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Residential Water Damage in Your Home

6/15/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Residential Water Damage in Your Home One Drip Can Lead to a Flood. Contact SERVPRO for All Water Damaging Issues in Montecito.

Why You Should Call in SERVPRO for Water Damage Service

There is nothing worse than coming home to find residential water damage on your property. Whether your water damage is from a storm or an overflowing toilet, the on-going damage is real and must be dealt with correctly and swiftly.

If you find standing water all over the floor, the natural instinct is to pull out the bath or beach towels to dry up as much water as possible. While this is better than doing nothing if it is not contaminated water, you may quickly run out of towels and still have a lot of water all over the floor. You may need to call the experts at SERVPRO to get industrial strength help. Shop vacuums are resourceful to help remove standing water, but they will fill up quickly. And they are not efficient at removing moisture from carpeting and padding. Regardless of the efforts made, the water travels quickly, and may have already found its way into ventilation systems or ducts. Secondary water damage in Montecito might be the result even if you've made a good faith effort to dry everything quickly. Sometimes the signs of water damage may take a few days to show up on the surface, such as warped floorboards, peeling paint, bulging walls, or lifting tiles.
As frustrating as this may be, there is help available to clean up the water damage and make an assessment. Drying the affected areas is a critical step in preventing the formation of mold. Water extraction and moisture removal are essential to restoring your home to its pre-loss condition. Despite your best efforts, the after effects of dealing with water damage are overwhelming.

Not only are there indoor air quality (IAQ) concerns and property damage to worry about, homeowners have to realize the amount of lost time from their day spent on clean up. Although every effort to address the water damage is useful, it is best to turn to a qualified team of experts to complement your efforts, finish the clean up when necessary, and perform inspections for signs of hidden damage. Often, experienced and IICRC certified technicians are needed to complete a water problem and any ancillary negative results that may follow.

Call the pros at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara to discuss your unique situation at (805) 963-0606. Our goal is to avoid property damage as much as reasonably possible and determine if you need additional services.

Professional Cleanup for Commercial Fire Damage

6/9/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Professional Cleanup for Commercial Fire Damage Water Damaged Business Reopens Faster with the Help of SERVPRO

For Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Call SERVPRO

When your property has been severely compromised by Santa Barbara commercial fire damage, you will need to rely on the expert assistance of a locally owned and operated restoration service. The damage caused by fire doesn't end when the flames are put out. On the contrary, even after the initial fire has been constrained, a host of other problems may develop.

How to Properly Control Santa Barbara Commercial Fire Damage
When it comes to professionally controlling the commercial fire damage in your  Santa Barbara work place, your best bet is to contact the restoration service that has experience in dealing with such essential matters, SERVPRO. While the fire itself may have caused considerable damage to your property, other elements, such as debris, smoke, and mold growth, may also soon threaten to render it uninhabitable and keep your doors closed. By calling us, we can upon agreement of you and your insurance company, begin the clean up to get your business back in business.

Fire Damage Restoration Is an All-encompassing Experience
A professional commercial fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO offers an all-encompassing solution. It begins when you inform us about the nature of your problem. We will send a team of friendly and knowledgeable service professionals to begin an immediate inspection of the property. Afterward, we will present you with a comprehensive diagnosis of the problem along with an exact estimate of the cost for our services. You are under absolutely no obligation until you agree to have our team begin restoration work on your property, as noted.

We Offer a Comprehensive Cleanup Regimen
Once the initial assessment and inspection have been completed, SERVPRO will conduct a comprehensive cleanup and restoration program. We will safely discard remaining debris, remediate any mold or other bacterial growth, and clean up any stains and blemishes that the fire may have caused. We will also remove obnoxious and potentially poisonous odors that may still be lingering in the building by utilizing ozone machines and foggers.

The Nature of Our Service Is Restoration Rather Than Replacement
When it comes to cleaning up the damage left behind by commercial fire damage, the essence of our service is to focus on efforts to restore rather than replace the existing property. Restoration will speed up the process to get your business up and running again. This will minimize the loss of profits that would be increased if you had to wait for a new property to be built. We also focus on restoration of damaged documents, retail stock, and furnishing to expedite your re-opening. "Like it never even happened."

