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Responding To Flood Damage Caused By Heavy Precipitation

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Responding To Flood Damage Caused By Heavy Precipitation Flood

Responding To Flood Damage

Rain clears the air and washes the plants, roads, and other outdoor surfaces of dust and grime around Bakersfield. However, when rain falls too fast or in amounts more significant than usual, water on the soil's surface can fail to drain away rapidly enough.

If your Bakersfield residence lies in the path of moving water, flood damage can cause your home serious problems. Changes near your home from road construction, new buildings, or even clogged curbside drains can all force the accumulation of too much rainwater on the ground's surface. Isolated events affecting only a few homes can devastate the individuals and families involved just as much as more widespread events.

SERVPRO is locally owned and able to respond Faster To Any Size Disaster, meaning that we handle jobs involving even slight flooding. A rapid response by our IICRC-certified team can help protect your home from other issues that flooding often causes. Water from the outside environment carries pathogens and other dangerous elements into homes. Removing the water alone cannot provide sufficient protection for residents, especially children. This is why our technicians train in learning and understanding the most effective methods for removing such dangers.

After we remove the water with our different sized pumps, we begin to remove the debris, silt, and garbage that entered your home. When these items no longer pose a threat, we can begin cleaning and sanitizing your home's surfaces. Flooding, unfortunately, often damages carpeting beyond repair. We remove both carpet and the padding underneath, and then completely dry the area so the installation of new carpeting or other floor coverings can safely proceed without risk of water damage or mold growth.

Knowing that disasters strike at all hours of the day and night, SERVPRO of SW Bakersfield is always ready to take your call and start restoring your home. Flood damage can leave a lasting mark on your home if work does not begin immediately, so we as quickly as possible. Contacting us at (661)326-8422 for this and any other catastrophe can restore and protect your property.

Essential Emergency Apps For When Disaster Strikes

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Essential Emergency Apps For When Disaster Strikes Apps
These 5 Apps could be life savers in an emergency situation.

Our cellphone devices have become an essential in our day to day lives. We use them for planning out our schedules, keeping in touch with friends and family, and even to get the daily news. There really is an App for everything, including Apps that could help you during a disaster or emergency. Here are five useful Apps that will help during an emergency.

  1. ubAlert

This App is a global social network where users share alerts about disasters (both natural and man-made). People can post what they are experiencing first hand as the disaster unfolds.

  1. Official FEMA App

Use this app to arrange a meeting spot with your family, find an interactive emergency kit, and learn basic disaster safety tips.

  1. Life 360 Family Finder

This app lets you and your family members’ share your exact location at all times. You can turn off the location feature when there is no emergency and use the chat to stay in touch.

  1. !Emergency!

If you travel outside the country this app is ESSENTIAL. Don’t know where the nearest embassy is? Haven’t memorized the equivalent for 911, police or other medical services in the country you are visiting? Not a problem because this app will do it all for you.

  1. Winter Survival Kit

A perfect app designed for WNY winters. This app details what you should keep in your car and notifies emergency services for you. It even alerts you to turn off the car every 30 mins to check the exhaust pipe for snow build up, protecting against carbon monoxide poisoning.

https://mashable.com/2013/10/07/storms-emergency-apps/#NegV8q1Akiqc

SERVPRO of SW Bakersfield Services

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO of SW Bakersfield Services SERVPRO

Yes, We Do Than Water & Fire Restoration and Mold Remediation... But we do a whole lot more!

Most people know that SERVPRO handles fire and water damage clean-up and restoration as well as mold remediation. Our 1-4-8 service standard says that we commit to responding to a call from an insurance carrier or call into the Call Center within 1 hour, be on scene in 4 hours and have an update to your insurance carrier within 8 hours to report on the condition of the loss. Because of this SERVPRO is one of the fastest and most trusted restoration companies in America!  SERVPRO of SW Bakersfield is a locally owned franchise and we go even further and try to respond to your calls in Bakersfield and surrounding areas within 30 minutes and be on scene within 1 to 2 hours!

Water Damage Clean-Up

Water damage issues are an extremely time sensitive problem. Water damage clean-up costs generally average between $1000 to $4000 depending on the area affected and the length in time it takes for a professional to get on scene to start the clean-up. Additionally, the longer an area stays wet, the higher the chance that mold will surface and become a problem. That causes a significant increase to the cost of the clean-up as well as the time it takes to restore your home or business to its original condition. We use the best equipment and most innovative approaches to dry out water damage issues quicker than anyone else. Along with being on scene within 1 to 2 hours, this experience gives us the best chance to keep your water damage losses to a minimum! Our dry out times are generally within 2 to 3 days for a project that it would take most companies 4 to 5 days. Our goal is to have a dry out completed within 48 hours.

