Recent Storm Damage Posts

3 Ways To Protect Yourself as a Flood First Responder

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

N-95 Mask An N-95 respirator provides the best protection if you find mold growing in flooded areas

First Responders To a Flood: Three Ways To Safeguard Yourself

With historic flooding occurring across the United States in the past few years, the role of the first responder has become more essential than ever before. As one of the first to arrive on scene at disaster sites in Santa Ynez, CA, your help as a specially trained responder can often mean the difference between life and death for those trapped by floodwaters. In order to help others, it is important for you to take precautions to protect yourself before you even reach the disaster scene. Here are three ways to shield yourself in those challenging initial responder situations.

1. Update Vaccinations
Before heading out to a flood response disaster, make sure you are up to date on your immunizations. Tetanus shots are required every 10 years and usually contain diphtheria and pertussis protection. Another protective vaccine that is often required is Hepatitis B.

2. Beware of Possible Hazards
Depending on how long the floodwaters have been on the ground and what category of water you are working in, there are some hazards you may face as a first responder. Wearing an N-95 mask can help protect you from mold that can begin growing in flooded areas in as soon as 24 hours. Also, be careful of chemicals, sinkholes, and disaster-related sharp objects.

3. Protect Yourself
As an initial responder, wearing protective clothing can help guard you from chemicals, fecal matter, and other pollutants in the floodwaters. The clothing should include boots, gloves, eye goggles, and an approved outer protective suit.
Whether the flood is of epic proportions or the result of a broken levy that floods a handful of homes, your role as a first responder can be a heroic one. If you have questions about how best to protect yourself or about the different categories of floodwaters you may be called to work in, contact a water and mold remediation specialist for information to help protect yourself.

Stay Safe After a Flood

7/18/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded homes Powerful storms that flood your home can be very distressing

How To Avoid Danger After a Flood

If you have a flooded home after a storm, the most important thing that you can do for yourself and your loved ones is stay safe. Here are some tips on what not to do, and how to avoid danger after flood water takes over your Goleta, CA, home.

1. Never approach standing water in your home. Underground power lines and other power issues could cause this water to be electrically charged. Avoid it and do not stand in it under any circumstances.

2. Don’t forget your cell phone charger. If you can find somewhere that is safe and secure to charge your phone, keep it powered up and charged for as long as you can. If you cannot find or plug in a charger, use the device as little as possible to preserve battery life. Remember to never plug your phone in near water.

3. Do not skimp on your protective gear. Always wear knee-high boots made of rubber and sturdy gloves to protect yourself from electrical currents and contaminated flood water - the more coverage you can find for your body, the better.

4. Never take cleanup matters into your own hands. A flooding home and related damage can be a lot to deal with as a homeowner, but you should never attempt cleaning or renovation projects on your own. Wait until the chaos dies down, then contact a local water damage restoration service for professional help with mold growth, structural damage, and other flood-related issues.

Powerful storms that flood your home can be very distressing, especially when your property and safety are at stake. Be as careful as you can be and waiting for professional help whenever possible are your best bets for staying safe and protecting your home. Flood water is not a joke, so finding the best help you can for post-storm cleanup should be your first priority after all the commotion has died down.

Storm Shutters: Options Available and Installation Benefits

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

Rolling shutters Exterior rolling shutters are often considered the best option.

People living in Goleta, CA, know that homes take a regular beating from high winds. Instead of knowing that you will need the services of a certified storm damage restoration company, taking preventive measures is an investment but a better solution. A tried-and-true solution is installing shutters.

Types of Storm Shutters

There are four common window protectors. Each comes at its own cost and provides different levels of protection.

Accordion: These are attached over doors and windows and manually unfold. They can be difficult to install and are not as impact-resistant as other styles, but they are highly affordable.
Bahama: Also referred to as a Bermuda covering, this option has arms that extend out 45 degrees. Once the storm approaches, you simply pull them in and lock them in place. They offer a pleasing aesthetic, provide medium coverage and are budget-friendly.
Exterior Rolling: Often considered the best option, this type is available in manual or electric options. They are also installed over doors and windows but the blinds roll out of a bay. They provide excellent protection at a higher price. They also may help improve regulating your home’s interior temperature.

