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SERVPRO Handles Storm Flooding

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

Flood damage can come to your home when you least expect it. Thanks to SERVPRO of E. Fullerton Placentia's unique weather patterns, many homes in our area are ultimately put at even higher risk of storm damages.

As soon as you call us to report flood damage to your local, we act fast to bring technicians to your property as quickly as possible so that they can immediately implement damage-mitigating measures. By stopping any continuing sources of water, and then pumping out any existing standing water, we can then set up drying equipment. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, simply stated-- we prevent as much additional damage as possible from happening in your home.

The most important steps in keeping your home safe and secure in inclement weather involve maintaining structural integrity and eliminating leaks, but even the most prepared homes can still be subject to the effects of nature. When the worst situations arise, SERVPRO of E. Fullerton Placentia is here to help.
In the following hours and days, we prioritize damage mitigation efforts over other work so that we keep costs low and have fewer restorations to do later.

SERVPRO of E. Fullerton Placentia is a fully-equipped damage mitigation service that can help lessen the impact of flood damage to your home. 

Electrical Safety After a Flood

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Unlike in a fire or storm, the potential safety hazards associated with a flood are often less apparent. However, they are present nonetheless. Specifically, in regards to proper handling of electrical devices.

Because we all value our belongings, we may rush to handle electrical appliances, chords, or other devices without taking the necessary precautions to do so safely. In the case of a flood, please prioritize caution and refer to the guidelines listed below.

  1. Never step into a room where water is in contact with electrical outlets, appliances, or cords.
  2. If you must stand in water to do so, do not attempt to turn off power at the breaker. Furthermore, if you can’t reach the breaker box safely, call your electric utility to shut off power at the meter.
  3. When you’re wet or when you’re standing in water, never use electric appliances or touch electric wires, switches, or fuses.
  4. Keep electric tools and equipment at least 10 feet away from wet surfaces.
  5. If an electric appliance has been in contact with water, have a professional check it out before it is used. It may need to be repaired or replaced.

At SERVPRO of E. Fullerton Placentia, we are closely familiar with flooding protocols and the potential dangers associated with high-wading water inside commercial or residential properties. Therefore, we hope to provide you with the information necessary to approach similar situations safely and confidently.

What to Do When Water Damages Your Commercial Property in King City?

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

If you are a commercial property owner, an emergency, like water damage may stop business activities in their tracks. No matter if the water issues are caused by a burst pipe, flood, major leak, or another cause, water damage is something you should always take seriously.

Determine the Extent of the Water Damage

One of the first things you should do when you find signs of water damage is to determine how serious it is. At this point, just looking for signs of water damage probably won’t be enough.

Water may soak into an array of building materials without creating obvious signs of damage for a while. To determine how far the water has spread, you require a specialized tool to measure moisture in building materials, such as a moisture meter used during a building inspection.

With a moisture meter, you can determine the moisture content level in the items where you found the water damage. When you keep checking the area, you can determine how far the damage has gone. Remember, if you don’t have this device, you can call the professionals who can take care of it for you.

Dry Out the Affected Area

It’s best to call the professionals if you are dealing with extensive water damage. However, after your call to the professionals,  you can make sure the source of water is completely shut down and repaired, move contents out of wet areas, start removing some of the standing water and working with occupants on a temporary location.

It will be necessary to use specialized tools to ensure the entire area is dry. Usually, this requires the help of the professionals because they will have access to the items needed. Some of these tools include:

  • Wet vacuums to help quickly remove standing water
  • Dehumidifiers or air movers to extract humid air
  • Thermohydrometer to track the humidity in a space
  • Moisture meters for tracking the content of moisture in the building and nearby items

If your building has a climate control system, then turning the temperature up slightly may help keep the water from condensing, which will help things dry out faster. As the building is dried, you need to keep it sealed against exposure to outside air as much as possible as controlling the indoor environment without the influence of unfavorable outside air will help dry the structure and contents faster.

If there is furniture or other materials that are moisture compromised, remove them from the space and assess their condition. If it is too water-damaged, it will need to be discarded and replaced completely.

Call the Professionals of SERVPRO of Morro Bay to King City

If you are dealing with water of any type in your commercial building, it is important to make sure that you take the right steps and contact the professionals for assistance. They will be able to ensure that the water issue is handled properly and that the issue won’t get any worse. If you fail to take action in a reasonable amount of time, you may discover the issues are permanent.

What Happens to Contents in a Morro Bay Property Undergoing Fire Restoration?

