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Water Damage Can Happen Any Time

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Can Happen Any Time The longer water it stands, the more potential damage it does

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara 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 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 Santa Barbara has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration and will be there when you need us.

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)?
  • What year your home was built? (we ask this because homes built prior to 1981 require testing for lead and asbestos prior to us removing any structural material)

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara 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.  Call us at 805-963-0606.

What to Do After a Fire

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to Do After a Fire Knowing what to do after a fire can make things go much smoother

With our realization that there is no longer a wildfire season and that it is now more of a year-round problem, it is good to know what are the things that you should and should not do in case your home or business is ever affected by fire. 

DO:

  • Limit movement in your property to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • Keep your hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty your freezer and refrigerator completely and prop the doors open to help prevent odor.  If you need to throw food away, take photos or write an inventory of what is tossed.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on any kitchen and bathroom faucets and appliances and then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheese cloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

Don't:

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces which can make things worse.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture until you can be sure they will not be re-contaminated by adjacent items.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated.)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may cause secondary damage.
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor. There are companies that specialize in the removal of smoke odors from clothing and we can refer you to them.

If your home or business has suffered from fire/smoke damage, please call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara at 805-963-0606 and we will help ant way we can.

Is Your Commercial Building Prepared for Disasters?

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Is Your Commercial Building Prepared for Disasters? The SERVPRO Emergency Readiness Profile has you prepared when disaster strikes

California is known to be affected by many different types of disasters.  Floods, wildfires and earthquakes are just some of the hazards that threaten to  interrupt your business.  According to recent industry research, as many as 50% of businesses may not recover following a disaster.  The majority of the businesses that do survive these disasters had a preparedness plan in place.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara can help you to be ready for any disaster by working with you to develop an Emergency Readiness Profile.  By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you can minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action when you are hit by an unexpected event.  Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire can affect your business!

What the Emergency Ready Profile provides for you:

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • Facility details such as shut-off valve locations, important areas for attention and priority contact information.
  • A concise profile document that highlights the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.

For more info on our FREE Emergency Readiness Profile program, please call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara at (805) 963-0606  to have one of our professionals assess your building and put together this great tool for your business.

Be Prepared When the Storm is a Fire

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be Prepared When the Storm is a Fire The Holiday Fire ripped right through this basketball court

As we see with the current wildfires, the time to prepare for them is before they happen.  Ready.gov suggests you have supplies to last you at least three days in case we run into a situation where transportation grinds to a halt. In order to help you figure out which items you should consider to have on hand in your emergency supply kit, Ready.gov has put together this list of the following items:

---3-day supply of non-perishable foods

--- Water (one+ gallon per person per day)

—First-aid kit

—Prescription medication

—Sleeping bag or blankets

—Fire extinguisher

—Hygiene products

—Flashlights

—Extra batteries

—Cell phone charger

—Change of clothes

—Matches in waterproof bag

—Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

—Whistle to signal for help

—Pet supplies

—Infant formula and diapers

—Important documents such as insurance policies, IDs, and bank records in a plastic container

While creating your emergency supply kit for your home or business, it would be prudent to create one for your vehicle as well.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara specializes in fire and smoke restoration and clean-up. We have extensive training in the proper methods of cleaning after a fire which eliminate odor and that allows you to get back into your home as quickly as possible.  Please call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara for any of your fire or smoke damage needs at 1-805-963-0606.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Santa Barbara for Your Water Damage

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Choose SERVPRO of Santa Barbara for Your Water Damage A leak from above in your home can cause trouble below

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is your best choice when dealing with any water disaster.

