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Wildfire Preparedness: Protecting Lives and Communities

6/10/2023 (Permalink)

Title: Wildfire Preparedness: Protecting Lives and Communities

Wildfires can ravage landscapes and threaten lives and homes, making preparedness a crucial aspect of living in fire-prone areas. By taking proactive measures, individuals and communities can significantly reduce the risks associated with these devastating natural disasters.

Firstly, creating defensible space is essential. Clearing vegetation and maintaining a safe distance between structures and flammable materials can hinder the fire's spread. Additionally, regular inspections of chimneys, roofs, and gutters are crucial to prevent ember ignition.

Establishing an emergency plan is equally vital. Families should develop evacuation strategies, determine meeting points, and assemble emergency supply kits with essentials such as food, water, and medical supplies. Staying informed through local news, weather alerts, and community emergency systems is key to swift response and action.

Collaboration is crucial. Communities can organize neighborhood watch programs, coordinate with fire departments, and participate in fire drills. Education campaigns about fire safety and the importance of early reporting can help foster a culture of preparedness.

By prioritizing wildfire preparedness, we can safeguard lives, protect communities, and mitigate the devastating impact of these natural disasters. Together, we can build resilience and ensure a safer future for all.

If your property is affected by fire, SERVPRO of El Cajon is here to help.  We are available 24/7 for any water or fire emergency.

Efficient Water Damage Restoration: Why Choose SERVPRO of El Cajon

6/8/2023 (Permalink)

Introduction: When faced with water damage, quick and reliable restoration services are essential. SERVPRO of El Cajon stands out as a trusted choice for efficient water damage restoration. Here's why.

  1. Rapid Response and 24/7 Availability: Water damage can occur at any time, and prompt action is crucial. SERVPRO of El Cajon understands this, providing round-the-clock availability to respond quickly to emergencies, minimizing further damage and reducing downtime.

  2. Professional Expertise and Cutting-Edge Equipment: With years of experience and industry-leading knowledge, SERVPRO of El Cajon's highly trained technicians employ advanced techniques and state-of-the-art equipment. Their expertise ensures thorough water extraction, drying, dehumidification, and mold remediation, restoring your property to pre-damage condition.

  3. Comprehensive Services and Insurance Coordination: SERVPRO of El Cajon offers a full range of water damage restoration services, including assessment, mitigation, cleanup, and repairs. They also handle insurance claims, working directly with insurance companies to streamline the process and alleviate the burden on homeowners.

Conclusion: For efficient and reliable water damage restoration, SERVPRO of El Cajon is the trusted choice in El Cajon.

What to do if a pipe breaks

6/8/2023 (Permalink)

Dealing with a broken pipe in your home can be a stressful situation, but knowing the right steps to take can help minimize damage and ensure a swift resolution. Here are some essential guidelines to follow:

  1. Shut off the Water: Locate the main water valve and turn it off immediately. This will prevent further water flow and minimize damage.

  2. Assess the Damage: Evaluate the extent of the water damage. Take note of affected areas, such as floors, walls, and furniture. Document the damage by taking photos or videos; this will be useful for insurance claims.

  3. Call a Professional: Contacting SERVPRO of El Cajon immediately after a leak is important. We have the expertise and equipment to return the property to it's pre loss condition.  

  4. Remove Excess Water: While waiting for SERVPRO of El Cajon, use mops, towels, or a wet/dry vacuum to remove standing water. Promptly drying the affected areas will help prevent mold growth and further damage.

  5. Salvage Valuables: Move furniture, electronics, and other valuables away from the affected area. If possible, elevate items on blocks to prevent water absorption.

  6. Contact Your Insurance Company: Notify your insurance provider about the incident.  They can open a claim and will work with yo and SERVPRO throughout the process.

  7. Prevent Future Incidents: Consider insulating exposed pipes, especially during colder months, to prevent freezing and bursting. Regularly inspect your plumbing system for leaks or signs of damage.

Remember, safety is paramount during water damage incidents. If you encounter significant flooding or electrical hazards, evacuate the area and seek professional assistance immediately. By acting swiftly and following these steps, you can mitigate the effects of a broken pipe and restore your home efficiently.

Exciting News: SERVPRO of El Cajon Under New Management!

6/8/2023 (Permalink)

We are thrilled to announce that SERVPRO of El Cajon is now under new management, ushering in a fresh era of exceptional service and expertise. With this change, we bring a renewed commitment to serving our valued customers in El Cajon and the surrounding areas.

Under our new leadership, you can expect a host of benefits:

  1. Enhanced Customer Experience: We prioritize your satisfaction and strive to exceed your expectations. Our team is dedicated to providing personalized attention, clear communication, and a seamless restoration process from start to finish.

  2. Industry Expertise: Our new management team boasts extensive experience in the restoration industry. We stay up to date with the latest advancements, ensuring that we employ cutting-edge techniques, equipment, and methodologies to deliver top-quality results.

  3. Streamlined Operations: We have implemented efficient systems and processes to optimize our services. From rapid response times to meticulous project management, our goal is to minimize disruption and restore your property swiftly and efficiently.

  4. Trusted Professionals: Our technicians undergo rigorous training, ensuring they possess the knowledge and skills necessary to handle any water damage restoration project. You can trust our team to handle your property with care and professionalism.

