Don’t Let Water Cause Long-Term Sheetrock Damage To Your Folsom Home
Drywall, plasterboard, wallboard, gypsum board, SheetrockTM, LAGYP, or GypRocTM.
Whatever you call it, it’s an important part of daily life. Yet, you never stop to think about it unless you have to, like if – heaven forbid – you experience a water leak.
Small leaks around pipes or drains are often ignored. Many homeowners and tenants feel that the water has the ability to evaporate faster than it can accumulate because there seems to be no or very little puddling under the leak.
If you own a home in Folsom, you should protect your property from this kind of water damage. Even though it may look like the water is evaporating at a rate that wouldn't allow harm to result, this is only because the water is most likely being absorbed by the materials closest to where the water drops are landing. If water is running down a vertical surface such as a wall, then this only adds to the damage sustained.
When water damage has not shown any signs, our technicians can use moisture meters to detect where elevated levels of moisture exist. SERVPRO professionals know where to look for water damage even when it is invisible. A wall may seem sound because of the way it looks while it is really damaged and in need of repair or replacement. SERVPRO professionals are here to help.
Remember, the absence of a wet surface in the presence of a small leak only means that the water is being hidden under the surface but still present. SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom can help you and your family by locating these types of leaks, and restoring the area, so no trace of water damage remains.
Call us at your earliest convenience, even in the middle of the night or during a holiday, at (916) 987-0400. We can handle your emergency
Experience Commercial Fire Damage? SERVPRO Has Got Your Back!
There’s never a good time to have a fire, but if you are prepared, you can swiftly deal with the aftermath. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.
SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom can respond immediately to your commercial fire damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, studio, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.
If you’re experiencing commercial fire damage remember that SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is here for you! Call us at your earliest convenience at (916) 987-0400.
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What Happens to Your Belongings after Fire Damage
Fire not only affects the structure of your home but it also affects your belongings. SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is here to help! SERVPRO understands your furniture, keepsakes, clothing and belongings are extremely important to you. SERVPRO understands that some of these items are essential to making a house a home.
Being overwhelmed is a totally reasonable response after a fire. We are here to make this awful situation better for you. When necessary, SERVPRO can complete move-outs and pack-outs for you! If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to the damage from the fire, we can organize an efficient move-out of contents from the affected area. Move-outs allow for a quicker rebuild/remodeling and protects contents from damage during the remodel. While the rebuild/remodel process occurs, your items can be inventoried and cleaned at our office.
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Protecting Your Homes from California Fires
So what can you do to help protect yourself, your home and property from wildfires? Here are some tips for preparing your home and yard against a wildfire.
- Remove dead or dying trees and shrubs from your yard.
- Keep trees and shrubs pruned. Branches should be a minimum of 6 ft from the ground and shrubs under trees should be no more than 18 inches high.
- Clear your roof and gutters of debris.
- Apply ¼” non-combustible screening to all vent or eaves openings.
- Install spark arresters in chimneys.
- Use double paned or tempered glass for all exterior windows.
- Become familiar with your community’s disaster preparedness plans and create a plan for your family.
- Identify escape routes from your home and neighborhood.
- Designate an emergency meeting place for your family to reunite if you become separated.
These are just a few proactive steps you can take to prepare and protect your home from wildfires.
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Why Choose SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom When You Find Water Damage?
When looking at companies who can provide you with water mitigation, mold remediation and fire restoration services you might ask yourself, why SERVPRO?
We have extremely advanced equipment that helps to detect hidden moisture, extract the standing water quickly, and thoroughly clean and dry your home and belongings. We finish the job with professional deodorization and sanitizing agents for your comfort and safety.
Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.
When you have a need for fire or soot mitigation, the situation is often very complex with many issues to address. This may range from structure cleaning and demolition, to contents cleaning and pack-outs. Our crews and managers are trained very thoroughly and can guide you through the entire process.
Need immediate help? Please call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom 916-987-0400. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We can handle your emergency.
Need Tips for Preventing Moisture and Mold Prevention?
SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom is here to help with all of your water, fire, mold, storm, and commercial needs. If you’ve found something that looks like mold in your home or business give us a call! We’ll come out and take care of the problem. Call us at 916-525-1241 for 24/7 emergency service.
The US EPA provides many details on their website around mold and moisture.
Take a look at some of their tips:
- When water leaks or spills occur indoors - act quickly. If wet or damp materials or areas are dried 24-48 hours after a leak or spill happens, in most cases mold will not grow.
- Clean and repair roof gutters regularly.
- Make sure the ground slopes away from the building foundation, so that water does not enter or collect around the foundation.
- Keep air conditioning drip pans clean and the drain lines unobstructed and flowing properly.
- Keep indoor humidity low. If possible, keep indoor humidity below 60 percent (ideally between 30 and 50 percent) relative humidity. Relative humidity can be measured with a moisture or humidity meter, a small, inexpensive ($10-$50) instrument available at many hardware stores.
- If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes act quickly to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source. Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.
Need more information? Visit: https://www.epa.gov/mold/brief-guide-mold-moisture-and-your-home
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Why You Need a Home Inventory Checklist
The average home has approximately over 300,000 items. If a disaster such as a floor, fire, or theft were to destroy your home, would you recall all the detail necessary to provide a claim report to your insurance company?
