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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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."
"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 ...
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."
"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.”"
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:
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.
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."
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.
"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)."
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.
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.
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."
"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.”
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.
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.
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!"
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:
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."
"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."
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."
"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."
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."
"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."
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."
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"
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.
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.
"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."
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
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."
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."
"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."
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!"
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.
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."
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!"
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."
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"
"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."
"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. "
"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."
"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."
"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."
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.
Inspect appliances to estimate their energy efficiency. Energy.gov has a tool to help you get started.
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."
"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
Halogenincandescent 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)."
"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).
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.
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.
Examine the ducts for dirt and grimebuildup 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.
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."
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.
"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"
"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!"
"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!"
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.
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.
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."
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."
Yes, it is possible for you to clean too much. I know we were shocked too. But this blog from Bob Vila.com explains how you can save yourself some work, a little bit of water to help Mother Earth, and stay just as clean by reducing your wash cycle on a few basic household items
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."
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
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:
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."
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.
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.