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CHOOSING SERVPRO of Ventura – WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION AND WATER REMOVAL

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

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CHOOSING SERVPRO OF VENTURA – WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION AND WATER REMOVAL

Keeping excess water or moisture out of moisture is difficult. Weather conditions like floods and heavy rain as well as problems like leaking pipes, pipe burst and overflows can result in excess water, that’s why it is very important to react to the excess water right away. Standing water and moisture can create an environment for bacteria and mold growth.  But water cleaning can be a challenging task and it’s not as simple as drying off visible water. Many materials in the home are porous, allowing them to absorb water deep beneath the surface.

SERVPRO of Ventura provides water damage restoration services to remove excess water from home and businesses. Our highly trained technicians used advance equipment to ensure that all water and moisture is removed to prevent serious damage.

Water Removal

Excess water can cause damage in your home or building. It can penetrate porous materials like flooring and drywall. As materials absorb water they become susceptible to discoloration, mold growth and rotting and these could lead to serious structural damage.

Water removal is removing or extracting excess water from your home or business. SERVPRO of Ventura have powerful pumps and vacuums that remove the water quickly to help reduce the amount of damage. Once water is extracted, our technicians do inspections to determine the extend damage. This is done by doing moisture checks to measure the extent moisture of damage to the structure.

Drying Process

Technicians use commercial air movers to facilitate drying and remove the remaining moisture. HEPA air filters are set up if necessary to ensure indoor air quality. SERVPRO of Ventura also apply EPA anti-microbial products to walls, carpets and floors to prevent bacteria and mold growth.

Water damage can quickly become serious issue in your home and business if you ignore it. If you notice water damage in your property, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

DOES YOUR BUSINESS NEED FLOOD INSURANCE?

10/23/2020 (Permalink)

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DOES YOUR BUSINESS NEED FLOOD INSURANCE?

Natural disasters are devastating to business. Lightning and wind caused damaged to property. Business is one of your most prized. Here, you invest a lot of time, effort and money. Because of this, you take all the necessary measures to ensure that your business is covered against loss from different types of risk. Being prepared for disasters is part of being a responsible business owner. If you have a business, you need to know about flood insurance if you want to protect it from flood damage.

What does flood insurance cover?

Flood insurance covers damage to building and contents caused by flood. This includes losses from overflowing rivers, heavy rain, storm urge, snow melt and other similar causes. Floods are defined as situations in which waters covers at least two acres or affect two properties. Flood damage protection requires a special and separate policy which can be purchased from the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) as well as from private insurers. If water comes from above like rain or snow melting and drips into your building, it will be covered by standard commercial property insurance.

What isn’t covered by flood insurance?

Property outside a building will not be covered by flood insurance. According to NFIP the following kinds of damage are not covered by flood insurance:

  1. Damage caused by moisture or mold that could have been avoided by owner.
  2. Damage caused by earth movement if the earth is caused by flood.

If your business suffers from water damage, contact experts in emergency restoration as possible. Right insurance and a good team of professionals can have you back in business as soon as possible.

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

WHY IS BIOREMEDIATION SO COMPLEX?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

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WHY IS BIOREMEDIATION SO COMPLEX?

Environmental pollutants continue to be a major global problem. Thanks to Bioremediation technology, we are able to reduce some of the damaging effects that these pollutants brought to our environment.

Many Biohazard situations pose health risk to people and clean up companies because of the exposure to pathogens. People with Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV, the pathogens can survive in a deceased person up to 16 days after death depending on the temperature and environment. Exposure to viruses can occur due to direct contact, accidentally injured from fragment, inhalation and exposure from bio fluid to the eyes, nose or mouth. Considering these health risk, bioremediation specialist must follow safety regulations and meticulous decontamination process.

Biohazard situation can lead to dangers and some restoration technicians might even not consider. Example is blood that seep through grout or in between floorboards, there is no way to clean the damage but you have to remove all the affected materials. Sometimes, there is still a remaining bio matter that can spread disease, release odor or damage the property.