Fire Damage Clean-Up

Our 24-Hour Emergency service provides you with the peace of mind that if your crock pot (or slow cooker) causes an electrical fire in the middle of the night, we can be there in a flash to get working on cleaning up any time of the day or night so you can get back to living your life as quickly as possible! According to the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning Restoration and Certification) “Ash and smoke, if left unhindered, will cause extensive corrosion, etching and discoloration, not to mention lingering powerful odors.” The IICRC requires it’s registrants to take extensive coursework in fire restoration techniques before they are certified. SERVPRO of SW Bakersfield are IICRC certified For Fire, Water clean-up and mold remediation.

Mold Remediation

There are over 100,000 different types of mold spores! We breathe them into our lungs every day. Most people don’t know that all types of mold aren’t bad. In fact, there are only a handful of those mold spore types that are actually hazardous. The MBL (Mold & Bacteria Consulting Laboratories) lists hazardous mold types in three categories. You can see these categories and their definitions here: https://www.moldbacteria.com/mold-types.html. It is important to make sure that when you are taking care of mold in your home or business that you are using experts who have extensive training in how to identify different mold types and how to eradicate them to protect your structure and your health. SERVPRO of SW Bakersfield technicians are IICRC certified for mold remediation and have been trusted to help hundreds home and businesses owners in the Bakersfield and surrounding areas take care of their mold problems for over 13 years!

But wait!... There’s More!

In addition to what you already know about Did you know that SERVPRO of SW Bakersfield also Provides the following Services?

3 Main Causes of Fire Damages

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 3 Main Causes of Fire Damages Fire
 

No one wants to have to deal with a house fire. I have personally had a kitchen burn out and have dealt with several houses suffer a total loss from fires while working with SERVPRO of SW Bakersfield We have noticed a few things people should look at when trying to prevent the possibility of a house fire.

Some of the most common causes of house fires are:

  1. Cooking Equipment
  2. Smoking
  3. Heating Equipment. 

Cooking equipment such as microwaves, cooking oil and turkey fryers (Or a slow cooker if you are a This is Us Fan) are the leading cause of house fires at 47%. They also cause 20% of home fire deaths and 45% of fire injuries. Always watch food that is cooking and make sure that flammable items are kept away from heating elements. Also, avoid cooking while sleeping or intoxicated with alcohol or medication.

While smoking materials only account for 5% of house fires, it causes 21% of home fire deaths which causes it to be the most deadly cause of house fires. Faulty lighters and cigar/cigarette butts that have not been extinguished are the leading culprits. Of course, the best way to avoid a fire from smoking materials is to not smoke. But if you do smoke, make sure lighters are put in areas where they are less likely to ignite (ie: extreme heat) and make sure all butts are extinguished after use. Also, with the rise of vaping, make sure batteries are removed from vaping devices while not in use. 

Space heaters and uncleaned chimneys are the leading causes of house fires from heating sources. To avoid this, make sure that chimneys are cleaned out regularly  and don't leave space heaters unattended. According to the National Fire Protection Association, from 2011-2015 fires from home heating sources caused about "$1.1 Billion in direct property damage."

*blog information from 2011-2015 statistics from the National Fire Prevention Association

Fire Damage Bakersfield - Dealing with Bakersfield Fire Damage

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Bakersfield - Dealing with Bakersfield Fire Damage Fire

Fire damage in Bakersfield frequently strikes homes large and small, often in unpredictable and unusual ways. Large fires can engulf entire buildings or portions of them, and smaller fires can still cause enough damage so as to make the home temporarily unlivable. It can be difficult for many homeowners to cope with the effects of a fire, both financially and emotionally. Luckily, many services exist to help with the transition back into normal life after a fire in your Bakersfield home. 

Homeowners' Insurance 

If you have homeowners' insurance, a great deal or all of the financial loss associated with a house fire is typically covered by the insurance provider. You should contact your provider as soon as possible after the fire, to find out what is and is not covered under your policy. The provider may also launch an investigation to ensure that the fire was not started purposefully, but you should be able to receive significant financial help in most cases. 

Restoration and Repair Services 

Professional restoration companies help to salvage and rebuild all that can be recovered from a Bakersfield fire, and assist in potentially hazardous repair work. These teams are composed of professionals and experienced workers, and can typically help you to get back to your home and repair most damages as quickly as possible. 

Counseling and Therapists 

Many mental health professionals are used to interacting with victims of fire damage, as many objects and records of sentimental value may be lost in a fire. Finding a mental health professional willing to take on and experienced in cases related to fire damage to your home may be worth the money, even if you felt stable and composed in the aftermath. 

