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Do you know there are categories of water?

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

Flood Waters Flood waters are considered Category 3 water.

Flood and Water Damage Categories for Oxnard Homes

Massive water loss incidents that occur in your Oxnard home, or flooding that can penetrate your property from the outside, offers a wide range of potential hazards and contaminants to the house. With the understanding that many of these incidents require risk assessment and biohazard awareness, it has become commonplace to categorize loss incidents to determine the proposed threat level. These same categories also designate specific restoration and mitigation approaches.

Flood damage to your Oxnard home, for example, always gets classified in Category 3 which is the highest level of threat to your home from a water emergency. Understanding the categories and the risks that they present can help you to understand your need for professional restoration like our SERVPRO professionals. We have the skills and training to face potential contamination and make flood damage “Like it never even happened.”

1: Clean Water

Category 1 incidents involve clean water, and this involves water loss incidents from burst pipes, appliances, roof leaks, and situations like this. The water that affects your home does not have the opportunity to become contaminated by other hazards, and affected materials can often get preserved with immediate mitigation and restoration actions.

2: Grey Water

Category 2 water loss incidents involve mildly to moderately contaminated water because of its source. These microorganisms can prove hazardous to those exposed, but not at the same level of severity or risk level of those exposed to Category 3. Without the appropriate restoration work from professionals, Category 2 incidents can become high-risk Category 3.

3: Black Water

Much of this classification is what could potentially be in the water rather than knowing with certainty that these contaminations exist when flooding occurs. With chemicals, bacteria, toxic substances, and sewage that flood water can come into contact with, the risk for severe contamination and threats to health are high. Our SERVPRO professionals can work to quickly extract excess water from your flooded home and work to remove affected materials and contents, allowing our licensed contractors to begin reconstruction and replacement as soon as the risk gets addressed.

Flooding and substantial water loss incidents present varying degrees of risk to your home and its occupants. Let our SERVPRO of Oxnard rapid response team determine this risk and begin the appropriate restorative actions required to return your property to preloss conditions. Give us a call anytime at (805) 984-2347.

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The Safe and Efficient Fire Debris Cleanup Service Here in Oxnard

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage An Oxnard home after a kitchen fire.

Fires can be devastating, both literally and emotionally. Charred remains are an unpleasant reminder of the event and can be odorous, or worse unsafe. You need a qualified professional to sort through the debris, dispose of it properly in line with state or federal laws as well as to assess what can be salvaged and what cannot. We have a wealth of experience in dealing with cleanup operations after property disasters and can be trusted to provide a professional service to the community.


The type and scale of fire debris in Oxnard properties can vary greatly. Depending on the size of the fire there may be structural damage, charring on fittings and furniture or possessions. SERVPRO can help you with any size or scale of damage by using a range of equipment. Depending on your needs we can liaise with remodeling contractors on your behalf or send technicians with IICRC certificates in odor control and fire remediation.

One thing we can do on arrival is returned the home to a safe environment. That could include restoring power, removing hazardous materials or checking for other potential damages that may not be visible. We can also conduct a thorough pre-test to assess the type of materials burned and the type of residue left behind; different materials burn in different ways, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution to cleaning them.

At SERVPRO we have access to a wide range of equipment. Where there are charred fittings, for example, we can use sandblasting to aggressively remove the visible signs leaving behind a smooth, clean surface. Equally, soda and ice blasting techniques can be useful in removing soot that has set into fabrics or furnishings. Our team find solutions on a case by case basis and can tailor the approach to your requirements.

After a fire, not all items are salvageable. Those that are not salvageable can be packed up and taken by SERVPRO for safe disposal. Our team is happy to remove any items and promise to clean up after themselves, leaving your home "Like it never even happened."

If you would like to know more, contact SERVPRO of Oxnard at (805) 984-2347 today.

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Oxnard Business Can Benefit with SERVPRO's Advice and Recommendations for Water Loss Prevention and Mitigation

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

ERP Description Let us know when you would like your ERP set up!

