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Being Prepared for a Storm
Rain Falling on a House
California Storm Preparedness
California may not be known for its stormy weather, but it can still experience flash floods, high winds, and excessive heat. It is important to be prepared for these events.
Flash Flood Warnings
Flash floods are sudden and severe rainstorms that can cause rivers to overflow and flood low-lying areas. If you see a flash flood warning, it is important to avoid driving into high water areas. Turn around, don't drown.
High Wind Advisories
High wind advisories are issued when sustained winds are expected to reach 30-35 mph with gusts of 40-45 mph or greater. High winds can damage roofs, uproot trees, and start wildfires.
Excessive Heat Warnings
Excessive heat warnings are issued when temperatures are expected to reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher for several days in a row. Extreme heat can be dangerous, especially for the elderly and people with chronic health conditions.
How to Prepare
You can prepare for stormy weather by:
- Having a plan in place for what to do if there is a flash flood warning, high wind advisory, or excessive heat warning.
- Signing up for local alerts so that you are notified of any warnings or advisories.
- Having an emergency kit that includes food, water, first-aid supplies, and other essential items.
- Making sure your home is in good repair and that your roof is in good condition.
- Trimming trees around your home so that they are less likely to fall in high winds.
What to Do if You Have Damage
If you have damage due to a storm, it is important to call a professional restoration company like SERVPRO™. SERVPRO's trained and experienced professionals can help you repair your home and restore it to its preloss condition.
Call SERVPRO today at 805-507-5507 if you have any questions about storm preparedness or if you need help with storm damage repair.
When Storms or Floods hit Ventura, SERVPRO of NWVC is ready!
A photograph of a lot with wind, rain and trees blowing in the wind
SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County 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.
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 Ventura, 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 North America and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the Country.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 805-507-5507.
SERVPRO, Faster to Any Disaster. Storm Plans
A Lightning storm captured in Ventura off the Boardwalk.
Hurricane season has begun so we're sharing tips to help you get ready.
1. Create a plan.
Start by creating an emergency plan for your family that includes emergency meeting places in your home, neighborhood, and outside your neighborhood. Create a plan here-> https://bddy.me/2SBwVQp
2. Build an emergency kit.
Have an emergency kit at work, in your car, and at home so you're ready any time, anywhere. This kit could include a backpack, water, non-perishable food, a blanket, and more. See the full list here-> https://bddy.me/3y0hrWq
3. Review your insurance.
Look at your policies ahead of time to see what's covered and if flood insurance is available to you since it's the leading cause of damage from tropical systems. For more insurance tips visit https://bddy.me/3uH6hE5
4. Have an evacuation plan.
Plan your route and have an alternate. Remember, you may not have to drive hundreds of miles to evacuate, only far enough away from the evacuation area.
5. Get your home ready.
Trim your trees to prevent damage from snapped branches and board up your windows to protect them from flying debris. Here are more ways to strengthen your home-> https://bddy.me/3tMHgWH
Remember, if a massive flood happens in your community, SERVPRO has storm teams all over the country that will be sent in to help. Our SERVPRO national coverage allows us to dispatch resources from all over the nation to support our local community. That's one of the reasons we are a top choice restoration company - Faster to any size disaster!
Call SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County Today! 805-507-5507
SERVPRO Storm Services
A T-Mobile office in need of a board-up by SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County before a heavy rain storm arrives.
Before the storm ever hits, SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County can assist you in boarding up windows or doors.Making a call to us ahead of the storm will help limit further storm damage to your home. In a storm, the ceilings, walls, floors, and contents are frequently damaged. Inadequately treating the area can lead to mold growth. You can check for a few items if you think your property has been damaged. After a storm, you can look out for discoloration, staining, mold, dampness, or other issues. Make an appointment with us to come out and conduct an FREE inspection if you detect any of these symptoms.SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County has been in service since 1997, we are licensed and bonded, and insured and all of our technicians are ready to assist you in any STORM preparedness.
SERVPRO Storm Blog
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Here at SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County we know storms can have a devastating effect on your place of business or home. That’s why our technicians are always on stand-by for any emergency! We are a Family Owned and Operated business, we will work directly with your Insurance. SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura county is Licensed, Bonded and Insured.
Storm Damage could possibly have affect these items inside and outside of your home:
- Ceilings with a “wet” appearance
- Damaged or missing shingles on your roof
- Mold growth on your walls or ceiling, which can be identified by a damp smell
- Peeling interior paint
- Any large branches that have fallen on the roof
- Leaks around the home
SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County is ready to assist you if you find any of the above Signs. Call (805) 507-5507
Storm Damage- Cleanup & Restoration
Day Or Night Our Team Is Ready! 805-507-5507
We're Faster to Any Size Disaster
Our team responds immediately to any size disaster. We understand that emergencies can happen day or night. In the event of a Storm Disaster, we have the support of other franchises nationwide. We work together with the local community to get you back on your feet. With the assistance of our Storm Disaster Recovery Team, SERVPRO can mobilize at a moment’s notice. SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County is here to help!
