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The Truth of Living with Santa Clarita Mold Damage

11/7/2022 (Permalink)

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Mold Damage Can Threaten Santa Clarita Homes

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

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

How Does Mold Form in a Household?

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

What Makes it a Threat to a Residence?

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

How Can You Identify Mold Damage on Your Own?

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

SERVPRO Remediation Solutions

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

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

Resolving the Causes of Mold Damage

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

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

Santa Clarita Professional Mold Inspection Services

11/4/2022 (Permalink)

hand pulling wallpaper back revealing mold Mold colonies are often hidden. Inspect your hone often for signs of mold and moisture.

The Benefit of Mold Inspection for Santa Clarita

Choosing professional mold inspections is necessary for many homeowners because you might not always be able to tell when these threats exist in your house. While there are sometimes clear signs of an infestation, mold damage can also be hidden in wall systems or in low-traffic areas you might not know are contending with moisture concerns. Often, professional inspections are the way to understand the extent of active mold colonization and remediate it appropriately.

A mold inspection for Santa Clarita homes involves several phases. First, production management must work with the customer to determine what conditions made them call for our expertise. Using moisture detection equipment and sampling procedures, our IICRC trained team can begin to evaluate the environmental conditions of the property and any surfaces hosting active colonies. The thorough visual and instrumental inspection of the property confirms mold when it is on building materials or contents. 

Removing Mold When It Is Discovered

Finding mold in your property can require immediate action to resolve. You want these threats to only persist for a short time because the likelihood of spreading to new areas of the house is high. In addition, the degradation of hosting materials can lead to excessive controlled demolition requirements the longer mold goes unaddressed. Several remediation strategies can help, including surface cleaning, abrasive blasting, and sanding.

Options for Long-Term Mold Prevention

When you have mold threats in your home once, you want to ensure that the situation is resolved to prevent recurrences. This plan comes from understanding how moisture impacted your residence and where it penetrated from so that the appropriate measures can be taken to resolve these conditions should they return.

  • Encapsulation
  • Better Ventilation
  • Dehumidification Equipment Installed
  • Structural Repairs

Clearing mold damage from your home starts with understanding the property's condition with a thorough inspection. Call our SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley team when you suspect mold threats in your house at (661) 296-4600.

Don’t Trust DIY Mold Removal Methods in Santa Clarita

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

mold on wall Let the pros from SERVPRO cleanup and restore your Santa Clarita property after mold damage.

Why Santa Clarita Residents Call SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

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

Why not DIY mold removal in Santa Clarita?

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

Our proven containment and cleanup methods

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

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

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

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

Do Various Organisms Affect Valencia Mold Removal Differently?

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

Mold on Wall SERVPRO is prepared with restoration equipment and experienced technicians.

Mold Removal Is Similar Regardless of Mold Type

Removing mold is often the product of several actions taken simultaneously. Choosing the proper remediation solutions relies on the house's condition and several factors. Often, many believe the type of mold could change the removal approach, though this is rarely the case.

Where is the Mold Damage?

It is important to note where the mold damage is located so mold removal in Valencia homes can get underway as soon as possible. Hundreds of materials in your home can be hosts for active mold colonies when there are environmental conditions to facilitate this growth. Typically, we can expect to find mold damage in areas such as:

  • Attic
  • Basement
  • Crawlspace
  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom

What Caused the Mold?

Understanding the underlying cause of mold development can contribute to the appropriate remediation option. A careful inspection determines how much of the building materials in a particular area have been exposed to the needed environmental conditions to grow mold. Intruding water from storm damage, leaking pipes, damaged appliances, and poor ventilation can be factors.

How Should Remediation Proceed?

Mold remediation and removal services are selected based on the several environmental and hosting material conditions SERVPRO professionals find when arriving at a residence. The right choice allows mold cleanup and removal to be complete quickly and ultimately costs the customer less. Options for remediation strategies include:

  • Surface cleaning
  • Sanding
  • Sponge pressure cleaning
  • Media blasting
  • Controlled demolition

With a combination of remediation certification and a general contractor license, our SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley team is ready to help your home or business however it needs after these damaging disasters. The development of mold and microbial threats can be destructive to your property. Still, we have a team of technicians ready to help when you need it. Call us today at (661) 296-4600.

