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Fire Damage Information

9/28/2022 (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, business establishment, 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. If left uncleaned, they can lead to foul odors and even result in other problems 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  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. The pros can effectively get rid of lingering odors and prevent further damage by removing any more unwanted contaminants.

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.

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SERVPRO Can Save Your Documents

9/14/2022 (Permalink)

There are many ways by which SERVPRO can help with water damage restoration. Saving your valuable items can be dealt with in multiple ways such as air drying, dehumidifying, or vacuum-freeze drying. Choosing which water damage restoration technique to use will often depend on what kind of material was damaged in the first place.

Documents, Paper and Books

If your document has been damaged by brackish water, the first thing that you need to do is rinse it with cold, clean water. If you are dealing with onion skin, vellum, or other kinds of fragile paper, it is recommended that you lay them out on a flat surface and spray the documents with clean water until the dirt has been washed off. Make sure that you do not expose them to direct sunlight as this could cause wrinkling in the paper.

Once you have laid out all the paper, use an oscillating fan in order to speed up the drying process. Make sure you do not direct the airflow towards the document itself. Instead, allow the fan to dry the room which, in turn, will dry the documents. 

If you are dealing with water-logged books, you should do inter-leaving or putting absorbent paper in between leaves. If the book has already developed a moldy smell, you might need to use an ozone gas chamber to deodorize safely the document. This is the same processed used in restoring documents that have been through fire damage.

Water Damaged Photos

Water-damaged photos should be attended to as soon as possible. Keep in mind that waiting for more than 48 hours before working on the photographs can result in growth of mold and mildew, which could damage your pictures.

If the photos are still contained inside a picture frame, do not try to separate the picture from the glass. What you can do instead is place it under running water until the picture can be retrieved.. The same is  done if you have two pictures stuck together. Take great care not to touch the printed side of a photograph, as this could result in smudges.

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Operation: Water Damage

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

Every water damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same.

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

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Let SERVPRO Help You With Water Damage

8/25/2022 (Permalink)

damaged drywall Drywall in need of repair after a water damage

A burst pipe in your home can cause significant water damage especially to your drywalls. When that happens, you can’t just wait it out and then slather on a fresh coat of paint because the damage might be bigger than it looks. What you need to do is to call SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto De Caza/Trabucco Canyon because we are water damage restoration experts.

Assess the Damage

The first thing you should do is assess the extent of the damage on your drywall. You may misjudge how much water has leaked and that could lead to bigger problems. Look for signs of depressions on the wall. These look like small dimples around nails or screws. If you see them, immediately move all your valuables away from the wall as this might be a sign of imminent collapse. Even if the situation appears less serious than this, you should still call a professional for proper damage assessment.

Look for Mold Damage

Another problem you should watch out for in times of water damage is the formation of mold or mildew. Mold and mildew thrive in wet and damp environments, especially water damaged spots in your home. The first thing you’ll notice if you have mold problems is the dank smell. Use the distinct odor of the mold to find the source. If you see black spots on water damaged drywalls, immediately call Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto De Caza/Trabucco Canyon mold damage restoration professionals, like those at SERVPRO. They will help you contain the growth and prevent them from coming back through proper cleaning and disposal of contaminated areas.

Patch Up the Drywall

Significant damage to a drywall should be fixed properly to avoid any more problems. If some portions are still sturdy enough, you may not need to replace everything. A water damage professional can tell you whether a paint job will be sufficient. If repainting is not a safe option, you’ll need to have the water damaged parts removed and replaced with fresh sheets. The new drywall has to be properly sealed and painted, not only to make it look as good as new, but also to give it better protection from moisture.

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No Explanation Needed

8/5/2022 (Permalink)

a break down of the phrase "like it never even happened" a break down of the phrase "like it never even happened"

When you go through a stressful time with your property, why call SERVPRO? SERVPRO will ensure that your property will be restored to peak condition - "Like it never even happened."

That right there is the motto! Everyone hopes to get through whatever issue they may be having - water damage, fire damage, pesky mold that may have snuck up on you, or even just decluttering and cleaning your space - there is a light at the end of the tunnel in each of these situations. We strive to help you return to normalcy once everything is done. No more loud equipment, no more people in and out of your home, no more stress.

