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What To Do With Mold

1/20/2017 (Permalink)

What To Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans
  • Contact SERVPRO of Santa Clarita for mold remediation services

What NOT To Do:

  • Do not touch or disturb the mold
  • Do not blow air across any surfaces with visible suspected mold growth
  • Do not attempt to try the area yourself
  • Do not spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold

These are some things to make sure you do and not do when you have mold in your home. SERVPRO of Santa Clarita specializes in mold clean up and remediation. Our technicians are highly trained professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly restore your home quickly and safely. We specialize in mold and you can be assured that we will deal with your home properly and professionally.

If you see signs of mold, call us today at (661)296-4600

Preparing For a Flood

1/20/2017 (Permalink)

In the next few days, Southern California will be experiencing a significant amount of rainfall. To avoid disasters in your local home, here are some pointers to keep in mind before a flood:

  • Construct barriers to stop floodwater from entering your home
  • Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage
  • Check gutters and make sure they are not clogged

Here are some important terms you need to be familiar with to help identify a flood hazard when your local news warns you:

  • Flood Watch – flooding is possible
  • Flash Flood Watch – flash flooding is possible; be prepared to move to higher ground
  • Flood Warning – flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately
  • Flash Flood Warning – a flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately

Stay safe!

Post Flood Action

1/20/2017 (Permalink)

Southern California is not known for its storms and floods but when storms come, and floods your local neighborhood, be sure to follow these following guidelines:

  • Tune in to your local news to learn whether the water supply is safe to drink.
  • Avoid floodwaters; it may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or sewage water.
  • Avoid moving water.
  • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
  • Avoid downed power lines, and report them to the power company.
  • Stay away from damaged sewage systems – they are a serious health hazard

These are just some pointers for you to follow in the aftermath of a flood. If there is anything that your local SERVPRO can do for you, whether it is water remediation or temporary roofing, do not hesitate to call us at (661)296-4600.

What We Do to Mold

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

When you call your local SERVPRO for any of your mold problems, we will be at your residence as quickly as possible to work on the mold in your home and remediate it as soon as possible. SERVPRO values your home and your time so we try to be there as quickly as we can to begin services.

We take mold seriously and we remove every bit of mold that what was originally found in your home. Our well trained and certified technicians and crew members will come in and use SERVPRO certified products to properly take care of the mold. When dry walls and the like have mold, we try to save as much of the original material as we can rather than demolishing it completely.

If you have any mold problems, give us a call at (661)296-4600.

Should Storms Worry Me?

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

Living in Southern California might have you wondering why we too should be ready for when storms come. Southern California does not see much rain throughout the year but storms should still be something we prepare ourselves for.

Specifically, this rainy season, we must be extra careful after the Sand Fire that hit us recently. Without the trees and bushes in our mountains, we are more vulnerable to landslides and flash floods from the rain we have been getting.

When your home is hit by a flood or storm, remember that your local SERVPRO is here to restore your home to its pre-storm condition. We specialize in restoring homes and buildings in a quick and timely manner, so that you and your family could go back in to your normal routine.

Call us at (661)296-4600

We Restore Fire Also!

1/5/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lancaster is a company that does more than water remediation. In some situations, homes and commercial buildings would need some fire remediation, which we at SERVPRO can also do. Should such an event occur, we are able to clean your home of all the fire damage including smoke damage on carpets, curtains, or upholstered furniture. At SERVPRO, we want to make sure we do all the necessary work to restore your beloved home to its best condition. We value your home as much as you value it, and we always want to make sure we do our job to the best of our abilities.

 In case of any kind of fire damages in your home, SERVPRO of Santa Clarita is always here. Give us a call at 661-296-4600.

Santa Clarita Fire and Water Damage - We Are Here If You Need Us

12/28/2016 (Permalink)

If you have suffered the loss of being in a fire or a flood, you know how much that event impacts your life and that of those you love. Both fire and water damage to a building whether commercial or residential takes a huge toll on the family or group that is there. Hopefully you will never have to make that call for help, of come to your building to find it charred or flooded, but if you do, call who you need to call then call the professionals to help clean it up. Fire and water damage is not just about cleaning up, it is about assessing what type of damage has been done and to see if the structure can be saved. 

Should you find yourself in this position, here is what you need to know about fire and smoke damage as well as water damage restoration services by Santa Clarita cleaning and restoration professionals who are specialists in this field. 

Fire damage is a two-punch combo of both flame damage and smoke charring and smell. The fire can burn and the smoke can char. Flames will burn all that they can in the time before they are extinguished; from woodwork, windows, furniture to clothes, valuables, and food it will consume it all if it can. Sometimes fires can be small but the smell of smoke just permiates throughout the building. Then there can be the impact left by water used to extinguish the fire. All cases are unique and different, and yet Santa Clarita Fire and Water Damage Restoration Professionals can take care of it all.

SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley knows about the effects flames have on a home or building. Fire damage repair and restoration includes cleanup of smoke from the flames. Smoke damage is a sneaky "bad guy" to follow for it can leave its tracks in hidden damaged places especially leaving an odor where it once was. In the restoration process it is good to have professionals who know about these things take care of the thorough cleanup job. 

