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4 Easy Ways To Prevent Plumbing Issues

3/6/2023 (Permalink)

Clogged kitchen sink. How do you avoid plumbing issues in the first place? Here are four simple ways to keep your pipes healthy.

We all know that plumbing problems can be a huge headache. They can also be costly, and it’s often best to avoid them altogether. So how do you avoid plumbing issues in the first place? Here are four simple ways to keep your pipes healthy:

Clean Your Pipes Consistently

If you're looking for a way to prevent plumbing issues, then the best thing you can do is clean your pipes regularly. This can be done by using a drain snake or non-corrosive drain cleaner once every month or two. You could also try using a baking soda and vinegar solution to clear out any gunk that might be clogging up your drains.

If you want to make sure that these methods work well for you and prevent future problems with plumbing issues, then it's important that you clean out all of the pipes in your house.

Don’t Pour Grease Down the Drain

You may be tempted to pour grease down your kitchen drain, but this is a huge mistake. Grease is extremely hard to get rid of and can cause serious plumbing problems.

If you do have some leftover grease in your pan or pot, make sure that you dispose of it properly by putting it into an airtight container before throwing it away in the trash. You can also put used cooking oil into an old coffee can with a lid and store it outside until trash day arrives so that no animals or children get their hands on it!

Be Careful What You Flush Down the Toilet

Avoid flushing paper towels, cotton balls, and feminine hygiene products down the toilet. These are some of the most common items people flush down the toilet that can cause a clog. If you do flush these items down your toilet, don't use them until it has been fixed by a professional plumber.

So why do these things clog toilets? It's simple, they're too big for the pipes to handle. When the water flows through them, it creates blockages that prevent any more waste from passing through.

Routine Maintenance With A Reliable Plumber

Routine maintenance is important. If you have a home or business, regular routine maintenance with a reliable plumber is the best way to prevent plumbing issues. Plumbers are trained professionals who can do routine maintenance for you at a reasonable price. Pick one that has been in business for many years and has an excellent reputation for reliability and quality workmanship, then call them once or twice a year to take care of any minor problems before they turn into major ones!

As you can see, there are many ways to prevent plumbing issues. This article has covered some of the most important ones, but it's always a good idea to be proactive about your pipes so you don't have any problems in the future.

What are Burn Bans?

2/8/2023 (Permalink)

Charred wood. It's important that you check with your local fire department or government agency before burning anything outside.

A burn ban is a local order that prohibits outdoor burning. The purpose of a burn ban is to protect people, property, and the environment from wildfire. Fire bans are issued when conditions are so dry that fires can start easily and spread quickly. We hope this article gives you more insight into burn bans.

Burn bans are just that: bans on outdoor burning.

A burn ban is a restriction on the use of outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, and uncertified open-flame devices. Burn bans are issued by state agencies to prevent wildfires during periods of high fire danger. In some cases, counties may also issue their own burn bans.

Issued when unusually hot, dry, and windy conditions.

When unusually hot, dry, and windy conditions increase the risk of wildfires, the local or state government can issue a burn ban. The department monitors weather conditions closely to determine when these factors pose an increased risk for fires. If winds are strong enough to make it difficult for firefighters to contain an existing blaze or start new ones nearby, then authorities will issue a statewide ban on outdoor burning. 

Outdoor burning is a major cause of wildfires.

Outdoor burning is a major cause of wildfires in the spring and early summer. The United States Forest Service estimates that more than 90 percent of wildfires are caused by humans, making prevention an important part of wildfire management.

Burn bans are issued by state and local governments when conditions are dangerous for outdoor burning due to high winds, low humidity, and/or warm temperatures. Violators may be fined or face other penalties depending on their jurisdiction. 

The length of burn bans varies.

The length of burn bans varies from days to weeks depending on weather conditions. Each county has its own regulations regarding burn bans, but the most common time for a burn ban is during the summer months. The duration of a burn ban may be anywhere from one to fourteen (14) days. 

What types of burn bans are there?

There are two types of burn bans: county-issued and governor-issued.

  • County-issued burn bans are put in place by local authorities, such as fire departments or city governments. Local authorities may issue these bans if they believe that the current weather conditions could cause fires to spread faster than normal, with greater intensity than usual.
  • Governor-issued burn bans are issued by the state government when it feels that there is a high risk of wildfires due to drought conditions or other natural factors. These types of burns can also occur during periods of extreme heat and windy weather conditions where fires would be more difficult for firefighters to control. 

Check your local burn ban regulations.

The best way to check what your local burn ban regulations are is to call your local fire service and ask. You should always check the weather forecast before you do any burning of vegetation on your land. You need to be aware of the wind direction, how hot it is going to be, how dry it is, and whether there might be a fire risk or if there is already an active fire ban in place for your area. In addition, if there are any other factors that may affect whether or not you can burn safely (such as having neighbors close by), you should consider these too before starting any fires outside.

The main thing to remember is that burn bans can vary significantly from state to state and even county to county. It's important that you check with your local fire department or government agency before burning anything outside. If you are unsure of what constitutes a burn ban, please call your local fire department.

Can I Do my Own Home Water Damage Restoration?

1/9/2023 (Permalink)

Fans drying a wall due to water damage If you have water damage in your Anaheim, CA home call SERVPRO of Costa Mesa.

Can I Do my Own Home Water Damage Restoration?

Water damage is a serious problem that can have long-lasting effects on your Anaheim, CA home. If you don't properly clean up the water and dry out your possessions, mold and mildew can start growing. Not only does this make the house smell bad, but it also increases the risk of serious property damage.

The Water Damage Restoration Process

The water damage restoration process is a lot more complicated than you think. However, this doesn't mean that you can't do your own home water damage restoration. 

First, you need to make sure that the area is safe for yourself and others in your house. If there's any chance of electrocution or toxic fumes, it's best not to attempt it yourself.

Once this has been decided on, start removing all of the furniture from the room that has been damaged by water. Next up is drying out the area so it won't be damaged further by mold or mildew growths or wood rot caused by excess moisture buildup (which could lead to structural problems later on).

When choosing between professional help vs DIY solutions for repairs and cleanup after flooding events at home--do your research! There are pros & cons-but most importantly remember: safety first!!

Step 1: Assess Safety

Before you begin, it is important to assess the safety of the area. Make sure that there are no electrical hazards, gas leaks or structural damage in your home. If mold has started growing on any surfaces, you will want to wear protective gear and use fans to blow air out of your house as much as possible until a professional water damage restoration company can come in and help get rid of it.

Step 2: Remove any Standing Water

Now that you’ve removed any visible water, it’s time to get a little more serious. If your home was flooded by an overflowing toilet, sink or tub, use a wet vacuum (or rent one) to suck up the standing water where it has pooled. If the source of the flood is not obvious—perhaps there was a pipe leak behind walls or under floors—use a mop or sponge to soak up as much water as possible from carpets and furniture before going further with this next step. For any area where standing water still remains after soaking for several minutes with towels or rags, choose another towel or rag and wring some more out until most of the excess moisture has been wrung out of it. Repeat this process until only dry towels remain. Only when both rooms are completely dry should you proceed to Step 3.

Step 3: Protect your possessions

  • Dehumidifiers and moisture control. These are two of the most important things you can do to protect your possessions from water damage. A dehumidifier will remove any excess moisture from the air, preventing it from settling on your furniture and household items. The ideal humidity level for a room is 50 percent, which is especially important during winter months when heating systems dry out homes that are already low in moisture.
  • Air conditioning and ventilation. Your air conditioner should be set at 78 degrees Fahrenheit with 50% relative humidity to prevent mold growth or further water damage behind walls and ceilings. If there's no AC system in place already, consider installing one before disaster strikes!
  • Water damage restoration services (if needed). Homeowners often try home remedies like sponging up spills with paper towels or mopping them away with soap-and-water mixtures—but these aren't always effective ways of dealing with larger amounts of water than just a few drops here or there on hardwood floors or carpets; they also risk spreading bacteria throughout other areas of your house rather than containing it within one localized area so that professionals can clean up properly afterward without worrying about cross-contamination between rooms/floors etc.

