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Did You Know That Floodwaters in Oxnard Contain Contamination

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Flood Water Removal Oxnard – Understanding Water Contamination

There are microbes and viruses around us all of the time in small quantities. But when there is a flood, not only does the water inundate your home or business causing damage, it also brings a great deal of contamination. Floodwaters may include microbes, viruses, bacteria, human and animal waste, as well as chemical waste. Left too long without cleanup and mitigation, and the danger to humans escalates exponentially.

SERVPRO provides flood water removal in Oxnard and surrounding areas. Our technicians and equipment are ready to respond on a 24 hour / 7 day a week basis. We are usually on-site within four hours of receiving your call. Our team members follow the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). IICRC certifies and sets the standards for flood restoration as well as other disasters.

Avoiding Self Contamination

After a flood, we have to assume the worst regarding the amount and type of contamination in the floodwaters. We urge homeowners and business people to wear proper protection if planning to enter a flooded building. Wear protective gear for protection against feces, chemicals, medical waste, even dead animals, along with the bacteria and microbes that are present. SERVPRO can assist as well. We can retrieve specific items after an emergency.

We asses every item regarding whether it can be cleaned and decontaminated. We document and dispose of non-recoverable items. We place recovered items in a staging area where these items are kept safe. After removing the debris and floodwaters, we begin thorough cleaning and drying.

We remove structural materials such as drywall, floors, cupboards to facilitate decontamination. SERVPRO can assist in repairs and restoration of your building after a flood, reducing recovery time and lowering overall costs.

We also hold Contractor Licenses: General: 892710, CSLB: 892710

Call SERVPRO of Oxnard at (805) 984-2347 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Oxnard and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Water Damage In Your Oxnard

2/16/2020 (Permalink)

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Attic Water Damage in Oxnard Cleaned Up Fast

Water damage in attics can be hard to detect until it has proliferated for days, weeks, or even months. This type of damage creates a variety of potential problems for homeowners, from soft, crumbly drywall to mold growth on insulation. Consumer-grade products are not designed to handle these types of issues, but there is a team that can help.

If your Oxnard home needs water damage cleanup fast, the pros at SERVPRO can come to you within hours of your call to remove debris and restore your home to a preloss condition. SERVPRO uses a scientific approach to disaster cleanup, alongside cutting-edge moisture measurement technologies like infrared imaging and thermohygrometers, to determine the location of damages and remove them quickly and safely. SERVPRO also offers general contracting services (license #892710) for additional repairs after cleanup.

Preventing Water Damage to Your Attic
    •    Do a roof inspection. Check gutters, damaged shingles, or leaky flashing. While this may not be the source of your leak, these damages can make small issues much worse.
    •    Limit condensation. Water vapor from lower floors can accumulate in your attic, so keep vents clear of obstructions to prevent condensation that can cause water damage.
    •    Check your appliances. If you have an attic water heater, inspect the tank and supply line for leaks and flush it out regularly. If your central air conditioning is located in the attic, make sure your condensate drain is free of clogs to prevent overflows. You can implement an overflow safety switch to shut the A/C off before leaks can develop.
    •    Take care of your pipes. Many water supply lines are routed through homeowners' attics. If yours is unconditioned, cold temperatures can cause these pipes to burst from the pressure caused by freezing water. Check these areas for pinhole leaks and seepage, and contact a plumber right away to mitigate the issue.

How SERVPRO Removes Damage
SERVPRO technicians use a broad spectrum of tools to address structural damages and prepare your attic for drying. If you have fiberglass insulation, technicians can use a specialized vacuum to dry it separately from the structure and reinstall it after cleanup. Documents, books, and other paper goods that may have been affected by water can be taken offsite for a sublimation (freeze-drying) treatment. Instead of drying these papers the traditional way, freeze-drying prevents further water damage and maintains the current condition of documents.

SERVPRO of Oxnard works hard to ensure that your home looks, “Like it never even happened.” You can call (805) 984-2347 for rapid disaster cleanup today.

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Why Do You Need SERVPRO to Help with Oxnard Water Removal?

