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6/24/2021 (Permalink)

How SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto De Caza/Trabuco Canyon Can Help

Having a restoration plan in place can save you a lot of money and grief after flood damage has caused damage at your Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto De Caza/Trabuco Canyon property. The first thing to do is seek professional help. The sooner professionals can start the restoration, the better.

It is equally important to acquaint yourself with some of the things that are going to happen after a flood damage incidence to your Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto De Caza/Trabuco Canyon property. Here are a few things that can help you prepare better to handle the situation when it comes.

Is the water clean or dirty? 

One of the most important things to note is whether the floodwater is clean or dirty. If the water is clean, it might take less time for the professionals here at SERVPRO to get your home back in pre-disaster condition. However, if the water is dirty or contaminated, the restoration might take longer as additional disinfection steps might be involved.

What do professional restoration services do?

As soon as you call in the experienced IICRC-certified SERVPRO professionals, they assess the situation and develop a plan. Once the plan is finalized, they get to work and depending on the amount of water and the quality of water (clean, dirty or contaminated), they start its removal. Apart from the floodwater removal, our professionals also remove any flood sludge and silt. Once the water has been removed, we clean the belongings and take care of the residual moisture as well. We make sure that even the last traces of residual moisture are removed from your property to prevent secondary damage.

Who covers the cost? 

Flood damage restoration can be expensive. Filing an insurance claim is not always easy. If you need help, SERVPRO professionals can guide you in filing your insurance claim as well. Our technicians have years of experience in dealing with insurance companies, and they can help you through the process.

Being prepared is one of the essential things in flood damage restoration. Call SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto De Caza/Trabuco Canyon  at (949) 472-0992 today to discuss your options.

Tips for the 4th of July

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto De Caza/Trabuco Canyon would like to thank our local firefighters who work so hard to keep our community safe and our homes intact. #Heroes

Cooking Safety

"Keep an eye on what you fry." Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or using an open flame. 

Smoking Safety

Never smoke in bed.

Children Playing

Matches and lighters are locked away.

Fireplaces, Space Heaters, Baseboards, etc

"3 feet from the heat." Furniture, curtains, dish towers and anything that could catch fire are at least 3 feet from any type of heat source.

Electrical and Appliance Safety

Large and small appliances are plugged directly into wall outlets

Smoke Alarms

  • Change smoke alarm batteries every year unless it has a long-life battery.
  • Replace smoke alarms every ten years.
  • Test your smoke alarms each month. If they're not working, they can't get you out the door.

Cooking Safety

"Keep an eye on what you fry." Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or using an open flame. 

Smoking Safety

Never smoke in bed.

Fireplaces, Space Heaters, Baseboards, etc

"3 feet from the heat." Furniture, curtains, dish towers and anything that could catch fire are at least 3 feet from any type of heat source.


Electrical and Appliance Safety

Large and small appliances are plugged directly into wall outlets
Smoke Alarms
  • Change smoke alarm batteries every year unless it has a long-life battery.
  • Replace smoke alarms every ten years.
  • Test your smoke alarms each month. If they're not working, they can't get you out the door.

Home Fire Escape Plan

  • At least twice a year, practice your fire escape plan with all family members.
  • Learn how to use a fire extinguisher

What's Your Escape Time?

  • Make sure everyone can escape in two minutes or less

Hiring a professional like SERVPRO Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto De Caza/Trabuco Canyon right after a fire can save you time and money. 

Call SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto De Caza/Trabuco Canyon at (949) 472-0992

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Being supported by the Police

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto De Caza/Trabuco Canyon is so grateful to work alongside first responders every day. This month we’d like to thank our local police force for keeping our community safe!

Criminals are looking for an easy opportunity with the lowest risk; if you provide it, they will take it! There are simple preventative steps you can take to eliminate crimes of opportunity and reduce the frequency of burglaries and thefts in our community. Rancho Santa Margarita/ Coto De Caza/ Trabuco Canyon right after a fire can save you time and money.

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Life in California

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

There are many reasons why California is one of the most desirous of all of the states to live in but it does have its drawbacks, too. The Orange County, CA is a unique geography that can result in fast moving and devastating natural disasters like wildfires and flash flooding. In the aftermath of such a catastrophe, it's understandable that a homeowner would want to roll up his or her sleeves and personally take on cleanup duties to save both time and money. Cleanup after such disasters is risky business which is why it is best left to professionals. Attempting to clean up and restore properties on your own can lead to disasters of a very different kind. 

Why Fire Cleanup Is Not a DIY

When authorities allow homeowners to return to properties in the aftermath of fire, it's understandable that they would quickly want to begin the process of cleaning up and restoring their home. Unfortunately, in many cases, amateur cleanup and restoration efforts result in additional damage to these homes. Insurance companies will not cover such damage, no matter how inadvertent. What these companies will do however, is supply homeowners with information on how to contact professional fire restorers. Fire damage restoration is a good deal more than airing smoke out of rooms or sweeping up soot. Homeowners in Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto De Caza/Trabuco Canyon, CA should take advantage of available professional services.

