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Mold In Your Commercial Property

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

Mold removal from a property can be expensive, but it can cost you more money if you wait to remediate the damage. In the case of mold affecting an indoor area after water damage occurs, SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo will be able to set up containment areas for the affected area. Doing so will minimize the invasion to your place of business as we handle the mold issue in your commercial space.

Spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a property. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy.

An increase in humidity in the commercial space or property may be caused by stagnant water around the area, so be aware that mold can develop in those conditions. Mold spores thrive on moisture and heat. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to this. Because of this, it is important to try to keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Damages of soot and smoked materials in the property

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

Damage may be spread by the suspended smoke and soot particles in the air - they are attracted to cold surfaces and will often travel away from the fire source and settle on colder surfaces, such as walls that border the exterior of a building or the top corners of a room. This is always why you see the black ‘soot webs’ after fires, which is not spider webs covered in soot but is in fact only soot particles that have ionized together into a web-like form in a colder area of the structure. 

Once soot particles combine with atmospheric water vapor, it becomes acidic, which can be very corrosive to any material surfaces. Neutralization of acid residues is a fundamental procedure to early forms of corrosion prevention. 

Because smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities in a structure, HVAC systems and their ductwork can be a concern after a fire. Often, ductwork already contains dust and debris collection, which soot can attach to and contaminate. This causes odor as well as corrosive damage to the material surfaces.

Flash Floods in the Area

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo, we wanted to share some vital information on how thunderstorms and dangerous flash flooding are connected.

Slow moving thunderstorms may be the cause of most flash floods, often ones that move repeatedly over the same area, or heavy rains from tropical storms and hurricanes. Tropical storms do not often make their way to the central coast because of the cooler temperature in the Pacific Ocean.

If sudden heavy rain and rising standing water happens near you, it is advised that you avoid them if you can. If you are driving, the safest option is to pull over, turn on your hazard lights, and wait out the heavy rain conditions until the road is safer.

Once a flash flood develops, it becomes a force to be reckoned with. Flash floods can roll boulders, tear out trees, destroy buildings and bridges, and scour out new channels. Flood-producing rains can also trigger secondary events, such as landslides and mudslides. 

Tips for property owners with A/C

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

Have a weekly cleaning schedule to make sure that the exterior part of your AC is free from debris. Any type of dirt or debris that restricts the unit’s airflow can cause it to not function properly. If there is yard debris around the unit, make sure to clear it away.

Your thermostat must be set at a right temp and mode. At the beginning of the air conditioning season, it can be difficult to remember that your thermostat must be switched to the correct mode. If your thermostat is set incorrectly, your air conditioner will not turn on.

If your air conditioning system does not seem to be working properly, make sure to call a repair company as soon as possible. Air conditioning repair companies can get very busy when the weather gets hot.

We will help you out with your water damage

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

When your home has significant water damage, our technicians are readily available to come to your home upon receiving your call. Keeping safety, a priority, we will make sure that the source of water is contained and controlled and quickly assess the damage. Based on what our lead technician observe we will make recommendations and guide you through your best options to making the water cleanup process as seamless as possible. It is our goal to make your home look like nothing ever happened.

Our Fleet will arrive with pumps for deeper waters as well as other equipment to help in the extraction of water and drying of the structure and contents of your home. Our technicians are trained in achieving the most thorough water cleanup process possible and we will apply our expertise to your home upon arrival. We have a variety of tools that will help us tremendously such as infrared sensors which allow us to detect any remaining areas of concern including within walls and under flooring materials that may be able to be missed. 

Water Damage in San Luis Obispo

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

wooden kitchen cabinents with two green SERVPRO equipment Water Damage

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo has a six-step restoration process that all clients are brought through. This process assures that the home or office is always restored to a clean, sanitary state as quickly and as efficiently as possible. San Luis Obispo water damage restoration clients have had this six-step process applied to their water damage disasters.

The six-step process is:

1) Initial contact

SERVPRO is proud to offer 24-hour emergency response. Here at SERVPRO, we understand that, when dealing with water damage emergencies, every minute counts. When you call, the SERVPRO representative will ask specific questions regarding your water damage emergency.

2) Inspection and assessment

The restoration process will officially begin with a detailed assessment of the damage by a SERVPRO professional. There are different classification levels of contamination that will determine what steps are required to complete the restoration.

3) Water extraction/removal

The water extraction process will remove most of the water from the home of office. If extensive restoration is needed, SERVPRO can conduct a “move out” to move out belongings safely and efficiently. SERVPRO professionals will inspect and determine if carpet or carpet padding will need to be replaced.

4) Drying/dehumidification

After the water removal process, floors and walls will need to be dried and dehumidified fully to prevent warping or potential mold damage. Using specialized equipment, SERVPRO professionals will remove the last trace amounts of moisture in the home or office.

5) Cleaning/sanitizing

After extracting the water and fully drying the surfaces, SERVPRO professionals will clean the surfaces as well as belongings like furniture and personal items that may have been damaged by the water. SERVPRO professionals will also deodorize with industrial scrubbers and fogging equipment.

6) Restoration

The final step in the process is restoration, which may include things like minor repair to drywall, installing new carpet, or other reconstruction.

SERVPRO is based in San Luis Obispo but has provided services to clients for San Luis Obispo water damage restoration in the past. SERVPRO’s professional water damage restoration experts have been trained to strict industry standards and use state of the art industrial equipment. It’s SERVPRO’s goal to make it seem, “Like it never even happened.”

Why you should pick SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo has been a brand you can trust and know since 1967. We have helped many homeowners in the city. Providing water and fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo delivers service to all. No matter if its is a car to a large commercial building we are always here to help you out. Having fully trained technicians available 24/7 for your emergency needs, SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo is ready to restore your property and make it, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo can help restore damage caused by:

  • Water damage
  • Fire damage
  • Disaster damage
  • storm damage
  • flood damage
  • Mold damage
  • Biohazard clean-up
  • Rodent infestation clean-up
  • And many more.

So, give SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo a call right away when any of the damages mentioned above right away at 805-541-1271. We will be happy to help you out on your property!

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

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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 must happen in an atmosphere charged with emotion and stress.

Joseph Powers of SERVPRO of San Luis 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.”

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 San Luis Obispo, please contact Joseph Powers at (805) 541-1271 or office@SERVPROsanluisobispo.com. For more information about SERVPRO, please visit our website.

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo helps out Commercial Properties

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

Hotel Property with cars across the street and a store next to hotel Commercial Loss

Providing 24/7 emergency service

We have offered San Luis Obispo 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 even happened.”

Our staff is highly skilled to suit 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 San Luis Obispo, 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 it.

Safety Tips for Christmas

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

green Christmas tree with two round ornaments and one SERVPRO logo ornament Christmas Tree Safety Tips

Local SERVPRO® restoration specialist cautions San Luis Obispo homeowners to take common sense precautions throughout the holiday season San Luis Obispo, CA, 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.”

According to published reports of the National Fire Protection Association, a confirmed average of 111 fires per year in the U.S. were ones in which a cut tree was the first item ignited in a residential fire.  During the same period of the report, an average of 28 million cut Christmas Trees were displayed.  Divide 111 by 28 million.  You get 0.0000039.  Or 0.0004% rounded up.  But watching local news reports on the topic, one would think it happened all the time.

Another item in the NFPA report you might find interesting is that fire officials state clearly that artificial trees also catch on fire every year.  There is no testing lab or standards for those products to meet to print the words "flame retardant" on their packaging.  They're just words on a box.  Fake trees catch on fire every year. Not very many, just like farm-grown trees.  However, according to the NFPA report, 28% confirmed residential fires where a Christmas tree was the first item ignited involved a fake tree

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 San Luis Obispo, please contact Joseph Powers at (805) 541-1271.

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You can trust SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo can help with any damage restoration services you may need; we’ve got it taken care of. You can always trust us to be 100-percent efficient in any of our many services, whether they are commercial or residential.

We’ve provided the Central Coast with the best restoration and repair services since 1967 and to this date we’re still the best choice for damage restoration in the county.

We know the stress fire damage, heavy storms, and mold can put on your residence or business and we’re here to make sure you don’t have to deal with the tedious tasks that follow. Every hour you spend cleaning up is an hour of productivity lost, so why not hire the best guys that are readily equipped for the job? We are constantly investing in the most advanced fire and mold training methods and techniques to make sure we stay up to date on the latest stuff so we can truly provide you with the best fire and mold damage repair services.

Is that all?

Not only do we offer fire, water, and storm damage restoration, but we also offer cleanup and emergency services too! Rodent infestations? Not an issue at all, we can take care of that as well! But what about biohazards, you might ask, can SERVPRO do that too? Our answer is “of course!” We’re highly trained in all areas of damage restoration and cleanup.

We even have access to strategically placed special disaster recovery teams throughout the country to provide you with 24-hour service and the fastest response time in the event of an emergency. Our goal is to respond as quickly as possible to your area of need and make it “Like it never even happened.” With our team of highly skilled specialists, you can rest easy knowing that SERVPRO has your back against whatever natural disasters may occur.

What are you waiting for? Call SERVPRO today!

We’re a friendly company and we’re eager to help new customers. Our joy comes from seeing the smiling faces of our customer.

Call fire and mold damage restoration specialists today at (805) 541-1271

Tips on preventing some water damage to your property.

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

two story white house with red roof tiles water damage

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo has helped many commercial property owners and homeowners with water damage done to their property. It may be from a tree falling on your house on a rainy day to something simple like a leaky window. Sometimes it can be prevented if you schedule maintenance to your property liked the examples listed below:

  • Maintenance to the roof: Where rain is concerned, the roof is the first line of defense. Have a roofer check out your home every five years.
  • Repair to 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 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.
  • Divert 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.
  • Clean away debris:  Especially during spring and fall seasons, when the area’s great trees emit pollen in tumble weed fashion and drop their leaves in mass, it is critical to diligently sweep outdoor surfaces weekly, especially patios and door wells to prevent the collection of debris clogging exterior drains.

First home time buyer tips

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

inside a house there is a door mat with first time buyer First home time buyer tips

Being a first-time homeowner does not come with an instruction book especially when it comes to making sure you have proper insurance. But not all insurances are the same.

Buying any home insurance once you have purchased the home is great but just buying any insurance is not so great. You must make sure that the insurance covers what you need and do not. It varies depending on where you live as well.

