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Choose SERVPRO After A Home or Business Fire

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has over 50 years of restoration service work and understands the value of your home or business, and it's something we strive to get you back into as quickly as possible. Getting your life back to normal is what we strive for after a fire takes place. 

With the newest in equipment and the best in technology, SERVPRO of Santa Maria is able to make it, “Like it never even happened.” With fire restoration trained staff and industry experience we excel at getting it cleaned and repairs quickly.

In addition to our fire remediation crew, we also carry a Reconstruction Division that is able to put the finishing touches to make the home move-in ready. Plus a full service laundry division that specializes in removing tough smoke and soot odors.

There's only one company able to handle an entire fire damage claim, from cleaning/restoring, to building it back and laundry services and that's SERVPRO of Santa Maria at 805-922-5457

What to Avoid After a Flood

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

Keeping Yourself Safe During a Flood

In the midst of a storm, water can invade your home and cause considerable damage to your property in the form of flooding. However, your main priority should always be to keep yourself, your family members, and your pets to safety. Let the storm pass and when conditions are safe, you can return to assess the damage, and then begin the cleanup process. Below are some things you should not do when returning to the site of a flood:

Do Not Make Contact With the Water-

Floodwater can contain many different types of contaminants including bacteria, viruses, chemicals, and debris. Help protect your skin from harmful water by wearing rubber boots and gloves and keeping your hands and face from making contact with the water. If contact occurs despite your best efforts, wash immediately with soap and clean water.

Do Not Enter Standing Water-

After a flood, homes, yards, streets, and other areas can be covered in standing water. Powerful winds often accompany heavy storms, so it is not uncommon to find downed powerlines after a storm. Since water from a flood is usually murky, you cannot always tell what lies beneath the surface. If the water has been electrically charged, you could experience an electric shock if you enter a flooded home. Rubber boots will help protect against the risk of electrocution.

Do Not Let the Water Sit

The longer water sits, the more time bacteria have to multiply. When items are left to sit in water for long periods of time, the structural integrity of those items can begin to break down. The water should be safely extracted as soon as possible. By cleaning the water faster, you can help to lessen any water damage to your home. Since mold can begin forming in as little as 24 to 48 hours, it is important to begin the drying process as soon as the water has been extracted.

By following a few precautions, you can help keep yourself safe from the dangers of floodwater.

If you ever experience a flood or some type of water damage in Santa Maria, a professional restoration company like SERVPRO can help get your home back to its original condition- or better. Call us 24/7 at 805-922-5457 for a free assessment and quick help!

Why Standing Water Should Be Avoided

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

Flood Water, Be Careful!

After flooding occurs, the surface water left behind can affect your Santa Maria home and or office. Standing water can absorb into the materials and ultimately allows for the deterioration of exposed structural elements.  SERVPRO of Santa Maria offers the quickest possible extraction, as well as drying solutions for your Santa Maria property after flooding. We also have ways to reduce the standing water concerns by offering extremely efficient flood removal for Santa Maria homes. To accomplish this, we call upon a wide array of extraction and moisture removal tools in our well stocked inventory. 

So, What Tools Are Best for Drying Up Flood Damage? 

Every flooding situation is different from the last, there are different tools and machines that can remove water or dry the area better than others. Identifying the most efficient solution is always the priority, once the sooner standing water gets addressed, the less damaging the flood becomes. Some of the standard water removal and drying tools include:

  • Air Movers
  • Floor Mat Systems
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Positive Pressure Systems
  • And much more!

After a flood, you want your home to look like it did before the disaster as soon as possible. Our SERVPRO of Santa Maria team can help anytime you need us. Let us take the hassle of dealing with a disaster off your shoulders, call us today at (805)922-5457

The Tools We Use at SERVPRO

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Santa Maria we make sure each and every job is done to perfection. Its no surprise we use cutting edge industrial strength equipment to make sure that each job is handled correctly. 