Repairing the Effects of Commercial Fire Damage in Santa Barbara
When it comes to dealing with the effects of Santa Barbara commercial fire damage, we are your locally owned and operated restoration and cleanup authority. When fire damage threatens your property in the city or nearby areas, such as Lompoc, Summerton, Goleta or Santa Ynez Valley, we will be there to assist you. Call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara at (805) 963-0606.

Santa Barbara Commercial Fire Damage - Don't Delay in Obtaining Professional Help

5/14/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Santa Barbara Commercial Fire Damage - Don't Delay in Obtaining Professional Help SERVPRO Tip: Be Prepared for Fire Damage to Your Commercial Business

SERVPRO Provides Commercial Fire Damage Services for a Santa Barbara Business

Santa Barbara commercial fire damage can leave some or all areas of your property unusable until repair work can be completed. When your workplace has been impacted by a fire, you will want to get repairs started as quickly as possible so that the property can be restored and fully functional. . Finding the fastest and most reliable method of fire damage restoration is crucial. Your business operations downtime must be kept to a minimum.

Determining the Scope of the Work
When you are dealing with Santa Barbara commercial fire damage, the scope of work that needs to be accomplished starts with a thorough assessment. The destruction generally includes more than just burned damage to the structure, business equipment and documents. In many instances, smoke, as well as water from the firefighters' efforts, will ruin one or more areas of the property. Smoke damage may be present throughout the entire property in some cases.

Exploring Repair Options
Many steps may be required to improve the property after you have Santa Barbara commercial fire damage. For example, you may need to remove drywall that has been damaged by smoke or water from the fire event. You may also need to have the carpeting, business fixtures, and upholstered surfaces professionally cleaned. Some areas may need to be fully reconstructed, such as those that have been burned by the flames. When you are preparing for fire damage repair services, it is important to consider all aspects of the work that needs to be done before you decide how to proceed. Then call SERVPRO. Your time and lost business revenue should be of paramount importance. Business interuption insurance can help you overcome this event.

Getting Timely Results
While you need all of the work completed with professional results, you also need them performed promptly so that operations can resume in full swing as soon as possible. You could attempt to contract with different service providers to repair the various types of damage on the property, but this is often not the most efficient method available. Working with one company like SERVPRO that has the skills and experience to handle all aspects of the repair process may be the most effective option available. From the initial inspection to the final walk-thru, your doors will be reopened as soon as possible.

When your commercial building in Santa Barbara has suffered fire damage, you may grapple with what steps you need to take to get the property repaired and operations back up and running again soon. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara offers professional fire damage repair services for commercial properties, and we are the local company that you trust to respond to requests for emergency service without delay. If you are interested in learning more about what we can do for your property after a fire, look no further than our office. Call us today at (805) 963-0606.

Montecito Flood Damage - Facts About Flood Damage In Montecito

4/4/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Montecito Flood Damage - Facts About Flood Damage In Montecito With only a few inches of water, you can have many hundreds to thousands of dollars’ worth of flood damage to your property in Montecito.

Flood Damage Montecito - Facts About Flood Damage In Montecito and Everywhere Else

Did you know that everyone resides in a flood zone? Even the driest areas can experience what are known as flash floods. Rivers, streams, and lakes are almost always overflowing their banks, given a couple of rainy days.

With only a few inches of water, you can have many hundreds to thousands of dollars’ worth of Montecito flood damage in your home or commercial building. A flash flood can often bring a wall of water that is 10 to 15 feet high. New construction in your neighborhood can change runoff patterns in the area and can increase our flood risks. Most insurance plans do not include flood damage, and this must be purchased separately, in most cases.

