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Do You Know How To Spot Toilet Problems?

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

The bottom of a toilet leaking Ignoring a leaking toilet is a recipe for disaster.

Common Causes of Toilet Problems

Your home’s toilets are a bit strange. While you likely use your toilets every day, you also probably don’t like to think much about them. Even though bathroom fixtures in your Mesa Verde, CA, home can be easy to forget, you don’t want to ignore a leaking toilet. By understanding some common causes of toilet problems, you increase your chances of the sort of long-term damage that comes from a bathroom leak.

Common Toilet Problems

To function properly, your toilet takes in clean water and flushes away waste. Because the system is simple, problems are usually easy to identify. If you notice any of the following, your toilet may require some repairs:

  • Leaks
  • Sweating
  • Corrosion
  • Wobbling
  • Failure to flush
  • Failure to fill

Causes of Toilet Problems

Often, the cause of a leaking toilet falls into one of two categories. First, you may have a dry wax ring. Your toilet relies on a wax ring to form a water-tight seal between the fixture and your plumbing system. Unfortunately, rings can dry out, causing the seal to crack. If it does, water may seep onto your bathroom floor.

Alternatively, your bathroom leak may be due to the tank flange. If the flange is not tight, water may not stay where the toilet’s designers wanted it to stay. Often, tightening the flange is the best way to stop your toilet from leaking.

Fixing Toilet Problems

Before you can repair your toilet, you must be certain you minimize the negative effects of a leak. If you catch the problem early, you can likely wipe away accumulated water. If the leak has persisted for a while, however, you may need a professional flood-mitigation service to help you contain mold growth, clean soiled items and repair damaged surfaces.

As you probably know, ignoring a leaking toilet is a recipe for disaster. Fortunately, the cause of your toilet problem is probably easy to identify. With a bit of work, you can likely return your bathroom to its pre-leak condition.

Pipe Problems in the Home

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

Standing water in a kitchen sink. Clogged kitchen sink Clogged drains can present another point of failure for a plumbing system.

How To Manage Flooding Caused by Bursting Pipes

A well-maintained residence in Costa Mesa, CA, can still have a few issues with its plumbing system. Learn how to manage flooding caused by bursting pipes with the following how-to suggestions.

1. Inspection

The easiest way to prevent plumbing problems is to routinely inspect your pipes and appliances for leaks. This is especially true of homes with older plumbing made of copper or certain plastics no longer in common use. While such materials are not in need of immediate replacement, they can create an additional risk of damage due to corrosion or cracking, especially at junctures and connection points. Make time to fix broken pipe segments as soon as you notice the damage.

2. Drainage

Clogged drains can present another point of failure for a plumbing system. If you notice water backing up in the basin of your sink or tub, or you hear any unusual noises as water moves through your pipes, you may have some sort of blockage. If left untreated, these clogs can contribute to bursting pipes in your plumbing. While caustic drain cleaners can be effective, they are not the only option. Use mechanical drain snakes or enzymatic clog removers if possible, to preserve the integrity of your plumbing system.

3. Recovery

Sometimes flooding and other water damage can occur regardless of the diligence of the home owner. In these cases, you should take steps to prevent any ongoing damage from water retention by safely draining the water from the premises. Cut all power to the affected area, as this can present a safety hazard. Remove any sensitive documents or electronics. Your home insurance policy likely covers the costs necessary to hire a qualified flood damage restoration service, so contact your provider as soon as possible.

While a home flood due to bursting pipes and other plumbing maladies can be an unfortunate disruption, there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the risk of damage and begin the restoration process quickly.

Steps to Protect Your Home From Storm Damage

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Outside of a building following a storm with storm debris and walls caving in Storm aftermath

Every year, the frequency and severity of bad weather is unperceived. Nonetheless, a lot of homeowners end up dealing with property damage as a result of storms. The most common type of property damage following heavy winds and/or hail is roof and siding damage. While you can’t control the weather, there is still a lot you can do to protect your property from damage. 

This includes:

No matter the severity of the storm, if bad weather is coming your way, it’s probably a good time to prepare your home. In the event your home does suffer from storm damage, it's important that you call professionals who can handle the remediation and restoration process with skill and speed. Locally owned and operated, contact SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta at (805)963-0606.

