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Our SERVPRO Promise to You

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Poster - HERO It's our promise to you that you won't be disappointed with us in an already stressful situation.

You would think this questions would be easy but it isn’t. In your city there could be dozens of restoration companies that you could choose from. Your insurance agent will probably recommend some restoration companies to you but you might want to research for yourself. And we are to tell you that SERVPRO of Ojai/Montecito can promise that we are around the clock, reliable, and professional. We have been around for just under a decade and we understand that you might Google names like Service Master or Restoration Management Company but we promise we want to work with you and your insurance agent to get you back to living like normal. You can always check out our Yelp page for more customer testimonials or we are just a call away to explain to us what your issue is, we want to deal with your restoration issues! Our promise is that you won’t be disappointed you chose us as your experts.

Space Heater Safety for Your Home

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Space Heater Safety Diagram It's easy to turn off, the hard part is remembering.

Heating and electrical are some of the top causes for structure fires in the United States, especially in homes. Even though they are great for the cold months approaching they can pose a serious threat. Space heaters should be setup at least a few feet away from furniture or other combustible items. You should check the equipment regularly and it is a good idea to make sure the appliance is turned off or even unplugged whenever you leave your home or are not using it. Cleaning your space heater can be done by spraying compressed air throughout the inside and vents to get rid of dust and debris that may accumulate. You may need to remove the front cover to do so.

While many modern space heaters do have a safety shut off feature built in it is still a good idea to turn it off when it will not be monitored.

Home fires can still be unpredictable and if you fall victim to one you should always call SERVPRO of Ojai/Montecito for your immediate remediation needs. 

Are You Prepared For A Storm?

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning over a home clip art If you're not prepared we are here to help after the fact.

There is always potential for flood damage no matter where you live. According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the United States every year than any other weather-related disaster. The American Red Cross offers these flood safety tips:

-Stay away from flood waters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off your feet.

-If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are riding rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.

-Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water. 

If a flood occurs and affects you, call SERVPRO of Ojai/Montecito at. Even minor floods have potential to cause major damage. Let us help you get your life back on top.

Different Categories of Water Damage

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

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

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Be proactive when it comes to water damage and the signs.
  1. Inspect your roof. If your roof begins to deteriorate roof leaks can develop without you even noticing.
  2. 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.
  3. Seal your windows. This is one of the easiest ways to protect your home from water!
  4. 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.
  5. 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

8/11/2019 (Permalink)

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

8/11/2019 (Permalink)

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

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

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?

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

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

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

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.