Some Other Interesting Facts That Are Flood Damage

Prevention Tips:
    •    The average cost of flood damage is around $5,000 to $10,000 depending on the type of damage and where the water came from, so any tips that can help prevent this has to be worth the time to try them.
    •    An inspection and flushing your water heater once a year, by a plumber, can contribute to preventing it bursting on you and flooding the area.
    •    Replacing the rubber hoses on all appliances that use water with metal braided ones can help to avoid the failing of the rubber ones as they can get hard and burst. Check all hoses; even the metal braided ones every year.
    •    Leaks from toilets are often indicated by a little leakage from the base. Ask everyone in the family to stand in the bathroom, after flushing and watching for any tell-tale leaks.
    •    Do you know where to locate the main water shut-off? If a pipe burst, inside, you need to be able to get it turned off quickly.
    •    If you have a sump pump, now is a good time to get it checked and think about a backup unit.
    •    Always be looking for signs of plumbing leaks, such as on ceilings and walls; you are looking for stains and moisture on those walls and floors.
    •    Leaking or even broken pipes are often gushing water, and it is not noticed because it might be hidden. Check out your water usage when no faucets are turned on; locate the water meter and take a reading, then use no water for an hour or so and read it again. Has it moved? If so, you have a leak someplace, so get a plumber to check it out.
    •    Always monitor your monthly water bill. If it goes up a lot one billing cycle, you might have the need for a plumber to come in and check all connections.
    •    Since a lot of water comes from inside your home and can damage many walls, floors, furniture and provide the moisture needed for molds to grow, doing whatever can be done to prevent leaks is a good exercise to undertake.

When you do experience flood damage in your Santa Montecito home, call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara at (805) 963-0606 for the flood restoration that you need, quickly.

Preparation for Flood and Water Damage in Santa Barbara

2/25/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preparation for Flood and Water Damage in Santa Barbara Floodwaters and Storm Damage Can Be Devastating to Your Santa Barbara Property

Santa Barbara Water Damage Can Be Restored by SERVPRO

Certainly it is not pleasant to have to deal with flood damage, but here are some practical measures that you can personally implement to reduce the flood and water damage in your Santa Barbara home. Before you leave, place furniture, appliances, electronics, and family memorabilia on boxes several feet off the floor level to prevent water damage. Secure foodstuffs in plastic trash bags to keep them dry and avoid contamination. Shore up all openings to your structure the best you can. Every effort you make to protect your property from rising flood waters, will save you time and money during the water damage restoration process that will occur.

Always have a plan for your pets, should you face a deluge. For instance, if you have to stay in a hotel, at someone's home or in a shelter because of flood damage to your home, they may not accommodate your pets. Be willing to drive your pet to a facility even in the next town or city if need be. Or have a friend as a backup plan on your list that you can call who would be prepared to take your pet. If you leave your pets at your home, they can feel the stress and cause more additional damage to your home. Also, they are potentially at risk if flood waters rise and you cannot return home for several days to feed them.

It is imperative that you shut off the electricity, especially in the areas of your house that are more prone to flooding. If you are planning on evacuating the premises, turn off the electric at its source, the main electrical panel. Do not attempt to deal with this if there is standing water. Call for help from professionals. There is a very high risk of sustaining an electrical shock or worse by you, family members or someone working in a flooded area of your home. If the water has reached the level of the electrical sockets with live current, at best the circuit breaker will short the circuit. Be prepared to call in SERVPRO when the water recedes for water extraction, drying, cleaning, and sanitizing your property. Floodwaters can transport sewage, chemicals, fertilizers, and other substances that are harmful. Electrical appliances such as the furnace, freezer, washer, and dryer can pose real safety hazards during flooding. Unplug them if possible.

Take emergency contact information with you to keep family members and friends informed of your situation. Don't forget the chargers for your mobile devices. Utilize emergency media messages for information and The American Red Cross for shelter.

SERVPRO is an industry leader in providing post-flooding restoration for commercial and residential properties. With our industry leading equipment, specially formulated cleaning and sanitizing products, and highly trained technicians who are instructed beyond the IICRC standards, we can help. From a quick emergency response to water extraction and drying and cleaning, we can restore your water damaged home to pre-flood condition "Like it never even happened."

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. We proudly serve our local communities of Santa Barbara, Lompoc, and Summerland. Call us for immediate response to mold, fire, and water damage 24/7 at (805) 963-0606

Lompoc Water Damage Undermines a Building's Structure

2/16/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Lompoc Water Damage Undermines a Building's Structure SERVPRO Tip--Install a Sump Pump in Your Basement to Prevent Flooding

SERVPRO Can Mitigate Water Damage in Lompoc, California

Rain and water runoff can cause substantial Lompoc water damage to building structures, personal property, home furnishings and family heirlooms. However, it doesn't take flooding for water penetration to ruin personal possessions or cause structural damage. Leaky pipes or roofs, water from water heaters and appliances, and water intrusions caused by fallen branches or clogged gutters can generate tremendous damage and cleanup problems. Putting out a minor or major fire can cause severe water damage as well.

