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The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
     
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
     
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
     
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
     
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
     
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

    - Call SERVPRO of Westminster Today to set up your courtesy Emergency Ready Profile 714.248.9261

It Doesn't Cost to be Prepared

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage It Doesn't Cost to be Prepared FEMA.gov

It is no secret that many families and individuals are looking to cut back on spending. But with the frequency of disasters, both natural and manmade, can you afford not to be prepared? Preparedness doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.  September is National Preparedness Month, and we are asking you to help your family and friends prepare for whatever may come. Here are a few tips* on how you can protect those that matter to you without spending a fortune.
 
• Make a Plan. Work with you family and neighbors to make an emergency plan for the types of disasters that affect your area. Make sure everyone in your family understands where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. You can download Family Emergency Plan templates www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

• Update Contact Information. Having accurate records for family, friends and neighbors will help you stay in contact and possibly help those in need. Make sure updated contact information is posted in visible places throughout your house and workplace.

• Check Your Policy. Review your insurance policy annually and make any necessary changes – renters, too! When a disaster strikes, you want to know that your coverage will get you back on your feet.

• Make a Ready List. You may not need all of the items in ready-made preparedness kits. Choose the essentials that fit your needs and budget. Don’t forget to keep supplies at work and in your car. Sample Ready Lists can be found at www.ready.gov/document/familysupply-list

• Plan Your Purchases. You can save money by thinking ahead. Don’t buy preparedness items just before a storm when they’re expensive and supplies will be in high demand. Buy items at the end of the season when you can get good deals.

• Shop Sales. Shop at sales and used goods stores. Buy preparedness items throughout the year, instead of all at once, and you won’t notice the cost as much.

• Make Sure it Keeps. Store water in safe, containers. You don’t need to buy expensive bottled water, just make sure your water containers are disinfected and airtight

• Request a Gift. We all get things we don’t need. Suggest preparedness supplies as gifts from your friends and family. It just might save your life.

• Trade a Night Out. Trade one night out to fund your 72-hour kit. Taking a family of four to the movies can cost upwards of $80. Just one night staying in could fund your Ready kit.

• *The best tip: start now. Take small steps toward preparedness and before you know it, you will be Ready!

- Call Us Today to set up your courtesy Emergency Ready Profile 714.248.9261

The Water Damage Restoration Process

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Water Damage Restoration Process #WaterDamage #WaterRestoration

SERVPRO of Westminster Professionals have the expertise and equipment to quickly restore your property to pre-water damage condition. They use a scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup that emphasizes monitoring and documenting the drying process from beginning to end.

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Every water damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. You can click on any of the steps below to learn more about that process.

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

When you call, our representative will guide you through several questions that will help the SERVPRO of Westminster Professional respond to your water emergency more quickly and efficiently. This initial contact is an important part of a fast, effective restoration.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

They carefully inspect your property’s water damage, determining the type of water damage and the areas affected. This is a crucial step to creating an effective plan of action that will result in a successful restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

Typically, hundreds or thousands of gallons of water are removed using our powerful pumps and vacuums during the water removal process. The SERVPRO of Westminster Professionals start this process as soon as possible to minimize further damage and to help prevent mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

After the bulk of the water has been removed, SERVPRO of Westminster Professionals use specialized equipment to target the water that’s harder to access. They use less intrusive, scientific drying methods to draw the remaining water and moisture from your property with air movers and dehumidifiers.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

Water damage also affects your belongings, like furniture, clothing, and personal items. SERVPRO of Westminster Professionals can clean restorable items using a number of specialized cleaning techniques. They also sanitize with antimicrobial treatments and remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 6 - Restoration

The last step is restoring your home or business back to its pre-water damage condition. The restoration step can be relatively minor, such as replacing a few drywall panels, or could include major reconstruction, such as rebuilding entire rooms of a home or business.

If you see water damage - Call Us Today to inspect the areas you can't see 714.248.9261

The Mold Remediation Process

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Mold Remediation Process Mold from water damage

In addition to causing significant property damage, mold can produce allergens and irritants that can cause health effects. SERVPRO of Westminster Professionals understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate the mold in your home or business.

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Understanding Mold

Microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, so removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and they may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
  • Let your nose lead the way. Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher than normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Understanding The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate the “typical” process:

Step 1: Emergency Contact 714.248.9261

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Westminster. Our representative will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

SERVPRO of Westminster Professionals will carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. They use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.  

