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How to prepare for Commercial Water Damage

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

large building in the background with many people walking in the streets below Protect your commercial property.

When anyone own a business, you have a bit of pressure on your shoulders to protect your personal assets as well as the assets and information of your clients. Here are some ways that SERVPRO of Atascadero suggest to protect yourself from a commercial water damage on your property.

  • Backup Computers – the most necessary thing you can do!
  • File Paperwork – sometimes computers aren’t reliable and having paper backups can save you in case computers can’t be saved.
  • Ventilation – this can help with microbial growth problems later on after a water damage and keeps your office air dry.

There isn’t a guarantee that you will always be safe from water damage but if you are prepared it can make the headache a lot easier. When it’s time always call SERVPRO of Atascadero, we understand that you need to get back into business quick and we will work with you to make that happen. Keeping not only you but your customers satisfied!

So give us a call at (805)541-1271.

How SERVPRO helps when a storm hits

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

large water puddle in the middle of the living room and a sandal floating and two sofas adjacent Storm Damage

SERVPRO of Atascadero specializes in storm and flood damage restoration throughout the north part of the Central Coast.  Our technicians are highly trained and they use specialized equipment in order to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. Which will bring a sense of relief knowing that we are able to do that to your property.

Fast Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. We are available 24/7 in order to help you out.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When Storms hit weather you we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams are strategically located throughout the United States.

Steps to prevent a rainstorm from creating a extensive damage to your property.

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

yellow house with a white porch on top of a small slope. Keep up with the maintenance of your property.

  • Increase grade around your property:  The dirt around the home should be sloped away from the house to divert water away. Very simply, borrow dirt from three feet away from the structure, and toss it against the side of the house thus creating a slope.
  • Rain Gutters:  Schedule a licensed professional to clean gutters annually. A clogged rain gutter can send water cascading down the exterior wall, which can result in water entering the interior walls.
  • Rerouting down spouts: In a quick run to the local hardware store, homeowners can find a black, plastic corrugated 6-inch hose that fits around the base of the downspout. This device carries water away from the house, preventing it from seeping down into the foundation.
  • Maintain you roof: Where rain is concerned, the roof is the first line of defense. One small tear in a rubber membrane or crack in a tin roof, or compromise in the plywood structure of the roof can prove disastrous for the entire interior of the home. But regular maintenance can preserve the life of the roof. Have a roofer check out your home every five years.
  • Repair damaged windows:  Proper window installation and maintenance is imperative. Modern windows are fitted with wells and drains designed to help direct water outside the house. Improper caulking can prove disastrous by sending water into the house that should be draining away from the window.
  • Clean any debris:  Especially during spring and fall seasons, when leaves start to fall, it is critical to diligently sweep outdoor surfaces weekly, especially patios and door wells to prevent the collection of debris clogging exterior drains.

Differences in thunderstorms

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

grey clouds in the sky with thunder Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms are considered severe if it produces hail at least 1 inch in diameter or has wind gusts of at least 58 miles per hour. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which has more fatalities each year than tornadoes or hurricanes. Heavy rain from thunderstorms can cause flash flooding, and high winds can damage homes and blow down trees and utility poles, causing widespread power outages.

Know the Difference

Thunderstorm Watch - Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued.

Thunderstorm Warning - Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property.

Every year people are killed or seriously injured by severe thunderstorms despite any advance warning. While some did not hear the warning, others heard the warning and did not pay attention to it. Keep yourself informed and with the useful information in this section, combined with timely watches and warnings about severe weather, may be able to help you.

SERVPRO of Atascadero believes in giving our customers the best service and professionalism.

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

green van in the background with female and male figures in front of it SERVPRO of Atascadero is always here to help. 805-541-1271.

Ongoing training allow us to hold the highly respected Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in Fire and Water Damage Restoration.   

SERVPRO of Atascadero also offers popular continuing education courses designed to educate, entertain and inform insurance producers, agents and adjusters in the latest trends and state-of-the-art best practices of fire, water and mold damage repair and restoration incidents experienced by their property casualty claims customers.

Because we are a SERVPRO franchise our ability to scale people, equipment and resources is exceptional in the Central Coast.  From a leaking toilet in a home to commercial large loss disasters we can quickly scale the scope and volume of resource requirements.  Our ability to produce desired recovery results for our customers includes:

  • The prompt handling of insurance claims through the SERVPRO National Call Center.
  • Job process and best practices accountability from the first moment a customer picks up the phone and calls us to the finished dry, clean and restored property.
  • Documentation requirements for every detail of a job – from start to finish.
  • We serve insurance adjusters and their clients.

Reasons why families in our community trust SERVPRO.

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

green van in the background with a man speaking to a lady beside the van with circle icons in the lower part of the image SERVPRO of Atascadero

The Central Coast can bring many different weather conditions producing fire, flooding, and mold on top of unexpected incidents that can take place. When these events happen to your home, the anxiety and stress about the damaged conditions can last much longer. Our trustworthy and highly trained SERVPRO technicians use their training help make your recovery from tragedies, stress free and organized. We understand that safety and communication with your family is key, and it is maintained throughout the entirety of the restoration and recovery process.

Our business staffing model is extremely strict and selective through the background evaluation and training process. We always look at every situation as if we personally are going through the disaster. Our goal is to make sure all customers have a seamless, stress-free experience when disaster strikes.

Let our team of professional’s help eliminate concerns when it comes to navigating your insurance claims with agents and adjusters. SERVPRO’s experts can guide your family in the right direction with both the work we complete and the outside professionals that we network with such as, framers, plumbers and electricians. 

How can SERVPRO help you with Insurance and Emergencies?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

man leaning forward leaning his head onto his hand Homeowners under stress

Disasters happen when you least expect it and when it does happen chances are you already have so much going on. There’s a good chance you may be overwhelmed with stress from damages and trying to figure out how to get the repairs going.

On top of it all, now you need to contact your insurance and see if these damages will be covered or not. 

When a homeowner or property owner experience a disaster please call SERVPRO of Atascadero, the longer you wait to call professionals for disaster relief clean up the more secondary damages can begin to form.

  • Parties that are 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 THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE. 
  • We will be in direct contact with the adjuster for approvals and updates, so you don’t 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. 

Redefining mold, fire, and water restoration at SERVPRO of Atascadero

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Our SERVPRO technicians are professionally trained and certified in Fire and Water RestorationCarpet and Upholstery CleaningMold Removal, BiohazardTrauma and Crime Scene Clean Up.  Also, as one of the nation's leading providers of restoration services, SERVPRO has developed the most extensive performance guidelines in the industry. As a California SERVPRO Franchise we adhere to over twenty different guidelines to receive insurance client referrals from the likes of Farmers, State Farm, AllState, USAA, and dozens of others. From insurance to background checks on employees, each requirement is maintained continually to help ensure our customers get the best possible service.

Transparent Job Documentation and Customer Communication

When you first contact SERVPRO of Atascadero your referral gets tracked and reported at each step of the work process. We follow IICRC fire, water, mold and standardized restoration industry cleaning procedures.  Our SERVPRO water drying workbook provides complete industry standard validation. The “DryBook” as we call it is a trackable and transparent documentation pipeline so our customers can stay informed on daily job progress and status reports.  Proper equipment utilization and drying validation is a part of every job file when you call 805-541-1271 and use us as your vendor of choice.  From the first notice of loss, the cause of the claim, to response times and ongoing job status details.

Trust SERVPRO of Atascadero to do the job right.  The results from our years of experience helping home and commercial business owners effectively and quickly.  We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide answers and peace of mind. 

It is very important to Mitigate the damages done by a fire.

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

house up in flames SERVPRO of Atascadero can help restore you property.

When you experience a fire in your property, it can devastate members of the home and be emotionally distressing. The most important step when there is a fire is to ensure all members of the home are safe.The stresses of accounting for the valuables and keepsakes that are irreplaceable come to mind. The last thing one thinks about is what steps are next. 

Once everyone is outside the home and the fire is extinguished, contact us. Our staff is available 24/7. We will arrive on the scene quickly to assess damages and get to work right away. We even work with your insurance, saving you steps. Right now is a time for you to worry about other things. 

Putting off mitigation and restoration can be a very bad idea. The longer soot residues remain in the home and on materials within the home the harder it will be to remove. Not only can the soot be hard to remove, but it can also carry further through the house and the leftover smoke is not healthy for you or your family. 

If you experience a fire catastrophe, contact our team. Call 805-541-1271. 

Choosing SERVPRO of Atascadero is the right choice to make

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Green background with SERVPRO logo SERVPRO "Like it never even happened."

There are so many different companies that provide cleaning, mitigation, and restoration services on a professional level. An unexpected water or fire disaster takes place and it is unclear who to call in your dire need of help. It is hard to decide which company will help you, what company can take on the task of completing the task from inspection to completion?  

  1. Now SERVPRO has over 1700 franchises nationwide. If the job is too big for one franchise, multiple franchises will come together quickly to address the emergency. Not many companies have this option.  
  2. SERVPRO of Atascadero is locally owned by Joe and Karen Powers. This location was opened over 30 years ago and operates with over 20 employees and has a wide range of vehicle types and equipment types to work in the field effectively. 
  3. We will work directly with your insurance company to ensure the work completed is covered. If it is not covered by your insurance company, we will let you know pricing and what to expect next.
  4. Our technicians are highly professional and trained. They will work quickly and efficiently. 
  5. Let SERVPRO of Atascadero's testimonials speak for themselves. 

Gives SERVPRO of Atascadero a call at 805-541-1271.

Tips to staying safe during a storm

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

grey clouds in the sky Storm Season

Central Coast area summers are hot and winters are sometimes cold and wet. Through the year we can expect storms to come and go between September to May.

If a storm hits the local area, these are some tips for you to stay safe: 

  • Until advised it is safe, do not go outdoors
  • Stay away from broken power lines
  • Avoid standing water
  • Avoid any metal objects that may be close to broken power lines
  • Do not enter buildings and leave buildings with structural damage
  • Stay away from trees that are damaged
  • Stay out of floodwaters
  • Turn as off in the home or building if you smell as
  • Check on neighbors, especially if they have small children or there are those that are elderly or disabled in the home
  • Do not drive unless it is a must
  • Watch for damaged roads and bridges
  • Do not drive on flooded streets or bridges with water that is too high
  • Keep pets indoors
  • Make sure the sewer system is working before flushing or running water
  • Test battery powered smoke and CO alarms
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the home as lightning can cause fires 

Types of Storms and Damages Expected

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms can cause a variety of damaging weather like lightning, hail, tornadoes, and straight-line winds, flooding even. Hail and wind are the biggest culprits in property damage with thunderstorms.

Tornadoes 

Most damages from tornadoes are caused by the high winds. Large damages happened in “tornado alley’ which is in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and Missouri, however, California has tornadoes and property damage is expected in this case.

Lightning 

Lightning causes extensive damage. Lightning hits trees and the ground and is a common cause for wildfires. Fires break out and damage buildings, homes, and can cause power outages.

Hailstorms

Hailstorms cause the majority damage to the exterior of the home or facility. Common causes of damage to the property because of hail is roof damage, siding damage, shingle damage, window damage, and automobile damage. 

Floods

After a heavy rain, water will rise fast and at times the levees near local rivers and storm drains can’t handle it. Flash floods cause a lot of damage to homes, businesses, both exterior and interior.