Step 4: Dry the Affected Areas

Once all the water has been removed, it's important to dry out all affected areas. 

  • Use fans to help remove moisture from the air and circulate air in your Anaheim, CA home.
  • Use dehumidifiers or a wet vac to remove excess water from hard surfaces and carpets.
  • If you have central air conditioning or heating systems, turn them on for a few hours each day until all areas are completely dry.

DIY Water Damage Restoration

Water damage repair is a dangerous process and can be time-consuming. However, it's also important to recognize that some homeowners have the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully complete their own home water damage restoration without professional assistance.

If you have the experience and training required for successful DIY water damage repair, we highly recommend reading through our guide on how to do it yourself!

Don't be afraid to ask for help if you're not sure how to handle a water damage emergency. Water damage repair can be complicated, and it's best to leave the job to professionals who have experience with the process. If you are overwhelmed by the amount of work that needs done after a flood or other emergency like pipe bursting, then contact us today! We will assess your situation and give you an estimate within 24 hours.

How Do I Get Rid of Mold Damage?

12/5/2022 (Permalink)

Mold inside a wall Mold inside of your walls will cause many issues

How Do I Get Rid of Mold Damage?

Mold is a type of fungus that grows in warm, damp environments. If you see mold or suspect it's present in your home or workplace, you should take action to get rid of it. This article explains how to assess and remove mold safely.

Choose a remediation contractor.

Once you've identified the extent of your mold damage, you'll need to choose a contractor to remove it. If possible, hire someone who has been in business for several years and can provide references from customers they've worked with. Ask these references about their experience and whether they would hire this company again. Also ask if the company owner was present during all stages of the job, as well as if they have certification in environmental science or other areas related to mold remediation (such as building construction). It's also wise to get proof that your chosen company has insurance coverage in case anything goes wrong during their work on your property. 

Remediation work plan.

A remediation work plan describes the work to be done, the equipment and materials to be used, and procedures to be followed. It should include:

  • A detailed description of the problem area(s)
  • Steps for containing the mold
  • Steps for removing mold from building materials and furnishings (if applicable)
  • Procedures for cleaning up after removing mold (e.g., disposing of waste materials).

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

The use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required when dealing with mold. PPE for individuals includes a respirator, gloves, and goggles. A respirator can be useful when handling moldy materials, but it is not required by OSHA now. Gloves should be worn any time that you are handling contaminated materials because even healthy people can become ill from exposure to molds. Goggles or glasses should always be worn when working with moldy materials as they will protect your eyes from any airborne spores that may be released into the air during cleaning and removal.

Containment

Containment is a crucial step in the mold removal process. If you don't contain the mold, then it can easily spread to other areas of your home and cause more damage than necessary. Containing the mold means keeping it from spreading while you work on removing it. You can use barriers (like plastic sheeting) to keep the mold confined to one area, or you can remove items that have been affected by moisture and put them into another room until they are cleaned and disinfected.

If you decide to use plastic sheeting for containment purposes, make sure that there are no holes in between pieces of plastic so that air doesn't get through them as well! Cover all surfaces affected by moisture with heavy-duty plastic sheeting.

Mold removal

Mold removal is a multi-step process, but it doesn't have to be overly complicated. For example, if you find mold growing in your bathroom, you should use a HEPA vacuum to remove as much of the mold spores as possible. Next, scrub the affected area with a brush dipped in soap and water. Use an all-purpose cleaner if you want to make sure that no mold remains after scrubbing. You can also use a commercial product designed specifically for removing mold from surfaces like drywall and cement board - these products are available at hardware stores or online retailers such as Amazon.

Disinfectants and antimicrobials

Disinfectants and antimicrobials are often used to kill mold and mildew. However, they are not effective against mold spores. Therefore, it is important for you to use these treatments properly to avoid any potential health hazards that could be caused by their misuse.

The main difference between disinfectants and antimicrobials is how long they remain active after being applied. Disinfectants kill most microorganisms within a short period of time (usually 30 minutes), while antimicrobials only slow down growth of some types of molds (such as Aspergillus) but not all types—particularly those that produce black colony growth.

Be sure you hire reputable professionals, take precautions, and follow your remediation plan.

Mold removal can be an intimidating process. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to do it alone.

We recommend hiring a professional with experience in mold remediation and EPA approval, but there are other important things to look for as well:

  • The contractor should have experience in the area where you live (for example, if you live on the coast, your contractor should be familiar with flooding).
  • If possible, work with someone who has experience in your type of building (for instance if you live in an old house or trailer).

Mold is a natural part of the world around us. It’s important to know that you can protect yourself from mold and mold damage. If you do find mold in your home, be sure to contact a professional for help in removing it. The EPA has put together some great resources on how to remove mold from your home safely, but if you still have concerns about what to do next then please contact us today! We will answer any questions or concerns that may arise during this process and make sure everything goes smoothly!

Everything You Need to Know About Sewage Damage

11/1/2022 (Permalink)

Sewage backup If you have sewage damage contact SERVPRO of Costa Mesa.

Everything You Need to Know About Sewage Damage

When you have sewage damage, it's important to take the proper steps to clean up and repair it. If you don't know what you're doing, you could end up making the problem worse or exposing yourself and others to harmful bacteria. This guide will walk you through everything from setting up a containment area to hiring a professional service.

Safety Precautions You Should Consider

Sewage is a dirty business. As such, it's important to take precautions and follow safety procedures when cleaning up sewage damage in your Costa Mesa, CA home. 

We highly recommend wearing protective gear: gloves, eye protection, and clothes that cover as much of your body as possible. It's also important to avoid eating or drinking anything in the area where you're working (especially if it's been contaminated by sewage), smoking, or doing any other activity that could make you sick if there were residual bacteria on surfaces.

Remove Standing Water and Debris

To remove standing water, you will want to use a wet vac to remove any remaining standing water and debris. If you don’t have a wet vac, use a shop vacuum instead.

To remove debris, you will want to use a broom or shovel to brush off any large pieces of dirt or mud from the affected area and dispose of them as you would any other trash (in an outdoor garbage can). Be sure that there are no sharp objects such as rocks left over in your home after removing them with your broom or shovel. They may cause additional damage if they get left behind on your floorboards.

Dry Out Wet Areas

Use fans, dehumidifiers, and air movers to dry out the wet area and contents. A wet vac can be useful for removing water from the carpeting as well. A heat gun can also come in handy for drying out harder surfaces like countertops and floors.

Disinfect and Deodorize

If the area is only wet and not damaged, you can use disinfectant to clean the affected area. But if there is any damage, use deodorizer instead. If your home smells like sewage, fans are the best tool for drying out your property since they can circulate air throughout a room quickly and efficiently. If necessary, use a dehumidifier to get rid of any excess moisture in the air and prevent mold growth on walls or furniture surfaces in your home.

Sewage and Your Health

Sewage damage can make you very ill. Sewage contains bacteria and other microorganisms that can cause illness. It also contains chemicals, such as pesticides, which are harmful to your health.

In addition to the immediate damage caused by sewage backups, there is a greater threat to your health in the long run.

If you have sewage damage, you should immediately contact a professional like SERVPRO of Costa Mesa. Don't hesitate on calling us, we can help. Our experts have years of experience dealing with this kind of situation and will be able to get your Costa Mesa, CA home back in shape quickly. This way, you don’t have to worry about it, and you can focus on getting back to normal.

