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Wildfires Season Is Upon Us! Don't Let the Santa Ana Winds Play Havoc with Your Home and Family--SERVPRO Is Ready to Help

10/12/2019 (Permalink)

Vivid scene of blazing wildfire with an electrical tower Wildfires, Santa Ana Winds, and SERVPRO Standing By and Ready for Cleanup and Restoration

Why SERVPRO Crew Members Use PPE when Working on Residences after a Wildfire Around Santa Ana

After a disaster in the Santa Ana area, SERVPRO sends highly skilled and experienced specialists to restore houses and businesses through mitigation, remediation, and other tasks. These jobs often require that our employees don personal protective equipment, or PPE, to protect themselves from inherent hazards.

The dramatically increased risks are why SERVPRO crew members use PPE while working on homes in Santa Ana after a wildfire. These risks can come from broken glass windows that shattered and blew into the house from radiant heat. Many other risks exist, and scientists and researchers are still studying the aftermath of wildfires to determine their extent and how they can affect human health.

Many chemicals exist in the modern home, from the building materials to the contents. Appliances are now highly energy-efficient, but many also contain materials that become highly toxic when exposed to extreme external temperatures. The effects of some compounds used in appliances, furniture, electronics, and other everyday household items remain unclear. We want to protect ourselves from the unknown as we clean debris away from your home, helping you prepare to rebuild, so we wear full-body suits and respiratory gear.
More well-known are tree and plant resins that enter the air when the plant burns. These, as well as saps, waxes, and oils,  can cause health effects, especially respiratory-related ones. Treated lumber, plastics like PVC, and other synthetics do give off many chemical compounds that we are aware of, although we learn new information about these regularly--another reason to wear PPE.
Electrical hazards from downed power lines, exposed wires on functioning appliances, and those that might have their switch in the 'on' position are one reason we wear heavy gloves and special boots. These items also keep us safe as we work removing large pieces of lumber, walls, and roofing material. Heavy gloves also protect our hands from any hot spots.
There are other risks that residents should know about returning after a wildfire. Hot spots can re-ignite, not just burn unsuspecting people. The red powder dropped from planes is relatively non-toxic when on the skin, but can harm pets who drink tainted water., however, not all flame retardants are made the same way, so caution is advised. Smoke can linger for months after a fire of this magnitude, and respiratory equipment is often necessary. Smoke particles can be as small as 2.5 microns in size, allowing them to enter the alveoli in the lungs. Our SERVPRO team often deploys air scrubbers fitted with HEPA and charcoal filters to meet the challenges of persistent smoke and odors.
These are just some of the hazards SERVPRO of Santa Ana South's restoration specialists faces when cleaning up after a wildfire. Keep your family safe. Contact our emergency response team at (714) 558-7772 for our highly trained technicians – they are always ready to start restoring your property after any size disaster.
SERVPRO suggests the following websites for addition information. How Smoke from Fires Can Affect Your Health Stay Safe After a Wildfire How Wood Smoke Harms Your Health

A Leaking Dishwasher Can Leave Your Santa Ana Home in Need of Water Removal Services

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Faucet water leaking Let us help when it comes to your Santa Ana water leak due to a household appliance.

SERVPRO has your best interest when your Santa Ana home has water damage.

A leaking dishwasher can be especially annoying to deal with, especially when the leak is leaving your Santa Ana home in a constant need of water removal services. The best way to indefinitely deal with this problem is to have the dishwasher fixed by a plumber, or to replace it. However, even when you do finally do make a decision about the broken dishwasher, the latest puddle still sits on your kitchen floor. 

When your home requires local Santa Ana water removal services, it is best not to wait. Leaving a pool of stagnant water on your floor for too long is practically inviting more damage into your home, such as mold damage. When it comes to water damage, always clean it up swiftly to avoid extra complications. 

Here at SERVPRO, we always work around your schedule. Day or night, whenever you need us, our doors are open. Our technicians are highly trained and always come to your aid swiftly, equipped with advanced technology to remediate the damages in your home. At SERVPRO, we always strive to be Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

When our technicians arrive within hours of your initial call, we can walk you through the remediation process. You are always kept in the loop, and our technicians can patiently answer any question you have. Our SERVPRO techs can do an initial investigation and then plan out the remediation accordingly. Once a drying plan is established, our technicians can get to work. 

