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3 Reasons To Put Up a Fence After a Fire

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 3 Reasons To Put Up a Fence After a Fire A fire can change the way you use your commercial property in Costa Mesa, CA.

After a fire in your commercial building, your first thought is likely going to be about your business or property. You're going to think about what you lost to the flames and the damage you have to repair. You might even think about how long it is going to take to get your business back up and running. A commercial fire damage repair team can help you deal with the restoration after a fire. However, damage isn't the only thing you have to worry about. Safety and security should be top concerns as well. A temporary security fence may be the tool you need to use after a fire.

1. Warn People About Structural Instability: A fence around the perimeter of your building can help warn your employees and customers to keep out of the building. Some fires only affect internal parts of buildings, so people may not realize what happened until they are in the building. You may want to put signs up to let everyone know that the property is still being repaired after a fire.
2. Reduce Liability: Owning a building that could hurt someone makes you quite liable. When you put up a fence, however, you may help alleviate some of that liability by trying to keep people out.
3. Increase Security: The best reason to get a security fence is to help beef up the protection of your building. Vandals may try to enter the property to have parties or put up graffiti. If any valuable belongings are left in the building, looters may be drawn to the space. Whether you're trying to keep out loiterers or thieves, this type of fencing can help you achieve your goal.

A fire can change the way you use your commercial property in Costa Mesa, CA. Eventually the building will be fixed back up, but for now it sits empty when not being repaired. A security fence can help you ensure only professionals are going on the property. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROcostamesa.com/

Emergency Tips for Handling Mold Damage

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Emergency Tips for Handling Mold Damage Don’t leave a single nook or cranny unexplored.

After a natural disaster in Costa Mesa, CA, flooding can leave you with more than just a few puddles to clean up and some soggy carpet to dry out. Immediately after a flood, black mold can begin to breed in your home – and can spread alarmingly fast, until your entire house or apartment is infested. Treat mold cleanup like an emergency procedure, and immediately start remediation efforts to eliminate the possibility of mold taking root.

Immediate Response

There are a few things you should do immediately before beginning mold cleanup, including:

• Shutting off the HVAC systems; airflow causes mold spores to spread, and once they get into the home HVAC they can spread throughout the house
• Removing waterlogged items that can easily breed mold, particularly soaked furniture; the older the furniture it is, the more likely it is to be a breeding ground
• Inspecting your flooring; older, waterlogged wood and soaked carpet can become havens for black mold

Taking these initial emergency steps can go a long way to prevent immediate mold infestation, but this is only the first step in proper, careful mold cleanup.

Address Your Moisture Problem

A dry house is your best bet for a mold-free house. Standing water or moisture soaked into the interior of your home is asking for mold to take root. Thoroughly dry out your house, even if you have to bring in professionals who can use industrial equipment to dry the home without relying on airflow from fans, which – once again – is a double-edged sword because of the tendency to spread mold spores through airflow.

Keep a Close Eye Out

Don’t leave a single nook or cranny unexplored. Check for damage that may lead to water leaks from roofs or pipes. Be ready to consider the possibility that even if the house looks dry on the surface, you may have standing water inside the walls or moisture soaked into the sheetrock and insulation, with black mold already growing. Rapid response is the best response, but make sure to be thorough in your inspections as well. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROcostamesa.com/

5 Ways To Prevent Cigarette Fires

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 5 Ways To Prevent Cigarette Fires After a fire, contact your local Costa Mesa, CA, SERVPRO, that provides residential fire cleanup.

5 Ways To Prevent Cigarette Fires

Even though less people smoke nowadays, cigarettes remain one of the most common causes of house fires. Here are five ways to lower the risk of starting a cigarette fire or ashtray fire in your home.

1. Smoke outside. The best way to make sure that a cigarette does not ignite flammable materials in your home is to smoke outside. You should also keep handy an ashtray or a bucket filled with sand to extinguish cigarettes, which lowers the possibility of starting a fire outside as well.

2. Completely extinguish cigarettes. When you are done smoking a cigarette, be sure to completely extinguish the burning end. Smoldering ends may cause fires if they are knocked over or blown away.

3. Don’t smoke if you’re drowsy. The situation that usually precedes a cigarette fire is when a smoker falls asleep with a lit cigarette. Bedrooms especially are a common place for cigarette or candle fires to break out as these items are left unattended when someone falls asleep.

