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Water damage cleanup during the COVID-19 pandemic

9/30/2020 (Permalink)

With the COVID-19 pandemic, our society has started practicing social distancing as a way to stop the spread of the virus to each other and especially those in the high risk category.

SERVPRO of Santa Maria has 25 plus years dealing with jobs that involve the inherent risk of potential harmful viruses and contaminants.  We have always provided PPE (personal protection equipment) to our employees during these jobs for their protection.

Now with the practice of social distancing we use the same PPE to not only ensure the safety of our workers but also the safety of you and those that occupy your home.  Our crew members wear N-95 dust masks or respirators and gloves from the moment they arrive at your residence.

All of our job site equipment is decontaminated after it leaves a residence and is stored at the warehouse.  We also wipe down that same equipment before placing it at newly flooded homes.

With these protocols we are doing everything possible to make sure you and your family are safe during your water damage cleanup.

Evaporation is part of the process in water damage restoration

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

Evaporation: The process of a liquid turning into vapor.

Did you know that evaporation is a key component of the water damage mitigation process? When Pismo Beach/ Arroyo Gande homes or businesses’ suffer a water damage it is important to begin the drying process.

The sooner the building is dried out the greater the chances are of salvaging materials and not having to demo.

Air movers are an important tool in the process of drying homes, commercial buildings and contents.

Air movers speed up the process of evaporation by moving air across a wet surface. Air movement across a wet surface picks up moisture from the material and turns it to a vapor, thus making the air humid and the building material dry. 

Having Trouble Understanding Mold Damage in Your Santa Maria Home?

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians will NOT ONLY Remediate Mold Damage on Your Property, They Will Guide and Show You Many Effective Preventative Measures

People often confuse mold and mildew. While both are used to describe fungal growth, mildew presents as a light-colored powder, with molds containing more colors and a fuzzy texture. Regardless, these are all visible groups of fungi that form and spread over various types of organic matter, including many building materials found in your home.

You may not notice mold in your home right away; it can be a very subtle or even hidden growth that begins in your property.  SERVPRO provides you with expertly trained mold remediation specialists who understand how mold acts, responds, and develops.   

SERVPRO understands that controlling mold is as easy as controlling moisture levels in your home. We use a variety of equipment to remove moisture including air movers, dehumidifiers, and advanced moisture detection to get even the smallest areas under control. We can even make recommendations that help prevent future growth.

Don't Store These Items In Your Garage

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

With the start of the new year, most of us try to accomplish new goals, a new fresh start.  Getting healthy, organizing our homes, and bettering our lives always seem to be at the top of the list.  One space to start cleaning out & organizing- the garage! That extra storage area that easily becomes a catchall for our items.  We have compiled a list of items that should not be stored in your garage. Get them out and reclaim your space.

1. Paint- Because the garage is prone to extreme temperature changes, paint should not be stored in the garage.  Recycle paint according to your county guidelines or donate it.

2. Electronics- If you are putting electronics out in the garage, you must not be using them.  Donate these items because they can not withstand the temperature fluctuations and will easily break.

3. Propane and Hazardous Chemicals- Proper ventilation is key for storage of propane and hazardous chemicals.  For safety reasons, these items need to be stored outside.  

4. Food- Keeping food in the garage is an open invitation to rodents and insects.  Although shopping in bulk can save money, storing extra food in the garage will cause problems. The moisture and humidity will spoil the food. Find room in the house for food storage.

5. Cardboard boxes- Insects, mice and other rodents love cardboard.  Invest in waterproof plastic bins to store your items.

How to Restore Your Santa Maria Home After a Fire

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

Useful Tips for Restoration of Fire Damage in Santa Maria

In homes, an out of control fire is always only a few seconds away. It might sound like a grim outlook, but considering the wide variety of likely ignition sources present in the home, it is a reality that people have to accept. Some likely sources include cooking equipment, faulty electrical wiring, candles, barbecues and even habits such as smoking in the bedroom. Most fires can be traced back to negligence so exercising proper care can keep them at bay. However, when they do occur, you can restore your Tampa property to preloss conditions if you follow the right procedures.  