We can use a few different devices to clean up the excess water, such as a wet/dry vacuum or an extraction wand. Using these devices dramatically decreases the time it takes to remove the water from your home. After the water has been taken away, our technicians can set up some drying equipment around the dishwasher. By using devices like dehumidifiers, heaters, and air blasting tubes, we can ensure that your kitchen is at its proper moisture level. 

If you find your residence needs water removal services, do not wait. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Santa Ana South by calling (714) 558-7772. No matter the time, we can be there for you. 

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Should I Remain in my Santa Ana Home During the Flood Damage Restoration Process?

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Drying equipment in water damaged room.  Flood cuts on drywall We made flood cuts to help dry this room. Once completely dry, we restored the room to its preloss condition.

Flood Damage in Santa Ana:  Should I Stay, or Should I Go? 

Life in Santa Ana means being vigilant of Mother Nature. As homeowners, we are increasingly mindful of weather conditions and how they might affect our daily lives. Fire, flooding, and devastating winds can all be present in our region, and being prepared is crucial. Professional restoration services in Santa Ana are readily available.  Knowing whom to call in case of emergency is the frontline defense for property owners. 

Imagine for a minute that there is flood damage to your Santa Ana home. With little or no warning, floodwaters have made their way through your doors and leaving you with a visible reminder of the occasion. Aside from the visible debris, you may not be able to see the contaminants hiding in the water. Luckily, SERVPRO water restoration technicians (WRT) train to address situations like yours, tackling tangible and intangible threats to your home and family.  

One of the necessary steps in addressing flood damage is deciding whether to move out of your home or not. Our SERVPRO team can help frame that decision by providing alternative strategies focused on mitigating the time and money you spend as a result of the flooding. For example, our team may recommend a partial move-out if there is an area of your home where we can safely store your belongings. Ideally, we would lessen the number of times your things are handled by cleaning them before storing them in another area. However, if this delays water extraction or drying efforts, we may move all items and conduct the cleanup in the satellite spot. When floodwaters permeate porous materials such as upholstery, very often we dispose of them for your safety. This removal can also be done at this stage to facilitate the ultimate goal- drying and disinfecting your home. 

Flood damage can be overwhelming, but our SERVPRO of Santa Ana South staff is here to help. Our training and expertise come to your rescue by breaking down each of the steps necessary to restore your home. Trust us by calling (714) 558-7772 and allowing us to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.” 

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SERVPRO Rapidly Restores Water Damaged Commercial Properties in the Santa Ana Area

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO boxtruck returning stored contents to an apt unit Move out the wet contents, Dry the Santa Ana Unit, Return the dry, clean contents--That is the SERVPRO WAY!

Water Removal Santa Ana – Sprinkler Malfunction

Here is a scenario that our team can help for restoration. A business customer called for help with a problem in one of his commercial properties. The unit had recently been renovated and was scheduled to be ready for a new tenant in a week. One of the sprinklers was damaged during renovations. The sprinkler malfunctioned at night when no one was around. The next morning, there was water everywhere on the new carpeting and one wall. He was concerned the tenant might back out.

Our SERVPRO team from Santa Ana responded to this water removal call within hours. The owner explained the urgency of the problem. He requested that everything should be done to help him prepare his unit for the tenant. Our response was rapid. We had a team along with water extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers at his premises that morning.

Minimal Damage
Fortunately, when SERVPRO arrived, the sprinkler had been turned off, and there was no furniture or contents in the unit. We were able to focus on removing the water from the glued-down carpet that had no underpad using a weighted extractor. One of our team members rides on the extractor adding weight to it, which squeezes the water out of the carpet leaving little work for the dehumidifiers.

The commercial grade carpet was brand new, and there was no danger of delamination or lifting from the concrete floor. The carpet would need to have been replaced if the carpet and backing had separated. Our client appreciated our efforts to salvage this new flooring material.

Wall Damage from Water Wicking
Only one wall was affected. The owner opted to remove all of the drywall, exposing the structure. We suggestged a flood cut, only cutting out about two feet from the floor to limit the rebuild and downtime. We were able to dry the exposed structure quickly. The wall was an interior wall without insulation. The owner felt that taking our approach would enable a faster recovery with a brand new section of wall installed.

Owner Met His Deadline
SERVPRO used air movers to blow air over the wet carpet, and dehumidifiers to remove the remaining moisture from the room. The combined effort of the client, the fast response of our SERVPRO team and contractors rebuilding one wall allowed the tenant to move in on schedule.

Our team can provide a total coordinated response to restore your home or business, "Like it never even happened."