4. Never smoke around medical oxygen. Oxygen tanks pose a major risk of combustion when combined with a lit cigarette. Keep cigarettes away from these high-pressure systems.

5. Use stable ashtrays. Whether you are smoking in or near your home, you should make sure that the ashtray you use is stable and preferably heavy. If you have pets, they may knock over an ashtray, so be sure that you completely extinguish the cigarette butts before discarding them. This also lowers the risk of an ashtray fire.

Following these five simple suggestions can prevent a cigarette fire. If a fire does break out in your home due to cigarettes, candles, cooking equipment, or any other source, you should contact the fire department immediately. Then, contact a service in Costa Mesa, CA, that provides residential fire cleanup. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROcostamesa.com/

3 Ways To Prevent Mold From Sinking a Business

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 3 Ways To Prevent Mold From Sinking a Business Give SERVPRO a call if you notice mold growing in your home or business.

Mold can bring any business to a grinding halt. Water damage is one of the primary causes of mold growth, and removing mold can be costly and time-consuming. However, there are mold prevention measures that can be taken to keep mold from growing.

1. Understand How and Where Mold Grows

Mold thrives in moist, humid environments, and it feeds off different types of organic matter. It is typically important for business managers to view their facilities as a whole in order to pinpoint locations where mold may be likely to grow, such as in HVAC units. Keeping a facility air-conditioned and using dehumidifiers will often eliminate key factors that promote mold growth.

2. Establish Cleaning Schedules and Assessments

Once business managers are aware of where mold is most likely to grow in their facilities, a simple but effective cleaning routine should be implemented. Scheduled cleanings of the facilities using mold-resistant products can keep mold from growing. Additionally, business managers should assess their facilities to verify that their cleaning methods are effective. Frequent assessments can help with mold prevention by allowing businesses to notice if there are any changes to their environments that may cause mold, such as pipe leaks, leaking roofs, and broken bathroom or kitchen ventilations.

3. Prepare for Emergencies

Unfortunately, water damage is not always preventable, and mold can grow quickly as a result. All businesses, especially if they are located in areas that are prone to flooding, such as Costa Mesa, CA should have a plan in case water harms their facilities. Quick action after a disaster can prevent mold from growing, but business managers should know who to contact. Working with a team of qualified professionals can help ensure the restoration of businesses in a timely manner, ultimately stopping mold from damaging a facility.

Mold prevention should be a priority for every business, and it doesn’t have to be difficult. Understanding how mold grows, maintaining a clean business, and preparing for water damage can ultimately save businesses time and money and provide peace of mind. Visit http://www.SERVPROcostamesa.com for more information on mold. 

There's Mold EVERYWHERE Costa Mesa!

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation There's Mold EVERYWHERE Costa Mesa! Mold in Costa Mesa Home.

No really, there is mold everywhere.

Think of mold as a microscopic dandelion. It needs a food source, water and time and soon enough it releases its seeds or spores into the air in order to reproduce at other locations. These seeds or spores then stick to surfaces and when they detect water and begin to grow thus repeating the cycle. This is nature’s way of getting rid of dead cellular organisms like plants and trees.

Every environment on earth has a natural level of mold spores in the air. You are breathing them into your respiratory tract as you read this blog. So what is all the hype about? Wouldn’t it already be there? The answer is yes it is already there. It sits there waiting for water, food and time to grow. Once all those ingredients exist voila! Mold begins grow. Individual spores mature form colonies, which then become visible to the human eye. Up until then mold is invisible to the human eye. Most mold spores are from 3-20 microns. To put this into perspective the diameter of one hair on your head is about 50 microns. Even gravity doesn’t have the same affect on spores. Spores can hang in the air for hours before settling on a horizontal surface. Only to be whisked back up into the air from the breeze of a passerby.

So when does mold become a problem? Mold becomes a problem when you have water intrusion into your home or business with or without your knowledge. Even excessive humidity can be enough for mold to start to colonize. Wet organic materials such as drywall, particle board, OSB plywood, wood framing, tack strip, cabinetry, wool, leather, cotton and other cellulosic materials are the perfect food for mold. Then sprinkle a little time into the equation and there it is. Green, Black, blue, pink, purple, yellow and brown are just a few of the color’s that mold can decorate your walls with. Health concerns may arise when excessive mold grows indoors. Concerns are more likely to arise for “at risk” people, which might include immune suppressed or compromised individuals, young children and individuals with chronic inflammatory lung diseases such as asthma and severe allergies. 

