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Effective Maintenance Tips for Your Commercial Irrigation System

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

Irrigation system A well-maintained lawn depends on a thorough irrigation maintenance system.

Steps To Keep Your Lawn Looking Its Best

Keeping a well-maintained landscape and a plush, green lawn makes your business more appealing to clients and customers. You count on your commercial irrigation system to work when it’s needed. To keep your sprinklers in top working condition, however, they require routine irrigation maintenance.
There are several steps you should take to keep your lawn in Goleta, CA, looking its best.

1. Annual Inspections

Before you start up your sprinkler system in the Spring, you must check it carefully. This is the perfect time of year to hire an irrigation specialist to inspect the entire system for broken lines, leaks and sprinkler heads that are misdirected.
The water management system should also be checked to ensure you aren’t wasting water.

2. Monthly Maintenance Checks

In addition to annual inspections, you should check the sprinklers on a monthly basis in warmer weather. Foot traffic, bicycles, and even animals can cause a lot of damage to sprinkler heads. Look for cracked, missing, or clogged heads. Clean, repair or replace the problems right away.
Your irrigation maintenance plan should also look for sprinkler run-off. If an area of the lawn becomes too saturated, you must adjust the direction of the sprinkler heads. If the heads are not adjusted properly, this can create sprinkler flooding. Once this occurs, excess water may seep into the ground and cause flooding within your building.
If you ever discover flooding inside the premises, contact a water damage repair service as soon as possible to assess the damage and create a water damage remediation plan.

3. Additional Considerations

Consider installing water pressure equipment to help regulate your sprinkler system’s water pressure. Some parts of the lawn may also require different amounts of water. Adjust each zone to meet the needs of that area.
A well-maintained lawn depends on a thorough irrigation maintenance system. Following a few simple steps will help keep your landscaping in top shape.

3 Steps You Should Take If You Find Mold in Your Apartment

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

Black mold spots on white wall Mold damage in an apartment in Goleta, CA.

Mold In Your Apartment

Mold is a common issue that is usually caused by a moisture problem. If left untreated, mold can cause property damage, so you should take steps you perform mold cleanup promptly. These are three steps you should take if you find mold in your apartment.

1. Determine Whether It Is Mold or Mildew

Unlike mold, mildew only grows on the surface and can be removed with household cleaners. Mold spores are embedded in the surface, which makes mold more difficult to remove. Mold usually has a fuzzy or slimy appearance and is green or black. Mildew is usually gray, yellow or white and has a fluffy or powdery appearance. Mildew tends to grow in high moisture areas, such as shower stalls and windows, while mold grows on organic materials, such as walls, wood, ceilings, paper and leather.

2. Contact Your Landlord

If you have determined that you need mold cleanup in your apartment, you should contact your landlord. Your landlord should investigate the source of the mold and fix any moisture issues, such as leaky pipes, and may also wish to contact a mold remediation company in Goleta, CA,  to remove the mold. It is essential not to ignore the problem because it may get worse and there may be a requirement in your rental agreement that you report issues, such as mold or leaks, promptly to avoid being assessed for damages.

3. Locate the Source

Help your landlord find the source of the mold problem. If you have noticed signs of leaks, such as water spots on walls or the ceiling, or you find water on the floor around your shower or toilet, you should let your landlord know that this could be the cause of the mold contamination.
The longer you wait to perform mold cleanup, the more damage mold could do to your apartment. Taking these three steps promptly can help avoid unnecessary damage.

How an Electronic Claims Service Helps Your Business

3/26/2022 (Permalink)

Infrared camera pointing at a wet wall. SERVPRO utilizes best practices and the latest technology to identify, clean, repair and itemizes your property damage

How Can an Electronic Claims Service Benefit Your Company?

