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The Most Common Surfaces for Mold Growth

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

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Whether you know it or not, mold is all around you. The organism naturally occurs just about everywhere and microscopic spores float around on air currents and eventually settle in the dirt and other surfaces. While mold can grow on just about any surface, the fungus does best on porous materials. This is because surfaces such as paper, cellulose, wood, and fabric are able to better retain moisture, which mold needs to proliferate. Unabated mold growth in a home can result in mold damage. For this reason, the presence of mold colonies in a home should be treated by a local mold remediation franchise in Santa Ana, CA.

Best Ways To Prevent Mold Growth

You can employ a number of effective strategies to control the growth of mold and to deter mold damage. Some of the most effective solutions include the following steps:

  • Install mold-resistant building materials
  • Keep moisture to acceptable levels
  • Monitor the home for mold growth
  • Call in professionals if the situation gets out of hand

If surfaces become too infested with mold, they may need to be replaced. While non-porous surfaces such as tile, glass, and steel can usually be cleaned, porous surfaces such as drywall require more drastic solutions. A mitigation company has a number of tools and equipment that help determine if replacement or restoration is the best option.

Additional Facts To Know
Mold and mildew are not the same organisms. Mildew growth normally occurs on plants so it is not a danger to the surfaces of your home. Mold damage will worsen with time so it is best to treat an incipient problem quickly. This will prevent the spread of the organism and limit the damages to your home. In many situations, mold will not respond well to basic cleaning practices and requires advanced sanitizing techniques with antifungal and antimicrobial agents. Mold spores will always be present in homes through the levels can be kept very low with the right actions.

Preventing Mold After Flooding

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

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Take Preventative Measures

Water damage to your property and mold infestation often go hand in hand. If your Santa Ana, CA  home has sustained significant flood damage, restoring your property promptly should be a priority. Moisture has likely entered porous materials in hour house, such as wood or drywall, so mold growth is a virtual certainty unless you take preventative measures.

1. Relocate Valuables
Your sentimental or valuable belongings may be particularly vulnerable to storm damage. Move all art or electronics to a higher, drier place. Rugs and other loose possessions should be moved shortly thereafter in order to prevent the development of harmful molds.

2. Assess the Extent of Flood Damage
The severity of flooding events can vary widely. Sometimes, water seeps into or beneath visible surfaces, creating structural instability and mold-friendly conditions without your knowledge. After a severe storm, you should always perform a thorough examination of your home to avoid missing any hidden signs of water infiltration. If water has completely inundated your home, contact a water restoration professional who can provide special equipment and expertise to your cleanup effort.

3. Ventilation and Dehumidification
The best way to prevent mold growth in your home is to make sure that all spaces that have been exposed to moisture are properly dried and ventilated. Setting up a commercial dehumidifier can effectively accomplish this, however, using a moisture monitor is the only way to be sure that your space is acceptably rid of wetness. Remediation professionals have access to dehumidifying equipment and will be able to determine if your property has already been infested with mold. You may be advised to test your home periodically after a major flooding event.
When you restore your household after a storm, understand that time and effort spent now can save you many headaches in the future. Mold removal can be difficult and expensive, so preventing serious mold growth before it starts is critical.

3 Ways to Prepare Your Business for a Fire

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

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Three Ways To Prevent A Business Fire

A business fire can be devastating in many ways including physically, financially, and emotionally. As a Santa Ana, CA, business owner, or manager, you’d like to think that fire damage is something you will never have to deal with. Unfortunately, fires are fairly common and it’s best to prepare for them rather than hope they just won’t happen. Here are three ways to prepare your company for a fire.

1. Fire Safety Plan and Drills
One of the best things you can do is make a fire safety plan. Most managers don’t have the time to be fully committed to safety; therefore, it’s wise to designate a fire safety team. This team should be in charge of creating a fire safety plan, understanding rules and regulations, training employees, and regularly conducting fire drills. Employees should know the escape route on each floor of the building. The fire safety team should also have contact with a fire restoration company should the need arise.

2. Fire Extinguisher Storage and Training
Fire preparation should include extensive training on fire extinguishers. Here are a few points to remember:

Fire extinguishers should be current (i.e., less than one-year-old)
Fire extinguishers should be easy to get to and mounted at a reasonable height
Employees should know the location of all fire extinguishers on site
A fire extinguisher should be placed within 75 feet of a hazardous area (e.g., kitchen)
Employees should be trained to properly use a fire extinguisher

3. Hazardous Materials Storage
A business fire can also be prevented by properly storing hazardous materials, flammable liquids, gas cylinders, propane, and combustibles. Material Safety Data sheets should also be available in the building. These sheets provide health and safety statistics for hazardous products. All employees should know where dangerous products are stored and how to keep themselves and others safe while using and disposing of them.
There are several ways to prevent a business fire. You can keep your business safe by establishing a fire safety team and following these tips to keep your employees and building safe from fire damage.

