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SERVPRO is ready to help when storms or floods hit

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech cleaning up water and flood damage in a Santa Barbara, CA business Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez specializes in storm damage and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your commercial property to its pre-storm condition.

As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez has the specialized training and expertise to restore your property back to its pre-storm condition and your business back up and running. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation.

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

A fast response is crucial to flooding and storm damage, because it reduces secondary damage and restoration costs. Storms don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. Our technicians will respond immediately, day or night, to help Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley business owners and residents.

When storms hit Santa Barbara we can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez to help-805-963-0606

SERVPRO can help with historic buildings

5/31/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech in PPE scrubbing the walls in Lompoc, CA We are available 24 hours a day to get your Santa Barbara business back up and running.

The Lompoc theater has stood proudly in Lompoc, CA 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.

Commercial Buildings Can Flood Too

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech in PPE setting up containment in a Santa Barbara, CA business When a storm hits your Santa Barbara home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise.

Santa Barbara is known for its beautiful weather.  We can expect almost 300 days of sunshine every year.  After being in a period of draught we had forgotten how hard it can rain when it finally did.

One year, over 48 hours, we received nine inches of rain and many systems were overwhelmed.  The wind was roaring and we heard from many customers that suffered water damages.  The rain played no favorites.  We heard from homeowners and we heard from commercial property owners.

One commercial job that we were called out to was a structure that the wind blew the rain over the flashings. This ended up getting drywall and carpeting wet in many rooms on multiple floors.  Fortunately for them, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez is able to tap into all of the resources that SERVPRO makes available.  That means that no storm damage job is too big for us to handle.  The experienced professionals at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez got the business up and running in no time.

Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez can help restore it "Like it never even happened."  Call us at (805)963-0606.

Little leaks can lead to big problems

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

Moisture meter on wet floors Moisture meter read the moisture level under hard wood floors.

Sometimes we go to a water damage that seems like it will be just a simple everyday water damage but then one little detail spins it into a much bigger deal.  If your home was built before 1981, we are required to test for the presence of lead and asbestos prior to performing any demolition.  If the results turn up positive for asbestos, we bring in an asbestos contractor to handle abatement.

We have visited homes with what looked like simple water damage from a pipe leak and the water affected their hardwood floors.  The hardwood was going to need to be removed but when it was lifted up,  we saw that there were 9”x9” tiles underneath which almost always contain asbestos.  Unfortunately for the homeowner, the tiles extended throughout the whole house which meant that they would all have to be removed.  But in the jigsaw puzzle world of water restoration, in order to remove all of the tile, you needed to remove all of the hardwood.  In order to remove all of the hardwood, you needed to remove all of the furniture.  So now that little pipe leak water damage had turned into a job that affected the entire house.

We ordered a pod, boxed up and moved out all of the contents, and had the home ready for the asbestos abatement company to come in and do their work.

If you have a little job, a big job, or a little job that turns into a big job, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is always available to help.  You can reach us day or night at 805-963-0606.

A fun weekend away can be ruined by water damage when you return

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage to a wall Water damage

Less than $10.  That is what the cost is of a 3/8” compression 20-inch braided steel faucet supply line at the hardware store.  But such a small, inexpensive piece can be responsible for thousands of dollars of damage when it bursts. 

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta has helped many homeowners who returned from an out of town trip to find when they return, their supply line had failed and there was water in their kitchen, living room, and dining room.  The experts recommend that you periodically check all of your supply lines to make sure that there are no signs of wear and tear but realistically this rarely gets done.  After all, who really thinks about these things until there's a problem?  

If you are going to be away from home for any length of time, here are a few tips to ensure that you do not come back to a house filled with water.

  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 shut-offs that detect leaks and shut off your devices when moisture is sensed

If you do suffer a water damage, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is locally owned and ready to help.  We work with most insurances.  Call us at (805)963-0606.

Fire in a family owned restaurant

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

fire in commercial kitchen Fire in a family owned restaurant

Family-owned restaurants are owned by people who live in town.   These folks are our neighbors and we know they work hard to compete with their larger rivals.  When something goes wrong, it can be a catastrophe.  Any loss of business stings so it is a priority to keep the restaurant open and running smoothly.  When a local Mexican food restaurant had a kitchen fire, it was urgent to get the business back open quickly.