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

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Benefits of Professional Water Damage Restoration In your Oxnard Home

When you have water damage within your home, your initial thought might be to initiate the cleanup on your own. However, when it comes to something like water removal, it is best to call in the trained professionals at SERVPRO to get the job done. Our equipment and technology go well beyond any of the rags, mops, and wet-dry vacuums that homeowners generally have on hand.

Water moves quickly, meaning that it can migrate well past the point of origin in a flash. This means that you need to spring into action to have water removal in Oxnard that saves your interior, furnishings, personal belongings, and building materials from excessive damage.

Why Call SERVPRO?

We have trained technicians on our team using advanced technology to assess your property and determine the path that the water has taken. Our equipment allows us to extract all of the water and commence with drying so that we can eliminate the onset of potentially hazardous mold and foul odors. Such equipment is able to handle all kinds of flooring, including your carpets, padding, hardwood floors, tile, and cement. 

We Assist with Rebuilding

With any water loss situation, the water can ruin your sheetrock and flooring. When this happens, materials damaged beyond repair must be removed during the restoration process. SERVPRO technicians make sure that unsalvageable materials are removed and that they are replaced (California State License Board (CSLB) #: 892710) to make everything on your interior look “Like it never even happened.”

Know the Signs of Mold

Another reason to choose SERVPRO for water removal and cleanup is that mold spores can spread quickly in as little as 24-hours after the water emergency in your home. We have extensive knowledge and all of the right tools to complete mold remediation to make sure that your household is clean and safe for you to resume your regular daily activities.

When it comes to water removal, we are the team to call at SERVPRO of Oxnard. You can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency cleanup and restoration. Give us a call at (805) 984-2347, and we can send out a team ready to get started as soon as possible.

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When Leaking Pipes in Oxnard Homes Causes Water Damaged Walls

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage in bathroom. Partial drywall removed exposing insulation Sometimes water damage requires that all or part of a wall be removed. Fast water removal is essential to minimizing damage.

Water Removal Oxnard – Moisture Damage to Walls

Almost all of the plumbing in your home is behind walls, in the ceiling, or even under the floor. Occasionally the water pipes spring a pin-sized hole, which allows a fine spray of water to soak everything in the immediate vicinity. Vapor barriers can sometimes prevent the leak from being noticed until water leaks from behind walls or ceilings. 

SERVPRO provides water removal and repairs in the Oxnard area 24/7 and can be onsite in less than four hours. We understand that by arriving onsite quickly, we can control the amount of damage and reduce the secondary damage from high moisture situations.

What are Vapor Barriers 

Homebuilders install vapor barriers while your home is to prevent moisture from passing through the wall. Vapor barriers protect your home from moisture and reduce the chances of mold in your home. Typically, a moisture barrier is made of 6 mils plastic sheeting. 

Sometimes, consumers inadvertently add vapor barriers. For example, vinyl wallpaper, which is common in many homes, acts as a vapor barrier. Many people prefer to use semi-gloss, gloss, and enamel paint in their homes. This quality of paint is durable, can be washed, and acts as a vapor retardant. 

Why Must An Entire Wall be Replaced? 

Often, homeowners are surprised to learn that an entire wall needs replacing when there is a leak in a pipe inside the wall. The wallboard is highly absorbent, soaking up water quickly. The outside surface, which covered with vinyl wallpaper or vapor retardant paint, may not have allowed early detection of the leak. Yet the wall is entirely soaked and must be replaced. 

SERVPRO has a variety of moisture sensors we use to detect hidden areas of moisture. We can also complete all repairs after removing water damaged walls or flooring materials and drying your home. Our Contractor Licenses: General: 892710, California State License Board (CSLB): 892710, allow us to help the customer recover from water damage events quickly with temporary and permeant reconstruction repairs to your home. 

Call SERVPRO of Oxnard at (805) 984-2347 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Oxnard and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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How SERVPRO Extracts Water Oxnard Homes After Flooding

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

Workers cleaning road after mudslide due to flooding Flash flooding can occur any time of year. SERVPRO has a fast response time to begin restoring your home.

