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How Pros Restore Your Fire Damaged Oxnard Home

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

You can trust SERVPRO of Oxnard to remove smoke and soot damage.

Why Oxnard Homeowners Should Not DIY Fire Smoke Cleanup

Fire damage brings several problems for a homeowner. Besides the direct damage from the fire, water damage from extinguishing the blaze plus the smoke residue and odor need addressing.

Fire smoke cleanup in your Oxnard home without proper equipment leaves your home open for secondary damages such as foul odors and mold. It is imperative to outsource the task to a professional mitigation company to avoid additional issues.

During the initial call, we gather information regarding the fire loss, and we often instruct the homeowner to avoid the area where the fire occurred and turn off the HVAC to prevent spreading soot in the ductwork.

When SERVPRO technicians arrive onsite, they test the smoke to see what kind of smoke is in the affected area of the home and contain the space to stop any further spreading of particles. Technicians remove objects and building materials too charred for restoration as they contribute only odors and the potential for spreading soot.

Depending on the type of smoke determined by testing, our technicians choose among three main kinds of cleaning methods: wet cleaning, dry cleaning, and peroxide-based cleaning.

Wet and dry cleaning uses sponges by hand or on poles and our proprietary formulas to attract soot to the sponge and remove it from walls and surfaces. Wet sponges work best with greasy films left behind by burned synthetic materials including plastic and rubber. Also, painted surfaces, wood and metal benefit from wet cleaning efforts. Dry sponges work on lighter, easier-to-remove smoke residues.

The application of peroxide-based cleaning happens on a case-by-case basis as it has the potential for bleaching. This method proves efficient for the removal of soot from acoustic ceiling tiles.

Once SERVPRO performs cleanup and disinfection on the fire loss areas, they inspect and clean the ductwork if needed. This action may include the use of professional equipment to neutralize lingering odors and filter change in the HVAC.

SERVPRO of Oxnard knows that even a small amount of fire damage leaves significant odors when inadequate fire smoke cleanup happens. Call us at (805) 984-2347, and our certified technicians will make your fire loss "Like it never even happened."

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After A Fire, Our Team Will Restore Your Oxnard Home To Pre-Damage Condition!

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Oxnard are experts at restoring fire damage in your home in Oxnard or the surrounding areas.

Fire Damage Cleanup Services For Your Oxnard Home

Unpredictable, fire can spread in seconds and decimate your Oxnard home in just minutes. Even smaller fires which are put out fast can result in a high repair bill. It's essential that you have the right insurance policy to help mitigate any financial losses from fire. However, it is much better to prevent the fire from happening in the first place if possible.

After a fire in your Oxnard home, you need fire cleanup services from a professional remediation company. At SERVPRO, we know how to handle any size fire damage situation due to our extensive training and experience. When you hire us, you know that your home is in good hands and that we do what we can to have you back in your residence as quickly as possible.

Fires can be chemical or electrical in nature. There are many classes of fires, depending on how they began. Cooking fires are the most common kinds of fires in homes. Grease is very flammable, and it is not easy to extinguish the flames once they start. Do not leave your kitchen while cooking anything with grease, as this is how many kitchen fires start.

Many times, during fire damage restoration, SERVPRO technicians pack out some of your possessions in your home and store them at a safe location while we work. The success of a move-out depends on us properly packing, tagging, and inventorying contents. It is an essential step of the process, and we ensure that we are very accurate, so the work site and all your possessions stay organized and safe. We handle everything with care as if it were our own and make sure that nothing gets damaged.

Faulty wiring or outlets being overloaded can create an electrical fire. If you plug something in that has a faulty cable, it could spark and start a fire. Your home’s wiring should be checked for a professional electrician, primarily if you reside in an older home.

Heat sources also cause fires when something combustible is too close to them. Whether a kerosene heater or an electrical heater, inspect them before using to make sure they are in good condition, including any wiring. Do not leave your home with one of these devices running.

SERVPRO of Oxnard are experts at restoring fire damage in your home in Oxnard or the surrounding areas. Make sure you ask us for help by dialing (805) 984-2347 once the flames are extinguished so we can stop even more damage from occurring.

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Why SERVPRO Is The Team Ready To Handle Oxnard Water Damage

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is ready to tackle leaks inside your home, eliminating odor damage. Call us right away we are available 24/7.

Serving Up Water Odor Control in Oxnard

Soda bars are a fun and functional upgrade many homes indulge in, like any appliance, they need to be periodically checked for signs of water damage. The supply lines that feed into the unit can show signs of wear and pressure regulators should be tested regularly to ensure they are in working order.

SERVPRO was called for a water odor problem at a home in Oxnard. The homeowner had previously discovered a leak in the main supply line that fed tap water into the unit and mixed with carbonation and syrup when soda was made.
The homeowner had gotten the leak fixed, and an unpleasant odor remained in the room, and he could not locate the problem. SERVPRO technicians used soft probes and thermal imaging to trace the source of the smell and found when the fountain was used, a small mixture of water and syrup was running down the back of the vintage stainless steel bar and collecting on the wall. The steel bar was placed directly against the wall, effectively blocking any airflow. The area between the bar and the wall was retaining this moisture and causing an unpleasant odor.

The drywall was showing damage from being regular dampened, so it was removed. Air movers were specially angled to direct airflow into the wall cavity behind the bar. Once the area tested for optimal dryness, we used direct spraying for the wall area, bar and floor to clean up any remaining water/syrup residue, but a slight odor remained.

Because SERVPRO technicians are certified in the science of odor control, we know that a single method may not be sufficient and most cases, multiple approaches to eradicating foul odors are necessary. Ultra low volume fogging penetrates areas odor particles hide and neutralizes them with a solvent -based deodorizing fog. Once the odor was gone, our technicians suggested to the homeowner to doublecheck the supply lines and place the bar with enough space to allow for any moisture collected during operation of the soda fountain to evaporate naturally.

SERVPRO of Oxnard has the equipment and expertise to find and neutralize your water odor problem. We are available 24-hours a day at (805) 984-2347.

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Is a Wind Storm Blowing Your Oxnard House Down?

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

High winds can cause property damage. Call SERVPRO to mitigate the damage.

Mitigating Against Further Property Damages after a Wind Storm in Oxnard

Your property can sustain damages from exposure to violent winds of up to 60mph. At this speed, uprooting trees, and considerable damages can occur to roof tiles, windows and other fixtures in your home. Once winds settled down, you may need to seek professional assistance to get your property back to the way it was before. We offer local technicians, on call for residents in need.

The level of permanent damage sustained to your property during a wind storm in Oxnard depends on how quickly you act to repair the situation. There is a knock on effect whereby structural openings, caused by the storm, then allow in excess water or compromise the security of your home. SERVPRO offers a 24-hour call line for our residents with trained technicians ready to help you in a storm scenario.

Once we have arrived on site, we can begin to mitigate further losses. In a severe storm, it is not uncommon for third-party contractors to be needed to remodel or repair roofs, windows, and other areas. Our job is to prepare the site as a safe workspace for these contractors. That could be by boarding up openings, removing debris or restoring power to the property.

We can also carry out essential restoration work before remodeling begins. SERVPRO technicians are trained to spot things that may cause permanent damage if not repaired immediately. Pooling water, for example, can become absorbed into your floor causing buckling or mold growth. We can work to prevent that using extractors, pumps, and dehumidifiers to mitigate the loss.

Personal contents like furniture or ornaments may also sustain damages while work is carried out on your home. We can pack these out to an external facility and create an itemized list to be passed along to your insurer. Finally, SERVPRO can thoroughly deodorize the affected area using thermal foggers to remove any unpleasant odors that may occur from water or mold damages.

Our emergency restoration team could help prevent permanent damages to your home, contact SERVPRO of Oxnard at (805) 984-2347.

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When Water Soaks Your Oxnard Home, Make the Call to SERVPRO for Great Results

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

Water Removal Help Needed for this Oxnard Family--A Good Thing They Called SERVPRO

How SERVPRO Handles Common Water Damage Issues in Oxnard

Coming home to the aftermath of a broken pipe or appliance failure can seem overwhelming. It is hard to believe that much water can invade a space so quickly and water damage in your Oxnard home or business can get worse the longer the excess moisture remains. No matter if it is a localized watery mess in your kitchen or utility room or a major flood from a plumbing disaster, SERVPRO of Oxnard has the equipment and expertise to handle it.

Since water damage can occur at any time to an Oxnard property, SERVPRO of Oxnard technicians are available 24-hours a day. When you contact our emergency response team, they arrive on-site within hours to begin the clean up for your property. We find out as much as we can regarding the situation in your property, so we arrive with the right equipment configuration in our green service vehicles. Once we arrive, a technician goes over the job process with the property owner, with excellent communication, everyone is on the same page for how our remediation process works.

What are Some Types of Water Damage?

SERVPRO of Oxnard sees two common types of water loss in Oxnard homes from a category one (clean) water spill, and both usually appear together. The first type is visually apparent, where there are wet surfaces, flooring, and contents, and this is one of the first tasks, extracting any standing water. We use all types of equipment from basic squeegees and mops to portable and truck mounted extractors. Depending on the size of the water to be cleaned, we have the equipment to meet the challenge.

The second type has the potential to be even more damaging to a structure and possessions as it is the moisture that cannot be seen with the naked eye as voids behind walls and ceilings, under flooring and in carpet padding for just a few examples. This can lead to mold issues, rotted drywall or wood, and foul odors. Additionally, incomplete drying of flooring can lead to a weakening of the integrity of the subfloor and soft spots that may potentially cause safety issues. Get it dry quickly with SERVPRO of Oxnard, We're Faster To Any SIze Disaster.

How is Moisture Detected in the Structure or Items?

Our IICRC-certified SERVPRO of Oxnard technicians have different types of equipment to detect hidden moisture. We have specialized moisture sensors to use around baseboards and walls, and probes for soft surfaces such as carpet and padding. Thermal imaging is also useful for finding pockets of moisture inside wall cavities. SERVPRO techs map out all areas the water has affected using these devices. We carefully address each area and get it ready before the drying phase begins. For example, weep holes may be drilled into sagging ceilings or drywall to allow for drainage and air flow. Furniture that is retaining moisture may be placed on blocks to be dried or relocated to a dry area of the structure.

The setup for drying is exact and detailed. Our technicians check and double check readings to ensure they have the right determination for temperature, humidity and other factors that can affect the drying of the structure and contents. When determining a baseline for dryness, there is no set single reading for all jobs. SERVPRO technicians take readings from unaffected areas of the home to determine the appropriate level of dryness for the water damaged area of the property.

Drying Equipment is More Than Big Fans

There is a science to the setup of the air moving equipment SERVPRO uses. Our technicians map out the air flow in the water loss area to determine the best angles to set up the fans to cause the moisture to rise. The dehumidification equipment effectively captures the moisture and eliminates it by pulling in the moist air and discharging warm, dry air. The dry air, in turn, absorbs moisture from wet objects in the area and the cycle continues. This is how we can dry both structure and affected furnishings in the same room. We try to disrupt the property as little as possible during remediation, and our goal is always to restore rather than replace, saving property owners money whenever we can.

We also have specialized dehumidifiers when the dewpoint is too low in Oxnard to use a standard unit. Desiccant dehumidifiers work by using chemical attraction instead of the usual method of condensation to remove water vapor from the air.  Silicate gels are often the chemical of choice for these devices. This type of equipment produces one of the lowest vapor pressures, and they are ideal to use when drying is needed in dense building materials such as plaster over lath and in some cases, hardwood flooring.

Cleaning to Sanitary Standards

After the drying phase of water damage restoration is complete. SERVPRO technicians verify the moisture levels in all affected areas of the Oxnard residence to ensure the water content levels are at the established baseline. Technicians then wipe down the surfaces including walls and ceilings with our high-grade antifungal solutions to clean, disinfect and inhibit mold growth.

Both sides of the carpeting are routinely treated with an EPA-registered disinfectant after extraction. If needed, ULV fogging is used to neutralize residual odors on a case by case basis. Upholstery is often treated with an antifungal to discourage mildew after complete drying. Thorough drying and sanitizing is often enough to eliminate residual odors, if any remain behind, our Odor Control Technicians have several different methods of eliminating unpleasant odors.

Once the job is complete, a SERVPRO technician performs a walk through with the property owner to ensure that all established remediation points have been handled and a quality cleanup and restoration job have been done to the satisfaction of our customer.

SERVPRO of Oxnard has the expertise and resources to combat water damage in your home or commercial property. We are proud to serve the Oxnard, California area including the areas of 93030, 93033, and 93036. We are available 24/7, and the process starts as soon as you call our emergency response team.

