Different Categories of Water Damage
A simple flooded sink led to major water damage.
If you are dealing with a water damage you will probably hear technical language about your property that you are not used to. Instead of not understanding what is going on here are some definitions of different types of water damages:
- Category 1 Water Loss: In this case, the water damage is usually as a result of overflow from the bathtub or sink and leakage from malfunctioning appliances. The water is usually colorless without any odor and as such, does not pose any health threat to your family since it contains no pathogenic agents.
- Category 2 Water Loss: This type of water damage is usually associated with toilet overflows. It could be grey in color and have an odor. When this type of water spreads within your environment, the occupants of the home are exposed to risks of bacterial infection as the water contains harmful microorganisms. It is important to rid the home of such water before further damage is caused.
- Category 3 Water Loss: This is the type of water damage that gives serious concern to homeowners. The water is usually colored black with very bad odor. It contains lots of harmful parasites and bacteria that could easily invade other parts of the house if not treated with the urgency it requires. When this happens, not only is your property at risk, your health and that of your loved ones are also at risk.
Always call a water damage professional such as SERVPRO to help deal with your loss, even if you think you can handle it.
Tips to Prevent Water Damage
Be proactive when it comes to water damage and the signs.
- Inspect your roof. If your roof begins to deteriorate roof leaks can develop without you even noticing.
- Clean the gutters on your house. Poor drainage weakens your foundation and can lead to cracks which can cause uneven pathways for water to find its way inside.
- Seal your windows. This is one of the easiest ways to protect your home from water!
- Check your pipes. You should inspect your pipes at least once a year; over time pipes can corrode, rust, and decay all of which can result in leaks.
- Test your sump pump. This is your first line of defense against your basement potentially flooding. These pumps are used to pump water that has accumulated in a sump basin away from your home to a storm drain.
Help your home to stay dry in your home and be aware of the warning signs! If you suspect water damage in your home you should always call SERVPRO of Ojai/Montecito.
How to Properly Clean Up Fire Extinguishers
It's always good to be prepared.
95% of residential fires can be put out if extinguishers are used quickly and correctly after the first flame. But once the fire is out and the household calms, what’s the best way to clean up the messy aftermath? There are 3 different types of fire extinguishers; A is ordinary combustibles like wood, paper, and cloth; B is flammable liquids, such as gasoline or cooking oil; and C is live electricity. Read the label to determine what that powdery substance is.
Sodium bicarbonate and potassium bicarbonate: Vacuum residue thoroughly, making several passes over affected areas to remove all visible residue. Apply hot water mixed with a little vinegar, which neutralizes the pH of the powder. Allow to sit for a few minutes and rinse with warm water.
Silicone types: Vacuum residue thoroughly, making several passes to remove all visible residue. Spray the area with rubbing alcohol to break down the silicone. Allow the solution to penetrate for several minutes then rinse with warm water.
Monoammonium phosphate: Do not vacuum residue left by monoammonium phosphate. This residue must be cleaned by hand without delay; if it remains in contact with sensitive electronics and other equipment it can cause further damage. Begin by wiping the residue away with a clean cloth. On surfaces that can be wet-washed, clean with a mixture of warm water and baking soda. Thoroughly dry and sanitize the area as needed.
Knowing this information you will only help yourself and your home from further damages.
We Are #1
You can rely on us to be the best restoration company you ever deal with.
When you simply google "fire damage restoration", "water damage", "commercial restoration" lots of information pops up and it seems overwhelming, especially if you have never been placed in a situation like this before. It can be an absolute nightmare if you don't deal with professionals and you should always do your due diligence check first. With SERVPRO of Ojai/Montecito, you'll never have to worry about what other restoration companies are doing, as a franchise, we are held to an industry standard that holds true for the entire company and we pride ourselves in being #1 not only in the nation but in the Los Angeles County. All of our technicians are IICRC certified and have continuous training, our office staff is available to you 24/7 and we are known to get you back into your property as timely as possible. If you ever suffer fire damage you should always call SERVPRO.
Emergency Readiness Profile
Why you should take advantage of an ERP.
Emergency Readiness Program, ERP for short, allows SERVPRO to help commercial properties to be ready in case of a water or fire emergency. An ERP allows you to minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action, SERVPRO of Ojai/Montecito will team up with property managers to show them all the basic steps. How to turn off electrical panels, main water, gas, etc. to stop any more damage from happening. It's at no cost of your company, as well as a concise profile document, and a guide to help get back into your building after a disaster. This approach is a great investment of your time and is designed specifically with the customer in mind. If you or someone you know would love to have an ERP done don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ojai/Montecito today!
