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5 Ways To Eliminate Bathroom Mildew

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 5 Ways To Eliminate Bathroom Mildew Bathroom mold containment in Aliso Viejo,CA

Five Ways to Prevent Fungus Growth

Mildew and bathroom mold grow in bathrooms that remain warm and moist after bathing is over. Here are five ways to prevent fungus growth and perform a mildew clean.

1. Run a Bathroom Fan

Dry out a bathroom by operating an exhaust fan during bathing and for a half-hour afterwards. Ventilation fans are rated based on cubic feet per minute. The lowest recommended CFM rating for a small bathroom with a shower and toilet is 50 CFM. Add an additional 50 CFM for each toilet, shower, or tub.

2. Squeegee Shower Walls and Doors

After a shower, tenants or occupants should wipe down the walls of the shower enclosure with a squeegee to reduce residual moisture. If a shower enclosure has a door, a squeegee can also prevent buildup from forming.

3. Prevent Leaks and Splashes

If showers have curtains, recommend the use of liners. The liner should hang inside the shower and the curtain should remain on the outside. Shower splash guards can also shield the sides of an enclosure. It is also important to ensure that water does not leak out of the enclosure. If it does, replacing caulking or grout may be necessary.

4. Regularly Scrub Tile and Flooring

A clean bathroom is less likely to develop mildew. Fungi require moisture and food sources to grow. Low moisture levels and clean tiles are less likely to support growth. Use mildew clean solutions to maintain bathrooms.

5. Wash Shower Curtains, Rugs and Towels

Porous shower curtains, rugs, and towels can support mildew growth. Ensure that these materials dry out quickly and wash these items regularly to prevent mildew.

All of these measures can keep mildew from developing in bathrooms. If a mildew odor or other evidence of bathroom mold persists after a mildew clean and following these steps, schedule a consultation with mold mitigation experts in Aliso Viejo, CA.

Prepare for Burn First Aid at the Office

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Prepare for Burn First Aid at the Office Call emergency professionals in Dana Point,CA

Many people in Dana Point, CA, review safety protocols during fire safety month, making this a great time to review proper first aid for burns as well. Now is the time to share this information with your designated emergency team because the best response to a fire damage emergency is preparation.

Emergency

While burns can be very painful, not all of them require a trip to the hospital. Be sure that you know when to call 911 and how to administer proper burn first aid. If the burn victim has any of the following symptoms, call emergency professionals:

  • The burn looks leathery or charred with areas of brown, black or white coloration.
  • The affected area is three inches in diameter or greater.
  • The victim has difficulty breathing.
  • Electricity, explosion or chemicals were the source of the burn.
  • The face, genitals, feet or hands have been burned.

While you wait for emergency responders, you should make sure the source of the fire damage has been eliminated and treat for breathing or shock, if necessary. Do not try to remove clothing that may be stuck to the skin.

Non-Emergency

If emergency care is not needed, go ahead with first aid. You should treat burns with three simple steps:

  1. Stop. Turn off the source of electricity, if relevant, and stop the source of the burn.

  2. Cool. Apply cool water to the burn for 10 minutes. Keep in mind that ice water is not appropriate for larger burns because ice can cool down the body temperature and cause hypothermia.

  3. Cover. Burns are covered to keep bacteria out, to reduce infection, and air out, to reduce pain. Use sterile pads, cloth or clean plastic wrap. Plastic will not stick as easily as cloth and may be a better choice in some cases.

A personal injury can be devastating, but a designated and trained team can help. Fire damage to your building in Dana Point, CA, can also be mitigated by a good team. Commercial building fire restoration can be done effectively and efficiently so you can get back to business.

The Truth About Black Water: What You Need To Know

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO The Truth About Black Water: What You Need To Know Never attempt to clean black water on your own

Many homeowners mistakenly believe that they can clean their home post flood themselves and that all potential dangers will miraculously disappear. This is not the case. In order to understand why the DIY approach is never the safe approach to water damage, it is important to understand the three types of water:

  • White water
  • Gray water
  • Black water

White water is water that comes from a known and uncontaminated source. Gray water contains additions, such as soap, fat, oil from cooking and even human flakes of skin. Water that is black, however, contains harmful contaminants, such as fecal matter, chemicals and disease-causing pathogens. For this reason, homeowners should never attempt to clean up water from an unknown source on their own.