SERVPRO of Ventura use advance restoration equipment and techniques to clean up any type of damage including biohazard. Our team is trained and equipped with safety equipment to reduce the risk of contamination or illness from biohazard materials.

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DOES HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE COVER MOLD?

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

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DOES HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE COVER MOLD?

Mold is a nightmare for every homeowner. It is an issue that is not something to simply ignore. Apart from affecting your health, it can also damage your property. Mold produces spores which spread by floating around the air.

Mold issues are expensive; it can cost as much as 10,000 dollars. Home insurance policies often include unclear wording regarding mold coverage. It is difficult to determine whether any mold you encounter will be covered.

When is mold covered by insurance?

Mold will be covered by home insurance if they were the result of specific problem that was covered by your policy. Example, if you experienced a sudden and accidental incident such as burst pipe, some of the moisture may cause mold. Other examples include:

  1. When water heater ruptures, releasing water that causes mold to grow on the surrounding wall.
  2. After a home fire, fire fighters used water to extinguish flames and causes mold to develop.
  3. When your dishwasher malfunction resulting in mold growing.

When does homeowner’s insurance exclude coverage for mold?

Homeowner’s insurance will not cover damages from mold if it caused by own neglect and lack of maintenance. Examples of when mold is not covered are:

  1. If there is a leak and you decided not to fix it resulting in mold infestation.
  2. When you live in a humid climate and you don’t use humidifier, mold grew as result.
  3. A storm causes flooding, causes mold growth in your home.

If you think you are entitled to a payment for mold damage, contact the insurance company and they will assess the damage.

If you need help in removing mold infestation or any water damage events, don’t hesitate to call us SERVPRO of Ventura. Call us at (805) 656-3911

HALLOWEEN FIRE SAFETY TIPS

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

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HALLOWEEN FIRE SAFETY TIPS

Halloween can be full of fun and spooky tricks or treats. One of the sweetest holidays is one of the most popular activities for children of all ages. It is exciting to dress up in costumes from scary to funny and spend the evening trick-or-treating. While the costumes and candy can be a real treat, Halloween activities can also present lurking fire risks that have the potential to become truly scary. But by planning ahead, you can help make this Halloween a fire safe one. To make sure that everyone has a safe and fun Halloween, here are great safety tips for the entire family.

  1. Costumes

When choosing a costume, avoid fabric that billows or trails behind you, as these can easily ignite. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure he or she can see out of the eye holes.

  1. Decorations

Keep dried flowers, corn stalks and crepe paper decorations far away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters. Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper catch fire easily.

  1. Candles

If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Place candles and lit pumpkins away from anything that can burn, out of the way.

  1. Jack-o'-lantern

Glow sticks or electric candles are the safest choice when it comes to lighting up your jack-o’-lantern. It is safer to use LED candles in pumpkins and other handheld accessories.

  1. Smoke Alarms

Take the time to ensure all your fire safety equipment is working properly. Testing a smoke alarm is a quick and simple process and doing it can save lives.

  1. Exits

Remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks the escape routes.

If a fire occurs, SERVPRO of Ventura stands ready to provide property owners with Fire Damage Restoration and Smoke Cleanup services.

Call us at SERVPRO of Ventura: (805) 656-3911.

HOW CIRCUIT BREAKERS HELP PREVENT HOUSE FIRE?

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

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HOW CIRCUIT BREAKERS HELP PREVENT HOUSE FIRE?

Electrical fires are common in both commercial and residential settings. According to Electrical Safety Foundation International, home electrical fires account more than 50,000 home electrical fires occur yearly. These fires caused nearly 500 deaths, more than 1,400 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage. With electrical fires becoming increasingly common, residences and commercial businesses need to take action. Here’s why circuit breaker protection is important.