SERVPRO secrets to rebuild your home after a flood

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van in front of a house SERVPRO of Atascadero

Proper building after your property has been flooded is only possible if you identify all affected areas before starting the process primarily when water is the leading cause of deterioration. Leaving water in concealed areas can force you to redo the process or lead to extreme problems such as mold. Our SERVPRO of Atascadero technicians use a wide range of moisture detection tools to establish all wet areas. The common ones include:

  • Thermal imaging cameras
  • Moisture sensors
  • Manometers
  • Moisture meters

The rebuilding process can pose risks such as injury to the people involved or further damage to the structure, especially when tearing down damaged materials. For example, it is possible to cut power cables or plumbing lines when opening up concealed areas such as walls and floors. Our SERVPRO technicians consult building plans to establish the position of utility lines. We also use different tools for different tasks, including rubber hammers, to minimize the chances of unintended damages and injuries.

Tips to reduce water damage!

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

water in the floor spreading through out the floor near a white door water damage

Whether it was lack of attention or a freak accident, all homeowners at one point or another experience some type of water issue in their homes. And in many cases, the problems present themselves in subtle ways. Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) has outlined the potential indicators of a problem and tips on how homeowners can solve them.

  1. PLUMBING SUPPLY SYSTEM FAILURE
  • Some indicators of a plumbing problem include an increased monthly water bill, banging pipes, rust stains, and moisture in the walls or on floors, and signs of wet soil erosion near the foundation.
  • Setting the thermostat 60 degrees or higher in winter months, letting faucets drip and insulating pipes are all ways to reduce the risk of frozen pipes.
  • Consider installing water alarms or a whole-house automatic water shutoff system 
  1. TOILET FAILURE
  • After you flush, wait for the valve to finish refilling the tank and bowl. If an overflow looks imminent, turn off the supply valve.
  • Twice a year, inspect a toilet’s components, such as the fill, supply and flush valves and the supply line.
  • Consider upgrading the toilet’s supply line to a sturdier braided steel hose.
  1. WATER HEATER FAILURE
  • Check the life expectancy and warranty for the water heater and replace accordingly.
  • Proper maintenance, such as flushing sediments and inspecting the heater’s anode rod, can increase life expectancy.
  • Inspect valves to ensure proper operations and use ball valves in place of gate valves whenever possible.
  1. DRAIN SYSTEM FAILURE
  • If the home’s sewer system is connected to the city’s sewer system – a particular problem for older homes – or if you are located downhill or below street level, contact a plumbing professional to install a backflow prevention assembly into the home’s sewer system.
  • Plant trees away from lateral drain lines to prevent roots from damaging piping.
  • Never pour grease down the drain.
  1. WASHING MACHINE FAILURE
  • One burst inlet hose, and your laundry room is flooded in a matter of minutes. Replace rubber hoses every three years and consider upgrading to sturdier braided steel hoses.
  • When leaving the house for an extended period, turn off the hot and cold-water supply valve to reduce failure risks.

Importance to understand homeowner's insurance

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

A black pen on top of a stack of papers with the word policies on the top left corner Homeowners insurance.

Usually, a policy will cover the actual dwelling and some of the other structures on the property, such as a fence, garage, patio or driveway. Personal property is usually covered as well. This includes the contents inside the home, although you may need to pay a bit more in premiums for high-value items like jewelry or paintings. You’ll want to make sure this is covered in your policy.

Homeowners insurance policies usually include coverage for injuries sustained on your property where you are liable. So, if someone slips on your driveway or falls while doing repairs to the roof, you’re covered. However, this coverage is usually limited to a certain dollar value, so you need to know how much coverage you have and exactly what’s included.

Natural disasters are the one area that can cause some problems, as not everything is covered and you often have to buy separate flood, hurricane or earthquake insurance—especially if you are in an area that is highly susceptible to these disasters. You also may be able to lower premiums by better protecting yourself against damage, such as adding storm shutters, reinforcing your roof or buying stronger roofing materials.

The Cost to Rebuild your House

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

A wooden frame with a brick exterior with two windows on the left side Rebuilding your House

Determining your home's estimated replacement cost is important because in the event of a loss the replacement cost will ultimately determine how much coverage your policy will provide. Since it is impossible to predict today what the exact cost will be to replace your home in the future, it's important to have enough coverage to account for unforeseen circumstances.

1. Ask if a replacement cost estimate is available when you have your home appraised.

2 Consult with your local builder association or a reputable builder for an estimate.

Market conditions in your area may impact the amount it will cost to rebuild your home if you experience a loss. Replacement cost estimates are influenced by factors such as supply of labor, the cost of labor, and the cost of construction materials.

Should you experience a fire, water, or mold loss, you can count on SERVPRO of Atascadero to help. Our goal is to help you regain control and make your damage "Like it never even happened."

Is your Chimney at risk?

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

A chimney up in flames surrounded by two trees Chimney Fire

This is a scenario that plays out almost 25,000 times per year in the US:  Chimney Fires.  These fires can be very dramatic, or they may burn silently, but their silence holds no indication of the harm they may cause as they burn slowly at incredibly high temperatures.  Regardless of the type, all chimney fires can cause substantial damage and risk to you and your family.

So what causes chimney fires?  The build-up of creosote along the chimney lining walls can facilitate the start of a chimney fire. This build-up is caused by the unburden materials in the smoke accumulating along the chimney walls and creating a sticky substance that can easily catch fire. The smoke from the fire contains a substance similar to tar and when the temperatures within the chimney are below 250 degrees Fahrenheit, the substance will condense along the chimney surface. When the temperature drops below 150 degrees Fahrenheit, the substance turns into a dark, sticky substance that is also highly flammable.

Tips on how to prevent from using a fire extinguisher

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

A red fire extinguisher with a black background Fire Extinguisher

Make sure kids and pets stay away from hot food or liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy, or coffee can cause serious burns.

Keep the floor clean so you don’t trip over any toys, purses, or bags.

Keep knives out of the reach of children.

Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer, or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child. 

Do not leave candles burning in rooms where you cannot observe them and make sure the flame is at least 1’ away from any combustible item.

Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

 Tests have shown that a number of available fryers can tip over easily, allowing hot oil to spill and creating a fire or scald burn from contact. They can also overheat which causes hot oil to spill or splatter outside the fryer, a recipe for fire or serious injury.

How to get rid of bad odor after a fire damage.

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen cabinets, floor, and walls filled with black soot Kitchen filled with soot

One of the most significant issues after a fire is not the loss of possessions, but the lingering bad odor left afterward. It can be very challenging to remove smoke smells, often requiring the assistance of professionals who understand what to do when smoke odors do not go away.

What are the steps SERVPRO technicians put into place to remove the smells in a fire damaged house?

  • Remove: We find and remove all sources of smoke, taking anything charred offsite for cleaning and restoration when possible, and disposing if damaged items.
  • Clean: We use dry cleaning for residue not yet absorbed and wet cleaning with solvents for absorbed residue requiring a deeper clean.
  • Neutralize: When the smells still linger after removal and cleaning, we use odor-absorbing beads and then thermal foggers which produce a smoke-like substance reaching throughout the home, attacking hard to reach smoke particles 

For 24/7 assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Atascadero at (805)541-1271.

Do's and Don'ts for your septic tank

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

Man holding a tube inserted in the ground where the septic tank is located Septic tank maintenance

SERVPRO of Atascadero does not run into too many septic system overflows in this part of the central coast, but if you happen to live or have a property in a rural area, for sure you have an idea about how septic system works. One way many property owners know if it is maintained properly is if you do not smell anything bad coming from it. Now, there are several crucial do’s and don’ts to live by to ensure that your septic tank will last long and that your septic system works the way it should. Here they are.

Only use high quality toilet paper.

Pick a toilet tissue that is been proven to break up easily when wet. This way, it will not cause any trouble when it is already in your septic tank.

Keep trees away from the septic system.

Trees which have roots that grow and extend aggressively should be kept far from the septic system to avoid any damage. Plant grass instead in the drain field area to prevent and minimize the instances of soil erosion.

DO perform regular maintenance.

Make sure your septic tank is maintained everyone to three years by a professional. Now, the frequency of having your septic tank pumped will depend on its size, the number of solids that go into it, and the volume of wastewater. It is best to consult a professional again to know how often you should have your septic tank maintenance done.

DON’T allow a large amount of water to be discharged into the septic system.

It will cause the system to back up and will also affect the biological balance within the septic tank.

DON’T dump grease down the drain.

Grease can build up in the septic tank and plug the sewer pipes. Have a separate container for it.

Tips to Prevent Fires in a Business

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

A hand pointing at a Emergency Evacuation Plan Fire evacuation plan

In the business world time is money, taking excessive steps could affect your daily work.

When a structural fire occurs, it not only affects your tenants. It also affects the commercial building itself but also the components within. This may mean damage to or loss of personal possessions, equipment, inventory, and materials necessary to operate a business. There is nothing more valuable than putting a fire prevention plan in place with so much at stake.

1). Place and enforce safety procedures

2). Minimize as many fire hazards as possible

3). Install and Maintain Safety Equipment

A fire prevention plan is the best way to avoid fire and smoke from adversely affecting your tenants and your commercial buildings. Should such a disaster occur, know that help is available to restore your property and that of your tenants’ to preloss condition. At SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo, we are here to provide the remediation services you need. Our restoration Professionals are experts at repairing structural damage to removing smoke odors.

If you have any fire damages to your commercial property call the professionals at SERVPRO of Atascadero (805)541-1271.

Most Common Places That Leaks Occur.

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

A silver faucet leaking water leaky faucet

Water leaks not matter how big or small can pose a very large threat to commercial buildings because they use as much larger amounts of water than residences – either for their business activities or simply because of the large number of people using the water fixtures in the facility on a daily basis. Therefore, leaks in commercial buildings lead to the waste of hundreds of gallons of water per day and can substantially increase the company’s monthly bills. Especially if they are not caught in time.

1). Leaky Faucet

2). Toilet bowl leak

3). Major pipe leaks

4). Leak in the Ceiling

5). Water Heater Leak

In order to avoid such troubles, property owners need to maintain their buildings in excellent condition and seek professional help from SERVPRO of Atascadero at the first sign of a water problem.

If you have any water damage in your commercial property call the professionals at SERVPRO Atascadero (805)541-2171.

Tips For Commercial Property Owners

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Three Tall Buildings facing each other Commercial Property

Purchasing a commercial property may be the largest investment that a business will make. In order to protect that investment, regular inspection in the property for potential water leaks, rust and mold should be routinely made.

There are four common methods to detect water damage in the commercial properties that owners look out for.

1. Floors
Whether it is wood, tile, concrete, or carpet flooring water will show signs of water damage. For instance, tile and wood will crack, buckle or warp. Concrete will erode or have cracks.

2. Water Stains
Water stains on the floor can be typically found around toilets, sinks, ceilings and walls, are some of the most common signs of water damage. As the drywall gets saturated, paint can lose adhesion.

3. The Outside Perimeter of the Building
Take a look at the exterior of your commercial property. What you want to look for are pools of standing water that can indicate poor drainage. Any of those issues could affect the foundation of the property.

4. Mold
Do not rely solely on sight when your looking for mold since water stagnates, mold and bacteria can grow. Producing a musty, unpleasant smell.

If you do experience any water damage to your commercial property call the professionals at SERVPRO of Atascadero (805)541-1271.

Odor in your Commercial Property?

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Women pinching her nose while spraying deodorizer. Order in your property

Does your Commercial Property have an Odor Problem?

SERVPRO of Atascadero has a Specialized Deodorization Equipment to help with that problem no matter how big or small it is.

We can Inspect and Access your Property and Inform you the best way to get rid of that Odor! Most Odors are caused by Sewage Losses, Soot and Fire Damages and even Standing Water that may have got unnoticed for a while.  

The majority of the Time the Special Deodorization Equipment can do the Trick; however, sometimes additional Cleaning may be required.  It is not always guaranteed to permanently remove all Odors and more Invasive Solutions may possibly be required.

Contact SERVPRO of Atascadero at (805) 541-1271.

