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Getting back in business after a water damage

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Salvaging documents & files What can be salvaged after your business experiences a loss event

What Items Can Be Saved After a Flood?

There is a lot of work to be done after your business is flooded such as mitigating further damage and helping recover your building from any harm. One of the most pressing concerns that you may have in the aftermath of a flood is how to salvage your business’s valuable belongings. While some items can be recovered through content cleaning, others may no longer be salvageable. However, there are some common belongings that can typically be saved after your Fallbrook, CA, property is flooded.

1. Wood Furniture

Most types of solid wood furniture can be restored after water damage. To properly salvage furniture that is made from wood, be sure to thoroughly dry each damaged item. Turn on a fan to improve air circulation in the building and run a dehumidifier to allow furniture to dry more quickly. This can help to protect your furniture from further harm until restoration professionals arrive.

2. Electronics

Your business may house many computers and other devices that allow your operation to run efficiently. While many of these electronics may not be able to be fully salvaged after a flood, certain devices can still be saved. If your electronics have sustained minor damage, call a professional who can perform a thorough content cleaning. However, computers or other devices that are submerged in black water should be discarded immediately.

3. Documents

In addition to electronics, your business contains many important documents that should be recovered under any circumstances. To provide your paper documents with enough time to dry completely, separate each document into individual pages. This ensures that each page can air dry properly and helps to prevent mold from growing.
Deciding which belongings to save after a flood can be stressful; however, with the help of storm damage restoration services, all of your salvageable items can be restored through an extensive content cleaning process.

We're Ready to Help With Fire Damage Restoration When You Need Us l SERVPRO® of Fallbrook/South Oceanside

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

< img src =”firehome.jpg” alt = "firefighter with water hose trying to put out large flames engulfing brick home > If you have fire damage due to a heating malfunction or other issue, count on SERVPRO of Fallbrook/South Oceanside to fully restore your home.

Did you know that house fires are more common during the winter months? They can indeed happen at any time, but winter presents a few unique hazards for homeowners.

So, which fire dangers are unique to the winter? They include everything from toppled space heaters to accidents involving kids and candles.

Fires involving Christmas trees are unique to the holidays. But malfunctioning furnaces and mishaps with the kitchen stove are common holiday house fire culprits, too.

We’re Just a Phone Call Away

While no one likes to think about what happens after a house fire, that situation will become a reality for millions of American homeowners over the next year. If you become one of them, we want to help you restore your home to its original condition.

Here’s why we are a trusted partner for fire damage remediation and restoration in Fallbrook and South Oceanside:

We want to restore things—not merely replace them. Our team works with you to remediate the damage in a logical, economical way. That helps you save money on insurance and repairs and makes the restoration process as easy as possible for your family. We’ll make it like it never happened at all.

We can help with the whole process. Fires can cause various types of damage. That includes water damage from putting out the fire and smoke damage from the fire. Upholstery on your furniture and expensive fabrics (like curtains) can suffer damage, too. We have the skills and equipment needed to remediate these issues and more.

We are part of your community. SERVPRO is a national company. But our business is locally owned. That means our teams have access to resources, equipment and techniques available to a large national company. And we can bring all those advantages to our work here in Fallbrook and South Oceanside.

We’re here 247. Fires don’t always happen during regular working hours. Beginning the restoration process as soon as you can is a vital step in restoring your home. We know that timing matters during an emergency, so our team is available at any time when you need help.

If you have fire damage in your home due to a kitchen, heating or other fire, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Our team is always ready to meet your needs and help you restore your home. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

How to Lessen the Damage Caused by a Burst Pipe | SERVPRO® of Fallbrook/South Oceanside

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking out of a gray pipe showing signs of erosion If you have water damage due to a burst pipe or another cause, contact us right away. SERVPRO of Fallbrook/South Oceanside is available 24/7.

While there is no favorable type of water damage to happen to your home, one of the worst types you can experience is a burst pipe. Damages from burst pipes can happen quickly and impact entire rooms at once, but if you know what to do, you can significantly reduce the damage that is caused.

