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Wet Items Care After Water Damage

11/1/2022 (Permalink)

Water damaged electronic When an item has been damaged by water and is not salvageable, it should be thrown away.

Wet Items Care After Water Damage

When you have a water loss in your Anaheim, CA home, you will want to know how to clean up and save items that have been damaged. The level of contamination a room receives will determine what precautions should be taken. If the water is contaminated with sewage, do not attempt to clean it yourself. Some items can be cleaned, others should be dried and cleaned, and some are just not worth saving from an insurance standpoint.

If your home has a water loss, you will want to know how to clean up and save items that have been damaged.

When a flood or other water damage occurs in your home, you may be left wondering how to clean up the mess and salvage damaged items. Here are some tips for how to clean up after a flood:

  • Remove all wet materials from the area as soon as possible. This includes rugs, carpets, clothes and more.
  • Use fans or dehumidifiers in the room being cleaned out to remove any remaining moisture from walls and furniture. This will prevent mold from growing on these surfaces.
  • Spray down or wipe down any hardwood floors with vinegar mixed with warm water until they are completely dry before walking on them again—this will prevent warping of wood flooring due to excess moisture in its fibers when wet (such as hardwood floors).

The level of contamination a room receives will determine what precautions should be taken.

If the water is only contaminated with dirt, you can clean it yourself. If the water was just sewage or sewage mixed with dirt, you should hire a professional like SERVPRO of Anaheim West.

If the water is contaminated with sewage, do not attempt to clean it yourself.

If you are not sure whether the water was contaminated with sewage, it is best to contact a company that specializes in water damage restoration and can make an assessment.

Some items can be cleaned, others should be dried and cleaned, and some are just not worth saving from an insurance standpoint.

You may have heard that you can save almost anything if it's been submerged in water. This isn't necessarily true, and it depends on the type of water damage.

  • Some items can be cleaned, others should be dried and cleaned, and some are just not worth saving from an insurance standpoint. If your item is damaged due to exposure to floodwater or sewage, it will likely need to be thrown away. In addition, any items that were exposed to contaminated ground or other debris should also be discarded.
  • Some items that haven't been damaged but have had contact with floodwater or sewage should still be thrown away as well because they've been exposed to mold spores (which could grow later). These include soft furnishings like pillows and cushions; books; shoes; clothing; curtains etc.,
  • Other items such as electronics can usually still function even after being exposed to water (if the electricity hasn't gone out), but if they do get wet at all then you'll want them dried out as soon as possible so they don't short-circuit! It's important not let these types of devices sit around because mold can start growing inside them very quickly if left untouched for too long.

Many water-damaged items can be salvaged if they are cleaned quickly before they begin to mold or mildew

If your items have not been damaged by water, they can be salvaged.

When an item has been damaged by water and is not salvageable, it should be thrown away.

Some items cannot be salvaged at all and need to be disposed of immediately after a flood or leak.

When there is a water loss, it is important to clean the items properly and quickly. If you don’t, they may become contaminated with bacteria or mold and mildew which can cause health problems for you and your family. It is also important to know that some items are not worth saving as they have been damaged beyond repair and/or have reached their expiration date.

Smoke damage in your building

10/24/2022 (Permalink)

Fire damage commercial At SERVPRO of Anaheim West, our technicians use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot.

Smoke Damage In Your Building

Fire and smoke damage can happen to anyone. When a fire breaks out in your Anaheim, CA home or business, the professional restoration teams at SERVPRO of Anaheim West are ready to respond with our 24-hour emergency services. We have the training, equipment, and resources to handle any size fire or disaster. Our goal is to return damaged structures back to preloss condition as quickly as possible. However, not all fires are created equal. Smoke damage from burning wood and other materials can cause extensive damage even if just one object catches on fire - this includes a mattress that is left too close to the wall or an unattended candle that ignites another material.

Property damage caused by smoke and soot is not just limited to fires

Any high-temperature burning process can cause smoke and soot damage in your building. These include dryer vents, wood stoves, cooking appliances, and industrial processes such as refineries and lumber mills.

