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RESTORATION AFTER AN ELECTRICAL FIRE

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

BOY GOT BURN FROM ELECTRIC SOCKET RESTORATION AFTER AN ELECTRICAL FIRE

What is an electrical fire?

 A failure or malfunction within the electrical components of equipment or machinery can cause electrical fires. Electrical fires originate in electric wires, cables, circuit breakers, and within electrical components. Electrical fires are common in both commercial and residential settings.

Electrical fires might start from old wiring or a faulty appliance. The damage caused by an electrical fire can be devastating, but homeowners are rest-assured that restoration after an electrical fire is more than possible. Restoration experts will work with you to get you back into your home.

Fire Restoration after an Electrical Fire

The restoration team will inspect the damage. A reliable remediation company would do an assessment first before getting down to business. Since fire damage could also lead to other types of damages, it is important to employ a company that can cover all sorts of damage.

Smoke damage from the fire and water damage from exterminating the fire will also be included in the assessment. It is important to have a fire damage restoration team come to the property right away. The longer smoke and ash remains, the more damage it can cause to your home. Ash is very acidic, causing corrosion over time.

Electrical fire damage restoration experts know how to remove smoke and ash in a safe way. Restoration teams go through training and certifications to handle cleanup after an electrical fire.

Restoration professionals clean and deodorize the items within your home. Cleaning and restoring carpets, specialty rugs, and upholstered furniture an personal contents is their main goal, to restore as much as possible. They also take care of smoke and ash damage. The fire may have only touched a portion of the house, but smoke and ash could have traveled to other rooms throughout the house.

ELECTRICAL FIRE PREVENTION

After an electrical fire, it is important to prevent an electrical fire from happening again. To prevent an electrical fire, learn to recognize the warning signs that indicate a possible wiring or electrical problem.

  1. Ensure any electrical modifications meet existing codes
  2. Inspect and repair outlets and switches
  3. Inspect a home and make any necessary repairs before you purchase and move in
  4. Replace outdated or malfunctioning fuses and circuit breakers and instruct you on proper usage.

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 an estimate.

WHY CLEANING AIR DUCTS NEEDS TO BE A PRIORITY

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

Dirty Air duct WHY CLEANING AIR DUCTS NEEDS TO BE A PRIORITY

Keeping an environment clean is not just for cleaning dust and dirt. We often forget that keeping the air
clean is well within our control. We often forget that keeping the air clean is within our control and that
we should take the necessary steps.
Office spaces and other living environments have air ducts for heating and cooling that often get clogged
up with dirt, dust, and other grime. Same thing with houses, there are some things homeowners can do
to prevent dust build up in the air ducts, and usually, that involves regular changing of air filters.
What is Air duct?
Ducts are conduits or passages used in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) to deliver and remove air.
Ducts commonly also deliver ventilation air as part of the supply air.
Can dirty air ducts make you sick?
In homes with dirty air ducts, occupants may experience symptoms that are similar to the symptoms of
allergies, including coughing, sneezing, and runny nose. Mold, dust and other contaminants lurking in
your ducts could also cause sore throat, headaches and even dizziness.


5 Signs You Should Have Your Ducts Cleaned
1. You Haven't Changed the Air Filter in Months.
2. The Registers and Vent Covers Have Visible Dust.
3. You Detect Mold in or Around Your HVAC System.
4. Airflow Isn't Consistent From Room to Room.
5. You Can Hear Noises in the Ductwork.


Is Air Duct Cleaning worth it?
Due to growing concerns about indoor air quality, it’s easy to convince homeowners that their ducts
need cleaning. If you home has never had its air ducts cleaned, then it may be time to consider having it
done. Alternatively, if you or others in your home are frequently experiencing allergy caused symptoms
or you want to save a little more on your energy bills, cleaning air ducts will definitely be worth it.
If you think it’s time to have your air ducts cleaned, we are happy examine your air ducts to see how we
can help. SERVPRO of Ventura provides professional air duct and dryer vent cleaning. Our company not
only caters to residential but also commercial properties throughout Ventura County
For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (805) 656-3911.

