Recent Water Damage Posts

Even a small amount of water can lead to mold

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

water heater cabinet mold A small leak can lead to mold

You had a small water leak so cleaned it up yourself.  Everything looks dried out and problem solved.  But now you see mold.  If you see visible mold, your best move is to leave it alone. When you disturb mold by trying to remove it, you can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. Mold spores are microscopic and when you try to clean them, the mold can release tiny spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO  of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely. We are locally owned and operated.  Contact us at (805)963-0606.

Water damage can happen because of storms or burst pipes

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

dehumidifiers Time to dry out that water damage

When most people think of a water damage, they imagine the aftermath of a heavy rain.  While we know that storms can cause damage to a home, we find that most of the water damages that we see in Santa Barbara result from a failed plumbing issue, and not from a heavy rain. In Santa Barbara, damage to even a modestly-sized home can run into thousands of dollars. Expensive furniture, carpets, and other high-end items in the home will only add to the cost of a water damage if they are affected.  

When we receive a call in our office that a supply line has burst or that a washing machine has overflowed, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta technicians are trained to quickly respond, removing this water from the home as fast as possible and immediately begin drying both personal and structural property.  One of the pieces of drying equipment we will set up are dehumidifiers. These machines draw water from the air and nearby property such as curtains and upholstered furniture. Removing moisture and lowering the humidity level in the home creates drier air which allows evaporation to happen more quickly which helps to save building materials like drywall panels. 
 
As the dehumidifiers work, technicians from SERVPRO of Santa Barbara begin using extraction devices to dry carpets. For most carpets, that means using extraction wands which efficiently remove water from carpets and carpet pads. For thicker carpets, SERVPRO specialists can also use a riding extractor. The driver rides on top of this larger device which has a platform that uses his weight to press down on the carpet and pad, allowing it to remove more water. Regardless of the cost of the carpet, most pads are cheap, and we nearly always advise replacing them rather than going to the expense of attempting to dry them 
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SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta uses these first actions to reduce and eliminate the effects of water damage in area homes. If you need us to help return your home to a safe, dry condition, call us at (805) 963-0606 today.

Storms in Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez can cause water damage

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

rain on window Hopefully the rain stays outside

Here in Santa Barbara county, we are lucky that we never have to deal with hurricanes or blizzards or tornadoes.  Although the level of storms we receive may never reach that intensity, we have had some strong storms that have caused significant water damage.

Winter is the time of the year when the storms arrive and now is the time to make sure you are ready for them.  Look around your roof for loose shingles and have a roofer come out soon if you need repairs.  You do not want to have to call a roofer when it is raining outside.  Roofers become super busy once the rain starts falling and getting one to make an emergency repair can be an exercise in frustration.  

If you find water leaking inside your home, it is good to keep the phone number for SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta handy.  We can be reached at 805-963-0606 twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.  Most insurance companies will cover the expense of a roof leak but it is best to check with your insurer to confirm this. 

What to do when a sewer line backs up in your home

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van SERVPRO can help 24/7

Sewage backups can ruin your day.  Cleaning the up on your own is not recommended.   Raw sewage can contain some really bad things, even more so if you’re downstream from a hospital or health clinic. The EPA has a long of nasty things that can be in the black water of a sewer line that has been damaged.  Horrible things like typhoid fever, cholera, hepatitis A, polio viruses, and super nasty things like helminths! Helminths are parasitic worms that feed off of the host (you) and are also known as intestinal worms. So if you can help it, don’t even walk through the affected area and keep pets away.  Make your first calls to the city (if you are on their system) and to a plumber to help stop the leak or find out why the sewer line backed up in the first place.

When SERVPROof Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is called out to a blackwater loss, the first thing the technicians will do is to put on their PPE (personal protective equipment ), assess the impacted area, and then immediately treat the affected materials with EPA registered antimicrobial. This will stop the growth of any those nasty things and start to kill most of the things mentioned above. 

Unfortunately not much can be saved on a sewer loss. Anything non-structural that has had black water contact needs to be removed and thrown out. It may be possible to save some content items as long as they are non-porous or can be fully treated such as laundered. This should only be considered if the items are special or of high value. 

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta will set up critical containment using sheeting to separate the affected area from the unaffected area to help prevent cross contamination.  Next, the technicians will apply antimicrobial, extract all standing black water and dispose of it back into the sewer, apply more antimicrobial solution. The SERVPRO employees will carefully start removing and documenting total loss contents. Contents that possibly can be saved are left in place or taken back to a safe place at the SERVPRO warehouse for detail cleaning and disinfection. 

Once the total loss contents are removed, SERVPRO technicians start to carefully remove flooring, drywall and insulation. After all of those non-structural building materials have been removed, antimicrobial solution is applied again and allowed some time before a clean water rinse and extraction. The final application of antimicrobial is then applied which enables SERVPRO to set up drying equipment such as air movers, dehumidifiers, HEPA filtered air scrubbers or hydroxyl air movers. Hydroxyl is a great way to clean toxins from the air using powerful ultraviolet light and moisture to make a safe oxidizer that the cleans the air.

Once SERVPRO has completely dried the affected area, repairs can begin. The drying process usually takes 4 to 5 days. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is a Licensed General Contractor and will make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is a licensed general contractor 

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is locally owned and operated.  We are available for emergencies 24/7.  Call us at (805)963-0606.

Water damage leads to mold-should you test?

