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Your Flood Preparation Guide: What To Do When a Major Storm Is On the Way

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Your Flood Preparation Guide: What To Do When a Major Storm Is On the Way Storm damage in Fairgrounds,CA

If you live in a flood zone, it is imperative that you have a storm preparation plan in place that will keep both you and your home safe from flood water and the damage it can cause. If you don't currently have a plan in place, now is the time to create one, as storm season is well under way in most parts of the country, and floods can come out of nowhere and may do the following:

  • Result from excessive rain or snow, coastal storms, overflows or storm surges
  • Develop slowly or quickly, such as a flash flood
  • Cause power outages, result in costly water damage, disrupt transportation and create landslides

Because floods are often the result of common natural events, such as rain, and because they can come on suddenly, the best thing you can do for your safety is prepare.

What To Do When You Are Under a Flood Warning

If your area is currently at risk of being inundated by flood water, there are certain measures you should take to stay safe. Some such measures include the following:

  • Do not attempt to navigate the flood waters via any means, whether by walking, driving, swimming or boating.
  • Steer clear of bridges that go over fast-moving water.
  • Evacuate your home if ordered to do so.

What To Do During a Flood

If your home is at risk of becoming flooded, move to higher ground immediately, but only if there is a clear path out of the flooded area. Otherwise, stay where you're at. If you're trapped in a flooded building, turn on your radio and tune into NOOAA Weather Radio, EAS or the local alerting system for instructions on how to proceed. DO NOT go into the attic, as you may become trapped by rising water. If necessary, climb out onto the roof and flag for help.

What To Do After a Flood

If flood water has caused excessive water damage to your home, contact your Fairgrounds, CA, flood remediation team as soon as the waters have begun to recede. The right team can help dry out your home and restore it to pre-flood condition.

Three Tips for Preventing a Cigarette Fire in Your Home

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Three Tips for Preventing a Cigarette Fire in Your Home A cigarette fire can cause a lot of damage to your Mesa Verde,CA home

As a smoker in Mesa Verde,CA, or if you share a residence with a smoke, you may already be aware of the dangers of a cigarette fire, and the fact that this is still one of the most common ways house fires start. If this is something that concerns you there are a few easy steps you can take to help prevent a fire in your home.

1. Smoke Outside

Smoking outside is one of the easiest steps you can take to prevent an ashtray fire from spreading in your home. Not only is there less risk of a flammable object coming in contact with a lit cigarette outdoors, but keeping the smoke outdoors may also help prevent odors from settling into your valuables.

2. Avoid Smoking When Distracted

One of the main ways a cigarette fire can start is when the smoker becomes distracted. Avoiding distraction while smoking can help prevent accidents that occur when a lit cigarette is left unattended or accidentally dropped. Avoid smoking when on medication, if you are feeling sleepy, when multitasking, or when drinking.

3. Properly Dispose of Used Cigarettes and Ashes

Improperly disposed cigarettes and ashes are another common way an ashtray fire can occur. Always put out your cigarette when not in use, even if you intend to come back to it. Clean out your ashtray regularly, and ensure there are no smoldering remains before dumping.

If fire cleanup becomes necessary, or if you are worried about odor then a professional service in Mesa Verde, CA, may be able to help. They can restore your home back to its original shape and may also be able to help with any water damage that occurred as a result of the fire.

A cigarette fire can cause a lot of damage to a home. However, this type of fire can also be preventable. If you or a loved one smoke, remember to do so outside, don’t smoke while tired or distracted, and always properly dispose of the cigarette and its ashes. Also remember to never leave a cigarette unattended.

Flood Restoration 101: Understanding the Flood Cut

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Flood Restoration 101: Understanding the Flood Cut Flood cuts in a Downtown Costa Mesa,CA home due to flooding

When flooding occurs in a Downtown Costa Mesa, CA, commercial building, a flood damage restoration team will most likely need to perform a flood cut. A flood cut is a term used to describe the process of removing the bottom 12 to 24 inches of effected drywall to prevent further contamination. Some reasons a restoration crew might perform a flood cut on your building include:

  • They suspect that the underlying insulation is wet.
  • The water that flooded your building is contaminated by sewage or other contaminants from outside.
  • The crew suspects that secondary damage, such as mold growth or drywall rot, has already occurred.

Though it may seem counterproductive to tear out part of your building to restore it, if your restoration team recommends a flood cut, it is likely necessary. Disallowing a cut could result in secondary damage, which may end up being costlier and more damaging than a cut in the drywall.

What Happens After a Cut Is Made?

Once a cut is made above the line of flooding, your damage restoration team will remove any wet or rotted components. This may include insulation, electrical and hardware. Components that cannot be removed and replaced, such as the framing or studs, will be thoroughly cleaned so as to prevent further contamination.

For harder-to-reach areas, your team will use special equipment, such as heavy-duty pumps and vacuums, to pump water from inside the walls and dry out the interior of your building. Your team may use one or several air movers to complete the process.

Flood cuts are often necessary post-flooding, as mass amounts of water typically do not just sit on the surface. These cuts help professionals dry out hard-to-reach areas as well as serve to prevent secondary damage. If your building was recently flooded with water, contact your Downtown Costa Mesa, CA, water damage restoration team today regarding what needs to be done to dry out your building and ensure the best possible outcome.

