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Does Your Santa Ana Home Need Mold Remediation?

6/18/2022 (Permalink)

white wall with mold damage and the word "mold" on the side From mold inspection to mold remediation and final walkthrough, Santa Ana property owners rely on SERVPRO

SERVPRO Mitigates Mold Damage in Santa Ana Properties

Unlike water or fire damage in a South Santa Ana property, mold damage does not happen suddenly in most cases. The infestation usually sets up slowly and silently and then suddenly gets discovered. One of the few ways it happens quickly is when temperatures are high enough to sustain colony growth. The house has highly elevated interior humidity levels, such as after a flooding incident where cleanup did not begin quickly. Moisture is a great conducive agent for mold proliferation.

Safety and saving as much of the structure and contents as possible during mold damage remediation in Santa Ana homes is a commitment SERVPRO brings to every mitigation. The first action of the technicians is to confirm the presence of mold growth and set up containment to halt the potential for any further spread of airborne spores throughout the property.

Common Areas in the Home Mold Damage Occurs

Anywhere there can be moisture or elevated humidity within a property, the potential for mold damage exists. Some of the most common reasons for mold infestations that SERVPRO technicians deal with regularly include:

  • Poor ventilation creates an ideal environment for airborne spore germination, particularly in crawlspaces, attics, and exhaust fan ducts
  • Plumbing issues such as slow leaks
  • Leaks in roofing or around windows and doors

These scenarios can sustain mold growth within a structure, and the problem will continue to grow and spread until it is stopped. SERVPRO technicians remove all traces of the mold colonies and perform proactive applications to inhibit the return.

Signs of Mold Damage Within a Home

There are several tell-tale signs that homeowners cannot dismiss for long that hint at a need for mold remediation. A damp, musty odor that never goes away is how mold frequently gets found when no visible signs are seen. Another is staining appearing on sheetrock. In areas in the home where elevated humidity is common, mold colonies can spread rapidly on anything consumable such as:  

  • Sheetrock
  • Wood
  • Paper products

Locating Mold Within the Home 

SERVPRO technicians use various types of equipment to identify the potential scale of the mold infestation without the need to open walls or lift flooring. They use both probes and infrared cameras regularly to pinpoint areas where high moisture conditions exist, and these areas are likely to harbor mold growth as well.  

Treatment and Abatement Techniques 

The technicians bring down the interior humidity levels to unsustainable levels for continued colony existence and then remove the dried matter from surfaces. The SERVPRO AMRT technicians use hand removal methods, or for stubborn stuck-on residues or large-scale cleanup, they rely on different abatement methods such as soda blasting or ice blasting. All of these methods work to remove stubborn dried mold without marring surfaces. In some cases, we can tear out mold-infested assemblies and building materials, apply antimicrobial products, and build back these affected areas.

SERVPRO of Santa Ana South | SERVPRO of Santa Ana North at (714) 558-7772 brings years of experience and professionalism to every South Santa Ana mold remediation service.

What Are Common Types of Water Damage in Santa Ana Properties?

6/18/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Brings Knowledge, Compassion, and Professionalism to Every Santa Ana Water Restoration Service

Non-weather water damage claims are the most common cause for homeowner insurance claims, followed closely by weather-related issues. South Santa Ana property owners should know the early warning signs of different types of water damage and what to do about it.

The cost of water damage in a Santa Ana property can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on a few factors, such as

  • The type of water in the home
  • How much of the structure and contents received the effects
  • The time elapsed between the water damage event and the cleanup efforts

SERVPRO has put together an overview of the various types of incidents that should get professional water remediation for the best outcome.

Common Reasons for Water Damage

There are numerous possibilities for an incident requiring water mitigation to occur, such as appliance malfunctions, toilet backups, pipe bursts, broken hoses in washing machines and dishwashers, and supply line breaks. External water intrusion can come from foundation cracks or hydrostatic pressure, heavy rains, and leaky roofs. A mere trickle of water from a broken pipe can lead to costly repairs due to structural damages to walls, floors, and ceilings.

