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DOS AND DON’TS FOR FIRE AND SMOKE DAMAGE

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

DOS AND DON’TS FOR FIRE AND SMOKE DAMAGE

Fire damage can be a devastating experience for home and business. Fire damage is difficult to overcome. When you’re wondering what to do after a fire, here are things to do and things not to do during the fire restoration process.

DOS FOR FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION

  1. Do contact a certified restoration specialist

 Make sure you immediately contact a certified fire and smoke restoration professional for remediation services

  1. Do turn off utilities

 Turn of water, electricity, gas, and any other utilities until a professional can evaluate if any of these systems were damaged during the fire.

  1. DO break out the vacuum

Use a vacuum with a brush attachment and go over your upholstered furniture. Your furniture will look better as soon as the soot is removed

  1. Do address your carpets, floors, and countertops

Give similar treatment to your carpets. Vacuum them for an immediate and superficial improvement over the damaged state. It will help prevent soot from grinding deeper into the carpet’s roots

  1. Do check your appliances

Your utilities should be off. Make sure empty your freezer and refrigerator, and leave the doors open to prevent mold and mildew. Absence of heat during the fire damage restoration process, fluids can freeze and cause burst pipes and other damage.

  1. DO take care of pets

Remove pets from your fire-damaged home. Lingering soot and smoke can be harmful to their health.

DON’TS FOR FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION

  1. Don’t use your AC, heater or electronics

 Wait until a professional arrives.  Turning on electronics can create greater damage.

  1. Don’t clean walls or clothing

A professional should examine them first and provide advice before you clean the walls, ceiling, and other similar surface.

  1. Don’t eat leftover food

 Never eat anything that was in the home during the fire. It is most likely not safe to consume due to contamination from smoke, soot, or contaminants.

  1. Don’t wipe away powder from extinguishers

Don’t try to clean up any staining from the powder discharged by a fire extinguisher. Best let professional to the cleanup.

These are basic guidelines for preventing further damage and get a start on cleanup, but they are not a substitute for professional restoration services. If you’re wondering what to do after a fire, the best course of action is to hire a certified professional to provide expert knowledge and service. The situation requires specialized tools and knowledge that only a professional can provide.

Here at SERVPRO of Ventura we are proud to serve. When serious disaster hits, we stand ready to mobilize our team to help out during any kind of crisis. Trusting SERVPRO of Ventura to do the job is having your family safe at home again. Call us at (805) 656-3911 for assistance.

Carpet Cleaning – Do It Yourself vs. Hiring a Pro

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Carpet Cleaning – Do It Yourself vs. Hiring a Pro SERVPRO of Ventura

Carpet Cleaning – Do It Yourself vs. Hiring a Pro

Carpet has long been treasured as a warm and comfortable floor; it adds beauty to living spaces. It also acts as a magnet for dirt, stains and dust mites. Vacuum helps prevent dust, pet hair and grit from settling deep into carpet. Most carpets benefit from annual cleaning to remove the abrasive debris that vacuuming cannot reach.

There are several reasons to choose professional carpet cleaning over do-it-yourself.

  1. Thoroughness

Steam cleaning, or hot water extraction, cleans carpets thoroughly by injecting hot water into carpet fibers. The process loosens dirt and kills bacteria and dust mites. Water and dirt are immediately drawn back into the machine, leaving little moisture in the carpet and shortening drying time. Special tools work to remove stubborn stains safely and effectively.

Homeowners may purchase or rent carpet cleaners, but the machines leave a substantial amount of moisture in the carpet. Homeowners who lack the training of carpet-cleaning professionals may actually make stains worse by using cleaning methods unsuited for the stain.

  1. Difficulty

Intensive cleaning requires a great deal of bending, kneeling and lifting of heavy equipment. Attempts to clean all portions of the carpet, including hard-to-reach areas, with the same thoroughness as a professional can be exhausting.

  1. Cost

Homeowners choose to clean their carpets themselves to save money, but do-it-yourself carpet cleaning carries hidden costs. Homeowners must also pay for cleaning supplies.  The cost of a carpet-cleaning machine can run into hundreds of dollars, while renting a machine requires an annual cash payout.

Do-it-yourself carpet cleaning also carries the potential for expenses related to permanent carpet damage. Over-wetting the carpet can result in mold and mildew growth

 Professionals match cleaning methods to the type of carpet being treated, protecting the homeowner’s investment in the process.

Even the highest-quality carpet can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet.. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of carpet.

If you are searching for a professional cleaning service that is reliable you can trust and can guarantee you highest quality work, contact SERVPRO of Ventura, a trusted leader in restoration industry, it provides services to ensure that your home is fully restored. Trusting SERVPRO of Ventura to do the job is having your family safe at home again.

Here at SERVPRO of Ventura we are proud to serve. When serious disaster hits, we stand ready to mobilize our team to help out during any kind of crisis. Call us at (805) 656-3911 for assistance.

DETOX YOUR ENVIRONMENT

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

DETOX YOUR ENVIRONMENT

Your home or your environment might contain hundreds of toxins that are risk to health. But there are many ways to reduce the effect on you and your family’s health. Here are few tips to purify your home.

  1. REFRESH THE AIR

 Indoor air is 5 times more polluted than outdoor air.  Do not use synthetic air freshener; open the window to refresh the air in your home. Always clean the Air condition with non-toxic products. Try to put indoor plants inside your house, it help clean the air.

  1. REMOVE SHOES BEFORE ENTERING THE HOUSE

Dirt in your house comes from shoes, including harmful substances such as pesticides and lead. Store your shoes in an entryway cabinet.

3.REMOVE DUST

Use a microfiber cloth in cleaning furniture and use a HEPA vacuum cleaner. Mop all floors.

  1. PREVENT MOLD GROWTH

 Keep moisture levels to a minimum to stop the growth of mold and mildew. Check the areas where mold most commonly grows.

  1. PURIFY WATER FILTER

 Filter tap water to eliminate toxins by using a carbon. Use a showerhead filter to remove potentially harmful chemicals.

  1. MONITOR CO LEVELS

Use a certified CO detector to check your home for carbon monoxide leaks in furnaces and other home appliances. It is important to remember that a person can be poisoned by both a small amount of carbon monoxide over a longer period and a large amount of carbon monoxide over a shorter amount of time.

  1. REDUCE PLASTIC USAGE

Plastics contain the toxic compound, a hormone disruptor. Choose products that are BPA-free especially when it comes to food containers. Do not use plastic containers in the microwave.

  1. CHOOSE PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS WISELY

Many toiletries, cosmetics and other personal care products are loaded with toxin. Choose alternatives made with natural ingredients.

Small changes in your home or environment can have a big impact on your long-term health.You know SERVPRO of Ventura as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can help you in mold remediation, deodorization, and other services to purify your home environment. Our experts are ready to assist in the cleanup to provide deep cleaning services for your home.

Here at SERVPRO of Ventura we are proud to serve. We stand ready to mobilize our team to help out during any kind of crisis. Call us at (805) 656-3911 for assistance.

WATER LEAKS BEHIND WALLS

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

WATER LEAKS BEHIND WALLS Water Damage SERVPRO of Ventura California

There are different causes of water damage in your home.   Sources of water damage, such as floods, burst pipes, and sewage backups are obvious and homeowners notice them right away.  There are sources of water damage that are difficult to detect such as water leaks behind walls.  Some do not notice hidden leaks until they have already caused damage.

Hidden water leaks are dangerous because they can cause serious problems like structural damage and mold growth. Excess water and moisture gets absorbed in wood, drywall, insulation, and wallpaper which can lead to warping, stains, bubbling, and deterioration.  It also cause mold and spread in areas behind walls and ceilings where it is not easily seen.  If mold in hidden areas is not found, it can cause extensive damage as well as health problems like allergies and infection in those who are exposed.

SIGNS OF WATER LEAKS BEHIND WALLS

  1. Stained Ceilings and floors

If there is too much water or moisture, it can affect the ceilings and floors.  Check your floors and ceilings for signs of stains and if you notice a problem, check the nearby walls for signs of water damage.

  1. Musty Odor

Too much water or moisture can create a musty smell when it gets absorbed into building materials like wood or drywall. Wall affected by water damage are vulnerable to mold growth which also has a strong musty odor.  If there is a strong musty smell near a certain area of your wall, there could be a water leak or mold growth behind it.

  1. Mold on Walls

Mold growth normally appears in areas with excess moisture such as bathrooms, kitchens, and basements.  If mold appears on your walls or ceilings, , especially in an area that is not near any plumbing fixtures, it is possible  that there is a source of moisture behind the walls.

  1. Paint Peeling

Too much moisture behind the walls can eventually cause paint and wallpaper to start peeling or bubbling.  This normally happens when the sheetrock behind the wall has absorbed too much water

  1. Warping Walls

A wall that is warped or stained for no apparent reason. Excessive warping can lead to structural damage which is very expensive to repair.  If there is warping on your walls, this is a clear indication of a water leak.

SERVPRO of Ventura specializes in water leak detection services. If you suspect a water leak in wall or any other type of hidden plumbing leak, call SERVPRO of Ventura.

Here at SERVPRO of Ventura we are proud to serve. We stand ready to mobilize our team to help out during any kind of crisis. Call us at (805) 656-3911 for assistance.

WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE A PROFESSIONAL FOR FIRE DAMAGE CLEANUP?

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE A PROFESSIONAL FOR FIRE DAMAGE CLEANUP? VENTURA, CALIFORNIA

A fire can strike many time, consequences can be devastating and deadly. After the fire, people will first want to clean up their home. Before you decide to clean up the property, it’s a good idea to reach out to a fire damage cleanup company.

3 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE A PROFESSIONAL FOR CLEAN UP DAMAGE

  1. FIRE DAMAGE CLEANUP CAN BE DANGEROUS

The reason why you should hire a professional for fire damage cleanup is that the process can be very dangerous to clean up after a fire. The area that is damaged could also have broken glass, sharp objects, and a variety of hazards. These hazards can be hard to identify. When you choose to work with a professional, they will be able to use the tools necessary to safely clear the area of all debris.

