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How Water Damages Structural Materials in Camarillo

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Flood Removal Camarillo – Drying Cinder Block Walls

Water affects different materials in a variety of ways. Many consumers might assume some elements, such as cinder block walls, do not need to be examined for water penetration after a flood. Cinder block walls are slightly porous and also may contain small holes that allow the water to penetrate the cavities of the cinder blocks.

SERVPRO provides flood removal services in Camarillo and surrounding areas. After a flood, we check walls exposed to floodwaters. The surface must be disinfected and cleaned. Walls with cavities such as cinder block also need to be examined for high water or high moisture content within the wall cavities.

Removing Water and Moisture from Walls with Cavities

Walls painted with gloss or semi-gloss paint may be protected since the paint acts as a vapor barrier against water damage. If water has penetrated the wall, we may need to drill holes in the wall at the lowest point to allow the water to drain. Holes may also be drilled near the top to allow air circulation and drying. These holes are patched with mortar once SERVPRO is satisfied that moisture levels have reached normal levels.

Many block walls contain insulation, which makes it more challenging to dry. The insulation may lose some of its insulation efficiency; however, the wall can be dried using a similar process of drilling holes and then blowing air into the wall cavities. We use non-penetrating moisture meters to confirm when moisture levels have reached normal levels.

We can review the water mitigation process with clients to help in determining the best approach to drying walls after a flood.

SERVPRO is a licensed General Contractor - License:892710, California State License Board - CSLB: 892710, and can help with all of the repair and construction work. We can save our customers time to repair their building as well as the total cost.

Call SERVPRO of Camarillo at (805) 484-5009 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Camarillo and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Cleaning Commercial Fire Damage In Camarillo

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

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Kinds of Cleaning Products Used When Responding to Commercial Fire Damage in Camarillo

Once our experienced crews have a chance to investigate the soiling in your Camarillo commercial building, we begin the process of matching our broad range of specialized cleaning products to the residues coating surfaces and contents. A one-size-fits-all approach is neither practical nor efficient when responding to the variety of soots and debris damaging the building materials, furnishings, equipment, inventory, and records at your business after a fire.

Multifunctional Products Clean Both Contents and Surfaces
Although fire damage in your Camarillo business needs a thorough evaluation to match residues with effective cleaners and techniques, some of our proprietary products have more than one appropriate application. When we arrive at your worksite, we have access to a comprehensive inventory of cleaners loaded on our service vehicles. We “overpack” to ensure there are no delays in our response.

SERVPRO stocks both dry-cleaning and volatile dry solvents for use when wet, water-based cleaning would be either ineffective or might shrink or otherwise distort materials. Petroleum-based dry-cleaners can be heated and are the choice for draperies and fabrics that cannot tolerate water cleaning. Caution must be taken to avoid use on rubberized fabrics.

Volatile dry solvents are excellent pre-treaters, eliminating spotting and removing paint, oil, grease, tar, wax, asphalt, and some inks from fabrics. This type of solvent suspends and acts as a lubricant for many common fire damage residues, including soot, carbon, and graphite. Pre-testing is recommended to limit the distortion of fiber and color removal.

Wood Oil Soaps
Light soot residues respond well to the mild detergents in wood oil soaps. SERVPRO crews use wood oil soaps on finished wood surfaces, including floors, woodwork, doors, tables, chairs, and dressers.

Furniture Polishes
SERVPRO uses all-purpose oil and wax polishes to clean, polish, and wax on wood furniture. Lemon oil and silicone are typical ingredients, but mink oil and beeswax provide additional luster, shine, and protection.

Upholstery and Carpet Cleaners
SERVPRO uses blends of detergents, solvents, and other cleaning agents to clean and brighten fabrics. The neutral pH of these blends when mixed with water, permits treatment of wool, cotton, nylon, and other synthetic fibers. Pretesting is mandatory to prevent bleeding or lightening of dyes.

SERVPRO of Camarillo carries a comprehensive line of cleaning solutions to rid the wood, fabrics, and other surfaces of your business of fire damage residues. Give our crew a call at (805) 484-5009 to schedule an evaluation of your needs.

