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Does Your Wall Need a Flood Cut?

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Does Your Wall Need a Flood Cut? Flood cut after flooding

Storm flooding can be a serious concern for homeowners in North San Diego County. Once rising water works its way into your home, it can be very hard to eliminate the problems it causes:

  • Structural damage
  • Mold growth
  • Bacterial or chemical contamination

Your walls are quite susceptible to water damage, especially if they’re insulated. The best way to prevent damage from spreading is to make a flood cut in any wall that’s been exposed to water.

What Is a Flood Cut?

When drywall gets wet, the water seeps in and spreads from the point of contact, weakening the material. To make sure all the damage is removed, a clean, horizontal cut (called a flood cut) is made across the wall, 12 inches above the area that was exposed. After this cut is made, a contractor can tear out and dispose of the soggy drywall material from the flooding. Just as important, the area behind it can now be inspected, cleaned and dried before a new section is put into place. Any moist insulation must also be replaced to prevent mold from growing and because it will no longer act as an insulator.

When Is It Needed?

A cut may not be needed if the floodwater is clean and there’s no insulation or other absorbent material behind the drywall. In that case, professional methods can be used to dry the wall’s interior without completely removing it. In a bad storm, flood waters can carry sewage and other hazardous chemical and biological waste. If these seep into your home, they’ll contaminate your living space, making it very unhealthy. Cutting and replacing compromised wall material is the only way to be certain that all the damage is repaired.

After flooding from a major weather event, you should have any damage repaired by an experienced storm damage restoration service. We can determine whether flood cuts are required to return your home to a safe and healthy living environment.

Workplace Burns: First Aid Steps

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

First Aid Steps

If your employees face minor burns at your Fallbrook, CA business, you’ll need to follow proper burn first aid steps to help preserve the victim’s health and well-being. There are four steps to help soothe, treat and protect minor burns after a commercial fire causes fire damage and injuries.

1. Remove Tight Items

A burn victim should carefully remove watches, rings and other jewelry. That way, he or she is not at risk of further injury if the burn swells and makes such items stick.

2. Soothe the Burn

It is important to cool and soothe the burn as soon as possible. Run the damaged skin under cool water or use a wet compress, making sure that the temperature is not extremely cold. Once the burning pain is under control, apply a soothing moisturizer such as aloe vera to provide further first aid relief.

3. Clean and Bandage

If a blister is found and it has broken, clean the affected area and apply an antibiotic as soon as possible. Next, cover the burn with sterile gauze to keep it protected from the elements and moisture.

4. Alleviate Continuing Pain

Fire damage can disrupt normal thinking, but you need to care for burn victims before handling any building-related issues. If a victim is still suffering after following the three steps above, find an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen to aid in easing the pain.

Know When To Get Help

In the aftermath of a commercial fire, it can be hard to remember where to turn for professional assistance. Seek emergency aid by calling 911 if a burn victim seems to have an issue that first aid alone cannot fix. For matters related to your property, SERVPRO of Fallbrook/South Oceanside is ready to assist you. In either case, use your best judgment to decide whether or not a situation can be handled by you alone.

Understanding Mold and How It Spreads

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Understanding Mold and How It Spreads Mold damage on wall in South Oceanside,CA

When you’re faced with the possibility of black mold at your South Oceanside, CA commercial property, your immediate reaction is presumably to stress out. While there’s reason to be vigilant when it comes to mold cleanup, there’s less reason to be stressed if you understand what you’re dealing with from the beginning. So, what is mold and how does it spread throughout a property? Here are some introductory facts regarding the growth of mold and its typical survival through means of a moisture problem.

Mold is a Fungal Species That Thrives on Heat and Moisture

There are a variety of different strains of mold, each coming in colors like green and black that are sometimes considered to be an indication of  toxicity. Nevertheless, experts have mixed opinions on the extent of toxicity levels among different mold growths. The important thing to focus on as a business owner is that black mold blossoms when it’s in a warm, humid environment that has plenty of access to moisture and a dark hiding place that sees little daylight. These factors joined together create perfect breeding grounds for it to flourish, making these conditions a sign of significant problem areas in your building.