Shaker: This traditional style is pleasing and offers some protection, but they may not be the best suited for high winds. They are also typically made from wood, so they aren’t as durable as metal options. They are an affordable option that simply swings closed when needed.

Are They Worth Installing?
If you live in an area that is frequently windy, any added protection is better than none. Regardless of the style, these devices add peace of mind from extensive damage and may also reduce injuries caused by broken glass or flying debris. Depending on your insurance provider, you may also be able to get a wind mitigation discount, as well as increase the value of your home.
If high winds have become a constant, installing devices for added protection is worth considering. Luckily, there are many options available to hit both the protection, budget and aesthetic buttons.

Flood Safety Tips for First Responders

5/23/2022 (Permalink)

A person wearing protective gear, white plastic outfit, helmet, mask and goggles A first responder is a selfless individual who helps the community during a disaster.

First Responder Flood Safety Tips

A first responder is a lifesaving individual that helps the public during a crisis. When a disaster strikes, these people often risk their own safety to rescue others.
During a flood in Santa Barbara, CA, emergency response crews will be dispatched to locate missing people and rescue those who have been stranded. After the initial threat has passed, some may also volunteer to clean up debris and repair homes. Working in floodwater can be dangerous, so all responders should consider the following safety tips.

1. Know How Floods Occur
Flooding typically happens when heavy rainfall or melting snow leads to excess water accumulation. Communities near rivers or creeks are at the highest risk for flood-related disasters.
Flooding can happen gradually or rapidly. Gradual flooding, although still challenging, is the most preferable since it allows citizens time to prepare and evacuate. Rapid flooding, also known as flash flooding, is more difficult to navigate. When water levels rise quickly, people often find themselves unprepared.

2. Stay Up-to-Date on Immunizations
During a rescue or cleanup, a first responder may encounter rusty metal or be exposed to chemicals in the rising water. For these reasons, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all responders stay up-to-date with their tetanus and Hepatitis B vaccines.

3. Wear Protective Clothing
Rescue crews and flood restoration specialists should wear protective gear. Waterproof clothing, boots, goggles and two layers of gloves are highly recommended. N95 masks can protect against mold or mildew.

4. Remain Alert for Other Hazards
Flood response is tricky for many reasons. For example, murky floodwater could engulf landmarks and make even a familiar environment feel disorienting. Downed electric lines might cause power disruptions. Uneven terrain and sinkholes can make wading impossible. By remaining alert and using tools such as maps, boats, drones, generators and radios, rescue crews can be better equipped to handle these challenges.
A first responder is a selfless individual who helps the community during a disaster. He or she can prepare for a flooding crisis by knowing how floods happen, staying current with vaccinations, wearing appropriate clothing and remaining alert.

Steps to Protect Your Home From Storm Damage

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

This includes:

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

If you are a renter how could a bad storm affect you

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

Storm debris piled in front of a home Storm debris caused by Hurricane Michael

First of all, renters should strongly consider getting renters insurance policy. Often the same company you use for your auto insurance can provide a quote and coverage for renters insurance. Also, offering a multi line discount.

However, beware flood insurance is not usually included in a standard property policy.  You have to add it. Flood insurance can be purchased as a separate policy that has a 30 day waiting period before coverage begins.

For more information on flood insurance go to the FEMA web site.

As a renter or tenant you are usually responsible for a insurance policy that covers personal possessions and loss of use or ALE (alternate living expenses). The landlord usually is not responsible and will not pay to relocate you if the home or apartment you rent can not be lived in do to a loss.

Residential landlords are usually responsible for insurance for the property itself; the structure only. 

So, please look into getting coverage. Most people are surprised how much the cost is to relocate much less getting new furniture and clothes if there is a divesting fire. Make sure you buy the right amount of coverage as well.

For more information or if you need help contact SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta anytime;

(805) 963-0606

office@SERVPROsantabarbara.com

What You Need To Know About Floods and Black Water

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

black water SERVPRO of Santa Barbara has teams to assist 24/7 after a water damage emergency or sewage backup.