Categories of Water Have an Effect on the Outcome

The type of water in the home can determine the water damage restoration services needed. SERVPRO uses the same categorization recommended by the IICRC ( Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification). The three main types are as follows: 

  • Category 1 is clean water and poses no threat to humans or pets, and usually is found with supply line breaks and sink overflows.
  • Category 2 water is also designated as gray water. This type of water is likely contaminated with microorganisms. SERVPRO sees this type of water with seepage and discharges from washing machines and dishwashers.
  • Category 3 is also called black water and is the most serious type of water damage The water is unsanitary and has the potential to contain bacteria, pathogens, and other harmful elements. SERVPRO safely mitigates this type of water during restoration services due to sewage backups, stream overflows and standing water over 48 hours old.

SERVPRO Techs Classify Water Damage During the Restoration Service  

Water damage can also be classified according to drying time and physical damage. When assessing the damage and repair options, the class can make a difference. Much like Category 1 water, a Class 1 rating is also the least harmful. Class 2 usually means a large number of repairs may be needed to restore the home. Class 3 usually implies that the structure is saturated and will require extensive extraction, drying, and possibly controlled demolition. Class 4 is the most serious designation and usually means walls, floors, and other elements are greatly affected.

SERVPRO of Santa Ana South | SERVPRO of Santa Ana North at (714) 558-7772 brings years of experience and professional equipment to South Santa Ana water damage restoration services.

Santa Ana Properties Fire Damage Solutions by SERVPRO

6/18/2022 (Permalink)

boarded up fire damage apartments SERVPRO can secure fire damaged properties in Santa Ana with board-up services and interior cleanup and restoration of the structure and contents

SERVPRO Technicians Perform Fire and Smoke Damage Mitigation in Santa Ana Residences

There are different causes of house fires within South Santa Ana properties, and each one needs handling as a unique situation. A grease fire in a kitchen with its high heat and rapid spreading has the potential to do as much damage to a home as a fire started from an overheated outlet or unattended candle that was too close to the curtains.

SERVPRO technicians have extensive training in handling fire damage restoration in Santa Ana properties and know how to test the smoke damage left behind to determine the best cleaning methods. Even a fire contained in a single room in a home may affect the rest of the house with residues and odors.  For this reason, bringing in a professional team to perform the cleanup is a wise idea.

What Can Homeowners Do Before SERVPRO Arrives?

The waiting for the fire cleanup process can be a time to do some small preparations if the all-clear to enter the property has been given by the fire department. Actions homeowners can take include: 

  • Limit movement within the property to avoid the spread of soot
  • Keep hands clean to avoid soiling walls or furnishings
  • Place clean towels or old sheets over rugs, upholstery, and areas where foot traffic occurs
  • If the electricity is off in the home, empty the freezer and fridge
  • Remove houseplants and gently wipe both sides of the leaves

Fire Damage Restoration Services Provided by SERVPRO

The technicians from SERVPRO immediately scope the property on arrival to determine the scale and scope of the fire damage within the home. The techs go through the house methodically to locate and separate items accordingly: 

  • Items and building materials that have heat or soot damage are too severe for restoration through cleaning methods
  • Articles from the house that get taken to outside cleaning stations
  • Pieces that have restoration potential but need cleaning in-facility

Never a One-Size-Fits-All Solution for Fire Restoration

There are many different types of applications SERVPRO technicians rely upon to remove visible signs of fire damage and smoke odors. Upholstery and fabrics can often benefit from the use of foam-based cleaning agents. The IICRC certified FSRT team lift away dry smoke damage using special tools, and wet smoke with its smeary, greasy texture often requires solvent-based solutions to release its grip upon surfaces. Items were taken from inside the home for cleaning in outside cleaning stations typically undergo abrasive or immersion soot removal as needed.

Fire Odor Removal 

The crucial final step during fire damage restoration is removing all traces of smoke odors from home. SERVPRO techs have different applications to neutralize odor-producing soot particulates depending on the level of scent and size of the treatment area.

