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Carpet Cleaning

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

Dirty Carpet Here is an example of a dirty carpet that needs cleaning.

SERVPRO of Thousand Oaks does more than just water mitigation and fire restoration. Our technicians have years of experience in carpet cleaning.  The frequency of when your carpet should be clean depends on several different factors. For normal wear, it is recommended to have your carpets cleaned every 6-12 Months. If you smoke within your house, have pets and kids cleaning is recommended more frequently as in 3-6 months.  It is most important to clean your carpets before they become too soiled. If you wait too long to get your carpets clean it may never be able to restore to prior condition.  The carpet should be thoroughly vacuumed before cleaning is performed. About 80 percent of soils in the carpet can be removed by just vacuuming.  The dry particulates s that vacuuming removes are sand, hair, skin cells, carpet fibers, and others. It is recommended to vacuum before carpet cleaning so cleaning products don’t have to work much harder to dissolve and emulsify all the soils left in the carpet. Call SERVPRO of Thousand Oaks at (805) 492-2434 for future carpet cleaning.

Duct Cleaning

3/30/2021 (Permalink)

Ducting Duct run

Have you ever inspected the ductwork in your home? If you have you should make it a high priority too. Your ventilation system can be the biggest culprit to poor indoor air quality. Did you know that dirty ducts can circulate odors, mold, and dust throughout your home?  When you keep the HVAC and ductwork clean it might help extend the lifespan of the equipment. It will help the system to operate at peak conditions. Inspecting your ductwork to determine if cleaning is necessary by a professional. It is always recommended in certain circumstances such as smoke, fire, and possible mold growth, that duct cleaning become a part of the process.  It is very important to replace or clean filters during the duct cleaning process. Call SERVPRO of Thousand Oaks at (805) 492-2434 for duct cleaning service.

Water Damage Information

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies never come at a convenient time. Here at SERVPRO Thousand Oaks, we are here to help 24 hours 7 days a week. Water quickly spreads throughout your home or business and affected structural materials along with contents. It is important to mitigate your loss as soon as possible.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water will spread quickly throughout your home and business and will saturate structural materials.
  • When water touches furniture the finishes might bleed causing furniture staining on the carpet.
  • If affected by water loss your photographs, books, and other paper goods will start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall will begin to swell and can possibly start breaking.
  • Metal surfaces will begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture can begin to swell and crack at the base.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain contents or structural materials i.e., carpets.
  • You can smell a musty odor.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew can grow and spread depending on the environment.
  • Baseboards, Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and or corrode.
  • Paint begins to blister and peel from the wall.
  • Wood flooring swells and cupping.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Waiting longer for restoration can cause mold growth and additional repair cost.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us SERVPRO Thousand Oaks 24/7 – (805)492-2434

Are you prepared for a storm?

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

With most of the nation experiencing Storm like conditions now is a great time to prepare in case of a storm. In advance of a storm, it is recommended to weatherproof your home by doing the following.

  • Although this is not guaranteed to prevent freezing you should insulate any water lines that run along the exterior walls.
  • Windows and doors should be caulked and weather-stripped.
  • Have your walls and attic insulated.
  • Repair any roof leaks and remove any tree branches that can possibly fall onto your home and or other structure during a storm.

It is recommended to have your chimney and or flue inspected each year. Especially if you plan on using your fireplace and or wood stove for emergency heating. Also, if you use a fireplace, wood stove, or kerosene heater you should have a battery-operated smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector near the area to be heated. Please make sure to check the batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detector at the lease twice a year. Here at SERVPRO Thousand Oaks we wish you safe winter.

Water Mitigation Process

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Water Mitigation Equipment This photo contains Air mover, dehumidifier, and moisture meters

SERVPRO Thousand Oaks trained technicians to use many different types of equipment throughout a water mitigation process. Psychrometric are used to create the proper environment for efficient drying. Moisture detection devices are used to determine if any materials are affected. A moisture sensor is used to detect any moisture in the carpets, baseboards, and walls. Moisture meters determine the amount of moisture in materials.  The thermohydrometer will measure both the temperature and relative humidity to create the proper drying environment.  Extractors are used to remove moisture from the structure which may include the carpet, upholstery, and flooring.  Air movers are used to enhancing evaporation from the surface level which then will reduce dry time.  Dehumidification will pull in the moist and humid air and exchange it with dry warm air. Leaving air movers and dehumidifiers on during the full process will prevent extra drying days. Our technicians will monitor equipment each day and will be removed once the affected area is dried down to industry standards.

