Recent Storm Damage Posts
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.
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!
Who To Call For Your Worse Cleanup?
SERVPRO is Here To Help!
It might be an embarrassing phone call to make but rest assured that SERVPRO of Moorpark/Santa Paula/Fillmore is prepared to handle it all, and we mean all. Biohazard cleanup can be challenging work that requires technicians to handle potentially hazardous materials and proper handling of the viruses, crime or trauma scene is crucial to the safety of everyone involved. Biohazard cleaning is NOT the same as a standard cleaning company or janitorial service; it involves cleaning, disinfecting, and deodorizing the affected area(s). If you’re facing the task of cleaning up a biohazard, don’t do it alone. Leave it to the professionals and not the NCIS pros you see on TV. Biohazards can be extremely serious and if not handled properly can be an even bigger issue in the long run.
Don't Repair Alone - Why You Need to Call SERVPRO
Without knowing it, rain water had affected the walls of this basement and need our services to dry it out.
The storm might be over, but the repairs have yet to begin. Storms can cause a lot of damage, and it can be tempting to tackle the damages yourself. If your home has sustained damages from water, hail or high winds, however, you should avoid jumping into DIY repair efforts. While it’s possible to take a home’s storm recovery into your own hands, you should be wary. Storm damage repair can be dangerous. If you’re sustaining water damage, you may not realize degraded floors, walls or outdoor areas. Additionally, tarping roofs, removing debris and recovering from fire damage can be dangerous, if the proper precautions aren’t taken. Not only does SERVPRO of Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula educate homeowners about these dangers, they expertly circumnavigate them during every project. If you’re acquiring emergency services from a quality provider, like SERVPRO, rest assured your home will be restored completely. Water damage can be fully removed, mold remediation can be a complete fix and fire restoration needn’t make your home susceptible to future damages.
Frozen Pipes: Being Prepared and Recovering
It's not likely your pipes will look like this but that doesn't mean they won't freeze.
It’s obviously not very cold in Southern California but it is possible for your home to suffer from frozen pipes. A burst pipe can have a serious and costly affect on your home or business. However, there are things you can do to be prepared for these freezing conditions. Any areas of your home or business where pipes are present should be well heated during the winter, or at the very least well insulated. It’s optimal to keep the temperature well above freezing, not even letting it get below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
If the area is not able to be heated, making sure the area is well insulated is the next best thing to help decrease the chance of a freeze.
When you know temperatures are going to dip below freezing, leaving your faucets dripping can also help prevent pipes from freezing. But what if the pipes have already burst? Know where your main water shutoff valve is. This is one of the most important things to be aware of to quickly stop the extent of damage being. Shutting the water off can prevent additional areas of damage from adding to the immediate problem. Do this assuming it is safe to do so. Be aware of any electrical devices or open circuits that could cause electrocution. And if in doubt, always wait for a professional to handle the shutoff.
After all this is said and done and you have suffered water damage from a frozen to burst pipe call SERVPRO of Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula.
How to Prepare Your Roof for the Elements
Your roof is what protects you, so you should want to protect it as well.
As residents of Southern California we often forget that while we have beautiful blue skies most of the year we sometimes to encounter rainy seasons! It is vital to check your roof this September in preparation for the winter storms to come. Storm damage is unpredictable but we have a few helpful tips to help you minimize storm damage. Always check for pre-existing damages, check the condition of your shingles, check for water stains on your ceiling, and lastly check the conditions of your flashings. Unfortunately, even the most prepared roofs can suffer from damage. If you find your home suffering from water or storm damage call SERVPRO immediately. Dealing with storm damage to your home or business can have impacts lasting for weeks, don’t wait it out.
It's Just as Serious
In the water and fire restoration field we more times than not get a water loss call but that doesn't mean we don't get fire losses.
When it comes to fire damage you want someone who is not only going to take care of the burned items but how to get the smoke smell out of the home as well. All of our technicians are IICRC trained and understand the proper tools and procedure of how to make sure you're not going to be smelling any little bit of smoke after you are back in your home. When you call SERVPRO of Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula we know that we will do everything to get your fire damaged home back to preloss condition. Our office staff is standing by 24/7 so don't be afraid to call.
Create a Disaster Plan for Your Restoration Business
Fires in Southern California.
