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Water damage and mold

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Wet walls, floors and furnishings and mold can go hand-in-hand and too much moisture is prime territory for mold. The Arroyo Grande water damage specialists at SERVPRO believe it is important for people to understand that taking care of water damage as soon as possible is not only important to prevent serious property damage.

The mold that is associated with water damage is known as black mold, or Stachyborys chartarum, if one wants to know the scientific name. Black mold releases spores as it feeds on wet and damp material. In a building with water damage from flooding, a long term leak, a broken water pipe black mold feeds on drywall, carpet, insulation, and sub-flooring.

There’s that old saying, “a best defense is a good offense,” and this goes for mold in the home or workplace. The team at SERVPRO, the Arroyo Grande water damage specialists, are the people to call to restore water damage and remove toxic mold. Mold can grow without visible water damage. Damp earth from rain or watering landscaping can build up in crawl spaces under buildings. A seeming small leak from a dripping faucet or a damaged water pipe can create a perfect situation for mold to grow and spread.

The technicians from SERVPRO have industrial-grade equipment for drying walls, carpets, even under buildings. Once the damaged materials have been removed, a thorough examination of surrounding material makes sure that signs of black mold have been removed, then the heavy duty equipment dries out everything that was wet or damp. SERVPRO technicians have special training and protective gear for dealing with black mold. Do not attempt to clean toxic black mold, or to removed mold damaged materials from a structure. Leave this job to the experts.

Controlling mold

Control mold inside the home or work place by:

  • Controlling humidity levels
  • Promptly fixing leaky roofs, windows, and pipes
  • Ventilating shower, laundry, and cooking areas

In the event of flooding and water damage, call the experts from SERVPRO before attempting repairs and mold removal yourself.

SERVPRO of Pismo Beach and Arroyo Grande has a 24-hour emergency line for flooding and water damage emergencies. The best thing to do about mold issues is to call the experts.

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.
Visit http://www.SERVPROpismobeacharroyogrande.com for more information on storm damage.

We are located at: 

1423 Raspberry AveArroyo Grande, CA 93420United States

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 http://www.SERVPROpismobeacharroyogrande.com for more information on water damage.

We are located at: 

1423 Raspberry AveArroyo Grande, CA 93420United States

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.

Causes

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 http://www.SERVPROpismobeacharroyogrande.com for more information on commercial water damage.

We are located at: 

1423 Raspberry AveArroyo Grande, CA 93420United States

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 http://www.SERVPROpismobeacharroyogrande.com for more information on mold damage.

We are located at: 

1423 Raspberry AveArroyo Grande, CA 93420United States

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

12/16/2017 (Permalink)

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

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 http://www.SERVPROpismobeacharroyogrande.com for more information on fire damage.

We are located at: 

1423 Raspberry AveArroyo Grande, CA 93420United States

Tips for Preventing Kitchen Fires

12/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tips for Preventing Kitchen Fires fire damage

Tips for Preventing Kitchen Fires

Kitchen fires are all too common an occurrence, and because of all the appliances and possible gas hookups in a kitchen, a kitchen fire can go from bad to worse in a matter of seconds. Whether you’re an avid cook or a person who struggles to boil water, there are a few tips from your local fire remediation team that you should implement to prevent disaster from striking in your Pismo Beach, California kitchen.

Stay in the Kitchen

Don’t leave cooking food unattended. Most kitchen fires occur because a person has left the room with the stovetop on. If you do need to leave the kitchen at any point while you’re cooking, turn off the stovetop or oven temporarily and turn it back on when you come back.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Oven mitts, towels, paper products, matches, lighters, grease – there are so many items in kitchens that can catch fire when they come into contact with even the smallest of flames. Before you turn on your stove or oven, move all flammable objects safely out of reach.

