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HOW TO KEEEP INDOOR AIR CLEAN ON SMOKY DAYS?

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

California and western United States are experiencing an increasing number of smoky days each year and wildfires have been caused smoky pollution. Wildfire smoke is a public health hazard because it can impact both outdoor and indoor air quality.

Our homes provide a refuge, sheltering us from the elements. But, what our homes are not so good at is maintaining lean indoor air, especially during wildfire smoke events.

Tiny particles are the problem

Wildfires burn wood and other organic material, creating smoke that contains gases and fine particles. These fine particles are smaller than ten microns and these particles are particularly bad for human health. They can be breath into lungs, where they can act as respiratory tract irritants.

Avoid other sources of air pollution

To keep the room’s indoor air clean, avoid other sources of air pollution. Avoid activities that can create fine particles like:

  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Spraying aerosol products
  • Wood burning stoves or fireplaces
  • Frying or broiling food
  • Burning candles and incense
  • Vacuuming

Create a clean air room

If securing your entire home against smoke is not practical, you can create a clean air room instead. Choose a room in your home that is big and comfortable enough for everyone in your household to spend the day there together. Remember to close all windows and doors to keep smoke from entering the room. Use fans, window air conditioners, or central air conditioning to stay cool while you are in the room. Finally, you should set an air purifier if you have one and run it on its highest setting.

Smoke cleaning is a job left to an experienced team of professionals in SERVPRO of Ventura. Our Technicians have skills and equipment to thoroughly remove the thickest layers of soot and restore heavily damaged areas.

For fire damage restoration and smoke cleanup services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

COMMON MISTAKES WHEN PUTTING OUT A FIRE

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Whether there is a fire in your home or workplace, there are things you need to do to ensure you remain safe and unharmed. Find a clear exit and leave as soon as possible. Deaths and injuries caused by fire could have been prevented if people do not make some common mistakes. If you find yourself caught up in a fire related incident, one of the first challenges that you face is working out how to tackle the fire or whether to tackle it at all.

  1. Judging the Size of the Fire

One of the most important things to remember in the event of a fire emergency is that not all fires can have tackled with a fire extinguisher. Make sure you know what type of fire it is. If you doubt your ability to extinguish the fire, leave the premises immediately and call the fire brigade.

  1. Incorrect Extinguishing Techniques

When using water to put out a fire, you should use at least two liters at a time. Do not use water to put out electrical or oil fires. Water should only be used on fires involving solids such as wood, plastic or paper.

  1. Poor Evacuation Planning

A lot of people do not know how to evacuate in the event of a fire. If you are an owner, it is important that you have an established evacuation route that all users of the building are aware.

  1. Not Knowing the Correct Extinguisher Types

Know the different types of fire extinguisher for different types of fire.  Each must be used exclusively for the type of fire they are designed to avoid making things worse. Using the wrong class of fire extinguisher can make things worse. Massive flashes and huge flames might occur and you may result burned or electrocuted.

  1. Forgetting to Shut Off Power

In the event of an electrical fire, it is important that shut off all the power to the source of the fire. If you do this early enough, this action alone can often stop the fire, but if it doesn’t it at least prevents the fire from increasing. Make sure you know the power supply is located in your building.

If your property has experienced a fire, contact a licensed fire restoration company like SERVPRO of Ventura. Do not hesitate to call us, at (805) 656-3911.

EVEN TOBACCO SMOKE ODOR IS HAZARDOUS

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

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EVEN TOBACCO SMOKE ODOR IS HAZARDOUS

Have you ever noticed the smell of tobacco smoke in an area where no one appears to be smoking, or lingering smell of tobacco in a hotel room previously occupied by smokers? Or have you ever bought or rented a home that completely restored yet sometimes you could still smell tobacco smoke? It’s because after years of smoking in all rooms, even the bones of a house can have infused with tobacco odor, living unpleasant smells in all rooms, not just where someone has smoked.

Why tobacco smoke is such a big problem

Cigarette smoke leaves a yellowish brown, glue residue that sticks to all surfaces of a home making it difficult to remove. You can see this residue when you clean walls and windows. It also produces odorous substances that stick to every surface of the area where smoking has taken place. It clings on hair, clothing, cushions, carpeting, furniture, toys food and dust. It is considered a hazard because it contains toxic gases and chemicals that you cannot see. These chemicals pose a health risk because they combine with the air and other pollutants. Children are at risk of disease caused by exposure to the toxins from third hand residue. People are also exposed through shared ventilation, air ducts and leaky walls in apartment buildings.

An effective way to remove tobacco residue and odor is thorough cleaning then sealing of all structural surfaces. We at SERVPRO of Ventura, will do the smoke removal by cleaning all surfaces, using deodorizers to eliminate every tine particle of tobacco smoke. We have the hydroxyl generators and ozone generators that remove the odor molecules inside walls and ducting.

