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KEEP YOUR HOME AND FAMILY SAFE ON THE 4TH OF JULY IN VENTURA CALIFORNIA

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

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Fourth of July is a fun holiday for gathering with friends and family, but it also brings the possibility of serious danger. Fireworks and bonfires add to the festivities, and when these things are involved, a level of safety has to be considered.

  • Watch for grass fires. Many families will light lots of smaller fireworks in the yard which is lots of entertainment for the whole family. Remember to pay close attention to the fire when lighting. It can cause small fires in your grass, so be prepared by having a bucket of water nearby, hose or fire extinguisher.
  • Protect your concrete. Kids love snakes, smoke bombs, and other ground fireworks. Many of these fireworks leave a permanent black mark on your concrete. Don’t ruin your walkway this holiday, plan ahead and have a non-flammable item to lay your fireworks on before lighting.
  • Clean your gutter prior to setting off fireworks. Gutters accumulate leaves and debris which can be flammable if a hot firework lands on it. Keep your gutter cleaned this holiday so, if a firework lands on your roof, you have a better chance of keeping your home safe.
  • Watch where you set off your fireworks. Keep an eye out for limbs, trees, bushes and other vegetation that could catch fire if a firework gets caught. Fireworks are very hot and if they end up high in a tree, it could start a fire unintentionally. You can also spray down your bushes with water to be extra safe.
  • Let your fireworks cool off before throwing them away. It will take a while for your fireworks to completely cool off. Don’t immediately throw them in your trashcan.
  • Grill/Bonfire. Put grill somewhere out of the way so that children and pets will not be near it. If you have bonfire at some point during the party the party, build the fire away from the house or low hanging trees to avoid spreading the fire and once again, make sure the children understand not to get too close.

You want this holiday to be filled with lasting fun memories. Keep in mind the safety tips listed above to protect your home and family this 4th of July.

If you experience fire damage on your home or property or need a residential and commercial restoration and cleanup services, you can count on the experience of our team. Call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

FACTORS OF FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

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Owning a home or a business comes with many responsibilities . Maintenance and preventions are essential elements that can decrease the risk of a fire. However, if you do experience a fire, the cost of restoration can be affected by different aspects.

Fire damage is not restricted to just things that have buildup; rather it is a combination of the factors like water damage, smoke damage and most importantly the extent of soot damage. The longer the acidic soot remains in place, the more damage it can cause. We at SERVPRO of Ventura we follow certain principles to ensure most comprehensive and efficient solutions. These includes:

Time – this measures the length of time passed between the exposure to harsh elements and adverse conditions to when cleaning process begins.

Action – this measures the mechanical action chosen to aid the cleaning process. The use of vacuums, brushes , steel wool and other abrasive  products reduces the thickness and severity of post fire residues.

Contact – determines the length of time before introducing a cleaning product or chemical against surface residues and soot deposits to when the secondary action is implemented to wipe the buildup away.

Temperature – warmer temperatures tend to allow chemical processes to happen faster. Technicians can manipulate the environmental conditions to suit the cleaning necessary in each situation.

If you experience fire damage on your home or property, you can depend on SERVPRO of Ventura. You can count on the experience of our team. Call us at (805) 656 -3911.

COMMERCIAL CLEANING PROCESS FOR SERVPRO of Ventura

6/24/2022 (Permalink)

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Getting to know us better, why SERVPRO of Ventura?

Cleaning need not be a strenuous process after all. Especially when it comes to your commercial cleaning process. But this is possible only with proper planning and on – point execution. Taking care of every detail is how you can make your cleaning services count.

Here in SERVPRO of Ventura, we understand each situation; we know it is unique, and your business must work again. To mitigate fire and smoke damage as much as possible and minimize the interruption to your business, we take the following steps:

  1. Secure the facility
  2. Ventilate the premises
  3. Remove contents, separating salvageable and unsalvageable items in the process.

We at SERVPRO of Ventura, we know how to handle different types of cases, and you will always be safe with us, and this is something that we can apply;

  • Salvageable items are moved to a secure location
  • Cleaning the facility including ceiling, walls, floors and any permanent fixtures
  • Clean carpets and upholstery. Using specialized equipment, we deodorize the facility.
  • We clean and sanitize salvageable items and decontaminate the ductwork and HVAC system.

We at SERVPRO of Ventura can help you how serious the problem is. Our technicians are trained to use specialized cleaning and disposal techniques. Pease call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911

YOUR BELONGINGS AND STORM DAMAGE

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

If a storm damages your home, it can feel like your life is suddenly flipped upside down. You may feel overwhelmed with the destruction the storm has caused and it can be difficult to know what to do first.

