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smoke damages that can happen to your house

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

Some San Luis Obispo homeowners could not tell you what smoke damage can do to their homes, let alone what differences exist between various types of smoke after a fire near them. Our trained technicians have the expertise and the education to quickly access your property following a fire to make determinations such as the type of smoke damage to ensure the appropriate equipment is brought on site to restore the home quickly.

When it comes to understanding the difference between smoke types when you experience fire damage in your home won’t help you resolve the situation any quicker, but it can help to narrow it down for those experienced enough in restoration to make a significant difference fast.

Wet smoke damage produces considerable smoke, which can seep into fabrics, furniture, and other areas not directly impacted by the spread of the fire itself.

Dry smoke is often the opposite, with its cause coming from rapidly spreading fires burning at very high heat. The spread of this situation produces a thinner smoke and a powdery residue. While much of the unaffected surfaces can get cleaned with traditional solvents and detergents, these types of fires often require our SERVPRO professionals to utilize controlled demolition techniques to prepare the area for reconstruction.

SERVPRO OF San Luis Obispo will help you with your fire damage

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

A fire on your property can create destructive and violent results. Even though the damage is large or small, you never hear a homeowner say that they are happy it happened to them. 
Our technicians at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo arrive on site quickly and give you the benefit of having a company with certified technicians working for you. Extensive damage created from the fire; professional restoration services is your best choice. Here at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo we make sure to return your home to a quality pre-damage condition in the quickest most efficient way possible. Especially with smoke since it can reach into cracks and crevices throughout your home, leaving soot residues behind, staining surfaces, and causing odors to damage a variety of materials within your home. We use specialized deodorization and cleaning methods designed to restore your property. Our technicians will help you manage your insurance paperwork and communicate with your insurance company on the restoration of your home.

Reconstruction services being offered at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

Many of our customer know that SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo is remediation company but what they don't know is that we are also offering reconstruction as well!

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo is excited to offer restoration and reconstruction services to our community after experiencing any kind of damage to their property. Having a damage occur in your home is never a good thing.

Especially when you don’t know where to start or who to call. Down below is brief experience of what to expect with working with SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo:

In the beginning one of our expert inspectors will come to your home to inspect the damage and provide you with an estimate for the needed services. Once the estimate has been approved by either you or your adjuster our office staff will schedule with an appointment to start the work. They will work and communicate with you throughout the whole process. After the work has been completed, our technicians will continue to work with you and your insurance company to make sure we have completed the job to your satisfaction.

Ways a water pipe can burst in your home.

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

Pipes can burst in any type of home whether it’s a new house or old house. The result of a pipe bursting can cause major flooding in the home and structural damage. Here are some causes as to why pipes can break:

Make sure that the pressure in your water pipes is correct. An increase in the water pressure can cause for a pipe to burst. If you suspect that your water pressure has increased, it’s best to check it out immediately. Grab yourself a pressure gauge and attach it to a sink. The pressure will move the needle on the gauge and display the water pressure in PSI. If you are unable to check it out call your local plumber.

Pipes that aren’t secured well within the walls can burst if they are unstable with an irregular amount of water pressure. If it sounds like they are clanging against each other, it’s called water hammer. Over time the pipes will become weakened at the connections until the water pressure is too much for them and it causes the connection to disconnect, and water will then escape and within minutes the entire area could be flooded.

Homeowners that have properties that experience cold temperatures during the winter always have a fear of that problems may start to happen to the water pipes in their house. There are times that the water flowing through the pipe can become frozen. With ice having more volume than water, once frozen it will expand with in the pipe causing an increase in pressure. Once the pressure continues to build the only way for it to escape is to force its way through the weakest section of the pipe.

Equipment rental during wildfires.

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo is thankful for the fire fighters out there that are protecting our communities and giving us peace of mind.

With having local wildfires, it can lead to areas nearby smoke in the air. This can bad air quality in the area until the smoke has been cleared. In the meantime, SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo can offer air filtration services and equipment that can make the environment you are in better.

Using our professional equipment in your house, office, clinics, and basically any enclosed area that may have smoke air quality can help you feel more at ease until the fires have minimized. We can rent out our equipment anytime 24/7 if you’re in need of them. Anytime we have a local wildfire near us we always get an abundant number of calls to rent out our equipment to our customers. SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo is always happy to help people in our community in order to make them feel at ease.

Bird poop can do more damage to your commercial property than you may think.

