Recent Water Damage Posts

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.

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.

Santa Maria Water Damage Company Reports How High Winds Contribute to Water Damage

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

Wind doesn’t need rain to contribute to water damage. High winds can cause damage to a roof and other parts of a building that make is possible for rain that comes along at a later time to intrude and the water damage experts from SERVPRO of Santa Maria have some important tips to help property owners minimize or prevent damage.

One of the first things to do is inspect the roof, around windows and doors, and check for loose siding after a wind storm. A high wind, even a dry one, can loosen shingles and further weaken old and slightly damaged areas of a building. Once this happens it’s much easier for the next rain to get into the roof and walls.

· Older buildings, and older roofs are particularly susceptible to being damaged by wind.

· If damage is discovered, inspect for signs of water damage or mold. Water may have gotten into the building long before the most recent wind.

· Mold is a sign that water has already been present.

· If no water damage or mold is present, make the necessary repairs as soon as possible and definitely before the next rain. · If water damage or mold is found, call a specialist such as SERVPRO of Santa Maria for water damage repair.

SERVPRO certified water damage restoration technicians use advanced water inspection, extraction and drying equipment and techniques to remove any trace of water or mold. The advanced equipment helps locate hidden moisture that might otherwise go undetected and continue to cause damage. Once all the moisture is located, the entire affected area is dried with powerful dehumidifiers then cleaned with professional grade cleaning and sanitizing agents. Any part of walls, ceiling, roof or floor that has been damaged beyond repair is removed so the needed replacements and repairs can happen.

The SERVPRO of Santa Maria technicians have the expertise, experience and equipment to properly restore damaged property. The franchise is an IICRC Certified firm and the team members are highly trained, holding certifications for:

· AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician

· ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician

· CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician

· CMT - Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician

· FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician

· RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation

· WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Locally owned SERVPRO of Santa Maria specializes in cleanup and restoration services for damage caused by water, fire, storms and mold and mildew. SERVPRO also works with insurance companies to help manage the paperwork and the claim process. One less thing a stressed property owner needs to worry about while the property is repaired and returned to the condition, “Like it never even happened.” Available to help anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week when damage strikes. SERVPRO of Santa Maria is the trusted water damage restoration company. SERVPRO of Santa Maria

1279 W. Stowell Road, Suite C

Santa Maria, CA 93458

(805) 922-5457

‘What Is Water Damage?’

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

When we hear “water damage” we think of storms or floods destroying things in their paths to the slow dripping leak from a cracked water pipe, but few stop to think about how water damages things. Mark Powers, owner of SERVPRO of Orcutt, CA recently released a report that answers the question “What is water damage?”

Water causes damage by:

· Creating a situation for mold to grow: Mold needs moisture and organic material to thrive. Moisture enlivens dormant mold spores, that digest organic material, weakening and breaking down wood, fabric and other materials. Mold can also contribute to health effects.

· Weakening and rotting organic materials: Organic materials absorb and hold water and over time the fibers break down and fall apart. Water also dissolves the adhesives used to create laminated and engineered wood such as particle board and oriented strand board (OSB).

· Creating a situation for insect invasion: Some insects like living in moist areas, and some others, like termites, invade weakened wood causing more damage.

· Rust happens when iron and oxygen react with water, or damp air. Iron and iron alloys such as steel, are subject to rust. Over time, if neglected, rust eats through layers of metal and can eventually weaken metal.

· Weakening and dissolving masonry and grout: Brick, cement, tiles, grout and other masonry products are popular for their durability, but masonry contracts and expands as moisture enters and evaporates. When exposed to water and moisture for prolong periods, masonry will begin to weaken and crumble.

· Causing stains on fabric, walls, floors, ceilings and elsewhere: When water mixes with dust, wood finishes, paint, a variety of other materials such as sewage, household chemicals, fabric dye and even some food and beverages, stains result. In some cases, cleaning can removed the stain and hard surfaces can be refinished or repainted. Some stains to certain kinds of fabric might be resistant to cleaning.

The sooner leaks, broken pipes, overflowing appliances, leaky roofs and other sources of excess water and moisture are addressed, the less damage there will be. Regular inspections are an important part of identifying and fixing issues before they cause damage. Other strategies for preventing water damage include:

· Taking protective precautions before a storm, such as using sand bags to divert water away from buildings

· Periodically inspect the roof for leaks, especially after a heavy storm

· Inspect the attic, basement and crawl spaces for built up moisture

· Make sure all appliance hoses and connections are tight and not leaking

· Check under sinks and around showers, bathtubs and toilets to make sure there are no leaks

· Repair any weak or rotting windows, doors, decking and building exteriors

Locally owned SERVPRO of Orcutt is ready 24/7 to respond to water damage. Whether your property has been flooded, a pipe has broken, or you have water damage from some other source the expert team of highly trained water damage technicians can help. SERVPRO of Orcutt is a trusted leader in the water restoration industry, using the most advanced inspection techniques and extraction and drying equipment.