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 will want to make sure this is covered in your policy.

Especially natural disasters are the one area that can cause some problems, as not everything is covered, and you often must 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.

What are IICRC Standards and Role at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo technicians are certified with IICRC. IICRC is Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. They have standards and roles that our technicians follow.

What are IICRC Standards?
According to the IICRC website: The IICRC is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) member and accredited standards developer. ANSI is responsible for overseeing the development of national consensus standards and verifying that the requirements for due process, consensus, and other criteria for approval have been met by the standard’s developer.
What is IICRC’s role as a Standards Developing Organization?
It handles all the procedural work involved in developing the standards, which involves many steps including: putting together a Consensus Body (committee of volunteers who write the standards); administering the online workspace; scheduling and organizing all web and in-person meetings; coordinating the public review process; conducting the Consensus Body approval ballot; addressing any appeals as needed; editing the document; getting ANSI approval; and then publishing the final standard. As one of the first organizations to serve as a resource to others in the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industry, they are set out to create a set of best practices—or standards—to connect our industries together. Their standards serve to develop common, industry-accepted language that enables any users to discuss concepts and procedures more universally regarding cleaning, inspection, and restoration.
 

Why you should pick SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo!

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

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When your home or business has had some kind of damage water, fire, mold, etc, it can be difficult to find people who genuinely understand and who want nothing more than to help you get through this situation. 

You can trust the professionals here at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo. With our knowledgeable technicians here on your side, we will provide an unbeatable customer service experience that you will not find anywhere else. Our project Coordinators will walk you through the damage and will thoroughly explain the plan of action at the beginning of the loss. You can trust that SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo will take you in the right direction that is best suited for your specific needs.

Our staff is always available throughout the job process to answer any questions and address any concerns you have about the process 24/7. We fully understand the difficulty of seeing your home in a damaged state. That is why here at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo we treat your home as if it were our own and we will treat you as if you were family.

At the end of the project, our Lead Technician and Reconstruction Coordinator will walk you through the project and will discuss the reconstruction steps with you to bring your home back to its former glory.

The process of estimating a commercial or home fire damage property

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

Black soot around wooden beams in the attic Fire Damage

Fires are one of the most common disasters to strike personal to commercial properties, especially in the central coast. We have had our fair share of large fire in our area. However, every year in the U.S., there are over 100,000 fires, with fire damage losses to commercial properties exceeding $2 billion every year. Generally, the damage estimate is done by either the insurance field adjuster or a qualified Preferred Vendor. If you have had significant fire damage to your property, you will need to make an insurance claim. If you do not have insurance, your restoration expert may find you low-cost options to reduce the cost of the damages. In widespread fires like wildfires, there may be disaster grants available, too. Insurance companies and restoration experts work closely together to ensure high-quality standards, but each may have different goals. When you choose SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo to do the assessment, their goal will be to get you the highest-quality restoration. In many cases, items can be restored instead of replaced. This can help keep a place looking more authentic, along with saving items that you would prefer to keep. SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo will have a much better idea about what their custom soot and smoke cleanup solvents will be able to save and what must be replaced. The estimate process should be transparent, and you should ask any questions that arise as it is explained to you.

Different kind of extinguishers for different types of fires.

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

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Fires are some of the most devastating forces of nature a home, household, or business can face. Regardless, if a kitchen fire incident or falling asleep with a lit cigarette, your home or business can sustain serious damage. These happen to be some the most common fire damage types you will face in the U.S.
Class A
Involving solid combustible materials such as wood, paper, cloth, trash, or plastic, Class A fires are the most common types of fire. In addition to being the most common fire. To do so, it is recommended to use a water or foam fire extinguisher, or water to douse the fire.
Class B
Class B fires involve flammable and combustible liquids such as gasoline, alcohol, oil-based paints, lacquers. Therefore, extinguishers with a B rating are designed to extinguish fires involving flammable and combustible liquids.
Note: Do not attempt to extinguish a fire involving flammable gas unless there is reasonable assurance the source of fuel can be promptly shut off. In fact, if the only fuel burning is the leaking gas, the best method for extinguishing the fire is to shut off the fuel supply. Extinguishing a flammable gas fire, without shutting off the fuel, will allow unburned gas to escape into the atmosphere, which may permit a dangerous accumulation of gas to develop, and an explosion may occur if the gas is exposed to an ignition source.
Class C
Class C fires require a source of electricity. Therefore, they may be started by old wiring, worn-out breaker boxes, frayed electrical cords, or faulty appliances. Then, if possible, extinguish the flames using a carbon dioxide or dry powder fire extinguisher. Do not use water or foam to put out an electrical fire, as both materials can conduct electricity and potentially make the situation more dangerous.
Class D
Most rare among each class of fire, Class D fires can happen when metal ignites. This typically requires high levels of heat and is most common when alkali metals such as potassium, magnesium, aluminum, and sodium are exposed to air or water. Although you are unlikely to encounter a Class D blaze in your home, it is advised that such fires be extinguished with a dry powder extinguisher only.
Class E
Results from the factors found in both Class A and Class B fire damage. The difference being this class introduces electrical elements onto the list. This makes fighting the fire and the resulting damage vary from that in Class A and B.
Class F
A fire that results from the cooking of oils and fats. These fires are significantly hotter and pose more severe damage than those found in Class B.
Class K
Class K fires involve vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances. Extinguishers with a K rating are designed to extinguish fires involving vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats utilized in commercial cooking appliances.
Note: Extinguishers with a K rating are normally required where deep-fryers and/or griddles are utilized to prepare large quantities of food. An example would be a commercial kitchen similar to those found in restaurants and cafeterias.

San Luis Obispo Fire Damage Company Helps Manage Insurance

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo, serving the Central Coast community since 1990, is reminding the community that it can help process insurance claims for fire, water, mold, and other disaster related damage. The San Luis Obispo fire damage company is part of the national SERVPRO Claims Information Center (CIC) that provides end-to-end insurance claims assistance. “We are uniquely positioned to provide comprehensive claims assistance because of the services we provide, including fast response to emergency calls,” said Joseph Powers, the owner of SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo. “Our 24/7 response to calls means we are first on the scene to assess the damage and start the repair and recovery process.” As a national company, SERVPRO has unique standing with the insurance industry because the company standard delivers the most extensive performance guidelines in the restoration industry. In many cases, an insurance company requires a professional damage restoration company work with the insured, when this company is a SERVPRO company, the claim process starts as soon as the SERVPRO team arrives at the scene. “The first things we do,” said Powers from the San Luis Obispo fire damage company “is inspect and assess the damage, board-up and tarp to protect the premises and contents and immediately start removing water, soot and ash.” As soon as the property is protected, the next phase of the assessment includes a room-by-room inspection with the property owner, to assess and report the details of the damage. This detailed assessment includes:

  • A detailed inventory, including digital photographs
  • Assistance with determining the values of items
  • Determining the best method for saving the items, which may include everything from simply
  • wiping down an item to drying and cleaning books, paperwork, even photographs and art
  • Providing a complete report for the client and the insurance company

The entire restoration process, from start to finish involves removing all water and mold damage that may be present, removing smoke and soot, cleaning and sanitizing all restorable items, furnishings and

structures that were damaged. The next-to-final-step is helping the client file an accurate and complete insurance claim, then helping monitor the claims process. While insurance companies have representatives to work with owners to determine the extent of loss, the insurance company has processed thousands of fire damage claims. The owner has had only one fire to process and is not as clear-minded about what information is needed is as the insurance company. “Helping with the claim is a natural service for SERVPRO,” said the San Luis Obispo fire damage company owner. “It’s a natural extension of our commitment to restore peace of mind.” Powers said his company provides an invaluable service by working closely with the home and business owners and the insurance companies. “We are there, hand-in-hand with the people most effected and bring the professional expertise to support our clients through the entire process.”

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo Helping in a Storm Damage

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo team has various divisions of skilled professionals ranging from our field technicians to experienced general contractors that can help with board up, tarping, controlled demolition, and later reconstruction as needed. Here are some things that you can do to help professional restoration after a flood loss if possible:
• Circulation of air and ventilation can help to reduce the severity and speed of mold development after a devastating flood loss. While in many situations, microbial threats are unavoidable, lessening their severity can help remediation efforts be less costly and damaging to the house.
• Managing the contents is a significant level of our restoration practices after fire and water loss incidents, but there are ways that you can help to protect the things that matter most to you. Your treasures and keepsakes might be in line to become exposed to contaminated floodwater, and by removing these items from the area or moving them to a safer portion of your property, you can make the rest of the process more efficient and have ensured the protection and security of your most favored belongings.
• If it is possible and safe to do, it may be a good idea to disconnect running utilities such as gas, electricity, and even water flowing into the house if possible. All of these could become damaged by flooding under the right conditions, and you can prevent the situation from being more hazardous than necessary for our responding SERVPRO technicians.

Helping out a homeowner after a storm damage.

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

green machine near furniture and skylight above storm damage

After having a large storm hit earlier this year in San Luis Obispo many homeowners were concern that there may have been damage done to their house that they might end up discovering too late. That exactly happened to one of our customers. The customer started experiencing mold and water damage and did not know where it was coming from. So, the insured reached out to her insurance company who suggested she contact SERVPRO right away for the fastest most efficient response. Once our technicians arrived and assessed the damages in the property. They were able to find the cause of the leak was a broken sky light which was broken by debris and tree branches that fell on it when the storm occurred. SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo was able to help this insured with the remediation and reconstruction of the damaged skylight. The insured was glad that SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo was able to help her out quickly and efficiently.

Why SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo?

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo has always helped families in the city of San Luis Obispo and the surrounding areas. 

Our team is trained to handle any kind of disaster water, fire, mold, etc.… Our project managers, lead techs, and auditors are certified IICRC. We We take pride in our ability to advise property owners on their property damage situation. We always offer the best course of action, even if that action is to refer to another company or to go a different direction. With our expertise comes an ethical obligation to inform without bias, and we try to give objective advice for our customers and potential customers at all times. 

Our technicians will work together with a customer so that they have the necessary information to make the right decision when it comes to their property. People will always come first at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo, and we carry that thought through everything we do.

Board Up Services After a Fire Damage

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

House affected with fire and has wooden boards on all the windows. Board-up Fire

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo offers board ups at any time of the day regular business hours or after hours.