Step 3: Mold Containment

They use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. They may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

Step 4: Air Filtration

The specialized filtration equipment allows our SERVPRO of Westminster Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. They utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. SERVPRO of Westminster Professionals use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings

SERVPRO of Westminster Professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 714.248.9261

What is Black Mold

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What is Black Mold #BlackMold #MoldRemediation #SERVPROwestminster

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

Please refer to our Mold Damage Tips to learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives. 

How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?

Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact a SERVPRO of Westminster Professional immediately.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today 714.248.9261

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  •  Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  •  Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  •  Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce toxins harmful to humans and pets.
  •  Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
  •  Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  •  Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 714.248.9261

3 ways ERP can benefit your company

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 3 ways ERP can benefit your company Valve (photo by Marcus Buckner)

According to FEMA, around 40 - 60% of small businesses never reopen their doors after facing a disaster. Even knowing that, most small businesses haven’t put in the time to create an emergency response plan so that they can minimize the impact of a disaster. SERVPRO will create a free Emergency Ready Profile for any business that wants one, but do you know how it can benefit your business?

  1. You’ll know where to find the utility shutoffs. Depending on the size and nature of a disaster, it might be imperative that somebody immediately shuts off the gas, water, and/or electricity. Even if you personally know where the shutoffs are located, if you aren’t around at the time of a disaster, the role would fall on an available employee. SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Profile marks all of the shutoff locations (and shows pictures), so your team can quickly do what’s needed.
  1. You’ll have an immediate plan of action. The longer your business is inactive, the less likely you’ll recover. With our Emergency Ready Profile, you’ll not only have a guide for you and your employees, but you’ll also have instant access to your local SERVPRO professionals. The faster we’re there to clean up the damage, the quicker you’re able to reopen your doors.
  1. You’ll have an incredible asset at no cost. In most cases, you would have to dedicate precious time and resources to create a quality emergency readiness plan, which is often a reason they’re never made. But SERVPRO’s franchises have the tools and skills to assemble an Emergency Ready Profile in a short amount of time. The only thing they need from you is a few minutes to go over some basic questions to get them started. If you’re wondering what the catch is, it’s just that if you ever do have a disaster, SERVPRO hopes you’ll call them for help!

If you’ve never thought about creating an emergency plan for your business, it’s time to start considering it. Because disaster rarely offers a warning, you don’t want to be caught off-guard when it strikes.

Call SERVPRO of Westminster and get your own personalized Emergency Ready Profile Today - 714.248.9261

A Small Leak Could Be a Big Problem

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

There is no such thing as a small disaster - especially when a small leak now could blossom into a big claim later. Unseen water can soak through walls, seep through carpet and pool on subfloors, causing major problems over time. Instead of trusting untrained eyes, help ensure the value of your property by calling SERVPRO of Westminster. 

SERVPRO of Westminster has the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages set in. 

Speed is Key!

Immediate response lessens damage:

  • Less Wood and Drywall Saturation
  • Less Delamination
  • Reduced Carpet and Furniture Stains
  • Fewer Warping Hardwood Floors
  • Less Mold/Mildew
  • Less Contents Damage

To help small leaks from becoming big problems call SERVPRO of Westminster today - 714.248.9261

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Disaster
  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Water Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Water Inspection, Extraction, and Drying Equipment

It's the Water you don't see in Westminster home or office

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage It's the Water you don't see in Westminster home or office Water Leak under sink in Newport Beach, CA

With any leak it's the water you don't see that causes the most damage

SERVPRO of Westminster professionals are trained to safely clean and restore your home or office, utilizing he following procedures:

  • Identify the Source/Type of Water
  • Measure Temperature and Humidity for Drying Analysis
  • Survey the Extent of Damage and Inspect the Premises for Hidden Moisture
  • Perform Emergency Water Extraction
  • Move and Block Furniture & Contents
  • Inspect Carpet Pad/Carpet and Provide Services
  • Apply Necessary Treatments (Disinfectants/Deodorization)
  • Utilize Advanced Drying and Monitoring Equipment
  • Dispose of Refuse

    We’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists

    As water and fire damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly.

    • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
    • Odor Control Technician
    • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

If you see water damage - Call Us Today to inspect the areas you can't see 714.248.9261

Floods Strike Everywhere

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is potential for suffering flood damage., In fact, nearly 25% of last year's claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in moderate to low-risk communities. According to the NFIP, houses in the United State have a 26% chance of being damaged by a flood during the course of a 30-year mortgage, while businesses face similar risks by flooding. On average, floods cost $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S. The following are a few more little-known flood facts:

  • Floods kill an average of 140 people per year in the U.S., making flooding the most deadly natural disaster. 
  • More than half of all fatalities during floods are auto related, often the result of drivers misjudging the depth of water on a road and being swept away in a swiftly moving current. 
  • The principle causes of floods in the eastern United States are hurricanes and storms.
  • The principle causes of floods in the western United States are snowmelt and rainstorms.
  • Underpasses can be some of the most dangerous places during a flash flood - especially at night, when it's difficult to see. 

    Want to be better prepared for a storm?Ask your local SERVPRO of Westminster about setting your business up with an Emergency Response Profile.

    Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 714.248.9261

Fire Restoration in Westminster

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

A backdraft of emotions often sweeps over the homeowners after a fire ravages a home. Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can overwhelm the homeowner or business owner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared. 

So after the first wave of the heroes have rescued the property, let your local SERVPRO of Westminster help you restore it. With the industry-approved training to employ rapid response, the utmost professionalism, cutting-edge technology and open communication, we strive to restore not only the home or office, but the customer's peace of mind, as well. 

Which means, before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Westminster. Our team has worked for over 20 years to help make fire damage "Like it never even happened." 

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Fire Damage in Westminster - What you can do until help arrives

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Here is a checklist from SERVPRO of Westminster of what you can do until help arrives in the event your home or office experiences a Fire: 

  • Limit movement in the home or prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring. 
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery. 
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil. 
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet, 
  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces. 
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery. 
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment. 
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor. 

Lastly, be sure to ask a SERVPRO of Westminster team member about our contents claims inventory service and document restoration services. We understand the stress one may experience this time of loss and we are here to help restore things to preloss.

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Mold Remediation in Westminster

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation in Westminster Mold Brick by MabelAmber

Prevention is the best medicine when it comes to mold in your home or office. Drying your home as soon as possible will deprive mold of the moisture it needs to germinate and spread. If mold is present, our response team is trained to advise the property owner on corrective ?rst steps. SERVPRO of Westminster performs mold remediation to llCRC Standards, and will deliver quality service you can trust.

SERVPRO of Westminster has the experience, the expertise and the equipment to treat existing mold damage as well as preventing future cluster growth. We will not only rid the building of mold, but restore it to the condition it was in before the damage occurred.

  • Visual mold inspection
  • Containment of contamination
  • Drying & dehumidification

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 714.248.9261

Westminster Water Damage

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Westminster Water Damage Water Faucet by Pixabay

Water damage is a common occurrence for homeowners and business owners alike. SERVPRO of Westminster is available around the clock to respond to any water damage emergency. We will work to ensure that the area is dried completely and the threat of mold and pathogen growth is eliminated. SERVPRO of Westminster uses proper procedures, techniques, products and equipment to help restore the property to its preloss condition as safely and as rapidly as possible.

SERVPRO of Westminster has access to an expert team of water damage restoration experts with industrial-level equipment that dries, sanitizes, and restores the building to the condition it was in prior to the emergency. Your building and possessions will be back in the state you want them. Most importantly, you’ll be kept updated every step of the way. Every item removed, every piece of damage recorded, every estimate and every course of action will be presented to you giving you the information you need to make the right choice.

  • Water extraction
  • Complete cleaning & sanitization
  • Drying & Dehumidification
  • Use of infrared & moisture meter equipment
  • Burst & leaking pipes
  • Roof leaks
  • Exterior water intrusion & flooding
  • Sewage cleanup

Commercial Building Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 714.248.9261

For Westminster Homeowners...

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

...Putting out a fire can be worse than the FIRE ITSELF. 

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and belongings. SERVPRO of Westminster can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. SERVPRO of Westminster provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible. 

SERVPRO of Westminster is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly. 

We’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists

As water and fire damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly.

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician



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When flood waters rise...

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

...so do we here at SERVPRO of Westminster.

Be Prepared: 

Tips from FEMA for preparing your Westminster home or business for a flood. 

Before the Flood:

  • Have a qualified professional elevate the furnace, water heater and electrical panel if susceptible to flooding. 
  • Installing "check valves" in sewer traps to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home or business. 
  • Seal walls in basement with waterproofing compounds to help avoid seepage. 

During the Flood:

  • Turn off utilities at the main switches of valves if instructed to do so. 
  • Disconnect electrical appliances. 
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water
  • Do not walk through moving water. Even six inches of moving water can make you fall. 

