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WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER USE BLEACH FOR MOLD REMOVAL?

4/15/2022 (Permalink)

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When mold appears on walls and tiles in the bathroom, walls and tiles, many homeowners reach for bleach and harsh chemicals to treat the problem. But according to experts, this is actually one of the worst ways to remove the toxic growth from your home.

The Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administrations (OSHA) no longer recommend the use of bleach because using chlorine bleach to kill mold is one the worst things can do. Bleach contains 90 percent of water and mold loves it. When bleach is applied, the chlorine quickly evaporated after use leaving behind a lot of water. The water soaks into porous surface allowing the mold to flourish and re-grow in the moist environment. Bleach feeds the internal mold spores.

Bleach is ineffective in the long run. It only helps you mask the mold for a short period. After you have applied bleach to a porous surface, the mold’s dark green color removed. However, the roots of the molds which have reached deep into the insides continue to grow. It does not stop harmful mold spores from spreading within the house.

Bleach is toxic. It considered as a toxic chemical and classified the same as gasoline. It is also harmful to your skin. When bare skin is expose, it creates a hydrolysis reaction which means the oily feeling on the top of the layer of your skin starts to dissolve.

Think twice before you considering the DIY. There are many factors that need to be evaluated when deciding whether you should clean up the mold yourself or hire a professional. DIY mold removal could create a bigger mess and can cost you more money in the long run.

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

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

WHEN YOU HAVE FLOODING, AVOID THESE WATER DAMAGE MISTAKES

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

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Water damage can happen with a burst pipe, an overflowing washing machine or when Nature decides to send excessive rains. All these instances lead mild or extensive water flooding into your home and house. Such floods can cause major panic and prompt you to take some mitigation measures. There are certain mistakes that you should never attempt when responding to a house flooding incident.

  1. Don’t try any DIY solutions

One of the key things you should never try to attempt when responding a flooding incident in your house is to implement some do-it- yourself restoration measures. Many homeowners think they can clean water damage on their own to save money. Without understanding the full scope of the problem, you can actually cause more damage.

  1. Don’t underestimate the extent of damage

What appear to you to be minimal water damage may be a more extensive problem. Don’t take a chance and underestimate the scope of the problem and expose yourself or your family to potential health hazards.

  1. Salvaging items dredged in water

Another mistake you should always endeavor to avoid is trying to salvage items dredged in water. Item such as clothes, furniture and other organic based items can absorb and imbibe with the flood water. A few days of soaking in water, the material becomes a viable ground for harboring the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria and mold.

  1. Don’t hire unqualified workers

Taking care of flood damage is not work for amateurs. Before you rush to hire someone for the job, be sure to ask for recommendations and check the company outline.

For comprehensive 24/7 water damage response, you can count on the experience of our team. Call us SERVPRO of Ventura  at (805) 656-3911.

PREVENTING FIRES IN HOSPITALS

4/8/2022 (Permalink)

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When people are injured or sick, hospitals provide a place where we can be treated and allowed time to recover. They are generally thought of as safe places; however, in an event of an unexpected fire, there may be considerable damage to facility as well as additional injury or even death inflicted on those in hospital’s care. The effects of hospital fire damage are long lasting and serious.

Wiring problems or storage of hazardous materials are risk threaten the safety of patients and staff alike and can bring a hospital to a standstill. There are many ways to prevent and control fires, but here are five that get the job done.

  1. Monitor Hospital kitchens

Kitchens have many fire hazards, form cooking with fats to open flames. It’s vital that pans, grills and other equipment are regularly cleaned and kitchens are equipped with the appropriate fire safety equipment.

  1. Routinely check electrical outlets and wires

Faulty and overloaded electrics are one of the leading causes of fire hospitals. Due to the number of electric equipment in hospital, there are various risks involved. Short circuits, overloaded electricity points and faulty wirings all represent substantial fire risks.

  1. Fire protection in hospitals

Below are 3 common fireproofing techniques to ensure that fires are effectively controlled.

  • Hospital fire compartmentation
  • Fire Doors
  • Sprinkler
  • Assessing fire risk in hospitals
  1. Smoking

Don’t allow smoking to takes place near oxygen-dispensing machines. When there is more oxygen in the air, fires burn easier, quicker and hotter than usual.

  1. Appoint fire safety officer who is regularly trained

This person should make sure fire extinguishers are in right location and that nothing is obstructing them.

SERVPRO of Ventura has developed a strong reputation for the efficiency and quality of its services, including smoke soot cleanup, smoke damage cleaning and smoke deodorization.

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

SUMMER STORM PREPAREDNESS

4/5/2022 (Permalink)

Storm Storm Damage Ventura

Summer is the height of a storm season, and with it comes, a greater risk of storm damage to your home or commercial property. More 1000 tornadoes hit the United States on an annual basis. When it comes to storm, you can’t always expect the unexpected. However, you can prepare your facilities by instituting a proactive plan. Here are few tips you can do when a storm is approaching.

  1. Get t Lower Ground

If a storm is approaching that promises to bring strong wind and possibility of tornado. It is best to avoid hither stories of your home of property.

  1. Have Supplies Handy

It is very important to have supplies like flashlight and extra batteries handy before a storm arrives so you can be prepared for whatever comes next.

  1. Unplug

Lightning strikes can cause power surges, so try and unplug non-essential electronics that you’re not using as a storm bears down on your property to reduce risk of a surge or even an electrical fire.

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

THE IMPORTANCE OF SPRING CLEANING

4/1/2022 (Permalink)

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As winter recede back and we come out from hibernation, we start to notice a few things that were overlooked in favor if staying warm. Cleaning is one of the last things you feel like doing if you’re cold and uncomfortable, but spring changes all that. A good spring cleaning is an opportunity to refresh your home and enable you to enjoy all benefits of seasonal change.

Here are some reasons is important for your home.

  1. Spring Cleaning Reduce Stress

There’s nothing like a cluttered and messy home to put a spike in your stress levels. The act of cleaning itself is empowering and relaxing at the same time, easing the stress on your shoulders.

  1. Spring Cleaning Improves Your Mood

Clutter can make you cranky and sends a visual signal that things are not in the place that you want them, causing sadness, anger and even deprecation.

  1. Spring Cleaning Increased Productivity

By decluttering, you are allowing yourself easier access to the things you need them. It’s important to note that this doesn’t just cleaning, it also involves reorganizing for a more efficient system of where everything goes.

  1. Spring Cleaning Improved Air Quality

A thorough cleaning is crucial to make sure your home’s air is healthy to breath. Dust and allergens that build up over the long winter need to be removed.

  1. Spring Cleaning Give You Better Concentration

Having an excess of things around you can be distracting and have a negative impact on your focus and productivity.

If you are seeking for proper cleaning of your home, call SERVPRO of Ventura. We understand the stress and worry. Our technicians are trained to use specialized cleaning and disposal techniques. Call us at SERVPRO of Ventura (805) 656-3911

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY USED TO REMOVE SMOKE DAMAGE IN YOUR HOME

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

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Smoke residue and odors can be hazardous to your health. After a fire is out, all the smoke residue can begin to sink into the surfaces of your home and become increasingly difficult to clean up. Our local team technicians in SERVPRO of Ventura may use any of the following to neutralize and remove smoke odor.

  1. Ozone Generator

It is a fast and highly effective smoke odor restoration method. This machine emits ozone, which follows the same paths through the air as smoke and oxidizes any residual traces in the air or on surfaces.

  1. Hydroxyl Generator

It is a slower and gentler alternative to ozone. These machines rely on ultraviolet light to generate hydroxyl radicals that eliminate smoke odors.

  1. Thermal Fogging

It is an intensive treatment involving fogging machines that neutralize odors and ventilate the area.

  1. Vapor Modification

It is another elimination method that relies on aromatic compounds and a blower or fan to neutralize smoke odor.

  1. Filter

A high efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA) air purifier can capture larger smoke molecules.

SERVPRO of Ventura has developed a strong reputation for the efficiency and quality of its services, including smoke soot cleanup, smoke damage cleaning and smoke deodorization.

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

HOW CAN SERVPRO OF VENTURA HELP TO CLEANUP A COMMERCIAL FIRE?

3/25/2022 (Permalink)

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The destructive power of fire can leave businesses and commercial properties devastated. Smoke and fire damage can wreak havoc to any property. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in the US, fire departments responded to afire every 24 seconds. Fire each year account billions of dollars in direct property damage costs. Commercial fire damage restoration is one such avenue for business owners have suffered as a result of fire can pursue to help alleviate their losses.

Let’s take a closer look how SERVPRO of Ventura can help you cleanup and recover from devastating fire or commercial property damage event.

  1. Inspection and Damage Assessment for Fires

After initial emergency contact with a customer, our team comes to property to carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of fire damage. This is a crucial step for developing a plan of action that will follow throughout the remaining steps of the restoration process.

  1. Cleaning and Sanitizing Fire Damage

SERVPRO of Ventura use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre fire condition. We remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

  1. Commercial Restoration Success

Restoration is the final step in our process in getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. This may involve minor repairs, such as replacing, painting and drywall. It may entail major repairs such as reconstruction of various room or any areas in your business. We use multiple type of equipment and can take as long as it’s needed for the damage to completely remediated.

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

RESTORE YOUR SCHOOL TO ITS BEST FORM WITH SERVPRO OF VENTURA

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

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BENEFITS OF HIRING SERVPRO OF VENTURA FOR CLEANING AND PROPERTY RESTORATION

Disasters can happen anytime. This is due to nature and human negligence. Oftentimes, the victim is the house or property you have long acquired or build. You cannot fight every disaster, but you can protect your property.

SERVPRO of Ventura is here to help you with any clean up and restoration you may need. We can take a heavy burden off your back and be less expensive than expected.

PROFESSIONAL EQUIPMENT

Cleaning and restoration companies use top – notch equipment, which eases their jobs and saves money. Using our advanced cleaning methods, SERVPRO of Ventura can help you restore your home and get them looking brand new.

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE

Cleaning and restoration experts ensure that everything is restored to its original condition. Reputable cleaning and repair services have been certified by Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It means they know what they are doing and how to do it safely.

PROTECTS YOUR FAMILY AND PROPERTY

Health concerns are the main reason why you should entrust a restoration job expert. They will clean up and disinfect the area and make it safe for you to stay.

If you are seeking for proper cleaning and restoration services, call SERVPRO of Ventura. Our technicians are trained to use specialized cleaning and advance techniques. Call us at SERVPRO of Ventura (805) 656-3911

BENEFITS OF HIRING SERVPRO OF VENTURA FOR CLEANING AND PROPERTY RESTORATION

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

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BENEFITS OF HIRING SERVPRO OF VENTURA FOR CLEANING AND PROPERTY RESTORATION

Disasters can happen anytime. This is due to nature and human negligence. Oftentimes, the victim is the house or property you have long acquired or build. You cannot fight every disaster, but you can protect your property.

SERVPRO of Ventura is here to help you with any clean up and restoration you may need. We can take a heavy burden off your back and be less expensive than expected.

PROFESSIONAL EQUIPMENT

Cleaning and restoration companies use top – notch equipment, which eases their jobs and saves money. Using our advanced cleaning methods, SERVPRO of Ventura can help you restore your home and get them looking brand new.

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE

Cleaning and restoration experts ensure that everything is restored to its original condition. Reputable cleaning and repair services have been certified by Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It means they know what they are doing and how to do it safely.

PROTECTS YOUR FAMILY AND PROPERTY

Health concerns are the main reason why you should entrust a restoration job expert. They will clean up and disinfect the area and make it safe for you to stay.

If you are seeking for proper cleaning and restoration services, call SERVPRO of Ventura. Our technicians are trained to use specialized cleaning and advance techniques. Call us at SERVPRO of Ventura  (805) 656-3911

THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING A CLEAN SHOP OR WAREHOUSE

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

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Regular cleaning and maintenance of your shop or warehouse should be an integral part of the company’s safety practices to ensure the well-being of employees and compliance with federal and state regulations. Keeping a satisfactory level of safety and health on the premises can help to avoid the demanding work and challenges that come from infrequent cleaning. Any kind of undisposed dirt or residue can turn into a hazard. A dirty, cluttered warehouse factory has more chances of accidents happening due to debris in aisles and shelves like loose plastic wraps, broken pallets and oil spills from machines.

If you are uncertain about investing time, money and resources in keeping your warehouse clean and organized, below are good reasons to consider.

Increase Productivity

  • Maintaining a tidy unfluted environment in your shop or warehouse makes it easy for employees to quickly find supplies and equipment, which directly increases productivity.

Compliance with Health and Safety Regulations

  • It is highly important to keep an organized and clean working environment to comply with federal and safety standards.

Higher accuracy of Inventory Levels

  • A well-organized shop provides more precise inventory levels.

Environmental Hazards

Uncontrolled gasses, dusts, fumes, vapors and smoke are often a direct consequence of poor maintenance of surroundings. The warehouse aisles should free from scrap and dirt residues.

If you are seeking for proper cleaning of your warehouse, call SERVPRO of Ventura. We understand the stress and worry. Our technicians are trained to use specialized cleaning and disposal techniques. Call us at SERVPRO of Ventura (805) 656-3911

SPRING CLEANING – HVAC DUCT CLEANING

3/11/2022 (Permalink)

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SPRING CLEANING – HVAC DUCT CLEANING

Winter is already behind us, spring has finally arrived. Now is a great time to schedule your air duct cleaning service.

Do I need Air Duct Cleaning?

An average 6-room house collects 40 pounds of dust and allergens in air duct every year. Now, it is best to schedule your spring air duct cleaning service to remove the dust, dirt and allergens that circulate throughout your home with summer air condition use. Adding HVAC maintenance to your spring cleaning list isn’t as intimidating as it sounds. Here are few steps you can take to make sure HVAC system is prepared for the changing seasons.

  1. Maintain filters

Use high efficiency air filter recommended by manufacturer of your HVAC system and change filters regularly. Change them frequently if your filters become clogged.

  1. Dust your home

HVAC system serves as the metaphorical lungs of your home. Your windows were sealed tight over the winter, your indoor air recirculated over and over again. Any built – up dust, dirt, debris in your home could have ended up in your ducts, affecting your indoor air quality.

  1. Clean cooling coils and drain pans

Cooling coils that are designed to remove ware from air, can be a major source of moisture contamination. This will lead to mold growth in your HVAC system. Make sure that the drain pans under the coils drain properly and check any nearby insulation for wet spots. If you see substantial standing water on the pans, contact a service professional immediately.

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

HOW TO REACT IF YOU SMELL GAS INSIDE YOUR PROPERTY?

3/7/2022 (Permalink)

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Gas is a reliable, and cost efficient energy source, although it has been known to cause issues like leaks, fires and extreme explosions which give a bad reputation in public. 

The smell of gas within your property can be alarming and should be treated seriously. Below are several important things that you need to do if you smell gas: his guide will take you through the process, keeping you safe when situation arise.

  1. Take a Necessary Precautions

If you notice an unpleasant rotten egg smell inside or near your house, you should take extra caution. Avoid potentially dangerous activities like;

  • Smoking or igniting matches
  • Turning lights on or off
  • Utilizing electronic appliances
  • Adjusting the thermostat
  1. Check your Appliances

Check the unit’s pilot light or restart if you detect unusual odor near your furnace, stove or water heater.

  1. Call for Assistance

If you do smell gas in your house or property, you should act on it immediately as this is not something to be taken lightly. Call the free phone 24-hour emergency number. If you cannot get through to the emergency number, then call 911. Avoid using any phone near the suspected seepage.

A gas fire can spread immediately and cause significant damage, requiring extensive cleanup and restoration. For fire damage restoration and smoke cleanup services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911

HOW TO TELL IF WATER DAMAGE IS NEW OR OLD

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

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Water damage is a nightmare for any homeowners. It is known to be the most common form of property damage because of the numerous ways that it can happen. It can happen everywhere. No matter how strong of cement your building or property has used in process, water damage can make anything and everything look bad.

Water damage restoration experts understand the issues that water damage presents, especially when it isn’t in your sight. When discovered, water spots are clues that indicate a leaky pipe or condensation that is generating the problem. Even though it impossible to know exactly how long your water damage issues have lingered, here are steps you can take if your water damage is old or new.

  1. Review the house’s history

The first step of determining how old water spots are figuring out if your property has recently experienced any damage. When was the last time your home went through any storms or flooding? It is important to understand what is new and what is old because smaller leaks can take months to appear.

  1. Touch the water spot

Newer water spots will be wet and yet when you touch them, you will be able to feel that your drywall or ceiling is strong. Water damage drywall or water damage ceiling spot will be mushy and squishy because material have soaked up a fair amount of water.

  1. Inspect your home’s building materials

It is important to know what materials your walls and ceilings are composed of because thick paint or tiles trap water more easily than thin ones. Small water spot can indicate extensive damage.

We at SERVPRO of Ventura, we can fix drywall water damage. For all your water damage restoration needs, get in touch with us. When there’s a leak that you cannot detect, it is crucial to contact an expert like us. Call us at (805) 656-3911.

PREPARING YOUR RESTAURANT FOR A HEALTH INSPECTION

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

kitchen restaurant PREPARING YOUR RESTAURANT FOR A HEALTH INSPECTION

Ensuring that your restaurant is clean and serves fresh safe food to customers is your greatest responsibility. A restaurant health inspection is one way for your restaurant to learn how to best uphold this responsibility. This inspection is meant to make sure that your establishment is a safe environment for customers and the staff.

Being prepared for a restaurant health inspection means understanding your city and state’s public health codes as you are preparing the restaurant to open for customers and at all times during operation. Here are few things that you can do to help yourself pass an inspection before an inspection occurs.

  1. Review your HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) Plan

Identifies the points in the cooking process where the risk of contamination is the greatest and can help you understand when to take action to prevent contamination

  1. Familiarize with Common Code Violations like;
  • Personal hygiene
  • Cross –contamination
  • Internal temperature requirements
  1. Staff knowledge on and off the floor

If your entire staff understands the importance of food safety practices, the more likely they are self-regulate and help keep things ship-shape – and the more prepared they’ll be for an inspector’s questions/

  • Make sure all staff members are trained and certified as appropriate and per local health department requirements
  • Regularly ask employees job-related safety and sanitation questions.

If you are worried about cleanliness of your facility, remember that you can reach out SERVPRO of Ventura  for general deep cleaning of your building. We trained our staff to provide quality cleaning services that would guarantee 100 percent satisfaction. Call us at (805) 656-3911.

WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A STORM GENERATOR?

2/25/2022 (Permalink)

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Thunderstorms are rather unpredictable. But there is one thing to be certain about with, the chance of a power outage is quite high. Because of that, more people are considering buying a storm generator than ever before.

However, a storm generator is not something to buy on a whim. If you’re on the fence about buying a generator to keep work and household online during the toughest weather that nature throws at you, below are helpful things to consider.

  1. Determine what you need it for

Storm generators are example of a product you can spend as much as you would like to on. If you are considering a generator, you must determine what your household would actually need to power in an emergency to give you an idea of the type to pursue. There are expensive permanent models that can power your whole home and affordable portable models that may power one appliance or a few outlets.

  1. Make sure you have a safe place to run it

Whole home emergency standby generators are located outside your home ideally near both electric and natural gas connections that serve your home. Make sure you have a place at least 20 feet away from any doors or windows to place your generator when it is in use.

3, Know the wattage of your necessary items

If you want a generator for keeping your appliances operational, make sure you know the wattage of the items you will want to use so you can purchase a generator that is powerful enough to be of use.

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

WET WOOD FLOORING? DRYING ADVICE TO MINIMIZE DAMAGE

2/23/2022 (Permalink)

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WET WOOD FLOORING? DRYING ADVICE TO MINIMIZE DAMAGE

Hardwood flooring is a common structural element of homes and condos. When direct water damage occurs, there is an urgency to clean up the mess before significant harm results. Water is the enemy of hardwood flooring. Due to the porous nature of wood, moisture can easily have absorbed into the material. So your flooring may show signs of staining from small spills. The wet floor may also begin to buckle and cup when large amounts of water absorbed as the planks well.

Sealers and waxes are designed to add more water – resistant benefits to wood flooring, but they can’t completely prevent moisture from being absorbed. These products are designed will give you more to clean up the water from the floor, as well as toughen the flooring so that it does not become easily damaged. Drying floors quickly is essential to reduce the amount of permanent damage. Below are ways that you can take if you have wet wood floors after plumbing accident or flooding has occurred in your home of commercial property.

Remove water soaked objects from the floor

Rugs and furniture that has been soaked with water will continue to shed moisture into the wood. Wet furnishing can create mildew and mold growth, which will get into the pores and seams of your flooring.

Clean the Entire Wood Surface

Add a liquid to the floor after siphoning off the water. There will still be debris and dirt in the pores of the floor which can store water as bacteria that can further harm the wood materials.  Apply a wood cleaner to remove the leftover disinfectant.

Completely Dry the Wood

Use a dehumidifier placed at the highest setting possible to dry the floors. You can also open the windows to bring more moving air.

Monitor Moisture

Check if there is any remaining moisture in the wood with a moisture testing meter. It can take up to several weeks for wood flooring to completely dry.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that you should never wait for flooring to dry naturally. Extraction is one of the first actions. Standing water is a grave concern to hardwood flooring and should be removed as soon as possible with pumps and vacuums.

For comprehensive 24/7 water damage response, you can count on the experience of our team. Call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911. 

BENEFITS OF AIR DUCT CLEANING

2/18/2022 (Permalink)

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There’s nothing quite as satisfying as clean house, but what if your home isn’t as pick and span as you thought it was? Your floors are spotless and even your baseboards are bright and dust-free, but what about the areas you do not see every day? HVAC ducts, the metal conduits that pipe cooled or heated air through your house, are a favorite hiding place of dust, dirt and other allergens. Honestly, though, it makes more sense to think about what happens when you don’t keep air ducts clean. You see, all dust and other particulate matter that your air filter doesn’t catch accumulates on the walls of your air ducts. It floats around in the air you breathe, lands on all your indoor surfaces and causes all sorts of other problems.

Good news, the problems can all be prevented by cleaning your air ducts regularly. Below are the benefits of air duct cleaning.

  1. Cleaner Indoor Air

Your air filter can’t stop 100 percent of the contaminants in your indoor air. After all, if the air can get past it, that means that very small contaminants can get through as well.

Some matter gets trapped in your air duct walls. If there’s no wall space left, the dust, germs and other debris come through the vents in your house. Cleaning all the dust from your air ducts keeps it from circulating in your home, at least for a few months.

  1. Reduce Dust

Dust will land on your tables, counters and other indoor surfaces. You will need to vacuum your home much more frequently when you don’t clean your air ducts.

  1. Reduce Odors

Molds or rodents are usually caused by disgusting in your air ducts. Cleaning your air duct will make your house smell fresh again.

  1. Reduce your energy bill

When HVAC is overworked due to the constricted airflow, it uses more energy which increases your electricity bill. The house wont heat or cool as well when the airflow is constricted. Cleaning your air duct ensures the maximum efficiency of your HVAC system.

If your home’s air ducts need to be cleaned, rely on the experts to do the job right. Professional air duct cleaners use commercial - grade vacuum systems and powered brushes to loosen and remove dirt and debris from your home’s HVAC system and ductwork without worsening the quality of the air inside your home. Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911

THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING WORKPLACE TOILET CLEAN

2/15/2022 (Permalink)

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Keeping workplace restrooms clean in your office or facility is crucial to success of your business. Things can quickly get out of hand if too much time goes. This is especially true if you have a large number of employees.

One of the sought after places in the office is the toilet. This is an area that employees usually don’t clean up after themselves. But It is the most important part of the building to be properly and regularly cleaned and disinfected appropriately because it where people get relieve their upset stomach, wash their faces, clean their hands, urinate or sometimes chat with officemates. A clean and disinfected restroom helps prevent the spread of illness-causing germs, such as Salmonella. E. coli and norovirus which are routinely found in restrooms. If your employees get sick due to these germs it could impact the bottom line of the company.

Let us take a look at some of the other reasons why it is important to keep the office toilets clean.

  1. Safety

A clean toilet is a safe toilet. Maintaining the cleanliness of the toilets regularly would lessen the attacks of the disease causing germs which could mean happy and healthy employees. Clean bathroom/toilets could also prevent injuries. Unexpected falls or tumbles and any other accidents caused by unclean and disarranged installations may be prevented if your toilet is clean and dry.

  1. Work environment

Regularly checking the toilet and keeping it clean would help boost the motivation of employees, increase productivity, and help with their wellbeing.

  1. Marketing

A lot of people may come and go during business hours. Some are clients, some are dealers and some are just visitors. The experience with one visit could leave a lasting impression on them. A clean toilet may project either a desirable or foul image to your clients depending on how well maintained it is.

Keeping the toilet clean could be a task you can do yourselves but there are companies that offer top-notch cleaning services like ours, we trained our staff to provide quality cleaning services that would guarantee 100 percent satisfaction. SERVPRO of Ventura is here to help. Call us at (805) 656-3911.

WHO DOES YOUR AFTER CONSTRUCTION CLEANING?

2/11/2022 (Permalink)

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WHO DOES YOUR AFTER CONSTRUCTION CLEANING?

Construction and renovations are messy. Projects often include demolition and installation, leave behind unused scraps and materials, and present a much different end result than what you might have envisioned. With all of the fast – paced commercial building construction and remodeling going on who has time to do your after – construction cleaning? SERVPRO of Ventura is here to ensure your finished building projects always looks their best.

Cleaning after construction isn’t just a matter of dust, either. It requires knowing how to properly dispose of hazardous materials, how to clean and polish brand new flooring and walls and addressing safety issues like loose wires or leaks.

During construction, a building can often trap moisture, excessive moisture could result in mold growth. If you think that your project may have a potential for moisture, rely on our experts at SERVPRO of Ventura to provide you with the tools that you need to eliminate the humidity in the air by placing dehumidification to stabilize your environment and preventing the potential for mold growth.

What’s include in house cleaning after construction?

  • Removing dust, dirt and scuffs from all surfaces
  • Vacuuming and dusting woodwork, fixtures and appliances
  • Clean the trim, baseboards, frames and door jambs
  • Cleaning tiles or brickwork
  • Ensuring the rest of the house or building is clean after construction.

Another stage takes place just after the construction work wraps up is scrubbing down plywood or concrete to ensure the new flooring is installed correctly. Disposing of debris, leftover building materials and other large pieces is also included in the house cleaning after construction.

Let the professionals at SERVPRO of Ventura help to ensure your post construction needs are handled in a timely manner. Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura  at (805) 656-3911

SOME IMPORTANT STORM SAFETY MEASURES YOU CAN TAKE FOR YOUR PROPERTY

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

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Whatever type of property you own, it’s essential to be prepared for storms. During such storms, homes may be damaged or destroyed by high winds and high waves. According forecasters, we should always take preventive steps to prepare for any potential consequences of extreme weather.

Here are some important safety measures that homeowners or property owners can take to protect their property during stormy weather to reduce the chance of catastrophic damages.

  1. Clear away outdoor items

Make sure all lawn furniture, gardening tools, sporting equipment and other outdoor items are stored away if a storms is heading your way. High winds can pick up these items and send them flying through window. Make sure all your windows and doors are closed.

  1. Flood-proof your home

Heavy rainstorm can lead to flooding. If you experienced flooding and there is water at your location, keep people clear the area.

  1. Maintain and trim the trees

Loose and dead branches on tress around home can cause significant damage in a storm so homeowners should regularly check all the trees around a home and trim branches that are close to the property.

  1. Remember the gutters

Ensuring these are well maintained and clog – free will help protect a house form leaks. If they become clogged with leaves and debris, water will back up and can enter the roof causing further damage to the inside of a home.

Cleaning up after a significant weather can be challenging. We at SERVPRO of Ventura, we manage the kind pf projects for your home or business right away to get you back to normal. We handle storm damage, fire damage, water damage and mold remediation/prevention as well. Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura  at (805) 656-3911

CLEANING UP YOUR BUSINESS PREMISES AFTER A FIRE INCIDENT

2/4/2022 (Permalink)

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It’s hard to imagine the damage and destruction caused by a fire. Even small fires can be devastating. When you find yourself dealing with losses of fire, the mess from fire itself and the damage created when fire was extinguished, as well as the potential irreplaceable contents that might have been affected, it can be overwhelming.

Cleaning up your business premises after a fire incident is important in order to clean debris and residues or restore discolored surfaces. Fire damage cleanup is generally difficult. It is a multi- step, challenging process. However, some factors can mess up with your plans, complicating the process even further.

There are two main things that influence fire damage cleanup in business premises. First is the materials burnt and the second is the level of moisture at the loss site. SERVPRO of Ventura focuses on the burnt materials and moisture levels to help expedite the cleaning process. Materials were classified broadly as natural or synthetic to determine the effects on the cleaning process. Typical synthetic materials include plastics and rubber. They leave wet and smeary residues that require significant cleaning effort, especially through dry cleaning methods.

To remove wet smoke residues from synthetic materials, it requires:

  • Stripping of surfaces and refinishing them
  • Use of industrial cleaning agents
  • Use of specialized cleaning methods such as soda blasting

Moisture can originate from different sources at a fire loss site. In a commercial setting, automatic suppression system such as sprinkler system can release a significant volume of water, leaving a wet ceiling and wet to the floors. Moisture sets soot residues making it difficult to clean them. SERVPRO of Ventura technicians establish various moisture control measure at the fire damage property to improve the cleaning process. They set up dehumidifiers on arrival to minimize humidity level and extract any pooling water minimizing moisture interaction with smoke residues.

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

HOW DANGEROUS IS A BATH EXHAUST FAN?

1/31/2022 (Permalink)

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Bathroom exhaust fans are important for indoor air quality and comfort in the home. Moisture builds up in your bathroom when you shower, that’s why you have a bathroom exhaust fan that can vent moisture out and away from your home.  But did you know that bathroom fan could also be dangerous?

Many people are not aware of the fire risk lurking in their bathrooms and attic spaces. Bathroom exhaust fans are common piece of equipment and often overlooked during home maintenance activities. Neglected bathroom exhaust fan can lead to disaster if a failure occurs. Often homeowners will turn bathroom exhaust fan on when taking a shower of using toilet. Sometimes they are left on for an extended period to clear humidity and fumes out of the space, often unattended. If the bathroom fan fails, it can ignite combustible dust and structural framing materials which can lead to a major fire loss.

Bathroom exhaust fan fires are commonly caused by four different things:

  • Faulty wiring
  • Running the fan for extended periods of time
  • Overheating the motor
  • Failure to clean the fan

To prevent this from happening in your home, follow these simple maintenance steps

  • Inspect and clean all bathroom fans regularly
  • Those fans that are not easily accessible for regular cleaning, or those that appear to have heat damage, should be replaced with thermally protected units.
  • Bathroom fans should not be used for prolonged period of time and turn off when you leave the house. Recommended time to run the fan is between 15 and 20 minutes.

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

WHAT TO DO WHEN A BROKEN PIPE FLOODS YOUR HOME?

1/28/2022 (Permalink)

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When it comes to water in the home due to a broken pipe, many homeowners think that they can fix it with just a few special tools and a little elbow grease. There are plenty of advice on how to handle the problem but you must consider things to avoid mistakes and get the job done right.

  1. Shutting of the flow water is merely the first step. Time is very important. You need to get all the water out of your home as quickly as possible. Water damage remediation cannot wait until tomorrow.
  2. When flow of water stops, don’t assume that the damage will end. Water is always on the move, it goes everywhere and damages almost everything touches like Harwood floors, subflooring, molding and walls, carpets, wooden furniture and cabinets. Untreated broken pipe can lead to a mold problem.
  3. Don’t overlook the risk of electrocution. Water connecting with electricity increases the possibility of electrocution and fire.
  4. Examine your water damage coverage. Call your agent. Don’t assume that your insurance won’t cover the flooding.
  5. Don’t hesitate to call a professional. Water damage from a broken pipe is not just DIY matter, sometimes it can be a serious matter. There are skilled ad well-equipped water damage remediation specialists ready to come in and restore your home.

For comprehensive 24/7 water damage response, you can count on the experience of our team. Call us SERVPRO of Ventura  at (805) 656-3911.

THE IMPORTANCE OF CONTAINMENT ON MITIGATION AND REMEDIATION JOBS

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

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THE IMPORTANCE OF CONTAINMENT ON MITIGATION AND REMEDIATION JOBS

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

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

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

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

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

THE HAZARDS OF HOUSEHOLD CHEMICAL DRAIN CLEANING PRODUCTS

1/21/2022 (Permalink)

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THE HAZARDS OF HOUSEHOLD CHEMICAL DRAIN CLEANING PRODUCTS

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

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

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

Calling a Professional for Drain Cleaning

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

HOW COMMERCIAL CARPET CLEANING IMPROVES BUSINESS OPERATIONS?

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

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

1. Improve Indoor Air Quality

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

2. Create a Healthy, Productive Work Environment

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

3. Maintain your Facility’s Appearance and Reputation

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

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

If you think that your business needs some CLEANING, we at SERVPRO of Ventura are here to help. Call us at (805) 656-3911. All of our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities.

WHAT KIND OF CONTENT CAN BE SAVED AFTER A FLOOD?

1/14/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

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

  1. Square footage

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

  1. Type of Water

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

  1. Damaged Building Materials

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

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

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

THE MAIN STAGES OF FIRE RESTORATION

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

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

  1. Assess and Protect

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

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

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

  1. Rebuild and Rest

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

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

CLEANING FIXTURES AND WOOD STRUCTURES AFTER A FIRE

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Restoring unfinished Wood

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

Cleaning Finished Wood

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

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

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

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

CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES SAFELY THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

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CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES SAFELY THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE

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

WHEN USING ANY KIND OF PYROTECHNICS/FIREWORKS

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

WHEN HANDLING SPARKLE

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

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

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

HOW TO HANDLE HAZARDOUS SPILLS?

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

What to do

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

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

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?

CALL US SERVPRO of Ventura  (805) 656-3911

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

12/17/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

3.CONTACT A RESTORATION SERVICES

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

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

WHY YOU MAY NEED DISINFECTING SERVICES AT YOUR COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

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Office buildings, industrial facilities, buildings are now open to public. The environment needs to be healthy and clean so that occupants feel safe.  Whether is to fight bacteria or viruses, it is advisable to limit their spread by regularly disinfecting.

Viruses can land on surfaces. It is possible for people to become infected if they touch those surfaces and then touch their nose, mouth or eyes. In most situations, risk of infection from touching a surface is low. Regular washing your hands with soap and water alcohol- based hand sanitizer is the most reliable way to prevent infection from surfaces. Disinfecting surfaces can also reduce the risk of infection.

COVID-19 highlighted the importance of keeping your workplace clean. SERVPRO of Ventura has been offering cleaning and disinfecting services to local businesses that want to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus at their property. Below are reasons why you might want professional disinfecting services beyond pandemic.

  1. Increased Employee productivity

Employees ‘productivity levels are often high when they are wok in fresh, clean and sanitized work environment. It is important for them to be comfortable which can only happen if they trust the cleanliness of the workspace. Clean and sanitized workplace are important factors to boost the productivity of your employees.

  1. High Quality of Disinfecting

Disinfecting services will ensure that every nook and corner of your office space is cleaned and marked safe to use.

  1. Sewage or Biohazard Incident

If you had a sewage backup or biohazard incident at you place of business, you are potentially exposing your employees and your customers to viruses and bacteria. SERVPRO of Ventura has the training and expertise to not only clean the incidents but also disinfect business that might have a problem.

If you think that your business needs some CLEANING, we at SERVPRO of Ventura  are here to help. Call us at (805) 656-3911. All of our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities.

WAYS TO MAKE HOUSEHOLD DISINFECTING AND CLEANING EASIER

12/10/2021 (Permalink)

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During the holidays, family and friends gather to celebrate the festive season. People host get-together at their homes, inviting loved ones to spend time with them to share meals and exchange gifts. One of the ways hosts prepare for holiday guest is to clean their home. With the Coronavirus pandemic still raging, it’s best to consider proper home sanitation and safety this holiday season.  Here are ways to make disinfecting easier this holiday season.

  1. Kitchen Cleaning

Disinfect countertops, sink, faucets and handles regularly and don’t forget refrigerator handles and cutting boards. Check manufacturing instructions if you are not sure about your countertops or utensils specific cleaning instructions. Clean Spills on the floor right away. Spilled liquid is likely to attract dirt and bacteria you don’t want to deal with.

  1. Spray Garbage Baskets after Emptying

Empty kitchen and bathroom wastebaskets frequently, sprits them with sanitizing spray.

  1. Bathroom Cleaning

No one wants to use a dirty bathroom, so make sure you spend enough time and energy on your bathroom so that your guests have a clean bathroom to use.  It is important to clean your entire bathroom when you can, but if you can only clean two parts of your bathroom, focus on sink faucet and handles, since these are what you touch the most often.

Although the holiday season is a fun time of the year, it can also be a stressful one. With so much to do to prepare, you may not have time or energy for house cleaning. But you also know how important is to have a clean home for you and your guests.  Professional can help you tackle laborious cleaning jobs with their whole house deep cleaning services.

If you think that your home needs some CLEANING, we at SERVPRO of Ventura  are here to help. Call us at (805) 656-3911. All of our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities.

WHY WE USE DRY CLEANING SPONGES FOR SMOKE AND SOOT?

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

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One of the biggest mistake homeowners and even professionals can make is to treat clean-up like any other kind of clean-up. Your first impulse may be to use foaming or liquid upholstery cleaner or wood cleaner on your furniture or detergent cleaner on walls and ceilings. If you do this, you will be creating bigger mess than you started with. Instead, you must first remove soot as much as possible before applying any liquids. If you dampen sooty furniture or walls before first cleaning it, it will cause a deeper stains and these stains are difficult to remove. Dry Cleaning Sponges are ideal for smoke and soot removal in fire restoration work and furnace blowback problems.

What is Dry – Cleaning Sponge?

Dry-Cleaning Sponge is used to clean smoke residues from surfaces. Dry Cleaning Sponges are made of vulcanized natural rubber, like an erase rubber sponges that contain chemical products for the purpose of cleaning. Sponges clean through absorption.

These sponges are used absolutely dry. They are ideal to pick up dust and dirt form areas that cannot be cleaned by water solvents. Fire restoration crews use this dry soot removing sponge for removing soot to avoid smearing that occurs with damp cleaning.

Here are a few reminders if you do have a fire and if soot is present.

  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls
  • Don’t attempt to clean carpet or upholstery. Consult Professionals like SERVPRO of Ventura
  • Don’t send clothing with smoke residue to dry cleaners that are not experience in cleaning fire damaged clothing. SERVPRO of Ventura can help you in getting your clothing cleaned.
  • If you have HVAC system, make sure to change the filter and consult professionals like SERVPRO of Ventura regarding cleaning your HVAC duct system.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911. If you have any questions about water damage, please do not hesitate to callSERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911. We specialize in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration.

COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT WATER DAMAGE

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

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If you are dealing with water damage in your home or other property, you may find yourself confused about what to expect from the situation. You may not understand the ins and outs of water restoration or experience of having to deal with this type of damage. And you may have heard a lot of misconceptions and myths related to water clean up after a fire or flood. Below is information that will help you get common misconceptions when it comes to dealing with water damage and its cleanup.

1.Myth: It’s just a leak, you don’t have to be in hurry to take care of water damage

Many people believe that its ok to wait a while before you get in touch with restoration company. That is not true, it is important to reach out both water restoration.

Truth: You should get in touch with the right restoration company like SERVPRO of Ventura as soon as you can. The longer water drips, the more damage it will cause. Small leaks can quickly turn into big problems.

  1. Myth: Water damage will dry and be okay.

Homeowners and property owners may think that once flood damage has dried, it’s no longer a cause for concern.

Truth: If water has dried, it doesn’t mean your home is automatically fine. You should have a trained professional check for any signs of damage.

  1. Myth: Water you can’t see isn’t an issue

It’s easy to look at a flooded home with visible water standing in it and realize that there’s damage taking place. Water you can’t see is just much a problem, if not more of one for your property. If your pipe burst and you don’t visibly notice a lot of water, there’s a chance water damage is taking place within walls or floors of your home.

Truth: Water spots in the ceiling or flooding in the basement are sometimes obvious. Other times, they’re hidden because the issue is behind walls, underground or in the ceiling.

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

DECK THE HALLS WITH FIRE SAFETY

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

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Thanksgiving is behind us and holiday decoration season is officially in full swing. Nothings says winter quite like candles, Christmas lights twinkling in the dark, a fire place and a decked out tree in the living room. Decorating for holidays are great way to get into the holiday spirit and celebrate with family and friend, but make sure fire prevention is still in the back of your mind and you’re doing everything you can to keep yourself and your family safe over the holidays.

Holiday Lights and Decorations

First and foremost, it is important to use ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) for all indoor and outdoor holiday season lighting. For indoor holiday season lighting, the NPFA also recommends the following:

  • Always purchase the lights and other electrical decorations from reputable sellers
  • Use lights that have been approved for safe use by a nationally recognized testing laboratory
  • Identify how many outlets are available and their location, and plan your displays accordingly
  • Inspect each strand of lights and other electrical decorations
  • Follow the manufacturer’s use and care instructions for all electrical decorations
  • Avoid overloading electrical outlets with too many decorations

Buying and Setting Up a Christmas Tree

  • Pick the right tree.
  • For an artificial tree, check that it is labeled by the manufacturer as flame retardant.
  • For a live tree, don’t forget to water it on a daily basis that will keep it hydrated and less likely to catch fire.
  • Place the tree at least three feet away from all heat sources, such as fireplaces, wood stoves and radiators.

Christmas Tree Maintenance

  • Water the tree daily to keep it as moist as possible
  • Dispose of the tree properly once it stars dropping needles, dried out trees are highly flammable, so you should not leave them in the house or lean them against the side of your home.

Deck those halls and jingle your bells to your heart’s content, but don’t let fire safety fall to the wayside.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911

RESTORING A WATER DAMAGED GYM FLOOR

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

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Gyms and athletic facilities serve thousands of people every day. When one of these facilities is hit by a flood or natural disaster, the gym must close until appropriate restoration services are complete.

Water can damage the structural integrity and functionality of a hardwood gym floor. A damaged gym can’t offer the same levels of comfort and protection players are used to. Floors becomes distorted and loses its polished.

What Causes Gym Floor Water Damage?

Excessive moisture may seep into wooded courts from a number of common sources. Wet mopping, especially along gaps in the floorboards, allows water to access the undersides of the flooring. High relative humidity levels as well as surface moisture also contribute to water damaged gym floors. Disasters like burst pipes and floods can lead to a damaged gym floor in your sports facility.

When disaster strikes, it’s important to immediately clean up spills and water from your gym floor. A quick fix will prevent water from seeping down in between and destroying your floor entirely.

Why do Gym floors warp after water damage?

When wooden floorboards absorb moisture, the wood both expands and contracts. Cupping and crowning are two potential outcomes of excessive and prolonged moisture penetrating the hardwood court. Once wood undergoes expansion, it will fail to return its original position.

Cupping is when the edges are forced to expand upward. Crowning causes the floor to expand in the center due to imbalance in moisture content.

How can cupping and crowning be fixed?

Dehumidify the area to reduce the moisture content in the wooden floorboards, Place multiple large fans and blowers in the gym, taking care to direct the air toward the water damaged areas. Dehumidification will dry the concrete under the wood but will do little to salvage the wood.

Restoring a water damaged gym floor will depend on the severity of the situation. In some case, if the water damage has only occurred in a small area, you can replace it and sand the floor to ensure uniformity.

SERVPRO of Ventura professionals has years of experience when it comes to water damage restoration. They know what to look for to identify the full extent of the damage. They have proper equipment and knowledge to handle tasks. From water damage to commercial restoration, we have qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond. You can assure your property is in the best hands.

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

WHY YOU SHOULDN’T LEAVE ELECTRICALS PLUGGED IN?

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

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When leaving the house in a hurry, we forget to turn off the phone charger or leave the TV on stand –by. This is something we should try to avoid. First it’s a waste of electricity, which ends up draining money from our bank accounts. With energy prices as they are these days, we cannot really afford to keep wasting electricity. But regardless of that, they can cause a fire risk if they’re left plugged in and switched on.

 Fire often start when too many things are plugged into a single out or circuit, overloading them. Cords can easily become pinched by furniture and overtime, lead to a fire. Here are some household appliances and electronics you should unplug.

  1. Laptop and Phone Chargers

Devices such as laptops and mobile phones are not designed to be plugged in all the time. You will end up killing the cells in the battery which will limit their life when they’re always plugged in.  You should avoid using cheap chargers, as they may not have been tested to ensure they’re safe. Pick a brand you recognize.

  1. E – Cigarettes

E- cigarettes are better for health than smoking, but they still carry a risk of causing a fire. Estimated 100 fires a year were caused by e-cigarettes and their chargers. Same as phone or tablet, they carry risks if you buy a cheap alternative charger.

