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Disaster Response Professionals Offer Fire Prevention Safety Tips

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Disaster Response Professionals Offer Fire Prevention Safety Tips Have a SAFE holiday season!

Local Disaster Response Professional Says Keep the Focus on Fire Prevention for a Safe and Joyous Holiday Season SERVPRO® restoration specialist outlines holiday home fire prevention guidelines.

San Luis Obispo, CA (Grassroots Newswire) November 29, 2017 --

The American Red Cross (ARC) cites statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration1 showing nearly 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays, claiming more than 500 lives, causing more than 2,200 injuries, and costing $554 million in property damage. Joseph Powers of SERVPRO® of San Luis Obispo cautions home owners to follow some important ARC guidelines for holiday decorating and entertaining to make sure that the glow in their holiday celebrations is from twinkling lights and not a costly and potentially deadly fire.

Place Christmas trees and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents, and candles.

Purchase flame-retardant metallic or artificial trees. If you purchase a real tree, make sure that it has fresh, green needles that aren't easily broken. Keep live trees as moist as possible by giving them plenty of water.

Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer's instructions.

If you are celebrating Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, keep flammable items, including curtains and holiday decorations, at least three feet away from your candles. Place your menorah or kinara on a non-flammable surface, such as a tray lined with aluminum foil, to catch the melting candle wax. Never leave lit candles unattended.

Ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave and always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed.

If, in spite of all your precautions, a fire does break out, the most important thing you can do to help save lives is to install and maintain smoke alarms throughout your property, says Powers. Having a working smoke alarm reduces everyone's chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.

Powers notes that the ARC is joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide  to deliver and install a limited number of free smoke alarms in homes for those in need. Contact your local ARC chapter for more information.

The disaster response professionals at SERVPRO, a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, witness the devastation that home fires can cause far too often. 

They also know that when fire causes a loss of life, there is no remediation possible. To keep the focus on fire prevention, rather than fire restoration,  SERVPRO has teamed up with the American Red Cross by supporting the ARC Disaster Responder program, and in particular the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.

As a Disaster Responder, SERVPRO pledges dollars and support in advance to help the ARC develop and distribute educational materials and respond immediately when they are needed.

As a SERVPRO professional, I know that even the most diligent fire prevention planning can't prevent all home fires. That's why fire safety planning, like installing and maintaining smoke detectors and having a family escape plan, is also important, says Powers. If a fire does break out in your home this holiday season, make sure all your family members follow this life-saving advice from the ARC: Get Out, Stay Out, and Call for Help.

For more fire prevention and fire safety tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPRO.com. For more information on SERVPRO® of San Luis Obispo, please contact Joseph Powers at (805) 541-1271 or office@SERVPROsanluisobispo.com.

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Let's Talk Turkey: The Dangers of Deep Frying

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Let's Talk Turkey: The Dangers of Deep Frying SERVPRO of Atascadero wishes you & yours a very happy Thanksgiving!

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to talk turkey. Particularly, deep-fried turkey. If you’ve ever had it, you know how good it tastes. If you haven’t, well, you haven’t lived. Not only is it much faster to cook, but the flavor & moisture that results is amazing! BUT, there is some risk to preparing your bird this way, namely FIRE. The only thing faster than deep frying a turkey is how fast your holiday can be ruined if a fire results at your home. SERVPRO of Atascadero has a few tips to prevent that from happening:

  •  Make sure the turkey isn't frozen—in fact, make sure that the turkey is COMPLETELY thawed. Oil and water do not mix. Dropping an unthawed turkey in hot oil can cause flames to ignite and spread through your home and property.
  • Do NOT stuff the turkey before deep-frying or use any water-based marinades when deep-frying.
  • Keep the frying at a distance—at least 10 feet away from the house, not inside any enclosures like a garage or a shed, and not under a porch or eaves.
  • Keep a close watch on the deep-fryer. It only takes a moment of inattention to end up with fire damage, smoke damage, and/or even water damage if the Fire Department has to show up with their hoses!
  • Keep children away from the deep-fryer. Oil burns are especially dangerous.

We at SERVPRO hope these tips help you enjoy a safe, disaster-free Thanksgiving and holiday season. Although restoration after water damage, smoke damage and fire disasters may be our specialty, we don’t wish them upon anyone. But if they occur, SERVPRO is ready for whatever happens, 24/7. Call us anytime at 805-541-1271.

Protect Your Pipes This Holiday Season!

