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STORM SHUTTER: A GOOD INVESTMENT AND BENEFITS

9/23/2022 (Permalink)

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Is your home ready for the  onslaught of inclement weather the storm season bring each year? It is crucial to take the necessary preparation if you reside in a region that is vulnerable to hurricanes, tornadoes and severe storm. Your windows and doors are vulnerable to the forces of wind, debris and precipitation. Adequate window and door protection in the form of storm shutter is an additional layer of defense to keep your home and family safe.

ADVANTAGE OF BUYING STORM SHUTTER

Should you spend money on storm shutter? Shutters are great purchase for the following reasons:

  1. The risk of damaged from flying glass or other debris is reduced by shutters.
  2. They lessen overall damage that storm causes.
  3. They raise your home’s total resale value.
  4. They reduce the cost of repairs.
  5. They are additional measure in protecting your home from floods.

By planning early, you can give yourself an adequate time to prepare your house.

If you experienced water damage in your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Ventura. Call us at (805) 656-3911.

4 MOST USEFUL WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION TIPS

9/19/2022 (Permalink)

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Water is essential to humans, but when it shows up in a different form can cause casualties and destroy properties. The damage could be a cause of a natural disaster like storms or flooding and internal sources like a burs pipe, sewage back up and appliance malfunction. With over a decade of experience restoring homes, we outlined the industry’s best water damage restoration tips to help you get back on your feet as quickly as possible

  1. Eliminate all water and moisture

Obviously, removing all water and moisture us essential for restoring and repairing the damaged areas of your property. Use water pumps and dehumidifiers to remove water from the ground and moisture particles from the air.

  1. Watch out for mold

You must remove water and moisture before mold has a chance to grow and spread throughout your property. But if the indoor air stars to smell musty, then you have a whole new problem on your hands.

  1. Replace damaged Materials

When you have materials that have been damaged beyond repair, you must remove and replace the immediately. This could mean replacing your drywall carpets, insulation, furniture, flooring and ceiling.

  1. Disinfect Everything

Water damage encourages bacteria and mold growth. Sometimes you cannot see the bacteria, but it is there. That is why after your cleanup efforts are complete, it would be wise to disinfect everything to eliminate any possible bacteria present.

If you need commercial or residential water damage repair, give us a call today. Contact SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

THINK YOU HAVE NO DAMAGE? THINK AGAIN. UNSEEN DAMAGE IS A MAJOR  ISSUE

9/16/2022 (Permalink)

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Water damage in your home can be stressful especially if you can’t spot the source of mess. How do you know your house is water damaged? Water rated damage in your home isn’t visible to residents because it hides between walls and ceilings. As a result, many homeowners may not even know they have a problem until they have morphed into something quite severe. However, some area service providers like SERVPRO of Ventura can locate and treat hidden moisture before it becomes a severe significant issue. Our technicians can take the following actions to combat these issues.

  • Offer homeowners who have chronic moisture problems periodic inspection, during which we apply sophisticated instruments, such as non penetrating moisture meter, infrared cameras, to identify moisture laden materials that are otherwise hidden behind walls and ceilings.
  • If necessary, remove baseboards, drill holes into ceiling, dehumidified air into structural elements to dry the cavities behind them.
  • Remove sections of drywall to dry out saturated structural materials when their moisture contents reached a critical level.

If you experienced water damage in your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Ventura. Call us at (805) 656-3911.

SMOKE ODOR REMOVAL AND DEODORIZATION AFTER A FIRE

9/12/2022 (Permalink)

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After you have a fire in your house or suffer a commercial fire, you should take quick action to mitigate the fire damage and call fire damage restoration professionals. You may not only have water damage restoration professionals. You may not only have water damage form when the fire is put out, but also have large amounts of soot and smoke damage inside your building and your possessions. If left unattended, soot and smoke particles will settle into your home and items potentially leaving them unsalvageable.

Deodorizing your home after fire and smoke damage is vital because the soot and smoke odor can damage your property, personal belongings and health. Even a fire isolated in one room can cause smoke damage to the rest of your home, so reach out to the fire restoration experts.

Below are steps to remove smoke odors effectively

  1. Block Odors Chemically. Your restoration experts may spray a chemical solution which counteract the smoke odor and prevent further odor evaporation.
  2. Interior and Exterior Cleaning. Once all items are removed from the home, the team will work on cleaning the interior and exterior damages of the home. The technicians will use a detergent made specifically used for soot and smoke removal and will clean the surfaces until there are no remaining residues.
  3. Eliminate Soot. Soot holds a smoke odor, so your restoration company will probably use a specialized vacuum to eliminate the soot residue from carpet, drapery, upholstery and other fabric.
  4. Deodorize textiles. The smoke odor can be removed from textiles using a granular odor counteractant, which works similarly to the spray application of a liquid odor counteractant.
  5. Thermal Fogging. Your restoration company can use a procedure called “thermal fogging” to deodorize the affected areas further. This process uses pressurized force to distribute deodorant droplets and it mimics the heat and penetration characteristics of a fire.