Flash Flood Storm Restoration in Oxnard Can Involve Various Extraction Operations

If you live around Oxnard, you probably know that the region can often get riddled with severe thunderstorms that can bring much rain in a short amount of time. A flash flood storm can cause inches and possibly feet of water to build upon your property outside your house. Once water gets that deep, it could find its way into your structure through a leaking roof or old door or window seals.

Once the water starts to enter your building after a flash flood storm in Oxnard, the liquid H2O could become deep inside your house. If the water gets deep enough inside your home, it could make your residence unsafe and uninhabitable. Luckily, a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO has the necessary equipment to help you get back into your home and even make it seem, "Like it never even happened." During any moisture damage scenario, we always start the restoration process with the extraction phase. Extraction takes place first because it is much easier to remove water while it is still a liquid and before it evaporates into the air and soaks into your building materials and contents.

During most restoration projects, our SERVPRO team conducts the extraction process in two different steps. First, any standing water that is more than two inches deep gets sucked up by a submersible pump and then expelled into a sewer drain such as your bathtub or toilet. If there are several rooms and areas of your house that contain deep, standing water, then we can set up a different sump pump for each negatively affected room. If there is any liquid water present on hard, non-porous floors such as tile or hardwood flooring, we can mop it up or push it into a floor drain with a squeegee.

For water that has soaked into porous materials such as carpet or upholstered items, we can use a heavy-duty extractor with specialized extraction tools attached to it. We can utilize different equipment for heavily saturated carpets or small upholstered items like recliner chairs. Both the heavy-duty extraction units and the handheld Water Claw extraction tools use the weight of the operator to compress the fabrics down so more water can get vacuumed up.

If you ever need help with deep water inside your house after a brutal storm, call SERVPRO of Oxnard at (805) 984-2347 24/7, because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Flooded Basement in Oxnard? Call SERVPRO

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

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Using Our Truck-Mounted Extractors for Flooded Oxnard Basements 

Substantial flooding scenarios present considerable risks for Oxnard homes when not addressed immediately. When several feet of water exist, spanning hundreds or even thousands of square feet at this lower level, our SERVPRO team must utilize the extraction tools and equipment that can complete the job most efficiently. The faster we can remove standing water, the sooner we can begin drying, disinfection, cleaning, and recovery of this basement. 

While multiple extraction tools can play a part in recovering damage from flooding in Oxnard basements, cost efficiency and time must become primary factors for our customers. We seek to provide effective removal of standing water, and this often means choosing the most potent extraction equipment available to our professionals: the truck-mount pump. This large unit can pull water from the floor of the basement at 300 psi. 

Debris is a common concern when contending with natural flooding, and removing water that could have dirt, silt, and other particles in it create an insurmountable challenge for commonly used pumps in our inventory. For most water loss situations, our SERVPRO professionals would utilize electric submersible pumps for their quiet operation and longer discharge lines. Still, they do not have the power or wide intake and discharge hoses to pick up the water and solids as well. 

While we have the option to fill up the tank on the truck multiple times with extracted water when there is no available place to dispose of the water on-site, but this is rarely the case. Even in situations where flooding has occurred throughout the neighborhood, drainage is often still available with the sanitary sewer systems. We can access this by discharging from the truck-mount unit into a sewer cleanout found on the property of the damaged home. 

Flooding in the basement can present multiple layers of threats for your residence, but recovering this damage begins with powerful and deliberate extraction techniques. With the most formidable pump in our inventory, our SERVPRO of Oxnard team can quickly get your property ready for drying and disinfection. Contact us today at (805) 984-2347. 

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Oxnard Home Harboring Asbestos? SERVPRO Offers Safe Abate and Build Back

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

Red asbestos hazard warning tape Oxnard Home Has Asbestos Building Materials? SERVPRO Offers Safe and Secure Abatement

Addressing Asbestos Concerns in Aging Oxnard Homes

Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom in your Oxnard home can sometimes lead to the unfortunate discovery of asbestos insulation or construction material. Homes that were built several decades ago are most likely to contain some form of the destructive substance, and exposure can be a health hazard. Addressing these concerns requires the skilled and educated abatement specialists of accredited firms like our SERVPRO restoration team.