Is There a Good Time To Replace a Bathroom Supply Line?

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Is There a Good Time To Replace a Bathroom Supply Line? During a bathroom renovation supply line damage can lead to a lot of water issues in your Costa Mesa,CA home

Have you noticed a leak in the bathroom of your Costa Mesa, CA, home? If supply line damage is to blame, you may need to replace the piping as soon as possible. Leaving this system damaged could result in a wide range of problems including the following:

  • Low water pressure
  • Bad odors
  • Major leaks

In some cases, your residential water remediation professional may suggest replacing a supply line whether or not it is a good time for you. In other situations, you may be able to plan the replacement around your schedule and budget.

During a Bathroom Renovation

Has a bathroom leak left your washroom smelling musty? Do you need to upgrade outdated building materials? No matter why you want to do a bathroom renovation, this often serves as a great time to update a supply line. This is especially true if you are tearing out your toilet. This type of renovation can actually lead to supply line damage because the gasket can be harmed when removing the old fixture. Many contractors suggest replacing your supply line each time you renovate this space to ensure you aren't left with a bad seal.

A renovation is a good time to replace your line because you may already have access to the spaces needed for the replacement. If you wait until signs of a leak are evident, you may have to tear apart your recently renovated bathroom to get at the line.

Before the Warranty Expires

The warranty of your plumbing depends on the material it is made from. Most plastic lines are guaranteed for five to eight years while a steel braided line may have a lifetime warranty. A supply line leak can happen at any time, but it may be a good idea to replace your piping while within the window of your warranty if possible.

Supply line damage can lead to a lot of water issues in your Costa Mesa, CA, home. Finding a good time to replace this piping can save you money and frustration.

How To Contain Mold During Remediation

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Contain Mold During Remediation Be sure to learn the proper way to handle mold in your home. Always protect yourself and call the experts when needed.

Mold growth in your home is not something you want to ignore. Mold contamination can easily spread throughout your home in Costa Mesa, California, if it is not properly contained. One of the first things mold remediation professionals will do when they come to take care of your mold problem is set up barriers that prevent the mold from spreading. By creating physical barriers and blocking air flow to other parts of the house, experts can fix the problem without causing it to manifest elsewhere.

Plastic Sheeting

The use of polyethylene sheeting to contain mold can be very effective if set up properly. In order for plastic sheets to prevent the spread of mold, several factors must be accounted for:

  • Entryway into the area that does not allow mold spores to escape
  • Effective sealing between gaps in sheets
  • Blocked air vents to prevent spores from leaving the area


Plastic barriers around smaller areas can simply be a single layer of the sheeting. If the mold contamination area is over 100 square feet, however, experts may have to bring in a containment chamber.

HVAC System

If the mold problem entered your home as a result of secondary water damage after a flood, it may seem counterintuitive to turn off air flow that would allow your home to dry out more quickly. A mold problem, however, trumps a humidity problem. Until the mold is gone, increased air flow only means increased spread of mold spores. It is best to turn off your HVAC system until the experts have gotten the mold problem under control. Then you can worry about the water damage.

Mold spores are everywhere, so it's not as easy to contain mold as it might initially seem to be. If experts can seal off the area affected by mold contamination and slow the flow of air that may transport mold from one place to another, the problem is easier to fix.



4 Methods for Preventing Mold After a Residential Flood

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 4 Methods for Preventing Mold After a Residential Flood Prevention is less expensive than remediation when it comes to mold in your home.

Once a major flood has occurred in your Costa Mesa home, seeing the residual damage can be a devastating experience. However, it’s important to stay calm and realize that not only is help available to restore your home if mold removal is necessary, but there are steps to take in saving your belongings from mold growth altogether.

Here are four methods for preventing mold from overtaking your home

  1. Contact a professional mold remediation crew. One of the most important steps to ensuring your home stays mold-free and safe to live in is calling on the help of experienced professionals who are trained to handle the situation. This can help guarantee that you and your loved ones are granted peace of mind once the entire flooding event is behind you.
  2. While you’re waiting for expert guidance, you can help the situation by removing as much flood water as possible. Using basic tools like mops and buckets can get the restoration process started, as well as removing any other dirt and debris that you can handle in a safe manner.
  3. If the fire department has cleared your home for electrical use, put to work any drying appliances you have available. Preventing mold growth requires drying out your home as quickly as possible, so using tools like fans, dehumidifiers or heaters can play a vital role in keeping mold from spreading too quickly throughout the residence.
  4. Remove saturated items like cardboard boxes or upholstered furnishings. Any porous materials can become susceptible to the growth of mold, so clearing your home of these items is necessary. If non-porous items can be saved, take them outside and clean them before bringing them back indoors.

While professional aid is the best way to inhibit mold growth in your Costa Mesa, California, home, following these helpful methods for preventing the onset of mold after flooding can be incredibly helpful in keeping your residence clean and livable. 

Commercial Toilet Overflow and What To Do About It

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Toilet Overflow and What To Do About It This hotel experienced water damage due to a backed up toilet.

