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SERVPRO Los Osos Reports About The Benefits Of Professional Residential Cleaning Services

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Even with regular tidying and cleaning the typical household vacuum and carpet cleaner are rarely industrial enough for deep thorough cleaning that a home needs now and then. Once in awhile, it’s nice to have someone come in, move the furniture and get those nooks and crannies and overhead shelves and Joe Powers of SERVPRO, the Los Osos water damage specialists, has some tips about the benefits of deep cleaning.

When does a home need a deep cleaning? This answer depends on the how often a homeowner or renter wants a cleaning that gets deep into carpets, drapes and upholstery and leaves no damp, soggy spots behind. Professional services can include cleaning the HVAC system, removing strange looking spots from carpets and upholstered furniture, and eliminating persistent odors.

Basically, any time is a good time for a deep, thorough cleaning. Along with the usual “spring cleaning,” or preparing a home for the holidays or a special event, other circumstances include:

  • Preparing the home for sale
  • Cleaning up after tenants or a hoarding situation
  • Periodic deep cleaning to help with allergies and respiratory conditions
  • Cleaning carpets, upholstery, even floors and walls after a prolonged illness
  • Toilet and sewage overflow
  • Water and mold damage
  • Fire damage
  • Trauma or crime scene clean up

Kids spill food and drinks, pets have accidents, and dust, dirt and odd odors invade even the cleanest spaces. Grime (and other surprises) pile up behind refrigerators, stoves and the washer and dryer. Life happens and deep cleaning can range from deeper regular cleaning, to removing biohazard contaminants, and removing trash and junk from a hoarding situation. Biohazard removal, which can include blood, vomit, urine, feces and contaminated materials, is beyond the scope of the average housecleaning service.

A recent article in Health eNews cites the following reasons for keeping a house clean:

  • Lowering stress and fatigue
  • Reducing allergy and asthma symptoms
  • Improving safety
  • Lessening the spread of germs
  • Keeping pests away

The professional teams from companies such as SERVPRO have been thoroughly trained for cleaning up a wide range of situations. These professionals have all of the safety gear required for working with contaminated materials, all of the supplies and equipment for thorough cleaning and decontamination.

Whether the home is just ready for a deep general cleaning, or has been damaged or contaminated, the SERVPRO experts are the people to call.

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA

(805) 541-1271

National Preparedness Month Offers Home and Business Owners an Opportunity to Resolve to be Ready for an Emergency

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

life ring National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month Offers Home and Business Owners an Opportunity to Resolve to be Ready for an Emergency Local SERVPRO disaster restoration specialist highlights no-cost tools to help property owners prepare and maintain a comprehensive emergency readiness plan. 

San Luis Obispo, CA (Grassroots Newswire) August 28, 2019 - No matter where you live or work, emergencies caused by weather, fire, wind, water, and other natural or manmade disasters can strike at any time and are largely unpredictable. SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo reminds San Luis Obispo-area home and business owners that preparing in advance is the best thing you can do to help minimize a disaster?s impact on your loved ones and your property. Each year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designates September as National Preparedness Month ? a time to create, or update, your plan for when disaster strikes.

?In the same way that people make ?resolutions? at the New Year, National Preparedness Month is a great time to resolve to create a plan, or review your existing plan, each and every year,? said Joseph Powers of SERVPRO® of San Luis Obispo. ?Everyone needs a comprehensive emergency plan. Business owners also need to plan for business interruption and continuation. But equally importantly, families and businesses alike need immediate access to data like emergency and insurance contacts, shut-off valves, electrical panel locations, and the line of command to authorize work so emergency responders can react quickly and appropriately during the emergency. This month?s focus on preparedness is a great incentive for both families and businesses to put a plan in place and review it regularly.?

Creating an emergency plan is straightforward, according to Powers. No matter what type of threats exist where you live or work ? wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, or other natural or manmade disasters ? tools are available from FEMA (https://www.ready.gov) with guidelines for preparing emergency food, water, and medical supplies; planning for special needs; and creating communication and evacuation plans. These tools and others, like the SERVPRO READY app, also help you store essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes. Both home and business owners can download the free app at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp.

Local business owners can take an additional preparedness step by designating SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider. SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of the facility and assist the owner in completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) to be stored in the READY app.

?The key to getting your life or business back on track is timely response after a disaster strikes. That?s why it?s important to take the time to record and store your information electronically, and then commit to a time ? like National Preparedness Month ? to review and update your records at least once each year,? said Powers. ?Remember, filing cabinets and their contents may be inaccessible or even destroyed in an emergency situation, so don?t depend on them to keep track of critical insurance, property, or contact information in the event of a disaster. Store your data electronically. If disaster strikes, you?ll have the information you need literally at your fingertips.?