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

Birds may be harmless, small, and graceful creatures. They can also become a pest to your commercial properties. They may do more damage than you may think below are some areas where properties have had damages done due to bird droppings to their nests:

Roof damage:  Starling, pigeon and sparrow nests are often built-in rain gutters, drains and the underside of roof corners. Warehouses may experience great damage, even collapsed roofs, when drainage systems are blocked, and standing water is forced to rise. A collapsed roof that results in death or serious physical damage could put a company out of business. Bird droppings can eat away at many substrates, especially tar-based roofing materials. Droppings that can accumulate on roofs will eat into the material and eventually cause leaks. The life expectancy of a warehouse roof can be cut in half by a light, but continuous, layer of bird droppings.

Blocked ventilation systems:  Bird nests built in chimneys and ventilation systems can not only spread diseases through the system, but they can block airflow to the building. 

Fires:  Nests are usually flammable due to their construction of twigs, straw, and dried droppings. Nests constructed in electric signs and machinery pose a severe fire risk.

Property:  Left undisturbed, bird waste can damage almost any building material. Wood, stone, steel, and iron can all be damaged by bird droppings, which have a pH level like vinegar. If allowed to accumulate, droppings can clog gutters, discolor paint, corrode I-beams, ruin cloth awnings, and short out electrical equipment. Droppings commonly eat into and destroy wood, paper and cardboard packaging of products stored outdoors on pallets.

If you experience any damages give SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo a call at 805-541-1271.


Things you should keep in mind after a rain storm

3/10/2022 (Permalink)

After a storm occurs, we highly suggest looking through your property to see if it has any damage. Storms bring heavy rain, strong winds, debris, fallen trees and/or branches, and may also cause landslides around your area. Checking for any damages done to your property is essential to keep any secondary damages from occurring later

Some of the places that we suggest that you look into are listed below from previous storm damages that we have taken care of before:

Interior Damage

  • Mold
  • Any bubbling in the walls
  • Crawlspaces
  • Flooring near doors

Window Damage

  • Shattered Windows
  • Cracks or Holes
  • Broken Panes
  • Damaged Frames

Roof Damage

  • Missing Shingles on Roof
  • Cracked or Broken Tiles, Slates or Concrete Shingles
  • Debris collected in Gutters or Down Spouts
  • Dents to Vents, Gutters or Flashings
  • Leaks in Roof or Ceilings

Exterior Damage

  • Cracks and Splitting to Siding or Stucco
  • Holes and Breaks to Siding or Stucco
  • Chipping or Discoloration to Paint
  • Metal Siding completely ripped off

Water damages that can occur in your property.

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

Some common types of water damage in San Luis Obispo that we have seen in homes are from plumbing failures in the home, appliances or hot water heaters leaking, concrete slab cracks allowing water to enter the home and flooding from excess rains. Once you contact SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo, we will determine if there is standing water that requires extraction, if possessions or furnishings are or have the potential to be affected by the water. Water travels rapidly through carpet and padding and rooms unaffected at first by water, can become drenched from the water soaking through the carpeting. Our team can eliminate situations like the one mentioned and choose the best drying method to remove moisture and mitigate the chances of harmful mold developing. We do not have a one-size-fits-all for our clean-up efforts and each case is handled differently to meet the individual needs of the homeowner. Our drying methods include everything from the use of manually mopping the area to the utilization of industrial-sized, truck-mounted extractors to remove large amounts of water in the most time-efficient way possible.

What you can do if a landslide occurs near you

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

Rainy seasons have been upon us and may continue throughout the year. The priority in any weather event is to ensue everyone’s safety. If you end up experiencing property damage after a landslide due to wind or rainstorm you can trust that SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo can handle it and help you though the process.

After a landslide happens here are some important tips:

  • Keep away from the slide area. Additional landslides may occur which is dangerous.
  • Report broken utility lines and damaged roadways and railways to appropriate authorities. Reporting potential hazards will get the utilities turned off as quickly as possible, preventing further hazard and injury.
  • Allow for the building foundation, chimney, and surrounding land for damages by trained professionals.
  • If the landslide caused damaged to your property take photos of all the affected areas as this will help any insurance claims, you submit to your insurance company.

Why we do flood cuts in your property

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

After a very large water damage there may be a good chance of mold growth. With flood waters sewage, chemicals and other bacteria can easily be picked up in the flowing waters.
The large amount of water that has likely worked its way up the walls can create a welcoming environment for mold growth. Even though it may not be visible, the moisture in the drywall and other materials create an environment that the mold needs to grow in.
There is insulation behind the walls in many homes, which cannot be properly dried. If left as is, it will no longer provide its designated insulated properties.

If your home has a very large substantial amount of water damage, the best bet is to use a flood cut. This will help you determine how much of the material needs to be removed, as well as will help the area dry out better.