How Do I Prepare My Company for a Fire?

10/20/2022 (Permalink)

Sprinkler System Make sure your sprinkler systems are regularly tested and maintained

How Can I Prepare My Business for a Fire?

As a business owner, it’s crucial that you take steps to protect your Costa Mesa, CA company from fires. Fire can be devastating for any company, but it is especially devastating for restaurants and other food service businesses where an unexpected fire can result in the loss of thousands or even millions of dollars in revenue. Here are some ways to prepare your business for a potential fire:

Create a Fire Evacuation Plan

The best way to prepare is to have a plan in place. A fire evacuation plan should fit the needs of your business. This should be posted and employees should be familiar with the plan. Your evacuation plan should be posted in an area where it can be easily seen and understood by all employees.

The following are some tips for creating an effective fire evacuation plan:

  • Create several different plans that fit the needs of your business. For example, if you have only one entrance and exit point, you may want to create two separate plans—one for when the main entrance is blocked by smoke and flames while the other details how employees should leave through a secondary exit. 
  • It's also important that different types of buildings (e.g., warehouses) have their own unique evacuation procedures as well as instructions on how to get out after an earthquake or other natural disaster strikes.

Install Fire Extinguishers and Sprinkler Systems 

These will help reduce the chance of fires spreading. A fire extinguisher should be placed in an area of the building that is easy to reach and can be accessed without having to go through a door. This will make it easier for you and your employees to grab the extinguisher if there's a fire emergency.

If you have sprinkler systems, they should also be regularly tested and maintained. The professionals who install these systems will be able to tell you what type of maintenance is needed for each one, but generally speaking, sprinkler systems need annual inspections from experienced professionals who are certified in this field. In addition, it's important that you do not overwork or damage your sprinklers by tampering with them manually (for example spraying water on them).

Ensure Clear Exits, Well Lit Stairs, and Emergency Lighting

As a business owner, it’s crucial to ensure that your building is prepared for any emergency. Not only will this save lives, but it can also reduce the cost of a fire after it has happened. Here are some things you can do:

  • Make sure all exits are clear, any stairs are well lit, and that emergency lighting is installed. If there is clutter blocking an exit or a staircase, then employees might not know where they need to go when there’s an emergency. Slippery floors could also present problems in an emergency situation—make sure your flooring has good traction!
  • Ensure that all employees know where the fire exits are and how to use them in case of an evacuation (including disabled persons). Employees who don't know what's going on could end up running into each other or getting hurt as they try to escape from the building. Make sure everyone knows what their role is during such an event so no one gets left behind!
  • Alert coworkers and visitors to any potential fire hazards in your building through signage and training sessions.

If you're unfamiliar with fire safety, the best way to prepare is by educating your employees on how a fire will affect them and what they should do in the event of one. This can be done through company-wide emails or training sessions. Post signs that warn of potential hazards, such as burned-out light bulbs or electrical outlets. Make sure that all your employees know how to react when they hear an alarm sounding as well as what their evacuation plans are.

Test Your Smoke Alarms

You should also confirm that your building has working smoke alarms installed on every floor and that they have been tested recently. Smoke alarms should be tested monthly, and replaced every 10 years. If you have a fire alarm system, make sure it is working properly.

If you are not currently required to install fire sprinkler systems, remember that sprinklers can save lives in ways other than putting out fires. Sprinkler systems may slow down the spread of flames in a way that allows occupants time to escape safely from the building without injury or death.

No business is immune to fire damage. If you want to protect your company from this danger, it’s important that you take care of the basics now. By creating a fire evacuation plan and installing sprinkler systems and other safety features, you can help prevent any emergencies from happening in the first place.

Understanding Established Guidelines for Mold Damage

8/28/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician wearing PPE outfit for a mold removal Mold removal service in Mesa Verde, CA

Regardless of the type of business you run in Mesa Verde, CA, there are some things that are best left to specialists, such as a CPA for taxes or an electrician for electrical upgrades. Along with established rules and guidelines for those types of services, there are also mold standards that mold remediation and restoration specialists adhere to help you have peace of mind.

Established Guidelines

Before jumping into a mold clean-up plan, there are set loss levels that may require different processes and safety precautions for damage identification, removal, and mitigation.

Small Isolated – Area affected is under 10 square feet in a contained area. General PPE should be worn, such as a face mask and gloves. (10 sq. ft. or less) - e.g., ceiling tiles, small areas on walls. Workers in adjacent areas can stay on-site during cleanup.
Mid-Sized Isolated – Mold growth is contained within 30 square feet. Similar conditions apply to the first level.
Large Isolated – This might look like multiple wall panels, up to 100 square feet, having mold damage. For this amount, it is recommended for an experienced professional to handle the cleanup. Additional PPE and containment procedures will be needed, as well as significant material removal and restoration.

Extensive Contamination – Considered anything greater than 100 square feet, this level of damage will require complete containment and the removal of all people during the cleanup process. Respirators with HEPA filters and full-body disposable clothing will be worn by the technicians to adhere to mold standards.

Remediation Plan

Eradicating the black mold in your business is the top priority. The above levels will determine the extent of the remediation plan needed. Regardless of size, an expert will work to identify the source of the problem, remove damage, and restore the property to preloss condition. They will also work to ensure that the cause of the problem is addressed and fixed to ensure no future mold colonies are established.

Like with most things related to your business, you want things done right the first time. Trusting a professional that is certified on established mold standards helps make that happen.

After the Flood: What To Do and How To Keep Employees Safe

8/23/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded commercial building Never enter a flooded room or touch electrical equipment if the ground is wet.

Dealing With The Aftermath Of A Storm

If a storm creates flooding that infiltrates your office in Fairgrounds, CA, you could be facing the menace of black water. Such water is highly toxic. Act quickly and responsibly to protect yourself and others from its negative effects. Here is a quick guide to dealing with the aftermath of this frightening disaster.

Office Protection After Contaminated Water Flooding

Buildings can become inundated with toxic wastewater that's full of pollutants, including urine and feces. When this happens, you must:

  • Document the damage with photos
  • Report the damage to your insurance
  • Protect equipment and documents from further damage

Physical destruction can always be repaired, especially when you have a team of qualified water damage restoration professionals to conduct a comprehensive flood cleanup. Of greater concern is keeping employees away from the harmful effects of black water.

Employee Protection After Contaminated Water Flooding

Prevent staff from reentering the office until it has been properly cleaned and allow them to work remotely. Identify the source of the flooding and take action to keep the situation from worsening, whether by boarding up windows and doors, shutting off the water supply, or tarping over your roof.

Avoid traversing through water deeper than two inches, as well as damp areas near outlets and extension cords. Never enter contaminated water without wearing rubber boots, gloves, and waders.

Gas leaks sometimes occur when floodwaters cause significant structural devastation. Listen for hissing noises, smell sulfur, and look for bubbling. These are all signs you may have a flammable leakage. Evacuate the building if these indicators are present, then call for professional assistance.

Even after your office has been cleaned, there is still the risk of carbon monoxide. This gas is particularly perilous, as it cannot be seen or smelled. Test your detectors to make certain they are working properly.

Blackwater turns your office into a dangerous environment. Before allowing staff to return, make sure that the hazards associated with contaminated water have been completely eliminated.

3 Tips for Removing Cigarette Smoke Odor From Your Home

8/11/2022 (Permalink)

Ozone Generator Ozone has been proven to be effective at destroying odor.

Tips For Removing Cigarette Smoke Odor

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2019 that 34.1 million adult Americans admitted to smoking at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime. The health risks of the practice and its secondhand leavings aside, a major problem with lighting up in buildings is that it can leave behind a long-lasting, unpleasant odor. Regardless of whether it is the result of the habit of others or yourself, you may not want such a smell to linger in your home.

