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Who Do You Call When You Find Mold in Your Crawlspace? SERVPRO Of Course!

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Who Do You Call When You Find Mold in Your Crawlspace? SERVPRO Of Course! Our team is here to help and lend a hand when mold strikes your beautiful home.

Crawlspace Mold Damages in Your Camarillo Residence

As much as you might not do much with the crawlspace of your Camarillo home, it might help to be diligent about its condition throughout the year. Some regular inspections of the quality and integrity of this area can alert you to potential concerns before they get out of control. Ignoring this area can lead to a challenging situation that often requires trained professionals to overcome based on the effect and severity of the situation.

One of the most problematic effects that could impact your Camarillo crawlspace below your home is mold damage. With a persistent moisture threat from various possible sources, your crawlspace can begin to host a wildly spreading organism that feeds on organic material and can cause health effects for the family living in the house.

The trouble with crawlspace mold damage is that many homeowners are not aware of a problem until it has already gotten out of control. They smell a musty odor coming up from the flooring of their first level in the house or notice mold growth spreading up through the walls or wood floors throughout this level. Our SERVPRO professionals can help you by working to understand the full extent of the damage and overcoming the effects both in the crawlspace and on the first floor of your house as well.

One of the challenging things about mold growth is the effect that it has on construction materials it seats into, namely, the destruction it can cause to them. As the organism feeds on the organic matter, the integrity of materials like wood framing and flooring supports begin to falter and fail. Our SERVPRO technicians work to preserve as much of these materials as we can with our advanced remediation techniques, but overwhelming damages could lead to the need for replacement of these materials altogether.

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Few things can happen to your home that is as subtly harmful as mold growth can be. From the moment that you discover a colony starting in your home, contact our experienced SERVPRO of Camarillo remediation technicians to help you remove it and restore the damage it has caused. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (805) 484-5009.

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A Comprehensive Look At Flood Damages In Your Camarillo Home

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage A Comprehensive Look At Flood Damages In Your Camarillo Home Flood damages might seem straightforward in the way that water penetrates into your home, but it is rarely as simple as that.

A Comprehensive Look At Flood Damage

Natural disasters might not be all that uncommon to Camarillo residents, but surprisingly, many still do not fully know what to expect in certain emergency situations. In instances of widespread flooding, many houses could get affected simultaneously around you, leaving you and many of your neighbors learning firsthand what a destructive force rising water can be.

Flood damages might seem straightforward in the way that water penetrates into your Camarillo home, but it is rarely as simple as that. While the rising waters throughout the lower levels of your home might prove challenging enough to overcome to even experienced professional restoration outfits like our SERVPRO technicians, many other effects and considerations make restoring flood damages a significant challenge for even highly trained individuals.

One of the initial things that you have to consider when you contend with water rushing into your home from the outside is the source. While in many cases rising bodies of water like creeks and streams can attribute to flooding in lower lying areas, you might also deal with situations like flash flooding and runoff through hazardous areas. The first of these scenarios often brings considerable mud and debris into your home along with the water, requiring extensive cleaning of carpets and materials once water has gotten extracted and the area dried.

Contaminants are rarely something that you can instantly see, but they can adversely affect your family working to clean up the areas of your home affected by the flooding on their own. Our SERVPRO team gets trained to identify potentially hazardous conditions like these to ensure that the right precautions get taken throughout the restoration process and that your home is contaminant-free once these steps complete.

Few things could occur to your house that is more destructive than a flood could be. With often little warning to prepare for this situation, the best thing that you can do is to have a plan in place to restore the damage if it ever affects you directly. Trust our SERVPRO of Camarillo rapid response team to arrive quickly and work efficiently to restore your home. You can reach our emergency team anytime at (805) 484-5009.

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Mitigation Of Fire Damage In Your Camarillo Rec Room

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Mitigation Of Fire Damage In Your Camarillo Rec Room Almost everyone in Camarillo enjoys relaxing at home, but fire damage can put a stop to that quickly.

Mitigation Of Fire Damage

Electronics games, hair styling appliances, and kitchen gadgets can all start a fire in your home. When a fire starts in your Camarillo home's rec room, cleaning up the smoke and fire damage can help your family and friends continue enjoying time together.

Almost everyone in Camarillo enjoys relaxing at home, but fire damage can put a stop to that quickly. Because of the regular and constant use of hand-held controllers on video game units and other types of games, getting the soot and smoke residue off of everything is crucial in so many ways. Dry soot can be as bothersome as sticky, moist soot, and either can stain clothing when children handle soot-covered items and then wipe their fingers. Younger children might also ingest this soot. SERVPRO can get your rec room back in shape.

When we work on your residence, we clean and mitigate the damage that affects both the structure and the contents. Cleaning the smoke residue from surfaces on pool tables require stiff brushes and HEPA-equipped vacuums. The wooden sections also need us to wipe them down with appropriate solvents that do not mar the finish but still lift the oily residue away. We always rinse these areas, as well as any plastic or metal components.

