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All Fires are Not Created Equally

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage All Fires are Not Created Equally Fire Damage

House fires are a scary thing for everyone in involved. They can decimate a home and can start from something as simple as an oven being left on or a candle being lit. However, there are many different types of fires, so knowing which one you are experiencing can save your life and property. With that in mind, the team at SERVPRO Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande have released a report on the different kinds of fires and how to deal with them.

SERVPRO has been helping those with fire damage in Pismo Beach for years and can also help with water damage, mold, storm damage and other types of restoration. If you want to learn more about them and their services, check out their website or call them at 805-473-0772.

All Fire Are Not Created Equally

When you see a fire in your house, it can be a shocking and disorienting thing. While many of us think to go right for the water, this won’t always work. So to make sure you know the different kinds of fires and how to stop them, we have created this handy little guide. There are 5 classes of fire, each with different ways to suppress them.

Class A – This class includes fires caused by combustible materials such as wood, paper and fabric. Most suppression techniques work on these fires as they are the easiest to deal with. Smothering or dousing with water are two of the most common.

Class B – This class includes fires that were caused by flammable gases or liquids and the way to stop these ones is to break the chemical chain reaction, which is easiest done by water, mist or a dry chemical.

Class C – This class includes electrical fires caused by outlets, cords or other types of electronics. These should not be put out using water, and should instead be supressed or by using another method. Anything but water.

Class D – This class includes flammable metals like titanium, potassium, and others. These are among the hardest to put out as most suppression techniques may not work. A dry powder agent can be successful against these kind of fires.

Class K – This classification includes fires caused by cooking oils and fats, so is one of the most common in many house fires. These can be disastrous, so make sure to either dump water on the fire, suppress it or use a fire extinguisher.

If you find your home having fire damage in Pismo Beach or a surrounding area, be sure to call SERVPRO to help you get your house back to normal!

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Warning Signs of Water Damage in your Home

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Warning Signs of Water Damage in your Home Water Damage

Water damage can be very subtle as it destroys your home. Unlike fire damage, water damage can slowly and quietly deteriorate your home without you even knowing. Because of this, the team at SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande has released a report of the warning signs to look for.

If you ever have a home or business with water damage in Avila Beach or any of the other communities nearby, SERVPRO will be able to help. In addition to water damage, they can help with fire damage, problems with mold, storm damage and more. Feel free to check out their website or call them at 805-473-0772.

Warning Signs of Water Damage in Your Home

Water damage can be hard to spot in your home, so with that in mind, here are some possible warning signs to look out for. One of the biggest tells of water damage in your home are stains on walls and ceilings. Water can also cause the shape of flooring and walls to change.

Also, if you start to see mold appear throughout your home (and smell an unpleasant odor throughout the home), this can also be a sign that you have yourself some water damage. Also, if your pipes are old and damaged, that can also make it easier for them to leak and lead to massive water damage.

Another warning sign of possible water damage is if your water bill is unnaturally high. If it is very high, that usually means there is a leak somewhere in your home. This is why it’s good to keep track of how much each utility costs each month, as the water damage isn’t always visible, so this is one of the only ways to know about hidden damage.

Checking the exterior walls can also be a fruitful place to check as it can also show signs of water damage. Cracking or discoloration of the interior and exterior walls can also be a sign that water damage is present.

If you find yourself with water damage in Avila Beach or other towns nearby, SERVPRO is ready and willing to help you get your home back in tip top shape.

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SERVPRO Releases Safety Report for Homeowners Experiencing Nipomo Water Damage

10/20/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Releases Safety Report for Homeowners Experiencing Nipomo Water Damage Water Damage

Professional fire and water damage experts, SERVPRO, this week outline five measures homeowners can take to prevent injury or further damage once a water damage incident has occurred.

 

Nipomo, CA —The cleanup and restoration specialists at SERVPRO have released a recent report detailing five ways to salvage flooring, appliances, and fixtures once Nipomo water damage has occurred. Homeowners can prevent excessive damage to their flooring and appliances by following these five simple tips.

 

To view the report, click here (link), or see below:

 

 

5 Things Homeowners Should Avoid if Flooding Occurs

 

Water damage can have a lasting effect on one’s home, though there are ways to avoid further damage and injury.

 

Don’t leave wet clothing or fabrics on the ground

Make sure to pick up anything which has been soaked with water and hang items to dry as soon as possible. If soaking wet clothing is left on flooring it can encourage mold the growth of mold and excess water can damage hardwood floors.

