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The Cleaning and Restoration Association Presents Water Damage Restoration Technician Certification Course at SERVPRO of Carlsbad

7/5/2016 (Permalink)

IICRC’s WRT certification course with Drying Contaminated Buildings

August 24-26, 8:00am-5:00pm

Venue: SERVPRO of Carlsbad - Vista, CA

A unique three-day program that concentrates on drying structures without spreading contaminants. This course incorporates all the information from the IICRC Water Restoration Technician (WRT) exam with an adaptation for contamination. WRT training provides restorers with valuable decision making skills when deciding to proceed with a job that has limited or no mold insurance coverage. Being able to continue on a water-loss without delays limits microbial growth which in turn reduces the cost of remediation, ALE and business interruption. Insurance companies will be more likely to hire restorers that can provide prompt cost-saving services which give your company a marketing advantage.

Early Registration (14 days prior)

CRA Member* ……………………….. $345.00/person

Non-Member…………………………... $395.00/person

Regular Registration CRA Member * …………………$395.00/person

Non-Member…………………………... $445.00/person


Faster to your San Diego County Water Damage Event: What to Expect

6/7/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your San Diego County Water Damage Event: What to Expect SERVPRO of Carlsbad provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in San Diego county.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Carlsbad  provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Carlsbad arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7: (760)-729-7505

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Carlsbad

SERVPRO of Carlsbad specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

SERVPRO of Carlsbad's Salad Bar Luncheon For Charity

6/6/2016 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO of Carlsbad's Salad Bar Luncheon For Charity This year, SERVPRO of Carlsbad hosted Soroptimist International of Vista's annual salad bar luncheon at Pilot Property Management in Encinitas, CA.

Each year SERVPRO of Carlsbad provides a saladbar luncheon to an insurance or property management office of choice whereby the food is donated and ticket sales are prepaid by SERVPRO of Carlsbad to all attendees at the luncheon. All of the ticket sale proceeds are donated back to Soroptimist International of Vista-- a non-profit organization that works tirelessly to improve the lives of young women and children in the local community as well as on a global scale. Alongside the luncheon, a short speech is delivered about the mission of Soroptimist and their fight to help underprivleged women & children within the local community.

Soroptimist International of Vista is extensively involved in the fight to stop human trafficking. The charity dilligently works year-round to provide educational opportunities, employment skill training, job placement, shelter, food, and basic neccessities to those in need. Eden Weinberger, co-owner of SERVPRO of Carlsbad. is very active within the charity. She has provided many jobs to women who fell victim to human trafficking and entered the United States from country's oceans away. Each month SERVPRO of Carlsbad hosts Soroptimist International of Vista's monthly meeting in their training room while including the charity in many different events throughout the year.

SERVPRO of Carlsbad "S.B.655" NEW MOLD Law Seminar

6/6/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO of Carlsbad "S.B.655" NEW MOLD Law Seminar SERVPRO of Carlsbad's Mold Law Seminar hosted in Vista, CA.

SERVPRO of Carlsbad's Senate Bill
"S.B. 655" Law Seminar

SERVPRO of Carlsbad recently hosted a law seminar in which the topic of discussion was a recently passed legislative measure in California, "S.B.655". A bill signed by the governor will undercut eviction-delay tactics by unscrupulous tenant attorneys who claim mold as a substandard housing condition.
This new law deems visible mold a "substandard housing condition" and under certain circumstances, property management affiliates can remain liable and subjected to misdemeanor fines if not properly addressed. San Diego has hired an entire team of health inspectors to act on behalf of homeowners and tenants who believe their mold issues have not been properly addressed by their respective property management or HOA company.
This bill is meant to protect both tenant and owner; however, it does seem to get some push back by affiliation groups. We will post on updates about the bill in future blogs. 


6/6/2016 (Permalink)

General NOW HIRING! Our friendly fleet.