Natural disasters may not be predictable but the resources that your restoration business company will need to handle them is not. Make sure your company is ready to help with restoration efforts when disaster strikes by having the best equipment, supplies, and informational resources for those affected. Specific to California flooding, wildfires, and earthquakes are the most common. You should be prepared with these items: dust masks, moisture meters, flashlights and extra batteries, first aid kit, cell phones and chargers, generators, water bottles, emergency pamphlets with information, etc. When disaster strikes the last thing you want is to be frantic and unorganized when it comes to the basics. Having a plan ahead of time will benefit not only you but the people that you will be able to reach and help. SERVPRO has a program called the Emergency Readiness Program where we come to your home or business and map out a plan for you in case of an emergency. If you are interested in having an ERP done please call us!
When Should You Start Cleaning Up After a Major Flood
California suffers from major floods and wild fires.
Severe flooding causes structural damage and creates health and fire hazards. While we don’t experience tornadoes or hurricanes Southern California does experience heavy rain during the year, and it can lead to massive floods.
Mold exposure poses series health risks, so it’s important to begin flood cleanup as soon as it’s safe to return to your home.
Always wait for severe weather to calm down before trying to call professionals out to come help, it may not be safe still. But don’t wait too long after because it’s a fine line for microbial growth to start forming in your home. It’s better to let the SERVPRO crew handle this process due to potential hazards. Floods can bury and move chemical containers and hazardous waste far from their original locations. Let officials handle chemical and electrical hazards. The longer you wait after a storm the more hazards you risk, insurance companies stress that storm clean up begin as soon as possible. Always call SERVPRO of Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula if you ever experience storm damage.
Should You Be Worried About Storms?
When a storm hits we will help your family or business get back to it's pre-storm conditions
Living in California might have you wondering why we too should be ready for when storms come. California does not see many major storms throughout the year but storms should still be something we prepare ourselves for.
Specifically during the rainy season, we must be extra careful. After our super dry, hot summers and how often we have wild fires, a lot of the time our mountains are left without the trees and bushes. We are left more vulnerable to landslides and flash floods from the rain we receive.
When your home is hit by a flood or storm, remember that your local SERVPRO is here to restore your home to its pre-storm condition. We specialize in restoring homes and buildings in a quick and timely manner, so that you and your family could go back in to your normal routine.
Call SERVPRO at 818-995-6444
Roof Damage in Moorpark, CA
We will help you recover after a storm.
With all the rain we've been experiencing in the Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula area it's no wonder the number of roof leak calls into our office has been skyrocketing. Water damage can affect all family members, human or not.
The roof in question was only a few years old, but the wind of the last storm was too much. If you experience a roof leak, here are some suggestions about how to go about fixing it:
Step 1: Stop the water. Hire a roofing company to either fix the leak or to install a temporary roof tarp to keep more water from entering the structure. If you suspect the water intrusion is gutter related, contact a gutter cleaning company.
Step 2: Perform water remediation: Open affected areas to perform drying and to prevent mold. Install drying equipment and apply anti-microbial to discourage mold growth. Caution: If you are unsure about your property's lead paint or asbestos status, test first before any demolition.
Step 3: Perform repairs to affected areas. Always research your contractors make sure they hold valid licensing.
Are you prepared for a storm?
Flood waters can devastate your home and community
There is always potential for flood damage no matter where you live. According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the United States every year than any other weather-related disaster. The American Red Cross offers these flood safety tips:
-Stay away from flood waters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off your feet.
-If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are riding rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
-Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.
If a flood occurs and affects you, call SERVPRO of Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula at (818) 995-6444. Even minor floods have potential to cause major damage. Let us help you get your life back on top.
Stay in Business after a storm!
You can't predict a disaster, but you can be prepared for one.
As a business owner or manager, you are a leader in your community, and have the opportunity to set an example for your employees, customers, and community to follow.
This year, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared.
Disasters not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes. As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your company, its employees, and its infrastructure, and maximizes your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster.
Ready Business asks companies to take three simple steps: - Plan to stay in business - Encourage your employees to become ready - Protect your investment
Ready Business, an extension of the Ready Campaign, helps business owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses to prepare their employees, operations, and assets in the event of an emergency. At ready.gov/business, companies can find vital information on how to get started preparing their organization and addressing their unique needs during an emergency.