If you think that your home needs some CLEANING, we at SERVPRO of Ventura are here to help. Call us at (805) 656-3911. All of our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities.

WHY CRIME SCENE CLEANUP NEEDS TO GET DONE QUICKLY BY PROFESSIONALS?

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

WHY CRIME SCENE CLEANUP NEEDS TO GET DONE QUICKLY BY PROFESSIONALS?

Crime scene cleanup isn’t an easy task, and it’s not for faint of heart. If it’s done too hastily, without personal protection equipment, someone’s health could be at risk. The remnants of the crime that are left in place for too long has a great risk of spreading contamination or causing more severe damage to the property. A swift response is needed to compassionately deal with the aftermath of a vicious act.

What are typical crime scenes?

Crime scenes can take numerous forms: Murders, suicides, accidents and animal attack leave a bloody mess in their wake. Crime scenes may be in physical spaces, like vehicles, hotels or homes. Brutal attacks may also occur out in the open, such as sidewalks or in forest.

What is the role of crime scene clean up professionals?

Decomposing body due to a criminal attack, accident or natural death must be handled by trained professionals. Crime scene cleanup experts are equipped to clean up blood, bodily fluids, human remains and lingering odors.

When you are faced with trauma or crime scene that requires immediate cleanup of biohazard materials, contact SERVPRO of Ventura. We are available 24/7, our highly trained technicians are standing by. We have qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond to these incidents.

CALL US SERVPRO of Ventura (805) 656-3911

HOW DOES WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION BY SERVPRO OF VENTURA PROFESSIONALS COMPARE TO HANDLING BY JANITORIAL STAFF?

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Janitors are the backbone of any institution, they work to keep all the areas of your workplace clean. Typically, they handle all general vacuuming, mopping and disinfecting in your workplace in order to provide clean restrooms, offices and other public areas. In some cases, janitorial teams can provide essential maintenance and repair service as well like burst pipe and leaking roofs. However, professional restorers offer some extra benefits.

When water damage restoration is handled by professionals for various reasons, level of preparation, technical skills and attitude of the work crews is included. Janitorial staff, may view water removal and drying of materials as an additional burden on the top of their regular work, professional restorers are prepared to get the situation under control quickly.

Below are preparations before the job starts:

  • Estimating the number and type of restoration equipment needed
  • Better evaluation of the loss situation
  • Identification and addressing of any safety issues

SERVPRO of Ventura professionals has years of experience when it comes to water damage restoration. They know what to look for to identify the full extent of the damage. They have proper equipment and knowledge to handle tasks. From water damage to commercial restoration, we have qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond. You can assure your property is in the best hands.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura  at (805) 656-3911.

WHY SPRINKLER INSPECTIONS MATTER TO YOUR BUSINESS?

9/27/2021 (Permalink)

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WHY SPRINKLER INSPECTIONS MATTER TO YOUR BUSINESS?

As a business owner, there are few things more important than protecting your building, employees and equipment from fire damage. Fire sprinkler systems are great way to protect a facility and its occupants from fire. However, fire sprinklers are useless if they are not taken care of. One of the best ways to stay protected is to ensure your fire sprinkler is functioning properly. It is best to have it inspected and tested on a regular basis.

What is a Fire Sprinkler?

A fire sprinkler is a system installed in your business that triggers water or some other fire extinguishing medium to be discharged in an effort to put out fire in your building. These are designed to respond to fires automatically upon a fire being sensed.

Benefits of Sprinkler Inspections

Fire Sprinkler inspection can provide many advantages to your facility in the long run. Some benefits of inspections include:

  • Prevent damage to building and sprinkler system due to deficiencies
  • Save money on repair costs to sprinkler system and damage to building caused by deficiencies
  • Peace of mind that facility is protected
  • Save money on insurance premiums
  • Keep everyone safe
  • Compliance with NFPA and local code

How often to Inspect

Inspecting your sprinkler system regularly is a necessity and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) designed a testing protocol that determines how often each portion of your system, should be tested.

It is recommended that all mechanical parts be checked quarterly, and any portion that detects, hold or monitors pressure be tested twice a year. Annual inspection is recommended as well, and these includes testing the entire system including alarm system and water flow with pipes.

If your equipment becomes damaged, your sprinkler system will not be triggered or your equipment will fail to extinguish a fire. This can lead to increased property damaged damage of equipment a documents and the worst is injury or death.

Signs you need an inspection

  • Leaks
  • Corrosion
  • Head/pipe damage
  • Physical Changes to Building

If you find yourself in a situation where your home or business has been damaged by fire, calling a professional may be the best solution. Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

 HOW OFTEN DO BATHROOM SUPPLY LINES NEED TO BE REPLACED?