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Homes in Camarillo Needing Fast Cleanup and Restoration after a Fire Often Call SERVPRO

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

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Tips for Dealing With Fire Damage In Your Camarillo Residence

After the firefighters extinguish the blazing fire and leave the affected property, the damage can continue. The fire remnants can react with surfaces, and the water used to extinguish the fire can create a conducive environment for mold growth. Smoke odor can also linger in your property if you do not restore it properly.

To return your property to a pristine and livable state, you can work with professionals from SERVPRO. We understand that dealing with fire damage in your Camarillo home is a heavy burden and a devastating experience. We have highly trained and certified technicians who can help you after the unfortunate event to ease your burden by restoring your property to its pre-misfortune state. Before we get to your property, there are few things you can do to aid the mitigation process.

Tips You Can Do--Only If Safe

    Minimize movement in the affected area to limit the spread of soot on other surfaces.
    Avoid direct contact with surfaces that have soot to avoid transferring the residue to woodwork, walls, and upholstery.
    Protect the unaffected valuable contents by covering them with rugs, old linens, and clean towels.
    Disconnect your gas, water, and electricity supply to prevent further property damage.

Our team of professionals can take the following steps to restore your home.

Sealing openings

Torrential downpour and other harsh weather conditions can occur when we are still restoring your property. If there are openings resulting from the fire, more damage can take place. Our technicians can board up the structure by using plywood. Boarding up a property is an excellent way to protect it from harsh weather, wild critters, and intruders. For minor roof damage, we can place tarps over the openings.

Cleaning the affected areas

Smoke travels fast and can penetrate deeply on surfaces. If smoke residues are left for an extended period, they can cause corrosion on surfaces. We can use professional and certified cleaning products to clean the affected surfaces. We can remove the soot from your walls, carpeting and upholstery, and other damaged surfaces.

Deodorizing the property

Smoke particles embedded deep within wooden flooring, walls, and furniture makes it difficult for our technicians to extract the smoke odor. The odor can last for several years if not treated by professionals. Our SERVPRO technicians can utilize proven techniques and high-tech equipment to deodorize your property. We can use air scrubbers or negative air machines to remove the smoke odors from your property. These devices have HEPA filters that remove particles from the air efficiently to improve the quality of indoor air.    

If a fire has ruined your home, contact SERVPRO of Camarillo at (805) 484-5009 immediately to minimize further property damage. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Fire Damage In Your Camarillo Home

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

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Evaluating Contents in Your Fire Damaged Camarillo Home

When fire losses occur, the care and focus that goes into the recovery and protection of contents in your Camarillo home can make a considerable difference. Cleaning and restoration after fire damage are rarely cheap and fast, so the steps that can get taken immediately to preserve your belongings can both reduce loss and limit the out-of-pocket expenses of our customers.

With a dedicated division of recovery specialists trained to handle possessions and restore them to their original condition safely, content management has become a staple of successful fire damage recovery in Camarillo properties. The evaluation of these items occurs during the scoping phase of the project. Because it is vital to begin work as promptly as possible to ensure the best protection for your belongings and the structural elements of your house, we work to arrive at a fire-damaged address within four hours of the initial notification of loss.

Scoping of the work falls to the competent project management and crew chief arriving at the scene. Residues present some of the most substantial risks for permanent damage when literal combustion and charring has not marred the materials. The presence of soot layers continually exposes the item to an acidic composition of the residue, which can both stain and scar the surface. Many affected surfaces in your home must get replaced or resurfaced by our SERVPRO team after widespread fire loss damage.

In-house restoration of these belongings is the ideal approach for our SERVPRO team. Cleaning and restoring contents without moving them to our facility reduces costs. If soot damage is too considerable to clean without immersion cleaning techniques or other sophisticated practices available in our nearby warehouse, we can safely move your belongings as necessary.

We strive to provide every customer with effective content management solutions. Your belongings are often what makes your house a home, and we realize the importance of protecting and restoring what we can of irreplaceable belongings. Give our SERVPRO of Camarillo team a call today at (805) 484-5009.

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Call Our Experts After A Flash Flood In Camarillo

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

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After A Flash Flood In Camarillo, Your Hardwood Floors May Have To Be Dried Out

Severe storms in Camarillo can sometimes prove to be very destructive. For example, if enough rain comes in a short period, you may have to deal with flash flood conditions. Once the water starts to get deep outside your property, moisture could start entering your residence from the ground or vulnerable places in your structure like lower door seals. Whenever your flooring starts to get wet, a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO can help.