Power Outage

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

With all the power outages lately SERVPRO Thousand Oaks wanted to give some tips for an unexpected outage.

  • Have the freezer and refrigerator closed during the power outage. The refrigerator can keep items cool for 4 hours while a packed fridge can last up to 48 hours. If needed look into place food into coolers with ice. Once the food has reached the temperature of 40 degree its recommended to dispose of. Also, if the food has an odor it is also recommended to dispose of it.
  • If you are going to use a generator, make sure it is only outdoors and away from windows.
  • Never use a gas oven or stovetop to heat your house.
  • Make sure to disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
  • If you have refrigerated medicine, make to have a backup plan. Look into how long the medicine can be stored at higher temperatures. It is recommended to dispose of medication that should be refrigerated unless the drug’s label says otherwise. Please contact your doctor if have any question regarding medication storage and or replacement.

If you need more tips and or recommended supply list please visit (www.ready.gov) website.

Thanksgiving Safety

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

Are you aware that Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires caused by cooking equipment? There are several cooking tips that should be followed this holiday season.  It is advised to never leave cooking food unattended. It is best to stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling, or broiling food. When leaving the kitchen even for such a short period of time it is recommended to turn off the stove.  If your cooking a turkey do not leave your house and check on it frequently.  Children should stay 3 feet away from the hot stove. Make sure to keep the floor clear of any items you might trip over.  Make sure no kitchen electronic cords are dangling off the counter within children's reach.  While cook you should not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves.  To prevent any grease buildup by cleaning cooking surfaces regularly. There should be a fire extinguisher and smoke alarm near the kitchen. Before going to bed make sure you check all kitchen appliances are turned off. SERVPRO Thousand Oaks wishes your family a safe and joyous Thanksgiving.

Business Emergency Plan

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know having a business disaster plan can reduce your business interruption?  Many businesses close after a disaster. It is advised to have a preparedness plan in place.  SERVPRO emergency ready profile help attain information in case of an emergency.  It is best to listen to your local weather to see any incoming threatening weather is coming. In case of an emergency it the following precautions will help minimize damage to your business. If instructed turn off the utility to the main switches or valves.  Review your business evacuation plan. Board up and windows or doors prior to any high windstorm event. It is recommended to have a work phone tree so your able to account for employees during an emergency. There should be emergency contact with your local fire department, police department, hospital, and security company. There should also be a photo and descriptions to turn off your electricity, gas, water, alarm, sprinkler, and server.

Contaminated Water Loss

10/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Thousand Oaks will go over some of the do’s and do not on a contaminated water loss. It is best to avoid contact with sewage and or any items that have been contaminated. If you must be in contact with contaminated items, make sure to wash youth ads thoroughly. It is best to minimize or eliminate walking into contaminated water because you can spread the contaminations. It is also best to inform the mitigation company areas that you might have cross-contaminated so it can be cleaned and sanitized properly.  Your HVAC system should be turned off since there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air. Do not use and household fans to dry the structure as it can spread the contaminants. Make sure to use personal hygiene products if exposed to the contaminated areas.  

Kitchen Fire

9/30/2020 (Permalink)

The number one cause of home fires and home injuries are caused by cooking fires. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen. Make sure to be alert when your cooking. It is best to not use the stove or stovetop if your sleepy or under the influence of alcohol. If you are frying, grilling, or broiling food it is advised you stay in the kitchen until the stove is turned off.  It is advised if you must leave the kitchen even for a short period of time you should turn off the stove.  Check on your food regularly if you are simmering, baking, or roasting food.  It is best to stay in the home while food cooking and recommended to use a timer to remind you that you are cooking. Make sure to keep anything flammable like mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains away from your stovetop. Kids should be at least 3 feet away from hot food or drinks being prepared.