Dispose of Grease Properly

Grease fires are probably the greatest risk to your kitchen. There are two tips you should always keep in order to prevent a grease fire:

Never subject oils with a low smoke point to high heat
Never throw hot grease into a trashcan. Even if the grease isn’t on fire, it can still ignite

Wear Proper Cooking Attire

Loose fitting clothing—especially tops with flowy sleeves—are one of the most common causes of accidental house fires. To prevent a sleeve from catching fire, or to keep articles away from hot burners, wear tight fitting clothing and, if possible, short sleeves.

Be Prepared

The best way to prevent a kitchen fire is to be prepared to prevent one at the first sign of flames. Keep a fire extinguisher handy, such as beneath the sink, in a nearby cabinet or next to the stove. Have a lid nearby to extinguish a flame that bursts out in a pot, and know where your nearest water source (usually the kitchen sink) is so you can react without hesitation.

It doesn’t take much to prevent a kitchen fire. To keep your family safe and your home free of fire damage, implement the tips above. Happy cooking! Visit http://www.SERVPROpismobeacharroyogrande.com for more information on fire damage.

We are located at: 

1423 Raspberry AveArroyo Grande, CA 93420United States

When Storms or Floods hit Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande SERVPRO is ready!

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande SERVPRO is ready! Residence that was deeply affected during Hurricane Harvey.

SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Five Cities specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Pismo Beach/Five Cities, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 805-922-5457

We are located at: 

1423 Raspberry AveArroyo Grande, CA 93420United States

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande

SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

We are located at: 

1423 Raspberry AveArroyo Grande, CA 93420United States

Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande Residents:  Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold mold damage arroyo grande

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (805)922-5457

We are located at: 

1423 Raspberry AveArroyo Grande, CA 93420United States

For Immediate Service in Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande, Call SERVPRO

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

General For Immediate Service in Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande, Call SERVPRO 24/7 service

SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (805)922-5457

Residential Services

Whether your [[City or County Name]] home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

We are located at: 

1423 Raspberry AveArroyo Grande, CA 93420United States

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande Home

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (805)922-5457

We are located at: 

1423 Raspberry AveArroyo Grande, CA 93420United States

SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande provides fire, soot and water damage restoration service in Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

The active wildfires here in Southern California are increasing their impact as growing Santa Ana winds add fuel to these devastating blazes that are encroaching in our area. According to the New York Times, new fires broke out in Malibu on December 7, with at least 96,000 acres already burned in the Ventura area and 116,000 acres in Los Angeles County. Evacuations have closed hundreds of schools and forced 200,000 of our neighbors to seek safety. The “Thomas Fire” in the Ventura area continues to burn with the aid of strong winds. This fire has caused the closure of the 101 freeway and a boil-water advisory was issued for Ventura County. Santa Ana winds The Santa Ana winds that are enabling the fires to rapidly increase their reach can have speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour. They are not expected to diminish until Friday into Saturday at the earliest. The National Weather Service has warned of “very rapid fire growth” in this area. SERVPRO Meteorologist Lela Davis said that the Santa Ana winds were already very dry when they reached the Southern California valley, allowing them to quickly pull moisture out of vegetation, increasing the risk for wildfires. For the first time ever, a purple wind warning was issued for today under the color-coded system used to advise about high winds. This purple warning pushed wind expectations from the “high” category to “extreme”. Ready to help Here at SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande we are monitoring this wildfire situation closely. Our thoughts are with those neighbors who may be put in harms’ way during this event. In many cases, a wildfire can result in a total loss for a home or business, but in others it may be a partial loss, or can result in mild smoke damage. If your home or business is affected by a wildfire, SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande is Here to Help®. 

About SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande

SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande 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.

Fire or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help

(805-922-5457)

We are located at: 

1423 Raspberry AveArroyo Grande, CA 93420United States

Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today -  805-922-5457

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration- in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande

SERVPRO of Pismo Beach/ Arroyo Grande 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.

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We are located at: 

1423 Raspberry AveArroyo Grande, CA 93420United States

Does Your Pismo Beach/Arroyo Grande Home Have A Mold Problem?