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

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Has been a while since you have checked your plumbing, and now, you are wondering if you’re behind on some much needed replacements? It may be time to start considering a few upgrades. As a new or experienced homeowner, you may want to learn how often this plumbing piece has to be replaced. It can depend on a new factor, including the following:

Construction materials

  • Supply lines are often made from some type pf plastic or a steel braid. Steel braid supply lines last longer than their plastic counterparts. Plastic products come with 5-8-year warranty while a steel braided pipe may have a lifetime warranty. If you notice a supply line leak, for example, you may want to replace the piping even if it has not made it very far in its warranty.

Damage Signs

  • If you notice a bathroom leak, your plumber or water damage specialist may help you figure out that the source is the supply line. It is a good idea to replace the piping as soon as possible. A piece of plumbing that has a leak can lead a larger issue in the future.

Renovation Frequencies

  • In changing your toilet, sink or tub, it may be a good idea to also replace the supply line. Rubber seal in the line is hard to reseal if it is disturbed. You may have a nice looking supply line, but the renovation of your bathroom can lead to unexpected supply line damage. This can be avoided by replacing the plumbing.

If you have any questions about water damage in Ventura County, please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

HOW DOES WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION BY SERVPRO OF VENTURA PROFESSIONALS COMPARE TO HANDLING BY JANITORIAL STAFF?

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

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Janitors are the backbone of any institution, they work to keep all the areas of your workplace clean. Typically, they handle all general vacuuming, mopping and disinfecting in your workplace in order to provide clean restrooms, offices and other public areas. In some cases, janitorial teams can provide essential maintenance and repair service as well like burst pipe and leaking roofs. However, professional restorers offer some extra benefits.

When water damage restoration is handled by professionals for various reasons, level of preparation, technical skills and attitude of the work crews is included. Janitorial staff, may view water removal and drying of materials as an additional burden on the top of their regular work, professional restorers are prepared to get the situation under control quickly.

Below are preparations before the job starts:

  • Estimating the number and type of restoration equipment needed
  • Better evaluation of the loss situation
  • Identification and addressing of any safety issues

SERVPRO of Ventura professionals has years of experience when it comes to water damage restoration. They know what to look for to identify the full extent of the damage. They have proper equipment and knowledge to handle tasks. From water damage to commercial restoration, we have qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond. You can assure your property is in the best hands.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura  at (805) 656-3

DEFENSIBLE SPACE PREVENTING FIRE DAMAGE

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

To come home and see your home in kind of disarray is disheartening, but seeing flames is unimaginable. Fire season is a well-known fact that preparedness is the key. There are many actions to take and ways to keep safe during fire season, one of the most effective ways to prevent fire damage is to create a defensible space around your home. This will help to minimize the fire damage to your home.

Creating defensible space around your home is a vital step in wildfire safety. Our world is made up of combustible items, wildfires can spread rapidly. Firefighters always do their best to reduce damage, but ultimately, it is your responsibility to protect your property form wildfire.

Here is helpful information on creating defensible space:

Ignition Zones

  • This is separated into 3 parts and encompass an area that is 100 feet around your home. The reason for this is that as fire heats up, it can ignite combustible material up to 100 feet away.

Fire Resistant Landscaping

  • It is best to clear all shrubs and greenery around your home go prevent fire. Having plants strategically placed around your home will provide a better deterrent. Wildfires builds during windy conditions and embers from the fire can travel along with the wind. Fire resistant landscaping can block the embers and prevent your home from catching fire.

Vertical and Horizontal Spacing

  • Proper vertical and horizontal spacing between your trees will minimize the fire passing between the trees on your property. It is recommended to have at least 6 feet of space between the ground and the branches of your tree.

While it is impossible to completely prevent fire, be sure to always have the phone number of a fire damage restoration company on hand. Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

HOW TO AVOID WATER DAMAGE FROM A CONSTRUCTION SITE?

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

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HOW TO AVOID WATER DAMAGE FROM A CONSTRUCTION SITE?

Water damage is a leading cause of losses incurred by construction business owners while a site is under erection. This water flooding is often caused by a leak in the plumbing systems, or rain water entering a construction site. Whatever reason is, business owners should implement specific measures to avoid such damages. Even if it’s get covered by insurance, construction business owners may suffer financially. Proper water damage prevention can quickly help avoid this type of situation.

Some ways to avoid water damage on construction project.

  • Monitor water leaks

Water systems can have monitoring devices attached, enabling their mains to be monitors for any signs of water leakage. Set up these devices to signal you by an alarm when there is a leak detected. This will allow you to catch leaks early so remediation can be done immediately.

  • Maintenance

Maintain items at risk carefully. Inspect all pipes and related equipment regularly to catch issues before start.

To ensure water damage will not occur on construction project, everyone on the site should be experienced and qualified so that accidents don’t happen.

  • Any contractors you are working with are fully qualified to complete the construction components they are responsible for safety and professionally.
  • Having a Quality Assurance/Quality Control Plan in place is key to preventing water damage during construction. Planning is the best way to prevent damage from happening.

SERVPRO of Ventura is here to help when worst happens. From water damage to commercial restoration, we have qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond. You can assure your property is in the best hands.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.