Speed is an integral part of recovery efforts after fire damage in Santa Maria. The materials that burn in the blaze form different types of residues that settle all over the property. Some of these might corrode or fuse into the surfaces where they settle causing additional damages. Surfaces made of aluminum, porcelain, marble or brass are easily damaged this way. Fabrics such as draperies or upholstery can also form permanent stains if residue that settles on them is left unattended for long. Our SERVPRO technicians can evaluate the loss environment to determine which areas should be addressed first to avert further damages.  

The damages caused by fires fall into different categories based on whether heat, smoke or flames cause them. Looking through what is left, you might be tempted to clear everything out and send it to the landfill. However, some of the contents appearing damaged entirely might be salvageable through cleaning or other restorative procedures. Our SERVPRO team helps you save such items thus reducing the overall recovery costs. We separate items into groups of salvageable, unsalvageable and questionable items immediately after starting the restoration process.  

Apart from dealing with the contents, the affected area also requires deep cleaning to get rid of soot and other smoke debris. The heat from the blaze might also cause discoloration of surfaces such as walls. Cleaning helps restore the visual appeal of the affected area, and also remove any lingering bad odors. By applying professional cleaning agents, and mechanically agitating the affected areas, our SERVPRO technicians deal with effects of the fire “Like it never even happened.”  

A storm damaged my house. Now what?!

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

The damage a storm causes to a home can leave your life suddenly upended. In the first days after a storm, you might be overwhelmed with the damage, with everything you have to do and with concerns about getting your life back together. But careful planning can help you return to normalcy as quickly as possible.

Take these steps to make life a little easier to get back to normal as soon as possible.

1. Safety First: Avoid power lines, mold, and open areas of murky water. You may need to leave your house until professionals can check it. 

2. Document Damage: Take pictures before an impending storm of your home, protect important documents, and when it is safe to enter your home take pics of the damage.

3. Have a plan: If you know a large storm is coming to your area have a plan in place on where you will go, expense plan, and a plan to get back on track.

General Cleaning

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

This is a photo taken from a general house cleaning that we recently did for a homeowner who planned to list her house for sale.  The homeowner didn't think her house was very dirty but she wanted to "spruce it up" before she listed it.

This photo shows how dirty a typical kitchen wall can get.  We cleaned the area on the right above the kitchen cabinets and the area to the left is the area that we hadn't yet cleaned.  Our SERVPRO cleaning crew does a fantastic job on general cleanings. 

If you'd like your house to get "spruced up" like this one did, call SERVPRO of Lompoc today!

SERVPRO of Santa Maria says “don’t cry over spilled water”

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

Slow-to-appear hidden drips, burst pipes, and torrential storms are common sources of water damage in Missoula. Sudden bursts of water may not last long, but the damage can be eternal. That’s why SERVPRO® of Santa Maria usually arrives at the site of an emergency within 60 minutes – faster than the industry standard – so it can prevent expensive water damage.

Call SERVPRO of Santa Maria whenever there is a water emergency. We have 24-hour service, 365 days/year. Our number is (805) 922-5457. 

Restoration of water damage starts with the phone call. Your information helps us know how many technicians to send, which specialties are necessary, and what kinds of equipment are likely to be needed.

When SERVPRO of Santa Maria does water extraction and drying, it does not rely only on the visible water. Humidity that is higher than usual allows mold to grow and to invade structures. Moisture may be hidden behind walls or in the foundation, where it can destabilize the building.

Once SERVPRO of Santa Maria has removed excess moisture, the restoration technicians start cleaning, disinfecting, and restoring buildings and belongings.

One of the ways SERVPRO of Santa Maria makes recovery easier is by working directly with most insurance companies. 

