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Mold-Free School Zone

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Mold-Free School Zone A long-term leak brought rust, wet rot and mold to this elementary school bathroom.

Our little children are precious cargo and we work hard to keep them safe.  We put booster seats in our cars to keep them safe when we are driving.  We give them helmets to wear when they are riding their bikes and make sure they have a flotation device on until they learn how to swim.  It makes sense then, that if mold is found in the bathroom of their elementary school, both concerned parents and school officials would want to get that mold out and to make sure the work was done properly.

At SERVPRO of Santa Barbara, we are parents as well as members of the community that understand that a healthy learning environment includes a school that is mold-free.  We are proud of our local school that once they found out there was a problem, they contacted SERVPRO promptly to make sure the job was done correctly.  After our work was complete and the mold had been remediated, we brought in a 3rd-party company to test the air and certify that the work had met standards.  SERVPRO passed the clearance testing with flying colors and the bathroom was ready to be put back in use.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara salutes all of the new graduates in town and wishes them a happy and prosperous summer!

Parking Garage Mess

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Parking Garage Mess Sewage in a hotel parking structure expertly handled by the professionals from SERVPRO of Santa Barbara

Sometimes the calls come during the week between the hours of 9:00 am to 5:00pm.  Many times they do not.  Pipes do not care about your sleep.  They do not care about if you had a party planned or if you just got finished with your renovations.  When they decide to leak or burst, it is their decision, not yours.

This weekend it was the pipes in a local hotel that decided that is was their time to clog and spill their contents.  Fortunately for the hotel, the loss happened in their parking structure.  Unfortunately for the hotel, these pipes carried raw sewage.  Smelly and unhygienic, the sewage quickly made its presence known.  This was definitely a job for SERVPRO of Santa Barbara.

Our professional technicians rushed to the hotel and quickly began work.  After treating everything with an anti-microbial solution to begin the sanitization process, the guys did the dirty work of extracting whatever liquids they came across.  They steamed the cement to make sure all of the surfaces were as clean as they could be and finished up with another healthy application of disinfectant.  Before long, the garage was ready again for cars.  Another mission accomplished for SERVPRO of Santa Barbara.

When your parking structure…or office or warehouse or store…decides to have a water damage, call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara at 805-963-0606 for quick results.

Flood Tips For Your Business

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Flood Tips  For Your Business Flooding can do more than just get your carpet wet

The recent wildfires have been occurring with such regularity you would think that your business is more likely to suffer a fire loss than a water loss.  According to FEMA though, your business could in fact be as much as ten times more likely to be damaged by water than by fire.  This rainy season is driving home that point with rainfall above our expected annual totals. Fortunately, most of the rainfall that we have had has fallen at manageable rates.  Even still, there are businesses that have been harmed by flooding.  If your office has been safe in the past, new construction of buildings, roads or bridges can alter the flow of water, increasing the potential for flooding. Living in a high-risk flood zone can increase the likelihood of experiencing a flood, but being outside a high-risk zone does not mean flooding is not possible.

There are a number of things you can do to help minimize or prevent water damage to your property. Follow these tips to help prepare and recover from potentially costly flood damage.

Before the Flood:

  • Have your important equipment above the expected flood levels of your area.
  • Inspect sump pumps and drains regularly to ensure proper operation.
  • Have ready emergency building materials if you live in a flood-prone area. These may include plywood, plastic sheeting, lumber, nails, shovels and sandbags.

During the Flood:

  • Listen for alerts via radio, television or text for the latest storm information. Be sure to keep your smartphone charged in the event you lose power so you can still receive alerts or call for help.
  • If advised to evacuate, shut of all utilities and evacuate immediately.
  • Move to high ground, avoid rising waters and do not walk or drive through any floodwaters.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires.

After the Flood:

  • Do not return to your business until authorities indicate it is safe to do so.
  • Once allowed back into your office inspect it for damage. If your property has been damaged, promptly report the loss.
  • Throw away any food that has come into contact with floodwaters.

