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WHY SEWAGE FLOOD CLEAN UP REQUIRES A PROFESSIONAL RESTORATION

5/25/2020 (Permalink)

Checking Sewage Problem WHY SEWAGE FLOOD CLEAN UP REQUIRES A PROFESSIONAL RESTORATION

WHY SEWAGE FLOOD CLEAN UP REQUIRES A PROFESSIONAL RESTORATION

Sewage backup is the most troublesome incidents that happen in our home. It is very difficult to deal with. This requires a lot of time and effort. It also requires disinfecting and purification techniques. It can cause damage to property and health problems.

Sewage clean up causes a lot of hassle and present a lot of health hazards. Sewage spills contain contaminants that can cause diseases. Professional help is your best option in this kind of situation. Professional restoration technicians use the proper equipment and follow standard safety procedures and remediation techniques that typical homeowners do not normally have access to. Remember that the longer the contaminated waters remain in your home or on your items, the greater the chance of spreading disease and causing a mold problem.

Here’s what professionals do to restore your property:

  1. Pump out contaminated water and remove debris
  2. Identify and address the origin of the sewage backup
  3. Remove and replace damaged drywall and floors if necessary
  4. Ventilate and dry the area with the help of professional dehumidifiers, air scrubbers, and grade air movers
  5. Restore salvageable content to its original condition
  6. Clean and sanitize the area
  7. Remove mold and mitigate mold damage if necessary and take efficient measures to prevent mold growth

Using a professional sewage cleanup service will respond to your situation in the quickest manner. Sewage cleanup services offer not only water extraction, but also quality repair works, odor removal, and content cleanup, they can completely clean, sanitize, and restore your home.

If a disaster happens despite your best efforts, make sure you identify and fix the problem that caused the sewage backup and call reliable water damage restoration professionals to handle the sewage backup cleanup. SERVPRO of Ventura arrives quickly and starts the process immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage, cleaning and restoration costs. Give SERVPRO of Ventura a call anytime that you need us at (805) 656 -3911.

AVOID WATER DAMAGE WHILE ON SUMMER VACATION

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

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AVOID WATER DAMAGE WHILE ON SUMMER VACATION

Summer is a time for people to take a vacation. It’s a time to relax and not to worry anything. But before you leave, its best to protect your home so you can fully enjoy your vacation. What could be worse than coming home from a relaxing summer vacation only to find that your home has been flooded, or otherwise severely damaged by water? Water damage can occur to a home when a homeowner is out of town. Leaky pipes and appliances, dripping water heaters, AC leaks and frozen or bursting pipes are just a few common things that can cause water damage. Here are a few tips that will help to protect your home while on summer vacation.

  1. Turn off your Water

Turning off your water main when leaving your home for long periods of time will help avoid water pressure from building up in your pipes. This will avoid the chance of leak since leaks usually happen when there is a stoppage in the pipes.

  1. Check your Appliances

Appliances like dishwasher, refrigerators and washers/dryers has a tendency to leak. If you suspect any damaged supply or drain lines, you should replace them as soon as possible before leaving your home on vacation.

  1. Clean Your Rain Gutters

The easy way on preventing outside water from getting it to your home is to clean your gutters. Removing leaves and other debris will prevent potential blockages from building up.

  1. Have Someone Checking in On Your Home

Ask someone to check up on your home regularly so a leak is detected before it becomes more severe. This won’t prevent water damage, but it will make it possible to detect it early and stop the damage from becoming any worse. You will feel better knowing that someone is keeping an eye on things for you.

  1. Check your home for leaks

Check around your property. Pay special attention to pipes under sinks, your water heater. If you find rust, cracks, or other damage to pipes, fixtures or drains repair soon as possible. It’s important also to check the seals around your windows and the exterior of your home.

With these tips, you can truly enjoy your vacation. You can have peace of mind that your home is safe from water damage. If your home does suffer from water damage, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

Emergency Water Damage Tips

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Lady having trouble cleaning water damage Emergency Water Damage Tips

Emergency Water Damage Tips

  • Shut off the water source if possible.
  •  Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
  • Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.
  • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting.