Protecting Your Company Against Fire Loss

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

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As the owner of a small business or commercial property, fire preparation is necessary. Sure, you want to protect the business from damage, but more importantly, you want to protect the people who make your business possible. While every fire restoration company in Santa Ana, CA will have a list of suggestions for making your company safer, consider four primary items.

  • Sprinkler systems
  • Extinguishes
  • Alarms
  • Evacuation plans

Sprinkler Systems

The key to avoiding significant fire damage is to stop the blaze before it gets out of control. While this is not always possible, a sprinkler system can help. However, keep in mind that you have choices when it comes to these systems. For example, if you have a large facility with multiple levels and rooms, you can choose a zoned system, which will only activate in areas with fire, keeping the rest of your building dry. You can also choose chemical methods that do not use water but instead work like fire extinguishers.


A significant part of fire preparation is ensuring you have the right amount of fire extinguishers and that each is still useful. Extinguishers need inspections, just like other vital systems. Also, fire extinguishers have different classifications, so make sure you have the right type.


While extinguishers and sprinklers are useful disaster preparation tools, an alarm system may be the best way to keep people safe. If you do not have an alarm system, then people at one end of the building may not know what is happening elsewhere, delaying evacuation times. Alarms can also be connected directly to emergency services, making response times more efficient.

Evacuation Plans

Evacuation plans are vital to the safety of your workers, customers and other individuals on site. Make sure that exit signs are visible and maps are posted. While fire preparation can sound overwhelming, you don't have to do it alone. Your local fire department or restoration service will likely happily help you out.

We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Santa Ana After A Fire Damage Disaster

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoration: Soot, Smoke and Odor Removal for your Santa Ana home 

Soot and smoke residues are deposited throughout the home during a fire. These odorous particles are made up of carbon alongside any number of synthetic chemicals dependent on the type of material that combusting. Often, firefighting procedures involve the use of water which can set soot into fabrics, furnishings, or mattresses. A professional service is capable of removing this soiling using their expertise to not only restore but also to prevent permanent harm.

Residents that experience fire damage in Santa Ana can rely on us to provide honest, highly trained technicians for cleanup services. SERVPRO methodology involves conducting a thorough pre-test of materials and contents that allows us to tailor our approach to the exact conditions of each property. A pre-test can reveal what type of residues we are dealing with- wet, dry, or protein-based- which in turn allows us to provide an efficient cleaning operation.

A wet smoke usually occurs in situations where a synthetic material burns slowly for a significant period. The characteristics include heavy soiling that is odorous and can wear away finishes on surfaces, paintwork, or wallpaper. SERVPRO uses patented chemical cleaning agents, some of which are corrosive, to ensure that wet smoke is removed and spreading avoided. After eradicating smoke residues, we can begin the processes of refinishing and odor control.

The rule of deodorization is to recreate the method of distribution that causes the odor in the first place. In the case of fire damage, odor particles are spread through the smoke, which travels upwards into clean air pockets before dropping to the floor once temperatures cool. SERVPRO mimic this process using vaporized deodorant solvent. Our thermal fogging equipment fumigates the property, spreading deodorant in much the same way as the odor was deposited. Unlike household air freshener, vapor deodorizers use chemical pairing agents that bond with odors and neutralize them rather than merely masking the smell.

For a tailor-made service that takes into account the type of smoke and odor present in the property, contact SERVPRO of Santa Ana South at (714) 558-7772.

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3 Ways a Professional Can Help Prevent Water Damage

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

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3 Ways a Professional Can Help Prevent Water Damage

After a clogged drain at your Santa Ana, CA, business, you may have caused worry about water damage. Fortunately, with the right steps and some professional help, you may be able to mitigate potential problems. Here are a few ways a restoration service might be able to help prevent water damage to your company property.

1. Mitigation Recommendations

A local water damage restoration service may be able to look over your business space and offer recommendations as to some mitigation steps you could take to prevent water damage. These may include things such as cleaning out drainage, fixing the roof, or looking over the plumbing system for any problem areas. Taking steps before the problem happens may help prevent water damage in the first place.

2. Maintenance Help

Regular maintenance can help prevent problems such as a clogged drain. Here too it’s best to talk to a professional about if and when to use a product such as a drain cleaner, or if a potential issue is something they need to look at. A professional will be able to tell if a small maintenance need is something that could indicate a larger problem and will be able to advise you accordingly.

