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Restoring Your Santa Maria Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

We are always prepared for emergencies. Local Santa Maria commercial property had an unexpected water damage. SERVPRO of Santa Maria was ready to help!

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.

Why Clean Carpets Are Healthy

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

A comfortable room with a clean carpet. Clean carpets make any room comfortable and appealing.

Dust, pollen, pet dander and other allergens trapped in carpets, draperies and upholstered furniture are one of the leading causes of respiratory distress, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). SERVPRO of Nipomo, smoke damage specialist, has released a list of cleaning tips to help keep allergens, dust and pet odors under control.

Even when pets are housebroken and stay off the furniture, they are like every other member of the family that tracks in dirt, dust, and pollen. Daily coming and going brings allergens on paws and shoes, fur and clothing. Doors and windows opened to the cool breeze, even with screens, let in airborne particles.

Regular cleaning, especially professional deep cleaning, not only removes collected allergens, it preserves the quality and life span of carpets and upholstery and freshens the air. Homes and offices that have been closed up over cold and rainy months can get a little stagnant from lack of fresh air, from dust particles circulated by heating systems, and maybe even a little dampness from tracked-in water and mud.

Emergency cleaning, in the event of smoke being in the house from a fire, or a plumbing problem is even more critical. Smoke damage can happen even if there has been a fire on a neighboring property. Water damage from plumbing issues needs immediate attention to remove mold and other contaminants.

Regular vacuuming helps keep dust and allergens under control. Even spot shampooing and home treatments to remove pet odors and dirt is helpful. But, to maintain the life of expensive carpeting and furnishings, periodic professional deep cleaning is the way to go.

Tips for keeping carpets, drapes and upholstery clean include:

  • Vacuuming at least twice a week. The AAFA recommends vacuuming more often for those who have severe allergies or respiratory conditions.
  • Treat spills, stains and tracked-in dirt right away. Spills can soak through the carpet into the pad, or even all the way to the flooring, and cause hard to remove stains, even mold if there is enough long-term moisture. It is especially important to dry the area thoroughly and apply an odor-removing enzyme treatment for pet accidents.
  • Install stain resistant carpet if possible and use stain resistant fabric.
  • Use area rugs over carpeted high traffic areas such as entryways and hallways. Area rugs also protect carpets from wear.

Remember to be easy with yourself because life happens. Kids and pets have accidents and homes get dirty and dusty. A good annual professional cleaning goes a long way towards keeping your home fresh and preserving your investment in carpets and furnishings.

SERVPRO of Santa Maria

1279 W. Stowell Road, Suite C

Santa Maria, CA 93458

(805) 922-5457

Nipomo Water Damage Specialists Releases Tips for Cleaning Up Older Houses

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

brown stain on white carpet Pet pee on carpet to be cleaned by Nipomo water damage specialists.

The sadness of losing parents and elderly relatives, or even moving them to retirement communities is often doubled by the task of having to go through the old family home, reliving memories, sorting through rooms, cabinets, closets, the garage and any other buildings on the property. SERVPRO Nipomo, the water damage and restoration specialists has prepared a list of tips to help families organize and get through the clean up with as little stress as possible.

Years of living in one place means an accumulation of personal items, much of which may not have been stored in the safest manner. And who knows what else might be lurking behind, in or between stacks of old cardboard boxes, especially in old sheds and barns. When someone has been living on a property for decades, the family can expect to find personal possessions, furniture, tools, boxes full of paperwork, old magazines and books, and an assortment of other things, including hazardous materials. The condition of parts of the house, the garage and other structures might seem overwhelming. “But,” said Mark Powers, franchise owner of SERVPRO, “There is a step-by-step method that can help make things a little easier.”