Businesses in Oxnard that intend to be around for the long haul are wise to make some contingency preparations. They might have backup accounting systems, alternative material sources, and several versions of their marketing approach to fall back on. None of these efforts help if a water damage disaster wipes out their physical plant. We can help prepare for the unthinkable.

Commercial enterprises laid low by water damage in Oxnard face the grim truth that nearly 50 percent of businesses never recover from a shutdown. We know about the challenges faced when water floods through or saturates the building materials or inventory of a business. Our suggestion is to work with us on a well-thought-out plan that anticipates the stress water damage brings and seeks to minimize downtime in your operations.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Plan and Profile (ERP) combines the knowledge and experience in water damage recovery of our seasoned project managers with your priorities and day to day familiarity with your business operations. We walk through your commercial property, seeking to understand how you conduct business while looking for vulnerabilities to any water incursion. Our employees take the opportunity to recommend adaptations to storage choices, equipment placement, and a host of other tweaks that help you avoid disaster in case you do experience a water loss. We sketch out a blueprint, including locations of utility shutoffs.

You augment the information gathered by SERVPRO representatives using our mobile app. Share with us the identities and contact information of vendors and contractors who outfitted your site with equipment and systems. When we work through the restoration plan after water damage occurs, we can touch base with those who installed or designed your working configurations. Designate employees or family members to act in your stead if you are unavailable during a water emergency.

The pairing of the two plans clarifies that you want SERVPRO to take on the cleanup and restoration if a water damage disaster occurs. In one concise electronic document, we delineate a procedure that gets your business back up and running fast. Except in the most extreme scenarios we pledge to permit the continuation of at least partial business operations during our restoration process.

SERVPRO of Oxnard is eager to work with local businesses in disaster preparedness planning. Call us at (805) 984-2347 far in advance of any crisis to schedule the first evaluation of your site.

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Microscopic invaders in your Oxnard home or business

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

Moldy studs SERVPRO of Oxnard found mold behind moisture affected drywall in this Oxnad home.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your Oxnard home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Oxnard, an IICRC Certified Firmcan inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. 

WE WORK WITH ALL INSURANCE COMPANIES!

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 805-984-2347

We are Cleaning Experts

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

Here to Help SERVPRO of Oxnard is here to help in this time of need.

SERVPRO of Oxnard is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Oxnard, 805-984-2347

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

SERVPRO® of Oxnard restores an arsonist’s attempt of destruction.

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

Arson damaged stairs Fire Damaged Stairwell caused by arson.

WHAT HAPPENED?!

This past February we received a call from a local insurance agent reporting that one of their policy holders had a small fire in her home. Fortunately, the home was vacant and undergoing some minor renovation. When arriving on site we also discovered the home was equipped with a fire suppression system (water sprinklers) that saved the home from complete destruction.

So, what did that leave us? A BIG MESS! Burned and melted carpet, smoke damage throughout the home, fire damaged drywall and framing, and a whole house water damage! No problem for SERVPRO® of Oxnard.

LET OXNARD FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION BEGIN!

After assessing the damage (that could be seen) we drew up our scope of work and submitted it to the insurance company after which it was approved and work to restore the property the next day. WOW! We were in for a surprise!

  • The fuel that was used to start the fire had soaked through the carpet into the wood subfloor and the water from the sprinkler system spread it throughout the entire second floor.
  • It was also discovered that the sprinkler system had been installed on the main water for the home!
  • The staircase had so much damage from the fire that the water that absorbed into the wood frame caused it to swell and started to come apart.

WORK CONTINUES…

At the time of this blog post, work on the home still continues. Our IICRC certified technicians are currently setting up a scissor lift to remove the 22-foot ceiling in the formal living/dining room and begin the actual smoke removal process from unaffected surfaces not damaged by water. Before we know it, we will be starting the build back and welcoming the homeowner back into their home.

At SERVPRO® of Oxnard, an IICRC Certified Firm, our commitment to you is to make it "Like it never even happened."

Call us at (805) 984-2347 for ANY of your fire, smoke, or water damage needs 24/7/365!

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SPRING into Spring with SERVPRO of Oxnard

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Spring Cleaning SERVPRO of Oxnard can help you get a BIG jumpstart on your Spring Cleaning!