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

mold A small amount of moisture can lead to mold

It all starts with water.  You may first notice a darkening of the wood under a cabinet or a musty smell in the bathroom. Small leaks add up to a growing problem.  First thing first, make sure the leak is addressed or you will continue to have a mold problem.  Eventually contacting a mold remediation company is your next step.

However you may want to use a third-party testing company to identify the types of mold and to publish a written protocol for removing the mold. They drive the scope of work based on their findings. This helps keep the cost down to just what needs to be done. These companies verify the work is done correctly at the end of the job and provide a post-remediation report. At minimum, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez strongly recommends post-remediation testing. Search the web for local mold testing companies or call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez for referrals. 
 
SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez has the correct equipment, supplies and training to properly and safely remove mold. First, our crews suit up in personal protective equipment to ensure that they are protected from moldy debris that can irritate skin or interfere with breathing. SERVPRO uses proven methods to contain the moldy areas with plastic sheeting and efficient high-tech negative pressure air scrubbers. This type of equipment and setup makes the remediation proceed much faster and more safely, but is costly and difficult to replicate with supplies from the local hardware store.

The key to a successful mold remediation is to make sure and eliminate the moisture that allows the mold to grow. Mold has a tough time growing if there is no moisture.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez is locally owned and operated-we are your neighbors.  Call us at (805)963-0606.

Toilet overflows happen

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

Toilet overflow No one wants to see this in their home

The flush toilet is one of the simplest but greatest inventions ever created by man.  It helped to usher in a new era of cleanliness and hygiene that has been a direct contributor to the reduction of deadly diseases and illnesses for humanity.  When they are working properly, they are amazing.  But when something clogs your toilet, they can be a nightmare inside of your home.

The water coming up out of the bowl can contain bacteria, viruses and other microbes that you definitely do not want in your house.  SERVPRO of Santa Barbara's highly trained crew of technicians will quickly respond whenever you need them to clean and sanitize and safely restore your home or business.  We work hard to make your home the healthy and safe environment you deserve.

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

Water damage in your home

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

moisture meter reading Moisture readings can find water that the naked eye can't

There is nothing worse than coming home to find residential water damage on your property. Whether your water damage is from a storm or an overflowing toilet, the on-going damage is real and must be dealt with correctly and swiftly since water can spread quickly.

If you find standing water all over the floor, the natural instinct is to pull out the bath or beach towels to dry up as much water as possible. While this is better than doing nothing if it is not contaminated water, you may quickly run out of towels and still have a lot of water all over the floor. You may need to call the experts at SERVPRO to get industrial strength help. Shop vacuums are resourceful to help remove standing water, but they will fill up quickly. And they are not efficient at removing moisture from carpeting and padding. Regardless of the efforts made, the water travels quickly, and may have already found its way into ventilation systems or ducts.  Sometimes the signs of water damage may take a few days to show up on the surface, such as warped floorboards, peeling paint, bulging walls, or lifting tiles.
 
As frustrating as this may be, there is help available to clean up the water damage and make an assessment. Drying the affected areas is a critical step in preventing the formation of mold. Water extraction and moisture removal are essential to restoring your home to its preloss condition.


Not only are there indoor air quality (IAQ) concerns and property damage to worry about, homeowners have to realize the amount of lost time from their day spent on clean up. Although every effort to address the water damage is useful, it is best to turn to a qualified team of experts to complement your efforts, finish the clean up when necessary, and perform inspections for signs of hidden damage. Often, experienced and IICRC certified technicians are needed to complete a water problem and any negative results that may follow.

Call the pros at SERVPRO  of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez to discuss your unique situation at (805) 963-0606. Our goal is to avoid property damage as much as reasonably possible and determine if you need additional services.

Removing water before the mold starts

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growing in home Water damage can lead to mold growth

Water Removal From Your Santa Barbara or Santa Ynez Valley Home

If your residential property in Santa Barbara is exposed to water damage, getting rid of the moisture is a must. Water damage can lead to the development and spread of toxic molds initiated by mold spores. These spores occur naturally in all home environments and but the standing water will nurture their growth. When you contract a high-quality water restoration service like SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez,  we make sure your home or business is restored "Like it never even happened."

A call to SERVPRO of Santa Barbara will get our trained professionals to your home quickly. Prior to beginning their water removal efforts, the company's technicians will identify the source of the water damage, assess the situation, and establish an action plan.  It may require a plumber to come fix the cause of the leak first. Powerful pumps and wet-vacs start the removal of large quantities of water to help off-set possible secondary water damage. The water remediation specialists will also use sanitizer to disinfect your property, a key treatment in preventing the growth and proliferation of mold and bacteria. After the removal of all insulation or wet drywall, dehumidifiers and air-movers are set up to dry any affected framing.

Although water damage can be a taxing reality to deal with, knowing a proper course of action can 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. Their skill set includes a sense of urgency to restore your structure and property to its previous condition in the quickest time possible.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood or water damage event. 

Please call us at (805) 963-0606 

Water damage left unchecked can result in mold growth

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

photo of baseboard removed from a wall and mold growth was behind it Mold was discovered after this baseboard was removed

Homes that have had historic water damages that were not dried immediately are prime habitats for mold growth which thrives in a dark and damp environments, such as inside walls and crawl spaces. Mold spores are very opportunistic and are on the constant hunt for the moisture they need to grow. If you have had a recent water damage from a leaky faucet, a roof that needs repair, or a washing machine that overflows, that moisture can give mold a toehold. In some instances, it can be hard to see the water damage even though it is there. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta professionals can use moisture meters and infrared cameras to help you figure out what is wet and where.