Big or Little Fire, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta Can Help

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Inside of a building with everything turned to black and burned down Fires such as this can be devastating, let SERVPRO help restore your belongings!

There are big fires and there are little fires that may only burn a small area of your home.  Both can cause damage and SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is here to help when they do.  If you have a large fire in your home, the structure can be severely compromised, contents possibly may be burned, smoke damage could be throughout the house, and there might even be water damage from firefighters hoses or sprinklers.  SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta can help out with all of those issues.  SERVPRO has professionals that have specific training for both fire and water damage restoration along  with the experience to make sure that your home is quickly and efficiently brought back to its preloss condition.

During a smaller fire, you may be able to get to the flames quickly but often there is an issue with smoke and ash afterwards. Smoke can travel throughout a large area.  Unless you are completely able to remove that residue, you will continue to smell the smoke.  SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is able to do a detailed cleaning of any of the affected areas.   In addition to cleaning walls, floors, and ceilings, SERVPRO will make sure to address any contents that may have been impacted by the soot.  We can clean any non-porous contents and we have the resources to make sure that any porous materials, such as clothing and bedding, are cleaned properly.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is locally owned and operated.  Contact us at (805)963-0606 to help restore it "Like it never even happened."

Signs of Water Damage

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Pipes underneath a sink with water soaked into the cabinet walls Catching water like this early on can have a significant impact on damage.

Being aware of how and where water damage is likely to happen makes it easier to find developing problems and pinpoint past problems that have been neglected. Some of the most common sources of water damage include leaky faucets, leaky pipes, broken appliances, cracks in foundation, and damaged roofing. 

Leaks and moisture buildup can create severe damage to your home before you even realize there’s a problem. With any water damage, there are early warning signs to be aware of. Staying alert for the signs of water damage helps you to prevent further damage and help catch damage early on. Some signs of water damage to look out for include:

  • Standing water 
  • Mold Growth
  • Funky Odors
  • Damaged wallpaper/paint
  • Sagging walls and ceilings
  • Damaged floor 

Water damage is more than just unpleasant. Ignore it, and it can spread, eventually deteriorating your home and health. If you spot signs of water damage in your home, contact SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta at (805) 963-0606. They can pinpoint the problem, then offer help on how to solve it and repair the damage to prevent any further detriment to your home or your health.

What is the Design-Build Method?

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

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The design-build method is a project-delivery system used in the construction industry, where the designer and builder work together under a single contract. With this method of construction, the client is responsible for providing a project definition for the design-build team, which then gives them single-point responsibility for the project. Having one entity for construction can have many different benefits. According to the California Department of General Services, this helps expedite construction time-frames and may reduce the number of change orders, allowing the owner to occupy their project space as soon as possible. The increased productivity and organization drastically reduces both cost and time, keeping design and contractor fees to a minimum. Along with this, the increased efficiency that comes with this method of construction can also allow the owner to take on fewer duties and less risk. By simplifying the construction process and involving the contractor in the planning from the start, the design-build method offers various benefits over the traditional project delivery.

In a traditional project delivery, when something goes wrong, it is much harder for the contractor and designer to resolve the issue. Unfortunately, majority of the time they will blame each other for unforeseen circumstances which will often lead to delays or even litigation. In this type of project delivery, the owner is responsible for managing the two separate contracts which can be stressful. Whereas with the design-build method, any changes are addressed by the entire team together.

The design-build method seems to be the better option when starting a construction project. With it's many advantages, it has become increasingly more popular in the construction industry.

If you are looking for help getting started with a construction project, and would like the stress taken off of you, call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez. Let us help coordinate your construction project with our building and reconstruction services. Call us today at (805) 963-0606.

Fire Damage Cleanup

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

Inside of a laundromat after a large fire with lots of soot, ashes, and debris Fire damage following a laundromat fire

Fire damage cleanup is a difficult, multi-step process that often consists of water damage, smoke damage, and fire damage. Depending on the severity of the fire and the heat of the blaze, it is also possible that the property has structural damage and/or may need to be boarded up to be protected from the elements.