Though we all hope water damage will not happen to us, many people underestimate how frequently water damage occurs. Around one in 50 homes will be impacted by water damage annually, but those who have a plan tend to experience less severe damage overall.

Creating a Plan to Prepare for a Burst Pipe

Shut off your water main. When a pipe bursts, there will generally be water gushing into the impacted area until the water main is turned off. Knowing where your water main is and how to do this is important so you can stop the water from flowing in right away.

Shut off your electricity. If you can safely get to your breaker box, cutting off the power to your home is wise until the water can be cleaned up. This will prevent the chances of water creating a shock or fire risk after coming into contact with an electrical appliance.

Contact your restoration company. Taking care of water damage quickly is the best way to prevent further issues from arising, which is why we recommend choosing a restoration company you can get in touch with at any hour to report your damages.

Take a record of the damages. Recording what has been damaged throughout your home is helpful for you, and will come in handy if you are able to file an insurance claim, too. Pictures, videos and lists can help make sure that nothing falls through the cracks as you begin to recover.

Contact your insurance company. Every insurance policy is different, but it is always best to get in touch with yours so you can determine if and how you can file a claim. They will be able to tell you exactly what steps to take to maximize the amount you can get for recovery.

Open windows and doors if possible. As you wait for your restoration company, increasing airflow and speeding evaporation can help the drying time of the impacted room. Just make sure that the weather outside is okay and it is safe to get to your windows and doors.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Protect Your Business & Employees

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

Your fire sprinkler system is just one component of an important fire protection plan. With this in mind, it's crucial that you understand how to be sure your fire sprinkler system is operational.

The fire sprinkler system in your commercial building is a vital component of your fire safety system. If you haven't spent much time lately worrying about fires, it's time to take a minute or two recognizing how prevalent fires can be:

  1. There's at least a 20 percent chance that you'll be affected by a serious fire at least once in your lifetime.
  2. During one year, about 3,615 people a day will be injured in a fire, and nearly ten people will die because of a fire – just in the United States.
  3. Nearly a quarter of a billion dollars are lost because of fires in a single year.

When flames break out in your business, you aren't just responsible for your own safety but also for the safety of your employees and customers.

Why Hire a Professional

With this in mind, it's crucial that you understand how to be sure your fire sprinkler system is operational. For most systems, the sprinklers are attached to a series of pipes on the ceilings or walls. Depending on the specifics of your system, there may be water in the pipes at all times or the pipes may be hooked to the water main. This and the delicacy of the system make it difficult to conduct your own inspections and testing. Because of this, it's generally best to contact a fire suppression system professional to provide maintenance.

The Importance of Regular Checkups 

Without timely repairs, the system may activate when there isn't a fire, or it won't activate when it should. If the system does spray water into your building, fire sprinkler cleanup and water damage technicians can address the water damage. However, it's difficult to trip a fire system accidentally, so with routine checkups, you shouldn't need this service. On the other hand, if the system doesn't activate when you need it to, the fire damage and associated risks could be significant.

Protect Your Business and Your People

Your fire sprinkler system is just one component of an important fire protection plan. For the safety of your Fallbrook, CA, business, building, your customers, and your staff, the system must be regularly maintained, tested, and repaired.

What do do after a storm

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

Storms can create a number of potential damages Storms can create a number of potential damages

The Aftermath of a Storm

A storm is a violent disturbance of the atmosphere with strong winds that are accompanied usually by thunder, rain, lightning, and snow. Instances of storms are on the rise, the latest being the IRMA hurricane that hit the eastern Caribbean coast. Hurricanes bring with them such issues like hurricane damage, ice damming, river flooding, tornadoes, snowstorms, flooding, and ice damage. Storm damages on properties and buildings can be as a result of flash floods, roof leaks, structure damages, and roof damage.

Forms of damages that accompany storms

  • Wind damage
  • Hurricane damage
  • Water damage
  • Ice dams
  • Ice damages
  • Roof damage

The process to restore your home after wind damage or flooding requires one to use the services of a restoration company that will ensure that the home restoration process is done professionally.

