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DEALING WITH WATER IN BASEMENT AFTER RAIN

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

WATER IN BASEMENT AFTER RAIN WATER IN BASEMENT AFTER RAIN SERVPRO of Ventura

Basement water leaks are an alarming problem.  Inspectors estimate that 60% of homeowners in the country have basement water problems. Even newly constructed homes are still prone to leaks. 

When it rains, it pours. Especially if you have water or moisture problems at home, learning how to deal with nasty, smelly leaked water in your basement is one of the best ways to protect your home and prevent costly damage in the future.

Causes of Water Problems in the basement

  1. Flood.

Needless to say, basements are prone to flooding since they are the lowest part of a house. If you live in a flood-prone area, one of the best things you can do to protect your property is to apply some flood control methods, such as raising your home on stilts, installing foundation vents or a sump pump, applying coatings and sealants on your basement walls, and installing check valves on your pipes.

2 .Water Seepage

Water can seep through cracks in your walls as well as other porous materials. There are two types of wall cracks – horizontal and vertical. The former is more serious as it is caused by pressure against the walls. If you see stains on your basement walls or floors whenever it rains, it’s an indication of water seepage.

3.Window Well

 Windows allow light and air into your basement. However, during heavy rains, water can collect within the window wells.

WAYS WATER DAMAGE IN BASEMENT HARM YOUR HOME AND FAMILY

  1. Mold growth

It only takes 24 to 48 hours for mold to invade your basement, damaging various surfaces like walls, floors, and furniture. Mold does not only cause rotting of surfaces, especially wood, but it also puts your family at a greater risk of health problems, such as allergy and asthma.

  1. Damaged wiring and appliances

Water that seeps through cracks on the walls can damage electrical appliances in your basements, such as your washer, dryer, water heater, and furnace. Electrical problems can also cause life-threatening accidents to anyone in your family.

                   There are some things you can do on your own to prevent the need for water damage in basement repair like using air dryers, installing fans, insulating pipes and walls, and keeping water away from the foundation. Doing these things will free you from high basement water damage repair costs. It’s always best to call restoration professionals especially if there is already some serious damage.

Experiencing a water damage disaster is enough stress on its own. Always seek for professional advice for water damage. If you experience these kinds of emergencies, call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

DOS AND DON’TS FOR FIRE AND SMOKE DAMAGE

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

DOS AND DON’TS FOR FIRE AND SMOKE DAMAGE

Fire damage can be a devastating experience for home and business. Fire damage is difficult to overcome. When you’re wondering what to do after a fire, here are things to do and things not to do during the fire restoration process.

DOS FOR FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION

  1. Do contact a certified restoration specialist

 Make sure you immediately contact a certified fire and smoke restoration professional for remediation services

  1. Do turn off utilities

 Turn of water, electricity, gas, and any other utilities until a professional can evaluate if any of these systems were damaged during the fire.

  1. DO break out the vacuum

Use a vacuum with a brush attachment and go over your upholstered furniture. Your furniture will look better as soon as the soot is removed

  1. Do address your carpets, floors, and countertops

Give similar treatment to your carpets. Vacuum them for an immediate and superficial improvement over the damaged state. It will help prevent soot from grinding deeper into the carpet’s roots

  1. Do check your appliances

Your utilities should be off. Make sure empty your freezer and refrigerator, and leave the doors open to prevent mold and mildew. Absence of heat during the fire damage restoration process, fluids can freeze and cause burst pipes and other damage.

  1. DO take care of pets

Remove pets from your fire-damaged home. Lingering soot and smoke can be harmful to their health.

DON’TS FOR FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION

  1. Don’t use your AC, heater or electronics

 Wait until a professional arrives.  Turning on electronics can create greater damage.

  1. Don’t clean walls or clothing

A professional should examine them first and provide advice before you clean the walls, ceiling, and other similar surface.

  1. Don’t eat leftover food

 Never eat anything that was in the home during the fire. It is most likely not safe to consume due to contamination from smoke, soot, or contaminants.

  1. Don’t wipe away powder from extinguishers

Don’t try to clean up any staining from the powder discharged by a fire extinguisher. Best let professional to the cleanup.

These are basic guidelines for preventing further damage and get a start on cleanup, but they are not a substitute for professional restoration services. If you’re wondering what to do after a fire, the best course of action is to hire a certified professional to provide expert knowledge and service. The situation requires specialized tools and knowledge that only a professional can provide.

