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Call on SERVPRO to help with clean up from water damage

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

flooding SERVPRO can help with water damage from storms

No matter the source of the water damage, it can be devastating. If your residential property in Santa Barbara, Goleta, or Santa Ynez Valley is exposed to water damage, it should be dealt with quickly and efficiently in order to prevent further harm. When water gets loose in your house, it can cause many types of structural damage and can ruin carpets, furniture, flooring and more. Water can also give rise to the development and spread of toxic molds. Mold occurs naturally in all home environments but the trick is not to let your house get moist which would help the mold to grow. When you do find that water has found a way in to your home, a call to SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta can help you avoid the unwanted after effects of water damage.

Our process begins with the arrival of our team of licensed professionals. The technicians will use a wide range of equipment to begin the water extraction process including powerful pumps and wet-vacs to help off-set possible secondary water damage. Dehumidifiers and air-movers will be placed to begin the drying process. Our water remediation specialists will treat the affected areas with anti-microbial solution to disinfect your property, a key treatment in preventing the growth and proliferation of mold and bacteria.  They will dispose of any non-salvageable goods and debris after listing the inventory and they will remove all insulation or wet drywall.

Although water damage can be a taxing reality to deal with, it is helpful to know there are people you can call to prevent stress for you and preserve the structural integrity of your home. To ensure that you react to the results of water damage effectively, it's important that you call professionals who can handle the remediation and restoration processes with skill and speed. The team to trust is SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta. We will work with a sense of urgency to restore your structure and property to its previous condition in the quickest time possible.

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

What you should do if your commercial property is damaged by fire-SERVPRO can help by fire

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO SERVPRO can help clean up your fire damaged commercial property

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 becomes fully functional. 


When you are dealing with  commercial fire damage, the scope of work that needs to be accomplished starts with a thorough assessment. The destruction generally includes more than just burn 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. 


Many steps may be required to improve the property after you have 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 of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta. Your time and lost business revenue should be of paramount importance. 


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 of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta that has the skills and experience to handle all aspects of the repair process may be the most effective option available. 

When your commercial building has suffered fire damage, you may struggle with what steps you need to take to get the property repaired and operations back up and running again soon. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta 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.

What you should do if your commercial property is damaged by fire

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta can help with commercial fire damage

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 becomes fully functional. 

When you are dealing with commercial fire damage, the scope of work that needs to be accomplished starts with a thorough assessment. The destruction generally includes more than just burn 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. 

Many steps may be required to improve the property after you have 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 of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta. Your time and lost business revenue should be of paramount importance. 

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 of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta that has the skills and experience to handle all aspects of the repair process may be the most effective option available. 

When your commercial building has suffered fire damage, you may struggle with what steps you need to take to get the property repaired and operations back up and running again soon. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta 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.

Rains can cause water damage to your home or business

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is here to help 24 hours a day to fix your water damage

Rain and water runoff can cause substantial 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.

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.

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 water damage or minimize the harm done after water penetration or flooding.

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 water damage.

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, you can still get water damage in dozens of unexpected ways. The experts from SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta provide water removal, cleanup services and invaluable advice that can minimize the consequences of water damage.

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 Santa Ynez Valley,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 water damage from any source, call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta at (805) 963-0606

Help stop the spread of COVID-19

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee in PPE SERVPRO is ready to help

We are in an unprecedented time right now! 

New terms like "social distancing" have become our new normal.  Trying to keep areas clean that people frequent can be overwhelming.  SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta can help.  In addition to frequent hand washing and hand sanitizing, the CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus or COVID-19, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Help stop the spread of germs with a professional cleaning from SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta

Contact us anytime at (805) 963-0606

Steps to take when returning to your home after a flood

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

storm flooding Be careful when returning to a home that has been flooded

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.

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. 

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.

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, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Goleta/Santa Ynezcan certainly help with the cleanup and restoration after the waters have receded.

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

What is really in that water that just flooded your home or business?

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding on carpet with fans set up What IS in that water that just flooded your home or business?