Santa Barbara Commercial Water Damage

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Santa Barbara Commercial Water Damage Putting up a plastic containment let this business stay open while we did our work

Getting a water damage at your place of business is never convenient.  With the recent rains, however, many local businesses found themselves facing just that inconvenience when they arrived at work.  Business owners know that they must deal with the wet walls and floors but the question then becomes, how do I keep my business open while the emergency is handled? Fortunately, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara has significant experience in this area.  We take special care so that if it is possible to keep your place of work open, we help you to navigate the obstacles and keep your business in business.   

When a local realtors office came to work last week, they found that their carpet was soaked and drywall had gotten wet from flooding on their street.  They called SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and asked if there was a way to keep their office open while we did our work.  The office had an open layout and they feared the noise from our equipment would be too loud and would blow away their paperwork.  Our talented crew immediately went to work setting up a full floor-to-ceiling opaque containment which kept our equipment out of sight and noise to a reasonable level.  The containment served double-duty by reducing the  volume of air in area of the water damage which helps to speed up drying time.

In the end, the realtors were able to keep working and the water damage was dried without major interruptions to the business.  If you see water damage at work, contact SERVPRO of Santa Barbara any time at 805-963-0606.

Should You Do Your Water Damage Yourself?

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Should You Do Your Water Damage Yourself? Do it yourself water damages are not always the cheapest way to get the job done

If you do a Google search for “water damage” in Santa Barbara currently, you may see a result from one of the national Big Box stores that offers to rent you all of the equipment you need to be able to do the job yourself.  Now, there are many ways that you can manage your commercial building if you have a water damage.  You may even think that you can save money if you can rent your own equipment and do the work yourself. But does it really?

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara will send out water damage technicians to your water loss that have dried hundreds of buildings.  Their experience is valuable.  When drying a structure, would you know the most efficient way to dry it?  Would you have access to the latest technology in moisture detecting?  Would you know what your adjuster and your insurance company is looking to have done?  Most importantly, can you say when the structure can be considered officially dry?  If you answered “no” to one or more of these questions, please think twice about trying to do a water damage yourself.  Let the service professionals from SERVPRO of Santa Barbara help you to do the job right the first time.  Contact us any time of day or night at 805-963-0606.

Secondary Water Damage

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Secondary Water Damage If a water damage is not handled properly it can lead to secondary damage

When water gets loose in your business, whether from a water cooler that spills or a sink that overflows,  it can be intrusive and harmful. It will need to be cleaned up but there is more to its cleanup than just removing the water and addressing the visible damage. If your facility is not cleaned properly, it can lead to secondary water damage that can result in hazardous conditions and black mold. 

Primary water damage is pretty obvious.  It is the damage that you can see and detect easily. Primary damage might include moisture wicked into the drywall or the framing of the building.  It can also include warped floors, wet carpet and pad, or water-damaged furniture and contents. 

Secondary damage isn’t always as obvious, so you may not notice it right away. It is usually the result of a water damage that was not taken care of in a timely enough manner. It can result in swollen doors, wood floors that warp, baseboards and door casings that swell. You may see cracking walls. Water that evaporates quickly can also lead to secondary water damage. The high humidity allows moisture to penetrate porous material like fabrics. This type of damage can be extremely harmful to your home. It can cause structural damage and lead to problems with mold growth

If you do come to work one day and find a watery surprise, please contact SERVPRO of Santa Barbara at 805-963-0606.

Is Your Commercial Building Prepared for Disasters?

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Is Your Commercial Building Prepared for Disasters? The SERVPRO Emergency Readiness Profile has you prepared when disaster strikes

California is known to be affected by many different types of disasters.  Floods, wildfires and earthquakes are just some of the hazards that threaten to  interrupt your business.  According to recent industry research, as many as 50% of businesses may not recover following a disaster.  The majority of the businesses that do survive these disasters had a preparedness plan in place.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara can help you to be ready for any disaster by working with you to develop an Emergency Readiness Profile.  By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you can minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action when you are hit by an unexpected event.  Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire can affect your business!