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Me Quedo o Me Voy?

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Rain and wind coming down on a street with surrounding trees. Confíe en nuestro equipo para restaurar su casa de daños por inundaciones.

Diga No a Las Inundaciones y Diga sí a La Restauración de SERVPRO

Vivir en Santa Ana significa vigilar de cerca a la madre naturaleza. Como dueños de casa, estamos permanentemente en alerta a las condiciones del tiempo y preparándonos para sus efectos. Fuegos, inundaciones y vientos amenazan a nuestra región y el estar preparado ya no es opcional; es indispensable. Servicios professionales que ayuden a la restauración de su casa en Santa Ana están presentes en la ciudad, y saber a quién llamar es la primera línea de defensa.

Imagínese por un minuto que hay daños por inundaciones en su casa en Santa Ana. Con muy poca advertencia, las aguas contaminadas entran por sus puertas, dejando a su paso daños visibles. Por encima de los daños tangibles, usted puede estar ciego a las bacterias contenidas en el agua. Por suerte, nuestro técnicos especializados de SERVPRO entrenan específicamente para situaciones como la suya, y estamos listos para atacar los daños tangible e intangibles que amenazan a su casa y su familia.

Una de las primeras decisiones que debe tomar en caso de inundación es su permanencia en la casa. Nuestro equipo de SERVPRO puede aconsejarle al sugerir distintas estrategias para el proceso de restauración. Por ejemplo, nuestro equipo puede recomendar una mudanza parcial si es que hay un área de la casa que no haya sido afectada. De ser asi, podemos limpiar sus pertenencias y almacenarlas en esta sección mientras trabajamos. De lograrlo, podríamos reducir el número de veces que sus objetos son manipulados, lo que a su vez reduce la probabilidad de daños subsecuentes. Sin embargo, si esta transferencia demora la extracción de agua y el proceso de secado, procedemos a limpiarlos en otro momento. El objetivo principal es eliminar el agua lo más pronto posible.

Daños por inundación pueden ser abrumadores, pero nuestro equipo de SERVPRO of Santa Ana South esta aquí para ayudar. Nuestro entrenamiento y experiencia vienen al rescate y nos ayudan a dividir el proceso de restauración en pasos concretos y efectivos. Confíe en nosotros y llámenos al (714) 558-7772 para que juntos dejemos su casa como que nada hubiera pasado.

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Cuándo es el Momento Correcto Para Llamar a Un Profesional Para Remover El Agua?

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

A red bucket and hose on saturated wet floor with water damage. No importa cuánta agua haya en su piso, nuestro equipo tiene el equipo para extraerla.

SERVPRO Dice Contáctenos Para La Restauración de Daños por Agua en Su Propiedad de Santa Ana

Los dueños de casa suelen preguntarse si su trabajo de remoción de agua requiere atención professional o si es algo que pueden hacer ellos mismos.  Algunas filtraciones parecen ser menores aun cuando en realidad causan daño significativo. Las dos variables más relevantes al evaluar el alcance del proyecto son la naturaleza del agua que se ha filtrado en su casa y la cantidad de agua filtrada.  Inclusive el pozo más pequeño puede convertirse en un criadero de moho, o puede debilitar la estructura de su casa si se deja desatendido.

Afortunadamente, si usted vive en Santa Ana, sus necesidades de remoción de agua pueden ser atendidas por SERVPRO. Es importante saber que ante esta situación no es suficiente traer equipo y dejarlo funcionar un par de días. Una restauración concienzuda implica la aplicación del marco teórico de la extracción y secado de un ambiente a la vez que la tecnología apoya los esfuerzos.  Utilizando los principios de psicrometría, nuestro equipo monitorea la calidad del aire en su hogar mientras restauramos los niveles óptimos de humedad.

Generalmente, una tubería rota o un desperfecto en un electrodoméstico son las principales razones por las que usted necesita un servicio de remoción de agua.  A diferencia de una inundación, el agua filtrada en estos eventos no contiene contaminantes. Es esta característica la que permite que nuestros técnicos de SERVPRO puedan salvar elementos como alfombras y tapicería a pesar de estar impregnados de agua.  Inclusive cuando sus muebles se abomban o destiñen a consecuencia del agua, nuestros técnicos pueden intentar recuperarlos. En caso de duda, nuestro técnico consulta con usted y juntos determinan los pasos a seguir, teniendo en cuenta los costos asociados con la restauración o el reemplazo.  Este intercambio es esencial para completar un trabajo de alta calidad enfocado en minimizar sus pérdidas lo más posible.