The following are the steps of storm remediation.

i. Emergency contact: In a storm restoration, the first step you should take is to ensure emergency contact to your local restoration company. Emergency contact should be made as soon as the storm subsides to initiate the process of restoration. Restoration companies provide their services on a 24/7 basis making it possible for you to get in touch with them at any time of the day. Among the information that you should relay to the restoration company includes the level of roof damage that could be determined by the presence of a roof leak. Roof leaks and ice dams call for a roof repair. You should also inform them of the level of floodwater and the amount of groundwater.

ii. Prioritize your health and safety first: Flooding disrupts power sources, which may cause electrocution to individuals. Immediately the restoration personnel is on the site, they should begin the process of storm remediation. The process depends on the levels of river flooding, wind damage, hail damage, levels of floodwater, and ice damage. Flood pumps can be used to get rid of floodwater and groundwater that has the risk of damaging your property. Blocking of broken water pipes and fixing frozen pipes is necessary for limiting water inflow. Inspecting the roof for roof leaks is also important since water damages may occur due to ice damming that provides natural water blockage.

iii. Documentation is necessary for a storm restoration process as it captures the extent of such issues as water damage, roof damage, hail damage, ice damage, and hurricane damage. Documented information on storm damage helps victims in filling their insurance claim forms. You should document the damages as soon as you are safe and the storm is over. Documentation of damages due to ice damage, hail damage, hurricane damages, and wind damages can be done through photographs and recorded videos.

iv. You should contact your insurance company agent: Contacting your insurance agent ensures that there is a formal inspection and documentation of damages. Insurance policies should cover all the costs of storm remediation. Such costs associated with storm damages include the cost of water restoration, home restoration, and storm restoration.

v. Seek Federal Disaster Assistance: When storms such as IRMA strike, they cause destruction and huge losses to businesses. The federal government assists victims of hurricane damage, wind damage, hail damage, river flooding, ice damming, and ice dams. Groundwater and flood water can also be very destructive. The federal government will come to your rescue by facilitating such remedies like roof repair, heating of frozen pipes, home restoration, water restoration, storm restoration, and purchase of flood pumps to combat flooding. Roof repair will fix minor roof leaks if they exist but a new roof may be needed if the damage is severe.

vi. Management of damages: This process involves addressing the various damages suffered such as roof damage, water damage, wind damage, hail damage, and hurricane damage that come in the form of storm damage. Heating up frozen pipes after ice damming and purchasing of flood pumps should be a priority. This stage is where elaborate home restoration steps are taken. Hail damage and ice damage are responsible for roof damage and you will need to carry out roof repairs. Ice damming leads to ice dams and frozen pipes that need heat up to restore the water supply. Ensure that during a water restoration process, you use dehumidifiers and flood pumps to eliminate groundwater and floodwater.

The success of home restoration will depend on the storm remediation steps taken to facilitate water restoration. You can avoid losses due to river flooding through compliance with early warning systems.

Protecting your pets in a fire event

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Image of dogs running outside Here's how to keep your furry friend safe during a fire.

In a fire emergency, how would you attend to your beloved pets? Do you know how to help them escape the threat of growing flames? Those sparks can quickly turn to a larger blaze, threatening their safety. In order to help out your four-legged friends (and other critters), you should prepare ahead of time, creating a plan and escape route. As a pet owner in Fallbrook, CA take time now to care for your animals' protection.

Plan Ahead

As you sit with your family members to discuss emergency procedures, talk about pet preparation. Here are a few suggestions to present:

Keep animals, their beds, and cages, near the exits.
Place a window cling with pet information on a window near the front of the house. Firefighters could use the information to help rescue animals left on the premises. Provide names, descriptions, and favorite hiding spots.

When practicing fire emergency procedures, have kids attempt to remove the pets. Remind your children, though, that they should never put themselves in harm's way. If they cannot get to the animal in a timely fashion, it's best to vacate and let the professionals look for them.

Store leashes and collars near the door.

Don't let a fire be the first attempt to think of how to assist your pets.

