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Commercial Property Damage Mitigation| SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Flooding can happen in the blink of an eye and do immeasurable damage to a business.

SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley has the resourcefulness, specialty tools, and skill required to help mitigate your commercial loss today.

During the past few months many businesses have had to close their doors or have experienced limited operating hours. Due to this there has been several cases of unmonitored flooding, fire, or other damage to the property. If this happens do not panic. SERVPRO is here to help. We have handled immeasurable cases where there have been large water losses in warehouses, office spaces, or business properties. The most important thing to keep in mind is that time is of the essence in scenarios such as these. Without the proper tools or skill, the situation can become exacerbated. Growth of mold, structural damage, or deterioration of surrounding materials.

If you or your business have suffered from commercial property damage give SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley a call at (661) 296-4600.

Making Advanced Preparations for Severe Storm Safety | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

If your home has been impacted by storm damage, SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley will respond quickly to assist in any repairs Person using a tablet for weather alerts. These are a great way to stay informed on the local and national forecast.

Thunderstorms and other severe weather events have been known to cause unprecedented damages in impacted areas. While some severe storms will pass by without incident, others will lead to wind, hail and lightning damage that can devastate an area.

For this reason, it is important to prepare ahead of time so you are never caught off guard due to a severe thunderstorm. Being aware of weather alert definitions, stocking and storing your emergency kit, and obtaining a reliable weather alert system for the home will give you peace of mind and make sure you are as safe as possible during a severe weather event.

Be Aware of Weather Alert Definitions

When local officials issue weather alerts, it is important to be aware of what they mean so you can know how to respond appropriately and stay safe. If a severe weather watch is issued for an area, that means that storms are possible but not currently happening, so standing by and staying tuned is advised. For severe weather warnings, however, a storm is currently happening or about to begin—this means to take cover and prepare to be impacted by the storm.

Stock and Store Your Emergency Kit

Having all the essentials in case of severe weather will help keep you and your family comfortable and safe while severe weather passes through. Having reliable light sources and backup batteries, shelf-stable food and fresh water is helpful for comfort, and a first-aid kit will come in handy in case an injury occurs. You should store this emergency kit in a temperature-controlled area where your family can hunker down and wait for the storm to pass, such as a basement bathroom or a hallway.

Obtain a Reliable Weather Alert System

While we typically rely on the internet and our cell phones for any pertinent updates regarding the weather, in the event of severe weather, this is not advised. Cell phones can become unreliable due to dead batteries and poor reception when electricity and cell signals are impacted by storms, so obtaining a backup method for weather alerts such as a non-electric weather radio will allow you to be certain you will stay informed.

If your home has been impacted by storm damage, we are here for you. You can contact us 247 to get a quick response to your home’s damages.

The Types of Water Damage Common Following Rainfall | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

Rainfall outside a local home In states like California, rain can be a little infrequent depending on the location. However, when it rains it usually pours.

There is never anything fun about dealing with water damage to your home, especially if it has snuck up on you. While floods bring their own sets of issues, we often see damage calls increase after heavy rain, as it can give rise to problems that people do not realize are a possibility.

Simply being aware can help you combat these common types of water damage, as you will know what to look for and can stop it before you start.

Where Water Damage Might Be Common After Heavy Rain

Backup of clogged gutters. Doing twice-annual gutter cleanings are a surprising way you can be proactive against preventing water damage. When debris is in the gutter, water may not be able to drain freely and can instead route its way into the vulnerable wood of your home.

Leaks around windows and doors. As a home ages, its defenses against weather can diminish—including the seals around windows and doors. When miniature cracks develop, rain can expertly work its way in and begin to soften the surrounding wood.

Poor drainage around the foundation. If a yard does not have adequate drainage, consider installing extra pipes or landscaping to route water away from the home. Puddles that sit against the foundation can eventually work their way in and do damage to the base of the home.

Leaks in and around the roof. Roof leaks can often be sneaky, often causing damage to an interior ceiling before they are noticed. Though this can be hard to catch, checking often for signs of wear and tear to the roof and shingles can help you determine if you may be at risk.

Malfunctioning of a sump pump system. A sump pump is a wise thing to purchase for your home, as they can significantly reduce your chances of water damage. However, taking care of them is a necessity, as poor maintenance can lead to backups and bigger problems.

Leaks around chimneys and skylights. Do not forget to inspect the seals around these types of features when you take a look at your home’s roof. With time, they can begin to break down and create gaps where water can slip in after heavy rainfall.

If you’ve experienced water damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call us 247 to have our trained technicians respond quickly and begin your restoration.

The Difference Between Sanitization and Disinfection

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

Viruses, Germs, and Bacteria are all pathogens which can be killed with either sanitization or disinfection. Pathogens can cause sickness when people are exposed to them. The best way to prevent this is to either sanitize or disinfect.

In our current time many people are frantically searching for any way to stay safe and healthy. In some ways this is a good thing. However, stockpiling hand sanitizer is not necessarily the best thing to do, nor economical with inflation hitting many products such as N-95 masks, bulk sanitizer, and even toilet paper.

While the terms sanitization and disinfection are often used interchangeably there are some key differences to note. Sanitizing in general is going to be a less harsh or invasive cleaning which will target common areas such as countertops, doorknobs, and appliances. The goal with sanitization is merely to lower the germ count. However, in the case of disinfection there is a more comprehensive and overall cleaning which targets to kill almost 100% of the germs within a residence.

Based on this information one should know the difference between the two and decide on which is right for them. Both have their benefits. Sanitization is going to be cheaper and quicker whereas complete disinfection can be more costly and take more time. Depending on the situation and one’s personal preferences sanitization or disinfection can both be viable options. An additional thing to consider is that a sanitization or even disinfection will only kill pathogens at the time of cleaning. As soon as another person enters the building, there is a chance for recontamination. Therefore, this is one other aspect to consider. In order to prevent this property owners should take extra precautions with spot cleaning and screening procedures at the entrance to limit this risk.

If you find yourself in a scenario where you would like sanitization or disinfection for your home, commercial space, or school give SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley a call at (661) 296-4600.

The Approach We Take to Water Restoration in 6 Steps | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

There is no perfect time to discover you have damage from water, but starting restoration immediately is always recommended when you do.

We are proponents of this, which is why we are here 24 hours a day to start our six-step approach to water restoration. Here’s what it entails:

6 Steps to Water Damage Restoration

1. Initial Emergency Contact
Water damage can happen at any hour, which is why we are here at every hour. You can call us at any time to report your damage, and one of our friendly staff members will ask you questions and assemble a response team to get to you as quickly as possible.

2. Inspection and Damage Assessment
We are extremely concerned with safety, both for you and our technicians, so we will establish that the scene is safe as soon as we arrive. Once this is done, we will assess the scope of the damage and create a custom plan for you to review before the work begins.

3. Moisture Extraction
We always want to start moving out standing water as quickly as possible, as this is the best way to reduce the chance of excess damages. We will pump and vacuum all the water we can with our industrial equipment in order to speed up drying times.

4. Dehumidifying and Drying
Following the removal of standing water, we will address the moisture trapped in the air and inside the pores of surfaces and belongings. Moisture can work its way down into a variety of things, so thoroughly drying everything out is the best way to ensure you do not have mold develop later on.

5. Cleaning Belongings
The bulk of the work will be done by now, but the cleaning process is still vital to a complete restoration. We will make sure your impacted items are not carrying any contaminants or odors so you do not have to worry about painful reminders of the water damage in the future.

6. Restoration and Repair
You can count on us for full and complete water restoration, which will encompass the repairs that will be necessary after water damage. Flooring and drywall will often have to be replaced and refinished, which we are happy to handle for you so your room is completely restored.

If your home has been water-damaged, you can count on us to help. Call us 247 to get the process started.

5 Entertaining & Creative Things to Do During Lockdown

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

It can be easy to feel bored and just without purpose during a lockdown. During times like these with state "stay at home" orders it can be easy to feel bored, stressed, or just kind of burnt out.

During this challenging time even the most productive of people are going to watch their fair share of Netflix, Disney +, and Hulu. Additionally, many people will play video games just to pass the time. While these are fun activities, they can also get quite boring after a while and leave you feeling drained. Here are 5 good alternatives which can be quite fun and also rewarding.

  1. Read a Book

While this may sound like something your librarian from middle school would tell you, it is actually quite amazing. Playing a video game or watching a movie are all linear experiences in a sense. Reading a book allows you to use your own creativity and imagination to in a sense vicariously live a much more adventurous life. Furthermore, it challenges your vocabulary, mind, and idea of what is reality. If one does not like reading or has difficulty doing so there are many services such as Audible which have pre-read audio files of books.

  1. Practice an Instrument

Playing music can be incredibly therapeutic and helps people express themselves in something more powerful than words. There is so much free time available now you could even teach yourself to play an instrument. YouTube is going to be one of your greatest tools—and also distractions—during this time. Take advantage of this unique opportunity and become the next Billy Joel or Justin Bieber.  

  1. Get Whatever You Need to Off Your Chest

One of the worst things you could do would be to bottle up all your feelings and just reside in them. If you have conflict with some family, friends, or loved ones give them a call. Be honest and let them know how you feel. At the same time, remind them of how much they mean to you and how you want restitution. This could also be a good testing ground if you are interested in a person. If you just send them a text asking how they are doing or things about their lives. If they are remotely interested, they will reciprocate this. However, if they don’t respond or just seem dry you can forget about them and move on with your life. This is the time for action not angst.

  1. Keep Up with Friends and Family

Don’t neglect to talk with your family and friends. While physical interactions and conversations are not advised nor necessarily wise, there are several alternatives. You can use Facetime if you have an iPhone for an easy and intuitive video conference. Additionally, there are apps such as Houseparty and Skype for any web enabled device. The importance of keeping in touch with your friends and family cannot be overstated. It will help you deal with any frustrations, bond with them, and develop a deeper relationship.

  1. Listen to a Podcast

Podcasts are like the modern-day radio show. There is an infinite variety of them. The beauty however is in the fact that one can listen to them whenever you want and there is no need to tune into a channel at a specific time. Podcasts are incredibly engaging and can help you to take your mind off all the worry of everyday life—even if only for an hour.

Hopefully, these ideas can help you enjoy this extra amount of free time and take your mind of all the stress of this situation in the meanwhile. 

Steps to Recover Quickly From a Flood With Safety in Mind | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

Three Large Houses in a Neighborhood with Severe Flooding If you’re experiencing any water damage from flooding, SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley is available 24/7 to assist you with any repairs.

Flooding is now a more common occurrence than it ever has been, which has spurred many people to think through exactly what their recovery strategy would be.

While recovering from a flood quickly is everyone’s top focus, it is important to understand that staying safe also plays a vital role in the recovery efforts. We have detailed the steps below to help you know exactly how to recover from a flood while remaining safe in the process.

Quick Recovery Steps to Take After a Flood

Avoid further safety hazards. It is a natural reaction to want to handle the damage as quickly as possible, prompting many individuals to be antsy to return to their homes. While this is understandable, it is important to check with local officials in your area to make sure the impacted regions are safe to inhabit once more.

Air out the home. While the damage that rising waters cause is devastating enough, those who have experienced flood damage are also at a high risk for mold development in the impacted areas. Mold thrives in damp areas with little air flow, so opening your home’s doors and windows can cut down significantly on its growth, as well as keep the air healthier to breathe as you work to clean up.

Document the damages. While many people will react to seeing the damage by immediately taking action, make sure you are gathering adequate documentation before you jump in. Create a detailed inventory list of everything that has been impacted by the flood and take photographic evidence to back up what you include. Not only is this helpful for your own records, but if you are eligible to file an insurance claim, it will come in handy through that process as well.

Contact your restoration and insurance companies right away. If you have already purchased flood insurance, getting in touch with your insurance company right away will help direct you toward next steps for filing a claim. Additionally, prioritize contacting your flood restoration company in the aftermath. Letting moisture sit can cause further damages to your home, so getting the professionals in quickly is always advised.