Helpful Tip to Prevent Storm Damage To Your Home
While rain gutters are often overlooked, they actually play a big role in maintaining the condition of your home.
The gutter will become heavier from the excess debris and water, potentially causing it to break. If your gutter breaks away from the house, you’ll have to cover the costs of a new gutter, as well as any damages done to your siding and/or windows. If the gutter is barely hanging to your roof and there is resting water, it can lead to the risk of rusting. Excess water in the rain gutter can lead to spilling over onto the house’s siding, and flooding in the basement etc. These complications and costs of repair can be avoided by keeping your rain gutters clean.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (805)529-5600
When Storms or Flood hit Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula. SERVPRO is ready!
Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula.
SERVPRO of Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Moorpark/Fillmore/Santa Paula, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams (Storm Flooding Restoration) that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today! (805)529-5600
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.
5 Things To Have In Your Earthquake Bag
A quick snapshot from a home involved in an earthquake, thankfully the homeowners were not home at the time.
Last Friday the Ventura County encountered a 5.3 magnitude earthquake near the Channel Islands. Some people mentioned they felt it in Simi Valley, Westlake, and even in Thousand Oaks. Most everyone in Southern California will tell you that the state is overdue for a massive earthquake, and SERVPRO thinks you can never be too prepared. We have compiled a quick list of 5 things you need to have in your earthquake bag.
1. The actual bag itself
2. Water purification tablets
3. First Aid kit
4. Light source
5. Sleeping bag
Obviously, there are other things you will want to consider such as: packaged food, batteries, etc. But in having these items in case of an emergency can alleviate some stress during an earthquake. SERVPRO is your emergency storm relief team.
Precautions to Take After a Storm Damage
After a storm driven fire this golf course was left turned upside down.
Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees on your property. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a strategy to deal with damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm. A severe storm can change everything in the blink of an eye. It doesn’t always have to be a tornado or hurricane to cause destruction on your home or office, and poor restoration can leave you with an unhealthy home for your family.We specialize in the stabilization and restoration of homes and businesses that have suffered small or large loss from water, flood, wind, storm, fire damage, and smoke disaster. Always remember to be safe during and after a storm.
Steps to Take After a Storm Damage
Rain damage from a home with a leak in the ceiling that allowed a good amount of rain water into the walls.
While Southern California may not seem like it has massive storm damage we do suffer from rain, fire, and mud slides. Those who were living here in December and January of 2017/2018 can attest to this. When it seemed like most of Southern California was in a havoc of storm related damages. Here are some steps to take immediately after a storm incident:
- Always take safety precautions
- Photograph the damage in your home
- Contact your insurance company
When a storm-related disaster strikes, it may seem overwhelming, but these steps can help you to begin the process of restoring your home, and your life, to normal. SERVPRO of Moorpark/Santa Paula/Fillmore is your industry professional; we are available 24/7 to provide emergency disaster relief.
Our technicians contained the glass doors of this home to stop any intruding rain water.
Storm events can contribute to devastating property damage all season long, whether it is damage from rain, mud, fire, etc. sudden storms can lead to excess water, sewer back up, or microbial growth problems that can grow more serious the longer they’re left untreated. SERVPRO of Moorpark/Santa Paula/Fillmore helps home and business owners keep their properties safe from harmful bacteria and toxins that grow with storm and water damage. We attend to storm damage through out the Moorpark/Santa Paula/Fillmore area providing 24 hour service so you can count on us whenever there is an emergency. Southern California may not suffer from "natural disasters" as often as other states but when we do we want our customers to know that we are ready to help them make it "Like it never even happened."
Flooding is rare in SoCal, but always be prepared.
While it may not be common in Southern California to get a lot of rain but when we do it seems to come in insane amounts. Here are some flood facts from SERVPRO corporate:
Flash floods can bring walls of water 10 to 20 feet high.
Flooding can be caused by spring thawing (snow and frozen grounds melting in the spring), heavy rains, snow melt runoffs, flash floods, and mudflows.
Floods are the most widespread natural disaster aside from wildfires.
