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Fallbrook / Oceanside Fire Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fallbrook / Oceanside Fire Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Fallbrook / Oceanside home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Fallbrook / South Oceanside will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting.

Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

SERVPRO of Fallbrook / South Oceanside.  We Answer the Phone Ready to Help. Call Today :  760-451-0600

SERVPRO of Fallbrook / South Oceanside provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in the following locations:  Fallbrook, Vista, Bonsall, Rainbow, Oceanside. Proudly servicing all of North San Diego County.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

We are proud to be serving the Fallbrook / South Oceanside CA and San Diego North County areas 24 hours / 7 days a week.  

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (760) 451-0600

SERVPRO of Fallbrook / South Oceanside

3 Ways Storm Flood Cleanup Differs From Plumbing Flood Cleanup

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 3 Ways Storm Flood Cleanup Differs From Plumbing Flood Cleanup Give SERVPRO a call if you experience storm damage.

Flooding can impact your South Oceanside, CA home in a variety of ways. However, the kind of water that enters your home may have an effect on what kind of damage you need to deal with in the aftermath. Storm floods, for example, may need to be handled differently than how you would clean up water from a burst pipe in your kitchen, and knowing how storm flood water differs from other types of flooding can help you clean it up quickly and safely.

3 Ways Storm Flood Cleanup Differs From Plumbing Flood Cleanup

  1. Storm Waters May Contain Sewage

One of the dangers of natural flooding is the contamination level of the water. Flood water that comes from torrential rains may contain feces, urine and chemicals from nearby clogged sewers, making it dangerous to handle. This type of black water should only be removed by a certified storm cleanup and water damage company that has the equipment to drain and dispose of it safely.

  1. Outdoor Floods Often Contain Debris

Dealing with a flood from a burst pipe in your home is typically cleaner than storm flooding, which typically contains mud, sewer sludge and outdoor debris. These substances can be difficult to clean, even with a commercial shop vacuum cleaner. These types of floods usually require the services of a professional water damage cleanup company, which can bring in trash and sump pumps to clear away the debris.

  1. Indoor Floods May Be More Controllable

While indoor floods may cause some damage, they can usually be controlled by turning off your home’s water. This can reduce flood damage and make cleanup simpler. Outdoor flood waters are usually impossible to prevent or control, which means you may be dealing with a more difficult cleanup process once they recede.

Various types of flood waters in South Oceanside, CA can affect your home. However, there is a marked difference between storm flooding and floods that occur due to plumbing issues, and understanding the difference can help make cleanup easier. 

4 Tips for Storm Preparation

4/27/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 4 Tips for Storm Preparation Don't wait until disaster strikes to make a plan to keep your family safe

Some storms may spring up suddenly, but being aware of when storm season in South Oceanside, CA, is approaching can help you prepare your home for its arrival. By following these tips, you can weather the season’s storms better and hopefully stay above the flood water.

1. Stay Alert

You can’t protect your family and yourself against a problem you don’t know is coming. Your community probably has a severe weather warning system in place. Sign up for notifications, and keep an eye on the radar when your area is under a severe storm threat.

2. Update Protection

The moment you are standing in your flooded home is not the time to wonder about whether your flood insurance has expired. Storm restoration can be very expensive. Make sure that you always have adequate coverage for water damage, especially if you live in an area that tends to see significant flooding.

3. Maintain Regularly

There are ways to shield your home from extensive damage from flood water. Consider installing a sump pump in the basement. Make sure your gutters stay clear of debris, particularly during rainy seasons. Make sure valuables are stored in higher places so that are less likely to get wet.

4. Have a Plan

Everyone in the family should know what to do in an emergency. Outline evacuation routes and talk about safety precautions. Pack an emergency bag that you can just grab and go if you need to vacate your flooded building quickly. In this bag, be sure to include copies of valuable documents, such as the deed to your home and contact information for your insurance company and local flood restoration specialists. Know what you need to do before you need to do it.

Weather can be unpredictable, but that doesn’t mean you have to be unprepared. Taking precautions before the flood water starts to rise is key to getting through the storm.

