May Is National Wildfire Awareness Month
-May is National Wildfire Awareness month, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has declared May 1 to be Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. Joe Powers from SERVPRO of Atascadero/Paso Robles, the fire damage repair company, said, “This is the perfect opportunity for communities to come together and participate in activities to help keep everyone safe from the threat of wildfires.”
Property and life loss to California wildfires has been in the billions of dollars, the most recent costs for 2020 wildfires exceeds $20 billion. Even though communities are recovering and rebuilding, there is no substitute for prevention. The NFPA is a global nonprofit organization with more than 50,000 members around the world that has been devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire since 1896. The organization delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy.
The NFPA provides a free toolkit that can be downloaded for helping communities come together and plan fire prevention. Since in-person gatherings are limited or on-hold in many places, this year’s Preparation Day focuses on what communities can do to protect homes and businesses from the threat of wildfires.
SERVPRO of Atascadero/Paso Robles, ready with fire damage repair and restoration services 24/7, believes that prevention is the first line of defense. No one wants to experience a fire or lose their home, business or worse to fire.
Tips for Fourth of July!
Fourth of July Safety Tips
It is hard to believe that July is around the corner already. That means that fourth of July is coming up to celebrate Independence Day having barbeques and fireworks with the family. We must be cautions when we deal with fireworks campfires and barbeques because they could cause a house fire or someone getting hurt with a firework.
Here are some tips according to FEMA that can help you out this upcoming holiday:
• Build Campfires at least 25 ft away from tents, shrubs, and anything that can burn
• If you want to see a large firework show, go to a public show, put on by experts.
• Never allow young children to handle fireworks or sparklers.
• Always keep a portable fire extinguisher close by. Also keep a water hose or buckets or water to soak small fireworks before disposing them.
• Use fire pits outdoors only and at least 10 feet away from your home or anything that can burn.
• Use propane, charcoal, and wood pellet barbecue grills outdoors only.
• Place you grill far away from siding and deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
Water Damage After a Fire in your Property.
Water Damage from Fire
Fire Damage to a property may be a devastating event but sometimes it may not only be flames, smoke or odor damage that may happen to your property but also water damage due to the Fire Department trying to put out the fire or the sprinkler system.
The problem with water damage after a fire is that it sneaks into crevices and cracks and into other places that cannot be visible seen. Which is why sometimes we must use our infrared camera to see where else the water may have gone to. If water is not found properly it can cause to grow mold which would be an additional damage to your property. Which it is important to address the situation right away and understand the necessary action to take.
So, give SERVPRO of Atascadero/Paso Robles a call to help you with the damages done to your property. We are available 24/7 to help you out.
Mold after a Water Damage
Mold growth after a large water damage
Water Damage Company, SERVPRO of Atascadero/Paso Robles Releases ‘Mold Management Guidelines’
Mold spores are everywhere and the best way to prevent them growing into mold is to manage the environments that feed the spores. The SERVPRO of Atascadero/Paso Robles water damage experts have prepared a report to help prevent and manage mold growth.
Mold and mold spores are part of nature and have role in the environment. Mold helps break down decaying vegetation and wood and enrich natural soils. Mold, however, does not have much control over its appetite and eats anything organic, including fabric, upholstery, flooring, walls and supporting structures. Mold even attacks masonry.
Even though mold is part of nature, its presence can pose a health hazard in some circumstances. People with respiratory issues such as asthma can have adverse reactions to mold. The dreaded black mold is known to cause severe reactions even in healthy people.
The best way to manage mold is to prevent it. When mold does appear in small amounts, such as on kitchen tile or in the shower, it is usually cleaned up with household cleaners that are specifically formulated for mold. Experts in repairing mold damage, such as SERVPRO of Atascadero/Paso Robles may have better recommendations.
Regular inspections are one way to help prevent mold and to also find mold before it becomes a problem.
Areas to inspect include:
- Showers and around bathtubs
- Laundry areas
- Any place that creates damp or steamy environments such as a hot tub
- Furniture against walls, especially in damper climates can hide mold
- Check for leaky pipes and faucets, inside and outside
- Check for roof damage that can leak
- Make sure landscape watering does not pool around building foundations
- Keep debris, grass cuttings, fallen leaves and landscaping that requires heavy watering away from building foundations
Making repairs as soon as possible can prevent serious water and mold damage. Cleaning up small amounts of mold yourself, using the appropriate solution, can also help prevent mold from spreading. Mold that grows on walls, around baseboards, or under cabinets is a sign of a deeper problem that needs the attention of experts.