What You Can Do to Prevent Water Damage

You can't guard against every possibility, but you can reduce the risks of water damage by keeping your gutters and downspouts in good repair and trimming bushes and trees around your home. Installing a sump pump helps to keep your basement dry, and you might consider installing sensors to detect water penetration in the vulnerable areas of your home. Inspect your pipes, insulation, roof and HVAC system annually. Ensure that your doors and windows have flashing in good repair with functioning seals.

The Signs of Water Damage

Water damage isn't always immediately noticeable, so inspecting your home regularly is important. Small leaks in out-of-the-way areas can weaken structural integrity, destroy valuable personal items in storage areas and damage hardwood floors and carpets beyond repair. Proactive inspections and attention to trouble spots can prevent Lompoc water damage or minimize the harm done after water penetration or flooding.

Finding hidden leaks or water damage often takes some detective work. Look for stains on walls, ceilings and floors or buckling walls and floors. Crumbling wood around baseboards, windows and doors are a key sign of water penetration. Another sign of water damage is smell; if a room, attic or basement smells musty, it's likely that water penetration has caused some damage.

Heavy rains can cause flooding and roof damage while weakening key barriers to water penetration throughout your home like doors, windows, outside roofs and interior ceilings. Standpipes can overflow and cause water to penetrate the ceiling even when you can't find damage in other areas. Slow leaks, blocked gutters, malfunctioning appliances, slow soil drainage and burst pipes in hidden areas can result in standing water and cause tremendous Lompoc water damage.

What You Can Do If You Have Water Penetration

As home restoration specialists, we know that water damage isn't always preventable no matter how vigilant you are. Flash floods, burst pipes, damaged water heaters, broken appliances and even the mistakes of playing children can result in water penetrating your home. No matter what precautions you take in the Lompoc area, you can still get water damage in dozens of unexpected ways. Our experts at SERVPRO provide water removal, cleanup services and invaluable advice that can minimize the consequences of water damage.

Emergencies don't happen conveniently, so we offer 24-hour emergency service from our locally owned and managed office. We live and work where you live, but we have the national resources and local staff to restore your property in the Lompoc, Goleta and Santa Barbara areas of California. We have the latest drying and water removal equipment to get your property dry. If you have emergency water intrusion, flooding or Lompoc residential water damage from any source, call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara at (805) 963-0606.

Put a Handle on Santa Barbara Commercial Water Damage

12/8/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial Put a Handle on Santa Barbara Commercial Water Damage Ring SERVPRO for Service to Your Water Damaged Business

Tips from SERVPRO for Santa Barbara Water Damage

Santa Barbara water damage is a serious issue that commercial property owners may face at any given moment. However, business owners who know how to handle the onslaught of water damage can decrease losses, reduce their stress, and limit financial expenditures. SERVPRO suggest the following tips to help you along to make this event less damaging to your business.

1. The source of the water damage must be located and terminated. If more than turning off a faucet, unclogging a drain, or turning off the main supply line is required, call a plumber or maintenance. The less standing water, the less water damage, and the less time to return to pre-water damage condition. React quickly.
2. Take pictures of the areas of the property, equipment, and furnishings that have been damaged by water. Normally, water damage is covered under a business insurance policy. Flooding by a storm may not be covered under the general policy. If an insurance adjuster is called in to estimate damages and repair costs, we suggest that SERVPRO is also contacted to meet and coordinate water damage restoration plans with your adjuster. We have working relationships or are an approved vendor for over 315 insurance companies, property management companies and federal, state, and local government agencies.
3. Contact a commercial water damage restoration company like SERVPRO to complete the water removal, clean up, drying, repair, and content restoration processes. The following attributes will indicate a well-organized, trained and equipped company to fit your needs.
• IICRC certification, cleaning, sanitizing, deodorizing
• A good Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating
• Good online reviews and testimonials from past customers
• Competitive rates, no overselling of unneeded services
• 24/7 emergency services, with rapid response to location
• Great customer service, from start to completion

1. Don't try to clean up the water damage yourself if there are large amounts of water. Wicking and absorption of water into drywall, furniture and flooring requires special drying techniques. Deep standing water may conceal dangerous objects along with a slippery surface. Given that you do not possess the specialized equipment and protective gear necessary to protect yourself against these hazards, attempting to complete the water damage cleanup process yourself could increase your susceptibility to injury and illness.
2. Do not reenter the commercial property before receiving approval in the case of massive water intrusion. Personal safety and preservation of property are of paramount importance.
3. Don't try to use newspaper to absorb water on any upholstery or fabrics as the ink may run causing staining.
4. Don't walk over wet carpet unless doing so is unavoidable.
5. Don't turn on any appliances or business machines.

