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When Demolition is Necessary After Flood Damage in Oxnard

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Demolition is Necessary After Flood Damage in Oxnard 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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Call Our Crew Immediately After Your Home In Oxnard Experiences A Flood

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

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

Storm Damage SERVPRO Franchise Professionals Explain the Different Threat Levels of Floodwater 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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Oxnard Fires, Floods, and Mudslides Are Events Needing Help from a Cleanup and Restoration Company Like SERVPRO

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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.

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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

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

 

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

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."