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PREVENTING COMMON TYPES OF WATER DAMAGE IN SUMMER

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

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PREVENTING COMMON TYPES OF WATER DAMAGE IN SUMMER

Water damage occurs year round. Many people do not realize that water damage can occur at any time of the year. Changing seasons make certain types of water damage more likely. Most homeowners who live in cold-weather climates know the risks of burst pipes during the winter. However, homeowners should also consider how to prevent water damage in their house during the summer. Here are some summer-related water damage issues to keep in mind:

  1. A/C OVERFLOWS

Air conditioning and window units can be a source of water damage for your home during the summer. On a humid summer day, the typical central air conditioner produces as much as 20 gallons of condensate. The drip pan may collect more water/condensation than normal. If the condensation line clogs, the drip pan can overflow rapidly every time the A/C cycles on. Be sure to check on the drip pan every week during the summer. It’s normal for it to be wet when the A/C is operating. But if you see standing water in the pan, turn off the unit and call a qualified HVAC service technician.

  1. Summer Storms

Keep your gutters clear and flowing free. If your gutters are clogged and there is heavy rain, this water can build up and spill into your home’s foundation through your roof or into your basement. This summer, take the time to clean out your gutters, or call the professionals if your roof is too high to reach.

  1. Vacation Preparation

There’s no good time for household water damage. Many people travel during the summer and it is important that you prepare your home before you leave to prevent a water damage. A ruptured plumbing pipe, water heater or other leak can occur if nobody’s home. The best way you can prevent water damage in your home while you're away is to shutoff valve and turn off the water to the house before you go. Make sure all your doors, windows, skylights, and vents are properly sealed to keep out water and wind.

If you notice a problem and need water damage restoration, here at SERVPRO of Ventura will provide trustworthy and effective water damage restoration services. Our professionals can prevent future damage to your home caused by damage you cannot see.

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

COMMON CAUSES OF COMMERCIAL BUILDING FIRE

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

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COMMON CAUSES OF COMMERCIAL BUILDING FIRE

Commercial building fire put all business at risk. Although workplaces have fire safety and precautions, and employees are trained in fire safety, there are still many commercial fires each year resulting hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries and billions of damages.  Many commercial building fires could have either been avoided if there’s a regular check-up on their equipment or knowing how to keep materials safe and away from any potential hazard. In order to reduce the chances of a fire happening in your building, here are some tips to help keep you and your building safe.  

  1. Cooking Equipment

Cooking fires remain at the top of the list as a cause of commercial fires. Any business that serves food is likely to have a kitchen area. Because of high cooking temperatures, flammable oils and grease, this is the single most common cause of commercial fires. Kitchen are extremely high risk zone; strong effort should be taken. Sprinklers, alarms and fire extinguishers are an absolute must.

  1. Electrical Malfunction

7 percent of Commercial building fires are linked to electrical malfunction due to problems with wiring in the building and poor maintenance. Building owners should have a new building's wiring systems inspected by a professional as well. Be sure to keep the circuit breakers up to date, and all electrical on par with current safety codes. Having follow-up preventative checks every few years is a good idea, especially for buildings that have heavy energy users.

  1. Heating Equipment

Depending on the climate, commercial buildings require heat to stay comfortable for several months of the year. Causes of a commercial fire started by heating equipment, this includes central heating systems, as well as water heaters, space heaters, and other appliances. To keep your building safe, it is important to regularly check and maintain any and all HVAC units in your building.

  1. Human Error /Unintentional Fire

Some examples of an unintentional fire include cigarettes being disposed improperly, employees leaving heating equipment too close to walls or flammable surfaces and keeping a messy workstation or improper use of electrical devices example are extension cords. Because unintentional fires can’t be easily avoided, it’s important to educate employees on fire prevention and safety practices and install plenty of fire prevention systems, such as fire alarms and fire and smoke curtains.

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

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR TOILET OVERFLOWS?

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

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WHAT TO DO IF YOUR TOILET OVERFLOWS?

One of the situation you encounter in your home is overflowing toilet. It is very frustrating no matter what the circumstances involve. When sewage backup involves, the problem is more serious, it could contain bacteria and illness carrying microbes. if you find that overflowing toilet is becoming a problem more often, here is a quick list to help get out of this stressful situation.

  1. Stop the Flow of Water

The best way to do this is to remove the lid from the toilet tank and follow the steps:

  • Lift up the bottom of the fill valve or float to stop the water from refilling.
  • Rig the float to stay up to prevent it from refilling the toilet.
  • Pull out the refill tube from the overflow valve to stop the water from refilling the tank.
  1. Begin the Cleanup Process

Toilet overflow water is considered contaminated gray water and black water if it contains human waste. It’s important after a toilet overflow that you immediately clean up. Grasp a mop and some towels and begin to clean the excess water around your toilet. Wash or dispose of them afterward. Make sure the area around your toilet is completely dry.

