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SERVPRO Restoration Technicians Respond Faster

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO Restoration Technicians Respond Faster SERVPRO of Santa Maria works to make the processing of each insurance claim easier

SERVPRO has more than 1,700 franchises located throughout the country. As a leader in restoration and cleanup work, the company has taken many steps to ensure that technicians are able to arrive faster to any size disaster. As a step toward ensuring this claim, Santa Maria, CA, technicians are available 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Timely Completion of Restoration Claims

In addition to providing top quality services for customers, SERVPRO works to make the processing of each insurance claim easier.

  • Emergency services every day at all hours
  • Training in and compliance with industry standards
  • Access to an electronic claims inventory
  • Local ownership of more than 1,700 franchises
  • Preferred vendor status for many insurance companies

Whether insurance agents represent residential or commercial customers, SERVPRO is ready to respond with water damage restoration teams, fire damage, mold remediation, storm damage, and cleaning services. Responding faster to any disaster is an important step in keeping the cost of claims in check.

Local Franchises Mean Fast Response Times

Franchises are owned locally, so technicians are available to reach properties quickly. This fast response is vital for the protection of property, furnishings, and inventory. In water damage cases, the first 24 hours are vital in protecting porous materials, such as drywall, carpets, flooring, documents, and metals. When damages result from a fire, the property could again be affected by water damage, as well. Smoke and soot settle in as time goes by, and properties left unattended can be harmed by trespassers.

A Quick Response Keeps Claims Costs Down

SERVPRO professionals are committed to responding immediately when Santa Maria, CA, clients need cleanup and restoration services for fire or water damage emergencies. The quick response from these teams reduces the severity of damages and keeps costs down. With specialization and training in fire and water damage restoration, technicians are ready to return properties to pre-fire conditions. Showing up faster to any size disaster keeps the cost of an insurance claim lower and prevents further damages.


3 Main Differences Between Mold and Mildew

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 3 Main Differences Between Mold and Mildew Mold can cause large issues in your home

The Differences Between Mold and Mildew

People often wrongly assume that mold and mildew are the same thing. Although both are types of fungus that you might encounter in your home in Santa Maria, CA, mold damage should be treated differently than mildew. Both mildew and mold are pesky to deal with and are attracted to moisture, but there are several key differences that are important to know when identifying what kind of issue you have on your hands.

1. Mold Is Harder To Get Rid of

If you are able to identify the fungi in your home as mildew growth, you’re in luck! While mold often requires the help of a mold remediation company to completely clean it from your home, mildew simply lies on the surface of moist areas and can easily be cleaned using products you buy from the store. Unfortunately, mold damage can go as far as compromising the structural integrity of your home.

2. Mildew Has a Distinct Appearance

While mold growth takes on various forms, you can often tell when you’re dealing with mildew because it takes on a gray, white, or brown color and is a powdery consistency. Mildew also has a distinct smell. Mold on the other hand can be red, black, green, and several other colors. It will likely have a very foul odor and might have a fuzzy appearance.

3. Mold Penetrates Surfaces

Mildew is most often found on the flat, moist surfaces or on plant materials. On the other hand, mold damage can make its way deep into materials causing a much larger issue. This is why mold can be found within walls and deep in the structure of your home when left untreated.

While both mold and mildew are frightening to find in your home, mold growth is overall a much larger issue than mildew. Learn how to tell the difference so you can know whether you need to call in the professionals or if you simply need to grab some cleaning supplies and get scrubbing.

Reasons To Choose an IICRC-Certified Vendor

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Reasons To Choose an IICRC-Certified Vendor SERVPRO is certified with the IICRC for water, fire, and mold damage. 

Reasons To Choose An IICRC-Certified Vendor

Leading damage mitigation and restoration companies help maintain the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. The IICRC is a third-party agency led by industry professionals that develop standards used nationwide and around the world. Here are three reasons to choose a vendor with this certification to mitigate and restore damage at a residence in Santa Maria, CA.

1. Higher Standards

Insurers appreciate the high standards of this agency. In addition to developing regulations for the American National Standards Institute, this certifying body also maintains BSR standards. The leadership of this organization consists of professionals from leading cleaning and restoration firms, and certified professionals take continuing education courses to stay up to date on best practices.

2. Advanced Methods

The IICRC combines industry experience and innovative research. Experts that specialize in treating different types of damage are on the cutting edge of their fields. Training for a mitigation certificate, or any other credential, involves learning about state-of-the-art developments in areas such as fire, mold or water damage restoration.

3. Preferred Vendors

Insurers recognize the rigorous nature of these certifications. A company or franchise must employ at least one trained technician in order to be considered certified. These credentials make it more likely that an insurer will cover claims based on estimates made by a certified franchise. SERVPRO is a top rated and approved training school, and franchises must satisfy the requirements of the participation agreement to receive insurance client referrals.

These are some of the most important reasons to choose a mitigation and restoration company that employs professionals with credentials from the IICRC. If you hire a company with this certification, you can trust that work will be done properly, and that primary and secondary damage can be limited as much as possible. Check to make sure this certification is currently held by the company you contact to restore residential damage in Santa Maria, CA.