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Protect Your Pipes This Holiday Season! SERVPRO of Atascadero wishes you a wonderful holiday season!

As Autumn descends into Winter, temperatures really begin to plummet and storms become more frequent. Before it gets too cold to take precautions, now is the time to prepare. SERVPRO of Atascadero has a few tips to prevent your pipes from freezing—these important tips can help you prevent water damage from harming your home or business.

How to Protect Pipes From Freezing

  • Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines.
  • Drain and bring all your outdoor hoses to inside storage (garage, shed, etc.).
  • Close all valves that supply outdoor hose bibs.
  • Insulate your attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will keep these areas warmer.
  • Sometimes water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Check garages and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. All pipes in these areas should be insulated/wrapped.
  • Consider installing pipe sleeves or installing heat tape on exposed water pipes. Even something as simple as newspaper can provide some protection to exposed pipes, at just ¼” thickness.
  • Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • If there are any water supply lines in the garage, keep garage doors closed.
  • To allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing, open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors.
  • When it’s EXTREMELY cold outside, let water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running even the smallest trickle of water helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Set thermostat to the same temperature 24/7. You might end up with a higher heating bill, but by temporarily ceasing lower nighttime temperatures, you could prevent a much more expensive repair job if pipes freeze and burst.

We at SERVPRO hope these tips help you enjoy a safe, disaster-free Winter and beyond. Although restoration after water damage, smoke damage and fire disasters may be our specialty, we don’t wish them upon anyone. But if they occur, SERVPRO is ready for whatever happens, 24/7.

Avoid Disaster! SERVPRO Offers Fire Safety Tips for Your BBQ Grilling

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Avoid Disaster! SERVPRO Offers Fire Safety Tips for Your BBQ Grilling Always Use Safe Practices When Grilling!

Everyone loves a good BBQ. Keep in mind that a grill can be a fire hazard. They can be very hot, causing burn injuries. Placed too close to other flammable objects, they can become an ignition source resulting in a deck or house fire or wildfire. Follow these simple tips and you will be on the way to safe grilling.

SAFETY TIPS

  • Only use propane and charcoal BBQ grills outdoors.
  • Place the grill well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Children and pets should be kept at least three feet away from the grill.
  • Your grill should be kept clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave a grill unattended—they can flare up in an instant.
  • Before lighting it, always make sure your gas grill lid is open.

CHARCOAL GRILLS

  • There are several ways to prepare the charcoal. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids directly to the fire. Do not EVER use gasoline.
  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord that is rated for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposal—always dispose of them in a metal container.
  • Keep charcoal fluid away from heat sources an out of the reach of children.

PROPANE GRILLS

  • Before using it for the first time each year, always check the gas tank hose for leaks. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If you can smell gas, and/or if the “soapy bubble test” is actively releasing bubbles, your grill has a gas leak. If there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and the grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, clear the area and call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
  • If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 5 minutes before re-lighting it.

All of us at SERVPRO of Atascadero hope these tips help you enjoy a safe, disaster-free summer and beyond. Restoration after smoke, fire and water disasters may be our specialty, but we don’t wish them upon anyone. But if they occur, SERVPRO is ready for whatever happens, 24/7.

Autumn is Upon Us! Here are a Few Important Tips from SERVPRO:

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Autumn is Upon Us! Here are a Few Important Tips from SERVPRO: Autumn brings with it many changes--make sure you're ready.

As cooler fall weather moves in, SERVPRO of  Atascadero reminds you to keep electrical safety in mind. Here are a few safety tips to help you stay safe as things cool down:

  • Safely store warm weather tools like lawn mowers and trimmers. BE CAREFUL not to park a lawn mower or other motorized tool with a hot engine near fallen leaves as they may ignite, causing a fire.
  • ALWAYS check cold weather tools, such as leaf and snow blowers, along with their power cords, for unusual wear and tear. Repair or replace worn tools or parts right away.
  • ALWAYS unplug and safely store battery chargers when not in use.
  • Use ONLY weatherproof electrical devices for outside activities. Protect outdoor electrical devices from moisture.
  • Keep dry leaves swept AWAY from outdoor lighting, outlets and power cords.
  • Make sure electric blankets are in good repair. Power cords should not be frayed, cracked or cut. If you see ANY visible damage to an electric blanket, it should be properly disposed of immediately.
  • NEVER tuck an electric blanket under mattresses or children, and NEVER put anything, on top of an electric blanket while it is in use. This includes other blankets and/or comforters/bedspreads.
  • The same advice re electric blankets can be said for heating pads. Heating pads and electric blankets cause almost 500 fires each year. Almost all of these fires involve electric blankets that are more than ten years old.

