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How Mold Remediation Works

12/16/2017 (Permalink)

How Mold Remediation Works

The discovery of black mold can be terrifying for any homeowner, as it carries significant consequences such as decreased property value. If you think you’ve developed a colony of spore growth in an area of your home in Santa Maria, California it’s crucial to get help from a professional mold remediation service before it spreads throughout the building. Here’s what you can expect to happen during a typical mold cleanup project.

Inspection

The first step in the process is to have an experienced professional inspect the area and determine the type of growth. There are many different types of spores, and it takes a trained eye to figure out if it’s black mold or something else.

Containment

Once the technician makes a determination, the next step is to contain the growth so it doesn’t spread to other parts of the house. This can be accomplished in a few different ways:

Negative air chambers
Physical barriers
Air filtration units

Removal of Untreatable Surfaces

While some surfaces can be cleaned, there are porous materials that will still harbor spores despite your best efforts. As part of the remediation process, technicians will likely remove the following:

Carpeting
Drywall
Insulation
Mattresses

Cleaning and Restoration

With permeable surfaces removed, efforts can transition to cleanup and restoration in the affected area. Depending on the type of mold, technicians will use a variety of different techniques to eradicate the infestation and remove unpleasant odors. Once cleaning is complete, your contractor will finish drying the area and replace the surfaces removed over the course of the project.

Prevention Is Key

Now that the project is complete, it’s important to take steps to prevent black mold from returning to your home. Even something as simple as the installation of a dehumidifier could be enough to keep you from having to endure the mold cleanup process again. While upgrades such as basement waterproofing and French drains might seem excessive, they’re much better than regular appointments for mold remediation. Visit http://www.SERVPROsantamaria.com for more information on mold.

Items You Should Throw Away After a Home Fire

12/16/2017 (Permalink)

Items You Should Throw Away After a Home Fire

A home fire in Santa Maria, California is a frightening event that can change your life. Standing in your home among your damaged belongings, you probably ask yourself which items you need to throw away. The fact is that high heat and fire damage render some of your personal belongings useless and can even cause them to be dangerous if used.

Food

Food that got damaged by heat, smoke, water, toxic fumes or chemicals is not safe to use. Exercise caution and discard if in doubt.

It’s recommended to throw away these items:

Fresh food, such as produce, meat, poultry, cheese, eggs and milk
Food in cardboard boxes or foil wrap
Food in canisters, such as spices, flour, and seasonings
Canned food
Open packages

Check your refrigerator to see if it was able to keep your food cold and if soot was able to penetrate it. If your fridge was turned off for more than four hours or if you can detect soot, discard all food. Frozen food can be safe to use if it still has crystals on it; however, the safe bet is to toss it.

Medicine and Cosmetics

Inspect medicines and cosmetics that were near high heat for soot, dust, chemicals and signs of damage. If anything is warped due to the exposure to heat, don’t even think about keeping it. You’re on the safe side if you simply get rid of all medicine and cosmetic items.

Clothes and Textiles

Some of your clothes and textiles might be able to be cleaned and disinfected by an experienced fire restoration company that has the proper tools and knowledge. Anything that is burnt needs to be thrown away, though. Baby and children clothing need some extra care and attention as you don’t want to risk your little one’s health.

Exercise caution with the aforementioned items. It might be smart to just throw away food, medicine and cosmetics for the sake of your health. Always bear in mind that high heat and fire damage are dangerous, and even if any of these items seem to be in good condition, your eyes might be tricking you.
Visit http://www.SERVPROsantamaria.com for more information on fire damage.

How To Prepare for Flood Damage

12/16/2017 (Permalink)

How To Prepare for Flood Damage

Flooding can happen throughout the year and can be devastating to a commercial building, leaving damage that takes a significant amount of time and expense to undo. There are several steps you can take to prepare your Santa Maria, California building to survive and recover from storm damage. Preventative measures can reduce the amount of flood damage and make it easier to restore your building to operational use as soon as possible.

1. Clean the Gutters

Flooding doesn’t always mean there are several feet of water in a building. Even a few inches of water inside a commercial building can cause substantial damage. Floodwaters can build slowly over several days or may rise extremely quickly in the event of a flash flood.

No matter how much rain is falling, well-maintained gutter systems have a much better chance of diverting that water to proper drainage areas. If the gutters are clogged with leaves, dirt, and other debris, the water can overflow the sides and saturate the ground around the foundation, increasing the risk for damage. Make sure to check and clean the gutters on a regular schedule to ensure they work properly during a flood.

