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Dealing with Sewage Backup: Guide by SERVPRO®

8/31/2023 (Permalink)

water damage, bathroom, commercial building Water damage in bathroom of commercial building.

Facing a backed-up toilet or sink can already be a source of stress for commercial property owners and small business operators. However, when sewage becomes part of the equation, a minor inconvenience can quickly escalate into a hazardous and complex cleanup situation. Refer to this informative resource from SERVPRO experts to understand the immediate steps to take after a sewer backup occurs, along with effective prevention strategies to avert such incidents in the future.

Navigating Sewer Backups: Critical Actions to Take

Tackling a sewage backup within your commercial establishment transcends routine cleaning tasks. Given the inherent dangers of handling sewage, it's imperative that only trained professionals undertake the cleanup process. The moment you detect signs of a sewage backup, promptly reach out to a reputable professional company to address the issue and restore normalcy to your business operations.

Seasoned experts possess the knowledge to manage health risks while effectively eradicating all biohazards. An adept cleaning crew can adeptly perform the following crucial tasks related to sewage cleanup:

  • Removal of All Items Damaged Due to Sewage Backup
  • Appropriate Disposal of Irreparable Items
  • Proper Disinfection of Salvageable Materials Off-Site
  • Thorough Extraction of Water and Sewage Using Specialized Equipment
  • Dehumidification of Affected Areas
  • Dispersal of Hazardous Fumes and Airborne Particles
  • Disinfection of Flooring and Surfaces in Contaminated Zones

The Perils of Ignoring Water Damage

8/28/2023 (Permalink)

Thermal camera, office building, water damage Thermal camera depicting water damage.

Ceilings tainted with discoloration to sudden basement floods or pipes rupturing in your kitchen, these are all indicators of a water damage problem. Cleanup is not enough – it's imperative to tackle the root cause to avert more severe repercussions. Unattended water damage can inflict irreversible harm, like fostering rot and or mold growth on your property. Beyond the unappealing sight, it can erode your property's overall value.

Savings through Timely Water Damage Intervention

The silver lining lies in promptly and effectively managing water damage by taking immediate action. Waiting only escalates costs and potential destruction. When caught early, water damage typically yields to basic maintenance and repairs, such as replacing water-damaged drywall or flooring. Yet, if neglected, it can transform into a colossal issue necessitating weeks or months to correct – translating into a significant financial burden.


Unchecked water damage bears serious consequences, underscoring the urgency of addressing any indications as soon as they surface. From the perils of physical and mental health concerns due to mold proliferation to the avoidable hefty restoration expenses, the fallout of overlooking water damage is extensive.

In the unfortunate event of water damage afflicting your property, it's imperative to enlist professional assistance before the situation exacerbates. SERVPRO® stands as your dependable resource for swift and trustworthy water damage restoration services. Recognizing the urgency, we offer same-day, on-site assessments to swiftly manage the issue. Our certified, fully insured technicians safeguard you throughout the process. Don't postpone until it's too late; reach out to SERVPRO today for an evaluation and unparalleled water damage restoration services. Let us guide you back to the path of recovery!

Fire Extinguisher Classes

8/24/2023 (Permalink)

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In order to safely extinguish fires and minimize their damage, it's crucial to recognize the diverse array of fire extinguisher types designed to effectively combat specific fire categories. There are five distinct classes of fires, each denoted by a corresponding letter:

Class A: The most prevalent form of fire, Class A fires involve combustible materials such as paper, wood, cloth, plastic, refuse, and other everyday substances commonly found in homes or businesses.

Class B: Fires stemming from flammable liquids are categorized as Class B fires. These liquids encompass substances like gasoline, paint, and oil. Class B fires can also involve combustibles such as propane or butane, which are classified as flammable gases.

Class C: Electrical fires fall under Class C fires, encompassing fires originating from outlets, wiring, and other electrical elements.

Class D: Fires ignited by combustible metals such as magnesium, sodium, aluminum, and potassium, referred to as chemical fires, are classified as Class D.

Class K: Fires involving combustibles like cooking oils, grease, and fats are designated as Class K fires.

It's essential to comprehend that there is no single fire extinguisher capable of safely and effectively extinguishing all types of fires. According to OSHA, "The three most prevalent types of fire extinguishers are air pressurized water, CO2 (carbon dioxide), and dry chemical." Additionally, wet chemical fire extinguishers are also available.

Minimizing Smoke Odors in Your Facility

8/17/2023 (Permalink)

Soot particle testing Soot particle testing.

In the aftermath of a fire, there are proactive measures you can take prior to the arrival of restoration experts to mitigate potential business losses. Once authorities have confirmed the building's safety for entry, consider these actions to diminish smoke odors within your establishment:

Ventilate: If the external temperature exceeds 60 degrees Fahrenheit, ventilate the space by opening doors and windows to facilitate air circulation.

Air Filters: Replace the air filters on your furnace, especially if it operates through forced air, to enhance indoor air quality.

