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THE IMPORTANCE OF CONTAINMENT ON MITIGATION AND REMEDIATION JOBS

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

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THE IMPORTANCE OF CONTAINMENT ON MITIGATION AND REMEDIATION JOBS

We at SERVPRO of Ventura uses containment on all types of jobs; including fire, mold, water and cleaning. Containment is an important step that often be overlooked. In a critical care environment where we deal with heightened health sensitivities, containment barriers are the best way to perform comprehensive structural drying techniques without impacting building occupants’ health.

Setting up containment barriers during process help to avoid cross contamination and provide a number of other benefits which include:

  • Keeping building occupants safe – before removing any unsalvageable building materials, containment barriers are set up to keep dust and any other debris within the work area.
  • Avoid cleanup of unrelated areas of the or mold cross contamination
  • Avoid cross contamination – if mold has grown in building materials and need to be removed, containment barriers will keep airborne mold spores from cross contamination.
  • A HEPA filer is used to create negative air pressure to capture any released spores. It will clean the air within the affected space.

For comprehensive 24/7 water damage response, you can count on the experience of our team. We strive to leave your business or home in as close to pre loss condition as possible.

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

THE HAZARDS OF HOUSEHOLD CHEMICAL DRAIN CLEANING PRODUCTS

1/21/2022 (Permalink)

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THE HAZARDS OF HOUSEHOLD CHEMICAL DRAIN CLEANING PRODUCTS

People often look to chemicals for clogged drain because they don’t need to pay a plumber or purchase and use plumbers’ tools. Unfortunately, chemical drain cleaners are some of the most hazardous chemicals found in homes today. They are not a potential health hazard, but can also damage your plumbing system and home furnishings.

Chemical cleaners are highly corrosive, generate large amounts of heat and are very toxic to humans and environment. Because chemical drain cleaners work by causing a chemical reaction with the organic matter clogging the drain, it’s important that they be poured slowly and that you protect yourself any potential contact with the chemicals. Below are things that should be consider when using chemical drain cleaner.

  1. Corrosive chemical can weaken or damage metal pipes. They can also corrode metal pipes and damage the finishes in your kitchen or bathroom, such as wood, paint, aluminum and fiberglass.
  2. Heat can damage plastic pipes.
  3. If chemical drain cleaner doesn’t work, don’t try a different one. Adding more chemicals would be a terrible idea. Chemical cleaner can be effective at removing organic matter in the area below the drain opening, but they are usually ineffective on tougher clogs that form further down the drain pipe, particularly toilet and sewer line clog.

Calling a Professional for Drain Cleaning

The safest and most effective way to clear a clogged drain is to call a professional cleaner. They use mechanical means to remove the toughest clogs that chemical drain cleaners cannot reach. For professional cleaning services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura  at (805) 656-3911.

HOW COMMERCIAL CARPET CLEANING IMPROVES BUSINESS OPERATIONS?

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

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Carpet has number of benefits in your facility, but it’s not maintenance free. The mundane maintenance of carpets at your business can seem tedious and time consuming. If the carpet left to diary and wear without regular maintenance, this pricey carpet can quickly become the bane of your facility’s image and require costly replacement. In order to keep your facility looking its best, you need to have your carpets cleaned regularly. Below are benefits from regular commercial carpet cleaning.

1. Improve Indoor Air Quality

Your carpeting can act as a secondary air filter trapping airborne pollutants and holding them within the carpet’s fibers. Those contaminants must be removed from carpets in order to maintain their appearance and safeguard indoor air quality. Regular commercial carpet cleaning can deep clean carpets and help your building’s occupant’s breathe easier.

2. Create a Healthy, Productive Work Environment

Clean carpets are healthier, have a better appearance and even smell good. A clean, well maintained work environment sets a quality standard for your employees and helps them more engaged and productive.

3. Maintain your Facility’s Appearance and Reputation

Carpets is often the first things you see when you enter a building. If it is maintained well, carpet can lead a high end feel. A dirty, yellowed and worn carpet can hurt your facility’s image tremendously. Clean, well maintained carpeting sets a positive first impression and speaks to overall cleanliness of your facility.

Having your carpets cleaned can help improve the appearance of your facility. This will ensure that customers will keep on coming to your premises as everyone loves clean places. 

If you think that your business needs some CLEANING, 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 KIND OF CONTENT CAN BE SAVED AFTER A FLOOD?

