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The Greatest Challenges of Santa Clarita Fire Damage

9/8/2022 (Permalink)

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Many Threats Exist After Structure Fire Damage

Fires are unpredictable and ruinous. Even with many of these situations covered by standard home insurance, the shock and trauma can leave residents displaced and unsure of how to proceed. Professional restoration begins from the moment you contact our SERVPRO team to help, as we have effective and efficient solutions for all of the related fire effects like:

  • Structural Compromise
  • Content Damage
  • Water Damage
  • Soot and Smoke Residues
  • Harsh Malodors

Understanding the destructive powers of Santa Clarita fire damage leads to an appreciation for professional recovery services. An insurance provider requires licensed technicians to perform restoration work in most cases. We stay prepared for these emergencies with stocked trailers and production vehicles to mobilize fast in a crisis.

Inspecting the Structure for Needed Action

Inspecting the property is one of the earliest measures to understand the depth of the damage and the necessary restoration approaches to help. Structural damage can be widespread after a fire, leading to the collapse of installed elements and a need for controlled demolition in several house areas. Our licensed contractors can perform this work to seamlessly transition into the other mitigative and restorative acts to follow.

Protecting What Matters Most After Fire Damage

Personal belongings and house contents are often directly in the damaged path during a fire and even after extinguishing this blaze. Our SERVPRO team can take steps to help protect these belongings, furniture, and other possessions from irreparable harm. Some of these include:

  • Relocation - This is the fastest and most convenient solution for managing contents but only works if no surface damage has yet occurred. We move possessions to a safe space in the house for storage until restoration completes. 
  • On-Site Cleaning - Staging areas and other clean spaces can serve as makeshift work areas to allow our technicians to clean lightly damaged surfaces on-site. 
  • Off-Site Pack-Out - The most intricate and thorough cleaning we provide occurs off-site at our SERVPRO warehouse. Our pack-out process removes damaged goods from the house and transports them to our facility for this work. 

Overcoming Water Damage from Extinguishment

Water damage is secondary damage in structural fires. High volumes of water are often needed to put out a blaze spanning several rooms. What is left behind is pooling water in several spots around the house that we must extract, dry, and clean.

How Challenging is Soot to Remove?

One of the more formidable fire damage restoration and recovery tasks is removing soot and smoke residues. Partial combustion can create many smoke solids that begin circulating in the environment and landing on horizontal surfaces like counters, shelves, and flooring. We have several levels of cleaning after soot exposure depending on the severity of the situation, including:

  • Surface Cleaning - Involves solvents and detergents intended to lift soils away from the surface or dissolve them to protect the underlying material. 
  • Abrasive Mechanical Action - When products alone cannot help, mechanical action agitates these powerful cleaners for deeper penetration and faster chemical reactions. 
  • Media Power Blasting - Abrasive measures are often needed to entirely remove soot solids, such as media like walnuts, corn cobs, and sodium bicarbonate with pressurized air or water. 
  • Controlled Demolition - When aggressive methods are ineffective, we can remove the affected material entirely for later reinstallation. 

Will Smoke Odors Dissipate Naturally?

Smoke damage exists in many forms, and one of the final hurdles is a lingering malodor. Fire damage odors do not go away on their own and can return with changes in atmospheric conditions. We use powerful deodorizers and products to neutralize post-fire smells.

Santa Clarita fire damage events require swift action by experienced professionals. Our SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley team is standing by at (661) 296-4600.

Fast Santa Clarita Water Damage Mitigation Solutions

9/8/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Overcomes Water Damage in Stages

Disasters never wait for convenient times to occur, so having a plan to help your home is crucial. Your insurance policy might not always cover the damage that water can do if the incident is not sudden or accidental. There are many ways that moisture or water could impact your property, including:

  • Leaks
  • Burst Pipes
  • Broken Appliances
  • Dripping Air Conditioners
  • Loose Fixtures
  • Spills

With so many causes of Santa Clarita water damage, it is important to have a team of professionals that can act fast to help. Water emergencies encompass the greatest volume of our service calls, so our Green Fleet of service vehicles remains stocked and ready to roll out for help when you call.

What is Water Mitigation?