So what can you do to reduce your exposure to mold? Attack mold on two fronts -- removal and prevention:

  • Get your house tested for mold. An environmental testing company can tell you how much mold you have, what type it is, and provide a scope for how to get rid of it
  • Fix leaky plumbing or other sources of water. Mold cannot grow if it does not have moisture to live
  • Check inside drywall for mold inside the wall. You can usually smell mold even if you can't see it. Moldy drywall must be carefully cut out and replaced. Moldy insulation also must be carefully removed and replaced.
  • Dry water-damaged areas and items (like carpeting) within 24 to 48 hours of flooding. Don't install carpeting in areas where there is a moisture problem.
  • If ceiling tiles or carpet have become moldy, they must be replaced. Throw out all wet, moldy tiles and carpeting.
  • Reduce indoor humidity by venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources. Exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens can help. If you don’t have exhaust fans, crack a window in the kitchen when you're cooking or in the bathroom when you're bathing.
  • Use air conditioners and dehumidifiers inside your home. Change filters regularly. Use a dehumidifier to get rid of dampness in basements.
  • Add insulation to windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors where there is potential for condensation on cold surfaces.

Water damaged buildings need to be dried ASAP!

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta does offer free estimates during business hours for mold remediation or water damage inspection.  Call us today at 805-963-0606

Santa Barbara Water Damage Can Be Restored by SERVPRO

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

drying the flood damaged area SERVPRO set up containment, removed water damaged drywall and insulation and set up drying equipment.

Certainly it is not pleasant to have to deal with flood damage, but here are some practical measures that you can personally implement to reduce the flood and water damage in your Santa Barbara home. Before you leave, place furniture, appliances, electronics, and family memorabilia on boxes several feet off the floor level to prevent water damage. Secure foodstuffs in plastic trash bags to keep them dry and avoid contamination. Shore up all openings to your structure the best you can. Every effort you make to protect your property from rising flood waters, will save you time and money during the water damage restoration process that will occur.

Always have a plan for your pets, should you face a deluge. For instance, if you have to stay in a hotel, at someone's home or in a shelter because of flood damage to your home, they may not accommodate your pets. Be willing to drive your pet to a facility even in the next town or city if need be. Or have a friend as a backup plan on your list that you can call who would be prepared to take your pet. If you leave your pets at your home, they can feel the stress and cause more additional damage to your home. Also, they are potentially at risk if flood waters rise and you cannot return home for several days to feed them.

It is imperative that you shut off the electricity, especially in the areas of your house that are more prone to flooding. If you are planning on evacuating the premises, turn off the electric at its source, the main electrical panel. Do not attempt to deal with this if there is standing water. Call for help from professionals. There is a very high risk of sustaining an electrical shock or worse by you, family members or someone working in a flooded area of your home. If the water has reached the level of the electrical sockets with live current, at best the circuit breaker will short the circuit. Be prepared to call in SERVPRO when the water recedes for water extraction, drying, cleaning, and sanitizing your property. Floodwaters can transport sewage, chemicals, fertilizers, and other substances that are harmful. Electrical appliances such as the furnace, freezer, washer, and dryer can pose real safety hazards during flooding. Unplug them if possible.

Take emergency contact information with you to keep family members and friends informed of your situation. Don't forget the chargers for your mobile devices. Utilize emergency media messages for information and The American Red Cross for shelter.

SERVPRO is an industry leader in providing post-flooding restoration for commercial and residential properties. With our industry leading equipment, specially formulated cleaning and sanitizing products, and highly trained technicians who are instructed beyond the IICRC standards, we can help. From a quick emergency response to water extraction and drying and cleaning, we can restore your water damaged home to pre-flood condition "Like it never even happened."

Locally Owned Company with Huge National Storm Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. We proudly serve our local communities of Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Santa Ynez Valley. Call us for immediate response to mold, fire, and water damage 24/7 at (805) 963-0606

Water When You Leave Town

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

Supply Line under kitchen sink A supply line that bursts while you are away can have you return to a wet house

Less than $10.  That is what the cost is of a 3/8” compression 20-inch braided steel faucet supply line at Lowe’s.  Such a small price to pay for a part that was ultimately responsible for thousands of dollars of damage when it burst. 

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara recently was called to a very nice home in the Hope Ranch section of town where the owners were away for the weekend and when they returned, 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, who has the time or enthusiasm to do that?  I guess if you suffer a big water damage then you would be more motivated in the future to be  aware of all of your fittings and hoses.  Until then, it is good to know the number of you local SERVPRO.  Our number is 805-963-0606.

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

Little Jobs Can Get Big

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

A small water damage turned into a whole house pack out

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.

The home we visited with the water damage had 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 is always available to help.  You can reach us day or night at 805-963-0606

School Damage

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara working to dry the dorm room

As we get into June, kids spend their time thinking about the end of the school year.  This is the season for  proms and graduations.  Before you can graduate, however, you must pass all of your final exams.  Final exams can be a very stressful time for students.  They have worked hard all year and now they just need to concentrate on studying for a week or two so they can pass their tests and be home free.  They look for quiet, peaceful places where they can concentrate and stay focused and they begin to work on their studies . 

Then the pipe bursts on the 4th floor and twelve different units are flooded.  That certainly adds a new level of difficulty to your studies!  Only two weeks to go till the end of school and disaster strikes.  Well fortunately for them, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is on the case.  Since this was a dorm, the floors are just concrete which made things a little simpler but they had double drywall for soundproofing which had gotten wet.  Drywall is heavy enough as is, but when it gets wet, it can be a beast.  No matter…if the work needs to be done, SERVPRO gets it done. A little extraction, some drywall removal and SERVPRO professional drying equipment and you are back to studying.  Good luck on finals kids!