Oxnard Drips, Homeowners Worry about Property Damage, SERVPRO Restores!

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Oxnard Homeowners are relieved when our SERVPRO Green Vehicle Arrives for Water Damage Cleanup

Slow Leak Creates Big Water Damage in Oxnard Home

Not every water damage call we receive requires clean up for a full house flood. Sometimes little leaks have quietly seeped into drywall, floors or ceilings for an extended period unseen. This type of water intrusion can do much damage, and the situation needs to be remediated quickly.

When building materials in an Oxnard home suffer water damage, it is crucial that the area is dried and repairs made in short order. A small leak in a vanity wall in the bathroom can spread to throughout the drywall until the homeowner notices either tell-tale water rings in the ceiling below in the case of an upstairs leak or the heralding odor wetness brings after some time. Plumbing under kitchen sinks hidden by cabinet doors is often caught the same way after it has been dripping.

Why SERVPRO? We are Faster To Any Size Disaster, and it does not matter if you discover damages from water at two in the morning or afternoon, you can expect an immediate response to your issue.

Standing water is rarely an issue in this type of call, but our SERVPRO technicians know drying the area is a priority. If the walls behind cabinets or vanity are saturated, small weep holes drilled can allow for adequate air circulation to thoroughly dry the area using industrial air movers and dehumidifiers to dry and lower moisture levels in the affected areas rapidly. Moisture probes are used to verify walls, ceilings and flooring are completely dry.

Drywall that is too damaged to restore is removed, and our technicians can then sanitize and perform odor and deodorization as needed to the damaged areas. If the application of solvents is not enough to clean and eliminate residual water odors, our Odor Control Technicians often use air scrubbers or Ultra Low Volume (ULV) fogging machines to neutralize foul scents.

You do not have to live with the constant reminder of a small leak. Call SERVPRO of Oxnard at (805) 984-2347 anytime 24/7 and we can be on-site within hours to turn back the clock on the damage and odors in your home "Like it never even happened.”

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Ultimate Solution to Leaky Faucets and Possible Water Damage in Your Oxnard Home

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let a leaky faucet turn into this. Call SERVPRO today for water damage remediation in your Oxnard home.

Aging Fixtures Can Lead to Water Leaks in Oxnard Homes

Not everyone can consider revamping and remodeling areas of their Oxnard home whenever fixtures and structural elements start to show signs of aging and degradation. While replacing faucets and other components like them is not an expensive venture, it can often take more time and effort than homeowners can provide. In turn, these fixtures continue to age and degrade with time, eventually leaking through the weakest points and saturating into cabinetry, vanities, and flooring materials.

While there are effective ways of restoring your  Oxnard home when faced with water damage incidents, many homeowners often choose to attempt to resolve the situation on their own. The trouble with addressing water loss incidents of any size in your house is the unknown of how far the damage might have spread since the problem first began. You could only be scratching the surface of the damage that exists with your conventional cleaning and drying efforts.

Our SERVPRO team can respond quickly when emergencies occur to offer effective mitigation services that can protect and preserve affected materials and areas of your property. We have thermal imagery tablets that can identify moisture pockets in the walls, floors, and ceiling spaces to help direct our drying machines and equipment to where they would get most effectively placed.

With our injecti-dry system, we can remove the baseboards at the bottom of drywall to force heated air through wall cavities and ceiling spaces to remove lingering moisture and dampness. For saturation into the flooring, which can even occur with waterproof flooring common to the bathroom areas, we can set up our drying mats with our injecti-dry system to slowly pull moisture from the affected materials to preserve them when possible.

While you cannot always understand the magnitude of degradation and wear that fixtures like faucets undergo over the years, our SERVPRO of Oxnard rapid response team can help to restore the damage that a leak can cause to your home. You can reach our experienced and courteous team by calling (805) 984-2347.

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When Demolition is Necessary After Flood Damage in Oxnard

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Depending on the amount of flood water, sometimes demolition is a necessary part of water damage restoration restoration.

Stubborn Issues You Are Likely to Face After Flood Damage in Oxnard

When a flood strikes Oxnard, you have little option but to wait for the water in the area to subside, extract the pools inside your home, and then do repairs. The cost of repairs depends on many factors including the intensity of the flood, or how long the water remains in the house. Although your focus may be on how to remove the water, other aspects of the process might be harder to address. Our professional restoration service helps combat these issues efficiently because of our advanced skills and experience.  

Because of contamination and compromised structural integrity in some areas, repairing flood damage in Oxnard may involve demolition. Such teardown helps remove contaminants embedded in porous materials such as drywall. Removing materials soaked to the point of losing structural integrity is also essential. For example, insulation might lose R-value after a flooding incident. Such demolition requires proper care to avoid damaging other useful materials in the surroundings. Our SERVPRO technicians have a wide range of tools including rubber hammers, pry bars, crescent wrenches and molding lifters that ease the work and reduce the dangers of damaging other building materials.  

Bad odors develop easily after a flooding incident. Most of the odor emanates from the soils and other contaminants deposited by the floodwaters and therefore disappear after cleaning. However, if the odor-causing agents penetrate deep into materials, it requires additional deodorization steps. Odors might also stem from moisture problems such as mold. Our SERVPRO technicians take definite steps to deodorize property effectively. After sanitizing all affected areas using OSHA approved cleaning agents, we check for moisture in different materials and dehumidify them. If the odors persist, we can use advanced equipment such as Ozone generators or ULV foggers to release agents that pair with the odor particles, destroying them.  

Refinishing all areas affected by the cleaning, demolition or other restorative processes is essential but can be easily overlooked. Our SERVPRO technicians take all the necessary steps to restore affected areas to the preloss state including matching repainted surfaces to surrounding areas.  

You can easily overcome stubborn problems after flooding with the help of a professional restorer. Call SERVPRO of Oxnard at (805) 984-2347 to assist you. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Oxnard Properties, Hardwood Flooring Problems from Fires, and SERVPRO to Make Things Right Again

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO to Salvage Your Oxnard Fire-Damaged Flooring, "Like it never even happened."

Restoring Fire and Soot Damaged Hardwood Floors in Oxnard Homes

While many effects could spread out through your Oxnard home following a large fire, homeowners often fixate on the immediate concerns like structural damages and openings rather than addressing the entire scope of the damage together. Acquiring professional restoration technicians like ours can help you to get the right processes started at the appropriate points to preserve as much of the original materials used in your home’s construction as possible.

Assessing fire damage is the first step for our team when we arrive at your Oxnard residence. Once we understand the stretch of these effects throughout the property, we can work to begin our mitigation process to remove at-risk items from the premises and protect them from influences like soot staining, smoke residue, and odor penetration. Soot and smoke residues are a common byproduct of a widespread fire event, and even without directly igniting hardwood flooring in your home, these effects could permanently damage this flooring material.

Our SERVPRO team can arrive quickly with the equipment designed to make mitigation as effective and efficient as possible. While in some ways this involves fire debris removal and preparing the property for reconstruction efforts to come, it also involves protecting surfaces like the hardwood from lingering fire effects and potential hazards that could damage it during the reconstruction of other areas in the house.

High powered vacuums begin the cleaning of hardwood, as wiping and brushing in these particulates runs a risk of embedding the soot or residue farther, staining it and making it nearly impossible to recover. If the flooring became water damaged from extinguishing efforts, this would be the time that our SERVPRO professionals would utilize our drying mats and injecti-dry system to draw moisture out from the material carefully.

While this is only one aspect of fire recovery for your home, it can showcase our ability to do a thorough job with every facet of fire restoration your house requires. Give our SERVPRO of Oxnard rapid response team a call today at (805) 984-2347.

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Call Our Crew Immediately After Your Home In Oxnard Experiences A Flood

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Call (805) 984-2347 to start the cleanup in your home now.

SERVPRO Talks About The Dangers Of Waiting To Address Flood Damage In Oxnard

Flooding is one of the most severe situations a homeowner can face. Flood water generally speaking doesn't enter your home "clean" like water from a plumbing issue or appliance failure. On its way to entering your home, the water can pick up toxins, debris, even sewage, and harmful substances.

When SERVPRO gets a call to handle flooding in an Oxnard home, our technicians arrive with safety for all at the top of the list. We are local to the area and familiar with the municipal, state and federal regulations for decontamination. During the first entry, it is common for technicians to spray an EPA-registered disinfectant on areas deemed to be affected. The next course of action determines if containment measures are necessary to stop the spread of contaminants to other areas of the home currently unaffected by flood waters.

Removing flood water from inside and around the home is a priority. We have different types of pumps depending on the amount of water that needs to be moved out. Our truck-mounted units can quickly pull thousands of gallons of water from the house. Technicians test the water to determine what types of contaminants and the emergency level of the water in the home and assign a designation of either gray or black water, so they know the emergency procedures to follow to decontaminate the home safely.

Since our IICRC technicians have certifications in several areas of applied restoration processes including Water Damage Restoration and Applied Structural Drying, our goal is to restore rather than replace. We inspect each affected surface and item, but in the case of severe gray or black water damage restoring may not an option for some items due to the porosity, as porous items cannot be adequately disinfected to remain safely in the home. The more quickly the cleanup begins, often the more possessions that can be saved.

When flood damage happens, the clock is ticking on saving your home from further damage. SERVPRO of Oxnard is available 24/7 for emergency services. We arrive quickly and get started immediately. Call (805) 984-2347 to start the cleanup in your home now.

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SERVPRO Franchise Professionals Explain the Different Threat Levels of Floodwater

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Are storms pouring water into your home? Call SERVPRO of Oxnard to restore your home.

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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A Guide to Oxnard Fire Damage Remediation

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

If a fire ever damages part of your home, you can rest assured that team SERVPRO will arrive with haste to assess and remediate the damage.

The Safe and Efficient Fire Debris Cleanup Service Here in Oxnard

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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Has Mold Become a Tenant in Your Oxnard Apartment Complex?

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can remediate the mold in your apartment complex before it becomes a major issue.

Fast Mold Remediation for Your Oxnard Apartment Complex

Running an apartment complex for Oxnard residents can often feel like one minor issue after another. As the landlord or owner of the property, you often assume responsibility and financial obligation when situations threaten the individual apartments, requiring a fast repair or cleanup. Mold growth also requires a fast response from trained professionals, and our team can help to identify the full spread of the damage and prevent the situation from getting worse.

With mold damage in Oxnard, the organism spreads quickly to affect multiple areas and units within your complex. While the situation initially began in one area, the growing colonies can move quickly to affect shared walls and living spaces for multiple residents. You must act quickly to prevent the compromise of structural integrity, not to mention the possibility of health effects for renters exposed to the thriving, active colony.

Our SERVPRO professionals undergo extensive training to be among the best possible choices for our customers regarding the removal of mold and the restoration of the damage that occurs. We begin this process by containing the current growth using advanced equipment and thick plastic sheeting. Our machines like hydroxyl generators, ozone machines, and air scrubbers all work to remove spores from the environment and purify the air quality in affected areas.

In situations where many residents might get displaced by active colonization, our SERVPRO technicians work to remove the mold growth as efficiently as possible. While our focus is often to preserve original construction materials where possible, often it is more cost-effective and time-saving to remove overly damaged structural elements and replace them during reconstruction to rid the property of active colonization fast. Our professionals on site can determine the best approach to getting your residents back into their respective units as quickly as possible.

Mold damage is anything but convenient for a property owner, but it is also something that you cannot ignore. Our SERVPRO of Oxnard applied microbial remediation technicians can respond quickly with the expertise and equipment to help. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (805) 984-2347.

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Call The Professionals When You Discover Mold In Your Oxnard Home

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Call the experts to remove mold from your carpet.

Preventing Carpet Mold in Your Oxnard Residence

Many Oxnard homeowners do not realize just how easily mold and mildew growth can occur to areas like the carpeting and flooring of their houses. Often these situations result from an inadequate cleaning from water damage that can persistently stay damp and moist for a few days, allowing mold spores to settle on the material, seat, and then spread. The trouble with carpeted areas is that much of the mold damage that can affect this material occurs out of sight, providing a potentially hazardous situation for homeowners.

While many of these same homeowners have understood the importance of mold remediation in their Oxnard property, others believe that the situation is not that serious or goes away without direct intervention. Preventing mold growth in your carpets is not impossible, but knowing when to contact our applied microbial remediation specialists at SERVPRO can make it even simpler.