Cleanup after a fire will include removing debris, removing all of the smoke particles and soot accumulation, removing any standing water, as well as irradiating the smell of smoke. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, it's important to understand the risk to your safety and health even after the fire is out. The soot and dirty water left behind may contain things that could make you sick. This is why you will want to be extra careful when going into your home or touching fire-damaged items after a fire. In fact, before going into your home following a fire, American Red Cross recommends to check the outside of the home first. Damage on the outside can indicate a serious problem on the inside, leaving the home unsafe to enter.

As you can see, there are many dangerous risks that can come with a home fire. Without the proper cleanup, these risks can linger for longer than expected. This is why it's important to trust professionals to help restore your home back to its original quality. If you find your home needing restoration following fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez for all of your fire damage repair and restoration needs. Call us today at 805-963-0606.

Mold in Your Commercial Building

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

Inside of a home bathroom with mold covering the door and floor A small amount of water can lead to a full-blown mold colony

Mold is one of those things that you do not give too much thought to in life except for when for some reason, an area of your commercial building starts to smell a little musty or you notice the tell-tale dark patch on your drywall.  The truth about mold is that it is everywhere.  Like dust or pollen, mold spores are just a part of our natural biosphere and they actually do serve a useful purpose.  Mold is nature's great decomposer and is valuable in recycling any organic waste.

Whether you like it or not, your commercial property is currently filled with microscopic mold spores.  And it doesn't pose any problem until the day that the mold spores are introduced to a little bit of moisture. With just a little introduction to moisture, that mold spore can grow into a colony.  That is when you might start to notice a musty odor or start to see the dark shadows.  First things first, you need to contact a plumber to find the source of the water.  Cleaning the mold without fixing the leak will just lead to more mold. 

And that is the time for you to call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta. We have the training and expertise to safely handle any mold situation you may come across.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is locally owned and operated.  Call us at (805)963-0606.

Biohazard Exposure

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

A rodent in a mouse trap along with feces and mess SERVPRO cleanup of a residential home

Being exposed to biohazardous waste can be detrimental to your health. Dealing with biohazard materials often means dealing with blood, chemical spills, human or animal remains, and more. Many people are not aware that they have been exposed to a biohazardous material until it is too late. 

To stay safe and avoid exposure, it's important to leave cleanup to the professionals. The restoration of your property following a biohazardous event or a crime needs experienced professionals like those at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta. Let us safely clean your property to our professional standards. Call us 24/7 for immediate assistance at (805) 963-0606.

Building and Construction Services

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

Inside of a home with construction supplies and a plastic covering to prepare for the start of construction Residential home being prepared for construction

Building and construction services include all labor and services provided in connection with the repair, demolition, construction, reconstruction, or other improvements to a property. This includes a wide spectrum of tasks and responsibilities in the course of a construction project.

Usually when starting construction, you start with pre-construction services. This is where your construction vision is discussed, analyzed, and made into a reality. These services will go over the basic questions needed to get the project going such as the cost and scheduling aspects.

Then there is construction project management, which happens throughout the whole process of construction. It starts with a planning phase where the team gathers all of the necessary permits, materials, workers, etc. to insure everything is in place for the project to finish.

After this is an execution phase, which is the most demanding stage of the process. This is where the team is constructing the project while making sure that it complies with the set plans and specifications.

Finally, there is a post-construction phase where areas of concern are looked into, such as resolving construction disputes or addressing any type of concern on site that may have came up during construction. 

Majority of construction projects are structured in this way with both a design and build team. However, lately, it has become increasingly popular to take on the design-build method. According to Wikipedia, the design-build method is a method to deliver a project in which the design and construction services are contracted by a single entity. This can help insure that a construction project works smoothly. Instead of multiple teams coming together for a project, it only involves one team that looks over all aspects of the project. Having the same team providing both the design and construction services, can boost your projects efficiency and minimize risk.

Along with this, there are also other building services that help prolong the life of a project. These services are conducted in order for buildings to be safe, practical, and comfortable. This can include fire safety prevention, alarm systems, drainage, ventilation, and more.

If you are looking for help getting started with a construction project, you can trust SERVPRO of Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez. With our building and reconstruction services we are here to help coordinate your construction project and take the hassle off of you. Call us today at (805) 963-0606.