SERVPRO of Atascadero/Paso Robles will inspect for water damage and the associated mold damage. The team uses state-of-the-art drying equipment to dry up the water damage and remediate mold damage. The sooner water and mold damage are addressed the better your chances of avoiding expensive repairs. Members of the SERVPRO team are highly trained in water and mold damage restoration, holding certifications that include:
- Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
- Water Damage Restoration Technician
- Applied Structural Drying Technician
Locally-owned SERVPRO of Atascadero/Paso Robles responds quickly and effectively to help remediate water and mold damage, help you process insurance claims, and restore your property.
SERVPRO of Atascadero/Paso Robles
7343 El Camino Real Suite 199
Atascadero, CA 93422
Water Damage Can Cause Mold If Not Taken Care Of Properly.
Mold after a Water Damage
Homeowners should check areas in their home that have suffered water damage thoroughly for mold. This could be an area of your ceiling from an old roof leak, or under your kitchen sink after a plumbing leak.
Mold can grow on a moist area in as little as 48 hours. So, if there are areas of your home that have seen some water damage, give them a good look for signs of mold.
Keep in mind that water damage can appear in several ways. It can show as discoloration. It can also cause wallpaper to peel or paint to bubble. It may even cause warping in your walls, ceiling or floors.
If your home was flooded and left wet or damp for more than 24-48 hours, there is a good chance some mold has taken hold on the affected areas.
Excessive humidity in your home can lead to condensation. Condensation can collect on walls, windows, and floors and create mold in your home. If you see areas of condensation in your home, dry them right away to prevent mold growth.
Steps can be taken to decrease condensation in your home including:
- Keeping all interior doors open so air can circulate freely through your home
- Installing a dehumidifier that will work with your air conditioning system to take moisture out of the air. A dehumidifier system can also keep your cooling costs down since drier air is easier for your system to cool.
The key to making your home mold resistant is to keep the moisture in your home under control.
If you believe mold may be in your property due to a water damage don't hesitate to give SERVPRO of Atascadero/Paso Robles a call.
Fire Damage Do's and Don'ts
When homeowners or commercial property owners deal with a fire in their home or business it can be overwhelming event. It’s crucial, though, to start your fire damage cleanup and restoration process as soon as possible, to get your life back to normal.
Rather than running to the store to buy cleaning products, mops, and buckets yourself, you need to rely on the experts to handle the situation. There are specific steps the professionals will follow to restore your property and contents to their preloss condition.
Here are some do's and don'ts that we suggest:
- Even if everything looks safe and clear to you, don’t enter your property after a fire until a professional has told you it’s safe to do so. Not only could your structure be unstable, but fires can start again — even after they appear to be out.
- Take photos for evidence of the fire damage this will help when it comes to dealing with your insurance company.
- Call your insurance, in order to get the ball rolling on fire damage assessment.
- Call your local restoration company, to help with fire damage cleanup and repair.
- Limit movement inside the building, this will stop soot particles from spreading.
- If the weather allows, open windows and doors for ventilation.
- Remove all clothing from the property and have it cleaned by professional fire damage restoration cleaners, not just a dry cleaner.
- Enter the building before the fire department gives you the go-ahead, even if it looks safe.
- Start to clean or wipe residue from walls, ceilings, and other surfaces. Everything needs to be assessed by your insurer first.
- Use or try to clean carpets or furnishings impacted by smoke residues or debris until they are professionally cleaned.
- Use food items or canned goods that were exposed to heat or fire.
- Turn on the water, electric, or gas until professionally checked
If it’s not handled correctly the residue left behind after fire damage may cause health problems . Only trained experts with professional equipment can ensure fire damage restoration is done safely and thoroughly.
Water Damage From a Pipe Leak
Pipe leaks are a common thing to happen in any home. They can cause a lot of damage if not taken care of quickly. Luckily, most of these types of leaks can be found quickly.
Water damage from this type of leak within the walls ranges from small, localized stains and soft spots to large areas of soft wood and problems with flooring, tile, and caulking around the leaking pipe. Water damage of this type can be found around toilets, tubs, and sinks, and is caused by the water pipes or the drainage pipes.