The Safe Approach To Flood Cleanup

If your home becomes flooded by an unknown water source, the best thing you can do is contact your Laguna Beach, CA, water damage restoration team. The right team has the necessary protective gear to clean up the mess in a safe manner and to prevent pathogens from further contaminating your home. Moreover, a professional team has the equipment necessary to effectively dry out your home and prevent secondary damage, such as rot, buckling mold, from occurring.

The Bottom Line

Unless you know where the water that invaded your home came from, it's best to leave restoration efforts to the professionals. If you know where the water came from, and if the original source possibly contains chemicals, fecal matter or other harmful bacteria, leave the cleanup to the professionals. Even if the water is gray or white water, you may still want to call in the experts, as the experts can thoroughly, quickly and cost-effectively dry out your home to prevent further water damage, primary or secondary. The bottom line: when flooding occurs, your best bet is to work with the professionals – if not for your sake, then at least for your wallet's and your home's.

Three Dryer Fire Prevention Tips

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Three Dryer Fire Prevention Tips Clean out your dryer in Aliso Viejo,CA to prevent any fire

One of the lesser known causes for fire damage is a lint fire. If you live in Aliso Viejo,CA, then you may have heard some stories about a dryer fire in your area. Here are a few easy steps you can do to help prevent this type of fire in your home.

1. Clean Out Your Dryer Regularly

One of the most preventable types of dryer fire come from a failure to clean it. In fact statistics this number is somewhere around 34 percent. Failing to clean the dryer can lead to a buildup of materials inside the trap which can then catch fire during the regular drying process. Remember to clean the back of the dryer and the exhaust as well.

2. Be Aware of What You Put in Your Dryer

One of the main ways a lint fire can start is when the dryers overheats. Part of this can be due to improper materials being placed inside the dryer, or the dryer being overloaded. Do not put flammable substances, such as items covered in grease, in the dryer. Items with manufacturer's instructions to hang dry or dry away from heat can also cause issues. Overloading the dryer can lead to it taking more energy than recommended to dry items. This can also lead to a fire.

3. Properly Maintain the Dryer

Improper maintenance or using a dryer with damaged elements such as a loose lint filter, can also lead to a dryer fire. If a fire does occur then a professional service may be able to help with cleanup and restoration.

If you’re worried about a lint fire in your home then these tips may be able to help. Cleaning out your dryer regularly can help prevent a buildup of lint, while making sure your dryer is properly maintained can prevent a fire due to damaged parts. Also remember to be aware of what materials you are putting in your dryer, and not to overload it.

Keep Your Business Running Post-Flooding With a Business Continuity Plan

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding can wreak serious havoc on your commercial building and even more havoc on your finances. If your building is non-operational, you cannot sell your products or services, which means you cannot make money. Depending on the severity of the damage, your business may be down for weeks or even months. Not only can you lose profits during that time, but you can also lose loyal customers. Fortunately, you can prevent such a fate from befalling you by having a business continuity plan in place.

Elements of a Strong Continuity Strategy

If your business sustains extensive storm damage, a proper plan can help minimize the financial impact and help your business get back up and running as soon as possible. However, if you want your plan to be effective, it needs to contain four key elements:

  • An impact analysis
  • Recovery strategies
  • Plan development
  • Testing and exercises

The business impact analysis is a crucial first step in developing a continuity plan, as it helps you identify time-sensitive or crucial business functions and processes. Once you've identified these functions and processes, you can effectively develop a plan to recover them, which is step two. For the third step, develop a team of people who will be responsible for carrying out the plan while the building is being restored. Finally, train your team, test them and perform instruction exercises as necessary to evaluate the effectiveness of the strategy.

Resources for Continuity Planning

It can be difficult for even established business owners to understand what should go into their continuity strategy. Below are a few resources that may help you devise a solid plan:

  • National Fire Protection Association 1600
  • Institute for Business & Home Safety
  • DRI International
  • Continuity Guidance Circular, Continuity

Guidance for Non-Federal Entities

One can never predict what disasters Mother Nature will dole out next. Even if your building is not located in a high-risk area, it is still wise to develop a solid continuity plan. Use the above resources for guidance, or turn to your Dana Point,CA, storm damage restoration team for help.