When it occurs in a commercial property, there may still be viable stock on the premises. If products that appear viable remain in the building, you should consider boarding up. These items may require assessment and cleaning and may not be fit for sale, but having them properly processed rather than stolen can be helpful for insurance purposes.

Owners will want to protect electronics and other valuables. Depending on the extent of the fire damage, you may be able to restore some electronics or other valuable property to working condition.

If the structure of your property has sustained extensive damage, you should try to keep the elements out to prevent additional damage. Exposure to additional water, wind, or sunlight can compound the damage caused by smoke residue and soot.

Limit soot damage. When soot gets embedded into carpeting or upholstery, it can be much more difficult to restore these materials to a pre-fire condition.

Emergencies happen when you least expect it.

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo is here to help you with your fire, water, sewage restoration emergencies. Damages that can cause a lot of issues can happen at any time and are often unexpected. Electrical fire from a charger, broken pipe, tree falling down onto your house on a really windy day, and so much more can happen on your property. Which is why SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo is available 24/7. Emergency services to ensure that our clients receive a quick and professional service out there. One of our goals is to make sure that our clients are happy and satisfied with our services. Our team of technicians understand what you may be going through and are here to help and guide you on how to deal with all types of damages that may occur. Don't hesitate in giving us a call to SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo at 805-541-1271.

Water Damage During a Wildfire

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

white house below a hill with flames above it Fire near residential areas

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo has been helping out a lot of family in our area due to the wild fires that have been occurring. According to FEMA not only does your property sustain fire damage, but also water damage. A fire in your home can cause serious damage. Your home and many of the things in your home may be badly damaged by
flames, heat, smoke and water. You will find things not damaged by the fire may still be
ruined by smoke and may be soggy with water used to put out the fire. Anything you want to save or reuse will need to be carefully cleaned. To fight the fire, firefighters may have broken windows and cut holes in the roof. This slows the fire’s growth and gets rid of dark smoke that
makes it hard for firefighters to see. They may have cut holes in your walls to make
sure that the fire is completely out and not hidden in the walls. It is important to understand
the risk to your safety and health even after the fire is out. The soot and dirty water left behind may contain things that could make you sick. Be
very careful if you go into your home and if you touch any fire-damaged items.

Fires in a Commercial Business

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

commercial building being engulfed in flames Commercial Fire

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo technicians overcome various cleaning challenges. A burning building consists of several complex reactions between different elements. We learn that fire damage presents different cleaning and restoration situations that depend greatly on how these different elements interact during the progress of a fire. When dealing with the removal of smoke residues, we consider several factors.

Hotter fires make surfaces expand, allowing residue and odors to penetrate more efficiently. While heat also chars materials or melts the finish on a surface, making refinishing required to restore the surface properly.

Conditions help residues set faster and permanently stain surfaces. Fire suppression systems and Firefighting efforts, along with damp weather and normal condensation on various surfaces combine with smoke residues, causing surfaces to become discolored.


With knowledge of these different factors that cause changes during a fire event, SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo technicians work hard to deliver the services you need to restore your business to a quality preloss condition.

What is the red retardant dropped from planes?

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

beige color house covered in red retardant Retardant Falling on top of houses.

Fire retardants are used to slow the spread or intensity of a fire. They help firefighters on the ground to control and contain a fire and help protect properties. Fire retardants may also be dropped from aircraft during firefighting operations. Sometimes a red colored pigment, made from iron oxide, is added so that those spraying can see where they have released the fire retardant.

Fire retardants consist of detergent chemicals made from a combination of wetting agents and foaming chemicals, fertilizers (ammonium and diammonium sulfate and ammonium phosphate) mixed with thickeners (guar gum) and corrosion inhibitors (for aircraft safety). They are mixed with water to form a foam or slurry. Examples include, Angus Forexpan S and Phos-Chek WD-881, Phos- Chek D75-F and Phos-Chek D75-R.

How do fire retardants work?

Fire retardants are mixed with water before they are used in the environment. After the water has completely evaporated, the remaining chemical residue retards vegetation or other materials from igniting, until it is removed by rain or erosion. Fire retardants also work by binding to plant material (cellulose) and preventing combustion.

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo has been very experienced with this retardant in our area during the wildfires that have been occurring. We specialize in fully cleaning up the retardant which can damage the exterior of your property.

‘Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned’ is the safe standard for COVID-19 sanitation in San Luis Obispo County

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is the standard for COVID-19 Sanitation Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is the standard for COVID-19 Sanitation

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, means that a higher and safer standard of clean and sanitized has taken janitorial cleaning practices to a new level. Businesses, schools and public institutions of all kinds are now required to meet higher levels of COVID-19 sanitation to open and remain open. SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo is ready to deliver deep defensive viral pathogen cleaning.

A recent study published in Search and Performance Marketing Daily reports that 89-percent of consumers are concerned about returning to “brick and mortar” businesses. In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though the public is eager to return to favorite businesses, and business is just as eager to get back to work and serve their customers, there is a concern about health and safety. 

The SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo professionals are committed to bringing a higher standard of clean to Central Coast communities. The team certifications that are valuable to COVID-19 sanitation in San Luis Obispo County include:

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • HST - Health and safety Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • OSHA Training
  • SCI/SPI/SEN - Carpet Inspector
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

How does Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned work?

The SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo team applies the unique 3-Cs approach that results in certifying the cleanliness of your business with the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield posted in your front window.

  • Consult:Not all businesses are the same, so a cleaning program is tailored based on the unique needs of each facility.
  • Clean:Based on the agreed plan, an expert deep clean is initiated using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions and always adhering to the leading level of cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC.
  • Certify: The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield tells the public your business has met the stringent CDC standards for COVID-19 sanitation in San Luis Obispo

The Certified SERVPRO Cleaned shield means that trained and experienced SERVPRO professionals have performed the job according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry standards (CDC, RIA, IICRC) with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience and result. The public, your customers and employees can enter your business with confidence knowing that the nation’s first choice in cleaning, sanitation and restoration was on the job.

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo has been serving Central Coast communities since 1990. In addition to providing top level Certified SERVPRO Cleaned services, the company specializes in water and fire damage restoration, decontamination from toxic spills, sewage backup, mold, environmental biochemical exposure for residences, businesses and neighborhoods. The company also works closely with insurance companies to help property owners process insurance claims.

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo

3661 Sacramento Drive Suite 4

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

(805) 541-1271

Tips on cooking a turkey for these upcoming holidays.

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

a cooked turkey hanging from a metal rod Fried Turkey

With the holidays coming up, it is time to talk about cooking a turkey. Especially, deep-fried turkey. It is really good when it is cooked this way. If you have not, well, you have not lived. Not only is it much faster to cook, but the flavor & moisture that results is amazing! With it being all great and everything it is very dangerous if it is not done properly. If not done correctly it can create a large 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 San Luis Obispo has a few tips to prevent that from happening:

  • Wear protective gear. For example, eye protection thick grill gloves
  • Make sure your turkey is FULLY DEFROSTED and dry before you immerse it on the oil.
  • NEVER leave the fryer unattended especially if there are kids or pets around.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned green and orange sticker on top of a window Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

The world has changed within this year and what it means to be clean. So, let customers and employees know that SERVPRO, the nation’s #1 choice in cleanup and restoration, was there with a higher cleaning standard, Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

As your favorite stores and local businesses will be starting to open their doors again, we are offering them an additional step to help ensure your confidence with a higher cleaning service.

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo has already been starting to help them out from residential properties to commercial properties owners in order to have a safe and clean environment for their customer or family.

With our new Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program is a weekly viral pathogen cleaning service,
designed just for your business.

You can count on with SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo to make sure that your properties are CERTIFIED: SERVPRO Cleaned. Give us a call at 805-541-1271.

Regular maintenance to your appliances can lower the risk of water damage.

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

white cabinets in a kitchen with a fridge stove and dishwasher Maintenance in your appliance

Homeowners have a low appreciation for the appliances in their home, so much so that they react to the problems that their machines experience instead of checking them regularly for routine wear and tear concerns. Even an annual inspection can help to identify risks and potential problems and help you to avoid these concerns before they turn into substantial water loss events.

The dishwasher is not always the problem. User error has attributed to many water loss incidents in local homes as well, where the appliance did not get entirely closed or wedged open as the washing and rinsing cycles run. Several gallons of water can drain out onto the floors of the kitchen and to the rest of your property if it is not shut off immediately.

The initial assessment of the damage, however it originated, is critical to determining what must happen to restore it, this is a precursor to the work that must occur in that first visit. Extraction and even initial drying efforts can help to limit the widespread damage that weakens the structural elements of your home. Fast response from our technicians can help to reduce or even eliminate swelling and irreparable damage to flooring materials in this affected area of your home.

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo now offers commercial duct cleaning.

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

dirt inside a air duct Dirty Air Duct

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo has not incorporated Duct Cleaning into our services for the past year. It is really beneficial for the air quality in a Residential property or Commercial property.

Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing.

If not professionally installed, maintained, and operated, these components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for microbiological growth (e.g., mold) is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the air of your commercial business. Some of these contaminants may cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in people if they are exposed to them.

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your business.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

  • Odor
  • Dirt
  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Debris

Here are some uncommon sources of fires.

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

grey sofa flames on half of the sofa Sofa up in flames

Many homeowners know that the most likely causes of fires can result from cooking, faulty wiring, space heaters etc. Often things are overlooked, that contribute to house fires every year.

  • Dust
  • Batteries
  • Animals

These three uncommon things are what we least expect to cause a fire. Dusting regularly prevents any fire damage to your property because when near heat like heaters electrical outlets it can ignite a fire. Tablets and Laptops can be another source if you leave it on top of your sofa or bed where it can heat up the material it is placed on. As for the batteries they can create a fire very easily if their ends meet with one another. Instead of throwing them away in your garbage can there are certain places where they can be disposed of properly. Finally, pets are the most uncommon source that can cause fires because we are unaware that they can knock over lighted items and mistakenly turn on an appliance. Even pests who can chew through wires which can cause electrical shortages.

Fire Prevention Tips for Commercial Properties

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

Fire in building Building on Fire

Since time is money in the business world, taking extra steps could affect your daily profits. However, the extra effort required is definitely marginal when compared to the extreme consequences and costs that come coupled with a fire. Choose the route to being proactive using the steps below. You’ll find knowing that you and your tenants are protected is truly priceless.

When a structural fire occurs it affects not only 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 but value in putting a fire prevention plan in place with so much at stake.