Signs to look for in Pipe Leaks:
Depending on where the pipe leak is coming from, there can be a few different signs of water damage that can indicate where the leak is and how severe it is. The wood in the cabinet under the bathroom or kitchen sink is a usual place to find some water damage if there is a leak in the drainage pipe. If there is any softness, there is a leaky pipe under your sink.
The drain in your tub is a bit of a different story since the drainpipe is not easily exposed. A good place to start is the other side of the wall that the tub is on. This wall and the floor around it may seem soft and damp after a shower. This usually means that the water is draining improperly and seeping into the wood, drywall, and flooring around the tub.
Does it take long for water damage to start appearing?
Water damage from burst pipes can be spotted almost instantly in most cases. In the instance of a sink drain leaking, you will see the wood softening and discoloring in the cabinet under the bathroom or kitchen countertop after a few hours of dripping. The signs show right away, but unless you look for them regularly, you may not catch it until later.
You will be able to find a tub drain leak right away in some cases. However, in most cases, it could take months to a year to notice any water damage. The wood and insulation in the wall will soak up most of the water and soften for a while before the drywall and paint begin to show signs of water damage.
What to do to fix a pipe leak
Pipe leaks from under the sink are easy to repair. This repair usually just entails replacing the pipe under the sink. In some fringe cases, the pipe is fine, and the rubber seals are the only thing that needs to be replaced.
Pipe leaks from the tub drain are much more complicated to repair. Most of the time, they require a professional team to take care of the repair. With all the different types of materials involved, the skill needed to do the repair goes up significantly.
Tips of what to do and what not to do after a fire damage.
Tips of what to do and what not to do after a fire damage
- Make small movements in the home to prevent soot from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
- Make sure your hands are clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
- Place clean towels or rags that you may not use anymore to cover carpet traffic areas.
- Empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open if the power goes out.
- Wash plants that are in the house on both sides of leaves.
- Change the filters for your HVAC units
- Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us first since it can increase the damage.
- Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
- Any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat, or water should be disposed if they got damaged.
- Ceiling fixtures should not get turned on if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
- Garments cannot go to an ordinary dry cleaner. There are licensed businesses that know how to fully restore garments from a fire damage.
Tips to protect your hardwood floor from water
Wet wood floor
The biggest enemy for hardwood floors is water. After a flood, your best chance of recovering your hardwood floor is to contact a professional restoration company immediately. However, failing to protect your floor from moisture or spills daily, can also cause irremediable damage. Here is what you can do to keep your hardwood floor dry and undamaged:
- Control the humidity in your home. Be aware that during the summer, air tends to be moister and during the winter, the air is dryer than usual. Both moist and dry air can affect wood, so adjust your humidifier accordingly.
- The sealant on your hardwood floor must be periodically resealed. Wax sealants should be refinished annually. Polyurethane sealants (oil or water based) last longer and only require maintenance every few years.
- Cleaning hardwood floors use a quality product intended specifically for hardwood floors. Make sure you do not leave pools or puddles of liquid, no matter how small, on your floor. Do not soak the mop head or the cloth you are using; instead, only dampen them a little.
For professional fire, water, and mold restoration services, contact your local SERVPRO of Atascadero & Paso Robles office.
How can SERVPRO of Atascadero & Paso Robles help you with damage?
It is never a good time for a disaster to happen and when it does happen chances are you already have so much on your plate. There is a chance you may be overwhelmed with stress from damages and trying to figure out how to get the repairs going.
How can SERVPRO of Atascadero & Paso Robles help you?
When you experience a disaster please call SERVPRO of Atascadero & Paso Robles, the longer you wait to call professionals for disaster relief clean up the more secondary damages can begin to form.
- We will be in direct contact with the adjuster for approvals and updates, so you do not have to.
- We also can schedule any necessary testing, abatement, storage pod, and dumpster deliveries.
- Not all people realize how important it is to stay in contact with their adjuster throughout the mitigation process. Your adjuster should be able to give you the information about how the claim process works if you have a deductible and how the payment process works.
- Insured have the right to choose any contractor or mitigation specialist, not just the one the insurance company suggests. Many people think that the only choice they have is the one company the insurance provider refers to. However, that is not true. The Insured always has a choice