The types of property damage that occur due to smoke and soot are very similar to those caused by fire:

  • Debris from the building structure or interior furnishings may be released into the air during a fire but also during other types of combustion processes (like kitchen fires)
  • Soot deposits on surfaces like walls, ceilings, and floors can make them look dirty or discolored, obscuring their true appearance; this may have an adverse impact on the resale value of your property

Regardless of the type of fire or smoke damage, everyone has the same questions about how to fix it as well as deep concerns about how much it will cost them.

Here are a few questions you should keep in mind when dealing with your property insurance company:

  • What is the damage?
  • Does your policy cover smoke and soot removal? If not, then you may have to hire a professional to do this for you. 
  • How much will it cost? This can vary widely depending on contractor fees and equipment used, but expect to pay between $1-$10 per square foot ($100-$1,000+). 
  • What exactly is covered by my policy? Does it cover rebuilding costs after an accidental fire destroys my home? The answer is “maybe”; each policy varies greatly based on several factors including where your home was built (some areas have stricter building codes than others) how old the structure is (older homes tend not only to require more repairs but also possibly increased premiums due to their riskier nature), etcetera...

At SERVPRO of Anaheim West, our technicians use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, floors, and contents. We work hard to restore your building back to its preloss condition quickly.

Smoke damage is the result of fire and/or smoke damage. Fire damages the contents of a building, including fabric, wood, and paper products. Smoke damage occurs when heat from a fire causes materials such as ceiling tiles and wallboard to swell or warp. This can cause them to buckle or crumble away from the ceiling joists or studs that support them. The resulting gaps allow smoke, soot, and water vapor to enter your home even through very small spaces.

Smoke can also deposit itself into cracks in drywall, walls, and floors creating an odor problem. When this happens it’s important that we get rid of it before it has time to settle into these areas making removal much more difficult later on down the road if not done right away!

Smoke and soot damages can be extensive even if the fire was small.

Even if the fire was small, smoke and soot can cause extensive damage to your building and its contents.

Smoke from a fire tends to travel along the ceiling, accumulating in voids such as attics, wall cavities, and dropped ceilings as well as within furniture, furnishings, and storage areas. In addition to leaving an unpleasant smell behind, it will also stain surfaces with a black deposit (soot). Soil from ash particles may also fall onto soft furnishings where it can build up unnoticed until you attempt to clean them - this is known as “creosote”.

Conclusion

Smoke and soot damages can be extensive even if the fire was small. At SERVPRO of Anaheim West, our technicians use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, floors, and contents. We work hard to restore your building back to its preloss condition quickly. Call us today at 714-533-1989 for help with your smoke damage cleanup!

How FEMA Can Help After a Storm

8/28/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded home If your house has been damaged by floodwaters call SERVPRO.

How To Deal With Flooding Or The Devastation Of A Hurricane

A hurricane or storm can leave terrible damage to homes in Anaheim, CA, but there is help. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can help homeowners get back on their feet following storm damage. Below is an idea of what to expect in the event of a hurricane in your area.

• Registration

The first step in the process is to make sure you are registered with FEMA. The easiest way to register is to go online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or to download the app. You can also call 800-621-3362 to get started over the phone or visit a Disaster Recovery Center in the event that you do not have internet access.

Be prepared with your Social Security number, address, income, insurance information and bank routing numbers, in addition to a detailed description of the damage to your home. Some homeowners have to submit a Small Business Administration loan application before their eligibility is determined. You’ll be given a nine-digit registration number to use for all future correspondence.

• Inspection

After registration is complete, the agency will contact you to set up a home inspection. They will assess any flood damage to the home during this time. The inspector should display his or her identification when he or she arrives. Homeowners or renters will be required to prove occupancy or ownership at this time, so be prepared with a payment receipt or rental agreement and government identification.

• Follow-Up

Following the inspection, registrants will receive notification about their applications via mail, email or text. Be sure to read everything because often times, people have to submit further documentation. If you aren’t sure what the letter means, you can contact the helpline at 800-621-3362.

No one wants to deal with flooding or the devastation of a hurricane, but fortunately, there is help. FEMA exists to help homeowners through this situation and get back to their normal lives as quickly as possible.

How To Prevent Mold Growth

8/23/2022 (Permalink)

Mold spores Mold spores are tiny seeds used to reproduce.

