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DEEP CLEANING YOUR BUSINESS FOR THE NEW YEAR

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

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DEEP CLEANING YOUR BUSINESS FOR THE NEW YEAR

Get a fresh start to 2021 for you and your business. Time to evaluate your personal and professional goals. As part of planning, you should also consider the cleanliness of your workplace. As the COVID – 19 pandemic continues, there’s more reason than ever to deep clean your business. There’s no time quite like the new year to remove the dust and dirt from your office. With our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program, SERVPRO of Ventura can rest assured that your business is sanitized, disinfected and cleaned to the standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Here are three different C’s that help your business inspire consumer confidence in your business’s cleanliness.

Consult

 We consult with you and your business to ensure that we provide the best cleaning program just for your facility’s needs. Depending on how your business is set up and the people who occupy your business, your business has needs that should be addresses accordingly with customs cleaning solutions.

Perform

 We perform an expert deep clean of your facility. Our professional team uses EPA – approved hospital grade cleaning solutions to thoroughly clean your business based on decontamination and cleaning standards set by CDC.

Certification

We post a certification of our cleaning procedures on your window in the form of shields that declares your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

If you think that your business needs some CLEANING or DISINFECTING, we at SERVPRO of Ventura are here to help. Call us at (805) 656-3911. All of our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities.

WHAT TO DO BEFORE A BIOHAZARD RESTORATION TEAM ARRIVES?

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

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WHAT TO DO BEFORE A BIOHAZARD RESTORATION TEAM ARRIVES?

Any type of damage should be considered very dangerous and should be immediately treated by a professional restoration team. Dangers of biohazard damages present is considered very dangerous as they can pose a serious health risk. Biohazards can be medical waste, biological or chemical matter. Regardless of the hazard is, extreme caution should be taken.

When involved in any biohazards event, the main focus is the safety of yourself and those around you. It is very important to note that there are serious health consequences that can occur after exposure to biohazard.

What to do while you wait a biohazard restoration team to arrive?

  • Evaluate if it’s not safe to remain in the building with biohazard presence. Avoid performing any action that can cause you to come into contact with.
  • Call emergency services if someone is hurt, so they can receive a care and treat all substances if they are contaminated.
  • Contact restoration team to avoid any secondary issues from arising.

What not to do while you wait for biohazard restoration team to arrive?

  • After any event involving biohazards, never perform any action that might expose you to a contaminated surface.
  • If there is a sewage or flooding damage, turn off HVAC System to prevent secondary issues from arising.
  • Never use any appliances or electronics that have been in contact with contaminated liquid.

When you are faced with trauma or crime scene that requires immediate cleanup of biohazard materials, contact SERVPRO of Ventura. We are available 24/7, our highly trained technicians are standing by. We have qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond to these incidents.

CALL US SERVPRO of Ventura (805) 656-3911

WHAT ARE THE EFFICIENT STRATEGIES FOR RESTORING FLOOD DAMAGES?

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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WHAT ARE THE EFFICIENT STRATEGIES FOR RESTORING FLOOD DAMAGES?

Flood Damage can be found in any geographical area. The causes of flooding come from natural disaster to burst pipes of sewer lines. Restoration professionals are often called to respond the disaster necessary. Flood restoration involves multiple repair and cleaning stages. When considering how extensive flood damage in your home can become, emergency services become vital efforts to begin immediately. Often, preliminary tasks occur before mitigation or the job scoping phase. Planning is very important step and stage before restoration begins. Here are several strategies beginning with your communication with staffs of SERVPRO emergency line.

  1. Information about the disaster

The information you share with our staff emergency line representatives is shared directly with appropriate parties responding to the disaster. This stage is critical to be as thorough as possible so that we can collect the proper data and relevant facts to ensure that our technicians mobilize from our warehouse with the right equipment, personnel and products. Here are the three ultimate ways that we collect to form a restoration plan for the property.

  • Emergency phone call
  • Job scoping
  • Conversations with the costumers
  1. Staging Area

One of the efficient recovery approaches that our SERVPRO technicians utilize is staging areas. These get constructed in unaffected areas of the home nearby to bulk of the work and cleaning must occur. We can limit trips in and out of the house by bringing in all necessary equipment, products and devices into this staging area. It is more efficient, convenient, prevent cross contamination and near to drying work zone.

  1. Efficient Strategies for extraction

There are several extractors common to removing natural flood water from a property, whether inside the house, crawl space area or inaccessible location. These approaches include:

  • Trash pumps
  • Wet vacuums
  • Subcontractor

If your home is damaged contacting a professional restoration company is going to be the fastest, safest and most efficient way to get back on your feet. Our SERVPRO of Ventura team has motivated helpful water restoration technicians and cleaning specialists to assess drying and restoring the property.