Create Safety Zones

Animals are a leading cause of house fires. After all, they don't understand safety procedures like you do. Therefore, establish some consistency. Stopping flames, essentially, is a major step in pet safety. Avoid using candles in the home. Cats and dogs don't understand that they can cause problems. As they run around or catch a toy, they can knock it over unintentionally. Another item to consider is stove knob protectors. When owners aren't home, larger canines could or wandering felines could turn on the stove. Finally, install gates that maintain safe areas.

Your pets are important to you, so sit down as a family and include them in your fire emergency plans. Organize your home to find them easily, and establish codes that keep everyone protected. You can snuggle with them while the fire restoration company works to repair any damage.

A Look at What Makes Flash Floods Such a Dangerous Consequence of Storms | SERVPRO® of Fallbrook/South Oceanside

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

flooded water running over blacktop road SERVPRO of Fallbrook/South Oceanside is your local storm restoration expert. We will get the job done right, contact us today.

Severe weather events of any sort should always be taken seriously, but when it comes to flash flooding, the extra concern is warranted. In the United States, the second-highest rate of weather-related deaths is due to floods, with flash floods being the most dangerous type of all the possible scenarios.

Flash floods are so dangerous in part because of the element of surprise—they can come about suddenly during or after heavy rainfall, and impact areas that are not the ones traditionally used to flooding. Because of how dangerous flash floods can be, we urge everyone to be aware of their dangers and understand how to take the proper precautions.

What Differentiates a Flash Flood From a Regular Flood?

Sustained periods of rainfall will lead to bodies of water such as lakes and rivers slowly rising with time, but with a flash flood, things happen much more quickly. Less than 6 hours between rainfall and flooding is what officially designates a flash flood, but many events happen in as little as three hours. Storm drains, drainage ditches and any other place where water can collect can create dangerous conditions.

How Will I Know if a Flash Flood Is Possible?

The limited notice that people receive in advance of flash floods is mainly what makes them so dangerous, but you can be better informed by paying attention to your local weather officials’ guidance.

When they issue a flash flood watch, that means it is a possibility and you should think through your evacuation plan. For a flash flood warning, you should execute your evacuation plan or get to high ground. If a flash flood emergency is declared, it is extremely serious and you should act rapidly to get to safety.

What Can I Do to Reduce My Overall Risk From a Flash Flood?

No matter the type of storm or severe weather event, safety is of chief concern—especially when flash floods are possible. Here are a few tips to always keep in mind just in case:

  • Stay tuned in to local weather alerts if there is a chance of a storm or severe weather.
  • Review your evacuation plan regularly with everyone in the household.
  • Never walk or drive across floodwater on the road or on a path.
  • Do not touch floodwater, as it can be significantly contaminated.
  • Always have multiple routes for evacuating in case water blocks your pathway.

If your home or business has been damaged due to a flood or other severe weather, you can depend on us. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damage to your property.

How to address mold in your home

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Dealing with surface mold Here is how you address mold found in your home.

Mold is a common problem that many homeowners in Fallbrook, CA, must deal with at one point or another. In some cases, you may discover that it is growing in multiple locations within your house. If this is happening, then you may be unintentionally spreading mold throughout the building. The following are a few ways in which mold can spread.

1. Water Damage

Black mold needs moisture to grow, so if you are noticing the fungus in many different areas of the house, then it is likely you have multiple instances of water damage. This can be caused by something simple like a leaking pipe or may be the result of a storm. If this is the case, you should have the damage repaired quickly to prevent the mold growth from getting worse.

2. Air Conditioners, Fans and HVAC Systems

Mold grows from spores that are too small to see with the naked eye. This makes it easy for them to travel undetected through the air. If you have a growth in one area, the air circulation in your house might be spreading mold to other places. To prevent this, you should keep your HVAC system, fans and air conditioners turned off until the fungus is removed.

3. DIY Mold Removal

If you have tried to clean up a mold growth on your own, then it is possible you made the problem worse instead. Spreading mold after cleanup is easy to do if you don’t take the right preventative steps. The area should be thoroughly blocked off, and protective gear should be worn over your clothing, so you don’t accidentally carry spores to other areas.

