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Do you suspect mold in your home?

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

What is mold?

Molds are simple organisms that are found indoor and outdoor. They are very small spores. The color can be anywhere from white to orange and green to black. 

What does it need to grow?

To grow, mold needs food ex: leaves, paper. It also needs moisture and a place to grow. 

Can you find mold in your home?

Absolutely. Sources that can cause problems for mold are flooding, leaky roofs, mud, steam from cooking, shower or bath steam/leaks, damp clothes, humidifiers.

How can you prevent mold in your home?

  • Check for moisture on windows 
  • Check for wood warping
  • See if you can smell a musty odor
  • check for cracking of plasterboard

If water penetrates any of these areas, there is potential for mold growth.

All of these tips can help save you from a moldy mess! 

If you suspect you have mold call:

SERVPRO of Escondido at (760)746-6440.

Prevent A Flood In Your Business

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Prevent A Flood In Your Business Don't let your business drown!

According to disaster safety.org some tips to keep water out of your business and prevent a flood:

Seal cracks-use high quality products to seal cracks on pipes.

Sump pump-connect sump pumps to a battery backup or generator.

Backflow valve- Install backflow valves on main waste drain pipes that leave the structure.

Protect openings- keep a supply of water-absorbent or water-filled barriers to divert water away. Install watertight shields over all doors and windows at least 12 inches above anticipated flood level. The type of barrier used will depend on the size and type of opening.

Slope- Evaluate the drainage of the property to make sure the ground slopes away from the building. 

All of these tips will help to make sure your business does not experience water damage. 

SERVPRO of Escondido (760)746-6440

Source:https://disastersafety.org/flood/5-ways-keep-flood-waters-business/

Seal Your Roof!

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Seal Your Roof! Stormy Skies

Your roofing seems fine until a heavy storm hits and you find leaks all over your home. The day is gloomy, you want to stay inside and watch the rain fall from the window not from inside your living room ceiling. An option that a homeowner may have is to seal their roof. Sealing a roof includes options:

  • two layers of felt
  • synthetic roof membranes
  • a polyurethane foam spray(for existing roofs)

When you seal your roof, it gives an extra protection against rain storms.

It is said that the roofing industry has suggested the felt paper as a way to help drain water away once it is behind the roof cover. The roof covering that you chose should be sealed with a membrane that is strong enough to be watertight, will stay in place if the primary roof blows off.

Keep Water Out

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Keep Water Out Home underwater

As we jump into spring the spring showers come along with it. Floods are the number one cause of property damage. Hurricanes high winds and water can wash away homes. Copious amounts of water can be very strong. Flood maps exist to give homeowners an idea of what zone homes are in for flood damage. Some have high flood warning while others are low but still have some caution. If you are in a high risk flood area there is flood insurance to invest in. Severe water damage can create a hefty bill. You can check where your homes falls on a flood zone at FloodSmart.gov.

Take all the necessary precautions to insure that you have the least to none damage in your property.

SERVPRO of Escondido (760)746-6440

Flood Tips

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flood Tips Flooded home

Water damage can occur with no warning. Protect your home from a flood in every way you can:

  1. Protect wells from taking safety improvement suggestions from a licensed contractor.
  2. Make sure your yard slopes away from your home to direct water away from it.
  3. Have a plumber install an exterior sewer backflow valve.
  4. Anchor fuel tanks.
  5. Have an electrician raise switches, sockets, circuit breakers, and wiring at least 12 inches above expected flood levels.

For winter(areas that experience snow):

  1. Rain can make snow melt quickly.
  2. Remove snow piled against home.
  3. Seal any cracks or gaps in foundation.
  4. Safely remove snow from roofs.
  5. Clear drains and gutters of debris and assure snow melts away from home.

SERVPRO of Escondido (760)746-6440

Tips from: https://disastersafety.org/flood/flood-infographics/

Commercial Flooding

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Flooding Flood covered hundreds of homes and businesses

Types of flooding

  1. Rising water after heavy rain. A risk to inland areas.
  2. Moving water creates force. Found near rivers.
  3. Overtopping. When dams or other flood controls are opened.
  4. Flash flooding, a result of a slow thunderstorm and excess rainfall.
  5. Widespread flood damage can be cause by storms dropping a lot of rain on the coast and moving inland to continue destruction.

Factors that play into floods are:

  • Duration-if waters are moving through or they are trapped.
  • Depth-waters more than 3 feet create pressure on walls and push them to collapse
  • Velocity-the speed at which the water is traveling.
  • Water Condition-the waters are often dirty or contaminated 

Although having property on high grounds can be better, it's not always going to be safe from the water if the water is trapped and the level continues to rise. Do not assume your property is 100% safe from flooding.

Source:https://disastersafety.org/flood/reduce-flood-damage-to-businesses/

Cleanup After A Fire

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleanup After A Fire A positive yelp review

No one knew the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara would turn into the largest wildfire in California. It burned through 273,246 acres of land. It destroyed 10,000 homes. SERVPRO of Escondido headed up north to help as soon as the fire calmed down and it was safe to travel. A lot of homes were left in ashes but the neighboring ones left standing had serious smoke damage to everything in the home. There was a layer of soot on everything. When items or walls have smoke damage, it's the only thing you can smell. The smell of smoke is very powerful. Our team was happy to be welcomed into our customers homes and give them clean air to breathe again. It is very important to keep our customers updated and share our knowledge with them along the whole way. As you can see in this yelp review, we want to make you as comfortable and happy as possible. 

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10/10

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 10/10 A perfect COS

We aim high for perfect ratings on the work we do. It is important to us that our customers have a great experience with every aspect of our work. From the moment we speak with our customers on the phone to the day we finish our work we do everything we can to make you comfortable and happy. Not only do we offer our services, we also are here to listen and we have compassion for the overwhelming time a fire or flood in their home can be. SERVPRO of Escondido is here for you every step of the way. As you can see in this photo, our customer gave us a 10/10 on every aspect of the job we did. We love our customers and want to give every single one of them an outstanding job done. 

Escondido Weather

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Escondido Weather Escondido Weather Forecast

Finally the sun is coming out and it's planning to stay! Escondido's 10-day weather forecast shows sun all week, some clouds but mostly sun sun sun! The weather these past few months has been very undecided but as we get ready for spring we should be seeing more sun and possibly some spring showers, hopefully they are kept to a minimum. As spring is on it's way that means the pollen will be coming out to play! There's not much you can do about the weather outside but inside the home you can look into getting a HEPA air purifier to keep dust, smoke, and pollen free from the air. Also be sure to change vent filters because they can collect a lot of dust and need to be changed every 3-6 months depending on if you live alone or if you have pets as well.

Stop Mold Before It Starts

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

When water leaks into your home whether it's from the inside or the outside, it becomes a good breeding ground for mold to grow in, especially in high humidity areas of the home such as bathrooms and kitchens. While there is not any significant research on if mold causes any medical issues, it certainly does not smell nice. You'll notice the smell when you first walk in, it's a musty smell. Although you may not be able to see the mold, if you can smell it then it is most likely there on the inside of the walls. Lack of air circulation can cause the smell to become stronger. Keep mold from growing after a water damage by keeping humidity levels down, make sure the room gets good air circulation, and contact SERVPRO of Escondido right away to get the water mitigated before mold has the chance to grow. 

SERVPRO of Escondido (760)746-6440