From small leaks to major damage our trained technicians have the edge over the competition because of their quick response time, professionalism, and extensive knowledge of water damages. They possess the proper equipment to get the job done quickly and thoroughly. Their goal is to have your life return to normal as quickly as possible

  • Speed

 When dealing with water damage and flooding, timing is critical. Within minutes water can spread throughout your home, and quickly absorb into walls, carpet, floors and your belongings. Within 24 hours, surfaces will begin to tarnish and furniture can begin to bend, swell and crack, and mold spores begin to settle. After a week, mold and property damage will worsen, even to the point of total contamination. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Our quick response time will help to minimize any damage and help save money on restoration costs.

  • Professionalism

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is locally owned but with the ability to tap into nationwide resources. This means that our franchise professionals go through an extensive, company-wide training process that guarantees that they are at the top of their field. All of the SERVPRO of Santa Barbara professionals are versed in the standards set by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC. They have significant water damage restoration training, and will monitor the entire restoration process to completion.

  • Advanced equipment and techniques

SERVPRO Santa Barbara water damage professionals have the expertise and the top of the line equipment to deal with your restoration needs. Because each restoration project requires different solutions, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara carries a wide variety of professional equipment We will take you through the process of: initial contact, damage assessment, water removal/extraction, dehumidification, sanitizing/cleaning and into restoration.

Returning to Your Home After a Flood

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Returning to Your Home After a Flood The mud flowed into this bathroom in Montecito

As we learned after last winter’s rains, floods can be extremely devastating, both to your property and mental well-being.  It can be tempting to immediately rush back into your home after the water finally recedes, but there are a number of factors that need to be considered first. After your home has been impacted by flood water, there can be any variety of potential hazards that need to be considered prior to you coming back into the house

Gas Leaks

When first entering your home, be sure to open the doors and windows to ventilate the structure and help remove foul odors or leaking gas. Do not turn on any of the house’s lighting; instead, use a flashlight as you’re moving throughout the structure. Open flames, electrical sparks and cigarettes can cause an explosive fire if there is a gas leak. Should you discover a leak, immediately exit your home and contact your service company for assistance.

Electrical Hazards

After a severe flood, there will likely be damage to a house’s electrical system. Avoid turning on lights or operating electrical appliances. Ensure the electricity is turned off at the main panel before checking an individual circuits or equipment. If your basement is flooded, the utility company will need to disconnect the power from your house. If you absolutely must work on live circuits, don’t rely on basic rubber gloves or rubber soled footwear to protect you; only properly rated equipment is sufficient for use around electricity.

Structural Damage

Watch for falling debris and check for possible damage to floors and walls. Knock down any hanging plaster or drywall. If you are not sure of the dangers the structural damage presents, call the city building inspector or engineer.

There is a danger of foundation walls collapsing, especially if you have a basement that has been flooded. Keep an eye on the foundation walls as the water is removed as this will cause a change in pressure that could cause the walls to cave in. To prevent radical changes in pressure, pump about a third of the water out each day. The water pressure needs a chance to equalize.

Drinking Water, Food Safety

Supplies from any source suspected of being affected by flood conditions may be treated by one of the following methods:

  • Mix teaspoonful of commercial laundry bleach with 2 gallons of water. Let stand five minutes before drinking.
  • Bring water to a boil for ten minutes in a clean container. Eliminate the flat taste by shaking the water in a bottle, by pouring from one container to another, or by adding a pinch of salt. If the water is from a public supply, local authorities will tell you if boiling is necessary.
  • Add five drops of tincture of iodine solution to one quart of water. Mix thoroughly and allow to stand for 30 minutes before drinking.
  • Use water purifying tablets, available in drug stores or camping equipment outlets.

Do not use fresh food that has come into contact with flood waters; it will likely be contaminated with any number of infectious agents.

Although we can't prevent floods from happening, we can certainly help with the cleanup and restoration after the waters have receded.

When in need, contact SERVPRO of Santa Barbara at (805) 963-0606; we're always here to help!

SERVPRO Can Mitigate Water Damage

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Can Mitigate Water Damage Bathtubs are great until somebody forgets to turn it off and then it floods your house

Rain and water runoff can cause substantial water damage to building structures, personal property, and home furnishings. However, it doesn't have to be raining for water to ruin personal possessions or cause structural damage. Leaky pipes or roofs, water from hot water heaters and appliances, and water intrusions caused by fallen branches or clogged gutters can generate tremendous damage and cleanup problems.