Here at SERVPRO of Ventura we are proud to serve. When serious disaster hits, we stand ready to mobilize our team to help out during any kind of crisis. Trusting SERVPRO of Ventura to do the job is having your family safe at home again. Call us at (805) 656-3911 for assistance.

Carpet Cleaning – Do It Yourself vs. Hiring a Pro

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Carpet Cleaning – Do It Yourself vs. Hiring a Pro SERVPRO of Ventura

Carpet Cleaning – Do It Yourself vs. Hiring a Pro

Carpet has long been treasured as a warm and comfortable floor; it adds beauty to living spaces. It also acts as a magnet for dirt, stains and dust mites. Vacuum helps prevent dust, pet hair and grit from settling deep into carpet. Most carpets benefit from annual cleaning to remove the abrasive debris that vacuuming cannot reach.

There are several reasons to choose professional carpet cleaning over do-it-yourself.

  1. Thoroughness

Steam cleaning, or hot water extraction, cleans carpets thoroughly by injecting hot water into carpet fibers. The process loosens dirt and kills bacteria and dust mites. Water and dirt are immediately drawn back into the machine, leaving little moisture in the carpet and shortening drying time. Special tools work to remove stubborn stains safely and effectively.

Homeowners may purchase or rent carpet cleaners, but the machines leave a substantial amount of moisture in the carpet. Homeowners who lack the training of carpet-cleaning professionals may actually make stains worse by using cleaning methods unsuited for the stain.

  1. Difficulty

Intensive cleaning requires a great deal of bending, kneeling and lifting of heavy equipment. Attempts to clean all portions of the carpet, including hard-to-reach areas, with the same thoroughness as a professional can be exhausting.

  1. Cost

Homeowners choose to clean their carpets themselves to save money, but do-it-yourself carpet cleaning carries hidden costs. Homeowners must also pay for cleaning supplies.  The cost of a carpet-cleaning machine can run into hundreds of dollars, while renting a machine requires an annual cash payout.

Do-it-yourself carpet cleaning also carries the potential for expenses related to permanent carpet damage. Over-wetting the carpet can result in mold and mildew growth

 Professionals match cleaning methods to the type of carpet being treated, protecting the homeowner’s investment in the process.

Even the highest-quality carpet can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet.. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of carpet.

If you are searching for a professional cleaning service that is reliable you can trust and can guarantee you highest quality work, contact SERVPRO of Ventura, a trusted leader in restoration industry, it provides services to ensure that your home is fully restored. Trusting SERVPRO of Ventura to do the job is having your family safe at home again.

Here at SERVPRO of Ventura we are proud to serve. When serious disaster hits, we stand ready to mobilize our team to help out during any kind of crisis. Call us at (805) 656-3911 for assistance.

DETOX YOUR ENVIRONMENT

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

DETOX YOUR ENVIRONMENT

Your home or your environment might contain hundreds of toxins that are risk to health. But there are many ways to reduce the effect on you and your family’s health. Here are few tips to purify your home.

  1. REFRESH THE AIR

 Indoor air is 5 times more polluted than outdoor air.  Do not use synthetic air freshener; open the window to refresh the air in your home. Always clean the Air condition with non-toxic products. Try to put indoor plants inside your house, it help clean the air.

  1. REMOVE SHOES BEFORE ENTERING THE HOUSE

Dirt in your house comes from shoes, including harmful substances such as pesticides and lead. Store your shoes in an entryway cabinet.

3.REMOVE DUST

Use a microfiber cloth in cleaning furniture and use a HEPA vacuum cleaner. Mop all floors.

  1. PREVENT MOLD GROWTH

 Keep moisture levels to a minimum to stop the growth of mold and mildew. Check the areas where mold most commonly grows.

  1. PURIFY WATER FILTER

 Filter tap water to eliminate toxins by using a carbon. Use a showerhead filter to remove potentially harmful chemicals.

  1. MONITOR CO LEVELS

Use a certified CO detector to check your home for carbon monoxide leaks in furnaces and other home appliances. It is important to remember that a person can be poisoned by both a small amount of carbon monoxide over a longer period and a large amount of carbon monoxide over a shorter amount of time.

  1. REDUCE PLASTIC USAGE

Plastics contain the toxic compound, a hormone disruptor. Choose products that are BPA-free especially when it comes to food containers. Do not use plastic containers in the microwave.

  1. CHOOSE PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS WISELY

Many toiletries, cosmetics and other personal care products are loaded with toxin. Choose alternatives made with natural ingredients.