Once an E – Cigarette is fully charge, it is recommended you unplug them as soon as possible.

  1. Hair Straighteners

Beauty appliances such as hair straighteners and curling irons are a major cause of house fires and dangerous burns. They can reach 200 degrees and that sort of heat can do a lot of damage. Especially if they’re just abandoned on your bed or floor. After using hair straighteners, you should make sure to check you have unplugged then.

  1. Game Consoles

Games consoles are susceptible when they’ve been turned on for a long periods of time without ventilation.

Always keep an eye on the condition of electrical wiring and plugs on all you electrical. Do not ignore when you spot a damage. Make sure to not use until has been repaired.

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

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT HOME FIRE ALARMS

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

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THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT HOME FIRE ALARMS

When it comes to fire safety in your home, fire extinguishers are valuable, but smoke detectors are essential. If you want the security of knowing your family is safe, you’ll need the peace of mind and protection a smoke alarms offer in the event of a fire. These tools have undergone advances in technology that make them more reliable ever. While the choice of installing alarm in your home is a simple one, it helps to know a little about your choices.

  1. Smoke alarms do not serve the same function as fire sprinkler

One of the most important things to know is that your smoke alarm and your sprinkler serve completely different functions, but are both vitally important to the safety of your property’s occupants and assets.

Your smoke alarms functions as an early warning system, telling you and everyone in the building to get out. A fire sprinkler, on the other hand, will actually respond to the heat caused by a fire activating and dousing the fire with a suppressing agent.

  1. There is more than one type of smoke alarm

There are multiple types of smoke alarms. This is important as fires depending on how they are ignited and what fuel they are burning, do not produce the same type of smoke to trigger an alarm.

  • Ionization smoke alarms: are pretty ingenious piece of technology. They are constructed of two electrically charged round metal plates. These are very sensitive and ideal for what is called flaming fires – fire s which do not produce a lot of smoke.
  • Photoelectric Smoke Alarms: are constructed with a chamber that includes a light sensor. These alarms are ideal for smoldering fires – fires which produce a lot of smoke.
  1. A fire alarm system should be the right size of your home.

Experts recommend coverage for each bedroom and each floor in the home. If you do not have an integrated alarm system, this means multiple alarms throughout the home. Most homes should have a least five fire alarms.

  1. Fire alarms must be tested yearly

To ensure the safety of your property and all of the people living inside of it, NFPA does require that your smoke alarm system be tested at least annually to ensure it is functional and up to code.

A fire alarm provides essential protection for your home. In the case of property damage caused by fire, be sure to call a fire restoration franchise to clean your home of the home many effects of a home fire.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura  at (805) 656-3911

SAFE PROCEDURES FOR LIGHT FIXTURE LEAKS

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

LIGHT FIXTURE LEAK SAFE PROCEDURES FOR LIGHT FIXTURE LEAKS

Electricity is used in almost all aspects of our lives in modern world. In can be used to illuminate a light in dark places, power necessities like hospital machines and refrigerators for food, as well as providing entertainment for you and your family. The problem is when there is and the water starts to collect around your electrical equipment and light fixtures.

Light fixtures leaks are often a dangerous and inconvenient obstacle that can happen in any home. Ceiling damage can cause water from your roof to leak into your house. Sometimes water can leak into light fixtures. Water is a very strong conductor when it’s exposed electricity. That’s why it is important to act swiftly with any kind of water damage in your home, and when electricity is involved, the damage can be deadly if left untreated.

If you are dealing with this type of leak, follow the steps below to learn what you need to do.

  1. Turn the water and Electricity Off

You don’t need to be an expert to know that water and electricity are never a good mix. If you or someone else in the household get too close to the affected area, or any live electrical system for that matter, you could get hurt.

Make sure to shut off the source of water and electricity to the house. Doing this will greatly reduce the electrocution and will give some time to make right steps when moving forward. Ensure that everyone in the household should refrain from touching any electrical system until the problem is solved.

  1. Dry what you can

Clean and dry the area after you have shut off the electricity and water completely. Best to wipe up any sitting water and remove affected pieces of furniture, rugs or anything that be holding onto the water for safety purposes.

  1. Calla Professional for Cleanup

Contact an electrician, plumber and/or a professional cleanup service for water. Professionals will typically be able to safely cleanup and restore your home to its former state and it is advice you on how to prevent leaks in the future.

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

IS THERE ANY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WATER DAMAGE AND FLOOD DAMAGE?

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

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IS THERE ANY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WATER DAMAGE AND FLOOD DAMAGE?

Broken pipes, overflowing bathtubs, busted toilets, burst water main, damaged washing machine hoses and flash floods. There are many ways water can cause expensive damage to your home. When the damage happens, your first step is to determine whether you have a water insurance claim or a flood claim.

How does flood damage differ from other types of water damage?

Most insurance companies define flood water as water that has come from a rising and overflowing of a body of water onto dry land. The term “rising’’ is key here, covering water that comes from overflowing river or sea, for example but not from a leaky pipe or sink. Flood damage can only be caused by the following:

  • Overflow of inland or tidal waters
  • Rapid accumulate of surface waters from any source
  • Mudflow
  • Collapse of land along the shore of a lake or similar body of water as a result of erosion

Water damage is much broader and essentially covers every other instance of water ingress that does not involve rising water. It is usually caused by problems within the building itself such as a leaky roof or a broken washing machine. It is important to perform regular maintenance on your home or building to prevent water damage that could otherwise be easily avoided.

  • A pipe burst
  • A backroom sink overflows
  • Water intrusion from a leaking roof cause wood rot and mold

Anytime there’s a hurricane, storm, heavy rain or more, your insurance won’t cover it. You have to purchase an extra flood insurance plan for those instances.

Water damage is usually covered under homeowner’s insurance policy. Some water damage examples include severe rains that soak through your roof, a burst pipe, an overflowing toilet or a storm that breaks your windows and allows water inside.

SERVPRO of Ventura professionals has years of experience when it comes to water damage restoration. They know what to look for to identify the full extent of the damage. They have proper equipment and knowledge to handle tasks. From water damage to commercial restoration, we have qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond. You can assure your property is in the best hands.

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

COMMERCIAL VANDALISM: Do’s and Don’ts to Consider

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

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COMMERCIAL VANDALISM: Do’s and Don’ts to Consider

Dealing with graffiti and vandalism as a business owner can be a frustrating and expensive problem. This makes it increasingly more difficult to deal with when your commercial building/property is spray painted or damaged. Getting money for repairs from the insurance company can be stressful and complicated, especially when a property has already been damaged by fire. Attempting to deal with vandalism yourself results in further damage to the exterior of your building. To avoid making any additional damage, below are list of things to do until the commercial cleaning service arrives.

Do:

  • Wash egg damage from the building exterior as soon as possible
  • Vacuum glass particles from carpet and upholstery to avoid any injuries
  • Save container which could reveal the ingredients of spilled inks, cosmetics and paints to know what products was used.

Don’t:

  • Operate damage lamps or any electronics
  • Attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetic stains. Stain manipulation could spread or push stain makeup deeper into the material.
  • Discard furniture, art objects or broken pieces from porcelain.

Vandalism can be very upsetting. It can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. SERVPRO of Ventura will act quickly to remove vandalism from home and commercial spaces.

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

WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION: DIY IS A BAD IDEA

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

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When it comes to being a homeowner, especially nowadays, there are lot of projects you can do yourself. Internet makes it seem possible to do any project in your home on your own. There are DIY bathrooms, kitchens and even other home repairs. Videos you see on the internet with step – by – step guidelines fill up your mind with such ideas that you begin to think that any project can be handled by simply following the guidelines. However, DIY water damages, almost always end in disaster. As much as you might be tempted to solve the problem of water damage on your own, the cons of DIY water damage restoration are too severe.

Here’s why you should never attempt a DIY water damage restoration.

Hidden Damage

Water damage in your home is never obvious. The moisture can accumulate inside of walls, under carpet and other materials. If you try to restore your home with a DIY approach and fail to properly diagnose the level of damage, the problems can become worse.

Expensive in the long run

You might get attracted to DIY water damage restoration because of its low cost. But if water damage is not treated by professional, it will prove to be very heavy on your pocket in the long run.

Health and Hazard

Water damage form sewer backup or flood is especially dangerous as it contains bacteria and other microorganisms which can be harmful to your health. If you attempt a DIY water damage restoration, you’ll be inviting damage to your health as you’re not aware of proper mitigation steps.

Lacking the professional touch

It is very easy for water to flow into the cracks in the walls or on the floors and cause permanent damage. If not treated by professional water damage restoration company, this problem will be less unattended to and cause sever destruction in the future.

Certified professionals from a water damage restoration company possess the technical tools and equipment and know how to use them to expedite he drying process. Water damage restoration is not a DIY job and should only be left to certified professionals.

SERVPRO of Ventura professionals has years of experience when it comes to water damage restoration. They know what to look for to identify the full extent of the damage. They have proper equipment and knowledge to handle tasks. From water damage to commercial restoration, we have qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond. You can assure your property is in the best hands.

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

COMMERCIAL AIR DUCT CLEANING

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Indoor air quality is important for every home. Air ducts help to regulate and transport this air to every room of the home for comfortable living. Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business. Even the cleanest building can experience dust buildup, mold growth and other issues with their duct systems. According to the EPA: You should clean your air ducts in your home if:

  • There is an odd smell coming from the duct system
  • Ducts are infested with rodents or insects
  • Duct are clogged with dust and debris
  • There is a visible mold growth inside hard surface duct

Most people don’t notice the benefits of clean duct systems until after the workmen are gone and the air feels better. Professional duct cleaning then become tangible and noteworthy. Clean duct systems promote air circulation, filter allergens and dust and reduce odors. In order to maintain the benefits, professional cleaners are necessary.

Professional duct cleaners have tools, training and cleaning solutions to get the job done right. You need to find someone worth hiring. SERVPRO of Ventura can help you locate the professionals you need.

If you think that your home or business needs some cleaning, we at SERVPRO of Ventura are here to help. Call us at (805) 656-3911.

THE HUGE TASK OF SHOPPING MALL OR DEPARTMENT STORE CLEANING

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

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Proper maintenance of a shopping mall or department store is a huge, complicated task. In addition to managing and meeting the expectations of your customers, you also have tenants to satisfy. Both of these groups have certain expectations as regards cleanliness.

When a shopper enters a store and sees a sticky floor, dirty surfaces and dusty corners, it makes them want to turn around and run for the parking lot. To meet the expectations, you need exemplary cleaning services.

Appearance is Everything

When a store convinces its customers that it’s genuinely clean, that’s a real victory. Many customers feel skeptical about store cleanliness, especially behind the scenes where customers aren’t allowed. Shoppers have certain expectations as regards cleanliness. They expect a minimum, meet the following guidelines:

  • Neat and orderly product displays
  • Good lighting
  • Fresh, clean smell
  • Orderly counter space at checkouts
  • Restrooms clean and fully stocked

Cleanliness isn’t just keeping consumers happy. It’s also about keeping them safe. If a customer is injured in a store and they can prove the owner was negligent in maintaining a safe environment, they could win a costly judgment against the store. All business owners are required to keep their property free of hazards that could pose public health and safety. Slip and fall accidents are no. 1 cause of emergency rooms visits and a leading cause of workers’ compensation.

Hiring a Professional Cleaning Service Makes It Easy

Professional cleaning companies have the equipment and supplies, as well as trained personnel, to keep your facility sparking and your customers happy.

If you think that your home or business needs some CLEANING, we at SERVPRO of Ventura are here to help. Call us at (805) 656-3911.

HOW TO AVOID MAKING COMMON FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION MISTAKES?

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

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If you’re experiencing a house fire, you need to act quickly. Unless the fire is small and can be put out by a fire extinguisher, you should get everyone out immediately.

 The damage after a fire can be devastating and the idea of fire damage restoration can feel overwhelming. Even worse, the effects of fire damage can continue long after the fire has been extinguished.

If you’ve recently experienced a house fire, here are some of the most common mistake you should avoid making.

  1. Making repairs and cleaning the property before notifying the insurance company.

The insurance company will need to see the full extent of the damage before fire damage restoration can begin. Don’t remove anything from the property or make any repairs before an insurance adjuster can perform a proper inspection. The insurance company can make an accurate loss assessment.

  1. Failing to secure the property to prevent additional damage.

Fire and smoke are devastating forces. Still, assuming the entire home hasn’t been burned down, there are likely to be some items that survive. Once the firefighters give the okay, go ahead and gather what you can. The longer they stay in the home, the longer they are to become damaged.

  1. Failing to take proper inventory of what was lost.

In order to get fully reimbursed for lost and damaged items, you ‘ll need to make a detailed list of what’s gone and how much each item cost. Any proof of purchase you can provide will be helpful, whether it’s a receipt or a picture of the damaged item.

  1. Not Calling an Emergency Repair Professional right away.

Proper fire damage restoration requires specialized equipment and training. Immediately hiring a professional fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Ventura can help homeowners avoid all the mistakes discussed here. The right fire damage restoration team will work with homeowners from start to finish and help them recover from fire damage as quickly as possible.

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

BEATING BACK HALLOWEEN VANDALISM

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

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Halloween is a great holiday for kids and adults to put on some imagination and have some fun. However, every year we hear about some individuals taking things too far. After a candy – filled evening of trick-or – treating and costumes parties, many homeowners return to their homes on Halloween night to find that their property has been vandalized. Below are things you can do to lower your risk of becoming a target. Make sure to protect yourself and your property by following these steps.

  1. Be present

The best ways to ward off potential issues is to be present. Sit on the porch and greet the trick-or-treaters. This may avoid some of the most common Halloween night crimes, including vandalism.

  1. Park in the garage to deter egging

To dissuade Halloween vandals, make sure to pull the car in the garage for the evening. Business owners should also look for an indoor parking location’s as well.

  1. Clean any acts of Halloween vandalism as quickly as possible

If you are the victim of the vandalism, it is essential to remove the damage as quickly as possible to prevent future acts of destruction.

Call SERVPRO of Ventura. Our Restoration Professionals will restore your property quickly and make Halloween vandalism "Like it never even happened."

For professional cleaning services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

WHY MEDICAL FACILITIES NEED PROFESSIONAL CLEANERS?

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

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When it comes to medical offices, cleaning is vitally important. A clean office about more than looking professional to your visitors. Unlike most office environments, medical offices require much more through and regular cleaning. It is not just about making a good impression; it is also about creating a space that is safe for sick people to visit.

Janitorial services are fine for a typical office building, medical facilities need specially trained and qualified cleaning staff that understand the unique needs of the medical community. Professional Cleaning services provide many advantages over a typical janitorial service.

  1. Infection Prevention

People seek medical attention because they are unwell. We cannot tell how much germs and viruses can a sick person spread in space. There are a lot of ways in how an infected person can contaminate and spread illness. Professional cleaners ensure that appropriate cleaning procedures are done to reduce the possibilities of cross contamination. They know what type of cleaning chemicals and techniques to prevent germs from spreading.

  1. Get rid of Blood Borne Pathogens

Contamination is handled by cleaning professional with extreme care because it is dangerous to deal with blood pathogens. Hiring a professional medical cleaning provider will ensure you the safety of everyone in the medical centre.

  1. They Know the Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfecting

Cleaning is not disinfecting, it is merely the first step in the disinfecting process. Janitorial services clean facilities. Qualified medical facility services ensure that the facility is both clean and disinfected.

Germs that are working to kill are invisible; that is why it is vital that the medical cleaner follows the facility policies and does not miss any steps when performing their cleaning duties.

For professional cleaning services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

HOW TO KEEEP INDOOR AIR CLEAN ON SMOKY DAYS?

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

California and western United States are experiencing an increasing number of smoky days each year and wildfires have been caused smoky pollution. Wildfire smoke is a public health hazard because it can impact both outdoor and indoor air quality.

Our homes provide a refuge, sheltering us from the elements. But, what our homes are not so good at is maintaining lean indoor air, especially during wildfire smoke events.

Tiny particles are the problem

Wildfires burn wood and other organic material, creating smoke that contains gases and fine particles. These fine particles are smaller than ten microns and these particles are particularly bad for human health. They can be breath into lungs, where they can act as respiratory tract irritants.

Avoid other sources of air pollution

To keep the room’s indoor air clean, avoid other sources of air pollution. Avoid activities that can create fine particles like:

  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Spraying aerosol products
  • Wood burning stoves or fireplaces
  • Frying or broiling food
  • Burning candles and incense
  • Vacuuming

Create a clean air room

If securing your entire home against smoke is not practical, you can create a clean air room instead. Choose a room in your home that is big and comfortable enough for everyone in your household to spend the day there together. Remember to close all windows and doors to keep smoke from entering the room. Use fans, window air conditioners, or central air conditioning to stay cool while you are in the room. Finally, you should set an air purifier if you have one and run it on its highest setting.

Smoke cleaning is a job left to an experienced team of professionals in SERVPRO of Ventura. Our Technicians have skills and equipment to thoroughly remove the thickest layers of soot and restore heavily damaged areas.

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

COMMON MISTAKES WHEN PUTTING OUT A FIRE

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Whether there is a fire in your home or workplace, there are things you need to do to ensure you remain safe and unharmed. Find a clear exit and leave as soon as possible. Deaths and injuries caused by fire could have been prevented if people do not make some common mistakes. If you find yourself caught up in a fire related incident, one of the first challenges that you face is working out how to tackle the fire or whether to tackle it at all.

  1. Judging the Size of the Fire

One of the most important things to remember in the event of a fire emergency is that not all fires can have tackled with a fire extinguisher. Make sure you know what type of fire it is. If you doubt your ability to extinguish the fire, leave the premises immediately and call the fire brigade.

  1. Incorrect Extinguishing Techniques

When using water to put out a fire, you should use at least two liters at a time. Do not use water to put out electrical or oil fires. Water should only be used on fires involving solids such as wood, plastic or paper.

  1. Poor Evacuation Planning

A lot of people do not know how to evacuate in the event of a fire. If you are an owner, it is important that you have an established evacuation route that all users of the building are aware.

  1. Not Knowing the Correct Extinguisher Types

Know the different types of fire extinguisher for different types of fire.  Each must be used exclusively for the type of fire they are designed to avoid making things worse. Using the wrong class of fire extinguisher can make things worse. Massive flashes and huge flames might occur and you may result burned or electrocuted.

  1. Forgetting to Shut Off Power

In the event of an electrical fire, it is important that shut off all the power to the source of the fire. If you do this early enough, this action alone can often stop the fire, but if it doesn’t it at least prevents the fire from increasing. Make sure you know the power supply is located in your building.

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

EVEN TOBACCO SMOKE ODOR IS HAZARDOUS

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

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EVEN TOBACCO SMOKE ODOR IS HAZARDOUS

Have you ever noticed the smell of tobacco smoke in an area where no one appears to be smoking, or lingering smell of tobacco in a hotel room previously occupied by smokers? Or have you ever bought or rented a home that completely restored yet sometimes you could still smell tobacco smoke? It’s because after years of smoking in all rooms, even the bones of a house can have infused with tobacco odor, living unpleasant smells in all rooms, not just where someone has smoked.

Why tobacco smoke is such a big problem

Cigarette smoke leaves a yellowish brown, glue residue that sticks to all surfaces of a home making it difficult to remove. You can see this residue when you clean walls and windows. It also produces odorous substances that stick to every surface of the area where smoking has taken place. It clings on hair, clothing, cushions, carpeting, furniture, toys food and dust. It is considered a hazard because it contains toxic gases and chemicals that you cannot see. These chemicals pose a health risk because they combine with the air and other pollutants. Children are at risk of disease caused by exposure to the toxins from third hand residue. People are also exposed through shared ventilation, air ducts and leaky walls in apartment buildings.

An effective way to remove tobacco residue and odor is thorough cleaning then sealing of all structural surfaces. We at SERVPRO of Ventura, will do the smoke removal by cleaning all surfaces, using deodorizers to eliminate every tine particle of tobacco smoke. We have the hydroxyl generators and ozone generators that remove the odor molecules inside walls and ducting.

If you think that your home needs some CLEANING, we at SERVPRO of Ventura are here to help. Call us at (805) 656-3911. All of our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities.

WHY CRIME SCENE CLEANUP NEEDS TO GET DONE QUICKLY BY PROFESSIONALS?

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

WHY CRIME SCENE CLEANUP NEEDS TO GET DONE QUICKLY BY PROFESSIONALS?

Crime scene cleanup isn’t an easy task, and it’s not for faint of heart. If it’s done too hastily, without personal protection equipment, someone’s health could be at risk. The remnants of the crime that are left in place for too long has a great risk of spreading contamination or causing more severe damage to the property. A swift response is needed to compassionately deal with the aftermath of a vicious act.

What are typical crime scenes?

Crime scenes can take numerous forms: Murders, suicides, accidents and animal attack leave a bloody mess in their wake. Crime scenes may be in physical spaces, like vehicles, hotels or homes. Brutal attacks may also occur out in the open, such as sidewalks or in forest.

What is the role of crime scene clean up professionals?

Decomposing body due to a criminal attack, accident or natural death must be handled by trained professionals. Crime scene cleanup experts are equipped to clean up blood, bodily fluids, human remains and lingering odors.

When you are faced with trauma or crime scene that requires immediate cleanup of biohazard materials, contact SERVPRO of Ventura. We are available 24/7, our highly trained technicians are standing by. We have qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond to these incidents.

CALL US SERVPRO of Ventura (805) 656-3911

HOW DOES WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION BY SERVPRO OF VENTURA PROFESSIONALS COMPARE TO HANDLING BY JANITORIAL STAFF?

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Janitors are the backbone of any institution, they work to keep all the areas of your workplace clean. Typically, they handle all general vacuuming, mopping and disinfecting in your workplace in order to provide clean restrooms, offices and other public areas. In some cases, janitorial teams can provide essential maintenance and repair service as well like burst pipe and leaking roofs. However, professional restorers offer some extra benefits.

When water damage restoration is handled by professionals for various reasons, level of preparation, technical skills and attitude of the work crews is included. Janitorial staff, may view water removal and drying of materials as an additional burden on the top of their regular work, professional restorers are prepared to get the situation under control quickly.

Below are preparations before the job starts:

  • Estimating the number and type of restoration equipment needed
  • Better evaluation of the loss situation
  • Identification and addressing of any safety issues

SERVPRO of Ventura professionals has years of experience when it comes to water damage restoration. They know what to look for to identify the full extent of the damage. They have proper equipment and knowledge to handle tasks. From water damage to commercial restoration, we have qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond. You can assure your property is in the best hands.

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

WHY SPRINKLER INSPECTIONS MATTER TO YOUR BUSINESS?

9/27/2021 (Permalink)

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WHY SPRINKLER INSPECTIONS MATTER TO YOUR BUSINESS?

As a business owner, there are few things more important than protecting your building, employees and equipment from fire damage. Fire sprinkler systems are great way to protect a facility and its occupants from fire. However, fire sprinklers are useless if they are not taken care of. One of the best ways to stay protected is to ensure your fire sprinkler is functioning properly. It is best to have it inspected and tested on a regular basis.

What is a Fire Sprinkler?

A fire sprinkler is a system installed in your business that triggers water or some other fire extinguishing medium to be discharged in an effort to put out fire in your building. These are designed to respond to fires automatically upon a fire being sensed.

Benefits of Sprinkler Inspections

Fire Sprinkler inspection can provide many advantages to your facility in the long run. Some benefits of inspections include:

  • Prevent damage to building and sprinkler system due to deficiencies
  • Save money on repair costs to sprinkler system and damage to building caused by deficiencies
  • Peace of mind that facility is protected
  • Save money on insurance premiums
  • Keep everyone safe
  • Compliance with NFPA and local code

How often to Inspect

Inspecting your sprinkler system regularly is a necessity and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) designed a testing protocol that determines how often each portion of your system, should be tested.

It is recommended that all mechanical parts be checked quarterly, and any portion that detects, hold or monitors pressure be tested twice a year. Annual inspection is recommended as well, and these includes testing the entire system including alarm system and water flow with pipes.

If your equipment becomes damaged, your sprinkler system will not be triggered or your equipment will fail to extinguish a fire. This can lead to increased property damaged damage of equipment a documents and the worst is injury or death.

Signs you need an inspection

  • Leaks
  • Corrosion
  • Head/pipe damage
  • Physical Changes to Building

If you find yourself in a situation where your home or business has been damaged by fire, calling a professional may be the best solution. Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

 HOW OFTEN DO BATHROOM SUPPLY LINES NEED TO BE REPLACED?

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

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Has been a while since you have checked your plumbing, and now, you are wondering if you’re behind on some much needed replacements? It may be time to start considering a few upgrades. As a new or experienced homeowner, you may want to learn how often this plumbing piece has to be replaced. It can depend on a new factor, including the following:

Construction materials

  • Supply lines are often made from some type pf plastic or a steel braid. Steel braid supply lines last longer than their plastic counterparts. Plastic products come with 5-8-year warranty while a steel braided pipe may have a lifetime warranty. If you notice a supply line leak, for example, you may want to replace the piping even if it has not made it very far in its warranty.

Damage Signs

  • If you notice a bathroom leak, your plumber or water damage specialist may help you figure out that the source is the supply line. It is a good idea to replace the piping as soon as possible. A piece of plumbing that has a leak can lead a larger issue in the future.

Renovation Frequencies

  • In changing your toilet, sink or tub, it may be a good idea to also replace the supply line. Rubber seal in the line is hard to reseal if it is disturbed. You may have a nice looking supply line, but the renovation of your bathroom can lead to unexpected supply line damage. This can be avoided by replacing the plumbing.

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

HOW DOES WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION BY SERVPRO OF VENTURA PROFESSIONALS COMPARE TO HANDLING BY JANITORIAL STAFF?

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

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Janitors are the backbone of any institution, they work to keep all the areas of your workplace clean. Typically, they handle all general vacuuming, mopping and disinfecting in your workplace in order to provide clean restrooms, offices and other public areas. In some cases, janitorial teams can provide essential maintenance and repair service as well like burst pipe and leaking roofs. However, professional restorers offer some extra benefits.

When water damage restoration is handled by professionals for various reasons, level of preparation, technical skills and attitude of the work crews is included. Janitorial staff, may view water removal and drying of materials as an additional burden on the top of their regular work, professional restorers are prepared to get the situation under control quickly.

Below are preparations before the job starts:

  • Estimating the number and type of restoration equipment needed
  • Better evaluation of the loss situation
  • Identification and addressing of any safety issues

SERVPRO of Ventura professionals has years of experience when it comes to water damage restoration. They know what to look for to identify the full extent of the damage. They have proper equipment and knowledge to handle tasks. From water damage to commercial restoration, we have qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond. You can assure your property is in the best hands.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura  at (805) 656-3

DEFENSIBLE SPACE PREVENTING FIRE DAMAGE

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

To come home and see your home in kind of disarray is disheartening, but seeing flames is unimaginable. Fire season is a well-known fact that preparedness is the key. There are many actions to take and ways to keep safe during fire season, one of the most effective ways to prevent fire damage is to create a defensible space around your home. This will help to minimize the fire damage to your home.

Creating defensible space around your home is a vital step in wildfire safety. Our world is made up of combustible items, wildfires can spread rapidly. Firefighters always do their best to reduce damage, but ultimately, it is your responsibility to protect your property form wildfire.

Here is helpful information on creating defensible space:

Ignition Zones

  • This is separated into 3 parts and encompass an area that is 100 feet around your home. The reason for this is that as fire heats up, it can ignite combustible material up to 100 feet away.

Fire Resistant Landscaping

  • It is best to clear all shrubs and greenery around your home go prevent fire. Having plants strategically placed around your home will provide a better deterrent. Wildfires builds during windy conditions and embers from the fire can travel along with the wind. Fire resistant landscaping can block the embers and prevent your home from catching fire.

Vertical and Horizontal Spacing

  • Proper vertical and horizontal spacing between your trees will minimize the fire passing between the trees on your property. It is recommended to have at least 6 feet of space between the ground and the branches of your tree.

While it is impossible to completely prevent fire, be sure to always have the phone number of a fire damage restoration company on hand. Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

HOW TO AVOID WATER DAMAGE FROM A CONSTRUCTION SITE?

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

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HOW TO AVOID WATER DAMAGE FROM A CONSTRUCTION SITE?

Water damage is a leading cause of losses incurred by construction business owners while a site is under erection. This water flooding is often caused by a leak in the plumbing systems, or rain water entering a construction site. Whatever reason is, business owners should implement specific measures to avoid such damages. Even if it’s get covered by insurance, construction business owners may suffer financially. Proper water damage prevention can quickly help avoid this type of situation.

Some ways to avoid water damage on construction project.

  • Monitor water leaks

Water systems can have monitoring devices attached, enabling their mains to be monitors for any signs of water leakage. Set up these devices to signal you by an alarm when there is a leak detected. This will allow you to catch leaks early so remediation can be done immediately.

  • Maintenance

Maintain items at risk carefully. Inspect all pipes and related equipment regularly to catch issues before start.

To ensure water damage will not occur on construction project, everyone on the site should be experienced and qualified so that accidents don’t happen.

  • Any contractors you are working with are fully qualified to complete the construction components they are responsible for safety and professionally.
  • Having a Quality Assurance/Quality Control Plan in place is key to preventing water damage during construction. Planning is the best way to prevent damage from happening.

SERVPRO of Ventura is here to help when worst happens. From water damage to commercial restoration, we have qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond. You can assure your property is in the best hands.

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

KNOW ABOUT COMMERCIAL FLOOD INSURANCE

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

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KNOW ABOUT COMMERCIAL FLOOD INSURANCE

Flood often strike without warning – destroying buildings, equipment and inventory. Flooding may arise from a multitude causes, structural malfunction, storm surges and overflow of existing water bodies. Floods which are common devastating natural disaster events are projected to increase in severity as storms worsen. With this, it is important to consider commercial flood insurance, especially flood insurance. Commercial Flood insurance protects one of your business from damage caused by rising water.

What does commercial flood insurance cover?

If your business or property gets damaged from floodwater, commercial flood insurance can help cover your repair costs. Below are included in a flood insurance policy’s building and content coverage.

Building coverage         

  • Electrical and plumbing systems
  • Furnace and water heaters
  • Appliances
  • Permanently installed carpeting
  • Permanently installed cabinets
  • Windows
  • Foundation walls
  • Fuel tanks, well tanks and pumps
  • Solar equipment

Contents Coverage

  • Personal property
  • Curtains
  • Portable and window air conditioners
  • Carpet not included in building coverage, such as carpeting installed over wood floors
  • Currency, precious metals and valuable items

What is not covered by flood insurance?

  • At least two acres of land
  • Two or more properties

If your business property gets damaged by sump pump back up that wasn’t caused by flooding, your commercial flood insurance won cover the claim. Commercial flood insurance also doesn’t cover every kind of property damage claim. In fact, this insurance policy doesn’t cover business property outside of your building.

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

CAN ELECTRONICS BE SAVED AFTER SMOKE OR FIRE DAMAGE?

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

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CAN ELECTRONICS BE SAVED AFTER SMOKE OR FIRE DAMAGE?

When a fire happens at your home or business, the flames and smoke affect almost everything left inside, including computers, appliances and other electronics. While some of these electronics won’t be salvageable after the fire or smoke damage, they often can be if you take the right steps. Instead of just scrubbing these belongings clean, pros will need to

  • Inspect for any present safety issues
  • Clean away corrosives from inside the casings
  • Perform a thorough inspection item after professional cleaning to ensure performance safety

Can electronics be damaged by smoke?

“Yes” smoke can damage electronics in several ways:

  1. Black film. Smoke can deep seep into all parts of your electronics leaving a black film on interior components.
  2. Magnetic Charge. Smoke includes a magnetic charge- something many people may not realize. These could cause the shorting of an item’s circuits, which happens to televisions, computer and other electronics.
  3. Acidity form Soot. Acidity can lean to the early degradation of your electronics, shortening their usable lifespan.

Have the electronics store owner or a cleanup pro check to ensure it’s working properly. You will always have a better success when calling in a professional. Restoration professionals are experts at saving appliances, computers and other electronics after smoke damage and they have the right equipment to get the job one.

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

PROTEIN FIRES: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

9/3/2021 (Permalink)

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PROTEIN FIRES: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Burning the evening meal ruins dinner plans, but it doesn’t usually result in a kitchen filled with smoke and flames. A protein fire doesn’t produce smoke or flames, but it’s a disaster that impacts the kitchen and your entire home. At first glance, protein fires do not appear to cause any damage to your home and contents. But in actual fact, the aftermath of a protein fire is an invisible and often sticky. Foul smelling residue that coats the many surfaces throughout your home.

WHAT IS A PROTEIN FIRE?

A protein fire doesn’t set off billows of dark smoke or send flames leaping to the ceiling. It creates an especially unique restoration challenge. Fire damaged caused by burnt food can also create odor issues which are difficult to mitigate. Below are important facts regarding this type of fire.

  • Protein fires generally leave little visible residue, often confusing the untrained observer
  • They create a significantly more repugnant smell than most other fires
  • Require extremely thorough cleaning to remove odor
  • The nature of the burn causes the odor to permeate structure and furniture even more completely than other fires/
  • Requires a sealing agent
  • Require multiple attempts and methods to achieve customer satisfaction

HOW TO CLEAN AFTER A PROTEIN FIRE

The best way to clean up after a protein fire is to let a certified restoration company handle the work. You can often tackle the kitchen after a regular fire, but protein fire cleanup belongs in the hands of highly trained technicians.

To minimize the chance of a protein fire, stay in the kitchen and carefully monitor food and equipment whenever you cook. Keep a fire extinguisher handy in your kitchen at all times. For protection against minor grease splatters, use a stovetop splatter guard to keep grease from sticking to or staining wall and other surfaces.

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

5 TYPES OF SMOKE DAMAGE AND HOW TO TREAT THEM?

8/31/2021 (Permalink)

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5 TYPES OF SMOKE DAMAGE AND HOW TO TREAT THEM?

Having a fire in your home rank up there among the worst tragedies. It can destroy your house or cause minor cosmetic damage, but the damage it does to your peace of mind is immeasurable. With pace that smoke particles can spread throughout the property and coat surfaces and contents, understanding the type of smoke damage can be instrumental in choosing the best mitigation and house fire clean up approach.

  1. Tenant Smoking Residue

This is the most common type of smoke damage. In a multifamily building, landlords deal with odors caused by cigarettes on regular basis.  Form unpleasant odors to surface damage, tenants who are smokers can cause a lot of damage. This type of smoke damage requires intense cleaning by running hydroxyl generator along with air mover to keep circulation moving through the space.

  1. Protein Smoke Damage

Kitchen fires are another common issue that will produce smoke damage. This occurs from food burning and painted surfaces or wood which cause permanent discoloration to any surface it clings.

  1. Wet Smoke Damage

This is the hardest form of smoke damage to clean as it tends to be sticky and thick, latching on all surfaces and objects. This requires clean up a longer and a more involved process.

  1. Dry Smoke Damage

Dry smoke is created by fast – burning, high temperature fire started by paper or wood. This would be the most common kind of house fire and can lead to massive amounts of damage and loss. Dry smoke damage has a powdery texture. It is the easiest to clean for professional smoke mitigation.

  1. Fuel/Oil Residue Damage

It’s not as common in homes or businesses as the other kind of smoke damage. This is also known as petroleum reside, this kind of smoke damage emanates from a fire is started by a fuel source or something flammable. Residue is dense, sticky and very difficult to clean.

Cleaning, resurfacing and replacing or a combination of the three are ways to clean up smoke damage. SERVPRO of Ventura will come to your home or place of business to assess the damage and the discuss the best course of action with you.

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

DOES MOLD DIE WHEN IT’S DRY?

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

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DOES MOLD DIE WHEN IT’S DRY?

Any type of mold in the home is a concern and may be linked to certain health effects. Mold growth generally requires specific conditions to remain active spread contamination. Home owners often ask a very good question. With how difficult it is to remove? Does mold die when it’s dry?

Mold is a fungus, a living organism that grows, breeds and requires nourishment to survive. Mold thrives and multiples when the environment supplies moisture, nourishment and warmth. Moisture is generally considered to be the definite trigger that promotes active fungal growth. No moisture – no mold.

When Mold Lack of Moisture, will they die?

Moisture deprived mold may indeed appear dried – up and lifeless. It is without moisture to keep it active, the mold fungus mass stops growing and becomes inert. When mold lacks moisture, the fungi will hibernate, it will die and dry out. Once moisture is available, spores become reactivated. Depending on the species, mold can stay dormant for years. Keeping your humidity level between 30 – 60 percent helps manage the prevention of mold growth. Active mold requires remediation to ensure it will not begin to grow again.

Dry mold can cause problem?

When mold dries out, the spores become temporarily inactive. But dry mold spores are still able to cause undesirable health effects. Dry mold spores become light without moisture weighing hem down. This allows them to become airborne and it is one of the easiest way for mold to spread. Even dry and inactive, when mold is present, health effects can occur. Depending on the species of mold and an individual’s immune response, reaction to mold may vary.

The best way to fight and prevent mold from affecting your home is through complete removal. Our professional mold remediation team is here to help.

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

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

WHAT METHODS DOES SERVPRO USE TO ELIMINATE SOOT?

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

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When your home or business suffers damage as the result of fire, there are many types of possessions that can hold onto dangerous soot, ash and toxic residue. This residue may be corrosive, clingy and cause damage on soft surfaces, electronics and more after a fire. This soot can cause health effects.

Several strategies get implemented for soot removal and fire restoration in homes, including:

SODA BLASTING

  • This process is an abrasive cleaning technique with sodium bicarbonate particles forcefully propelled with pressurized air against soot –covered surfaces.

CHEMICAL SPONGES

  • Often, our chemical sponges are natural rubber compositions with large pores which can remove much of this soil and debris when run across soot-damaged surfaces.

CONTROLLED DEMOLITION

  • When other abrasive tactics are not possible, removing the damaged materials can be the only remaining suitable solution.

If you find yourself in a situation where your home or business has been damaged by fire, calling a professional may be the best solution. Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

DRYER FIRE PREVENTION: Do’s and Don’ts

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

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DRYER FIRE PREVENTION: Do’s and Don’ts

Dryer fires are a fairly common cause of home fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, dryers and washing machines cause an average 15, 970 fires each year, with dryers causing 92 percent of them. These clothes dryer fires have led to significant damage, million in property loss and hundreds of injuries. However, this is easily avoidable with a few simple preventive measures.

Do’s

  1. Clean the dryer’s lint filter on a regular basis.

 After every use, you need to clean out the lint filter. This is an especially important task to remember because clogged lint filters are the top factor when it comes to home dryer fires.

Make it a habit toc heck the lint filter when you load your dryer. Cleaning lint filters not only helps prevent dryer fire from occurring, but it also allows your dryer to run efficiently.

  1. Inspect the dryer’s duct and vents regularly

Blockage in the dryer ducts or vents is another cause of dryer fires. If any ducts have been blocked, be sure to clean them before you use it again. Common indicators of clogged ducts include exhaust air not leaving the vent, overheated machines and loads of laundry that take longer to dry than usual. Check your ducts and vents on a monthly basis to guarantee there are no blockages. If blockage result of damaged ducts, have a professional tend to the damage.

  1. Have your dryer professionally cleaned

Contact a professional to conduct dryer cleanings. You can ensure that your dryer is properly cleaned, including its venting system.

Don’ts

  1. Don’t overload your dryer

Excessive amount of lint can build up if you overload your dryer. Dryer cannot properly ventilate if more lint has accumulated and overheats and can result in a fire. Only load your clothes dryer to its capacity.

  1. Don’t dry anything that shouldn’t be exposed to heat

Check label of instructions on how to properly dry clothes and other item before you place in the dryer. If your clothes or other items have come into contact with oil, alcohol, gas or any other flammable substance, do not dry them in the dryer either.

  1. Don’t use your dryer without the lint filter

Using your dryer without its lint filter can easily lead to fire. When lint filter is absent, lint can effortlessly build up in the dryer and lead to a fire.

When you use your clothes dryer, keep these fire prevention tips in mind so that you limit the potential for dryer fires.

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

REASONS WHY PROFESSIONAL DRAPERY CLEANING IS SO IMPORTANT?

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

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REASONS WHY PROFESSIONAL DRAPERY CLEANING IS SO IMPORTANT?

Every day, draperies are exposed to airborne grime, dust and pollutants. But many people neglect their window treatments during routine house cleaning. As dirt and dust accumulates, your draperies may appear dull and dingy. They may also show wear and tear prematurely. Drapery become the home to contaminates overtime, it should be cleaned even on a daily basis. Professional cleaning techniques are necessary in the protection of your investment. Below are reasons why Drapery Cleaning is so vital to health and wellness of your residence or company.

Remove Hidden Dirt and Allergens

Draperies gather bacteria and different allergens that can affect your health and wellness. As draperies are made to hung over windows and doors, the material may also enter into contact with bugs, as well as dampness which can increase the threat of mold or mildew. Regular drapery cleaning help keep dust, dirt as debris at bay.

Protect you Drapes

 Drapery materials vary widely and without the proper knowledge of how to clean those fabrics, you risk permanent damage to your window coverings. Some drapes are safe for regular washing, while others require dry cleaning and professional cleaning services.

Extend life of your Drapery

Giving proper attention to something then life automatically increase, the same with the drapery. If you give proper maintenance to it then it will not stop giving you worth of it. There is no alternative to extend the life of your drapery except cleaning and maintaining regularly.

If you think that your home or business needs some CLEANING, we at SERVPRO of Ventura are here to help. Call us at (805) 656-3911.

THE USE OF PRIMERS AND SEALERS AFTER A FIRE AND SMOKE DAMAGE

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

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THE USE OF PRIMERS AND SEALERS AFTER A FIRE AND SMOKE DAMAGE

Over the past years, the introduction of primers and sealers in the fire and smoke damage restoration market has provided restorers a supplemental method to address stubborn and lingering smoke stains and odors. This process described as contamination isolation.

When a high quality sealer gets applied to a wall or skirting board, for example, it traps the sooty residues inside. It is something that conventional paint cannot do. They let smoke satins back through the material while sealer block and bond settled combustion particles. They hide discoloration and minimize unpleasant smells.

Paint Primer and Sealers

Paint Primer are coating formulated to adhere to a substrate and create a uniform surface for the finish coat. They are designed for specific surfaces: latex primes for unfinished drywall and exterior use, oil based primer for raw wood. Many primers have specialized ingredients such as stain-inhibiting tannin blockers, preservatives or corrosions inhibiters.

Sealers are designed to use before or in place of a primer. The key role for sealers has traditionally been bind to porous surface such as crumbly concrete or plaster.

Surface Preparation after fire damage

Most primers and sealers require a clean, smooth surface for successful application. It is why SERVPRO of Ventura spends time removing surface soot and caked on grime before any of these products. Surface contaminants get captured in HEPA vacuum. An effective way to remove large amounts of dry, dusty soot.

Sealer Application

To fully block odors, sealer should form an unbroken membrane over the target surface. Spray application is the most frequent method. Every surface has some degree of irregularity, that’s why proper spray application requires skill and experience. The process may take some time because successful odor prevention depends upon construction of perpendicular to surface for even coverage.

If your business or property has experienced a fire, contact a licensed fire restoration company like SERVPRO of Ventura. It can remove any damaged property, remove soot and eliminate smoke odors.

Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

WHY DO SEWERS BACK UP DURING HEAVY RAINS AND HOW CAN YOU AVOID IT?

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

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WHY DO SEWERS BACK UP DURING HEAVY RAINS AND HOW CAN YOU AVOID IT?

When there are heavy rains, an abundance of water and debris end up in municipal sanitary sewers which overloads the sewer system. If there is more water than the sewer system can handle, excess water can flow backward into your home’s sewer line and overflow into your basement.

If a backup does occur, you realize that you aren’t dealing with the usual flood. Water from a sewer backup can bring hazardous materials into your home, so you’ll want to take every precaution possible to keep your family and your home safe.

Water restoration team can help remediate the issue in a timely and cost-effective manner, your best bet would to prevent the situation entirely. In order to prevent such issue, here are the most common causes of sewage backup:

  • Rain water overflows the storm drains
  • Vacant land was recently developed
  • Grassy area was recently paved over

How to prevent a sewer backup?

  • Have a plumber install check valves on your flood drains and all of your basement plumbing fixtures, a check valve lets water run out of the drain as designed but prevents water from flowing back into the drain.
  • Install old – ill-fitting sewer trap plugs with fit – all plugs

A backed- up sewer means blackwater. It can be costly and hazardous. It best to contact a water remediation team right away to assist cleanup efforts.  SERVPRO of Ventura can help you clean up the mess as quickly and inexpensive as possible.

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

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR LIBRARY IS FACING A WATER DAMAGE?

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

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Flooding, leakage, heavy rains, fire sprinklers due to fire are some of the reasons due to which water can enter library premises. It can damage library resources and infrastructure as well as disrupt for a long time. Heavy rains, wind driven hurricanes and cyclones also destroy collections. Apart from these natural causes, water come into a library from broken drainage pipes or seeps in through leakages from walls, or even from ground which can turn causes damages to books.