Another type of disaster that hopefully you never have to deal with is water. Too much water at the wrong place at the wrong time is a bad thing. We call this flooding. Water damage can also be seen at some fire damage sites where water was used to extinguish a fire; water damage does not only imply a flood. No matter which way you look at it, water damage has loss to it as well, loss of valuables, structural supports, and more.

When there is too much water, the first step is water removal. SERVPRO in Santa Clarita knows how to manage this like professionals. Whether it be water damage from a leak or a flood, these exerts know how to reduce further damage and know how to help restore and preserve what is left of the building. 

Step one in the water damage process is to stop more water from entering the scene. Once that has been established--if not already happening simultaneously depending on the situation--water removal can begin. Trucks are on standby and gas-powered pumps pump water out of there at an efficient and impressive rate. 

Next in the process is to treat the infected areas. With water lingering can come mildew, fungi, and or bacteria growth. In order to put a halt to this it is best to treat the areas so that no more harmful damage can be done. The last main part of the water damage process is to dry! Dry what was wet and get it dry as quick as possible. High-speed fans and dehumidifiers help this process right-along. Santa Clarita water damage cleanup professionals know how to get these jobs done. 

Hopefully these scenarios do not become a reality for anyone, but in this imperfect world we live in accidents are bound to happen. Fire and water damage can strike at any time to all kinds of buildings both commercial and residential and all others in-between. For those persons in the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding areas remember SERVPRO and their commitment to quickly get your life back on track as if the incident never even happened. 

Mold in Your Santa Clarita Home

12/20/2016 (Permalink)

There are numerous ways hazardous molds can develop in your house. These molds can trigger illness, and sometimes, even death. Molds have the tendency to grow where water has actually been sitting for an extended time frame, and they thrive in damp and secluded areas. If you have just recently experienced a flood, or perhaps had a dishwasher or water heater give out, you could have mold expanding in your house without you knowing about it. If you discover mold, it is in your genuine interest to explore mold removal, and the quicker, the better in all cases.

You can help avoid mold from accumulating in your house by taking some preventative measures. If you have had standing water in your house, have a mold removal expert come by, even if you haven't discovered any mold. Use dehumidifiers to keep the air from getting too moist, and keep an eye out for slow water leakages in your house. A tiny drip from a pipe onto floorboards behind your washroom wall can result in nasty mold growth.

Some mold removal can be done without the aid of an expert, however this is only recommended for small amounts of mold. Due to the fact that breathing in mold spores can be so unsafe, you should think very carefully before trying to remove it yourself. If you go this course, learn precisely the ways to remove it safely, and wear safety products like a breathing mask and gloves when trying mold removal.

If you discover mold that is covering more than a square foot location, you should seek out expert mold removal. Often times, the mold you can see is just the tip of the iceberg. Mold can expand in places like your heating duct system which is difficult to inspect on your own. It can likewise grow behind your walls, and you might never ever truly know the amount of exists without using a flexible wall camera. This is why a professional is the best alternative for mold removal and remediation. Not are they extremely knowledgeable about eliminating it, they are also familiar with all the concealing areas where mold can hide. 

You should definitely have someone evaluate a home for mold prior to your purchasing it. A home purchase mold inspection can discover any existing mold, and advise you on ways to proceed. If mold is found, they will know if mold removal is an option, or if it is just not worth the investment. If hazardous mold spreads with a residence uncontrolled for a number of years, even the very best mold removal experts will not be able to save your house, and make it habitable once more.

So if you suspect you have a mold issue or want an inspection of a home you are considering purchasing, give the professionals at SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley a call today at 661-296-4600.

Water Damage Restoration Explained

12/20/2016 (Permalink)

All too often homeowners do not have any idea that there is water damage and mold in their home until the problem becomes too substantial to overlook. Other times, it is extremely obvious, like after a flood. Similar to smoke damage, this type of issue can be costly to repair, and most of the time it cannot be fixed without replacing what has sustained the damage. Homeowners may be covered for this, but not unless of course they have that specifically added to their house insurance or have flood insurance coverage. Some think they may be covered and they sadly find out the hard way that they are not covered through insurance.

Water damage from flooding is not always obvious. Though a large flood is obvious to people and therefore the damage is apparent, there are times when matters go unnoticed. Some basements will leak water during times of heavy rain, and that water will sit on the basement floor. Next thing you know there can very well be foundation problems for you. Some folks go into their basements often and they will see the water damage immediately. Then there are the people who have no need to go into the basement except for specific, rare needs like at Christmas to grab some decoration boxes.

Sitting water can erode away things like heaters and water heaters. In California we typically do not have basements but many hillside homes have partial storage areas or other areas below the first floor where equipment is stored. Residents of Santa Clarita should contact SERVPRO immediately so that minimal damage is done--this applies to both residential and commercial properties. Buildings can be restored through process of drying, deodorizing, and disinfecting the damaged areas.