What the Emergency Ready Profile provides for you:

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • Facility details such as shut-off valve locations, important areas for attention and priority contact information.
  • A concise profile document that highlights the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.

For more info on our FREE Emergency Readiness Profile program, please call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara at (805) 963-0606  to have one of our professionals assess your building and put together this great tool for your business.

The Emergency Readiness Profile

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Emergency Readiness Profile The Emergency Readiness Plan is a valuable tool to get your business back up and running fast

If you own or manage a commercial property or building, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara has a tool that any property manager would be wise to utilize... the Emergency Readiness Profile. The profile is a custom-made directive that will prepare you for any water, mold, fire emergency.  The Emergency Readiness Profile (or ERP) gives you the tools and the confidence to act fast in the case of an emergency. Your Emergency Readiness Profile is a file that identifies where shut off valves for gas and water are in the case there is a gas leak or water leak in your building. These are crucial items in your building and it is critical to know where they are located in order to mitigate damage after a leak or an emergency. An Emergency Readiness Profile also provides useful directions and helpful tips for procedures to follow when you find yourself in a situation where others might panic.

The best part about the Emergency Readiness Plan?.... it is all FREE. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara will provide you with a very detailed file that you can keep close and on hand in case you encounter a situation you cannot handle. Preparation is the key to successfully getting past any disaster that occurs at your business.  Call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara today at 805-963-0606 to be ready when your next emergency arrives and schedule an appointment for a free ERP today!

Commercial Water Damage

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Water in your commercial building can be very disruptive!

Commercial Buildings are filled with all sorts of hazards.  There can be miles of plumbing throughout the building, and just like in your home, the water pipes in a commercial building can burst at any time.  The difference, however, is when they burst in your home only your possessions are affected. When water pipes burst in a building, entire companies can be brought to a screeching halt.

In large cities, big commercial buildings are old. They have often been renovated on the inside but few of them have been inspected on a regular basis and usually it is a mystery what is going on behind the walls.  Behind the walls is generally where the pipes are andwater is one aspect of a commercial building that can potentially cause many problems.  The water that is kept in the sprinkler system can leak and once it comes in contact with different surfaces of the building, it can quickly become contaminated.  Water from broken or leaky pipes can flow in between the walls and collect all sorts of unsanitary pollutants along the way.  Maintenance workers can try and turn off the water, but at some point the water has to be turned back on so it is imperative that the leak be found and fixed.

If your commercial building experiences a flood, the property manager should contact a Certified Restoration Company like SERVPRO of Santa Barbara.  Our trained and uniformed technicians will assess the damage, speak with the maintenance manager and then create a plan to manage the flood disaster area. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara will work closely with the maintenance or facilities manager to get the building back to normal operation as quickly as possible.  If you find that your building has suffered a water damage call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara for all of your restoration needs at 805-963-0606.

Rats in Your Business

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Rats in Your Business When rats get in, call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara to do your clean-up

As many business owners know, a rodent infestation can be very problematic. In addition to causing health hazards, rodents can adversely affect the structural integrity of your commercial property.  The local team of experts at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is trained to safely remove bio-hazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. Equipped with the recommended safety gear and specialized cleaning products, we can help change these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe offices.

At this time of year as the weather turns cooler, business owners are surprised to find rats, squirrels, raccoons, bats, birds, mice and other rodents invading their property in search of warmth, water, and food. These creatures can contract and transmit numerous diseases. Additionally, they can introduce parasites that carry disease into your office or store.

Prevention Tips
There are numerous prevention tips you can implement to decrease your business’ susceptibility to an infestation. One effective strategy is to keep food sources away from open areas. Outdoor garbage areas need to be kept clean so that pests are not attracted. Cardboard objects like boxes can be attractive to rats and other pests because they chew them up and use the material to make nests. Since this is the case, make sure that you're not leaving cardboard material out in the open. 