We clean electronics and other fragile games and discuss with you regarding additional care for video games and other related belongings. We do not recommend that you power these items on until a professional electronics technician looks them over, cleans them of any residue and makes any necessary repairs. Trying to make them work before a technician cleans away any dust, debris, soot, or moisture can cause so much damage that repairs become impossible.

As we perform these cleaning activities, other SERVPRO teams are extracting any present water and removing materials ruined by fire damage. We remove moisture so microbes remain at normal levels and damaged structures so we can bring in new materials.

SERVPRO of Camarillo can help you get back to enjoying your rec room's amenities. Wherever smoke and fire damage traveled in your home, we can follow it and mitigate. Odor control options are also available to you, adding value to our services that greatly benefit you. Call us at our 24-hour service line any day of the year.

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What Camarillo Residents Can Expect from Professional Help with Clean Water Removal

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Camarillo Residents Can Expect from Professional Help with Clean Water Removal SERVPRO Removes Water and Cleans Up Properties in Camarillo "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO's Swift Service Mitigates Water Damage to Camarillo Properties

Until it happens in your Camarillo residence, damage from clean water might seem like a minor problem. Homeowners use water all the time to clear away dirt and debris. Cleaning up some excess water is often thought to be an easy, do it yourself task. Unfortunately, water from damaged plumbing, appliances, and flooding events can collect in vast amounts fast. The damage can become challenging to manage without proper equipment and the support of professionals. We can help.

When significant amounts of moisture build-up in your Camarillo home, it is essential to arrange water cleanup immediately. Moisture can saturate building materials in one or more areas of your home without warning when a pipe breaks or an appliance malfunctions. Even though the water is relatively clean, it can cause severe destruction swiftly to a broad range of the structural components and contents of a dwelling if unattended. Our technicians and equipment can remove the water and dry out both the building and your personal possessions fast.

Speed is essential during a water cleanup, and SERVPRO crews arrive as soon after a customer’s call as possible. Our project manager assesses the scenario on large water loss sites and designs a plan quickly based on IICRC standards and experience. The seasoned crew members implement the plan confidently, having trained extensively for the tasks during coursework and on the job.

First pumps and truck-mounted extractors remove as much water as possible. Our technicians measure moisture in the home’s structure and scan for water trapped behind walls and in recesses to ensure we find all standing water and remove it. Then the SERVPRO technicians set drying goals for each structural component, according to industry best practices. We balance air movement with heat and dehumidification to return all building materials to optimum moisture levels.   

The personal belongings and furnishings in the home might be packed out to another location for evaluation and special drying techniques. SERVPRO has a strict inventory system to keep track of your possessions whether we move them to another area on your property or our production facility. We have access to innovative water cleanup technologies for clothing, paper, and other movable items. Things you felt sure were ruined our production technicians often bring back to function and beauty.

Count on SERVPRO of Camarillo to complete a successful water cleanup in your home. Call us at (805) 484-5009 for a professional assessment of the water loss and a plan that returns your property to you “Like it never even happened.”

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Mold Damage Remediation in Camarillo

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Remediation in Camarillo SERVPRO Remediates and Cleans up Camarillo Properties Making Them a No-Mold Zone

Camarillo Property Owners Receive Great Mold Remediation from SERVPRO

When water damage lingers too long, or is undetected, any home in Camarillo can suffer mold growth. Managing moisture sources such as high humidity and occasional spills can prevent potential mold outbreaks. Remediating water damage from plumbing and appliance breaks within 24 to 48 hours also minimizes the chance of mold, as long as the failing pipes, hoses, connections, or other problems are fixed. Current mold infestations need professional attention, and we can help.

A common place for mold damage to arise in your Camarillo home is under a sink beneath or behind the kitchen cabinets. Mold spores are always in the air and on surfaces in any house. They seek moisture, including the occasional drip from a crack in the seal on the sink strainer or a small leak in a hose from the dishwasher or in the supply line. Even if the cabinet absorbs the water, the mold finds enough moisture within the cellulose fibers of the wood or particle board to start a colony. We evaluate the visible mold and search for any additional growth behind and under the floor of the cabinet when devising the plan to remediate.

SERVPRO uses protocols developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to manage the mold outbreak. After the inspection that sets out the extent of the infestation, we contain the area affected by the mold. Plastic sheeting creates a protected area. We also use the suction of a negative pressure air scrubbing system in many cases to seal the space so that moldy debris cannot drift into uncontaminated spaces during the cleanup and removal.

The SERVPRO crew then uses mechanical techniques to brush, scrape, and scrub mold off surfaces within the containment area. Non-porous surfaces recover well, but additional strategies are needed for materials the mold penetrates. We frequently use a soda blasting method that employs effective non-damaging abrasion to remove the mold from porous items and also from raw timber like roof trusses or crawl space supports.

After removal, we vacuum the previously moldy area and an EPA registered antimicrobial is applied to inhibit future mold growth. SERVPRO technicians take steps to ready the mold-damaged areas for final restoration steps. Mold preventative primers help seal and smooth the expanse we treated, and painting and refinishing can complete the project.

