Recent Storm Damage Posts

Take Precautions to Storm Damage

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

Violent weather such as storm damage can wreak havoc on buildings and homes. Wind damage can be a hazard to the structure of a building, by loosening the shingles or tiles on the roof. This can cause moisture such as rain to infiltrate into the protective surface of the roof, which will result in the wood swelling and later on disintegration and becoming moldy. This outcome will lead to a sagging ceiling and further problems.

Even though it is still over 90 degrees outside, the winter season is rapidly approaching in SoCal and it will be here before we know it. As a home or business owner we suggest taking the time this season to double check the roof of your home for any prior damage. Taking a few minutes out of your day to check can possibly save you a headache for storm restoration needs later on.

If you experience storm damage to your property, always call SERVPRO of Ojai/Montecito.

Erasing the Damage Caused by Wildfires

10/23/2020 (Permalink)

Southern California is truly a beautiful place to live, however the last few years it has endured some of the most catastrophic fires in history. Every year SERVPRO is readily available in our community helping those who have been affected by the fires in their homes or places of work.

Our crews will enter your home, clean up any soot or smoke damage, clean and sanitize the areas, as well as remediate and restore the property. The side effects from smoke and fire can leave lasting health problems and by using a professional restoration team you minimize those chances. 

If your home or business has sustained damage from a forest fire or wildfire in your area, contact the experts at SERVPRO of Ojai/Montecito for an immediate response. 

Wind Damage in Southern California

10/10/2020 (Permalink)

In Southern California we have seasoned Santa Ana Winds and there are many areas of the United States that have experienced heavy winds and storms this season and the strong powerful winds can cause significant damage to a home.  Wind damage and water damage are the most common results of a heavy storm and it is important to contact a storm damage restoration professional as soon as the storm is over to help limit and repair the damage.  Wind damage can happen to your home directly from the strong wind or indirectly from the wind blowing debris into your house.

Wind damage can be disastrous to your home and if you experience any type of storm damage you should immediately call SERVPRO to come to your property. 

Don't Let Your Pipes Freeze

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Though it is rare for Southern California to get that cold, frozen pipes do happen!

Your body isn’t the only thing that you should be bundling up during the winter, and frozen pipes are more than an inconvenience. Because they affect your home’s water supply, as the water may have difficulty running through the pipes.

Frozen pipes can cause property damage, too.

When temperatures are cold enough, the water inside the pipes will freeze into ice. When water turns into ice, it expands in size. If the water expands enough, then it places pressure on the pipes.

Enough pressure will then cause the pipe to burst, not only damaging the pipe but also spreading water throughout your home and causing water damage.

If you suspect your pipes to be frozen you will need to wrap it with an electric heating pad or a towel and keep the faucet on so you will know when it has thawed.

Knowing the signs of frozen pipes can save you during the winter.

How To Go About A Water Loss

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

If you, unfortunately, suffer from a water loss it’s good to know your resources. 

Two main priorities are calling your insurance company and getting a water restoration company out to you. The longer you wait the more damage you risk in your home, standstill water can lead to microbial growth and that’s another headache you don’t need on top of a water loss. 

And most importantly, even if you think you can handle it and dry out the water yourself, you should always, and no matter what call SERVPRO. We would hate for you to not be able to complete the job and create a bigger problem for your home, and it’s what we are here to do. We want to handle your water loss!

Don't Repair The Storm Damage Alone

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO branded storm graphics Storm damage is our specialty and we don't want you to have to stress about it.

The storm might be over, but the repairs have yet to begin. Storms can cause a lot of damage, and it can be tempting to tackle the damages yourself. If your home has sustained damages from water, hail or high winds, however, you should avoid jumping into DIY repair efforts. While it’s possible to take a home’s storm recovery into your own hands, you should be wary. Storm damage repair can be dangerous. If you’re sustaining water damage, you may not realize degraded floors, walls or outdoor areas. Additionally, tarping roofs, removing debris and recovering from fire damage can be dangerous, if the proper precautions aren’t taken. Not only does SERVPRO of Ojai/Montecito educate homeowners about these dangers, they expertly circumnavigate them during every project. If you’re acquiring emergency services from a quality provider, like SERVPRO, rest assured your home will be restored completely. Water damage can be fully removed, mold remediation can be a complete fix and fire restoration needn’t make your home susceptible to future damages.