Follow The Three Steps Below To Prevent Mold Damage

Mold growth in your Anaheim, CA, home may be a result of water damage, high humidity, or other issues. Following the three steps below can greatly reduce the likelihood of your home developing a severe mold problem.

1. Minimize Mold Spores 

A visible patch of mold results from mold spores attaching to a surface and multiplying. Therefore, decreasing the number of mold spores decreases the chance of visible mold developing. Air purifiers with HEPA filters can trap the spores in the air, and regular carpet cleaning can remove spores stuck in carpet fibers.

2. Control Moisture 

Because it is impossible to eliminate all mold spores from your home, it is important to make sure the spores do not encounter conditions conducive to mold growth, i.e., food, water, and warmth. Most homes are warm enough and have a variety of food sources to sustain fungi, so controlling the moisture level is key to preventing an infestation. Keep the indoor humidity lower than 50%.

It may be necessary to run a dehumidifier in bathrooms, basements, and other wet areas. Clean up spills and repair leaks promptly. If your home suffers water damage, dry up the water as quickly as possible. For severe cases, it may be necessary to hire a professional restoration company to ensure everything is fully dry and clean.

3. Perform Routine Inspections 

Mold prevention strategies are important, but it may not be possible to avert all growth. Fortunately, regularly checking for signs of mold damage ensures that the problem is caught before becoming disastrous. Check wet areas, hidden areas and anywhere that has had mold before. Keep an eye out for warping drywall, peeling wallpaper and other signs of deterioration as these can indicate mold is growing behind the walls.

Water damage and other mold-causing situations may be unavoidable. However, understanding the conditions necessary for mold growth and acting quickly when those conditions arise can help keep your home mold-free.

3 Things Homeowners Should Clean To Prevent a Lint Fire

8/11/2022 (Permalink)

Removing lint from a drying machine Clean the lint filter each time the dryer is used

Prevent a Lint Fire

Accumulated lint in the dryer vents of your home is a danger, especially if the vents have never been cleaned. A lint fire hazard can be overlooked by homeowners in Southwest Anaheim, CA because the lint is hidden.

To Avoid A Fire, You Can

  • Clean your dryer vents regularly
  • Remove lint from the dryer filter after each use
  • Have your dryer serviced routinely by a professional

A dryer that has stopped working effectively is a sign that you have a clogged dryer vent. To find and clean hidden lint, check these three areas.

1. Dryer Vents
The dryer vent allows lint to escape through a pipe that has its opening on the roof each time you use the dryer. Sometimes, the wall damper through which the lint is meant to escape is covered by a mesh screen. This blocks the exit for the lint, causing it to accumulate with each use of your dryer. The wall damper should be covered to keep rain from moistening the dryer vent. Ensure that the damper opens with each use for proper ventilation.


2. Behind the Dryer
Lint behind your dryer is another indicator for a clogged dryer vent. This lint can be neglected because of its location behind the dryer and out of sight. Check behind your dryer regularly and clean well to prevent a lint fire. If you notice lint accumulating behind your dryer, contact a professional cleaning service to clean the vents.


3. The Lint Filter
Each time the dryer is used, the lint filter accumulates thread particles. If it is not cleaned, it can cause a dryer fire. The lint filter and its housing should be cleaned with a brush at least once a month to prevent hidden lint from igniting within the dryer. It should be cleaned before and after each use of the dryer.

Dryer vents that have not been treated are a fire hazard. In case of a lint fire, you should know what companies provide fire damage restoration services in your area. Maintaining your dryer vent clean will protect you from property loss and fire damage restoration costs.

How To Use a Fire Extinguisher in a Commercial Fire

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

Fire extinguisher Safety should always come first when considering using a fire extinguisher.

If your business in Anaheim, CA, has a fire, your normal inclination might be to immediately put it out. However, while a sense of panic is natural before you grab your fire extinguisher, you need to take a breath and really assess the situation.

If turning something off will immediately stop a fire and you can safely do that should be your first step. If the fire is spreading quickly, get everyone out of the building and call the fire department. But if the fire is small and poses no immediate risk, here's how to use a fire extinguisher effectively and safely.