Pigeon droppings are not only hazardous to humans but to you commercial property as well.

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Multiple pigeons flying around a building Pigeons on top of a building

Pigeons can carry many diseases and parasites that can be transferred into their droppings. Pigeon droppings can grow dangerous fungus once it's dried.  When the pigeon droppings dry and turn to dust it can spread which in return can contaminate other areas. When inhaled it can cause serious health problems.

Not only are the droppings hazardous to humans, it can also cause very extreme damage to your property and destroy certain materials because of the acidity that it carries.  

Pigeons will find any area to nest and will continuously dispose themselves in the same area.  Pigeons can nest on roofs, warehouses, balconies, gutters, vacant properties and even under solar panels causing large messes. It is best to clean the droppings right away. SERVPRO of Atascadero can help you with that, just give us a call at (805) 541-1271.

Tips on how to prevent a Halloween Fire

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

A fire can start when candles are too close to decorations or when long trailing costumes touch any lit candles. To make sure you have a spooky and safe Halloween, follow these tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):
• When choosing a costume, stay away from long trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so he or she can see out.
• Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.
• Use a battery-operated candle or glow-stick in jack-o-lanterns.
• Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
• If your children are going to Halloween parties at others’ homes, have them look for ways out of the home and plan how they would get out in an emergency.

How do you know if your bathroom was damaged by water?

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Consider some of these tips for possible areas of water damage in your bathroom and act quickly if you find them:
Soft Floor
If you know your home was built with a wooden floor system, the sub floor is most likely made of plywood. If the plywood is subjected to moisture, the subfloor will rot, and the floor will begin to feel soft or spongy in places. Your toilet may also feel unstable when you sit down. This could lead to your entire floor collapsing if left unattended.
Trust Your Nose
If you still smell something musty or damp after a thorough cleaning, it is probably due to moisture damage lurking behind the walls. Although many older homes have this smell, rooms with actual damage have a more prominent smell. Sometimes you might not be able to see it but be sure to trust your nose and call to find the affected area.
Warped Walls
This is another clear sign that may point to an extensive problem. When drywall absorbs water, it begins to swell and becomes soft. Over time, the damaged area starts to crumble, especially around the baseboards. If you run your hand across the wall and it feels uneven or looks crooked when you look at it.
Visible Mold
Mold is built from the inside out so that by the time you can see it, no matter how much you scrub, the problem will not go away. You will need the help of our specialists to return your home to a safe place for the whole family.
Inspect and Repair your Bathroom Water Damage to prevent dangerous mold from forming and causing deterioration in your bathroom to occur, call SERVPRO of Atascadero experts to inspect and repair your bathroom water damage.

How to prevent mold in the workplace

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There are some important steps that employers can take to make sure that their employees are not exposed to mold. Following these tips can help save time, money, and the health of their employees.

  • Have a reliable and certified building maintenance crew who are well-informed about mold and mold causes.
  • Have all the plumbing checked regularly throughout the year.
  • Check the building construction and design.
  • Make sure there is proper ventilation in each area of the building.
  • During summer months, open windows or run air conditioning regularly.
  • Use mildew resistant paint in offices where workers spend most of their time.
  • Consider replacing old carpets or wooden shelving that might have been exposed to moisture in the past.

Always let your employees know that you’re doing everything possible to prevent mold from growing in your building. When workers feel like their employers understand their health risks and are taking proper precautions to keep them safe, they’re less likely to file claims.

If you find mold or you suspect mold is in your building, you can give us a call to SERVPRO of Atascadero. The consequences of mold are too high to not take it seriously. Primarily, the health of your employees always come first. You never want to be responsible for the serious health issues that your workers can contract in a moldy environment. 

Why you should not clean up a blood spill on your own.

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Accidents and crimes happen every day. Some of these incidents result in blood spills. While it may seem like the right thing to do at the time, victims of violent crimes and accidents should never attempt to clean up areas with blood for several important reasons:

PSYCHOLOGICAL & EMOTIONAL SAFETY
Going through a bloody accident or violent is a traumatic experience that can haunt you for years especially if its someone you know. Maintaining your emotional and psychological health is important so no further damage is created is critical in traumatic situations. Family members should protect each other during this critical recovery time which means that cleaning up blood yourself will not help heal the people involved. In fact, after a violent experience a person can develop Critical Incident Stress disorder, also known as CIS. OSHA published a CIS Guide about this disorder; it is one of the most important reasons not to clean up blood spills yourself. It’s critical in situations like this to contact a professional team, such as SERVPRO, who will work fast and treat your family with sensitivity and respect during a traumatic experience.

PERSONAL SAFETY
Blood borne pathogens can pose immediate dangers to untrained persons attempting to clean up blood. The Center for Disease Control lists the most concerning blood borne diseases: HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are three of the most common and dangerous. C-Diff and MRSA are also deadly bacteria that are easily transmitted through blood. These pathogens should be considered as deadly and dangerous from either accidents or crimes blood spills which require professional biohazard cleaning services.

SERVPRO can help with any type of blood cleanup including suicide cleanup, homicide cleanup, decomposition cleanup, and industrial accident scenes.

When faced with tragedy, do the right thing: protect your family and loved ones and call in professionals. We are here to help and will make it a priority to assist you in a prompt and timely manner.

What to do when you have water damage in your property

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To determine whether you can clean the area up on your own or if you need to call in an expert, you’re going to have to evaluate your situation and consider a few different factors.

A minor to moderate amount of water in your home should be manageable on your own, if you have the proper tools to deal with it. However, if the flooding is significant or is continuing to rise despite efforts to curb it, do not try to handle it on your own.

We don't suggest for you to consider in repairing a water damage especially if its a big repair. Leave this one to the professionals and follow instructions from local disaster relief authorities.

Before you decide to clean up water damage on your own, you first need to figure out where the water is coming from.


There are three different types of water that can cause a problem in your home. The type of water will guide you on whether you can do the cleanup yourself or if you need to bring in a professional.

The first type is clean water. Clean water might come from rain or leaky pipes and doesn’t have harmful bacteria growing in it.

The second type is called gray water. This is water that comes from sources like your dishwasher or washing machine and may be slightly contaminated. This type of water can also be safe to clean up yourself, if you take proper precautions and use appropriate safety gear.

The last type is black water. Black water can come from sewers or flooding from a nearby body of water. Do not try to clean up this type of water on your own, as it can harbor all kinds of highly infectious organisms and other health hazards.
If you’re unsure about the type of water you’re dealing with, play it safe and call in a professional.

No matter how much we want to fix and repair a water damage thinking that we know what we are doing is going to fix it. It might end up making the situation even worse. Hiring a professional may be a better way to go since they know how to handle water damages no matter how big or small the damage may be. Here at SERVPRO in Atascadero we have technicians on hand to go handle any kind of water damage no matter what time of day it is. 

Now Is The Time To Check For Water Damage Reports SERVPRO, The Atascadero Water Damage Company

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

A Picture of a Blue dripping water A picture showing dripping water causing water damage that Atascadero SERVPRO can repair.

Even though the weather is great and the sun is shining, rain just around the corner. “Now is the time to check for water damage,” said Atascadero water damage company owner, Joseph Powers of SERVPRO.

Not all water damage is as obvious as flooded crawl spaces or pools of water collecting against building foundations. Storms can cause structural damage that result in everything from small leaks to flooding. While both types of damage need attention, it is often the small, undetected leaks that cause the most damage in the long run.

High winds and heavy storm rain can loosen portions of a roof and building siding allowing water to seep in. Over time, especially during repeated storms, the water soaks into the framing, foundation, adjoining walls and flooring leading to severe damage and mold. After the storms have passed for the season, the regional temperature changes from triple-digit summer days that drop to mid 50s at night contribute to cracking and weathering wood, especially after a winter of heavy rain.

“When you are repairing storm damage to your home or business, don’t forget to check for loose shingles or damaged tiles on the roof,” said Powers. “Check for loose siding, look under the building and overhead crawl spaces and check for signs of leaks.”

Hazardous conditions can continue long after a storm has passed. Rivers, lakes and ponds can continue to flood as storm water flows downstream and mudslides are always a possibility as long as the ground is wet and surface water continues to soak into the ground. Trees can continue to fall or break after storms.

There are four stages to reducing the chances of storm damage:

  1. Prepare for storms by inspecting and repairing before storm season arrives.
  2. Prepare in advance of an incoming storm by placing sandbags or other barriers to divert water and mud, using tarps and boards over areas that could be damaged or have been damaged but not repaired between storms, and trim tree branches that might fall.
  3. Inspecting for damage after a storm.
  4. Repairing, storm damage as soon as possible.

Additional safety measures include:

  • Reporting damage to public streets and roads, power lines, sewer and public water lines, downed and damaged trees, and flooding in public areas to the appropriate agency as soon as it observed.
  • Stay tuned to the National Weather Service (NWS) for regional storm, flood and high surf warnings.
  • Check with local emergency services, public works, and farm bureaus for storm safety advisories and items like sandbags and potential road cautions or closures.
  • Prepare an emergency kit that includes first aid supplies, up to five days of food and water for each person and pet, medications, personal hygiene items, blankets, batteries and flashlights, an extra cell phone charger, and important contact information.
  • Have a home and business emergency evacuation plan that includes family pets and know where the nearest shelters are located.

SERVPRO provides a free Ready Plan mobile app that can help people create an Emergency Ready Profile for home or business. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance of an emergency and the Ready Plan helps families and employers prepare for emergencies.

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team has responded to large loss and storm events across the country, including the 2018 California wildfires.

Locally, on California’s Central Coast, SERVPRO of Atascadero is prepared to assist residents and businesses prevent and recover from water damage, fire damage, and other structural damage.

SERVPRO of Atascadero

Atascadero CA 93422

(805) 466-6618

National Preparedness Month Offers Home and Business Owners an Opportunity to Resolve to be Ready for an Emergency

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

First aid kit, Flashlight with batteries, Money, Radio green icons National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month Offers Home and Business Owners an Opportunity to Resolve to be Ready for an Emergency Local SERVPRO disaster restoration specialist highlights no-cost tools to help property owners prepare and maintain a comprehensive emergency readiness plan. 

No matter where you live or work, emergencies caused by weather, fire, wind, water, and other natural or manmade disasters can strike at any time and are largely unpredictable. SERVPRO of Atascadero reminds Atascadero-area home and business owners that preparing in advance is the best thing you can do to help minimize a disasters impact on your loved ones and your property. Each year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designates September as National Preparedness Month a time to create, or update, your plan for when disaster strikes.

In the same way that people make resolutions at the New Year, National Preparedness Month is a great time to resolve to create a plan, or review your existing plan, each and every year, said Joseph Powers of SERVPRO® of Atascadero. Everyone needs a comprehensive emergency plan. Business owners also need to plan for business interruption and continuation. But equally importantly, families and businesses alike need immediate access to data like emergency and insurance contacts, shut-off valves, electrical panel locations, and the line of command to authorize work so emergency responders can react quickly and appropriately during the emergency. This months focus on preparedness is a great incentive for both families and businesses to put a plan in place and review it regularly.

Creating an emergency plan is straightforward, according to Powers. No matter what type of threats exist where you live or work wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, or other natural or manmade disasters tools are available from FEMA (https://www.ready.gov) with guidelines for preparing emergency food, water, and medical supplies; planning for special needs; and creating communication and evacuation plans. These tools and others, like the SERVPRO READY app, also help you store essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes. Both home and business owners can download the free app at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp

Local business owners can take an additional preparedness step by designating SERVPRO of Atascadero as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider. SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of the facility and assist the owner in completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) to be stored in the READY app.