Prevent Sewage Backup and Damage to your Home

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Toilet and human with a HELP sign Prevent Sewage Backup and Damage to your Home

Sewage lines are built to move waste and water away from the home through underground plumbing
directly to the main sewer lines. What happens if a clog occurs?
When your sewer line is clogged, the water can't go down the drain. Instead, it flows back up the pipes
and comes out at the lowest point. The bubbling is due to air trapped in the plumbing system.
Sewage damage is a very serious problem especially when sewage water flows to your business property
or home. Sewage water has bacteria, viruses and fungi which makes it very harmful. It smells bad and it
causes discomfort and diseases. As such, it is important to have this water cleaned up properly and
immediately to prevent further damage to your property and its occupants.
How to Prevent a Backup
Taking necessary steps to prevent a sewage backup is extremely important for every member of the
household. Avoiding an overflow won’t just save you money in home repairs, it will keep you free of
sickness caused by the leak.
1. Avoid throwing items down the drain that will not dissolve.
These are tissues, baby wipes, diapers and other hygiene products.
2. Watch out for cooking grease and your sink.
One the grease has become a solid it will cling to the sides of your pipes and begin trapping food residue
and other matter that finds its way down your drain, leading to a blocked sink.
3. Long hair can cause a drain to clog
Use a drain cover or clean out any hair gathered around your drain from the shower before it disappears
down the pipes!
4. Put paper towels in the trash
To prevent sewage from causing further damage to your property, you need to prevent sewage water
from spreading further. Leaving the sewage to spread implies allowing bacteria, viruses, and fungi to be
all over your property ou should contact a professional company to handle the sewage problem in your
property immediately so that you can prevent further contamination and damage.
Experts of a reliable company will respond promptly and provide effective sewage removal.
When you are in need of a water damage restoration company, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at
(805) 656-3911.

Tips to Having a Safe New Year’s Eve

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Hands with Sparklers Tips to Having a Safe New Year’s Eve

It just seemed like yesterday when we celebrated New Year 2019 and now it is time to celebrate 2020!
People celebrate New Year in many different ways from large outdoor celebrations to extravagant
indoor parties to more intimate family gatherings at home.
Take extra care during New Year celebrations. Many of the things we enjoy during this festive period,
such as fireworks, fairy lights, candles, paper hats and decorations, can all be fire hazards when proper
care is not taken.
Keep New Year celebration with these safety tips:
1. If you have overnight guests, make sure that they know about your family’s fire escape plans.
2. Keep pets and children away from lit candles and fireplaces. Also, keep matches and lighters in a
locked cabinet out of reach of children.
3. Test home smoke alarms on a monthly basis, especially before a big party. Replace the batteries on
the smoke alarm if needed.
4. Stay in the kitchen when cooking, broiling, or frying. Do not leave the stove unattended.
5. At large New Year’s Eve celebrations, keep an eye out for possible fire sources such as candles
burning, cigarettes or cigars burning, indoor fireworks, or other heat sources that could make your feel
unsafe.
6. Check to make sure the building has a wide entrance and opens for an easy exit. Make sure exits are
not blocked by decorations.
7. Ask smokers to smoke outside during your party.
8. Do not let children near any fireworks that are left over.
9. If you choose to shoot off fireworks, be sure to follow proper safety precautions.
10. Do NOT use consumer fireworks to shoot off on New Year’s Eve.
11. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby for emergencies.
Don’t let the new year get off to a bad start! Keep safety in mind to ensure you, your family, and your
friends have an accident-free New Year’s Eve celebration!.Tips to Having a Safe New Year’s Eve

FIRE SAFETY TIPS ON THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Christmas Decorations and Gifts FIRE SAFETY TIPS ON THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Every year, emergency rooms treat thousands of injured people, due to cuts, burns and shocks related
to holiday lights, decorations, fireplaces and Christmas trees.
Seasonal decor can often be hazardous if not properly put up with care — or if it's placed next to a
potentially dangerous item.
Keep your family safe this holiday season by following these safety tips.
Lights
1. Inspect lights first. Before plugging in a strand of lights, examine the cord for damage. Throw away
any frayed, kinked or worn light strands.
2. Never overload a circuit. A typical household circuit can power 70 strings of 50-bulb mini lights, or 300
to 600 strings of 50-bulb LED lights.
3. Turn off all lights and decorations before leaving the house or going to bed. To avoid braving the cold
every night, install a timer to automatically turn on the lights at dusk and turn them back off at dawn.
4. Use a GFCI. A ground-fault circuit interrupter is a special type of wall outlet installed in areas where
water and electricity could potentially mix, causing a dangerous reaction.
Candle
Candles may provide a festive ambiance and delightful fragrance, but they’re also responsible for
starting two out of every five home decoration structure fires each year.
1. Get flame without the fire. Consider replacing traditional candles with flameless, battery-operated
types, but don't forget to turn them off when leaving the house as LED lights do get hot.
2. Don't leave the room. Never leave a candle burning unattended and, if you're going to be stepping
away from the candle for several minutes, it's safer to blow it out rather than risk a potential hazard.
3. Use caution when decorating with candles. Always use a sturdy candle holder to keep it from tipping
over or touching flammable surfaces.
Trees
1. When setting up a tree at home, place it away from fireplaces and radiators. Because heated rooms
dry live trees out rapidly, be sure to keep the stand filled with water. Place the tree out of the way of
foot traffic and do not block doorways.
2. When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label "Fire Resistant. “Although this label does not
mean the tree won't catch fire, it does indicate the tree will resist burning and should extinguish quickly.
Fireplace
Keep the fireplace clear and free of debris. Clean the ashes from the fireplace after each fire. To reduce
the amount of flammable material collecting in the chimney, burn only CSIA-accepted manufactured
logs or firewood that’s been seasoned a year or more.