When your commercial property in Santa Barbara, CA, has sustained damage due to fire, flooding, or mold, the last thing you need is to get caught up in a complicated insurance claim process. You want someone to assess the damage, determine your reimbursement and get a check out to you as quickly as possible. While your insurance agent uses electronic software to process your claim, SERVPRO fast-tracks the processing time by keeping an electronic inventory of damage-related information and sharing it with your insurance company, adjuster, and agent. This simplifies the process and benefits you, the business owner, in the following ways:

  • The emergency response team can catalog damage as they address it.
  • Itemized claims are made instantly available to decision-makers and service personnel.
  • The information is readily available to be included in the appropriate paperwork.
  • Faster processing times mean less administrative costs.

A More Accurate Insurance Claim

Trying to keep your business running while dealing with the fallout from your property damage can be overwhelming. When you have to carefully keep track of every item that's been damaged, oversights can happen — especially while you're waiting for your adjuster to arrive. SERVPRO professionals catalog everything into an electronic inventory as they go, so nothing is forgotten or left out. Greater accuracy right up front increases the likelihood that you'll receive enough to cover your expenses.

Better Communication Between Professionals

When all your claims information is uploaded electronically, everyone who needs access to it sees the same data — there's no risk of mistakes being made as it transfers from person to person. With every professional working from the same information, it facilitates communication between them and simplifies whatever coordination needs to happen to get your claim processed and your damage repaired swiftly.
SERVPRO utilizes best practices and the latest technology to identify, clean, repair, and itemize your property damage, making it easier and faster for you to file your insurance claim. The faster your claim is processed, the faster you will be back in business “Like it never even happened.”

What You Should Know About the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IIRC)

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

IICRC Certified diploma One of the many reasons why you would select SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is because we have IICRC Certification.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IIRC)

When a disaster has occurred in Santa Barbara, CA  and has affected local homes, finding the right restoration company to assist in rebuilding homes can be difficult. However, considering whether a company has been validated by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification or the IIRC, is often important.


What Is It?

Understanding what the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification is helpful to homeowners and insurance agents alike. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification has various purposes, and does the following:

  • Provides restoration and cleaning businesses with industry standards for commercial and residential assignments
  • Offers resources for homeowners and restoration professionals
  • Provides ongoing education for cleaning and restoration professionals
  • Partners with various organizations to strengthen standards in the restoration and cleaning industry

What Types of Disasters Can Certified Professionals Handle?

A company that is IIRC certified can handle a variety of disaster-related issues. Though each restoration company will be different, many restoration companies that have this mitigation certificate commonly work on:

  • Buildings affected by mold growth
  • Buildings impacted by fires
  • Buildings affected by flooding and wind damage

Why Does Using a Validated Restoration Company Matter?

Finding a company that has been validated by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification can often be helpful when it comes to choosing a restoration company that will provide quality, reliable services. A company that has been validated by this organization is likely to have extensive restoration experience. Additionally, a restoration business that has this validation must adhere to a set of standards, which holds companies accountable for the work they do. Overall, homeowners and insurance agents can feel confident in companies certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification.

Understanding what the IIRC does and knowing what trained professionals can assist with and why certification matters can help homeowners and insurance agents choose the best restoration company for the job. If homeowners or insurance agents have questions about the process of rebuilding, contacting certified restoration professionals may be helpful.

What to Know About Your Commercial Property Insurance

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Insurance Commercial insurance policies may vary due to a number of factors.

What To Look For In Your Commercial Insurance Policy

If you have a business property in Santa Barbara, CA, you may be wondering what to look for in your commercial insurance policy. Your policy can vary depending on a few things so it’s important to ask your agent any questions you may have. However, there are some commonalities between most policies.

What Property May Qualify

There are a number of types of business property that may qualify for fire damage or other insurance policy. These may include:

• Any owned or rented buildings or structures used solely for business purposes
• Inventory housed in the building
• Signage or fencing placed on the property
• Equipment used for the business such as computers or manufacturing equipment
• Office furniture
• Important company documentation such as accounting records

What Factors Can Influence Your Policy

The location and usage of the company property may affect the type of commercial insurance policy the property is eligible for as well as its cost. If the building is in good repair and located near adequate fire protection it may cost less to insure. Similarly, a building used for low fire risk activities such as an office will cost less than higher risk usage such as a manufacturing facility.