SERVPRO of Santa Maria 

1279 W. Stowell Road, Suite C Santa Maria, CA 93458

(805) 922-5457

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‘Questions To Ask Your Insurance Company’

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

“Better late that never” is not a good philosophy when addressing water damage in your home or business. The old saying, “A stitch in time saves nine” is much more appropriate and finding out exactly what kinds of water damage your insurance covers is one stitch closer to being prepared.

Mark Powers, franchise owner of SERVPRO of Orcutt said, “Water damage can be very expensive to repair, especially if it goes undetected or if there is a catastrophic event.” A leader in repairing water damage, mold and fire damage, SERVPRO works with hundreds of insurance companies to help property owners get their claims processed fairly and quickly. “But, we can only help process claims that your insurance covers,” said Powers.

The time to learn what your insurance company covers and doesn’t cover is before you buy the policy. Insurance does not prevent leaking or broken pipes or the toilet or bathtub overflowing, but you can certainly have peace of mind knowing what kinds of water damage incidents your insurance will cover.

Questions to ask your insurance agent include, “Am I covered for water damage caused by:”

· Storms, including heavy snow if your property is in snow country

· Water damage that is the result of putting out a fire

· Toilet, bathtub, washing machine or other appliance overflowing

· A leaking roof

· Water damage to walls, floors and cabinets

· Burst, leaking or faulty plumbing

· Mold damage that is the result of water damage

· Vandalism

· Any other type of water damage

As mentioned, insurance is not going to prevent accidents, but knowing you are covered when something does happen certainly helps reduce some of the stress.

Individual insurance companies may cover more or fewer circumstances and the scenarios may vary. For example, if the roof leaks the insurance may only cover the replacement and repair of possessions inside the house, but not replacement costs for the roof. This is just one example of why it is important to know what your insurance covers.

Typically, insurance does not cover water damage that is caused by neglect. This is why it is important to inspect for leaks and repair any potential problem as soon as possible.

Flood insurance that helps restore your property and possessions after a flood is typically a separate policy. If you live on a flood plain or in an area otherwise subject to flooding, your insurance agent can help you get flood insurance.

Locally owned SERVPRO of Orcutt is ready 24/7 to help. The expert team of highly trained water damage technicians are trusted leaders in the water restoration industry, using the most advanced inspection techniques and extraction and drying equipment.

SERVPRO of Santa Maria 

1279 W. Stowell Road, Suite C Santa Maria, CA 93458

(805) 922-5457

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4 Tips for Drying Out a Commercial Building

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips

When your Santa Maria, commercial building suffers water incursion, whether it's from a pipe burst or act of nature, the same basic steps will have to be taken. These steps will help protect any occupants in the affected area and the building and its contents. Professionals will probably have to be called in to remedy the situation thoroughly. Still, you can follow water damage tips to begin drying out the building before help arrives. After all, the quicker drying begins, the less damage will occur.

1. Turn Off Electricity
If you can safely make your way to the breaker box, the power to the area should be turned off immediately. Never walk through standing water in which electrical items are sitting. The electricity can travel throughout the water, electrocuting you. If you can't navigate to the breaker safely, or if you're unsure, you must wait for a professional to cut the power supply.

2. Extract Standing Water
Next, all the standing water will need to be extracted. A wet/dry vacuum is excellent for doing this safely and efficiently. It will also remove smaller debris.

3. Remove Soaked Materials
After you've extracted as much water as possible, one of the most critical damage tips to follow is to remove as many wet materials as possible. This can even include drywall and flooring. Soaked carpet and padding typically aren't salvageable; it can't be dried entirely before mold growth occurs (within 24 to 48 hours). Water damage remediation experts are highly recommended, as they can bring in industrial-grade equipment.

4. Dry Remaining Contents
You can try to dry the remaining contents by opening windows and doors if the outside is less humid than inside, using dehumidifiers, running fans and turning up the heat via the HVAC system or space heaters.
If your building floods, it and its contents need to be thoroughly dried as soon as possible. These are a few damage tips and cleaning tips you can begin before professionals arrive on the scene.

Water Damage and Restoration

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

If your home in Santa Maria has suffered a broken pipe or water leak, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Santa Maria.  We will respond to address the water damage cleanup and drying that is needed to keep your property protected and your family safe from the secondary effects, such as mold, that can occur from the loss.  Our team is the most highly trained group of professionals, and the closet in this region that will work to protect your property as quickly and as efficiently as possible.  When you call SERVPRO of Santa Maria, you can be certain that the owner of the company will be involved to ensure in the end that your water damage loss will seem "Like it never even happened."

How to Spot Water Damage in your Home

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

One thing most homeowners hate is water damage. If left untreated, water damage can impact your home's structure and even create other complications, such as mold that can cause health effects, to you and your young children.