Once our experienced team arrives at your home, we can use our equipment and hands-on training to identify the spread of the organism and set up a containment barrier to prevent it spreading to other areas of the property. While mold damage can spread quickly throughout your home once the colonization begins, there is still an early window that can allow you to prevent the complete degradation of your carpets.

This process begins with the water damage incident that brought you to the point of allowing mold damage into your home. Our SERVPRO technicians can arrive quickly to an emergency to help you rapidly extract the water and begin drying out all of the affected areas with dehumidifiers and air movers working together, which if it happens early enough, can make these materials uninhabitable for newly forming mold colonies.

Preventing mold damage to your carpet is not something that every homeowner can do on their own, and in many cases, it requires a professional team of remediation experts to overcome. Our SERVPRO of Oxnard specialists can arrive quickly to contain the spread of this organism and work to remove active spores from the area to limit the possibility of recurrence. Contact us whenever you experience water damage or discover mold growth by calling (805) 984-2347.

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SERVPRO is Here to Rescue Your Medical Clinic From Mold Damage!

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Our priority is to remediate your clinic free of any mold infestation!

Mold Removal from Your Oxnard Medical Clinic

With the reliance that the community has on the operating hours of your Oxnard medical clinic, every incident that occurs requires immediate attention from trained professionals to overcome quickly and thoroughly. The less time that you have to turn your patients away, the better able you are to serve the area with the medical expertise that you have and the advice or treatment they might require. Some disasters can develop quickly and require highly-trained professionals like ours to remove and restore such as mold growth.

While mold removal is the obvious choice for your Oxnard facility, there is more at stake than the integrity of the materials that these organisms use to feed. Two primary concerns about mold growth in the facility are the exposure of your patients and staff to volatile organic compounds which can cause health effects, and also the irreplaceable hard copies of medical records and documents stored within the facility can become compromised by the moisture and spread of the mold.

To prevent further exposure to your staff and the patients seeking care in your facility, you must vacate the premises until our SERVPRO remediation teams can remove the active organism. We set up physical sheeting barriers and utilize machines like air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators to begin purifying the indoor air quality and preventing the spread of active mold spores to new areas of the clinic.

To protect the documents and equipment from the spread of this organism in the affected area of the clinic, our Contents Department can remove this sensitive information to a secure facility nearby. If the documents have become affected by dampness or moisture, we can freeze dry them to protect their information and ready them for their return to the facility once the mold colonies have gotten removed.

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While you might not get prepared to face mold growth that happens unexpectedly in your medical office, there are some ways that you can act quickly to get yourself back to helping the community quickly. Trust our SERVPRO of Oxnard remediation specialists to use the full measure of our resources to handle this hazardous presence fast. Give us a call today at (805) 984-2347.

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Revealed: Mold Damage Remediation in Oxnard is Best Left to the Certified Professionals

12/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold comes in many colors and spreads quickly. Contact our team to investigate the extent of the mold damage and mitigate the situation in your home.

Why SERVPRO is the Wise Choice for Mold Damage Remediation in Oxnard

When mold growth becomes a concern in your Oxnard residence, it can be tempting to try to manage the problem yourself. Mold damage can feel like you are not in control of the fundamentals of home ownership. Many times homeowners feel that mold colonies are evidence of inadequate maintenance or cleaning. In most cases, this notion could not be further from the truth. Our training and expertise in remediation help you understand why our professional services are crucial.

Learning the truth about mold damage in Oxnard from remediation experts clarifies what a homeowner can do to limit the chance that mold growth recurs. Our microbial abatement technicians complete a comprehensive course underwritten by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. The pervasiveness of mold spores is understood to be a given in homes and outdoors. Instead of an attempt to reduce mold spores as a remediation strategy, our team works with property owners to minimize the excess moisture that activates spores instead.

SERVPRO avoids the use of diluted bleach or other over-the-counter methods to remediate mold growth. Household bleach is already mostly water, and diluting it increases the risk that its use as an antimicrobial might actually increase mold damage. The active ingredient rarely penetrates deeply enough into porous building materials to kill all parts of the mold. It might lighten a residual mold stain, does not remove the entire organism.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed a mold remediation protocol our team follows. Adherence to this effective procedure is why SERVPRO delivers a reliable result when we take on your mold damage project. Instead of using broadcast antimicrobial treatments on their own we work in each mold case to locate the extent of the mold growth, contain it within a manageable area, and remove and properly dispose of the mold material.

Our mold removal techniques are straightforward -- brushing or scraping off the growth or using gently abrasive techniques like soda blasting that removes the mold and its intricate hair-like hyphae “roots” from even porous materials. Mechanical removal is why SERVPRO mold remediation is successful as long as efforts are made to limit moisture from saturating the materials again.

Our research-based approach is why SERVPRO of Oxnard delivers successful outcomes on mold remediation projects. Call us at (805) 984-2347 to set up a consultation to remove current mold and avoid its resurgence.

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How SERVPRO Restores Water Damaged Carpet in Your Oxnard Home

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Drying flooring correctly requires advanced knowledge. SERVPRO team members regularly train for water loss situations.

The Advantages of Using Multi-disciplined Technicians for Oxnard Properties with Water Damage

Owning your property makes you responsible for any damages that occur. Unfortunately, most homeowners have had bad experiences relating to water damages. One of the primary reasons is that a myriad of different things can cause these types of loss with no way to predict or mitigate against it. How you respond to the situation is what makes the difference when it comes to reducing the amount of harm caused, and that is why most flood damage requires professional assistance.

Private residences that have been afflicted by water damage in Oxnard and the surrounding area rely on local services for quick call out times. As a general rule of thumb, the longer water is allowed to saturate your furniture and possessions the harder it is to restore them to preloss conditions. SERVPRO operates locally, using IICRC certified technicians that are just a phone call away. Having experience in dealing with homes just like yours guarantees a professional and personal service that is efficient and on time.

One of the features of a SERVPRO technician that stands out is their multi-disciplinary training. We operate a 24/7 emergency line. On receiving your call, we can arrange for precisely the type of technician, equipment, and attention you need within four hours of notification of loss. Carpeted properties, for example, can be trickier to deal with as fabrics become up to 50% weaker when saturated with water.

SERVPRO has specialist carpet technicians who can assess and remediate your fittings causing minimal damage. Usually, we can remove the carpets to a designated clean room where both sides  are dried correctly using low-powered extractors or rapid air movers that are sensitive to fabrics. Once dried, we treat both sides of the carpet with anti-microbial treatment to limit the chances of secondary damages like mold growth. We can also inspect your subfloor for any signs of structural damage.

For expert restoration of your private property, contact SERVPRO of Oxnard at (805) 984-2347.

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Why Humidity Levels are Important After Water Damage to Your Oxnard Home

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's Green Fleet is ready to tackle the water events in your life.

SERVPRO Techs Use the Latest Water Damage Mitigation Equipment to Restore Oxnard Properties

Without warning, your home in Oxnard could sustain the presence of invasive water from various sources. Some clean, other filthy, these sources of water can leave your home drenched and at risk of serious harm.  

Homeowners do everything possible to guard their homes against wear, but water damage in Oxnard can take a toll that other disasters can only mimic. Water travels in almost every direction, meaning that merely cleaning it up is often not enough. SERVPRO technicians carry more than the extraction equipment in our Green Fleet. We also carry other tools and equipment that make it possible to mitigate your home efficiently, so it is soon “Like it never even happened” again.  

Measuring the amount of moisture saturating different locations inside the house's walls and other structures is a crucial part of mitigation. Because we must know how much moisture is in different areas, and which areas are affected, we use hygrometers, infrared monitors, and other devices. These also reveal hidden moisture in places that appear dry on the surface.  

Removing materials that have succumbed to water damage makes it easy to see what areas need cleaning and wiping down, as opposed to areas that contain more extensively damaged materials. We remove all of the materials damaged by water and moisture so that after restoration, your home contains no hidden pockets of disintegrating materials.  

Drying to the recommended moisture content amounts helps reduce microbial colonization, humidity problems, and odor issues. Each of these issues and others requires attention directed at their cause. However, SERVPRO specialists understand that prevention is always preferable compared to mitigation, repairs, and restoration. Whenever the opportunity presents itself, we take proactive steps to reduce damage and keep it from occurring in undamaged areas. We also work as neatly as possible so restoration work can begin immediately, without delay.  

SERVPRO of Oxnard is always available to take your call about water damage and other disasters that threaten your property. We carry the equipment with us when we first arrive, making sure that we arrive Faster To Any Size Disaster and ready to begin the mitigation needed. Contact us at (805) 984-2347, any day of the year, day or night.

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Oxnard Fires, Floods, and Mudslides Are Events Needing Help from a Cleanup and Restoration Company Like SERVPRO

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Oxnard and Disasters Like Wildfires and Floods--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Recovery

Experience Helps When Dealing with Flood Damage in Oxnard

Dealing with a flooded property in Oxnard is not as easy as it might seem. Apart from extracting water from the structure and drying it, one must also deal with contaminants such as raw sewage introduced into the property by the floodwaters. In most cases, this involves tearing down and replacing affected porous materials. Removal of debris such as silt or mud is also necessary. Our IICRC certified team relies on extensive experience and state-of-the-art equipment to restore properties after a flood "Like it never even happened."
 
Among the most important steps during the restoration of flood damage in Oxnard, is the extraction of the water pooling around the property. Such water continues to damage the property when left standing. For example, it might lead to rot if wooden materials are exposed, rust in metallic items and mold growth in many organic materials. Our SERVPRO technicians use various equipment including pumps and water extractors to remove such water. For moisture in wall cavities, we can use specialized equipment like the injectidry system.
 
Effective cleanup and safe disposal of the debris left by the floodwaters is also essential. Our SERVPRO crew sprays EPA- registered disinfectants in the affected areas before starting the removal. We also wear protective clothing such as rubber boots, respirators, splash goggles, and full bodysuits when handling the waste. By protecting ourselves, we can handle cleanup without fear, guaranteeing better results. We easily shovel out any silt left by the floodwaters or use pressure washers to remove mud and other forms of soiling.
 
It is possible to spread contaminants from one area to another during the restoration process. For example, if sewage has backed up, those doing restoration might spread it from lower rooms to rooms on upper floors. Our SERVPRO technicians help prevent this by creating containment zones. We can do source containment which involves removal of the affected material, local containment by building an enclosure with plastic sheets, or full-scale containment.
 
Guesswork can ruin the restoration process after flood damage. Call SERVPRO of Oxnard to help. You can reach us at (805) 984-2347 any day.

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Oxnard, in the Cross-Hairs of the "Camp Fire," Can Get Cleanup Help from SERVPRO

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Helps to Clean and Improve Air Quality in Oxnard Homes After the Wildfire Has Passed

Recovering from Fire Damages to Your Oxnard Home

From natural disasters to accidents that occur within your Oxnard home, fires can pose significant threats to your property. Knowing what to do when fire affects your house can be the difference between effective mitigation of the situation with limited reconstruction/remodeling and considerable structural damages. Our response team is available 24-hours a day to help you overcome the effects of this recent wildfire threatening the region, or fires that occur within the property that can cause their own widespread effects.

Among all of the fire damages that you can experience within your Oxnard home, many residents struggle the most currently with their need for premier cleaning services, indoor air quality concerns, and deodorization. The wildfire moving through the area and threatening properties does not impact every home or commercial structure directly, but can still leave debris, soot, and smoke throughout the interior of the property.

As our SERVPRO professionals arrive at your home, we begin to assess the full extent of the damage that your property has sustained and the suitable approach to returning it to preloss condition, whenever possible. This estimation of our services and their cost gets shared directly with your insurance provider if you determine that filing a claim is a cost-effective solution to restoring the damaged elements of your home.

Cleaning services for your home can help to remove the soot, debris, and soil from carpets, drapes, surfaces, textiles, and furniture. We strive to provide a comprehensive service for all of our customers so that the restoration process, and whatever it entails, all gets completed by our highly-trained SERVPRO technicians. We have the industry-leading tools to make short work of foul odors in your house and remove them permanently, such as our thermal fogging equipment, ozone machines, and hydroxyl generators.

From the initial inspection to the steps required to restore your fire-damaged property to its preloss condition, our SERVPRO of Oxnard fire restoration technicians can help. Our crew is ready to arrive when the wildfires subside. (805) 984-2347.

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Could You be Making a Mistake in Ignoring the Obvious Signs of Water Damage in Your Oxnard Home?

11/11/2018 (Permalink)

If water damage from a leak has destroyed an area of your home, contact SERVPRO technicians to investigate the cause and mitigate the damage.

