WHEN DOES WATER DAMAGE CAUSE MOLD?
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As weather pattern change and storms becomes more intense and prevelent, the potential for water damage and subsequent mold growth increases as well. Water in your home or building is disconcerning thought. Whenever you have a water loss, it is a nerve-racking experience. You have to worry about cleaning up the water and drying out what’s affected. Sometimes you need to take care of these on you own, other times a professional company like SERVPRO of Ventura, need to come in and assess and then clean. With any water loss, mold should be worry but when does water actually causes mold growth. Below are different types of water damage that can cause mold growth.
- Sewage back-up from flooding in the area.
- Plumbing or root lease
- Damp basement or crawl space
- Overflows from sinks fro bathtub
- High humidity
- Any type of stagnant water in you home
Mold will begin to grow 24- 48 hours after the initial water damage. If you discover the source of damage, stop it quickly and clean the mess. If the water is not dried out within that time, a professional may apply antimicrobial products to prevent growth.
Experiencing a water damage disaster is enough stress on its own. Always seek for professional advice. If you experience these kind of emergencies, call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656 – 3911.
DISINFECT YOUR WORKSPACE AND KEEP IT GERM FREE
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The physical environment of the workplace has a significant effort on the way that we work. When our space is a mess, so are we.
Whether you worked in an office or in a cubicle, you probably worked to keep it clean and disinfected. When you’re concerned about keeping yourself safe from sickness-causing germs, you’re probably ready to bust out some serious chemicals to help you to help you clean and disinfect your cubicle, desk, office, or home office. Unfortunately, while disinfectants can be a powerful safeguard against bacteria and viruses, they can also contain some pretty scary chemicals that can have serious health effects on you and your co-workers. All cleaning products are not created equal and not all of them are disinfectants. Only products registered by the Environmental Protection Agency which have gone under specific testing to ensure their efficacy. Also, just because a disinfectant can be used to effectively kill germs and bacteria does not mean it’s safe to come into contact with your skin, eyes and lungs.
SERVPRO of Ventura offered disinfection services. We work to clean and sanitize office buildings and other commercial facilities. We train our cleaners to sanitize surfaces based on the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). We follow their guidelines and use various methods and products to clean surfaces and limit the spread of bacteria and viruses.
The best results come when the right tools are used, and consumer cleaning products don’t always provide the desired outcome. Our team has access to industrial strength chemicals, as well as specialized equipment that’s much more effective than that found in stores. All the cleaning supplies we use are registered with the EPA, so they’re sure to be eco-friendly.
When searching for a disinfection service, be sure to choose a company that is flexible and follows guidelines that protect workers’ safety and health. Call us at SERVPRO of Ventura(805) 656-3911.
HOW CLUTTER AFFECTS INDOOR AIR QUALITY
The word clutter shows that it means no good. It generally refers to mess. It talks about the years and years of stuff that has been accumulated. With respect to air quality, clutter is poisonous. The more stuff you have, the more you are likely to pollute the air in the house. That is because you are providing more locations for clutter to feed and grow on.
Here’s the impact clutter can have on the quality of your air.
- Some Pollutants are Harder to Clean
Pollutants like from water damage can be detrimental to the health of your indoor air. They hide in moist areas where most families store things, areas like garage, kitchen and laundry room. They can lead to health problems and trigger allergens and asthma.
- Clutter is hard to clean after a while
Sometimes cleaning a room you’ve been meaning to clean for a while is hard to do. It’s because you don’t feel like cleaning, but after a while, letting clutter buildup makes it harder to get rid of. Clutter can lead to dust build up in forgettable areas like cluttered tabletops, shelving and dressers.
Dust is one of the leading causes of poor indoor air quality since your home’s HVAC system’s filter has to work harder to trap dust.
- Clutter leads to less air circulation
Poor air circulation is bas for your health, so making sure your home has good air circulation is important. When you take time to declutter those areas you’ve been putting off for w awhile, try opening a window as you clean. Fresh air is a great way to improve air circulation and indoor air quality.
If you are seeking for proper cleaning of your home, call SERVPRO of Ventura. We understand the stress and worry. Our technicians are trained to use specialized cleaning and disposal techniques. Call us at SERVPRO of Ventura (805) 656-3911
THE REAL HALLOWEEN HORROR: FIRE HAZARDS. AVOID THEM WITH THE FOLLOWING TIPS
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Halloween is a tome for fun and spooky celebrations and activities and it can also be a time for some truly scary fire hazards. As the night nears, take simple precautions that can help ensure Halloween remains fun and fire safety.
