Recent Storm Damage Posts

Trouble In The Distance

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

Rain storms in California are rarely seen and present themselves when least expected; for that very reason, one must always prepare for the unexpected. The leading cause of storm damages are flash floods, wind storms, & poorly kept structures. The following list are just a few things you may be able to do to avoid extensive damages. 

  • Maintaining a clean & secure yard
  • Cleaning gutters & drains to prevent blockages
  • Inspecting & fixing any visual damage to roof
  • Trimming trees to prevent any loose or overgrown branches from causing further damage to your home

By staying ahead of the storm, you may definitely decrease or prevent any damages from occurring. Preparing an emergency kit or bag would also be very helpful in such an event. Avoiding structural damages to your home would be the main goal. Water damage may come from many directions, by preparing well you will decrease the chances of such a disaster from coming to light. For any post water damage clean up& restoration, SERVPRO of Carson/ West Carson is here at your disposal 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We encourage you to reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. 

Cover or Discover

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

California weather is regularly warm & sunny with very little rain in sight year round. However, for the rainy days that do surface, it is best to stay prepared & make sure home insurance coverage is up to date. Alongside coverage is making sure your home is equipped with functioning drains, seals, & gutters. Keeping a clean yard, roof, and home could be the difference between saving time, money, & life. 

A result of poor maintenance could be water intrusion during a rain storm into your home. To avoid such a disaster keep all gutters, drains, & irrigation systems clean & free of debris that may cause a malfunction or broken materials creating water overflow into your home. Inspecting the roof prior to a rain storm could also prove to be useful to avoid heavy damages. 

In regards to having a clean yard, this can eliminate any items, objects, or tree branches to breach your home and cause a leak into your home. Organizing the yard can also help prevent any hidden cracks, broken seals, or damages to the home that may be a problem during rainy weather. 

SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson is no stranger to water damage emergencies. With our dedicated office staff & field crew, you can count on us to be the quickest to any size disaster. Water extraction, in place drying, and trash removal are all within our capability. Being locally owned & operated helps us get to your emergency before further damage ensues. Let us help you tackle these emergencies and return your home to its pre loss condition, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (310)637-7701 to have any questions, comments, or concerns answered.

Storming the Damages

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

What damages can a rain storm cause my home or business & how can I decrease the amount of damages?

Rain storms will usually have some type of weather warning before they even come to pass which is a great way to stay one step ahead of them. However, a complete water damage prevention scenario might not be possible. Although there may be some minor damages even if preparation is thoroughly planned, it is always best to have emergency contacts listed & ready for use. 

There are some steps to take that may be helpful to prevent further damages. The following is a list that may help touch up on some, not all, safety measures you can take. Each list may be different & may or may not suit a specific household or business. 

  • Locate & stop water intrusion (if possible)
  • Shutting off any electrical components/sources in damaged area
  • Remove important documents or items from damaged area
  • Call insurance agent to begin claim process

SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson has highly trained professionals ready to answer the call for any size emergency. Feel free to give us a call at (310)637-7701 or visit us on our website at for a list of services we provide.

Fire Storm Knowledge & Understanding

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

In California, the risks of unpredictable fires is always running high. The hot & dry climate that remains year round adds fuel to the probability of large fires arising. Depending on location, evacuations may be needed to prevent the loss of life. Death, property loss, & complete loss are risks associated with fire storms that run dangerously close to neighborhoods. The following list will briefly list some helpful steps to prevent severe damages when & if such an event should arise.

  • Close off home/rooms from outside air
  • Create list of emergency contacts 
  • Know the location of the nearest evacuation shelters
  • Keep track of fire updates & events nearby
  • Keep all important documents in your possession if possible

It is always encouraged to inform, prepare, & prevent for any & all disasters that are within our ability to do so. SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson has the resources you need to remove the foul odor & soot left behind by a fire, as well as remove and reconstruct what is damaged. Available 24 hours a day 7 days a week, you can count on us to make it "Like it never even happened." For further assistance, we can be reached at (310)637-7701. 