If your home has been damaged in a flood, we are here for you. You can contact us 247 to receive a quick response and set the restoration process in motion.

How to Stay Informed in a World of Uncertainty

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

In this time, there is a great deal of fear and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 situation. News agencies, governments, and global authorities are throwing out all kinds of data, speculations, and potential scenarios. This kind of information overload makes thinking rationally and being optimistic incredibly difficult. The main lesson here then is to know which resources to consult, have a limit on media exposure, and ultimately maintain an optimistic outlook.

What Resources to Consult

The most important thing to during this time is to know what resources to consult and give credence to. While it can be tempting to wish to have some inside knowledge or wisdom that is not public knowledge, it is not worth putting one’s trustworthiness at risk and spreading unnecessary fear or panic.  Among one of the most important resources to consult would be the Centers for Disease Control or the CDC. Here is their website and resources on COVID-19. This website will give you the most up to date procedures, statistics, and guidelines during this time. Additionally, one should understand their state regulations and consult their individual state government’s website. California’s state website has some good information and resources on their website. California’s government website on COVID-19. Another important source to consult would be a reputable national news agency. The ultimate goal here is to avoid spreading harmful or false gossip that one saw on Instagram, heard from a friend of a friend, or saw on a sketchy new site.

Limit Your Media Exposure

While this may seem like a misnomer, there is a lot of validity and application here. Constant exposure to the news can lead to a sense of fear and overwhelming responsibilities. The news is going to be constantly pushing whatever is most popular. At this moment that would be all of the terrible things going on in the world and the spread of a disease. Furthermore, every news agency is not fact checked or under intense scrutiny. Therefore, whatever is published does not have to be inherently true but rather engaging and interesting. Thus, one should be careful to limit their consumption of news and media to only that which is truly helpful and credible.

Maintain Positivity

One of the most important things to do in this time is to remain optimistic. This is the kind of energy which will fuel change, progress, and eventual triumph during this time. This is a core attribute of those who work so hard to curb the spread and flatten the curve during this time. Those in the medical field are not sitting around but rather facing this head-on and taking active steps to help those around them. Right now, is not the time to be selfish or think of how we can better prepare ourselves. Instead now is the time which will define us in how we serve others around us. While Netflix, YouTube, and gaming are probably dominating our lives right now one great media source that has just popped up is “Some Good News” hosted by John Krasinski also known as “Jim” from The Office. Here is the link for some positive news. The first episode already has over 13 million views and over a million subscribers on the newly formed show.

One Final Point

Overall, it is of the utmost importance during this time that we know what resources to consult, limit any unnecessary media exposure, and maintain a positive attitude. Even so, we should ask how we can help our community during this time. This could be the simplest of things such as buying groceries for a shut-in in the community, mowing the lawn for a neighbor, or helping the brave men and women in our local medical facilities by supplying face masks or other much needed supplies. In the words of John F. Kennedy, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

How to Prepare for Unpredictable Times | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

During recent years, there have been many natural disasters which have affected people and nations across the world. This has caused a great deal of concern and fear. However, with the right attitude and a little bit of preparation you can actually sit quite comfortably during times of uncertainty.

What Does it Mean to Prepare?  

Modern media would like to paint anyone who is preparing for the worst as some kind of extremist “prepper” or a lunatic waiting for the sky to fall. In reality, everyone is a prepper. This is the reason we have bank accounts, retirement funds, and even something as simple as fridges or non-perishable foods. No one knows what tomorrow will hold. Therefore, we should be at least somewhat cognizant of the potential for peril. This should not be an overwhelming fear or something which debilitates us but rather encourages us to appreciate everything in life and be prepared for when things do not go as planned.

 What Should You Have?

The most important thing to have is going to be food and water. However, this does not mean one should go out and get potato chips and some soda. You should buy calorie dense, nutritious, and non-perishable food such as rice, pasta, and canned goods. Furthermore, dried products such as potato flakes, dried fruit and beans, and oatmeal all have a shelf life of 20+ years. One should also have a good deal of water but be prepared that this could run out. The human body can go several weeks without food but only three days without water. Therefore, one should look into water purification tablets, filters, and even potentially gadgets such as water filters. Personal hygiene products and basic medical supplies should be a priority as well. One may also want to have basic camping supplies such as matches, a lightweight and easy to setup shelter, and sleeping bags in the event that extreme weather or unforeseen circumstances would force one to leave their residence.

What’s the Point?

The main goal in preparing for the worst is not to freak out or constantly overthink everything in life. Rather it is just the attempt to be ready for whatever this unpredictable world throws at you. Everyone should at least have some kind of plan for themselves and their loved ones should anything happen.

How to Keep Your Home Clean and Sanitary | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

In this current time there is a big focus on stocking up on sanitization products and even the hoarding of toilet paper. Furthermore, many people are purchasing inordinate amounts of isopropyl or rubbing alcohol and more harsh cleaning chemicals such as bleach. It is important to understand the use of such things and also how to keep your home clean and sanitized.

 Know Your Cleaning Chemicals

The first and most important tip to keep in mind is to never mix any chemicals. Most people are not chemists and have no idea what happens on a scientific level when they mix two generic household cleaning products. Therefore, you should never mix cleaning chemicals unless advised to do so from the cleaning company themselves. Additionally, always practice caution and do not clean with harsh chemicals without proper ventilation in the area. Even if you have to crack a window open or prop a fan up with an open door this is a good safety net. If you experience a headache, feel lightheaded, or have difficulty breathing leave the area immediately. Never breath too close to the cleaning chemicals as well as this can damage your throat and nasal passages. The main point here is to exercise a safe amount of caution and to never mix cleaning chemicals understanding whether or not the two will react.

 Know the Places to Clean

While certain sicknesses have different forms of transmission, the most common contraction is through the touching of one’s face, eyes, nose, and mouth. Therefore, one should take extra caution to clean that which one interacts with their hands.  This would include basic things such as door handles, knobs, countertops, tables, windows, and appliances. However, most people forget to clean things such as their car, keyboards, controllers, chairs, pillows, garbage bins, and especially your bathroom.

 Know How to Properly Clean

As much as we would like to start pouring rubbing alcohol on every surface of our home in this time, it is not smart nor safe to do so. The big concern with many cleaning chemicals is their flammability and also the respiratory problems that can occur if used improperly. The CDC recommends using a product with at least 70% alcohol content if one is using a rubbing alcohol based cleaner. Here is the article for further reference and tips. This is a highly flammable product and one should not put it in a spray bottle as this will aerosolize the liquid making it even more likely to ignite from static electricity or a spark from an electronic device. The best thing to do with this is grab a towel and apply a light splash to the rag and wipe down any surfaces as one would with a wet wipe. As the rag gets dry add more isopropyl and continue along. Even so, ensure that you have good ventilation and maybe turn on a fan so that the rubbing alcohol does not give you a headache. Be careful what you use cleaners on too as they can strip paint, change colors of furniture, and potentially damage articles of clothing.

Need Professional Services?

If you have a sanitizing or disinfecting job which is too large for you or needs extra attention, give SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley a call at (661) 296-4600. We have the training, tools, and technical skills needed to properly sanitize and disinfect your home or commercial property.

How Storms can Damage Your Home | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

Storms and natural disasters are some of the most destructive and expensive forms of damage to homes across the United States. Natural Disasters cost the U.S. over $91 billion alone in 2018. Article from CNBC on this topic. This can vary from flooding, hail, snow, fire, lightning, or hurricane damage. A great portion of the damage to homeowner’s property is not just from the initial impact.  The real concern is in secondary damage which may follow due to structural damage to the property or other concerns such as bacterial growth.

 Take Action!

The most important thing to do when your property experiences storm damage is to deal with the aftermath. This may take some time for you to collect yourself and come to terms with what you are going through. This is perfectly fine and a smart thing to do. However, it is imperative to ensure that your property will not experience any further damage after the fact. This depends on the scenario but in general you should have an inspection of the property by a trained professional. This will help you understand the extent of the damage and what your options for restoration and repair are. Furthermore, in the case of flooding you should act quickly. Remove as much of the standing water as possible and then set up some dehumidifiers until you can get professionals onsite to complete a full extraction of the moisture and water.

 Know When to Ask for Help

While working on your own home can feel rewarding and give you a sense of accomplishment it can also be quite laborious and at times dangerous without the proper equipment and training. If this is the case for you don’t hesitate to take action.

 How SERVPRO can Help

Here at SERVPRO we have the equipment and expertise needed to effectively mitigate whatever storm damage your home or commercial property has experienced. We have 24/7 availability which allows us to service you in the light or in the night.

Whatever your needs may be do not hesitate and give SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley a call at (661) 296-4600.

Smoke Detectors: Your First Line of Defense | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke detectors can often give homeowners the first alert of a fire within the home. When they are properly installed and functioning, they can help to protect your property, belongings, and most importantly your loved ones. While every fire cannot be prevented smoke detectors can help you to minimize the damage and protect yourself and those around you. Therefore, it is important to know how to install, monitor, and replace smoke detectors as need be.

Know Where to Install

One of the most important parts of installation of smoke detectors is to place them in the correct parts of the house. The National Fire Protection Association recommends placing smoke alarms on every floor of your home including the basement, inside and outside every sleeping area, and in high risk areas such as the kitchen, laundry room, and boiler area. 

Other Things to Keep in Mind

Choose a smoke detector that is certified by a recognized testing laboratory and not just the cheapest one online. You should also install the smoke detector at least 10 feet away from the stove and large cooking appliances to save you the pain and deafening beeping of a false alarm. Ensure that your smoke alarms all work together as well so that should an alert go off in the basement everyone in the house is aware. Most smoke detectors have wireless connection methods nowadays, otherwise you could contact an electrician or look up how to hardwire them online. Furthermore, there are two different types of smoke detectors: Ionization and photoelectric. Ionization excels in detecting high heat and flaring fires whereas photoelectric are better suited for low heat and smoldering fires. Both of these should be utilized throughout the home for the best coverage and protection.

 Know When to Replace

The vast majority of smoke detectors are designed with an internal non replaceable battery that lasts around 10 years. If your smoke detector is chirping this is a sign of a low battery and should be replaced as soon as possible. You should test all the smoke alarms in your home once every month using the test button on the detector. Furthermore, follow the instructions and manual that came with your smoke detector to clean it and ensure it does not get clogged up with dust or other contaminants which may hamper its ability to detect and alert to fires.

Experienced Fire Damage?

The reality is that even with fully functioning and interconnected smoke detectors, fires can and do unexpectedly happen. The most important thing is that you and your loved ones are safe. SERVPRO has the experience, expertise, and tools needed to properly mitigate and restore fire damage and make it “Like it never even happened.”  If you have experienced recent fire damage to your home or commercial property give SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley a call at (661) 296-4600.

How to Grill Safely | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

Grilling is a wonderful pastime and a tradition for many households across the United States during holidays, sporting events, and the occasional weekend barbeque. Nevertheless, many fires are started due to faulty grills, user error, or a freak accident. There are several things to keep in mind so you can safely enjoy grilling and the delicious food afterwards.

 Grill outside

The most important thing to ensure is that you are grilling outside and not in a garage or somewhere that could potentially burn down easily. Grilling indoors also exposes one to carbon monoxide which is deadly and is odorless and cannot be seen. When grilling outside, the grill should be at least 10 feet away from the base of the structure which you are grilling near. This should give you enough room to deal with a flare up or piece of charcoal that flies away.

 Clean Your Grill Frequently

Not only will this help you to have a better grilling experience overall, it will also prevent dangerous flare ups from accumulated grease and fat. This is one of the most important things to do as it is so easy for flames to build up and quickly overwhelm an old greasy grill and spread to things such as a deck, nearby chair, or the exterior of the home.

