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How is water damage removed?

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How is water damage removed? water damage

When the emergency is over, the fire is out, the broken pipe has been repaired, there is that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when you survey the damage. Carpets are soaking wet, water has stained the drapes and furniture, there are puddles of water everywhere, and water is dripping from the ceiling. “How am I ever going to get this cleaned up?” Call SERVPRO, the company that cleans up water damage in Pismo Beach and the Central Coast.

Using state-of-the-art equipment and technologies, SERVPRO technicians can remove water damage from your home or business from the first step of removing standing water all the way through to drying and disinfecting everything.

The basic steps to removing water damage include the activities in the following list. Many of the activities actually take place at the same time so that the building and contents dry out as soon as possible.

  1. Removing water and moisture
  2. Removing and restoring water soaked items
  3. Inspecting the building for water damage and mold
  4. Final drying out

Removing water and moisture

The SERVPRO Pismo Beach water damage technicians use industrial quality dehumidifiers, extractors, fans and pumps to remove moisture from the air, standing water, and help dry carpets, floors, walls and any other structural component that is wet.

Dehumidifiers and fans are important for drying the air and preventing additional moisture being absorbed back in to the structure. As water evaporates, it adds moisture to the air and that moisture can be reabsorbed by already wet walls and floors. Not creating an air flow and dehumidified the air can just create a vicious cycle of dampness that prolongs the recovery.

Removing and restoring water soaked items

Furnishings, appliances, rugs, carpets, drapery, even clothing and linens are inspected to determine the extend of damage. Items that can be dried, washed or cleaned are sent to the appropriate professionals to clean them.

Electrical appliances that have been exposed to water are inspected and repaired by electrical and appliance specialists.

Depending on the extent of damage, carpets and padding may need to be removed so the floor and adjoining walls can be dried. If the water damage is severe, new carpet might be needed. Homeowners insurance probably covers that replacement SERVPRO works directly with your insurance company.

Inspecting for water damage and mold

The entire structure is inspected for water damage and mold so repairs and mold remediation can start as soon as possible.

Final drying out

The dehumidifiers, fans and other water removing equipment has been running all during these processes. Once personal items have been secured, the building may be left open so that circulating air can help dry things out. As soon as all of the water and moisture have been removed and everything is dry, the work of putting your home back together again begins.

Even though these jobs might involved carpenters, electricians and painters. SERVPRO can be with you every step of the way to make sure everything is completed to your satisfaction and so your family can get back home as quickly as possible.

Be easy with yourself

The first impulse is to start picking through the damage to see what you can save. If it is safe, remove valuables and important papers as soon as possible, but leave the clean up and restoration work to the experts. Call SERVPRO of Pismo Beach as soon as possible. The company is available 24-hours and will help you get everything taken care of, helping restore peace of mind to your family.

Blackwater, what it is and what to do about it

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Blackwater, what it is and what to do about it Blackwater

Blackwater is bacteria carrying wastewater from sewage and other contaminants that can cause diseases and pollute the environment, including drinking water. Blackwater can be caused by sewer leaks, damage to a sewer system, or a neglected sewage system. Technically, a toilet overflowing onto the bathroom floor could be considered blackwater but the typical toilet overflow can usually be cleaned up with a mop, rubber gloves and sanitized with some bleach.

Long-term toilet leaks, however, that seep into the floor and under the house are an entirely other thing and may cause damage requiring trained professionals. SERVPRO, the company that helps remediate water damage in Pismo Beach, is the 24-hour service to call to help remediate any kind of water damage, including blackwater.

A toilet that frequently overflows can be a sign of other problems that might be related to a failing sewage system, leading to blackwater contamination. Broken or leaking sewer pipes, a failed septic system, even severe earthquakes and storms can contribute to blackwater.

Regional emergency precautions are available for protecting you from blackwater after a major disaster, but when the emergency is over and the time comes for repairs to your property, the Pismo Beach water damage company will work with your insurance company.

Your family’s health and safety are important and SERVPRO is providing the following guidelines to help you reduce personal and property exposure to contaminants from blackwater.

