Water, Fire, & Mold Restoration Blog

Green Ways to Clean Grout

Grout in your house typically is used to seal spaces between tiles. Grout is composed of sand, water, cement and color tint. Grout can become dirty easily and needs to be cleaned correctly. Most importantly, remember to reseal your grout every one to two years to protect your grout from becoming permanently dirty.

There are […]

By |August 31st, 2011|Green, Newsletter, Tricks and Tips|Comments Off

Quick Tips to Help Sell Your House

1. Paint! Paint! Paint! Do you love vivid colors that pop? Does your house have an array of paint colors that mimic the rainbow? When putting your house on the market, it's important that potential buyers can envision living in the house. What if your walls are purple and the people looking at the […]

By |August 22nd, 2011|Newsletter, Tricks and Tips|Comments Off

CA Law Mandates Carbon Monoxide Alarms in All Single Family Homes

As of July 1, 2011 all single-family homes with a fireplace, attached garage or fossil burning heater must install carbon monoxide alarms. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can kill if left undetected. It is produced by furnaces, fireplaces, heaters, some cooking devices, idling cars and some appliances. When used normally, appliances […]

By |August 22nd, 2011|Newsletter, Tricks and Tips|Comments Off

California Law Changes Meth Lab Remediation Guidelines

Meth Lab Remediation law AB1489 passed in 2009 has changed existing methamphetamine remediation standards. Prior to AB1489, the legislature enacted SB536 in 2005 which had very strict remediation standards. The previous standard SB536 did not allow a unit to be rented after the space was used as a meth lab prior to very exact remediation standards […]

By |August 21st, 2011|Newsletter|Comments Off

Water Damage is a Challenge

You don't want water damage to occur in your home. Water damage can spiral out of control if not managed appropriately. Water damage can be caused by a broken pipe, a sub-pump not working in the basement, a faucet left on while you're out of the house, irrigation leaks and anything that has to do with […]

By |August 15th, 2011|Flood, Newsletter, Tricks and Tips|Comments Off

Fire Damage and Smoke Removal

October 2007 is a month most Southern Californians will never forget. That was the month a series of wildfires burned nearly 1,500 homes and 500,000 acres of land from Santa Barbra county to the US-Mexican border. Entire areas were evacuated forcing people to grab their loved ones and whatever they could pack into their […]

By |August 15th, 2011|Fire, Newsletter, Tricks and Tips|Comments Off

Tips on Advertising Rental Properties

Advertising rental properties is easier than ever before. The internet has changed the way property managers find tenants.

Advertising rental properties with print media is still possible, i.e., The Reader, The PennySaver, etc. You can also print out signs and put them outside your rental unit.

However, today's tenant tends to be more technologically advanced. Your […]

By |August 11th, 2011|Newsletter, Tricks and Tips|Comments Off

Figuring Out Your Rent Schedule

Knowing how much to rent a unit is extremely important. If you ask for too little, the owner isn't getting the best deal; if you ask for too much, good luck finding a tenant. There are some ways to ensure you are getting the best deal for your rent schedule.

First you need to scope […]

By |August 11th, 2011|Newsletter, Tricks and Tips|Comments Off

The Many Jobs of a Property Manager

Property managers have it rough. Not only do they have to rent out a unit, they have to deal with tenants and owners, collect rents, maintain and upgrade units, be prepared for any emergency and keep a smile on their face. Property managers, we salute you.

Below is a great list we found at the California […]

By |August 11th, 2011|Newsletter, Tricks and Tips|Comments Off

Evicted Tenants Leave Dogs Behind

Yesterday we received an urgent phone call. Dirty water was leaking into a tenant's unit through the ceiling. The upstairs unit that was supposed to be vacant had a problem. The tenants who were evicted from the unit left their dogs behind. The dogs destroyed the unit.

Our damage restoration team was amazed by the […]

By |August 8th, 2011|Flood|Comments Off