SERVPRO of Santa Ana South | SERVPRO of Santa Ana North at (714) 558-7772 has technicians with years of comprehensive training and experience handling all types and sizes of fire and smoke damage in Santa Ana properties.

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

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

mold growing on the wall of a room When the mold infestation has spread, you need to bring in the professionals for mold damage remediation services. Call our certified SERVPRO team.

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 to 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."

The Purpose of Air Movers for Santa Ana Water Damage

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work in a kitchen Effective drying will help to prevent any future mold infestations from starting. Contact SERVPRO for water damage remediation. We are standing by.

Water Damage Is Dried with Air Mover Units

Drying is one of the critical elements of any water restoration project, so the right tools and approaches must be used to complete the necessary evaporation and moisture removal techniques. Air movers play a significant role in surface water removal and drying approaches.

What Are Air Movers?

Air movers are effective machines in resolving water damage to Santa Ana homes and businesses. While many believe air movers are fans, this is not entirely accurate. Our SERVPRO team's units are likened more to high-velocity blowers capable of addressing surface moisture directly with focused blasts of dry air. Machines are typically one of three styles:

  • Centrifugal - blowers with focused blasts of warm, dry air pointed at specific wall portions
  • Axial - intended for broader air distribution across affected rooms of the house
  • Low-Profile - with flood cuts and other access to structural cavities, low-profile units infuse dry air into wall systems. 

Removing Vapor Barriers

An advantage of well-placed centrifugal units is overcoming a cool air barrier that can form just above the surface of wet materials during evaporation. The presence of this barrier can slow effective drying, so the disruption and dissolving of the cool air layer above the surface are paramount.

Increasing the Production of Air Movers

Additional actions and environmental factors can help air movers and respective equipment operate more efficiently. Increasing air movers' production can relate to manipulating specific drying factors like temperature and humidity. Increasing the temperature makes evaporation faster when deploying sufficient dehumidifiers.

There are many parts to removing water from surfaces of wall assemblies, ceilings, and floors. Our SERVPRO of Santa Ana South | SERVPRO of Santa Ana North teams appreciate the finite timeline to get cleanup and restoration started right away. We are ready to mobilize to help when disasters strike. Call now at (714) 558-7772.

How Our Specialists Handle Fire And Odor Damage In Your Santa Ana Home

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

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Steps For Dealing With Fire And Odor Damage In Santa Ana Homes

In the aftereffects of a fire, it is often necessary to replace the destroyed structures and contents and clean salvageable items. Smoke, soot, odor, and the chemicals and water that firefighters use could damage the items that remain. Immediate attention helps minimize destruction.

Even if the fire happened in a single room such as the living room, soot, smoke, and odors could have traveled all over the home, affecting drapes, upholstery, carpets, clothing and other possessions. To repair and recover your Santa Ana home after fire and odor damage, you can enlist the services of SERVPRO franchise professionals. We can clean the smoke and soot from floors, ceilings, walls, furniture, and clothing, and remove the smoky odor.

The smoke smell can linger for days or weeks, and the more time it has to seep into your carpets, furniture, draperies, and walls, the harder it is to remove. One thing we do to deodorize a home is removing items that have smoke odors like upholstered furniture, mattresses, box springs, and stuffed animals. We also remove any debris and charred items if you and your insurance adjuster approve the removal of such materials.

Our SERVPRO odor control technician (OCT) can use vacuum cleaners or dry chemical sponges to clean any surface containing soot residues. After cleaning, we perform air scrubbing or ventilation to eliminate odor molecules from indoor air. We usually combine multiple deodorization techniques to ensure successful neutralization of odors. Sometimes, we apply odor counteractant pellets or beads to the floor to control vapor odors. In other situations, our technicians use ultra-low volume foggers to disperse deodorants into the home.

After deodorizing a home, we assess if any odors remain and if so, we perform additional odor removal procedures. Cleaning household textiles thoroughly is also critical for eliminating smoke odors. We offer cloth and textile cleaning as part of our restoration process. We can take items such as clothing, draperies, and blankets with lingering smoke odors to our facility and clean them using our Esporta wash system.