When you call a team of professional fire restoration experts, no stone will go unturned. Industry experts understand how damaging smoke and soot can be, and they know exactly which tools and services to offer in order to eliminate it. . A professional fire restoration company knows what to look for and how to eliminate the risks.

  1. FOLLOW REGULATIONS

One reason why you should hire a professional for fire damage cleanup is that they will be able to follow regulations. After fire damage your local community may have specific ways of how the cleanup needs to be handled. This will prevent you from using trash and dumpster service. A fire damage cleanup company will be able to follow the proper steps to ensure your home is in compliance with any laws.

  1. THEY CAN RESTORE MANY ITEMS

Another advantage for hiring a professional for fire damage cleanup is that they can restore many items that you thought can be destroyed. They will be able to carefully review all of your personal belongings that were damaged. An item that appears to be completely damaged could actually be full restored. This can include flooring, furniture, appliances, and many other items that could be expensive to replace.

When you discover that your property is subjected to the destruction and deterioration that fires generate, it’s time to take action. The best thing to do is to call the professionals. Our team has extensive experience in the fire damage cleanup.

Here at SERVPRO of Ventura we are proud to serve. When serious disaster hits, we stand ready to mobilize our team to help out during any kind of crisis. Trusting SERVPRO of Ventura to do the job is having your family safe at home again. Call us at (805) 656-3911 for a

WHAT TO DO BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER EARTHQUAKE?

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

WHAT TO DO BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER EARTHQUAKE? Ventura, California

Earthquake is the shaking of the Earth’s surface resulting from the sudden release of energy in the lithosphere that creates seismic waves. It  range in size from  weak that they cannot be felt to those violent enough to toss people around and destroy whole cities. When the epicenter of a large earthquake is located offshore, the seabed may be displaced and cause tsunami. Earthquakes can also trigger landslides, and volcanic activity. The energy of a magnitude 4 earthquake is 31 times the energy of a magnitude 3 earthquake. The energy of a magnitude 5 earthquake is 31 times the energy of a magnitude 4 earthquake.

Things to Do Before an Earthquake

  1. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, a battery-powered radio, a flashlight, and extra batteries at home.
  2. Learn first aid.
  3. Learn how to turn off the gas, water, and electricity.
  4. Make up a plan of where to meet your family after an earthquake.
  5. Don't leave heavy objects on shelves (they'll fall during a quake).
  6. Anchor heavy furniture, cupboards, and appliances to the walls or floor.
  7. Learn the earthquake plan at your school or workplace.

Things to Do During an Earthquake

  1. Stay calm! If you're indoors, stay inside. If you're outside, stay outside.
  2. If you're indoors, stand against a wall near the center of the building, stand in a doorway, or crawl under heavy furniture (a desk or table). Stay away from windows and outside doors.
  3. If you're outdoors, stay in the open away from power lines or anything that might fall. Stay away from buildings (stuff might fall off the building or the building could fall on you).
  4. Don't use matches, candles, or any flame. Broken gas lines and fire don't mix.
  5. If you're in a car, stop the car and stay inside the car until the earthquake stops.
  6. Don't use elevators (they'll probably get stuck anyway).

Things to Do After an Earthquake

  1. Check yourself and others for injuries.
  2. Check water, gas, and electric lines for damage. Turn on the radio. Don't use the phone unless it's an emergency.
  3. Stay out of damaged buildings.
  4. Be careful around broken glass and debris. Wear boots or sturdy shoes to keep from cutting your feet.
  5. Be careful of chimneys (they may fall on you).
  6. Stay away from beaches. Tsunamis sometimes hit after the ground has stopped shaking.
  7. Stay away from damaged areas.
  8. If you're at school or work, follow the emergency plan or the instructions of the person in charge.
  9. Expect aftershocks.

It is important to think about what you will do to protect yourself, wherever you are, when the earth begins to shake.

BENEFITS OF HIRING A PROFESSIONAL RESTORATION SERVICE COMPANY

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

BENEFITS OF HIRING A PROFESSIONAL RESTORATION SERVICE COMPANY

Natural disasters can damage your home. It can lead a lot of stress. Hiring a home restoration service can handle problems. There are so many different types of natural disasters that affect this area and you need to hire for a restoration service.

  1. FASTER WATER EXTRACTION

Professional Restoration Service Company extracts water fast because they handle professional equipment. With small team of water restoration experts, the water will be removed from your home on the same day. You won’t need a lot of time, effort and manpower.

  1. REMOVING HEALTH CONCERNS

A Restoration Service Company will not just repairing the damage to your house. Service restoration expert will take care of preventing mold and moisture that compromise your health. Hiring a professional company is going to be your best bet when dealing with mold. This is because they have the tools and knowledge to handle this problem. They are licensed to use chemical products which will extract the existing mold and moisture from your walls and floors.

  1. DRYING TIME CUT IN HALF

A major issue with water damage removal is a drying time. You might take several days or even weeks to properly dry your house if you choose to remove the water by yourself. A professional restoration service company will do this in a much less time because they have equipment and heaters that access even to the areas which cannot be easily reached.

  1. LOW TOTAL COST

 Hiring a professional service company will lower total damage costs because their teams are highly responsive to emergency calls. They will be able to come even before a major damage occurs. They will react fast and solve the damage from spreading around your house.

  1. REDUCED RESTORATION COST

Aside from physical damage, water and fire can cause additional damage. If you do not have insurance, you will have to pay for the new furniture and structural repairing by yourself. Restoration services encompass removal, repair, restoration and remediation of damage; you won’t have to hire several different companies to repair the damage.

  1. SAVING TIME

A professional restoration service company should be highly responsive to calls; in order to prevent the further damage, they will act instantly. This won’t just save you time, but it will minimize the potential damage and reduce costs.

If you are searching for a professional service company that is reliable you can trust and can guarantee you highest quality work, contact SERVPRO of Ventura, a trusted leader in restoration industry, it provides services to ensure that your home is fully restored. Trusting SERVPRO of Ventura to do the job is having your family safe at home again.

Here at SERVPRO of Ventura we are proud to serve. When serious disaster hits, we stand ready to mobilize our team to help out during any kind of crisis. Call us at (805) 656-3911 for assistance.

WHY CLEANING SERVICES ARE NECESSARY WHEN MOVING

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

WHY CLEANING SERVICES ARE NECESSARY WHEN MOVING

Moving can sometimes stressful, no matter where it is you’re going to. Cleaning your home is just one of the tasks you’ll have to accomplish before moving, but what if there was a way around it. Here are things why you should consider hiring a cleaning company to get the job done for you. Hiring a professional cleaning company to deep clean your home or apartment as you’re moving out will set your mind at ease, because they’re professionals, trained in the art of extreme cleanliness.

  1. TO LIGHTEN YOUR BURDEN

There are a lot of things to get done when you’re moving. Cleaning your home top to bottom for the new residents probably isn’t too high on your list.  This is why you should hire a janitorial service to handle it. The job will get done quickly, your stress levels will reduce dramatically and you won’t have to worry about another thing on your to-do list.

  1. CREATES WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT

It is best to hire a professional cleaning company when selling your house. Buyers aren’t likely to put an offer in to purchase your home if it looks like a mess. They need to be able to see themselves living in the space, which is hard for most to do when the carpets are stained, furniture is dusty and stinky.

  1. FOCUSED ON A TASK

Everyone loves to have a clean house; Buyer probably doesn’t love being the one to clean it. It’s something that can be pushed to the side in favor of more appealing tasks, like packing up your rooms. Cleaning is easy to leave to the last minute, turning it into a rush job. To avoid late night cleaning sessions the day before moving, hire a professional cleaning service to get the job done for you.

If you are searching for a professional cleaning service that is reliable you can trust and can guarantee you highest quality work, contact SERVPRO of Ventura, a trusted leader in restoration industry, it provides services to ensure that your home is fully restored. Trusting SERVPRO of Ventura to do the job is having your family safe at home again.

Here at SERVPRO of Ventura we are proud to serve. When serious disaster hits, we stand ready to mobilize our team to help out during any kind of crisis. Call us at (805) 656-3911 for assistance.

TYPES OF WATER DAMAGE AND HOW TO PREVENT THEM

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

TYPES OF WATER DAMAGE AND HOW TO PREVENT THEM Ventura, California

TYPES OF WATER DAMAGE AND HOW TO PREVENT THEM

Water damage is a problem that most property owners fear. Rain and snow melts. The risk o of damage increases. Water can cause thousands of money worth of damage by damaging wood furniture, upholstery, electronics, household appliances, and equipment. Water damage also increases the risk of mold growth, which is a very expensive problem to restore.

Assessing the type of damage is important to determine what is needed to start water damage repair and water removal. There are several different types of water damage and how to prevent them.

  1. Clean Water

This is water does not threat to human’s health if exposed or consumed by them. Overflowing sink or tub, or a broken incoming water line would be examples of Clean Water. ” This is the easiest type of water damage to handle, since there will not be too many microbes living in the water. If the damage is not properly cleaned, this will result to mold and fungus growth. If the damage is more than 24 hours, it is best to contact professional service restoration.

  1. Gray Water

Water is slightly contaminated because of the source. Clean water can be gray if left untreated. This type of water contains microorganisms. Broken toilets, broken sump pumps, and seepage may cause gray water. This may cause sickness if indigested. If you want to begin the cleaning and drying process before the restoration service arrives, you should wear gloves in order to prevent your skin from touching the water so you do not spread any microbes.

  1. Black water

Is the most hazardous type of water damage. It is usually a result of natural disasters or sewage damage. Black water can include toxic materials such as bacterial diseases, chemicals, pesticides, and microbes. If your home is suffered from this type, it is best to contact a professional to do the disinfecting. Better to be safe than sorry in the end.