4 Ways to Detect Water Damage

Here is a list of how to detect water damage in your home:

  1. Check your floors. For tile and wood flooring check for cracked or warped flooring. For carpet be on the lookout for damp and soft spots, gradual rises, and the smell of mold.
  2. Inspect the Outside. When checking the exterior of your home look for pools of standing water which indicate poor yard drainage. Leaky rain gutters or gutters that don't transport water far enough away from the house. Roof water damage usually consists of cracked, curled, or missing shingles and pools of water.
  3. Mold. You can't solely depend on actually seeing mold to know you have it. Oftentimes, you can smell it as well. When water stagnates, mold and bacteria can grow, which produces an unpleasant, musty smell.
  4. Look for Stains. Water stains on the ceiling, walls, or in your bathroom around the bathtub and sink are the most common signs of water damage. When paint starts peeling off the walls it could be a sign of loose water within your wall spaces. Also, areas in the wall and ceiling that seem swollen and soft to the touch are another sign of water trouble.

If you read this and realize you have any of the signs for water damage, SERVPRO of Santa Maria can help. It's better to get the problem taken care of sooner than later, before damage potentially becomes worse.

4 Things That Cause Leaking Toilets

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

A leaking toilet can cause a lot of damage if you don't correct the issue early on. Just one leaky toilet can waste hundreds of gallons each year, increasing your water bill and causing a lot of damage to your home. Before you end up investing in expensive water restoration and cleanup work, take steps to determine the cause of the problem:

4 Steps to Determine The Cause of a Leaking Toilet


1. Faulty Flapper and/or Valve

If your toilet runs continuously after you flush it, the most likely problem is a flapper that isn't lifting or closing properly. When you flush, a chain connected to the toilet handle lifts up the flapper and then releases the flapper to close, prompting the refill cycle. If the flapper doesn't close securely, the toilet may continue to run until you fix it.

2. Toilet Fill Valve Problems

There are several things that can cause problems with the toilet fill valve. For example, debris may get into the valve, valves could get broken, and cheap valves often wear out quickly. A damaged or malfunctioning valve could cause the toilet to run or stop the toilet from flushing. It's important to understand that even if you don't hear the water running, you could still have a bathroom leak.

3. Worn or Damaged Wax Seal

At the base of the toilet, there's a wax seal that keeps water inside the plumbing system. When the ring ages, you may notice a small pool of water around the leaking toilet. Although you need to remove the toilet to complete this repair, it's a pretty straightforward process, and many homeowners tackle this repair on their own.

4. Expert Only Problems

There are some issues that you should leave to the professionals. Some examples of these problems include a broken tank flange or an improperly installed toilet. You certainly don't want to leave a repair only partially completed or improperly completed, especially when new leaks won't be visible because they're inside the toilet.

Reach out to plumbers and other professionals in Santa Maria for more information about the most common toilet issues and the repairs that you can complete on your own. You'll be glad to keep your plumbing system running smoothly.

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. 

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.

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.

Follow these Mold Safety Tips if You Suspect Mold

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.  

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Bay County for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services:

SERVPRO of Santa Maria specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (805) 922-5457

Water, Water, Everywhere!

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

An Unwelcome Surprise

Imagine coming home from vacation, opening your front door, and seeing water on the floors and drywall scattered across your furniture and electronics as the ceiling is crumbling down. As you walk through your home, going up squishy stairs, you realize your whole home is flooded.

Your home is where you take refuge from the world. Home is where you're surrounded by memories. When your home is threatened by water damage, it can be a traumatic event. What do you do next? 

When we asked SERVPRO customers to describe our team, the one word that kept coming up was “hero.” We are here to help, with compassion, expertise and urgency.

About SERVPRO of Santa Maria

SERVPRO of Santa Maria is a full-service restoration company.  We provide emergency 24/7 mitigation services and complete reconstruction services. We make it “Like it never even happened.”  So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

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. No matter what size disaster, from single story and a complete high-rise, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge and resources to restore your property.

Going on Vacation? Make Sure to Do These Things to Minimize Chance of Water Damage.

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage occurring while a family is away from their home for long periods of time can be a devastating occurrence that can be quite costly. With this knowledge, SERVPRO of Santa Maria have released a report on things you can do to minimize water damage when you are away from your home.

SERVPRO has been helping clients in Santa Maria for years when it comes to disaster restoration and cleaning. If you ever experience water damage in Santa Maria, whether commercial or residential, SERVPRO should be your first call as they have been doing it for half a century, along with offering many other forms of cleaning and restoration. Check out their website for more information of call them at 805-922-5457 if you have any questions.

How to Prevent/Minimize Water Damage in Your Home While on Vacation

Water damage is one of the most common and horrific things that can happen to your house. There are many possible causes and catalysts for water damage, so it is always a good idea to keep an eye out for them. However, when you and your family are on a well-deserved vacation, it’s impossible to keep an eye out for them. With that in mind, here are some great ways to lessen the chance of your home suffering water damage while you are away.

The first and most obvious thing to do is check the house for leaks. Even a tiny leak can turn into something much worse over the few days you are gone, get them tightened up. Also, use this time to inspect any appliances to make sure all hoses are tight and nothing looks off. Make sure the sump pump is working too, or you could be in for a huge clean-up when you return.

