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Mold In your property

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

Black Mold on the ceiling and light fixtures Mold

Mold removal from a property can be an awfully expensive, but it can cost you more money if you wait to remediate the damage. In the case of mold affecting an indoor area after water damage occurs, SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo will be able to set up containment areas for the affected area. Doing so will minimize the invasion to your place of business as we handle the mold issue in your commercial space.

Spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a property. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy.

Increased humidity in your commercial space or property may be caused by stagnant water around the area, so be aware that mold can develop in those conditions. Mold spores thrive on moisture and heat. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to this. Because of this, it is important to try to keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors, and outdoors. Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.

If you have questions about mold growth in your commercial space, steps you can take to reduce the chance of mold growth is to keep the area well ventilated, dry, and to reduce the humidity of the air. Please give SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo a call at 805-541-1271.

The Damages to soot and smoke to materials in the property.

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

Wooden celing and walls affected with black soot next to a iron chimney Fire Damage

Once a fire has occurred in a fairly contained area of a building, smoke and soot damage may be found in other parts of the home or building. This is because fires can create a variety of conditions that increase the spread of smoke contaminants throughout the property. 

Damage may be spread by the suspended smoke and soot particles in the air - they are attracted to cold surfaces and will often travel away from the fire source and settle on colder surfaces, such as walls that border the exterior of a building or the top corners of a room. This is always why you see the black ‘soot webs’ after fires, which is not spider webs covered in soot but is in fact only soot particles that have ionized together into a web-like form in a colder area of the structure. 

Once soot particles combine with atmospheric water vapor, it becomes acidic, which can be very corrosive to any material surfaces. Neutralization of acid residues is a fundamental procedure to early forms of corrosion prevention. 

Because smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities in a structure, HVAC systems and their ductwork can be a concern after a fire. Often, ductwork already contains dust and debris collection, which soot can attach to and contaminate. This causes odor as well as corrosive damage to the material surfaces.

The acidic residue from smoke and soot can corrode metal surfaces, which is a particular concern for electronics. If residues are not removed, corrosion can eat away at the metal casing and can ultimately cause electronic failure in the device.

Flash Floods in San Luis Obsipo

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

room with partial carpet removed with kids furniture in the picture affected with flood water Flash Flood Damages

In the central coast we have had our fair share of thunderstorms. However, it is important to be aware of how they can be dangerous, and how you can be prepared. Here at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo, we wanted to share some vital information on how thunderstorms and dangerous flash flooding are connected.

Slow moving thunderstorms may be the cause of most flash floods, often ones that move repeatedly over the same area, or heavy rains from tropical storms and hurricanes. Tropical storms do not often make their way to the central coast because of the cooler temperature in the Pacific Ocean.

Flash floods can develop within minutes but can also take hours - it depends on the intensity and duration of the rain, the topography of the area, the soil conditions, and the ground cover. Staying tuned in to the weather service and NOAA can help you stay informed during heavy rain events and storms.

If sudden heavy rain and rising standing water happens near you, it is advised that you avoid them if you can. If you are driving, the safest option is to pull over, turn on your hazard lights, and wait out the heavy rain conditions until the road is safer.

 Once a flash flood develops, it becomes a force to be reckoned with. Flash floods can roll boulders, tear out trees, destroy buildings and bridges, and scour out new channels. Flood-producing rains can also trigger secondary events, such as landslides and mudslides. 

If your property has been affected with water damage by a rainstorm, please give SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo a call at 805-541-1271.

Helpful Tips For Homeowners with AC

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

ac unit in the roof of house AC unit in the attic

Make sure that you have a system down of when to check your AC. If the filter is dirty or full, the system may not be able to function properly. A dirty air filter can restrict airflow. If the air coming out of your vents seems weak, start with a new air filter. If a clean air filter does not solve the problem, a service call might be in order.

Have a weekly cleaning schedule to make sure that the exterior part of your AC is free from debris. Any type of dirt or debris that restricts the unit’s airflow can cause it to not function properly. If there is yard debris around the unit, make sure to clear it away.

Your thermostat has to be set at a right temp and mode. At the beginning of the air conditioning season, it can be difficult to remember that your thermostat must be switched to the correct mode. If your thermostat is set incorrectly, your air conditioner will not turn on.

If your air conditioning system does not seem to be working properly, make sure to call a repair company as soon as possible. Air conditioning repair companies can get very busy when the weather gets hot.

Why SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo?

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

various people in black shirts with khaki pants in front of a van SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo has always helped families in the city of San Luis Obispo and the surrounding areas. 

Our team is trained to handle any kind of disaster water, fire, mold, etc.… Our project managers, lead techs, and auditors are certified IICRC. We We take pride in our ability to advise property owners on their property damage situation. We always offer the best course of action, even if that action is to refer to another company or to go a different direction. With our expertise comes an ethical obligation to inform without bias, and we try to give objective advice for our customers and potential customers at all times. 