Here are some of the unique tools we have to restore your property:

  • An infrared camera is used to identify hidden water locations for the thorough removal of moister that is hidden from the  eye.
  • Sensitive moisture meters/detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation.
  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water from events like floods. 
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.
  • High-speed air movers to evaporate moisture at an efficient rate.
  • Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.
  • Trailer mounted generators and desiccants (Large Commercial Air Dryer) to provide power and large scale drying capabilities.
  • Air scrubbers to filter the air.
  • The use of Thermal foggers and deodorization agents
  • Specialty drying equipment that can penetrate hardwood floors

You can count on SERVPRO of Santa Maria to serve you at the highest level so you can put your home or commercial business back to new condition.

Remove Water Quickly

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

Removing Water from Porous Materials in Santa Maria Home 

The permeance of materials can be a crucial consideration for responding SERVPRO technicians looking to dry and restore damaged Santa Maria properties. Understanding what areas are most likely to resist water penetration can help to focus drying machines and other equipment at the most absorption-prone surfaces exposed to the migrating water. Our team has multiple tools and equipment that can help with water removal ambitions when our technicians start mitigation, including:

  • Electric submersible pumps
  • Gas-powered trash pumps
  • Truck-mounted, engine-driven extractors
  • Wet vacuums
  • Self-propelled and stationary weighted extractors

During the scoping of the job to get accomplished, our professionals can catalog what porous materials are most in need of water removal. While these materials are among the fastest to become damaged by migrating water, in turn, they are also among the most readily extracted and dried. Much like a towel is more likely to absorb standing water than a wood plank, the towel can also be dried more quickly and efficiently than the plank can. This result makes porous materials a focus of both preventative care for your damaged residence, and a solid starting point for effective drying and restoration.

Carpets and Pads

Carpeting has a high permeance rating, as does the padding underneath it. Removing either the material or the moisture from these areas can protect costlier subflooring damage.

Wood Trim 

Baseboards are often not constructed of the highest caliber wood, making it even more prone to saturation than carpeting and drywall. Restoration is not always possible for these materials, and they sometimes require replacement.

Drywall

Much like wood trim, there are many times that saturated drywall can be too severely damaged to protect. Removing water and moisture from gypsum can sometimes be costlier to dry than to remove and replace. Surface moisture meters can indicate the salvageability of wall materials.

These are some of the most commonly damaged materials after a water loss incident and the choices that must get made with them. Our SERVPRO of Santa Maria team can help you to make these emergencies “Like it never even happened,” by calling (805) 922-5457.

How to Prevent Fires within your Home

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

According to the American Red Cross, house fires cause over $7 billion in property damage each year. Being prepared and conducting regular safety checks can help keep you from adding to that number.

Here are a few tips in trying to prevent a fire in your home:

Test your smoke alarms.

Test the batteries once a month. If they’re not working, replace them immediately.

Inspect heating sources.

An annual inspection will reduce your risk of fire.

  • Change filters regularly to avoid build-up of dust and lint that can easily catch fire.

Keep the stove and oven clear.

Don’t leave anything flammable near the stove or oven. Make sure curtains don’t hang over the stove, and never rest towels or a cookbook on the stove.

Stay in the kitchen.

Do not leave cooking food unattended. If you have to leave the room, take the pot off the stove or turn off the griddle first.

Check the dryer.

  • Have it inspected once a year to make sure all connections are secure.
  • Always clean out the lint trap after a load is finished.
  • Regularly check behind and around the dryer for pockets of lint or items of laundry that have fallen under or behind.

Maintain cords.

Regularly check the condition of cords and watch out for frayed wires: repair or replace cords with frayed wires immediately.

Be careful with candles.

Never leave candles unattended and always keep them away from flammable items like blankets and curtains. 

Keep fire extinguishers handy.

