Is Smoke Damage Really That Harmful?
Power washing helps to get rid of soot from fire damages.
A question we hear at SERVPRO from clients quite often is: is smoke damage really that harmful? The answer is yes! Smoke damage can affect in more ways than one, while direct exposure to smoke is harmful to your respiratory system, it can also negatively affect your property's structure, sometimes in unexpected ways. Smoke from any type of fire is comprised of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and soot. Depending on what’s burning, many other harmful chemicals also enter the air, and are inhaled into your lungs or latch onto walls, furniture, clothing, ductwork, and other areas. While it may not seem like as big of a deal as the flames that burned personal property, smoke damage definitely should never be ignored! ALWAYS call SERVPRO for all your fire/smoke remediation needs.
A bathroom hallway affected by a bathtub overflow.
Water damage comes in many shapes and sizes, and the source of origin is almost always different. Wether it comes from a broker water supply line that burst, the dishwasher overflowed, the water heater burst, etc. SERVPRO of Moorpark/Santa Paula/Fillmore are your water restoration experts. We have a team that works 24/7 around the clock in case of any emergencies that may happen in either your home or in your place of work. We are able to get crews out immediately to place equipment and start the drying process to ensure that no further damage occurs. An ignored water damage can cause microbial growth and if we can take care of it in the first place we should always be your first call.
Pack Out For Water Damage
SERVPRO of Moorpark/Santa Paula/Fillmore has a separate division from the water and fire restoration team and that is our pack out team. When a client's house is affected from water damage our pack out team comes in and removes necessary items to help with the mitigation. They have a very detailed process in organizing, tagging, and packing out the items into a storage facility of our own. Pack out is necessary for home owners or business owners because it reduces the risk of any damage, if not more, being caused to the items at hand. And proper pack out is something you can count on SERVPRO for, we take care of all items and return them back to the owner when their remediation is complete.
Storm Damage FAQs
This school library was heavily affected by rain water in the ceiling and walls.
It's been said before that Southern California really does not experience natural disasters like other states might, maybe that is why it is so populated! As a restoration franchise we see other franchises that deal with tornadoes, hurricanes, flash floods and it is rare for us to deal with anything other than heavy storm rains and snow depending on where you reside.
Did you know that flooding occurs more than any other natural disasters in America? This means that flood water can easily enter into your home and cause both storm damage and water damage.
SERVPRO provides all necessary needs for storm related damages, we are available 24/7 and 365 days a year. You should always call SERVPRO when dealing with storm damage remediation.
What To Do After The Storm
This couple was out on vacation when storm damages caused microbial growth and they had to completely restore their home.
Spring often brings with it severe storms and rainfall that have the potential to cause significant damage to homes and other structures. This inundation of water can potentially cause a variety of issues within the home. When the storm is over, it is important to know WHAT to do, as well as what NOT to do.
First always make sure that you are safe, and there are no injuries. Once you are able to see the damage begin taking pictures as is, this will help in your insurance claim. Never try to remove any damaged items, always contact a professional to come out and help you.
As a storm restoration destination SERVPRO of Moorpark/Santa Paula/Fillmore has technicians ready and available to help during the worst storm times.
The Dangers of Smoke Damage
A bedroom affected after a unit fire.
Fire and smoke damage can wreak havoc to your personal property and structures. A quick reaction can help you minimise the impact of the destruction as some of your household goods can be cleaned and salvaged if treated immediately.
If left untreated, smoke and fire damage can be more devastating in the following ways: extensive and permanent damage, soot deposits, and cost increase.
Following a fire, it is necessary to seek smoke treatment immediately to save yourself from the effects of prolonged exposure to smoke and to make it easier for you to restore your home.
SERVPRO has trained technicians that are knowledgeable when it comes to treating both homes and businesses for fire, smoke, soot damage that has occurred. You should always rely on a professional to help restore your property.
California Commercial Restoration
The store front of a company that suffered massive fire damage.
If you haven't noticed California is filled with enormous sky scraper buildings and boulevards filled with apartments, condominiums, town houses, businesses, etc. This means if your neighbor has a pipe burst in their bathroom and floods his entire unit you more than likely are going to have some sort of damage to your property as well. Sometimes you might get lucky and escape the wrath of an angry burst pipe, but in the case you don't SERVPRO is the expert to call. We have been able to build special relationships with property managers and building owners that have used us either in the past or have been referred to us which allows us to help them with any properties they own or manage.
LLRT: Thomas Fire
Grounds pictures of the location worked at, affected by soot and smoke and ashes.
This past December part of Southern California was heavily destroyed by wildfires that spread over 440 square miles of land. The Thomas Fire was recorded as the biggest fire in California history.
SERVPRO Moorpark/Santa Paula/Fillmore suited up and head out immediately to help pass out masks, water, and other necessary items at safe zones for the residents of affected areas.
Once it was clear to go deeper into Ojai, Team Alan Reed was on multiple projects to help remediate and restore as many homes and businesses as possible. Working around the clock to restore the city back to a running status.
Part of having the Large Loss Response Team title means that this SERVPRO has the ability to handle jobs that reach massive remediation and can see the job through it's entirety. SERVPRO Moorpark/Santa Paula/Fillmore and it's sister franchises are known for the LLRT title and hold it proudly.
Mold Remediation FAQ
Ignored water damage led to this mold growing under the sink.
What is the difference between mold and mildew?
The difference between mold and mildew is that they are different types of fungi with different colors and textures. Mildew one of the many types of mold that exist but it is more common in a home which is why you may have heard of mildew previously.
Do I need to hire a mold removal expert or can I do it myself?
Mold is very tricky and when trying to attempt to remove mold you can disrupt it and make it worse than previously. When mold remediation is completed it should be set under negative air and contained with containment barriers and commercial grade antimicrobial to prevent the mold from reoccurring.
It is recommended to follow the IICRC mold removal guidelines which the industry uses as a standard to remove mold correctly.
How long does it take for mold to grow after a water damage?
Mold can start to grow in areas damaged by floods in as few as 24 hours, but it can also take weeks to develop. Labs usually let mold grow for between 48 and 72 hours under ideal conditions before testing. Some materials such as carpeting are known for growing mold quickly. For this reason, it’s important to dry out the area and remediate flood damage quickly.
Fire Board Up
Once the flames went down this was the aftermath of the home.
A kitchen fire caused this home to be burned almost to the ground. The before pictures shows the mess left behind after the fire had been put out. SERVPRO of Moorpark/Santa Paula/Fillmore was called in to help clean up the aftermath as well as board up the home for safety purposes. They knew it would be awhile before the home would be livable again. The homeowners were grateful that SERVPRO was able to get out there so quickly to make sure that the home would be secure from any possible intruders. At SERVPRO we understand the urgency from homeowners in their time of need, this couple in particular was thrilled with the timeliness of the process and all the communication shared through out the job.