1/14/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage is the most common form of property damage due to various ways that it can occur. One
way your property can sustain is from flooding. Whether the flood occurred as a result of natural source
like storm or an internal issue like burst pipe. The water will cause damage not only to your property but
to your furniture and other personal belongings as well. Here’s a common list of household items that
often need to be removed from home immediately, as well as others that can be saved if black water
hasn’t not completely entered inside the house.
Porous Materials
Porous materials and furnishings in your home are going to be the most affected by excess water in your
living space, due to their absorbent nature. Below are belongings that are most difficult to save.
? Carpets
? Drapes or curtains
? Saturated woodwork
? Artwork
? Upholstered furniture
Majority of the materials can become the most densely saturated and therefore the hardest to clean
and restore, that is why it is best to contact professional restoration services.
Nonporous Materials
Nonporous are belongings made of plastic, metal and are often the best for content cleaning purposes.
The materials don’t absorb water, making them easy to simply clean off and restore in no time. Some
appliances can become unusable if they’re submerged for a significant amount of time. The result
depends on severity of the water damage.
Even it seems like a lost cause, there’s always a possibility of saving your home’s belongings. Therefore,
content cleaning should be handled by professional restoration specialist who can their best to save as
much as possible.
For water damage restoration and cleanup services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura  at (805) 656-
3911

THREE THINGS THAT INFLUENCE THE COST OF WATER DAMAGE IN YOUR HOME

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

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Water damage continues even after the flood water is gone, unlike the kind of damage caused by wind or impact that’s why it has to be addressed as soon as possible. If your home is damaged by water, here are three factors that may impact the cost of damage repair.

  1. Square footage

It will take more time, materials and labor to fix a large space, compared to a small bedroom. Drying time is particular importance here, as bigger room will take longer to dehumidify.

  1. Type of Water

The type of water in your home can drastically affect the cost of repairs. For example, if the water in the area appears murky in color, this could indicate that the water is contaminated. Contaminated water is more difficult to clean due to potentially hazardous materials within the water, whereas water that is clear can cleaned with fewer safety precautions.

  1. Damaged Building Materials

Some materials require more restoration work than others. Water damaged hardwood floors are often easier and take much less time to repair compared to carpets. The cost of replacement materials, as well as whether restoration requires an exact match can also be a factor.

If your house has experienced flooding, it’s essential to seek out help from a company that specializes in water damage cleanup in order to get an accurate estimate of the cost and to identify long term solutions.

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

THE MAIN STAGES OF FIRE RESTORATION

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

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A fire can be a devastating experience. On average, a home catches fire somewhere in the United States every 90 secs. Even a small fire can have created a lot of damage to your home due to the heat, smoke, soot and water that result from the fire. The ash and soot can be hard to face, but, in time, fire restoration can clear it away, getting you back to better place.  The process takes a lot of time so always be prepared. Below are measures to be taken to ensure your property gets back to the normal.

  1. Assess and Protect

Smoke damage could cause issues to home. Before patching and washing, remediation team usually to survey the premises to determine the extent of trouble. Professionals will review the following areas:

  • Exposure to elements
  • Security complications
  • Electrical hazards
  • Soot damage
  • Structural integrity
  • Water saturation
  1. Scrub and Clean

The fire restoration company starts by drying up. Hoses are to quench the flames flooded wall and floors.  This could produce mold, that’s why it’s important to air out the space. Dehumidifiers is used to pull up the excess moisture. The workers focus on content cleaning and sanitizing.

  1. Rebuild and Rest

This includes activities such as mending holes and repainting. They also replace discarded or ruined goods. The fire restoration experts evaluate the destruction, prepare for rehabilitation and reconstruct.

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

CLEANING FIXTURES AND WOOD STRUCTURES AFTER A FIRE

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

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When a flame engulfs a home, the outcome is disastrous. Recovering from fire damage is daunting process. But normally returns upon cleaning up the fire damage.

A widespread blaze leaves destruction in its wake. Understanding the damage that smoke and fire damage effects can have prioritizes the recovery efforts needed. Wood framing, finished wood, and even hardwood floors can be greatly damaged by soot and smoke, so it’s best to determine the strategies based on specific material affected.

 Knowing the type of wood material affected is a big help to determine the ideal fire damage restoration in homes required. Below are 3 main types of wood common to homes:

  • Simulated Wood Grain – it is a thin material. Laminates like these are a combination of pressed wood or particleboard. They are capable of wet cleaning but excessive moisture could ruin this material.
  • Unfinished Wood – Has no sealer or varnish. This wood can be highly porous and sensitive to moisture, soot particles and other microscopic threats present after a fire gets extinguished.
  • Finished Wood – This wood is covered in a sealer or varnish. Soot damage cleanup on this type of surface involves a cleaning agent that is gently worked into the grain of the wood where it suspends the soil for easy removal.

Restoring unfinished Wood

Light residues can often be cleaned with dry practices and sponge cleaning. Heavier residues require denatured alcohol or sanding to resolve.

Cleaning Finished Wood

Excess residues can be removed with a vacuum or dry cleaning approach. Wet cleaning is the efficient methods for removing intrusive soot damage.

Even though you may have tackled the cleaning process yourself for your wood furniture, wooden trim, walls and floors in your home, when it comes to sealing and getting rid of the smoke and preventing it’s return, you may need a professional to help you accomplish this part of the restoration process.