In the event of a claim, insurers require you to substantiate your loss in as much detail as possible. “The last thing most of us want to do is spend a weekend documenting all our stuff. But almost as heartbreaking as losing a home to a disaster is trying to re-create a home inventory after the fact,” says Carole Walker, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association.
The prospect of cataloging everything you own can be daunting, but technology can help. Check whether your insurer offers any software, smartphone apps or other tools to help with the process. Both Allstate and Liberty Mutual have free apps that let you create an inventory of your personal property. The Allstate Digital Locker even allows you to store your inventory in the cloud. State Farm has a home inventory checklist anyone can download.
Dig out every receipt you can. Locate the make, model and serial numbers for appliances and electronics, usually on the back or bottom. If you purchased that refrigerator 10 years ago and tossed the receipt, it’s okay. Open the door and look inside for a plate with the identifying information. Note the data or snap a picture of it.
Then proceed room by room. The quickest method is to make a video. Stand in the center of a room and narrate as you record. Film the entire space, including every wall, the ceiling and floor. Describe every item and feature, such as hardwood flooring or that pricey light fixture, to the best of your ability. Some detail is better than nothing.
Once it’s finished, don’t let your inventory become part of the loss. The most complete home inventory is worthless if you can’t get to it. Store it in the cloud, iCloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc. At a minimum, copy your files and any videos to a flash drive and give it to a friend or relative in another town, store it in a safe-deposit box, or email the file to yourself.
Are you already working through your own disaster? Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Laguna at 916-987-0400 to help you through this time. SERVPRO's employees have been trained to help and assist you during this time. It can be an overwhelming time - SERVPRO will help you!
Contact SERVPRO After Any Home Disaster in your Fair Oaks Home
Home disasters can take place at any time. There are many ways to use technology to help guard against home disasters. Take a look at some tips shared on the Esurance website:
- Carbon monoxide detector
Take the traditional smoke detector to the next level by installing carbon monoxide detectors around your home. Basic ones start at as little as $20 and “smart” ones can run over $100. Install the carbon monoxide detectors right beside the smoke detectors you already have. Or revamp completely and pick up a dual carbon monoxide and smoke detector.
These days, most cell phones are equipped with GPS and the ability to share their location. Turning on location services and sharing location with loved ones is a simple and effective way to locate and keep track of family members in case of an emergency. And to go beyond the standard GPS locators, there are many tracking apps that can provide more detailed information.
- Connected home
If you want to go all out, transform your home into a “smart home,” where everything is digital, connected, and available across multiple platforms. From state-of-the-art home alarm systems to devices that can detect a flood and automatically shut off the water main, there’s a device for any and everything today. Digitizing valuable documents like tax forms or income records is a cheap and easy way to safeguard important information. See what works with your house and budget to take that extra step to protect your home in case of emergency.
- Emergency kits
Last but definitely not least, make sure you have an emergency kit ready to go. Lists of what to pack are readily available, but sometimes it’s tough to get it together on your own. For those who still have packing an emergency bag on the to-do lists, pre-made emergency kits are available for purchase. But whether you pack it yourself or buy one pre-made, it’s important to have one just in case.
To read the article in its entirety, visit https://blog.esurance.com/5-modern-ways-to-protect-your-home-from-disasters/
In the case of a home disaster, SERVPRO is here to help! Why choose SERVPRO of Fair Oaks / Folsom? We are highly trained professionals skilled in handling your home disaster. Also, our fantastic employees and testimonials speak volumes. Visit our website to discover what people are saying:
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Things to do to Your House Before Leaving for Vacation
With summer in full swing, everyone is now leaving their homes for a few days and vacationing. Before you leave for vacation, you should never leave your home as is. Taking caution in order to make sure your house does not catch fire or flood while you are gone is extremely important. Here are a few tips on what you should do to your home before leaving to make sure when you return it looks just like it did before you left!
Turn off your water supply
Leaks can happen whether you are home or not. However, the last thing you want to come home to after you have been on vacation is a flooded house. Turning off your water supply should prevent any leaks in your home.
Unplug all electronics
Plugged in electronics can lead to an electrical fire. Not only will unplugging your electronics prevent your home from catching fire, but it will also allow you to save on your electrical bill.
Adjust your thermostat
Adjusting your thermostat a few degrees higher than normal will also allow you to save on your electricity bill. Only adjusting it, and not turning it completely off, will allow the air to still circulate regulating the mold and humidity in your home.
Clean out your fridge
Throw away all food that might expire while you are away. You do not want to come home to mold or an odor in your fridge from expired food.
Take out the trash
Taking out the trash before you leave will also prevent an odor in your home when you return. Not taking out your trash could also lead to bugs coming in your home.
Turn off your gas
To prevent any possible gas leaks, which can lead to your home catching fire, turn off your gas before leaving.
Check your smoke detectors
Take precaution and check your smoke detectors just in case a fire does start in your home while you are away. One of the worst things that can happen while you are not home is your house catching fire and no one knowing because your smoke detectors do not work.
Lock all doors and windows
One of the most essential steps for you to complete before leaving for vacation is locking all your doors and windows. Coming home to your home being broken into would ruin your vacation. Keep your house safe by ensuring everything is locked before you leave.
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5 Quick Tips to Prepare for Water Damage
Water damage can happen in many ways, it's 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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