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Camarillo Flooding Mitigation by SERVPRO

2/22/2020 (Permalink)

storm and water damaged tile roof SERVPRO Provides Cleanup and Drying of Storm-Damaged Attics in Camarillo

Storm Water Removal From a Camarillo Attic

Weather-related water damage is one of the most common reasons homeowners have to file an insurance claim for their property. Interior and exterior damages from wind, rain, ice, hail, and snow take up a combined 51% of claims in the United States per year, making these types of damages among the most frequent and costly. Fortunately, there is a team that is available to help you cut costs and minimize property loss.

If your Camarillo home requires attic storm water removal, IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians are prepared to restore this integral part of your home to its preloss condition. These professionals provide fast-action extraction and cleanup services, as well as detailed documentation and invoicing, to aid you in the claims filing process after a disaster. If you require further reconstruction on your property, your local SERVPRO is licensed to provide general contracting services (#892710).

Spotting Storm Damage Without Getting On Your Roof

?    Storm damages you can see on the ground include asphalt shingle granules or pieces in your yard, clogged or leaky gutters, and exterior property damage.
?    Storm damage signs you can find in the home include visible water damage on fixtures, walls, and ceiling, water accumulation and staining in the attic, as well as water-saturated attic framing. Wet insulation is another indicator.
?    A professional roofer may look for damage to layers under the shingles. The underlayment, which provides a temporary barrier against some storm damages, is also examined. The decking that acts as the foundation of your roof can also be evaluated by a professional. Roofers also tend to look at gutters and check around chimneys for loose or missing flashing.

SERVPRO's Attic Cleanup Process
Attic cleanup can involve many different factors besides drying the wooden supports. Wet fiberglass insulation can often be cleaned, dried, and restored, but cellulose or cotton are porous organic materials that require removal to prevent the spread of mold.

If you store documents in your attic and they have been affected by rainwater, technicians can minimize damage using sublimation--that is, freezing and then drying the papers--to prevent further warping of paper of staining of spreading ink.

SERVPRO of Camarillo offers a mitigation service that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (805) 484-5009 for cleanup that can begin within hours of your initial contact.

SERVPRO Restores IAQ Indoor Air Quality after a House Fire in Camarillo

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

blazing fire in a home kitchen counter area When there is a fire in your Camarillo kitchen, there is also pungent odors. SERVPRO can help, "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage in Camarillo – Even Small Fires Create Odors

A small fire can often create a great deal of smoke and leave unpleasant odors in the kitchen area or even throughout the entire Camarillo home. You may have been quickly able to douse the fire and dispose of the offending pot, but everyone who comes into your home to help notices an offending smell.

SERVPRO has the technical expertise to assist in removing fire odors in Camarillo and surrounding areas. Every fire can produce odor. However, it is the type of fuel, how hot it burned, and for how long that determines the type of odor from smoke residue. Hot air also rises and travels to colder areas. The combination of natural air currents and forced-air heating systems can quickly spread smoke residue throughout the home.

Removing Odors After a Small Fire
There are necessary steps that SERVPRO technicians follow, which we have found to be very effective in removing smoke residue and odor from a building.

The first step is always to remove the burned item and any debris. Removing these items reduces a significant source of odors. Small particles of smoke residue deposited on countertops, tables, walls, and floors also produce odor. The next step is to clean all surfaces that were exposed to the smoke residue.

The third step may involve distributing a deodorizer in the same manner that the smoke would have traveled throughout your home. We use a variety of deodorizer products depending on the type of fire, and how hot it burned, e.g., grease fire vs. foods, especially smelly protein fueled fires that may have ignited while cooking. SERVPRO has ULV ultra-light volume foggers that can neutralize the offending molecules.

Our inventory of mechanical devices for odor mitigation and elimination includes hydroxyl generators, ozone machines, and portable and heavy-duty foggers. Each method of restoring healthy and clean indoor air quality is understood by our FST fire and smoke damage restoration technicians.

Lastly, in difficult situations, sealing the odor may be the solution. Repainting surfaces and sealing ducts that are too difficult to clean may be required. SERVPRO can assist in diagnosing the appropriate steps to remove the odors from your home. We also are fully licensed to provide complete restoration and repair for more severe fire damage. Contractor Licenses: General: 892710, CSLB: 892710

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.

Become Familiar With Water Damage Remediation Services in Camarillo

2/9/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking from a home ceiling Sometimes you have to just know who to call in case of an emergency. Contact SERVPRO for water damage remediation services right away.

My Home Office is Underwater

Many of us work from home either as a permanent arrangement or on occasion.  To do so, we typically have an area designated as a work station, with all relevant documents, computer equipment, and working tools readily available.  Imagine for a minute that you arrive into your home office only to find out that a neighboring unit has some plumbing issues, and there is water seeping through the roof and down your walls, compromising your space. These situations call for professional water cleanup services to help you return to work as soon as possible.

When you need water cleanup services in Camarillo, SERVPRO is your company of choice.  Our technicians hold academic certifications verifying their business acumen but, most importantly, we are quick to respond to your call. Once we arrive at your home office, we develop a detailed action plan to extract and preserve your home as much as possible.  Just reach out to our 24/7 hotline and let our competent crew guide you through the water extraction and drying process.

Clients with work documents often worry about keeping them safe and recovering them.  Our SERVPRO team knows that document preservation goes well beyond extracting water. We typically consider several options when looking at your specific needs, and they may include freezer drying, thermal drying, and dehumidification, among others.  Many of our actions seek to freeze documents and then attempt to transform ice into vapor without going through a liquid stage, otherwise known as sublimation. It can be a time-consuming process, but well worth it for priceless pieces. When considering the next steps, our team is here to help you determine the best course of action for each document.

Electronics such as computers represent another type of challenge to our SERVPRO staff.  Once again, we place close attention to the state of the computer and determine with you whether it is worth recovering.  If the answer is yes, we take every step to try and preserve it despite the water damage. When necessary, we work with you to coordinate with specialized repair services.

SERVPRO of Camarillo is your ally, whether the emergency happens in your home or you are merely collateral damage.  Call us at (805) 484-5009 and let our team work hard to leave your home office “Like it never even happened.”

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Fire Damage Restoration in Camarillo

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

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Why SERVPRO Uses Sealants as Part of Fire Damage Restoration in Camarillo

Smoke comes in many different colors and densities, and creates a variety of unwanted odors after a home catches fire in Camarillo. Even with these variations, soot particles are microscopic and easily forced into tiny spaces. As they breakdown, air currents inside your residence lift them back into the air. This leads to odors reappearing and also to possible health effects.

When a home in Camarillo has fire damage, it can affect certain areas of the residence. There are a few different reasons why SERVPRO uses sealants during restoration of many soot-covered properties. One reason is a lack of accessibility, with even the best tools available on the market. One element that can also affect your house’s indoor air quality, to a great extent, is the ducts of your ventilation system.

Our building services team (California State License Board (CSLB) # 892710) can get this area stripped of the majority of soot and other smoke residues. Some places, however, remain untouchable because of the interior confines of the duct system. Applying a sealant keeps stray particles from reaching your home’s living space where your family members can breathe these particles into their lungs. While spraying a sealing agent inside the ducts does require turning the ventilation system on and off a few times, we recommend that homeowners do not use their HVAC system until after we have checked it and made sure it is safe for use.

Brick and concrete have rough surfaces where soot particles can get stuck. We clean these with weak acids and wire-bristle brushes after vacuuming looser soot away. Sealing these areas can also make future cleaning easier than normal because dust cannot adhere as easily as it did previously.

Crawlspaces within your property can also become coated with soot. Unfinished wood can become charred from still-hot smoke, making cleaning these places more work-intensive. After vacuuming and brushing, we often use dry ice pellets or baking soda to blast charred areas free of fire-damaged wood. After reaching non-damaged wood, we often spray a sealant over the entire area, so any soot remaining does not create odor or other problems for you.

SERVPRO of Camarillo can help mitigate and restore your property by skillfully applying our knowledge and experience to your situation. Call our 24-hour line, (805) 484-5009, for fire damage restoration that fits your needs.

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How Water Damages Structural Materials in Camarillo

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged room. carpeting pulled back from wall as SERVPRO drying equipment dries floor and drywall Flooring and drywall materials are difficult to dry. We have an abundance of tools at our disposal to dry your home.

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.

Solvents
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)

match-sticks constructed house profile with a flame SERVPRO Is Matchless for Fire Damage Cleanup, Odor Removal and Restoration for Camarillo Homes

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)

flood damage in home after disaster For help from the professionals, call SERVPRO of Camarillo at (805) 484-5009 24/7 because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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)

Two of our fans drying the kitchen floor after a supply line broke When your kitchen sink supply line breaks, our crew has your back! We have the equipment to restore your home 24/7.

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)

school hallway interior Our experts can restore your fire damaged high school.

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)

Blazing fire out a window of a home. SERVPRO will make sure that your Camarillo home is in perfect condition after your fire damage.

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.

Soot 

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 

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 

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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We Help You Get Back To Business In Camarillo After A Fire

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

a fire in a building caused soot and smoke damage The devastation from wildfires in the Camarillo area and beyond in California are epic and we can help by removing the charred items right away.

Commercial Fire Damage Specialists In Camarillo Describe How A Project Is Supervised

If something ever burns inside your production facility in Camarillo, the heat and smoke coming from the fire can cause you, your company, and your insurer several costly problems. Our SERVPRO technicians know that every commercial fire damage restoration project has many "moving parts." During the mitigation and restoration process, a team of several individuals who are knowledgeable and skilled in a variety of areas is required.

Luckily, our SERVPRO team has all of the training and knowledge necessary to properly supervise your commercial fire damage project in Camarillo. Every restoration project takes a diverse crew of production technicians to complete the project from start to finish. These technicians should be able to perform a variety of production processes, including cleaning ceilings, walls, floors, and fixtures.

The crew chief we assign to your production facility's project can coordinate and supervise these production processes. Our crew chiefs understand how and in what order these processes should be performed — knowing how to properly manage all of the processes involved in mitigation and restoration is called jobsite management. Jobsite management is a skill that takes a vast amount of experience to master. All of our crew chiefs at SERVPRO receive training and guidance that includes how to successfully coordinate and supervise a restoration crew.

We define a successful outcome to a project when quality work gets performed safely and efficiently. Completing a project successfully requires proper planning, preparation, and control. But when we complete your project and return your place of business to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened," we can take pride in completing a job well done.

A major deciding factor on whether the project gets completed successfully is the planning stage. In most cases, we assign a production manager to your project who is in responsible for scoping the loss and devising the plan of action after fire damage. Since the crew chief is in charge of the execution of that plan, they need to understand how that plan was formulated. Knowing how the production manager came up with the plan of attack will help the crew chief grasp the concept of how and why certain procedures get performed.

Structural burns in your production facility can be detrimental to your business' bottom line. To let us help you reduce any possible loss of revenue, call SERVPRO of Camarillo at (805) 484-5009 because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Attention Camarillo Property Owners! Contact SERVPRO for Safe Asbestos Removal and Abatement

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Sign in Spanish and English warning of asbestos danger on a window Camarillo Property Have Asbestos in the Building Materials? Contact SERVPRO for a Safe and Secure Abatement Service

SERVPRO Can Help in Hazardous Asbestos Abatement in Camarillo

It can be a challenge to trust professional restorers and construction contractors to meet the high expectations that you have for your Camarillo apartment. California regulations, however, dictate that uncertified and licensed property owners can only legally remove asbestos from their home if it is under 100 square feet. Even with this being the case, this small area can still pose substantial risks to those unprepared for the hazard asbestos can be.

Asbestos abatement in Camarillo homes can be a damaging situation for those that approach it without the appropriate protective equipment and understand its effect on their health. Residents directly exposed can experience debilitating conditions such as asbestosis or even mesothelioma.
 
When homeowners encounter asbestos-laden materials, it often occurs during demolition and remodeling efforts for a house. During this removal process, these materials in question can become disturbed and moved, releasing thousands of fibers into the environment that can remain circulating in a home for years. Our professionals have practices that dampen these materials when they must get removed from the home that reduces the air circulation and make the fibers easier to clean.

Choosing professional assistance for the abatement is a sound strategy to approach this threat with the right tools, products, and trained personnel. Our SERVPRO team has been tested and endorsed by the California Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/ OSHA) and the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB.) This licensing through the state allows us to address even substantial abatement projects, including giant commercial structures.

While the presence of asbestos might get underappreciated by property owners, California still mandates strict rules and regulations on the collection, transportation, and proper disposal of this threat. Our SERVPRO team adheres to these strict regulations to ensure that every project we complete falls within these designated parameters. It can be difficult for many homeowners to remove asbestos on their own without inadvertently circulating dangerous fibers throughout the property, which require industrial-grade machines to filter out.
 
The advanced equipment utilized by our SERVPRO asbestos abatement team can safely get the job done. Since 1989, homes built are asbestos-free in the construction materials. If you home was constructed prior to this date and you desire a remodel or major renovation, contact us for removal and protecting your family.

Our licensed SERVPRO of Camarillo abatement specialists are standing by at (805) 484-5009, to protect your property and its occupants.

We Can Restore Your Water Damaged Floors In Camarillo

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded Floor In The Living Room From Water Leak We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Protecting Your Floors During The Water Damage Restoration Process In Camarillo

Homeowners are often stressed out when there is a leak of some kind in their home. The owner is worried that he or she may spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars replacing flooring and various items resting on the floor because of the wet conditions. It is our job to control the water damage and mitigate the total cost by taking precautions as we clean your home.

SERVPRO of Camarillo has been dealing with water damage events across Camarillo and can draw on national franchise partners for major events if needed. Even small leaks can potentially cause a great deal of damage. For example, water overflowing in the bathroom onto the floor can quickly spread to adjacent rooms or even to the floor below.

Immediate Action
Always stop the leak by turning the tap off or even the main water intake valve. This action alone can significantly limit the total amount of water in your home. Call SERVPRO for help. We can provide suggestions for mitigating the damage over the phone while we mobilize our team to respond to your emergency.

Next, begin mopping up as much water as possible with towels and mops or whatever you have available. Remove any items of furniture or decorative pieces that could be in the path of the water.

