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Birds may cause damages to your commercial property

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

sunset behind a building with birds flying around it Birds on buildings

Birds may be harmless, small, and graceful creatures. They can also become a pest to your commercial properties. They may do more damage than you may think below are some areas where properties have had damages done due to bird droppings to their nests:

Roof damage:  Starling, pigeon and sparrow nests are often built-in rain gutters, drains and the underside of roof corners. Warehouses may experience great damage, even collapsed roofs, when drainage systems are blocked, and standing water is forced to rise. A collapsed roof that results in death or serious physical damage could put a company out of business. Bird droppings can eat away at many substrates, especially tar-based roofing materials. Droppings that can accumulate on roofs will eat into the material and eventually cause leaks. The life expectancy of a warehouse roof can be cut in half by a light, but continuous, layer of bird droppings.

Blocked ventilation systems:  Bird nests built in chimneys and ventilation systems can not only spread diseases through the system, but they can block airflow to the building. 

Fires:  Nests are usually flammable due to their construction of twigs, straw, and dried droppings. Nests constructed in electric signs and machinery pose a severe fire risk.

Property:  Left undisturbed, bird waste can damage almost any building material. Wood, stone, steel, and iron can all be damaged by bird droppings, which have a pH level like vinegar. If allowed to accumulate, droppings can clog gutters, discolor paint, corrode I-beams, ruin cloth awnings, and short out electrical equipment. Droppings commonly eat into and destroy wood, paper and cardboard packaging of products stored outdoors on pallets.

If you experience any damages give SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo a call at 805-541-1271.

Source: Nachi.org

What to look for after a rain storm damage.

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

Large tree leaning on a corner of a house Tree damage to a property.

After a big storm hits our community it is incredibly important to check for damages to your property. Storms bring heavy rain, strong winds, debris, fallen trees and/or branches, and may also cause landslides around your area. Checking for any damages done to your property is essential to keep any secondary damages from occurring later.

Some of the places that we suggest that you look into are listed below from previous storm damages that we have taken care of before:

Interior Damage

  • Mold
  • Any bubbling in the walls
  • Crawlspaces
  • Flooring near doors

Window Damage

  • Shattered Windows
  • Cracks or Holes
  • Broken Panes
  • Damaged Frames

Roof Damage

  • Missing Shingles on Roof
  • Cracked or Broken Tiles, Slates or Concrete Shingles
  • Debris collected in Gutters or Down Spouts
  • Dents to Vents, Gutters or Flashings
  • Leaks in Roof or Ceilings

Exterior Damage

  • Cracks and Splitting to Siding or Stucco
  • Holes and Breaks to Siding or Stucco
  • Chipping or Discoloration to Paint
  • Metal Siding completely ripped off

What is the purpose of a flood cut?

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

Door cover and taped up with plastic and a two feet flood cut on the right side wall 2 ft flood cut

For clean small water leaks, only the visibly damaged area may need to be removed to prevent further moisture damage. Unfortunately, flood waters or exceptionally large water damages require extra care, which will likely mean a flood cut for the reasons listed below:

After a very large water damage there may be a good chance of mold growth. With flood waters sewage, chemicals and other bacteria can easily be picked up in the flowing waters.
The large amount of water that has likely worked its way up the walls can create a welcoming environment for mold growth. Even though it may not be visible, the moisture in the drywall and other materials create an environment that the mold needs to grow in.
There is insulation behind the walls in many homes, which cannot be properly dried. If left as is, it will no longer provide its designated insulated properties.

If your home has a very large substantial amount of water damage, the best bet is to use a flood cut. This will help you determine how much of the material needs to be removed, as well as will help the area dry out better.

SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo will help you with your water damage.

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

orange and purple hue picture of a kitchen through an infrared camera Water Damage

When you see your home filled with water it can be an overwhelming event, especially if you are unaware of what steps to take to get your home back to pre-damaged stage. As with most emergency situations, the key to the best water cleanup process is to start it as soon as possible by calling on those who have the experience and equipment to accomplish it from start to finish.

When your home has significant water damage, our technicians are readily available to come to your home upon receiving your call. Keeping safety, a priority, we will make sure that the source of water is contained and controlled and quickly assess the damage. Based on what our lead technician observe we will make recommendations and guide you through your best options to making the water cleanup process as seamless as possible. It is our goal to make your home look like nothing ever happened.

Our Fleet will arrive with pumps for deeper waters as well as other equipment to help out in the extraction of water and drying of the structure and contents of your home. Our technicians are trained in achieving the most thorough water cleanup process possible and we will apply our expertise to your home upon arrival. We have a variety of tools that will help us tremendously  such as infrared sensors which allow us to detect any remaining areas of concern including within walls and under flooring materials that may be able to be missed. 

Common types of water damage that can occur in your property.

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

Garage with black tile affected with water and two towels placed to try to soak up the water. Water damage in a garage.

One of the most common and extensive types of property damage a homeowner will face is water damage and it will need to be addressed as quickly as possible to prevent any secondary damage. Our technicians will use their tools and expert knowledge to evaluate the source of the water, remove the moisture from your home and contents and be able to clean up your home so you can get your life back to normal as quickly as possible.
Some common types of water damage in San Luis Obispo that we have seen in homes are from plumbing failures in the home, appliances or hot water heaters leaking, concrete slab cracks allowing water to enter the home and flooding from excess rains.
Once you contact SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo, we will determine if there is standing water that requires extraction, if possessions or furnishings are or have the potential to be affected by the water. Water travels rapidly through carpet and padding and rooms unaffected at first by water, can become drenched from the water soaking through the carpeting. Our team can eliminate situations like the one mentioned and choose the best drying method to remove moisture and mitigate the chances of harmful mold developing. We do not have a one-size-fits-all for our clean-up efforts and each case is handled differently in order to meet the individual needs of the homeowner. Our drying methods include everything from the use of manually mopping the area to the utilization of industrial-sized, truck-mounted extractors to remove large amounts of water in the most time-efficient way possible.

Landslide damage to your property.

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

Muddy Livingroom with boxes in the middle of the room Landslide Damage

What to do if a landslide occurs near you.

Rainy seasons have been upon us and may continue sometimes through out the year. The priority in any weather event is to ensue everyone’s safety. If you end up experiencing property damage after a landslide due to wind or rainstorm you can trust that SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo can handle it.

After a landslide happens here are some important details:

  • Keep away from the slide area. Additional landslides may occur which is dangerous.
  • Report broken utility lines and damaged roadways and railways to appropriate authorities. Reporting potential hazards will get the utilities turned off as quickly as possible, preventing further hazard and injury.
  • Allow for the building foundation, chimney, and surrounding land for damages by trained professionals.
  • If the landslide caused damaged to your property take photos of all the affected areas as this will help any insurance claims, you submit to your insurance company.

If you need any help with damages done to your property by a landslide please give SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo a call at 805-541-1271.

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.