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September is National Preparedness Month

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


About SERVPRO®
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO?s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

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

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

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

SUMMER IS HERE!!! Time to crank up that barbeque grill! Keep in mind, however, that a grill can be a fire hazard. They can be very hot, causing burn injuries. Placed too close to other flammable objects, they can become an ignition source resulting in a deck or house fire or wildfire. Follow these simple tips and you will be on the way to safe grilling.

SAFETY TIPS

  • Only use propane and charcoal BBQ grills outdoors.
  • Place the grill well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Children and pets should be kept at least three feet away from the grill.
  • Your grill should be kept clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave a grill unattended—they can flare up in an instant.
  • Before lighting it, always make sure your gas grill lid is open.

CHARCOAL GRILLS

  • There are several ways to prepare the charcoal. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids directly to the fire. Do not EVER use gasoline.
  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord that is rated for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposal—always dispose of them in a metal container.
  • Keep charcoal fluid away from heat sources an out of the reach of children.

PROPANE GRILLS

  • Before using it for the first time each year, always check the gas tank hose for leaks. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If you can smell gas, and/or if the “soapy bubble test” is actively releasing bubbles, your grill has a gas leak. If there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and the grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, clear the area and call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
  • If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 5 minutes before re-lighting it.

We at SERVPRO hope these tips help you enjoy a safe, disaster-free summer and beyond. Restoration after smoke, fire and water disasters may be our specialty, but we don’t wish them upon anyone. But if they occur, SERVPRO is ready for whatever happens, 24/7.

SERVPRO® Named Top Franchise Opportunity in Restoration Services Category for the 15th Consecutive Year

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO® Named Top Franchise Opportunity in Restoration Services Category for the 15th Consecutive Year water damage restoration

Cleanup and restoration franchisor attains #12 ranking overall in Entrepreneur magazine's 2018 Franchise 500 rankings

San Luis Obispo, CA (Grassroots Newswire) February 6, 2018 - SERVPRO®, a cleanup and restoration franchise company, continues to dominate its segment of Entrepreneur magazine's Franchise 500 list, receiving top ranking in the Restoration Services industry for the 15th consecutive year*.

Local entrepreneur Joseph Powers, owner of SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo, said the company also achieved the number 12 spot overall** in the prestigious rankings, standing out in a record-breaking group of more than 1,020 franchises qualified for the 2018 list. The purpose of the Franchise 500 list is to use objective and quantifiable measures of a franchise operation to help would-be entrepreneurs identify franchise investment opportunities. The evaluation process is based on what the magazine calls 'The Five Pillars of the Franchise 500©': Costs and Fees, Size and Growth, Support, Brand Strength, and Financial Strength and Stability.

"We are proud to be a part of this 'Best in Category' organization," said Powers. "SERVPRO's financial strength and stability, growth rate, and system size all contribute to the company's success, and by extension to the success of its franchisees. The commitment to excellence starts at the top and carries through to the service each franchisee provides to each and every customer." Sue Steen, SERVPRO Industries, Inc., chief executive officer, says key differentiators set SERVPRO apart from the competition, making it a strong business opportunity for both existing franchisees and would-be entrepreneurs. Those differentiators are:

* SERVPRO's strength as a brand, enabling the company to form national partnerships with organizations like the PGA TOUR®.

* SERVPRO's commitment to being a learning organization, helping franchisees plan, track, and deliver best-in-class services to consumers.

* SERVPRO's focus on continued technological development and support, resulting in industry-leading proprietary software and systems.

"SERVPRO was founded in 1967 as a painting company. Today, we are a mature restoration services organization with more than 1,700 individually owned and operated locations under a single brand," said Steen. "Our franchisees respond to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Maintaining our position for 15 consecutive years as the best franchise opportunity in our category on the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 list validates our long-standing strategy for growing our brand: invest in franchisee training and support, and commit resources to continually improving our infrastructure."

SERVPRO® specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, helping both commercial and residential customers recover from property damage emergencies "Like it never even happened." For more information about SERVPRO® of San Luis Obispo, contact Joseph Powers at (805) 541-1271 or office@SERVPROsanluisobispo.com. For more information about SERVPRO®, please visit www.SERVPRO.com.

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About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO?s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

SERVPRO® Named Top Franchise Opportunity in Restoration Services Category for the 15th Consecutive Year

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO® Named Top Franchise Opportunity in Restoration Services Category for the 15th Consecutive Year water damage restoration

Cleanup and restoration franchisor attains #12 ranking overall in Entrepreneur magazine's 2018 Franchise 500 rankings

San Luis Obispo, CA (Grassroots Newswire) February 6, 2018 - SERVPRO®, a cleanup and restoration franchise company, continues to dominate its segment of Entrepreneur magazine's Franchise 500 list, receiving top ranking in the Restoration Services industry for the 15th consecutive year*.

