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Why SERVPRO is Your Trusted Choice to Restore Fire Damage in Oxnard

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

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Why Trust SERVPRO to Handle Fire Damage in Your Oxnard Residence 

Fire damage in Oxnard can happen because of many different reasons, including wildfires, and the stress that accompanies fire emergencies is challenging with which to deal. Cleaning up your fire-damaged home alone can be daunting. SERVPRO Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) help you to tackle the problem. We are a premier restoration firm that offers comprehensive services.

After the unfortunate fire damage in your Oxnard home, our professional team can restore it to the preloss condition quickly. Challenging complexities accompany fire and smoke-damaged properties. Tried techniques, specialized equipment, and extensive experience qualify us to complete any fire restoration project. Once we get to your home, we can perform emergency services meant to prevent fire and smoke damage from causing further damage to your property. We also provide a safer work site for our restorers and prepare your home for mitigation and restoration work to start.

One of the difficult tasks you may have to deal with after a fire ruins your home is removing smoke odors. The pores in wood open up after the heat of the flames strikes. These pores close when the environment cools, but they trap noxious odors and toxins. Floating smoke particles can also become deeply embedded within walls, carpeting, wooden furniture, and flooring. Without expert treatment, the smoky scents can remain in your home for several years.

Advanced equipment can eliminate foul scents from smoke-damaged areas. Our technicians can help you deodorize odors in your property by using air scrubbers. These devices can eliminate airborne particles as well as gases and odors from the air. They draw dirty indoor air through a series of filters, capturing gases, particles, and scents and then return the clean air into the environment. Our team may also use deodorizing granules or pellets to eliminate the smells. These pellets have a mineral known as fuller’s earth that acts as a sponge to absorb odors. We can place them in a shallow pan to deodorize a specific area.

Like most owners of fire-damaged homes, you may not want to hire several disaster restoration firms, project managers, and construction crews to restore your home when one company can handle it. We offer all-inclusive restoration services. Our SERVPRO team simplifies the restoration process by managing the initial cleanup work and reconstructing the affected areas. Working with a team that can complete the entire restoration project can help you save time and money.

When in need of a fire damage restoration services, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Oxnard at (805) 984-2347. We can make the fire loss appear “Like it never even happened.”

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Oxnard Renovations Often Reveal the Need for Safe Asbestos Abatement Services -- Rely on SERVPRO

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

Asbestos Danger Warning Sign at House Site SERVPRO Advises Oxnard Property Owners to Seek Professional Asbestos Abatement--Please Do Not Try to Remove this Hazardous Material Yourself

Can You Live with Undisturbed Asbestos in Your Oxnard Home?

Asbestos was such a common element in the construction of older homes and businesses that it has been a driving force in the development of an abatement division in our Oxnard team. With professionals capable of addressing the presence of asbestos in your home safely and efficiently, it is no surprise how many homeowners have sought the experience and extensive training of our SERVPRO team for the containment, abatement, and safe discarding of asbestos threats.

Many property owners might already require asbestos abatement in Oxnard properties and not even realize it. When left undisturbed and unagitated, asbestos can lay dormant and relatively harmless. Due to the deterioration of aging structures, the infiltration of rodents, or any other disturbing presence, this insulation can release hazardous and harmful fibers throughout the immediate area. These fibers can remain circulating in your home for years after a single disturbance, making asbestos a ticking time bomb of sorts for property owners.
 
Due to strict regulations and established laws in the state of California, only accredited professionals approved through the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) and on the list of the California Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) can legally perform abatement on affected areas larger than 100 square feet. While you can attempt to remove smaller square footage than this on your own, you must remember that our team has the appropriate tools, training, and protective apparel to perform that task safely.
 
Our SERVPRO professionals can carefully remove asbestos from your home as efficiently and safely as possible. We have special containers that can store these hazardous materials until we can dispose of them according to California’s strict disposal guidelines.
 
Asbestos abatement is not something that you want to have to think about, but if you have an older home, it is something that you need to prepare for moving forward. You can always count on the fast response and expertise of our SERVPRO of Oxnard team. No matter how challenging abatement can be, you are entrusting your property and well-being to skilled professionals when you call (805) 984-2347.

Oxnard Structures Often Contain Asbestos Materials Requiring Expertise for Safe Removal--Call SERVPRO

9/8/2019 (Permalink)

Red Tape Barricade for Danger Asbestos SERVPRO Provides Safe and Secure Asbestos Abatement for Oxnard

Well-Trained Asbestos Abatement Professionals in Oxnard

The discovery of asbestos in older structures throughout Oxnard is not surprising, especially when you consider that this material used to be a standard in the construction world. Because of its potential health risks, and the damage it can do to those directly exposed, the need for abatement teams became a pressing concern. Our SERVPRO team has a group of restoration technicians specially trained to manage asbestos in structures and work to keep occupants of the building safe.