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise "mold removal" and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today- 805-922-5457

We are located at: 

1423 Raspberry AveArroyo Grande, CA 93420United States

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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We are located at: 

1423 Raspberry AveArroyo Grande, CA 93420United States

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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We are located at: 

1423 Raspberry AveArroyo Grande, CA 93420United States

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.

We are located at: 

1423 Raspberry AveArroyo Grande, CA 93420United States

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

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 even happened.” Give them a call at (805) 922-5457.

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

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

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

SANTA MARIA, Ca. – When a fire hits, there’s not much that can be done to prevent damage. However, 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.

SERVPRO of Santa Maria

260 N. Blosser Road

Santa Maria, CA 93458

(805)922-5457

SERVPRO® Pledges Ongoing Support to the American Red Cross Disaster

9/23/2016 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO® Pledges Ongoing Support to the American Red Cross Disaster American Red Cross

Responder Program

Red Cross recognizes SERVPRO for their contribution to disaster 

preparedness and recovery efforts

The American Red Cross recently recognized SERVPRO®, a cleanup and restoration company, for participation in its Disaster Responder Program1.  As a Disaster Responder Program member, SERVPRO pledges a donation to the Red Cross in advance of disasters, allowing the organization to respond quickly and effectively to nearly 66,000 disasters annually, most of which are home fires. SERVPRO is entering their third year of partnership with the Red Cross; their donations to the organization to date exceed one million dollars.

According to statistics cited by the Red Cross, seven people die in a home fire each day in the U.S. Aiming to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent by the end of 2019, the Red Cross launched a Home Fire Campaign in October of 2014. The support of SERVPRO and other Disaster Responder Program members allows the Red Cross to pursue their home fire prevention goals while they continue to provide critical services to disaster victims.

One of the reasons home fires account for the majority of the disasters the Red Cross responds to annually is that the risk for home fires exists all year long, said Joseph Powers, owner of SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo. Statistics compiled by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)2 show the majority of home fires are related to unattended cooking accidents and cooking is something most people do every day.

Although SERVPROs business is helping business and home owners recover from fire, flood and other disasters, the company and its franchisees actively support disaster preparedness education, including fire prevention efforts. When disaster does strike, their relationships with major insurance companies combined with industry-leading job-management technology help smooth the path to rebuilding and restoration for home and business owners affected by the unexpected.

SERVPROs commitment to the Red Cross Disaster Responder Program means that, when disaster strikes, homeowners can count on the Red Cross to address their immediate needs and supply essential services, said Powers. 

Once the immediate emergency is under control, homeowners can count on the expertise of restoration specialists at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo to help them restore their property and move forward with their lives.

http://www.redcross.org/news/article/local/tennessee/SERVPRO-Recognized-for-Contribution-to-the-American-Red-Cross

http://www.nfpa.org/research/reports-and-statistics/fires-by-property-type/residential/home-structure-fires

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and 

Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

We are located at: 

1423 Raspberry AveArroyo Grande, CA 93420United States

Property Restoration Can Be a Messy Business

7/25/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Property Restoration Can Be a Messy Business Water Damage

Local disaster recovery specialist offers insight into the complexities of dealing with disaster and water damage in Pismo Beach and Arroyo Grande.

When disaster strikes, property owners need to make a lot of decisions quickly and under pressure. Effective disaster remediation involves a lot of moving parts: remediation specialists, insurance companies, local codes, state codes, documentation and more—and all of this has to happen in an atmosphere charged with emotion and stress.

Mark Powers of SERVPRO of Pismo Beach / Arroyo Grande says, “Efficiency is key when you are dealing with disaster remediation; it saves our customers money and it makes our work more effective. SERVPRO is an industry leader in work efficiency technology—continually innovating to help both our customers and our business control costs.”