Information for Preparation

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

To help prevent severe storm damages to your property, a good start would be to stay in the loop about weather conditions in your area. Most damages during a storm will begin outdoors and creep into your home or place of business. Having emergency contacts listed & ready is a great way to be prepared. The list that follows is just a brief example on what to do as far as preparing to prevent storm damage from entering your home. 

Possible Steps To Follow:

  • Track weather reports
  • Inspect seals on all known entryways
  • Secure loose items left outdoors
  • Keep gutters & drains free of trash/debris
  • Storing important items in secure locations

Not every check list will be the same, this is just to get an idea of what you should be checking off once you begin planning. It is highly encouraged to be informed & prepare for such an emergency. Design, practice, & familiarize yourselves with the specific plan you have created. SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson has highly trained professionals ready to respond to any size disaster 24 hours a day 7 days a week. For any questions, comments, or concerns you may have, feel free to reach us at (310)637-7701 or visit us on our website at 

How do Residents of Carson Deal with Flood Damage?

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

Usually we are warned about possible flooding situations in our cities. We tend to hear these announcements on the radio or our TV newscaster will announce what way may be dealing with, allowing us time to prepare for the situation if it gets out of hand. Once flooded waters have reached the perimeter of your property, it's pretty difficult to avoid property damages to your home or commercial facility.

Most residents rely on restoration companies like SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson with mitigation services to bring their home or commercial facility back to preloss condition. We have a track record of helping countless property owners with emergency flooding situations. We hire certified IICRC technicians to help overcome material damage to their home's structure and document everything for your preferred insurance carrier.

We can be reached at our main 24/7 emergency phone line at (310) 637-7701

Your 24-Hour Restoration Contractor Serving The Carson/West Carson and Los Angeles Areas

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

Worker thermal fogging in the family room Thermal Fogging For Fire/Smoke Damage

Call (310) 637-7701 Today for 24-Hour Fire Damage Restoration Service.

Fire season is here and California is about to be hit with record blazing heat storms. The air quality is sure to be horrid, the heat will be overwhelming, many issues will occur for us Californians. We need to be prepared for power outages, and make sure our loved ones are safe and alert during this time of season.

Hundreds and thousands of people are affected every year from these wildfires. Families get evacuated from their neighborhoods, families suffer from ash and smoke damage to their homes, others lose EVERYTHING !

SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson is ready to help and assist those who suffer in the event of these horrific fires. When fire damage puts the things that matter most on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well. That's why knowing about SERVPRO and how to get in contact with us for HELP is important to know.

Prevent Storm Damage to Your Property

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO EQ drying kitchen area Storm Damage Repair Services in the City of Carson.

Preparation is key! If we don't take the time and effort to inspect our property surroundings, we can be dealing with costly maintenance issue's. Heavy rains and strong winds can cause destruction, we all know mother nature isn't a force to be reckoned with.

Here are 5 tips you can do today to prevent damage to your home.

  1. Have your roof inspected every year: Inspecting your roof for any flaws is crucial. By doing so, you can save yourself thousands of dollars by preventing more costly damages when heavy rain comes in.
  2. Know how to shut off utilities: When a heavy storm comes around, you may have to shut off your utilities. Make sure where these utilities are located and how to properly shut them off.
  3. Clean your gutters: If your gutters aren't clear and heavy rain kicks in, you could have high risk of water damage to your home. 
  4. Inspect the foundation of your home: Water creeps and will find its way into your property if cracks or gaps are surrounding the area. Inspect for any signs of cracks and gaps around your home to prevent water intrusion to your property.
  5. Dead trees and untrimmed branches: Inspect your yards for old/dead trees that need maintenance. The last thing you want is a 20 foot tree coming down crashing to your property due to heavy winds and heavy rain. 

Los Angeles and Orange County Heat Storm

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

June gloom may not be the case this year as we get ready for high temperatures coming in. Los Angeles is expected to get temperatures in the 80s and 90s this weekend, not just for the weekend, extending to next week as well. 

Los Angeles and Orange counties will see a few clouds today on Wednesday June 9th, with a high of 75 degrees by 2pm. After today, temperatures will continue to rise through the weekend, hitting the 80's, 90s in the valleys and Inland Empire.