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

Property Contents with Fire Damage Can Be Stored On or Off-site. SERVPRO Has External Storage in Morro Bay for Residents Undergoing Fire Restoration.

What is content management during Morro Bay fire restoration?

An Morro Bay home is made up of both structural items and unique contents. A house fire affects both at the same time. However, the restoration of these two aspects of your home is separate. The efficiency of a fire restoration in Morro Bay often relies upon how contents are managed. In some situations, the overall timespan of repair may be reduced by keeping contents on-site. These options are usually employed in minor to moderate conditions where the fire is contained to one or two rooms of the property, and the structure is sound. When there is significant structural damage, requiring reconstruction, SERVPRO technicians may opt to remove contents to allow better access to the parts of the structure in need of restoration. Content management is a priority during the scoping and assessment phase.

How are the pack-out procedures completed?

When a property suffers significant fire damage in Morro Bay, it is usually necessary to pack up the contents. It may seem overwhelming to relocate a home's worth of contents, but SERVPRO can enlist professional movers to transport items from home to a safe storage facility. Usually, a crew chief accompanied by two fire and smoke damage restoration technicians (FSRT) conducts a pack-out procedure. The crew chief is responsible for inventorying, documenting, and ensuring quality controls during a pack out. One technician sorts through salvageable and non-salvageable contents while the remaining technician packs up contents to move out. Your contents are insured during the move-out and storage procedure of fire restoration.

Mold in Your Home?

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Performs Mold Inspections and Remediation for Residents of Morro Bay to King City. Contact Us at the First Signs.

What causes mold in property?

When water enters a property or soaks through materials in your local home, it provides ample moisture to support mold growth. When we work on water loss sites, our priority is to dry wet materials because of mold's risk. Once fungi begin to grow in a property, it can spread quickly through porous and semi-porous building materials. For some homeowners, mold may seem to spring up without warning. This growth is often explainable through poor insulation, the lack of a vapor barrier, slow leaks, or condensation issues in the property. SERVPRO technicians can often identify the cause of mold through visual inspection in the property.

What experts are there in mold remediation?

  • Qualified microbial remediation technicians
  • Indoor air quality (IAQ) professionals
  • Industrial hygienists

Is it necessary to use multiple experts during mold remediation?

The visual mold inspection of your local home is enough to allow remediation to begin. In severe cases, where there is evidence of broken down organic matter or widespread colonies, an industrial hygienist may be present to help inform the adjuster and technicians; this move is generally for commercial and municipal structures. It is common for SERVPRO technicians to deal with mold remediation from start to finish. AMRT applied microbial remediation technicians with accreditation from the IICRC mean something. If we can get the moisture out quickly then move onto cleaning away existing mold, it can often be enough to return a home to its pre loss condition. If mold represents an ongoing problem, it may be necessary to enlist an IAQ professional or Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP).

How do mold experts operate under insurance?

  • The adjuster that confirms any work to carry out
  • IEP or IAQ that informs the adjuster
  • Technicians that can demo materials, clean or dry the property

We are Cleaning Experts

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of E. Fullerton/Placentia, 714-525-0158

Utilizing Strategic Planning to Prepare Your Business for an Emergency

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Being aware of the future risks that you face as a business owner can help you plan ahead for whatever comes your way—including a natural disaster.

Though there is no way to guarantee you will not be impacted by one, you can prioritize your own preparedness so you can make an effort to lessen the damages it can cause. By taking steps to plan ahead, you can be proactive against something that none of us can control.

Though there is a lot to consider regarding disaster preparations, we recommend breaking it up into three main tasks to help it be more manageable. This way, you can be sure that you are taking care of everything you need to be for your business and keeping your investment protected.

Making sure you have the right amounts of insurance coverage is always important, but especially when a natural disaster is a possibility. There are many business policies that do not provide adequate disaster protections. There will often be gaps in coverage or specific exclusions to certain scenarios to contend with if you try to file, so it is wise to be aware of what your policy has covered.

Quickly evacuating from your business if a disaster strikes is a great way to ensure the safety of you and your staff. You should always have an evacuation plan in place and practice it with personnel regularly to be sure everyone understands what to do. It is also smart to pack an emergency kit for your office, stocked with sufficient supplies in case you must stay put and wait for help to arrive.