SERVPRO of Carlsbad is currently looking to fill three positions: Administrative Assistant, Production Crew Chief & Restoration Technician 

Administrative Assistant:

We are looking for a highly motivated, self-starter at a fast-paced company. You need to be ready to take on other roles besides just answering phones and other office duties. We arelooking for someone who is not easily frazzled and able to multi-task efficiently. We need someone who is able to take direction and prioritize their duties in order to get things done in a timely manner. We are looking for someone who would be able to estimate and audit for a restoration company so it is vital that you are someone who learns quickly and works at a fast pace

Job Requirements:
- Must have great customer service skills and at least one year of office experience? Basic computer skills is a mus
- Experience at a restoration company or dealing with insurance is a plus but not required
- Will need to learn industry software
-Must be very organized
- Experience answering multi-line telephones
- Experience with Quickbooks is a plus but not required
- Ability to multi-task, and have a keen attention to detail and follow-up
- Excellent written & oral communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
- Data entry
- Some calls for collection purposes may be required

Pay rate will depend on experience. This is a full time position. Hours are Monday through Friday 8-5 and will occasionally require some flexibility. We do offer benefits which will be discussed in further detail during the interview process. We are looking to hire right away so if the above mentioned attributes describes you, please send over your resume!

Production Crew Chief:

Local, nationally recognized restoration company is seeking a career-minded project manager. Qualifiedcandidates must be able to meet the key responsibilities listed below.

Job Description:
Key Responsibilities:
- Receiving initial emergency mitigation phone call
- Assessment of customer needs and requirements for job set-up
- Must be able to supervise team
- Be available for pre-arranged on-call hours
- Good written and verbal communication skills
- Must be clean shaven and able to wear a respirator
- Physically capable of performing required tasks
- Position includes regular and after hours emergency response duties
- Valid driver’s license with a clean driving record—No DUI’s

Requirements for Preferred Candidates:
- Must have 2-3 years of experience performing water damage mitigation in a lead position
- IICRC WRT Certification required. AMRT and ASD a plus but not required

Compensation Package:
-Vacation/PTO after one year
- Medical/Dental eligibility after three months
- This is not an entry level position. Salary $20/hour + bonuses

Restoration Technician:

- Inventory and load the work vehicle with equipment, products, and supplies needed for each project. 
- Maintain a clean and organized vehicle and clean equipment appearance.
- Prepare rooms/areas for work activities. Set up staging area and equipment for each project. 
- Leave jobsite with a clean and orderly appearance.
- Perform production processes following SERVPRO® production guidelines per work order per crew chief directions.
- Ensure clear two-way communication with crew chief and other technicians (especially regarding customer needs and concerns). 
- Perform end-of-day/end-of-job cleanup and breakdown. Leave jobsite with a clean and orderly appearance. 

Job Requirements:
- Must have a professional appearance and great attitude.
- A valid driver license with a reasonable driving record.
- Ability to pass a criminal background check with no felony convictions or misdemeanors involving violence or theft.
- Because we provide 24 hour emergency services, must be willing to be on call, as needed.
- Some night and weekend work is required.
- Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.
- Must have a high school diploma or a GED certificate

To apply, please visit our office Monday-Friday between the hours of 9:00am  and 4:00pm to fill out an application. Our office is located at: 2540 Pioneer Avenue, Vista, Calif. 92081.

If your schedule does not permit you to apply in person, resumes can be submitted to: Office@SERVPRO8724.Com

Don't let El Niño be a Disaster in Your Life

9/28/2015 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Don't let El Niño be a Disaster in Your Life El Nino, Crystal Pier

The El Niño currently brewing in the Pacific is expected to be the strongest in our recorded history, according to the Climate Prediction Center. We are expected to get the highest levels of rainfall in the shortest amount of time in the last 50 years. 

What does this mean for you? It is important to understand just what an El Niño is before we can answer that question. El Niño means The Little Boy, or Christ Child in Spanish. More specifically it is referring to a crying little boy; hence, why the heavy rainfall is associated with his tears. El Niño was originally recognized by fishermen off the coast of South America in the 1600s, with the appearance of unusually warm water in the Pacific Ocean. Climate experts define El Niño as when the sea-surface temperature in a key region of the Central Pacific is increased by at least 0.5 degrees Celsius for several months. These slightly warmer waters add energy and moisture to the atmosphere and in turn can alter storm patterns and severity. Effecting the entire western coast of the western United Sates and western Mexico.

A few degrees doesn’t sound like it would have a great effect, but history begs to differ.