In preparation for a flood, it is important to stock up on first aid items, non-perishable foods, gallons of water, battery operated electronics, extra batteries, and personal hygiene necessities.
SERVPRO of Moorpark/Santa Paula/Fillmore is your flood expert. We are always here to help.
Did Major Storms Ruin Your Roof?
Minor roof tarp job after the rain.
Let's be honest, how often do you really climb up onto your roof and check to make sure everything is looking one hundred percent? Probably not at all, I would assume that most people don't. It's not until they experience a storm damage that they realize their roof may not be in the best shape to be over their head. Recently storms rolled through Southern California and a lot of unhappy homeowners realized that their homes were NOT prepared for all the rain that we were receiving. Because the high winds and heavy rains were not a good combination and led to most water damages within the ceiling and/or in the home. SERVPRO should be your first call when it comes to any storm damage that you may experience.
Keeping Your Home Safe in a Storm
A damages roof after high winds swept the valley.
While Southern California may not experience tornadoes, hurricanes, or any other natural disasters we still do get hit with mud slides, heavy rains, and wild fires. It is always best practice to understand that area and the surroundings of which you live in. If you know that your home has been near storm damages and experiences it is best to be knowledgeable. SERVPRO specializes in all extreme storm damages, even if you think your damage may be small, we are the best team to help you. SERVPRO of Moorpark/Santa Paula/Fillmore is also a Large Loss Response Team (LLRT) and we are equipped with everything needed to handle even the largest of storm damages, we work with neighboring SERVPRO's to help them with anything that they might need a few extra hands for.
Fire and Structure Cleaning
You don't want soot in your soup! Kitchen covered in smoke and soot damage.
This home was the victim of smoke and soot damage from a nearby brush fire that caught wind and entered. The owners had left for the day and left windows open to air out the home and when they came home they soon realized what had happened. While this may seem small and not a large water or fire loss SERVPRO can handle it all, even structure cleanings. SERVPRO of Moorpark/Santa Paula/Fillmore are your experts in pack out and structural cleaning. The kitchen, living room, and dining room were all covered in soot and smoke making it hard for the customers to function in their own home. They soon realized that they wouldn't be able to handle this on their own and called SERVPRO to come lend a helping hand.
Bathroom Ceiling Caves In
Massive hole in bathroom ceiling after rains
Late one evening this homeowner heard a loud crash in his bathroom and immediately thought it was a burglar. Little did he realize that his roof collapsed in due to all of the rain Southern California experienced one winter. The roof in his bathroom could no longer hold the weight of the water leaking through into his home and pooled over his bathroom and fell in. SERVPRO of Moorpark/Santa Paula/Fillmore was called in to clean up the aftermath. Our technicians removed all the debris and removed all the standing water from the home's bathroom. The homeowner joked that the bathroom hadn't looked that clean since they bought the house two years prior. You can always trust SERVPRO to get your home back to prime condition.
April Showers, May Flowers
Recent Southern California storms hit hard.
Storms in SoCal! While they are not common when the storms hit Southern California it seems as if this state falls apart. While we do need the water and California looks much prettier with lots of green, if you were to ever experience a storm damage loss to your home or business your first call should always be SERVPRO. We have the experience, trained technicians, and detailed office staff ready to go in case of an emergency. Mostly we have seen leaking roofs and clogged drains outside causing standing water to seep into homes, even though it doesn't happen often it is always best to be prepared until SERVPRO can get on site. You should check your home's rain gutters and clear them of all debris as well. You can always ask your local fire departments for sand bags if you have water seeping in from under your doors. Just like SERVPRO they are always here to help.
Parters in a Time of Need, The American Red Cross
SERVPRO partners with the American Red Cross
SERVPRO began a National partnership in March of 2013 with the American Red Cross as the largest corporate sponsor for the Ready Rating Program. As a Disaster Responder member, SERVPRO of Moorpark/Santa Paula/Fillmore is among an elite group of companies and foundations from almost every industry. The Red Cross, and SERVPRO alike, are very refutable companies that people know and trust and by working together we are able to come together for our communities and neighbors in any time of need. Even though Southern California may not experience storms like the rest of the country doesn't mean that when storms do hit they are taken lightly. Partnering with the Red Cross allows our company to be apart of something bigger than just water and fire remediation. We are always here to help.