Experiencing a water damage disaster is enough stress on its own. Always seek for professional advice for water damage. If you experience these kinds of emergencies, call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

TYPES OF SMOKE DAMAGE

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

TYPES OF SMOKE DAMAGE

Smoke damage is created after a fire has been distinguished in a home or business. It can be problematic and cause serious health damage. It will cause discoloration of walls and it will sink into all property contents, causing smoke odor that will last for a long period. The cause of smoke damage determines what kind of treatment will work best. Each type of smoke damage requires its own treatment.

Types of Smoke Damage

  1. Wet smoke

This type of smoke damage creates a layer of residue that is thick and sticky. Wet smoke tends to build up on surfaces following a fire. It considered the worst kind of restoration. It creates a strong odor that can caused headache and other health problems. This damage caused by slow burning of fire that slows in temperature.  It is difficult to remove wet smoke from fabrics, upholstery and other porous materials. It requires thoroughly removal by a professional restoration service.

  1. Dry Smoke

This type of damage is caused by a fire that reached a high level of temperature.  It much easier to clean from solid surfaces because it has powdery texture that can be easily wipe out.

  1. Protein Smoke

It is often invisible and can tarnish and discolor paint and varnish. It can sometimes be faint yellow in color and it does have a very strong odor. It is emitted by fires that burned food, plants or other organic matter.

  1. Petroleum Smoke

Petroleum smoke or soot residue is caused by fires that burn any kind of oil or oily substance. It is very dark and caused by puff backs or blockages to exhausts. This smoke or soot can be released in very large quantities. Petroleum smoke can be cleaned away by a degreasing agent because of its oily nature.

  1. Other types of smoke damage

These include tear gas, fingerprint powder, and carbon dioxide fire extinguisher residue.

Rooms inside the building that were not reached by flames may suffer smoke damage, as smoke can travel from room to room and through ventilation systems. Each type of smoke damage requires a different cleaning approach, and only a thorough cleaning is sufficient to remove the hazards posed by smoke damage. It requires thoroughly removal by a professional restoration service.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN CHOOSING RESTORATION COMPANY

6/15/2019 (Permalink)

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN CHOOSING RESTORATION COMPANY

Home is a place where you feel relaxed and comfortable, but sometimes, changes happen when structure become compromised. Fire, Water damage and other issues are big problems that can damage the structure. You need to hire Restoration Company that can fix the problem. Hiring a restoration company is something that you should do not in hurry but do consultation and comparison before choosing one. If you want your home restored thoroughly and quickly, so it’s important to choose a restoration company that can offer you a detailed plan, reliable service, and superior results.

Things to identify and select a restoration service you can trust

  1. Respond immediately when disaster strikes.

Sometimes damages easily get complicated the longer it is unaddressed.  It is very important to choose the service that can arrive quickly when you call, where emergency is their priority. A reliable restoration company has 24-hour service, every day of the year. Water damage and fire damage are unpredictable and can cause upheaval to a property within minutes.

  1. Check their certification

As you restoration companies, focus on restoration services that are properly licensed and insured in your state. Consider the staff’s expertise, if how long has the company been in business, the level of training and experience of the team members, if they certified through a reputable certification program and if they undergo ongoing training.

  1. Works with insurance

 A reputable restoration company has the experience, knowledge and willingness to work with the homeowner’s insurance. A skilled restoration service ensures that the insurance claim covers every area of damage to the property, no matter how small.

  1. Reviews and references

When choosing a restoration company it is important for you to look at the reference. Check for online reviews if the company is reliable. Sometimes you may be worried where to get these contractors from but the best place where you can get them from is that company that they have used their services before. When you have to inquire about the services that they got from this company and if they give you a positive feedback then you can trust hiring that company.

If you are searching for a restoration company that is reliable you can trust and can guarantee you highest quality work, contact SERVPRO of Ventura, a trusted leader in restoration industry, it provides services to ensure that your home is fully restored. Trusting SERVPRO of Ventura to do the job is having your family safe at home again.

Here at SERVPRO of Ventura we are proud to serve. When serious disaster hits, we stand ready to mobilize our team to help out during any kind of crisis. Call us at (805) 656-3911 for assistance.

WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER COMMERCIAL FLOOR CLEANING FOR BUSINESS

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Companies chose hard surface flooring to avoid special maintenance. Tile, concrete and hard wood floors are less likely to have dirt, debris and pollens than carpet does. Large areas of in commercial building, floors are used more than anything. People come and go, they carry dirt and germs from outside and floors can get dirty. For these reason, commercial floor cleaning is important any business.

IMPORTANCE OF COMMERCIAL FLOOR CLEANING

  1. SAFETY

Floors that are not well maintained and properly cleaned could be a safety hazard for everybody within the building. Grim that are accumulated could be a tripping hazard. Slips and fall accident can happen without floor proper care. Commercial cleaning companies use cleaning products and procedures that allow the flooring to be slip-resistant and safer for everybody.

  1. First Impression

Flooring covers the entire area of your commercial space. Clean, shiny floors leave a good impression on guests. Commercial floor cleaning services achieve a floor that you and your employees can be proud of. It reflects professionalisms and the amount of care that put into a business.

  1. Less Work

A business owner has lots of responsibilities. Leaving the floor to a professional service cleaner means less work. It ensures that the cleaning will be done consistently every day

  1. Professional Knowledge

 Flooring requires special knowledge. Professional cleaning companies can perform deep cleaning services that take care of these issues without any problem.

Every commercial property experiences wear and tear, including dirt and grime that accumulates from ordinary use. SERVPRO of Ventura not only works for your home but also for your office or building. You can count to make your workspace look its very best.

Call us for COMMERCIAL CLEANING SERVICES at (805) 656-3911

DANGERS OF A LEAKY ROOF

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Water leak in the ceiling is one of the major problems for much reason. Before you found out the leak, you can have serious damage not only to your ceiling but also to your roof.  This caused by storm damage, improper roof installation and lack of maintenance.

CEILING WATER DAMAGE

 A leaky roof is one the most common reason of water damage in the house. Even a small leak can be critical to the entire household.

PRESENCE OF MOLD

 The first place that damage will occur is the attic area, because it is directly under the roof. There is a chance to fix the leaky problem before water gets through the ceiling. If there is no attic, the size of the leak is big, and can damage the entire ceiling. If there is plaster the ceiling, it will start to expand and bubble up. The paint on the ceiling will turn to darker color.

 Any kind of leak that isn’t properly fixed can cause mold to grow. Water leaks often contribute the growth and spread of mold. If there is water above the ceiling, there is also a mold growth. It only takes 24 to 48 hours for a mold to grow. The presence of mold will not only increase the damage but also the risk of negative health effects caused by mold exposure. This can lead to serious health issues, especially for those with high sensitivity, including nasal congestion, rhinitis, inflammations and asthma. If you don’t clean up the mold soon, it will spread to other areas of the house through the ventilation system.

A leaky roof will become a fire hazard because of all the electrical appliances and devices that are in the house. If water makes contact with a live electrical wire it can spark and ignite materials around.

Prevention and what to do if you have a leaking roof?

It’s a good idea to have one’s property inspected for mold and water leaks by professional and experts to assess the damage and start the water cleanup and drying process.

Restoration Company like SERVPRO of Ventura will be helpful for the restoration of your property. They are professional and experts to handle water damages. Determine what valuables that isn’t safe to use. Parts of your house like drywall and insulation might need to get removed and replace to prevent molds.

If you need a local restoration company, Call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911. We have a 24/7 Hotline.

The Danger of Smoke Damage

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

The Danger of Smoke Damage

Fire is dangerous but smoke is the leading cause of death rather than flames. The number one cause of death related to fire is smoke inhalation.

The smoke released by fire consists of mixture of gases and particles and chemical produced by incomplete burning of carbon - containing materials. Smoke contains carbon monoxide, carbon-dioxide and particular matte or soot (carbonaceous substance produced during incomplete combustion of coal etc.)


SMOKE DAMAGE

Smoke damage is one of the hazards of house fire. After fire, the effects of smoke damage are visible. Smoke does more than stain and smell. It produces smells and other side effects that are harmful to health. Its toxic ingredients are visible and invisible that lingers for days. Depending on what is burning, harmful chemicals enter into the air. Exposure to smoke can occur through skin, eyes, inhalation and digestion.  People that are exposing to smoke, microscopic particles can penetrate deep into the lungs and face difficulty in breathing.

Drawers, closets and walls that are enclosed often have more smoke damage than the area that fire blazed. Blinds and pull shades often attract smoke residue more than surrounding surfaces. The smoke from burnt plastic carries stronger charge than burnt wood and paper. This causes smoke residue. The burnt plastic fumes can irritate your lungs and could harm your health.


How to remove smoke damage?

Smoke flows around in its way. When smoke damage has occurred, it is important to begin restoration sooner to prevent additional damage and removing residues. Restoration or removing damage can be challenging and this may require a service professional.

SERVPRO of Ventura is a leading nationwide 24/7 emergency water and fire restoration company. If you need a local restoration call our hotline (805) 656 - 3911 or visit our website at www.SERVPROventura.com for more information.

How to Handle Water Damage Immediately?

5/10/2019 (Permalink)

How to Handle Water Damage Immediately?

How to Handle Water Damage Immediately?

Water Damage is common and serious emergencies your property might experience. This can be overwhelming. It can be caused by a storm, flood, rotten roof, pipes, sewage, or even your dishwasher. A homeowner needs to know what they should do with this situation. Their property needs to be safe from its safety and value. First rule for handling this emergency situation is to stop the damage. They need to determine what is the source of water. You should plan ahead of time and be ready for the emergency.

1. PROTECT YOURSELF & YOUR PERSONAL BELONGINGS: Shut off all electronic and appliances. Better to totally shut down all the circuit breakers. If there is flood, evacuate the flooded area right away. Also wear safety gears like rubber gloves, flood boots and appropriate clothing. Make sure that you protect important documents and other valuable items.