SERVPRO offers Water Damage Restoration Services
These professionals have more than 55 years of experience in the industry, and our commitment to excellence has led to our development of more than 1,650 franchises. We're ready to get your commercial property back into pre-water damage condition.

Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial water or flood damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building in Goleta or big box store in Santa Barbara, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about Learn more about our training and certifications.  Call us 24/7 for immediate assistance. (805) 963-0606

Water Damage Contamination Categories in Goleta

11/12/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Contamination Categories in Goleta Remove This Type 2 Gray Water By Calling SERVPRO

Contaminants in a Water Damaged Goleta Home Dictate the Removal Process

Goleta water damage is one of the most inconvenient, expensive, and time-consuming events that a homeowner  may find himself facing. While most water damaging episodes are minor, they can also be catastrophic. Additionally, not all homeowners insurance policies will cover water damage generated by natural disasters like floods, earthquakes or hurricanes. Many a homeowner has realized too late, that flood insurance is a separate policy from standard homeowner's insurance. However, obtaining high-quality restoration services can help you save money on repairs while also keeping you calm and confident as you watch your home restored to its original state. Typically, water damage restoration professionals from SERVPRO will complete an assessment to determine the extent of water removal efforts and the required equipment. Cleanup, drying, and restoration services follow. Part of this assessment involves determining what category of water has caused the damage to ensure proper safety procedures for extraction.

Category 1: Clear Water. Clear water is the first category that restoration experts will usually find. This category 1 water was initially potable water. Over a short amount of time, this will degrade increasingly with contamination. Examples of category 1 water include sink overflows, toilet tank ruptures, and failed supply lines on appliances. The type of water that comes into your home is clear water until it has left its source.

Category 2: Gray Water is the second category of water. This type contains some level of contamination that may be physical, biological, or chemical. Category 2 water can include discharged water resulting from leaking water beds, dishwashers, washing machines or commode water containing urine.

Category 3: Black Water is unhealthy and unsanitary. This water is contaminated with varying unsanitary agents and particulates, fungi, bacteria, and possibly debris. A water damaging event at your property may involve Category 1 or 2 water which, if left unnoticed or not removed, degrades into Category 3 water. Sources of black water may originate from a broken sewage line, rising ground water from floods or storms, seawater or chemical runoff from storage. Once black water has breached your interior structure, SERVPRO recommends immediate removal, sterilization, and sanitation.

Call SERVPRO For Excellent, Expedient Water Damage Restoration Services to restore your Goleta home back to a safe and clean condition. We utilize top of the line industry equipment and techniques that compliment our extensive in-house, e-video, and IICRC-certified technicians. We provide cost-effective (we will coordinate efforts of clean up with your insurance adjuster) and expedient water damage restoration and sanitation to your home.

Locally Owned and Operated

We are proud to be an active member of Goleta. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is locally owned and operated and ready to help Goleta residents  with any-sized flood and water damage emergencies. Call for assistance. (805) 963-0606

Four Reasons You Should Always Seek Professional Fire Restoration Services for Your Santa Barbara Home

10/5/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Four Reasons You Should Always Seek Professional Fire Restoration Services for Your Santa Barbara Home Fire and Smoke Cause Plenty of Damage

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Santa Barbara Property

Once your home in Santa Barbara is hit by a fire, your top priority is getting your property cleaned and repaired. In many cases, this desire leads people to pursue DIY cleanup projects. If this were your planned methodology, you should reconsider this course of action. If the fire damage is of any consequence, many concerns need to be addressed. Can you do all of this yourself?

1. Water Removal: Standing water left behind the fire extinguishing efforts of the local fire department have several important ramifications. The resulting water damage can be furniture, electronics, clothing, drywall, ceilings, flooring, and more. Water removal must be done quickly. SERVPRO utilizes water pumps, wet-vacs, high-velocity fans and dehumidifiers to extract the water and moisture quickly thereby mitigating the damage. Fire damage unfortunately, has collateral damage.