Local entrepreneur Joseph Powers, owner of SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo, said the company also achieved the number 12 spot overall** in the prestigious rankings, standing out in a record-breaking group of more than 1,020 franchises qualified for the 2018 list. The purpose of the Franchise 500 list is to use objective and quantifiable measures of a franchise operation to help would-be entrepreneurs identify franchise investment opportunities. The evaluation process is based on what the magazine calls ?The Five Pillars of the Franchise 500©: Costs and Fees, Size and Growth, Support, Brand Strength, and Financial Strength and Stability.

We are proud to be a part of this "Best in Category"organization, said Powers. "SERVPRO's financial strength and stability, growth rate, and system size all contribute to the company's success, and by extension to the success of its franchisees. The commitment to excellence starts at the top and carries through to the service each franchisee provides to each and every customer." Sue Steen, SERVPRO Industries, Inc., chief executive officer, says key differentiators set SERVPRO apart from the competition, making it a strong business opportunity for both existing franchisees and would-be entrepreneurs. Those differentiators are:

* SERVPRO's strength as a brand, enabling the company to form national partnerships with organizations like the PGA TOUR®.

* SERVPRO's commitment to being a learning organization, helping franchisees plan, track, and deliver best-in-class services to consumers.

* SERVPRO's focus on continued technological development and support, resulting in industry-leading proprietary software and systems.

SERVPRO was founded in 1967 as a painting company. Today, we are a mature restoration services organization with more than 1,700 individually owned and operated locations under a single brand,? said Steen. "Our franchisees respond to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Maintaining our position for 15 consecutive years as the best franchise opportunity in our category on the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 list validates our long-standing strategy for growing our brand: invest in franchisee training and support, and commit resources to continually improving our infrastructure."

SERVPRO® specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, helping both commercial and residential customers recover from property damage emergencies "Like it never even happened." For more information about SERVPRO® of San Luis Obispo, contact Joseph Powers at (805) 541-1271 or office@SERVPROsanluisobispo.com. For more information about SERVPRO®, please visit www.SERVPRO.com.

http://bit.ly/2mIH4aD

https://www.entrepreneur.com/franchise500

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Disaster Response Professionals outline holiday home fire prevention guidelines

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

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Local Disaster Response Professional Says Keep the Focus on Fire Prevention for a Safe and Joyous Holiday Season SERVPRO® restoration specialist outlines holiday home fire prevention guidelines.

San Luis Obispo, CA (Grassroots Newswire) November 29, 2017 --

The American Red Cross (ARC) cites statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration1 showing nearly 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays, claiming more than 500 lives, causing more than 2,200 injuries, and costing $554 million in property damage. Joseph Powers of SERVPRO® of San Luis Obispo cautions home owners to follow some important ARC guidelines for holiday decorating and entertaining to make sure that the glow in their holiday celebrations is from twinkling lights and not a costly and potentially deadly fire.

Place Christmas trees and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents, and candles.

Purchase flame-retardant metallic or artificial trees. If you purchase a real tree, make sure that it has fresh, green needles that aren't easily broken. Keep live trees as moist as possible by giving them plenty of water.

Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer's instructions.

If you are celebrating Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, keep flammable items, including curtains and holiday decorations, at least three feet away from your candles. Place your menorah or kinara on a non-flammable surface, such as a tray lined with aluminum foil, to catch the melting candle wax. Never leave lit candles unattended.

Ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave and always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed.

If, in spite of all your precautions, a fire does break out, the most important thing you can do to help save lives is to install and maintain smoke alarms throughout your property, says Powers. Having a working smoke alarm reduces everyone's chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.

Powers notes that the ARC is joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide  to deliver and install a limited number of free smoke alarms in homes for those in need. Contact your local ARC chapter for more information.

The disaster response professionals at SERVPRO, a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, witness the devastation that home fires can cause far too often. 

They also know that when fire causes a loss of life, there is no remediation possible. To keep the focus on fire prevention, rather than fire restoration,  SERVPRO has teamed up with the American Red Cross by supporting the ARC Disaster Responder program, and in particular the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.

As a Disaster Responder, SERVPRO pledges dollars and support in advance to help the ARC develop and distribute educational materials and respond immediately when they are needed.

