Recent Storm Damage Posts

Create an Emergency Ready Profile: Storm & Natural Disaster Preparation

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

Orange Servpro logo with Emergency Ready Profile in writing below When Fire Or Water Damage Strikes You Can Be Ruined Or Ready.

Is your business prepared for a storm or natural disaster? If you had an emergency situation, would your business be prepared?

50% of businesses do not reopen after an emergency. 

A SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is an immediate plan of action. It saves valuable time in the event of a disaster.

In Southern California we have to be ready for an earthquake or other natural disasters. When foundations and buildings shift, water and gas leaks can occur.

Knowing what to do, who to call and what to expect in advance is the key. This is a free service SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County provides by scheduled appointment.

We gather and organize with you:

  • Property overview information, such as “Before photos” from a facility walk-through
  • Emergency contacts, identifying whose authorized to sign paperwork to get the mitigation work started
  • Insurance Contact Information
  • Utility Contact and water main shut off valve location

The importance of timely mitigation:

  • minimizes the effects of water and fire damage
  • allows your property and business to be restored at a faster rate
  • reduces the amount of time your business is inactive

We have everything you need to be prepared and have helped many Ventura businesses recover from storm damage to their facilities.

For information about storm damage cleanup and restoration, click here.

For more information on our Ready Plan, click here or call us at 805-507-5507 to set up your walkthrough.

Ventura Storm Threats: Flash Floods & Mudslides

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

Background shows burned terrain, mountains. Flash Flood Yellow Sign Flash Floods & Mudslides can occur with little warning. BE READY! -Photo By: Mike Eliason

As we start nearing the close of Fire Season we start to face another threat that we don't always think of until it's upon us. Flash Floods & Mudslides. As our neighbors in Montecito showed us after the terrible 2018 fire season, the devastating mudslide tragedy in Montecito hit too close to home. 

It is important to remember as we come out of fire season just how nature reacts to the charred debris and loose soil. A combination of Fire, Strong Winds and Heavy Rains, are the perfect recipe for disaster.

Although in California we don't see as much rain as other parts of the U.S, it is when we least expect it, that emergencies occur. 

Take note of your surroundings for excess in debris and large branches. If your home is on the Ventura Hills, does your home have trenches that re-direct heavy water? Do you have reflection walls? Be aware of the warning signs and have an emergency kit ready.

Check out Ready.gov for more information on how to protect your homes against Flash Floods and Mudslides.  

Sign up to receive local alerts so you are always ready: 

WATCH, ADVISORY, WARNING-What Does It All Mean?

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

Flash Flood Warning Sign. Warning ribbon underneath Be informed and ready! Regardless of the level, you should always be aware of your local weather. Be prepared, Be safe!

We see it on all our local news stations all the time. Wind Advisory, Fire Watch, Heat Warning! What does it all mean? 

Here is a quick reference guide to help clear it up:

WATCH: In this case it means there is a chance of a condition happening and usually covers a large geographical area for a substantial amount of time. So in other words, the severe weather hasn't occurred yet but upcoming weather and conditions are setting up to potentially create dangerous conditions.

ADVISORY: Advisory is usually right above a Watch but below the level of a Warning. At this point the expected weather is likely to occur. We see this a lot in our area as Wind Advisories when the Santa Ana Winds are projected. 

WARNING: At this point, the projected severe weather, is occurring, or likely to occur and you are being advised to prepare yourself and your home. Heat Warnings, High Wind Warning, Red Flag Warnings are all common warnings in our local area. 

Check out the National Weather Service for more details on specific warning types.

Be sure to also sign up to receive alerts so you are prepared!

Earthquakes & Wind Storms: How Ventura Residents Can Protect Themselves

9/30/2020 (Permalink)

One side shows a crack in concrete flooring; the right side shows palm trees in heavy wind Always Be Prepared For an Earthquake or Wind Storm!

Throughout the United States, different regions deal with different types of disasters. You have the Midwest, who live under threat of Tornadoes. Northern & Eastern States deal with freezing temperatures. In the South, we will hear of Hurricane Warnings from June-October. In our local community of Ventura, we have Earthquakes and High Winds that fuel aggressive Fire Seasons.

When Earthquakes hit, it can cause damage to water and sewer lines. These problems don’t always reveal themselves right away. Before you know it, your home can have water within the walls, ceiling or floor. Gas lines can also become disconnected during an Earthquake and cause a fire. If you notice a sulfur (rotten egg) smell, call the gas company right away. It is important to check your home after you have experienced an earthquake.  You can find more information on preparing for an earthquake here.

