Water Damage: Five Things To Know
A pipe burst just happened in your California home and you might be wondering what to do next and how to avoid water damage. There are a few things you should know to prevent long term problems after flooding,
- Damage Can Happen Numerous Ways
A waterline may break, a storm could lead to flooding, or you might have a leaky seal around a window. No matter what type of water damage you could be worried about, a SERVPRO professional should still be able to help. Give us a call!
- Repairs Should Be Taken Care of Quickly Once Discovered
Any time you have any water damage, whether, from a pipe burst or roof leak, it’s important to make repairs as quickly as possible. A quick cleanup may help save your home from more costly problems long term.
- Untreated Damage Can Cause Long Term Problems
Fix all the damaged areas as soon as possible. Putting off repairs can lead to additional issues like warped wood or mold growth.
- Affected Areas Can Be Restored
Remember that no matter how bad the damage may appear at first, a restoration company should be able to conduct cleanup and repairs. With a little time and work they can soon have the space looking “Like it never even happened.”
- A Professional Can Help
Anytime you think you may have flood water issues of any kind, call SERVPRO for details. We are here to help!
How To Reducing Fire Damage
Reducing fire damage is one of the first considerations after a fire in a home or a fire in a business. Commercial fire damage can greatly affect the ability of a business to continue operations. In order to recover as much value as possible from a property that has undergone fire damage, smoke damage, and soot damage, a restoration company like SERVPRO should be contacted immediately after the premises are secure. The fire cleanup team can assist in evaluating the damage to the property and listing the items that are present.
They can also perform fire damage restoration and offer an estimate onsite. The fire cleanup will also involve drying up all the water that firefighters may flood the premises with in order to put out the fire. This water can cause extensive water damage causing the growth of mold. A certified technician can dry out the property and prevent mold growth using industrial equipment that sometimes includes a water extractor, a dehumidifier, and an air current mover.
All surfaces are sanitized and cleaned after all the soot damage and smoke damage has been reversed. The fire clean-up team will also instruct property owners how to prevent commercial fire damage in the future. Any residual smoke smell will be ventilated until gone. If the smoke smell continues, chemical solutions like an ozone treatment or thermal fogging are also options depending on the needs of the property owner. Additional treatments may be needed weeks or even months after the initial incident.
Fire cleanup can be extremely daunting for someone who is shocked by a fire whether in a home or a fire at their business. However, fire damage restoration is normal for a fire cleanup specialist, even in the aftermath of commercial fire damage. A specialist who has the experience and the expertise to guide a property owner will ensure that fire damage is minimized as much as possible.
My Kitchen Still Smells After the Fire Damage Gets Cleaned Up. Why is that?
SERVPRO Can Help Remove Odors in Your Kitchen
Fire damage from cooking is also known as a protein fire is one of the most common fire losses in residential properties.
Particular actions need to happen to make sure fire damage in the kitchen from this type of loss. This actively demonstrates that the first and foremost thing to do is wiping down all surfaces in the vicinity with a cleaning agent with a solvent base to release the greasy residue's grip.
Odor control methods are also a part of this type of mitigation. Cleaning lessens the pungent odor, SERVPRO techs usually have to do a multilayered approach for complete scent elimination using methods such as:
- Thermal fogging
- Hydroxyl generators
- Sealants over painted walls and ceilings
Wind Damage Restoration Specialists
No matter where you live, you’re prone to some type of storm damage, even if it’s just a little wind damage. This is why we should all be prepared, especially in Southern California with the Santa Ana winds.
At SERVPRO of Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula, we have knowledgeable storm-damage restoration technicians prepared to offer assessment, repairs, and cleanup services. We’re prepared for any challenge, from massive storm damage to minor wind damage. Time and time again, we’ve helped homes get back to the way they were before the damage occurred.
We are here to help you pick up the pieces of your life after wind or storm damage. Wind damage may not happen often but when it does we know it can be a headache to deal with. You can always trust the storm damage restoration specialists at SERVPRO.
SERVPRO Safety Work Plan for COVID-19
LEARN PROPER SAFETY PROCEDURES TO REDUCE RISK AT YOUR BUSINESS
Reviewing and understanding Federal, State, OSHA, and/or CDC guidelines for maintaining a healthy and safe work environment is a critical step to minimizing risk to your business. Proactively taking steps to create and maintain a clean and safe work environment demonstrates that you take the health and safety of your employees and occupants seriously.