Protecting Your Home
SERVPRO crew chiefs are trained first to assess the situation and then deploy the technicians and equipment needed to manage the water event. This action often includes vacuums to remove the surface water, dehumidifiers, and air movers to assist with removing moist air and drawing in dry air to the room.

Many homeowners are focused on the room or rooms where the water is. SERVPRO understands that all of the traffic in and out of the house can distribute moisture and soil on non-soiled floor areas. We place high-quality walk-off mats in these traffic areas to protect your floors. The mats are changed as needed.

Call SERVPRO of Camarillo at (805) 484-5009 for 24/7 serve. We serve the town of Camarillo and surrounding areas. We protect your home from secondary damage. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Camarillo Home

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Ceiling that has been damaged by a storm near the ceiling fan Our state-of-the-art equipment can restore your home to pre-damage condition. SERVPRO of Camarillo will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Flooding in Your Camarillo Home can Lead to Problems Throughout Your Property

A significant increase in moisture often happens in a Camarillo residence after an emergency involving the property. Alarmingly higher humidity needs no scientific instrument to tell homeowners what their skin is already telling them about their home. 

One type of disaster that can cause this inside a Camarillo house is flooding of any part of the property. As soon as water invades the materials of your home, it also begins to evaporate into the air. Because of already existing air currents inside your home, water vapor migrates into every area of your home as it attempts to reach equilibrium. 

As this water vapor condenses on the objects around your home, it can cause problems. Even while we work on mitigating the deluge of microbial matter through the application of disinfectants, clearing out larger pieces of debris, shoveling out mixtures of deposited soils and smaller pieces of debris, and removing damaged parts of your house, evaporation steadily continues to take place. SERVPRO understands how water moves around inside a home and the secondary damage that its presence can bring.

Dampness tends to show up on metal pieces, and the presence of moisture causes corrosion to damage such items quickly. Many of the items making up your house's electrical, HVAC, and telecommunications systems are made out of metal. Rusted parts can cause system malfunctions or even complete failure. 

While your telecommunications providers are responsible for the maintenance of their equipment, SERVPRO also has a building services team who can help with the repairs needed for electrical and HVAC systems. Our information regarding that service falls under California State License Board (CSLB) # 892710, and we can also assist with boarding up your property and enclosing it inside a temporary fence. 

Because dampened environments can cause electrical shorts so quickly after flood damage, we also arrive with portable power sources so our mitigation crews can set up and run air movers and desiccant machines. Some of our odor control methods do not require any electricity, but we often run at least one hydroxyl generator during the mitigation and restoration stages. Hydroxyl does not kill surface mold, but it can destroy spores floating in the air as it also destroys odors. 

Flooding can cause long-term problems with utilities, odors, and microbial infestations. However, SERVPRO of Camarillo has the team players who can make your home “Like it never even happened” fast. We do more than make you house look nice again – we make it safe and functional, too. Call us at (805) 484-5009 to get things started as soon as possible.

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We Are Available To Take Your Call 24/7 In Camarillo After Water Damage Strikes

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

You never know when a filter will cause a 10,000 square foot building to flood. The blue round canister in this picture caused major water damage.

Commercial Water Removal Specialists in Camarillo Protect Businesses and Their Office Equipment

Running a successful, thriving business in Camarillo depends on the functional state of your office equipment. Business owners find that a clean appearance facilitates keeping customers satisfied when conducting business. We can help with both endeavors. Knowing your office's condition gives a great first impression to new clients and that your staff can always provide excellent services to existing customers can help your company remain competitive.

When an upstairs leak happens and drenches things in the lower areas of your office building in Camarillo, SERVPRO's commercial water damage specialists know how to dry everything proficiently for you. Our building services crew can work with you on restoring your electronic office equipment and ensuring that your business is running normally again with no unnecessary delays. We are licensed under the California State License Board with General Contractor License # 892710.

The amount of water vapor inside your building increases as we force increasingly more of the water absorbed by the pores of building materials to exit those same materials and evaporate into the air. Our desiccant machines and dehumidifiers work non-stop to remove the moisture from the air. Because some moisture content is standard, we take readings during the work we do to make sure we do not over-dry more sensitive areas. 

Using equipment in addition to our powerful box fans, we keep water from condensing in colder areas, so it becomes easier to remove the moisture from the building. Heating units help us increase the temperature solely in affected areas. Not heating the entire building with your HVAC system benefits you by keeping utility closer to normal, maintaining comfortable conditions for anyone working elsewhere in the building, and allowing us to work effectively with any drying chambers we have constructed.

When we work on your office building to remove water damage, we also perform the restorative work needed to make your lobby areas, meeting rooms, and common areas beautiful again. Individual offices can also look like new again after we remove damaged materials, replace them with new ones, and repaint walls and ceilings. Carpet cleaning can remove watermarks in many cases, adding to the newness of your surroundings. For those rare situations that we need additional contractors to perform work, we use certified professionals who follow local and state regulations wherever applicable. Our goal is to make everything “Like it never even happened,” so your business resumes normal operations quickly. 

SERVPRO of Camarillo always has qualified staff ready to take your call whenever you need emergency services like water removal. Call us at (805) 484-5009, 24/7, year-round, including holidays. 

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Securing the Home at a Large Loss Recovery Property in Camarillo

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Make sure your property is ready for storm damage if it happens. Call the professional at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

How To Deal With Storm Damage in Camarillo 

Violent weather events are frequently followed by large loss recovery programs to help residents get their homes back to the condition they were in before the event. Our team of local technicians is expertly trained in the restoration of residential properties after storm-related incidents. We are here to both secure the structure, stop immediate losses before then carrying out a procedure to get your home back to its best. Our emergency services incorporate on-call technicians who can arrive quickly to your property and perform vital tasks that reduce immediate losses as well as the expense of your claim. You can contact us twenty-four hours a day to begin the loss recovery procedure.

When we deal with storm damage in Camarillo, there are several stages from assessment through to the restoration of your home. You may need general contractors, remodelers, or architects to perform major surgery on your home to get it back to its pre-storm state. Temporary relocations can be frustrating for homeowners who want a restoration that is delivered on time and on budget. However, none of these vital procedures can be carried out without the first step of securing the property. 

High-winds and rushing floodwaters can break through doors, windows, or harm roof tiles. If you are away over the weekend when a storm strikes, there is a real possibility of waterlogging affecting the structural integrity of your home. SERVPRO technicians can enter your property to perform a scoping task that not only secures the property but also creates the conditions for third-party rebuilding and repair to get underway as quickly as possible, thereby reducing the length of your time away from the property.

Scoping procedure is about creating a safe space for restorers, remodelers, and builders. Security is our first concern, and we can board up broken windows or doors using sturdy barriers to prevent unauthorized access to your home and secure your possessions. We can also restore power to the property and neutralize potential hazards. Inside the property, water can be extracted or pumped out, and any infectious waste removed. An initial cleaning process can also help to slow-down, or stop, further losses. Once we have secured the site, we can arrange for contractors on your behalf to carry out the large remodeling tasks required to return your home to its preloss condition. 

Securing your property is essential to protecting your possessions and reducing your temporary relocation. Contact SERVPRO of Camarillo at (805) 484-5009 for emergency assistance.

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Our Experts Discuss How To Protect Your Camarillo Home From Water Damage

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

With our help, your home will feel, “Like it never even happened.”

Protect Your Basement In Camarillo

Making use of your basement as an additional living space is a great idea. Preparing it for your teenager and his friends to use it as a place to hang out and spend time together, gives you peace of mind. However, what happens when one day you find the basement plumbing has burst and soaked carpeting and furniture, leaving the whole space feeling like a giant puddle and challenging to restore? Reaching out to a professional team makes all the difference in making sure the restoration process is complete, but there are steps you can take while the pros arrive.

If this water damage scenario sounds like your Camarillo home, SERVPRO is here to help. Our crew is ready 24/7 to help you, and all you need to do is place a call. Our water restoration technicians (WRT) are certified to apply the latest industry techniques to extract water from your basement and prevent future consequences. In the meantime, you can protect your home by taking the following action steps:

    •    Make sure that the source of the leak is repaired. Sometimes it is hard to identify where the problem is, but not fixing it is just an invitation for future issues.

    •    Isolate the area affected as much as possible. Plastic sheeting and other waterproof barriers can help prevent the spread of water throughout your basement.

    •    Improve air circulation. Basements can have limited air coming into them, so bring in fans and dehumidifiers to encourage water extraction.

The steps above will help set the stage for our SERVPRO crew. Once we arrive, we can bring in specialized equipment to extract the water and also measure the quality of the air. By using advanced technology, we can monitor humidity levels and identify water accumulations invisible to the naked eye. If the drying process is not thorough, you run the risk of mold invading your space. Our team can apply its experience and training to leave your basement in mint condition.

SERVPRO of Camarillo is here to help. Call us at (805) 484-5009 as soon as your emergency happens and count on our team to help you give your teenager his space back. With our help, your home will feel, “Like it never even happened.”

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Camarillo After A Fire Disaster

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

This home was set ablaze by a utility pole that was knocked down during a lighting storm. We responded quickly and begin the restoration right away.

Trust Us to Pack-Out Possessions for More Efficient Camarillo Fire Damage Restoration

After a fire in your Camarillo home, it is reasonable to feel out of control. A suggestion to move your furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions out of your house might make you even more anxious. Following our recommendation is likely to speed mitigation and remediation efforts in your residence, and also give the packed-out articles the specialized attention they need. Rely on our full spectrum of services for fire recovery, from assessment to rebuilding.

Fire damage in Camarillo does not affect just structural components. Everything in your home at the time of the fire is fair game for significant harm from the corrosive and toxic residues deposited by the smoke. Items require professional evaluation and restoration by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians at our production facility before returning them to your cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized home.

SERVPRO uses the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) create a detailed and secure compilation of the articles we move out. Items are listed or barcoded, and many are photographed before wrapping and transport. CCIS provides documentation for you and your insurance company as we assess, plan, and implement cleaning, drying, disinfecting, deodorization, and other restoration strategies.

Restoration of your items saves you time and money, but, most importantly, preserves your memories. Enduring a fire in your home is traumatic for you and your loved ones. SERVPRO is proud of our ability to restore not only your clothing, books, pictures, furnishings, household goods, window coverings, and personal belongings, but also your peace of mind. Our advanced cleaning and drying systems and talented employees strip grime and soot from a myriad of materials, returning everything from heirloom crystal to well-loved stuffed animals to their full function and appearance.

The SERVPRO IICRC-certified Water Damage Restoration (WRT) and Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) at your home unimpeded by its contents can complete more rapidly the water removal, deep cleaning of soot and other residues, and other tasks including repair and reconstruction needed to meet the highest restoration industry standards. When we reinstall the packed-out items, it truly is “Like it never even happened.”

Rely on SERVPRO of Camarillo when fire damage leaves you confused and stressed. One call, day or night, to (805) 484-5009 starts the process of reclaiming your safety, security, and comfort.

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After A Water Damage Incident In Your Camarillo Home, You Need To Call SERVPRO!

7/6/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Camarillo at (805) 484-5009 to help restore your home to its preloss state.

Steps That Are Crucial After Water Damage In Your Camarillo Home

Waking up, to find inches of standing water in any section of your Camarillo home is not just inconvenient, but can lead to confusion. You might not know whether to start by tracing the source of the water, move contents, or start extracting the standing water immediately. The incident might also ruin your day's schedule because you can't just leave for work as usual or attend to other plans. Calling a professional water restorer can help create a proper response plan.

Among the first steps to take after water damage in your Camarillo home is to limit the effects on the structure. Some steps you can perform on your own as you wait for professional help to arrive. For example, you can move any items likely to be affected if left submerged for long. Moving any items on the floor, including area rugs, clothing, and electronics, among others, helps. You can also use towels, rugs, or any other items with a high absorbent capacity to block opening such as doorways limiting the spread of water from the initial loss area.

Removing water from the affected areas and cleaning any form of soiling caused by the spill plays a significant role in restoring the property to its preloss state. Fast and thorough what extraction requires the right equipment and expertise. We have IICRC certified water restoration technicians at SERVPRO who apply their advanced skills to manage the process. We also have various advanced extraction equipment including wet vacs and other portable water extractors that help manage the loss “Like it never even happened.”

Many simple issues can make a water-damaged house lose it usually sheen. Part of the job professional WRT, Water Restoration Technicians, do is to restore every aspect of the home to its preloss state. Our SERVPRO technicians find stains, water patches, and any other issues that may ruin the visual appeal of a home and take steps like spot cleaning or polishing to eliminate them.

A water spill can cause losses and inconveniences, but it should never take over your life. Call SERVPRO of Camarillo at (805) 484-5009 to help restore your home to its preloss state.

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We Are The Best At Restoring Your Fire Damaged Home In Camarillo

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

For a better restoration of your property after a fire incident, call SERVPRO of Camarillo to help.

Why Highly Trained SERVPRO Technicians Fix Fire Damage In Camarillo Better

A fire can be confined to a small area close to the source or spread throughout your home. However, all the incidents leave a wide range of damages that require different approaches to clear. Damages occur through residue deposit, heat searing, and the actual burning by flames. Each of these aspects varies, which can complicate the restoration process. We help restore affected homes faster because our crew members are highly trained, and IICRC certified.

Scoping the scene of fire damage in Camarillo helps establish what type of damage is most prevalent, which helps create a proper response plan. Small incidents such as those involving stove or grease fires in the kitchen mostly leave residues as the dominant type of damage. Such residues spread through smoke movements so they might not be confined in one location only. Our SERVPRO technicians do simple tests such as wiping with a sponge starting close to the fire source to establish how far the deposits spread determining the level of cleaning necessary.

The different aspects of fire like heat, moisture, oxygen, and gases interact, creating a variety of challenges for the cleaning effort. Heat can open up pores on surfaces allowing residues to penetrate deeper. Presence of moisture during the fire creates wet smoke, which stains materials deeply. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on their training in Fire and Smoke Restoration techniques to tackle these challenges. We use different approaches like mechanical agitation, chemical action through the application of professional cleaning agents, and temperature control to ease cleaning. We also capitalize because cleaning agents work better when allowed enough dwell time.