How SERVPRO's Restoration Process Makes Short Work of Water Damage in Oxnard

Developed through decades of helping millions of people nationwide recover from the effects of water damage in places like Oxnard, the SERVPRO water damage mitigation and restoration process has become renowned for its excellent ability to provide some of the fastest turnaround times and most effective results in the industry. Our multifaceted approach to every case we receive allows us to remain adaptive while still adhering to a reliable standard that keeps our crews on their toes and our restoration practices modern. Here are a few ways that our damage mitigation and restoration process can help you overcome the disaster.

Rapid Responses and Drying
Thanks to our extensive staffing and cache of resources, we can respond to water damage calls in Oxnard within only a couple hours of your first contact, even in the middle of the night or during inclement weather. By arriving at the scene quickly, we prevent much of the most expensive damage from happening and can immediately set to work drying the place out. With the help of this strategy, SERVPRO has one of the most effective drying processes in the industry.

Varied and Effective Approaches
We take care not to slip into a rigid routine when handling water damage, as this could leave us under-prepared to handle any complications that can arise in the process. Our crews keep their eyes, ears, and noses open for additional issues while they work, often uncovering problems like mold damage or additional water leaks that may have existed for long before the original reason for our work. We take care of these issues as we find them and only leave your home once it is in the best shape it has ever been in.

Continuing Support
If an issue arises after we leave the property, a quick phone call can have our crews returning to issue a rapid fix. However, return visits are rare, and you can expect our work to completely take care of the issue without seeing us again.
SERVPRO of Oxnard can help reverse the effects of any water damage that might hit your home. Call us 24/7 at (805) 984-2347.

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Oxnard Area Wood Flooring Escapes Water Damage with a Swift SERVPRO Service

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Attention Oxnard Homeowners! Prevent Water Damage to Your Floors by Calling SERVPRO Promptly

Preserving Your Flooring with Water Removal in Your Oxnard Home

Certain disasters and unforeseen incidents pose a substantial risk to construction materials and surfaces throughout your Oxnard residence. Your flooring is often one of these highly affected areas, regardless of the disaster to your property. With significant water loss incidents, however, saturation of your flooring materials can begin to happen almost immediately, posing a risk to preserving these materials if the situation does not get addressed promptly.

A primary reason that our SERVPRO technicians remain available 24/7 through our emergency response team is to be there for threats to your Oxnard home, such as a need for water removal, whenever they might occur. Water loss incidents can leave pooling throughout the affected areas of your residence, which seeps into the flooring materials right away. With a fast response to the situation, in most cases, these materials can get salvaged and returned to their original condition.

Wood flooring is especially susceptible to pooling water, as even hardwoods are porous enough to absorb the moisture and allow it to contort and bloat the material. After only a brief period from several hours to days, the composition of these wood planks can become compromised, leaving our SERVPRO technicians no choice but to suggest their removal and replacement with new materials.

With a fast call from you about the water loss situation in your home, our technicians can arrive quickly to begin extraction and drying efforts. The quicker that we can put our equipment and expertise to work in your home, the better the odds of preserving the original materials used in the construction of your residence. For wood flooring, our technicians often focus on the use of drying mats, air movers, and dehumidification equipment to draw the water back out of the pores of the wood for extraction. Hidden water in the joints of tongue and groove planks and the underlying supporting joists are often ignored resulting in further damage and possible mold growth.

When you need water removal services for your home, time is not on your side. Water damage spreads quickly and can cause irreparable effects to the materials and contents of your property if not addressed immediately. Whenever disaster strikes your home, you should remain assured that our SERVPRO of Oxnard restoration technicians are going to be there to help. Give our emergency response team a call anytime at (805) 984-2347.

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How We Help Your Oxnard Business Recover From A Water Damage Disaster

10/20/2018 (Permalink)

Whenever you get posed with a water loss incident severe enough to require extraction, you do not have the time to waste.

The Need For Immediate Water Removal In Your Oxnard Office

With so many important documents and sensitive material for your clients in your Oxnard office building, a disaster can threaten not only the ability to your job every day but the information for the clients that you serve as well. Whenever you get posed with a water loss incident severe enough to require extraction, you do not have the time to waste. You should already be on the phone with dedicated and fast-responding professionals like our technicians.

One of the critical things to remember about water removal services for your Oxnard office is that the effectiveness of this process gets linked directly with the efficiency of mitigation and extraction efforts. Whenever you experience a situation like this in your building, calling professional restorers like our SERVPRO emergency response team can help to preserve both the building and the contents that you have inside.

From the moment that our specialists arrive at your building, we focus first on making sure that whatever situation caused the water damage has gotten resolved. Without doing this, our team runs the risk of continued damages while we work to restore the property. Once this has gotten confirmed, we can work on mitigation such as removal of the at-risk items throughout your building such as sensitive documents, electronics, and furniture.

Following this pack-out procedure, our SERVPRO technicians can begin work on the extraction of the excess water in the affected areas. This process typically takes place with the use of portable pumps and wet-vacs, though carpeted areas are often more effectively treated with weighted extraction equipment. Once the excess gets removed, we can focus on drying out the moisture and dampness saturating materials and spaces throughout the office to make it “Like it never even happened.”

There are considerations that you have to make when it comes to securing the information of your clients and preventing catastrophic damages to your facility. You can trust in the fast response and advanced techniques of our SERVPRO of Oxnard to restore the contents of the building and to remove the damage the water has caused. Give us a call anytime you need us at (805) 984-2347.

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Expose Hidden Mold in Your Oxnard Home

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Hidden moisture creates a breeding ground for mold. SERVPRO can locate the source of the moisture and remove the mold.

Understanding the Organism: Mold Growth in Your Oxnard Home

While there might be several situations that can give an Oxnard homeowner pause, incidents that require immediate attention to resolve and repair are among the top of this list. While many disasters strike without warning, some can develop more slowly and without your notice. Mold growth can be as damaging as any natural disaster if left unchecked and unresolved, which is why you should understand this organism better to appreciate the risks involved with its growth.

Many Oxnard homeowners can tell you that mold has allowed for some steep medical breakthroughs throughout the past century or more, and in that same breath, consider that mold growing in their home to be among this same beneficial variety. You should know that no type of residential mold has a benefit, and much to the contrary can lead to potential health effects for those exposed to an active colony or its spores.

The trouble is, many homeowners might not know when a mold colony has formed if they are not regularly inspecting low-traffic areas of their house that could be susceptible to moisture and dampness. Our SERVPRO technicians have encountered many mold growth situations in which the colony had gotten out of control and spread into higher trafficked areas of the house before occupants inside knew it was there.

There are some things that you can look out for to help you head off a situation before it becomes costlier for our SERVPRO technicians to restore. The first is to pay attention to strange odors that you might encounter throughout your house. Mold colonies of any variety emit a pungent, musty odor. Even if you cannot see a colony, this odor can indicate one exists out of sight. Another symptom you can watch for is spotting. This symptom is the earliest stages of mold colonization, and it gets most easily discerned on affected drywall surfaces.

You might also notice those in your house contending with more respiratory concerns all at once, and this too could indicate the presence of a mold colony. The more you understand about the organism, the more you can appreciate the need for immediate removal. Give our SERVPRO of Oxnard remediation specialists a call whenever you think you could have a mold issue. We are available 24/7 at (805) 984-2347.

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SERVPRO's Ultimate Guide To Fire Damage Restoration In Your Oxnard Home

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damages can appear in various ways throughout your Oxnard residence.

The Right Professional Restoration After A Fire In Your Oxnard Home

As a homeowner, you have likely encountered situations in the upkeep of your Oxnard residence that required professional experience. A great example of this might be a leaking pipe or faulty appliance that allowed for some water concerns throughout specific areas of your home. The same could get said about more widespread and substantial damaging situations like a fire.

Fire damages can appear in various ways throughout your Oxnard residence. While you might prioritize certain aspects of the work that needs to be done to bring your house back to the way it used to be, homeowners do not have the appropriate equipment or expertise to handle this situation on their own. More to the point, our SERVPRO technicians can respond quickly and have the industry-leading equipment to overcome any obstacle between your currently damaged home and its future completed restoration work.

From the moment that our highly trained technicians arrive at your house, we begin with a thorough assessment of the damage that has occurred from the incident. This assessment is often a requirement of the insurance provider for your house, cataloging the damage and estimating the overall cost to restore this damage back to preloss conditions. Our experts work directly with the insurance adjuster to help expedite the claims process and get the restoration process started as promptly as possible.

One of the benefits to choosing professional restoration through our SERVPRO team is that we have your interest at heart. From the first assessment of the damage to the completion of the restoration project, we're not satisfied with our work unless you are as well. This communication and relationship with our clients help us to not only build our reputation throughout the area but showcase our resolve to offer the best service.

When a fire impacts your home, restoring the damage is never something that you have to deal with on your own. Our SERVPRO of Oxnard professional restoration technicians is available 24/7 to respond quickly to any emergency that you might have and work quickly to mitigate the situation to help preserve the things that matter most to you. Give SERVPRO a call anytime that you need us at (805) 984-2347.

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What Other Restoration Companies are NOT Telling You About Water Removal in Oxnard

9/23/2018 (Permalink)

If your washing machine develops a small or a large leak, contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

Partnering with Homeowners via Water Removal Services to Mitigate Damaged Homes in Oxnard

Residents in Oxnard and surrounding areas can use September to teach their families basic preparedness skills. During National Preparedness Month, the Red Cross is helping everyone learn the basics of protecting their homes and other property. These practices can help decrease the amount of damage sustained during an emergency.
 
Many disasters require the quickest possible water removal in Oxnard of unwanted and invasive water and moisture from houses before severe damage sets in and begins destroying materials and belongings. Before SERVPRO technicians arrive, we encourage homeowners to turn off water mains if they can safely accomplish this. Always keep electrical wiring and its proximity when doing this. You should also keep other hazards in mind, such as broken glass or splintered wood, especially in a flooded house. Turbulence can stir up water so much, seeing the bottom and any dangers within the water can become almost impossible.
 
Even if a broken line to your washing machine comes loose and the water is clean, your ability to see through it may be short-lived. Mixing with detergent or other items in your property often makes such clear previously water opaque. Keeping detergents up on shelves, above the laundry facilities, places it out of reach of children, pets, and washing machine mishaps. SERVPRO employees working on your home use highly effective water removal techniques to extract this water so we can begin drying everything out.
 
A crucial part of our water removal work involves testing for water vapor amounts in the air. We also use instruments to determine the amount of moisture held by different materials. While flooding from most sources means water stays on the floor, evaporation can cause items higher up, far away from where you walk, to absorb moisture and become breeding grounds for microbes. Complete water removal services include eliminating excess moisture from wherever it went inside your property.
 
Homeowners who decrease the amount of water that spills into their house from a broken or loosened pipe by turning its valve or the water main off do a significant favor for their property. Decreasing the number of gallons invading your home means our work comes to a satisfactory conclusion all that much faster.
 
SERVPRO of Oxnard's IICRC-certified technicians arrive at your home ready to make everything “Like it never even happened” as soon as possible after you call our 24-hour service line, (805) 984-2347. We immediately start restoring your home using effective water removal methods that quickly stops current damage.

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Prepare for Commercial Water Damage in Oxnard with The SERVPRO ERP Program

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Provides the ERP Program for Our Local Commercial Partners in Oxnard

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

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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Why We Advise Professional Mold Remediation for Oxnard Residents

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Use SERVPRO for Mold Cleanup and Remediation in Your Oxnard Home

SERVPRO's Experience and Understanding to Mitigate Mold Damage, "Like it never even happened"

When mold growth causes concerns for the citizens of Oxnard, we want to offer fast, discrete, and effective abatement. Mold problems are generally associated with a source of excess moisture, so providing a reliable strategy to manage microbial outbreaks fits perfectly with our mission of assisting our community with water emergencies. Let us evaluate any mold issues you have to create a remediation plan that gives you a successful outcome.

Many over the counter remedies line the shelves of Oxnard hardware, grocery, and home improvement stores, but mold damage presents a unique set of cleanup challenges. It is not just a surface contaminant, but groups of living organisms that can grow into porous materials and travel from space to space on air currents as the colonies expand. Conventional cleaning techniques often introduce more moisture that makes the problem worse. Our technicians are well-trained in the life cycle and habits of mold and have reliable, research-based procedures to mitigate an outbreak.