La ayuda professional para remoción de agua siempre es la respuesta correcta.  Independientemente del tamaño de su emergencia, SERVPRO of Santa Ana South está aquí para guiarlo.  Solo llame al (714) 558-7772 y déjenos acompañarlo en la restauración de su hogar. Juntos lograremos dejarlo como que nada hubiera pasado.  

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SERVPRO Says Contact Us for Great Water Damage Restoration for Your Santa Ana Property

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Green Box Truck Parked on street with tree on left side The Green Fleet Answer to Why SERVPRO Is a Premier Water Damage Restoration Company in the Santa Ana Area

When Is the Right Time to Call a Professional Water Removal Service for Your Santa Ana Home?

Homeowners often wonder if water removal jobs require professional attention or if it is something they can do by themselves.  Some water leaks appear minor when, in reality, they cause significant damage.  The two most relevant variables in assessing the scope of the job at hand are the nature of the water invading your home and the amount of water released.  Even the smallest puddle can become a breeding ground for mold, or it can slowly weaken the structure of your home if left unattended.

Thankfully, if you are in Santa Ana, your water removal questions are quickly answered by our SERVPRO team.  As you face the water event in your home, it is essential to know that complete restoration is not only about bringing a couple of machines into your home and letting them operate for a few days.  A trained water restoration technician (WRT) understands the theory behind the extraction and drying process and uses technology to support his efforts.  Using psychrometry principles, our team monitors the air in your home as we go about restoring humidity levels.

For the most part, water removal services follow a leak caused by a broken pipe or by the malfunction of an appliance.  In contrast to floodwaters, the water released by these events does not generally contain harmful bacteria.  Its clean nature allows our SERVPRO crew to salvage elements such as carpet and upholstery even when they are soaked. Likewise, when your furniture swells or bleeds after being exposed to water, our WRT can attempt to restore your property to its original condition.  When in doubt, the technician consults with the homeowner and determines action steps based on a cost comparison of restoration versus replacement.  This interaction is essential in completing a quality job and reducing your losses as much as possible.

Professional advice is always the right answer to your water removal needs.  Regardless of the size of your damaging water event, SERVPRO of Santa Ana South is here to guide you.  Just call our 24-hour line at (714) 558-7772 and let us work with you in restoring your home.  Together we can leave it, "Like it never even happened."

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Why SERVPRO Uses Advanced Equipment to Fight Mold Damage After Water Removal in Santa Ana

8/24/2019 (Permalink)

Leaking ceiling showing water damage. Don't let water damage take over your life. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Is Water Removal Best Left to Professionals?

When we watch television, we are empowered to try our hand at home remodeling.  Based on popular shows, careful planning and the right partner are the keys to success in maintaining all aspects of your home, from building to landscaping.  Although some projects are undoubtedly suitable for homeowners to try, there are some instances in which a professional team is essential. Water removal is one of those instances.  Regardless of how small a job may look, an incomplete water removal process can be the beginning of many future complications, which is why professional advice is crucial.

In Santa Ana, homeowners count on SERVPRO for their water removal needs.  Our team trains under industry experts to be up-to-date with the latest techniques and innovation in the field.  It is precisely our theoretical framework, along with extensive on the job experience, that makes us stand out in our field.  When our Green Fleet arrives at your home, you can rest easy knowing that the experts are there to guide you through every step of the process.

One of the dangers of an incomplete water removal job is leaving standing water in your wall cavity or under your floors.  Failure to extract these water deposits can invite mold and bacteria to your home since they flourish in humid environments.  As our SERVPRO crew goes around your home, we utilize infrared technology and hygrometers to detect water collection even when it is not apparent to the naked eye.  Along with our extraction equipment (pumps, wands, dehumidifiers, injectidry, etc.), we comb your property methodically until moisture levels reach normal readings.  

Even though SERVPRO is your best resource for water removal homeowners still have a significant part to play.  Your most important role in protecting your property and your family is to perform routine maintenance throughout your home.  If you suddenly see a spike in water consumption, take all necessary steps to identify and control the leak, followed by a call to SERVPRO to ensure that humidity has not saturated your walls and foundations, posing a danger the integrity of your home.

SERVPRO of Santa Ana South is ready to help you whether your water removal needs are big or small.  Just call us at (714) 558-7772 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

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¿Es Mejor Dejar Los Servicios de Eliminación de Agua a Los Profesionales?