When water damage happens, you must react quickly to protect the structural integrity plus the contents of the building. In the case of a library the number of contents that have been damaged can be stressful and overwhelming to library staff. The longer the water is present the more hazardous conditions can become and more damage can spread destroying books, magazines, electronics and other resources. Wet paper is likely to attract mold and fungus thereby increasing the damage. This is why choosing the right restoration professionals for water damage this size is important. This require knowledge of available drying technologies and their effects on a variety of composite materials. Materials removed from site, should be prepared and packed in a manner most suitable for the drying method to be used.

SERVPRO of Ventura has expertise and tools to get job done. Our team can dry out and restore libraries. We help local library quickly pack out, remove books, magazines and other paper materials. We also get the job drying to mitigate damage to library itself.

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

HOW TO MANAGE VANDALISM TO YOUR COMMERCIAL PROPERTY?

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

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When owning a business, there are certain events you hope never occur, yet you plan for nonetheless. Vandalism is usually one of those things that is not thoroughly considered until it actually happens.

Vandalism is more than a headache for the owner. Its consequences can be tremendous. It can be damaged property from break- in, such as broken windows, doors or other entry points. It can also be more severe, involving dangerous substance and biohazard. Beyond the expense of repairs, it can result in the disruption of business and lost sales. If not repaired or cleaned up immediately, it can tarnish an organization’s image, as well as increase its chances of being a target for future crime.

SERVPRO OF VENTURA IS HERE TO GET YOU BACK TO NORMAL

 A restoration company like SERVPRO of Ventura can be there right away if you experience the damage that comes from vandalism. Our team will help you get back to work as soon as possible if your operations are disturbed. We are here to do whatever needed to ensure you can return to normal as soon as possible with minimum loss. We will assess the situation first to ensure that your location is safe for anyone who needs to be there. We will complete all repairs and restoration so that your property is good as new.

For professional cleaning services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

DOES SMOKE COLOR INFLUENCE THE DAMAGE FROM FIRES?

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

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

Which color does smoke commonly exhibit?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

  1. Know your flood risk

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

  1. Protect critical systems

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

  1. Create an emergency plan

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

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

ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS AFTER WATER DAMAGE

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

  1. Buzzling Wires

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

  1. Dangers of water damage and electrical wiring

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

  1. Potential for A fire

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

  1. Electric Shock

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

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

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

TYPES OF FLOODS THAT COULD AFFECT YOU

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

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TYPES OF FLOODS THAT COULD AFFECT YOU

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

Here are the most common floods that could affect you:

  1. Flash Floods

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

  1. River Floods

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

  1. Urban Floods

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

  1. Storm Surge

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

  1. Sewer Flooding

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

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

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

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 THINGS YOU SHOULD INCLUDE IN YOUR FIRE ESCAPE PLAN

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

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

  1. Identify All Exits

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

  1. Perform a Drill

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

  1. The Meeting Point

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

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

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

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

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

  1. Mold

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

  1. Insect infestation

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

  1. Wood Rot

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

  1. High Energy Bills

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

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

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

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

FIRE SAFETY EQUIPMENT YOU NEED FOR YOUR HOME

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

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FIRE SAFETY EQUIPMENT YOU NEED FOR YOUR HOME

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

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

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

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

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

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

SANDBAG ALTERNATIVES THAT WILL PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY FROM FLOODING

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

SANDBAG ALTERNATIVES THAT WILL PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY FROM FLOODING

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

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

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

  1. Plastic Poly Tubes

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

  1. Inflatable Barriers

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

  1. Transportable Fences

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

  1. Garbage Bags Filled with Dirt

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

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

HOW TO SAVE YOUR HOME FROM SUMMER STORM WATER DAMAGE?

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

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Every year, summer storm cause about billion dollars in property damage. High winds, flooding, tornadoes, lightning seems like a fairly benign season compared to the damage potential present during summer months. With summer come rainstorms, hail and flash flooding. While daydreaming about fun in the sun, don’t let your home get caught in the watery aftermath of a summer storm. From the top of the house to the bottom, here are few suggestions to prevent water damage in your home.

  1. Divert Water

Water pooling close to the home during heavy rain may seep into the structure of undermine a slab foundation. Ensure your surrounding landscape is graded so that water flows away from the house and into the yard.

  1. Secure the roof

Your roof takes the brunt of summer storms. Schedule an inspection by a roofing professional to check for split or missing shingles. Dislodged flashing, leaky skylights and other issues that cause indoor water damage from a heavy rain.

  1. Manage trees

Overhanging limbs can become an issue in high winds. If there any tree limbs that are close enough to strike the home are weak, dying or otherwise compromised, consider having these limbs or the whole tree removed.

  1. Seal your home with expert water damage restoration techniques.

If you have basement or sub-floor in your home, it needs to be sealed against water damage. Basement and foundations are often the spots that require water damage restoration, because they are naturally experience more exposure to groundwater and other moisture. Cracked foundations cause all sorts of problems for your home, but they are preventable and repairable with foundation sealing.

  1. Air Conditioner issues

Keeping you cool on hot summer day, a central A/C unit extracts gallons of water vapor form the air. If everything works right, it’s collected in the condensate drip pan, then conveyed down the drain line. If the drip pan or drain line is clogged, the pan overflows every time the system cycles on. Inspect the drip pan under the air handler. If you see standing water, contact an HVAC service technician to troubleshoot the drain system.

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

THE IMPORTANCE OF FIRE ESCAPE PLAN

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

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THE IMPORTANCE OF FIRE ESCAPE PLAN

Fire safety is the most utmost importance in any building. It should always be a main concern, no matter what type of business you run or how many people are employed.

Fires can be deadly. The speed at which a fire spreads through a facility varies based on the materials and causes of the blaze. Every emergency and fire restoration encourages every commercial property owner to create a fire escape plan. Many businesses do not know what entails. Escape plan should not be complicated. Below are components that requires in escape plan:

  1. Two Exit Minimum

Normally, a workplace must have at least two exit route to permit prompt evacuation of employees and other buildings occupants during emergency. If a room has only one exit, then people may become rapped if the fire overtakes that exit.

  1. Clear Pathways

All routes must be kept clear, including outside the premises that are included in the escape route. Make sure that hallways are free of clutter and that exit points are not blocked by shelving.

  1. Implementation and Practice

It is not enough to create exit strategies. Implementation is the only way to test effectiveness of a plan and put it in action. Routine practice should take place to ensure that every employee makes it safely without incident.

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

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

WHY CALL A PROFESSIONAL HELP AFTER INTERIOR FLOODING?

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

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WHY CALL A PROFESSIONAL HELP AFTER INTERIOR FLOODING?

Indoor flooding can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to your home and it’s a nightmare to clean up. When the flood enters a home, anything the water touches typically needs to replaced. This includes carpet, furniture, walls, floors and even structural components at a time. If hardwood floor was flooded, the excess water should be drained immediately. Hardwood flooring is expensive, whether you had flooding from pipe caused water to infiltrate your first floor, rapid action helps the best results.

Why enlist the help of SERVPRO when you have flood damage in your home? We can address damage to your hardwood flooring, such as:

  • Cupping – occurs as the moisture creates a downward bend or curve to the planks
  • Crowning – the leads planks to begin an upward arc. It happens because the boards are exposed to moisture imbalance over an extended period of time.
  • Buckling - when your floorboards rise, causing humps and uneven surfaces.

Homeowners have better chance of salvaging hardwood floors if they call for flood damage restoration. We at SERVPRO of Ventura handle extraction, drying and replacement of any unsalvageable flooring using controlled demolition methods.

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

SERVPRO OF VENTURA’S ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: HYDROXYL GENERATOR

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO OF VENTURA’S ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: HYDROXYL GENERATOR

What you need to know about Hydroxyl Generator?

Using a hydroxyl generator is safe in occupied areas for deodorization purposes. It is one of the most scientifically – advanced pieces of equipment we use to combat malodors and leave a property deodorized.

Hydroxyl generators have been successfully tested on fires and other restoration and bio jobs, including protein fires, floods, skunk odor, pet urine, musty odors and many other types of odors.

How it works?

Hydroxyl generators are used to eliminate odors and break down volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in indoor environment. UVA rays are emitted from the titanium dioxide photocatalytic lamps, where they can pass through a permanent coated super reactor screen, forming electron hole pairs that react with water and oxygen in the air to form free electrons and hydroxyl radicals that eliminate organic and inorganic gases and air pollutants.

Even with thorough cleaning, some odors require knowledge and equipment, you simply don’t have. Highly trained professionals at SERVPRO of Ventura are knowledgeable in this area. Our team consists of contractors and skilled technicians accredited from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

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

WHY IS BIOHAZARD REMEDIATION AND DISINFECTION SO NECESSARY AFTER A FLOOD?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

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WHY IS BIOHAZARD REMEDIATION AND DISINFECTION SO NECESSARY AFTER A FLOOD?

Cleaning up from a flood can seem like a daunting task. It is important to prepare and plan for how you’re going to deal with the damage. The first priority us your safety. Although your first impulse maybe to start cleaning, you need to protect yourself from potential hazards. The water may have contained sewage or other contaminants and the structure may not be safe.

Floodwaters are saturated with dirt and debris. Dirt and debris are left inside homes as the water subsides and must be removed and cleaned. Hidden in the soil and water are biohazards and chemicals that can be hazardous to human health and our pets.

SERVPRO of Ventura provides flood damage cleanup and biohazard remediation in your home and businesses. Our team is high trained and has experienced in dealing with biohazards of all types.

Below are substances often picked up by floodwaters:

  • Sewage
  • Viruses and bacteria
  • Human waste
  • Gasoline and oil
  • Chemicals from various containers damaged by floodwaters

Our restoration service includes removing the water, the debris and cleaning all surfaces using disinfectants to ensure a safe return to your home or business once everything is dried and repaired.

SERVPRO of Ventura use advance restoration equipment and techniques to clean up any type of damage including biohazard. Our highly trained and compassionate technicians are available 24/7 to return your home or business to a safe and livable condition through a non – toxic bioremediation process.

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?

CALL US SERVPRO of Ventura (805) 656-3911

CAN EMPLOYEES RETURN TO WORK DURING RESTORATION?

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

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CAN EMPLOYEES RETURN TO WORK DURING RESTORATION?

There are a few things must be done before employees can return to their workplace, especially if black water invades your business.

Black water is the term used to describe a type of liquid that presents a risk to the health of humans and animals upon exposure. This type of water harbors bacteria, viruses, chemicals or other debris, that’s why it is important not to allow anyone near the water. But you do not need to wait for the entire process to be complete as long as a few tasks are done ahead of time.

  1. Black Water Clean up

These waters are presumed to contain multiple and potentially harmful contaminant. Black water includes floodwaters containing soil and any sewage waters. All raw sewage is contaminated with microbes including bacteria, molds, fungi and viruses. When you hire a restoration company for flood cleanup, they will usually extract the standing water and then dry the area with special blowers.

  1. Demolition

Structural materials like drywall, flooring and carpeting that are damaged must be taken out. All these items will be replaced at the end of the restoration process.

  1. Disinfection

Items that came into contact with floodwater must be disinfected before it will be safe for your employees to return to work. This could include subfloors, walls, ceilings, baseboards or other materials.

  1. Resume Operation

After disinfection, rebuild process will begin. The building may resemble a construction site during the phase. It is important to check with your restoration company to ensure it is safe for your employees to be onsite. You can use air filtration devices to help ensure a safe working environment once you have approval.

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

HOW TO GIVE CLIENTS AN ACCURATE ESTIMATE FOR FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION?

5/31/2021 (Permalink)

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HOW TO GIVE CLIENTS AN ACCURATE ESTIMATE FOR FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION?

Once the fiery blaze that engulfs a home is extinguished, fire damage restoration is the next step to turn the property to a habitable condition. The cost of fire damage cleanup varies widely and is determined by a number of circumstances unique to each structure. Homeowners whose property has been affected by fire have one question. “How much does a fire restoration cost?

There are lot of different factors that need to be considered when working with fire damage. When planning to remediate a building, there are many factors will impact the projected cost. Contractors will not only understand the work they will be performing but also they need to predict the materials they will need. Restoration companies must follow the system below to give clients the most accurate estimate possible.

  1. Choose a format

Choosing a solid format is the first step to create an accurate estimate, so you don’t exclude anything from your predictions. You can choose several formats from the following:

  • Story of Loss
  • Top to bottom
  • Workflow
  1. Include Pre – Work Items

You should include in your estimate for each room is the materials you will need to conduct your preparatory work. This will include tools you need, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and environmental control equipment.

  1. Add Removal Cost

A fire restoration professional will need to confirm the damage’s scope and what need to be removed. This applies to both contents and actual structure. Look for any materials that flames, soot, smoke or water has damaged beyond repair and calculate the costs of removing them.

Estimating damage is a crucial step in the restoration process. This information will dictate your insurance company what will and will not be covered, repaired/ replaced, or left as is.

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

COMMERCIAL FLOOD DAMAGE IN YOUR GAS STATION?

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

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HOW TO MANAGE COMMERCIAL FLOOD DAMAGE IN YOUR GAS STATION?

Intensity and frequency of storms are often cause severe destruction to buildings and facilities. The operation of fuel tanks and electric pumps is affected because of flooding. Heavy rainfall and rushing water can erode the ground around buried utilities. This can potentially cause breaks in gas mains, making it possible for water to get into the system and result in customers losing gas service.

The worst risk to a gas station is buoyancy, if the underground storage tanks are empty and end up underwater, they can be subject to buoyant forces that offset the restrain of pavement, causing the reservoirs to shift from their location. To manage commercial flood in gas station, you will need a water removal, dry out and restoration service to mitigate destruction and complications linked to exposure of water and moisture.

Other gas stations have convenience store that sell drinks and car supplies. Floodwaters can cause loss of inventory and equipment failures. After floodwaters recede, there could be debris on the floor of the convenience store, the area where customers refuel vehicles and others areas of your gas station. We can use rakes to remove them. If standing water is present, water damage restoration technicians can begin water extractions process quickly using portable pumps to remove water on the floor and restricted areas. SERVPRO of Ventura dump the wastewater in a sanitary sewer.

We at SERVPRO of Ventura uses air moving and dehumidification equipment to dry out the affected areas. To create adequate airflows across the damp areas, we position enough air movers. We maintain a balance between the air movers and dehumidifiers to dry structure and contents. We use EPA-approved disinfectants to sanitize the areas. We also deodorize your business premises using the following equipment:

  • Thermal fogger
  • Hydroxyl generators
  • Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers

If floodwater have entered your gas station, SERVPRO OF Ventura is ready to assist you to remove water and dry out affected areas.

 Please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

AFTER WATER INTRUSION, YOUR HOME IS VULNERABLE TO ELECTICAL HAZARDS

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

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After any type of water damage, everyone is in a hurry to get things cleaned up and back to normal. From electrical fires to electric shock and even death, the dangers associated with live electricity during and following a flood should be taken seriously. While any disaster can cause electrical safety hazards, the mixture of water and electricity is very serious.

Water intrusion into an indoor environment causes significant safety concerns. If you are entering a wet property, you should take extra care to wear protective equipment and avoid electrical products. When water damage strikes your home, it is essential to maintain solid safety standards. SERVPRO of Ventura technicians use a non-contact voltage meter to assess whether electrical currents are running through devices, wires or bodies of water. Drying equipment such as electrical submersible pumps, air overs, dehumidifiers must be used in dry areas of home or with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI).

  • Portable GFCIs allow technicians to convert regular plug sockets or power from generators into water – safe outlets.
  • To avoid condensation damages, electrical devices exposed to water can be maintained at a dew point.
  • We use circuit analyzers to ensure that power boards are not overloaded.

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

USING THE SAME TEAM FOR MITIGATION AND RESTORATION

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

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USING THE SAME TEAM FOR MITIGATION AND RESTORATION

When you need fire, water damage restoration or mold remediation, you need a professional restoration you can trust to cleanup and repair your property and get it back to normal. Many homeowners and business owners will hire different companies to handle each processes. Below are key benefits in finding one team that is certified that is both mitigation and restoration.

  1. ASSESSMENT

Benefit of hiring the same company to do the whole job is apparent in the assessment phase. After you call fire mitigation experts to start the repair, you will need to call next is the insurance provider. The insurance adjuster completes a walkthrough of the property, but experts itemizes the expenses your payout should cover: material removal, soot and smoke clean up and restoration of the property.

It is more challenging to know what kind of restoration will be done if you different technicians to handle mitigation steps and rebuilding process. If same team will do the whole process, they can report the overall picture more clearly.

  1. EFFICIENCY

Extensive fire damage interrupts the operation of your business. The less time of interruption, the more your business is to make it through with a little loss of income. If same technician will clean the mess the fire left behind, and to restore the structure, you don’t need to worry about communication. The entire process from assessment to finishing will go smoothly and quickly. When you use the same team for both mitigation and restoration, the entire process is much more efficient. You can get back to business faster.

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

FLOOD DAMAGE WASTE WATER DISPOSAL AFTER A STORM

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

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FLOOD DAMAGE WASTE WATER DISPOSAL AFTER A STORM

Floodwaters contain many things that may harm health. We don’t know exactly what is in floodwater at any given point in time. It may contain chemicals. Biohazards and debris that may be harmful to the environment and the population. There are guidelines for the disposal of wastewater, including contaminated water from a flood.

We at SERVPRO of Ventura, follow local and state guidelines for disposal of flood damage wastewater. There are guidelines we follow in order to meet any local requirements as needed.

Below are general rules for disposal of flood damage wastewater:

  • Do not dump wastewater in septic tanks and waterways.
  • Utilized a licensed wastewater treatment facility if sanitary line is not available.
  • A Biohazard Firm must handle wastewater with biohazards
  • Wastewater is filtered to prevent insoluble fibers form being released.
  • Allow clean, gray and black water to be disposed in treated sanitary sewer line.

Professionals are trained to safely clean and remove biohazardous contaminants and dispose them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

SERVPRO of Ventura use advance restoration equipment and techniques to clean up any type of damage including biohazard. Professionals are trained to safely clean and remove bio hazardous contaminants and dispose them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. Our highly trained and compassionate technicians are available 24/7 to return your home or business to a safe and livable condition.

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

TOP OF THE LINE CLEANING PRODUCTS

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

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TOP OF THE LINE CLEANING PRODUCTS

SERVPRO of Ventura, your local mitigation, remediation and restoration company, carries top of the line products to take care of all your needs. We use general cleaning products that you cannot find in your local store. We at SERVPRO have our own staff of scientists that work to formulate the best and most effective products to take care of your losses.

Our products have their own labels that specify the proper use and ingredients of the product. We are using the safest “green” products. Plant based and hospital grade disinfecting solution that will not harm humans or animals. Our technicians have knowledge and can explain each product and answer all your questions you may have.

SERVPRO of Ventura has highly trained professionals in property mitigation, remediation, and restoration. Our technicians receive continuous training throughout their career at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO of Ventura provides a comprehensive approach for the restoration and recovery of your damaged home after a disaster. Our team consists of contractors and skilled technicians accredited from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

If you have any questions regarding the products, please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

SERVPRO of Ventura: CUSTOMER SAFETY IS IMPORTANT

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO OF VENTURA: CUSTOMER SAFETY IS IMPORTANT

No matter how nice you are. No matter how polite your customer service team members are, if a customer is injured because of unsafe products and services, it is nearly impossible to recover from the negative blow your costumer experience will take.

At SERVPRO of Ventura, we believe taking care of our customers is about more than just completing the job. It is how you do that job, what tools you use and by making customer safety a top priority. This may require added costs but we believe that there are no shortcuts when it comes to providing services for our customers. Here are steps we take to ensure the safety of our customers.

  1. Product
  • We are using the safest “green” products. Plant based and hospital grade disinfecting solution that will not harm humans or animals.
  1. Training and Certification
  • Our technicians undergo training to ensure that they utilize proper techniques for safe environments for our crew and our customers.
  • IICRC Certification
  • OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 Certification
  1. Protocols and Standard
  • Proper Containment
  • Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned
  • PPE
  • Proper disposal of biohazard waste

SERVPRO of Ventura provide a comprehensive approach for the restoration and recovery your damaged home after a disaster. Our team consists of contractors and skilled technicians accredited from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

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

CHOOSING A STORM RESTORATION COMPANY

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

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CHOOSING A STORM RESTORATION COMPANY

Natural disasters can occur at any time. Many disasters cannot be avoided. When severe storms roll through your area, storm damage repair contractor follows. Selecting the right storm damage contractor is challenging.

Storm restoration involves a comprehensive approach to damage and the skillset to different jobs in order to restore the property. Their professionals should know how to handle water damage, mold remediation and construction projects. One storm can cause a variety of damage throughout the home.

Many contractors take the same approach. So how do you know which storm damage repair contractor is going to help you repair the damage quickly, effectively and with as little hassle as possible?

  1. Experience
  • Storm restoration is not the same as handling a typical restoration job. Select a storm damage repair contractor that has been in the business and has a proven track record. Check on review site to see what thought of their experience with the storm damage repair contractor your considering.
  1. Insurance, Warranties and Relations
  • If the company has no idea how insurance payments work or what is expected of them when working with home insurance companies, that company would not be the right one to choose. Storm restoration company should know how to navigate the confusing world of insurance to ensure that the job is done the right way and paid for properly through the insurance company.
  1. Competent crew
  • Choose a storm damage repair contractor with a crew that makes you feel comfortable and helps you understand what is going on with your repair.
  1. Certification
  • Professional certification in the restoration industry include the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification(IICRC) and personal certifications under the American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC) or the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA). The company should have specialists who with them and meet high quality certification standards.
  1. 24/7 availability
  • The first 24 to 48 hours following a storm are crucial for restoration. For water damage. Water should be extracted and treat for mold before it has a chance to take root. Storm restoration company should be available to begin work as soon as possible.

If you're looking for storm restoration services, then contact the team 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. Call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911. We have a 24/7 Hotline.

WHAT COMES AFTER THE STORM?

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

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WHAT COMES AFTER THE STORM?

When a storm suddenly hits your home or business, the damages and repercussions can be overwhelming. It makes sense to worry in the beginning about torn roofs, debris damage, water mitigation and more.

When the storm is over, there are other concerns that deserve to be met like mold damage.

After a natural disaster such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods, excess moisture and standing water contribute to the growth of mold in homes and other buildings. When returning to a home that has been flooded, be aware that mold maybe present and maybe a health risk for your family. When considering mold, here a few different odors that can point you the direction of where, why and how:

  1. Dry the Flooded Area

Standing water should be removed using sump pump. Remaining dampness, should be cleaned by professionals using heavy duty floor fans to promote air. Using a dehumidifier can help remove moisture from air.

  1. Lingering Odors

Carpets, drywall and flooring that are too damage should be removed for remediation. This should help with getting rid of some odor, but pay attention because certain smells may remain. SERVPRO of Ventura can provide ozone machines and other odor fighting remedies.  They also test for mold in certain areas of your home or your business.

  1. Air Quality

You should replace furnace and air filters once every three months. It is good to acquire a high –efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA) to remove substances that entered the air through flood water.

If you're looking for storm restoration services, then contact the team 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. Call SERVPRO of Ventura  at (805) 656-3911. We have a 24/7 Hotline.

HOW TO HANDLE A WATER MAIN BREAK TO MINIMIZE DAMAGE?

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

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HOW TO HANDLE A WATER MAIN BREAK TO MINIMIZE DAMAGE?

A break in a water main typically affects roads and the surroundings properties, causing water damage to residential and commercial property. If you live near a water main, you are also risk costly. When water main breaks in your area, there are certain steps you should take in order to protect you, your family and your plumbing system, form potential damage and contaminants. Here are what you need to do during and after repairs.

What is a water main break?

A water main break is the main pipe that provides water throughout the city or town. Most water mains and other pipes are all underground or usually under the street and sidewalks.

Water main breaks occurs when a hole or crack in the pipes cause water to remove to the surface. Pressure in the water main causes water to flow continuously, so when a leak occurs, water run continuously until the issue is fixed.

What causes water main breaks?

Water main breaks are caused by a combination of the ground temperature and the water temperature. Sudden changes in the temperature will cause the ground to contract or expand. Changes in pressure on the pipes will create a hole at weak points in the main. Water will hen leak from this crack.

How are water mains break fixed?

As soon as the problem is reported and inspected, the area is blocked off if there is damage to the road. The pipe is then excavated and the water re –outed to minimize service disruption. The water main is then repaired.

What to do after a water main break?

One of the first things you should do after the main water line breaks is call the local water department and report what happened. The sooner they are aware of the issue, the sooner services will resume normally, and the extent of water damages are mitigated. Don’t drink the tap water and avoid using he bath or shower, laundry machines or the dishwasher or any water source if possible. Limit the amount of water use while water main break is releasing. Inspect your property to see if there is any water damage. Inspect your basement and crawl spaces impacted by water. Document any changer from the water main break that you find. Contact your insurance agent and professional water restoration service to assist with water removal and remediation.

Water damage experts like SERVPRO of Ventura will be able to tell what exactly the damage is, where and what are the steps in order to correct everything.

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

6 COMMON TYPES OF FIRE DAMAGE TO HOMES

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

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House fires are a homeowner’s nightmare. It is not something that any family wants to deal with. When homeowners hear fire damage, most tend to think that they can experience variant of this damage.

There are few types of fire damage and they’re often identified by looking at how the fire started in the first place. The damage your property sustains will depend on the type of fire damage, which is divides into 6 classes.

  1. Class A

According to experts, this kind of fire damage is one of the most common that occurs in the United States. It is the result of fire involving solids, including various plastics, papers, rubbers, woods and cloth.

  1. Class B

This type of fire damage is said to stem from fires caused by flammable liquids such as gasoline and various forms of petrol, oil, waxes and event paint.

  1. Class C

Fire Damage comes from gases like hydrogen, propane, butane, natural gas. Class C fire damage can also be classified as kitchen fires since butane and propane are often used in cooking.

  1. Class D

This type of fire damage consists of fires caused by combustible metals like magnesium, potassium and sodium.

  1. Class E

This fire damage that results from the factors of in both Class A and Class B. However, Class E introduces electrical elements into the fray. It means that Class E fire damage can sometimes occur due to electrical fires caused by faulty wiring, worn out appliances, and improper use of electrical outlets.

  1. Class F

This fire damage are the fires that occur due to cooking oils and fats from frying that were left unattended.

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

WHICH CLEANING PRODUCTS CAN HELP WITH FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION?

4/23/2021 (Permalink)

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WHICH CLEANING PRODUCTS CAN HELP WITH FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION?

Fire cause damage to homes and their contents. After the fire, carpets, draperies, upholstered furniture and clothing usually renovate after a fire, except if is burnt or severely water damaged items.

Fire creates types of smoke of smoke damage; the visible soot and invisible odor. Each fire is different and isn’t possible to provide one set of guidelines from removing and odor. Smoke odor from wood could react differently to certain cleaning products than smoke odor from plastics. Soot has a way of coating all kinds of surfaces to leave your home looking black and beyond repair.

Isn’t easy to remove soot and smoke odors without professional assistance. We at SERVPRO of Ventura suggest that you do not start cleaning yourself. It is better to wait for the professionals because our technicians have to tools to help. We have access to highly effective cleaning products that are not sold in regular stores. Our teams are trained on using various products to minimize the risk of damage to your home or business.

Our cleaning products includes:

  • Dry cleaning solvents that are ideal for cleaning drapes and materials without using water.
  • Carpet cleaners to restore your floor coverings.
  • Volatile dry solvents that are designed for cleaning all fabrics
  • Wood oil soap to clean wood surfaces such as chairs and tables.

If your business or property has experienced a fire, contact a licensed fire restoration company like SERVPRO of Ventura. It can remove any damaged property, remove soot and eliminate smoke odors.

Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura  at (805) 656-3911.

PRIORITIZE THIS 3 AREAS TO REDUCE THE CHANCES OF MOLD BUILDUP

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

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PRIORITIZE THIS 3 AREAS TO REDUCE THE CHANCES OF MOLD BUILDUP

Mold are fungus that have different types. They can occur both indoors and outdoors. They produce spores, which spread by floating around in the air. They can grow on variety of surfaces, including fabric, papers, wood, glass and plastic. Molds eat the materials they grow on; those materials end up damaged or degraded.

It is crucial to prevent mold infestations in your home or commercial building. However, you cannot do it by preventing moisture alone. Mold is unable to digest inorganic materials such as concrete, glass and metal, but it can digest and grow on the dirt, dust and organic residue that accumulates on them, so it is important to clean your home or business regularly.

  1. General Surfaces

Mold feeds on any organic material around. Dust is one of these prominent, which is composed of bacteria, dead skin cells, soil and more. Dust gathers on surface that is not cleaned regularly. Regular cleaning of the entire location is important. Target obvious surfaces and tight corners where dust accumulates.

  1. Air Vents

The best way to prevent mold air in your air duct is to keep the HVAC ducts clean. When your ducts go a long time without being cleaned, mold can begin to build up and impact home’s air quality for the worse. When it comes to cleaning your ducts, contact HVAC professional.

  1. Carpets and Rugs

Carpeting is an area of the home that can be at risk for mold growth, Mold needs moisture, oxygen, a food source and a surface to grow on. If spores land on a wet or damp area that contains dust, mold growth will follow. Carpets and rugs can provide an ample breeding ground for mold if conditions are right. Prevent mold growth with dedicated carpet cleaning and vacuuming. Place mats in each entrance to reduce carpet contamination.

If you think that your home or business needs some CLEANING, we at SERVPRO of Ventura  are here to help. Call us at (805) 656-3911. All of our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities.

HOW DO PROFESSIONAL RESTORATION SERVICE REDUCE WATER DAMAGE?

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

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HOW DO PROFESSIONAL RESTORATION SERVICE REDUCE WATER DAMAGE?

When a home suffers severe water damage, a professional should be called immediately. Water will quickly spread and cause damage, as porous building materials and furnishing absorbs the excess and moisture in your property. The more they absorb, the more damage will suffer. Moisture is also the deal condition for the growth of molds, bacteria, viruses and encourages the presence of pests such as rodents and insects. The pathogens become higher if the moisture is contaminated such as flood water or sewage backflow. Engineering controls are example of how organizations can improve the efficiency of repair. Creating containment can involve erecting tents and sealing off certain areas. A decontamination chamber can be installed to prevent waste from being spread form room to another.

  • HVAC systems are switched off with both return and supply sides over with a polyethylene sheet
  • Solid waste is sealed in thick polyethylene bags for transportation out of the property
  • Negative air pressure can prevent airborne contaminants

SERVPRO of Ventura provide a comprehensive approach for the restoration and recovery your damaged home after a water disaster. Our team consists of contractors and skilled technicians accredited from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

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

COMMON PROPERTY RESTORATION MYTHS

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

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COMMON PROPERTY RESTORATION MYTHS

There have been plenty of misconception regarding restoration procedures throughout the years. These theories may have been true in the past when the technology wasn’t as advanced. However, professional restoration companies see beyond these misconceptions and apply the right course of action in mitigating and restoring damages. If a property owner doesn’t take the right action due to these misconceptions, they could end up dealing with more severe damage which is avoidable. Here are the common property myths and truth behind them.

Myth 1: Replacing costs less than restoring

Restoration services like mitigation and cleaning contents are most cost – effective than replacing items. This can vary with circumstances. As times, replacement is the only option. For instance, if after a fire disaster, smoke and soot residues were not properly removed from surfaces, the damaged contents must be replaced. A trained restoration company can effectively remove smoke and soot residues, avoiding a large amount of replacement on the part of the owner. A professional restoration technician will always prioritize mitigation. The process prevents further damage and reduces more loss.

Myth 2: Cleaning your carpet will get them dirty faster

Inefficient carpet shampooing left a soap residue that could attract dirt faster than before it was cleaned. Nowadays, restoration professionals use advance techniques than can both flushes and rinses carpets, preventing the misconception from happening.

Myth 3: Drying process is complete once the carpets are dry

Drying process is complete only when all the structural items, such as cement floors and walls are totally dry. Professionals use advance meters and sensors to measure moisture levels. This is important to carry out the result, which is a complete dry structure.

Myth 4: A fire damage home will always smell like smoke

Smoke soot is more damaging than ordinary dirt or dust, prompt cleaning actions are crucial. Neutralizing smoke soot immediately after a fire can reduce losses. If you don’t clean smoke immediately after a fire, the valuables of your home may suffer irreversible damage, due to acidic nature of the smoke particles.

Myth 5: DIY is cheaper than hiring a restoration company

This situation can be true in some cases, if, for instance, the damage was just a cause of a small leak or grease fire. You can use household products to clean the damage. However, a homeowner must extremely careful. A mishandling repair can cost more in the long run. Hiring a restoration company can help you save more money.

When in doubt, always consult trained professional restoration company, such as SERVPRO of Ventura. We utilized advance products and systems for restoring a wide variety of different damaged contents.

Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

3 AREAS NEED TO INSPECT TO PROTECT YOUR HOME FROM COSTLY WATER DAMAGE

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

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One of the last things a homeowner ever wants to deal with is water damage. There are thousands of people in the U.S. experience a water damage emergency at home each day. Water damage from leaks and floods is often unexpected and costly. Homeowners have savings set aside for home maintenance, water damage isn’t something most people budget for. To protect your home against costly water damage, here are three areas that need to inspect.

  1. Bathroom

Water damage repair is an expensive and lengthy process. Bathroom are the most susceptible areas t water damage due to toilets, showers and sinks. Pipes can rust and begin leaking overtime. You should periodically conduct pipe inspections and pay attention for any musty smells or water stains that may indicate you need water damage repair.

  • Test valves for your toilet, shower and sink to ensure they are properly working
  • Check faucet supply lines
  • Replaced deteriorating caulking along sinks, tubs and showers
  • Call professional if you notice clog in your sink
  1. Kitchen

Your kitchen can potentially a major source of water damage in the home. Start by inspecting the appliances in your kitchen. Check the floor around the refrigerator and dishwasher. If you notice a moisture have the appliance repaired by professional immediately. Always check the connections to your dishwasher.

  1. Roof

You can’t control weather, but you can take actions to protect your roof from heavy rain and water damage. Rain water damage can be stressful issue from homeowners. Moisture form rain has the potential to damage your home’s structural integrity with mold, rotting and even cracks. Be sure to keep rain gutters and downspout free from debris prevent clogs, and position downspout to direct water away from the house. Have your roof inspected by a professional on a regular basis. It is good to monitor your walls and ceilings for leaks on your own, a trained professional has the expertise essential in spotting the signs of roof damage early.

Water damage experts like SERVPRO of Ventura will be able to tell what exactly the damage is, where and what are the steps in order to correct everything.

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

MOLD: IS IT HIDING IN THE BUILDING YOU ARE BUYING?

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

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MOLD: IS IT HIDING IN THE BUILDING YOU ARE BUYING?

No one wants a property with a mold problem. Unfortunately, these little spores aren’t always easy to detect. If you’re buying a house or a building, you may wonder whether you need a mold inspection. These inspections can be costly, if you want to buy a property, look for these signs that you may need to call a mold inspector.

  1. Interior humidity levels are high

An indoor humidity level is too high when it’s above 50 percent. At this level, your home or building is susceptible go increased dust mite infestation, as well as mildew, mold growth and bacteria. Damp spaces are ideal breeding grounds for mold and bacteria.

  1. Visible signs of Water Damage

Most of us like to think that we will be able to spot sign of water damage in a property. If water damage is not cleaned up thoroughly, he remaining moisture can lead to mold growth. Visible signs of past water damage, such as stains, peeling or warped walls and floors, indicate that past cleanup efforts were inadequate.

  1. Record Disclose Past Water Damage

Burst pipes or leak causes water damage, moisture can remain and lead to mold growth. Mold destroys the surface while it grows which cause hidden structural damage.

  1. Ordinary Inspections Indicates Leaks

Early detection can save your money and avert potential disaster. A general inspection to a building costs less than a mold specialist. Inspection can call attention to issues other than mold. Choose some inspectors who use thermal imager as part of their inspection. Thermal imaging can indicate hidden leaks or damp areas.

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

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

FIRE: HOW DOES IT SPREAD?

4/2/2021 (Permalink)

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FIRE: HOW DOES IT SPREAD?

A fire is one of the most devastating situations a homeowner will ever face. Understanding the causes and behavior of fires will keep your property and family safe.

Most home and business fires start within the building. Many house fires begin in the kitchen. All it takes is a drop of grease to splatter out of a hot pan on to a gas flame and you have a dangerous kitchen fire. Another example is careless smoking, especially around textiles is a significant cause of house fire. Smoldering cigarette dropped into a trash can full of paper could ignite into flames. If he fire is not extinguished immediately, it could spread through the structure.

What is fire?

Fire is a chemical process of combustion releasing heat, light and various reaction. It requires three things to occur: oxygen, fuel and an ignition source. These three ingredients are needed to ignite and sustain a fire.

How does fire spread?

A fire can spread through your property very quickly. It only takes a few seconds for a smoldering ash or spark to ignite a curtain or a couch cushion. In just a few minutes, the flame can sweep the entire room.

  • Chemical and combustibles

When fire comes in contact with chemicals, household cleaners and paints, the fire will become more aggressive and encourage it to spread.

  • Open space

A building with limited interior structure urns much faster than one with a hallways and closed doors because walls and doors trap the fire and prevent the flames and smoke from spreading.

  • Materials

Buildings made of concrete and steel are more resistive to fire than and curb the spread of fire than made of wood frames.

  • Ventilation

HVAC ventilation system offer a conduit through which smoke and flames can travel from room to room or floor to floor.

  • Water

Do not use water, especially in the kitchen where the fire may be fueled by grease. Water will simply spread the flames, rather than extinguish them.

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

WHY FAST RESPONSE SO IMPORTANT FOR WATER DAMAGE?

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

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It’s very important to act quickly after your home has been struck by water damage and flooding. The first 24 to 48 hours are critical. The more time that goes by before extraction and drying process begins, the more damage the property will endure. If you act fast and get residential water damage restoration service on the scene to clean up and dry out your house, you will have the greater chance of saving your possessions and avoid further damage from rot, mold and bacteria.

Fast Response is the single most critical factor in restoring water damaged materials. SERVPRO of Ventura averages of 1-hour response time for all emergency service calls. The longer the moisture is present, the more time for building to absorb and consequently breakdown structure. When water damage affects your home, it can travel through walls, under floorboards and around all surrounding materials. When water is allowed to sit, it will begin to saturate everything around it. Structural materials, like wood and drywall absorb water, they will start to swell. Cracking and deterioration will begin to occur once full saturation is achiever. If water is not dried completely as quickly as possible, water will spread to the materials and will cause a structural damage and microbial growth.

Carpet and carpet pad is like a sponge, soaking up water and bacteria. If you experience storm and flood damage to your home call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911. We know how important quick response to water damage is, that’s why we are reliable 24/7 for immediate assistance.

3 REASONS WHY PRETESTING IS IMPORTANT

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If you discovered a water damage on your property, it is important to know the cause of the damage.  Usually, leak is the cause of water damage on property and we can control it right away. The next step is to know the extent of the damage and how much will be the cost to complete the repairs. To do this, pre-testing process is essential.

Pre-testing is very important to help determine the type of damage as what can be stored as well as what needs to be replaced. It also helps determine which cleaning procedure will be the most effective.

  1. Identify the Type of Water

Identifying the type of water that caused the damage is very important factor in how long it will take to clean up and how much will it cost to complete the repair.

3 Categories of water

  • White (1)
  • Gray (2)
  • Black water (3)

Without pre- testing, you may be quoted for clean-up, category 3 water will impact the cost on insurance claim.

  1. Manage Furniture

Furniture and cabinets that are not easily removed will be factored into cleanup process. Furniture will be raised to clean the underneath and restore the damaged. Make sure to take a photo of everything for insurance agent.

  1. Inspect the Area

 The biggest factor in remediation is the extent of the damage. Water damage experts like SERVPRO of Ventura will be able to tell what exactly the damage is, where and what are the steps in order to correct everything.

Always take time to understand the damage before undertaking any remediation project.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to callSERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

SERVPRO OF VENTURA’S ULTRASONIC CLEANING CAN BENEFIT YOUR BUSINESS

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Ultrasonic cleaning is a technology that can remove contaminants that other machines cannot do. It is highly effective in the removal of contaminants, dirt and dust, oil and grease, chemical residues, calcium deposits, carbon deposits, rust, metal particles and miscellaneous debris.

At SERVPRO of VENTURA, we have a 4 – part system:

PRE WASH
Using the first tank as our pre –wash tank which uses compressed air and chemicals. It removes the bulk of debris on contents.

ULTRASONIC

Ultrasonic tank is the second tank. This uses generators and create a tiny bubbles collide with the contents. They suck the dirt, soot or debris of the contents.

RINSE

The third tank is the rinsing tank. In such cases, distilled water and deionized water are often use to remove all traces of cleaning solution residues after parts are removed from cleaning bath.

DRYING

In this component, a drying cabinet is powerful enough to dry electronics before they rust. The drying process dramatically reduces overall drying time and prevents the accumulation of moisture as well as the resulting of corrosion and spotting.

If you need your contents cleaned, we at SERVPRO of Ventura are here to help. Call us at (805) 656-3911.

MOLD REMEDIATION VS. MOLD REMOVAL

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

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MOLD REMEDIATION VS. MOLD REMOVAL

Most of us tend to think that mold remediation is the same as mold removal. Others confuse with the two terms as well. Well the truth is, there is a significant difference between mold removal and mold remediation. Below explain the differences to help us understand exactly what our mold removal team means when we reference one of these service.

What is Mold Remediation?

It focuses on taking actions that return mold levels back to a natural level. This does not remove all of the mold on the property. Mold remediation process commences with the taking of air samples. This addresses the causes of a mold outbreak to help stop it from happening all over again. SERVPRO of Ventura have professionals that have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or your business.

What is mold removal?

This is necessary when there is mold build up. A low level of mold will not require a mold removal. If the mold gradually accumulates and it is dangerous to health, the mold must be removed. Mold inspection will be performed, to determine if mold is present, measure its level and remove if it’s necessary. Our team at SERVPRO of Ventura knows exactly where to look for moisture that leads to mold growth.

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

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

FLOOD ZONE DETERMINATION

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

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FLOOD ZONE DETERMINATION

Flooding is the most common natural disaster and one of the few natural disaster that can affect every home. Flood is an overflow of water on land which usually dry. It only means that flood can come from natural resources or man-made sources. Buying property comes with a lot of administrative paper works and requirements. One of those requirements is that mortgage lenders must determine whether the property lies in a flood zone area.

Federal Emergency Management Agency maintains official flood zone maps, which designate areas with the greatest risk of flooding. To find the designation of your home, go to FEMA’s Map Service Center and enter your address.

FEMA’ flood map falls into three main zone.

  1. High Risk zone

High risk flood areas begin with letter A or V on FEMA flood maps. These areas are risk of flooding. It also referred as 100-year floodplain. This zone experiences 1 percent catastrophic flood each year. If you are in high risk zone, flood insurance is usually required.

  1. Moderate to Low risk zone

Moderate to Low risk areas begin with letter B, C or X on FEMA flood maps. These areas are outside the 1 percent floodplain, so flood insurance is not required.

  1. Undetermined Risk Zone

Undetermined Risk areas begin with letter D or may not have FEMA flood code. No flood analysis has been conducted in these areas, but a flood risk still exists. Flood insurance rates reflect the uncertainty of the flood code.

Regardless of circumstances –damage from storms or floods. Call SERVPRO of Ventura. Our team are standing to provide water damage restoration to return the property to a pre loss condition.

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

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOOT WEBS

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOOT WEBS

As fire restoration specialists, SERVPRO of Ventura have seen a lot of fire damage homes and businesses. The extent of the damage is very evident especially on walls and ceilings of homes. Attic is the most extensive part or tapped between walls, we cannot see the damage if we will not dig in for inspection.

Black Spider webs are one of the most common visible instances of fire damage. These spider webs are called “Soot Tags’’ and these will spring out of nowhere after a fire. These webs don’t have anything to do with spider webs.

Soot tags form in areas of circulation when petroleum /synthetic based sources burn. When plastic burn, the smoke carries a stronger charge than when wood, cotton or paper burns. Sometimes, this causes residue to form “smoke webs” where the walls and ceiling come together.

 In a fire, the heat fire moves into colder areas since the seek to create equilibrium. The soot is riding the air with heat soot particles follow the air into those colder areas with low circulation and are able to concentrate. The soot is a product of a combustion of particles themselves are charged which create a chains of soot or soot tags.

If your home or business is affected by smoke or fire damage give us a call. Smoke cleaning is a job left to an experienced team of professionals in SERVPRO of Ventura. Our Technicians have skills and equipment to thoroughly remove the thickest layers of soot and restore heavily damaged areas.