3. Repair Work

A restoration service like SERVPRO can help make repairs as well. This can include any sewage cleaning that may be necessary, as well as restoring areas that could leak to larger issues if not taken care of. For example parts of the plumbing system need to be fixed after a storm in order to prevent future bad weather. Fixing problems quickly can also help prevent any secondary damages that might otherwise occur.

With the help of a restoration team that clogged drain doesn’t have to lead to water damage. A professional can help make mitigation recommendations so that you know what steps may be best for protecting your business. They can also make repairs to damaged areas which can prevent further damage from occurring. It’s also a good idea to have a professional look over any plumbing needs.

Let SERVPRO Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Santa Ana

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Safety and Cleanup for Your Santa Ana Home

No one in Santa Ana wants to believe that a fire can happen to them, but they can and do unfortunately happen to many families each year. The difference between a fire becoming a tragedy for your family or something you made it through safely depends on how you prepare and plan for an event like this. There is a low percentage of families that have practiced a fire escape plan but knowing some safety steps beforehand can keep your family safe.

Fire damage in your Santa Ana home of any size is a scary event which upheaves your life. Once the flames are out, you also have to deal with whatever fire damage was left behind. A professional remediation company can assist you in doing this. When you reach out to us at SERVPRO for help, you can rest assured you are getting an experienced company who works quickly and efficiently to get your home back to how it was before the fire damage.

The first thing you should do to prepare for a possible fire is to create a plan of escape and go over it with every single family member. Walk through your home, drawing up a plan and identifying two ways out of each room. If you have younger children, calmly explain to them the effects of a house fire and what to look for in case of an emergency. They can help you draw up an escape plan, and make sure all children in the home know how to call 911 and use it correctly.

Even small fires create smoke damage which SERVPRO technicians make sure to thoroughly clean. When it comes to windows, it not only means we need to clean the glass but also the framework and any hardware which is part of the construction of the window. To remove residues from glass without streaking, we use a low-alkaline glass cleaner. A spray bottle is used to apply the product, and then a squeegee is used to remove the smoke residues.

You also should identify all exits and which ones should be taken in case of a fire. All family members need to know where to exit, plus an alternative exit. Think about any obstacles that could be in the way such as furniture or bars on the windows.

A meeting place should also be planned. It is somewhere you and your family members can meet up right after you escape the home. Have a meeting place and an alternative one as well in case the main one is not safe. Some good places include the front sidewalk or a neighbor’s house.

SERVPRO of Santa Ana South understands a fire in your home in Santa Ana, or the surrounding areas is an unsettling event. We want to help you return to your normal life as soon as possible after a fire, so do not hesitate to call us at (714) 558-7772 as soon as the flames are extinguished.

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When Fire & Soot Damage Strikes Your Home, Our SERVPRO Team Strikes Back!

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

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How SERVPRO Cleans Different Kinds Of Fire Damage In Santa Ana

Fire leaves different kinds of coatings or soot on surfaces depending on what burned in your Santa Ana house. Each type of soot gets a different cleaning method. Our technicians check out all damage and match the best cleaning method to soiling. One fire site can need a variety of cleaning methods. We can handle it all.

Some soot is light and ashy in your Santa Ana home after fire damage. This kind of damage responds best to dry sponging, brushing, and often vacuuming. Using sprays or wiping this kind of damage can smear the soot and cause staining. Our crews expect this kind of damage when the fuel for the fire was quick burning items like papers.

When SERVPRO finds thick, sticky soot on surfaces that is a clue that the fire burned slowly in that area. Fabrics and electrical fires can produce slow-burning fires. The flames are almost invisible, producing a dark smoke that can spread throughout your home. Because the soot holds tightly to surfaces, we choose to use products that help break the bond. Wetting agents that loosen the soot spray on, and then we use a cloth to wipe the soot away. Sometimes we need to use a rough sponge or another tool that helps us scrape the sticky soot off a surface.

Kitchen fires make soot that coats items and surfaces with a thin, hard to remove film. The soot can be very bad smelling, too. The protein in a kitchen or grease fire is what makes the soot thin and tough to clean. We use cleaning products that dissolve the thin coating. Sponges with a scrubber can help break up the coating, especially if we used a cleaner with a grainy texture or a solvent.

Items with small parts or hard to reach areas like window shades might cleanup best after a fire in an immersion tub. We soak the items and sometimes use advanced solutions like ultrasonic treatments to loosen the soiling. Our production facility and employees can use specialized techniques on personal belongings we removed from the fire site.