 Know Your Grill

There are both gas and charcoal grills. Make sure you know how your grill operates and ensure that you do occasional maintenance and examine that it is functioning properly. A big concern with gas grills is whether they have any leaks which could build up pressure and cause an explosive fireball. The easiest way to test for leaks is to make a one-part soap one-part water mixture then drip it on the hose and connections and then turn on the gas. If you notice large bubbles forming, you have a gas leak and should turn off the gas and replace the hose or connection points. Additionally, you should never use the gas feature when the grill top is closed as this could cause an unnecessary rise in pressure and an unintentional fireball.

 Be Prepared

Always keep a fire extinguisher nearby your grill so that if the need arises you can quickly and effectively stop a fire. If for some reason the fire cannot be contained call 911 and remove yourself and any other people from the premise.

 Grill fires are quite common across the US. If you happen to experience one of these and are in need of restoration give the experts over at SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley a call at (661) 296-4600.

Looking Ahead | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

As this challenging situation in our nation continues to evolve, each state is making their own decisions regarding state shutdowns, curfews, and restrictions on large gatherings. Unfortunately, this is greatly affecting a large portion of businesses both large and small. Many businesses are being forced to restrict how many employees can work in a day or completely alter the way their operation runs in accordance with social distancing. Furthermore, some businesses that are considered non-essential are having to shut down temporarily. Thankfully, states are recognizing what they have deemed as “essential” businesses needed for the safety, well-being, and smooth operation of our local communities. An example of these “essential services” would be grocery stores, power plants, plumbers, exterminators, electricians, and of course emergency services such as SERVPRO. SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley is trained in the mitigation of water, fire, biohazard, storm, and commercial restoration. Furthermore, we have the proper personal protection equipment (PPE), training, and protocol to effectively sanitize and disinfect your commercial workspace or building. Our 24/7 availability allows us to respond quickly if you think your workspace may have had exposure or has been exposed to viral pathogens or sicknesses. The trained professionals here at SERVPRO have the knowledge and expertise needed to get your business back on its feetquickly.

If you have any sanitizing or disinfecting needs for your business or commercial property give SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley a call at (661) 296-4600 today.

5 Tips to Ensure You and Your Employees Stay Healthy and Happy | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

As we have seen in the news and media the current situation regarding COVID-19 has drastically changed how our world operates. Not only are many states calling for stay at home orders, but many workers and students are having to head home due to the nature of this situation. These regulations are being instituted in our best interests. Despite this, it can be quite easy to feel frustrated or annoyed with the situation overall so here are 5 tips to stay healthy and happy during this time.

  1. Maintain Social Distancing

Despite the annoying nature of having to distance oneself from friends and those we interact with, it is essential to prevent the spread of sickness. Most health organizations are recommending at minimum a 6ft gap between individuals. John Hopkins Medicine also suggests working from home, switching to online schooling, talking to family and friends digitally, and cancelling large group events. Hopkins Article

  1. Exercise!

This is another key attribute to staying healthy and happy during this time. Exercise has been shown as an effective way to improve one’s immune system and overall cardiovascular health. Furthermore, the act of exercise helps to eliminate stress and can almost be a form of therapy. This could be in any variety of forms. Unfortunately, many gyms are shutting down and most people do not have a full gym set in their home. Nevertheless, so long as one maintains social distancing, going for a run is one of the best opportunities to get some exercise and eliminate the feeling of being under house arrest. Many states make an exemption for this very purpose.

  1. Get Productive

It can be quite easy during times like these to just feel lazy and become unproductive. Take this time as a challenge to be better in everything: eating, school, exercise, meditation, reading, etc. Set up a routine for your day. This is the best way to actively take control of the situation and not feel weighed down. You set the course of your day. Still take in consideration the limitations and legal premises but actively take ownership of your day.

  1. Take Time to Organize

It is too easy to get disorganized and lazy in times such as these. Rather, be productive and organize your home and workspace—if it has not closed down. This will help you not only be less stressed but will also help with your transition back into normalcy when everything settles down.

  1. Be Understanding

These are completely unprecedented times and people aren’t always going to deal with things properly. The key thing here is to be gracious with not only our friends and family, but also with the local businesses and governing bodies in our respective communities. Everyone is in the same boat and is overwhelmed and filled with questions regarding the future.

Altogether, these five tips will help not only you but also your employees stay happy and healthy in these challenging times. It is only through the adherence to the set guidelines that we can ensure ourselves, families, and communities stay healthy during this season. If you have any cleaning, sanitizing, or disinfecting needs for your commercial property or business give SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley a call at (661) 296-4600.

How to Prepare for Unpredictable Spring Weather | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

Storm rages Lightning is a common source of damage and destruction for homeowners or their property.

The spring season is here, meaning we can enjoy delightful weather, but we must also buckle up for whatever Mother Nature may choose to send our way.

Severe Weather in the Spring

With spring comes longer days and more sunshine, but unfortunately, the season also brings with it the threat of severe weather throughout the country. It’s an uncertain time of year, which means the weather may change at moment’s notice.

Unstable temperatures are the cause for changing weather, going from warm to cold in even the same day. That temperature change can result in extreme weather changes as well.

Thunderstorms become more common throughout the spring and are the main cause of severe weather. They can occur whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, which is most common in the spring and summer.

When looking at natural catastrophe losses in the U.S. for 2017, severe thunderstorms caused the most losses and produced some of the costliest results. Out of 50 events, there were 85 fatalities and an estimated total of $25.4 billion in overall losses.

Whenever there is a severe thunderstorm present, they can bring about a threat of flooding, high winds and even tornadoes if the conditions are right. It has been found that in modern history, 10% of all violent tornadoes have occurred in March, with April, May and June taking the top spots at 30%, 24% and 15% respectively.

Prepping for Mother Nature’s Choice

We are not able to predict the weather with 100% accuracy, but fortunately, there are tools available to forecasters to at least give us warning that severe weather could be coming. Advanced warnings, along with the right preparation, can greatly improve overall safety for your family.

Here are some things you can do to your home to prepare for the chance of severe weather:

  1. Clear out your home’s gutters, drains and downspouts.
  2. Trim trees of precarious limbs or branches that could break off in a storm.
  3. Secure or store outdoor belongings if severe weather is in the forecast.

Having an emergency kit on hand is always advised. These kits should include the following:

  • Battery-operated flashlight and NOAA weather radio, with extra batteries for both
  • Emergency evacuation or shelter plans
  • Important personal info, like telephone numbers of neighbors, family and friends, insurance and property info, numbers for the utility companies, and medical info
  • A first-aid kit with things like non-latex gloves, adhesive bandages, tweezers, sterile gauze pads, aspirin packets, adhesive cloth tape and scissors
  • 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Blankets or sleeping bag

Despite its unpredictability, there is one thing that always remains true of the spring weather season: It always happens. If your home or business is damaged in a storm, you can depend on SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley to get the cleanup and restoration process started fast.

Top 10 Tips to Avoid Getting Sick This Spring | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Using Hand Sanitizer The first thing people usually think of to prevent sickness is hand sanitizer. Although this is helpful there are many more things one can do.

While Spring is known for a changing of tides in weather and foliage, it can also be quite easy to get sick. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when trying to avoid the common cold or flu.

  1. Wash Your Hands!

This is one of the simplest and yet most overlooked aspects of avoiding the common cold. We use our hands for everything. This makes them one of the most common places for bacteria or sickness to enter the body. Be sure to wash your hands frequently throughout the day using soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds.

  1. Avoid Touching Your Face

Many people habitually touch their face whether they are stressed, happy, bored, or angry. It’s just part of our human nature and psychology. Even so, one should exercise caution in doing this as it can be easy to contract any form of sicknesses. This tip coincides with washing one’s hands. Even so, one should try to not touch their face excessively.

  1. Stay Hydrated

One of the most common ways to have a weakened immune system is dehydration. The body alone is constituted by around 60% water. A well hydrated body is key to allowing your internal organs to function properly, expel toxins, and fight off sickness. Without this key factor, it can be easy to become sick.

  1. Get Enough Sleep

Everyone has different sleep requirements and may feel better rested than others on less sleep. However, it is incredibly important to get around 7-9 hours of sleep. Sleep is the body’s way of healing and recovering. Don’t try to power through or insist you can function on 3 hours of sleep. It is not healthy for an individual to operate in this fashion for a long time and can make one susceptible to sickness.

  1. Look at Your Diet

Are you eating your fruits and vegetables? While this may seem like something your mother would have asked you as a child, it is actually quite an accurate and valid question. Fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants all which help to fight sickness. There is nothing wrong with enjoying a cheat meal or having a steak. However, one should try to incorporate fruits and vegetables into their diet consistently.

  1. Avoid Sick People

While this may be easier to implement for some than others, it is important to maintain a good distance if others are sick. This may seem rude to the person who is ill. If this is the case, just be honest with whoever you are avoiding by saying you are trying to not get sick.  They should understand and recognize this as a legitimate concern.

  1. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!

The best way to prepare for sickness is to hit the gym. Exercising frequently and strengthening the body is one of the most effective ways to prevent sickness. There have been many studies conducted which show that frequent exercise improves the immune system. One doesn’t even need to be a gym junkie to reap the benefits. Moderate exercise which raises the heart rate slightly and improves cardiovascular health is the best way to strengthen the immune system.

  1. Ensure Immunizations Are up to Date

Look at your recent immunizations and make sure that you are all up to date with your local health practitioner. This can help you to prevent any number of sicknesses from occurring. Additionally, many local supermarkets offer a great deal of services in immunizations.

  1. Be Happy!

One of the simplest and yet most difficult things to master is having a positive outlook on the world. The biological chemistry of anger and sadness causes a whole host of issues but can really hurt one’s immune system. The best way to deal with this is to acknowledge stress in one’s life and deal with the root of the issue. Additionally, meditate, drink tea, go for a run; do whatever makes you happy—your immune system will thank you later. 

  1. Be Conscious of Others

If you do find yourself in the unfortunate position of being sick, try to avoid going to large social gatherings or public places where you could cause the spread of sickness. Additionally, it is better to just lay low and get some rest when you are sick. Take care of yourself and make that your number one priority. Don’t be afraid to say no to invitations or a gathering if you are sick.

Overall, these ten tips are the best way to ensure that you stay healthy and are just good tips in general to lead a happy and healthy life.

How to Recognize Leaking Pipes | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

An example of a moderate to severe pipe leak This is an example of a fairly severe leak in a pipe. While this does happen the majority of leaking pipes are closer to a drip from poor seals.

One of the most common sources of water damage is a leaking or damaged water line. This could be the result of a catastrophic failure in which a line is spewing water rapidly or a slight trickle. The upside of having a burst pipe is that you will likely notice it unless you are off the property. This clearly will require the removal of a great deal of water but is easily noticeable. On the other hand, a small leak from a pipe is much harder to recognize and can be more problematic in the sense that bacterial growth is more likely to happen here. Therefore, it is important to know how to recognize a leaking pipe and how to deal with it.

 Know the Problem Areas

One of the most basic things is to recognize is where your pipes are. The most common areas for a leaking pipe are in the bathroom and kitchen. The general region one should keep an eye on is under the sink as this is out of view. The area is not often looked at and a small leak could go unnoticed for days, weeks, even months. Ensure that your pipes have no dramatic problems here or corrosion along the area. Other areas which can commonly have leaking pipes are in your basement or in crawl spaces.

 Know the Warning Signs

There are several telltale signs of a leaking pipe. The most apparent is if there is standing water that keeps appearing for apparently no reason. Another sign could be damp floors or swelling and cracked flooring pieces. Yellowing or stains on nearby walls or bubbling of paint could also point to a leaking pipe. An obvious sign would be swollen or drooping drywall. If you are seeing similar things around your home, you may have a leak in your pipes.

 Test the Area

If you suspect a leak in your pipes place a small container directly under the pipe and check on it later in the day and the day after. If there is any water accumulation you now know there is a leak. If the leak is severe you can shut off your water valve which is usually found in the basement or outside near your utility box.