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

SERVPRO OF VENTURA: TROUBLESHOOT HARD-TO-SPOT WATER DAMAGE ISSUES

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Water cleanup is a challenging task. It’s not simple as drying off visible water. Many materials in the home are porous, allowing them to absorb water deep beneath the surface. No matter what type of water damage, an average person cannot perform water restoration easily. Although each situation is unique in determining the outcome, there can easily arise of minor issues such as moisture movement. SERVPRO of Ventura have skilled technicians, they can identify problem and ensure that the job is done correctly.

What is moisture movement?

The process by which moisture moves through a porous medium, such as wall construction, as a result of differences in vapor pressure. Moisture movement can complicate water removal from your home by necessitating sophisticated removal procedures to reach hidden areas.

4 Main Methods of moisture movement

  • Vapor diffusion
  • Air movement
  • Capillary action
  • Liquid flow

How to stop moisture movement?

  • Expediting water extraction to limit the liquid flow
  • Running dehumidifiers to manage humidity and moisture
  • Flood cuts

SERVPRO of Ventura have different types of water removal equipment which ease removal under different circumstances. If you have any questions about water damage, please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

HOMEOWNERS WHO NEED SPECIALIZED CLEANING SOLUTIONS CAN COUNT ON SERVPRO OF VENTURA FOR SUPPORT

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

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It only takes 30 seconds for a small flame to turn into a full-blown life-threatening fire. In as little as 30 seconds a small flame can become a major fire. It causes damage throughout the whole house. Homeowners are surprised to see soot on their things, inside cabinets and curtains. Restoration team can provide a comprehensive plan focusing on minimizing your loss.

Call SERVPRO of Ventura to develop a plan with fire damage. Our highly trained technicians respond immediately to your residential, keeping in mind safe precautions and aiming for a full restoration with minimal disruption. During inspection, we recommend offsite services to clean and store items that would suffer more damage if left in the home.

Can flooring be saved after a fire?

Many factors play in mind whether to restore or discard flooring following a fire. If the flooring materials are burnt and scorched, it most likely need to replace the scorched area. Some wood floors can be sanded down if the burn is not deep, and it will need to be assessed by professional. If the damage is mainly smoke odor or stains, the floor can be restored and deodorized.

A restoration professional can help with the process and minimize your loss by utilizing appropriate knowledge and equipment.

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

HOW TO DETERMINE IF A HOME HAS WATER DAMAGE OR TERMITE DAMAGE?

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

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HOW TO DETERMINE IF A HOME HAS WATER DAMAGE OR TERMITE DAMAGE?

Homeowners can easily confuse termite damage and water damage. Termites can create high – moisture nests and often similar to signs of water damage. We see two types of damage in our homes: termite damage and water damage, but the question is “how can you tell the difference between the two?”

Water damage and termite damage can exhibit characteristics that make it very difficult for the homeowner to discern the difference. Treatment and repairs for the two are very different. Chemicals used in the extermination of termites require special certifications, licensing and protective gear. When termite damage is involved in a water damage incident, SERVPRO of Ventura professionals can manage the entire project, including having a licensed and bonded exterminator mitigate the termite infestation and damage.

HOW TO TELL WATER DAMAGE FROM TERMITE DAMAGE?

WATER DAMAGE

Water damage to wood often creates square-shaped “cells” in the wood. This pattern can be called “cubicle rot” referring to cube-shaped square cells. It is also referred to as “alligatoring” because the square shaped cells resemble an alligator’s back. The wood expands and cracks with the increased water content.

TERMITE DAMAGE

Underground termites devour wood, they feed along the softer springwood, avoiding the harder summerwood. Inspection of a cross-section of a tree reveals lighter – colored rings, which are springwood, and darker – colored rings, which are summerwood.

Drywood termites consume wood along and across the grain. They carve out large cavities or galleries for their nests, and these galleries are connected by tunnels. They have smaller colonies, so cause less damage.

SERVPRO of Ventura provides water damage restoration services. Our tea, of professionals carry numerous certification and possess years of experience. They are skilled at identifying water damage. Some water damage is hidden between walls or under flooring and disguised as termite damage.

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

WHICH BIOREMEDIATION PROVIDER SHOULD I CHOOSE?

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

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WHICH BIOREMEDIATION PROVIDER SHOULD I CHOOSE?

When choosing a bioremediation provider, it is important to know whether the company is qualified or not to handle a biohazard situation, insurance professional need a deeper understanding of proper bioremediation standards and what it takes to fully decontaminate a property. These are the things to ask when choosing a bioremediation provide.

  1. Is the company compliant with EPA and OSHA standards?

These are the strict laws in place limiting how medical waste can be stored or disposed of. Not all bioremediation providers are licensed to transport and store medical waste.

  • EPA – the disposal of medical waste must be in accordance with federal, state or local regulations.
  • OSHA COMPALIANCE – These regulations are in place to protect the biohazard company and employees and prevent injury and potential liability for all involved. All technicians should be trained in Blood borne Pathogens, Personal Protective Equipment, Heat Illness, Fall Protection, Lift Safety, Lock –Out and Tag-out and Power Tool Safety.
  1. Does exhibit a sense of transparency?
  • Bioremida5ion Provider should be able to provide detailed reports on each phase of process.
  1. Does the company provide a sensitivity training?
  • Bioremediation professionals should be compassionate, understanding and above all offer a peace of mind to those involved.

SERVPRO of Ventura use advance restoration equipment and techniques to clean up any type of damage including biohazard. Our highly trained and compassionate technicians are available 24/7 to return your home or business to a safe and livable condition through a non – toxic bioremediation process.

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?

CALL US SERVPRO of Ventura  (805) 656-3911

SERVPRO OF VENTURA: YOUR EXCLUSIVE ERP PARTNER

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

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Disasters and emergencies strikes without warning. Planning ahead speaks trust to employees and clients. As a business owner, you always strive to do everything to protect your business and investments. SERVPRO of Ventura, helps keep your business safe with our easy and effective Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). Why you choose SERVPRO? Because we are your exclusive ERP Partner.

What is an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP)?

It is a comprehensive document containing critical information regarding your business. This includes information such an emergency contacts, shut- off valve locations and priority areas. It is a tool for property managers and owners both residential and commercial. This can help minimize water damage and fire damage can affect your property.

Why the SERVPRO ERP?

  • The ERP provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information
  • The ERP is no cost assessment of your facility
  • The ERP establishes SERVPRO of Ventura as your restoration provider
  • Identifies the line of command for authorizing work to begin.

Benefits of an Emergency Ready Profile

  • Helps minimize business interruptions
  • Helps ensure you’re ready whatever happens
  • Helps save time and money

To start your ERP, please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT FLOOD CUTS

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

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THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT FLOOD CUTS

If you experienced flooding in your home, you will need to have some work done on your house. If you are looking to clean up your home, you will likely hear or may unfamiliar with some procedures used, such as tear-out and flood cut. Here are few things you should know about these process.

What is flood cut?

A flood cut is the process of cutting and removing a portion of your home’s dry wall. It is called a flood cut because it is made roughly 12 inches above the water damage. This is done when there has been water building up in your house. The main purpose is to remove the drywall so contractors can address any moisture issues threatening the home’s structure.

Why are they necessary?

While flooding in your home may not always require a flood cut, they are sometimes a necessary part of the remediation and restoration process. They help prevent the spread of bacteria in your house and prevent the growth of mold as well. Flood cut is the best course of action if water damage restoration company believes that they cannot thoroughly clean and repair the dry wall.

When will you need one?

  • When floodwater contains contaminants of bacteria
  • When sewage is involved
  • If your wall is insulated

If the flooding in your home requires a flood cut, rest assured that SERVPRO of Ventura will be able to perform the procedure quickly and maintain high-quality work.

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

WHEN DOES FLOORING NEED REPLACING AFTER WATER DISASTERS?

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

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WHEN DOES FLOORING NEED REPLACING AFTER WATER DISASTERS?

Flooring is an essential element of the home. While your family relies on sturdy flooring for everyday activities, perhaps this is the clearest when your floors become damaged.

Floors may experience water damage for many reasons, including water heater leaks, broken pipes and natural disasters like hurricanes or floods. During water disasters, the spread and collection of pooling water are often affect the flooring of homes and businesses the most. There are multiple types of flooring materials from one room to the next in a modern home. SERVPRO of Ventura is prepared to manage and handle the damages to each of these types. Our priority is to restore when possible and only replace when water damage has become too severe and physical damage has resulted.

Carpet is among the most sensitive to absorption and saturation concerns. Water often does not pool on carpeted floors until the top layer has become entirely saturated and cannot absorb anymore. When damages to the carpet have already formed, microbial growth on the underside of the fiber’s backing material. To dry the carpet, we have several water removal tactics.

  • Carpet wands
  • Removing padding
  • Centrifugal air movers
  • Floor Mats

Wood plank flooring is often finished to provide a natural sheen and pleasing aesthetic for the house. Prolonged exposure of standing water, moisture can penetrate the thin coating to get in between planks, underneath this layer and ultimately in the wood itself. Understanding the progression of water damage through these materials and what phases might be necessary is vital to protect the property immediately.

  • Stages of water damage – Surface water is where extraction is easiest. Water removal is possible with trapped moisture with drying mats.
  • Controlled Demolition – Physical Damage is irreversible. The areas of the floor must get removed and replaced.
  • Environmental Testing – Microbial threats might require further demolition.

SERVPRO of Ventura provide a comprehensive approach for the restoration and recovery your damaged home after a water disaster. Our team consists of contractors and skilled technicians accredited from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

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

THE BENEFITS OF AIR FILTRATION IN YOUR HOME

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

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THE BENEFITS OF AIR FILTRATION IN YOUR HOME

Air filtration is a great way to keep harmful impurities from your home and protect your family’s health. Pets share our homes every day and bring with them pet odors, urine stains and skin dander. Families who have allergies, these odors can be upsetting and can cause respiratory distress. Using an air purifier has numerous benefits, but you need to know which is capable of removing unpleasant odors and noxious mold spores. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the best way to improve indoor air quality is to get rid of the source of pollutants and ventilate your interior spaces with clean outdoor air quality.

AIR PURIFICATION HEALTH BENEFITS

  • Removing mold spores and floating fungal particles
  • Generate atmosphere that are clean, odorless, dauntless and free from pet Dander

Styles of Air Purification

  1. Assuming you goal is to remove aerial fungi, one of your options is purifier that includes HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter. These filters remove 99.7% of particles of .3 microns and machines equipped with HEPA filter can improve your home’s air quality.
  2. Photo Electrochemical Oxidizer

By using a light activation to destroy air particles, capable of eradicating airborne offenders instead of merely trapping them.

  1. Carbon filter purifier, which traps gasses. Used to remove odors from air such as smell of tobacco.

If you think that your home needs some CLEANING, we at SERVPRO of Ventura are here to help. Call us at (805) 656-3911. All of our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities.

WHO CAN HOMEOWNERS CONTACT TO RESTORE THEIR HOMES AFTER A FIRE?

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WHO CAN HOMEOWNERS CONTACT TO RESTORE THEIR HOMES AFTER A FIRE?

A fire in your home can cause serious damage. Your home and many of the things in your home may damage by flames, heat and smoke. Returning homes to a preloss condition requires a lot of time and effort. It requires a lot of paint and hauling out trash. SERVPRO of Ventura have specially trained technicians to preserve your home, clean your property and remove odors.

Our fire damage restoration team begin the restoration by preventing further damage to each home. They begin with emergency services or mitigation activities.

  1. Boarding up doors, windows and roofs

Doors and windows are easily broken and have toc covered easily with plywood to reduce the effect of weather. If walls and roof are burned, technicians stretch tarps over the damaged areas and secure it with nails and screws.

  1. Demolition and removal of debris

Heat, flames and smoke can ruin large amount of structural property.

  1. Ventilation

Technicians set up a series of fans to increase air circulation. By installing dehumidifier, it reduces odor and forces damp air out of the home and also lowers the humidity. It helps dry the interior and reduce the risk of additional damage.

If personal property has to be cleaned, our team can remove items to our facility. We have an intensive inventory of cleaning agents and isolation chambers and ultrasonic tanks.

To learn about SERVPRO of Ventura please do not hesitate to call us at (805) 656-3911.

3 THINGS A FIRE NEEDS

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

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3 THINGS A FIRE NEEDS

There are 3 elements work together to help a fire start and take over. Heat, Fuel and oxygen are 3 things a fire needs. If any of the three are removed from fire, then it will extinguish and no longer pose a threat.

As a homeowner or business owner, it can helpful to know about the 3 things a fire needs. It will help you better understand what you need to do in order to put out a fire and prevent it from spreading. Take any of the 3 things away and you will not have a fire or fire will be extinguished.  Below it explains how heat, fuel and oxygen can both ignite and extinguish a fire.

3 things a fire needs

  1. Heat

Heat is the most essential element that a fire needs. A fire can’t spread unless there’s a significant amount of heat involved. When firefighters respond to a fire, they apply water or cooling agent right away. This is the reason why fire extinguishers are filled with a cooling agent.

  1. Fuel

This is the second element found in fire triangle. Fire needs a fuel source in order to continue to burn. If you remove fuel from fire, then it will go out.

  1. Oxygen

This is the last element. One of the more important factors is oxygen because it is everywhere. Fire needs oxygen to ignite. You can use dirt, sand and non-flammable blanket to smother the fire.

 If your business or property has experienced a fire, contact a licensed fire restoration company like SERVPRO of Ventura. It can remove any damaged property, remove soot and eliminate smoke odors.

Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

WATCH VS. WARNING

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

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WATCH VS. WARNING

After this winter season, here comes spring, we can expect more heavy rains before summer arrives. In order to know how to be prepared for storms, we should know how and when to be prepared.

The labels of storm watch and storm warning are used year round and in different situations across the country. Knowing the difference between a watch and warning can help you and your family take appropriate precautions and stay safe. Below are watch and warning information provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Storm Watch

Means that severe weather hasn’t not occurred yet. You should prepare for a possibility for a severe storm, heavily rain, hail or strong gust of wind.

Storm Warning

Means you should act now, because severe weather is occurring. You should get into safe spot immediately.

Types of Storm Watches and Warnings

  1. Severe thunderstorm Watch

A thunderstorm watch which can be effect in for several hours means, that the potential exists for the development of thunderstorm can easily develop.

  1. Severe thunderstorm Warning

A thunderstorm warning means current storm conditions can turn worse, including heavy rains and strong winds.

Whether a watch or warning, its best to stay inside and away from windows. Unexpected emergencies like severe weather call for immediate action. SERVPRO of Ventura is a professional team that knows the immediate reaction to the disaster and helps you get your life back to normal.

SERVPRO of Ventura can also perform pack- outs services, which is removing salvageable personal property from the affected area for off-site cleaning and storage.

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

WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR BELONGINGS AFTER A STORM?

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

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WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR BELONGINGS AFTER A STORM?

After a disaster like storm, hurricane and flood, you make sure that your loved ones are safe and secure. Once the immediate safety concerns are addressed, the next urgent tasks often center around finding undamaged household items and personal possessions and taking them to a safe and dry place. Storm damage not only affects a home structure but also the contents within the home. Whether a furniture, photographs and important documents. SERVPRO of Ventura can help you restore all your contents to preloss condition. We offer five different methods of cleaning your contents:

  • Wet Cleaning
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Spray and wipe
  • Foam Cleaning
  • Abrasive cleaning
  • Immersion Cleaning

When valuable documents including photographs, are damaged by water, extreme caution should be taken to help insure the water damage does not destroy the document. SERVPRO of Ventura can save a great deal and minimized additional damage. We have five options for restoration of documents.

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum freeze drying
  • Vacuum thermal drying

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

WHAT IS LIKE TO BE A CRIME SCENE CLEANING PROFESSIONAL?

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Cleaning up mess left behind after a homicide, accident, or suicide requires a professional for cleaning. It’s not wise to cleanup a crime scene yourself. Aside from maintaining a sound state of mind in the midst of chaotic situation, crime scene cleaning professionals need a measure of practicality. Role of Crime scene cleanup professional is demanding, emotionally and physically.

When are crime scene cleanup called in?

Crime scene professionals are called for major crimes. Cleanup crews are dispatched to suicides and unnatural deaths. Cleaning professionals who specialize in in crimes scenes also cleanup nuisances such as met labs or tear gas, from properties where law enforcement officials have played a role. They also sanitize hoarded homes.

Professionals Behind Crime Scene Cleanup

Crime scene cleanup experts are known by various professional designations. Trauma scene restoration technicians, biohazard remediation specialist and crime scene cleanup professionals are just few experts. All these specialists have professional history of dealing with death.

Type of Training Required

All crime scene cleaners need to be trained extensively, educating them on the use of personal protective equipment, adoption of best practices and safety risk such as blood-borne pathogens. Certification requirements range from nil to simply being trained in in –house at a crime scene company cleanup.

When you are faced with trauma or crime scene that requires immediate cleanup of biohazard materials, contact SERVPRO of Ventura. We are available 24/7, our highly trained technicians are standing by. We have qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond to these incidents.

CALL US SERVPRO of Ventura (805) 656-3911

WHAT TO DO WHEN THERE IS WATER IN A HOME CRAWL SPACE?

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

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WHAT TO DO WHEN THERE IS WATER IN A HOME CRAWL SPACE?

A water damage disaster can strike at any time. It can strike without warning. The common thing we hear from homeowners; we have water in our crawl space. Water in crawl space shouldn’t remain damp. Wet scrawl space should be address quickly, because it can lead to musty odors, rot and mold. 

Factors Contributing to Water in crawl Space

  • Landscaping
  • Weather
  • Clogged Gutters
  • Faulty Plumbing

Taking the following steps can eliminate problem in crawl space:

  1. Identify what is causing the moisture and prevent it from continuing
  • Soil around the foundation slope away from the home should at least one inch per foot for about 10 feet.
  • Clean out gutters and extend the down spouts away from the home’s foundation
  • If you observe any leaky water lines or sewer pipes under the home, call in a qualified plumber
  • Install a dehumidifier ad sump up system if crawl space is below grade.
  1. Call in a water damage restoration specialist like SERVPRO of Ventura to remove the water and restore any damage. A qualified water damage restoration specialist will inspect the situation, assess the damage and offer a free estimate.
  2. Mitigate any mold issues that may have resulted from moisture in the crawl space.

Crawl Space water removal is an involved task and requires a lot of equipment. You can do it alone but its not always the best option.

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

WHY IS IICRC CERTIFICATION IMPORTANT?

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

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WHY IICRC CERTIFICATION IMPORTANT?

How do you know if you’re hiring professional trained cleaners? How do you look for professional restoration team after a water damage? You should look for IICRC certified firm.

What is IICRC certified means?

IICRC stands for the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. IICRC creates the main standards for restoration industry and provides training to ensure quality of service. These standards help improve safety and health conditions for technicians and customers. To become IICRC certified firm they must do the following:

  • Present an accurate information to consumers
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been trained passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up to date on changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of accidents.
  • Maintain a written compliant policy

SERVPRO of Ventura is an IICRC Certified firm. You can assure your property is in the best hands. Our technicians are trained and certified by the IICRC.

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

WHAT IS WATER EXTRACTION?

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

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WHAT IS WATER EXTRACTION?

If your house has water and you can’t figure out where it is coming from. Water extraction is a must have process to prevent secondary and extensive damage. Water damage is never fun, especially since it requires resources and efforts to go through without losing your mind and restoring your home back to its original state.

After water damage, your home needs a complete restoration process and should be done professionally and efficiently. Water extraction should be done quickly to remove all water that entered your home and prevent more problems including mold growth, additional damage to materials and spreading more damage to more areas.

What is water extraction?

Water extraction is a process recommended to remove excess water form flooring and grounds of the house or property. This job should be carried out by experts like SERVPRO of Ventura because they have the expertise, the necessary tools and water extraction equipment and most efficient methods for water damage extraction.

What is the purpose of water extraction?

The purpose of water extraction is to reduce the risk of damages to property to prevent mold growth and restore your home or property to its original state.

What are the methods used for water extraction?

  • Vacuums – such as wet dry vacuums used to eliminate water form areas
  • Pumps – such as sump pumps can help remove water from a building.

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

DEEP CLEANING YOUR BUSINESS FOR THE NEW YEAR

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

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DEEP CLEANING YOUR BUSINESS FOR THE NEW YEAR

Get a fresh start to 2021 for you and your business. Time to evaluate your personal and professional goals. As part of planning, you should also consider the cleanliness of your workplace. As the COVID – 19 pandemic continues, there’s more reason than ever to deep clean your business. There’s no time quite like the new year to remove the dust and dirt from your office. With our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program, SERVPRO of Ventura can rest assured that your business is sanitized, disinfected and cleaned to the standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Here are three different C’s that help your business inspire consumer confidence in your business’s cleanliness.

Consult

 We consult with you and your business to ensure that we provide the best cleaning program just for your facility’s needs. Depending on how your business is set up and the people who occupy your business, your business has needs that should be addresses accordingly with customs cleaning solutions.

Perform

 We perform an expert deep clean of your facility. Our professional team uses EPA – approved hospital grade cleaning solutions to thoroughly clean your business based on decontamination and cleaning standards set by CDC.

Certification

We post a certification of our cleaning procedures on your window in the form of shields that declares your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

If you think that your business needs some CLEANING or DISINFECTING, we at SERVPRO of Ventura are here to help. Call us at (805) 656-3911. All of our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities.

WHAT TO DO BEFORE A BIOHAZARD RESTORATION TEAM ARRIVES?

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

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WHAT TO DO BEFORE A BIOHAZARD RESTORATION TEAM ARRIVES?

Any type of damage should be considered very dangerous and should be immediately treated by a professional restoration team. Dangers of biohazard damages present is considered very dangerous as they can pose a serious health risk. Biohazards can be medical waste, biological or chemical matter. Regardless of the hazard is, extreme caution should be taken.

When involved in any biohazards event, the main focus is the safety of yourself and those around you. It is very important to note that there are serious health consequences that can occur after exposure to biohazard.

What to do while you wait a biohazard restoration team to arrive?

  • Evaluate if it’s not safe to remain in the building with biohazard presence. Avoid performing any action that can cause you to come into contact with.
  • Call emergency services if someone is hurt, so they can receive a care and treat all substances if they are contaminated.
  • Contact restoration team to avoid any secondary issues from arising.

What not to do while you wait for biohazard restoration team to arrive?

  • After any event involving biohazards, never perform any action that might expose you to a contaminated surface.
  • If there is a sewage or flooding damage, turn off HVAC System to prevent secondary issues from arising.
  • Never use any appliances or electronics that have been in contact with contaminated liquid.

When you are faced with trauma or crime scene that requires immediate cleanup of biohazard materials, contact SERVPRO of Ventura. We are available 24/7, our highly trained technicians are standing by. We have qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond to these incidents.

CALL US SERVPRO of Ventura (805) 656-3911

WHAT ARE THE EFFICIENT STRATEGIES FOR RESTORING FLOOD DAMAGES?

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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WHAT ARE THE EFFICIENT STRATEGIES FOR RESTORING FLOOD DAMAGES?

Flood Damage can be found in any geographical area. The causes of flooding come from natural disaster to burst pipes of sewer lines. Restoration professionals are often called to respond the disaster necessary. Flood restoration involves multiple repair and cleaning stages. When considering how extensive flood damage in your home can become, emergency services become vital efforts to begin immediately. Often, preliminary tasks occur before mitigation or the job scoping phase. Planning is very important step and stage before restoration begins. Here are several strategies beginning with your communication with staffs of SERVPRO emergency line.

  1. Information about the disaster

The information you share with our staff emergency line representatives is shared directly with appropriate parties responding to the disaster. This stage is critical to be as thorough as possible so that we can collect the proper data and relevant facts to ensure that our technicians mobilize from our warehouse with the right equipment, personnel and products. Here are the three ultimate ways that we collect to form a restoration plan for the property.

  • Emergency phone call
  • Job scoping
  • Conversations with the costumers
  1. Staging Area

One of the efficient recovery approaches that our SERVPRO technicians utilize is staging areas. These get constructed in unaffected areas of the home nearby to bulk of the work and cleaning must occur. We can limit trips in and out of the house by bringing in all necessary equipment, products and devices into this staging area. It is more efficient, convenient, prevent cross contamination and near to drying work zone.

  1. Efficient Strategies for extraction

There are several extractors common to removing natural flood water from a property, whether inside the house, crawl space area or inaccessible location. These approaches include:

  • Trash pumps
  • Wet vacuums
  • Subcontractor

If your home is damaged contacting a professional restoration company is going to be the fastest, safest and most efficient way to get back on your feet. Our SERVPRO of Ventura team has motivated helpful water restoration technicians and cleaning specialists to assess drying and restoring the property.

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

IS SMOKE DAMAGE COVERED BY INSURANCE?

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

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IS SMOKE DAMAGE COVERED BY INSURANCE?

When a fire breaks out in a property, one of the biggest risk to life and property is from the smoke and soot emits. No matter what the cause, a fire in your business can be devastating and effects are not always visible at first sight which is why you may need to call a professional. Here’s what you need to know about smoke damage and insurance claims.

SOOT DAMAGE AND INSURANCE

In most cases, smoke damage will be covered by commercial insurance policy, even the case occurred at a company right next to yours. The following are some steps you need to take to properly file your claim and increase the chance of it being accepted.

  • Contact your insurance company immediately to report the damage and insurance claim.
  • Call a professional smoke damage removal team like SERVPRO of Ventura to assess the damage and provide a remediation plan
  • Document the damage and repairs
  • Prepare for insurance adjuster

Creating an action plan for cleanup is one of the most important parts of the entire claims and restoration process. Smoke damage is not always easy to deal with and communication with insurance provider can even more frustrating. Following the steps above helps your business future more positive.

If you need a fire and smoke damage restoration services, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

HOW DO FIRE SPRINKLERS WORK?

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

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HOW DO FIRE SPRINKLERS WORK?

Fire Sprinkler system is a powerful defense against fire damage. It is necessity in any commercial building. This device is not that expensive but sprinklers can prevent property damage and reduce the risk of injury to workers, customers and tenants. They are effective in curbing flames 96 percent of the time they’re activated. Here’s how sprinklers work to help protect your property.

DETECTING A FIRE

A common misconception is that fire is triggered by smoke. Fire sprinkler systems sense a fire when the air reaches a precise temperature. The systems have strategically placed sprinkler heads with glass bulbs containing a glycerin-based liquid. When the air temperature near the sprinkler heads heats up to between 135 and 165 degrees Fahrenheit, the bulb fluid expands, breaking the bulb and activating the sprinkler.

DOUSING THE FLAMES

Each sprinkle head is connected to a pipe that attaches to a secure water source outside the building. When heat initiates a sprinkler head, a valve opens, enabling pressurized water from the pipe to flow out and extinguish flames.

BENEFITS OF FIRE SPRINKLER

Fire sprinklers are extremely effective at both containing the fire and putting the fire out quickly. They are able to contain the fire before the fire department even arrives to the site. Fire sprinkler is helpful to not only reduce the amount of damage caused by the fire, but also helps to mitigate the amount of toxic smoke in the building.

If your business has experienced a fire, contact a licensed fire restoration company like SERVPRO of Ventura. It can remove any damaged property, remove soot and eliminate smoke odors.

Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

WHAT TOOLS MAKE PROFESSIONAL RESTORATION MORE EFFICIENT?

1/2/2021 (Permalink)

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WHAT TOOLS MAKE PROFESSIONAL RESTORATION MORE EFFICIENT?

When it comes to restoration, there are dozens of machines that are used to facilitate the process of restoration. Some are common to all restoration processes and some that are far more specific.

The first type of restoration equipment are those items used in water restoration. These machines are not small units and are generally use for larger restoration. These are meant to help families and businesses get back their building faster after water damaged have occurred. This type of equipment includes:

  • Pumps – used to remove water
  • Vacuum – used to remove water from carpet
  • Shampooers- help remove water and sediments
  • Dryers

Next is the equipment that is used to restore a property after fire damage. Because fire restoration in homes and businesses is complex, it often requires different tools, pieces of equipment, specialty product to manage. From removing soot, smoke residues and lingering odors, the right equipment and cleaning approach for these situations becomes vital to mitigation process when SERVPRO teams first arrives. Some of the areas that we can help your home include:

  • Deodorization – professional deodorization services do fire cleanup and restoration cleaning, with products and equipment that eliminate odors for good. They used processes and ozone treatment that leave your house and commercial property odor – free, clean and back to pre loss condition.
  • Cleaning – removing residues and soil from surfaces.
  • Air filtration – Air scrubber and hydroxyl machine can utilize HEPA filtration to clean up the environment.

If your home and business is damaged, contacting a professional restoration company is going to be the fastest, safest and most efficient way to get back on your feet. Our SERVPRO of Ventura professionals can work quickly recover fire and water damaged homes using several powerful tools and practices.

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

SODA BLASTING AND WHY IT IS USEFUL?

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

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SODA BLASTING AND WHY IT IS USEFUL?

SERVPRO technicians uses technological advance and techniques in restoration industry. That is why it is one of the leading water and fire mitigation businesses. Soda blasting is one of our case cleaning method.

When a fire breaks out into your home or business, the primary concern is the safety of people. The high amount of flames and smoke are severe to threats to everyone’s health. That is why it’s necessary to evacuate the property right away. Even the water used to extinguish the fire’s flames can end up damaging your property. Following a fire, your home or business needs to undergo restoration as soon as possible to limit the damage. Once way to restore your property of fire damage is to use soda blasting.

What is Soda-Blasting?

Soda-Blasting is a cleaning method that uses an environmentally friendly form of sodium bicarbonate to remove dirt and another substance from various surfaces. Sodium bicarbonate is also known as baking soda and referred as soda blast media, and applied to affected surface using pressure from blaster technology. This is used generally on walls, and wood floors. Soda – blasting enables our technicians to clean surfaces without harming it. With its cleaning capabilities, it can rid of charring, soot and residue caused by a fire and its flames. There are many methods and equipment that can be harsh to affected surfaces and even to people conducting the work. This is not the case with soda blasting, it is very safe.

Why choose us?

We recognize the value of rebuilding your property as soon as possible after exposure to fire, smoke and water. Remember that SERVPRO of Ventura is ready to help and only one, quick call away.

Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

CAN SERVPRO of Ventura SAVE WALL INSULATION AFTER FLOOD?

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

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CAN SERVPRO of Ventura SAVE WALL INSULATION AFTER FLOOD?

The insulation in the house is not something every home owner’s think often. They do not think that it is part of home’s structure and this is necessary to keep the house warm in winter and cool in summer. Just like any other space, insulation can need to be repaired or replaced after a disaster.

What happens when insulation gets wet?

Fiber glass and cellulose are most common types of insulation that are vulnerable to attic water damage in specific ways. When moisture fills the air pockets between the fibers, the insulation loses its ability to slow the transfer of heat. Cellulose insulation is the most susceptible to water damage and we cannot usually salvage it.

Spray foam insulation is another type of insulation but it’s not likely to get water damaged. However, plaster, wood and other building materials around it can still get damaged.

What are the risk of wet insulation?

  • The presence of moisture creates a rich breeding ground of fungus.
  • Soaked materials can lead to damage inside wall cavities.
  • Wet insulation cannot do its job effectively

If your home suffers flood damage, water can seep into the walls and damage the insulation. Checking for water inside the walls is an essential part of SERVPRO of Ventura water remediation process. We have several tools available we can use to assess the insulating materials.

  • Moisture meter to compute the amount of water present
  • Thermo – hygrometers to measure humidity in the air
  • Thermal imaging to trace the movement of moisture

We used air movers, fans, dehumidifiers and portable heaters to dry inside wall cavities.

Should you concerned about flood damage to your insulation, call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

THE FOUR PRINCIPLES OF DRYING

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

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THE FOUR PRINCIPLES OF DRYING

When a water loss occurs, specific steps are taken during mitigation process. This is to ensure the affected space is completely dry. Every step completes another phase of the extraction process.

  1. Water extraction

This is the water removal phase. Removing water in its state is at least 500 times more efficient than skipping this step.  Being a flood victim is never a good thing, whether it happens via storm, broken pipe, sewage back up or shower that has been clogged. Your home must undergo a water extraction process as soon as possible, because the longer water remains, even more problems can arise.

  1. Airflow

This is the evaporation phase. After removing as much water as possible in its liquid state, the remaining moisture is evaporated with high velocity air movers.

  1. Dehumidification

This is the balanced phase. As moisture is dried out, it evaporates and becomes water vapor in the air. Without dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air, it could delay the drying process and cause mold growth.

  1. Temperature Control

This is also called the temperature maintenance phase. Our professionals will use room measurement, temperature and relative humidity to carefully monitor the progress.

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

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO USE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER?

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

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DO YOU KNOW HOW TO USE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER?

When we were young, we are taught that if we play the fire we will get burnt. We are taught of safety protocols in case you ever have a misfortune of being a fire in yourself. We just remember the STOP, DROP AND DROLL. We aren’t taught on how to properly use of fire extinguisher. We all have seen them, but many of us do not know how to use them.

Remember this acronym for fire extinguisher use:  PASS

       P

  • Pull the pin. The pin releases the lacking mechanism and enables the extinguisher to use.

A

  • Aim at base fire. The base, the fuel of the fire – not the flames – must be extinguished.

S

  • Squeeze the lever slowly. This will release the extinguished agent. A typical fire extinguisher contains only 10 seconds of extinguishing power.

S

  • Sweep from side to side. Look for hot spots that could reignite.

Fire extinguisher usage tips

  • Stand with an exit your back.
  • Stand several feet away, only advancing when the fire wanes. If you feel the heat, you are too close.
  • Use a slow sweeping motion at the fire’ base.
  • Works in pairs whenever possible for safety.

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

IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW BLACK ABOUT WATER

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

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IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW BLACK ABOUT WATER

After experiencing life –altering flood in your country, the first thing you probably want to do is to start cleaning water damage from flood. Before dealing with the problem it is important to know about dangers of black water?

What is black water and why should it be avoided?

Black water is a waste water loaded with biological materials. It could contain:

  • Fecal matter
  • Urine
  • Toilet paper

Sewage system contains highly dangerous materials that can pose to real health hazards to you and your family.

It is also important to aware of water that comes from washing machine, dishwashers, sink and showers, these belong to gray water. It is not immediately as dangerous as black water, but can become hazardous after 48 hours of contact with building surfaces.

It is best to limit your exposure to water from flooding. Do not try to handle the cleanup process yourself, depend on team that can assess the damage and tackle the steps necessary for a thorough restoration of your home.

Black water is likely contaminant after flood, and it’s a primary reason why you should not deal the water damage on your own. Contacting a professional team like SERVPRO of Ventura to assist with the damage from flooding gives you greater protection from possible risk and increases positive outcomes.

Call us at (805) 656-3911 for more information on mitigating storm damage and how you can be prepared.

HOW TO ASSESS AND REPAIR ROOF STORM DAMAGE?

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

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HOW TO ASSESS AND REPAIR ROOF STORM DAMAGE?

It can be an emotional time if disaster strikes. Storms can affect both your yard and your home. Your roof experiences the worst of the damage. Some roof storm damage is very obvious, while issues may not be noticeable until it’s too late. You may not immediately realize the damage, but there are major consequences if you do not have your roof repaired immediately.

SERVPRO of Ventura can help you. We are 24/7 full service emergency restoration services, including water damage and storm damage restoration.

COMMON TYPES OF ROOF DAMAGE

  1. Tornadoes
  2. Hailstorm
  3. Strong Wind
  4. Thunderstorm

Repairing your roof after a storm.

A new roof only need minor repairs. If shingles are not that old, you may not need to replace the entire roof. Professional contractors can patch shingles, have alternative roofing material, like steel sheeting. Most roof damage requires a complete replacement of your roof. Choose a professional roof restoration company that can clear the debris effectively.

Contacting Insurance Company

If your roof was damaged from a storm, your insurance may cover the damage. It is important to contact your provider if you experienced hail, rain or wind damage.

Regardless of circumstances –damage from storms or floods. Call SERVPRO of Ventura. Our mitigation experts are standing to provide storm damage restoration to return the property to a preloss condition.

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

HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY RESTORE WET DOCUMENTS

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

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HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY RESTORE WET DOCUMENTS

Losing important documents in a flood can be devastating in your business. You can rebuild the structure and replace the furniture but you cannot replace papers and photographs. Property flooding puts documents at a great risk. Water and humidity can cause permanent deterioration to paper. Yet, good news is that water damaged paper restoration is achievable, if the water restoration company you select has document restoration services available.

What are the documents that can be restored?

  • Contracts
  • Manuscripts
  • Files
  • Books and magazines
  • Blueprints and maps
  • Photographs, films and negatives

An experienced technician is the key to a successful document restoration. SERVPRO of Ventura has advanced technology and knowledgeable professionals.

How are documents restored?

SERVPRO of Ventura uses the latest in document drying technology. Vacuum freeze –drying technique is the same process use by the Library of Congress to dry valuable documents.

Documents that has been exposed to flood water will likely contain harmful chemical and bacteria. SERVPRO of Ventura uses technology that will sterilize the documents so they are safe to handle. Rest assured that all documents will remain confidential. SERVPRO employs HIPAA – certified technicians who are under constant supervision. Hiring a document restoration professional is generally safer.

If you need water damage restoration service, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

TELLTALE SIGNS OF WATER DAMAGE IN YOUR HOME

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

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TELLTALE SIGNS OF WATER DAMAGE IN YOUR HOME

Many homeowners stated that its important to have a home inspection before moving in. But many of us fail to investigate homes where we lived in years for evidence of serious damage. It’s critical to pay attention to signs of water damage. For a property owner water damage to their residential property is the biggest headache and hardest thing to contain.

Here are signs you should look as well as the risk involved if you don’t get them fixed as soon as possible.

  1. Changes in Floors, Walls and Ceilings

Many homeowners don’t notice the changes to structural elements. They are hard to spot in familiar surroundings even if you are good at cleaning up and upkeep. When water damage is on the cards, you can observe dry walls or ceiling being flaky. This condition if left unchecked, can become bloated. Tiles made of ceramic material often develop mold and cracks in the grout when damage by water.

  1. Running water sounds

Water damage isn’t always visible but make noticeable sounds. Drips, creaks in the floorboards and the sound of constantly running water may be signs that you need repairs. Small drips can result in holes in your concrete foundation, threatening the structure of the entire home.

  1. Increasing water bills

A sudden surge in utility bill is an ideal indicator of water damage on such occasion. Ensure to check the visible pipelines and faucets in the house for any leaks. If you fail to find leaks in the visible areas, consider the possibility of water damage inside walls.

If you spot any sign of water damage, call a plumber as soon as possible. You need to inspect you home regularly for signs of water damage to protect your family and your property.

Always treat a water damage seriously. Call in a professional like SERVPRO of Ventura, we will work for you to restore your property.

 If you notice water damage in your property, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

THE CONSEQUENCES OF IMPROPER CRIME SCENE CLEANING

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

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THE CONSEQUENCES OF IMPROPER CRIME SCENE CLEANING

Encountering the scene of a tragic accident can be an overwhelming and even a traumatic experience. It could be difficult to take action right away, and it is crucial. Suicide, murder, crime and trauma scenes require cleanup by biohazard cleaning professionals.

Here are some consequences of improper crime scene cleaning:

  1. Threat to health and safety

Biohazard cleanup can be fatal is not handles properly. The biohazard posts a number of health risk for those encountering the scene of the crime even long after the accident occurred. The property is filled with bacteria, pathogens and viruses than can quickly spread infections and diseases.

  1. Property Damage from biohazards

If biohazard and blood stains are not properly removed within a specific time period, permanent damage can occur. Blood can seep in between the floorboards, throughout the grout and make its way to the subflooring. Biohazard cleaners are skilled in cleaning up the bodily contaminants as well as the surrounding environment.

  1. Powerful Odors

When blood, biohazards and tissue stain building, materials, strong odor particles become embedded within the pores of the property structure. There is no household cleaning agent could solve the problem.

Biohazard cleaning services use advanced technology, including hydroxyl technology, ozone generators, Nano carbon technology and powerful deodorizers.

When you are faced with trauma or crime scene that requires immediate cleanup of biohazard materials, contact SERVPRO of Ventura. We are available 24/7, our highly trained technicians are standing by. We have qualified trained professionals who are ready to respond to these incidents.

CALL US SERVPRO of Ventura (805) 656-3911

IT’S THE WATER YOU DON’T SEE THAT CAN CAUSE DAMAGE

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

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IT’S THE WATER YOU DON’T SEE THAT CAN CAUSE DAMAGE

Even a small amount of water can cause damage serious structural and indoor air quality overtime. The key to preventing expensive costly future restoration is to handle every water problem immediately as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO of Ventura Professionals have the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before damage occur. Using proper equipment makes difference in reducing the expenses caused during a water damage loss.

Here are few tools used by trained professional at SERVPRO of Ventura to properly mitigate a loss:

  1. Moisture sensor – used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.
  2. Moisture Meter – used to determine the moisture of content of various materials. The meter monitors the drying process.
  3. Thermohygrometers – measure the meter and relative humidity which calculates and creates and environment that is most conductive to drying. When facing contaminated loss, it is not only important to dry the structure but the structure must be disinfected and deodorized.
  4. Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers – it will atomize liquid deodorizing agent, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor causing residues will accumulate.
  5. Thermal Foggers – dispense solvent- based products and create a dense fog consisting of tiny particles of a deodorant solution that will attach to and neutralize odor causing particles.

Always treat a water damage seriously. Call in a professional like SERVPRO of Ventura, we will work for you to restore your property.

 If you notice water damage in your property, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT SMOKE DAMAGE

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

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IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT SMOKE DAMAGE

Once a fire is out and have determined that its structurally sound enough for you to go back inside, you breathe a sigh of relief, believing that your home is safe again. Unfortunately, this probably not the case.  The ash and soot that remain in the building after the crews have extinguished the flames can pose challenges as well. Smoke and soot could can cause hidden damage and odor. It can be a serious hazard to health and can create problems to your home.

SERVPRO of Ventura is expert when it comes to smoke damage and can accurately assess the extent damage to develop a plan of action.

Different types of smoke:

Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace puff back

Wet smoke – Plastics and rubbers low heat, pungent odor, streaky and smeary

Dry smoke – Paper and wood fast burning

Protein – Virtually invisible, discolor paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor

How smoke damage cause issues?

  • Hot smoke migrates cooler areas and upper levels of structure
  • The type of smoke may affect the restoration process
  • Smoke flows around plumbing system seeping through the holes and go from floor to floor
  • Soot and ash can ruin electronics
  • The odor can get into furniture and clothing

Smoke cleaning is a job left to an experienced team of professionals in SERVPRO of Ventura. Our Technicians have skills and equipment to thoroughly remove the thickest layers of soot and restore heavily damaged areas.

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

CLEANING HOUSEHOLD TEXTILES AND CLOTHING AFTER THE FIRE IS OUT

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

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CLEANING HOUSEHOLD TEXTILES AND CLOTHING AFTER THE FIRE IS OUT

Fire cause damage to homes and its contents. After fire activities, it can cause more damage. Carpets, draperies, upholster furniture and clothing can be rubbished after a fire, that’s why it’s very important to make immediate action.

Fire creates types of smoke damage; the visible soot and the invisible odor. Odor from wood could react to certain cleaning products than smoke odor from plastics. Removing soot and odor is complicated. Before odor removal can be tackled, soot must first have eliminated as it is main source of odor. It is difficult for home owners to remove soot and smoke odors without professional assistance and advice.

Deodorize fabrics and clothes

Throwing items like clothing and towels into washing machine is not advisable. Your washer and dryer can actually cause odor to set into fabric. Better call professional to begin the cleaning process with an ozone treatment. Oxidizing is used to eliminate the odor.

Clean Clothes and fabrics after deodorizing

Once item has been deodorized, you can start cleaning. Textiles, such as clothing, bedding, rugs and towel can be run through appropriate cycles of washer and dryer. Cleaning expert is recommended for larger items such as furniture upholstery and carpeting. They have proper tools that works best for the fabrics.

If a fire disaster has occurred in your home, it is important to start the cleanup process immediately. For fire damage restoration and smoke cleanup services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

DANGERS OF WATER INTRUSION IN YOUR BUILDING

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

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Winter season is here; it is best for everyone to be prepared for possible water problems. Water intrusion can cause major complications. It can result in environmental hazard and damage to building structures and surfaces. These problems include:

  1. Damage to floor, walls and ceilings
  2. Structural damage
  3. Mold

What is water intrusion?

Water intrusion is unwanted movement of water or vapor into areas of a building where it can cause damage. Flooding from your basement is an example of water intrusion, seeping through cracks and other entry points in your foundation. Another example is, plumbing leaks and can be costly to repair if the damage is extensive. Fire sprinkler system can cause intrusions when they malfunction, this can cause significant damage to the ceiling.

Dangers of Water Intrusion

There are several dangers associated with intrusion, they can have impact both on the structure and the occupants of the building. When water is allowed to accumulate, it can lead to development of toxic mold. Mold can have a big impact on indoor air quality.