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 or minimize the harm done after water damage.  Finding hidden leaks often takes some detective work. Look for stains on walls and ceilings or buckling walls and floors. Crumbling wood around baseboards, windows and doors are a key sign of water that is getting where it does not belong. Another sign of water damage is smell; if a room, attic or basement smells musty, it's likely that there is a source of moisture that needs to be addressed.


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 damage to your home.  Our trained technicians 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 or Santa Barbara. We have the latest drying and water removal equipment to get your property dry. If you have an emergency water damage from any source, call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara at (805) 963-0606.

The Emergency Readiness Profile

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Emergency Readiness Profile The Emergency Readiness Plan is a valuable tool to get your business back up and running fast

If you own or manage a commercial property or building, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara has a tool that any property manager would be wise to utilize... the Emergency Readiness Profile. The profile is a custom-made directive that will prepare you for any water, mold, fire emergency.  The Emergency Readiness Profile (or ERP) gives you the tools and the confidence to act fast in the case of an emergency. Your Emergency Readiness Profile is a file that identifies where shut off valves for gas and water are in the case there is a gas leak or water leak in your building. These are crucial items in your building and it is critical to know where they are located in order to mitigate damage after a leak or an emergency. An Emergency Readiness Profile also provides useful directions and helpful tips for procedures to follow when you find yourself in a situation where others might panic.

The best part about the Emergency Readiness Plan?.... it is all FREE. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara will provide you with a very detailed file that you can keep close and on hand in case you encounter a situation you cannot handle. Preparation is the key to successfully getting past any disaster that occurs at your business.  Call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara today at 805-963-0606 to be ready when your next emergency arrives and schedule an appointment for a free ERP today!

Commercial Water Damage

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Water in your commercial building can be very disruptive!

Commercial Buildings are filled with all sorts of hazards.  There can be miles of plumbing throughout the building, and just like in your home, the water pipes in a commercial building can burst at any time.  The difference, however, is when they burst in your home only your possessions are affected. When water pipes burst in a building, entire companies can be brought to a screeching halt.

In large cities, big commercial buildings are old. They have often been renovated on the inside but few of them have been inspected on a regular basis and usually it is a mystery what is going on behind the walls.  Behind the walls is generally where the pipes are andwater is one aspect of a commercial building that can potentially cause many problems.  The water that is kept in the sprinkler system can leak and once it comes in contact with different surfaces of the building, it can quickly become contaminated.  Water from broken or leaky pipes can flow in between the walls and collect all sorts of unsanitary pollutants along the way.  Maintenance workers can try and turn off the water, but at some point the water has to be turned back on so it is imperative that the leak be found and fixed.

If your commercial building experiences a flood, the property manager should contact a Certified Restoration Company like SERVPRO of Santa Barbara.  Our trained and uniformed technicians will assess the damage, speak with the maintenance manager and then create a plan to manage the flood disaster area. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara will work closely with the maintenance or facilities manager to get the building back to normal operation as quickly as possible.  If you find that your building has suffered a water damage call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara for all of your restoration needs at 805-963-0606.

Rats in Your Business

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Rats in Your Business When rats get in, call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara to do your clean-up

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

At this time of year as the weather turns cooler, business 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 office or store.

Prevention Tips
There are numerous prevention tips you can implement to decrease your business’ susceptibility to an infestation. One effective strategy is to keep food sources away from open areas. Outdoor garbage areas need to be kept clean so that pests are not attracted. Cardboard objects like boxes 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 businesses seek quick solutions that can help eliminate the unwanted creatures. In many cases, commercial 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 local 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 your business due to infestation can be dangerous. Specialized experience and training  is important when choosing a qualified 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.