Mitigation is one of the pivotal elements to successful restoration and recovery after damaging incidents. Regardless of flooding or burst pipes, immediate actions must be taken to limit the movement of water and how destructive it can be for exposed materials and contents. Early efforts can include:

  • Water Removal
  • Content Management
  • Demolition Services
  • Repairs

Proper Job Scoping for Water Damage

As our production manager, our professionals work with the customer to establish restoration priorities and better understand the scope of the damage, pre-existing conditions, and pressing concerns. The better informed our SERVPRO team is, the more detailed and accurate the estimation and restoration plan can be.

Thorough Drying Options for Residences

Drying is one of the most critical elements of every water restoration process, making it among the more diverse steps that we must take to recover homes after water damage successfully. The methods involve several tools and products from our inventory, but the three most common for widespread evaporation and moisture management include:

  • Air Movers – High-velocity blowers direct blasts of warm air at moist or wet surfaces. Continued efforts promote steady evaporation of the surface moisture. 
  • Dehumidifiers – With the successful deployment of air movers, the humidity in a room increases as evaporation continues. Desiccant and refrigerant dehumidification units grab moisture grains from the environment and collect them for disposal or exhaust it outside.
  • Heaters – increasing the temperature in a room helps with faster evaporation. It increases the capacity of an environment to hold moisture, reducing a plateau where the air conditions are fully saturated. 

Is The Drying Process Complete?

One of the concerns a homeowner might have during the restoration process is whether the job is getting done as well as they hope. SERVPRO understands these concerns and keeps customers in the know about the progress of drying methods and the data collected from the many moisture sensors and detection equipment in use. We track damp pockets and moist areas to ensure that we appropriately place drying equipment and do not overlook potentially damaging conditions during the restoration phases.

When Are Water Damage Repairs Needed?

Repairs after damage are more common than many homeowners might realize. Because water and moisture can be so destructive to the materials that absorb them, much of these materials will need to be removed and replaced to return the property to its original condition. We limit the amount of controlled demolition necessary but have experienced contractors to help when rebuilding.

The frequency of Santa Clarita water damage events leaves us with a pressing need to keep professionals and experienced technicians ready 24/7 to respond. Water continually spreads in an open area, making it possible for several rooms of your house to be impacted right away.

Our SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley team is available now to help when you call (661) 296-4600.

The Truth of Living with Santa Clarita Mold Damage

9/8/2022 (Permalink)

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Mold Damage Can Threaten Santa Clarita Homes

Mold infestations are misunderstood in homes and businesses, especially in communities that might experience humid conditions like the valley does. With misinformation across the internet regarding the ramifications of mold presence in living spaces and the impact organisms have on the structural integrity of your home, it is best to learn the truth about how mold can affect your life.

Santa Clarita mold damage events happen more frequently than most homeowners realize, and these conditions can be overlooked by those that do not initially recognize the signs. Because of how vital a remediation response is, we have professionals trained to help. Many SERVPRO technicians are cross-trained in related fields so that we can dispatch a force comprising accreditations like:

How Does Mold Form in a Household?

Mold can develop without much encouragement. When moist conditions exist, resulting from unresolved water damage or high humidity, combining this environment with favorable temperatures can facilitate mold growth. In as little as 48 hours, damp areas of your house can be a haven for circulating mold spores, and colonies can begin growing on moist surfaces.

What Makes it a Threat to a Residence?

Many do not understand the threat of mold in their homes. In truth, the impact of mold can be widespread, starting with the direct damage to hosting building materials. Organic matter is used as a food source for organisms, so structural elements weaken in contact with colonies. 

How Can You Identify Mold Damage on Your Own?

It is possible to identify mold growing in your home on your own, but it can also get overlooked depending on the circumstances. When physical spotting is not present on surfaces, homeowners rely on their sense of smell to show where developing colonies might reside. Forming organisms emit a powerful, musty odor that can overwhelm nearby spaces.

SERVPRO Remediation Solutions

We work fast to slow down the movement of active mold spores and begin the remediation process. The sooner we remove colonies from a structure, the more materials can be salvaged. We have several approaches for removing active mold organisms discovered in your home, including:

  • Surface Cleaning - This is the simple mold damage remediation approach. If colonies have not penetrated the outermost layer of a hosting material, antimicrobial products can effectively eradicate the spores and early-stage colonies on contact.
  • Sanding - When more aggressive measures and methods are called for, sanding can be effective. This approach is beneficial when wood framing becomes a host for active colonies.
  • Media/Soda Blasting - When media like sodium bicarbonate and other products are put under pressure by water or air, this can be a practical approach for removing active mold on surfaces. Dry ice blasting provides a waterless process for mold removal.
  • Controlled Demolition - When these initial efforts are not effective or practical, we can remove the portions of impacted building materials or contents and safely dispose of them.