The key to getting your life or business back on track is timely response after a disaster strikes. That's why it's important to take the time to record and store your information electronically, and then commit to a time like National Preparedness Month  to review and update your records at least once each year, said Powers. Remember, filing cabinets and their contents may be inaccessible or even destroyed in an emergency situation, so don't depend on them to keep track of critical insurance, property, or contact information in the event of a disaster. Store your data electronically. If disaster strikes, you'll have the information you need literally at your fingertips.

SERVPRO of Atascadero specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it "Like it never even happened." for both commercial and residential customers. 


About SERVPRO®
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPROs professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Paso Robles Fire Repair Company, Releases Tips For Preventing Barbecue Fires

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wood burning in flames Campfire burning. Campfires and BBQ's can be a potential fire damage hazard.

A great barbecue starts with a hot fire that creates the coals needed to grill the food to its delicious perfection. “But,” said Joe Powers, Paso Robles fire repair expert, “We want to keep the fire and hot coals inside the grill so nothing else catches on fire.”

Summer and fall brings family and friends together for good times over the barbecue. Great food and great company make great memories and the professionals from SERVPRO of Atascadero want to make sure those memories are not marred by an out-of-control fire.

People getting together for a good time hardly seems like something that can turn into a disaster, but these interesting facts from the National Fire Protection Association can make people much more aware of barbecue safety:

  • May through August is the leading months for barbecue fires.
  • From 2013 to 2017 an average 19,000 people per year showed up in emergency rooms due to injuries involving barbecue grills. Children under five years old accounted for an average 2,000 injuries per year.
  • Gas grills were involved in an average of 8700 home fires per year. Charcoal and other solid-fuel grills were involved in 1100 home fires per year.
  • Twenty-three percent of gas grill fires were caused by leaks or breaks in the equipment.

A few precautions and a watchful eye can help keep flames and hot coals in the barbecue and away from guests, pets, dry vegetation and other flammable surroundings. Here are some tips to help prevent a fire.

  1. Always check the tank and connections for gas grills before starting.
  2. Set up the grill in a clear area outside away from flammable materials, including dry grass, trees, umbrellas and covered patios.
  3. Allow plenty of room for people to move around, reducing accidental contact with the hot barbecue, or even tipping it over.
  4. Don’t allow children and pets to play too close.
  5. Keep a fire extinguisher handy. A fire extinguisher can be used with gas or charcoal/wood grills. A water hose can be used with charcoal or wood grills.
  6. Trim excess fat. Meat that is too fatty causes flames to flare and can cause serious injury. Keep a spray bottle handy to stop flare-ups.
  7. Never leave fire or hot coals unattended.
  8. Keep the grill clean, including the cooking surfaces and grill pans.
  9. Check the barbecue for rust spots or holes. Make sure it is well supported with no danger of being easily knocked over. Don’t use damaged equipment.
  10. Let the barbecue cool down completely before covering it.
  11. Dump the ashes into a metal bucket and hose them down until there are completely cool with no embers of smoke before disposing of them.

SERVPRO professionals are highly trained in property damage restoration caused by fire, mold, storms and other water damage. The company mission is to help families and communities avoid personal and property damage and in the event of damage, to make it "Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Atascadero

8855 Curbaril

Atascadero, CA 93422

(805) 466-6618

SERVPRO of Atascadero water and mold damage restoration specialists release report: " How to prevent mold growth."

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Black Mold growing around the window Not the fungi you want to meet

Atascadero, Ca. — SERVPRO of Atascadero water damage and mold specialists have released a report on six steps to help prevent the growth of mold after water damage has occurred.

14,000 people daily are affected by water damage. It is important to know how to eliminate conditions in which mold may grow and infest the home to help prevent the growth of poisonous and toxic molds.

All homeowners who have recently experienced water damage should be concerned about mold, as it can grow rapidly. Worse yet, it doesn’t take much water for it grow and it can be much deadlier than expected. The sooner an infestation is taken care of, the better.

Here are six tips to help reduce the likelihood of mold growth:

Remove the water as quickly as possible

Use a wet or dry vacuum to soak up as much water as possible. This limits the possibility for the mold to grow.

Use fans to dry the floors and carpets faster

It may take several days for fans to completely dry water damage. Leave them on constantly for at least a few weeks to help circulate cool and fresh air as well as speed up the drying process.

Dehumidify the affected room

Mold grows in moist, warm and dark areas. Dehumidifying the room helps cool the air and limit mold and mildew growth. Any equipment used to dry the air and ground will be useful in mold prevention.

Steam-clean the carpet

Steam-clean any and all carpets to properly sanitize and wipe out any mold spores that may have started growing. Any water-damaged carpet padding may need to be replaced, but is still much less expensive than having to entirely re-carpet the house.

Sanitize walls and baseboards

Anything that has been touched by water should immediately be sanitized. Clean any hardwood floors, walls, or other surfaces with soap, water, chlorine, and bleach to minimize mold growth.

Lastly, check affected furniture for any signs of mold growth that may have begun

Check all furniture for water damage, and remove the furniture from wet flooring. Water damage may hide itself under carpets or rugs, so be sure to thoroughly inspect the home.

Even following the above steps, it is likely that a mold infestation may still be present in the home. If any visible signs of mold are noticed, then an infestation/colonization has occurred. For any extensive mold damage situations, it is best to call in the professionals, such as Atascadero water damage restoration specialists at SERVPRO Atascadero.

Water damage and mold remediation solutions

SERVPRO is the leading company in Atascadero Water Damage, fire damage, and mold remediation. They are constantly investing in the latest training for mold remediation so that they can meet your customer service needs to quickly and professionally make it “Like it never even happened.” When disaster strikes, call SERVPRO for a helping hand you can rely on at (805) 239-0466.

Types of SERVPRO technicians

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The Atascadero water damage restoration specialists SERVPRO understand the advantage of using highly trained restoration specialists for water damage. SERVPRO of Atascadero and The Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration of damaged house and goods.

Types of restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Atascadero water damage restoration:

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT)

Trained and certified Technicians use procedures to remedy with water damage from sewer backflows, broken pipes, clogged drains, and firefighting efforts. There can be a couple of types of remediation that has to be done after the water is removed from the structure, depending on the level of damage.

  • Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT)

Carpets may need to be cleaned due to the water damage. This includes fabric identification, cleaning chemicals, and equipment. Proper cleaning techniques is needed for residential and commercial applications.

  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician (UFT)

Fiber identification and upholstery cleaning methods assist covering fabrics so they don’t shrink, bleed, crown, or distort.

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT)

Like a firefighter, a technician learns the different types of smoke and fire damage. With this knowledge, they can work with the water damage caused by the extinguishing.

  • Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD)

After the water is removed, then there is a drying process that includes air blasting the affected areas and/or using extractions systems. Although it may seem dry, inspections of the affected area are needed for microbial issues.

  • Odor Control Technician (OCT)

Odors and deodorization techniques may need to be addressed. Especially during the hot summer, odor control caused by biological sources such as decomposition, urine contamination, mold, and other sources could need the attention.

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)

If mold and sewage remediation is needed, the health and safety of occupants and workers on your property has to be considered. When it comes time to sell your house, this is a major liability and if it is not disclosed, inspected, and remedied, this could be vulnerability to the transaction.

About SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration Specialists

SERVPRO of Atascadero water damage restoration specialists will assist to how your home was before the disaster.

Disaster Response Professionals Offer Fire Prevention Safety Tips

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Have a SAFE holiday season!

Local Disaster Response Professional Says Keep the Focus on Fire Prevention for a Safe and Joyous Holiday Season SERVPRO® restoration specialist outlines holiday home fire prevention guidelines.

San Luis Obispo, CA (Grassroots Newswire) November 29, 2017 --

The American Red Cross (ARC) cites statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration1 showing nearly 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays, claiming more than 500 lives, causing more than 2,200 injuries, and costing $554 million in property damage. Joseph Powers of SERVPRO® of San Luis Obispo cautions home owners to follow some important ARC guidelines for holiday decorating and entertaining to make sure that the glow in their holiday celebrations is from twinkling lights and not a costly and potentially deadly fire.

Place Christmas trees and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents, and candles.

Purchase flame-retardant metallic or artificial trees. If you purchase a real tree, make sure that it has fresh, green needles that aren't easily broken. Keep live trees as moist as possible by giving them plenty of water.

Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer's instructions.

If you are celebrating Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, keep flammable items, including curtains and holiday decorations, at least three feet away from your candles. Place your menorah or kinara on a non-flammable surface, such as a tray lined with aluminum foil, to catch the melting candle wax. Never leave lit candles unattended.

Ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave and always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed.

If, in spite of all your precautions, a fire does break out, the most important thing you can do to help save lives is to install and maintain smoke alarms throughout your property, says Powers. Having a working smoke alarm reduces everyone's chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.

Powers notes that the ARC is joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide  to deliver and install a limited number of free smoke alarms in homes for those in need. Contact your local ARC chapter for more information.

The disaster response professionals at SERVPRO, a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, witness the devastation that home fires can cause far too often. 

They also know that when fire causes a loss of life, there is no remediation possible. To keep the focus on fire prevention, rather than fire restoration,  SERVPRO has teamed up with the American Red Cross by supporting the ARC Disaster Responder program, and in particular the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.

As a Disaster Responder, SERVPRO pledges dollars and support in advance to help the ARC develop and distribute educational materials and respond immediately when they are needed.

As a SERVPRO professional, I know that even the most diligent fire prevention planning can't prevent all home fires. That's why fire safety planning, like installing and maintaining smoke detectors and having a family escape plan, is also important, says Powers. If a fire does break out in your home this holiday season, make sure all your family members follow this life-saving advice from the ARC: Get Out, Stay Out, and Call for Help.

For more fire prevention and fire safety tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPRO.com. For more information on SERVPRO® of San Luis Obispo, please contact Joseph Powers at (805) 541-1271 or office@SERVPROsanluisobispo.com.

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Let's Talk Turkey: The Dangers of Deep Frying

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Atascadero wishes you & yours a very happy Thanksgiving!

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to talk turkey. Particularly, deep-fried turkey. If you’ve ever had it, you know how good it tastes. If you haven’t, well, you haven’t lived. Not only is it much faster to cook, but the flavor & moisture that results is amazing! BUT, there is some risk to preparing your bird this way, namely FIRE. The only thing faster than deep frying a turkey is how fast your holiday can be ruined if a fire results at your home. SERVPRO of Atascadero has a few tips to prevent that from happening:

  •  Make sure the turkey isn't frozen—in fact, make sure that the turkey is COMPLETELY thawed. Oil and water do not mix. Dropping an unthawed turkey in hot oil can cause flames to ignite and spread through your home and property.
  • Do NOT stuff the turkey before deep-frying or use any water-based marinades when deep-frying.
  • Keep the frying at a distance—at least 10 feet away from the house, not inside any enclosures like a garage or a shed, and not under a porch or eaves.
  • Keep a close watch on the deep-fryer. It only takes a moment of inattention to end up with fire damage, smoke damage, and/or even water damage if the Fire Department has to show up with their hoses!
  • Keep children away from the deep-fryer. Oil burns are especially dangerous.

We at SERVPRO hope these tips help you enjoy a safe, disaster-free Thanksgiving and holiday season. Although restoration after water damage, smoke damage and fire disasters may be our specialty, we don’t wish them upon anyone. But if they occur, SERVPRO is ready for whatever happens, 24/7. Call us anytime at 805-541-1271.

Protect Your Pipes This Holiday Season!

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SERVPRO of Atascadero wishes you a wonderful holiday season!

As Autumn descends into Winter, temperatures really begin to plummet and storms become more frequent. Before it gets too cold to take precautions, now is the time to prepare. SERVPRO of Atascadero has a few tips to prevent your pipes from freezing—these important tips can help you prevent water damage from harming your home or business.