Professional fire restoration and odor removal services may be necessary if your home experiences fire damage. Contact SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911

PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS FROM VANDALISM

9/9/2022 (Permalink)

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When owning and operating a business, there are certain events you hope never occur, yet your plan nonetheless. Storm damage, a lawsuit, rubbery even a cyber attack. Vandalism though, is usually one of those things that’s not thoroughly considered until it actually happens. The willful destruction is usually done for no reason other than to do something malicious.

Cases of breaking a windows, setting of fires, destroying of furnitures, spraying paintings on buildings, gluing locks, ransacking your home and even causing flooding by clogging your drain are examples of vandalism.

While it is impossible to prevent all acts of vandalism, you can prepare your property so that it discourages vandals.

  1. Maintain good lighting . The property should remain well lit, especially at night.
  2. Install and properly maintain cameras. Police can use surveillance cameras to identify and catch perprators.
  3. Keep property tidy. An unorganized property tends to attack vandals.
  4. Plant shrubbery and fencing. These are the first line of defense against potential intruders.
  5. Invest in break in resistant glass. It will make the act of breaking in more difficult for vandals to break in.
  6. Report to authorities. Report vandalism to your local department as soon as possible.

If you experienced vandalism on your business or property, contact SERVPRO of Ventura. Call us at (805) 656-3911.

HOW TO CLEAN A SMOKE DAMAGE ITEMS?

9/6/2022 (Permalink)

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Fire damages causes burning or melting of objects and materials due to heat, while smoke damage refers to physical damage resulting from smoke, rather than damage from the heat of the fire.

Sometimes, fires can be smaller in scale causing only partial structural damage to your home and its contents. Yet there may still be significant smoke/soot damage on any personal possessions inside. When it comes to cleaning smoke damaged items. Be sure to follow these steps listed below:

Safety

The safety of everyone involved in a fire damage cleaning situation is crucial. Specialist in fire damage restoration can take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of all workers and anybody entering a structure after a fire. Prior to evaluation and restoration, it is critical that the structure is safe.

Inspection

When evaluating your personal items, it’s important to inspect what is and is not salvageable, the items that are no longer of use can safely discarded. Items that are significantly damaged, melted, broken or exposed to the elements, should be thrown away safely. Items that are still intact such as clothing, bedding and linens can be sorted and taken to a laundromat. Furniture and usable items can be cleaned by a contents and structural cleaning team.

Keeping track

You can take into account all the items you saved and where they will be stored and where they will be sent to get cleaned.

Cleaning Process

For the items you can still use, you must begin by carefully cleaning smoke damage from your personal items. Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) is an effective, heavy duty cleanser for problem areas around the house that may be sooty, greasy or dirty.

If the damage is too severe, call a professional fire restorer such as SERVPRO of Ventura to make your home feel like new once again. Our team includes soot removal services, water removal after the fire is out and deodorizing in our fire damage restoration process. Contact SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911

WHY YOUR CARPET SMELLS?

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

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Carpet has a nasty habit of trapping nasty smells in it. Unlike tiles or floorboards, smells can seep deep into your carpets. As such, getting rid of those awful smells can be challenging to say the least.

Moisture is a major cause of foul smells getting trapped in the carpet fibers and underlayment beneath it. Carpet soak up spills, pet messes and standing water, which leave behind an unpleasant odor. Here are some of the usual suspects why certain smells get into your carpet.

  1. Water spills

While water might smell on its own, it does when it mixes with the fibers in your carpet. Depending on the material your carpet is made of, your entire room could end up reeking. There are two reasons that spills and stains make your carpet smell.

  • You cleaned the mess up wrong. Many people rub furiously at the spill or stain to clean it up. The problem is this just embeds the mess deeper into the carpet fibers.
  • Food and drinks account for most spills. As an organic material just like pet messes, the bacteria associated with food and drink release unpleasant smells over time. Food and drink can also create some of the hardest smells to get out of your carpet.
  1. Mold and Mildew

The moldy, musty smell is the late warning sign that something nasty is growing where you can’t see it, most likely under the carpet padding/

  1. Pet stains

Any pet owner knows that even the cutest pets can cause nasty messes on your carpet – especially if they aren’t properly trained.

  • Fur, fluff and dander
  • Urine and feces
  • Fur balls
  • Vomit and saliva
  1. Aging carpet

As fibers break down, they emit their own ‘’old carpet’’ smell. An old carpet may smell simply because its owner hasn’t cleaned it often enough over the years.