Apart from leaving visible residues, fires also leave invisible materials. For example, there is a tendency for a bad odor to develop after a fire. Such odor may persist even after cleaning all visible residues from the affected areas. Deodorization can help remove odor particles embedded deep into different materials. Our SERVPRO crews use various deodorization techniques, including fogging to deliver sanitizers, digesters, or neutralizers to the affected area. We also use specialized equipment such as hydroxyl generators to deal with the odor.

For a better restoration of your property after a fire incident, call SERVPRO of Camarillo to help. You can reach us at (805) 484-5009 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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When Your Documents Become Waterlogged After Flooding in Camarillo

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can help dry your flood damaged documents.

When Hit by a Flood Contact Local Camarillo Flood Water Extraction Services  

Living close to the coast has many benefits, but it can also put your home in need of flood water extraction services. Ocean-based storms can hit hard and cause flooding inside of your home. Whenever it comes to a storm from the ocean, always remember that you and your family's safety is paramount. 

In the case of your home, an intense storm brought intense winds and rains, which left it in critical need of Camarillo flood water extraction services. The longer excess water sits in your home, the worse it is for the structure of your house and all of your belongings inside. Fortunately for you, the flood waters got inside of your home through the window of your study and mostly stayed in one room. 

When you reach out to SERVPRO, we try our hardest to get to your home as swiftly as we are able. Additionally, our Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration-certified technicians always bring advanced technology, designed to combat flood damage, with them. 

Our technicians can focus on getting the standing water out from your study first. We can use wet/dry vacuums and rover-mounted extractors to remove the water from the carpeted floor. After determining that the flood water that came into your home was not black water, SERVPRO knew that it was safe to keep the carpeted floor.  

After removing the water, we can focus on removing any documents, books, or other paper-based materials that might have been ruined by the flood waters. We can pack up everything else and send it to our facility to be dried. After removing the furniture from the room, SERVPRO can focus on making flood cuts on the walls to remove any damaged material. Furthermore, SERVPRO can use dehumidifiers and heaters to draw any excess moisture out of your study. Upon completion, SERVPRO can recommend a contractor to you who can rebuild the sections of the wall we removed. 

When a flood impacts your home, always get help right away. Speak with SERVPRO of Camarillo by phoning (805) 484-5009. Day or night, we can keep the damage away.

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Camarillo Properties Rely on SERVPRO for Professional Air Duct Cleaning

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Offers Premier Duct Cleaning for Camarillo Fire Damaged Properties

Cleaning Ducts After All Fire Types in Camarillo Homes and Businesses  

Disasters can strike at any time, and even as recent as last year, widespread fires affected hundreds of Camarillo area homes. Many chose to rely on the experience and the fast response of our professionals, who could respond as promptly as we were allowed in evacuated areas throughout Ventura County. In many of these situations, entire properties can suffer smoke residue and soot damage, and it requires expertise, advanced equipment, and professional-grade cleaning agents to restore your HVAC system to optimal performance.

Even apart from the wildfires that remain a steady threat to Camarillo home and business owners, multiple other paths can also lead to a need for mitigation, restoration, and clean ducts after fire damages. Even furnace puffbacks can allow for the buildup of ionized soot and smoke throughout the ductile network and in the corners of rooms connected to this system. These effects can often get mistaken as spider webs, as they frequently collect in the cooler corners of rooms or closets. Our SERVPRO professionals have the right products and equipment to address these concerns, as they require careful cleanup to prevent smearing and staining.  

Our SERVPRO team has a division of qualified air duct specialists who can not only address the common throttling of air flow from the buildup of debris and dust within the system, but can also sufficiently overcome the added threats of fire damage to these ducts and HVAC unit as well. We have advanced tools beginning with our whisks and brushes that can help to clean these air pathways in your home or business thoroughly. These tools can break free sediment and buildup, even fire related, caked on residues, from the interior surfaces of air ducts. Whether the ductwork is galvanized steel, flex tubing, or fiberboard, we can clean them of fire residue along with pollen, dust, debris, pet danger, and other trapped particulates.

Negative air pressure vacuums that seat over ventilation openings and multiple solutions for deodorization can help to address the final symptoms common with a fire loss in your air ducts. This ventilation system can continue to spread smoke and soot debris, as well as harsh odors without the sophisticated equipment and practices of our experienced cleaning technicians. We can substantially improve the indoor air quality (IAQ) of your living space.

Whether overcoming a wildfire effect that can spread through multiple homes and businesses throughout Ventura County or overcoming isolated incidents like furnace puffbacks, our SERVPRO of Camarillo team can take care of your home and your HVAC system after a fire. Give us a call for a free inspection and evaluation anytime at (805) 484-5009.

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For Camarillo Property Owners, Why SERVPRO Can Safely Provide Asbestos Abatement

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO Safely Remove Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) from Your Camarillo Home

Stay Between the Regulatory Lines with Asbestos Abatement and Fire Damage Cleanup in Camarillo

One issue that we commonly must deal with when restoring older damaged buildings or assisting with a demolition project is asbestos abatement. Asbestos was used for decades as a fire-resistant building material before studies showed that it could cause severe health effects to those who inhabit buildings containing it. Removing asbestos-containing material (ACM) from a building can be a complicated task, as many different regulations apply to the use and appropriate disposal of asbestos materials. The State of California has very rigid laws and regulations concerning the demolition and removal of asbestos based materials.
 
One of the most important reasons to hire a specialist company like SERVPRO to handle asbestos abatement in Camarillo and other local communities is due to the many different local and national regulations regarding the removal and handling of asbestos. The removal of this carcinogenic material is compounded by the cleanup and restoration already required after the house fire. Demolition must be carried out while donning personal protective equipment (PPE), and the best practices of encapsulation and removal always adhered to during the cleanup. For any abatement project we handle, we must pay close attention to multiple metrics of employee safety, air quality, disposal techniques, and consistent removal patterns. Violations in any of these disciplines can lead to steep fines and penalties from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and local regulatory bodies. Some SERVPRO technicians receive certifications from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification in the proper methods to remove asbestos while following all applicable government policies.

Without professional assistance in removing asbestos from your property, you may run several financial risks. Work done by uncertified or under-certified individuals may immediately alert inspection agents to an improperly run abatement project, potentially leading to thousands of dollars in fines. Furthermore, the health risks associated with asbestos exposure mean that anyone in and around the property after the completion of an improper abatement job could sue for damages. Hiring SERVPRO helps to ensure that all safety and legal concerns are addressed and all documentation is done professionally. Typically, upon completion of a fire-damaging event where asbestos was a factor, means the calling in of a Certified Industrial Hygienist for final verification of a safe and clean environment.

You can rely on the training and advanced equipment offered by our franchise to restore your property to a safe status, ridding the asbestos, fire-damaged materials, odor control, and even spraying an antimicrobial to thwart the developement of mold.

SERVPRO of Camarillo is fully certified to help you remove and dispose of asbestos products on an old property. For help in understanding if and why you might need an abatement project, or to request our services, call us at (805) 484-5009.

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We Can Restore And Cleanup Your Camarillo Business After A Fire

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

Once the flames are extinguished, give us a call at (805) 484-5009 so we can help get your business running again.

Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup For Your Camarillo Business

The best way to protect your Camarillo deli from a potential fire is to make sure you know of any potential fire hazards and take the needed precautions to ensure a preventable fire doesn’t destroy your property. Local authorities on fire safety can give you recommendations which are specific to your company. You should also know whom to call for help restoring your building should a fire occur.

If you’ve already experienced a fire and fire damage in your Camarillo business, you want to handle the cleanup and damage as soon as possible. Hiring a professional company to help is essential to get the job done in a timely and efficient manner. SERVPRO understands that when you’re running a business, any interruption in your daily operations can be detrimental. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Therefore, you can trust that we get the job done for you with your business in mind.

Often underestimated, fires can start small, but they have the potential for growth which is enormous in a short time. Flames from the fire consume all that they touch, but few people think about how much damage that the smoke can cause as well. Smoke goes to cool areas and rises, traveling through plumbing, vents, or any other openings so it can ascend to higher areas and do damage there.

The smoke may also go towards any windows and outside walls, closed closets and drawers, and unheated rooms. As the hot smoke migrates, it deposits residues around the colder surfaces more heavily. If your walls are well insulated, windows give substantial temperature differences, and air currents could concentrate in that area. SERVPRO techs know to look for smoke and soot residues throughout your building and away from where the fire burned so we can ensure that everything left behind from the fire is cleaned.

Therefore, if the fire started back in the kitchen, you could have smoke damage throughout your building, creating the need for shutting your doors temporarily so we can properly clean all the fire, smoke and soot damage.

Since closing your doors even for a short time is not ideal, SERVPRO of Camarillo strives to finish the job promptly after fire damage in your business in Camarillo or the surrounding areas. Once the flames are extinguished, give us a call at (805) 484-5009 so we can help get your business running again.

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Dreaming Of An Efficient and Easy Fire Damage Remediation in Your Camarillo Home?

5/5/2019 (Permalink)

Cooking accidents can lead to serious fire damage in your Camarillo home. Call SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

SERVPRO Has Specific Methods for Fighting Damage from Fire, Smoke in Camarillo Properties

Fire damage can occur in many ways in a residential home. Cooking accidents, overloaded electrical panels, and plain old human error. When a fire occurs, there are often other issues to deal with such as odor, residues, water, the possibility of mold if not dried properly, not to mention replacement of fire loss contents.

When SERVPRO is called to mitigate damage from a Camarillo home fire, smoke is one of the things they address first. Depending on how hot the fire burned and the types of items that were consumed by the fire depends on the cleaning methods our technicians choose.

Plastics and synthetic materials tend to leave wet, grease-like films on surfaces that smears easily and can be challenging to clean. Organic materials such as hardwood beams tend to leave lighter, easier to clean residue. However, this is not positive because generally, these types of fires cause more significant structural damage. Our technicians are certified in the science of restoration and know that specific types of smoke residue requires specialized cleaning methods to remove the film and accompanying odors thoroughly. A single room can have different kinds of residues for our technicians to address depending on the types of items burned.

Mitigation for damage begins during the initial phone call with the homeowner, the SERVPRO technician takes the information and usually advises the homeowner actions they can take or should not take before our technicians arrive on site. The goal is to keep the homeowner safe, traffic in the area to a bare minimum and avoid spreading smoke and soot odors to unaffected areas.

The odor left behind by a fire can penetrate anywhere the smoke went. Our professional cleaning formulas are often enough to remove stubborn odors. In the cases where it is not, we have odor-neutralization methods such as thermal fogging which penetrates porous objects just as smoke does, except it is done with a heated solvent that eliminates odors. Machines such as Hydroxyl generators that work on the same principle as using UV rays from the Sun to power out odors using naturally occurring molecules called Hydroxyls that bond with and neutralize odor-causing molecules.

The key to saving as much as possible when damage from a fire happens in your home is to bring in professional help as quickly as possible. The faster the remediation begins, the more that can often be restored through cleaning.

SERVPRO of Camarillo stands ready to help homeowners mitigate fire, smoke and other home damage at (805) 484-5009. We are available 24/7 and arrive quickly because "We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster."

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Your Camarillo Retail Store Can Be Restored After A Fire

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

Call us at (805) 484-5009 immediately after the fire is out so we can help your business look “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Damage Restoration In Your Camarillo Retail Store

One of the most devastating things to happen to your retail store in Camarillo is a fire. Without the proper fire protection systems in place, your business can suffer downtime and a significant loss. There are also several hazards and risks that are present in your retail store. Being aware of them can help you to prevent a fire.

When a fire has already occurred in your building, you need the help of professional fire damage remediation specialists in Camarillo. SERVPRO staff is trained to handle all fire damage situations, and we also understand that as a business, you can’t afford to lose much business. If the fire requires you to shut your doors for a time, we make sure to work quickly but efficiently so you can reopen as fast as possible.

Electrical equipment can pose some of the most significant hazards for your store. These include sound systems, lighting, refrigeration, cash registers, and other aspects of your business which require electrical wiring. Any malfunctions with these areas can spark a fire if not properly maintained.

Once SERVPRO techs have restored the fire damage in your building, we need to clean surfaces which were affected. Different surface techniques stop the material we are cleaning from being saturated with a cleaning product. Surface techniques avoid over wetting materials and letting the surface dry fast by limiting how much cleaning product we use.

Using the spray and wipe technique, we lightly spray or mist the cleaning product onto the surface being cleaned, then wipe it with a dry cleaning towel. The technique can be used on hard-surface furniture and contents. Foam cleaning is used for cleaning materials which might be damaged by excessive moisture from cleaning products. By using foam, we can use less moisture on the surface than with cleaning with a liquid cleaning product.

It is essential that you take some precautions and have some defense against fires in your structure. Fire sprinklers are your first good defense from fires. The heads of the sprinklers disperse water over the flames and keep them from spreading until your local fire department can get there. Fire alarms are essential for alerting your customers; there is an emergency. Keep your system maintained so you can count on being able to get customers and staff to safety if a fire begins.

You should also have several fire extinguishers around your store, making sure to place one or two near any flammable products or displays of lit candles. ABC extinguishers are the most versatile ones since they can put fires out from electrical equipment, flammable liquids, and burning plastic or paper.

SERVPRO of Camarillo can restore your business building in Camarillo or the surrounding areas after a fire of any size. Call us at (805) 484-5009 immediately after the fire is out so we can help your business look “Like it never even happened.”

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Camarillo Flooding, SERVPRO to the Rescue

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded in Camarillo? Call SERVPRO for Water Removal and Cleanup; We Are Real Fast.

Do You Know Enough to Handle Flood Damage to Your Home in Camarillo?

Many of us who live in California consider it to be the most beautiful state in the nation. Within just a few hours we can move from the beach to the mountains, enjoying the changing landscape. Camarillo homeowners benefit from its location and proximity to cities like Los Angeles and Santa Barbara while at a slightly slower pace. However, just like its neighboring metropolis, this area is subject to damage caused by heavy rains and the rise of water levels. Preparing for the possibility of a flood is part of being a homeowner in California.
 