Soot Capture: Employ cheesecloth to cover return and supply registers, capturing airborne loose soot particles and preventing their dispersion.

While undertaking these tasks, it's crucial to adhere to practices that prevent exacerbating damage. Conversely, there are actions you should abstain from during your smoke odor reduction efforts:

Avoid Physical Contact: Refrain from touching surfaces with bare hands, as natural oils can permeate materials like upholstery, walls, and woodwork, potentially causing extensive damage.

Avoid Improper Cleaning: Do not attempt to wash walls that have become yellowed or damaged due to smoke. Inappropriate cleaning techniques can worsen soot residue, rendering it advisable to entrust the cleanup to trained professionals.

By adopting these informed measures and refraining from detrimental actions, you contribute to mitigating the impact of smoke odors and safeguarding your premises while awaiting professional assistance.

Backyard Fire Pit Safety

8/17/2022 (Permalink)

Window after an interior fire Keep your fire pit far from any structures, brush, and trees.

It’s summertime, and there’s no better time for an outdoor barbecue and some s’mores by the fire pit. If not cared for properly, however, a relaxing night around the fire could turn into a disaster. Use these tips to help keep your summer nights fun!


Keep your fire pit far from any structures, brush, and trees. Ensure no branches or leaves hang anywhere above the fire pit so smoke has a clear escape path into the air. Keep the fire on a non-flammable surface such as concrete or sand. Avoid setting up the fire on grass, and never create a fire on a wooden deck.


Keep any flammable materials away from the fire. Staying approximately 10-20 feet from surrounding vegetation and brush will help to prevent flames from jumping or spreading. Dig the pit about six inches deep in the center with a two-foot diameter to contain all embers and flames.


Always use the proper method to extinguish the flames of a fire as described by your local fire marshal/fire department. Water is usually a primary source to extinguish fire. In addition, a shovel can help with putting out the remaining flames and suffocating the fire. Once the flames are drowned with water, stir with shovel until no flames remain. Ashes remain hot for several days, so ensure they are properly disposed and left to cool. Never dispose of ashes in a compost pile or flammable material.

Stay safe this summer and enjoy the outdoors! If you ever have a fire at your home, Call SERVPRO® of Ojai / Montecito at (805) 669-6662 to help with the restoration, we are 24/7/365.

Keep your Business Mold-Free

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

Machine pumping out mold from closet Mold grows anywhere there is moisture and oxygen. The mold spores are invisible to humans, so you may not even know when mold takes over.

Mold grows in places you cannot even see, and it sometimes grows increasingly worse before it’s noticeable. Mold, however, pollutes the air and can threaten the structural integrity of a structure.

When mold grows on a commercial property, it can be devastating for business owners as they must shut down operations to decontaminate the business. These tips will help prevent mold from growing in your business.

Mold grows anywhere there is moisture and oxygen. The mold spores are invisible to humans, so you may not even know when mold takes over.

  1. Use a dehumidifier: It can be challenging to maintain proper humidity inside your business. To ensure 50% humidity, install commercial dehumidifiers throughout the property.
  2. Repair plumbing issues: As soon as you notice a leak in your business from a roof, pipe, or window, call a restoration company to mend the damages. The longer you wait, the higher the chance of mold growth.
  3. Ensure proper ventilation: If not properly maintained, mold will grow around HVAC systems. Mold spores can spread from vents, so a clean HVAC system will keep mold out.
  4. Stay Vigilant: It’s not easy to notice mold growth in its early stages. By inspecting your property frequently and monitoring high moisture levels, you can notice mold before it becomes a problem. Early signs of mold growth include stains on walls, smells, and marks on floors.
  5. Call a professional: If the mold has spread or you can’t find the origin of the problem, call a professional mold remediation company to assist you.

At SERVPRO® of Ojai / Montecito, we have a team of certified franchise professionals to take care of your mold problem. Our team is trained with the best equipment and techniques to locate and remove your property of mold and residual pores. Trust SERVPRO® of Ojai / Montecito for your commercial property mold remediation needs. Call us at (805) 669-6662, we are 24/7/365.

Have Water Damage? Here's What to Do.

8/12/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage from ceiling SERVPRO® of Ojai / Montecito knows the safe and best way to remove excess water and minimize the chance of mold growth.

Oh no! You notice a leaking pipe or a plumbing issue in your home or business. Don’t fret, SERVPRO® of Ojai / Montecito is here for you. Before we arrive, however, here are some tips to safely take care of water damage. Keep in mind, these tips apply to clean water only. Sewage water causes different kinds of damage, and it is contaminated, so SERVPRO® treats that damage differently. SERVPRO® of Ojai / Montecito is the perfect call to begin the water removal process, as our professional team will quickly and properly dry out your home or business from any water damage.

  • When you notice damage occurring, immediately shut off the water source and turn off the power.
  • If safe, remove as much water as possible with a mop and towels to soak up water.
  • Place aluminum foil between wood furniture legs and carpet. Do not keep rugs and furniture upholstery wet against each other, as more damage will occur.