2. LOOK FOR THE SOURCE AND STOP IT: The source of the water damage needs to be determined so it can prevent more damage such as burst pipe and water tanks. Make sure you turn off the valves. If there is a flood warning, make sure you have enough sandbags. If your ceiling is leaking, make sure you tell the restoration company about it. Keep an eye for signs of mold, foul odors and discoloration of the ceiling.

3. CALL YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY: Your insurance company will help you with this kind of emergency. Call them as soon as possible. Ask them what are the next steps for you to take. The claims adjuster will document all the damages and estimate the cost for repairs. Take as much as photos as you can for the damage and affected assets. Keep all the details such as receipts.

4. DRY THINGS OUT IF YOU CAN: If you have the chance, dry out the property within 24 hours to prevent the growth of molds and mildew. Remove the rugs and hang them to dry. You can use fans and dehumidifiers to help dry the wet areas. If you have air conditioner, turn it on. It could help remove the humidity in the room.

5. CLEAN YOUR HOME/OFFICE: Restoration company like SERVPRO of Ventura, will be helpful for the restoration of your property. They are professional and experts to handle water damages. Determine what valuables that aren’t safe to use. Parts of your house like drywall and insulation might need to get removed and replace to prevent molds.

Always seek for professional advice for water damage. If you experience these kinds of emergencies, call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

4 Common Types of Fire

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

4 Common Types of Fire

Fire can start unexpectedly anytime or anywhere. Learning different types of fire may help us prevent the risk of starting the fire.

1. KITCHEN Fire: This is the most common type of Fire. Kitchen is the source of many hazards of the fire, electricity, water and grease we use for cooking our food in our daily life. Grease Fire is really dangerous because it can get out of control and can spread all over the room and into the whole house. A lot of homeowners leave their frying pan stove unattended. When the Pan overheats, it can catch fire. Fire can cause serious injury and property damages. Appliances can also catch fires especially when the electricity is in contact with water.
2. ELECTRICAL: This is caused by broken appliances, faulty wiring, electrical outlets and breaker boxes. Older Homes usually doesn’t have enough capacity to handle large amount of electrical appliances. Old wiring inside can cause shorts that triggers fire.
3. HEATER: Fire usually happens in winter months. It is recommended to buy portable heaters with automatic shutoffs because they tend to overheat. The rule is to put the heater at least three (3) feet from anything combustible.
4. SMOKING: Smoking fires usually started by igniting on furniture, bedding and trash cans. Smokers should pay attention to be sure that their cigarettes are extinguished before emptying ashtrays. No one should smoke in bed. Never put your ashtrays on flammable surfaces like couches and bed.

For Fire Damages, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura (805) 656-3911.

COMMERCIAL WINDOW CLEANING of SERVPRO of VENTURA

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

COMMERCIAL WINDOW CLEANING of SERVPRO of VENTURA

Commercial Window cleaning are popular especially the start of spring and summer season. This could be the best time to see the clear view of your surroundings.

Professional Window cleaning needs to have the right tools and technology to have the best results. There are a lot of health and benefits if the commercial windows are professionally maintained.

MOLD PREVENTION: From the winter/spring season, moisture grows from the cold and rainy weather. It can build up inside and outside of your home. Professional window cleaners know how to use special chemicals to get the molds safely and prevent them from coming back.

ALLERGIES: Spring is the season for allergies. Films of dust can develop on window glass. This could be the reason for your co-workers to suffer from headaches, itchy eyes, runny nose etc. 

This is one of the reasons why Window glass cleaning is important.

DISCOVER MORE DAMAGE IN THE PROPERTY: Not all damages can be seen by our naked eye. As soon as the professional cleaner started their job, damages are revealed. Cracked windows, rotten wood, molds or mildew starts to grow and a lot of things. If you clean your window regularly, it can save you money from needed repairs and damages before it’s too late.

SERVPRO of Ventura not only works for your home but also for your office or building. Our ta provide quality of commercial cleaning services for all types of business. It doesn’t matter if it’s big or small.

Call us for COMMERCIAL CLEANING SERVICES at (805) 656-3911.

Hire a Professional Carpet Cleaners For Your Business

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

Hire a Professional Carpet Cleaners For Your Business

Some businesses don’t want to hire a professional carpet cleaner to save money. There are health risks if the carpets aren’t clean regularly and properly especially in businesses with high foot traffic.

Most common health issues if you have dirty carpets:

  1. Respiratory Illnesses: Inhaling dusts and dirt can cause breathing problems. It happens when you vacuum your carpets. Exposure to molds can also result with nasal irritation.
  2. Skin Irritation and Diseases: If the carpet isn’t regularly cleaned, it can cause fungal infections like athlete’s foot and itching.
  3. Allergy Reactions: Carpet fibers has more allergens like pet hairs, dust mites and fungi.
  4. Microbe Infection: Mycotoxin are microbes common in carpets especially if they aren’t cleaned regularly and properly. They can enter human body through inhalation or can absorbed through skin contact. Do it yourself carpet cleaning might make the situation worse because it releases toxic microbes into the air.

Hire a Professional Carpet Cleaners for your business to avoid risk with Dirty Carpets. Avoid the health risk associated with uncleaned carpets. Businesses needs to have a regular and maintained clean environment.

SERVPRO of Ventura not only works for your home but also for your office or building. Our ta provide quality of commercial cleaning services for all types of business. It doesn’t matter if it’s big or small.

Call us for COMMERCIAL CLEANING SERVICES at (805) 656-3911.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT SMOKE ALARM DETECTOR

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

CHOOSING THE RIGHT SMOKE ALARM DETECTOR

In the past wild fires (Thomas and Woolsey), SERVPRO of Ventura has helped a lot of families restore their homes. We can never predict when fire will happen although a good quality of smoke alarms can provide an early warning when the fire begins. It can also prevent more injuries and can lessen property damage.

It is essential to have a good quality of smoke alarm all around your home but it can be overwhelming in choosing the right one. The best choice would probably be the earliest time it can detect smoke.

3 Types of Smoke Detectors:

  1. IONIZATION: These smoke alarms could be the best in detecting small particles from the smoke to a big flame of fires. They can be triggered by burned food or even shower steam.
  2. PHOTO ELECTRIC: These smoke detectors are the best in sensing smoldering fires. When an instance that there is a lot of smoke but without or any visible flames.
  3. DUAL SENSOR: It has the combination ionization and photoelectric.

We are not all professional in choosing the right fire alarm for our home or businesses. USFA recommends to use both types of alarm or DUAL SENSOR.

SERVPRO of Ventura is a leading nationwide 24/7 emergency water and fire restoration company that can come to your rescue at all time.

Fore more information visit our website at www.SERVPROventura.com or call our 24/7 hotline (805) 656-3911.

What To Do After a Fire Damage to your Home?

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

What To Do After a Fire Damage to your Home?

What To Do After a Fire Damage to your Home?

It can be very devastating after the house fire. The homeowner is still processing the acceptance of losing their valuables wondering how to start up again. Cleaning up might be an overwhelming. So what should a homeowner do first?

1. Getting Permission Before Visiting or Entering your Property: Fire Marshalls can tell you if it’s safe to enter to the premises depending on how bad the fire damage is. There are a lot of possible dangers and hazards in your home that can cause harm to you and your health. Also, you want to make sure one in the household is using electricity without permission from authorities. The waiting period is irritating but it could delay the fire damage clean up if you push to find your survived favorite valuables.
2. Make sure Damages are all Documented: It is recommended to take pictures as much as you could. They can be used for insurance purposes. Some damages may not be visible like smoke and odors.
3. Call your Local Fire Restoration Company: You shouldn’t attempt to do it yourself in removing your things such as clothing and linens. Some things are affected with fire, smoke and water damages. Contacting your restoration company is the best solution to the problem. They have the ability to have a professional knowledge in restoring and repairing what has been damaged.

If you need a local restoration company in Ventura, Call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911. We have a 24/7 Hotline.

DANGERS OF REMAINING FLOOD WATER AFTER THE STORM

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

DANGERS OF REMAINING FLOOD WATER AFTER THE STORM

DANGERS OF REMAINING FLOOD WATER AFTER THE STORM

Storms and hurricanes affect a lot of states throughout the year. There can be hazards caused by storms happened after the storm has passed. These are some samples of severe problems flood can bring:

  1. Health Dangers: Floods can cause health risk. There are possible diseases that occurs in storm disaster includes Norovirus and West Nile Virus. Bacteria and infections can infect everything it touches. It is important not to drink or eat anything that has been contaminated with flood water. Also, prevent to soak your toes in standing flood especially you have open wounds.
  2. Physical Hazards: Dirty flood water can be manifested by insects and threatening animals. In some states, there are also alligators make use of the flood as their habitat. Physical damage caused by the storm can still be present in the water. Broken glasses and Sharp metals cannot be visibly seen but can cause injuries. Storms damages electric power lines and very dangerous. It has a potential to lead into electrocution in standing water. Drowning can also be a possibility whether a person or cars are trying to swim across.

Here at SERVPRO of VENTURA we are proud to serve the residents of Ventura. When serious disaster hits, we stand ready to mobilize our team to help out during any kind of crisis. Call us at (805) 656-3911 for assistance.

FACTS WITH WATER DAMAGE

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

FACTS WITH WATER DAMAGE

Water damage can be a nightmare to a homeowner. What should we do first? What will the insurance cover? What will you save first when it starts flooding?

Here are the some facts about water damage that can help you secure your home and respond the right way to a potential disaster:

  1. The Type of Water: There are 3 types of water: rainwater, fresh water and sewage. Cleanup might depend on the type of water in your home. Sewage contains harmful bacteria and can brutally make you ill. It is easy to detect sewage water because of the sell. If you think that your water damage comes from sewage, better to call your professional water damage like SERVPRO of Ventura. We have the proper equipment and tools to handle those water damage safely.
  2. Water Damage doesn’t end even if the Water is gone: There are still moisture around after water damage. They can be hidden in walls, crawlspaces or below floorboards. They can eventually lead to mildew and mold. It is safe to make sure to have a professional inspection for the property to have a healthier home.