As you lay down your plans for any potential flood damage to your home in Camarillo, include SERVPRO as a resource for restoring your home. Our crew of experts is prepared to handle the toughest of emergencies, both by learning about the latest trends in the industry and by the field experience we have acquired through the years. Most importantly, we respond to your call 24/7 which is crucial in this type of emergency.  We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
 
After a flood, our SERVPRO team looks at what happens to your home but also considers what is happening in your area as a whole. Working within the guidelines and regulations of your municipality is essential when we extract flood waters from your home. Whether we are using our powerful truck-mounted pumps, our submersible pumps or handheld extractors, we dispose of the residue per environmental best practices. Our Green Fleet is well aware of the bacteria, and debris flood waters bring into your home, and we react quickly to remove them and prevent further damage.
 
We work diligently to dry, clean and disinfect every surface of your home. Our SERVPRO staff removes belongings that cannot be salvaged. As we near the end of the process, we focus on removing any lingering odors through different techniques, including thermal fogging, which penetrates all surfaces of your home to deodorize and neutralize smells and bacteria.
 
Do not face flood damage alone. Call SERVPRO of Camarillo at (805) 484-5009 and let us leave your home "Like it never even happened."

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Your Camarillo Home Can Be Restored To Pre-Damage Condition After A Fire Damage Disaster

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

After a fire, call SERVPRO of Camarillo at (805) 484-5009, so we can help with smoke and fire cleanup services.

Our Professional Fire Cleanup Services Makes Your Camarillo Home Beautiful Again

Small fires in Camarillo can make tremendous amounts of smoke that cover the walls and leaves a sticky residue. Leaving this on the surfaces can stain paint and require new paint to make things beautiful again. Our specialists can help you reduce aggravation and save money by removing the soot before those stains happen.

After any size fire in Camarillo, we encourage residents to call us for help with fire cleanup that removes soot and sticky residues. These deposits might seem minor at first, but it can surprise you how widespread soot and related soiling becomes. Our techniques and the tools we use make it easy for us to remove these layers of soot from walls and other places.

We can also clean items that may have become covered in grime. Items that you keep near windows or doorways can sustain more copious amounts of soiling because of air traveling through that leaves soot on those same objects. We use ultrasonic technology to remove foreign particles from personal belongings, leaving them free of dirt, stains, and odors.

SERVPRO's technicians arrive ready to start working, meaning we finish more quickly. We always keep our Green Fleet stocked with the tools needed to restore your home “Like it never even happened.” We do this because we know your family wants to move forward and forget the incident. Because of this, we are also prepared to remove any damaged items. Removing materials and belongings that burned or charred during a fire eliminates any possible health risks that these items might contain. We want to give your family a fresh start after such a disaster.

Restoration efforts flow more smoothly, when needed, after thorough fire cleanup services. During cleanup, we remove any hazards from the interior. We also use additional measures that clean the air and reduce odors. As soot disintegrates, it continually produces odors. We prevent both from happening, making your home much safer for occupants.

After a fire, call SERVPRO of Camarillo at (805) 484-5009, so we can help with smoke and fire cleanup services. We have IICRC certificates in this and related areas, in addition to extensive experience in mitigation and restoration of homes and businesses.

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Water Damage in Your Camarillo Property? Fast, Call SERVPRO!

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Leaves No Door Unopened in Its Quest for Water Damage Mitigation in Commercial and Residential Camarillo Properties

How SERVPRO Dries Structures and Mitigates a Water Loss in Camarillo

Many water damage emergencies in Camarillo do not affect the whole home or business, but even a little water can be devastating to a structure if it is not handled correctly. A second-floor plumbing leak can result in sagging ceilings on the first floor. Appliances can fail and dump gallons of water in a short period. The longer the water stands, the more damage it does.

SERVPRO of Camarillo gives special attention to the structure of any emergency clean up we do. We know the faster water is cleaned up and the property dried, the higher the potential to minimize loss. When you contact our emergency response team, we ask questions pertinent to the situation to ensure our technicians have the right equipment for your situation.

How Does Water Damage Affect Structures?

No matter where a structure is affected by a water loss, our SERVPRO of Camarillo technicians have the specialized training and equipment to handle it. Depending on the area of the property affected, different techniques are used to mitigate damage.

In attics, water spills require fast action. Especially if ventilation is blocked or deficient, moisture can build up quickly, and mold growth is a concern. Insulation made from cellulose tends to flatten and mat when wet and Rockwool insulation has metal content that may rust when exposed to water and is often unrecoverable. Fiberglass is nonporous insulation and can be dried and reinstalled on a case by case basis. Our SERVPRO of Camarillo team has the training to identify airflow problems and suggest solutions to the property owner after drying and remediating the space.

Not every water loss in a home or business results in moisture behind the walls. Our technicians check on every emergency call to determine if there are any vapor barriers behind walls using moisture meters and thermal imaging to ensure nothing is missed. If walls are wet due to a plumbing leak or other reason, SERVPRO technicians drill weep holes and remove baseboards when needed to allow for adequate airflow during the drying phase of remediation.

Flooring Needs Fast Attention

SERVPRO of Camarillo technicians know that all types of flooring require quick water cleanup and remediation. The adhesive on tiles maybe loosens and be a loss if exposed to high moisture conditions for too long. Composite and engineered boards for wood flooring may not be recoverable from a water loss.

Hardwood flooring, although it may cup and buckle as the wood absorbs water, can sometimes be recovered if it is caught early enough, using the specialized drying equipment such as drying mats. SERVPRO technicians use mats with holes in them to attach numerous hoses that force air into the wet floorboards.

SERVPRO Has Specialized Equipment for Drying

When the inner areas behind walls and baseboards, attics or other areas of a structure are affected by water damage, our technicians set up dehumidifiers and air movers with hoses directing air into the wall cavities to ensure moisture levels are reduced quickly for faster drying. This injecti-dry system pulls the water vapor out so it can dry faster.

The setting up of the drying equipment is unique to each emergency call SERVPRO of Camarillo works on. The air movers are positioned at angles to force water vapor off the surfaces. As the water vapor rises, it is captured and eliminated by dehumidifying equipment.

Dehumidifiers are used when running the air movers for efficient drying of the structure. Drywall that is too saturated to save through restoration efforts is measured with our detection equipment and removed above where the moisture ends to be sure no residual wetness remains.

Thorough Cleaning and Deodorizing After Drying

Once the surfaces are dry, water and mold damage technicians use our antifungal and antibacterial solutions to wipe down and clean anywhere that was affected by water. This action not only cleans and leaves a fresh scent, but it also inhibits the growth of mold and mildew.

Drying the structure eliminates most odors that were present when the structure was wet. If a strong smell remains and the possibility of mold has been reduced, robust odor control methods can be used by our technicians as needed to neutralize odors. We have methods ranging from time release gel pellets for mild odors to fogging solutions delivered by technicians to eliminate odors at the molecular level.

Avoiding Mold After Water Damage

When SERVPRO technicians work on a water removal or cleanup job, mold growth is always a concern as a secondary effect of a wet structure. Slow leaks, poor venting and vapor barriers that have been unseen in attics, behind walls, or areas of the property that are not checked often can harbor mold colonies. We have specialized methods for mold abatement that limits the spread of spores during remediation if mold is found to be already resident.

Because mold is a problem of an overly moist environment, rewetting the environment to clean it can seem counterproductive. One effective way to remove mold colonies from wood or organic structures that is a dry method is soda blasting. After containing the area to prevent the spread of spores, an abrasive mixture of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is delivered at a high rate of speed directed at mold colonies. This light abrasion loosens the mold and allows for easy cleanup. Our technicians can diagnose why the mold is an issue for the property owner and suggest steps that can be taken to avoid the return of mold in the future.

Once our technicians have completed work on the property, we do a walk-through with the owner and adjuster if necessary to ensure all water damage issues in the home or business have been addressed. We know a water loss event is stressful, and fast remediation and satisfaction with the result is our goal on every cleanup.

SERVPRO of Camarillo has the expertise and resources to turn back the clock on water damage in your home or commercial property. We are proud to serve our local community in Camarillo and the areas of 93010, and 93012. Our emergency response team is available 24/7 and arrive within hours after your initial call.

If Your Carpet In Your Camarillo Home Has Been Damaged By Water, Our Experts Can Help!

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Give our experienced SERVPRO of Camarillo response team a call anytime at (805) 484-5009.

Protecting The Carpeting Of Your Water Damaged Camarillo Home

When it comes to water loss incidents that can occur in your Camarillo home, protecting flooring and other construction materials is a vital component to our restoration approach. When you reach out to our professionals for mitigation and restoration amid a disaster, we can respond quickly with effective containment strategies to protect unaffected areas of your home as well as addressing the damage that exposed materials have already sustained.

Carpeting can become magnets for water damage in your Camarillo home, so we strive to prevent this flooring material from ever becoming saturated when possible. With a fast response to your emergency, we can employ the appropriate containment strategies to keep the water damage contained to its original affected area. Part of the effectiveness of this approach hinges on getting notified immediately of a water loss incident and getting our extraction and drying equipment going quickly.

Our SERVPRO team already has extraction and drying equipment loaded onto a production truck awaiting a call for an emergency threatening a local property. It is that readiness that helps us to complete jobs quickly because we can effectively implement our mitigation tactics to limit the spread of the damage and the effect on the entire household for an otherwise isolated incident. If carpeted areas of your home end up affected by a water loss incident, we have solutions to preserve this material.

Our weighted extractor, the ROVER, is a machine that forces water from carpeting and subflooring to the surface. This remote-controlled technology has an onboard vacuum to discharge extracted water from the material as it reaches the surface. Once the bulk of the saturation has gotten removed through this process, we can implement our advanced drying tools like air movers and dehumidifiers to handle the rest.

It has always been our philosophy with restoration to preserve original construction elements and materials when possible. This approach not only saves time, but it saves our customers money as well. Give our experienced SERVPRO of Camarillo response team a call anytime at (805) 484-5009.

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Why Professional Remediation Services are Necessary for Flood Damage in Camarillo

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding can occur at anytime. You can trust the SERVPRO Brand to help restore your property.

Every Camarillo homeowner can relate to one another in the desire to never waste the money that they earn. As critical as professional restoration can be when disasters like flooding occur, not all of your options in this regard have your wallet in mind when it comes to returning your property to preloss condition. Every aspect of our restoration from the inspection through reconstruction and the finished product get designed to be as seamless and efficient as possible to reduce out-of-pocket expenses and wasted time.

As troublesome as the need for flood removal in your Camarillo home might be, the wrong professional restoration, or worse DIY approaches, can often be damaging to your savings as well. Our SERVPRO professionals work with the best tools and equipment in the industry to provide quality, efficient service that can get you back into your restored home quickly.

We begin with a thorough inspection of your property and share our findings with you to show you what your home needs. Our honest and fair evaluation of your home can help you appreciate what your house needs to get back to preloss condition. We can even work alongside your insurance provider to ensure that damage claims filed can get approved quickly by providing the adjuster with the necessary documentation and evidence of the damage your property has sustained.

Much of our success in the area comes from our fast response to emergencies with the equipment that can make a difference quickly for your home. We have many levels of water extraction equipment from our extractor trucks to portable electric sump pumps to ensure that all areas of your home get efficient water removal efforts immediately. We also have licensed contractors to oversee controlled demolition and material removal to make the reconstruction to come seamless and fast.

You cannot predict when disasters like a flood can occur in your home but knowing who should restore the effects can save you time and money. Our SERVPRO of Camarillo rapid response team is available 24/7 by calling (805) 484-5009.

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Some Ways to Avoid Secondary Damages After a Fire in Camarillo

3/10/2019 (Permalink)

Having a fire at your business location can be overwhelming and stop production. Contact SERVPRO for commercial remediation efforts right away.

Utilizing Our Rapid Response Unit to Help with Camarillo Commercial Fire Damage

A property fire at your place of work can go beyond the remit of your in-house janitor team. Often, employees must be evacuated, and you cannot give the green light for them to return until you are sure the site is free from hazards or structural weakness. Smoke and soot deposits can also leave behind an unpleasant odor which is hard to source and harder to neutralize. In these circumstances, a professional solution is just a phone call away.

Availability is essential in dealing with commercial fire damage in Camarillo. Most business owners rely on a local service because call out times are typically reduced. SERVPRO operates a 24-hour emergency helpline and can arrange for an immediate call out from our rapid response team. Each team has IICRC qualified technicians who are led by an experienced project manager.

Having a direct line of communication between yourself and us can be the key to efficient service. We keep you informed every step of the way and, where necessary, can liaise with third-parties on your behalf to ensure that you only have to deal with one company from start to finish. Our inventories of service, materials and works done can be recorded to make it easier for you when handling your claim.

Our first port of call on any site exposed to fire is to check for immediate safety hazards as well as structural damage. We can perform emergency board ups to maintain the integrity of your property. Other options could be restoring electricity and cordoning off the affected zone to ensure soots, or odors, do not spread to other areas during cleaning.

SERVPRO has access to national scale resources which is why we are capable of completing any size commercial property restoration. It also allows us to deploy advanced equipment like soda blasting, sandblasting and industrial grade odor neutralizers. For retail properties, we can even use water-based solvents and chemicals to ensure your space remains clean and safe for your customers.

When you need emergency restoration, contact SERVPRO of Camarillo at (805) 484-5009.

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Our Fire Damage Technicians Can Restore Your Camarillo Home To Pre-Damage Condition Quickly And Efficiently

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

Call us to schedule an assessment and begin the process of putting your life back together again.

Professional Help Needed For Fire Ash Cleanup In Camarillo

Removing the sooty debris deposited inside Camarillo homes during a fire is not an ordinary cleaning challenge. Soot and ash require not only specialized techniques to remove them entirely without smearing and spread to unaffected areas, but they also are toxic and corrosive. Safety during removal to humans, pets, and contents is the highest priority. We have the training, tools, and precisely formulated products to take on the job.

Because fire ash cleanup in your Camarillo home is not an everyday occurrence, the protocols necessary and the timeline for completion are not familiar and hard to attain without the assistance of a fully-prepared professional fire restoration crew. Our technicians receive comprehensive training from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) coursework, honed by on the job experience.