Resolving the Causes of Mold Damage

One of the final measures our SERVPRO professionals will take is utilizing our general contractor license to complete a series of build-back services to prevent mold recurrences. From repairing roof exposures to replacing portions of the plumbing system, we work to ensure that our remediation efforts are a permanent solution for your house.

Because Santa Clarita mold damage is more common than you might realize, colonies might already exist in your home. If you suspect mold might live in your household, contact our SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley team to help. We can inspect the structure and act on colonies if they are found. Give us a call today at (661) 296-4600.

Fast Action by SERVPRO Manages Water Mitigation in Santa Clarita

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

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Water Mitigation by SERVPRO Reduces Water Damage in Santa Clarita

Water seeping into our homes through the roof or plumbing leaks can cause extensive damage to Santa Clarita homes. Water is absorbed by porous materials and spreads behind walls, under floors, across floors in carpets, and under padding. Leaks under the sink in your bathroom or kitchen can penetrate porous materials such as cupboards made from wood products causing swelling, loss of integrity, and strength.

SERVPRO provides water mitigation services in Santa Clarita. Our experience has shown that rapid response and action can limit the amount of damage and avoid significant secondary damage. We respond in less than four hours from your call and deploy equipment to mitigate the effects of moisture on your home. Avoid delays in calling us for assistance. Reducing the time porous materials are exposed to water reduces the absorption and secondary damage.

Rapid response water mitigation can save your hardwood floors, limit the damage to the porous kitchen and bathroom cupboards and reduce the damage to carpeting, under padding, and subfloors.

Hardwood floors absorb moisture causing buckling and cupping. SERVPRO utilizes vacuum pads to remove water between the hardwood planks' joints. Air movers and dehumidifiers do the rest to mitigate the potential damage to hardwood floor materials.

Weighted water vacuums remove excess moisture from carpets and underpads, protecting the subfloor from permanent damage. Extended exposure to high moisture levels can cause carpets to delaminate, under pads to disintegrate, and subfloors to lose their structural integrity. Early detection and immediate water mitigation efforts can significantly reduce the potential for permanent damage.

SERVPRO offers the following water mitigation services:

  • Water clean up
  • Water removal services
  • Water damage remediation

Call SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley for water mitigation services. We provide service to Santa Clarita and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (661) 296-4600.

Leave Apartment Fire Damage Restoration to Pros in Santa Clarita

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

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Reach SERVPRO 24/7 in Santa Clarita to Help with Fire Restoration

Apartment building fires are both dangerous and frightening to encounter. Nobody in your Santa Clarita apartment complex is expecting a fire to break out, so all the actions that come when alerted to the event are crucial. When you own an apartment complex, you need a team that can handle the cleanup efficiently so that your tenants are not displaced for a long time. SERVPRO is there to address apartment and condo fires to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Handling apartment fire restoration in Santa Clarita is something best left to professionals. Here at SERVPRO, we are ready and equipped to scale our resources accordingly to get you the best results as quickly as possible.

Visible and invisible damage

Visible fire damage like soot deposits and charring will be apparent after any fire event, but unseen issues are also present after a fire, including:

  • Extreme temperatures during a fire caused damage to walls and flooring beyond where the flames burned, and soot settled.
  • Firefighters also use copious amounts of water or chemicals to put out the flames.

The combination of extreme heat and water elements often impacts other building units. With apartment complex fires or any building with multiple units in close proximity, a thorough inspection must get done to assess structural integrity, smoke infiltration, and moisture.

SERVPRO’s trusted methods to the rescue

When you want to get your tenants comfortable and back in their homes as fast as possible, SERVPRO’s prompt action and proven methods are here for you 24 hours a day. We get started with assessment as soon as first responders give us the green light to enter the building. We begin cleaning and restoration as soon as possible with the help of:

  • Pumps to pull up standing water
  • Drying equipment to restore relative humidity
  • Air scrubbers to address air quality
  • Controlled demolition to replace all charred and unsalvageable materials

You can count on SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley regarding fire restoration at your apartment complex. Reach us anytime by calling (661) 296-4600.