We at SERVPRO hope these tips help you enjoy a safe, disaster-free Autumn and beyond. Restoration after smoke, fire and water disasters may be our specialty, but we don’t wish them upon anyone. But if they occur, SERVPRO is ready for whatever happens, 24/7.

Should I File a Water Damage Claim with my Insurance Carrier?

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

General Should I File a Water Damage Claim with my Insurance Carrier? "Like it never even happened."

When faced with a water damage situation, either at home or commercially, one of the first questions to ask yourself is “Should I file a claim?” There are a number of reasons why this is an important factor to consider once you have the mitigation (cleanup) portion under control.

Of course, the first step with any water loss is to get help immediately to stop the source of the leak, BEFORE you mitigate the loss (get it cleaned up)! Call a team like SERVPRO of Atascadero even if the water is still flowing—we help get the source stopped/shut off until repairs can be completed to prevent further damage.

By not acting fast, secondary damage can result in mold issues which may or may not be covered by your insurance policy. In California, there are restrictions as to how much coverage will be offered for mold remediation. So regardless as to whether or not you decide to file a claim, it’s still of vital importance that you act fast. In fact, your insurance company might even try to use your lack of action against you and try to deny the claim because you waited too long & inadvertently caused more damage than otherwise would have been the case. So always pick up the phone and call a team like SERVPRO  of Atascadero right away.

Once the leak is stopped, it’s time to mitigate the loss and then evaluate the situation to determine if it’s actually worth it to file a claim with your insurance carrier. In many cases, smaller water damage losses can and should be paid out of pocket to save you money in the long run. Unless it’s very obvious that the claim is going to be a huge bill due to extensive damage, always take the time to weigh the pros & cons before you commit to filing a claim.

Don’t worry about having the work done before you call your carrier—they were going to tell you to get the work done ASAP anyway, and it’s YOUR CHOICE as the insured as to which vendor you choose to do the work.

First, request an estimate from the mitigation team—they should be able to give you some kind of ballpark dollar amount which you can use to weigh against your deductible as well as your total annual premium cost. Then, you’ll want to consider how much your premium cost stands to rise based on this new claim—you’ll want to contact your insurance agent who sold you the policy to discuss this with him/her. (Don’t bother trying to discuss this with an insurance adjuster, because they won’t be able to discuss premium rates with you).

In a nutshell, you need to try & calculate the cost for the loss to be cleaned up and repaired, versus your deductible and current/projected insurance premium. If it’s going to cost you less in the long run to just pay out of pocket, you’re better off not filing a claim. This is where the conversation with your agent comes into play—they can tell you how much your rates could be affected if you file a claim and show you on paper just how much money you stand to save over the course of time. This is largely dependent on the magnitude of the loss—if it’s obviously a huge water loss with extensive damage to the property, then filing a claim is the obvious choice. It’s the smaller incidents that might not prove worthy of filing a claim, because in the long run you might end up paying more in increased premiums than if you had just paid for the mitigation & repairs yourself.  You’d be surprised how many people don’t stop for a moment & consider all these factors before picking up the phone and filing a claim.

Water damage losses, particularly in California, are the most common type of claim filed by homeowners. & They can get quite expensive depending on the severity of the loss. Insurance carriers have reacted to this trend by implementing new policies & lobbying for new laws by which YOU as the insured, carry a higher burden than you might expect: the claim can not only raise your rates for as long as you own the property, but depending on the insurance company, the claim could follow you even if/when you sell the property and buy a different property. Yes, you read that correctly: your premiums might be affected by a water loss at a different property than the one at which you filed the claim. A simple analogy would be that it can be much like getting a speeding ticket: the ticket affects your car insurance rates, and selling your car & buying a different one won’t make that speeding ticket go away. THIS is why it’s so important to take a moment to consider the long-term effects vs. the short-term gain. Ask yourself: “Should I file a claim?

REMEMBER: regardless of whether or not you file a claim, keep in mind that you’re still going to have to get the work done by a professional reputable water mitigation team. SERVPRO of Atascadero is available 24/7 to respond to your needs from SLO to San Simeon and everywhere in-between, including (but not limited to): Paso Robles, San Ardo, Cambria, Morro Bay, Cayucos, Los Osos, Templeton, Santa Margarita…and more!

