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SERVPRO Offers Tips to Protect Your Pipes This Holiday Season
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.
Paso Robles Water Damage Company SERVPRO Releases a Report on the Categories and Classes of Water Damage
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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.
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
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Los Osos Water Damage Company SERVPRO Releases a Report on the Effects of Water Damage To a Home
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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.
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P.O. Box 1794
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
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SERVPRO Water Damage Specialists release report on common water damage scenarios
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The water damage restoration process
SERVPRO has a six-step restoration process that all clients are brought through. This process assures that the home or office is always restored to a clean, sanitary state as quickly and as efficiently as possible. San Luis Obispo water damage restoration clients have had this six-step process applied to their water damage disasters.
The six-step process is:
1) Initial contact
SERVPRO is proud to offer 24-hour emergency response. Here at SERVPRO, we understand that, when dealing with water damage emergencies, every minute counts. When you call, the SERVPRO representative will ask specific questions regarding your particular water damage emergency.
2) Inspection and assessment
The restoration process will officially begin with a detailed assessment of the damage by a SERVPRO professional. There are different classification levels of contamination that will determine what steps are required to complete the restoration.
3) Water extraction/removal
The water extraction process will remove the majority of the water from the home of office. If extensive restoration is needed, SERVPRO can conduct a “move out” to safely and efficiently move out belongings. SERVPRO professionals will inspect and determine if carpet or carpet padding will need to be replaced.
After the water removal process, floors and walls will need to be dried and dehumidified fully to prevent warping or potential mold damage. Using specialized equipment, SERVPRO professionals will remove the last trace amounts of moisture in the home or office.
After extracting the water and fully drying the surfaces, SERVPRO professionals will clean the surfaces as well as belongings like furniture and personal items that may have been damaged by the water. Servrpo professionals will also deodorize with industrial scrubbers and fogging equipment.
The final step in the process is restoration, which may include things like minor repair to drywall, installing new carpet, or other reconstruction.
SERVPRO is based in San Luis Obispo, but has provided services to clients for San Luis Obispo water damage restoration in the past. SERVPRO’s professional water damage restoration experts have been trained to strict industry standards, and use state of the art industrial equipment. It’s SERVPRO’s goal to make it seem, “Like it never happened.”
Call SERVPRO water damage specialists today at (805) 528-2289.
SERVPRO releases report on water damage and mold
– Mold is a common problem that many people struggle with. In fact, according to fire and water cleanup restoration specialists SERVPRO' s corporate site, mold is present "almost everywhere," and given the right conditions, such as a leaky roof or pipe, can spread throughout a property in as little as 24-48 hours.
SERVPRO has worked with clients struggling with Los Osos water damage that results in mold is particularly common because of yearround damp conditions due to the proximity of Los Osos to the ocean, which creates fog and more moisture in the air.
"It's really a problem everywhere, both indoors and out," said Joe Powers, the owner of San Luis Obispo SERVPRO.
Upper respiratory problems
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC, in 2004, the Institute of Medicine or IOM determined that mold could cause upper-respiratory problems such as infections, coughing and wheezing.
For those that have asthma, the presence of mold can make symptoms worse. According to the CDC, recent studies have even been pointing to evidence that mold can be linked to the development of asthma in healthy children.
How does mold get into my house?
Mold can occur both outdoors and indoors. "Mold can come into your house in a variety of ways," Powers said, such as windows, doorways, ventilation, heating, and air conditioning systems. Spores can also attach themselves to clothing and animals.
"The problem really develops when there is excessive moisture, which is often associated with water damage from leaks and floods," he said. "Mold spores drop on places where there is lots of moisture, such as water damaged roofs, walls, or anywhere there has been flooding, and then start to grow."
Things like ceiling tiles, wood, dust, insulation materials, wallpaper, paints, drywall, fabric, carpet, and upholstery, all support mold growth by providing suitable nutrients.
Los Osos water damage solutions
San Luis Obispo SERVPRO has offered service for Los Osos customers that are experiencing issues with water damage or mold. Their number one goal is to return the damaged property to its original condition as quickly and as professionally as possible. Their motto is, "Like it never happened." SERVPRO also helps to restore structures with damage caused by fire and other disasters. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call today at (805) 541-1271, or visit their website at SERVPROsanluisobispo.com.
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San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
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Water Damage San Luis Obispo
SERVPRO is ready to serve your water damage San Luis Obispo needs. No job is to big or to small for our fleet of trucks.
SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo has been a brand you can trust and know since 1967. Providing water and fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo delivers service to all of San Luis Obispo County, including Atascadero, Cambria, Cayucos, Creston, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Margarita, San Miguel, Shandon, Templeton; South Monterey County, including King City, Greenfield and Soledad. Being available 24/7 for your emergency needs, SERVPRO is ready to restore your property and make it, “Like it never happened.”
SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo can help restore damage caused by:
- Water damage
- Fire damage
- Disaster, storm and flood damage
- Mold damage
- Biohazard clean-up
- Rodent infestation clean-ip