SERVPRO’s proprietary DryBook™ tool is one example of the company’s focus on efficiency and cost control. Remediation projects must be managed to both industry and insurance company standards, and Joseph says that tools like DryBook™ help SERVPRO Franchise technicians track and document progress on restoration, cleanup and repair services. “The DryBook™ tool helps us deliver on every detail of every water damage job, every time,” says Powers.

To help avoid regulatory headaches and paperwork pitfalls, Powers suggests property owners consider the following criteria when choosing a remediation company to deal with the aftermath of a disaster.

Industry standards: Does your remediation company deliver a product that meets the standards set by

  • The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)?
  • Most major insurance companies, including cycle times and deadline requirements?

Recordkeeping: Does your remediation company have a system in place to ensure accurate, complete and convenient benchmarking of each step of the remediation process, including

  • Capturing and updating data, including job diary notes, electronically and real-time on the jobsite, with simultaneous updates saved at the central office?
  • Using e-signatures to help eliminate lost paperwork and the need to scan documents?
  • Providing a complete record of the damage and remediation efforts in images, with descriptions, start-to-finish?

Equipment selection: Does your contractor have the ability, on-the-spot, to

  • Identify the right equipment for the job, based on the damage description?
  • Validate the use of each piece of equipment, automatically, as part of the remediation records?

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of nearly 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar losses. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

We are located at: 

1423 Raspberry AveArroyo Grande, CA 93420United States

SERVPRO® Celebrates 6th Consecutive Year on Entrepreneur's Top 10 Franchise List

7/25/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO® Celebrates 6th Consecutive Year on Entrepreneur's Top 10 Franchise List Water and Fire Restoration

Cleanup and restoration franchisor stands strong in the #7 position in the 2015 Franchise 500 rankings.

Water Damage Pismo Beach and Arroyo Grande

SERVPRO®, a cleanup and restoration franchise company, maintains its hold on the No. 7 spot overall, out of a group of 927 franchises that qualified for inclusion in the list in the recently announced 2015 Franchise 500 rankings, from Entrepreneur magazine. This recognition marks the sixth consecutive year Entrepreneur has included the company in its Top 10 list and the 12th consecutive year SERVPRO has earned the top spot on the magazine's list in its own industry, Restoration Services.

Entrepreneur magazine's Franchise 500 selection process uses objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation, to help would-be entrepreneurs identify franchise investment opportunities. Some of the most important factors considered by Entrepreneur in developing the list each year are financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system.

It's very satisfying to represent the ongoing brand leadership of SERVPRO® for disaster cleanup and restoration services in the Pismo Beach and Arroyo Grande area, said Mark Powers, owner of SERVPRO® of Pismo Beach / Arroyo Grande. As a SERVPRO franchisee, we have the tools and knowledge, and the responsibility, to provide the best possible service to every customer.

According to Powers, SERVPRO of Pismo Beach / Arroyo Grande continues to innovate with systems, processes and training designed to deliver faster, more consistent results to their customers. In the past year, SERVPRO customers benefited from the introduction of the following advanced features:

* The company's DryBook proprietary software, which provides franchisees with tools to capture and track the steps of a restoration project according to industry best practices and standards.
* The Here to Help® Connection, which provides homeowners with 24/7 access to real-time data, allowing them to track progress toward project completion.
* The Drying Chamber, which uses vacuum freeze-drying technology to vaporize water in water-damaged documents, a technique recommended by the Library of Congress. The process can recover and restore even the most delicate items and preserve the integrity of a variety of media including irreplaceable files, medical files, books, x-rays, photographs and more.

http://www.entrepreneur.com/franchise500/index.html
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About SERVPRO®
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of nearly 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar losses. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

We are located at: 

1423 Raspberry AveArroyo Grande, CA 93420United States

Why choose SERVPRO of Pismo Beach / Arroyo Grande water damage restoration specialists?