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

IS SMOKE DAMAGE COVERED BY INSURANCE?

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

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IS SMOKE DAMAGE COVERED BY INSURANCE?

When a fire breaks out in a property, one of the biggest risk to life and property is from the smoke and soot emits. No matter what the cause, a fire in your business can be devastating and effects are not always visible at first sight which is why you may need to call a professional. Here’s what you need to know about smoke damage and insurance claims.

SOOT DAMAGE AND INSURANCE

In most cases, smoke damage will be covered by commercial insurance policy, even the case occurred at a company right next to yours. The following are some steps you need to take to properly file your claim and increase the chance of it being accepted.

  • Contact your insurance company immediately to report the damage and insurance claim.
  • Call a professional smoke damage removal team like SERVPRO of Ventura to assess the damage and provide a remediation plan
  • Document the damage and repairs
  • Prepare for insurance adjuster

Creating an action plan for cleanup is one of the most important parts of the entire claims and restoration process. Smoke damage is not always easy to deal with and communication with insurance provider can even more frustrating. Following the steps above helps your business future more positive.

If you need a fire and smoke damage restoration services, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

HOW DO FIRE SPRINKLERS WORK?

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

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HOW DO FIRE SPRINKLERS WORK?

Fire Sprinkler system is a powerful defense against fire damage. It is necessity in any commercial building. This device is not that expensive but sprinklers can prevent property damage and reduce the risk of injury to workers, customers and tenants. They are effective in curbing flames 96 percent of the time they’re activated. Here’s how sprinklers work to help protect your property.

DETECTING A FIRE

A common misconception is that fire is triggered by smoke. Fire sprinkler systems sense a fire when the air reaches a precise temperature. The systems have strategically placed sprinkler heads with glass bulbs containing a glycerin-based liquid. When the air temperature near the sprinkler heads heats up to between 135 and 165 degrees Fahrenheit, the bulb fluid expands, breaking the bulb and activating the sprinkler.

DOUSING THE FLAMES

Each sprinkle head is connected to a pipe that attaches to a secure water source outside the building. When heat initiates a sprinkler head, a valve opens, enabling pressurized water from the pipe to flow out and extinguish flames.

BENEFITS OF FIRE SPRINKLER

Fire sprinklers are extremely effective at both containing the fire and putting the fire out quickly. They are able to contain the fire before the fire department even arrives to the site. Fire sprinkler is helpful to not only reduce the amount of damage caused by the fire, but also helps to mitigate the amount of toxic smoke in the building.

If your business has experienced a fire, contact a licensed fire restoration company like SERVPRO of Ventura. It can remove any damaged property, remove soot and eliminate smoke odors.

Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

WHAT TOOLS MAKE PROFESSIONAL RESTORATION MORE EFFICIENT?

1/2/2021 (Permalink)

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WHAT TOOLS MAKE PROFESSIONAL RESTORATION MORE EFFICIENT?

When it comes to restoration, there are dozens of machines that are used to facilitate the process of restoration. Some are common to all restoration processes and some that are far more specific.

The first type of restoration equipment are those items used in water restoration. These machines are not small units and are generally use for larger restoration. These are meant to help families and businesses get back their building faster after water damaged have occurred. This type of equipment includes:

  • Pumps – used to remove water
  • Vacuum – used to remove water from carpet
  • Shampooers- help remove water and sediments
  • Dryers

Next is the equipment that is used to restore a property after fire damage. Because fire restoration in homes and businesses is complex, it often requires different tools, pieces of equipment, specialty product to manage. From removing soot, smoke residues and lingering odors, the right equipment and cleaning approach for these situations becomes vital to mitigation process when SERVPRO teams first arrives. Some of the areas that we can help your home include:

  • Deodorization – professional deodorization services do fire cleanup and restoration cleaning, with products and equipment that eliminate odors for good. They used processes and ozone treatment that leave your house and commercial property odor – free, clean and back to pre loss condition.
  • Cleaning – removing residues and soil from surfaces.
  • Air filtration – Air scrubber and hydroxyl machine can utilize HEPA filtration to clean up the environment.

If your home and business is damaged, contacting a professional restoration company is going to be the fastest, safest and most efficient way to get back on your feet. Our SERVPRO of Ventura professionals can work quickly recover fire and water damaged homes using several powerful tools and practices.

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

SODA BLASTING AND WHY IT IS USEFUL?

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

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SODA BLASTING AND WHY IT IS USEFUL?

SERVPRO technicians uses technological advance and techniques in restoration industry. That is why it is one of the leading water and fire mitigation businesses. Soda blasting is one of our case cleaning method.