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

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Es la Remoción de Agua Un Proyecto Para Profesionales?

Cuando vemos televisión nos sentimos listos para remodelar nuestro hogar sin ayuda professional.  De acuerdo a los programas más populares, un buen plan y un buen socio son la clave del éxito en mantener toda la casa, desde su construcción hasta la jardinería.  Sin duda hay muchos proyectos ideales para el propietario común, pero hay otros en los que un equipo professional es esencial. Remover agua acumulada, por ejemplo, es uno de esos proyectos que es mejor con ayuda especializada.  Las consecuencias de no remover el agua por completo son muy riesgosas y pueden ser dañinas para su familia y su salud.

En Santa Ana, los propietarios cuentan con SERVPRO para servicios de remoción de agua.  Nuestro equipo entrena bajo la tutela de expertos de la industria para estar a la vanguardia de los equipos y técnicas más innovadoras en nuestra rama.  Es precisamente esa preparación teórica, aunada con la experiencia de campo, la que nos hace destacarnos. Cuando nuestra cuadrilla llega a su casa usted puede estar seguro que los expertos lo van a guiar en cada paso del proceso.

Uno de los peligros de un trabajo mal hecho es que pueden quedar depósitos de agua ocultos entre las cavidades de las paredes o debajo de sus pisos.  Esta humedad invita a moho y bacteria, los cuales se multiplican en estas condiciones. Cuando nuestro equipo de SERVPRO inspecciona su hogar, utilizamos tecnología infrarroja e higrómetros para detectar acumulaciones de agua aunque no sean evidentes a simple vista.  Utilizando equipo especializado de extracción (bombas, varillas, deshumidificadores, aire caliente, etc.), metódicamente evaluamos cada rincón de su hogar hasta que los niveles de humedad regresen a la normalidad.

Aun cuando SERVPRO es su mejor recurso para la remoción de agua, los propietarios tienen un papel muy importante.  Lo más crucial que usted puede hacer es el mantenimiento preventivo. Si de repente observa un incremento en el consumo de agua, tome todos los pasos necesarios en identificar y controlar la filtración, seguido de una llamada a SERVPRO para asegurarse que la humedad no ha saturado sus paredes y fundaciones, comprometiendo la estructura de su casa.

SERVPRO of  Santa Ana South está listo para ayudarlo independientemente del volumen de agua que tenga que remover. Solo llámenos al (714) 558-7772 y permítanos dejar su hogar como que nada hubiera pasado.

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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Santa Ana Home After A Water Damage Disaster

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

We employ the latest technology like this state-of-the-art water detection device to locate and measure the moisture content .

Quick Tips to Save Time on Water Restoration in Santa Ana

Everyone wants to save money when they can, and when disasters strike your Santa Ana home, this frugality can be more critical than ever. One of the best methods to save on the cost of the restoration that your home needs when facing substantial water loss incidents is to do what you can safely to reduce the time that professional technicians spend returning your property to preloss condition. While we can help our customers with every aspect of restoration and recovery that their house needs, we also want to help keep residents informed about what they can do to help when they want.

Aspects like water removal in Santa Ana homes can often require specialized equipment that our SERVPRO professionals arrive with when they get dispatched to a damaged address. Our team members have multiple levels of extraction tools from handheld options that are ideal for smaller volumes of standing water to full-size extractor trucks that roll out with our Green Fleet. No matter the severity of the situation, we have the right tool for the job. There are ways that you can help while our team is still in route, however.

  • Shut Off the Water – One of the biggest issues with substantial loss incidents is when the water flow does not cease until our team members first arrive. With significant breaches in plumbing or fixtures, hundreds, or even thousands of gallons of water can spread through the affected areas of your property within this time. Find the shutoff valve for the damaged appliance or the entire household and stop the flow of water.
  • Gather Contents – Our SERVPRO team arrives with competent content management professionals that can assess the damage and potential risks to your belongings from the loss incident. By removing some of the valuable items and keepsakes from the damage path, you can prevent situations where possessions become unsalvageable. 
  • Clear Out the Affected Areas - If you know where the bulk of the water damage restoration work has to occur, anticipate the need to bring multiple machines through your home to this affected point. Many of these recovery tools are large, which makes having a cleared path time saving for our technicians.

There are no ways to predict when water loss incidents can occur, but our SERVPRO of Santa Ana South can help you to restore these effects when they exist. Give us a call anytime at (714) 558-7772.

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