How to Protect Pipes From Freezing

  • Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines.
  • Drain and bring all your outdoor hoses to inside storage (garage, shed, etc.).
  • Close all valves that supply outdoor hose bibs.
  • Insulate your attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will keep these areas warmer.
  • Sometimes water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Check garages and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. All pipes in these areas should be insulated/wrapped.
  • Consider installing pipe sleeves or installing heat tape on exposed water pipes. Even something as simple as newspaper can provide some protection to exposed pipes, at just ¼” thickness.
  • Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • If there are any water supply lines in the garage, keep garage doors closed.
  • To allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing, open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors.
  • When it’s EXTREMELY cold outside, let water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running even the smallest trickle of water helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Set thermostat to the same temperature 24/7. You might end up with a higher heating bill, but by temporarily ceasing lower nighttime temperatures, you could prevent a much more expensive repair job if pipes freeze and burst.

We at SERVPRO hope these tips help you enjoy a safe, disaster-free Winter and beyond. Although restoration after water damage, smoke damage and fire disasters may be our specialty, we don’t wish them upon anyone. But if they occur, SERVPRO is ready for whatever happens, 24/7.

Avoid Disaster! SERVPRO Offers Fire Safety Tips for Your BBQ Grilling

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Always Use Safe Practices When Grilling!

Everyone loves a good BBQ. Keep in mind that a grill can be a fire hazard. They can be very hot, causing burn injuries. Placed too close to other flammable objects, they can become an ignition source resulting in a deck or house fire or wildfire. Follow these simple tips and you will be on the way to safe grilling.

SAFETY TIPS

  • Only use propane and charcoal BBQ grills outdoors.
  • Place the grill well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Children and pets should be kept at least three feet away from the grill.
  • Your grill should be kept clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave a grill unattended—they can flare up in an instant.
  • Before lighting it, always make sure your gas grill lid is open.

CHARCOAL GRILLS

  • There are several ways to prepare the charcoal. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids directly to the fire. Do not EVER use gasoline.
  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord that is rated for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposal—always dispose of them in a metal container.
  • Keep charcoal fluid away from heat sources an out of the reach of children.

PROPANE GRILLS

  • Before using it for the first time each year, always check the gas tank hose for leaks. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If you can smell gas, and/or if the “soapy bubble test” is actively releasing bubbles, your grill has a gas leak. If there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and the grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, clear the area and call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
  • If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 5 minutes before re-lighting it.

All of us at SERVPRO of Atascadero hope these tips help you enjoy a safe, disaster-free summer and beyond. Restoration after smoke, fire and water disasters may be our specialty, but we don’t wish them upon anyone. But if they occur, SERVPRO is ready for whatever happens, 24/7.

Autumn is Upon Us! Here are a Few Important Tips from SERVPRO:

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Autumn brings with it many changes--make sure you're ready.

As cooler fall weather moves in, SERVPRO of  Atascadero reminds you to keep electrical safety in mind. Here are a few safety tips to help you stay safe as things cool down:

  • Safely store warm weather tools like lawn mowers and trimmers. BE CAREFUL not to park a lawn mower or other motorized tool with a hot engine near fallen leaves as they may ignite, causing a fire.
  • ALWAYS check cold weather tools, such as leaf and snow blowers, along with their power cords, for unusual wear and tear. Repair or replace worn tools or parts right away.
  • ALWAYS unplug and safely store battery chargers when not in use.
  • Use ONLY weatherproof electrical devices for outside activities. Protect outdoor electrical devices from moisture.
  • Keep dry leaves swept AWAY from outdoor lighting, outlets and power cords.
  • Make sure electric blankets are in good repair. Power cords should not be frayed, cracked or cut. If you see ANY visible damage to an electric blanket, it should be properly disposed of immediately.
  • NEVER tuck an electric blanket under mattresses or children, and NEVER put anything, on top of an electric blanket while it is in use. This includes other blankets and/or comforters/bedspreads.
  • The same advice re electric blankets can be said for heating pads. Heating pads and electric blankets cause almost 500 fires each year. Almost all of these fires involve electric blankets that are more than ten years old.

We at SERVPRO hope these tips help you enjoy a safe, disaster-free Autumn and beyond. Restoration after smoke, fire and water disasters may be our specialty, but we don’t wish them upon anyone. But if they occur, SERVPRO is ready for whatever happens, 24/7.

Should I File a Water Damage Claim with my Insurance Carrier?

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

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When faced with a water damage situation, either at home or commercially, one of the first questions to ask yourself is “Should I file a claim?” There are a number of reasons why this is an important factor to consider once you have the mitigation (cleanup) portion under control.

Of course, the first step with any water loss is to get help immediately to stop the source of the leak, BEFORE you mitigate the loss (get it cleaned up)! Call a team like SERVPRO of Atascadero even if the water is still flowing—we help get the source stopped/shut off until repairs can be completed to prevent further damage.

By not acting fast, secondary damage can result in mold issues which may or may not be covered by your insurance policy. In California, there are restrictions as to how much coverage will be offered for mold remediation. So regardless as to whether or not you decide to file a claim, it’s still of vital importance that you act fast. In fact, your insurance company might even try to use your lack of action against you and try to deny the claim because you waited too long & inadvertently caused more damage than otherwise would have been the case. So always pick up the phone and call a team like SERVPRO  of Atascadero right away.

Once the leak is stopped, it’s time to mitigate the loss and then evaluate the situation to determine if it’s actually worth it to file a claim with your insurance carrier. In many cases, smaller water damage losses can and should be paid out of pocket to save you money in the long run. Unless it’s very obvious that the claim is going to be a huge bill due to extensive damage, always take the time to weigh the pros & cons before you commit to filing a claim.

Don’t worry about having the work done before you call your carrier—they were going to tell you to get the work done ASAP anyway, and it’s YOUR CHOICE as the insured as to which vendor you choose to do the work.

First, request an estimate from the mitigation team—they should be able to give you some kind of ballpark dollar amount which you can use to weigh against your deductible as well as your total annual premium cost. Then, you’ll want to consider how much your premium cost stands to rise based on this new claim—you’ll want to contact your insurance agent who sold you the policy to discuss this with him/her. (Don’t bother trying to discuss this with an insurance adjuster, because they won’t be able to discuss premium rates with you).

In a nutshell, you need to try & calculate the cost for the loss to be cleaned up and repaired, versus your deductible and current/projected insurance premium. If it’s going to cost you less in the long run to just pay out of pocket, you’re better off not filing a claim. This is where the conversation with your agent comes into play—they can tell you how much your rates could be affected if you file a claim and show you on paper just how much money you stand to save over the course of time. This is largely dependent on the magnitude of the loss—if it’s obviously a huge water loss with extensive damage to the property, then filing a claim is the obvious choice. It’s the smaller incidents that might not prove worthy of filing a claim, because in the long run you might end up paying more in increased premiums than if you had just paid for the mitigation & repairs yourself.  You’d be surprised how many people don’t stop for a moment & consider all these factors before picking up the phone and filing a claim.

Water damage losses, particularly in California, are the most common type of claim filed by homeowners. & They can get quite expensive depending on the severity of the loss. Insurance carriers have reacted to this trend by implementing new policies & lobbying for new laws by which YOU as the insured, carry a higher burden than you might expect: the claim can not only raise your rates for as long as you own the property, but depending on the insurance company, the claim could follow you even if/when you sell the property and buy a different property. Yes, you read that correctly: your premiums might be affected by a water loss at a different property than the one at which you filed the claim. A simple analogy would be that it can be much like getting a speeding ticket: the ticket affects your car insurance rates, and selling your car & buying a different one won’t make that speeding ticket go away. THIS is why it’s so important to take a moment to consider the long-term effects vs. the short-term gain. Ask yourself: “Should I file a claim?

REMEMBER: regardless of whether or not you file a claim, keep in mind that you’re still going to have to get the work done by a professional reputable water mitigation team. SERVPRO of Atascadero is available 24/7 to respond to your needs. 

We hope this helps. We offer services ranging from water damage mitigation to mold remediation to fire/smoke damage. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or are in need of immediate assistance at your home or place of business, call SERVPRO of Atascadero—we’ll be happy to assist.

It's ALWAYS Time for Spring Cleaning. SERVPRO can help.

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Have you started your Spring Cleaning? SERVPRO of Atascadero can help. We not only offer services ranging from water damage mitigation to mold remediation to fire/smoke damage, but also full-service top-to-bottom cleaning of your home or business. We know not everyone has the means to hire out the work, so if you‘re planning on doing it yourself, here are a few helpful tips:

1) BE PREPARED: Have a plan of attack and make sure you have everything you need before you get started. Few things are more frustrating than starting a job and then having to stop & leave to go pick up more supplies.

2) WORK FROM THE TOP DOWN: there’s no point in cleaning the floor first if you still have to dust off the shelves!

3) WORK IN SECTIONS: to avoid distractions which can lengthen the time to completion, focus on one area/room at a time.

4) SAFETY FIRST: Always make sure you have the proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). This includes (but is not limited to) gloves, eye protection, masks, etc.

We hope this helps. Remember: if the task at hand is too much for you, or if you simply don’t have the time, call SERVPRO—we’ll be happy to assist. Duct work, rafters, attics, wall, pressure washing, carpet cleaning, floor polishing, and yes—we do windows!

SERVPRO: Like It Never Even Happened.

SERVPRO® Named Top Franchise Opportunity in Restoration Services Category for the 15th Consecutive Year

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

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Cleanup and restoration franchisor attains #12 ranking overall in Entrepreneur magazine's 2018 Franchise 500 rankings

San Luis Obispo, CA (Grassroots Newswire) February 6, 2018 - SERVPRO®, a cleanup and restoration franchise company, continues to dominate its segment of Entrepreneur magazine's Franchise 500 list, receiving top ranking in the Restoration Services industry for the 15th consecutive year*.

Local entrepreneur Joseph Powers, owner of SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo, said the company also achieved the number 12 spot overall** in the prestigious rankings, standing out in a record-breaking group of more than 1,020 franchises qualified for the 2018 list. The purpose of the Franchise 500 list is to use objective and quantifiable measures of a franchise operation to help would-be entrepreneurs identify franchise investment opportunities. The evaluation process is based on what the magazine calls "The Five Pillars of the Franchise 500©": Costs and Fees, Size and Growth, Support, Brand Strength, and Financial Strength and Stability.

"We are proud to be a part of this 'Best in Category' organization," said Powers. "SERVPRO's financial strength and stability, growth rate, and system size all contribute to the company's success, and by extension to the success of its franchisees. The commitment to excellence starts at the top and carries through to the service each franchisee provides to each and every customer." Sue Steen, SERVPRO Industries, Inc., chief executive officer, says key differentiators set SERVPRO apart from the competition, making it a strong business opportunity for both existing franchisees and would-be entrepreneurs. Those differentiators are:

* SERVPRO's strength as a brand, enabling the company to form national partnerships with organizations like the PGA TOUR®.

* SERVPRO's commitment to being a learning organization, helping franchisees plan, track, and deliver best-in-class services to consumers.

* SERVPRO's focus on continued technological development and support, resulting in industry-leading proprietary software and systems.

"SERVPRO was founded in 1967 as a painting company. Today, we are a mature restoration services organization with more than 1,700 individually owned and operated locations under a single brand," said Steen. "Our franchisees respond to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Maintaining our position for 15 consecutive years as the best franchise opportunity in our category on the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 list validates our long-standing strategy for growing our brand: invest in franchisee training and support, and commit resources to continually improving our infrastructure."