If a flash flood ever hits Camarillo, your hardwood floors inside your home could get negatively affected. Excessive moisture can cause damage to wood flooring, and in extreme cases, the flooring must be removed and replaced. Hardwood floors can hold more moisture than softer woods because they are denser. The nature of hardwoods makes them much more difficult to restore once they have retained moisture. Luckily, our SERVPRO technicians have specialized equipment designed specifically for drying out hardwood floors.

When drying out hardwood floors, we focus on preventing issues like warping, buckling, or cupping from becoming permanent. Hardwood floors should also be dried out promptly so that mold does not have a chance to grow. Once any buckling, warping, or cupping stays after the floor is dry, refinishing or removal could have to be done. In minor cases, the problems with the floor can be restored by sanding down the imperfections and refinishing the floor. In cases where the buckling or cupping is severe, the flooring could have to be torn out then replaced.

When drying hardwood floors, one common technique is to use air movers and dehumidifiers. We use dehumidifiers to lower the affected area's relative humidity to between 30% and 45%. We then set up air movers above and below the flooring, if possible, to push airflow on both sides of the wood flooring material.

We also can implement equipment that can push air underneath the hardwood floor to push air underneath it. Sometimes drying can be more effective if done from the bottom up. In other scenarios, we can use specialized drying mats that help focus the air and push it deep into the hardwood flooring material.

After a flood, the results can be devastating. For help from the professionals, call SERVPRO of Camarillo at (805) 484-5009 24/7 because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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You Can Trust Our Experts In Camarillo With Your Restoration Needs

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

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Water Cleanup of Your Camarillo Home Protects Against Higher Costs, Extensive Damage, and Lost Possessions

After one of your toilets overflows, avoiding that bathroom and using another one leaves the situation to grow worse. Shutting the door does not keep contaminated water from seeping through seams between the floor's edge and the tub or other fixtures in the room. Your Camarillo home deserves better. SERVPRO can get things back to normal for you quickly, so your family can avoid the risks that arise from such murky situations. 

When a customer calls about their house in Camarillo needing water cleanup after a toilet overflows, we start working on the situation as soon as we arrive. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, and any type, too. Because we keep our Green Fleet prepared at all times, we do not need to add containers of disinfectant, other chemicals, or equipment before leaving. If a problem still exists with the toilet, our building services crew is available to fix the problem.

Doing as little as possible and just cleaning the visible mess might seem the most cost-effective method. However, this only makes things look like the job is taken care of adequately. SERVPRO knows that to provide customers with real value, we must eliminate all of the water, wherever it migrated, and clean up the contamination. Only this way can we prevent damage from spreading and affecting other areas of your house. This also keeps damage to your family's possessions minimized.

Larger areas affected by water damage cost more, even if not initially. It is better for us to do a complete and thorough job now than to wait until damaged areas become impossible for you to ignore. Achieving this might require us to set up air movers in adjacent locations, or even place them on other floors of your residence. 

Air movers do more than dry the structures in your home. While they push the air around, they also draw moisture that your walls absorbed and pulling it back into the air. This raises the water vapor levels, but our dehumidifiers strip this out of the air as it passes through. The dry air that exits the machine can then absorb more moisture, until the area becomes dry again. 

This drier environment becomes inhospitable to microbes. Our disinfecting sprays that we apply as soon as we start working already killed off the majority of those present, but the dry conditions we work toward help finish off the more hardy microbes. 

Fewer microbes in the area means fewer things become damaged, like clothing, towels, and other items that you store in or near the bathroom. Because they are microscopic, they can hide inside the smallest cracks and avoid topical sprays. Arid conditions finish off the last few and keep your belongings from becoming damaged. 

When SERVPRO of Camarillo completes a job, the property is just “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (805) 484-5009 when you need water cleanup services of situations involving clean or dirty water, so we can protect your home through proper mitigation.

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Our Professionals Can Prevent Further Damage After A Fire In Your Camarillo Home

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

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Efficient Fire and Smoke Damage Cleanup in Your Camarillo Home Can Prevent Further Damage

Watching your home and precious possessions engulfed by flames can be a devastating experience. After the firefighters have extinguished the fire and all occupants are safe, the ordeal is still not over. The remnants of the fire, such as smoke, soot, and water from fire extinguishing efforts, can continue causing damage to your property.