SERVPRO arrives within hours of your first call, poised to assess your fire scenario and create a plan to clean up and restore your premises “Like it never even happened.” We evaluate the characteristics of the ash and soot deposited at the fire locus and all other spaces within your home. Understanding the connection between the types of fire ash and other residues and proven protocols and products to remove them is critical to a successful fire restoration outcome.

Paper and wood burn hot and quickly, leaving behind a light ash deposit best managed with HEPA-equipped vacuums and dry sponging. Other fire fuels, such as fabrics and wiring, tend to smolder, creating a thicker, more sticky soot that often responds best with a spray and wipe approach, sometimes with abrasive products or tools to dislodge the debris. SERVPRO researches available cleaners and equipment to give our customers the fastest and highest-quality results.

Since fires frequently start in kitchens, SERVPRO has strategies for dealing with the highly-adhesive protein-based soot and ash a grease and food fire deposits. The coating is thin and transparent but holds on like a varnish. We use solvents and agitation to loosen the residues.

Fire ash cleanup is a SERVPRO of Camarillo specialty; we have tools, technicians, and cleaners stocked in every service vehicle to avoid any delay. Call us at (805) 484-5009 to schedule an assessment and begin the process of putting your life back together again.

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It Is Vital After A Fire In Your Camarillo Home You Contact The Professionals At SERVPRO!

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

If you ever need prompt service from our highly trained team, call SERVPRO of Camarillo at (805) 484-5009 24 hours a day.

Camarillo's Fire Damage Experts Talk About The Importance Of Prompt Action

If a fire ever starts inside your Camarillo house, the heat and the smoke coming from the blaze can both cause problems with your building materials and other items inside your home. If your fire damage does not get treated by a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO right after it occurs, the problems can get worse. When the smoke from a burn flows throughout a building, it leaves behind soils and soot residues when it comes into contact with cooler surfaces like your walls and ceilings. If soot gets left on surfaces inside your home, they can cause permanent issues to any affected contents or structural components. The burnt aromas created during a fire damage situation can also get worse over time if deodorization measures do not get taken immediately.

After our SERVPRO technicians receive your emergency call, we arrive at your residence, ready to begin work right away. We offer fast 24/7 service when called to assist you with your fire damage problems in Camarillo. We are available to answer your phone call any day of the week and late at night. Our crews are located nearby so that we can arrive at your house shortly after we receive the call and start assessing the situation. We come prepared with test cleaning kits so we can determine what can be saved through cleaning and restoration and which objects must be removed and replaced.

Before any inspecting or work begins, our team goes through your home and identifies any potential safety hazards. For example, sometimes burnt ceiling tiles or drywall can be hanging down and presenting a fall hazard. In this case, we can remove the items and make sure there is nothing loose to fall and hurt anyone.

After our crew deems the affected area safe, we begin inspecting your home for potential issues. As a result of the inspection, we compose an initial estimate containing the work we think will need to be done to return your house to its preloss state “Like it never even happened.” If you ever need prompt service from our highly trained team, call SERVPRO of Camarillo at (805) 484-5009 24 hours a day.

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Camarillo Property Owners Trust SERVPRO for Storm Damage Mitigation

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Camarillo Homes, Flooding, and SERVPRO to the Rescue

Water Extraction for Your Flooded Home in Camarillo

When local storms have caused flooding, and the floodwaters have invaded your home, it can be very disconcerting and stressful. To get your home back its preloss condition as soon as possible and avoid additional damage, you want the help of a professional remediation company.

Our expertly trained staff at SERVPRO® can perform professional extraction for your flooded Camarillo home. We know all the preservation techniques and safety procedures to make the entire process efficient and safe for everyone involved. Plus, our prompt response to your emergency helps us to avoid additional damage to the structure of your home, your contents, and avoid mold growth.

Upon arrival, we can assess the situation and quickly take note of any damaged areas in your home so we can determine the best course of action and also provide an estimate. We then can begin pumping the standing water out with truck-mounted pumps so that we can dry your home out. The longer the water remains, the more time-consuming and costlier the process can be to restore your home, so we do not hesitate to get started.

Our SERVPRO estimator can interface with you and your insurance company to expedite the paperwork and develop an accurate budget for the work to be completed professionally. We want you to be able to focus on yourself and your family while we take care of the hard stuff. Take the time to eat well, get sleep, and be grateful for your health. Your belongings can be replaced, but people cannot. We understand and are also live in this community.

SERVPRO of Camarillo takes pride in the care we take in restoring your home. We also want to make the process as easy for you as we can, so reach out to us at (805) 484-5009 as soon as the storm subsides.

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When A Water Damage Disaster Happens In Your Camarillo Home, You Need A Professional Restoration Company!

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Camarillo, we aim to be your best resource whenever you detect water damage to your home.

My Camarillo Home Has Water Damage, Now What?

It's not uncommon to hear of a friend or neighbor who experienced water damage to their home. Aside from the usual culprits such as severe storms and flash flooding, as a homeowner, it is important to consider water damage that may come from within the house. If your home's pipes are old, or if an appliance is malfunctioning, it is very possible that you will have to call for help when any of them break.

If your Camarillo home is experiencing water damage, the team at SERVPRO is ready to lend its knowledge and expertise to resolve your issue and safeguard your home and belongings as much as possible. Water damage does not have to be dramatic to require our assistance; minor indicators can be enough to reach out to us and stop the damage from becoming worse. Some signs that there may be water damage gradually happening to your home may include unexplained stains on the wall or ceiling, uneven flooring, strange smells, and peeling paint. Just being vigilant and preemptive can be the key to avoiding an overwhelming amount of water damage to your home.

Our SERVPRO team is well equipped with suitable technology to ascertain the depth and extent of the damage caused by water to your home. We are available 24/7, so we can rapidly respond when you place a call and promptly stop the water source from wreaking more havoc. Our Green Fleet has at its disposal equipment for all sizes of water damage from pumps to wet-vacs so that the water extraction process is a thorough one. The Green Fleet also carries dehumidifiers and heat fans, among other tools, to make sure your home is dry after the water has been extracted. This comprehensive and timely approach to treating water damage is what allows us to respond effectively to the needs of our clients.

At SERVPRO of Camarillo, we aim to be your best resource whenever you detect water damage to your home. Whether you spot it early on, or if your home is significantly flooded, our team and equipment are able to tackle water damage of any size. Just call us at (805) 484-5009 and allow us to put our team at your disposal, so the water damage in your home is removed quickly and safely.

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In Camarillo, SERVPRO Says We Cleanup Preventable Fire Damage Caused by Appliances

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

The Result of a Lint Fire in Camarillo--Call SERVPRO for a Cleanup and Restoration

Improper Dryer Care Can Cause Fires in Your Camarillo Home

The appliances in your Camarillo home help to make life more comfortable, but taking care of them and using them correctly is critical to a longer life and safe operation. Dryers, for example, can become dangerous if they do not get used properly, and this can result in disasters like fires occurring in the residence. Understanding how these situations happen and what can occur to restore the damage is essential knowledge for the modern homeowner.

While you might not think of your dryer as a source for fire damage in your Camarillo home, this disaster can occur more readily than most homeowners believe. Often, these combustions occur when the excessive heat (often upwards of 500 degrees or more) ignites lint or other loose debris within and around the drum. Preventing this situation from occurring is often little more than ensuring that between uses, the lint trap gets cleared of any collected buildup and that your ventilation discharge hose remains clear of buildup as well. We also inspect and can clean out the venting system for the appliance to increase efficiency and reduce potential fires.

Often homeowners are unaware of the severity of cleaning out their lint filters often, and fire can result. When a disaster like this occurs, the effects can spread far beyond the laundry area of your home and affect multiple rooms and floors. Our SERVPRO professionals can arrive quickly to begin our thorough assessment of this damage to determine the best approach to restore it efficiently and cost-effectively.

From our initial mitigation work with packing out at-risk items and removing harmful particulates from the air inside your home to our licensed reconstruction contractors within our team that can rebuild overly damaged areas of your property, we offer a comprehensive package to our customers that make the restoration work as seamless and stress-free as possible.

Fires can begin from many sources, but appliances can easily ignite a blaze without the proper management and use. If you experience a disaster that damages your property, let our SERVPRO of Camarillo rapid response team help you make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (805) 484-5009.

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How Our Team Uses Extraction And Drying Equipment During Our Water Restoration Process In Camarillo

1/1/2019 (Permalink)

Call us at (805) 484-5009 when drains back up and washers overflow.

Commercial Mitigation Of Water Uses Extraction And Drying Methods To Restore Camarillo Laundromats

Patrons who wash clothing rarely intend on causing problems with the equipment in your Camarillo laundromat, but things do happen. Someone might forget to check the pockets in their child's clothing, allowing small papers to go through the wash cycle. These little pieces of papers and other forgotten things can end up leading to clogged drains after washing down through your equipment.

When backups in your laundromat's drain system cause flooding, commercial water damage services in Camarillo are designed for extracting and drying out the interior of your business. While water remains or the floor, your business contains too many risks to allow business to continue normally. SERVPRO can get things normalized for you quickly.

Extracting the water and getting your floors dried out also protects your investment from turning into a water damage statistic. Many types of flooring cannot withstand long-term exposure to heavy moisture and remain covered in a sheet of water can cause permanent problems. We can often save floors from this fate by getting not only the surface dry but by also pulling the moisture out from underneath the floor's surface.

Many times, the floor's tiny cracks permit water to enter but then retain that moisture, allowing damage to spread, weakening the floor covering. Our Injectidry equipment gets things to dry all the way through, from the surface to underlay, saving your floor. This means that you don't need to replace your floor to protect from slip and fall accidents.

When walls become saturated inside their cavities, we again use the Injectidry to make even and steady drying possible inside. The way we perform this helps keep microbes like mildew and mold from growing inside walls and behind equipment. We understand the risk of this and can treat areas more prone to developing such infestations to decrease the risk.

SERVPRO of Camarillo can help get a flooded laundromat's excess water cleaned up and dried out, making it safe for patrons and staff. Call us at (805) 484-5009 when drains back up and washers overflow.

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Three Reasons Why SERVPRO is Needed to Remediate Mold in Your Camarillo Home

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that experts recommend that mold infested areas greater than 10 feet be professionally remediated for mold damage?

The Basics of Mold Remediation in a Home in Camarillo

When you discover that your home contains areas covered in mold, you might feel at first that you can control the invasion from countless microorganisms yourself. However, industry standards recommend that areas larger than ten square feet almost always require professional remediation.  

SERVPRO is Faster To Any Size Disaster and always ready to send out IICRC-certified mold remediation specialists to Camarillo when you call us. There are a few basic methods used during almost all of the mold remediation work we conduct. Reading about these procedures might explain why many experts who study microorganisms find value in professional mold remediation.  

Detecting Water in all the Wrong Places

Finding water that nourishes mold and other microbes is a crucial aspect of mold remediation. Our infrared cameras detect temperature fluctuations, helping us locate all of the sources that allowed mold to grow out of control. Once discovered, we close these sources off, making it impossible for microbes to get their next drink.  

Mold Spores, Particles, and Dust

We use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to ensure that we do not inhale any mold spores and particles from scraped or blasted mold. This equipment consists of goggles, as well, to protect our eyes from anything that might become a tiny projectile. Other types of PPE include gloves, boots, and full suits, all designed to protect us from temporary hazards while remediating mold.  

Containment chambers enclose the area we work in and keep mold from spreading within your house. An essential component of these chambers includes the use of air scrubbers or air movers attached to flexible tubing that directs fast-moving air outside while drawing relatively clean air into the chamber. We use air scrubbers outside of the chamber, as well, to trap any mold spores already released by mold colonies before beginning our work.  

Cleanup and Prevention

We want to make sure that we do not leave any traces of remediated mold behind once we leave your home, and clean the area with vacuums that use HEPA filters. To prevent future situations, we treat specific areas in your home that might have an increased risk of developing mold damage again. We use liquid antimicrobials that dry quickly to a nontoxic and unnoticeable film that not only prevent future growth but trap and kill any remaining microbes in the area.  

SERVPRO of Camarillo would like to partner with you by providing mold remediation to your home's interior and making things just “Like it never even happened.” We always treat our customers' homes like we would want our residences handled. You can reach us for this and other mitigation needs by calling (805) 484-5009, 24/7, 365 days a year.

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SERVPRO Advises Camarillo Homeowners to Contact Professionals for Water Removal and Restoration

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Hardwood Floors, Camarillo, and SERVPRO after a Water Loss

Water Cleanup Procedures to Restore the Floors of Your Camarillo Property

The water cleanup procedures that we put in place are determined by the severity of the water-damaging incident. Some situations may be regarded as minor, while some as major cleanup tasks. No matter how lesser the event is, without immediate response, that insignificant damage may end up spreading to the entire structure. To prevent continued effects on your Camarillo property, drying the moisture is necessary.
 
Our SERVPRO team performs cleanup procedures that attend to the needs of the floors of your Camarillo home after the water event. Irrespective of the type of floor or floors you have in your property, our technicians have the skills to perform the necessary water damage cleanup procedures. We understand that the kind of floor you have can directly affect the quantity of water that remains on the surfaces. We are going to cover some of the processes we employ when remediating different flooring materials after a water loss.
 
A water dousing can make the charm and uniqueness of any hardwood flooring disappear. It is essential to understand that the effects of water on the floor may fail to be immediately noticed when there is a pool of water in your home. For instance, floors made of maple or oak may take up to 5 - 6 days to react with the moisture. So, never make a mistake of assuming all is well when you fail to notice any side effects. Our team has the right tools to extract the water and salvage your hardwood flooring. If there is too much saturation and the dehumidifiers and air movers cannot efficiently dry the area, we can remove the flooring to speed up the drying process.
 
Though engineered flooring is pretty durable and easy to maintain, you still need professional help when you experience a water event, especially after getting exposed to large quantities of water. The water can cause the floor to warp and eventually get damaged. Some floors may even crown, cup, split, buckle or crack. SERVPRO can use drying mats and injectidry methods to expedite the drying time in an attempt to salvage the boards. Typically, laminated floor planks do not stand up well to saturation since the core is a compressed wood product, and not made from solid woods. We spray the areas with disinfectants to prevent the possibility of mold growth.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Camarillo when your home experiences water damage. Call us at (805) 484-5009 to benefit from our immediate response and professional help.