If your house has fire and odor damage, SERVPRO of Santa Ana South can help you handle it. Our experts have the equipment and expertise to make the damage seem “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (714) 558-7772 to remediate the destruction.

Flood Damage Does Not Always Mean a Total Loss in Santa Ana

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

water damaged room; flooring removed; SERVPRO drying equipment being used to restore room Floodwaters bring contaminants into your home. Don't go it alone. Call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO’s Detailed Flood Damage Protocols Restores Santa Ana Properties

No two flooding projects are precisely the same, so you cannot use the same methods all the time. SERVPRO is known for scalability and adaptability to ensure all of our Santa Ana customers get the results they deserve. No residential or commercial project is too large or small for our IICRC-certified crews. With a call to our customer care team, we arrive within hours with our Green Fleet stocked with all the equipment we need for floodwater mitigation and restoration services.

A lot of what is involved in handling flood damage in Santa Ana includes proper assessment, so our team has a solid plan to achieve our restoration and drying goals. With most storm flood events, we will have to address the removal of things like:

  • Standing water
  • Contaminants (chemicals, urine, feces, vermin, and other hazardous elements)
  • Silt
  • Debris
  • Waste

We get suited up with personal protective equipment (PPE) and enter to begin muck out after the assessment and inspection of the flood zone is finished. Our crew evaluates whether your contents and structural/building materials can be cleaned and restored or calls for replacement.

Basic steps to execute flood damage repair

There are many phases involved in any water-related project. However, some of the basics remain the same. For all floodwater projects, we perform:

  • Water removal services with the help of powerful pumps, extractors, drying mats, wet/dry vacuums, rovers, and more.
  • Carefully remove all debris and unsalvageable items to get disposed of according to local guidelines.
  • Meticulous structural and content drying with the help of specialized procedures, Injectidry® system, air movers, dehumidifiers, fans, and more.

Did you know that SERVPRO of Santa Ana South | SERVPRO of Santa Ana North will also work with your insurance company? We not only perform flood damage restoration, but we also ensure your claim goes as smoothly as possible. Call us whenever you need us at (714) 558-7772.

How SERVPRO Removes Water from Your Santa Ana Home

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

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Water Extraction Methods for Your Santa Ana Home

There are various reasons you might have to deal with water problems in your Santa Ana home. Every now and again, storm systems, plumbing issues, and faulty appliances randomly occur after years of use. You never can tell when something like this may happen.

If you need to remove water from your Santa Ana area home, our professional staff can help. We have access to all of the tools, equipment, and resources necessary to provide you with the assistance you need. Our entire restoration staff works hard to help you get things back on track after an event occurs on your property.

SERVPRO’s certified technicians put many different types of water extraction equipment to work for you. Both truck-mounted and hand-held extraction units make removing water from upholstery, carpet, and other flooring options easier than you might expect. Extractors have three major components: the heater, pump, and vacuum system.

SERVPRO puts portable extractors to use when fitting into smaller locations or hidden areas in your home becomes necessary. They can hold anywhere from 5 to 12 gallons of cleaning solution and wastewater. With a vacuum lift capacity only slightly smaller than truck-mounted units, these portable extractors make quick work of heavily doused, hard-to-reach areas.

SERVPRO uses truck-mounted extractors with a much larger 100+ gallon tank to remove more significant amounts of standing water. Areas of your home, such as your basement or crawlspace, can accumulate over 2” of water. These massive machines and submersible pumps are critical to restoring your home faster and more efficiently.

Our technicians are a part of the local community and strive to deliver quality services you can trust. Our technicians respond to your call immediately, 24/7, and help you make quick, informed decisions that drastically change the outcome of your restoration.

When you are searching for help with water removal problems in your home, call SERVPRO of Santa Ana South. Our team of highly trained professionals is proud to provide you with the environmental emergency services you deserve. Our job is to focus on making your house feel like a home again. Call us 24/7, 365 days a year, at (714) 558-7222 for immediate assistance.