After a fire damage incident, it's essential to call professionals to perform fire and smoke damage cleanup in your Camarillo home. Our SERVPRO fire restoration experts can help you prevent further damage that smoke can cause. Smoke contains many gases and fine particles that develop after organic compounds burn. The smoke particles travel faster and further than flames during a fire.

Smoke particles also comprise acidic compounds that can corrode metals and may even etch glass. Smoke can settle in the cooler areas of your home, such as behind draperies and inside walls. After a short while, the smoke changes to soot that can cause permanent discoloration of surfaces. Contents with metal elements like electronics and kitchen appliances can tarnish. Refinishing or replacing wooden furniture and flooring could be necessary after severe smoke damage. The synthetic fibers of carpets may also absorb smoke odors, which are difficult to remove. Our restorers can take several steps to deal with the fire and smoke damage:

Isolating the affected area
Protecting the occupants of a home from smoke particles is our priority. Our technicians can install isolation barriers to prevent smoke particles in affected areas from getting into occupied rooms. Our technicians wear protective gear like respirators, facemasks, and gloves to stay safe.

Using advanced cleaning products
Once equipped with safety gear, our smoke damage restoration technicians begin the removal of smoke particles. We can use a general surface cleaner like the Wall and All Surface Cleaner to clean washable and painted surfaces. The cleanser has a low pH to protect semi-gloss interior paint. Therefore, it can wet clean various surfaces, including painted ceilings and walls, appliances, hard surface furniture, paneling, countertops, plastics, and wet cleanable wallpapers.

Using professional deodorizers
Floating smoke particles get embedded deeply within walls, carpeting, and furniture, making it difficult to remove the irritating smoke odor. Unpleasant odors can linger in your residence for years if you do not remove them successfully. Our SERVPRO team can use proven strategies and products to eliminate odors. For instance, we can mix concentrated water-based deodorizers to cleaning solutions to control smoke odors. These deodorizers mix with water instantly in various applications and dilution ratios. They work at different pH extremes and temperatures to neutralize most unpleasant odors, replacing them with a pleasant smell.

SERVPRO of Camarillo is a leading fire restoration company that can help you dislodge and eliminate smoke residues and odors from your fire-damaged home. Call us today at (805) 484-5009. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Our Fire Damage Experts Can Save Your Camarillo High School

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

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Fire Cleanup in Your Camarillo High School

While you might have to contend with some wayward teenagers pulling the fire alarm in your Camarillo high school from time to time, when it is a real situation, it can be stressful and overwhelming. Getting all of the students and faculty to a safe distance is the top priority, and then you wait for firefighters to arrive and quell the blaze. With the confusion and panic of the situation, you might often overlook reaching out to professional restorers to secure our service.
Fire damage in Camarillo schools does not go away on its own. There are several levels of effects that must get removed and overcome before students and teachers can return the affected portions of the building. From soot and smoke residues to lingering odors, cleaning up after this disaster is far more intricate and complex than most custodial teams have the equipment or cleaning products to handle. Those responsible for the property and the insurance coverage for the institution also likely require the acquisition of experienced and certified restoration specialists like our SERVPRO team.
School walls typically consist of a masonry block construction, which in itself can be fire-resistant and help to contain some of the blaze. The paint on these blocks can suffer damage, and any contents or furniture burned up in the spread of the fire can create soot and other residues that can come to rest on these walls, the floors, and other surfaces. Cleaning soot often relies on our chemical sponges and potent cleaning agents.
What might have started as a pure lab accident can spread from the science department through neighboring areas wherever open pathways exist. These same pathways get used by smoke odors as well, and surfaces and contents even several rooms away can trap these smells. Because of its versatility and mobility for widespread effects like this, our SERVPRO team can choose thermal fogging to help neutralize these noxious odors on contact.
We know that when your school falls victim to a disaster, you have more than just the building to protect. Let our experienced SERVPRO of Camarillo team help you through the necessary steps to restore the facility fully. Give us a call anytime at (805) 484-5009.