Keep fire  extinguishers on hand and easily accessible. At the very least, keep one in the kitchen and others near high-risk areas like a fireplace. 

  • Remember R.A.C.E

Fire damage is devastating, stressful, and scary. Let SERVPRO of Santa Maria assist with your fire damage needs by calling (805)922-5457

Cleaning Services Highlight: Vandalism & Graffiti

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is a respected name in the restoration industry, but it can be easy to forget that we also provide a long list of different cleaning services. In today’s blog, we’re highlighting one of those cleaning services: Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup. Obviously, it is our hope that your property never has to endure this kind of damage, but in the event that your home or business falls victim to acts of vandalism or graffiti, take comfort in the fact that SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall is standing by, ready to help. If vandalism and graffiti damage are not removed and restored in a timely manner, your property may be at risk of water and mold damage. Continue reading for more information about our Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup Services.

Restoring Your Property Following Acts of Vandalism

Designed to serve commercial and residential properties alike, SERVPRO’s Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup services are applicable to many different damage scenarios. While we usually think of the stereotypical external wall spray-paint graffiti when we think of vandalism situations, our crews are trained to clean various surface types, such as asphalt sidewalks and driveways, wood, glass, plastic, stone masonry, and metal. Whether brick, concrete, stone, or another material, trust SERVPRO to efficiently clean your affected surfaces. In addition to our Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup, SERVPRO also provides restoration and supplemental cleaning services that can be helpful depending on the scope of your property’s vandalism or graffiti damage. Turn to us for contents cleaning serviceslike Debris Removal and Odor Removal and Deodorization, as well as larger restoration work, such as Fire Damage Restoration, Water Damage Restoration, and Mold Damage Restoration.  

Experience Vandalism? Call SERVPRO Right Away

No two vandalism or graffiti situations are exactly alike and as a result, SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall will focus on your property’s specific needs. Pick up your phone and call SERVPRO of Santa Maria  at (805)922-5457 at the first notice of vandalism or graffiti. We offer 24-Hour Emergency Service to ensure that one of our crews arrives onsite as soon as possible in order to avoid unnecessary additional damage. Trust SERVPRO to make it “Like it never even happened” and check out our website to view our expansive list of Cleaning Services.

Water Works Fast: The Water Damage Timeline

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO, we work in the restoration industry, which means that emergency action is our specialty. Many types of damage, especially water damage, rapidly create emergency situations due to their invasive nature. When we receive a phone call from a customer, we are committed to hitting the road and arriving on site as soon as possible in order to minimize property damage. This blog explores the increasing severity of damage that can result from water that is left sitting idly in a home or commercial business over time. We will share our Water Damage Timeline, which highlights the various consequences that homes and businesses can experience from just minutes to a week after water contaminates the property without restoration efforts.

In Minutes

Water is already starting to become absorbed into a wide array of surfaces, including ceilings, walls, and floors, as well as furniture and upholstery, just minutes after it enters your home or business. When water makes contact with dyes in fabrics, it can begin to bleed and stain surfaces. Beware that paper objects, books, and photographs are often quickly impacted by water, as they can swell and warp in a short amount of exposure time. 

1 Hour - 1 Day:

Following the initial 60-minute block of water exposure, your property may undergo large-scale damage. For instance, drywall may swell and break down, while furniture can crack and metal surfaces might tarnish. If, in the first 60 minutes of exposure, staining occurs in carpets or upholstery, such stains may deepen and spread, thereby increasing the difficulty of restoring them to their pre-water loss condition. A musty odor may also accompany the damage sustained in this time frame. 

2 Days - 1 Week:

Biohazard contamination becomes a significant concern after 2 days of water exposure. Mold and mildew growth is common during this 2-7 day period, especially on wet surfaces and objects, like carpeting and furniture, leaving considerable damage. The wood flooring of your property may swell and warp, shifting restoration efforts from repair work to replacement, which is more costly. 