WINTER WEATHER SAFETY TIPS FOR COMMERCIAL BUILDING OWNER

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

Winter weather is around the corner. For the next few months, much of the country will be dealing with
winter conditions that include snow, ice, cold temperatures, wind, and slush. A major storm can even
disrupt the activities of a business.
Here are a few things to keep in mind to be prepared for the winter weather. Good winter
preparedness can also protect your building from winter storm damage.
1. Inspect Heating Systems
Make sure you are having your heating system inspected regularly and staying up to date on the
maintenance tasks like examining flues for carbon buildup and removing and cleaning burners.
Maintaining heating systems should be a top priority in cold weather.
2. Inspect Doors and Windows
Doors and windows are prime entranceways for cold, water and pests to enter your building, and exit
ways for warm indoor air and can cause damage and interior infrastructure.
3. Select Good Entrance Mats
Huge percent of the dirt found in buildings such as offices and shopping spaces was tracked in on
people’s shoes. The mats should give a little traction and should be rubber underneath to alleviate
potential slip hazards.
4. Calibrate Thermostats/Reduce Set Points
By calibrating your building’s thermostats, you’ll make sure your heating systems are operating
efficiently, which saves you money on your heating bill.
5. If water damage does occur, be sure to immediately turn off electrical power and unplug all electrical
items in the affected area. You should also locate your business' water shutoff valve and turn off the
water supply as quickly as possible.
You should next reach out to water damage professional to prevent further damage, maintain safety,
and also reduce the chances of harmful bacteria growth. This professional should also be able to advise
you on how best to deal with the situation.
Following these safety tips will help keep your building, employees and customers safe from tragedy this
winter season.
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.
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.

WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR HOME IF YOU LIVE IN A FLOOD ZONE

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

Flood on Outdoor WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR HOME IF YOU LIVE IN A FLOOD ZONE

Homeowners face problems during flooding especially when the snow is melting or there’s a burst pipe.
It is important to be prepared always especially when you are near or live in a flood zone. You can’t stop
a flood but there are ways to minimize the impact that water has on your home. Here are few tips help
you keep water from destroying your home.
Have a Plan of Action
The best thing you can do if you think you live in a flood zone is to have a plan of action in advance.
1. Store all important documents in a watertight secure lockbox
2. Have a second lockbox for jewelry and all valuables
3. Keep phone numbers for moving companies and storage units in case you have enough time to move
your furniture and other possessions
4. Contact A&A Property Restoration in advance and set up a game plan for protecting your home or
getting quick service after a flood
Store Sandbags and Flood Barriers
Sometimes homes are simply susceptible to water damage. Lower flood water, can be contained by
simply laying out sandbags and flood barriers around your doors. Sandbags and flood barriers can
minimize the damage and save you thousands of dollars in home repairs.
Think of your Home’s Construction
If you are building a new home or renovating your current home, invest in components that are
waterproof or create a tighter seal around the structure. Here are the components:
1. Concrete flooring instead of wooden floor boards
2. One-way valves in your plumbing to prohibit water backup in the plumbing system
3. Water proofing electrical outlets
4. Cement render and lime plaster
5. Water resistant doors and window frames
6. Flood skirts around brick homes
If your home has suffered from flood damage or experiencing water damage emergencies, please call us
SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

HOW TO AVOID CHRISTMAS TREE FIRES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Christmas Tree HOW TO AVOID CHRISTMAS TREE FIRES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

HOW TO AVOID CHRISTMAS TREE FIRES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