So call the PRO's - we will make sure it will be "Like it never even happened."

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Tips to Prevent Mold Damage

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growth in your home can cause a lot of trouble. It can damage the structure of the house and weaken its appearance by discoloring drywall, creating black spots on siding, darkening decks, and causing grout lines in the shower.

You can deal with mold infestation with the help of companies specializing in mold damage restoration like SERVPRO in Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto De Caza/Trabucco Canyon. However, in order to prevent it from happening again, you need to take steps to ensure that there’s no place for mold to breed in your home.

Find the Source of the Problem

The first step to addressing any problem is to determine its source. Check every corner of your home and see where mold could be growing. Because mold thrives in moisture, find the areas that are exposed to water. If the basement gets flooded or if there’s a leak in the roof, then those can be a breeding place. Once you determine the source of the problem, address it immediately so that mold doesn’t have time to breed and grow.

Keep Areas Dry

Mold will only grow if there’s moisture. So, make sure that you dry wet areas immediately. Clean and dry the basement after a heavy storm, fix leaky pipes, and avoid leaving a spill on the carpet. When you take a shower, dry the floor and walls as much as possible. Also, don’t leave wet clothes in the washing machine because this is a perfect place for mold to spread. If you don’t have a drier, hang the clothes outside and let the sun or air circulation dry them.

Ventilate

Proper ventilation is key to having a mold-resistant home. Activities such as cooking, doing the laundry, and taking a shower can encourage the growth of mold because of the moisture these activities create. Given this, make sure that there’s enough ventilation in high-moisture areas like the bathroom, laundry room, basement, and kitchen.

A home that is mold-resistant provides a more comfortable and healthier home environment. Sometimes though, the presence of these organisms is inevitable. This is why the moment mold growth becomes too much and uncontrollable, call a professional trained in mold and water damage restoration in Rancho Santa Margarita, Coto De Caza, and Trabucco Canyon immediately.

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We are IICRC Certified!

7/20/2022 (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.

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We Can Fix Water Damage In Schools Before It's Too Late

7/5/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage does not discriminate; even academic facilities are fair game for its ability to do long-term deterioration. This requires effective repairs to ensure that educational services continue with minimal risk to either students or teachers.

The schools in California may be familiar with leaks in buildings within their campuses. For example, a dorm building had a small crisis when its cast iron water pipes went very close to a full burst. The pipes were eventually replaced with ABS piping per building code but the place had to be shut down for them to be installed. When places of learning are badly affected by water inundation, it’s time to have it fixed through water damage restoration companies like SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita/Trabucco Canyon/Coto De Caza.

Nitty-Gritty

A thorough inspection of the subject location with a preferred restoration crew must give ample clues as to what happened.

When a return steam line at the basement of OU’s Hudson Hall was damaged and later triggered a small flood. University administration was forced to shut down the building’s power supply and reroute a generator to it while the steam line was replaced.

Molded Business?

Water-damaged basements often carry the danger of mold growing, particularly when some water ls left after pumping out the place. Your preferred remediating contractor can use special heating methods to fully dry out the affected area and apply anti-microbial solutions.

Under Fire?

There are situations where the water can prompt a short circuit and result in a fire. For example, when drips of water touch connections and triggers a spark that starts a fire.

A Rancho Santa Margarita/Trabucco Canyon/Coto De Caza remediation team can be called in to assist after the flames have been doused and assess the level of repairs.

Water or fire damage of any kind should never be downplayed for they can affect the safety of facility occupants in the long run. It’s never too late to seek help from damage remediation professionals like those from SERVPRO, so make that call today.

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Here's Some SERVPRO Advice!

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Having a restoration plan in place can save you a lot of money and grief after any damage has occurred at your Laguna Hills/Laguna Niguel property. The first thing to do is seek professional help. The sooner professionals can start the restoration, the better.

What do professional restoration services do?

As soon as you call in the experienced IICRC-certified business such as SERVPRO professionals, they assess the situation and develop a plan. Once the plan is finalized, they get to work.

Who covers the cost? 

Most 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.

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Cleaning With SERVPRO

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

Preventative Maintenance

Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet.

IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions include: 

  • Regular vacuuming
  • Spot removal
  • Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

Professional Cleaning

Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

We will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today.

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