What May Happen During a Claim

It’s important to file your insurance claim as soon as possible. Your insurance agent may want to send someone to assess the cause and extent of the damage, as well as take inventory of any damaged property and its value. They may also have a recommendation for a team of restoration professionals who can take care of any clean-up and repairs your business may need.

Your insurance policy may include fire protection for most assets your company claims, regardless of whether it’s owned or rented. In many cases, commercial insurance policies may vary due to a number of factors, so it’s important to read your documentation and talk with your agent if you have any questions. If a fire or other event should occur, your insurance company may have professionals they recommend to conduct the restoration.

A Mildew Primer

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

It is quite common to refer to a mold infestation as “mildew.” The characteristic odor of mold is often thought of as a “mildewy smell.” The fact is that mildew is a very specific subcategory of mold that only afflicts plants. It is either white or gray in color and has either a powdery or a downy appearance. Plant mildew is almost always confined to the leaves, buds, or fruit of a plant — it is rarely found on bark or woody stems.


How To Get Rid of Mildew


Mildew is more likely to appear on plants growing in wet or consistently humid climates. If you discover mildew growth on your plants in Santa Barbara, there are some simple steps you can take to get rid of it:

• If the afflicted plant is indoors, move it outside.
• Wash it with a plain water spray to remove the heavy plant mildew growth.
• Prune away the affected sections. This will also increase air circulation around the plant and help to keep it dry.
• Spray the plant with a mildewcide such as neem oil or baking soda and detergent.


How To Prevent Mildew


To be certain that the plant mildew you have found is not part of a larger household problem, it is advisable to call a mold professional to assess the situation in and around your house. To keep your plants healthy and prevent further mildew growth, you should water plants from below to prevent wetting the leaves. This keeps the moisture at the roots, where it is most needed. When possible, keep plants in the sun and keep weeds and plant debris away from them. Disinfect all garden tools and make sure the soil is well fertilized.

Remember: mildew is a subcategory of mold that only affects plants — hence the term “plant mildew.” Fortunately, it is relatively easy to treat and prevent.

Recommendations After a Fire

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Some important tips for dealing with a fire loss:

1.Structural Smoke Damage Removal

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

2. As Much as Possible Limit Activity

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

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

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

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

To bullet point and sum up the above article:

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

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

Contact us anytime at (805) 963-0606

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

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     S - Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly

     S - Sweep the nozzle from side to side

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

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

SERVPRO Recommendations for Fire Prevention

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

Photo of flames in Santa Barbara, CA Burning fires should never be left unattended

No ever one wants to deal with a fire in their home. If at all possible, it is better to prevent a fire if you can. There are some easy things you can do to make your home safer and reduce the risk of a blaze.

SERVPRO understands that residents are concerned about fire damage restoration in their Santa Barbara homes. We are available to help 24/7/365 (all year round). However, there are some simple things you can take to prevent a fire:

  • Never leave burning items unattended, including candles, fires, incense, cigarettes, and stoves. (consider flameless candles)
  • If you have any pets or children, invest in safety gates so they cannot enter the kitchen unnoticed. 
  • Do not overload electrical sockets.
  • Keep radiators uncovered and with proper clearance around them.

It is also a good idea to remember to test your fire alarm regularly and ensure your family knows about fire safety. However, even with the best care, a fire can still break out. If you need help with fire damage restoration, call SERVPRO. We will take care of everything from cleaning up soot to getting rid of odors.