 Call a Plumber

If the source of the leak is unknown or cannot be dealt with on your own give your local plumber a call. They have the expertise and knowledge to deal with the issue safely and should be able to inspect the rest of your home or commercial property for any further issues or leaking pipes.

If You Have Water Damage

In the unfortunate scenario you have suffered from water damage in your home or commercial property give SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley a call at (661) 296-4600. We have the experience, expertise, and tools necessary to mitigate whatever water damage you may have on your property.

What to Know About Weatherproofing Your Home | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

When severe weather is on the way, there is no way to predict how much damage it will lead to—however, homeowners that have taken the time to install weatherproofing around their house can have much less worry when the forecast is messy. Weather damage causes 50% of insurance claims for homeowners, so doing everything you can to prevent damage is advised.

Protecting your home from the weather is not a difficult or cost-prohibitive task, and generally involves keeping an eye on things before they fall into disrepair. Keep reading to discover our top tips for weatherproofing your home before the next storm.

What to Consider When Weatherproofing

Keep Your Shingles in Shape
Roof leaks are commonly considered a problem for older homes, but leaks can start for many reasons, even on fairly new homes. Keeping an eye out for broken, loose or missing shingles is the best way to catch these early so you are able to get a repair before a heavy storm comes through.

Beat the Weather With Weatherstripping
Adding weatherstripping around exterior windows and doors can have many benefits. When heavy rains saturate your area, water can make its way through minuscule cracks that weatherstripping can prevent. Additionally, weatherstripping is recommended by Energy.gov as a way to save money by cutting energy costs.

Gut Debris From Your Gutters
Clogged gutters can quickly lead to damage due to standing water, so clear out all of the leaves and debris at least twice each year. Between these cleanings, doing a visual inspection here can also be helpful—drain pipes that aren’t draining, standing water or any other oddities might be a sign that your drainage system is not working as intended.

Pick the Right Paint
If it is time to update the paint on your house, consider how this can increase your weatherproofing as well. Many exterior paints are now being made to be UV-resistant and even have enhanced waterproof technology built right into the coloring. Weather can wear down your house and lead to damage over time, so this can help your house age gracefully in harsh conditions.

If you have issues with storm damage to your home, we are always here to help. Contact us 24 hours a day for a rapid response.

Top Ways to Prevent Mold in Your Home

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

The most important thing to remember with mold is that it thrives in damp and humid regions. The best way to prevent mold is to clean up stagnant water and keep airflow going throughout one’s home.

Therefore, the first thing one should do is understand the common areas mold can grow. Some of the most common areas of a home where mold can grow is the basement, behind the fridge, under or near sinks, in the laundry room, bathroom, and general areas where water pipes are running. 

Another important thing to do to prevent the growth of mold is to check the waterproofing of one’s home. The windowsills, door frames, and exterior of a home should all be properly sealed. Cracks or exposed regions should be sealed with caulk or the appropriate waterproofing material. This is not just limited to the interior of one’s home. A damaged roof or gutters can invite water and moisture into areas that are not well ventilated and fairly humid. This is the perfect breeding ground for mold. Therefore, one should ensure that their roof is inspected for any leaks and that their gutters are cleaned and work to direct water away from the home.  

A simple and yet completely understated tip is to keep areas dry. If you spill a soda or water is pooling somewhere, dry it as soon as possible. While the time varies depending upon a variety of factors, mold can grow 24-48 hours after exposure to water. One can also purchase a humidity gauge from their local home improvement store to measure the level of humidity in the ambient air. The ideal range for humidity is between 40-50%.  

If you have mold in your home give SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley a call at (661) 296-4600. We have the experience and tools needed to mitigate any and all kinds of mold damage.

What Customers Think About Us |SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

We know there are many options when it comes to choosing a restoration company. SERVPRO believes in providing outstanding service, as well as treating every customer like family. But don’t take our word for it, check out these quotes from our amazing customers!

“SERVPRO was extremely thorough, quick, and professional! Excellent crew, from the office staff to the working crew, to the owner! Would definitely recommend!”

“I can’t say enough wonderful things about SERVPRO. We had an emergency biohazard mess that needed immediate attention. I called SERVPRO and they were able to put together a team to come out the same day. The team worked diligently for 4 hours to clean up the mess. The(y) were nice, efficient, and their attention to detail was beyond excellent. I’m a very happy customer and will recommend SERVPRO to anyone who needs this type of cleaning. Thanks guys from the bottom of my heart.”

“We had some construction work done in our office and no matter how many times we cleaned and dusted we just couldn't keep the layer of dust from reappearing. We were all coughing and sniffling and knew we needed professional help. SERVPRO saved the day!  They responded quickly, were wonderful to work with, and their attention to detail is outstanding!  Our office is sparking clean, they cleaned everything from the walls to the furniture to the stapler to AIR, and we are back up and running. I would recommend this crew a million times over. Thank you SERVPRO!”

“Great company and crew chief Jose. Always on time and polite. Cleaned up after every visit and let me know what would be expected. Amanda in the office was very communicative and helpful. Highly recommended!”

“Our insurance company sent SERVPRO out to our house after we had a water leak.  They arrived very quickly and got to work right away cleaning up our kitchen and setting up the various machines that were needed to dry out the damage.  Matt explained everything to us in detail and let us know what he would be doing at each visit.  He checked in on us everyday and always answered any questions we had.  Matt and his crew were prompt, professional, clean and courteous during the entire process, which lasted about a week.  I wouldn't hesitate to call this company again if we ever need them.  Thanks for a great job Matt and SERVPRO!” 

“Wow, SERVPRO of Santa Clarita rocks! When we had an unforeseen side effect of office construction, SERVPRO came in immediately and scrubbed down everything! This was especially important because our clientele often have compromised immune systems and cannot tolerate dust and debris. Kudos to these fabulous pros for cleaning us up!”

Here at SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley we strive for excellence and customer satisfaction. Serving our customers and providing superior service through our experienced teams is one of our greatest passions. If your home or commercial business has any damage or restoration needs don’t waste a minute and give us a call! We operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Reach out to us at (661) 296-4600.

Why Choose SERVPRO? | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley has been serving the area for over 15 years. Throughout the years we have served our customers through our 24/7 available crews, dedication to excellence, and focus on customer satisfaction. We have been recognized in our ability to serve our community with excellence through 10 Outstanding Sales Performance Awards.

Our dedication to customer service extends far beyond just completing the job. Our motto at SERVPRO is to make it “Like it never even happened.” This means when you have water or fire damage, mold, or a biohazard issue we are going to get on site and begin mitigation and or restoration as soon as possible.

If you have an emergency and need our help fast call us immediately!

SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in the Santa Clarita Valley. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? 

Call Us 24/7 – (661) 296-4600

We Are Here to Help 24/7 |SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

Besides our excellence in service, dedication to customer satisfaction, and experienced staff, our 24/7 availability is what distinguishes us from our competitors. Whatever the issue may be or the time of the problem, SERVPRO can help!

SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley understands the stress and other burdens that arise with unexpected property damage. Whatever the specific mitigation needs, being able to respond quickly is essential. Within minutes, water will spread throughout one’s property and be absorbed by walls, floors, upholstery, and personal belongings. Within the first day drywall will begin to deteriorate, metal surfaces tarnish, furniture will swell and crack, and a musty odor will develop. During the week mold and mildew can grow and spread with metal rusting, paint blistering, wood flooring warping, and serious biohazard contamination being possible. Following the first week, the cost of restoration and time to complete will increase dramatically with potential structural integrity, mold growth, and biohazard contamination being potential concerns. Furthermore, we recognize the need to get everything back to normal as soon as possible. This is the essence of our motto to make sure it is “Like it never even happened.” We take pride in our ability to respond quickly and offer around the clock support when you need it most.  

At SERVPRO of Santa Clarita our 24/7 availability, experienced staff, and commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction is what makes us the best choice for any and all of your restoration needs. If you have any restoration needs for your home or commercial property do not hesitate! Call us now at (661) 296-4600.

Top 5 Tips for Preventing Fires in The Home | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

  1. Never leave a flame unattended

This is by far the most important of all these tips. The two largest sources of residential fires in the U.S. are from candles and cooking accidents. Always be aware of open flames. It only takes a few seconds for a fire to spread rapidly from an unattended flame.

  • Keep a candle at minimum 12 inches away from flammable objects
  • Blow out unattended candles and turn off an unattended stovetop
  • Ensure a candle is sturdy or in a candle holder which will not fall down
  1. Watch your electronics!

As consumers we place a lot of trust and faith into the functionality and safety of our electronics. The reality is that there can be defects and inherent safety risks with our electronics. Therefore, keep this in mind:

  • Never plug in devices with damaged or frayed cords
  • Consider having a certified electrician perform an annual evaluation of your home’s wiring
  • Use your senses. If an outlet or device looks burnt or damaged or there is an odor of burning plastic or unsavory smell coming from an appliance, remove the device immediately and consult the manufacturer.
  1. Keep furniture and flammable materials away from heaters

Seemingly harmless heating tools such as a curling iron, hair dryer, or a space heater can still cause fires when left on for too long in close proximity to flammable sources. Some helpful tips to prevent fires from heating appliances are:

  • Turn off your space heater when not in use
  • At a minimum keep heating elements three feet away from flammable objects
  • Never use an oven to warm your house
  1. Test your smoke detectors

One of the most practical tips to protect you and your family from fires is to ensure that your smoke detectors are functional. Be sure to test your devices monthly and also replace the batteries as soon as the low battery alert begins or once a year. Furthermore, place smoke detectors on every floor, including the basement. Finally, replace your smoke detectors every 10 years or earlier.

  1. Keep fire extinguishers readily available

Fires can happen rather suddenly, and one must be prepared to deal with it before it gets out of control. There are several things to keep in mind with fire extinguishers.

  • Keep a fire extinguisher in each area of the house which may pose a fire risk
  • Ensure that the members of the family know how to use a fire extinguisher
  • If a fire cannot be contained via fire extinguisher call 911 and grab your loved ones and leave your residence as soon as possible

Staying Safe From Fire Risks in the Kitchen | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

The kitchen is often the hub of the home where family and friends will gather and spend quality time and where meals are prepared. But the kitchen is also an area where many home fires occur.

Cooking fires top the charts as the No. 1 cause of home fires and injuries. The leading cause of these kitchen fires is unattended cooking.

State Farm reports that in 2017 alone they paid out over $130 million in homeowners insurance claims related to kitchen fires caused by grease or cooking. According to the insurance company, these are the worst states for kitchen fires:

  • North Carolina
  • Texas
  • Pennsylvania
  • California
  • Ohio
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Alabama
  • Georgia
Tips for Preventing Kitchen Fires

Staying in the kitchen while cooking is just one way to be prevent fires but it is not the only fire safety tip you should be following. Here are some other helpful tips to observe while cooking:

1. Be careful about the type of clothing you wear when cooking. Does your outfit have long, flowing sleeves or is it big and baggy? It could catch on fire if you aren’t careful while cooking over the stove. It’s best to wear short or close-fitted sleeve shirts and make sure any baggy shirts are tucked in or tied back.

2. Watch the items around the stovetop. Make sure you don’t have kitchen towels, oven mitts, appliance cords or even curtains too close to the stovetop when cooking. Ideally, anything flammable will be moved away from it.

3. Have a fire extinguisher easily accessible to the kitchen. Hopefully you have at least one fire extinguisher located in your home, ideally one that is near your kitchen. Make sure you know how to properly use the extinguisher, just in case it is ever needed.

4. Do not throw hot grease in the garbage can. The grease may not be on fire, but it could be hot enough to cause something in the trash to burn. You should let the grease cool a bit and then dispose of it in an old coffee can. Also, know the smoke points of the oils you cook with. Be sure to never subject a low-smoke point oil to high heat when cooking, as it could catch fire.

5. Have a fire escape plan established for all to be aware of. Thinking about the worst-case scenario is never fun, but it’s better to be prepared than unprepared if an emergency were to occur. Go over exit routes and designated meeting points with your family, making sure that everyone knows what to do.