Mold needs only water, oxygen, and an organic source of nourishment to grow. Any bits of organic material like skin cells and soap on a bathroom tile, or tiny amounts of grease or food debris in the kitchen, support growth even on non-permeable surfaces. A microbial infestation, however, does not necessarily signal poor housekeeping. The cellulose-based building materials that make up our homes are the perfect place for mold to develop and colonize if damp.  Most strains of mold thrive under normal interior temperatures, and spores are found everywhere inside and out. SERVPRO mold remediators quickly locate the moldy areas in your dwelling and get to work fast to rid your home of active growth.

SERVPRO contains and removes mold damage, and then gets rid of residues that cause recurrence following EPA protocols. Our containment procedures keep the rest of your home free from debris during remediation. We use physical barriers and often seal off the cleanup area with negative pressure air scrubbing equipment. Remediators wear personal protective equipment for safety and to be sure we do not spread particles of active molds throughout your home. We remove mold mechanically, including using soda blasting that dislodges colonies growing into raw wood surfaces. As a final safeguard, we apply EPA registered disinfectants to limit additional mold growth.

All of these steps take professionals holding advanced training certifications to accomplish correctly. SERVPRO of Oxnard has the qualified technicians and equipment to remediate a mold problem in your home. Call (805) 984-2347 to set up an assessment.

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Ignoring a Leaking Washer Can Cause Water Damage in Your Oxnard Home

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Oxnard Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Fast Water Removal to Reduce Damage

SERVPRO Provides Rapid Water Removal and Drying to Mitigate Damages Caused by Leaks

When your washer springs a small leak with every cycle, you may be tempted to put a towel down while you wash clothes due to financial concerns, but this can cause water damage to your floor underneath. While the leak is relatively small, and a towel does absorb the water, it does not remove the issue of exposure. The towel gets soaked, and because of this, it does nothing to solve the problem at hand. After all, water is still in contact with the ground. Over time, and especially when you have days of washing load after load, this can cause water damage to the wooden floor underneath.
 
When the wooden floors inside of your Oxnard home are exposed to water damage, they can lift from the base underneath and warp. Water causes the wood to expand and, because the boards are snugly installed, the moisture causes it to lose its rigidly straight shape and curl upwards. To prevent cupping like this, which can result in new boards needing to be installed, it is wise to fix equipment when it breaks and to call for remediation services as soon as possible.
 
When SERVPRO receives your call, we aim to arrive at your home swiftly with the right equipment to handle the job. Our estimator can walk you through the damage and explain what we can do to help you. They serve as a bridge between our team of technicians and you, able to answer any questions and relay information.
 
Our SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians can use tools such as air movers, axial fans, and desiccant dehumidifiers to address the water damage inside of your home. All three of these tools help reduce moisture and improve airflow in the afflicted area, creating an environment that is ideal for evaporation. Once the area seems like it has been sufficiently remediated, SERVPRO can check the moisture levels and make sure that they are within the recommended range since we took baseline measurements of dry areas of your structure previously.

If a faulty appliance causes water damage inside of your home, do not delay in calling for help. Phone SERVPRO of Oxnard by dialing (805) 984-2347. Day or night, we are available and ready to take on the job.

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We stop thieves taking rich pickings from wildfire-devastated communities

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

"There’s nothing more traumatic than fleeing a wildfire and knowing it’s going to devour your precious home. All your lifelong memories are about to be burned to the ground thanks to Mother Nature.

That’s the harsh reality hundreds of Californians are facing after America’s worst wildfire season ever recorded. The historic 2017 blazes torched hundreds of thousands of acres, and destroyed more than a thousand properties, many of which were family homes.

And there’s one more potential kick in the teeth for these devastated families. Fire-gutted communities are ripe picking grounds for heartless criminals focused on cashing in on other people’s misfortunes. 

“Criminals have been known to walk through burned out neighborhoods on the hunt for loose safes and other valuable items that survive fires. They steal the items, crack the safes, and sell things on – and there’s nothing the families can do about it,” said Jono Millin, co-founder of drone mapping software start-up DroneDeploy."

Read more at We stop thieves taking rich pickings from wildfire-devastated communities

How to Shut Off Utilities in an Emergency

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Know how to react in an emergency by shutting off utilities quickly.

With storm season upon us, it’s important for homeowners to be prepared. In case of a disaster of any type, it may be necessary to learn how to shut off utilities to avoid further damage to your family or your home.

How to Shut Off Natural Gas

It’s wise to be familiar with the look and sound of your gas meter under everyday conditions, as this will help to determine what is unusual. Ensure that you also know where the shut-off valve is located. Because of different homes and different gas meter configurations, shut-off procedures vary. However, it is likely that you’ll need an adjustable pipe or crescent wrench to perform the task."

How to Shut Off Utilities in an Emergency

All those green hillsides could mean more Southern California fires later this season

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Photo: Anthony Plascencia/VC Star

"Grass-covered hills might look good now, but authorities say that could mean a busy fall and summer for firefighters.

Over the past several weeks, brush has gotten damper, greener and less likely to burn. Stands of tall, green grass have blanketed Ventura County and much of the state.

That’s good news. But there’s a downside: Like last year, there could be a significant amount of grass-fire activity, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

“Grass is the main ignition source,” said county fire Capt. Ken VanWig. “It’s like the kindling in the fireplace.”

As the fine grass dries out, it becomes a bed of fuel that makes it easy for fires to start and to spread quickly."

Read more at All those green hillsides could mean more Southern California fires later this season

How to remove mold and mildew from anything and everything

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

"Mold and mildew thrive in moist conditions. That means musty-smelling growth can be found just as easily on damp clothing as it can on carpets and upholstered furniture. (Ew!)

To help avoid this situation, TODAY Home asked some cleaning pros the best way to manage mold.

Here's how to remove mold and mildew from ...

...WHITE-COTTON CLOTHING

Olivia Joyce, cleaning pro with Move Out Mates, has two effective ways to deal with mold, depending on the fabric involved.

Bleach is the most effective way to remove mold and mildew from clothing made out of white cotton, Joyce says. Apply a solution of one part bleach to three parts water to the stain and allow the solution to sit for a few minutes, then launder as usual."

Read more at How to remove mold and mildew from anything and everything

Evacuations issued as largest storm of season heads toward Ventura County, Thomas Fire area

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

"Authorities issued evacuations for communities throughout the Thomas Fire burn scar as what could be the biggest storm of the season heads toward Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

The storm is expected to reach Ventura County on Tuesday afternoon or evening.

The forecast calls for heavy rain Wednesday and Thursday. The worst of the it seemed headed toward Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, where the recent Thomas Fireburned 440 square miles.

The blaze left miles of scorched and bare hillsides vulnerable to debris flows and flooding.

“These are the areas we know already are very vulnerable during intense precipitation,” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA. “But this also, unfortunately, happens to be the region that looks like it will be hardest hit by this storm.”"

Read more at Evacuations issued as largest storm of season heads toward Ventura County, Thomas Fire area

Big rain coming! Check out these tips from VCFD.

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

TIPS: READY FOR RAIN

In anticipation of the forecasted rainy weather, Ventura County public safety agencies are encouraging people to prepare. 

Residents living in, and around Thomas Fire burn areas or near flood-prone areas, need to prepare for this storm as well as the rest of the rainy season. Plan ahead by signing up to receive mobile emergency text alerts at www.VCAlert.org and taking the following additional steps: 

TAKE ACTION:

  • Sign-up to receive “VC Alert” mobile messages by contacting VC Alert Hotline at (805) 648-9283 or visiting www.vcalert.org. Subscribers will receive emergency notifications such as evacuation notices specific to their neighborhood.
  • Make a supply kit for your home and car - flashlight, water, food, personal medical supplies, filled prescriptions and a charged smartphone with internet access in case local roads are temporarily closed.
  • Download a “Ready, Set, Go!” flood preparation plan and follow its guidance. For information inEspañol, click here.

Read more at Tips: Ready for Rain

Storms coming, watch for flooding and mudslides!

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

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Cold, potentially wet weather headed toward the Central Coast Monday night has the potential to cause problems in areas burned by the Thomas Fire.

In Ventura County, showers are forecast to arrive around 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. Tuesday, said Kathy Hoxsie, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

"It isn't a big rainmaker," she said of the system.

But the slight chance of thunderstorms now predicted has raised concerns. Whenever there are thunderstorms, she said, there is the possibility of concentrated rain in a short time period.

If that happens over the wrong location — such as the Thomas Fire burn scar — that could cause problems, Hoxsie said.

Intense rain over the Thomas Fire burn area led to deadly flooding and mudslides in Montecito on Jan 9. Twenty-one people died and two others are presumed dead."

Read more at Thunderstorms possible Monday night as chilly air heads toward Ventura County

With storms coming, pre-evac advisory issued.

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

"Santa Barbara County has issued a pre-evacuation advisory for the Sherpa, Whittier, Thomas and Alamo Fire burn areas.

The warning is due to an approaching winter storm.

The National Weather Service is forecasting  the arrival of a storm Monday, Feb. 26,  in the late afternoon that is expected to continue into Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Rainfall amounts of less than 0.33 inches are forecasted.

The predications show a possibility of isolated rain totals in some areas of between 0.50 and 1 inch in area during thunderstorms.

The amounts are capable of producing minor debris flows and flooding below the Sherpa, Whittier, Thomas and Alamo Fire burn areas. 

County emergency officials and the National Weather Service are monitoring the situation and will alert the public."

Read more at Pre-Evacuation Advisory issued in Santa Barbara County burn area

Make your first impression, your best impression

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

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The old saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression,” is especially true in the case of disasters.

In the restoration and mitigation world, we deal with people under unusual stress. Their homes and businesses have been damaged or destroyed, and their lives have been disrupted in an unexpected way. We work in these environments every day, and we become accustomed to viewing things in a very clinical or detached way.

We need to remember, even though this may be the tenth flooded home we’ve been in this week, it is the first time our client has had their home torn apart — first by water and then by a mitigation crew. There are many emotions that people experience when their homes, businesses and lives are interrupted suddenly. I believe we don’t give our clients enough credit for how valiantly most of them respond under the circumstances."

Read more at First Impressions

New Tools Bring Success to Mold Projects

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

As a professional who has been involved in the mold remediation industry ever since it emerged from the shadows of the more general concept of an indoor air quality problem, I find it fascinating to see how much the science and practice of fungal control continues to change. While many restoration and cleaning contractors have the mistaken idea that the “mold hysteria” has peaked, the reality is the industry is in a continuing development stage. Anyone who thinks there is nothing new in the mold field should sit in on one of the weekly teleconference discussions among the professionals who are working on the fourth edition of the IICRC’s S520 Standard for Professional Mold Remediation. The debate and discussion is just as vigorous and enlightening as it was when I served on the committee to produce the inaugural edition in 2001 and 2002.

Read more at New Tools Bring Success to Mold Projects

Survey Finds Close to 80% of Homeowners Overlook Costly Water Leak Exposure When Heading Out on Vacation

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

"WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J.– August 21, 2017 – A new survey from Chubb finds that while on vacation, just 19% of homeowners view internal water leak damage as the most concerning home threat, despite the fact that water leaks are a more frequent risk than fire and theft.

“The time between when a leak occurs and when it is discovered is the single greatest factor in determining the amount of damage,” said Fran O’Brien, Division President of Chubb North America Personal Risk Services. “As a result, leaks that occur while you’re away result in greater amounts of damage, in terms of both cost and severity.”

Instances of water damage have been rising dramatically. In the past 10 years, the frequency of sudden pipe bursts has nearly doubled. In 2015, water damage accounted for nearly half of all property damage, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Chubb’s new Homeowners’ Water Risk Survey measures homeowners’ attitudes toward home protection, the risks they’re most concerned about and what they are overlooking. The online survey of 1,200 homeowners finds that just 8% of homeowners correctly identify August as the month with the most water leak events, and when subsequently heading out on a late-summer vacation, just 22% shut off the water main (despite 88% knowing where it is located within their home)."

Read more at Survey Finds Close to 80% of Homeowners Overlook Costly Water Leak Exposure When Heading Out on Vacation

Water Damage Restoration Tips Hurricane Victims Often Miss

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, many homeowners are struggling to get up to speed on water damage restoration—the process it takes to repair a home that's endured a flood or other water-related problems.

Even at the minor level of a leaky roof or burst pipe, water damage can easily hit homeowners with bills amounting to several thousand dollars—and with a hurricane, that number can skyrocket. All told, estimates from AccuWeather put the damage from Irma at more than $100 billion, and Harvey at $190 billion, which makes summer 2017 the costliest weather disaster season in U.S. history.

