Water Damage? What Now?!
When water damage occurs, do you know what to do and what not to do?
Water damage can happen at any point for anyone, home or business, resulting in damaged property. These do's are only for clean water and do not’s pertain to sewage water. Sewage water is treated differently since it causes different damage and requires a different cleanup process. With the right tools and pieces of equipment, our professionals can safely dry out your home or business and the contents within it. Here are some things to always keep in mind.
- To minimize the damage, make sure to shut off the source of water and turn off the electricity. It is essential to remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and soaking up with towels. This is especially important for wood furniture.
- To ensure that more damage isn't sustained by the furniture make sure to try and move it, if safe to do so.
- Make sure to NOT enter a room with standing water since there could be a risk of electrical shock
- Make sure to disconnect all power first.
- It is recommended to NOT leave rugs and furniture upholstery wet against one another because the fabrics have the potential to bleed between each other.
- It is important to note that you should not be utilizing your household vacuum to try and suck up any water.
If these tips are followed, then damage can be minimized and you will be better prepared for help to arrive. Remember to stay safe and get excess water cleaned up professionally to minimize the chance of mold growth. Our Team at SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/ Arroyo Grande is ready to assist at a moment's notice with any of your water mitigation emergencies. Give our team a call at 805-473-0772.
Don't Let Water Ruin Your Summer Fun!
With the temperatures quickly rising and the hot summer season headed straight towards us, our
the natural inclination is to turn up the A/C indoors!
However, the risk of water damage still poses
a threat even during the summer months.
The extended use of air conditioning units, if not properly maintained, can cause drainage issues. To avoid this, make sure to change your air filter regularly. Regular inspections and cleanings are also important to prevent and stop any issues in your unit from worsening. One thing to keep an eye on is the drainage pan. Check to make sure water isn’t leaking and accumulating in the pan. Especially in the hotter weather; mold, mildew, and fungus can easily grow and spread.
Another thing that keeps in mind is the potential for pipes to burst. Although burst pipes are more
common during the colder months, hot summer weather can still cause this headache for a home
or property owner. A good rule of thumb is to notice whenever there is a change in your water pressure. While it could be simply just an irritation, it could also be a sign that something bigger is on the verge of happening. This could be a result of corrosion build-up which leads to leaks and eventually, water getting into your home or office.
The risk for pipes bursting doesn’t stop there. If you notice cracks appearing on the walls, especially around the corner, it’d be safe to assume there have been changes in your foundation. An easy solution, however, is to consistently water the soil and even place plants around the perimeter of the foundation. The plants help moderate the temperature of the soil and can also serve to hold the ground together with their roots.
The last thing any home or property owner wants to deal with is water damage, no matter the
Where Is Your Emergency Storm Kit?
Do you know where your emergency storm kit is?
If a community is not prepared for a severe storm, the results can be devastating. Since the Birmingham Area is no stranger to severe storms, SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/ Arroyo Grande wants to share some of the following tips to keep in mind while putting together an emergency kit in the event of a severe storm approaching. FEMA has stated that emergency kits should include some of the following:
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Any medicine currently being taken
- Emergency food and water
- Extra change of clothes and shoes
- Pet supplies if you are taking care of an animal
These are just a few examples of what an emergency kit should contain. Residents can add whatever else they may need. There should be an emergency kit in every residential building as well as all commercial buildings if possible. Aside from having an emergency kit ready, a plan should also be in place. If there is a designated storm area inside the home or office, occupants should head there with the emergency kits. Severe storms cannot be avoided, but with the right tools and resources they can be easier to deal with.
What To Do If Your Water Heater Is Leaking?
If your water heater decides to spring a leak, then the safest thing you can do is immediately get in touch with the professionals specializing in water damage repair and restoration.
However, before the help arrives, you can’t just let the water flood the property, right? After all, that can severely damage your property and adversely impact the wellbeing of people in it.
Here are three steps you can take right away if your water heater is leaking:
1. Cut Off The Power Supply Right Away
Switching off the power supply should be your first response.
As long as the power stays on, it poses a serious safety risk. The hot water spraying out of the heater can potentially burn or scald your skin. If you have an electric water heater, then you also run the risk of electrocution.
So, be very careful not to injure yourself as you try to cut off the power supply. If you cannot reach the switch, seal off the area as best as you can to avoid the leaking water spilling over into other areas and wait for the repair team.
For gas water heaters, simply turn down the dial to the closed position.
2. Carefully Search For The Leakage Point
If you managed to cut the power off, your next step is to search for the leakage point.
You might need a flashlight to locate the damaged point if the leak is minor. Inspect the pipes and the valves to see if you can find water dripping from a busted pipe or a loose connection.