In case you have overdue water damage in your home or business, contact SERVPRO of VENTURA at (805) 656-3911

What Happens If You Don’t Give Action to Water Damage Soon?

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

What Happens If You Don’t Give Action to Water Damage Soon?

When water damage occurs, you should at least take it seriously.Water damage sources are groundwater, sewage, dishwasher, broken pipe or any home system malfunction. Water doesn’t just dry up and goes away. It should be treated right away, or it can cause serious damage. What will happen if we don’t clean it right away?

1. Toxic to your health: Flood water is a big source of hazardous elements such as bacteria, fungi, toxic waste, pollutants and sewage. Sewage water is nasty and dirty. Even if the water is visibly all gone, there are waste left behind and they cause health risk.
2. Depreciates the value of the Home: When it is time to sell your home and about to hire an appraiser, he/she might be able to see the sign of untreated water damage. Your home has a possibility lower its price value and buyers will not be attracted to buy it.
3. Electrical System can be affected: Contact a professional to inspect your electrical system. This is the safest thing to do. It can be fatal if electrical wirings is still exposed to water.
4. Wet Wood Floors and Walls: Woods absorbs water quickly. Therefore molds can grow faster. 
5. Insects, Bugs and fungus: Insects such as mosquitoes love to hatch their eggs in stagnant water. They hatch and spread diseases and bacteria that can be harmful. After the water evaporates, it creates mold and mildew. 

In case you have overdue water damage in your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911

BENEFITS OF HIRING PROFESSIONAL RESTORATION COMPANY

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

In home or business, we can avoid Water Damages. It is important to act fast. It is a must to do the right steps when water or flood damage happens in their property.

Water damage can happen anytime for a lot of reasons. It might be your washing machine or dishwasher’s fault. Regardless what cause it was, damages can cause impact and might cost a lot of money to repair. 

When water or flood damage takes place in your residential and businesses, it is important to call a professional restoration company to handle these events.

BENEFITS OF HIRING PROFESSIONAL RESTORATION COMPANY:

1. They do Quick Response: Water damage is definitely an emergency. They must respond quickly. Usually, they have a 24/7 hotline you can call anytime. Better to find someone local in your area. Professional company like SERVPRO of Ventura knows how to handle emergencies or water damage situations.
2. They do inspection: Before a technician does the job, they must follow the protocol to do a professional inspection. They must do an initial assessment to the affected areas and make decisions for the best approach. Everything needs to be documented to help the homeowner for insurance claim process. 
3. Professional Water Extraction: After the deep inspection, the technicians will begin to do the extraction process. They have the knowledge to extract standing water, moisture and sewage. SERVPRO of Ventura will help you to make your belongings safe and keep them to a drier place.
4. They Clean and Dry Professionally: SERVPRO of Ventura has the equipment to detect moisture. The tester is used for moisture level and look for molds and dangerous microorganisms. After the sanitization and disinfection of the area, they can start the drying process using the dehumidification equipment.

In case you have overdue water damage in your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911

SERVPRO of Ventura is Faster to Any Disaster

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Ventura is Faster to Any Disaster

You can never predict Fire or Water Damage. How much are you prepared? Are you washers still working perfectly or how about the wirings in your home?

SERVPRO of Ventura Technicians can do the damage.

  • We have 40 years of business in the cleanup and restoration industry
  • There are more than 1,500 franchise serving 48 states in the country
  • Detailed communication throughout the cleaning and restoration process helps keep you informed and in control
  • Experience and training in mitigation damages ranging from singe family homes to skyscrapers, and even the Pentagon.

It is important that you’re Restoration company response quickly. It will help the homeowner to save more money and minimize inconvenience.

Here at SERVPRO of Ventura we are proud to serve the residents of Ventura. When serious disaster hits, we stand ready to mobilize our team to help out during any kind of crisis. Call us at (805) 656-3911 for assistance.

SERVPRO of Ventura 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Services

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Ventura 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Services

SERVPRO of Ventura has an available 27/7 Hotline for water emergencies. Immediate action is needed when dealing with these events. Time is really crucial to prevent more damage and cost.

We have Phone Ready to help you anytime: (805) 656-3911.

It could be stressful and overwhelming for a homeowner. But SERVPRO of Ventura is ready to the rescue. We are expert to guide you step by step on what to do. Our technicians have experience and enough training to help you through these times. We specialized in restoration of Water Damage.

When you call us, we need these informations regarding your water damage emergency. The questions are needed for us to determine what equipment and how much resource to bring.

1. Name and contact information
2. Insurance Information (if you have it)
3. The address of the damage home
4. When did the water damage happen?
5. Cause for the water damage
6. Is there an electric power supply in your area?

Here at SERVPRO of Ventura we are proud to serve the residents of Ventura. When serious disaster hits, we stand ready to mobilize our team to help out during any kind of crisis. Call us at (805) 656-3911 for assistance.

LIGHTING SAFETY TIPS

4/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Ventura Storm Damage Lightning tips

LIGHTING SAFETY TIPS

Thunderstorms and lightings can be scary sometimes.

If you are outdoor when the thunderstorm or a lightning happened, here's what you can do:

  1. Find an shelter. A large building or establishment that you can stay safe when the lightning strikes. If you can't find any building, you can just go inside your car.
  2. Do not go inside a tent, shed or a picnic place.
  3. Never go under a tree. Lightnings are attracted to those.
  4. Don't go swimming in pools or or any bodies of water.
  5. Avoid fields are big open areas even high ground.
  6. Never use your cellphone.
  7. Do not touch metals such as gates, bikes etc.
  8. If you are home, stay inside as possible.
  9. If you are driving your car, stop it at a safe location. Stay inside. Close all the doors and windows

Why Choose SERVPRO of Ventura?

4/7/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO OF VENTURA Fire, Water and Mold Damages

SERVPRO of Ventura handles all disasters. Fire Damage, Water Damage and Molds. With the wild fires that happened in the past few years, our company has always been there to help our locals to restore their homes again. SERVPRO's professional services network of individually owned and operated franchises responds to property damages emergencies ranging form small to multi million dollar large lost. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Here at SERVPRO of VENTURA we are proud to serve the residents of Ventura. When serious disaster hits, we stand ready to mobilize our team to help out during any kind of crisis. Call us at (805) 656-3911 for assistance.

Home Storm Damage Restoration

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

The big storm hit, and now you are dealing with the need for home damage restoration. Often, the winter months are the most difficult for homeowners because of the outside temperatures are so brutal. However, it goes without saying that if your house is damaged int he storm and the outside elements are coming in, you need to turn to a professional to get your house back in shape. There is no time to waste either. The risks against a building are numerous. You need to act quickly to get improvement.

Cleaning up Debris

One of the first steps in home damage restoration is to clean up the damage elements of the building. This includes pulling down broken roofs and pulling out damage windows. This is not the easiest process to do during the cold winter months, but it is something that requires immediate attention so that you can get into the home and start fixing the problems. SERVPRO of Ventura cleanup crews can help to make the process easier to manage.

Reducing Mold Risks

Water, including water in its frozen state of ice and snow, is very problematic for the home. If you've been involved in an incident in which there is a significant build-up of snow or ice on the roof of the house, this puts a great deal of pressure on the structure. If the structure cracks and the roof falls that water is now in your home and could potentially lead to mold growth. The problem is, you cannot wait until spring to fix these types of problems. They need attention now. When you turn to SERVPRO of Ventura, they will handle the restoring work right now, so there is no risk to the house in the long-term.

Rebuilding Fast

Once the problems are taken care of, it is just as important to get your house back into livable condition again. This may mean adding drywall, roofing, windows, and other components damaged by the storm. You need these types of tasks done quickly. It is not easy, but it is often best to turn to a professional for immediate assistance rebuilding what has been damaged.

Home damage restoration is one of the most important steps you can take in reclaiming your house after a winter storm. No matter how insignificant the damaged areas of the property may seem right now, even small problems can play a role in the safety and comfort of your house the rest of the season. Have a professional handle the handle the process for you quickly.

SERVPRO of Ventura can help to treat a big problem before it leads to house condemnation or worse. Find out how at www.SERVPROventura.com or call us at (805) 656-3911.

Property Damage - What To Do After a Storm

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Putting aside intentional vandalism, a big storm is your most likely concern when it comes to acquiring property damage. A good storm can leave your roof in disrepair, your windows shattered and your siding was lying by the side of the house. If you have insurance, the monetary cost should be covered, but that doesn't necessarily mean you'll get a roadmap to repair. The insurance company's idea what should cover the cost may also differ substantially from reality. A lot of homeowners look around in confusion and frustration after incurring this kind of destruction. If you're among them, here are some things you can do.

Your Options

If you're having trouble coming up with the funds to pay a professional, you'll have to do the cleanup on your own. Don't depend on your insurance company to come through with the funds in time. If there are issues with water, for instance, you need to start getting it out immediately. Every hour it sits in your home, the worse the property damage becomes.If it stays long enough, you may not be left with anything salvageable. Plenty of people have faced this very reality. If you can afford to hire a professional restoration company, do so.  It's money well spent.

Shop Around

Once you've taken care of any storm problems, it's time to start talking restoration and rebuilding. If you're looking at a fence in disrepair, it could be project you can tackle on your own. Anything more substantial, you'll need to shop for a good contractor. This is a dangerous time for homeowners. When a storm blows through town, shady contractors are never more than a step behind. Make policy to hire only established and reputable contractors, and you'll be able to avoid scams.

Exercise Caution

This isn't a time where your kids need to be outside playing in the yard without shoes. Storm-caused property damage can lead to host of dangers, many of which may be invisible until it's too late. Stray nails, for instance, could be anywhere. This may be true at all times, but it is especially important to remember following an event such as this. It's already a burden to recover from such incident. Don't make it worse by adding a medical emergency on top of it. Exercise caution until everything is cleaned up.

When it comes to companies that repair, you should know that reliability and professionalism are key.

For professional contractors, please check our website at www.SERVPROventura.com or call us at (805) 656-3911.