1). Implement Fire Emergency Procedures

2). Reduce Fire Hazards

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 San Luis Obispo (805)541-1271 "Like it never even happened"

6 Common Leaks in Commercial Properties

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

water damage Water damage in commercial building

Water leaks pose a very significant threat to commercial buildings, in particular, as they use much bigger 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. 

1). Toilet Leaks

2). Faucet Leaks

3). Plumbing Leaks

4). Roof Leaks

5). Ceiling Leaks

6). Basement Leaks

To avoid such troubles, property owners need to maintain their buildings in excellent condition and seek efficient professional solutions from SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo at the first sign of a water problem.

If you have any water damage in your commercial property call the professionals at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo (805)541-2171 "Like it never even happened"

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo Services

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo

RESIDENTIAL

Whether you need emergency flood damage restoration or top-to-bottom home cleaning, you can trust the professionals at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo to make your house feel like home again. They have the training, experience, and equipment to quickly get your home looking its best. The services we provide for residential properties include:

WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION

FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION

MOLD REMEDIATION 

STORM DAMAGE RESTORATION

CLEANING SERVICES

REPAIR SERVICES

COMMERCIAL 

Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, the professionals at SERVPRO OF San Luis Obispo have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.” The services we provide for commercial properties include:

COMMERCIAL WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION

COMMERCIAL FIRE DAMAGE RESTORATION

COMMERCIAL MOLD REMEDIATION

COMMERCIAL CLEANING SERVICES

COMMERCIAL STORM AND MAJOR EVENT REMEDIATION

Call the professionals at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo (805)541-1271 "Like it never even happened"

SERVPRO Tips for Home Owners to Help Identify Mold

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

Mold is everywhere. It’s a type of fungus that grows from tiny spores that float in the air. It can grow almost anywhere that spores land and find moisture and a comfortable temperature, between 40 and 100 degrees F. Typically that includes about every damp place in your home.

You can easily spot the most visible type of mold, called mildew, which begins as tiny, usually black spots but often grows into larger colonies. It’s the black stuff you see in the grout lines in your shower, on damp walls, and outdoors on the surfaces of deck boards and painted siding, especially in damp and shady areas.  

Mildew is a surface type of mold that won’t damage your home’s structure. But other types of mold cause rot.  If the wood is soft or crumbles, the fungi have taken hold and rot has begun. We’ll show you how to remove mold from wood in a few steps.

If you have a high concentration of mold, you may smell it. If you detect the typical musty odor, check for mold on damp carpets, damp walls, damp crawlspaces and wet wood under your floors, wet roof sheathing and other damp areas. 

If you property has mold call the professionals at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo (805)541-1271 "Like it never even happened"

FLOOD DAMAGE vs WATER DAMAGE

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

Flood Flooded baseball field

While considered different from one another, these two are not without their similarities. They can both wreak havoc on a home by submerging your belongings, causing structural damage, and making you lose important items that are irreplaceable. The cleanup process for both is also similar but the most common misconception is often realized by people when they try to file a water damage claim for flooding and find out that flooding is a different thing altogether.

It is actually easy to differentiate flood damage from water damage. All you need to remember is when a home suffers from flood damage, it is usually one of many homes that suffer from the same problem. When your home suffers from water damage, your home is the only one that has such an issue.

When flooding happens, it helps for you to have flood damage coverage on your insurance since water damage does not cover any repairs and restoration that is done due to floods. Before any flooding occurs, you should check your insurance policy for this coverage. If you live in a flood-prone area, you should have the additional coverage added to your policy.

If you have had any water or storm damage call the professionals at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo (805)541-1721 "Like it never even happened"

Storm Damage Prevention

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

Flood damage Flooded City

Commercial water damage is not something a business owner wants. When water damage occurs, huge losses can come with it. For business owners to avoid such a scenario, they need to put preventive measures in place. This should include procedures to be followed before a disaster strikes, steps that can be taken to reduce the potential damage, and measures that can help prevent damage from occurring.

Water damage can happen because of burst or frozen pipes. Not knowing where to find the shut-off valves for your water supply can open you up to additional damages. If you know where these valves are located, the moment you realize that there is a problem, you can turn these off to prevent more damage from occurring.

While you cannot keep everything that you are selling totally safe, keeping your most valuable items in an area that cannot be affected by floods and water damage can help you avoid massive losses. You should also ensure that important documents and business papers are stored in watertight containers to keep them safe when water damage occurs.

Water damage is not exclusive to flooding or burst pipes. Sometimes, a leak in your roof, a leaking water heater, or faulty HVAC units can cause commercial water damage. Checking on these things regularly can help you address minor issues before these get out of hand.

If you have any water or storm damage call the professionals at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo (805)541-1271 "Like it never even happened"

Ceiling Water Damage

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

Ceiling water damage Water Damage in Ceiling

When you discover that you have ceiling water damage, it's important to find the source in order to stop it. Here are some of the more common causes:

1). Stains in the ceiling

2). Musty Odor coming from the ceiling

3). Cracks or Peeling in Paint or Wallpaper

If you have plumbing pipes in your ceiling, which is common in two-story homes, the damage may be caused by a leaking pipe.

If your home is damp, or if there is excess moisture in the room from faucets, humidifiers, and water features, ceiling water damage can occur.

If you live in an area with high humidity and your home is not properly insulated, moisture can cause ceiling water damage.

If you have any water damage call the professionals at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo (805)541-1271

Why Water Damage Should be Addressed Immediately

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

mold Mold inside a home

There are a lot of reasons why water damage should be taken care of right away. Here are some of those reasons:

Musty Smells is probably the least of your worries but it does present you with a problem if someone in your family is allergic to such odors or if the smell will trigger health issues such as asthma and other respiratory problems.

Mold can indicate something more dangerous hiding underneath your floor, in your ceiling, or in your walls. Molds create musty earthy smells that are accompanied by dark spots on your walls and ceilings. Molds love moisture and water damaged areas that are not handled immediately or taken care of properly can become breeding grounds for these fungi. Molds can also cause respiratory problems due to the spores that they release, and can also trigger allergic reactions to those who have some sensitivity to these growths

Problems with weak walls, peeling paint, and even worse, weakened foundation, can be what you will experience if you don’t address water damage immediately.

If you have any water damage call the professionals at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo (805)541-1271 "Like it never even happened"

7 Fire Preventable Tips for your Kitchen

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

Stove on fire Kitchen Fire

Cooking is truly a relaxing activity. Nothing is more therapeutic and soothing than putting all the ingredients of a special dish together and seeing it cook to perfection. People who have suffered fire accidents in the kitchen, however, can only hope to have such benign memories of their cooking experience.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, the use of cooking equipment was the leading cause of home structure fires in the United States between 2007 and 2011, accounting for 43% of all reported cases of domestic fires. Cooking fires also caused more than 2,500 deaths, over 13,200 injuries, and about $7.2 billion in property damage every year during the same period.

  • Never leave your cooking unattended, even for just a few seconds. Turn off the stove if you are leaving it out of sight.
  • Don’t overcook, especially if you are frying something. Cooking oil or grease can get hot very quickly.
  • Never douse grease fires with water. This is very dangerous and can cause severe injuries. Cover a grease fire with a pan lid instead to deprive the fire of oxygen.
  • Don’t place combustible items like paper towels, mittens, washcloths, and food packaging near the heating element of the stove.
  • Keep your cooking area clean to prevent the accumulation of combustible substances like cooking oil or grease on surfaces.
  • Take the time to make sure that all your kitchen appliances are turned off before you go to sleep or leave your house.
  • Install a fire alarm system which can warn you promptly if a fire occurs in your kitchen.

If you have any fire damage call the professionals at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo (805)541-1271

1 Item Every Home Should Have for Fire Prevention

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

flames Fire Extinguisher

Fire Extinguishers!!!

Basically, fire extinguishers work in getting rid of fires by either snuffing out the oxygen that is responsible for combustion, cooling the temperature of the fuel feeding the fire, or halting the chemical reaction behind the fire itself. Fire extinguishers use water, a dry chemical, or carbon dioxide as agents in order to stop the progress of fire.

Fire extinguishers save lives and property by eliminating fires just before they grow too big. It is therefore important to understand how fire extinguishers work to be able to use them effectively. A working knowledge of fire extinguishers and how they are used will come in handy in the event of a fire in your home, office, or property.

If you have had any fire damage call the professionals at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo (805)541-1271 "Like it never even happened."

4 Helpful Clues for Commercial Properties

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Amazing Commercial Property

A commercial property is potentially the largest investment that a business will make. In order to protect that investment, you should regularly inspect the property for potential water leaks, rust and mold.

If left unattended, water damage can severely impact the structure of the property or even create other complications, such as mold; which poses a major health risk. Use these 4 methods for detecting water damage within your commercial property.

1. Inspect the Floors
Wether you have 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. Carpet, will be wet or smell like mold. 

2. Stains
Water stains on the floor typically around toilets, sinks, ceilings and walls, are some of the most common signs of water damage. Cracks in the drywall or areas that appear swollen may signify trouble. Peeling paint is another sign of loose water within wall spaces. As the drywall gets saturated, paint can lose adhesion.

3. Inspect Outer Perimeter of Building
Observe the exterior of your commercial property. What you want to look for are pools of standing water that can indicate poor drainage. Often times gutter spouts, rain gutters won't be transporting water properly. Any of those issues could threaten the foundation of the property.

4. Keep an Eye Out for Mold
Corrosion around pipe connections could be caused by water seepage. Visual signs of mold mean moisture is contacting microscopic mold spores, often in the nooks and crannies of your commercial property. Don’t rely solely on sight, when 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 San Luis Obispo (805)541-1271 "Like it never even happened."

6 Water Damage Facts for Commercial Properties

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

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All commercial buildings are different, but each is at risk of facing water damage. Even small problems, like minor roof or pipe leaks, can lead to the spread of water damage and even mold growth. With damage like this, the value of your commercial property can quickly decrease. 6 commercial water damage facts:

1. Mold Damage

After water has affected a particular area, mold can grow in as little as 24 – 48 hours. All excess water and humid conditions should be dried out right away to prevent the risk of mold growth.

2. Water has to Dry Out

While the water evaporates in the area, moisture will accumulate in the walls, ceiling, and even the floor below, promoting mold growth. If this happens, it’s important to call SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo (805)541-1271 to conduct a deep inspection to make sure that mold hasn’t already infected your property or spread to other areas.