 

The good news: Water damage restoration is typically covered by insurance—be it flood insurance or a basic homeowners policy. According to the Insurance Information Institute, water damage makes up about 20% of all insurance claims in the U.S.

Read more at Water Damage Restoration Tips Hurricane Victims Often Miss

 

How to Detect and Fix Leaking Pipes Under a Slab Foundation

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

When you have pipes that run under concrete slab foundation, you need to know how to identify leaking pipes and potential hot spots in a timely fashion. Identifying slab leaks quickly allows them to be repaired before any lasting damage can be done to the structure.

Detecting Water Leaks Under Slabs Foundation

There are quite a few ways to detect leaking pipes that occur under slab foundation. The most common include:

  • Higher than normal water bills
  • High meter readings
  • Hot spots in the concrete (normally from hot water leaks)
  • Hearing water flowing but the faucets are turned off
  • Moisture and areas of mildew under carpet and linoleum
  • Cracks that start small and begin to rapidly spread outward

If you know your home, you’ll be able to detect subtle differences in the concrete slabs rather easily. Don’t discount the changes that you see. Instead, call a professional and have the area carefully examined.

Read more at How to Detect and Fix Leaking Pipes Under a Slab Foundation

What causes mold in a house?

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

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What causes mold in a house? Well, there are several factors that contribute to the development of mold. Mold is usually a result of the right combination of factors, not one single thing. Understanding the causes of mold is important when attempting to prevent and eliminate household mold.

If you fail to eliminate the causes of mold, mold will simply return as soon as you clean it up. In addition to telling you about things that may cause mold in your house, we’ll tell you how to prevent mold caused by those things.

MOLD SPORES FROM OUTDOORS

It’s important to understand that mold has to come from somewhere. There are hundreds of different types of mold in the environment and when mold spores drift indoors through an open window or door, or when people carry mold spores indoors on their shoes, clothing or other items, those spores then settle on household surfaces. Leaky roofs or flood waters can also bring mold spores indoors. If the mold spores settle on damp surfaces, mold usually begins to grow there."

Read more at What causes mold in a house?

Drone technology transforming storm damage assessment

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

"ARGYLE, TEXAS - Despite a stretch of sunny weather, insurance companies are still in the field working to survey damage several severe storms left behind in North Texas. 

"We've been through experiences like that, but this was probably the worst," said Scott Kennedy, a homeowner in Argyle.

Kennedy and his family rode out the storm just fine -- that's the good news -- but his Argyle roof took a beating during last month’s storms. It may not look like much, but even minor roof damage can be expensive.

"And then we started to hear tornado sirens and so then we all huddled into the middle of the house and we could hear hail starting to hit the roof,” Kennedy said. “You just could tell that there was a lot going on outside.”

Read more at Drone technology transforming storm damage assessment

The Triple Threat: Fire, Hoarding & Biohazard Cleanup

6/23/2017 (Permalink)

On a warm, sunny day back in June, I had the opportunity to check out some job sites with SunGlo Services Operations Manager Bob Graham. SunGlo is a large restoration company based in the Metro Detroit area. Bob and I had five or six stops to make across a rather large area of Southeastern Michigan as he checked in on the progress of some jobs, and some new work just coming in.

For me, this ride-along was an opportunity to see restorers and jobs in action – and not just try to learn about the work from behind a desk, or through reading articles. I can safely say it was a very eye-opening experience. One particular stop stands out.

Early Warning Signs

Late in the morning, we arrived at a home that had experienced a house fire overnight. The homeowner was there seeming to assess the scene, and someone from CRDN had also just pulled up to take a look at what soft contents in the home might be salvageable. The problem was… we couldn’t get into the home. The house had been boarded up and the fire marshal had put a lock on the door. I’m sure you’ve all been to scenes like this where the fire marshal is still investigating and hasn’t cleared it for restoration or cleanup yet.

Read more at The Triple Threat: Fire, Hoarding & Biohazard Cleanup

Planning For And Preventing Water Intrusion In Buildings

6/23/2017 (Permalink)

Excess moisture in the built environment not only causes physical damage deleterious to buildings, it can also lead to adverse health effects and compromised indoor air quality (IAQ). These conditions will likely lead to fungal growth if not dealt with immediately and properly. Whether the cause of water intrusion is a catastrophic event, such as a building flood, or an ongoing maintenance or construction issue, a proper and timely response can save time and money.

Moisture sources that can impact buildings can be divided into two broad categories, internal and external. Internal sources of moisture include building-related systems such as plumbing and mechanical systems. External sources of moisture intrusion typically involve water or moisture entering the built environment through the building envelope such as penetrations through the roof, expansion joints, sub-slab, windows, doors, etc. Some sources of water intrusion may be attributed to construction or material defects and could have legal implications.

Read more at: Planning For And Preventing Water Intrusion In Buildings

Why written guidelines and procedures can protect your plumbing business

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

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I grew up in my family’s plumbing, heating, and cooling company, and among my earliest memories are those of my dad getting calls in the middle of the night from people with heating emergencies — a homeowner whose furnace had quit or a bakery where they needed the steam from the boilers for their baking. When this happened, rather than leave me at the house, he’d take me with him.

I remember it being fun to go on those calls. The bakers liked me and would feed me bagels, cookies, and cake while my dad toiled to get their boilers up and running. Not so much fun for my dad, though, who had worked hard all day and was now working late into the night!"

Read more at Why you need to have written policies and procedures

Certified? Wide range of services? Available 24/7? Reputable? That'a SERVPRO to a T!

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

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Spring is prime time for flood disasters in Michigan. Weather-related calamities can wreak havoc on your home. It pays to be prepared! Choosing a water mitigation company before you have a flood emergency will save you lots of time, a huge headache, and big $$$.

Before you decide which company to trust with restoring your home from a flood, make sure you know the answer to these 4 important questions:

  1. Are they certified? Certification through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (the IICRC) is a sure sign that this company has the most up-to-date training, equipment and expertise to handle all mitigation scenarios. Nothing is worse than paying an amateur to do a low-quality job and ending up with additional problems down the road."

Read more at What to Know About Choosing a Flood Restoration Company

Best Home Dehumidifier To Prevent Mold

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

"Readers often ask us which is the best home dehumidifier to prevent toxic mold and we’d like to help you choose the right dehumidifier for your needs. Since different homeowners sometimes have different needs, it’s hard to point to just one dehumidifier that is right for everyone. Instead, we’ll provide a dehumidifier comparison guide to help you choose the correct home dehumidifier for you.

Dehumidifier Comparison Guide

When comparing dehumidifiers, you need to look at a number of factors, including size (which refers to how much moisture they can remove from the air in one day, measuring in pints), cost, and various features they may or may not have, such as an automatic shut off in case you forget to empty the water bucket (all that moisture they pull from the air has to go somewhere) or whether they can be set up to drain continuously so you don’t have to worry about emptying a water bucket at all."

Read more at Best Home Dehumidifier To Prevent Mold

The Future of Restoration

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

"The industry has come a long, long way.


 


There are several versions of the story, all with different takes on where the industry began, when it began and what drove us as an industry to where we are today.


 


They all share the same theme, however — our industry is rapidly maturing, and the pace of change isn’t slowing down any time soon.


 


Personally, I sit at an interesting vantage point with a pretty good view — of both the past and the future of our practice.


 


As a trainer, an employee of the largest producer in our market and a two-term (10 year) volunteer with the IICRC S500 consensus body, I frequently work and interact with every facet of our business. In other words, I’ve heard many, many versions of both our past and our anticipated future."


 


Read more at http://www.cleanfax.com/restoration/the-future-of-restoration/

Oxnard fire fends off cancer with nanotechnology

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

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"Dirty gear used to be a badge of honor for firefighters, but as cancer rates among responders rises, cleanliness has become the highest priority.

 

The Oxnard Fire Department — like other Ventura County agencies — has adopted that mindset and received delivery this month of new hoods that keep out microscopic carcinogens from absorbing into firefighters' skin.

 

Last summer when Alex Hamilton became an Oxnard Fire Department battalion chief, he delved into the science and learned that while breathing in these cancer-causing particles is dangerous, it's actually worse when they are absorbed into the skin.

 

According to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the levels of these particles were higher on the neck, throat and jaw line. In addition, the higher the temperature the more permeable the skin is."

 

Read more at Oxnard fire fends off cancer with nanotechnology

Dehumidification Versus Heat in Construction Drying Applications

4/5/2017 (Permalink)

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This is a great read for any general contractors looking to decrease drying time of materials, provide heat, and stay within the guidlines for their Leed buildings during construction. We can help you develope a cost effective Moisure control plan!

The effects of moisture inside a building under construction can become a serious problem for contractors as well as a danger to future occupants. Many of the materials used today to construct buildings absorb moisture. As a result, building materials such as wallboard, fireproofing, millwork and concrete can experience a number of problems.

Unless this moisture is reduced to acceptable tolerances, a contractor may be confronted with a variety of problems. They may be as small as construction schedule delays resulting from slow dry times of building materials or as large as flooring failures resulting from elevated moisture content in a concrete slab. In addition to the fact that most flooring materials respond poorly to elevated moisture levels, water-based adhesives used to attach flooring product to the slab are sensitive and will not cure unless moisture content in the concrete is very low."

Read more at Dehumidification Versus Heat in Construction Drying Applications

Remodeling 101: How to Choose a Home Fire Extinguisher

3/28/2017 (Permalink)

"Every home needs at least one fire extinguisher that’s kept readily at hand. And yet many homeowners either (A.) know they don’t have a fire extinguisher and don’t think it’s a problem (I’m embarrassed to admit I was in this category until I started researching this post), or (B.) own a fire extinguisher (or several) but have no idea how to operate it or even if it would still work in case of a fire. Here’s what you should know about fire extinguishers to help keep your home and family safe.

1. Do I really need a fire extinguisher in my home?

You do; every home should have at least one portable fire extinguisher installed in an easily accessible spot. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has determined that almost half the fires in the home occur in the kitchen, so that’s a good place to start."

 

Read more at: Remodeling 101: How to Choose a Home Fire Extinguisher

How to Find and Eliminate Mold

3/10/2017 (Permalink)

MOLD thrives in damp places. Often, health experts say, ideal breeding grounds are the insides of walls and ceilings exposed to a recurrent source of moisture from a roof or plumbing leak.


So how do you know if you have mold in your house, and what do you do if you do? "Not all mold is the same, and different people respond to mold differently," said Dr. Eckhardt Johanning, an occupational and environmental physician with offices in Albany and Manhattan.


Dr. Johanning said that while some people may have no reaction to mold spores inside a home, those who are sensitive to mold can have allergic reactions ranging from mild to life-threatening. "People with asthma, allergies, lung problems and immune-system dysfunction are usually more inclined to experience problems when they're exposed to mold," he said."


 


Read more at: How to Find and Eliminate Mold

Storm-lashed roads, dams could cost $1B to fix

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

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FRESNO - The bill to repair California's crumbling roads, dams and other critical infrastructure hammered by an onslaught of storms this winter could top $1 billion, including nearly $600 million alone for damaged roadways that more than doubles what the state budgeted for road repair emergencies, officials said Friday.


Adding to the problems, many communities have drained their emergency budgets and are looking to the state and federal government for help. But on top of the latest damage, the nation's most populated state is struggling with a $6 billion annual backlog of repairs for roads, highways and bridges that leaders can't agree on a way to fund.


 


Winter storms have dumped enough rain and snow on the northern part of the state to end a five-year drought. But with the wet weather, comes a host of problems for crumbling infrastructure"


Storm-lashed roads, dams could cost $1B to fix

Restoring your Oxnard Commercial Property

2/13/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges 

Flooding and water damage events at Oxnard commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.


Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges


Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.


About SERVPRO of Oxnard


SERVPRO of Oxnard specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.


Meet our crew

Green home emerges after fire

2/13/2017 (Permalink)

David Lauer photo

"A natural disaster cleared a property in the Colorado mountains, giving an architect and her family a blank slate. Instead of going the traditional route, they took the opportunity to build their green dream home.


Colorado architect Renée del Gaudio and her family were camping when they heard the news. One of the most destructive wildfires in the state’s history was ripping through their property in Boulder. Del Gaudio and her husband, Ross Wehner, had purchased the land just two years earlier, in 2008, with the hope of someday relocating there from Denver with their two small children. In the meantime, they’d leased a tiny cabin on the property to a college student—who was able to escape the blaze—but the structure was destroyed."


Read more and see the photos at: Green home emerges after fire

Got Mold?