Call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara for Cleanup and Restoration
It's not surprising that many businesses seek quick solutions that can help eliminate the unwanted creatures. In many cases, commercial property owners attempt to limit or eliminate the presence of rodents with repellents like mothballs or essential oils. These homemade treatment measures are not effective in combating a rodent infestation. Rather than attempting to complete a do-it-yourself rodent removal project, we recommend that you call a high quality local pest control company. Due to the potential health risks, some homeowners insurance may pay for cleanup and restoration. Check your policy provisions with your insurance agent.

Cleaning up after an infestation of rodents is not as easy as it may seem. The decontamination of your business due to infestation can be dangerous. Specialized experience and training  is important when choosing a qualified cleanup company to resolve these problems. Protect the safety and health of your family, friends, customers, and business by having hazardous materials properly removed by the professionals at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara. If you have any questions about rodent cleanup in the Santa Barbara, Goleta or Lompoc area, call us at  805-963-0606.

Do's and Don't's for Commercial Water Damage

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Do's and Don't's for Commercial Water Damage Commercial water damages can be very disruptive to your business

Water damage is a serious 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 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. React quickly.
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. 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 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 315 insurance companies, property management companies and federal, state, and local government agencies.
3. Contact a commercial water damage restoration company like SERVPRO 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 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 or big box store in Goleta, 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

Steps to Take for Commercial Fire Damage

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Steps to Take for Commercial Fire Damage The faster you can get the fire cleaned up, the faster you can get back in business

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.  Finding the fastest and most reliable method of fire damage restoration is crucial. Your business operations downtime must be kept to a minimum.

Determining the Scope of the Work 
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. 

Exploring Repair Options 
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. Your time and lost business revenue should be of paramount importance. Business interruption insurance can help you overcome this event.

Getting Timely Results
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 that has the skills and experience to handle all aspects of the repair process may be the most effective option available. From the initial inspection to the final walk-thru, your doors will be reopened as soon as possible.

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

Commercial Fires Handled by SERVPRO of Santa Barbara

11/28/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fires Handled by SERVPRO of Santa Barbara When the fire has been put out, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara can help with the cleanup

When your property has been severely compromised by Santa Barbara commercial fire damage, you will need to rely on the expert assistance of a locally owned and operated restoration service. The damage caused by fire doesn't end when the flames are put out. On the contrary, even after the initial fire has been extinguished, a host of other problems may develop. 

How to Properly Control Santa Barbara Commercial Fire Damage 
When it comes to professionally controlling the commercial fire damage in your work place, your best bet is to contact the restoration service that has experience in dealing with such essential matters, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara. While the fire itself may have caused considerable damage to your property, other elements, such as debris, smoke, and mold growth, may also soon threaten to render it uninhabitable and keep your doors closed. When you call SERVPRO, we can immediately begin the cleanup process to get your business back in business.

Fire Damage Restoration Is an All-encompassing Experience 
A professional commercial fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Santa Barbara offers an all-encompassing solution. It begins when you inform us about the nature of your problem. We will send a team of friendly and knowledgeable service professionals to begin an immediate inspection of the property. Afterward, we will present you with a comprehensive diagnosis of the problem along with an exact estimate of the cost for our services. You are under absolutely no obligation until you agree to have our team begin restoration work on your property, as noted.

We Offer a Comprehensive Cleanup Regimen 
Once the initial assessment and inspection have been completed, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara will conduct a comprehensive cleanup and restoration program. We will safely discard remaining debris, remediate any mold or other bacterial growth, and clean up any stains and blemishes that the fire may have caused. We will also remove stubborn odors that may still be lingering in the building by utilizing ozone machines and foggers. 

The Nature of Our Service Is Restoration Rather Than Replacement
When it comes to cleaning up the damage left behind by commercial fire damage, the essence of our service is to focus on efforts to restore rather than replace the existing property. Restoration will speed up the process to get your business up and running again. This will minimize the loss of profits that would be increased if you had to wait for a new property to be built. We also focus on restoration of damaged documents, retail stock, and furnishings to expedite your re-opening. "Like it never even happened."

