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Important Checklist to Recover From Storm Damage

7/24/2020 (Permalink)

After a massive storm strikes your South Oceanside, CA commercial building, there’s a lot you need to do to put yourself and your business back on the road to recovery. Besides addressing water damage, you’ll also need to tear out wet materials and take care of various storm restoration tasks. With a checklist, you’re sure to have an easier time getting back on your feet. 

4 Steps to Recover From Storm Damage. 

  1. Extraction of Water 

The first task to take care of is extracting all water from the premises. Not only does flood water make it more than a little difficult to do business, it poses a number of health risks to anyone who might come into contact with it, and that’s especially true when black water is involved. It’s best to have an experienced professional take care of this aspect of recovery so you can better ensure that the job is done right the first time. Once the water is handled, it’s time to tear out all wet materials. 

  1. Taking Care of Wet Materials 

All materials that are soaking wet and simply cannot be fully dried out will more than likely need to be ripped out. This is because mold and mildew can quickly become an issue, even if it looks as though materials have fully dried from the outside.

  1. Drying Out 

Once the salvageable has been sorted from the unsalvageable, it’s time to dry everything out. This might involve using fans and letting items sit out several days to ensure they’re fully dried. 

  1. Structural Restoration

Depending on how much damage was done, you may have to restore certain parts of your building’s structure. Here, you might want to get in touch with your insurance company to see what’s covered so you know whether you’ll have to invest your own money to restore your building to its former state. 

Left unchecked, water damage can lead to financial damage as well. Use these storm restoration tips to help you and your business in case water damage happens.

4 Tips For Dealing With A House Fire

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

Dealing with a house fire Cooking fires account for a majority of residential fires.

Cooking fires account for a large percentage of residential and non-residential fires. Kitchen fires are so common that many children and youth groups offer training on how to react to flames, how to exit safely, and how to use a fir extinguisher. It's important that every South Oceanside, CA, household knows how to respond to a kitchen fire.


Evacuate Your Home


If there's any question of danger, get everyone out of the building as quickly as possible and call the fire department. Don't risk the safety of those you love.


Follow Extinguisher Protocol


When you choose an extinguisher for your home, make sure you have one with a BC or ABC rating. Class A devices hold air-pressurized water, and water should never be used on a grease fire. Make sure you know how to use the extinguisher. The PASS (Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Spray) method is easily found with a quick online search.


Reduce Oxygen to the Fire


If flames are coming from the oven, safely close the door and turn off the oven. A tight seal should prevent oxygen from getting to the flames, allowing the fire to burn itself out. Do not open the door again. When flames are coming from a pan on the stove, carefully put a lid over the pan to seal out air.


Don't Use Water


Most fires in the kitchen are grease fires. Throwing water on a grease fire spreads flaming oil throughout your kitchen. In addition to the risk to anyone in the room, this increases the reach of fire damage and makes fire cleanup more difficult. Instead, turn off the source of heat if you can do so safely,) use a fir extinguisher, or dump a lot of baking soda on it. Many households keep a #10 can of baking soda near the range just for this type of emergency.

Before your South Oceanside,CA, family and home are affected by fire, invest in the right type of fir extinguisher. When the flames are gone, fire damage cleanup professionals can help put your home back in order.

About SERVPRO of Fallbrook & South Oceanside

SERVPRO of Fallbrook & South Oceanside specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (760) 451-0600.

3 Steps for Getting FEMA Assistance

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

FEMA Assistance 3 Steps for Getting FEMA Assistance

3 Steps for Getting FEMA Assistance

When tornadoes and other natural disasters bring flooding into your home, it's important to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance, even if you have insurance, and if you aren't sure you will qualify for help. As you move through disaster assistance recovery processes, keep a few things in mind.

Insurance and FEMA won't provide double coverage for any damages.
The federal agency may cover grants for rent, emergency repairs, and disaster-related medical costs.
You may get coverage for funeral and burial costs if the events were related to the disaster.

Remember that federal disaster assistance doesn't pay for any costs that other organizations have already covered, but they may contact other companies, such as home reconstruction and flood remediation companies, to carry out repairs.

One: Register 

The first step in getting FEMA assistance after a flood or other natural disaster is to register with the agency. You can contact them by phone or online. They even have a smartphone contact address. Be prepared with your social security number, your mailing address, and address of the property, insurance policy numbers, name of your insurance agent, and a phone number where the federal representatives can get in touch with you.