When the structure becomes weakened by flood damage, it can compromise the entire framework of the building. It can even cause the structure to degrade.

If your home does suffer from water damage, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911. SERVPRO of Ventura is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small.

WHAT IS THE FIRST FOCUS OF RESTORATION PROFESSIONALS IN RESPONDING TO A FIRE?

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

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WHAT IS THE FIRST FOCUS OF RESTORATION PROFESSIONAL IN RESPONDING FIRE?

The shocking effect of the after math of a fire loss is the volume of water left after a professional fire fighting. The water saves you home but then it begins to damage the structures and contents. Safety hazards must also be controlled before clearing the toxic fire debris away.

What are the hazards that are present after the fire damage?

  1. Structural collapse
  2. Slip, trip, fall
  3. Contamination – present because of toxins released in burning and speed through dirty water
  4. Confined areas – pipes, narrow passages and hiding debris.

Should I hire a Professional to Clean Up Water for Fire Restoration?

SERVPRO of VENTURA is restoration expertise on fire and water damage recovery. Fire restoration requires water extraction and drying as first step. We prepare all the needed equipment and on our service vehicle:

  1. To extract water
  2. To contain contaminated water for disposal
  3. To dry the space
  4. To inhibit the potential of water damage like mold growth with EPA registered antimicrobials

SERVPRO of VENTURA covers all property recovery. We specialize in the clean-up and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke and water damage event. Our staffs are highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm.

Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

RESTORE VERSUS REPLACE

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

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RESTORE VERSUS REPLACE

When disaster strikes whether a water, fire or soot, there’s a long list of things we need to think when it comes to home back to normal. The first thoughts are the safety of your family, concerns about the damage will follow quickly. Damage does not only affect the structure of your house but also your belongings. Knowing how to get your home into its original condition will come down to a single question. Will I need to restore or replace my belongings?

Replacing isn’t always the best solution to a situation. Always think about the insurance policy. For example, if you have water damage in your kitchen, remodel might seem a good idea but it will max out your policy. You never know what the future holds, it might have a second loss or another damage.

Home restoration is the fastest possible solution. The incentive of choosing restoration over replacement is the speed at which the restoration will be complete. Your home will be back to normal versus the time it takes for complete construction. The cost of restored damage content is a fraction of the cost to replace. Another reason why you have to choose restoration over replacement is that you get all your prized possession back.

If you have a fire or water damaged with contents involved. Talk to a Fire and Water Restoration Professional who will work with you and for you. SERVPRO of Ventura understands that your home is more than just a structure; your furniture, clothing, keepsakes and other belongings help transform a house into a home. With our training, experience and skills we can appropriately help you.

SERVPRO of Ventura, utilized advance products and systems for restoring a wide variety of different damaged contents and can work with you and your insurance company to determine which items should be restored.

Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

SERVPRO of Ventura: A PROVIDER OF CONTENT CLEANING AND PACK OUT SERVICES

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVICES

When disasters strike, it affects more than just your home or building. Furniture, clothes and other items are often exposed to smoke and water damage. Your possessions are valuable. You worked hard to collect the items in your home. These items need to be cleaned. Other items simply need to be stored while clean up and construction process ensure. SERVPRO of Ventura know how to carefully handle, clean and store your possessions.

When you hire a Restoration Service Company like SERVPRO of Ventura to restore the contents of your home or business, we handle, clean and store cherished possessions. Our pack outs crew are trained in packing and inventory management.

With our pack out and content restoration process, our team will:

  1. Inventory, pack and transport items to a climate controlled facility.

2.Provide a printed copy of inventory of all items that are moved out.

  1. Clean, deodorize, re - pack and stored items in our warehouse as necessary.
  2. Track and document items throughout the entire restoration process.
  3. Return items to your home.

SERVPRO of Ventura, utilized advance products and systems for restoring a wide variety of different damaged contents and can work with you and your insurance company to determine which items should be cleaned or restored.

Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

SERVPRO of Ventura WILL GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS OF RESTORING YOUR HOME AFTER A FIRE DAMAGE

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

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A fire in your home or business is devastating experience, especially when personal things sustained damage. Severe damages could result in structural weaknesses and contents of the affected areas might damage as well. Homeowners don’t want to think about fire but unfortunately these events do happen. Your important documents, treasured keep safe, furniture, electronics can be restored if you act fast and get expert restoration help.

Homeowners who need their property restored after a significant fire damage can rely on SERVPRO of Ventura. We will guide them through the process from start to finish. Our team has experience in performing restoration works on property.

The objective of our professional restoration team is to bring your home back to its original conditions. During the restoration process you can expect us to take several steps such as:

  1. Assessing and documenting the damage. Assessment will not only help our professionals to formulate strategies in restoring the damage to your home but also to coincides the with the needs of your insurance company to help you file claim and have no one less burden to worry about in traumatic time.
  2. Moving items of harm’s way
  3. Cleaning where smoke and soot can penetrate. To avoid scratching, our team utilize furniture blankets and padding.
  4. Ventilate the space.

SERVPRO of Ventura specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire and smoke damage event. Experience, trust and communication are essential to our move out procedure. Our staffs are highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm.

Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

CHOOSING SERVPRO of Ventura – WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION AND WATER REMOVAL

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

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CHOOSING SERVPRO OF VENTURA – WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION AND WATER REMOVAL

Keeping excess water or moisture out of moisture is difficult. Weather conditions like floods and heavy rain as well as problems like leaking pipes, pipe burst and overflows can result in excess water, that’s why it is very important to react to the excess water right away. Standing water and moisture can create an environment for bacteria and mold growth.  But water cleaning can be a challenging task and it’s not as simple as drying off visible water. Many materials in the home are porous, allowing them to absorb water deep beneath the surface.

SERVPRO of Ventura provides water damage restoration services to remove excess water from home and businesses. Our highly trained technicians used advance equipment to ensure that all water and moisture is removed to prevent serious damage.

Water Removal

Excess water can cause damage in your home or building. It can penetrate porous materials like flooring and drywall. As materials absorb water they become susceptible to discoloration, mold growth and rotting and these could lead to serious structural damage.

Water removal is removing or extracting excess water from your home or business. SERVPRO of Ventura have powerful pumps and vacuums that remove the water quickly to help reduce the amount of damage. Once water is extracted, our technicians do inspections to determine the extend damage. This is done by doing moisture checks to measure the extent moisture of damage to the structure.

Drying Process

Technicians use commercial air movers to facilitate drying and remove the remaining moisture. HEPA air filters are set up if necessary to ensure indoor air quality. SERVPRO of Ventura also apply EPA anti-microbial products to walls, carpets and floors to prevent bacteria and mold growth.

Water damage can quickly become serious issue in your home and business if you ignore it. If you notice water damage in your property, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

DOES YOUR BUSINESS NEED FLOOD INSURANCE?

10/23/2020 (Permalink)

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DOES YOUR BUSINESS NEED FLOOD INSURANCE?

Natural disasters are devastating to business. Lightning and wind caused damaged to property. Business is one of your most prized. Here, you invest a lot of time, effort and money. Because of this, you take all the necessary measures to ensure that your business is covered against loss from different types of risk. Being prepared for disasters is part of being a responsible business owner. If you have a business, you need to know about flood insurance if you want to protect it from flood damage.

What does flood insurance cover?

Flood insurance covers damage to building and contents caused by flood. This includes losses from overflowing rivers, heavy rain, storm urge, snow melt and other similar causes. Floods are defined as situations in which waters covers at least two acres or affect two properties. Flood damage protection requires a special and separate policy which can be purchased from the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) as well as from private insurers. If water comes from above like rain or snow melting and drips into your building, it will be covered by standard commercial property insurance.

What isn’t covered by flood insurance?

Property outside a building will not be covered by flood insurance. According to NFIP the following kinds of damage are not covered by flood insurance:

  1. Damage caused by moisture or mold that could have been avoided by owner.
  2. Damage caused by earth movement if the earth is caused by flood.

If your business suffers from water damage, contact experts in emergency restoration as possible. Right insurance and a good team of professionals can have you back in business as soon as possible.

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

WHY IS BIOREMEDIATION SO COMPLEX?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

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WHY IS BIOREMEDIATION SO COMPLEX?

Environmental pollutants continue to be a major global problem. Thanks to Bioremediation technology, we are able to reduce some of the damaging effects that these pollutants brought to our environment.

Many Biohazard situations pose health risk to people and clean up companies because of the exposure to pathogens. People with Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV, the pathogens can survive in a deceased person up to 16 days after death depending on the temperature and environment. Exposure to viruses can occur due to direct contact, accidentally injured from fragment, inhalation and exposure from bio fluid to the eyes, nose or mouth. Considering these health risk, bioremediation specialist must follow safety regulations and meticulous decontamination process.

Biohazard situation can lead to dangers and some restoration technicians might even not consider. Example is blood that seep through grout or in between floorboards, there is no way to clean the damage but you have to remove all the affected materials. Sometimes, there is still a remaining bio matter that can spread disease, release odor or damage the property.

SERVPRO of Ventura use advance restoration equipment and techniques to clean up any type of damage including biohazard. Our team is trained and equipped with safety equipment to reduce the risk of contamination or illness from biohazard materials.

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?

CALL US SERVPRO of Ventura (805) 656-3911

DOES HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE COVER MOLD?

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

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DOES HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE COVER MOLD?

Mold is a nightmare for every homeowner. It is an issue that is not something to simply ignore. Apart from affecting your health, it can also damage your property. Mold produces spores which spread by floating around the air.

Mold issues are expensive; it can cost as much as 10,000 dollars. Home insurance policies often include unclear wording regarding mold coverage. It is difficult to determine whether any mold you encounter will be covered.

When is mold covered by insurance?

Mold will be covered by home insurance if they were the result of specific problem that was covered by your policy. Example, if you experienced a sudden and accidental incident such as burst pipe, some of the moisture may cause mold. Other examples include:

  1. When water heater ruptures, releasing water that causes mold to grow on the surrounding wall.
  2. After a home fire, fire fighters used water to extinguish flames and causes mold to develop.
  3. When your dishwasher malfunction resulting in mold growing.

When does homeowner’s insurance exclude coverage for mold?

Homeowner’s insurance will not cover damages from mold if it caused by own neglect and lack of maintenance. Examples of when mold is not covered are:

  1. If there is a leak and you decided not to fix it resulting in mold infestation.
  2. When you live in a humid climate and you don’t use humidifier, mold grew as result.
  3. A storm causes flooding, causes mold growth in your home.

If you think you are entitled to a payment for mold damage, contact the insurance company and they will assess the damage.

If you need help in removing mold infestation or any water damage events, don’t hesitate to call us SERVPRO of Ventura. Call us at (805) 656-3911

HALLOWEEN FIRE SAFETY TIPS

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

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HALLOWEEN FIRE SAFETY TIPS

Halloween can be full of fun and spooky tricks or treats. One of the sweetest holidays is one of the most popular activities for children of all ages. It is exciting to dress up in costumes from scary to funny and spend the evening trick-or-treating. While the costumes and candy can be a real treat, Halloween activities can also present lurking fire risks that have the potential to become truly scary. But by planning ahead, you can help make this Halloween a fire safe one. To make sure that everyone has a safe and fun Halloween, here are great safety tips for the entire family.

  1. Costumes

When choosing a costume, avoid fabric that billows or trails behind you, as these can easily ignite. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure he or she can see out of the eye holes.

  1. Decorations

Keep dried flowers, corn stalks and crepe paper decorations far away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters. Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper catch fire easily.

  1. Candles

If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Place candles and lit pumpkins away from anything that can burn, out of the way.

  1. Jack-o'-lantern

Glow sticks or electric candles are the safest choice when it comes to lighting up your jack-o’-lantern. It is safer to use LED candles in pumpkins and other handheld accessories.

  1. Smoke Alarms

Take the time to ensure all your fire safety equipment is working properly. Testing a smoke alarm is a quick and simple process and doing it can save lives.

  1. Exits

Remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks the escape routes.

If a fire occurs, SERVPRO of Ventura stands ready to provide property owners with Fire Damage Restoration and Smoke Cleanup services.

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

HOW CIRCUIT BREAKERS HELP PREVENT HOUSE FIRE?

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

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HOW CIRCUIT BREAKERS HELP PREVENT HOUSE FIRE?

Electrical fires are common in both commercial and residential settings. According to Electrical Safety Foundation International, home electrical fires account more than 50,000 home electrical fires occur yearly. These fires caused nearly 500 deaths, more than 1,400 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage. With electrical fires becoming increasingly common, residences and commercial businesses need to take action. Here’s why circuit breaker protection is important.

Circuit breakers are essential devices designed to prevent electrical fires and shocks in your home. It helps keep you and your property safe from electrical hazards that were previously undetectable. They provide more safety than fuses when installed with modern electrical systems.

Different types of circuit breaker

  1. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)

GFCIs provide circuit breaker protection against the dangers of electrical shock caused by ground faults. They are generally installed where electrical circuits may accidentally come into contact with water. They are most often found in kitchens, bath and laundry rooms, or even out-of-doors or in the garage where electric power tools might be used. They can greatly prevent serious electrical shock to people. Circuit breakers add more protection against fires and shocks in your home. Better to consult a qualified electrician when choosing and installing such devices.

  1. Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs)

AFCI breakers are installed in your home’s main electrical panel. These devices protect against arc faults dangerous electrical problems caused by damaged, overheated or stressed electrical wiring or devices. Old and outdated appliances are one cause of electrical fires. Arcs can form inside the appliance due to old age or failing component. Arcs can lead to high temperatures and sparking, possibly igniting the flammable items nearby.  

Other sources of arc faults include:

  • Broken and frayed cords and wires
  • Pierced wiring by nails and screws
  • Kinked and over-extended power cords
  • Covered cords (with rug or furniture)
  • Loose wiring in outlets and switches
  • Spilled liquid on electrical device

Homeowners in residences with older wiring should also have AFCI protection installed on their wiring to reduce the possibility of electrical fires in the home.

Circuit breakers add more protection against fires and shocks in your home. However, always consult a qualified electrician when choosing and installing such devices. If a fire occurs, SERVPRO of Ventura stands ready to provide property owners with fire damage restoration and smoke cleanup services 24/7.

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

PREVENT WORKPLACE FIRE

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

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PREVENT WORKPLACE FIRE

October is National Fire Prevention month. Here is list of 5 simple safety tips you can implement into your workplace in order to prevent fire and to keep you safe.

  1. Get Organized

One of the ways to reduce fire related episodes is to remove clutter out of office hallways and anywhere else in the office. Clutter contributes to fires by providing fuel and by preventing access to exits and emergency equipment.

  1. Electrical Hazards

Extension cords and power distribution strips are rated for a maximum wattage and amperage that they can safely withstand. Overloaded extension cords can cause a fire hazard.

  1. Fire extinguishers

All businesses must have fire extinguishers. Maintain the appropriate type of extinguisher for your workplace and number of fire extinguishers and learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher.

  1. Fire detection systems

Never block sprinklers, firefighting equipment or emergency exits. Observe clearances when stacking materials. Make sure these devices are protected from corrosion or other potential damage and provide enough warning time for employees to evacuate the workplace.

  1. Hazardous chemical storage

Use and store chemicals safely. When storing chemicals, make sure to keep incompatible groups apart. Check the safety data sheets and the hazard labels for further information.

  1. Emergency Exits

Emergency exit diagrams should be posted and emergency exits should be well lit with neon-regulation signs.

No matter the size or type of business, the risk of workplace fires is present. By following these tips, it will help protect your workplace and reduce the risk of injuries. If there is a fire-related emergency in your workplace, our expert fire restoration team can assist you in restoring your business quickly.

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

COMMON MOLD MYTHS

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

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COMMON MOLD MYTHS

Mold is generally not anyone’s friend. Mentioning the word mold can send people into state of panic. Mold can be a serious problem. But sometimes misinformation about mold, it is easy to overreact. You can make good decisions when dealing with mold in your home by separating facts from myths. Here are facts about mold that many really didn’t know.

Mold Misinterpretation #1: All Mold Is Bad

Mold contributes to the cheese’s robust flavor. It is also used in the fermentation process of certain wines, and the pharmaceutical industry uses certain forms of it to develop powerful antibiotics.

Mold Misinterpretation #2: Bleach Kills Mold

Bleach is also able to kill mold spores, but it cannot penetrate deep into porous surfaces. As such, it can only kill mold on surfaces. It should be noted that using bleach to “kill” mold poses its own health risks and is not a recommended solution by EPA or OSHA.

Mold Misinterpretation #3: There Should Be No Mold Inside

Mold is all around us and is very natural. There are mold spores in the air you are breathing. Mold inside your home is not really much problem but it’s the concentration of mold inside the house. Mold should not be growing in your walls or on surfaces as that can be a problem and contribute to allergic reactions.

Mold Misinterpretation #4: All Mold Causes Health Problems

Mold certainly can cause health effects, but it is not true that all molds cause health problems in all people. Mold produce allergens and some people are allergic to the allergens, but not everyone will react to the allergens caused by mold.

Mold Misinterpretation #5: Killing Mold is Enough

You might think that killing the mold that is growing on your wall would end all of your mold damage problems. The mold also has a high chance of coming back if the source of the mold growth has not been dealt with. Care must be taken when removing the affected areas. Professional mold remediation services are often necessary to properly fix a mold problem.

If your home or building is dealing with mold, SERVPRO of Ventura offers full mold remediation services. By using full containment procedures and utilizing air scrubbers and negative air machines, mold growth and mold spores are carefully removed and the area effectively cleaned.

Contact us at (805) 656-3911

SPACE HEATER SAFETY TIPS

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

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SPACE HEATER SAFETY TIPS

Many of us opt to use space heater during colder months as an additional source of comfort and can help save money on our energy bills While portable space heater devices do generate heat they also present potential fire hazards and must be used with caution. Portable space heaters are a potential source of fire if not used properly. Heating fires occur in colder months. Below are some safety measures to keep in mind before turning on your space heater.

  1. When setting up a space heater, remember to keep it at least 36 inches from any flammable or combustible materials and place it on the floor. Should be free of flammable liquids. Do not put them on easily ignitable or combustible surfaces, such as rugs or carpets, or use them to dry wet clothing.
  2. Heaters must be monitored when in operation.
  3. Plug heater directly into a wall receptacle. Never plug it into an extension cord.
  4. When using a fuel-fired space heater in an enclosed area, it is a good idea to leave a window or door partially open to allow for fresh air to enter to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) buildup.
  5. Do not use space heaters in wet areas like bathrooms or kitchens. Electric heaters should be kept out of wet or moist places as water could lead to a fire or shock hazard.
  6. Keep space heaters away from exit ways, walkways and paths of travel.
  7. Make sure the heater you purchase carries a label from either UL, ETL, or CSA. These are safety consulting and certification companies.
  8. Do not use portable space heaters if small children are expected in the area.
  9. Be sure to clean your space heater regularly, and follow your manufacturer’s guide for specific advice on maintenance and inspection.
  10. Unplug the unit when not in use. Never leave a space heater on when you go to sleep.

Practice good safety measures and help reduce the risk of fire in your home. Keep in mind accidents can and do happen. If you find yourself in a fire situation SERVPRO of Ventura is here to help. Contact us at (805) 656-3911

NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH 2020

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

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NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH 2020

September is a National Preparedness Month. Every Year, National Preparedness Month promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. This year, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. Make sure everyone understands where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. You can check visit www.ready.gov/be-informed  to learn more. You can also contact your local SERVPRO to find out more on how to be ready when disaster strikes with the Emergency Ready Program.

Consider the following steps to help you better prepare for an emergency situation.

  • Download apps/check for wireless emergency alerts.
  • If you live in an area that is prone to earthquakes, make improvements to your building to fix structural issues that could cause your building to collapse during an earthquake.
  • If you’re residing in area prone to flooding, keep important documents in a waterproof container. Protect your property flood insurance.
  • If you’re residing in area prone to wildfires, clear debris or articles that could easily fuel the flames.
  • Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.
  • Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.

Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself and your property SERVPRO of Ventura is always ready to respond immediately when you need us.

Give us a call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911

CARPET CLEANING MISTAKES TO AVOID

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

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CARPET CLEANING MISTAKES TO AVOID

There is nothing better than having a clean, fluffy and perfectly well maintained carpet. Your carpet is one of the decorating investments that you make in your home. You took considerable care in choosing the color, material and pattern of your home’s carpet. When you take good care of your carpet, it can last for many years. Your carpet should be professionally cleaned, even if you vacuum regularly. Professional carpet cleaning extends the life of the carpeting and reduce allergies and illness. However, to save money, many of us alternate between the do-it-yourself cleaning and professional cleaning. The do-it-yourself is less expensive, but never as effective as professional cleaning.

Keeping your carpets in the best condition, mistakes can happen that can cause your carpet to wear prematurely. In order to help you keep your carpet lasting as long as it should, beware of the three most common ways do-it-yourselfers damage carpets.

  1. Over shampooing

Cleaning too frequently can actually wear down your carpet by loosening the fibers, making the carpet loose and more susceptible to dirt. Sometimes we apply too much shampoo during the cleaning process and we don’t properly rinse out what we applied. The chemicals left behind can damage your carpet, and will leave residue behind which will make your carpet into a dirt magnet.

  1. Over-Wetting

Happens when too much water soaks into the bottom of the carpet. If too much water is applied, you run the risk of not only inviting mold and mildew problems into your home. Some materials cause the carpet to discolor if they get too wet.

  1. Overuse of Deodorizers

Deodorizing powders can be effective for removing bad smells from your carpet but they are not used as a substitute for cleaning. Overuse of these powders can also cause buildups in your carpet, especially if your vacuum does not adequately remove them.

  1. Avoiding Professional Cleaning

Many carpet manufacturers warranties require that the carpet is professional cleaned. It is recommended by carpet manufacturers to have carpets professionally cleaned once every 12 months for maintenance. Dirt, dust, and other debris gather deep in the carpet fibers. Professional carpet cleaning services can remove this deeply embedded debris.

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

Contact SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911

PROFESSIONAL CLEANING METHOD FOR UPHOLSTERY

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

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PROFESSIONAL CLEANING METHOD FOR UPHOLSTERY

Sofa, armchairs and other soft furnishing are a big investment for every homeowner. A sofa set furnishes the living room well. However, it needs a certain maintenance if you want them to be hygienic and look good, even after years of use. Regular vacuuming and professional upholstery cleaning service will not only prolong the lifespan of the sofa, it also makes it a healthier place to be at without all the dirt and germs.

  1. STEAM EXTRACTION

Steam heat extraction utilizes high temperature steam heat extraction technology to remove dust and all other unhealthy particles from the surface of the sofa. It extracts all dirt, contaminant and allergens from the upholstery. This method removes excess moisture ensuring that there will not be any wet or soggy after effect. This method financially economical as compared to other methods and ensures for the best possible cleaning. This is considered to be the most effective method for cleaning most fabric couches.

  1. CARBONATING CLEANING

It is a cleaner that contained millions of microscopic carbonated cleaning bubbles. The carbonated solution penetrates deep into the fibers of the upholstery. It removes an average of 89% of the airborne bacteria in the home, improving indoor air quality. Carbonating cleaning simulates natural cleaning by Mother Nature and it ensures that the sofa is left in a just bought condition.

  1. CHEMICAL CLEANING

This a dry shampoo method which effectively removes dirt and embedded particles are used and minimal drying time is required. Chemically safe products are used on all types of fabrics including leather.

  1. FOAMING CLEANING

A foam solution is applied onto the sofa which works onto stains and allowed to rest for a short period of time. The area is vacuum cleaned and the result is a clean and fresh smelling sofa.

  1. DRY CLEANING

This process uses encapsulation technique to remove dirt. If you need maintenance clean of your upholstery or lesser drying time, this process might just suit you. Dry Cleaning is generally suitable for delicate fabrics. A chemical cleaning powder is sprinkled around the fabric and it is worked onto the stain. This is a method similar to foam cleaning without the using of water.

If you do not feel comfortable cleaning the sofa or upholstery yourself, contact a professional to do the job right. Contact us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911

COMMON WINTER HAZARDS FOR BUSINESS

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

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COMMON WINTER HAZARDS FOR BUSINESS

Extreme cold, snow, ice and freezing rain can all have serious consequences for your employees, your property and your business operations. Water accumulated from melting ice and snow, has the chances of slips and falls for employees and visitors. Staying aware of these risks throughout the season and understanding how to avoid them will help keep your property and employees safe, and keep your business running without interruption. To reduce the chance of accidents, injuries and property damage, here are the most common hazards colder weather brings for businesses, along with the ways to prevent them.

  1. Power Outages

Most cold-season power failures happen when winter storms bring freezing rain, sleet, and high winds, damaging power lines and equipment. Without a backup power source, not only are you impacted, but your business can suffer from dampness, damaging walls, floors and plumbing.

Generators are a key component of business continuity for companies of all sizes. They not only keep business up and running during power outages, but also keep key building systems running so your business doesn’t deal with water damage.

  1. Frozen Pipes

Cold temperatures can cause water pipes to freeze. Freezing in a pipe creates a lot of pressure inside the pipe and can cause the pipe to burst and likely lead to serious flooding, which can cause a lot of damage to a business in very little time.

The best prevention against frozen pipes is to keep them warm enough to stay above the freezing point.

  • Seal openings & insulate pipes
  • Maintain temperature & power in the building
  • Monitor facility systems & detect problems early
  1. Roof Damage & Collapse

Heavy snow can pose a serious risk to roofs and cause some to collapse, creating dangerous conditions. Once the accumulated snow and ice load reaches the “danger zone,” it runs the risk of compromising the roof’s structural integrity, potentially leading to collapse.

When snow buildup occurs, use a roof rake with an extended handle to pull snow of the roof from the safety of the ground. Removing roof snow can also prevent ice dams. Roof snow removal can be dangerous it would be better if you hire a professional snow removal service.

If a winter does leave a mark on your business, we recommend you take action immediately. Call us SERVPRO of Ventura, small or big, we are here to assist you.

Contact SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911

AVOID THE HOME HAZARDS OF WINTER?

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

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AVOID THE HOME HAZARDS OF WINTER?

The winter season is approaching. The days become shorter and the temperatures are lower. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in the weather. To keep our homes cozy, we use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves. But winter products such as hot water bottles, electric blankets and heaters can cause burns and other injuries. Keeping warm and safe during colder months of the year also means being alert to indoor health hazards. Here are simple tips should help to keep you safe at home this winter.

  1. Install smoke alarms throughout your home and test them monthly. Change the batteries every year, perhaps on a memorable date such as a birthday.
  2. Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater.
  3. Have an escape plan in the event of a home fire and practice it regularly.
  4. If you have a fireplace in your home, make sure the chimney is clean and not blocked. Always place a screen in front of a fireplace when it’s being used, and never burn rubbish such as plastics or foam, wood that is painted.
  5. Don’t overload the fireplace with too many logs or an excessively large fire. This can cause damage to the chimney if it overheats. This also increases the chances of a log becoming dislodged from the pile and rolling out.
  6. Ensure the fire is extinguished before you leave your home or go to bed. Never leave a lit fireplace unattended, especially when children are present.
  7. Always keep children away from open heat sources such as fireplaces and gas stoves, and remember that even clothing with a ‘low fire danger’ label can still catch fire.
  8. Never use your gas oven or stove as a room heater.
  9. Never leave burning candles or any open flame unattended.
  10. Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  11. Check existing smoke alarms to ensure they work and are in the right places.
  12. Have your heating equipment inspected and cleaned by a qualified professional before each winter season.

Don't let fire hurt your home or you. Identify potential hazards and follow safety tips.

If your property does suffer fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile Advantage

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

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The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to plan for it NOW.  According to the latest industry research as many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster.  Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.  Pre-Planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. 

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile Advantage:

  • A no cost assessment of your facility
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Ventura as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

SERVPRO of Ventura is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in order.  Contact SERVPRO of Ventura to have a Sales and Marketing Representative to get you started with your business Emergency Ready Profile today.

Call us at (805) 656-3911

WAYS TO AVOID WINTER WATER DAMAGE AT HOME

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

WAYS TO AVOID WINTER WATER DAMAGE AT HOME in Ventura California WAYS TO AVOID WINTER WATER DAMAGE AT HOME

WAYS TO AVOID WINTER WATER DAMAGE AT HOME

During winter, home is under the risk of various winter elements like snow or ice. These cause the many water damage to your home. Here’s what property owners can do to prevent winter water damage in their homes.

  1. Prevent Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes build up significant pressure, which can lead to cracks and flooding once the ice melts. Make sure your outer walls and any exposed pipes are properly insulated. Checking and sealing of the burst and crack pipes helps you to prevent thousands of dollars on water damage.

  1. Prevent Ice Dams

Snow buildup on your roof causes ice dams which have to be removed quickly. You can easily remove the snow by using rake or push broom. This prevents the melting water of the snow to enter your home causing less water damage.

  1. Water sources

During winter pipe bursting or freezing increases which result in severe water damage to your home. Install water shut-off valves so you can stop the flow of water, protecting your home by minimizing water damage issues.

  1. Unblocked rain gutters

The gutters and downspouts should be regularly inspected and cleaned, to allow melted snow to properly flow through the drain system.

  1. Winter Water Damage Safety Tips
  • Install water leak detectors anywhere a water problem may occur, such as on sump pumps, near water-bearing fixtures, and behind or beneath pipes.
  • Purchase sewage back-up coverage. Heavy rains and melting snow can overload the storm water system, causing water or sewage to back up into the home.

Enjoy the beauty of the winter season without worrying about the weather damaging your home. Taking a few extra precautions can save you lots of hassle. If you do experience water damage this winter, call the experts at SERVPRO of Ventura, will provide trustworthy and effective water damage restoration services. Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911

WAYS TO PREVENT CHIMNEY FIRES

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

WAYS TO PREVENT CHIMNEY FIRES WAYS TO PREVENT CHIMNEY FIRES

WAYS TO PREVENT CHIMNEY FIRES

The leaves have fallen and the temperatures are continuing to drop as winter season is approaching. Many people are looking to their chimneys as a source of heat during the cold months. A fire can add warmth and comfort to a home but if they’re not properly maintained, they can also become a hazard.

The purpose of a chimney is to carry hazardous gases and smoke out of your home. If chimneys are not cleaned regularly, residue called creosote can build up inside your chimney and catch fire. Here are some tips on how you can prevent chimney fires.

  1. Minimize creosote build-up to prevent chimney fires.

By removing the buildup of creosote, you can help ensure that your chimney does not catch fire. Creosote is the main culprit of chimney fires. Use an extension pipe, a chimney brush and chemical creosote removers. Or you could call a professional chimney sweep who will do a deep cleaning of your chimney.

  1. Schedule an annual chimney inspection.

Many defects that lead to chimney fires, such as a cracked flue liner, aren’t visible to the naked eye. Have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year by a chimney professional.

  1. Only burn dried-out wood.

Cardboard, trash, or other objects can burn very quickly and the flames can get out of control. Placing these items in your fireplace can cause excessive smoke and creosote buildup, which can lead to a chimney fire.

  1. Stay on the lookout for signs of chimney fires.

Indications of chimney fires include dense smoke and a loud rumbling noise. If you think you have a chimney fire, get everyone safely out of your home and call the fire department immediately.

  1. Use clean burning techniques.

Low-temperature, slow-burning fires, particularly those left to smolder overnight, produce more smoke and leave behind more unburned combustible material. Hot, fast-burning fires, leave far less smoke, vapor, and unburned wood behind, so little to no creosote forms.

By following these tips, you can prevent a chimney fire from occurring. If there is a fire-related emergency in your home, our expert fire restoration team can assist you in restoring your home quickly.

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

CANDLE FIRE SAFETY AND TIPS FOR A HOLIDAY SEASON

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

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CANDLE FIRE SAFETY AND TIPS FOR A HOLIDAY SEASON

We used candles to mark special events or create a charming atmosphere in your home, but it can be a serious fire hazard if not properly used. If you like to burn candles during these colder months. Here are some helpful tips to avoid fires caused by candles.

  1. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep. Most fires started by candles occur in the bedroom. Always supervise rooms with lit candles; blow them out if you leave the room or go to bed. Don’t use candles in bedrooms or other sleeping areas.
  2. Keep candles away from anything flammable. Keep matches and lighters in a safe place.
  3. Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. Candles should be placed where children and pets can’t reach them.
  4. Keep the pool of wax in the candle clear of debris such as wick trimmings. Always read and follow the manufacturer's use and safety instructions carefully.
  5. Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use. If your candle is in a candle holder, it should be sturdy enough to avoid being easily knocked over.
  6. Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room. Don't burn too many candles in a small room.
  7. Never use candles during a power outage or as a night light: Flashlights, or other battery powered lights, are much safer than candles.
  8. Place burning candles at least three inches apart. This won’t melt one another, or create drafts that can cause the candles to flare.
  9. Burn candles within a 1-foot circle, free of anything that can burn.
  10. Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from clothing, furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, decorations, etc. Never place lit candles in windows where they may ignite blinds or curtains.
  11. Do not burn a candle for longer than the manufacturer recommends.
  12. Never use a candle for light when fueling equipment such as kerosene.
  13. Light Candles with long Matches.
  14. Never Extinguish a Candle with Water. Splashing water can cause hot liquids to spit and spread rapidly.
  15. Ensure the Candle is Fully Out.

Candles serve an important place in many of life’s ceremonies. Remember candles are an open flame which means they can easily ignite.  Create an environment that is safe for you during this holiday season. As always, remember SERVPRO of Ventura is here to help. Call us at SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

THE ULTIMATE FALL CLEANING CHECKLIST

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

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THE ULTIMATE FALL CLEANING CHECKLIST

 A clean home is proven to make you feel less stressed. It is more enjoyable place to be for your family and your guests. Fall is coming fast and that means it’s time for a great big, intense, thorough cleaning of your home. When preparing your home for holiday guests or the winter weather, here are fall cleaning checklist will help you choose how to best preserve and protect your home and belongings during the winter months.

  1. Deep-Clean Your Pantry

Start by inspecting your pantry. Remove all of the contents and put them off to the side. Wipe down your shelves, taking care to get rid of any crumbs or dust that may be hiding in the back. Check all the expiration dates of foods before returning then to their shelves.

  1. Prep Your Heavier Linens

Cooler temps have taken over, it’s time to get your winter linens out of storage and ready for regular use. Deep clean heavy duvets, wool blankets, and flannel sheets that are stored before using it.

  1. Invest in a Carpet Cleaning Service

Now is the time to give your carpet a good scrub. Shampoo or steam clean your carpet. It’s worth to get a professional carpet cleaning service at least once per year.  You could also shampoo or steam clean your carpet yourself.

  1. Vacuum Your Upholstery

During holiday gatherings, you want for your guests is to sit on your couch. It’s time to remove the dust from your upholstered furniture.  Vacuum your couch and chair cushions, and don’t forget to get in underneath them.

  1. Clean the Bedrooms

Launder your bedspread or comforter, decorative pillows, and the mattress cover. A fall cleaning is a great time to rotate or flip your mattress. Declutter and wipe down all surfaces. Don’t forget to dust off your electronics.

If you’d like some assistance in completing your big fall cleaning project, we are here to help. SERVPRO of Ventura will provide trustworthy and effective cleaning services. Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911)

FIRE SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR HOME DURING THE FALL SEASON

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

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FIRE SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR HOME DURING THE FALL SEASON

The weather starts to cool. The leaves turn from green to orange. Everybody is preparing for the cold season ahead. As summer turns to fall, it is a good idea for everyone in your home to refresh their memories on fall fire safety tips. Here are a few important fire safety tips to keep in mind:

  1. Check Smoke Detectors, Carbon Monoxide Detectors, Test Alarms and Fire Extinguishers
  • When Daylight Savings Time begins and ends, it’s a good idea to change your smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries. This ensures the alarms don’t fail when you turn the heat on in your home.
  • Make sure that there is a sufficient quantity of smoke detectors in your home.
  • Verify that all fire extinguishers are fully charged and in working order. Make sure everyone in your family knows how to use a fire extinguisher
  1. Fully check and service your heating devices
  • Make sure your heating devices and/or systems are in good working order.
  • For HVAC system, it is best to have inspected, cleaned, and serviced by a certified HVAC contractor.
  • If you have fire place, hire a professional chimney sweep to inspect and clean your chimney. Keep flammable objects at least three feet away from the fireplace and install a mesh metal screen around it.
  1. Space Heater Safety Tips
  • If you use space heaters, ensure there’s at least three feet of space around them. Don’t place fabrics on space heaters to dry, and turn heaters off when going to bed. Check out more space heater safety tips.
  1. Outdoor fire risks
  • As leaves and other flammable debris build up around your home, make it a habit to remove them periodically.
  • Don’t store fuel in your home or garage.
  • Keep your roof, gutters, and downspouts clear of debris and remove fuel from lawn mowers before storing them for winter.
  1. Establish and practice a fire escape plan
  • Designate an escape route for each area of your home and establish a meeting place outside.
  • Practice escaping your home while staying low to avoid breathing in smoke.

Don’t let a fire ruin your fall. For professional smoke remediation or fire damage repair, contact SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

FALL PREPARATION AROUND YOUR HOME

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

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FALL PREPARATION AROUND YOUR HOME

The leaves are changing; the air is getting crisper. Summer is slowly fading away.  Though is not quite over yet, now’s the time to start preparing for fall around your home. Here are our top tips for getting your home ready for fall!

  1. Clean the garage

We rarely sweep the garage and junk tends to accumulate here. Move the cars out and give the concrete a good scrub down and get any leaves and dirt out of there.

  1. Clean the gutters

Hire a service to clear your gutters or do it yourself. Remove leaves, nests, and debris from gutters and check for leaks.

  1. Caulk around windows, doors and other openings

Remove screens and install storm windows and doors if you use them. Check caulk and seals around all doors and windows. Caulking around windows and doors prevents cold air from getting in and your conditioned inside air from getting out.

  1. Turn Off and Drain Outdoor Faucets and Sprinklers

A burst pipe can become an expensive and messy problem. Outdoor hoses and pipes will burst if they’re full of water when the temperatures plunge below freezing. Now’s a good time to see if you have pipes that need wrapping or if the old wrapping is deteriorating.

  1. Get your Furnace/HVAC System Checked

Hire an HVAC professional to test for leaks, check heating efficiency, and change the filter. They can check carbon monoxide to ensure air safety. Stock up on extra air filters and change them every few months.

  1. Change your batteries

Replace the batteries in all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices and test to make sure they’re working properly.

  1. Repair and Maintain Your Roof

Check for cracks and wind damage in your shingles, be sure to take note of any missing or damaged shingles.

  1. Check the chimney and fireplace

If you have a wood fireplace and use it often, have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional.

Make sure that your home is prepared for the coming fall season. Preventative maintenance now will save money on expensive emergency repairs and wasted energy costs. For professional cleaning services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

HOW TO PREVENT WATER DAMAGE IN YOUR KITCHEN?

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

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HOW TO PREVENT WATER DAMAGE IN YOUR KITCHEN?

Your kitchen is one of the important rooms in the house. We spend so much time in there so we have to keep it dry and water damage free. Sometimes kitchens get damaged because of the water; that is why we have to inspect the source of the water to prevent the water damage. Taking simple preventative measures can go a long way to avoid water damage to your kitchen.

  1. Refrigerator

Just like checking the stove, you should also periodically check underneath your refrigerator for any signs of leaking. Inspecting this area will reduce the chance for water problems. Water behind the refrigerator is a sign. Fix or hire an appliance technician. If you detect mold growth, clean it immediately.

  1. Sink and Counter-top

Water can seep under the sink if caulk is worn and might be a cause of damaging the counter and cabinet. Check regularly under the sink and remove other stored items to search for leaks. A drip in the trap under the sink means drain problems and must be repaired fast. A dripping faucet must be repaired promptly.

  1. Dishwasher

Never leave the dishwasher running if you're going to leave the house. If the dishwasher malfunctions and causes flooding, you will be able to stop it before the damage becomes extensive. Problems usually occur when the drain line is clogged. Clean the drain line regularly. Look under the base of the dishwasher for leaks.

  1. Fats, oils and grease down your drain

Fats, Oils, and Grease can be found in abundance in the kitchen. You should never allow them to go down the drain. This is a common cause of sewer backups, which can lead to contaminated water damage. In order to prevent this from happening, you can collect them in a jar and put it directly in the trash.

Making a habit of inspecting the water-using rooms in your home is one of the simplest and most effective things you can do as a homeowner to prevent water damage.

If you have any questions about water or mold damage, please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911. We provide kitchen water damage cleanup and restoration, no matter the size of the damage.

WHAT PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT IS NEEDED FOR MOLD REMOVAL?

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

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WHAT PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT IS NEEDED FOR MOLD REMOVAL?

Personal Protective Equipment is necessary in removing mold. When cleaning mold growth, the priority is to protect everyone. The process of cleaning up mold exposes you to potentially hazardous mold spores. Personal protective equipment keeps a mold remediation team safe while helping to prevent cross-contamination. Here are the types of cleanup of mold PPE.

  1. Disposable Gloves

When removing moldy materials, skin should be protected from coming into contact with mold, as well as from the chemicals in cleaning solutions. It’s important to wear form-fitting disposable gloves. The gloves should be removed between work sessions before leaving the affected area, and replaced with new ones upon return.

  1. Disposable Hair Covers

They are necessary to keep mold spores from settling in your hair, which can later be inhaled or transferred throughout the building. When taking a break, the hair cover in use should be disposed of and a new one put on before work resumes.

  1. Disposable Shoe Covers

They are necessary to make sure mold spores are not tracked from the work area into the rest of the house. Just like the disposable gloves and hair covers, disposable shoe covers should be removed and disposed of when taking a break from work.

  1. Clothing/Tyvek Suits

Tyvek suits are preferable for mold remediation since they’re disposable. This type of suit can be worn over regular clothes and disposed of once work is completed.

  1. Safety Goggles

Safety goggles are recommended to protect your eyes from mold spores and from other debris stirred up during the mold removal process. It also protects the eyes from harsh chemicals.

  1. Air-Purifying Respirator (Face Mask)

An air-purifying respirator needs to be worn during mold cleanup. An N-95 mask will filter out 95% of all particles and is usually fine for this work. You can get disposable or reusable. It is probably the most important piece of personal protective equipment for mold removal.

It’s important to protect people and uncontaminated areas from exposure to mold. If you need assistance with mold removal, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911. We have the training, equipment, and expertise.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU NOTICE WATER DRIPPING FROM A LIGHT FIXTURE?

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

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WHAT TO DO IF YOU NOTICE WATER DRIPPING FROM A LIGHT FIXTURE?

Water dripping from a ceiling light fixture can be an extremely dangerous and deserves immediate attention. That is because electricity and water can be a dangerous combination. Most people understand that water drips can come from their plumbing fixtures, but some don’t notice that it’s also possible to suffer a water leak in your light fixtures. To ensure your family’s safety here are steps can help you to safely resolve the issue.

  1. Utilities

Turn off the electricity. Water can conduct electricity from an active electrical line, and that can become a very dangerous situation as the current flows through the metal parts of the light fixture. Any contact with the electrical current from the fixture and the source of water can cause electric shock. To stay safe, better to turn off your electricity for home through the breaker box.

  1. Determine the Source of the Water

Once the electricity is off, try to figure out where the water is coming from. If the source of the water is a leaky pipe, you should turn off the water main valve to your home to prevent the spread of water. Leaving the water flowing can develop more ceiling damage.

  1. Draining

The Water dripping sometimes pool and cause protrusion in your ceiling. If that the case, you may consider draining the area.

  1. Have the Light Fixture Replaced

In order to replace the light fixture, first contact a professional water damage specialist to fix the leak. Once the water has been removed and the leak has been repaired, you should have an electrician replace the light fixture. Do not attempt to do the repair by yourself, you may end up making the problem worse and causing more damage or injuring yourself.

Water in a light fixture can be dangerous and can cause injury as well as damage to your house. Take every precaution and allow professionals to do the most important work.

If you notice a problem and need water damage restoration, here at SERVPRO of Ventura will provide trustworthy and effective water damage restoration services. Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911

GETTING RID OF MUSTY ODOR AFTER EXPERIENCING A WATER DAMAGE

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

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GETTING RID OF MUSTY ODOR AFTER EXPERIENCING A WATER DAMAGE

After a water damage and you have taken care of all repairs, but still have a musty odor in your home. Flood damage can leave one hard to handle effect in the form of a stale, musty odor. The smells often indicate subtle remaining moisture from black water or even sewage loss that can lead to mold growth. The unpleasant odor caused by the water damage can last for weeks and even months after the initial incident. To properly deodorize your house, the affected area will need to be dried. Here are a few tips to get rid of musty smells.

  1. Fix the Source of the Musty Odor

The source of smell could be a water leak or moisture and condensation issues or a leak from an appliance. You have to address the source of the musty odor.  It is best to monitor the source of the problem to prevent this problem from happening again.