3. Cleaning Methods for Building Materials

The same restoration process cannot be used for all building materials. Hard surfaces like concrete can be salvaged but porous materials like cellulose insulation and flooring materials will need to be removed and replaced. 

4. Water Extraction

Excess water can lead to costly repairs in permanently damaged material if not extracted immediately. SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo knows exactly how to remove excess water in emergency situations like flooding or burst pipes. Hiring these specialists will also ensure that all hidden water damage and moisture from behind the walls and underneath the floors is also removed properly to prevent the risk of mold growth

5. Timing

As soon as you find water damage on your property, taking the necessary steps right away can make a big difference in financial costs. Simply knowing the basic first steps during an emergency can prevent the damage from spreading further.

6. Contact your Insurance Company

Call your insurance company immediately after finding water damage. The insurance company can also guide you through the first steps to prevent the damage from spreading.

If you have any damage to your commercial property call the professionals at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo (805)541-1271 "Like it never even happened."

Fire Aftermath of Commercial Properties

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial building on fire Building on fire

The destructive power of fire can leave businesses and commercial properties devastated. When a fire occurs, SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo works to assist business owners and proprietors to move forward and put their lives and businesses back together. The restoration process after a commercial fire is laborious and time-consuming. The goal of commercial fire damage restoration is to thoroughly clean every nook and cranny of a business or commercial property after a fire. In a fire’s aftermath, much of the damage restoration focuses on eliminating the persistent smoke odors and the accompanying soot and residual water. Every trace of the contaminants responsible for odors must be scrubbed clean and deodorized. High-powered equipment such as air scrubbers can help clear the air of particulates and odors. Industrial air movers and dehumidifiers mitigate residual water and moisture from putting out the fire.

The Odors from Smoke

As with most fires, commercial fires leave a pungent odor that permeates the building, furnishings, fixtures, and air throughout the property. Those odors are in large part a result of the fire source itself—the debris from the fire, the soot and residual water and chemicals that were used to extinguish the fire. The debris must be dealt with first.

Restoration crews from SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo move to quickly remove the debris and soot from the premises. Materials such as charred furnishings, rugs, and ceiling tiles are carried out until the property is emptied of any burned remnants of the fire. Debris removal also mitigates odors by removing microscopic dust particles, airborne and settled, that derives from soot deposits and burned debris. Debris removal reduces the intensity of odors, but will not completely eliminate them. Soot and residual water also combine to contribute to smoke odors, and they must be dealt with.

Removal of Soot

Thick layers of soot mixed with moisture cover a good portion of commercial fire sites. Soot is the black, powdered carbon and chemical byproduct of the burned material after a fire. Depending on the material burned in commercial fires, the chemical or acidic composition of soot can cause further damage on its own to just about any surface it is in contact with. Soot can stain porous and textured surfaces, permanently discolor granite, plastics, grout and the unburned fixtures made of wood or textiles.

Residual Water

Not only is mold a problem after flooding but after fires as well. Residual water from extinguishing the fire can lead to mold spreading throughout the property if it is not properly mitigated. The smoky odor after a fire rapidly combines with mold to further contaminate the air and interact with surfaces. The longer such odors interact with surfaces the more difficult it will be to completely eliminate the odor.

Fires to your commercial property can be devastating and catastrophic. The biggest challenge will be to replace, repair or restore the property to resume business as usual. To do so as quickly as possible, call the professionals at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo (805)541-1271 "Like it never even happened."

Where to Find Mold in Commercial Buildings

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Mold inside office Abandon office with mold

If mold is suspected in your commercial building where people work or go to school, exposure increases since they are exposed to the mold spores for most of the hours in the day. This increased exposure can lead to more severe symptoms.  

These symptoms can include things like upper respiratory infections, chronic lung illness, chest inflammation, and more. 

Where Can Mold Hide In a Commercial Building?

If you are the owner of a commercial building, mold prevention should be one of your primary maintenance goals. Use these mold prevention tips to keep your commercial property free of mold. 

  1. Watch for and clean up any wet spots. 
  2. Fix plumbing leaks. 
  3. Install dehumidifiers to get rid of condensation and excess moisture.
  4. Make sure that any appliances that generate moisture (like dryers) have a vent leading to the outdoors to keep moisture outside. 
  5. Keep HVAC drip pans dry, clean, and empty. 
  6. Make sure HVAC systems have recommended maintenance. 
  7. Keep humidity levels below 60 percent. 
  8. Keep foundations dry by providing proper drainage in your landscaping. 

 If you have any mold damage to your commercial property call SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo (805)541-1271 "Like it never even happened."

10 Do It Yourself Tips to Prepare for a Storm

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

House in the rain Rain pouring on a house.

Storms of all sizes often come when you least expect it, sometimes the damages left behind are devastating and sometimes they go unnoticed, little by little, causing small damages that eventually amount to something much more severe down the road. Here are 10 do it yourself tips to prepare for a storm:

1). Cover Outdoor Items

Outdoor furniture, barbecues, outdoor equipment, and firewood with heavy duty tarps.

2). Sandbags

If your property tends to collect a lot of water (wether or not your home is in a high-risk area) use sandbags to divert water to drainage areas.

3). Trim Trees

When trees become absorbed with rainwater, weak trees can snap or become easily uprooted.

4). Roof, Skylights and Flashing. 

Leaks often occur at the flashing in valleys or where pipes penetrate the surface. Seal these with asphalt roofing cement.

5). Clean (Gutters and Downspouts)

If your house is surrounded by trees, you should clear the gutters and remove any leaves or debris. When gutters and downspouts clog with leaves and debris, water overflows and spills down where it can damage walls and footings. 

6). Repair (Gutters and Downspouts)

Repair sagging or leaking gutters and make sure downspouts carry drainage away from the house. 

7). Inspect House Siding. 

Check for previous damage, cracks and holes. Seal up leaks with paintable or clear caulk. Make sure the paint is in good condition. If it isn’t, consider getting the house painted before winter really sets in.

8). Windows and Doors 

Weather strip all the windows and doors to seal out drafts and minimize heat loss. 

9). Install (Storm Doors and Windows) 

If your home has a combination storm/screen door switch from screens to glass. Spray a little WD-40 on the storm door’s hinges and latches. Be sure the door closer is adjusted and working smoothly. 

10). Supply Kit 

Assemble a supply kit. Store important documents on thumb drives or hard drives located away from your home (or on the Cloud). Consider flood insurance; even if it isn’t located in a high-risk area.

If you have any storm damage needs call the professionals at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo at (805)541-1271 "Like it never even happened."

Residential Landscaping Tips for Stormwater

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

Amazing Landscape Landscaping of an amazing home.

Seasonal storms do not have to ruin your landscaping and create harmful runoff. Seasonal rain showers wash away soil, rocks, mulch, plants, force trees to fall down, allow large pools of water to build up causing mud pits or even worse cause damage to your homes foundation. Here are some tips to allow your landscaping to be functional but also allow you to keep fantastic curb appeal.

Permeable Pavers

Residential communities often struggle to control the environmental effects of runoff. This becomes an issue when parking lots, driveways, and sidewalks prevent natural water absorption.

Installing permeable pavers offer a way to manage stormwater with your driveway, patio, and other hard surfaces. The stormwater flows through the paver into the soil, rather than running off into the street.

Gravel and Stone Beds

Gravel areas and stone beds provide a porous area that stormwater can quickly filter through to be absorbed into the soil below. These beds are often used in swales, and they’re popular because they have a natural look. Plus, they’re great options for climates where grass doesn’t grow easily.

Berms and Swales

First, consider the lay of your land. Determine where the water currently flows on the property and decide if that location needs to be diverted. If the water naturally flows towards a building, you need to redirect it away from the foundation.

A berm is an excellent solution to this problem. Berms are slightly raised areas of land that can help change the direction the water flows. By combining berms and swales, water can be absorbed in your yard or easily flow through to a catchment designed to allow evaporation while providing a source of water for your plants.

Retaining Walls

Keep in mind the slope of the land while designing your stormwater-friendly landscape. If your property slopes toward any buildings, you will want to divert that water. A tiered retaining wall with stone, shrubs, plants and grass will slow the flow of water down a steep slope. This reduces soil erosion and runoff while the plants absorb and use the excess water.

Rain Garden

If a portion of your yard is lower than the rest and often experiences pooling of stormwater. They also add to a yard’s aesthetic. First, identify a low-lying area and grow a mixture of plants that require a lot of water. Some examples are day lilies, bee balm, and butterfly weed. 

Tips for Stormwater

Your landscape plan will depend on your climate, the amount of precipitation you get, and the size of your yard.For example, you may not want to plant a rain garden if you live in a place that is dry for many months and then sees severe storms. Instead, you may opt for permeable pavers or stone beds.

If you have any damage to your home or place of business due to stormwater, call the professionals at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo at (805)541-1271 "Like it never even happened."

Repercussions of a Thunderstorm

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning Strike Repercussion of a thunderstorm, lightning!

It's important to keep an eye on the weather, especially if a thunderstorm is on the horizon. Thunderstorms can lead to the destruction of personal and business property. During a thunderstorm high winds irrupt, with the ability to cause flash flooding, lightning strikes, hail and potentially creating tornadoes. Here's a list of a few repercussions caused by a thunderstorm...

1). Flash Floods

When a thunderstorm rolls through, it can bring torrential downpours of rain with it causing a flash flood which can damage a structure, home, commercial buildings, bridges, etc 

 2). Lightning

When lightning strikes a home or business property, electricity can pass through the wiring of the home. This can cause severe damage to any electrical appliances that are plugged into an outlet. Lightning can also spark fires, which can cause damage to a home or business property.

3). Hail

Thunderstorms can produce hail of various sizes that can be devastating to personal property. Hail can dent the body of a car, break windows and cause extensive roof damage.

4). Tornadoes

When a tornado strikes, its strong winds and debris can cause major structural damage to buildings. A tornado can even make a vehicle airborne.

If a major storm causes damage to your home or business property, call the professionals at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo (805)541-1271 "Like it never even happened."

Immediate steps after a STORM

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damaged Home Massive damage to a home after a storm.

Having a strategy to deal with storm damage in your home or place of business will help you immediately after a storm.