SERVPRO Fire Damage Restores can: 

•    Conduct professional assessments to determine what is salvageable 
•    Correct damage caused by ash and soot residue 
•    Remove lingering odors 
•    Clean fabrics and upholstery 
•    Repair water damage

   
After a fire is extinguished, water damage also becomes a problem. Pressure from the water used to put the fire out could have weakened a home’s structure. Homeowners are often advised to stay out of their properties until it has been deemed safe by professionals. In addition to the risks they run of invalidating insurance policies, there are health risks associated with post-flood cleanup, ranging from exposure to harmful chemicals to electrocution. Damage could also be extensive, affecting everything from carpeting to drywall to glassware. Water damage restoration professionals in Orange County, CA can:

SERVPRO Water Damage Restores can:

•    Do property damage assessments and evaluations 
•    Remove excess water 
•    Dry out interior walls and electrical damage 
•    Detect and prevent mold infestations

Hiring a professional like SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto De Caza/Trabuco Canyon right after a fire can save you time and money.

Call SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto De Caza/Trabuco Canyon at (949) 472-0992

Certified in IICRC

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

IIRC stand for - Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification

Water damage can be deceptive. Water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage, at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater damage will surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.

More than just removing excess water, IICRC-certified restorers have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility (including substructure materials) completely back to preloss conditions. Through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold and other health issues can be prevented. If water damage has been present too long, mold will occur.

All IICRC-certified professionals have the training and experience to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected), contain damage, and remove contamination and dry materials to ensure that mold will not return.

Let SERVPRO help you!

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage is a serious concern; the restoration work following it even more so. The extent of the damage from a blaze can set back both private homeowners and companies alike, though peace of mind can indeed be achieved by hiring the right team to do the restorative work. 

In the unfortunate event that your home or business establishment of Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto De Caza/Trabuco Canyon, CA or nearby areas gets ravaged by a fire, never even once think that the subsequent restoration work is something worth a DIY approach, and the same goes for water damage restoration endeavors. The following passages will explain why.

A good reason involves the damaging elements. If you think that the flames alone do all the destructive work, you’re quite mistaken. Much of the smoke from a fire can indeed settle, but it leaves considerable amounts of smoke particles behind. These can embed into walls, ceilings, carpets, furniture, and other belongings. Left uncleaned, they can lead to foul odors and even result in health effects over time. 

In addition, smoke can also damage electronics. Almost all gadgets aren’t specifically created to withstand high humidity and heat very well, let alone a smoke film. When smoke gets into your electronic equipment, they can short circuit. Smoke residue also acts as a kind of insulating cover over the gadgets’ heat-producing components, making the devices more prone to overheating and premature failure. Smoke’s extremely corrosive nature makes all these possible. 

This is where fire damage restoration pros from companies like SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto De Caza/Trabuco Canyon, CA which serves your area and other close communities, come in. Most DIY tips on removing lingering smoke and soot involves the use of harsh chemicals, as well as a special piece of equipment called an ozone machine, which is perhaps the best solution available. Ozone machines are made to run for days at a time inside a fire-damaged home that’s been sealed, but using them yourself poses several risks—ozone itself is very toxic, and ozone machine rentals are expensive. 

Note that it’s not just smoke that can damage your home in different ways. The resulting ashes can, as well. This is because the ash produced by fire is acidic—everything it touches will suffer discoloration over time. Acid from ash is so potent that nearby plastic items can start deteriorating in mere minutes. Should the ash stay for more hours, other items such as fiberglass and appliances will also start to turn yellow, and metals will tarnish. Lastly, pros can effectively get rid of lingering odors and prevent further damage by removing any more unwanted contaminants.

Call SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto De Caza/Trabuco Canyon at (949) 472-0992

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Oh no! The pipe burst!

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

A pipe break can happen during any time of the year but is more likely to occur during the winter if the pipes are in an uninsulated area of your commercial property in Rancho Santa Margarita/ Coto De Caza/ Trabuco Canyon. Be advised that bursting pipes can cause extensive water damage which is why it’s important to call a restoration company as soon as possible. Here are the three steps to take after a pipe break.


1. Stop the Water Flow


Turn off the water immediately. After you shut off the main water supply, you need to drain the pipes. To do this, turn on the cold water on every faucet on your property and flush every toilet at least once. Then turn off the hot water heater and run the hot water on every faucet. Taking these crucial steps ensures the leak will stop. But you’re not done yet.


2. Reduce and Fix the Damage


At this point, it’s best to reach out to the professionals so they can fix the broken pipe. However, you might be able to locate the broken pipe yourself. Don’t walk in water as this increases the risk of getting electrocuted. It’s recommended that you turn off the electrical power no matter if the water is one foot or only one inch high. Furthermore, unplug appliances and turn off the furnace. If safe, you can move valuable items, electronics and fabrics to higher ground. 