Safety is number one priority, so these steps are only recommended if they are safe to do so. Do not enter a room with standing water, as there could be a risk of an electrical shock. Ensure all power is disconnected as soon as flooding occurs. Do not use an ordinary household vacuum to try and remove water. SERVPRO® of Ojai / Montecito knows the safe and best way to remove excess water and minimize the chance of mold growth. Call us at (805) 669-6662 to assist you today, we are 24/7/365.

Returning Home: How to Remove the Smoky Smell from your Property

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

A ceiling with smoke damage Deodorizing and sanitizing a home or business after a fire is not an easy task, and you should not have to be forced to do it yourself.

If you’ve ever been around a campfire or experienced an indoor fire, you’ll know exactly what that lingering smoky smell is like after the fire’s been put out. When you suffer from a home or business fire, it’s important to minimize as much of the remaining odor as possible before SERVPRO® of Ojai / Montecito arrives. These tips will be helpful in maintaining the healthiest living conditions as possible after a fire occurs.

Tip 1: If safe, open any windows to increase airflow and circulation. Additionally, keep doors open to allow air to flow through and out of the structure.

Tip 2: Replace air filters. Toxic smoke particles and soot can become trapped in air filters, which results in unhealthy air being released after a fire. Replace the filters to avoid the spread of the odor.

Tip 3: Deep clean the affected areas. Kitchen counters, curtains, windows and carpets are commons places for smoke particles to stick after a fire. Target these areas to remove the remaining odor from smoke damage.

SERVPRO® of Ojai / Montecito is the expert fire restoration team for you! Deodorizing and sanitizing a home or business after a fire is not an easy task, and you should not have to be forced to do it yourself. Here at SERVPRO®, we have a team of experienced professionals with advanced odor removal products and equipment that will take care of your fire-related needs. Let our team make your home or business look like the fire “Never even happened.” Call SERVPRO® of Ojai / Montecito at (805) 669-6662, we are 24/7/365.

Stay Safe from Fires in the Workplace

8/5/2022 (Permalink)

A kitchen after a fire If a fire does occur in your business, call SERVPRO® of Ojai / Montecito to get the restoration process underway.

A fire is never fun. At the office or workplace, fires can cause danger to personnel in addition to property damage. Read these tips on basic fire prevention to stay as safe on the job as possible.

Steps of Prevention

  • Ensure all staff is properly educated on fire prevention procedures, evacuation routes and fire hazards.
  • Maintain a clean workspace to reduce the risk of fire.
  • Be aware of potential combustible materials and flammable items.
  • Keep a working fire extinguisher in the business and know its whereabouts.

General Safety

  • Dispose of combustible or flammable materials in and around the workplace.
  • Keep combustible materials in approved containers and away from other flammable items.
  • Keep fire extinguisher in an accessible place not blocked by furniture or clutter.

Preventative Safety

  • Keep fire equipment up to date, receive inspections on a regular basis.
  • Have a working alarm system with both sound and lights.
  • Be aware of local authority and fire department information for easy contact when necessary.
  • Keep staff up to date on training, be aware of what’s going on.
  • Work with SERVPRO® of Ojai / Montecito to create an emergency response plan for your business.

If a fire does occur in your business, call SERVPRO® of Ojai / Montecito to get the restoration process underway. We know a fire can be devastating, and that is why we take great care in restoring as many of your items as we can. No job is too big for SERVPRO® of Ojai / Montecito. Call today at (805) 669-6662, we are 24/7/365.

Flooded Property? Act Fast!

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

A flooded hallway The sooner you begin the recovery process to stop the flood, the more likely you will be to save damaged items and foundation.

When you experience a flood in your home or business, it is important to act fast and not delay. Water damage quickly builds up and will become more devastating as time goes on. The sooner you react and clear the contents from the flooded area, the more likely they are to be restored to previous conditions. Your items and possessions are important to you, and that’s why SERVPRO® of Ojai / Montecito is here to help!

The sooner you begin the recovery process to stop the flood, the more likely you will be to save damaged items and foundation.

To prevent further damage and the potential for widespread mold build-up, call SERVPRO® of Ojai / Montecito within the first 48 hours that you notice flooding. After giving us a call, take these steps to prevent a greater problem:

  1. Turn off the electricity. It can be extremely dangerous if your property is flooded and there are items with electrical current nearby. Do not touch flood waters or any surrounding electronics until you’ve turned off the power first.
  2. Contact your insurance company. Each insurance policy may differ, but homeowner’s insurance typically covers damages due to water leaks and plumbing malfunctions.
  3. Remove water as fast as possible. By now, SERVPRO® will be on their way to begin the water extraction and restoration process. Until then, and if safe, you can try removing water with a shop-vac, “floor sucker” or bucket.

Once SERVPRO® has arrived, our experienced team will take over and determine the next steps to ensure your home or business is dry and safe. Don’t hesitate, call SERVPRO® of Ojai / Montecito as soon as you notice flooding or additional signs of water damage. Our number is (805) 669-6662, we are 24/7/365.