2/13/2017 (Permalink)

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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 home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 805-484-5009

8 Essentials: Smoke alarms with smart designs

2/13/2017 (Permalink)

The Kupu photoelectric smoke alarm

"On the market recently: a slew of design-worthy and unobtrusive smoke alarms, from the popular Nest to new crowd-funded designs. Here are our favorite attractive (and high-tech) options.

Kupu Photoelectric Smoke Alarm by Finnish designer Harri Koskinen for Jalo Helsinki

Perhaps the most well-known smoke detector to come on the market recently is the Nest Protect,

The Kidde Silhouette Low-Profile Smoke Alarm protrudes a mere half inch from the ceiling once installed

The Gira Dual Q Smoke Alarm 

the battery-operated Chick-a-Dee Smoke Alarm by Dutch designer Louise van der Veld

At 1.5 inches across (the size of a golf ball), Cavius is “the world’s smallest” smoke alarm.

The nearly-identical Atom Smoke Alarm by First Alert

Currently in the preorder phase is San Francisco–based Birdi"

Check out the full article at 8 Essentials: Smoke alarms with smart designs

More rain coming for Oxnard

2/6/2017 (Permalink)

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Two separate storm systems will hit Ventura County on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

The first storm began overnight and is expected to last through Monday afternoon, said Carol Smith, a meteorologist with the weather service in Oxnard. The second storm will begin Monday evening and continue with scattered showers through Tuesday.

According to Smith, the first storm will bring half an inch to an inch of rainfall to coastal plains and valleys, and an inch to 1.5 inches to the mountains. Snow levels are expected to stay above 7,500 feet due to higher temperatures, she said.

The weather service estimates the second storm will bring about a quarter of an inch of rainfall by Wednesday morning, bringing a total of three-quarters of an inch to 1.75 inches over the next few days."

 

Read more at Two storms to hit Ventura County by Wednesday

Oxnard coping with weekend storm

1/23/2017 (Permalink)

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The third in a series of storms to hit the county caused flooding and road closures, stranded motorists and prompted a voluntary evacuation order for Camarillo Springs Sunday morning.

The rain, which tapered off by Sunday evening, was forecast to continue into Monday night with a chance of thunderstorms, according to Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

On Sunday morning, a total of 161 homes in Camarillo Spring's Divisions A, B, C and D were placed on a voluntary evacuation order by officials from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services, but it was lifted by 4:30 p.m.

While Sunday's non-stop heavy downpour left a couple motorists stranded, there was no significant debris or mudflow at the Camarillo Springs neighborhood, said Kevin McGowan, county Sheriff's OES manager."

 

10 Mold Prevention Tips for Your Home

1/17/2017 (Permalink)

"Fixing mold damage is an expensive and time-consuming home repair. But you can save time and money with these 10 tips to prevent mold.

Homeowners have good reason to shudder when hearing, “You’ve got mold!” Mold can wreck your health and your finances: An extensive mold remediation can reach five figures. 

Here are 10 ways to prevent, control, and combat mold in your home.

1. Eliminate Clutter

Cast a critical eye on household clutter, and pare down your stuff. Clutter blocks airflow and prevents your HVAC system from circulating air. Furniture and draperies that block supply grilles cause condensation. All this moisture creates microclimates in your home that welcome and feed mold growth.

So throw out things you don’t love or don’t use. Push furniture away from vents and grilles to keep air circulating. On humid, still days, run a couple of fans to keep air moving."

 

Read more at: 10 Mold Prevention Tips for Your Home

Christmas is a celebration of culture and faith and COOKIES!

12/21/2016 (Permalink)

Christmas is literally right around the corner.  It's time to gather with your family and celebrate the holidays and the upcoming new year.  And you know what the means right?  A FEAST.  Ham, turkey, eggnog, and of course, delicious sugary goodness.  Check out these awesome cookie recipes from our friends at Glitter Guide.

"The Christmas season is filled with parties, family visits and lots of sugar! Whether you’re heading to the neighborhood cookie exchange or want to bring a festive tray to the office, we’ve got you covered! Today, we’re sharing 20 Christmas cookie recipes, including some personal favorites of Team Glitter Guide, to have you ready for whenever you need to bring a sweet treat!"

Read more at 20 Recipes For Your Christmas Cookie Exchange Party

Prevent damage, save money, fix those leaky pipes yourself!

12/12/2016 (Permalink)

From a faucet that drips to a loose handle on the toilet, there can be numerous places to check for water drips that can save water and save you hundreds of dollars a year.

 

"Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so  remind people to chase down their household leaks. Of course you can race over to your plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems, fix the leaks, and save valuable water and money all year long.


You don't have to be extra handy around the house to take care of most leaks. Common types of leaks found in the home are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. These types of leaks are often easily correctable, requiring only a few tools and hardware that can pay for themselves in water savings.

So how do you check for leaks?"

Watch the video at Ben Franklin Plumbing shows us how to fix leaky pipes

3.4 million dehumidifiers recalled after causing $4.8 million in property damage

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

"Approximately 3.4 million dehumidifiers sold nationwide from 2003 through 2013 are being recalled after causing $4.8 million in property damage.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, China based manufacturer GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipmentissued the recall after 38 reports of smoke and fire causing the property damage.

The dehumidifiers were sold at Lowes and other stores nationwide between January 2003 through December 2014 for between $100 and $300. The recall involves 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 65, 70, and 75-pint dehumidifiers sold under multiple well-known brand names such as Kenmore, Frigidaire, GE, Edgestar, ComfortAire, Hyundai, Honeywell, and Nantucket.

Anyone with the dehumidifiers should immediately unplug it and contact the company for a replacement. The brand name, model number, pint capacity, and manufacture date are located on the back of the dehumidifier and can be checked by entering the model number at https://www.recallrtr.com/dehumidifier."

 

Read more at 3.4 million dehumidifiers recalled after causing $4.8 million in property damage

The Homeowners Best Weapon in the Fall

10/31/2016 (Permalink)

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Debris Blockage

If there's one key to the clog-free performance of the LeafGuard system, it may be the way its design leverages the principle of liquid adhesion. Here’s how it works: When rainfall cascades down the roof and reaches the curved hood of the gutter, it flows right around the lip and into the trough. Meanwhile, when debris comes into contact with the hood, it gets deflected to the ground. With leaves, twigs, and pine needles unable to enter, the gutter remains unobstructed at all times, ensuring the free flow of water all the way to the downspouts and away from your home. That's why you never need to clean LeafGuard gutters: They don't get dirty in the first place!"

 

Read more at: The Lazy Homeowner's Best Weapon in the Fall

The Essential Guide to Weather Stripping

10/24/2016 (Permalink)

The weather is finally starting to cool off and before you know it, it'll be too cool.  In the winter time, weather stripping is an essential part of keeping your house warm and your energy bills lows.

 

Gaps in doors, windows, and the wrong kind of weather stripping can make a chilly night even chillier. To help warm up those cold nights, here's some tips from our friends at This Old House

"Know Your Weatherstripping

 Sealing gaps around doors and windows can make your home feel warmer—and save you 10 to 15 percent on your energy bills. But with so many different types of weatherstripping lining shelves at the hardware store, choosing the right one for a particular job can feel like a guessing game. To help, we've broken down the most common options by material and profile so that you'll know just what to install to chase away the chill."

 

Read more at The Essential Guide to Weatherstripping

Here's Why Laminate Flooring is a Smart Choice

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

Last month we shared benefits of concrete flooring.  If you're not a fan of concrete flooring, maybe laminate flooring is for you.  Check out this article on the benefits of laminate flooring from Home Depot.

"In that fleeting moment of being carried over the threshold just two days after our wedding, I couldn’t have predicted that our once-cream carpeting would become a trampled shade of brown. In the last fourteen years, we’ve celebrated and welcomed our three children and a dog into this house, and all of the spills, sicknesses, and stains that come with them!

 

No matter how many times we’ve steam cleaned, shampooed, or spot treated our carpeting, the dust and dirt always made me feel like our home lacked a freshness I want, especially in our bedroom areas. We explored our options­: another round carpeting was off the table for me. We considered hardwood like our first floor, however, hardwood is not only costly but messy and laborious to install. We looked at engineered and laminate flooring, and I was so happy to find a lot of variety in the color, texture, and cost of options available. My mental image of laminate flooring was something akin to a plastic-looking, lightweight self-stick of my parent’s generation"

 

Read more at Here's Why Laminate Flooring is a Smart Choice

What's the best way to handle a water damage? AVOID the water damage!

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

"After spending over 10 hours pouring water, mopping it up, and changing wet socks to test the performance of seven DIY leak detectors, we've decided that the D-Link DCH-S160 Wi-Fi Water Sensor is the best smart water sensor currently available. It's one of the few options that doesn't need a smart-home hub, making it a more affordable solution than the competition because it can work with your existing Wi-Fi network. It can—like the rest of the units we tested—deliver alerts whenever water is present, but it also throws in a few perks that aren't available on any other smart water sensor at this price.

Who should get this

Water sensors are small devices that can alert you whenever water is present around the refrigerator, the washing machine, sinks, and toilets—even in the basement. If you've got a leaky basement or appliances of a certain age, a smart water sensor makes for a strategic addition to your home."

 

The best smart leak detector

Impossible cigarette smoke? SERVPRO can handle the impossible!

10/3/2016 (Permalink)

"For the news “junkies” among us, you know that the big news of Sept. 25, 2015, was that John Boehner was stepping down as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. What you might not know, and of interest to restoration professionals, was that his replacement, Congressman Paul Ryan, said when he moved into Boehner’s prestige office…it reeked.

 

Apparently the former Speaker was, as he described himself, an “unapologetic smoker,” and was frequently found smoking in his office and in other areas of the Congressional building. This did not sit well with Ryan who is well-known for being a fitness- and health-conscious congressman, so he decided one of his first acts as Speaker was to rid the office of smoke odors. "

Read more at First Order of Business: Smoke Odor Removal

After a loss, property isn't the only thing that needs help

9/26/2016 (Permalink)

"When a person, business, or family’s life is turned upside-down due to fire, smoke, or water damage, the first and only thing on their mind is getting their life back in order. Unlike other industries that directly market their goods and services even to those who may not need it, when a restoration company approaches a victim of a fire loss, their services are desired and needed.

Business operations and productivity can come to a near standstill with damage to an office. Families, likely already working countless hours to make ends meet and save for the future, need a place to enjoy their time together and unwind. Getting back to normal is the number one priority in all cases when it comes to fire damage - and the sooner the better."

Read more at: Victims of Fire, Water, and Smoke Damage Need Restoration Emergency Response

9 Creative Ways to Save Water

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

"Southern California received some rain this past El Nino season, but only some. The region is still mired in drought. As the nation follows the water crisis affecting Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties, it’s a reminder to all of us to curb our water consumption. There are several ways to save water without scrapping showers from your daily routine or risking constant dehydration.

1. Harvest shower water

Before you turn the shower on in the morning, place a bucket under the faucet. Catch cool water in the bucket while your shower water is heating up. Use water collected in the bucket to mop floors, clean your bike, or water plants in your apartment."

Read more at 9 Creative Ways to Save Water

Wicked wicking

9/13/2016 (Permalink)

"How often is a spot removed with cleaning only to reappear upon drying? Many cleaners would say it is their number one complaint. Others would also say that they do not have a guaranteed system to stop that same spot from reappearing again and again. This is called a “wicking spot.”

How wicking spots are different

Wicking spots are different in that the material in the spot has collected at the tips of the fibers. Other types of spots are likely to travel the entire depth of the yarn. This kind of spot is also different because the liquids have penetrated into the carpet backing or even to the substrate. Thus, wicking spots are more likely to have moisture readings prior to cleaning. This means one can discover them before cleaning.

Another thing to note is that they are more likely to occur on hydrophobic fibers such as polypropylene/olefin, triexta and polyester; however, it still happens on nylon."

Read more at: Wicked wicking

Solved! What to Do About a Leaky Roof

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Q: Help! I woke up after last night’s storm to find a discoloration on the kitchen ceiling and a puddle underneath. What do I do about this new leak?

A: There’s nothing quite like an indoor puddle to put a damper on your rise-and-shine routine, is there? The first thing to do is mitigate any moisture damage. That can get complicated, since a leaky roof doesn’t always appear as a puddle on the floor (or at least not immediately). Occasionally, the only sign of a leak is a subtle discolored patch on your ceiling or wall, caused by water pooling behind it. When you’re lucky enough to spot it early on, intervene as soon as possible using the following steps.