Two: Schedule Inspections

A housing inspector from the federal agency will set up an appointment to visit your home. You must have proof that you own the property to get assistance. You can use a deed, a mortgage payment receipt, a tax bill, or an insurance policy with the address on it. You should also make sure the inspector can read your home number clearly from the road. Keep a photo ID, such as a driver's license handy.

Three: Reach Out With Changes

If you change your phone number or move to a new location after the flood starts to recede, contact the agency right away. Too many homeowners don't get federal assistance because the agency can't get in touch with them.
FEMA resources are available to homeowners who have been affected by flooding. Use these three steps to get the help you need for the recovery of your South Oceanside,CA, home.

About SERVPRO of Fallbrook & South Oceanside

SERVPRO of Fallbrook & South Oceanside specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (760) 451-0600.

3 Common Commercial Plumbing Problems

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Building Commercial buildings have the potential for catastrophic damages if not properly maintained.

Three Common Plumbing Problems You May Experience in Your Commercial Property

The odor from a blocked sewer is a clear sign to most business owners that they need to take action. If you see a small leak around the sink in your restroom, though, you may not think anything of it. Small leaks can lead to big problems, so it's important not to ignore it. Here are three common plumbing problems you may experience in your commercial property in South Oceanside, CA, and the possible damage they could cause.

1. Broken Pipes

Pipe breaks can happen for a lot of reasons. During winter, pipes that are not kept warm may freeze, causing them to burst. Older pipes may wear out, making them more prone to breakage. Pinhole leaks can result from bad water quality. A sudden leak is easy to notice, as it usually makes a clear mark on the floor, ceiling or wall that hides it. A slow leak can go undetected, however, unless you are performing regular building inspections to find them. A hidden leak can lead to water damage and maybe even mold growth.

2. Clogged Sewer

A blocked sewer doesn't just cause a bad smell. It can also mess up your whole septic system. What starts as a toilet overflow can eventually cause the building to shift, cracking the foundation and compromising the structural integrity of the whole building. It's important to take care of clogs as soon as possible to avoid these problems.

3. Leaking Fixtures

A slow leak around the base of the water faucet when you wash your hands can lead to expensive repairs. If it doesn't get fixed, the water damage to the counter, cabinet and wall supporting them can be so extensive that certified restoration experts have to remove and replace all the materials. Not only can this be expensive, but if it results from negligence, your insurance may not cover the cost.
Plumbing problems can lead to serious damage. Whether you have a small fixture leak or a blocked sewer, fix the problem as soon as you find it.

About SERVPRO of Fallbrook & South Oceanside

SERVPRO of Fallbrook & South Oceanside specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (760) 451-0600.

Water Damage After a Fire

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

Putting out a fire In a fire, you also have the damage from the water that was used to put out the fire.

If your property in North County succumbs to fire, your predicament does not end when the flames are extinguished. In most cases, extensive water cleanup is required after the event to mitigate further harm. Here's a primer on how to deal with water damage after a fire.

Identifying Potential Water Damage

After a fire, water can cause additional damage to your property in a variety of ways:

  • High pressure hoses can negatively impact surfaces such as drywall due to the immense power with which the water is dispersed.
  • Prolonged exposure to water can permeate porous surfaces such as wood, carpet and upholstery, leading to swelling, rot and unpleasant odors.
  • The moist and warm environment after a fire is an ideal breeding ground for mold. Excess humidity in your workplace can quickly lead to mold growth within 48 hours.
  • Electrical wiring and items such as TVs and computers are likely to be affected by the water used to put out a fire.

Making Your Property Safe and Dry

If water is used to put out a fire at your property, you can begin drying your work area by circulating air in the affected locations. This can be done by placing fans in every room to encourage airflow. Dehumidifiers may be used as well in especially damp areas. However, this may not be enough to fully remove moisture from your workplace. Water cleanup must be done thoroughly as any lingering dampness can continue to have adverse effects on your surroundings down the line.