What Type of Mold Can Grown in My Home?
Mold can be hidden ANYWHERE.
There are many different types that may grow in a house. If you have found mold in your home or smell an odor that leads you to suspect the presence of microbial growth, you should contact SERVPRO who will provide testing, clean-up, and restoration services.
• Aspergillus is a common genus of mold found on food such as bread or potatoes and in HVAC systems. This type of mold is highly aerobic and depends on the presence of oxygen in order to thrive.
• Cladosporium is black or green mold growth that often forms on air ducts, toilets, or painted surfaces in high humidity or when excessive moisture is present.
• Black mold is a type of mold that is known to cause problems for residents in homes with substantial growths. The scientific name for black mold is stachybotrys chartarum. This type of mold should be identified and handled only by mold experts.
• White mold tends to be in the early stages of growth. A reputable service should be able to prevent this type of mold from continuing to grow into mature colonies. White or light gray molds on plants are mildew – a related type of fungus.
These are just a few of the major types of mold growth that you may see in a home in the wake of water damage. You should always rely on a professional to come out and take a look at your home after a water loss.
Be Aware of the Dangers of Candles
While attractive, candles are extremely dangerous in the home.
Candles can absolutely bring a calming sense and make your home smell lovely. However they are one of the top causes of home fires and they could be so easily prevented. Here are some easy tips to keep your home safe:
- Blow out candles before leaving a room or going to bed
- Keep candles one foot (30 centimeters) away from anything that can burn
- Use a sturdy candle holder, that will not tip over easily
- Put candle holders and a sturdy and uncluttered surface
- Do not let the candle burn all the way to the bottom
- You should not light a candle if oxygen is used in the home
- During a power outage, use a flashlight or battery-operated lighting instead of a candle
Candles are an open flame which means they can easily ignite. But always remember SERVPRO of Ojai/Montecito is just one call away.
The Thomas Fire
The fire covered Southern California.
In December of 2017 the Thomas Wildfire blazed through Southern California, it burned approximately 281,893 acres before being fully contained on January 12th of 2018. Which makes it the largest wildfire in California history and became the seventh most devastating fire in history. The Santa Ana winds were unusually strong and very persistent which were the largest factor of the fire spreading as quickly as it was.
SERVPROs of different counties were onsite in Ojai immediately with water bottles, dust makes, eye protectors, snacks, etc. for first responders and the community displaced from their homes. Spending the next few months out there we restored multiple homes, hotels, offices, and other places of business.
While Ojai has still be rebuilding since then we have continued our efforts out there and if you or anyone you know is in the Ojai/Montecito area and needs fire restoration please call!
Water Heater Damage
Water heaters are easy to miss, make sure to check on yours every so often.
Everyone has a water heater in their home, it is very common for them to have issues. But you can be rest assured that SERVPRO of Ojai/Montecito has the tools and the staff to get you back into your home quickly. Here are some tips to check in on your water heater!
1. Check your water heater's age. Once your water heater reaches it's life expectancy it is much more susceptible to a leak or burst.
2. Clean out your water heater regularly. This includes removing sediments and flushing the tank regularly every 6 months.
3. Placement matters. Most people store their water heater in the garage because it is "out of sight" which also means it is "out of mind". The biggest mistake made is waiting for your water heater to start showing troubling signs, such as leaking, before people replace or try to fix them.
Always call SERVPRO for any of you water loss needs.
Why SERVPRO of Ojai/Montecito?
Fires blazed through Ojai, we were there to help.
SERVPRO of Ojai/Montecito is the newest franchise under the umbrella of team Alan Reed. Alan and his partners started out with Moorpark, Fillmore, and Santa Paula and then within the last two years have also acquired Encino/Sherman Oaks, Simi Valley, and Studio City/Valley Village.
After the Thomas Fire broke out Alan's team was there for months helping with the community to put all the pieces back together. They worked on both homes and large establishments until every project was completed.
Every single on of our technicians and office staff has IICRC training, which means that even if you call with a question we will be able to help you.
We pride ourselves on being the best restoration team out there and you can always trust SERVPRO of Ojai/Montecito with your home or place of business.