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Let Our Crew Help You Deal With The Aftermath Of A Fire In Your Camarillo Home

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Camarillo is always ready to answer your questions and provide guidance so you can more easily handle the restoration of your home.

Complying With Inspections After Fire Damage Is Why Many Homeowners In Camarillo Choose SERVPRO

Fire changes the physical structure of anything it burns, including homes in Camarillo. These changes weaken or destroy structures, making them highly unsafe. SERVPRO can help make things normal again and restore your home's structure and safe condition. Our specialists understand the testing process that local inspectors use and keep these aspects in mind while working on your home's mitigation.

These and other reasons are why SERVPRO is first on the minds of many residents when they need to do something about fire damage in their Camarillo home. Although you and your family plan on returning home and living in the house, others must clear our work after inspecting to ensure that it is safe for occupants.

Wooden beams inside your walls may suffer from slow burning or charring. While a beam may have never caught on fire, it can become weak in areas. Other concerns about charred beams are that some professionals consider soot to be a possible carcinogen. Even if your family is never directly exposed to the charred areas, its presence and its weakened state can cause inspectors to refuse to pass a home's inspection. Blasting these areas to remove the charred portions, so fresh wood is exposed, which we then seal with an approved sealant, helps pass inspection.

If your furnace or HVAC system was running when the fire happened, soot and smoke could end up inside these units. Once your home's mitigation and restoration finishes, an inspector checks these areas closely. SERVPRO makes sure these areas are clean and residue-free.

Removal of the water firefighters used to extinguish the fire can cause related damage, as can the elevated amounts of water vapor in your home. We get this removed from your home, so microbial infestations remain under control, helping your home pass another part of an inspection.

We understand you just want your home back together, “Like it never even happened.” We are here to help you achieve this goal, and restore it back to a condition that can easily pass any inspection.

SERVPRO of Camarillo is always ready to answer your questions and provide guidance so you can more easily handle the restoration of your home. Inspections must occur for your family to legally reoccupy your home, and we know how to help you accomplish this. Call us at (805) 484-5009 at any hour of the day or night, any day of the year.

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Our Water Damage Restoration Services Can Save Your Camarillo Commercial Property

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Customers don’t want to see water damage in your Camarillo area office building.

Water Damage Restoration Services Designed To Protect Your Camarillo Area Office Building

People looking to do business with your Camarillo office often make that decision relatively early on. If you have an office that doesn’t look like you maintain it well or take pride in its appearance, they often take their business elsewhere. When a person gets a comfortable, confident, professional impression, any reservations they had about doing business with your office can fall away.

Customers don’t want to see water damage in your Camarillo area office building. It makes it easy for them to think that is how you do business and become fearful that you might supply them with the same quality of work.

SERVPRO offers much better ways to manage water damage problems in your building. Whether you have water problems due to flash floods, faulty equipment, broken pipes, or hidden moisture, we can help. We provide you with a thorough inspection of your property, checking drainage, grading, gutters, downspouts, and roofing materials for damages that lead to pooling water. Our technicians also check for leaks in your roof, cracks in your foundation, and structural weaknesses that severely impact your business.

SERVPRO technicians take a look at appliances and fixtures found in your breakroom, bathroom, or utility rooms. We check for wear and tear that causes problems over time and make recommendations that protect your office building from appliance failures. It helps to understand which areas are more susceptible to leaks and other surprises so that you and your employees can call for help before things have an opportunity to get out of hand.

SERVPRO technicians use infrared moisture detectors and hygrometers to locate hidden pockets of moisture in your walls. We can also detect problems with plumbing lines and get discoloration, staining, sagging, bulging, or buckling on your walls, floors, and ceiling under control. Our team is also well versed in mold remediation, making the discovery of hidden patches of mold and mildew quick and easy.

Contact SERVPRO of Camarillo to receive answers to any lingering questions or to begin your office's water restoration process, today. We are available 24/7, 365, day or night. Call us at (805) 484-5009.

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For Camarillo Homeowners, Depend on SERVPRO to Cleanup Your Wild-Fire Damaged Home

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Camarillo Properties and WildFires--After the Flames Are Out, and the Area Safe, Call SERVPRO's Crack Crew

24-Hour Service for WildFire Damages Affecting Your Camarillo Home

When disaster strikes your Camarillo home, you need fast-acting professionals to arrive after you call and help preserve your home and its contents as effectively as they can. After a wildfire breaks out close to your property, your first look at the damages can feel overwhelming. With highly trained professionals available 24/7, our franchise can help you to overcome all of the damaging effects of the smoke and heat on your home.

Fire damages can vary depending on the severity and source in a Camarillo home, but the need for immediate mitigation and effective restoration to follow does not change under normal conditions. But this is not. Our SERVPRO response team is available 24 hours a day, including holidays, to be there for every customer exactly when they need assistance. With the escalated timelines for water and fire damages, mitigation needs to occur as promptly as possible to avoid irreparable damages that have not already taken hold. Access is crucial as soon as the fire marshalls give the okay to return to your property.

Mitigation work is critical to preserving your home from ongoing effects that weaken and degrade it leading up to restoration work. From improving air quality where potential hazards are present with HEPA filtered air scrubbers to emergency board up services to prevent further elemental damages, our team can help.

Competency and experience are at the forefront of what your home and its current damages require the most. Our SERVPRO technicians undergo extensive training to obtain IICRC certifications in both Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration as well as Odor Removal. These certifications are just the beginning for our technicians, as each of them gets encouraged to continue expanding their certifications and experience through ongoing training opportunities in-house and online. We strive to provide our customers with technicians that have the expertise and knowledge to face any effect they encounter on a fire restoration project. Large, natural disasters like a wildfire need careful consideration and planning to mitigate the losses.

Whether a fire the size of Rhode Island or just a kitchen flare-up affects your property, you can reach our SERVPRO of Camarillo emergency response team anytime by calling (805) 484-5009.

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The Real Truth About Carpets and Camarillo Water Damage

11/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage to your carpet or other flooring can be quite extensive. Contact SERVPRO to assess, dry out and remediate any damage.

What Happens to Water-Damaged Carpeting in Camarillo?

One of the most vulnerable materials in the average home in Camarillo to water damage is carpeting. Most types of carpets cannot resist significant volumes of water and may become damaged beyond repair even by relatively mild incidents. Through our fast response times and well-rounded selection of treatments, SERVPRO can restore rather than replace as much carpet as possible, but often still has to replace sections of carpeting, if not the entire floor space. Here are some of the effects of water damage you may see to carpeted floors in your home.

Warping and Bending
One of the most visible signs of water damage to a Camarillo home may be the warping and bending of carpeted floors. After water naturally evaporates from some types of carpet, they can shrink and bend, often pulling away from walls and seams to create ugly gaps on the floor. Depending on the material used, we may be able to stop this from happening, but any section of carpet that has already warped most often has to be replaced.

Discoloration
Water damage can cause carpeting to lose its color, either through a washing away of pigments or color bleed between one material and another. If the carpet has any separate rugs on top of it, be sure to remove them and place them somewhere dry and where you can contain any dyed water that may leak out. Otherwise, you may need to either replace the section of discolored carpet or move on with a visible stain.

Ruined Tack Strips
In some cases, as carpeting warps and shrinks, it may pull hard enough against tack strips to permanently damage them. Also, if the spread of water was extensive enough, it may have soaked into them and altered their shape. Laying down new tack strips is not an expensive process, but it is a complication that can lengthen the restoration process.

SERVPRO of Camarillo prioritizes restoration over replacement and can help to save as much of your carpeting as possible after water damage. Call us at (805) 484-5009.
 
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You Can Count On SERVPRO When Dealing With Flood Damage To Your Camarillo Home

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

High winds and torrential rainfall can be a lethal combination for the construction materials on the outside of your home.

Storms Can Allow Flooding In Your Camarillo Residence

Many Camarillo homeowners are familiar with the severe weather systems that can affect the area with minimal warning. What is more alarming that even this potential problem, is the effects that these severe systems can have on the homes throughout the region. High winds and torrential rainfall can be a lethal combination for the construction materials on the outside of your home, tearing off siding, breaking windows, damaging roofs, and even uprooting trees.

For all of these potential storm effects that could result, many Camarillo homeowners have taken to prepare for the persistent threat of flood damages. Any compromise in the exterior defenses of your home can allow for high volumes of runoff water and the rainfall to enter directly into the residence, spreading quickly throughout adjoined spaces. Fast reaction on your part to contact our SERVPRO emergency response team can help limit the damage that this situation can cause and ultimately help the restoration take less time.

From the moment that our emergency response team arrives at your home, our mission is to determine where the water can enter your home and to seal up this area as best as we can. While these measures are often little more than a bandage for the primary problem, boarding and tarping overexposed areas can prevent more water from entering your home until the damaged area can get rebuilt.

Our SERVPRO team can begin our restoration work following the repairs getting done. In the meantime, we can help in areas like extraction and other mitigation techniques to prevent the issue from getting any worse than it has already become. Once your home is secured again, our restoration can help you to dry out the affected areas completely and to resolve any secondary effects that could have occurred as well.

It is always our intention to minimize our effect on your life, and that comes with offering services 24/7 and working to make our restoration process as efficient as possible. You can depend on our SERVPRO of Camarillo emergency response team to help mitigate your loss when you face a flood, and take all of the necessary steps to return your property to preloss condition. Give SERVPRO a call anytime that you need us at (805) 484-5009.

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Warning: What Can You Do About Mold Damage in Your Camarillo Coffee Shop Right Now

10/21/2018 (Permalink)

Seeing or smelling mold in your coffee shop can inhibit your customers from visiting. Contact SERVPRO to investigate and remediate.

Remediating Mold Damage to Your Camarillo Coffee Shop

Running a coffee shop in the Camarillo area puts you up against some stiff franchise competition. The loyalty of your customers, however, is often exclusively contingent on your ability to provide your service when it is needed. An unforeseen emergency or hazardous condition within your shop can limit your ability to service those customers. Mold and microbial growth can happen without your knowledge, and its presence requires immediate intervention from certified technicians like ours.

Mold damages in Camarillo can spread quickly throughout your coffee shop, spanning far beyond its source and affecting multiple areas simultaneously. Not only does this organism threaten the structure of your building and its construction materials, but it also presents a health code violation for business owners in the food and beverage industry. Combatting this presence in your building requires the right equipment and expertise, and our SERVPRO remediation technicians go through rigorous training regiments to achieve their certification through the IICRC.

One of the primary concerns with mold damages in your shop is the effect that this organism can have on the building itself. As the mold spreads, this colony feeds on organic material that it seats into, eroding and degrading this material. Worse still, as the colony grows, its spores travel away from the active location and seek new places to seat and thrive throughout the area. Our SERVPRO technicians work to limit this spread by isolating the colony during the removal process.

It is important to stress the urgency of mold remediation due to its potential health effects for those exposed to the colony. This exposure could be staff or customers, and that is why the health department takes such a rigid stance on the presence of mold in your shop. Our technicians can work quickly to remove this threat and return your shop to pre-mold conditions.

At the first sign of mold, any business owner should understand the importance of professional remediation. Our SERVPRO of Camarillo applied microbial remediation technicians can respond 24/7 to the problem at hand and help you remove the organism and restore the damages that it has caused. Give our emergency response team a call anytime at (805) 484-5009.

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

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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."

Read more at We stop thieves taking rich pickings from wildfire-devastated communities

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."

Read more at How to Shut Off Utilities in an Emergency

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

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

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."

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

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.”"

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

How to remove mold and mildew from anything and everything

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

"Mold and mildew thrive in moist conditions. That means musty-smelling growth can be found just as easily on damp clothing as it can on carpets and upholstered furniture. (Ew!)

To help avoid this situation, TODAY Home asked some cleaning pros the best way to manage mold.

Here's how to remove mold and mildew from ...

...WHITE-COTTON CLOTHING

Olivia Joyce, cleaning pro with Move Out Mates, has two effective ways to deal with mold, depending on the fabric involved.

Bleach is the most effective way to remove mold and mildew from clothing made out of white cotton, Joyce says. Apply a solution of one part bleach to three parts water to the stain and allow the solution to sit for a few minutes, then launder as usual."

Read more at How to remove mold and mildew from anything and everything

Big rain coming! Check out these tips from VCFD

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

TIPS: READY FOR RAIN

In anticipation of the forecasted rainy weather, Ventura County public safety agencies are encouraging people to prepare. 

Residents living in, and around Thomas Fire burn areas or near flood-prone areas, need to prepare for this storm as well as the rest of the rainy season. Plan ahead by signing up to receive mobile emergency text alerts at www.VCAlert.org and taking the following additional steps: 

TAKE ACTION:

  • Sign-up to receive “VC Alert” mobile messages by contacting VC Alert Hotline at (805) 648-9283 or visiting www.vcalert.org. Subscribers will receive emergency notifications such as evacuation notices specific to their neighborhood.
  • Make a supply kit for your home and car - flashlight, water, food, personal medical supplies, filled prescriptions and a charged smartphone with internet access in case local roads are temporarily closed.
  • Download a “Ready, Set, Go!” flood preparation plan and follow its guidance. For information inEspañol, click here.

Read more at Tips: Ready for Rain

The Worst 5 Things You Can Do When Threatened By Mudslides

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Recently, Southern California has been being hit by a spate of deadly mudslides. Video available online shows rivers of mud careening down streets, carrying cars along in the flow. Twenty people have been confirmed killed and 28 injured, with 8 more people unaccounted for at the time of this writing.

While not on the top of most people’s disaster risk checklist, mudslides are extremely dangerous. We can see that by looking at what is happening in California. But as mudslides go, these have been rather minor. In 2010, a mudslide swallowed an entire town of 300 homes in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, as people slept in their beds.

Rescue efforts were hampered by damage to the roads, which had to be cleared before workers could get to the town.

Read more at The Worst 5 Things You Can Do When Threatened By Mudslides

Why the California wildfires are spreading so quickly

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

This article was originally published in December as the Thomas fire continued to rage.  It is an informative look into how the fire spread so rapidly and how we can prevent it in the future.

t's been an especially devastating year for wildfires in California, with four of the deadliest in the last 12 months, according to state records.