How to return mold levels back to normal. Returning the environment back to original mold levels requires the help of a mold remediation contractor and an IEP (Indoor environmental professional). Mold remediation contractors remove the mold and IEP’s test to make sure the mold remediation contractor has performed his job properly. They also create a clearance report for the building (often times referred to as a mold certificate).

Basic Steps of Mold Remediation

  1. Identify the source of the water and fix the problem.
  2. Containment of the work area.
  3. Negative air pressure and HEPA filtration.
  4. Removal and cleaning of salvageable items.
  5. Removal of affected materials. (ie. Drywall, Baseboard, cabinetry boxes etc.)
  6. Removal of double bagged & gooseneck sealed debris.
  7. Sanding and cleaning of salvageable materials. (Wood framing, concrete and other non porous materials).
  8. Cleaning of the affected and non affected areas inside of containment.
  9. HEPA vacuuming of all surfaces inside of containment.
  10. 24 hours of air scrubbing.
  11. Post remediation clearance testing to verify normal fungal ecology is present.

Warning: This work should not be performed by anyone who does not have the proper, certification, personal protective equipment (PPE), experience and  in this field.

Taking Care of Costa Mesa Antique Glass, Crystal & Various Items

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Taking Care of Costa Mesa Antique Glass, Crystal & Various Items From saving clothing onsite, cleaning soot from ceilings/walls, to boxing up and sending pack precious items, we do it all.

When it comes to disaster, we at SERVPRO of Costa Mesa understand and are all too familiar with the fact that fires don’t just affect a person’s physical home or place of business, but also the contents within it that are also tied to a person’s emotional state of being. It is why when we are chosen to pack out, clean, restore and pack back items from a person’s home or business, we take extra care of each and every item. We go the extra mile to pay attention to items such as antique glass or crystal. The reasoning behind this is that during a disaster, like a fire, the exposure of glasses and crystal to high heat can reduce the stability of the items to stay in form. Lifting an item without checking it for cracks or damages can cause further damage than the fire itself. Items such as the inherited family couch or your favorite t-shirt are cleaned according to the fabric involved and not just brushed aside with soap, water and Fabreeze. We use washing chemicals that are hypoallergenic, pet friendly, child and elderly safe and ensure that each item we send back to you is clean in both smells and stains.

When we arrive on a scene we take pictures of everything we see as we see it initially. From there, for contents, we take a photo inventory of where items are, where the items are being placed in certain marked boxes, and then we take them back to our warehouse for cleaning and restoration. When we do this, we do so at an even pace because there are times we must slow down in order to review individual items for cleaning. For example, a crystal or antique glasses that are lined with or involve gold will be placed aside and cleaned differently than some of the other items. Gold items are never cleaned with ammonia, due to the fact that it will ruin the item entirely. We’ve been known to restore dining room sets, original pieces of artwork and even cleaned and stored grand pianos while the home or place of business was in the process of getting back to “Like it never even happened” status.

Even though there are a variety of ways to assist in packing out and packing back contents for a person’s home or place of business, we at SERVPRO of Costa Mesa like to be on the safe, healthy and cautious side for all your items. We understand that sometimes the value of an item isn’t the money it cost, but the sentiment tied to it that makes it priceless. Beyond items we also offer a variety of cleaning services you can view here. We hope that for any future contents needs, you consider SERVPRO of Costa Mesa. If you have questions feel free to give us a call at 949-566-8887 or online  here.

When Storms or Floods hit Costa Mesa, SERVPRO is ready!

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Costa Mesa, SERVPRO is ready! When nature gets wild, let SERVPRO of Costa Mesa come help you get it under control.

SERVPRO of Costa Mesa specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

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

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (949)-566-8887 or contact us online here.

3 Tips for Fire Safety

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 3 Tips for Fire Safety Different types of fires need different fire extinguishers.

Fire safety is often talked about, but rarely practiced. We learn about fire drills in school as children, but we don't practice about them at home or work when we become adults. We assume that somewhere deep within us we will have that memory stored for the day a fire emergency arises and we will be able to respond accordingly. THIS IS FALSE! Fire safety should be discussed and practiced at least four times a year (once every quarter). Here are a few things that should be done to ensure that you don’t panic when disaster strikes.

  • Check the batteries in your fire alarms every three months. Each and every home fire alarm has a “TEST” button. A simple push of it will give you an idea if the batteries are full of power or dying out. Always consult your owner’s manual for your specific fire alarm.