  1. Above – ground moisture

Any moisture source can bring its associated smells with it when your carpet soaks it up. As the carpet dries, the smells remain in the carpet fibers.

If you do not feel comfortable cleaning the carpet yourself, contact a carpet cleaning professional to do the job right. Keeping your carpet clean and maintained will not only improve the look and the life of your carpet, but also improve the look of the interior of your home.

Contact SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911

HOW HOARDING AFFECTS YOUR INSURANCE CLAIM IN VENTURA CALIFORNIA?

8/29/2022 (Permalink)

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If you struggle with hoarding behavior, you could unintentionally be making your home a dangerous, unsanitary place to live. What’s worse, hoarding can also make your homeowners insurance claims denied.

In the eyes of an insurance company, hoarders are a higher risk than the general public. This creates greater liability, so the insurer may be unwilling to take on the risk of insuring your home. Here’s what an insurance company considers before covering a hoarder:

Fire Risk. When a home has become so filled with possessions that there’s no access to exits and stairs, there’s a real risk of death should a fie start in the home.

Water damage. Because of the clutter, hoarders conduct limited roof and plumbing maintenance, which can lead to severe water damage.

Structural Damage. Sometimes a hoarder has such a huge accumulation of belongings, the home can no longer bear the weight and this leads to structural damage.

Fall Hazards. The number of items in the home and the way they’re stored can create an increased liability risk of trip and fall hazards.

Blocked exits. Belongings that obstruct or block exits make it more difficult to escape during an emergency.

Depending on the severity of your hoarding habits, you may receive a warning from your insurance company to fix the situation or risk losing coverage.

Instead of waiting for your insurance company to assess your home or for a loss to occur, start dealing with the problem immediately. With professional hoarding cleanup services, you can declutter your home and eliminate dangerous living conditions. This is where SERVPRO of Ventura comes in. Our certified technicians can sanitize and deodorize your home to bring it to a safe and insurable. Call us at SERVPRO of Ventura (805) 656-3911

WHAT DOES A WATER RESTORATION COMPANY DO?

8/26/2022 (Permalink)

After a flood or serious water problem such as leaky roof or broken pipes, you may feel overwhelmed by the amount of water in your home and resulting damage. To clean it all up yourself can be a daunting and time consuming ask, which is why it is sometimes better to call in a professional water damage restoration service.

A qualified water damage restoration company handles the aftermath of numerous water emergencies such as leaks and flooding. They also provide cleanup services, inspect your home and property for additional damage, and ensure repairs are completed safely and thoroughly. Although every homeowner’s situation is unique, a water restoration company typically takes care of water related issues such as:

  • Flood cleanup – this can also include professional water extraction, which is designed to reduce additional damage by quickly removing up to several thousands of gallons of water.
  • Mold detection – Mold can lurk throughout your home. Quick remediation and removal cam minimize associated health and safety – related issues.
  • Sewage cleanup – this includes antimicrobial and disinfecting treatments.
  • Drying or removal – this includes contaminated furniture, carpets and other belongings. Depending on the severity of the damage, services can also include wood floor drying or removal.
  • Document drying – this helps salvage important paperwork and treasured items such as photographs and letters.
  • Repairs – the water damage restoration company either executes or oversees repairs such as roofing, dry walling and electrical wiring.

Water damage can be devastating but keep in mind that there is a lot that can be done to repair and restore your home and good restoration specialists can take care of the problem quickly and efficiently. 

If you experience water damage to your home or business, you can depend on SERVPRO of Ventura. For a 24/7 residential and commercial restoration and clean up services. You can count on the experience of our team. Call us at (805) 656 - 3911

COMMERCIAL FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION PROCESS FOR SERVPRO OF VENTURA

8/22/2022 (Permalink)

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Taking immediate action after a commercial fire is important to preventing further damage and restoring your business back to its preloss condition as quickly as possible. Delaying fire damage mitigation and contents cleaning restoration can allow soot and smoke damage to get worse by settling into your building and items. Water damage also occurs from the large amount of water used to put the fire out. If left unattended, the water can diminish the integrity of your property’s structure as well as cause mold and mildew growth. You will also salvage fewer items and structures.

We at 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 interruption to your business, we may take the following steps:

  1. Secure the facility
  2. Ventilate the premises to draw out dust and soot from the air
  3. Removal of any contents, separating salvageable and unsalvageable items in the process.

We at SERVPRO of Ventura, we know how to handle these types of cases, and they will happen; you will always be safe with us. We also clean and sanitize any salvageable and decontaminate the ductwork and HVAC system.

If you have experienced fire damage or want to know more about restoration services. Call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911