During the 1997-98 El Niño— the current record holder for California— the increase was 2.3 degrees Celsius. These conditions caused California to experience severe land erosion, flooding and agricultural losses from intense rainfall. It was calculated that the damage caused from the 1997-98 El Niño was over $1 billion.

Check back next month to read more about all the preventative measures you can take to make sure that this year’s El Niño does not become a disaster in your life, and remember: SERVPRO of Carlsbad is here 365 days a year, 24 hours a day to make any-sized disaster disappear

SERVPRO Honors Local Business for Outstanding Revenue Performance

8/10/2015 (Permalink)

Vista, CA (Grassroots Newswire) July 23, 2015 - SERVPRO®, an industry leader in disaster cleanup, restoration and remediation services, recognized Mark & Eden Weinberger of SERVPRO of Carlsbad with the MILLIONAIRE'S Gold award for outstanding revenue performance. The Awards event took place at the company’s 46th Annual Convention, held July 6 to July 10 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The event attracted a record-setting group of more than 2,700 Franchise owners and key employees. 

“Winning this award requires a partnership between the dedicated team at SERVPRO of Carlsbad and our franchisor SERVPRO,” said Mark Weinberger, SERVPRO of Carlsbad owner. “We contribute by working hard to earn the trust and respect of home and business owners in our community. SERVPRO backs us up by providing us with the tools, training and knowledge to help us maintain our leadership position in our industry. Together, we are ready at a moment’s notice to step in with the highest level of professional assistance when disaster strikes.”

SERVPRO is an industry leader in disaster cleanup, restoration and remediation services.  Their convention program this year featured 54 workshop sessions covering 29 different topics along with a motivational Keynote address by Jon Gordon. The focus of the program was to bring SERVPRO owners and key staff up-to-date on the most advanced disaster mitigation solutions available and to provide them with insights on building and maintaining successful businesses.

“On behalf of SERVPRO Industries, Inc., I congratulate all of our award winners on a successful year,” said SERVPRO Industries, Inc., Chief Executive Officer Sue Steen. “SERVPROs reputation as an industry leader in disaster cleanup is earned and enhanced each day by individuals like these. We are proud of both their contributions to their communities and their success as business people. Through events like our annual Convention, we will continue to provide our dedicated business owners and team members with the latest industry and peer group knowledge, innovative tools and corporate updates to help them build their businesses and provide world-class service to their customers.”

For more information about SERVPRO of Carlsbad, please contact franchise owner Mark Weinberger at (760) 729-7505 or SERVPRO8724@roadrunner.com or visit www.SERVPRO.com.


Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of nearly 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar losses. 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. 

SERVPRO of Carlsbad celebrates 14 years of service

5/4/2015 (Permalink)

May 1, 2015 marks the fourteenth birthday for SERVPRO of Carlsbad. The day was headed by a celebration for the crews.

Update: We had a great day and an amazing night. Over the last 14 years we have expereinced many things together as a team. We include the business and homeowners of San Diego County, without you none of these years would have laid out as they did. SERVPRO is a family owned franchise company, but our location is unique because we are family owned and operated local to our community. We love San Diego, we are the company that steps up to the plate when disasters strike and you need the support. We are the folks that help families through their toughest times, we take it as an honor to help our community "like it never even happened".

The 4-1-1 on Biohazard Cleanups

4/29/2015 (Permalink)

Check out our infographic that answers the most commonly asked questions about our bio-hazard cleanup services. We are here to make any sized disaster "like it never even happened"!" 

Biohazard's are potentially hazardous biological materials that can present a risk to the health of humans, animals for the environment. Biohazard must be cleaned in a way as to protect those around as well as to properly dispose of affected materials to prevent further contamination. Items that can absorb any Biohazardous waste should be treated as medical waste and should be properly disposed of. Those who attempt to clean up these disasters need to be trained on all the procedures required to keep everyone both directly and indirectly safe and sound. Common biohazard and hazardous cleanup's include materials such as blood, feces, urine, vomit, etc.
SERVPRO Carlsbad is recognized by the California Department of Public health as a trauma waste practitioner, Which means that we are registered pursuant to section 118321 of the medical waste management act. Not only are we the most qualified to help clean up your disaster, but we are also open and available with operators and cruise on standby 365 days a year, 24 hours a day because we understand that emergencies don't just happen during business hours. SERVPRO Carlsbad works regularly would all major insurance companies including State Farm, Safeco, Mercury, US AAA, liberty mutual, and much more! We have also worked with businesses throughout San Diego County including the following: The local sheriffs department, the San Diego Naval base, San Diego housing authority, studio 15, Safari, California metal services, excess biologicals, Poinsettia Heights homeowners association, Westwood Village Apartments, cost apartments, Prescott and much more!

