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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.

Steps to Restoring Your Santa Maria Property After Flood Damage

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

We will walk you through every step for your Santa Maria flood damage.

Flooding creates a frustrating situation for property owners. Fortunately, by taking the right steps, it is not hard to restore your Santa Maria property after flood damage. If it is safe to enter your home, you can start the flood cleanup process by doing the following things: 

  • Wear protective attire like watertight boots, rubber gloves, and safety glasses or goggles.
  • Discard porous materials such as foam rubber and padded furniture.
  • Throw out exposed food, medicine, and drinks.
  • Document the damage by taking photos or videos.
  • Wipe down wooden items.
  • Clean hard surfaces with a solution of hot water and soap.

Cleaning up and drying a flood-damaged property is challenging. You may need special tools like air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the affected surfaces. Some parts of your home may also need to be rebuilt, or soaked materials like carpeting and drywall may need to be removed, discarded and replaced. The other items you may need to replace include drapery, clothing, and ductwork. Therefore, it is advisable to hire a flood damage restoration company like SERVPRO to assist you with the remediation process.

When we get to your residence, we can conduct a detailed inspection using devices like moisture meters, infrared cameras, and moisture sensors. These devices enable us to track moisture within a building. After assessing the destruction, we can come up with the appropriate restoration plan. Floodwater can bring all kinds of solids in your property. We can use a self-priming trash pump to extract the water mixed with solids. We can also use power washers to remove muck or mud on the exterior parts of your home.

After extracting the water, your walls and floors may look dry, but they are still wet. Porous building materials can hold moisture that can make them swell or warp. Our SERVPRO technicians can manipulate temperature and humidity using dehumidifiers and air movers so that drying occurs much faster.

Cleaning floors, walls, and other affected surfaces is also essential. During a flood, sewer lines can leak wastes that may end up in your property, threatening your health. Our team can clean your home using disinfectants that destroy 99 percent of microorganisms.

When you need flood cleanup services in Santa Maria call for help. Our 24-hour emergency helpline is (805) 922-5457. We can make the loss appear “Like it never even happened.”

When Is a Flood Cut Needed?

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

When your home in Santa Maria has water damage, the cleanup process is typically fairly easy. If the damage was caused by flooding, it unfortunately brings a few extra woes. As opposed to a pipe leak with clean water, flood waters can easily pick up extra bacteria and contaminants along its path.

Purpose of a Flood Cut

Since water wicks its way up, the visible damage seen at a few inches could actually have traveled a few feet up a wall. A flood cut allows for the assessment of damage further up the wall. Typically 12 to 18 inches above the visible damage, this cut can help determine how far the water has moved up as well as any other damage.

Are Flood Cuts Always Necessary?

Most professional mediation experts try to tear out as little drywall as possible. For clean water leaks, only the visibly damaged area may need to be removed to prevent further moisture damage. Unfortunately, flood waters require extra care, which will likely mean a flood cut for three main reasons:

After flooding, there is a good chance of contamination. Sewage, chemicals and other bacteria can easily picked up in the flowing waters.
The excess water that has likely worked its way up the walls can create a welcoming environment for mold growth. Even though it may not be visible, the moisture and organic materials in drywall and other materials create the nourishment the fungus needs to flourish.
Behind the drywall in many homes is insulation, which can’t be properly dried. If left as is, it will no longer provide its designated insulated properties.

If your home is damaged by flooding, the best bet is to use a flood cut. This will help you determine how much of the material needs to be removed, as well as will help the area dry out better. Luckily, helps is available that is Faster to any size disaster to resolve the residual flood issues.

What To Expect from a Storm Restoration

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

Things You Can Expect To See During a Restoration

When your home experiences Santa Maria flooding, you may come to realize that the cleanup job will be different from normal repair work. Fortunately, a local storm damage restoration service can be there to help. From damage location to various repair needs, these professionals can soon have your home looking “Like it never even happened.” Here are a few things you can expect to see during a restoration.

1. Multiple Damage Types

A heavy storm can leave you dealing with multiple damage types in your home. Water damage can come from leaks or flood issues, and mold damage can appear if water isn’t cleaned up quick enough. Storm winds can cause problems and sharp drops in temperature can cause pipes to freeze. In some cases, there may even be damage caused by hail.

2. Damage in Multiple Locations

A storm has the ability to cause damage in multiple locations simultaneously. Flooding may occur in basement areas while the roof has loose shingles from the wind. This is why if you believe your home has sustained storm damage it’s important to inspect the entire property.

3. Various Repair Needs

A storm can leave various repair needs around your home from fixing loose shingles on the roof to cleaning up flood damage. This can quickly become a much larger scale repair job than you may be used to. Many restoration services have the ability to handle various types of repair work, and with a full crew, many jobs can be completed at the same time.

A restoration service can clean up any flooding and the related damages after a storm hits your home. They will also be able to handle the variety of repair needs that storm damage can bring above and beyond a normal repair job. From damage types to damage location and repair type, These professionals should be able to take care of any issues and have your home looking “Like it never even happened.”

How To Handle Water Leaks Near Light Fixtures in 3 Steps

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

3 Easy Steps You Can Take To Control This Scenario

Water leaks are always concerning, as they can greatly damage your Santa Maria, home and property. The presence of water in light fixtures is especially dangerous since water and electricity together can harm you. You will need to handle these situations carefully. Continue reading to learn more about three easy steps you can take to control this scenario.

1. Shut Down Electricity
Before conducting repair efforts, it is important to disable the danger of electricity immediately. If it is safe to do so, head straight to your house's service panel and shut down the main source of power. Even if the damage is limited to one specific area, it is better to turn off all power until the area is secure. Test the lack of electricity by using a non-contact voltage tester on a dry appliance.

2. Turn Off the Water Valve
Another important step in mitigating the situation is cutting off the main supply if the water in the light fixtures comes from a leaking pipe. Water, alongside any chemicals in the water, can conduct electricity and endanger anyone in the area. Look above to detect any water drops, ceiling damage, mold or other signs of a plumbing failure. You will need to locate your house's main water valve and shut it down immediately.

3. Call the Appropriate Professionals
Now that the affected appliances and location are free of danger, it is time to call the professionals who can resolve the problem. If there are broken pipes, a plumber can repair the system and stop further damage. Call an electrician to fix the light fixture or device in question and to ensure it is the right time to bring back power. After that, an emergency remediation specialist can help restore your home to its former state.
Water damage can harm you and your loved ones and further destroy your home, especially when it comes to water in light fixtures and other electronic devices. Take the proper steps to minimize the hazards and keep your household safe.