Water Damage Causes in Your Home

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water to drink is great. Water in your carpet is a bummer!

One of the facts of life is that the Earth is filled with water.  Unless you live in the desert, you are never far away from oceans, lakes, rivers or other natural bodies of water.  As it happens, you are also surrounded by man-made bodies of water too.  If you are in a community, you will never be far from sewers, water mains and water pipes, sprinklers and fountains.  Water is great and necessary for life but it also has the potential to cause a lot of damage.

Here at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara, we have run into just about every different way that water could do harm to your home.  The water may find plenty of ways to do damage but we will always have only  one goal; to get your house to dry quickly and efficiently. 

If (or when) you ever suffer a water damage in your home, it is important to remember these three tips:

  1. Get any of your possessions that are sitting in water out, of the water.  Wet furniture can leave stains on your carpet, wet clothing can begin to get moldy, and wet carpet can start to delaminate.  The sooner you can get your stuff to a dry place in your home, the better.
  2. If there is any significant volume of water from any water intrusion, you need to have the water extracted.  Standing water will only make the situation worse and slow the time required to get your home dried out.
  3. Have your home inspected by a water damage expert.  Technicians from SERVPRO of Santa Barbara will have the latest technology with them, such as penetrating and non-penetrating moisture meters or infra-red cameras so that they can verify that the water did not go deeper or try to hide where you can not see or feel it.

Of course we hope that you never have to deal with a water damage in your home and, if you do, that it will be minor and easy to deal with.  In the case where it is not simple, remember that SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is always available to take a look or to offer assistance.  We do not charge for estimates or second opinions or inspections so please feel free to contact us at any time to get some expert advice.  Call us at 805-963-0606 or email us at office@SERVPROsantabarbara.com.

Know Where Your Water Shutoff Valve is

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Learn where your water shutoff valve is located so when disaster strikes, you can react quickly and with certainty

If a pipe or a water supply line suddenly bursts inside your home, there isn’t a lot of time before the water can travel from your kitchen to the hallway to the dining room and beyond.  Floors get wet, walls get wet, cabinets get wet and before you know it you have an official water damage that can be very expensive and time-consuming to deal with. 

Would you know what to do if this unfortunate situation ever happened in your house?

Well if it does, the first thing to do is to get the water to stop flowing.  If the situation is as we described above, you will need to shut off the water at the main water shutoff to your house.  The secret to success here is to know the location of the turn-off prior to the damage occurring.  Here in Santa Barbara, you will typically find your water shutoff in the front of your home and it is usually located near an outside faucet.  Once you have found it, it is as easy as pulling a handle into the off position or turning a valve clockwise until the water stops flowing. 

Of course, the shutoff valve could be someplace else so it is definitely worth your time to find out where yours is located before an emergency arises.  After things calm down and it comes time to clean up the mess, feel free to give us a call at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara.  We are always here to help.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara can be reached at 805-963-0606.

Water in You Basement

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

People in Santa Barbara that have water in their basement can call SERVPRO

Not that many people in Santa Barbara have a basement which might be good because it is just one less thing to worry about when we are having heavy rains. Basements and crawlspaces are fundamentally prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly, or entirely, below ground-level. Besides the rain, there are any number of different reasons why your  basement could end up flooding, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure

If flood water in your basement is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals because we can get the job done right the first time.

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready to Help (805) 963-0606

Repair water damage yourself or call the professionals?

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage in a home 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 county 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.  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, Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley will send out water damage technicians to your water loss that have dried hundreds of buildings, both residential and commercial.  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, Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley help you to do the job right the first time.  Contact us any time of day or night at 805-963-0606.

Water Damage Can Happen Any Time

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

The longer water it stands, the more potential damage it does

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration and will be there when you need us.

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?
  • What year your home was built? (we ask this because homes built prior to 1981 require testing for lead and asbestos prior to us removing any structural material)

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.  Call us at 805-963-0606.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Santa Barbara for Your Water Damage

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

A leak from above in your home can cause trouble below

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is your best choice when dealing with any water disaster.

From small leaks to major damage our trained technicians have the edge over the competition because of their quick response time, professionalism, and extensive knowledge of water damages. They possess the proper equipment to get the job done quickly and thoroughly. Their goal is to have your life return to normal as quickly as possible

  • Speed

 When dealing with water damage and flooding, timing is critical. Within minutes water can spread throughout your home, and quickly absorb into walls, carpet, floors and your belongings. Within 24 hours, surfaces will begin to tarnish and furniture can begin to bend, swell and crack, and mold spores begin to settle. After a week, mold and property damage will worsen, even to the point of total contamination. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Our quick response time will help to minimize any damage and help save money on restoration costs.

  • Professionalism

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is locally owned but with the ability to tap into nationwide resources. This means that our franchise professionals go through an extensive, company-wide training process that guarantees that they are at the top of their field. All of the SERVPRO of Santa Barbara professionals are versed in the standards set by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC. They have significant water damage restoration training, and will monitor the entire restoration process to completion.

  • Advanced equipment and techniques

SERVPRO Santa Barbara water damage professionals have the expertise and the top of the line equipment to deal with your restoration needs. Because each restoration project requires different solutions, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara carries a wide variety of professional equipment We will take you through the process of: initial contact, damage assessment, water removal/extraction, dehumidification, sanitizing/cleaning and into restoration.