 

Don’t leave printed materials on wet carpet or flooring

Anything which contains ink will bleed onto other surfaces and can permanently stain flooring and carpets. This includes magazines, books, newspapers and colored fabrics. Discard any materials which have been completely damaged.

 

Don’t use a household vacuum cleaner to remove water

A household vacuum is meant to remove dry debris, not water or wet items. Water can damage a vacuum cleaner rendering it unusable for future use. Additionally, using a household vacuum cleaner to remove water is dangerous as electrocution may occur. It is best to let a professional, like SERVPRO, handle water damage cleanup.

 

Don’t use household appliances

If the water damage is so extensive that it has reached the cables and outlets of appliances, avoid using these appliances. Electrocution is possible if water damage is present in any situation. Appliances include televisions, computers, and portable electric heaters. It’s best to wait for a professional to give the go-ahead before continuing use of appliances in the area.

 

Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if water damage has affected the ceiling

If the ceiling has been damaged by water, avoid turning on any appliances which are attached to it. Ceiling fixtures include lighting fixtures and ceiling fans. If water has come into contact with wiring or the fixture itself there is a possibility of further damage to the home and possible electrocution.

 

Following these suggestions can mean the difference between safety and danger, as well as complete loss of the water damaged area. The professionals at SERVPRO regularly repair and restore Nipomo water damage and are available 24/7 to lend a helping hand.

 

For emergency services, contact a local SERVPRO franchise at (805) 541-1271.

 

SERVPRO in Nipomo

260 N Mallagh St, Nipomo, CA 93444

(805) 922-5457

SERVPRO Releases Report for Homeowners Experiencing Nipomo Fire Damage

10/20/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Releases Report for Homeowners Experiencing Nipomo Fire Damage Fire Damage

Professional fire damage experts, SERVPRO, this week outline the five things homeowners should avoid doing after a fire has damaged their home.

 

Nipomo, CA —The cleanup and restoration specialists at SERVPRO have released a recent report detailing five things one should not do if their home has seen Nipomo fire damage. Homeowners can avoid excessive fire damage by following tips listed in the report.

 

To view the report, click here (link), or see below:

 

5 Things Homeowners Should Avoid if Fire Damage Occurs

 

After fire damage has occurred in the home, everything can quickly become hectic. Here’s five things to avoid amidst the chaos to prevent further damage to one’s property:

 

Don’t clean up

It is best to wait until a repair and restoration specialist, such as SERVPRO, has assessed the damage. Avoid cleaning walls, carpets or upholstery before a professional arrives.

 

Don’t use electrical appliances

Fire and smoke can damage electrical appliances and make them dangerous to use if affected by the fire. Consult a repair service to asses any damage before putting the affected appliances back into regular use.

 

Don’t eat food that has been near the fire

Avoid eating any food that has seen fire damage or was located near the fire, excessive heat or water. This includes canned or packaged foods and beverages. Foods may have risen to an unsafe temperature during the fire and become spoiled.

 

Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures

Ceiling fixtures include lighting and ceiling fans. If water has come into contact with any of these fixtures the wiring may be damaged and pose an electrical hazard if turned on.

 

Don’t send damaged clothing to an inexperienced dry cleaner

Smoke damage to clothing can greatly damage a garment. Ask the dry cleaner if they specialize in cleaning clothing which has come in contact with heavy smoke. If incorrectly laundered, smoke odor may permanently set into the material.

 

 

Following these suggestions can save time, money and stress after fire damage has occurred in the home. The professionals at SERVPRO have responded to Nipomo fire damage in the past and are available 24/7 to lend a helping hand.

 

SERVPRO in Nipomo

260 N Mallagh St., Nipomo, CA 93444

(805) 922-5457

SERVPRO Releases Prevention Report for Homeowners Experiencing Los Osos Water Damage

10/20/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Releases Prevention Report for Homeowners Experiencing Los Osos Water Damage Water Damage

Professional fire and water damage experts, SERVPRO, this week outline five ways homeowners can prevent water damage during the upcoming rainy season.

 

Los Osos, CA —The cleanup and restoration specialists at SERVPRO have released a recent report detailing five ways to prevent Los Osos water damage to flooring, appliances, and fixtures during the upcoming rainy season. Homeowners can prevent damage to their home by following these five simple tips.

