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Round the Clock Emergency Services

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team on jobsite. SERVPRO team on jobsite.

SERVPRO is known for being “faster to any size disaster,” commercial or residential. When compared to other restoration companies SERVPRO of Simi Valley is not only on site the fastest. We also maximize our efficiency while on the job to make sure we are fastest at getting you back into your home or place of business as well. Why SERVPRO? Because we understand what it means to be the leader in restoration not just in our city but across the nation, being a company that is available 24/7 we are truly around the clock. SERVPRO of Simi Valley has a professional always on call to make sure we are ready to jump into action no matter what time it is or what the job call may be! You will never have to worry about what time your emergency may happen knowing that we will be there for you immediately.

Treat Smoke Damage Immediately

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

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Fires are a devastating loss. Not only do they do physical damage to your dwelling, but soot will also cling to the inside of your home. Immediate action is needed to help mitigate damages. It can be difficult dealing with the aftermath of a fire.  However, if left untreated, smoke and fire damage can be even more devastating in the following ways:

  • Restoration Cost Increases

Smoke and Ash is a very corrosive element. It can corrode away ceilings, walls, floors and nearly any other surfaces in your home. Cleaning quickly with soap and water is not enough. Hire an experienced remediation company like SERVPRO of Simi Valley to do proper cleaning with the appropriate chemicals to contain damages that occur.

  • Deposits of Soot

Removing soot residue and deposits is a highly effective first step. Soot can travel and penetrate rooms unaffected by fire damage causing harm to both those rooms and their contents within.

  • Damage Extends/Permanent Damage

Smoke damage starts to set within hours and can cause permanent harm to your property. It begins to worsen and becomes more difficult to deal with if left untreated for too long. This can make the treatment process harder and more time consuming. After a fire, make sure to treat your home immediately. This can help protect yourself from prolonged smoke exposure as well as make it easier to restore your home post fire and smoke damage.

Top 5 Causes Resulting in Commercial Water Damage

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage. Commercial Water Damage.

Commercial buildings are not immune to water damage. It is disastrous and can impact your business physically and financially. The best way to minimize damage to your business is with an immediate response.

  1. Damaged sprinkler system
    Over time, sprinklers can malfunction. Once this occurs, sprinkler systems can activate even without fire which leads to serious flooding.
  2. Roof leaks
    As roofs age, they become more vulnerable to heavy rains, resulting in water damage in your building’s roof.
  3. Improper Equipment and Appliance Maintenance
    Commercial buildings have appliances such as water heaters, HVAC systems, washing machines etc. There are also pipes within buildings that can receive damage anytime and result in water damage in the commercial space. Regularly have your buildings equipment and appliances inspected especially if they are in consistent use. Major problems can result if appliances and equipment break, and no one notices it or during off-hours.
  4. Improper Window Maintenance
    Moisture can seep through windows which are not properly maintained and sealed. It may not cause immediate damage, however, over time if left untreated may result in microbial growth and damage to the interior structure.
  1. Natural disaster
    Not just natural disasters such as heavy rain, thunderstorms, hurricanes can result in damage to your commercial property. Clean your rain gutters as well to limit rainwaters opportunity to stream towards your buildings foundation resulting in more water damage.

Commercial Restoration Experts

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

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Our size and scalability allow us the ability to handle multiple commercial projects at once and enable us to perform work with maximum efficacy. Unforeseen events can have serious effects on your home or business and our business is to keep yours moving forward. We are well trained experts in performing this task. From minor delays to major disasters, we are there 27/7 to support you.

We pride ourselves on being a restoration company that knows what it takes to ensure business continuity, and with our immediate response we can maximize our mitigation services. Timing is key when determining your first response and we are faster to any size disaster. Make us your single remediation and restoration services partner. If your business or home is affected by fire, water, mold, or storm damage call SERVPRO of Simi Valley.

Wildfire Season Preparedness Tips

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

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Should a wildfire start in your area you will need to be able to move quickly and efficiently. You may have to leave your home to stay safe. Have different escape routes planned out from your home or community. Make sure to understand the procedure your community follows when making your emergency preparedness plan.

  1. Emergency Supplies
    1. Go kit: (3) days of supplies
    2. Stay at home kit: (2) weeks of supplies for home confinement/stay
    3. 1-month supply of medication in child proof container
    4. Keep personal, financial, and medical records in safe, fireproof container.
  2. Communication Plan
    1. Sign up for local government emergency alerts
    2. Obtain back up battery/ies for any mobile devices
    3. Obtain a battery-powered radio
    4. Monitor weather conditions near you
  3. Emergency Skills
    1. First-aid training
    2. CPR training
    3. Be ready for no power. Plan for your needs, including cell phones and medical equipment.
  4. Download American Red Cross Wildfire Safety Checklist: https://bit.ly/Wildfire-Safety-American-Red-Cross

Link to current California Wildfire incidents: https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/.

Reduce Structural Risk Against Wildfires

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Readyforwildfire.org advises that a large step in reducing wildfire risk to your property is creating defensible areas or zones. These are described as (3) zones with varying defined distances and details to perform within each Zone: 0, 1, and 2.

Zone 0: (0) to (5) feet

The Immediate Zone is the area closest to the structure and the most vulnerable. Remove any combustible material surrounding your property. This can be dry grass or brush, outdoor furniture, trashcans etc. Clean any fallen leaves and needles regularly and repeatedly during the fire season.

Zone 1: (5) to (30) feet

The Intermediate Zone can include other buildings, structures, trees, etc. Keep it “lean, clean, and green.” Remove dead plants, dry leaves, pine needles, etc. from your rain gutters, roof, and yard. Regularly trim your trees to a minimum of 10 feet from other trees. Branches that hand over your roof should be removed and any dead branches should be kept 10 feet away from your chimney. Move any woodpiles at least 30 feet from any structure.