Storm damage can occur at any time, sometimes when we least expect it creating major hazards. Damage to walls, windows, roof, foundation etc. Moisture allows mold growth, that can cause health hazards, to develop in your furniture, carpet, walls and building materials. Here are a few immediate steps you should consider after a storm:

1). Shut off the main gas line.

2). Identify any sharp or broken objects on the property and try to stay clear of those objects.

3). If possible take photographs of the damage, that way you will have a record for your insurance company.

4). Contact your insurance agent. Notify your agent about the damage immediately and schedule an adjustor to come asses the extent of the damage so that payment and repairs can get started immediately.

If a major storm causes damage to your home or business property, call the professionals at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo (805)541-1271 "Like it never even happened."

The Spread of FIRE!!!

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Building fire Fire Damage

Do you know the four basic ways that a fire can spread?

Typically, convection, conduction, radiation, and direct burning are the four common causes for fire to spread.


1. CONVECTION-
Occurs when heated liquid or gas expands and becomes lighter, oxygen flows in, igniting a chain reaction. The fire forces gases lower and the heated gases spread ceilings and walls. 

2. CONDUCTION – is when heat passes through materials, Igniting fuel through other objects and combustible materials.

3. DIRECT BURNING - The easiest way a fire can spread through any structure. Any flammable materials that the fire comes in contact with has the ability to spread faster. Once the fire spreads, it can travel at a rapid rate, containment becomes very difficult.

4. RADIATION – Last but not least, radiation is the transfer of heat that becomes absorbed by materials as well as other objects. Such as, a fireplace that radiates onto carpet, mattresses or other flammable materials.

For any of your fire damage needs, call SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo "Like it never even happened."(805)541-1271 

Water takes over Winery!

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Business Winery Offices Flooded

There are several possible causes of water damage. Leaky dishwashers, clogged toilets, broken pipes, broken dishwasher hoses, overflowing washing machines, leaky roofs, plumbing leaks, and foundation cracks are just some of the possible causes of water damage in homes and businesses. Once a home or business sustains water damage, it is important to start the water damage cleanup immediately. Starting water damage cleanup as soon as possible increases the likelihood of saving water-soaked furniture, carpets, rugs, clothing, and other items.

Water damage escalates to mold and microbial growth issues in just a few days, which can compromise the health of the inhabitants, including your pets. Given these facts, water damage must be dealt with immediately to prevent further damage to your home or place of business. Call SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo to take care of all your water damage needs! "Like it never even happened." (805) 541-1271 

Water damage is the Culprit!

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Floor Crack Crack in the concrete floor due to water damage!

Water damage is one of the major reasons that causes a house foundation to weaken!

When water damage hits at the core structure (foundation) of your home and isn't fixed in a timely manor it will cause cracks, erosion, even allowing wood to invite termites, mold and mildew. 

Here's 3 simple reminders to keep your eye on!

1. Check for water leaks: Dark spots under pipes inside sink cabinets, stains on ceilings, toilets that rock, and of course drips.

2. Check your Drainage systems: Poor drainage weakens your foundation, causing cracks, uneven settling, and pathways for water to enter your home.

3. Inspect your Roof! Repair missing, loose, and damaged shingles. Repair any cracked caulking and check for leaks around flashing.

Water damage escalates to mold and microbial growth issues in just a few days, which can compromise the health of the inhabitants, including your pets. Given these facts, water damage must be dealt with immediately to prevent further damage to your home or place of business. Call SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo to take care of all your water damage needs! "Like it never even happened." (805) 541-1271 

Winter Fire Hazard!

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

House with fire damage Fire Damage

Cold freezing temperatures, wind, fog and rain are some of the winter elements that we encounter on the central coast. We tend to stay at home more often during the winter but did you know that most house fires happen during the winter season?

Some of the most common causes are heaters, fireplaces, candles, dry Christmas trees and even cooking/kitchen accidents. To help stay clear of any house fires here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Make sure heaters are clear of any flammable contents in case of a tip over, fireplace is clean of any debris and has a screen. Candles should be blown out every time you leave the room, Christmas trees should be disposed of properly and last but not least don't have too many cooks in the kitchen and always keep an eye on the stove.

Have a wonderful winter season but if the unexpected does occur, call SERVPRO® of San Luis Obispo (805) 541-1271 like it didn't even happen.

6 Reasons Why SERVPRO is the best in the Industry

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

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Many Families and Business Owners rely on SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo to restore their damaged property for many reasons. Here are 6 reasons.


1. We Respond to You Immediately
We always have someone that will take your call 24/7.

2. You’re Part of Our Team
We work with you and for you. You receive a complete explanation of the work we will do and why it needs to be done a certain way.

3. SERVPRO Is Qualified
Our repair and restoration technicians have the best training in the industry. Our results will create a measurable difference for you.

4. We Have the Latest Technology
In the past years there has been a rapid advancement in technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. With these advancements it allows SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo to restore your property to pre loss condition quickly and more effectively.

5. We Handle Any Loss from A Natural Disaster—Big or Small
Have multiple locations? No problem. Suffer a small loss from water or fire? We can handle any kind of loss that has been done to your property. Whether it is your house or commercial location.

6. We’re Approved, Certified, And Experienced
We’re trained to IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) standards in fire and water cleanup and restoration. SERVPRO has been in business for more than 50 years. Hard-earned results have made SERVPRO a leader in the fire and water cleanup and restoration industry.

Smooth Claim Process with SERVPRO

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

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If you have suffered a disaster at your home or business the last thing you want to stress about is the insurance claim. For this reason, our whole team ensures they make the claim process stress free as possible. SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo will help make it “Like it never even happened.” That way you, your family or business can get back to what is important.
Our goal is to make the insurance process is smooth as possible during a loss. Therefore, we will:
• Create thorough visual and written documentation of the damage to your home or business
• Document the condition of each item we remove for cleaning or storage
• Work directly with your insurer, communicating with the insured along the way as well.
• Handle the paperwork to make sure the processing and payment of your claim is as fast as it can be.
We are so proud that so many insurance companies recommend SERVPRO to their client. They are fully aware of the benefits that come along with our partnership.
Our team is here for you if you experience a disaster. Our technicians have specialized training and years of experience in water, fire, mold and biohazard clean up and restoration services.

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo takes extra steps to store your belongings

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

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Water, Fire, and Mold damage affect not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo understands that your home is more than a structure. Your belongings are important to us, which is why we provide the following to help restore and protect your belongings while we are remediating your home.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out will include the following:

  • A quicker remodeling processes
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Off-Site Storage

When there is no space for your personal items to be stored in a safe place in your property. SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo arranges all the paperwork for your personal items to be stored in an offsite storage unit that will be close for you in order to get personal items in and out without any problems.

Contents Claim Inventory Service

When disaster strikes, the damage can often feel overwhelming. Well we can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service. It provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. We take a room-by-room inventory of your personal items, including digital photos, and in some cases bar coding.

If your home and belongings need restoration services, rest assured that SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo has you covered. We can pack out, store and restore your belongings.

Why SERVPRO??

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Servpro logo with fire & water - clean up restoration lettering in black and like it never happened in white lettering SERVPRO logo

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo often get questioned of Why should we choose SERVPRO? What is it that SERVPRO can offer or do differently than all the other cleaning and restoration companies out in the community?  The answer to those questions always starts the same way, with the list of all the training and certifications held by SERVPRO technicians, the process that is used to manage different projects, and the support provided by corporate and the SERVPRO network.  While those are all valuable assets, what truly sets SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo apart is the team we have on hand. Between the office manager, production manager and our production team, they average 8 to 12 years of experience just with SERVPRO.  This amount of experience provides them with all the tools and knowledge necessary to handle projects of any type or size.  Whether it is a simple carpet cleaning job or a large fire loss, the crew at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo has the experience to make it "Like it never even happened."

How to Detect Water Damage in the Bathroom

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage is not always easy to find, especially in the bathroom. After all, water is a normal thing in bathrooms! A broken pipe is a clear sign of an issue; however, what about the hidden culprits like a cracked shower tile, unstable or old caulking and grout, or a leaky seal on base of the toilet bowl where tiny leaks are causing large amounts of damage to floor boards, ceilings, and walls as well as a potential drain on your wallet of thousands of dollars in repairs?
Consider some of these hints 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 San Luis Obispo experts to inspect and repair your bathroom water damage.

How to prevent a fire on Halloween.

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Halloween is almost here! Pumpkins are being carved, spooky decor is appearing all over the neighborhood, and costumes are getting their last-minute touches. These are just a few of the fall traditions that we look forward to every year.
Unfortunately, these Halloween symbols and activities can also present lurking fire risks that have the potential to become scary, but by planning you can help make this Halloween a fire-safe one. Taking simple fire safety precautions like keeping decorations far away from open flames and using battery-operated candles or glow-sticks in jack-o-lanterns can help ensure your holiday remains festive and fun!
“Halloween brings out the creativity in people of all ages. Children enjoy dressing up and going door-to-door collecting candy, and adults go all out decorating their homes with spooky accents,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “The festivities, however, can be dampened if the proper safety measures are not put in place ahead of time and while out canvassing the neighborhood for treats.”
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.

What employers should do to prevent mold

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

box of books, cabinets, and a trash can against a moldy wall Moldy Office Space

What Employers Should Do to Prevent Mold

There are some important steps that employers can take to make sure that their employees are not exposed to mold. These preventative measures are some of the most important things that employers should know about 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.

What to do if Mold is Found

If you find mold or you suspect mold is in your building, you can give us a call to SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo. 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 health effects that your workers can contract in a moldy environment. In addition, the structure of your building will be severely compromised if mold is found and if it is not remediated on time. Lastly, legal expenses from mold litigation can be overwhelming. Don’t put yourself in a tough position when it comes to mold.

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo Reports About The Benefits Of Professional Residential Cleaning Services

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Even with regular tidying and cleaning the typical household vacuum and carpet cleaner are rarely industrial enough for deep thorough cleaning that a home needs now and then. Once in awhile, it’s nice to have someone come in, move the furniture and get those nooks and crannies and overhead shelves and Joe Powers of SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo water damage specialists, has some tips about the benefits of deep cleaning.

When does a home need a deep cleaning? This answer depends on the how often a homeowner or renter wants a cleaning that gets deep into carpets, drapes and upholstery and leaves no damp, soggy spots behind. Professional services can include cleaning the HVAC system, removing strange looking spots from carpets and upholstered furniture, and eliminating persistent odors.

