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Why SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto De Caza/Trabuco Canyon uses Air Movers?

5/14/2018 (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.

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SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto De Caza/Trabuco Canyon - What is a dehumidifier and how does it work?

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

A dehumidifier is essentially a refrigerator that forgot to get fully dressed. Really. The basic mechanical function of a dehumidifier is the same as a refrigerator. Compression and expansion of a gas is used to lower the temperature of metal coils to freezing temperatures.

However, instead of the cooling action being directed into a closed box, a dehumidifier is designed to blow warm moist room air over these cold coils. The moisture in the room air condenses on the coils to become liquid water. The water then drips into a drip collection pan, or to a drain. The room air, now freed of much of its moisture, returns to the room slightly warmer than it was.

Dehumidifiers are controlled by a device known as a humidistat. This is an adjustable rotary switch which detects moisture in the room's air. It automatically turns the dehumidifier on or off as it is needed, based on the setting you choose. If you wish, you can set the dehumidifier to the maximum setting for continuous operation.

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Why It’s Important to get Mold Damage Restoration in Rancho Santa Margarita

2/26/2018 (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— At this point, a homeowner can resolve this best by calling at 949-472-0992.

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. 

Mold and your Home

Mold organisms seep deep into the structure that they cling on, which, based on how tough they are to remove, can pretty much determine how long the mold has been in place. In time, molds not only pose health risks to humans, but also compromise the integrity of materials they contaminate. 

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 of Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto De Caza/Trabuco Canyon 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. 

(Source: Black Mold Symptoms and Health Effects, HGTV Remodels)

Slab Leaks Leave Behind Major Water Damage to Orange County Homes

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita, we see first hand all the many ways a home can be affected by water damage. One of the most popular sources of water damage we see is water damage caused by a slab leak. A slab leak occurs when the water lines beneath your home’s concrete slab start to leak. When this happens, the leak can end up damaging multiple areas throughout your home. 

But fortunately, companies like SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita exist to help remove the water damage from your home. Our staff has the experience and knowledge required to remove water damage properly and efficiently. To learn more about our services, contact SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita at

In the past few weeks, we have received quite a few phone calls from homeowners finding signs of water damage caused by slab leaks. Here are just a few of their experiences:

Slab Leak Affects Multiple Rooms in a Rancho Santa Margarita Home

Our call center recently received a call from a homeowner in Rancho Santa Margarita who had detected water damage in her home. Not sure how the damage originated, she decided to call her plumber for assistance. Her plumber stopped by and let her know that the water damage was coming from a slab leak. He repaired the leak and recommended that she call SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita for help with the water damage removal process. She gave us a call immediately.

After talking to the homeowner on the phone, we sent one of our Project Managers out to inspect the damage. His inspection showed water damage in the kitchen, hallway and bathroom. He knew that this was the perfect job for SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita, so he decided to call out the rest of our team to get started on the cleanup process. 

With our team of technicians present, we started by removing some of the laminate flooring in each room. Because of the severity of the slab leak, the laminate started to come up, which gave us no other option than to remove the affected areas. We then removed some of the affected drywall. To make sure that every ounce of water damage was completely removed from the home, we completed the project by setting up our heavy duty drying equipment in all the affected areas. 

In the end, the homeowner appreciated our ability to remove all signs of water damage from her home. She let us know that if water damage affected her home in the future, she knew exactly who to call: SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita.

Slab Leak Causes Severe Water Damage to a Home’s Wood Flooring

Another homeowner in Orange County reached out to us through our call center after he discovered some water damage affecting his wood flooring. Having never dealt with water damage before, he decided to go on Yelp and searched for the best water damage remediation companies in Orange County. After reading several positive reviews, he knew that there was only one company he could go with: SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita.

When we talked to the homeowner on the phone, he let us know that the damage seemed to be coming from a slab leak. We decided to send our Project Manager out to the home immediately to perform an initial inspection. After taking a look around the home, it appeared that the wood flooring as well as some drywall had been affected by water damage in the bathroom, hallway and underneath the staircase. He knew that the damage had the possibility of spreading to other areas of the home and asked SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita to start working on a remediation plan.

With a plan in place, the rest of our team made their way out to the home to begin the cleanup process. We ended up removing the affected drywall, but fortunately, we were able to save the wood flooring. By strategically placing drying equipment in the affected areas and drying out the saturated framing studs, there was minimal removal required.

The homeowner was very impress with our results. He appreciated our hard work and excellent customer service. We were happy to help!

Don’t let a slab leak ruin your home – contact SERVPRO of Rancho Santa Margarita today! Our team will help remove any and all signs of water damage from your home. Give us a call today and we’ll have your space back to normal in no time at all.

Homebuilders sue water districts over copper pipe leaks - The Orange County Register

2/12/2014 (Permalink)

SANTA ANA -  Two homebuilders have filed complaints in Orange County Superior Court claiming drinking water provided by two South County water districts is corroding copper plumbing, resulting in leaks that require hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs.

Slab Leaks and Pinhole Leaks in Orange County, CA

2/3/2014 (Permalink)

Water Damage Slab Leaks and Pinhole Leaks in Orange County, CA Small unseen leaks can cause big problems

Slab Leaks, the development of a pinhole leak in one of the copper lines below your concrete floor, are an increasing problem to property owners nationwide and our Orange County area in particular. Most homes built in our area since the late 60’s have a soft copper water system installed below the concrete slab on grade foundation. It is in this system that our homes are seeing frequent pinhole leak failures. We are acquainted with one commercial insurance adjuster in South Orange County who handles 6 to 7 slab leak claims per day for home owner associations.

According to a 2008 report published in Water Intelligence Online Pinhole leaks in copper water systems have been confirmed in all states and most major urban areas. Approximately 8.1 percent of homeowners nationally have experienced at least one pinhole leak and between 21-60 percent of homes in certain communities have developed pinhole leaks in their copper pipe water systems. We have found exceptionally high instances of leaks in newer homes in South Orange County including the communities of Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch, Rancho Santa Margarita and Anaheim Hills.

During our performance of hundreds of leak detection services for slab leaks and pinhole leaks here in Orange County we have seen type K hard and soft copper water lines, correctly installed, develop leaks within 3 years of installation. Two cases in particular come to mind:

  • A 3 year old custom home in Shady Canyon, Irvine, had developed 3 active leaks below the slab. The installation of the soft copper type L lines was flawless with both hot and cold lines being fully jacketed with ½” closed cell insulation below grade. The failed lines had no contact with concrete or soil.
  • A 6 year old townhouse in Ladera Ranch had developed a pinhole leak in the middle of a 10’ section of type L hard copper. This installation was also as close to perfect as could be with all piping isolated and supported on a hanger system with plastic inserts. When the leaking section was removed the internal pitting corrosion could be clearly seen.

Based on our observations of many pipe sections and repairs the pinhole leaks are a result of the water chemistry reacting with the copper and not external forces on the piping. We have observed internal pitting corrosion within most of the leaking lines we have opened for repair. Dr. Marc Edwards* of Virginia Tech has done extensive research into the copper pipe corrosion problem and his studies point to several factors that accelerate the incidence of internal pitting corrosion in our copper piping systems. Two key conditions he isolated are the reduction in NOM (natural organic minerals) as mandated under EPA clean water guidelines and the use of chloramine gas as a disinfectant.

As of this writing no one entity is accepting responsibility for the early demise of our household water systems. The water departments simply state that they are delivering water that meets the EPA guidelines and the Copper Counsel is virtually silent on the issue, they offer a 50 year warranty on copper piping but exclude corrosion. So we are on our own to repair or replace our failing copper pipe water systems.