 

To view the report, click here (link), or see below:

 

 

5 Ways Homeowners Can Prevent Water Damage During the Rainy Season

 

The rainy season is arriving soon. Proper preparation can save a home from water damage if excessive rain or flooding occur. Here’s five simple precautions homeowners can take to avoid damage to their property in anticipation of heavy rainfall this coming winter:

 

 

Inspect the roof

A leaky roof can cause major water damage to a home. Have a professional inspect the roof and patch any holes or cracks before the rainy season begins. Replace any missing or loose shingles and look for cracks in the ridge where shingles fold over to form the cap.

 

Clear gutters

Remove debris from gutters to avoid pooling and allow for proper draining of water. This save the gutters from damage and prevent flooding during heavy rains.

 

Inspect inside the home

Survey the interior of the home, checking the ceilings, walls and crevices for water rings, mold or discoloration. Make necessary repairs to prevent water damage when rains begin.

 

Purchase sand bags

If the home is located in a area prone to flooding, stock up on sandbags before they become a dire need. Having sand bags on hand if heavy rains occur will prevent water from seeping into the home. Place bags in areas where water could penetrate, including the garage and front door areas.

 

Move furniture and valuables to the highest room in the house

If flooding is imminent, consider moving all furniture, precious art, personal documents, and jewelry to the highest room in the house. If flooding does happen, these items will hopefully be saved from damage.

 

Following these suggestions can save time, money and stress about water damage during the upcoming rainy season. If water damage does occur, the professionals at SERVPRO regularly repair and restore Los Osos water damage and are available 24/7 to lend a helping hand.

 

SERVPRO in Los Osos

1741 8th St., Los Osos, CA 93402

(805) 528-2289

SERVPRO Releases Report for Homeowners Experiencing Arroyo Grande Water Damage

10/20/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Releases Report for Homeowners Experiencing Arroyo Grande Water Damage Water Damage

Professional water damage experts, SERVPRO, this week outline five measures homeowners can take to prevent further damage after an Arroyo Grande water damage incident.

 

Arroyo Grande, CA —The cleanup and restoration specialists at SERVPRO have released a recent report detailing five ways to salvage flooring, appliances, and fixtures after water damage has occurred. Homeowners can avoid excessive water damage by following these five simple tips.

 

To view the report, click here (link), or see below:

 

 

5 Things Homeowners Should Do To Salvage Their Property After Water Damage

 

Once water damage has occurred and a professional, like SERVPRO, has assessed and repaired the damage, here’s five tips for getting one’s property back into tip top shape:

 

Remove excess water from flooring

It is important to remove excess water as soon as possible to avoid the growth of mold and damage to flooring. Use a mop or towels to blot the area dry. Remove wet materials, such as clothing or towels, from the area and hang dry.

 

Wipe excess water from wood furniture

After lamps and tabletop items have been removed, use a dry cloth to wipe excess water from any wooden furniture to prevent damage and avoid the growth of mold.

 

Place wet upholstery and cushions in a dry area

Anything which has been soaked by water needs to dry as soon as possible, especially couch cushions and pillows. Place items in a sunny, dry area away from the water damaged location.

 

Use air conditioning for maximum drying during summer months

Warm air will hold more moisture than cooler air so air conditioning helps remove moisture from air in the area. Close all doors and windows, then run the air-conditioning on high to help dry the house after water damage has occurred.

 

Remove art from water damaged area

Water can damage art pieces very quickly, even just excessive moisture in the air can have a negative effect on prized pieces. It is best to remove anything valuable from a water damaged area as soon as possible. Once the area has been thoroughly dried items can be returned to the area.

 

Following these suggestions can mean the difference between minimal water damage and a total loss. The professionals at SERVPRO have repaired and restored Arroyo Grande water damage and are available 24/7 to lend a helping hand.

 

SERVPRO Releases Report for Homeowners Experiencing Arroyo Grande Fire Damage

10/20/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Releases Report for Homeowners Experiencing Arroyo Grande Fire Damage Fire Damage

Professional fire damage experts, SERVPRO, this week outline the five things homeowners should do after a fire damage has occurred.

Arroyo Grande, CA —The cleanup and restoration specialists at SERVPRO have released a recent report detailing five things one should do if their home has seen Arroyo Grande fire damage to prevent further damage. Homeowners can avoid excessive fire damage by following damage prevention tips listed in the report.