When a fire has taken palace in a home, the smoke goes everywhere even if the fire does not. This is the main reason why bringing in a professional when there has been a good deal of fire and smoke will be the best bet to ensure your home is returned to its former state as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

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

CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES SAFELY THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

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CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES SAFELY THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE

Many Countries around the world celebrate the new year with gatherings and public performances. However, many of the things we enjoy during this festive period, such as fireworks, fairy lights, candles, paper hats and decorations can all be fire hazard when proper care is not taken. Educating yourself with dos and don’ts can significantly reduce the chances of accidents.

WHEN USING ANY KIND OF PYROTECHNICS/FIREWORKS

  • Ensure a fire extinguisher, hose or bucket of water is nearby
  • Make sure the shooter is not wearing loose clothing that could ignite and follow directions on the fireworks label.
  • If the device does not instructions label do not fire it.
  • Light fireworks one at a time
  • Never fire fireworks held in someone’s hand
  • Never use fireworks of any kind indoors
  • Never throw fireworks
  • Never stand over an item that does not fire. Do not relight it. Pour water on it.

WHEN HANDLING SPARKLE

  • Never light more than one at a time
  • Make sure children keep the sparkles away from others and flammable materials
  • Make sure the sparkle is kept a proper distance form their bodies to avoid burns or clothes catching on fire
  • Stick the used sparkles in a bucket of sand or water when they are done
  • Remember that sparkles and smaller items that stay on the ground, are still very hot and therefore dangerous after they have been used.

Don’t let the new year get off to a bad start! Keep safety in mind to ensure you, your family, and your friends have an accident-free New Year’s Eve celebration!

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

HOW TO HANDLE HAZARDOUS SPILLS?

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

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Everyone spills something now and then, coffee on lap, water on your computer, juice onto the carpet and these things are really not that troublesome. However, some spills can pose life threatening dangers. These are the hazardous materials spills. Hazardous materials are those that pose a danger to ourselves and our environment. They include chemical, radiological and biological agents. Some of them may be dangerous if touched or inhaled or eaten. Others, like radiological spills, may pose a danger by simply being near the spill as the radiation spreads out in all directions.

Spills can occur in a lab manufacturing chemical facility. Sometimes they occur on road when trucks transport materials. Trains carrying hazardous materials can derail, spilling their contents.

Chemical spills can result in chemical exposures and contaminations. Whether a chemical spill can safely have cleaned up by laboratory staff depends on multiple factors including the hazards of the chemical spilled, the presence of incompatible materials, and whether you have adequate training and supplies to safely clean up the spill. Do not enter the area if you cannot assess the conditions of the environment.

What to do

  • Evacuate all non-essential persons from the spill area.
  • If needed call from medical assistance
  • Confine the spill small area. Do not let it spread
  • Don appropriate PPE including a laboratory coat, splash googles and appropriate chemically resistant gloves.
  • Work with another person to clean-up the spill. Do not Clean –up a spill alone
  • Do not add water to the spill

If you see a hazardous material spill of any kind, leave the area immediately until it is controlled by a well-trained personnel. Call emergency services immediately so they can take care of the spill as soon as possible. Give SERVPRO of Ventura a call regardless of the size of the spillage. Our technicians are trained to safely and effectively clean the substance and the surrounding area. SERVPRO of Ventura can also properly dispose of the hazardous chemical and make sure is safe for employees to come back in.

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?

CALL US SERVPRO of Ventura  (805) 656-3911

WHAT TO DO NEXT IF ROOF HAS BEEN DAMAGED BY FIRE?

12/17/2021 (Permalink)

When the worst part is over, it’s time to think he damaged caused by a fire in your home. If you have suffered house fire, there is a good chance you may have damage to your roof.

The roof is a critical part of your house as it protects you and your family from all the natural elements; a damaged roof can barely fulfill this purpose. If a building has been caught by fire, there is a good chance that the building itself, along with your belonging, has been damaged not only by fire, but water used to extinguish the fire, as well as smoke. The firefighters may have cut holes in the roof to allow for ventilation. Recovery from a fire and fire cleanup may be hard, but the following below are steps in completing the task and enable you to return to normal operation of business as soon as possible.

  1. REPORT A CLAIM FOR FIRE DAMAGE TO YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY.

Your insurance company can be valuable resource during the fire cleanup. The insurance agent or claims representative will document details of the loss and tell you what is recommendation for repair.

  1. ENTER A FIRE DAMAGED BUILDING ONLY AFTER YOU ARE ADVISED IT IS SAFE TO DO SO.

Fire can also reignite, causing more damage. During the fire, water, gas and electric utilities are safe to use and had them disconnected if they were unsafe.

3.CONTACT A RESTORATION SERVICES

To prevent damage, a fire restoration service can come to your building. A trap of the roof goes a long way to prevent additional damage

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