 Water Damage Services

  • Emergency Response: Reduce Loss Severity/Pretesting for Restorability.
  • Contents Cleaning Specialists: On-Site or Move Out.
  • Structural Restoration Services.
  • Large Loss Completion with Trained Crew Leaders



Thank you for choosing SERVPRO® to assist you.  Our goal is to help you through the cleanup process and help make it "Like it never even happened."®

PROTECT YOUR HOME AGAINST FIRE DAMAGE DURING SUMMER

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Flowers outside the house PROTECT YOUR HOME AGAINST FIRE DAMAGE DURING SUMMER

Summer usually known for hot and long dry periods without rain. Many people enjoy activities like camping, bonfires, fireworks, and cookouts. Summertime is a great moment to spend time with family and friends. But we don’t realize that hot days of summer can be a big risk for fires closer to home. Unplanned accidents happen all the time, including fires that can leave severe burns and damaged property structures. There are some easy steps you can take to help protect your home and avoid fire damage.

  1. Watch Your Grill
  • Keep your grill away from the side of your home. It should be in a well ventilated open area away from trees and structures including your home.
  • Always clean it to prevent grease fires. Drain all of the juices from the meats before putting them on the grill to avoid the flames from flaring up.
  • Stabilize it on a flat surface or other stable, flat source.
  • Check all gas all fuel connections between gas tank and grilling. Be careful of starter fluid on a charcoal grill.
  • Never dispose of used charcoal until they have cooled completely.
  1. Fireworks Safety

Fireworks are the source behind hundreds of thousands of property damage every year. Always light fireworks in a safe location outside, away from your home, garage, shed, family, or grass.

  1. Beware of lawn mower fires

Lawn mowers are a surprisingly common source of home fires in the dry months. Damage to your mower, especially corrosive effects from the ethanol in gas, can wear away at fuel tanks, fuel lines, and the carburetor. If the fuel flowers from the tank into the engine while the engine is turned off, it will eventually cause a buildup of flammable vapors and a heat source can spark a fire in your garage. Replace your fuel line every other year and inspect your carburetor for damage.

  1. Practice fire safety while smoking

Be sure cigarettes are completely extinguished. Never put them directly in the trash.

  1. Check A/C and Dryer Vents

Be sure to have an inspection of your a/c system annually because this can prevent a house fire. Dust can settle in places and cause short circuits and other electrical malfunctions that will lead to an air conditioning fire.

  1. Make sure your smoke detectors work

Checking your smoke detectors and/or carbon monoxide detectors regularly is one of the best fire prevention methods.

While it is impossible to completely prevent fire, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional fire restoration service. Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO cleaning Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

Ushering in a new standard of clean

As America gets back to business, we all have a new sense of what it means to be clean. In fact, 89% of consumers are uneasy about going back to brick-and-mortar locations*. At SERVPRO, we’re dedicated to inspiring confidence in communities across the country as we find our way to a new normal. And we’re doing just that with Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, our new defensive pathogen cleaning program, goes way beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning. With over 50 years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination, you can trust SERVPRO professionals to bring a higher standard of clean to the places we gather.

So how does it work? It’s grounded in our unique 3 C’s:

  • Consult: Not all businesses are the same, so we’ll tailor a bespoke cleaning program based on the unique needs of each facility.

  • Clean: Based on the agreed plan, an expert deep clean is initiated using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions and always adhering to the leading level of cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC.

  • Certify: You’ll know a business is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned by the shield posted on their front window. Along with digital emblems and other collateral, this beacon represents their commitment to the comfort and security of their employees, customers and community.

So when you see the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield, you can walk in with confidence. Because you’ll know the #1 choice in clean up and restoration was there.

Are you interested in our Commercial Services, or are you a consumer who wants to learn more?

Have Questions? Call Today 

(805) 656-3911

*#1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019
**Certified SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the job according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry standards (CDC, RIA, IICRC) with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience and result.