No one wants to spoil the holiday season. A beautifully decorated Christmas tree is often the focal point
of your home’s holiday decoration, but Christmas trees in the home can present a fire safety issue. A
primary concern with a Christmas tree is fire danger, often brought on by electrical malfunctions and in
the case of a real tree, a drying tree. Averages of 200 home fires were caused by Christmas trees every
year.
Here are things to keep yourself, your home and your loved ones safe this holiday season. Use these tips
to reduce your risk of a Christmas tree fire hazard:
HOW TO PREVENT CHRISTMAS TREE FIRES
Use these tips to reduce your risk of a Christmas tree fire hazard:
1. When choosing a tree, pick one with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
2. Cut about two inches from the base of the trunk before putting the tree in its stand.
3. Always keep the tree at least three feet away from any heat source, including candles, heat vents,
lights, radiators and fireplaces.
4. Make sure the tree is not blocking any exits.
5. Add water to the tree stand daily to help prevent your Christmas tree from getting too dry.
HOW TO SAFELY USE LIGHTS ON YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE
1. Only use lights that have been tested for indoor use by an independent, recognized testing
laboratory.
2. Do not use lights intended for outdoor use on your Christmas tree.
3. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords, or with loose bulb connections.
4. Read the manufacturer’s instructions to learn how many light strands can be safely connected.
5. Check all strands for cracks, frays and damage before use.
6. Do not overload outlets or power strips with Christmas lights and decorations.
7. Turn off your Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
Fire safety is all about taking precautions and being careful, so follow these tips for a safer and merrier
Christmas!

SAFETY TIPS ON THANKSGIVING DAY

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Cooked Turkey SAFETY TIPS ON THANKSGIVING DAY

Holidays are fast approaching; many of us will be gathering and giving thanks with family and friends this
Thanksgiving Day. The holiday season is a busy time for all. As the winter months approach the risk of
fires increases. Kitchen is the most important place of the home, especially during the holidays.
Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, more than two times as many home-cooking fires
occur than on any other typical day. Keep yourself and your family safe this Thanksgiving with these
safety tips.
1. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a
short period of time, turn off the stove.
2. Check the stove regularly if you're simmering, roasting, boiling, or baking.
3. Remain at home while you are cooking, use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
4. Keep things that can catch on fire - like oven mitts, towels, paper or plastic - away from you stove top.
5. Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothes while in the kitchen.
6. Always have a lid that fits your pot or a flat pan to quickly smother out a fire.
7. Never use a glass casserole or lid on the stove or burner, as it may explode from the heat.
8. Missing or dead batteries are the main reasons smoke alarms do not sound in response to a fire.
9. In case of an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from spreading.
10. After a fire your stove and oven should be checked or serviced before using again.
11. Keep children at least 3 feet away from a hot stove.
12. Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
13. Make sure you have working smoke alarms, test them by pushing the test button.
14. Keep a fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen, and know how to use it.
15. After the party, walk around the home and ensure candles and fireplaces are extinguished,
unnecessary appliances are turned off, and no potential hazards (leftovers, sharp/flammable objects)
are in reach of your kids or pets.
Thanksgiving is the peak day for home-cooking fires. Cooking equipment was the leading cause of home
fires and fire injuries. Always make sure your holiday is safe and happy.

Things You Should Know About Professional Tile and Grout Cleaning

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning Tiles Things You Should Know About Professional Tile and Grout Cleaning

Tiles are the most widely used option for covering floors and walls. They are presentable and durable, at
the same time enhancing the look of your walls and floors.
Clean and tidy tiles play an important role in a property because it brings life to your home or your
company. As time goes by, these tiles become dark and dirty which decreases the overall appearance of
your property. Grout between the lines is responsible for diminishing the look of your flooring. Dirt and
dust accumulate and penetrate deep inside the grout of your tiles. Each day your flooring becomes dull
and dark.
Leaving your tile and grout surfaces dirty and gloomy can lead to water damage. This is because mold or
mildew accumulates beneath your tiles and loosens the surface, allowing water to flow in.
There are many individuals who ignore cleaning their tile and grout surfaces as they think that it is a
frustrating job to accomplish. But this can result and can cost you more on repairs.
Hiring a professional tile and grout cleaning services is the smart move towards getting shiny and bright
flooring. Using advanced tools and equipment, professionals can help you to get rid of dirt from tile and
grout surfaces. It is the best way to prevent water damage by thorough cleaning it. Using advanced
cleaning equipment and solutions, expert will able to eliminate all the harmful pollutants.
Hiring the professionals for cleaning can produce the results giving life to those dull and untidy tiles that
no other hand-scrubbing or homemade methods can offer. But you need to look for the reliable and
experienced tile cleaning professionals ensuring you are provided with expected outcomes and value for
the cost. It is important that what you need to clean and what considerations to keep in mind while
hiring the cleaning services.
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. We stand ready to mobilize our team to help out
during any kind of crisis. Call us at (805) 656-3911 for assistance.