Seeking Professional Assistance

Considering the possible consequences of improper moisture removal, it is always best to consult with a professional before attempting cleanup on your own. Some cases will require more aggressive drying techniques in order to prevent additional losses, while others will require specialized equipment. Hiring a company that specializes in fire restoration and smoke cleanup guarantees that your enterprise will be restored with efficiency and safety in mind.

Once the smoke clears, it's time for water cleanup. By identifying potential problem areas, acting quickly, and enlisting the help of experienced professionals, you can get your business back on its feet in no time.

About SERVPRO of Fallbrook & South Oceanside

SERVPRO of Fallbrook & South Oceanside specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (760) 451-0600.

5 Steps To Protect Your Home From Secondary Damage.

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

Protect your belongings from secondary water damage. Furniture is most at risk for secondary damage in a water event.

When water damage occurs in your residence, quick action is critical. Even after the leak or flood that caused the initial destruction has ended, secondary damage, such as black mold, can still occur if the property is not effectively dried and treated. If your home in Oceanside or Fallbrook has sustained water damage, taking the following important steps can help you protect your home.

1. Extract the Water

Mold can grow in as little as 24 hours, so your home should be dried out as quickly as possible. Extract all standing water and make sure all surfaces are free of moisture. If the area is small, then a wet/dry vacuum may do the job, but more extensive water may require the use of professional-grade equipment.

2. Lower Humidity

High humidity can also encourage mold growth, so open the doors and windows, and run fans in each room. Dehumidifiers can be utilized to further decrease moisture and water vapor in the air.

3. Remove Wet Items

Porous materials, including carpets, rugs, insulation, furniture and upholstery, should be removed as quickly as possible to inhibit black mold from growing. 

4. Sanitize and Disinfect

All exposed surfaces should be thoroughly cleaned with commercial-grade products and disinfectants to remove the dirt and bacteria that provide nutrients for mold. 

5. Monitor the Area

After your home has been dried and cleaned, you will need to watch closely for any signs of mold. Obviously, visible mold can be easily identified as a problem, but mold can also grow in areas that can’t be easily seen. You should thoroughly check darker areas that are prone to dampness. Look out for any musty odors that may smell similar to mildew. 

If you suspect you may have black mold in your home, or if you’re unsure how to effectively clean after water damage, contact a mold remediation specialist to resolve any problems and help you avoid costly secondary damage to your property.

About SERVPRO of Fallbrook & South Oceanside

SERVPRO of Fallbrook & South Oceanside specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (760) 451-0600.

Understanding Mold

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

Mold in your home can be a scary thing to discover SERVPRO of Fallbrook & South Oceanside knows how to get your home mold-free

When you’re faced with the possibility of black mold at your Fallbrook or Oceanside 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 Fallbrook or Oceanside property is a safe, healthy environment for anyone who enters in the future. 

About SERVPRO of Fallbrook & South Oceanside

SERVPRO of Fallbrook & South Oceanside specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (760) 451-0600.

Documents & Water Damage

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

Important documents may be vital to salvage Difficult to replace or irreplaceable documents need the specialized services of SERVPRO of Fallbrook & South Oceanside

The documentation restoration process used by the water damage experts of SERVPRO of Fallbrook & South Oceanside 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.

Drying

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.  Sterilizing 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. Digitizing Another way that SERVPRO of Fallbrook & South Oceanside can help you retrieve your 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 you have important documents that have been damaged by water, 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.  

About SERVPRO of Fallbrook & South Oceanside

SERVPRO of Fallbrook & South Oceanside specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (760) 451-0600.

Electronics & Water Damage

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

Electronics and water don’t mix well Even though your electronics may have been exposed to water, the experts with SERVPRO of Fallbrook & South Oceanside may be able to salvage them.

Business owners in Fallbrook & Oceanside 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.  

About SERVPRO of Fallbrook & South Oceanside

SERVPRO of Fallbrook & South Oceanside specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (760) 451-0600.

Fallbrook & Oceanside Fire, Smoke, and Soot Cleanup

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke from a wildfire can be toxic Even without direct contact with flames, you can still get severe damages from smoke

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 :  760-451-0600SERVPRO 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 surrounding county areas 24 hours / 7 days a week.  Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (760) 451-0600SERVPRO of Fallbrook / South Oceanside 

About SERVPRO of Fallbrook & South Oceanside

SERVPRO of Fallbrook & South Oceanside specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (760) 451-0600.