In some cases, the cause might be a malfunctioning valve. If water keeps dripping after you close the valve, then ask the repair team to install a new one.
3. Shut Off The Water Supply
Finally, turn off the water supply to contain the spill before the leak turns into a puddle and water starts flowing everywhere.
The water supply button or dial is usually located somewhere above the heater. Once you locate the dial, shut off the water supply so that water stops gushing everywhere. It might be tricky to do it if the damage is too extensive and you cannot reach the dial. In that case, switch off the main water supply for the entire house.
At this point, we recommend that you reach out to experts to handle the repair process.
Bad times don’t come calling, do they? That’s why it’s in your best interest to always remain prepared.
Wondering how you can do just that? By having SERVPRO’s number on speed dial.
From the water, fire, and mold damage to restoration, cleaning, and construction services, we specialize in them all.
Give us a call for your quote today at 805-473-0772
Flooding at Your Place of Business
Preparing for a flood is one of the smartest things that a business owner can do, even if they are not in an area typically prone to flooding. Statistically, 90% of natural disasters involve flooding and commonly impact areas that are not usual flooding targets.
Increasing your emergency preparedness by planning for a flood is a great idea not only for the safety of yourself and your staff but also for the continuity of your business. By planning in advance and preserving documentation, you can be more prepared to reopen after the flooding passes.
How to Prepare
It is not uncommon for business owners to not know where to start on flood preparations, but thankfully there are many resources out there. Some things to do include:
- Use the FEMA Flood Map and locate your building in order to determine any geographical risks you might face.
- Place copies of important documents in a secure location you will be able to access following a flood.
- Educate employees on your official flooding action procedures, which will ensure everyone knows what their role is in a flood scenario.
- Identify evacuation routes from various locations around the building and host regular drills.
- Consider the idea of adding flood insurance to your business policy.
- Store non-perishable food and water in case you face wait times for emergency personnel to arrive.
- Raise up any valuable electronics out of the water’s path.
How to Decide What Documents to Copy
When it comes to copying documents, it is better to have anything you think you might need instead of failing to remember something. Some important things to include are:
- An outline of your business continuity tasks
- Means of contact for any staff members and third-party services you may need to contact
- Your insurance agent’s contact information
- Detailed steps for recovering computer files that have been backed up
- Financial documents such as bank account information
If your business has experienced a flood, we are always here to help. Call us at 805-473-0772 to get our team of professionals to your business quickly so you can get back on track.
SERVPRO Is the One-Stop Cleaning and Recovery Service | SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/ Arroyo Grande
SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/ Arroyo Grande is a one-stop service for a great many things. You may know us as the company that helped your neighbor with a sewage backup or the team that cleans your office. Or maybe you only know us as a set of big green vans you see around town occasionally.
But whatever you know SERVPRO for, there’s a good chance there’s much more about us that you don’t know. So today we want to spell out some more of our available services for you—because when you need help in any of these areas, we want you to know you can trust SERVPRO to take care of you.
Water damage recovery. Water damage is a major pain for millions of homeowners each year, and SERVPRO has custom solutions for all of them. No matter the nature or size of the damage, we can get your home back in the dry again.
Fire damage recovery. Fires in homes across the U.S. happen twice a minute or more, meaning a lot of homes are damaged every day. We’ve got the tools and training to take care of homeowners dealing with fire-related loss.
Mold removal. Mold is often an unfortunate side effect of water damage, and sometimes it’s a result of atmospheric conditions. Regardless, it can eat away at your home—and it’s not safe to remove major mold damage by yourself.
Storm recovery. We see everything from big thunderstorms to tornadoes in Lawrenceville, and they can leave major damage behind. When storms take a bite out of area homes, we help homeowners recover, restoring as much as we can along the way.
Commercial needs. Businesses need cleanup and recovery, too, and we offer all our services for commercial enterprise for that very reason. From full-size business parks to mom-and-pop shops, we take care of local businesses who need us.
General cleaning. We know what you’re thinking—do you have to wait until a storm floods your basement to get your carpet cleaned? No way! We can help you anytime, with any cleaning task you may need.
Specialty cleaning. There are a lot of different places that get dirty a lot of different ways, and we take care of all of them. If there’s an unusual cleaning need, rest assured we can handle it.
Construction. When the damage is more than surface-level, we can manage that too, even if it means remodeling, reconstruction and full-scale rebuilding.
Add 24-hour service and an easy insurance process to all this, and the picture becomes clear—when you need cleanup and recovery of any kind, you can trust SERVPRO to get the job done.