If you see any signs of a sewage leak or sewage system damage, or even suspect at problem, call the 24-hour SERVPRO number (805) 473-0772 then take the following precautions:

  • Clear the affected area and close it off if possible.
  • Wear rubber boots and gloves, and a mask if you have to enter any contaminated area
  • Turn off the power
  • Turn off water connections
  • Stop up all drain openings using plugs and hard solid material to prevent flow or backup. Extra weight might be required to fully plug drains.
  • Plug toilets with wadded rags
  • Turn off heating and air conditioning systems and block any floor vents to prevent the flow from reaching them
  • Don’t move anything out of an affected area or attempt to clean anything, including furniture, rugs, walls or the floor
  • Bathe or shower everyone and all pets that have come in contract with contaminated water as soon as possible
  • Place any contaminated clothing in plastic bags to minimize spread of the contamination

How to identify affected areas

Analyzing an area for contamination is the job of the professionals. For safety, assume that any area associated with sewage that is wet is contaminated. If you have found a sewage leak or broken sewage pipe, close off the entire area and keep people and pets from entering. Signs of blackwater presence include:

  • Any wet area from an overflow, a leaking or broken sewage pipe, or near a septic tank
  • Sewage smell in a specific area
  • Visible fecal material in a wet area
  • Wet, damp, or moldy areas under the house where pipes may be leaking

Contact SERVPRO as soon as possible to get water damage and decontamination started. Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and every place else within minutes. SERVPRO of Pismo Beach / Arroyo Grande arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

Arroyo Grande Fire Damage Company Announces tips for preparing and recovering from emergencies

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Arroyo Grande Fire Damage Company Announces tips for preparing and recovering from emergencies Fire Damage

Local Arroyo Grande fire damage restoration business owner, Mark Powers of SERVPRO of Pismo Beach and Arroyo Grande, reminds San Luis Obispo residents that September is National Preparedness Month. This annual event provides families and businesses with the information and resources they need to plan for, survive, and recover from an emergency.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sponsors the annual National Preparedness Month and has prepared a week-by-week calendar of recommended actions, including videos that property owners can take to be ready if disaster does strike:

Week 1- Make and practice a plan. Create an emergency plan that includes signing up for emergency alerts and making contingency plans for shelter, evacuation, and family communication.

Week 2 - Learn life-saving skills. The focus of this week is learning how to mitigate home and business against flooding, earthquakes, and fire and tips for holding a preparedness event such as hosting a CPR class.

Week 3. Check your insurance coverage. Once the emergency is over, appropriate and sufficient insurance will be key to getting your life back to normal, or at least on track.

Week 4. Plan financially for the possibility of a disaster. This goes beyond having a “rainy day fund” for immediate needs. Gather and organize important home, business, insurance, financial, and personal documents and keep them up-to-date and stored in a secure, water-and-fire proof location.

“No one wants to think of the possibility of a disaster striking their family and friends,” said Powers from the Arroyo Grande fire damage business. “But planning ahead is crucial for first getting through any unexpected event and then recovering as quickly as possible.”

Powers encourages everyone to prepare by:

  • Following the suggestions and tips that are on the FEMA website.
  • Downloading the free SERVPRO Ready app that helps users create an emergency READY plan of action and store essential contact and property information where it can be accessed from a mobile device.

Families, businesses, and community leaders who take the time to prepare and plan ahead for the unexpected and the aftermath are better able to respond quickly to an emergency and help speed recovery and restoration after.

SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and has the training, equipment, and expertise to respond to emergencies. The locally owned and operated company provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to responding immediately to any size disaster. “We specialize in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, making it ‘Like it never even happened’ for both commercial and residential customers.”

SERVPRO of Pismo Beach and Arroyo Grande

1279 W. Stowell Road, Suite C

Santa Maria, CA 93458

(805) 473-0772

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Avila Beach Water Damage Repair, SERVPRO, Releases Tips For Being Prepared For Emergencies

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Avila Beach Water Damage Repair, SERVPRO, Releases Tips For Being Prepared For Emergencies Water Damage

No one likes to think about an emergency, even what might seem like small water damage to an Avila Beach home can be disruptive to a family. The local SERVPRO professional, a trusted leader in the restoration industry, has a list of tips to help families get through some of the shock of an emergency.

No time is a good time for an emergency, but having a few things in order way ahead of time goes a long way towards getting life back on track as soon as possible.