Most water damage in the home begins with a leak. A single leak that although regular but slow can cause so much mayhem later on. When water leaks out of a pipe behind the walls the wood will warp. This needs to be replaced for structural reasons and reasons pertaining to mold and health matters for the residents. If drywall is soaked by hidden water damage, it will have to be replaced--the sooner the better. If mold is found, a professional should be called in to deal with it as soon as possible. The family may even be advised to stay somewhere else until the living situation can be improved and approved for safe habitation.

So if you come across a leak in your home, the first course of action should be to clean up what has dripped already, and then to place a bucket or other container to catch what falls next. This allows you time to make the important phone calls that you need to make so that you can get to the bottom of this. First things first: call the insurance company and let them know what is going on. This would be a good time to review your policy and see what you are covered for.

If you are in Santa Clarita and find yourself in this vulnerable position, make a call to SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley and let the professionals take over. After you have done all that you as a homeowner are capable of doing to lessen the damage, let the experts use both their knowledge, experience, and resources such as vacuums and fans to dry out the water and the damage that has already taken its toll.

Next in the damage restoration process is to deodorize the building where it needs to treated. Depending on the assessed level of damage and the kind of water that did the dirty work--disinfecting may also be a necessary step to take. The goal is to get the residence or building structurally back to the standards it was at before the water accident. In some cases, further action may need to be taken such as structural repairs.

Unfortunately, homeowners may learn that they are not covered like they thought--or hoped--that they were. When that happens, the cost of repairing water damage might default to the homeowner. If you are not sure if you are covered for flooding and other water damage, call your insurance company to find out what is what. If you choose to, add coverage and discuss your location, possible natural disasters in your region, and other related matters. Insurance is there to ease your worries for a price. Put those worries to rest and get the coverage you think you need so that you can continue to live your life with as few financial surprises as possible.

So what happens when you need water damage restoration services for your Santa Clarita residence? SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley Professionals concentrate on safely drying, deodorizing and disinfecting any areas flooded or damaged by water. Water damage in Santa Clarita residences or businesses is not desirable, but there is hope and help to get you out of the mess you are in.

Sewage Clean Up Santa Clarita

12/20/2016 (Permalink)

Sewage. Just the mere mentioning of the word makes you want to get as far away from it as you can. Anytime you see a spot that was once covered in sewage you want to see it absolutely clean and sanitized. Let's be totally honest here, yes sewage is gross. It does have a place in our society and city networks and that place is away from people and in pipes that take it away. If there is ever a sewage mess or backup in the Santa Clarita area then you will be sure to get the professionals called in as soon as possible to clean up the mess.

There are two general areas that sewage messes can happen. One is in a commercial setting and another is in a residential property. Neither are desirable. Preventative care can be taken but sometimes life just throws you those unexpected curve balls.

When a sewage leak, overflow, backup, or flood strikes upon a commercial property, it can mean devastating reactions. One of the most immediate actions that should be taken is to contact by phone or email (in case of an emergency a phone call would be most appropriate) a Santa Clarita sewage cleaning and restoration service. SERVPRO is able to meet the job demands no matter how large or how small.

In the event of a commercial sewage spill, cleanup would begin by first seeing that everyone is away from the sewage and they are safe. Medical treatment may be advised per the severity of the event. Some incidents in large buildings are small, and some are large; as it is fitting both need to be handled immediately and appropriately. The sewage needs to literally be gone and out of there as soon as possible. The sewage cleanup and restoration by Santa Clarita SERVPRO professionals is unmatched for this kind of job. The cleanup will entail moving the sewage out and to then be disposed of properly. Next is cleaning and assessment of what is salvageable and what is not. Some items can be cleaned and saved, others cannot. Large cleanup jobs work just the same as the small ones--just on a much larger scale using larger tools and resources.

As a refresher on sewage, this stuff is undesirable waste. It is harmful to humans and other living things as well as non-living things such as floors, foundations, walls, and more. Sewage is a serious threat to your health as it has Salmonella and E.Coli. The SERVPRO professionals who know who to tame this kind of mess are prepared to safely and effectively take on this clean up task. Do not attempt to cleanup sewage if you are not a trained professional. This is why it is so important to contact a cleanup and restoration specialist immediately. Simply breathing in old sewage fumes can cause or irritate existing respiratory problems.

The second type of location that a sewage disaster may strike is at a residence. It may be from an old, worn down pipe that it happens or perhaps a backed -up septic tank in your yard due to heavy rains. Whatever the reason--whatever the source--call SERVPRO in Santa Clarita to cleanup and handle your sewage spill.

For a residential cleanup, the first steps are to clean and care for the people who were in or near the sewage spill. They may need to be cleaned or medically seen especially should they be having respiratory problems. Next, for the professionals to deal with, getting the sewage out of there is a top priority. Once the cleanup has been completed then the restoration and actual cleaning or sanitizing can commence. Some materials may have to be removed and, or marked unsalvageable. So when in need of Santa Clarita sewage cleanup professionals, call the experts at SERVPRO of Santa Clarita immediately at (661) 296-4600.