How to Keep Valencia Homeowners Safe from Mold Damage

3/6/2022 (Permalink)

mold growing on the ceiling in the corner of a room Finding mold on your property can certainly cause some anxiety. Contact SERVPRO to figure out the cause and remediate the mold damage.

SERVPRO Mold Remediation Specialists in Valencia Use High-Tech Cleanup Technologies

Residential mold damage typically points to an ongoing water problem that has proliferated for at least 24 to 48 hours. However, by the time many homeowners in Valencia locate the moisture, the presence of microbes may be considered a biohazard situation that is unsafe to remediate without specialist intervention. Mold can cause health effects.

SERVPRO mold damage cleanup specialists in Valencia can return spore populations to pre-disaster levels with EPA-registered biocides and fast-acting service. Highly trained technicians are familiar with the nature of mold and what works against it best to restore structures and contents in an affected property.

SERVPRO Tools for Effective Mold Cleanup and Repairs

Local SERVPRO mold restoration technicians can deploy a suite of technologies that address mold populations and the conditions that allow them to spread continually.

SERVPRO’s microbe-fighting repertoire includes the following:

  • Inspection tools, such as high-tech thermal imaging cameras, can pinpoint potential hidden water damage and mold behind walls, floors, and ceilings
  • EPA-registered biocide solutions designed to address microbes at the particle level
  • HEPA-filter air scrubbers and vacuums that catch microbes and debris particles as small as 0.3 microns, which is a fraction of the diameter of a human hair
  • HVAC cleaning tools, including brushes, augers, and ultra-low volume “wet” foggers, remove spores from ductwork
  • Structural drying equipment, including air movers and dehumidifiers, pass moist air that contributes to mold growth over refrigerant coils or silica gel to isolate water and replace it with dry air

SERVPRO can also perform controlled demolition of unsalvageable structures and contents per the wishes of homeowners and insurers. They also provide recommendations regarding which materials may be more cost-effective to replace than repair before implementing rebuilding services.

SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley’s cleanup exemplifies the phrase “Like it never even happened.” Call (661) 296-4600 to get started.

Seeking Effective Santa Clarita Mold Damage Abatement Services?

1/8/2022 (Permalink)

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Dependable Mold Remediation is Why SERVPRO Ranks Highly with Santa Clarita Residents

Obtaining mold damage abatement in Santa Clarita is essential to restore the function and comfort of your home. Discovering staining or musty odors signaling attic mold or the need for basement or bathroom mold removal presents homeowners with a puzzle: take on black mold damage repairs as a DIY project or hire local mold specialists? A salient factor encouraging obtaining licensed mold remediation is that mold can cause health effects in some circumstances, including homeowners who try to remove mold unassisted.

Why Is SERVPRO a Leader in Santa Clarita Mold Inspections, Remediations, and Removal?

Choosing SERVPRO ensures assistance from mold remediation crews that mastered a comprehensive range of applicable training and received certification for various phases of mold management from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

  • First, our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) determine the source of excess moisture or unresolved water damage, the presence of which feeds mold spores now multiplying throughout your home. They trace water migration and help arrange for water mitigation, remediation, and structural drying.
  • Second, our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) follow the remediation protocols of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
  • Mold location, including testing if colonies extend into building cavities
  • Work area containment using 1.6 polyethylene barriers and a negative pressure air scrubbing system to prevent drift of spores and moldy debris
  • Mold removal from surfaces using scrapers, brushes, and controlled blasting techniques employing dry ice, soda, and corn cobs
  • Black mold debris cleanup through wipedowns and HEPA-filtered vacuuming, double-bagging the residues and arranging for lawful disposal
  • EPA-registered antimicrobial application to inhibit future mold damage

Adherence to a research-based protocol is why SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley achieves successful mold remediation. Call (661)296-4600 to schedule an evaluation and discuss your options.

What Safety Hazards Complicate Valencia Flood Damage Restoration?

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

flood cuts wall, tiled flooring Controlled demolition of flood-damaged Valencia properties by our SERVPRO crew can save time and money for our customers

SERVPRO Assesses Risk and Designs Controls to Safeguard Valencia Flood Recovery

Stormy conditions can expose you and your family to consequences extending beyond the mere mess and disruption of flood damage in Valencia. A safety evaluation must precede water cleanup and structural drying. Although some concerns are common to every flooding situation, the specifics of every water mitigation and remediation job vary, requiring an individualized inspection for each property.