SERVPRO of Ventura Offers 24/7 Emergency Fire Damage Restoration

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Have you experienced fire damage in your office or home? If so, it's so crucial that yu start your fire damage restoration process quickly, before the damage gets worse. SERVPRO of Ventura offers 24/7 emergency services to solve your fire damage problems fast, providing repair, renovation, and restoration services with customer satisfaction guaranteed.

Fires can come at you fast, causing massive amounts of damage in a matter or minutes. BUt SERVPRO of Ventura is here to help whenever you need us. Our certified technicians are available for 24/7 emergency service, ready to help you when you need it most. SERVPRO of Ventura's experts will quickly survey the damages and begin the fire damage clean-up process at your convenience, even in emergencies.

SERVPRO of Ventura Offers the Best Service for Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Ventura is committed to offering the best service for commercial storm damage cleanup. Our service is available 24/7 in case of emergencies. SERVPRO of Ventura handles every aspect of the storm damage cleanup form the inspection to the completed repairs of the property.

We pride our business on being available for you when you need storm damage cleanup. It is imperative to have your property cleaned up after a storm for safety reasons. Damage missed during the inspection and cleanup phases of the restoration project can become severe and more expensive to repair and replace. SERVPRO of Ventura will send out a professional technician inspect the damage and begin the restoration process.

Contact SERVPRO of Ventura today (805) 656-3911.

SERVPRO of Ventura Works with Your Insurance Company

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Ventura Works with Your Insurance Company

When it comes to fire and water damage repair, be careful who you trust with your property, money and time. Many companies will render services before dealing with insurance matters and charge you the excess bill anyway.

Here at SERVPRO of Ventura, we recognize that the world of insurance is complicated and confusing. We are happy to work as a connection between you and your insurance company. Most insurance policies require that you report any fire and water damage within a tight time frame to cover the cleanup.

Contact us as soon as possible to ensure you get the whole project covered. We will work with you one on one with your specific policy.

Call us at (805) 656-3911 for more details.

Don't Leave Your Disaster Recovery Plan 'Til After the Disaster

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Disaster recovery planning is one of those things that your IT Department usually worries about just after you've had flood that takes our your datacenter. As the water rises and the electrical circuits start to trips out, the boss will call down and shout something about "calling the disaster recovery team" to get everything back on track ASAP.

This is usually when you remind him that he didn't sign the proposal. The water will carry on rising and the computers will carry on fizzling out, and the data on them will eventually be erased. As the remaining IT team wave goodbye to the boss who failed to sign the proposal, they then sit down with the new boss and hatch a plan, plan to make sure that if everything goes wrong, they can get it all back and run again.

Of course, you don't have to go overboard with DR, it can be as simple as making sure you've got backups, but even those need to be cared for. So, just in case I've worried you enough for you to think that maybe you ought to be protecting your data somehow, according to SERVPRO of Ventura, here are a ways you can make sure you're properly covered and won't suffer a massive data loss when the ceiling falls in.

Take Regular Backups

This sound obvious, and to many, but so many people take a bunch of backups and then pop the tapes in the cupboard next to the server room or pop them in a safe in the accountant's office.

What happens if the building is flattened? How do you handle it when you come to restore from the tapes, and you realized that although you have a fire-proof safe, it's not very heat proof. Melted tapes don't work well in the new tape drive. Neither do melted CD's.

Backups should be taken off-site ideally, SERVPRO of Ventura will do this for you. They turn up in a secure van and take your tapes to a secure off-site storage center, and when the worst happens, you give them a call.

There is no excuse for not having a disaster recovery plan and if you find yourself trying to justify the expense, ask yourself how much it would cost if your entire data infrastructure were to be lost?

For more information, visit www.SERVPROventura.com or call us 24/7 hotline (805) 656-3911

The Importance and Purpose of Mold Remediation

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation

Mold remediation is the removal as well as cleanup of mold present in indoor environments. It is very important to tackle your mold problem head-on before it starts to cause damage to your home and health.

Causes of Mold

Many building materials can sustain the growth of mold. It is mainly caused by the presence of moisture or water indoors and grows on organic materials. Organic materials consists of things that were once living. Most mold growth is found on wood floors or wooded studs. It can also be encouraged by a lack of drying of building materials like concrete. Leaky roofs, flooding, problems connected with plumbing, and building maintenance can result in the growth of mold indoors.

The first thing to do to solve mold problems indoors is to stop the source of the moisture within your home or office, followed by mold removal. Solutions for small instances of mold are the following:

  • Ventilation
  • Sunlight
  • Wall Insulation
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Non-porous building materials
  • Household Cleansers

If the mold growth is significantly high, it might be necessary to choose a professional mold remediation company to eliminate mold from every building material which has been compromised.

The aim of remediation is to clean or entirely remove all contaminated materials in such a way that is effectively checks the release of fungi-contaminated dust from spreading into unaffected areas.

DIFFERENT METHODS

Some ways to hinder mold growth are air conditioning, improved insulation, and also dry fog. Current technology allows mold remediation companies to pack a room with a kind of dry fog that exterminates mold and prevents its growth. This fog contains a chemical which is approved by the EPA and in no way damages or harms the health of animals or individuals. The idea is to attack the mold which is harmful to people and their pets, whatever it takes as long as it does not exacerbate the situation.

However, some companies use other methods of remediating by exposing it to high levels of heat, sunlight, UV light, Ozone, Dry air, and also by spraying fungicides. While such methods can make it non-viable, the mold, including any by-products might still produce harmful health effects and repercussions. The only correct tactic of remediation is to employ detergent solutions that eliminate the mold physically.

Other means of Mold Removal Are:

  • Dry ice blasting: gets rids of mold on wood and cement surfaces
  • Vacuum: removes accumulated water from carpets and floors.
  • Damp wipe: by scrubbing or wiping non-porous surfaces with water and detergent.
  • HVPA Vacuum: Vacuum cleaners equipped with HVPA or High-Efficiency Particulate Air Filters are meant for the final cleanup of affected areas.

After remediation is achieved, all mold-affected furnishings, as well as building materials should be put in closed containers or impervious bags and disposed of as conventional construction waste

A Word of Caution

While engaged in mold removal, do not, on any account, breathe in either the mold or its spores, since it can be highly damaging to your health.

When it comes to come remediation, you should consider the service of SERVPRO of Ventura. For more information, visit www.SERVPROventura.com or call us (805) 656-3911. 

Cleaning Your Floors and Walls After Fire Damage

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Fire damage restoration can be both times consuming and difficult, which makes it a good idea to use a professional when it comes to fire restoration. However, if you want to do it yourself, here are a few tips that can help. First of all, you will need to clean your carpets and floors. For carpets, be sure you read the manufacturer instructions if you have them since some carpets can shrink if they are shampooed.

If you have the option to take the carpet out, then it is often a good idea to clean the carpets outside using a high-pressured hose to rinse off all of the dirt and soot. Next, using a sponge and a commercial rug shampoo, scrub the carpets working in two feet areas at a time. If the soot in the carpet is deep, use a brush with stiff bristles. Rinse the carpet well with water, using the least amount of water you can, since the water will gradually weaken the carpet backing.

Once the carpet is finally clean, you will need to thoroughly dry out the carpet immediately to prevent damage to the carpet. If you have hardwood floors, you may have to strip and refinish them if the damage was pervasive. If you have tiled floors, it is likely that the fire did not damage them at all that you won't have to do anything. Your only concern is that if the home was wet down to stop the fire, the water could have leaked into the sub flooring if there was cracked grout or missing tiles.

Next, you will find that smoke and soot are incredibly pervasive, and soot will have probably covered most of the walls, staining it in spots. Smoke restoration for walls can be very simple if the damage is not bad. IF the walls were painted with a satin or semi-gloss paint, then the smoke probably did not seep farther into the wall than the paint. So you should be able to scrub the water to get rid of the discoloration caused by the smoke. The easiest way to do this is to buy trisodium phosphate cleaner at a hardware store. Mix a tablespoon of the TSP with a gallon of warm watere, and use it to scrub the soot off. If the damage is worse, you may have to re-paint to get rid of the stains.

SERVPRO of Ventura is a leading nationwide 24/7 emergency water and fire restoration company that can come to your rescue at all time.

Fore more information visit our website at www.SERVPROventura.com or call our 24/7 hotline (805) 656-3911.

Emergency Services After Fire

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Fires can be devastating, frightening and leave your home in deplorable condition. Fire, soot and smoke damage can destroy your home and personal belongings leading to stress and grief over your losses. Your family's security and safety is the priority. Collect your family and necessary belongings and find a safe place to stay until your home is repaired. After you have established a sense of security, seeking help to repair damages and recover personal belongings will help your family to get over the traumatic experience of a household fire. SERVPRO of Ventura will work for hand in hand with your insurance company to repair your home to balance your life after a fire.

In addition to the physical damage, fires can cause, smoke also causes serious damage to your home and property. A professional company designed to help clean up smoke, soot and fire damage can help your house on the path to repair and help you salvage belongings. Smoke damage leaves behind a strong odor that might not come out of everything it comes into contact with, but professionals may be able to alleviate some of the damage. Cleaning smoke and soot out of the home are on the path to restoring your home to its original condition.

The road to repair may include removing smoke damage property and remodeling your home. Remodeling may be necessary to restore your home if a fire burns away portions of your home. Trusting SERVPRO of Ventura to do the job is vital to a speedy repair and having your family safe at home again. Hiring the services of SERVPRO of Ventura with experience in fire damage repair will ensure that the trained professionals work with your insurance company to provide the most effective repair to your home.

For more information visit www.SERVPROventura.com or call us at (805) 656-3911.

Fire Damage Restoration - Some Important Tips to Remember!

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A fire accident on any property is a recipe for disaster. Surviving it is one thing, but the inevitable restoration efforts are quite another. At a time when you are in shock, it can be difficult to take appropriate measures to ensure the fire doesn't spread to other areas around the property.