We hope this helps. We offer services ranging from water damage mitigation to mold remediation to fire/smoke damage. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or are in need of immediate assistance at your home or place of business, call SERVPRO of Atascadero—we’ll be happy to assist.

It's ALWAYS Time for Spring Cleaning. SERVPRO can help.

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Have you started your Spring Cleaning? SERVPRO of Atascadero can help. We not only offer services ranging from water damage mitigation to mold remediation to fire/smoke damage, but also full-service top-to-bottom cleaning of your home or business. We know not everyone has the means to hire out the work, so if you‘re planning on doing it yourself, here are a few helpful tips:

1) BE PREPARED: Have a plan of attack and make sure you have everything you need before you get started. Few things are more frustrating than starting a job and then having to stop & leave to go pick up more supplies.

2) WORK FROM THE TOP DOWN: there’s no point in cleaning the floor first if you still have to dust off the shelves!

3) WORK IN SECTIONS: to avoid distractions which can lengthen the time to completion, focus on one area/room at a time.

4) SAFETY FIRST: Always make sure you have the proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). This includes (but is not limited to) gloves, eye protection, masks, etc.

We hope this helps. Remember: if the task at hand is too much for you, or if you simply don’t have the time, call SERVPRO—we’ll be happy to assist. Duct work, rafters, attics, wall, pressure washing, carpet cleaning, floor polishing, and yes—we do windows!

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SERVPRO® Named Top Franchise Opportunity in Restoration Services Category for the 15th Consecutive Year

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO® Named Top Franchise Opportunity in Restoration Services Category for the 15th Consecutive Year fire damage

Cleanup and restoration franchisor attains #12 ranking overall in Entrepreneur magazine's 2018 Franchise 500 rankings

San Luis Obispo, CA (Grassroots Newswire) February 6, 2018 - SERVPRO®, a cleanup and restoration franchise company, continues to dominate its segment of Entrepreneur magazine's Franchise 500 list, receiving top ranking in the Restoration Services industry for the 15th consecutive year*.

Local entrepreneur Joseph Powers, owner of SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo, said the company also achieved the number 12 spot overall** in the prestigious rankings, standing out in a record-breaking group of more than 1,020 franchises qualified for the 2018 list. The purpose of the Franchise 500 list is to use objective and quantifiable measures of a franchise operation to help would-be entrepreneurs identify franchise investment opportunities. The evaluation process is based on what the magazine calls "The Five Pillars of the Franchise 500©": Costs and Fees, Size and Growth, Support, Brand Strength, and Financial Strength and Stability.

"We are proud to be a part of this 'Best in Category' organization," said Powers. "SERVPRO's financial strength and stability, growth rate, and system size all contribute to the company's success, and by extension to the success of its franchisees. The commitment to excellence starts at the top and carries through to the service each franchisee provides to each and every customer." Sue Steen, SERVPRO Industries, Inc., chief executive officer, says key differentiators set SERVPRO apart from the competition, making it a strong business opportunity for both existing franchisees and would-be entrepreneurs. Those differentiators are:

* SERVPRO's strength as a brand, enabling the company to form national partnerships with organizations like the PGA TOUR®.

* SERVPRO's commitment to being a learning organization, helping franchisees plan, track, and deliver best-in-class services to consumers.

* SERVPRO's focus on continued technological development and support, resulting in industry-leading proprietary software and systems.

"SERVPRO was founded in 1967 as a painting company. Today, we are a mature restoration services organization with more than 1,700 individually owned and operated locations under a single brand," said Steen. "Our franchisees respond to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Maintaining our position for 15 consecutive years as the best franchise opportunity in our category on the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 list validates our long-standing strategy for growing our brand: invest in franchisee training and support, and commit resources to continually improving our infrastructure."

SERVPRO® specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, helping both commercial and residential customers recover from property damage emergencies "Like it never even happened." For more information about SERVPRO® of San Luis Obispo, contact Joseph Powers at (805) 541-1271 or office@SERVPROsanluisobispo.com. For more information about SERVPRO®, please visit www.SERVPRO.com.

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About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO?s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Disaster Response Professionals outline holiday home fire prevention guidelines

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

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Local Disaster Response Professional Says Keep the Focus on Fire Prevention for a Safe and Joyous Holiday Season SERVPRO® restoration specialist outlines holiday home fire prevention guidelines.