Asbestos abatement for Oxnard homes and businesses is not an approach that untrained and unskilled property owners should attempt on their own. There are no set levels of exposure deemed safe for this additive to flame retardant insulations and sprays. As such, California developed precise guidelines for the handling and management of these hazards, including training and experience that technicians in our abatement team must have before authorized to contribute. Also, the state has mandated that only contractors listed in the Cal/OSHA Asbestos Registration can remove these materials regardless of how concentrated or sparse the presence might be. Our professionals are among those qualified to handle these threats.
 
The presence of asbestos on its own, undisturbed, is not a pressing health risk. The trouble occurs when materials deteriorate over time, or shift and the disturbance of the installed asbestos material release dangerous fibers into the home. These fibers can remain circulating in a house for years, which is what makes immediate abatement from our SERVPRO professionals a wise choice. Per state regulations, our licensed professionals can utilize special equipment to sample the environment for asbestos and determine the concentration levels and the threat level.
 
The handling and disposal of materials with these dangerous fibers is a process strictly regulated with concise guidelines, and our professionals adhere to these policies and safely dispose of the material. We have specific containers that comply with the regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency in California. Our ability to safely dispose of asbestos-containing construction materials (ACCM) from your home or business can keep you from falling out of compliance with the changing landscape of EPA, OSHA, and California safety regulations for ACCM.
 
Containment is an essential component of our removal and abatement processes. Depending on the situation, we can choose how to best quarantine these areas and remain in compliance throughout removal. Whether the discovery of these hazardous materials occurs by accident or through the renovation and remodeling of your aging property, our professionals can help.
 
Whether you know a risk exists or not, you can trust in our SERVPRO of Oxnard team to perform a thorough, honest inspection of the grounds for any hazards that exist. We can work quickly if asbestos gets discovered to keep your property and its occupants safe. Give us a call anytime you need us at (805) 984-2347.

Oxnard Homeowners Love SERVPRO's "One-Stop" Experience for Water Loss Cleanup and Plumbing Repairs

5/26/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO? We Extract Water from Plumbing Leaks in Oxnard Homes Even as We Make the Repairs. One Call Does It All!

Repairing Plumbing and Water-Damaged Materials in Your Oxnard Home

We strive to offer a comprehensive approach to recovery and restoration in Oxnard homes and apartments when contending with water loss incidents and damages that can result from them. Addressing the source of this disaster is commonly the first step that we must take when our team arrives at a damaged property, and with causes like burst pipes or plumbing separations, these breaches must get located and repaired for our restoration technicians to find success with mitigation tactics and cleanup.

Our Oxnard team has extensive experience with plumbing and water damage, which can help us to address these impacts and problem areas in your home quickly and confidently. With a crew of contracting experts with years of experience in the building trades including pipefitting and plumbing, we have the tools, and hands-on expertise to replace portions of a damaged pipe or to replace fittings and connections weakened by pressure fluctuations, age, or mineral erosion.

Locating the precise location of this plumbing breach is critical when our SERVPRO professionals first arrive at your property. While there are extraction and drying efforts to contend with to begin recovering the damaged portions of your home, the situation can potentially continually worsen without repairs to this compromised point in the plumbing network. We can utilize auditory leak detection equipment that can determine the approximate location of the break. We also utilize infrared thermal imaging to map out any problematic damp area to ensure complete drying of affected areas.

With a better understanding of the location of the breach, our SERVPRO technicians can utilize controlled demolition techniques to remove only the portions of drywall preventing access to where repairs are necessary. Once exposed, our contractors can remove compromised pipes and fittings and fully replace essential components to help the system run optimally again before the removed drywall gets reinstalled. We know what we are doing. Here are several of our official documents: General Contractor License #: 892710, California State License Board (CSLB) #: 892710.

Restoration companies can share certain approaches or equipment when drying up a water damaged property, but few of them also have the full-service approach that our SERVPRO of Oxnard team does to repair the broken plumbing as well to make this water loss incident “Like it never even happened.” For a stress-free "one-stop" cleanup, restoration, and repair service give us a call anytime at (805) 984-2347.

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

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

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

Slow Leak Creates Big Water Damage in Oxnard Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

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

Restoring Fire and Soot Damaged Hardwood Floors in Oxnard Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/23/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/11/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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