Fortunately, the owner put in a call to SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta.  Our team went to work cleaning every nook and cranny.  We had air scrubbers scrubbing air and hydroxyl generators generating hydroxyls.  The smoke odor didn’t stand a chance and before long, it gave up and disappeared.  The restaurant re-opened and was back in business and smelling great, that’s the SERVPRO way.

Love/hate with rain in Santa Barbara county

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

Man standing in flooding from rain in Santa Barbara, CA We love rain in Santa Barbara but too much at once can cause flooding

The weather here in Santa Barbara is largely influenced by the Pacific Ocean.  At any given point in time, the ocean is either warming up or cooling down and those temperature changes play a large role in how much precipitation we are expected to receive each year.  In years when the ocean is observed to be warming up, it is said that we are in a weather pattern known as El Nino, or "little boy".  When the opposite happens and the water is cooling, the phenomena is known as La Nina, or “little girl”.

In years when the rain is good, we are stuck with a Catch-22 situation because we want the rain, and we want a lot of rain, but it sometimes comes in large amounts over a short period not giving the ground time to absorb what has fallen.  The County has begun to take steps to hopefully deter future debris flows by installing ring netting over the most problematic creeks.  They have worked on creating a better warning system for residents in the burn-zone areas.  Everybody is taking pre-cautions so the chances of mudslides are diminished and  hopefully those measures will be successful.  SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta was proud to be a small piece of the recovery during the Montecito mudslide and will remain ever-vigilant for future storms.

Contact SERVPRO of Santa Barbara at 805-963-0606.

Recommendations After a Fire

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy smoke damage in a kitchen in Santa Barbara, CA heavy smoke damage

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara & Santa Ynez / Goleta knows that fires cause damage but often do not completely destroy a home. These claims are often called “partial losses” because the home has only been partially destroyed. Many families in Santa Barbara call SERVPRO regularly to find out what issues to watch out for with partial losses.

In any property loss situation, there are basic steps to follow to ensure the insurance recovery process goes smoothly.  SERVPRO recommends that you photo document everything that was damaged or destroyed, file a timely claim. Fire restoration work takes patience, understanding, and consistent and timely communication. Be prepared to dedicate your time, energy, and persistence to work with highly trained restoration specialists like SERVPRO who will guarantee their work.

Some important tips for dealing with a fire loss:

1.Structural Smoke Damage Removal

Regardless of the fire's size, large or small, the smoke will usually impact your entire home. If the smoke damage is not too heavy, we should be able to clean most everything with SERVPRO specailty clean products. However, it is important to know it is not safe to live inside a house with fire damage, even if all the smoke is cleared away.  There is likely to be soot and harmfull particles around that you can't see with the naked eye. Immediately after a fire, you may begin to notice stains on your walls, ceilings, or other plaster surfaces. As the hours pass, you may also begin to notice rust and corrosion on metal hardware throughout your home.  In addition, your fabric items may slowly begin to show visible signs of smoke damage.  This level of smoke damage requires professional guidance on how to handle items affected.

2. As Much as Possible Limit Activity

Limit your activity and movement in the house until your home is restored.  This helps prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets. During a fire, soot spreads to the whole house, attaching to surfaces.  The acidic properties of soot can further damage your home and indoor air quality if the soot is not removed immediately. Soot can inhabit your home even if there wasn't a fire. Use gloves so you don’t further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork. Protect your things by placing clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas. Before you clean, know the best cleaning method for that particular cleaning job. 

For further assistance or more information please contact us ANYTIME at (805) 963-0606 or at info@SERVPROsantabarbara.com

SERVPRO can restore your documents after a fire or water damage?