SERVPRO Can Mitigate Water Damage

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Bathtubs are great until somebody forgets to turn it off and then it floods your house

Rain and water runoff can cause substantial water damage to building structures, personal property, and home furnishings. However, it doesn't have to be raining for water to ruin personal possessions or cause structural damage. Leaky pipes or roofs, water from hot water heaters and appliances, and water intrusions caused by fallen branches or clogged gutters can generate tremendous damage and cleanup problems.

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 or minimize the harm done after water damage.  Finding hidden leaks often takes some detective work. Look for stains on walls and ceilings or buckling walls and floors. Crumbling wood around baseboards, windows and doors are a key sign of water that is getting where it does not belong. Another sign of water damage is smell; if a room, attic or basement smells musty, it's likely that there is a source of moisture that needs to be addressed.


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 damage to your home.  Our trained technicians at SERVPRO provide water removal, cleanup services and invaluable advice that can minimize the consequences of water damage.

Emergencies don't happen conveniently, so 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 Lompoc, Goleta or Santa Barbara. We have the latest drying and water removal equipment to get your property dry. If you have an emergency water damage from any source, call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara at (805) 963-0606.

Contaminants in a Water Damage Dictate the Removal Process

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Drying equipment set up after a water damage in a kitchen in Santa Barbara

Typically, upon their arrival at a new water damage, the water damage restoration professionals from SERVPRO of Santa Barbara will complete an assessment to determine the extent of water removal efforts and the required equipment. Part of this assessment involves determining what category of water has caused the damage to ensure proper safety procedures for extraction.

Category 1: Clear Water. Clean water is the first category that restoration experts will usually find. This Category 1 water was initially potable water. Over a short amount of time, this will degrade increasingly with contamination. Examples of Category 1 water include sink overflows, toilet tank ruptures, and failed supply lines on appliances. The type of water that comes into your home is clear water until it has left its source.

Category 2: Gray Water is the second category of water. This type contains some level of contamination that may be physical, biological, or chemical. Category 2 water can include discharged water resulting from leaking water beds, dishwashers, washing machines or commode water containing urine. 

Category 3: Black Water is unhealthy and unsanitary. This water is contaminated with varying unsanitary agents and particulates, fungi, bacteria, and possibly debris. A water damaging event at your property may involve Category 1 or 2 water which, if left unnoticed or not removed, degrades into Category 3 water. Sources of black water may originate from a broken sewage line, rising ground water from floods or storms, seawater or chemical runoff from storage. Once black water has breached your interior structure, SERVPRO recommends immediate removal, sterilization, and sanitation.

Call SERVPRO For Excellent, Expedient Water Damage Restoration Services to restore your home back to a safe and clean condition. We utilize top of the line industry equipment and techniques that complement our IICRC-certified technicians. We provide cost-effective and expedient water damage restoration and sanitation to your home.  We will coordinate efforts of our clean up with your insurance adjuster to make sure the experience is as headache free as possible.

Locally Owned and Operated

We are proud to be an active member of the community. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is locally owned and operated and ready to help Santa Barbara, Goleta, Montecito, Carpinteria, Santa Ynez, Summerland, Solvang residents  with any-sized flood and water damage emergencies. Call for assistance at (805) 963-0606

The Water Damage Process

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Wet drywall is neatly removed and drying equipment is set up by the SERVPRO of Santa Barbara crew.

Let’s face it…water damages are the worst. If your residential property in Santa Barbara 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 can help you avoid the unwanted after effects of water damage.

Our process begins with the arrival of our team of licensed professionals. Prior to beginning their water removal efforts, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara technicians will identify the source of the water, assess the damage, and establish an action plan. 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. We will work with a sense of urgency to restore your structure and property to its previous condition in the quickest time possible.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood or water damage event.  .  Please call us at (805) 963-0606 

The Business of Restoration

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Equipment put in place to try to save a kitchen wood floor

When your home or business suffers a water damage, it often seems like the easiest and quickest option will be to remove any affected items and just replace them with new ones. At SERVPRO of Santa Barbara, we take pride in being able to save as much of your property as we can rather than just tearing things out and throwing them away.. There are many advantages to the restoration work that we do:

  1. Restoration is more cost efficient
  1. Restoration helps our carbon footprint by limiting what we put in landfills
  1. Restoration can help save many items with sentimental value that cannot be replaced.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara has relationships with most every insurance company and understands how to provide them with restoration budgets that not only meet their stringent guidelines, but provide the homeowner with the best possible outcome in the end. Upon arrival to your water damage, our trained technicians will classify the loss depending upon:

  1. The source of the water
  2. How long the structure has been water damaged before mitigation started
  3. What materials are affected 

Next, the technicians will design a cost effective remediation method that is tailored to the expected condition of the materials in each area. For example, if you have water damaged wood flooring but the flooring is constructed with solid wood planks, we can often use special equipment to dry the flooring in place and salvage it. In some cases, the flooring may need refinishing once drying goals are met. Even in this example if the wood floors did need to be refinished, time and money are saved. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara can use similar techniques to save cabinets, walls and the types of non-structural, water-damaged materials that can be expensive to replace.  The professionals at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara will always do their best to act quickly, restore whatever they can and get you back to your normal life!

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

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara Can Mitigate Your Water Damage

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Toilets overflowing is just one of the ways you can get a water damage in your home

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.

What You Can Do to Prevent Water Damage

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.

The Signs of Water Damage

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.

Finding hidden leaks or water damage often takes some detective work. 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.