To view the report, click here (link), or see below:

 

5 Things Homeowners Should Do if Fire Damage Occurs

 

If fire damaged has occurred in the home there’s still hope for avoiding a total loss of one’s property. Here’s five things to do to prevent further fire damage to the property:

 

Call a repair and restoration professional immediately

If left to sit for several hours, the acids in smoke and soot can permanently damage appliances, walls, and fixtures, leaving a yellow hue behind. The longer fire damage is left to sit, the more expensive it will be to repair and restore.

 

Limit movement and wind inside the home

Try to limit the amount of movement around the fire damaged area. This will help avoid soot particles from embedding, and permanently damaging, upholstery and carpeting. Close any windows if possible to avoid wind from entering the area and blowing these particles onto undamaged items.

 

Empty the refrigerator and freezer if electricity is off

One commonly overlooked task is to remove all food items from the refrigerator to salvage and items not affected by the fire. If the electricity has to be turned off for an extended period of time, food items not kept under refrigeration will spoil.

 

Clean off houseplants

If houseplants were able to be salvaged, thoroughly clean both sides of all leaves to remove soot particles from hurting the plants. Take household plants outside if necessary.

 

Change HVAC filter

If smoke affected the home, be sure to replace the HVAC air filter as soon as possible. This will prevent left over toxins from being circulated around the home after fire damage has been repaired.

 

Following these suggestions can save time, money and stress after fire damage has occurred in the home. The professionals at SERVPRO regularly repair and restore Arroyo Grande fire damage and are available 24/7 to lend a helping hand.

 

SERVPRO of Pismo Beach / Arroyo Grande

1423 Raspberry Ave, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

(805) 473-0772

Santa Maria water damage repair company releases report on tips to prevent Orcutt water damage

10/11/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Santa Maria water damage repair company releases report on tips to prevent Orcutt water damage Water Damage

Often times, basic water damage is covered by homeowners’ insurance policies, but ideally it’s best to not face water damage in the first place. Today, Santa Maria water damage Company SERVPRO, who has previously provided Orcutt water damage services, has issued a report on how to prevent water damage.

 

Below are 5 tips on how to prevent water damage:

  1. Plant plants carefully.

Some plants or trees such as weeping willows possess exceptionally invasive roots. If one is not careful of where one chooses to plant, the roots of these trees or plants may grow right into any sprinkler systems, drainage fields, pipes, or septic tanks. Make sure to know where these things are and plant plants accordingly to keep roots away.

  1. Clean out rooftop gutters

One should often do weekly inspections on their gutters. If there are a bunch of leaves, sticks, birds’ nests, and all of that up there it’s likely the gutters aren’t functioning properly. On a rainy day, the buildup from a clogged gutter can send water spilling into one’s property, likely resulting in serious water damage through the roof, to the foundation, or basement. While they may not seem too serious, make sure to keep rooftop gutters clean.

  1. Monitor the water bill

There are many water pipes hidden behind walls and under floors and such. A leak may go completely unnoticed until the damage is already done. This is why it’s always a good idea to keep a close eye on the monthly water bill, so if it slowly begins to creep up, one might consider contacting a professional to inspect for leaks.

  1. Use a drain snake rather than unclogging chemicals

No matter what, clogs are inevitable. Rather than using convenient unclogging chemicals, it’s best to use a drain snake to unclog those drains, as most people don’t realize that these chemicals slowly eat away at their pipes. Drain snakes are relatively cheap, and it’s always handy to have one lying around.

  1. Never pour grease down the sink

It’s generally well-known that grease is not good for drains and pipes, as it can cause serious buildup and damage. Sometimes people may try using detergent to break the grease up, but there’s no real guarantee that it’ll prevent the grease from clinging to pipes, so it’s generally best just to pour grease into an empty tin can and toss it in the trash.

 

Water Damage Orcutt

SERVPRO is available for all fire, water, and mold restoration needs. They provide 24-hour emergency service all across the country, so they are always readily available to deal with any restoration needs. Give them a call at (805) 922-5457

Fire and Smoke Damage Santa Maria-based company releases report on Smoke Damage Tips

10/11/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire and Smoke Damage Santa Maria-based company releases report on Smoke Damage Tips Smoke Damage

SANTA MARIA, Ca. – Today, fire and smoke damage Santa Maria-based Company, SERVPRO, have released a report detailing tips to prevent fires.

Fire and smoke can cause severe damage to a home or business. Even a small fire can produce large volumes of smoke and cause unwanted and often unseen damage. Here are some tips to keep in mind when dealing with smoke damage.