  1. Find the Blockage

In case there is something blocking the toilet, try to remove it by your hands or with plunger. Wear gloves to avoid contaminating your hands.

  1. Hire a Professional

If you can’t find the object that is blocking the toilet, it’s time to call a plumber or sewage company. Hiring a professional plumber or sewage company will ensure to stop and fix the problem from occurring. These professionals have the knowledge, tools, and experience to salvage as much as possible in your bathroom and begin the repair process.

Water from overflowing toilet should be considered very dangerous. It should be dealt with as quickly as possible. For Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow, Call SERVPRO of Ventura, a water damage restoration specialist with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business.

Call us at (805) 656-3911

ADVANTAGES OF HIRING A PROFESSIONAL SERVICE CLEANER FOR SUPERMARKETS, SHOPPING CENTERS AND RETAIL STORES

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

ADVANTAGES OF HIRING A PROFESSIONAL SERVICE CLEANER FOR SUPERMARKETS, SHOPPING CENTERS AND RETAIL STORES ADVANTAGES OF HIRING A PROFESSIONAL SERVICE CLEANER FOR SUPERMARKETS, SHOPPING CENTERS AND RETAIL STORES

ADVANTAGES OF HIRING A PROFESSIONAL SERVICE CLEANER FOR SUPERMARKETS, SHOPPING CENTERS AND RETAIL STORES

Maintaining a professionally clean commercial center, such as supermarkets, shopping centers and retail stores, hygiene is the most important aspect, especially in competitive markets. Customers judge shopping stores not only by the items available, but the overall experience that a store presents. The air they breathe, everything is an integral part of the shopping experience. Store owners should be keep their stores clean and presentable at all times. This not only enhances a customer’s shopping experience and safety but also increase their likelihood to return to the store for future purchases.  Here are some of the reasons why hiring a professional cleaner makes perfect business sense.

  1. Peace of mind

Hiring professional cleaners on a contract basis takes away the entire burden of cleaning and sanitizing from employees. Investing time in cleaning your own store or assigning cleaning responsibilities to your staff, you are wasting time, money, and productivity.

  1. Heavy-duty Equipment

Because commercial places usually require advanced cleaning tools. Professional cleaning companies have specialized cleaning equipment for many other types of services including power/pressure cleaning, special event cleaning, and more.

  1. Clean Environment

Trained professional cleaners are experts at completing the job quickly and effectively. Professional cleaners also ensure the ‘proper’ sanitizing of floors, toilets, desk and other surfaces that people come into contact with frequently. You can ensure that all the areas are free from disease-causing microorganisms, such as bacteria and viruses.

  1. Good Appearance

Positive first impressions are guaranteed, when hiring a professional commercial cleaner. You can be assured that your grocery store, shopping center or mall is always looking its best.

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 cleaning and restoration industry.

Give SERVPRO of Ventura a call anytime that you need us at (805) 656-3911.

HOW TO PREVENT DRYER FIRE

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Doing the laundry is part of our daily or weekly routine. Most people don’t know that clothes dryers are one of the major causes of house fires. The most common cause is failure to do a thorough cleaning, because a lint trap is not a foolproof method for catching all the fuzzy stuff from clothes, lint can gradually build up and catch fire in the heating element or exhaust duct.

To prevent fire damage from happening in your home, here are five things you can do that don’t take a lot of time out of your schedule.

  1. CLEAN THE LINT SCREEN

Clean out the lint screen every time you use the dryer. The screen catches lint during drying cycles and if it’s not cleaned, the fuzziest from our clothing can build up and cause a potential fire hazard.

  1. INSPECT THE EXHAUST VENT PIPE

One of the most common causes of dryer fires are blocked dryer vent. Accumulation of lint within the hoses restricts airflow, causing it to overheat and potentially catch fire. Clear out the vent pipe to reduce the chance of fire and to maintain the efficiency of the dryer.

  1. CLEAR THE AREA AROUND THE DRYER

Remove flammables like cleaning supplies away from your dryer. Sweep out dust regularly in the areas around and underneath your dryer. Limiting the amount of clutter near your dryer, you decrease the chances of a potential fire hazard.

  1. DO NOT OVERLOAD THE DRYER

When you overload the dryer, you upset the airflow, the clothes will take longer to dry. It can damage the drum and other components of dryer. The fuller your dryer is, the longer it will take to dry your clothes and the hotter it will get.

  1. CALL A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL

Regular maintenance is important for keeping your clothes dryer in good working order. Professional service is required to ensure the unit is functioning properly with no safety hazards.