As a SERVPRO professional, I know that even the most diligent fire prevention planning can't prevent all home fires. That's why fire safety planning, like installing and maintaining smoke detectors and having a family escape plan, is also important, says Powers. If a fire does break out in your home this holiday season, make sure all your family members follow this life-saving advice from the ARC: Get Out, Stay Out, and Call for Help.

For more fire prevention and fire safety tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPRO.com. For more information on SERVPRO® of San Luis Obispo, please contact Joseph Powers at (805) 541-1271 or office@SERVPROsanluisobispo.com.

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

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Keep reading to see the full report.

The Categories and Classes of Water Damage

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

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

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

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

Now let’s look at the classes.

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

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

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

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

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

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo

P.O. Box 1794

San Luis Obispo, CA 93406

(805) 541-1271

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Los Osos Water Damage Company SERVPRO Releases a Report on the Effects of Water Damage To a Home

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Los Osos Water Damage Company SERVPRO Releases a Report on the Effects of Water Damage To a Home Los Osos water damage

Recently, Los Osos water damage company SERVPRO has released a report on the effects that water damage can have on a home.

This report can help property owners and tenants recognize the early signs of water damage in Los Osos buildings. Accidents happen, but early detection can prevent expensive repairs or construction in buildings with water damage in Los Osos or any where on the Central Coast. Getting the experts from SERVPRO in to take care of the damage as soon as possible is much less expensive that waiting.

Read below to check out the full report.

The Effects of Water Damage To a Home

Water damage is a problem that most home owners fear, but the reality can actually be worse than most people imagine, if it is not dealt with quickly. If left alone or unnoticed, the effects of water damage can be horrific and can leave people’s homes in shambles. Here are a few of the effects of water damage on a home if left alone for too long.

Ruin the Structure of the Home

One of the largest and worst effects of having water damage in a home is that it can ruin the structure of a home. Water seeping into the walls, floors and ceiling in a house can weaken the integrity and make it more prone to sagging, tearing or even collapsing. The best way to ensure this never happens is to not only get the water damage looked after quick, but also to have it looked at by a professional.

A Lenghty Restoration Process

If a home has been severely damaged by water, it will prevent people from living there due to the damage and condition that everything is in. Also, if the damage was long enough (and restoration will take a while), it could keep people from their home for even days or weeks. This is why a professional should be contacted ASAP, to ensure that the mess can be cleaned up quickly, as the longer the water sits and the more damage that is done, the longer the restoration will take.

Mold and Bacteria Growth

Sitting water and bacteria growth go hand in hand. If people have ever dealt with mold, they will say it is terrible and gross. It looks bad, smells bad and can even damage the structure of a home. This growth can also be terrible for a person’s health, so it should be dealt with as soon as it is spotted.

Worried about water damage or have any questions? If so, be sure to call or contact Los Osos water damage company SERVPRO. The company has over 1,000 franchises across the world and the company has been around for over 50 year. They are known for their great service, hard work, and dedication to their craft and customers.

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo

P.O. Box 1794

San Luis Obispo, CA 93406

(805) 541-1271

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

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

When faced with a water damage situation, either at home or commercially, one of the first questions to ask yourself is “Should I file a claim?” There are a number of reasons why this is an important factor to consider once you have the mitigation (cleanup) portion under control.

Of course, the first step with any water loss is to get help immediately to stop the source of the leak, BEFORE you mitigate the loss (get it cleaned up)! Call a team like SERVPRO OF SAN LUIS OBISPO and ATASCADERO even if the water is still flowing—we help get the source stopped/shut off until repairs can be completed to prevent further damage.

By not acting fast, secondary damage can result in mold issues which may or may not be covered by your insurance policy. In California, there are restrictions as to how much coverage will be offered for mold remediation. So regardless as to whether or not you decide to file a claim, it’s still of vital importance that you act fast. In fact, your insurance company might even try to use your lack of action against you and try to deny the claim because you waited too long & inadvertently caused more damage than otherwise would have been the case. So always pick up the phone and call a team like SERVPRO OF SAN LUIS OBISPO and ATASCADERO right away.

Once the leak is stopped, it’s time to mitigate the loss and then evaluate the situation to determine if it’s actually worth it to file a claim with your insurance carrier. In many cases, smaller water damage losses can and should be paid out of pocket to save you money in the long run. Unless it’s very obvious that the claim is going to be a huge bill due to extensive damage, always take the time to weigh the pros & cons before you commit to filing a claim.

Don’t worry about having the work done before you call your carrier—they were going to tell you to get the work done ASAP anyway, and it’s YOUR CHOICE as the insured as to which vendor you choose to do the work.