Most costumes are categorized as toys and not clothing. Consequently these costumes do not necessarily need to adhere to the same fire safety laws as most clothing this means many fancy dress costumes can burn rapidly providing less time for the wearer to perform safety measure like the stop, drop and roll technique. Our advice is to be aware of the fabrics in the costumes you buy. Silk, cotton and wool are the safer options.
Candles are common feature of the Halloween season, they are versatile and create a sinister atmosphere . However naked flames with the utmost can. An even safer alternative is to replace your naked flames altogether with LED candles.
Even if you choose to dismiss candle altogether, decorating your house with electrical decorations can still warrant a fire hazard. Try to be systematic about how many electrical items you included in your decorations. Using too many at time could potentially overload plug sockets and cause a fire.
At SERVPRO of Ventura, we offer a range of fine safety products and services to ensure the safety of your home all year round.
If you experienced fire damage, call us at (805) 656 – 3911.
A WATER DAMAGE WALL CAN BE DRIED AND RESTORED, RATHER THAN REPLACED
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A plumbing leak or other water intrusion leaves you wet walls. Do wall have to removed and replaced?
A few inches of water infiltration along the floor can seep into the walls, leading to extensive water damage. Drying damp walls immediately is critical in order to avoid structural damage and mold growth. Property owners have option to dry out the walls themselves or call professional water damage restoration.
Traditional methods of restoration involved removing wet drywall material and replacing it. Today there is technology that allows SERVPRO of Ventura to save walls by drying them, which can significantly reduce restoration cost. They have an arsenal of instruments that enables them to make decisions based on facts, not history or habit and equipment and procedures to accomplish the task.
Factors to Consider and Steps Involved
When floodwater or sewage have entered the house – or when structural integrity has been compromised. IN most cases, saving a wall is possible when a skilled restorer such as SERVPRO of Ventura uses appropriate techniques.
A vapor barrier is effective in drying walls. It impedes the evaporation of moisture from walls or other materials. Removing the outer vapor barrier or perforating gloss paint expedited the drying process.
Drying can be accelerated by drilling small holes along the bottom of the walls and ventilating the small cavity, greatly reducing drying time. When drying is complete, holes are patched or covered by baseboard. The process described above is faster and less expensive than removing and replacing walls.
If you need commercial or residential water damage repair, give us a call today. Contact SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MOLD REMOVAL, MOLD REMEDIATION AND SANITIZATION
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If you notice mold in your home, getting rid of it is your number one priority. If left untreated, they can spread rapidly and cause structural damage over time. That’s why it’s important to know what you’re looking for so you can find the right help for your home. To assist you in your search, here is our guide to the difference between mold removal and mold remediation. All these are the same thing, but there are few things that separate these activities.
Mold Removal Vs Mold Remediation
Mold removal involves the physical removal of mold spores present. Meanwhile, with mold remediation, a professional will work to revert the mold levels in the area back to their normal and natural state. You cannot remove mold in the atmosphere entirely because the mold spores are airborne – which means you cannot always see them your naked eye. They appear and thrive in indoor and outdoor environments so you will always encounter mold one way or another.
If you can’t eliminate mold off your property for good, the best thing you can do is call professionals to eliminate mold remediation to return the mold levels to an acceptable level. Specialist will clean the spores and modify their levels to prevent them from causing harm to you and your family.
Sanitization is the reduction of airborne contaminants and surface mold that is less than 10 square feet. The goal is a dramatic reduction of airborne spore count.
SERVPRO of Ventura can do all these three. We use cold sterilant to sanitize the entire home. We apply our same thoroughness to all aspects of the process whether, remediation, removal or sanitization.
If you’re looking for mold remediation in your area, SERVPRO of Ventura can remedy the problem affordably and safely for you and your family. Call us at
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House fires can be devastating, especially a total loss. When they start in a bathroom, the center area of the home the devastation can spread quickly to surrounding rooms. Bathroom exhaust fans are involved in residential structure fires. These exhaust fan fires caused over hundreds of dollars in smoke and property damage.
Exhaust fans are found most residence and many commercial properties to help prevent steamed up mirrors, damp walls and fogged windows along with removing odors. However, they can also present a potential fire hazard if not cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. Fans. Over time build up lint which can cause the motor to overheat and ignite the lint, plastic fan blades and the nearby combustible wood structure. Below are actions step you can take to prevent this:
- Inspect and clean all bathroom exhaust fan as necessary and per manufacturer’s recommendation, be sure to place on a regular cleaning schedule.
- Wash the fan cover, remove the fan cover to clean and remove lint from around the motors.