Repairing the Effects of Commercial Fire Damage in Santa Barbara 
When it comes to dealing with the effects of Santa Barbara commercial fire damage, we are your locally owned and operated restoration and cleanup authority. When fire damage threatens your property in Santa Barbara, or nearby areas, such as Lompoc, Summerland, Goleta or Santa Ynez, we will be there to assist you. Call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara at (805) 963-0606.

Commercial Water Damage Tips

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Tips Commercial water damage in a classroom in Santa Barbara

Tips from SERVPRO of Santa Barbara for Your Commercial Water Damage

Water damage is a serious issue that commercial property owners may face at any given moment. However, business owners who know how to handle the repercussions can decrease losses, reduce their stress, and limit financial expenditures. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara suggests the following tips to help you 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. React quickly.
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 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 315 insurance companies, property management companies and federal, state, and local government agencies.
3. Contact a commercial water damage restoration company like SERVPRO to complete the water removal, clean up, drying, repair, and content restoration processes. The following attributes will indicate a well-organized, trained and equipped company to fit your needs:

  • IICRC certification
    • A good Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating 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 damageyourself 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 cleanupprocess yourself could increase your susceptibility to injury and illness.
    2. In the case of massive water intrusion, do not reenter the commercial property before receiving approval. 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 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 Goleta or big box store in Santa Barbara, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about Learn more about our training and certifications.  Call us 24/7 for immediate assistance. (805) 963-0606

Mold Damage in Historic Lompoc Theater

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Mold Damage in Historic Lompoc Theater SERVPRO of Santa Barbara hard at work on the historic Lompoc Theater Restoration Project

The Lompoc theater has stood proudly in the center of Lompoc since 1927.  It was once the home to a multitude 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, alas, the theaters glory days were behind her and time has not been kind to the theater.  

Fortunately, the community has rallied recently 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.

A call was made to SERVPRO of Santa Barbara.  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. 

Big Buildings Get Wet Too

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Big Buildings Get Wet Too Air movers, dehumidifiers, and air scrubbers all work together to dry the room after the rains

Santa Barbara is known for its beautiful weather.  We can expect almost 300 days of sunshine every year.  Currently we have been in a drought for the past several years which has lulled us all into complacency.  When the rains came in February, we had forgotten how hard it can rain.

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 is able to tap into all of the resources that SERVPRO makes available.  That means that no job is too big for us to handle.  The experienced professionals at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara got the business up and running in no time.

Santa Barbara Hotel Water Damage

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Santa Barbara Hotel Water Damage Hotel furniture moved to the dry side of the room after the water damage

A recent study by market research firm Destination Analysts concluded that tourists to Santa Barbara county spent $1.9 billion over the past year. Needless to say, Santa Barbara loves her tourists. 

Due to all of this tourist activity, Santa Barbara has built over 200 hotels to handle all of that demand.  Most hotel guests are a pleasure to deal with but every now and then, you have the one guest that forgets that they turned on the bathtub faucet and then goes out for the evening. Times like this are when it pays for the hotel manager to be very well acquainted with SERVPRO of Santa Barbara

This very scenario happened to a lovely hotel here in town and the manager was concerned about losing business.  He put a frantic call in to SERVPRO and asked if we were available to help him out.  SERVPRO of Santa Barbara quickly mobilized and were on the scene within the hour.  The manager had to re-accommodate his guests for a few days but we were able to get the rooms back in service within the week. 

If your Santa Barbara hotel ever has a water damage, the name to call is SERVPRO! 

Professional Cleanup for Commercial Fire Damage

6/9/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Professional Cleanup for Commercial Fire Damage Water Damaged Business Reopens Faster with the Help of SERVPRO

For Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Call SERVPRO

When your property has been severely compromised by Santa Barbara commercial fire damage, you will need to rely on the expert assistance of a locally owned and operated restoration service. The damage caused by fire doesn't end when the flames are put out. On the contrary, even after the initial fire has been constrained, a host of other problems may develop.