Keep these fire prevention tips in mind so that you limit the potential for dryer fires. In the case that your residence experiences a dryer fire and suffers damage from it, seek fire damage restoration services immediately before the damage worsens. Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

WAYS TO PREVENT MOLDS FROM SPREADING THROUGHOUT YOUR BUILDING

7/24/2020 (Permalink)

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WAYS TO PREVENT MOLDS FROM SPREADING THROUGHOUT YOUR BUILDING

Mold can grow on carpet, clothing, food, paper, and in places you can't see. It is spread via spores and cannot be completely eradicated. It is a common and serious problem. Luckily, there are a few things you can do so you can you minimize risk of pesky mold popping up in your building.

  1. Clean Your Building Regularly

To prevent this fungus from growing, it is important to keep your building clean. This will help to remove the spores before they spread.

  1. Make Repairs Right Away

Leaky roofs, unsealed windows and door frames are problems causing mold to grow. Repair building issues as soon as they occur. Always try to catch leaks and water damage before the wetness can lead to a moldy disaster.

  1. Keep Humidity Low

A leak is not the only the reason that can cause mold to grow. The climate in which building resides may mean humidity is always at a high. Damp air makes it easy for mold to grow. Consider installing dehumidifiers, or running smaller units in basements and attics help keep things dry.

  1. Hire a Professional for Removal

If you already have mold in your building, do not try to remove it on your own. Mold cleanup can actually cause the fungus to spread further if done incorrectly. To effectively prevent mold from growing, you need a mold remediation specialist. Working with a mold remediation specialist can help ensure that any existing problems are responded to quickly and that moving ahead, you’ll stay free and clear of mold-related damage and health concerns.

Any property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours if you suspect your building has a mold problem, you should call us SERVPRO of Ventura. We have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If you see a sign of mold, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

HOW TO HANDLE A NATURAL GAS LEAK?

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

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HOW TO HANDLE A NATURAL GAS LEAK?

Natural gas is the cleanest fossil fuel in the world. Produces only carbon dioxide, water vapor and small amounts of nitrogen oxide when burned. It is used to power a wide range of furnaces, fireplaces, clothes dryers, and stoves. Like almost all sources of energy, natural gas can be dangerous if improperly handled. A natural gas leak can cause potential fires in the house. Inhaling the gas can cause poisoning. Here’s how to recognize a problem and what to do once you smell natural gas.

  1. Learn how to recognize signs of a natural gas leak.

The smell of rotten eggs

Natural gas smells similar to Sulfur or rotting eggs. The stronger this smell, the more likely it is that there is a leak.

 Hissing sounds

A hissing noise will also be possible when you are very near the leak itself. If it’s safe, check your stove; sometimes the gas can be turned on accidentally.

 Air bubbles outside your home

If you see bubbles in standing water including puddles and mud it may be a sign of natural gas dispersing through the soil and into the surrounding air. Natural gas leaks can also occur in underground piping outside the home.

  1. Inspect devices and appliances that use natural gas on a regular basis

Regularly inspecting all devices and appliances that use gas helps prevent and identify possible gas leaks.

  1. Install natural gas and carbon monoxide detectors in your home

Slow gas leaks may not produce enough natural gas smell to be detectable, and even large leaks may not be detected by people with a diminished sense of smell. It is recommended that homeowners use a natural gas detector to alert them to the presence of natural gas.

  1. Shut off natural gas in your home

Cutting off the supply of gas prevents additional gas from escaping and can keep things from getting worse.

If you do have a gas fire, you’ll need to contact your insurance company to help you pay for fire damage cleanup. Hopefully, if you’ve followed the steps above, you’ll avoid any serious repercussions and simply deal with fixing the leak.

If you need a team to help fire damage clean up, contact our team SERVPRO of Ventura, call us at (805) 656-3911.

WHAT ARE THE MOST DANGEROUS HOUSHOLD CHEMICALS?

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

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WHAT ARE THE MOST DANGEROUS HOUSHOLD CHEMICALS?

Household chemicals can absolutely make our lives easier, but many cleaners and chemicals can be dangerous when used improperly. To avoid serious accidents, carefully follow the instructions on the product label and make sure these five chemicals are always stored safely in your home or business to maintain safety.

  1. AMMONIA

It used as a refrigerant gas, for purification of water supplies, and in the manufacture of plastics, explosives, textiles, pesticides, dyes and other chemicals. It is found in many household and industrial-strength cleaning solutions. Pure chemical ammonia can cause severe burns and respiratory issues if it comes into contact with skin or is ingested. When working with ammonia, wearing heavy-duty gloves, goggles and a face mask are smart precautions to protect your health.

  1. ANTIFREEZE

Also known as coolant, is a bright yellow or green liquid that mixes with the water in cars, trucks and other vehicles to keep the radiators from freezing or overheating. Swallowing antifreeze (ethylene glycol) may cause damage to the heart, brain, kidney and other internal organs. Inhaling antifreeze is not as dangerous, but may cause dizziness.