SERVPRO® specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, helping both commercial and residential customers recover from property damage emergencies "Like it never even happened." For more information about SERVPRO® of San Luis Obispo, contact Joseph Powers at (805) 541-1271 or office@SERVPROsanluisobispo.com. For more information about SERVPRO®, please visit www.SERVPRO.com.

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About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO?s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Disaster Response Professionals outline holiday home fire prevention guidelines

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

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Local Disaster Response Professional Says Keep the Focus on Fire Prevention for a Safe and Joyous Holiday Season SERVPRO® restoration specialist outlines holiday home fire prevention guidelines.

San Luis Obispo, CA (Grassroots Newswire) November 29, 2017 --

The American Red Cross (ARC) cites statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration1 showing nearly 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays, claiming more than 500 lives, causing more than 2,200 injuries, and costing $554 million in property damage. Joseph Powers of SERVPRO® of San Luis Obispo cautions home owners to follow some important ARC guidelines for holiday decorating and entertaining to make sure that the glow in their holiday celebrations is from twinkling lights and not a costly and potentially deadly fire.

Place Christmas trees and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents, and candles.

Purchase flame-retardant metallic or artificial trees. If you purchase a real tree, make sure that it has fresh, green needles that aren't easily broken. Keep live trees as moist as possible by giving them plenty of water.

Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer's instructions.

If you are celebrating Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, keep flammable items, including curtains and holiday decorations, at least three feet away from your candles. Place your menorah or kinara on a non-flammable surface, such as a tray lined with aluminum foil, to catch the melting candle wax. Never leave lit candles unattended.

Ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave and always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed.

If, in spite of all your precautions, a fire does break out, the most important thing you can do to help save lives is to install and maintain smoke alarms throughout your property, says Powers. Having a working smoke alarm reduces everyone's chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.

Powers notes that the ARC is joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide  to deliver and install a limited number of free smoke alarms in homes for those in need. Contact your local ARC chapter for more information.

The disaster response professionals at SERVPRO, a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, witness the devastation that home fires can cause far too often. 

They also know that when fire causes a loss of life, there is no remediation possible. To keep the focus on fire prevention, rather than fire restoration,  SERVPRO has teamed up with the American Red Cross by supporting the ARC Disaster Responder program, and in particular the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.

As a Disaster Responder, SERVPRO pledges dollars and support in advance to help the ARC develop and distribute educational materials and respond immediately when they are needed.

As a SERVPRO professional, I know that even the most diligent fire prevention planning can't prevent all home fires. That's why fire safety planning, like installing and maintaining smoke detectors and having a family escape plan, is also important, says Powers. If a fire does break out in your home this holiday season, make sure all your family members follow this life-saving advice from the ARC: Get Out, Stay Out, and Call for Help.

For more fire prevention and fire safety tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPRO.com. For more information on SERVPRO® of San Luis Obispo, please contact Joseph Powers at (805) 541-1271 or office@SERVPROsanluisobispo.com.

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Atascadero Water Damage Company SERVPRO Releases a Report on the Most Common Signs of Water Damage in a Home

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

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A report on the most common signs of water damage has just been released by Atascadero water damage company, SERVPRO.

This report is valuable to property owners and residents who might be suspecting water damage in Atascadero, or any other location. Knowing the signs to watch for and taking care of any damage right away is much less costly than ignoring the signs. Early detection of water damage in Atascadero buildings is much less expensive to repair when the damage is noticed than to wait.

Check out the full report below.

The Most Common Signs of Water Damage in a Home

Water damage can be a huge issue in a person’s home and can often cost thousands and thousands of dollars. While sometimes water damage is obvious (such as a leaky faucet, huge wet spot or burst pipe), more often than not, it is quite difficult to locate. With that in mind, here are some common signs of water damage in a home to keep an eye out for.

An Unpleasant Odor

There are many different potential causes of a bad smell in a home or apartment, but one that most people don’t think of is water damage. However, when residual water stagnates and is hidden over time, it can be a breeding ground for bacteria like mold. This will quickly begin to smell and has been described as very “earthy”.

Mold Growth

In addition to just smelling mold and other bacteria growing, people can sometimes see it with their own two eyes. Mold spores in the air find their way into hidden cracks in the structure of the home, and if water is also present there, mold can begin to materialize. It will often be fuzzy and discoloured, and should look very out of place. However, mold can be tough to see sometimes as it doesn’t always appear in giant patches, and even just a small bit of mold can signify some water damage.

Changes in Walls, Floors or Ceilings

If people want to check for water damage, the structural aspects of the home are the first places to look. Walls, ceilings and floors are places that can give owners huge hints as to whether they have water damage. Look for stains, sagging and drooping, among other abnormalities.

Suffering from water damage? If so, reach out to Atascadero water damage company SERVPRO for help. They have been in the business for around 50 years and pride themselves on their work ethic, fair prices, and customer service.

SERVPRO of Atascadero

P.O. Box 1794

San Luis Obispo, CA 93406

(805) 466-6618

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Why choose SERVPRO Atascadero water damage restoration specialists?

11/7/2016 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Atascadero water damage, fire damage and disaster restoration specialists are the best choice when dealing with any type or size of disaster. From small leaks to major damage, their franchise professionals have the edge over the competition because of their quick response time, professionalism, and extensive knowledge of the trade. They possess the proper equipment to get the job done quickly and thoroughly. Their goal is to make it, “like it never happened.”

• Speed

SERVPRO is faster when dealing with disaster than other restoration services. Especially when dealing with water damage and flooding, timing is critical. Within minutes water can spread throughout the property, and quickly absorbs into walls, carpet, floors and your belongings.

Within 24 hours, surfaces will begin to tarnish and furniture can begin to bend, swell and crack, and mold spores begin to settle. After a week, mold and property damage will worsen, even to the point of total contamination. SERVPRO is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Their quick response time will help to minimize any damage and help save money on restoration costs.

• Professionalism

SERVPRO is a franchised company, which means their franchise professionals go though an extensive, company-wide training process that guarantees that they are at the top of their field. All of the SERVPRO Atascadero professionals are versed in the standards set by

• Advanced equipment and techniques

SERVPRO Atascadero water damage professionals have the expertise and the top of the line equipment to deal with your restoration needs. Because each restoration project requires different solutions, SERVPRO Atascadero carries a wide variety of professional equipment. They will take you through the process of: Initial contact, damage assessment, water removal/extraction, dehumidification, sanitizing/cleaning and into restoration.

SERVPRO Releases Report for Homeowners to Avoid Paso Robles Water Damage

10/20/2016 (Permalink)

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Professional water damage experts, SERVPRO, this week outline the four most common causes of water damage and how to avoid or prevent water damage to one’s home.

 

Paso Robles, CA —The cleanup and restoration specialists at SERVPRO have released a recent report detailing the four most common causes of Paso Robles water damage and how to avoid this type of scenario. Homeowners can avoid excessive water damage by following prevention tips listed in the report.

 

To view the report, click here (link), or see below:

 

4 Most Common Causes of Water Damage in the Home

 

 

Water damage can have a serious effect on a house, including rendering it a total loss in extreme cases. Below are the four most common causes of water damage and tips for avoiding damage to one’s home.

 

Bursting or Leaking Pipes

This is one of the most common causes of home flooding and can lead to excessive water damage. Drains which become backed up with debris can block and cause pressure in the pipe, leading to a burst or leak. Incorrectly operating garbage disposals are another culprit of bursting pipes. Additionally, roots growing in the yard can move into sewer lines causing issues with piping and plumbing.

 

Tip: Ensure regular maintenance of garbage disposal units and avoid putting excessive amounts of food or waste down the drain.

 

Issues with plumbing

Hoses and pipe joints which aren’t fully attached to plumbing fixtures can cause flooding in the home. Flooding can happen rapidly in a situation like this, leading to water damage and potential mold in the affected area.

 

Tip: Periodically check under bathroom and kitchen sinks for worn out hoses and pipe joints.

 

Moisture buildup

Areas prone to collecting water, such as crawl spaces, attics and basements can be more susceptible to water damage if water has been introduced and never removed. Moisture can leak through concrete foundation causing water and mold damage to lower levels of the home. Air leakage into the section between the home and the attic can cause moisture on the underside of the roof and lead to rotting and mold.

 

Tip: Periodically check for air leaks or moisture build-up in mold-prone areas, including the basement and attic.

 

 

Malfunctioning Household Appliances

When appliances age, their pipes and hoses deteriorate causing cracks and rust to form leaving them weak and susceptible to bursting. Household appliances which can cause the most water damage include washing machines, water heaters, refrigerators and dishwashers.

 

Tip: Ensure regular maintenance of household appliances and replace any old or worn out hosing and tubing.

 

Following these suggestions can save homeowners time, money and stress. The professionals at SERVPRO regularly repair and restore Paso Robles water damage and are available 24/7 to lend a helping hand.

 

SERVPRO in Paso Robles

1702 Westfield Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446

(805) 239-0466

Atascadero SERVPRO Water Damage And Fire Damage Restoration Specialists Release Report On Reducing Fire Risk

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Atascadero water damage and fire damage restoration specialists have released a report this week on how to reduce the risk of fire as summer approaches.

 

As temperatures rise, especially in dry, warm climates such as Atascadero, fire risk increases as well. Entire communities need to work together, especially those in fire-dependent ecosystems, creating fire-wise solutions that will help to prevent fires from happening, and to ensure that when they do, that fire fighters can effectively extinguish them.

 

“For those of us that live in fire-dependent habitats such as Atascadero, it’s not if a fire will occur, it’s when,” said Atascadero SERVPRO owner Joe Powers.

 

Follow these tips to help reduce the risk of fire, and when fire does occur, that it is possible for firefighters effectively combat them.

 

Check smoke detectors

Working smoke detectors can save lives. What may start as a small kitchen fire can quickly spread. Make sure to keep smoke detectors fully charged and operational.

 

Have an EDITH

EDITH stands for: Exit drills in the home. Cal Fire suggests sketching a floor plan of the home, and then creating an escape plan with arrows that map out the primary and secondary escape routes. Then, have a drill and test out the routes.

 

Create a firebreak around your home

A firebreak is a gap in vegetation that will stop or slow the spread of a wildfire. Having flammable vegetation directly surrounding a home will make it extremely difficult for fire fighters to save it.

 

The Atascadero Fire Chief Kurt Stone released the following standards for clearance requirements of vegetative growth:

 

  1. a) Maximum height of 4 inches
    b) Located within 100 feet of any building or structure, or to the property line, whichever is nearer
    c) Located within 50 feet from the edge of any improved roadway
    d) Located within 50 feet from each property line
    e) Located within 10 feet on each side of driveways

 

Firewise landscaping

Replacing plants that are prone to fire with plants that are more fire resistant can dramatically reduce the risk of fire around a home. Some fantastic fire resistant plant options include: all species of iceplant, wild strawberry, carnations, and all succulents. In general, look for moist, supple leaves, and plants with little sap production. Keep in mind that fire resistant plants can still ignite, but they can reduce the risk of fire and make it easier for firefighters to access the home during the event of a fire.

 

About SERVPRO Atascadero water and fire damage restoration specialists

SERVPRO Atascadero is the leader in disaster, fire, and water damage restoration. They are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Their goal is to make it, “like it never happened.” Call today at (805) 466-6618.

SERVPRO Atascadero water damage specialists release report on the dangers of black mold

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

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ATASCADERO, Ca. — Black mold is a common household danger that many will at some point encounter, but there are many common misconceptions held about black mold and its toxicity. Today, Atascadero water damage restoration and mold restoration specialists SERVPRO released a report further examining the dangers if this common household problem.

What is black mold?

Stachybotyrs chartarum, more commonly known as black mold, is a toxic fungus that can cause several types of problems when the spores are inhaled. Neurological, respiratory, circulatory, reproductive, and many other problems are not uncommon symptoms.