  1. Dry Out the Affected Area

Water damage can spread and affect other areas of your home. Make sure that every part of your home is completely dry.

  • Remove water-damaged items such as carpet, carpeting, and furniture. Treat the carpet with a cleaning solution. A homemade one involves mixing a cup of vinegar and two cups of warm water in a spray bottle. Spray it onto the carpet lightly, being sure not to oversaturate and trigger mold growth.
  • Inspect your home for other sources of moisture like kitchen, bathroom, and basement. These areas are prone to mold growth and can cause water damage odor.
  • Clean the air. Open door and windows to allow air circulation and to speed up the drying process, but, be sure that the weather outside is warm and dry. You may use air-moving fans and dehumidifiers to dry out your home
  1. Get Rid of Mold

Mold can damage the structure of your home through the development of bacteria. As the mold continues to colonize your home, the musty smell caused by water damage can grow more. To get rid of household mold, especially if it is seen in its early stages, you may scrub the affected area with warm/hot water and soap or spray it with white vinegar. If you’ve tried it all and find mold growth, call experts at your local flood remediation company to help you get rid of mold.

If the musty smell continues to linger in your home and there are still signs of mold, hire professionals. If mold affect the large area of your home, it might require specialized equipment to be completely removed. A professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Ventura fix the source of the problem and make sure that there will be no more lingering musty odor in your home.

If you need help in removing the musty odor, mold infestation or any water damage events, don’t hesitate to call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911

PREVENTING COMMON TYPES OF WATER DAMAGE IN SUMMER

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

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PREVENTING COMMON TYPES OF WATER DAMAGE IN SUMMER

Water damage occurs year round. Many people do not realize that water damage can occur at any time of the year. Changing seasons make certain types of water damage more likely. Most homeowners who live in cold-weather climates know the risks of burst pipes during the winter. However, homeowners should also consider how to prevent water damage in their house during the summer. Here are some summer-related water damage issues to keep in mind:

  1. A/C OVERFLOWS

Air conditioning and window units can be a source of water damage for your home during the summer. On a humid summer day, the typical central air conditioner produces as much as 20 gallons of condensate. The drip pan may collect more water/condensation than normal. If the condensation line clogs, the drip pan can overflow rapidly every time the A/C cycles on. Be sure to check on the drip pan every week during the summer. It’s normal for it to be wet when the A/C is operating. But if you see standing water in the pan, turn off the unit and call a qualified HVAC service technician.

  1. Summer Storms

Keep your gutters clear and flowing free. If your gutters are clogged and there is heavy rain, this water can build up and spill into your home’s foundation through your roof or into your basement. This summer, take the time to clean out your gutters, or call the professionals if your roof is too high to reach.

  1. Vacation Preparation

There’s no good time for household water damage. Many people travel during the summer and it is important that you prepare your home before you leave to prevent a water damage. A ruptured plumbing pipe, water heater or other leak can occur if nobody’s home. The best way you can prevent water damage in your home while you're away is to shutoff valve and turn off the water to the house before you go. Make sure all your doors, windows, skylights, and vents are properly sealed to keep out water and wind.

If you notice a problem and need water damage restoration, here at SERVPRO of Ventura will provide trustworthy and effective water damage restoration services. Our professionals can prevent future damage to your home caused by damage you cannot see.

Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911

COMMON CAUSES OF COMMERCIAL BUILDING FIRE

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

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COMMON CAUSES OF COMMERCIAL BUILDING FIRE

Commercial building fire put all business at risk. Although workplaces have fire safety and precautions, and employees are trained in fire safety, there are still many commercial fires each year resulting hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries and billions of damages.  Many commercial building fires could have either been avoided if there’s a regular check-up on their equipment or knowing how to keep materials safe and away from any potential hazard. In order to reduce the chances of a fire happening in your building, here are some tips to help keep you and your building safe.  

  1. Cooking Equipment

Cooking fires remain at the top of the list as a cause of commercial fires. Any business that serves food is likely to have a kitchen area. Because of high cooking temperatures, flammable oils and grease, this is the single most common cause of commercial fires. Kitchen are extremely high risk zone; strong effort should be taken. Sprinklers, alarms and fire extinguishers are an absolute must.

  1. Electrical Malfunction

7 percent of Commercial building fires are linked to electrical malfunction due to problems with wiring in the building and poor maintenance. Building owners should have a new building's wiring systems inspected by a professional as well. Be sure to keep the circuit breakers up to date, and all electrical on par with current safety codes. Having follow-up preventative checks every few years is a good idea, especially for buildings that have heavy energy users.

  1. Heating Equipment

Depending on the climate, commercial buildings require heat to stay comfortable for several months of the year. Causes of a commercial fire started by heating equipment, this includes central heating systems, as well as water heaters, space heaters, and other appliances. To keep your building safe, it is important to regularly check and maintain any and all HVAC units in your building.

  1. Human Error /Unintentional Fire

Some examples of an unintentional fire include cigarettes being disposed improperly, employees leaving heating equipment too close to walls or flammable surfaces and keeping a messy workstation or improper use of electrical devices example are extension cords. Because unintentional fires can’t be easily avoided, it’s important to educate employees on fire prevention and safety practices and install plenty of fire prevention systems, such as fire alarms and fire and smoke curtains.

While it is impossible to completely prevent fire, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional fire restoration service. Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR TOILET OVERFLOWS?

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

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WHAT TO DO IF YOUR TOILET OVERFLOWS?

One of the situation you encounter in your home is overflowing toilet. It is very frustrating no matter what the circumstances involve. When sewage backup involves, the problem is more serious, it could contain bacteria and illness carrying microbes. if you find that overflowing toilet is becoming a problem more often, here is a quick list to help get out of this stressful situation.

  1. Stop the Flow of Water

The best way to do this is to remove the lid from the toilet tank and follow the steps:

  • Lift up the bottom of the fill valve or float to stop the water from refilling.
  • Rig the float to stay up to prevent it from refilling the toilet.
  • Pull out the refill tube from the overflow valve to stop the water from refilling the tank.
  1. Begin the Cleanup Process

Toilet overflow water is considered contaminated gray water and black water if it contains human waste. It’s important after a toilet overflow that you immediately clean up. Grasp a mop and some towels and begin to clean the excess water around your toilet. Wash or dispose of them afterward. Make sure the area around your toilet is completely dry.

  1. Find the Blockage

In case there is something blocking the toilet, try to remove it by your hands or with plunger. Wear gloves to avoid contaminating your hands.

  1. Hire a Professional

If you can’t find the object that is blocking the toilet, it’s time to call a plumber or sewage company. Hiring a professional plumber or sewage company will ensure to stop and fix the problem from occurring. These professionals have the knowledge, tools, and experience to salvage as much as possible in your bathroom and begin the repair process.

Water from overflowing toilet should be considered very dangerous. It should be dealt with as quickly as possible. For Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow, Call SERVPRO of Ventura, a water damage restoration specialist with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business.

Call us at (805) 656-3911

ADVANTAGES OF HIRING A PROFESSIONAL SERVICE CLEANER FOR SUPERMARKETS, SHOPPING CENTERS AND RETAIL STORES

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

ADVANTAGES OF HIRING A PROFESSIONAL SERVICE CLEANER FOR SUPERMARKETS, SHOPPING CENTERS AND RETAIL STORES ADVANTAGES OF HIRING A PROFESSIONAL SERVICE CLEANER FOR SUPERMARKETS, SHOPPING CENTERS AND RETAIL STORES

ADVANTAGES OF HIRING A PROFESSIONAL SERVICE CLEANER FOR SUPERMARKETS, SHOPPING CENTERS AND RETAIL STORES

Maintaining a professionally clean commercial center, such as supermarkets, shopping centers and retail stores, hygiene is the most important aspect, especially in competitive markets. Customers judge shopping stores not only by the items available, but the overall experience that a store presents. The air they breathe, everything is an integral part of the shopping experience. Store owners should be keep their stores clean and presentable at all times. This not only enhances a customer’s shopping experience and safety but also increase their likelihood to return to the store for future purchases.  Here are some of the reasons why hiring a professional cleaner makes perfect business sense.

  1. Peace of mind

Hiring professional cleaners on a contract basis takes away the entire burden of cleaning and sanitizing from employees. Investing time in cleaning your own store or assigning cleaning responsibilities to your staff, you are wasting time, money, and productivity.

  1. Heavy-duty Equipment

Because commercial places usually require advanced cleaning tools. Professional cleaning companies have specialized cleaning equipment for many other types of services including power/pressure cleaning, special event cleaning, and more.

  1. Clean Environment

Trained professional cleaners are experts at completing the job quickly and effectively. Professional cleaners also ensure the ‘proper’ sanitizing of floors, toilets, desk and other surfaces that people come into contact with frequently. You can ensure that all the areas are free from disease-causing microorganisms, such as bacteria and viruses.

  1. Good Appearance

Positive first impressions are guaranteed, when hiring a professional commercial cleaner. You can be assured that your grocery store, shopping center or mall is always looking its best.

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 cleaning and restoration industry.

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

HOW TO PREVENT DRYER FIRE

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Doing the laundry is part of our daily or weekly routine. Most people don’t know that clothes dryers are one of the major causes of house fires. The most common cause is failure to do a thorough cleaning, because a lint trap is not a foolproof method for catching all the fuzzy stuff from clothes, lint can gradually build up and catch fire in the heating element or exhaust duct.

To prevent fire damage from happening in your home, here are five things you can do that don’t take a lot of time out of your schedule.

  1. CLEAN THE LINT SCREEN

Clean out the lint screen every time you use the dryer. The screen catches lint during drying cycles and if it’s not cleaned, the fuzziest from our clothing can build up and cause a potential fire hazard.

  1. INSPECT THE EXHAUST VENT PIPE

One of the most common causes of dryer fires are blocked dryer vent. Accumulation of lint within the hoses restricts airflow, causing it to overheat and potentially catch fire. Clear out the vent pipe to reduce the chance of fire and to maintain the efficiency of the dryer.

  1. CLEAR THE AREA AROUND THE DRYER

Remove flammables like cleaning supplies away from your dryer. Sweep out dust regularly in the areas around and underneath your dryer. Limiting the amount of clutter near your dryer, you decrease the chances of a potential fire hazard.

  1. DO NOT OVERLOAD THE DRYER

When you overload the dryer, you upset the airflow, the clothes will take longer to dry. It can damage the drum and other components of dryer. The fuller your dryer is, the longer it will take to dry your clothes and the hotter it will get.

  1. CALL A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL

Regular maintenance is important for keeping your clothes dryer in good working order. Professional service is required to ensure the unit is functioning properly with no safety hazards.

Keep these fire prevention tips in mind so that you limit the potential for dryer fires. In the case that your residence experiences a dryer fire and suffers damage from it, seek fire damage restoration services immediately before the damage worsens. Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

WAYS TO PREVENT MOLDS FROM SPREADING THROUGHOUT YOUR BUILDING

7/24/2020 (Permalink)

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WAYS TO PREVENT MOLDS FROM SPREADING THROUGHOUT YOUR BUILDING

Mold can grow on carpet, clothing, food, paper, and in places you can't see. It is spread via spores and cannot be completely eradicated. It is a common and serious problem. Luckily, there are a few things you can do so you can you minimize risk of pesky mold popping up in your building.

  1. Clean Your Building Regularly

To prevent this fungus from growing, it is important to keep your building clean. This will help to remove the spores before they spread.

  1. Make Repairs Right Away

Leaky roofs, unsealed windows and door frames are problems causing mold to grow. Repair building issues as soon as they occur. Always try to catch leaks and water damage before the wetness can lead to a moldy disaster.

  1. Keep Humidity Low

A leak is not the only the reason that can cause mold to grow. The climate in which building resides may mean humidity is always at a high. Damp air makes it easy for mold to grow. Consider installing dehumidifiers, or running smaller units in basements and attics help keep things dry.

  1. Hire a Professional for Removal

If you already have mold in your building, do not try to remove it on your own. Mold cleanup can actually cause the fungus to spread further if done incorrectly. To effectively prevent mold from growing, you need a mold remediation specialist. Working with a mold remediation specialist can help ensure that any existing problems are responded to quickly and that moving ahead, you’ll stay free and clear of mold-related damage and health concerns.

Any property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours if you suspect your building has a mold problem, you should call us SERVPRO of Ventura. We have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If you see a sign of mold, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

HOW TO HANDLE A NATURAL GAS LEAK?

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

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HOW TO HANDLE A NATURAL GAS LEAK?

Natural gas is the cleanest fossil fuel in the world. Produces only carbon dioxide, water vapor and small amounts of nitrogen oxide when burned. It is used to power a wide range of furnaces, fireplaces, clothes dryers, and stoves. Like almost all sources of energy, natural gas can be dangerous if improperly handled. A natural gas leak can cause potential fires in the house. Inhaling the gas can cause poisoning. Here’s how to recognize a problem and what to do once you smell natural gas.

  1. Learn how to recognize signs of a natural gas leak.

The smell of rotten eggs

Natural gas smells similar to Sulfur or rotting eggs. The stronger this smell, the more likely it is that there is a leak.

 Hissing sounds

A hissing noise will also be possible when you are very near the leak itself. If it’s safe, check your stove; sometimes the gas can be turned on accidentally.

 Air bubbles outside your home

If you see bubbles in standing water including puddles and mud it may be a sign of natural gas dispersing through the soil and into the surrounding air. Natural gas leaks can also occur in underground piping outside the home.

  1. Inspect devices and appliances that use natural gas on a regular basis

Regularly inspecting all devices and appliances that use gas helps prevent and identify possible gas leaks.

  1. Install natural gas and carbon monoxide detectors in your home

Slow gas leaks may not produce enough natural gas smell to be detectable, and even large leaks may not be detected by people with a diminished sense of smell. It is recommended that homeowners use a natural gas detector to alert them to the presence of natural gas.

  1. Shut off natural gas in your home

Cutting off the supply of gas prevents additional gas from escaping and can keep things from getting worse.

If you do have a gas fire, you’ll need to contact your insurance company to help you pay for fire damage cleanup. Hopefully, if you’ve followed the steps above, you’ll avoid any serious repercussions and simply deal with fixing the leak.

If you need a team to help fire damage clean up, contact our team SERVPRO of Ventura, call us at (805) 656-3911.

WHAT ARE THE MOST DANGEROUS HOUSHOLD CHEMICALS?

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

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WHAT ARE THE MOST DANGEROUS HOUSHOLD CHEMICALS?

Household chemicals can absolutely make our lives easier, but many cleaners and chemicals can be dangerous when used improperly. To avoid serious accidents, carefully follow the instructions on the product label and make sure these five chemicals are always stored safely in your home or business to maintain safety.

  1. AMMONIA

It used as a refrigerant gas, for purification of water supplies, and in the manufacture of plastics, explosives, textiles, pesticides, dyes and other chemicals. It is found in many household and industrial-strength cleaning solutions. Pure chemical ammonia can cause severe burns and respiratory issues if it comes into contact with skin or is ingested. When working with ammonia, wearing heavy-duty gloves, goggles and a face mask are smart precautions to protect your health.

  1. ANTIFREEZE

Also known as coolant, is a bright yellow or green liquid that mixes with the water in cars, trucks and other vehicles to keep the radiators from freezing or overheating. Swallowing antifreeze (ethylene glycol) may cause damage to the heart, brain, kidney and other internal organs. Inhaling antifreeze is not as dangerous, but may cause dizziness.

  1. BLEACH

It's used to disinfect surfaces, too, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. Hospitals and hotels use bleach to clean and disinfect bed linens and surfaces. Restaurants disinfect food preparation surfaces with chlorine bleach. Being a strong corrosive substance, bleach can affect the respiratory system if inhaled. It can also irritate or burn the skin and eyes. Always wear cleaning gloves and a dust mask when using bleach.

  1. DRAIN CLEANERS

It is used to break down organic material that builds up and obstructs pipes. Most chemical drain cleaners contain powerful alkaline compounds, including lye, that can cause serious damage when it comes into contact with your skin or eyes.

  1. AIR FRESHENERS

It is formulated to freshen building rooms and enclosed places by releasing fragrances to combat undesirable odors and smells. This one probably comes as a surprise, but the truth is many commercial air fresheners contain formaldehyde and other potentially dangerous chemicals. Even ones called green and organic, can emit potentially hazardous chemicals.

These are just some of the more damaging household chemicals commonly found in homes. There are many other cleaners which contain potentially dangerous chemicals.

For professional cleaning services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

COMMON CAUSES OF A LEAKY CEILING IN AN APARTMENT BUILDING

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

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COMMON CAUSES OF LEAKY CEILING IN AN APARTMENT BUILDING

Leaking is the most common problems in apartments. It is a serious business and if left unchecked, it causes major damage. Apartments are subjected to structural ceiling leaks the same as any home. Because there are different people living in other floor, structural my not always the causes of leaks. Ceiling leaks can be a frustrating issue, so it is best to ascertain where the leak is coming from, if possible, then notify the apartment manager as soon as you can.

  1. BATHROOM LEAKS

The two most common types of leaks in a bathroom are from the toilet or the bathtub. The leak could be caused by a leak in your upstairs toilet. A toilet leak is usually a result of some sort of a break or defect in the seal of the wax ring that adjoins the toilet to the floor. Every time a toilet is flushed, it causing water to penetrate through the bathroom floor and into your ceiling. A bathtub leaks if the drain gasket is bad, or the caulking has deteriorated around the sides of the tub. Each time the tub is used, splashed or draining water leaks through the floor and comes through the ceiling.

  1. PLUMBING LEAKS

Plumbing leaks generally are from pipe joints or drains. Pipes run through walls, so a plumbing leak may begin where the ceiling and the wall come together. The ceiling may show signs of leaking water. The wall directly beneath the leaking ceiling also may show signs of water damage as the water runs down the inside of the wall.

  1. ATTIC LEAKS

Water leaks occur through roof failure, ice dams, and water condensation or frost build-up inside an attic. Rainy weather causes the first type of leak. An attic above an apartment may leak and deposit water anywhere onto a ceiling wall and causes leaking at any point.

If you are a renter or a property manager or owner and you think there might be a water damage situation, don’t forget to call SERVPRO of Ventura. We are dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us. A fast response lessens the damage, limits additional damages, and reduces the overall potential cost. Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

ROOF SUFFERS STORM DAMAGE?

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR ROOF SUFFERS STORM DAMAGE?

After a strong storm passes through town, it’s important to go outside and assess the possible roof damage it might have caused. Storms can damage a roof in a number of ways. Hail, wind and falling debris can damage shingles. Heavy rains can cause water to pool, creating leaks. To keep up with the demands of the seasons, make sure you follow these tips on what to do after storm damage happens to your home.

  1. ASSESS THE DAMAGE

The first thing to do if you experienced severe weather is to assess the damage. Estimate the specific details of the area that has been damaged. Document the materials that are visible or exposed. Check for signs of exposed plywood, tarpaper, or the ends of missing shingles.

  1. MAKE TEMPORARY FIXES

Interior property can be damaged by leaking water. Be sure to place a bucket under leaks to prevent further interior damage. Serious damage need to be waterproofed quickly using a strapped tarping method, smaller repairs can be shingled immediately.

  1. CONTACT INSURANCE COMPANY

Homeowners insurance covers your roof in cases where it is damaged for reasons outside of the homeowner’s control. Roof damage caused by moderate weather incidents such as hail, wind, and rain are often covered by homeowner’s insurance. It is important to thoroughly document any damage that occurred.

  1. CALL A ROOFER

Always hire a professional contractor. A roofing professionals can determine the severity of the leak and analyze your home for the best route of access into the damaged area. They patch, repair, or replace unsalvageable sections of roofing.

  1. CALL A RESTORATION PRPOFESSIONAL

When the leak is under control, you’re left with the water damage. Untouched water damage can be a bigger mess that you expect. Festering within structural support systems and hidden pipes, even the slightest bit of water can weaken your home. A professional restoration service can dry and sanitize thoroughly as to completely restore the damage that has occurred.

If your home is suffering from water damage and you need to seek immediate assistance from a professional water damage restoration service, please call us SERVPRO.

REOPENING YOUR BUSINESS- COVID-19 RESPONSE

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

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REOPENING YOUR BUSINESS- COVID-19 RESPONSE

As business are preparing to reopen, it is important to make sure the necessary precautions are taken. Reentering a facility after COVID-19 requires more than basic cleaning it also requires disinfecting. The threat of COVID – 19 is still present. In order to reduce the risk of further spread is to take steps to disinfect your buildings, whether your business is small or big. It requires a company with the experience of handling biohazard cleaning and virus outbreaks. We at SERVPRO of Ventura specializes in handling disasters, such as the Coronavirus Pandemic. Our technicians are trained in Biohazard cleanup, Blood-born pathogen and virus trained, and IICRC certified. They are also trained in in proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

WHAT OUR REOPENING CLEANING INCLUDES?

SERVPRO reopening cleaning and disinfecting includes a wide range of services dependent on your business needs.  These services all include the use of EPA registered, Hospital Grade disinfectants approved for use in COVID-19 in both electric static fogging and spray and wiping.  Carpet cleaning, and floor cleaning may be required or suggested as well, depending on the facility.  Disinfecting of all touchable areas in your building will include but not be limited to: walls, doors, door handles, light switches, windows, tables, table tops, chairs, sinks, cabinets, filing cabinets, computer key boards and mouse, phones, printers, lunch rooms, bathroom stalls and machinery.  Our technicians follow all OSHA regulations, as well as guidance from the CDC.

WHAT BUSINESS CAN WE HELP?

SERVPRO technicians are capable of helping many different types of businesses with our services.  We can effectively disinfect offices, salons, and small stores as well as large manufacturing facilities, warehouses, restaurants, and schools.  All businesses in the state of Illinois have at least these things in common:  employees and being effected by COVID-19.

PREVENTIVE VS. REACTIVE

Preventative disinfecting is a service made for businesses that have not experienced a positive or suspected COVID-19. Preventive cleaning still disinfects all touchable surfaces to treat any possible viruses that may be in your facility. Reactive cleaning on the other handle is just that, a disinfectant service after a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.  This disinfecting is a higher level of disinfecting, requiring the use of several types of services.  It is vital that if your business needs a reactive disinfectant cleaning to call us as soon as possible in order to correctly create a plan to reduce further contamination as well as spread of the virus.

WHAT OUR FOGGING ALLOWS US TO DO?

By using the electrostatic fogging technology, SERVPRO technicians can cover an area is a short period of time.  This process allows for the use liquid disinfectant in a non-damaging manner to paper or fabrics.  The fogging turns the liquid disinfectant into a fine mist that lands on all surfaces and then dissipates after a specific dry time.  Because this fine mist allows technicians to disinfect areas faster, this service can be more cost effective then using a pump sprayer technique.  While some areas of your building may require the use of a pump sprayer, where ever possible, our technicians will use fogging to efficiency service our clients.

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?

CALL US SERVPRO of Ventura (805) 656-3911

THE DANGERS OF HOARDING

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

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THE DANGERS OF HOARDING

People with hoarding disorder excessively save items that others may view as worthless. They have persistent difficulty getting rid of or parting with possessions, leading to clutter that disrupts their ability to use their living or work spaces. It became hazardous for anyone who goes in or around the house.  People with hoarding disorder compromise their own safety and relationships just to hold on to items that they have become emotionally attached. Here are some of the most common dangers of hoarding and the extensive steps involved in the clean-up process.

  1. INJURIES

Piles in a hoarded home can become as high as the ceiling and can collapse and cause injury to anyone in their way. All kinds of items lie scattered all over the place, making it very easy to trip and fall. This may result in broken bones and fractures, sprains and wounds.

  1. FIRE

Fire is one of the main dangers in a hoarded home as the large number of accumulated items creates an abnormally high fuel load. Fires can easily occur when objects cover a heating vent or damaged wires. Clutter obstructs pathways and first responders.

  1. AIR QUALITY

Clutter comes dust and odors from decaying waste products. These can cause serious air quality issues in the hoarder’s home that may cause respiratory problems for people and pets.

  1. STRUCTURAL DAMAGE

Over time, hoarding can cause damage to the building itself due to the overwhelming weight of the excessive contents hoarders put in them.

  1. BUILDING MAINTENANCE

Clutter can prevent technicians from performing necessary maintenance on HVAC equipment and sprinkler systems, creating a safety hazard.

Hoarding clean-up is not an easy task, those helping with the clean-up process need to come prepared with tools and cleaning equipment to remove the trash and clean the home. This includes things like heavy-duty trash bags, empty boxes, buckets, gloves, cleaning agents and disinfectants, mops and brooms. It is best done by restoration professionals who have the expertise and equipment to perform the job efficiently and safely.

 In need of a team to help restore a space where hoarding has been an issue? Contact our team SERVPRO of Ventura, call us at (805) 656-3911.

COMMON SUMMER PLUMBING PROBLEMS

6/27/2020 (Permalink)

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COMMON SUMMER PLUMBING PROBLEMS

Plumbing problems usually occur during winter months like frozen pipes burst. However, the warm
weather could also bring issues for your home. Summer plumbing problems could arise because some of
your household appliances and features get more use than usual and they can start to show signs of
normal wear more quickly.
1. Leaking Washing Machine
Heavy loads on washing machine is a normal occurrence in summer which can lead to blockages and
overflows. Doing your laundry almost every day is susceptible to hose issues, especially leaking. Make
sure to pay attention when a load is running so you can catch sounds that are out of the ordinary. Try to
have small loads to avoid problems.
2. Sprinkler issues
Homeowners have opted to put in automatic sprinklers to make summer lawn watering easier. This can
easily contribute to broken sprinkler issues. Make sure to double check your sprinkler if they are in good
condition before using them to avoid significant damage.
3. Clogged Disposal
Summer foods can cause damage to the garbage disposal, making clogs and breaks more likely. Grease
from grilling will quickly clog your disposal and prevent it from running properly. Make sure you’re
disposing of food properly and know exactly what can and cannot go down your drain.
4. Flooding in Basement
One of the best things about summer is a midday thunderstorm. Summer rain occurs more often and
can quickly turn into a flooding problem. Double check your sump pump to avoid summer flooding in
your basement.
5. Sewer Line Backups
The rain not only affects the sump pump but can also affect the sewer lines. Pay attention to any water
that comes in through your toilet or tub and call professional immediately to prevent damage.
Summer plumbing problems can be a challenge, so making sure that you maintain your home’s
plumbing system throughout the year is very important.
If any of these issues occur this summer contact SERVPRO of Ventura, and we will be happy to fix it.
Don’t let plumbing issues ruin your summer fun.
Please call us at (805) 656-3911. SERVPRO of Ventura is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies,
large or small.

PROTECT YOUR KIDS FROM FIRES AND BURNS

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

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PROTECT YOUR KIDS FROM FIRES AND BURNS

Children are very playful. They are active, creative, and curious, and no place is safe. One of the most disastrous of all home-related dangers is fire. Each year, thousands of children end up in emergency rooms for fire and burn injuries. Kids don’t always know home fire dangers and risks, so it’s important for parents to take precautionary measures to keep everyone safe.

INDOORS

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and in every sleeping area. Smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent. Install a smoke alarm that has 10 – year battery.
  2. Keep flammable items like towels and oven mitts off the stove top so kids don’t move them toward the fire.
  3. Limit distractions when cooking and don't leave a hot oven or stovetop unattended.
  4. Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency, and make sure you know how it works.
  5. Store matches and lighters in locked drawers or cabinets. Put out candles before leaving the room.
  6. If you have a fireplace, use a guard door to keep kids from getting too close.
  7. Keep space heaters at least three feet away from flammable materials like bedding and drapes.
  8. Cover sockets to prevent children from inserting their fingers or other objects. Use tamper- resistant receptacles.
  9. Cover, move or remove electric wires.
  10. Teach children what to do if their clothes catch fire (stop, drop and roll):
  • Stop immediately.
  • Drop to the floor and cover the face with hands.
  • Roll on the floor to put out flames.
  1. Together, have your family plan and practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out of your house in case of a fire.

OUTDOORS

  1. Don’t let children play near grills, fire pits, campfires, kerosene lamps, and supplemental heaters.
  2. Avoid using fireworks especially when children are around.
  3. Never let kids hold sparklers. Sparklers burn at 1,200 degrees, enough to melt glass.

Fire safety is all about taking precautions and being careful.

If a fire disaster has occurred in your home, it is important to start the cleanup process immediately. For fire damage restoration and smoke cleanup services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

When our logo is on your door, your commitment to clean is clear

While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, SERVPRO is here to help keep your customers and employees safe, and also let everyone know you've chosen a higher standard of clean.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive, proactive viral pathogen cleaning program backed by our more than 50 years of experience in cleanup and restoration. With an industry-leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes, we're helping businesses across the country open safely. So make the commitment to keep your employees and customers safer. Make sure your space is Certified SERVPRO Cleaned.

CONSULT

A tailored cleaning program to meet your needs.

  • We will assign you a Cleaning Protocol Specialist who understands your business.
  • Programs are based on a range of factors: type of industry, business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touch points, foot traffic and congestion points.

CLEAN

Proactive and COVID-19 emergency response cleaning program.

  • Trained and experienced in biohazard cleaning and decontamination for porous and non-porous surfaces - always adhering to the highest standards set by the CDC.
  • EPA-approved products, including our proprietary cleaning agent SERVPROXIDE, a hospital-grade disinfectant that is NSF certified for direct food contact surface use.

CERTIFY

A commitment to clean for your employees and consumers. 

  • Leverage SERVPRO's trusted brand to reassure your customers and employees that you are taking the steps needed to keep your space at the highest level of clean.
  • Communication touchpoints include a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned window emblem, signage, marks for your digital footprint and more. 

To get a free quote or to learn more, call us SERVPRO of Ventura (805) 656-3911

WATER MIGITATION VS. WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

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WATER MIGITATION VS. WATER DAMAGE RESORATION

Disasters happens. Water damage can strike your home without notice. A leaking pipe may burst and flood your basement, dishwasher may suddenly leak and spill water on your floor, a bad weather may cause leaking roof to give in, causing water damage to your home. These are some situations where water mitigation and water damage restoration services may be needed.

But what is the difference between water mitigation and water damage restoration?

WHAT IS WATER DAMAGE MITIGATION?

Water mitigation is when a service provider does everything possible to prevent any more water damage from occurring to your property. The water mitigation process involves using commercial-grade water removal equipment and techniques to minimize the amount of loss, such as:

  1. Cleaning and disinfecting salvageable materials.
  2. Cleaning and disinfecting household materials and surfaces.
  3. Extracting water and drying out the home with commercial-grade equipment.
  4. Ensuring the home's structural stability.
  5. Removing damaged furniture and materials, including drywall and flooring.

Water damage mitigation services don’t do any repair or restoration work. They simply clean up the property and inspect the damage.

WHAT IS WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION?

A water damage restoration service focus on repairing and restoring the damage. After the water mitigation process has ended, water damage restoration professionals will reconstruct and rebuild the property if needed and fix any issues related to water damage. A water damage restoration services include:

  1. Replacing damaged walls and flooring.
  2. Repairing roof damage.
  3. Eliminating mold.
  4. Conducting humidity and moisture testing to ensure all issues have been resolved.

The overall objective of water damage restoration is to restore the home back to the original condition it was in before the water damage occurred. Water restoration service do everything they can to repair and salvage your damaged property in order to reduce your overhead costs.

Even though these services can be performed separately, water damage restoration service company provides all of them. Most rely on both methods to restore a home after water damage.

If your home does suffer from water damage, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911. SERVPRO of Ventura is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small.

CLEANING AND SANITATION AS COMPANIES GET BACK IN BUSINESS

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

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CLEANING AND SANITATION AS COMPANIES GET BACK IN BUSINESS

Some businesses and facilities are preparing to reopen after the COVID-19 shutdowns. As the time comes when business returns, cleaning actions need to be doubled down on. It is important to maintain a clean and sanitized environment at your place of business. This is to reinforce the safety of your associates and customers. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cleaning and disinfecting removes and kills the germs to lower the risk of spreading infection.  

Here are steps to maintain a healthy workplace environment:

  1. Perform Deep Cleaning and Sanitation

Cleaning is a preparation for opening a business back, however, it’s critical to conduct a thorough cleaning and sanitation to help keep employees and customers safe. Here are recommendations for achieving a complete cleaning.

  • Clean the top of the lighting fixtures and remove residual dust.
  • Clean the walls to remove residual dust and residue.
  • Clean packaging machinery, tools, and storage areas as these areas can develop a buildup of fluids, garbage, and other debris.
  • Drains are an area where bacteria can collect and should be clean using chemical or seam solution.
  • Any electronics cleaned and sanitized using alcohol-based products, which are quick drying.
  1. Clean your HVAC System

 Proper maintenance, cleaning, and sanitizing of a building’s HVAC equipment is a significant component to reduce the risk of reduced indoor air quality or pollution.

  1. Contact Professional Cleaning Service

Disease outbreak is an extremely serious situation. Safety of employees are on the line. Having a trusted professional disease and biohazard remediation company on your side is so important.

  • They use CDC approved and EPA registered industrial-strength disinfectants
  • All infected materials are cleaned, disinfected, and properly disposed.
  • Fully encapsulated personal protective equipment (PPE) and full-face respirator masks are worn at all times by certified cleanup technicians.

If you think that your business needs some CLEANING or DISINFECTING, we at SERVPRO of Ventura are here to help. Call us at (805) 656-3911. All of our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities.

HIRE PROFESSIONALS TO REMOVE PET STAINS AND ODOR

6/12/2020 (Permalink)

Dog and the Pet Owner HIRE PROFESSIONAL TO REMOVE PET STAINS AND ODOR SERVPRO of Ventura

Pets make us feel happy every day. They are more than just pets who roam inside the house, they are a family. However, leaving with them provides challenges especially in cleaning. Stains, shedding and litter box odors are just a few of the challenges. If stains and odors are older and set in the carpet, you will need professional help to alleviate the problem.

There are few reasons why you should hire a professional to remove the stains and odor:

  1. A small stain is hard to find

You must find all the spots where your pet has marked. It is recommended to use black light if you are not sure of all the places where your pet may have made himself at home.

  1. Pets Carry Bacteria and Germs

There are a lot of harmful bacteria and germs in the urine and feces of your pet. They carry a lot of bacteria in their paws and spread it everywhere in the house. While some home remedies can give quick relief, deep cleaning and professional decontamination methods are usually required to remove the stains and odors caused by pet waste altogether.

  1. Pet Owners Should Take Care of their Upholstery

Pets love to move around, jumping, chewing or playing with everything that is in front of them. They even urinate on furnishings. The leather will get spoiled and start smelling if you don’t pay attention in their urine or feces.

  1. Time is money

If you waste it, then you may have to spend more time and money on cleaning your leather upholstery. If your pet has urinated on your leather upholstery, then give a call to pet odor cleaning service provider.

  1. Professional use a high-quality pet odor neutralizer

Professional cleaning service use equipment that has super-heated water and powerful vacuums that remove dirt and particles all the way to the base of the carpet fiber.

If you are dealing with Pet stains and odor problem, as always, we are here to help! Our team is available 24/7.  SERVPRO of Ventura have special products and equipment that can be very effective in completing the deodorizing process.  Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

WATER DAMAGE AFTER A FIRE

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

WATER DAMAGE AFTER A FIRE WATER DAMAGE AFTER A FIRE

WATER DAMAGE AFTER A FIRE

Fire have a very devastating effect on property, it can ruin the whole structure. When a fire strikes, there’s nothing safe in your home. After fire, damage does not end, soot and smoke are normally present. This requires professionals to be removed and to properly clean the whole property.

Water is an opponent of fire, but it can also bring severe damage to your property. The pressure from fire hoses, walls, ceiling, and furniture have the possibility to break down.  Both water and fire can damage your property. Here are steps on what to do when water damage your property after a fire.

  1. Ensure that your family is safe

Ensure that you have a place to stay during restoration. Hiring a professional restoration service can give you realistic expectations about how long it will take to restore your home.

  1. Document the Damage

Prove the damage caused by extinguishing the fire with ample photographs, videos and any additional documentation. Take notes and create a list of property items destroyed by the fire and water.

  1. Contact a Professional

Look for a proficient professional restoration company that will handle the damage in your property and will coordinate with your insurance provider for the claim. It is necessary to contact professional to prevent delay that can cause more damage on your home. A professional restoration company will assess the extent of the damage, create a plan and provide the best solution in restoring your property.

  1. Contact your utilities

All utilities should be shut off to prevent another fire. In case of your electricity, contact electrician.

  1. Make sure you locate valuable documents

You may need to know important information contained in some of your document, such as your account numbers, you should attempt to locate these documents as soon as possible.

When an unexpected fire unleashes and streams of water are used to stop the flames, the homeowner is left with a watery and mess to clean up. Contact the most trusted name in water damage restoration and flood cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Ventura, we have years of experience restoring homes that have water damage following a fire.

SERVPRO of Ventura uses advanced water damage inspection and extraction equipment to help them find the moisture and to remove it as quickly as possible. Please call us at (805) 656-3911. SERVPRO of Ventura is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small.

ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR STORE CLEAN

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

Opening Business during Covid-19 Corona virus ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR STORE CLEAN

ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR STORE CLEAN

Running a store requires a lot of work, it can be a time consuming. Depending on the size of the store you may oversee the entire operation. One of the major concern in running a store is the costumer and the worker safety. A key component of safety is cleanliness. Your store will be judged on the appearance and the smell. These are things that costumer will notice.

How do you keep your store clean? Here are tips on keeping your store clean.

  1. Keep checkout aisles clean.
  2. Wipe down the touch areas of shopping carts and baskets with disinfectant cleaner and prepare them for use the next day.
  3. Clean shelves are a must in a store.
  4. Mop up spills or messes immediately.
  5. Have staff members wash their hands often.
  6. Make sure there is proper drainage where needed.
  7. Provide adequate sanitation supplies to employees.
  8. Ensure proper food handling and preparation procedures are followed
  9. Thorough sanitization of all food preparation areas.
  10. Remember to clean the restroom fixtures.
  11. Restrooms should be sanitized throughout the day.
  12. Walk in freezers and refrigerators should be thoroughly clean for food safety.
  13. Keep credit card reading machines clean
  14. Keep the floor clean. For more efficient and thorough floor sanitization, consider using an industrial auto-scrubber.
  15. Have a daily cleaning routine.

There are many other places that require regular and thorough cleaning. It can take significant time to properly clean your store. Consider hiring a professional service will save your time and effort. You will be able to rest knowing that proper cleaning is being performed according to your schedule. As always, we are here to help! Our team is available 24/7 to proactively clean businesses. please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY INSURANCE : COVERAGE FOR WATER DAMAGE

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

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COMMERCIAL PROPERTY INSURANCE AND COVERAGE FOR WATER DAMAGE

Water is something we need for us to survive. But water can be harmful to any property when it goes wrong. It ruins building materials and personal belongings and it can even cause structural damage.

When a commercial property suffers water damage, the business itself suffers. Depending on the amount of damage done, business owners may need to stop the operations for an extended period of time in order to repair the damage, thus when business is closed, the potential for revenue is lost.

When it comes to water damage, the harm can be caused by various things. If your business has an HVAC system, there is a threat of water damage. If your business has a bathroom facility, there is a risk of water damage. Businesses can be damaged by water from storms or floods. Insurance coverage plays a huge role in protecting a business from water damage. There are many insurance policies available to cover these risks and protect your business.

Insurance Coverage for Commercial Water Damage

Some policies will include only certain kinds of water damage; some may not cover any water damage at all. It is important to understand what the policy cover to ensure you are protected. Leaks and burst pipes are among two of the more common causes for commercial water damage, so business owners should especially make sure their policies cover such damage.

2 common causes for commercial water damage

  1. Busting Pipes

Businesses located in regions of the country that has extreme cold weather are risk for bursting pipes which can also result in serious water damage. Many commercial property policies will cover at minimum bursting pipes.

  1. Gradual Leaks

This is when a pipe or hose slowly leaks water. Slow, gradual leaks often aren’t covered by commercial property policies. This is because companies see this as negligence, this is something that could have been prevented by regular maintenance and preventive measures unlike accident that happens suddenly.

If you have a business and commercial insurance for it, look over your policy. Review the coverage to see whether your business is protected against water damage. Review the coverage to see whether your business is protected. No business owner wants to deal with water damage.

If your business is suffering from water damage and you need to seek immediate assistance from a professional water damage restoration service, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a Defensive Cleaning Program

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you areCertified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Ventura today at  (805) 656-3911 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

BENEFITS OF COMMERCIAL CLEANING FOR LEARNING CENTERS

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

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BENEFITS OF COMMERCIAL CLEANING FOR LEARNING CENTERS

Aside from home, school is where children spend their time within a day. It is considered as a special place to improve the learning process of children. Aside from quality education, health and security are concern of every parent and school official.

Every day, hundreds of kids walk through school halls on their way to class. Germs and bacteria are everywhere in a school – classrooms, cafeteria, toiletries, library, playground, and other areas, thus, constantly cleaning is required. A clean and healthy school environment not only does affect students but the teachers and other school staff as well.

Here are the benefits of commercial cleaning for learning centers:

  1. A Safer and Healtheir Environment

Commercial cleaning considers going clean for cleaning. Using a green cleaning products are better for environment. Using a green product improves indoor air quality which is good for students and teachers’ health. Traditional products can be effective but can also leave behind harmful pollutants.

  1. Reduced Spread of Disease – Fewer Sick Days

Most students struggle when a virus is spread from student to student. Illness can affect learning, so reducing the spread of disease is very important. A deep, professional cleaning is an important factor in keeping the school environment healthier and can help reduce the spread of the latest virus.

  1. Increase Productivity

Students are not the only ones who benefit from a cleaner school environment. Teachers are also less likely to become ill in a clean school. They'll be better able to focus on their teaching work.  Healthy, focused teachers do a better job of teaching and are less likely to miss work. Teachers and students are more alert when they aren’t missing out on instruction time and lesson.

  1. Increase Test scores

Higher test scores reflect well not only on the students and teachers but on the schools and learning centers as a whole.  Another major benefit of green cleaning done commercially is an increase in overall test scores.

Keeping schools clean is a simple way to enhance learning. A learning center should be well-kept and maintained to provide a functional and hygienic learning environment for students.

A commercial cleaning company makes sure all areas of a learning center are cleaned and sanitized. SERVPRO of Ventura offers cleaning services. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning, you can rely on us.

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

WHY SEWAGE FLOOD CLEAN UP REQUIRES A PROFESSIONAL RESTORATION

5/25/2020 (Permalink)

Checking Sewage Problem WHY SEWAGE FLOOD CLEAN UP REQUIRES A PROFESSIONAL RESTORATION

WHY SEWAGE FLOOD CLEAN UP REQUIRES A PROFESSIONAL RESTORATION

Sewage backup is the most troublesome incidents that happen in our home. It is very difficult to deal with. This requires a lot of time and effort. It also requires disinfecting and purification techniques. It can cause damage to property and health problems.

Sewage clean up causes a lot of hassle and present a lot of health hazards. Sewage spills contain contaminants that can cause diseases. Professional help is your best option in this kind of situation. Professional restoration technicians use the proper equipment and follow standard safety procedures and remediation techniques that typical homeowners do not normally have access to. Remember that the longer the contaminated waters remain in your home or on your items, the greater the chance of spreading disease and causing a mold problem.

Here’s what professionals do to restore your property:

  1. Pump out contaminated water and remove debris
  2. Identify and address the origin of the sewage backup
  3. Remove and replace damaged drywall and floors if necessary
  4. Ventilate and dry the area with the help of professional dehumidifiers, air scrubbers, and grade air movers
  5. Restore salvageable content to its original condition
  6. Clean and sanitize the area
  7. Remove mold and mitigate mold damage if necessary and take efficient measures to prevent mold growth

Using a professional sewage cleanup service will respond to your situation in the quickest manner. Sewage cleanup services offer not only water extraction, but also quality repair works, odor removal, and content cleanup, they can completely clean, sanitize, and restore your home.

If a disaster happens despite your best efforts, make sure you identify and fix the problem that caused the sewage backup and call reliable water damage restoration professionals to handle the sewage backup cleanup. SERVPRO of Ventura arrives quickly and starts the process immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage, cleaning and restoration costs. Give SERVPRO of Ventura a call anytime that you need us at (805) 656 -3911.

AVOID WATER DAMAGE WHILE ON SUMMER VACATION

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

vacation AVOID WATER DAMAGE WHILE ON SUMMER VACATION

AVOID WATER DAMAGE WHILE ON SUMMER VACATION

Summer is a time for people to take a vacation. It’s a time to relax and not to worry anything. But before you leave, its best to protect your home so you can fully enjoy your vacation. What could be worse than coming home from a relaxing summer vacation only to find that your home has been flooded, or otherwise severely damaged by water? Water damage can occur to a home when a homeowner is out of town. Leaky pipes and appliances, dripping water heaters, AC leaks and frozen or bursting pipes are just a few common things that can cause water damage. Here are a few tips that will help to protect your home while on summer vacation.

