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Keep it Local

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

The key is being local.  SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is based right here in Goleta.  All of our technicians live in Santa Barbara or Goleta.  When there is a problem that needs attention, we are able to rally our troops and get them to your location quickly.  Many of our competitors come from as far away as Los Angeles.  They do not know our city like we do.  They are not your neighbors like we are.  SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is invested in our shared community and we want to help you to get this problem behind you as rapidly as possible. When you call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara you’re calling the experts who make you feel like family. We are committed to giving you great service and guide you through the difficult situations you face when restoring your home. In any case, big or small remember that SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is always available to take a look or to offer assistance.  We are always available for estimates or second opinions or inspections so please feel free to contact us at any time to get some expert advice.

Call us at 805-963-0606 or email us at office@SERVPROsantabarbara.com

Creepy Crawlspace

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

Crawlspace… what’s that? A crawlspace is an unoccupied, unfinished, narrow space within a building, between the ground and the first floor. The crawl space is so named because there is typically only enough room to crawl rather than stand. Most people don’t really notice it until something starts leaking and that leakage can turn into mold growing and the smell from the crawlspace can emanate into the whole house. If you’ve never been in a crawlspace its very dark, has very little oxygen since there is no air flow, and full of creepy crawlers, it can be very dangerous if you are not aware and unexperienced. After you have a plumber fix the leak that’s where we come in. Here at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara we are very experienced and help! We can remediate the mold, spray an antimicrobial, and dehumidify to ensure there are no more mold spores and the space stays dry.  Of course, we hope that you never have to deal with a moldy crawlspace in your home and, if you do, that it will be minor and easy to deal with.  In any case, big or small remember that SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is always available to take a look or to offer assistance.  We are always available for estimates or second opinions or inspections so please feel free to contact us at any time to get some expert advice. Call us at 805-963-0606 or email us at office@SERVPROsantabarbara.com.

Commercial water damage-what to do and what not to do

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

water damage in commercial buildings Commercial water damage-what to do and what not to do

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

Do's
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. 
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, but 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 of Santa Barbara or Santa Ynez/Goleta 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 300 insurance companies, property management companies and federal, state, and local government agencies.
3. Contact a commercial water damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta to complete the water removal, clean up, drying, repair, and content restoration processes. You should look for a well-organized, trained and equipped company that also has:
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

Don'ts
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. 

Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta 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 Santa Barbara, big box store in Goleta, or a retail store in Solvang, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.  Call us 24/7 for immediate assistance at (805) 963-0606.In

Restoring History

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

The Lompoc theater has stood proudly in Lompoc since 1927.  It was once the home to a wide variety of exciting musical events from symphonies to rock concerts, live theater events from vaudeville to ballet, and to cinema from small indies to Hollywood blockbusters.  But, sadly, the theaters' glory days were behind her and time has not been kind to the theater. 

Fortunately, the community has rallied with the intention of bringing the historic theater back to life.  A committee was put together to raise funds to try to restore the old theater.  The committee thought that it would be ideal for potential donors to see the interior of the theater so that they could better be inspired to give.  The only problem was that the years of neglect had left the theater with serious issues from bird feces as well as a substantial amount of mold.  It was unsafe for the public to enter.

A call was made to SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez.  It was a lot of tough work but SERVPRO was able to remove and sanitize all of the areas affected by the pigeon poop.  Then the highly trained professionals got started on the mold and before long, that was gone as well.  The theater was able to hold a 90th anniversary celebration fundraiser in which the public could safely step inside to view the jewel of downtown Lompoc.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez is locally owned and operated.  We live here in the community with you and are thrilled to have been able to our part in helping restore a historic building.

Home Buyers Beware

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

Spring is officially here, and spring is known in the real estate business as the start of the selling season.  According to Housingwire.com, since 1999, non-seasonally adjusted existing home sales have increased by an average of 33% between February and March. The sales continue to ramp up during the spring and summer months before trailing off in the fall and winter.

Most prospective owners involved in the process of buying a home understand that some renovations may be necessary but aren’t prepared for hidden moisture and mold damage that can significantly escalate repair costs. Unfortunately, this kind of oversight happens repeatedly during home buying transactions because home inspectors cannot see behind cabinets or walls, so often the sources of trouble are not found until after the sale. This common oversight causes many new owners to make wrongful assumptions during their purchase, potentially costing them significant expenses in unplanned renovations.