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making 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.

Why you should not clean up a blood spill on your own.

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Accidents and crimes happen every day. Some of these incidents result in blood spills. While it may seem like the right thing to do at the time, victims of violent crimes and accidents should never attempt to clean up areas with blood for several important reasons:

PSYCHOLOGICAL & EMOTIONAL SAFETY
Going through a bloody accident or violent is a traumatic experience that can haunt you for years especially if its someone you know. Maintaining your emotional and psychological health is important so no further damage is created is critical in traumatic situations. Family members should protect each other during this critical recovery time which means that cleaning up blood yourself will not help heal the people involved. In fact, after a violent experience a person can develop Critical Incident Stress disorder, also known as CIS. OSHA published a CIS Guide about this disorder; it is one of the most important reasons not to clean up blood spills yourself. It’s critical in situations like this to contact a professional team, such as SERVPRO, who will work fast and treat your family with sensitivity and respect during a traumatic experience.

PERSONAL SAFETY
Blood borne pathogens can pose immediate dangers to untrained persons attempting to clean up blood. The Center for Disease Control lists the most concerning blood borne diseases: HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are three of the most common and dangerous. C-Diff and MRSA are also deadly bacteria that are easily transmitted through blood. These pathogens should be considered as deadly and dangerous from either accidents or crimes blood spills which require professional biohazard cleaning services.

SERVPRO can help with any type of blood cleanup including suicide cleanup, homicide cleanup, decomposition cleanup, and industrial accident scenes.

When faced with tragedy, do the right thing: protect your family and loved ones and call in professionals. We are here to help and will make it a priority to assist you in a prompt and timely manner.

Handling a water damage.

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can be a tragic event in a homeowners’ property from a pipe bursting, your washing machine broke out of nowhere, or it rained a little too much, and then suddenly you have your own personal pond in your house.
Water problems are a nightmare for homeowners, especially when those problems lead to significant flooding. Dealing with water or flood damage is time-consuming, expensive and may not always be covered by homeowner’s insurance.
Sometimes it can be so expensive, and homeowners might consider taking on some repairs themselves to minimize the amount of money they have to spend. But is this a wise idea? And how can you tell whether the cleanup will be manageable, or if it’s necessary to hire professionals?


Things to Consider

To determine whether you can clean the area up on your own or if you need to call in an expert, you’re going to have to evaluate your situation and consider a few different factors.

Amount

A minor to moderate amount of water in your home should be manageable on your own, if you have the proper tools to deal with it. However, if the flooding is significant or is continuing to rise despite efforts to curb it, do not try to handle it on your own.


If your area is recovering from a large flood or other natural disaster, now isn’t the time to take on a diy repair project, especially if your home suffered significant damage. Leave this one to the professionals and follow instructions from local disaster relief authorities.

Source

Before you decide to clean up water damage on your own, you first need to figure out where the water is coming from.


There are three different types of water that you may deal with when you have a flooding issue in your home. The type of water will guide you on whether you can do the cleanup yourself or if you need to bring in a professional.

The first type is clean water. Clean water might come from rain or leaky pipes and doesn’t have harmful bacteria growing in it.

The second type is called gray water. This is water that comes from sources like your dishwasher or washing machine and may be slightly contaminated. This type of water can also be safe to clean up yourself, if you take proper precautions and use appropriate safety gear.

The last type is black water. Black water can come from sewers or flooding from a nearby body of water. Do not try to clean up this type of water on your own, as it can harbor all kinds of highly infectious organisms and other health hazards.
If you’re unsure about the type of water you’re dealing with, play it safe and call in a professional.

The importance of hiring a professional service

No matter how much we want to fix and repair a water damage thinking that we know what we are doing is going to fix it. It might end up making the situation even worse. Hiring a professional may be a better way to go since they know how to handle water damages no matter how big or small the damage may be. Here at SERVPRO we have technicians on hand to go handle any kind of water damage no matter what time of day it is. They will be with you step by step to show you the process to get your property back to its normal conditions.

"Helpful tips to prevent barbecue fires."

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Summer and fall brings family and friends together for good times over the barbecue. Great food and great company make great memories and the professionals from SERVPRO in San Luis Obispo want to make sure those memories are not marred by an out-of-control fire.