The state of California has strict rules and regulations that govern how our professionals begin asbestos abatement for Oxnard homes and businesses. Maintaining our endorsements to continue this work requires our entire organization to follow these guidelines set in place by state offices such as the California State License Board (CSLB) and the California Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA).

Remodeling can often expose some of these potential products and materials that contain asbestos and require immediate containment and abatement to begin. Through the 70s and 80s, asbestos could get found in many household construction materials, including insulation, vinyl floor tiles, door gaskets, roofing felt, and acoustic ceilings. While most homes did not contain an abundance of these products, any of them can allow fibers to become aerosolized during demolition and removal.

Because asbestos can be a substantial health hazard for those exposed, it should only get removed and even contained by professionals like our trained SERVPRO team. We can follow the strict disposal guidelines for sealing bags, cartons, and drums filled with asbestos-containing materials (ACM.) Our technicians keep copies of the hauling and disposal permits the state requires to show our customers we are up to code and knowledgeable about safe removal practices.

We have specific training on full containment protocols and reducing the spread and aerosolization of asbestos fibers. We can work to not only manage the asbestos concerns that have become uncovered in the house but also complete the remodeling project to your specifications and wishes once it is safe to do so.

As stressful as the presence of ACM can be in your home, especially when discovered during demolition, our SERVPRO of Oxnard professionals have the training and certifications to help. We are an accredited firm that can help you through nearly every step of asbestos abatement. Give us a call today at (805) 984-2347.

When Storms Cause Water Damage to Oxnard Attics

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

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Water Removal and Rebuilding Flooded Oxnard Attics  

Storm damages are one of the most challenging obstacles to overcome, especially when the structural breaches allow flooding in Oxnard homes and businesses. Because of situations like wind-driven rain, or the frequency of torrential storms in the region, a single event can cause catastrophic damage to areas like your roof. Shingles can get torn off in large sections, fallen trees can break through your residence, or years of moisture penetration can finally buckle under a hailstorm.  

When these circumstances occur, not only are you concerned with the structural damage, but you also have to consider storm and floodwater removal for your Oxnard home. You might not instantly know when your roof has sustained damage, especially during the howling winds and waves of rainfall against other areas of the house and property. Some homeowners do not recognize a problem until water begins to drip from the ceiling of the space beneath the attic, that a flooding situation is underway.  

Our SERVPRO team understands how stressful this can be, especially when the water has moved to the living space beneath the attic. Untold damage could exist to every area of the roof, from literal holes and collapsed supports, to missing shingles that allow direct rainfall to leech through the underlayment. Roof tarping is vital in these scenarios because it prevents further damage while our team begins mitigation work to address standing water and migrating moisture. In attic spaces, we need extractors with longer discharge leads, which can make the use of electric sump pumps and wet vacuums the only suitable solutions.  

Unchallenged water and saturated materials become too heavy to remain installed and can collapse. Structural hazards are always a concern with attic flooding, and we can better inform our SERVPRO restorers of these threats with discovery devices. Identifying where moisture damage exists and what saturated structural elements could deteriorate focuses the controlled demolition efforts and drying process on protecting your property best.  

Storm damages can quickly cripple a roof and permit the intrusion of water damage. Our SERVPRO of Oxnard team can show that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Contact us anytime you need us at (805) 984-2347. 

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Did You Know That Team SERVPRO Responds Quickly to Commercial Fire Damage in Durham?

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

chef cooking in commercial kitchen Your commercial kitchen must be free from ANY fire damage, soot and related odors. Contact SERVPRO for fire damage remediation services.

