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SHOULD CARPET BE REPLACED AFTER WATER DAMAGE

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Wet Carpet Wet Carpet from Water Damage

When excess water is on your property and doesn’t get addressed immediately, building materials,
furnishings and other porous objects will absorb the water and become damaged in the process.
Sometimes, the damage can be easily dealt with, especially if there is a small amount of water that is
clean. But other times, the damage is more difficult to handle, because the water involved is heavily
contaminated.
Seeing your house after flooding is a devastating experience for any homeowner. After the incident
he/she must decide what personal items can be saved and which should be replaced. If there is carpet in
the house, an inch of water can be a reason to replace the carpet. There are reasons why it is best to
replace soaked carpet than to save it.
Where does flood water came from?
1. Flood water comes from broken water pump in the house.
2. Flood water comes from a source with contaminants such as overflowing toilet.
3. Flood water comes from contaminated source such as sewer.
The more contaminated the flood water, the more disinfecting an item must go through to be safe for
people to use. Carpet that has been soaked in the water more than 24 hours is at risk of developing
mold and mildew. It is very difficult to completely remove from carpet. There is no guarantee that the
carpet won’t develop mold or mildew even after it has been cleaned.
Carpet that has been soaked in the water needs to be disinfected, and dried completely to kill any
harmful micro-organisms before it is safe to use. The carpet pad should be replaced and the floor
beneath the carpet cleaned and allowed to dry completely before putting carpet back down.
The cost of trying to save carpet can be high, and the long-term health effects may not be acceptable.

If you had a water damage emergencies, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

CALIFORNIA WILD FIRE

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

wild fire photo California Wild FIres

CALIFORNIA WILD FIRE

A wildfire erupted overnight in the hills above communities in Southern California's Ventura
County, forcing evacuations for thousands of people. 2019 wildfire season is the current-running fire
season in California. According to California Fire Data California has been almost 160, 000 burned than
last year. The Maria Fire ignited in the dry brush in Ventura County early Thursday evening and quickly
consumed thousands of acres, illuminating the contours of South Mountain in a smoky orange glow by
nightfall.
Power utilities have preemptively shut off power to over one million residents due to perceived risk of
wildfires starting in high winds due to high-voltage power lines. While large areas have been without
power for days, people in fire danger areas had trouble getting updates and critical life support
equipment would not work without backup power.
Thousands of children and elderly are rushed to the hospital with asthma attacks and respiratory illness
because of the smoke from the growing blazes leading to hazardous air quality throughout Southern
California. The blazes were among the many wildfires to explode in California during a period of
dangerous fire conditions. Those fires have burned more than 101,000 acres in three weeks.
Californians are becoming more accustomed to the impacts of a longer, stronger fire season due to
global heating, but they are also becoming exhausted. 10 million Southern Californians now living under
a massive smoke cloud to stay indoors with their windows and doors closed. This smoke hazard will last
for two-and-a-half weeks as the fire burns and the smoke lingers.
Weather conditions still may pose a problem, but they are improving. Red flag warnings — meaning
wind, humidity and other conditions are ripe for fires — have been extended for parts of Southern
California.
. “The damage would likely be massive, potentially dwarfing what we have seen recently.” According to
David Sapsis, a wildfire scientist. More likely in the near future given what scientists know about how
climate change will increase wildfire risk in California.
Climate models show that as temperatures continue to rise, the atmosphere and land in some regions,
like California’s forests, will grow more arid. This in turn will make shrubs and trees drier and more
flammable.

What is an AIR SCRUBBER and How does it work?

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

Picture of Small and Big Air srubbers Air scrubbers for Rent in Ventura, California. SERVPRO of Ventura Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration

What is an air scrubber? How does it work?

Most of us think that we are protected from air pollution if we are inside the house. But sadly, that is
not true. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor environments are around 2-5
times as polluted as the air outdoors.
When the temperatures drop and we spend more time indoors and the quality of our indoor air
becomes more important to our health and well-being. If you have a forced air system in your home,
there are many different modifications you can make to your existing HVAC system to improve the
quality of the air you breathe.
What is air scrubber?
Air scrubber is a portable filtration system that removes particles, gasses, and/or chemicals from the air
within a given area. These machines draw air in from the surrounding environment and pass it through a
series of filters to remove contaminants.
How does it work?
Air Scrubbers are used by mold remediation specialists, renovation companies, and other job sites to
help improve the surrounding air quality. It doesn’t just treat the air but it also helps to clean the
surfaces of your home, such as countertops, bathrooms, kitchens, and doorknobs.
Air filters can trap pollutants, but only air purification systems such as Air Scrubbers actually kill the
contaminants and pathogens in your home.
Air Scrubber Benefits & Common Applications
1.Purifies the air and reduces particles that can irritate allergies and asthma
2. Protects people from dangerous contaminants and pollutants
3. Protects heating and cooling systems from dust buildup
4. Reduces exposure to common bacteria and viruses
5. Protects against allergy and asthma triggering contaminants and respiratory issues which may lead to
health problems
6. Effective against MRSA, E. coli and other illness causing bacteria and viruses

For Air Scrubber Rentals, please call SERVPRO of Ventura at 805-656-3911.