Types of Fire Extinguishers

The 4 basic classes of fire extinguishers found in restaurants are:

  • Class A for materials such as wood, paper and cardboard
  • Class B for oils, petroleum and grease
  • Class C for electronics and electrical
  • Class K for a kitchen fire

The most common type found in businesses and homes is ABC, which covers most fires. However, many commercial kitchens are required to have a Class K fire extinguisher, so employees should know the difference.

The P.A.S.S. Method

Fortunately, handheld extinguishers are easy to use. P.A.S.S. stands for Pull, Aim, Squeeze and Sweep. However, before you use the device, always call the fire department first. If there's no time to call them, there's no time to try to fight the flames!

Grab the extinguisher and pull the pin off the top. It's usually secured with a light tamper-proof ring that should be easy to break with a fairly gentle tug for most people. Aim the extinguisher at the base of the flames and slowly squeeze the handle. Sweep the extinguisher back and forth until the fire is suppressed.

Once the flames are out, you'll need to call a smoke and fire damage restoration expert. Smoke will leave soot everywhere, which usually requires commercial cleaners to remove. Smoke damage can spread throughout a business in minutes.

Safety should always come first when considering using a fire extinguisher. However, if you have the time, you can save tens of thousands of dollars in damage if you're prepared.

How To Use a Fire Extinguisher in a Commercial Fire

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

Fire extinguisher Safety should always come first when considering using a fire extinguisher.

If your business in Anaheim, CA, has a fire, your normal inclination might be to immediately put it out. However, while a sense of panic is natural before you grab your fire extinguisher, you need to take a breath and really assess the situation.

If turning something off will immediately stop a fire and you can safely do that should be your first step. If the fire is spreading quickly, get everyone out of the building and call the fire department. But if the fire is small and poses no immediate risk, here's how to use a fire extinguisher effectively and safely.

Types of Fire Extinguishers

The 4 basic classes of fire extinguishers found in restaurants are:

  • Class A for materials such as wood, paper and cardboard
  • Class B for oils, petroleum and grease
  • Class C for electronics and electrical
  • Class K for a kitchen fire

The most common type found in businesses and homes is ABC, which covers most fires. However, many commercial kitchens are required to have a Class K fire extinguisher, so employees should know the difference.

The P.A.S.S. Method

Fortunately, handheld extinguishers are easy to use. P.A.S.S. stands for Pull, Aim, Squeeze and Sweep. However, before you use the device, always call the fire department first. If there's no time to call them, there's no time to try to fight the flames!

Grab the extinguisher and pull the pin off the top. It's usually secured with a light tamper-proof ring that should be easy to break with a fairly gentle tug for most people. Aim the extinguisher at the base of the flames and slowly squeeze the handle. Sweep the extinguisher back and forth until the fire is suppressed.

Once the flames are out, you'll need to call a smoke and fire damage restoration expert. Smoke will leave soot everywhere, which usually requires commercial cleaners to remove. Smoke damage can spread throughout a business in minutes.

Safety should always come first when considering using a fire extinguisher. However, if you have the time, you can save tens of thousands of dollars in damage if you're prepared.

Water Pipe Repair and Classifications

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

Technician cleaning up a drywall after a water loss Cleaning up drywall after a water loss in Southwest Anaheim, CA

A broken pipe at your Southwest Anaheim, CA, business can cause major damage. However, water pipe repair and water damage restoration can have your commercial building back to normal in no time. Luckily, water from pipes is generally not as dangerous as water from other sources. Knowing the three classifications of water can help keep you, your employees, and customers safe.

Water Classifications

Water is divided into three classifications, based on the presumed level of contamination:

  • Clean water (category 1) comes from broken pipes, rainwater, etc. This water is not contaminated and does not pose a threat.
  • Gray water (category 2) is slightly contaminated. This type of water comes from appliances, aquariums, bathwater, etc. The potential threat is determined by the type of contaminants in the water.
  • Black water (category 3) is highly contaminated. Category 3 water comes from sewage, flood waters and other dirty sources. This water should be treated with extreme caution, as it is assumed to be dangerous.

Additionally, water should not be allowed to sit for extended periods. After 24 hours, category 1 water degrades into category 2 water, and category 2 water degrades into category 3 water. Also, when clean water travels downward through a building, such as from a broken pipe on the second floor down to the first floor, it gathers contaminants from the building material and should be treated as category 2 water.