Storm and water damage does not only affect the structure of your house, but it also affects your belongings. SERVPRO of Ventura understands that your home is more than a structure, your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes and any other belongings that have help you transform a house into a home.

Here at SERVPRO of Ventura, we utilize several methods of cleaning your contents including:

Wet Cleaning – it is an active method of cleaning for removing moderate to heavy residues.

Abrasive Cleaning – it involves agitation of surface being cleaned.

Immersion Cleaning – the contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning products.

We also provide pack outs and pack backs to make sure your belongings are safe and secured when being remove from home.

If you experience damage during a storm event, you can depend on SERVPRO of Ventura . You count on the experience of our team. Call us at (805)656-3911.

BENEFITS OF STORM DAMAGE RESTORATION SERVICE

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

BENEFITS OF STORM DAMAGE RESTORATION SERVICE

When a storm hits, water damage usually happens. Necessary details maybe overlooked, but experts can give you proper evaluation of the damage, and they can help you deal with harmful threats to your property.

Delaying restoration process will only make the situation worse. Water may seep into walls and damage your documents, furniture, appliances and other valuables. For peace of mind and assurance of protection, you should consider hiring disaster services company.

Fast Damage Restoration

  • When you are in the middle of bad situation, decision making can be difficult. If you don’t act fast, damage to your property can get worse. Delaying the water damage restoration process will worsen the situation once the water seeps into the walls. Storm damage experts understand this, so they clean up fast and provide damage repairs. No matter how damaging your property looks, disaster restoration companies can repair it efficiently.

PROVIDES SERVICES THAT REDUCES COST

  • Dealing with storm damage can be overwhelming for most homeowners. There are so many things you need to fix after. Hiring the pros to do the job will reduce your total losses and cost of cleanup and restoration.

ASSISTANCE WITH INSURANCE CLAIMS

  • Restoration service companies help homeowners coordinate with insurance companies to verify documents, provide damage reports and list all essential repairs needed after evaluation. They can help you with the process and ensure that you get the maximum benefit.

If you experience damage to your  home or business during weather or storm events, you can depend on SERVPRO of Ventura. You can count on the experience of our team. Call us at (805)656-3911.

WHY DO SEWERS BACK UP DURING A STORM?

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

The summer months often bring storms and heavy rain to your area. Flooding dumps an excess of water in the shared sewer line. Which may lead to backups in home main sewer pipes and drains.

There are several reasons why sewer may back up during heavy rains in your place. When it rains heavily some storm damage can occur in the form of sewer backing up into your home.

  1. Blockage
  • It is one problem associated with sewer backups. It can be because of a broken pipe due to tree roots, construction debris, and objecting being flushed down the drain.
  1. Broken Valves
  • Most homes have installed valve but they get old and need to be maintained. Without the valve sewer water will enter the home through the toilet and drains.

Preventing a sewer backup in your home is the first step to protecting your belongings. With some essential maintenance and good practices put inti place at your home, you’ll be able to limit the number of sewer backups that happen during heavy rainfall.

If you experience damage to your home or business during severe weather or storm events, you can depend on SERVPRO of Ventura. For comprehensive 24/7 residential and commercial restoration and cleanup services, you can count on the experience of our team. Call usSERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

HOW TO MAXIMIZE YOUR HOME INSPECTION?

6/10/2022 (Permalink)

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Are you a buyer or seller interested in getting a home inspection? A home inspection is one of the most important items on the home buying checklist. As a potential buyer, an inspection is a win-win. It is a great idea so you can be in tune with any potential issues that need to be addressed. From the foundation, to the roof or plumbing problems, to the heating and cooling systems, pest control, drainage issues, everything is looked over. Furthermore, having any issues documented puts pressure on the seller to fix major problems before the buyer ends up footing the bill. Below are some steps we recommend to maximize your inspection.

  1. Get a recommendation.
  • Your real estate professionals should be able to recommend a reliable and highly rated inspection company. Cheapest option may not always be the best option.
  1. Be present for the Inspection.
  • The Inspector wants you to point some things out to you and explain any notes he or she is making on the report. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. It is important you understand the functions of the systems in your home.
  1. Ask Questions.
  • Ask many questions as you want and make sure you feel comfortable with the answers. Who doesn’t dream to own a house? A house is the biggest investment most people will ever make in their lives, so it is important to understand what problems need to be addressed.
  1. Bring in Additional Specialty Professionals if needed.
  • There is nothing wrong with having someone else come in to look at a specific portion of the home, especially if they are an expert in their field. Some inspector does not look at the plumbing system or does not offer something specific like mold testing.

