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5 Quick Tips to Prepare for Water Damage

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 5 Quick Tips to Prepare for Water Damage Water damage can happen many different ways. It is always good to be prepared.

Water damage at home or in your place of business does not need to be a traumatic experience. Consider these 5 tips to better prepare.

  1. Look up your insurance coverage. Most renter’s or homeowners insurance policies don’t cover flooding, or even a sewer backup. Find out what coverage you have.
  2. Keep a record of all of your belongings. Take photos and keep copies of a receipt or other documents for the more valuable items. Store a copy of these records online or at another location. If you do experience water damage, it can be easy to forget about certain items.
  3. Take steps to limit the risk of water damage within your home by checking pipes frequently and paying attention to any indicators of water damage, such as dripping sounds in the walls, dark spots on the ceiling, or significant change in your water bill.
  4. Set up your home so that it is less at risk of damage from heavy rains or flooding by ensuring that your roof is sound. Make sure there are no cracks in the foundation. Check that the landscaping around your home is sloped to direct water away from your foundation, rather than toward it.
  5. Find an expert you can count on. Water damage can be overwhelming, and you don’t want to be desperately searching for a water restoration expert at 3 AM when the pipes break.

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Creating a Wildfire Action Plan

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Creating a Wildfire Action Plan Wildfires can threaten your home. Be prepared with an action plan.

CalFire has many great resources to help prepare you for a wildfire near you. Here is some information to get you started.  CREATE A WILDFIRE ACTION PLANYour Wildfire Action Plan must be prepared, and familiar to all members of your household well in advance of a wildfire. Use the checklist below to help create your plan. Each family’s plan will be different, depending on a variety of issues, needs, and situations.

YOUR WILDFIRE ACTION PLAN CHECKLIST
Create an evacuation plan that includes:

  • A designated emergency meeting location outside the fire or hazard area. This is critical to determine who has safely evacuated from the affected area.
  • Several different escape routes from your home and community. Practice these often so everyone in your family is familiar in case of emergency.
  • Have an evacuation plan for pets and large animals such as horses and other livestock.
  • Family Communication Plan that designates an out-of-area friend or relative as a point of contact to act as a single source of communication among family members in case of separation. (It is easier to call or message one person and let them contact others than to try and call everyone when phone, cell, and internet systems can be overloaded or limited during a disaster.)

Be Prepared:

  • Have fire extinguishers on hand and train your family how to use them (check expiration dates regularly).
  • Ensure that your family knows where your gas, electric, and water main shut-off controls are located and how to safely shut them down in an emergency.
  • Assemble an Emergency Supply Kit for each person, as recommended by the American Red Cross. (See next section for details.)
  • Maintain a list of emergency contact numbers posted near your phone and in your emergency supply kit.
  • Keep an extra Emergency Supply Kit in your car in case you cannot get to your home because of fire or other emergency.
  • Have a portable radio or scanner so you can stay updated on the fire.
  • Tell your neighbors about Ready, Set, Go! and your Wildfire Action Plan.

To find out more visit: http://www.readyforwildfire.org/Wildfire-Action-Plan/

If you have suffered from a wildfire and need fire damage restoration, SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is here to help. Call us 24 hours as day at 916-525-1241 or visit our website for more information on all our services: 

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Understanding the Timeline of Water Damage

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Understanding the Timeline of Water Damage Flooding and water damage is very invasive.

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

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

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Here is a Typical Timeline for Water Damage: 

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 Fair Oaks / Folsom 

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom 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. 

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Spring Cleaning Guide

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

General Spring Cleaning Guide spring cleaning, cleaning the floors

Welcome to spring! It is that time of year where everything is in bloom. It is time to open the windows and let the fresh air in. Spring often brings a new list of household chores to get done before summer arrives. Is your household chore list overwhelming?