SERVPRO of Camarillo is ready to help homeowners faced with the challenges of mold damage. Scheduling an assessment by our trained mold remediation technicians is just a phone call away at (805) 484-5009.

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Insufficient Bathroom Ventilation Can Cause Water Damage in Your Camarillo Home

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Insufficient Bathroom Ventilation Can Cause Water Damage in Your Camarillo Home Lack of Ventilation in Camarillo Homes Can Cause Excess Moisture Causing Water Damage and a Call to SERVPRO

Moisture Can Cause Water Problems in Camarillo Properties--Call SERVPRO for Rapid Removal and Reduced Damages

A small windowless bathroom with poor-quality ventilation can suffer water damage from all the steam created by daily showers. When the shower in your bathroom runs, the steam and moisture settle onto your walls and belongings because it has nowhere else to go. Should the water accumulation be left unchecked, it can develop issues inside of your small restroom, such as mold damage. You can prevent further complications inside of your home by calling for professional remediation services.

Advanced equipment is needed to tackle the water damage inside of your Camarillo home. Technicians can use moisture meters to determine the levels in your bathroom and estimate how long remediation may take. Once the technicians have an idea, they can establish a drying plan and begin to set up equipment in a specific way that is most suited for the shape of your bathroom and the location of the water damage. We check ceiling and wall voids to ensure all dampness is located and dried.
 
When you call SERVPRO, our technicians always make it a priority to arrive at your home swiftly. We understand how time sensitive that water damage, and other home damages, can be when allowed to continue to degrade building materials and possessions. Within hours we can arrive at your home with the proper tools for the job. The sooner that we can service your home, the quicker you can return to your life "Like it never even happened."
 
SERVPRO uses equipment such as dehumidifiers, air movers, and ventilation fans to remediate water damage. While these tools do have their individual functions, to dry water, they must be used in a unified, strategic manner. Using the tools together creates an ideal environment that is exceptionally proficient at reducing moisture, restoring acceptable levels of SH specific humidity. Once the job is done, our SERVPRO technicians can check one more time to ensure a dry environment is once again the norm.

When water damage happens inside of your home, it is essential that you never hesitate. Reach out and get in touch with SERVPRO of Camarillo by calling (805) 484-5009, ready to help 24/7.

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We stop thieves taking rich pickings from wildfire-devastated communities

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

There’s nothing more traumatic than fleeing a wildfire and knowing it’s going to devour your precious home. All your lifelong memories are about to be burned to the ground thanks to Mother Nature.

That’s the harsh reality hundreds of Californians are facing after America’s worst wildfire season ever recorded. The historic 2017 blazes torched hundreds of thousands of acres, and destroyed more than a thousand properties, many of which were family homes.

And there’s one more potential kick in the teeth for these devastated families. Fire-gutted communities are ripe picking grounds for heartless criminals focused on cashing in on other people’s misfortunes. 

“Criminals have been known to walk through burned out neighborhoods on the hunt for loose safes and other valuable items that survive fires. They steal the items, crack the safes, and sell things on – and there’s nothing the families can do about it,” said Jono Millin, co-founder of drone mapping software start-up DroneDeploy."

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How to Shut Off Utilities in an Emergency

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Know how to react in an emergency by shutting off utilities quickly.

With storm season upon us, it’s important for homeowners to be prepared. In case of a disaster of any type, it may be necessary to learn how to shut off utilities to avoid further damage to your family or your home.

How to Shut Off Natural Gas

It’s wise to be familiar with the look and sound of your gas meter under everyday conditions, as this will help to determine what is unusual. Ensure that you also know where the shut-off valve is located. Because of different homes and different gas meter configurations, shut-off procedures vary. However, it is likely that you’ll need an adjustable pipe or crescent wrench to perform the task."

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All those green hillsides could mean more Southern California fires later this season

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage All those green hillsides could mean more Southern California fires later this season Photo: Anthony Plascencia/VC Star

"Grass-covered hills might look good now, but authorities say that could mean a busy fall and summer for firefighters.

Over the past several weeks, brush has gotten damper, greener and less likely to burn. Stands of tall, green grass have blanketed Ventura County and much of the state.

That’s good news. But there’s a downside: Like last year, there could be a significant amount of grass-fire activity, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.

“Grass is the main ignition source,” said county fire Capt. Ken VanWig. “It’s like the kindling in the fireplace.”

As the fine grass dries out, it becomes a bed of fuel that makes it easy for fires to start and to spread quickly."

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Evacuations issued as largest storm of season heads toward Ventura County, Thomas Fire area

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

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Authorities issued evacuations for communities throughout the Thomas Fire burn scar as what could be the biggest storm of the season heads toward Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

The storm is expected to reach Ventura County on Tuesday afternoon or evening.

The forecast calls for heavy rain Wednesday and Thursday. The worst of the it seemed headed toward Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, where the recent Thomas Fireburned 440 square miles.

The blaze left miles of scorched and bare hillsides vulnerable to debris flows and flooding.

“These are the areas we know already are very vulnerable during intense precipitation,” said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA. “But this also, unfortunately, happens to be the region that looks like it will be hardest hit by this storm.”"

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