Problematic Noises From a Water Heating Unit

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Problematic Noises From a Water Heating Unit Water heater making noises in your Laguna Beach, CA home

The water heater in your Laguna Beach, CA, home may make noises while it is in use. Not every sound from this system is cause for alarm, but some of the sounds may be worse than others. Having a basic understanding of problematic noises can help you understand when to call in a water damage expert and when to leave your heater alone.

1. Crackling

The sound of crackling and popping could mean your heater has too much sediment buildup. The sound is caused by residue caking the heating element. As the heat rises, the water trapped by the sediment is forced through the buildup. Eventually, the buildup may become too thick for the heating element to work properly. You can address this problem with a water heater flush.

2. Screeching

When the valves in your heater are not set properly, you may hear a scream-like sound come from the unit. This screeching typically occurs when the valves are not opened wide enough. The buildup in pressure could eventually lead to a pipe burst or other issues.

3. Hammering 

A knocking or hammering noise could be a sign that your piping has to undergo major water pressure changes. This sound may often follow the shut off of a faucet. While it may seem harmless, the rattling of the pipes could cause damage to the interior of your walls or the plumbing.

4. Humming 

A low humming coming from your water heater could indicate there is a loose heating element. When the water heats up, the fast-moving particles cause the loose element to shake. If left unattended, the element may break due to the repetitive movements. However, this is an easy fix. Your professional simply has to re-tighten the coil.

You rely on your water heater to provide comfortable water to your house. Strange noises coming from this system may give you heads up that something isn't quite right with the equipment.

Tips for Preventing Bathroom Mold

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Tips for Preventing Bathroom Mold Prevention is less expensive than remediation. Keep up your mold prevention efforts!

The bathroom is one of mold's favorite places to grow. Hidden pipes and leaky supply lines set the room up for water damage. The daily use of water in the room increases humidity. To top it off, most bathrooms have notoriously bad air flow. You can prevent bathroom mold in your home in Laguna Beach, California, however, by combatting these problems.

Here are three mold prevention tips.

Resolve Existing Problems

If you already have mold in your bathroom, you may have to call mold remediation specialists to get rid of it before you put prevention measures in place. Tiny spots can be scrubbed away, but grout that is embedded with mold will probably need to be replaced completely. Cut the existing grout away and re-caulk the entire area so that the mold is completely gone.

Increase Air Flow

Even if your bathroom is a closed-off space or suffers frequent water damage, there are still measures you can take to make sure that the air does not become stagnant. Running a bathroom fan, particularly when you are taking a bath or shower and thus increasing the moisture level in the room, can get the air circulating and disrupt mold growth before it starts.

Control Excess Water

Unless you decide to stop bathing, you can't prevent running water on a regular basis in your bathroom. You can, however, prevent mold growth by getting rid of the excess water. After you shower, use a squeegee to wipe the shower walls and door. If you have a shower curtain, leave it open for a few minutes to allow the shower to air out while you're getting ready. If you get rid of the excess water, there are fewer places for mold to grow.

While water damage and building structure cannot always be helped, there are some things you can do to prevent the growth of mold in your bathroom. Habits that keep surfaces dry lessen the chance of mold.


Important Steps To Filing a Claim for Flood Damage

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Important Steps To Filing a Claim for Flood Damage A flooded home is stressful enough, make sure you know the process of how to file a flood claim and have one less thing to worry about.

After a major flood has caused extensive damage to your Laguna Beach, California, home, knowing what to do first can be overwhelming. However, if there’s anything worth taking the time to properly research and set into motion, it’s filing a flood claim for help with the damages. If you’re unfamiliar with the general process required to make an insurance claim, here are some important steps to take when you decide to file and get your family’s home and life back in order.

Filing a flood claim?

  1. Contact your insurance company or your personal agent to get the ball rolling on the filing process. It’s best to notify your insurer as soon as possible and have them discuss your options with you directly, as different policies can vary depending on the amount of storm damage. Having easy access to important documentation such as your policy number and contact info is helpful in speeding the flood claim process along.
  2. Sort through your belongings and determine the extent of the damage in your home. Before a professional team of restoration experts has begun to clear out your residence, it’s important to collect evidence of the damage to your home’s structure for the insurance claim. Taking photos of your property and your belongings, forming lists of damaged items and collecting useful receipts if they’re available are all vital to creating a good case for your claim.
  3. Once your insurance agent is involved, have them help set you up with a sworn statement of the damages called a Proof of Loss. While individual insurance policies can differ on the details of your claim, the standard procedure generally follows this rule for claiming your damages. Once this paperwork has been approved and signed, your family’s claim payment should be well on its way to help you restore your home.