Because mold is very easy to spread, it is a good idea to have a professional perform removal instead of attempting to do it yourself. A mold remediation company will have the necessary training, experience and equipment to get the job done well without spreading the fungus to other locations. They will inspect the home to find all areas of mold before doing cleanup and repairs.

A Restoration-First Mindset That Benefits Our Customers | SERVPRO® of Fallbrook/South Oceanside

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

large red diamond shape sign with Natural Disaster written in large black print Have you sustained property damage and feeling overwhelmed? We are here to help, contact SERVPRO of Fallbrook/South Oceanside.

Sustaining damage in your home is something that will always be frustrating regardless of circumstances, but if you have a disaster that causes damage, emotional and physical recovery can both be taxing. Prioritizing your recovery, both physically and mentally, is such an important thing in helping your family return to a sense of normalcy.

We have helped so many local families recover from damages and disasters, and you can trust that we will be able to help you as well. We focus on restoration instead of liquidation, allowing you to safely keep the items you already own instead of dealing with the time- and money-consuming process of replacing everything.

Restoration Instead of Liquidation for Your Home

We can help you save money on your insurance. Every insurance coverage plan is different, but for many, household damages are covered—but because events like water damage can be costly, claiming them can lead to rate hikes over time. With our restoration-first mindset, we can keep your claim number low so you can save money over time.

We can protect your sentimental items. Evacuating is a must if there is an imminent disaster and authorities have ordered to do so, leaving many people no time to get their favorite items before they go. Sentimental items could never be replaced, which is why we have the equipment to restore things such as family photographs, art and furniture. This means you can safely use these items after the fact and never have to worry about replacing such sentimental objects.

We make sure your home feels like home again. Returning home after you have had to evacuate due to a disaster or its subsequent damage is an emotional experience, and we are here to make it a positive one. We handle every bit of restoration for your home, including painting, refinishing floors and adding those cosmetic touches that make all the difference. When you return to your house, you will recognize it as your home.

If you have damages and are feeling overwhelmed, we are here to help. You can call us as soon as you need to in order to begin the restoration process. Contact us today to learn more.

Considering Disaster Recovery at Your Business | SERVPRO® of Fallbrook/South Oceanside

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

insurance policies binders and pen sitting on black table in large conference room SERVPRO of Fallbrook/South Oceanside is your go-to in case a disaster occurs. Get in touch with us to learn more.

Being able to make strategic plans about the future is something that business owners are well aware of the importance of, but many forget to factor in disaster preparations into these plans. It is impossible to know when a disaster will strike, so knowing how to recover from one at your business is the best way to be sure that you are able to endure it and reopen.

Safety considerations are always the first order of importance to protect yourself and your staff in case a disaster strikes during the workday. Once you have these plans completed, you can begin to think about the steps to recovery so you can reduce the time you must remain closed as much as possible.

Recovery Tips for Businesses After a Disaster

Seek guidance from your insurance company. Every commercial policy varies on what is covered in what scenarios, so it is best to check with your insurance company as quickly as possible after sustaining damage to see if you are able to file a claim. From there, reaching out to your commercial restoration provider is key to ensuring you are getting your damage handled rapidly to prevent secondary issues from arising.

Update your customers on your operations. Depending on the disaster your business is impacted by, you may have to make changes to your operating structure while restoration is occurring. If this is the case, updating your customers is key to getting their support, either in the interim or when you reopen. Whether you are doing gift cards, takeout or limited hours, social media makes it easy to keep your customers in the loop.

Look into disaster loans and financial assistance. If you have to close your doors for restoration after a disaster, lost revenue can be devastating if it is not covered by your insurance. The Small Business Administration has introduced loans to assist with lost revenue as well as recovery costs, so it is wise to see if you qualify and apply for assistance if so.

If your business has been damaged due to a disaster, we’re here to help. Contact us at any hour to report your damage or to learn more about our commercial restoration services.