Fire safety in the kitchen is an absolute necessity, as it can help prevent dangerous and destructive cooking fires. If your home has experienced damage from a cooking fire, know that SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valleyis here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

How to Prepare Your Business to Face Emergencies | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

As a business owner, there are a multitude of things that you must take into consideration, but one of the most important is emergency preparedness.

While having a plan in place does not ensure that a disaster will not occur, it does give you and your business a head start where safety is concerned. And it will, at the least, make sure that your employees know what to do if a disaster or emergency situation should occur.

Making the Plan

How about making time soon to develop an emergency preparedness plan for your business if you have not already done so. In fact, make this a top priority; you have everything to gain by being proactive in this matter.

There are numerous emergencies your business should have a preparedness plan in place for, including:

  • Fire
  • Severe weather, including thunderstorms and winter storms
  • Other natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes
  • Human-caused hazards, including accidents or acts of violence
  • Technology-related issues like power outages and equipment failure

Whether it’s an emergency caused by man or nature, if there is no emergency plan set out for your employees and your business, the situation could get even more stressful quickly.

You should make sure that safety training and familiarization of emergency preparedness plans are included in the company onboarding process, team-building activities and continuing education opportunities. By helping employees familiarize themselves with proper safety protocol and emergency procedures, you’re not only giving them the tools to protect themselves, but you are also setting them up to help protect guests/visitors and the business itself.

Where to Start

Setting up an emergency plan for your business should start with an evaluation of how different emergency scenarios may occur—even include those that you think have no chance of happening. After all, it’s better to prepare for all the worst-case scenarios and not be caught off guard.

The internet offers plenty of online resources to help guide you through this process, including Ready.gov, the American Red Cross, FEMA and the CDC.

Consider conducting a business impact analysis (BIA), which will offer insights into the potential effects a disaster could have on your business. This would include lost or delayed sales and income, increased expenses from repairs, and delayed implementation of business plans. Don’t forget to make sure a crisis communications plan is in place, too.

Don’t stop there once you have come up with an emergency preparedness plan. Be sure to hold drills and reviews to practice with employees. Reviewing and rehearsing various scenarios can help ensure the process remains fresh in their minds and can help employees feel more empowered.

Disaster can strike when you least expect it, but by being prepared and having a plan in place, your business will be better suited to handle whatever Mother Nature has in store. If the worst should happen and your business is damaged, know that SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Safety Tips for Your Commercial Property | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

9/2/2019 (Permalink)

Have you ever stopped to think of the safety responsibilities you, as a business owner, have regarding risks to your business, staff and visitors? One of those risks you need to spend a little extra time planning for and working toward preventing is a fire.

Common Causes of Commercial Fires

Research conducted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) indicates that the leading causes of structure fires in office properties from 2007–2011 listed, in order, were:

  1. Cooking equipment, 29% of fires
  2. Electrical distribution and lighting equipment, 12% of fires
  3. Heating equipment, 11% of fires
  4. Intentional, 10% of fires
  5. Smoking materials, 9% of fires
  6. Exposure, 4% of fires
  7. Electronic, office or entertainment equipment, 3% of fires

Of those causes, intentional, exposure, and electrical distribution and lighting equipment accounted for the most property damage with 20%, 18% and 15% respectively.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that in 2007, fires and explosions accounted for 3% of all workplace fatalities.

Looking at more recent numbers, the NFPA estimates that from 2007–2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 3,340 fires in office properties per year. Those fires were responsible for an average of four deaths, 44 injuries and $112 million in direct property damage, annually.

Watching Out for Fire Hazards

By focusing on fire risk assessment, fire prevention and staff education, you will be taking some of the steps to protect your business from the risk of fires. Let’s take a look at those three steps.

First, assess any fire hazard risks. In some areas, the local government may even offer a visit from a fire marshal to help identify these risks and provide guidance on your fire prevention plan.

You’ll want to make sure that the right fire protection equipment is in place, which should include an automatic sprinkler system, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers for each floor.

Finally, by creating a fire plan and regularly reviewing it with your staff, you’ll be making sure everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire. Conduct fire drills at least once a year to keep that fire safety protocol fresh, and take time to review evacuation plans and routes and the location of the first-aid kits.

Despite best efforts with fire prevention and safety tips, the worst could always happen at your business. If a fire has damaged your business, SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley is available to help make it "Like it never even happened."

A Breakdown of the 3 Types of Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

It is easy to think that all water involved with water damage is the same, but actually, there are three classifications of water that occur in water damage: clean, gray and black. By understanding the different types of water involved, you will be able to understand how to better deal with water damage.

It doesn’t matter what type of water has caused damage, there will always be a cleanup and restoration process that follows. First and foremost, the most important part of cleanup is to remove all the moisture and wet items quickly to prevent mold from flourishing in this mold-ideal environment.

Clean Water Will Cause Damage

Clean water is just what its name states and is not likely to create an immediate threat to your health. This water is free of contaminants and can come from:

  • Broken water lines
  • Malfunctioning appliances
  • Toilet holding tanks
  • Snow melt and rainwater

This type of water damage is the easiest type of water damage to deal with, as there will fewer less microbes living in the water. But it can become gray water after 48 hours and after contact with the surfaces of a building, moving it up to category two.

Gray Water Can Be Hazardous

Gray water means the water damage cleanup and restoration process can become a bit more serious. This water may create a health risk since it will contain slight chemical or biological contamination. This slight contamination involved with gray water will mean that it will need to be thoroughly treated before safe consumption.

Gray water can come from dishwashers, aquariums, showers, etc. The 48-hour exposure time applies here as well, with gray water turning into black water if not treated.

Black Water Is Hazardous

Black water is the most dangerous of the three classifications, and it is considered to be highly contaminated by harmful chemicals and biological matter. This includes floodwaters containing soil and all sewage water.

Sewage water is contaminated with dangerous microbes, including bacteria, protozoans, molds, fungi and more—many of these can be harmful to humans.

Some of the diseases that can be transmitted by black water are:

  • Cholera
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis
  • Gastroenteritis-type illnesses

Since floodwater will pick up contaminants along its path, all waters associated with floodwater should be assumed to be black water.

These three floodwater classifications are recognized by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Remediation Certification (IICRC), which is an organization that certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our technicians all study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration and are available to help determine the steps to take to get your home back to normal.

It doesn’t matter what type of water has caused damage to your home or business, SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley is here to help get the situation under control and make it "Like it never even happened." Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need emergency cleanup and restoration services!

Picking a Restoration Company the Right Way | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Property damage can be devastating to anyone, but business owners face extremely high stakes when their commercial property is affected by a natural disaster. As reported by FEMA, up to 60% of businesses do not resume operations following a natural disaster.

Planning for a disaster is the best way for business owners to be sure they can recover from one, and picking your commercial restoration company is an important component of that. However, it is important to research the right things to ensure the company you choose is reputable. Here are some important things to look for:

1. A Comprehensive Emergency Plan

Even a few hours of neglecting to take action on damages after a disaster can cause them to compound and become more severe—meaning more expenditure and time will be required to restore. It is key to find a company with a solid emergency plan and quick response time, in order to address damage as quickly as possible.

This is the exact reason we have a 247 emergency line, which allows our technicians to be made aware of the damage the moment it is reported. They can spring into action faster, and business owners can focus on other tasks required of them to reopen.

2. An Emphasis on Training

Companies that invest in their employees’ education understand the importance of quality control and customer satisfaction in their work. To ensure your business is in the best hands, find a company that emphasizes the importance of training its technicians for restoration.

Our technicians are educated on the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)guidelines, which are the industry standard for restoration. They are also given continued education opportunities via online courses and certification options, in order to always continue to learn.

3. A Fleet of Up-To-Date Equipment

Technology has brought many advancements to the restoration industry, namely in the equipment that has now become the standard. Companies that are using outdated equipment or tools that are no longer recommended should be avoided.

Our equipment is selected in accordance with the IICRC’s restoration equipment recommendations. This ensures that we are using the most technologically advanced tools available, and can thus do a more efficient and effective job to get you back to business.

If you’re in need of commercial restoration, do not hesitate to make the call so you can get your business back faster. Our trained experts are here to help 24/7—contact us today.

Creating a Severe Weather Plan for Your Family | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

While there is often advanced warning for some types of severe weather, there are also times when Mother Nature can manage to catch us off-guard.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take and safety tips to follow to prepare your family for various severe weather occurrences.

Coming Up With a Severe Weather Plan

One of the best ways to be prepared in severe weather situations is to have a family emergency planestablished.

If your family does have an emergency plan in place, be sure to discuss and review it and have drills at the onset of various weather seasons, making sure that everyone knows exactly what to do at a moment’s notice.

If you’ve not yet created a family emergency plan, here are some things to take into consideration when creating it:

1. Getting Emergency Alerts

Thanks to technology today, it is easy to receive emergency alerts and warnings in the palm of your hand by way of smartphones, as well as receive alerts through radio and television broadcasts. If you have a weather app or Google on your smartphone, you will quickly receive emergency alerts, which can provide you with valuable time in severe weather situations.

2. Where Is Your Storm Shelter?

Taking shelter in areas where tornadoes are common means you’ll want to be in the lowest part of your home, preferably a basement if you have one. If that is not possible, choose an interior room on the lowest level of your home or building that is away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls. Be sure to visit ready.govto learn about other situations that may require a storm shelter or basement.

3. Know Your Evacuation Routes

Evacuations are stressful, so you should always have evacuation routes determined ahead of times, since things such as hurricanes, flooding and fires can force you from your home in a hurry. It’s wise to have multiple routes just in case one is impassable, and make sure those routes will have places to stay with your pets along the way if you have furry family members to evacuate with.

4. Keeping in Touch With Family

When there is an emergency, communication is key. It is easy to rely on cell phones to keep in touch with your family, but in some circumstances, that just isn’t feasible.

Cell phone towers can incur damage, phones could be lost or left behind, and batteries will die when there if there is a power outage and there is no power source for recharging.

Hence, it is wise to have an emergency communication plan in place for your family and a safe meeting place for your family to meet should family members be separated during the emergency.

If a storm does cause damage to your home or business, don’t hesitate to call your friends at SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley to get the cleanup and restoration process started.

A Natural Disaster Plan Can Help Keep Your Business Prepared | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Have you ever stopped to think about how Mother Nature can prove to be quite a formidable foe, throwing everything from floods, hurricanes and tornadoes to wildfires and earthquakes at us? The key to being able to handle it is preparing in advance.

Being prepared for those scenarios involves creating a natural disaster plan for your business. Some aspects to consider when designing that plan are laid out in this blog.

What to Factor In

There are many factors you will need to consider when developing a disaster plan for your business. Items to consider include:

  1. How to protect your employees
  2. How to secure your assets
  3. How to get business up and running again

Thankfully, we have at our fingertips many checklists made available from sources like the Red Cross, FEMA and Ready.gov that can help you identify areas that need to be included in your natural disaster preparedness plan. These sources will also highlight areas that may need more preparation than you have already completed.

How to Keep Employees and Visitors Safe

Because a disaster can strike without warning, it is extremely important to have a plan that lays out procedures and safety measures for employees and visitors. Clearly and properly mark all evacuation routes and exits from your facility, choose an area that can be used as a shelter space, consider installing emergency lighting, and have designated staff called “safety wardens” properly trained and ready and able to guide or help with all emergency efforts.

When deciding on a shelter space, ideally a basement or storm cellar is the best location in case of tornadoes or other high-wind situations. However, if you have no basement space available, locate and mark a small interior room on the lowest level of the building, such as a closet or interior hallway.

How to Keep Assets Safe

In a brick and mortar location, there are still mindful choices that you’ll have to make about how to protect the assets inside the building. From equipment to merchandise, there are thousands of dollars at risk when a natural disaster strikes.

Keep a comprehensive and up-to-date inventory and pictures of these items in a safe place as they will be helpful during the insurance claim process. If your assets are kept on a computer server, take the steps necessary to ensure that regular backups are being performed and the storage system cannot be damaged.