Be Cautious & Stay Hydrated 

Remember to drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated if you plan on getting out this weekend. Also, don't forget how HOT it can get inside your vehicles when the windows are rolled up. Remember not to leave your kids or pets in the car with the windows up, even if you're just running in the store real quick. You'd be surprised how many people are still doing this these days.

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors !

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

2 feet of drywall cut in a hallway Storm Damage Services

Personal Safety During a Storm

Living in sunny California can be very satisfying since we have the best weather all year long. We can be a bit spoiled and unprepared if a natural disaster were to hit us hard. It's important that we remind ourselves and be prepared for the worst. 

We encourage everyone to take the simple steps necessary to protect themselves and loves ones from injury and their property from storm damages. 

Those who live near the brush fires that occur every summer should be aware of the extreme dangers from the debris left over. After an intense wildfire, burned vegetation and charred soil makes it hard for the soil to absorb the rain fall, causing flooding for the homes below. 

Stay Ready

1. Have a safety kit ready

2. Make a plan of action

3. Be Informed 

Local Storm Damage Services in Carson

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

Restoring Your Property From Storm Damages

We've all had a scary incident when mother nature strikes and causes unexpected damages to our property. This could be a tree falling on your roof, flooded waters coming in, freezing plumbing pipes bursting, the list goes on. 

When dealing with this classification of water damage, its important to act on the first few hours in which the damages occurred to avoid permanent damages, and claim expenses. 

Fist step would be to extract all standing water to begin the drying stages. Once we've extracted and set up equipment to properly dry materials, we then disinfect all affected areas and begin the reconstruction stage.

There's a science to this. You cant just gather towels to dry up the affected area, then follow it up by placing your summer fan to finish off the drying of your carpet floors, don't forget the padding underneath that acts like a sponge!

Storm Preparedness Tips

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

Table saturated in storm rain water Storm Damage Repair Services

When Los Angeles is about to be face to face with a rainstorm its crucial to be prepared for the worst! Mother nature is unpredictable and can cause severe damages to our lives if not properly prepared.

Below is some storm preparedness tips to keep you ready for the worst.

  • Discuss your family emergency plan. Put together a list of things each member of the family needs in the event of a catastrophic storm
  • Download the Flood Safety app and other Red Cross apps on your smartphones 
  • Have sandbags ready
  • Be sure to have all your drains cleared and free from debris to avoid water damage in your homes.
  • Remove valuables from from low lying areas where flooding is likely to occur.
  • Examine your windows and entrance doors to ensure that water cant seep into your property.
  • Inspect your attics for signs of leaks
  • Learn to safely turn off your electricity, gas, and water
  • Prepare an emergency supply kit (food, water, batteries, flashlights, blankets, first aid kit)
  • Identify safe routes if you need to be evacuated from your property.

These are just some ideas on how to be better prepared for the worst. We don't see too much rain in Los Angeles but when it rains it pours.

Storm Safety

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez held a virtual news conference Friday morning in anticipation of Hurricane Isaias moving toward Florida's coastline. While many of us will be unaffected by the eastern weather, it's always good to know how you would react in the given situation.

Combined with the COVID pandemic, expect danger zones to be closed down and even evacuated. There's no point in sticking around as you will just be putting yourself in harm's way!

Be sure to lock things up and stock up on the necessary goods to stay alive. On the west coast, we can help out by sending supplies or clean up crews to affected areas. This is something that SERVPRO of Redondo Beach has participated in during past disasters.

If you have any questions or concerns don't hesitate to reach out!


Storm Damage Prevention

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

Storms and powerful wind gusts can cause major damage so it's wise to be fully prepared for such an occasion.

Counting the seconds between seeing lightning and hearing thunder can be a last resort method of figuring out if you're in immediate danger. Every 3 seconds is equal to roughly 1 mile.

Here are a few steps to take for ensuring your safety:

1. Secure or take inside patio furniture

2. Don't stand near windows or doorways

3. Unplug all electrical devices

4. If hail is present, put a thick blanket over your car if you can't move it to your garage.

These are just a few safety tips to follow, but they will help you survive these disastrous situations.

If you have any questions or need restoration work done, be sure to have your local SERVPRO information at the ready.