There is the option of contacting a professional cleanup service in Mesa Verde, CA, for home deodorization, but it is not the only choice available. Here are some tips for eliminating any scent left behind by cigarette smoke.

1. Purify and Circulate Air
Promoting circulation and purification of the air in your home is one part of home deodorization. Some actions you can take include:

  • Opening doors and windows
  • Using fans
  • Using an air purifier with a HEPA filter
  • Placing bowls of vinegar (white or apple cider) and active charcoal in different areas for odor absorption
  • Regularly changing out HVAC filters

2. Use an Ozone Generator
Ozone has been proven to be effective at destroying odor. What happens is ozone generators make activated oxygen molecules that oxidize smoke particles. It is important to be aware that the substance may result in negative health effects and damage to some items.

3. Clean Exposed Materials
The stench of cigarette smoke can cling to objects. Washing hard surfaces with a water and vinegar solution can help get it off. With textiles, you can wash removable objects like couch covers with vinegar in the washing machine. For those things not so easily cleaned, like furniture, you can sprinkle baking soda over them, let it sit for a while and then vacuum it up. You may also want to steam clean carpets after this, as well as furniture and curtains if you have access to an attachment.

Home deodorization may become an extensive project depending on how long the issue has gone unaddressed. Preventative measures, like smoking outside and encouraging others to do the same are the best way to avoid having to go through it.

3 Ways To Prepare Your Business for a Power Outage

7/28/2022 (Permalink)

Portable Generator It is always important to exercise safety when using a portable generator.

How Do I Prepare For A Power Outage?

According to a study by Primen, businesses lose a total of $150 billion annually from grid problems. In fact, 70 percent of companies will experience a power outage during the next year. Before your Fairview Park, CA, business is faced with this challenge, use these steps to put a plan in place.

1. Create a Continuity of Operations Plan

Make sure you and your employees know who is responsible for what in the event that your business loses power. Who will safely escort customers out of the building, if necessary? Who will make any important customer- or vendor-related phone calls? Identify key staff, and make sure that all phone numbers are easily accessible. It may be worth investing in cell phones for all essential personnel.

2. Consider Purchasing a Portable Generator

If your business absolutely needs the power to operate, it may be worth purchasing a generator well before you are faced with an outage. Read the manufacturer’s instructions closely upon purchase, and remind yourself of how to use it regularly. It is always important to exercise safety when using a portable generator.

3. Keep Water, Food, Batteries, and Flashlights On Hand

Depending on the cause of the power outage, it may not be safe to leave the building. In that case, you will likely be glad to have plenty of food and water available for staff. Flashlights and plenty of batteries to go with them could be extremely useful to anyone inside the dark building.

A power outage is a regular occurrence for business all across the country. By putting together a continuity of operations plan, investing in a portable generator and keeping an emergency stash of food, water and flashlights stocked, your business will be better prepared for such an occurrence. Not only will this help keep you and your staff safe, but it can also help prevent a costly business closure.

What to Expect During Fire Restoration

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

Man repairing a roof After a fire in your College Park, CA, home or building, restoration should be done as soon as possible.

Steps To Remove Fire And Smoke Damage

After a fire in your College Park, CA, building, restoration should be done as soon as possible. Waiting too long to begin the process can lead to further secondary damage that can increase the time it takes to finish repairs. If you have never experienced this before, you may not know what to expect. The following are some steps that will be taken to remove fire and smoke damage.

1. Inspecting Damage
The first thing that will be done by the fire damage remediation company is an inspection. This will allow them to assess the damage and determine what needs to be done moving forward.

2. Boarding Up Missing Walls and Roofs
If the fire was severe, there may be areas of the building that are completely missing. If this is the case, then these will need to be boarded up or covered with a tarp before smoke cleaning and repairs can be done. Broken windows may need to be covered as well.

3. Removing Water
Along with fire and smoke damage, you might have some water damage in the building as well. This is often the result of the use of fire hoses during severe fires. Water and moisture will need to be removed to prevent mold growth and deteriorating building materials.

4. Cleaning Surfaces and Belongings
Soot damage caused by smoke moving throughout the building can lead to serious long-term damage if not thoroughly cleaned. Acidic particles can rust metals and deteriorate other materials. Electronic devices will also need to be checked since smoke can easily find its way inside these objects.

5. Doing Repairs
The last step during restoration is making any necessary repairs. This can include major repairs such as rebuilding missing rooms, walls, and roofing as well as smaller tasks like placing new carpets and repainting walls.

While the process may seem lengthy, a professional company can get through these steps in a timely manner to remove fire and smoke damage without compromising the quality of their work. As a result, repairs may be less costly, and you can get back to your job more quickly.

Different Types of Contaminated Floodwater

7/6/2022 (Permalink)

Water Categories Not all contaminated water is the same. Businesses need to know the specific categories to use the right equipment and tactics for the job.

Different Types of Contaminated Floodwater

If your client is dealing with flooding in Wimbledon Village, CA, it is important to assume that the flood is composed of contaminated water. Whether the excess originated from a leaky roof or a broken supply line, the water may contain dangerous chemicals and pathogens. One of the best ways you can help your clients is by learning about the different contamination types that commercial building restoration services handle.

Category 1

Water under this category is known as clean water. This type of water is the least harmful due to its sources lacking a significant amount of bacteria or contaminants.

  • Defective appliances
  • Rainwater and snow
  • Water from toilet tanks
  • Overflowing sinks and tubs
  • Damaged pipes

However, just because this water is relatively safe does not mean it is harmless. If left alone, it can damage commercial property and lead to mold growth. Immediate cleanup and repair are recommended.

Category 2

Category 2 contaminated water requires a stronger response by restoration companies like SERVPRO. Also known as gray water, it originates from sources that add chemicals to the water, such as toilets, dishwashers, washing machines, and more. Exposure to this tainted fluid can make people sick or uncomfortable, and prolonged existence can escalate the contamination to Category 3. Professionals need to remove and restore or dispose of affected material as soon as possible.

Category 3
The most severe type of flood is Category 3, also known as a black water flood. The water that makes up this flood is considered extremely dangerous because it comes from sources like sewers, rivers, ground-level bodies, and other similar places. These locations have a high number of bacteria, pesticides, and other components that can threaten the lives of your clients' customers and employees. A professional flood recovery company can help keep your clients' property safe.

Not all contaminated water is the same. Remediation specialists working in Wimbledon Village, CA, businesses need to know the specific categories to use the right equipment and tactics for the job.

Water Mitigation Expectations After a Water Heater Leak

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

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Expectations for Water Mitigation Following a Water Heater Leak

When it comes to insurance claims, water damage ranks second place. Among the various reasons a customer in Mesa Verde, CA, may file this type of claim is a leaking water heater. Since the damage is often a result of a slow leak, the damage can be far-reaching.

Damage Caused by a Broken Water Heater

Although built to last, the essential water heater is prone to aging and rusting which could lead to a leak or sudden burst. Once the problem is discovered, it may have already created a vast amount of damage that can include:

  • Carpet Damage: If there has been a slow leak, it likely means that water has been seeping into carpeting for more than 48 hours. After that period, the leak creates additional issues that usually require replacing the carpet.
  • Mold Damage: A leaking water heater creates an ideal environment for mold to flourish. Along with forming in carpet, mold can quickly spread to unaffected areas of the property, including the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. If that happens, mold spores can easily find a new home and create a massive mold problem.
  • Flooding Damage: A sudden burst will unleash excessive amounts of water into the property. Along with damaging the flooring, this standing water will begin to seep up into the baseboards and walls, which can result in structural issues.