Safety Precautions

When doing water pipe repair or other work in a flooded area, there are several things to remember in order to stay safe:

Turn off the power in the area before beginning work if any electrical equipment has gotten wet. If you have to walk through standing water to do so, hire an electrician.
Do not turn on any water-damaged appliances until they have been cleared by an electrician.
Make sure to keep any cuts or sores you may have from coming into contact with category 1 or 2 water. Wear waterproof bandages, gloves or protective clothing to cover any wounds.

After the water pipe repair, you may need help with water damage restoration. A professional restoration company can help you get your business back to normal quickly and safely.

Storm Preparation: Steps To Take To Protect Your Home From Storm Damage

7/6/2022 (Permalink)

Home Generator Invest in a generator in your Anaheim, CA home
Storm Preparation: Steps To Take To Protect Your Home From Storm Damage

With storm season well under way, you need to take active measures to protect your home from flooding and storm damage, if you have not already done so. Depending on where you live, preparation measures may look slightly different. That said, there are certain measures that all homeowners across the country can take to reduce their risk of excessive damage and the need for costly repairs. Those include the following:

  • Clean out the gutters.
  • Trim trees and overhanging branches.
  • Install a sump pump.
  • Install storm shutters.
  • Invest in a generator.
  • Invest in flood damage insurance.
  • Prepare an emergency preparedness kit.

By doing each of the above, you can protect both your home and yourself in the event of a bad storm.

There Are Some Storms For Which You Just Cannot Prepare

By taking many of the above measures, such as cleaning out your gutters, trimming branches that overhang your home and installing storm shutters, you can keep the worst of wind, rain, snow and hail damage at bay. However, there are some types of damage, such as flooding, that you cannot fully protect against. Though sump pumps and other anti-flood measures help to an extent, they're not always 100 percent effective. If your home does flood, you want to act as soon as possible to prevent further damage. Some things you can do include the following:

  • Elevate any furniture in the affected area.
  • Turn off power to the affected area.
  • Remove any valuables from the affected area.
  • Take pictures of the damage and contact your insurance company.
  • Reach out to your Anaheim, CA, flood damage remediation team for immediate assistance.

A restoration team can help dry out your home, clean your household items and perform mold remediation, if necessary. It is important that you contact your flooding team ASAP, as the longer you wait to remediate the damage, the worse the secondary damage, such as mold and rot, will become.

Flood Safety Before, During and After the Flood

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

Emergency Kit Maintain a well-stocked emergency kit at all times.

Flood Preparedness Prior to, During, and After the Flood

Flood safety is largely a matter of preparation and staying calm. If a storm surge or other weather event strikes Disneyland Park, CA, here's a quick rundown of useful safety tips to keep in mind.

What To Do Before the Flood

If you have the opportunity to be ready for rising water, use that to your advantage. Deploy any sandbags or other barriers you have.

At a minimum, keep a well-stocked emergency kit ready that includes the following:

  • Enough food and water for at least three days
  • Medicine for at least three days
  • Flashlights
  • First-aid kit
  • Blankets
  • Radio
  • Batteries
  • Pet food, toys, and medicine

Be advised that homeowners insurance doesn't include flood insurance, either. Knowing your flood risk in Disneyland Park, CA, and talking with your insurance agent are two simple ways to protect your home as well.

Flood Safety During the Event Itself
Move to the highest ground possible. If local government tells you to leave, leave.
If you're at home during a flood, stay inside and away from the water. The NWS reports that as few as 6 inches of water is enough to topple an adult. Inside the home, if the water in a room rises above the electrical outlets, stay out of that room.

It's important to remain up to date on what's happening, too. Use that radio in your emergency kit, as well as social media and local TV if you still have access.

Handling the Aftermath

Many of the same tips hold true after a flood: Most importantly, stay away from the water and keep yourself informed. Call a flood damage mitigation company to start the restoration process right away, and leave the handling of all soggy materials to the experts. Flood water is typically contaminated. Remember that flood waters can affect the structural elements of your home, too, so proceed with caution, especially if you've been away.

Flood safety is an area of knowledge most people hope they never have to call on. Being prepared, however, is one of your best defenses against Mother Nature.