We're here 24/7


Disaster Recovery Team

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

Storm's can be one of mother nature's most violent disasters. Whether it's a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood, SERVPRO has a deep network of teams ready to act in case of emergency.

Some recent responses include the Carolina floods, Hurricanes Matthew, Harvey, and Irma. As well as the California wildfires. 

Sometimes there is nothing we can do to prevent these catastrophes, but we can definitely be prepared for how to react. 

In smaller situations, here are a few tips to ensure the safety of your house. 

1. Gather essential supplies.

2. Make an emergency plan

3. Strengthen doors and windows

4. Stay updated on warnings

This is just a starter list, but these things can be vital when the time comes.

If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact your local SERVPRO.


Storm Survival Kit

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

In the event of a storm emergency, it's important to have some essential supplies around your house. Here's a small, but important list to get started:

1. Water. Probably the most important thing to have. FEMA recommends having a storage of 1 gallon per person per day.

2. Food. Non-perishables will be your best friend here. Examples include canned vegetables and soup.

3. Battery-powered or hand-cranked tools. Ideally, this includes flashlights and radios.

4. First aid kit. You never know when an injury will occur so be sure to have some medical supplies on hand!

5. Sleeping bags. Keeping warm and being able to sleep is extremely important in emergency situations. Check to see if you have some spare blankets laying around.

6. Cash. In the event of a catastrophe, the cash you have on you may be the only currency you have for some time. It doesn't have to be thousands of dollars, but hundreds is definitely a safe bet.

These are just some things to keep in mind for emergencies, the list of things you want is much longer. But don't be discouraged, this is a great start if you have these things!

As always, SERVPRO is here if you have any questions.


Carson California Prepare For The Hot Summer

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

As summer approaches, it is time to consider safety precautions for extreme heat in the coming months. Heat affect all people, but especially the young, elderly, sick, and overweight. Heat storms can be overwhelming at times and its always good to know some tips on how to prepare for extreme heat. 


It is NEVER safe to leave a baby, toddler, disabled person, or pet locked in a car. On average, 37 children die from heat related deaths from being trapped inside vehicles.

Extreme Heat Safety tips to Prepare Your Home

  • Install window air conditioners snugly; insulate if necessary.
  • Check air- conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
  • Install temporary window reflectors, such as aluminum foil- covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside. 
  • Weather- strip doors and sills to keep cool air in.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers.

City of Carson CA, Stay Ready When Fire or Water Damage Puts The Things That Matter Most on The Line

4/4/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team extracting water Emergency Water Extraction

When fire or water damage puts the things that matter most on the line, you need the very best HELP on the line as well. That's where we come in. ... We highly encourage our community to save our 24/7 dispatch #

(310) 637-7701

Knowing the easiest way to contact your local SERVPRO is so important. The faster our dispatcher gets your information, the faster we can get our SERVPRO of Carson/ West Carson TEAM that's "faster to any size disaster" out to your property.

SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson System Services


  • Water Removal and Dehumidification
  • Fire, Smoke, Soot
  • Mold Remediation
  • Reconstruction
  • Catastrophic Storm Response
  • Document Drying


  • Bio-remediation and Vandalism 
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Deodorization
  • 24 hour emergency water removal 

We're a leader in giving control back to the homeowners, property managers, and even entire communities after the ravaging effects of water or fire. So whether you're responsible for 1,000 Sq feet or 100,000 - be ready for the worst with the very best: Your trusted local SERVPRO. ...

SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson.

Tropical Disturbance In Caribbean

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

This past weekend, heavy downpours erupted over Puerto Rico and continue to move toward Florida. It may go on to become another tropical storm if the current trajectory continues. You may be asking why does it matter if it's near Florida. 

Well, these weather patterns are unique to the east coast and don't commonly happen on the west coast. However, it's not impossible! And when the time comes, you'll want to be ready.

If a tropical storm hit California next week, albeit unlikely, the amount of unprepared people would be simply outrageous. It only takes a couple hours to gather some essential belonging to make sure you can survive a few days after catastrophe.

In the unlikely event of a California storm, you know who to call! We're here 24/7.