How To Stop Mold From Spreading

The first step to take is to call in a trained team of professional mold remediation specialists to handle the mold removal. This ensures its rightful elimination on site and it can give you peace of mind as a property owner. Meanwhile, you can do your part by seeking out any moisture problem areas that can lead to mold growth. Secure proper ventilation in rooms of high humidity such as kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms. Search for cracks or leaks in basement or cellar walls and floors. Inspect your doors and window frames for leaks due to faulty sealant.

Whatever measures need to be taken regarding your black mold problem, address them now so they don’t become more of an issue later. This can guarantee that your South Oceanside,CA, commercial property is a safe, healthy environment for anyone who enters in the future.

3 Times Fires Aren’t Covered by Insurance

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

If you have experienced a home fire in your Bonsall,CA, home or want to be prepared if one should ever occur, you may be wondering if there are fires that are never covered by insurance. As a matter of fact, there are three types of fires that are not going to be covered by an insurance company to compensate for damage. Read on to learn what these types are.

1. Insurance Fraud

If you attempt to make a claim on a fire that was set deliberately to get insurance money for the incident, your insurance company will not cover it. An adjuster will thoroughly inspect your property for any suspicious evidence.

2. Arson

Insurance fraud as mentioned above is one kind of arson. A home fire that is purposely set either for a specific reason or due to a homeowner’s fascination with flames would fit this description. An insurance company will immediately deny coverage if anything the adjuster finds indicates foul play. Always take the high road and do not set a fire for unethical reasons.

3. Vacant Home

A vacant home fire will not be covered by your homeowners insurance. Generally speaking, if an insurance provider can prove that your home was vacant at the time of the fire and for 30 days prior to the occurrence, your claim will be denied.

A home fire cannot always be avoided; accidents happen. If your fire was completely unintentional and your home was occupied when it occurred, your claim should meet your policy’s coverage terms. It is still a good idea to check your policy documents and call your home insurance agent to make sure that you understand what types of coverage you have and what types you do not. He or she will also be able to explain the claims process and set you up for better success when seeking financial help for your loss.

What To Expect From Your Commercial Generator

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What To Expect From Your Commercial Generator Commercial generator in Fallbrook,CA

When you are trying to choose a generator for your commercial property in Fallbrook,CA, there are a few key factors to consider. How many hours should it run? What kind of fuel should it use? Do you need it to keep running overnight? The answers to these questions can help guide you to the machine that best meets your needs.

1. How long can it run?

Many generator problems manifest in the limited amount of time they can run. Ideally, the one you choose will run as long as there is a power supply to keep it going. If you have a continuous power source, you don't have to worry about this as much. If, however, the tank has to be refilled periodically, it is a good idea to conserve energy by only running the generator when absolutely necessary. This is especially true during an extended outage.

2. How is it fueled?

The fuel used to power the standby can affect not only the number of hours it can run continuously but also its reliability. Many commercial machines are powered by natural gas supplied by the local utility company through gas lines, so they can run without interruption. If there is a diesel or propane tank attached, however, you must depend on the reliability of your service providers to make sure they can refuel regularly. While more expensive, diesel models tend to be the most reliable.

3. How often do you need it?

An engine with 3600 RPM is less expensive, but it must be turned off periodically so that it doesn't overheat. If you live in a temperate climate and your building does not need power when no one is there, this may be an acceptable option. If, however, you are concerned that going without power all night could cause pipes to freeze and cost you more in water remediation repairs, go with the 1800 RPM engine.

Choosing a generator is a matter of deciding what you need. By answering these three questions, you can find the machine that meets your expectations.

How to Fix or Replace a Leaky Toilet

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Fix or Replace a Leaky Toilet If you need to fix or replace a leaky toilet you might have to hire a licensed professional in South Oceanside, CA

A leaking toilet can be a nuisance, but unlike many plumbing problems, toilets are both accessible and easily maintained by even the most novice DIY-er. Follow the three simple steps below to get to the bottom of your flushing woes.