After the Flood:

  • Listen for news reports to learn if the community's water supply is safe to drink. 
  • Avoid floodwaters. Water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged. 
  • Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters. 
  • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe. 

    Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 714.248.9261

Wind & Storm Damage in Westminster

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

24/7 Emergency Services available. Locally owned and operated company with National Storm Resources. Strong winds, unexpected severe storms, flooding, and damaging hail can bring unprecedented damage to your property even if you’re insured and think you have prepared before the storm hits. SERVPRO of Westminster has the experience and staff to help you recover from wind and storm damage.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

Whether it’s a flooding issue, fallen trees, roof damage, or hail damage from severe thunderstorms, SERVPRO of Westminster will assist and restore the damage dealt to your property. Both residential and commercial properties. 

  • Board up & tarping services
  • Water extraction
  • Debris cleanup

Have Storm or Flood Damage with your home or business? Call Us Today 714.248.9261

The 1 spot in your Westminster kitchen that may be dirtier than a toilet

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The 1 spot in your Westminster kitchen that may be dirtier than a toilet Photo by Stock Snap

The KITCHEN, the place many find solace and comfort. The part of the home which brings Westminster families together...is also the heart of its germs. According to Dr. Charles Gerba, a microbiologist and professor at University of Arizona, between prepping and cleaning, a kitchen is a veritable incubator for bacteria. See the list of the 5 areas which are most contaminated by Dr. Gerba:

1. Kitchen Sponge
We all do it - there's a spill on the counter, the food boiled over on the stove, first thing we generally grab is a sponge. We wipe down, rinse and repeat. Then toss the sponge back on the sink until needed again. However, what we now have done is made "bacteria heaven" by having a wet and moist environment soaking up coliform bacteria. Dr. Gerba also found 15 percent of sponges in a random study had salmonella growing on them. 

Solution: Use paper towels to wipe up spills. Clean counters with antibacterial kitchen wipe like Lysol, Clorox. Make it a habit to microwave thoroughly wet sponges for 1 to 2 minutes everyday to sanitize them. 

2. Kitchen Sink
We probably don't consciously think and process just how much bacteria and germs are going into the kitchen sink on a daily bases. If you do want to take a moment and think back just how much you used your Westminster kitchen sink today or last night, you might be realizing how much raw meat is cut and rinsed off the cutting board into the sink. Or other greasy and unsanitary items. Gerba says there is more "fecal bacteria in a sink than there is in a flushed toilet."

Solution: Wash the sink with hot, soapy water, especially after handling meat and poultry. Every day, wipe out the sink using disinfectant kitchen wipes.  

3. Cutting Board
If you thought kitchen sinks were stomach turning just want until we divulge into your cutting boards. With "200 times more coliform bacteria than a toilet seat, cutting boards are hot beds of germs." They are consistently used for cutting meats and poultry, who can carry salmonella and campylobacter bacteria. 

Solution: Wash the board in hot, soapy water after each use, then, to kill remaining germs, put it in the dishwasher or disinfect it with bleach ( 2 tablespoons of bleach to 1 gallon of water) or good disinfecting kitchen cleaner like Lysol. To minimize cross-contamination, Gera recommends using colored cutting boards: one for meats, one fore veggies and one for poultry. 

4. Fridge Door Handle
Do we really want to go there? YES, we must... The fridge door handle. How many times do you open and look for food (and then tell yourself no and slam it, repeatedly), check food inventory, pull food out and put food away. Maybe you make food and your hands are dirty but you grab the door handle anyways to pull additional recipe items. Or you do contemplate that handle just may be dirty so let's wipe it down. Which you do but with the same sponge that is housing coliform bacteria and salmonella, which was sitting on the kitchen sink that has more fecal matter than a toilet. - I think you can agree, that was a disturbing image. 

Solution: Give the handle-and the entire kitchen door-a good wipe-down every day with a disinfecting kitchen wipe. Remember, kitchen wipes are only good for disinfecting a 3-by-3-foot area. Don't try and stretch it! 

5. Kitchen Counter
Can you really say you were surprised by this one? If you've ever cooked, chopped vegetables, put together cereal then you've more than likely have put food on the counter. You make a mess and the reach for the aforementioned sponge to clean up the spills from all this stuff. Then add to this, the splashes from the previously talked about germy kitchen sink. That's a lot of germs!

Solution: Use cutting boards as much as possible when preparing foods. Instead of wiping counters with sponges or dish cloths, pick up spills with paper towels and clean counters with disinfecting kitchen wipes.  