Earlier this year we had the privilege of joining the Storm Disaster Recovery Team in Texas. Thousands of SERVPRO franchises teamed up to help our fellow Americans during a natural disaster. That is what SERVPRO is all about! Not just helping our local communities but showing up when others are in need.
We are storm damage specialists. Our specialty is flooding and storm damage restoration. With our extensive water damage training, we are the experts you need when disaster strikes.
If you need a company with the resources to handle large commercial or storm disasters, SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County are the ones to call. 805-507-5507
Hidden Water Damage after a Storm
Flood damage after a storm can leave significant damage behind. Don't wait until it's too late to have an assessment. Call us Today!
The high winds have died down and now you're left picking up the pieces.
You’ve removed debris from your property, fixed fallen fences and may have used your own towels to soak up any water intrusion. If you’re thinking everything is good to go, that may not always be the case.
Storm Damage is not always limited to just the visible damages you see. Water has a way of getting into every nook and cranny. You may not see these hidden damages for a few weeks. At that point, you may have a mold problem that has now affected more than you bargained for. That is why would should call us, SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County is always ready to assist. We offer a FREE initial inspection to see if we find a presence of water intrusion. Our technicians are equipped to assess your home and give you a recommendation if needed.
Give us a call now to schedule your inspection today 805-507-5507
Heavy Rains and Wind in Ventura County
When heavy rains hit, storm drains can overflow. Keeping sand bags available to prevent water from traveling into your home can come in handy
With the bomb cyclone moving onto our shores, we got a taste of storm weather this week. It was a good reminder that we should always be prepared even when we live in sunny California. Make sure you are signed up to receive emergency alerts in your area. Our hills are susceptible to mudslides and flash floods when we get rain in this area. It is always important to be prepared and be safe. Here are a few tips to help you this season:
*Have sand bags available in case you need to create a temporary barrier to protect your home
*Have flashlights with fresh batteries available for power outages
*Make sure you clear your rain gutters from fallen leaves and debris to prevent them clogging and causing secondary damages to your roof
*Visit Ready.Gov/floods for more information on how to be prepared.
*Sign up for Alert Notification for Ventura County: https://www.readyventuracounty.org/vc-alert/
For emergency water damage call SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura County 805-507-5507
Roof Damage After a Wind Storm
Call SERVPRO of NW Ventura County for damage after a storm 805-507-5507
Why does it seem like rain storms always hit after high winds? Ventura County is no stranger to high wind warnings, especially around the Fall Season. Although we don’t see many rainy days, it always seems that after the high winds start, rain follows. Here you can see a photo of some damage caused by the heavy winds. Always inspect your roofs after a heavy wind to make sure your shingles are intact. Roofs should be replaced every 10 years or so. Consult your roofer for their recommendations. Clear your gutters to avoid water collecting on your roof and causing damages.
Check out the National Weather Service for more information on wind warnings and how to prepare!
Here is just a few things SERVPRO can assist with after a storm: Check out our website for more information on how SERVPRO of Northwest Ventura can help!
*Temporary roof tarping
*Water damages caused by roof leaks
*Debris removal after a storm
*Water damages caused by floods
SERVPRO of NW Ventura County-Storm Mobilization
Our team fueling up in the middle of the night to make the journey to Austin, TX. Call us any hour of the day for Emergency Response 805-507-5507
This winter our team got first hand experience in participating in the Texas Storm Response Team. That is one of the great things at SERVPRO, when extreme weather events strike across America, SERVPRO franchises are ready to help. Our technicians stepped up to volunteer, traveling across multiple states to set up in Austin, TX. From there are crews immediately dispatched to emergency calls throughout the city. With our office team filtering calls remotely and working with our team on the ground, we were able to assist the community of Austin.
Our crews genuinely care about our communities. Making the choice to leave loved ones behind to help others shows great character of our technicians. We appreciate them stepping up not only in our local community of Ventura County but nationwide.
So know when it comes your emergency whether it be your home or business, our guys are ready to mobilize for you!
Check out our Storm Damage Cleanup Page for help tips
Create an Emergency Ready Profile: Storm & Natural Disaster Preparation
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
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?
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
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!
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
- Foundation drainage failure
- Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
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?!?
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
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.
*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.
*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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
- 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