1. Locating the Source of the Leak

An old toilet can cause problems, but that doesn't mean that it needs to be replaced. Most toilet leaks stem from either a faulty flange or loose connections. If you can hear water continuously running, the flange is likely the culprit and can be easily replaced. If the leak is relatively quiet, then you may have a loose water line connection or the toilet’s floor bolts need to be snugged up.

2. Removing the Toilet and Replacing the Gasket

If neither the flange nor the connections are the issue, you may have a gasket problem causing your leaking toilet. To replace the gasket, you can remove the toilet. Turn off the water supply and flush the water. Once dry, you can loosen the floor bolts and remove the toilet, exposing the gasket. Set the new gasket in place and reconnect the toilet to test the seal.

3. Replacing the Toilet

If replacing the wax gasket did not resolve the issue, then it may be time to replace the toilet. You can replace it by following the same process for removing the toilet, but this time you will install the new toilet in its place. Snug up all the bolts and connections and test the new toilet.

4. Calling in the Cavalry

If you are still experiencing leaks, then you may require either plumbing or toilet repair. As this job has many variables, it may be beneficial to hire a licensed professional in South Oceanside, CA to assess and inspect the system.

Could a Water Leak Be Costing You Thousands: Six Common Leaks That Can Lead to Big Costs

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Could a Water Leak Be Costing You Thousands: Six Common Leaks That Can Lead to Big Costs Leaky faucets can cause you a problem in Bonsall, CA

While water damage is a concern of any water leak, the cost associated with a consistent leak can be more expensive than the repair itself; therefore, it is vital to inspect the six areas below before they become significant issues.

1. Leaky Faucets

Even though that leaky faucet in the break room may not be bothering anybody, that small drip can be causing the loss of up to 20 gallons per day. If you have a leaky faucet, you may be able to fix it by just replacing the washer.

2. Faulty Disposals

Another typical leak occurs in the lunchroom kitchen under the sink. The garbage disposal may have worn gaskets that are leading to several small leaks or drips. You may find it difficult to tell if your disposal is leaking because most often the leak is on the inside.

3. Toilets

If only one restroom has one leaky toilet, you can be wasting up to 73,000 gallons per year, and this converts to a loss of hundreds if not thousands of dollars, depending on the severity of the water leak. Again, replacing flanges and gaskets may be all that is required to fix this problem.

4. Water Heaters

As one appliance that is typically ignored on a daily basis, a water heater could potentially leak for months without being noticed. A water heater leak can lead to the growth of mildew as well as damaged floors and walls.

5. Outside spigots

Another potential leaking hazard that is easy to forget about are exterior spigots. Like faucets, a leaky spigot can lead to extensive water loss, but even worse, it can lead to foundational issues.

6. A Pipe Break

While all the other common sources of leaks are easily inspected, a pipe break will most likely need to be investigated by a plumbing specialist in Bonsall,CA. A good idea is to have annual inspections and sewer cleanings to lower the risk of any extensive damage.

While a water leak can lead to extensive damage, it may be one of the easiest disasters to prevent. Routine inspections and quick action may end up saving your company thousands.

Driving Through Deep Water Is a Risky Proposition.

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Driving Through Deep Water Is a Risky Proposition. Driving through deep water in Fallbrook, CA

The question of whether to drive over a badly flooded street does not arise often. Doing this would put you, your passengers and your vehicle at risk.

Accepting this risk assumes that:

  • The water is not too deep.
  • The water is not hiding a sinkhole or a washout.
  • There is no submerged debris that could cause tire damage.
  • Your vehicle won’t lose traction and float away.

Before you drive on a flooded street in Fallbrook,CA , you should make sure that you are ready with answers to a few important questions. More information about driving under hazardous conditions can be found in the travel tips section of many websites.

1. Am I Prepared to Walk out of This If Necessary?
It is one thing to answer this question for yourself. It is a completely different matter to answer this question for your passengers, especially small children. The flooded roads and submerged hazards pose a greater risk on foot than they did in the vehicle. The water is likely to be teeming with bacteria. Add live electrical wires, water snakes and alligators and it becomes a dismal situation.