People getting together for a good time hardly seems like something that can turn into a disaster, but these interesting facts from the National Fire Protection Association can make people much more aware of barbecue safety:

  • May through August is the leading months for barbecue fires.
  • From 2013 to 2017 an average 19,000 people per year showed up in emergency rooms due to injuries involving barbecue grills. Children under five years old accounted for an average 2,000 injuries per year.
  • Gas grills were involved in an average of 8700 home fires per year. Charcoal and other solid-fuel grills were involved in 1100 home fires per year.
  • Twenty-three percent of gas grill fires were caused by leaks or breaks in the equipment.

A few precautions and a watchful eye can help keep flames and hot coals in the barbecue and away from guests, pets, dry vegetation and other flammable surroundings. Here are some tips to help prevent a fire.

  1. Always check the tank and connections for gas grills before starting.
  2. Set up the grill in a clear area outside away from flammable materials, including dry grass, trees, umbrellas and covered patios.
  3. Allow plenty of room for people to move around, reducing accidental contact with the hot barbecue, or even tipping it over.
  4. Don’t allow children and pets to play too close.
  5. Keep a fire extinguisher handy. A fire extinguisher can be used with gas or charcoal/wood grills. A water hose can be used with charcoal or wood grills.
  6. Trim excess fat. Meat that is too fatty causes flames to flare and can cause serious injury. Keep a spray bottle handy to stop flare-ups.
  7. Never leave fire or hot coals unattended.
  8. Keep the grill clean, including the cooking surfaces and grill pans.
  9. Check the barbecue for rust spots or holes. Make sure it is well supported with no danger of being easily knocked over. Don’t use damaged equipment.
  10. Let the barbecue cool down completely before covering it.
  11. Dump the ashes into a metal bucket and hose them down until there are completely cool with no embers of smoke before disposing of them.

The San Luis Obispo SERVPRO teams wish everyone great summer and fall good times.

SERVPRO professionals are highly trained in property damage restoration caused by fire, mold, storms and other water damage. The company mission is to help families and communities avoid personal and property damage and in the event of damage, to make it "Like it never even happened.”

"What to do when you find mold in your establishment."

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

For any restaurant owner, a health inspection is a stressful process. No matter how clean and polished your establishment is, you’ll always dread that inevitable visit, where everything you have and do will be inspected under a microscope — metaphorically and literally.

A proper visit from health inspection means that people in charge of checking up on you will get in everywhere — prep surfaces, groceries, refrigerators, and freezers are just some of the areas where they will stick their curious noses in.

Depending on how tight a ship you’re running, health inspection can be either mildly or highly stressful. All health inspectors are prone to nit-picking — after all, it’s their job to make sure you don’t get your customers sick (or worse). So, we must forgive them their attention to detail, no matter how frustrating.

If the health inspection finds a minor issue at your restaurant, they will allow you to resolve it before their next visit (that will come quickly). However, that doesn’t mean you should relax and let minor issues slip your attention. If there are a lot of them, or if the inspection finds a big problem, your restaurant can get shut down. A hefty fine and the bad press that follow a health inspection closure are awful for business. Therefore, you should avoid these significant issues at all cost.

The Usual Culprit — Mold

One of the most significant issues a health inspection can find is mold. The dreaded mold doesn’t mix well with anything, let alone food, so eradicating it everywhere it pops up should be your number one priority. Often you can’t see it, but you may smell the distinctive smell of moisture. That is also a sure sign that you may have a mold problem, and you shouldn’t ignore it. However, you also shouldn’t panic. While mold is a severe issue, we can get rid of it.

What Causes Mold to Appear

If you suspect that mold has indeed infected your dining establishment, there’s no time to waste. Calling an expert to come in and inspect your restaurant and deal with the potential problem is the best course of action. What’s more, an expert will also help you understand how to avoid future mold problems. However, it’s also important to be aware of the most common causes of mold in restaurants.

The bad news is that mold loves the moist, warm environment. Kitchens, bathrooms, and storage rooms are the ideal places where mold can make its new home and bloom. What’s more, restaurants have a lot of surface area that’s moist or damp, and that isn’t aired or dried-out very often. If we don’t use the area in question frequently, mold will bloom quite quickly and potentially overtake the entire kitchen and prep area.

Mold usually loves damp, undisturbed areas with low light. Therefore, we’ll often find it:

  • Under the sinks
  • Behind freezers and refrigerators
  • Close to the ceilings
  • On the floor
  • In the pantry
  • Around the microwave

Unfortunately, mold often goes unnoticed in most of these areas. Because you’re focusing on the dining area so much — keeping it clean and presentable — you often overlook how kitchens and bathrooms slowly become infected by mold. However, mold can quickly spread and take over the front of your restaurant. So, leave no stone unturned (and no area uncleaned) when you’re cleaning the restaurant or checking for mold.

