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Water damage and mold-two sides of the same coin

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

Mold in walls SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta can help with water damage and mold remediation.

We consider water damages and mold to be two sides of the same coin.  The mold jobs that we remediate are just water damages that have gone on for too long.  The problem usually comes when they find out that the pipe behind their drywall or under a sink behind supplies had actually been leaking for a long time.  Behind the drywall is the perfect home for mold…once you introduce that moisture to whatever spores might be behind your walls, the mold springs to life and begins to grow.

In many cases, we will recommend that you consult an environmental consultant.  These consultants will come in to assess your mold situation.  They will take samples that will let you know how much mold you have compared to natural levels found outside your home and they can also identify the specific types of mold that were found in their testing.  If it turns out that the tests show that the levels of mold are elevated, the consultants can put together a scope of work for remediation.  Once the scope of work has been prepared, now would be the best time to contact SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta.  We will send a trained technician to your home that can provide you with an estimate for removing the mold.  We never charge for our estimates and we can explain the whole process to you while we are on site.  

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

Fire Damage Assessment

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

burned building with caution tape commercial fire loss

One of the most devastating events that can affect your home or business is a fire damage. In addition to generating thousands of dollars worth of damage, fires can destroy your valuable possessions and cause unwanted water damage. In many cases, homeowners become anxious and feel a sense of hopelessness when they witness the depth and scope of their fire-damaged property. However, hiring a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO can limit your losses and restore your equilibrium. To help you with the restoration process, these fire damage experts perform a detailed assessment of your property. Learn more about the assessment process by reviewing the following blog.


Fire Damage Assessment Basics

In many cases, homeowners are tempted to start the cleanup process for themselves after a fire has impacted their property. Don't make this mistake. Instead, you should first contact your insurance agent to determine the extent of your coverage for the damages. The insurance company will also need to perform an inspection to your property to attain a clear estimate for repairing damages. You will also need to get in contact with a professional fire damage restoration company. Both SERVPRO and the insurance adjuster will complete the fire damage assessment. The assessment is effective in determining the extent of the damages, whether it is safe for you to reenter the property, and which equipment and materials will be necessary to complete the restoration process. Here are some of the primary components of the assessment process:

Assessing Superficial Damage

Following a fire in your home or business, a restoration expert will check your property for superficial damage. During this process, the remediation professional will start with the exterior and look for things like missing shingles, damaged chimneys, melted objects, and fire-damaged items. Additionally, the specialist will check your roof, yard, and other exterior regions of the property. Throughout the assessment, it's a good idea for you to make a video or take pictures of these items, only if it can be done safely. This visual evidence will help you in the event that you have challenges with achieving appropriate insurance restitution.

Assessing Internal Damage

After analyzing the property for superficial damage, the fire damage restoration professional will inspect the interior of your house for damage. This inspection of adjoining rooms for smoke, soot, and water damage will aid in determining an action plan for restoration.

The Cleanup Process

Once the SERVPRO specialist has completed the fire damage assessment, the cleanup process can start with water removal (if need.) This process diminishes the growth of mold on your property. The primary purpose of this cleanup process is to prevent further damage from adversely impacting your home

If your home or business has been partially destroyed because of fire, it's important that you allow a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO to restore your house to its pre-fire condition. We offer round-the-clock assistance by our highly trained technicians using the most cutting-edge equipment available.

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 fire or damage emergency.

For additional information see "After the Fire" by FEMA.

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire.

Call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara & Santa Ynez / Goleta  24/7 (805) 963-0606

SERVPRO can restore your fire damage property

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

photo of the front of a burned up house this fire started in the garage and made its way inside the home

Once your home in 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 these tasks yourself?

1. Water Removal - Standing water left behind after 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 of Santa Barbara have in their 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. This inventories affected household items and classifies them into non-salvageable, salvageable or questionable lists. Items can be containerized and cleaned 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 help put your home back in a 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 area too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and SERVPRO of Santa Ynez / Goleta is close by and ready to respond to your smoke or fire damage emergency in Santa Barbara, Buellton, Montecito, Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, Goleta, Solvang and other areas. We are proud to be an active member of the Santa Barbara community. Call us to help you.

24/7    (805) 963-0606

The Avila Fire

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

Phos-Chek on a home Phos-Chek saved this home!

The Avila Fire, flames though are not the only thing that homeowners have to worry about.  Ash and smoke come right along with the fire and they try really hard to get into your home. Not to mention the bright pink fire retardant aircraft drop -  Phos-Chek used to save property.

You close your doors and you close your windows.  Smoke does not care.  As long as there is a way for air to get into your house, Smoke and his buddy ash come along for the ride.  Once they get into your house, they bring an odor that is unpleasant. On the outside not only could there be soot and ash but everything could be bright pink if your property was saved from a Phos-Chek dump.

How do you get rid of these unwanted guests?  Well SERVPRO of Santa Barbara of course.  SERVPRO of Santa Barbara & Santa Ynez / Goleta has all of the equipment and all of the experience necessary to clean your home and get rid of that offensive smell.  We will bring your home back to its preloss condition and make it smell and look "Like it never even happened."

Call us 24/7 (805) 963-0606

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!