Water Mitigation Expectations

Once a failed water heater causes damage, it is vital to get the issue taken care of immediately. Choosing a certified water mitigation company means getting a team experienced in reducing damage and property loss. A professional team will also have the know-how to address the specific restoration needs in each unique situation. The cleanup process typically involves:

  • Stopping the source of the issue
  • Beginning the water extraction process
  • Drying out the property
  • Cleaning and sanitizing affected areas
  • Repairing the damage and restoring the property to preloss condition

A leaking water heater has the potential to cause more damage than seems possible. To minimize the damage, the water mitigation process should be started as soon as possible.

3 Things to Expect After Flooding

6/10/2022 (Permalink)

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After A Flood, Here Are 3 Things To Expect

After flooding, a Costa Mesa, CA, business may find itself at risk for mold growth among other storm-related damages. There are a few things you may be able to expect after a large storm, which a local restoration service may be able to help with.

1. Potential Mold Problems

One of the most common issues with flood water are the potential mold growth and structural problems it leaves behind. Having the area thoroughly cleaned, dried and disinfected as quickly as possible is one way to help mitigate these issues. A professional restoration team has the tools and knowledge necessary to perform this task.

2. Item Restoration Needs

When dealing with sewage loss or potential mold in your place of business, the insurance policy may also cover item restoration. Fortunately, many items can be salvaged including documentation, upholstery, wood and metal furniture, and electronics. Depending on the item type the cleaning process itself may vary. Cleaning agents often include foam cleaners, dips, spray or wipe on cleaners, dry cleaning methods, and some abrasive cleaners. A professional should know which cleaning option is the best for specific items in question.

3. Building Restoration Needs

In most cases you may find the property has restoration needs. These could include repaired or replaced flooring, portions of drywall, painting, and in some cases landscaping repairs. Fortunately, a restoration service is equipped to handle all of these. Your insurance provider may also be encouraged to know that in many cases an electronic inventory system may be available. The system files can be updated by the restoration team as repairs are made which may make claim processing easier.

When it comes to storm damage. mold growth may not be the only your clients may face on their property. A restoration service can also help with item repair and replacement along with any building repair needs. Many services also offer an electronic inventory system that may help the insurance company process the claim and stay on top of updates.

5 Essential Components of Filing a Flood Claim

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

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The 5 Most Important Steps in Filing a Flood Claim

If your Costa Mesa, CA, home is hit with floodwaters, you know there is a long path ahead to getting your property back to as it was. The sooner you get a flood claim filed, the faster an adjuster will be able to come and complete an assessment to get the ball rolling. To help maximize your insurance claim, the following five steps should be taken.

1. Verify Policy Coverage
In many cases, a general home insurance policy does not include flooding. It’s important to check it or any secondary policies to have an idea of what may or may not be covered so there are no surprises.

2. File a Flood Claim
With your policy information in hand, contact your insurance provider to get the claim started. Keep in mind that if it is a weather-related event that caused the issue, your home was probably not the only one affected. Insurance companies will likely be inundated with calls, which makes acting fast even more essential.

3. Document the Damage
While waiting for the adjuster, take videos and pictures of all the damage both indoors and outdoors. This will help solidify your claim and may speed up the process. Be sure to not remove anything from the home prior to the adjuster arriving.

4. Make Necessary Temporary Repairs
While you may not be able to start permanent repairs, temporary repairs will likely be required by your insurance provider to prevent secondary damage. This may include tarping or boarding up exposed areas or beginning the water extraction and drying-out processes.

5. Contact a Restoration Company
The second call should be to a storm and water damage restoration specialist. A certified professional will not only be able to help with temporary repairs but will also conduct an assessment and provide a clear plan of action to restore your home the right way.

While you may not be able to remove all of the hassles out of a flood claim, being prepared and taking the above steps may make it go more smoothly.

4 Important Things To Know About Commercial Storm Insurance Coverage

5/23/2022 (Permalink)

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Understanding About Storm Policy

What should commercial owners in Mesa Verde, CA, expect when filing a claim for storm insurance? This documentation is a safeguard when significant trouble occurs, and owners require financial assistance to fix the premises and tend to work again. The following are four things to understand about your storm policy.

1. Coverage Kicks in After You Pay the Deductible
Before an agent authorizes insurance coverage payment, proprietors must pay a deductible. This fee is listed in your policy. Sometimes, it even varies depending on what caused the concern. A hurricane may have a different price from hail or thunderstorms. Check to determine your upfront costs.

2. Water Damage Payments Depend on the Moisture's Source
Storm insurance isn't flood insurance. A policy may exclude water intrusion from bodies of water. If saturation happens from a collapsed roof, broken window or busted pipeline, you may receive funds. A thorough investigation of the fluid's origin is necessary to receive this financial aid.

3. Property Loss Compensation Is Usually Part of the Plan
If a roof collapses or water invades the space, inventory, furniture and documents are possibly harmed. Insurance coverage includes a property loss clause, offering financial reparation for these items.
Some things like electronics may be salvageable but require specialized content cleaning services. Funds are available for this treatment.

4. Remediation and Restoration Are Allowed
Before crews put a place back together, a water and mold restoration company should assess for fungal or bacterial hazards. This step is essential to avoid future complications; thus, it's important to both the agent and commercial owner. Coverage usually allows for it. Using this evaluation, a team should focus on remediating current damage before rebuilding.
Protect your assets and property with a storm insurance policy. Weather systems are unpredictable, and they could leave commercial owners facing mountains of bills to get back to work. Coverage could be a financial lifeline to reopening.

4 Sources of Fire Damage That Are Not Structural

5/15/2022 (Permalink)

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Four Non-Structural Sources Of Fire Damage

When most people think of a commercial fire, they probably picture large areas of the building being burned down, including major structures such as the roof, walls and electrical systems. Other damages that demand attention also could be present. Smoke cleaning, for example, is often a necessity to rid the interior of unpleasant and lingering odors associated with a fire.

1. Soot Damage
In most cases, damage from soot can be seen on walls. This can even be the case in areas of the building that were not close to the fire. Other telltale signs might also be present:

  • Dark discoloring on surfaces
  • The appearance of grit on walls
  • A pervasive smell emanating from objects

Technicians can also perform tests that measure the level of smoke damage. This is the best way to get a good sense of the damage throughout the building. At this point, the smoke cleaning process will focus on specific areas of the building.

2. Smoke Damage
This is likely to be present in most fires and it can even be smelled in areas that do not have much soot accumulation. Regular cleaning methods do not usually take care of a stubborn smell associated with a fire. Trained technicians use special methods to eradicate the smoke odor.

3. Water Damage
A trained and certified fire restoration company in Downtown Costa Mesa, CA, will also have to address water issues after a commercial fire. This is because fire fighting efforts use water and other liquid components to stop a fire from spreading.

4. Personal Items
A fire also damages many peripheral items, including personal clothes and other objects. The best methods for cleaning these items are used to make sure they are cleaned of soot and odors. In some cases, items are not salvageable and must be replaced
Professional smoke cleaning is often necessary after a commercial fire. Trained technicians are best equipped for this process.

3 Steps To Take in a Fire Damage Estimation Process

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

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Three Steps In The Fire Damage Estimation Process.

When a fire damages your Costa Mesa, CA, commercial building, the aftermath can often be difficult to handle. There are often many different types of damage, and you may not know how to receive an estimate for each. Learning the steps to prepare yourself in the event of a business fire may help you feel more confident should such an event happen and streamline the process so you can get operations up and running again as soon as possible. 

1. Document the Fire Damage 

Taking photos of the damage caused by fire can help you provide your insurance company with specific evidence and get a claim filed faster. Remember to only enter areas that have been deemed safe by the fire department and take pictures from a variety of angles so your insurance adjuster can provide you with more accurate estimates. 