Now that everything is in working order and there are no obvious signs of damage, the next thing you should do is find someone who wouldn’t mind checking on your house for you while you’re gone. This is important as they would be able to turn your water off to minimize the damage if a pipe bursts or a leak starts. If no one can check on your home for you, it is a good idea to turn the water off before you leave to ensure nothing horrific can take place.

Remember, SERVPRO should be your first call if you discover water damage in your Santa Maria home. They can help you in a professional and timely manner to get your house back to 100%.

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

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.

Water Damage Prevention Tips

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

The team at SERVPRO of Santa Maria has recently released a report on how to prevent water damage in your home, which you can read a few paragraphs down. Water damage can cause significant grief and expensive repairs in your home and should not be taken lightly. In order to help you prevent it from happening, be sure to read below for the tips about how to prevent water damage from destroying your home. Preventing water damage isn’t too hard, as long as you know the right things to do.

SERVPRO are specialists in all things restoration and damage repair. Whether you are located in a commercial or residential location, know that SERVPRO should be your first call for fixing water damage in Santa Maria. In addition to fixing water damage, SERVPRO of Santa Maria can also help with fire damage, issues with mold, storm damage and other cleaning and restoration services. Be sure to visit their website or call them at 805-922-5457 if you have any questions.

How to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home

Water damage can absolutely decimate the foundation and structure of your home, and lead to very costly repairs if not handled correctly. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to prevent water damage in your home. While these won’t work 100% of the time, they can give you a good shot at avoiding water damage

The first thing you can do is to always make sure that your gutters are cleaned out. It can be annoying to get onto a ladder and clean them out, but if you don’t, then you risk water getting clogged in the gutters and leaking into the foundation of your home and possibly causing some damages.

Another thing you can do is to seek out and fix any leaks in your house. Even a tiny and minor leak in a pipe can have dire consequences over time or if it gets even bigger. Fixing a small leak takes a few second, and could save you from weeks of hardships from water damage.

In addition to these two simple tips, there are so many other things you can do to prevent water damage, like:

  • Never pour grease down your sink
  • Never use unclogging chemicals (use a drain snake instead)
  • Check appliances for damages regularly.
  • Watch for basement flooding after large rainfalls

Remember, if you need help with water damage in Santa Maria, be sure to reach out to the team at SERVPRO of Santa Maria by calling 805-922-5457 or visiting their website.

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FAQs About Category 1 Water Damage

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Fix plumbing leaks quickly before it becomes worse

Dealing with the effects of any type of water damage in your business in Santa Maria, CA, can be difficult. The problem can often be useful for business owners to learn about the different types of water problems, including clean water flooding, which is also known as category one water damage.

What Are Common Causes?

Unfortunately, category one water damage is a common occurrence in many businesses. There are various issues that can result in this type of floodwater, including:

  • A leaky or broken pipe
  • A damaged water supply line
  • Broken or leaking appliances
  • Toilet overflow that does not contain waste

How Is the Water Removed?

There are various steps that water damage restoration professionals can take to restore a commercial property. However, the water must first be removed from the building before restoration can begin. The following techniques and tools are often used in order to remove clean water from an area:

  • Powerful vacuums
  • High-powered pumps
  • Ventilating the area by opening windows
  • Decreasing humidity levels with industrial dehumidifiers

How to Prevent This Type of Damage?

It isn’t always possible to prevent water problems in every circumstance but there are several ways you can protect your business from category one water damage. Routine inspections of your business can help spot otherwise unnoticeable issues. Additionally, requesting preventative maintenance can also be useful, as professionals can take measurements to ensure all pipes, appliances and other systems are working as efficiently as possible. If you do notice an issue such as a leaky appliance, it’s often best to fix the problem before it worsens.

Clean water can devastate a business, though the process of removing this type of water is often simpler than removing contaminated water. Understanding the causes of category one water issues, how it is removed, and the preventative steps you can take can help you protect your properties from sustaining this type of water damage.

3 Actions To Take Following Water Destruction

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Santa Maria for your water damage

Water Destruction

There might not be a major storm in the forecast, but water damage to your home in Santa Maria, CA, can happen in a variety of ways. Appliances, such as dishwashers and washing machines, can malfunction and wreak havoc on your home. If this type of damage takes you by surprise, remembering a few tips can help you mitigate the destruction.

1. Safety Is Your First Concern

Water and electricity do not mix. If you believe water spilled on any wires or electrical devices, it’s imperative to have an inspector visit your home. You also have to be mindful of wet floors, which could cause a family member to slip and fall.

2. Stop the Water Before It Causes Additional Damage

It’s important to stop the source causing the water damage. If an appliance is the culprit, it must be disconnected. If the source is broken pipes, the water to the home will need to be turned off, and you may need to call a plumber. Be aware of the type of water that caused the damage. Contaminated water requires professional assistance.