2. Am I Prepared to Damage My Vehicle by Driving Through a Flood?
The likelihood of vehicle damage has a lot to do with ground clearance. Typical passenger vehicles have less than 10 inches of clearance. Expensive problems begin to occur once the water reaches the exhaust.

3. Do I Really Need to Make This Trip?
This is probably the most important question. If you are meeting a friend for coffee, the answer is probably no. If you are taking someone to the hospital emergency room, the answer is probably yes. Answer honestly.

Street Flooding Leads to Home Flooding
A flooded street is often a symptom of a bigger problem. If your home has flooded, consider bringing in a local flood cleanup specialist who can quickly return your life to normal. You will be the envy of all your neighbors.

Assess Mold Damage in 4 Steps

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Assess Mold Damage in 4 Steps Mold damage in a South Oceanside, CA home

Mold can multiply rapidly when moisture is present in a residence. These four mold assessment steps will lead you from detection to identification, resolution, and remediation of a mold or mildew problem in your home. You can begin to inspect readily accessible areas, but you should never attempt to find hidden mold. For the best results, you should hire a certified specialist or hygienist.

1. Determine Whether Mold is Present

The first step to assessing mold damage is to determine whether mold is growing in a home. If you do not see any visible mold, contact a certified specialist to continue the search. Never attempt to cut holes in walls, floors, or other structural surfaces, or peel wallpaper to check for mold on your own. In doing so, you may expose yourself and other residents or help these spores spread throughout your home.

2. Identify the Type and Extent of Growth

A mold expert or hygienist can locate mold and perform tests to identify the particular type of mold in your home. Keep in mind that black mold is not always black in color. Mold assessment is a job best left to trained experts.

3. Address the Source of the Problem

The primary source for mold or mildew growth is the presence of moisture within a structure. You will need to take steps to fix a leak or dehumidify areas prone to dampness to prevent mold spores from starting to multiply.

4. Inspect Damaged Contents

Some contents or items damaged by mold will need to be safely disposed of and replaced. Mold remediation specialists can help you determine which items are capable of being restored.

These four mold assessment steps can guide residents through every step of the process. If you are dealing with mold in your home in South Oceanside,CA , hire a certified specialist or hygienist and remediation experts.

Financial Responsibility in an Apartment Fire

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Whether a small apartment fire or a blazing inferno happens at your rental property in Bonsall, CA, you are worried. First, you are concerned about the safety of your renters. Once you know they have securely evacuated the building another big question begins to loom. What is your financial responsibility towards repairing the fire damage?

Expenses Covered by the Landlord

Although you never expect a fire to occur, prepare ahead of time with the proper insurance coverage. When you renew your commercial property insurance, read through and understand the policy specifics including your deductible. Landlords are typically responsible for the following after an apartment fire:

  • Property insurance covers structures such as walls, floors, ceilings, roofing, insulation and related materials. Electrical, plumbing and similar systems are included in this as well.
  • The landlord must return the apartment to a safe, livable condition before the tenants can reoccupy the space.
  • In a timely manner, the landlord needs to arrange for a fire restoration specialist to begin work on the fire damage.

Expenses Covered by the Renter

Encourage or require your tenants to purchase renter’s insurance to reduce their personal expenditures in the case of a fire. The financial responsibility of the following falls to the renter’s wallet:

  • Personal property such as clothing and furniture are typically covered by renter’s insurance.
  • Temporary housing is also usually covered by renter’s insurance in the scenario that the apartment is not in livable condition during restoration.

Expenses Dependent on Fault

When a fire is due to negligent behavior of the landlord or tenant, the financial obligations may be more complicated to understand. In either case, insurance companies may seek reimbursement from the faulty person’s insurance. Parties may also seek personal compensation in small claims court.

As a landlord in Bonsall, CA, an apartment fire is devastating to both you and your renters. Obtain the proper insurance and understand your financial responsibilities to ease the stress involved in the fire damage restoration process.