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DOES SMOKE COLOR INFLUENCE THE DAMAGE FROM FIRES?

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

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Smoke is made up of particulates, aerosols and gases and identifying the characteristics of each given smoke plume can be helpful when fighting fires. Firefighter can tell what is happening with a fire by reading smoke. Most people are not aware of the different variations of smoke produced, and the implications they might have on a property. SERVPRO of Ventura helps cleanup damage from all types of smoke in properties.

Which color does smoke commonly exhibit?

You can simplify the process of fire damage in your home if you observe and note the color of smoke emitted from your property as fire burns. Below are common color variations:

  1. Black Smoke – thick black smoke indicated heavy fuel that are not fully consumed. At times, black smoke can be an indicator that a manmade material is burning such as tires, vehicles or a structure and highly volatile.

Various challenges can arise after you notice a fire burning with thick dark smoke. The extreme heat from the scorching fire can push residues deeper into surfaces, making it tougher to clean the area or remove odors.

  1. White smoke – often mean material is off gassing moisture and water vapor, meaning the fire is just starting to consume material. It can also indicate light and flashy fuels such as grass or twigs.
  2. Grey smoke – indicate that the fire is slowing down and running out of materials to burn.

Our technicians at SERVPRO of Ventura can handle such cleaning situations with various resources, such automated agitation equipment. An experienced team can help you address the challenges the situation present.

If your property has experienced a fire, contact a licensed fire restoration company likeSERVPRO of Ventura. Do not hesitate to call us, at (805) 656-3911.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR FLOODS IN YOUR HIGH-RISE BUILDING?

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

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HOW TO PREPARE FOR FLOODS IN YOUR HIGH-RISE BUILDING?

Floods are one of the most common types of natural disasters. They can be detrimental for high-rise buildings. The nature of buildings makes them particularly vulnerable to flooding caused by severe storms. Water damage can cause serious damage to your home, retail or office. You might be wondering how big a problem water damage could be to a high rise. The bottom floor of high-rise is always at risk, but even on the top floors there are major issues. Take a look at how you can minimize risk of flood in your high –rise building and meet the challenger of flooding, should it occur.

  1. Know your flood risk

Heavy storms can back up the city’s drainage system and flood your building’s basement. Damaged roofs let in heavy rains and ruptured plumbing on upper floors leak water down through lower levels. From broken sprinkler systems and sewer backups to clogged HVAC lines, the potential for water damage is always present. Even small leaks can quickly spread water in a tall building and cause problems that linger long after repairs are taken care of.

  1. Protect critical systems

If electrical and mechanical system are located in the basement, and your building is at risk of flooding, you will want to insulate and protect the equipment so it remains operational should the worst occur. Same applies to water pump – in most cities. Also make sure your fire pump is protected from potential flood damage and you have emergency staircase and corridor lighting that will remain operational even in there is a power outage.

  1. Create an emergency plan

A comprehensive emergency plan for residents is essential. The plan should encompass a variety of disaster including fire, medical emergencies and floods. A complete plan will include emergency contacts, evacuation maps and direction and tips for residents on how to submit insurance claims. Communication is the key for keeping residents informed during emergencies.

A professional restoration contractor handles water damage from floor to ceiling including furnishings, equipment and personal belongings. If you have any questions about water damage in Ventura County, please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura  at (805) 656-3911.

ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS AFTER WATER DAMAGE

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

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In any case of water damage to a home or business, there is the question of whether or not the electrical system has been compromised. Water and electricity are dangerous. Electrical Equipment can be hazardous if re – energized without performing a proper evaluation. Such equipment usually involves switches and low voltage protective components such as molded – case circuit breakers and fuses.

After a disaster, everybody is in a hurry to get things back to normal. Safety around water and electricity require patience. If your house of property has been severely damaged by floodwaters. Here are some pointers to help keep you safe:

  1. Buzzling Wires

After flooding or heavy rains, you might notice a buzzing or humming noises seem to becoming from your wires or your appliances. If there is a strange sound, don’t attempt to handle it in any away. It could be a rogue charge caused by water damage. That charge will shoo into you in a hurry if you get too close.

