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SERVPRO's Equipment

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

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The Right Equipment 

SERVPRO of Westminster Understands using the proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense. When time matters, technology, and equipment must be counted on to perform. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will answer your call with fast action, exceptional equipment, and trained uniformed personnel. Certainly, the right tool for the job is vital to timely mitigation. 

Psychrometrics

Psychometry is the study of air and its properties. The properties of temperature, humidity, vapor pressure, and dew point are measured to evaluate air conditions in the structure, allowing our technicians to create the proper atmosphere for more efficient drying.

Water can damage materials in two ways. First, materials absorb water through direct contact. Second, materials absorb water through direct contact. Measuring the moisture content of the air is critical to the drying process. 

Restoration professionals must establish an environment favorable for drying. The restoration professionals must also understand how to manipulate temperature and humidity levels to produce optimum drying conditions without causing secondary damages through improper drying processes. 

Fire, Soot, Smoke!

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with fire You can count on SERVPRO of Westminster to get the job done right the first time!

Fire, Soot, and Smoke!

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Westminster will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises, therefore, smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? SERVPRO Of Westminster is always ready to help you!
Call Us Today – 714.248.9261

Or visit our website for more information-www.SERVPROwestminster.com 

WHAT TO DO UNTIL HELP ARRIVES!

4/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO workers cleaning Call SERVPRO of Westminster for more information today!

Water Damage From Contaminated Water 

If exposed to harmful waste, OSHA recommends a post-exposure medical evaluation. Consult your local health department or physician. 

Do:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items 

Don't: 

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas 
  • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air 
  • Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants 
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas 

Vandalism Damage 

Do: 

  • Hose or wash egg damage from building exterior as soon as possible
  • Vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery 
  • Save containers that reveal the ingredients of spilled inks, cosmetics, and paints. 

Don't: 

  • Attempt to remove ink, paint, or cosmetic stains 
  • Operate damaged lamps or appliances 
  • Discard furniture wood chips, broken pieces from porcelain, furniture, or art objects 

Harmful Waste 

(Sewage, Bloodborne Pathogens, etc.)

Do: 

  • Stay out of affected areas 
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening 
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated 

Don't: 

  • Attempt to clean up of any kind 
  • Touch or handle items that might be contaminated with bodily fluids 

WHAT TO DO UNTIL HELP ARRIVES- Fire & Smoke Damage

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

Roof on fire Call SERVPRO of Westminster today!

Fire & Smoke Damage 

What to do until help arrives

Do: 

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet 

  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork

  •  Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet can traffic areas. 

  •  If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor

  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating lubricant 

  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks, and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures 

  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants 

  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system 

  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system. 

Don't: 

  • Attempt to wash any or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional

  •  Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional 

  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service 

  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water. (They may be contaminated.) 

  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage. 

  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning any set in smoke odor.

WHAT TO DO UNTIL HELP ARRIVES- Water Damage From Clean Water

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

Dishwasher overflowing Call SERVPRO of Westminster today!

What to do until help arrives 

Do: 

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source 
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock 
  • Remove as much excess water as possible from mopping and blotting 
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items 
  • Remove and prop up wet  upholstery cushions for even drying 
  • Place aluminum foil or woods blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting 
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture 
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors 
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors  
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature 

Don't: 

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist 
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical hazards 
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining 
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner 
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors 
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water 

Pack-out after water damage

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

Piles of cardboard boxes in room If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Westminster is always ready to help!

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Westminster Professionals can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, they will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Contents Claim Inventory Service

When a water emergency strikes, the damage can often feel overwhelming. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), which provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. They take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, barcoding.

Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:

  • Pre-loss list and value of contents
  • A detailed and accurate report
  • Better information to settle claims quicker
  • Assistance with the burden of proof for claims
  • Peace of mind when you need it most!

Why SERVPRO of Westminster

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Westminster Professionals understands your situation. As an agent or adjuster, you have a responsibility to keep claims costs down while still providing the best services possible for your customers.

SERVPRO of Westminster Professionals are uniquely qualified to help. Our results create a measurable difference, giving you many competitive advantages.

Emergency Response to Claims

Restoring property is the SERVPRO of Westminster Professional's first priority. Your customer will appreciate the immediate response and you will know everything is being done to limit the damage.

Pretesting Reduces Claims Expense

Restoring property is less expensive than replacing property. Claims Professionals know the rule is, "Restore whenever possible, replace only when necessary." SERVPRO of Westminster Professionals make sure pretesting is completed on every loss to determine restorability.

Claims Inventory Service

SERVPRO of Westminster Professionals can provide an itemized loss inventory. You will receive an Excel formatted report and pictures of important items.