Basically, any time is a good time for a deep, thorough cleaning. Along with the usual “spring cleaning,” or preparing a home for the holidays or a special event, other circumstances include:

  • Preparing the home for sale
  • Cleaning up after tenants or a hoarding situation
  • Periodic deep cleaning to help with allergies and respiratory conditions
  • Cleaning carpets, upholstery, even floors and walls after a prolonged illness
  • Toilet and sewage overflow
  • Water and mold damage
  • Fire damage
  • Trauma or crime scene clean up

Kids spill food and drinks, pets have accidents, and dust, dirt and odd odors invade even the cleanest spaces. Grime (and other surprises) pile up behind refrigerators, stoves and the washer and dryer. Life happens and deep cleaning can range from deeper regular cleaning, to removing biohazard contaminants, and removing trash and junk from a hoarding situation. Biohazard removal, which can include blood, vomit, urine, feces and contaminated materials, is beyond the scope of the average housecleaning service.

A recent article in Health eNews cites the following reasons for keeping a house clean:

  • Lowering stress and fatigue
  • Reducing allergy and asthma symptoms
  • Improving safety
  • Lessening the spread of germs
  • Keeping pests away

The professional teams from companies such as SERVPRO have been thoroughly trained for cleaning up a wide range of situations. These professionals have all of the safety gear required for working with contaminated materials, all of the supplies and equipment for thorough cleaning and decontamination.

Whether the home is just ready for a deep general cleaning, or has been damaged or contaminated, the SERVPRO experts are the people to call.

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA

(805) 541-1271

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

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

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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. 

San Luis Obispo, CA (Grassroots Newswire) August 28, 2019 - 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 San Luis Obispo reminds San Luis Obispo-area home and business owners that preparing in advance is the best thing you can do to help minimize a disaster's 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 San Luis Obispo. 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 month's 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 San Luis Obispo 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 San Luis Obispo 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. For more information on SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo, please contact Joseph Powers at (805) 541-1271 or office@SERVPROsanluisobispo.com.

For more information on SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.SERVPRO.com.


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.

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

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

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 violence is a traumatic experience that can haunt you for years especially if it's 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.

Handling a water damage.

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can be a tragic event in a homeowners’ property from a pipe bursting, your washing machine broke out of nowhere, or it rained a little too much, and then suddenly you have your own personal pond in your house.
Water problems are a nightmare for homeowners, especially when those problems lead to significant flooding. Dealing with water or flood damage is time-consuming, expensive and may not always be covered by homeowner’s insurance.
Sometimes it can be so expensive, and homeowners might consider taking on some repairs themselves to minimize the amount of money they have to spend. But is this a wise idea? And how can you tell whether the cleanup will be manageable, or if it’s necessary to hire professionals?


Things to Consider

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.

Amount

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.


If your area is recovering from a large flood or other natural disaster, now isn’t the time to take on a diy repair project, especially if your home suffered significant damage. Leave this one to the professionals and follow instructions from local disaster relief authorities.

Source

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 you may deal with when you have a flooding issue 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.

The importance of hiring a professional service

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 we have technicians on hand to go handle any kind of water damage no matter what time of day it is. They will be with you step by step to show you the process to get your property back to its normal conditions.

"Helpful tips to prevent barbecue fires."

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

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 in San Luis Obispo 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.

The San Luis Obispo SERVPRO teams wish everyone great summer and fall good times.

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.”

"Maintenance tips every new homeowner needs to know."

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Owning your first house is exciting! You can build a killer deck or paint the walls purple on a whim. When it comes to renovations and personalizing your new home, however, you may find yourself stuck trying to figure out where to begin. The solution to this quandary is quite simple. Before you fire up the cordless drill or contemplate knocking down walls, you’ll want to take care of a few preventative home maintenance tasks first. Home maintenance can be daunting for new homeowners if you’re used to calling a landlord to come fix your problems. But stick to this list of maintenance tips for new homeowners to make sure your bases are covered.

Locate Your Main Water Shut Off Valve

Gallons of water rushing out of a burst pipe can wreak havoc on your drywall, flooring and belongings. In fact, non-weather-related water damage is the second most common homeowner’s insurance claim. So, you need to be able to cut off the flow of water into your home quickly in case of an emergency.

Find your water shut off valve. This is where the water main enters your house. It's often — but not always — located near a street or alleyway. Next, be sure you know how to close it. You may need to purchase a special tool, such as a crescent wrench or "curb stop key", both to access and actually turn the valve.

Find Your Circuit Breaker Box

While you’re searching your closets, basement, garage and front and back yards for your main water shut off valve, be on the lookout for your circuit breaker box. Once you've identified it, determine which fuses control the electricity in various areas of your house and label them accordingly.

Call 811 Before You Dig

Whether you’re planting shrubs or building a new fence, you need to be sure you won’t hit any utilities when you break ground. Call 811, the national dig-safely hotline. They'll send the utility companies out to mark the locations of underground pipes, wires and cables. Not only will you avoid expensive repairs and neighborhood-wide cable outages with 811's help, but you'll also ensure that any work you do on your property will be conducted under much safer conditions.

Check Your Foundation

If rain and melting snow drench the soil around the base of your home, pressure can build up and inflict structural damage on your foundation. Worse, if a leak springs and water come into direct contact with your home's foundation, it can expand any existing cracks and cause expensive problems. To prevent the weakening of your foundation, be sure the ground around your foundation slopes away from your house at least 6 inches over 10 feet. Be sure your gutters are clean and draining properly. Finally, caulk any small cracks in your foundation walls before they have a chance to becomes big deals.

Check Your Attic Insulation

If your attic inspection reveals that the tops of your floor joists are visible, then your home is insufficiently insulated. The recommended amount of insulation for most attics is about 10 to 14 inches of material, depending on the type of insulation used. The attic is the easiest place to add insulation to improve your home’s energy efficiency. A well-insulated house can save you up to 30 percent on your energy bills, increase your property value and keep your family a lot more comfortable.

Proceed Cautiously When Drilling into Walls

Plumbing pipes, duct work, wires and cables are hidden in most homes. Before you power up your drill, use a battery-operated stud sensor to detect studs, cables, ducts and the other vital veins and arteries running just beneath the surface of your walls. Since stud sensors aren’t always 100% accurate, avoid damage by drilling only 1 and one-fourth inches deep – just enough to clear the drywall and plaster but miss most wiring and pipes.

Hire A Professional to Trim Your Trees

Remove dead branches or limbs that could fall on your roof or overhead power lines. This is also a great opportunity to check the integrity of your gutters, eaves and roof vents. Because huge limbs can break and fall unpredictably, leave tree trimming to the pros.

SERVPRO Offers Tips to Protect Your Pipes This Holiday Season

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO 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 San Luis Obispo 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.

Fall is Here! Don't Let Fire Safety Fall Short! Here are a Few Important Tips from SERVPRO:

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

As Leaves Fall and Temperatures Drop, Autumn Brings with it Many Changes

As cooler fall weather moves in, SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo & 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.

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo Talks Turkey About the Dangers of Deep Frying

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo!

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 San Luis Obispo 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.

September is National Preparedness Month

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

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?Disasters happen, prepare now, learn how?
Local SERVPRO disaster recovery specialist offers San Luis Obispo property owners tips for preparing for, surviving, and recovering from the unexpected

San Luis Obispo, CA (Grassroots Newswire) August 28, 2018 - Local disaster restoration specialist Joseph Powers, owner of SERVPRO® of San Luis Obispo, reminds San Luis Obispo property owners that September is National Preparedness Month. This annual event, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), provides families and businesses with the information and resources they need to plan for, react to, survive, and recover from an emergency, before the emergency happens. (https://www.ready.gov/september)

For National Preparedness Month 2018, themed ?Disasters happen, prepare now, learn how,? FEMA has prepared a week-by-week calendar of recommended actions property owners can take to be ready if disaster does strike:

Week 1. Create an emergency plan that includes signing up for emergency alerts and making contingency plans for shelter, evacuation, and family communication.

Week 2. Learn life-saving skills. CPR is a good place to start, but also be certain you know how to turn off the utilities in your home and ensure your smoke and CO detectors are properly installed and working.

Week 3. Check your insurance coverage. Once the emergency is over, appropriate and sufficient insurance will be key to getting your life back to normal, or at least on track.

Week 4. Plan financially for the possibility of a disaster. This goes beyond having a ?rainy day fund? for immediate needs. Gather and organize important home, business, insurance, financial, and personal documents and keep them up-to-date and stored in a secure, water-and-fire proof location.

?There?s a difference between surviving a disaster and recovering from a disaster,? says Powers. ?Families and businesses who take the time to create both a short- and long-term plan to deal with the unexpected are better able to respond quickly if the unexpected happens, which can improve their chances of survival. Having key information at their fingertips in the aftermath of the emergency can set them on the path to recovery more quickly and with less stress.?

Because SERVPRO recognizes a fast response is critical in any emergency, Powers reminds San Luis Obispo-area commercial and residential property owners they can download the SERVPRO READY app for free at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp. The app allows users to store essential contact and property information electronically, where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds, right from the scene, if disaster strikes. For local business owners who designate SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider, SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of their facility, help the owner complete a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP), and store that profile in the READY app.

?SERVPRO disaster cleanup and restoration specialists are ready to respond to emergencies big and small,? said Powers. ?From SERVPRO?s Disaster Recovery Team, a group of elite large-loss specialists, prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster, to local SERVPRO professionals like SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo, we specialize in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping make it ?Like it never even happened? for both commercial and residential customers.?

For more information on SERVPRO® of San Luis Obispo, please contact Joseph Powers at (805) 541-1271 or office@SERVPROsanluisobispo.com. For more information on SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.SERVPRO.com.


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.

SERVPRO?s Disaster Recovery Team mobilizes from across the country, as needed, to support large storm events. SERVPRO?s Disaster Recovery Team has responded to large loss and storm events across the country, including: 2018 California Wildfires, 2017 Hurricane Harvey, 2017 Hurricane Irma, 2016 Hurricane Matthew, 2016 Louisiana Flooding, 2016 Houston Flooding, 2015 Siberian Express, 2014 Mid-Atlantic Flooding, 2014 Polar Vortex, 2013 Colorado Floods, 2013 Alberta, Canada Floods, 2012 Hurricane Sandy, 2012 Hurricane Isaac, 2011 Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, 2011 North Dakota Floods, 2010 Tennessee Floods, 2010 New England Floods, 2009 California Wildfires and 2008 Hurricane Ike.