Neurological symptoms of black mold inhalation

Black mold can kill neurons in the brain and impair a person’s mental ability, causing a variety of mental and neurological problems, including:

  • Hallucinations
  • Brain fog
  • Shock
  • Disorientation
  • Aggression
  • Memory loss
  • Seizures

Less severe symptoms consist of anxiety, dizziness, shaking, shortened attention span, and delayed reflexes.

Respiratory symptoms of black mold inhalation

Since black mold is a fungus, it is the toxic spores and mycotoxins that do a majority of the damage to the body, generally when they are inhaled. As a result, black mold takes a heavy toll on the respiratory system. Pulmonary hemorrhaging (bleeding of the lungs), bleeding gums, difficulty breathing/shortness of breath, swollen lungs, and nosebleeds are all notable symptoms of trichothecene mycotoxins that are lodged in the mucus membranes.

Circulatory symptoms of black mold inhalation

Black mold can be inhaled, ingested, or absorbed into the skin or eyes and can eventually enter the blood stream leading to problems with blood clotting, heart damage, hemorrhaging, vomiting blood, and heart inflammation amongst other problems.

What can you do in the event of black mold exposure?

The first step would be to identify symptoms of mold poisoning, as listed above. Anyone who is experiencing mold poisoning should see a physician to inspect for allergic reactions or a lung infection. The black mold must be removed from your home to make a full recovery.

About SERVPRO

SERVPRO is your local disaster, fire, water, and mold damage specialists. They are Atascadero’s water damage restoration leaders, and are readily available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help any customers in need. SERVPRO Atascadero strives to make your problem, “like it never happened.” Call them today at (805) 466-6618.

 

SERVPRO of Atascadero

8855 Curbaril

Atascadero, CA 93422

(805) 466-6618

SERVPRO: A company you can rely on

9/28/2016 (Permalink)

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Providing water and fire damage restoration services since 1967, we know what it’s like to suffer from the inconveniences that fire, water, and mold can cause. We have your fire and mold repair needs under control! We are a company you can trust to be efficient in doing what you’re paying us for, whether its mold remediation, fire damage restoration, water damage restoration, or storm and flood damage, we do it all!

Providing 24/7 emergency service

We deliver service all over the county, from Shandon to SLO, and we’re readily available 24/7 to serve all your emergency needs, whether it’s a fire or a flood, there’s nothing we can’t take care of.

We have offered Paso Robles fire and mold repair, but we can also restore damage caused by biohazards, rodent infestations, storms, natural disasters, and even floods. With our access to special disaster recovery teams strategically placed throughout the county for optimal response time, we can respond to disasters as fast as you may need us to restore your property and make it “Like it never happened.”

Our staff is highly skilled to suit any and all property damage restoration needs. We are constantly investing in advanced training methods and techniques to stay up-to-date on the latest advancements in mold remediation and fire damage restoration so we’re always at the top of our game!

We’re highly-trained in all areas of damage control, both commercial and residential, to supply you with the best restoration services in the county, whenever and wherever you need us. While we’re doing our job, you can rest easily knowing that the problem has now been placed in the hands of our highly qualified staff.

We even offer cleanup services!

Every hour you spend cleaning is an hour of productivity and revenue lost. In the time you spent cleaning up, you could have been running your business! At SERVPRO, in addition to restoration, we also offer cleanup and inspection services. Whether it be carpet or upholstery cleaning, construction cleanup, sewage cleanup, biohazard cleanup, trauma scene cleanup, rodent infestation cleanup, or even something as simple as mold remediation, let us take care of all of your Paso Robles fire and mold repair needs.

For a helping hand you can trust, call SERVPRO fire and mold repair experts today at (805) 239-0466. SERVPRO is based in Atascadero and has provided services for clients in all of North County including Paso Robles.

Why SERVPRO?

9/28/2016 (Permalink)

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After serving various clients with Paso Robles mold damage remediation needs, we know the strains that a disaster such as water, fire, mold, or storm damage can put on a property. There’s no job too large for us, whether it be commercial or residential, we have the experience and know-how to restore your property back to pre-disaster conditions in the most timely and cost-effective manner possible. With our highly-skilled technicians, we aim to minimize the difficulties you encounter in a home disaster and provide you with a safety net to quickly and professionally make it “Like it never happened”

24-hour service

We are readily available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for any emergency situations you may encounter, and we even have access to 1,650 SERVPRO franchises located throughout the country. In the event of an emergency or disaster, we even have access to special Disaster Recovery Teams systematically placed throughout the country to optimize response time and arrive at the scene of emergency in the most timely and professional manner as possible.

Highly-skilled and trained staff

SERVPRO takes pride in our employees. Our technicians are highly skilled and are constantly looking to improve themselves. We have, in the past, served clients looking for Paso Robles mold damage remediation specialists, and we constantly invest in the latest training and mold remediation techniques to be sure that we’re up to date on our stuff. You can rest assured, knowing that whether it be fire, water, or mold damage, you’re in good hands with SERVPRO at the wheel. We’re dedicated to maintaining the smile on the faces of our many customers, and we won’t rest until they’re satisfied. When fire damage occurs, often times the firefighting efforts will leave water damage and that can lead to a mold infestation. Mold can produce harmful allergens and irritants and can be a huge burden on a household or workplace. Whatever it may be, SERVPRO has the tools and know-how to remediate it. We first locate the source of the water feeding the mold and cut it off, then the mold remediation process begins. We use a negative air pressure chamber to isolate the infected area, and demolish any remaining spores to make sure that your mold problems are no longer existant.

How can I contact SERVPRO?

Reach us by phone at (805) 239-0466. When disaster strikes, call SERVPRO for a helping hand you can rely on!

SERVPRO® Pledges Ongoing Support to the American Red Cross Disaster

9/23/2016 (Permalink)

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Red Cross recognizes SERVPRO for their contribution to disaster 

preparedness and recovery efforts.

Atascadero, CA (Grassroots Newswire) June 1, 2016 -- The American Red Cross recently recognized SERVPRO®, a cleanup and restoration company, for participation in its Disaster Responder Program1.  As a Disaster Responder Program member, SERVPRO pledges a donation to the Red Cross in advance of disasters, allowing the organization to respond quickly and effectively to nearly 66,000 disasters annually, most of which are home fires. SERVPRO is entering their third year of partnership with the Red Cross; their donations to the organization to date exceed one million dollars.

According to statistics cited by the Red Cross, seven people die in a home fire each day in the U.S. Aiming to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent by the end of 2019, the Red Cross launched a Home Fire Campaign in October of 2014. The support of SERVPRO and other Disaster Responder Program members allows the Red Cross to pursue their home fire prevention goals while they continue to provide critical services to disaster victims.

One of the reasons home fires account for the majority of the disasters the Red Cross responds to annually is that the risk for home fires exists all year long, said Joseph Powers, owner of SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo. Statistics compiled by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)2 show the majority of home fires are related to unattended cooking accidents and cooking is something most people do every day.

 Although SERVPRO's business is helping business and home owners recover from fire, flood and other disasters, the company and its franchisees actively support disaster preparedness education, including fire prevention efforts. When disaster does strike, their relationships with major insurance companies combined with industry-leading job-management technology help smooth the path to rebuilding and restoration for home and business owners affected by the unexpected.

SERVPRO's commitment to the Red Cross Disaster Responder Program means that, when disaster strikes, homeowners can count on the Red Cross to address their immediate needs and supply essential services, said Powers. 

Once the immediate emergency is under control, homeowners can count on the expertise of restoration specialists at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo to help them restore their property and move forward with their lives.

For fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPRO.com. For more information on SERVPRO® of San Luis Obispo, please contact Joseph Powers at (805) 541-1271 or office@SERVPROsanluisobispo.com.

http://www.redcross.org/news/article/local/tennessee/SERVPRO-Recognized-for-Contribution-to-the-American-Red-Cross

http://www.nfpa.org/research/reports-and-statistics/fires-by-property-type/residential/home-structure-fires

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and 

Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

What is SERVPRO?

9/21/2016 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is your local Atascadero mold damage remediation specialists. We know the strains water, fire, and mold can put on your place of residence or business, and in an effort to help you, we are readily available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whether it is minor damage such as a burst pipe, or major damage from a heavy storm, SERVPRO is here to help! We are constantly investing in the latest mold remediation techniques for when your water damage problems become mold infestation problems, so you never have to worry.

Why should I trust SERVPRO?

Well, people all over the county rely on us to help them when they’re in need, and so far we have yet to let a single customer down! Fire, mold, or water damage, we can take care of it in the most timely and professional manner possible, assuring that you receive the customer service you’re paying for.

We lead in storm and recovery damage, and in the event of a major storm or disaster have access to the resources and personnel of over 1,650 franchises, as well as strategically placed special Disaster Recovery Teams throughout the country to optimize response time, and quickly make it “Like it never happened.”

We are the number one Atascadero mold damage remediation specialists, and we constantly are investing in the latest mold remediation techniques and training for our already highly qualified staff.

Atascadero mold damage restoration

Mold spreads quickly, and can produce allergens and irritants, which can be a major disturbance in your place of residence; SERVPRO Atascadero can assess, inspect, and remediate your property if necessary.

We first stop the source of water feeding the mold, and then isolate the affected area using a negative pressure chamber to make sure your mold problem is no longer existent!

Atascadero fire damage restoration

Even fire or smoke damage is no big deal to our highly trained damage specialists. We will take care of any soot, smoke, or fire damage done to your property and restore it as quickly and professionally as possible, and that is our guarantee. At SERVPRO, we strive to take your problems into hands you can trust and quickly make it “Like it never happened.”

Where can I reach SERVPRO?

SERVPRO, Atascadero Mold Damage Remediation specialists have a local office in Atascadero located at 8855 Curbaril Ave. or you can reach us by telephone at (805) 466-6618. When disaster strikes, call SERVPRO, for all your water, fire, and mold damage restoration needs!

Atascadero Fire Damage Specialists issue report on fire and how it spreads

9/21/2016 (Permalink)

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ATASCADERO, Ca. – Fire is a common element that is credited with being the most utilized in today’s society. It’s used for a multitude of things, baking, lighting, cooking, ceremonies, the list goes on and on. But what exactly is fire?

Most know it as that orange, hot wispy thing that is used to light cigarettes or cook food on a stove. But often times, fire can be the disaster waiting to turn a beloved household into a smoldering pile of ash. To fully understand how to prevent it from spreading, you have to know what it is and what feeds it. Today, Atascadero Fire Damage Specialists at SERVPRO have issued a report on what fire is, how it spreads, and how to prevent it from making a tragedy of a treasured home.

What is fire?

Fire is a chemical process requiring three essential factors: Oxygen, fuel, and an ignition source. Without these three components, a fire cannot start or will immediately extinguish. When a fire burns, a process called oxidation occurs, wherein oxygen atoms combine with carbon and hydrogen to form carbon dioxide and water; heat and energy is released very quickly. The rate of oxidation is particularly fast with paper and wood, and when heat can’t be released faster than it occurs it creates the phenomena known as fire.

How does it spread?

Once started, a fire is likely to spread until all fuel feeding it has been used to the point of extinction. This could mean devastation for a beloved home or business property. However, understanding the many fuels can assist in preventing the spreading.

Chemicals and combustibles – Lab chemicals, household cleaners, paint, and other such chemicals all cause fire to burn hotter and more aggressively. Common household combustibles include mattresses, newspapers, and various fabrics.

Closed space – Closed spaces will burn up much faster than open space. It will trap the flames and only result in further smoke damage, not to mention creating a tough time for fire fighters trying to eliminate the flame.