Water damages are one of the most inconvenient, expensive, and time-consuming events that a homeowner  may find himself facing. While most water damage episodes are minor, they have the potential to 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. Typically, water damage restoration professionals from SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta 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. This Category 1 water was initially potable water. Over a short amount of time, the water 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 damage 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.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is locally owned and operated and ready to help Santa Barbara residents  with any-sized flood and water damage emergencies. Call for assistance any time 24/7. (805) 963-0606

Why calling SERVPRO is better than using bleach

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

Mold in walls Mold growing on porous material like drywall can be difficult to get rid of on your own.

For better or worse, mold has been around for millions of years.  It is an extremely resilient organism and designed for survival.  Many homeowners believe that if they discover their home has mold, they can just spray it with bleach and be done.  The problem is that if the mold is on a porous material like drywall, the chlorine in the bleach does not penetrate below the surface.  The chlorine remains on the surface of the material while the water component of the bleach does penetrate the surface and actually can end up contributing to the growth of the mold.  Additionally, bleach is toxic to humans as well as mold.  It does not make much sense to add a poison into the atmosphere of your home.

When our experienced crew arrives on site, we will set up barriers using 6ml plastic that will prevent the mold from spreading to other areas of your home while we perform a controlled and clean demolition of all the affected materials using engineered air flow and containment. If the affected material is porous, we will remove it so that the mold never get an opportunity to grow back in your home. All the while we will run HEPA filter air scrubbers to capture any spores that try to escape. SERVPRO technicians will also apply SERVPROXIDE a safe and effective EPA registered antimicrobial. 

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta knows how stressful a situation like residential mold growth can be and we work efficiently to ensure your mold treatment is hassle-free. Our mold removal products are designed to be environmentally-friendly. 

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is locally owned and operated. Our experienced technicians can help you get back "Like it never even happened."  Call us at (805)963-0606.

What to do about ash and soot in the attic

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

attic insulation It's best to leave the cleaning of an attic to the professionals.

Sundowners are a uniquely Santa Barbara phenomenon where, because of our geography we get winds that come from the north and blow down the face of our east-west facing mountains. These winds are hot and dry and when they are blowing, they can raise the temperature considerably. A little over a couple of years ago this is what happened. The winds howled with gusts over 50 miles per hour and it was not long before they brought down a power line and sparked the conflagration to be known as The Holiday Fire. It was several days until the fire fighters were able to tame this beast but in the meanwhile the fire had burned over one hundred acres, twenty-eight structures and thirteen homes. It was not long after that SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta was called into action. Wildfires consume massive amounts of fuel and turn that fuel into smoke and ash and soot. This burnt material becomes easily airborne and once it reaches your house, it looks for opportunities to come inside. Openings around doors or windows, vents in the attic, doggy doors… you name it and any possible opening presents an opportunity for soot and ash to come inside. Many homeowners are able to do much of the cleaning on their own but when it comes time to clean an attic, it is a good idea to let the professional technicians at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta handle the load. When an attic smells like smoke, it is important to remove the source of the odor and that usually means removing the insulation. Whether it is blown in or rolled, our techs will be able to remove it all. Afterwards, we will HEPA vacuum the areas and then replace the insulation with new insulation. If necessary, we will perform an ozone treatment to get rid of any lingering smells. If your attic smells like ash after a fire, please give SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta a call at 1-805-963-0606.

Women in the construction Industry

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

photo of Myra Jozy Salude and Katy in the warehouse SERVPRO's team of women Myra, Jozy, Salud and Katy

The national average for women in construction related trades is around 10%. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is proud that about 30% of our workforce is made up of hard working women. 

March 1st thru the 7th is Women in Construction Week which was founded in 1953 by NAWIC (The National Association of Women in Construction).

SERVPRO's mission is "To develop a team of quality people who focus on excellent service, fairness and mutual respect." We believe and support anyone who wants to help others and excel. With the Vision of "To be the premier cleaning and restoration company in the world."

The women of SERVPRO are here to make a difference, help others in need, and grow personally. They work hard every day to "Like it never even happened."

So, if you have had a fire, water damage, mold issue or other problem with your home or business it is likely you will get to meet one of more of our hard working ladies who love to help. 

We wish all women a happy and safe Women in Construction Week growing awareness and changing stereotypes. 

Call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta anytime (805) 963-0606