  5. Continued Community Involvement: We value our local community and remain actively engaged in supporting and giving back to El Cajon. We are committed to being a reliable partner you can count on during challenging times.

We are excited about this new chapter for SERVPRO of El Cajon and look forward to serving you with exceptional water damage restoration services. Trust us to be your reliable ally in restoring your property to its pre-damage condition swiftly and effectively.


Emergency Storm Tips

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

What to do and don't when a storm strikes.


  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and table to items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting. 
  • Turn air conditioner on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove Orientals or other colored rugs from wet wall to wall carpeting.
  • Remove valuable paintings and art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Open suitcases and luggage to dry, in sunlight, if possible.
  • Pick up loose items, toys, ECT. off of floors.


  • Leave wet fabrics in place; dry as soon as possible. Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.
  • Leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors.
  • Use your house hold vacuum to remove water.
  • Use TVs or other house hold appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceiling are sagging from retained water.

For additional information or questions call SERVPRO 619-447-7776


6/2/2022 (Permalink)

So why SERVPRO: Why Choose us We here at SERVPRO of El Cajon know that your situation is unique.  This is why we will give every damage and every structure, we are certified to give every attention to our customer to come up with the best solution possible to make you happy. We will not leave you in the dark, communication is our number one goal to a successful atmosphere.  We will guide you every step of the way through each and every process.  Our goal is to restore your house to its original condition as quickly as possible.  We will keep working until you are satisfied with the results.  WE here at SERVPRO of El Cajon strive to do the best for our customer. WE strive to do the best work to please our customers. WE strive to lessen the stress for our customers. And WE strive to make every customer feeling satisfied.  We work with all insurance companies and offer free mold inspections.

Human Waste (Sewage, Blood and other/or bodily fluid)

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO does more than water and fire restoration. This why you should choose SERVPRO

Reduce, reuse, recycle or treat waste instead of disposing of it. Try to reduce, reuse, recycle or treat your waste instead of disposing of it. If you must dispose of it, make sure it ultimately goes to a permitted hazardous waste management facility, also called a treatment, storage or disposal or recycling facility.


  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Call emergency personnel if a life threatening situation is occurring.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
  • For sewage damages, turn off the HVAC system.


  • Attempt cleanup of any kind.
  • Touch or handle items that might be contaminated with bodily fluids.
  • Eat, drink, smoke, apply cosmetics or handle contact lenses in affected area.

If exposed to any type of harmful waste, OSHA recommends a post-exposure medical evaluation. Please consult your local health department or physician.

A Smokers Lasting Legacy

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

This was SERVPRO team cleaning the wall to show what was left behind

Cigarettes smoke contains a variety of chemicals, some cling and build up on surfaces that are exposed to it. In your home, cigarette smoke can build up. 

Besides clinging to walls, curtains and other household items, cigarette smoke can also cling to electronic components (especially computers) and have disastrous effects over time. For example, with computers, the smoke will cling to anything that’s emitting heat like fans and processors. This heat already attracts dust but the dust just magnifies when you add cigarette smoke to the mix. Also, cigarette smoke carries moisture with it and can lead to both a corrosion of parts and a dangerous build-up of dust. 

Researchers have known for some time that third-hand smoke, as this leftover residue is known, sticks around in the environment long after the smoke has cleared.

If you have fire a damage or just a simple clean up due to a fire that left residue call us here at SERVPRO of El Cajon at 619-447-7776. Our commitment is to come in and get the job done "Like it never even happened."

Why Take the Risk? Call SERVPRO

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

Fires can be extremely disruptive for business owners, their tenants and even their customers. For this reason, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals offer 24 hour emergency response, and under normal circumstances, will have trained, uniformed technicians on site of a fire damage within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services. By responding quickly with a full line of fire, smoke and soot cleanup and restoration services, your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional can help get your facility back into operation quickly, saving you time, money and stress.

So before you risk doing more damage to your most valuable business assets by attempting to clean it up yourself, call your local fire, smoke and soot cleanup and restoration experts at SERVPRO of El Cajon 619-447-776

               Orders Removed 

Following a fire, all of your restorable items will be professionally cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition, including:  furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring. walls, ceiling. HVAC, and so much more. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals seek out seek out the sources of order and remove them. 

shut off valves

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

Do You Know Where your Shut-off Values are? Well you Should?

All homes are equipped with gas and water emergency shut-off valves. They are an important part of your home’s mechanical system, and it’s vital that you know where they are located before an emergency occurs.

How to Locate Your Home’s Shut-Off Valves

Shut-off valves are often hidden from view, and they vary in location, shape, and number based on the age of your home, your community’s local codes, and more.

  • Gas Valve: If your home has natural gas, the main shut off valve is located just before the gas meter. Also called a street-side valve, it’s typically rectangular in shape. Gas companies would prefer that you not touch this valve but, rather, use the house-side main shut-off valve located after the meter. If you live in a newer home with a high-pressure gas system, you’ll see a flexible copper pipe that runs from the meter to another location in your house. In this case, your shut-off valve is most likely next to your furnace or water heater.
  • Water Valve: Just about all water meters have one main shut-off valve that cuts off all water to the main house. Water meters can be in the basement, crawl space, or near the furnace or water heater. For much older homes without a meter, the shut-off valve will be located on the main water supply pipe that comes into your home.

We offer these free to all our customers call us today to pick up your tag. 619-447-7776