But fire damage restoration is necessity which every property owner has to deal with to restore their premises to a condition which is fit for human habitation. Some useful tips can help you handle the challenging task of a fire damage restoration on a property.

REMAIN CALM

The most important thing to remember is to ensure that the owner of the affected property is calm and organized before embarking on the demanding task of the fire damage restoration project. This task requires extreme care and patience to ensure the fire doesn't spread.

HANDLE THE SOOT AND SMOKE

The walls of the property are most affected by the smoke and soot caused by a fire. Before cleaning the walls that have accumulated smoke and soot, it is best to determine the full extent of the damage caused. If the walls are extensively damaged, they you should contact professional restorers and wait; otherwise, you are risking your life and your property to further damage.

ENSURE WATER REMOVAL

Fire suppressants and water are most commonly used to put out a fire on a property. The water which is used to extinguish the fire should be drained from the premises as soon as possible, as the presence of stagnant water can serve as the ideal habitat for the growth of bacteria and mold. This will only further damage your property and make it unsuitable for living. Professional services for water removal such as SERVPRO of Ventura should be employed to ensure water removal.

Access and Evaluate Damage to Property

It is important to evaluate the materials, subfloors, etc. in a property determine whether they are safe or not. A careful examination will outline the fixtures and essentials which can be salvaged, and which are beyond repair.

Employ Professionals

Fire damage restoration is a task that requires professional follow up to make sure the affected property is treated properly. Along with a careful evaluation , restoration professionals follow up with final documentation of the property to determine it is safe for habitation.

By employing the services of SERVPRO of Ventura, a property owner can be sure of having his/her home restored effectively, through skilled professional assistance.

Good Reasons for Hiring Commercial Cleaning Services for Your Office

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Commercial Cleaning SERVPRO of Ventura

It is common sense that most people go for a certain service or product if they find it more useful than other similar available. It is true for commercial cleaning services also. With the changing times, businesses have changed and so have the customer expectations. Now people expect more quality service, value-added products. Keeping this in mind, we will be discussing how SERVPRO of Ventura commercial cleaning services could benefit over other available options.

Here are a few reasons that will help you understand how SERVPRO Of Ventura Commercial Cleaning Services are the better option when it comes to a clean and hygienic workplace.

Better, Faster Cleaning Services

Though faster is not always better, in this particular case it is. Office premises vary in area, and a single business could extent to more one building and floors what SERVPRO of Ventura excels in is the art of cleaning a premise comprehensively at a professional pace. They manage it by using high tech cleaning equipment covering more area in lesser time and by training their staff to make maximum use of their time and technology.

Competition Among Rival Cleaning Services

One good thing that has happened in recent times is that due to highly competitive prevailing market conditions the benefit of the resulting higher cleaning standards has gone in  favor of the customer. Now you have the option of getting better quality services at highly competitive prices.

AFTER HOURS CLEANING SERVICES

The biggest advantage of hiring SERVPRO of Ventura is that you can have the work done after or before your office working time. What this means is that you get a clean workplace less the hassles of your staff being disturbed during the work hours.

However, you could arrange to have mixed services such as off-time cleaning and minimal presence of the cleaning crew during work hours to take of the odd spill.

VALUE-ADDED SERVICES

Like any other business, SERVPRO of Ventura has added more diversity to their mainstream cleaning business. They now offer value added services such as water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, sanitizing, and mold remediation and so on.

Important of Carpet Cleaning Services in Offices

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Commercial Cleaning Carpet

Carpets are an important part of offices. Associated with luxury; carpets add aesthetic to an office. It could be doctor's clinic, lawyer's office, boutiques, restaurants or any office. Carpets make workplace look even more beautiful and add a tough of artistic quality. Moreover, good quality carpets can also help reduce noises.

However if not cleaned and maintained properly, unclean carpets can be huge turn-off for potential clients and employees. Generally, visitors to an office often judge the quality of the business by drawing first time impressions seeing the ambiance and cleanliness of the office. The condition of the carpets plays a significant role in the building positive impressions.

First-time impressions are more often that not the last impressions. The way you maintain your office space and its cleanliness says a lot about the way you conduct your business. An unclean, filthy carpet is indicative of a carefree attitude of an office.

Unclean carpets in offices not just affect the branding and business prospects of a company but also affect the health of those around it. Carpets that are not cleaned regularly and well-maintained properly can lead to plenty of health problems such as allergy to bacteria, fungi and mites. Moreover, it causes degradation of the environment and affects the quality of air indoors.

Therefore it makes sense to ensure that office carpet always remain in pristine condition. Proper maintenance of carpets requires professional cleaning services that can remove filth, grim and deep accumulated dirt from carpets. SERVPRO of Ventura commercial cleaning services has well-trained cleaning experts who use the latest techniques and environmentally friendly products to clean carpets.

For Commercial Cleaning Services, please call our 24/7 hotline (805) 656-3911.

Nine Ways to Prevent Mold Growth

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Ways to Prevent Mold Growth

Yes, mold can be good or can be a problem.

Mold can grow anywhere; can spread easily and cannot be completely eradicated. It is a problem that’s difficult and costly to fix, but it can also produce allergens and irritants that may compromise your health.

Here are ways to curb moisture indoors and the mold that thrives on it.

Do an audit of your home - where are the problem areas? Flood in the basement? condensation on an upstairs window? Water stain on the ceiling from a persistent leak? Identify problem areas in your home and correct them. Prevent mold from growing or spreading. Whatever the case, it is better to address the problem now. It might cost some money up front, but it will surely cost more down the road if it’s left unchecked.

Proper ventilation. It may be that your routine domestic activities are encouraging the growth of mold in your home. Make sure any domestic activities you do as simple as cooking dinner, taking a shower, or doing a load of laundry doesn't invite mold by providing proper ventilation in any high-moisture area. Clothes dryers, stoves — vent appliances that produce moisture to the outside. Open a window when cooking or washing dishes or showering or run an exhaust fan.

Dry wet areas immediately, mold can't grow without moisture. Seepage into the basement after a heavy rainfall, accumulation from a leaky pipe, a spill on the carpet should be dried within 24 to 48 hours. If you experienced a flood, remove water-damaged carpets, bedding, and furniture if they can't be completely dried.

Monitor humidity indoors. Indoor humidity as EPA recommends should be kept between 30 and 60 percent. Humidity can be measured with a moisture meter purchased from your local hardware store. High humidity can also be detected by simply paying attention to potential problem areas in your home. If you notice condensation, dry the surface immediately and address the source of moisture.

Equip your home with mold-resistant products. Whether you’re building or renovating a new home, use mold-resistant products like mold-resistant drywall and mold inhibitors for paints.

Direct water away from your home. The ground should be sloped away from the foundation, water may collect there and seep into your crawlspace or basement if it’s not sufficiently sloped away.

Clean or repair roof gutters. Regularly clean your roof gutters and get it inspected for damage. Repair them as necessary and keep an eye out for water stains after storms that may indicate a leak.

Improving the air flow in your home. According to the EPA, as temperatures drop, the air can hold less moisture. Excess moisture may appear on your walls, windows and floors without good air flow. Increase circulation, let fresh air in to reduce moisture and keep mold at bay.

Educate yourself. Knowing what works for your climate and your home is an important first step.

One of the benefits to choosing professional restoration through our SERVPRO team is that we have your interest at heart. Give SERVPRO a call anytime that you need us at (805) 656-3911.

WHAT IS STORM DAMAGE

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What is storm damage?

Building insurance policies do not necessarily define what a storm is, we say that a storm generally involves violent winds, usually accompanied by rain, hail or snow. However, there can be circumstances where storm damage is caused to property without high winds occurring.

What to do if I think my property has storm damage?

Call a trust-worthy and reputable contractor who will work with your insurance company to make sure you are treated fairly.

Is storm damage covered by homeowners’ insurance?

Homeowners insurance may help cover certain causes of storm damage, including wind, hail and lightning. However, damage caused by flood and earthquakes typically is not covered by a standard homeowners’ insurance policy. Check your policy.

Can storm damage impact the value of my home?

If you plan to sell your home in the future, yes. It is critical to address storm damage issues immediately. Many homeowners are shocked to learn they have costly storm damage to fix, years after the time to file an insurance claim has expired.

What is a storm chaser?

Storm chasers are companies that complete home repairs (common repairs include roofing and siding), and typically solicit business from homeowners after large natural disasters occur, such as hailstorms, hurricanes and tornadoes. If a major storm damages your house, make sure you’ve hired a trustworthy general contractor for home repairs. Then you want to begin the restoration process as soon as possible.

One of the benefits to choosing professional restoration through our SERVPRO team is that we have your interest at heart. From the first assessment of the damage to the completion of the restoration project, we're not satisfied with our work unless you tell us.

 
Give SERVPRO a call anytime that you need us at (805) 656-3911.

AIR DUCT CLEANING CHECKLIST

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- It is important to learn as much as you can about air duct cleaning before you decide to have your ducts cleaned.

- If you suspect an indoor air quality problem exists in your home, consider other possible sources of indoor air pollution.

- Have your air ducts cleaned if they are visibly contaminated with substantial mold growth, pests or vermin, or are clogged with substantial deposits of dust or debris.

- Ask the service provider to show you any mold or other biological contamination they say exists. Get laboratory confirmation of mold growth or decide to rely on your own judgment and common sense in evaluating apparent mold growth.

- Get estimates from at least three service providers. Check references.

- Ask your service provider and insist he/she gives you knowledgeable and complete answers

- Permit the application of biocides in your ducts only if necessary to control mold growth and only after assuring yourself that the product will be applied strictly according to label directions. As a precaution, you and your pets should leave the premises during application.

- Do not permit the use of sealants except under unusual circumstances where other alternatives are not feasible.

- Make sure the service provider follows the National Air Duct Cleaning Association's (NADCA) standards and, North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) if the ducts are constructed of flex duct, duct board, or lined with fiber glass, it follows the guidelines of the

- Do a yearly preventive maintenance inspection of your heating and cooling system, regular filter changes, and steps to prevent moisture contamination.