  1. Turn off your Water

Turning off your water main when leaving your home for long periods of time will help avoid water pressure from building up in your pipes. This will avoid the chance of leak since leaks usually happen when there is a stoppage in the pipes.

  1. Check your Appliances

Appliances like dishwasher, refrigerators and washers/dryers has a tendency to leak. If you suspect any damaged supply or drain lines, you should replace them as soon as possible before leaving your home on vacation.

  1. Clean Your Rain Gutters

The easy way on preventing outside water from getting it to your home is to clean your gutters. Removing leaves and other debris will prevent potential blockages from building up.

  1. Have Someone Checking in On Your Home

Ask someone to check up on your home regularly so a leak is detected before it becomes more severe. This won’t prevent water damage, but it will make it possible to detect it early and stop the damage from becoming any worse. You will feel better knowing that someone is keeping an eye on things for you.

  1. Check your home for leaks

Check around your property. Pay special attention to pipes under sinks, your water heater. If you find rust, cracks, or other damage to pipes, fixtures or drains repair soon as possible. It’s important also to check the seals around your windows and the exterior of your home.

With these tips, you can truly enjoy your vacation. You can have peace of mind that your home is safe from water damage. If your home does suffer from water damage, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

Emergency Water Damage Tips

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Lady having trouble cleaning water damage Emergency Water Damage Tips

Emergency Water Damage Tips

  • Shut off the water source if possible.
  •  Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
  • Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.
  • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting.

 Water Damage Services

  • Emergency Response: Reduce Loss Severity/Pretesting for Restorability.
  • Contents Cleaning Specialists: On-Site or Move Out.
  • Structural Restoration Services.
  • Large Loss Completion with Trained Crew Leaders



Thank you for choosing SERVPRO® to assist you.  Our goal is to help you through the cleanup process and help make it "Like it never even happened."®

PROTECT YOUR HOME AGAINST FIRE DAMAGE DURING SUMMER

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Flowers outside the house PROTECT YOUR HOME AGAINST FIRE DAMAGE DURING SUMMER

Summer usually known for hot and long dry periods without rain. Many people enjoy activities like camping, bonfires, fireworks, and cookouts. Summertime is a great moment to spend time with family and friends. But we don’t realize that hot days of summer can be a big risk for fires closer to home. Unplanned accidents happen all the time, including fires that can leave severe burns and damaged property structures. There are some easy steps you can take to help protect your home and avoid fire damage.

  1. Watch Your Grill
  • Keep your grill away from the side of your home. It should be in a well ventilated open area away from trees and structures including your home.
  • Always clean it to prevent grease fires. Drain all of the juices from the meats before putting them on the grill to avoid the flames from flaring up.
  • Stabilize it on a flat surface or other stable, flat source.
  • Check all gas all fuel connections between gas tank and grilling. Be careful of starter fluid on a charcoal grill.
  • Never dispose of used charcoal until they have cooled completely.
  1. Fireworks Safety

Fireworks are the source behind hundreds of thousands of property damage every year. Always light fireworks in a safe location outside, away from your home, garage, shed, family, or grass.

  1. Beware of lawn mower fires

Lawn mowers are a surprisingly common source of home fires in the dry months. Damage to your mower, especially corrosive effects from the ethanol in gas, can wear away at fuel tanks, fuel lines, and the carburetor. If the fuel flowers from the tank into the engine while the engine is turned off, it will eventually cause a buildup of flammable vapors and a heat source can spark a fire in your garage. Replace your fuel line every other year and inspect your carburetor for damage.

  1. Practice fire safety while smoking

Be sure cigarettes are completely extinguished. Never put them directly in the trash.

  1. Check A/C and Dryer Vents

Be sure to have an inspection of your a/c system annually because this can prevent a house fire. Dust can settle in places and cause short circuits and other electrical malfunctions that will lead to an air conditioning fire.

  1. Make sure your smoke detectors work

Checking your smoke detectors and/or carbon monoxide detectors regularly is one of the best fire prevention methods.

While it is impossible to completely prevent fire, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional fire restoration service. Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO cleaning Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

Ushering in a new standard of clean

As America gets back to business, we all have a new sense of what it means to be clean. In fact, 89% of consumers are uneasy about going back to brick-and-mortar locations*. At SERVPRO, we’re dedicated to inspiring confidence in communities across the country as we find our way to a new normal. And we’re doing just that with Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, our new defensive pathogen cleaning program, goes way beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning. With over 50 years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination, you can trust SERVPRO professionals to bring a higher standard of clean to the places we gather.

So how does it work? It’s grounded in our unique 3 C’s:

  • Consult: Not all businesses are the same, so we’ll tailor a bespoke cleaning program based on the unique needs of each facility.

  • Clean: Based on the agreed plan, an expert deep clean is initiated using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions and always adhering to the leading level of cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC.

  • Certify: You’ll know a business is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned by the shield posted on their front window. Along with digital emblems and other collateral, this beacon represents their commitment to the comfort and security of their employees, customers and community.

So when you see the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield, you can walk in with confidence. Because you’ll know the #1 choice in clean up and restoration was there.

Are you interested in our Commercial Services, or are you a consumer who wants to learn more?

Have Questions? Call Today 

(805) 656-3911

*#1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019
**Certified SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the job according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry standards (CDC, RIA, IICRC) with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience and result.

(*The Harris Poll conducted online on behalf of Fast, between April 28 and April 30, 2020. About 2,048 U.S. adults aged 18 or older participated.) https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/350922/89-of-consumers-concerned-about-returning-to-bric.html

MOLD IN YOUR AC DUCTS

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

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CRUCIAL THINGS TO DO IF YOU HAVE MOLD IN YOUR AC DUCTS

Mold in air conditioner units is a problem because every time you turn on your air conditioner, it will blow tiny, invisible mold spores into the room. Turning off the AC completely turns off all air flow in your home, which allows moisture to settle and mold to build up in the unit and air ducts but dust can feed mold. If you suspect mold is hiding in your AC vents, follow these guidelines.

  1. Get a mold test

To confirm that the substance in your HVAC vents is mold, contact a certified mold inspector. A professional inspector is accurate since they collect two samples, one for the test and the other one as a control sample. For this reason, they leave no chances for misleading results.

  1. Stop the HVAC unit

If you know or suspect that mold is growing in your AC ducts, don’t run the HVAC system. This can prevent mold from spreading even more throughout your home.

  1. Examine the air duct type

Check on what type of material the air duct is made.  Different cleaning methods is applied. Removing mold from bare sheet metal is much easier. If your ducts are made of fiberglass or insulated internally with fiberglass duct liner, they can’t be effectively cleaned and should be replaced.

  1. Prevent mold in AC vents

Find out what caused it to grow and take steps to eliminate the causes. Follow these tips to prevent HVAC mold.

  1. Control the humidity levels in your home.
  2. Fix water leaks and remove standing water.
  3. Ensure your HVAC components are easily accessible for proper cleaning and maintenance.
  4. Hire a mold removal company

The cleaning must be done safely using specialized tools and cleaners to prevent mold from growing back. A professional mold removal company can also address the causes which allowed mold to grow in the first place. Professional air duct cleaning involves using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved products and processes for effective mold removal.

If you suspect mold in air-condition duct.  Call SERVPRO of Ventura to perform professional air duct and vent cleaning. We rest assured your air duct system is in safe hands. We will inspect and consult on the status of your system and then clean, sanitize, deodorize duct systems where needed.

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (805) 656-3911.

HOW TO PREVENT CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING IN YOUR HOME?

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

carbon monoxide sign HOW TO PREVENT CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING IN YOUR HOME?

HOW TO PREVENT CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING IN YOUR HOME?

Carbon monoxide poisoning impacts hundreds of people annually. There are more than 400 American dies from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning each year and over 50,000 visit the emergency room due to carbon monoxide.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a silent killer. You can’t smell it, see it or taste it but it can strike anywhere. The initial symptoms of low to moderate CO poisoning are similar to the flu. They include headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, and dizziness. High levels of CO inhalation can cause mental confusion, vomiting, loss of muscular coordination, loss of consciousness, and ultimately death. Using devices like CO detectors, carbon monoxide can be detected well before it causes harm. Just like smoke detectors in the event of fire, carbon monoxide detectors can save lives. Preventing carbon monoxide poisoning requires proper maintenance of fuel-burning appliances and CO alarms. Below are tips on how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

  1. Have your heating system, water heater, and any other gas, oil, or coal-burning appliances inspected and/or serviced at least once a year by a certified professional.
  2. Never use gas ranges or ovens to heat your home
  3. Don’t use portable flameless chemical heaters (catalytic) indoors.
  4. Be careful when using gas-powered electric generators. Never use them in your home, basement or garage, and keep them at least 20 feet from windows, vents or doors.
  5. When buying gas equipment, be sure to check for the seal of a national testing agency.
  6. Make sure to vent gas appliances properly
  7. Have your chimney checked for soot, debris, and corrosion at least once a year. Hire a chimney sweep to clean your chimney annually.
  8. When the fireplace is in use, open the flues. Close your fireplace or damper only when the fire is completely out.
  9. Never idle your vehicle inside a garage that’s attached to the house or living space, even if you leave the door open. Have a mechanic inspect your vehicle’s exhaust system once a year to prevent CO build-up.
  10. Install CO alarms in your home

Following these tips can be e a strong defense for minimizing your risk of injury or death. All people and also animals are at risk of CO poisoning. For fire damage restoration and smoke cleanup services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

HOME DISINFECTION TIPS

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

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HOME DISINFECTION TIPS

Our home is supposed to be a safe place to relax and recuperate from what we’ve encountered out in the world. Unfortunately, we bring home the germs through dirty shoes, hands, clothes, and phones. Even if our home looks clean, it may still welcome contaminants that could affect your health. According to experts, cleaning frequently touched objects and surfaces can help to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses. The best way to protect your family is to quite simply to clean your house. Here are helpful cleaning tips.

  1. Regularly clean frequently touched surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks, etc.
  2. Clean surfaces using soap and water. If a surface becomes contaminated or you think it could be, cleaning it with a common household disinfectant will kill the virus. Remember to wash your hands after cleaning or use alcohol based sanitizer and avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose.
  3. Wash clothes, towels and linens. Laundering cloths in the washing machine with normal washing liquid is also likely to kill the virus. Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.
  4. For electronics, such as tablets, cellphones, keyboards, and remote controls, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and disinfecting. Use alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol. Wait for the surfaces to dry completely. If you are handling contaminated items such as towel or linens, avoid shaking them before washing, to reduce the risk of contaminating other surfaces.
  5. Kitchen surfaces can not only harbor the bacteria we transfer from our hands and belongings but also foodborne bacteria so it is particularly important to disinfect items properly in the kitchen.
  6. Use household disinfectant that is also quick drying and registered with the EPA.
  7. Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting your home.

Transmission from person-to-person is a much greater risk than transmission via surfaces, but the experts recommends we clean and disinfect touched surfaces in our homes at least once daily just to be safe, assuming we have had contact with the outside world in some way, either a person leaving and returning or goods coming in.

If you seek to provide a healthier environment in your home, follow the following cleaning tips or contact highly trained restoration professionals that can provide a differentiation deep and surface cleaning.

 If you think that your home or business needs some CLEANING or DISINFECTING, we at SERVPRO of Ventura are here to help. Call us at (805) 656-3911. All of our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities.

VENTURA RESIDENTS RALLY FOR FULL REOPENING CALIFORNIA

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

People on Rally VENTURA RESIDENTS RALLY FOR FULL REOPENING CALIFORNIA

The coronavirus pandemic that’s shattered lives throughout high-income countries is hitting the developing world as well. The outbreak has spread around the world; it has become more difficult to manage. Countries closed borders and implemented measures to lessen the spread of the virus from national quarantines to school closures. The new coronavirus can spread unnoticed so easily, many governments have felt the best way to ensure people have minimal contact with each other is to order total lockdowns, with people only being allowed to leave to get food or medicine, and to practice social distancing when they do leave their houses. But you may have noticed that some people have responded very differently to new rules on lockdown.

On May 1st in the afternoon, a large crowd gathered in the front lawn of the Ventura County Government Center.  More than 500 people took part in the event. The people protested the decision to shut down businesses and church services amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The participants dressed in red, white and blue as they circled the complex in vehicles creating a steady stream of honking their horns and waving signs with freedom.

Even though coronavirus has spread and there are more than 500 cases in the county, it’s disappointing to see hundreds of people disregarding safety protocol. There was no social distancing at the rally and no one was wearing masks. The participants exposed themselves to sickness.

The rally was peaceful. But the protesters were warned that for not following the safety guidelines they could face the potential for prosecution.

Under the statewide stay at home order, county leaders may not be able to reopen much until Governor Gavin Newsom returns control to the counties.

SERVPRO of Ventura Here to Help (COVID 19 Coronavirus Clean-up)

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® of Ventura professionals are trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

While there is no known cure for COVID-19, we are being called upon by numerous businesses and community leaders to perform the necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect and sanitize their properties. All of our cleanup practices are in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CDC and local authorities. We’re here to help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

If you are interested in inquiring about our services, Call Us Today at (805) 656-3911 www.SERVPROventura.com

About CORONAVIRUS

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

CORONAVIRUS CORONAVIRUS

About Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to respond to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now spread internationally. While the virus is termed "coronavirus," the sickness that results after infection has been termed COVID-19.

COVID-19 has now been declared a pandemic, which is a global outbreak of a disease.

Symptoms

Illnesses from COVID-19 are wide ranging, from mild to severe symptoms and death. According to the CDC, symptoms that may appear two days to two weeks after exposure include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

It is important to consult your medical provider if you develop any severe or concerning symptoms.

If you are a resident of Ventura county, Call: 

CORONAVIRUS HOTLINE:

805-465-6650

Sources:

 http://www.vchca.org/agency-divisions/public-health

 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/index.html

HOW TO PREPARE COVID 19 (CORONAVIRUS)

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

people wearing mask HOW TO PREPARE COVID 19 (CORONAVIRUS)

How to Prepare

The CDC recommends the following steps for your family or business in case COVID-19 spreads in your community:

  1. Stay tuned to local news and government organizations to keep up to date with information related to COVID-19 in your local area.
  2. Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and take the following steps if you’re symptomatic:
    1. Stay home when you are sick.
    2. Call your doctor or emergency room before you visit.
    3. Practice “social distancing” by limiting your movements and interactions with others.
  3. Take extra precautions if you or someone you live with is considered "Higher Risk."
  4. Protect your family and business by cleaning frequently-touched surfaces regularly.
  5. Create a plan for your household and business to ensure minimal disruption to daily activities.
    1. Ensure you have a two-week supply of essentials for your home and business.
    2. Establish communication protocols with your family and coworkers.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/index.html

BENEFITS OF COMMERCIAL CARPET CLEANING AND HOW IT WILL SAVE YOU MONEY

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

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BENEFITS OF COMMERCIAL CARPET CLEANING AND HOW IT WILL SAVE YOU MONEY

Proper carpet care can be a complicated part of commercial cleaning and facility management. Dirt, dust, allergens and other air pollutants get trapped in the carpeting. Commercial carpet cleaning is a wise option because will help improve or maintain the overall appearance of the building as dirty or poorly maintained carpeting can make an office appear dirty or unkempt.  The following are benefits of hiring a professional for commercial carpet cleaning services.

  1. Create a Welcoming Environment

First impression last. Keep in mind that beautifully maintained carpets create and inviting atmosphere to your potential customers. It will give them the impression that you are a respectable business that cares about details. Keeping your carpet cleaned and maintained with professional carpet cleaning services will not only improve the look of your carpet, but also the appearance of the office as a whole which will help make a better impression on your employees, clients, and visitors.

  1. Promote a Healtheir Environment

Dirty carpets are terrible for your health.  The dust, dirt, and other debris that finds its way into the carpet fibers can eventually get into the air where it can cause odors and even respiratory infections. Chemicals using in cleaning carpet could contribute smells as well as adverse effect. Professional commercial carpet cleaning services can effectively remove deeply embedded debris from the carpet to prevent it from getting into the breathing air and they typically use EPA-approved cleaning products that do not contain harsh chemicals.

  1. Protect your investment

High quality carpeting isn’t cheap. You don’t want them to replace it too soon for just excessive wear. The best way to protect your carpet investment is to hire professional cleaner who knows how to properly care for your carpets so they’ll look amazing throughout their lifetime.

  1. Professionals Clean During Your Downtime

Hiring a professional to clean your carpets is that a commercial service does the work during your downtime so your business can continue the next day uninterrupted by the presence of wet carpets.

  1. Save Money

Keeping up with carpet cleaning is important because this helps stop put on and damage. Replacing the carpet in your workplace can price thousands of dollars which is something you favor to avoid. Hiring any individual cost your enterprise money, so it does retain cleaning substances on hand yourself. Carpet cleaning machines, solutions, and different materials can add up fast. Instead, let a commercial carpet cleaner put their sources to use for you.

 Professional commercial carpet cleaning services will help keep your office looking clean, contribute to a healthier environment, and handle the job more effectively than DIY methods such as rented carpet cleaners. At SERVPRO we use state-of-the-art equipment to remove soils deep within your carpet. Trust the professionals! Trust SERVPRO OF VENTURA. Call our 24/7 hotline at (805) 656-3911

DANGERS OF STANDING FLOOD FROM A STORM

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

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DANGERS OF STANDING FLOOD FROM A STORM

Storms and hurricanes caused damage in different regions every year. Some of the biggest dangers caused by storms can occur after the storm has already passed. This violent weather is the primary cause of standing flood water which can cause a serious health risk. Standing water inside a house is hazardous in a number of ways. Here are some of the most severe problems floods can bring.

  1. Physical Hazards
  2. Electrocution is a major threat. Standing water may be electrically charged if the power is still on inside the house or even from a nearby downed power line. Never attempt to access the main electrical panel if it is located in a flooded or wet part of the house. The only way to ensure that a flooded house is safe is to disconnect all the power in the house and this could be done only by an electrician.
  3. Physical damage caused by a storm is still present in the water. Sharp objects underwater may exist, such as shards of broken glass or sharp metal which might be impossible to see before it causes injury.
  4. Various insects, animals and snakes may take refuge inside a flooded home. Mosquitoes also utilize stagnant water inside a house to lay eggs.
  5. Health Dangers
  6. Chemicals and other toxins picked up as a flood moves across the landscape are included in the indoor floodwater. Lead, arsenic and solvent as well as assorted pesticides could cause problems to your health.
  7. Foods and drinks that have been contaminated by standing flood water could cause problems to your health. Since floods typically flush out municipal sewage systems, E. coli bacteria, staphylococcus and even flesh-eating bacteria may also be present in the house.

Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. If you need a local restoration company, Call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911. We have a 24/7 Hotline.

HOW SHOULD STORM DAMAGE CLEANUP BE HANDLED?

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

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HOW SHOULD STORM DAMAGE CLEANUP BE HANDLED?

After a major storm, you will deal with wind and water damage to your house, which can be both difficult and dangerous. Dealing with a variety of damage must be handled properly to protect your safety and belongings. Here are some tips on managing your cleanup efforts and keeping your family safe.

  1. FOCUS ON HEALTH AND SAFETY

When dealing with water damage after a storm, make sure that all power in the house is shut off. This is very important because storm water may have soaked into your walls and reached the electrical wiring. Water supplies should be shut off if you notice broken pipes to avoid using the sewage system.

  1. DOCUMENT THE DAMAGE

As soon as you can safely approach your property, document damage to your home before clean up with photos or video, and compile a written list of damaged items. Make sure to take an inventory of both the interior and exterior of the property. Read your homeowner insurance policy thoroughly to see what is and isn’t covered before contacting the insurance company.

  1. CHECK YOUR ROOF

The hardest part after storms hit your house is when the roof is damaged. Water damage could add to the problem once the roof is lost.  Make sure to inspect and repair immediately so that the rest of the property is protected from future storms.

  1. GET HELP WITH A PROFESSIONAL CONTRACTOR

The amount of damage even a short storm can do is alarming. It is important to repair it quickly but the risk of danger is high. Before you try making repairs yourself, work with your home insurer and hire a fully licensed and bonded contractor with credentials. Cleaning up flooded property requires a professional technique to ensure that every corner is dry. If your property has set for a long period of time, it may also be necessary to do mold remediation. By keeping safety in mind and working with a professional, you will have your property looking as good as new soon.

If you're looking for storm restoration services, then contact the team 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.

DISINFECTING SERVICES

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

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We are getting a lot of calls asking for our Disinfecting Services. If you think that your home or business needs some CLEANING or DISINFECTING, call us at (805) 656-3911. 

DOES HOMEOWNER’S INSURANCE COVER WATER DAMAGE?

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

Water leaking from pipe DOES HOMEOWNER’S INSURANCE COVER WATER DAMAGE? Ventura, California

DOES HOMEOWNER’S INSURANCE COVER WATER DAMAGE?

You already have insurance and you’re paying for it. But did you ever ask yourself if your homeowner’s insurance covers water damage? What’s covered and what’s not in your homeowner’s insurance policy?

Waking up to a flood due to faulty water heater is annoying especially after you realized your floor is damaged. Plumbing and leaking pipes can be a potential disaster, costing homeowners thousands of dollars. Water damage done to your home is covered by a standard homeowner’s insurance policy. However, not all types of water damage are covered. It’s not always easy to figure out when water damage is and isn’t covered by your policy because the distinctions are so fine, but this guide will inform you of the specific situations when your homeowner’s insurance will cover water damage.

When Does Homeowner’s Insurance Cover Water Damage?

Standard home insurance policies require water damage to be sudden and internal, with the requirement that the water has never touched the outside ground. It means that, if water damage occurs suddenly or accidentally from a source inside your home, such as a busted pipe, it will likely be covered by your homeowner’s insurance. If the water comes from outside your home, it will not be covered by your standard policy.

  • Plumbing: Burst pipes, frozen plumbing, faulty plumbing, accidental overflow
  • Water damage from extinguishing a fire
  • A leaking roof (coverage would extend only to the home interior, not the roof itself)
  • An accidental overflow of an appliance or fixture (toilet, washing machine, bathtub)
  • Mold (only when it’s the result of covered water damage)

What types of water damage not covered by homeowner’s insurance?

Water damage is not covered by insurance if the result is not accident or unexpected occurrence. Here are three instances in which your homeowner’s policy will not provide coverage:

  1. Maintenance problems that have not been attended to
  2. Repair or replacement of the actual source of the water damage.
  3. Flooding

Standard policies won’t cover water damage resulting from a flood, you’ll need to purchase additional flood insurance, especially if you are in area prone to flooding.

If your house floods due to a burst pipe, which happened suddenly and accidentally, that would be an exception, your homeowner’s insurance can cover the costs of water damage.

Does homeowner’s insurance cover water damage from rain?

Homeowners insurance covers water damage from rain sometimes, but not always. It all depends on how the damage occurred. For example, if a storm opens a hole in your roof, allowing water to leak in and destroy valuable personal property, your policy typically offers coverage. But when lack of maintenance results in water damage, you won’t be covered.

We Are Cleanup and Biohazard Experts

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Here to Help® and Ready to Respond

About Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to respond to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now spread internationally. While the virus is termed coronavirus, the sickness that results after infection has been termed COVID-19.

COVID-19 has now been declared a pandemic, which is a global outbreak of a disease.  

Need Specialized Cleaning Services?
Call Us Today (805) 656-3911

Symptoms

Illness from COVID-19 is wide ranging, from mild to severe symptoms and death. According to the CDC, symptom may appear two days to two weeks after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

It is important to consult your medical provider if you develop any severe or concerning symptoms.

Minimize Your Risk

Tips and Best Practices to Minimize Your Risk

Cities and states are taking increasingly drastic measures to curb the severity of the pandemic, including the closing of bars, restaurants, and public venues. In some areas, officials have issued “shelter in place” orders in order to compel residents to stay in their homes and limit movement. To further protect yourself, minimize your exposure with the following tips:

Practice Good Hygiene

    • Clean hands with sanitizer and wash your hands frequently
    • Avoid touching your face and cover coughs and sneezes
    • Disinfect “high touch” surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, tables, doorknobs, and handrails regularly
    • Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning

At The Office

    • Stop shaking hands – use other noncontact methods of greeting
    • Use videoconferencing for meetings when possible
    • When not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces
    • Disinfect “high touch” surfaces like desks, keyboards, light switches, doorknobs, and telephones
    • Consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings

Stay Home if...

    • You are feeling sick
    • You have a sick family member in their home

Sources:


We are Cleaning Experts

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Ventura (805) 656-3911

MICROFIBER CLEANING

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

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MICROFIBER CLEANING

Every day the rooms in the house are infested with dust. Sometimes this can reduce the quality and appearance of your home. That why it is important to invest in a microfiber mop.

Microfiber is more efficient at cleaning out dust than any methods. It can reach into surface pores where the cotton mop becomes too deep for cleaning. Mops are the most popular uses of microfiber material. Here are the benefits of using a microfiber mop.

  1. Increases productivity

When using a microfiber mop, you do not have to wring out the mop or use some other solution. Just water alone will allow you to remove 99% of all dirt dust and germs from your floors. It is a low water mopping method because you only need a damp pad to deep clean any hard surface. Compare that to traditional method tat takes up to 40 minutes to an hour to clean an area. 

  2. Reduces Worker Injury

Microfiber mops are designed to fit comfortably in a user's hand and weigh significantly less than conventional wet cotton loop mops. They are easier to use, microfiber mops are safer and prevent more injuries than traditional cleaning methods.

  1. Reduces Cross Contamination

Healthcare facilities have been using microfiber cleaning. This is to reduce cross contamination risk between patient rooms, some state laws require that maintenance personnel change out the mop and/or cleaning solution after every room.

  1. Reduced Chemical and Water Usage

Microfiber mops use about 10-20 times less liquid than standard cotton mops, helping water usage costs.  Very few microfiber applications require the use of chemicals.

  1. Cleaning Power

Microfiber cleans more effectively, reaching into surface pores and crevices, where cotton mop materials are too large for deep cleaning.

Microfiber cleaning is the most significant product innovation to the cleaning industry in the last century. It’s a quick and easy and help preserve environmental resources. In using microfiber material, you'll find that the key benefits extend beyond your workers' wellness. It helps protect the environment by reducing both your contribution to the waste stream and the use of water and harmful chemicals.

SERVPRO of Ventura offers cleaning services. We have the specialized training and products to make your property look its very best. For more information, visit www.SERVPROventura.com or call us on our 24/7 hotline at (805) 656-3911

WHAT TO DO DURING LOCKDOWN?

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

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WHAT TO DO DURING LOCKDOWN/QUARANTINE?

Due to global pandemic, many of us are forced to stay at home. This is to lessen the spread of coronavirus. Schools and other workplaces began to close down. Remaining inside is a good way to protect ourselves from the virus but it could also lead to a boredom and stir craziness.

Here are tips to help make your time quarantined interesting and even productive.

  1. Keep Learning

Having classes cancelled doesn’t mean we should stop from learning. There are thousands of great resources online in all possible fields to keep us busy. There are online courses available no matter what our interest is. Now is the perfect opportunity to expand your knowledge and gain new skills.

  1. Declutter and donate

Staying at home gives us more time to carefully look around to our belongings. Identify clothes and other things that are rarely used and clean up some space. There are people to have them for sure. Sort them and donate.

  1. Family time

Not all of us are fortunate to be always with their families. You can use the internet to connect with your loved ones when we are not with them. Staying at home is a great opportunity to catch up with family members and get some closure.

  1. Cook

A lot of us often turn to takeaway food due to a busy lifestyle of lack of time for cooking. Now, it’s the right time to learn to cook and spoil ourselves with homemade dishes.

  1. Keep moving

Life in the time of coronavirus can be scary and stressful, whether you are in quarantine or not. To fight the boredom, it’s time to turn ourselves to the mood-boosting power of dance. Dancing helps us fight toxic feelings of fear, anxiety and paranoia.

  1. Reflect

Having time for ourselves is a great opportunity to reflect on our personalities, identify our strengths and weaknesses to work with.

This time of crisis reminds us that we should unite, cooperate and be compassionate above anything else to solve the problem easily. Helping each other should be our priority in this kind of situation.

SAFETY FIRE TIPS DURING QUARANTINE

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

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SAFETY FIRE TIPS DURING QUARANTINE/LOCKDOWN

As coronavirus cases continue to climb up, some countries are putting their citizens on various forms of lockdown. To lessen the spread of the virus and flatten the curve, experts advised that even those who show no sign of illness should stay at home during this time of global pandemic.

Most of us will be spending more time at home, so make sure your house is as safe from fire risk as possible. Here are tips you need to consider while stuck inside during lockdown.

  1. Smoking and Vaping

Are there smokers living in your home? If people are spending more time in their home, they might find themselves smoking more often.

  • Check for near-misses you might not have spotted like burn marks on floors, clothing or bedding
  • Check that any matches or lighters are kept out of reach of children
  • Check that any e-liquids are out of reach of children
  1. Candles, incense and naked flames

Spending more time at home means relaxation, and you want to make your home cozy by using incense and scented candles.

  • Check that candles, incense and oil burners are held firmly in heat resistant holders
  • Check that these items are out of reach of children
  • Check that these items are kept away from materials that may catch fire, such as curtains, furnishings or clothes
  1. Electrics

More people are working from home, schools are closed, malls and tourist spots are shut down. Children at home are using tablets and game consoles for longer. One of the causes of fires are overloaded electrical outlets.

  • Check your workspace set up to ensure plugs aren’t overloaded
  • Check for any loose or dangerous wiring around your home
  • Check that your electrics are clean and in good working order
  • Throw out any chargers that either didn't come with the device or that are not genuine replacements
  1. Cooking

Restaurants are closed. Staying at home means more cooking at home. Children are at home, so you might have more distractions to deal with.

  • Check for scorched tea towels or worktops in the kitchen
  • Check your toaster isn't placed under kitchen cabinets or close to anything that can catch fire
  • Check that your oven, hob, cooker hood and grill are clean and in good working order
  • If you have a barbecue, make sure it stays outside, that it's positioned on level ground and kept well away from anything that may catch fire

INDOOR AIR QUALITY

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

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One of the problem exist in an office work environment is indoor air pollution. Indoor air pollution problem exists when a limited amount of fresh air is circulated throughout the office work environment, toxic substances are present in the office environment. Many people don’t realize it but the air circulating in their homes and offices may actually be filled with compounds that harm their physical and mental health.

What causes poor office air quality?

Indoor air pollution is a common problem. Materials, supplies, machines, and equipment all release toxic pollutants that contaminate the air. Chemical from cleaners, floor, glue and furniture polishes also contribute to problem.

Here are several ways to improve indoor air quality:

  1. Improve Ventilation

A building should ensure a proper ventilation. Industrial ventilation brings in fresh air from the outdoors and removes contaminated air. A proper ventilation has the following purposes:

a.Control exposure to airborne contaminants.

b.Lessen potential fire or explosion hazards.

c.Remove airborne contaminants.

d.Provide a continuous supply of fresh air inside the workplace.

e.Keep temperature and humidity at comfortable levels.

Without proper filters, air conditioners can aggravate indoor air problems because these systems suck outdoor is that is potentially filled with pollutants that contaminate indoor air.

2. Use professional-grade equipment to promote quality indoor air  

a. Air scrubber

air scrubber removes particles, gasses, and chemicals from the air within a given area.

b. Air purifiers

They often include HEPA filters that capture 99.97% of particles in the air.

c. Dehumidifiers

Dehumidifiers lower the humidity levels in the air by removing excess moisture

  1. Keep the workplace clean

A clean environment contributes to clean air. Sanitizing desks and office equipment, implementing vigorous cleaning practices on HVAC systems is a must. Keep the HVAC filters clean.

Indoor air pollution is a common problem not only among households but also in offices and commercial buildings. Keeping the workplace clean is essential to the health and wellness of your employees. SERVPRO of Ventura offers cleaning services. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best. Call us at (805) 656-3911 for assistance.

GREASE FIRE: WHAT TO DO AND HOW TO PREVENT THEM

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

lady with burning pan GREASE FIRE: WHAT TO DO AND HOW TO PREVENT THEM Ventura, California

A grease fire damage can be unexpected disaster for kitchen and home. Grease fires are difficult to extinguish. Putting water on grease fire or trying to snuff it out with towels can make it worse and can lead the fire to spreading.

Putting out grease fire requires skills, a speedy reaction, and most importantly the presence of mind.

Here are following steps on how to put out grease fire:

  1. Turn off the heat. One thing you should never do is to pick up the pan. Otherwise, the fire can spread to you or the grease could spill into the counter or kitchen floor, causing the fire to spread easily.
  2. Put a lid on the pot or frying pan to cut off oxygen to the fire. Let the pan cool before touching it and cleaning up the mess.
  3. If the fire is out of control, the most important thing to do is to call 911 and get everyone outside.
  4. Do NOT pour water on a grease fire. Putting water on grease can lead the fire to spreading.
  5. Do NOT fan the fire with a dry or wet cloth, it can make it worse and spread the fire.
  6. If the fire is too huge to handle, cease it using a fire extinguisher.

How to prevent a grease fire:

  1. Never leave your pot or frying pan unattended.
  2. Always keep a metal lid on the counter to cover burning pan or pot.
  3. Slowly heat the oil to your desired temperature.
  4. Turn off the burner if you suspect the grease is getting too hot.

Because of just how quickly a grease fire can spread and because of how intensive a grease fire damage can be, it’s almost always ideal to call a professional for help with repairing damage from a grease fire. A grease fire damage most often leaves a heavy scent of smoke throughout your home. A professional has the knowledge and experience to quickly and effectively repair damage from a grease fire, as well as the tools needed to get the job done.

While it is impossible to completely prevent fire, be sure to always have the phone number of a fire damage restoration company on hand. Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

WHY DO YOU NEED SERVPRO TO HANDLE FIRE RESTORATION?

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

Burning House WHY DO YOU NEED SERVPRO TO HANDLE FIRE RESTORATION? Ventura, California

After a fire hits your home, the damage is devastating. Some maybe searching for DIY fire restoration tips to save a little cash in recovery process. But is not simple as what we think.  Doing a fire and smoke damage restoration is not as cleaning the house. Trying to clean up the mess by yourself could be problematic.

Here are reasons why you need a professional and handling fire restoration:

  1. You might expose to hidden health hazard

After the flames goes out, the dangers on fire don’t end. The smoke and soot left behind are just a reminders of disaster. Exposure to fire damage object and residue could be hazardous to your health.

Invisible soot particles floating through the air may contain cancer-causing asbestos fibers, ammonia, tar, formaldehyde, and much more. Chemically-laden soot could get into your eyes and penetrate your skin. You may experience shortness of breath, asthma, and other respiratory issues if enters into your lungs.

Exposure to soot in a fire-damaged home is obviously at its highest during the cleanup process. This is why you should leave fire restoration to professionals who can employ deep-cleaning techniques to truly restore your home to its pre-fire condition.

  1. You Need Special Equipment

A bottle of degreaser could not wipe or clean up smoke and fire damage. You must need professional tools to deep clean all surfaces and remove residual and lingering health threats. We at SERVPRO of ventura, use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

  1. The Recovery Process Could Take Much Longer

You have belongings to salvage, cleanup to do, and the home’s structure to repair. Leaving your home unrepaired for any amount of time after fire damages can result in structural issues as well as the decay of your home. You might also find yourself facing other issues like water damage, mold growth, and even theft. Your efforts to save money could backfire if you throw out salvageable belongings and don’t complete insurance claims correctly.

SERVPRO of Ventura will help you. We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

When you need the help of restoration company, call SERVPRO of Ventura. We make the recovery process as quick and painless as possible. With years of experience in helping people get their homes back after disaster, you can be sure that your home will be as good as new in no time. Call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911. We have a 24/7 Hotline.

AVOID THESE BAD HABITS THAT COULD BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Place AVOID THESE BAD HABITS THAT COULD BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE SERVPRO of Ventura Ventura, California

Fire is fast, in less than seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire. In just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. Smoke and toxic gases kill more people.

House fires are more common, with potential fire starters like light bulbs, laptops, and lint traps hiding in plain sight throughout your home, disguised as harmless.

Some things we ignore can lead to incidence of house fires.

  1. Dirty Rags

A pile of oil – soaked rag when left unattended are very real fire hazard, as they could oxidize and spontaneously combust, causing a house fire.

  1. Electric Blanket

A warm and cozy electric blanket can comfort in the cold weather, but it also poses a potential fire hazard if used improperly. Extra covers over the blanket could buildup excessive heat and may lead to fire.

  1. Ignoring Appliance Recalls

In the last 10 years, home appliances caused an estimated 150,000 fires, and a significant number of these were caused by defective appliances. If you happen to own one of those, replace I immediately.

  1. Dryer Lint

Accumulation of loose threads and other tiny textile could lead to fire during excessive heat buildup. Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct regularly, to clear away lint and clogs, and reduce the risk of fire.

  1. Overheated Laptops

Laptop is one electronic device we ignore a lot of time. When you leave it on your bed, couch, rug, or other soft, flammable surface, you run the risk of restricting airflow through the cooling vents, which can cause your laptop to overheat and possibly catch fire.

  1. Wrong light bulb wattage

Installing a light bulb with a wattage that is too high for a lamp or light fixture is a leading cause of electrical fires. Always check the light fixture’s maximum wattage, and never go over the recommended rating.

  1. Using Many Extension Cords

Connecting a large number of cords for a significant amount of time can cause an overload that leads to a short circuit and result in a fire. Hire a qualified electrician to install power outlets.

  1. Leaving Candles Unattended

Candles add ambiance and aroma to the house, but their soft glow can grow into a blaze if left to burn unsupervised. A draft could cause the flame to flare up and ignite nearby flammable items.

  1. Smoking Indoors

The embers of an improperly extinguished cigarette can interact with other nearby flammable items and start a fire. To avoid fire, only smoke outside, and be sure to pour water on cigarette ashes and butts before tossing them in the trash.

  1. Ignoring Loose-Fitting Plugs

A loose electrical outlet has the potential to ignite a fire behind the wall. If you notice any loose electrical outlets in your home, make sure they’re replaced immediately.

While it is impossible to completely prevent fire, be sure to always have the phone number of a fire damage restoration company on hand. Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

DEHUMIDIFIERS ARE ESSENTIAL AFTER FLOOD

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

Dehumidifiers DEHUMIDIFIERS ARE ESSENTIAL AFTER FLOOD Ventura California

Removing water is just the first step in drying water damage. It can take days or even weeks to dry walls, carpets and other materials. Trapped moisture within a wall cavity can lead to the growth of bacteria. Microbial growth will occur if allowed to remain wet for extended periods of time from your home. To let the trapped moisture escape, you should open windows and doors and it would be wise to use a dehumidifier to reduce the moisture content of the air and help things dry more quickly, especially in closed areas.

A dehumidifier is an electrical appliance which reduces and maintains the level of humidity in the air, usually for health or comfort reasons, or to eliminate musty odors and to prevent the growth of mildew by extracting water from the air. It can be used for household, commercial, or industrial applications.

Here are several reasons why a humidifier is important:

  1. Mold Prevention

Every homeowner's mold is a nightmare. Moist, damp air is the ideal environment for mold and a dehumidifier can remove the moisture while preventing new mold from growing.

  1. Improve Air Quality

The quality of air in your home is not only measured in the amount of toxins that you may or may not be breathing in, but also by the humidity levels of the air itself. A dehumidifier cleanses the air of harmful substances and plays an important role in improving your indoor air quality.

  1. Protects Your Home

High humidity levels can destroy your home structure. Moisture can affect the wood in your home, including the support beams, causing them to crack or split. Mold can grow in the wall. Metal fittings may start to rust. All these might happen because of too much humidity.  A dehumidifier is a way to prevent your home from deteriorating, while creating a healthier living environment for your family.

  1. Drains Continuously

Dehumidifiers are essential for drying out a home in a warm or hot environment after a flood. Dehumidifiers have a large reservoir capacity, allowing for continuous drainage which can reduce user maintenance, as well as provide continual dehumidification for your space.

Don’t let yourself suffer. Getting a dehumidifier can help you live a healthier and happier life, it is also important to consult experts in water damage and disaster restoration. If you need a local restoration company that will protect your home, Call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911. We have a 24/7 Hotline. 

PROTECT YOUR GARAGE FROM FLOODING

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

garage PROTECT YOUR GARAGE FROM FLOODING Ventura, California

Flood is one of the most dangerous natural disasters. It can occur almost any time of the year. It happens when excessive water is collected in any area. It usually happens due to heavy rainfall. Some regions face flooding becomes more of a concern because of melting of snow and thunderstorm.  In other reason, when there is a dam that breaks down. Whatever the cause may be, it is equally dangerous. It has a lot of harmful consequences.

When excess water accumulates around your home, your garage is one of the first areas that can get flooded, possibly causing thousands of dollars in damage.

 Here are a few tips to protect your garage from flooding:

  1. Enhance Your Drainage

When the street gutters and drains are overwhelmed with flood water, your home is vulnerable to flooding. It is important to have adequate drainage on your property.  Install French drains along your driveway that can transport excess water away from your home’s foundation.

  1. Check Your Foundation Around Your Driveway and Garage

Some cracks that provide a space for water to seep could make your home more vulnerable to flooding. Inspect your foundation for cracks and seal them with waterproof paint or a vinyl concrete patch. Call a professional if there is a larger crack.

  1. Replace Your Garage Door Weather-Stripping

Weather-stripping provides protection against water intrusion and helps maintain the temperature in your garage. The seal at the bottom of your garage door is enough to protect your garage against minor flooding.

  1. Install a Barrier in Front of Your Garage Door

Flood barriers around your property act as short dams that expand when in contact with water and help stop low-level flooding efficiently. Sandbags can direct water away from your home.

  1. Install flood vents

During a severe storm, the chance of flooding is increased and your garage door usually can’t withstand the force exerted by powerful floodwaters. Installing vents in your garage will make the draining process easier and faster in the unfortunate event that water does enter your garage.

Flooding in a garage is something we do not wish for but unfortunately, it can happen even when we prepare for the worst.

Don’t Forget to Talk to a Professional

Talk to a professional about more ways you can flood-proof your home. If you need a local restoration company that will protect your home and garage, Call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911. We have a 24/7 Hotline.

REASONS TO HIRE SERVPRO of Ventura FOR WATER DAMAGE REPAIR AND CLEAN UP

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

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REASONS TO HIRE SERVPRO OF VENTURA FOR WATER DAMAGE REPAIR AND CLEAN UP

Water damage can range from the very mild to disastrous. When it rains heavily or snow melts quickly, the risk of this type of damage increases. It is a problem that most property owners dread. Water can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage by damaging wood furniture, upholstery, electronics, household appliances, and plumbing equipment. Water damage also increases the risk of mold growth, which is a very expensive problem to remediate. When facing water damage, professional assistance can be a huge help in both restoring your home.

HERE ARE REASONS TO HIRE SERVPRO OF VENTURA

  1. Assistance

A professional water restoration company will help you explain the situation. SERVPRO of Ventura will guide you through details you need help you communicate with your insurance provider. This will help you remove a big burden and will provide you a much easier process.

  1. Expediency

When it comes to water damage, time is very important. SERVPRO of Ventura will response within the first 24 hours. This helps to avoid further harm being done to your home. Quick response will help you save not only your home but your belongings inside as well.

  1. Damage

Sometimes water damage is unavoidable, and you can’t get back to your home immediately. Water damage is a serious problem that you anticipated. SERVPRO of Ventura restoration company can put together a step-by-step plan, and you can go back to your home as soon as possible.

  1. Remediation

This is one of the most important steps. Remediation will avoid future problems, and also serious health concern.

  1. Care

SERVPRO of Ventura is a reputable water restoration company that care for your family. From the initial assessment to the day that you’re actually able to return to your home. They will assist you and guide every step of the way.

SERVPRO of Ventura provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. Our highly trained technicians can respond immediately to your residential or commercial emergency.

Water damage may occur, even when precautions are taken. It is important to hire one of these water damage restoration companies as soon as possible after water damage occurs. If you need a local restoration company, Call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911. We have a 24/7 Hotline.

HARDWOOD FLOOR WATER DAMAGE

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

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HARDWOOD FLOOR WATER DAMAGE

Hardwood flooring is a beautiful. Home owners prefer to have this floor at home. Unfortunately, this is prone to water damage.

Here are causes of hardwood floor water damage:

  1. Leaky roof spilling onto the floor
  2. High humidity in the home
  3. Spills that aren’t cleaned immediately
  4. Tracking rain or snow into your home
  5. Tracking swimming pool water into the home
  6. splashes from water

Any source of water can damage your floor. If you notice water on your floor, you should seek to clean it thoroughly. Otherwise, the hardwood will absorb the water.