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Our Specialists Can Handle Water Damage in Your Camarillo Home

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

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Why Professionals Can Handle Water Damage in Your Camarillo Home Better

Water damage is unpleasant to handle. Water can leave unsightly stains on ceilings, floors, and walls. Moisture can ruin furniture, carpets, and rugs, and if the damage is severe, you may have to discard them. An example is when water causes a carpet to get delaminated, meaning that the backing has separated from the actual carpet.

Moisture can lead to mold, which can cause health problems in people living in the house. As you deal with water damage in your Camarillo home, many questions can race through your mind, including whether to call for professional help or to clean up the affected surfaces yourself. Contacting a licensed restoration company like SERVPRO is essential since we can help you handle this problem efficiently.

Pooling water is a clear sign that water damage has happened in your home. However, sometimes, it can happen in less dramatic ways. Some other indications of water damage include:

    •    Visible mold on walls and ceilings
    •    Blistering, stains, and discoloration of walls
    •    Rotting odors
    •    Cracks on the walls, floors, and drywall
    •    Warped or bowed walls

It is overwhelming to deal with such issues on your own. Our technicians are knowledgeable about building and material science. We do not merely place drying equipment in a home, but instead, establish a drying plan based on the challenges and needs of a project. We can anticipate many issues and limit surprises. Our restorers can remove the water and dry your home quickly using pumps, air movers, and dehumidifiers to minimize exposure time. Removing the water and moisture speedily limits the chance of primary and secondary damage occurring.

Water can hide in challenging areas. Our SERVPRO team can carefully inspect the areas of your home where water has intruded and defined the extent to which contents and structure have absorbed moisture beyond normal levels. We can use thermal imaging cameras, moisture meters, or moisture sensors to check for hidden moisture and then dry your home thoroughly.

Hiring one competent company for the entire restoration process can help you reduce costs and save time. We can simplify the restoration process by performing the initial cleanup work and rebuilding the affected areas. Some steps we can take to restore your home to full functionality include:

    •    Repairing the above-ground structural components of the house, such as doorways and window frames, exterior walls, and floors.
    •    Patching cracks in mortar and the foundation.
    •    Waterproofing essential elements of your home to ensure that the problem does not occur again.

When you have a water intrusion issue in your home, SERVPRO of Camarillo can help you make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us anytime at (805) 484-5009 for quick restoration services.

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Airborne Contaminants that Threaten Camarillo Homes After a Fire

10/6/2019 (Permalink)

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Don’t let contaminants take over your Camarillo home from fire damage.

Many Camarillo homeowners mistakenly believe that the worst of fire loss effects occur during the actual blaze, and this is not always the truth. The damage does not stop because the fire has been extinguished, and many of the lingering effects can be as detrimental to the health and wellbeing of your family as the actual fire. Airborne contaminants are an underappreciated presence and one that can be harmful to those without the appropriate protective equipment and expertise.

Effects of fire damage in Camarillo homes can spread quickly throughout the property, even if the fire itself did not reach these areas. Addressing each of these potential contaminants and symptoms is a priority of our SERVPRO fire recovery team. Because of our knowledge as certified Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) and our years of experience in this niche, we have an efficient and safe strategies to overcome hazardous environments.


Among the chief concerns for both our SERVPRO technicians and homeowners should be the presence of soot. It gets created by the incomplete combustion of specific types of fuels and materials, which ultimately produces very fine, microscopic particles that can be hazardous to inhale or ingest. While it can also appear as it settles on surfaces, airborne soot must get removed with HEPA filters and exhausting concentrated air outside of the house.


Smoke is another concern that both our technicians and the property owner should have, as airborne particulates can irritate those exposed. Our professionals can remove these remnants in the same way, through the filtering of one of our machines fitted with an onboard HEPA filter.


Debris is a wildcard in your home and can present anything from a mild agitation of a respiratory system to a full-scale health hazard. Debris can get created from any combustion or charring that took place, so remnants of chemicals and plastics can produce unsafe conditions without the appropriate protective gear.

Protecting your home and family is a priority of our SERVPRO of Camarillo fire recovery team, and that begins with making the home safe even after a fire has gotten extinguished. We can mobilize quickly to help reduce the concentration of airborne threats and begin vital mitigation work. Give us a call at (805) 484-5009.

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