Circuit breakers are essential devices designed to prevent electrical fires and shocks in your home. It helps keep you and your property safe from electrical hazards that were previously undetectable. They provide more safety than fuses when installed with modern electrical systems.

Different types of circuit breaker

  1. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)

GFCIs provide circuit breaker protection against the dangers of electrical shock caused by ground faults. They are generally installed where electrical circuits may accidentally come into contact with water. They are most often found in kitchens, bath and laundry rooms, or even out-of-doors or in the garage where electric power tools might be used. They can greatly prevent serious electrical shock to people. Circuit breakers add more protection against fires and shocks in your home. Better to consult a qualified electrician when choosing and installing such devices.

  1. Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs)

AFCI breakers are installed in your home’s main electrical panel. These devices protect against arc faults dangerous electrical problems caused by damaged, overheated or stressed electrical wiring or devices. Old and outdated appliances are one cause of electrical fires. Arcs can form inside the appliance due to old age or failing component. Arcs can lead to high temperatures and sparking, possibly igniting the flammable items nearby.  

Other sources of arc faults include:

  • Broken and frayed cords and wires
  • Pierced wiring by nails and screws
  • Kinked and over-extended power cords
  • Covered cords (with rug or furniture)
  • Loose wiring in outlets and switches
  • Spilled liquid on electrical device

Homeowners in residences with older wiring should also have AFCI protection installed on their wiring to reduce the possibility of electrical fires in the home.

Circuit breakers add more protection against fires and shocks in your home. However, always consult a qualified electrician when choosing and installing such devices. If a fire occurs, SERVPRO of Ventura stands ready to provide property owners with fire damage restoration and smoke cleanup services 24/7.

Call us at SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

PREVENT WORKPLACE FIRE

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

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PREVENT WORKPLACE FIRE

October is National Fire Prevention month. Here is list of 5 simple safety tips you can implement into your workplace in order to prevent fire and to keep you safe.

  1. Get Organized

One of the ways to reduce fire related episodes is to remove clutter out of office hallways and anywhere else in the office. Clutter contributes to fires by providing fuel and by preventing access to exits and emergency equipment.

  1. Electrical Hazards

Extension cords and power distribution strips are rated for a maximum wattage and amperage that they can safely withstand. Overloaded extension cords can cause a fire hazard.

  1. Fire extinguishers

All businesses must have fire extinguishers. Maintain the appropriate type of extinguisher for your workplace and number of fire extinguishers and learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher.

  1. Fire detection systems

Never block sprinklers, firefighting equipment or emergency exits. Observe clearances when stacking materials. Make sure these devices are protected from corrosion or other potential damage and provide enough warning time for employees to evacuate the workplace.

  1. Hazardous chemical storage

Use and store chemicals safely. When storing chemicals, make sure to keep incompatible groups apart. Check the safety data sheets and the hazard labels for further information.

  1. Emergency Exits

Emergency exit diagrams should be posted and emergency exits should be well lit with neon-regulation signs.

No matter the size or type of business, the risk of workplace fires is present. By following these tips, it will help protect your workplace and reduce the risk of injuries. If there is a fire-related emergency in your workplace, our expert fire restoration team can assist you in restoring your business quickly.

Call us at SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

COMMON MOLD MYTHS

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

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COMMON MOLD MYTHS

Mold is generally not anyone’s friend. Mentioning the word mold can send people into state of panic. Mold can be a serious problem. But sometimes misinformation about mold, it is easy to overreact. You can make good decisions when dealing with mold in your home by separating facts from myths. Here are facts about mold that many really didn’t know.

Mold Misinterpretation #1: All Mold Is Bad

Mold contributes to the cheese’s robust flavor. It is also used in the fermentation process of certain wines, and the pharmaceutical industry uses certain forms of it to develop powerful antibiotics.

