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SERVPRO, Santa Maria, Water Damage Specialists, Report ‘What Not To Do When Mold Is Discovered

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO, Santa Maria, Water Damage Specialists, Report ‘What Not To Do When Mold Is Discovered Water Damage Santa Maria

Mold might show up on kitchen or bathroom grout once in a while and this is generally safe to clean. It is the persistent mold on walls, under cabinets, and in damp places that the SERVPRO Santa Maria water damage specialists want the public to be very cautious about.

Mold is usually green or black in color, and has a musty smell. Mold grows from spores that easily become airborne and the spores can be inhaled contributing to health problems from allergies to severe respiratory conditions, depending on the level of exposure. For these reasons, Mark Powers, owner of SERVPRO Santa Maria recommends people use caution even when cleaning a small amount of mold.

“Use a good antimicrobial. Spray it onto the mold and surrounding area, but before doing that be sure to put on a facemask and rubber gloves. Scrub the mold away with a brush or disposable rag,” said Powers. “But, when there is a chronic mold problem, or mold is present in large amounts, there may be a water damage problem that needs professional attention.”

Mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Professionals, trained in the science and effective removal and control of mold, are best equipped to locate the source of persistent mold and remove the moisture or water damage that is the breeding ground for mold growth.

Excessive moisture and standing water are common sources of mold growth in buildings. Mold growth can start within 48 hours. By the time mold appears, the moisture may have already soaked into the structure, even masonry, enough that industrial fans and other drying methods are required. Left long enough, water and moisture will cause structural damage, requiring comprehensive restoration or even expensive reconstruction. The SERVPRO Santa Maria water damage professionals are the experts locating the source of mold and water damage, and removing and repairing the damage.

A phone call to SERVPRO Santa Maria is the first step to addressing mold in a home, business, or any other structure. Upon arrival, the technician carefully inspects the property for signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view and various technologies are used to find the mold and hidden water sources.

The remaining mold and water damage removal process includes:

  • Containing the spread of the mold using advanced containment procedures to isolate the contaminated area and keep mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.
  • Filtering and “scrubbing” the air using specialized filtration equipment that captures mold spores out of the air.
  • Removing the mold and mold-infected materials with antifungal and antimicrobial treatments and removing and properly disposing of mold infected materials. Removal is essential for preventing the mold from returning.
  • Cleaning any items that may have become infested with mold such as carpets, curtains, clothing, furniture, and even collectibles.
  • Restoring everything the mold infected to the original condition. Restoration can range from minor repairs to major reconstruction, depending on the degree of mold and water damage.  

Comprehensive mold remediation and water damage repair is not a task that home and property owners are equipped, or even trained, to undertake. The professionals from the Santa Maria water damage company, SERVPRO, have the required training, safety gear, and equipment and supplies to safely and effectively remove mold and the sources of mold growth. Protect the health of family and other building occupants by calling the professionals to remove mold.

SERVPRO of Santa Maria

1279 W. Stowell Road, Suite C

Santa Maria, CA 93458

(805) 473-0772

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SERVPRO, Santa Maria, Water Damage Specialists, Report ‘What To Do When A Skunk Gets Under The House’

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO, Santa Maria, Water Damage Specialists, Report ‘What To Do When A Skunk Gets Under The House’ Water Damage Restoration Santa Maria

Skunks, like a lot of wildlife, have adapted to civilization and can be seen wandering through neighborhoods, usually at night. They are usually not a problem unless one becomes trapped under the house then “the smell can get into everything else in the house,” said Mark Powers, owner of the SERVPRO Santa Maria water damage company.

Most of the time, unless the family dog gets involved, skunks come and go with only a slight trace of their aromatic presence. A skunk living on the property, especially under the house, can leave an odor that just does not go away. A skunk that gets under the house and sprays is most likely going to create an odor that seems to invade everything in the house.

Skunk odor is not easy to get rid of—just ask anyone whose dog stuck its nose too close to a skunk! Skunk spray is produced by the animal’s anal glands and contains oily volatile chemical compounds. The stinky compounds are primarily thiols and thioacetates, both rich in sulphur. Sulphur atoms have a way of bonding to other atoms and this is what makes the smell so hard to eliminate.

The good news, if there is any, is that once sprayed, it can take up to a week for the skunk to replenish its spray. But that doesn’t always mean there are no concerns for another week. Male skunks, spray during the mating season from February to March. Apparently the guy skunks think the spray discourages other males while attracting females? Then, the female has 4 to 6 kits that stay with her for up to 8 months, reportedly spraying each other just for fun. So, there are a lot of reasons a skunk can stink up the property and contents of the house.

So, how to get the skunk smell out of the house? Tomato juice is pretty much a myth, plus no one wants tomato juice on the carpet on purpose. Powers, the Santa Maria water damage expert with SERVPRO, said, “Getting the smell off the dog is one thing, completely deodorizing the contents of a house requires a completely different approach.”

SERVPRO specialists get the house smelling a fresh as new again. First, the company helps start a homeowner’s insurance claim and helps monitor that claim through the entire process. The entire deodorizing process includes:

  • Identifying everything that needs to be treated, including furniture, carpet, curtains, clothing and anything else the skunk oil has landed on. Insulation and the space under the house may also have been affected.
  • Treating the affected items. SERVPRO uses proven technology for deodorization that completely eliminates the smell instead of just masking it. The process is relatively quick, but may require the family be out of the home for a day or two.
  • Fully ventilating the house after treatment to be sure the family returns to a fresh home.

Upon discovering a skunk or a family of skunks has invaded the property, SERVPRO recommends the following steps:

  • Call SERVPRO to get the deodorization and insurance claim process started.
  • Call animal control or wildlife rescue to get the skunks removed.
  • Get any pets that have been sprayed cleaned up and deodorized. Veterinarians or groomers can get the smell off pets or recommend the appropriate solution for doing it yourself.
  • If pets have not been sprayed, contain them so they don’t go skunk hunting.
  • Consider a short family vacation if the smell is unbearable. Pack washable changes of clothes in plastic bags to be washed before wearing.

SERVPRO of Santa Maria

1279 W. Stowell Road, Suite C

Santa Maria, CA 93458

(805) 473-0772

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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.

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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Sewer Damage? Follow These Steps Toward Restoration

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

1. Call a Professional

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

2. Drain Water

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

3. Sanitize

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

4. Dehumidify

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

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

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.

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

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?


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