this problem. That being said there are still some things that you can do to prevent any further damages from being done. The following are a few helpful tips.

1.Disconnect hoses- Water that is backed up in the hose can freeze and create a water block. If this happens disconnect the hose and let it thaw out, otherwise running water could burst the pipes underground or in the walls.

2.Clean Gutters/Down Spouts- This should done at least twice a year to prevent clogging and flooding as well as to prevent ice damns from building up.

3.Maintain Trees/Vegetation- Always pay attention to the types of trees or plants that are on your property or that you plan on planting. Different types of trees or plants have different types of root systems that can wrap around or break underground water pipes.

4.Know Your Water Main- The location of your water main should be known by everyone who lives on the property, so that in case of an emergency the water line can be shut off to prevent further damages. Also, if the house will be left for long periods of time its good practice to shut of water main.

5.Check Appliances Regularly/Fix Anything Immediately- Check all appliances regularly for any leaks and if there is an issue fix it immediately. Most damage that is accidental or sudden is covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy but damage that is caused by lack of maintenance is not.

6.Upgrade Washing Machine Hose- A leak or break in an old brittle washing machine hose is one of the most common causes for a water loss. 

7.Check Home’s Water Pressure- Purchase a water gauge at a local hardware store set it up on an outside faucet, turn it on to full blast and read gauge. The average house’s water pressure is from 40 to 70 psi.

8.Monitor Water Bill- One way to ensure that there are no leaks or issues with water pressure around your house is by always checking the water bill for random changes in monthly consumption.   

In the unfortunate event that you experience a water loss emergency SERVPRO is ready to make it "Like it never even happened."

Call Us at (831) 275-1901

SERVPRO of Marina/North Salinas is Hiring!

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Marina/North Salinas is currently hiring Production and Cleaning Technicians. 

Primary Role:?Perform services as assigned, following SERVPRO production guidelines. Communicate with the customer to make sure that all needs are met. Support crew chief and other production personnel as needed. Clean and maintain vehicles, equipment, warehouse and office areas as needed. 

Results Expected:?Production processes are performed according to guidelines and work orders. Communications to crew chief and customer are timely. Jobs are completed at or beyond customer expectations. Vehicles, equipment, and facilities remain clean, orderly, and working properly. 
The requirements for this position: 

  • Must have a professional appearance and great attitude. 
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check with no felony convictions or misdemeanors involving violence or theft. 
  • Because we provide 24-hour emergency services, must be willing to be on call, as needed. 
  • Some night and weekend work is required. 
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds. 
  • Must have a high school diploma or a GED certificate. 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.?This company does not and will not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, national origin, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Please call 831-275-1901 for more information or email your resume to 

Escape Plan

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

Fire experts agree, people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out. In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place. A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26 percent of families have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Once a plan is developed, it is critical everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. Increase your chance of surviving a fire by ensuring you have working smoke detectors in place, building an escape plan, and then practicing the escape plan. The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan. 

Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily. 

Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used. 

Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they’ve escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan. 

Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. Plan for everyone in your home with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals. 

Practice your fire escape plan during the day and at nighttime. 

Emergency Ready Program

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Marina/North Salinas 

11345 Commercial Parkway Castroville, CA 95012 

It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen!? Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. 

Are you “Ready for whatever happens?” 

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood.? The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. 

The?SERVPRO®?Emergency?READY?Profile?serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program.? Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company.? 

By working with?SERVPRO®?of Marina/North Salinas to develop your personalized?Emergency?READY?Profile?your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.? SERVPRO®?is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order. 

Call SERVPRO of Marina/North Salinas Today for a No Cost Assessment? 
of Your Facility! (831) 275-1901 

Helping you to be “Ready for whatever happens,”? 

About US: 

SERVPRO of Marina/North Salinas specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.?Our management team has over 35 years of combined experience in the restoration industry.? 

When Storms or Floods hit Monterey County SERVPRO is ready!

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Marina/North Salinas specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Monterey County we can scale our resources to handle large storm or flooding disasters. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

 Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (831) 275-1901

 Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Monterey County.