When it comes to uncovering hidden mold, your best weapons as you are looking around a house you are considering purchasing are a good sense of smell and a strong flashlight.  If your nose detects the familiar musty aroma of mold, try to see if there is an obvious place where you can see it.  Use your bright flashlight to take a good look under sinks and behind furniture.  If any mold pops up, make sure to bring it to the attention of the home inspector you hire to do your pre-purchase inspection.  If he can find the source of the mold and the current owners can get it fixed, you can save a lot of money on future remediation. If you do purchase a home that comes with a side of mold, feel free to contact us here at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara to fix that for you fast.  We can be reached any time at 805-963-0606

Rat Race

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Rats and mice for some people think of them as pets but for most people they find them as pest who sneak in their house leaving “presents”. When you have a rodent problem, it can never be fun but what happens after the exterminator leaves and you find droppings all inside your attic. Yuck! The accumulation of feces from mice and rats can spread bacteria, contaminate food sources and trigger allergic reactions in humans. Once the fecal matter becomes dry, it can be hazardous to those who breathe it in. I bet you didn’t know SERVPRO of Santa Barbara are experts in cleaning up this hazardous material to keep you and your loved ones safe. We have been serving the Santa Barbara county for over 15 years and we know how to make our customers happy by providing great service quickly and safely. Of course, we hope that you never have to deal with rodents in your home and, if you do, that it will be minor and easy to deal with. In the case where it is not simple, remember that SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is always available to take a look or to offer assistance. We do not charge for estimates or second opinions or inspections so please feel free to contact us at any time to get some expert advice. Call us at 805-963-0606 or email us at office@SERVPROsantabarbara.com.

Underwater

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Finally, the weekend, time to relax after a hectic work week. You decide to take the wife and kids for a little weekend trip out of town. You put the alarm on and make sure all your doors and windows are locked, your usual due diligence. While your away and having a great time with your family a water supply line burst. When you return to your house you open the front door to see water covering the floor in the bathroom, bedroom and hallway. You wonder to yourself how could this happen? You first call a plumber to assess and fix the burst pipe and then who do you call for the water cleanup? Your new carpet is ruined. Or so you thought. Call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara where our motto is “like it never happened”. We can extract water out of the carpets and dry out all the areas affected by the water damage.
Experts recommend that you periodically check all your supply lines to make sure that there are no signs of wear and tear. So, if you are going to be away from your home for any length of time, there are a few things you can do to prevent this from happening to you:
1. Turn off the main water valve coming to your house.
2. If you are really concerned, you can shut off valves to toilets, dishwashers, washing machines or any other appliance.
3. Obviously, take the time to inspect your supply lines.
4. Check your gutters to make sure there are no blockages.
5. Install automatic shutoffs that detect leaks and shut off your devices when moisture is sensed!

Toilet Troubles!?

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

You’re enjoying a lazy Sunday in with your honey and you guys are sitting on the couch enjoying this movie you’ve been dying to see. Then you hear a rumbling at first you think it is just your tummy, but it grows louder and louder until you hear splashing… You go to check it out and your toilet overflowed but its not just water… its sewage. Gross! It is sludgy, brownish and does not have a very pleasant smell. Oh no! Lazy Sunday is ruined, or so you thought. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is here to help. Here at SERVPRO we try to help you as much as possible with these types of disasters and we will call you within 1 hour and within 4 hours we’ll be onsite. What other place is going to take care of you with this type of efficiency. Of course, we hope that you never have to deal with a sewage overflow in your home and, if you do, that it will be minor and easy to deal with. In the case where it is not simple, remember that SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is always available to take a look or to offer assistance. We do not charge for estimates or second opinions or inspections so please feel free to contact us at any time to get some expert advice. Call us at 805-963-0606 or email us at office@SERVPROsantabarbara.com.

Night Out Gone Bad!

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

After a fun night out, there is nothing better than coming home and fixing yourself a nice greasy, late-night breakfast. Some bacon and eggs, and maybe some toast, will help to make the munchies go away. You crack the eggs and get the bacon frying up in the pan and decide now would be a good time to turn on the TV. While that delicious breakfast is basically cooking itself, you plop down on the couch to watch a YouTube video your friend has been nagging you to watch. The only problem is, this video is not that funny and now that your body is horizontal, and those eyelids getting heavy. Soon, the loud rumbling of your snoring fills the room. The bacon and eggs continue to cook themselves, only now they are not doing so hot. The grease has reached a flashpoint and the ingredients of the pan are on fire. A spark leaps out of the pan and finds a dish towel which transfers the fire to the wall and before you know it, the smoke alarm is screaming at you to wake up because your kitchen is burning. Adrenaline forces you out of your sleep-induced stupor and your survival instincts kick in. You grab a fire extinguisher and attack the flames. The foam suffocates the fire and just as quickly as it started, it is all over. Except now your house smells like a fire pit. Ugh! Smokey and fire extinguisher dust everywhere. I guess cooking bacon and eggs at 2 in the morning after a night out not the best idea, next time Jack in the Box it is!

Just be glad that SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is only a phone call away. Fire and smoke cleanup is one of our specialties. Our talented crew will attack the project with years of experience that guides each decision and process. Give us a call at 805-963-0606 the next time your late night action gets a little too “hot”.

We Are Here For You Anytime and Any Place.

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Van Getting to you with a quickness.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is available 24 hours a day for water and fire damage 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. Fire or smoke damage the building needs to be secure and may require emergency cleaning of smooth surfaces, glass (windows) and fixtures so they do not become etched or damaged from settled soot.

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 fire and water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration and will be there when you need us.

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water or fire 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.