As a building owner, take the time to work with a contractor and uncover any areas that could need structural integrity improvement. The contractor can also show you possible safety upgrades and advise on any areas that are not up to code for certain weather situations.

Getting Business Up and Running Again

In the event of a natural disaster, it is possible that your business will have to close for repairs as a result of damage incurred, but every day you remain closed is another day of lost profits. That is why it is a good idea to have a “disaster” fund set up to cover any additional costs that your insurance will not cover.

Put together a list of contractors who will make themselves readily available for any repairs needed, and know who to call for cleanup and restoration services that will be available to quickly respond to your emergency situation.

With SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley, you can count on us to get to the disaster faster and make it "Like it never even happened." Our training and expertise have prepared us to help with water damage, storm damage, fire damage and mold remediation quickly and effectively.

Knowing what to do when disaster strikes your business is of the utmost importance. When it comes to the cleanup and restoration aspects, depend on SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley to be there for you.

Residential Fire Prevention Tips | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Residential fires are extremely widespread, but most homeowners are unaware of how much damage they can cause. Flames can spread in an instant, causing widespread damage to your property and dangers to your family.

There is no way to guarantee you will never experience a residential fire, but there are ways to reduce the chances one will occur.

Residential Fire Statistics

Residential fires occur a staggering amount of times each day. The National Fire Protection Agency states that fires are reported at the rate of nearly three times every 60 seconds.

Cooking is one of the top hazards in residential buildings, accounting for over half of residential fires reported. That being said, there are still many other ways a fire can start.

Residential Fire Prevention

Once flames are started, it is alarming how quickly they can spread. Therefore, stopping them before they start is key. These tips for preventing residential fires will help you keep your chances of experiencing a residential fire low:

Smoke detector tests. Testing smoke alarms only takes a few moments and is the best way to make sure they are operational. Test them every month via the button on the unit, and replace them every 10 years.

Dryer tray clearing. Because of the heat produced by dryers, they can combine with an overfull lint tray and combust. Clean out the lint tray after each load to prevent this.

Open flame caution. Even contained flames can cause a residential fire if conditions are right. Never leave a flame unattended to prevent them from spreading.

Check household cords. Cables that become frayed or worn can spark and start fires around the home if still in use. Be sure to check them frequently and replace when they begin to wear.

Store chemicals properly. Many household products contain many flammable chemicals and should be kept away from heat and sunlight. Always check the label for storage instructions.

If your home has suffered damage from a house fire, give us a call. We are certified in fire and soot remediation, and here to help 247.

Breaking Down Mold Remediation | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

We have chosen to devote this blog to the subject of mold remediation because when water damage occurs in a home or commercial property, mold growth will likely follow.

In fact, mold can begin growing within just 48 hours of moisture exposure. That means that if you are faced with a mold issue, it is imperative to know what your next steps should be.

The Importance of Mold Remediation

There are ads out there for mold remediation and mold removal and you’ve probably seen some, but the mold removal is a fallacy. To remove all mold from a home or business is simply not possible. The main focus of a qualified restoration company is mold remediation and bringing mold levels back to a normal and natural range.

Mold spores are naturally occurring almost everywhere, both inside structures and outdoors. Issues arise when a minor problem is left untreated, leaving it to become a major mold infestation.

During mold remediation, technicians will isolate all contaminated areas either by closing all doors and windows or effectively sealing off all doorways and openings with a polyethylene sheeting depending on the level of the remediation. Dust in the contaminated areas is then suppressed through misting process.

All of the wet and mold-damaged materials will be removed and discarded through the use of plastic bags. After that, all areas that have been exposed to and affected by the mold are then thoroughly cleaned and dried. A HEPA vacuum is sometimes used during some cases to aid in the removal of contamination and debris.

The mold area will then be treated using a biocide and left to cure overnight and destroy the mold spores. The next day, the mold remediation crew will return to encapsulate all of the affected and surrounding areas.

Do This If You Suspect a Mold Issue

If there is a chance that your home or business may have a mold problem, it is important that you act quickly. If, when you evaluate the size of the problem, you find that the affected area is more than 10 square feet, it’s time to call in the professionals.

These professionals you bring in need to be highly trained and certified in the following areas, to name a few:

  • Applied microbial remediation
  • Water damage restoration
  • Applied structural drying

There have been times where some minor mold issues have been successfully resolved by homeowners and business owners on their own, but the best way is to use a professional remediation company to ensure the quickest and safest resolution to the problem.

At SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley, our mold damage specialists are trained and certified experts in mold remediation. If your home or business is experiencing a mold issue, contact us to begin the mold remediation process.

Common Water Damage Culprits in Your Home | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

In thinking about water damage, severe weather is usually one of the first things that will come to mind for many. Storms and flooding can cause catastrophic water damage, but they are often not the main causes.

Instead, there are various items in and around your home that may be responsible for many situations that result in water damage.

Watching for Gradual Water Damage

With water damage being the third most common reason for a homeowners insurance claim between 2011 and 2015, it is something that many homeowners will face, with an average payout per claim of $8,861.

There are differences between water damage and gradual water damage, which will impact homeowner’s insurance claims. Examples of gradual damage are something that has been happening over time, such as plumbing issues within the walls causing damage to walls, ceilings or floors, or water damage caused by cracks in the foundation of the home. Unfortunately, many claims for gradual water damage are not covered by homeowners insurance, while storm-related water damage usually is.

Plumbing Issues and Water Damage

The leading causes of water damage, according to the Insurance Institute For Business & Home Safety (IBHS), are as follows:

  • Plumbing supply system failures. Per IBHS, plumbing supply system failures are the leading cause of residential water damage losses and cost an average of $5,092 per incident after the deductible. This could involve frozen pipes that may burst because of a buildup in water pressure caused by freezing water or when the plumbing supply system materials fail and result in leaking or bursting pipes. It was also found that homes with ages of 16 to 40 years made up a larger group of these types of homeowners insurance claims.

  • Plumbing drain system failures. IBHS found that 52% of drain system failures were caused by sewer backups and 37% were related to material performance issues. This can occur when a sewer drain backs up and overflows into a home or from material performance issues. IBHS also found that the average drain system failure was more expensive in the southern region states than in the northern region states.

  • Toilet failures. Toilets are the second highest source of residential water loss after plumbing supply system failures, and can happen due to faulty fill valves or clogged drain lines. According to IBHS, toilet failures that happen on the first floor of a home resulted in more extensive insurance claims than those that occurred in basements or on upper floors.

  • Water heater failures. IBHS found that 69% of all water heater failures resulted from slow leaks or sudden bursting and, on average, cost $4,444 per incident following the deductible. This can happen after your water heater has reached its life expectancy, allowing for the possibility for the tanks to rust and corrode, which will weaken the water lines.

  • Washing machine failures. Washing machine failures typically happen due to water supply hose failures, machine overflows and drain line failures. Washing machines are one of the top 10 sources of residential water losses. Per IBHS, supply hose failures were responsible for over half of all washing machine-related losses.

If your home has experienced any water damage, the team at SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley is available to help with cleanup and restoration and make it “Like it never even happened.”

You Can Count On Us to Be There Fast | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Time becomes a precious commodity when disaster strikes your home or business. Waiting for help is stressful when it is your home or livelihood on the line—you need it right away.

Nobody understands a fast response like we do, which is why responding faster to any size disaster is more than just a slogan to us.

The Importance of Handling Disaster Cleanup Quickly

When it’s your belongings or business on the line, time is not a luxury you have regarding disaster cleanup. This is especially true when water damage has come into play, which can be through various means such as flooding, appliance and/or plumbing failures, storm damage and fire damage, as water is used to put out the fires.

It only takes mere minutes for water to spread throughout your property, where it will saturate everything in its path. The walls, the floors, upholstery and your belongings are fast casualties of water.

The effects of water damage within the first 24 hours include:

  • Drywall beginning to swell and break down
  • Metal surfaces beginning to tarnish
  • Furniture beginning to swell and crack
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper items spreading and staining
  • The beginning of a musty odor

The damage continues to worsen as time goes on. Between 48 hours and a week later, you could begin to see:

  • The growth and spreading of mold and mildew
  • Swelling and warping of doors, windows and studs
  • Metal beginning to rust and corrode
  • Paint beginning to blister
  • Wood flooring swelling and warping
  • The possibilities of serious bio-hazard contamination

Water damage that is left unattended for more than a week leads to greatly increased costs and restoration time as well as impacts structural safety.

How We Can Help

Providing an immediate response to any size disaster is what we are here for! Our fast response times can help minimize the damage and keep the cleaning and restoration costs manageable.

It doesn’t matter what day or time it is, our trained cleanup and restoration specialists will quickly be dispatched to your property or business.

A major perk of being part of a national network of over 1,700 franchises is that we have access to more resources for the cleanup and restoration projects that may be larger or stem from major storm situations. Being a locally owned and operated franchise helps us be close by and ready to respond whenever the call comes in.

Remember, if you need us, we’ll be there—no matter the time or day. The team of highly trained restoration experts at SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley is available for emergency cleanup and restoration services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

You Can Protect Your Home From Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage caused by burst pipes, malfunctioning appliances or even storm damage is one of the most common and costliest disasters a home may experience.

While water damage can be an especially common issue for homeowners to deal with, there are plenty of ways to safeguard your home and your possessions.

<h4to-protect-your-home">How to Protect Your Home

Not only will water damage and the ensuing cleanup be a hassle to deal with, but there can be long-term impacts on your home. Within 24–48 hours after moisture exposure, mold begins to grow and flourish and is one of the most common side effects of water damage.

When you are looking for ways to protect your home, it can be helpful to break it down by areas of impact, such as basements, kitchens, bathrooms, flooring and ceilings.

In the basement, you can help prevent water damage by preventing water seepage. You can accomplish this by resealing vulnerable areas of the basement, making sure water drains away from your home and installing a backwater valve.

The kitchen and bathroom will most likely experience water damage as a result of plumbing issues and appliance failures.

Be sure that you:

  • Regularly inspect your appliances, making sure to check for issues with hoses and faucets
  • Check the seal and caulking around your showers and tubs to make sure they are not leaking
  • Know the location of the main water shut-off valve is in your home
  • Don’t leave the house while the washer or dishwasher is running

Protecting the possessions in your home from water damage is not always possible, but there are things you can do to at least decrease the amount of loss by using waterproof bins to store items and keeping items stored on shelves off of the floor.

<h4to-recover-from-water-damage">Steps to Recover From Water Damage

If you find yourself and your home in a water damage situation, there is a good chance that you can salvage any items that can be dried out within 48 hours.

You’ll want to be sure and contact your insurance immediately and evaluate the extent of the water damage in your home as well as check and identify the type of water that is involved.

The three types of water are:

  1. Clean water—from rain, condensation, leaky pipes, etc.

  2. Gray water—slightly dirty water from dishwashers, washing machines, clean toilets, etc.

  3. Black water—water from sewage or serious flooding from nearby rivers, etc. which can cause serious health problems

Remove all wet objects following a water damage disaster, work to quickly get your home dried out and dehumidified, and then disinfect remaining materials.

Pro tip: You can freeze wet books, photos and papers in a frost-free freezer to buy some extra time. This prevents mold and mildew from developing and causing more deterioration. Once able, you can remove them from the freezer and air-dry or fan-dry the pages.

It may seem like recovering from water damage is an overwhelming and slightly impossible task, but it doesn’t have to be. You can call on the highly trained experts at SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley, who are here to make it "Like it never even happened."

Different Damage That Can Be Done by Thunderstorms | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

hail can vary in size Hail like this can be extremely destructive and vary tremendously in size.

The warmer spring and summer months are prime time for thunderstorms to develop, which means there is an added worry of storm damage.

Do you know what some of the most prevalent types of storm damage are?