With everything that’s already going on in your business in Costa Mesa, California, the last thing you probably want to think about is a toilet that won’t stop flushing. Toilet overflow can lead to water damage and broken utilities, but you can stop the worst damage by acting fast.

Learn how to stop a toilet from continual flushing and learn how to deal with the damage.

Stop The Flushing

The first thing you’ll want to do is to stop the water from spilling out of the bowl as quickly as possible. There are a few reasons why the fixture is overflowing. The most common causes of toilet floods include the following:

  • Malfunctioning tank
  • Dirty gasket
  • Faulty flapper

For most commercial toilets, toilet overflow is usually caused by a flushometer. If this is the case for you, you can quickly and efficiently fix the problem.

Here are the basic steps:

  1. Find the screwdriver slot on the flushometer and rotate it to shut off the water
  2. Use a wrench to unscrew the flushometer lid
  3. Clean the gasket and clean out the weep hole
  4. Replace the gasket if needed

The gasket can build up a lot of sediment and block the toilet from flushing properly. Once it is cleaned, things should go back to normal.

The Aftermath

Once you have stopped the toilet from spilling, you can focus on the aftermath. Try to clean up as much water as possible with a mop or towels. Be sure to sanitize everything as well. Once you have done this, you can consider calling a water damage professional to help you restore anything that was damaged. If the toilet water penetrated any carpet or wood, be sure to get it fixed quickly to prevent mold.

Although toilet overflow is never wanted, you can easily solve the problem with a screwdriver and wrench. You can also be proactive by cleaning out the gasket regularly to prevent any potential issues.

Basic First Aid for Burns

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Basic First Aid for Burns Fire damage in Mesa Verde, CA home

Fire damage at your workplace in Mesa Verde, CA, or anywhere you spend time carries with it the risk of injury. Knowing how to administer even the most basic burn first aid can help to alleviate suffering until first responders arrive. The first step is to assess the severity of the burn.

Treating Major Burns

A major burn will require professional medical care, but until help arrives, first aid is usually appropriate. Once 911 has been summoned to assist casualties and minimize fire damage, be sure that the afflicted person has been moved away from the burn source and proceed carefully with these steps:

  • Check to see if the person is breathing; if not, perform rescue breathing.
  • Elevate the burned area higher than the heart, if possible.
  • Cover the burned area gently with a cool, clean, dampened cloth.
  • Remove any restrictive items like jewelry or belts in case of swelling.
  • Watch for signs of shock such as paleness and shallow, fast breathing.

Recognizing Minor Burns

A minor burn will be uncomfortable but not life-threatening. Characteristics of a minor burn are relatively easy to spot:

  • Superficial redness
  • A small affected area
  • Minor blistering
  • Some pain

Appropriate treatment in the case of a superficial burn is to remove jewelry, such as a ring, in case the area begins to swell. Cool the burn with a damp compress or cool, running water. Do not puncture blisters or apply ice to burned skin. An antibiotic ointment can help if a blister breaks, and an aloe vera gel or lotion can help pain topically. Pain relievers purchased over the counter can help manage discomfort. A loose, sterile gauze bandage offers additional protection.

The safety and comfort of fire victims is naturally the first priority in the event of a disaster in the workplace. Fire damage of property can be addressed through professionals in assessment, cleaning, and restoration once the smoke clears.

3 Ways To Prepare Your Business for a Power Outage

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 3 Ways To Prepare Your Business for a Power Outage Air movers on a storm damage in a Downtown Costa Mesa, CA home

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 Downtown Costa Mesa, 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 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.

3 Things You Should Avoid After a Flood

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 3 Things You Should Avoid After a Flood HEPA vacuum on a water damage in a Costa Mesa, CA home

A broken pipe can send a surprising amount of water into your Costa Mesa, CA, home. You may want to address the situation as quickly as you can, but you need to make sure you're doing it in the best way possible. Ensure you don't make detrimental mistakes by avoiding the following situations.

1. Walking in Standing Water

When flooding affects your house, you may think you need to walk through the water to start the cleanup process. However, walking through the floods isn't always a good idea. The water may be electrified because of the power in your house, or it could be full of contaminants. It's best to turn off the power to the affected part of your home and wait for a professional instead of walking through the floods yourself.

2. Ignoring the Problem

Sometimes you may find water in the home at the worst possible time. While you may not have the time to address this issue, it is vital that you call in a residential water specialist as quickly as possible. If you ignore the problem for too long, you may end up making things worse. For example, clean water out of a broken supply line can start to degrade and gain contaminants in as little as 24 to 48 hours.

3. Stopping the Cleanup

You do want to rid your home of the water as quickly as you can, but you need to make sure you don't stop the cleanup process there. If you don't find the source of the water, your broken pipe may cause even more flooding in the future. Letting the experts do a thorough cleaning of your house right after the water damage is caused can make the process better for you. Getting a handle on humidity levels and cleaning furnishings reduces the chances of mold growth caused by the pipe burst.

A broken pipe does not have to derail your entire life. If you take the right steps after this water-related problem, you can easily get your home back to normal with the help of a cleanup crew.