3. Removing Water Is the Next Step

As you begin to remove water, different materials will require a variety of treatments. If the carpet and floor were saturated, they may need to be pulled up to protect the subfloor. Remove items from tables, dressers, and shelves. Carefully dry them and place them in a non-impacted part of the home. When the objects are moved, begin wiping excess water away from the furniture. Art and other decorations should be taken off walls and stored in a dry space.

Quick action following water damage gives you the best chance of saving your possessions. If you find the water cleanup to be overbearing, you could consider hiring a professional service. Before the damage even happens, it’s a good idea to have contact information for a company specializing in emergency restoration services. Being proactive is the best way of keeping damage from a water catastrophe to a minimum.

Simple Steps To Making a Water Damage Claim

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Leaking pipes cause water problems in your home

If bursting pipes, severe weather, or other factors cause flooding in your Santa Maria, CA, home, you may rely on your insurance policy to cover the cleanup bills. It’s important that you fie a claim promptly and correctly to make this as smooth a process as possible. Understand your coverage and what steps you must follow.

Things To Initially Consider

Your insurance plan won’t cover all water damage and related issues. In the following cases, you’ll either need supplemental coverage, or you’ll need to take care of the repair costs yourself:

  • The damage occurred due to normal wear and tear.
  • The damage occurred due to your own neglect of maintenance and upkeep.
  • The damage occurred because you intentionally tampered with or broke pipes.

Assess the Damage

Before you start trying to fix a broken pipe or do any other maintenance, determine exactly what areas of your home suffered damage and where the water problems originated. No matter how large or small the incident was, it’s crucial to provide this information to your insurance agent.

Record the Damage

Write down different items of your home that bursting pipes affected and ruined. Also, take photos of the water damage and areas that will require cleanup and restoration. Save these pictures and records for your insurance representative.

Contact Your Agent Promptly

Obviously, you’ll want to get in touch with an experienced disaster cleanup specialist to remove water from your home and to make the area safe once again. But you’ll also want to speak to your insurance company without delay to start the claims process. It’ll be much easier to file a claim and get payment if you communicate with the insurance representative on the day of the incident.

You hate thinking about bursting pipes or other issues causes water problems in your home. It’s nice to know you can count on a competent insurance provider to ease your burden.

5 Tips for Water Damage Prevention

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

Contact a water damage company in Santa Maria, CA

5 Tips for Water Damage Prevention

In Santa Maria, CA, damage from water in home environments can be problematic. Both to fix the damage and to find the source of the leak. If you’re worried about water damage occurring at your residence there are a few tricks you can try.

1. Fix Leaks ASAP

If you find a leak it’s important to take care of it quickly. Prompt pipe cleanup can lessen your chances of water damage, and allow you to take the steps you need to prevent potential issues before problems arise.

2. Inspect Your AC System

Regularly looking over your AC system can help you ensure that your home is receiving proper ventilation which can help it stay dry. It will also allow you to ensure that all your hoses and connections to the cooling unit are in working order.

3. Regularly Look Over Your Appliances

Damage from water in home appliances can occur as well. Common culprits are washers, dishwashers and refrigeration units. It’s important to look over connections and hoses so you can have them repaired or replaced before a leak causes damage.

4. Use the Right Tools When Fixing Issues

When fixing a broken pipe, tightening a connection or performing other maintenance, it’s important to always use the recommended tools for the job. Using the wrong tool can cause additional damage.

5. Know When To Call a Professional

Last but not least it’s important to know when to call a water damage professional. They can assess the situations and come up with a plan of action to help solve the problem and make repairs. If you don’t know where the water is coming from, what steps to take, or want the repairs fixed faster than you can do yourself, these are the people to call.

Whether you’ve found damage from water in home areas, or want to protect your residence, regularly looking over potential trouble spots may help. It’s also important to properly maintain plumbing and appliances, as well as fix any broken pipes as soon as you can. If you have any trouble a professional may be able to help.

Why Is Water Leaking From the Light Fixture?

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water leaking from a light fixture in a Santa Maria,CA home

If you find yourself asking this question, you face a serious problem. Water in a light fixture means that a pool of water has formed above your ceiling and found its way to the fixture. This problem has three likely causes.

  • Your home is damaged and is allowing rainwater to enter.
  • Plumbing in the ceiling above the light fixture has failed.
  • A flood in an upstairs bathroom has found its way to the ceiling of the floor below.

Is There a Risk of Electrocution?

The combination of water and electricity can be a recipe for disaster. If you plan on working with any electrical devices on that ceiling, make sure that you shut the power off at the electric panel first.

Is There a Risk of Fire?
When you find water in a light fixture, it’s easy to imagine that everything above the ceiling is wet and incapable of catching fire. This is not necessarily true. If the water has been above the ceiling for a while, it is possible for the electrical contacts to become corroded, making them more susceptible to sparking. Because of this, the best approach would be to turn off the power at the electric panel and leave it off until the ceiling damage is repaired, and the electrical fixtures and wiring are inspected.