Here are some great tips on how to clean your home in four easy steps:

1.       Plan projects room by room

2.       Prioritize by importance

3.       Declutter you home

4.       Clean and organize as you go

For a complete look and expanded tips visit: http://www.budgetdumpster.com/blog/spring-clean-home-4-easy-steps/


Need a little more than spring cleaning in your home?  Did you recently uncover a larger problem like water damage or mold? 

Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400. We will come out and give you an estimate.

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Do You Know How to Fill a Sandbag Correctly?

1/1/2018 (Permalink)

Major storms are hitting California. Sandbags can help keep floodwaters out of your home and property.

However, do you know how to correctly fill a sandbag? The recent storms in Northern California have many scrambling to get the sandbags ready. 

Watch this quick video for suggestions:

https://youtu.be/4jN85pz9J9k

Preparing for a large storm is important. However, if your home has already been damaged by floods or other water, please contact SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400.  Our service teams are on call and ready to help you in your time of need 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. 

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5 Great Ideas for Your Home in the New Year

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

It is that time of year…resolutions! Are you feeling the need to do get organized around the house? Biting off small projects around the home is a great way to feel accomplished. Each small project you finish can lead to another productive project. 

Take a look at some of these great ideas from HGTV.

5 New Year’s Resolutions for your Home:

1) Streamline the stuff 

One of the best and least expensive ways to feel better about your home is to clear it of clutter. 

Each year most of us acquire a mountain of stuff. Without some regular purging, cabinets and drawers get jam-packed and it becomes hard to find the things you use and enjoy the most. (All that clutter also makes your house look dated and dirty, designers say.) 

This year resolve to go room-by-room periodically clearing anything that you don't use, wear or love and donate it to charity. After that, think twice about what you bring in, says Antoinette Nue, an Atlanta consultant who specializes in helping people simplify and go green. 

"Fill your home with the things that raise your energy level and make you feel good, and get rid of the things that drain your energy or are broken," she says.

Stash useful (but not beautiful) items such as DVDs, remotes and those kicked-off shoes in simple woven baskets. Group similar items together on sleek trays, says Stuart McCormick, a designer with Liz Levin Interiors in Washington D.C. 

Clear your counters of everything you don't use on a daily basis. And get ready to breathe a little easier in your own home. 

2) Make it safe and sound

Your home may be beautiful, but is it safe? There are a few things that every homeowner should do to ensure that they're not living with a potential health hazard or fire risk.

First, check your house for radon. This colorless, odorless gas causes about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year from the radioactive particles it traps in your lungs as you breathe, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. One in every fifteen homes has elevated levels. And with test kits costing as little as $20 at your local hardware store, there's no reason not to get right on that.

While we're on the subject of deadly gas, make sure you install a carbon monoxide detector on every bedroom floor in addition to fire detectors. If a chimney flue or furnace vent gets blocked or leaks, carbon monoxide could back up in your house and kill you. Like a radon test, this is a small investment — $40 or more — for such an important safeguard. 

Watch out for dryer lint. We know you clean the little trap inside the door, but most people neglect to clean the vents and ducts behind the dryer. Lint may seem innocent, but it's highly combustible, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, accounting for more than 15,000 building fires a year.

Make sure your house can breathe. Hickory Hills, Ill. home inspector Jack McGraw is always surprised at how many people's bathrooms and attics aren't vented to the outside (or the vents are covered over with shingles.) This makes you a prime candidate for mold. 

And if you're considering a remodel — and your home was last built or remodeled before 1978 — consider testing for lead paint and asbestos flooring. It will have to handled properly during removal, or particles can be released into the air for you to ingest.

3) Shrink your bills (and your carbon footprint in the process) 

When people think of going green, they often think it takes solar panels or a hybrid car to make a difference. 

Not so, says Bob Schildgen, who writes the "Hey Mr. Green" column for Sierra magazine. It just takes a little old-fashioned common sense. 