SERVPRO of Ventura is here to provide a professional scope for water, mold or deodorization remediation that may be needed in the home. Call us at (805) 656-3911.

WHAT DO I DO IF THE POWER GOES OUT DURING A STORM?

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

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WHAT DO I DO IF THE POWER GOES OUT DURING A STORM?

When a storm starts to howl overhead, all you want to do is ensure your family and property are safe. We know that a storm can occur anytime of the time – be it a summer of fall thunderstorm or spring rain and flooding. Often power outages accompany storms, so we offer these tips so that you can be confident you’ve thought of everything and are ready for any storm Mother Nature has up her sleeve.

Create a support network.

  • Identify people who can help can you stay at home or evacuate during an extended power outage. Keep a paper copy or your contact list.

Stock food and water.

  • Most storms don’t last long, but it never hurts to have some non-perishable food and stock drinking water. Plan to use coolers and ice extend food refrigeration and keep a thermometer in the fridge, freezer or cooler to monitor the food temperature.

Stay connected and alert.

  • Sign up for alert systems and apps for text alerts. Have communication devices that work without home power, including a crank or battery radio, a non-cordless home phone and chargers/batteries for your cell phones and computers.

Prepare your home and plan for your medical electrical needs.

  • In all seasons, you want to be sure the exterior of your home, your roof and your doors and windows are all in good repair. Make sure all shingles, siding and panels are well attached and that your doors and windows seal properly. In the case of a wind storm, secure all loose items – such as tables, chairs, umbrellas, etc. or move them to a garage of basement. Take an inventory of your electrical needs. Consider backup and non-power alternatives for lighting, communication, medical devices, refrigerated medicine and cooking.

If you experience damage to your home or business during severe weather or storm events, you can depend on SERVPRO of Ventura. For comprehensive 24/7 residential and commercial restoration and cleanup services, you can count on the experience of our team. Call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

FLOOD WATCH, WARNING, ADVISORY: KNOW THE DIFFERENCE AND BE PREPARED

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

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Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Flooding often occurs following a hurricane or several days of sustained rain. Flash floods occur suddenly, due to rapidly water along a stream or low-lying area. To help you know when to expect to flood, the National Weather Service or your local weather service issues flood watches, warnings, and advisories. But what are the differences between them? Let’s find out below.

  1. Flood Advisory
  • It is the mildest level of a flood notification. It means that flood may be possible due to a problematic weather event, but the flooding is expected to be less severe if it occurs. Stay tuned to your local radio or TV station to stay informed.
  1. Flood Watch
  • Is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It doesn’t mean flooding will occur, but you should be prepared. This has a higher likelihood of flooding than advisory.
  1. Flood Warning
  • Is issued when a hazardous weather event that may cause a flood is imminent or underway.
  1. Flash Flood Warning
  • Is a sudden, intense flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. A flash flood warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring.

Remember, if you are under a flood warning, seek shelter right away, and don’t forget to protect your property from flooding.

If you experience damage to your home or business during severe weather or storm events, you can depend on SERVPRO of Ventura. For comprehensive 24/7 residential and commercial restoration and cleanup services, you can count on the experience of our team. Call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

PREPARE FOR FLOODING AFTER A WILDFIRE

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

A wildfire is a fire that rages out of control and occurs in the wilderness, such as a forest or countryside. These fires are often triggered by lightning and spread quickly, igniting everything in their path. Homeowners who live near a flood plain know the importance of obtaining FEMA NFIP coverage to help with flooding damage restoration. If there is wildfire damage in the area, it means an increased chance of flooding.

Why an Increased Risk?

While the aftermath of a fire may not seem related to flood issues, the destruction of vegetation and charred soil cause big problems.  Large – scale wildfires dramatically alter the terrain and ground conditions. Normally, vegetation absorbs rainfall, reducing runoff. However, wildfires leave the round charred, barren and unable to absorb water, creating conditions ripe for flash flooding and mudflow. Flooding after a fire is often more severe, as debris and ash left from the fire can form mudflow.

 In the height of wildfire season, preparing for flooding might be the last thing on your mind, but it’s important you have plans in place to protect your property. Here are ways to prepare for flooding after fires.

  • Update your Emergency Plan
  • Prepare your property
  • Make sure you have appropriate coverage. You’re likely well aware of the importance of wildfire insurance.

Climate change is causing an increase in unusual weather events. It’s more important than ever to prepare for unexpected storms. Even if the area you live in has not been susceptible to post-wildfire floods in the past, it’s time to reassess your risk.

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