For fire damage restoration you can trust, call your local SERVPRO at (805) 963-6060

Keep it Local

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo SERVPRO Certified: Clean logo

The key is being local.  SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is based right here in Goleta.  All of our technicians live in Santa Barbara or Goleta.  When there is a problem that needs attention, we are able to rally our troops and get them to your location quickly.  Many of our competitors come from as far away as Los Angeles.  They do not know our city like we do.  They are not your neighbors like we are.  

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is invested in our shared community and we want to help you to get any water, fire, or mold problem behind you as rapidly as possible. When you call SERVPRO of Santa Barbara you’re calling the experts who make you feel like family. We are committed to giving you great service and guide you through the difficult situations you face when restoring your home. In any case, big or small remember that SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is always available to take a look or to offer assistance.  We are always available 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

We Are Here For You Anytime and Any Place.

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Van Getting to you with a quickness.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara is available 24 hours a day for water and fire damage 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. Fire or smoke damage the building needs to be secure and may require emergency cleaning of smooth surfaces, glass (windows) and fixtures so they do not become etched or damaged from settled soot.

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 fire and water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration and will be there when you need us.

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water or fire 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.

Remediation and restoration, it's what we do

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

checking for moisture Checking moisture levels

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 and Santa Ynez/Goleta, we work hard to be 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; restoration is more cost efficient, it helps our carbon footprint by limiting what we put in landfills, and restoration can help save many items with sentimental value that cannot be replaced.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara  and Santa Ynez/Goleta works 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 come up with  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 and Santa Ynez/Goleta 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 and Santa Ynez/Goleta will always do their best to act quickly, restore whatever they can and get you back to your normal life!

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is locally owned and operated.  We are part of your community.  Contact us at (805)963-0606 or go on line.

Help stop the spread of COVID-19

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee in PPE SERVPRO is ready to help

We are in an unprecedented time right now! 

New terms like "social distancing" have become our new normal.  Trying to keep areas clean that people frequent can be overwhelming.  SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta can help.  In addition to frequent hand washing and hand sanitizing, the CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus or COVID-19, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Help stop the spread of germs with a professional cleaning from SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta

Contact us anytime at (805) 963-0606

Why calling SERVPRO is better than using bleach

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

Mold in walls Mold growing on porous material like drywall can be difficult to get rid of on your own.

For better or worse, mold has been around for millions of years.  It is an extremely resilient organism and designed for survival.  Many homeowners believe that if they discover their home has mold, they can just spray it with bleach and be done.  The problem is that if the mold is on a porous material like drywall, the chlorine in the bleach does not penetrate below the surface.  The chlorine remains on the surface of the material while the water component of the bleach does penetrate the surface and actually can end up contributing to the growth of the mold.  Additionally, bleach is toxic to humans as well as mold.  It does not make much sense to add a poison into the atmosphere of your home.

When our experienced crew arrives on site, we will set up barriers using 6ml plastic that will prevent the mold from spreading to other areas of your home while we perform a controlled and clean demolition of all the affected materials using engineered air flow and containment. If the affected material is porous, we will remove it so that the mold never get an opportunity to grow back in your home. All the while we will run HEPA filter air scrubbers to capture any spores that try to escape. SERVPRO technicians will also apply SERVPROXIDE a safe and effective EPA registered antimicrobial. 

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta knows how stressful a situation like residential mold growth can be and we work efficiently to ensure your mold treatment is hassle-free. Our mold removal products are designed to be environmentally-friendly. 

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

SERVPRO's EPA registered antimicrobial is amazing stuff!

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

man holding one gallon bottle of servprOXIDE™ SERVPROXIDE™ is effective and as safe as it gets for a antimicrobial.

Many people are not aware SERVPRO makes most of its own clean products and antimicrobial.

SERVPROXIDE™ is an EPA registered, stabilized chlorine dioxide based antimicrobial that carries the EPA’s lowest toxicity rating and requires no PPE (personal protective equipment) for general purpose use and is safe for everyday use. It is designed to kill harmful bacteria, mold and mildew on hard surfaces and it keeps it from growing back for up to 4 weeks. The product is fragrance-free with a mild odor that dissipates quickly. 