Small changes in your home or environment can have a big impact on your long-term health.You know SERVPRO of Ventura as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can help you in mold remediation, deodorization, and other services to purify your home environment. Our experts are ready to assist in the cleanup to provide deep cleaning services for your home.

Here at SERVPRO of Ventura we are proud to serve. We stand ready to mobilize our team to help out during any kind of crisis. Call us at (805) 656-3911 for assistance.

WATER LEAKS BEHIND WALLS

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

WATER LEAKS BEHIND WALLS Water Damage SERVPRO of Ventura California

There are different causes of water damage in your home.   Sources of water damage, such as floods, burst pipes, and sewage backups are obvious and homeowners notice them right away.  There are sources of water damage that are difficult to detect such as water leaks behind walls.  Some do not notice hidden leaks until they have already caused damage.

Hidden water leaks are dangerous because they can cause serious problems like structural damage and mold growth. Excess water and moisture gets absorbed in wood, drywall, insulation, and wallpaper which can lead to warping, stains, bubbling, and deterioration.  It also cause mold and spread in areas behind walls and ceilings where it is not easily seen.  If mold in hidden areas is not found, it can cause extensive damage as well as health problems like allergies and infection in those who are exposed.

SIGNS OF WATER LEAKS BEHIND WALLS

  1. Stained Ceilings and floors

If there is too much water or moisture, it can affect the ceilings and floors.  Check your floors and ceilings for signs of stains and if you notice a problem, check the nearby walls for signs of water damage.

  1. Musty Odor

Too much water or moisture can create a musty smell when it gets absorbed into building materials like wood or drywall. Wall affected by water damage are vulnerable to mold growth which also has a strong musty odor.  If there is a strong musty smell near a certain area of your wall, there could be a water leak or mold growth behind it.

  1. Mold on Walls

Mold growth normally appears in areas with excess moisture such as bathrooms, kitchens, and basements.  If mold appears on your walls or ceilings, , especially in an area that is not near any plumbing fixtures, it is possible  that there is a source of moisture behind the walls.

  1. Paint Peeling

Too much moisture behind the walls can eventually cause paint and wallpaper to start peeling or bubbling.  This normally happens when the sheetrock behind the wall has absorbed too much water

  1. Warping Walls

A wall that is warped or stained for no apparent reason. Excessive warping can lead to structural damage which is very expensive to repair.  If there is warping on your walls, this is a clear indication of a water leak.

SERVPRO of Ventura specializes in water leak detection services. If you suspect a water leak in wall or any other type of hidden plumbing leak, call SERVPRO of Ventura.

Here at SERVPRO of Ventura we are proud to serve. We stand ready to mobilize our team to help out during any kind of crisis. Call us at (805) 656-3911 for assistance.

WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE A PROFESSIONAL FOR FIRE DAMAGE CLEANUP?

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE A PROFESSIONAL FOR FIRE DAMAGE CLEANUP? VENTURA, CALIFORNIA

A fire can strike many time, consequences can be devastating and deadly. After the fire, people will first want to clean up their home. Before you decide to clean up the property, it’s a good idea to reach out to a fire damage cleanup company.

3 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE A PROFESSIONAL FOR CLEAN UP DAMAGE

  1. FIRE DAMAGE CLEANUP CAN BE DANGEROUS

The reason why you should hire a professional for fire damage cleanup is that the process can be very dangerous to clean up after a fire. The area that is damaged could also have broken glass, sharp objects, and a variety of hazards. These hazards can be hard to identify. When you choose to work with a professional, they will be able to use the tools necessary to safely clear the area of all debris.

When you call a team of professional fire restoration experts, no stone will go unturned. Industry experts understand how damaging smoke and soot can be, and they know exactly which tools and services to offer in order to eliminate it. . A professional fire restoration company knows what to look for and how to eliminate the risks.

  1. FOLLOW REGULATIONS

One reason why you should hire a professional for fire damage cleanup is that they will be able to follow regulations. After fire damage your local community may have specific ways of how the cleanup needs to be handled. This will prevent you from using trash and dumpster service. A fire damage cleanup company will be able to follow the proper steps to ensure your home is in compliance with any laws.

  1. THEY CAN RESTORE MANY ITEMS

Another advantage for hiring a professional for fire damage cleanup is that they can restore many items that you thought can be destroyed. They will be able to carefully review all of your personal belongings that were damaged. An item that appears to be completely damaged could actually be full restored. This can include flooring, furniture, appliances, and many other items that could be expensive to replace.

When you discover that your property is subjected to the destruction and deterioration that fires generate, it’s time to take action. The best thing to do is to call the professionals. Our team has extensive experience in the fire damage cleanup.