Why Flood Damage Must Get Handled Fast in Valencia

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO’s Flood Damage Help to the Rescue for Valencia Residents

As a Valencia resident, you must know the kind of damage that your home can encounter when floodwater infiltrates. Knowing the hazards, you have a better idea of how to prevent them or address them once it happens. While some people attempt DIY cleanup, there are many reasons why calling in expert water restoration technicians (WRT) is best. SERVPRO has the manpower, fast response times, and proven methods to get you back on your feet faster than any DIY measures can.

Why can’t I handle flood damage in Valencia on my own?

There are many hazards involved once contaminated floodwater in Valencia starts coming into any building. SERVPRO knows all the safety precautions to take, and we work fast while using industrial-grade equipment to begin removing standing water and addressing all structural damage. These are several things we want you to keep in mind should your home take on any floodwater:

  • It can damage your appliances and furniture.
  • It can make your house and occupants susceptible to mildew and mold growth.
  • It can cause issues with your septic system and well water.
  • It can create damage to your wiring and electrical cables.
  • It can compromise the foundation of your home.

Water damage can be a significant problem, but when you add in the pressure of floodwater and all the possible contaminants, this makes it a situation best handled by trained technicians. Because flooding can happen anytime, having SERVPRO’s number handy will give you the peace of mind that you can have IICRC-certified technicians at your door in four hours or less to get started on the cleanup.

SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley is available 24/7 and ready to get started with prompt disaster response should you have flood damage to your property. Once you contact our customer care team by calling (661) 296-4600, we can have our Green Fleet mobilized and ready to go. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Don’t Trust DIY Mold Removal Methods in Santa Clarita

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

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Why Santa Clarita Residents Call SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

Not only does mold look bad, but many hazards are involved once you find it festering within your Santa Clarita property. One issue is secondary damage, which can lead to costly repairs. This is why addressing mold colonies as soon as possible is imperative. The best way to ensure your property gets the professional clean you need is to contact skilled technicians to handle swift, effective mold cleanup. SERVPRO is available 24/7 to ensure your home gets returned to pre-mold condition “Like it never even happened.”

Why not DIY mold removal in Santa Clarita?

There is no such thing as total mold removal. Many products and companies claim they offer removal, but mold is all around us. Microscopic spores are on our clothing, outside in the air we breathe, and on virtually every surface. However, skilled mold remediation technicians (AMRT) like we have at SERVPRO know how to address colonies safely to bring levels back to normal without further impact on your interior.

Our proven containment and cleanup methods

SERVPRO develops an action plan to clean all surfaces with suspected mold. We contain the area by pinpointing the source, putting up poly sheeting (flexible plastic walls), and implementing negative pressure. Other measures include:

  • Our technicians work safely while wearing personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • All porous materials with heavy mold damage get removed and disposed of according to local guidelines.
  • Anything that can get cleaned is thoroughly dried and treated with antimicrobials.
  • After the mold is addressed, with the help of trusted area contractors and vendors, we repair all areas where materials have to get removed.

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is paramount in any mold cleanup project. We use air scrubber technology with onboard HEPA filtration to further pull particles from the air.

SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley is here should you suspect you need mold remediation. Get in touch by calling (661) 296-4600, and we will schedule a team to get started on the cleanup!

Removing Smoke Odors After Santa Clarita Fire Restoration

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

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Preferred Deodorization Following Fire Restoration

One of the more formidable lingering obstacles for fire damage recovery is a strong malodor. Because of the importance of overcoming these smells, we have multiple deodorizing measures and products to help. 

Filtration Lessens Severity

One of the first steps to address smoke odors during fire restoration of Santa Clarita homes is the reduction of odor severity. Cleaning the environment is a good initial step in reducing an odor's strength. HEPA filtration and electric filters can dramatically reduce circulating smoke solids.