The best place to start is by cutting your energy usage in your home: 

  • Remember your mom's advice and switch off the lights when you leave a room.
  • Turn off your air conditioner when you leave the house and dial your heater down to 55 degrees at night.
  • Install compact fluorescent bulbs and low-flow showerheads.
  • Try drying some of your clothes on the line and wait for the dishwasher or washing machine to be full before you run them.
  • Turn off your power strips and/or set your home computer to revert to sleep mode when not in use.
  • Water your yard less. Put in drought-tolerant landscaping if necessary.
  • Give composting a try. Your garden will thank you.

4) Work out a weekly system for keeping your house clean

Cleaning with Scrub Brush

Here are a few tips for keeping the mess under control from Jeff Campbell, author of the book Speed Cleaning and owner of the Clean Team housekeeping service in San Francisco. 

Daily: Dishes go in the dishwasher every night - no excuses! Dirty clothes go in the hamper and jackets or clean clothes are hung in the closet. Bring everything back to its assigned place. 

Weekly:

Clean your entire house, using these tips: 

  • Keep all of your cleaners, as well as rubber gloves and spare cleaning cloths - in a portable carryall that moves with you from room to room.
  • Stash cleaning implements such as a toothbrush, scraper, sponge, a few cleaning cloths and plastic bags in a builder's apron that you wear when you clean. Hook your glass cleaner and all-purpose cleaning spray on the loops to keep your hands free as you work around the room clockwise, cleaning from high (cabinets) to low (floors.)
  • Focus on one type of cleaning at a time. It's faster, Campbell says. Wipe down fingerprints on all of the cabinets, for instance, before moving on to spraying and wiping counters. Then move on to windows and mirrors and appliances. Once that's done move on to sweeping and then mopping floors.
  • For optimum efficiency, enlist the help of your family. If you can, divide the jobs among at least three parties: One of you can do the dusting/vacuuming and changing beds, the other can do the bathroom cleanup, leaving only the kitchen and trash emptying for you to handle. The upside? You can get the whole house done in 45 minutes, Campbell says, leaving more time on the weekends for the park or the movies.

5) Get your place ready for entertaining 

Each year most of us vow to spend more time with family and friends. To make you feel like inviting people in, why not give the areas you entertain in a little update? 

You don't have go for broke here and invest in a new kitchen remodel. All it takes to get a fresh new look is a little bit of rearranging and a few updates says designer McCormick. 

One easy update that makes your home seem more "finished" is the addition of plants, she says. 

"They bring in new energy and help clean the air," she says. "And it's a great way to decorate if you're on a budget."

A couple of dramatic presentations like a large flowering agapanthus or potted palm in a bright ceramic planter that complements your existing color scheme will do the trick.

Pulling out a new accent color from your existing decor can make the whole room seem fresh. Pick an underused color in the room and add more of it in the form of a new pillow or throw to update your look, McCormick advises. A colorful rug or runner can also help anchor your space. 

Lastly, take some time to rearrange your furniture so it is oriented in conversation groups and not just facing the television. That just might up for chances for real conversation and connection in the New Year.

For more details visit: http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/clean-and-organize/5-new-years-resolutions-for-your-home

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If you have a water or fire emergency be sure to call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks/Folsom at 916-525-1241 so we can help you today! 

Keep Your Family Safe From Fire During the Holidays

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Keeping your family safe from fire during the holidays is so important.

Cooking fires are common during Thanksgiving and the holidays. The US Fire Administration has quite a few tips and suggestions on their website to help with fire safety during the holidays. 

If you or your loved one has recently suffered from a fire, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom to help you with your restoration needs. Call us 24/7 at 916-987-0400. 

Are you considering frying a turkey for Thanksgiving?  Please consider the 

Five dangers of deep frying a turkey:

  1. Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
  2. An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot.
  3. Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.
  4. Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.
  5. The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot.

For more information visit the US Fire Administration website: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/cooking.html

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Storm Water Damage Preparedness

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storms, emergencies and disasters can happen anytime, and you and your family may not be together when one occurs. It is wise to make plans now so you can contact each other when a disaster occurs. 