Planning ahead for how you will go about restoration can be the single biggest factor in how quickly you are able to reopen. Being able to set the restoration process in motion quickly will be a big help, which is why we recommend working with a company in advance so that you know exactly who to call. It is also wise to look into the disaster assistance loans offered by the Small Business Administration as they can provide extra, low-interest funds for the recovery process.

If your business has been impacted by a disaster, you can contact us 247 for guidance on how to begin the commercial restoration process.

Why Is Professional Fire Restoration Advisable?

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

There are Many Phases and Stages of Fire Recovery in Residences, and our SERVPRO Team can Help to Navigate Homeowners Through These Challenging Times Efficiently

You might not know what to expect from professional fire restoration in homes and businesses after a disaster. Entrusting your property to a third party, despite being a leading restoration and recovery team in Orange County, can be an easier decision the more that you know about cleaning and repairing fire damages.  

With so many fire damage restoration layers for homes, our SERVPRO professionals must be involved from the earliest stages to the final walk-through with our competent restorers and experienced general contractors. We can save our clients time and money on the restoration that their properties already need after a fire by offering a comprehensive solution to property damage recovery. Each of the restoration stages and repairs is critical in making fire losses, "Like it never even happened."  

How to Address Fire Damage in a Residence?

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Call Your Local Fire Restoration Team to Restore Your Home in Martin

You may think that your home is not vulnerable to a fire, but evidence shows that home fires can erupt quickly. A kitchen grease fire or an electrical short can damage your home in just a few minutes. Very often, the flames burn in only one section of the house, which makes your restoration needs easier to damage. However, even the smallest of fires require professional attention if you want to avoid future complications.

Locally, fire restoration services for Martinez homeowners are our specialty at SERVPRO. We coordinate with repairers and insurance adjusters to make your restoration process as seamless as possible. Our crew is available around the clock to minimize the time in which your home and its contents continue to absorb soot, smoke, and any extinguishing agents used to put out the fire. Every minute counts when we are trying to mitigate your loss in terms of time and money.

Should I call a restoration team even if the fire was small?

Yes! It would be best if you always let our SERVPRO team take a look at the damage in your home. It is best to have our knowledgeable team use the latest technology available in our field to inspect your home. Using tools such as hygrometers and infrared camera imagery, we can detect where water might be hiding in places such as subfloors and within wall cavities. Similarly, we inspect your ventilation system and follow the smoke path to determine how to mitigate the odor it left behind. This thorough assessment focuses on protecting you from developing an environment where your home or health could be compromised. Among the actions we can take to remove traces of the fire we include the following:

  • Use thermal foggers or hydroxyl generators to combat the acrid smell
  • Discard items, particularly porous textiles that might pose a danger to your health. Upholstery and carpets are especially vulnerable to being damaged beyond repair
  • Application of industrial-strength cleaning agents to remove stains and soot throughout your home

SERVPRO of  E. Fullerton/Placentia is at your service when accidents happen. Call us at 714-525-0158 whenever you need us and let us apply our expertise to leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

Is It Possible to Save Furniture After A Flooding Incident?

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Help You Make an Informed Decision Whether to Save Furniture after Flood Damage Affects Your Grovetown Home 

Floods can affect house contents, such as furniture, in different ways. For instance, water can submerge items if the floodwaters are high enough. Water can also trickle from a high point, such as a window or an opening on the roof, leaving items wet. The possibility of saving such furniture may remain unclear until a qualified team such as SERVPRO inspects your Grovetown home. 

What do restorers check to determine whether the furniture can be saved? 

Deciding whether to save or dispose of furniture after flood damage occurs at your Grovetown home is only possible after considering: 

  • How long items remain submerged
  • The composition of materials
  • The level of contamination
  • Aesthetic changes such as staining 

The effects of flooding are generally destructive, but the actual damage level might depend on the timelines involved. Submersion that exceeds a day allows full saturation of the materials and the deterioration of materials since processes such as mold development can start in 24 hours. Saving items in such a case is rarely possible. 

Why does the material matter? 

Furniture items are made from a wide range of materials, including: 

  • Fabrics or leather
  • Solid wood
  • Composites such as MDF or plywood 

The type of material an item is made of determines its porosity, resilience, and how it reacts to soiling. Highly porous materials accumulate contaminants making restoration unsanitary. Most composites have minimal strength once exposed to water since the glues holding them together deteriorate in wet conditions. Solid wood fares better. SERVPRO technicians can help clean your solid wood furniture, dry it in a controlled environment, and apply remedial products such as cream with lanolin to eliminate traces of the damage "Like it never even happened."