We Take Pride in Customer Service
Why use SERVPRO of Santa Maria for your water, fire or mold disasters? The main reason to use our company is the type of service we give. We are committed to helping the homeowner or business understand the process of mitigation and to offer the highest quality of service. Our technicians have many years of experience and have the knowledge of how to best apply the guidelines for the restoration process.
Our clients can rely on us to call before we come, to show up on time, to perform the needed mitigation work in a timely manner and to explain the process in extensive detail. We value the confidence that our clients have with us. Our technicians’ high standard of professionalism can turn an unfortunate water or fire damage into a more positive one by our extraordinary customer service.
Commercial Disaster? Call SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/ Arroyo Grande
When you're a business owner and you run into an unexpected commercial disaster, you should call our franchises SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/ Arroyo Grande at 805-473-0772. We can immediately dispatch technicians to come assess any situation that is stopping your business from operating. SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/ Arroyo Grande will do everything in our power to help you and your business when trouble arises.
Tips until SERVPRO arrives:
- Shut off the water source, if identified.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
- DO NOT use regular vacuum to remove water
- Locate insurance information
- When we arrive we will do a very thorough dry out and complete it in a timely manner. We practice the science of drying...and we specialize in restoring your property. We are a "One Stop Shop" – Which means we are a company that can dry out your property, take care of your contents, and rebuild if necessary. Call our franchises SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande at 805-473-0772, we are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all your commercial needs.
Why You Need Deodorization After a Fire
Smoke and Fire Deodorization
Strong smells often linger after having a fire. The type of smells that develop are determined by the type of material that was on fire or smoldering. A hot fire that burned natural building materials will smell different than that of a protein fire from frying or a slow smoldering fire that burned plastics and rubber. These odors can cause years of problems if they are not handled by a professional. At SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/ Arroyo Grande we employ a multi-step approach to deodorization.
The first step in deodorization is to find the source. In the case of a fire the area may be obvious, however there are many causes of odor that may not be easily noticed. Once the source is found by our trained technicians we must remove it.
The next step in the process is to clean the effected areas. Many of the soot particles are deposited both on and often inside certain building materials depending on how hot the fire was. Our technicians are trained on different cleaning strategies dependent on the surface to be cleaned and the soils deposited.
We employ a combination of pairing and masking deodorization techniques depending on the situation. Hot fires open the pores of building materials where foul smelling soot can be deposited. When the fire is extinguished and the materials cool down, the pores of these material shrink, thus trapping odor molecules inside. In such cases we will use a pairing agent along with a Hot Thermal Fogger to reopen the pores. The pairing agent will attach to and change the odor molecule so that it no longer smells.
While sealing of wood is not always required, we will often do this on studs and structural members. One of the reasons for sealing is because these building components are often covered up by drywall, or they are located in hard to reach areas. Summer brings hot weather and as building materials heat up, these materials are capable of releasing odors. Sealing ensures that any soot not completely eliminated from cleaning remains trapped.
The Timeline of Your Water Damage Repair | SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/ Arroyo Grande
The annoyance and ruination of water damage happens to U.S. homeowners a troubling 14,000 times a day. Statistically speaking, it’s happening at least once somewhere in America while you read this paragraph. And there it goes again.
Obviously, we hope your home stays bone dry as long as you live there, but should the day arise when you need emergency assistance from SERVPRO, here’s how all that will go.
Emergency Contact. When you reach out in a panic, we’ll reassure you and walk you though some guiding questions to help us understand the situation and start putting a plan together. Then we’ll set a time to meet in person. All of this will happen quickly.
Inspection and Water Damage Assessment. Once we arrive on the scene, we can flesh out the plan and stop any water that may still be flowing. We’ll make sure you know if the encroaching water has created any hazards on your property, and we’ll also give you an idea of the items or materials that will likely need replacement.
Water Removal. You’ll never get all that water out with a bucket or a regular water vacuum. That’s why we bring our pumps to make quick work of it.
Damaged Material Removal. The items that are unable to be restored can now be hauled away, expediting the process of restoration for the items and materials that remain.
Cleaning, Sanitizing and Deodorization. Water damage can leave a yucky mess. We’ll use our tools and some old-fashioned elbow grease to rid your home of unwanted stains, smells and depending on the nature of your emergency, harmful contaminants.
Drying. It’s only a short while after water invades that mold begins to grow. Even after the water is pumped out, your home will need some dehumidifying and drying out.
Monitoring. We’ll be carefully watching the entire process, making sure every box is ticked and every surface is cleaned and dried. Don’t you worry about a thing.
Repairs and Construction. Now that everything is dry and in order, we can go about the finishing touches, which may range from replacing carpet to reconstructing entire rooms. Large or small, we’ll be there to oversee every aspect of your water damage restoration.
When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration. We’ll make your damaged property look “Like it never even happened.”