2. Document Values and Expenses 

When a commercial fire happens, you may deal with a variety of different expenses and will also need to place a dollar value on items that were damaged, such as machinery or lost inventory. Try to estimate these numbers as closely as you can and keep records of what you document. While your insurance company will likely run its own numbers, providing an agent with your own recordkeeping may hurry the claim process along. 

3. Ask for a Restoration Estimate 

Once you have an idea of the overall damage the fire caused, ask your insurance company about estimates for the cost of a commercial fire restoration company and what kinds of services you might require to repair your building. These may include roof replacement, water damage and smoke and soot removal, as ridding the building of these issues on your own is often not possible.

A fire at your Costa Mesa, CA, commercial business can have you feeling uncertain about where to turn in the aftermath. Having a plan in place in case your property experiences fire damage can help you feel more confident when speaking to your insurance agent and adjuster about receiving estimates.  

How Renter's Insurance Covers Fire Damage

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

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How Fire Damage Is Covered By Renter's Insurance

Many renters think they don't need renters insurance because they don't own the property they live in. However, there are several ways that this insurance protects renters.

Personal Property

The landlord's property insurance policy covers fire damage to the rental unit, but it does not provide coverage for the personal property of the renter. Personal property refers to the various personal items owned by the renter and stored in the rental dwelling:

  • Clothing
  • Electronics
  • Computers
  • Small appliances
  • Furniture

Most types of personal property are covered by renter's insurance, but some may be excluded or come with specific limits. Most policies provide replacement value coverage, but some may be actual cash value policies.

Liability

Renters insurance also provides liability protection. This provides coverage for damages you are legally liable for to another person because of your negligent actions. For example, if you negligently started a fire in your rental unit and smoke from that fire caused damage to your neighbor's clothing, your insurance would pay for cleaning or replacing your neighbor's property, as long as you are found to be legally liable for the damages.

Medical Payments to Others

Unlike liability coverage, medical payments to others is a no-fault coverage. This means that you don't have to be legally liable for the injury to another person for their medical bills to be covered. If you have a guest over and that person suffers smoke inhalation due to a fire in your apartment, this coverage may apply whether or not your negligence caused the fire.

Loss of Use

If you have to move out of your apartment because of fire damage. Loss of use coverage may apply to expenses such as renting a hotel room during fire restoration.

Renters insurance provides multiple protections for renters who experience fire damage. An insurance professional in South Coast Metro, CA, can provide you with more information about this coverage.

3 Signs Your Shower or Bathtub May Be Leaking

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

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Three Signs That Your Shower Or Bathtub Is Leaking

A bathtub leak or a shower pan leak may result in permanent harm to your bathroom. Such a leak may go unnoticed for a significant period of time, leading to wood and sheetrock decay and extensive mold growth in out-of-sight areas. Water damage may end up severe enough to require the services of a professional cleanup and restoration company in Mesa Verde, CA, to handle. It is important to recognize potential indicators of such an issue so you can identify and correct it as soon as possible.

1. Peeling or Flaking Paint

When you have a shower or bathtub leak, the liquid can pool under the paint in your home. Over time, prolonged exposure to water can cause paint to crack, peel and fall off in flakes. Such symptoms may present themselves in numerous areas, including:

  • The bathroom wall
  • The roof
  • The walls of other rooms

2. Mold or Mildew

Mold and mildew thrive in damp places. Dark, cool atmospheres with plenty of moisture serve as the perfect environment for these fungi to propagate. If you begin to notice a musty mildew smell or visible colonies, your bathing fixture may have sprung a leak, causing water to gather.

3. Water Stains

A major indicator that you might have a shower or bathtub problem is water stains spreading across the ceiling right beneath your bathroom or in the walls. Drywall often shows such signs in this kind of situation. If you have sheetrock, it may develop a saggy appearance, particularly if it is directly under the restroom.

If you have a bathtub leak or a shower pan leak, you need to find it and deal with it swiftly to mitigate possible negative consequences. You may have to employ an expert to tear out walls or ceilings to get to the issue. Fortunately, while insurance companies may not shell out for the replacement of a broken shower pan, they generally cover expenses for handling the damage caused by one.

3 Tips To Prevent Mold Growth on Your Commercial Property

4/1/2022 (Permalink)

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3 Tips For Preventing Mold Growth On Commercial Property

Mold spores are microscopic organisms thriving in damp and dark conditions that provide them with adequate nutrients. Mold growth is the result of these spores attaching to materials that provide the nutrients they need to develop:

  • Grout
  • Wood
  • Dust

As a property owner, you can ensure that mold spores are not given favorable conditions to grow. Here are three tips to prevent fungus growth on commercial properties in Costa Mesa, CA.

1. Install a HEPA HVAC Filter

Mold spores can be found everywhere, including inside your commercial property. Due to the microscopic nature of these organisms, it is impossible to prevent them from entering a building. HEPA filters are known for their capacity to catch organisms as small as .03 microns. Installing a HEPA filter in your HVAC system improves the air quality in your building by reducing the number of mold spores in the atmosphere.

2. Establish Ventilation Systems in Areas With Frequent Water Use

Fungus thrives in areas where there is lots of moisture, such as kitchens, laundry rooms, and bathrooms. The nutrients, standing water and darkness in these areas provide mold spores an ideal home. Installing a ventilation system in these locations lowers the humidity levels, making conditions less optimal for mold growth.

3. Purchase Commercial Air Purifiers

Air purifiers with HEPA technology can lessen the chances for microbial growth and the spread of bacteria. In addition to a filter for your HVAC system, consider an air purifier with a HEPA filter to improve air quality and prevent the circulation of mold spores. These are beneficial, especially for immunocompromised individuals in need of better air quality.

If you have damage from mold growth, contact a professional mold remediation and restoration service to aid in cleaning and restoring your property. Taking preventative steps to keep mold spores from circulating throughout a building lessens the chances of mold colonies destroying the natural construction materials of a commercial property.

What To Do When a Basement Floods

3/7/2022 (Permalink)

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When a Basement Floods, What Should You Do?

A basement flood can result in extensive water damage and pose secondary risks, such as mold growth. Here are several reasons why a basement may flood, steps homeowners should take, and insurance coverage guidelines.

A Broken Pipe

A pipe break can rapidly fill a basement with water, particularly if homeowners are not aware of the problem or are away from home. A homeowner should take the following steps:

  • Shut off the main water supply
  • Turn off power at the breaker box if possible
  • Contact electric and gas companies if flooding is severe

Shutting off water may limit the amount of damage. These other measures can promote the safety of residents and restoration workers.

An Appliance Leak

An appliance such as a water heater or washing machine may leak. While the cause of this damage may not be a covered peril, insurance coverage should be available for the resulting basement flood. A homeowner can take several measures:

  • Shut off the water supply to the appliance or the main supply
  • Shut off electricity or gas to the appliance or the main supply
  • Contact an appliance repair specialist or plumber

Limit damage by removing as much water as possible. A water damage cleanup company can be helpful if damage is severe.

Heavy Rain or Rising Water

Flooding from external sources can cause extensive damage and is excluded from most homeowners insurance policies. An additional flood policy is necessary to offset the costs of mitigating and restoring a basement flooded by heavy rain or a rising body of water. Rely on professionals to complete this cleanup job.

A Sewer Backup

Sewer backups are also not covered by standard homeowners policies. An additional sewer damage endorsement or rider can cover cleanup and restoration costs. Owners of homes that frequently experience backups may want to install a prevention valve.

These are four common scenarios that can cause a basement flood at a residence in Mesa Verde, CA Depending on the water source, homeowners insurance may or may not cover damage. Act quickly to mitigate primary damage and prevent secondary damage.