Absorption and Adsorption

Drawing odor molecules into a product is the premise for this type of deodorization or counteracting. Placing absorbent materials in airflow pathways can cause some of this offensive smell to be absorbed by fragrant solids. Some examples include:

  • Activated charcoal
  • Membranes
  • Absorbent granules and beads

Pairing Agents and Products

Pairing is a process that combines a concentrated solution with odor molecules circulating in the environment. The most common application of these used by our SERVPRO professionals is a humectant which bonds with the odor and causes it to become heavy precipitation and land on surfaces. Wipe cleaning can remove the neutralized smell at this stage. 

Oxidation is Effective

This process introduces an unstable element into the area impacted by the smoke odor. Ozone generators, for example, create a compound with an extra oxygen molecule that can seek out and bond with odor molecules. When ozone bonds chemically with the odor compound, it becomes neutralized. The drawback is that this process cannot get performed with occupants in the house. 

There are many solutions for addressing harsh malodors after combustion. In many restoration projects, technicians can use several types of counteractant approaches and deodorizing measures to achieve the final result. Our SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley team can use powerful products to make smoke odors "Like it never even happened." Give us a call at (661) 296-4600.

Obstacles of Restoring Flood Damage in Valencia Crawlspaces

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage Is Challenging to Remove in This Area

Flooding can be a rapidly developing disaster for area homes, and for those in Santa Clarita Valley with crawlspaces, it can be challenging to clean and restore. We provide fast and experienced mitigative and restorative responses to emergencies, even with the obstacles of crawlspace flood recovery.

Confined Space Challenges

The greatest obstacle to flood damage in Valencia crawlspaces is the confined area. Some entrances to this area beneath the house are not broad enough to bring in equipment. Other physical barriers may lack sufficient spacing between the flooring and the main floor joists to place taller units like dehumidifiers. Careful planning is necessary when approaching crawlspace flooding.

Drying More Than the Dirt

Many of the available drying options we utilize can take longer to address the most pressing issues if the flooring of the crawlspace is dirt/mud. In some situations, installing polyethylene sheeting over the dirt is beneficial to create a vapor barrier against this moist surface and allow equipment to target the structure. Steps include:

  • Blocking off vents to the crawlspace in many cases
  • Creating a system to enable equipment to fit in the space
  • Once space exists, place air movers and dehumidifiers

The Advantage of Encapsulation

Encapsulating is another measure that can be taken after a crawlspace is dried and restored. This process prevents further moisture penetration and flood damage by installing plastic sheeting to coat all exposed surfaces along with mold inhibiting products. Permanent dehumidification devices might also be suggested. 

Crawlspaces are not an installation every home in the area has, but when flooding infiltrates those that do, it can be challenging to clean and restore. Our SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley professionals have unique and focused approaches to get flood damage dried quickly to protect your property. Call now at (661) 296-4600. 

Water Mitigation is For the Customer and Their Santa Clarita Home

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

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Our Water Mitigation Process Has Several Phases

Water mitigation and emergency services are critical in protecting a property contending with the earliest stages of a water disaster. As rapidly as moisture and water can move in a residence, we have efficient solutions to protect the structure and its contents from irreparable harm where possible. 

Water Mitigation in Action

Much of the water mitigation in Santa Clarita is the physical actions taken to recover the house after exposure to standing water and leaks. Still, part of this process is also easing the tensions of the customer. Disasters can be traumatic for homeowners, especially with the uncertainties of what might be damaged permanently. 

  • Notifying Customers of Risks - Customers need to be alerted to developing situations in their homes that might require them to move while restoration gets underway. Healthy communication helps keep the crisis as calm as possible. 
  • Evaluating Safety Hazards - From shock hazards to contaminants, SERVPRO professionals must evaluate safety concerns for the occupants of the house and our responding restorers.
  • Structural Inspections - Sagging materials can be a common sight after prolonged moisture exposure following situations like leaks or large plumbing failures. We evaluate the strength of installed materials and determine what is salvageable. 
  • Begin Water Removal - Extraction is one of the critical elements of water mitigation, as pooling standing water can be destructive in many ways. 

How Drying Tools Get Determined

The mitigation process also serves as an opportunity to carefully evaluate the condition of the work areas and decide the best restoration and drying tools from our inventory to help. Air movers, dehumidifiers, portable heaters, drying mats, and other equipment can benefit from this restoration phase. 

When water damage impacts area homes, the quick response of SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley technicians gets helpful mitigation started. Call our professionals now at (661) 296-4600.