Zone 2: (30) to (100) feet

The Extended Zone includes space more than 100 feet away if defined otherwise by vegetation conditions, steep slopes, and or your local fire department. Cut down/back annual grass to the regulatory size in your area.

5 Warning Signs of a Burst Pipe

9/3/2021 (Permalink)

Burst pipe and water damage Burst pipe and water damage.

Not all broken pipes cause immediate water damage. It can sometimes be a slow leak that eventually causes water damage to your home or business. Be alert to the warning signs of a broken pipe.

  1. Fluctuating Water Pressure:

Don’t immediately blame the city. It may be a busted pipe. Pressure changes are hard on plumbing system and can damage pipe fittings.

  1. Water discoloration and or smell:

The water has taken on a brownish or “rust” colored feature and or smells of rotten eggs. Fun fact, that rotten egg smell is hydrogen sulfide, a naturally occurring gas that can also form in sewer lines. Make sure to call in a certified technician to handle this type of issue.

  1. Recurring sink puddles:

You try to stop any leaks under sinks to no avail. Inspect your home or business carefully just above pipe cover plates, additionally look for damp spots.

  1. Noisy pipes/water movement sounds within walls:

If no water is running in your home, you should not be able to hear water. A single broken pipe can influence the water pressure of an entire structure.

  1. Rising water bill cost:

Small drips can add up. Make sure to regular check your water bill and plumbing fixtures for leaks to lessen the chance a pipe burst will occur.

4 Steps Towards Preventing a Complete Business Shutdown

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

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Storm damage can be serious, but it does not mean the end of the world. By creating a plan and partnering with the support and help you will need, there is no reason why you should have to shut the doors to your business. When the damage to your building is serious enough to need repairs, but not catastrophic, you may be concerned about running your business while the emergency mitigation services are being performed. SERVPRO of Simi Valley works with countless various industries and are experts in commercial remediation. Our various customers’ industries include those such as: residential, hospitality, medical, manufacturing, law, and government.  

We keep a clear line of communication open with our customers. Our highly trained claims managers work in tandem with our schedulers daily to confirm and memorialize the scope of work being performed daily. By understanding to our customers’ needs our team is able to devise the proper mitigation plan to minimize business interruption. Over 60% of small businesses don’t have a plan in place, and more than one in four businesses undergo a critical or significant loss every year.

Preventative Steps:

  1. Create a plan.
  2. Understand your coverage.
  3. Get prepared.
  4. Make SERVPRO of of Simi Valley your remediation partner.

Commercial Main Fire Sprinkler Break

8/16/2021 (Permalink)

Main fire sprinkler break site Main fire sprinkler break with rising water and silt.

This wholesale distribution client suffered a main fire sprinkler break which caused silt and water to rise where the fire sprinkler pipe extends from the concrete slab. Approximately 590k square feet was affected by silt and water. Our team worked (2) 12-hour shifts to help mitigate their business interruption and restore the space back to its preloss condition. We also assisted in inventorying and disposing of our clients damaged contents. This is also known as non-salvageable contents or total loss items. We were able to successfully restore this customer’s business to their preloss condition.

When your call comes in a SERVPRO claims managers will be assigned as a liaison between you, our onsite team, and the insurance carrier to make sure your home is restored to its preloss condition with all appropriate post clearance testing, city inspections, and most importantly our customer satisfaction form signed by you our client once work is complete.

Top 5 Difficulties Faced When Working Commercial Remediation

8/16/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage in commercial building Water damage in commercial building.

After your home or business structure becomes compromised from unforeseen events such as extreme weather, poor building techniques, or some other circumstance, owners must decide on the best course of action to take.

  1. Pathogens

There is a great deal of risk after a disease outbreak when it comes to water damage remediation and cleanup. There is a high risk of potential exposure to bacteria, viruses, mold, and other pathogens. Water damage remediation and cleanup after a disease outbreak both come with the risk of exposure to bacteria, viruses, mold, and other pathogens. This is a special concern relative to sewage and or fire sprinkler water damage. SERVPRO of Simi Valley ensures that our crews have training in and access to the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning equipment.

  1. Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals

Meth labs in homes or hotels, industrial spills etc. all require remediation to rid the chemicals on surfaces where they may be present. Knowing the chemicals which are potentially present will help determine what type of PPE is needed to protect crews from touching or breathing them in. Proper precaution is taken so as to limit exposure to the remediation chemicals and the pathogens being treated. 

  1. Decontaminating Both Large Areas and Hidden Surfaces

In your home or building, you may encounter a myriad of surface types and materials, including but not limited to:

    • Walls and ceilings
    • Metal, wood, or concrete
    • Ridged or uneven surfaces
    • Carpet, upholstery, and other fabrics
    • Hidden spaces behind walls or equipment

Some remediation chemicals require mechanical scrubbing to effectively remove contaminants. This can present challenges in large commercial spaces and can require a lot of manpower.

  1. Penetrating Walls to Reach Areas Behind Them

Mold remediation costs can also escalate when sections of walls must be removed to access the areas behind them. Those sections require replacement, which adds to the overall remediation cost, and will require additional work to return the space to its preloss condition. 

  1. Working in Areas with Limited Access

Small areas such as crawl spaces and attics are difficult to access for remediation and to perform the visual inspections needed to confirm surfaces have been treated. Fire damage remediation also present unique challenges where structural damage may occur preventing access to affected areas. It is important to have both the right products and equipment in order to ensure all affected areas are treated, no matter the difficulty in reaching them.

Call a SERVPRO certified professional. We are experts in all manner of remediation and restoration. Our Project Managers and Technicians are highly trained, certified, and committed to best in class service and production.