Tips to Prevent House Fires

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

A home is a place where you make memories that’s why it is scary to imagine your home ever suffering
from a disaster such as a fire.
Here are ways to reduce the risk of house fire
1. Inspect All Your Heating Sources
When your heating sources are not properly working they could trigger a fire to happen. You should
have them checked out annually by a professional. Make sure your air filters are always cleaned out. A
fire can easily start from debris and dust being too close to a heat source so make sure you clean them
regularly.
2. Test Your Smoke Alarms Regularly
The easiest way to avoid a house fire is by checking your smoke alarms regularly. There is a little button
on it that you can press to test it. If it beeps weakly, then you need to change the batteries. If a fire
breaks out and it’s not working, tragedy can quickly occur as no one is alerted to evacuate.
3. Don’t Leave Your Kitchen
A few seconds is all it takes for a fire to break out. Do not to leave cooking food unattended. If for
whatever reason you can’t turn off the oven, call someone into the kitchen to watch the food until you
get back.
4. Keep Your Stove and Oven Clean
Food particles aren’t the only thing that could cause this to happen. If your curtains hang a little too
close to the stove, they can catch fire. If you leave a dish towel or cookbook on a burner that you forgot
was still hot, they can catch fire.
5. Always Check Your Dryer
Depending on what type of dryer you have, they need to be inspected on a yearly basis. We all get in a
hurry when we’re doing our chores but, don’t forget to clean out your lint trap every time you put in a
new load of laundry.
6. Maintain All Cords
Before you plug something in, make sure that the cord hasn’t been chewed. If you do notice damaged
wires, replace them as soon as possible because this is a huge fire hazard. .

7. Properly Store Flammable Products
Household cleaners and common cosmetic items like hairspray and shaving cream can be hazardous. If
they are exposed to a large heat source, they can combust. Keep them away from space heaters, and
store them safely in a cool area.
8. Practice Caution with Candles
Scented can cause fire if you don’t use them carefully. Make sure you put them out before you exit a
room and keep them far away from blankets or other objects.
9. Be Careful with Your Fireplace
You don’t want any stray sparks to escape so you need to make sure you have a door between the
flames and your flooring. It goes without saying, but never leaves the room when the fireplace is going.
Dispose of them in a metal container that is designated just for the ashes.
10. Keep Fire Extinguishers Around
Fire extinguishers are your best defense weapon when a fire breaks out. Make sure you have one in
every room that is a potential threat, such as the kitchen. Every family member should know how to use
an extinguisher so if a fire does happen, it can be put out as fast as possible.
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. Call us at (805) 656-3911 for assistance.

WHY CHOOSE A PROFESSIONAL BIOHAZARD CLEAN UP COMPANY?

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

WHY CHOOSE A PROFESSIONAL BIOHAZARD CLEAN UP COMPANY?

WHAT IS CONSIDERED A BIOLOGICAL HAZARD

A biological hazard, or biohazard, is a biological substance that poses a threat to the health of living organisms, primarily humans. Common biohazards include medical waste, drug paraphernalia and supplies, blood and bodily fluids, biological material, and toxic chemicals.

BIOHAZARD CLEANUP AND REMEDIATION SERVICES

The goal is to restore your home or business to its original, livable condition. They begin by removing and disposing of potentially infectious and hazardous materials according to industry standards and government regulations. The biohazard cleanup specialists decontaminate and sanitize all affected areas and items. It is necessary to discard some materials contaminated by hazardous materials.

Blood and Bodily Fluid

Situations involving blood and bodily fluids pose a risk for spreading blood borne pathogens, bacteria, and viral contaminants. If not properly cleaned and disinfected, these biological hazards may spread diseases or present health risks.

Unattended Deaths

Our biohazard teams provide complete cleanup and decontamination services after an unattended death. An unattended death involves someone who has died alone but is not found immediately.

Suicide and Homicide

The trained crews professionally clean and disinfects affected areas to prevent contamination.

Crime Scene

The professional cleanup teams use professional disinfectants to clean and restore your home or business after a traumatic experience or tragic event.

Illegal Drug Labs

They clean up illicit drug production labs including those used to produce or process methamphetamine, fentanyl, and heroin. The chemicals used in the production and processing of illegal drugs are volatile and may cause explosions or fires.

Cleanup after a traumatic experience or a tragic loss can be intense and overwhelming. There is no reason to go it alone. The biohazard cleanup companies in our network are trained to discreetly clean up and restore your home or business.

Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices. If you need immediate assistance, call us  – (805) 656-3911. SERVPRO of Ventura is available 24 hours a day—our highly trained technicians are standing by.

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.