After 1 Week

You will likely see major increases in the scope and estimated price of the restoration services necessary to salvage your property after 1 week of exposure to water. It may not be possible to completely restore affected areas to their preloss condition. Instead, surfaces and objects may require replacement.

From your initial call to the final touch, SERVPRO of Santa Maria (805) 922-5457 will have your back until your property is back to normal.

Water Restoration Professionals

4/8/2022 (Permalink)

Despite the magazines, television shows, and internet articles that may have you thinking otherwise, water damage restoration is a job that should only be performed by certified professionals. SERVPRO of Santa Maria technicians not only have the know-how to get the job done right, but they also have the specialized tools needed to thoroughly dry your home, preventing further damage.

Additional benefits of hiring a professional water damage restoration company:

  1. Health Hazards: Depending on the source of the water damage, safety can become a concern. There are three varying degrees of water damage, ranging from clean water to black water, each more hazardous than the next. Blackwater, the most dangerous of the three, is water that has come into contact with fecal matter, a haven for harmful bacteria and disease-causing pathogens.
  2. Hidden Damage: Water damage is not always obvious. Sometimes it is found inside walls and under flooring. If you attempt a DIY restoration and fail to diagnose hidden damage, the resulting issues could be extreme…and expensive.
  3. Peace of Mind: Hiring a professional restoration company gives you peace of mind knowing you have done everything in your power to rectify the situation.

When Should I Call a Mold Removal Specialist?

3/31/2022 (Permalink)

What happens when there is a forecast of rain, snow, or a storm? 

We look up – specifically to the roof – to keep us and our facility protected. 

In fact, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that a business's first line of defense against relentless weather conditions is its roof. 

Not only does a strong roof help your business establishment exist for generations to come, but it also tells your customers that you are diligent, professional, and mean business.

Ultimately, your customers’ perception of your business and revenues are affected by the condition and strength of your roof, and your business's ability to ride through storms – figurative and legit.

To keep your roof in top shape, you need frequent inspections. Exactly how often should you get the roof inspected? 

Here’s all you need to know.

How Often Should You Inspect Your Roof

The magic number is two. 

It would be best if you got your roof inspected twice each year. Once, before the onset of rainfall or snowfall season. 

National Roofing Association approves the sound advice of inspecting twice each year.

New Roof versus An Old Roof

The general rule of thumb is to inspect your business' roof twice.

But if your roof is old, you must perform an inspection at least every three months. 

Although frequent inspections sound a lot of work, they are imperative as they can be the step that protects both your business and the belongings inside the business.

When Should You Inspect Your Roof?

While two annual inspections are enough, some special conditions require extraordinary measures. 

For instance, after an episode of strong winds, downpours, or hailstorm, your business' roofs can become susceptible to wear and tear. Since a leaky roof can lead to basement flooding too, due diligence during difficult conditions is important.

Moreover, harsh weather conditions, including strong heat, create fault lines that cause concern.

Therefore, having enjoyed your time in the rain or snow, be sure to give your roof a health check.

How To Inspect Your Roof

Frequent inspections require an eye that can detect details. 

So, for a quick check-up, you can simply look for any peeled-off paint, MOLD, WATER DAMAGE, or fault lines. These are vital checkpoints to determine if your roof needs additional professional care.

DIY or Hiring A Professional?

Hundreds of blogs and thousands of business owners cannot decide whether to give their business's roof a quick inspection or hire a professional.

Inspecting the roof by yourself is a good exercise.

But to be one hundred percent sure about your business’s roof, it is advisable that you contact a professional roofing inspection company that is experienced and understands your business and its roof. After all, how can you take a chance on something that literally hangs over your head?

Parting Thoughts

Now that you know when to inspect your business’s roof and contact a professional, the next step is to get a professional roof repairing and restoration company like SERVPRO to do the difficult work for you.

Contact SERVPRO at 805-922-5457 to get all your roof restoration and remediation needs covered now!