How Does the Damage Get Repaired?
Seeing water in a fixture does not indicate the severity of the problem. The only way to know is to tear out the ceiling starting at the fixture. Continue until all wet material is removed and all wet support beams are exposed. Damaged electrical components like wire, fixtures, junction boxes and switches will also need to be removed.

How Do I Find Someone Qualified to Do the Job?
In Santa Maria, CA, you can find a team of water damage remediation experts who can come in and deal with this problem. Once the job is complete, your memory of seeing water in a light fixture will quickly fade.

Nipomo Water Damage Company SERVPRO Releases The Report ‘Small Things That Prevent Water Damage’

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage

SERVPRO Nipomo, the company specializing in remediating water damage in Nipomo has released a report about the small things the can prevent water damage. Paying attention to things like leaky faucets, checking for roof leaks and even checking runoff from landscape watering can help prevent water damage.

Small things that prevent water damage

There are many small and seemingly harmless things that can lead to water damage if left unattended. Slow drips, undetected leaks, standing water around foundations, cracked and chipped grout and caulking can be small leaks that lead to long-term water damage.

Leaking faucets

Repair or preplace leaking faucets right away. Not only can a long-term leak raise a water bill, water can build up along the edges of the sink, onto the counter top and drip under the sink. Small leaks over time can cause mold and mildew, which are both health problems and expensive to remove. Sometimes entire areas of the effected structure need to be removed, such as the flooring and cabinetry under a sink.

Leaking toilets

Leaking toilets can contribute to black water contamination, one of the most serious kinds of problems. An old seal or a plumbing problem that causes a toilet to overflow, even a crack in a toilet, needs immediate attention. SERVPRO has the training and equipment to address black water damage in Nipomo and elsewhere on the Central Coast.

Dampness under sinks

Check under sinks regularly for damp spots. Cracked pipes, loose fittings, rusted fittings and leaks can cause moisture to build up and spread. When the leak is slow and small, standing water may never be present so what would otherwise be an obvious sign of a problem isn’t present.

Grout and caulking around sinks, tubs and showers

Water can seep through cracks in grout and caulking. Missing chunks of grout and caulking, no matter how small, create places for water to pool and seep through into the walls or floor. Repair damaged grout and caulking at once.

Crawl spaces

Water, dampness and mold that are detected in attics, basements and crawl spaces between the ceiling and roof and under a building need immediate attention. Check these areas regularly, especially after rain and storms.

Standing water

Water that puddles and remains unchanged for more than a day when it is not raining needs to be checked. Certain types of soil drain slower than other types, but even then, standing pools of water should change and get smaller within 24 hours. If the puddle is not changing or is getting bigger, check for a broken pipe. Damp ground that is in contact with any structure long enough causes mold and other water damage.

Landscape watering

Small changes to landscaping and how it is watered can help prevent water damage. Avoid planting anything requiring frequent watering close to the house. We all think flowers look wonderful planted right against the house, but if those flowers require a lot of watering to keep them alive, consider moving them to another part of the yard or using containers. Use drought tolerant plants closest to structures. Make sure that landscape water doesn’t hit the exterior walls or run under the house. Plant slopes with drought plants. Leaving a slope bare or planting it with something with heavy water needs causes water runoff that can contribute to damp ground around or under a structure. If you use automatic irrigation, plan it so that drip-watered plants are not too close to the house and consider using well-placed misting heads instead of drip heads.

Anyone experiencing or suspecting water damage can contact SERVPRO of Nipomo for an evaluation of the damage. SERVPRO is rusted leader in the restoration of water damage in Nipomo and California’s Central Coast. The staff has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle all restoration and cleaning needs and provides 24-hour emergency service.

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SERVPRO Releases Safety Report for Homeowners Experiencing Nipomo Water Damage

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Nipomo

Professional fire and water damage experts, SERVPRO, this week outline five measures homeowners can take to prevent injury or further damage once a water damage incident has occurred.

Nipomo, CA —The cleanup and restoration specialists at SERVPRO have released a recent report detailing five ways to salvage flooring, appliances, and fixtures once Nipomo water damage has occurred. Homeowners can prevent excessive damage to their flooring and appliances by following these five simple tips.

To view the report, click here (link), or see below:

5 Things Homeowners Should Avoid if Flooding Occurs

Water damage can have a lasting effect on one’s home, though there are ways to avoid further damage and injury.

Don’t leave wet clothing or fabrics on the ground

Make sure to pick up anything which has been soaked with water and hang items to dry as soon as possible. If soaking wet clothing is left on flooring it can encourage mold the growth of mold and excess water can damage hardwood floors.

Don’t leave printed materials on wet carpet or flooring

Anything which contains ink will bleed onto other surfaces and can permanently stain flooring and carpets. This includes magazines, books, newspapers and colored fabrics. Discard any materials which have been completely damaged.

Don’t use a household vacuum cleaner to remove water

A household vacuum is meant to remove dry debris, not water or wet items. Water can damage a vacuum cleaner rendering it unusable for future use. Additionally, using a household vacuum cleaner to remove water is dangerous as electrocution may occur. It is best to let a professional, like SERVPRO, handle water damage cleanup.