What to Avoid When Dealing with Mold Damage in Your Santa Ana Home

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

water damaged ceiling; mold growth Mold can appear in many colors and be found on walls or the ceiling of your home. Contact SERVPRO to investigate and remediate.

Santa Ana Homes are Not Immune from Mold Damage Even in Our Dry Climate

It is well-known that mold requires moisture to grow, making the generally dry climate of Santa Ana seem like protection from microbial outbreaks. The interior of any home hosts numerous water sources that can leak or overflow, opening your home to the risk of mold damage. If you notice a musty smell or see visual evidence that mold is a problem in your home, we offer expert remediation services.

The small amount of moisture necessary to support mold damage inside your Santa Ana home can be surprising. A crack in the seal of your sink drainer or a family member’s persistent habit of failing to keep the shower curtain inside the tub can deposit enough water to start a domino effect of mold colony growth. Whatever the cause, we are ready to craft a plan to eliminate the water source and abate the mold problem.

SERVPRO mold remediation crews frequently act as microbial growth detectives. Because plumbing is often hidden behind walls and under cabinets, and modern homes feature many bathrooms, food prep areas, and water-using appliances, the beginnings of mold damage can go undetected by the homeowner. Even the high humidity of a kitchen or bath can provide enough moisture for some molds to take hold if exhaust fans are not present or used. We are familiar with the many places mold can thrive and are adept at containing and removing the infestation no matter how hidden.

Our remediation crew chief evaluates the mold damage carefully before determining the areas to treat. SERVPRO IICRC trained techs follow the EPA protocols to prevent the spread of moldy residues during remediation, using physical barriers and considering the use of negative pressure air filtering equipment during the project. Our team uses personal protective equipment to ensure we do not track moldy materials into other areas of your home. We remove mold in the containment space using a variety of scraping, scrubbing, and abrasive techniques that restore both porous and non-porous surfaces safely back to the preloss condition. A final application of EPA registered antimicrobial product helps prevent the regrowth of mold.

SERVPRO of Santa Ana South has the experience, technicians, products, and equipment to remediate a mold outbreak in your home. Call us at (714) 558-7772 to set up a mold damage assessment and abatement plan.

What Slows Fire Damage Restoration in Santa Ana Homes?

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

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Several Factors Can Impact Fire Damage Restoration in Santa Ana

When fires impact your home or business, the effects can rapidly overwhelm the structure. Even with the fast and reliable response of SERVPRO professionals, it is still likely that the loss will affect multiple areas of the house. However, certain elements and conditions can slow down this restoration and recovery process.

The Temperature of the Structure

One of the critical factors that help to ensure the most efficient cleanup and fire damage restoration in Santa Ana homes is the structure's temperature. Heat makes all chemical processes happen faster, from drying to cleaning. Cooler temperatures in the household after extinguishment can slow the effectiveness of cleaning efforts.

Water Damage 

The presence and influence of water are other factors sure to slow the progress of cleaning a home after a fire loss. The extinguishment process is often enough to leave widespread water damage for restoration professionals to contend with, which can happen in many forms:

  • Standing water
  • Moist surfaces
  • Trapped water in cavities
  • Saturated flooring materials

Structural Obstacles

The condition of the structure is another consideration for responding technicians. Failures to address structural weaknesses or artificial barriers from bulk materials heaped throughout the property slow the response of SERVPRO professionals to the affected areas to set up mitigation equipment and tools.

Higher Restoration/Replacement Ratio

Hundreds of decisions get made when professionals work to restore a home after fire damages. Often, these choices weigh a difference between restoration costs versus replacement. With high-end, salvageable building materials, it is often more cost-efficient to recover these materials rather than discarding and replacing them – but this process takes longer in many scenarios.

After a fire, many look to the experience and fast response times of our SERVPRO of Santa Ana South | SERVPRO of Santa Ana North teams to help. We have a growing roster of FSRT-Certified technicians to help when you call (714) 558-7772.