Well it's that time again!

With the dreaded Daylight Saving Time Spring Forward this past Sunday, SERVPRO of Oxnard welcomes you to the unofficial start of SPRING!

That's right! It's time for Spring Cleaning! After having the windows closed for the past three months you probably have a nice accumulation of dust and other contaminants in your carpets, upholstery, air ducts, window dressings, and other soft textile surfaces in your home or business.

What can SERVPRO of Oxnard do for you?

Simply put, we can make it "Like it never even happened." With our advanced cleaning systems and training, we can help reduce or eliminate the contaminants and allergens in your Oxnard home or business.

What is dust?

Dust is made of fine particles of solid matter. On Earth, it generally consists of particles in the atmosphere that come from various sources such as soil, dust lifted by wind (an aeolian process), volcanic eruptions, and pollution. Dust in homes, offices, and other human environments contains small amounts of plant pollen, human and animal hairs, textile fibers, paper fibers, minerals from outdoor soil, human skin cells, burnt meteorite particles, and many other materials which may be found in the local environment.

Dust mites are microscopic, insect-like pests that commonly live in house dust. They feed on flakes of dead skin, or dander, that are shed by people and pets. These tiny creatures are a big source of allergens and can worsen allergies and asthma. Dust mites can live in mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, carpets, and curtains in your home.

Call SERVPRO of Camarillo now to help you get a jump on your Spring Cleaning!

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Some Shortcuts for Water Damage Remediation in Oxnard

2/29/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged carpet When water damage affects the carpeting in your home, contact SERVPRO for effective water removal efforts. Our technicians respond quickly.

Dealing with Water Damage in Your Oxnard Carpets

Homeownership, unfortunately, is often full of unpredictable challenges, such as a bathtub overflowing and flooding your carpeted hallway. Even if you have a carpet shampooer to remove excess water, you may need professional assistance to mitigate any secondary damage like carpet delamination in the form of backings buckling or rippling or potential mold colony growth. 

Dealing with water damage after an unfortunate overflow in your Oxnard home may be seriously inconvenient, but it does not mean that your carpet is completely destroyed. With proper extraction, drying, and cleaning, SERVPRO technicians most likely can restore your carpet to preloss condition. Drying carpet quickly helps to prevent excess moisture from seeping into the backing, potentially requiring removal or even replacement of the carpet. 

When the carpet becomes wet, it is not just the carpet visible to you that incurs damage. There are also the primary and secondary backings to consider since they play an essential role in the life and durability of the carpet. The primary backing material consists of woven or spun-bonded material that has carpet tufts woven or needle-punched into it, typically made of synthetic or jute materials. 

The secondary backing is the layer at the backside of the carpet, which is attached with latex adhesive, providing strength, allowing the carpet to keep its shape after installation. The secondary backing may be jute or synthetic material like polypropylene.

It is important to note that 99% of the carpet made today is out of synthetic material, rather than the burlap-like jute. However, older carpet in homes and some area rugs still have jute, which tends to shrink when wet making it imperative to dry the carpet quickly after exposure to water. Polypropylene, on the other hand, does not absorb as much water and does not shrink; however, it may be difficult to stretch during re-installation. 

After water damage, it is also crucial to inspect, replacing, if necessary, the coated latex adhesive material that anchors tufts into the carpet's primary backing to hold primary and secondary backing together when restoring carpets. Latex breaks down quickly due to age, heat, and heavy traffic potentially causing delamination, meaning that primary and secondary backings loosen, and the carpet loses its shape.  

SERVPRO water damage experts understand carpet and how to remove excess moisture best while preserving the appearance of your carpet. Our goal is to make it "Like it never even happened." 

Contact SERVPRO of Oxnard (General Contractor License: 892710) at (805) 984-2347 for 24/7 assistance. 

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Did You Know That Floodwaters in Oxnard Contain Contamination

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

storm damage and mud and water Who do you call for storm and flood damage? SERVPRO!

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)

water damaged ceiling You can call (805) 984-2347 for rapid disaster cleanup today.

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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