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ahh water!

12/23/2021 (Permalink)

Unexpected flood, burst and leaked pipes are just some of the scenarios that can cause water damage to your property. While it’s true that water is important and has many uses in everyday life, its sudden inundation can cause problems to your property.

Effects of Water to Your Property

Water affects various kinds of materials in different ways. Paper, for example, gets soggy or, at worst, disintegrate when soaked for too long. Wood, upon exposure, can become dry and mossy. Varnished furniture, for example, can also end up being discolored. Metal gets rusty, and even plastic materials are prone to the disintegration upon prolonged exposure to water..

The longer you wait it out to get professional help, such as SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto De Caza/Trabuco Canyon, for water restoration in Rancho Santa Margarita or elsewhere, the bigger the difficulties will be in preserving or saving your personal effects. Restoration isn’t as simple as drying out the water damaged items, too. It requires utmost care in handling and treatment in order to ensure that it’s not going to be ruined for good.

These processes normally require high tech equipment, not only for the cleanup process but also to ensure that your home or office are safe from any elements that may come up as an effect of the water’s presence.

Effects of Water Damage to Your Health

You may not realize it, too, but water damage in your property can also lead to serious health problems for you and your family. As mentioned earlier, water exposure can lead different types of materials to react.

Wood, in particular, not only becomes mossy, it can also potentially become a breeding ground for mold and other types of fungi. The humidity indoors brought about by the water damage also makes the environment more susceptible to dust mites and other allergens that can trigger respiratory illnesses.

The same measures should be taken in case your property instead suffers from fire damage in Rancho Santa Margarita. Make sure to get the help of professionals at the soonest possible time to avert any further damage or issue.

Fire Damage Sucks!

12/23/2021 (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

WHY SERVPRO

12/23/2021 (Permalink)

Experiencing a disastrous event such as a fire in your home is a highly taxing and unfortunate circumstance. Now, you find that you must also deal with the aftermath of the fire in order to restore your house to its former state. However, even if the fire had already been put out, the house still poses a certain degree of danger. What you need is a fire and water damage restoration company in Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto De Caza/Trabuco Canyon. 

Hidden Dangers

After a fire, the house has been damaged to an extent that it is unfit for just anybody to enter it, especially if high pressure water was used for extinguishing it. It is likely that your house has not only been damaged by the fire but the water as well, therefore, the foundation and the entire house’s structure have been weakened from its exposure to the elements. Entering the house in such a state will be dangerous.

Determine Safety

Before you check how severe the damage is, determine if the house is safe to enter by asking the fire fighters if it is safe to go inside. At this point, they should have already extinguished the fire, established a safety zone, and conducted an extensive inspection to confirm that it is indeed safe. Keep in mind, however, that if the damage is too severe, you may not be allowed to enter at all.

Get Professional Help

Now, you need to bring in the help of the experts. Contact a company that specializes in fire damage restoration in Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto De Caza/Trabuco Canyon. Don’t attempt to undertake the restoration yourself especially if you have no experience or the appropriate protective gear. Your house could have multiple types of damage from the fire like ash, soot, smoke, charring, odor, as well as water damage. The experts should be equipped to handle all of these.

Prevent Further Damage

Leaving it to the professionals doesn’t mean that you can’t do your part to help the process of restoration. If your house is not so heavily damaged and the professionals say that it’s safe to enter, you can help prevent further damage by opening all windows to allow for air to flow freely. Otherwise, mold and mildew would have a chance to grow.

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

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We do not like bad weather!

12/23/2021 (Permalink)

When bad weather comes to Rancho Santa Margarita, CA protecting your business from the elements can reduce the risk of costly accidents and damage. From heavy storms to freezing rain and frigid winds, bad storms can be powerful enough to freeze your building’s pipes, damage your roof and cut off your power lines. However, there are a few actions you can take to shield your building and employees from harm once temperatures start to plummet. 

1. Allow Employees To Work From Home 

Shutting down your business due to bad weather can negatively impact your business’ finances. However, you can keep operations humming by allowing your employees to work remotely. Data wranglers, researchers and website designers can all work from the comfort of their homes and do not have to put themselves in danger in the event of a bad storm. You may want to have a remote contingency plan in place beforehand so work can continue smoothly upon notice of a work from home day. 

2. Be Aware of Weather Warnings 

Using weather apps and streaming news services can keep you abreast of any possible bad storms and allow you to take action when it comes to protecting your business. For example, if temperatures are projected to drop into the single digits, a pipe burst in your building’s basement or bathrooms could cause a serious flood. Being aware of upcoming weather conditions can give you time to install additional insulation or contact a storm damage and flood cleanup service to retain their services as a precaution. 

3. Inspect Your Roof 

Knowing whether your building’s roof could withstand a powerful wind storm can help you avoid a costly repair bill in its aftermath. Heavy rains can cause weak sections of the roof to collapse, and missing shingles may cause moisture to seep into the attic. It is wise to have the roof inspected before bad weather arrives. 

Bad weather and frigid wind can affect your Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, business in a variety of ways. However, being prepared in the face of an ice or snow storm may help you protect your property and employees.

Call SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita at (949) 472-0992

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Recent Storms

12/23/2021 (Permalink)

Recently in Rancho Santa Margarita, there was a powerful storm that flooded this area and surround areas such as Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, and even Laguna Hills. This is definitely a trying time for all Southern Californians as this is not the weather we deal with all the time. 

During this time is when tenants and or homeowners notice their leaks in their windows or anywhere throughout the home. That is when SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto De Caza/Trabuco Canyon can help assist to help stop the leak, get in a contractor that can help fix the problem, and for us to begin the drying process. So, that when it rains next time, you know your home will be safe from the rain!

SERVPRO is always here for you!

11/17/2021 (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.

IICRC Information

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

IICRC stands 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 effects 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.

Process of Fire Damage

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Lets Categorize Water Damage

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

Clean Your Drapes!

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

A good rule-of-thumb is to clean drapes approximately every two years. A recent survey by SERVPRO disclosed that the average customer believes drapes should be cleaned when they look dirty. Depending on your heating system, the amount of smokers in the home, and other factors, drapes may not show soil for two to six years. The oily atmospheric soil will gradually cause the fabric to deteriorate. Often, direct sunlight is unjustly blamed for this. You may triple the life of your draperies through professional cleaning, which is relatively inexpensive compared to replacement costs.

Professional Cleaning

When your draperies need cleaning, make certain they are dry cleaned ONLY. Only a small percentage of materials can be laundered. If in doubt, call us for advice. Be discriminating in your choice of professional dry cleaners. Some cleaners have equipment designed for clothes cleaning, while others have equipment specifically designed for draperies.

SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita/ Coto De Caza/Trabuco Canyon has an exclusive process of dry cleaning draperies right in your home. There’s no need to have your home or office exposed while your draperies are out being cleaned. We inject a specially formulated solvent into your drapery under pressure and extract the chemical, leaving your drapes clean. This special process results in no damage or shrinkage to the material. Most importantly, you will get quality cleaning at a reasonable price.