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

stack of filed papers in Santa Barbara, CA Even in todays digital world we still use paper for original documents

SERVPRO wants to take care of our customers in Santa Barbara, CA in their most vulnerable time of need, that is why we offer the professional services that we do: emergency mitigation, fire and water restoration, mold remediation, bio hazard cleaning and so much more. However, one restoration service that can be overlooked is our customer’s paper documents and records. Even today in our digital world we still have valuable papers. These items if mostly intact can be restored and digitized. 

If you are not familiar with it, here is an overview.

SERVPRO offers four services: Vacuum Freeze Drying, Gamma Irradiation, Digitizing, and Certified Destruction. Vacuum Freeze Drying is the most effective way to salvage water damaged documents. The saturated documents are immediately frozen and shipped from the loss site to our Corporate office. immediately freezing the documents arrests further damage. Mold is less likely to grow, ink will not run, pages are less likely to fall apart. Freezing is the first part to drying via sublimation. Sublimation is the process of solid ice converting directly to the gas state bypassing the liquid state. This prevents further damage to the water-logged documents. This process takes between 7-10 days depending on the severity and the number of documents affected. Gamma Irradiation is a process that is used for cleaning/disinfecting and decontaminating documents. In a CAT 3 situation (sewage or flood water), documents are not only deteriorating but are also contaminated with all types of bacteria. Using high-energy photons, the bacteria is killed at the molecular level. There is no fear of residual radiation or contamination, so don’t worry, you won’t turn into a green comic hero. If you want to digitize l with your records, we can do that too.

To bullet point and sum up the above article:

  • Drying- process in which an item containing moisture is frozen and dried using vacuums and pressures to achieve sublimation (A process in which a substance is converted directly from a solid to a gas or from a gas to a solid without an intermediate liquid phase.) Note: Damaged documents should be frozen as quickly as possible to stabilize them and prevent further damage.
  • Cleaning- we offer onsite cleaning. This is cleaning each document front and back to remove debris and any surface particulate. 
  • Sterilization- Gamma Irradiation is a process that is used for disinfecting and decontaminating documents or other consumer goods. 
  • Deodorization- once paper has been wet, an odor can begin to form. Letting us deodorize your documents will reduce the odor and sometimes almost eliminate it. 
  • Destruction- we offer destruction onsite.
  • Digitization- digitizing documents makes them easier to access as well as easier to store. We use state-of-the-art equipment to turn your paper copy into a digital file.

If you find yourself in need of saving damaged documents, call SERVPRO and we will work hard to make it "Like it never even happened."

Contact us anytime at (805) 963-0606

A,BC,D ... and K ! know what fire extinguisher will work on what fire

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Fire extinguisher hanging on the wall in Santa Barbara, CA Fire Extinguisher ready to go to work if needed

It is widely known that having an in-date fire extinguisher on your property is imperative to fire safety, but did you know that there are different kinds of fire extinguishers, as well as a proper way in which to use one?  Keeping yourself, your family, and your property protected in the event of a structure fire is paramount, and the below information can help facilitate that process.

Q:  What are the different kinds of fire extinguishers, and what is each used for?

A:  The U.S. Fire Administration defines five primary types of fire extinguishers used to put out different kinds of fires:

  1. A – used for ordinary material fires, such as wood, cloth, or paper.
  2. B – for use with combustible or flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, or oil.
  3. C – for use with electrical equipment like appliances and tools.
  4. D – for use with flammable metals.
  5. K – for use with animal oils, vegetable oils, and fats in cooking appliances.

One way to help remember which letter is for which type fire is; A for ash, B for Barrel, C for current, D for Dynamite and K for Kitchen. 

Many fire extinguishers may also be multipurpose, in that they carry multiple letter definitions and can put out a variety of material fires.

Q:  What is the proper way to use a fire extinguisher?

A: The U.S. Fire Administration suggests the acronym “PASS” as a means of properly discharging a fire extinguisher:

     P - Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.

     A - Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

     S - Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly

     S - Sweep the nozzle from side to side

To keep yourself safe, it is important to use extreme caution within a fire damaged structure, and always follow the guidance of local fire authorities.  SERVPRO of Santa Ynez/Goleta has a full line of fire clean up and restoration services in Santa Barbara, and we are Here to Help when you need.

Call us anytime for cleanup help (805) 963-0606