Electronic Claims Information

Our Claims Information Center provides fast, accurate information you need to make sound decisions, including:

  • A Complete Electronic Job File.
    • First Notice of Loss.
    • Detailed Estimate.
    • Digital Loss Photos.
    • Scanned Forms and Paperwork.
    • All delivered by email or hard copy.
  • On-line Access to All Files.
    • New Assignments.
    • Pending Jobs.
    • Completed Jobs.
  • Informative Reports to Improve Results
    • Job Cost Data.
  • Performance Comparison to Industry Standard.

Superior, Time-Tested Training

Effective training is the best way to help ensure your customers receive the service they deserve. Franchises are trained to IICRC standards in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration. In addition, continuing education classes are available to our crew and Insurance Clients at our state of the art IICRC Approved Training Facility

Vendor Qualification Compliance and Professionalism

If you call SERVPRO of Westminster, we will use only qualified vendors to service your customer. That commitment resulted in:

  • A National Call Center to achieve prompt handling of the claim.
  • Implementation of best practices and job process programs.
  • National Accounts qualification criteria and annual compliance checks.
  • Crew and vehicle standards.
  • Insurance requirements.
  • File documentation requirements.
  • Quality assurance program.

Serving Adjusters and Their Clients

A SERVPRO of Westminster Professional's job is to reassure the customer, perform quality service, and to report to you quickly. We know your job is to interpret the policy and adjust the claim... and not to deal with problems from vendors! Working together we strive to save you time so you can focus on priority files while having complete control of every loss you are assigned. 24-hour emergency response, damage mitigation, loss assessment, and an electronic file are available to you within hours. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals’ documented, measured performance increases the value to you and your shareholders, managers, and customers.

Hard-earned results have made SERVPRO leaders in the fire and water cleanup and restoration industry. The SERVPRO System is geared to achieve customer satisfaction and mitigation results, adding to your company’s competitive advantage.

Water Damage!

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

Equipment we used to dry SERVPRO of Westminster helped this homeowner dry wet surfaces in the home!

This homeowner experienced significant water damage to his property. Our crew at SERVPRO OF WESTMINSTER was called to assist with the water remediation. The crew quickly cleaned up the damage and used special equipment to dry the water.

If you experience water damage, Let the professionals at SERVPRO OF WESTMINSTER restore your home or business. Our mission is to exceed our customer’s highest expectations with quality and service while minimizing the stress and inconvenience caused by water.

SERVPRO OF WESTMINSTER Team is Ready to Respond – 24/7. Please feel free to contact us if you experience water damage to your residential or commercial property.

Have Questions about water, Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 714.248.9261 

Or visit our website at www.SERVPROwestminster.com for more information. 

Your Belongings and Fire Damage

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Burned house in Westminster Call SERVPRO of Westminster today!

Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Westminster Professionals understands your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings are the very things that make a house a home.

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call Us Today 714.248.9261

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Westminster Professionals specialize in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Their expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. They pretest your belongings to determine what items they can restore to pre-fire condition. They use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Westminster Professionals can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out has several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, they will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage. 

Electronic Cleanup

Fire-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by fire. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If the residues are not removed, corrosion causes electronic failure in the device. A SERVPRO of Westminster will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Document / Photograph Drying

When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water or fire, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the fire damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-fire damage condition, SERVPRO of Westminster Professionals can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage. Learn more about our document restoration services.

Depending on the type of documents and the level of fire, smoke, or soot damage, they have five options for the restoration of documents:

  1. Air Drying
  2. Dehumidification
  3. Freezer Drying
  4. Vacuum Freeze Drying
  5. Vacuum Thermal Drying

Contents Claim Inventory Service

When a fire emergency strikes, the damage can often feel overwhelming. SERVPRO of Westminster Professionals can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), which provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. They take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, bar coding. Learn more about the Contents Claim Inventory Service.

Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:

  • Pre-loss list and value of contents
  • A detailed and accurate report
  • Better information to settle claims quicker
  • Assistance with the burden of proof for claims
  • Peace of mind when you need it most!

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 
714.248.9261

Residential & Commercial Services

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO commercial building Call SERVPRO of Westminster today!

What SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can do for you 

Fire, Smoke, and Soot Cleanup and Restoration

  • Pretesting helps SERVPRO of Westminster determine what type of fire has taken place
  • Knowing the types of smoke and their behavior patterns are vital to proper restoration 

Water Removal and Dehumidification 

  • SERVPRO of Westminster professionals identify the source and type of water, which determines the proper course of action
  • Drying equipment controls temperature and humidity, minimizing secondary damage

Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup 

  • Our technicians are trained to safely and effectively clean biohazardous substances 
  • We prepare waste for proper disposal according to CSHA, EPA, and state and local health. regulations

Mold Mitigation and Remediation 

  • SERVPRO of Westminster's team works to control and remove mold contaminants while protecting the health and safety of building occupants 

Contents Claim Inventory Service 

  • Accurate inventory helps keep costs low and reduces job competition time.  
  • Professional technicians can provide and itemized room-by-room loss inventory