Our technicians will work together with a customer so that they have the necessary information to make the right decision when it comes to their property. People will always come first at SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo, and we carry that thought through everything we do.

Board Up Services After a Fire Damage

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

House affected with fire and has wooden boards on all the windows. Board-up Fire

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo offers board ups at any time of the day regular business hours or after hours.

When it occurs in a commercial property, there may still be viable stock on the premises. If products that appear viable remain in the building, you should consider boarding up. These items may require assessment and cleaning and may not be fit for sale, but having them properly processed rather than stolen can be helpful for insurance purposes.

Owners will want to protect electronics and other valuables. Depending on the extent of the fire damage, you may be able to restore some electronics or other valuable property to working condition.

If the structure of your property has sustained extensive damage, you should try to keep the elements out to prevent additional damage. Exposure to additional water, wind, or sunlight can compound the damage caused by smoke residue and soot.

Limit soot damage. When soot gets embedded into carpeting or upholstery, it can be much more difficult to restore these materials to a pre-fire condition.

Emergencies happen when you least expect it.

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

green box with green check mark Customer Satisfaction

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo is here to help you with your fire, water, sewage restoration emergencies. Damages that can cause a lot of issues can happen at any time and are often unexpected. Electrical fire from a charger, broken pipe, tree falling down onto your house on a really windy day, and so much more can happen on your property. Which is why SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo is available 24/7. Emergency services to ensure that our clients receive a quick and professional service out there. One of our goals is to make sure that our clients are happy and satisfied with our services. Our team of technicians understand what you may be going through and are here to help and guide you on how to deal with all types of damages that may occur. Don't hesitate in giving us a call to SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo at 805-541-1271.

Water Damage During a Wildfire

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

white house below a hill with flames above it Fire near residential areas

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo has been helping out a lot of family in our area due to the wild fires that have been occurring. According to FEMA not only does your property sustain fire damage, but also water damage. A fire in your home can cause serious damage. Your home and many of the things in your home may be badly damaged by
flames, heat, smoke and water. You will find things not damaged by the fire may still be
ruined by smoke and may be soggy with water used to put out the fire. Anything you want to save or reuse will need to be carefully cleaned. To fight the fire, firefighters may have broken windows and cut holes in the roof. This slows the fire’s growth and gets rid of dark smoke that
makes it hard for firefighters to see. They may have cut holes in your walls to make
sure that the fire is completely out and not hidden in the walls. It is important to understand
the risk to your safety and health even after the fire is out. The soot and dirty water left behind may contain things that could make you sick. Be
very careful if you go into your home and if you touch any fire-damaged items.

Fires in a Commercial Business

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

commercial building being engulfed in flames Commercial Fire

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo technicians overcome various cleaning challenges. A burning building consists of several complex reactions between different elements. We learn that fire damage presents different cleaning and restoration situations that depend greatly on how these different elements interact during the progress of a fire. When dealing with the removal of smoke residues, we consider several factors.

Hotter fires make surfaces expand, allowing residue and odors to penetrate more efficiently. While heat also chars materials or melts the finish on a surface, making refinishing required to restore the surface properly.

Conditions help residues set faster and permanently stain surfaces. Fire suppression systems and Firefighting efforts, along with damp weather and normal condensation on various surfaces combine with smoke residues, causing surfaces to become discolored.


With knowledge of these different factors that cause changes during a fire event, SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo technicians work hard to deliver the services you need to restore your business to a quality preloss condition.

What is the red retardant dropped from planes?

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

beige color house covered in red retardant Retardant Falling on top of houses.

Fire retardants are used to slow the spread or intensity of a fire. They help firefighters on the ground to control and contain a fire and help protect properties. Fire retardants may also be dropped from aircraft during firefighting operations. Sometimes a red colored pigment, made from iron oxide, is added so that those spraying can see where they have released the fire retardant.

Fire retardants consist of detergent chemicals made from a combination of wetting agents and foaming chemicals, fertilizers (ammonium and diammonium sulfate and ammonium phosphate) mixed with thickeners (guar gum) and corrosion inhibitors (for aircraft safety). They are mixed with water to form a foam or slurry. Examples include, Angus Forexpan S and Phos-Chek WD-881, Phos- Chek D75-F and Phos-Chek D75-R.

How do fire retardants work?

Fire retardants are mixed with water before they are used in the environment. After the water has completely evaporated, the remaining chemical residue retards vegetation or other materials from igniting, until it is removed by rain or erosion. Fire retardants also work by binding to plant material (cellulose) and preventing combustion.

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo has been very experienced with this retardant in our area during the wildfires that have been occurring. We specialize in fully cleaning up the retardant which can damage the exterior of your property.