7/25/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why choose SERVPRO of Pismo Beach / Arroyo Grande water damage restoration specialists? Water Damage

SERVPRO of Pismo Beach / Arroyo Grande water damage, fire damage and disaster restoration specialists are the best choice when dealing with any type or size of disaster.

From small leaks to major damage, their franchise professionals have the edge over the competition because of their quick response time, professionalism, and extensive knowledge of the trade. They possess the proper equipment to get the job done quickly and thoroughly.

• Speed

 SERVPRO is faster when dealing with disaster than other restoration services. Especially when dealing with water damage and flooding, timing is critical. Within minutes water can spread throughout the property, and quickly absorb into walls, carpet, floors and your belongings.

Within 24 hours, surfaces will begin to tarnish and furniture can begin to bend, swell and crack, and mold spores begin to settle. After a week, mold and property damage will worsen, even to the point of total contamination. SERVPRO is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Their quick response time will help to minimize any damage and help save money on restoration costs.

• Professionalism

SERVPRO is a franchised company, which means their franchise professionals go though an extensive, company-wide training process that guarantees that they are at the top of their field. All of the SERVPRO of Pismo Beach / Arroyo Grande professionals are versed in the standards set by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC. They have extensive water damage restoration training, and will monitor the entire restoration process to completion.

• Advanced equipment and techniques

SERVPRO of Pismo Beach / Arroyo Grande water damage professionals have the expertise and the top of the line equipment to deal with your restoration needs. Because each restoration project requires different solutions, SERVPRO of Pismo Beach / Arroyo Grande carries a wide variety of professional equipment. They will take you through the process of: initial contact, damage assessment, water removal/extraction, dehumidification, sanitizing/cleaning and into restoration.

We are located at: 

1423 Raspberry AveArroyo Grande, CA 93420United States

SERVPRO® Pledges Ongoing Support to the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program Red Cross recognizes SERVPRO for their contribution to disaster

7/25/2016 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO® Pledges Ongoing Support to the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program Red Cross recognizes SERVPRO for their contribution to disaster American Red Cross

The American Red Cross recently recognized SERVPRO®, a cleanup and restoration company, for participation in its Disaster Responder Program1. As a Disaster Responder Program member, SERVPRO pledges a donation to the Red Cross in advance of disasters, allowing the organization to respond quickly and effectively to nearly 66,000 disasters annually, most of which are home fires. SERVPRO is entering their third year of partnership with the Red Cross; their donations to the organization to date exceed one million dollars.

According to statistics cited by the Red Cross, seven people die in a home fire each day in the U.S. Aiming to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent by the end of 2019, the Red Cross launched a Home Fire Campaign in October of 2014. The support of SERVPRO and other Disaster Responder Program members allows the Red Cross to pursue their home fire prevention goals while they continue to provide critical services to disaster victims.

One of the reasons home fires account for the majority of the disasters the Red Cross responds to annually is that the risk for home fires exists all year long, said Mark Powers, owner of SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo. Statistics compiled by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)2 show the majority of home fires are related to unattended cooking accidents and cooking is something most people do every day.

Although SERVPROs business is helping business and home owners recover from fire, flood and other disasters, the company and its franchisees actively support disaster preparedness education, including fire prevention efforts. When disaster does strike, their relationships with major insurance companies combined with industry-leading job-management technology help smooth the path to rebuilding and restoration for home and business owners affected by the unexpected. 

SERVPROs commitment to the Red Cross Disaster Responder Program means that, when disaster strikes, homeowners can count on the Red Cross to address their immediate needs and supply essential services, said Powers. Once the immediate emergency is under control, homeowners can count on the expertise of restoration specialists at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo to help them restore their property and move forward with their lives.

http://www.redcross.org/news/article/local/tennessee/SERVPRO-Recognized-for-Contribution-to-the-American-Red-Cross 2 http://www.nfpa.org/research/reports-and-statistics/fires-by-property-type/residential/home-structure-fires.

About SERVPRO® Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

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