What Does SERVPRO Review When Developing a Valencia Flood Restoration Safety Plan?

Electrical Hazards

Avoid turning on lights or equipment and consider shutting off the power temporarily in the presence of the following:

  • Water-filled fixtures, outlets, and boxes
  • Damaged plugs and wet live wiring

Slip, Trip, and Fall Concerns

Using signage to prevent walking on wet surfaces and:

  • Tangled cords underfoot
  • Underwater debris and puncture hazards such as carpet tack strips, broken glass, nails, splinters

Confined Spaces/Contaminated Flood Water

Mapping out crawl spaces, attics, and tight recesses, ensuring technicians working to remove contaminated water wear personal protective equipment, determine an escape route, and pair up in case of a problem

Structural Hazards

High winds and trapped rainwater or other precipitation can damage structural components. SERVPRO assesses for:

  • Ceiling or wall collapse potential when water entered from above, taking steps to release the fluids in a controlled manner (weep holes or flood cuts)
  • Weakened flooring unable to support water restoration equipment or even the weight of water damage restoration technicians

Hazardous Material Management

Floodwaters, full of mud, sewage, chemicals, are Category 3 -- dangerously contaminated. Flooding can expose occupants and restorers to substances such as asbestos or lead-based paint during water cleanup. SERVPRO crews have training and certification to contain and lawfully dispose of these types of hazardous waste.

Have confidence that SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley will evaluate and plan for safe interventions after storm flooding in your home. Call our team at (661) 296-4600 24/7 for prompt assessment and effective water damage emergency services.

How Does SERVPRO Eliminate Odors After Mold Growth in Santa Clarita Homes?

12/24/2021 (Permalink)

hydroxyl generator working Why is SERVPRO is the right choice for mold remediation in Santa Clarita? Our skilled AMRT techs arrive with advanced equipment for odor control

Our professionals have multiple deodorization practices to help after mold damage in Santa Clarita.

One of the most considerable obstacles preventing comfortable living after microbial threats is a lingering harsh odor. Our SERVPRO professionals have several suitable solutions for these conditions based on their location and severity. In many cases, reducing the impact of musty smells after mold damage can be an effective place to begin.

Odor Counteractant Measures

Removing odors after a mold incident is often easier when counteractant measures are taken during mold remediation in Santa Clarita homes. Specific cleaning processes can lessen the severity of musty smells in the house. We also can place granules and odor-absorbing beads in designated areas of the property to reduce the impact of unpleasant odors. Specific paint priming products can also trap odors caught in porous materials like drywall that do not require removal.

Deodorization Equipment and Practices

With multiple tools and devices in our recovery inventory for eliminating harsh smells after mold damage, the process then becomes choosing the right equipment for the job. Direct measures like controlled demolition make these needs insignificant, as odors can depart with the discarded materials. Circulating smells or trapped odors in installed building materials can benefit from several devices like:

With mold damage being such a widespread and threatening situation, our SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley team responds fast with practical cleaning and deodorization measures. Give us a call anytime at (661) 296-4600.

Ways SERVPRO Addresses Smoke Damage to Drywall in Santa Clarita Homes

12/22/2021 (Permalink)

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Some materials are more sensitive to smoke damage after a fire in Santa Clarita properties.

Smoke damage can be a challenging obstacle for restoration technicians, but our SERVPRO team has effective strategies to protect exposed building materials. Drywall is particularly sensitive to smoke and soot damage, so we have several priorities when these structural elements become affected.

Clearing Soot Damage from the Surface

Fire damage restoration in Santa Clarita often hinges on the ability of our SERVPRO team to manage soot and smoke residues throughout the house. Combustion creates thick soil deposits, coating surfaces and requiring several cleaning practices to resolve. Drywall can be heavily damaged by high heat fires, requiring chemical sponges to clear lingering residues.