Ventilation – Buildings with central heating or air conditioning have ductwork which creates a pathway for smoke and flames to travel between floors.

Water – In some cases, such as grease fires, water will not extinguish the fire, but will actually help spread it. In this case, a special fire extinguisher or baking soda is best to put out the flame.

Fire Damage Atascadero

For many years SERVPRO has been a trusted name in San Luis Obispo County. Fast response, skilled experts, 24 hour emergency service, what more could be asked of a company? With a franchise in almost every area of the Central Coast, SERVPRO is able to arrive at the scene of a disaster in the timeliest manner possible to optimize restoration and reduce damage so they can quickly make it “Like it never happened.”

SERVPRO of Atascadero

8855 Curbaril

Atascadero, CA 93422

(805) 466-6618

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Paso Robles water damage restoration specialists release report on mold and asthma

9/15/2016 (Permalink)

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After serving Paso Robles water damage clients, SERVPRO, water damage restoration specialists released a report regarding the link between mold and asthma. Mold can worsen the symptoms of asthma sufferers, and according to recent medical research, may even cause asthma in otherwise healthy children.

How to I eliminate mold in my home?

Depending on the severity of mold in your home, it can be quite the undertaking to remove mold from your home, often the best choice is to call a water damage restoration specialist like SERVPRO. SERVPRO’s professional team will use top of the line equipment and their specialized expertise to bring back your home to a healthy, mold-free state. Once your home is returned to this state, it is important to practice mold-preventing habits.

Mold and mildew build up especially in places like bathrooms, laundry areas and basements. Here are some mold preventing tips that will help keep your home safe and clean:

  • Repair any plumbing leaks.
  • Put an exhaust fanin the bathroom.
  • Clean garbage cans weekly.
  • Remove bathroom carpeting if moisture is a concern.
  • Scour sinks and tubs at least once monthly with a diluted bleach solution.
  • Clean refrigerator door gaskets and drip pans.
  • Use an electric dehumidifier; drain the dehumidifier regularly.
  • Raise the temperature in the basementto lower humidity levels.
  • Promote ground water drainage away from your house.

SERVPRO is based in Atascadero and has provided services for clients in all of North County including Paso Robles. SERVPRO damage restoration specialists also help to restore structures with damage caused by fire and other disasters. Call today at (805) 541-1271, or visit their website at SERVPROatascadero.com. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

SERVPRO of Atascadero

P.O. Box 1794

San Luis Obispo, CA 93406

(805) 541-1271.

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Why choose SERVPRO Atascadero water damage restoration specialists?

3/19/2015 (Permalink)

When we need to service a customer quickly and efficiently, we use our mini van to service their Atascadero water damage needs.

SERVPRO Atascadero water damage, fire damage and disaster restoration specialists are the best choice when dealing with any type or size of disaster.

From small leaks to major damage, their franchise professionals have the edge over the competition because of their quick response time, professionalism, and extensive knowledge of the trade. They possess the proper equipment to get the job done quickly and thoroughly. Their goal is to make it, “like it never happened.”

• Speed

 SERVPRO is faster when dealing with disaster than other restoration services. Especially when dealing with water damage and flooding, timing is critical. Within minutes water can spread throughout the property, and quickly absorb into walls, carpet, floors and your belongings.

Within 24 hours, surfaces will begin to tarnish and furniture can begin to bend, swell and crack, and mold spores begin to settle. After a week, mold and property damage will worsen, even to the point of total contamination. SERVPRO is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Their quick response time will help to minimize any damage and help save money on restoration costs.

• Professionalism

SERVPRO is a franchised company, which means their franchise professionals go though an extensive, company-wide training process that guarantees that they are at the top of their field. All of the SERVPRO Atascadero professionals are versed in the standards set by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC. They have extensive water damage restoration training, and will monitor the entire restoration process to completion.

• Advanced equipment and techniques

SERVPRO Atascadero water damage professionals have the expertise and the top of the line equipment to deal with your restoration needs. Because each restoration project requires different solutions, SERVPRO Atascadero carries a wide variety of professional equipment. They will take you through the process of: initial contact, damage assessment, water removal/extraction, dehumidification, sanitizing/cleaning and into restoration.

SERVPRO® Celebrates 6th Consecutive Year on Entrepreneur's Top 10 Franchise List

1/23/2015 (Permalink)

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Cleanup and restoration franchisor stands strong in the #7 position in the 2015 Franchise 500 rankings.

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Atascadero, CA -  January 21, 2015 – SERVPRO®, a
cleanup and restoration franchise company, maintains its hold on the No. 7 spot overall, out of a group of 927 franchises that qualified for inclusion in the list in the recently announced 2015 Franchise 500 rankings, from Entrepreneur magazine. This recognition marks the sixth consecutive year Entrepreneur has included the company in its Top 10 list and the 12th consecutive year SERVPRO has earned the top spot on the magazine's list in its own industry, Restoration Services.

Entrepreneur magazine's Franchise 500 selection process uses objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation, to help would-be entrepreneurs identify franchise investment opportunities. Some of the most important factors considered by Entrepreneur in developing the list each year are financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system.

It's very satisfying to represent the ongoing brand leadership of SERVPRO® for disaster cleanup and restoration services in the Atascadero area, said Joseph Powers, owner of SERVPRO® of Atascadero. As a SERVPRO franchisee, we have the tools and knowledge, and the responsibility, to provide the best possible service to every customer.

According to Powers, SERVPRO continues to innovate with systems, processes and training designed to deliver faster, more consistent results to their customers. In the past year, SERVPRO customers benefited from the introduction of the following advanced features:

* The company's DryBook proprietary software, which provides franchisees with tools to capture and track the steps of a restoration project according to industry best practices and standards.
* The Here to Help® Connection, which provides homeowners with 24/7 access to real-time data, allowing them to track progress toward project completion.
* The Drying Chamber, which uses vacuum freeze-drying technology to vaporize water in water-damaged documents, a technique recommended by the Library of Congress. The process can recover and restore even the most delicate items and preserve the integrity of a variety of media including irreplaceable files, medical files, books, x-rays, photographs and more.

SERVPRO® specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, helping both commercial and residential customers recover from property damage emergencies. Like it never even happened. For more information about SERVPRO® of Atascadero, contact Joseph Powers at (805) 466-6618 or office@SERVPROsanluisobispo.com. For more information about SERVPRO®, please visit http://www.SERVPRO.com.

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About SERVPRO®
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of nearly 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar losses. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Holiday Fire Risk Increases After Christmas Day

12/8/2014 (Permalink)

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Homeowners Take Note! Holiday Fire Risk Increases After Christmas Day

Local SERVPRO® restoration specialist cautions Atascadero homeowners
to take common sense precautions throughout the holiday season Atascadero, CA (Grassroots Newswire) December 3, 2014 -- Most homeowners are aware holiday decorations should be used with care. Each year, statistics tell the story of the fire danger resulting from frayed wires, proximity to heat sources, and lights left on unattended. But Joseph Powers of SERVPRO of Atascadero wants local homeowners to know that the danger of fire caused by holiday decorating, and by Christmas
trees specifically, actually increases after the holiday. Citing research from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)*, Powers says while four out of five Christmas tree fires happen in December and January, the 10 days with the highest average number of fires were all after Christmas Day.

“For many families, preparing for the holiday season is a very busy time,” said Powers. “Come December 26, it’s tempting to relax and stop watering the Christmas tree, replacing bulbs in outdoor lights and tucking indoor garlands back into place. Dry greens, open sockets and decorations that slip dangerously close to light sockets or fireplaces can all increase the risk of fire in the days after the Christmas holiday.”

The American Christmas Tree Association** quotes Nielsen research that says Americans purchased 21.6 million live Christmas trees in 2011. That number is significant because, according to the NFPA, Christmas trees remain the number one culprit in holiday fires. Forty-three percent of Christmas tree fires happen in December, but January is close behind, claiming 39 percent—numbers that demonstrate the danger of allowing Christmas trees to dry out during and after the holiday season. Tragically, Christmas tree fires are particularly deadly, claiming on average one life in every 40 fires compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home fires.

Powers encourages Atascadero homeowners who choose to decorate with live Christmas trees to be diligent about watering their trees both before and after the holidays. “When a Christmas tree dries out, it takes only a single spark from the fireplace, a draft that blows a candle flame too near, or a carelessly held cigarette to turn your holiday celebration into a tragedy,” says Powers. “Beyond the damage from the fire itself, a Christmas tree fire, like any fire, can result in extensive smoke and water damage throughout your home, and can even be deadly.”

As the holiday season moves into full swing, Powers reminds homeowners to take common sense precautions based on a clear understanding of the potential danger to help prevent holiday traditions from turning into a holiday nightmare. For more fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPRO.com. For more information on SERVPRO of Atascadero, please contact Joseph Powers at (805) 541-1271 or office@SERVPROsanluisobispo.com.

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About SERVPRO®
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network ofnearly 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi million dollar losses. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Property Restoration Can Be a Messy Business

12/8/2014 (Permalink)

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Local disaster recovery specialist offers insight into the complexities of dealing with disaster and water damage in Atascadero.

When disaster strikes, property owners need to make a lot of decisions quickly and under pressure. Effective disaster remediation involves a lot of moving parts: remediation specialists, insurance companies, local codes, state codes, documentation and more—and all of this has to happen in an atmosphere charged with emotion and stress.

Joseph Powers of SERVPRO of Atascadero Obispo says, “Efficiency is key when you are dealing with disaster remediation; it saves our customers money and it makes our work more effective. SERVPRO is an industry leader in work efficiency technology—continually innovating to help both our customers and our business control costs.”

SERVPRO’s proprietary DryBook™ tool is one example of the company’s focus on efficiency and cost control. Remediation projects must be managed to both industry and insurance company standards, and Joseph says that tools like DryBook™ help SERVPRO Franchise technicians track and document progress on restoration, cleanup and repair services. “The DryBook™ tool helps us deliver on every detail of every water damage job, every time,” says Powers.

To help avoid regulatory headaches and paperwork pitfalls, Powers suggests property owners consider the following criteria when choosing a remediation company to deal with the aftermath of a disaster.

Industry standards: Does your remediation company deliver a product that meets the standards set by

  • The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)?
  • Most major insurance companies, including cycle times and deadline requirements?

Recordkeeping: Does your remediation company have a system in place to ensure accurate, complete and convenient benchmarking of each step of the remediation process, including

  • Capturing and updating data, including job diary notes, electronically and real-time on the jobsite, with simultaneous updates saved at the central office?
  • Using e-signatures to help eliminate lost paperwork and the need to scan documents?
  • Providing a complete record of the damage and remediation efforts in images, with descriptions, start-to-finish?

Equipment selection: Does your contractor have the ability, on-the-spot, to

  • Identify the right equipment for the job, based on the damage description?
  • Validate the use of each piece of equipment, automatically, as part of the remediation records?

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals specialize in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Atascadero, please contact Joseph Powers at (805) 541-1271 or office@SERVPROsanluisobispo.com. For more information about SERVPRO, please visit our website.

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of nearly 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar losses. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

 

Water Damage Atascadero

12/8/2014 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks SERVPRO is ready to serve your water damage Atascadero needs. No job is to big or to small for our fleet of trucks.

SERVPRO of Atascadero has been a brand you can trust and know since 1967. Providing water and fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO of Atascadero delivers service to Atascadero, Paso Robles, Templeton, and Asunction. Being available 24/7 for your emergency needs, SERVPRO is ready to restore your property and make it, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Atascadero can help restore damage caused by:

  • Water damage
  • Fire damage
  • Disaster, storm and flood damage
  • Mold damage
  • Biohazard clean-up
  • Rodent infestation clean-ip

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