Mold is airborne and therefore quite hazardous for the health. Common mold can cause skin and respiratory issues while more serious types like the black mold or toxic mold can get your staff and customers seriously ill.

How to Get Rid of Mold in a Restaurant

We always must be on alert since mold is quite sneaky. It can be quite hard to detect mold. After all, how often do you move your freezers to check what’s behind them? Probably not often enough. Even the smell of mold is a significant reason for concern. What’s more, it’s often the number one way to detect you have a problem — other than spotting mold with the naked eye, of course.

After you detect mold in your establishments, you need to move quickly and remove it for good. But here’s the catch 22 — you should remove mold quickly, but if you do it unprofessionally, it can cause even more trouble. Because it’s airborne, mold can travel far distances fast. If you disturb a pocket of mold without knowing precisely what you are doing, you might trigger a restaurant-wide infestation. What’s more, disturbing the mold can also lead to a not-so-pleasant smell of mold spreading everywhere. Talk about a turn-off! A strong smell will alert not only your customers but also health inspection.

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo has the right tools and expertise to remove mold efficiently and without the hazard of worsening the problem. So, if you see mold — don’t touch it. Call for help and get a thorough diagnosis. If your restaurant has been closed due to a mold issue, you will need the paperwork to prove that the problem was handled by professionals and cleared, before you get the green light to re-open your dining institution.

"Maintenance tips every new homeowner needs to know."

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Owning your first house is exciting! You can build a killer deck or paint the walls purple on a whim. When it comes to renovations and personalizing your new home, however, you may find yourself stuck trying to figure out where to begin. The solution to this quandary is quite simple. Before you fire up the cordless drill or contemplate knocking down walls, you’ll want to take care of a few preventative home maintenance tasks first. Home maintenance can be daunting for new homeowners if you’re used to calling a landlord to come fix your problems. But stick to this list of maintenance tips for new homeowners to make sure your bases are covered.

Locate Your Main Water Shut Off Valve

Gallons of water rushing out of a burst pipe can wreak havoc on your drywall, flooring and belongings. In fact, non-weather-related water damage is the second most common homeowner’s insurance claim. So, you need to be able to cut off the flow of water into your home quickly in case of an emergency.

Find your water shut off valve. This is where the water main enters your house. It's often — but not always — located near a street or alleyway. Next, be sure you know how to close it. You may need to purchase a special tool, such as a crescent wrench or "curb stop key", both to access and actually turn the valve.

Find Your Circuit Breaker Box

While you’re searching your closets, basement, garage and front and back yards for your main water shut off valve, be on the lookout for your circuit breaker box. Once you've identified it, determine which fuses control the electricity in various areas of your house and label them accordingly.

Call 811 Before You Dig

Whether you’re planting shrubs or building a new fence, you need to be sure you won’t hit any utilities when you break ground. Call 811, the national dig-safely hotline. They'll send the utility companies out to mark the locations of underground pipes, wires and cables. Not only will you avoid expensive repairs and neighborhood-wide cable outages with 811's help, but you'll also ensure that any work you do on your property will be conducted under much safer conditions.

Check Your Foundation

If rain and melting snow drench the soil around the base of your home, pressure can build up and inflict structural damage on your foundation. Worse, if a leak springs and water come into direct contact with your home's foundation, it can expand any existing cracks and cause expensive problems. To prevent the weakening of your foundation, be sure the ground around your foundation slopes away from your house at least 6 inches over 10 feet. Be sure your gutters are clean and draining properly. Finally, caulk any small cracks in your foundation walls before they have a chance to becomes big deals.

Check Your Attic Insulation

If your attic inspection reveals that the tops of your floor joists are visible, then your home is insufficiently insulated. The recommended amount of insulation for most attics is about 10 to 14 inches of material, depending on the type of insulation used. The attic is the easiest place to add insulation to improve your home’s energy efficiency. A well-insulated house can save you up to 30 percent on your energy bills, increase your property value and keep your family a lot more comfortable.

Proceed Cautiously When Drilling into Walls

Plumbing pipes, duct work, wires and cables are hidden in most homes. Before you power up your drill, use a battery-operated stud sensor to detect studs, cables, ducts and the other vital veins and arteries running just beneath the surface of your walls. Since stud sensors aren’t always 100% accurate, avoid damage by drilling only 1 and one-fourth inches deep – just enough to clear the drywall and plaster but miss most wiring and pipes.