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The workers and equipment at SERVPRO of Santa Ana South do a good job matching different kinds of soot to the best cleaning available. Call us at (714) 558-7772 to set up an appointment.

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No Se Desanime Con El Daño de Fuego En Su Hogar - Llame a SERVPRO!

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

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Cómo SERVPRO Limpia Diferentes Tipos De Daños De Fuego en Santa Ana

El fuego deja diferentes tipos de hollín en las superficies dependiendo de lo que haya quemado en su casa en Santa Ana. Cada tipo de hollín tiene un sistema de limpieza diferente. Nuestros técnicos chequean todos los daños y combinan el mejor método de limpieza. Un sitio de incendio puede necesitar una variedad de sistemas de limpieza. Podemos manejarlo todo.

Algunos de hollín son liviano en su casa de Santa Ana después de un fuego. Este tipo de daño responde mejor con esponjas secas, al cepillado y, a menudo, al pasar la aspiradora. Usar aerosoles o limpiar este tipo de daño puede manchar el hollín y causar manchas. Nuestros técnicos saben que este tipo de daño por fuego es causado por papeles.

Cuando SERVPRO encuentra hollín grueso y pegajoso en las superficies, es una pista de que el fuego ardió lentamente en esa área. Las telas y los fuegos eléctricos pueden producir incendios lentos. Las llamas son casi invisibles, produciendo un humo oscuro que puede extenderse por toda su casa. Usamos agentes humectantes que aflojan el hollín, y luego usamos un paño para limpiar el hollín. Algunas veces tenemos que usar una esponja áspera u otra herramienta que nos ayude a quitar el hollín pegajoso de una superficie.

Los fuegos de cocina producen hollín que cubre objetos y superficies con una capa fina y difícil de quitar. El hollín también puede oler muy mal. La proteína en un fuego de cocina o grasa es lo que hace que el hollín sea delgado y difícil de limpiar. Usamos productos de limpieza que disuelven la capa de hollín. Las esponjas con un estropajo pueden ayudar a romper la capa, especialmente si utilizamos un limpiador con una textura granulada.

Los artículos con partes pequeñas o áreas difíciles de alcanzar, como las cortinas de las ventanas, podrían limpiarse mejor después de un incendio en una bañera. Remojamos los artículos y algunas veces usamos soluciones avanzadas como tratamientos ultrasónicos para aflojar el ensuciamiento. Nuestro equipo de producción y nuestros empleados pueden usar técnicas especializadas sobre los objetos personales que sacamos de la casa dañada por fuego.

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Los trabajadores y el equipo de SERVPRO en Santa Ana South hacen un buen trabajo combinando diferentes tipos de hollín con la mejor limpieza disponible. Llámenos al (714) 558-7772 para una cita.

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3 Causes of Crawl Space Flooding and How To Fix Them

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

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3 Causes of Crawl Space Flooding and How To Fix Them

Your crawl space is great for a variety of things, like storing holiday decorations and those Rollerblades you swear you’ll use again someday. Unfortunately, it’s also excellent for harboring hidden water. A home flood is just one way that water can infiltrate your crawl space. Here are three other common causes and how to detect them.

1. Dirty Gutters and Disconnected Downspouts
Your gutters and downspouts have one job: to move water away from your Santa Ana, CA, home. If your gutters are full of debris, their collected water can spill over and be delivered directly to the base of your house. Similarly, disconnected or inadvertently moved downspouts can cause water to pool near your foundation.
To keep water out of your crawl space, clean your gutters, and check on your downspouts’ placement regularly. This is especially important if you have children or pets.

2. Landscape Erosion
Over time, erosion can flatten your yard’s slope. When this happens, water no longer runs away from your foundation; instead, it can pool there and start to seep into your crawl space.
To check for grading issues, inspect your home’s perimeter, paying attention to the soil. If you spot any accumulated water or obvious depressions, it may be a sign that water’s entering your home at the site. To prevent a home flood, build the soil back up.

3. Underground Water
After a torrential rain or massive snowmelt, it’s possible for groundwater to rise and penetrate your crawl space. Damaged or clogged drains, broken pipes, and ruptured city water lines can also lead to problems with subterrestrial water. These issues are largely beyond your control, but you can be proactive by regularly examining your crawlspace for water, particularly after other storm damage. Promptly calling a water damage mitigation company can prevent underground water issues from escalating as well.
A home flood is the most obvious way that water can enter your crawl space, but it’s not the only one. Regular inspections of your home and yard can help you identify potential headaches before they become big problems. For water, you simply can’t avoid, enlist the help of an experienced restoration company.