What You Can Do If You Have Water Penetration

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 provide water removal, cleanup services and invaluable advice that can minimize the consequences of water damage.

Emergencies don't happen conveniently, so 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 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 at (805) 963-0606

What is in the Water in Your Water Damage?

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

If your washing machine overflows, it will usually be classified as a Category 2 water loss

Water damages are one of the most inconvenient, expensive, and time-consuming events that a homeowner  may find himself facing. While most water damage episodes are minor, they have the potential to also be catastrophic. Additionally, not all homeowners insurance policies will cover water damage generated by natural disasters like floods, earthquakes or hurricanes. Many a homeowner has realized too late, that flood insurance is a separate policy from standard homeowner's insurance. However, obtaining high-quality restoration services can help you save money on repairs, while also keeping you calm and confident as you watch your home restored to its original state. Typically, water damage restoration professionals from SERVPRO will complete an assessment to determine the extent of water removal efforts and the required equipment. Cleanup, drying, and restoration services follow. Part of this assessment involves determining what category of water has caused the damage to ensure proper safety procedures for extraction.

Category 1: Clear Water. This Category 1 water was initially potable water. Over a short amount of time, the water will degrade increasingly with contamination. Examples of Category 1 water include sink overflows, toilet tank ruptures, and failed supply lines on appliances. The type of water that comes into your home is clear water until it has left its source.

Category 2
: Gray Water is the second category of water. This type contains some level of contamination that may be physical, biological, or chemical. Category 2 water can include discharged water resulting from leaking water beds, dishwashers, washing machines or commode water containing urine. 

Category 3: Black Water is unhealthy and unsanitary. This water is contaminated with varying unsanitary agents and particulates, fungi, bacteria, and possibly debris. A water damage event at your property may involve Category 1 or 2 water which, if left unnoticed or not removed, degrades into Category 3 water. Sources of black water may originate from a broken sewage line, rising ground water from floods or storms, seawater or chemical runoff from storage. Once black water has breached your interior structure, SERVPRO recommends immediate removal, sterilization, and sanitation.

Call SERVPRO For Excellent, Expedient Water Damage Restoration Services to restore your Santa Barbara home back to a safe and clean condition. We utilize top of the line industry equipment and techniques that compliment our extensive in-house, e-video, and IICRC-certified technicians. We provide cost-effective (we will coordinate efforts of clean up with your insurance adjuster) and expedient water damage restoration and sanitation to your home.

Locally Owned and Operated

We are proud to be an active member of Goleta. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is locally owned and operated and ready to help Santa Barbara residents  with any-sized flood and water damage emergencies. Call for assistance. (805) 963-0606

Getting Rid of the Moisture Gets Rid of the Mold

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

If you keep the water away, you can keep the mold away

Water Removal From Your Santa Barbara Home

If your residential property in Santa Barbara is exposed to water damage, getting rid of the moisture is a must. Water damage can give rise to the development and spread of toxic molds initiated by mold spores. These spores occur naturally in all home environments and the trick is not to let standing water nurture their growth. When you contract a high-quality water restoration service like SERVPRO of Santa Barbara,  we make sure you won't have to grapple with those kind of unwanted after effects.

A call to SERVPRO of Santa Barbara will get our trained professionals to your home quickly. Prior to beginning their water removal efforts, the company's technicians will identify the source of the water damage, assess the situation, and establish an action plan. Powerful pumps and wet-vacs start the removal of large quantities of water to help off-set possible secondary water damage. The water remediation specialists will also use sanitizer to disinfect your property, a key treatment in preventing the growth and proliferation of mold and bacteria. After the removal of all insulation or wet drywall, dehumidifiers and air-movers are set up to dry any affected framing.

Although water damage can be a taxing reality to deal with, knowing a proper course of action can 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. Their skill set includes a sense of urgency to restore your structure and property to its previous condition in the quickest time possible.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood or water damage event. 

Please call us at (805) 963-0606 

My House Flooded With Sewage From a City Sewer Line Backup!

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

Sewage backups can make for a really bad day! You should not try to clean them up yourself.  Raw sewage can contain some really, really, really bad things, even more so if you’re downstream from a hospital or health clinic. The EPA has a laundry list of nasty things that can be loaded up  in the black water of a sewer damage. Horrible things like typhoid fever, cholera, hepatitis A, polio viruses, and super nasty things like helminths! Helminths are parasitic worms that feed off of the host (you) and are also known as intestinal worms. So if you can help it, don’t even walk through the affected area and keep pets away.  Make your first calls to the city (if you are on their system) and to a plumber to help stop the leak or find out why the sewer line backed up in the first place.

When SERVPRO is called out to a blackwater loss, the first thing the technicians will do is to don their PPE (personal protective equipment ), assess the impacted area, and then immediately treat the affected materials with EPA registered antimicrobial. This will stop the growth of any bad hombres and start to kill most of the nasty things mentioned above. 

Unfortunately not much can be saved on a sewer loss. Anything non-structural that has had black water contact needs to be removed and thrown out. It may be possible to save some content items as long as they are non-porous or can be fully treated such as laundered. This should only be considered if the items are special or of high value. 

SERVPRO will set up  critical barriers or containment using three or six ml polyethylene sheeting to separate the affected area from the unaffected area to help prevent cross contamination.  Next, the technicians will apply antimicrobial, extract all standing black water and dispose of it back into the sewer, apply more antimicrobial solution and allow some dwell time. The SERVPRO employees will carefully start removing and documenting total loss contents. Contents that possibly can be saved are left in place or taken back to a safe place at the SERVPRO warehouse for detail cleaning and disinfection. 