  1. BLEACH

It's used to disinfect surfaces, too, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. Hospitals and hotels use bleach to clean and disinfect bed linens and surfaces. Restaurants disinfect food preparation surfaces with chlorine bleach. Being a strong corrosive substance, bleach can affect the respiratory system if inhaled. It can also irritate or burn the skin and eyes. Always wear cleaning gloves and a dust mask when using bleach.

  1. DRAIN CLEANERS

It is used to break down organic material that builds up and obstructs pipes. Most chemical drain cleaners contain powerful alkaline compounds, including lye, that can cause serious damage when it comes into contact with your skin or eyes.

  1. AIR FRESHENERS

It is formulated to freshen building rooms and enclosed places by releasing fragrances to combat undesirable odors and smells. This one probably comes as a surprise, but the truth is many commercial air fresheners contain formaldehyde and other potentially dangerous chemicals. Even ones called green and organic, can emit potentially hazardous chemicals.

These are just some of the more damaging household chemicals commonly found in homes. There are many other cleaners which contain potentially dangerous chemicals.

For professional cleaning services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

COMMON CAUSES OF A LEAKY CEILING IN AN APARTMENT BUILDING

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

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COMMON CAUSES OF LEAKY CEILING IN AN APARTMENT BUILDING

Leaking is the most common problems in apartments. It is a serious business and if left unchecked, it causes major damage. Apartments are subjected to structural ceiling leaks the same as any home. Because there are different people living in other floor, structural my not always the causes of leaks. Ceiling leaks can be a frustrating issue, so it is best to ascertain where the leak is coming from, if possible, then notify the apartment manager as soon as you can.

  1. BATHROOM LEAKS

The two most common types of leaks in a bathroom are from the toilet or the bathtub. The leak could be caused by a leak in your upstairs toilet. A toilet leak is usually a result of some sort of a break or defect in the seal of the wax ring that adjoins the toilet to the floor. Every time a toilet is flushed, it causing water to penetrate through the bathroom floor and into your ceiling. A bathtub leaks if the drain gasket is bad, or the caulking has deteriorated around the sides of the tub. Each time the tub is used, splashed or draining water leaks through the floor and comes through the ceiling.

  1. PLUMBING LEAKS

Plumbing leaks generally are from pipe joints or drains. Pipes run through walls, so a plumbing leak may begin where the ceiling and the wall come together. The ceiling may show signs of leaking water. The wall directly beneath the leaking ceiling also may show signs of water damage as the water runs down the inside of the wall.

  1. ATTIC LEAKS

Water leaks occur through roof failure, ice dams, and water condensation or frost build-up inside an attic. Rainy weather causes the first type of leak. An attic above an apartment may leak and deposit water anywhere onto a ceiling wall and causes leaking at any point.

If you are a renter or a property manager or owner and you think there might be a water damage situation, don’t forget to call SERVPRO of Ventura. We are dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us. A fast response lessens the damage, limits additional damages, and reduces the overall potential cost. Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

ROOF SUFFERS STORM DAMAGE?

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR ROOF SUFFERS STORM DAMAGE?

After a strong storm passes through town, it’s important to go outside and assess the possible roof damage it might have caused. Storms can damage a roof in a number of ways. Hail, wind and falling debris can damage shingles. Heavy rains can cause water to pool, creating leaks. To keep up with the demands of the seasons, make sure you follow these tips on what to do after storm damage happens to your home.

  1. ASSESS THE DAMAGE

The first thing to do if you experienced severe weather is to assess the damage. Estimate the specific details of the area that has been damaged. Document the materials that are visible or exposed. Check for signs of exposed plywood, tarpaper, or the ends of missing shingles.

  1. MAKE TEMPORARY FIXES

Interior property can be damaged by leaking water. Be sure to place a bucket under leaks to prevent further interior damage. Serious damage need to be waterproofed quickly using a strapped tarping method, smaller repairs can be shingled immediately.

  1. CONTACT INSURANCE COMPANY

Homeowners insurance covers your roof in cases where it is damaged for reasons outside of the homeowner’s control. Roof damage caused by moderate weather incidents such as hail, wind, and rain are often covered by homeowner’s insurance. It is important to thoroughly document any damage that occurred.

  1. CALL A ROOFER

Always hire a professional contractor. A roofing professionals can determine the severity of the leak and analyze your home for the best route of access into the damaged area. They patch, repair, or replace unsalvageable sections of roofing.

  1. CALL A RESTORATION PRPOFESSIONAL

When the leak is under control, you’re left with the water damage. Untouched water damage can be a bigger mess that you expect. Festering within structural support systems and hidden pipes, even the slightest bit of water can weaken your home. A professional restoration service can dry and sanitize thoroughly as to completely restore the damage that has occurred.

If your home is suffering from water damage and you need to seek immediate assistance from a professional water damage restoration service, please call us SERVPRO.