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

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

SUMMER IS HERE!!! Time to crank up that barbeque grill! Keep in mind, however, 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.

We at SERVPRO 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.

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.

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.

http://bit.ly/2mIH4aD

https://www.entrepreneur.com/franchise500

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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Paso Robles Water Damage Company SERVPRO Releases a Report on the Categories and Classes of Water Damage

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO, a Paso Robles water damage company, has just released a report that describes the different categories and classes of water damage.

It is important for property owners to know that what might seem like a small leak, might actually be more threatening than a larger leak. The potential water damage in Paso Robles homes and buildings can be categorized by the source of the water. Bathroom water damage from a leaking toilet, for example, has black water health hazards that a leaky bathtub might not have. Black water damage in Paso Robles and everywhere else, is extremely unsanitary and requires special handling.

Keep reading to see the full report.

The Categories and Classes of Water Damage

Despite what many people think, not all home water damage is created equal. There are actually a number of different classes and categories of water damage. According the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification), there are three categories of water/liquid and four classes of the damage.

Category 1 – This is basically any liquid from a clean and/or sanitary source like a faucet, a toilet, or fountain.

Category 2 – This refers to liquid/water that used to be called grey water, which can potentially cause illness if ingested. This includes things like dishwasher or washing machine overflow, toilet overthrow or sink drains.

Category 3 – This category used to be called black water, and is the most dangerous of the three. It is extremely unsanitary that could cause severe illness or even death. This includes sewer backup, flooding from rivers, and stagnant liquid that has fostered bacterial growth.

Now let’s look at the classes.

Class 1 – This is very easy to deal with and only affects a part of a single room, with little to no wet carpet, with water only on surfaces like wood or concrete.

Class 2 – This class effects and entire room, and wetness has went up the walls about 12” or more, with moisture still in the structure.

Class 3 – This class basically means that ceiling, walls, carpet and insulation are all saturated with liquid or water. This is often due to water coming from overhead.

Class 4 – This class means that there has been enough water or time to saturate materials with very low levels of permeation, like hardwood or stone.

Have water damage or just have any questions about it? If so, reach out to the Paso Robles water damage company SERVPRO. They have been helping customers with water damage (and other types of restoration) for many decades. They feel confident in their abilities, work ethic and skills to help with almost any restoration or cleaning job.

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo

P.O. Box 1794

San Luis Obispo, CA 93406

(805) 541-1271

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To Claim or Not to Claim: THAT is the Question!

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

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 SAN LUIS OBISPO and 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 SAN LUIS OBISPO and 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 SAN LUIS OBISPO and ATASCADERO is available 24/7 to respond to your needs from SLO to San Simeon and everywhere in-between, including (but not limited to): Paso Robles, San Ardo, Cambria, Morro Bay, Cayucos, Los Osos, Templeton, Santa Margarita…and more!

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 SAN LUIS OBISPO and ATASCADERO—we’ll be happy to assist.

Water and Mold Damage Restoration Specialists Release Report on How To Prevent Mold Growth

10/20/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation

SERVPRO has released a report on the six steps to help prevent the growth of mold after water damage has occurred after serving local clients with their Paso Robles water and mold damage needs. To view the report, click here (link) or see below.

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 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 you can use to dry the air and ground will be useful in mold prevention.

 

Steam-clean your carpet.

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

 

Sanitize walls and baseboards.

Anything that has been touched by storm 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 SERVPRO, a company that has, in the past, provided Paso Robles water damage restoration.

 

Water damage and mold remediation solutions

SERVPRO is the leading company in fire damage, and mold remediation areas. They are constantly investing in the latest training for mold remediation so that they can meet any customer service needs to quickly and professionally make it “Like it never happened.” When disaster strikes, call SERVPRO at (805) 239-0466

 

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SERVPRO Water Damage Specialists release report on common water damage scenarios

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage

14,000 people in the U.S. experience a water damage emergency at either home or work daily. After helping clients with Los Osos water damage restoration, SERVPRO has issued a report on common scenarios in which water damage occurs.

The most common cause of home insurance claims is water damage. In the event of an unforeseen problem caused by water damage such as busted or frozen pipes or hoses, home insurance will generally cover the fee of home repairs and repairs to the hose or pipes. The following are the most common scenarios in which you are likely to experience potential water damage:

  1. The temperature falls below freezing, resulting in the water pipes bursting

Homeowners are likely covered for the damage caused by the burst pipes. However, if the home was left unoccupied and unheated, the insurance claim may be denied.

  1. The swimming pool has a leak, and it floods the backyard and into the basement.

Any damage to the structure of the home’s basement will be covered, however the soiled contents are not. Lawn damage will generally be covered as well when caused by certain events, but usually not in the event of a swimming pool leak on a standard homeowners’ insurance policy.

  1. The washing machine overflows.

Depending on how well the washer was maintained, the homeowner may receive some coverage for the damage caused. Damage to the foundation of the basement will be covered, regardless.

  1. A local sewer backs up and floods the basement. Seepage from the ground damages the home’s foundation and interior.

Unfortunately, these types of accidents (sewers and drain backup) are generally not covered by most policies. Seepage is also considered a maintenance problem, and therefore is not covered by most homeowners’ policies.

  1. A heavy storm strikes, and the weight of the water begins to cause a leak, the roof and some home furniture are damaged.

Again, roof leaks, unfortunately, are considered maintenance problems and will not be covered by most policies, nor will the damage to furniture. Any damage to the home, on the other hand, will be covered.

Los Osos water damage solutions

Based in San Luis Obispo, SERVPRO has also offered services to customers experiencing difficulties with Los Osos water damage, fire damage, and mold infestations. They are available 24/7 to take care of any emergency restoration needs that you may have in the most timely and professional way possible. They give it their all to make it “Like it never happened.” Give them a call at (805) 528-2289.

 

SERVPRO® Pledges Ongoing Support to the American Red Cross Disaster

9/23/2016 (Permalink)

American Red Cross

Responder Program

Red Cross recognizes SERVPRO for their contribution to disaster 

preparedness and recovery efforts.

San Luis Obispo, 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.

Common Mold Misconceptions

9/21/2016 (Permalink)

mold

Mold is always present. Molds and mildews are very common indoors and out, and spores in the air can quickly latch on and begin to grow on any surface where there is moisture. Most people hold many misconceptions about mold and the best tactics on how to keep their home healthy and clean. Here are some of the most common mold misconceptions:

1) Mold is safe to clean myself

No matter what type the mold is, it is always important to take all precautionary measures in order to prevent exposure. Because mold releases spores, the cleaning process can increase the amount of spores in the air exponentially. It is best to hire restoration professionals that are trained in mold removal and damage repair. SERVPRO has helped clients with Los Osos water damage restoration, ensuring that all of the hazardous materials are properly disposed of.

2) Black mold is “toxic” mold

Technically, no mold is “toxic.” Some molds are toxigenic, which means that they can create toxins, but mold itself is not poisonous. Many molds, however, and any large colony of mold can produce enough spores to create unhealthy conditions, especially to asthma or allergy sufferers. Stachybotrys is the black strain of mold that is most commonly associated with adverse reactions.

3) This mold isn’t black mold, so it isn’t harmful

The color of mold does not always indicate its toxicity. Mold can colonize in various colors such as brown, green, white and yellow as well as black. Any significant colony of mold can create increased levels of spores present in the air. Stachybotrys mold can be hazardous, but there are also other species of mold such as Alternaria, Aspergillus, Fusarium and Penicillium, that can be unhealthy as well if the colonization is extensive.

4) I’ve cleaned with bleach, so the problem is fixed

If the mold has begun to colonize in a porous material such as paper, drywall or wood, then surface cleaning with a watered down bleach solution is not always an effective solution. SERVPRO professionals will take the steps to address more extensive mold problems as they have done for Los Osos water damage restoration clients in the past.

SERVPRO releases report on water damage and mold

9/15/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage

– Mold is a common problem that many people struggle with. In fact, according to fire and water cleanup restoration specialists SERVPRO' s corporate site, mold is present "almost everywhere," and given the right conditions, such as a leaky roof or pipe, can spread throughout a property in as little as 24-48 hours.

SERVPRO has worked with clients struggling with Los Osos water damage that results in mold is particularly common because of yearround damp conditions due to the proximity of Los Osos to the ocean, which creates fog and more moisture in the air.

"It's really a problem everywhere, both indoors and out," said Joe Powers, the owner of San Luis Obispo SERVPRO.

Upper respiratory problems

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC, in 2004, the Institute of Medicine or IOM determined that mold could cause upper-respiratory problems such as infections, coughing and wheezing.

Asthma

For those that have asthma, the presence of mold can make symptoms worse. According to the CDC, recent studies have even been pointing to evidence that mold can be linked to the development of asthma in healthy children.

How does mold get into my house?

Mold can occur both outdoors and indoors. "Mold can come into your house in a variety of ways," Powers said, such as windows, doorways, ventilation, heating, and air conditioning systems. Spores can also attach themselves to clothing and animals.

"The problem really develops when there is excessive moisture, which is often associated with water damage from leaks and floods," he said. "Mold spores drop on places where there is lots of moisture, such as water damaged roofs, walls, or anywhere there has been flooding, and then start to grow."

Things like ceiling tiles, wood, dust, insulation materials, wallpaper, paints, drywall, fabric, carpet, and upholstery, all support mold growth by providing suitable nutrients.

Los Osos water damage solutions

San Luis Obispo SERVPRO has offered service for Los Osos customers that are experiencing issues with water damage or mold. Their number one goal is to return the damaged property to its original condition as quickly and as professionally as possible. Their motto is, "Like it never happened." SERVPRO also helps to restore structures with damage caused by fire and other disasters. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call today at (805) 541-1271, or visit their website at SERVPROsanluisobispo.com.

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo

P.O. Box 1794

San Luis Obispo, CA 93406

(805) 541-1271.

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

1/23/2015 (Permalink)

Celebrate!!!

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

Water Damage San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, 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 San Luis Obispo area, said Joseph Powers, owner of SERVPRO® of San Luis Obispo.

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 San Luis Obispo, contact Joseph Powers at (805) 541-1271 or office@SERVPROsanluisobispo.com. For more information about SERVPRO®, please visit http://www.SERVPRO.com.

http://www.entrepreneur.com/franchise500/index.html
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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.

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