(310) 939-9293

Hurricane Barry

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Earlier in July, tropical storm Barry began ravaging the Gulf Coast near Louisiana and Mississippi. Tons of water and debris was tossed along the landscape. This may not have been the most deadly natural disaster, but many people were surely not prepared for the flooding. 

Even if you are not in a danger zone for hurricanes, it doesn't hurt to be ready for water damage in general. Create a free emergency profile with us today! Secure the safety of your building and maintain peace of mind. 

All the details are right here:

Emergencies can happen anywhere, anytime. Don't let yourself fall victim to being unprepared!

Call us today or visit our website.


Summer Storm Essentials

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Summer storms are just around the corner and the best way to prepare is to develop a communication plan and build an emergency supply kit. Knowing how to react and having valuable items at hand is extremely important in case of emergency.

Here are some recommended items for a basic emergency supply kit:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Dust masks or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents: copies of insurance policies, identification and bank info
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Cash

This is not a complete list, but it will give you a solid foundation for a basic emergency supply kit. You'll be glad you put together all these items!

Storm Damages and Insurance Coverage.

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Ready!

Storms can strike at any time. If you aren't able to get in contact with your insurance because of a storm that hit after hours, this information may guide you until they do become available.

Call a 24/7 Restoration Company Like SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson...

The faster you can call us out the more $$$ you save. It's important to have a rapid response when dealing with storm damage/flooding to prevent secondary damages, and claim expenses.

SERVPRO is a preferred vendor for most insurance carriers, we can help get the balls rolling while the claim is in process.

Immediate Assistance To Repair Damages...

You should always take reasonable and necessary steps to protect your property from further damage.

This may include putting a tarp over your roof due to missing shingles, or holes, to prevent water from coming in.

Take photos of damages if possible and save the receipts for any temporary emergency repairs that are made so you can show your insurance.

The time-frame for an adjuster to contact you may be two to three days depending on the season. Always have a restoration company in your emergency contacts like SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson

(310) 637-7701

Solar Storm Hitting Earth!!

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Beautiful auroras consequences of a solar storm.

Browsing the internet this morning I got caught by this news of imminent possibility of a "Solar Storm"

Since at SERVPRO  our main concern is to be ready 24/7 to respond to Storm, I wanted to know more about this phenomena, and found out  about the consequences to our beautiful plant.

Here is the definition of Solar Storm  : A solar storm happens when major eruptions called solar flares or coronal mass ejections  happen in the solar atmosphere. If these events take place on the part of the sun facing Earth, they can send electromagnetic radiation and charged particle radiation hurtling our way.

The consequences can be quit different from one Solar Storm to another.

the most harmless effect is beautiful displays of the auroras along the northern or southern latitudes. Auroras are natural light display in the Earth's sky, predominantly seen in the high-latitude regions.

But if the solar storm is strong, and the electromagnetic radiations are then it can affect functions of satellite system, GPS systems, and power plants. in 1989 a Solar Storm caused a 9 hour power outage in Quebec. Scientists claim that in   some cases electric power plants can even explode, and we will have to deal with months and months of power outage, and expensive repairs.

Well now I'm thinking about a solution to help prevent extensive damage, and I think I have some ideas:

Lets not rely on our smartphones if we want driving directions and look them up, memorize and write down directions, let's make sure we have our battery operating lights handy, and lets stay away from electrical power plants as much ass we can. Have our emergency kit ready and handy, and let's hope we will get the beautiful part of this mysterious storm with blue and green lights in the sky. 

Wishing for sky storms of wellness, happiness, peace and prosperity for all.

Professional Catastrophic Emergency Responses Team

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Major Flood HELP!

THE SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Program is composed of our elite best in restoration. Our superior large-loss specialists are qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO of Carson/ West Carson, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO of Carson/ West Carson.

Clients For The Commercial Large Loss Program Include The Following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

Catastrophic Storm Response

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby, should a disaster strike near you. Available around the clock 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unexpected.

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big for us to handle!

CALL US TODAY AT (310)-637-7701

Why Every Building in our community needs an ERP

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

We are always ready to help. Are you ready to protect yourself?

Do you know of anyone who did not experience a water damage to their home or business during their lifelong? hummmm.... your answer is probably no.