Top Burn First Aid Tips

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Top Burn First Aid Tips

When residents of Santa Maria, CA, think of fire damage, images of charred possessions and destroyed infrastructure requiring extensive cleanup and restoration may come to mind. Fire and extreme heat can, however, also burn skin. Knowing how to assess and care for burns is a valuable skill that may come in handy during an emergency or even in your daily life.

1. Evaluate Severity of Burn

The first step in burn first aid is to evaluate the severity of the injury. A minor burn may affect an area less than three inches in diameter and can present with blisters or superficial redness. Major burns covering a larger portion of the body, may penetrate deep into the skin and surrounding tissue and can cause the skin to appear dry or charred.

2. Seek Medical Attention

If your skin sustains fire damage and a major burn, you should seek immediate medical care. To help alleviate pain while you wait for emergency personnel, you can cover the burn with a cool, moist cloth.

3. Cool Minor Burns

You can often treat minor burns with basic first aid. You should initiate care by applying a cool, moist compress or holding the burned skin under cool water. Because swelling may occur, you should also remove rings or other tight items near the affected area.

4. Apply Soothing Lotion

Next, you can apply lotion to help further alleviate pain and prevent the skin from excessive drying. Special lotions containing aloe vera offer anti-inflammatory and cooling capabilities, making them an ideal choice.

5. Bandage Injured Area

As a final step, you can loosely wrap a sterile gauze bandage around the wound. Be careful not to apply excessive pressure to the damaged skin.

6. Manage Visible Blisters

Blisters may help protect damaged skin from infection. While addressing the burn, be careful not to pop any existing blisters. If a sore opens, clean it and apply antibiotic ointment.

Burns can happen almost anywhere. While skin sustaining significant fire damage requires prompt medical intervention, you can often address minor burns using simple burn first aid techniques.

Steps for Air Duct Mold Removal

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Steps for Air Duct Mold Removal Mold in ductwork in a Santa Maria, CA business

Steps for Air Duct Mold Removal

For a business in Santa Maria, CA, finding mold in the ductwork can be alarming, especially if it could be black mold. It’s important to get rid of this fungus as quickly as possible to help prevent its spread, and to keep your building and staff safe. Here are some steps you may need to take.

1. Identify Mold in the Ventilation System

When determining if there is mold in the air ducts, there are a couple of signs to look for. The appearance of black dust around vent openings is one. This dust may be patchy in appearance and difficult to clean. Another easy-to-recognize indication is the presence of a musty, unpleasant odor issuing from the ductwork. This may grow stronger when the AC unit is turned on.

2. Thoroughly Examine the Area

Because black mold can spread to other areas, it’s important to thoroughly examine the ventilation system. This includes any surrounding insulation or connected systems.

3. Clean and Sanitize the System

Once the mold is located, a mold remediation professional can be contacted if you have not already done so. He or she can thoroughly clean the ductwork and any other affected areas, perform the required sanitation, and help implement any further preventive measures that may be needed.

4. Prevent Future Growth

In order to maintain clean ducts, it’s important to do what you can to prevent future mold growth. Some maintenance steps to consider include regularly changing filters, having the ducts professionally cleaned bi-annually, fixing any water damage issues as soon as possible, and closely monitoring the building's humidity levels.

The removal of black mold from your company building is important both for the building and anyone who may work there. It’s essential for full mold removal to examine the area surrounding the ductwork as well as the ducts themselves. Fully clean and sanitize the system, and be sure to deal with any moisture or water damage you may find. A mold specialist can help with every step of this process.

The Top 5 Flood Safety Tips

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO The Top 5 Flood Safety Tips Flooded home in Santa Maria, CA

Five Safety Tips To Keep In Mind After A Flood

It is important to take flood safety measures to avoid unnecessary risks. Here are five safety tips to keep in mind after a flood in Santa Maria, CA.

1. Avoid Contact With Standing Water

Flood water may contain bacteria, chemicals, heavy metals, and sewage. Avoid skin exposure and do not consume or allow animals to drink flood water. Remove standing water as soon as possible by working with buckets, mops, brooms, or a wet vac. Mitigation professionals can quickly pump out water.

2. Exercise Caution With Electricity

Even if your circuit breaker is turned off, there still may be a risk of electrocution. Have a utility company employee or licensed electrician disconnect the meter for increased flood safety. Avoid downed power lines and report this damage to the utility company.

3. Throw Away Contaminated Food

Do not consume food or bottled water exposed to flood water. Canned items may be safe, but should be thoroughly cleaned prior to use. Throw out any open or packaged food, and do not risk infection.

4. Clean and Disinfect Surfaces and Contents

Reduce the risk of exposure to contamination or infectious bacteria by cleaning and disinfecting hard, non-porous surfaces and contents. Dispose of porous contents such as carpet, carpet padding, pillows, and mattresses to reduce the risk of re-contamination or mold growth. You should also tear out porous building materials such as drywall and insulation.

5. Thoroughly Dry Your Home

Mold is prone to grow after flood damage unless you dry your home. Professionals use air movers and dehumidifiers to speed up the process and draw moisture out of semi-porous materials. Wait until the affected area has dried before restoring contents or materials.

These flood safety tips can reduce your risk of injury or infection. Restore the condition of your home more quickly by relying on experienced flood mitigation and restoration specialists in Santa Maria, CA.