First, request an estimate from the mitigation team—they should be able to give you some kind of ballpark dollar amount which you can use to weigh against your deductible as well as your total annual premium cost. Then, you’ll want to consider how much your premium cost stands to rise based on this new claim—you’ll want to contact your insurance agent who sold you the policy to discuss this with him/her. (Don’t bother trying to discuss this with an insurance adjuster, because they won’t be able to discuss premium rates with you).

In a nutshell, you need to try & calculate the cost for the loss to be cleaned up and repaired, versus your deductible and current/projected insurance premium. If it’s going to cost you less in the long run to just pay out of pocket, you’re better off not filing a claim. This is where the conversation with your agent comes into play—they can tell you how much your rates could be affected if you file a claim and show you on paper just how much money you stand to save over the course of time. This is largely dependent on the magnitude of the loss—if it’s obviously a huge water loss with extensive damage to the property, then filing a claim is the obvious choice. It’s the smaller incidents that might not prove worthy of filing a claim, because in the long run you might end up paying more in increased premiums than if you had just paid for the mitigation & repairs yourself.  You’d be surprised how many people don’t stop for a moment & consider all these factors before picking up the phone and filing a claim.

Water damage losses, particularly in California, are the most common type of claim filed by homeowners. & They can get quite expensive depending on the severity of the loss. Insurance carriers have reacted to this trend by implementing new policies & lobbying for new laws by which YOU as the insured, carry a higher burden than you might expect: the claim can not only raise your rates for as long as you own the property, but depending on the insurance company, the claim could follow you even if/when you sell the property and buy a different property. Yes, you read that correctly: your premiums might be affected by a water loss at a different property than the one at which you filed the claim. A simple analogy would be that it can be much like getting a speeding ticket: the ticket affects your car insurance rates, and selling your car & buying a different one won’t make that speeding ticket go away. THIS is why it’s so important to take a moment to consider the long-term effects vs. the short-term gain. Ask yourself: “Should I file a claim?

REMEMBER: regardless of whether or not you file a claim, keep in mind that you’re still going to have to get the work done by a professional reputable water mitigation team. SERVPRO OF SAN LUIS OBISPO and ATASCADERO is available 24/7 to respond to your needs from SLO to San Simeon and everywhere in-between, including (but not limited to): Paso Robles, San Ardo, Cambria, Morro Bay, Cayucos, Los Osos, Templeton, Santa Margarita…and more!

We hope this helps. We offer services ranging from water damage mitigation to mold remediation to fire/smoke damage. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or are in need of immediate assistance at your home or place of business, call SERVPRO OF SAN LUIS OBISPO and ATASCADERO—we’ll be happy to assist.

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

10/20/2016 (Permalink)

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

14,000 people daily are affected by water damage. It is important to know how to eliminate conditions in which mold may grow and infest the home to help prevent the growth of molds.

All homeowners who have recently experienced water damage should be concerned about mold, as it can grow rapidly. Worse yet, it doesn’t take much water for it grow and it can be much deadlier than expected. The sooner an infestation is taken care of, the better.

 

Here are six tips to help reduce the likelihood of mold growth:

 

Remove the water as quickly as possible.

Use a wet or dry vacuum to soak up as much water as possible. This limits the possibility for the mold to grow.

 

Use fans to dry the floors and carpets faster.

It may take several days for fans to completely dry water damage. Leave them on constantly for at least a few weeks to help circulate cool and fresh air as well as speed up the drying process.

 

Dehumidify the affected room.

Mold grows in moist, warm and dark areas. Dehumidifying the room helps cool the air and limit mold and mildew growth. Any equipment you can use to dry the air and ground will be useful in mold prevention.

 

Steam-clean your carpet.

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

 

Sanitize walls and baseboards.

Anything that has been touched by storm water should immediately be sanitized. Clean any hardwood floors, walls, or other surfaces with soap, water, chlorine, and bleach to minimize mold growth.

 

Lastly, check affected furniture for any signs of mold growth that may have begun

Check all furniture for water damage, and remove the furniture from wet flooring. Water damage may hide itself under carpets or rugs, so be sure to thoroughly inspect the home.

Even following the above steps, it is likely that a mold infestation may still be present in the home. If any visible signs of mold are noticed, then an infestation/colonization has occurred. For any extensive mold damage situations, it is best to call in the professionals, such as SERVPRO, a company that has, in the past, provided Paso Robles water damage restoration.

 

Water damage and mold remediation solutions

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

 

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SERVPRO Water Damage Specialists release report on common water damage scenarios

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

  1. The washing machine overflows.

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

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

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

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

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

Los Osos water damage solutions

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