While recovering from a catastrophic flood in Laguna Beach, California, can be a long and arduous process, helping your family and your home with a proper flood claim is a great first step in getting back to your normal, daily lives.

Recover From HVAC Water Damage

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Recover From HVAC Water Damage This hotel had significant water damage to numerous areas due to a leak in the HVAC system.

Regardless of the type of business you operate in Laguna Beach, California, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system helps your commercial property stay comfortable all year long. What happens if a pipe bursts unexpectedly and causes a furnace flood? How does water impact the HVAC system? What actions do you take to recover?

Consequences of Water Damage

Water damage creates problems for furnaces and air ducts beyond what is visible to the untrained eye. Both immediate and long-term complications can occur, including the following:

  • Ductwork exposed to flooding may deteriorate or harbor mold. Using the heating or air conditioning does not dry the ventilation system.
  • A flooded furnace can result in a host of problems. Submersion or exposure to water may cause the furnace to stop functioning. Worse yet, a malfunctioning furnace could possibly cause an electrical fire or leak carbon monoxide. 


Steps for Recovery

Problems due to ductwork water damage or a furnace flood can be prevented by taking immediate, appropriate action after a pipe bursts on your property:

  • Contact your commercial insurance agent. Oftentimes insurance policies cover water damage from a broken pipe, which likely includes the HVAC system.
  • As soon as possible, call an emergency water restoration specialist. Do not attempt to inspect or repair HVAC equipment yourself. This may pose a safety risk, cause further damage to the system or impact insurance coverage.
  • For the ventilation system, air duct cleaning or duct replacement may be recommended depending on the extent of the water damage.
  • The furnace requires a full inspection. Parts of the furnace may need to be repaired or replaced, such as ignition systems, motors or valves. In some instances the entire furnace may need replaced.

Water damage to the HVAC system at your commercial property in Laguna Beach, California, can cause long-term problems if not addressed. Whether waterlogged ductwork or a furnace flood is the culprit, take immediate action to clean, repair or replace the necessary components.

Black Mold in Residential or Commercial Buildings

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Black Mold in Residential or Commercial Buildings Mold damaged home needed to have moldy items removed before the drying could begin.

Mold is becoming more and more prevalent in homes and commercial buildings in Orange County, CA. It may be the musty odor you notice under your sink. Or the green black, blue or even pink spots that begin forming on the wall. However you are alerted to the presence of mold proper action is needed. But before you go call your handyman, contractor or neighbor there are a few things you should know.

Fungi and mold occur naturally in our environment. In fact over 100,000 different kinds of fungi have been identified. Fungi produce some very useful results. Yeast is a type of fungi used to bread, baked goods and some alcoholic beverages. The flavor in Blue Cheese is a result of mold. Even life saving Penicillin is a product of mold.

However, when a water intrusion cause by a pipe leak, weather, storm, plumbing failure, pin hole, toilet overflow, leaky dishwasher or washing machine are not taken care of immediately, problems can get worse. The types of building materials that are used in construction today tend to be prime for mold growth to occur. Even high humidity in a home can result in mold growth occurring on some of these materials. This type of mold growth can cause a threat to health. This threat grows when mold amplification occurs which increases the amount of mold spores (seeds) in the air. Mold spores are microscopic and invisible to the human eye.

Proper equipment, training, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), certification and experience is required in order to remediate the mold problem. Most handymen, contractors or neighbors do not have this type of training. The professionals at SERVPRO of Laguna Beach / Dana Point carry all the applicable certifications, equipment and know how to get the job done properly the first time. If you are experiencing mold in your home or have had a recent water damage don’t hesitate to call the Professional’s at SERVPRO of Laguna Beach / Dana Point!

SERVPRO of Laguna Beach / Dana Point is the largest SERVPRO franchise in orange county specializing in Fire, Water & Mold remediation services. With an extensive background in restoration they are also capable of rebuilding the structure to pre-damage quality. 

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