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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)

Mold in Ducts Mold in Ducts

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.

HOME DISINFECTION TIPS

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

lady with cleaning products HOME DISINFECTION TIPS

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.

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.

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.

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.

AIR DUCT CLEANING CHECKLIST

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

- 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.

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.

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