Considerations include:

  1. Making sure that the buildings are structurally safe to enter. Old buildings can be expected to have deteriorating floors, walls and roofs. A structural evaluation before entering and starting to move, sort and pack items is a safety feature.
  2. Evaluate the non-structural condition of the property. How many buildings are there? What appears to be in each building? What has been stored outside? What can be salvaged? What kind of weed control needs to be done?
  3. Family heirlooms and memorabilia have both sentimental and monetary value. These items should be inventoried and moved to a safe and secure place as soon as possible. Items specified in a will or trust can either be given directly to the beneficiary, or stored in a secure place until they can be retrieved.
  4. Determine which personal and household items that can be sold in a yard sale, donated or given to a family member. These could include kitchen items, furniture, clothing, linens, home decor items, books, costume jewelry, and more. Ask family members for a list of items they would like to have.
  5. Identify items that can be thrown away. Sometimes it is safer to resist the urge to open every cardboard box, exposing yourself to allergens or contaminated dust. Most broken items can be added to the dumpster.
  6. Make a plan that includes a room-by-room sorting and clearing process, renting a dumpster, perhaps renting a storage unit, and organizing help for transporting items to storage or to a donation destination.
  7. Consult with SERVPRO for an initial walk-through and evaluation of the condition of the property. Professional restoration teams have the training and experience to assist with initial evaluation of the property, help create a clean up plan and coordinate the necessary repair and restoration processes that are needed to get everything cleared away, cleaned and repaired.

SERVPRO can help make sure buildings are structurally sound and:

  • Remove water damage and mold
  • Safely remove and dispose of any toxic or hazardous materials, even old household cleaners
  • Safely remove stored items from sheds, garages, even closets and dispose of unwanted items, clean items that can be saved (even that classic old wingback with a tear in the upholstery)
  • Help get the house and other buildings in enough order and cleanliness that the family can sort through belongings and needed repairs can be started.

SERVPRO of Santa Maria

1279 W. Stowell Road, Suite C

Santa Maria, CA 93458

(805) 922-5457

National Preparedness Month Offers Home and Business Owners an Opportunity to Resolve to be Ready for an Emergency

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Orange and white Life ring floating in the water. National Preparedness Month.

National Preparedness Month Offers Home and Business Owners an Opportunity to Resolve to be Ready for an Emergency Local SERVPRO disaster restoration specialist highlights no-cost tools to help property owners prepare and maintain a comprehensive emergency readiness plan.

Everyone needs a comprehensive emergency plan. Business owners also need to plan for business interruption and continuation. But equally importantly, families and businesses alike need immediate access to data like emergency and insurance contacts, shut-off valves, electrical panel locations, and the line of command to authorize work so emergency responders can react quickly and appropriately during the emergency. This months focus on preparedness is a great incentive for both families and businesses to put a plan in place and review it regularly.

No matter what type of threats exist where you live or work wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, or other natural or manmade disasters tools are available from FEMA (https://www.ready.gov) with guidelines for preparing emergency food, water, and medical supplies; planning for special needs; and creating communication and evacuation plans. These tools and others, like the SERVPRO READY app, also help you store essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes.


Local business owners can take an additional preparedness step by designating SERVPRO of Santa Maria as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider. SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of the facility and assist the owner in completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) to be stored in the READY app.

SERVPRO of Santa Maria specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it "Like it never even happened." for both commercial and residential customers.

For more information on SERVPRO of Santa Maria, please contact Mark Powers at (805) 922-5457.

The Proper Ways To Put Out a Grease Fire

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

grease fire Prevent a grease fire in your home

Things to Do When you Encounter a Grease Fire

A grease fire is one of the most dangerous fires you will encounter, and not for the reasons you might think. Grease fires are extremely difficult to put out, as they thrive off of oxygen (as all other types of fire do) and they become worse with water. You read that right, grease fires become worse with water. If you should encounter a fire caused by grease and an open flame, here's what you need to know:

  • Turn off the source of the heat.
  • Do NOT put water on the fire.
  • Cover the flame with a pot, pan or other non-flammable device to stop the flow of oxygen.
  • If you can't cover it, dump baking soda or salt on it.

If all of the above fail to get the fire under control, find a fire extinguisher and spray the fire until it is out.

What To Do If You Cannot Get the Grease Fire Under Control

If you fail to get the fire under control on your own, get out of the house ASAP. Do not continue to attempt to battle the inferno on your own, as you may only make matters worse and put yourself in grave danger. Instead, contact your Santa Maria, CA, fire department to help battle the flames. Once the fire crew has done its job, a fire cleanup crew can help with the restoration process.
It's important to note that once you leave your home, close the door and make sure all windows are closed. Again, grease fires thrive off of oxygen, so you want to make sure there is as little airflow as possible in your home. Do not reenter your home until the fire damage team has officially put out the flames.