Here at SERVPRO of Ventura we are proud to serve. When serious disaster hits, we stand ready to mobilize our team to help out during any kind of crisis. Trusting SERVPRO of Ventura to do the job is having your family safe at home again. Call us at (805) 656-3911 for a

WHAT TO DO BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER EARTHQUAKE?

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

WHAT TO DO BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER EARTHQUAKE? Ventura, California

Earthquake is the shaking of the Earth’s surface resulting from the sudden release of energy in the lithosphere that creates seismic waves. It  range in size from  weak that they cannot be felt to those violent enough to toss people around and destroy whole cities. When the epicenter of a large earthquake is located offshore, the seabed may be displaced and cause tsunami. Earthquakes can also trigger landslides, and volcanic activity. The energy of a magnitude 4 earthquake is 31 times the energy of a magnitude 3 earthquake. The energy of a magnitude 5 earthquake is 31 times the energy of a magnitude 4 earthquake.

Things to Do Before an Earthquake

  1. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, a battery-powered radio, a flashlight, and extra batteries at home.
  2. Learn first aid.
  3. Learn how to turn off the gas, water, and electricity.
  4. Make up a plan of where to meet your family after an earthquake.
  5. Don't leave heavy objects on shelves (they'll fall during a quake).
  6. Anchor heavy furniture, cupboards, and appliances to the walls or floor.
  7. Learn the earthquake plan at your school or workplace.

Things to Do During an Earthquake

  1. Stay calm! If you're indoors, stay inside. If you're outside, stay outside.
  2. If you're indoors, stand against a wall near the center of the building, stand in a doorway, or crawl under heavy furniture (a desk or table). Stay away from windows and outside doors.
  3. If you're outdoors, stay in the open away from power lines or anything that might fall. Stay away from buildings (stuff might fall off the building or the building could fall on you).
  4. Don't use matches, candles, or any flame. Broken gas lines and fire don't mix.
  5. If you're in a car, stop the car and stay inside the car until the earthquake stops.
  6. Don't use elevators (they'll probably get stuck anyway).

Things to Do After an Earthquake

  1. Check yourself and others for injuries.
  2. Check water, gas, and electric lines for damage. Turn on the radio. Don't use the phone unless it's an emergency.
  3. Stay out of damaged buildings.
  4. Be careful around broken glass and debris. Wear boots or sturdy shoes to keep from cutting your feet.
  5. Be careful of chimneys (they may fall on you).
  6. Stay away from beaches. Tsunamis sometimes hit after the ground has stopped shaking.
  7. Stay away from damaged areas.
  8. If you're at school or work, follow the emergency plan or the instructions of the person in charge.
  9. Expect aftershocks.

It is important to think about what you will do to protect yourself, wherever you are, when the earth begins to shake.

BENEFITS OF HIRING A PROFESSIONAL RESTORATION SERVICE COMPANY

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

BENEFITS OF HIRING A PROFESSIONAL RESTORATION SERVICE COMPANY

Natural disasters can damage your home. It can lead a lot of stress. Hiring a home restoration service can handle problems. There are so many different types of natural disasters that affect this area and you need to hire for a restoration service.

  1. FASTER WATER EXTRACTION

Professional Restoration Service Company extracts water fast because they handle professional equipment. With small team of water restoration experts, the water will be removed from your home on the same day. You won’t need a lot of time, effort and manpower.

  1. REMOVING HEALTH CONCERNS

A Restoration Service Company will not just repairing the damage to your house. Service restoration expert will take care of preventing mold and moisture that compromise your health. Hiring a professional company is going to be your best bet when dealing with mold. This is because they have the tools and knowledge to handle this problem. They are licensed to use chemical products which will extract the existing mold and moisture from your walls and floors.

  1. DRYING TIME CUT IN HALF

A major issue with water damage removal is a drying time. You might take several days or even weeks to properly dry your house if you choose to remove the water by yourself. A professional restoration service company will do this in a much less time because they have equipment and heaters that access even to the areas which cannot be easily reached.

  1. LOW TOTAL COST

 Hiring a professional service company will lower total damage costs because their teams are highly responsive to emergency calls. They will be able to come even before a major damage occurs. They will react fast and solve the damage from spreading around your house.

  1. REDUCED RESTORATION COST

Aside from physical damage, water and fire can cause additional damage. If you do not have insurance, you will have to pay for the new furniture and structural repairing by yourself. Restoration services encompass removal, repair, restoration and remediation of damage; you won’t have to hire several different companies to repair the damage.