How to Properly Control Santa Barbara Commercial Fire Damage
When it comes to professionally controlling the commercial fire damage in your  Santa Barbara work place, your best bet is to contact the restoration service that has experience in dealing with such essential matters, SERVPRO. While the fire itself may have caused considerable damage to your property, other elements, such as debris, smoke, and mold growth, may also soon threaten to render it uninhabitable and keep your doors closed. By calling us, we can upon agreement of you and your insurance company, begin the clean up to get your business back in business.

Fire Damage Restoration Is an All-encompassing Experience
A professional commercial fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO offers an all-encompassing solution. It begins when you inform us about the nature of your problem. We will send a team of friendly and knowledgeable service professionals to begin an immediate inspection of the property. Afterward, we will present you with a comprehensive diagnosis of the problem along with an exact estimate of the cost for our services. You are under absolutely no obligation until you agree to have our team begin restoration work on your property, as noted.

We Offer a Comprehensive Cleanup Regimen
Once the initial assessment and inspection have been completed, SERVPRO will conduct a comprehensive cleanup and restoration program. We will safely discard remaining debris, remediate any mold or other bacterial growth, and clean up any stains and blemishes that the fire may have caused. We will also remove obnoxious and potentially poisonous odors that may still be lingering in the building by utilizing ozone machines and foggers.

The Nature of Our Service Is Restoration Rather Than Replacement
When it comes to cleaning up the damage left behind by commercial fire damage, the essence of our service is to focus on efforts to restore rather than replace the existing property. Restoration will speed up the process to get your business up and running again. This will minimize the loss of profits that would be increased if you had to wait for a new property to be built. We also focus on restoration of damaged documents, retail stock, and furnishing to expedite your re-opening. "Like it never even happened."

Repairing the Effects of Commercial Fire Damage in Santa Barbara
When it comes to dealing with the effects of Santa Barbara commercial fire damage, we are your locally owned and operated restoration and cleanup authority. When fire damage threatens your property in the city or nearby areas, such as Lompoc, Summerton, Goleta or Santa Ynez Valley, we will be there to assist you. Call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara at (805) 963-0606.

Santa Barbara Commercial Fire Damage - Don't Delay in Obtaining Professional Help

5/14/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Santa Barbara Commercial Fire Damage - Don't Delay in Obtaining Professional Help SERVPRO Tip: Be Prepared for Fire Damage to Your Commercial Business

SERVPRO Provides Commercial Fire Damage Services for a Santa Barbara Business

Santa Barbara 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 fully functional. . Finding the fastest and most reliable method of fire damage restoration is crucial. Your business operations downtime must be kept to a minimum.

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

Exploring Repair Options
Many steps may be required to improve the property after you have Santa Barbara 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. Your time and lost business revenue should be of paramount importance. Business interuption insurance can help you overcome this event.

Getting Timely Results
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 that has the skills and experience to handle all aspects of the repair process may be the most effective option available. From the initial inspection to the final walk-thru, your doors will be reopened as soon as possible.

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

Put a Handle on Santa Barbara Commercial Water Damage

12/8/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial Put a Handle on Santa Barbara Commercial Water Damage Ring SERVPRO for Service to Your Water Damaged Business

Tips from SERVPRO for Santa Barbara Water Damage

Santa Barbara water damage is a serious issue that commercial property owners may face at any given moment. However, business owners who know how to handle the onslaught of water damage can decrease losses, reduce their stress, and limit financial expenditures. SERVPRO suggest 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. React quickly.
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. 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 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 315 insurance companies, property management companies and federal, state, and local government agencies.
3. Contact a commercial water damage restoration company like SERVPRO to complete the water removal, clean up, drying, repair, and content restoration processes. The following attributes will indicate a well-organized, trained and equipped company to fit your needs.
• 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.

SERVPRO offers Water Damage Restoration Services
These professionals have more than 55 years of experience in the industry, and our commitment to excellence has led to our development of more than 1,650 franchises. We're ready to get your commercial property back into pre-water damage condition.

Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara 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 Goleta or big box store in Santa Barbara, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about Learn more about our training and certifications.  Call us 24/7 for immediate assistance. (805) 963-0606