When fire and water take control of your life,

we help you take it back.

Water damage does not have to ruin lives.

If you have questions, please call us at (805) 922-5457 You can also check our website, and email through the link provided.

SERVPRO of Santa Maria is independently owned and operated.

Was Your Computer Equipment Exposed to Smoke Damage in Santa Maria?

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

First Comes Smoke, Then Comes Computer Damage

According to the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), electronic equipment exposed to non-thermal damage, like smoke from a fire, can be repaired and returned to service rather than be replaced, saving businesses money in electrical equipment replacement costs when dealing with the aftermath of a commercial fire. 

Commercial Contents Restoration Services

Damage from smoke and soot can cling to computer and electrical equipment. Unfortunately, when it comes to electronic equipment, fire-damaged electronics can be very dangerous as smoke residues can contain acids that may corrode metal surfaces. We will coordinate the cleaning and restoration of your electronics with a qualified electronics technician to prevent further damage to:

  • Computers
  • DVD players
  • Television sets
  • And more

We also provide document and photograph cleaning, furniture cleaning and restoration, and offsite storage of your belongings should the repairs be more extensive and require a move out in the damaged area. We will also provide sanitization and deodorization services to remove the unpleasant smell of the smoke.

Call Us Today

From the moment you contact us we can be onsite within four hours to begin the cleanup and restoration process. SERVPRO® of Santa Maria will clean and restore your homes and commercial businesses in Santa Maria “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 805-922-5457.

SERVPRO® of Santa Maria is Independently Owned and Operated

Is There a Best Way to Get Rid of Fire Odor in your Santa Maria home?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

The terror and disruption of a kitchen fire are overwhelming. Getting your family to a safe place is the highest priority. Once all are accounted for, then it is time to reach out to our professional fire restoration team to work together on recovery.

Why Should You Avoid Fire and Odor Cleanup Without Expert Help?
The fire and odor damage experienced by Santa Maria homeowners, like yourself, is unlike typical dirt, grime, and smells. Clearing away charred debris and cleaning soot from surfaces usually is not recommended as a DIY project because:

    •    Structural components like ceilings, walls, and floors need professional assessment as they might be unstable
    •    Significant quantities of water and extinguishing chemicals nearly always need removal first, needing expert extraction
    •    Debris and residues can be highly toxic, requiring personal protective equipment (PPE) to manage
    •    Effective soot cleanup methods and products vary depending on the materials burned and surfaces affected, with training supporting appropriate matching of cleanup strategies
    •    Deodorization methods frequently need specialized products and unique equipment

What Makes a Kitchen Fire Smell So Bad?
When a fire starts in the kitchen, SERVPRO finds that foodstuffs, oils, and greases are the ignition fuel. High levels of fats and protein create an oily mist that covers everything. The heat produced causes the oils and grease to melt and dehydrate. They become rancid, creating a rotten stench clinging to appliances, cabinets, walls, and ceilings, air currents carrying the odor far from the kitchen as well.

How Do Technicians Remove the Smelly Protein-Based Residue?
SERVPRO technicians learn that “like dissolves like” when choosing products to break down fire residues. Because residues of a  kitchen fire are oily, we turn to solvents to break the bonds between the soot and the surface.

What If Cleaning Alone Is Not Enough to Get Rid of the Smell?
The challenges of eliminating protein-based soot odors are many. In cases where deep cleaning still leaves a noticeable nasty smell, SERVPRO considers using the following options:

Thermal fogging
Deodorizers are combusted into a fine mist, paring with soot particles to neutralize the odor

Hydroxyl generators
Hydroxyl radicals destroy the molecular structure of odors

Sealants
Airtight products applied to surfaces, preventing the odor molecules from vaporizing

Rely on the crew at SERVPRO of Santa Maria to deliver fire residue cleanup and odor removal. Call (805)922-5457 to schedule an assessment.