SERVPRO of Carlsbad gains some in-house restoration

2/27/2015 (Permalink)

Cleaning SERVPRO of Carlsbad gains some in-house restoration (left to right) Contents Crew members Sarita, Jeff, Miriam, Christina, Tracy and Mark (not all of crew is pictured).

New and improved, SERVPRO of Carlsbad unveiled their new Contents Crew just in time for 2015.

With over 15 years of experience in the contents division, Lead Manager Tracy Brandenberger brings new light and even more services to the already full-service restoration company. Tracy believes in hands-on cross training to provide her crew with all the necessary skills required to make each disaster "like it never even happened." "I really love helping families recover from disasters. It is so rewarding" Tracy said when asked what she likes most about her job.

Also new to the crew, Manager Christina Ocampo also brings vast experience to the table with an uncanny eye for detail, which is crucial in the content restoration industry. "I love that every day we get to do something different. It is never the same two days in a row," Christina said when asked about her favorite part of her job. 

SERVPRO of Carlsbad is proud to now offer the following services, including, but never limited to: pack outs, pack ins, pack backs, onsite storage, offsite storage, content cleaning, total loss inventory, fire cleaning, smoke cleaning, mold damage cleaning, water damage cleaning, content restoration, content preservation, and more! 

For more information about the variety of services that SERVPRO of Carlsbad offers, visit our website or blog and don't forget to like us on Facebook and Twitter. 

SERVPRO of Carlsbad goes PINK for Breast Cancer Awareness month

10/3/2014 (Permalink)


Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast. The damaged cells can invade surrounding tissue, but with early detection and treatment, most people continue a normal life (Source here). 


  • One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
  • Each year it is estimated that over 220,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
  • Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 410 will die each year.

    According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of women each year and affecting countries at all levels of modernization.


    In recent years, perhaps coinciding with the decline in prescriptive hormone replacement therapy after menopause, we have seen a gradual reduction in female breast cancer incidence rates among women aged 50 and older. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part to better due to screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options.

    Please check out this website for this information and more! 

    SERVPRO of Carlsbad sets sail for Soroptimist International of Vista

    10/2/2014 (Permalink)

    Soroptimists are leaders in their community and believe in making the world a better place for women and girls. In addition to the volunteer work, the members are involved in club projects. Non-monetary rewards such as friendship, personal fulfillment and mutual support are perks of membership.

    Soroptimist International of Vista currently has approximately 40 committed and active members. Many of the members have been in the club for decades and every year the group is continually gaining new members. SIV attracts women from all backgrounds, ages, professions and experiences.

    Although they would like for members to attend all meetings and club activities, SIV recognizes the personal and career responsibilities of our members and therefore, have a "no guilt" attendance policy.


    SIV has two meetings a month, a business and a program meeting. The business meeting is held the first Friday of the month (except July and August) from 12:10 to 1:10 pm at the SERVPRO Office, located at 2540 Pioneer Avenue in Vista, CA 92081. The program meeting location and times will vary. Be sure to check the home page or the monthly newsletter, Soroptiline, for updated information about the month's program meeting. Guests are welcome at all meetings and fund raising events.

    How Do I Join?

    Most prospective members come to one or two meetings to assess if the club is a good fit for them. To join or for more information, you can email the Recruitment and Retention chair at membership@soroptimistvista.org. Feel free to also check them out on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter!

    Co-owners of SERVPRO of Carlsbad Eden & Mark Weinberger recently set up their sails for the Soroptimist International of Vista group by hosting a social fundraising event where members who made a donation were able to go sailing out of Oceanside Harbor on September 13th, 2014. Thank you to all who attended and made this event such a success!