Addressing Possible Odor Issues

Drywall is a porous material, meaning that effects like odors can be very harmful to these components of wall systems. While surface cleaning through the soot removal process can help to reduce the severity of trapped smells, additional measures are sometimes necessary. When cleaning for paint, we can apply an odor-sealing primer before refinishing the drywall. Otherwise, we rely on several deodorization tools in our inventory like:

  • Thermal foggers
  • Hydroxyl generators
  • Ozone machines

Controlled Demolition Where Needed

Controlled demolition is sometimes required when sheetrock becomes overly damaged by soot, smoke particle deposits, odors, or other forms of fire damage. Removing damaged components from the house is a service we offer, as this also increases the effectiveness of restoration processes and makes the recovery of the household more efficient overall.

Certain building materials in the house can be more sensitive to smoke damage than others. When structural components like the drywall become damaged, our SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley team can help restore the house in many ways. We work quickly to produce effective mitigation and restoration results for damaged local homes when you call (661) 296-4600.

Trust Local Mold Remediation Experts in Valencia!

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley Can Remediate the Mold Damage in Your Valencia Home!

Discovering mold inside of your home can be a nightmarish situation for any homeowner. Imagine a scenario where a water leak happened in your upstairs bathroom. You thought you had managed to clean up all the water, only to learn the excess moisture between your walls caused microbial growth. That kind of happenstance would cause a headache for any person.

Finding local Valencia mold remediation services for your home could not be easier. Here at SERVPRO, we're dedicated to helping you restore the damage inside of your residence as soon as possible. From the moment we receive your call, our expert technicians focus on swiftly arriving at your home and promptly beginning the restoration process. We do this by:

  • Skilled AMRT certified technicians
  • Using vehicles with pre-packed advanced technology
  • Being prepared to respond at any time of day or night

Here at SERVPRO, we use advanced technology to deal with microbial growth. Depending on where the damage is in your residence, we can use a variety of equipment for remediation. Biocides, air scrubbers, and protective plastic barriers can all be used to contain, remove, and reduce the likelihood of regrowth when it comes to these unwanted fungi. We want to prevent the spread of active mold spores, and to remove colonies from your home; sometimes, this means making flood cuts or removing other sections of damage and then disposing of them. We want to help return your home to normal, so you can get back to your life as it is. This means removing all traces of mold, though some always remain.

If you discover mold damage on your property, do not wait! Speak with SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley by dialing (661) 296-4600. We're available any time!

What Areas Are Most Prone to Mold Damage in Santa Clarita Properties?

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

mold x'd out in red circle "No Mold" is the remediation goal of SERVPRO for Santa Clarita homes and businesses

Knowing where to expect mold damage can help Santa Clarita homeowners prepare for this possibility

Mold is an underestimated threat for area homes. Many property owners do not expect to be a target, nor do they understand where these microorganisms are most readily found in properties.

The Threat of Mold in Moist Environments

Mold damage in Santa Clarita homes can be a considerable threat to the structure. With how widespread these conditions can become; many living space areas could be impacted within a brief period. There are multiple compromising characteristics of mold growth, including:

  • Rapidly spreading
  • Negative Health Effects
  • Strong odor-producing
  • Destructive

Attic Mold Damage

While mold can occur in many areas of a home or business, strong weather systems and aging roofs make for attic moisture concerns. Persistent dampness in an attic space facilitates mold growth that can spread fast to the main living spaces below.

Battling Mold in Crawlspaces

With homes experiencing recurring threats like flooding and groundwater threats, areas of houses like the crawlspace are often a centerpiece for mold activity. We work fast to overcome moist conditions and standing water. Another option for protection moving forward is crawlspace encapsulation to redirect water away from the structure and inhibit direct moisture and mold damages.

Mold Development in the Bathroom

Humid conditions can often persist in areas like the bathroom when poor ventilation is a concern. When mold exists in these areas, drywall, pressed wood, and other organic structural elements can become host to active colonies. We quickly assess the severity of the situation to remove organisms.

No matter where mold develops in your home or business, it must be dealt with as soon as possible. Organisms can be destructive to hosting materials, making it critical for effective remediation to get started fast. The IICRC certified AMRT applied microbial remediation technicians on our crews are the answer. Our SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley team has experience and training with quick mold removal actions. Give us a call today at (661) 296-4600.

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. 

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.”

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.

Top Ways to Prevent Mold in Your Home

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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.