  1. The first thing, no matter how distasteful, is to plan for regional disaster like a fire or earthquake. Learn where evacuation centers are located and the best routes to get there. Make sure you have an emergency supply of food, water and medical supplies for all of the family including pets. Identify meeting locations where you can connect with family members.
  2. Check with your veterinarian, local kennels and animal shelters to find out what kind of emergency lodging is available and what the process is for reuniting families and lost pets.
  3. Determine the support services your insurance provides. Are you entitled to emergency lodging or rent for a temporary home? What about meals and clothing, and kenneling for pets? How soon do relief funds arrive?
  4. Make sure to write down emergency contact phone numbers and addresses and keep them in a safe, easily accessible place. We too often rely on our cell phones to keep track of contact information, but what if the phone gets lost?
  5. Check with the bank to find out how to get access to your money in the event of a regional disaster that temporarily shuts down power or if identification, bankcards and account information gets lost.
  6. Don’t forget emotional support resources. A lot of support is usually available in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, but what about months later? Find out what kind of emotional support services medical insurance might cover. Is there counseling through the school to help children? Does your spiritual community provide emotional support? Identify the local nonprofits that have support services and check with local human services agencies as well.

The Avila Beach water damage recovery experts at SERVPRO want your family to safe and your life restored as quickly as possible. SERVPRO provides 24-hour highly trained restoration technicians for every stage of recovery. The local SERVPRO can also help manage the insurance paperwork and claims process.

SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande

1279 W. Stowell Road, Suite C

Santa Maria, CA 93458

(805) 473-0772

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Arroyo Grande Water Damage Company, SERVPRO, Releases Important Emergency Steps To Control Water Damage

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Arroyo Grande Water Damage Company, SERVPRO, Releases Important Emergency Steps To Control Water Damage Water Damage

SERVPRO, a company specializing in remediating water damage in Arroyo Grande, California has released important emergency steps to help control water damage. The safety of everyone in the path of flooding or other kinds of water damage is first, followed by steps that can help control the amount of water damage that might happen.

Emergency steps to control water damage

Leaking faucets, leaky water pipes, a single roof leak, or catastrophic emergencies can all cause water damage. Regardless of the cause, water damage is serious. There are often health and safety concerns along with the stress and expense. These six emergency steps prepared by SERVPRO of Arroyo Grande can help control water damage as soon as it is detected.

  1. Get everyone to safety
  2. Shut off electricity
  3. Shut off water supply
  4. Protect possessions
  5. Contact your insurance agent
  6. Call the water damage professionals

Get everyone to safety

Catastrophic flooding, a tree crashing through the roof in a storm, black water flooding from sewage are all emergencies. Get everyone to a safe place immediately.

Have a flood safety plan ahead of time. It’s better to never have to use the plan than to wait until the last minute and not know what to do or where emergency shelters are located.

Shut off electricity

Water and electricity are a dangerous combination. Anyone touching or standing in water, even a wet carpet that is exposed to electrical wiring can be electrocuted. Get everyone out of the area immediately, including pets, then shut off the main breaker to the house.

Shut off the water supply

If flooding is from a burst hot water heater or broken water pipe, shut off the main water valve.

Flooding from storms can sometimes be controlled ahead of time by diverting water away from the house with sand bags or ditches.

Roof damage can sometimes be temporarily remedied with tarps. When high wind or torrential rain is present, the best choice is to get the family to a safe dry place or shelter in place in a safe dry room. Shut off the main electric breaker and water and gas valves if possible.

Black water flooding from sewage is very dangerous and a serious health threat. Get everyone, including family pets, away from the contamination and contact the professionals for water damage in Arroyo Grande as soon as possible.

Protect possessions

Remove valuables, boxes, and furniture from the flooded area. Water-soaked items begin to mold very quickly. Remove items that cannot be replaced first. Other items, like sofas, rugs and carpets can be replaced.

Contact your insurance agent

Call your insurance company as soon as possible to find out what the next steps are to for water removal and water damage restoration.

It is a good idea to review your homeowner’s insurance now to know what kind of water damage is covered. If the coverage doesn’t seem to be enough, consider adding the additional coverage that you feel is needed.

Call the water damage professionals

SERVPRO, the water damage professionals in Arroyo Grande are trained to remove water and begin the drying process. Water damage restoration professionals have the pumps, fans and dehumidifiers to extract water and get everything dried out. They also have moisture detectors and remote cameras to find trapped water. Undetected moisture remaining behind walls and other tight places this going to continue to cause mold and mildew and more damage over time.