Don’t use household appliances

If the water damage is so extensive that it has reached the cables and outlets of appliances, avoid using these appliances. Electrocution is possible if water damage is present in any situation. Appliances include televisions, computers, and portable electric heaters. It’s best to wait for a professional to give the go-ahead before continuing use of appliances in the area.

Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if water damage has affected the ceiling

If the ceiling has been damaged by water, avoid turning on any appliances which are attached to it. Ceiling fixtures include lighting fixtures and ceiling fans. If water has come into contact with wiring or the fixture itself there is a possibility of further damage to the home and possible electrocution.

Following these suggestions can mean the difference between safety and danger, as well as complete loss of the water damaged area. The professionals at SERVPRO regularly repair and restore Nipomo water damage and are available 24/7 to lend a helping hand.

For emergency services, contact a local SERVPRO franchise at (805) 541-1271.

SERVPRO in Nipomo

260 N Mallagh St, Nipomo, CA 93444

(805) 922-5457

Santa Maria water damage repair company releases report on tips to prevent Orcutt water damage

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage

Often times, basic water damage is covered by homeowners’ insurance policies, but ideally it’s best to not face water damage in the first place. Today, Santa Maria water damage Company SERVPRO, who has previously provided Orcutt water damage services, has issued a report on how to prevent water damage.

Below are 5 tips on how to prevent water damage:

  1. Plant plants carefully.

Some plants or trees such as weeping willows possess exceptionally invasive roots. If one is not careful of where one chooses to plant, the roots of these trees or plants may grow right into any sprinkler systems, drainage fields, pipes, or septic tanks. Make sure to know where these things are and plant plants accordingly to keep roots away.

  1. Clean out rooftop gutters

One should often do weekly inspections on their gutters. If there are a bunch of leaves, sticks, birds’ nests, and all of that up there it’s likely the gutters aren’t functioning properly. On a rainy day, the buildup from a clogged gutter can send water spilling into one’s property, likely resulting in serious water damage through the roof, to the foundation, or basement. While they may not seem too serious, make sure to keep rooftop gutters clean.

  1. Monitor the water bill

There are many water pipes hidden behind walls and under floors and such. A leak may go completely unnoticed until the damage is already done. This is why it’s always a good idea to keep a close eye on the monthly water bill, so if it slowly begins to creep up, one might consider contacting a professional to inspect for leaks.

  1. Use a drain snake rather than unclogging chemicals

No matter what, clogs are inevitable. Rather than using convenient unclogging chemicals, it’s best to use a drain snake to unclog those drains, as most people don’t realize that these chemicals slowly eat away at their pipes. Drain snakes are relatively cheap, and it’s always handy to have one lying around.

  1. Never pour grease down the sink

It’s generally well-known that grease is not good for drains and pipes, as it can cause serious buildup and damage. Sometimes people may try using detergent to break the grease up, but there’s no real guarantee that it’ll prevent the grease from clinging to pipes, so it’s generally best just to pour grease into an empty tin can and toss it in the trash.

Water Damage Orcutt

SERVPRO is available for all fire, water, and mold restoration needs. They provide 24-hour emergency service all across the country, so they are always readily available to deal with any restoration needs. Give them a call at (805) 922-5457

SERVPRO of Santa Maria provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Santa Barbara County

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Santa Maria is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today at 805-922-5457

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Santa Maria has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration- in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Santa Maria

SERVPRO of Santa Maria specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

SERVPRO of Santa Maria is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today at 805-922-5457

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Santa Maria has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration- in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Santa Maria

SERVPRO of Santa Maria specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

Water Damage Orcutt-based Company releases report on tips to prevent water damage

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage

ORCUTT, Ca. – Often times, basic water damage is covered by homeowners’ insurance policies, but ideally it’s best to not face water damage in the first place. Today, Water Damage Orcutt-based Company SERVPRO has issued a report on how to prevent water damage.

It’s generally best to not have to deal with the hassles of filing insurance claims, especially at times when the damage done isn’t covered by basic homeowners’ insurance, so here are 5 tips on how to prevent water damage.

  1. Plant plants carefully.

Some plants or trees such as weeping willows possess exceptionally invasive roots. If one is not careful of where one chooses to plant, the roots of these trees or plants may grow right into any sprinkler systems, drainage fields, pipes, or septic tanks. Make sure to know where these things are and plant plants accordingly to keep roots away.

  1. Clean out Rooftop gutters

One should often do weekly inspections on their gutters. If there are a bunch of leaves, sticks, birds’ nests, and all of that up there it’s likely the gutters aren’t functioning properly. On a rainy day, the buildup from a clogged gutter can send water spilling into one’s property, likely resulting in serious water damage through the roof, to foundation, or basement. While they may not seem too serious, make sure to keep rooftop gutters clean.