Mold Misinterpretation #2: Bleach Kills Mold

Bleach is also able to kill mold spores, but it cannot penetrate deep into porous surfaces. As such, it can only kill mold on surfaces. It should be noted that using bleach to “kill” mold poses its own health risks and is not a recommended solution by EPA or OSHA.

Mold Misinterpretation #3: There Should Be No Mold Inside

Mold is all around us and is very natural. There are mold spores in the air you are breathing. Mold inside your home is not really much problem but it’s the concentration of mold inside the house. Mold should not be growing in your walls or on surfaces as that can be a problem and contribute to allergic reactions.

Mold Misinterpretation #4: All Mold Causes Health Problems

Mold certainly can cause health effects, but it is not true that all molds cause health problems in all people. Mold produce allergens and some people are allergic to the allergens, but not everyone will react to the allergens caused by mold.

Mold Misinterpretation #5: Killing Mold is Enough

You might think that killing the mold that is growing on your wall would end all of your mold damage problems. The mold also has a high chance of coming back if the source of the mold growth has not been dealt with. Care must be taken when removing the affected areas. Professional mold remediation services are often necessary to properly fix a mold problem.

If your home or building is dealing with mold, SERVPRO of Ventura offers full mold remediation services. By using full containment procedures and utilizing air scrubbers and negative air machines, mold growth and mold spores are carefully removed and the area effectively cleaned.

Contact us at (805) 656-3911

SPACE HEATER SAFETY TIPS

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

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SPACE HEATER SAFETY TIPS

Many of us opt to use space heater during colder months as an additional source of comfort and can help save money on our energy bills While portable space heater devices do generate heat they also present potential fire hazards and must be used with caution. Portable space heaters are a potential source of fire if not used properly. Heating fires occur in colder months. Below are some safety measures to keep in mind before turning on your space heater.

  1. When setting up a space heater, remember to keep it at least 36 inches from any flammable or combustible materials and place it on the floor. Should be free of flammable liquids. Do not put them on easily ignitable or combustible surfaces, such as rugs or carpets, or use them to dry wet clothing.
  2. Heaters must be monitored when in operation.
  3. Plug heater directly into a wall receptacle. Never plug it into an extension cord.
  4. When using a fuel-fired space heater in an enclosed area, it is a good idea to leave a window or door partially open to allow for fresh air to enter to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) buildup.
  5. Do not use space heaters in wet areas like bathrooms or kitchens. Electric heaters should be kept out of wet or moist places as water could lead to a fire or shock hazard.
  6. Keep space heaters away from exit ways, walkways and paths of travel.
  7. Make sure the heater you purchase carries a label from either UL, ETL, or CSA. These are safety consulting and certification companies.
  8. Do not use portable space heaters if small children are expected in the area.
  9. Be sure to clean your space heater regularly, and follow your manufacturer’s guide for specific advice on maintenance and inspection.
  10. Unplug the unit when not in use. Never leave a space heater on when you go to sleep.

Practice good safety measures and help reduce the risk of fire in your home. Keep in mind accidents can and do happen. If you find yourself in a fire situation SERVPRO of Ventura is here to help. Contact us at (805) 656-3911

NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH 2020

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

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NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH 2020

September is a National Preparedness Month. Every Year, National Preparedness Month promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. This year, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. Make sure everyone understands where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. You can check visit www.ready.gov/be-informed  to learn more. You can also contact your local SERVPRO to find out more on how to be ready when disaster strikes with the Emergency Ready Program.

Consider the following steps to help you better prepare for an emergency situation.

  • Download apps/check for wireless emergency alerts.
  • If you live in an area that is prone to earthquakes, make improvements to your building to fix structural issues that could cause your building to collapse during an earthquake.
  • If you’re residing in area prone to flooding, keep important documents in a waterproof container. Protect your property flood insurance.
  • If you’re residing in area prone to wildfires, clear debris or articles that could easily fuel the flames.
  • Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.
  • Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.

Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself and your property SERVPRO of Ventura is always ready to respond immediately when you need us.

Give us a call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911