Sacramentoready.org has compiled a list of information you need when putting together your communication plan:

Contact information

  • Make sure each family member carries a cell phone or coins or a phone card so they can make a call.
  • In some emergency situations it may be easier to make a long distance than a local call.Designate an out-of-town contact who can communicate among separated members. Be sure your contact has information for each member of your family.
  • Give each person a contact card with names and phone numbers of other family members. The list should also include the out-of-town contact information. Have each person carry the card in their wallet, purse, or backpack at all times.
  • Give a copy of your contact information to your child’s school to keep on file.
  • Include a copy of your contact information in your family’s emergency kit.

Preparing children

  • Talk to your child about how and when to call 9-1-1.
  • Identify safe places for children and teens to go if they are not at school or with your family in an emergency. These might include a friend’s home, fire or police station, library, or place of worship. Make sure your children know how to find these safe places.
  • Make sure small children know their phone number and address and your name.

Reuniting with family members

  • Designate two places for family members to meet in the event of an emergency.
  • Choose a location close by (for example, the street light in front of a nearby home). Instruct family members to meet there if they can do so safely in situations where only your home or the immediate area is affected.
  • Choose another spot outside of the immediate area (for example, in front of a grocery store). This could be used when an emergency affects a larger area and your family members cannot get home safely.
  • Use your family’s communication plan to contact each other about your location, if possible.

For additional details visit: http://www.sacramentoready.org/Prepare/Pages/Communication-Plan.aspx

If you are suffering from damage in your home due to a storm, fire or other disaster, please call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom @ 916-987-0400. We are here to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

If you have suffered storm damage, be sure to call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400. We are here to help 24/7. 

Need help after a major storm? Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom at 916-987-0400. We are here to help 24/7!

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Are you prepared for house fire?

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

House fires can be devastating for a family. You may never truly feel prepared, but there are steps you can take to become prepared. The American Red Cross has gone to great lengths on their web page providing tips and suggestions on home fire prevention. 

The 7 Ways to Prepare for a Home Fire

  1. Install the right number of smoke alarms. Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year.

  2. Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.

  3. Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.

  4. Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.

  5. Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell “Fire“ to alert everyone that they must get out.

  6. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.

  7. Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.

For more details visit:

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/home-fire-preparedness

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Is your business ready for a major fire?

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fires can be devastating. We often prepare for this at our homes, but forget about our businesses. Is your business prepared for an emergency? The Small Business Administration’s website has suggestions for disaster preparedness and recovery.

SBA's Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Plan

To view the complete Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Plan, please click here.

Executive Summary

At no time do communities, small businesses, and individuals more need access to the Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) “3 C’s” of capital, counseling, and contracts more than in the wake of disaster.  SBA’s Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Plan (DPRP) ensures that all available agency resources are both provided and integrated into the federal government’s overall support to disaster survivors.

Recovery Cycle:  When focused on recovery, the 3 C’s are sequenced as capital, contracts, counseling, and capital again.  SBA’s immediate effort begins with the deployment of Disaster Assistance staff from one of its two Field Operations Centers (FOCs) to make disaster loans available to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private nonprofits.  These physical and economic injury disaster loans are critical to repairing damage and sustaining cash flow in a community.  Almost as quickly, the Office of Government Contracting and Business Development (GCBD), often in concert with the local District Office, reaches out to other federal agencies to offer waivers and other contracting flexibilities to ensure the engagement of small businesses – especially ones in impacted communities – in the process of rebuilding and recovering.  Through counseling and technical assistance, small businesses are able to adjust their plans to account for the “new normal” after a disaster.  Ultimately, this is at the heart of successful recovery:  Small businesses, in combination, are sometimes the local economic engine, but they are almost always critical to a community’s character.  The recovery process can be said to have resolved into the business cycle when the final steps in small business recovery are financed with SBA Offices of Capital Access (OCA) and Investment and Innovation (OII) programs investing in that same “new normal.”

For more details visit: https://www.sba.gov/managing-business/running-business/emergency-preparedness/sbas-disaster-preparedness-and-recovery-plan 

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