- Remember bathroom fans should only be used for brief periods of time, such as only use for brief periods of time, such as during shower.
If you have experienced fire damage or want to know more about restoration services. Call SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911. We are here to access the fire damage and see if there is anything we could possibly salvage.
DEALING WITH INSURANCE ADJUSTER
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When your property suffers water damage, the entire investment is at risk. It would be best to address the loss quickly, so you call the company right away. They send an adjuster to review and document the damage.
As a homeowner, you do not plan for your home to flood, but if it does, it is important to know the critical first steps to take. Your home adjuster is tasked with assessing the damage and there are few things you can document to assist with the analysis.
- Written list with all that is damaged is destroyed
- Cost of repair or replaced damage items
- Pictures of the damage
- Estimate from restoration specialist
- If there is visible damage to the house itself, you need to make note of it. Make a list of every wall that has a sign of water damage. Check your floor for warping and missing tiles.
- Make an inventory of everything that needs to be replaced as a result of flooding.
If you experienced water damage on your home or business, call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656 -3911.
PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR THE SEASON WITH OUR FALL MAINTENACE CHECKLIST
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As the season begins to change, it’s time to prep your home for falling leaves, cooler weather and the cold, brisk air of an autumn nigh returns to our lives. With fall comes colder and less predictable weather. The kind of conditions that can cause structural damage to your home or if you’re not careful. But do not worry, you can enjoy everything you love about autumn worry free. Most of the tasks listed below are well within the average homeowner’s ability. But even if you’d rather hire professional to handle them, it can be well worth the expense. You’ll save money in the long run by preventing costly damage to your home.
- Clean your gutters
For starters, cleaning out your gutter is a great way to start your fall preparations. You don’t want any more fallen leaves and debris to clog up your gutters, which can cause external water damage to your roof or internal leaking.
- Seal up air leaks
A home with air leaks around windows and doors is like a coat left unbuttoned. Gaps in caulk and weather stripping let cold air into your warm home and sealing up a drafty house can save to 20 percent on heating bills.
- Install a programmable thermostat
Installing a programmable thermostat is both affordable and easy to do on your own. Control your home’s heating and cooling while you’re on the go with a programmable thermostat. Set the temperature in each room with just a tap on your smartphone.
- Inspect your furnace
A furnace filter collects dust and over time, it needs to be cleaned. Most can be vacuumed, but if it’s a disposable filter, you might need to replace it after one or two cleans.
- Inspect your roof
Few homeowner problems are more vexing than a leaky roof. Once the dripping starts, finding the source of the problem can be tome consuming. Stop problems this fall before winter winds turn them from annoyances into disasters.
- Ward off gas problems
Keeping a gas heater in good shape is both a safety and a cost issue. An improperly maintained heater can spew toxic gasses into the air of your home, or it could simply be costing you more to operate. Have a professional check these devices annually.
Make sure that your home is prepared for the fall season. Preventative maintenance now will save money on expensive emergency repairs and wasted energy costs. For professional cleaning services, please call us SERVPRO of Ventura at (805) 656-3911.
TYPES OF DAMAGING WINDS TO WATCH OUT FOR
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Storm damage from high winds can devastate a home. Warm weather brings with it strong, sometimes violent, thunderstorms. Heavy rain, hail and high winds from severe weather can damage a home or business. Strong winds can uproot trees, destroy homes and destroy a storage building or shed. It can even rip rooftops off of structures. Every year, financial losses from wind and storm related flooding soar into the tens of billions of dollars. Much of these losses are due to hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding but high winds alone can cause severe structural damage to homes and businesses. The following are 3 specific kinds of damaging winds that you should know about if you live in an area prone to extreme weather events:
- Straight line winds – wind that is moving in a linear pattern, instead of in a circular fashion (like tornado). Most thunderstorms feature straight line winds and these are often the biggest cause of damage to land and properties during storms. It can cover hundreds of miles, leaving a massive destruction.
- Damaging wind Gust Front Winds – When warm thunderstorm air meets air that has already been cooled by rain, it creates a form of damaging wind known as Gust Front. These winds can cause significant damage to properties.
- Derechos – actually a time of windstorm in which a large swath of land is hit by strong winds over a long period of time. They are made up of smaller wind events, like microbursts and downbursts, which are powerful alone and become even threatening when combines with Derecho.
To minimize or prevent wind damage pre – qualify a damage restoration company when the skies are clean and the winds are calm. SERVPRO of Ventura is available 24/7. A skilled equipped and certified team can arrive in about an hour to begin the cleanup.
For more information about storm damage restoration, call us at (805) 656 – 3911