Determine Which Water-Damaged Electronics Can Be Saved

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Business owners in South Oceanside, CA, may depend heavily on computers, security systems and other electronics. They have invested quite a bit in getting them set up and rely on their accuracy and performance. But what happens when a pipe breaks, a faulty sprinkler system is set off, or there is water damage from extinguishing a fire and the owner ends up with a room full of flooded electronics? It can be an expensive process to deal with the mess and repair, to say nothing of the electronic damage that they experience.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has some strict guidelines about what may be salvaged in the event of flooded electronics. Each piece of equipment must be evaluated to determine what may be refurbished and what must be scrapped.

NEMA Guidelines - Dealing With Water Damaged Electronics

1. In many cases, the manufacturer must be consulted.

2. Inspection will determine what needs to be replaced and what can potentially be reconditioned.

Items such as electrical distribution equipment, motor control equipment, adjustable speed drives, and motor control centers are all subject to corrosion and insulation damage and will likely need to be replaced. However, some power equipment, transformers, outlet boxes and fittings, conduits and tubing, wire, cable and arc-fault circuit interrupters, surge-protective devices and cable trays could potentially be rewired and tested for reuse.

Batteries on the other hand, are subject to internal corrosion and rust, may expel harmful corrosive elements and should be destroyed. These are just a few of the items that must be considered and may vary depending on time and saturation of water exposure.

Meeting all of those requirements can be very intimidating. Determining the extent of the damage and what needs to be done about it is a job for professionals who are versed in the NEMA guidelines for flooded electronics. This is not something that a business should decide. A business owner in South Oceanside, CA should call local water damage assessment professionals to make that determination. They will know how to dry out and salvage many of the electronic devices, cutting business losses to a minimum.

Protect Your Business: Learn These 3 Facts About Ceiling Mold

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Protect Your Business: Learn These 3 Facts About Ceiling Mold Black mold is dangerous and it can turn into a major problem for your commercial property.

Protecting your South Oceanside, CA, commercial property is likely a priority for you, no matter your business niche. However, there are some dangers that can develop out of sight and turn into a major problem before you can spot them, such as black mold growth. This fungus and others like it can cause serious damage to multiple building materials, but knowing a few facts about how to find and eliminate them may help you to better defend your building.

1. Humidity Encourages Growth

Moisture and humidity are two of the major causes behind ceiling mold. Once mold spores in the air find this type of environment, they latch on, eat and start to spread. Spores from new growth can then spread to other areas of the ceiling. If your area sees humid summers or plenty of rain, consider installing ceiling fans in each area to keep humidity levels low.

2. Leaks Can Attract Mold

Even a small ceiling leak can attract mold spores. It is wise to monitor each floor of your building, especially the attic, after a downpour or during a few consecutive days of wet weather. If you discover that a roof leak is causing the problem, you can lower the risk of mold growth by using a temporary tarp to keep moisture out until your roofing contractor arrives to make repairs.

3. Stains Can Alert You to Leaks

Black mold and other fungi can grow quickly once your ceiling begins to leak, but it may not always be visible. However, sudden and mysterious stains on your ceiling can alert you to a problem, especially if the mold is growing on the underside of the ceiling material. Connecting with a mold damage and removal company can help you resolve this issue and prevent serious problems with your ceiling.

Your South Oceanside, CA, commercial building can come under attack by black mold and other types of damaging fungi during wet weather. Checking your ceilings for leaks and being aware of how mold forms may help you prevent fungi from getting a foothold on your business.

Saving Important Documents After a Flood

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

Your client calls to report that the basement of his or her business in Fallbrook, CA, has been flooded. The big problem is that the flood saturated many important documents. As distressing as this can be, there is hope. The documentation restoration process used by water damage experts is designed to save important documents, even if they have been damaged by flooding. Here are some techniques that the professionals use to make sure your clients don’t lose valuable data.


SERVPRO uses the same freeze-drying methods employed by the Library of Congress to save wet documents. Many types of documents can be restored this way, including:

  • Invoices and other paper documents
  • Books or manuals
  • Files
  • Photographs
  • Blueprints

Document drying starts with freezing the damaged items. Once frozen, they are placed in a vacuum chamber, removing air. Moisture turns to vapor, and even more, vapor is released as the chamber is slowly warmed.