The Lowdown on Storms

Across the globe, we see an average of 16 million thunderstorms yearly. Here in the U.S., we normally have some 100,000 thunderstorm occurrences each year, and out of those, around 10% can be classified as severe.

In order for a thunderstorm to develop, certain conditions must be met, such as moisture and rising unstable air that is accompanied by a “lifting” mechanism caused by either hills or mountains that force air to rise, or where warm/cold or wet/dry air bump together, causing a rising motion.

There are three stages to thunderstorms:

  • the developing stage
  • the mature stage
  • the dissipating stage

You will find things like heavy rain, hail, lightning, high winds and even tornadoes come around during the mature state.

Thunderstorm Damage

While there are many different aspects that can turn dangerous during a thunderstorm, a top safety risk is the opportunity for high winds to send debris flying.

Wind speeds/gusts in a severe thunderstorm can exceed 57.5 mph, and this is plenty of speed to create damage.

Even the items in your yard that would seem the most harmless can turn into projectiles. Tree branches, gravel, mailboxes, fencing, lawn furniture, potted plants and garbage cans are all possible projectiles during a high wind situation. You should take care to make sure items in your yard are secured prior to any thunderstorms rolling through.

There are many other types of damage thunderstorms can create besides wind damage:

Lightning. If lightning strikes your home, expect to need some new electrical systems. The lightning can pass through your home’s wiring and not only become a fire risk, but also damage anything that is plugged in.

Tornado. Anything that can reach upward of 200 mph wind speeds is a force to be reckoned with. Tornadoes can cause a large amount of damage over a large area in little time at all.

Hail. Did you know that per to NOAA, the cost of hail damage can top out at $1 billion a year? This includes damage to crops, vehicles and structures.

Flood. Storms often bring on heavy rains, and those heavy rains can result in flooding. Flash floods can do much damage and be strong enough to wash things away.

If a thunderstorm has resulted in damage to your home or business, know that the team at SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley is available 247 to help with cleanup and restoration.

When Disaster Strikes, You Can Count on Our “Restore First” Mentality | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

6/29/2019 (Permalink)

We are well known for being at your aid quickly when disaster strikes, but there is another reason why we should be one of your first calls if the worst should occur.

When a fire occurs, the last thing you need or want is to be without a home for a length of time, with interruptions to your life. That’s why we practice a “restore first” mentality, which guides every step of our process.

Restore First for Fire Damage

Knowing what to do after a fire has damaged your property is sometimes confusing and stressful, but that’s where we come in. Our team will spring into action once you contact us.

Fire damage is different for every event, and we recognize that. Because of that, we use our process—developed through years of experience—as a starting point and enhance it as needed for your individual needs.

1. Emergency contact. When you call us, we will ask you a series of questions regarding the fire damage. By doing this, it ensures we dispatch our team with the appropriate equipment and resources.

2. Inspection and fire damage assessment. This step of our process involves our team seeing the fire damage up close. During our visit to your home, we will inspect and assess all areas of your home, including those not directly impacted. This gives us a full picture of the fire damage.

3. Immediate board-up and roof-tarp service. During a fire, damage to windows and roofs is very common. But what’s even more unfortunate is that additional damage can occur as rain and debris make their way into your home. This step helps protect your home from that damage.

4. Water removal and drying (if water damage is present). Often firefighting efforts create water damage. We’ll begin to remove all wet objects immediately and then, through the use of dehumidifiers and air movers, the remaining water is removed and the drying up process is completed.

5. Removal of smoke and soot from all surfaces. Smoke and soot often cling to the ceilings, walls and floors in your home, along with objects. During this step of our process, we will remove them from surfaces.

6. Cleaning and sanitizing. Whenever possible, we will take steps to clean and restore items to usability. This step also involves the removal of lingering odors common after a fire.

7. Restoration. Our final step in the restoration process is getting your property back to pre-fire condition. Restoration includes minor repairs like replacing drywall, painting and installing new carpet, or it could also call for major repairs like reconstruction of damaged areas.

Remember, if you need us, we’ll be there—no matter the time or day. The team of highly trained restoration experts at SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley is available for emergency cleanup and restoration services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Homeowners Can Lessen Flood Damage | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

Though we do not want to think that a flood could possibly affect our home, the reality is different.

Some form of flooding is involved in 90% of natural disasters—this is flooding that can come on suddenly and affect even areas that are not low-lying. That is why homeowners should always remain educated about how they can prevent flooding from getting out of hand.

How to Lessen Damage From a Flood

Learning a flood is imminent can be a frightening time. Though it cannot be prevented, homeowners can take steps to lessen household damages associated with floods:

Know your risk. By making use of the FEMA Flood Map Tool, you can better understand your area and how disasters might affect it. Also make use of the local branch of your emergency management office, a helpful resource for understanding what action to take in your local community should a flood occur.

Have a conversation about emergency procedures. Make time to chat with your household members about what to do in the event of a disaster, especially when flooding is concerned. Help them understand how to turn off electricity and where to find emergency supplies should they be alone in the house.

Turn off electricity. Even if you feel it’s unlikely that the waters would reach electrical appliances or outlets, having live electricity near floodwaters can still be dangerous. Shut off the electrical breaker to any rooms that are at-risk for a flood.

Digitize valuables. Keep documents you would need in a flood insurance claim in an area that is safe from rising waters—consider renting a safety deposit box to keep these and other valuables stored safely.

Keeping your family and household prepared is a responsible step that homeowners can take toward lessening their risk for flood damages. By planning ahead and taking advanced precautions, you can make sure everyone (and everything) stays safe.

If you’ve experienced flood damage or water damage from other causes, SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley is here to help. Our technicians are fully trained in water remediation, and our 247 Emergency Line means we’ll be there for you when you call.

Mold Testing in Santa Clarita – Do Not Wait

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Most Mold is Hidden Behind Walls or In Ducts

If you are starting to see something develop near your windows, on the ceiling in your bathroom, or in those tough to get to spots in your home, consider the possibilities of how bad that growth is in other areas of your home. No mold is good mold - unless you like to eat some fancy cheese varieties! If you do find mold or are suspicious of what exactly you are looking at, get it checked out by a professional mold tester. THEN, contact SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley to get it removed. Check out our work on a recent mold removal job in Santa Clarita.

Call the Santa Clarita Mold Cleanup Experts NOW, as well as your homeowner's insurance

Get rid of the mold in your home at its source. Do not just mask over the substance; it will still linger, or spread since it’s not being contained.  

There aren’t a lot of mold experts because of the annoyance of dealing with such substances, and the expense of it all can scare away customers and providers alike. However, dealing with the mess now will ensure much LESS of a mess down the road. Your insurance company may also be able to help if mold (under certain circumstances) is covered in your policy.

If you see mold, call the Santa Clarita mold cleanup pros at SERVPRO of Santa Clarita right away at (661) 296-4600.

Canyon Country Mold Removal - Use Professionals

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold removal in Canyon Country-why pay twice?

Use professional mold removal the first (and only!) time

Mold does not discriminate. Mold can infiltrate old and new homes. Mold in Canyon Country is found just as often as in any other area. All it takes is a small leak that goes unnoticed. Use a professional, such as SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley, to deal with the mess. We as mold removal professionals also remove the damage safely as you don’t want to release the mold spores into the air, which can spread more damage to various parts of your home. If you delay the cleanup process, you may pay more towards the removal. If you use a company or contract individuals who don’t know how to properly remove mold, you may end up paying more for incomplete services.

What does mold do?

Mold spores, either dead or alive, cause damage to the structure and surfaces of homes or buildings. Exposure to and spread of mold can happen through ingestion, inhalation, or by skin contact. In homes, mold spores can begin from just a simple, small water leak. A puddle of water on the floor left unattended is a reason to be suspect for mold growth. Also, a water leak from long ago left unattended can lead to mold growth. To the untrained eye, mold can live unseen and unnoticed. Before you know it, the substance can eat through your walls and foundation, further destroying the structure of your home.

Once mold is found in the home, it needs to be professionally removed. Depending on the damage done, surfaces either need to be replaced or restored depending on the significance of the damage. Water damage also may need to be addressed as soon as possible, as to not aid in the growth of mold. SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley can perform inspections and mold removal restoration services, just give us a call at 661-296-4600 to speak with a technician and set up an appointment.

Learn more about mold; everything, from mold damage tips to our restoration techniques, can be found here.

Valencia CA Water Damage

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Water Everywhere

Water is great! It is one of Earth's greatest natural resources. Life thrives off of water; we love it! Well, water is great until it gets into places that it is not welcome. Places such as on wood, into cracks, walls, floors, into foundations and other sneaky places. When waters go there, it is not so pleasant. It can really cause some major problems when it gets into places like this around your home.

Water damage happens. We as a society have taken a lot of precautions to ensure that it does not happen, but the facts of life tell us that is has happened and will happen again. Ever had a sink overflow? A bathtub? Have you or someone in your home ever spilled any type of liquid? Flooding? As you can well imagine, water damage happens. That is why there are products like flood insurance that people can buy. Where you live might even be especially prone to flooding. Areas that get a lot of rain, and then the way the house is situated on the land can make it more vulnerable to flooding. And we all know that flood equals water damage.

It could happen to you in your lifetime. It may happen to a friend of yours. You never really know when you might be a victim of water damage. There is some good news here though. There are professional clean up companies that make it like it never happened. That may sound highly unlikely, but with some fixes, repairs, and replacement work, homes with water damage can, in fact, be returned to a state as if it (the water damage) never happened.

This is not the first rodeo, so the professionals know what they are doing. From industrial sized fans to large-scale water vacuums, the experts in this clean-up business know how to take care of business when it comes to water damage. You might be thinking why water damage is such a big deal anyway. A little water never hurt anyone you may be thinking. Well, water left unattended in the wrong spot can lead to mold and fungus growth. Bacteria can move in and now you can have a lovely little rotting, mold problem lurking in your residence. See how that happened? Do what you can to prevent water spills and flooding. When it does happen due to circumstances out of your control, contact a professional water damage clean up company to take care of the mess.

Canyon Country Fire and Water Damage Restoration - "Like it never happened."

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Paradise in Canyon Country Until a Fire Breaks Out

Weather and nature's fury can unleash itself at any time. California is large enough and such diverse terrain that many of nature's worst damage can be done. Canyon Country is known for its hills and valleys and is a scenic area full of newer homes. Although this is a desirable place to live, it has the Santa Ana winds in September which make wildfires risk go up dramatically. Whether it be damage done from wildfires or damage to your home from water damage, SERVPRO is the cleanup and restoration experts. When something like this happens, it would be unwise to consult with anyone other than a professional to safely and thoroughly clean up and repair the damages done by water and fire.

Fire and Water Damage Restoration

A fire can be absolutely devastating to a home, but SERVPRO professionals can help to clean up and restore the home to be "Like it never happened." With any fire comes smoke. In a home that has fire damage, there is also soot and smoke damage to clean up after. Once a SERVPRO professional has come out to assess the damage done by both fire and smoke, the specialist can then make immediate plans for fire damage restoration services.

Risk of Fire Damage is Everywhere

Fire and also smoke damage can occur from wicked wildfires catching onto a home. They can also start from kitchen fires, neglected backyard fire pits, as well as numerous other fire-related sources. Everyone in California worries about wildfires threatening homes, but just as common are fires from faulty electrical wiring, heaters, and grease fires. Some of these fires have been put out by fire extinguishers, but the damage still remains. Hiring professional fire damage restoration experts is the way to go when you are salvaging your home.

Fire Department Saved Your Canyon Country Home But Water is Everywhere

One catastrophic event can lead to another. Although the fire in the attic is out, now there is water damage in the attic and it is seeping down through to the floor levels below. The fire department put out the fire, but now you have water, water everywhere! This is a case of both fire and water damage. It does happen, and there is help available from SERVPRO fire and water damage professionals. It can be overwhelming to think about, "where to begin to clean up such a mess?" After a traumatic event such as fire damage immediately followed by water damage in a home, it can be difficult to know where to go and who to turn to. Canyon Country residents need not worry, and should contact SERVPRO as soon as possible to make your home seem like these events never happened.