SERVPRO of Pismo Beach and Arroyo Grande

1279 W. Stowell Road, Suite C

Santa Maria, CA 93458

(805) 473-0772

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How To Remove Large Amounts of Water From a Basement

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How To Remove Large Amounts of Water From a Basement storm damage pismo beach

Whether you live in an area that commonly receives flooding, or you’ve been the unlucky victim of a burst pipe, a large amount of water in your basement probably feels overwhelming. However, with the right equipment, you may be able to clean it up much easier than you think.

What You’ll Need

While small amounts of water are usually easier to clean with a wet vacuum or even mops, deeper water requires specialized equipment. Chances are you don't already own a sump pump, which means you'll need to rent one from a local business. These pumps have a waterproof outer layer that protects their electrical components while they remove the water from your basement. If possible, attach it to a larger hose that will remove the water more quickly. You will also need:

• Extension cord
• Rubber boots
• Nylon rope
• Access to a truck or storm drain

What To Do Before

Before using your rented trash pump — another name for the same items — you’ll need to wait until exterior floodwaters recede. Once your yard is no longer flooded, shut off your home's electricity and keep pets and children away from the basement. Before lowering the pump into the basement, plug it into an extension cord and ensure the connection won't become submerged in water by looping it around a heavy object, such as a ceiling joist. Attach the hose you'll use and tie a nylon rope to the top of the pump. Finally, ensure the hose is pointed away from your home and into a gutter, storm drain or pump truck.

Pumping the Water

After setting up, use the rope to slowly lower the pump into the basement. When you have it where you need it, start the generator and plug the other end of the extension cord into it. When the water is only a few inches deep, you can move the pump to the lowest level to complete the process.

Remember, working with electric-powered equipment near water is a dangerous task. If you feel uncomfortable doing it, consider hiring a professional in Pismo Beach, CA to help you instead.
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Sewer Damage? Follow These Steps Toward Restoration

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Sewer Damage? Follow These Steps Toward Restoration Water Damage Pismo Beach

Facing the task of sewer cleanup after an unexpected disaster can be daunting for a homeowner. With the remediation that suddenly needs to be completed – and completed quickly – it’s difficult to know where to begin. Homeowners in Pismo Beach, CA can help themselves prioritize sewer-related concerns by following an easy-to-remember cleanup process.

1. Call a Professional

Water damage is especially difficult to manage. A homeowner may have taken great care of all visible signs of damage, but water in walls or underneath flooring can lead to mold issues later. To mitigate risk of ongoing problems, make sure you call a remediation specialist right away.

2. Drain Water

While waiting for the water removal professional to arrive, it’s best for homeowners to remove as much water as they can. Utilizing drains and pumps helps speed the sewer cleanup process. It will likely be necessary to lift carpet or flooring to the level that the water impacted. Homeowners may also wish to rent industrial-sized fans to help speed the draining and drying process.

3. Sanitize

Sewer backup can be terribly unsanitary, so it’s advisable to sanitize the spaces affected as soon as possible. Complete several rounds of sanitation via bleach and floor cleaners to ensure that no bacteria is left to cause more damage.

4. Dehumidify

Especially when homeowners are dealing with issues like a flooded toilet, it’s important to dehumidify after disinfecting. Bathrooms are often more humid than other rooms in the house. If humidity is left unchecked, it can further any spread of mold-producing bacteria.

In short, there are several important steps that homeowners can take while waiting for a water removal professional to arrive. Prompt solutions are crucial for sewer cleanup, but by knowing what to do should a crisis occur, homeowners can save themselves a lot of time and money on continued repairs. Visit for more information on water damage.

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Cleaning Up Sewer Damage at Your Commercial Facility

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

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Sewer backup and flooding present a more serious risk to a building and its occupants that simple water damage. Sewage contains bacteria, viruses and other organisms and contaminants that could cause illness. Sewer cleanup is extensive.


Although commercial sewage lines tend to be larger than residential ones, sewer backup can still occur. Employees and customers never treat restroom facilities with the same care they would at home. This can lead to clogged sewer lines and a flooded toilet. If this happens, you are dealing with gray water and possibly even black water.

Dealing With Sewage

Water contaminated with sewage should always be handled with care. Gray- and black-water flooding need immediate attention. The waste needs to be removed, the area needs to be dried and decontaminated and the air quality needs to be controlled.