SERVPROXIDE™ also serves as an excellent deodorizer, (once the odor source has been removed) as it is oxidizer and does not mask odors such as fire & tobacco smoke, musty odors, pet odors and stale cooking odors to name a few.

It can be used to deodorize internal HVAC systems, and can also be applied by wet fogging or misted through a ULV type mister such as the 716 Flex-A-Lite 2600 ULV Sprayer/Mister for deodorization and application purposes. 

SERVPROXIDE™ can also be used in electrostatic sprayers for a full and even application. 

SERVPROXIDE™ is also NSF listed (no rinse required food contact surfaces) so, clean and use.

Leave mold remediation to the experts

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth on the baseboard and wall Removal of mold should be left to the experts

Mold is a type of fungus that is made up of micro-organisms that help decompose dead organic material such as plants, leaves, and wood. These colonies resemble hair-like bodies and are too small to be seen individually with the naked eye. If they are thriving in your Santa Barbara or Santa Ynez Valley home or business, mold remediation is a must. As seen on the surface of an object, mold will appear to be black, blue or green.


Mold occurs naturally in both outdoor and indoor environments. Outdoors, it’s one of nature’s ways of helping to break down dead organic matter. However, mold growth indoors can cause health effects so removal and clean up of the mold is needed. SERVPRO recommends that you call us at the first hint of a possible mold infestation. 


Indoors, mold can be found growing on any damp surface. A professional mold remediation service is the safe and most effective approach. The professionals from SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta understand industry protocols and have the necessary equipment and training to do an effective job. Moisture meters, hydrometers, "air scrubbers," HEPA vacuums, and antifungal and antimicrobial products are utilized.

SERVPRO technicians know where to search for harmful, hidden molds and complete the mold remediation protocols. We can also advise you how best to protect your Santa Barbara home.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

We live and work in Santa Barbara too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta is close by and ready to respond to your mold damage emergency from Montecito and Goleta to Solvang and Santa Ynez. Call us at (805) 963-0606

SERVPRO is on call 24 hours since your pipes can't tell time

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck SERVPRO is on call 24 hours a day

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

When the pipes in a local hotel decided that is was their time to clog and spill their contents, unfortunately these pipes carried raw sewage.  Fortunately  the loss happened in their parking structure.  This was definitely a job for SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta.

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

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

The American Red Cross Recognizes SERVPRO

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

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A couple of years ago, The American Red Cross recognized SERVPRO for their contribution to disaster clean up.

The American Red Cross has recognized SERVPRO, a cleanup and restoration company, for participation in its Disaster Responder Program. As a Disaster Responder Program member, SERVPRO pledges a donation to the Red Cross in advance of disasters, allowing the organization to respond quickly and effectively to over 60,000 disasters on average annually, most of which are home fires. SERVPRO is entering their seventh year of partnership with the Red Cross; their donations to the organization to date have exceed one million dollars.

According to statistics cited by the Red Cross, seven people die in a home fire each day in the U.S. Aiming to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent by the end of 2019, the Red Cross launched a Home Fire Campaign in October of 2014. The support of SERVPRO and other Disaster Responder Program members allows the Red Cross to pursue their home fire prevention goals while they continue to provide critical services to disaster victims.

SERVPRO's commitment to the Red Cross Disaster Responder Program means that, when disaster strikes, homeowners can count on the Red Cross to address their immediate needs and supply essential services. 

Once the immediate emergency is under control, homeowners can count on the expertise of restoration specialists at SERVPRO to help them restore their property and move forward with their lives.

SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez has been all across the country to help those affected by natural disasters, and especially those in the Montecito mud slides.  SERVPRO of Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez/Goleta are here to help.

http://www.redcross.org/news/article/local/tennessee/SERVPRO-Recognized-for-Contribution-to-the-American-Red-Cross