(*The Harris Poll conducted online on behalf of Fast, between April 28 and April 30, 2020. About 2,048 U.S. adults aged 18 or older participated.) https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/350922/89-of-consumers-concerned-about-returning-to-bric.html

MOLD IN YOUR AC DUCTS

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

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CRUCIAL THINGS TO DO IF YOU HAVE MOLD IN YOUR AC DUCTS

Mold in air conditioner units is a problem because every time you turn on your air conditioner, it will blow tiny, invisible mold spores into the room. Turning off the AC completely turns off all air flow in your home, which allows moisture to settle and mold to build up in the unit and air ducts but dust can feed mold. If you suspect mold is hiding in your AC vents, follow these guidelines.

  1. Get a mold test

To confirm that the substance in your HVAC vents is mold, contact a certified mold inspector. A professional inspector is accurate since they collect two samples, one for the test and the other one as a control sample. For this reason, they leave no chances for misleading results.

  1. Stop the HVAC unit

If you know or suspect that mold is growing in your AC ducts, don’t run the HVAC system. This can prevent mold from spreading even more throughout your home.

  1. Examine the air duct type

Check on what type of material the air duct is made.  Different cleaning methods is applied. Removing mold from bare sheet metal is much easier. If your ducts are made of fiberglass or insulated internally with fiberglass duct liner, they can’t be effectively cleaned and should be replaced.

  1. Prevent mold in AC vents

Find out what caused it to grow and take steps to eliminate the causes. Follow these tips to prevent HVAC mold.

  1. Control the humidity levels in your home.
  2. Fix water leaks and remove standing water.
  3. Ensure your HVAC components are easily accessible for proper cleaning and maintenance.
  4. Hire a mold removal company

The cleaning must be done safely using specialized tools and cleaners to prevent mold from growing back. A professional mold removal company can also address the causes which allowed mold to grow in the first place. Professional air duct cleaning involves using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved products and processes for effective mold removal.

If you suspect mold in air-condition duct.  Call SERVPRO of Ventura to perform professional air duct and vent cleaning. We rest assured your air duct system is in safe hands. We will inspect and consult on the status of your system and then clean, sanitize, deodorize duct systems where needed.

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (805) 656-3911.

HOW TO PREVENT CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING IN YOUR HOME?

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

carbon monoxide sign HOW TO PREVENT CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING IN YOUR HOME?

HOW TO PREVENT CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING IN YOUR HOME?

Carbon monoxide poisoning impacts hundreds of people annually. There are more than 400 American dies from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning each year and over 50,000 visit the emergency room due to carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a silent killer. You can’t smell it, see it or taste it but it can strike anywhere. The initial symptoms of low to moderate CO poisoning are similar to the flu. They include headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, and dizziness. High levels of CO inhalation can cause mental confusion, vomiting, loss of muscular coordination, loss of consciousness, and ultimately death. Using devices like CO detectors, carbon monoxide can be detected well before it causes harm. Just like smoke detectors in the event of fire, carbon monoxide detectors can save lives. Preventing carbon monoxide poisoning requires proper maintenance of fuel-burning appliances and CO alarms. Below are tips on how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

  1. Have your heating system, water heater, and any other gas, oil, or coal-burning appliances inspected and/or serviced at least once a year by a certified professional.
  2. Never use gas ranges or ovens to heat your home
  3. Don’t use portable flameless chemical heaters (catalytic) indoors.
  4. Be careful when using gas-powered electric generators. Never use them in your home, basement or garage, and keep them at least 20 feet from windows, vents or doors.
  5. When buying gas equipment, be sure to check for the seal of a national testing agency.
  6. Make sure to vent gas appliances properly
  7. Have your chimney checked for soot, debris, and corrosion at least once a year. Hire a chimney sweep to clean your chimney annually.
  8. When the fireplace is in use, open the flues. Close your fireplace or damper only when the fire is completely out.
  9. Never idle your vehicle inside a garage that’s attached to the house or living space, even if you leave the door open. Have a mechanic inspect your vehicle’s exhaust system once a year to prevent CO build-up.
  10. Install CO alarms in your home