See full article here: https://www.today.com/food/5-germiest-places-your-kitchen-how-clean-them-t106971?cid=public-rss_20180604

10 Little Signs Your House has Big Problems

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 10 Little Signs Your House has Big Problems California house by 5401 Olympic

We have all experienced this one time or another, stepping on a creaky floor, took notice of small holes emerging or having to tug on a bedroom door a little more than usual. Whatever it may be, learn what the signs are earlier from Home advise pro Bob Villa, before they wreak havoc on your home. 

Tiny Holes

Although small, they are mighty in damage. Tiny holes can be a sign of an active termite infestation. If you find termite exit holes, call the exterminator - pronto. (see full article here)

Dry Mud Tubes on the Foundation

Another sign that termites are munching away at your walls is the discovery of small dry mud tubes on the foundation, running from the ground to the sliding (see full article here)

The Door Won't Close

We have all had that one door that one day stops closing as easily as it used to. There are several reasons to this change: one could be the structure in your home has changed. Or could be the normal result of settling. Speaking with a reputable contractor can advise the problem and what actions will be necessary to move forward with. (see full article here)

The Floor is Sloping

Catching floor sloping is a tough catch. You wouldn't normally recognize it unless you dropped a marble and noticed it rolling to another side. When a formally slanted floor develops a slant, it could be a sign one or more of the joists that support the floor have rotted or broken, causing the floor to settle in that area. A structural engineer would best to look at the structural support and determine a method for repairing it. (see full article here)

A
n Odd Smell is Coming from an Outlet

Melted electrical wiring puts off an unpleasant odor that's similar to what you might smell if you run a hand mixer too long and its motor overheats. If notice this smell, don't ignore it. Unplug nearby lamps or other appliances - sometimes a new appliance will smell the first few times it's used- and then sniff the outlets and switches. If you find that the smell is coming from a specific outlet or switch, shut off the power at the breaker box and call an electrician. This one to-do you shouldn't postpone; ignoring faulty wire can result in a home fire. (see full article here)

The Lights are Flickering
Flickering lights are not normal. First check the bulb in the fixture that's flickering just in case it's loose. You can try to replace it with a new bulb. If the flickering continues, or if more than one light bulb is flickering it could be a sign that wires somewhere along the circuit are loose or your home's wiring is not adequate for the amount of electricity you're using. Having professional electrician assess the situation would be the best solution. (see full article here)

A Crack Just Appeared in Your Window Glass

When a crack is discovered in one of your home's windows, it's important to do some investigating. Especially if the crack wasn't caused by impact (rock or ball being thrown into window for example). It could be from pressure and if this is the case, these will often show up as a single crack that runs from one edge of the window to another. If more cracks are found, contacting a structural engineer is necessary to have them take a look. (see full article here)

The Washing Machine Hose is Bulging

The washing machine hose bulging can sneak up on you, especially since it's hidden behind the machine. High water pressure can cause the rubber in a common washing machine hose to soften and lose its integrity, resulting in a visible bulge that resembles a small balloon. The bulge is a sign that the hose is failing and could burst at any time. When it does, the rupture can result in flooding and water damage in your laundry room, so the sooner the house is replaced, the better. Instead of installing a new rubber hose, opt for a braided steel hose that will hold up better under pressure and present the problem from happening again. (see full article here) 

You Discover Clumps of Shredded Paper

If you find little piles of shredded paper should send up a red flag. Those are signs rodents are moving in. Mice and rats make nests from shredded paper, cardboard or even fabric. Don't be fooled into thinking it may be only one or two - female mice can have 5 litters in a year! Already health hazardous, this could turn your home into a serious situation. You can attempt to use no-kill traps on your own or let an exterminator handle it. (see full article here)

Heavy White Residue on a Brick Chimney

Although it may look like someone took a spray can to your bricks, making them appear white, is actually called efflorescence. It's caused by moisture that draws mineral salts from the center of the bricks to the surface. The residue itself isn't harmful and it's commonly found in small quantities on many types of brick. However, heavy, thick, solid white efflorescence is an indication that moisture is condensing on the inside of the chimney and seeping outward. This could be caused by a cracked flue liner, which increases the risk of toxic fumes entering your home, or it could be the result of an interior plumbing leak, but whatever the cause, have a professional chimney sweep inspect the chimney. (see full article here)

Restoring Your Westminster Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Westminster Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Westminster commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Westminster