2. Maintain the Storm Drains

Like gutters, storm drains are designed to move water away from streets and buildings. While the local government or county is usually responsible for storm drain maintenance, you may be required to report issues with the drains on or near your property. If you see something amiss with a storm drain, report it to the authorities immediately.

3. Have a Response Plan

Make sure you’re ready to react quickly in the event of flooding. During a flood watch or warning, follow basic safety guidelines:

Listen to the TV or radio for weather updates
Gather an emergency preparedness kit
Move to higher ground
Avoid walking or driving through flood waters

Keep the number for restoration professionals handy so you can call them if your building sustains storm damage. You will want to do this as soon as possible to begin cleanup and repairs. Responding quickly to flood damage can help get your building back to normal operations. Visit http://www.SERVPROsantamaria.com for more information on flood damage.

When Storms or Floods hit Santa Maria SERVPRO is ready!

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Santa Maria 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 Santa Maria, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams https://www.SERVPRO.com/disaster-recovery that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 805-922-5457

Santa Maria Smoke and Soot Cleanup

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke- wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Santa Maria will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke - Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke - Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue - Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today at 805-922-5457

Restoring Your Santa Maria Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Santa Maria commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we're dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Santa Maria

SERVPRO of Santa Maria specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. 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.

SERVPRO Releases Safety Report for Homeowners Experiencing Nipomo Water Damage

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Releases Safety Report for Homeowners Experiencing Nipomo Water Damage Water Damage Nipomo

Professional fire and water damage experts, SERVPRO, this week outline five measures homeowners can take to prevent injury or further damage once a water damage incident has occurred.

Nipomo, CA —The cleanup and restoration specialists at SERVPRO have released a recent report detailing five ways to salvage flooring, appliances, and fixtures once Nipomo water damage has occurred. Homeowners can prevent excessive damage to their flooring and appliances by following these five simple tips.

To view the report, click here (link), or see below:

5 Things Homeowners Should Avoid if Flooding Occurs

Water damage can have a lasting effect on one’s home, though there are ways to avoid further damage and injury.

Don’t leave wet clothing or fabrics on the ground

Make sure to pick up anything which has been soaked with water and hang items to dry as soon as possible. If soaking wet clothing is left on flooring it can encourage mold the growth of mold and excess water can damage hardwood floors.

Don’t leave printed materials on wet carpet or flooring

Anything which contains ink will bleed onto other surfaces and can permanently stain flooring and carpets. This includes magazines, books, newspapers and colored fabrics. Discard any materials which have been completely damaged.

Don’t use a household vacuum cleaner to remove water

A household vacuum is meant to remove dry debris, not water or wet items. Water can damage a vacuum cleaner rendering it unusable for future use. Additionally, using a household vacuum cleaner to remove water is dangerous as electrocution may occur. It is best to let a professional, like SERVPRO, handle water damage cleanup.

Don’t use household appliances

If the water damage is so extensive that it has reached the cables and outlets of appliances, avoid using these appliances. Electrocution is possible if water damage is present in any situation. Appliances include televisions, computers, and portable electric heaters. It’s best to wait for a professional to give the go-ahead before continuing use of appliances in the area.

Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if water damage has affected the ceiling

If the ceiling has been damaged by water, avoid turning on any appliances which are attached to it. Ceiling fixtures include lighting fixtures and ceiling fans. If water has come into contact with wiring or the fixture itself there is a possibility of further damage to the home and possible electrocution.

Following these suggestions can mean the difference between safety and danger, as well as complete loss of the water damaged area. The professionals at SERVPRO regularly repair and restore Nipomo water damage and are available 24/7 to lend a helping hand.

For emergency services, contact a local SERVPRO franchise at (805) 541-1271.

SERVPRO in Nipomo

260 N Mallagh St, Nipomo, CA 93444

(805) 922-5457

SERVPRO Releases Report for Homeowners Experiencing Nipomo Fire Damage

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Releases Report for Homeowners Experiencing Nipomo Fire Damage Nipomo Fire Damage

Professional fire damage experts, SERVPRO, this week outline the five things homeowners should avoid doing after a fire has damaged their home.

Nipomo, CA —The cleanup and restoration specialists at SERVPRO have released a recent report detailing five things one should not do if their home has seen Nipomo fire damage. Homeowners can avoid excessive fire damage by following tips listed in the report.