Housing Charities 

If you lack the money to stay at a hotel while the house is being repaired, many charities and locations exist with the purpose of giving families a roof to stay under for short periods of time. Additionally, many churches and other religious organizations may be willing to let you stay on their property. If this is an issue for you, be sure to ask around at local charitable organizations for help. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

A locally owned and operated company, SERVPRO of SW Bakersfield is committed to helping all residents in repairing and restoring their homes in the face of natural disaster. If you are in need of repair and restoration services, give us a call at 661-326-8422. 

Lightning Safety Tips

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Lightning Safety Tips Lightning

Although lightning can strike anytime, the chance for lightning increases in the summer months. Stay safe with these basic tips.

    • Have a lightning safety plan, and cancel/postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are expected.
    • If you do get caught outside, avoid high ground, open spaces, and all metal objects including electric wires, fences, etc. Seek shelter in a substantial building or a fully enclosed metal vehicle. 
  • If you are indoors, stay away from doors and windows. Do not use the telephone.Consider unplugging computers, power tools, & TV sets. Lightning may strike exterior electric/phone lines, inducing shocks to inside equipment

The Science of Drying Your Bakersfield Property

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Science of Drying Your Bakersfield Property Water

Do you know the science SERVPRO of SW Bakersfield uses to dry out your home or business?

Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? The knowledge of psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO of SW Bakersfield Professionals are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chance of any secondary damages. If your business suffers from water damage, your local SERVPRO professionals will:

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether that materials are drying
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

What exactly does “speed up Mother Nature” mean? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material- but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out. For this reason, the professionals at SERVPRO have been trained to use top-of-the-line equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more. SERVPRO of SW Bakersfield also state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.

The bottom line? Your local SERVPRO have the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 661-326-8422.

Help! My Bakersfield Home Caught On Fire and Damaged My Property!

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Help! My Bakersfield Home Caught On Fire and Damaged My Property! Sprinkler

Have You Heard of Home Fire Sprinklers?

We’ve seen them in commercial and industrial properties and public buildings, but did you know you can get fire sprinklers installed inside your home? 85% of all US fire deaths occur inside the home*; installing an automatic fire sprinkler could save your life. There is an 80 percent reduction in the risk of occupants dying in a fire when fire sprinklers are present. Additionally, there is a 70 percent reduction in direct property damage per fire.* On top of reducing fire damages, fire sprinklers are cost effective. A report commissioned by the Fire Protection Research Foundation places the average national cost of installing sprinklers in new homes at $1.35 per sprinklered square foot, or about one percent of the total construction cost.

*Source NFPA.org and firesprinklerinitiative.org

Mold Prevention in Bakersfield Area

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Prevention in Bakersfield Area Mold

Have you ever gotten mold in your home or business?

The kitchen is one of the most susceptible areas of the house to mold growth and it is very easy for mold to occur there if preventative actions are not taken. It is important to keep kitchens mold free because this is the same space in which food is prepared and consuming mold can be harmful. Preventing mold from growing in your kitchen is quite simple and it only takes a few preventative actions to ensure that your kitchen is safe, otherwise, you may need a professional mold remediation service like SERVPRO of SW Bakersfield.

The kitchen has a higher level of moisture in it than most other rooms of the house and as a result, surfaces such as the wall may become moldy. If there is some mold growth on the wall, make sure to remove it and keep an eye on that area as mold is likely to grow back in the same spot if the humidity rises again.

  • One option for preventing mold growth on the walls is using mold resistant paint which is water resistant and will prevent mold from penetrating through the painted layer. Adding mold resistant paint to your kitchen will also rejuvenate the look of the kitchen walls.
  • Another way to prevent mold from growing in your kitchen is to make sure your kitchen is dry and free of standing water. As you do the dishes or clean up the kitchen, water can get into small spaces around the sink which increases the risk of mold. It is important to dry the water from these hidden places as they are the most likely places for mold to grow with or without the excess water. After you clean your kitchen, use a separate towel to dry the water from the counters, cracks, floor, and other areas that are wet.
  • Humidity is another common cause of mold growth and limiting the humidity within the kitchen will greatly decrease the risk. The best way to keep the humidity down within the kitchen is by opening the windows and making sure there is always good ventilation. It is important to remember that excess moisture, standing water, or high humidity is at the root of every mold outbreak and the key to keeping your kitchen mold free is eliminating each of these sources. Keeping mold out of your kitchen will not only contribute to a cleaner space but also make it a safer place to prepare food.

If you do happen to find more mold than you can safely clean yourself, contact a professional such as SERVPRO of SW Bakersfield.

Does Your Bakersfield Business Have Mold?

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Bakersfield Business Have Mold? Mold

SERVPRO of SW Bakersfield can help when mold strikes in your  business!

Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. 

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of SW Bakersfield can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building. Next, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition.

If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of SW Bakersfield at 661-326-8422!