Give SERVPRO a call anytime that you need us at (805) 656-3911.

Seven Homeowner Tips for Water Prevention

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-Keep an Eye on Your Water Bill

A water bill spike can be the only indicator you see that alerts you to the existence of a leak. Check places under slab or walls where they often and not always obvious to occur.

-Shut off Water to the House

Do you know where you’re your water shut off valve is? Find and check where it is located. You will be able to stop the water more quickly by knowing where your water shut off, preventing any further damages.

-Know Your Shutoff Valves

It is recommended that you and everyone in your household knows where the water shutoff valves are. That includes the main valve to the house, as well as all the appliance and single fixture valves. Test that the valves work, so you're not left with a broken valve during a leak.

-Clean and Repair Gutters

A Clean gutter diverts away rain water from your home, have it cleaned regularly and repair them as needed. Why? Because if the water flow is blocked by debris, it will start to overflow and can make its way into the walls and the ceiling. It's an easy water damage prevention step that takes just a few hours but can save you thousands of dollars.

-Check the Sump Pump

Sump pump is like your insurance policy, you don't think about it until you really need it. The sump pump starts working automatically during a flood to draw water out of your home and into the street drain system. Check this to make sure it's working; in case of power outage, make sure it operates on a standalone battery and that the inlet is clean.

-Check Ceilings and Walls for Signs of Leaks

Look for leaky pipes, make repairs before a small leak turns into a big one.

-Place Pans Underneath Appliances

Protect yourself by placing deep pans underneath appliances so they can capture any water from a leaky hose. Washing machine hoses, a ruptured or cracked dishwasher, AC can cause major water damage.

Give SERVPRO a call anytime that you need us at (805) 656 -3911.

Winter Time: Protecting Pipes Before

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We all know that water expands when it freezes; unfortunately, your pipes don't. When water freezes and expands, it puts pressure on whatever contains it, and with enough pressure, your frozen pipes will burst, causing a very costly water damage in your home. Here are ways to protect pipes in freezing weather.

  • Protect your pipes before the temperatures dip below freezing to save yourself from water damage. Especially important to remember if you're planning to leave your home for an extended period during the winter. An unattended home is a dangerous situation if you don't take the appropriate steps to winterize the house leaving.
  • If you're leaving home for more than a few days, you should drain your pipes of water. Draining is done through your main water supply. This prevents any water in the tube from freezing and backing up into the tap and then your pipes.
  • Wrap heating tapes around your pipes.
  • Ensure adequate insulation in common problem areas of the home, including attics, basements, and crawlspaces that contain pipes. Adding insulation to your home also reduces your heating bill. You can also add insulation to your pipes. It isn’t enough to prevent pipes from freezing but it will slow the transfer rate of heat to cold. Wrap the pipes in foam rubber insulation, or you can even use a ¼ inch layer of newspaper in areas that are less exposed to the cold.

Give SERVPRO a call anytime that you need us at (805) 656-3911.

MOLD 101

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- Foods that contains wheat grow mold which is black when exposed.

- There are also allergen molds. They are the green molds, not poisonous but allergen to humans. Both black and green mold can trigger sneezing fits, and the affected person may have itchy red eyes when they've inhaled or touched the mold.  They have devastating effects on asthmatic individuals.

- Orange and Yellow molds that rarely grow indoors are non-toxic. They tend to grow on decaying organic matter and wood.

- Pathogenic mold can cause diseases, especially to the respiratory system, for persons with weakened immune systems or newborn babies.

- Toxic Mold: Toxic mold, most commonly referred to as black mold, is poisonous when inhaled or touched, and has been linked to cancer in some cases.

Give SERVPRO a call anytime that you need us at (805) 656-3911.

TIPS ON BASEMENT FLOODING

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TIPS ON BASEMENT FLOODING

Here are some basement flooding first tips that can help you evaluate the situation and make the best decision on the next step in the cleanup process.

Don’t panic. Try to determine where the water came from to know the best course of action.

Wait until the rain or storm stops before starting on extraction. There's no sense in removing water if more it is still being flooded. When you enter the basement, make sure to turn off any power or gas in the area and wear protective gears like gloves and boots and use caution when moving around the room.

There's a chance of slipping or tripping and dangerous objections under the water. Take extra care.

If it's winter, a pipe might have frozen and burst. If it is, quickly shut off the water to stop the flood.

Floor drains need to be cleaned regularly. Remove the grate on the floor drain and use gloves to remove any clog. Then thoroughly clean the drain.

You can use a sump pump or pool pump if available, a wet/dry vacuum, or a mop and bucket for smaller floods. If the flood is overwhelming, call in professionals for help.

Give SERVPRO a call anytime that you need us at (805) 656-3911.

ATTIC MOISTURE, WHAT CAUSES IT?

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8.ATTIC MOISTURE, WHAT CAUSES IT?

No proper attic ventilation or attic insulation. During winter months, warm, moist air enters our attics from the living space below and clashes against the cool roof decking and framing, resulting in condensation or even interior frost in attic. This repeated and sustained wetting of the wood encourages attic mold growth. Attic ventilation systems help control the attic moisture, temperature and humidity by exhausting the moist air, eliminating the potential for condensation or frost in attic.

Improper mechanical ventilation. Dryer vents, plumbing vents, kitchen vents and bathroom vents should always be exhausted to the exterior of the building. These vents should be exhausted properly to prevent any moist air deposits in the attic, humidity level rising and mold growth.

When addressing attic mold issue, the source must be addressed to provide a long-term solution. The key to eliminating attic mold is controlling the moisture in attic. Have a professional help diagnose your attic moisture and attic mold issues by properly recommending and implementing an attic ventilation system or other corrective measures.

Give SERVPRO a call anytime that you need us at (805) 656-3911.

FOUR WAYS TO PREVENT BASEMENT LEAKS

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FOUR WAYS TO PREVENT BASEMENT LEAKS

Clean your gutters

Any leaves and debris left over from winter, then install leaf guards and downspout extenders to direct water 10 feet from the house.

Repair Cracks

If you have cracks in your basement that are allowing water to seep through, open them up. Seal it with hydraulic cement.

Tree Check

To protect your foundation, shade trees with aggressive roots, like silver maples, should be planted at least 20 feet from your house. Smaller species, keep them at 10 to 15 feet of clearance.

Check grading

Surrounding soil should be pitched away from the house at a slope of at least 1/4 inch per foot so that water drains toward your yard, not your foundation. Buy and add soil, raking it smooth, until the grade is highest at the house's perimeter.

Give SERVPRO a call anytime that you need us at (805) 656-3911.

WHAT YOU SHOULD LOOK FOR A RESTORATION COMPANY

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WHAT YOU SHOULD LOOK FOR A RESTORATION COMPANY

Find certified professionals. The water damage restoration industry is completely unregulated. It’s easy to start a business like this. If the company you’re looking for has certifications through a certification institution, then you know that they are professionals and will do their job the best they can. Their certifications indicate that they have the most up-to-date training, knowledge, and tools to assist you.

Offers wide range of services. A company that offers a wide range of water restoration services preferable compared to a company that doesn’t offer as many services. This is the easiest way to determine general expertise.

Do your diligence. Get recommendations. Speak to friends and family to see if they have had any experience with the companies you are looking at. Do not pick a company because they’re offering cheap service. Remember, you get what you pay for. Also, don’t let insurance companies who will suggest water restoration companies pressure you into using a sub-par company just because they said so.

Are they open 24 hours a day? Scammers and con-artists are not going to be willing to be awake at all hours of the night. Also look for companies that are willing to begin work as quickly as possible. Don’t let water damage sit for too long, it gets worse.

One of the benefits to choosing professional restoration through our SERVPRO team is that we have your interest at heart. From the first assessment of the damage to the completion of the restoration project, we're not satisfied with our work unless you are as well. This communication and relationship with our clients help us to not only build our reputation throughout the area but showcase our resolve to offer the best service.

When a fire impacts your home, restoring the damage is never something that you have to deal with on your own. Our SERVPRO of Oxnard professional restoration technicians is available 24/7 to respond quickly to any emergency that you might have and work quickly to mitigate the situation to help preserve the things that matter most to you. Give SERVPRO a call anytime that you need us at (805) 656-3911.

Does Your Ventura County Home Have A Mold Problem?

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In Ventura County, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.

Faster to your Ventura Water Damage Crisis

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SERVPRO of Ventura provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Ventura, Ojai and surrounding areas

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Ventura provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Ventura arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 805-656-3911

About SERVPRO of Ventura

SERVPRO of Ventura specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. 

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24HR Emergency Services!

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Ventura County Home

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We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Ventura is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. 

Facts on Fire Damage

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Fire Damage in Ventura

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and develop a comprehensive plan of action. 
Smoke and soot facts:
Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Ventura will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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4 incredibly smart reasons to make your own cleaning products

8/23/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is always here to help. Even when it comes to tips to help you clean your own home!  Check out this blog from the Today show for some great money saving tips on making your own cleaning products

http://www.today.com/home/4-incredibly-smart-reasons-make-your-own-cleaning-products-t100697

Water Damage in Ventura, CA

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Drying equipment loaded up and ready to go.

SERVPRO of Ventura loading up to respond to a water loss. We arrived onsite within 1 hour of getting the call.

24 hour emergency services

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SERVPRO of Ventura provides 24 hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster in Ventura, CA.  We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

- 24 Hour emergency service

- Faster to any size disaster

-Highly trained restoration technicians

- A trusted leader in the restoration industry

- Locally owned and operated

- Advanced restoration and cleaning equipment

Have questions?  Call us today 805-656-3911

Got Mold?

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Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation

Restoring your Ventura Commercial Property

8/23/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Ventura commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Ventura 

SERVPRO of Ventura specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property

Faster to your Ventura water damage!

8/23/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Ventura provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration in Camarillo and surrounding areas

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Ventura provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, seven days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage are very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Ventura arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 805-656-3911 Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Ventura 

SERVPRO of Ventura specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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