To view the report, click here (link), or see below:

5 Things Homeowners Should Avoid if Fire Damage Occurs

After fire damage has occurred in the home, everything can quickly become hectic. Here’s five things to avoid amidst the chaos to prevent further damage to one’s property:

Don’t clean up

It is best to wait until a repair and restoration specialist, such as SERVPRO, has assessed the damage. Avoid cleaning walls, carpets or upholstery before a professional arrives.

Don’t use electrical appliances

Fire and smoke can damage electrical appliances and make them dangerous to use if affected by the fire. Consult a repair service to asses any damage before putting the affected appliances back into regular use.

Don’t eat food that has been near the fire

Avoid eating any food that has seen fire damage or was located near the fire, excessive heat or water. This includes canned or packaged foods and beverages. Foods may have risen to an unsafe temperature during the fire and become spoiled.

Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures

Ceiling fixtures include lighting and ceiling fans. If water has come into contact with any of these fixtures the wiring may be damaged and pose an electrical hazard if turned on.

Don’t send damaged clothing to an inexperienced dry cleaner

Smoke damage to clothing can greatly damage a garment. Ask the dry cleaner if they specialize in cleaning clothing which has come in contact with heavy smoke. If incorrectly laundered, smoke odor may permanently set into the material.

Following these suggestions can save time, money and stress after fire damage has occurred in the home. The professionals at SERVPRO have responded to Nipomo fire damage in the past and are available 24/7 to lend a helping hand.

SERVPRO in Nipomo

260 N Mallagh St., Nipomo, CA 93444

(805) 922-5457

Santa Maria water damage repair company releases report on tips to prevent Orcutt water damage

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Santa Maria water damage repair company releases report on tips to prevent Orcutt water damage Water Damage

Often times, basic water damage is covered by homeowners’ insurance policies, but ideally it’s best to not face water damage in the first place. Today, Santa Maria water damage Company SERVPRO, who has previously provided Orcutt water damage services, has issued a report on how to prevent water damage.

Below are 5 tips on how to prevent water damage:

  1. Plant plants carefully.

Some plants or trees such as weeping willows possess exceptionally invasive roots. If one is not careful of where one chooses to plant, the roots of these trees or plants may grow right into any sprinkler systems, drainage fields, pipes, or septic tanks. Make sure to know where these things are and plant plants accordingly to keep roots away.

  1. Clean out rooftop gutters

One should often do weekly inspections on their gutters. If there are a bunch of leaves, sticks, birds’ nests, and all of that up there it’s likely the gutters aren’t functioning properly. On a rainy day, the buildup from a clogged gutter can send water spilling into one’s property, likely resulting in serious water damage through the roof, to the foundation, or basement. While they may not seem too serious, make sure to keep rooftop gutters clean.

  1. Monitor the water bill

There are many water pipes hidden behind walls and under floors and such. A leak may go completely unnoticed until the damage is already done. This is why it’s always a good idea to keep a close eye on the monthly water bill, so if it slowly begins to creep up, one might consider contacting a professional to inspect for leaks.

  1. Use a drain snake rather than unclogging chemicals

No matter what, clogs are inevitable. Rather than using convenient unclogging chemicals, it’s best to use a drain snake to unclog those drains, as most people don’t realize that these chemicals slowly eat away at their pipes. Drain snakes are relatively cheap, and it’s always handy to have one lying around.

  1. Never pour grease down the sink

It’s generally well-known that grease is not good for drains and pipes, as it can cause serious buildup and damage. Sometimes people may try using detergent to break the grease up, but there’s no real guarantee that it’ll prevent the grease from clinging to pipes, so it’s generally best just to pour grease into an empty tin can and toss it in the trash.

Water Damage Orcutt

SERVPRO is available for all fire, water, and mold restoration needs. They provide 24-hour emergency service all across the country, so they are always readily available to deal with any restoration needs. Give them a call at (805) 922-5457

SERVPRO of Santa Maria provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Santa Barbara County

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Santa Maria is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today at 805-922-5457

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Santa Maria has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration- in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Santa Maria

SERVPRO of Santa Maria 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. 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.

SERVPRO of Santa Maria is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today at 805-922-5457

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Santa Maria has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration- in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Santa Maria

SERVPRO of Santa Maria 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. 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.