In October, fires ravaged Northern California's wine country in Napa and Sonoma counties, destroying an estimated 8,900 structures and leaving more than 40 people dead.Now a round of wildfires has broken out in Southern California, and they may be scarier than the October fires.  The Thomas Fire in Ventura County had burned 96,000 acres as of Thursday, making it twice as big as Washington, D.C., and nearly three times bigger than the most destructive of the Napa-Sonoma fires."

First Impressions

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

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The old saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression,” is especially true in the case of disasters.

In the restoration and mitigation world, we deal with people under unusual stress. Their homes and businesses have been damaged or destroyed, and their lives have been disrupted in an unexpected way. We work in these environments every day, and we become accustomed to viewing things in a very clinical or detached way.

We need to remember, even though this may be the tenth flooded home we’ve been in this week, it is the first time our client has had their home torn apart — first by water and then by a mitigation crew. There are many emotions that people experience when their homes, businesses and lives are interrupted suddenly. I believe we don’t give our clients enough credit for how valiantly most of them respond under the circumstances."

Read more at First Impressions

New Tools Bring Success to Mold Projects

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

"As a professional who has been involved in the mold remediation industry ever since it emerged from the shadows of the more general concept of an indoor air quality problem, I find it fascinating to see how much the science and practice of fungal control continues to change. While many restoration and cleaning contractors have the mistaken idea that the “mold hysteria” has peaked, the reality is the industry is in a continuing development stage. Anyone who thinks there is nothing new in the mold field should sit in on one of the weekly teleconference discussions among the professionals who are working on the fourth edition of the IICRC’s S520 Standard for Professional Mold Remediation. The debate and discussion is just as vigorous and enlightening as it was when I served on the committee to produce the inaugural edition in 2001 and 2002."

Read more at New Tools Bring Success to Mold Projects

Keep Commercial Carpeting Looking Its Best

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Office buildings, schools, hospitals, retail outlets, and other commercial properties experience a large amount of foot traffic. With the traffic comes tracked-in dirt that soils the carpet and creates an unhealthy environment. As a cleaning professional, you need to know exactly how to clean carpets and how often to clean them. Follow these best practices for cleaning a commercial carpet to preserve its natural appearance and extend its life.

Cleaning Frequency

A common belief holds that professionally cleaning a carpet too often will shorten its lifespan and destroy its natural appearance. Thus, building managers tend to wait to clean the carpet until it’s absolutely necessary. The truth is that properly cleaning a carpet with greater frequency will help it retain its beauty and give it longer life.

Read more at Keep Commercial Carpeting Looking Its Best

Survey Finds Close to 80% of Homeowners Overlook Costly Water Leak Exposure When Heading Out on Vacation

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

"WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J.– August 21, 2017 – A new survey from Chubb finds that while on vacation, just 19% of homeowners view internal water leak damage as the most concerning home threat, despite the fact that water leaks are a more frequent risk than fire and theft.

“The time between when a leak occurs and when it is discovered is the single greatest factor in determining the amount of damage,” said Fran O’Brien, Division President of Chubb North America Personal Risk Services. “As a result, leaks that occur while you’re away result in greater amounts of damage, in terms of both cost and severity.”

Instances of water damage have been rising dramatically. In the past 10 years, the frequency of sudden pipe bursts has nearly doubled. In 2015, water damage accounted for nearly half of all property damage, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Chubb’s new Homeowners’ Water Risk Survey measures homeowners’ attitudes toward home protection, the risks they’re most concerned about and what they are overlooking. The online survey of 1,200 homeowners finds that just 8% of homeowners correctly identify August as the month with the most water leak events, and when subsequently heading out on a late-summer vacation, just 22% shut off the water main (despite 88% knowing where it is located within their home)."

Read more at Survey Finds Close to 80% of Homeowners Overlook Costly Water Leak Exposure When Heading Out on Vacation

Water Damage Restoration Tips Hurricane Victims Often Miss

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, many homeowners are struggling to get up to speed on water damage restoration—the process it takes to repair a home that's endured a flood or other water-related problems.

Even at the minor level of a leaky roof or burst pipe, water damage can easily hit homeowners with bills amounting to several thousand dollars—and with a hurricane, that number can skyrocket. All told, estimates from AccuWeather put the damage from Irma at more than $100 billion, and Harvey at $190 billion, which makes summer 2017 the costliest weather disaster season in U.S. history.

 

The good news: Water damage restoration is typically covered by insurance—be it flood insurance or a basic homeowners policy. According to the Insurance Information Institute, water damage makes up about 20% of all insurance claims in the U.S.

Read more at Water Damage Restoration Tips Hurricane Victims Often Miss

How to Detect and Fix Leaking Pipes Under a Slab Foundation

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

When you have pipes that run under concrete slab foundation, you need to know how to identify leaking pipes and potential hot spots in a timely fashion. Identifying slab leaks quickly allows them to be repaired before any lasting damage can be done to the structure.

Detecting Water Leaks Under Slabs Foundation

There are quite a few ways to detect leaking pipes that occur under slab foundation. The most common include:

  • Higher than normal water bills
  • High meter readings
  • Hot spots in the concrete (normally from hot water leaks)
  • Hearing water flowing but the faucets are turned off
  • Moisture and areas of mildew under carpet and linoleum
  • Cracks that start small and begin to rapidly spread outward

If you know your home, you’ll be able to detect subtle differences in the concrete slabs rather easily. Don’t discount the changes that you see. Instead, call a professional and have the area carefully examined.

Read more at How to Detect and Fix Leaking Pipes Under a Slab Foundation

What causes mold in a house?

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

What causes mold in a house? Well, there are several factors that contribute to the development of mold. Mold is usually a result of the right combination of factors, not one single thing. Understanding the causes of mold is important when attempting to prevent and eliminate household mold.

If you fail to eliminate the causes of mold, mold will simply return as soon as you clean it up. In addition to telling you about things that may cause mold in your house, we’ll tell you how to prevent mold caused by those things.

MOLD SPORES FROM OUTDOORS

It’s important to understand that mold has to come from somewhere. There are hundreds of different types of mold in the environment and when mold spores drift indoors through an open window or door, or when people carry mold spores indoors on their shoes, clothing or other items, those spores then settle on household surfaces. Leaky roofs or flood waters can also bring mold spores indoors. If the mold spores settle on damp surfaces, mold usually begins to grow there."

Read more at: What causes mold in a house?

Drone technology transforming storm damage assessment

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

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ARGYLE, TEXAS - Despite a stretch of sunny weather, insurance companies are still in the field working to survey damage several severe storms left behind in North Texas. 

"We've been through experiences like that, but this was probably the worst," said Scott Kennedy, a homeowner in Argyle.

Kennedy and his family rode out the storm just fine -- that's the good news -- but his Argyle roof took a beating during last month’s storms. It may not look like much, but even minor roof damage can be expensive.

"And then we started to hear tornado sirens and so then we all huddled into the middle of the house and we could hear hail starting to hit the roof,” Kennedy said. “You just could tell that there was a lot going on outside.”"

Read more at Drone technology transforming storm damage assessment

The Triple Threat: Fire, Hoarding & Biohazard Cleanup

6/23/2017 (Permalink)

On a warm, sunny day back in June, I had the opportunity to check out some job sites with SunGlo Services Operations Manager Bob Graham. SunGlo is a large restoration company based in the Metro Detroit area. Bob and I had five or six stops to make across a rather large area of Southeastern Michigan as he checked in on the progress of some jobs, and some new work just coming in.

For me, this ride-along was an opportunity to see restorers and jobs in action – and not just try to learn about the work from behind a desk, or through reading articles. I can safely say it was a very eye-opening experience. One particular stop stands out.

Early Warning Signs

Late in the morning, we arrived at a home that had experienced a house fire overnight. The homeowner was there seeming to assess the scene, and someone from CRDN had also just pulled up to take a look at what soft contents in the home might be salvageable. The problem was… we couldn’t get into the home. The house had been boarded up and the fire marshal had put a lock on the door. I’m sure you’ve all been to scenes like this where the fire marshal is still investigating and hasn’t cleared it for restoration or cleanup yet.

Read more at The Triple Threat: Fire, Hoarding & Biohazard Cleanup

Planning For And Preventing Water Intrusion In Buildings

6/23/2017 (Permalink)

Excess moisture in the built environment not only causes physical damage deleterious to buildings, it can also lead to adverse health effects and compromised indoor air quality (IAQ). These conditions will likely lead to fungal growth if not dealt with immediately and properly. Whether the cause of water intrusion is a catastrophic event, such as a building flood, or an ongoing maintenance or construction issue, a proper and timely response can save time and money.

Moisture sources that can impact buildings can be divided into two broad categories, internal and external. Internal sources of moisture include building-related systems such as plumbing and mechanical systems. External sources of moisture intrusion typically involve water or moisture entering the built environment through the building envelope such as penetrations through the roof, expansion joints, sub-slab, windows, doors, etc. Some sources of water intrusion may be attributed to construction or material defects and could have legal implications.

Read more at: Planning For And Preventing Water Intrusion In Buildings

Why written guidelines and procedures can protect your plumbing business

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

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I grew up in my family’s plumbing, heating, and cooling company, and among my earliest memories are those of my dad getting calls in the middle of the night from people with heating emergencies — a homeowner whose furnace had quit or a bakery where they needed the steam from the boilers for their baking. When this happened, rather than leave me at the house, he’d take me with him.

I remember it being fun to go on those calls. The bakers liked me and would feed me bagels, cookies, and cake while my dad toiled to get their boilers up and running. Not so much fun for my dad, though, who had worked hard all day and was now working late into the night!"

Read more at Why you need to have written policies and procedures

Certified? Wide range of services? Available 24/7? Reputable? That'a SERVPRO to a T!

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

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Spring is prime time for flood disasters in Michigan. Weather-related calamities can wreak havoc on your home. It pays to be prepared! Choosing a water mitigation company before you have a flood emergency will save you lots of time, a huge headache, and big $$$.

Before you decide which company to trust with restoring your home from a flood, make sure you know the answer to these 4 important questions:

  1. Are they certified? Certification through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (the IICRC) is a sure sign that this company has the most up-to-date training, equipment and expertise to handle all mitigation scenarios. Nothing is worse than paying an amateur to do a low-quality job and ending up with additional"

Read more at What to Know About Choosing a Flood Restoration Company

Best Home Dehumidifier To Prevent Mold

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

"Readers often ask us which is the best home dehumidifier to prevent toxic mold and we’d like to help you choose the right dehumidifier for your needs. Since different homeowners sometimes have different needs, it’s hard to point to just one dehumidifier that is right for everyone. Instead, we’ll provide a dehumidifier comparison guide to help you choose the correct home dehumidifier for you.

Dehumidifier Comparison Guide

When comparing dehumidifiers, you need to look at a number of factors, including size (which refers to how much moisture they can remove from the air in one day, measuring in pints), cost, and various features they may or may not have, such as an automatic shut off in case you forget to empty the water bucket (all that moisture they pull from the air has to go somewhere) or whether they can be set up to drain continuously so you don’t have to worry about emptying a water bucket at all."

Read more at Best Home Dehumidifier To Prevent Mold

The Future of Restoration

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

"The industry has come a long, long way.


There are several versions of the story, all with different takes on where the industry began, when it began and what drove us as an industry to where we are today.


They all share the same theme, however — our industry is rapidly maturing, and the pace of change isn’t slowing down any time soon.


Personally, I sit at an interesting vantage point with a pretty good view — of both the past and the future of our practice.


As a trainer, an employee of the largest producer in our market and a two-term (10 year) volunteer with the IICRC S500 consensus body, I frequently work and interact with every facet of our business. In other words, I’ve heard many, many versions of both our past and our anticipated future."


 


Read more at http://www.cleanfax.com/restoration/the-future-of-restoration/

Oxnard Fire fends off cancer with nanotechnology

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

"Dirty gear used to be a badge of honor for firefighters, but as cancer rates among responders rises, cleanliness has become the highest priority.


The Oxnard Fire Department — like other Ventura County agencies — has adopted that mindset and received delivery this month of new hoods that keep out microscopic carcinogens from absorbing into firefighters' skin.


Last summer when Alex Hamilton became an Oxnard Fire Department battalion chief, he delved into the science and learned that while breathing in these cancer-causing particles is dangerous, it's actually worse when they are absorbed into the skin.


According to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the levels of these particles were higher on the neck, throat and jaw line. In addition, the higher the temperature the more permeable the skin is."


 


Read more at Oxnard fire fends off cancer with nanotechnology

Dehumidification Versus Heat in Construction Drying Applications

4/5/2017 (Permalink)

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This is a great read for any general contractors looking to decrease drying time of materials, provide heat, and stay within the guidlines for their Leed buildings during construction. We can help you develope a cost effective Moisure control plan!

The effects of moisture inside a building under construction can become a serious problem for contractors as well as a danger to future occupants. Many of the materials used today to construct buildings absorb moisture. As a result, building materials such as wallboard, fireproofing, millwork and concrete can experience a number of problems.

Unless this moisture is reduced to acceptable tolerances, a contractor may be confronted with a variety of problems. They may be as small as construction schedule delays resulting from slow dry times of building materials or as large as flooring failures resulting from elevated moisture content in a concrete slab. In addition to the fact that most flooring materials respond poorly to elevated moisture levels, water-based adhesives used to attach flooring product to the slab are sensitive and will not cure unless moisture content in the concrete is very low. "

Read more: Dehumidification Versus Heat in Construction Drying Applications

How to Find and Eliminate Mold

3/10/2017 (Permalink)

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MOLD thrives in damp places. Often, health experts say, ideal breeding grounds are the insides of walls and ceilings exposed to a recurrent source of moisture from a roof or plumbing leak.


So how do you know if you have mold in your house, and what do you do if you do? "Not all mold is the same, and different people respond to mold differently," said Dr. Eckhardt Johanning, an occupational and environmental physician with offices in Albany and Manhattan.


Dr. Johanning said that while some people may have no reaction to mold spores inside a home, those who are sensitive to mold can have allergic reactions ranging from mild to life-threatening. "People with asthma, allergies, lung problems and immune-system dysfunction are usually more inclined to experience problems when they're exposed to mold," he said."