Lightning Strike Storm Damage

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning Strike in a dark sky It might be pretty to watch but it's also dangerous!

Although lightning can strike anytime, the chance for lightning increases in the summer months. Stay safe with these basic tips from SERVPRO of Ojai/Montecito:

  • Have a lightning safety plan, and cancel/postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are expected. Lightning can hit trees and split them into the roads or onto cars.
  • If you do get caught outside, avoid high ground, open spaces, and all metal objects including electric wires, fences, etc. Seek shelter in a substantial building or a fully enclosed metal vehicle. 
  • If you are indoors, stay away from doors and windows. Do not use the telephone and consider unplugging computers, power tools, & TV sets. Lightning may strike exterior electric/phone lines, inducing shocks to inside equipment.

It is rare to see lightning in a storm in Southern California but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be prepared for it. 

SERVPRO Has the Resources to Remediate Your Storm Damaged Home

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

Wind Damaged Home It sounds dramatic but the wind can be a serious problem!

The wind in our area can get pretty extreme; damage develops on your roof, in your walls, windows, and many other areas of your home, causing you to fall victim to storm damage that often requires professional attention to repair. Making you look for someone you can trust to assist you through a pretty hectic time.
 
Many companies specialize in providing you with a single service, but what you need is someone who can manage the entire situation and perform everything you need to get things under control. A stress-free experience awaits, protect your Bakersfield area home from storm damage today with full-service solutions from your local restoration company.
 
While many of these businesses exist, only a handful offer the services that you deserve and manage the entire process. SERVPRO gives you access to IICRC technicians those who follow EPA and OSHA guidelines, treat you with respect and keep you informed throughout your restoration.
 
SERVPRO offers these services and more, creating an experience that meets or exceeds your expectations and returns your home to a quality pre-damage condition that you and your family can enjoy for years to come. We even work with your insurance company and assist you with any paperwork associated with your claim process.
 
Do you have damage to your roof? Why call a roofer when you have access to a company that provides you with professional roofing contractors as well as water removal, drying, and cleaning experts to get the entire job done correctly after the first call. We help you avoid spending hours on the phone trying to locate individual companies.
 
SERVPRO can help you become more informed, providing you with prevention and preparation methods to prevent excessive damage to your property. Everything from professional grading to assist with drainage, installation of additional drains, backflow valves, as well as submersible pumps to help during an emergency.
 
When damage does happen on your property, we respond quickly and pay specific attention to each and every area of your home. We have many services available designed to protect the contents of your home and keep valuable personal items out of the loss column.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Ojai/Montecito today for additional information and schedule the services you deserve.

Frozen Pipe Damage

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen Pipe Bursting It's not common but it can happen!

It obviously does not get very cold in Southern California but it is possible for your home to suffer from frozen pipes and damage from frozen pipes. A burst pipe can have a serious and costly affect on your home or business. However, there are things you can do to be prepared for these almost freezing conditions. Any areas of your home or business where pipes are present should be well heated during the winter, or at the very least well insulated.  It’s optimal to keep the temperature well above freezing, not even letting it get below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
If the area is not able to be heated, making sure the area is well insulated is the next best thing to help decrease the chance of a freeze.

When you know temperatures are going to dip below freezing, leaving your faucets dripping can also help prevent pipes from freezing. But what if the pipes have already burst? Know where your main water shutoff valve is.  This is one of the most important things to be aware of to quickly stop the extent of damage being.  Shutting the water off can prevent additional areas of damage from adding to the immediate problem.  Do this assuming it is safe to do so.  Be aware of any electrical devices or open circuits that could cause electrocution.  And if in doubt, always wait for a professional to handle the shutoff.

After all this is said and done and you have suffered water damage from a frozen to burst pipe call SERVPRO of Ojai/Montecito.

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.

The Thomas Fire

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

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!