Recent Storm Damage Posts

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.

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.

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

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 the Best Service for Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

WHAT IS STORM DAMAGE

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

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.