Preventing Grease Fires

There are steps you can take to prevent grease fires, the most obvious of which is to keep anything flammable away from the stovetop. You should also always be in the kitchen when you're cooking and make sure children stay away from the heated stovetop. When heating oil, do so slowly, and never raise its temperature above that recommended by the manufacturer.
If you can't prevent a grease fire, try the above tips. A fire damage cleanup crew can then help with the restoration.

Using and Maintaining a Sump Pump in Your Home

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Overtime, your sump pump may require some low-key maintenance

Sump Pump Maintenance

As a homeowner, you know how much work it is to remove storm water from your home after heavy rain or snowfall. If interior flooding from ground water or storm runoff is a common problem in your Santa Maria, CA home, you may want to consider using a sump pump. This helpful tool not only redirects water away from your house, it can also prevent the costly water damage you deal with and pay for season after season. Learn more about pump maintenance to determine if this device is right for your home.

Plug-In the System

Once you get your new pump, you want to start by plugging it in. If the pump is not attached to a reliable power source it won't do any good when water reaches your house. Because power outages are often associated with large storms, some homeowners attach a backup power source such as a battery or generator to operate the pump if power fails.

Clear Blockages

Overtime, your sump pump may require some low-key maintenance. Small particles and debris may begin to create blockages within the pump that need to be cleaned out. Neglecting regular inspection for obstructions may result in the following:

  • The pump works harder than necessary
  • Debris may cause permanent damage
  • Blockages may result in water overflow

Test the System

Regular testing of your pump will help you rest assured that your home is not unprotected. To test your pump, pour a bucket of water into the floor opening. Listen for the pump to switch-on and watch for it to quickly and efficiently pull the water out and reduce the water level back to zero. Slow water extraction may be a sign of pump blockages or debris.

Swap Out the Backup Battery

Finally, keep an eye on your backup power source. If you use a battery as your alternative energy connection, charge or replace it every two to three years to make sure it is reliable. With these simple tips for sump pump operation and maintenance, you may be able to save the time and money on dealing with home storm damage.

What To Do About Smoke-Damaged Commercial Property

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Ozone machines work by releasing O3, ozone molecules, into the air

Ways to Remove Smoke Odor from Your Place of Business

If your Santa Maria, CA, business is ever affected by fire, you will certainly be worried about the visible damage, such as charring, water damage and soot. However, after all that is cleared away, you may still be left with smoke damage. The odor can linger long after the fire is extinguished if not treated properly. That's where smoke cleaning comes in. There are several ways to remove smoke odor from your place of business so that you and your customers can breathe easy.

1. Ozone Machines

Ozone machines work by releasing O3, ozone molecules, into the air. The O3 then binds to the other molecules in the area through a process known as oxidation. This creates new oxygen molecules that do not emit a smoke odor.

2. Air Filtration Devices

Commercial air filtration devices used for smoke cleaning and removal work the same way as smaller residential air purifiers. They suck in the dirty air in the area, trap the smoke particles and other pollutants and irritants in a filter (or multiple filters), and return the cleaned air to the room.

3. Thermal Fogging

Thermal fogging recreates one crucial element of fire — heat — to thoroughly deodorize all affected areas. Heat causes most materials to expand. Because of this, smoke may get into areas during a fire that are not easily accessible after the area has cooled. Thermal fogging works by releasing a heated deodorizing fog into the area. The heat causes the surrounding material to expand, allowing the deodorizing agent to get into all of the places the smoke penetrated during the fire.

Which smoke cleanup method to use depends both on the type of smoke and the object or materials being cleaned. A professional restoration company can select the best method of smoke cleaning for your Santa Maria, CA, business and make sure the job is done thoroughly, safely and quickly, so you can get back to business.

Water Is Out To Get Your Business

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Toilet leak

Here Are a Few Water Problems That Can Ruin Your Workday

When water behaves, it is a thing of beauty. We drink it. It helps keep things clean. It flushes away waste. It makes life comfortable. It’s important to remember this the next time you have a broken pipe at your business in Santa Maria, CA.
In a commercial setting, water is exceptionally good at misbehaving. Its behavior can range from simply annoying to catastrophic. Here are a few water problems that can ruin your workday.

Bathroom Sink and Kitchen Area Leaks

Consider yourself lucky if these are your biggest water issues. The list includes leaky faucets, shutoffs, pipes and drains. Your maintenance crew can handle them. The impact to your operation should be minimal.

