Area Disinfection Certification Program
As America gets back to business, we all have a new sense of what it means to be clean. In fact, 89% of consumers are uneasy about going back to brick-and-mortar locations. At SERVPRO, we’re dedicated to inspiring confidence in communities across the country as we find our way to a new normal. And we’re doing just that with our Area Disinfection Certification Program.
Our new defensive pathogen disinfecting program goes way beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices. This is a proactive viral pathogen disinfecting. With over 50 years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination, you can trust SERVPRO professionals to bring a higher standard of sanitizing to the places we gather.
Let us know when you are ready for us to help your facility become certified. When everyone sees our SERVPRO disinfected shield, they will enter with confidence knowing that the #1 choice in clean up and restoration was there.
Contact Genna Grinblat, Executive VP at (818) 730-1434, or email at genna@SERVPROwestcoast.com
Sun Safety and Tips
Summer is approaching in sunny California which means getting out of the house to enjoy the warm weather. Here are some facts on sun safety and tips on staying safe in the sun.
Facts on sun safety:
The sun can affect your eyes with UV radiation that can cause temporary injuries such as photokeratitis causing burning the skin-like tissues in your eyes and eyelids.
The sun radiates light to the earth. Different types of light are produced; such as infrared light, color light, and ultraviolet light.
UVA: These types of rays cause skin aging, wrinkling, and contribute to skin cancer.
UVB: This type of ray is also dangerous. They cause sunburns, cataracts, and can affect your immune system.
The sun is strongest between 11 AM to 4 PM.
Tips on staying safe in the sun:
Wear sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher. The larger the SPF the better and more protected you are!
Use sunglasses that have 10% UV protection to protect your eyes. Wear protective clothing while spending a lot of time out in the sun such as hats and coverups.
Drink lots of water to stay hydrated and avoid heatstrokes is very important!
Fire Restoration: Every Fire is Different and Can Still Ruin Your Precious Belongings
Every fire is different and even a small fire can ruin the most precious of your belongings.
With all the soot and the ash coming down it can seem like a total loss but that is not always the case, by calling a professional fire restoration company you can expect they will do their best to restore your items to preloss condition.
Fire restoration teams are essential, and SERVPRO of Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula can be there the minute the fire department clears it for our technicians to enter.
We will begin assessing your property immediately to determine what we can save and what needs to be replaced.
After the fire is out that’s where the team of SERVPRO of Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula comes in to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Can Electronics Be Damaged by Smoke?
Can electronics be damaged by smoke?
The simple answer is yes!
Smoke can damage your electronics in several different ways: the black film is smoke that can seep into all parts of your electronics leaving a black film, hence the name “black film”; the film creates an insulating effect and makes your electronics prone to overheating.
The magnetic charge could cause the shortening of an item’s circuits which can happen to TVs, computers, appliances, and other electronics. The acidity from soot can lead to the early degradation of your electronics, shortening their usable lifespan. The first thing to know about cleaning your electronics is that you should always call a professional.
The best thing you can do on your own is to remove any storage or memory, try removing anything personal from the hard drive a computer to one that was not affected. For televisions, it is best to unplug them and leave them turned off.
Treat smoke damaged appliances like you would a television. Your electronics and appliances are some of the most valuable items in your home and we understand their importance when it comes to restoring them after smoke and fire damage.
Always call the professionals at SERVPRO of Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula for any fire restoration needs.
Are You Experiencing Water Damage?
If you are experiencing water damage you are going to need more than just a mop and a bucket to clean up.
The Institute of Inspection and Cleaning and Restoration Certificate (IICRC) advises that every water damage be treated the same as soon as it begins, regardless of the size of water in your home.
SERVPRO of Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula provides fast and reliable water damage restoration services to homeowners and business owners.
We are available on-call 24/7/365 and will start work immediately in your home or business with the proper drying tools used to stop microbial growth, wood rot, and other unforeseeable damages if the water loss is not properly taken care of.
Water damage can be an expensive setback, call us, the restoration professional, to take care of the problem and take some of the stress off of you.
Do You Have a Plan for Commercial Water Damage?
Water damage can strike your commercial property at any time without notice. The after-effects of commercial water damage can be devastating to a business owner who is now faced with having to clean up the water damage and reopen their business as soon as possible.
Do you know how to handle water damage at your commercial property?
Are you prepared to make the necessary decisions after a pipe breaks, your roof leaks, or the streets flood to protect your property?
What is your plan?
Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be as scary as it sounds. A little preparation for a water damage emergency and a plan of action in the event it ever happens can significantly reduce property damage and will get you back to business as soon as possible.