If you are dealing with black-water damage, it is wise to call a professional biohazard and sewage cleaning service in City, State. It can make sure your commercial building is properly cleaned, disinfected and deodorized. As a commercial business owner, this sewer cleanup process is especially important because you are not just putting yourself at risk but your employees and customers as well. Special training and equipment are necessary to deal with this type of contamination.

Depending on the damage, a flood cut may be necessary. This is where the lower portion of walls are removed up to 12 inches above the water damage. Any contaminated insulation needs to be removed. The area behind walls also needs to be dried properly to prevent mold.

A sewer backup at a commercial facility is a problem that needs to be taken care of immediately. Since contaminated water can cause illness, employees and customers should not be invited back to the building until it has been properly disinfected. Professionals can get the job done right the first time so you can get your business back faster with an efficient sewer cleanup. Visit for more information on commercial water damage.

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Best Mold Prevention Tips

12/16/2017 (Permalink)

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Best Mold Prevention Tips

One of the cheapest ways to deal with mold is to prevent it from showing up in your Pismo Beach, California home. Mold prevention can include fixing water damage promptly and creating an environment that does not encourage mold growth. As a homeowner, it is good for you to know what you can do to stop mold from taking over your house. If these tips come too late, consider getting professional help.

Control the moisture in your home. Mold growth is encouraged by damp environments. If you keep the humidity in your house relatively low, you will discourage the spread of spores.

Fix leaks quickly. If a dripping pipe or a leaky roof is left unchecked, the water damage can lead to a big mold issue. However, fixing the problem while it is still small could help prevent major growth of mold.

Use insulation all around your house. The proper insulation of exterior walls, piping, floors and windows can reduce the condensation of water. Too much condensation creates the perfect environment for mold spores to start growing.

Think before installing carpet. Carpet can trap moisture, which can create a good habitat for mold and fungus. If an area has a moisture problem, do not put down carpet. It’s usually not a good idea to install carpet in bathrooms, kitchens or laundry rooms.

Use exhaust fans and ventilation. Fans and vents can help suck moisture out of your house. Whenever you’re showering, cooking or washing dishes, you should consider running an exhaust fan or venting the moisture to the outside of your house.

Mold can grow without visible water damage, so it can be challenging for you to prevent the growth of this spore. Using your basic knowledge to prevent growth can help reduce the issues you have in the future in your Pismo Beach, California house. Connect with a professional restoration service for more mold prevention tips. Visit for more information on mold damage.

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Don’t Fry Your Kitchen: Cooking Tips for Reducing Fire Hazards

12/16/2017 (Permalink)

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Don’t Fry Your Kitchen: Cooking Tips for Reducing Fire Hazards

Unless you’re a professional chef in Pismo Beach, California with multiple Michelin stars, you’ve probably burned something while cooking at least once in your life. While a bit of burnt dessert won’t kill anyone, large kitchen fires could cause serious bodily harm and leave you with extensive fire damage. That’s why it’s always a good idea to follow a few key rules when you’re in the kitchen that are designed to reduce the likelihood of experiencing fire hazards while you’re making that perfect meal. Here are three tips to help you stay safe.

Stay in the Kitchen

Whether you’re boiling, frying or toasting, you should always stay in the kitchen while you’re cooking. Attending to your food helps you to prevent fires before they begin. If you need to leave the room for any reason while you’re cooking, turn the stove off and remove your food from the heat until you return.

Use a Timer

One of the best tips is also one of the easiest to follow. Sometimes, it’s hard to stay focused. That’s why it’s crucial to use a timer while you’re cooking. Thousands of fires are started each year simply because someone forgot they were making dinner, and the food sat in the heat for just a bit too long. Timers help to call attention to your food when necessary, and ensure it’s not left to burn.

Keep Your Cooking Space Clean

Keep curtains, pot holders, oven mitts, wooden/plastic spoons and everything else away from the stove while it’s being used. Having a cluttered workspace while you’re dealing with high heat or flames can only lead to disaster. You’ll also need to clean your cooking spaces regularly in order to prevent any grease buildup that could otherwise lead to a grease fire.

Following these tips can drastically reduce the likelihood of accidentally starting a fire while you’re cooking. Taking a little extra time in the kitchen goes a long way towards preventing fire damage and danger in your home. Visit for more information on fire damage.

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