DEVELOP A WORK SAFETY PLAN
• Inspect space and develop a plan to maintain social distancing requirements and allows for flexible work schedules including maintaining remote work capabilities
• Commit to monitoring and following public health guidelines
• Implement and maintain safe, social distancing practices
• Encourage frequent hand washing
• Provide hand sanitizer stations
• Develop a daily disinfection plan
• Remind employees to stay home if they are sick
HAVE YOUR ENTIRE OFFICE CLEANED AND DISINFECTED
• Disinfect spaces, furnishings, and mechanical systems before employees return to the workplace
• Inspect for obvious signs of damage like broken windows or doors or water leaks
• Inspect for hazards (electrical, mechanical, structural, physical, etc.)
SERVPRO of Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula is certified to disinfect your offices for a safe return, call our offices to schedule with our crews.
Should I File A Claim?
When you've had water or fire damage in your property one of the questions to ask is should I file a claim.
A claim whether how big or small gets on your record so it is important for a company like SERVPRO to perform a FREE damage assessment to you property to determine the scope of work. Once that claim is filed there is no turning back and that is why it is important to have a SERVPRO expert inspect the property for FREE to provide you the best guidance about your damages.
SERVPRO will perform a moisture mapping of the property to determine the extent of the damages or a fire damage inspection report to determine which areas of the property are affected.
SERVPRO is also an insurance preferred vendor by major insurance companies like State Farm, Farmer's Insurance, AAA of Southern California, Mercury Insurance, Nationwide Insurance, Travelers Insurance, The Hartford, CHUBB and many more.
Once next steps are determined SERVPRO will do all the heavy lifting for you to help restore your property "Like it never even happened." We are a full service restoration company that does mitigation, remediation, abatement, packout and construction for all your restoration needs. We're available 24/7 every day so just give us a call and someone will be there to assist you.
For a FREE Damage assessment please call us at (805) 529 - 5600.
The Do's and Don'ts of Dealing with Fire Damage
Facing a fire in your home or business can be overwhelming, to say the least. It’s crucial, though, to start your fire damage cleanup and restoration process as soon as possible, to get your life back to normal.
- Make safety a priority
- Call your insurance agent
- Call SERVPRO
- Remove all clothing from the property and have it cleaned by professional fire damage restoration cleaners, not just a dry cleaner
- Enter the building before the fire department gives you the go-ahead, even if it looks safe
- Start to clean or wipe residue from walls, ceilings, and other surfaces
- Use or try to clean carpets or furnishings impacted by smoke residues or debris until they are professionally cleaned
The residue left behind after fire damage may cause health problems if it’s not handled correctly. Only trained experts with professional equipment can ensure fire damage restoration is done safely and thoroughly. Call SERVPRO immediately when dealing with fire damage in your home or business.
Preventing HVAC Water Damage in Your Home
Your Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system can cause extensive water damage if it’s not maintained correctly. Common causes of HVAC water damage include a clogged drain, frozen evaporator coils, and pipes that are not connected correctly.
Here are some tips to help you prevent HVAC water damage in your home:
- Change the HVAC filter regularly
- Clean the condenser
- Maintain the condensation line and the overflow drain pan
Knowing how to prevent AC from leaking is sometimes not enough to prevent your unit from causing water damage. When leaks occur, the moisture promotes mold growth that can contaminate the air in your home. If you experience HVAC related water damage be sure to contact SERVPRO of Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula for immediate restoration.
Earthquake Safety with SERVPRO
Earthquakes are one of the most destructive of nature’s forces and Southern California knows them well. Due to their unpredictable nature and the amount of damage they can cause, everyone should be prepared for an earthquake.
Creating an earthquake safety checklist can keep you, your family and pets, as well as your home more safe. Having emergency kits that last up to 3 days or practicing the "stop, drop, and hold" protocol can always become of use.
After an earthquake sometimes home can experience broken pipes or kitchen machines and that brings water damage into the home, or outside forces come indoors. If your home suffers water, fire, or storm damage from an earthquake call SERVPRO of Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula (once it is safe to do so).
Why Commercial Restoration is Important
Nobody expects disaster to strike their business, but the fact of the matter is—it could happen to any business. So, just as it’s important to have insurance in place when you need it, it’s vital to have an emergency restoration management plan in place should your business ever need it. Restoration companies give top priority to businesses that are hit with fire, water, mold, storm, or other damages.
Specifically with COVID19 posing issues to commercial business lately, it is a good idea to contact SERVPRO of Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula for a professional cleaning. Keeping you, your employees, and your customers safe is our top priority.
It is important to have a relationship with a commercial restoration team because you may never know when you need them. Our teams are available 24/7 365 days out of the year and no problem is too small or too large for our team to handle.