No matter if the building is a commercial warehouse, office, multifamily or residential single family or condo, one day at one point of it's existence, that building will suffer a water damage. 

this is a natural history of any building no matter the year it was built or who designed it, or which construction company build it.

Do you have a plan to act fast and efficiently when it happens?

besides the purchase of an insurance policy that will cover the cost, the owner needs to be prepared. knowledge is power:

These are the items that you will plan for when you have our Emergency ready plan:

Which vendors to call? do you trust them? have you checked their contractor license. Do they have professional liability insurance? Are their employees working at your home covered in case of injury during work?

A water damage can be minimal and the work can last only 3 days in your building. it can also be a flooding of the whole building making it impossible to live or to work in for a longer period of time.

Do you know where to relocate your family, your office or your tenants while work is being done to repair the building?

This is why you need an Emergency Ready Plan.So when the highly probable event happens you can act fast. Then get your life and your business back to usual as soon as possible.

Call us today. Be prepared for tomorrow.

SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson: 310-939-9293

Climate Change and Storm

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

With Climate change we can expect storms, such as heavy rain falls, tornadoes, hail, even fire to happen anywhere and catch the habitants by surprise.

Additionally, no matter the type of the building whether residential single family, commercial office, high rise 0r small multifamily one day at one point, we may suffer a storm in the life of that building. 

The natural history of any building no matter the year it was built or who designed it, or which construction company build it, is to suffer some kind of emergency, including storms.

Do you have a plan to act fast and efficiently when it happens?

besides the purchase of an insurance policy that will cover the cost, the owner needs to be prepared. knowledge is power:

These are the items that you will plan for when you have our Emergency ready plan:

Which vendors to call? do you trust them? have you checked their contractor license. Do they have professional liability insurance? Are their employees working at your home covered in case of injury during work?

A water damage can be minimal and the work can last only 3 days in your building. it can also be a flooding of the whole building making it impossible to live or to work in for a longer period of time. Especially when a storm situation is going on in the area.

Do you know where to relocate your family, your office or your tenants while work is being done to repair the building?

This is why you need an Emergency Ready Plan, so when the highly probable event happens you can act fast. Then get your life and your business back to usual as soon as possible.

Call us today. Be prepared for tomorrow.

SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson: 310-939-9293

Tsunamis in California

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Tsunami Warning

Living in beautiful California is probably on the best places to live in the world, especially in Southern California. We have the best weather, surrounded by the ocean, mountains, and desert... but have you ever thought about a Tsunami hitting our land?

Tsunamis are more common in the Pacific Ocean where the megathrusts (subduction zones) are so common (Aleutian Islands, Alaska, Chile, Philippines, Japan etc). Even though these places are more likely to see a Tsunami, we can also experience the scary disaster any day and any time of the day!

Tsunamis are a big threat to anyone who lives along the coast. Most tsunamis, about 80 percent, happen within the Pacific Ocean's Ring of Fire, a geologically active area where tectonic shifts make volcanoes and earthquakes common.

In 2004, more than 200,000 people the most ever recorded—died in an Indian Ocean tsunami that was triggered by an earthquake off Sumatra, Indonesia.

Tsunamis can travel as far as 10 miles inland, depending on the shape and slope of the shoreline. 

Living in Carson California, you are less than 10 miles away from the ocean which makes you vulnerable to Tsunamis... Do you have a plan of action for the unexpected?

What to Do if a Tsunami Hits LA...

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Tsunami WARNING!

STAY READY! A study says that the California coast, including the Port of Long Beach, could be hit by a tsunami... But just off the coast, scientists say another danger lurks: several major faults capable of producing major earthquakes that could send tsunamis crashing into Los Angeles and San Diego.

With that being said, living in the city of Carson California, the residents are vulnerable and should be prepared! Each family should have a disaster kit set in place for the unexpected.

Have a flashlight for each member of the family and extra batteries. Avoid foods that make you thirsty, have a few cases of water, canned food, dried fruits and protein bars, powdered milk, blankets, can opener, portable radio, and toothbrushes/toothpaste are all things that should be considered in your disaster kit.

Once you have all your family and belongings in place, and set to evacuate the premises. Have a map of your city set in place for different evacuation routes to look over.