If a flood comes to your California home you may wonder how safe it is to wade into the water. Many people believe that because rain caused the water damage, it is completely safe to touch. However, this is a dangerous assumption, because it could be black water.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Remediation Certification classifies water into these three categories:

• Clean
• Gray
• Black

Each of these types of water carries different risks. Clean water is typically safe for human consumption. Gray water has been used since its last filtering but has not encountered contaminates.

The third categorization is more dangerous to people and animals. Unless and until an authority declares the flood water as clean, you should assume it is black water. Learn precisely what that means below:

What Is It?

The classification of water as “black” means that it has come into contact with elements such as raw sewage. This rating means the water may contain all kinds of microbes.

Why Is Flood Water Classified This Way?

When water enters your home after heavy rains, it’s not just water from the sky. Water damage also comes from overflowing sewage. That sewage can mix with the rainwater and contaminate everything it touches.

What Should Homeowners Do?

If you have water in your home after a storm, do not wade into it unless doing so is necessary. It is also important to dry out the area as soon as possible. That water can spread disease and cause mold growth.

It’s essential to call the experts at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara as quickly as possible after water damage or flooding occurs. Be sure to rid your home of the black water as soon as you can to keep you and your family safe.

How To Handle Roof Repairs After a Storm

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

Storm damage can be stressful, and roof repair needs can top the list of post-storm concerns. Wind damage, hail, and even fallen branches can leave your roof in bad shape. Whether you are waiting on a roofer or are making repairs yourself, there are a few things you should do following roof damage from a storm.


Assessing the Damage


Storms can damage your roof in many ways.
• High winds can rip off shingles and expose the underlayment
• Hail can leave your roof dented and pockmarked
• Driving rain can seep under loosened shingles and cause water damage

As soon as it’s safe, get a good look either from the ground or an extension ladder to gauge your roof repair needs. It helps to take pictures for insurance purposes or to know which materials to buy if you’re doing your own repairs.


Take Immediate Protective Steps


Water seeping through a roof can set the stage for serious water damage in your home and make your roof unsafe in general. A stop-gap for many Santa Barbara homeowners is placing a waterproof tarp over the damaged area. It isn’t a substitute for permanent roof work, but it may mitigate further damage to your roof and your home’s interior.

Get an Estimate


Whether you want to pay a roofer for a roof repair or try to DIY it, it’s still a good idea to get a professional estimate. A pro may be able to help guide your own repairs or even offer a price that’s better than expected. If water has already gotten into your attic, look for a remediation company that specializes in drying building materials and restoring attics as part of your general roof restoration game plan.


From devastated shingles to pockmarked surfaces, storm damage can wreak absolute havoc on your roof. If you’re facing roof damage after a storm, let these tips guide you to the best outcome.

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

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.

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.

California Wildfires Cleanup

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

wildfire burning in the hills wildfire burning in Santa Barbara County

When our are has a little to no rain and continued dry conditions will turn the hills behind Santa Barbara into a tinderbox.  In recent years, we have experienced the smoke, ash, and flames from The Gap Fire, The Jesusita Fire, The Tea Fire, and The Thomas Fire.  Historically, there have been many other wildfires in our town as nature exerts its powerful forces.  We have to expect that in the future, wildfires will continue to be a problem for us here locally.Strong winds and low relative humidity have caused wildfires to quickly erupt across California. Extended drought and high temperatures have led to drier than normal conditions across the area, further fueling the wildfires.

Personal safety is always the primary concern in these situations, the first several days after the fire is under control is the critical time to preventing secondary damages from smoke and soot. Once the local authorities say it is safe to return to your home and/or business, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara would like to offer the following steps to help minimize additional harmful effects.

DO:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Brush vacuum loose soot particles from upholstery, drapes and carpet.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances with light coating of Vaseline or oil.
  • Wash house plants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

DON’T:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances, TV sets, radios, etc. that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water. They may have been contaminated.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor. 