Hire A Professional to Trim Your Trees

Remove dead branches or limbs that could fall on your roof or overhead power lines. This is also a great opportunity to check the integrity of your gutters, eaves and roof vents. Because huge limbs can break and fall unpredictably, leave tree trimming to the pros.

SERVPRO Offers Tips to Protect Your Pipes This Holiday Season

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO wishes you a wonderful holiday season!

As Autumn descends into Winter, temperatures really begin to plummet and storms become more frequent. Before it gets too cold to take precautions, now is the time to prepare. SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo has a few tips to prevent your pipes from freezing—these important tips can help you prevent water damage from harming your home or business.

How to Protect Pipes From Freezing

  • Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines.
  • Drain and bring all your outdoor hoses to inside storage (garage, shed, etc.).
  • Close all valves that supply outdoor hose bibs.
  • Insulate your attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will keep these areas warmer.
  • Sometimes water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Check garages and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. All pipes in these areas should be insulated/wrapped.
  • Consider installing pipe sleeves or installing heat tape on exposed water pipes. Even something as simple as newspaper can provide some protection to exposed pipes, at just ¼” thickness.
  • Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • If there are any water supply lines in the garage, keep garage doors closed.
  • To allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing, open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors.
  • When it’s EXTREMELY cold outside, let water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running even the smallest trickle of water helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Set thermostat to the same temperature 24/7. You might end up with a higher heating bill, but by temporarily ceasing lower nighttime temperatures, you could prevent a much more expensive repair job if pipes freeze and burst.

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

Fall is Here! Don't Let Fire Safety Fall Short! Here are a Few Important Tips from SERVPRO:

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

As Leaves Fall and Temperatures Drop, Autumn Brings with it Many Changes

As cooler fall weather moves in, SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo & Atascadero reminds you to keep electrical safety in mind. Here are a few safety tips to help you stay safe as things cool down:

  • Safely store warm weather tools like lawn mowers and trimmers. BE CAREFUL not to park a lawn mower or other motorized tool with a hot engine near fallen leaves as they may ignite, causing a fire.
  • ALWAYS check cold weather tools, such as leaf and snow blowers, along with their power cords, for unusual wear and tear. Repair or replace worn tools or parts right away.
  • ALWAYS unplug and safely store battery chargers when not in use.
  • Use ONLY weatherproof electrical devices for outside activities. Protect outdoor electrical devices from moisture.
  • Keep dry leaves swept AWAY from outdoor lighting, outlets and power cords.
  • Make sure electric blankets are in good repair. Power cords should not be frayed, cracked or cut. If you see ANY visible damage to an electric blanket, it should be properly disposed of immediately.
  • NEVER tuck an electric blanket under mattresses or children, and NEVER put anything, on top of an electric blanket while it is in use. This includes other blankets and/or comforters/bedspreads.
  • The same advice re electric blankets can be said for heating pads. Heating pads and electric blankets cause almost 500 fires each year. Almost all of these fires involve electric blankets that are more than ten years old.

We at SERVPRO hope these tips help you enjoy a safe, disaster-free Autumn 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 of San Luis Obispo Talks Turkey About the Dangers of Deep Frying

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo!

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to talk turkey. Particularly, deep-fried turkey. If you’ve ever had it, you know how good it tastes. If you haven’t, well, you haven’t lived. Not only is it much faster to cook, but the flavor & moisture that results is amazing! BUT, there is some risk to preparing your bird this way, namely FIRE. The only thing faster than deep frying a turkey is how fast your holiday can be ruined if a fire results at your home. SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo has a few tips to prevent that from happening:

  •  Make sure the turkey isn't frozen—in fact, make sure that the turkey is COMPLETELY thawed. Oil and water do not mix. Dropping an unthawed turkey in hot oil can cause flames to ignite and spread through your home and property.
  • Do NOT stuff the turkey before deep-frying or use any water-based marinades when deep-frying.
  • Keep the frying at a distance—at least 10 feet away from the house, not inside any enclosures like a garage or a shed, and not under a porch or eaves.
  • Keep a close watch on the deep-fryer. It only takes a moment of inattention to end up with fire damage, smoke damage, and/or even water damage if the Fire Department has to show up with their hoses!
  • Keep children away from the deep-fryer. Oil burns are especially dangerous.

We at SERVPRO hope these tips help you enjoy a safe, disaster-free Thanksgiving and holiday season. Although restoration after water damage, smoke damage and fire disasters may be our specialty, we don’t wish them upon anyone. But if they occur, SERVPRO is ready for whatever happens, 24/7. Call us anytime at 805-541-1271.