Read more at: Solved! What to Do About a Leaky Roof

The Hidden Costs of Home Ownership (Part 5): Appliances and Electronics

9/2/2016 (Permalink)

"Appliances and electronics have come a long way in terms of energy efficiency. But are yours a secret energy drain? Learn how to save energy (and money).

You’ve sealed drafts, checked your home’s insulation, inspected and repaired your HVAC equipment, andreplaced your lighting with  energy-efficient bulbs. Now what’s left to do? Just one thing: reduce your household electricity usage.

  1. Inspect appliances to estimate their energy efficiency. Energy.gov has a tool to help you get started.
  2. For household electronics, consider these tips to reduce costs and usage:
    a. Unplug electronics (coffee makers, toasters, etc.) when they aren’t in use since they can pull energy even when turned off.
    b. Utilize electronics only when needed. Install timers or smart plugs to automatically turn off devices you don’t need at certain times of day.
    c. Consider replacing old electronics with more energy-efficient models."

Read More at: The Hidden Costs of Home Ownership (Part 5): Appliances and Electronics

The Hidden Costs of Home Ownership (Part 4): Lighting

9/1/2016 (Permalink)

"Replacing your home’s lighting is a simple way to save money on your energy bills. Find out which bulbs are best.

With the major energy drains of your home taken care of (see Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of the series), you can move on to smaller projects. And while it may seem insignificant in the grand scheme of things, replacing your lighting is a simple way to save hundreds of dollars on your energy bills each year. Lighting is also the easiest (and quickest) way to increase your home’s energy efficiency.

The 3 best light bulbs to use

  • Halogen incandescent bulbs are a more energy-efficient choice than traditional incandescent bulbs. They’re also the most common type of bulbs. An “old” 60-watt incandescent BR30 costs about $8 a year to run (based on 3 hours of use per day)."

Read more at Light up your home, not your electric bill. Part 4, Hidden Costs of Home Ownership

The Hidden Costs of Home Ownership (Part 3): Heating and Cooling Units

8/31/2016 (Permalink)

"Your heating and cooling units are the heart of your home’s energy efficiency. Here’s how to make sure they’re working well (and saving you money).

The Hidden Costs of Home Ownership (Part 2): Insulation and Ventilation

8/30/2016 (Permalink)

"Insulation is key to ensuring your home is energy efficient. But without proper insulation, you could be losing a great deal of energy through your ceiling and attic. Find out if you are (and how to fix it).

Yesterday, we showed you how to check for drafts around your home. The next step in your energy audit is to evaluate your insulation and ventilation.

Insulation is key to ensuring your home is energy efficient. Without proper insulation, you could be losing a great deal of energy through your ceiling and attic, where the majority of air usually escapes.

  1. Check for rust on the ductwork of your heating and cooling units (inside the house and in the attic, wherever they may be). Shine a flashlight inside the ducts and if you notice any signs of rust, have the ducts cleaned.
  2. Examine the ducts for dirt and grime buildup to ensure the unit isn’t trying to strain or push out dirty air. If there are dirt streaks on the exterior of the duct work, that may be an indication of an air leak.
  3. Make sure the air filter return in the home is snug and fits. When replacing air filters, go for a pleated filter, which catches more dust and allergens and allows the unit to function properly."

Read more at: The Hidden Costs of Home Ownership (Part 2): Insulation and Ventilation

The Hidden Costs of Home Ownership (Part 1): Air Leaks and Drafts

8/26/2016 (Permalink)

Buying a home can be an exciting time. It can also be nerve-wracking and extremely time consuming: you have to find a home within your budget that’s the right size and layout, with curb appeal to boot.

Something you might overlook, however, is the home’s energy consumption — a source of hidden monthly costs that can add up to higher bills and less spending cash.

Performing an energy audit on a home is key to reducing your monthly costs and ensuring efficiency in all areas. It can help distinguish between user-based energy and energy wasted through leaks or outdated lighting and equipment. An energy audit can also significantly reduce your bills in the long run and help you save money, according to the budget experts at Money Crashers.

Read more at The Hidden Costs of Home Ownership (Part 1): Air Leaks and Drafts

DIY can save you a lot of money but one misstep can cost you a lot of money also

8/25/2016 (Permalink)

"The do-it-yourself ethos is one we heartily applaud. Most services provided by home maintenance pros aren't cheap, so taking care of small fixes on your own can save you big bucks. But sometimes the DIY route can wind up costing you more in the end. Here are 10 cases when you should put down your tool kit—and pick up the phone

Replacing Windows and Exterior Doors

Poorly installed doors and windows cause air leaks and end up costing you a lot of green on your heating bills. If you're not sure what you're doing, hire a pro who can get it right the first time. You'll rest easier knowing that your house is sealed up tight and you're not letting money trickle out through the cracks"

Read more at 10 Times Doing It Yourself Doesn’t Save You Money

Sometimes the most important part of remodeling isn't the sink, or the flooring or the paint, it's the planning!

8/25/2016 (Permalink)

"Remodel time! That new kitchen, bath, or deck is just around the corner. All you do is call up a contractor and in two weeks it’s done, right? Well…not quite. A successful home remodel requires you doing homework on the front end. Follow these 10 steps before diving in and your project will go smoother with a better outcome. Consider them like your apple a day.

1. Envision Your Outcome

Do you want to remodel for your dream master bath, or for major return on investment? Would you like a kitchen built for entertaining, or designed for efficient mornings? Nail down what you want from your remodel, and generally how you want it to look before contacting the pros.

2. Consider Your Budget

Be realistic about budget. It’s best not to say you have $13,550 to spend when that’s the exactamount you have put aside. Allow room to allow for changes mid-stream…it will come in very handy. The 2016 Cost vs Value Report gives approximate cost of standard renovations by region nationally. Start there!"

Read more at 10 Things to Do Before You Start a Remodel

Concrete flooring for your home? You betcha!

8/22/2016 (Permalink)

"Concrete has long been a favorite choice for hardscaping features like driveways and walkways, porch stairs and patios. After all, few things on Earth are as tough and long lasting, and so well suited to withstand year-round exposure to the elements. Given the popularity of the material in a wide range of high-impact outdoor applications, many people regard concrete as strictly used for functional purposes, ideal only in a select number of scenarios. But this attitude doesn't take into account concrete's extraordinary versatility, which stems in part from innovative products by leading manufacturers like CTS | Rapid Set. Not only does concrete offer unparalleled strength and durability, but given the range of refined finishing options available, it can also be eye-catching. The rare combination of brawn and beauty has led many homeowners to take a fresh look at concrete and rediscover its appeal as an indoor flooring material. To learn more about why increasing numbers of homes now feature concrete floors, not only in peripheral spaces like the back hall, but also in key, frequently used rooms like the kitchen, click through now!"

6 Rock-Solid Reasons to Pick Concrete Flooring

Thumbtack: Everything You Need to Hire a Bathroom Remodel Contractor

8/18/2016 (Permalink)

If you're looking to add some value to your house or maybe you just want a different look and feel, a bathroom remodel is a good place to start.  There's plenty of contractors who can do the job but how can you be sure the contractor will do the job right?  This blog from Thumbtack will help steer you in the right direction for right contractor for the job.

It’s time for a makeover! Whether you’re buying, selling, or just want to update that late ‘80s powder room—a bathroom remodel provides great return on investment. Remodeling’s 2016 Cost vs. Value Report shows a nation-wide 65.7 percent ROI for bathroom remodels, while areas like the Pacific region, bring back 76.2 percent. The numbers are on your side, it’s time to stop the bathroom suffering.

Read more at: Everything you need to hire a bathroom remodel contractor

Got a home on the coast? Keep an eye on these climate change numbers!

8/12/2016 (Permalink)

Here in Oxnard, we love our coasts and ocean.  A lot of us have homes on the coast.  This article from the Huff Post says climate change could be a major factor in the long-term future of homes located on the coast.

"While climate change is a pressing global concern, it isn’t at the top of discussions about the future of the real estate market. But a recent report shows how it could have devastating implications for housing in the U.S.

Almost 1.9 million houses nationwide could be underwater by 2100 if scientists’ more dire predictions come to pass, according to a report from real estate company Zillow released last week. Almost 300 cities would lose at least half their homes, the report states."

Read more at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/climate-change-sea-levels-housing_us_57a9de68e4b0b770b1a44434

These ideas are the WORST! So you probably shouldn't try them

8/8/2016 (Permalink)

Last wek, we asked if you DIY.  Some of you do, some of you don't well if you're in the former category, this list from Fox News will help you avoid some of the worst reasons to DIY

"There's a ton of terrific, true, and essential home improvement advice out there. "Measure twice, cut once" comes to mind. Ditto "Pick remodeling projects with the best ROI." But "Screw contractors, do it all yourself"? Not so much.

Bottom line: There's a lot of very, very bad advice out there, fighting for attention along with the good. And much of this misdirection may actually be trotted out by friends and family who mean well. Unfortunately, good intentions won't keep your home from becoming seriously messed up.

So before you pick up a hammer, make sure to check this list of the worst home renovation advice you might be tempted to try. Then slowly back away from the toolkit and think twice! Maybe even three times."

Read more at The Worst Home Renovation Advice You Might Actually Try

Do you DIY? Watch out for these 5 common missteps!

8/3/2016 (Permalink)

When it comes to our homes, a lot of us love to get out hands dirty when it comes to fixing up or new additions.  And sometimes we get deep into a project that becomes a lot more work than we expected.

Lifehack offers these great tips to help you look out for those jobs before you get stuck in the middle. 

"General advice says that you can save some money by taking on some of your home improvement projects yourself. HGTV tells you that there is nothing you cannot do to improve your home. That may be true of projects like painting, pressure washing, and gutter cleaning. However, there are home improvement projects that are better left to the professionals.

Check out five home improvements that are not just not DIY friendly, but can actually be more expensive when you do them yourself."

http://www.lifehack.org/430166/5-home-improvements-that-are-not-diy-friendly

12 tips to beat the summer heat from Bob Vila!

7/19/2016 (Permalink)

We're not too used to high temps in Camarillo and Oxnard, so when it gets hot, it gets hot.  

The freezer, ceiling fans, styrofoam ice chests, and a bowl of ice are all easy household items that can keep the heat in check this summer. Check out these tips to help stay cool during these long summer days. 

"When temperatures really rise, summer fun can start to fizzle, especially indoors. It's a good thing that great minds have figured out ways to help you chill (literally), using items you probably already have on hand. Take a look at our top 12 picks for keeping comfortable at home, including summertime sleep aids, the right way to work your windows, and even a homemade air conditioner. These simple “aha!” hacks will save you money and keep you cool. So if you can’t stand the heat, give one of these a try."

http://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/12-clever-hacks-to-help-you-beat-the-summer-heat-50305?bv=mr

4 incredibly smart reasons to make your own cleaning products

7/13/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is always here to help. Even when it comes to tips to help you clean your own home!  Check out this blog from the Today show for some great money saving tips on making your own cleaning products

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In my time running my food and wellness site Root + Revel, I've learned that all it takes to green your home scene are a few basic (and cheap!) products available at every grocery store. While the reasons to go green are endless, here are my top four tips for creating easy, DIY cleaners:

It's cheaper

One of the best reasons to DIY your own cleaning products is to save money. Who doesn't love that?! In fact, most DIY cleaners cost less than $1 to make. Compare that to $5-$15 per bottle for most store-bought products, and you'll quickly find that you really can't afford to not make your own cleaning products."

http://www.today.com/home/4-incredibly-smart-reasons-make-your-own-cleaning-products-t100697

SERVPRO of Oxnard CA drying bamboo wood floors

4/19/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Oxnard CA can satisfy all of your drying needs. Here we are drying bamboo flooring on a concrete slab. Saving time and money all while creating a less stressful environment for the insured.


Drying bamboo flooring on a concrete slab with the Injectidry. The Injectidry is very useful for removing moisture from wood flooring.  As you can see Injectidry is a system where mats are sealed to the floor with hoses attached to keep the moisture in your flooring or walls from escaping and being directed through the hoses to ensure a completely dry area.


This system is particularly useful on flooring where it's difficult for removal such as hardwood flooring.  It is used along with our regular equipment of air movers and dehumidifiers among other pieces.

24 Hour Emergency Service

2/18/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Oxnard provides 24 hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster in Oxnard Ca.  We can respond immediately to youe emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

- 24 Hour emergency service

- Faster to any size disaster

- Highly trained restoration technicians

- A trusted leader in the restoration industry

- Locally owned and operated

- Advanced restoration and cleaning equipment

Have questions?  Call us today 805-984-2347

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