  1. SAVING TIME

A professional restoration service company should be highly responsive to calls; in order to prevent the further damage, they will act instantly. This won’t just save you time, but it will minimize the potential damage and reduce costs.

If you are searching for a professional service company that is reliable you can trust and can guarantee you highest quality work, contact SERVPRO of Ventura, a trusted leader in restoration industry, it provides services to ensure that your home is fully restored. Trusting SERVPRO of Ventura to do the job is having your family safe at home again.

Here at SERVPRO of Ventura we are proud to serve. When serious disaster hits, we stand ready to mobilize our team to help out during any kind of crisis. Call us at (805) 656-3911 for assistance.

WHY CLEANING SERVICES ARE NECESSARY WHEN MOVING

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

WHY CLEANING SERVICES ARE NECESSARY WHEN MOVING

Moving can sometimes stressful, no matter where it is you’re going to. Cleaning your home is just one of the tasks you’ll have to accomplish before moving, but what if there was a way around it. Here are things why you should consider hiring a cleaning company to get the job done for you. Hiring a professional cleaning company to deep clean your home or apartment as you’re moving out will set your mind at ease, because they’re professionals, trained in the art of extreme cleanliness.

  1. TO LIGHTEN YOUR BURDEN

There are a lot of things to get done when you’re moving. Cleaning your home top to bottom for the new residents probably isn’t too high on your list.  This is why you should hire a janitorial service to handle it. The job will get done quickly, your stress levels will reduce dramatically and you won’t have to worry about another thing on your to-do list.

  1. CREATES WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT

It is best to hire a professional cleaning company when selling your house. Buyers aren’t likely to put an offer in to purchase your home if it looks like a mess. They need to be able to see themselves living in the space, which is hard for most to do when the carpets are stained, furniture is dusty and stinky.

  1. FOCUSED ON A TASK

Everyone loves to have a clean house; Buyer probably doesn’t love being the one to clean it. It’s something that can be pushed to the side in favor of more appealing tasks, like packing up your rooms. Cleaning is easy to leave to the last minute, turning it into a rush job. To avoid late night cleaning sessions the day before moving, hire a professional cleaning service to get the job done for you.

If you are searching for a professional cleaning service that is reliable you can trust and can guarantee you highest quality work, contact SERVPRO of Ventura, a trusted leader in restoration industry, it provides services to ensure that your home is fully restored. Trusting SERVPRO of Ventura to do the job is having your family safe at home again.

Here at SERVPRO of Ventura we are proud to serve. When serious disaster hits, we stand ready to mobilize our team to help out during any kind of crisis. Call us at (805) 656-3911 for assistance.

TYPES OF WATER DAMAGE AND HOW TO PREVENT THEM

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

TYPES OF WATER DAMAGE AND HOW TO PREVENT THEM Ventura, California

TYPES OF WATER DAMAGE AND HOW TO PREVENT THEM

Water damage is a problem that most property owners fear. Rain and snow melts. The risk o of damage increases. Water can cause thousands of money worth of damage by damaging wood furniture, upholstery, electronics, household appliances, and equipment. Water damage also increases the risk of mold growth, which is a very expensive problem to restore.

Assessing the type of damage is important to determine what is needed to start water damage repair and water removal. There are several different types of water damage and how to prevent them.

  1. Clean Water

This is water does not threat to human’s health if exposed or consumed by them. Overflowing sink or tub, or a broken incoming water line would be examples of Clean Water. ” This is the easiest type of water damage to handle, since there will not be too many microbes living in the water. If the damage is not properly cleaned, this will result to mold and fungus growth. If the damage is more than 24 hours, it is best to contact professional service restoration.

  1. Gray Water

Water is slightly contaminated because of the source. Clean water can be gray if left untreated. This type of water contains microorganisms. Broken toilets, broken sump pumps, and seepage may cause gray water. This may cause sickness if indigested. If you want to begin the cleaning and drying process before the restoration service arrives, you should wear gloves in order to prevent your skin from touching the water so you do not spread any microbes.

  1. Black water

Is the most hazardous type of water damage. It is usually a result of natural disasters or sewage damage. Black water can include toxic materials such as bacterial diseases, chemicals, pesticides, and microbes. If your home is suffered from this type, it is best to contact a professional to do the disinfecting. Better to be safe than sorry in the end.

Experiencing a water damage disaster is enough stress on its own. Always seek for professional advice for water damage. If you experience these kinds of emergencies, call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.