Toilet Leaks

This problem is a bit more serious if the leak occurs during the flush. This contaminated water from the toilet bowl may damage the subflooring and the floor below. The impact is usually minimal.

Broken Pipe on the Water Supply

The good news is that the water is clean. The bad news is that there is probably a lot of it. If shutting off the water main is the only way to handle this problem, the impact on your business may be severe. The water repair must happen quickly.

Fire Sprinkler

If one of your sprinkler heads put out a fire, you are happy. If it flooded your business for no good reason, that’s a different story. The area beneath the sprinkler probably experienced severe flooding. No work will take place there for the foreseeable future.

Toilet Overflows and Sewage Backups

These two problems have one thing in common. They both involve significant amounts of contaminated water. The sewage backup is worse because it may also contain large quantities of raw sewage. Decontamination will be a large part of the cleanup process. The health risks associated with the sewage could require your business to partially or completely shut down.
If your business experiences a broken pipe or other water problem, help is nearby. There are moisture and contamination removal experts ready to come in and clean up. They are Here to Help.

Residential Water_126_How To Restore Water Damaged Building Materials

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Swelling wood floor in a Santa Maria,CA home

How To Restore Water Damaged Building Materials

When your home in Santa Maria, CA, sustains flood damage, one of your top priorities will be preserving the building materials that form your home's foundation. Swelling wood is often one of the biggest issues that arise after a catastrophic water incident, and you may be wondering if it's worth the effort to repair your wood materials as opposed to simply replacing them. By keeping some basic guidelines in mind, you can minimize the damage to your home if the worst happens.

1. Determine which materials are worth salvaging.

Sentimental or valuable items such as heirloom furniture may be worth the time and expense of restoration. Building materials that substantially add to the value of your home, such as finished hardwood floors, may be cheaper to restore rather than fully replace.

2. Allow adequate time to restore materials.

Swelling wood can easily crack, warp, and shrink if it's dried out too quickly after a water event, so plan on allowing two to three weeks for wooden furniture, cabinets, and flooring to dry properly. More porous materials such as drywall can be aired out much faster, usually around three days on average.

3. Take preventative measures to avoid damaged materials.

A simple water pipe repair to a leaking plumbing system can prevent a major flood, so take time to maintain your home's pipework. You should also familiarize yourself with the location of your water supply line in case an immediate shut off is needed. And it's a good idea to keep the contact information for a reputable water damage remediation specialist on hand who can help you assess building material restoration cost in the event of a flood.

While water damage in your home is stressful enough, trying to restore your home's valuable building materials, furniture, and heirlooms can add an extra challenge. By implementing the proper procedures for preserving swelling wood and other materials that have been affected by water, you can keep your home looking beautiful after a flood event.

Three Signs That Mold May Be Present in the Household

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Mildew is visible

Three Signs That There May be Mold in a Residence

Recognizing the signs of mold contamination in a residence in Santa Maria, CA is very important. If mildew is indeed found at a home, it is important for a homeowner to contact professionals who conduct mold remediation. Here are three signs that may suggest that there may be mold in a residence.

1. The Mildew Is Visible

One of the most obvious indications of mold and mildew is that it is clearly visible. Therefore, it’s a good idea to constantly keep an eye out for any signs of mold and mildew around the house. While mold spores may grow on many surfaces and in numerous areas of a household, the bathroom is often a place where mold and mildew are regularly found. This is because mold thrives in damp, wet environments, and the bathroom is typically a prime area for this sort of setting. Be sure to check to see if the shower or the sink area (including under the sink) have any signs of mold contamination and consider calling professionals to aid in removing the mold if it is found. (Don’t forget to check in other areas where water or sinks are in the home, such as the kitchen, for example!).

2. There Is a Stuffy Smell

Mold may have an odor associated with it that can smell musty or stuffy. While there may be other reasons for odors in the household that are not related to mildew, it may be a good idea to have a professional rule out any mold that could be the cause of the smell.

3. The Environment in the House Feels Very Humid

As mentioned above, mold and mildew grow in damp and humid areas. If areas inside a residence feel very damp, it is a possibility that mold may be growing there. It may be a good idea to rule out any mold contamination in a residence that feels particularly humid. A thorough search for mold by experts may help identify and locate any issues with mold in the home.