Simply just call SERVPRO of Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula, we provide 24/7 emergency commercial service and we will be there quickly to begin the job.
In the meantime, you should call your property manager, insurance adjuster, and turn off the water to the building.
Leave the rest to us!
How To Not Let Your Pipes Freeze in the Winter
Though it is rare for Southern California to get that cold, frozen pipes do happen!
Your body isn’t the only thing that you should be bundling up during the winter, and frozen pipes are more than an inconvenience. Because they affect your home’s water supply, as the water may have difficulty running through the pipes.
Frozen pipes can cause property damage, too.
When temperatures are cold enough, the water inside the pipes will freeze into ice. When water turns into ice, it expands in size. If the water expands enough, then it places pressure on the pipes.
Enough pressure will then cause the pipe to burst, not only damaging the pipe but also spreading water throughout your home and causing water damage.
If you suspect your pipes to be frozen you will need to wrap it with an electric heating pad or a towel and keep the faucet on so you will know when it has thawed.
Knowing the signs of frozen pipes can save you during the winter.
Commercial Restoration Process and How It Works
We understand that each situation is unique and how urgent it is for your business to function again. To mitigate fire and smoke damage as much as possible and minimize the interruption to your business, we may take the following steps:
Secure the facility, ventilate the premises to draw out dust and soot from the air, Removal of any contents, separating salvageable and unsalvageable items in the process.
Salvageable items are moved to a secure location for restoration and storage until the reconstruction process is complete, cleaning the facility, including ceilings, walls, floors, and any permanent fixtures to prevent further damage from the acidic effects of soot, clean carpets, and upholstery, if possible, to completely neutralize any acid contained in soot and minimize further damage, using specialized equipment, deodorize the facility.
We’ll also clean and sanitize any salvageable items. We may also decontaminate the ductwork and HVAC system.
If your commercial property suffers from a fire always call SERVPRO of Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula.
Keeping our workplace safe!
Call us to disinfect and sanitize your office! SERVPRO of Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula professionals is uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC.
We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff performs on a daily basis.
Here are other ways to keep the workplace safe:
Practice good hygiene.
Stop handshakes and use non-contact greeting methods.
Clean hands at the door and schedule regular hand washing reminders.
Disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, and desks regularly.
Avoid touching your face and cover your coughs and sneezes.
Increase ventilation by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning.
Limit meetings and non-essential travels
Use video conferencing instead of face-to-face meetings.
When video calls are not possible, hold your meetings in well-ventilated rooms and spaces.
Suspend all non-essential travels and trips.
Stay home if you are feeling sick. Also, consider staying at home if you have a sick member at home.
Take care of your emotional and mental well-being is just as important as the others on the list. Let us take care of all your deep cleaning and disinfecting your workplace to put your mind at ease.
3 Signs Your Crawlspace Needs Professional Attention
Sign # 1 - Moisture:
Moisture can seep into the foundation in your property and cause damage over time. If that’s not bad enough, a dark and moist environment like a crawlspace can offer an excellent breeding ground for mold. Most of the air in your house goes through your crawlspace at some point. That air can carry mold spores into your home and reduce the air quality of the entire house.
Especially after it rains, keep an eye out for moisture in your crawlspace. You can detect it in the air if you have a good nose. You can also touch the ground and the walls looking for wet spots.
#2 - Rodents, insects, and other pests:
Keep an eye out for critters and signs of their presence, such as animal feces, nests, and gaps in the crawlspace that could serve as the entrance and exit points. Insects and rodents should be eliminated quickly, as unchecked activity can quickly grow into an infestation.
#3 - Wood rot:
This form of fungus grows inside the wood, weakening it as it spreads. Rot can be a very costly problem but some good news is that there are lots of chemical products on the market that can kill and remove rot from wood.
The bad news is that these methods don’t work when rot damage is too extensive. Detecting the early signs of wood rot can save you the expense of having to replace huge chunks of a house’s foundation.
There are two types of rot that may affect your crawlspace: wet rot and dry rot.
Signs of wet rot include the wood becoming darker, feeling soft or spongy when pressed, and the appearance of cracks in the affected area, as well as localized fungus growth, which may resemble mushrooms.
Dry rot will also cause wood to feel weak and spongy. This tends to be a more destructive variety of rot, but it’s also easier to spot due to the growth of the mycelium — a white substance that looks a bit like cotton or wool and clings to the affected wood. If you spot that, or any other sort of fungal growth or rot, call us today at SERVPRO to come to help you!