  1. After a fire, one may be anxious to begin cleaning one’s house and attempting to restore it. The very first thing to be done is contact an insurance agency to check for coverage, and then contact a restoration company, like SERVPRO, to begin restoration
  2. Make sure to gain permission from the Fire Marshall before reentering the property. It’s critical to make sure that the property in question is safe to enter before setting foot inside. If entering, be sure to wear a protective device over the mouth and nose to prevent inhaling toxins left from the fire. If a professional restoration company has yet to be contacted, who knows what kinds of toxins may be in the air?
  3. Do not attempt to clean any household carpets, textiles, draperies, or upholstered furniture. Smoke is oily and must be cleaned in a very specific way, so attempting to clean may cause additional and possibly irreparable damage.
  4. Remember to change the furnace filter at least once a day. If the property has an operating filter, replace daily until no soot is visible.
  5. Smoke odors can remain in clothing, furniture, draperies, and carpets after any retail sprays evaporate. To eliminate the odor entirely, it is crucial to deodorize it with a highly-effective ozone treatment. Without one, the odor may never be diminished.
  6. Smoke will enter and remain in and between walls of the living space. If not properly removed, during damp periods the odor will return.
  7. Cover clean items with plastic. While repairs are being carried out in the property, cover unaffected items to prevent additional tarnishing.
  8. Carpets should be dealt with by professional cleaners. It may take a few cleaning, or may need to be replaced entirely.
  9. Do not attempt to wipe down walls. Professionals use chemical sponges to effectively clean smoke and soot from varied surfaces, attempting to wipe walls down may only result in further damage.


 

Fire and Smoke Damage Santa Maria

SERVPRO offers 24/7 restoration services to customers experiencing difficulties with water, fire, smoke, or mold damage! They’re always readily available to take care of any emergency restoration needs in a timely and professional manner possible to restore any property to pre-damage conditions and quickly make it “Like it never happened.” Give them a call at (805) 922-5457.

 

Water Damage Orcutt-based Company releases report on tips to prevent water damage

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Orcutt-based Company releases report on tips to prevent water damage Water Damage

ORCUTT, Ca. – Often times, basic water damage is covered by homeowners’ insurance policies, but ideally it’s best to not face water damage in the first place. Today, Water Damage Orcutt-based Company SERVPRO has issued a report on how to prevent water damage.

It’s generally best to not have to deal with the hassles of filing insurance claims, especially at times when the damage done isn’t covered by basic homeowners’ insurance, so here are 5 tips on how to prevent water damage.

  1. Plant plants carefully.

Some plants or trees such as weeping willows possess exceptionally invasive roots. If one is not careful of where one chooses to plant, the roots of these trees or plants may grow right into any sprinkler systems, drainage fields, pipes, or septic tanks. Make sure to know where these things are and plant plants accordingly to keep roots away.

  1. Clean out Rooftop gutters

One should often do weekly inspections on their gutters. If there are a bunch of leaves, sticks, birds’ nests, and all of that up there it’s likely the gutters aren’t functioning properly. On a rainy day, the buildup from a clogged gutter can send water spilling into one’s property, likely resulting in serious water damage through the roof, to foundation, or basement. While they may not seem too serious, make sure to keep rooftop gutters clean.

  1. Monitor the water bill

There are many water pipes hidden behind walls and under floors and such. A leak may go completely unnoticed until the damage is already done. This is why it’s always a good idea to keep a close eye on the monthly water bill, so if it slowly begins to creep up, one might consider contacting a professional to inspect for leaks.

  1. Use a drain snake rather than unclogging chemicals

No matter what, clogs are inevitable. Rather than using convenient unclogging chemicals, it’s best to use a drain snake to unclog those drains, as most people don’t realize that these chemicals slowly eat away at their pipes. Drain snakes are relatively cheap, and it’s always handy to have one lying around.

 

 

  1. Never pour grease down the sink

It’s generally well-known that grease is not good for drains and pipes, as it can cause serious buildup and damage. Sometimes people may try using detergent to break the grease up, but there’s no real guarantee that it’ll prevent the grease from clinging to pipes, so it’s generally best just to pour r grease into an empty tin can and toss it in the trash.

Water Damage Orcutt

SERVPRO is available for all fire, water, and mold restoration needs. They provide 24-hour emergency service all across the country, so they are always readily available to deal with any restoration needs. Give them a call at (805) 922-5457

SERVPRO of Santa Maria

260 N. Blosser Road

Santa Maria, CA 93458

(805)922-5457