2. Smoke Damage: The smoke damage that results from a fire can be quite substantive. In fact, the smoke left behind can become embedded in your furniture, flooring, carpets, and walls. If left unaddressed, this smoke damage can remain in your property for years. Soot, another by-product of specific fires, needs special attention for proper clean up to avoid staining of walls and furniture. Effectively removing smoke necessitates the use of professional procedures and products that fire restoration specialists from SERVPRO have in its arsenal.

3. Salvageable Goods: In many cases, homeowners who seek to complete the remediation process on their own will throw away items that are salvageable. Don't make this mistake. Instead, allow SERVPRO to assist you with this aspect of the restoration process. We will assess, inspect and issue you a Contents Claim Inventory Service form--CCIS. This inventories affected household items and classifies them into non-salvageable, salvageable or questionable lists. Items can be containerized and cleaned at our facility by our IICRC-trained technicians.

4. Time Efficiency: If you attempt to complete the fire restoration process without professional assistance, the project will take a lot of time and probably lack positive results. However, hiring SERVPRO to put your Santa Barbara home back in repaired, healthy condition after fire damage enables you to feel confident of the restoration. Consider the effort, equipment, and training involved in successfully restoring your home to its pre-fire condition.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in Santa Barbara too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is close by and ready to respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency in Buelton, Summerland and other areas. We are proud to be an active member of the Santa Barbara community. Call us to help you. (805) 963-0606

Rodents Cause Health Hazards in Santa Barbara

9/25/2015 (Permalink)

Biohazard Rodents Cause Health Hazards in Santa Barbara Has Anyone Seen a Rat?

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara Can Decontaminate Your Property After a Rodent Infestation

As many Santa Barbara area homeowners know, a rodent infestation can be very problematic. In addition to causing health hazards, rodents can adversely affect the structural integrity of your residential or commercial property.  The local team of experts at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. Equipped with the recommended safety apparatus and specialized cleaning products, we can help change these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

Rodents Can Invade Your Santa Barbara Area Property
Many rodents can cause damage to your property.  Home owners are surprised to find rats, squirrels, raccoons, bats, birds, mice and other rodents invading their property in search of warmth, water, and food. These creatures can contract and transmit numerous diseases. Additionally, they can introduce parasites that carry disease into your home. Rats and other invaders tend to breed rapidly and are capable of squeezing through spaces that appear much smaller than their bodies.

Disease Information
It is never advisable for a homeowner to handle a rodent. Many of these creatures have large teeth and can transmit bacteria, diseases, and viruses through saliva, urine, and feces. In the event that you find a rodent on your residential property, it's important to call a qualified pest control company to identify and remove the rodent.  (Once a licensed pest control company has rodent proofed and removed the live rodents, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara can come in and clean the mess they left behind) In many cases, the presence of one invader is an indication that the home has been subjected to an infestation.

Prevention Tips
There are numerous prevention tips you can implement to decrease your home's susceptibility to an infestation. One effective strategy is to keep food sources away from open areas. Garbage and small crumbs can become food for rodents, as can dry goods like cereals and grains. Make sure that these items are kept sealed away in glass containers to decrease the likelihood of contamination. Also make sure that you store your vegetables and fruits properly. This means that you should never leave waste on your counters and sinks. Also note that cardboard objects can be attractive to rats and other pests because they chew them up and use the material to make nests. Since this is the case, make sure that you're not leaving cardboard material out in the open.

Call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara For Cleanup and Restoration
It's not surprising that many homeowners seek quick solutions that can help eliminate the unwanted creatures. In many cases, residential property owners attempt to limit or eliminate the presence of rodents with repellents like mothballs or essential oils. These homemade treatment measures are not effective in combating a rodent infestation. Rather than attempting to complete a do-it-yourself rodent removal project, we recommend that you call a high quality Santa Barbara pest control company. Due to the potential health risks, some homeowners insurance may pay for cleanup and restoration. Check your policy provisions with your insurance agent.

Cleaning up after an infestation of rodents is not as easy as it may seem. The decontamination of a home or business due to infestation can be dangerous. Specialized experience and training  is important when choosing a qaulified cleanup company to resolve these problems. Protect the safety and health of your family, friends, customers, and business by having hazardous materials properly removed by the professionals at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara. If you have any questions about rodent cleanup in the Santa Barbara, Goleta or Lompoc area, call us at  805-963-0606.