If the flooding was caused by a storm, it is likely that the document restoration process will include sterilization. Storm water is considered Category 3 water, which can contain harmful bacteria. Gamma irradiation is used to combat this bacteria. Gamma rays can pass through fibers and kill bacteria at the DNA level by breaking up covalent bonds. Because no heat is produced in this process, it is safe for delicate documents.


Another way that SERVPRO can help your client retrieve their damaged documents is with digitization. Converting important data to digital files can help save a lot of storage space. Digital documents can also be stored remotely, freeing them from the dangers of any flooding, fire or damage to the building that may occur in the future.

If your client has a flooding disaster that damages important documents, there is probably no need to panic. When you choose SERVPRO as a preferred vendor, its document restoration team can help your client retrieve the important information needed to run his or her business.

My Water Heater Is Leaking: Now What?

3/17/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage My Water Heater Is Leaking: Now What? Take care of your water heater to eliminate expensive water damage

Out of sight, out of mind: the home water heater is an easy appliance to forget when planning routine maintenance. Water pooling outside of the drain pan is a sign of trouble, and just mopping up the water around a leaking water heater will not solve the problem. Assessing where the water is coming from will determine the best course of action that you need to take to mitigate the risk of a failed water heater and resulting expensive repair.

Consider the Source

There are various reasons why you may have a leaking water heater:

  • The gaskets and valves may have come loose from the water pressure flowing through the system.
  • Pressure from the temperature setting being too high can cause leaks.
  • Debris in the tank is also a common cause of leaking.

Turn the power off to the water heater before trying to manipulate any of the parts on the machine. Turning the unit's water switch on and off can help determine exactly where the leak is coming from.

Determine Where the Water Is Coming From

If the leak is minor and appears to be coming from a particular valve, tightening the valve with a wrench will probably do the trick. If the problem is more serious, such as water spraying from the middle or bottom of the tank, you will likely have some water damage. Call a professional to assess the water damage and ensure the repairs are done safely.

Know When It's Time To Replace the Water Heater

Water heaters do have a finite life cycle. Rust and corrosion are signs that the water heater is near the end of its useful life. A broken water heater needs to be replaced as soon as possible to eliminate the risk of extensive and expensive water damage.

A leaking water heater needs to be addressed quickly. Having the number of a plumber and water restoration expert in South Oceanside, CA, taped to your heater will give you the peace of mind that help is not far away.

Can Mold Go Away on Its Own?

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Can Mold Go Away on Its Own? Water loss airflow quickens the evaporation of water making it difficult for settled spores to grow.

So, you had a moisture problem, smelly mold emerged, and you quickly swung into action removing standing water and drying surfaces. The area is dry, and the mold is gone – or is it? Many people think that once an area is dry and they can’t see mold, it’s gone. The fact is black mold doesn’t ever go away without targeted actions. If you’re wondering whether mold is truly gone from your South Oceanside, CA home, learn more about what it takes to eradicate mold.

How Mold Grows

Mold is one of those things nearly every homeowner will encounter. That’s because the things needed for it to grow are so pervasive. All this fungus needs to grow are:

  • Oxygen
  • Moisture
  • Warmth
  • Food

The latter can be as simple as paper, drywall, wood or other organic matter. Eliminating mold is as simple as drying the area out, right? Not quite.

Dried-Out Mold Becomes Inactive

It’s true that drying a moldy area will stop active mold growth because spores need moisture to multiply. But this doesn’t impact the existing mold. So, while mold may not spread, it will continue to exist causing smells and unsightly stains.

Dried-Out Mold Can Become Active

Worse yet, if any sort of water makes it to the remaining fungus, can reactivate a patch of black mold. That means it can start producing spores again and new mold can appear.