Once the total loss contents are removed, SERVPRO technicians start to carefully remove flooring, drywall and insulation. After all of those non-structural building materials have been removed, antimicrobial solution is applied again and allowed some dwell time before a clean water rinse and extraction. The final application of antimicrobial is then applied which enables SERVPRO to set up drying equipment such as air movers, dehumidifiers, HEPA filtered air scrubbers or hydroxyl air movers. Hydroxyl is a great way to clean toxins from the air using powerful ultraviolet light and moisture to make a safe oxidizer that the cleans the air.

Once SERVPRO has completely dried the affected area, repairs can begin. The drying process usually takes 4 to 5 days. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is a Licensed General Contractor and will make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara for all your cleanup needs (805) 963-0606 24/7

Oh No Toilet Overflow!

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

It is not likely that bubbles will be what you see coming out of your toilet

The flush toilet is one of the simplest but greatest inventions ever created by man.  It helped to usher in a new era of cleanliness and hygiene that has been a direct contributor to the reduction of deadly diseases and illnesses for humanity.  When they are working properly, they are amazing.  But when something clogs your toilet, they can be a nightmare inside of your home.

Wouldn't it be nice if whenever we had one of our toilets backup that the only thing we had to worry about was bubbles coming out of the bowl?  Unfortunately, it is unlikely that will be the case when you have your next clog.  The reason why we put the photo of the toilet overflowing bubbles is because what you will normally see during a toilet overflow, you really don't want to see.  Fortunately, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is here to help when it is more than bubbles.  

The water coming up out of the bowl can contain bacteria, viruses and other microbes that you definitely do not want in your house.  SERVPRO of Santa Barbara's highly trained crew of technicians will quickly respond whenever you need them to clean and sanitize and safely restore your home or business.  We work hard to make your home the healthy and safe environment you deserve.

Why restore and not remove ?

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Floor mats used to pull moisture from water-damaged hard wood flooring on a loss in Santa Barbara.

During a water loss, remove and replace may seem like the easiest and quickest option. At SERVPRO we are in the business of restoration (saving) rather than tear out and replace. Some of the pros to restoration include: being more cost efficient, it helps our carbon footprint by limiting what we put in landfills, and saving many items with sentiment that cannot be replaced. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara works seamlessly with insurance companies, providing them with restoration budgets that not only meet their stringent guidelines, but provide the homeowner with the best possible outcome in the end. After the classification [the source of the water, how long its been water damaged before mitigation started and what the affected materials are], cost effective remediation methods are tailored to the expected condition of the items in each area. For example if you have water damaged wood flooring and they are solid wood planks, often with special equipment they can be dried in place and saved. In some cases, the flooring may need refinishing once drying goals are met. Even in this example if the wood floors did need to be refinished, time and money are saved. SERVPRO can use similar techniques to save cabinets, walls and the types of non-structural, water-damaged materials that can be expensive to replace.  The professionals at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara will always do their best to act quickly, restore whatever they can and keep things as accessible as possible.

Residential Water Damage in Your Home

6/15/2016 (Permalink)

One Drip Can Lead to a Flood. Contact SERVPRO for All Water Damaging Issues in Montecito.

Why You Should Call in SERVPRO for Water Damage Service

There is nothing worse than coming home to find residential water damage on your property. Whether your water damage is from a storm or an overflowing toilet, the on-going damage is real and must be dealt with correctly and swiftly.

If you find standing water all over the floor, the natural instinct is to pull out the bath or beach towels to dry up as much water as possible. While this is better than doing nothing if it is not contaminated water, you may quickly run out of towels and still have a lot of water all over the floor. You may need to call the experts at SERVPRO to get industrial strength help. Shop vacuums are resourceful to help remove standing water, but they will fill up quickly. And they are not efficient at removing moisture from carpeting and padding. Regardless of the efforts made, the water travels quickly, and may have already found its way into ventilation systems or ducts. Secondary water damage in Montecito might be the result even if you've made a good faith effort to dry everything quickly. Sometimes the signs of water damage may take a few days to show up on the surface, such as warped floorboards, peeling paint, bulging walls, or lifting tiles.
 
As frustrating as this may be, there is help available to clean up the water damage and make an assessment. Drying the affected areas is a critical step in preventing the formation of mold. Water extraction and moisture removal are essential to restoring your home to its pre-loss condition. Despite your best efforts, the after effects of dealing with water damage are overwhelming.

Not only are there indoor air quality (IAQ) concerns and property damage to worry about, homeowners have to realize the amount of lost time from their day spent on clean up. Although every effort to address the water damage is useful, it is best to turn to a qualified team of experts to complement your efforts, finish the clean up when necessary, and perform inspections for signs of hidden damage. Often, experienced and IICRC certified technicians are needed to complete a water problem and any ancillary negative results that may follow.

Call the pros at SERVPRO of Santa Barbara to discuss your unique situation at (805) 963-0606. Our goal is to avoid property damage as much as reasonably possible and determine if you need additional services.

Preparation for Flood and Water Damage in Santa Barbara

2/25/2016 (Permalink)

raising flood waters Floodwaters and Storm Damage Can Be Devastating to Your Property

Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley Water Damage Can Be Restored by SERVPRO

Certainly it is not pleasant to have to deal with flood damage, but here are some practical measures that you can implement to reduce the flood and water damage in your Santa Barbara or Santa Ynez Valley home. Before you leave, place furniture, appliances, electronics, and family memorabilia on boxes several feet off the floor level to prevent water damage. Secure foodstuffs in plastic trash bags or boxes to keep them dry and avoid contamination. Shore up all openings to your structure the best you can. Every effort you make to protect your property from rising flood waters, will save you time and money during the water damage restoration process that will occur.