There are many ways to protect your floor

  1. Take precautions to protect your floor from typical sources of water like a splash from the kitchen sink or wet boots coming in from the outdoors by placing absorbent mats where water is an issue. Use a silicone mat, or a silicone backed mat, to prevent soaking through.
  2. Place towels down temporarily when you expect water from a pool, rain, or another temporary source of water.
  3. If you have children who frequently spill, it might be wiser to have them eat away from the hardwood
  4. If the water stains are white spots on your flooring, they are simple to remove. Use your floor’s polish and rub the stain away gently with a soft cotton cloth.
  5. Dry the floor naturally and slowly with fans and plenty of airflow through the space. Open windows and doors (unless the outdoor air is more humid than the indoor air), and run fans to move air through the space.
  6. Laminate flooring. This material is highly vulnerable to water damage and swells when it gets soaked

If you have significant damage, or if you have a particularly valuable hardwood floor, it’s wise to work with a professional to get it repaired. A restoration company can help you replace boards that are perfectly matched with your existing floor. Call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911. We have a 24/7 Hotline.

TIPS TO AVOID WATER DAMAGE IN YOUR HOME

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

LEAKING WATER ON THE CEILING TIPS TO AVOID WATER DAMAGE IN YOUR HOME

Water damage is one of the problems of home owners. When it rains heavily or snow melts quickly, the risk of this type of damage increases. Water damage also increases the risk of mold growth, which is a very expensive problem to remediate. Water can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage by damaging properties. Too much water can lead to minor problems such as water in basement areas, or it can lead to the destruction of homes.

Here are tips to keep your home safe and well maintained.

  1. Disconnect hoses

 Standing water in a hose may freeze back into the pipe. It is best to stop your water flow.

  1. Clean gutters and downspouts

Clean your gutters at least twice a year to avoid blockage and ice dams. Standing water can cause damage to your gutters and roof, and unmanaged overflow may create puddles.

  1. Know your water main: Know the location of your water main, and shut it off if you leave for an extended amount of time.
  2. Investigate leaks right away and fix.

If you ignore water damage, you significantly increase the likelihood for mold, mildew, dry rot, or even structural damage to your home.

  1. Check your water pressure

 If the water pressure to your home is set too high, pipes and hoses may fail under the pressure. Buy a water pressure gauge at a local hardware store, attach it to an outside faucet, and turn the faucet to full force.

  1. Upgrade washing machine hoses

Old washing machine hoses are among the most frequent causes of water loss for homeowners.

  1. Install water detection devices

 A water detector is a small electronic device that sounds an alarm when its sensor comes in contact with moisture.

Water damage may occur, even when precautions are taken. It is important to hire one of these water damage restoration companies as soon as possible after water damage occurs. If you need a local restoration company, Call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911. We have a 24/7 Hotline.

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR SPRING STORMS

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Warning HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR SPRING STORMS

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR SPRING STORMS

Spring weather is unpredictable. The risk of injury and death increases when severe weather hits. Prepare for storms, floods, and tornadoes for you know in advance they are coming.

Spring is the time of year when weather changes. Temperatures can swing back and forth between balmy and frigid. Thunderstorms cause most of the severe spring weather. They can bring lightning, tornadoes, and flooding. Whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, thunderstorms can occur.

Advance planning for thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, and floods requires specific safety precautions. You can follow many of the same steps that you would for all extreme weather events.

  1. Evaluate the exterior

Your home is designed to shelter you from the weather. To keep it in tip-top condition, do regular walk-a rounds and inspect for weaknesses. Keep an eye out for the following things:

  • Loose shingles that look rippled or ones that have already fallen to the ground.
  • Check the siding to see if it’s firmly in place.
  • Tree branches extending over your house or dead branches that could fall in a storm.
  • Note loose patio furniture and décor that should be secured or pulled inside when a storm comes.
  • Gutters should be firmly attached and all downspouts need to be in place.
  • Check to see if your fence needs repair.
  1. Clean gutters and downspouts

Gutter cleaning should be part of your spring and fall home maintenance routine. This proactive habit keeps water run-off away from your home and helps prevent flooding. It also gives you the opportunity to inspect your rain gutters for leaks and sagging.

  1. Check your sump pump.

Rain will cause risk of flooding. If you have a sump pump, it’s a great idea to run through an annual sump pump maintenance list.

  1. Inspect leaks

If you’ve had leaks in the past, it’s best to take care of them now before more damage to prevent flooding.

Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. If you need a local restoration company, Call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911. We have a 24/7 Hotline.

USING A WET AND DRY VACUUM CLEANER

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

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WHAT IS WET AND DRY VACUUM CLEANER?

A wet and dry vacuum cleaner is used to clean up spillages and wet debris, as well as dry dust and dirt. The waste is sucked into a bucket system rather than a bag then separates the liquids from the solids into separate chambers, making suitable for indoor and outdoor use.

Having a wet-dry vacuum in your house is a very good replacement to mop. Since it can suck up water, a wet vacuum can be used to clean up water spills and minor flooded areas.

Here are the advantages of using of using a wet and dry vacuum cleaner:

  1. Dispose of Liquids

You do not need to lift any heavy tanks to remove the collected materials or spills because these vacuums are equipped with easy to use disposal units. The drain hoses that are attached allow disposal of liquid and collected debris can be removed by lifting the lid of the collector.

  1. Power

Wet-dry vacuums have very powerful lifting and suction capabilities. It is very efficient and effective against the removal of both liquid and dust particles. Since they come with a separate tub or collector that contains fixed motors, wet-dry vacuums, have easy storage facilities for the collected liquids or debris.

  1. Versatility

 It can be used for right about any cleaning task: it can pick up small to large amounts of debris; clean up wet spills; inflate mattresses and pool toys; retrieve items from a sink or unclog a pipe; it can clean out your fireplace or wood stove and remove snow from pathways. It is a powerful tool that can replace many traditional tool like air pumps, mops, brooms and spades.

  1. Size

Wet dry vacuums come in a very good range of sizes varying between the 1/2 to 15-gallon capacity and with up to a 3 stage motor capacity.

  1. Affordable

Modern handheld wet and dry vacuum cleaners are more affordable than the traditional cleaners used for commercial purposes. They also tend to be more economical than regular cleaners as they provide additional benefits for the same price.

  1. Commercial and Domestic purposes

More professional and bulky Wet and dry vacuum cleaners are used in offices and other areas of business like car washing and couch cleaning services.

WATER HEATER FAILURE

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

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WATER HEATER FAILURE

It’s not easy to go without hot water especially when the seasons change and weather becomes cold.
Like other appliance in your house, water heaters fail. And that can lead to cold showers — or even
worse, a water leak. A burst water heater is a nightmare scenario for any homeowner.
Standard water heaters contain up to 40-120 gallons of water, so when one unexpectedly leaks or bursts
it can cause an immense amount of water damage. If pressure builds up in the tank you’ve essentially
got a ticking time bomb in your house waiting to explode.
Wondering why your water heater is failing? Here are some of the reasons – and what you can do help
prevent a failure:
1. Internal rust
They typically last several years, but it’s a good idea to check your anode rods every year – or bring in a
professional to take a look. If they look worn down, it’s time to replace them.
2. Sediment buildup
When water is heated, mineral deposits separate and settle onto the bottom of your water heater tank.
Flush your water heater at least once a year.
3. High water pressure
Water pressure that’s too high can damage your water heater, as well as your pipes and other
appliances. Keep the water pressure on your heater no higher than 80 psi, and consider replacing your
temperature and pressure (T&P) relief valve.
4. Corrosive fumes
Problems can occur if the air quality is poor. Especially dangerous is corrosive air, which can corrode
your tank and lead to water heater failure. Keep corrosive substances like ammonia and bleach far away
from your water heater.
5. Wrong size heater
Water heaters come in a variety of sizes to accommodate the water usage of all the people and
appliances in your home.
6. Old age
Water heaters typically last about 8 to 12 years. If your water heater is old, consider replacing it with a
newer, more energy-efficient mode
Don’t let an overflowing water heater turn your home into a water park. If you notice your water heater
is on the fritz, call water damage specialists immediately. Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805)
656-3911.

HOW TO AVOID HOUSE FIRE DURING SPRING AND SUMMER

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

House burning HOW TO AVOID HOUSE FIRE DURING SPRING AND SUMMER

Spring break is approaching, giving us a little taste of what summer will have in store for us. With only a
couple more months left, we are becoming more and more anxious towards the day where we could
finally enjoy more of those outdoor activities.
We truly cannot wait to say goodbye to winter and hello to summer. However, like winter, there are a
number of risks that are associated with house fires during this time of year. While we should not be too
worried about these occurring on our property, we will always be aware that accidents can still happen
during the spring and summer season.
Here are tips for preventing traditional fires within your home.
1. Outdoor Electrical Outlets
Keep in mind not to overload the circuit outlets to use outside machinery and equipment; you will want
to keep the watt usage at or below 1500. The temperatures outside are warmer. If it is warm or too hot
to touch, be sure to turn unplug them for at least 15 minutes between each use. This ensures that it will
not become overheated or cause a property fire.
2. Fuel Containers
Be sure to throw away gas or paint cans that have a leak immediately. If there is any gas or other
flammable material on your yard, be sure to have it removed or cleaned right away, especially during
hotter temperatures.
3. Grilling
As sparks can fly or flames can shoot out when using too much fuel, always take proper precautions. Not
only can this cause severe property damage, it can also cause serious injuries.
4. Dryers
The biggest issue in the spring and summer time, however, is that it may be used more often during this
time of year.
5. Inspect the Fire Extinguisher
Be sure that it is in working condition and everyone knows its location. Taking a few minutes now to
make sure it works can save you weeks in repair time in the future.
6. Lightning
As thunderstorms are no stranger during the springtime, lightning is one of the most common causes of
property fires. While it is impossible to completely prevent lightning from striking a chimney or roof of a
home, be sure to always have the phone number of a fire damage restoration company on hand.
Please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

REASONS TO HAVE A FIRE BLANKET

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

Fire blanket REASONS TO HAVE A FIRE BLANKET

REASONS TO HAVE A FIRE BLANKET

What is a fire blanket?
A fire blanket is a highly flame-resistant blanket that can be used to extinguish a small fire or to wrap
around a person in case of a fire. Fire blankets are made from 2 layers of woven glass fibre fabric and an
inner layer of fire retardant film. They work by cutting off the oxygen supply to the fire.
They smother small fires by not allowing any oxygen in to fuel the flames. Due to its simplicity, a fire
blanket may be more helpful for someone who is inexperienced with fire extinguishers.
All fires start with a small fire and a fast action could avoid a catastrophe. Thus, here are reasons why
we recommend having a fire blanket.
1. It is an active protection system against fire of easy and fast action.
2. It is effective before any type of fire (Class A, B, C, D, F/K).
3. It is effective to block heat and act as a barrier when escaping a fire; just cover with the fire blanket
and run to a safe place.
4. People whose clothes are firing could be covered with it and stop the flames, saving their life in this
way.
5. It is easy use. It could be used by everyone, including people with limited physical capacities.
6. They are economic and only need to be placed in a visible and easy access place.
7. It is versatile; they could be used in professional sectors as well as domestic use (industrial kitchens,
laboratories, oil centres, domestic kitchens, cars, caravans…)
8. It does not require any maintenance. Just replace it when used.
9. In the case of frying pans or fryers burning, it is the safest system to stop fires caused by oil. Just cover
the frying pan or fryer with a fire blanket and let the fire die.
10. There are more organisations that recommend it as a complement of security systems against fire
including it in their manuals of Security Systems and Risk Prevention basing in Real Decreto 2267/2004,
among others.

SMOKE DETECTORS vs HEAT DETECTORS

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

FIRE AND SMOKE SMOKE DETECTORS vs HEAT DETECTORS SERVPRO OF VENTURA

Smoke detectors and heat detectors are both used to detect fires. When one of these sensors is paired
with an alarm system, it will send an alert to the panel when activated. This will cause an alarm event on
the system. This will cause all sounders and sirens to activate to alert everyone.
The difference between smoke detectors and heat detectors is how they activate. A smoke detector is
activating when senses smoke, typically as an indicator of fire. Commercial security devices issue a signal
to a fire alarm control panel as part of a fire alarm system, while household smoke detectors, also
known as smoke alarms, generally issue a local audible or visual alarm from the detector itself or several
detectors if there are multiple smoke detectors interlinked.
The heat detector is an instrument that warns of fire when the temperature around the smoke detector
reaches a certain level. But heat detectors do not detect smoke. On the other hand, a smoke detector
warns of fire when it comes across combustion or soot products in the atmosphere.
Smoke detectors will give off the alarm even when a small amount of smoke is detected. On the other
hand, heat detectors will not detect even the slightest amounts of a temperature change.
Smoke detectors generally fall into one of two categories. These are photoelectric smoke detectors and
ionization smoke detectors. A photoelectric smoke detector works by using a small internal light. When
smoke enters the chamber, the light will refract. The disruption of the internal light tells the sensor to
activate and alert the system.
Heat detectors also fall into two main categories. There are fixed heat detectors and rate-of-rise heat
detectors. Fixed heat detectors respond upon detecting an extremely high temperature that would only
be present with a fire. Meanwhile, rate-of-rise heat detectors respond when the temperature rises
unusually fast, such as 10 degrees Fahrenheit in a single minute.
Smoke detector and heat detector have two different uses, they are both used as they do well when
installed together in buildings.
1. A Heat detector is an instrument that warns of fire when the temperature around the smoke detector
reaches some level. Smoke detector warns of fire when it comes across combustion or soot products in
the atmosphere.
2. The smoke detectors use ionization and photoelectric technologies whereas heat detector uses
thermocouple and electro-pneumatic technologies.
3. Smoke detectors will give off the alarm even when a small amount of smoke is detected. On the other
hand, heat detectors will not detect even the smallest amount of temperature change.
4. Smoke detectors are very sensitive and may give off false alarms. On the contrary, heat detectors are
more reliable fire detectors, even in dusty environments and only sets off the alarm when the temperature is really high.

Flood Protection: Tips to Keep Your Home Safe in a Storm

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

Toy plastic house on the sand washes wave Flood Protection: Tips to Keep Your Home Safe in a Storm

Climate hazards are natural events in weather cycles. We’ve always had hurricanes, droughts and wildfires, flooding and high winds. We witnessed a scale of destruction and devastation that is terrifying.

As a property owner, it’s up to you to take every possible precaution against harsh weather. Ensuring your home can withstand flooding and storm damage will help cut down the risk of loss and the need for costly repairs.

Protecting your home will provide peace of mind that your family is safe during a severe storm.

Here are tips for maintaining home flood protection.

  1. Keep Your Foundation in Good Shape

If your foundation is already damaged, over time water will cause more erosion and make the problem worse. This is a serious problem if you have a basement, as this is the first place that will flood if water enters via the foundation.

  1. Have Your Roof Inspected

If your roof is in bad shape, flooding or severe water damage is inevitable. A weak roof won’t stand up to high winds.

  1. Ensure Your Landscaping Provides Proper Drainage

Adding some soil around the foundation in order to create grading will help. However, you may need to have a landscaper install a drainage system. This will ensure water can’t damage your foundation or enter your home during heavy rains.

  1. Install a Backflow Valve

In areas prone to heavy flooding, there’s always a possibility of sewage backing up into your home.

Valves work by automatically closing when flooding occurs and water starts backing up. Water and waste are then directed back out of your home instead of in.

  1. Use a Sump Pump for Your Basement

If you have a basement, investing in a sump pump is a smart idea. This device will pump water out of your basement when it starts to flood.

  1. Make Sure Doors and Windows Are Sealed

If you’re dealing with leaky windows or doors, ultimately you’ll need to have the frames replaced altogether.

Your home is an investment, so it makes sense you’d want to protect it from serious flood damage.

If your home has suffered from flood damage or experiencing water damage emergencies, please call us

SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

RESTORATION AFTER AN ELECTRICAL FIRE

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

BOY GOT BURN FROM ELECTRIC SOCKET RESTORATION AFTER AN ELECTRICAL FIRE

What is an electrical fire?

 A failure or malfunction within the electrical components of equipment or machinery can cause electrical fires. Electrical fires originate in electric wires, cables, circuit breakers, and within electrical components. Electrical fires are common in both commercial and residential settings.

Electrical fires might start from old wiring or a faulty appliance. The damage caused by an electrical fire can be devastating, but homeowners are rest-assured that restoration after an electrical fire is more than possible. Restoration experts will work with you to get you back into your home.

Fire Restoration after an Electrical Fire

The restoration team will inspect the damage. A reliable remediation company would do an assessment first before getting down to business. Since fire damage could also lead to other types of damages, it is important to employ a company that can cover all sorts of damage.

Smoke damage from the fire and water damage from exterminating the fire will also be included in the assessment. It is important to have a fire damage restoration team come to the property right away. The longer smoke and ash remains, the more damage it can cause to your home. Ash is very acidic, causing corrosion over time.

Electrical fire damage restoration experts know how to remove smoke and ash in a safe way. Restoration teams go through training and certifications to handle cleanup after an electrical fire.

Restoration professionals clean and deodorize the items within your home. Cleaning and restoring carpets, specialty rugs, and upholstered furniture an personal contents is their main goal, to restore as much as possible. They also take care of smoke and ash damage. The fire may have only touched a portion of the house, but smoke and ash could have traveled to other rooms throughout the house.

ELECTRICAL FIRE PREVENTION

After an electrical fire, it is important to prevent an electrical fire from happening again. To prevent an electrical fire, learn to recognize the warning signs that indicate a possible wiring or electrical problem.

  1. Ensure any electrical modifications meet existing codes
  2. Inspect and repair outlets and switches
  3. Inspect a home and make any necessary repairs before you purchase and move in
  4. Replace outdated or malfunctioning fuses and circuit breakers and instruct you on proper usage.

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 an estimate.

WHY CLEANING AIR DUCTS NEEDS TO BE A PRIORITY

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

Dirty Air duct WHY CLEANING AIR DUCTS NEEDS TO BE A PRIORITY

Keeping an environment clean is not just for cleaning dust and dirt. We often forget that keeping the air
clean is well within our control. We often forget that keeping the air clean is within our control and that
we should take the necessary steps.
Office spaces and other living environments have air ducts for heating and cooling that often get clogged
up with dirt, dust, and other grime. Same thing with houses, there are some things homeowners can do
to prevent dust build up in the air ducts, and usually, that involves regular changing of air filters.
What is Air duct?
Ducts are conduits or passages used in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) to deliver and remove air.
Ducts commonly also deliver ventilation air as part of the supply air.
Can dirty air ducts make you sick?
In homes with dirty air ducts, occupants may experience symptoms that are similar to the symptoms of
allergies, including coughing, sneezing, and runny nose. Mold, dust and other contaminants lurking in
your ducts could also cause sore throat, headaches and even dizziness.


5 Signs You Should Have Your Ducts Cleaned
1. You Haven't Changed the Air Filter in Months.
2. The Registers and Vent Covers Have Visible Dust.
3. You Detect Mold in or Around Your HVAC System.
4. Airflow Isn't Consistent From Room to Room.
5. You Can Hear Noises in the Ductwork.


Is Air Duct Cleaning worth it?
Due to growing concerns about indoor air quality, it’s easy to convince homeowners that their ducts
need cleaning. If you home has never had its air ducts cleaned, then it may be time to consider having it
done. Alternatively, if you or others in your home are frequently experiencing allergy caused symptoms
or you want to save a little more on your energy bills, cleaning air ducts will definitely be worth it.
If you think it’s time to have your air ducts cleaned, we are happy examine your air ducts to see how we
can help. SERVPRO of Ventura provides professional air duct and dryer vent cleaning. Our company not
only caters to residential but also commercial properties throughout Ventura County
For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (805) 656-3911.

Prevent Sewage Backup and Damage to your Home

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Toilet and human with a HELP sign Prevent Sewage Backup and Damage to your Home

Sewage lines are built to move waste and water away from the home through underground plumbing
directly to the main sewer lines. What happens if a clog occurs?
When your sewer line is clogged, the water can't go down the drain. Instead, it flows back up the pipes
and comes out at the lowest point. The bubbling is due to air trapped in the plumbing system.
Sewage damage is a very serious problem especially when sewage water flows to your business property
or home. Sewage water has bacteria, viruses and fungi which makes it very harmful. It smells bad and it
causes discomfort and diseases. As such, it is important to have this water cleaned up properly and
immediately to prevent further damage to your property and its occupants.
How to Prevent a Backup
Taking necessary steps to prevent a sewage backup is extremely important for every member of the
household. Avoiding an overflow won’t just save you money in home repairs, it will keep you free of
sickness caused by the leak.
1. Avoid throwing items down the drain that will not dissolve.
These are tissues, baby wipes, diapers and other hygiene products.
2. Watch out for cooking grease and your sink.
One the grease has become a solid it will cling to the sides of your pipes and begin trapping food residue
and other matter that finds its way down your drain, leading to a blocked sink.
3. Long hair can cause a drain to clog
Use a drain cover or clean out any hair gathered around your drain from the shower before it disappears
down the pipes!
4. Put paper towels in the trash
To prevent sewage from causing further damage to your property, you need to prevent sewage water
from spreading further. Leaving the sewage to spread implies allowing bacteria, viruses, and fungi to be
all over your property ou should contact a professional company to handle the sewage problem in your
property immediately so that you can prevent further contamination and damage.
Experts of a reliable company will respond promptly and provide effective sewage removal.
When you are in need of a water damage restoration company, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at
(805) 656-3911.

Tips to Having a Safe New Year’s Eve

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Hands with Sparklers Tips to Having a Safe New Year’s Eve

It just seemed like yesterday when we celebrated New Year 2019 and now it is time to celebrate 2020!
People celebrate New Year in many different ways from large outdoor celebrations to extravagant
indoor parties to more intimate family gatherings at home.
Take extra care during New Year celebrations. Many of the things we enjoy during this festive period,
such as fireworks, fairy lights, candles, paper hats and decorations, can all be fire hazards when proper
care is not taken.
Keep New Year celebration with these safety tips:
1. If you have overnight guests, make sure that they know about your family’s fire escape plans.
2. Keep pets and children away from lit candles and fireplaces. Also, keep matches and lighters in a
locked cabinet out of reach of children.
3. Test home smoke alarms on a monthly basis, especially before a big party. Replace the batteries on
the smoke alarm if needed.
4. Stay in the kitchen when cooking, broiling, or frying. Do not leave the stove unattended.
5. At large New Year’s Eve celebrations, keep an eye out for possible fire sources such as candles
burning, cigarettes or cigars burning, indoor fireworks, or other heat sources that could make your feel
unsafe.
6. Check to make sure the building has a wide entrance and opens for an easy exit. Make sure exits are
not blocked by decorations.
7. Ask smokers to smoke outside during your party.
8. Do not let children near any fireworks that are left over.
9. If you choose to shoot off fireworks, be sure to follow proper safety precautions.
10. Do NOT use consumer fireworks to shoot off on New Year’s Eve.
11. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby for emergencies.
Don’t let the new year get off to a bad start! Keep safety in mind to ensure you, your family, and your
friends have an accident-free New Year’s Eve celebration!.Tips to Having a Safe New Year’s Eve

FIRE SAFETY TIPS ON THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Christmas Decorations and Gifts FIRE SAFETY TIPS ON THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Every year, emergency rooms treat thousands of injured people, due to cuts, burns and shocks related
to holiday lights, decorations, fireplaces and Christmas trees.
Seasonal decor can often be hazardous if not properly put up with care — or if it's placed next to a
potentially dangerous item.
Keep your family safe this holiday season by following these safety tips.
Lights
1. Inspect lights first. Before plugging in a strand of lights, examine the cord for damage. Throw away
any frayed, kinked or worn light strands.
2. Never overload a circuit. A typical household circuit can power 70 strings of 50-bulb mini lights, or 300
to 600 strings of 50-bulb LED lights.
3. Turn off all lights and decorations before leaving the house or going to bed. To avoid braving the cold
every night, install a timer to automatically turn on the lights at dusk and turn them back off at dawn.
4. Use a GFCI. A ground-fault circuit interrupter is a special type of wall outlet installed in areas where
water and electricity could potentially mix, causing a dangerous reaction.
Candle
Candles may provide a festive ambiance and delightful fragrance, but they’re also responsible for
starting two out of every five home decoration structure fires each year.
1. Get flame without the fire. Consider replacing traditional candles with flameless, battery-operated
types, but don't;t forget to turn them off when leaving the house as LED lights do get hot.
2. Don't leave the room. Never leave a candle burning unattended and, if you're going to be stepping
away from the candle for several minutes, it's safer to blow it out rather than risk a potential hazard.
3. Use caution when decorating with candles. Always use a sturdy candle holder to keep it from tipping
over or touching flammable surfaces.
Trees
1. When setting up a tree at home, place it away from fireplaces and radiators. Because heated rooms
dry live trees out rapidly, be sure to keep the stand filled with water. Place the tree out of the way of
foot traffic and do not block doorways.
2. When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label "Fire Resistant. “Although this label does not
mean the tree won't catch fire, it does indicate the tree will resist burning and should extinguish quickly.
Fireplace
Keep the fireplace clear and free of debris. Clean the ashes from the fireplace after each fire. To reduce
the amount of flammable material collecting in the chimney, burn only CSIA-accepted manufactured
logs or firewood that’s been seasoned a year or more.

WINTER WEATHER SAFETY TIPS FOR COMMERCIAL BUILDING OWNER

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

Winter weather is around the corner. For the next few months, much of the country will be dealing with
winter conditions that include snow, ice, cold temperatures, wind, and slush. A major storm can even
disrupt the activities of a business.
Here are a few things to keep in mind to be prepared for the winter weather. Good winter
preparedness can also protect your building from winter storm damage.
1. Inspect Heating Systems
Make sure you are having your heating system inspected regularly and staying up to date on the
maintenance tasks like examining flues for carbon buildup and removing and cleaning burners.
Maintaining heating systems should be a top priority in cold weather.
2. Inspect Doors and Windows
Doors and windows are prime entranceways for cold, water and pests to enter your building, and exit
ways for warm indoor air and can cause damage and interior infrastructure.
3. Select Good Entrance Mats
Huge percent of the dirt found in buildings such as offices and shopping spaces was tracked in on
people’s shoes. The mats should give a little traction and should be rubber underneath to alleviate
potential slip hazards.
4. Calibrate Thermostats/Reduce Set Points
By calibrating your building’s thermostats, you’ll make sure your heating systems are operating
efficiently, which saves you money on your heating bill.
5. If water damage does occur, be sure to immediately turn off electrical power and unplug all electrical
items in the affected area. You should also locate your business; water shutoff valve and turn off the
water supply as quickly as possible.
You should next reach out to water damage professional to prevent further damage, maintain safety,
and also reduce the chances of harmful bacteria growth. This professional should also be able to advise
you on how best to deal with the situation.
Following these safety tips will help keep your building, employees and customers safe from tragedy this
winter season.
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.
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.

WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR HOME IF YOU LIVE IN A FLOOD ZONE

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

Flood on Outdoor WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR HOME IF YOU LIVE IN A FLOOD ZONE

Homeowners face problems during flooding especially when the snow is melting or there’s a burst pipe.
It is important to be prepared always especially when you are near or live in a flood zone. You can’t stop
a flood but there are ways to minimize the impact that water has on your home. Here are few tips help
you keep water from destroying your home.
Have a Plan of Action
The best thing you can do if you think you live in a flood zone is to have a plan of action in advance.
1. Store all important documents in a watertight secure lockbox
2. Have a second lockbox for jewelry and all valuables
3. Keep phone numbers for moving companies and storage units in case you have enough time to move
your furniture and other possessions
4. Contact A&A Property Restoration in advance and set up a game plan for protecting your home or
getting quick service after a flood
Store Sandbags and Flood Barriers
Sometimes homes are simply susceptible to water damage. Lower flood water, can be contained by
simply laying out sandbags and flood barriers around your doors. Sandbags and flood barriers can
minimize the damage and save you thousands of dollars in home repairs.
Think of your Home’s Construction
If you are building a new home or renovating your current home, invest in components that are
waterproof or create a tighter seal around the structure. Here are the components:
1. Concrete flooring instead of wooden floor boards
2. One-way valves in your plumbing to prohibit water backup in the plumbing system
3. Water proofing electrical outlets
4. Cement render and lime plaster
5. Water resistant doors and window frames
6. Flood skirts around brick homes
If your home has suffered from flood damage or experiencing water damage emergencies, please call us
SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

HOW TO AVOID CHRISTMAS TREE FIRES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Christmas Tree HOW TO AVOID CHRISTMAS TREE FIRES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

HOW TO AVOID CHRISTMAS TREE FIRES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

No one wants to spoil the holiday season. A beautifully decorated Christmas tree is often the focal point
of your home’s holiday decoration, but Christmas trees in the home can present a fire safety issue. A
primary concern with a Christmas tree is fire danger, often brought on by electrical malfunctions and in
the case of a real tree, a drying tree. Averages of 200 home fires were caused by Christmas trees every
year.
Here are things to keep yourself, your home and your loved ones safe this holiday season. Use these tips
to reduce your risk of a Christmas tree fire hazard:
HOW TO PREVENT CHRISTMAS TREE FIRES
Use these tips to reduce your risk of a Christmas tree fire hazard:
1. When choosing a tree, pick one with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
2. Cut about two inches from the base of the trunk before putting the tree in its stand.
3. Always keep the tree at least three feet away from any heat source, including candles, heat vents,
lights, radiators and fireplaces.
4. Make sure the tree is not blocking any exits.
5. Add water to the tree stand daily to help prevent your Christmas tree from getting too dry.
HOW TO SAFELY USE LIGHTS ON YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE
1. Only use lights that have been tested for indoor use by an independent, recognized testing
laboratory.
2. Do not use lights intended for outdoor use on your Christmas tree.
3. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords, or with loose bulb connections.
4. Read the manufacturer’s instructions to learn how many light strands can be safely connected.
5. Check all strands for cracks, frays and damage before use.
6. Do not overload outlets or power strips with Christmas lights and decorations.
7. Turn off your Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
Fire safety is all about taking precautions and being careful, so follow these tips for a safer and merrier
Christmas!

SAFETY TIPS ON THANKSGIVING DAY

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Cooked Turkey SAFETY TIPS ON THANKSGIVING DAY

Holidays are fast approaching; many of us will be gathering and giving thanks with family and friends this
Thanksgiving Day. The holiday season is a busy time for all. As the winter months approach the risk of
fires increases. Kitchen is the most important place of the home, especially during the holidays.
Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, more than two times as many home-cooking fires
occur than on any other typical day. Keep yourself and your family safe this Thanksgiving with these
safety tips.
1. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a
short period of time, turn off the stove.
2. Check the stove regularly if you're simmering, roasting, boiling, or baking.
3. Remain at home while you are cooking, use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
4. Keep things that can catch on fire - like oven mitts, towels, paper or plastic - away from you stove top.
5. Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothes while in the kitchen.
6. Always have a lid that fits your pot or a flat pan to quickly smother out a fire.
7. Never use a glass casserole or lid on the stove or burner, as it may explode from the heat.
8. Missing or dead batteries are the main reasons smoke alarms do not sound in response to a fire.
9. In case of an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from spreading.
10. After a fire your stove and oven should be checked or serviced before using again.
11. Keep children at least 3 feet away from a hot stove.
12. Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
13. Make sure you have working smoke alarms, test them by pushing the test button.
14. Keep a fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen, and know how to use it.
15. After the party, walk around the home and ensure candles and fireplaces are extinguished,
unnecessary appliances are turned off, and no potential hazards (leftovers, sharp/flammable objects)
are in reach of your kids or pets.
Thanksgiving is the peak day for home-cooking fires. Cooking equipment was the leading cause of home
fires and fire injuries. Always make sure your holiday is safe and happy.

Things You Should Know About Professional Tile and Grout Cleaning

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning Tiles Things You Should Know About Professional Tile and Grout Cleaning

Tiles are the most widely used option for covering floors and walls. They are presentable and durable, at
the same time enhancing the look of your walls and floors.
Clean and tidy tiles play an important role in a property because it brings life to your home or your
company. As time goes by, these tiles become dark and dirty which decreases the overall appearance of
your property. Grout between the lines is responsible for diminishing the look of your flooring. Dirt and
dust accumulate and penetrate deep inside the grout of your tiles. Each day your flooring becomes dull
and dark.
Leaving your tile and grout surfaces dirty and gloomy can lead to water damage. This is because mold or
mildew accumulates beneath your tiles and loosens the surface, allowing water to flow in.
There are many individuals who ignore cleaning their tile and grout surfaces as they think that it is a
frustrating job to accomplish. But this can result and can cost you more on repairs.
Hiring a professional tile and grout cleaning services is the smart move towards getting shiny and bright
flooring. Using advanced tools and equipment, professionals can help you to get rid of dirt from tile and
grout surfaces. It is the best way to prevent water damage by thorough cleaning it. Using advanced
cleaning equipment and solutions, expert will able to eliminate all the harmful pollutants.
Hiring the professionals for cleaning can produce the results giving life to those dull and untidy tiles that
no other hand-scrubbing or homemade methods can offer. But you need to look for the reliable and
experienced tile cleaning professionals ensuring you are provided with expected outcomes and value for
the cost. It is important that what you need to clean and what considerations to keep in mind while
hiring the cleaning services.
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. We stand ready to mobilize our team to help out
during any kind of crisis. Call us at (805) 656-3911 for assistance.

SHOULD CARPET BE REPLACED AFTER WATER DAMAGE

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Wet Carpet Wet Carpet from Water Damage

When excess water is on your property and doesn’t get addressed immediately, building materials,
furnishings and other porous objects will absorb the water and become damaged in the process.
Sometimes, the damage can be easily dealt with, especially if there is a small amount of water that is
clean. But other times, the damage is more difficult to handle, because the water involved is heavily
contaminated.
Seeing your house after flooding is a devastating experience for any homeowner. After the incident
he/she must decide what personal items can be saved and which should be replaced. If there is carpet in
the house, an inch of water can be a reason to replace the carpet. There are reasons why it is best to
replace soaked carpet than to save it.
Where does flood water came from?
1. Flood water comes from broken water pump in the house.
2. Flood water comes from a source with contaminants such as overflowing toilet.
3. Flood water comes from contaminated source such as sewer.
The more contaminated the flood water, the more disinfecting an item must go through to be safe for
people to use. Carpet that has been soaked in the water more than 24 hours is at risk of developing
mold and mildew. It is very difficult to completely remove from carpet. There is no guarantee that the
carpet won’t develop mold or mildew even after it has been cleaned.
Carpet that has been soaked in the water needs to be disinfected, and dried completely to kill any
harmful micro-organisms before it is safe to use. The carpet pad should be replaced and the floor
beneath the carpet cleaned and allowed to dry completely before putting carpet back down.
The cost of trying to save carpet can be high, and the long-term health effects may not be acceptable.

If you had a water damage emergencies, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.

CALIFORNIA WILD FIRE

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

wild fire photo California Wild FIres

CALIFORNIA WILD FIRE

A wildfire erupted overnight in the hills above communities in Southern California's Ventura
County, forcing evacuations for thousands of people. 2019 wildfire season is the current-running fire
season in California. According to California Fire Data California has been almost 160, 000 burned than
last year. The Maria Fire ignited in the dry brush in Ventura County early Thursday evening and quickly
consumed thousands of acres, illuminating the contours of South Mountain in a smoky orange glow by
nightfall.
Power utilities have preemptively shut off power to over one million residents due to perceived risk of
wildfires starting in high winds due to high-voltage power lines. While large areas have been without
power for days, people in fire danger areas had trouble getting updates and critical life support
equipment would not work without backup power.
Thousands of children and elderly are rushed to the hospital with asthma attacks and respiratory illness
because of the smoke from the growing blazes leading to hazardous air quality throughout Southern
California. The blazes were among the many wildfires to explode in California during a period of
dangerous fire conditions. Those fires have burned more than 101,000 acres in three weeks.
Californians are becoming more accustomed to the impacts of a longer, stronger fire season due to
global heating, but they are also becoming exhausted. 10 million Southern Californians now living under
a massive smoke cloud to stay indoors with their windows and doors closed. This smoke hazard will last
for two-and-a-half weeks as the fire burns and the smoke lingers.
Weather conditions still may pose a problem, but they are improving. Red flag warnings — meaning
wind, humidity and other conditions are ripe for fires — have been extended for parts of Southern
California.
. “The damage would likely be massive, potentially dwarfing what we have seen recently.” According to
David Sapsis, a wildfire scientist. More likely in the near future given what scientists know about how
climate change will increase wildfire risk in California.
Climate models show that as temperatures continue to rise, the atmosphere and land in some regions,
like California’s forests, will grow more arid. This in turn will make shrubs and trees drier and more
flammable.

What is an AIR SCRUBBER and How does it work?

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

Picture of Small and Big Air srubbers Air scrubbers for Rent in Ventura, California. SERVPRO of Ventura Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration

What is an air scrubber? How does it work?

Most of us think that we are protected from air pollution if we are inside the house. But sadly, that is
not true. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor environments are around 2-5
times as polluted as the air outdoors.
When the temperatures drop and we spend more time indoors and the quality of our indoor air
becomes more important to our health and well-being. If you have a forced air system in your home,
there are many different modifications you can make to your existing HVAC system to improve the
quality of the air you breathe.
What is air scrubber?
Air scrubber is a portable filtration system that removes particles, gasses, and/or chemicals from the air
within a given area. These machines draw air in from the surrounding environment and pass it through a
series of filters to remove contaminants.
How does it work?
Air Scrubbers are used by mold remediation specialists, renovation companies, and other job sites to
help improve the surrounding air quality. It doesn’t just treat the air but it also helps to clean the
surfaces of your home, such as countertops, bathrooms, kitchens, and doorknobs.
Air filters can trap pollutants, but only air purification systems such as Air Scrubbers actually kill the
contaminants and pathogens in your home.
Air Scrubber Benefits & Common Applications
1.Purifies the air and reduces particles that can irritate allergies and asthma
2. Protects people from dangerous contaminants and pollutants
3. Protects heating and cooling systems from dust buildup
4. Reduces exposure to common bacteria and viruses
5. Protects against allergy and asthma triggering contaminants and respiratory issues which may lead to
health problems
6. Effective against MRSA, E. coli and other illness causing bacteria and viruses

For Air Scrubber Rentals, please call SERVPRO of Ventura at 805-656-3911.

Tips to Prevent House Fires

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

A home is a place where you make memories that’s why it is scary to imagine your home ever suffering
from a disaster such as a fire.
Here are ways to reduce the risk of house fire
1. Inspect All Your Heating Sources
When your heating sources are not properly working they could trigger a fire to happen. You should
have them checked out annually by a professional. Make sure your air filters are always cleaned out. A
fire can easily start from debris and dust being too close to a heat source so make sure you clean them
regularly.
2. Test Your Smoke Alarms Regularly
The easiest way to avoid a house fire is by checking your smoke alarms regularly. There is a little button
on it that you can press to test it. If it beeps weakly, then you need to change the batteries. If a fire
breaks out and it’s not working, tragedy can quickly occur as no one is alerted to evacuate.
3. Don’t Leave Your Kitchen
A few seconds is all it takes for a fire to break out. Do not to leave cooking food unattended. If for
whatever reason you can’t turn off the oven, call someone into the kitchen to watch the food until you
get back.
4. Keep Your Stove and Oven Clean
Food particles aren’t the only thing that could cause this to happen. If your curtains hang a little too
close to the stove, they can catch fire. If you leave a dish towel or cookbook on a burner that you forgot
was still hot, they can catch fire.
5. Always Check Your Dryer
Depending on what type of dryer you have, they need to be inspected on a yearly basis. We all get in a
hurry when we’re doing our chores but, don’t forget to clean out your lint trap every time you put in a
new load of laundry.
6. Maintain All Cords
Before you plug something in, make sure that the cord hasn’t been chewed. If you do notice damaged
wires, replace them as soon as possible because this is a huge fire hazard. .

7. Properly Store Flammable Products
Household cleaners and common cosmetic items like hairspray and shaving cream can be hazardous. If
they are exposed to a large heat source, they can combust. Keep them away from space heaters, and
store them safely in a cool area.
8. Practice Caution with Candles
Scented can cause fire if you don’t use them carefully. Make sure you put them out before you exit a
room and keep them far away from blankets or other objects.
9. Be Careful with Your Fireplace
You don’t want any stray sparks to escape so you need to make sure you have a door between the
flames and your flooring. It goes without saying, but never leaves the room when the fireplace is going.
Dispose of them in a metal container that is designated just for the ashes.
10. Keep Fire Extinguishers Around
Fire extinguishers are your best defense weapon when a fire breaks out. Make sure you have one in
every room that is a potential threat, such as the kitchen. Every family member should know how to use
an extinguisher so if a fire does happen, it can be put out as fast as possible.
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. Call us at (805) 656-3911 for assistance.

WHY CHOOSE A PROFESSIONAL BIOHAZARD CLEAN UP COMPANY?

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

WHY CHOOSE A PROFESSIONAL BIOHAZARD CLEAN UP COMPANY?

WHAT IS CONSIDERED A BIOLOGICAL HAZARD

A biological hazard, or biohazard, is a biological substance that poses a threat to the health of living organisms, primarily humans. Common biohazards include medical waste, drug paraphernalia and supplies, blood and bodily fluids, biological material, and toxic chemicals.

BIOHAZARD CLEANUP AND REMEDIATION SERVICES

The goal is to restore your home or business to its original, livable condition. They begin by removing and disposing of potentially infectious and hazardous materials according to industry standards and government regulations. The biohazard cleanup specialists decontaminate and sanitize all affected areas and items. It is necessary to discard some materials contaminated by hazardous materials.

Blood and Bodily Fluid

Situations involving blood and bodily fluids pose a risk for spreading blood borne pathogens, bacteria, and viral contaminants. If not properly cleaned and disinfected, these biological hazards may spread diseases or present health risks.

Unattended Deaths

Our biohazard teams provide complete cleanup and decontamination services after an unattended death. An unattended death involves someone who has died alone but is not found immediately.

Suicide and Homicide

The trained crews professionally clean and disinfects affected areas to prevent contamination.

Crime Scene

The professional cleanup teams use professional disinfectants to clean and restore your home or business after a traumatic experience or tragic event.

Illegal Drug Labs

They clean up illicit drug production labs including those used to produce or process methamphetamine, fentanyl, and heroin. The chemicals used in the production and processing of illegal drugs are volatile and may cause explosions or fires.

Cleanup after a traumatic experience or a tragic loss can be intense and overwhelming. There is no reason to go it alone. The biohazard cleanup companies in our network are trained to discreetly clean up and restore your home or business.

Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices. If you need immediate assistance, call us  – (805) 656-3911. SERVPRO of Ventura is available 24 hours a day—our highly trained technicians are standing by.

DEALING WITH WATER IN BASEMENT AFTER RAIN

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

WATER IN BASEMENT AFTER RAIN WATER IN BASEMENT AFTER RAIN SERVPRO of Ventura

Basement water leaks are an alarming problem.  Inspectors estimate that 60% of homeowners in the country have basement water problems. Even newly constructed homes are still prone to leaks. 

When it rains, it pours. Especially if you have water or moisture problems at home, learning how to deal with nasty, smelly leaked water in your basement is one of the best ways to protect your home and prevent costly damage in the future.

Causes of Water Problems in the basement

  1. Flood.

Needless to say, basements are prone to flooding since they are the lowest part of a house. If you live in a flood-prone area, one of the best things you can do to protect your property is to apply some flood control methods, such as raising your home on stilts, installing foundation vents or a sump pump, applying coatings and sealants on your basement walls, and installing check valves on your pipes.

2 .Water Seepage

Water can seep through cracks in your walls as well as other porous materials. There are two types of wall cracks – horizontal and vertical. The former is more serious as it is caused by pressure against the walls. If you see stains on your basement walls or floors whenever it rains, it’s an indication of water seepage.

3.Window Well

 Windows allow light and air into your basement. However, during heavy rains, water can collect within the window wells.

WAYS WATER DAMAGE IN BASEMENT HARM YOUR HOME AND FAMILY

  1. Mold growth

It only takes 24 to 48 hours for mold to invade your basement, damaging various surfaces like walls, floors, and furniture. Mold does not only cause rotting of surfaces, especially wood, but it also puts your family at a greater risk of health problems, such as allergy and asthma.

  1. Damaged wiring and appliances

Water that seeps through cracks on the walls can damage electrical appliances in your basements, such as your washer, dryer, water heater, and furnace. Electrical problems can also cause life-threatening accidents to anyone in your family.

                   There are some things you can do on your own to prevent the need for water damage in basement repair like using air dryers, installing fans, insulating pipes and walls, and keeping water away from the foundation. Doing these things will free you from high basement water damage repair costs. It’s always best to call restoration professionals especially if there is already some serious damage.

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.

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)

water damage wall 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

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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

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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

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

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

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

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

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

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

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

-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

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

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

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

- 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

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

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?

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

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

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

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?

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

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. 

CALL US TODAY!

805-656-3911

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?
Call Us Today  805-656-3911

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?

8/23/2016 (Permalink)

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

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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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