High Winds come and go throughout the year in our Ventura Community. Make sure you are receiving alerts for your local area. When a High Wind advisory goes out there are a few things you can do. Move all patio furniture indoors. Keep all yard tools and equipment covered or within your shed. Keep debris around your home clear and dispose of large branches. Keep surrounding trees trimmed regularly. Inspect your roof for any loose shingles and repair if needed. When replacing your roof, keep extra shingles for situations like this. Loose or broken tiles can lead to water leaks in your home so it is important to take care of them early.

Always keep SERVPRO in mind when you have Storm Damage. SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County can help you through it! 805-507-5507

Ventura Residents: We Specialize in Flood Cleanup and Restoration!

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

Shows a basement and laundry room, flooded with water. SERVPRO logo on the bottom right side When a flood like this happens, you may not know where to start! Call SERVPRO to take it from here

Basements can flood at any time. Heavy rains and stormy weather can cause severe water damage to your home and business. Basements are inherently prone to flooding due to them being located at the lowest level of a building. As we all know, water likes to travel downward and seep into lower levels. Although there are several reasons a flooding can occur, water damage has the same characteristics. Here are a few other reasons a Ventura basement can flood:

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Flooding?

Call Today – 805-507-5507

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get. Don’t put your home’s integrity on the line. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County to handle the situation safely and correctly. Check out our client testimonials

We are Flood Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We abide by IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Flooded Basement? We are here to help just give us a call at 805-507-5507

Storm Damage in Ventura County?!?

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

Shows a house with water in front giving the impression the house is half under water, two blue fish swimming in the water Flood Damage can happen anywhere. SERVPRO can handle any size disaster. Don't hesitate to call 805-507-5507

When you think of Stormy Weather you don’t typically think of California however as we know, California can still get Flash Flood warnings and High Wind Advisories, not to mention Excessive Heat Warnings. It is always a good idea to be ready and prepared for what may come.

Flash Flood Warnings:  Sudden and severe rainfall. Rivers around us that may typically lay dormant will be flowing with several ft. of water. It is important to watch and avoid driving into high water areas. Some damage that can arise are:

                              *Water damage to first floors

                              *Flooded Basement

                              *Leaky roof

High Wind Advisories: We see these most often starting in October when the Santa Ana winds start blowing.  You can see gusts of winds with winds as high as 60 mph.

                               *Roof Damage

                               *Tree Uprooted or falling down on home or power lines

                               *Wildfire Danger-High Winds can fuel wild fires and make them uncontrollable

Excessive Heat Warnings: When temperatures rise to triple digits, you may receive alerts for excessive heat. Mixed in some rain and you have a perfect storm.

                                 *Wildfire Risk

                                 *A/C Leaks are common when we have High Temperatures

                                *Over use of electrical devices can cause power shortages

National Weather Service will have updates on your area. Be sure to also watch your local weather forecast and sign up for local alerts!

SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County is here for you when you need us the most. Call us if you have any damage due to Water, Fire or Mold- 805-507-5507

How to Protect Your Home or Business In a Flood Zone

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

Preparing for a flood. If your home or business has recently suffered from flood damage, then contact SERVPRO of NW Ventura County 805-507-5507.

Each year homeowners face the possibility of flooding, whether it’s from a heavy rain storm or burst piping. It’s important to stay prepared & to protect your property if you live in or work near a flood zone. Although you can’t completely stop a flood, you can minimize the impact that water has on your property. Below are a few steps you can do to help keep water from invading or destroying your property.

Be Prepared

The best thing you can do if you think you live in a flood zone is to have a plan of action in advance. Here is a list of things to consider:

  • Store all important documents in a watertight secure container.
  • Have a separate lockbox for jewelry & any other valuables.
  • Contact your marketing representative at SERVPRO of NW Ventura County in advance and set up an Emergency Ready Plan for protecting your home & getting a quick service response after a flood.

 Use Sandbags & Flood Barriers

Let’s face it, some homes are more susceptible to water damage. Lower flood water, however, can be contained by simply laying out sandbags & setting up flood barriers around your doors. Even if some water manages to get, sandbags & flood barriers can reduce the water damage & can save you thousands of dollars in repairs.

Look at Your Home’s Construction

If you are building a new home or renovating your current one, then invest in components that are waterproof or create a tighter seal around the structure. Some of these include:

  • Concrete flooring instead of wooden floorboards
  • One-way valves in your plumbing to prevent water backup in the plumbing system
  • Waterproof all of your electrical outlets
  • Cement render & lime plaster
  • Water resistant window & door frames
  • Flood skirts around brick homes

When storm damage happens to you, Call SERVPRO

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in a ventura home Flooding season is coming! Call SERVPRO 24/7 805-507-5507

If storm damage happens in your home, immediate water removal saves both your house and bank account from dealing with bigger, more complicated issues. One mistake that property owners make is to assume because surfaces look dry, they are.  This is rarely true.

SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County serviced a  homeowner's property with stormwater removal needs in Ventura, CA. where the homeowner cleaned and dried what he assumed was all of the floodwaters that entered his home. Later on, however, a foul odor remained and they called us for help. Situations like this are not unusual with DIY flood cleanup.  

Our SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians use advanced moisture detection equipment to locate flood water moisture anywhere it migrates to. Our technicians use infrared cameras to scope behind walls and under flooring and determine the path of water.  We also ensure we eliminate excess moisture through the removal of baseboards and other structural components for maximum airflow.

Knowing how to care for your loss is our forte.  Call SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County to rectify any water loss you encounter. 805-507-5507 

Containing The Flood Before It Destroys Homes

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged ceiling showing staining When the storm hits call SERVPRO 805-507-5507

Your Ventura Countyhome is in good hands with our SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County professionals. With fast response to all flood, debris, fallen tree, board up, and water damage situations, we are there when you need us 24/7/365. We have considerable experience with disaster relief in all scenarios. That combined with our extensive training from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), makes us the most knowledgeable leaders in the industry. Helping customers to recover quickly after significant loss incidents within their homes is what we do best.

When the storms hit this fall and winter be sure to remember the green vehicles SERVPRO with the orange house and that we are a 24-hour emergency services company. Call 805-507-5507

SERVPRO In A Storm - We've Got You Covered

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment outside a storm damaged window Well equipped to handle and size disaster.

SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County specializes in all forms of storm and flood damage restoration cleanup.  Our IICRC certified technicians are highly trained and use specialized equipment to restore your home, property, or business to its pre-storm condition guaranteed.

SERVPRO Has Faster Response

 We are locally owned and operated.  We are able to respond quickly with the right resources and knowledgeable staff which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits it from progressing further, and reduces the restoration costs. 

All the Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We have access to equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and Disaster Recovery Teams that are located throughout the USA.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County Today 805-507-5507

Experts @ Cleaning Up Any Size Disaster

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

huge tree fallen on a house and fence Whether wind, rain or a firestorm, SERVPRO can help.

While storm damage in Ventura, CA can be rare and may not happen for years, it does certainly happen. And if a suddenly fallen tree, water damage, flood, or any disastrous incident threatens your property, home or business, who better to call than the experts at SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County?

This photo shows the aftermath of a high wind storm during the recent Santa Ana winds.  You never know when disaster will strike and you need a professional.

When storms do happen SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County is there 24/7/365. Year-round we are here when you need us for any fire, water damage, mold, biohazard, vandalism, or general cleaning job we can be reached in the Ventura, CA area @ 805-507-5507. 

SERVPRO To The Rescue In A Storm

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Flash flood ravaged home filled with mud and debris Flash flooding is a real problem. Call SERVPRO in the storm. 805-507-5507

A flash flood created standing water in this Ventura, CA home. SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County worked around the clock to restore the effected area and prevent any secondary damage from occurring. We know that commercial Flood or storm damage can cost a business time and money in productivity. it is always our goal to help keep your business running as flawlessly as possible through the restoration process when you encounter a loss.


Faster To Any Size Disaster


Flooding and water damage is extremely invasive. Water, debris, and mud quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County arrives quickly and starts the extraction and remediation process immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage, the cleaning time, and restoration costs.

For help restoring your  after a water loss, call SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County at 805-507-5507. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Pet Safety in a Storm

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

Pets need a plan too!

Pet Storm tips from SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County -

Did you know that 95% of dog and cat owners don't have disaster plans for their pets? Really? SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County urges you - make sure this isn’t you!

You might have made a disaster kit for you and family, so let's make one for your pet too. Include medical records and medication, food and water, can openers, leashes, blankets and pet carriers.

Tips:

  • Always keep pets inside during a storm. Animals easily become confused and can run away from home during a storm or other disaster.
  • Arrange a safe place for you and your pets during evacuation. Do not leave pets behind.
  • Store an emergency kit as close to an exit as possible.
  • Make sure all pets are chipped and wear collars and tags.
  • Place a rescue alert sticker in front of your home to let rescuers know that there are pets inside.
  • Choose a caregiver to take care of your pet in the event you are unable to.

Call us if you need us 24/7/365.

SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County 805-507-5507