Remember... more than likely its going to be chaos and outrageous traffic jams if everyone has the same exit plans. Look over small streets to get inland as quick as possible, head towards higher elevation and most importantly, stay calm!

Causes for Plumbing Issues

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Pipe's Causing Water Damage

Your plumbing system is an intricate part of your home or business. With pipes and faucets that carry water and remove waste. Here are some some of the common causes of a pipe burst

  • Clogs - When there are clogs in the pipes, water pressure can build inside, causing the pipe burst open.
  • Homeowner Damage - Property owners might cause accidental damage to piping when renovating their home or business.

  • Extreme Weather - When the temperatures drop below freezing levels, the cold water left in pipes can freeze and expand, causing pipe to bursts.

  • Tree Roots - Tree roots are naturally drawn to moist soil. If piping is set too close to a tree, the roots may grow towards the pipes and eventually break through them.This can be a headache when dealing with this situation. 

  • Improper Installation - If pipes are not properly installed in the beginning, it can lead to future problems, including pipe's malfunctioning/breaking.

In this situation you will need immediate help to extract the water and contents effected as quickly as possible to minimize damage to your property and belongings.

SERVPRO of Carson/West Carson is just a phone call away to help make it "Like it never even happened." Our highly trained crew will jump into action and get you back in a happy mood. (310)637-7701

Stay Ready For Your Family

5/31/2018 (Permalink)


You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days. Depending on the nature of the disaster road conditions may prevent help from arriving in a timely manner. Earthquake, hurricane's, or heavy rain, we should always be ready when the unexpected occurs.

Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.  If the power goes out keep your pipes from freezing by shutting off the valve that allows water to come into your home. Then, open any drain valves and all faucets and let them run until the pipes are empty (it's helpful to identify these valves in advance). Next, flush all toilets and pour denatured alcohol into toilets and sinks to prevent water in the traps from freezing. 

Be prepared for a power outage by keeping necessary items centrally located in your home. Take the time to ensure that everyone in your family is aware of the "kit." Periodically check your kit to see that batteries operate properly. The following is a list of items that are suggested to keep on hand:

1.     Flashlights for each family member

2.     Battery-operated radio and clock

3.     Extra batteries

4.     Containers of bottled water

5.     Canned, freeze-dried or dehydrated food, powdered milk, baby supplies for infants

6.     Non-electric can opener

7.     List of important phone numbers

8.     First-aid kit

Following a disaster, there may be power outages that could last for several days. Stock canned foods, dry mixes and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation. Be sure to include a manual can opener and eating utensils. The following items are suggested when selecting emergency food supplies. You may already have many of these on hand.

•Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.

•Choose foods your family will eat.

•Remember any special dietary needs.

•Avoid foods that will make you thirsty.

•Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and canned foods with high liquid content.

•Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables and a can opener

•Protein or fruit bars

•Dry cereal or granola

•Peanut butter

•Dried fruit



•Canned juices

•Non-perishable pasteurized milk

•High energy foods


•Food for infants

•Comfort/stress foods

We hope this was useful and made you consider this as a priority, you just never know when something tragic might occur, its always best to stay READY. 

House Maintenance Could Save You $$ Thousand's$$

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Check Your Home

If your home is more than 40 years old and hasn't had any major renovations... You should consider doing a walk through to see if you have any signs of corroded pipes, roof leaks, Mold growth, bellying from a storm, etc...

Water damage is one of the most expensive, stressful claims to deal with, when you suffer from a loss. Remember that insurance companies don't cover flood insurance unless you have it! 

The pH of the water: In copper piping systems, if the pH is under a certain level it harms the protective barrier of the pipe and leads to corrosion. Oxygen in the water: Oxygen degrades metals, gradually converting the metal to rust.

In plain words, the metal from the piping dissolves into the water as a result of various causes, causingpipe failure and corrosion of water heaters, appliances, and fixtures. In plumbing systems, corrosion is due to physical and chemical reactions between the pipe material and water.

Bellying occurs when part of a storm pipe begins sinking downward after becoming unstable. This causes a reservoir where blockages can occur due to the build up of large debris. If left unchecked, problems with your storm pipe system can causeflooding and other water damage.