Reasons You Could Be Sued for Mold Growth

3/7/2022 (Permalink)

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Reasons You Might Be Sued Due to Mold Growth

if you are a building owner in Downtown Costa Mesa, CA, you could be sued for the detrimental impact of mold on your property. This is true if you lease buildings to an industrial client or to an office customer, but it is perhaps most commonly seen in regards to apartment complexes. People who use your building space or who rent rooms expect a clean and healthy environment in which to live or conduct business.

The presence of mold colonies makes a site unpleasant and could even impact air quality in the space. This could result in mold insurance claims that seek liability damages.

How To Avoid a Mold Claim

While the situation could seem fraught with difficulty, it is easy to overcomplicate things. You have a few basic responsibilities when it comes to maintaining your property for a client:

  • Keep the building in good shape
  • Respond to complaints in a timely manner
  • Fix items that are broken
  • Make sure your clients are safe

If you take care of these items, you will likely prevent lawsuits against your company. While mold is a challenging problem for any company, you have a number of opportunities to limit your exposure to mold insurance claims. Preventative measures such as cleaning up water leaks can stop mold growth from becoming a problem.

How To Handle Mold Remediation

If a client does complain about mold colonies in your building, you should call for the services of a professional mold mitigation company. Trained technicians will come to your property and work efficiently to contain and then remove mold. They will use advanced equipment and proven cleaning agents to make sure the mold is gone from all areas of your building. A professional cleaning job makes sure that mold will not return in the near future. This is the best way to reassure your customers that the mold is gone and to prevent any mold insurance claims.

Restoration Companies Service Both The Client and The Adjuster

3/3/2022 (Permalink)

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Service Provided By Restoration Companies Both The Client And The Adjuster Are Involved.

Is a restoration company working for the client or the insurance adjuster? It's tempting to think that the operation is designed to fight solely for one side. The business relationship, however, is symbiotic, supporting all of the involved parties. Here's what the establishment does and why they're right for everyone.

What Does a Restoration Company Do?

A restoration business is a one-stop-shop for water damage repairs. Designed to serve multiple needs, establishments such as SERVPRO house specialists in various fields, offering assistance throughout an entire project. By having everyone connected to one place, cleanup is streamlined for efficient project management. Organizations start the job and finish it, following through on all of the following demands:

  • air and structural testing
  • drying methods
  • content cleaning
  • mold contamination and cleanup
  • building repairs
  • vent cleaning

How Does This Connection Benefit Owners?

An insurance adjuster requires specific documentation before financial assistance is permitted. When owners use multiple companies to tend to different projects, this complicates matters and slows approval. Remediation crews step in and aid in this process. The specialists from the first moment begin to take photographs and assess the premises, noting conditions within an electronic system. This information is then sent overall as one, saving proprietors time and headache. Owners step back and have someone take over the hassle.

How Does the Service Assist Insurers?

An insurance claim should arrive in the appropriate language and with the necessary support. Armed with this awareness, staff create submissions in the correct format. This avoids rewrites, frustration and delays.

Also, certified professionals determine what is wrong on the property and how the trouble should be repaired. Following national standards, insurers may trust the team to complete the work accurately.

Of course, keeping costs down is vital. A water restoration company arrives immediately to secure and contain the premises. These actions and the effort to salvage what is possible reduce the overhead.

A claim doesn't have to be a battle between the insurance adjuster and owner. When a remediation company is hired, communication improves, and workload lessens, creating a desirable collaborative union for commercial owners and insurers.

Does Your Business Need Commercial Flood Insurance?

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

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Is Commercial Flood Insurance Necessary For Your Company?

Your businesses in Costa Mesa, CA, is not covered under a standard commercial insurance policy if it is affected by flooding. However, you can purchase special coverage for flooding in case your company ever does withstand any flood damage. Here’s some basic information on flood insurance and whether or not you will need to purchase it for your business.

Flood Insurance Coverage

If flooding in your area causes damage to your business, you will likely need to contact a water damage cleanup company to restore the damaged building and get you back in business. Without flood insurance, the cost to fix all the damages and replace any lost items will rest on your shoulders. By protecting your business with coverage in the case of a flood, the costs up to $500,000 will be taken care of in almost all situations including

• Heavy rain
• Overflowing rivers
• Snow melt
• Storm surge
• Broken dams
• Blocked storm drains

Your business will also be covered for any mold damage that occurs as a result of the flooding. Any property outside your company’s business will not be covered, and you will not be compensated for money loss due to time lost during the restoration process.

Insurance Requirements in High-Risk Areas

If you don’t live in a high-risk flood area, it will be up to you to determine the risk of flooding in your area. While areas close to flood zones would be smart to look into adding flooding to their insurance policy, businesses located in areas identified as high-risk flood areas with a mortgage from an insured or federally regulated lender are the only locations required by law to purchase an extra flood insurance policy.

Flood insurance is very useful for covering the costs of damage that occurs to your business as a result of a flood. Although it is only required for businesses in high-risk areas, you should evaluate whether your building could be at risk.

Do All Drain Cleaners Damage Pipes?

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

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Is It True That All Drain Cleaners Harm Pipes?

Most chemicals intended for clearing a clogged drain are corrosive and toxic. Depending on pipe materials, drain cleaners may degrade plumbing in a residence in Mesa Verde, CA. Enzymatic drain treatments are less damaging, but also work more slowly. Learn more about how acidic, caustic, and oxidizing cleaners work to determine the most effective sewage cleaning method.

How Do Cleaners Work?

Cleaning products are most effective on slow or partially clogged drains. There are three types of drain cleaner chemicals:

  • Acidic, such as hydrochloric or sulfuric acid
  • Caustic, such as sodium hydroxide
  • Oxidizing, such as sodium hypochlorite

Acidic solutions attract electrons, while caustic solutions give electrons to the clog. Both of these types of cleaners release heat. Sodium hypochlorite oxidizes the clog and releases electrons, heat, and gas. A fully clogged drain should be cleared mechanically.

What Are Enzymatic Treatments?

Enzymes restore the bacterial balance of a drain line, which can prevent clogs. These treatments should be used before a drain slows or clogs. Flush mainline enzymes down a toilet twice a month to start and then once every three months. Clear sink or shower drains by pouring enzymes down the drain once a week for a month and then once a month.

Which Treatments Are the Most Effective?

Chemical drain cleaning solutions work quickly to speed up a slow drain or clear a partial blockage, but these products may also damage pipes. These substances are also highly toxic to humans, domestic animals, and the environment. When used as directed, enzymatic treatments are safer and can keep clogs from forming.

In the case of a completely clogged drain, it is better to call a plumber than use treatments that may fail to break up a blockage or sit in pipes and cause damage. If a clog results in a backup and sewer damage, contact a sewage cleaning company in Mesa Verde, CA

CIC and ReportER: How SERVPRO Is Helping the Insurance Industry

2/2/2022 (Permalink)

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How SERVPRO Is Assisting the Insurance Industry with CIC and ReportER

Researching an insurance claim is a large part of an insurance adjuster’s job, and that process can be slowed down by unreliable sources or other time-consuming issues. While there are many ways for an agent in the Costa Mesa, CA, area to verify and estimate payout, using the CIC system through SERVPRO is likely the quickest and most reliable way to go.

1. Claims Storage and Organization

For an insurance agent, it is about receiving reliable information and being able to get that information in a quick and organized way. The CIC, or Claims Information Center, gives agents the ability to search for claims by type and location within one platform, meaning that they can perform tasks quicker and more efficiently.

2. Database and Structure

The database is called ReportER and is accessed through the Managed Dashboard, allowing agents to use the CIC. These tools provide the necessary structure for the CIC to be not only useful but effective. Insurers are able to upload an insurance claim and check the progress throughout the life of the restoration.