 


Read more at: How to Find and Eliminate Mold

Storm-lashed roads, dams could cost $1B to fix

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

"FRESNO - The bill to repair California's crumbling roads, dams and other critical infrastructure hammered by an onslaught of storms this winter could top $1 billion, including nearly $600 million alone for damaged roadways that more than doubles what the state budgeted for road repair emergencies, officials said Friday.


Adding to the problems, many communities have drained their emergency budgets and are looking to the state and federal government for help. But on top of the latest damage, the nation's most populated state is struggling with a $6 billion annual backlog of repairs for roads, highways and bridges that leaders can't agree on a way to fund.


 


Winter storms have dumped enough rain and snow on the northern part of the state to end a five-year drought. But with the wet weather, comes a host of problems for crumbling infrastructure"


 


Read more at Storm-lashed roads, dams could cost $1B to fix

More rain coming for Camarillo

2/6/2017 (Permalink)

"Two separate storm systems will hit Ventura County on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.


The first storm began overnight and is expected to last through Monday afternoon, said Carol Smith, a meteorologist with the weather service in Oxnard. The second storm will begin Monday evening and continue with scattered showers through Tuesday.


According to Smith, the first storm will bring half an inch to an inch of rainfall to coastal plains and valleys, and an inch to 1.5 inches to the mountains. Snow levels are expected to stay above 7,500 feet due to higher temperatures, she said.


The weather service estimates the second storm will bring about a quarter of an inch of rainfall by Wednesday morning, bringing a total of three-quarters of an inch to 1.75 inches over the next few days."


 


Read more at Two storms to hit Ventura County by Wednesday

Camarillo coping with huge weekend storm

1/23/2017 (Permalink)

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The third in a series of storms to hit the county caused flooding and road closures, stranded motorists and prompted a voluntary evacuation order for Camarillo Springs Sunday morning.

The rain, which tapered off by Sunday evening, was forecast to continue into Monday night with a chance of thunderstorms, according to Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

On Sunday morning, a total of 161 homes in Camarillo Spring's Divisions A, B, C and D were placed on a voluntary evacuation order by officials from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services, but it was lifted by 4:30 p.m.

While Sunday's non-stop heavy downpour left a couple motorists stranded, there was no significant debris or mudflow at the Camarillo Springs neighborhood, said Kevin McGowan, county Sheriff's OES manager."

Read more at More rain and thunderstorms to continue into Monday

10 Mold Prevention Tips For Your Home

1/17/2017 (Permalink)

"Fixing mold damage is an expensive and time-consuming home repair. But you can save time and money with these 10 tips to prevent mold.

Homeowners have good reason to shudder when hearing, “You’ve got mold!” Mold can wreck your health and your finances: An extensive mold remediation can reach five figures. 

Here are 10 ways to prevent, control, and combat mold in your home.

1. Eliminate Clutter

Cast a critical eye on household clutter, and pare down your stuff. Clutter blocks airflow and prevents your HVAC system from circulating air. Furniture and draperies that block supply grilles cause condensation. All this moisture creates microclimates in your home that welcome and feed mold growth.So throw out things you don’t love or don’t use. Push furniture away from vents and grilles to keep air circulating. On humid, still days, run a couple of fans to keep air moving."

Read more at 10 Mold Prevention Tips for Your Home

SERVPRO of Camarillo is an IICRC Certified Firm

12/26/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Camarillo is an IICRC-certified firm

IICRC Certified Firm


 


SERVPRO of SERVPRO is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.


IICRC Certified Firms must


• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.


• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.


• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.


• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.


• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.


The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry


The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.


Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.


About SERVPRO of CAMARILLO


SERVPRO of CAMARILLO 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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

Christmas is a celebration of culture and faith and COOKIES!

12/21/2016 (Permalink)

Christmas is literally right around the corner.  It's time to gather with your family and celebrate the holidays and the upcoming new year.  And you know what the means right?  A FEAST.  Ham, turkey, eggnog, and of course, cookies.  Check out these awesome cookie recipes that even the pickiest Santa will love, from our friends at Glitter Guide.

"The Christmas season is filled with parties, family visits and lots of sugar! Whether you’re heading to the neighborhood cookie exchange or want to bring a festive tray to the office, we’ve got you covered! Today, we’re sharing 20 Christmas cookie recipes, including some personal favorites of Team Glitter Guide, to have you ready for whenever you need to bring a sweet treat!"

 

Read more at 20 Recipes For Your Christmas Cookie Exchange Party

Prevent damage, save money, fix those leaky pipes yourself!

12/12/2016 (Permalink)

"Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so  remind people to chase down their household leaks. Of course you can race over to your plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems, fix the leaks, and save valuable water and money all year long.


You don't have to be extra handy around the house to take care of most leaks. Common types of leaks found in the home are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. These types of leaks are often easily correctable, requiring only a few tools and hardware that can pay for themselves in water savings.

So how do you check for those costly leaks?"

 

Watch the video at Ben Franklin Plumbing shows us how to fix leaky pipes

3.4 million dehumidifiers recalled after causing $4.8 million in property damage

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

"Approximately 3.4 million dehumidifiers sold nationwide from 2003 through 2013 are being recalled after causing $4.8 million in property damage.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, China based manufacturer GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipmentissued the recall after 38 reports of smoke and fire causing the property damage.

The dehumidifiers were sold at Lowes and other stores nationwide between January 2003 through December 2014 for between $100 and $300. The recall involves 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 65, 70, and 75-pint dehumidifiers sold under multiple well-known brand names such as Kenmore, Frigidaire, GE, Edgestar, ComfortAire, Hyundai, Honeywell, and Nantucket.  

Anyone with the dehumidifiers should immediately unplug it and contact the company for a replacement. The brand name, model number, pint capacity, and manufacture date are located on the back of the dehumidifier and can be checked by entering the model number at https://www.recallrtr.com/dehumidifier."

 

Read more at 3.4 million dehumidifiers recalled after causing $4.8 million in property damage

The lazy homeowners best weapon in the fall

10/31/2016 (Permalink)

Debris Blockage

If there's one key to the clog-free performance of the LeafGuard system, it may be the way its design leverages the principle of liquid adhesion. Here’s how it works: When rainfall cascades down the roof and reaches the curved hood of the gutter, it flows right around the lip and into the trough. Meanwhile, when debris comes into contact with the hood, it gets deflected to the ground. With leaves, twigs, and pine needles unable to enter, the gutter remains unobstructed at all times, ensuring the free flow of water all the way to the downspouts and away from your home. That's why you never need to clean LeafGuard gutters: They don't get dirty in the first place"

 

Read more at: The Lazy Homeowner's Best Weapon in the Fall

The Essential Guide To Weather Stripping

10/24/2016 (Permalink)

The weather is finally starting to cool off and before you know it, it'll be too cool.  In the winter time, weather stripping is an essential part of keeping your house warm and your energy bills lows.

 

Gaps in doors, windows, and the wrong kind of weather stripping can make a chilly night even chillier. To help warm up those cold nights, here's some tips from our friends at This Old House

"Know Your Weatherstripping

 Sealing gaps around doors and windows can make your home feel warmer—and save you 10 to 15 percent on your energy bills. But with so many different types of weatherstripping lining shelves at the hardware store, choosing the right one for a particular job can feel like a guessing game. To help, we've broken down the most common options by material and profile so that you'll know just what to install to chase away the chill."

 

Read more at This Old House

Here’s Why Laminate Flooring is a Smart Choice

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

Last month we shared benefits of concrete flooring.  If you're not a fan of concrete flooring, maybe laminate flooring is for you.  Check out this article on the benefits of laminate flooring from Home Depot.

"In that fleeting moment of being carried over the threshold just two days after our wedding, I couldn’t have predicted that our once-cream carpeting would become a trampled shade of brown. In the last fourteen years, we’ve celebrated and welcomed our three children and a dog into this house, and all of the spills, sicknesses, and stains that come with them!

 

No matter how many times we’ve steam cleaned, shampooed, or spot treated our carpeting, the dust and dirt always made me feel like our home lacked a freshness I want, especially in our bedroom areas. We explored our options­: another round carpeting was off the table for me. We considered hardwood like our first floor, however, hardwood is not only costly but messy and laborious to install. We looked at engineered and laminate flooring, and I was so happy to find a lot of variety in the color, texture, and cost of options available. My mental image of laminate flooring was something akin to a plastic-looking, lightweight self-stick of my parent’s generation."

Read more at Here’s Why Laminate Flooring is a Smart Choice

 

The best smart leak detector

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

"After spending over 10 hours pouring water, mopping it up, and changing wet socks to test the performance of seven DIY leak detectors, we've decided that the D-Link DCH-S160 Wi-Fi Water Sensor is the best smart water sensor currently available. It's one of the few options that doesn't need a smart-home hub, making it a more affordable solution than the competition because it can work with your existing Wi-Fi network. It can—like the rest of the units we tested—deliver alerts whenever water is present, but it also throws in a few perks that aren't available on any other smart water sensor at this price.

Who should get this

Water sensors are small devices that can alert you whenever water is present around the refrigerator, the washing machine, sinks, and toilets—even in the basement. If you've got a leaky basement or appliances of a certain age, a smart water sensor makes for a strategic addition to your home."

 

Read more at The best smart leak detector

Impossible cigarette smoke? SERVPRO can handle the impossible!

10/3/2016 (Permalink)

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For the news “junkies” among us, you know that the big news of Sept. 25, 2015, was that John Boehner was stepping down as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. What you might not know, and of interest to restoration professionals, was that his replacement, Congressman Paul Ryan, said when he moved into Boehner’s prestige office…it reeked. 

Apparently the former Speaker was, as he described himself, an “unapologetic smoker,” and was frequently found smoking in his office and in other areas of the Congressional building. This did not sit well with Ryan who is well-known for being a fitness- and health-conscious congressman, so he decided one of his first acts as Speaker was to rid the office of smoke odors.

What Ryan discovered, as do many restoration professionals along with their customers, was that eliminating smoke odors, as well as many other types of building odors, is no easy task. What would you do if you were called in to address this smoky problem?"

Read more at First Order of Business: Smoke Odor Removal

4 incredibly smart reasons to make your own cleaning products

7/13/2016 (Permalink)

"Sure, your favorite cleaning products get things squeaky clean and make your house smell awfully nice, but they could actually be creating more harm than you think.

In my time running my food and wellness site Root + Revel, I've learned that all it takes to green your home scene are a few basic (and cheap!) products available at every grocery store. While the reasons to go green are endless, here are my top four tips for creating easy, DIY cleaners:

It's cheaper

One of the best reasons to DIY your own cleaning products is to save money. Who doesn't love that?! In fact, most DIY cleaners cost less than $1 to make. Compare that to $5-$15 per bottle for most store-bought products, and you'll quickly find that you really can't afford to not make your own cleaning products."

Read more at 4 Incredibly Smart Reasons to Make Your Own Cleaning Products

Life Hacks For Better Apartment Living

7/8/2016 (Permalink)

"If the American dream is still alive and well, the nature of it has changed. Fewer Americans care strongly about owning a home in the future than ever before. And for many who do aspire to home ownership one day, it makes sense to spend several years living in an apartment before making the big investment.

Regardless of your reason for living in an apartment or the length of time you plan to spend in it, it’s only natural to want to make your apartment feel like home. If you want to have the best possible experience, here are some tips that can help you make the most of your space and capitalize on the benefits apartment living affords."

Find that better apartment life at Life Hacks for Better Apartment Living

Faster to your Camarillo water damage!

6/27/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Camarillo provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration in Camarillo and surrounding areas

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Camarillo provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Camarillo arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 805-484-5009

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Camarillo

SERVPRO of Camarillo 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.

Camarillo, we're here to help!

6/20/2016 (Permalink)

Camarillo Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of Camarillo provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Camarillo. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 805-484-5009

Residential Services

Whether your [[City or County Name]] home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Camarillo commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: http://www.SERVPROcamarillo.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Got mold?

6/2/2016 (Permalink)

Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 805-484-5009

Summer Home Maintenance Tips for Your New Home

5/24/2016 (Permalink)

"With summer just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to start preparing your new home for the warmer months.

From saving money on your electric bills to giving your home’s interior a seasonal refresh, a lot can be done now to make sure your new home is in optimal shape for years to come. To help get you started, here are just a few summer home maintenance tips from the professionals:

 

Exterior

One of the best ways to shave the dollars off your electricity bill is to provide natural shade around your home. This can be accomplished with a quick trip to your local garden center.

Planting a well-developed bush near the living room window or a large tree near a second-story bedroom could help keep your home cool and save you money in the long run. Be sure to plant any shrubs, trees and other plants at the appropriate distance from your home to prevent any problems with your foundation and plants’ roots in the future."

http://blog.newhomesource.com/2016/05/summer-home-maintenance-tips-new-home/

Green home emerges after fire.

5/17/2016 (Permalink)

David Lauer photo

"A natural disaster cleared a property in the Colorado mountains, giving an architect and her family a blank slate. Instead of going the traditional route, they took the opportunity to build their green dream home.

Colorado architect Renée del Gaudio and her family were camping when they heard the news. One of the most destructive wildfires in the state’s history was ripping through their property in Boulder. Del Gaudio and her husband, Ross Wehner, had purchased the land just two years earlier, in 2008, with the hope of someday relocating there from Denver with their two small children. In the meantime, they’d leased a tiny cabin on the property to a college student—who was able to escape the blaze—but the structure was destroyed."

Read more and see the photos at: Green home emerges after fire

24 hour emergency services

2/18/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Camarillo provides 24 hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster in Camarillo Ca. We cover the entire city of Camarillo as well as the town of Somis.  From water damage to fire damage or if your phome just needs a sprucing up with a carpet cleaning, our IICRC-certified technicians can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.  We work directly with your insurance company and contractors to coordinator cleanup and repairs, so you can simply focus on making sure your family is taken care of.


- 24 Hour emergency service


- Faster to any size disaster


-Highly trained restoration technicians


- A trusted leader in the restoration industry


- Locally owned and operated


- Advanced restoration and cleaning equipment


Have questions?  Call us today 805-484-5009

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