Dried-Out Mold Needs to Be Removed

The fact is, whether dried or not, mold needs to be removed to prevent reactivation and new growth. To actually remove the fungus, you must clean nonporous surfaces that were contaminated and throw away porous materials.
Cutting out moisture is step one in eradicating black mold, but it’s not the end of the process. Work with a residential mold cleanup specialist to create a plan to truly eliminate mold and take your home bag from this bothersome fungus.

How Can SERVPRO Prevent a Catastrophic Property Loss After a Water Event?

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How Can SERVPRO Prevent a Catastrophic Property Loss After a Water Event? Your dedicated SERVPRO professionals will reply to a water emergency call within the hour.

How Can SERVPRO Prevent A Catastrophic Property Loss After A Water Event?

When a home sustains water damage, it’s imperative to begin the evaluation and repair process as soon as possible to limit the potential for catastrophic property loss. With 24-hour availability and over 1,700 locations in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is the premier emergency restoration franchise that can contain the devastating effects of water infiltration and minimize the overall cleanup cost. By keeping some basic water damage facts in mind, you’ll be reaching out to your local SERVPRO office in Fallbrook, CA the next time you’re tasked with handling a flooding emergency.

1. Water will begin to destroy property within minutes.

When water makes contact with furniture, carpet, flooring, and personal possessions, it’s absorbed immediately. This can cause floorboards to bend and warp, furniture finishing to bleed onto carpets, and treasured heirlooms to form mold spores. Your dedicated SERVPRO professional will reply to a water emergency call within the hour. This fast response time can save a home from extensive flooding damage.

2. Water damage causes a musty odor to develop quickly.

It takes less than a day after a catastrophic water event for an entire home to develop a stale, unpleasant smell due to water absorption. With 24-hour service available 365 days a year, your local SERVPRO franchise is always open to eliminate mildew odors by restoring affected materials such as drywall and wooden surfaces.

3. Waiting to address water damage will cost you.

After about a week, a home affected by a catastrophic water event begins to deteriorate dramatically. Internal support systems such as floor beams can start to rot and become structurally unsound, and mold growth will likely accelerate rapidly. The restoration process for these serious issues can be exorbitantly expensive. That’s why calling a dedicated SERVPRO professional to assess damage at the first sign of flooding is so important.

While a major water event inside a home can be a source of stress and anxiety for everyone involved, contacting a local SERVPRO professional to assess the damage within a 24-hour time frame can typically reduce overall restoration cost and prevent a catastrophic loss of property.

The First 4 Things To Do After a Flood Strikes

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The First 4 Things To Do After a Flood Strikes SERVPRO of Fallbrook/South Oceanside provides storm damage restoration.

When A Flood Strikes Your Business

Storm damage is likely a reality for your business in Fallbrook,CA. When your workplace is struck by a flood, it’s important to have a plan for content cleaning. Nobody wants to think about damage and the potential for devastation, but thinking ahead could alleviate some of the destruction caused by water.

1. Remember That Employee Safety Is Key

It’s crucial to make sure your workplace is safe to enter following a storm. If any electrical boxes were impacted by water, you need to have an inspector make sure the building is free from danger. Also, be mindful that wet floors could cause workers to slip and fall.

2. Start Removing Excess Water

When it is safe to enter your business, start dealing with water by mopping it up. Inspect your things to see what can be restored. It’s much cheaper if you can do content cleaning on items rather than replacing them.

3. Deal With Wet Furniture and Accessories

After removing items from tables, start wiping the excess water away. Take cushions off couches and chairs; prop them up against a wall for faster drying. Remove photos or art from walls, and store them in a dry place.

4. Know What To Save and What To Discard

Certain items in your office may be able to be saved after being touched by storm waters. Non-porous materials like stainless steel are constructed to withstand water and have the best chance of survival. Porous objects like terry cloth towels may have to be discarded. These items allow water to pass through them freely and are more susceptible to damage.

Acting quickly following a storm gives you the best opportunity to save many of your office items. If you’re overwhelmed by the amount of work created by water damage, you could seek professional help for content cleaning. You’ll definitely need help if your business is ever impacted by black water. Find a company that provides storm damage restoration before a storm hits. That way, you’ll have a company to turn to if severe weather wreaks havoc on your office.