3. Call a Water Restoration Company


Opening the windows and running fans run won’t prevent mold growth from bursting pipes. No matter how extensive you think the damage is, contact a water restoration company as there might be damage you are not able to spot. Mold and mildew begins to grow only 24 to 48 hours after such an event. You don’t want to risk your health and more damage to your property. 

When your plumbing breaks, there’s little time to spare. Take these three steps immediately to reduce the water damage in Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel due to bursting pipes. 


Call SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita/ Coto De Caza/ Trabuco Canyon

949-472-0992

How Mold Works

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

Busy Californians often take their home’s maintenance needs for granted until they are confronted by disrepair and some organic outgrowths, such as molds, showing up in places that they’ve become too disturbing to ignore. 

Molds grow slowly and proliferate in dark and damp places and surfaces. When large mold colonies form, their presence—especially when ingested or inhaled—can pose health effects for the entire family, including pets. At this point, a homeowner can resolve this best by calling for mold damage restoration in Rancho Santa Margarita.

An Unseen Danger

For mold to grow, moisture is the most important player in the mix.  Its spores spread airborne,  absorbing moisture until the mold spores stick to a surface and propagate. Sunlight kills them, thus molds ideally thrive in darkened and dank cracks and crevices in your house. 

Prevention and Cure

To keep mold away, always clean your home thoroughly, especially on humid days. Moreover, if you fear that some form of water damage might have taken a toll on the indoor air quality of your basement, attic, or room, or on the integrity of your drywall or carpets, call professionals like SERVPRO for water damage restoration in your Rancho Santa Margarita home, immediately. You can also do your part by scrubbing off any mold infestation before they fester and become too much to handle.

Don’t let mold get the best of you and your home – look for signs of infestation and snuff any mold growth immediately, while rectifying the cause. Not only will you be keeping your home sound and intact, but you’ll also be securing a safe and clean refuge for you and your family to cherish for a long time.  

SERVPRO will help you with Fire!

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage is a serious concern; the restoration work following it even more so. The extent of the damage from a blaze can set back both private homeowners and companies alike, though peace of mind can indeed be achieved by hiring the right team to do the restorative work. 

In the unfortunate event that your home or business establishment of Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto De Caza/Trabuco Canyon, CA or nearby areas gets ravaged by a fire, never even once think that the subsequent restoration work is something worth a DIY approach, and the same goes for water damage restoration endeavors. The following passages will explain why.

A good reason involves the damaging elements. If you think that the flames alone do all the destructive work, you’re quite mistaken. Much of the smoke from a fire can indeed settle, but it leaves considerable amounts of smoke particles behind. These can embed into walls, ceilings, carpets, furniture, and other belongings. Left uncleaned, they can lead to foul odors and even result in health effects over time. 

In addition, smoke can also damage electronics. Almost all gadgets aren’t specifically created to withstand high humidity and heat very well, let alone a smoke film. When smoke gets into your electronic equipment, they can short circuit. Smoke residue also acts as a kind of insulating cover over the gadgets’ heat-producing components, making the devices more prone to overheating and premature failure. Smoke’s extremely corrosive nature makes all these possible. 

This is where fire damage restoration pros from companies like SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto De Caza/Trabuco Canyon, CA which serves your area and other close communities, come in. Most DIY tips on removing lingering smoke and soot involves the use of harsh chemicals, as well as a special piece of equipment called an ozone machine, which is perhaps the best solution available. Ozone machines are made to run for days at a time inside a fire-damaged home that’s been sealed, but using them yourself poses several risks—ozone itself is very toxic, and ozone machine rentals are expensive. 

Note that it’s not just smoke that can damage your home in different ways. The resulting ashes can, as well. This is because the ash produced by fire is acidic—everything it touches will suffer discoloration over time. Acid from ash is so potent that nearby plastic items can start deteriorating in mere minutes. Should the ash stay for more hours, other items such as fiberglass and appliances will also start to turn yellow, and metals will tarnish. Lastly, pros can effectively get rid of lingering odors and prevent further damage by removing any more unwanted contaminants.

Call SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto De Caza/Trabuco Canyon at (949) 472-0992

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211 on Air Movers

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

What are Air Movers?: Air Movers are fans, industrial fans. They come in different sizes for different uses. One thing they all have in common is that they move or blow air around a job sight. The result of that moving air allows the wet areas to dry.

Why Are They Important?: Air Movers are crucial to the drying process of a job. More fans doesn't necessarily mean faster drying. These fans are placed strategically for optimal drying time. After 3-5 days of constant use, the wet area will be dry.

Though they don't work alone. Dehumidifiers carry a heavy responsibility on the job sight by removing any moisture in a room. A separate post will be available regarding dehumidifiers and their functions.   

Hiring a professional like SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto De Caza/Trabuco Canyon right after a water leak can save you time and money.

Call SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto De Caza/Trabuco Canyon at (949) 472-0992