Water Damage Restoration

When it rains, it pours! Water damage can occur due to a number of reasons. It might be an accident in the home such as a popped waterbed mattress or the flooding of a cracked aquarium. Where there is a water leak or spill, mold can form. Mold as we all know is hazardous to our health, so to prevent mold, all water messes need to be cleanup up as soon as possible. Water damages can be independent from fire damage, but, nonetheless still need to be cleaned up.

Prevent Mold and Restore Everything Like New

In the event that water spills, leaks, or messes have already happened, it is time to take action in cleaning up the water and then restoring the structure "Like it never happened." Water is first removed with special vacuums. Fans and dehumidifiers help in drying up the remaining damp areas. Moisture detectors and infrared cameras can be used to locate moisture saturation points so that they can be further dried. If the damage is extensive, some structural changes such as replacement of drywall will need to be done. In the restoration process, SERVPRO cleans up the water damage so that it is "Like it never happened."

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 clean up 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 cclean up 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.

Santa Clarita Biohazard Cleanup - Serious Work

12/20/2016 (Permalink)

Biohazard Cleanup Services from SERVPRO Santa Clarita Valley 

If you thought cleaning was difficult, imagine cleaning up biohazard waste. This really does take cleaning up a notch. It is not just dust bunnies and smudges on mirrors, biohazard cleanup entails sewage, crime scene, or even harmful residue cleanup. In order to safely and effectively cleanup these kinds of messes, it requires some serious work. If you are in or near the Santa Clarita area, contact SERVPRO to do the dirty work.

Sewage Cleanup Services 

Sewage backups happen. When they happen, they can leave quite an unpleasant mess--a biohazard mess that needs to be cleaned up by professionals like SERVPRO cleaning services. Sewage not only smells rank but the microorganisms themselves are harmful to the inappropriate locations they have been deposited at. Cleaning and restoration experts know how to remove the sewage and contain it. Furthermore, they know the proper methods to cleaning, disinfecting, and deodorizing the facility. As soon as the sewage backup and mess are noticed it is best to contact a cleaning specialist right away so that the environment does not remain unhealthy for much longer.

Crime Scene Cleaning Services 

Another type of serious cleanup that reaches the biohazard status is a crime or the scene of a traumatic accident. When bodily fluids and/or tissues are exposed or present at a scene, it can be very uncomfortable. It is not healthy for the blood borne pathogens to be present in this state. The potentially pathogenic substances at the scene need to be cleaned up in a professional manner. There is more to it than just scrubbing--safety precautions need to be made so that the facility can be deemed sanitary once again. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals know how to clean, disinfect, and deodorize the facility.

Illegal Drug Manufacturing Cleanup 

Another common biohazard site to clean up are locations where illegal drugs are produced. This has biohazard written all over it. For those in the Santa Clarita Valley, there are professionals who know how to clean up these biohazard sites by following federal and state guidelines to effectively and thoroughly clean the surfaces where such activities had taken place. Methamphetamines are an example of an illegal drug that people create in a room or a home or garage. In order for that structure to not be condemned afterward, an expert cleanup company needs to come in and make it not a toxic place once again.

Don't Chance It, Use SERVPRO Santa Clarita Valley Professional Cleaners

You might be thinking to yourself, "Well okay that sounds like serious work but anyone could do that." And the correct response is, "No, not just anyone can clean up biohazard waste and deemed biohazard sites." For legal and liability matters alone, it is best to have a professional team come in and clean up a mess at this magnitude. Many times in these cases, the law is involved. Federal and California state standards, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHA), need to be met when cleaning up biohazard sites.

Santa Clarita Flood Water Damage - Does It Flood Here?

12/20/2016 (Permalink)

Short answer: yes, it floods here. There is much more to that question and the right answer though. In Santa Clarita it can flood and water damage can be done. Water can do a lot of harm if it is somewhere it is not supposed to be. SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley is able to clean up the mess and restore the building as efficiently as possible. Water damage caused by a non-natural flood is one type of damage that insurance companies see and water damage caused by natural floods is the other type.

Water Damage

Water damage inflicted on a home or commercial building would be along the lines of an accidental large water spill or neglect of leaving a faucet on causing flooding--water damage--to the building. Examples of water damage typically covered under a commercial or homeowners property policy would be heavy rain leaking into your attic causing damage, exploding appliances such as a water heater in the home, or even broken pipes bursting in the home due to temperature swings due to negligence or vacation.

Flood Damage

On the other hand, flood damage can be caused by a nearby river overflowing then washing up into your home or building. Heavy rain can cause flooding by the soil not absorbing the rain quickly enough; this is also referred to as a flash flood. A sewer or water main break can cause flood damage as well. 

Federal Flood Insurance - NFIP

Santa Clarita does participate in the NFIP, the National Flood Insurance Program, and their goal is to lessen the devastating effects caused by flooding nationwide. There are links with FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to the local Santa Clarita community in case a natural disaster strikes. Participating in the NFIP allows for flood insurance to be purchased by residents then making their homes federally backed should they need financial relief in this time of need.

What To Do

Hopefully you never have to encounter water damage or flood damage in your home or place of work. It is all-around undesirable. What is someone to do if they find themselves in this predicament? Water and flood damage is too serious of a matter to handle alone and without the knowledge. Call SERVPRO the professionals who know how to clean up and restore a flooded building or home. These water removal and water damage restoration experts can be reached 24-hours a day, 7 days a week at (661) 296-4600 serving the Santa Clarita Valley in California.

In the moment of a flood or as soon as you realize that your space has suffered from water damage, clear the immediate area. Move out possessions and furniture that are in the affected areas. Begin drying the area as best you can. This may mean using towels to absorb moisture or inches of water. Do not use a vacuum cleaner that is not wet-dry approved for use. Open windows, turn on fans, and do what you can to encourage evaporation and dehumidifying. As soon as you can, at the moment of realization of water damage, contact trained water removal professionals at SERVPRO

By having the specialists come in and deal with the cleanup, you are ensuring that the job is getting done right and efficiently. Whether it damage done by a flood or by an accidental water incident, no job is too small not to take seriously. The smaller water damage accidents can still produce health hazards and undesirable living and work spaces. On the other side, no job can be too large where you think you cannot get the sufficient help you need. Although the aftermath of flood and water damage can be stressful, there is help out there from trained professionals who know about water removal and water damage restoration. Flood water damage is frustrating, but if you are in the Santa Clarita area then call SERVPRO and you can trust you are in good hands.

Santa Clarita Drapery & Curtain Cleaning

12/20/2016 (Permalink)

When it comes to interior cleaning, for either home or place of business, nothing should be excluded from the cleaning list. Do not leave drapes and curtains off of that list! Just like the other fabrics and linens in your home or office, they need to be cleaned.

Why You Need to Clean Your Drapes

Why clean your curtains? There are plenty of reasons. First of all, they may be dirty. Yes, they may have stains from little hands, or they may have collected gunk on them from being up for so many years. You may not know it, but just from hanging there and looking pretty, drapes and curtains both gather oil and other airborne particles and hold onto them for long periods of time. Another reason why curtains and drapes need to be cleaned, is so that whatever was on them can be taken away. Just like any linen, drapes hold smells such as smoke. To freshen up your home or business, it is a good idea to have your curtains professionally dry cleaned for health and sanitation reasons, as well as the overall presentation of a clean room.

Benefits Of our Santa Clarita Drapery Cleaning Service

When you get your curtains professionally dry cleaned by SERVPRO of Santa clarita, you are sure to reap in the benefits. Cleaning your curtains means a more clean and sanitary working and living environment. Those dust bunnies that were one there are now gone. That funny smell has left the building. Even the colors of the curtains have brightened and livened up the place. Yet another reason to have your curtains dry cleaned is so that they will last longer. Yes, if you want to keep them, you need to clean them. Oily build-up can slowly but surely deteriorate the drapes, and having them professionally cleaned will remove that oily grime.

Types of Drapery Cleaning

Now that we all know that our drapes and curtains need to be cleaned, you need to know that there are right ways to have them cleaned, and wrong ways. Very few curtain fabrics can be laundered successfully. If cleaning is gone about the wrong way, shrinking or discoloration will likely occur. Consult with a SERVPRO of Santa Clarita professional to inspect your drapes and have them professionally dry cleaned as it suits your fabric. Also, the majority of dry cleaning clothes facilities are not equipped with what it takes to dry clean draperies. No matter the fabric either sheer or heavy-duty, SERVPRO of Santa Clarita specialists can efficiently clean drapes and curtains.

When To have Your Curtains Cleaned

It is good to have your curtains and drapes cleaned about every two years. If they are located in a high traffic area or are especially oily and dirty, then it may be best to get them professionally dry-cleaned more often. For the most part, every two years is appropriate. This will keep them in good shape, oil-free, clean looking (and feeling) and also clean smelling. Having them cleaned by SERVPRO will ensure that the longevity of the curtains will be lengthened, and thus reduce spending on replacement ones. 

Large Loss for Commercial Buildings

9/20/2016 (Permalink)

It is not common for a commercial building to experience major losses such as water or fire, but when they do, it normally is big enough to halt the entire building and the businesses that are in it.

One thing we always want to emphasize here at SERVPR is that we want to be as quick as possible when it comes to responding and making sure the loss is taken care of immediately "Like it never happened". Part of achieving that requires a handful of workers and equipment that can make that process quicker. SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley is part of a Large Loss Division unit. With that, there is not a loss big enough for us to handle. Multiple other franchises around us are always able to help when a loss is normally bigger than what our crew can handle.

SERVPRO, despite having multiple franchises in different locations still work together as a team to make sure we service our community the best way we possibly can.

If there is anything too large for your own maintenance crew to handle in your commercial building, do not hesitate to give SERVPRO a call at (661)296-4600

Emergency Ready Programs for Commercial Properties

9/16/2016 (Permalink)

As a free service to local Santa Clarita Valley Commercial Properties, we can have a program called the Emergency Ready Program (ERP). This program simply collects vital information about your commercial property building such as the water shut off, where to park in case of an emergency, and who to inform. In the rare case that we are called for an emergency, we will assure the property owner that we will not do anything more than mitigating the damage until we receive confirmation from whoever is in charge.

For SERVPRO, there is no damage too large for us to handle. We are part of a large loss division that will be able to come in and assist the local SERVPRO of Santa Clarita should there be a damage too large for us to handle. 

If you are a building owner and has questions about our Emergency Ready Program, give us a call at (661)296-4600

Commercial Building Disasters in Santa Clarita

9/16/2016 (Permalink)

When a natural disaster hits your commercial property in Santa Clarita Valley, you can always count on SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley to fix your problem "Like it never happened." 

Here at SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley, we value the importance of cleaning up any water, fire, or mold damage as quick as we possibly can to ensure that your local Santa Clarita Valley business gets back on its own feet. We understand the loss any commercial property experiences when it closes for a certain period of time.

Whether its a water damage, fire or smoke damage, or mold remediation, our certified crew members will work on the job tirelessly to make sure your business is back up and running with as little hindrances as possible.

If you have any questions about water, fire, or mold - call your local SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley at (661)296-4600

Santa Clarita Smoke and Soot Cleanup

9/16/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (661)296-4600

Santa Clarita 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

9/16/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (661)296-4600

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley

SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

Does Your Santa Clarita Home Have A Mold Problem?

9/16/2016 (Permalink)

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 – (661)296-4600

When Storms or Floods hit Santa Clarita, SERVPRO is ready!

9/16/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Large Floods and Storms

When storms hit Santa Clarita Valley, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Do Not Hesitate to Call Us Today (661)296-4600

Restoring Your Santa Clarita Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

9/16/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Santa Clarita 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.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

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 Santa Clarita Valley

SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley 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.

SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration

8/23/2016 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Santa Clarita basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - (661) 296-4600

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Santa Clarita and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (661)296-4600

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