Even if your property didn’t suffer fire damage, there could be soot particles and residues left to clean up. If not cleaned properly, the odor and effects can linger long after the fire has been put out. From the structure itself to the contents inside, SERVPRO Professionals use the latest technology and training to leave your property smelling fresh and clean. Call us anytime for help 24/7/365

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara (805) 963-0606

Texas Polar Vortex and loss of power = lots of water damaged homes and businesses !

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks and trailers on a job site SERVPRO is ready and arrives with everything needed to get the job done!

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta are traveling to Texas.  This is no leisure trip.  We are there to help with the cleanup from the recent freeze. 

The beauty of being part of the SERVPRO system is that when nature throws weather at you that is overwhelming, you have a nationwide franchise Storm Team that's on call and help is on the way.

Texas suffered historic freezing weather which also caused power outages. People could no longer keep their homes warm and pipes froze expanding and bursting.

We worked hand-in-hand with the local franchise as well as SERVPRO franchises from many different parts of the country.  Our common goal was to help as many people as we could to get their homes clean and dry so they could get their lives back to normal.

The good people in Texas have been grateful that somebody from as far away as California would be willing to travel so far to help them.  For SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta, it was just another day at the office and we were glad to help.  After all, water remediation is what we do, regardless of the state.

SERVPRO travels to Louisiana

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

hurricane cleanup SERVPRO is here to help

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta are traveling to Louisiana.  This is no leisure trip.  We are there to help with the cleanup from the recent hurricanes.  The beauty of being part of the SERVPRO system is that when nature throws weather at you that is overwhelming, you have a nationwide franchise to call on and help is on the way.  We worked hand-in-hand with the local franchise as well as SERVPRO franchises from many different parts of the country.  Our common goal was to help as many people as we could to get their homes clean and dry so they could get their lives back to normal.

The good people in Louisiana have been grateful that somebody from as far away as California would be willing to travel so far to help them.  For SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta, it was just another day at the office and we were glad to help.  After all, water remediation is what we do, regardless of the state.

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.

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

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!

Everyone lives in a "flood zone"

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

flood water around the home flood water rising fast around the home

When we think of floods, we think that those are occurrences that only happen after in places that get lots of rain. But did you know that everyone resides in a flood zone? Even the driest areas can experience what are known as flash floods. Rivers, streams, and lakes are almost always overflowing their banks, given a couple of rainy days. 

A flash flood can often bring a wall of water. New construction in your neighborhood can change runoff patterns in the area and can increase our flood risks. And most insurance plans don't include flood insurance, you have to purchase that separately. 


    •    The average cost of flood damage is around $5,000 to $10,000 depending on the type of damage and where the water came from, so any tips that can help prevent this has to be worth the time to try them.
    •    An inspection and flushing your water heater once a year, by a plumber, can contribute to preventing it bursting on you and flooding the area.
    •    Replacing the rubber hoses on all appliances that use water with metal braided ones can help to avoid the failing of the rubber ones as they can get hard and burst. Check all hoses; even the metal braided ones every year. 
    •    Leaks from toilets are often indicated by a little leakage from the base. 
    •    Do you know where to locate the main water shut-off? If a pipe burst, inside, you need to be able to get it turned off quickly. 
    •    If you have a sump pump, now is a good time to get it checked and think about a backup unit. 
    •    Always be looking for signs of plumbing leaks, such as on ceilings and walls; you are looking for stains and moisture on those walls and floors. 
    •    Leaking or even broken pipes are often gushing water, and it is not noticed because it might be hidden. Check out your water usage when no faucets are turned on; locate the water meter and take a reading, then use no water for an hour or so and read it again. Has it moved? If so, you have a leak someplace, so get a plumber to check it out. 
    •    Always monitor your monthly water bill. If it goes up a lot one billing cycle, you might have the need for a plumber to come in and check all connections. 
    •    Since a lot of water comes from inside your home and can damage many walls, floors, furniture and provide the moisture needed for molds to grow, doing whatever can be done to prevent leaks is a good exercise to undertake. 

