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AVOID WATER DAMAGE WHILE ON SUMMER VACATION

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

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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 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.

HARDWOOD FLOOR WATER DAMAGE

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

Beautiful Home Beautiful Home Ventura, California

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

TYPES OF WATER DAMAGE AND HOW TO PREVENT THEM

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Faster to your Ventura Water Damage Crisis

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

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

Faster To Any Size Disaster

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

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

About SERVPRO of Ventura

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

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805-656-3911

24HR Emergency Services!

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.

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.