Always have a plan for your pets, should you face evacuation. For instance, if you have to stay in a hotel, at someone's home or in a shelter because of flood damage to your home, they may not accommodate your pets. Be willing to drive your pet to a facility even in the next town or city if need be. Or have a friend as a backup plan on your list that you can call who would be prepared to take your pet. If you leave your pets at your home, they can feel the stress and cause more additional damage to your home. Also, they are potentially at risk if floodwaters rise and you cannot return home for several days to feed them.

It is imperative that you shut off the electricity, especially in the areas of your house that are more prone to flooding. If you are planning on evacuating the premises, turn off the electric at its source, the main electrical panel. Do not attempt to deal with this if there is standing water. Call for help from professionals. There is a very high risk of sustaining an electrical shock or worse by you, family members or someone working in a flooded area of your home. If the water has reached the level of the electrical sockets with live current, at best the circuit breaker will short the circuit. Be prepared to call in SERVPRO when the water recedes for water extraction, drying, cleaning, and sanitizing your property. Floodwaters can transport sewage, chemicals, fertilizers, and other substances that are harmful. Electrical appliances such as the furnace, freezer, washer, and dryer can pose real safety hazards during flooding. Unplug them if possible.

Take emergency contact information with you to keep family members and friends informed of your situation. Don't forget the chargers for your mobile devices. Utilize emergency media messages for information and The American Red Cross for shelter.

SERVPRO is an industry leader in providing post-flooding restoration for commercial and residential properties. With our industry-leading equipment, specially formulated cleaning and sanitizing products, and highly trained technicians who are instructed beyond the IICRC standards, we can help. From quick emergency response to water extraction and drying and cleaning, we can restore your water damaged home to pre-flood condition "Like it never even happened."

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. We proudly serve our local communities of Santa Barbara, Goleta, the Santa Ynez Valley, Lompoc, and Summerland. Call us for immediate response to mold, fire, and water damage 24/7 at (805) 963-0606

Lompoc Water Damage Undermines a Building's Structure

2/16/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tip--Install a Sump Pump in Your Basement to Prevent Flooding

SERVPRO Can Mitigate Water Damage in Lompoc, California

Rain and water runoff can cause substantial Lompoc 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.

What You Can Do to Prevent Water Damage

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.

The Signs of Water Damage

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

Finding hidden leaks or water damage often takes some detective work. 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 Lompoc water damage.

What You Can Do If You Have Water Penetration

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 in the Lompoc area, you can still get water damage in dozens of unexpected ways. Our experts at SERVPRO provide water removal, cleanup services and invaluable advice that can minimize the consequences of water damage.

Emergencies don't happen conveniently, so 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 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 Lompoc residential water damage from any source, call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara at (805) 963-0606.

Water Damage Contamination Categories in Santa Ynez Valley

11/12/2015 (Permalink)

Water damage to a home Clean up Gray Water By Calling SERVPRO

Contaminants in a Water Damaged Santa Ynez Home Dictate the Removal Process

Water damage is one of the most inconvenient, expensive, and time-consuming events that a homeowner may find themselves facing. While most water damaging episodes are minor, they can also be catastrophic. Additionally, not all homeowners insurance policies will cover water damage generated by natural disasters like floods, earthquakes or hurricanes. Many a homeowner has realized too late, that flood insurance is a separate policy from standard homeowner's insurance. However, obtaining high-quality restoration services can help you save money on repairs while also keeping you calm and confident as you watch your home restored to its original state. Typically, water damage restoration professionals from SERVPRO will complete an assessment to determine the extent of water removal efforts and the required equipment. Cleanup, drying, and restoration services follow. Part of this assessment involves determining what category of water has caused the damage to ensure proper safety procedures for extraction.

Category 1: Clear water is the first category that restoration experts will usually find. This category 1 water was initially potable water. Over a short amount of time, this will degrade increasingly with contamination. Examples of category 1 water include sink overflows, toilet tank ruptures, and failed supply lines on appliances. The type of water that comes into your home is clear water until it has left its source.

Category 2: Gray Water is the second category of water. This type contains some level of contamination that may be physical, biological, or chemical. Category 2 water can include discharged water resulting from leaking water beds, dishwashers, washing machines or commode water containing urine.

Category 3: Black Water is unhealthy and unsanitary. This water is contaminated with varying unsanitary agents and particulates, fungi, bacteria, and possibly debris. A water damaging event at your property may involve Category 1 or 2 water which, if left unnoticed or not removed, degrades into Category 3 water. Sources of black water may originate from a broken sewage line, rising ground water from floods or storms, seawater or chemical runoff from storage. Once black water has breached your interior structure, SERVPRO recommends immediate removal, sterilization, and sanitation.

Call SERVPRO For Excellent, Expedient Water Damage Restoration Services to restore your Santa Ynez Valley home back to a safe and clean condition. We utilize top of the line industry equipment and techniques that compliment our extensive in-house, e-video, and IICRC-certified technicians. We provide cost-effective (we will coordinate efforts of clean up with your insurance adjuster) and expedient water damage restoration and sanitation to your home.

Locally Owned and Operated

We are proud to be an active member of Santa Ynez Valley. SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez is locally owned and operated and ready to help residents  with any-sized flood and water damage emergencies. Call for assistance. (805) 963-0606