  1. Dangers of water damage and electrical wiring

Initial water damage could cause damage to your electrical system as well as appliances and devices throughout your home if not properly repaired. Damage wiring could cause power surges that could permanently damage devices plugged into the system. Once a property is pumped out and you begin recovery efforts, check all electrical components.

  1. Potential for A fire

Water also can start a fire. The presence of moisture can rapidly increase the current in the circuit, which in most modern appliances will cause a short circuit as the fuse is blown. If a fuse is not present, then the wire will heat up and a fire could start

  1. Electric Shock

Electricity and water are such a dangerous combination because water is a conductor of electricity. Wires may be exposed and make contacts with unintended and undergrounded, surfaces. The heat can build up and your material could catch fire.

The best way to assure if your home is safe after water damage is to call water damage professionals with the knowledge needed to assess the damage in your home or property. Water shouldn’t be lightly and is not a fun do-it-yourself home project. Ask an expert opinion to determine if equipment and appliances can be dried out and restored.

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

TYPES OF FLOODS THAT COULD AFFECT YOU

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

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TYPES OF FLOODS THAT COULD AFFECT YOU

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the world. They cause billions of dollars’ worth of damage every year. Since floods can damage any property in almost area, it is important to learn about the various types of floods and how they can affect properties.

Here are the most common floods that could affect you:

  1. Flash Floods

It is a sudden, localized flood of great volume and short duration, typically caused by unusually heavy rain. They usually cover a relatively small area and occur with little to no notice, generally less than 6 hours. They often carry large loads of mud and rock fragments, cars and trees.

  1. River Floods

Characterized by gradual riverbank overflows caused by extensive rainfall over an extended period of time. River floods are rarely result in loss of lives but can caused dams and dikes to break, creating immense economic damage.

  1. Urban Floods

Occur when the drainage system in a city or town fails to absorb the water from heavy rain. The lack of natural drainage in an urban area can also contribute to flooding. Water flows out on the street making driving through it very dangerous.

  1. Storm Surge

Storm surges are caused by strong storms such as tropical storms or hurricanes. They are characterized by strong winds, heavy downpours and low atmospheric pressure that cause caused tides to swell by 30 feet or more.

  1. Sewer Flooding

It may result from failure of the sewerage system. It may also happen when the sewer system does have enough capacity to take water entering the system from heavy rainfall or river or highway flooding.

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

HOARDING CLEANUP: IT’S NOT JUST JUNK REMOVAL, IT’S ABOUT HEALTH AND SAFETY

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

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HOARDING CLEANUP: IT’S NOT JUST JUNK REMOVAL, IT’S ABOUT HEALTH AND SAFETY

Hoarding is a serious problem that is more than just the dramatized version we see on TV.  If you’ve ever been a home that was overwhelmed with hoarding, you know the toll it can take not only on the house but on the people who live in it.

Whether that hoarder is a friend or colleague who lives on their own, or they’re a family member who lives with you, you probably like to help. But when cleaning up these homes, more is involved than just taking out the trash.

Most people who hoard on an extreme level have emotional and mental health problems. People dealing with this disorder have a constant issue getting rid of their possessions. This leads to clutter that can disrupt their way of living with others. But when the well –being of the home occupants is in danger, cleaning up a hoarded home is necessary. And when you do, it’s best to call a professional who handle such cases regularly.

Hoarding is usually manifest itself more like an indoor junkyard. A house that has been taken over by a hoarder:

  • Poses safety hazards; fire hazard, tripping, hazardous materials/ bio contaminants
  • Looks terrible
  • Emits a stale or foul odor
  • Affects all inhabitants negatively

Hoarder Cleanup is like cleaning up to a crime scene. You need to very cautious when it comes to the physical removal of the trash and clean-up process. Workers must wear protective suits (PPE), which include disposable gloves and face mask, to protect themselves against bacteria and diseases. They also keep a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit on hand.

Hoarding cleanup services are effective way to curtail the hoarder habits and even to restore the home to proper living conditions. With hoarding cleanup, you can transform the home into an entirely new feeling.