San Luis Obispo, CA (Grassroots Newswire) November 29, 2017 --

The American Red Cross (ARC) cites statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration1 showing nearly 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays, claiming more than 500 lives, causing more than 2,200 injuries, and costing $554 million in property damage. Joseph Powers of SERVPRO® of San Luis Obispo cautions home owners to follow some important ARC guidelines for holiday decorating and entertaining to make sure that the glow in their holiday celebrations is from twinkling lights and not a costly and potentially deadly fire.

Place Christmas trees and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents, and candles.

Purchase flame-retardant metallic or artificial trees. If you purchase a real tree, make sure that it has fresh, green needles that aren't easily broken. Keep live trees as moist as possible by giving them plenty of water.

Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer's instructions.

If you are celebrating Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, keep flammable items, including curtains and holiday decorations, at least three feet away from your candles. Place your menorah or kinara on a non-flammable surface, such as a tray lined with aluminum foil, to catch the melting candle wax. Never leave lit candles unattended.

Ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave and always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed.

If, in spite of all your precautions, a fire does break out, the most important thing you can do to help save lives is to install and maintain smoke alarms throughout your property, says Powers. Having a working smoke alarm reduces everyone's chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.

Powers notes that the ARC is joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide  to deliver and install a limited number of free smoke alarms in homes for those in need. Contact your local ARC chapter for more information.

The disaster response professionals at SERVPRO, a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, witness the devastation that home fires can cause far too often. 

They also know that when fire causes a loss of life, there is no remediation possible. To keep the focus on fire prevention, rather than fire restoration,  SERVPRO has teamed up with the American Red Cross by supporting the ARC Disaster Responder program, and in particular the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.

As a Disaster Responder, SERVPRO pledges dollars and support in advance to help the ARC develop and distribute educational materials and respond immediately when they are needed.

As a SERVPRO professional, I know that even the most diligent fire prevention planning can't prevent all home fires. That's why fire safety planning, like installing and maintaining smoke detectors and having a family escape plan, is also important, says Powers. If a fire does break out in your home this holiday season, make sure all your family members follow this life-saving advice from the ARC: Get Out, Stay Out, and Call for Help.

For more fire prevention and fire safety tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPRO.com. For more information on SERVPRO® of San Luis Obispo, please contact Joseph Powers at (805) 541-1271 or office@SERVPROsanluisobispo.com.

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Atascadero Water Damage Company SERVPRO Releases a Report on the Most Common Signs of Water Damage in a Home

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Atascadero Water Damage Company SERVPRO Releases a Report on the Most Common Signs of Water Damage in a Home Water Damage Atascadero

A report on the most common signs of water damage has just been released by Atascadero water damage company, SERVPRO.

This report is valuable to property owners and residents who might be suspecting water damage in Atascadero, or any other location. Knowing the signs to watch for and taking care of any damage right away is much less costly than ignoring the signs. Early detection of water damage in Atascadero buildings is much less expensive to repair when the damage is noticed than to wait.

Check out the full report below.

The Most Common Signs of Water Damage in a Home

Water damage can be a huge issue in a person’s home and can often cost thousands and thousands of dollars. While sometimes water damage is obvious (such as a leaky faucet, huge wet spot or burst pipe), more often than not, it is quite difficult to locate. With that in mind, here are some common signs of water damage in a home to keep an eye out for.

An Unpleasant Odor

There are many different potential causes of a bad smell in a home or apartment, but one that most people don’t think of is water damage. However, when residual water stagnates and is hidden over time, it can be a breeding ground for bacteria like mold. This will quickly begin to smell and has been described as very “earthy”.

Mold Growth

In addition to just smelling mold and other bacteria growing, people can sometimes see it with their own two eyes. Mold spores in the air find their way into hidden cracks in the structure of the home, and if water is also present there, mold can begin to materialize. It will often be fuzzy and discoloured, and should look very out of place. However, mold can be tough to see sometimes as it doesn’t always appear in giant patches, and even just a small bit of mold can signify some water damage.

Changes in Walls, Floors or Ceilings

If people want to check for water damage, the structural aspects of the home are the first places to look. Walls, ceilings and floors are places that can give owners huge hints as to whether they have water damage. Look for stains, sagging and drooping, among other abnormalities.

Suffering from water damage? If so, reach out to Atascadero water damage company SERVPRO for help. They have been in the business for around 50 years and pride themselves on their work ethic, fair prices, and customer service.

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San Luis Obispo, CA 93406

(805) 466-6618

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