Following these tips can be e a strong defense for minimizing your risk of injury or death. All people and also animals are at risk of CO poisoning. For fire damage restoration and smoke cleanup services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

HOME DISINFECTION TIPS

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

lady with cleaning products HOME DISINFECTION TIPS

HOME DISINFECTION TIPS

Our home is supposed to be a safe place to relax and recuperate from what we’ve encountered out in the world. Unfortunately, we bring home the germs through dirty shoes, hands, clothes, and phones. Even if our home looks clean, it may still welcome contaminants that could affect your health. According to experts, cleaning frequently touched objects and surfaces can help to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses. The best way to protect your family is to quite simply to clean your house. Here are helpful cleaning tips.

  1. Regularly clean frequently touched surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks, etc.
  2. Clean surfaces using soap and water. If a surface becomes contaminated or you think it could be, cleaning it with a common household disinfectant will kill the virus. Remember to wash your hands after cleaning or use alcohol based sanitizer and avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose.
  3. Wash clothes, towels and linens. Laundering cloths in the washing machine with normal washing liquid is also likely to kill the virus. Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.
  4. For electronics, such as tablets, cellphones, keyboards, and remote controls, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and disinfecting. Use alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol. Wait for the surfaces to dry completely. If you are handling contaminated items such as towel or linens, avoid shaking them before washing, to reduce the risk of contaminating other surfaces.
  5. Kitchen surfaces can not only harbor the bacteria we transfer from our hands and belongings but also foodborne bacteria so it is particularly important to disinfect items properly in the kitchen.
  6. Use household disinfectant that is also quick drying and registered with the EPA.
  7. Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting your home.

Transmission from person-to-person is a much greater risk than transmission via surfaces, but the experts recommends we clean and disinfect touched surfaces in our homes at least once daily just to be safe, assuming we have had contact with the outside world in some way, either a person leaving and returning or goods coming in.

If you seek to provide a healthier environment in your home, follow the following cleaning tips or contact highly trained restoration professionals that can provide a differentiation deep and surface cleaning.

 If you think that your home or business needs some CLEANING or DISINFECTING, 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.

VENTURA RESIDENTS RALLY FOR FULL REOPENING CALIFORNIA

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

People on Rally VENTURA RESIDENTS RALLY FOR FULL REOPENING CALIFORNIA

The coronavirus pandemic that’s shattered lives throughout high-income countries is hitting the developing world as well. The outbreak has spread around the world; it has become more difficult to manage. Countries closed borders and implemented measures to lessen the spread of the virus from national quarantines to school closures. The new coronavirus can spread unnoticed so easily, many governments have felt the best way to ensure people have minimal contact with each other is to order total lockdowns, with people only being allowed to leave to get food or medicine, and to practice social distancing when they do leave their houses. But you may have noticed that some people have responded very differently to new rules on lockdown.

On May 1st in the afternoon, a large crowd gathered in the front lawn of the Ventura County Government Center.  More than 500 people took part in the event. The people protested the decision to shut down businesses and church services amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The participants dressed in red, white and blue as they circled the complex in vehicles creating a steady stream of honking their horns and waving signs with freedom.

Even though coronavirus has spread and there are more than 500 cases in the county, it’s disappointing to see hundreds of people disregarding safety protocol. There was no social distancing at the rally and no one was wearing masks. The participants exposed themselves to sickness.

The rally was peaceful. But the protesters were warned that for not following the safety guidelines they could face the potential for prosecution.

Under the statewide stay at home order, county leaders may not be able to reopen much until Governor Gavin Newsom returns control to the counties.

SERVPRO of Ventura Here to Help (COVID 19 Coronavirus Clean-up)

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® of Ventura professionals are trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

While there is no known cure for COVID-19, we are being called upon by numerous businesses and community leaders to perform the necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect and sanitize their properties. All of our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities. We’re here to help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

If you are interested in inquiring about our services, Call Us Today at (805) 656-3911 www.SERVPROventura.com