When you do experience flood damage in your home, whether from nature or burst pipes, call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta at (805) 963-0606 for the flood restoration that you need, quickly.

Travelling to Kansas

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

heavy rains When the heavy rains hit, SERVPRO is here to help

When flooding  occurred in Kansas, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta responded to the call for help.  The beauty of being part of the SERVPRO system is that when nature throws weather at you that is overwhelming, you flash the Bat-signal and help is on the way.  We worked hand-in-hand with the local franchise as well as SERVPRO franchises from many different parts of the country.  Our common goal was to help as many people as we could to get their homes clean and dry so they could get their lives back to normal.

One thing that we do not have in abundance in Santa Barbara is basements, for the simple reason that basements and earthquakes do not play nice together.  When we were working in Kansas, that was the primary area of people’s homes that we were dealing with.  We may not be used to dealing with basements in our home territory but that didn't stop us from doing our job sucking up water and setting up our fierce drying equipment.  The good people in Kansas were grateful that somebody from as far away as California would be willing to travel so far to help them.  For SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta, it was just another day at the office and we were glad to help.

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

SERVPRO will travel

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

flooding No matter where the disaster, SERVPRO can be there

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez has travelled to Minnesota which was about as different as could be for these boys from warm and sunny Southern California.  Rain and melting snow had filled the Mississippi River to overflowing and any houses that were sitting low or had basements were in danger of taking on water.  When the calls began pouring in to the local SERVPRO franchise, he was quickly overwhelmed.  SERVPRO Corporate declared the area to be an official “storm” and sent out the call for help.  The advantage of being part of the SERVPRO franchise system is that in times of crisis, additional aid is only a phone call away.  SERVPRO franchises from across the country responded to the alert, including SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez.  It took our crew two days to drive from Santa Barbara to St. Paul but once they arrived they hit the ground running.  Long days of helping people with their water damages made the trip worthwhile and we were proud to be able to offer our assistance.

When disaster hits locally, please give SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez a call at 805-963-0606.

Flooding can happen anywhere

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

storm water flooding a yard with maned water pumps It just takes a few inches of rain to cause a lot of problems

Did you know that no matter where you live, everyone resides in a flood zone? Even the driest areas can experience what are known as flash floods. Rivers, streams, and lakes are almost always overflowing their banks, given a couple of rainy days. 

With only a few inches of water, you can have many hundreds to thousands of dollars’ worth of water damage in your home or commercial building. New construction in your neighborhood can change runoff patterns in the area and can increase your flood risks. Most insurance plans do not include flood damage, and this must be purchased separately, in most cases. 


Prevention Tips:
    •    The average cost of flood damage is around $5,000 to $10,000 depending on the type of damage and where the water came from.
    •    An inspection and flushing of your hot water heater once a year, by a plumber, can contribute to preventing it bursting on you and flooding the area.
    •    Replacing the rubber hoses on all appliances that use water with metal braided ones can help to avoid the failing of the rubber ones as they can get hard and burst. Check all hoses; even the metal braided ones every year. 
    •    Leaks from toilets are often indicated by a little leakage from the base.

  • Do you know where to locate the main water shut-off? If a pipe burst, inside, you need to be able to get it turned off quickly. 
        •    If you have a sump pump, now is a good time to get it checked and think about a backup unit. 
        •    Always be on the look out for signs of plumbing leaks, such as on ceilings and walls; you are looking for stains and moisture on those walls and floors. 
        •    Leaking or even broken pipes might not be noticed because it might be hidden. Check out your water usage when no faucets are turned on; locate the water meter and take a reading, then use no water for an hour or so and read it again. Has it moved? If so, you have a leak someplace, so get a plumber to check it out. 
        •    Always monitor your monthly water bill. If it goes up a lot one billing cycle, you might have the need for a plumber to come in and check all connections. 
        •    Since a lot of water comes from inside your home and can damage many walls, floors, furniture and provide the moisture needed for molds to grow, doing whatever can be done to prevent leaks is a good exercise to undertake. 

    SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is locally owned and operated.  We have technicians available 24 hours a day.  Call us at (805)963-0606.