Few locations in the world are completely safe from the dangers and damage of naturally occurring floods. At Tri Span Environmental, we stand ready to pull unwanted water from your home and keep damage to a minimum.
Understanding the Direct Flood Threat
Not every area of Los Angeles or San Bernardino County are subject to the dangers and damage of flooding on a frequent basis, but unexpected flooding can happen anywhere. Weather chaos has brought about storms that seem to last for days and can suddenly drop inches of rain in a short amount of time. Flash flooding can enter your home and cause a great deal of damage within a few short minutes.
Prepare Your Home During Periods of Flood Threat
Staying weather-aware during seasonal periods likely to bring moisture is the best way to stay on top of the local threat level. Drainage ditch problems in areas like Riverside and Orange Counties can lead to localized street and home flooding. Stay prepared to get sandbags and other helpful instruments to assist in minimizing damage.
Protect Valuable Items and Paperwork
Place all paperwork that is valuable and hard to replace in plastic bags and in a high location to avoid possible floodwaters. Items like jewelry, family pictures, paintings, and other things of value should also be placed up higher if flooding begins.
Have a Family Relocation Plan
Develop a workable plan to get your family together in times of emergency and prepare a relocation destination if this becomes necessary. Always evacuate if it is apparent that it could become a dangerous situation.
Hire Professional Water Removal and Flood Abatement Services Quickly
The key to reducing water damage from flooding is to bring in a professional remediation service to begin water removal as soon as possible. Floodwater abatement can help salvage your personal items, home, and reduce the damage that can happen by allowing water to sit.
A crime scene can involve anything from assaults, murder, burglaries, and drug raids. The materials left behind can often be more than unsightly. You could face the unpleasant task of removing biohazard fluids from your Orange and Los Angeles County home or business. At Tri Span Environmental, we are qualified to handle all types of crime scene cleanup detail.
Blood and Biohazard Fluids
Blood and other body fluids that are released from the body after serious trauma from shootings, stabbings, or other means of violent death have to be removed from the surfaces of your Orange or Los Angeles County home or business. Getting rid of biohazard materials is often more than doing a little general cleaning. It will require the removal of items and flooring materials that are stained with blood and other pathogen carrying fluids.
Fingerprint Powder Residue
Burglaries and other crime scenes are often cordoned off until the investigation is completed. The mess left behind of fingerprint powder can make the Orange County residence or business look unkempt. It also stands as a stark reminder of the event that happened. Our crew can have all traces of the fingerprint gathering process removed immediately.
Meth Lab Cleanup
The creation of the drug meth takes place inside home labs, using tremendously dangerous chemicals. If you own a Los Angeles County home that has been discovered to run a meth lab, all chemicals will have to be safely removed and the scene scrubbed for safety.
Pepper Spray Residue
Police raids and arrests many times involve the use of pepper spray. It is a chemical that is incredibly irritating to the eyes, mouth, throat, and lungs. Any leftover residue needs to be cleaned completely off the surfaces to avoid contact with the skin.
Bring the Space Back to Normal
Homeowners and business owners do not always have a say when events unfold and you are left with the mess of a crime scene. It is impossible to predict, but you are in control of finding the right service to clean up the results.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, there is good news about house fires in the U.S. In 1975 there were over 723,000 such fires, but this figure had dropped by 2015 to 365,500.
Fewer house fires, and less injury, property damage, and death from such fires, is welcome news. Unfortunately, fires in homes are still all too common, and recovering and cleaning up after a fire at home is often a major challenge for individuals and families.
Steps in Recovering from a House Fire
Here is advice from the American Red Cross on what to do first after a house fire:
- Be attentive to the physical and mental well-being of everyone involved in the fire, especially children, and elderly people. Provide immediate first-aid or medical care followed by emotional support.
- Keep a close eye on pets and do not let them stray. Placing the pet in the care of family, friends, or a kennel can reduce anxiety for both people and animals.
- Remember there are many ways the stress of a house fire can affect people in the family, and how each person is affected differs with their temperament and age. Feelings of tiredness, anger, confusion, sadness, and numbness are common, but they usually pass quickly.
- Discard any food which was exposed during the fire.
- Let loved ones know you are safe and where you are staying.
- Do not enter the building until it has been cleared by the Fire Marshal.
Cleaning-Up After a House Fire
After making sure everyone is okay after a fire, it is important to move on quickly to arranging for clean-up. The more time that passes after the fire, the more damage is done to possessions inside the home from smoke and soot.
Water damage is another problem requiring fast action. Water soaked furniture, clothing, floors, and ceilings need removal from the site, ventilation, and cleaning as soon as possible to minimize loss. Once you have permission to enter the building from Fire Department officials, do so only with caution and while wearing work boots and other protective gear. Keep children and pets away from the site during the clean-up and rebuilding process.
Up until 1978, lead was commonly added to paint and used in over 38 million homes in the U.S. Lead is a naturally occurring metallic mineral and was used in paints as a color additive, for hastening the drying of the paint, and for its water resistant properties.
Since 1978 in the U.S., lead has been banned as an additive in paints, but many older buildings still have layers of lead-based paint on walls and ceilings. Often this hazardous mineral is lurking beneath the surface of lead-free paint which has been applied over it. If the surface deteriorates, becomes damaged, or is disturbed during repairs or renovations, lead dust and particles enter the environment and pose a serious long-term health risk.
Renovating the Right Way for Lead Safety
Sellers of homes must now give written notice to buyers and renters informing them of the presence of lead-based paints in the building. Federal laws also require building contractors to provide clients with a pamphlet called “Renovate Right” whenever the work involves removal of over 6 square feet of the wall surface on the inside or 20 square feet on the outside of the building or any work at a child care facility or the removal of any old windows.
Removing old lead-based paint is a job for trained and equipped specialists with state certification in these procedures. The California Department of Public Health now requires certification for anyone involved in any of the following areas of lead abatement work:
- Inspectors and assessors must have an I/A certificate to take paint chip or soil samples for lead testing, visual inspection of the property, preparation of reports on lead hazard for a specific building, proposals for abatement, and inspection for the lead after abatement work had been done.
- Sampling Technician certification allows a person to do some of the tasks of an I/A certificate under their supervision.
- Project Monitor certification is for people who manage construction projects involving lead abatement.
- Supervisor certification allows the oversight of daily work on the construction site.
- Worker certification is for laborers, carpenters, and other workers who work on construction sites involving lead removal and abatement.
Tri Span Environmental is a building contractor specializing in certification for all types of lead abatement work.