  • Have an exit route planned, at home and at the office. Generally professional building will have fire exit paths marked, but don’t count on it. Be alert and know your exits at the office so you can get home safely. When at home, practice with your kids at least once a year and discuss the fire safety rules at least twice a year. Making sure that your children are safe is every parents top priority, and making sure that we are able to help in case of emergency is ours.

  • Don’t just buy a fire extinguisher, know how to use it. Don’t wait for a fire to happen and think that reading the instructions as the fire is burning will play out like it does in the movies. You can’t just have the equipment ready, you should know how to use it so when an emergency arises you are not wasting precious seconds reading the “how to” when you could be getting the fire out.

  • Have your numbers ready. If a fire disaster should strike, know who to call once fire is contained. Whether it is the fire department that put out the fire or you were able to contain that kitchen grease fire within your home, be sure to call the correct people to help you get your life back to normal. We are here for this step and every step afterward until the job is done. Save our number in your phone and you’ll be glad you did. 949-566-8887

3 Steps to Preparing Your Commercial Building for Summer

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Everyone in Costa Mesa, CA is excited when spring comes around, but the truth is warmer weather often brings a combination of rain and rapid snowmelt, and with it risks of flooding. Preparing your building for the spring thaw really means preparing first for the cold weather. Where possible, the goal is to prevent damage rather than repair it. Here are three big steps you can take toward getting your building ready.

1. Check Weather Forecasts

Throughout the winter, it may be a good idea to know when extremely cold days are approaching. When the low temperatures are looming, there is a number of things you can do to help keep the pipes running:

• Let the faucet drip slowly; running water should help avoid freezing.
• Avoid turning the thermostat too low overnight.
• Open cabinet drawers to expose pipes to warmer air.
• If you’re going away, leave the heat on at no lower than 55° F.

2. Insulate

One less frozen pipe is one less hassle to handle. Pipes that freeze can burst next, which can cause flooding. Consider covering exposed plumbing with pipe sleeves, and check areas such as crawl spaces, attics, and basements for proper insulation, as these are generally the coldest places, and pipes here usually freeze first. Other possibilities for protecting the pipes include wrapping those nearest to exterior walls in ¼ inch of newspaper, or installing a UL-listed heat cable or heat tape.

3. Bring in What You Can

Make every effort to drain and bring in any outside hoses or supply lines (i.e. water sprinklers) that are only used in the summertime. Keep doors closed to garages, warehouses, and pump rooms if they contain water supply lines to help minimize their exposure to wind and cold.

A spring flood can be a real risk to commercial buildings in Costa Mesa, CA. Starting preparation early and following the above tips should help you get a great start on preventing serious flooding dangers during the spring thaw. Visit http://www.SERVPROcostamesa.com for more information on commercial water damage

Picking up the Pieces After a Flood

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Picking up the Pieces After a Flood Contact SERVPRO if you experience residential or commercial flooding.

Flood damage can be mitigated, but often even the best precautions fail to protect property against the water wrath of Mother Nature, especially in Costa Mesa, CA. A house can go from pristine to filthy after a flood, and the tricky part is going from flood to clean again. The EPA has certain cleaning requirements after a flood, which include regulations regarding:

• The type of flood disinfectant used
• In what manner waste is disposed of
• Air quality within the home post-flood

Damaged Items and Property

Personal items are often damaged during a flood. Items in lower floors of buildings are the most effected, while residual moisture can seep higher in buildings after the flood has passed and affect belongings on upper floors. Cleaning requirements regarding personal items are left to the discretion of the owner. If an item can be salvaged and is not too heavily damaged, it may be in the owner’s best interest to keep the article and restore it.

Making a House Livable Again

Beyond structural damage and loss of personal belongings, flood cleanup mainly focuses on making a structure livable again. This requires the removal of mud and sewage that was washed into a structure during high water events, the drying of the area to render the home dry, and the removal of microorganisms that may have spread during and after the flood. Human waste carrying pathogenic organisms could have been washed into the home as sewers were flooded. Mold often grows rampant after flooding, the spores of which are carried throughout the home by currents of air.

It can be important to follow EPA guidelines when it comes to the proper disposal of human waste if it is present in a home after a flood. Cleaning requirements concerning this type of muck can be found on the EPA website or on other pages that focus on flood cleanup. Visit http://www.SERVPROcostamesa.com for more information on storm damage.