  1. Monitor the water bill

There are many water pipes hidden behind walls and under floors and such. A leak may go completely unnoticed until the damage is already done. This is why it’s always a good idea to keep a close eye on the monthly water bill, so if it slowly begins to creep up, one might consider contacting a professional to inspect for leaks.

  1. Use a drain snake rather than unclogging chemicals

No matter what, clogs are inevitable. Rather than using convenient unclogging chemicals, it’s best to use a drain snake to unclog those drains, as most people don’t realize that these chemicals slowly eat away at their pipes. Drain snakes are relatively cheap, and it’s always handy to have one lying around.

  1. Never pour grease down the sink

It’s generally well-known that grease is not good for drains and pipes, as it can cause serious buildup and damage. Sometimes people may try using detergent to break the grease up, but there’s no real guarantee that it’ll prevent the grease from clinging to pipes, so it’s generally best just to pour r grease into an empty tin can and toss it in the trash.

Water Damage Orcutt

SERVPRO is available for all fire, water, and mold restoration needs. They provide 24-hour emergency service all across the country, so they are always readily available to deal with any restoration needs. Give them a call at (805) 922-5457

SERVPRO of Santa Maria

260 N. Blosser Road

Santa Maria, CA 93458

(805)922-5457

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Going on Vacation? Make Sure to Do These Things to Minimize Chance of Water Damage

5/11/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage

Water damage occurring while a family is away from their home for long periods of time can be a devastating occurrence that can be quite costly. With this knowledge, SERVPRO of Santa Maria have released a report on things you can do to minimize water damage when you are away from your home.

SERVPRO has been helping clients in Santa Maria for years when it comes to disaster restoration and cleaning. If you ever experience water damage in Santa Maria, whether commercial or residential, SERVPRO should be your first call as they have been doing it for half a century, along with offering many other forms of cleaning and restoration. Check out their website for more information of call them at 805-922-5457 if you have any questions.

How to Prevent/Minimize Water Damage in Your Home While on Vacation

Water damage is one of the most common and horrific things that can happen to your house. There are many possible causes and catalysts for water damage, so it is always a good idea to keep an eye out for them. However, when you and your family are on a well-deserved vacation, it’s impossible to keep an eye out for them. With that in mind, here are some great ways to lessen the chance of your home suffering water damage while you are away.

The first and most obvious thing to do is check the house for leaks. Even a tiny leak can turn into something much worse over the few days you are gone, get them tightened up. Also, use this time to inspect any appliances to make sure all hoses are tight and nothing looks off. Make sure the sump pump is working too, or you could be in for a huge clean-up when you return.

Now that everything is in working order and there are no obvious signs of damage, the next thing you should do is find someone who wouldn’t mind checking on your house for you while you’re gone. This is important as they would be able to turn your water off to minimize the damage if a pipe bursts or a leak starts. If no one can check on your home for you, it is a good idea to turn the water off before you leave to ensure nothing horrific can take place.

Remember, SERVPRO should be your first call if you discover water damage in your Santa Maria home. They can help you in a professional and timely manner to get your house back to 100%.

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SERVPRO® Celebrates 6th Consecutive Year on Entrepreneur's Top 10 Franchise List

7/15/2016 (Permalink)

Success!

Cleanup and restoration franchisor stands strong in the #7 position in the 2015 Franchise 500 rankings.

Water Damage Santa Maria

SERVPRO®, a cleanup and restoration franchise company, maintains its hold on the No. 7 spot overall, out of a group of 927 franchises that qualified for inclusion in the list in the recently announced 2015 Franchise 500 rankings, from Entrepreneur magazine. This recognition marks the sixth consecutive year Entrepreneur has included the company in its Top 10 list and the 12th consecutive year SERVPRO has earned the top spot on the magazine's list in its own industry, Restoration Services.

Entrepreneur magazine's Franchise 500 selection process uses objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation, to help would-be entrepreneurs identify franchise investment opportunities. Some of the most important factors considered by Entrepreneur in developing the list each year are financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system.

It's very satisfying to represent the ongoing brand leadership of SERVPRO® for disaster cleanup and restoration services in the Santa Maria area, said Mark Powers, owner of SERVPRO® of Santa Maria. As a SERVPRO franchisee, we have the tools and knowledge, and the responsibility, to provide the best possible service to every customer.

According to Powers, SERVPRO continues to innovate with systems, processes and training designed to deliver faster, more consistent results to their customers. In the past year, SERVPRO customers benefited from the introduction of the following advanced features:

* The company's DryBook proprietary software, which provides franchisees with tools to capture and track the steps of a restoration project according to industry best practices and standards.
* The Here to Help® Connection, which provides homeowners with 24/7 access to real-time data, allowing them to track progress toward project completion.
* The Drying Chamber, which uses vacuum freeze-drying technology to vaporize water in water-damaged documents, a technique recommended by the Library of Congress. The process can recover and restore even the most delicate items and preserve the integrity of a variety of media including irreplaceable files, medical files, books, x-rays, photographs and more.

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About SERVPRO®
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of nearly 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar losses. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.