The idea of a hoarding cleanup, will probably seem objectionable to the hoarder, that’s why the best strategy to initiate the hoarding cleanup process may be to approach the hoarder with an organized list of concern. When done in a caring way with a family and friends. With care and a good plan, the hoarder can be convinced that hoarding cleanup is what’s best for everyone.

If you or a loved one suffers from hoarding or you need assistance cleaning out a hoarder’s house. Using the latest cleaning and restoration tools and techniques, we’re standing by 24/7 to return any property to a safe, clean and orderly condition.

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

3 THINGS YOU SHOULD INCLUDE IN YOUR FIRE ESCAPE PLAN

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

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In the instance of a fire, a quick and safe evacuation of everyone in your home is of the utmost importance. Fire and smoke spread fast and could leave people trapped in dangerous, inescapable locations if an evacuation plan is no place. Home fires can be scary, but you can improve your family’s chance of getting out safely if you come up with a fire escape plan in advance. Putting together a detailed plan can seem overwhelming, so try to consider what you need to include in your fire escape plan.

  1. Identify All Exits

Print out or draw a floor plan of your home, Mark all exits in a bright color including all exterior doors and windows. A clear explanation, clear signage and visual representations where appropriate will instruct people on how to exit safely. Consider putting a fire escape ladder next to all upper story windows and make sure all basement windows have fire ladders as well.

  1. Perform a Drill

The best way for everyone to react calmly and to do their part in safely exiting the burning building is to rehearse in advance. Identify areas of the home where fires are likely to occur, make sure each family member knows the safest ways to exit the home from various rooms. Organize a home fire drill once every two months. Be sure to focus on the children and their knowledge about fire safety.

  1. The Meeting Point

Once every member of your household exits the building, you should pick out a place where everyone will meet. Your meeting place could be on the street corner or at a neighbor’s house in the event of inclement weather.

If you need help creating a plan for your building, then contact fire department or a restoration expert for help.

If your property has experienced a fire, contact a licensed fire restoration company like SERVPRO of Ventura. Do not hesitate to call us, at (805) 656-3911.

BAD THINGS THAT HAPPEN WHEN THERE’S MOISTURE IN YOUR CRAWL SPACE

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

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BAD THINGS THAT HAPPEN WHEN THERE’S MOISTURE IN YOUR CRAWL SPACE

When there is a flood in your crawl space, the problem and the damage are clear. Less obvious moisture can also lead to a wet crawl space and cause problems that you do not expect. So, if your home has a crawl space, it is very important that you make sure that it stays dry and free from moisture. Keeping your crawlspace dry is essential in avoiding the following:

  1. Mold

Mold spores are little particles of fungi that usually float around in harmless amounts, are attracted to humid environments where they can grow. A wet crawl space is a perfect location for mold to grow and start consuming organic materials. Moisture can seep in cracks in your foundation.

  1. Insect infestation

Dust mites and other pests love a wet environment that your flooding crawl space can provide. Cockroaches, spiders, and termites are also attracted to humid environments and the darkness of a crawl space.

  1. Wood Rot

The water vapor found in the air of your crawl space will keep wood damp and cause floor joist and support beams to decay, which could cause the foundation of your house to sag.

  1. High Energy Bills

House with damp crawl spaces cost more to heat and cool. The damp air requires more energy to change the temperature which leads to higher energy bills.

The best method to reduce the amount of moisture in your crawl space is to perform space encapsulation. This is an incredibly involved process which requires a professional or expert that will create a barrier on the walls and floors with a heavy duty plastic and drainage mats. Completely sealing off any vents or gaps between windows and openings.

If you have questions about mold, meet with our mold experts for professional advice. We will examine your mold problem and the damage.

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

FIRE SAFETY EQUIPMENT YOU NEED FOR YOUR HOME

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

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FIRE SAFETY EQUIPMENT YOU NEED FOR YOUR HOME

We may consider our home as our sanctuaries, but they also present multiple opportunities for fire danger. Kitchen fires from unattended cooking; overheating electronic and electrical appliances; open fires and chimneys; faulty electrical wiring or overloaded electrical systems, candles and other flames; smoking; matches and lighters, flammable liquids and aerosols and barbecue, to name a few all add to the risk.

Fire safety equipment for the home is important for ensuring your home and family are always safe and well protected. Below are the five most important pieces of equipment needed to safeguard your home and loved ones.