When a fire breaks out into your home or business, the primary concern is the safety of people. The high amount of flames and smoke are severe to threats to everyone’s health. That is why it’s necessary to evacuate the property right away. Even the water used to extinguish the fire’s flames can end up damaging your property. Following a fire, your home or business needs to undergo restoration as soon as possible to limit the damage. Once way to restore your property of fire damage is to use soda blasting.

What is Soda-Blasting?

Soda-Blasting is a cleaning method that uses an environmentally friendly form of sodium bicarbonate to remove dirt and another substance from various surfaces. Sodium bicarbonate is also known as baking soda and referred as soda blast media, and applied to affected surface using pressure from blaster technology. This is used generally on walls, and wood floors. Soda – blasting enables our technicians to clean surfaces without harming it. With its cleaning capabilities, it can rid of charring, soot and residue caused by a fire and its flames. There are many methods and equipment that can be harsh to affected surfaces and even to people conducting the work. This is not the case with soda blasting, it is very safe.

Why choose us?

We recognize the value of rebuilding your property as soon as possible after exposure to fire, smoke and water. Remember that SERVPRO of Ventura is ready to help and only one, quick call away.

Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

CAN SERVPRO of Ventura SAVE WALL INSULATION AFTER FLOOD?

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

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CAN SERVPRO of Ventura SAVE WALL INSULATION AFTER FLOOD?

The insulation in the house is not something every home owner’s think often. They do not think that it is part of home’s structure and this is necessary to keep the house warm in winter and cool in summer. Just like any other space, insulation can need to be repaired or replaced after a disaster.

What happens when insulation gets wet?

Fiber glass and cellulose are most common types of insulation that are vulnerable to attic water damage in specific ways. When moisture fills the air pockets between the fibers, the insulation loses its ability to slow the transfer of heat. Cellulose insulation is the most susceptible to water damage and we cannot usually salvage it.

Spray foam insulation is another type of insulation but it’s not likely to get water damaged. However, plaster, wood and other building materials around it can still get damaged.

What are the risk of wet insulation?

  • The presence of moisture creates a rich breeding ground of fungus.
  • Soaked materials can lead to damage inside wall cavities.
  • Wet insulation cannot do its job effectively

If your home suffers flood damage, water can seep into the walls and damage the insulation. Checking for water inside the walls is an essential part of SERVPRO of Ventura water remediation process. We have several tools available we can use to assess the insulating materials.

  • Moisture meter to compute the amount of water present
  • Thermo – hygrometers to measure humidity in the air
  • Thermal imaging to trace the movement of moisture

We used air movers, fans, dehumidifiers and portable heaters to dry inside wall cavities.

Should you concerned about flood damage to your insulation, call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

THE FOUR PRINCIPLES OF DRYING

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

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THE FOUR PRINCIPLES OF DRYING

When a water loss occurs, specific steps are taken during mitigation process. This is to ensure the affected space is completely dry. Every step completes another phase of the extraction process.

  1. Water extraction

This is the water removal phase. Removing water in its state is at least 500 times more efficient than skipping this step.  Being a flood victim is never a good thing, whether it happens via storm, broken pipe, sewage back up or shower that has been clogged. Your home must undergo a water extraction process as soon as possible, because the longer water remains, even more problems can arise.

  1. Airflow

This is the evaporation phase. After removing as much water as possible in its liquid state, the remaining moisture is evaporated with high velocity air movers.

  1. Dehumidification

This is the balanced phase. As moisture is dried out, it evaporates and becomes water vapor in the air. Without dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air, it could delay the drying process and cause mold growth.

  1. Temperature Control

This is also called the temperature maintenance phase. Our professionals will use room measurement, temperature and relative humidity to carefully monitor the progress.

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

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO USE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER?

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

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DO YOU KNOW HOW TO USE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER?

When we were young, we are taught that if we play the fire we will get burnt. We are taught of safety protocols in case you ever have a misfortune of being a fire in yourself. We just remember the STOP, DROP AND DROLL. We aren’t taught on how to properly use of fire extinguisher. We all have seen them, but many of us do not know how to use them.

Remember this acronym for fire extinguisher use:  PASS

       P

  • Pull the pin. The pin releases the lacking mechanism and enables the extinguisher to use.

A

  • Aim at base fire. The base, the fuel of the fire – not the flames – must be extinguished.

S

  • Squeeze the lever slowly. This will release the extinguished agent. A typical fire extinguisher contains only 10 seconds of extinguishing power.

S

  • Sweep from side to side. Look for hot spots that could reignite.

Fire extinguisher usage tips

  • Stand with an exit your back.
  • Stand several feet away, only advancing when the fire wanes. If you feel the heat, you are too close.
  • Use a slow sweeping motion at the fire’ base.
  • Works in pairs whenever possible for safety.

For fire damage restoration and smoke cleanup services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.