3. Accessibility and Ease of Use

The entire system that SERVPRO has developed is designed to simplify the claims process for agents and making it approachable through the Managed Dashboard. It is here that insurers can review claims and other working projects, allowing them to compile all significant information in one place.

The research involved in the insurance claim process can be incredibly time-consuming, but when an agent is inundated with unreliable sources, the process becomes unproductive. To ensure that an agent is equipped with the right data sets, it is important for them to start with the right tools, but more importantly, it is necessary to be able to track their progress. The Claims Information Center allows for all this and more. With the incorporated Managed Dashboard and the ReportER database, an agent has everything they’ll ever need.

Watch Out for the Top 3 Leading Causes of a Home Fire

2/2/2022 (Permalink)

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Keep An Eye Out For The Top 3 Home Fire Causes.

For most people, their house is much more than just a building that they live in; it is a home where they make precious memories and feel the most secure. Going through a home fire that damages your home and destroys sentimental belongings can be extremely devastating. Although a fire restoration company can help reconstruct your home in Mesa Verde, CA, and deal with the fire cleaning, you will likely still experience some loss. It is important to be educated on how house fires often happen so you can prevent this terrible situation from every happening to you. Here are the top three leading causes to watch out for.

1. Cooking Equipment

Between oil spill, electrical appliances, open flames, and extremely hot temperatures, your kitchen is just a fire waiting to happen if you’re not careful. Keep your family and your home safe by making sure you keep the following tips in mind:

  • Never leave cooking food unattended
  • Keep flammable objects off your stovetop
  • Check the wires on your appliances
  • Keep oil splatter to a minimum
  • Keep a metal lid or pan close by when frying

2. Smoking Indoors

While many people choose to smoke outdoors to keep smells and lingering smoke out of their homes, preventing a home fire is another good reason to add to the list. In fact, smoking in bedrooms is the top cause of house fire fatalities. Leftover cigarette butts and embers that accidentally fall onto the ground or furniture can quickly catch flame.

3. Heating

Portable space heaters, furnaces, boilers, and fire places are all examples of possible sources of a heating fire. Make sure to keep up on maintenance tasks for all of these types of equipment, and always keep flammable objects at a safe distance away.

Fortunately, there are many steps and precautions you can take to prevent a home fire. Start by focusing on these three top fire causes to help keep your family and home safe all year long!

4 Ways To Mitigate Mold Damage After Flooding

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

The old wall in the bathroom is covered with mold due to humidity in the room. SERVPRO experts in water damage mitigation will act quickly and effectively to stop mold growth.

After A Flood, There Are Four Things You Can Do To Minimize Mold Damage.

Flooding can cause serious damage to a home in Costa Mesa, CA, and secondary damage also poses major risks. Mold may begin to develop in as little as 24 to 48 hours if homeowners don't take measures to eliminate standing water. Here are four ways to mitigate damage caused by flooding and reduce the likelihood of mold growth.

1. Remove Water As Soon As Possible

Flood water can cause primary damage to building materials and contents in your home. You can try to remove water yourself with brooms, towels, or a wet-vac, but water damage mitigation experts have access to specialized pumps that can complete the job quickly.

2. Disinfect Hard Surfaces Exposed to Black Water

Flood water is considered black water, as it may contain potentially harmful bacteria, chemicals, and heavy metals. Experts will put on personal protective equipment to clean and disinfect hard surfaces. This process can reduce the risk of secondary damage.

3. Have Experts Handle Porous Materials and Contents

Porous materials can be more difficult to clean, disinfect, and dry. This means that contents such as carpet can significantly raise the risk of mold growth. Allow mitigation experts to recommend the best methods for dealing with these materials. Some items may be capable of being cleaned with specialized equipment and others will need to be replaced.

4. Thoroughly Dry the Affected Area

Once all standing water has been removed and an area is clean and disinfected, it should be completely dried. Mold requires moisture in order to thrive. Mitigation specialists may use dehumidifiers to lower humidity levels and draw traces of moisture out of materials.

These are four ways to limit the risk of mold growth after flooding in Costa Mesa, CA. You can follow these steps yourself, but time is of the issue. Water damage mitigation experts will act quickly and effectively to stop mold from forming.

Why Is My Toilet Leaking, and How Do I Fix It?

1/2/2022 (Permalink)

Leakage of water from a toilet due to blockage of the pipe. If you find a leak in your toilet, it is a good idea to contact SERVPRO's water damage restoration service.

What Is The Cause Of My Toilet Leak, And How Do I Fix It?

If you have a leaking toilet in your Costa Mesa, CA, home, you need stop it as soon as possible. A constant bathroom leak could weaken the house's structure and cause further damage from mold. If this is the case, you may want to call a professional water remediation company. But if caught quickly, you can easily prevent more damage from occurring with the following steps.

1. Turn off the Water Supply

First, turn off the shutoff valve. Check to see if the problem is coming from a leaking supply line. If so, try replacing the hose. If not, undo the supply line. If the leakage is coming from the bottom of the toilet, drain it and proceed to the next step.

2. Take the Toilet Out

First, check the bolts around the bottom of the leaking toilet to see that they are tight. By simply tightening them, you may get the leak to stop. If this doesn't work, you should remove the toilet. Loosen and remove the bolts, then gently rock the toilet until it comes loose. Holding onto the bowl, lift the toilet and put it aside onto some cardboard or old newspaper.

3. Change the Wax Ring

Scrape away the wax ring, taking care to inspect the flange for breakage or cracks. If necessary, replace the flange. Then set down the new ring, making sure to center it properly.

4. Put the Toilet Back in Place

Place the toilet above the bolts and lower it into position, making sure that a complete seal is formed with the new wax ring. Securely but gently tighten the bolts, and then put the caps back on.

5. Turn the Water Back On

Reconnect the supply line and turn on the water valve. Flush the toilet, checking to make sure there are no leaks coming from around the bottom of the toilet or the supply line.

A leaking toilet, if not repaired quickly, can cause all sorts of problems beyond the immediate mess. By following the steps outlined above, you can stop the leak and avoid more costly repairs to your home.

3 Benefits of Tarping Over a Fire-Damaged Roof

1/2/2022 (Permalink)

The higher portion of the roof was covered with blue tarp A fire can damage the roof of a structure. After a fire is out, plastic sheeting can protect the roof surface and protect the interior of a structure.

Three Advantages of Tarping a Fire-Damaged Roof

A fire may result in damage to the roof of a structure. After the blaze has been extinguished, plastic tarps can protect the roof surface and shield the interior of a structure until roof repair is complete. A building owner or facility manager may be able to tarp over a roof, but mitigation companies that offer tarp services can make sure that water will not work its way under a tarp and prevent covers from blowing away. Here are three benefits of tarping as the first stage in the fire cleanup process.

1. Preventing Leaks

A fire can cause holes to form in a roof that may lead to leaks. Precipitation shortly after a fire can exacerbate water damage in a structure. This secondary damage is preventable with tarping. Failure to cover a damaged roof may cause a commercial property insurance provider to limit coverage.

2. Keeping Out Debris

Debris can also enter a structure through breaches in the roof. Tarps can help to keep out leaves and animals that may enter and cause additional damage in a structure. Property owners may also want to board up broken windows, damaged doors, or holes in walls to keep out trespassers. All of these measures can help to limit the extent of fire cleanup.

3. Proof of Mitigation

An insurer may be more likely to cover damage if a property owner can provide evidence of mitigation. Be sure to document roof damage prior to tarping and be prepared to share this footage with an adjuster.

Tarping a damaged roof is a protective measure. Covering holes caused by fire damage also indicates that a building owner is doing everything that he or she can to mitigate damage prior to fire cleanup and roof repair. The best way to protect a roof is to hire a professional provider of tarp services in Fairview Park, CA.

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