  1. Smoke Alarm – Every home should have a smoke alarm. This is your first you line of defense. Once you do have your smoke alarm, it is important to check them at least once a month.
  2. Carbon Monoxide Alarms (CO) – this will alert you when it detects a threat. This deadly as is invisible, odorless and even a small amount can be fatal if inhaled for a long enough. If the alarms emit its high pitched warning, get outside as quickly as possible or open windows and doors and take deep breaths of fresh air.
  3. Small Fire Extinguisher – this is an important tool in protecting your home. It is intended for use in tackling a small fire, it stops a fire quickly engulfing your home.
  4. Fire Blanket – often found in the kitchen for pan fires, it acts by smothering the fire of oxygen when placed over flames. It is a simple device and could be ideal for someone used to fire extinguisher.
  5. Fire Escape Ladders – Sometimes the safest way to escape form a fire is out of the window. Fire Escape ladders are stored near the escape window and deployed in an emergency.

If your business or property has experienced a fire, contact a licensed fire restoration company like SERVPRO of Ventura. Do not hesitate to call us, at (805) 656-3911.

WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO FOLLOW SAFE WORK PRACTICES AROUND FLOOD DAMAGE?

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

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WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO FOLLOW SAFE WORK PRACTICES AROUND FLOOD DAMAGE?

Floodwaters create many safety hazards in homes and businesses. Besides the obvious damage caused by water, flood can also prove dangerous even after the water starts to retreat. Floodwater can be polluted with sewage and chemicals. Moreover, standing water can hide other dangers: sharp objects, animals’ carcasses, open manholes and electrical hazards. Any of these can create unsafe conditions for anyone entering the area.

We at SERVPRO, our team are trained to be aware of these potential hazards from flood damage and homes and businesses. We follow all recommended safety protocols to keep employees and clients safe. Even small scratch is a concern due to presence of biohazards, bacteria and viruses. We evaluate each situation for all risk factors. We ask our clients not to enter flooded area for their protection. Our team deploys with the following equipment:

  • Rubber boots
  • Chemical resistant gloves
  • Full bodysuits
  • Respirator
  • Splash goggles

If you have concern about particular items that are important to your family. Let us know what they are, and we will recover disinfect and restore them. We take your safety seriously.

For water damage assistance, contact SERVPRO of Ventura  at (805) 656-3911.

SANDBAG ALTERNATIVES THAT WILL PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY FROM FLOODING

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

SANDBAG ALTERNATIVES THAT WILL PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY FROM FLOODING

Having a reliable way to prevent water damage is crucial for any property owner. You may find it difficult to choose a reliable flood protector amidst the different options on the market. For many years, people have used been used sandbag to prevent floodwater from entering their homes and inundating properties. They are easy to find and cheap to purchase.

Yet there are downsides to sandbags, as well. A pre- filled traditional sandbag can weigh around 13kg so it requires heavy lifting or a lot of manpower. When flood is over, they become dirty rotting bags that hold contaminants such as sewage, pollution, bacteria and other environmental hazards. Even if you are able to get the sandbags in place, they can be even harder to remove. They are considered hazardous materials and cannot just emptied into any landfill.

There are other ways to block flood water and limit your need for cleanup and restoration services after a storm. Here are some alternatives to sandbag.

  1. Plastic Poly Tubes

These long plastic tubes can pretty large. Sometimes, they maybe as long as 50 feet and they can be filled with various substances. These tubes can be filled with dirt and sand to make them higher. They can thus easily block the water from getting past a door

  1. Inflatable Barriers

With an inflatable bladder dam such as the aqua-barrier, the floodwater fills the bladder to form a wall. A fully inflated Aqua-barrier can hold back as much as 6 ft. of water and silt, protecting your property from any further damage.

  1. Transportable Fences

These fences create a barrier that surrounds your premises and blocks water from entering. You can position them where you want and setting them up does not require too much effort.

  1. Garbage Bags Filled with Dirt

For an inexpensive approach, try garbage bags with sand or dirt to create your own sandbag. Making your own sandbag is cost – effective and should let you put more money back into your business.

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