SERVPRO of Westminster specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Commercial Building Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 714.248.9261

SERVPRO Westminster Satisfied Commercial Fire customer in Santa Barbara

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

When the fires in Santa Barbara happened, SERVPRO of Westminster was quick to respond to all calls requesting for assistance. Read what one business owner's experience was with our team:

"I want to give a big old shoutout to Luis and his team! After the Thomas Fire, here in California, my interior design studio in Montecito had a lot of smoke and ash damage. I was beside myself as I had only been open 6 months when this happened. The idea of starting over was just too much to bear. Luis to the rescue!!! He and his team came in and cleaned every single fabric swatch, over 8000 of them!!! They ran air filters to rid the air of any signs of smoke and even did the windows. Thanks Luis and the rest of the team!!! My store has never looked better and I am eternally grateful for everything you did for me in just a few days! I have nothing but good things to say about Luis and my experience with SERVPRO. They get the job done and immaculately." - Blake W. 

The SERVPRO of Westminster team understand every hour spent cleaning up is an hour lost of revenue and productivity. SERVPRO of Westminster provides professional cleaning or emergency restoration services to get your business running smoothly again, as Blake experienced. We have the training, equipment, and resources to handle any size disaster, from Odor Control and Soot Cleanup to Fire Damage, If you've experienced any of these call us at 714.564.0511.  SERVPRO of Westminster is ready 24/7 and will be there for you every step of the way. Offering peace of mind and restoring your situation to "Like it never even happened."

When Storms or Floods hit Westminster, SERVPRO is ready!

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Westminster, SERVPRO is ready! Photo by Hans

SERVPRO of Westminster specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Westminster, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams [[Click to your disaster recovery page]] that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 714.248.9261

In Westminster, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation In Westminster, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours. Photo by Kalhh

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 714.248.9261

National Police Week - May 13 - May 19

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial National Police Week - May 13 - May 19 A few of Westminster PD finest and SERVPRO of Westminster team posing for National Police Week breakfast.

Breakfast on us! 

This week we joined many others across the nation in celebrating National Police Memorial Week with Westminster Police Department. It was such a privilege for SERVPRO Westminster staff to treat our local law enforcement during their week of recognition. With almost 100 breakfast burritos, 4 dozen donuts and gallons of coffee and juice, it was one of the most rewarding community appreciation events thus far. We truly enjoyed the tour of the facility and even more so meeting the many wonderful men and women of WPD; including Police Chief Ralph Ornelas. If you have not had the chance to meet him, he is best described in the words of Mayor Tri Ta “Chief Ornelas is very humble and honest.” * This statement is true and is recognizable in every interaction with Chief Ornelas. We look forward to hosting future community events for our law enforcement and adding National Police Memorial to our annual lists of events. Thank you all (past and present) who have served in law enforcement.

BONUS: Did you know National Police Week was initiated in 1962 by President Kennedy? However according to nleomf.org " President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police week."

*Orange County News, “God bless all who serve and wear the badge” 4/07/2017 http://www.localocn.com/article/god-bless-all-who-serve-and-wear-badge

IICRC Certified Firm - What does that mean for Westminster Residentials and Offices?

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Westminster is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Westminster

SERVPRO of Westminster specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Meet Our Crew

Santa Barbara Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows 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 the 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?
Call Us Today –
714.615.3367

SERVPRO Westminster Satisfied Pipe Burst Resident in Newport Beach

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Westminster Satisfied Pipe Burst Resident in Newport Beach #PipeBurst #waterdamage By Rogan Josh

Trouble never waits. It can come at a moment’s notice and when it does, you can rest assure your dependable, local SERVPRO of Westminster is here to assist you!

See what one recent customer said about us:

"First time homeowner and I had a pipe burst in my kitchen. My plumber recommended SERVPRO.
Luis Castro at SERVPRO Westminster called me promptly. He was so professional and held my hand throughout the process. He called me every day and asked me how I was doing. He helped me contact my insurance company to expedite the restoration. I don't know what I would have done without them.  My kitchen is dry and there is no sign of mold. Please don't hesitate to call them." -Bon T.

We're so happy Luis and our SERVPRO team could be there for Bon during this stressful time. If water damage, from the smallest overflow from a toilet to full house flood from a pipe burst, threatens your home or office call us at 714.248.9261.  SERVPRO of Westminster is ready 24/7 and will be there for you every step of the way. Offering peace of mind and restoring your situation to "Like it never even happened."

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