Commercial Fire and Smoke Cleanup in Oxnard Brings Back the Ambiance of Your Oxnard Bar

Kitchen fires caused by frying foods at too high of a temperature happen quickly. What might have seemed safe in the past and done several times without incident can suddenly cause a serious problem and shut down your bar in Oxnard. This happens because while serving food is not a strict requirement to stay open, the side effects of a fire can make any building in its entirety unsafe for occupancy.

After a kitchen fire occurs in your bar in Oxnard, relying on commercial fire and smoke cleanup experts is a sound business decision. Many businesses prepare for fire and other disasters by completing a READY Profile. We can assist, if needed, when you fill out your own plan.

Even if you do not already have a Plan completed, SERVPRO can help your business' recovery. Smoke deposits can end up in every location throughout your bar, leaving textiles like upholstery and draperies saturated with strong and offensive odors. When dry soot affects such furnishings, we can vacuum much of the problem away.

When it stems from a grease fire, however, we must often use special cleaning agents that break the soot down. Smaller items can soak in a solution in small tubs, while others might require laundering away from your establishment. We list anything we remove for cleaning on inventory sheets, of which you receive a copy.

Carpets really end up soiled after a fire and can require intensive cleaning. Our building department, under California State License Board (CSLB)'s General Contractor License # 892710, handles any repairs needed, as well as the installation of new carpeting, if you decide to start completely fresh. With the dense, oily soot experienced after a typical kitchen fire, this is often the most cost-effective option for many business owners. We can strip other flooring of smoky films that also create slip and fall hazards.

The walls throughout your bar need stripped of soiling from the smoke, even where it might seem non-existent. Volatile compounds might not have any color to them, but can continually give off odors and cause health effects, as well. In the kitchen and in nearby areas, we use specialized cleaners that break down soot and leave the walls smelling fresh be cause we often rely on citrus-based products. We always provide our customers with technical sheets regarding the chemicals we use.

These cleaning agents also help break the bonds that form chains of soot, which form web-like deposits in corners. We use air scrubbers during the restoration process, as well as deodorization methods like fogging that prevent hidden soot particles from re-entering the air, but these spiderweb appearances can continue to form for lengthy periods.

For experts who know how to cleanup smoke and fie damage after a kitchen or other type fire, call SERVPRO of Oxnard's 24-hour service line, (805) 984-2347.

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Call Us After Your Oxnard Home Suffers Damage From A Wildfire

11/23/2019 (Permalink)

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Deodorization Approaches After Oxnard Wildfire Damage

After fire loss incidents of any type, deodorization of smoke and other malodors is a necessary step for your Oxnard residence. With wildfires, homes can contend with soot and residues with high concentrations of these harsh odors, which can spread quickly from the affected areas of the residence throughout multiple adjoining rooms. Removing odors is a process that must get carefully calculated using the right equipment and SERVPRO cleaning products.

As tempting as it might seem for even our restoration professionals to focus on the immediate wildfire odor removal in Oxnard homes, some steps should come before this. Damaged areas of the house, for instance, can be a catalyst to amplifying the foul odor in the residence. While approaches like controlled demolition are rarely necessary, soot and residues can mar and stain surfaces to the point of making refinishing and restoration work impossible. Removing these compromised construction materials and contents can help to reduce the severity of lingering odors noticeably.

We have several unique approaches to removing odors from a household, especially those otherwise unaffected by wildfires in the vicinity. One of the most versatile of these options is our thermal fogger. Using a concentrated deodorization solution, these portable units can heat the solution into a thick vapor fog that emits from the lightweight machine. Because of its gas state, foggers have an easier time removing and neutralizing odors trapped in construction materials and soft contents like clothing, bedding, drapes, and carpets.

For odors that have not spread throughout the entire floors of your home, but remain localized to one or two rooms, ozone machines can also be useful. With thorough sealing of these areas so that humans and pets cannot enter, these units can generate ozone, which bonds with odor compounds to neutralize them. While ozone is hazardous to living things, it can dissipate within hours to return the area to its original condition.

Wildfires are a frequent concern for California residents, and even out of the direct path of these disasters, your home can still suffer the effects. Let our SERVPRO of Oxnard team help you; however, you need by calling (805) 984-2347.

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