    New Location Celebration

    6/17/2014 (Permalink)

    Thank you to everyone who showed their support by attending our New Location Celebration on June 13th, 2014. The evening was well attended and planned; as friends we had stomachs full of food, fun we will remember for years to come and laughs that still make our eyes tear. Our new location is quit the gem for it yields twice as much as our previous facility. Stop by and say hello at 2540 Pioneer Avenue in Vista, Calif. 
    We have friendly faces in the office ready to greet you, we are always welcoming of guests, let us show you around our new place. We now have a large warehouse and hosting multipurpose room. We have the ability now to hold events, keep a close eye on our future blogs and events page to see what next awaits SERVPRO Carlsbad.

    San Diego County Law Enforcement Foundation's Golf Classic 2014

    4/7/2014 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Carlsbad is proud to have sponsored Presidio Five at the San Diego County Law Enforcement Foundation's Golf Classic on April 4th, 2014.  It was a beautiful day with the sun bright in the sky and the course lush and green. This amazing tournament was held at the Riverwalk Golf Club. Riverwalk Golf Club encompasses three nine-hole layouts that can be combined in a variety of ways to create a unique experience every time you play, truly a unique element. Distinctive in character but consistent in quality, every hole was meticulously designed by Ted Robinson, Sr. and Jr. in the old style, leaving the terrain completely natural. SERVPRO of Carlsbad staff members Danielle and Wayne spent their beautiful Friday enjoying the great company of some of our local heroes. Thank you to everyone who came out and said hello!

    SERVPRO of Carlsbad honored- Awards Banquet for 2013

    3/20/2014 (Permalink)

    A big thank-you from everyone here at our SERVPRO of Carlsbad for being honored with several awards at the SERVPRO Awards Banquet for the 2013 year, which was held at the San Diego Zoo in March of 2014. What an amazing evening and venue, it was a beautiful event. We are honored to be featured along some of the largest and most successful SERVPRO franchises in the nation. We could not have achieved as much as we did last year without all of our loyal customers, so cheers to you for making 2013 our best year yet and cheers again to making 2014 an even better year! 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, SERVPRO of Carlsbad is here to make sure it is "like it never even happened!"

    SERVPRO of Carlsbad featured by The Vista Press

    3/6/2014 (Permalink)

    This article can be found at The Vista Press- SERVPRO


    SERVPRO®Earns Fifth Consecutive Year on Entrepreneur’s Top 10 Franchise List

    Cleanup and restoration franchisor locks in #7 position on prestigious annual ranking 

    Vista, CA (Grassroots Newswire) January 23, 2014 Entrepreneur magazine recently announced its annual Franchise 500 rankings1, naming SERVPRO®, a cleanup and restoration franchise company, to its Top 10 list for the fifth consecutive year. Of the 853 companies qualified for the rankings, SERVPRO® earned the No. 7 spot overall and the top spot in its own industry for the 11th consecutive year. According to Entrepreneur, the Franchise 500 selection process2 is driven by “objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation,” with some of the most important factors being “financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system.”

    “It’s an honor and a privilege to be a part of the SERVPRO® Brand in the Carlsbad area,” said Eden Weinberger, owner of “SERVPRO® of Carlsbad. “As a leading cleaning and restoration Brand in America, we have a responsibility to serve each and every customer with excellence.”  

    SERVPRO® specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, helping both commercial and residential customers recover from property damage emergencies. From small one room home disasters, to large commercial facilities, or statewide storm response situations, SERVPRO® helps make property damage ‘Like it never even happened’.

    “At the end of the day, every SERVPRO® Franchisee is an individual small business owner who lives and works in the community he or she serves,” said Weinberger. “When the unexpected happens, local home and business owners know that they can turn to us to help them put their lives back on track as quickly and painlessly as possible. As this year’s Entrepreneur rankings demonstrate again, this is both a responsibility and a privilege that each SERVPRO®Franchisee takes very seriously.”

    For more information about SERVPRO® of Carlsbad, contact Eden Weinberger at (760) 729-7505 or servpro8724@roadrunner.com. For more information about SERVPRO®, please visit www.servpro.com.

    About SERVPRO®

    Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,600 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.